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COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Amherst, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for a day of events. Featuring the Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by Steven Zipperstein All events are free and open to the public. Schedule 2 p.m. |  The 2017 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by Steven Zipperstein: "Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History" The Kishinev pogrom of 1903 was the first event in Russian Jewish life to receive international attention. The riot in the obscure border town, which left forty-nine dead, dominated headlines in the western press for weeks, and in the Yiddish press in the United States for months. It intruded on Russian-U.S. relations; had a lasting influence on an astonishing array of institutions, from the Israeli army to the NAACP; and was the likely inspiration for the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. This event does no require an RSVP.
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PISTOL PERMIT CLASS
Dalton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tom Nadolny, an NRA-certified instructor and Massachusetts State Police-certified BFS Instructor and Utah BCI Certified Firearm Instructor, will conduct a Massachusetts Pistol Permit class at the Dalton Youth Center, 27 South Carson Ave. The course incorporates the “NRA First Steps Pistol” program into a comprehensive class designed to benefit everyone from beginner to accomplished shooter. Tuition fee is $70 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Community Recreation Association. The fee may be paid using a credit card (by April 29) by phone or in-person at the Community Recreation Association, 400 Main St. in Dalton, or with cash on the day of the class. A Utah non-resident permit, allowing participants to carry in 31 more states, is available for $125. The combined fee for both states is $150. For registration or further information, contact the Community Recreation Association at 413-684-0260.

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RAINBOW OF HOPE TOTE BAG PAINT & SIP
Great Barrington, 2 p.m.
Berkshire Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Terminators Relay for Life Team held at the VFW,  800 S. Main St. Paint an inspirational image on a large 14x14 canvas reusable tote bag. All materials, instruction and donation included for $35. CASH BAR. Registration: www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or 413-205-8346.

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‘PANACHE’
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield presents a staged reading of "Panache" by Don Gordon at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. “Panache,” directed by Thomas Suski, is a romantic comedy bringing two completely different worlds colliding together. Harry and Kathleen both receive their specialized license plates in the mail but there seems to have been a mix up by the Registry. Just how will they solve this dilemma' The story has humor, gambling, booze and flashbacks. Admission is $5.
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A LECTURE WITH AUTHOR KATHRYN AALTO
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Garden historian Kathryn Aalto will discuss how the magical forests of southeast England inspired A.A. Milne to create the cherished tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood. Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books, and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature at The Mount.
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WORDXWORD YOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL FINALE
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
The second annual Outspoken Youth Poetry Festival finale will be presented at the Berkshire Museum. Outspoken, which includes workshops, peer-led open mics, and competitive poetry slams for youth ages 15 - 24, is intended to inspire and foster creativity, collaboration, and empowerment in a shared, supportive space.  WordXWord is committed to changing lives by giving voice and audience to the real truths of diverse individuals in the world around us. The event is free.

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THE MESSENGERS AND THE GOSPEL GANG
Dalton, 3 p.m.
Sundays at Three Concert Series presents The Messengers and The Gospel Gang at First Congregational Church of Dalton at 514 Main St. Tickets $7/$5  children under 12 free with paying adult. Reception to follow.
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IMPRESSIONISM FILM
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
From Exhibition on Screen comes "The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism," a new film that will be shown at the Clark Art Institute in the auditorium. Tickets are $12 ($10 members) and can be purchased online or by calling 413-458-0524.

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BCC FACULTY RECITAL
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
The music faculty at Berkshire Community College will be performing at recital at Berkshire Music School at 30 Wendell Ave. Donations for the performance will be accepted at the door and will go toward scholarships for music students. Performers will include BCC faculty members Jeff Link, bass, Joe Rose, piano, Keith Spencer, baritone, M. Rahima Hohlstein, piano, Dave Bartley, piano, and Sherri James-Buxton, soprano.

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BIO SPRING ACTION
Pittsfield, 4-6 p.m.
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO) will hold its Spring Action to share the community’s priorities with public officials and seek their commit to advance them at the state and local levels. The event takes place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 67 East St. It will will be led by clergy and lay leaders from BIO’s 17 member groups, which span the county. Berkshire County’s full state legislative delegation, including Senator Adam Hinds and Representatives Gailanne Cariddi, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Paul Mark, and Smitty Pignatelli have committed to attend. BIO leaders will present local campaigns and an advocacy platform that grew out of conversations and relationship building in our member organizations. These include actions related to food insecurity, transportation, housing, and support for immigrants.

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'TRANSITION TO COLLEGE' SEMINAR
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
A panel of experts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present a seminar on how to handle the transition to college life at the Orchards Hotel. This event is free and open to the public. Students and parents will learn about what it is like to leave home for college and face big changes in a small amount of time. Register with the number of attendees by calling Kris Bona at 413-749-1165 or by emailing kbona@adamscommunity.com by April 28.

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'MY VIETNAM' TALK
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Several veterans will present “My Vietnam” at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. The veterans will share some of their everyday personal experiences during the Vietnam War. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, call 518-733-0010.



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TODDLER STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

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TUESDAY TEA SERIES
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Williams College will host its annual Tuesday Teas series to celebrate Williams authors and honor their scholarly and creative works on four consecutive Tuesdays in April and May in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library. All of the events are free and open to the public. Each tea will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. The full schedule is as follows: April 11, Gregory Mitchell, assistant professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies, for the book "Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil's Sexual Economy"; April 18, Soledad Fox, professor of romance languages, for the book "Jorge Semprún: The Spaniard who Survived the Nazis and Conquered Paris"; April 25, Michelle Apotsos, assistant professor of art, for the book "Architecture, Islam, and Identity in West Africa: Lessons from Larabanga"; and May 2, Jason Josephson-Storm, chair and associate professor of religion, for the book "The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences."

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PAINT & PIZZA DURING SCREEN FREE WEEK
Lee, 5 p.m.
Join us on Tue 5/2 at the Lee Elementary School, 310 Greylock St, Lee, MA for a Paint & Pizza Party during National Screen Free Week. All ages welcome! You'll learn to paint this colorful spring image of "Sunshine Dragonflies" on a large 16x20 inch canvas. All materials and instruction included. Buy 1 ticket get 2nd 1/2 off (1 for $30 or 2 for $45). Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase in support of the school. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
North Adams, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
After-School Program Now Through the End of the School Year! Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm & Thursdays 4-5pm at the UNO Community Center at 157 River St. North Adams. Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities. FREE. For more information contact Geoffrey Pawlowski at (413) 663-7588 Ext. 22.
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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

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'OBAMACARE TO TRUMPCARE'
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Carolyn Long Engelhard will deliver a talk titled “Obamacare to Trumpcare” in Griffin Hall, room 3, and discuss the promises and pitfalls of the ACA. She will provide history, looking at the ups and downs of the legislation over the last seven years, and consider shifting public opinion of ACA post-election 2016. She will also talk about “you break it, you own it” -- the politics and current debate over repeal, replace, repair, and delay.

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ROTARY SPAGHETTI DINNER
Williamstown, 5 to 7 p.m.
A Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner fund raiser to benefit the Rotary Club of Williamstown’s community programs and scholarships for local students will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The dinner, sponsored by and held at Williamstown Commons, 25 Adams Rd, Williamstown will feature spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, punch and coffee. Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, children under 12: $5.

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PAINT & SIP FOR RICHMOND CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL AGES 10+
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Join us on Fri 5/5 at Berkshire Paint and Sip for a fundraiser to benefit the Richmond Consolidated Schools 7th and 8th graders class trip to Washington DC. You'll learn to paint this locally inspired image of "Morning Fog over Mount Greylock" on a large 16x20 canvas. Ages 10 to adult welcome. All materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted' It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead' In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family defeated by its mistakes and avalanching toward its final disintegration. Family members gather to discover how far apart they’ve grown and how dysfunctional their lives have become. Directed by Professor Sangare, this theatrical production will examine contemporary relationships and investigate personal and social values. Relationships can be healed when people meet not merely to join the reunion, but to reunite. Awareness can be awakened, integrity reclaimed, and core values restored—if it isn’t too late. Price $3. Visit the Williams College '62 Center Box Office from Tues-Sat, 1-5 PM or call (413) 597-2425. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32885 For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu/    
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings through May 12, with the exception of Spring Break March 17, 24, and March 31. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) email mcr4@williams.edu.

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SANKOFA STEP TEAM
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Sankofa is Williams College’s step team founded by two female students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means “stepping forward while looking back.” Sankofa uses this concept to reach back and stay true to its roots in order to step forward, reflecting the organization’s mentality. The highly dynamic team has been known to incorporate everything from pop music and spoken word to breakdance and gymnastics in its choreography in order to create loud, high energy, and incredibly astounding performances. Price is $3.   Visit the Williams College '62 Center Box Office from Tues-Sat, 1-5 PM or call (413) 597-2425. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32885 For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu/  
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2107 FAITHLIFT WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
Pittsfield, all day
Nondenominational event sponsored by Evangelical Free Church at Lakeside Christian Camp on Richmond Pond. Includes worship, workshops and food, as well as fellowship and fun. Dinner and opening ceremonies on Friday; sleep over with breakfast, or just spend Saturday. Space is limited. Information and registration: 413-442-1992 or the FaithLift link on www.pittsfieldefc.org.
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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
North Adams, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire will hold a bake sale and vendor sales at the North Adams Stop and Shop featuring Keep Collective, Tastefully Simple and more to benefit Team Soul Sisters and Brothers.
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BERKSHIRE FESTIVAL OF WOMEN WRITERS MAY EVENTS
Windsor, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
May 6 with "Walking and Writing", a two-hour workshop from 1:30-3:30 pm at Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Led by Zara Raab and Hilde Weisert. Examples of poems that provide a new kind of seeing, hearing and sensing, as well as suggestions to use for reflection on our own short walk, lead to an hour of writing and sharing what we have written with feedback from Zara and Hilde. Fee: $35
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THE FAMILY CABARET
Sandisfield, 7 p.m.
When a community cabaret takes place in a creative hotspot populated by talented local residents -- many of whom are also professional performers -- the result is an evening that reaches new standards of family entertainment. On Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m., the rafters of the Sandisfield Arts Center will rock -- and roll -- to a range of performances from tango to comedy, when the 7th annual Sandisfield Family Cabaret Night hits the boards with a full program of local bands, jazz singers, modern dancers and much more.Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids aged 14 and under.  The proceeds will benefit the Sandisfield Arts Center, and advance reservations are recommended.  www.sandisfieldartscenter.org (413) 258-4100.
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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted' It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead' In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family defeated by its mistakes and avalanching toward its final disintegration. Family members gather to discover how far apart they’ve grown and how dysfunctional their lives have become. Directed by Professor Sangare, this theatrical production will examine contemporary relationships and investigate personal and social values. Relationships can be healed when people meet not merely to join the reunion, but to reunite. Awareness can be awakened, integrity reclaimed, and core values restored—if it isn’t too late. Price $3. Visit the Williams College '62 Center Box Office from Tues-Sat, 1-5 PM or call (413) 597-2425. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32885 For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu/    
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SANKOFA STEP TEAM
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Sankofa is Williams College’s step team founded by two female students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means “stepping forward while looking back.” Sankofa uses this concept to reach back and stay true to its roots in order to step forward, reflecting the organization’s mentality. The highly dynamic team has been known to incorporate everything from pop music and spoken word to breakdance and gymnastics in its choreography in order to create loud, high energy, and incredibly astounding performances. Price is $3. Visit the Williams College '62 Center Box Office from Tues-Sat, 1-5 PM or call (413) 597-2425. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32885 For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu/    
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MY BUBBA
North Adams, 8 p.m.
The captivating nordic duo My Bubba “sound like their generation’s Simon and Garfunkel. With just a guitar and vocals, they are mesmerizing in their softer than soft, lilting songs.” (No Depression) What to expect This event will be “up in the club” with cabaret-style seating. Our café will deliver your dinner, and the bar is always well-stocked with Bright Ideas Brewing and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits. Be ready to make new friends — our tables seat five, and, if your party is smaller, you might find others at your table. Cheers to live events up in the club! MASS MoCA, North Adams
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