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North Adams, 3 - 4 p.m.
Ages and Stages for Your Baby. January 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Each parent who attends will fill out an Ages and Stages Questionnaire regarding their child’s development. Staff will enter the ASQ and give the results to each parent in a follow up meeting. They will also provide age appropriate activities to do with the baby to encourage development. A free book for each baby that attends. Please call 664-4821 to register.
EXHIBIT, POETRY READING
Lenox, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will exhibit at Kimball Farms Life Care at 235 Walker St. as part of CATA’s Art on Tour gallery series. A public opening will be held with writer/actor Rachel Siegel reading selected works by writers with disabilities from CATA’s Writers Workshop. The event is free and open to all, with reservations required at 413-637-7043.
TALK ON BATMAN FRANCHISE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College will host film producer Michael Uslan for a discussion of his work in the film industry. Uslan’s talk is titled “The Birth of the Batman Movie Franchise: How Passion, Perseverance and an Entrepreneurial Spirit Can Make Your Dreams Come True.” The event will take place n the ’62 Center MainStage. Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets, contact the box office at 413-597-2425 or reserve online.
Williamstown, 10 a.m.
Williams College will host an educational symposium on sustainable investing titled “Breaking the Tradeoff: Profit with Purpose.” Throughout the day, experts and practitioners from a range of industries will share their perspectives on opportunities in sustainable investing and their successes and aspirations in green finance. All talks will take place in Griffin Hall, room 3. They are free and open to the public. Opening remarks start at 10 a.m., followed by talks throughout the day, concluding with "Breaking the Tradeoff: Investing for Profit and Impact" at 4:10 p.m.
AUTHOR, CANCER SURVIVOR
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Kimball Farms Life Care will host a presentation by cancer survivor and author Emily Rubin, who leads creativity and writing workshops for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers in New York City. Rubin published “The Write Treatment,” an anthology of work by her workshop participants. Her presentation is free and open. Register by calling 413-637-7043.
FAMILY FILM NIGHT
North Adams, 6 p.m.
The North Adams Public Library will host a family film night featuring a screening of the movie "Look Up." In addition to the movie (served up with popcorn), the library will also be featuring a pathfinder of fun STEM ideas for children and families and links to NASA’s year-long celebration of man’s exploration of Space.
BEER & CHEESE TASTINGS
Williamstown, 6-7 p.m.
You've heard of pairing wine and cheese, but beer and cheese' Wild Oats will hold a series of beer and cheese tastings; each event will feature different beers and cheeses so come to one or come to all three. The cost is $10, which includes four pairings and a Wild Oats pint glass. Space is limited; register at customer service at the store, 320 Main St.
BERKSHIRE WALDORF HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m.
Berkshire Waldorf High School is holding an open house at the school, 14 Pine St., on the corner of Pine and Shamrock. The school offers honors-level, college preparatory academics and is also well-integrated into the larger community, including classes and workshops in renowned artists’ studios, the use of local labs and gyms, Shakespeare & Company, field trips to events and museums in the Northeast, and international travel. A student panel will also be part of the program, and guests at the Open House are welcome to ask questions about the students’ high school experience, the work they've done this year, and their plans for the future.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.
Berkshire Community College will hold its Spring 2018 New Student Orientation in the new BCC Connector building on the Main Campus at 1350 West St. The orientation will help new students acclimate to their spring semester and offer tours of the new classrooms on campus. Walk-ins are welcome.
BERKSHIRE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Stockbridge, 9-11 a.m.
Berkshire Country Day School will hold an Open House for parents and caregivers of all grades at the school, located at 55 Interlaken Road (Route 183). Visiting parents will have the opportunity to chat with current BCD parents, see students in action, tour the 27-acre campus and classroom buildings, meet members of the faculty and administration, and hear more about the school’s compelling curriculum and co-curricular programs that emphasize academics, the arts, and athletics. Details and registration, which is encouraged, are available online.
'LOOKING AND LUNCHING'
The Clark Art Institute’s “Looking and Lunching” program, which offers a closer look at an object in the Clark’s collection followed by a half-hour discussion, will be held. The program is free with gallery admission; arrive early to pre-order and purchase your meal or bring your own lunch.During this session, Senior Curator Esther Bell discusses the Clark’s newest acquisition, "Portrait of Achille Deban de Laborde" by the French portraitist Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet (1791–1834). The large oil painting of a young boy dressed in military regalia is a touching memorial to the sitter’s father, Baron Jean-Baptiste Deban de Laborde, who was killed at the battle of Wagram in 1809 when Achille was barely a year old.
North Adams, 10 to 11 a.m.
Every Child Ready to Read! A free Workshops for Parents and Children Fridays, January 19, and 26 and February 2 and 9 from 10:00-11:00 at The North Adams Public Library-3rd floor. For community families with children ages 2-5 years old. Learn how to help your child get ready to read with simple, fun, hands-on activities. A collaboration with the North Adams Public Library. Each family who attends the workshops will receive a “Ready to Read” tote bag filled with books and fun reading activities. Call 413-664-4821 to register. “Every Child Ready to Read” was developed by the Association for Library Service to Children.
TEA TALKS: CURATORIAL CONVERSATIONS
Stockbridge, 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy this lively art talks with the Norman Rockwell Museum’s curators, who will discuss the current exhibit "Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi."
MEMORIES OF EXPLORATION OPENING RECEPTION
Lee, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Good Purpose Gallery brings together photographs by Charles Edson and Ruslan Sprague and paintings by Kiki Dufault. Show runs until Monday, March 6.
THE ALL-NIGHT MARATHON OF VOICES AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 4:50 p.m. - dawn
The All-Night Marathon of Voices at Williams The All-Night Marathon of Voices is a dusk to dawn event in Thompson Memorial Chapel. Including vocalists and vocal groups from across the Williams community, this unique gathering is worth staying up for. https://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12610 Free Thompson Memorial Chapel Main Street, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 4:50 p.m.
'NEW ART IN AN OLD BUILDING'
Dalton, 5-8 p.m.
After combing through nearly 600 works, Berkshire Money Management, Inc. (BMM) has chosen 22 artists for the firm's one-night exhib “New Art in an Old Building” at BMM’s new home, the Model Farm at 161 Main St. The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The 22 artists selected are: Scott Taylor, Andrew DeVries, Grier Horner, Mike Carty, John and Sandra Houseman, Megan Buratto, Ed Pelkey, William Casper, Susan Robinson, Mary Anne Pellegrini, Barbara Patton, Candace Cimini-Farrell, Michael Fabrizio, Crystal Martin, Julie Morgan, Anna Dupont, Kathryn Stocking-Koza, Michelle Iglesias, Catherine Foster, Carol Lew, Joe Goodwin, and Suzanne Stefanik.
LIONS CLUB SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Cheshire, 5-8 p.m.
The Cheshire Lions Club will hold a spaghetti supper fundraiser at the Bass Water Grille on Route 8. There will be a 50/50 raffle and more. Adults are $10 and kids and seniors are $7.
TALK BY DEFENSE LAWYERS
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers Jim Figorski and Stephen Brown ’71 will speak at Williams College in a lecture titled “Getting Justice: A Case History of How to Right a Criminal Wrong One Person at a Time.” The event will take place in Griffin Hall and is free.
'ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS'
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
The Whitney Center for the Arts opens is 2018 Season with Hand-Me-Down Theatre's production of "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens," with book and lyrics by Bill Russel and Music by Janet Hood. "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens" is a raucous and heartfelt celebration of the lives of those lost to AIDS told through free-verse monologues and an energetic blues and rock score. This will be presented live in concert. The production is the directorial debut of Berkshire Theatre Group alum and Williams College student Caroline Fairweather.
JAERV SWEDISH FOLK CONCERT
Sheffield, 7:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., will present Jaerv: folk, jazz, and pop band touring the United States from Sweden. The award-winning Swedish quintet present an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music performance with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. Admission is $20.
'A TASTE OF AUSTRIA'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Austrian pianist Philipp Scheucher will hold a solo piano concert at Chapin Hall at Williams College. The event is part of the winter studies' course "A Taste of Austria" at Williams College. Scheucher will perform works by Franz Schubert and Modest Mussorgsky, the famous "Pictures At An Exhibition," among others.
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
This new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys the last 50 years of the Metropolitan Opera's rich history and a time of great change for New York. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 413-528-0100 Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
WOMEN’S MARCH SOLIDARITY EVENT
Pittsfield, 1-4 p.m.
Indivisible Pittsfield will host a "March into Action" Resource Fair and Community Forum at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. On the anniversary of the first Women’s March and in solidarity with the Women’s March 2018, Indivisible Pittsfield invites the public to the event, which will feature a resource fair with more than 20 groups participating followed by brief spoken word performances, leading into a round-table discussion of "where do we go from here in the Berkshires," featuring leaders of various social justice efforts and related organizations in the region.
Great Barrington, 11:15 a.m.
Teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will perform the first of three free puppet plays for children at Mason Library, 231 Main St. More puppet plays in this spring series of free community events are planned for March and April. To learn more, visit gbrss.org or call 413-528-4015.
ART, MINDFULNESS, AND SELF-REFLECTION
Stockbridge, 5-7 p.m.
Start the New Year with quiet contemplation and the exploration of art as a means of achieving a state of flow, mindfulness, and self-reflection with Katie Atkinson, an illustrator who focuses on themes of wellness, personal growth, and transformation, at the Norman Rockwell Museum She is also works as a therapeutic art facilitator at Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, Conn., where she uses mindfulness to create pathways to greater self-awareness and healing. The cost is $20.
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Take a trip to outer space with Quindar — Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and his art and music collaborator James Merle Thomas. The multimedia duo synch electronic music with historical recordings and film, especially from NASA’s early manned missions. The results are mesmerizingly beautiful, and they packed the house at last summer’s Solid Sound. MASS MoCA
Lenox, 8-11 p.m.
Lenox Contradance will be held at the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., featuring live music by Coincidance and calling by Jon Greene. The cost is $12 adults/$6 students/family $25. Beginners welcomed at 7:45 p.m. Details online.
PROPERTY CLEAN-UP DAY
Sheffield, 9 a.m.
The Sheffield Land Trust will hold a Property Clean-up Day led by volunteers Neal Chamberlain and Bob Kilmer, taking advantage of the better visibility and access possible in winter without leaves and other vegetation.The first priority is getting rid of old debris on the property, then cutting and removing old barbed wire, and finally cutting back bittersweet on trees along the roadside if there is time. For more information, call Neal at 860-671-0494 or email him.
UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL TRACKS & SIGNS
Sheffield, 9-11 a.m.
Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs. A Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Santuary naturalist will lead a two-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that stay active through the winter. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children; register online.
MASS MOCA FREE DAY
Mass MoCA visitors will experience pop-up gallery performances, art-making, and live music in our freight elevator, in addition to immersive installations by Turrell, Anderson’s two virtual reality experiences, and Schonbeck’s world of instruments (no experience required to play), during the museum's Free Day. Capping off the night with a ticketed performance in the Hunter Center at 8 p.m., Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen brings his collaborator, James Merle Thomas, performing as Quindar, to enliven the museum with solar landscapes and danceable songs. During Free Day, community partners will be stationed in the lobby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering information to visitors on upcoming events in the area. Stop by the Berkshire Health Systems information table to learn more about the growing range of health services available in the northern Berkshires. The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will be offering information about upcoming events for the Northern Berkshire Neighbors program and The Family Place.
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- SVMC Blood Drive
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- Jazz Vespers
- Milham Planetarium show
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