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CAUSE FOR PAWS RADIOTHON
, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Berkshire Humane Society will host its 11th annual Radiothon on Live 95.9 and WHOOPEE radio stations. Call 1-800-788-2147, and for a $20 donation, you can dedicate a song to that special person or pet in your life – or even your special self!  And you’ll be eligible for drawings of great prizes throughout the day. You’ll also hear live interviews with BHS and Purradise staff and stories from adopters about their wonderful animals.

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BERKSHIRE DIVA'S QUARTER AUCTION
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Don't Miss It!!! Our April Quarter Auction!! You could win a $100 gift certificate to PartyLite just for coming to the April quarter auction!! Our charity of the month is Titus's Journey WITH Leukemia and along with the 50/50 raffle we will also be raffling off a gift basket with donations from our consultants to help raise money for little Titus and his family. Our consultants will have tables set up with cash and carry items or you can place orders and even book a party! The FIRST 25 people through the door will receive tickets for a chance to win one of 4-$5 gift cards! .
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LASAGNA DINNER BENEFIT FOR PURRADISE
Great Barrington, 5-7 p.m.
Berkshire Humane Society is hosting its annual lasagna dinner at Crissey Farm. Both meat and vegetarian meals will be served with garlic bread and a salad. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.  A cash bar will be available.  Besides a 50/50 raffle, this year there also will be a raffle of more than 25 items. For additional details, call 413-717-4244 or visit www.berkshirehumane.org.

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GET BART SMART 2015
Adams, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Now in its 8th year, Get BART Smart is an annual fundraising event designed to support BART’s college preparatory program. The event pits teams of four to six people against one another in fevered battles of trivia and SAT questions. Teams follow a “school-day schedule” and travel from classroom to classroom throughout the evening. The winning team at the end of the night will be crowned “Valedictorian” and, along with prizes, win untold fame, fortune and adulation throughout Berkshire County. The event features a school picture booth manned by photographer Kate Drew Miller, food by Mezze catering and a bar provided by Spirited. Many of the questions throughout the evening come directly from BART students’ curriculum and past SAT exams, giving teams a chance to experience the rigorous expectations of the middle and high school students at BART. We hope to see you there! Please use this link to register or learn more.
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'VEGAS IN THE BERKSHIRES'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Berkshire Olde Tyme Review (BOTR) will present "Vegas in the Berkshires" at the Robert Boland Theatre on Berkshire Community College’s campus for two nights in April to support underfunded adult and children’s programming at UCP of Berkshire County. "Vegas in the Berkshire"s will feature music from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Cher, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow and more. BOTR cast includes Malcolm Frazer, Bob Bottume, Joe White, David LaPlante, Dawn LaPlante, Maria Brodeur, Paul Bianco, Luc Levesque, Heather Austin, Ed Poette, Sylvie Carrier-Hastings, Heather Cachat, Dennis Wixom, Beth Larrow, Dan Rickert, Lori Southard Johnson, Melissa Levesque, Melissa Green Campbell, Bonnie Callaghan and Shawn Callaghan with appearances by the Berkshire County Line Dancers and the BOTR dancers. There will be guest appearances by UCP’s Executive Director Christine Singer on violin and UCP Joy to Dance dancers. Refreshments will be offered as well as a BOTR gift basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. General admission tickets for the event are $15 or two for $25 and can be purchased at UCP of Berkshire County, Pittsfield and North Adams offices, LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown, Wood Bros. in Pittsfield and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield. For more information visit ucpberkshire.org or call Kristen Baker at 413-442-1562, ext. 24.

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IS183 ART SCHOOL GALA
Pittsfield
IS183’s annual gala, the Versace Tchotchke Expo with Hibachi and Mariachi, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. IS183’s annual gala raises funds for the Berkshires’ visual arts school providing artmaking experiences and instruction to youth and adults in Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Williamstown and Great Barrington. This year’s over-the-top mashup mixes garish designer excess, tacky keepsakes and tawdry trade show insanity and adds a dash of Mexican music and culinary showmanship to create a one-of-a-kind evening. While costumes are not required of attendees, creative outfits are encouraged. Sombreros, stilettos, briefcases, gold chains, and ostentatiously kitschy baubles of all sorts are a few of the inventive fashion options. Tacky or snazzy, or preferably both, bring it to the Versace Tchotchke Expo (with hibachi and mariachi)! Tickets range from $50 for the dance party, complimentary beverages and silent auction, to $175 and up for a full evening of inventive excess beginning with a splashy dinner beforehand and continuing into the evening with a silent auction and dance party featuring music by JTD Productions and video projections by renowned local artist Joe Wheaton. Tickets at the $350 level and above also include an invitation to a fabulous tchotchke centerpiece fabrication party in March. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 413-298-5252 x100 or visit www.is183.org.

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'VEGAS IN THE BERKSHIRES'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Berkshire Olde Tyme Review (BOTR) will present "Vegas in the Berkshires" at the Robert Boland Theatre on Berkshire Community College’s campus for two nights in April to support underfunded adult and children’s programming at UCP of Berkshire County. "Vegas in the Berkshire"s will feature music from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Cher, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow and more. BOTR cast includes Malcolm Frazer, Bob Bottume, Joe White, David LaPlante, Dawn LaPlante, Maria Brodeur, Paul Bianco, Luc Levesque, Heather Austin, Ed Poette, Sylvie Carrier-Hastings, Heather Cachat, Dennis Wixom, Beth Larrow, Dan Rickert, Lori Southard Johnson, Melissa Levesque, Melissa Green Campbell, Bonnie Callaghan and Shawn Callaghan with appearances by the Berkshire County Line Dancers and the BOTR dancers. There will be guest appearances by UCP’s Executive Director Christine Singer on violin and UCP Joy to Dance dancers. Refreshments will be offered as well as a BOTR gift basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. General admission tickets for the event are $15 or two for $25 and can be purchased at UCP of Berkshire County, Pittsfield and North Adams offices, LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown, Wood Bros. in Pittsfield and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield. For more information visit ucpberkshire.org or call Kristen Baker at 413-442-1562, ext. 24.

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5K RUN/WALK & BREAKFAST
Windsor, Registration 8 am - Race start 9 am
Start/Finish Line: Housatonic Housy Dome, 1064 Main Street, Housatonic, Check-in: 8 a.m. Start: 9 a.m. Rain or shine! Help raise money for Berkshire South’s TONE (Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise) program as well as other exciting youth fitness programs. All fitness levels welcome! Exclusive race t-shirts given to the first 120 paid registrants. All participants receive one free day pass for use on race day. You will have full access to the Center including the locker rooms and sauna. Guest passes are available for family, friends and supporters. All race participants are invited back to Berkshire South Regional Community Center for a Breakfast and award ceremony immediately following the race. Complimentary for all participants, guest tickets are $2/child and $4/adult. Breakfast served 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Bring your friends and your family and get ready for some fun! Please note that as much as we love our pets, this event is a pet-free one. For the safety of the participants and your pet, please leave your dogs at home. Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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SHOUT OUT LOUD FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Shout Out Loud Productions will host a fundraiser, "Cocktails with a Purpose," at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The event will feature a cocktail hour, panel discussion, dinner, a live and silent auction, and dance party.  The organization’s president, Jeanet Ingalls, also a survivor and ardent advocate, will facilitate a panel discussion on the different facets of human/sex trafficking in Massachusetts.  Funds raised will support and educate Massachusetts’ law enforcement officials, health service providers and the community at large to recognize victims, expand and strengthen protocol, and help provide support for human trafficking victims. General admission tickets are $80, student tickets are $40 with I.D. and dance tickets are $25 (valid from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.).  Tickets can be purchased online at shoutoutloudproductions.com and must be purchased before Tuesday, April 14.  For more information, contact Ingalls at: jeanet@shoutoutloudproductions.com.

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5TH ANNUAL SLICE OF LIFE PIZZA COMPETITION
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom for the 5th anniversary of our local pizza competition! All the best of our local restaurants will be serving up their pizza and you get to eat and vote… and eat and vote! Music provided by Dennis Wixsom from Bob Heck Entertainment, Lots of raffles, and Cash Bar. Doors open at 6PM FUN for the whole family! Get advance tickets and SAVE! Doors
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FUNDRAISER DRURY SOFTBALL TEAM PAINT & SIP
North Adams, 6 p.m.
It's time to support your favorite Drury Softball Team at the American Legion in North Adams. Learn how to paint "Summer Campfire" while sipping a beverage and socializing with friends. All materials and instruction to create a large 16x20 original painting included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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BERKSHIRE BATTALION HOCKEY TEAM PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The hockey team needs a new Mascot... so lets help them out!  Join us at the Freight Yard Pub, 3 Furnace St, North Adams on 4/21 to raise money for the teams new mascot. You'll learn how to paint this inspirations BLUE BIRD TREE on a large 16x20 canvas while you sip a beverage and socialize with friends. It can't get any funner than that!  All materials for the painting and your donation is included for only $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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MT GREYLOCK ECF PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Fundraiser to benefit Berkshire Healthcare's Mount Greylock Activities Department. Come join us on 4/24 at Berkshire Healthcare's Mt Greylock ECF, 100 North St, Pittsfield, MA. You'll learn how to paint these Radiant Red Poppies on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and your donation is included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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ALS PAINTING PART FUNDRAISER
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Team Berkshire County of the ALS Association of Massachusetts Walking to Defeat ALS will hold a Progressive Palette painting night fundraiser at the Progressive Palette Studio on Spring Street in Williamstown. Admission of $35 includes a two-hour paint party/lesson, all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on stretched canvas, a generous donation to defeat ALS, punch and snacks. This party is for adults only; register here.

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ALISON LARKIN LIVE
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed comedienne and bestselling author of "The English American," Alison Larkin will perform a sneak preview of her new show, "Alison Larkin LIVE!," at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.  In her hilarious new show, Alison will talk about her adoption, England, America, life in the Berkshires and how to brew the perfect cup of tea. This special performance will benefit The Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB), with proceeds supporting the Financial Aid Fund. Regular ticket prices range from $30-55, and a premium ticket including a post-show, on-stage reception is $100. An early bird discount is available through April 5.To reserve tickets, call the Mahaiwe box office at 413-528-0100 or visit www.mahaiwe.com.

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HABITAT RESTORE WOMEN'S WEEKEND
Pittsfield, 3 - 7 p.m.
May 7, 8, and 9 is Women’s Weekend at the Central Berkshire Habitat ReStore in Pittsfield! Throughout Mother’s Day weekend, stop into ReStore during business honors and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity in honor of the special mothers, daughters, and women in your life. Every dollar we raise goes towards alleviating poverty housing in our community and supporting our Women Build in the Berkshires event. Together, we can achieve Habitat’s mission of fair and affordable home ownership in the Berkshires. When you donate, you’ll receive a special Mother’s Day card. If you donate $30 or more, you’ll also receive a Habitat Women Build t-shirt! The Habitat ReStore is located at 70 Jefferson Place, open for shopping on Thursdays 3-7PM and Fridays and Saturdays 9AM-5PM. For more information, call (413) 443-2106.
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RACE UP LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN
Vermont, 10 a.m.
The first annual 5K race up Lookout Mountain, the Iron Horse Walk * Trot * Canter, hosted by Gallop To Success (a nonprofit organization assisting at-risk youth in the area), will be held at Kimberly Farms Stables at 1214 Cross Hill Road, North Bennington Vt. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used for horse camp scholarships. Register by phone or at www.GallopToSuccess.org/events/5k.

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WOMEN BUILD IN THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Women Build in the Berkshires is a Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity program that encourages women to work on the job site for a day. You will receive construction training and help a family achieve their dream of safe and affordable housing. The builds are scheduled varying days from May 6-21. Even if your company can’t sponsor an entire team, you can join as an individual Women Builder, and we’ll pick a build day that works best with your schedule. Here is our website that has the information on how to register: http://www.berkshirehabitat.org/services/women/  or call Nicole at (413) 442-3181.  
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