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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
Dalton, 1-3 p.m.
The Progressive Pallette will host a painting party fundraiser for in support of Relay for Life (Berkshire County Central South) at the Wahconah Country Club in Dalton. The cost is $40 includes the two-hour painting party/lesson, all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on stretched canvas and a donation to Relay for Life. This event is for adults only; tickets can be ordered here.

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STRIDES IN SOLIDARITY 5K RUN
Williamstown, 11:30 AM
Strides In Solidarity 5K Sunday, April 26, 11:30am, Paresky Center, Lawn Please join the Williams College chapter of PIH Engage on April 26th for its second annual Strides In Solidarity event! Run or walk with us in solidarity with Partners In Health community health workers around the world, especially those who have given so much to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Community health workers walk miles and miles every day to the most remote areas, finding sick patients and delivering critical medical care to the ill and the poor who would otherwise be without care. All proceeds will support Partners In Health in its effort to strengthen health systems and build community health worker networks in West Africa to prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

 Register for the event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/williams-college-strides-in-solidarity-tickets-16525994695. Event day registration begins at 10 am on Sunday the 26th; the run will kick-off at 11:30. We will also be tabling in Paresky during the week leading up to the event, so please stop by to register there and/or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates to Spring Street Market, Tunnel City, Freight Yard Pub, and other local businesses/restaurants. Raffle drawings will take place on the morning of the 26th before the start of the run. Those who select the t-shirt registration option can pick up shirts at lunch in Paresky during the week leading up to the event or on the day of the run! Contact Kirby Neuner at ksn1@williams.edu with questions.
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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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HUMANE RACE 2015
Williamstown, 8 AM
It’s time for Humane Race 2015.  Held in Williamstown, MA, this annual 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk will benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS). The Humane Race promises a full schedule of family and dog friendly activities. (Runners and walkers unaccompanied by dogs are welcomed too!) Start time is 10AM, with Check-in and Race Day Registration beginning at 8AM at 16 Water St. To register for the Humane Race, visit www.humanerace.org or pick up a form at Greylock Animal Hospital, Bark N’ Cat, or BHS and either mail in your registration or drop it off at Bark N’ Cat. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old or under. Registration the morning of the race is an additional $5.00. Of course, dogs are free. The first 150 runners and walkers to register will receive a race T-shirt. All dogs will receive a commemorative bandanna. If you’d like to raise additional money for BHS and be eligible to win some special pledge prizes, you can collect pledges online at www.humanerace.org or pick up a pledge form along with your registration form. For every $100 you raise, you’ll get a ticket and automatically be entered into a drawing for special pledge prizes. Finish line festivities include music, refreshments, games, canine contests, and the awarding of pledge prizes.  For more information about the Humane Race, visit www.humanerace.org or call 413-664-7777.  
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FOOD PANTRY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Vermont
Form a four man team and play 9 holes of captain and crew format at Stamford Valley Golf Course to benefit the Friendship Center Food Pantry. The cost will be $40 dollars per player, which includes 9 holes of golf and a cookout lunch included. To make a tee time, or for more information, contact Alex Candiloro at candiloroalex@gmail.com or 413-663-4531.

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WOMEN'S WEEKEND AT RESTORE
Pittsfield, 3 - 7 PM
Celebrate Women's Weekend at the Central Berkshire Habitat ReStore! During Mother’s Day Weekend May 7, 8, 9, shop and donate in honor of the mothers, daughters, and special 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. Donate $30 or more, you’ll also receive a Habitat Women Build t-shirt! The Berkshire Habitat ReStore is located at 70 Jefferson Place in Pittsfield. Open for shopping Thursday 3-7pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm. Please call (413) 443-2106 or visit http://www.berkshirehabitat.org/berkshire-restore/ for more information. 
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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 3-7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9 to 5. For more information, call (413) 443-2106.
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GIRLS INC. TO HONOR ELLEN KENNEDY
Pittsfield
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, the core program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, will present the 2015 “She Knows Where She Is Going” award to Ellen Kennedy at the Girls Inc. Annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening to be held at the Colonial Theatre. Kennedy is the president of Berkshire Community College (BCC). She previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at BCC. Prior to joining the college, she served as the Interim Chief Operating Officer of National Patient Safety Foundation, the Director of Development at WFCR – Public Radio for Western New England, the Chief Advancement Officer for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and President of the MCLA Foundation. Sponsorship and ad opportunities are available. For more information on Celebration Evening, contact Bethany Kirchmann, at 413-442-5174 ext. 12 or bethanyk@brighamcenter.org

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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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DINE & DONATE
Lee, 11AM - 10PM
51 Park Restaurant & Tavern is hosting a Dine & Donate Benefit for Berkshire Humane Society. Just tell your server that you're dining to donate, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the help the homeless animals of Berkshire County. For more information, call 413-243-2153.  
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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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LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE
Williamstown
Members of Berkshire County Letter Carriers Branch No. 286 will be collecting food in Northern Berkshire along with delivering the mail. Carriers from the post offices in Adams, North Adams in Williamstown will be collecting food for numerous food programs. These include the Friendship Center Food Pantry, Berkshire Food Project, the Dream Center and the Salvation Army in North Adams; to Saints Patrick & Raphael Parish and Community Bible Church in Williamstown; and in Adams to the Louison House of the Family Life Support Center. A special radio program to highlight the food drive will be held on WNAW on Tuesday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. As for what to donate, in conjunction with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Mass in Motion program, local food pantries and programs suggest the following healthy non-perishable options: beans, including black beans, chick peas, garbonzo and pinto beans; canned tuna fish in water; peanut butter; brown rice, quinoa; whole wheat pasta; pasta sauce; low-sodium canned vegetables or tomatoes; low-sodium soup; oatmeal and other whole-grain cereals; and no-sugar-added canned fruits and unsweetened applesauce; and cooking oils such as canola or olive oil. Call the Friendship Center at 413-664-0123 or email northernberkshireinterfaith@gmail.com if you are interested in helping in North Adams.

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GABRIEL ABBOTT PTA PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The PTA of Gabriel Abbott Memorial School is looking to raise a little money... let's see if we can help them out.  Join us on 5/13 at the VFW, 513 Mohawk Trail in North Adams where you'll learn how to paint "Summer Beach Chairs" on a large 16x20 wall-sized canvas, while sipping a beverage and socializing with friends. All materials and instruction included for only $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER-JOSH BRESSETTE COMMIT 2 SAVE A LIFE
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Join us at the American Legion, 91 American Legion Dr, North Adams on 5/15 to raise some money for a great cause!  You'll learn how to paint "Moonlit Dragonfly Pond" on a large 16x20 wall-sized canvas while you sip a beverage, and socialize with friends.  $35 per person.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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MINDS MATTER WALK
Pittsfield, 5:15 p.m.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County will host the Minds Matter Walk fundraiser during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Awareness month and to help raise awareness of the impact of mental illnesses in Berkshire County. The event will be kicked off with opening remarks from WBRK, the honorary chair of the event, and NAMI Berkshire County Executive Director Brenda Carpenter. Participants can register by visiting namibc.org and printing out the registration form, as well as from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the NAMI Berkshire County booth at the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue (Persip Park) in Pittsfield. The first 150 people to register will receive a NAMI tote bag. To participate or become a sponsor, contact Brenda at 413-443-1666 or at namibc@namibc.org.

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21ST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Pittsfield
Berkshire County Arc will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, Mass. on Thursday, May 21, 2015. All proceeds from the Tournament will support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties. There are two tee times – one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m. – and the fee to play is $140 per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, green fees, cart and a gift. The format is four-person, captain and crew; individual and 2- and 3-person teams are welcome. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are available and the deadline to sponsor is Friday, April 24. The deadline to register to play is Friday, May 1. To register as a player, sponsor, make a donation or to donate a raffle prize, visit http://www.bcarc.org to download a registration brochure, or contact Michelle at mbaity@bcarc.org or 413-499-4241, ext. 259 for more detailed information.

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PAINTING PARTY TO BENEFIT BECKWITH STRONG RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
Great Barrington, 6:30 p.m.
Come join us at the Egremont Country Club, 685 Egremont Rd, Great Barrington for a super fun Paint and Sip Party to raise money for the Beckwith Strong Relay for Life Team. You'll learn how to paint "Blowing Dandelion" on a large 16x20 canvas, while you sip a beverage and socialize with friends. All materials and instruction included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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PAINTING PARTY FOR BERKSHIRES GUARDIAN ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Have a fun night exploring your creative juices, while you help to raise money for a worthy cause.  Join us on 6/12 at the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel Air Ave, Pittsfield and learn how to paint "Blowing Dandelion" on a large 16x20 canvas.  No experience required.  Cash Bar. All materials and instruction included for $37.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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