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TOUCH A TRUCK
North Adams, 10 a.m.-Noon
This free community event for the entire family will be held in the parking lot behind the Haskins Building, 210 State Street. Come and explore and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks and many more community vehicles. A bake sale also will be held to support the Family Resource Center.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHAKESPEARE
Great Barrington, 3-4 p.m.

The Ramsdell Library will host a special presentation from Shakespeare & Company about the life and times of Shakespeare for school-aged children. There will be merriment, sword fighting and entertainment.


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BERKSHIRE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Berkshire Children's Theatre will present "Disney’s Aladdin Jr.," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The show will be staged at the Berkshire Museum and features an ensemble of talented local performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 who perform under the direction of Kara Demler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and include museum admission.

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'TOO MUCH GLUE' AUTHOR VISIT
Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The Adams Free Library will host a visit by Jason Lefebvre of Holyoke, author of "Too Much Glue." He will read the book and talk about what it’s like to write a picture book.  The book encourages artistic expression in all forms and shows that being unique is a wonderful thing.

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'WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE' STORYWALK
Great Barrington, 10-11:30 a.m.

Families begin reading page one of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak at Subway Sandwich Shop. Whether walking, skipping or leaping to the next posted page, readers will follow the story accented by colorful pictures. The two-page spreads are posted over the course of the “walk” and end at Mason Library with a 10:30 a.m. live reading and craft.


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KITCHEN KA-BOOM
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Perform thrilling and fun science experiments in the Sabic Innovation Lab at the Berkshire Museum. All experiments are kid-safe and can be re-created using items found in almost any kitchen. Each session features different experiments. Adult must accompany child. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested: call 413-443-7171 ext. 10.

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BERKSHIRE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Berkshire Children's Theatre will present "Disney’s Aladdin Jr.," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The show will be staged at the Berkshire Museum and features an ensemble of talented local performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 who perform under the direction of Kara Demler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and include museum admission.

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FAMILY MOVIE, MARY POPPINS
Great Barrington, 5:45-8:30 p.m.

The Mason Library will show "Mary Poppins," Rated G, at a special 5:45 p.m. start time. Parents need to know that though the pace is rollicking and sometimes chaotic, there are no dangerous or dark elements in this movie. Melodic music, fancy dancing, and cartoon segments will engage even the youngest viewers. Kids should eear jammies and bring pillows/blankets. Popcorn and drinks are provided.


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SPRING STAMPEDE SALAMANDER SEARCH
Lenox, 6-7:30 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox will hold a "Spring Stampede Salamander Search" with Gayle Tardif-Raser, education coordinator with Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.W oodland salamanders spend their days under logs, stones, and other objects, venturing out only in the cool of the evening. Visitors will search the woodlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives. The program is suitable for children 3 and up; the cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children, with a $25 maximum. Registration is required online or call 413-637-0320.

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KITCHEN KA-BOOM
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
Perform thrilling and fun science experiments in the Sabic Innovation Lab at the Berkshire Museum. All experiments are kid-safe and can be re-created using items found in almost any kitchen. Each session features different experiments. Adult must accompany child. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested: call 413-443-7171, ext. 10.

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YOUTH FISHING DERBY
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pittsfield Conservation Commission and Lyon Aviation will sponsor a free fishing derby for youth 14 and under at Wild Acres (rain or shine).  Volunteer support will be provided by the Onota Fishing Club to assist with dressing fish, providing fishing tips and techniques, baiting, etc. Trophies will be awarded to those who catch a tagged fish. Bait will be provided, and a limited amount of fishing poles will be available for use on a first come, first serve basis to those who do not own one. Anyone from the community who needs accommodations for handicapped vehicle access is asked to contact 413-281-0064. Wild Acres is located off of South Mountain Road in Pittsfield.

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HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Pittsfield, Noon-2 p.m.
The Pittsfield Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families in the surrounding area. The event will feature activities such as gymnastics, open swim, a scavenger hunt, face painting and a handprint art project. For more information, contact the Y at 413-499-7650 or visit www.pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.

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ANANSI THE SPIDER
Lee, 11 a.m.
The Spectrum Playouse presents the African folktale of Anansi the Spider, offering audience the chance to create spiders, learn a spider dance, and make music with sticks and shakers. Featuring storyteller Kim Waterman, the performance is best for ages 4-6, but all ages are welcome. It is free with a $5 suggested donation.

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CHILDREN'S ATTIC CONSIGNMENT SALE
W. Stockbridge, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Two-day maternity and children's consignment sale at the West Stockbridge Town Hall (aka the Old Village School) 21 Stateline Road, West Stockbridge. Sponsored by Community Health Programs. Call 413-528-0457 for more information.  
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CHILDREN'S ATTIC CONSIGNMENT SALE
W. Stockbridge, 9:00am - Noon
Two-day maternity and children's consignment sale at the West Stockbridge Town Hall (aka the Old Village School) 21 Stateline Road, West Stockbridge. Sponsored by Community Health Programs. Call 413-528-0457 for more information.  
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SPRING HOME SCHOOL SERIES
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
Spring Home-School Series at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Every Wednesday from May 7th-June 4th, 1pm-3pm. $5 per student May 7th – Mighty Mammals Come learn all about the mammals that inhabit the Rensselaer Plateau.  This program will incorporate a short, 1-2 mile hike to go over various signs of animals around Dyken Pond Center.  Plaster tracks will also be made for the kids to take home! May 14th – Pond Ecology For this program we will be learning all about amphibian and insect life cycles found in the pond.  We will also make our very own frog masks.
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VICTORIAN PINK TEA AND BALLET
Lenox, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is inviting mothers, grandmothers, children and grandchildren to a Victorian Pink Tea and Ballet celebration. The ballet will be performed by the American Dance Institute Ensemble of Pittsfield directed by Sharon MacDonald and the Albany Berkshire Junior Ballet Company and the Cantarella School of Dance directed by Deidre Duffin Swindlehurst.   The ensembles will perform excerpts from classical ballet. The highly popular Les Petites Dames de Mode (The Little Ladies of Fashion), 61 exquisite 29-inch mannequins dressed in period costume dating from 1855 to 1914, will be on view. The Victorian Pink Tea will be offered with colorful refreshments and decorations. Admission is $20 for advance reservations; $25 day of the event, $7 for children 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and younger. For reservations or further information call 413-637-3206 or log on to info@gildedage.org. Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker St.

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POND STUDY, JR. NATURALIST PROGRAM
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
This Jr. Naturalist Program will teach children all about the species that inhabit ponds and their importance in the wild. $1 Suggested Donation.
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INSECT DAY, JR NATURALIST PROGRAM
New York, 1 - 3 p.m.
Join us in the fields and forests at Dyken Pond Center on a quest for interesting insects and learn all about their life cycles. $1 Suggested Donation.
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LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
“Lineman Appreciation Day will be held at Wahconah Park to recognize the men and women that work to keep the lights on and the phones ringing. The Fallen Lineman Organization will be presenting the mobile version of the Fallen Lineman Memorial that is being built at the Lineman Museum in North Carolina. Visit the Pittsfield Suns website for cost of tickets and to purchase your ticket.
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HUDSON VAGABOND PUPPETS: CAPS FOR SALE
North Adams, 2 p.m.
The cast of Hudson Vagabond Puppets brings its giant and colorful puppetry to MASS MoCA with a vivid rendition of the 1938 picture book classic Caps for Sale. Don’t forget to stop by Kidspace for the opening of It’s Only Human before the show! Great for ages 3 – 10, and parents too! MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams,  413.MoCA.111 (413.662.2111)
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EAGLE STREET BEACH PARTY
North Adams, 3:30 p.m.
Join us as more than 250,000 pounds of sand, donated by Specialty Minerals and delivered by the City of North Adams, is spread curb to curb the length of Eagle Street. This family-friendly beach party runs from 3:30-6:30pm, and the adult-oriented fiesta, complete with margaritas served on the beach, takes place 7-10pm. Rain Date: July 18, 2014 http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/asdf.aspx
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JOHN WHITE: TEMPERANCE REFORMER OF 1800S
Adams
The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum kicks off Susan B Anthony Days in Adams with a REENACTMENT of a very vocal reformer of the 1800s named John White. Denis Farley performs this lively event in 1800s style. This celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and time of great reformers is a family event. FREE and OPEN to the public with refreshments being served. For more information see the website www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org of call Executive Director, Colleen Janz, at 743-7121.
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