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HOLOCAUST AWARENESS PROJECT FILM
Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires screens "Paper Clips," a film about a class project in rural Tennessee through which students explore the Holocaust. This free film at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series. "Paper Clips" (2004) takes place in the rural, blue-collar Tennessee community of Whitwell, where a middle-school class attempts to understand and take on a project that reflects World War II's Holocaust by collecting paper clips, each of which represents a human life lost in the Nazis' slaughter of Jews. Paper clips were chosen in part because Norwegians wore them on their lapels as a symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

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YOGA FOR SENIORS
Williamstown, 11 a.m.
A four-part series of yoga classes designed specifically for seniors will be held at the Clark Art Institute on Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 11. The fee is $40 for all four classes ($30 for Clark members); the drop-in rate is $12 per class ($8 members). To register, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524. Certified yoga instructor Mary Edgerton explores visualization techniques and meditation to reduce stress and encourage a greater sense of peaceful well-being. The chair-based class focuses on stretching and toning muscles, safely exploring greater mobility in the joints, and improving balance. Seniors of all different levels in mobility and flexibility are welcome. The one-hour classes will be held in Hunter Studio at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill; please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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FACULTY LECTURE SERIES
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
David Gürçay-Morris, associate professor of theater, will present the opening lecture in Williams College’s annual Faculty Lecture Series in Wege Auditorium, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Gürçay-Morris’ presentation, titled “The Garden of F_ _king Paths: Choice and Chance in Performance,” is a one-man performance about a fictional professor named David Gürçay-Morris who, when faced with giving a public lecture, overcomes his glossophobia by asking his audience to make meaningful choices for him about the mode and content of his presentation. The performance could cover such disparate subjects as: the social conventions of communal food consumption when placed in conflict with behavioral norms at entertainment functions; the parallel evolutions of video game tutorials and the role of the audience in post-Brechtian theater; and an analysis of the inverted scenographies of prison panopticons, summer vacation slideshows, and artist’s retrospectives.

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CHAMBER NITE AT BFAIR
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
North Adams Chamber of Commerce & Berkshire Family And Individual Resources will host an evening of networking and to learn about the work of BFAIR, their strategic growth, and how you can continue to support their efforts that impact the entire Berkshire community. RSVP to the North Adams Chamber at ricco@northadamschamber.com or to BFAIR at jcivello@bfair.org.

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WCMA EXHIBIT OPENING
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
"Both Sides Now," a first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh, opens at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) Feb. 12 and will be on view through Sept. 25. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in spectacle, perception, and encounters among objects and people. The result is a series of interactive sculptural stations—nodding to Rome’s Circus Maximus—that encourages new investigations and responses to WCMA’s collection. In the adjacent gallery they address their differing theories of contemporary art head-on through a series of oversized stitch samplers featuring the artists’ ongoing, and at times contentious, call-and-response dialogue. At the openeing celebration, they will  talk about their disparate work and draw out intersections in their personal experiences and professional practices.

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WILDLIFE LECTURE
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) continues its Green Living Seminar series on “Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” when Andrew Madden, supervisor of the Western Wildlife District for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, speaks on “When Wildlife Gets Too Close: The Massachusetts Large Animal Response Team.” This event, which will take place in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, is free and open to the public.

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LEGO GROUP AT THE LIBRARY
North Adams, 6 - 7 p.m.
Lego Group at the Library. Thursday, February 11th and 25th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm on the third floor of the North Adams Library. The Family Center and the North Adams Library are joining forces to bring a Lego group to families with children ages 4 to 12 years old. We will provide Legos for you and your child to build and create. The group is FREE and drop in! Call the Family Center at 664-4821 or the North Adams Library at 662-3133 for more information.
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'BENNINGTON OF THE FUTURE'
Vermont, 9-10:30 a.m.
Southern Vermont College will host an informal forum and discussion group to continue the conversation about downtown Bennington and the rich possibilities that it offers as a unique location in collaboration with Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS) teacher Barbara Ackerman and her Advanced Design students, based on their imaginative, community-oriented design project, “Bennington of the Future.” Students, educators, town organization leaders, and the public are invited to this event to share their ideas and creative insights about Bennington’s future.

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CONVERSATION WITH THE BERKSHIRE DELEGATION
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
The Pittsfield Council on Aging will host a conversation with the Berkshire Legislative Delegation at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center. The event, open to the public, will be held on the second floor of the center, which is located at 330 North St.  Mayor Linda Tyer and representatives from the Berkshire County Councils on Aging and The “Age Friendly Community” task force will also be in attendance. The discussion will include issues concerning the senior population of Berkshire County.  The event will begin with an informal gathering of attendees, followed by a short introduction from each elected official, and a Q and A session.

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MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PLAYGROUP AT FREEDOM DANCE
North Adams, 10 - 11 a.m.
Music and Movement Playgroup at Freedom Dance Studio, 40 Main street, North Adams on Friday, February 12th 10:00 to 11:00 am. Families with young children will enjoy creative movement, music, and free play. The group will end with a “Circle Time” of songs, finger plays and a story.  Snacks will be served. Drop in or Call 413-664-4821 for more information.
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COALITION FORUM ON YOUTH
North Adams, 10 a.m.-noon
The youth of YLP, which includes teenagers ages 14 to 19 from four different area high schools, will lead a discussion on why nurturing creativity is important. Hear the challenges that young people face in schools, at home, and in their community. Learn why creativity is a healthy solution to some of these challenges that young people face. Explore ways in which the creative process can be infused in everyday practices. The forum will be held at the First Baptist Church; please use the Eagle Street entrance.

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SWEETWOOD LEGACY SERIES
Williamstown, 1:30 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Living Community invites the public to a Legacy Series, a series of reminiscences and conversations with some residents. On Jan. 29, the life of Margaret Sutton, the lady behind the quote, “I was born on March 23, 1923 in Manchester England,” will be explored. on Feb. 12, Dr. Mel Krant, who will share his experiences of leading summer studies in the Dominican Republic with medical students. And on Feb. 26,  Phyllis Blair will share her story, "Stepping Stones to an Artist." Sessions are free and will be held in the auditorium at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road.

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TEN DAYS OF PLAY COMMUNITY NIGHT
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum once again will host Ten Days of Play during Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, kicking off with free community night. It’s the perfect place for your kids to play, create, improvise, learn, and flex their creative muscles! Kids can innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground and explore a Lego station courtesy of Pley, an architectural building set from Bilderhoos, and a Tegu magnetic block station.

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
The Family Place and the Northern Berkshire YMCA will host a night filled with music and fun family activities at the Northern Berkshire YMCA. The pool will be open, there will be a DJ in the gym, a family craft, and dinner will be provided for all. This event is free. For more information, call The Family Place at 413-663-7588. Childcare for children under 3 years will be available.

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TALK ON WATER FOWLING
Sheffield, 7 p.m.
The Sheffield Historical Society welcomes Ken Schopp to Dewey Hall at 91 Main St. to give a presentation on the history and tradition of waterfowl carving and use. Schopp is a carver and hunter himself, and many of his decoys are modeled after the work of 19th-century American carvers, whose designs and history he studies. He will bring some of his hand carved and hand painted decoys for the audience to view. The presentation is free. For more information, visit www.sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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ZAMBEZI DANCE PARTY
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Feb 12, 8:00 PM and Feb 13, 2:00 PM CenterStage, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance $3 Come dance with the musicians of Zambezi Marimba Band.
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WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Chamber Players Featuring the Mozart Trio in B flat, K. 502, and a song cycle, “Present and Future,” by composer and Williams faculty member Zachary Wadsworth sung by Kerry Ryer-Parke. A short piece by Chen Yi titled, “YangKo for Solo Violin and Two Percussionists: Elastically,” fills out the first half of the program. The finale piece is the monumental Trio No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, featuring Joana Genova, violin; Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Elizabeth Wright, piano. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=9890
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CLUB ZAMBEZI DANCE PARTY
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
62 Center for Theatre and Dance: CenterStage Dance out the cold to the beat of William’s own Zambezi Marimba Band. Fun - and amazingly refreshing! Family friendly, funky, and full of energy, this is an event for music and dance fans alike!  http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=9892
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites the public to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at the college. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public throughout the spring at 8 p.m. Fridays. 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) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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GYPSY LAYNE BURLESQUE
Vermont, 8 p.m.
The Vermont Arts Exchange welcomes Gypsy Layne back to perform for two nights at Oldcastle Theatre as part of VAE’s Basement Music Series. Gypsy Layne is a coed troupe that creates intimate, playful numbers to songs by artists ranging from Pearl Bailey to Edith Piaf, Frank Zappa to Lady Gaga, as well as original compositions. Their shows are lauded for their vintage cabaret feel, cheeky comedic elements, and dynamic dance routines. At the Wanderlust Festival in Bondville, Vermont, in addition to performing, the troupe taught workshops on burlesque as a vehicle for self-empowerment and self-expression, which is one of Gypsy Layne’s core values. What resonates the most with audiences is the troupe’s promotion of self-acceptance and positive body image. As if burlesque weren’t enough indulgence for you and your love, enjoy delicious chocolate treats at the theater on the 12th and the 13th. Tickets to the Gypsy Layne shows are $22 through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at brownpapertickets.com or vtartxchange.org/bms.php, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $26 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis.

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STORYSLAM
Williamstown, 9 p.m.
A StorySlam will take place at The Log , 78 Spring St. StorySLAM is a live open-mic storytelling competition. Participants will tell their five-minutes story about love to a community audience. A panel of three judges from the community will rate each story, and a winner will be named at the conclusion of the evening.   Interested storytellers will register on the night of the StorySLAM at the Log; registration begins at 8:30 StorySlam is sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.

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WINTER HOLIDAY MARKET
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Berkshire Grown will host winter Farmers’ Markets during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and Valentine’s Day weekend at Monument Valley Middle School (313 Monument Valley Road) in Great Barrington. These events are an extension of the organization’s Holiday Farmers Markets, which enjoyed record attendance this past November and December, with 5,700 shoppers showing their appreciation for local farmers at markets in Great Barrington and Williamstown. These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region. Admission is free.

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'ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS'
Lenox, 10 a.m.-noon
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host "Animal Tracks and Signs" for people 8 and up. Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs.  Join sanctuary naturalists for a two-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that remain active throughout the winter. You'll discover a whole new window into the lives of animals, simply by looking at their tracks. The cost is $10; registration is required at 413-637-0320.

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'START WITH ART'
Williamstown, 10 a.m.
The Clark Art Institute’s popular Start with Art program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and their parents, includes themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. Start with Art is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Art project appropriate clothing is encouraged.

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XC SKIING OR SNOWSHOE HIKE
Williamstown, 10:00 a.m.

The Hoosic River Watershed Association will sponsor a hike or snowshoe trip, depending on conditions, on the Sarah Tenney Trail in Williamstown.  The location provides breath-taking views of Mount Greylock and Taconic Ranges, and is a fine way to see winter vegetation and animal tracks.   The trip should last no more than 2 hours. If we hike the trails, please bring Yaktrax or other gear for traction on icy spots. If you plan to join this trip, please notify John Case by February 11. His email is jocase@yahoo.com or call him at 413-458-8023 to preregister. Further event info at hooorwa.org. Meet: At 10:00 a.m. at the parkway area on Route 2 across from the Sarah Tenney gate, about a third of he way up the Taconic Trail towards the Petersburgh Pass.  It is moderately strenuous, but no snowshoe experience is required.


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JUNK MUSIC WITH THE JUNKMAN
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum will offer Junk Music, two exciting days of innovative music-making, science, and fun with The Junkman, the world-renowned original recycled materials percussionist from Vermont. The Junkman will present three diverse interactive programs for kids of all ages, with and without prior music experience. All programs are included with regular museum admission. Each day will include a number of components, beginning with an interactive concert that also will be repeated midway through the afternoon. The Make & Take activity allows visitors to build an original wind chime with reused materials. During the Junkjam, everyone grabs a stick and a junk object and jams out! During the Interactive Eco-Music Workshop, participants will explore the science behind junk music. The Make & Take activity has limited seating; spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 413.443.71717 ext. 360.

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ADOPTION EVENT AT BENSDOTTER’S PET
Great Barrington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) and Little Guild of St. Francis Shelter and Rescue for an afternoon adoption at BensDotter’s Pet at 940 Main St. Dogs, cats, and small animals from both shelters will be there looking for their new homes. The afternoon will also feature Amanda Hohlstein from Divine Heart Communication, who will give a talk on animal communication, and Alden Beane from Balance Animal Wellness, who is offering a free session for any senior dog adopted that day.

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'POLAR PLUNGE' FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
Local law enforcement officers from throughout Berkshire County will host their third annual “Polar Plunge” at Onota Lake. Law enforcement officers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office and other local and state police departments, will be taking part in the event, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Participants will bravely jump into the icy waters of Onota Lake and then enjoy a chili/chowder festival to be held in conjunction with the Plunge. Plungers can also register online at www.letrpittsfieldplunge.kintera.org.


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ZAMBEZI DANCE PARTY
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
Feb 12, 8:00 PM and Feb 13, 2:00 PM CenterStage, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance $3 Come dance with the musicians of Zambezi Marimba Band.
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BBG WINTER LECTURE: CREATING YOUR OWN GARDEN STYLE
Great Barrington, 2 to 4 p.m.
Anna Pavord, author of "The Tulip" and recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Veitch Medal, will speak on "Creating Your Own Garden Style" at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington. Proceeds benefit Berkhsire Botanical Garden. Members $35; Nonmembers $45. Information: 413-298-3926 or info@berkshirebotanical.org.
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