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NAPS TO HOLD SPECIAL EDUCATION PRESENTATION
North Adams, 6 p.m.
North Adams Public Schools, in conjunction with McCann, Adams-Cheshire and North Berkshire School Union will host a presentation for parents focused on the Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education. The presentation will be held in the Brayton Elementary School Library in North Adams. There will also be information available on the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and ways that parents can participate. Parents can learn about how the PAC can be helpful to them as they support, monitor, and advocate for their child.This presentation will be informative for parents and school staff; all Special Education Parent Advisory Councils from surrounding communities are encouraged to attend.

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LIVING WELL HEALTH WORKSHOPS
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Living Well Nutrition is hosting an introduction to their “1 Degree of Change Challenge” Making some simple changes to your diet can make BIG differences in the way you feel everyday and in your overall health. Introduction to the Challenge is Free and will be held at Living Well on the following dates: Tuesday Oct. 14th, 6:30 and again on Monday Oct. 20th, 6:30. Reserve a seat for you and a friend today! 413-663-5500 or LivingWell@verizon.net Details www.Living-Well.info

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'GROWING CITIES' SCREENING
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
A screening of the documentary "Growing Cites," directed by Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette, will take place at Williams College in the Paresky auditorium. The film, released in 2013, addresses the concept of urban farming and its potential influence on cities. This event is sponsored by the Williams Sustainable Growers, Real Food Williams, and the Sustainable Food & Agriculture program as a part of the college’s Food Week from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26.

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BILL BRADLEY AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley will examine the current state of American politics in a conversation with Williams College political science professor Sam Crane on the MainStage in the ’62 Center. The talk, themes of which come from Bradley’s recent book, We Can All Do Better, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, call the ’62 Center box office at 413-597-2425 or reserve online at 62center.williams.edu.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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BRAIN BUILDERS! PLAY & LEARN PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read. This program is for children ages baby through 5 years and their caregivers. No registration required.  *No program on Veteran's Day Nov 11* Held at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.

Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.


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BOOK GROUP TO MEET
New York, 1:30 p.m.
The Stephentown Library Book Group will be discussing Colm Tóibín’s novel “The Master” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the library in Stephentown, N.Y.  This beautifully written work captures the mind and heart of the writer Henry James. Copies of the book are available at the library desk. New readers are always welcome. The Stephentown Library Book Discussion Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the library. For more information, call 518-733-5750. 

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 4-5 p.m.
Hospice of Western & Central Massachusetts will host a grief support group on Tuesdays from Oct. 21 through Dec. 2 at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Suite 301, for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Call Dennis Castella to register for this free community program at 413-442-0045.

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is offering a series of support group sessions for Hospice families and others in the community grieving a recent death. The sessions will be held in North Berkshire on consecutive Tuesdays – October 14th, 21st and 28th, and November 4th, 11th and 18th – from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the meeting room of the First Congregational Church in North Adams. The meeting room is on the second floor of the church, located on Main Street. The First Congregational Church of North Adams and Reverend Ann Clark-Killam will host the support group, and Corinne Zinni Case, LMHC, Berkshire VNA & Hospice bereavement counselor, will facilitate the group. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice at 413-447-2862, ext. 5634. 

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ST. JOSEPH’S HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 6-7:30 p.m.
To showcase its recent curriculum changes and commitment to the future, St. Joseph Central High School will host an Open House at the school, located at 22 Maplewood Ave. A $1,000 tuition credit will be awarded to new families who attend the Open House and transfer this year, or enroll for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Financial aid information will also be available. For information, call 413-447-9121 or visit the school’s website at stjosephpittsfield.org.

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ENSEMBLE EAST
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Ensemble East  in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. The musicians of Ensemble East bring the atmosphere and sounds of Japanese classical music to Williamstown. From tales of the geisha, to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition.

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ENSEMBLE EAST PERFORMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Ensemble East draws from tales of the geisha and poetry of nature, as well as stories of old Japan, all presented in rich musical tradition. Modern solo music offers contemporary context. A gateway to Japanese poetry, literature, and story telling, the music speaks a language everyone can understand http://music.williams.edu/events/ensemble-east  Ensemble East, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
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CANDIDATES FORUM
Williamstown, 9:30 a.m.
The Williamstown League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for the candidates for Mount Greylock School Committee at Town Hall. Several seats are uncontested, but there are three candidates for two three-year Williamstown seats.  In addition to incumbent Carrie Greene, two newcomers to town politics are running: Steven Miller and Wendy Penner. The event will be taped by WilliNet. For those unable to attend, questions can be submitted through WilliNet at willinettv@gmail.com.

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COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Tyringham, Noon to 2 p.m.
State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces that his October Coffee & Conversation forum will be held at Tyringham Town Hall (located at 116 Main Road) on Tuesday,  In order to be accessible to all his constituents, no matter where they live, Senator Downing hosts at least 10 Coffee & Conversation open forums in rotating towns across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district. All are welcome to join the Senator and his district staff to pose a question, submit a comment or pitch an idea regarding state government. Downing provides free coffee and refreshments for those who attend. For more details on the Senator’s Coffee & Conversation program, please visit Downing’s online office at www.SenatorDowning.com and click on “Upcoming Events.”

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MOROCCO TALK
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Sweetwood of Williamstown will welcome Williamstown residents Robert and Carolyn Behr, who will present a slide travelogue of their trip to Morocco. All are invited to come enjoy an intriguing journey to the North African country of Morocco. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Call Sweetwood at 413-458-8371 for more information. Sweetwood is located at 1611 Cold Spring Road (Route 7).

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NBCC TO HOST FALL "NEIGHBORLIES"
North Adams, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Fall Neighborlies celebration on Wednesday, at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois Street in North Adams. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop Supermarket on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown). Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Nominations will be accepted through October 17th. Nominate someone online by visiting http://bit.ly/neighborlies or call Annie Rodgers at (413) 663-7588.

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POWDER KEG SESSIONS: WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR MOTHERS & OTHERS
Great Barrington, 6:30-7:45pm

Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence?  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say?  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops.  The series will take place at Ramsdell on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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NEW YORK COLLEGE EXHIBITS GREAT BARRINGTON ARTIST
Great Barrington, 3 to 6 p.m.
The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, N.Y., will exhibit "Following a Line," a retrospective of paintings, drawings, prints and ephemera by late Great Barrington artist Susan Hartung, on view Sept. 18 through Oct. 25. Curator Peter Dudek will discuss the works on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

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MCBA BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 3:30-4:30pm

This after-school book club is for 4, 5 & 6 graders to explore the Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominees. We will discuss and do fun activities related to the books. Children participate in the state voting for their favorite!

We'll have a pizza party for the last book club.

Drop in program (no registration required)
Parent or school bus drop off (Check with Massini Bus company 229-7962)

This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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NOT SO SCARY STORIES
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Michael Nethercott, mystery author, returns to the North Adams Public Library to share some scary and not so scary stories. He will also be reading from his new book “The Haunting Ballad.” All programs are free and open to the public. Call 662-3133 for more information.

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "Before and After," starring Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong; directed by Barbet Schroeder, 1996. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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SUSTAINABILITY TALK
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Winfried Fuchshofen will present “The Evolution of Fair Trade and the Role of the Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance” at Williams College  in Griffin Hall, room 3. In his presentation, he will discuss competing models of fair trade and offer a tasting of Grenada chocolate produced in accordance with FairTSA criteria. This event is sponsored by the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program as a part of the college’s Food Week from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26.

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND PRESERVATION JAZZ BAND
North Adams, 8 p.m.
As both a brilliant pianist and as the city’s premier composer, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans’ musical foundation, having worked with a who’s who of Big Easy musicians including Dr. John and the Neville Brothers – as well as other luminaries such as Paul McCartney, the Band, and Albert King. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a musical treasure chest of traditional New Orleans sounds for half a century.
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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session. (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 5 years with their caregiver. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.


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'COYOTE GIRL AND RILEY ANN'
Lenox, 5 p.m.
Outcast Cafe presents from “Coyote Girl and Riley Ann Visits the Outcast Cafe," a dramatic short play and musical with Robert Biggs, at The Bookstore at 11 Housatonic St.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) 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. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Family Days highlights the verve and energy of Zambezi in a free performance open to all. Inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Fun for the whole family!.  http://music.williams.edu/events/zambezi-marimba-band/  Chapin Hall
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COMEDY SHOW BENEFIT
North Adams
"Comedy for Carrick" dinner/comedy show will benefit Carrick Wood, who was born July 4 with a rare form of leukemia. It will be held at the North Adams Eagles and is for adults only. Tickets are $30 and are only available in advance at the Greylock Club or by calling 413-652-2095 or 413-652-2287.

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SHRINERS 'AUTUMN FANFARE'
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Small Drum Corps Association, (SDCA) based in Hebron, Ill., will hold an “Autumn Fanfare” drum and bugle corps show hosted by the Boys and Girls Club. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The program will include seven small Senior Drum and Bugle Corps from the Northeast United States. The program will be a benefit for the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield and the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee. Tickets are $20 in advance; checks may be made to “Autumn Fanfare” and mailed to Paul Christopher, PO Box 84, Pittsfield, MA 01202.  Please include a return address. Tickets will be available on the day of the show for $22.

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BERKSHIRE ORCHID & TROPICAL SHOW
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkshire Community College Foundation will hold its third annual Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show at the Paterson Field House, BCC’s Main Campus, 1350 West St. The show will showcase fifteen unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork. Workshops and educational talks will also be open to attendees. Proceeds from the event will benefit BCC’s Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse, as well as the Foundation’s Annual Fund. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or aphillips@berkshirecc.edu.

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