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ADAMS FREE LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE & RE-DEDICATION
Adams, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Trustees and Friends of the Adams Free Library will hold an Open House and Re-dedication Ceremony  to mark the completion of renovations to the 116-year-old memorial library building.  Dignitaries providing brief remarks beginning at 11 a.m. will include Massachusetts Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Massachusetts Board of Libraries Commissioner Mary Kronholm and Massachusetts Library System Executive Board President Margot Malachowski.  Adams Free Library Trustee Board Chairman James Loughman will serve as the Master of Ceremony. During the Open House, visitors may tour the building and learn the history of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on the second floor.  Magician Greg McAdams will present a mini magic show three times during the Open House at 10:15, 11:45 & 12:15 p.m.  An inflated obstacle course will also be set up in the lower meeting room for children to explore.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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PLANT EXCHANGE AT SML
New York, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Did you start a few too many veggie or flower seeds' Have divisions of perennials you want a home for' Have a few extra cuttings you don't want to compost' Bring them to the side porch of the Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 State Route 43, Stephentown, N.Y., preferably before 10 a.m., and share them with your neighbors. Please label what you bring. Are you looking to add a tomato, herb or flower to your garden' Stop by and help yourself. It's self-serve, although a gardener may be around to encourage and advise.

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KITTEN SHOWER FOR BHS
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
To prepare for the upcoming kitten season, Berkshire Humane Society’s (BHS) Humane Heroes will be holding a Kitten Shower at the Super Stop & Shop on Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield.  Stop by and “shower” the shelter with cat and kitten food as well as cleaning supplies, such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, and non-scented floor cleaner. The Humane Hero Program is a free program for 8-14 year old children who love animals and want to volunteer at BHS.  For more information about the Kitten Shower or the Humane Hero Program, please contact Lizzy Brown at 413-447-7878, ext. 129, or ebrown@berkshirehumane.org.

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RHUBARB FESTIVAL
Lenox, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The second annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival celebrating local rhubarb (and only rhubarb) will take place in the Lenox Library’s Reading Park at 18 Main St, rain or shine. The Rhubarb Chili contest, with entries from Lenox restaurants Olde Heritage Tavern, Cranwell and Trattoria Il Vesuvio (previous winner), invites visitors to taste each one and vote their favorite. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Hand-made strawberry-rhubarb and ginger-rhubarb pies, baked locally by For the Love of Pie & Madeleine's Café in Pittsfield, will be available for sale. Rhubarb juice made from local rhubarb will be provided by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Scott Harrington of Lenox, horticulturalist and landscape designer, will offer rhubarb plants for sale. “Great Rhubarb Recipes” published locally by Storey Press will be for sale for $5. Information and updates online.

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COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
POSTPONED FROM 5/16: The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program will hold its annual Community Bike Ride event at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake at Burbank Park. Rider registration for this free event is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The route will begin at the Controy Pavilion, head up to Pittsfield State Forest and back to the Pavilion making the ride just under 6 miles round trip; younger riders are encouraged to ride the trail along Onota Lake at Burbank Park. For more information call Becky Manship, Pittsfield’s Recreation Activities Coordinator, at 413-499-9370.

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VERMONT OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND
, 10 am - 5 pm
Readsboro Glassworks Welcomes Visitors during Vermont Open Studio Weekend, May 23-24 Mary Angus and Bill LeQuier of Readsboro Glassworks will be welcoming visitors to their Readsboro studio on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, from 10am to 5pm, during the 23rd Annual Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend. Stop in to see their latest work and watch one of the glassblowing demonstrations ongoing throughout the weekend. Look for the bright yellow signs directing visitors to the open studio! Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street, RT 100, (lower level) in Readsboro, Vermont. (Map location # 58) For more information about Readsboro Glassworks, call 802-423-7706 or www.maryangusglass.com and www.kwilliamlequier.com. Information about the Vermont Craft Council’s Spring Open Studio Weekend can be found online at www.vermontcrafts.com. and on Facebook at Southern Vermont Artists. The 2015 Vermont Studio Map and Guide is available free online at www.vermontcrafts.com and locally at each artist’s studio.
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HISTORICAL MINIATURE GAMING
Great Barrington, 10:00am-3:00pm

Come watch the re-enactment of a historical Dark Ages battle between King Arthur and the Picts using miniatures. 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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KNIT íN STITCH
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome!  This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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STORY WALK
Lenox, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Lenox Library will be holding its annual story walk at the Roche Reading Park. Participants will receive a map leading them to the local businesses where each page can be found and are encouraged to walk, skip or run from page to page to complete the story. This year’s story is Bill Martin’s classic "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," a humorous and unconventional alphabet book. The Story Walk will end in the Children’s Room of the Lenox Library with a free book for all. There will also be live readings of the book at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.



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KENVER SUMMER FEST
Egremont, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer Fest will be held at Kenver on South Street in South Egremont. The opening party features local artists including painters Jean Stover and Jan Schumacher, photographers B. Docktor and Michael Lampro, potter Sue Browdy and glass artist Jill Reynolds of Cheshire Glassworks. Exhibits open at 11 a.m. Adding to the fun will be live music by Highland, a local high school band playing easy-listening Latin and funk originals covers from 4 to 6 p.m. Complimentary wine, beer and food will also be offered at that time by local purveyors including SoCo Creamery and Sweet William's Bakery.

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DAN ZANES BUSTER KEATON STEAMBOAT BILL JR.
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Dan Zanes accompanied by a percussion player perform Zanes’ original score on stage as this 1928 classic fills the screen.
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TANNERY PONDS CONCERT
New York, 6 p.m.
Tannery Ponds' 25th season opens with the return engagements of audience favorites duo parnas (violin and cello) and Ran Dank (piano). The ever-popular Stephentown-raised duo parnas first amazed the Tannery audience when they were teenagers. They now regularly appear on the world stage with appearances at the Kennedy Center and with the London Philharmonic. Naumberg Piano Competition winner Ran Dank, whose appearances at venues including Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center have electrified audiences, will join them in New Lebanon, N.Y. Tickets at $39 and $30 are available on the website or by calling 888-820-9441.

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CHESTERWOOD SEASON OPENING PARTY
Stockbridge, 6-9 p.m.
Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will hold a season’s opening party, a fundraiser to support this National Historic Landmark, its events and programs. The celebration will also mark the launch of Chesterwood’s upcoming undertaking to rehabilitate and preserve the exterior of sculptor Daniel Chester French’s former summer residence. The party will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the residence, dance performances, a silent auction and a tented dinner on the lawn. Tickets are $175 per person (advance reservations are required) and may be purchased by calling 413-298-3579, ext. 2034.

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BIDWELL HOUSE OPENING CONCERT
Monterey, 3 p.m.
The Bidwell House Museum, the Berkshires’ colonial history museum, will open for the season on Memorial Day weekend and will host a concert and reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz performing “Tickle Me Fancy!”, a selection of humorous songs from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Refreshments will be served to toast the opening of the 25th anniversary season of the house as a museum. There is a suggested donation of $15 (free for members of the museum) for attendance at the concert. The Bidwell House Museum is located at
100 Art School Road. For more information, call 413-528-6888 or go to www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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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. No registration required, intended for children ages baby through 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. 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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LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Lego Group meets at the North Adams Library Community Room, 74 Church St., on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month for ages 4 to 8 years old.

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NORTH ADAMS CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENT
North Adams, 5-7:30 p.m.
The North Adams Chamber of Commerce will hold its next networking event at the NoCo Pastaria at 896 State Road. RSVP here.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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COMPUTER CLASS - INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
Great Barrington, 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up for a one on one - we'll spend twenty minutes going over anything computer-related that you'd like to learn or are having difficulties with. Registration for this one is required - please register at the desk or send an e-mail to jmagelaner@townofgb.org. 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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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 6-7:30 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 from early May to early June, including May 5, 12, 19 and 26 and June 2. Each session will be held in the first floor meeting room of the First Congregational Church on Main Street in North Adams. Participants can enter through the glass doors connecting the church with the education building. Registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice, toll free at 800-788-2862 or 413-447-2862, ext. 5634.

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'HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN'
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will offer an informational session on effective communication with physicians at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. The event will include a free continental breakfast. Part of Hillcrest’s “Berkshire Senior Subjects” monthly series, the presentation will focus on “How to Talk to Your Physician – Be Your Own Advocate.” The guest speaker is Pat Tremblay, MS, RN. The presentation is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling 413-445-9747 by May 25.

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HVA INTRODUCTION TO RIVER CANOEING
Lee, 4-6 p.m.
Join HVA for a free introduction to canoeing on a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River in Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. To preregister, call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org. If you have never been in a canoe, then join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation. Enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. Families with children 10 and older are welcome. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.

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GENEALOGICAL HELP WITH RICHARD POPE
Great Barrington, 5:00-7:00pm

Are you interested in researching your family's genealogy' Don't know where to start or have a specific higher-level question'  Sign up for a free 20 minute personal session with local expert Richard M. Pope. Ask at Mason's circulation desk to see what time he has available! 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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"STARRY NIGHT" PAINT AND SIP
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn to paint one of the most famous paintings in the world... Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  Join us on 5/27 at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio for a night of exploring your inner artist.  No experience required.  All materials and instruction included for you to go home with your own masterpiece on a large 16x20 canvas for only $30.  BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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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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BIRD WALKS AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 7 - 9 a.m.
Bird Walks Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 / 7:00 am-9:00 am Free member; $3 non member Join Pleasant Valley's caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands & through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners & advances birders will enjoy this walk. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars or please call ahead to reserve a pair.
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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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