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COMMUNITY ART DAY
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Two Community Art Days will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 35 Park St., where kids of all talents and ages will have the chance to create art. Art supplies of all kinds will be provided, but participants are asked to bring one donation (a stick of glue, a roll of ribbon, a tube of paint, a used picture frame, etc.), to add to the variety of materials available. Then on Aug. 16 the art will be made available to the public at the St. John's Church "Kids Art for Kids" auction. Please join us in helping raise money for the Northern Berkshire Early Intervention "Social Sprouts" program, a play group for children who have aged out of Early Intervention, but aren't old enough for school aged services. This unique group does not receive the same funding as Early Intervention, therefore, donations are needed to support this effort.

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40TH ADAMS AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Adams, 10 a.m.

Fair starts at 10 with Sheep, goats and cattle  judged with Western MA Gardners doing soil testing and the Jeep obstacle course starts at 10. At 11 the new Prince and Prince are crowned  with the horse pull starting at 11. At noon the gas engine truck pull begins with Birds of Prey demo at 1. One Sharp Marriage is on again at 2:30 and at 4 the Garden Tractor Pull. Phil n the Void entertains 4-7 PM with 7 Starting the diesel engine truck pull and Tommy T and Black Velvet playing. Still time to enter truck pull on day of Fair.


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DAD AND ME, A FATHER AND CHILD PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm

Dads can bring the kids for a storytime and playgroup, complete with coffee, donuts and juice.
Dads, Stories, Craft, Playtime! Sponsored by A collaboration between CHP Family Network and the Mason Library. 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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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-1:00pm

Join us in the Ramsdell Children's Room for a story time for young children. 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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CHOW TIME IN THE AQUARIUM
Pittsfield, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Every Saturday! Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the museum and what they would find in the wild. Once all the food is prepared, watch as aquarium staff goes behind the scenes to feed the reptiles and fish. See the seahorses suck up tiny shrimp and watch as the tortoises devour the salads you helped make just minutes before. In between feedings we’ll talk more about each species and what they’re eating, as well as answer many questions you might have, like what exactly is a skink and why is it eating a monkey biscuit! Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield MA, 01201 Included with cost of admission to the Museum.
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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 3:00-4:00pm

Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All welcome - occasional refreshments! 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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BANG ON A CAN MARATHON, FEATURING STEVE REICH AND GLENN KOTCHE
North Adams, 4 - 10 p.m.
Six hours of boundary-busting festival finale, featuring more than fifty musicians and composers, chamber music with Wilco's Glenn Kotche, and Steve Reich's newest composition "Radio Rewrite," a remix of two songs by Radiohead. Tickets are $25 general, $15 for students, $5 for members, and $35 for concert + museum admission. Come and go as you please.
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CLARK ART LECTURE
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
This summer the Clark Art Institute presents a free series of “Clark Inspired” programs featuring leading scholars and museum professionals who share a distinctive bond forged in Williamstown and at the Clark. This program will feature  three noted museum directors — Earl A. Powell III, Glenn D. Lowry and Michael Govan — presenting “Williams Art History and Museum Leadership” in which they will talk about their experiences as students at Williams College in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s in relation to their distinguished careers. Clark Director Michael Conforti leads the discussion examining the role Williams and the Clark played in preparing them for their current positions. The free lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

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“A CONVERSATION WITH JULIE MCCARTHY”
Stockbridge, 5 p.m.
Chesterwood will host “A Conversation with Julie McCarthy, Artist-in-Residence” in conjunction with the exhibition “An Oasis of Beauty” featuring the work of Berkshire photographer Julie McCarthy. Prior to the program, guests are invited to view the exhibition in the residence at Chesterwood from 4 to 5 p.m. A reception with the artist will be held after the talk. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. For reservations, email lreynolds@savingplaces.org or call 413-298-3579, x25210. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Rd., off Rt. 183, in the Stockbridge hamlet of Glendale.

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SEEDS OF HARMONY SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES
Lanesborough, 6:30 p.m.
Caravan of Thieves: The Bradley Farm is excited to announce our new Seeds of Harmony Saturday Evening Concert Series, to be held at the Coop on Bradley Farm in Lanesboro, MA. Our premier concert series features nationally recognized award winning artists and farm fresh organic and local food and refreshments. The Coop on the farm provides a naturally beautiful and intimate setting for both artists and music lovers of all ages alike. This year’s headliners include Seth Glier, Jamie Kent, Patty Larkin, the Caravan of Thieves, and Emily Hearn. Please see more information on artists below. This popular concert series was created with the intent of fostering community while celebrating the joy of music and summer in the Berkshires.Tickets: All seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Bring your favorite chair and enjoy the beautiful intimate setting of The Coop on Bradley Farm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bradley Farm, 545 North Main Street, Lanesboro, on-line or by calling 413-499-2723.  Tickets are also available at eventbrite.com.

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LIONEL POPKIN DANCE COMPANY: RUTH DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
New York, 8 p.m.
Lionel Popkin, who is half-Jewish/half-Indian, explores how our origins define who we are. His dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush, questioning and funny. His latest work Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore considers the paradoxical legacy of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, co-founder of the famed Denishawn Company, who brought “Orientalism” to Western dance. The Philadelphia Inquirer Tickets: $30/$25 members/$18 students 18 and under Lionel Popkin’s website: http://www.lionelpopkin.org/ PS21 – The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village http://www.ps21chatham.org   This performance is made possible in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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MILL CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present its musical theatre and cabaret retrospective “MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade.”  The show features 17 performers from around the Northeast who are alumni of past MCP musical productions and is co-created and co-directed by Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Immediately following the Saturday, Aug. 2, performance, will be a 10th anniversary celebration and light refreshments. Performances will take place at Mill City’s theatre at Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Parking is available in either the Northwest lot (near NBCTC) or in the Sons of Italy lot.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.millcityproductions.org.


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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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40TH ADAMS AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Adams, 10 a.m.
Sunday is a big day with judging of cattle, sheep and goats. A 11 the OX pull begins under the trees with bleacher seating or bring your own chair. At noon One Sharp Marriage, knife thrower, begins their last show followed by sheep dog demo by Wendy Warner. Country music kicks off at 1:30 with Kickin in the Sticks. The Big DEMOLITION DERBY starts at 2.Cars may enter that day or go to www.Adams-Agricultural-Fair.org. for more information. 
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ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
Adams, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Adams Farmers Market will be happening every Sunday through mid-September from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adams Visitors Center.

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MILL CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
North Adams, 2 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present its musical theatre and cabaret retrospective “MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade.”  The show features 17 performers from around the Northeast who are alumni of past MCP musical productions and is co-created and co-directed by Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Immediately following the Saturday, Aug. 2, performance, will be a 10th anniversary celebration and light refreshments. Performances will take place at Mill City’s theatre at Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Parking is available in either the Northwest lot (near NBCTC) or in the Sons of Italy lot.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.millcityproductions.org.


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THE FOUR TOPS
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
The quartet, originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for Chess in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly jazz—four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. found out they had hustled a national “Tonight Show” appearance, he signed them without an audition to be the marquee act for the company’s Workshop Jazz label. That proved short-lived, and Stubbs’ powerhouse baritone lead and the exquisite harmonies of Fakir, Benson, and Payton started making one smash after another with the writing-producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland.  Tickets to their Mahaiwe show are $35-$70 and can be purchased online.

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'SCENES FROM THE HILL TOWN PLAYS'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams College Summer Theatre Lab continues its 10th anniversary season with "Scenes from the Hill Town Plays" by Lucy Thurber in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The acclaimed Hill Town Plays chronicle the progression of a woman’s life in rural Western Massachusetts, ultimately seeking to explore “where we come from, what we dream of becoming, and who we are." Through acting and scene study sessions with Lab Co-Artistic Director Kevin O’Rourke and visiting artist Betsy Aidem, the Lab Company has curated a selection of scenes from this five-play cycle to perform for the public. Playwright Lucy Thurber, who is in residence during the weekend of the performance, will also host a Q&A session about her work after the presentation. All performances are free. For ticket reservations, please visit http://tinyurl.com/labtickets2014 or call 413-597-4839.

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BROADWAY’S ‘PHANTOM’
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present “An Evening with the Phantom” at Lenox Memorial High School’s Duffin Theater, 197 East Street, Lenox. The concert will feature Broadway’s Jeff Keller, an original cast member of “Phantom of the Opera” and the first American to play the title role. Keller, a veteran and versatile denizen of the “Great White Way,” will sing selections from ‘Phantom’ and showcase standards as well as songs from other top musicals. A benefit for the organization’s youth initiatives, tickets are $36 and may be purchased by check to Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, 196 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, or by credit card at 413-442-4360, ext 10.

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NEIL SIMON: FROM BRIGHTON BEACH TO BROADWAY
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present the program, “Neil Simon: From Brighton Beach to Broadway,” with theater and film veteran Diane Steinbrink. Open to the public, and at a cost of $3, Steinbrink’s presentation will be held at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. Steinbrink’s program will explore the life and career of Simon, one of the most prolific of American playwrights, and discuss how his background influenced his works. Steinbrink’s monologues will include lines spoken by some of Simon’s funniest and most poignant characters from “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Forty-five Seconds From Broadway,” and “The Dinner Party.” A discussion and audience questions will conclude the program.


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CONCERT 4 HARMONY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire Children and Families' Kids 4 Harmony Benefit Concert. Featuring the Kids 4 Harmony Elayne P. Bernstein Ensemble and Special Guest Artists: Tatiana Dimitriades, Sheila Fiekowsky, Kazuko Matsusaka, Ronald Feldman and Jonathan Bass. Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield, 6 PM Reception, 7PM Concert.  www.berkshirechildren.org or 413-448=8281 ext. 46 for more information.
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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7-9 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for its August staged reading, "Beyond Therapy," written by Christopher Durang. Needed for the roles are four males (20-50) and two females(30-50). Auditions will take place Aug. 4 and 5 from 7-9 p.m. Sides from the play will be provided. The location will be at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. The play will be directed by Kevin Paul Wixsom and will be performed Aug. 31.

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EXPLORE THE WOODS
Lenox, 9 a.m.
MSB Summer Wonder camp session begins Monday, August 4. Ages 3-6. at the Montessori School of the Berkshires, 21 Patterson Rd., Lenox Dale. BerkshireMontessori.org
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GAMES, GAMES, GAMES
Lenox, 9 a.m.
MSB Summer Wonder camp session begins Monday, August 4. Ages 6-12. at the Montessori School of the Berkshires, 21 Patterson Rd., Lenox Dale. BerkshireMontessori.org
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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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CRAFT: CRAYON RESIST WATERCOLORING
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm

Be creative and design pictures with crayons and watercolors. This program is good for ages 5 through 10, and 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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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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CLARK CONCERT SERIES
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
The free Tuesday night concerts at the Clark Art Institute present a variety of family-friendly music beginning at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, picnic, and enjoy a night with family and friends. Food is available for purchase. August performers are: Oxen of the Sun (August 5), Woods Tea Co. (August 12), The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors (August 19), and Mike & Ruthy (August 26).

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7-9 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for its August staged reading, "Beyond Therapy," written by Christopher Durang. Needed for the roles are four males (20-50) and two females(30-50). Auditions will take place Aug. 4 and 5 from 7-9 p.m. Sides from the play will be provided. The location will be at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. The play will be directed by Kevin Paul Wixsom and will be performed Aug. 31.

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DANCERS AND DANCEMAKERS FILM FESTIVAL: TO DANCE LIKE A MAN
New York, 8 p.m.
Identical Cuban triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers. Each wants the same thing: to be chosen for a role in an important ballet in Havana. Who will be chosen' Directed by Sylvie Collier. UK. 2011. 58 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. Free admission PS21 – The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village http://www.ps21chatham.org 
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