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Vermont, 5:30-7 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee will address Williamstown business leaders and community members and share initiatives that will enhance and improve the health of the community at Hops and Vines, 16 Water St.
Lenox, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary frrr the first Wednesday of the month. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages. Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.
GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly Gentle Yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams in 2016. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge for participants. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. The class is presented by Ali Wassick and Jane Schaeffer of the Yoga Place in Bennington and is supported by the Cancer Center Patient Resource Fund. For more information and to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244 or email@example.com.
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Francis Oakley, interim director of the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture "In the Footsteps of Fra Angelico: Savonarola and the Florentine Millennial Dream" in the Michael Conforti Pavilion at the Clark. Oakley addresses the dramatic rise and tragic fall of Girolamo Savonarola (1452–98) as a religious reformer and civic leader in Renaissance Florence, as well as the difficulties historians have encountered in trying to make sense of his life.
North Adams, 10 a.m.
Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at the Greylock Community Club. Board of Directors are reminded that there will be separate meeting to determine the caterer for our luncheons. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.
WTF READING, SNEAK PEEK
Williamstown, 2:30 p.m.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) and Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield present a free reading of "The Roommate" with S. Epatha Merkerson and Deirdre O’Connell at the Clark Art Institute. The reading is followed by a conversation with Greenfield about the process of work on new plays as well as WTF’s exciting summer 2016 season. The event will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion of the Clark Center. While the event is free, reservations are required. Visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524 to make a reservation. The reading begins promptly at 2:30 pm and runs for approximately two hours. Late arrivals will not be seated. "The Roommate,: written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, tells the story of empty-nested and husbandless Sharon, who takes on a roommate in her Iowa City home. She gets a bit more than she bargained for when Robyn, a beat poet from the Bronx, moves in. Merkerson, a native of Michigan, is best known for her role as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama "Law & Order." She currently stars in the NBC series "Chicago Med." O’Connell was honored with a 2015 Lilly Award for contributions made to American theater by women.
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. A casual meal will precede the service starting at 5:30, featuring entrees from a variety of local restaurants. “Vespers” is the name of an evening service, which specifically includes prayers for the close of the day that has been observed in the Christian tradition for at least the last 15 centuries. Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church incorporates modern elements of jazz and blues into this historic tradition, from the song arrangements, to the harmonies, to the instrumentation. There is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers. All free-will donations are used to directly support the Jazz Vespers ministry.
PAINT & SIP FOR IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Connecticut, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Immaculate Conception Church at 4 Norfolk St, Norfolk, CT. You'll learn to paint this Berkshire inspired image of "Barn and Birdhouse" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, refreshments, and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
CPR & AED TRAINING
Williamstown, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and SJG Emergency Response Training & Consulting have teamed up to offer reduced-cost CPR & AED training to the public at Sweetbrook, 1561 Cold Spring Road. Each one-hour long class will start at the top of each hour between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Following each class, participants will receive an official course completion card, valid for two years, from the American Heart Association. The classes are open to any community member interested in learning this valuable life-saving skill. The price of the class is $20 per person. No prerequisite training, text books, or testing is required. For more information or to register, please call Sweetbrook at 413-458-8127 or email Kira Breard at Kbreard@sweetbrookberkshires.com. Registration is required.
CTEP TRAINING: CARE TRANSITIONS ACROSS THE HEALTH CARE CONTINUUM
Windsor, 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.
June 2 - 3, 2016 (must attend both days) 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. To Emphasise the challenges and importance of care transitions across the healthcare continuum and provide information and skills participants can use to improve patient and family experiences. This workshop is designed for nurses, case managers, social workers, community health workers, and other front line staff who care for patients in any type of health care setting and/or are involved in patient admissions or discharges. Location; Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield Fee: $50 includes breakfast, lunch, course materials and certificate of completion. Register Now: Seating is limited to 22 participants. Visit www.berkshireahec.org for more information and program flyer.
Pittsfield, 5 to 8 p.m.
June First Fridays Artswalk Friday, Enjoy over fifteen different art shows featuring work by over two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, June 3rd! Join us for a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on June 3rd at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave! The fun doesn't stop at 8! Join us for the Afterwalk Party featuring live music from 8-10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue. Free and open to the public!
SWAN REFLECTION PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Pain, Sip, and Support at Bogies Restaurant, 935 South Main St, Great Barrington, MA to benefit the training of Paul and John-Michael Harden, US Figure Skating Members. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Swan Reflection" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
SATURDAY NIGHT LIV
Lee, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Liv Cummins. A sketch comedy/variety show. Remember those great variety shows of the late 1960s and early 70s' Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, the original Saturday Night Live' They combined comedy, music, and novelty acts of all kinds: impressionists, jugglers, acrobats, plate spinners, and many other acts, some absolutely indescribable! TV may have forgotten the variety show, but the rebirth of the genre is about to happen, right in front of you! SATURDAY NIGHT LIV, hosted by Liv Cummins, is a live variety show where almost anything can happen — great singers and songwriters, sketch comedy, musical theater moments — in short, variety! After all, it’s the spice of life. $10 students & seniors / $20 general admission. Location: The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA 01238 413-394-5023
Vermont, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
"Fundraising and Beyond: Creating a Successful, Sustainable Organization" will be held at The Left Bank in North Bennington, Vt. The cost is $80 per person includes 25 pages of materials, snacks and email follow-up Q&A. Click here for more more information and registration.
Vermont, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tour de Pownal Bike Ride – Pownal, VT This 18 mile bike touring event offers fine views of the Vermont landscape and Hoosic River on Rte. 7 and secondary roads. It is a great outing to appreciate the beauty of the Hoosic River watershed. Bring beverages and snacks with you. Meet: At the intersection of Lincoln Street and Rte. 346 in Pownal, VT by 10:00 a.m. Leader: Lauren Stevens, call him at 413-458-3154 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for preregistration.
North Adams, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hoosac Harvest's fifth annual Seedling Swap is at a new location, Berkshire Bank Plaza, Main Stree. This free event offers gardeners,both beginners and experienced, the opportunity to acquire extra seedlings for their summer gardens. Everyone is invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event to exchange, but it is not required to bring a seedling to get a seedling. In addition to gardeners, farmers and garden centers donate seedlings and everyone is welcome to seedlings that others donate.
FAMILY FUN DAY AT MASSAUDUBON'S PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Lenox, 10 am to 4 pm
“The Twig Family in the Oak Tree” award-winning puppet show at 10:30 and 12:15. Family concert by George Wilson at 11:15. Owls, hawks and falcons at 1:30. Tom Tyning’s Terrific Turtles at 3. Indoor and outdoor activities, kids’ crafts, nature walks. Food for sale. Free admission, courtesy of Greylock Federal Credit Union and CompuWorks. 472 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox. 413-637-0320 or www.massaudubon.org
EATING DISORDERS ANONYMOUS
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-noon
An Eating Disorders Anonymous support group meets in the community room of Berkshire Bank at 99 North St. on Saturdays.
FAMILIES FIRST SERIES: BOWEY THE CLOWN
Lee, 11:00 am - Noon
Bowey The Clown is an award winning Family entertainer that has been delighting audiences for years with his comical blend of magic, ventriloquism and awesome balloon art. Bowey started to perform when he was nine years old. He is a trained actor and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed with Rafi and Pete Seeger and has performed at thousands of birthday parties. Bowey is truly the clown the kids always want to see again! All First Saturday events start at 11 a.m. with a music or theater performance for young audiences. Families are then invited to stay for a healthy lunch at the Starving Artist Cafe at 40 Main Street. Admission: Free/$5 suggested donation Location: The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA 413-394-5023
SVC EXHIBIT OPENING
Vermont, 3-5 p.m.
Southern Vermont College is pleased to exhibit “Catastrophe Hats and Other Recent Works” by Southern Vermont artist Maggi Randall. The exhibit is available for viewing June 4 through July 8 in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The public and friends of the artist are encouraged to attend Randall’s opening reception. Randall works in a wide variety of media that includes ceramics, wood, fabric, egg tempera, oil paint, and pastels. Her work forms the basis of a range of unique visual expressions that lead the viewer through a veritable path of insights that are unique to Randall’s gifted vision, derived from encounters with people, society, and the natural world. In this show on “Catastrophe Hats,” Randall utilizes a creation that responds to all manner of climate change and natural catastrophes which in the artist’s imagination: “reflect our psychic longing to heal the planet now” - called “psychic alchemy.”
DALTON ART GUILD 17TH MEMBERSHIP SHOW
Pittsfield, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gala opening reception of the Dalton Art Guild 17th Annual Show will be held at Miller Supply Co., 205 West Street, Pittsfield. Cash awards ceremony at 7:30 pm. All art is original works by talented Berkshire County artists and includes oils, watercolors, acrylics, drawings and mixed media. Stop in, be inspired by the wonderful artwork and ask about joining the Art Guild. All the art will be available for viewing at Miller Supply Co. on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 4 through June 30.
BACH’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPRING CHORAL CONCERT
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Celebrating Berkshire Bach Society’s 25th anniversary, James Bagwell conducts Vivaldi's vibrant setting of the "Gloria," along with Mozart's instrumental masterpiece, “Sinfonia Concertante,” two shorter choral works by Mozart, & a hidden gem by Zelenka, the “Magnificat.” Violinist Helena Baille & violist Marka Gustavsson join the Bard Baroque Ensemble & a chorale of eight professional soloists, including mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz. The concert takes place on Saturday, June 4th, at 6pm at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street in Great Barrington. Tickets:$30-$50; free for students with ID. Advance sales: http://bagwellconductsgloria.bpe.me. Visit http://berkshirebach.org/'page_id=5003 or call (413) 528-9555 for more information
SHEFFIELD SENIOR CENTER PAINT & SIP
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Uncork your creativity on 6/4 at Bogies Restaurant, 935 S. Main St, Great Barrington. Fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Sheffield Senior center. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of the "Sheffield Covered Bridge" on a large 16x20 canvas while you sip and socialize with friends. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
SATURDAY NIGHT LIV
Lee, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Liv Cummins. A sketch comedy/variety show. Remember those great variety shows of the late 1960s and early 70s' Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, the original Saturday Night Live' They combined comedy, music, and novelty acts of all kinds: impressionists, jugglers, acrobats, plate spinners, and many other acts, some absolutely indescribable! TV may have forgotten the variety show, but the rebirth of the genre is about to happen, right in front of you! SATURDAY NIGHT LIV, hosted by Liv Cummins, is a live variety show where almost anything can happen — great singers and songwriters, sketch comedy, musical theater moments — in short, variety! After all, it’s the spice of life. Admission: $10 students & seniors / $20 general Location: The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA
Dalton, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Dalton Community Recreation Association and Central Berkshire will be hosting The Buddy Games at Wahconah Regional High School. Similar to the Special Olympics, the Buddy Games is an athletic competition designed for children with special needs. Children will have a fun day competing in events such as a long jump, 50/100 yard dash, ball toss, bike race, sack races, obstacle course and sensory city. The games are open to Berkshire County special needs students. Children can participate in arts and crafts activities and food and drink will be available. The event will be held rain or shine.
COMMUNITY REMEMBRANCE DAY
The Cancer Center Community Crusaders will host their third annual Community Remembrance Day at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington. The group calls for volunteers, fundraising groups, runners, and walkers to participate in the day’s festivities. Remembrance Day activities include inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cupcake tastings, entertainment, a dunk booth, and food provided by the Bennington Booster Club. This year’s event will include the first Freedom 5K Run/Walk. The entry fee is $20 and all proceeds benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center’s Patient Resource Fund. To register for the walk/run in advance visit here. Details on the day’s events can be found here.
Cheshire, 2 p.m.
Join us on Sun 6/2 for a Paint Party fundraiser at the Cheshire United Methodist Church, 197 Cheshire St, Cheshire, MA. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Peace Dove" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, refreshments, and donation included for $40. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
SPRING GOSPEL CONCERT
, 3 p.m.
THE GOSPEL GANG and THE MESSENGERS will be present "SPRING GOSPEL CONCERT", to benefit neighbors far and near. The program will be on Sunday, at the United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox MA. The GOSPEL GANG and The MESSENGERS are sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Lenox as part of their musical outreach program. They bring an assortment of contemporary Christian music styles, including Southern Gospel, country , blues, urban and Northern Gospel along with their message of good news. The group is comprised of 20+ singers and a full instrumental band... There is a suggested donation of $10.00. Info 413-445-5918. www.messengersgospelgang.com.
BIG SPLASH CARNIVAL
Williamstown, Noon-4 p.m.
Sand Springs Recreational Center, a nonprofit community organization, will host its second annual Big Splash Carnival at 158 Sand Springs Road. The event will have an old-fashioned carnival-theme and will feature live music, a dunk tank, bounce house, balloon artist, face painting, fire hooper, magic demonstrations, games, contests, as well as local food, drink and ice cream. Entry tickets are $10 per individual and $35 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at www.sandspringspool.org. Proceeds will be used to support summer programming at the pool.
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Uncork your creativity on Tue 6/7 at the VFW, 572 Mohawk Trail, North Adams. Fundraiser to benefit the Florida PTA. You'll learn to paint this seductive image of "Mount Greylock at Dusk" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
- Community Remembrance Day
- Berkshire Residents Free Admission
- Fundraising workshop
- Northern Berkshire Retirees Club
- CPR & AED training
- SVC exhibit opening
- Jazz Vespers
- Buddy Games
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