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GET UNPLUGGED
Great Barrington
Get Unplugged is a collaborative event created by Berkshire South Regional Community Center and the Berkshire Co-op Market offering a series of fun, educational and free programs to South County children in grades kindergarten through grade 8 during school vacation. Visit www.berkshiresouth.org/getunplugged for details.
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ANIMALS UP CLOSE
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
Richard Roth of Creature Teachers will visit the Berkshire Museum, bringing a variety of animals, including a green tree python, a kinkajou, a skunk, an American alligator, and more. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about these fascinating, exotic creatures and their habitats, preferred foods, and unique characteristics. Tickets for this special Animals Up Close event are $15 per adult and $8 per child; museum members are $5 per adult and $3 per child; children 3 and under free. Museum admission is included.

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EARTH DAY CRAFT
Great Barrington, 11 a.m.-noon

The Mason Library will celebrate Earth Day with a craft good for ages 6 and up. Pre-registration requested.


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'CAPS FOR SALE' PUPPET SHOW
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The PuppeTree, a Vermont theater workshop and puppet company, will present a production of "Caps For Sale" at the Milne Public Library at 1095 Main St. The free puppet show is appropriate for families of all ages, who can wear their favorite crazy hat to the performance. Call 413-458-5369 for more information.

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EARTH DAY CRAFT
Great Barrington, 3-4 p.m.

The Ramsdell Library will celebrate Earth Day with a craft good for ages 6 & up. Pre-registration requested.


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BOOK LOVERS’ BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Mason Library book club will be reading "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Hetty "Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.


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RAINBOW PARTY MEETING
Lenox, 7 p.m.
The Lenox Green-Rainbow Party will hold a Town Committee meeting on the second floor of Lenox Town Hall. The agenda includes discussion on Town Meeting Warrant Article 24:  Fracked Gas Pipeline Question, and a chance to meet and greet statewide candidates.

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CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING DAY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Berkshire Immigrant Center will sponsor a free citizenship processing day at the First Baptist Church, 88 South St. The event aims to assist potential applicants to get information about the entire naturalization process, screen for eligibility, seek legal assistance if necessary, and fill out and file application forms. Information about disability and fee waivers as well as derivative citizenship will also be available.  Experienced Board of Immigration Appeals representatives will be on hand to answer specific questions and provide private consultations.  Participants can also get information about enrolling in free ESOL/Civics classes to prepare for the naturalization interview and exam. The current cost to apply for citizenship is $680, but a fee waiver is available for those living below the poverty level, receiving public assistance or facing other financial hardships. Free citizenship processing appointments are available; to make an appointment, call 413-445-4881.

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TOUCH A TRUCK
North Adams, 10 a.m.-Noon
This free community event for the entire family will be held in the parking lot behind the Haskins Building, 210 State Street. Come and explore and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks and many more community vehicles. A bake sale also will be held to support the Family Resource Center.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHAKESPEARE
Great Barrington, 3-4 p.m.

The Ramsdell Library will host a special presentation from Shakespeare & Company about the life and times of Shakespeare for school-aged children. There will be merriment, sword fighting and entertainment.


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PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINARS
Great Barrington, 5 p.m.
If you are going to be turning 65 during 2014 or in early 2015, or if you’re thinking of retiring, Elder Services’ SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) will host a Pre-Retirement Seminar at the Claire Teague Center and learn how to best navigate the Medicare maze. Certified SHINE counselors will present clear, unbiased health insurance information to help you prepare for your retirement and make the right Medicare choices for your personal situation. There is no fee to attend. For more information, or to register, call Elder Services’ SHINE department at 413-499-0524 or 800-957-3557.

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ELIZABETH KOLBERT TALK
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert will read from her new book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" in the rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public. Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she writes about politics and the environment.

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'VENTFORT FOLK BY THE FIRE' CONCERT SERIES
Lenox, 5:30-7 p.m.
The “Ventfort Folk by the Fire” concert series will be held at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Museum of the Gilded Age. The concerts are free; a cash bar offering local craft beer and wine, as well as free snacks will also be available. April 9 features Oakes & Smith; April 16 features Chris (Scott) and Woody (Printz); April 23 features Justin Hillman; and April 30 features Billy Keane. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP
Great Barrington, 5:30-7 p.m.

Do you love birds but have a hard time identifying them' The Mason Library hosts beginning birders Sharon Siter and Christine Ward, who will teach the basics of bird identification. We will use Sharon’s Backyard Bird photos to share bird ID techniques and helpful resources.  Christine will demonstrate a great new app for beginning birders that makes bird ID a snap.  Come with any field guides you like to use and a bird–loving friend. To register, email info@gbtrails.org.


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MORNINGSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEEETING
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
The Morningside Initiative invites residents and community members to continue the discussion on making our Morningside neighborhood stronger. Starting at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, at the Rice Silk Mill Apartments, join the Morningside Initiative and community members to discuss steps we can take as a community to build a safer neighborhood including strengthening the Neighborhood Watch efforts in the Morningside Neighborhood. We hope to see you there. Come with your questions and learn how to get involved. Contact Pete White at petewhite78@yahoo.com for more information  

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'TAME THAT TANTRUM' WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, Noon-2 p.m.
Housatonic Academy, a subsidiary of Hillcrest Educational Centers, will offer a free workshop titled “Tame That Tantrum” that will teach parents and guardians that less power sometimes means more. They will learn what skill deficits are, how to recognize a child's pattern of difficulty, and how to effectively prevent tantrums, meltdowns and power struggles. The program will be held at Hillcrest Educational Centers' Administrative Offices at 788 South St. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested. Lunch will be provided. Those interested can sign up by calling 413-443-2367.

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BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM TAKES PART IN WORLD BOOK NIGHT
Pittsfield
The Berkshire Athenaeum will take part in World Book Night for the third time. World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer Book Givers promote reading by going into their community and handing out free copies, talking about their book title and why they found it engaging. Those interested in being 2015 Book Givers are encouraged to visit World Book Night’s website at www.us.worldbooknight.org for further information.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
North Adams, 1-6 p.m.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at MCLA's Venable Gym. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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U.S. CITIZENSHIP/NATURALIZATION CLINIC
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Berkshire Immigrant Center will sponsor a free citizenship processing day at the First Baptist Church, 88 South Street, Pittsfield.  The event is aimed to assist potential applicants to get information about the entire naturalization process, screen for eligibility, seek legal assistance if necessary, and fill out and file application forms. Free citizenship processing appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment, please 413-445-4881. A Spanish speaking counselor will be available if needed.

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BERKSHIRE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Berkshire Children's Theatre will present "Disney’s Aladdin Jr.," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The show will be staged at the Berkshire Museum and features an ensemble of talented local performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 who perform under the direction of Kara Demler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and include museum admission.

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SIGMA XI LECTURE
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Claire Ting, associate professor of biology at Williams College, will present the Sigma Xi lecture at Williams College. She will speak on “The Alphabet of Revelations: (Meta)Genomics as a Means to Understand Microbes and their Complex Ecosystems.” The lecture will take place in Wege Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Schow atrium.

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THE SPRING 2014 “GREEN LIVING” SEMINARS
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
The spring 2014 “Green Living” seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will conclude on Thursday, in Murdock Hall room 218 with a panel discussion on “Successes, Opportunities, and Challenges Farming in the Berkshires.” The public is invited to attend this event, which is part of this spring’s free series, “Cultivating a Sustainable Food System.” The panel discussion will include Don Zasada of Caretaker Farm, Sharon Wyrrick of Many Forks Farm, Topher Sabot of Cricket Creek Farm, and Russell Moody of the Giving Garden. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Dr. Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.

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THE POETRY OF AGHA SHAHID ALI
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Izhar Patkin collaborated with the late Kashmiri-American poet, Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001), on his series of "veil"¯ paintings, transforming Ali's musings on love and loss into visual form. Mass MoCA will host an intimate reading of ghazal poems popularized by Ali. The reading is co-organized by Agha Iqbal Ali, the poet's brother and University of Massachusetts professor, and Nikhil Melnechuk of Bowery Arts + Science. The cost is $7.

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EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTIONS
New York, 6-8 p.m.
120Gallery90 at The Armory in Hoosick Falls will host an opening reception for new exhibits by Vermont artist Maggi Randall as well as work by Hoosick Artist Guild. Members of the Hoosick Falls High School Senior Chorus will perform downstairs from 7 to 8 p.m.

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'TOO MUCH GLUE' AUTHOR VISIT
Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The Adams Free Library will host a visit by Jason Lefebvre of Holyoke, author of "Too Much Glue." He will read the book and talk about what it’s like to write a picture book.  The book encourages artistic expression in all forms and shows that being unique is a wonderful thing.

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FACING SHAME: PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Freeman Center and Red Collaborative will present “Facing Shame: Straight Talk on Child Sexual Abuse,” a performance featuring songs and prose by artist-activist, Gabrielle Senza, and a discussion with Jean Clark-Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services at Elizabeth Freeman Center. The event, held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will address what you can do to recognize, confront, and prevent sexual abuse in our schools, churches, streets and homes. “Facing Shame” will be at the First Congregational Church, Parish Hall, at 251 Main Street in Great Barrington. There is a $10-20 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Great Barrington, 1-6 p.m.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Simon's Rock College's Kilpatrick Athletic Center. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY PRESENTATION
North Adams, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Daniel Tomasul from the University of Pennsylvania will offer a presentation titled "Wrong to Strong: Using Positive Psychotherapy" at the Holiday Inn. Specific evidence-based positive interventions drawn from positive psychology and positive psychotherapy have been incorporated into Interactive-Behavioral Therapy with promising results. The techniques and findings will be demonstrated and shown as part of this presentation. The workshop is free of charge and Continuing Education Credits are available.  To register, contact Carol Fox at 413-664-9382, ext. 40, or at cfox@bfair.org.

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'WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE' STORYWALK
Great Barrington, 10-11:30 a.m.

Families begin reading page one of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak at Subway Sandwich Shop. Whether walking, skipping or leaping to the next posted page, readers will follow the story accented by colorful pictures. The two-page spreads are posted over the course of the “walk” and end at Mason Library with a 10:30 a.m. live reading and craft.


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BERKSHIRE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Berkshire Children's Theatre will present "Disney’s Aladdin Jr.," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The show will be staged at the Berkshire Museum and features an ensemble of talented local performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 who perform under the direction of Kara Demler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and include museum admission.

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