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BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: IVAN THE TERRIBLE
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
Following his coronation as the Tsar of all the Russias, Ivan IV must choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters as Tsarina. He selects Anastasia Romanovna, and their union proves to be a happy one. But as the Boyars continue to plot against him and eventually poison his beloved wife, Ivan sinks into madness. Mahaiwe
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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER
Dalton, 1-3 p.m.
The Progressive Pallette will host a painting party fundraiser for in support of Relay for Life (Berkshire County Central South) at the Wahconah Country Club in Dalton. The cost is $40 includes the two-hour painting party/lesson, all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on stretched canvas and a donation to Relay for Life. This event is for adults only; tickets can be ordered here.

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STRIDES IN SOLIDARITY 5K RUN
Williamstown, 11:30 AM
Strides In Solidarity 5K Sunday, April 26, 11:30am, Paresky Center, Lawn Please join the Williams College chapter of PIH Engage on April 26th for its second annual Strides In Solidarity event! Run or walk with us in solidarity with Partners In Health community health workers around the world, especially those who have given so much to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Community health workers walk miles and miles every day to the most remote areas, finding sick patients and delivering critical medical care to the ill and the poor who would otherwise be without care. All proceeds will support Partners In Health in its effort to strengthen health systems and build community health worker networks in West Africa to prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

 Register for the event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/williams-college-strides-in-solidarity-tickets-16525994695. Event day registration begins at 10 am on Sunday the 26th; the run will kick-off at 11:30. We will also be tabling in Paresky during the week leading up to the event, so please stop by to register there and/or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates to Spring Street Market, Tunnel City, Freight Yard Pub, and other local businesses/restaurants. Raffle drawings will take place on the morning of the 26th before the start of the run. Those who select the t-shirt registration option can pick up shirts at lunch in Paresky during the week leading up to the event or on the day of the run! Contact Kirby Neuner at ksn1@williams.edu with questions.
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TOWN PLAYERS READING
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will present a reading of "Ariadne" by Richard Matturro, "Chocolate" by Frederick Stroppel and "Wedding Duet" by Lauren Wilson at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Richard Matturro will read his own work, "Ariadne," about a strange journey through a labyrinth, which is from his new collection, "Porch of the Maidens." The other two staged readings will be directed by Denise Roller. "Chocolate" depicts a detective investigating the disappearance of a husband and "Wedding Duet" is about a newly married couple on their way to crossing the threshold when it all comes to a screeching halt. The cast includes Kevin Paul Wixsom and Amy Drown. Admission is $5.

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UKE ĎNí BREW FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 3-7 p.m.
Ukulele performances at Parsley's Pub at Waubeeka Golf Links all afternoon featuring: Lita Williams from Hawaii via Nashville, The Lords of Lichtenstein of NYC, 2013 Berkshire Idol winner Sophie Lane, The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra of Williamstown and The New England Ukulele Ensemble from Connecticut. There will also be lesson/jam at 6:30 p.m. and raffles. One raffle ticket included with paid admission of $15 for adults and $10 for students. Kids under 12 are free.

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WILLIAMS CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMS WORKS OF ORLANDO DI LASSO
Williamstown, 4pm
The Williams Chamber Choir, under the direction of Brad Wells, will perform works of Orlando di Lasso. This 16th century Flemish composer produced more than 2000 sacred and secular compositions, and left an indelible mark on western musical tradition. The Williams Chamber Choir is a mixed, sixteen-voice group, just the right size for the performance space. The Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art is a small, round, domed room. This unique venue possesses perfect acoustics for this music, and for this group.    http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-chamber-choir-5/   4/24 Chamber Choir in the Rotunda, 4pm, WCMA
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BIRDING IN WILLIAMSTOWN
State, 7:30 a.m.
Field Farm, Sloan Road, Williamstown Join the Hoffman Bird Club at this Trustees of Reservations property for a leisurely morning walk looking for birds in Williamstown & South Williamstown, starting at Field Farm. Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and bring binoculars if you have them. Please RSVP with Carrie Jones at 413.884.2661 or carriejones2011@aol.com. Free  
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VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY
Windsor, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center will host a Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow conservation area in Windsor. Come help this non-profit conservation area clear trails and prep the building site for the up and coming nature center building. Food provided, please bring your own gloves. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register and for directions.

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OPEN SCHOOLING GYMKAHANA
Lanesborough, 9 a.m.
Equus Therapeutic will hold an Open Schooling Gymkhana at Wedgewood Stable at Wirtes Farm, 705 North Main St. The event will start at 9 a.m. for all assisted riders in Wedgewood’s beautiful indoor, with the Open riders starting up at approximately 10 a.m. in the outdoor ring.  Gymkhana is games on horseback, the most familiar to a majority of people being barrel racing. These games showcase precision and speed and are a lot of fun to watch, thus spectators are always welcome. Admission for spectators is free. There will be a food booth serving breakfast and lunch for reasonable prices.

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SETH BROWN TALK
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will host a talk by local author and columnist Seth Brown, who will discuss his book "From God To Verse," a line-by-line translation of the Five Books of Moses into rhyming couplets. The talk will follow the Federation-sponsored Older Adult Kosher Lunch at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. The presentation is open to the public, and is free with the Older Adult Kosher Lunch. Program only is $3.

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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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BINGO AND ICE CREAM
, 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun game of Bingo and ice cream social Free and open to the public. Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main Street, Great Barrington 413-528-1881
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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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MCLA TALK ON RACIAL TENSION
North Adams, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will sponsor a dialogue on how communities, especially educational institutions, can respond to racial tensions. Veronica Benavides and Tracey Benson from the Harvard Graduate School of Education will facilitate a conversation about their case study, “Letters from Ferguson: A Community’s Response to Race and Racism.” This discussion will take place in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121. The event is free and open to the public.

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'BLADE RUNNER'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Classic Series at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring St., continues with "Blade Runner," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah. Regular ticket prices apply.

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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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RIVER WISE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Becket, 10:30 a.m.
HVA and the Becket Athenaeum will host "River Wise" preschool program: Dinosaurs drank this water, too!  Come to the Becket Athenaeum and find out how come we drink the same water the dinosaurs once drank. Meet “Randy the Raindrop,” create a thunderstorm, and go on a water cycle adventure. Grant support received from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday for more information.

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HVA PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Becket, 10:30 am to Noon
On Tuesday, HVA and the Becket Athenaeum invite you to the first of three, free "River Wise" preschool programs: Dinosaurs drank this water, too!  Come to the Becket Athenaeum and find out how come we drink the same water the dinosaurs once drank. Meet “Randy the Raindrop,” create a thunderstorm, and go on a water cycle adventure. Grant support received from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Call HVA at 413-394-9796, or email adixon@hvatoday for more information.

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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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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
North Adams, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Clark House at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, Brickyard Court in North Adams. Jan Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will present the North Adams classes.

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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER'S THE POWER OF PLAY- A 4 WEEK SERIES FOR PARENTS
North Adams, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Playing, Learning and Growing – A 4 week Series for Parents Tuesday, at Haskins Center, North Adams “Through Play, Children Create Themselves.” The value of play is important in the mental and emotional growth of young children. In this fun and informative session, we will show how young children learn through exploration and free play. You will learn the importance and benefits of playfulness for you and your child. Each family will receive a goodie bag to take home filled with play power!  This is the first in a 4 week series on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm May 5: Brain Building in Progress, May 12: Ages and Stages-Your Child’s Development and May 19: STEM for Families
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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 NIGHT
North Adams, 5-7:30 p.m.
The North Adams Chamber of Commerce will host a networking night at Benchmark Kitchens Inc, at 349 State Road, for a sampling of food and wine. In support of Habitat for Humanity, a voluntary donation of $20 at the door that will help build needed homes in northern Berkshire County. 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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BOOK LOVERíS BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 5:30-7:00pm

This month we are reading What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
What I Loved begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a SoHo gallery. He buys the work; tracks down the artist, Bill Wechsler; and the two men embark on a life-long friendship.
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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WAM THEATRE PAINT & SIP BENEFIT
Lee, 6:30 p.m.
Join us at Sullivan Station, 109 Railroad St, Lee MA on 4/28 for a Paint & Sip Fundraiser for WAM Theatre. You'll learn how to paint "Paris in Spring" on a large 16x20 canvas. No experience required. All materials and instruction included for $40 per person. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com  
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PERC ANNUAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 7:30-9 a.m.
Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation's annual meeting will be held at Berkshire Community College's Susan B. Anthony Center, Room G10. A speaker panel will present on "Advanced Manufacturing – Opportunities for Berkshire County." A breakfast buffet will be served. For further information, contact Ann Dobrowolski at adobrowolski@pittsfieldch.com or 413-499-9371.

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MONTESSORI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Lenox
The Montessori School of the Berkshires at 21 Patterson Road in Lenox Dale will hold an open house. Tours will be held at the following times: 8:30-9:15am Toddler (Ages 15 months-3); 9:15-10:00am Children's House (Ages 3-6); 10:00-10:45am Elementary (Ages 6-12); and 10:45-11:30am Adolescent (Ages 12-14). This event will offer a chance to observe classes in session and to see Montessori’s discovery-based education in action. Parents can receive a free book, “Montessori Madness,” for attending. Interested parents can register for the tours online at www.BerkshireMontessori.org or by calling 413-637-3662.

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TALK ON PREVENTING FALLS
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will offer an informational session on fall prevention 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 “Common Sense Eating for Health and Pleasure.” The guest speaker is Michael Glasser, MSRD, lead dietitian at Hillcrest Commons. The presentation is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling 413-445-9747 by April 27.

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