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HUMAN LIBRARY
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library in the Paresky Student Center. The Williams Human Library contains 35 to 40 “books” - Williams students, faculty, staff, and community members who have volunteered to be “checked out” for up to 30 minutes each. Each “reader” has a one-on-one conversation with the book, who shares his or her story and asks questions of the reader. Together, book and reader have an engaging discussion about their similarities, differences, and life experiences. The event is free.

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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session.* (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 5 years with their caregiver. We follow the school schedule so will not have a session during the winter vacation on February 20.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.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.
Sponsored by Community Health Programs (CHP).

 


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DOLLAR CENTS: LEARNING TO STRETCH YOUR DOLLAR
North Adams, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Family Resource Center’s Dollar Cents: Learning to Stretch Your Dollar Friday, at the Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Unsure about your finances? Looking for additional ways to stretch your dollar? Join us for a FREE budgeting workshop. Learn the basics of banking and tips on how to open and use a bank account. Enjoy light refreshments and a coupon swap while meeting new friends. Transportation and child care is available. Call 664-4821 to register.
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SPAGHETTI SUPPER
North Adams, 4-7 p.m.
A spaghetti supper to benefit the victims of the recent Wheel Estates fire will be held at the Eagles Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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CLASS OF 1960 LECTURE
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Professor Mary Hunter of Bowdoin College gives a lecture titled “Why does the Juilliard Gift Shop sell Plastic Composer Busts” in Bernhard Music Center Room 30 on the Williams College campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Class of 1960 Scholars Fund and is free and open to the public. Classical music culture continues to include busts of composers -- often strikingly cheap and cheesy objects — while other elite arts do not. There are many possible reasons for this, but among them is the way these objects are analogous to the ideological complications of playing classical music.

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FOOD AND FARM FILM FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 5 p.m.
In collaboration with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, The Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market, Images Cinema is presenting "Fresh Fest: A Food and Farm Film Festival." Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St. The festival kicks off with "Mussels in Love," in Dutch with English subtitles, 1 hour 23 minutes, a feature-length documentary that reveals the life of the Zeeland mussel in an intimate, humorous way, with playful music and fascinating close-ups that turn the shell-fish into abstract art.

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ST MARY'S BINGO
Lee, 5 p.m.
St. Mary's Bingo continues Friday February 27th. ****Doors open at 5:00 PM and games start promptly at 6:30 PM.**** This week, our first progressive will pay $1,199 if hit in 55 balls or fewer. Our second progressive will pay $1,199 if hit in 57 balls or fewer. Our lottery table is stocked with Jockeys, Horse Race, Speedball and Stingers. Our basic entrance package is $9.00 with open seating for all players. This week's meal special is to be determined. We always have our regular items available. Free coffee is always available. You must be 18 years of age or older to play. **REMINDER that we do not accept personal checks for Bingo** — at St. Mary's School.  
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SHOUT OUT LOUD FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Shout Out Loud Productions will host a fundraiser, Cocktails with a Purpose, at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, a live and silent auction, and dance party. The organization’s president, Jeanet Ingalls, also a survivor and ardent advocate, will facilitate a panel discussion on the different facets of human/sex trafficking in Massachusetts. The discussion will also include Cailin James, a human trafficking educator from Boston, and State Rep.e Smitty Pignatelli. Funds raised will support and educate Massachusetts’ law enforcement officials, health service providers and the community at large to recognize victims, expand and strengthen protocol, and help provide support for human trafficking victims. General admission tickets are $80; student tickets, $40 with I.D.; and dance tickets are $25 (valid from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). Tickets can be purchased online at shoutoutloudproductions.com  and must be purchased before Tuesday, Feb. 24.  For more information, contact Ingalls at jeanet@shoutoutloudproductions.com.

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FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Pittsfield, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Lanesborough Firemen’s Association will hold the second annual Princess Ball, a night out for princesses and their father/father figures, at the ITAM Lodge on Waubeek Road. Tickets are $25 per adult; princesses are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event  or call Jen DeChaine 413-448-9034 or Kate Garrity 413-841-7757.

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FAMILY MOVIE, "BOOK OF LIFE"
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:00pm

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rated PG, 95 minutes, popcorn & drinks provided. 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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BERKSHIRE BATTALION HOSTING 'HOMETOWN HEROES'
North Adams, 7:35 p.m.
Battalion hockey team offering free admission to tonight's game against the Watertown Wolves to current and former military members, law enforcement, fire department and emergency medical technicians. Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, Church Street.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6 and running through May 1 with the exception of Spring Break March 20, March 27 and April 3. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu.

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PIANIST SHAI WOSNER
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Visiting Artist Shai Wosner is a pianist who has “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Mr. Wosner offers a powerful program of Schubert, Chopin, Haydn, Ligeti, and Beethoven in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. Free and open to all. http://music.williams.edu/events/9217-2/ 2/27 Pianist Shai Wosner, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall
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'9 TO 5' AT MISS HALL'S
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will offer its humorous take on the inner-workings of office life, performing the musical comedy "9 to 5." A popular musical comedy featuring songs by Dolly Parton and based upon the 1980 movie in which she starred, "9 to 5" tells the story of three dissimilar co-workers — Violet, Doralee, and Judy — who unite in their antipathy for their sexist boss, Franklin Hart Jr. In the process of turning the tables on Hart, the women change their outlooks and, ultimately, their lives. The MHS performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 413-395-7108 for tickets and reservations. Additionally, please note that the show is of a PG-13 nature, with adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger students.

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STATUS OF WOMEN BREAKFAST
Lenox, 8-9:30 a.m.
The Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women will host a legislative breakfast at the Bernstein Theater, Shakespeare & Company located at 70 Kemble St. in Lenox. The free breakfast is open to the public. Invited guests include members of the Berkshire delegation: Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams; Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield; Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru; Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox; and Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. Commission Chair Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant says the event provides an opportunity to share the commission’s objectives and also hear from stakeholders in the community. To RSVP and for more information, contact either Hampton VanSant at Gwendolyn@multiculturalbridge.com or call 413.717.8164 or Donna Todd Rivers at Donnatoddrivers@gmail.com or call 413.441.9492.

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FOOD AND FARM FILM FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 1 p.m.
In collaboration with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, The Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market, Images Cinema is presenting "Fresh Fest: A Food and Farm Film Festival." Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St. The festival continues with “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields,” which champions combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers and ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food, followed by a discussion and reception. After, at 2:30 p.m., "The Last Season," a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place, will be shown.

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HUMAN LIBRARY
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
Williams College invites all members of the community to experience the Human Library in the Paresky Student Center. The Williams Human Library contains 35 to 40 “books” - Williams students, faculty, staff, and community members who have volunteered to be “checked out” for up to 30 minutes each. Each “reader” has a one-on-one conversation with the book, who shares his or her story and asks questions of the reader. Together, book and reader have an engaging discussion about their similarities, differences, and life experiences. The event is free.

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'ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS'
Sheffield, 10 a.m.-noon
Join sanctuary naturalists for a two-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat and other signs of animals that remain active throughout the winter at Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 568 Silver St., Sheffield. Suitable for children age 8 and up. Instructions and Directions: Dress warmly and in layers. Snow shoes will be required if there is deep snow; please bring them if you have them. A limited number of adult and child snowshoes are available if reserved ahead of time. Please call Pleasant Valley office ahead to reserve: 413-637-0320. Registration is required; the cost is $10 per person.

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STRYOFOAM TALK
Williamstown, 10:30 a.m.
Styrofoam food containers and flimsy plastic bags together comprise the greatest sources of litter both on land and in the sea. Attempts to recycle them have proven to be ineffective.  Discarded in landfills, they do not degrade but break down into microplastics that poison the earth and contaminate our water. To get bylaws passed banning polystyrene and plastic bags in Williamstown, a simple majority is needed in Town Meeting. The deadline to submit an article for Town Meeting is March 30, so a talk will be held at the Milne Library Feb. 28 to discuss the issues, consider the options, and work out a strategy for building public support.

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PUPPET PLAYS
Great Barrington, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Puppet Series for children ages 2 to 6 returns to usher in spring, starting Feb. 28 with “The White Bird,” the story of an old couple visited by a mysterious white bird one cold winter’s night. GBRSS early childhood teachers will perform two free morning shows using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets at 10:30 and 11:30am, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main St. As spring advances, puppet plays continue with “The Straw Broom,” on Saturday, March 21, also at Matrushka, and “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11, at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org

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KNIT ’N 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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FUN WITH FINE ARTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Looking for something to help you be creative during the winter? Come make art with us at Ramsdell! This program is good for ages 4 and up, and 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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W.E.B. DUBOIS: IN HIS OWN WORDS
Great Barrington, 10:30am-12:30pm

Readings and discussion of the works and contemporary relevance of one of Great Barrington's native sons. 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, 11:30am-12:30pm

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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ART IN THE AFTERNOON FOR ADULTS
Great Barrington, 1:00-2:30pm

Looking for time and space to work on your art? Join us for Art in the Afternoon at Ramsdell. Beginners are welcome, and help is available for artists looking to try new things!
Please Call 413-274-3738 to sign up and/or discuss details. 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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ROTARY CASINO FUN NIGHT
Williamstown, 7-10 p.m.
The Williamstown Rotary Club will hold its annual Casino Fun Night at the Williams Inn. There will be blackjack and roulette tables and various wheels of chance. At the end of the evening, those who have been lucky (or skillful!) can vie for prizes from local businesses including theater and movie tickets, gift baskets and maple syrup. Admission is $20 and will provide a set of chips (more can be purchased). In addition to the games of chance, the evening will feature a silent auction of such items as jewelry and vacations, a board of gift certificates, where a $20 contribution will guarantee a gift certificate for at least $25 and perhaps up to $50, and a 50/50 cash raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Food Project and scholarships for local students. Tickets in advance from any Rotary member or at the door the night of the event.

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SPEAK UP: LIFE’S BIGGEST MOMENTS
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
Hartford-based storytelling group Speak Up returns with a special salon show. This intimate storytelling experience will feature four storytellers telling humorous and heartfelt stories about their road to happily ever after. Featuring 15-time Moth StorySLAM champion Matthew Dicks. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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'9 TO 5' AT MISS HALL'S
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will offer its humorous take on the inner-workings of office life, performing the musical comedy "9 to 5." A popular musical comedy featuring songs by Dolly Parton and based upon the 1980 movie in which she starred, "9 to 5" tells the story of three dissimilar co-workers — Violet, Doralee, and Judy — who unite in their antipathy for their sexist boss, Franklin Hart Jr. In the process of turning the tables on Hart, the women change their outlooks and, ultimately, their lives. The MHS performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 413-395-7108 for tickets and reservations. Additionally, please note that the show is of a PG-13 nature, with adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger students.

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