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HALLOWEEN PET ADOPTION PARTY
Great Barrington, Noon-3 p.m.
Berkshire Humane Society will be hosting a Halloween Adoption Party at Purradise, located at 301 Stockbridge Road. In addition to shelter animals up for adoption, there will be lots of fun activities for the entire family, including face painting, games and a costume contest. For more information, call 413-717-4244.

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BERKSHIRE ORCHID & TROPICAL SHOW
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkshire Community College Foundation will hold its third annual Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show at the Paterson Field House, BCC’s Main Campus, 1350 West St. The show will showcase fifteen unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork. Workshops and educational talks will also be open to attendees. Proceeds from the event will benefit BCC’s Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse, as well as the Foundation’s Annual Fund. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or aphillips@berkshirecc.edu.

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GREENAGERS FARMER OLYMPICS
Great Barrington, 12:30-5 p.m.
Rollin’ Round Bales, Farmer’s Carry, Stackin’ Bales, Gathrin’ Gourds, and more happen at the second annual Greenager Farmer Olympics at the Route 7 Grille in Great Barrington. This year’s event coincides with Greenagers’ Annual Appeal, which supports the organization’s youth work programs in farming, agriculture and trails management. Participants of all ages are welcome; there is no charge to compete. Registration runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Games begin at 1:30 p.m. and awards wil be handed out at 4. Lunch is available all afternoon! For more information about Greenagers, visit www.greenagers.org.

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LIONS CLUB HALLOWEEN PARADE
Adams, 4 p.m.
The Adams Lions Club’s annual Halloween Parade for children will step off from a new location this year — the Adams Community Bank at Center and Myrtle Streets — and end in the spacious Depot Street parking lot. Children, in costume, are asked to gather at 4 p.m. at the Adams Community Bank Center Street parking lot. The parade will step off at 4:30 pm, with marchers heading from Center Street to the east side of Park Street, then turning right onto East Maple Street to the Depot Street lot. In the Depot Street lot, the Adams Lions Club trailer will serve hot dogs and refreshments and the club will award prizes for the best costumes.

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MCLA 'BOO BASH'
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
The Residence Area Advisory Boards and the Center for Service and Citizenship at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the 20th Annual “Boo Bash” for children and their parents at the Berkshire Towers on the MCLA campus. This event is free and open to area children between the ages of 6 and 11, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Berkshire Towers residence building will feature a decorated entrance, trick or treating and a costume party for the expected crowd. Berkshire Towers is on Church Street, across the street from Murdock Hall. For more information, please contact Devon O’Dowd at the Residential Programs and Services Office, 413-662-5249.


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HEALTH INSURANCE TALK
New York, 6:30 p.m.
Two New York State experts will speak about affordable health insurance under federal law, for families, singles, unemployed, high and low income people at the Stephentown Memorial Library. Individual help on library computers available, and appointments made. For information, call the library at 518-733-5750.

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NORTH ADAMS BABE RUTH ANNUAL MEETING
North Adams, 7 p.m.
North Adams Babe Ruth provides summer baseball opportunities for young men ages 13-20 from Northern Berkshire County, including but not limited to, Adams, North Adams Williamstown, Lanesboro, Hancock, Clarksburg and Southern VT.  New Members Needed: The NABR Board is actively recruiting new members with children  playing in the 13-15 year old division to serve on the Board. If you are interested in a position on the board please contact John Benzinger at 413 822 2098.    

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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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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. This program is for children ages baby through 5 years and their caregivers. No registration required.  *No program on Veteran's Day Nov 11* Held 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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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Lenox, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Preschool children are invited at 11 a.m. to wear their costume to story hour and trick-or-treat around the library. Enjoy Halloween stories, crafts and snacks. Ages 6 and up are invited at 6:30 p.m. for a Family Fun Night with snacks and beverages provided by the library and a viewing of the movie “The BFG,” based on the book by Roald Dahl.

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is offering a series of support group sessions for Hospice families and others in the community grieving a recent death. The sessions will be held in North Berkshire on consecutive Tuesdays – October 14th, 21st and 28th, and November 4th, 11th and 18th – from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the meeting room of the First Congregational Church in North Adams. The meeting room is on the second floor of the church, located on Main Street. The First Congregational Church of North Adams and Reverend Ann Clark-Killam will host the support group, and Corinne Zinni Case, LMHC, Berkshire VNA & Hospice bereavement counselor, will facilitate the group. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice at 413-447-2862, ext. 5634. 

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'A SUPERNATURAL EVENING'
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Ready to be scared?  The North Adams Public Library is lowering the lights in the “Front Parlor” for “A Supernatural Evening” with Jeff Belanger, author of "Weird Massachusetts." All programs are free and open to the public. Call 662-3133 for more information.

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JEWISH LITERATURE LECTURE
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Author and critic Adam Kirsch will present “Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?” at Williams College in Griffin Hall, room 3, and is free and open to the public. In his talk, Kirsch will explore whether there is something that unites Jewish writing and writers across languages and cultures. For example, he will examine the influence of ancient Talmudic scholarly tradition on later Jewish writing. The event aims to highlight the diverse ways in which Jewish traditions intersect with the history and culture of books.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY' AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for “Christmastime in the City,” a holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Needed are singers (all voice types), instrumentalists, spoken word artists, actors and more. Any variety of talent may audition. Singers should be prepared to sing from their favorite holiday tune. They may bring their own music but it is not required. Spoken word artists must bring their own work and will be given 1 to 2 minutes for the audition but up to 3 for the performance. Actors may bring a monologue but sides will be provided otherwise. Finally, instrumentalists should be prepared to play a 2 minute holiday selection for the audition. There will be three performances: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.

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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER "WATCH ME GROW"
Williamstown, 10 to 11 a.m.
“Watch Me Grow “ An Ages and Stages Event Thursday, at the Williamstown Youth Center As our children grow, we watch and see what new skills they learn and master. Join FRC staff for a morning of fun and learning. Children will play at activity stations with balls, blocks, beads, drawing and movement activities. Parents will have timeto fill out an “Ages and Stages Questionnaire “ which hasquestions specific to their child’s age. This event is for any families with children ages 3 months to 5 years old. It is a great way to find out where your child is developmentally. Each child will receive a FREE new book. Each parent will receive a packet of fun activities to do with their child at home! To register please call 664‐4821.
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LECTURE ON SLEEP
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology at Williams College, will present “The Neuroscience Behind a Good Night’s Sleep” for the college’s semiannual Sigma Xi lecture in Wege Auditorium, located in the Thompson Chemistry building. The event is free. The presentation will focus on recent research that suggests that sleep quality is about more than sleep quantity. Carter will discuss what happens to our brains and bodies during sleep and offer a neuroscientist’s definition of a “good night’s sleep.” He will describe recent studies from his and other sleep labs and explain simple lifestyle changes for improving quality of sleep.


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BRPC'S FIFTH THURSDAY DINNER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
BRPC's Fifth Thursday Dinner will feature Billie Best, the Community Land Trust Program Director for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and President of the Board of Trustees for the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires. Best will discuss the Community Land Trust (CLT) housing model, and how it’s flexibility and land acquisition characteristics can provide housing opportunity in all Berkshire communities: Southern Berkshire communities facing a dearth of affordable housing, and Central and Northern Berkshire communities facing an abundance of affordable yet low quality housing options. The event will be held at Mazzeo's on South Street and costs $36. RSVP to Linda Ludwig by Oct. 24 at Lludwig@berkshireplanning.org.

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HALLOWEEN PARADE
New York, 6 p.m.
HAYC3 invites the community to the annual Halloween parade at Wood Park. The parade is free and open to the public.  Each year this event brings out some great costumes and is a fun-filled family event. This event is tradition for many families, and is a great way for kids to show off their costumes ahead of the big trick-or-treating night. Prizes will be awarded to those with the cutest, funniest, most original, and scariest costumes. For more information, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.   

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "The Cobweb," starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall,  Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant; directed by Vincent Minnelli; novel and some screenplay dialogue by William Gibson, 1955. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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ROSELLE CHARTOCK AND BOOK
Lenox, 7 p.m.
In remembrance of the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, author and educator Roselle Kline Chartock of Great Barrington will discuss the famed boarding school. Dr. Chartock, whose book “Windsor Mountain School: A Beloved Berkshire Institution” is scheduled to be out in mid-October, will visit The Lenox Library  to discuss the history of the school. This talk is sponsored by The Lenox Library and The Bookstore, which will provide copies of the book hot off the press. The book may be purchased and signed by Dr. Chartock at the talk. For further information about this and other library offerings, call 413-637-2630.

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PIANIST JEFFREY SWANN AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Concert pianist Jeffrey Swann presents a program titled, “1914: The World on the Brink of the Abyss.” He performs Leos Janácek’s “In the Mist” (1913); Sergey Prokofiev’s “Sarcasms” (1912-14); Alexander Scriabin’s Sonata No. 9, op. 67 ("Black Mass") (1913); and Charles Ives’ Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass. 1840-60" (1914).   http://music.williams.edu/events/jeffrey-swann-piano/   Chapin Hall
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'HOUSE' SCREENING
Pittsfield, 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will present a special showing of the Japanese cult classic horror movie "House" (Hausu). For this Halloween screening, audience members are welcome and encouraged to bring their own food and drinks and to come in costume. Tickets are $7.50 and $5 for museum members or anyone in costume. Released in 1977 and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this unrated film is in Japanese with a run time of 87 minutes.

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WITCHING HOUR GHOST TOUR
Lenox, 10:30 p.m.
The Mount presents a special midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! Creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps are all part of The Mount’s guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate. This tour is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for youths ages 12 to 18 and are available online at EdithWharton.org.

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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. 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.


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DOLLAR "CENTS" LEARNING TO STRETCH YOUR DOLLAR
North Adams, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Dollar “Cents”: Learning to Stretch your Dollar, at Haskins Center in North Adams All of us could use some help with stretching our dollars these days! Join us to learn ways to save money swap coupons and share your own budget tips. Come to one or come to them all! Oct. 31st –Ways to make your budget go further Nov. 14th ‐Using coupons and sales flyers to save Dec. 5th –Learn about credit and eliminate debt January 23rd ‐Reflect on your budget and make new goals for the new year. In October, each parent will receive a FREE calculator and notebook Call 664‐4821 to register if you need transportation or child care. For child care please reply by Oct. 24th. Presented as a collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Berkshire Community Action Council
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SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRICK-OR-TREATING
Sheffield, 5-7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treaters can go door-to-door at the historic buildings on the society's grounds to fill their bags with candy. Enjoy fun, spooky activities and a classic Halloween movie. For more information, visit sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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ALL SOULS: A HALLOWEEN READING
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
Listen to Wharton’s last ghost story as read by Ariel Bock in the Drawing Room of one of the most haunted homes in the Berkshires. Appropriate for children ages 10 and up. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10 and are available online at  EdithWharton.org.

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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 the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  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. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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NATURE ART TO MAKE YOUR HOME GORGEOUS & “GREEN”
New York, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
As technology becomes a larger part of all of our lives we must make a greater effort to get outside and enjoy nature. The best way to do this is by coming together to create beautiful nature crafts that can then be used to decorate your home and remind you to get back outside again. We will be decorating Mason jar with a fall leave decoupage and floating acorn candles. This will make for a festive Thanksgiving or Christmas meal centerpiece. Registration is limited. Please call (518)-658-2055 to reserve a space. The cost for the workshop will be $3 for materials.
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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT BENEFIT CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet will headline a "Giving Thanks Dinner and Concert" event to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity programs and services at First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn St. The event is a homemade turkey dinner followed by a benefit concert lineup that features Sweet and The BSweet Band along with Zink & Company. In addition to dinner there will be refreshments and a raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m. There are two dinner seatings, at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and show tickets are $15. Combo tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at berkshirehabitat.org or at bobbysweet.com.

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