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STAMFORD LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Vermont, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Stamford Community Library will hold a one-day book sale at the Stamford School. The sale, which features a wide variety of titles for all ages, is running in conjunction with the annual Stamford Seniors Craft Fair. In addition to the book sale, the library will hold a silent auction for a unique wooden mailbox, built by the late Stamford resident Edson Slade. Further information can be obtained at www.stamfordlibrary.org.

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

Join us for an hour of arts and crafts fun at Ramsdell. We'll use a variety of materials to make different crafts each week. 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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'BEETLEJUICE'
North Adams, 11 a.m.
The North Adams Movieplex presents a special free screening of "Beetlejuice." Those who bring in a non-perishable food item will be entered to win prizes.

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BLUE’S ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 12:00-1:00pm

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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WATERCOLOR DROP-IN
Great Barrington, 1:30-3:00pm

Drop in for relaxed watercolor painting at Ramsdell. This is a friendly, unguided session; no teacher, just fellow artists. We have supplies available, and you are also welcome to bring your own. This program is at our Ramsdell at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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SPIRIT WALK
Sheffield, 2 p.m.
The spirits of past Sheffield residents come alive during the annual Spirit Walk.  Actors playing the role of those residents stand alongside their respective graves at the Center Cemetery on Berkshire School Road, eager to tell the stories of their lives. The cost is $5, free for kids & Historical Society Members. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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FLU VACCINATION CLINIC
North Adams, 2-5 p.m.
Berkshire Public Health Alliance will present a flu vaccination clinic through a public health nursing contract with the city of North Adams at St. Elizabeth’s Parish at 70 Marshall St. The flu vaccine and the flu mist are available at no charge to individuals ages 6 months and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card(s) with you. Please wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

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KNIT ’N STITCH
Great Barrington, 3:00-4:00pm

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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'MY TWO ITALIES' READING
Lenox, 4 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic Street, presents a reading of "My Two Italies" by Joseph Lucci in which the child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.

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HOFFMANN BIRD CLUB WALK
Lanesborough, 8 a.m.
Trip to Constitution Hill, Lanesborough, which has hay fields, shrub fields, large wetland, and mature hardwood forest. Meet at the BNRC parking area at the end of Bridge Street in Lanesboro; park at map kiosk. Contact Doug Bruce (499-0596; dbruce@bnrc.net) for details.

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FACULTY RECITAL WITH SOPRANO ERIN NAFZIGER
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Erin Nafziger, soprano, in a faculty recital in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public. Nafziger offers an evening of classical song. Her performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt. She also sings Antonin Dvorak's “Song to the Moon” from the opera “Rusalka,” and “The Hermit Songs” by Samuel Barber.

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ERIN NAFZIGER, SOPRANO AND DORIS STEVENSON, PIANO AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8pm
Soprano Erin Nafziger offers an evening of classical song along with her colleague pianist Doris Stevenson. Their performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt, as well as selections by Antonin Dvorak and Samuel Barber. http://music.williams.edu/events/erin-nafziger-soprano/  Brooks-Rogers
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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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MONSTER DASH
Great Barrington, 9:30 a.m.
Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation team will host the 2014 Monster Dash, a fun 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk starting at 10 Maple Ave. in Great Barrington, the site of Fairview’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Service.  All ages and abilities are welcome to run and walk and people are encouraged to wear a costume. Race day registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. in the Rehabilitation Department.  The pre-registration entry fee to run is $20 (by Oct. 22), $25 the day of the event.The fee for the 1-mile fun walk will be $7 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Registration is available online at www.berkshirerunningcenter.com . Proceeds from the race will be directed to Fairview Hospital’s 2014 Annual Equipment Fund, which will be used to purchase medical technology used at Fairview Hospital.

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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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