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FREE DENTAL SCREENING
North Adams, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Children between 0 and 4 can receive a free dental screening at 46 North Church St., North Adams, from Carver Family Denistry. Learn how to properly care for baby teeth, how much fluoride is needed, and how diet can affect the oral cavity. Call 413-663-7372 to register.

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STAR GAZING
Windsor, After dark
Trustees of Reservations and Arunah Hill Science and Nature Center will host a progrram of star gazing after dark at Notchview Reservation on Route 9. Telescopes and instruction provided. Any significant cloud cover, fog, rain, or weather will cancel this event. Call Colin Harrington at: 413-684-4535

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CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS
North Adams
The Northern Berkshire YMCA will be holding a CPR and first aid class. Certified American Heart Association Instructor Sharon Leary will be teaching CPR and AED with First Aid. Students can take both classes together or just one of the components. Cost of the classes are: CPR with AED $35, First Aid $35 or CPR with AED and First Aid $65. Cost of the course includes certification card and manual. Pre-registration for the classes are now being accepted; please call Sharon directly at 413-441-9093.

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HOUSATONIC HERITAGE HIKE
Windsor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ghost town cellar hole Housatonic Heritage Hike at Notchview / Tamarack Hollow. Hear tales on the trail about characters who once roamed these hills.  See cellar holes and artifacts from the 1700-1800s.  Email aimee@gaiaroots.com. More info at www.tamarackhollow.com and www.heritage-hikes.org.

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BACKSTAIRS TOUR AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 10 a.m.
Learn about the daily routines of the men and women who ran The Mount. Ticket, $22, includes admission, tour, and glass of champagne. For tickets, visit EdithWharton.org.

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BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM HIKE
Monterey, 10 a.m.
The Bidwell House Museum is offering a guided walk on museum lands and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council's Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 from Tyringham valley to their first meeting house on the hill near the museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads. Flora and fauna will be explored along the way. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear, as terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring drink/snack. The walk is 4 miles, about two hours, and is free.


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CRANWELL’S OPEN FALL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
Lenox, 11 a.m.
Cranwell Resort is pleased to sponsor an exciting fall golf tournament open to the public, where proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Family YMCA. Attendees can enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win: The White Mountain Hotel (North Conway, NH – 2-night stay including golf), Woodstock Inn & Resort (Woodstock, VT – 1 night stay), Madison Beach Hotel (Madison, CT – 1 night stay), Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club (Lenox, MA – Unlimited Golf Package with 1 night stay), Spa Gift Basket, Round of golf for four, Domestic & International Wines and more. Team and contest prizes will include Cranwell spa services, dinner at Sloane’s Tavern and a variety of popular wines. Registration is at 11 a.m., with a noon shotgun start and buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 for tournament and dinner and $40 for dinner only. For more information and to register, go to http://www.cranwell.com/CranwellOpen. Questions may be directed to David Strawn, Director of Golf, at 413-637-2563 or by email at Golf@Cranwell.com.

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'WAXWORKS'
W. Stockbridge, 3 p.m.
WAM Theatre will present "Waxworks" by Trina Davies, the final reading in the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. An exploration of the tales we are told and the heroes and villains we create, "Waxworks" tells the story of Madame Tussaud, an extraordinary artist who developed the first worldwide entertainment brand. WAM Theatre will present the reading at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge. There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 800-838-3006 or going online to http://wamfreshtakes.bpt.me. Due to the limited availability, advance booking is highly recommended. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the café prior to the reading, which will begin in the gallery at 3 p.m. Find out more about the series at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/.

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'CHEF'S LIFE' READING
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar in Lenox will sponsor a reading and booksigning of Michael Ballon at the Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington. Ballon will read from his new book "AChef’s Life: Farm to Table Cooking in the Berkshires." In the spring of 1989, Chef Michael Ballon opened the Castle Street Cafe, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The book is not a cookbook, but rather a collection ofabout 45 short essays, written over the course of many years, about being achef and also interacting with farmers, customers, and staff. While the bookdoes include some recipes, their inclusion is meant to help illustrate pointsabout everyday life, changes in food trends, where and how chefs getinspiration, and what it is like to run a restaurant.

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ARCHITECT LECTURE
Lenox, 4 p.m.
The Lenox Library’s eighth season of Distinguished Lectures begins with a talk by architect Hugh Hardy. All lectures are free, thanks to the generosity of the lecturers and through donations from the public. He will be speaking on, "Who Is Architecture For, and What Does It Do?" For further information about this and other library offerings, call 413-637-2630.

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NEW YORK TIMES FOOD EDITOR TALK
New Marlborough, Noon
Great Barrington Fairgrounds (GBFG) will present a banquet brunch and talk by New York Times Food Editor Sam Sifton, Random House Editorial Director of Nonfiction Andy Ward, and Jenny Rosenstrach, cookbook author and creator of the popular blog, dinneralovestory.com, at Gedney Farm (Route 57 in New Marlborough.). The Easy Ridin’ Papas, featuring Adam Brown (parlor and resonator guitars, vocals) and Will Conklin (trumpet, cornet, vocals, whistling, kazoo and comic asides) will provide musical entertainment during the feast. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Cowshed. Tickets to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds barn raising brunch and food talk are $125 per person. Underwriters’ tables of 8 for $1250 include sponsoring two local farmers to attend the event, and will be permanently acknowledged in the new Cowshed building. Tickets are available online via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/754240 or by mail (please make checks payable to “GBFG”) at GBFG, P.O. Box 121, Great Barrington, MA 01230. In addition, a limited number of half-price tickets are available for patrons ages 35 and younger by emailing janet@gbfg.org. For more information, see gbfg.org.

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Pittsfield, 1-6 p.m.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Berkshires include:
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-6 p.m.: MCLA's Venable Gym, 375 Church St., North Adams
* Wednesday, Sept. 17, noon-5 p.m.:  First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown
* Thursday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dalton American Legion, 258 North St., Dalton
* Monday, Sept. 22, 1-6 p.m.: St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
* Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Berkshire Mall, Old State Road & Route 8, Lanesborough
Simply call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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ACTIVE PARENTING OF CHILDREN AGES 1-4 YEARS
North Adams, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Active Parenting of Children ages 1-4 Years Mondays, September 22, 29 and October 6 from 5:30-7:00 at Haskins Center in North Adams, 210 State Street. This series will cover positive discipline methods, developmental stages, how to prevent tantrums, routines to make life easier and ways to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of your family. Parenting classes are an ideal place to meet other parents, share and discuss ideas and come away with a new perspective on parenting. Call 664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation is available.
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'APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Images Cinema is pleased to host the Social Justice Film Series, curated and sponsored by the The Davis Center at Williams College. The first film in the series is "Appropriate Behavior," written and directed by rising star Desiree Akhavan ("The Slope"). Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St. For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the 6-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

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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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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 4-5 p.m.
A group support group to learn about the grief process; talk about your own experiences; understand how to cope with your losses; find the way to move forward; discover where help, strength and resources are available and stablish personal goals will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Ste 301 , Pittsfield. Chaplain Dennis Castella will lead the group. Contact Hospice Services of Western MA @ 413-442-0045 to sign up or get more information.

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CHAMBER NIGHT AT WAUBEEKA
Williamstown, 5-7 p.m.
The Williamstown Chamber Night will be held at Waubeeka Golf Links at 137 New Ashord Road. This is a special joint Chamber Night with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will enjoy an assortment of hors d'oeuvres from Parsley’s Restaurant, raffles, and a tips and tricks session hosted by Golf Pro Ed Cano. Register at info@williamstownchamber.com. They can also take advantage of the bonus golf special offered by Waubeeka:  9 holes of golf plus cart offered at 3 p.m. for $30; contact the pro shop at 413-458-8355.

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7 P.M. READING, BOOK SIGNING
Lenox, 7 p.m.
The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar at 11 Housatonic St. will host a reading and book signing by Ignatius McGovern, author of "A Mystic Dream of 4." "A MysticDream of 4" is a sonnet sequence based on the life and times of a remarkable Irishman.That life spanned the aftermath of United Irishmen revolt of 1798, the O’Connell campaigns of Reform and Repeal, The Oxford Movement and The Great Famine.The sequence consists of 64 sonnets, mainly inthe voices of relatives, colleagues and friends of Hamilton, who tell the storyof the life and reflect the mores of the times.

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GENEROSITY ECONOMY CIRCLE
Great Barrington, 10:00am-12:00pm

The Generosity Economy Circle is a group of local individuals who come together to practice fulfilling the needs and wants of their lives and of the community, primarily through the practice of gifting. This meeting 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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HOOSICK FALLS ARTISAN EXCHANGE AND FARMERS MARKET
New York, 4-6:30 p.m.
The Hoosick Falls Artisan Exchange and Farmers Market features farmers who produce fibers, flowers, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and other food products, picklers and canners, syrup makers, bakers, artisans, artists, jewelry makers, knitters and crocheters, quilters and other people who sew, wood workers, metal workers and more. More information and forms can be found at www.hayc3.org or at 518-686-9050.

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ABC’S OF NAVIGATION FOR CAREGIVERS
Williamstown, 5-6 p.m.
The Milne Library will host a workshop for family members caring for a senior parent, spouse, grandparent or other older relative who are feeling the stress and anxiety of trying to balance the competing demands of work, family and caregiving responsibilities. Presenter will be Bob Dean, director of Navigation for Caregivers, who has an extensive background working with seniors and family caregivers, and as a family caregiver himself.

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FREE MS INFORMATION PROGRAM
Pittsfield, 6 - 8 p.m.
Join us for our Free MS Information Programs: Hear William A. Goodman, Psy.D, share information about “Coping with Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)” Crown Plaza, Pittsfield, MA and  Francisco J. Gomez, M.D., FAHA, will speak on “Pregnancy and MS”  November 12, 2014 Mount Anthony Country Club Bennington, VT  Both programs are from 6 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served. For pre-registration or information, please contact Lisa at 413-664-2011 or llawson@msresource.org.  85 Main Street, Suite 212 North Adams, MA  01247  
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MORNINGSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
The Morningside Neighborhood Watch invites residents and community members to continue the discussion on making our Morningside neighborhood stronger at the Rice Silk Mill Apartments. Use main entrance on Burbank Street.

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POWDER KEG SESSIONS: WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR MOTHERS & OTHERS
Great Barrington, 6:30-7:45pm

Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence?  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say?  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops.  The series will take place at Ramsdell on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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4H MEETING
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Meeting at the Berkshire Athenaeum will go over what 4-H is, what happens during the year, and answer any questions people may have.  As always, youth are welcome to anything involving 4-H but this is an informational meeting and may not hold their interest.  Contact the 4-H Office if you are planning on attending to ensure there are enough handouts for everyone, 413-448-8285.

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HOFFMANN BIRD CLUB WALK IN THE WOODS
Lanesborough, 7:30 a.m.
A morning walk at a location of the leader’s choice.  Beginners encouraged. Meet at the Lanesborough
Post Office on Route 7. Leader Noreen Mole (442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com).

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BERKSHIREWORKS JOB FAIR
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
BerkshireWorks Career Center will be hosting their annual job fair at the Crowne Plaza. Registered employers from healthcare, manufacturing, education and retail sales are among those that will be represented at the fair. For more information about the 2014 BerkshireWorks Job Fair, or any of the services and workshops offered by BerkshireWorks, please visit www.berkshireworks.org.

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GENEALOGY CLASSES
North Adams, 10 a.m. - Noon
The North Adams Public Library will be offering beginner genealogy classes with Alan Horbal on Thursday mornings starting September 4th ending October 2nd. All classes will begin at 10 AM and end at Noon. Mr. Horbal will give an overview of how to use sources such as the WWI draft registration, Naturalization Records and Census records. He will also go over using Ancestry.com and LDS Family Search. Participants are asked to bring their laptop computer, if they own one, for the last three sessions. Library computers will be available for those participants who do not have a laptop. Class size is limited to 12. Call to reserve your spot. A small fee will be charged for copies. For more information and to sign up call 662-3133 ext 13.

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DOWNSTREET ART - CLOSING PARTY
North Adams, 3 - 9 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) will present the fourth and final DownStreet Art (DSA) Thursday of the 2014 summer season throughout downtown North Adams, 3-9 p.m. This event will include new gallery exhibition openings, musical performances, community events and the unveiling of a new site-specific installation. For more information please visit downstreetart.org DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a non-profit organization that provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. Founding partners are the City of North AdamsMassachusetts Cultural Council and MASS MoCA.
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NEW YORK COLLEGE EXHIBITS GREAT BARRINGTON ARTIST
Great Barrington, 3 to 6 p.m.
The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, N.Y., will exhibit "Following a Line," a retrospective of paintings, drawings, prints and ephemera by late Great Barrington artist Susan Hartung, on view Sept. 18 through Oct. 25. Curator Peter Dudek will discuss the works on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

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