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BUG AND BUTTERFLY SAFARI
Great Barrington, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Participants will gather at Project Native (weather permitting – must not be raining, preferably sunny).  The group will get a brief overview of Project Native. With nets, bug boxes, magnifying glasses and field guides at the ready, we will leave on safari to find eggs, caterpillars and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. Participants will learn to identify host plants, tricks for finding eggs/caterpillars and ecologically harvest food for caterpillars in the Butterfly House.  All ages are welcome to participate and it is free. Please note, safaris do require walking on uneven ground, and children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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THE MANTON COLLECTION AT THE CLARK: A PREMIER REPOSITORY OF BRITISH ART
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present a lecture at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Tuesday, The presentation will conclude Ventfort Hall’s summer series of Tea & Talks. In 2007, the Clark received a gift of over 300 British paintings, drawings and prints from the collection of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton of New York City. Dr. Clarke will explore this major gift and how it has transformed the museum’s collection. Admission for the Clarke Tea and Talk is $20 for advance reservations and $25 day of the lecture. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic Gilded Age mansion is located at 104 Walker Street.

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THE HOOSAC VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL BOOSTER CLUB
Adams, 6 - 7 p.m.
The Hoosac Valley High School Girls Basketball Booster Club would like to extend an invitation to all parents of incoming and returning players to join us in supporting these athletes and this program. Boosters provide support to the program by participating in a variety of projects and activities throughout the school year. Please consider becoming a Booster! It is group effort that creates success. Hoosac Valley High cafeteria.  Meeting to include the election of officers, status of the program and fund raising.

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CLARK CONCERT SERIES
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
The free Tuesday night concerts at the Clark Art Institute present a variety of family-friendly music beginning at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, picnic, and enjoy a night with family and friends. Food is available for purchase. August performers are: Oxen of the Sun (August 5), Woods Tea Co. (August 12), The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors (August 19), and Mike & Ruthy (August 26).

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HOOSAC VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER BOOSTER CLUB
Adams, 7 - 8 p.m.
The Hoosac Valley High School Girls Soccer Booster Club would like to extend an invitation to all parents of incoming and returning players to join us in supporting these athletes and this program. Boosters provide support to the program by participating in a variety of projects and activities throughout the school year. Please consider becoming a Booster! It is group effort that creates success. Hoosac Valley High cafeteria. Meeting to include the election of officers, status of the program and fund raising.

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'IN DARFUR' OPEN AUDITIONS
Lenox
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre announces local auditions for fall production, "In Darfur" by Winter Miller, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28. Auditions are open to Equity and non-Equity performers and will be held at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Actors interested in auditioning can submit headshot and resumes to Hope Rose Kelly, WAM Company Administrator, at hope@wamtheatre.com. Actors selected to audition will be sent the script and sides. Additional details about the auditions, the production, and WAM Theatre can be found at http://www.wamtheatre.com/in-darfur-auditions/.

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DALTON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
Dalton, 4-6 p.m.
Dalton will host a collection for its residents at the Dalton Senior Center at 40 Field St. Extension, coordinated by the Center for EcoTechnology. Only residents of Dalton are eligible to participate.  Pre-registration is required at Town Hall and there is a fee of $10 for 25 gallons or 25 pounds. The phone is 413-684-6111. For more information  about what can be brought to the collection, visit http://www.cetonline.org/events.

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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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WHARTON ON WEDNESDAYS
Lenox, 5 p.m.
Enjoy summer afternoons on the Terrace of The Mount while listening to Wharton’s short stories read by professional actors. The cost is $5.

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FERMENTATION WORKSHOP
Great Barrington, 5:00-7:00pm

Looking ahead to the Fall and thinking about trying your hand at pickling' Join Michelle Kaplan for a demonstration on basic pickling technique and making your own lacto-fermented pickles! 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 LOVERSí BOOK CLUB
Great Barrington, 5:30-7:00pm

Tired of reading alone' Join a book club for book lovers! For August we are reading
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Francine Prose. Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis—sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.
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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LIVE ON THE LAKE 2014
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Arthur Holmes Blues Band: Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. “These concerts are extremely popular and we want to accommodate people with extra parking at Taconic High School.” In addition to the shuttle, parking will be available on Vin Hebert Boulevard.

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CONCERTS AT WINDSOR LAKE
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
These concerts combine great music and the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Concerts-at-Windsr-Lake.aspx
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CONCERTS IN THE PARK 2014
Lenox, 6:30 p.m.
Wanda Houston: Lilac Park on Main Street in Lenox. In the event of rain, the concerts are moved to the Town Hall auditorium. Picnics during the concerts are encouraged.

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THE REFUGEES OF SHANGRI-LA
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Little Cinema of the Berkshire Museum will screen "The Refugees of Shangri-La," the story of the Bhutanese who have been exiled from their homes and are trying to make new lives. The country of Bhutan, hailed by many as "the last Shangri-la", ironically has produced one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world in proportion to its population. The Refugees of Shangri-La follows these displaced families over the course of six years, from the camps on the border of Bhutan to their efforts to forge new lives for themselves far away in America. It is an incredible look into the hopes and dreams of refugees, as well as the struggle to find a home. A Q&A session with Doria Bramante and Markus Weinfurter, the film’s directors, will follow the screening. Admission is $7.50. For more information visit http://www.therefugeesofshangrila.com.

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CHP FARMER'S MARKET
Great Barrington, 3-6 p.m.
The fourth annual CHP Farmers Market will be held every Thursday from June through Sept. 25 and will feature fresh produce, flowers, fun activities, cooking demonstrations and more. WIC & Senior Farmer's Checks, SNAP, EBT and credit cards accepted.  Sponsored by Community Health Programs at 444 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) Great Barrington.  Call 413-528-0457 for more information.
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PEACH SHORTCAKE SUPPER
Vermont, 5 p.m. on
The Pownal United Methodist Church located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, Dinner is served family style. The menu includes: cold ham and roast beef, baked beans, potato, macaroni, and Jell-O salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake with real whipped cream. Tickets at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Use south-side door for take-outs. Questions: contact Mary Louise at 802 823-7769.           
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DISCOVER TYLER STREET
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
Discover Tyler Street Fair runs on Tyler Street and Woodlawn Avenue in Pittsfield. The event will feature music, food, arts and crafts, kids activities and info booths. This year’s theme, Healthy Living, has us celebrating the opening of the first phase of the new Morningside neighborhood Walking Loop, and many Health & Wellness organizations will be at the fair. You can “Learn Zumba” with Rachael Plaine, get cuffed at the Berkshire Medical Center Health Van, take a Food Adventure with The Nutrition Center, and “Jeepers Creepers, check your peepers” at the Lion’s Club Eye Mobile van. Kids activities include face painting, balloon animals, giant marionettes, the Roaming Railroad, Child Ids, magician Johnny Mystic and a toys tent. The fair will offer African jewelry, memory bracelets, photo art, unique totes, arts and crafts and more.  A car cruise kicks off the evening with Fiorini’s funny car leading the pack, including a firetruck and the Pittsfield Police Hummer. Get all the latest info on this annual neighborhood fair at facebook.com/DiscoverTylerStreet  .



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POETRY READINGS
Lee, 5:30 p.m.
Good Purpose Gallery will host two poets. Marie Gauthier’s (Hunger All Inside, FLP, 2009) poems have appeared in The Common, Cave Wall, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. A 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize recipient, she lives with her family in Shelburne Falls,  where she works for Tupelo Press and runs the Collected Poets Series. Brian Clements coordinates the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and founded Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics (now defunct) and its parent press Firewheel Editions. His recent collections include the companion books of prose poems And How to End It and Jargon (both from Quale Press). The readings will be in the Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main St., Lee.

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PARTY IN THE PARK
North Adams, 6 p.m.
This annual summer concert series is free and open to the public. Located at Noel Field behind the Steeple Cats baseball diamond, shows begin at 6 and ends at 8 p.m. http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Party-in-the-Park.aspx  Whiskey City
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DOWNSTREET ART
North Adams, 6-9 p.m.
Two local artists will debut installationsat the next DownStreet Art celebration. Michael Chapman will present a window installation and Jarvis Rockwell will unveil two wall drawings. Chapman will create the window installation at 109 Main St., to include clowns, taxidermy, and found objects. Rockwell's wall drawings, located outside the CONcourse/DIScourse Gallery at 85 Main St., are three-dimensional works he will introduce at this week's DownStreet Art happening. DownStreet Art, a cultural and economic development program, was organized by the team from MCLA Gallery 51 and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). For more information about DownStreet Art events and the BCRC, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .​

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RUDD ART MUSEUM GRAND OPENING
North Adams, 6-9 p.m.
Rudd Art Museum proudly opens its Lower Galleries with a retrospective of Eric Rudd’s artwork from the 1960s and 1970s. These abstract paintings and sculptures encapsulate the energy and aesthetics of that critical era in American art. The exhibit anticipates the museum’s 2015 schedule, which will highlight the early work of other Berkshire artists. The museum is located at 159 East Main St. Admission is free.

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'ETHAN FROME'
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Films selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, which in some way have connections to the Berkshires, continue to be shown at Ventfort Hall during the month of August on Thursday evenings. Films will be introduced by those who have had a part in their making or by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. "Ethan Frome" stars Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette and Joan Allen, directed by John Madden, 1995.  Author Edith Wharton’s famous “winter” novella, Ethan is a man torn between his loveless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another.  Tom Hayes, Ventfort Hall program committee member and former president of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount, will tell the story of how the writer came about to write this book inspired by a stark Berkshire setting and an actual sled accident in Lenox. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. Free popcorn with soft drinks available for purchase will be offered.  Seating is limited. For further information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or click on to info@gildedage.org.  The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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HEARING ON EPA RIVER CLEANUP PROPOSAL
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The city of Pittsfield will be hosting public comment meetings on the EPA’s Housatonic Rest of River Cleanup proposal.  The meetings will occur in the Herberg Middle School auditorium, 501 Pomeroy Ave., on Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. Each meeting will begin with a brief overview of the EPA’s cleanup proposal and will then provide a time for the public to comment on the proposed EPA river cleanup plan. Community input will help inform Pittsfield’s comments to the EPA. Residents are encouraged to comment directly to the EPA by Oct. 1 at R1housatonic@epa.gov or by fax at 617-918-0028.

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"VISIONS OF UTOPIA: EXPERIMENTS IN SUSTAINABLE CULTURE PART ONE
Great Barrington, 7:00-8:30pm

"Visions of Utopia:Experiements in Sustainable Culture" is a two part video documentary featuring a fascinating brief history of communal living, plus revealing profiles of seventeen diverse contemporary intentional communities. Visions of Utopia is a great way to experience a sampling of community life “up close.” You can see and hear community members tell their stories in their own words. Part One focuses on the history of shared living, insights on what works and what does not and explores what helps hold communities together. 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 Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries.


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GE PENSIONER'S ANNUAL PICNIC
Richmond, 9:30 a.m.
The GE Pensioners' annual picnic will be held at Camp Russell, the Boys' and Girls' Club camp, on Richmond Pond. Coffee, donuts and juice will be served from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Events include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and bingo. Free parking with shuttle from parking lot to dining hall. For advance tickets, call Ann Tyler 413-443-4701 or any board member: Retirees cost $7  by Aug. 20 or $10 after Aug. 20; guests are $15; one guest per retiree.

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'IN DARFUR' OPEN AUDITIONS
Lenox
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre announces local auditions for fall production, "In Darfur" by Winter Miller, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28. Auditions are open to Equity and non-Equity performers and will be held at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Actors interested in auditioning can submit headshot and resumes to Hope Rose Kelly, WAM Company Administrator, at hope@wamtheatre.com. Actors selected to audition will be sent the script and sides. Additional details about the auditions, the production, and WAM Theatre can be found at http://www.wamtheatre.com/in-darfur-auditions/.

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PARKINSONíS SUPPORT GROUP
Williamstown, 10:30 a.m.
The monthly meeting of the Parkinson’s support group will be held at the Williamstown Savings Bank (Mountain One) on Main Street in Williamstown. Michael Nozzolillo, a therapy representative of Deep Brain Stimulation will speak and answer questions about the DBS surgery that has been very effective in relieving some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. New members are welcome. For additional information, call 413-458- 8427.

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OPENING RECEPTION
New Marlborough, 5-7 p.m.
New Marlborough Artists, the annual exhibition showcasing art works by eight artists living and working in the area, will be on view from Aug. 30 through Sept. 28 at the New Marlborough's Meeting House Gallery, with the opening reception Aug. 29. The perennial favorite, the exhibition offers an exciting glimpse into the vibrant local visual arts scene, giving the viewers the opportunity to see the new work by the familiar names and discover new artists.  The Meeting House Gallery is located in an historical church building across from the Old Inn On The Green on Route 57 in New Marlborough. For more information visit www.newmarlborough.org.

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FAMILY MOVIE: MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:15pm
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Wear jammies & bring a blanket. Popcorn & drinks provided. WE HAVE LIMITED SPACES DUE TO POPULARITY OF MOVIE. FAMILIES MUST REGISTER. 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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