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HOPKINS FOREST FALL FESTIVAL
Williamstown, Noon-3 p.m.
Local residents are invited to the annual Fall Festival, featuring music, apple butter and cider production, refreshments, a canopy walkway, an active honey bee hive, and children’s activities including a crafts table. There will also be hands-on activities including traditional shake-splitting and a cross-cut saw competition. The festival is free to the public and appropriate for all ages and is located at the junction of Northwest Hill Road and Bulkley Street in Williamstown.

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FALL FEST
Vermont, Noon-4 p.m.
The public is invited to celebrate Fall Fest at Southern Vermont College. Most of the events will take place at the historic Everett Mansion. The festivities will include food, live music and entertainment, local Vermont crafts and gifts, campus and Everett Mansion tours, fun activities for children, and Orvis fly fishing demonstrations. At 2 p.m., the nationally-acclaimed puppeteer from The Puppet Brigade will present a fun performance for children. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., SVC’s “Town Hall” discussion will take place with President David Evans and the College’s cabinet members. Men’s and women’s soccer games will take place at Everett Field: women vs. Newbury College at 1 p.m., men vs. Mitchell College at 3 p.m.

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BERKTOBERFEST
Pittsfield, Noon-6 p.m.
Hoppy Times Unlimited presents Berktoberfest at the McKay Street Lot, on the corner of Depot and McKay streets in downtown Pittsfield. Pre-sale tickets are available from our friends at Thistle & Mirth, Wandering Star Craft Brewery, Methuselah, and at berktoberfest.com. General admission is $35 at the gate. There will be lots of great local and regional brewers, games, music and more.

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HARVEST OF HOPE FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, Noon
Manos Unidas Hands Helping Hands Cooperative invites community members of all backgrounds and beliefs to celebrate diversity and unity at the Harvest of Hope Festival and Dance Party on October 1, to be held at The Common on First Street (from noon to 7:30 p.m.) and The Whitney Center for the Arts (from 7:30-11 p.m.). Harvest of Hope is an opportunity to promote the values of The Earth Charter through a living, community-building, awareness-raising event that serves as a platform for change, informing and activating us as a people through a collectivized shared community story of hope. The event is free; donations are suggestion for the Harvest Feast at 5:15 p.m.

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HERITAGE WALKS
The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) announces the 15th annual Heritage Walks on three autumn weekends. More than 60 free, guided interpretive tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (Massachusetts) and Litchfield County (Connecticut). The walk schedule is available online.

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QUAKER MEETING HOUSE TOURS
Adams, 1-4 p.m.
The Quaker Meeting House, built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, essentially unchanged since its construction, was the place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony, born in Adams in 1820. Free tours will be offered by members of the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Historical Commission on Sundays from July 3 to Oct. 9. It is located in the Maple Street Cemetery.

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FREE FAMILY DAY
Williamstown, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Stone Hill Family Day will be held at the Clark Art Institute. Admission to the galleries is free all day, and all activities are free. The event marks the return of Kite Day, a beloved Williamstown tradition. Bring a kite to fly atop Stone Hill and celebrate the Clark’s exhibition Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, on view at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill through October 10, 2016. Additional activities include poetry readings, eco art-making projects, dancing, and music including the Williams Percussion Ensemble drumming circle with Otha Day. Snacks will be available for purchase. Severe weather cancels this event.

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61ST FALL FOLIAGE PARADE: A SALUTE TO NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS!
North Adams, 1:00 p.m.
Fall Foliage 61st Parade Downtown North Adams dthomas@1berkshire.com 1pm Free Parade begins at 1pm.   The parade will commence at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot, and conclude on Ashland Street after passing though downtown via Main Street.
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POKER TOURNAMENT
Cheshire, 1:30 p.m.
Cheshire Lions will be holding a charity poker tournament at Bass Water Grille in Cheshire. Proceeds raised by the club’s works help the community of Cheshire & the World. Money raised during the charity event will go towards Eye Mobile and to local needy children. Doors open at noon; the poker tournament will begin at 1:30pm. The buy-in for the event will be $75, payable at the door. The poker tournament will be No-Limit Hold’em. Players will each start with 10,000 chips and play will continue until one player has won all the chips, or until five hours of playing time has elapsed. Prize pool & number of winners will be determined by the total number of players. There will also be $50 rebuys before the first break. Contact Bryan Cadran at 413-841-2800; no one under 18 is allowed.

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LEVITT AMP NORTH ADAMS MUSIC SERIES
North Adams, 2 p.m.
The Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series will host 10 free concerts Sundays at 2 p.m. at Colegrove Park through Oct. 16. The series kicks off with jam band The Adam Ezra Group and continues with Wild Adriatic, a rock band, on Aug. 21; artist TBA on Aug. 28; Bella’s Bartok on Sept. 4; Olive Tiger on Sept. 11; M Shanghai on Sept. 18; The DuPont Brothers on Sept. 25; Caitlin Canty on Oct. 2; singer-songwriter on Oct. 9; and the Seratones on Oct. 16. Details online.

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ALZHEIMER'S PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Join us 10/2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Rd, Pittsfield for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, hosted by Kimball Farms. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Butterfly Reflection in Purple" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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DUBLIN PORTER
Adams, 6 p.m.
The trio Dublin Porter returns to Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock for their second performance of the season. The performance is free.

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HERITAGE WALKS
The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) announces the 15th annual Heritage Walks on three autumn weekends. More than 60 free, guided interpretive tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (Massachusetts) and Litchfield County (Connecticut). The walk schedule is available online.

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ART LECTURE
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Elena Shtromberg, associate professor of art and art history at the University of Utah, will give a lecture titled “The Art and Crisis of the Cruzeiro in Cildo Meireles’s Banknote Projects” at Williams College in Lawrence Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

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PASTA DINNER
Adams, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Pasta Dinner to Benefit - McCann Tech Cheerleaders, Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams. $10 Dinner to include pasta w/ meatballs, salad and bread. Bake Sale, 50/50 & Chinese Auction to support the team. Tickets are available for purchase at door

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PASTA DINNER BENEFIT
Adams, 4:30-7 p.m.
A pasta dinner to Benefit McCann Tech cheerleaders will be held at the Bounti-Fair on Route 8. Tickets are $10 and include pasta w/ meatballs, salad and bread. There also will be a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction.

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BIRD CLUB PROGRAM
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Hoffmann Bird Club of Berkshire County will host a free birding program with Randy Dettmers, senior wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, speaking on “Monitoring and Conservation of Bicknell’s Thrush — From Mountain Birdwatch to Sierra de Bahoruco” at Berkshire Life Insurance Co., 700 South St. Randy will describe current monitoring and conservation efforts for Bicknell’s Thrush, an endemic breeding bird of northeastern North America and one of the birds of highest conservation concern in North America due to its limited distribution, small population size, and threats facing the species.

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DUTCH DINING TALK
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Heidi Hill will give an illustrated talk, "Sustenance and Style: Dining and Food Ways of the 17th Century Dutch in the Hudson Valley," at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, 5 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. Learn about the foods and customs the Dutch brought to this New World and be surprised at which menu items we still enjoy. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone 518-733-0010.

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COMMUNITY SUPPERS
Great Barrington, Serving 5 - 6 p.m.
Join us for a delicious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. Greet your neighbors, meet new friends! Donations are gratefully accepted. We also collect non-perishable food items for local food banks. Please contribute if you can. (No Suppers on 9/5, 11/21) FREE! No reservations required. Community Suppers are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union & Greylock Insurance Agency.  Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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'LOOKING AT LUNCHTIME'
Williamstown, 12:30 p.m.
The paintings in the Clark Art Institute’s special exhibit "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" belong to the era of Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Francisco de Quevedo, to name a few of the influential dramatists and writers of 17th-century Spain. Williams College Professor of Romance Languages Leyla Rouhi invites visitors to attend a "Looking at Lunchtime" gallery talk to consider some of the fascinating intersections between text and image inspired by the world of the paintings. The gallery talk, free with paid admission, will be held in the special exhibitions gallery on the lower level of the Clark Center.

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D.O.P.E, DISCUSSING OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
D.O.P.E, Discussing Our Personal Experiences meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. This group is for those affected by and concerned about the epidemic of opioid addiction. These discussions are free and open to the public. For information, please contact Emerson Badessa at  413-528-2810 ext. 30, YIPC@berkshiresouth.org. Berkshire South Regional Community Center
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GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. For more information and to attend call 802-440-4244 or rebecca.hewson-steller@svhealthcare.org.

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TIMBER FRAMING WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Timber framing is a traditional building technique using mortise and tenon connections held together with wooden pegs. In this workshop we will be working together to build a 12 x 16' office/studio outbuilding with 32 hours of classroom time and 8 hours of a raising day event where participants actually "raise the barn" with associated festivities/picnic.  This workshop is great for those with and without experience in carpentry and construction. Michael Carr with be the instructor, with assistance from Chris Swindlehurst. Schedule is as Follows; (Wednesdays) October 5, 19, 26 and November 2 from 530pm-930pm (Saturdays) November 5, 12, and 19 from 8am-5pm "Barn Raising" on November 19th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/timber-framing-workshop-tickets-27560867296
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REFUGEE CRISIS TALK
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College will host photographer Ashley Gilbertson for a talk on “Uncertain Journeys: Images of Refugee Crises” in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. The talk is free. Gilbertson recently spent three weeks photographing the refugee crisis in Greece, the Balkans, and Germany on assignment for Unicef, and recently published multiple photo-essays and pieces in The New York Times about the refugee influx into Europe. In his talk, he will share his photos as well as his experiences.

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MOON HOOCH
North Adams, 8 p.m.
The Common Folk Artist Collective will present Moon Hooch at the Elks Lodge at 100 Eagle Street. Tickets are available in advance online for $12 or $15 at the door. The band will present their third album “Red Sky” which NPR Music claims is “mighty.”

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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE RETIREES CLUB
North Adams, 10 a.m.
The Northern Berkshire Retirees Club will meet at the Greylock Community Club. There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors following the regular scheduled meeting. Coffee and doughnuts will be available. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

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FLU SHOT CLINIC LENOX COMMUNITY CENTER
Lenox, 4-6 PM
Flu Shot Clinic at the Lenox Community Center Porchlight VNA, formally Lee Regional VNA, will be holding two Flu Shot Clinics at the Lenox Community Center, the first on Thursday, October 6th from 4-6 pm, and again on Thursday, October 13th  from 11am -1 pm. The H1N1 strain is included in this vaccine and these clinics are for those 18 and over and children 13-17 accompanied by a parent. Please bring your Medicare and/or insurance cards. If you do not have these or if your insurance company is non-participating, there will be a $25 fee. Shots will be on a first come, first served basis, and a short sleeved shirt is requested
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PASTA DINNER BENEFIT
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
Pasta Dinner Benefit for David Romano will be held at the Italian American Club, 203 Newell St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and they can be purchased at Elm Street Hardware in Pittsfield, The Italian American Club, and Dr. Dempsey's office on East Street in Pittsfield.

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PASTA DINNER BENEFIT FOR DAVID ROMANO
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
Four year old David was diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. A dinner to help his recovery will be held at the Italian American Club, 203 Newell St. Adults are $15 and children under 12 are $5. There will be many raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle.



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MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER PAINT & SIP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us on 10/6 at Tavern at the A, 303 Crane Ave, Pittsfield, MA for a paint & sip fundraiser to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Autumn Birch Trees" on a large 16x20 canvas while you give support to a worthy cause. All materials, instruction and donation included for $35.  Kitchen will be open for you to enjoy their great menu, and cash bar available for your sipping pleasure. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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