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"WILDMAN" STEVEN BRILL COMES TO THE BERKSHIRES
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Hike through the 600 acre woodland of Eastover, learn about the environment, and get back in touch with nature. Study foraging and nature, locate the wild healing plants in your back yard, and satisfy your pallet by cooking with "Wildman" Steve Brill. Explore our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and building our ecological riches. There will be foraging, hiking, and cooking classes throughout the whole weekend. Naturalist-author "Wildman" Steve Brill is America's go-to guy for foraging. He's been leading foraging tours and providing demos for the public, for schools, day camps, birthday parties, museums, nature centers, parks departments, restaurants and chefs, garden clubs, hiking clubs, teaching farms, nurseries, and other organizations, in parks and natural areas throughout the Greater NY area, since 1982. He created his own website, Foraging with the "Wildman." But the world-famous environmental educator is still best known for having been handcuffed and arrested by undercover park rangers who infiltrated a tour, for eating a dandelion in Central Park!
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PILATES DAY
Great Barrington, 4:30-6 p.m.
Sharon True, a certified Pilates instructor and a member of the PMA, will offer a free presentation about the Pilates Method at the Mason Library. As part of the presentation she will be honoring three of her Pilates clients who have each been training with her for over 15 years. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Sharon True at sharontrue@roadrunner.com.

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ART OPENING
Adams, 6-8 p.m.
An art exhibit titled "montage," featuring an assortment of acrylics and watercolors by local Adams artist Donna Mae Loncto, will open with a reception. Public viewings at the Adams Town Hall are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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BIRD WALKS AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7-9 a.m.
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary will host bird walks with Noreen Mole, Sanctuary volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. The cost is $3; beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Registration not required.

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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 Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6 and running through May 1 with the exception of Spring Break March 20, March 27 and April 3. 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.

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'A BRIGHT NEW BOISE'
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present "A Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter. The production is directed by Kari Daly and features Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, Peter Kahrmann, Kurtis Kimball, Jenn Morgan and Joe Sabin. Performances will be held at the Mill City Theatre in Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) of the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. In "A Bright New Boise", Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by visiting www.millcityproductions.org.

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TRUMPETER TANYA DARBY APPEARS WITH WILLIAMS JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Jazz Ensemble features an exciting young guest star - trumpeter Tanya Darby. The program celebrates the legacy of the legendary New York jazz club, The Village Vanguard. http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-jazz-ensemble-8/
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GB HISTORICAL SOCIETY HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR
Great Barrington, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Great Barrington Historical Society's first annual Historic House Tour features 3 historic homes in the town of Great Barrington and 2 in the village of Housatonic, rain or shine. Admission is $25. Tickets will be available at the Gt. Barrington Train Station and the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic on the day of the tour. They can also be purchased in advance by calling 413-591-8702 or online at www.gbhistory.org.
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'SPRING SHINDY'
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., will be hosting a gathering of all things earth friendly, handmade recycled and/or grown in the Berkshire region (and beyond). There will be seeds, pots, and picnic blankets, bags, bikes and food! Entry is free.

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MEMOIR AUTHOR TALK
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College launches its annual Distinguished Speaker series  with author Dori Katz, who will speak about her memoir "Looking for Strangers: The True Story of my Hidden Wartime Childhood." Katz will speak in Theatre K-111 at Berkshire Community College, located at 1350 West St., in the Koussevitsky building.  Admission is $10 for OLLI members, $15 for the general public, and free to youth under 18 and Berkshire Community College students, who may earn forum credit for attending. Katz is a Jewish Holocaust survivor who thought that her lost memories of her childhood years in Belgium were irrecoverable. But after a chance viewing of a documentary about hidden children in German-occupied Belgium, she realized that she might, in fact, be able to unearth those years. Join us as she tells a detective story that unfolds through one of the most horrifying periods in history in an attempt to understand one’s place within it.

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CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
A children’s story hour with artist Susan Merrill will be held as part of Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm at Hancock Shaker Village. Merrill weaves wonderful stories about the animals she paints in this fun and inspiring activity for children of all ages. This event is free with admission to Hancock Shaker Village. Adults are $20 and children 12 and under are free. Visit hancockshakervillage.org for more information.

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'AMERICAN WINE STORY'
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
"American Wine Story" tells the inspiring tale of those who followed their dreams and passions into the world of wine, and the challenges they faced along the way. After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister Janie steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight year old son. The film, to be shown at the Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema, masterfully blends the story of Brooks Winery with other tales of risk and reinvention in the American wine Industry. Tickets are $25; the film will be followed by a Brooks Winery tasting and reception. Call Spirited at 413-448-2274 to reserve tickets.

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ALISON LARKIN LIVE
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed comedienne and bestselling author of "The English American," Alison Larkin will perform a sneak preview of her new show, "Alison Larkin LIVE!," at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.  In her hilarious new show, Alison will talk about her adoption, England, America, life in the Berkshires and how to brew the perfect cup of tea. This special performance will benefit The Montessori School of the Berkshires (MSB), with proceeds supporting the Financial Aid Fund. Regular ticket prices range from $30-55, and a premium ticket including a post-show, on-stage reception is $100. An early bird discount is available through April 5.To reserve tickets, call the Mahaiwe box office at 413-528-0100 or visit www.mahaiwe.com.

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'MY SO-CALLED ENEMY' SCREENING
New York, 7 p.m.
Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen “My So-Called Enemy” at 7 p.m., preceded by a free dinner at 6 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.., across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. The movie follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program.   Through the coming-of-age narratives audiences see how creating relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical borders are first steps towards resolving conflict. A moderated discussion will follow. For more information call 518-766-2992.  For directions, visit www.oldchathamquakers.org.
 

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WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Williams Chinese Music Ensemble Williams newest music ensemble along with it director, Mr. Wang Guowei, offer a concert that highlights the vitality and rich variety of Chinese music. Free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/chinese-music-ensemble/
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HUMANE RACE 2015
Williamstown, 8 AM
It’s time for Humane Race 2015.  Held in Williamstown, MA, this annual 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk will benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS). The Humane Race promises a full schedule of family and dog friendly activities. (Runners and walkers unaccompanied by dogs are welcomed too!) Start time is 10AM, with Check-in and Race Day Registration beginning at 8AM at 16 Water St. To register for the Humane Race, visit www.humanerace.org or pick up a form at Greylock Animal Hospital, Bark N’ Cat, or BHS and either mail in your registration or drop it off at Bark N’ Cat. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old or under. Registration the morning of the race is an additional $5.00. Of course, dogs are free. The first 150 runners and walkers to register will receive a race T-shirt. All dogs will receive a commemorative bandanna. If you’d like to raise additional money for BHS and be eligible to win some special pledge prizes, you can collect pledges online at www.humanerace.org or pick up a pledge form along with your registration form. For every $100 you raise, you’ll get a ticket and automatically be entered into a drawing for special pledge prizes. Finish line festivities include music, refreshments, games, canine contests, and the awarding of pledge prizes.  For more information about the Humane Race, visit www.humanerace.org or call 413-664-7777.  
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'A BRIGHT NEW BOISE'
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present "A Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter. The production is directed by Kari Daly and features Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, Peter Kahrmann, Kurtis Kimball, Jenn Morgan and Joe Sabin. Performances will be held at the Mill City Theatre in Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) of the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. In "A Bright New Boise", Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by visiting www.millcityproductions.org.

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LARCHMERE STRING QUARTET PERFORMS AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Larchmere String Quartet performs at Williams   Featuring violinist Alicia Choi ‘09, the Larchmere String Quartet offers Quartet in B flat Major op. 76 no. 4 "Sunrise" by Joseph Haydn; Quartet no. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" by György Ligeti; and Quartet in C Minor op. 51 no. 1 by Johannes Brahms. http://music.williams.edu/events/larchmere-string-quartet/    Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
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CAL RIPKEN PARADE
Williamstown, 9 a.m.
The boys and girls of the Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball League will be marching through town to celebrate opening day, escorted by a color guard from American Legion Post 152, the WES marching band, Village Ambulance and the Williamstown Police and Fire Departments. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School and ends at Bud Anderson field.  After the opening ceremonies and the singing of the National Anthem, the season begins with games all day at Bud Anderson and the WES fields.

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'FLYING WILD'
Lenox, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 372 West Mountain Road, will host this educators' guide to celebrating birds with Jessica MacManus, the education coordinator of Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math expeiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying Wild offers a whole-school approach to environmental educcation using birds as the focus. The cost is $40; registration is required at 413-637-0320.

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FOOD PANTRY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Vermont
Form a four man team and play 9 holes of captain and crew format at Stamford Valley Golf Course to benefit the Friendship Center Food Pantry. The cost will be $40 dollars per player, which includes 9 holes of golf and a cookout lunch included. To make a tee time, or for more information, contact Alex Candiloro at candiloroalex@gmail.com or 413-663-4531.

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LANESBOROUGH'S 250TH
Lanesborough, 1-4 p.m.
The Lanesborough Public Library is sponsoring a self-guided history tour of 20 important historical sites in town as part of Lanesborough’s 250th celebration. Opening day for the tour is Sunday, May 3, when the library will be open for visitors to come get a map and a list of the sites with historical information. Refreshments will be available. The drive-by tour of historical sites includes the Pettibone House on Old Cheshire Road, the Old Rectory at the foot of Summer Street, a remnant of Berkshire Glassworks in Berkshire Village, and Balance Rock, among others. The official tour ends on Sunday, May 17, but the library will have the information sheets and maps through the summer.

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'SPRING SHINDY'
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., will be hosting a gathering of all things earth friendly, handmade recycled and/or grown in the Berkshire region (and beyond). There will be seeds, pots, and picnic blankets, bags, bikes and food! Entry is free.

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OPEN HOUSE AT BONNIE LEA FARM
, 1:00
Come join us Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 PM BonnieLea.com - http://bonnielea.wpengine.com/'p=763  At the Open House you can: Watch riding  lessons and demonstrations, Join our Lesson Program, Register for Summer Horse and Farm Sessions, Get details about lessons, instructed trail rides, leasing, training boarding and pony rides. Learn about Williams and MCLA riding opportunities including the Williams College IHSA Program. Join the BLF Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team, coached by Lisa DeMayo. Find out about our adult lesson schedule. Take advantage of our Special Lesson Package. (10 group lessons for $400) Meet our horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks. Come see this year’s foals (due in April). Discover how you can buy your own grass fed Highland for beef or a pet bovine. Don’t forget to wear your boots! Due to our many animals, please leave your dogs at home for the Open House, but don’t forget to join the Humane Race on Saturday, May 2.
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'A BRIGHT NEW BOISE'
North Adams, 2 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present "A Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter. The production is directed by Kari Daly and features Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, Peter Kahrmann, Kurtis Kimball, Jenn Morgan and Joe Sabin. Performances will be held at the Mill City Theatre in Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) of the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. In "A Bright New Boise", Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by visiting www.millcityproductions.org.

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ADAMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING
Adams, 3 p.m.
The annual meeting of the Adams Historical Society will be held in Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library.  All members of the historical society, as well as the general public, are invited to attend. Eugene Michalenko, local historian and president of the society, will present the program “Reminiscing Adams,” a walk around the block from Park to Center to Summer to Hoosac streets, stopping at Kelly’s on the Corner and The Crest.  Photos from the past will display on the big screen, reminders of the way things were. The program also includes film clips from the movie shot in 1940 by the Adams Lions Club and photos of major fires in the town. A brief business meeting  for the election of directors and reports on recent accomplishments and future plans will precede the program.  Refreshments will be served.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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CEMETERY TALK
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Pat Flint, Stephentown town historian, will give an illustrated talk on Stephentown cemeteries at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y.  The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone 518-733-0010. The Stephentown Historical Society’s Cemetery Committee has made some interesting discoveries in recent research on the over seventy burial spots in town;  Pat Flint, Marilyn Osgood, Linda Sullivan and Dave Cummings have contributed to this work.  Flint will highlight some of the customs of long ago and tell of those memorialized. In addition to local doctors and innkeepers, even abolitionist John Brown gets some mention.



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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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