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BIRD WALKS AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 8-10 a.m.
Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. Nonmembers pay $3.
 

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INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION, REMOVAL AND CONTROL STRATEGIES FOR THE HOME GARDENER
Stockbridge, 10 AM - 1 PM

Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262. For more information visit our website http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413.298.3926 Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org  Guided by Jack Sprano, this class will explore common invasive plants that have seized our landscape, with a focus on practical strategies for controlling these rampant beasts. Learn to identify common species, understand their natural history with a focus on choosing appropriate control strategies to suit each homeowners needs.  Members $25; Nonmembers $30.   


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GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW
North Adams, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The 52nd annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Mineral Club will be held at the Eagles Hall, 515 Curran Highway. Activities for children including geode cracking and gem panning. Justin Morrison from the Weather Channels Prospectors TV show will be there. Admission is $4; children under 15 are free with an adult.

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CITIZENSHIP NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
Stockbridge, 10 a.m.
In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, the Norman Rockwell Museum will host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries. Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings. Twenty-three residents are expected to be sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony, originating from such countries as China, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, United Kingdom and Venezuela. The ceremony will be presided over by Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Ford. Museum visitors are welcome to observe the ceremony based on space availability.

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BRINGING PLANTS IN FOR THE WINTER
Stockbridge, 2 - 4 p.m.
At the end of the summer what do you do with all those special patio plants that you have slaved over for the summer months' This class will give gardeners tricks of the trade to protect their tender perennials, house plants, woody potted specimens and succulent collections and encourage them to thrive during the winter season. Our guide is Jenna O’Brien. Bring hand pruners. Members $25; Nonmembers $30 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road  Stockbridge, MA 01262  For more information visit our website http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413.298.3926 Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org
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MCLA PRESENTS! WILLIAMSBURG SALSA ORCHESTRA
North Adams, 3 p.m.
The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece band salsa band which forgoes the standard repertoire of vintage salsa covers and sound-alike originals, instead playing dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes they love. The ever-evolving set list includes salsa dura arrangements by Archade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Bjorn & John and others. WSO brings a fresh perspecive to the Salsa Dura genre. Creating high energy music that makes you want to get up and dance. Fans of traditional Salsa will enjoy their approach. Fans of indie rock will find songs they recognize reinturpreted through the lens of Salsa.
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CONTEMPORANEOUS
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Contemporaneous, recently recognized for a “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times), performs a free concert at the Clark Art Institute outdoors on the Spencer Terrace at the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Contemporaneous is an ensemble that performs the works of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs. The program includes Dylan Mattingly’s “A Way a Lone a Last a Loved a Long the Riverrun,” Conor Brown’s “Weave,” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Coming Together.”

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WILLIAMSBURG SALSA ORCHESTRA
North Adams, 3 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will host Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra as the first performance of the 2015-16 MCLA Presents! season outside on the MCLA Quad, in front of newly renovated Bowman Hall. Calling Brooklyn, N.Y., home, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO) is an 11-member band known for their innovative salsa arrangements of indie rock tunes.Tickets may be purchased online at mcla.ticketleap.edu. Admission to MCLA Presents! performances are $12 for general admission, $8 for MCLA Alumni, $5 for staff and faculty and non-MCLA students, $2 for MCLA students. For more information, call 413-662-5320, or go to www.mcla.edu/presents.

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VOICE FOR RECOVERY RALLY WALK AND VIGIL
North Adams, 4 - 8 p.m.
September is Recovery Month September 12 Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal Valuable Josh Bressette Commit to Save A Life and the Rx-Heroin Group of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are joining with the city of North to raise awareness about addiction, substance abuse, and recovery resources in our region. The Voices for Recovery Rally, Walk and Vigil will be held September 12 from 4-8PM. The rally and vigil will be centered at Noel Field, with a Recovery Walk through downtown North Adams taking place at 5:30. The rally will include live music, food, and family friendly activities as well as informational tables and resources. Those attending the rally will have the opportunity to make signs to carry during the walk, and to create a square for a “recovery quilt” to both celebrate stories of people in recovery and to remember those lost to addiction. The event will include a recovery/memory wall for which people are invited to submit pictures of those lost to addiction and stories of recovery and hope. A variety of speakers will address the opioid epidemic in our region including: Chris and Kathy Sullivan, Dr. Jennifer Michaels from the Brien Center, Senator Benjamin Downing, and North Adams mayor Richard Alcombright. For more information or to share pictures or stories for the remembrance and recovery wall, contact Wendy Penner (wpenner@nbccoalition.org) or Kenna Waterman (commit2save@gmail.com).
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VOICES FOR RECOVERY RALLY
North Adams, 4-8 p.m.
Two local organizations are joining together with the city of North Adams to raise awareness about addiction, substance abuse and recovery resources in our region. Josh Bressette Commit to Save A Life and the Rx/Heroin Work Group of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are holding the Voices for Recovery rally, walk and vigil from 4-8 p.m. The rally and vigil will be centered at Noel Field, with a Recovery Walk through downtown North Adams at 5:30 p.m. The rally will include live music, food, and family friendly activities as well as informational tables and resources. The event will also include the third annual Vigil of Recovery and Remembrance sponsored by the nbCCs Rx/Heroin Group.

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MUSIC AND MORE 2015
New Marlborough, 4:40 p.m.
Music and More will present the all-star trio Les Amies performing in the New Marlboroughs Meeting House on the Village Green. Les Amies is the collaboration of three well established, highly esteemed, and much loved artists. New York Philharmonic Principal Players Nancy Allen, harp, and Cynthia Phelps, viola, join internationally renowned flutist Carol Wincenc to form one of the most dynamic trios that this particular instrumental combination can produce. Les Amies will be playing works of Ibert, Bax J. S. Bach, Ravel, Devienne, Faure and Debussy. For complete schedule, event details, and ticket information call 413.229.2785 or visit www.newmarlborough.org.

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HAITI PLUNGE PAINTING FUNDRAISER
North Adams, 6-8 p.m.
The Haiti Plunge and Progressive Palette will host a painting party to benefit the building of a new school in Tima, Haiti, at Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill. Tickets are $40 and can be bought online.

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VAN GOGH DINNER AND LECTURE
Williamstown, 6:30 p.m.
Culinary historian and cookbook author Alexandra Leaf (Van Gogh's "Table at the Auberge Ravoux") presents a special talk at the Clark Art Institute’s Dinner and the Show program. Tickets are $100 per person ($90 members). Gratuity included; beverages additional. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available by advance request. To reserve, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

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'GUNNED DOWN' SCREENING
New York, 7 p.m.
Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen “Gunned Down” at 7 p.m., preceded by a potluck at 6 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y., across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. Frontline’s “Gunned Down” investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America. With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Gunned Down examines why despite the national trauma over gun violence Washington hasn't acted. Refreshments and a moderated discussion will follow. For more information call 518-766-2992.

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FOUNTAINS OF FINE SOUND
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Clarion Concerts in Columbia County's 2015 Leaf Peeper season inaugural concert will feature the World Premier of String Trio by David Mancini, Fountains of Fin by Behzad Ranjbaran, as well as selections by Mozart, Schubert and Dohnanyi. Featured artists are Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Gary Levinson, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; and Suren Bagratuni, cello.
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BERKSHIRE FARMERS MARKET
Lanesborough, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Berkshire Mall will host the Berkshire Farmers Market for the 10th year. Located in the Sears parking lot every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 25, the market offers the finest locally grown and raised produce, plants and specialty foods.

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SUMMIT STAR PARTY
Adams, 8-11 p.m.
The Amherst Astronomy Association will lead a free Summit Star program on the summit of Mount Greylock. Telescopes will be provded. Visit mtgreylockstarparty.org.

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CHURCH TAG SALE
Williamstown, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The First Congregational Church will hold its annual giant tag sale in the church’s Community Hall, located at 906 Main St. The building will be filled with great bargains on furniture, electronics, dishware and kitchen accessories, toys and games, lamps, mini fridges, rugs, and bric-a-brac. There will be a special room for jewelry and antiques. Donations are no longer being accepted, but volunteers are still needed and welcome in the days leading up to the sale. Contaact the church at 413-458-4273 or office@firstchurchwilliamstown.org.




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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.-noon
The North Adams Farmers Market at the St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot welcomes more than 20 vendors offering a variety of local foods including, fresh local produce, locally raised meat, cheese, preserves, eggs, bread, granola, baked treats, plants, handmade goods, and more. The market is great place to find a wide variety of fresh local produce and prepared foods in the northern Berkshire County area.

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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 am - 1 pm
Join us at the market! This year’s market is better than ever offering a wide variety of fresh, local meats, amazing produce, lots of fresh eggs, delicious baked pastries, breads, cookies, granolas and more! We have fresh made crepes, coffee, hops, pet treats, and live music!  For more details on what's new each week, follow us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Adams-Farmers-Market/158627517541046 The North Adams Farmers Market at the St. Anthony’s Municipal Parking Lot welcomes more than 20 vendors.
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WILDFLOWER FORAY
Mt. Washington, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Berkshire Sanctuaries will present at Wildflower Foray at Mount Washington State Forest with Becky Cushing, Berkshire Sanctuaries director, and Joe Strauch, sanctuary volunteer and author of "Wildflowers of the Berkshire and Taconic Hills." The group will explore Guilder Pond on Mt. Everett and another site off the beaten path. Some interesting late summer flowers should be in bloom then and an interesting fern in its full glory. The cost is $65; registration is required at 413-637-0320.

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GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW
North Adams, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The 52nd annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Mineral Club will be held at the Eagles Hall, 515 Curran Highway. Activities for children including geode cracking and gem panning. Justin Morrison from the Weather Channels Prospectors TV show will be there. Admission is $4; children under 15 are free with an adult.

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VAN GOGH LECTURE
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
“Color Change and Meaning in the Paintings of Vincent van Gogh,” a free public lecture by Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will be held at the Clark Art Institute. The lecture, which coincides with the final day of the Van Gogh and Nature exhibition, will be held at the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill.

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WOOFSTOCK 2015
Pittsfield, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Woofstock 2015 has been rescheduled!  Join Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) on Sunday, September 13, at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake and help raise funds for shelter animals. Pancake Breakfast-8am/Registration-10am/Walk-11am. Visit vendors, participate in raffles and canine games, enjoy demonstration and kids activities.   Pick up your pledge form at your local vets office, pet supply stores, BHS, or Purradise. You can also download your form at berkshirehumane.org  Ask your family and friends to sponsor you.  Start your own fundraising page and share it. If you already turned in your pledges, you can still collect more. The money will be added to your total. Raise $500 or more in pledges and be invited to a luncheon hosted by Steve Caporizzo WTEN’s Chief meteorologist. There'll be many other great prizes for top fund raisers.  More info'  Call 413-447-7878, ext. 131 or visit berkshirehumane.org.  
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FESTIVAL OF SHARING ROOTS
Pittsfield, Noon-5 p.m.

Sept. 13
Noon-5 p.m.
 
The 12th annual “Festival of Sharing Roots” will be held on the grounds of St. Joseph Parish at 414 North St. There will be a Mass at 11:30 a.m., including Prayers of the Faithful said in many languages of the Parish. Hosted by St. Joseph Parish, this event highlights the many cultures that comprise the parish community. Admission and Kiddy Land are free. Booths will be open at noon, and activities will start at this time. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m., featuring local vocalists, dancers and musicians. Performances will be continuous. The food booths will represent seven international cuisines each serving their favorite specialty. Those represented are American, African, Brazilian, French, Irish, Italian and Polish. Activities in Kiddy Land will include a Bounce House, face painting and games for everyone. Stickers the Clown will be doing balloon sculptures and walking around the festival from 1-3 p.m. A tag sale will take place on the grounds of the church. The craft area is being expanded to allow more crafters the opportunity to participate.

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THE FAMILY CENTER- MINI-HIKE AT MT. GREYLOCK VISITORíS CENTER
Lanesborough, 10 to 11 a.m.
Join the Family Center for a Mini-hike at Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Rd, Lanesborough. Friday, Sept 14- 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Just right for small children Join Ranger Meshell and Family Center Staff as we explore nature in the Visitors Center’s backyard. Ranger Meshell will read a book, play some fun nature games and take us on a tour of the center’s backyard. If it should rain we will have some indoor nature fun! Call the Family Center at 664-4821 to register.
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WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW
Pittsfield, 5-9 p.m.
CompuWorks Shire City Sessions wraps up its inaugural season with the music of the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and the Novel Ideas, food trucks, craft beer, and good company. Admission is free. The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters sharing the stage and performing each other’s songs together, combining traditional folk and blues with contemporary folk-rock. Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is Greg Smith, Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, and David Tanklefsky. The event marks the third of three Shire City Sessions scheduled for this inaugural season at the Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St. in the Upstreet Cultural District of downtown Pittsfield.

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'WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION'
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Phyllis Chapman will present "Women of the Revolution: Backstage Heroines" 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 female half of the American populace participated the Revolution in many forms ... willingly and unwillingly. Conventional history has been remiss in adequately noting the support and exploits of women as battles raged in their towns, and foreign invaders threatened their homes and way of life. The ride of Paul Revere is well known – and embellished – but what about that of young Sybil Ludington'  Who was the woman whose writings gave voice to the revolutionary spirit, and whose concerns about the new Constitution later took form as the Bill of Rights' Known and unknown, patriot and Tory, find how women were key players in the Revolution.

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JOB SKILL WORKSHOPS
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Retail Associate training program starts at the Goodwill Maker Space training center at 158 Tyler St. From store setup to merchandising, pricing and inventory management, retail training gives each participant operational skills for starting a successful career in retail. Also in September, Custodial Cleaning Certification Training begins through Goodwill's Business 101: Spot-On-Cleaning team at 158 Tyler St, Pittsfield. This nationally accredited training program includes both classroom and hands-on training in commercial cleaning. Other job training programs available at Goodwill include recycling handling and processing, office internships, logistics(warehousing and distribution) and soft skill development workshops. Training is available at no-cost or low-cost to agencies and individuals. To apply for Goodwill Job Training Programs, contact Pam Bennett, pbennett@goodwill-berkshires.org, 413-442-0061.

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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. No registration required, intended for children ages baby through 5 years, with their caregiver. 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 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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