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'BIG JIM' FISK BIRTHDAY
Vermont, 2 p.m.
Come celebrate “Big Jim” Fisk's 180th birthday.  Meet Pownal's notorious robber baron, Stockbroker and Erie Railroad buccaneer from the Gilded Age at the Solomon Wright Public Library, 97 Main St. Sponsored by the Pownal Historical Society, this event is free to the public. Program will be followed birthday cake and conversation.

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TOWN PLAYERS PRESENT LOCAL WORKS
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will present an afternoon of works by local authors at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Richard Matturro, an instructor at OLLI and the author of six published novels, will read a most unusual ghost story, "Niobe," from his new collection, Porch of the Maidens. A staged reading of "Southern Exposure", written and directed by Valerie Kavanaugh, will also be presented. The play is about a long term friendship and secret. The cast includes Marion Cimini as Anna, Karel Fisher as Frannie and Melanie Rivers as Agnes. Admission is $5.

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LONDONíS NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. Mahaiwe
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'FOOTLOOSE'
Sheffield, 3 p.m.
"Footloose" will be performed at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffiel. General admission tickets are $9.  Tickets for students and seniors are $7.00. There will be a brief intermission during which concession items will be available. Tickets are available at the box office the day of the performance. The cast and crew feature more than 25 students from the seventh through 12th grade. The show is directed by Kathy Jo Grover. The Musical Director and Pit Orchestra conductor is Carlton Maaia II. Choreography by Thomas Masters. Costumes by Ellen Maggio.

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TALK BY YES! MAGAZINE EDITOR
Stockbridge, 7 p.m.
Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor-in-chief of YES! Magazine, will give a public talk as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers at the Stockbridge Congregational Church at 4 Main St. Van Gelder is editor of new book, "Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference," an anthology of stories which describe how, in a time of economic disturbance, climate change and social injustice, our health and well-being is dependent upon communal pursuits.  Her talk will offer a new definition of the “pursuit of happiness.” Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 or 10 BerkShares. Tickets are also available online at berkshirewomenwriters.org

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THEY DANCE FOR RAIN: SPRING SLIDESHOW
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., announces the presentation of "They Dance For Rain: Spring Slideshow," a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. Both artists are Berkshire County natives and have studios based in Pittsfield. For more information, contact stefanie@fertileuniverse.com or 413-281-6734 or visit fertileuniverse.com.

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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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BAGELS AND BOOKS
Great Barrington, 9:00-10:00am

Mason's early morning book club and breakfast! For February we're reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. The Signature of All Things follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist, but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. 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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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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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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KNITTING AT THE MILNE
Williamstown, 2-4 p.m.
The Milne Public Library will host a knitting group every Tuesday from Feb. 24 and continuing into April. All levels of experience are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. Just bring your projects and knit. The group may explore different yarns and items to knit including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, etc. The group coordinator will be Carole Thompson, who enjoys exploring yarns and designing her own patterns using body measurements. Sign up is required; contact the library at 413-458-5369.

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITION
Pittsfield, 5-6:30 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions t the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., for two comedic staged readings, "Chocolate" by Frederick Stroppel and "Wedding Duet" by Lauren Wilson. One depicts a detective investigating the disappearance of a husband and the other is about a newly married couple on their way to crossing the threshold when it all  comes to a screeching halt. Needed are two men and two women. Actors will be asked to read from the script. The shorts will be directed by Denise Roller.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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COMPUTER CLASS - INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
Great Barrington, 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up for a one on one - we'll spend twenty minutes going over anything computer-related that you'd like to learn or are having difficulties with. Registration for this one is required - please register at the desk or send an e-mail to jmagelaner@townofgb.org. 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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REGIONAL HOUSING SYMPOSIUM FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
Great Barrington, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's HousingUs will co-host a regional symposium titled “Investing in Community: Housing Strategies for Economic Development in the Tri-Corner Region” at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington, Mass. The symposium will gather business leaders, policymakers, town planners and other community partners to examine how affordable housing can serve as a boon to economic development. The luncheon keynote, “How to Cultivate a Culture of Community Investment and Philanthropy,” will be delivered by Philippe Jordi, executive director, developer and manager of Island Housing Trust on Martha’s Vineyard, who will also participate in the second panel. His presentation will be followed by a discussion of the capacity for different forms of ‘Slow Money’ investment in the tri-corner region, and a lively Q&A session about rural communities’ long-term stewardship of these investments. Tickets, which include breakfast and lunch, are $35 per person. The first 25 registrants are eligible to receive a $25 “early bird” price. To register, visit www.berkshiretaconic.org/HousingSymposium.

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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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TALK ON PARCC TESTING SYSTEM
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host a panel discussion on issues and questions related to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, the new testing system commonly known as PARCC,  in the Fitzpatrick Room on the second floor of Murdock Hall, on the MCLA campus. This event is free and open to the public.  PARCC, a Kindergarten through grade 12 assessment, may replace the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). In addition to being a graduation requirement, PARCC also would serve to indicate if high school students are ready for college and careers.

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HOME OWNERSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
North Adams, 6-7 p.m.
An informational session will be held at the Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity office for those interested in learning more about Habitat’s home ownership process. The meeting will be held at 61 Main Street, Suite 244, and is open to the general public. Children are welcome to attend. The informational session will discuss Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership process, including detailed information on submitting an application, the selection procedures and the requirements of a Habitat homeowner. Interested families, or those who know of possible candidates, are strongly encouraged to attend. Applications, Family Fact Sheets and Budget Worksheets will be distributed at the meeting, as well as an opportunity for a question and answer session with Northern Berkshire Habitat’s Family Selection Committee. For more information regarding the Informational Session, contact the Northern Berkshire Habitat office, 413-664-4440 or email nbhabitat@msn.com.

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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. Gailanne Cariddi, 1st Berkshire District Representative, will speak about what is happening at the State House and then take questions. This meeting is open to the public. Any questions call 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

 

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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ADAMS PLAYGROUP
Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Play and Learn Group at Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., is for ages walking to 5 years.

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LANESBOROUGH PLAYGROUP
Lanesborough, 10-11 a.m.
A Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall Community Room, 83 North Main St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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TAP DANCE LESSONS
, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Beginners classes are  Fridays 1:30-2:30( Free for the month of April)  Intermediate classes are at 2:30-3:30.  Beginning in the month of May the cost is $3.00 for over 60 and $5.00 for all others. Claire Teague Senior Center 917 Main Street 413 528-1881
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APRIL FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The April 3rd First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 15 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District, with venues as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far north as Berkshire Medical Center. The April First Fridays Artswalk will kick –off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the “walk” from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will culminate with an After Party and Social Gathering with the night’s artists from 8 to 10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., free and open to the public.

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BIRD WALKS
Pittsfield, 8 - 10 a.m.

Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 / 8:00 am - 10:00 am 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.Canoe Meadows


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EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG SCRAMBLE
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
The Department of Community Development Recreation Program will hold the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St. The schedule for the differing age groups is as follows: 10:30 a.m. for 9 year olds; 10:40 a.m. for 7 & 8 year olds; 10:55 a.m. for 5 & 6 year olds; 11:10 a.m. for 4 year olds; 11:25 a.m. for 2 & 3 year olds. The event is free and open to all Pittsfield children.  One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize, courtesy of the Greylock Federal Credit Union. Children are required to bring their own baskets. For further information, please contact Becky Manship at 413-99-9370.

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CANDY-FREE EASTER EGG HUNT
Egremont, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Blue Rider Stables will host this holiday event rain or shine. The egg hunt is free; there will be hay bale maze, pony rides, face painting and refreshments for purchase. Visit bluerider.org for details.

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EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE
Lenox, 11 a.m.
The Lenox Community Center will hold its Easter Egg Scramble at Lilac Park (rain/snow location will be the community center). The event starts at promptly at 11 a.m. so come early to line up. Bring your own basket.

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ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET JUNIOR COMPANY OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 3:30 p.m.
The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) Junior Company and the Academy Dancers of the Cantarella School of Dance will hold an open house performance and reception at the Masonic Temple, 116 South St. that is free to the public. Dancers ranging in age from 9 to  18 will perform in original pieces choreographed by ballet mistresses and teachers of the Cantarella School of Dance designed to showcase a variety of dance styles, along with excerpts from the classical ballet “Paquita,” and “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by ABB Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. The reception following the performance will feature sweet treats and beverages.  For more information, call 413-445-5382 or e-mail abballet@verizon.net.

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