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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 the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  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. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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BIRD WALKS AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 8-10 a.m.
Berkshire Sanctuaries will lead a bird walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road. 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. Beginners welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The cost is $3.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES
Hancock, Noon-6 p.m.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
* Wednesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams
* Thursday, Sept. 4, 1-6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
* Friday, Sept. 12, noon-6 p.m., Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Burbank Children's Center, 36 Corey Road, Hancock
* Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ashley Falls United Methodist Church,  1156 Ashley Falls Road, Ashley Falls
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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WALK ALONG HOOSIC RIVER
North Adams, 11 a.m.-noon
Hoosic River Revival will be leading family-friendly walk along the Hoosic River in North Adams the second Saturday of every month from now through October at 11 a.m. Learn about the history of North Adams,  the role of the river, and the future plans for its restoration as an asset for the city. Meet at Mass MoCA near the entrance to the museum’s parking lot on Marshall Street.

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SOCK HOP
Sheffield, 4-7 p.m.
The Historical Society's Sock Hop will transport you to the days of poodle skirts and the twist. This free family event will be held at the Town Hall parking lot and Historical Society grounds at 159 Main St. Come and check out the souped-up cars at this classic car cruise night and rock out to an oldies concert featuring Jeannie Romeo. There will be burgers, hot dogs and vintage treats for sale, a hula hoop contest and tons more fun for all you greasers and teenyboppers. For more information, visit www.sheffieldhistory.org.

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC PARTY
New York, 7 - 10 p.m.
Join supporters of the Stephentown Memorial Library for an entertaining evening of A Little Night Music on Saturday, Music for the party will be provided by Doug Schmolze, performing a varied repertoire of solo guitar and vocal music. The benefit will be held at Berkshire Mountain House Bed & Breakfast from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the benefit are $30 per person and include two glasses of wine, plentiful delicious hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, and hot and cold beverages. Tickets are available at the Library or at the door. There will also be intriguing silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit operation of the Stephentown Memorial Library. Call Mona Berg at 518-733-6923 for more information or directions.

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CANOE TRIP TO UPPER AND LOWER GOOSE PONDS
Tyringham, 8 a.m.-noon
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries will lead a canoe trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds in Tyringham. Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires' most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. We will walk one mile on the AT before paddling back.  Directions to the meeting place in Lee will be provided upon registration. Due to possible windy conditions, previous canoe experience is required. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Registration is required at 413-637-0320; the cost is $30.

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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES
Sheffield, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
* Wednesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams
* Thursday, Sept. 4, 1-6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
* Friday, Sept. 12, noon-6 p.m., Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Burbank Children's Center, 36 Corey Road, Hancock
* Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ashley Falls United Methodist Church,  1156 Ashley Falls Road, Ashley Falls
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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BUMP SERIES GREYLOCK TIME TRIAL
North Adams
The Northampton Cycling Club returns every year to North Adams for the Greylock Hillclimb Time Trial race. Attracting over 250 cyclists from all over the Northeast and Canada, the course runs 9.1 miles to the summit of Mount Greylock which is 3,489 ft high. Light refreshments are provided at the top, followed by an afterparty hosted by the Freight Yard Pub. http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/BUMP-series-Greylock-Time-Trial.aspx
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ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
Adams, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Adams Farmers Market will be happening every Sunday through mid-September from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adams Visitors Center.

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BERKSHIRE GROWN 16TH ANNUAL HARVEST SUPPER
Great Barrington, 6-8 p.m.
Nearly three dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be serving a wide selection of tastings, featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction. The Harvest Supper is returning for a second year to the Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut, with plenty of space for guests -- including seating areas -- and room for an expanded lineup of chefs and beverage producers. Tickets by advance purchase only and cost $70 for Berkshire Grown members, $80 for non-members. Call 413-528-0041 to buy tickets.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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LONDONíS NATIONAL THEATRE'S 'A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE'
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic's history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche Dubois, Ben Foster as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace—but her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 4-5 p.m.
A group support group to learn about the grief process; talk about your own experiences; understand how to cope with your losses; find the way to move forward; discover where help, strength and resources are available and stablish personal goals will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Ste 301 , Pittsfield. Chaplain Dennis Castella will lead the group. Contact Hospice Services of Western MA @ 413-442-0045 to sign up or get more information.

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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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GENEALOGY CLASSES
North Adams, 10 a.m. - Noon
The North Adams Public Library will be offering beginner genealogy classes with Alan Horbal on Thursday mornings starting September 4th ending October 2nd. All classes will begin at 10 AM and end at Noon. Mr. Horbal will give an overview of how to use sources such as the WWI draft registration, Naturalization Records and Census records. He will also go over using Ancestry.com and LDS Family Search. Participants are asked to bring their laptop computer, if they own one, for the last three sessions. Library computers will be available for those participants who do not have a laptop. Class size is limited to 12. Call to reserve your spot. A small fee will be charged for copies. For more information and to sign up call 662-3133 ext 13.

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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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LEE IDOL
Lee, 7 p.m.
The 4th Annual Lee Idol Talent Competition is coming back! Sept.19 & 20, 2014 After two days of performances, the judges and audience will vote to crown the new Lee Idol Champion! Come to pick your favorite(s) and check out what Simon (yes, yes – a real Simon!) and other judges got to say to singers. Lot’s of fun and entertainment guaranteed to highlight those evenings. See it for yourself and cast a vote (or a few). The Final Winner will be awarded a cash prize; runners-up will receive gift certificates to a local cafe. All talents are welcome! .Registration will run from 5:00 to 6:30 PM and performers are encouraged to come as early as possible to allow individual time for everyone. Performers may participate for free, come prepared with 2–3 song choices that can be done acoustically or with a karaoke back-track. Call 413 394-5023 for more information *Lee Idol is as part of Lee’s Founder’s Weekend celebrations. Sponsored by Cutting Edge Video – www.icuttingedgevideo.com and by College Internship Program (CIP) – cipworldwide.org
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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 the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  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. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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PITTSFIELD REPAIR CAFES
Pittsfield, 1-5 p.m.
Pittsfield Repair Cafes are held on third Saturdays between 1 and 5 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen's Church, 67 East Street (enter through the Allen Street door). Volunteers fix guests' broken and damaged items for free. Anyone is welcome to bring non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners and other small appliances, all types of clothing and fabric items, bicycles, and blades for sharpening (but not watches, jewelry, shoes, CRT monitors, TVs, or small electronics, such as phones). The aim of the Repair Cafe is to have a friendly, casual atmosphere where people feel comfortable. There are free refreshments and piano or guitar players to provide music. Everyone is welcome. Get more information on Facebook or call 413-212-8589 or email jmh227@hotmail.com.

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ARROWHEAD COUNTRY CRAFT FAIR
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
On the third Saturday of each month from June through September, the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, located at 780 Holmes Road, ill host a Country/Craft Fair featuring some of the finest artisans and artists in the region. The fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on June 21 and continuing on July 19, August 16 and September 20. There is no admission to the country fair. For more information, call 413-442-1793.

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MILES FOR MOMENTS - FAMILY FUN DAY
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us as we raise money to support our friends, neighbors, and families living with a diagnosis of cancer. A FULL DAY OF FAMILY FUN!!! 5k Run 5k Walk Kids FUNRUN Great Food All Day Music Festival featuring your favorite local bands Music Schedule 11:00am to 12:00pm – Kids set with Divinitress (Side Stage) 12:00pm to 01:00pm – Rakish Paddy (Main Stage) 01:00pm to 01:20pm – Divinitress (Side Stage) 01:20pm to 02:20pm – Misty Blues (Main Stage) 02:20pm to 02:40pm – Divinitress (Side Stage) 02:40pm to 03:40pm – WYKYD (Main Stage) 03:40pm to 04:00pm – Divinitress (Side Stage) 04:00pm to 05:00pm – Whiskey City w/ Rev Tor (Main Stage) Craft Show Drawings To register as an individual or team please click here! Make you own fundraising page! http://www.stayclassy.org/pittsfield/events/miles-for-moments-5k-walk-run/e34885 Crafter's Application: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50131968/MFM%20Vendor%20application.pdf
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THE PAIN IN THE MASS TOUR BENIFITING THE HOME AWAY FUND
Williamstown, 7 a.m.
www.paininthemass.org The Pain in the Mass Tour is a two day cycling tour designed to challenge riders of all levels to push beyond their personal thresholds, while supporting children with epilepsy at Boston’s Children Hospital. This unique ride combines Team Racing & General Rider Classes together in one event while traversing some of the most challenging terrain in the State. A one day 100 mile Gran Fondo option is also available.    Join us as we race to the summits of Mt. Wachusett and Mt. Greylock to see who claims this years title of King & Queen of the Mountains.. This year's race will be held September 20-21, 2014. All proceeds from the ride benefit the Home Away Fund.
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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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'CHEF'S LIFE' READING
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar in Lenox will sponsor a reading and booksigning of Michael Ballon at the Castle Street Cafe in Great Barrington. Ballon will read from his new book "AChef’s Life: Farm to Table Cooking in the Berkshires." In the spring of 1989, Chef Michael Ballon opened the Castle Street Cafe, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The book is not a cookbook, but rather a collection ofabout 45 short essays, written over the course of many years, about being achef and also interacting with farmers, customers, and staff. While the bookdoes include some recipes, their inclusion is meant to help illustrate pointsabout everyday life, changes in food trends, where and how chefs getinspiration, and what it is like to run a restaurant.

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NEW YORK TIMES FOOD EDITOR TALK
New Marlborough, Noon
Great Barrington Fairgrounds (GBFG) will present a banquet brunch and talk by New York Times Food Editor Sam Sifton, Random House Editorial Director of Nonfiction Andy Ward, and Jenny Rosenstrach, cookbook author and creator of the popular blog, dinneralovestory.com, at Gedney Farm (Route 57 in New Marlborough.). The Easy Ridin’ Papas, featuring Adam Brown (parlor and resonator guitars, vocals) and Will Conklin (trumpet, cornet, vocals, whistling, kazoo and comic asides) will provide musical entertainment during the feast. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Cowshed. Tickets to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds barn raising brunch and food talk are $125 per person. Underwriters’ tables of 8 for $1250 include sponsoring two local farmers to attend the event, and will be permanently acknowledged in the new Cowshed building. Tickets are available online via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/754240 or by mail (please make checks payable to “GBFG”) at GBFG, P.O. Box 121, Great Barrington, MA 01230. In addition, a limited number of half-price tickets are available for patrons ages 35 and younger by emailing janet@gbfg.org. For more information, see gbfg.org.

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ACTIVE PARENTING OF CHILDREN AGES 1-4 YEARS
North Adams, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Active Parenting of Children ages 1-4 Years Mondays, September 22, 29 and October 6 from 5:30-7:00 at Haskins Center in North Adams, 210 State Street. This series will cover positive discipline methods, developmental stages, how to prevent tantrums, routines to make life easier and ways to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of your family. Parenting classes are an ideal place to meet other parents, share and discuss ideas and come away with a new perspective on parenting. Call 664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation is available.
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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 4-5 p.m.
A group support group to learn about the grief process; talk about your own experiences; understand how to cope with your losses; find the way to move forward; discover where help, strength and resources are available and stablish personal goals will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 2 to Oct. 7 at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Ste 301 , Pittsfield. Chaplain Dennis Castella will lead the group. Contact Hospice Services of Western MA @ 413-442-0045 to sign up or get more information.

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