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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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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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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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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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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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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
Pittsfield, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Private Dining Rooms at BMC, located near the BMC Café.  The Pittsfield programs will be presented by Julie Shepard, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at BMC.

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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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'THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Classic Series at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring St., continues with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Regular ticket prices apply.

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ERIE CANAL TALK
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Tom Ragosta, Watervliet city historian, will give an illustrated talk on the Erie Canal at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26),  Stephentown, N.Y. The building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone 518-733-0010. The Erie Canal is famous in song and story.  Proposed in 1808, begun in 1817, and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. In order to keep pace with the growing demands of traffic, the Erie Canal was enlarged between 1836 and 1862, and then again 1903 to 1918.  The present-day canal can handle barges carrying up to 3,000 tons of cargo, although most of its traffic is recreational boating.


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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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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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CLARK LECTURE
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
The Research and Academic Program (RAP) at the Clark Art Institute delivers a series of free lectures, including "The Accidental City: Representing Algiers circa 1953," with Sheila Crane, associate professor of architectural history at the University of Virginia, discussing her research on the history and theory of modern architecture and cities, especially in France and North Africa.

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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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SPRING DETOX/WEIGHT LOSS
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Spring is a great time to cleanse the body. Cleansing and detoxification can help you remove natural and man-made toxins from your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. This program will improve mental clarity, digestion, sleep and vitality. This workshop is free and open to the public, held at the new Living Well offices 535 Curran Highway (Route 8) North Adams. Registration is recommended at 413-663-5500.

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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Gryphon Trio in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Master classes featuring talented Williams music students under the guidance of the Gryphon Trio take place at 4:15 p.m. on April 7 in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall, and room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center. These free events are open to the public. In this performance, part of Williams’ Visiting Artist series, the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello.

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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Gryphon Trio is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music. In this performance the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello. This concert by these outstanding visiting artists is free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/gryphon-trio/ Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
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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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LILY OF THE VALLY-BERKSHIRE PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to paint this beautiful "Lily of the Valley" on a large wall-sized 16x20 canvas while sipping a beverage and socializing with friends.  This is a BYOB event at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA.  All materials and instruction included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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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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AYURVEDA FOR SPRING
Williamstown, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Emily Celeste Watts, who is completing her Health Counselor certification at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, will focus on foods and herbs recommended by Ayurveda to support wellness during the transition from winter to spring. Participants will sample and learn how to make a number of seasonal dishes; and Celeste will discuss common kitchen herbs that can be made into delicious teas and spice blends to aid in the transition out of this long winter. She will provide a brief background on the history and philosophy of Ayurveda and will include a discussion of daily Ayurvedic routines and practices in her workshop. Participants will leave with a host of recipes and techniques to celebrate the start of spring. This workshop is free and open to all. To sign up, call the store at 413-458-8060 or email marketing@wildoats.coop.

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