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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY' AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for “Christmastime in the City,” a holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Needed are singers (all voice types), instrumentalists, spoken word artists, actors and more. Any variety of talent may audition. Singers should be prepared to sing from their favorite holiday tune. They may bring their own music but it is not required. Spoken word artists must bring their own work and will be given 1 to 2 minutes for the audition but up to 3 for the performance. Actors may bring a monologue but sides will be provided otherwise. Finally, instrumentalists should be prepared to play a 2 minute holiday selection for the audition. There will be three performances: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.

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FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER "WATCH ME GROW"
Williamstown, 10 to 11 a.m.
“Watch Me Grow “ An Ages and Stages Event Thursday, at the Williamstown Youth Center As our children grow, we watch and see what new skills they learn and master. Join FRC staff for a morning of fun and learning. Children will play at activity stations with balls, blocks, beads, drawing and movement activities. Parents will have timeto fill out an “Ages and Stages Questionnaire “ which hasquestions specific to their child’s age. This event is for any families with children ages 3 months to 5 years old. It is a great way to find out where your child is developmentally. Each child will receive a FREE new book. Each parent will receive a packet of fun activities to do with their child at home! To register please call 664‐4821.
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LECTURE ON SLEEP
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology at Williams College, will present “The Neuroscience Behind a Good Night’s Sleep” for the college’s semiannual Sigma Xi lecture in Wege Auditorium, located in the Thompson Chemistry building. The event is free. The presentation will focus on recent research that suggests that sleep quality is about more than sleep quantity. Carter will discuss what happens to our brains and bodies during sleep and offer a neuroscientist’s definition of a “good night’s sleep.” He will describe recent studies from his and other sleep labs and explain simple lifestyle changes for improving quality of sleep.


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BRPC'S FIFTH THURSDAY DINNER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
BRPC's Fifth Thursday Dinner will feature Billie Best, the Community Land Trust Program Director for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and President of the Board of Trustees for the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires. Best will discuss the Community Land Trust (CLT) housing model, and how it’s flexibility and land acquisition characteristics can provide housing opportunity in all Berkshire communities: Southern Berkshire communities facing a dearth of affordable housing, and Central and Northern Berkshire communities facing an abundance of affordable yet low quality housing options. The event will be held at Mazzeo's on South Street and costs $36. RSVP to Linda Ludwig by Oct. 24 at Lludwig@berkshireplanning.org.

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HALLOWEEN PARADE
New York, 6 p.m.
HAYC3 invites the community to the annual Halloween parade at Wood Park. The parade is free and open to the public.  Each year this event brings out some great costumes and is a fun-filled family event. This event is tradition for many families, and is a great way for kids to show off their costumes ahead of the big trick-or-treating night. Prizes will be awarded to those with the cutest, funniest, most original, and scariest costumes. For more information, call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.   

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "The Cobweb," starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall,  Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray and Oscar Levant; directed by Vincent Minnelli; novel and some screenplay dialogue by William Gibson, 1955. Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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ROSELLE CHARTOCK AND BOOK
Lenox, 7 p.m.
In remembrance of the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, author and educator Roselle Kline Chartock of Great Barrington will discuss the famed boarding school. Dr. Chartock, whose book “Windsor Mountain School: A Beloved Berkshire Institution” is scheduled to be out in mid-October, will visit The Lenox Library  to discuss the history of the school. This talk is sponsored by The Lenox Library and The Bookstore, which will provide copies of the book hot off the press. The book may be purchased and signed by Dr. Chartock at the talk. For further information about this and other library offerings, call 413-637-2630.

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'HOUSE' SCREENING
Pittsfield, 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will present a special showing of the Japanese cult classic horror movie "House" (Hausu). For this Halloween screening, audience members are welcome and encouraged to bring their own food and drinks and to come in costume. Tickets are $7.50 and $5 for museum members or anyone in costume. Released in 1977 and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this unrated film is in Japanese with a run time of 87 minutes.

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WITCHING HOUR GHOST TOUR
Lenox, 10:30 p.m.
The Mount presents a special midnight tour on the spookiest night of the year! Creaky floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps are all part of The Mount’s guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate. This tour is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for youths ages 12 to 18 and are available online at EdithWharton.org.

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SING-A-SONG PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Join Kim Waterman for a fun Sing-A-Song Playgroup. We're limiting each 4-week session to eight families. Please register! If filled, register for the next 4-week session. (Please register for only one session at a time.) Good for children ages 2 to 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.
*Sing-A-Song Playgroup is also at the Sheffield Library on Thursdays at 10-11:30, open for drop in every week.


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DOLLAR "CENTS" LEARNING TO STRETCH YOUR DOLLAR
North Adams, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Dollar “Cents”: Learning to Stretch your Dollar, at Haskins Center in North Adams All of us could use some help with stretching our dollars these days! Join us to learn ways to save money swap coupons and share your own budget tips. Come to one or come to them all! Oct. 31st –Ways to make your budget go further Nov. 14th ‐Using coupons and sales flyers to save Dec. 5th –Learn about credit and eliminate debt January 23rd ‐Reflect on your budget and make new goals for the new year. In October, each parent will receive a FREE calculator and notebook Call 664‐4821 to register if you need transportation or child care. For child care please reply by Oct. 24th. Presented as a collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Berkshire Community Action Council
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SHEFFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY TRICK-OR-TREATING
Sheffield, 5-7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treaters can go door-to-door at the historic buildings on the society's grounds to fill their bags with candy. Enjoy fun, spooky activities and a classic Halloween movie. For more information, visit sheffieldhistory.org or call 413-229-2694.

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ALL SOULS: A HALLOWEEN READING
Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
Listen to Wharton’s last ghost story as read by Ariel Bock in the Drawing Room of one of the most haunted homes in the Berkshires. Appropriate for children ages 10 and up. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10 and are available online at  EdithWharton.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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NATURE ART TO MAKE YOUR HOME GORGEOUS & “GREEN”
New York, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
As technology becomes a larger part of all of our lives we must make a greater effort to get outside and enjoy nature. The best way to do this is by coming together to create beautiful nature crafts that can then be used to decorate your home and remind you to get back outside again. We will be decorating Mason jar with a fall leave decoupage and floating acorn candles. This will make for a festive Thanksgiving or Christmas meal centerpiece. Registration is limited. Please call (518)-658-2055 to reserve a space. The cost for the workshop will be $3 for materials.
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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT BENEFIT CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet will headline a "Giving Thanks Dinner and Concert" event to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity programs and services at First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn St. The event is a homemade turkey dinner followed by a benefit concert lineup that features Sweet and The BSweet Band along with Zink & Company. In addition to dinner there will be refreshments and a raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m. There are two dinner seatings, at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and show tickets are $15. Combo tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at berkshirehabitat.org or at bobbysweet.com.

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ARTIST TALK
Monterey, 6 p.m.
"Brece Honeycutt: underfoot" opens at the Knox Gallery, Monterey Library with an artist’s tal and a reception immediately following.  The exhibit/installation will be on view during library hours through Nov. 29.
 Honeycutt takes inspiration from the everyday plants right outside her Sheffield home and studio door, as both motif and material, to make images in her signature sculptural books, prints and installations.

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LENOX DALE HALLOWEEN PARADE
Lenox, 7 p.m.
The Lenox Dale Fire Company will host its annual Halloween Parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Crystal Street and proceed through the village, ending at the fire station on Elm Street. A party for the children will follow at the fire station; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

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VICTORIAN BOUDOIR: A HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE
Lenox, 8 p.m.
Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball for adults 21+. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes, and dancing ‘til dawn. Cash bar. Tickets are $25; advance ticket purchase strongly recommended and are available at EdithWharton.org.

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MAP & COMPASS PROGRAM
, 1 - 4 p.m.
A GPS may be handy, but learn the basics of map and compass and increase your confidence and skills in the woods. Topographical maps and compass will be used to navigate a series of treks through the forest at Dyken Pond Center. Pre-registration is required and class is limited to 12 people. For adults and youth aged 12 and older. $5 per person; $3 members. 1 - 4pm.
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FREEDOM FAMILY DAY
Williamstown, 1-4:30 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute holds its first Family Day since its grand reopening in the summer. Freedom Family Day is held in conjunction with the final day of the Clark’s exhibition "Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution," which features six documents critical to the formation of American democrac.. Freedom Family Day features family-friendly gallery talks, David Grover and Friends leading sing-alongs featuring songs about peace, love and freedom; art-making projects and more. All activities and admission are free.

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BEEKEEPING TALK
New York, 7:30 p.m.
"Bees and Beekeeping," an illustrated talk by Maggie Brown of Honey Pot Apiaries, will be held at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26),  Stephentown, N.Y.  Learn about bees, beekeeping and some history of the craft in this free talk. For directions, call 518-733-0010.



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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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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is offering a series of support group sessions for Hospice families and others in the community grieving a recent death. The sessions will be held in North Berkshire on consecutive Tuesdays – October 14th, 21st and 28th, and November 4th, 11th and 18th – from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the meeting room of the First Congregational Church in North Adams. The meeting room is on the second floor of the church, located on Main Street. The First Congregational Church of North Adams and Reverend Ann Clark-Killam will host the support group, and Corinne Zinni Case, LMHC, Berkshire VNA & Hospice bereavement counselor, will facilitate the group. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Marie Coody at the Berkshire VNA and Hospice at 413-447-2862, ext. 5634. 

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CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterSeries will present Camille A. Brown and collaborators Kamilah Forbes, Scott Patterson, Liz Nelson and Burke Wilmore, creating a multimedia work that depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. There will be one performance only on the ’62 Center’s MainStage, located at 1000 Main St. Tickets are $10, $3 students.

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ADULT FAMILY CARE INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Berkshire County Arc is offering a free informational meeting about its Adult Family Care Program, which is available to individuals who cannot live safely on their own and need help or supervision with daily living skills.  The meeting will be held at Berkshire County Arc, located at 395 South St. To qualify for the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or over and have MassHealth or be eligible to receive MassHealth. There will be a light dinner and refreshments, and advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Amy Robandt at 413-464-7262, ext. 22 by Monday, Nov. 3.

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7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 5 - 7 p.m.
The Junior League of Berkshire County is hosting their 7th Annual Taste of the Berkshires at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Enjoy an evening of sampling from some of the areas finest restaurants. Tea Cup Auction, Raffle and cash bar. Tickets $30 per person $50 per couple (available online at www.jlbc.info)  Some restaurants include: Adams Ale House, Hops and Vines, One West, Baba Louie’s, Jovi’s Family Kitchens, Sarah’s Cheesecake, Big Elm Brewing, Mad Jacks, Starbucks Brenda’s Catering, Mary’s Carrot Cake, Spring Street Market & Cafe, Canyon Ranch, Mazzeo’s Ristorante, Ye Olde Forge, Flavour’s, Milltown Tavern
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READING: SCOTT CHESHIRE
Lenox, 6 p.m.
Last year’s Sirenland Fellow and the Visiting Writer at this year’s Wishing Stone writing workshops in the Berkshires, Scott Cheshire’s debut novel "High as the Horses’ Bridles" has been called “powerful and unflinching” by Column McCann in The New York Times Book Review, “something of a miracle” by Ron Charles in the Washington Post, and named a must read by The Millions, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Grantland; Scott Cheshire’s debut is a “great new American epic” (Philipp Meyer) about a father and son finding their way back to each other. Book signing will follow the reading, to be held at The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St.

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DINING TO DONATE
Lenox, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Arizona Pizza will host a dining to donate event for the Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire Chapter # 65 at Arizona Pizza in Lenox. During the event , 20 percent of sales will be donated when customers present a flier or tell their server they are dining to donate. Sales for food and beverage for dine in as well as takeout at the Lenox location are counted for the fundraiser.

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WEEMUSE PAJAMA NIGHT
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
As part of November’s Family Literacy Month, Berkshire Museum presents WeeMuse Pajama Night. The event, now in its third year, is free and open to the public. Each gallery will feature different stories and storytellers – for example, visit the Aquarium to hear a story about the ocean; explore Spark!Lab and hear about inventors and inventions; and in Berkshire Backyard, listen to stories about woodland creatures just like those who live right here in Western Massachusetts. Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, will be special guest readers. An array of local officials and personalities will also be guest readers, including Van Shields, the museum’s executive director.

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