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MAGIC FOR KIDS
Williamstown, 1:30-3 p.m.
Jane Shiyah, a local educator, counselor and magician, will teach kids 8 and up some magic tricks to delight and amaze their friends and family at the Milne Library. Sign up in advance in the children’s room at 413-458-5369.

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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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MACHINE AGE LECTURE
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Chris Waters, the Hans W. Gatzke ’38 Professor of Modern European History in the Department of History at Williams College, presents a gallery talk on "Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection" at the Clark Art Institute's Clark Center, West Pavilion. A specialist in modern British history, Waters provides a social and cultural historical framework for the prints on view. He is the author of British Socialists and the Politics of Popular Culture, 1884–1914 and co-editor of Moments of Modernity: Reconstructing Britain, 1945–1964, and author of some thirty articles on various aspects of 19th- and 20th-century British social and cultural history.

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ROBERT PENG'S QIGONG HEALNG RETREAT
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Yi Jin Jing The Original Shaolin Temple Exercise There will be included supporting material and DVD for followup practice. And also during the retreat, Robert will conduct powerful group healing by uniting and organizing our energy into a harmonious pattern and inviting universal energy to help all our organs energy flow smoothly and exude radiant healthy light. Robert Peng has been a regular presenter in Omega Institute, Integrative Health Symposium and many other organizations and schools. His participants and clients are from all walks of life, who have experienced healing and a new surge of energy and power in their life. eastover
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SIGMA XI LECTURE
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Marek Demianski, visiting professor of astronomy at Williams College, will present “The New View of the Universe” for the college’s spring Sigma Xi lecture in Thompson Chemistry’s Wege Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. In his talk, Demianski will answer intriguing questions connected with the origin and early evolution of the Universe. He will discuss the results of the recently completed mission of the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite and their cosmological and physical implications.

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MT GREYLOCK ECF PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Fundraiser to benefit Berkshire Healthcare's Mount Greylock Activities Department. Come join us on 4/24 at Berkshire Healthcare's Mt Greylock ECF, 100 North St, Pittsfield, MA. You'll learn how to paint these Radiant Red Poppies on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and your donation is included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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FAMILY MOVIE: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Great Barrington, 6:15-8:00pm

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Rated PG,   81 minutes, popcorn & drinks provided. 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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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 Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6 and running through May 1 with the exception of Spring Break March 20, March 27 and April 3. 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.

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'THE BODY UNBOUND'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Contemporary dance ensemble CoDa, directed by Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker, presents "The Body Unbound", an evening featuring five original works that reflect the multifaceted world of contemporary dance today.  This performance includes a special collaboration with guest artists Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith, directors of San Francisco's RAWdance, whose work is declared "visionary dance at its best," by CriticalDance.com.  The performance will be at the ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St.. Tickets for this event are $3.

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LITERARY DEATH MATCH, EP. 2
Lenox, 8 p.m.

Literary Death Match returns to The Mount for The Berkshires, Ep. 2! Rural Intelligence named LDM's first appearance at The Mount one of the most memorable parties of 2013 - don't miss the literary fun this time around! For the full line-up and tickets, please visit EdithWharton.org.


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LITERARY DEATH MATCH
Lenox, 8 p.m.
Literary nerds will assemble for another round of the high-energy reading series Literary Death Match at The Mount. Four authors will read original work before a panel of three all-star judges. Performances will be judged on literary merit, performance style and intangible factors. Participants include Jedediah Berry, Arda Collins, Ron Currie Jr., Paul La Farge, Courtney Maum, Sue Smith and Jenny Zigrino. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8; tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. A cash bar will be available. For tickets or more information, visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Pittsfield, Noon
The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Parks and Recreation Program will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration at the First Street Common.  The event will celebrate the work of the Berkshire Conservation District, and representatives from the organization will serve as keynote speakers. This free event is being sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Program and RSVP.  The celebration will take place rain or shine.  Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call the Recreation Activities Coordinator at 413-499-9370.

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UP CLOSE: LIVE BIRDS OF PREY
State, 1 - 3 p.m.
Bullitt Reservation, 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield, MA Conway resident and founder of The Birds of Prey Rehab Facility, Tom Ricardi, knows a lot about birds. He will share his stories, knowledge and arrange for you to meet - in person - the hawks, owls and eagles that he cares for. Afterwards, feel free to hike the nearby Pebble Trail. Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $5. Nonmembers: $15. Children 12 and under, FREE. Call 413.532.1631 x 10 for information. Registration strongly encouraged.
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OUR AMAZING SPRING WILDFLOWERS: GUIDED WALK
State, 10 a.m. - Noon
Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA Sheffield is a global hotspot for rare species – and Bartholomew’s Cobble puts on one of the best shows of spring ephemerals from mid-April to mid-May. Greet the rich variety of wildflowers, and leave with an understanding of how to help identify and protect these gems of our native flora – not just in conservation lands, but in your own yard and community. A Trustees of Reservations naturalist will reveal what makes this environment so well-suited to rare and diverse plants and explain what the Cobble is doing to protect this resiliient landscape. You’ll see trilliums, trout-lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, wild ginger and many more! Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult/Child $5; Family $15. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $8; Family $20. Please pre-register: call 413.229.8600 or e-mail bcobble@ttor.org   
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KNIT N STITCH
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome!  This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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FUN WITH FINE ARTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Looking for something to help you be creative during the winter' Come make art with us at Ramsdell! This program is good for ages 4 and up, and is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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READ TO BEAR, THE LIBRARY THERAPY DOG
Great Barrington, 11:00am-12:00pm
Read to Bear, our reading therapy dog* who is huggably helpful for school-age children who want to improve their reading. This adorable dog loves kids, and loves to make people smile. Check for availability in the Children's Room or register here for a 10-minute period. 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.

*Research finds that students who read to dogs have better outcomes than students who read to humans. They experience a gain in reading ability and attitudes toward reading. Sponsored by Canine Link.

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BLUES ENCHANTED ADVENTURES
Great Barrington, 11:30am-12:30pm

Join us in the Ramsdell Children's Room for a story time for young children. This program is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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MS SUPPORT FOUNDATION'S 7TH ANNUAL GALA
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Please join us for our 7th Annual MS Fundraising Gala, at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our largest fundraising event of the year it features dinner and both silent and live auctions. For more information or to purchase tickets you can contact us at (413) 664-2011; or llawson@msresource.org
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'THE BODY UNBOUND'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Contemporary dance ensemble CoDa, directed by Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker, presents "The Body Unbound", an evening featuring five original works that reflect the multifaceted world of contemporary dance today.  This performance includes a special collaboration with guest artists Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith, directors of San Francisco's RAWdance, whose work is declared "visionary dance at its best," by CriticalDance.com.  The performance will be at the ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St.. Tickets for this event are $3.

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EARTH DAY WORKDAY
Great Barrington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Great Barrington’s Housatonic River Walk will hold its annual Earth Day Workday. Meet at the DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River streets, Great Barrington. Volunteers should wear safe, protective clothing: shoes with good traction, gloves and eye protection.

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BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: IVAN THE TERRIBLE
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
Following his coronation as the Tsar of all the Russias, Ivan IV must choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters as Tsarina. He selects Anastasia Romanovna, and their union proves to be a happy one. But as the Boyars continue to plot against him and eventually poison his beloved wife, Ivan sinks into madness. Mahaiwe
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UKE N BREW FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 3-7 p.m.
Ukulele performances at Parsley's Pub at Waubeeka Golf Links all afternoon featuring: Lita Williams from Hawaii via Nashville, The Lords of Lichtenstein of NYC, 2013 Berkshire Idol winner Sophie Lane, The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra of Williamstown and The New England Ukulele Ensemble from Connecticut. There will also be lesson/jam at 6:30 p.m. and raffles. One raffle ticket included with paid admission of $15 for adults and $10 for students. Kids under 12 are free.

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BIRDING IN WILLIAMSTOWN
State, 7:30 a.m.
Field Farm, Sloan Road, Williamstown Join the Hoffman Bird Club at this Trustees of Reservations property for a leisurely morning walk looking for birds in Williamstown & South Williamstown, starting at Field Farm. Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, and bring binoculars if you have them. Please RSVP with Carrie Jones at 413.884.2661 or carriejones2011@aol.com. Free  
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OPEN SCHOOLING GYMKAHANA
Lanesborough, 9 a.m.
Equus Therapeutic will hold an Open Schooling Gymkhana at Wedgewood Stable at Wirtes Farm, 705 North Main St. The event will start at 9 a.m. for all assisted riders in Wedgewood’s beautiful indoor, with the Open riders starting up at approximately 10 a.m. in the outdoor ring.  Gymkhana is games on horseback, the most familiar to a majority of people being barrel racing. These games showcase precision and speed and are a lot of fun to watch, thus spectators are always welcome. Admission for spectators is free. There will be a food booth serving breakfast and lunch for reasonable prices.

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SETH BROWN TALK
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will host a talk by local author and columnist Seth Brown, who will discuss his book "From God To Verse," a line-by-line translation of the Five Books of Moses into rhyming couplets. The talk will follow the Federation-sponsored Older Adult Kosher Lunch at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. The presentation is open to the public, and is free with the Older Adult Kosher Lunch. Program only is $3.

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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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BINGO AND ICE CREAM
, 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun game of Bingo and ice cream social Free and open to the public. Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main Street, Great Barrington 413-528-1881
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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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