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Concert Benefits Girls Empowerment

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Berkshire HorseWorks, a 501c3 based in Richmond that provides EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to those at risk and equine-assisted team building for organizations of all kinds.

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MCLA Presents 'Into the Woods'

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on April 21, 21, 27 and 28, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 29, in Venable Theater on the MCLA campus. A talkback will take place after the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, April 28.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-26

The Funkdation Hip Hop Festival of the Berkshires returns for another year! Youth breakdancing battles will begin at 3 p.m., with a performance by Nostalgia at 6 p.m., and adult breaking battles starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum. Child spectators FREE; $10 for everyone else.

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North Adams Happenings: April 18-24

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Panel to Discuss the Top Five Student-Athlete Injuries

An expert panel will address prevention, treatment and recovery for the top five most common injuries suffered by student athletes. Attendees will learn how to continue playing throughout school and beyond.

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Pittsfield Police Dog to Receive Protective Vest

Jango's vest is sponsored by fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest in Norton, Mass., and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Donated by HeatherFest in memory of Bill McKibben." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

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Berkshires Beat: Thermal Cameras Available at the Milne Library

The cameras were donated to the library by Williamstown Girl Scout Troop 12940 and the Williamstown COOL Committee.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 13-29

It's finally springtime, and that means visiting the newborn lambs, piglets, chicks, calves and kids at Hancock Shaker Village. Enjoys tours, talks and story time every day, with special events on the weekends including pony rides, face painting, balloon art and ice cream at the Scoop Shop.

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 16, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in April.

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North Adams Happenings: April 11-17

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshire Athenaeum Kicks Off 'Food for Fines' Campaign

The food-for-fines program, now in its 23rd year, is the library's attempt to create a more positive feeling about getting overdue library materials returned, and to get library borrowers to clean out their bookshelves and bring back library items that have been long forgotten.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Pays Veteran's Mortgage for One Year

The giveaway was extended to active military members and eligible veterans, serving as an extension of the dedication of Berkshire Bank to the servicemen and servicewomen of our country.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire OLLI Set to Kick Off Spring Semester

OLLI courses are designed especially by and for people 50 years and older, but everyone is invited to join and attend.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 6-12

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Berkshire County Sixth-Graders 'Go to College'

On Wednesday, students from Williamstown Elementary, Hoosac Valley and Undermountain Elementary visited Berkshire Community College, rotated through three sessions and enjoyed a free pizza lunch.

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North Adams Happenings: April 4-10

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Steepleview Realty Celebrating 20th Anniversary

As the business became more successful, Segala expanded to include offices in North Adams and Pittsfield. In 2015, longtime sales associate Deb Trzcinski became a partner with Segala and now owns and operates the business on a daily basis with her.

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Berkshires Beat: PCTV to Air PSAs for 29 Nonprofits

With the high cost of media production, many of these organizations had not been able to achieve their outreach goals and thus, the objective of PCTV creating an annual donation of its professional production capabilities.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 30-April 5

Berkshire Lightscapes has secured a spot in the Commonwealth Places program, which provides a dollar-for-dollar funding match of up to $50,000 from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days.

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North Adams Happenings: March 28-April 3

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Easter Events in the Berkshires

If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards

The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

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Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars

All proceeds support the programs of NAMI Berkshire County, which provides information, referrals, classes, workshops, support groups and advocacy to family members and caregivers of people living with mental illnesses throughout Berkshire County.

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Mass RMV Service Interruption Runs Through March 26

During this time, there will be no motor vehicles inspections available in the state, no RMV online services, and all RMV service locations will be closed.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December

State Sen. Adam Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.

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North Adams Happenings: March 21-27

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 16-22

Gather your friends for a fun-filled day on North Street. Camp North Street will be your concierge. There are "day camp" and "overnight camp" opportunities available. Feel like a kid... even if you have to work the next day!

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BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

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North Adams Happenings: March 14-20

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum Hosts Student Exhibit 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 9-15

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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North Adams Happenings: March 7-13

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Couple Opens Realty Agency

Their first office opened in in downtown Pittsfield at 34 Depot St. at the start of February and they kicked things off with many new listings throughout Berkshire County.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 2-8

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long! (Postponed to March 9 due to the weather)

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 28-March 6

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County

Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

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Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships

The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

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Democrats Meeting Across Berkshire County

Democratic town committees have been meeting and preparing for the Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention and hosting other events across Berkshire County. The following is a sample:

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 21-27

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 23-March 1

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more.

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

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Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off

Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first-place mark, two points for each second-place mark, and one point for every third-place mark.

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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Runs Feb. 15-25 in Pittsfield

Organized by the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 66 events in 12 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform

The Career Trail Online includes professional development training and assistance; a place to post resumes and search for jobs, as well as a place for employers to search for recent graduates; allows students to make career counseling appointments at CSSE; and provides ways for students to connect directly with MCLA alumni or an employer who is willing to be a mentor.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 14-20

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Bank of America Offers Free Museum Admission to Members

Each Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or US Trust cardholder is allowed one free general admission to participating institutions on any eligible day.

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Berkshires Beat: Final Steel Beam Placed on New Tanglewood Complex

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new four-building complex is being designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, led by William Rawn and Cliff Gayley, and is the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall (1994), also designed by William Rawn Associates.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 9-15

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 15 - Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and opera at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza at the Pittsfield Common.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 7-13

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: New Jersey Brothers Purchase Elm Street Market

Verson, Inc. is a family-owned business that owns and operates a group of deli and catering shops in New York City. Verma plans to keep the current staff while adding more prepared foods to the menu.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Interfaith Organizing Adds New Group at Convention

BIO's newest member organization is Temple Anshe Amunim of Pittsfield; this brings the number of member groups to 18, spread around the county. They are joined by individual members of the group BIO Community Leaders. All work together to build strength within the community to address the root causes of struggles faced by many Berkshire neighbors, including hunger, transportation and the need for immigrant support.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 2-8

Enjoy almost a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

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Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?

Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end?

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Sports Teams Donate Blankets to Cancer Center

The blankets were given in honor of John Werner, who coached both the Castleton University softball and men’s soccer teams and who founded the LINAO movement. LINAO stands for "Losing Is Not An Option."

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County, including Linda's Pastries, Berkshire Pathways and Simply Sweet will compete at the 4th Annual Cupcake Wars in the categories of Best Tasting, Most Creative, Best Presentation and People's Choice.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 24-30

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates

This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates.

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Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a 14 percent growth in campus square footage.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25

The Body, Mind & Health Expo is a FREE event that will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being.

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SVMC Hosts Life Hacks Meme Competition for Teens

The program at SVMC aims to use memes created by students to influence the attitudes and behaviors of their peers, increase feelings of self-worth, and reduce the risks of developing chronic diseases.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues

Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story:

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 12-18

On Sunday, the Second Congregational Church will host Delivering the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 3-5 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 10-16

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington

The festival kicks off on Monday, Jan. 15, with the Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Service from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Main Street.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19

Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various campaigns have steered patrons to the galleries free of charge. Mass MoCA's annual Free Day, which typically falls during the winter season, waives admission to all museum-goers, attracting an influx of visitors. This year, Free Day falls on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Report Addresses Sharing of Services

Forty-eight individuals participated from 48 organizations, representing a diversity of size, type, budget, and experience of nonprofit leaders. Respondents were primarily executive directors, senior administrators and a few board members. South, central and northern Berkshire County were represented.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 5-11

Email your horizontally oriented, high resolution images to OLLI@Berkshirecc.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 10 to be considered.

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Berkshires Beat: Fairview Earns National Recognition as a Top Rural Hospital

This is Fairview's fifth year of being named a top rural hospital in America.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 3-9

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire 4-H Holds Awards, Recognition Event

About 100 people gathered to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H'ers, volunteers and others on Dec. 2.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 29-Jan. 14

Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's North Adams Branch Moving to Ashland Street

The Landmark building is the former home of Landmark Credit Union, which merged with Greylock in 2017.

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E-Book Review: 'Symphonies & Scorpions' by Gerald Elias

Now, Elias has just released his first downloadable e-book, "Symphonies & Scorpions." A memoir, he has subtitled it "Ramblings of a Wand'ring Minstrel on the Boston Symphony's Far East Tour of 2014."

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Contact Your Elected Officials

Have something to say? Here's how to get in touch with your local officials, both on the national and state level.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 22-28

Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 20-26

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Berkshires-Based Pungl Ready to Expand Nationwide

Through the Pungl marketplace, anyone in the country can shop by location or charitable cause, and then make a donation to that cause in their own name or in the name of a loved one.

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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community

The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 15-21

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and the Beacon Cinema management will officially unveil the renovations and upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 13-19

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown

The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present

More than 700 volunteers and over 17,500 hours of volunteer labor helped build the DelSonno house during the last seven months.

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14

Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music

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Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC.

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Children's Musical Set For Dec. 2-3 in Williamstown

“Angels Aware” features two dozen local children ranging in age from 4 to 14 singing, dancing and acting in a Broadway-style musical.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 1-7

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

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MCLA Students Seeking Community Input on Concussion Survey

The survey was developed using SurveyMonkey and the students say "input will help us understand how this issue may impact the future of participation in youth sports."

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon held in May on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, as well as more than 25 other running events in the county.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 15-21

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program

Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social contact and a health and safety wellness check.

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