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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017

This is the season of holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys

Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks organized by pecking order.

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How Big Was a T-Rex? Dalton Preschoolers Know!

The installation will be on view on the side-lawn of the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 22. The project was made possible with support from Hill Engineers, Architects & Planners.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 18-25

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: Outlets Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Visitors to the Lee Premium Outlets, as well as other Simon malls and outlets in New England, will notice the pink theme carried out at select Guest Services booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with brain injuries.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 13-19, 2017

Cultural Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market join forces to host the Second-annual Harvest Festival at the First Street Common on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 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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Area artists rally to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center

Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at Charlottesville, Va. She made six mugs, posted them for $100 each with the intent of donating 100 percent to the Southern Poverty Law Center. She sold out within a few hours. The success of that project led her to create something larger to benefit a local organization.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 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: McCann Tea Room Open for Business This Week

The Tea Room is a fully functioning restaurant open to the public from twice a week for a few weeks each semester.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Although childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children, childhood cancer research is tremendously underfunded in the United States and around the world.

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More Than a 'Thank You': The 'Neighborlies' Bring People Together

While its gone through some changes throughout the years, its purpose has remained the same: to provide residents the opportunity to go beyond a thank you and recognize neighbors, community groups, youth, and local businesses for simple acts of kindness and going the extra mile.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 19-Oct. 5

Berktoberfest, an annual fundraiser held to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House, will be held from 1-5 p.m.* on McKay Street. The 10th annual fest will feature regional brews from Bright Ideas, Big Elm, Wandering Star, Angry Orchard, Sam Adams, Glass Bottom, White Lion, von Trapp and many more.

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DownStreet Art Set for Thursday, Sept. 28

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

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Biz Briefs: Citizens for a Greater Bennington to Support the Putnam Block Project

The Putnam Block Project is a vibrant, mixed-use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail. The Putnam Block Redevelopment is a community-led development. The civic leaders of Bennington together with the town, state and key tenants are providing the investments and commitments to ensure this project will be successful.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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: Fall Foliage Children's Races Winners Announced

This annual event kicks off the Fall Foliage Festival going on through Sunday, Oct. 1, when the Greylock Federal Fall Classic 5k Road Race and the 62nd annual Fall Foliage Parade round out the festivities.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 22-28

The 20th annual Country Fair will feature hot air balloon rides, chicken races, a hot sauce contest, a quilt show, demonstrations, artisanal crafts, a farmers' market, craft beer, BBQ, a farm animal exhibition, games for kids, live music by Whiskey Treaty Road Show and Singing School, and more in a magical setting.

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Health Alliance Offering Flu Vaccinations

People should bring their insurance card(s) with them and wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 13-20-26

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: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program

To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and students encouraging them to enroll.

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'Walk a Mile In Her Shoes' Main 3rd Thursday Attraction

The event steps off at the main stage at Persip Park at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and following opening remarks, the walk starts at 6 p.m.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 15-21

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 13-20

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

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for September

Hinds will convene his next Speak Up Western Mass public forum/community office hours event in Tyringham on Monday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Upstairs Meeting Room of the Town Offices, located at 116 Main Road.

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Berkshires Beat: New Art Exhibit Now Open in SVHC Corridor Gallery

The pieces in this exhibit are for sale. Proceeds benefit the artists and the SVHC Auxiliary, which has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC over the past 20 years.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock App Connects Members With Local Discounts, Perks

Here's an example of how ChaChing works: If a Greylock Member with the app on their phone walks by a participating coffee shop, they might get a pop up notice on their phone saying they can save on their next coffee.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 8-14

Join Berkshire Humane Society for this annual fundraiser celebrating you and your dog! Enjoy games, family-friendly activities, food, local vendors, and raffles from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Common, located at 100 First Street.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 6-12

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

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Neal Staff to Hold Office Hours in North County

The public is welcome and encouraged to discuss any concerns they have on federal issues. No appointment is necessary.

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Association Returns to Cheshire for Walk & Roll

Participants throughout western Massachusetts are encouraged to attend as BIA-MA returns to the same venue as last year's event. Residents can register as individuals, set up a team, start a fundraising page or provide a one-time donation.

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Norman Rockwell Museum to Host Naturalization Ceremony

Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 1-7

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

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

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DownStreet Art: Thursday, Aug. 31

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

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Election 2017: Candidate Forums & Debates

This is a listing of public forums and debates for candidates in the municipal elections in North Adams and Pittsfield and for the special election for state representative in the 1st Berkshire District.

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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners To Be Displayed

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will host a month-long exhibition of framed prints of the winning photos in September. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, from to 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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Biz Briefs: Bousquet Hosts Customer Appreciation Day

The event will feature live music by License to Groove, $2 hot dogs, $4 burgers and $10 waterslides.

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Tyler Street Community Mural Unveiling Slated for Saturday

Goodwill officials and Pittsfield Mayor Linda M. Tyer will unveil the mural in conjunction with the Pittsfield Better Block celebration that will follow from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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Berkshires Beat: Jacob's Pillow Opens New Studio Building

The Pillow's 85th Anniversary Festival Finale, on Aug. 26, will be the first event in the brand new space, which marks the first major on-site construction project at the Pillow since 1992.

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Biz Briefs: Sotheby's International Sets Record in Berkshire County with Highest Sale Since 2013

This property, "Thistlewood," was part of the famous "Berkshire Cottage" mansions, about 75 of which were built in Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass., during the Gilded Age in the late 19th century.

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Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

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Review: 'Company' Hits A Home Run at Barringston Stage

"Company" premiered in April of 1970, and while it's not quite as relevant today as it was back then – when marriage was more de rigueur – it still resonates with its humor and irony. Practically the whole show is built on irony.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

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

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Dalton Events to Mark Appalachian Trail Community Designation

The town of Dalton become the third Appalachian Trail Community in the state on Saturday with a celebration including hikes, music and a cookout.

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 9-15

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

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares

Pasachoff will be viewing his 66th solar eclipse, the most of anyone ever. He serves as chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses, and as such is also helping coordinate visitors from China, Japan, Bulgaria, Venezuela and other countries to the U.S. for eclipse observing.

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Review: WTF's 'Romance' Is Confusing But Promising

And that is the problem with this new, not-yet-fully-realized, small-scale musical playing through Aug. 20 at the Main Stage of the Williamstown Theatre Festival: It's very confusing. The story itself is trying to cover too much ground. As with an opera, it's best to read a story synopsis before you attend.

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Williams College Museum of Art to Receive Landmark Gift of African Art

The collection includes works from the late 19th through late 20th century and represents numerous cultures from West Africa with decorative, religious and utilitarian objects.

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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a fierce commitment to climate justice, a set of powerful workshops and trainings, the excitement of overnight summer camp, and incredible climate leaders from across the state."

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Clinton Church Restoration Hires Architects to Prepare Historic Structure Report

Clark & Green Architects is one of five firms that responded to a request for proposal issued by CCR, the nonprofit that recently purchased the Elm Court property from the North Eastern Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Conference.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 2-8

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: Zogics Awarded Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit

Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Zogics, an e-commerce company that serves the health and fitness industry.

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Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Residents Riding in Pan-Mass Challenge

Many riders participate in the PMC to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. More than 600 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients, considered "Living Proof" of the PMC mission to find a cure.

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SVMC Becomes 24-Hour Drug Take-Back Location

The MedSafe collection receptacle is located in the lobby of SVMC at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop. It can be used to dispose of unused or expired controlled substances, non-controlled substances, and even over-the-counter medications. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session

Gov. Charlie Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages. The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith

As always, the place to be for great classical and stimulating new music is right here in our own centrally located, intimate corner of the world - the Berkshires - a so-designated "cultural capital," where artistic boundaries are nonexistent.

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North Adams Happenings: July 26-Aug. 1

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

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Congressman Neal's Staff Holding Office Hours in North Adams

A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will hold office hours at North Adams City Hall on Thursday, July 27.

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'

The goal is to create a cadre of community economists – young people who can be effective and confident advocates for locally owned businesses and community-driven economic development.

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music

The series, which pairs guided bird walks with performances of birdsong, will be highlighted by performances by world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, lectures and bird walks by Mass Audubon Ornithologist Wayne Peterson, and performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's BSO's preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians.

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North Adams Happenings: July 19-25

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 Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

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North Adams Eagle Street Logo, Artist Commissions Sought

New signage, outdoor seating, public art, and the addition of a seasonal parklet are just some of the new additions that this grant, submitted through the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative (NESI), will help support.

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Group Raises Awareness at Pittsfield Suns Game

There was a table for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and to share brain injury knowledge and help raise awareness, the Pittsfield Suns hosted a trivia game.

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Mark, Neal Staff Holding Office Hours in Heath

The public is welcome and encouraged to meet their representatives from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 1 East Main St.

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Region Hosting Variety of Classical Musical Offerings

With programs across the region, concertgoers will have a wide range of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo piano and orchestral to opera and musical theater in concert; from chamber music to a thrilling Bach Brandenburg Concerto.

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North Adams Happenings: July 12-18

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

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‘Party in the Park’ Returns to North Adams

People are encouraged to bring and display their classic cars.These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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'Live on the Lake' Lineup Starts 16th Season on July 5

License to Groove opens this year’s concert series on July 5. Whiskey City follows on July 12, with The Bomb on July 19 and Shyne on July 16 rounding out July. In August, On Tap will perform Aug. 2, Wildcare on Aug. 9, Legal Tender on Aug. 16 and Hotshot Hillbillys on Aug. 23.

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Biz Briefs: Architect to Focus on Houses for Adults With Autism

When designing full-time living spaces and communities there are considerations most firms would not naturally consider, such as creating visually calm living areas, sound proof rooms, spacious hallways as well as common areas that promote physical activity, she said. The design should include appropriate ventilation and use all-green, non-toxic products.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Celebrates Day of Caring

At the heart of the 2017 event was distribution of 1,200 "literacy backpacks" - one for every incoming kindergarterner in Berkshire County.

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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YMCA to Host Camp Green Mountain in Bennington

The YMCA Camp Green Mountain develops the necessary building blocks for youth development by providing a safe, creative learning environment for young people to feel empowered, build self-esteem, explore personal interests, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Director Steps Down After 18 Years

Greene will be remaining at the center as a case worker, representing clients through this transitional period and until the center can hire additional staff. Brooke Mead, who has been BIC for 15 years, for many of them the center's only full-time staff member, will step into the role of director. Ben Fish is one of two new case workers also being hired.

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks

Festivities marking the nation's 241st birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.

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North Adams Happenings: June 28-July 4

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

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SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

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Review: 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage Company A Relevent, Beautiful Musical

The societal problems of "Ragtime" - police prejudice against blacks, prejudice against all immigrants, the privileges of the rich - remain the problems of today, which is why "Ragtime" is both deeply thought-provoking and spectacularly entertaining.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000

More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

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DownStreet Art Ready to Kick Off Its 10th Season

Over the past decade, DSA brought 150,000 visitors to downtown North Adams. During the past two seasons alone, DSA supported the work of 237 artists. In 2015, 93 percent of visitors who were surveyed said they planned to return to the city for another DSA Thursday.

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood.

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North Adams Happenings: June 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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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer

Since its inception in 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 1,000,000 visitors to venues throughout the commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached more than 160,000 people with many partner institutions, such as The Mount in Lenox, The Old State House in Boston, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich and the EcoTarium in Worcester, experiencing record-breaking attendance.

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Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced

The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3.

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