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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 22-28

Would you like to have a say in how the local arts community is funded? Are you interested in learning about cultural programming in the city?

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 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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Berkshires Beat: Tickets on Sale for Lions Circus

The Dalton Lions Club are now selling tickets for its annual circus, the 25th year it has brought America's oldest performing art to Dalton.

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Be Safe When the Temperatures Soar

"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Hosts Art Show Through End of June

The show runs until the end of June 2018 and combines bright, surreal paintings with color-rich rural photography.

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Theater Review: Love Versus Broadway at the Barrington Stage

In song, dance and frequently hilarious performances, love and Broadway are the heart of their conflicts in the world premiere comedic musical "The Royal Family of Broadway" at Barrington Stage Company. While not always perfect, the production is huge, dazzling and great fun.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 15-21

June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the 9th running of the Green Mile Road Race, plus Tamarack Hollow Nature Preserve; Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness; and Berkshire Salsa. Berkshire Concert Choir will be performing at The Lichtenstein, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone welcomes the U.S. debut of Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love).

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North Adams Happenings: June 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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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert or show that is either in your musical comfort zone or that expands your musical horizons.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be "something to suit every taste," as the saying goes, but I will try, from mid-June through Labor Day, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for June

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of New Ashford and Worthington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the Bartenders

All tips from the evening will support BIC and its current "10,000 Strong" campaign, honoring the 10,000+ foreign-born residents of the Berkshires during June's national Immigrant Heritage Month. Donations will ensure the center can continue meeting immigrants' most critical needs.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book

CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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SVHC to Hold Centennial Community Day on June 10

The day's events are extensive and include activities for all ages. It is free and open to the public. It will be completely tented and will take place rain or shine.

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Watercooler: Michelle Little of Pittsfield Wins Berkshire United Way Car

This marks the 18nth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling more than $200,000.

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SteepleCats Present Reading Program for Kids

Through events like story times and game nights, participating youth have the opportunity to partake in a mentorship with SteepleCats players that fosters excitement over reading and continues past the library, to the ballfield.

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Acquires Guillaume Guillon Lethičre Masterpiece

The Clark Art Institute has acquired "Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death," an important early work by neoclassical French artist Guillaume Guillon Lethičre (1760–1832), marking a significant addition to its permanent collection.

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Top 10 Things to Know about SVMC's Attempt to Claim the World Record for the Largest Jump Rope Race Ever

Southwestern Vermont Health Care will attempt to claim the world record for the largest jump rope race on the day of its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 10

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Citizens Academy Applications Being Accepted in Pittsfield

The Citizens Academy is a free, 10-week session program designed to help community members understand the operations of local government.

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'Concerts at the Lake' Return to Windsor Lake

Guests should bring blankets or chairs and feel free to let the kids run wild on the brand new playground. Some concessions are available at the Snack Attack (provided by BFAIR), but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is always free at this time.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 1-7

Enjoy 17 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long!

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Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season

Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.

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North Adams Happenings: May 30-June 5

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

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 25-31

Join the Pittsfield Suns for the 2nd annual Food Truck Feastival at Wahconah Park from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and admission is FREE. Enjoy tasty food trucks, craft vendors, live music, activities for kids, pony rides, cold beer and more!

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North Adams Happenings: May 23-29

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: Roots Rising Enters New Phase

Effective immediately, Roots Rising will become a program of Alchemy Initiative, with Berkshire Botanical Garden stepping aside as a program partner.

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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Vaping Info Sessions for Parents Set at Drury, Greylock

Joyce Brewer, manager of the Berkshire Tobacco Free Community Partnership, will be addressing parents at both events.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 11-17

The Berkshire Lightscapes Project has only until Wednesday, May 16 to reach its crowdfunding goal, so that it can be matched by MassDevelopment. If the goal is met, they'll be able to bring colorful, energy-efficient LED lighting to downtown Pittsfield.

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BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns May 11-13

Since its inception in 2012, BerkChique! has donated more than $150,000 to support local nonprofits. This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

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'Show {Your School} Love Campaign and Contest’ Runs Through May 22

Through May 22, individuals will be able to submit one vote per day per email address for the school of their choice online and then answer a few super quick questions to "show your school love."

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Mental Health Month Marked in May

The designation of May as Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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Berkshires Beat: BCC First in Massachusetts, Third in United States in Recycling Contest

The year marked BCC's 10th year of participation in the annual RecycleMania competition. The college has improved its waste diversion rate by 42.79 percent since 2009 and has a goal of zero waste by the year 2020.

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Biz Briefs: Haddad Subaru Donates $23,000 to Berkshire Humane Society

Subaru's Share the Love program allows dealerships to select a charity of their choice to receive $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased between Nov. 21 and Jan. 2.

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SteepleCats Seeking Host Families

The host family commitment is to house a SteepleCats player from June 2 through the beginning of August. Players should have their own room and families provide their meals. Players will arrange their own transportation.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 4-10

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

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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Berkshires Beat: Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Lenox Students

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.

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Hiking Trail Loops Around Health Center

Thanks to a 2016 collaboration between CHP, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Greenagers and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, your trip to the CHP’s Great Barrington Health Center can include a hike that can be short or long, depending on your choice at the fork in the trail.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 20-2627-May 4

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to Massachusetts!

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North Adams Happenings: April 25-April 1

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

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Four Freedoms Presents Day of Civic Empowerment

The workshops are presented by the Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with MCLA. The workshops will take place at the Church Street Center, 375 Church St.

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Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success.

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Names Award Finalists

Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 14 judges from the business sector reviewed and ranked the nominations, choosing the finalists and winners at a meeting earlier in April at Berkshire Bank.

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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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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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