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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 17-23

Hancock Shaker Village hosts a brand-new kind of festival curated by musicians Anna & Elizabeth. The full-day fest will include a sing-a-long, movement and art-making workshops, a dance party and more. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and go until late.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 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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Berkshires Beat: CPA Funds Helping Make Improvements in Pittsfield

The first year of CPA funding, totaling $433, 819.11, will support 11 projects in the categories of historic resources and open space/recreation.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines

Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 10-16

August's 3rd Thursday theme is "Touch a Truck" and will feature a concert with The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow!

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 8-14

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

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Absentee Ballots Available for September Primary

Absentee ballots for the Sept. 4 state primary election are now available at town and city clerks' offices.

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Berkshires Beat: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

The 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge was a huge success.

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Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year

The Masieros now operate Guido's Fresh Marketplace at two locations in the Berkshires: 1020 South St. in Pittsfield and 760 South Main St. in Great Barrington.

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Senators Hinds Sets Town Hall Forum in Pittsfield

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host a town hall-style public forum on Monday, Aug. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Ralph Froio Senior Center at 330 North St.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 3-9

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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Berkshires Beat: WAM Theatre Names Fall Beneficiaries at Gala

Gala participants were the first to learn the identity of the nonprofits that will benefit from WAM's fall production of "Ann."

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WordXWord Festival Kicks Off in Pittsfield

Celebrating home-grown poetry and spoken word, as well as the work of visiting artists, the festival includes poetry and story slams - including the second annual invitational team poetry slam; themed events; a haiku competition; a day supporting and celebrating the voices of youth poets; outdoor events; and WordXWord's own twist on the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Support Nursing Mothers

Support for breastfeeding in the United States and around the world has continued to mount in recent decades. Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of breastfeeding in the United States, and our own community's hospitals, medical providers and family support programs recognize nursing's benefits.

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North Adams Happenings: July 25-31

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

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Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery.

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Berkshires Beat: Disability Innovator to Give Jacob's Pillow Performance

They will present a mixed program of solo and duet works celebrating wheeled movement, using wooden ramp wedges designed by Massachusetts artist and design researcher Sara Hendren.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 20-26

The Whitney Center for the Arts presents a concert with Xicana singer-songwriter Diana Alvarez, singer-songwriter Pamela Means and poet/playwright Nicole M. Young. 8 p.m. $15.

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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County

While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

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North Adams Happenings: July 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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Biz Briefs: Study Says Kripalu Generates $64M in Economic Activity

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole.

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell

This collaboration will provide the opportunity for these youth to take part in adaptive skiing which puts no limits on who can go into the water.

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Review: 'Hair' is a Must See

This production of "Hair" is far more than good. It is astonishing! The unbelievable energy of the 15-member cast not only brings that troubling and exciting time of our history to life on the stage, it reawakens our spirits and our souls. We want to get on the stage to dance and protest with them.

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North Adams Happenings: July 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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Berkshires Beat: Kids Place Hosts Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride

Jimmy's Ride will start at Berkshire County Kids Place once again this year.

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Review: Bernstein Goes to 'Town' at Tanglewood

The performance took place at Tanglewood on the evening of July 7 before a huge, enthusiastic audience. It was part of this summer's Bernstein 100 birthday celebration. Even the weather was in the cool, comfortable 60s.

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SVHC Gathers Evidence for World-Record Submission

Currently, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care team is gathering evidence necessary to present the event for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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North Adams Happenings: July 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: Mack Molding Gives $5 Million to SVMC ER Project

The gift constitutes the largest in the health system’s history since Henry W. Putnam, Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of this community hospital over 100 years ago.

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Berkshires Beat: Community Access to the Arts Show Celebrates Creativity

"I Am A Part of Art" showcases more than 200 original works of art, representing more than 125 artists with disabilities.

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

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

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Berkshire Humane Society Offers Guides for Pets in Hot Weather

With expected temperatures in the 90s and an even higher heat index, it is extremely important to keep pets indoors and out of the sun, constantly hydrated and well groomed. The heat is predicted this weekend through the end of the week.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 29-July 5

Rain or shine, the Pittsfield 4th of July Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. sharp from the intersection of South and East/West Housatonic Streets. See the parade website for more information, including parade route and parking bans and suggestions.

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DownStreet Art Kicks Off 2018 Season With New Partners

This year, new businesses, new museums, new tourists and new residents have partnered with DSA to create a series of arts events that go well beyond Main Street, and well beyond your typical arts event.

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group.

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up

Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

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North Adams Happenings: June 26-July 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: VanSant Honored as 2018 Unsung Hero

State Sen. Adam Hinds nominated VanSant for this recognition because of her leadership in the Berkshires on matters of diversity, cultural competence and coalition building for justice and equity.

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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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