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Berkshires Beat: Kids 4 Harmony Celebrates Success With Summer Gala Concert

Kids 4 Harmony, a free after school program at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, an ensemble-based musical approach with a social justice mission.

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Berkshires Beat: Shakespeare & Co. Hosts Fourth of July Celebration

The event includes music, children's crafts and activities, and a public reading of one of the most stirring and influential documents in our country's history, The Declaration of Independence.

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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Upgrades Popular Trails for 2019 Summer Season

Similar upgrades have also been completed at 16 other BNRC trail sites across Berkshire County. All 54 BNRC reserves are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

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Berkshires Beat: South Church Raising Money for Solar Panels

The church is seeking to raise funds to pay for the cost of this energy-saving solar project.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Hillsmen Take Home Awards

The Berkshire Hillsmen were awarded the 2019 Mountain Division Small Chorus Championship Trophy as a result of their performance. Berkshire Blend, the chapter’s quartet entry, won the 2019 Mountain Division Novice Quartet Championship.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Extends 'Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion'

Since opening on Feb. 9, the exhibit as driven increased visitor volume, drawing nearly 50 percent more visits this winter and spring than during the same period in 2018.

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Berkshires Beat: 'Pleiades' Now on Permanent Loan to Ventfort Hall

DeVries sees this donation of the two Pleiades as a fitting way to thank Ventfort Hall, and everyone else, who helped in the rebuilding efforts of his Middlefield studio, as well as mark his 40th year as a sculptor.

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Berkshires Beat: Children's Artwork Comes to SVMC

The exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through June 6.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Hosts Annual Humane Race

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and shelter events.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Hosts Spring Supper

This year's event is at the Country Club of Pittsfield and benefits Berkshire Grown and its win-win project, Share the Bounty.

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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School

The flower gets its name from its distinctive odor, which many liken to the smell of rotting meat.

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy in orbit, and collecting samples – on a table-top "playing field."

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Berkshire Beat: Simon's Rock Preparing for 'Everyone Swims' Program

During Everyone Swims, the college will host free swimming lessons for children and adults. The initiative is one part of the year-round programming that promotes health, wellness, and safety.

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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Kicks Off Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Americans of average risk and age 50 and older should be screened every 10 years.

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Berkshires Beat: Williams College Highlights Sustainability with New Interactive Map, Audio Tour

Over the course of the fall 2018 semester, Williams senior Korinna Garfield and alumna Caroline Bruno, sustainability coordinator at the college's Zilkha Center, incorporated sustainability features into the new map to help raise visibility about how sustainability is integrated into the Williams College campus.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists 'Making Waves' at Good Purpose Gallery

The exhibit opens Feb. 27 and features paintings by CATA artists who use the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique to create their work.

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum, Collective Arts Brewing Host Student Art Contest

Eight winning entries — selected by a jury of representatives from Collective Arts Brewing, Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators — will be showcased on a Collective Arts Brewing can series, distributed across North America.

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Berkshires Beat: Williams College to Host 'Equity Drafting Table'

The EDT provides visitors an opportunity to engage with thought-provoking questions on topics of privilege and sustainable communities.

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Berkshires Beat: North Adams Winterfest Seeking Participants

The office seeks more restaurants, businesses, organizations or individuals to participate in the chowder cook-off, sponsor blocks of ice, and compete in the ice sculpture competition and Bright Ideas Brewing Homebrew Competition.

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Art Institute Launches Free Snowshoe Program

Project Snowshoe provides visitors with the chance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Clark to trek the 140-acre campus during snow season.

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Berkshires Beat: Mt. Everett Students Join Dance Exchange Program in India

In addition to the participants learning classical and Bollywood-style dance, Keswick students taught traditional crafts, language, games and other cultural traditions unique to India.

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Berkshires Beat: Winners of the Pittsfield Photo Challenge Announced

His photo, titled "Tropical Pittsfield," has won him a prize package donated by local downtown businesses, and his photo will be featured in Pittsfield's 2019 Downtown Guide and a Downtown Pittsfield Inc. social marketing campaign.

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Berkshires Beat: 'CHEST' Program Elevates Environmental Services Team at Fairview Hospital

The CHEST Program content consisted of seven domains: Cleaning and Disinfection, Waste Handling, Floor Care, Linen Handling, Infection Prevention, Safety, and Communication. Fairview Hospital is the only rural hospital in Massachusetts that completed the staff development program.

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Berkshires Beat: Lenox Sixth-Grader Wins Hinds' Holiday Card Contest

In total, 348 students from a dozen schools located across western Massachusetts submitted entries to the contest.

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Berkshires Beat: SVHC Celebrates Putnam Nursing School Alumni

The event marked the 70th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school. Throughout its 50-year tenure, the school graduated more than 800 nurses.

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