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Leading up to the fair, the BerkshireWorks Career Center will offer several special events in honor of older workers, all in conjunction with National Employ Older Workers Week, the last full week of September.

BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP of Massachusetts, is hosting a 50-Plus Job Fair, featuring companies that are age-friendly or thinking about developing a multi-generational workforce.

The targeted job seekers who are looking for full-time or part-time work will be able to use their age and experience to their advantage. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with their job search.

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both full and part time.

The job fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Berkshire Athenaeum at 1 Wendell Ave. For a complete list of participating businesses and organizations, visit the website.
 
Leading up to the fair, the BerkshireWorks Career Center will offer several special events in honor of older workers, all in conjunction with National Employ Older Workers Week, the last full week of September. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this week recognizes the role of older workers in the workforce and aims to increase awareness of this labor segment and develops innovative strategies to tap in.


All workshops and events are free of charge and held at the Career Center unless otherwise noted below:

* Thursday, Sept. 20: Resume Basics, Interview Tips & Q&A, 10 a.m.-noon

* Monday, Sept. 24: Job Club, topic is 50 Plus Job Fair Tips, 10-11 a.m., North Adams

* Monday, Sept. 24: Job Club, topic is 50 Plus Job Fair Tips, 1-2 p.m.

Job seekers may register online or call 413-499-2220, ext. 110.

 


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Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing: There's Both This Week on Local Stages

By Grace LichtensteinGuest Column

Downtown Pittsfield Third Thursdays — TL Collective

Each third Thursday of the month, streets are closed in downtown Pittsfield and all kinds of music rocks the city. Featured June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dance Zone at the north end of the street festival is TL Collective, the athletic, family-friendly contemporary and hip-hop moves of Micaela Taylor's company. The group performs an evening length work "Drift." The aim, according to organizers, is to "demonstrate an individual's ever-changing relationship to self while exposing a personal season of self-growth."

You can find the dance zone near the corner of Bradford and North Streets in front of St. Joseph’s Church.  This program is a presentation of the Berkshires stalwart Jacob's Pillow.

 

Jacob's Pillow


Ballet BC is coming to Jacob's Pillow this week.

At the Pillow's expansive home in Becket, the featured company in the Ted Shawn Theater this week is Ballet BC, which is celebrating 10 years under the innovative leadership of artistic director and former company member Emily Molnar.

"Truly contemporary" is how one reviewer described the Vancouver-based troupe. On the bill this week is Molnar's most recent work "To this day," along with the U.S. premiere of "Bedroom Folk." The latter work originated with the Nederlands Dans Theater and was created by Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.

This program runs Wednesday, June 19, through Sunday, June 23, at 8 p.m.,  with matinees on Saturday and Sunday in addition to evenings.

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