Take the chill off: The Real Estate Agents Charitable Taskforce is hosting a Chili Cook-Off tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Hills Country Club on Benedict Road in Pittsfield. This year the beneficiary of all proceeds raised will be the Berkshire County KidsPlace; read more about the Kids Place here. This is a fun event of chili eating and chili judging. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 10 and under.
Are you there, God?: Williams College welcomes Karen King to present “Is God an Author? The Apocalypse of John and Apocryphon of John” in the Paresky Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. King has been a member of the faculty of the Harvard Divinity School since 1997, and in 2009 became the first woman to be named as the school’s Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed professorship in the U.S. A scholar specializing in the history of Christianity, she is particularly interested in gender studies, discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), and religion and violence.
Night of the undead: For the fifth time, scores of lurching zombies will fill the street's of Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District for the Zombie Pup Crawl, which will begin at Thistle & Mirth on West Street at 7 p.m. Makeup help will be provided there on a first come first served basis beforehand from 6 to 7 p.m. Other locations include J. Allen's Bar and Grille, Flavours, Baba Louie's, Patrick's Pub and Lach's Lounge. For more info check out Zombie Action Committee on Facebook or go to SurviveBerkshires.wordpress.com.
Read Rebecca Dravis's column for ideas on what to do with the family this weekend.
Camping out: Camp Ashmere will sponsor its annual Run/Walk/Bike-a-thon this morning. Riders should meet at the visitors center at the starting point of the Ashtiwilldocook Rail Trail in Adams to begin the event with a kickoff rally featuring words from Director Justin Lawrence at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to pay a $5 registration fee and find sponsors to support them per mile during the event. The trail is approximately 12 miles. That evening, at 6:30 p.m., the First Baptist Church of North Adams will be holding a benefit dinner for Camp Ashmere. The first seating is at 5 p.m. and the second is at 6:30. Dinner that night will be a turkey dinner feast with all of the fixings. Adults 12 years of age and older will be charged $10, youth from 5-12 will be charged $5 and anyone younger than 5 will be free. Ashmere trustees and supporters will be selling tickets in advance and if room allows tickets will be on sale at the door, but space is limited. For reservations call 413-663-3780.
Crop out hunger: The Northern Berkshire CROP Hunger Walk will raise funds to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world. The walk will begin with a noon registration and a 1 p.m. kick-off on the North Adams Walking Trail. To participate in the walk or for more information about the Northern Berkshire CROP Hunger Walk, contact Ann Clark-Killam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-441-3525.
Dog days: “Paws for Possibilities” is a fundraising event that will benefit Riverbrook Residence, a Stockbridge-based home for women with developmental disabilities. “Hero hounds” and their owners will be walking through Stockbridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs (and their owners) are now being asked to sign up sponsors for the event. A special link for registration and sponsorship has been set up on Riverbrook’s website: www.riverbrook.org/paws.html.