End of an era: United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County will hold its 52nd and final annual telethon at the Crowne Plaza at 1 West Street in Pittsfield today from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, which is the culmination of UCP’s Annual Campaign, will include a raffle, silent auction, special guests and entertainers such as Taconic High School Guitar Ensemble and Concert Band, Terpsichore Dance Center, Berkshire Children and Families Kids 4 Harmony, Richmond Consolidated School’s Jazz Band, Karen’s School of Dance, Berkshire Music School, Mark Palardy, Christine Singer accompanied by Jeff Hunt, Dave and Aloha Winchester and Mark DeSanty. The telethon will be streamed live on Pittsfield Community Television (Channel 16 in Pittsfield and Central Berkshire), Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation (Channel 15 in North County) and Community Television of the Southern Berkshires (Channel 16 in South County).
God dog: Terry Cormier will kick off Berkshire Humane Society’s 2015 Coffee Hour Speaking Series with a talk on therapy animals today at 2 p.m. Cormier is the Pet Therapy Chairperson at Berkshire Medical Center and a member of Pet Partners. Besides discussing the work of therapy animals, with a specific focus on the pet therapy program at BMC, Cormier and her Newfoundland Sullivan will demonstrate a simulated evaluation that a therapy team must pass in order to become a Pet Partner. Audience participation will be encouraged. The Coffee Hour Speaking Series is held at BHS, 214 Barker Road. Reservations aren’t necessary, but to save a seat and be eligible for a raffle at the end of the afternoon, please call 413-447-7878, ext. 28, or register online. All events are free.