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ARROWHEAD: WRITING THURSDAYS WITH JANA
Pittsfield, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Join author and Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz for a series of interactive writing activities inspired by the magic of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.
 
Email Jana for more information at: education@berkshirehistory.org

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VIRTUAL TOUR OF ARROWHEAD WITH ELIZABETH MELVILLE
Pittsfield, 4 pm
You may already know about Herman Melville and his life at Arrowhead, but for this unique tour, find yourself accompanied by Melville’s wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) as she walks guests through her home and talks about her life there in the mid-19th century. Join Arrowhead docent and actress Francine Ciccarelli as she portrays Elizabeth in the first-person and brings the women and children who lived at Arrowhead to life.

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MASS AUDUBON - WINTER BIRDS AT TURNPARK
W. Stockbridge, 10 am 11:30 am

TurnPark Art Space and Mass Audubon collaborate for an evening of birds and their lovely evening chorus. A Mass Audubon Guide will take you through the art space learning about the many birds that spend the chilly winter among the statues. Space is limited to 10 participants; registration is required with no 'walk-in' participants allowed. Each participant must bring a face covering to wwar at all times during the program. Suggested donation of $15 on arrival.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - TRACKING WORKSHOP: CATS AND CANINES
Pittsfield, 10 am to 12 pm

Search for tracks, scat, and other signs of our elusive wild cats and dogs that roam the fields and forests at Canoe Meadows. Focusing on long-legged creatures, we will dig deep into how they stealthily walk, lope, and gallop across the landscape and what we can learn from clues they leave behind.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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SCOTT EYERLY VIRTUAL MET OPERA LECTURE
Great Barrington, 5:30 p.m.
Scott Eyerly will offer a free opera talk via Zoom prior to the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming broadcast. Composer and librettist Scott Eyerly has won acclaim across a wide range of genres. Eyerly’s fresh approach to opera and classical music has attracted a growing audience. His popular lecture series at the Mahaiwe and his sold-out courses at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division are drawing novices and cognoscenti alike.
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MASS AUDUBON - WILDLIFE TRACKING BY MOONLIGHT AT TURNPARK
W. Stockbridge, 6 pm to 7 pm

Enjoy a moonlit stroll at TurnPark with a Mass Audubon naturalist. On a short walk through the outdoor sculpture park, we'll listen and watch with the lens of wildlife tracking, searching for clues of elusive wild mammals (e.g. mice, squirrels, rabbits, fox and bobcats), while taking in the taking in the surreal landscape and art at TurnPark. 

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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BERKSHIRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB – GHOSTS OF THE BERKSHIRES, BY ROBERT OAKES
Pittsfield, 4 pm

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ARROWHEAD: WRITING THURSDAYS WITH JANA
Pittsfield, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Join author and Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz for a series of interactive writing activities inspired by the magic of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.
 
Email Jana for more information at: education@berkshirehistory.org

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MASS AUDUBON - WINTER ECOLOGY: SNOW AND ICE
Lenox, 10 am to 12 pm

Are all snowflakes truly unique? What happens to snow throughout the winter? How does snow transform and change from the moment it falls to earth to when it finally melts away? Together we'll explore the beauty and physical properties of snow and ice, and how the plants and animals survive New England winters.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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OLLI'S 11TH ANNUAL ART SHOW RECEPTION
Pittsfield, 2:00 pm
OLLI's 11th annual Art Show will be held online this year and kicks off with a festive online opening reception on Saturday, January 30th, at 2pm EST Online via Zoom | to RSVP click here Free and open to all! Enjoy artwork created by over 45 OLLI at BCC members in a variety of media including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, fabric art and more.
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SUCCESS PLANNING REQUIRES SUCCESSION PLANNING
, 8:30am – 10:30am

SUCCESS PLANNING REQUIRES SUCCESSION PLANNING  

Succession Planning should be an ongoing process in nonprofits of all sizes, even when a leadership transition is not anticipated: staff can take leaves of absence, become ill or choose to leave the organization and few nonprofits have excess resources to plug the gaps.  

This workshop, designed for board members and senior staff, will explore: making succession planning a practice throughout the organization inventorying top job requirements and current skills hiring, cross training and professional growth plans responding to short-term emergencies implementing planned and unplanned transitions assessing internal vs external options adapting these concepts to organizations large and small.  

Participants will leave with a roadmap to begin the conversations within their own organization.  

EVENT DETAILS  

Tuesday, December 8th 8:30am – 10:30am (90 minute presentation followed by 30 minute Q&A session)

Format: Zoom Cost: $25 NPC Members/$45 Not-yet-members

Register at this link >> https://npcberkshires.org/events/success-planning-requires-succession-planning/  

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS  

David Harris has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance, and leadership team effectiveness. David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Sc.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University. Read more >>      

Frank Reece is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of management experience in both industry and not-for-profit organizations. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development. Frank is a graduate of Harvard College and resides in Cambridge Massachusetts with his wife of 45 years, “Sam”. Read more >>

Chris Dame has been managing change for government, business, and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He founded Non Profit Transitions (NPT) in 2003. He has direct experience managing large-scale government and development projects involving design, finance, market research, legal issues, and community relations. Later he served as a consultant to closely held businesses throughout the northeast and internationally. He has served as Interim Executive Director (IED) for many different kinds of organizations including a major homeless veteran’s shelter, Rhode Island’s largest Hispanic social service agency, a regional nonprofit housing development agency, a childcare center and a $30 million social service agency. He’s also consulted to funders in several states about nonprofit turnarounds. Chris has a Master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University. He speaks frequently at conferences, and he is a certified professional mediator.


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ARROWHEAD: WRITING THURSDAYS WITH JANA
Pittsfield, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Join author and Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz for a series of interactive writing activities inspired by the magic of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.
 
Email Jana for more information at: education@berkshirehistory.org

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CDCSB IRTUAL LECTURE EXPLORING THE LIFE AND HISTORIC HOME OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON
Great Barrington, 7 pm

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) is shining a light on the value of living in the Berkshires with a new, virtual lecture.

In celebration of Black History Month, the CDCSB’s first lecture examines the life and historic home of one of Great Barrington’s most under recognized residents, civil rights activist, educator and writer, James Weldon Johnson. The lecture will take place live, online, on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 7pm with a Q & A to follow. Delivering the lecture and slide presentation will be Rufus Jones, founder and president of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation in Great Barrington and owner of James Weldon Johnson’s historic cabin.

 The lecture is free and reservations are required to access the Zoom webinar link. Contact allison@cdcsb.org to reserve. 


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING WORKSHOP: HOW TO GET STARTED BIRDING
Lenox, 9 am to 12 pm

Explore how to use shape, size, color, and sounds to learn different groups and species of birds. These tools, combined with behavior and habitat clues, will help you get to know our beautiful avian neighbors in no time at all. We'll spend time moving to different locations by car to see how and where different birds spend their winter.

All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

 


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SCOTT EYERLY VIRTUAL MET OPERA LECTURE
Great Barrington, 5:30 p.m.
Scott Eyerly will offer a free opera talk via Zoom prior to the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming broadcast. Composer and librettist Scott Eyerly has won acclaim across a wide range of genres. Eyerly’s fresh approach to opera and classical music has attracted a growing audience. His popular lecture series at the Mahaiwe and his sold-out courses at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division are drawing novices and cognoscenti alike.
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MASS AUDUBON - FULL MOON FOREST WALK
Lenox, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy a moonlit evening, walking and listening to the sounds of the night. We will take a gentle walk learning about what goes on in the forest at night with just the light of the moon to guide us. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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- BERKSHIRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB – GHOSTS OF THE BERKSHIRES, BY ROBERT OAKES
Pittsfield, 4 pm

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ARROWHEAD: WRITING THURSDAYS WITH JANA
Pittsfield, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Join author and Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz for a series of interactive writing activities inspired by the magic of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.
 
Email Jana for more information at: education@berkshirehistory.org

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HIDDEN WOMEN WITH TAMMY DENEASE – ELIZABETH MUMBET FREEMAN
Pittsfield, 6 pm
The Hidden Women Series brings to life important yet unknown women in history. Tammy
Denease brings hidden women to life through a theater setting with minimal props and authentic
clothing.

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MASS AUDUBON - STARLIGHT OWL AND WILDLIFE PROWL
Pittsfield, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy a starlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We'll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. This program will enjoy a gentle walk over sometimes uneven terrain but with plenty of stopping and listening.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions.    Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE THE BIG CHILL
Hancock, 10 am to 4 pm

Warm your heart on Valentine’s Day with a day of ice demonstrations and talks, a horse-drawn wagon ride, snowman making, tree tapping, blacksmithing and baking demos, cozy board games, and music. Most activities free with admission


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING WORKSHOP: WINTER RAPTORS
Sheffield, 4 pm to 7 pm

Dive into the world of avian predators and how they spend the winter. From the daytime hawks perched on tree tops to the secretive evening owls, there are many birds of prey that winter in the Berkshires. We will learn about raptor movements, behavior, and where to find them. Beginning at Lime Kiln Farm, we will travel to multiple locations searching for diurnal raptors and continue on after dark when the owls begin to hunt. Dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars and spotting scope.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - TRACKING WORKSHOP: WEASELS AND RODENTS
Lenox, 10 am to 12 pm

Hoppers and bounders, such as squirrels and weasels, leave behind fascinating tracking mysteries that reveal their secretive habits and survival strategies. Explore the trails at Pleasant Valley in search of tracks, scat, chews, and other evidence of rabbits, squirrels, mink, fisher, and weasels and we'll unravel the mysteries we discover.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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- BERKSHIRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB – GHOSTS OF THE BERKSHIRES, BY ROBERT OAKES
Pittsfield, 4 pm

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MASS AUDUBON - WINTER ECOLOGY: BEAVERS AND OTHER MAMMALS
Lenox, 10 am to 12 pm

Beavers are some of our hardiest mammals, remaining active under the ice all winter long. We will search for the signs of what these thick-furred creatures are doing in the coldest days of the year. Along the way we will search for signs of other active winter mammals of Pleasant Valley like porcupine, fisher, fox, and deer.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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FOREVER BACH—THE CELESTIAL SUITES FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO
Great Barrington, 7:30 pm

Yehuda Hanani, cello

Close Encounters With Music, now in its 29th year, announces a completely new winter/spring season of concerts that will be recorded on the Mahaiwe stage and made available for viewing online.  With these concerts, Close Encounters continues its tradition of chamber music with lively commentary, even in the age of COVID-19.  These new concerts will offer an exciting mix of chamber music treasures, discoveries and new cutting-edge music, all performed by world-renowned musicians. 

(mahaiwe.org and cewm.org)


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– HIDDEN WOMEN WITH TAMMY DENEASE – CLO PRATT
Pittsfield, 6 pm

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MASS AUDUBON - STARLIGHT OWL AND WILDLIFE PROWL
Lenox, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Enjoy a starlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We'll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. This program will enjoy a gentle walk over sometimes uneven terrain, but with plenty of stopping and listening.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - SKY DANCE OF THE AMERICAN WOODCOCK
Sheffield, 7 pm to 8 pm

When the sun sets in early spring, woodcock love is in the air. Wet meadows and fields are transformed into a "runway" for their beautiful aerial courtship display. Visit our meadows to listen and watch for the woodcock's performance on their breeding grounds. Viewing the woodcock's sky dance is a natural spectacle that should not be missed.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Directions provided upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Subject to change based on weather.  Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING WORKSHOP: WINTER FINCHES
Pittsfield, 9 am to 12 pm

Open your ears to the intricate and often tricky search for winter finches. The winter of 2021 may be the best opportunity to discover and experience the several beautiful finches that may only visit every few years. We will begin at Canoe Meadows and travel to multiple locations listening hard for the chip and songs of finches who are working hard to find enough seed to survive the winter.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No "walk-in" participants may attend. All participants are asked to follow and maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering unless unable to do so due to medical conditions.  Dress for the weather and prepare for uneven terrain. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope. Snowshoes or other traction assistance may be required depending on conditions. 

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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