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STAR WARS SYMPOSIUM
Pittsfield, 10:00 AM
Calling all Star Wars fans!! Join the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's Public Library, for a virtual Star Wars day celebration! On Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10 am, join a Zoom call with super-fan Peter Struzziero. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, learn about the history of Star Wars, test your Star Wars knowledge in the trivia and character ID games, explore the traveling Star Wars museum, watch Star Wars pop culture videos and more. Have a favorite Star Wars Lego set, poster, figure, or book? Bring it along for a fan show-and-tell! For all ages 5 and up, families welcome! May the 4th be with you! Registration is required. Visit https://www.pittsfieldlibrary.org/calendar/events/2021/5/8/starwarsday to register. After registration, a Zoom link will be emailed. Call (413) 499-9495 for more information. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
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TAG SALE
Williamstown, 10am - 2pm
Tag sale alert!  May 8th, 10AM - 2PM, cash only.  2386 Hancock Rd. Williamstown, ma 01267 (black house next to Bloom Meadows)    Few of us neighbors are getting together, should be some good treasures to pick through 😊  Mark the calendars and spread the word!
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MASS AUDUBON - FAMILY WILDFLOWER SEARCH
Pittsfield, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Enjoy a leisurely walk on easy trails in search for beautiful blooming flowers of the season. We will search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of the season at a comfortable pace. This program is a great way to get out to our sanctuaries and look for the hidden gems of color that grow around us. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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CATA'S 2021 VIRTUAL GALA & PERFORMANCE
, 6-7 p.m.

Community Access to the Arts' annual gala and performance is going virtual again on May 8. Join us for "one of the most joyous events of the year" celebrating the talents of artists with disabilities. FREE | RSVPs open in early spring at CATAarts.org.


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RYAN MONTBLEAU (SOLO)
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Ryan Montbleau (Solo) Colonial Concert Series Outside Under the Tent at The Colonial Parking Lot Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pm and 8pm Tickets: $25 Whether he's playing an acoustic solo set or busting out tunes with his backing band, folk crooner Ryan Montbleau consistently delivers intimate, heartfelt performances. His stellar live shows were recognized in 2012 when he was nominated for Best Concert Experience at the MTV Music Awards, and his concerts have only gotten more impressive since then. From the relaxed, emotional groove of "The Boat Song" to the upbeat strut of "75 and Sunny," Montbleau masterfully traverses diverse musical and emotional terrain at his concerts, delivering a dynamic and moving experience fans won't soon forget. Montbleau’s been pouring his heart out in song since the early 2000s, when he first began performing around his native Massachusetts. He’d go on to collaborate with Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, and Galactic among others, and share bills and stages with artists as diverse as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Mavis Staples, but it was Montbleau’s ecstatic headline shows—often more than 200 of them a year—that solidified his reputation as a live powerhouse and an inexorable road warrior. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor
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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 8 am to 10 am

Explore Edith Wharton's original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers. Walks depart from the main parking lot.

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


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CELLBLOCK VISIONS
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12, 4pm Eastern via Zoom Click here to register or call 413.236.2190 Phyllis Kornfeld is an internationally known expert on prison art. She has taught art to incarcerated men and women for over 30 years, and is the author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art In America (Princeton University Press). In this illustrated online program, she presents powerful artworks and eloquent quotes that reveal this unseen culture among incarcerated people. She demonstrates the impact of creating art as a preventive against violence and a catalyst for transformation. The evidence is this art - born in the penitentiary - art that challenges stereotypes of incarcerated people. Kornfeld speaks from her personal experience with the artists, their processes, and the prison environment in which the work was created. She quotes men and women in institutions from county jail to death row. They are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their incarceration. You'll see images from a vibrant collection of artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row. Incarcerated men and women, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for and from others, a way to find peace. They transcend the cramped space, limited light, and narrow vistas. They triumph over security bans with ingenious resourcefulness - extracting color from shampoo, making paint out of M & Ms and sculpture out of toilet paper. "In an America that is in the process of returning to the medieval idea of prison as a place of punishment and revenge, as opposed to places of rehabilitation and healing, here is a tiny ray of hope. Here is art that evidences deep and personal healing and lasting change." - David Byrne, musician and writer. Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.  Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190. In partnership with the Berkshire Museum
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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 7 to 8:30 am

Pleasant Valley's beaver ponds, wetlands, woods, and meadows are super sites to see warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during spring migration and nesting season.
Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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PILATES WITH PEGGY WALLIN-HART
, 5:30 p.m.
Invigorating, adventurous 70-minute sessions held weekly in the Dance Barn and trails of PS21’s campus.  Open to all ages and levels, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. A perfect complement to this summer’s Pathways festival, Movement without Borders classes are led by contemporary performance and theater luminaries.  Suggested donation $15.  
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WHEREABOUTS BY JHUMPA LAHIRI
Online, 7 pm

Join us on Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM on Crowdcast for a conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri author of, Whereabouts and Professor Ombretta Frau, Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures at Mount Holyoke College.

This is a ticketed event. Register for the event ahead of time here, or visit odysseybks.com/event. More details are listed below 


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7 to 8:30 am

Canoe Meadows' beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially colorful wood-warblers, orioles, and thrushes. Explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, while seeing different bird species each week. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MORNING BALLET WITH ADAM H. WEINERT
, 11:00 a.m.
Invigorating, adventurous 70-minute sessions held weekly in the Dance Barn and trails of PS21’s campus.  Open to all ages and levels, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. A perfect complement to this summer’s Pathways festival, Movement without Borders classes are led by contemporary performance and theater luminaries. Suggested donation $15.  
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TAROT: USING YOUR INTUITION, IMAGINATION, & SENSE OF PLAY
Becket, 11:00am
This is a two-part workshop: 11am-12:30pm on May 15 and May 22 Preregistration required: bit.ly/BA-tarot Tarot decks developed in 15th-century Northern Italy. Through regular use and cross-pollination with groups and cultures that still carried ancient, pre-Christian wisdom with them, tarot became a potent technology of divination. With the publication of the iconic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck in 1910—bearing the innovation of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s narratively illustrated minor arcana—the cards continued to attract meanings to them like a magnet attracting iron filings. Whether we know anything about tarot or not, its power as a divinatory tool is immediately accessible to us. The images on the cards speak to the same part of us that is activated when we gaze up at the moon in the night sky. If our daytime, conscious mind is a periscope sticking out of the water, zooming in on a limited field of vision, our subconscious is the vast ocean that the periscope emerges from. It is this vast ocean that we are in communication with when we work with the tarot. In the first part of this workshop, we'll explore the anatomy of a Tarot deck —The Fool's Journey of the Major Arcana, the four suits and elements, and the Minor Arcana, including the pip (or numbered) cards and the court cards. In the second session, we'll do practices together to see how tarot can help us discover the unique shape of our intuition and learn to trust it, stir the waters of our imagination, and remember that play is an essential ingredient in our "work." We'll also address the holographic nature of tarot study and practice—how the way we approach study becomes a part of the study itself. What you’ll need: 78-card tarot deck (not an oracle deck) journal/sketchbook/notebook Seasoned tarot practitioners and tarot newcomers welcome! No prior experience with tarot is necessary. Questions? sheainthecatskills@gmail.com SheaInTheCatskills.com This event will be recorded and available here for a limited time. This program is funded by grants from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  
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MAHAIWE: "BREATHING FREE"
Great Barrington, 7 pm

he Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is adding Heartbeat Opera’s Breathing Free visual album to its virtual programming schedule, on Saturday, May 15, at 7pm. The production will be followed by a live virtual talkback with the creators, Ethan Heard and Ras Dia. Attendance is free, but registration is required to receive the viewing link. 


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THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Colonial Concert Series Outside Under the Tent at The Colonial Parking Lot Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 5:30pm and 8pm Tickets: $39 The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters: Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, David Tanklefsky, Greg Smith and Chris Merenda in the vein of Americana, rock and roots-folk music. The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, a live tour de force, has been dubbed "the Eagles of the Berkshires" and proven they can bring a foot stomping party to whatever lineup they grace and pump up the energy of any room. “Defiant and driven, laced with everything from harmonica (from Arlo Guthrie!) to roadhouse-worthy guitar solos.” -Robert Crawford, Rolling Stone  
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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. The composer and librettist has won acclaim across a wide range of genres. His 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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LONDONíS WEST END IN HD: 42ND STREET
Great Barrington, 4:00 - 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Available Wednesday, May 12 - Tuesday, May 18 Captured from the London stage and directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble, 42nd Street is one of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales.
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SPRING CLEANING: ORGANIZING YOUR HOME WITH GLENN DAVISON
Otis, 7 p.m.
Space is limited. Preregistration required: bit.ly/BA-spring-cleaning The dream is to make everything in your home easy to find, quick to locate, always there when you need it, great looking, and stress free. That's not always the case. Join us for a presentation about organizing your home in a time when more people are spending more time at home from work and school. Glenn Davison is a professional presenter who has taught hundreds of classes on a variety of topics. His clear and informative style has helped many others with garages, computers, closets, and more. One student said his Organizing Your Home class was “Very cool! It was really good for me and motivated me.” This class includes a list of resources to help you continue organizing after the class is done. His goal is to give people the motivation and tools to make lasting improvements in the way they organize their lives.   WORKSHOP CO-SPONSORED BY OTIS LIBRARY & BECKET ATHENAEUM This program is funded by grants from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  
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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 8 am to 10 am

Explore Edith Wharton's original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers. Walks depart from the main parking lot.

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


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BERKSHIRE NONPROFIT AWARDS
, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will host the 4th annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:30 am. The award recognizes the wonderful work being done by individuals in the nonprofit sector. Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli will emcee the 45-minute “Zoom” event. “During the pandemic, Berkshire nonprofits provided critical services in healthcare, food security, education and more. If ever there was a time to honor the commitment of nonprofit workers, spring 2021 is it!” remarked NPC founder Liana Toscanini. Nominations are being solicited from across the Berkshires in eight categories: Executive Leadership, Board Member, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star, Youth Leadership and Lifetime Achievement. One honoree in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and profiled in a special section in The Berkshire Eagle. As part of the 2021 awards event, the Nonprofit Center will pay tribute to the county’s healthcare workers. The NPC is currently seeking sponsors for this celebratory event. Founded in 2016, the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires serves as a clearinghouse for information and support, helping nonprofits connect, learn and grow. For more information visit npcberkshires.org or call (413) 441-9542.
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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 7 to 8:30 am

Pleasant Valley's beaver ponds, wetlands, woods, and meadows are super sites to see warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during spring migration and nesting season.
Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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YOGA WITH SONDRA LORING
New York, Noon

Invigorating, adventurous 70-minute sessions held weekly in the Dance Barn and trails of PS21's campus in Chatham N.Y. Open to all ages and levels, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. A perfect complement to this summer's Pathways festival, Movement without Border s classes are led by contemporary performance and theater luminaries. Suggested donation $15.  


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JACOB'S PILLOW: INSIDE THE PILLOW LAB - MUSIC FROM THE SOLE
Becket, 7 pm

Directed by tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval (recently named one of “25 to Watch” in 2021 by Dance Magazine) and composer and multi-instrumentalist Gregory Richardson, Music from the Sole is a ten-member tap dance and live music ensemble.


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7 to 8:30 am

Canoe Meadows' beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially colorful wood-warblers, orioles, and thrushes. Explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, while seeing different bird species each week. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - FAMILY WILDFLOWER SEARCH
Adams, 10 am to 12 pm

Location: Greylock Glen, Adams

Free Program.

Enjoy a leisurely walk on easy trails in search for beautiful blooming flowers of the season. We will search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of the season at a comfortable pace. This program is a great way to get out to our sanctuaries and look for the hidden gems of color that grow around us. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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TAKINí IT TO THE STREETS: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TRIBUTE SHOW
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Takin’ It To The Streets: The Doobie Brothers Tribute Show Colonial Concert Series Outside Under the Tent at The Colonial Parking Lot Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 5:30pm and 8pm Tickets: $25 Takin' It To The Streets is the ultimate Doobie Brothers tribute show, featuring all of The Doobie's greatest hits and more, with stunning accuracy. Audiences can look forward to hearing amazing vocals and top notch musicianship with iconic hits such as, “Long Train Runnin',” “China Grove,” “Listen To The Music,” “Takin' It To The Streets,” “What A Fool Believes,” “Rockin' Down The Highway,” “Minute By Minute,” “Black Water” and many more! "The vocals were incredible, the musicianship amazing" - Florida Today
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2021 SUMMER ONE OLLI SEMESTER COURSES
Pittsfield, 9:30 am
This summer, from May 24 through July 2, 2021, OLLI at BCC offers a variety of courses online using Zoom. No tests, no grades, just learning for the joy of learning! Click on the course names below for individual course descriptions. All courses are 6 sessions unless noted otherwise. In almost all cases, class sessions are recorded so if you miss one, or your schedule doesn't work for a particular course, you can request recordings and watch the class sessions on your own time. To register for spring online classes, click here or call the OLLI office at 413.236.2190. We look forward to seeing you online! (Note: you need to be an OLLI at BCC member to register for courses. Membership information can be found here.) MONDAYS Writing a ‘Legacy Letter’ | Jay Sherwin Today's Headlines | Lenny Tabs Music in Art at the Clark | Laura Dankner Introduction to the Nia Technique | Diane Firtell TUESDAYS The Values of Aaron Sorkin: The West Wing and Beyond | Douglas Mishkin The 1940 Battle of Britain and the 1942 Battle of Midway: Two Critical Allied Victories | Greig Siedor The Convergence of Science and Literature Creates a Bright Light | Linda Neville More Than Just Likes: Navigating the Social Internet | Leslie Appleget WEDNESDAYS Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca | John Trainor In Search of Falstaff | Barbara Waldinger Researching Your Family History| Lisa Swigart Medea | Richard Matturro THURSDAYS Writing Effective Editorials, Op-eds, and Letters to the Editor | Steven Rubin William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors | Ann Berman China | Barry Gan and Miaoli Zhang FRIDAYS In A Pickle? The Stories Behind Common Idioms | Stewart Edelstein Science Conversations | Peter Bluhm and Tony Segal
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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 8 am to 10 am

Explore Edith Wharton's original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers. Walks depart from the main parking lot.

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


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT PLEASANT VALLEY
Lenox, 7 to 8:30 am

Pleasant Valley's beaver ponds, wetlands, woods, and meadows are super sites to see warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during spring migration and nesting season.
Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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MASS AUDUBON - BIRDING AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7 to 8:30 am

Canoe Meadows' beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially colorful wood-warblers, orioles, and thrushes. Explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, while seeing different bird species each week. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley


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