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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 18-24

The 15th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 20. The Dayramir Gonzalez Quartet will perform at Berkshire Museum on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a wine bar that opens at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., The Colonial Theatre will host legendary vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and her daughter, Veronica Swift, in a rare pairing. The Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will open.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Verizon Wireless Zone Gives $1,000 to Food Pantry

The donation came from the Wireless Zone Foundation of Giving, which is made up of Verizon Wireless Zone stores across the country who take small donations then sponsoring local charities.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 16-22

On November 2nd, three weeks before FESTIVE, come to gWorks to dance in disguise at our MASQUERADE Halloween costume party! Doors open at 8pm !

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming

This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 9-15

OCTOBER 19th & 20th - 14th Annual North Adams Open Studios The Eclipse Mill will be opening its doors October 19-20 11-5 PM for its 14th Annual open studios. Come and see work created by the residents living in the Mill at 243 Union St. North Adams MA https://www.facebook.com/events/617942645397794/

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 2-8

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Berkshires Beat: CATA, Mass Audubon Collaborate on Art Exhibit at Wildlife Sanctuary

The exhibit is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between CATA and Mass Audubon, where CATA artists worked with educators and naturalists from Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore connections between art and nature.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

OCTOBER 4th - Fall Foliage Children's Parade: There's No Place Like Home! Join us for the Annual Fall Foliage Children's Parade!

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Food Co-op One of Three Finalists for MassEcon Award

Finalists compete on a regional basis in the West, Central, Southeast, Northeast and Great Boston areas. The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 20-26

The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.

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Hinds Seeks Designs for Annual Holiday Card Contest

Each December, Hinds sends almost 1,000 greeting cards by mail to friends, family, colleagues and constituents. The winning design will be used as the cover art for his 2019 holiday greeting card. The student artist will be identified on the card, featured in the senator's media and social media outreach, and win a pizza party for their classroom with Hinds.

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Berkshires Beat: Final 3rd Thursday of Season Features Walk a Mile Event

The annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" will be the main attraction at September's Third Thursday festivities.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 18-24

SEPTEMBER 27th - Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park Join us in the park for our 3RD Annual Movies Under the Stars summer series in Colegrove Park, North Adams. This monthly free family movie night is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Adams Community Bank.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 13-19

The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.

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Biz Briefs: Shakespeare & Company Seeks Property Proposals for Lenox Campus

Qualified entities are asked to provide an initial statement of interest to demonstrate how the campus, located within walking distance of the town of Lenox’s historic center, can be activated as a shared-use property.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 11-17

SEPTEMBER 20th - 22nd - FreshGrass Festival 2019 An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for September

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Chester and Lanesborough for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 6-12

Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Berkshires Beat: Woofstock 2019 to be Held at The Common in Pittsfield

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 4-10

SEPTEMBER 20th - 22nd - FreshGrass Festival 2019 An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Youths Joined Amplify 2019 Program

Amplify is a two-week residential program in which musicians perform songs written by Music In Common youth from around the world.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 21-27

AUGUST 29th - DownStreet Art DownStreet Art, the last-Thursday-of-the-month popup program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (MCLA BCRC), returns to downtown North Adams from 5-8 p.m. on August 29, 2019. As always, DownStreet Art is free and open to the public.

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Berkshires Beat: Horse Show Benefits Berkshire Humane Society

Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founder’s Property on the Market

The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22

The next Food for Thought Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village will feature local author Jim Shepard. The critically acclaimed fiction writer will discuss his first work of non-fiction, The Tunnel at the End of the Light, which explores the way the movies have shaped our understanding of ourselves as Americans, for better or for worse. 6 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 14-19

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Berkshires Beat: The Clark, Jacob's Pillow Team Up for Special Dance Performance

Dancers from the company will perform in dialogue with the Clark's landscape and galleries in various locations in and around the Clark’s reflecting pool. Three works choreographed by company founder Martha Graham highlight the afternoon:

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 9-15

Beep beep! Honk honk! Join us for a fun 3rd Thursday celebration and touch a truck! Kids (and adults) will be able to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars, construction vehicles, airport vehicles and more.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 7-13

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Biz Briefs: Catherine's Chocolates Changes Name to Mielke Confections

The Kinneys are continuing the tradition of a family-owned local business, creating handmade quality chocolates in the same location, as well as their choice of the new name, which is Trent Kinney’s family name.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 2-8

Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Berkshires Beat: Pittsfield Library Given 'Literary Landmark' Status in Honor of Melville

The dedication ceremony will take place as part of The Berkshire County Historical Society's third annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a four-day event at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, in the historic red barn where he often met with Nathanial Hawthorne.

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North Adams Happenings July 31-Aug. 6

AUGUST 14th - 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration JOIN US! The 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration will take over downtown North Adams on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 – 9 PM.

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Berkshires Beat: National Night Out to be Celebrated in North Adams, Williamstown

On Tuesday, August 6, North Adams and Williamstown residents are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out (NNO), an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 26-Aug. 1

The Berkshires branch of the NAACP invites everyone to the 46th Annual Gather-In Festival at Durant Park (formerly Pitt Park) for a FREE, family friendly, fun, jam-packed day! Enjoy food, community vendors, kids' activities, music and more! 1-7 p.m.

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Berkshires Beat: Clinton Church Restoration Awarded $75,000

As part of the second class of Action Fund grantees, Clinton Church Restoration was awarded $75,000 to continue its efforts to restore and repurpose the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington as an African American heritage site and cultural center.

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North Adams Happenings: July 24-30

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Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event

This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Mill Town Capital, the City of Pittsfield and local organizations, will present its first-ever free community event on the Pittsfield Common.

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North Adams Happenings July 17-23

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

July's 3rd Thursday celebrates the city's cuisine, with more than a dozen food vendors popping up at the celebration, along with the two dozen brick-and-mortar restaurants that dot North Street. There will be almost 100 vendors in all!

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Berkshires Beat: Kids 4 Harmony Celebrates Success With Summer Gala Concert

Kids 4 Harmony, a free after school program at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, an ensemble-based musical approach with a social justice mission.

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North Adams Happenings: 10-16

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 5-12

Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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North Adams Happenings: July 2-9

JULY 13 - Eagle Street Beach Party! The Annual Eagle Street Beach Party is Back! Saturday, July 13th - (3:30-6:30PM for family friendly sand fun/ 7-10PM for Grown-up Fiesta!) FREE. RAIN DATE: July 20th

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Wednesday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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Berkshires Beat: Shakespeare & Co. Hosts Fourth of July Celebration

The event includes music, children's crafts and activities, and a public reading of one of the most stirring and influential documents in our country's history, The Declaration of Independence.

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Biz Briefs: New Berkshire Food Co-op Opens in Great Barrington

A ribbon cutting ceremony was at 7:30 a.m. with remarks from Jonathan Butler, president and CEO of 1Berkshire, the Regional Economic Development Organization of Berkshire County.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 28-July 4

This year's parade theme is The Berkshires: Past, Present, and Future!

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North Adams Happenings June 26-July 2

End your Independence Day Celebrations in North Adams! Join us for the annual fourth of July fireworks display following SteepleCats game.

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Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week

It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

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Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols

These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

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North Adams Happenings June 19-25

Beginning on Thursday, June 27, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) DownStreet Art’s 2019 (DSA) season will feature new artists, new events, and new collaborations.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 21-27

June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the running of the 10th annual Green Mile Road Race to benefit the Pittsfield Parade Fund at 5:30 p.m.

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Tanglewood's New Learning Institute Is A Bold New Chapter

This bold initiative by the BSO represents a dramatic new chapter in the life of Tanglewood and a major investment in the festival's future.

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

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.

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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Upgrades Popular Trails for 2019 Summer Season

Similar upgrades have also been completed at 16 other BNRC trail sites across Berkshire County. All 54 BNRC reserves are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 14-19

June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the running of the 10th annual Green Mile Road Race to benefit the Pittsfield Parade Fund at 5:30 p.m

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Summer Music Festival Season is About to Begin

These are the music festivals that make our locality a cultural capital, drawing thousands to hear great music – popular, classical chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al – to experience legendary artists perform masterworks within the verdant hills and dales of the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont we call home.

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BBBBBzzz: Bombino, Berkshire Jazz Start the Pop Season with a Bang

Hopefully, I'll encourage you to attend a performance of music you know you love, or even music you don't know but that you might love. A great, varied season awaits from Great Barrington to North Adams.

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Berkshires Beat: South Church Raising Money for Solar Panels

The church is seeking to raise funds to pay for the cost of this energy-saving solar project.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 7-13

Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Berkshires Beat: CATA to Break Ground on Future Home

The two-story, 6,400-square-foot facility will double the organization's existing studio space, with two new art studios— one for visual arts and writing, the other for dance and performing arts.

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens 'Store of the Future'

The new store, Carr Paint, is a state-of-the-art "Store of the Future" collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional grade Benjamin Moore products.

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North Adams Happenings June 5-11

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Volunteers Needed For Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade

First and foremost, the parade committee is looking for banner carriers. The banners promote our leading sponsors, area businesses contributing a minimum of $750 to the parade committee making the event possible.

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Free Fun Fridays Returns June 28 for 11th Year

Free Fun Fridays 2019 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 28 and continuing through Aug. 30 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Hillsmen Take Home Awards

The Berkshire Hillsmen were awarded the 2019 Mountain Division Small Chorus Championship Trophy as a result of their performance. Berkshire Blend, the chapter’s quartet entry, won the 2019 Mountain Division Novice Quartet Championship.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 24-30

The 3rd annual Food Truck Feastival returns to Wahconah Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is a public event featuring food trucks and vendors from all around Berkshire County! Free admission. $3 for parking.

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Biz Briefs: MountainOne Bringing All Services Together in Downtown North Adams

The significant investment of creating this new and improved working space in downtown North Adams enables MountainOne to bring all of its financial service offerings of banking, insurance and investments together.

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North Adams Happenings: May 22-28

WEDNESDAY JUNE 5TH - Concerts at Windsor Lake KICK-OFF with Common Folk Jam! - Mark your calendars! Join us for the first Concert at Windsor Lake of the season. Concerts run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. through the end of August. More information: 413-664-6180 | tourism@northadams-ma.gov

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Extends 'Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion'

Since opening on Feb. 9, the exhibit as driven increased visitor volume, drawing nearly 50 percent more visits this winter and spring than during the same period in 2018.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 17-23

The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!

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North Adams Happenings: May 15-21

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony - Parade begins from the American Legion at 9:30 A.M. and concludes at the Veterans Memorial Park where the ceremony will follow.

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

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Biz Briefs: BerkChique Fashion Fundraiser Returns to West Stockbridge

This year the sale is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts, and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

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Berkshires Beat: 'Pleiades' Now on Permanent Loan to Ventfort Hall

DeVries sees this donation of the two Pleiades as a fitting way to thank Ventfort Hall, and everyone else, who helped in the rebuilding efforts of his Middlefield studio, as well as mark his 40th year as a sculptor.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 10-16

The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers, the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!

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North Adams Happenings: May 8-14

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH - Opening Day for the North Adams Farmers Market Outdoor Season!

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Biz Briefs: Lenox Fit Owner Named Woman Small Business Owner of the Year

Lenox Fit is a multi-dimensional fitness and wellness facility that serves Berkshire County region. The customers range from rehab/post rehab from physical therapy, to advanced athletes and fitness enthusiasts of every level.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 3-9

Enjoy 17 art exhibits, opening receptions and special activities throughout downtown during the First Friday Artswalk, including interactive art-making and other events to celebrate Artweek! There will also be an Artswalk Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown, and prizes will be awarded to youth ages 19 and younger.

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North Adams Happenings: May 1-7

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Berkshires Beat: Children's Artwork Comes to SVMC

The exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through June 6.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 26-May 2

Artscape invites artists to apply to a juried art auction to benefit public art in Pittsfield.

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Biz Briefs: Two Local Businesswomen Being Honored for Achievements

Two local organizations are honoring two women for their business and community achievements.

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North Adams Happenings: April 24-30

Brought to you by:the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 19-25

Bob Heck Entertainment will host a Music Bingo Fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club, with all proceeds benefiting the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.

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Easter Events in the Berkshires

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Hosts Annual Humane Race

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and shelter events.

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North Adams Happenings: April 17-23

Brought to you by:the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Couple Returns to Berkshires to Buy Catherine's Chocolates

Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after year for life celebrations in which Catherine’s Chocolate are an essential tradition.

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in April.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 12-18

Baby Animals Fest kicks off on Saturday at Hancock Shaker Village and runs through May 5. It's your chance to visit with the farm's piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids! Plus, enjoy special events throughout festival, like pony rides, face painting, games, music and more. This Saturday, the Village will hold a non-denominational Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m.

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North Adams Happenings: April 10-16

Brought to you by:the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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