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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 23-29

This weekend is your last chance to see the 2019 Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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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: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting 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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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for July

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Cummington and Peru for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Hosts Spring Supper

This year's event is at the Country Club of Pittsfield and benefits Berkshire Grown and its win-win project, Share the Bounty.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 5-11

Enjoy 14 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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MassDOT Announces Enhanced Teen Driver Initiative

The Parent's Supervised Driving Program is used in more than 24 states nationwide and focuses on the critical role that parents play in the teen driver education process.

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website

Wild Oats has been offering catering services for over ten years in their Main Street location, which includes a full-service kitchen and bakery. The ingredients are organic, in-season and locally sourced whenever possible and they use humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable seafood.

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North Adams Happenings: April 3-9

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 29-April 4

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a FREE event with a panel of local artists who will speak about their experiences as artists in the Berkshires and beyond. They'll answer questions about navigating the arts scene, networking in the artist community, marketing, how to prepare for an exhibition and more.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Restaurants to 'Go Green' for the Month of April

The goal of "Go Green Month" is to reduce waste and practice behavior changes that are more environmentally friendly, with hopes that these changes will have a lasting impact on both the restaurants and the city.

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North Adams Happenings: March 27-April 2

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School

The flower gets its name from its distinctive odor, which many liken to the smell of rotting meat.

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North Adams Residents Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists

Following a national search and preliminary screening of candidates, a police chief search committee convened by the mayor extended invitations to three candidates to interview for the police chief position.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 22-28

Berkshire Art Association will honor and celebrate Marty Rentz, an extraordinary volunteer leader of BAA and many other cultural initiatives in the Berkshires. The evening begins with a community reception at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. FREE. Donations accepted.

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy in orbit, and collecting samples – on a table-top "playing field."

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Workers Still Without Contract

UFCW Local 1459, representing about 2,000 workers in the Berkshires and Western Mass, voted a week ago to authorize a strike if the contract talks continue to bog down. Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 15-21

Known across the globe as "the ultimate-feel good show," The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy.

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North Adams Happenings: March 13-19

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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March 16-17 is Maple Weekend in Massachusetts

To celebrate the state’s earliest and sweetest crop, more than 40 sugarhouses are highlighting this wonderful food. A list of participating sugarhouses are available on the website.

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Turn Your Clock, Test Your Smoke Alarm

This weekend is also a good time for everyone to take lifesaving steps to help prepare households for home fires, the nation's most frequent disaster.

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North Adams Happenings: March 6-12

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 8-14

Join ZipStohr for a night of comedy at The Crowne Plaza and part of the proceeds will benefit Berkshire Humane Society!

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Biz Briefs: Dinner Raises Money to Support WTBR in Pittsfield

The money will be used to help with the costs of moving the station from Taconic High School to the PCTV studios, and rebuilding the studio and transmitter facilities.

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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Kicks Off Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Americans of average risk and age 50 and older should be screened every 10 years.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 1-7

Enjoy 14 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.

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