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Berkshires Beat: Florida Couple Invests $500,000 in the Future of Gould Farm

The Bowlers' lead gift honors Ellen's father, the Rev. Hampton E. Price, who served as executive director from 1961-1972. During his tenure, Rev. Price transformed the farm's campus, systematized the work program, and brought into focus the therapeutic value of meeting together as a community.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 19-25

Wear your cowboy hat and boots! The Hoedown for Hope fundraiser for Moments House will feature live music by Whiskey City and The Hotshot Hillbillies, line dancing with instruction by Cheryl Wendling, food, games, raffles, balloon magic with Bowey the Clown, face painting, a photo booth and more. 3-10 p.m. at the new Proprietor's Lodge (formerly the ITAM), 22 Waubeek Road.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018

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

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 17-23

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

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2018

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

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Registration, Early Voting Deadlines Set for Election Day

The last day to register to vote or change voting affiliation for the Nov. 6 state election is Wednesday, Oct. 17. ces.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for October

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Otis and Shelburne for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Flu Shot: Get the Vaccine to Protect You — And Those Around You

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 10-16

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: Oct. 5-11

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 50 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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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Opens Fall Art Show

Sutro's abstracted realist paintings recall memories of existence among peaceful landscapes, while Osborn's macro-paintings delve into life at the cellular level, sharing the beauty of biology’s smallest divisions.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 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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Berkshires Beat: Albany Berkshire Ballet Receives Grant For 'Rockwell in Our Time'

The ballet is a multidisciplinary work inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" that moves forward and backward in time reflecting World War II America and our current national reality.

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This Week in Williamstown: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

This weekend is the 63rd Annual Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Hancock Shaker Village will hold its 21st annual Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. T

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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

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

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique

The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion.

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This Week in Williamstown: Sept. 21-27

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 21-27

South Mountain Concerts presents the Juilliard String Quartet for an evening of classics and a world premiere by Lembit Beecher - "One Hundred Years Grows Shorter Over Time" - written for the Quartet in honor of the 100th anniversary of South Mountain Concerts. 3 p.m. $40.

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both full and part time.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 18-25

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

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Biz Briefs: Three Local Businesses To Be Celebrated For Growth

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will celebrate three local small businesses that have received free counseling from the MSBDC and successfully acquired SBA financing to grow their business.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Sets 20th Annual Harvest Supper for Sept. 24

More than two dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on-hand. The chefs will be serving a wide selection of tastings - all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 14-20

September's 3rd Thursday is the last of the season and it's the annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center! The walk kicks off at 6 p.m. from the Persip Park Stage.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 12-18

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: SVMC Corridor Gallery Exhibits the Work of Bennington Murals Project

The exhibit is open to visitors daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Lee Wildcats Debit Card Generates $2,130 for School

Lee Middle and High School Principal Gregg M. Brighenti said the funds have been used to purchase furniture for the library, to fund students who couldn't afford school trips, to pay for two dinners the students served to senior citizens, and to buy a small cookie oven for the Lee High School booster clubs to use at games as a fundraiser for their programs.

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This Week in Williamstown: Sept. 8-14

Williams College celebrates the appointment of Maud S. Mandel as its 18th president with a formal induction ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm in Chapin Hall. This is a ticketed event, however you are invited to view the livestream of the Induction ceremony.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 7-13

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

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 5-11

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

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This Week in Williamstown: Aug. 30-Sept. 7

Look outside the galleries and find a special demonstration by a visual artist working en plein air on the Clark’s campus.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Back by popular demand! Come celebrate Labor Day with musical theater rabble rouser Joe Iconis and his family of supremely talented singers and musicians.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

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: Clinton Zion Church Seeking Proposals for Historic Preservation

The announcement is being sent to a list of recommended firms; women- and minority-owned firms are encouraged to submit proposals.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 24-30

Celebrate the culmination of the Berkshire Music School Painted Piano Project. The pianos will all be on display on the lawn of the Berkshire Music School. Panels from the pianos will be up for auction with proceeds benefiting the Berkshire Music School. 5-7:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 22-28

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

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Contractor Named to Big50 Class of America' Top Remodelers

Jack Miller Contractors is a full-service general contractor building distinctive new homes and remodel projects in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Prepares to Welcome Class of 2022

The 540 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2022 will arrive on campus on Monday, Aug. 27, for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 17-23

Hancock Shaker Village hosts a brand-new kind of festival curated by musicians Anna & Elizabeth. The full-day fest will include a sing-a-long, movement and art-making workshops, a dance party and more. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and go until late.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 15-21

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: CPA Funds Helping Make Improvements in Pittsfield

The first year of CPA funding, totaling $433, 819.11, will support 11 projects in the categories of historic resources and open space/recreation.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines

Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 10-16

August's 3rd Thursday theme is "Touch a Truck" and will feature a concert with The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow!

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 8-14

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: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

The 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge was a huge success.

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Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year

The Masieros now operate Guido's Fresh Marketplace at two locations in the Berkshires: 1020 South St. in Pittsfield and 760 South Main St. in Great Barrington.

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Senators Hinds Sets Town Hall Forum in Pittsfield

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host a town hall-style public forum on Monday, Aug. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Ralph Froio Senior Center at 330 North St.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 3-9

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

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Berkshires Beat: WAM Theatre Names Fall Beneficiaries at Gala

Gala participants were the first to learn the identity of the nonprofits that will benefit from WAM's fall production of "Ann."

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WordXWord Festival Kicks Off in Pittsfield

Celebrating home-grown poetry and spoken word, as well as the work of visiting artists, the festival includes poetry and story slams - including the second annual invitational team poetry slam; themed events; a haiku competition; a day supporting and celebrating the voices of youth poets; outdoor events; and WordXWord's own twist on the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Support Nursing Mothers

Support for breastfeeding in the United States and around the world has continued to mount in recent decades. Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of breastfeeding in the United States, and our own community's hospitals, medical providers and family support programs recognize nursing's benefits.

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North Adams Happenings: July 25-31

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

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Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery.

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Berkshires Beat: Disability Innovator to Give Jacob's Pillow Performance

They will present a mixed program of solo and duet works celebrating wheeled movement, using wooden ramp wedges designed by Massachusetts artist and design researcher Sara Hendren.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 20-26

The Whitney Center for the Arts presents a concert with Xicana singer-songwriter Diana Alvarez, singer-songwriter Pamela Means and poet/playwright Nicole M. Young. 8 p.m. $15.

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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County

While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

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North Adams Happenings: July 18-24

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

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Biz Briefs: Study Says Kripalu Generates $64M in Economic Activity

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole.

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell

This collaboration will provide the opportunity for these youth to take part in adaptive skiing which puts no limits on who can go into the water.

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Review: 'Hair' is a Must See

This production of "Hair" is far more than good. It is astonishing! The unbelievable energy of the 15-member cast not only brings that troubling and exciting time of our history to life on the stage, it reawakens our spirits and our souls. We want to get on the stage to dance and protest with them.

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North Adams Happenings: July 11-17

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: Kids Place Hosts Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride

Jimmy's Ride will start at Berkshire County Kids Place once again this year.

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Review: Bernstein Goes to 'Town' at Tanglewood

The performance took place at Tanglewood on the evening of July 7 before a huge, enthusiastic audience. It was part of this summer's Bernstein 100 birthday celebration. Even the weather was in the cool, comfortable 60s.

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SVHC Gathers Evidence for World-Record Submission

Currently, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care team is gathering evidence necessary to present the event for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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North Adams Happenings: July 4-10

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

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Biz Briefs: Mack Molding Gives $5 Million to SVMC ER Project

The gift constitutes the largest in the health system’s history since Henry W. Putnam, Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of this community hospital over 100 years ago.

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Berkshires Beat: Community Access to the Arts Show Celebrates Creativity

"I Am A Part of Art" showcases more than 200 original works of art, representing more than 125 artists with disabilities.

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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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Berkshire Humane Society Offers Guides for Pets in Hot Weather

With expected temperatures in the 90s and an even higher heat index, it is extremely important to keep pets indoors and out of the sun, constantly hydrated and well groomed. The heat is predicted this weekend through the end of the week.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 29-July 5

Rain or shine, the Pittsfield 4th of July Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. sharp from the intersection of South and East/West Housatonic Streets. See the parade website for more information, including parade route and parking bans and suggestions.

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DownStreet Art Kicks Off 2018 Season With New Partners

This year, new businesses, new museums, new tourists and new residents have partnered with DSA to create a series of arts events that go well beyond Main Street, and well beyond your typical arts event.

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group.

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up

Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

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North Adams Happenings: June 26-July 3

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: VanSant Honored as 2018 Unsung Hero

State Sen. Adam Hinds nominated VanSant for this recognition because of her leadership in the Berkshires on matters of diversity, cultural competence and coalition building for justice and equity.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 22-28

Would you like to have a say in how the local arts community is funded? Are you interested in learning about cultural programming in the city?

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 20-26

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: Tickets on Sale for Lions Circus

The Dalton Lions Club are now selling tickets for its annual circus, the 25th year it has brought America's oldest performing art to Dalton.

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Be Safe When the Temperatures Soar

"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Hosts Art Show Through End of June

The show runs until the end of June 2018 and combines bright, surreal paintings with color-rich rural photography.

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Theater Review: Love Versus Broadway at the Barrington Stage

In song, dance and frequently hilarious performances, love and Broadway are the heart of their conflicts in the world premiere comedic musical "The Royal Family of Broadway" at Barrington Stage Company. While not always perfect, the production is huge, dazzling and great fun.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 15-21

June's 3rd Thursday celebrates health and fitness with the 9th running of the Green Mile Road Race, plus Tamarack Hollow Nature Preserve; Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness; and Berkshire Salsa. Berkshire Concert Choir will be performing at The Lichtenstein, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone welcomes the U.S. debut of Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love).

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North Adams Happenings: June 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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Popular Music Scene Awakens in the Berkshires

You can look forward to this column as a tip sheet about upcoming shows. I won't review them; I will preview them, and I'll try to persuade you to attend a concert or show that is either in your musical comfort zone or that expands your musical horizons.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be "something to suit every taste," as the saying goes, but I will try, from mid-June through Labor Day, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the Bartenders

All tips from the evening will support BIC and its current "10,000 Strong" campaign, honoring the 10,000+ foreign-born residents of the Berkshires during June's national Immigrant Heritage Month. Donations will ensure the center can continue meeting immigrants' most critical needs.

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book

CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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SVHC to Hold Centennial Community Day on June 10

The day's events are extensive and include activities for all ages. It is free and open to the public. It will be completely tented and will take place rain or shine.

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Watercooler: Michelle Little of Pittsfield Wins Berkshire United Way Car

This marks the 18nth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling more than $200,000.

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SteepleCats Present Reading Program for Kids

Through events like story times and game nights, participating youth have the opportunity to partake in a mentorship with SteepleCats players that fosters excitement over reading and continues past the library, to the ballfield.

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Acquires Guillaume Guillon Lethière Masterpiece

The Clark Art Institute has acquired "Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death," an important early work by neoclassical French artist Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1760–1832), marking a significant addition to its permanent collection.

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Top 10 Things to Know about SVMC's Attempt to Claim the World Record for the Largest Jump Rope Race Ever

Southwestern Vermont Health Care will attempt to claim the world record for the largest jump rope race on the day of its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 10

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Citizens Academy Applications Being Accepted in Pittsfield

The Citizens Academy is a free, 10-week session program designed to help community members understand the operations of local government.

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'Concerts at the Lake' Return to Windsor Lake

Guests should bring blankets or chairs and feel free to let the kids run wild on the brand new playground. Some concessions are available at the Snack Attack (provided by BFAIR), but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is always free at this time.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 1-7

Enjoy 17 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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Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season

Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — 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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North Adams Happenings: May 30-June 5

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

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