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North Adams Happenings: March 27-April 2

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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

Volunteer Opportunity


Check out the O+ Festival coming this May 10th and 11th.

Sign up following the link

O+ supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: The art of medicine for the medicine of art!

We are looking for some folks to help us ensure this festival runs smoothly and we need your help. As a festival volunteer, you receive a free tee-shirt and wristband that gains you access to the entire festival.

If you want to give us a few more hours and become a "super volunteer", you can also gain access to some of the clinical services as well.

If you have questions, please email Bri Rousseau at

All volunteers will receive a tee-shirt and wrist band that gives them free access to the festival, as well as basic clinic access (primary care, nursing, mental health, and Reiki).

Folks interested in becoming "super volunteers" or team leaders and who volunteer for a few more hours earn access to the wider range of clinic services as they are available.

We are looking for help with:

Customer Service; Wristband and Merch Sales; Cleaning and Set Up; Driving and Errands; Sound and Technical; Media (Photo, Video, Social, etc); Speak a Foreign Language; Other Skills

4/13 - Volunteers  Needed For MCLA’S Spring Community Day of Service

Volunteers can register via the College’s registration form here.

 Sign-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. on April 13 in MCLA’s Venable Gym, where coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. A welcome will take place at 9 a.m., before participants are directed to their on-site or off-site service assignments.
The day will include projects suitable for all ages and abilities. MCLA students and local residents will choose from more than 10 sites to provide service to the community, including the Berkshire Food Project, YMCA, Louison House, Habitat for Humanity and New Hope Church.
 In addition, a variety of projects will take place at Venable Gym, including plastic mat weaving and making cards for hospitalized children. All participants are invited to return to Venable Gym at 1 p.m. to share a free lunch and community celebration.
 The Spring Community Day of Service is supported annually by hundreds of MCLA volunteers, the MCLA Volunteer Center, and the contributions of many local community members.
 For more information, contact Christopher Hantman, MCLA coordinator of civic engagement and volunteer programs, at 413-662-5440 or email



Save the Date


4/4 - NAPS Art Show Reception

North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
5 - 7 PM
for more info
In partnership with the North Adams Public Schools, select student artwork from Brayton, Colegrove Park, and Greylock Elementary Schools will be on display throughout the Youth Services Department from March 28th - April 25th.  Families and the community are invited to come view the displayed work during the Art Show Reception held April 4th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more.


4/6 - Live Out Loud Community Conference (Berkshires)
MCLA, 375 Church St.
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
for more info
Hope you will consider coming to this year’s conference on April 6th at MCLA. Visit to sign up.
Keynote Speaker: HB Lozito
9:30-10:00 Check-In
10:15-10:45 Keynote Speaker
10:50-11:35 Workshop I
11:40-12:25 Workshop II
12:25-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Plenary Session
3:00-3:45 Social Gathering
Clothing Swap— We have a small area reserved for a Clothing Swap. Bring clean, gently used clothes to give away, and/or walk away with new item(s)!


Wednesday March 27th


Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 AM
for more information

Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

North Adams Tree Planting Initiative Info Session
The Green 85 Main St.
(413) 663-7588
5-6 PM
for more information
The North Adams Tree Planting Initiative will be hosting a public information session so community members can learn more about the tree planting initiative that is aiming to plant 800 urban trees in North Adams in the next 3 years. Light refreshments. For more info, call Bret at (413) 663-7588.

Workshop: Ranking Higher on a Google Search
Lever, Inc. 85 Main St. Ste 218
6:30-7:30 PM
for more info.
How can a small team get higher rankings on Google? Berkshire digital marketer Roger Matus will explain how a team of one rose from page 5 in the search results to the number 1 position. Get practical step-by-step advice that you can implement and get closer to that elusive #1 spot. Hint: The keyword is dead.


Thursday March 28th


Reconnecting: MCLA Alumni Show
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
for more information

Reconnecting highlights the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and MCLA’s alumni contributions to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.

The featured alumni in the exhibition are:
Adriana Alexatos-Elfast, Cara Finch, Melyssa Fortini, Michael Hagerty, Jennifer Huberdeau, Christina Kelly, Dawn Klein, Alex Meaney, Ben Mancino, Nate Massari, Makayla-Courtney McGeeney, Amy Modesti, Bill Righter, Rakan Safa, Ryan Scutt, Sarah Tefft, Theresa Terry, Stephanie VanBramer, Benjamin Warren, and Isaac Wood

Teaching Self-Control Workshop
61 Main St., 2nd Floor in North Adams
(413) 663-7588
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
for more info.
Common Sense Parenting: Teaching Self-Control Workshop - Thursday, March 28 from 11:00-12:30pm at The Family Place, 61 Main Street, North Adams. Learn how to keep your cool and give your child the time and space needed to calm down. For more info, call (413) 663-7588.

Keep Kids Safe
The Welcome Center at Brayton Elementary School, North Adams
4-5:30 PM
This workshop will provide you with the skills, language and tools to help keep your children safe from sexual abuse, without scaring them. To register, call at (413) 663-7588.

MCLA Green Living Series: “Land Rich, Dirt Poor: Dairy Farming in New England,” presented by Sarah Gardner, associate director of the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies and lecturer in environmental studies at Williams College
Room 121, Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus.
(413) 662-5303 or
for more information

All “Green Living” seminars will take at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

“Sustainable Food and Farming” will focus on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

“This series offers students and community members an opportunity to learn more about how food makes its way to our plate, and choices we have as individuals and as a society about how to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy fresh, healthy food now and in the future,” said Dr. Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
call for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access, and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or for more information.



Friday March 29th


Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

Knitting Nights
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
7 - 9 PM
By donation
for more information

Come to the Common Folk space and knit with folks alike! There's plenty of space and materials for use. Participation by donation. Yarn/fabric is "fill a bag" for $3 and attendees can get 20% off that.

Facilitator: Casey Nivens

High Mud Comedy Festival
8 PM
$32 FRIDAY ONLY, $75 2-Day Preferred, $45 2-Day Early Bird, $20 2-Day Student
for more information

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.
Friday Night Line-up: Hosted by James Adomian, Sarah Squirm, Judah Friedlander



Saturday March 30th


High Mud Comedy Festival
4 - 11 PM
$32 SATURDAY ONLY, $75 2-Day Preferred, $45 2-Day Early Bird, $20 2-Day Student
for more information

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.
4pm: Improv Workshop with The Second City: RSVP at the Box Office the day of the performance
6+6:30pm: Comedian-led museum tours with James Adomian, Sarah Squirm, and Cocoon Central Dance Team
8:00pm: Hosted by James Adomian; Ryan Shea, Mo Mussa, Sidney Gish, Catherine Cohen, Michelle Buteau


Open Studios, March 30th
Assets for Artists, 1320 Mass Moca Way
(413) 664-4481
4:30 - 6:30 PM
for more info.
March is an exciting month here at the Studios at MASS MoCA! We opened the doors to a second and brand new studio space in Building 34. It is equipped with 4 new private studios, 2 looms and printmaking facilities, including a flatbed hydraulic press and rebuilt Dickerson combination etching press. We’ve grown from 8 to 12 artists a month working in both spaces. Come explore their work and check out the new digs at Open Studios on Saturday, March 30th.
Patricia Ayres
J Carpenter
Courtney Dudley
Laura Escobar
Anna Gustafson
Nikolai Ishchuk
Jia-Jen Lin
Michael Menchaca
Yuria Okamura

Ultimate Bingo For Greylock Thunder Softball/Adams Softball
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill, 41 Roberts Dr
(413) 346-4067
6 - 9 PM
for more information

Join us Saturday, March 30 for a FUN night out.

Lowland Hum
The Design Lab, 49 Main Street
doors: 7:00PM | music starts at 7:30PM
$10 in advance, $12 at the door | $5 for all students
for more information

Join us for a new downtown performance series - 'Late Night at the Lab' featuring: Lowland Hum with Anna Tivel and House Sparrow.

LOWLAND HUM have spent their career refining the particular power of their self-imposed restraint.  The band has spent the last two years on the road in both the US and Europe with the likes of Josh Ritter, Penny and Sparrow, and The Oh Hellos. Over an expansive career they've earned critical praise from NPR, Paste, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, The Washington Post and more.

ANNA TIVEL reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. 

HOUSE SPARROW are a two-person band driven by synthesizers, tenor guitar, Francesca’s heavenly voice, and a lot of rumination on nature, waiting, death, and time. Band members Francesca Olsen and Joe Aidonidis combine their talents to create a dreamy wall of sound that’s worth a close listen.

Jason & Trev Acoustic, Live at the Pitcher's Mound Pub
Pitcher’s Mound Pub, 218 Ashland St.
(413) 663-8390
8 - 11 PM
for more info.
An Evening of Acoustic rock from the 60's, to the 80's to today. With your hosts, Jason Crockwell & Trevor Davis.


Sunday March 31st


Monday April 1st


Teen Knitting Class
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St.
413-662-3133, ext. 14
6 - 7:30 PM
for more info.
The beginner Teen Knitting Class runs weekly from April 1st and ends on June 3rd from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the North Adams Public Library. The class covers basic stitches and patterns. All supplies are provided. Please call 413-662-3133, ext. 14 to register for the class as space is limited.


Tuesday April 2nd


Common Folk Presents: Lexi Weege
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information

Lexi Weege is typically backed by four other musicians known as the band Weege and the Wondertwins. For this night, she'll fill the room solo with her powerhouse vocals creating an experience from past and present times with fresh and nostalgic sounds.

Come down to your local brewery for some #TuesdayTunes!

$5-$10 Strongly Suggested Donation! While we don't have a cover charge, we hope that you can throw a few (or more) dollars in the chalice to help support these AMAZING musicians!


After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or for more information.



From Our Neighbors

Sunday 3/31
MIsty Blues Music Video Premiere & Live Performance

Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., WILLIAMSTOWN
5 - 7 PM
for more info.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Misty Blues at this screening of their first music video, directed by Berkshires filmmaker Dave Simonds. After the premiere of the video, the band will perform live, following an on-stage conversation between Simonds and the band about their creative collaboration.
Finalists in the 2019 International Blues Challenge, Misty Blues has been playing their distinct blend of Blues and Blues-Infused Folk, Gospel, Classic Rock and Funk since 1999. The core band consists of lead vocalist extraordinaire Gina Coleman, who was born to sing the blues with gusto and pure vibrato, along with Jason Webster on guitar, Bill Patriquin on bass, Ben Kohn on keyboards, Rob Tatten on drums and, finally, Aaron Dean on saxophone. The band has been fortunate enough to perform with some great musicians in the Berkshires and beyond including Charles Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers, Matt Berger, Aaron Dean, Jake Keplinger and Dave Vittone.
Tickets are available online at

Tuesday 4/2

Grad Program Info Night
MCLA-Pittsfield, 66 Allen St., PITTSFIELD
6 PM
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host a Grad Program Info Night at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at MCLA-Pittsfield, the College’s location at 66 Allen St. in Pittsfield, Mass.
The info session will provide an in-person opportunity to learn about MCLA’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with MCLA staff one-on-one.
MCLA is currently accepting applications for the fall semester. To learn more or apply to MCLA’s graduate programs, visit, or call 413.662.5409.



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