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North Adams Happenings: April 3-9

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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
 

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 brousseau@opositivefestival.org.

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 volunteercenter@mcla.edu.



 

 

Save the Date

 

4/12 - nbCC Monthly Forum: Moving Towards Sustainable Living in North Berkshire
The Green, 85 Main St.
413-663-7588
10 AM - Noon
Free
for more info.
April 12th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Moving Towards Sustainable Living in North Berkshire, nbCC's monthly forum. Come engage in dialogue, reflect and learn about the opportunities and challenges in reducing waste personally and as a community. There will be a community composting presentation and discussion. Location- The Green, 85 Main St. North Adams. See flyer attached.

4/17 - 1Berkshire Annual Career Fair
Taconic High School, 96 Valtine Road, Pittsfield

10 AM - 4 PM

Free

for more info

1Berkshire is pleased to announce its 2019 Career Fair which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 from 10am-4pm at the New Taconic High School. This event is free and open to the general public and is held in partnership with Berkshire Community College and Pittsfield Public Schools.  

Last year we had over 75 businesses in attendance and over 400 individuals came to find out about job opportunities in the Berkshires. The companies in attendance represent a cross section of industries from financial and educational institutions and employment services, to area manufacturing companies and hospitality venues. This event is a great opportunity for all job seekers in the Berkshires to be seen by local companies and to also learn the scope of available jobs in the area. New for 2019, the Career Fair will be providing on-site educational workshops and resume review sessions for attendees to continue honing their career search tools and skills. To learn more or to become an exhibitor visit http://1berkshire.com/calendar/career-fair/.

 

Wednesday April 3rd

 

Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 AM
Free!
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.

Free on the 3s
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
All day
Free
for more info.
MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 3rd of the month through June 2019.
Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a resident of the 01247 and MASS MoCA’s galleries are yours for the day.
Wednesday, April 3
Friday, May 3
Monday, June 3
What to Expect
Looking for something to eat? Check out Lickety Split, our museum cafe, or other restaurants in downtown North Adams. There are several more options right here on our museum campus: Gramercy Bistro, Tunnel City Coffee, Bright Ideas Brewing, and A-oK Berkshire Barbeque.

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
413-344-6257
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
Free
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.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
The Family Center, 210 State St.
413-664-4821
5 - 6 PM
Free
for more info.
A Free 4-Week Parent Class Wednesdays April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State St., North Adams. This class for parents of 1-8 year olds offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven to work in every day parenting.  Based on the book of the same title. Learn simple effective communication techniques that really work! Learn how to use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express anger without being hurtful and resolve family conflicts peacefully. A light meal will be served and free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register at 664-4821.

Let's Write...
UNO Community Center,157 River Street in North Adams
(413) 664-4612
6 - 7:30 PM
Free
for more info.
We meet every first and last Wednesday of the month (weather permitting!);  6-730 PM, at UNO Center.
We cover all genre of writing. A space to create and possibly share positive, group critique to facilitate creative process. Series of writing workshops and guest authors. Always free! Open to all ages and all writing styles

 

Thursday April 4th

 

4/4 - NAPS Art Show Reception

North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
5 - 7 PM
Free!
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.


 

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 Elena.Traister@mcla.edu
5:30PM
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.

Glamping in the Berkshires
Freight Yard Pub, 1 Furnace St. Bldg 3
6 - 8 PM
Free
for more info
Please join Keenan Chenail and Foster Goodrich for another informational meeting regarding our proposed project.

 

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
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 gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

 

Paint & Groove with DJ DUBTC
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
wearecommonfolk@gmail.com
7 - 9 PM
$5 for canvas
for more info.
Bring your creative spirit and your dancing grooves. $5 for a canvas. We'll have paint and brushes and any kind of art supplies you can imagine.
RSVP: here

 

 

MCLA’s Public Policy Lecture Presented by Bestselling Author Sarah Smarsh
MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, 375 Church St.
7 PM
Free
for more info.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces this spring’s public policy lecture will be presented by bestselling author Sarah Smarsh at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.
Following the lecture, Smarsh will host a book-signing in the Founders Room of the MCLA Church Street Center, which is also open to the public. Books will be available there for purchase.
Smarsh, the author of New York Times bestseller “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” is an educator, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book examines historic economic inequality and tells the story of her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm.

 

 

Friday April 5th

 

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
413-344-6257
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
Free
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.

Greylock Elementary School Fundraiser: Adult Night Out with CJ Field
Bounti Fare Restaurant, 200 Howland Ave, Adams
Michelle at 413-822-4793
6 PM
$25/person
for more info.
We are hosting an adult night out on Friday 4/5 at 6pm. It will be an All you eat chicken dinner buffet ( there will be a lent friendly option as long as you pre order when you purchase your ticket!)at Bounti Fare with CJ Field as entertainment. Tickets available at Greylock School or message our Greylock PTG page and we can reserve yours today. $25 a person

DOWNTOWN SOUND: Prince Daddy & The Hyena // Dump Him
The Green, 85 Main St., Suite 105
7 - 10:30 PM
Free with MCLA ID, $5 general admission
for more info
WJJW Presents Downtown Sound featuring Prince Daddy & The Hyena, and Dump Him (solo)
This event is FREE with a MCLA ID, $5 without. Cosponsored by MCLA’s Arts Management Club
https://princedaddyandthehyena.bandcamp.com/
https://dumphim.bandcamp.com/

Shut The Folk Up: Honeysuckle & Hawthorn
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
wearecommonfolk@gmail.com
6:30 - 9:30 PM
$12
for more info
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration.
Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, this Boston based band can frequently be found performing across the country, playing alongside bands like Del and Dawg, The David Grisman Sextet, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Kitchen Dwellers, Sam Moss, The Western Den, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings and others.
The women of Hawthorn craft songs with “a weight that sits with you long after their audible presence fades” (Red Line Roots). Working from the belief that tradition is made to evolve, Heather and Taylor chart a creative course through Appalachian and Celtic roots to the present-day. With a powerful vocal blend surrounded in old-time banjo, seascape guitar, and dreamy electric lines, Hawthorn is quickly claiming a place in the music of New England and beyond. Their second album, Maggie Willow, lands in March 2019.

Knitting Nights
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
wearecommonfolk@gmail.com
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

 

Saturday April 6th

 

Coffee and Conversation with Mayor Bernard
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 664-4612
9 - 10 AM
Free
for more info
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, North Adams mayor Tom Bernard will host a Coffee and Conversation meeting at the UNO Community Center on River Street.
Coffee and Conversation events are open to the public. There is no set agenda, just a chance for informal conversation with the mayor and other residents.

April 6th Winter Farmers Market | 9AM - 1PM
The Green, 85 Main St., Suite 105
413-664-6180/ potvinsara@gmail.com
9 AM – 1PM
Free
for more info
Join us for our Monthly WINTER Farmers Market!
SAT. APRIL 6TH | 9AM - 1PM inside The Green (85 Main St., Ste. 105)
The North Adams Winter Farmers Market will take place every 1st Saturday of the month through May, from 9am - 1pm. We accept EBT/Debit/CC.
Our Market Match Program has unfortunately run out of funds for the 2018-2019 season. Fundraising efforts are underway to ensure its return in June for the 2019-2020 season! Please be aware that we CAN still accept SNAP, this only affects our SNAP doubling program.
APRIL MARKET VENDORS WILL INCLUDE:
Assembly Coffee Roasters
Berkshire Hills Fresh Dog Food
Clarksburg Bread Co.
Cricket Creek Farm
ELMARTIN FARM
Fahey Family Honey Farm
Jaeschke Fruit & Flowers Center
Many Forks Farm
MonArtistic Pet Products
Mountain Girl Farm
Natalya's Ethnic Cuisine
Polish Roadside Grill
Square Roots Farm
PLUS Live Music from After Ours! Hope to see you there!

4/6 - Live Out Loud Community Conference (Berkshires)
MCLA, 375 Church St.
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Free
for more info
Hope you will consider coming to this year’s conference on April 6th at MCLA. Visit https://liveoutloudberkshires.org 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)!
 

International Slow Art Day
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
11 AM - 2 PM
Free with Museum Admission
for more info
The average museum-goer spends just 10 seconds with any given work of art. Turn that truth on its head with contemplative walks through our expansive galleries, and go in deep with tours focused on single works of art.
Schedule:
11am: Sound Bath with Sara Auster in James Turrell's Dissolve
11:30am: Guided contemplative looking tour
12pm: Sound Bath with Sara Auster in James Turrell's Dissolve
12:30pm: Guided contemplative looking tour
1:00pm: Coffee + conversation in Kidspace
Free with museum admission.

Rock for Recovery
American Legion, 90 American Legion Dr.
6 - 10 PM
$20/person (appetizers included)
for more info
Save the date! April 6, 2019, Please join us for a fun night of music and dancing!
ROCK FOR RECOVERY DANCE music by RAW AND REKLESS! Tickets are $20 per person with appetizer buffet included. We will also be having a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle. to purchase tickets contact us via this page or buy at; Berkshire Emporium/Empire Cafe 57-59 Main st North Adams
American Legion 91 American Legion Dr North Adams
Event is sponsored by: Raw and Rekless, Shine and Employees, Crane Stationary
All proceeds to benefit Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life heroin/opioid recovery fund.

Hill Haints, Nick Stanley at The Parlor Café
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland St.
413-398-5554
7:30 PM
Free
for more info
Hill Haints return to where they were spawned with special guest Nick Stanley, both performers at the upcoming O+ Festival in North Adams!

Fishing
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
8 PM
$54/Preferred, $30/Advanced, $40/Day Of , $20/Student,
for more info
Tickets for the Sunday matinee performance can be purchased here. The Saturday performance is SOLD OUT.
This work-in-progress showing offers a first look at the new all-star collaboration between actor Jon Hamm, director/choreographer Danielle Agami, Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche, set designer Amir Raveh, and writer Nadav Heyman — a ravishing piece of multidisciplinary performance that explores the beautiful, simple absurdity of desire. FISHING is commissioned by Ate9.

 

Sunday April 7th

 

Fishing
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
3 PM
$54/Preferred, $30/Advanced, $40/Day Of , $20/Student,
for more info
Tickets for the Sunday matinee performance can be purchased here. The Saturday performance is SOLD OUT.
This work-in-progress showing offers a first look at the new all-star collaboration between actor Jon Hamm, director/choreographer Danielle Agami, Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche, set designer Amir Raveh, and writer Nadav Heyman — a ravishing piece of multidisciplinary performance that explores the beautiful, simple absurdity of desire. FISHING is commissioned by Ate9.

Spaghetti Benefit for the Stokes Family
American Legion, 90 American Legion Dr.
4 - 7 PM
Check cost at door
for more info
March 13, we lost a vibrant young lady with a heart of gold. Leanne Stokes was only 18. Her parents had not planned for her early departure and have been left with the financial burden of coming up with funeral costs.
We will host a spaghetti dinner/ Chinese auction to help off set the cost. If you have anything you would like to donate to the Chinese Auction please let us know. We appreciate all of your help and understanding at this time.
We will post a list of people and places you can obtain tickets for the event. Thanks Again
Tom Stokes

 

Monday April 8th

 

SteepleCats Spaghetti Dinner
Bounti Fare Restaurant, 200 Howland Ave, Adams
4:30 PM
$10/person
for more info
Join us at Bounti Fare to benefit the North Adams SteepleCats 2019 season and celebrate the start of the MLB season. We will have a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Tickets are $10

Teen Knitting Class
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St.
413-662-3133, ext. 14
6 - 7:30 PM
Free
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 9th

 

Toddler Story Time
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free
for more info
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

Preschool STEM Group
The Family Center, 210 State St.
413-664-4821
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Free
for more info
Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in The Family Center Playroom. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For children ages 2.5-5 years old. A variety of FUN hands-on STEM activities for preschoolers.

Make Your Own Pasta at Home, WOW Workshop
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
413-663-7588
5 - 6 PM
Free
for more info
5:00p-6:00p, Make Your Own Pasta at Home, WOW Workshop, by Dianne Olsen. A fun and hands-on workshop to learn how to make all kinds of pasta at home. Location- UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams. Please call Bret Beattie to register at 413-663-7588 or email: bbeattie@nbccoalition.org

Common Folk Presents: Ciarra Fragle
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information
Ciarra Fragale is a solo indie pop singer/songwriter from New York's Hudson Valley. By blending the nostalgic traditions of songwriting with unique new-wave sensibilities, she creates a sound all her own.
"Her individuality resonates through her songwriting, sustaining a rich sound." (Sauna Sessions)
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
6:30-7:30pm
Free
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 gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

 

 

From Our Neighbors

 
Sunday 4/7
First Sunday Free: Everyday Heroism

Clark Art, 225 South St., WILLIAMSTOWN
(413) 458-2303
10AM - 5 PM
Free
for more info
On this free Sunday at the Clark, enjoy complimentary admission to the galleries and activities that encourage visitors to reflect on the small ways we can be heroic in our everyday lives. Explore what it means to be heroic in myth, history, and in our own lives with a guided gallery talk led by a Clark educator at 1 pm and 3 pm, or settle in for a super movie marathon in the auditorium. At Hero HQ in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, recognize the everyday heroes in your life, make a custom superhero mask and cape to help you assume your secret identity, and stop by the Small Heroics station to receive your mission before heading out to do good.
All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, generously supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

 

 

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