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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22

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TONIGHT: Thursday, Aug. 15 is Touch a Truck!
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.
There will also be live music from the Amy Ryan Band, The Hoping Machine, and students from the Rock On workshop, plus a tap dance performance at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone and free yoga and Zumba in Park Square.
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.
FRI Eavesdrop at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI David Grover & Linda Worster at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Dan Hamilton at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese & Trees at Bousquet | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | SAT Horns B. Funk & Co. at The A | SAT Livio Gravini at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT JB's Acoustic Gravel at PortSmitt's | SAT Jason & Trev at Rusty Anchor | SUN Dancing w/Tommy T & Black Velvet at Italian American Club | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Grace McLean at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | WED Live on the Lake: Legal Tender at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Critical Mass at Mazzeo's | THU PechaKucha Night: Memories & Misconceptions at Berkshire Museum | THU The Picky B's at Mission | THU Melissa Brinton at Proprietor's Lodge

Is your child ready for kindergarten? Berkshire Museum's FREE Community Kindergarten Day is full of fun, hands-on activities designed to help children and their caregivers prepare for the first days of school. Learn what to pack, practice riding the school bus, and more! 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | Free Fun Friday at The Colonial FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI Berkshire Children's Theater: Frozen Jr. at Berkshire Museum | FRI-SAT Shrek The Musical at The Colonial FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Berkshire County 4H Youth Fair at the 4H Fairgrounds SAT Marionette Show at Dottie's SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum | SAT You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The Colonial SAT Paint "Lean on Me" (ages 12+) at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum WED Creative Healing Workshop at Berkshire Museum WED Backpack Giveaway at Boys & Girls Club THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum 
Join Rachael from Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for outdoor yoga and Zumba classes at Burbank Park on Onota Lake. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and Zumba at 10:15 a.m. Come to one class or both! $10 suggested donation per class. Rain cancels.
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor SUN Yoga Class at Tyler Street Lab MON Zumba Class at Tyler Street Lab WED-THU Yoga & Self-healing w/Wah at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness THU Outdoor Yoga at Onota Lake
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park returns for a fifth year with FREE performances of Much Ado About Nothing. Performances are held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. on the First Street Common. Featuring the witty on-again, off-again lovers Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado is the story of the trials of love in a society dominated by patriarchal traditions. Beatrice's cousin Hero and the soldier Claudio meet and fall in love, but when a man spreads nasty rumors about her, Hero's voice is silenced and their relationship torn apart. Loyalties are tested as the community responds, including a ragtag group of officers who just might save the day.
ONGOING If I Forget at Barrington Stage | ONGOING Fall Springs at Barrington Stage | FRI-SUN And The Winner Is w/Town Players at BCC
The community is invited to Greek Fest 2019 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (73 Bradford Street) on Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Enjoy delicious Greek food, music, dancing and more. 
SAT Pittsfield Farmers Market on The Common | SAT Housatonic River Cleanup | SAT Rainbow Seniors Talk & Listen Group at Berkshire Athenaeum | SUN Brunch w/The Mystic Bridge at Dottie's | SUN Sunday Brunch at Mission | SUN SummerFest Talent Show at Durant Park | MON Berkshire Trans Group | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North WED Backpack Giveaway at Boys & Girls Club THU Open House at BCAC

Pittsfield Green Drinks welcomes Kevin Bose to discuss the language of birds and what we can learn from it. Each month at Green Drinks, a guest speaker talks for about 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring questions! 5:15-7 p.m.
SAT Paint "Lean on Me" at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT Heading for Extinction at Berkshire Athenaeum MON U.S. Presidents & Sports w/Evan Weiner at Knesset Israel | MON FREE Nurtured Heart Approach Workshop at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | TUE Poetry Reading w/Wilda Morris at Arrowhead | WED James E. Mahon, Jr.: A New Mexico? w/OLLI at Berkshire Museum THU Current Affairs at Knesset Israel
FRI-MON Ode to Joy at The Little Cinema
How does a man who is literally paralyzed by happiness, find love? Thanks to cataplexy, a rare condition that causes loss of muscle control when overcome by strong emotions of joy, Charlie (Martin Freeman) must learn to carefully edit out the delight-triggering people, places and events from his life. But when Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself having to decide between suppressing his feelings or taking a chance at love. Based on a true story originally featured on This American Life, the film is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid.
ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon
Let's Go Pink is a cancer awareness exhibit that will be on view at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield throughout October, 2019. The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as part of that month's First Friday Artswalk. Twenty percent of sales will go to BTG PLAYS!, 15% to BMC Integrative Health Program's intuitive painting class for cancer patients, and the other 65% to the artist. Submissions accepted until Friday, Sept. 6. Artists will be notified of acceptance on or before Sept. 9. For more info, email the Let's Go Pink team:


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Tyer Says State Spending Plans Holds Good News for Pittsfield

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer gave a positive budget update during her regular address Friday on Pittsfield Community Television.
Tyer said with the state passing a three-month budget, the city finally has some solid state numbers for local and education aid — and its good news.
"With those two funding sources being restored, we are in a much better financial position then we anticipated we would be in when the City Council approved the budget in June," she said. 
The school and city passed operating budgets in June based on level or reduced amounts of state aid and administrators are still prepared for this funding to come in lower. 
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