Baseball in the Berkshires Opens New Exhibit Friday in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "Take Me out to the Ballgame! The Road to October," presented by Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, features baseball players with roots in Berkshire County who have experienced the Major League Baseball’s postseason.
 
There are 38 MLB players who were born or settled in Berkshire County. Come find out how many made it to the post season during the opening reception Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., during First Fridays Artswalk. There will also be a tools-of-the trade workshop beginning at 5, including the history of the baseball and the history of baseball gloves.
 
This exhibit is presented by Baseball in the Berkshires and will feature many of the artifacts in the organization’s collection. Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the residents and friends of Berkshire County together to assist in telling the story of Baseball in the Berkshires. The organization delivers programming that will highlight the cultural and historical part of Baseball in the Berkshires while also offering educational programming to all age groups.
 
Grampie’s Dog House will be selling hot dogs. Popcorn and other baseball-themed refreshments will also be served during the opening reception. The Road to October will be on display through Friday, Nov. 22. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 
 
Don’t miss these upcoming events in conjunction with this exhibit:
Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.:  Learn to play Strat-o-Magic, the original fantasy baseball game. Replay the 2018 World Series or your favorite team.
 
Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.: The history of the Bat. Come see and hold MLB player bats, including Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Babe Ruth.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is a community arts center housed in a historic building in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District.  Inside, there's an exhibiting art gallery and performance area, workshops, working artist studios, a ceramic studio and a darkroom.
 
Located at 28 Renne Av. off of Fenn Street, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is named in honor of Kitty Lichtenstein, an extraordinary arts benefactor in the Pittsfield community and beyond, who donated the building to the City of Pittsfield.
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Entry Level Soccer Official Class Offered

LENOX, Mass. -- The U.S. Soccer entry-level (Grade 8) Grassroots Referee course will be offered in Berkshire County in January.
 
The course is led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor and will include three parts. Students are required to complete the following:
 
1. Online Study Modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.
 
2. Eight hours classroom attendance.
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