Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood to Offer Year-Round Programming
For the first time since it was established as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood will be holding programming during the fall, winter and spring. This change is enabled by the the development of Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, which was launched in the summer of 2019.
The Linde Center will host a variety of programming, offering participants a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeling to becoming more involved with music and the arts. The Linde Center will also serve as an event and concern rental space for use by the Berkshire community in beyond, including weddings, conferences, receptions, workshops and meetings as well as performances and concerts through the fall, winter and spring.
Kickoff weekend is set for the weekend of Oct. 24-27 and includes a screeing of "Falling Down Stairs," the Yo-Yo Ma/Mark Morris collaboration involving Bach's Cello Suite No. 3; a multidisciplinary presentation on "Mastery in the DIY Era," a chamber music concert featuring BSO musicians, and a special edition of the TLI's Focal Point, offering lessons in amateur photography and painting. After this weekend, there will be a "Fiddle Weekend," special presentations, open forums, TLI talks and more. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 11; for tickets and info call 888-266-1492 or visit the website.
Renewable energy at BCC
As national campus sustainability month kicks off, MASSPIRG Berkshire Community College students will launch a campaign to encourage BCC to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. This campaign is part of an initiative that aims to get 150 schools to commit to switch exclusively to renewable energy by 2021.
The nationwide effort includes targeted weeks of action, petition drives and direct engagement with administration officials to press for this goal. Thousands of students and faculty from every region of the country are expected to mobilize for this cause. BCC is committed to being zero waste by the end of 2020; so far 84 percent of waste is diverted from landfills through re-use, recycling and composting bins throughout campus.
This coordinated national campaign comes on the heels of significant momentum for the 100 Percent Renewable Campuses campaign. This past spring, Vanderbilt University became the first university in the southeast to commit to 100 percent renewable energy. Elsewhere, Middlebury College, the University of California Berkeley and Brown University also announced commitments to powering all of campus with clean, renewable energy during the past year. There are currently dozens of campuses that have made the 100 percent commitment.
Registration is still opened for the Lifeguard Training Course at Berkshire South Regional Community Center that begins Saturday, Oct. 12 Bonus: If you are hired at Berkshire South (currently recruiting lifeguards) after passing the class, you may be eligible for 100 percent reimbursement of your course fee.
Complete coursework online prior to the start of class, and then participate in group discussions and skills practice. For each class, please pack a lunch, swimsuit and towel. Students must participate in all course sessions to earn certification in Lifeguard Training, Waterfront, CPR/AED and first aid.
This course will be held Saturday through Monday, Oct. 12-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-course swim is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. To schedule an alternative pre-course swim, please contact Berkshire South, or to learn more, visit the website.
The Northern Berkshire Cultural Council has grant funds available to support cultural activities in the community. This year, the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council will distribute over $70,000 in grants. The deadline is Oct. 15 for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs, organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants to support cultural activities within the Northern Berkshire region. Proposals are due by or postmarked by that date.
These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Lanesborough, Hancock, New Ashford, Cheshire, Adams, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Florida, Monroe, Savoy, and the City of North Adams -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, and performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The council also awards $1,000 each year to one individual artist. More details are found on the web page.
For local guidelines and complete information on the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, contact Maureen Riley Moriarty at 413 652-2982. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online.
Introduction to Judaism
Created in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism, Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, will offer the course "Introduction to Judaism" on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Oct. 29 through Feb. 11. While the class will formally begin on Tuesday, Oct. 29, all are invited to join for Torah Plus Shabbat morning study group on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9:30 a.m. for a special blessing.
Led by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, participants will explore a modern take on Jewish life, engage with Jewish values, and discover greater spirituality and meaningful celebrations. Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience.
Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, theology and core beliefs; Hebrew, prayers, the Bible and other sacred texts; history, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and Israel; the American Jewish experience; and the tapestry of Jewish people in today's world. The course reflects on the approach of Reform Judaism and is taught so that participants may raise questions and engage deeply and personally with all topics.
Tuition is free for members of Temple Anshe Amunim; not-yet-members are $100 per individual; and $180 per couple. For information, contact the temple office at 413-442-5910. To register, go online.
2019 Jingle Bell
One of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's most anticipated events of the year is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel in West Dover, Vt. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way. Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items.
Last year’s Jingle Bell hosted a sold-out crowd of 179 people and raised $80,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The 2018 sponsors included Title Sponsors Mack and Equinox Golf Resort & Spa. People's United Bank and the Bank of Bennington were presenting sponsors, while Hays Companies was a lead sponsor. Sponsorships for the 2019 Jingle Bell are available. For more information about sponsoring and to reserve a table, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017 or by e-mail.