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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 3-9

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Join the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission at Hotel on North for a Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Forum from 5-7 p.m. There will be an interactive discussion of opportunities and concerns related to outdoor recreation in the county. All are welcome and pre-registration is greatly appreciated for this free event.
Dottie's Coffee Lounge presents an evening of stand-up with and opening act and headliner comedian Pete Bladel. Food and desserts available, BYOB. Doors open at 7 p.m. Comedy begins around 8 p.m. $15.
FRI Art Opening at Uncorked FRI Spanish Guitarist Ben Schmolze at Mission FRI Legal Tender at The A FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT SIRSY at The A | SAT Jason & Trev at PortSmitt's | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Karaoke Night at Thistle & Mirth | WED Molly Durnin at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Comedian Katie Hannigan at The Colonial | THU Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church | THU The Picky B's at Mission
Curiosity Club is a new science series for grades K-5! Each session will explore a new topic through discussion and experiments.
Registration is required for all attendees. Berkshire Museum, 6-7 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT Animal Tracks w/Mass Audubon at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Festival of Trees After Dark at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Family Story Workshop at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum 
Join instructor Maria Antil for PiYo Live at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, at a new time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting and core-firming of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga. This class cranks up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and defined.
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 | MON Intermediate Flow at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU Keep it Moving at Knesset Israel
More than 40 vendors will take part in the 4 Seasons Wedding Expo, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites (1 West St.) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Bridal Show by Deidre's Special Day is the largest collection of bridal attire shown in the Berkshires showcasing 48 wedding gowns, 20 bridesmaids' dresses, eight mother-of-the-bride dresses, and eight tuxedos. Six 30-minute wedding workshops will be held throughout the day. Don't forget to enter the Dream Dress Giveaway and vendor raffles!
ONGOING Year-end Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | FRI Gray to Green Community Meeting w/Berkshire Brigades | SUN Brunch w/Kozinski-Simon Guitar Duo at Dottie's | MON Sunday Strummers Ukulele Ensemble at Knesset Israel | MON Berkshire Trans Group Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein | THU Paint & Sip with Al at Dottie's


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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.
Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.
"This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we carry and deploy."
Sammons said the grant was submitted in the fall and was a joint effort between the Fire, Police, and School departments. The grant was $9,735 in total; each kit cost around $650.
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