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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 17-23

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Berkshire Community College honors one of America's greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event, taking place in the Connector building at BCC's main campus on Monday, Jan. 20 and co-sponsored by the NAACP-Berkshire County Branch. 
The day begins with a light breakfast and check-in at 8:30 a.m. and a kick-off ceremony from 9-9:45 a.m. with a welcome by BCC President Ellen Kennedy and a keynote by Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, dean of equity and inclusion and associate professor of psychology at Simon's Rock. 

Volunteers are expected at 10 a.m. at their volunteer sites and will serve until 12 p.m. The day concludes at the First United Methodist Church on Fenn St. in Pittsfield for the Harvest Table, a community lunch shared by all volunteers and fellow community members.
In 2014, The City of Pittsfield finalized a study that resulted in a series of recommended strategies to improve parking. Since then, many of the recommendations have been implemented and the City wants to know more about your experience with these changes. 

Please complete this short survey by January 28! Paper versions of the survey are also available and can be picked up/returned at the City Clerk's office on the ground floor of City Hall, 70 Allen Street.


The Berkshires pre-eminent reggae-influenced band, Rebel Alliance, bring their message of rock, reggae and revolution to The Colonial Theatre. They'll be joined by Rice: An American Band, formed over the last five years from a collection of Pioneer Valley musicians. 8 p.m. $10 in advance/$15 day of show.
FRI Jack Waldheim at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI David Grover at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Road Trip Story Slam at Dottie's | FRI Hunks The Show at The A | SAT Jason & Trev at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Garson & Sullivan at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Tom Corrigan at Proprietor's Lodge | SAT Sawyer Country at Elks Lodge | SAT Fanny Pack Trio at Rainbow | SAT Patient Zero Records Show at Crossroads | SAT F-Bomb at The A | SUN Lindsay Anne at O'Laughlin's | MON WordXWord: A Letter from Pittsfield at Berkshire Museum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | TUE Green Drinks at Patrick's Pub | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission


This is the first of a 10-session Animation Club at Berkshire Museum. Students from around the region are invited to sign up for this weekly after-school program. They'll learn a variety of animation techniques, from cel animation to digital storytelling, and collaborate to create unique projects. No experience necessary. Tuesdays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Museum | FRI Petite Picassos at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees | SAT Saturday Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT We Shape History at Berkshire Museum SAT Open House at Berkshire Music School SAT Toddler Time at The Infield SAT Proteus Theatre's Winter Showcase at PHS SUN Discovery Tank at Berkshire Museum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Read with Me: The SAT Chow Time at Berkshire  Crossover at Berkshire Museum TUE The Art of Journaling at Berkshire Athenaeum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Teen Tech: Reboot at Berkshire Athenaeum


Join Kaylie at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness for a  FREE Pop-up Yoga Sculpt class from 7-8 a.m. Kaylie will be teaching an 8-week Yoga Sculpt series starting the following Monday, Jan. 27. Come to the pop-up class to find out more. Kaylie will be answering questions and taking pre-registrations (save $20!) after class.
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-SUN YogaFit Level 1 Training at Berkshire Fitness & Wellness | TUE FREE Trauma-sensitive Yoga at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness


On Monday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel on North, Mill Town Capital and the Dulye Leadership Experience will host The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Worksa forum featuring a panel discussion and interactive break-out sessions about the structure, operations and financials of Pittsfield's municipal government. Hear directly from the city's top leaders! Please register by Monday, Jan. 20.
SAT Antiques, Clocks & Fine Art Auction at Fontaine's Auction Gallery | SUN Brunch w/Redshift at Dottie's | THU Dining to Donate for UCP at Patrick's Pub


At this month's Pittsfield Green Drinks, science professor Bruce Winn will talk about measurable impacts of climate change, with a focus on wildlife of eastern North America. Patrick's Pub, 5:15 p.m.
SAT Kokedama Class at Township Four SAT Open House at Berkshire Music School | SAT Paint "Snowman with Bird" at Berkshire Paint & Sip | MON West African & Caribbean Drumming Classes at The Lichtenstein THU Moments to Remember at Knesset Israel 


FRI-SUN Invisible Hands at The Little Cinema
Invisible Hands is the first feature documentary to exposes child labor and child trafficking within the supply chains of the world's biggest corporations. It digs deep into a modern slavery system quietly supported by some of the world's largest companies, demanding to know why top stakeholders continue to engage in this unlawful and deadly practice.
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Downtown Pittsfield's Ambassadors Ready to Assist

Melvin Wright and Amarie Starr visit Lee Bank, one of the program sponsors, last year.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Friendly pairs of downtown ambassadors have been in Pittsfield since July 1, offering approachable sources of directions, information, and assistance for residents, visitors, business owners, and the general public during the summer.
This year, thanks to the sponsorship of the program by the City of Pittsfield, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Lee Bank, and Pittsfield Garden Tour, Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s ambassadors will be on the streets at peak times for visitors, through Labor Day.
The Downtown Pittsfield Ambassador Program is a partnership between the business group and the Pittsfield Police Department. The program addresses increased visitor presence during the summer and helps to relieve the demand on police presence downtown. It is based on similar models implemented in other cities around the country. This year, the program will focus on downtown's response to COVID-19 by providing masks to people that do not have them, picking up trash, and helping guide foot traffic to places to eat and shop.
This summer, there will be four ambassadors: two returning are returning, Melvin Wright and Amarie Starr, and two are new, Alex Desrochers and Liam Tremlett.
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