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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 30-May 7

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While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email Thank you and be well!

Please visit the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 webpage for updates and helpful resources. 1Berkshire has also compiled a list of online sites where you can find information on a number of topics.

Here are some of the Pittsfield restaurants currently offering takeout, delivery, and/or curbside pickup. Please check their websites for special menus, hours and updates. Visit the 1Berkshire website for a list of all takeout options throughout Berkshire County.
Berkshire Mountain Bakery Berkshire Organics Braise Worthy | District Kitchen & Bar A Taste of Dottie's | Flavours of Malaysia | Flo's Diner | Forthill Farm | Guido's Fresh Marketplace | Hangar Pub & Grill | Highland Restaurant | Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos | Hot Tomatoes Pizza | House of India La Fogata The Lantern Bar & Grill The Marketplace Cafe | Mazzeo's Ristorante | New Amazing Pavilion | O'Laughlin's Pub | Otto's Kitchen & Comfort | Pancho's Mexican Restaurant | Papa Joe's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Patrick's Pub | Pittsfield Rye Bakery | That's a Wrap | Thrive Vegan Diner | Tito's Mexican Grille | Trattoria Rustica | Virtual Pittsfield Farmers Market | Zucco's Family Restaurant | SAT Pay It Forward FREE Meals at Home Depot

This year, #ArtWeekAtHome will replace the original ArtWeek 2020 beginning on May 1! Event hosts and partners will post links on social media to their online content including tours, concerts, at-home activities, and other creative programs. Look for the tags #ArtWeekAtHome and @ArtWeekMA. A 10-day ArtWeek Bingo game will also launch on May 1 to keep creative juices flowing throughout the week with daily artistic prompts and themed challenges celebrating different genres, including music, museums, dance, crafts, theater, literature, the outdoors/public art, film, history, and culinary arts. 
For Pittsfield schoolchildren: Free grab-and-go meal packages are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1 p.m.
For Pittsfield residents: Berkshire United Way and local restaurants are providing free food for families at the Boys & Girls Club, Conte School, and Morningside School on Saturdays from 12-1 p.m. 

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) presents a benefit event streamed live from Florence, Italy! Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is a one-time-only performance featuring some of America's greatest songs in the context in which they were written, including "God Bless America," to "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "White Christmas." A perfect mother's day gift! Plus, 50% of proceeds go to BTG!
NEW Berkshire Artist Profiles NEW Exercise for Good Downtown Stories | The Littlest Cinema: Botero Pet Care Tips from Berkshire Humane Society | Virtual Barrington Stage Company | Make Your Own Flat Cat or Flat Fido with Blue Q | Learn from Home with Berkshire Theatre Group | Online Classes with IS183 Art School Painting Tutorials with Berkshire Paint & Sip | Classes with Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness Classes with Antil Fitness Classes with Radiance Yoga | Virtual Berkshires | Email for Online Drumming Classes | FRI Zoom Coffee Break with 18 Degrees | FRI Dulye Leadership Virtual Culture Chat | TUE Berkshire Entrepreneurship Panel with BCC | THU Live Storytelling with BCC Alumni | FRI Ladies Night In with 18 Degrees

The local heroes at Berkshire Humane Society need our help! BHS has had to close its doors and those of its two Catwalk boutiques to the public, as well as cancel its fundraising events. To help them continue to run the shelter, offer community programs, and provide free food to local pet owners, they are conducting an online apparel fundraiser. All money raised through the site goes directly to Berkshire Humane Society! 


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BCC, like many other schools, has been forced to be creative in recognizing its graduates during the pandemic. The graduates have often put their own spin on the unusual ceremonies. See more photos here.
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Ann Tierney, a nursing adviser, retired nurse practitioner and professor of nursing, addressed the practical nursing students while Lynn Geldert, with a background including critical care nursing and providing clinical instruction to nursing students, addressed the associate degree program graduates in the online portion of their ceremony.
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