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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 29-June 4

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Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring online classes, virtual events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at Thank you and be well!
TONIGHT: Berkshire COVID-19 Fund Helpathon
The Berkshire COVID-19 Fund Helpathon will air on PCTV and other Berkshire County public TV stations on Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m. and be re-broadcast on May 31 at 6 p.m. Local celebrities will help raise awareness and funding for this local initiative that has so far distributed more than $1.4 million to 70+ nonprofit agencies to help with food insecurity, emergency child care, housing and homelessness, and healthcare and mental health services.
Please visit the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 webpage for updates and helpful resources. 1Berkshire has compiled a list of online sites where you can find information on a number of topics, including an explanation of our state's reopening plan.
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 General Store 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 Health Food Centre | Pittsfield Rye Bakery | That's a Wrap | Thrive Vegan Diner | Tito's Mexican Grille | Trattoria Rustica | Virtual Pittsfield Farmers Market | Zucco's Family Restaurant | FRI Prime Rib Takeout at Elks Lodge | SAT FREE Berkshire Pay It Forward Meals at Home Depot
On Mondays at 1 p.m., 18 Degrees Family Services for Western Mass. presents an online girls group for young women ages 13-18 to support and empower one another. Group sessions will incorporate positive communication skills, life skills, and healthy relationship skills with a focus on individual strengths and goals.
Berkshire Mountain Animal World is a source for local animal-related businesses, helpful articles, adoption info, kids' activities, events, and adorable pet photos, published right in Pittsfield! Check out the website and view the latest issue. 
On Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m., 1Berkshire presents its next virtual town hall, Summer in the Berkshires: Happening! But How? This panel and Q&A session will include leaders from Canyon Ranch, Trustees of Reservations, and Norman Rockwell Museum discussing how this year's summer experience may look different but still provide great opportunities!
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College is now offering its non-credit classes and programs live online via Zoom and the semester starts Monday, June 1! Classes include local history, music, current events, foreign affairs, science, theater, writing, and more. Register now!
Steven Valenti's Clothing has been a Pittsfield institution for 37 years. The storefront had to close temporarily due to the pandemic, but has recently reopened for curbside pickup (complete with outside fitting room!) Check out a virtual tour of current merchandise for men and women (including sale items up to 50% off) on the store's facebook page and view their new Downtown Story.


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The Berkshire Museum Will Reopen Saturday, Aug. 1

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After being closed for more than four months, the Berkshire Museum will once again welcome visitors through its doors in downtown Pittsfield. 

The museum, which will open in phases, plans to open exclusively to its members for two weeks during its first phase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, before inviting the whole community in phase 2 starting Monday, Aug. 17. The reopening of the Berkshire Museum comes as part of Phase 3 of the state's four-phase Reopening Massachusetts plan, which began Monday, July 6, as announced on July 2.

The museum intends to meet or exceed all state-mandated health and safety guidelines through each reopening phase. Beginning Aug. 1, guests will be welcomed back to the museum with a series of new health and safety protocols in place, including new and improved cleaning procedures, time-based advance ticketing that reserves each exhibition for one "family unit" - a group that has been quarantining together - at a time, mandatory face coverings, social distancing between visitors and staff, and more.

"Throughout the pandemic, the Berkshire Museum has prioritized the health and safety of our guests and staff," said Jeff Rodgers, executive director. "This remains our primary concern, especially as we watch states across the nation suffer rising rates of infection. To ensure that we are acting responsibly, we're taking a phased approach to reopening that will allow us to adjust to changing conditions."

From Aug. 115, the Aquarium will open for Berkshire Museum members with timed reservations. Members can enjoy private, 45-minute, self-led explorations of the Aquarium on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The museum will close from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for cleaning.

The same operating hours will continue during phase 2 from Aug. 17-31, with timed reservations available to the public. In this phase visits will expand to include both the Aquarium and a last chance to see the Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons for all visitors.

Timed tickets must be reserved in advance at or by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360. Berkshire Museum members, children under 18, and EBT cardholders always visit free. During phase 2, adult regular admission will be $5. Reservations can be made starting July 23 for dates between Aug. 1 and 31.

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