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The annual 10X10 Festival starts its wrap up of events with fireworks starting at 6 p.m. on First Street.

Weekend Outlook

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County is having a variety of events this weekend including fireworks, a festival, concerts, and more. 
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10×10 Festival
Time: various
The annual 10x10 Festival continues this week to celebrate the winter season. 
This weekend's festivities include fireworks, dance performances, beer releases, art exhibits, live music, and more. 
More information here
Jacob’s Pillow: CONTRA-TIEMPO Performance
Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield
Time: 6 p.m. 
CONTRA-TIEMPO’s latest work, "azúcar!," will be performed. Founding Artistic Director Alvarez and twenty artists and collaborators from across the country, will explore the themes of sugar, African-Latina ancestral technologies and dance, music and healing as community practices.
More information here
Free Ski Day 
Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Charlemont
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
L.L.Bean is sponsoring a day of free winter activities including guided snowshoe outings, s'mores, skiing, and more. Mountain capacity is limited so book your free lift ticket online.
More information here
Candle Magic Workshop
Witch Slapped, Pittsfield
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Witch Slapped is partnering with Soma's Aromas to teach kids to decorate Soma's scented candles. This event is free. More information here
The Just-N-Kace Band
Dalton American Legion
Time: 7 to 10 p.m. 
Dance music, Rock and Roll and Country for all occasions band Just-N-Kace will be performing. There is a $5 cover charge. More information here
10 Minutes of Fireworks
The Common, Pittsfield
Time: around 6 p.m.
The annual 10X10 Festival starts its wrap up of events with fireworks starting at 6 p.m. on First Street. 
They will be launched at The Common so the park will be closed during this time. Viewing areas will be available in the First Street Municipal Lot.
More information here
Saturday Night Dance Party
Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 9 p.m. 
Dance the night away during a dance party featuring remixed classic songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, brought to you by Methuselah and Pup Daddy Productions. More information here
Ghost Tours at Ventfort Hall 
Ventfort Hall, Lenox
Time: 8 to 10 p.m. 
There will be a Ghost Tour with "Ghosts of the Berkshires" author Robert Oakes.
Oakes will lead guests through the rooms and halls of the estate sharing tales of its hauntings.
"Stand in the places where the encounters occurred, listen to the first-hand accounts of those who experienced them, and maybe even experience something unusual yourself. This is not an active investigation," according to the press release.
Admission is $30 and the minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets here.
Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 
Sunday Breakfast 
American Legion Post 160 Adams
Time: 8 to 11 a.m. 
Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, coffee, water, and juice. The cost is $10 for Adults, $8 for children under 12. More information here
BREAK Stories
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 7 p.m. 
Local nonprofit WordXWord is holding a story sharing event centered around the theme "Break." 
This free event will feature a range of true, first-person stories that are told, not read. 
Tell your story by registering here. Spots are limited. 
My Greylock Visitor Center Scavenger Hunt 
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Time: 10 to 3 p.m. 
Visit Mount Greylock Visitor Center for a self guided indoor scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt hand-outs are available at the lobby desk.
More information here
King Lear Broadcast
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
The Clark will be screening a recording of King Lear, filmed live from London National Theater. Tickets are priced at $18, $16 for members, $14 for students, and $5 for children 15 and under. Advance registration is required due to limited capacity, and no refunds will be issued.
More information here

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Dalton Board of Health Approves Green Burial Verbiage

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Board of Health approved wording for the green burial guidelines during its meeting on Wednesday. 
The guideline stipulates that "Ebola or any other diseases that the CDC or Massachusetts Department of Public Health deem unsuitable for green burials can not be approved by the town Board of Health." 
The board has been navigating how to include communicable diseases in its guidelines to prevent them from spreading.  
Town Health Agent Agnes Witkowski has been working to clarify the state's guidelines regarding infectious diseases and green burials. 
She attended a presentation on green burials and consulted with people from various organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where it was determined that the state is behind in developing guidelines for green burials.
Currently, the only disease that would prevent someone from being able to have a green burial is ebola, board member Amanda Staples-Opperman said. Bugs would take care of anything else. 
The town running into situations surrounding an unknown disease would be a very rare occurrence, board members said. 
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