(Berkshire Eagle File)
April 16 to 22 calendar of events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

School Vacation Week Bennington Museum: Vermont art and history, Vacation workshops 1 to 4 p. Full Story
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Live music in the Berkshires

One of the best parts of living in the Berkshires is that there's music everywhere, from stages to basements, garages to colleges, storefronts to street festivals. Full Story
(Photo by Kathy Clausen / Courtesy of Grace Church)
On the Bridge: Church without walls plants a garden

Rev. Janet Zimmerman looks for ways to serve
04/15/2015 05:38 PM EDT
LEE AND GREAT BARRINGTON >> Originally from Texas, the Rev. Janet Zimmerman worked as a special education teacher and with families for many years before she came to the ministry. 
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Jad Abumrad of Radiolab explores ideas at Paramount Theatre
04/15/2015 05:06 PM EDT - RUTLAND >> Risk, creativity and uncertainty — do they go hand-in-hand? Full Story

Bennington Fish Hatchery: Visitors welcome to see and feed fish
04/16/2015 02:01 PM EDT - BENNINGTON — With its 100th birthday coming up next year and its current status as the largest producer of stocked fish for the inland waters of Vermont, the Bennington Fish Hatchery provides not only a peek at the process through which water is stocked with fish, but also interaction with the fish themselves. Full Story

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Kate Abbott: A bit of Earth Day

04/15/2015 05:02 PM EDT
From the corn field at the top of the hill, we could hear the spring peepers in the swamp on the far side of the ridge. 
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Alpacas welcomes spring in Shaftsbury
04/15/2015 05:02 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY >> On the border of Vermont and New York, Sandy Gordon lives happily with 35 alpacas and a llama named Pie Face Charlie. Full Story

MCLA Presents: Sekou Sundiata recalled in spoken word
04/15/2015 05:06 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> The rhythm of Sekou Sundiata's poetry pulses palpably from his writing, but his poems are most powerful when he speaks, shaping scenes out of sound in a way more like music than poetry. Full Story

New York Woodwind Quintet crosses centuries at Close Encounters
04/15/2015 05:03 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON >> Like a spring zephyr, the acclaimed New York Woodwind Quintet (NYWQ) will blow sweet air into the Mahaiwe on Saturday as part of the Close Encounters With Music series. Full Story

Bennington's L'Ensemble meets Broadway
04/15/2015 05:05 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> From its beginning in the 1970s to its current second year of residency at the Oldcastle Theatre, L'Ensemble has emphasized a varied repertoire and commitment to teaching in performance and with outreach. Full Story

Earth Day and outdoor events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
04/15/2015 05:22 PM EDT - Alchemy Initiative: Raised Bed Building workshop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Farm tour, heritage pork, poultry and lamb all on pasture and woodland. Full Story

Award-winning photographer Sally Eagle to speak at Berkshire Museum
04/15/2015 05:04 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> Photographer Sally Eagle has won a 2014 Windland Smith Rice International Award from Nature's Best Photography magazine with her video 'Ambush in the Pantanal. Full Story

RiverWorks will honor the Hoosic with art, live music
04/16/2015 07:48 AM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN — The Hoosic River Watershed will celebrate the river with art and migrating birds Saturday. Full Story

River Walk to hold Earth Day cleanup
04/15/2015 05:04 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON >> Housatonic River Walk will hold its annual Earth Day Workday from 9 a. Full Story

Jonathan Mingle reads 'Fire and Ice' at Northsire Bookstore
04/15/2015 05:22 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> High in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar in Northwest India sits a village fed by runoff from glaciers and snowfields, Kumik — a settlement of 39 mud brick homes — has survived and thrived for 1,000 years. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Spring stirs new growth and color
04/08/2015 07:02 PM EDT - As the weather begins to loosen its hold, and a flock of robins call in the trees in Springside Park, people are stirring and planning events. Full Story

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Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. Full Story
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5 things from former Bush press secretary Perino's book

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's spokeswoman at the end of his presidency, is out with a book that is part memoir, part career advice. Full Story