Thursday September 13, 2012

Pittsfield: Chamber Nite Sept. 19 at Springside

The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Chamber Nite event on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Springside Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, 255 Lebanon Ave.

Networking will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

Chamber Nite events are open exclusively to Berkshire Chamber members and their employees. Registration: www.berkshirechamber.com; (413) 499-4000, ext. 126; choyt@berkshirechamber.com.

Pittsfield: Workshop set on workforce training

The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Berkshire Works Career Center will host a workforce training fund workshop on the general grant application on Friday, Sept. 28.

The session will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board in the 1Berkshire Building at 66 Allen St.

This workshop is for companies who are ready to apply for or in the process of applying for a general program grant under the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program.

The workshop will review the application in detail, discuss what makes for a competitive application, good and bad terminology, how to measure and quantify training, and how to develop a successful training plan. Seating is limited to 20.

Information: Barbara Emanuel, (413) 499-2220, ext. 111; bemanuel@berkshireworks.org.

Gt. Barrington: Charley’s Fund moves to Main St.

Charley’s Fund, a nonprofit foundation that raises money for developing treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has moved the retail side of its operation to 635 Main St. in Great Barrington.

A grand opening to celebrate the shop’s new location will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Merchandise sold at the shop raises money for Charley’s Fund.

The fund is named after an 11-year-old boy named Charley, who lives in Alford and has been stricken with Duchenne, the most common and aggressive form of muscular dystrophy.

The fund that bears Charley’s name has directed $20 million into the development of new treatments since 2005, and has been instrumental in starting four clinical trials for children with Duchenne.

Charley’s Fund was founded in 2004 by Charley’s parents, Tracy and Benjamin Seckler of Alford.