Dogs of all breeds know the health benefits both for themselves and their humans of going for a run or brisk walk, and on Saturday they can join hundreds of kindred spirits at the 11th annual Humane Race in Williamstown.
The event raises funds for the Berkshire Humane Society, and it begins with registration and check-in at 8 a.m. on Water Street in the downtown shopping area. The race kicks off at 10 a.m. with a 5k run and 1-mile walk, and all animal-loving racers are welcome to take part with or without dogs.
Those who raise $500 or more in pledges are entered into a drawing to win a pet photo session with North Adams-based top animal photographer Amanda Jones, widely admired for her compelling images of dogs and other pets, and author of many books including "A Breed Apart," a celebration of mutts.
After the race is over, the fun continues at the finish line with free festivities till noon, complete with prizes, puppy paddling pools so pooches can cool off, live music to entertain the crowd, and edible treats for both humans and pets.
Registration is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under in advance, and $20 adults, $15 children on the day. There is no charge for dogs. All four-legged entrants will receive a commemorative doggy bandana, and the first 150 people to sign up will receive a free race T-shirt.
The race is organized by Bark N'Cat of North Adams.
Information and online registration: www.humanerace.org, (413) 447-7878.
Experience modern dance at its most dramatic and exuberant at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday when the Williams College Contemporary Dance Ensemble CoDa under the direction of Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker presents an evening of long and short works at the ‘62 Center in Williamstown.
The program is centered around a full-length production of the "Rite of Spring" set to Igor Stravinsky's historic musical composition, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the controversial premier of this groundbreaking masterpiece in Paris. Elizabeth Wright and Doris Stevenson will perform a live two-piano version of the score to accompany the dancers.
Dramatic lighting, striking costumes and projections are all hallmarks of CoDa presentations, which will include several original short pieces created by student choreographers.
CoDa is one of five ensembles that make up the college's well-regarded dance department, which presents a series dynamic, original shows throughout the year.
Tickets are $3. Information and box office: 62center.williams.edu (413) 597-2425.
Benefit Horse Show
Horse lovers can get their fill of fine fillies and steeds and appreciate the accomplishments of riders of all abilities and levels at the annual Equus Therapeutic Benefit Horse Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Held at the program's new home of Wedgewood Stable at Wirtes Farm in Lanesborough, the event raises funds for horse riding programs that serve children and adults with disabilities.
For the past three decades, around 80 riders with a wide range of special needs including autism, Down syndrome, visual impairment and cerebral palsy have benefitted from lessons and horsemanship sessions through Equus Therapeutic each year. Program participants have ranged in age from 2 to 70 years old, and take part in events such as the annual gymkhana, drill team and Special Olympics.
The Horse Show, which is open to all, will include divisions for both beginner and more experienced riders, with jumping over different levels of fences and a "Sit-a-Buck" contest for more adventurous bareback riders. Information: www.equustherapeutic.org (413) 664-0753.