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ART

First Congregational Church of Lee

"Love Makes a Family," a photo-text exhibit on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 25 Park Place, Lee.

Open Studio

Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge; information: (413) 298-5252, Ext. 100. COMMUNITY

Active Parenting Workshops

All parents or guardians with children ages 5-12 in their care are encouraged to attend these workshops sponsored by the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership. The event is free, with pizza served and Big Y gift cards for those who attend all three meetings. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Christian Center, 159 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield. Information call (413) 442-6948.

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

BerkshireWorks

Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 499-2220, Ext.


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Congregation Knesset Israel

Tenor singer and guitarist, Doug Schmolze to play music following lunch, 1 p.m., Pittsfield.

Master Gardener Hotline

Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, (413) 298-5355.

Meditation Sangha

Pittsfield UU Meditation Sangha, learn how to handle stress and find peace, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Pembury Bridge Club

ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:45 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, (413) 655-2416.

Peru Town Hall

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in the Community Center at 7 p.m. Information (413) 655-8312.

Pittsfield High School

Instrumental Music Parent Meeting for parents or guardians with children in grades 3-5 in any of the eight Public elementary schools that wish to sign their child up for in-school music lessons. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Ski Butternut

Berkshire Grown's 15th Annual Harvest Supper, 6-8 p.m., Route 23, Great Barrington. Tickets by reservation only; (413) 528-0041.

DANCE

Line Dance Classes

With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St., Ext., Dalton, (413) 443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons

Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles, Curran Highway, North Adams.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Acupuncture Clinic

Community acupuncture treatments for trauma, addiction, pain and stress, sliding fee of $20-$50, Sunrise Studio at Berkshire Healing Arts, (above Berkshire Nautilus), 4 to 7 p.m., 42 Summer St., second floor, Pittsfield, (413) 243-0654.

Berkshire Medical Center

Berkshire Medical Center

Parkinson's Exercise Group, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex, Pittsfield. Medical clearance required, $5/session. (413) 447-3075 for questions.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Master's Swim Team; for adults - competitive swimmers or just those looking to stay in shape. 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Beginner's Ballroom, for adults, 7-8:30 p.m., Pittsfield. (413) 528-2810.

Dalton CRA

Hi-Lo infusion, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Hatha yoga, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Gentle Yoga

For all levels, focus on creating sequencing, breath work and meditation, drop-ins welcome, 9 to 10 a.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine: (413) 822-2034.

Healing Rhythms

Breath and fitness yoga, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; "Thrive No Matter What," How To Reach Your Goals Despite Life's Challenges, 7-8:30 p.m.; Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, building 8A, Lenox; information: (413) 637-2727.

Impulse Fitness

"Body Blast," 10 to 11 a.m., Porter Plaza, 360 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, (413) 446-7857.

Overeaters Anonymous

12-step meeting, 7 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Parkinson's Exercise Group

Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Garage, 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital campus, Lewis Avenue, Great Barrington; medical clearance required, $5 per session; information: (413) 854-9740.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Indoor cycle, 6 to 6:45 a.m.; senior strength training (Silver Sneakers), 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; gentle yoga, 11 to 12:15; Interval Mondays, noon to 1; indoor cycle, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; "Strength and Motion," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; evening yoga, 6:45 to 8 p.m., 292 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650, ext.13.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, all stages of pregnancy welcome, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center, North Street; also at BMC's Hillcrest Campus, Tor Court, Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

Yoga Depot

Yoga Depot

All-levels yoga, practice using posture flow, breath work and deep relaxation, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 137 North St., Pittsfield; Waterfall Perry: (413) 464-1944.

KID STUFF

Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Basketball Basics, for ages 5-8; 4-5 p.m. Fitness Exploration, for ages 8-12; explore a different way to exercise, stay healthy, and have fun. 5-6 p.m., (413) 528-2810. Pittsfield.

Kindergym

Open play, reading, circle time, crafts, snacks and swimming for toddlers and their parents/guardians, follows Central Berkshire school schedule, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Playgroup

"Baby & Me!" for toddlers and parents, social interaction, music and developmentally appropriate play activities for 1 to 2 year olds, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

LECTURE

'62 Center Studio

Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters in conversation with director of dance Sandra L. Burton, 7 p.m., Main Street, Williamstown. Free.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run." Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

Museum in the house where Herman Melville wrote "Moby-Dick," hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include "Edwin Hale Lincoln, Home City: Photographs of Pittsfield, Massachusetts," architectural and natural images, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material," through Oct. 26; "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Bidwell House

Colonial history museum with 18th and 19th-century furnishings, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens and 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s. Open Thurs.-Mon., 11 to 4, guided tours on the hour, grounds open daily, 100 Art School Road, Monterey. Information: (413) 528-6888 or www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Chesterwood

Summer home of public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours offered daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, open daily through Oct. 31. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216.

Hancock Shaker Village

Living history museum includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, Shaker furniture, crafts, tools and clothes; also, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Featuring "A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA," works of photographer Noel Vicentini, on display through Oct. 27. Village is open daily from 10 to 5 for self-guided visits through Oct. 28. Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.Mass MoCA

Living history museum includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, Shaker furniture, crafts, tools and clothes; also, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Featuring "A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA," works of photographer Noel Vicentini, on display through Oct. 27. Village is open daily from 10 to 5 for self-guided visits through Oct. 28. Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.Mass MoCA

"Xu Bing: Phoenix," on view through Oct. 27; Year-Round Gallery House hours and Kidspace, the child-centered gallery, open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Closed Tuesdays. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. (413) 662-2111.

The Mount

Edith Wharton's historic house and gardens, open daily 10 to 5, Thurs. 10 to 8, through October. Tours, contemporary outdoor sculptures, outdoor cafe and gift shop, special events throughout the summer including free music Fri. and Sat. evenings, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.EdithWharton.org.

Naumkeag

Naumkeag House & Gardens Gilded Age mansion, 20 acres of landscaped grounds, guided house tours and special garden, 10 to 5. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-8138.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration, featured exhibits are "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic," "Jarvis Rockwell: Maya, Illusion and Us" and "Norman Rockwell: Happily Ever After," open Mon.-Sun., 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

Steepletop

Former historic house and garden museum of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, tours at 11:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30, 436 East Hill Road, two miles in from Route 22, south of Route 203, Austerlitz, N.Y., (518) 392-3362 or www.millay.org.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, 10 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women's fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Berkshire Hillsmen

Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; information: Dan Burkhard, (413) 298-4773.

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Rehearsals for new season, 7 p.m. Pittsfield Unitarian Church, Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. More info at berkshirelyricinfo.org or (413) 298-5365.

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 6 to 8 p.m., Pilgrim Memorial Church, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 499-2071.

Hilltown Choral Society

Hilltown Choral Society

Rehearsals from 7:30-9 p.m., at the Worthington Historical building at the intersection of Routes 143 and 112 in the Worthington Town Center. Information contact Jeff Hunt at (413) 499-7320 or jeffcomusic1@aol.com.

Lichtenstein Center

Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to Olivia Daly, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to news@berkshireeagle.com, or faxed to (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.