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ART

Becket Arts Center Gallery

Special Exhibits and POTATO Regional Artists Shop; Daily hours 1-7 p.m., 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket. (413) 623-6635.

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.

Gallery Art

Gallery Art

New Still Life: Paintings and Drawings by Marion Grant, 12-5 p.m., 25 Union St., Pittsfield. Information call (413) 464-2127. COMMUNITY

'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.

Berkshire South

Parents' Night Out: ages 3-12. Parents, drop your kids off here for an evening of activities while you enjoy your night out. Please send a swimsuit and towel, and pj's if you'd like. Pre-register 48 hours in advance. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Bingo

Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 4:30 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, (413) 243-1079.

Florida Senior Center

Florida Senior Center

"Chair Assisted Tai Chi for Healthy Aging," 10-11 a.m., improves balance, mobility, flexibility, and coordination.


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To register or for more information call Donna at (413) 662-2811 or floridaseniorcenter@verizon.net.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 to 4, bookstore from 1 to 3. All summer clothing buy one get one free. First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

Hancock Shaker Village

Dave Carlon and Jack Sobon's Timber Framing: A Traditional Approach workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until September 29. To register call (800) 817-1137 or visit hancockshakervillage.org

Hinsdale Lunch

Elder Services meal offered every Wed. and Fri. at 11:30 a.m., Hinsdale Town Hall, Bingo to follow, South Street, Hinsdale; advance reservations: Meal site at (413) 655-2310 or Nutrition Program at (413) 499-0524.

Lebanon Valley Historical Society

Rededication of the Blessing Fountain followed by refreshments at the pavilion in Shatford Park. 1 p.m., New Lebanon, NY.

Lenox Farmers' Market

Every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Today features a Family Dog Show! Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Information call (413) 528-8950.

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, quality brand name clothing, gifts and collectibles, 10 to 4, South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

MCLA ‘Creating Equality'

Evening of music and spoken word with writer and musician James McBride, 7:30 p.m. McBride will read excerpts from his latest book, "The Good Lord Bird," on abolitionist John Brown. Begins "Creating Equality" series. Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams. www.mcla.edu

Meditation Group

Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 8:15 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St, North Adams, (413) 663-5830.

MTEL Classes

The Education Department at MCLA will be holding several classes designed to help prepare for the MTEL, which needs to be passed as a requirement for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each test will focus on a specific test. Courses available are Foundations of Reading, Communication & Literacy Skills, and Gen. Curr. Math Sub-Test. Courses are $50 for general public and $25 for MCLA students. Complete registration form and payment at least 14 days before course begins. Information contact the Education Department at (413) 662-5381 or email m.delisle@mcla.edu.

Naumkeag at night

Grounds and house after hours, 5 to 8 p.m. Wine and sunset, learn about the Choate family, tour restored gardens. Wine and beer courtesy of Nejaime's Wine Cellar. Live country, blues and folk rock with David Reed, instrument-maker. Stockbridge. www.thetrustees.org

New Moms Group

Sponsored by GROW, drop-in support group for pregnant women and new moms, babes in arms welcome, 10 to noon, Bizzy B's Boutique, 6 Burbank St., Pittsfield, www.gatheredwomen.org.

Old Hopkins Observatory

Williams college astronomy students host planetarium shows at the Mailham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Reservations contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Shows last about 50 minutes.

Pembury Bridge Club

ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, (413) 655-2416.

Postpartum Group

"This Is Harder than I Thought," drop-in support group for mothers of infants and toddlers, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield.

Weekly Meditation

"Meditation in the Chapel," by Pittsfield Sangha, noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 358-2626.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Aikido

Japanese martial art of self defense, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: Kim Rivers: (413) 499-8625.

Berkshire South

Co-Ed Indoor Soccer League, 6:30-8:15 p.m., all skill levels welcome;"Positive Approaches to Our Well-Being," learn how to transition into a new way of life or organize the life you already have, 11 to 12:30 p.m.,15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-0397.

Dalton CRA

Dynamic yoga, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Hi-Lo Infusion, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Easy Exercise

Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Healing Rhythms

Mindful cycling, sculpting and yoga, cardio, strengthening and stretching class, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Impulse Fitness

Brazilian Butt Lift, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; On The Ball 2:45-3:45 p.m., Porter Plaza, 360 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, (413) 446-7857.

Nar-Anon Meeting

12-step support group for families and friends of addicts, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

Overeaters Anonymous

Fairview Hospital, noon to 1, 29 Lewis Ave., ambulance building, Great Barrington.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Senior Cardio Circuit Silver Sneakers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; deep water circuit training, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; all-levels yoga, 11 to 12:15 p.m.; lunch indoor cycle, 12:15 to 1 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Recovery International

A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets every Friday, at 8 p.m., in the Autumn Room at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use the Albro Street entrance.

Yoga for Babies

"Itsy Bitsy Yoga," for babies eight weeks to crawling, 2 to 3 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield. Preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

Yoga

Kripalu-style yoga with integrated breathing techniques, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Chatham, N.Y.; call for location: Hildy Kronen, (518) 781-4483.

Yoga Depot

"Candlelight Yoga," all levels yoga class in a candlelit studio, drop-ins welcome, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 137 North St. Pittsfield. Rachael Plaine (413) 822-2034.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Preschool videos at 10 a.m., children's library, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.

Berkshire Museum

"Museum Adventures," geared toward children 18 months to 3 years, playtime, songs, stories and scavenger hunt, 11 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Berkshire South

Ballet, for ages 3-6, 3:30-4:14 p.m.; Creative Dance, ages 5-8, 4;30-5:15 p.m. Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810.

'Tyke Hike'

For ages 8 and under with parent/guardian, short hike to experience nature then listen to a fun children's story, 10 a.m., meet at Visitors' Center, Mount Greylock, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, (413) 499-4262.

Stockbridge Library

Pre-school storycraft; songs, stories, and a craft. 10 a.m., no pre-registration necessary. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-5501.

LECTURE

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 "Pittsfield, 1863" images and stories of Pittsfield citizens in that iconic year; a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute

"Piero della Francesca's Madonna Enthroned with Four Angels: The Spiritual Perspective of Her Heavenly Palace" with Samuel Edgerton, Amos Lawrence Professor Art History Emeritus, Williams College. 5:50 p.m., at Stone Hill Center, Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Bennington Center for the Arts

Cordis, an ensemble of cello, piano, cimbalom and percussion, compositions and pieces Phillip Glass and Igor Stravinsky. www.TheBennington.org or (802) 442-7158.

Williams College

The Department of Music presents Ronald Feldman, cello, at 8 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Mount Greylock

"Hiking 101," guided hike to discuss trail safety, map reading, equipment and bear etiquette, for all ages, 1 to 4 p.m., meet at Visitor Center, Mount Greylock, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, (413) 499-4262.

THEATER

Clark Art Institute

"Othello," National Theatre Live. 2 p.m., Williamstown. clarkart.edu (413) 458-0524.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

London's National Theatre in HD "Othello," 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100.

Oldcastle Theater Company

"Sherlock Holmes: Knight's Gambit" by Paul Falzone. 331 Main St., Bennington VT. Tickets (802) 447-0564 or oldcastletheatre.org.

WRITING

Good Purpose Gallery

Writer's Read monthly readings, 6 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. 40 Main St., right next to the Starving Artist Cafe, Lee.

New York State Writers Institute

Gilbert King, Niskayuna native and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author. Seminar at 4:15 p.m., reading at 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, Albany, NY.

Water Street Books

Local crime novelist Charles O'Brien will read from his new book "Death of a Robber Baron" with a Q&A reception to follow. 7 p.m., Williamstown.

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Becket Arts Center Gallery

Special Exhibits and POTATO Regional Artists Shop; Daily hours 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Clark Art Institute

Clark Symposium: Science, Ethics, and the Transformations of Art in the 13th and 14th Centuries, with Herbert L. Kessler and Richard Newhauser, 9:30 a.m., Williamstown. www.clarkart.edu

Gallery Art

New Still Life: Paintings and Drawings by Marion Grant, 12-5 p.m., 25 Union St., Pittsfield. Information call (413) 464-2127.

COMMUNITY

ABC Clothing Sale

Annual giant sale of name brand, gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. At 2 p.m., buy a large bag for $20 and fill it with what is left. Benefit Greylock A Better Chance.

'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.

Baked Stuffed Chicken Dinner

Polish Community Club will host a chicken dinner at 5:30, with hors d'oeuvres at 5 p.m. Advance tickets only, no tickets at the door. Tickets call (413) 499-2873 or (413) 447-9151. 55 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Ballroom Dancing

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing, in celebration of National Ballroom Dance week. Food court of the Berkshire Mall, Route 7, Lanesborough. 1-3 p.m. with a Swing lesson at 2 p.m. with Andrew Brown. Free.

Becket Federated Church

Breakfast that includes pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, and more, from 8-11 a.m. Home-baked goods will be available for purchase by the Women's Society. Becket.

Berkshire South

Mindful Parenting Workshop, with Geoff Bell-Devaney, educator and author of "A Mindful Approach to Parenting." 1-3:30 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810. Bidwell House Museum

Mindful Parenting Workshop, with Geoff Bell-Devaney, educator and author of "A Mindful Approach to Parenting." 1-3:30 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810. Bidwell House Museum

"Building a Traditional New England Stone Wall," Monterey native Roger Tyron, a stone wall builder and a landscaper, 10 a.m. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888. www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Bonnie Lea Farm

Interscholastic Equestrian Association team will be forming this fall, grades 6-12. Informal meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bonnie Lea Farm, 511 North St., Route 7.

Chess Night

Presented by the "Soldier On" program, all welcome, 7 p.m., main dining room, 360 West Housatonic St., Route 20, Pittsfield. Information: Willie Ledbetter, (413) 822-8530 or 236-5644.

Chesterwood

Book signing, talk with Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams, ‘Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country,' 4:30 p.m. The Meadowlark, Daniel Chester French's second studio, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216. Chesterwood.org.

Church Tours

Tours of 1857 historic Lee Congregational United Church of Christ with Romanesque architecture and "trompe l'oeil" (fool-the-eye) stenciling, tallest wooden frame steeple in New England; sanctuary tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 25 Park Place, Lee, (413) 464-8308.

Clark Art Institute

Clark Symposium: Science, Ethics, and the Transformation of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries. Covened by Herbert L. Kessler and Richard Newhauser; examines developments in later-medieval art. Held in the auditorium, with reception to follow at 5:30. 9:30 a.m., Williamstown.

Food Pantry

Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-5644.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Saturdays through October, 9 to 1, First Street, across from the Common, Pittsfield.

Farmers Market

Great Barrington farmers market, 9 to 1, behind Great Barrington train station, corner of Castle Street and Taconic Avenue, just behind town hall. Featuring the 6th Annual Apple Bake Off! Information (413) 528-8950.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., All summer clothing buy one get one free. First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.Hancock Shaker Village

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., All summer clothing buy one get one free. First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.Hancock Shaker Village

Dave Carlon and Jack Sobon's Timber Framing workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until September 29. (800) 817-1137 or hancockshakervillage.org

Hinsdale Dayz Organization

Seventh annual craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fire House. Rain or shine. Hinsdale.

Husdon Valley Opera House

Gala Veinte! Paul Carlon & Grupo Los Santos. Live music and dancing. 327 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.

Inn at Richmond

Beer tasting and food sampling - fundraiser for Berkshire Music School, 6:30 p.m. For reservations call (413) 442-1411. State Street, Richmond.

Lenox Apple Squeeze

Handmade crafts, sculptures, and original art works fill the streets along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods, and hand woven clothing. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and delicacies along with apples and all imaginable apple recipes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, quality brand name clothing, gifts and collectibles, noon to 4, South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Plein-Air Painting Group

Arts Alive will begin the outdoor painting group at 9 a.m. at the Worthington Historical Society at the intersection of Route 112 and Route 143. Free. RSVP to Natalie Safford at (413) 238-0192.

Sheffield Bard Party

The Sheffield Association will hold a Community Barn Party in the old barn of Hester Velmans and Peter Cherneff, 5-8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Sheffield Times. Reservations preferred, (413) 248-6747. 778 Hewins St., Sheffield.

Ventfort Hall Mansion

NBC Reporter Bill Dedman, "The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark," 4 p.m. Tea and talk. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or info@gildedage.org.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Berkshire South

Get Fit Challenge - 8 week program for adults, (413) 528-2810, Great Barrington.

Dalton CRA

Abs, Arms & Tush, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; flex and flow yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Healing Rhythms

Cardio strength fusion, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; slow flow yoga, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.; "Shake Your Soul," dance class, no prior experience necessary, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets from 11:30 to 12:30, Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Pilates

Pilates mat class, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Deep water circuit training, 8 to 9 a.m.; cardio kickboxing, 9 to 10 a.m., and performance cycle, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, 10:30 a.m., Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 496-9642.

Tai Chi Easy/Qigong

For health and relaxation, adaptable for all ages and almost any stage of health practice, free for returning soldiers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information/registration: Sherilyn Mindermann, (413) 446-1791.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Blafield Children's Chorus rehearsals begin for the new season, 10 a.m., auditorium. Open to children ages 6-13. More info at berkshirelyricinfo.org or call (413) 298-5365.

Blafield Children's Chorus rehearsals begin for the new season, 10 a.m., auditorium. Open to children ages 6-13. More info at berkshirelyricinfo.org or call (413) 298-5365.

Berkshire Co-op Market

DIY Kids: Do It Yourself toothpaste and mouthwash, 3:30 p.m., 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington. Information (413) 528-9697 ext. 13.

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom, 11:100 a.m.," Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30. Paper Plane Challenge; fold and fly your own paper airplane! Instructions and paper available, 2 p.m., free with admission, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

LECTURE

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

The Department of Conservation & Recreation's Visitor's Museum will present an illustrated lecture, "Fields of Nightmares... Scarecrows" at 2 p.m. Lecture will explore the floppy and breezy history of the scarecrow. Information (413) 663-6312. North Adams.

MUSIC

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Arlo Guthrie, 8:00 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-9277.

Music and More at the Meetinghouse

"Anything Goes! Karen Akers Sings Cole Porter" with Tony-award winning singer, wine tasting by Domaney's. 4:30 p.m., 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road. (413) 229-2785.

Next Stage

Putney Vaudeville! Back by popular demand. 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hall, Putney, VT. Tickets available at www.nextstage.org. Information call (802) 387-0102.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

Third annual StoryHarvest celebration, with performances by international jazz star in the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, singer/songwriter Nawal, plus local gospel artists, and free community potluck barbecue. 1 to 5 p.m., Freedom Square, 39 Fifth Ave., North Troy, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Jones Nose trail at Mount Greylock, connecting up with AT to Bascom Lodgel; return with a short section of the Hopper Trail before meeting up with CCC Dynamite Trail following it back to parking lot. Information call Ron Rousseau at (413) 443-5401.

Berkshire South

Hike the Threemile Hill Trail, ages 6+. Join Amanda L'Etoile of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a guided hike, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration and information call (413) 528-2810 ext. 10. 15 Crissy Road, Great Barrington.

Canoe Meadows

Small Fish and Invertebrates talk about cold water streams; catch and release small fish in Sackett Brook. Families with children ages 5 and up welcome. 12:30 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 637-0320 www.massaudubon.org

Field Farm

Interpretive hike in the Caves lot. Talk on the geologic history leading to the formation of the caves. 1 p.m. Sloan Road, Williamstown. (413) 684-0148, www.thetrustees.org

Hoffmann Bird Club

Two-hour beginners' bird walk, Richmond Pond, for woodland species and waterfowl, 8 a.m. Meet at Bartlett Orchard on Swamp Road in Richmond. Dress for a cool morning. (413) 655-8594. Free and all welcome.

Mount Greylock

"Nice and Easy Hike," easy-paced, two-hour, one to two-mile walk geared for seniors but open to all ages, different trail featured each week, 10 to noon, and "Wild Waterfalls," strenuous hiking and wet, slippery conditions, 1 to 4 p.m., meet at Visitor Center; 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, (413) 499-4262.

Springside Conservancy

Informational Nature Hike, 12 p.m. Springside Conservancy will meet first at 10 a.m. with many of the organizations and groups involved in activities at the park, neighbors and other interested parties to discuss ways to preserve and maintain the park through collaboration. Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Clybourne Park," 8 p.m., Mainstage. "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 4 and 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-3353.

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, 9-5.