Thursday, April 17 COMMUNITY

Berkshire Humane Society

The Coffee Hour Speaking Series will host "Celebrating Animals in Poetry," a poetry reading by three Berkshire County poets, 7-8:30 p.m., in the classroom at Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield.

MCLA

Twelfth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, a campus-wide celebration of the talent and dedication of MCLA students, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Murdock Hall and Venable Hall, North Adams.

FILM

Berkshire Athenaeum

Documentary film on global warming that gives viewers the power to change the future: "Meat the Truth." Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film begins at 7 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

LECTURE

Bennington College

"Incarceration in America," with Glenn Martin. 7-8:30 p.m. in the CAPA Symposium, Bennington, Vt.

Williams College

"Leadership at the American Founding" with Joseph Ellis, one of the country's foremost scholars of U.S. history. 7:30 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3. Free. Williamstown.

MUSIC

Union College

Emanuel Ax, piano. 8 p.m., Schenectady, NY.

THEATRE

MCLA
"Angels in America: Millenium Approaches," a play on AIDS and Gay America in 1985. 8 p.m., North Adams.

Friday, April 18

COMMUNITY

BCC

Book sale to benefit the BCC Foundation's Overcoming Obstacles Scholarship. Gently used books will be priced at $1. 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Susan B. Anthony Lounge, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield.

Big E

New England Spring Classic Dog Show, Mallary Complex. TheBigE.com or (413) 737-2443. West Springfield.

Northern Berkshire YMCA

The 2nd annual dodgeball tournament. Any business, agency, or group cost $50 for teams of six or more. Medals given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 6-9 p.m., 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams. (413) 663-6529.

MUSIC

Williams College

Pedja Muzijevic to perform, 8 p.m., in the Brooks Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird walks with instructor Noreen Mole. Look for migrants of all kinds, especially the wood-warblers. Each week. 8-10 a.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

THEATRE

Proctors Theatre

"Bring It On: The Musical." 8 p.m., 432 State St., Schenectady, N.Y.

Shea Theater

New Renaissance Players Production of "WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf." 7:30 p.m., 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Saturday, April 19

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Rejuventating Shrubs: Lilacs, Weigela, Forsythia and More." This hands-on workshop will focus on when, why, and how to renovate or rejuvenate your woody plants. 10 a.m. to noon, Routs 102 & 183, Stockbridge.

Big E

New England Spring Classic Dog Show, Mallary Complex. TheBigE.com or (413) 737-2443. West Springfield.

Climbing Tree Farm

Raised Garden Bed Building Workshop, for the experienced gardener or a first-timer. Tips on planning, building, protecting and irrigating raised bed gardens. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 436 W. Hill Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Housatonic River Walk

Annual Earth Day Workday, lunch provided. River walk tours after 2 p.m. Wear protective clothing, shoes with good traction, gloves and eye protection. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River streets, Great Barrington.

Lee Congregational Church

Easter bake sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 25 Park Place, Lee. (413) 243-1033.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Family Fun Farm Chores; help water and feed the animals, collect and wash eggs, and move animals to new pasture, all while learning about life on the farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are limited to 10 people. (802) 394-7836 to register. 2-4 p.m., 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vt.

Naumkeag

Participate in egg decorating, a scavenger hunt/garden adventure, and an Easter egg roll on Oak Lawn. 10 a.m. to noon, 5 Prospect Hill, Stockbridge.

New England Air Museum

Motorcycle show, featuring 13 different classes of motorcycles. Live music, motorcycle vendors and a food vendor on site. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Windsor Locks, Conn.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

"Gardening Organically" and community gardens registration, sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries. 2:30-4 p.m. with Rene Laubach and volunteers. 372 W. Mountain Road, Lenox.

Repair Cafe

Pittsfield Repair Cafes feature volunteers who fix broken and damaged items for free. Anyone is welcome to bring non-working, but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances, along with clothing and fabric items. Refreshments and music. 1 to 5 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

Williams College

Workshop: "Legacies of the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration." 9 a.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3, Williamstown.

Whitney's Farm

Annual easter egg hunt. Ages 5 and older at 11 a.m., ages 6 and older at 3 p.m. Route 8, Cheshire.

FILM

Mahaiwe

London National Theatre in HD, "War Horse," 7 p.m., Great Barrington.

LECTURE

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

"Which Came First?" illustrated lecture, which will explore one of Nature's greatest and mystifying inventions - the egg. 3 p.m., located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams.

MUSIC

Williams College

The Williams Percussion Ensemble in a concert, "Sextet," in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. 8 p.m., Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Tamarack Hollow

Celebrate Earth Day. Weave in and out of trees in the floodplain forests at Arcadia's Mill River and Marsh while identifying spring plants and shrubs on the shore and looking for migrating birds returning. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Directions: (413) 584-3009.

THEATRE

EMPAC

33 RPM and a Few Seconds, a play without actors by Rabih Mroue and Linah Saneh. Semi-documentary work that reconstructs the final moments of a person's life. 8 p.m., Troy, NY.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Hearsay to Heresy: An Evening of Satire, Balladeering, and Political Unrest." Enjoy this one-man, three-act play by poet/author Nathan Smith, which traverses the 19th century and explores humanity's interactions with nature. Reception and refreshments to follow. 5 p.m., Stockbridge.

Proctors Theatre

"Bring It On: The Musical." 2 & 8 p.m., 432 State St., Schenectady, N.Y.

Shea Theater

New Renaissance Players Production of "WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf." 2 and 7:30 p.m., 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Sunday, April 20

COMMUNITY

Big E

New England Spring Classic Dog Show, Mallary Complex. 413) 737-2443. West Springfield.

Monday, April 21

COMMUNITY

New England Air Museum

"Flight Sim Spot," allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open cockpits and museum tours: view and sit in the cockpit of 2 to 4 aircraft and tour the museum with knowledgeable docents.

FILM

Images Cinema

Screening of "Winged Migration," a documentary that follows migratory birds on all seven continents, in celebration of Earth Day. 7 p.m., Williamstown.

KID STUFF

Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Week drop-in art workshops: "Animals Galore!" Find animals real and imagined in the museum's current exhibitions and create a creature of your own design. 1 to 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

Tuesday, April 22

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Mark Wilson and Marcia Wilson present "Eye on Owls." Owls of the World -- Who's Watching You?" introduces the owls of New England and beyond. There will also be six live owls to meet up close. 1 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire HorseWorks

"Team Building with Horses," open to the public and to local businesses who are interested in learning how to team build, augment productivity, develop effective communication and social skills, cultivate empathy and cultural diversity, and develop leadership traits. 4:30-7 p.m. at the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond.

Berkshire Museum

"Animals Up Close," Creature Teachers will visit with a variety of animals including a green tree python, a kinkajou, a skunk, an American alligator, and more. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about these fascinating, exotic creatures and their habitats, preferred foods, and unique characteristics. 1 p.m., Pittsfield.

Naumkeag

Tuesdays in the Garden: "Work Days." Pitch in and help care for the restored Naumkeag gardens. Volunteers will plant, prune, weed, and water. 9 a.m. to noon, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

KID STUFF

Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Week drop-in art workshops: "Animals Galore!" Find animals real and imagined in the museum's current exhibitions and create a creature of your own design. 1 to 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

LECTURE

BCC

Art Forum: "Dichotomies" presented by Josephine Turalba. 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. Pittsfield.

Bennington College

Arts Lecture Series with Alastair Gordon, author and critic who explores urban and ex-urban spaces. 7:30-9 p.m. in the Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington, VT.

Vanderpool House of History

"The History of Dutch New York through 1737" with Geoff Benton, Historic Site Assistant at Crailo State Historic Site. 7 p.m., free. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, VT.

Wednesday, April 23

KID STUFF

Big E

"A Day in the Past" Children's Program. Storrowton Village Museum. TheBigE.com or (413) 737-2443. West Springfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Week drop-in art workshops: "Animals Galore!" Find animals real and imagined in the museum's current exhibitions and create a creature of your own design. 1 to 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

LITERARY

Williams College

Author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert to speak and read from her new book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" about mass extinctions past and present. A discussion to follow. 5:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown.

MUSIC

Ventfort Hall

"Folk by the Fire" concert series featuring Justin Hillman, a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer with a performance sound rooted in folk music. 5:30-7 p.m., featuring snacks and a cash bar. 104 Walker St., Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 6:30-8 p.m., Lenox.

THEATRE

MCLA
"Angels in America: Millenium Approaches," a controversial play on AIDS and Gay America in 1985. 8 p.m., North Adams.