Sunday August 12, 2012

Pittsfield:

Nutrition subject of prostate cancer talk

Berkshire Medical Center will present a program on nutritional tips for those with prostate cancer from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the BMC auditorium.

The program is free and open to the public, and would be of particular interest to men who have faced a diagnosis of prostate cancer and family who support them in their challenges.

Marsha Schulte, a registered dietitian specializing in the care of cancer patients, will lead the discussion and provide information on maintaining good nutrition during treatment for prostate cancer and beyond. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Pre-registration is requested for this program. To register, or for more information, call the BMC Care Navi gation Program at (413) 447-3092.

Pittsfield:

Conservation District bulb sale underway

The Berkshire Conservation District annual bulb sale fundraiser is in progress now through Aug. 31.

Brochures are available in the lobby of the Conte Federal Building, in various businesses around the county, and on online at www.berkshireconservation.org.

The district sells a variety of spring and fall flowering bulbs as well as nature-themed stationary, nature guides, and nontoxic pest repellents.

Customers pre-order their bulb stock and other items and pick up the order on Saturday, Sept. 22, between 9 a.m. and noon at either Lakeview Orchard in Lanes borough, or Monu ment Mountain High School in Great Barrington.

Profits support the District’s environmental scholarships and education work.

Information: Admin istrator Aimee V. Anni chiarico at (413) 443-1776, ext. 102.

North Adams:

Painters sought for Holden Street project

Art About Town will again coordinate the creation of an enormous painting on the surface of Holden Street, between Main Street and Route 2, on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of North Adams Down town Celebration.

The public is invited to participate in the second "HoldenStArt Project" which features the painting of a 2000-square-foot work of "Op Art" (short for "optical illusion") using vivid colors and non-toxic, environmentally-friendly paint.

Participants must be at least 5 years of age and are encouraged to wear shoes and clothing that they won’t mind getting splattered. Volunteer artists will use chalk to mark off the areas to be painted, while others will be on hand to register participants, pass out paint and brushes, and supervise the painting.

The first HoldenStArt Project took place in 2010 with the help of the iconic Boston artist known as "Sidewalk Sam," who orchestrated the creation of a vast, colorful street painting reminiscent of the work of Henri Matisse. A video of that year’s project can be seen at www.ourartabouttown.org/projects/holdenstart/.

Due to other commitments, Sidewalk Sam will not be on hand for the 2012 project.

Art About Town, a citizen-based organization that build community through public art projects, has painted several decorative crosswalks in North Adams and recently coordinated the painting of a series of bridge columns on Marshall Street.

For more information, visit www.ourartabouttown.org.