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ART

Oil Painting Class

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

COMMUNITY

Al-Anon Meeting

Hevreh, 10 a.m., State Road, Great Barrington.

'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 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 Botanical Garden

Wee Read Event: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres Garden Tour. Readers begin at page one of the chosen book. Whether walking, skipping, or leaping to the next posted page, readers will follow the story accented by colorful pictures. The two-page spreads are posted over the course of the "walk" and end with a live reading and craft. 10:30-11:30 a.m., West Stockbridge.

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.

Bingo

Bingo

Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, dinner/refreshments available, $250 progressive game, doors open at 5 p.m., Lions Club building, Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Claire Teague Senior Center

Meet & Greet hosted by the Great Barrington Republican Town Committee. Meet Republican Caucus winners running for Great Barrington Town Offices and ask questions and learn what they care about. 5:30-7 p.m., Great Barrington.

Dower Square

Dower Square

All About Animals, afterschool program. For students K-5. Read, play games, and do activities with Berkshire Community College Student Volunteers. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

The Family Resource Center

Positive Discipline Parent Series, which shows parents how to focus on solutions with their children while being kind and firm. Parents will learn to: build on their children's strengths, hold their children accountable with self-respect intact, show messages of love, and defuse power struggles. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams.

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.

Parenting Support Class

Parenting Support Class

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) method of parenting with Bruce Weiner. Participants should plan to attend all sessions in the class cycle. Reservations are required, call (518) 733-5750. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Memorial Library, Stephentown, NY.

Pittsfield Chess Club

All levels welcome, at 7 p.m., Hillcrest Hospital cafeteria, Tor Court, Pittsfield; information: Richard (413) 212-6067.

Support Group

Support Group

Spouse/Partner Loss Group hosted by HospiceCare in the Berkshires. 10 a.m., 877 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-2994. DANCE

Healing Rhythms

Shake Your Soul; Be moved with Dan Leven. No experience necessary, 4:30-5:40 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox. (413) 637-2727

FILM

Film Group Meeting

Spiritual Wisdom film group, featuring a documentary or film portraying spiritual concepts, 7 p.m., 1409 County Route 5, Canaan, N.Y.; information: Bob Connors, (518) 781-4686.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Tri-Town Board of Health at the Lee Senior Center at the Crossway Village Cafeteria, 11 a.m. to noon, Lee.

CPR Course

Berkshire Health Systems to hold CPR courses throughout the summer. Pre-registration required, (413) 447-2132. 5-9 p.m. at the Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Health Systems, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield.

Dalton CRA

Cardio Circuit, 5:15-6:15 a.m.; Spin, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 6-9 a.m.; Sculpting Strength, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Water Works, 9-10 a.m.; Adult Learn to Swim, 10-11 a.m.; Spin, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Muscle Mix, 12-12:45 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12-1 p.m.; Combo Cardio, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Spin, 6-7 p.m.; Family Swim, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Healing Rhythms

Mindful cycling, sculpting and yoga, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Anusara Beginner Yoga, 5:45-7 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Turbo Kick, 5-6 a.m.; Healthy Backs, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 11-11:45 a.m.; Zumba Gold Toning, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Insanity, 12:30-1 p.m.; Evening Cycle, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Core & More, 5:40-6:35 p.m.; Zumba, 6:45- 7:45 p.m.; Zumba Toning, 7:45-8:15 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Yoga

Moderate vinyasa flow, drop-ins welcome, 5 to 6 p.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

'Yoga for You'

Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, (413) 298-3319.

Zumba

Latin inspired, easy to follow dance fitness class, drop-ins welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Terpsichore Dance Center, 395 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Story time for Toddlers, at 10 a.m., Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield; information: children's library, (413) 499-9480, ext., 5.

Berkshire South

Get Unplugged, a collaborative event created by Berkshire South and Berkshire Co-op Market offering a series of fun, educational and FREE programs to South County children in grades k-8 during school vacation. Information or to register, call (413) 528-2810, ext. 10. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Lanesborough Library

Story time, for preschoolers ages two and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, (413) 442-0222.

Lee Library

"Toby on Tuesdays," free weekly reading program featuring Toby, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; (413) 243-0385.

Lenox Library

Toddler Storytime, 11 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 18 months- 3 years old and their caregivers. Enjoy interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. Free. 18 Main St., Lenox.

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.

Rhyme Time

Rhymes, finger plays, circle games and simple puppetry designed for infants, crawlers, toddlers and young children, drop-in weekly event, 10:30 a.m., Matrushka, 309 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-6911.

West Stockbridge Library

Story and craft activity to celebrate spring. Children up to age 12 and their caregivers are invited to join for a story, craft activity, and more. 11 a.m. to noon. Information (413) 232-0300. West 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

The Visual Arts Lecture Series presents a talk by author and award-winning critic Alastair Gordon on "Redeployment: The Lost Dymaxion Deployment Units of Buckminister Fuller." 7:30 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.

Williams College

Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, will give the Earth Day keynote address in the Paresky Center auditorium. Klare will talk about climate change and emissions and how colleges can lead this effort. 7:30 p.m., Williams College.

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.

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

"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.

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.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Crane Museum

Exhibits include 19th century letterhead artistry, hand-bordering station and moments in Crane history captured on Crane paper, 1 to 5 p.m., South Street, Dalton, (413) 684-6380.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer cottage of the great American writer, Edith Wharton, best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. Open daily May-October. Grounds are open to public from dawn to dusk November-April. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Please visit EdithWharton.org or call (413) 551-5100 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "Wendell Minor's America," "Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkleman," Highlights from "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera," and "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 4; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

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.

Williamstown Historical Museum

Williamstown Historical Museum

Visitors find a diverse collection of artifacts, documents and photos related to Williamstown's past. "The Legendary Mount Hope," an exhibit that highlights the home of the late Alta Rockefeller Prentice, is currently on display. Free. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Located in the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2160.

MUSIC

First Congregational Church

Joseph Silverstein presents "The Romance of the Violin," a history of the instrument with musical illustrations and anecdotes. 4 p.m., 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Gospel Gang

Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, (413) 445-5918.

Parkinson's Choir

Choir for people with Parkinson's Disease, their friends and families and anybody who loves to sing, Vikki True, choir director, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, Lee; information: Megan Cook, (413) 770-1975.

Stockbridge First Congregational

Joseph Silverstein, renowned violinist, conductor, and master teacher, performs "The Romance of the Violin," a history of the violin with musical illustrations and related anecdotes. Reception to follow. 4 p.m., 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Sweet Adelines

Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women's chorus of four-part barbershop acapella harmony directed by Julie Bertelli, weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (use front entrance). Information: Marcy, (413) 499-5945 or visit bhcsings.org.

Tomorrow

ART

Oil Painting Class

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

Sculpture Class

Stone carving with Myrna Lieb Citron, for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, 1 to 4 p.m., 1260 Pleasant St., Lee, (413) 243-4456.

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 Athenaeum

Spring computer classes to begin. Details are available at www.pittsfieldlibrary.org or by contacting the reference department. Registrants must have a current library card in good standing. Register by calling (413) 499-9480, ext. 202 or emailing pittsref@cwmars.org. Pittsfield.

Bushnell-Sage Library

"Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Community Lunch

All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-1955.

Contract Bridge

For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: (413) 243-3512.

Gamblers Anonymous

First floor conference room at 7 p.m., BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at (413) 637-2550.

Guthrie Center

Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County, Inc. is holding free legal clinics from 12-1 p.m. during their free lunch program. Information call (413) 854-1955. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Lunch

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.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group

Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

Housatonic Academy

"Tame That Tantrum" workshop. This session will teach parents and guardians that less power sometimes means more. They will learn what skill deficits are, how to recognize a child's pattern of difficulty, and how to effectively prevent tantrums, meltdowns and power struggles. Lunch provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested. 12 to 2 p.m., 788 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-2367.

McCann Technical School

Tech Summit 2014. A half day of workshops on topics relevant to businesses. Presentations include search engine optimization, web design options, Google place & Google business photos, how-to-tips for email marketing, and social media marketing. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Adams. Information (413) 458-9077. MotherWoman Support Group

Tech Summit 2014. A half day of workshops on topics relevant to businesses. Presentations include search engine optimization, web design options, Google place & Google business photos, how-to-tips for email marketing, and social media marketing. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Adams. Information (413) 458-9077. MotherWoman Support Group

MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group, moms in recovery are welcome. 1 p.m., Holyoke Midwifery Center, 230 Maple St., Holyoke. (413) 534-2700.

Parents Group

"Parents Helping Parents," share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, 6 to 8 p.m., call for location/information: (617) 926-5008, ext.102.

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.

St. Joseph's Parish

St. Anne Society of St. Joseph Parish to hold monthly meeting. General business meeting; members have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for various Society activities. A preliminary calendar of events and membership lists will be available. 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, 414 North St., Pittsfield.

DANCE

Country Dance Classes

New beginners from 6 to 7 p.m.; couples/line dances for beginner/intermediate from 7 to 9 p.m., couples and singles welcome, with instructor Cheryl Wendling, Dalton VFW on East Housatonic Street, just past LP Adams; information: (413) 443-6263.

Scottish Dancers

Great Barrington Scottish Dancers, no partner needed, beginners welcome, bring clean, soft shoes, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., over Crystal Essence, 39 Railroad St., Great Barrington; please confirm with Jean, (518) 672-4243 or Ted, (413) 698-2944.

Great Barrington Scottish Dancers, no partner needed, beginners welcome, bring clean, soft shoes, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., over Crystal Essence, 39 Railroad St., Great Barrington; please confirm with Jean, (518) 672-4243 or Ted, (413) 698-2944.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Porchlight Home Care offices, 21 High St., Lee; Sandisfield Senior Center, 11 a.m. - Noon, Stockbridge.

BMC Cancer Center

"Fighting Cancer with Your Fork," a nutrition program for cancer patients and their families. 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the HEAL Center of the BMC Cancer Center, located at the Hillcrest Campus of BMC. Pittsfield. Information (413) 447-3092.

Center for Healing Arts

All levels yoga and qigong, 5:30 p.m., Center for Healing Arts and Energy Medicine, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 623-8713.

Christian Center

Nutrition Education Program which promotes healthy eating through eating a variety of foods, being physically active, taste-testing healthy recipes, handling food safely and enjoying foods in moderation. 1-2 p.m., 193 Robbings Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 443-2828.

Dalton CRA

Spin, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 6-9 a.m.; Cardio and Core, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Splashercise, 9-10 a.m.; Family Swim, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Spin, 12-12:45 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12-1 p.m.; Spin, 4-5 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 5-6 p.m.; Arms, Abs & Tush, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Kicklates, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Water Aerobics, 6-7 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

'Fit to Go!'

Increase your strength and energy with Kas Maroney, American Council on Exercise certified group instructor, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Unitarian Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 841-5834.

Healing Rhythms

Intermediate yoga sculpt, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Gentle Yoga, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, Building 8A, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.Pittsfield Family YMCA

Intermediate yoga sculpt, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Gentle Yoga, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, Building 8A, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.Pittsfield Family YMCA

Morning Cycle, 6-6:45 a.m.; Deep Water Circuit Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Senior Sneakers Classic, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; Yoga, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Lunch Cycle, 12:15-1 p.m.; Tabata Kickboxing, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; Ping Pong, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Pilates/Evening Cycle Combo, 7-8 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Tobacco Program

Men's tobacco treatment program, 5 p.m., conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: (413) 854-9608.

Yoga Classes

Teen yoga, for ages 13-19, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; and, gentle/beginner yoga, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Connections, Pittsfield; information: Waterfall Perry, (413) 464-1944.

Zumba Class

From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Steeple Valley Dance, 195 Ashland St., North Adams.

KID STUFF

Berkshire South

Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Sing to your heart's content under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions and no charge. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m.; Get Unplugged, a collaborative event created by Berkshire South and Berkshire Co-op Market offering a series of fun, educational and FREE programs to South County children in grades k-8 during school vacation. Information or to register, call (413) 528-2810, ext. 10. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Big E

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

Chess Club

Beginners welcome, 3 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, (413) 229-7004.

Kindergym & Swim

Open play, group games and activities, circle time, songs, 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.

New Lebanon Library

Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8844.

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.

North Adams Library

Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, (413) 662-3133.

Playgroup

"Baby and Me!" parent/infant playgroup, for babies ages four weeks to one year, social interaction, music and developmentally appropriate play activities, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

West Stockbridge Library

Story and craft activity to celebrate spring. Children up to age 12 and their caregivers are invited to join for a story, craft activity, and more. 11 a.m. to noon. Information (413) 232-0300. West Stockbridge.

LECTURE

Bard College at Simon's Rock

The Future of Seeds: GMO & Heirloom Seeds. 7 p.m. in the Lecture Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Library

"The Presence of Extraterrestrial Life: We Are Not Alone," 6:30 p.m., discussion to follow. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

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.

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.

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

"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.Chesterwood

"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.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.

Crane Museum

Exhibits include 19th century letterhead artistry, hand-bordering station and moments in Crane history captured on Crane paper, 1 to 5 p.m., South Street, Dalton, (413) 684-6380.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer cottage of the great American writer, Edith Wharton, best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. Open daily May-October. Grounds are open to public from dawn to dusk November-April. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Please visit EdithWharton.org or call (413) 551-5100 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "Wendell Minor's America," "Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkleman," Highlights from "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera," and "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 4; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

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.

Williamstown Historical Museum

Visitors find a diverse collection of artifacts, documents and photos related to Williamstown's past. "The Legendary Mount Hope," an exhibit that highlights the home of the late Alta Rockefeller Prentice, is currently on display. Free. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Located in the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2160.

MUSIC

Berkshire Highlanders

Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; call for location details, Bill Irvin, (413) 442-6180.

Berkshire Sings

Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810.

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.

"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.

THEATER

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

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