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ART

MCLA Gallery 51

Julia Mandle and Gayle Wells Mandle, "Teetering." May 29 to June 22. Reception tonight at 6 North Adams.

Monterey Library

Knox Gallery exhibits "Julie Shapiro: Recent Work," Aug. 29 to Sept. 27. Opening reception 7 p.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795.

Painting Class

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

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

COMMUNITY

Adams Ale House

Pub Bingo Cat Rescue Fundraiser. Help the kitties and join the fundraiser for the NOT so CRAZY Lady Cat Resuce. Free and paid games at only $1 each with terrific prizes. Vendor shopping from 7-8, bingo at 8 p.m. Adams.

'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.

BCRHA

Economic Literacy/Financial Literacy workshop. Geared toward those who are worried or concerned about maintaining or improving their current economic condition. 6 p.m., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7138.

Berkshire Business Builders

For all business people looking for an opportunity to network, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 55 Church St., Pittsfield; Kathy Hazelett, (413) 442-8581.

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

"Building for Tomorrow," a financial literacy training program. Learn how to manage money, get out of debt, and improve credit score using the YNAB program. Sign up in advance for an upcoming series of classes by calling Habitat at (413) 442-3181. 314 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.

Cheshire Town Hall

State Sen. Ben Downing to hold his May Coffee & Conversation forum. All are welcome to join Downing and his district staff to pose a question, submit a comment, or pitch an idea regarding state government. 3-5 p.m., 84 South Main St., Cheshire.

Dewey Hall

Music in Common wine and cheese open house. Learn more about MIC and the work they do in the Berkshires. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sheffield.

Meditation Group

Meditation and discussion, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: (413) 358-2626 or (508) 237-4252.

Moments House

Walking for Wellness, 10 a.m.; Reiki drop-in, 1-3 p.m.; Multi-media Canvas Workshop, 3 p.m.; Man to Man Support 6- 7 p.m., 34 Depot St., Pittsfield.

Montessori School of the Berkshires

School Tour Day, 9 & 10 a.m. Chance to observe classes in session and see Montessori's discovery-based education. Parents can receive a free book, "Montessori Madness," for registering." Register by calling (413) 637-3662. 21 Patterson Road, Lenox.

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.

Sugar Hill

Caregiver Support Group directed by Neurologist Dr. Jay Ellis. Available for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia and memory impairments. This gathering offers participants mutual support and education along with resources on the latest medical advances to assist those with dementia and Alzheimer's. 2-3 p.m., 45 Main St., Dalton. (413) 684-0100.

DANCE

Healing Rhythms

Healing Rhythms

Shake Your Soul; Be moved with Sage Peeler. No experience necessary, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox. (413) 637-2727.

Line Dance Lessons

Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information call Mary Ellen Dean (413) 663-9718.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening Night Gala and film "May in the Summer," directed and written by Cherien Dabis 6 p.m., at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Opening night party under the BIFF tent. Filmmakers and 75 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 18 countries. Through June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 and June 1 in Pittsfield. biffma.org

Unitarian Universalist Church

Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice to show the film "Inequality for All." 7:30 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. HEALTH AND FITNESS

Acupuncture

Pittsfield Community Acupuncture offers treatments for pain, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and to encourage general well being. 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., appointments and walk-ins welcome. 42 Summer St., Pittsfield. (413) 243-0654.

Berkshire South

Berkshire South

Jump into Spring, an eight week program for adults. Includes nutrition workshops, fitness classes, as well as ways to motivate you to work out providing a safe, fun environment. For people of all abilities. 6:30-8 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

Center for Healing Arts

Yoga/qigong, 5:30 p.m., Center for the Healing Arts and Energy Medicine, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Information/registration: (413) 623-8713.

Dalton CRA

Dalton CRA

Boot Camp, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; Cardio Circuit, 5:15-6:15 a.m.; Spin, 6-7 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 6-9 a.m.; Sculpting Strength, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Water Works, 9-10 a.m.; Muscle Mix, 12-12:45 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12-1 p.m.; Flex & Flow Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Family Swim, 6:30-7 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton.

Hillcrest Educational Center

Hillcrest Educational Center

Social Skills Group for school-aged children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, and other learning challenges. Registration required by calling (413) 499-2031. 6-7 p.m., 788 South St., Pittsfield.

NAMI Support Group

Confidential support, education, advocacy, information and referrals for individuals with mental illnesses and their families. Support groups meet second Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. John's Church, (use red door entrance), 35 Park St., Williamstown, and private dining room, (next to cafeteria, use Wahconah Street entrance), Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-1666.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Turbo Kick, 5-6 a.m.; Healthy Backs, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Zumba Gold Toning, 10:30-11 a.m.; Kick Some Abs, 11:45-12:15 p.m.; All in One, 12:15-12:45 p.m.; Cardio Kickboxing, 5:30-6;30 p.m.; Evening Cycle, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Zumba, 6:45-7:45 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Tobacco Program

Women's tobacco treatment program, 6 p.m., conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: (413) 854-9608.

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, every Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, (413) 445-4747.

Yoga Depot

Yoga and meditation class, gentle-all levels, 7-8:15 p.m., Crawford Square, 137 North St., Pittsfield; (413) 281-9775.

'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 with live drumming, drop-ins welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Terpsichore, 395 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

KIDS' STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

Play & Learn with Jenn, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.

Berkshire Country Day School

BCD & Me, Morning Playgroup Sessions. This ongoing program for preschool-aged children provides a fun introduction to the French language using stories, music, dance and creative play. Located in the library from 9-9:45 a.m. Information or to register, contact Alicia Rossie at (413) 637-0755, ext. 116. 55 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge.

Dalton Public Library

Dalton Public Library

Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Lenox Library

Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, Main Street, Lenox. Information: (413) 637-0197, Ext. 105.

LITERARY

Berkshire Writers Room

All genre, 1-3 p.m. Third Floor of the Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.

Lenox Library

Lenox Library

Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion. Information call coordinator at (413) 637-1900. 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

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

The Herman Melville Museum offers new hours for tours: 10 & 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum

"Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. "Berkshire Collects," showcasing Berkshire County residents' passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object, on view through May 11. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs. Open Tues.-Sun. through June, 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.

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," "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," and Norman Rockwell's original Stockbridge studio. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 4; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Susan B. Anthony Museum

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

MUSIC

Claire Teague Senior Center

The "Esquires" to perform, compliments of the Great Barrington Cultural Council. Seniors who want to join for lunch during the performance please call (413) 528-4118. 11-12 p.m., 917 Main St., Great Barrington.

Downtown County Social Club

Moonshine Holler, 8 p.m., 864 S. Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

Guthrie Center

Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington; tickets: (413) 528-1955.

Vespers Service

Sunset evening prayer service with candles and silence, 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church

Jazz Vespers, a brief time of worship which incorporates elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into the ancient tradition of Evening Prayer, 6 p.m., 74 First St., Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Post-show talk.

Pittsfield High School

Proteus, the drama program, the perform "Cats" as its spring musical under the direction of Justin Trova. 7:30 p.m., tickets call (413) 499-9535. Pittsfield.

Tomorrow

COMMUNITY

Adams Free Library

"The Mill Children," a workshop designed to allow educators to explore curricular connections. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Register by calling (413) 662-3240, ext. 1204 or email afrench@napsk12.org. 92 Park St. Adams.

'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 Jewish Federation

"Shabbat Across the Berkshires" 7:30 p.m. Open-hearted celebration, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Museum

"Butterflies Preview Party" -- live Butterfly Pavilion, interactive stations, and light refreshments. 5:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

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.

Crowne Plaza

"Youth at Risk and What You Can Do About It: Teaching Resilience and Fostering Mentorship for Adolescents and Young Adults." Dr. Robert Brooks is the keynote speaker. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Green Gargoyle

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. First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

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.

Lord and Tailor

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

Marathon OLLI talk

"Urban Terrorism and the Boston Marathon Bombings" Edward Davis III, former commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Q & A. Free. 6 p.m. The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

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.

MotherWoman Support Group

MotherWoman Support Group

Circle of Moms: We Are All In This Together. Free childcare, snacks, and parking. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St., Greenfield. (413) 774-1000 ext. 2048; Postpartum Support Group, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MotherWoman Office, 220 Russell St., Hadley. (413) 387-0703.

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.

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.

DANCE

Bennington American Legion

Dance to the music of Champagne Jam, 7-11 p.m., Bennington, VT.

FILM

Beacon Cinema

Opening Night Party for the Ninth Annual Berkshire International Film Festival. 7 p.m., pre-party festivities from 5:30-7 p.m. 57 North St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening night in Pittsfield at the Beacon with "The Trip to Italy." Opening night party 5:30 p.m. and "Next Great Filmmaker Award" Schedule biffma.org

New Lebanon Library

Showing of a current film suitable for the whole family. Call for title. Popcorn & juice provided. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8844.

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.

Dalton CRA

Spin, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; Boot Camp, 5:45-6:15 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 6-9 a.m.; Hi-Lo Infusion, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Splashercise, 9-10 a.m.; Spin, 12-12:45 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12-1 p.m.; Spin, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 5-6:30 p.m.; Family Swim, 6:30-7:30 p.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 10 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

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

Deep Water Circuit Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Silver Sneakers Cardio, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Aquafit, 11 to noon; Yoga, 11-2:15 p.m.; Insanity, 12:30-1 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. (413) 458-8371.

St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Parish Center.

Health and Wellness Fair for older adults and caregivers. Visit with exhibitors to learn more about products and services available to assist seniors. Speak one-on-one with experts on specific services and resources available in our community. Refreshments and enter to win a gift basket. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Anthony Drive, North Adams.

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.

KIDS' STUFF

Adams Youth Center

Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, North Adams.

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.

Northern Berkshire YMCA

Friday Night Fun Club, for kids 8-14. Gym activities, swimming, Wii games and more. Information/to register call (413) 663-6529. 6-8 p.m., 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Stockbridge Library

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

Richmond Congregational Church

Photographer Paul Rocheleau to present a slide show on "The One-Room Schoolhouse." Auction winner of his framed photograph of Richmond's little red schoolhouse will be announced at the conclusion of the evening. Free. 7:30 p.m., 1515 Route 41, Richmond.

West Stockbridge Library

Eric Willska, owner of the Book Loft will discuss "The Changing Landscape of Publishing and Book Retailing," 7-9 p.m., book raffle at the door. 21 State Line Road/Route 102. West Stockbridge.

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

The Herman Melville Museum offers new hours for tours: 10 & 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 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.

MUSIC

Barrett Hall

South Church Mission Board's 3rd Coffee House Concert featuring David Grover and Linda Worster joined by Puggy Demary. 7 p.m., 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Troubador series, music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Readsboro Arts

Greg Smith and The Broken English. 8 p.m., Bullock Building on Main Street, Readsboro, VT. Tickets call (802) 423-7706.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

Summer birds in the Tyringham Valley, 7 a.m. (413) 884-4961

Canoe Meadows

Guided bird walk, 7-9 a.m. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. 8 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

PHS

Proteus, the drama program, to perform "Cats" as its spring musical. 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9535.

Shakespeare and Company

Preview: "Shakespeare's Will," 7:30 p.m., Lenox.

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.