Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Cardinal Birdbath," $30, all painting materials and instruction included. Cash bar. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Zen's Pub, 303 Tyler St., Pittsfield. Reservations, or 413-205-8346.

Hoosic River Watershed Association: Opening of "Reflections on the River," an exhibition of works by local artists. On view through September. Milne Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks, 2 p.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild: Fine art show and sale, 30-plus local artists in diverse media. 3 to 7 p.m., 1854 Historic Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, 413-441-6372.

West Stockbridge Library: Opening of Freya Segal, "Faces and Portraits in Watercolor and Mixed Media." On view through September. Town Hall, 21 State Line Road (Route 102), West Stockbridge.


176th annual Columbia County Fair: Fun-filled excitement for fairgoers of all ages. Adults, $10; youths ages 18 and younger, free until 4 p.m.; seniors ages 62 and older, half price until 4 p.m.; children younger than 12 and active military personnel, free. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., fairgrounds off Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.;


Berkshire Community College: New student orientation. Walk-ins welcome. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.; program concludes with a barbecue at 12:30 p.m. Main campus, 1350 West St., Pittsfield;

Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time. 1 p.m., School Street. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275. Cheshire.

Duplicate Bridge: Fun, friendly game is sanctioned by the ACBL and intended for players at all skill levels. 12:45 p.m. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Information or if you need a partner: Dan Philip, 413-551-7922.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play. 6 to 10 p.m. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff. Information: Email or 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Huntington Public Library: Knitting workshop. 6 p.m. Open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer. 7 E. Main St., Huntington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Where Have All the Small Stores Gone?" with Leonard Quart, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

North Adams Public Library: Basic genealogy classes with local genealogist Alan Doyle Horbal. Attendees must be computer literate and have an existing email account. Registration required. Course is progressive; attendance at all four classes required. Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 10 a.m. to noon, NAPL 3rd floor community room, Church Street, North Adams, 413-662-3133, ext. 13.

Northern Berkshire Retirees Club: Meeting. 10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts. Information: 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263. Greylock Community Club, State Road, North Adams.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.


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

Health and Fitness

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.

'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.


Bidwell House Museum: "Colonial Life in the Berkshires Tour of the 1760s Home and Gardens," experience life of the early settlers. 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey; 413-528-6888,

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m., understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Naumkeag at Night, 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of live music provided by some of the area's most popular bands. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

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.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group at Haskins Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for walking to 5 years old, 210 State St., North Adams.

North Adams Public Library: LEGO Group (ages 8 and older). 6 to 7 p.m. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


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


BOOM: Berkshire Organization for Original Music, grand opening of its showcase space, the Boom Room, with Jeb Barry & the Pawn Shop Saints, Jesse Taylor Cole and Tom Corrigan. 5 to 8 p.m., 137 North Street, in the Crawford Square building in Pittsfield.

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.

LABspace: Original songs by artists Michlle Segre and Mark Safan and poetry by Slink Moss. Admission by donation to the artists. 6 p.m., 2642 NY Route 23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Zion Lutheran Church: Jazz Vespers, 6 p.m. A casual meal at 5:30, featuring entrees from a variety of local restaurants. Free-will offering. Information: At the church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.


Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary: Evening with Nighthawks with Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club leader. An evening searching the sky for migrating common nighthawks. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield, 413-637-0320.


The Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.