Art

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Beginning Art Class, local artist Mike Cohen will teach techniques for painting portraits with gouache, an opaque watercolor, free, space is limited, 2 to 4 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Community

176th annual Columbia County Fair: Fun-filled excitement for fairgoers of all ages. Adults, $10; 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.; columbiafair.com.

Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, 413-298-5355.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Meditation in the Chapel," noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Linden Street Mediation. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, team game only game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: 11th annual Festival of Books, giant used book sale, discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children's program. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.; schedule: spencertownacademy.org/events.


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Health And Fitness

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability, 9 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-464-0064.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex at Berkshire Medical Center, requires medical clearance, $5 per session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

History

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, bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.,5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org.

Lecture

Bard College at Simon's Rock: Fall 2016 Proseminar Lecture Series on the theme of "Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World." Speaker: Prof. Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University, "The Dead Book Revisited." 5 p.m., Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Outdoors

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Mountain Mindfulness stretch your muscles and your mind, as we explore healthy mind-body techniques, such as various meditations, breathing exercises, yoga and dance, stretching for hikers, and more; open to all ages. 10 a.m., at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; Summit Labor Day Hike 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the summit, 3 Summit Road, Adams, 413-499-4262.

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