Clark Art Institute: "Meet Me at the Clark," a free gallery talk program specially designed for persons with dementia and their caregivers, 2 p.m. (participants should plan to arrive between 2–2:30 p.m.) To register: 413-458-0410. Groups are welcome. 225 South St., Williamstown.

Open Studio: Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.

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.


Berkshire County Arc: Accepting gently-used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, through Oct. 14. Drop-off locations at: Berkshire County Arc's Community Apartments, 189 First St., Pittsfield; 288 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (one of the agency's residential facilities); main office, 395 South St., Pittsfield.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Community Supper: Free meal prepared by Berkshire chefs, no reservation required, donations accepted, non-perishable food items also collected for food banks, 5-6 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.


Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "The Process of Ageing" with therapist Maggie Bittman, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

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 Historical Commission: In conjunction with the city's Department of Community Development, public meeting to solicit input to complete an Endangered Historic Building Casebook to support Pittsfield's ongoing preservation program, 6 p.m., Council Chambers at City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.

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.

New Lebanon Library: "Study the Constitution," biweekly discussion group, Bring questions and be ready to share opinions, 7 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

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.

Town of Egremont: Lecture/workshop, "Future Direction of Vocational Education and Training" with Chris Canning (R), candidate for State Senate, 7 p.m., Selectmen's Office of the Egremont Town Hall, 171 Egremont Road, Egremont.


Line Dance Classes: With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton, 413-443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for absolute beginner to improvers, 6 p.m. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton, 413-281-4893.


Images Cinema: 100th Anniversary Countdown — "Double Indemnity," 1944. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Barbara Stanwyk and Fred MacMurray. Wesley Morris, critic at large, culture for the New York Times, will present the film and lead a post-screening discussion. 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Health And Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic, exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living, must be at least 60 years old, visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes, 6 to 7 p.m., 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, 413-499-7650 ext. 111.

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.


Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m.; "The Three Lives of Naumkeag: General House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours on the hour; "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 12:30 p.m.; The Gardens of Naumkeag, 2 and 4 p.m.; Behind the Velvet Curtain: Backstairs at Naumkeag, 2:30 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Tiny Tots Storytime with Jenn, for ages 0-2. Registration required only if your group includes five or more children. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older at all times. 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Gym Fun," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Family Center Playgroups: For infants to 5 years old, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown; Family Center Playgroups: For infants to 5 years old, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown; Gym Group for children walking to 8 years, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Gym Group for children walking to 5 years, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams.

Sheep Hill: Fall nature classes for preschoolers and parents on Mondays, 1 to 2 p.m., through Oct. 3. Nature exploration, outdoor play, crafts, and stories. $55, $45 for WRLF members. Come to one session or all. Pre-registration required. Information or per-session costs, or 413-458-2494. Route 7, approximately a mile south of the Williamstown rotary;

SMART Girls: Girls ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc., club membership required, 4 to 5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: 14 Melville St., Pittsfield. Register at


Williams College: Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, "Black Earth: The Ecological Politics of the Holocaust" as part of the year's Confronting Climate Change Initiative, 7 p.m., Griffin Hall, room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown.


Berkshire Hillsmen: Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; Information: Jake, 518-869-3468; Dan Burkhard, 413-298-4773 or

Berkshire Lyric Chorus: Rehearsals begin for new season; new singers by audition. 7 p.m., Pittsfield Unitarian Church, Wendell Avenue at Broad, Pittsfield; or 413-298-5365.

Eagles Band Rehearsals: Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, 413-499-2071.

First Baptist Church: The SKY Family, high-energy Celtic/pop-rock music, dance and Gospel production, "Celtic Revival!" Free will offering will be taken. 7 p.m., 131 Main St., North Adams; 413-663-3780.

Lichtenstein Center: Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield,


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; 413-499-4262.


Town Players of Pittsfield: First quarterly membership meeting of its 96th season on Monday, 7 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Members and non-members welcome to attend.

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