Tuesday September 4, 2012

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Bicentennial Medalists: This year’s Williams College Bicenten nial Medalists will share their diverse life stories on Friday at 4 p.m. in the MainStage of the college’s ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Street, Williamstown. The event is free and open to the public.

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.

Medalist Kathleen Merrigan (’82), deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the author of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, will also speak on Friday at a lunch lecture at The Log on Spring Street from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees should bring their own lunch.

This year’s medalists also include: David S. Paresky (’60), who co-founded Crimson Travel with his wife, Linda, and became the CEO of Thomas Cook Travel; Charles N. Waigi (’72) founder, director and general contractor of the Jeremy Academy in his hometown of Limuru, Kenya; and Norman P. Spack (’65), a pediatric endocrinologist who co-founded the Gender Management Service at Children’s Hospital Boston, and their families.

Medals will be conferred at the Williams Convocation ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Chapin Hall. Medalist Erin Burnett (’98), host of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, will give the convocation address. This event is also free and open to the public.

Visit www.williams.edu or call (413) 597-4277.

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Improv: Registra tion is now open for a new program adult comedy improv class to be held at the Pittsfield Family YMCA.

Led by instructor Neil Von Flatern of Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), participants ages 18 and older will have the opportunity to learn how to perform improvisational comedy like in the show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Classes will be held on Mondays, Sept. 10 through Nov. 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (No class Nov. 12.) A final showcase performance will be held at the YMCA.

Cost is $50 for YMCA members or $75 for non-members for the session. Info/registration: Michelle Kettler at (413) 499-7650, ext. 33 or mkettler@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.

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Gilded Age Week: Ventfort Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will participate in Lenox’s Gilded Age Week celebration with a series of programs.

On Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., Ventfort Hall will host an ice cream social for all ages on the verandah at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

Guests will be able to also view several live miniature horses.

Information/reservations: (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org.

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’Back to School’ cemetery tour: On Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., Stock bridge Library History Museum and Archives presents, "Back to School: 275 years of Education, Schools, and Learning in Stockbridge," the final monthly tour of the Stockbridge Cemetery.

Donation of $5 is suggested.

Information: (413) 298-5501 or email karensmarshall@yahoo.com.

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’Oliver!’: A Berkshire Theatre Group Children’s Theatre Production of the musical "Oliver!" will be held Friday through Sunday at The Colonial Theatre on South Street in Pittsfield.

Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for children ages $16 and under.

Information: www.berkshire
theatregroup.org or (413) 997-4444.