Guided hikes: Berkshire Natural Resources Council will offer the following guided hikes this month. They are all open to the public:
On Wednesday at 9 a.m., explore the Hoosac Range in North Adams on this easy-rated six-mile hike.
On Friday, enjoy the fall evening on an Alford Springs night hike, beginning at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight for this 3.5 mile trail.
On Saturday, rise and shine for a 7:30 a.m. 2.5-mile Mahanna Cobble bird watching hike in Pittsfield.
On Oct. 31, take a quick 2-mile Halloween morning trek on the Cascades Trail in North Adams.
For details on meeting places, terrain and more, go to www.BNRC.net or call (413) 499-0596.
Essay contest: The Legacy Project has launched its annual "Listen to a Life Essay Contest" for students.
Youths ages 8 to 18 are invited to participate. Students are asked to interview someone over the age of 50 and submit a story of 300 words or less about the older person’s experiences in life. Students are not allowed to interview parents, but can interview a grandparent, older friend, mentor, aunt/uncle, neighbor, etc.
The grand prize includes a Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one computer, an autographed copy of the book "Dream," a framed keepsake award certificate and a keepsake timepiece. There will be 10 runners up, who will also earn prizes.
Writers Read series: On Friday at 5:30 p.m., The Good Purpose Gallery & Starving Artist Café present Jessica Treatis and Dennis Pollock in the Writers Read series at 40 Main St., in Lee. The free monthly program offers established poets and writers the opportunity to do live reading from their works in front of an audience.
Jessica Treatis is the author of three collections of short fiction, including: "A Robber in the House," Not a Chance," and "Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters." She now lives in the Berkshires and is a professor of English at Northwestern Connecticut Community College.
Dennis Pollock lives in Hinsdale. The subjects of his poems are children, nature, and life in 19th-century New England. He has created a series of longer poems set in a fictitious town of Hadam, Mass. in 1810, and has appeared in a number of publications.
Info: David Giannini at davidg@
bcn.net or call (413) 394-5045.
’Boo Bash’: The Residence Area Advi sory Boards and the Center for Service and Citizenship at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host its annual "Boo Bash" for children and their parents from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The Berkshire Towers dormitory building on the MCLA campus in North Adams will feature a decorated entrance, trick or treating, and a costume party. Berkshire Towers is located on Church Street, across the street from Murdock Hall.
Children ages 6 to 11 are encouraged to come to this free event, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Information: (413) 662-5249.
Cyber-security talk: Lorrie Faith Cranor, associate professor of computer science and director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) at Carnegie Mellon University, will visit Williams College to deliver the Class of 1960 Scholars lecture in computer science.
The lecture, "Security, Privacy, and Usability: Better Together," will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry Laboratory on the Williams campus.
Information: www.williams.edu or (413) 597-4277.