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Volunteers wanted: Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge will host a volunteer information session on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. A tour of the garden and refreshments will be included.

Volunteers are needed for special events like flower shows and plant sales, gift shop and admissions, horticulture, education, membership and development, herb associates, volunteer liaison and communications and marketing.

To RSVP or information: (413) 298-3926 or email ddunlap@berkshirebotanical.org.

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Apply for art institute: Kidspace Inc., the collaborative arts education program run by the Williams College Museum of Art, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA, is accepting applications for its Summer Teachers Institute. The institute provides professional development for teachers who wish to incorporate arts-based teaching strategies in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms.

The five-day institute program runs from July 8 to 12, in North Adams and Williamstown. Participants will learn from hands-on presentations and one-on-one sessions with artists, professors, teachers, and museum staff from WCMA, the Clark, and MASS MoCA.


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Professional development points and three in-service graduate credits from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (with an additional fee) will be offered for this course. The cost to participate is $125.

Applications are due by April 26. Information and to apply: kidspace. massmoca.org/summer-institute or call (413) 664-4481, ext. 8131.

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Live animal show: The "Animals Up Close" series at Berkshire Museum continues today at 1 p.m., in the museum auditorium on South Street, Pittsfield.

Presented by the W.I.L.D. Center & Zoological Park of New England, audience members will learn how to support efforts to protect the habitats and unique environments animals need to survive.

Tickets to the program are $15 adult ($5 member); $8 child ($3 member), free for children age 3 and younger. The cost includes museum admission. Advance tickets: 413) 443-7171, ext. 10.

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Clark Art vacation week programs: Tame your curiosity with a visit to the family-friendly interactive Kidspace exhibit, "Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

The exhibit includes taxidermy, including an African lion; hands-on activities, with tablets and touch screens, and video. The Clark's network of hiking trails, trail maps and illustrated guides are also available.

During school vacation, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Clark is at 225 South St., Williamstown. Information: (413) 458-2303 or http://clarkart.edu.

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Explore the poetry of Dickinson and Frost: In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Sweetwood Lecture Series continues on Thursday at 4 p.m. with a look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost by author and longtime professor Lea Newman.

Newman's talk is "Love and Death in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: A Study in Contrasts." A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Information: (413) 458-8371.