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Poetry night: Novelist Dinaw Mengestu, author of "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears" and "How to Read the Air," will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the Poetry & Fiction Reading Series at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

The free, public presentation will take place on campus in the Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Information: simons-rock.edu or (413) 644-4400.

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College finance webinar for parents: Greylock Federal Credit Union will hold a free informational online webinar, "Sending Your Child to College for Pennies on the Dollar," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. The 30-minute program will be led by a college admissions and financial aid expert from Collegiate Funding Solutions (CFS), at partner of Greylock.

To register or for more information: www.greylock.org or http://bit.ly/14y9ZzQ. Attendees will be given instructions on how to view the webinar from home. Information on Collegiate Funding Solutions: www.collegiatefundingsolutions.com.

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Field Farm hike: The Trustees of Reservations invites all to join Richard Hamilton, geologist and teacher, at Field Farm in Williamstown, at 1 p.m. Saturday for an interpretive hike to the section of Field Farm known as the Caves lot.

Hamilton will discuss the geologic history leading to the formation of the caves. The walk will begin at the Field Farm trail parking area, 554 Sloan Road, and is free and open to the public.

Additional information:(413) 684-0148, email pvregion@ttor.org. or visit www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/field-farm.html.

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Pastel-painting workshop: Today from 6 to 8 p.m., the Berkshire Athenaeum, will host a pastel-painting workshop presented by Gregory Maichack. Participants will create their own rendition of Van Gogh's much-loved masterpiece, "Starry Night."

Maichack is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels, and teaches his techniques in workshops throughout New England. This free program is available for adults and teens 16 or older. All materials are provided.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register: Athenaeum Reference Department, pittsref@cwmars.org or (413) 499-9480, ext. 202.

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Girl Scouts volunteers: The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) is seeking volunteers. Girl Scouts provides a safe and fun environment for girls in kindergarten through Grade 12 to explore new skills, make new friends, gain confidence and explore leadership opportunities.

The organization is looking for all kinds of contributions, from running an "express troop" that starts in the winter and runs for 10 weeks, to "community troops" that meets once per month, six times a year.

Other creative ways for parents and others to volunteer with Girl Scouts include: Leading off-season troops when sports teams are not active for daughters and teammates, sharing troop leadership, or running specialty troops for older girls that focus on a specific topic such as health and wellness, high adventure or STEM subjects.

Information on volunteering and other Girl Scouts programs: www.yourtimewellspent.org, call GSCWM at 800-462-9100 or e-mail Volunteer@gscwm.org.