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Milton Hershey School info session: Milton Hershey School, a private, philanthropic boarding school in Hershey, Pa., will host a family event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in the community room at the North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St.

Following a free meal and brief presentation, attendees will have time to ask questions and talk with school staff. No registration is required to attend the family event, but more information can be obtained by calling 1-800-322-3248 or visiting mhs-pa.org.

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Violence prevention forum: The Southern Berkshire Clergy Association and several other community co-sponsors will present a Community Conversation program called, "The Mass Shooting that Didn't Happen: Averting Violence with Kindness," from 7 to 9 tonight at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington. The program is free and open to the public

The program will use the example of Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at a suburban Atlanta elementary school who faced a heavily armed gunman who threatened her and the school full of 800 students and teachers last August. As heard in her call to 911 that day, Tuff calmly convinced the gunman to surrender and averted a potential tragedy through her caring, compassionate and courageous manner.


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Tonight's program will include a review of video clips and a discussion on conflict de-escalation, empathy and school safety.

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Public policy lecture at MCLA: Andrew Young, an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia, will at 7 p.m. on Wednesday present the annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, "A Continuing Legacy," at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. The program, which is free and open to the public through the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, will be held in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, 172 Church St.

Young, a supporter and friend of Martin Luther King Jr., has worked for civil and human rights, for more than 50 years.

Learn more at mcla.edu/publicpolicy or by contacting Chelsey Burke at (413) 662-5391, or C.Burke@mcla.edu.

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Youth wildlife hike and workshop series: If you are between the ages of 14 to 25 years old and enjoy getting outdoors, exploring nature, and looking for wildlife, join the outing club for a workshop and hike series on the subject. Collin Adkins will lead a group from the Greenagers office at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and binoculars if you have them. After-school transportation is available. Greenagers is located at 33 Rossetter St., Great Barrington, next to the railroad tracks.

Information: Email Adkins at americorps@greenagers.org or call (508) 471-0184.

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Teen summit at MASS MoCA: The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are seeking teens (ages 13-19) in the northern Berkshires to join The Summit -- an opportunity to develop creative arts programs just for young people and a space in which to hold them -- from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) is an additional partner on this project.

Info/registration: (413) 664-4481, ext. 8131 or email Shannon Toye at stoye@massmoca.org.