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Webinar to connect youth with the arts: The Massachusetts Cultural Council will host an hour-long free webinar at 11 a.m. Thursday called, "Connecting Youth with Afterschool Arts."

Join the authors of a new study commissioned by The Wallace Foundation titled, "Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts," to discuss how to attract and retain low-income urban teens and "tweens" to participate in high-quality arts programs.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and other experts nationwide, Something to Say offers 10 recommendations to help organizations be as successful as possible in engaging youth. Register here: http://bit.ly/1fjhjVA.

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BCARC scholarships: Friday is the deadline to apply to the 2014 Berkshire County Arc scholarship award program. High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will be given consideration.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services and academic achievement.


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An independent panel of community members will select the winners and determine the amount of each award up to the scholarship maximum of $1,500.

Applications are available through area high school guidance offices or by contacting the Berkshire County Arc office at (413) 499-4241, ext. 244.

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Maple syrup tour: Great Barrington-based Berkshire Co-op Market will welcome the change of season and show you how maple syrup is made with its annual farm tour season kickoff at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mead’s Maple Syrup in Canaan, Conn.

Winter Mead is regarded as a master syrup maker, with more than 30 years in the business. He will lead visitors through the whole process, from his vast woods of sugar maples, to the sugar house and wood-fired evaporator. At the end of the tour, co-op staff will be prepare traditional and gluten-free pancakes for all to enjoy.

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Directions are available at www.berkshire.coop. Sign up in advance at the co-op or call (413) 528-9697, ext. 10.

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’Storytime Ballet’: The Pittsfield Family YMCA is now holding registration for Storytime Ballet. This program is for children ages 18 to 36 months.

Storytime Ballet class brings classic tales to life through music and basic ballet and body movements. This class requires parent participation and together each parent and child learns to create their own story through the movements learned.

The sessions meet from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays, from March 30; no class April 27. Cost for YMCA members is $50 and $80 for non-members. An annual youth membership is $36.

To register, visit the YMCA at 292 North St. Information: Kaylyn Kern at (413) 499-7650, ext. 33 or at kkern@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.

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To submit information or story ideas for The Eagle’s weekly Learning page, contact education reporter Jenn Smith at (413) 496-6239 or jsmith@berkshireeagle.com.