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Ballet program: The Pittsfield Family YMCA will hold open registrations for its ballet programs for those ages 18 months to eighth grade. The sessions meet on Sundays, from July 20 through Aug. 31. No classes on Aug. 10.

"Storytime Ballet" (ages 18-36 months) will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Ballet I and II (ages 3 to kindergarten) will be held from 11 to 11:45. Ballet II & III (Grades 1 through 8) will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Cost for members is $50 and non-members is $80. An annual youth membership is $36. Information: Kaylyn Kern at (413) 499-7650, ext. 33 or pittsfieldfamilyymca.org/youth_program/ballet.

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Scholarship for women: Friday is the deadline to apply to the Berkshire Business & Professional Women’s career advancement scholarship program, offered to working women residing in Berkshire County. Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, child care, uniforms or other related educational expenses.

The scholarship committee and trustees of Berkshire BPW’s nonprofit affiliate, Berkshire County Education Council (BCEC), will determine scholarship amounts and the number of scholarships awarded, up to $500 each.


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Eligibility criteria are as follows: Women who are 25 or older; must reside in Berkshire County; must be employed full-time or part-time; must be enrolled in an educational program or course at an accredited college, technical or vocational school on a full-time or part-time basis; must complete the BBPW Career Advancement Scholarship application form and submit it with a personal statement (two-page limit); and must submit two letters of recommendation.

Awards will be presented at the organization’s kickoff meeting on Sept. 8. Last year, $5,500 in scholarships were awarded.

For information or an application, go to berkshirebpw.org, find them on Facebook or contact June Roy-Martin, at (413) 499-4000, ext. 117 or jroymartin@berkshirechamber.com.

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Book party in the park: The Dalton CRA and Dalton Summer Parks Program will present a "Literacy Evening at the Park" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. There will be guest readers, free book giveaways, and freeze pops. Bring a small rock to paint for a craft project. This event is free and open to the public.

Information: (413) 684-0260 or daltoncra.org.

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’Gather-In’: The Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP and Greylock Federal Credit Union will present the annual "Gather-In" from noon to 6 on Saturday at Pitt Park on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

This free, family-friendly festival is open to all, and will include live entertainment, face painting, a bouncy house, music, a girls and boys basketball tournament, dunking booth, food vendors, games, pony rides and a free bike raffle for kids. For information, to volunteer or get involved, contact Henry Lee at (413) 841-0542 or Dennis Powell at (413) 464-9060.

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Education lecture: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present a talk titled, "Public Education: Voice, Activism and Uprising," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The lecture, part of the college’s annual Leadership Academy and CAGS programming, will be presented by M. Francyne Huckaby in Murdock Hall, room 218, on the campus in North Adams.

An associate professor of curriculum studies and director of the Center for Public Education at Texas Christian University, Huckaby will weave together the theoretical and the practical, the historical and the present, the audiovisual and textual to explore and understand how communities are organizing and uprising for public education.

While addressing national phenomena, the presentation more closely follows the activism of key teacher, parent and community organizations in Chicago, New York and Houston as they make their voices public. Information: call (413) 662-5203

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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.