The Becket Land Trust will present the third lecture in the "Stone Stories" series at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chester Railroad Museum, 10 Prospect St.
David Pierce, head of the Chester Railroad Museum, will present an illustrated talk about the former Becket-Chester Railroad, which transported fine granite for the Hudson-Chester Quarry (now the Becket Land Trust Historic Quarry) to Chester, where tombstones and monuments were carved, engraved, polished and shipped throughout the country.
A short walk across the street will reveal an abandoned polishing shed, giant saw and old remaining tombstones.
The talk is free. Information: (413) 354-7878 or (413) 623-2100.
A workshop on Elder Law and Estate Planning will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at Sugar Hill Senior Living Community, 45 Main St.
Attorney Paula K. Almgren will discuss the importance of creating an estate plan and using trusts for asset protection, estate tax savings and avoiding probate.
Life Care Planning, Medicare, Mass Health and veterans benefits eligibility and new MOLST rules for health care advanced directives also will be discussed.
RSVP to Pat Bramer at (413) 842-3167.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present "Sustainability in Israel: Past, Present, and Future" with Professor Uri Marinov at 10:45 a.m. on Friday at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road.
Marinov will review Israel’s response to environmental issues via his roles as the nation’s first director general of the Ministry of the Environment and the first director of the Environmental Protection Service.
The program is $3. The program with catered noon luncheon is $6.
For lunch reservations or further information, call Nancy Maurice Rogers, program director, at (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.
The Lanesborough Public Library is hosting an evening with local radio talk show host and author Stephanie Abrams at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. A resident of Lanesborough, Abrams will discuss her novel, "Rumors," the writing process, and will answer any of travel questions.
The Preschool Story Time will resume at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. The program consists of a story and a craft and is appropriate for ages 2 and up.
The book-discussion group continues to meet in the library on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The group reads and discusses current as well as classic literature. Information: (413) 442-0222.
The St. Mary’s School Carnival will be held today and Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Lee Athletic Field, Housatonic Street, Route 20.
The event will include fun and games for the whole family, food and free parking. Wristbands or individual ride tickets will be available.
The Drury High School Band will hold its annual car wash from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Carr Hardware on State Road. The event will also feature a bake sale.
The next meeting of the Morningside Initiative will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Goodwill Regional Office & Training Center, 158 Tyler St. Attendees will enter through the main entrance on Tyler Street.
The Initiative invites community members to continue the discussion on making the Morningside neighborhood stronger.
Information: Pete White at email@example.com or leave a message at (413) 464-9044.
Michael White, skilled builder in period construction techniques, will be the keynote speaker at the Richmond Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road.
The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church. White will discuss period New England houses, including Richmond. This event is free and open to the public.
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