The Council on Aging will be hosting a Health and Wellness Expo from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Visitor Center, 3 Hoosac St.
The event will include live music, health and wellness vendors, a flu shot clinic, food, and entry into a free raffle. Information: (413) 743-8333.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that the campground at Clarksburg State Park will remain open for fall camping through Columbus Day, Oct. 14.
Additionally, the day-use area at DCR’s Mausert’s Pond, located within the park, will remain open for picnicking, boating and other activities through the Columbus Day weekend.
Swimming at Mausert’s Pond ended on Labor Day. This popular location has previously closed for the season on Labor Day.
To reserve a campsite at Clarksburg State Park, contact Reserveamerica at (877) 422-6762 or book online at www.reserveamerica.com.
Berkshire Community College’s South County Center will offer an introductory computer workshop geared toward parents, grandparents and seniors.
"Computer Basics for the Adult Learner" (WKS-102) helps new or novice computer users to learn the parts of a computer as well as computer terminology.
Using Microsoft Windows 7, participants will learn the help function and basic computer maintenance. The course also provides students with a solid foundation to use other computer software and the Internet.
Class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 7 to 21. The cost for registration is $130. No senior discounts are available.
For information, or to register, call (413) 528-4521. For long distance (in Mass. only), call (800) 816-1233, ext. 5201 or 5202.
For information about other BCC workshops, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/workshops.
The Gateway High School Guidance Department will be offering the PSAT at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. This test is a practice test for the SAT exam and is recommended for sophomores and juniors who are considering attending a four year college.
The test fee is $14, due at sign-up, in cash or check made payable to GRHS. Students must sign up in the guidance office by Wednesday, Oct. 9. Fee waivers are available for 11th-graders only who receive free or reduced lunch.
Information: Guidance Office at (413) 685-1107.
Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners will be soil testing and answering gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Berkshire Mall Farmers Market.
Directions for obtaining soil for testing may be found on the WMMGA.org web site. There is a suggested donation of $1 for soil testing.
"Love Makes a Family," a photo-text exhibit on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, has been extended for public viewing through Oct. 17 at First Congregational Church, 25 Park Place. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Hoffmann Bird Club Member Don Calloway will present a free program, "Birding in Bhutan," on Friday at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 427 West Mountain Road.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with informal birding, followed by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting/program at 7 p.m.
Calloway made a trip to the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, which lies between India and China. Staying in mountain Buddhist temples, he had Buddhist Monks as his birding guides.
The presentation, which will include photos, will include an overview of about 60 diverse bird species.
Information: Matt Kelly at (413) 458-3664.
The Meeting House Gallery is exhibiting its final show of the season, "New Marlborough Artists." The show runs on weekends through Sept. 29.
Artist Joan Griswold, whose work has been acclaimed in The New York Times and other publications, will show her work along with others, including new gallery artists Robert Forte and Elizabeth Torsay-Wilson.
The Meeting House Gallery is located at 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road. More details are available at newmarlborough.org.
The Board of Missions is sponsoring this month’s First Friday Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St.
The surf and turf menu includes stuffed shrimp and chicken breast, roasted potatoes, summer squash and zucchini, rolls with butter, beverages, and dessert.
The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children.
The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will present a two-part illustrated lecture, "Skeletons in Our Closet," at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 14.
This illustrated two-part series will take participants on a fossil journey going back 500 million years.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8. The Visitors Museum is in building 4. Information: (413) 663-6312.
Dan Schall will perform a concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Peru Congregational Church with a pot luck to follow in the chapel. A free will offering will be accepted. Schall, from Pennsylvania, will be sharing his gospel music ministry throughout the area over the weekend.
In honor of National Assisted Living Week, Epoch Assisted Living at 140 Melbourne Road will hold an art gallery opening from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. This special event will celebrate the unique talents of Epoch residents, families and staff.
Activities include musical entertainment by residents and family members, original works of art created by residents, family members and staff, and homemade desserts made from residents’ favorite recipes.
All are welcome to join this free celebration. Tours of the community will be available for individuals who wish to learn more about assisted living.
For information or to RSVP, call (413) 499-1992.
Neighborhood Watch for residents of the Westside neighborhood meets the second Thursday of each month.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Pitt Park. All residents of the Westside neighborhood are invited learn how everyone can work together to make the neighborhood safe.
Pittsfield Police Officer and Neighborhood Watch specialist Michael Ortega will present information about Neighborhood Watch. Refreshments will be provided. Upcoming events for the group include a visit to a shooting range and a presentation by the Pittsfield Drug Task Force.
This community meeting is sponsored by The Christian Center, the Westside Initiative, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Pittsfield. Information: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at (413) 442-3181.
Local historian Ron Bernard will present a talk on "Sandisfield’s Native Sons and Notables" at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the non-profit Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road. Admission is $5.
At 8 p.m., "Common Thread," a trio of musicians, will perform on guitar, fiddle, viola, and voice. Admission is $10 for the performance.
For tickets or more information, visit www.sandisfieldartscenter.org.
The 13th annual Sheffield Fair and Sheffield in Celebration will take place Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s events include the Farmers Market from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and CornFest offering family fun from 3 to 5 p.m. at Old Parish Church off Route 7. Jack Sobon, nationally recognized expert on traditional timber-framing, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Bushnell-Sage Library.
On Saturday, the Sheffield Fair offering food, music, vendors, children’s activities, a fire truck, animals, an apple pie contest and more, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Town Park off Miller Avenue.
Additional Saturday events include a Bagpipe Concert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Hurlburt Hill; Kiwanis steak roast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Town Park; and a Joint Chiefs performance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dewey Hall.
Information: Kathy Orlando or Dave Smith Sr. at (413) 429-7874 or email@example.com.
The Stockbridge Grange will serve a family-style roast pork dinner from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Hall on Church Street. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Take-outs are available by calling (413) 298-3185.
Family Day at Chesterwood, offering free admission for Berkshire County residents and kids under 13, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Activities include hands-on art activities, an outdoor sculpture scavenger hunt, and behind-the-scenes tours of the studio under rehabilitation. Visitors can explore Daniel Chester French’s historic residence and grounds. Food will be available for purchase.
Visit Chesterwood.org for more information.
The Washington Sons and Daughters will hold the 104th annual meeting beginning at noon on Sunday at the Old Town Hall on Washington Mountain Road.
All Washington residents and anyone who has ever lived in the town of Washington, including children, are invited to meet neighbors and share memories, stories and the history of the town.
Hot and cold food and drink will be provided by the committee.
Attendees are invited to enter their favorite cookie recipe in the baking contest. Entrants should tape their name on the bottom of plate; bring enough for all to share. Prizes will be awarded.
The Washington Historical Commission will have a display offering information about the town’s history.
Bobby Sweet and the Beeline Ramblers (Fran and Lisa Mandeville) will perform traditional and original folk music accompanied by fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dulcimer.
Saints Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold its eighth annual tag/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Parish Center, 53 Southworth St.
The funds raised will be used in part for the continuing renovations of the church including the installation of a new heating system and handicap accessible features.
In addition, some of the proceeds will be used to support the parish food pantry and the hot meals program. The church hopes to use some of the proceeds to continue support of its sister parish, Santa Rosa de Mazan in Peru.
Individual rooms in the Parish Center will be devoted to linens, books, kitchen items, small appliances, toys and other children’s items, "Estate Treasures," holiday, and furniture.
The bake sale will offer homemade candy, breads, pies, cakes, cookies, mocha topping, apricot preserves, quiche, and more. Submissions to Our Towns may be emailed to Jeannie Maschino at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (413) 499-3419. For more information, call (413) 496-6256.