Community, education news and notes from the Berkshires



Save the date for dinner: On Monday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Boys' and Girls' Club of Pittsfield's travel basketball teams will be having pasta dinner fundraisers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lighthouse Café at the club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Tickets are $7 per person and free for children age 6 and under.

Tickets are available from travel team members or at the Boys' & Girls' Club. For more information, contact Tina Wixsom at (413) 448-8258, Ext. 27 or


Civil liberties contest: The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, in conjunction with radio stations WHMP and WRSI, is offering the opportunity for students across the commonwealth to get involved in media production and discussions of civil liberties, by entering the Civil Liberties Minute Radio Contest.

The contest asks students to write and record a one-minute radio piece on a civil liberties topic and submit their entries by Feb. 24. WHMP and 93.9 The River (WRSI) will broadcast the three winning entries, which will also be available online.

For more information about the Civil Liberties Minute Radio Contest, including detailed contest guidelines, go to: Entries can be sent via email to


Neighborhood action: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Green Living Seminar Series continues on Thursday with a talk titled "Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change," presented by Andrew Howard of Team Better Block.

The Better Block project is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the buildout process of redevelopment. For more information about Team Better Block, visit

All Green Living presentations are held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., in room 218 of Murdock Hall on the MCLA campus in North Adams. The series is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Green Living series, visit Presentations will also be re-broadcast via podcast and also on local cable access television.


Make mini-homes: Berkshire Botanical Garden will offer a "Make a Fairy House or Gnome Home!" workshop on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Berkshire Botanical Garden, located at the intersection of routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge.

Participants young and older are invited to join floral artist and perennial gardener Barb May to learn how to make tiny, long-lasting constructions. Attendees will build a fairy house to take home using found natural material collected at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

The cost for this workshop is $50 for BBG members, $60 for nonmembers. All materials are included in cost of workshop, but participants should bring a plug-in hot glue gun with glue sticks (instructor will provide if needed). To register, call Berkshire Botanical Garden at (413) 298-3926, or visit


Storycraft time: The Stockbridge Library will host a Storycraft hour, from 10 to 11 a.m., on Main Street.

Designed for preschoolers, Storycraft is held each Friday at this time, during which children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs and crafts in a group setting. It is free and open to the public.

To learn more about this and other southern Berkshire County family activities, visit


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