Education news and notes in the Berkshires


Meet Memoir reading and talk: Tonight at 6:30 at the Lee Library Association, 100 Main St. in Lee, local author Bette Isacoff will read from her recently published memoir "Star Crossed: An Interfaith Memoir." The event, which is part of the library's summer reading program for adults, is free and open to the public.

When Bette met Richard in 1968, he was a 17-year-old Jewish kid. She, at 21, was a Catholic college senior doing a practice- teaching assignment at his high school. Seven weeks later, they were engaged. To say their two-year courtship was illreceived is an understatement. But the harder their families tried to pull them apart, the tighter they clung together. The couple is now celebrating 43 years of marriage.

A book signing and Q & A will follow with Bette and her husband, Richard. For more information call the library at ( 413) 243- 0385 or email

Think SAT Summer Institute: Westfield State University, in partnership with Educational Testing Consultants Inc., will offer an on-campus SAT Summer Institute for high school students, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Aug. 7.

The program involves 20 hours of classroom time, and students will also get access to online review sessions throughout September. In addition to reviewing the subjects of the test, classes will include general test preparation topics such as utilizing the process of elimination, mastering time management skills, minimizing test anxiety and identifying common distractors.

The cost of the SAT Summer Institute is $499, which includes all books and materials. Learn more at preparation. To register, contact Brandon Fredette at (413) 572-8033 or bfredette@

See Nature programs: Tamarack Hollow will offer the following upcoming programs: On Saturday from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m., visit Chesterfield with naturalist Aimee Gelinas for "River Critters: What's in the River at Chesterfield Gorge," presented through The Trustees of Reservations. Visit for info and email to register.

Two programs will be offered on Sunday. From 9 a.m. to noon, take a natural and cultural history hike at the Boulders in Dalton. This event is free, and is co- sponsored by the Dalton Cultural Council. From 4 to 6 p.m., check out an evergreen craft workshop at the summit of Mt. Greylock. Cost is $20 per person, and includes a short walk and materials to make a take-home evergreen sachet. To learn more about or to register for these two programs visit and email

Play Family Day at Tanglewood: A host of free family fun activities, including arts and crafts, face painting, musical demonstrations and balloon animal creations will be offered in the hours leading up the 2:30 p.m. Boston Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Rafael Fr├╝hbeck de Burgos, with pianist Gabriela Montero and vocal soloists.

Adults must purchase tickets to the concert, but kids get in free. A gift bag will be provided for all children. Learn more at

Grow Family activities at Norman Rockwell Museum: From 10 a.m. to noon today, youths ages 7 and up can check out the Norman Rockwell Museum's Summer Sketch Club, which will be held outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors. Bring a sketch book, drawing pad, bottled water, insect repellent, hats and sunscreen; other art supplies are provided. The cost is $6 per youth, $4 for museum members.

On Wednesday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., "Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience" will be held in the galleries, focused on children ages 4 and up, and their caregivers. This will include an interactive art experience and the creation of personal artworks with a variety of materials and techniques. The cost is $6 per person, $4 for museum members.

For details, call (413) 931-2221, or visit


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