Education notes from the Berkshires


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Admissions open house at MCLA: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams will present its final fall admissions open house program this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center. The event is free and open to all prospective MCLA students who are interested in exploring admission to MCLA's undergraduate and graduate programs. Families are welcome to attend.

The program will include tours of the campus and a resource fair with staff and students representing various departments of academics, specialize services and student life.

Information:, or (413) 662-5410.

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Women's club scholarship: Zonta Club of Berkshire County will award a $500 scholarship to a woman who has graduated from a Berkshire County high school, and who is presently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore or junior in a four-year college or university.

In order to be considered for the scholarship a 250-word essay stating the student's intended college major and goals upon graduation; personal contact information, including the name of the high school in Berkshire County from which the student graduated; and an official college transcript must be submitted. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. The scholarship application materials should be sent to: Zonta Club of Berkshire County, c/o the Scholarship Committee, P.O. BOX 2184, Lenox, MA 01240.

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Environmental Issues Lecture: Tonight at 7, environmental activist Marion Stoddart will be in the Sammer Dennis Room 218 at Murdock Hall to deliver the annual Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. It is free and open to the public.

Stoddart has been the recipient of the United Nations Environmental Programme's Global 500 Award, and her efforts have been chronicled by the National Geographic Society.

During her years of advocacy, she organized a massive citizen effort to rescue the Nashua River and lobbied successfully for legislation, including the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act, and federal funds to fight pollution. Learn more at (413) 662-5391 or

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Word play with poet Samantha Thornhill: WordXWord and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are partnering to present "Words Together," an evening of workshops and community performances, featuring spoken word artist Samantha Thornhill.

At 4 p.m., Thornhill will host a teen workshop for young poets, writers and rappers. At 5:30, she will lead a workshop for poets, writers, storytellers, friends and neighbors of all ages. These workshops will both be held at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., she will perform and emcee and open mic night for workshop participants and anyone else interested in sharing their work. Information or to register for either of the workshops:

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'Kids Can Cook' workshop: Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington will host a kids' culinary workshop at 10 a.m., during which children will learn how to make twice-baked delicata squash, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted squash seeds.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Sign up at the store's service desk at 42 Bridge St., or call (413) 528-9697. Information:


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