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The McCann baseball team will hold a chicken parm-esan/spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant, 200 Howland Ave.

The meal includes salad, roll, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and coffee. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 raffle.

The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased from any McCann baseball player or at the door.


The Hoosac Valley High School softball team is sponsoring a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church, 159 Church St. Tickets can be purchased from any player or at the door. The cost is $7/$5.

The Cheshire Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Sheds N Stuff, Route 8. The club will offer annuals, perennials and vegetable plants as well as specials from their own gardens. Proceeds from the sale benefit scholarships for local students.


The Holocaust exhibit at Clarksburg Elementary School will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher will share personal testimony about surviving the Terezin concentration camp. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. Information: (413) 663-8735.


The Dalton Senior Center will be offering a six week class titled "For Your Health and Wellness, Get the Word Out! An Intro-duction to Writing Poetry." Taught by Sue Field, the class will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 4.

Class size is limited to 10 people. The $2 Senior Center program coupon applies. Re-servations: (413) 684-2000.

Great Barrington

The Fire District annual meeting and elections will take place Monday at the Fire District Water Department located at 17 East St. Polls will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. The annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and Arlene Adler of the San Francisco and New York Opera Companies will perform in the "Divas and Desserts" musical program at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Congregational Church.

The event is sponsored by the First Resistance Chapter, Nat-ional Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Pro-ceeds benefit the chapter's DAR Good Citizen's scholarship.

Tickets cost $20 and will be sold at the door. There will be door prize drawings and re-freshments. Information: (413) 229-8497.


The town is seeking applicants for a TI water operator and a Board of Health agent. Inter-ested parties are asked to submit a letter of interest to the Select Board Office, 39 South St., Hinsdale, MA 01235.


The annual Lenox Dale Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company, will take place Monday, May 27.

The parade will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street and proceed to St. Vincent dePaul Church where the Rev. Chris-topher J. Waitekus, pastor, will celebrate a Mass for deceased and living veterans at 8:30 a.m.

Following the Mass, the parade will continue through the village ending at Veterans Memorial Park for concluding services.

New Ashford

The town caucus will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Town Hall, 188 Mallery Road. The last day to register voters for town meeting and election is Wednesday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. The town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, and the town election will be Tuesday, June 25, from 7 to 8 p.m.

North Adams

First Congregational Church, 134 Main St., will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will feature perennials, small trees, ornamental bushes, herbs, door wreaths, house plants, aprons, picnic tablecloths, craft items, wooden bird houses, window boxes, and Memorial Day cemetery pots.


A plant sale featuring a large variety of perennials from local gardens will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. Information: (413) 442-3525.

The Lord & Tailor Gift and Thrift Shop at South Congregational Church, 110 South St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The shop is offering brand name spring arrivals and jewelry.

The Civitan Club of Pittsfield recently held its seventh annual "Soup-Fest" in collaboration with 21 area restaurants and culinary programs. The event raised more than $8,072, which was donated to Berkshire County soup kitchens and food pantries.

More than 250 people attended the event at the Berkshire Hills Country Club. Prizes and raffle items were donated by several area businesses.

Over the last seven years, these events have enabled the club to donate approximately $50,000 to 16 soup kitchen and food pantry beneficiaries.

Next year's soup-fest is scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014.

Information: Janet R. Smargie at (413) 329-3324.


The Sandisfield Arts Center will host "A Family Cabaret" featuring an evening of local talent at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Artists will donate their talent with all proceeds benefiting the Arts Center's 2013 program. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 14. Information: sandisfieldartscenter.org.


Emma L. Miller Elementary School is hosting an open house/student art show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the school, 26 Chapel Road.

There are School Choice openings in kindergarten through grade 5, and preschool openings for 3- and 4-year-olds.


The Stockbridge Library's Museum and Archives will give the first of six monthly tours of the Stockbridge Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This month's tour is "Chan-ged the World: Buried in Stockbridge." Participants will learn about Stockbridge residents who made history, in-vented technology, and chan-ged the way people think.

Parking is available at the old Town Hall on Main Street. The suggested donation is $5. Information: Library at (413) 298-5501 or karensmarshall@yahoo.com.

West Stockbridge

West Stockbridge Farmers Market will open for a second season beginning Thursday, May 23. The market will run every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. on Harris Street near the Post Office.

Produce from regional growers, food from local vendors, and agricultural related crafts and sellers can be found every week. A partial grant from the West Stockbridge Cultural Council will provide musical performances each week. Ryan Hollander will be the first featured musician.

Opening day will feature a Maple Madness Cooking Contest. Food submissions made with maple syrup may be dropped off any time before 5:45 p.m.

Using a blind judging method beginning at 6 p.m., prizes will be determined and given out before 7 p.m. Professional chefs may submit entries but only amateur entries will be judged for prizes. Creativity, appearance and quality will count.

For more information, visit www.weststockbridgefarmersmarket.org.


The Williamstown Youth Center After School Program has received a regular license from the Massachusetts De-partment of Early Education and Care.

This two-year license is the first regular license that the after-school program has achieved.

The after-school program had achieved a six-month provisional license in November immediately before its move to its new building on School Street.

In order to receive a regular license to operate a large group and school-age child care program, the Youth Center needed to meet criteria that included the quality of interactions between children and staff, appropriateness of activities, equipment and materials that are employed by the program, quality of the facility, appropriate inspections, etc.

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