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A car wash to benefit Hoosac Valley High School Softball will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at McAndrews-King Pontiac-Buick-GMC Truck Inc. on Route 8. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any player or at the car wash.


A wine-tasting to benefit the Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Wahconah Country Club. The event is sponsored by Kelly's Package Store.

Tickets at $25 per person include light fare with more than 35 wines and beers offered. Information: Elaine Kalinowsky, (413) 441-6517.

Great Barrington

Berkshire South Regional Community Center held its annual Taste of Community fundraiser on March 7 to benefit the center's community supper program.

More than $3,000 was raised at this year's event. Seventeen local eateries, wine vendors and breweries participated.

Community suppers are held every Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Information: John Parker, director of Adult and Com-munity Programs, at (413) 528-2810, ext. 31.


The Hinsdale Lions Club will host a roast pork dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lions Club, 337 Maple St., Route 143. The menu includes roast pork, scalloped potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and beverage. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reservations or take-out: (413) 655-2973.


Lenox Green Drinks will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Firefly. Lisa Dachinger of River Valley Farm will present information related to the impact of the agriculture bill on local farmers.

Dachinger recently joined other farmers who traveled to Beacon Hill for "Ag Day," which brought visibility of farming issues to Boston and the state Legislature.

Green Drinks are monthly social gatherings of people involved in, or interested in, responsible environmental stewardship, the local green economy, and related advocacy.
Information: greandrinks.org


The Finance Committee will explain the recently completed budget for the coming fiscal year at an informational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the firehouse.

The annual town meeting warrant containing the budget is available on the town website, www.montereyma.gov.

North Adams

The Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will celebrate Earth Day with an illustrated lecture, "Going in Circles Circum-navigation," at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The urge and challenge to circle the Earth has been both inspiring and terrifying for humans. This lecture will explore the history of that challenge.


Massachusetts Park Serve Day will take place Saturday. Last year, more than 4,797 volunteers in 53 parks across the state planted flowers, trees and shrubs, and collected over 19.5 tons of trash.

Locally, M. Edward Jewelers is sponsoring this day in part with the Olde Forge restaurant, which will provide lunch to all volunteers.

People may sign up at M. Edward Jewelers in the Stop & Shop plaza on Merrill Road or through the Department of Conservation and Recreation, www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve.

A pasta dinner fundraiser will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Polish Falcons, 32 Bel Air Ave. Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds will go directly to the Samaritans. Information: Mike Filpi at (413) 442-1734.


In celebration of Earth Day, Richmond Congregational Church and the Rev. Dr. Donald Paine will bring worship into the outdoors on Sunday. The 10 a.m. service will be held outside at the back of the church building facing the rising sun. The community is invited to join in this special service.

Richmond School will hold a World Ethnic Fair and open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the school, 1831 State Road.

Pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students will showcase their talents and celebrate diversity through art, music, dancing, worldwide ex-hibits, heritage displays, games, crafts and food.

Information: Principal Mon-ica Zanin at (413) 698-2207 or mzanin@richmondconsolidated.org


An open house reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Stockbridge Library, Mu-seum & Archives to view the newest additions to the museum.

Spirits of 19th century Stock-bridge citizens will guide visitors to view the portraits of William and Anna Whitney hung over a mantle from Heaton Hall while they talk about the personalities and events of the times.

The Whitneys were farmers owning considerable property on Church Street.

Heaton Hall was built and owned by the Treadways, who also owned the Red Lion Inn, known earlier as the Stock-bridge House.

Whitney relatives from the past will share family history and gossip, and Mert Plumb (1833-1916) will reveal the details of running the hotel.

This event is free and open to the public. Information: (413) 298-5501.


In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Sweetwood Lecture Series continues at 4 p.m. today with a look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost by author and longtime professor Lea Newman.

Newman's talk is titled "Love and Death in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: A Study in Contrasts."

A reception will follow the lecture. The program is free and open to the public. Infor-mation: (413) 458-8371. Submissions to Our Towns may be emailed to Jeannie Maschino at jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com or faxed to (413) 499-3419. For more information, call (413) 496-6256.


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