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The Greylock Gaitors will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Bounti-Fare Rest-aurant, 200 Howland Ave., as a Relay for Life fundraiser. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. Take out is available. There will be a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.


The community is invited to participate in a workshop exploring the feasibility of affordable senior housing in Becket from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Town Hall. The snow date is March 23.

The Becket Affordable Senior Housing Advisory Committee, Foresight Land Services and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission staff will participate in this important discussion that impacts all Becket residents. Refreshments will be served.


Clarksburg School is registering children for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31 to be eligible. Parents of eligible children should the school office at (413) 663-8735 as soon as possible.

A kindergarten orientation for students and parents will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

Kindergarten screening will be conducted at the school at a date to be announced. Parents of 3- and 4-years olds who have a special concern about their children may make an appointment to have their youngster screened. Call the director of special
education at (413) 664-4655 to
discuss individual concerns.


The Dalton American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an indoor flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Dalton American Legion home, 258 North St. There will be a snack bar and 50/50 raffle. Parking and admission are free.

Great Barrington

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will present "A Circus Day in the Park," starring seventh and eighth-graders in an extravaganza of juggling, jumping, balancing, tumbling, clowning and twirling fun for the whole family, at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Tickets are $5 per child, $10 per adult or $25 per family at the door; children under 2 are free. Information: (413) 528-4015 or visit gbrss.org.


Hinsdale Dayz will be holding its ninth annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday beginning at noon at the firehouse. All are welcome to taste and vote for their favorite chili, participate in a Chinese auction and listen to music by Champagne Jam.


The Lee Democratic Comm-ittee will accept letters of interest from registered Democrats to run in the local town election on April 30. Letters can be mailed to Chairman Peg Biron, 25 Housatonic St., Lee, MA 01238, or call her at (413) 243-0489, by March 8. The following offices are up for election: moderator; selectman; School Committee; Planning Board; Lee Housing Authority.


The Lee Library Association invites quilters to exhibit a quilted item in the Quilt Show in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery at the Library from March 20 through the end of April. The opening reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

The item may be brought to the Lee Library, 100 Main St., or to Pumpkin Patch Quilts, 58 West Center St., on Saturday, March 16, or Monday, March 18.

Registration forms are available at the circulation desk at the library or at Pumpkin Patch Quilts. Information: Mary Phil-pott, (413) 243-2733.


Lenox Memorial High School will present the musical comedy "Once Upon A Mattress" at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This family-friendly show is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea." Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.


Lenox Triad will hold a meeting on Monday at the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St. The business meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the guest speaker at 10 a.m.

Tammy R. Flynn from Berkshire Health System's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will speak on the wound care program and how it can benefit the residents of Berkshire County.

The public is invited. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Information: (413) 637-5535.


The Monterey School will hold an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for families wishing to learn about the early kindergarten and kindergarten programs.

Children who will turn 5 by Sept. 1 are eligible for kindergarten. Children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 31 are eligible for early kindergarten. Information: (413) 528-3693.

North Adams

North Adams Regional Hos-pital and Berkshire Health Systems will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at NARH. To schedule an appointment, call the BHS Bloodmobile at (413) 447-2114, ext. 3981. Walk-in donors are also welcome. All blood types are needed.


South Congregational Church will hold a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the church hall, 110 South St. Men's clothing will be half price and all other clothing will be $1. Information: (413) 442-7357.

In preparation for the tag sale, the Lord & Tailor Gift & Thrift Shop at the church will be closed Friday. The thrift shop will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday.


The fourth annual community ping pong tournament will take place Friday, March 15, in the Richmond Consolidated School gym on State Road.

The entry fee is $5 per player with a $10 family cap. Reg-istration will be at the door only, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Play starts at 6 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be available.

There will be three divisions of play: Champions for the best players; Recreational for those who just want to have a good time; and Kids 13 and under. Information: www.richmond reccommittee.org.


The Sheffield Historical Society will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by presenting MCLA Professor Frances Jones-Sneed, who will lecture on "The Rev. Samuel Harrison and the Emancipation Proclamation," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Dewey Hall on the Village Green, Route 7.

Harrison, a former slave, came to Pittsfield in 1850 as the pastor of Second Congregational Church. During the Civil War, he became the chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all-black infantry to fight in that war, and whose 150th anniversary is also commemorated this year.

The program is free and open to the public. Information: (413) 229-2694.


Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School will present its annual musical theater production tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Mount Greylock auditorium.

This year, the musical cast, crew and pit orchestra are made up of students from Grades 7 through 12. In the past, the school musical was reserved for high school
students only.

Tickets will be available at the door at $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Information: www.mgrhs.org or director Jeffrey Welch at (413) 458-9582, ext. 109. 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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