Tuesday October 16, 2012

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UNITY teen programs: The UNITY teen program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams is getting reading to start fall programs.

The Teen Writing Workshop begins this Wednesday and will continue to run on Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., through March. Writers of all levels and genre are welcome. They will get to work with two professional writers, have the opportunity to have their work published in UNITY’s student journal and share their work in public readings.

The UNITY Youth Leadership Program begins Tuesday, Oct. 23 and will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn leadership skills and put them to use through youth-led community service and social activities.

All UNITY programs are free and open to people ages 14 to 19 who attend school or live in North ern Berkshire County. They are held at the nbCC Conference Room at 61 Main St., North Adams. Transpor tation is available upon request.

Info: Kate Merrigan at (413) 663-7588 or, or

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Farm Bill panel: The Edible Education series, sponsored by Berkshire Co-op Market, Berkshire Grown and Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will continue this Wednesday with an in-depth panel discussion on the 2012 Farm Bill. It will include a previously filmed presentation with U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine; Dan Imhoff, co-founder and director of Watershed Media, and Ken Cook, co-founder and president of Environmental Working Group.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the lecture center of Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Alford Road in Great Barrington. The presentation is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation to benefit Berkshire Grown. Info: Matt Novik at (413) 528-9697, ext. 39 or

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Shows at Spectrum Playhouse: Spectrum Playhouse at 20 Franklin St., in Lee will host two special events this weekend.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., see spontaneous comedy with the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT). Admission is $12 for adults and free for kids. The show is performed in the style of television’s "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

On Saturday at 7 p.m., see Linda Worster and David Grover in concert with special guest Puggy Demary. There is a suggested donation scale between $10 and $20, but no one will be turned away.

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Pumpkin Fest: The Pumpkin Fest at Bradley Farm will continue this month with live family-friendly events and activities at 545 North Main St. (Route 7) in Lanes borough. Remaining dates are from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 27 and 28, as sponsored by Healing Winds. It is free and open to the public.

This weekend, see a live music by Kri, Jordon Loder, Steve Mole and David Rizzardi, enjoy guided nature hikes, learn about natural horsemanship and drumming and storytelling at the Healing Winds Tipi.

Each weekend there will also be food, cultural education activities, crafts, puppet shows, social dancing and an ongoing juried scariest pumpkin contest.

A special event with cash prizes for the contest will be awarded during a special Halloween event, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the farm.

Information: (413) 443-2481 or e-mail


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