Film screening and directors' talk: Williams College will present a screening of " Letters from Baghdad," a work-in-progress documentary about Gertrude Bell, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Paresky Auditorium on the Williamstown campus. A discussion with the film's directors, Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell was a British adventurer and diplomat who worked in the Middle East and helped create the modern state of Iraq.

Information about the film and its directors:


Youth suicide prevention training: Registration is open for a free half-day training program to provide school staff and youth organizations in western Massachusetts with education on youth suicide prevention. The evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program will be presented by Screening for Mental Health from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the Smith College Conference Center in Northampton.

To register: /s/SOS_MA_Trainings_2014. Space is limited.


Screening of ‘Sweet Soil': Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington will screen the film, "Sweet Soil,"at 7 tonight in the campus Lecture Center. The event is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow.

Directed by Laura Meister and Erica Spizz, "Sweet Soil" (21 minutes) shares the stories of four Berkshire family farms -- Equinox Farm, Rawson Brook Farm, Thompson-Finch Farm and High Lawn Farm -- and a natural foods store (Berkshire Co-op Market) committed to supporting them, and a community's passion for fresh, local food.

Spizz ('99) and Meister, both from Farm Girl Farm, will be joined by Ted Dobson from Equinox Farm for a post-film talk. Information:


'Once Upon a Mattress': Lee Wildcat Drama of Lee Middle and High School will present its theatrical production of "Once Upon a Mattress" at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, in the Zukowski Performing Arts Center at the school, 300 Greylock St.

"Once Upon a Mattress" retells the classic story of "The Princess and the Pea."

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door.


Social skills group at Hillcrest: Hillcrest Community Support Services, a subsidiary of Hillcrest Educational Centers Inc., will offer a Social Skills Group for school-age children and adolescents' with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders and other learning challenges.

The group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, once a week for eight weeks, beginning on March 27, at the Hillcrest administrative offices, 788 South St., Pittsfield.

Registration and intake session are required and can be scheduled by calling (413) 499-2031.

The goal of this community-based therapeutic program is to help students relate effectively and live productively within home and community environments. The group format will allow students to learn skills and practice them in an interactive setting.


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