New classes at Boys' & Girls' Club: The Boys' & Girls' Club of Pittsfield is offering a six-week session of Introductory Sewing and Arts and Crafts classes starting Jan. 30.

Sewing, offered on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will teach children simple patterns and stitches with a machine. Arts and Crafts, held on Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will include various projects for children to make and take home each week. The cost is $10 with a club membership. Space is limited. Information or to register: (413) 448-8258.


Win a trip for a teacher: Denny's and Tom Joyner, host of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" national radio program, have launched the "All Aboard for Education" contest to send one deserving teacher and a guest aboard the Tom Joyner Foundation's seven-day "2014 Fantastic Voyage," which sets sail March 16.

Through Feb. 9, parents, current and former students, 18 years and older, may visit and nominate - in 100 words or less - an inspiring educator who has made a difference in the lives of all he or she has taught. A grand prize winner will be selected to receive a complimentary cabin onboard the cruise, round-trip airfare to and from Miami, one-night hotel accommodations and a $200 gift card. The winning nominator will be awarded a tablet computer, free Denny's Grand SlamĀ® breakfasts for a full year, and will be featured alongside his or her teacher in a future Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal spread.


Talk on Trayvon Martin: Neil Roberts, Ph.D., assistant professor and Africana studies affiliate in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, will present a talk, "It's Bigger than Hip-Hop: Decoding the Trayvon Martin Event," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in Murdock Hall room 218, Church Street, North Adams. The event is free and open to the public. Information:


Montessori ' WinterFest': The Montessori School of the Berkshires will host a WinterFest open house event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at the school, 21 Patterson Road, Lenox Dale.

The open house will include refreshments and winter activities, and school tours with current teachers, staff and students. The event is free and open to the public. Register online at Berkshire or call (413) 637-3662.


Career development facilitator training course: The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University will offer a hybrid Career Development Facilitator (CDF) training course throughout the spring semester.

The course is open to anyone who advises individuals in career planning and development or (with permission of instructor) wishes to learn more about the field.

The course, led by Barbara Foster, M.Ed, will have in-person Saturday sessions on Feb. 1 and 8, March 1, 15, and 29, and April 12, each from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The cost for this course is $1,000, which includes the cost of the textbook and materials. Participants will also be eligible to receive 30 professional development points.

To register: Brandon Fredette, (413) 572-8033 or Information:


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