Updated EMT course: Village Ambulance Service will begin teaching its fall 2013 EMT course at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough. This course delivers the new national EMS educational standards adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) education requirements.
The course, which is approximately 140 hours long over a three-and-a-half month span, provides knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to provide emergency medical care in a pre-hospital environment.
Information: Shawn Godfrey at Village Ambulance Service, (413) 458-4889, ext. 2.
scholarships for women: The Berkshire Business & Professional Women (BBPW) organization will again award career advancement scholarships to working women residing in Berkshire County.
Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, child care, uniforms, or other related educational expenses.
The scholarship committee and trustees of Berkshire BPW’s non-profit affiliation, Berkshire County Education Council (BCEC), determine scholarship amounts and the number of scholarships awarded although no more than $500 can be awarded to each recipient.
The deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. July 26. Scholarship awards will be presented at the Sept. 9 BBPW meeting.
"Dig Into Reading": The Adams Free Library will kick off its summer reading program, "Dig Into Reading," with the "Wild About Reading Balloon Show" at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Using masks and props, "Jungle Jim" will explore the finer points of the Jurassic world. An adult must accompany children under 8.
The program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, a reading club, and more. Registration/information: (413) 743-8345 or www.readsinma.org.
Music classes: Berkshire Music School is offering weeklong special sessions as well as a full schedule of private music instruction during its summer session, July 8 - Aug. 23. All lessons and classes take place at the school at 30 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Registration: (413) 442-1411 or at the school. There is a $10 registration fee for new students to BMS. Information: berkshiremusic
Explore the Arctic: The ice is melting at the top of the Earth, and the Arctic, suddenly, is becoming accessible. With such dramatic natural change in the region comes a thundering of consequences: geopolitical, military and environmental.
On Thursday, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Bob Reiss, a bestselling journalist and author, will visit Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield discuss how the opening of the Arctic has led to a fight over offshore oil drilling and the possibilities for new shipping routes to and from Asia. Reiss lives in New York City and has a home in the Berkshires.
The cost of admission for the lecture is $10.
Info: www.BerkshireOLLI.org or call (413) 236-2190.
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