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Lecture on learning differences: The College Internship Program (CIP) Berkshire Center will host a free information session and professional lecture event from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the center in Lee.

This event will address the importance of health and wellness for people with an Asperger's, autism or learning difference diagnosis.

The information session begins at 3:30 p.m. at the center, 40 Main St. The lectures will begin at 6 p.m., at the Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St.

To learn more: www.cipworldwide. org/cip-berkshire or (413) 243-2576.

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Arbor Day poetry contest: The Berkshire Conservation District is hosting a poetry contest for Berkshire County students in grades 4 through 12 in honor of National Arbor Day. Entries are due on Arbor Day, April 26.

The poetry theme is "In Praise of Trees." Poems should be at least 12 lines long but no longer than a page, typed or hand-written.

Winners will be awarded with live tree seedlings and three Pocket Nature Guides of their choosing.

Winners will be notified by April 30. Awards will be available for pickup at the Seedling Fundraiser Sale Day Event, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Springside Park, Pittsfield, or Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington.

To enter: www.berkshireconservation. org or (413) 443-1776, ext. 102.

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Vernal pool workshops: Two vernal pool workshops will be held on Saturday in Berkshire County.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Trustees of Reservations will host a workshop at Bartholomew's Cobble at Ashley Falls, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.The cost for Trustees is $4 per person up to $10 per family; $6 per person up to $15 per family for non-members.

Registration is required and can be done by calling (413) 229-8600 or email

From 2 to 5 p.m., a separate vernal pool workshop will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., starting at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact Jane Winn at or (413) 230-7321.

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Berkshire Ukulele Band: On Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., adults and teens are welcome to join the Berkshire Ukulele Band at Berkshire South Regional Community Center in Great Barrington. This program is free and open to members and non-members of the center. Registration is requested but drop-ins are welcome.

Multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer Rob Sanzone will teach ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. A limited number of ukuleles will be available for loan to participants who do not have an instrument.

Information and to register: (413) 528-2810.

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Poetry wanted: April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate Berkshire Family Focus wants to post poems by kids. Youths from the Berkshires between the ages of 3 and 18, are invited to submit an original poem to Berkshire Family Focus. They must be received by 5 p.m. on Saturday to Parents or guardians should submit the poems on the child's behalf with permission. Be sure to include your child's name, age and the town he or she lives in along with their poem in your email.

All poems will be posted on Berkshire Family Focus in a series of posts beginning April 22 and running through April 26. Information:


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