Get a reading buddy: "Reading is Great," a new literacy enrichment program, starts this week and will be held each Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the children's room at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown.

Students in kindergarten through Grade 5 will be partnered will a college-aged reading buddy and spend time reading books together. Children can come and go any time during the program's time frame. Parents are asked to stay in the library during the program.

Information: (413) 458-5369.


Scholarship opportunity: Teens who have been impacted by having a family member with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias are encouraged to apply for the annual Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship, offered by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Students must write a 1,200-to 1,500-word essay that gives thoughtful consideration to "the impact Alzheimer's disease has on their own lives and what they learned about themselves, their family and/or their community in coping with the disease."

AFA will award $5,000 to the winner, and $500 and $250 to the first and second runners-up, respectively.

The application deadline is Feb. 15. Details and application information:


Arts lecture: On Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Sweetwood of Williamstown Lecture Series will welcome Williamstown resident Stephen Dankner to speak on "The Nature of Music and Photography: Ways of Mingling Creativity Across the Media." A reception will follow, and all are welcome to attend this free event.

Information: (413) 458-8371, ext. 13.


New open mic for youths: Barrington Stage Company will host a free Youth Open Mic Night on Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Mr. Finn's Cabaret on the lower level of BSC's Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

This drug- and alcohol-free event is open to youths19 and younger. Participants can sign up to perform songs, poems, performance art, or play with their band. Each participant who signs up will be given a 10-minute time slot. To sign up: Frank La Frazia, (413) 997-6117 or The deadline to sign up is Thursday.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information:


Explore the Arctic: The Berkshire Museum will host a special lecture, "The Eskimo and the Oil Man," with author Bob Reiss, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and is $5 general admission and free for students to attend. The museum is at 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Reiss followed the relationship between an Inupiat Eskimo leader and a Shell Oil executive in Alaska as Shell sought to drill for offshore oil.

Books will be available for purchase during the book signing that follows the talk. The event is co-sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Berkshire Museum, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Berkshire Community College. Information: Jane Winn, (413) 230-7321 or jane@

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