Holiday fair and anniversary celebration: The New Marlborough Central School Holiday Fair will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the school, 44 Hartsville-Mill River Road in Mill River. Admission is free and the event is public.

The event will benefit the New Marlborough PTA's fund-raising efforts. Details: (413) 229-8867.


STEM contest: As the world population continues to grow and become more connected than ever, The DuPont Challenge asks students to take a solutions-focused approach and address one of four categories in a 700 to 1,000-word science essay: Together, we can feed the world; Together, we can build a secure energy future; Together, we can protect people and the environment or Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

Middle and high school students across the United States, Canada and U.S. territories are eligible to participate in this contest and submit their essay online at, through Jan. 31, 2013.

Essays will be judged in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8 and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11 and 12). Divisional winners will be chosen from each of the four essay categories for a total of eight winners. A grand prize winner, first runner-up and two finalists will be chosen for each division.

The grand prize winner and first runner-up from each division will receive an expenses-paid awards trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Sponsoring teachers of all eight winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 NSTA National Conference, and will be awarded a teaching grant of between $200 and $600.


Quartet of jazz concerts: Jazz at Williams presents a series of small group performances: The Williams Jazz Sextet performs on Sunday at 2 p.m.; Small jazz ensembles perform Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.; the Jazz Vocal Ensemble and The Vocal Jazz Studio Recital performs on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.; and the Jazz Guitar Studio Recital takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. All of these performances take place in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public.

Information: or the Williams concert hotline at (413) 597-3146.


Rumor has it: Pittsfield High School's Drama Society, Proteus, will present "Rumors" by Neil Simon, directed by Jonathan Slocum, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1,7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Advance tickets are available at the PHS main office. Reservations: (413) 499-9535, ext. 1102 or email Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Free skiing for fifth-graders: Passes are available through the Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport program, where fifth-graders get free alpine and cross-country skiing access at Vermont resorts. The $10 passport is available online at

Participants must be accompanied by a paying adult. Adults can take up to two fifth-graders.

Proceeds go to Must Be The Milk, which supports New England dairy farmers. Information:


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