Recess in the Berkshires


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Fall computer classes: The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, has announced its fall round of computer classes. Classes offered in this round include: Computer Basics (Thursday, Oct. 3); Word Basics (Tuesday, Oct. 8); Library Catalog Basics (Thursday, Oct. 17); How to Borrow Library e-books and downloadable audiobooks (Tuesday, Oct. 22); and a three-part series on QuickBooks (Thursday, Nov. 7, 14 and 21). Sessions last one hour, take place in the athenaeum's Laptop Lab, and are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.

Registration: or (413) 499-9480, ext. 202. Information on library programs:

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Central Berkshire Fund grants: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that the Central Berkshire Fund, one of 11 permanently endowed area funds that serve a specific geographic region, is accepting grant applications through Oct. 10.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, community groups or public agencies that serve the residents of Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington or Windsor.

The fund will award up to a total of $37,000 this year, with a priority for programs and projects that enhance early childhood development for children between the ages of 0-6 years. The fund's intentions are to promote the well-being and overall development of young children so that they are "ready to learn" when they enter kindergarten.


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Housatonic Heritage Hike Series begins: Tamarack Hollow will host a "Boreal Forest Ghost Town Hike," from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Join Aimée Gelinas as she leads a free ramble through the backcountry of the Berkshire highlands in the unique high elevation forest of Tamarack Hollow and the backside of Notchview Reservation in Windsor. Look for cellar holes and other signs of the abandoned homesteads throughout the reservation and learn about the Boreal forest fauna and flora that make this area ecologically unique.

To register, email: This program, sponsored by Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports and the Windsor Cultural Council, is free and donations are accepted. Information:

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An evening of poetry and song: Poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies will present "Wind and Rain: An Evening of Poetry and Song" at 6 p.m. Sunday, at Bascom Lodge, located atop Mount Greylock. This program is free and open to the public.

The two women will trade art forms and will be joined by special guest Shawn Stevens, Mohican storyteller and musician.

Information: (413) 743-1591 or

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'Kids Can Cook': Berkshire Co-op Market at 42 Bridge St. in Great Barrington will begin its "Kids Can Cook" series with an apple cider doughnut-making workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Youngsters will learn about apple season and make tasty treats using coconut flour as a wheat flour alternative. While the doughnuts are baking there will be a fun apple tasting activity to learn about local apples in the Berkshires region.

This and other programs in the "Kids Can Cook" and "DIY Kids" series are free of charge but space is limited, so advanced sign up is recommended. Registration: At the store's service desk or (413) 528-9697.


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