Recess notes



STEM talk: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School will presents renowned scientist, author and educator Michael D'Aleo, who will discuss "From Playing Fields to Electromagnetic Fields: Going Beyond an Object-Based World Conception" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Rudolf Steiner School, 35 West Plain Road in Great Barrington. The talk is free and open to the public.

D'Aleo, a mechanical engineer, holds 17 patents and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute, where he is the director of research. He is also co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, where he teaches physical science and mathematics.

Information: or call (413) 528-4015. Information about the school: Steve Sagarin at (413) 298-3800 or


Workshop series for parents and caregivers: Housatonic Academy is sponsoring a series of six free monthly afternoon workshops for parents, family and caregivers of people with special needs.

The first workshop, "Solutions for Caregivers of Traumatized Foster Children," will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, with foster parents in mind. The workshop will be led by David Boyer, Ph.D., director of Hillcrest Community Support Services.

All of the workshops will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Educational Centers' administrative offices, 788 South St., Pittsfield. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are requested. A free lunch will be served to those attending. Those interested can sign-up by calling (413) 443-2367. Learn more at

The other five free workshops and dates are: Education Advocacy (Feb. 19), Teaching Children With Autism (March 19), Tame That Tantrum (April 23), Taking Autism to the Doctor (May 14) and Bully-proofing your Child (June 11).


Free family movie: The Lee Library Association will present "Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition" (rated G) at 11 a.m. on Saturday as part of its free "FamilyLee Library" movie series. The runtime is 139 minutes.

The library is at 100 Main St., in Lee. Information: (413) 243-0385, email or visit lee


New season starts with Blafield Children's Chorus: The Blafield Children's Chorus begins rehearsals for its spring season at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum. The chorus is open tuition-free to all children ages 6 to 13 from Berkshire County and surrounding areas.

A small group audition will be held Saturday to make sure members can match pitches easily. Information: Jack Brown, (413) 298-5365.


Learn to swim: The Pittsfield Family YMCA will start its youth swimming lessons series today. Classes will run through Feb. 22. Lessons are for all boys and girls, ages 6 months to 12 years old.

Swim categories are based on age and ability. Sessions are offered Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Swim lessons cost $50. All participants must also be Y members. An annual youth membership is $36. Swim bubbles can be purchased for $10, plus tax.

Information or to register, stop by the YMCA, 292 North St., Pittsfield, or online at Information: (413) 499-7650, Ext. 11 or


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