Recess: What to do the week of Feb. 16

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Outdoor and hands-on activities will be held all week at Bartholomew's Cobble, located at 105 Weatogue Road in Sheffield. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, discover "Mumbet's Winter World." From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday explore with experts from Flying Deer Nature Center. On Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., take a full moon hike followed by pizza. On Sunday, go snowshoeing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and from 2 to 4, start with a hike, learn about snakes, then enjoy warm beverages in the Visitors Center.

Registration and admission details: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org, or thetrustees.org.

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There will be a few special talks in the Berkshires this week on presidential politics. At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Norman Rockwell Museum will present its "Four Freedoms Forum: Business as Usual? Unraveling Presidential Politics," in Stockbridge. The program is free and open to the public and a reception will follow. Then on Friday, at 2 p.m., catch "Presidents! An Afternoon with Award-Winning Caricaturist Steve Brodner," included with regular museum admission. Info: nrm.org or 413-298-4100.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice will host a forum on the current presidential candidates. Panelists include: Berkshire Brigades President Sheila Murray, president of Health Connections International; U.S. Army veteran Maurice Peoples of the Berkshire County NAACP; and Green-Rainbow Party member Timothy Wright. This free, public presentation will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Info: bcpj.org.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges, a professor at Lesley University, in two events on Wednesday in North Adams. At 3:30 p.m., Georges will read from "Fluid Beautiful Identities," in room 121 at MCLA's Center for Science and Innovation, room 121. At 7 p.m. in Gallery 51 on Main Street, she will offer a poetry reading. Both events are free and open to the public. Info: mcla.edu.

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The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill in Williamstown will host from 1 to 4 p.m., today through Friday, programs for children in kindergarten through Grade 4. Activities feature habitat exploration, winter science experiments, hiking or sledding, craft projects, baking and cooking, and more. For more information or to register visit www.wrlf.org or call 413-458-2494.

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The Food Adventures program of The Nutrition Center will host from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday a cooking class for kids at the Lenox Library. The program is free and open to kids ages 4 to 12 and their families. Registration is required and can be done by calling Pauline Spinrad at 413-637-0197 or emailing pspinrad@lenoxlib.org.


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