Recess: What to do the week of Feb. 2

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'THE COUGAR RETURNS' >> Sue Morse, natural history and tracking expert of the Vermont-based organization Keeping Track, will present at 7 p.m. on Saturday, "The Cougar Returns to the East," an illustrated look at big cat sightings in the eastern states and North American provinces. This free, public talk will take place in the Robert Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., in Pittsfield. On Sunday, Morse will also lead a morning hike to teach tracking concepts. Reserve your space on the hike by emailing Elia@thebeatnews.org.

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WWII SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE >> The National WWII Museum is accepting applications through Feb. 15 for its free WWII Summer Teacher Institute. High school history and social studies teachers are encouraged to apply, to ensure that they have the content knowledge, instructional techniques, and creative and engaging curriculum materials needed to teach WWII history.

The museum will select a cohort of 28 teachers to spend a week at the museum in New Orleans this July and a week abroad in July 2017. Educators completing the two-year program will earn six hours of graduate credit. Apply here: www.nationalww2museum.org/institute.

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MIDWINTER MOVIES >> The Clark Art Institute's "Midwinter Movie Madness" series begins this Saturday, and continues Feb. 13 and 20. All films will be shown at 2:30 p.m. in the Michael Conforti Pavilion at the museum in Williamstown.

This week's film is the sun-drenched "Mamma Mia!" (PG-13, 108 minutes), inspired by the music of ABBA. The animated tropical adventure "Rio" (G, 96 minutes) will be shown Feb. 13. And "Nim's Island" (PG, 96 minutes) is the Feb. 20 film. Info: clarkart.edu/events.

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STARGAZING AT THE COBBLE >> Join an astronomer at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to learn about the winter night sky while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, then go out for a hike at Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road in Sheffield. This event is free for children, $10 general admission for adults. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

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ENROLL AT TECCA >> TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the state's newest and largest full-time, tuition-free online public school for K-12 students, is now enrolling students for the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Enrollment runs until March 1. Info: www.connectionsacademy.com/massachusetts-virtual-school or 1-800-382-6010.


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