Recess: What to do the week of Jan. 19

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FILM SCREENING >> Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield will host a permaculture film screening starting at 7 p.m. Wikipedia defines permaculture as a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

Learn about the work and wisdom of permaculture farmer Mark Shepard and explore the field of restoration agriculture. A discussion with certified permaculture designer Matt Lamb, and Jay Allard will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Info: 413-443-1792.

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PRESENTERS WANTED >> Workshop proposals are being sought by potential presenters for the 10th annual "411 in the 413 Youth Conference." The event will be held for high school-aged students on Thursday, April 14, at Hancock Shaker Village. This year students will be signing up for workshops that focus on the fields of environmental sustainability, social justice, business and technology, and the arts.

Proposed workshops should be interactive and be targeted for around 10 to 15 participants. Contact conference coordinator Adam Tobin at 413-663-7588 or atobin@nbccoalition.org with proposals.

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TEEN WRITING SHOWCASE >> The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Teen Writing Workshop will host at 5 p.m. on Thursday a mid-year public performance at Gallery 51, located at 51 Main St., in North Adams. Hear poetry and suspenseful short story fiction and see visual art created by local youths. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Info: Contact nbCC UNITY Program Associate Adam Tobin at atobin@nbccoalition.org or 413-663-7588.

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LEGO CLUB >> The Lego Club returns Wednesday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. The free group meets every third Wednesday of each month and is intended for children ages 5 and up. No registration required. Info: 413-499-9480.

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FINANCIAL LITERACY SEMINAR >> Jon Budish, retired Wall Street bond trader, will lead a free, public financial literacy seminar at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at the Stockbridge Town Offices, located at 50 Main St. Budish will address a variety of financial topics, including what you should know about budgeting; investing; risk and acceptance of market volatility; retirement; and making income last a lifetime. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion period. People of all ages and levels of financial knowledge are welcome.


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