Recess: What to do the week of Nov. 24

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'HOW TO BABYSIT A LEOPARD' >> Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will host from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday a family day with award-winning children's book authors and illustrators and world travelers, Ted and Betsy Lewin. At 1:30, the couple will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their new memoir, "How To Babysit a Leopard: And Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents," and read, share art and artifacts with families. Illustrator Pat O'Donnell will also lead drop-in art activities. The event is included with museum admission. Info: 413-931-2221 or nrm.org.

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STEM EDUCATORS CONFERENCE >> Registration is open for the Berkshire STEM Educators Conference (formerly BEEN), which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. Info: Contact Flying Cloud Institute at http://flyingcloudinstitute.org or 413-229-3321.

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FILMS AT THE MAHAIWE >> The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington will host two special film events this week. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, in partnership with the Guthrie Center WAMC's Alan Chartock will moderate an on-stage conversation with Arlo Guthrie, followed by a screening of Arthur Penn's "Alice's Restaurant." On Saturday, catch "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets to Arlo Guthrie presentation are $10 general admission; Wizard of Oz tickets are $7. Info: mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100.

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'CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA' >> Berkshire Theatre Group presents the free family-friendly "Children's Holiday Extravaganza" from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The free tickets must be reserved in advance by via the box office at 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org. The dysFUNK Dance Crew, Eric the Illusionist, Roger the Jester and carolers will perform. There will also be a photo booth, a clown, face painting, food, raffles, children's books, goodie bags and Santa. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected to support local food pantries.

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NEW YOUTH CLUB >> Do you want to become awesome at something that most people are afraid of? Overcome your fears, learn courage, and grow confidence through a new public speaking club offered for youths ages 10-13 through Berkshire County 4-H. An information session will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield. Info: Contact club leader Thomas Suski at 413-822-0919.


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