The Berkshires Calendar for April 1

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Art

Arts Alive in the Hilltowns: Opening for "Stumbling Artists Sketch Show — Drawings, Sketches and Sketchbooks." 7 to 9 p.m. The show will highlight all the talents or artists in the hilltowns. Worthington Historical Society, 6 Williamsburg Road, Worthington.

Berkshire Paint & Sip:"Calavera Skull." 6 to 8 p.m. $30, all painting materials and light snack included. BYOB. Reservations: berkshirepaintandsip.com or 413-205-8346. 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Bloomberg Campaign Headquarters: Grand opening of the art gallery featuring a collection of pieces done by local artists. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments. 85 East St. Pittsfield.

Columbia County Council on the Arts: Fundraiser and special preview presentation of the 2016 Juried Art Show. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Following the preview, slide presentation showcasing the "Painters of the Hudson River School" with art expert and historian, Peter Jung at 6 p.m. Tickets: $40 per person; $25 for Juried Art Show exhibiting artists. Reservations: ccca.webs.com or 518-671-6213. 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.

First Fridays Artswalk: 15 art shows, work by 40 regional artists, opening 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Live music. Pittsfield. Artswalk After Party, 8 to 10 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts. FirstFridaysArtswalk.com.

Good Purpose Gallery: Opening reception for "Berkshire Revelations," which showcases Kayla Corby's oils, charcoals, and mixed media paintings. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Meet Rockwell's Models." 2:30 p.m. Rockwell models share their personal experiences. Free with museum admission; museum members free. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.

Shire City Sanctuary: Opening for "Draw Them In: A Rock Poster Retrospective" by Dan Blakeslee. 5 p.m. 100 pieces spanning two decades. Folowed by concert by Blakeslee at 7 p.m. BINGO! Gallery, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Community

Autism Resource Fair and Art Show: during the First Friday Arts Walk, 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. offices, 33 Dunham Mall #101, Pittsfield. Followed by a lighting ceremony for annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in Park Square, Pittsfield, at 7:30 p.m.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission: Public forums to get feedback on what older people need in order to age in their homes. 10 a.m. to noon. Berkshire South, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Bingo: Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, 413-243-1079.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: 40th anniversary celebration. All-day open mic for poetry, stories, jokes. Music, cake cutting, and more. Information: 413-637-3390 or bookstoreinlenox.com. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Common Folk: Comedy night "A Night of Fools: Uncensored!" 8 p.m. Featuring Mark Jagiello, Madelyn Gardner, Mo Haskins, Adam Tobin and Tom Lewis. $5 donation. 18 Holden St., North Adams.

Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

Spring Luncheons: Soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p,m, Cost: $8. All welcome. Takeouts available, 413-499-0866. First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St. , Pittsfield.

Dance

2 Flights Up: April Fools Line Dance Social. 6:30 to 10 p.m. 50 different line dances for all levels. Light snacks, BYOB. $10 per person. Information: 413-281-4893. 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Hubbard Hall: Twyla Tharp Dance. 1 p.m. Tharp and the company discuss the rehearsal process, the importance of remounting older works, as well as talk about the newest work. Seating is limited; pre-registration, 518-677-2495. $10 general admission, $5 students. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Votre Soiree: Social ballroom dance. Beginning at 7 p.m. Music by Champagne Jam. Admission: $10 per person. Light refreshments. Information: 413-329-3324 Polish Falcon Hall, 32 BelAir Ave., Pittsfield.

Health and Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA — Northern Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Circuit. 7 to 8 a.m. Safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650 x111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Easy Exercise: Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Interactive storytime featuring classic children's tales and new favorites. 10 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories, finger plays and crafts. Free. Information: 413-743-8345, ext. 103. 92 Park St., Adams.

Adams Youth Center: Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, Adams.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at vbemiss@pittsfieldfamilyyymca.org. Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Berkshire Museum: "WeeMuse Adventures," songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time for ages 18 months to 3 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., free with museum admission, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center: "Skip & Dip," program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10 a.m. to noon, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "English/Spanish Discussion Group," 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; "Early Intervention Group," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Art & Nature," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library: Toddler story time for children ages 18 months to 3, program features stories, songs and fingerplays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Sing-a-long Playgroup, program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After-School Legos (age 7 and older), 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Tots (baby and toddler), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Music

Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Orchestra Now — Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 5, conducted by Leon Botstein with pianist Peter Serkin. 7:30 p.m. Free, reservations required, simons-rock.edu/events. Pre-concert discussion with Botstein at 6:30 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Clark Art Institute: Irish bagpiper Paddy Keenan. 7:30 p.m. Opening by Williamstown-based folk band Long Journey. Tickets: $20, $18 members; clarkart.edu or 413-458-0524.

Theater

Ghent Playhouse: The French farce, "Boeing, Boeing." 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 each, $17 for Playhouse members,$10 for students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or ghentplayhouse.org. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

Monument Mountain Regional High School: Spring musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 n advance at the school's front desk or the night of the performance. 600 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

St. Joseph Central High School: Spring musical, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 orchestra seating, $10 for mezzanine; 413-236-8888 orbarringtonstageco.org. Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield.

Taconic High School: Spring musical "Chicago." 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 at the door, by calling 413-448-9634 or online at thschicago.brownpapertickets.com. School auditorium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield.

Wahconah Regional High School: Apollonian Players' spring musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." 7 p.m. Tickets at the door: $8 students and senior citizens, $10 adults. 150 Windsor Road, Dalton.

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