The Berkshires Calendar for April 13



Berkshire Athenaeum: Cooking demonstration by Molly Johnson of "Back to Basics Cooking." 7 p.m. The subject is soup. Sponsored by the Friends of the Athenaeum. Free. Information: 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Community College: Information Night. 5 to 7 p.m. Financial aid overview session, 5:30 p.m. Individual FAFSA help workshop, 6 to 7 p.m. Information or to pre-register for the FAFSA workshop: 413-236-5201 or BCC's South County Center, 343 Main St., Great Barrington.

Berkshire Diva's Quarter Auction: Doors open at 6 p.m. Eagles on Curran Highway, North Adams. To benefit local charity or organization (chosen each month). 50/50 raffle.

Bridge Club: Friendly Bridge, $1.25 donation, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-7265.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas: Monthly meeting of Court Margaret 629, 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Parish Center, 70 Marshall St., North Adams.

CHP Family Network/South Berk. Kids: Parent workshop, Scoot Noyes, "Routines, Rituals and Transitions." 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Childcare available; space is limited, 413-464-5095 or

Community Lunch: All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-1955.

Contract Bridge: For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: 413-243-3512.

Embroidery Guild: New members welcome. Meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grace Church Congregational, 1055 Williams St., Pittsfield, 413-464-1506.

Free Legal Clinic: Attorney Eve Schatz will answer legal questions and conduct intakes for the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., offered by Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County Inc., from noon to 1 p.m. during the free lunch program at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-854-1955.

Gardening Program: "New and Sometimes Forgotten Plants" by Master Gardener Geri Jones, 2 to 3 p.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton. Reservations encouraged: 413-684-2000.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

League of Women of Williamstown: Forum for candidates running for a two-year term on the Planning Board. 7:30 p.m. Selector's Room at the Town Hall, Williamstown.

North Adams Public Schools: Kindergarten registration and screening. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2016, to qualify for Kindergarten. To make appopintment to register: 413-664-7512. Bring the child's immunization records, physical examination and birth certificate along with the child to the appointment. Former Sullivan Elementary School building at 151 Kemp Ave., North Adams.

Pembury Bridge Club: Eight-week lessons for beginners and social players who want to learn modern bridge, 10:30 am to noon. Following the lesson, students play in a guided novice game. Lessons, refreshments and first textbook are free to new players; games $6, beginning the third week. ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m. Information: 413-441-5934, or email South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.


Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.


Berkshire Family YMCA — Northern Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic. 6 to 7 p.m. Exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. 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.

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, Walker Street, Lenox; sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Otis Board of Health, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Otis Senior Center, Otis.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Information: 413-464-0064. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.


Berkshire South: Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Naumkeag: "Nature at Naumkeag," nature-based playgroup, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Registration recommended. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

North Adams Library: Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

Williamstown Rural Lands: Five-part series, "Woodchuck Wednesdays" afternoon nature play drop-off program. 1:45 to 4 p.m. For kindergartners through fourth graders, siblings outside the age range will also be considered. All sessions: Members $70, non-members $85. Pre-registration suggested, Sheep Hill, Route 7, Williamstown.


Great Barrington Historical Society: Peter McLachlan of Newtown, Conn., a longtime engineer on the railroad line from Pittsfield through Great Barrington to Danbury, Conn., will give a talk on his experiences on the railroad, and in the Southern Berkshire area. 7 p.m. Claire Teague Senior Center on South Main St., Great Barrington.


EPOCH at Melbourne: Memoir-writing workshop with writer, editor and teacher Rochelle O'Gorman. 1 p.m. Free, but space is limited. RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Ramsdell Library: Powder Keg Session for Women, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit

Berkshire Sings: Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Williams College: MidweekMusic. 12:15 p.m. Thompson Memorial Chapel, 860 Main St., Williamstown.


Great Barrington Land Conservancy: Beginning birder workshop with Sharon Siter and Christine Ward. 5:30 p.m. Basics of birder identification and several helpful tools including field guides and phone apps will be introduced. Mason Library,231 Main St., Great Barrington.


Town Players of Pittsfield: Auditions for two staged readings, "The Seven Deadlies" by Amy Sarah LeMena and "Double D" Jim Dalglish. 7 p.m.m Information: Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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