The Berkshires Calendar for April 8



Norman Rockwell Museum: In Concert: Aimee Banks, 2 p.m., 14-year-old soprano from Galway, Ireland. Art Talk — "Norman Rockwell in Detail," 2:30 p.m. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Williams College: "REwind: a Cantata for Voice, Tape, and Testimony," art installation featuring music and text built around testimony from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings that followed South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy. On video monitors in Sawyer Library, Hollander Hall, WCMA, '62 Center, Schow, Davis Center, and Milne Public Library, each showing one clip. Screened continuously in Thompson Memorial Chapel on Main Street, through April 17. Williamstown.


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.

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.

Mountain Road School: Open house. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; call ahead if possible 4575. Information: 518-794 8520 or County Route 9, New Lebanon/East Nassau, N.Y.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition: Monthly forum, "The Landscape of Food Security in Northern Berkshire." 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Information: 413-663-7588 or e-mail First Baptist Church, North Adams (Use the Eagle Street entrance).

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.

Planetarium Show: Williams College astronomy students host free shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector at 8 p.m., Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, Williamstown. Reservations recommended: Michele Rech at 413-597-2188. Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: "Meet the Mormons," a 75-minute documentary. Italian buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP, 413-212-3355 or 470 E. New Lenox Road, Pittsfield.

Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse: Screening of "Peace Officer," followed by a community discussion. 6 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. screening. RSVP: Information: 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

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, fingerplays 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 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 (ages 7 and older), 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 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.


Hevreh of Southern Berkshire: Knosh & Knowledge — Norton Owen from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival "New Beginnings at Jacob's Pillow." 10:45 a.m. Followed by lunch. Admission: $11, includes lunch; program only, $5. Advance reservations for required; 413-442-4360, ext. 10, or email 270 State Road, Great Barrington.

Sheffield Historical Society: Gary Leveille, "Streetcar to Sheffield: A Photographic History of the Berkshire Street Railway Trolley". 7:30 p.m. Free. Information: 413-229-2694, or Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield.

Williams College: Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science at Indiana University, computer science colloquium, "A Tale of Luck and of Pluck: The Fortuitous Discovery, Forty-two Years Ago, of the Hofstadter Butterfly." 2:35 p.m. Free. Wege Auditorium. Jeff Nunokawa, English professor at Princeton University, "Art of the Essay" lecture series, 3 p.m.,free, Thompson Memorial Chapel. Williamstown.


New Lebanon Library: Sean Gaskell in concert. 6:30 p.m. Traditional songs and original compositions for the West African Kora. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Pittsfield High School: "Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute." 7:30 p.m. Benefit to raise funds for the band trip to Quebec City, Canada. PHS Band will perform background orchestration with the Tusk musicians. Tickets:, Wood Bros. Music Store or 800-316-8559. Robert Boland Theater, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Spectrum Playhouse: Karaoke Night. Sign up, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Free. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee.

Williams College: Handbell Choir, 4:30 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Visiting Artist Series — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, 8 p.m., free, Chapin Hall. 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.

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