The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 10



Clark Art Institute: Drop-in series of relaxed figure drawing sessions inspired by the works on view in "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado." All skill levels. Lightly guided instruction and live models. Free, all materials are provided, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Museum Pavilion, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — Pottery Painting Techniques class, 10 a.m. to noon. All ages welcome. Family event — acrylic painting class on 12x12-inch canvas. All ages welcome. All supplies and instruction included. 2 to 3:30 p.m., 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Explore the galleries together during this interactive art experience for children ages 4 and older and their parents/caregivers. Cost: $7, $5 for museum members per class, or included with museum admission. Yoga with Kathi Hatch, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Appropriate for all skill levels, free, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.


20th annual Downtown Celebration: Food, shopping, entertainment and conversation. More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Downtown North Adams. Rain Date: Thursday, Aug. 11.

Basketball Tournament: Four on Four Blue Challenge, boys & girls grades 3-12 vs. law enforcement, $15 per person includes T-shirt, food & drink, Dorothy Amos Park, West Street, Pittsfield. Register: Rob at 413-441-1518 or

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

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

Bushnell-Sage Library: Mah Jongg Night, 5 to 8 p.m.; "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Drop-in style, beginners welcome, 48 South Main St., Sheffield.

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, 21 Crossway St., Lee, 413-347-1469.

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.

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

MCLA Admissions Info Session: For those interested in enrolling this fall as incoming freshmen or transfer students,and those who would like to complete their bachelor's degree through the Degree Completion Program, 5 p.m., Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center St., Pittsfield.

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.


Line Dance Lessons: Absolute beginners, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; beginners' lessons, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton, 413-281-4893.

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 — N. 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, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, 413-499-7650, ext. 111.

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.

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

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


Naumkeag: Outside In: "The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," Understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 2:30 p.m., 20 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or


Barrington Stage Youth Theatre: "The Wiz," a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," children ages 5 and older welcome, 2 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield; $16 adult, $12 youth; 413-236-8888 or

Berkshire Sings!: Open to new and seasoned singers ages 13+, no auditions, led by musician and teacher Robert Kelly, free, 6:45-8:15 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3:10 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 South Main St., 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. Children from walking to 5 years old, 10 to 11 a.m., Lanesborough Town Hall, Community Room, 83 North Main St., Lanesborough.

Mason Library: Get Ready for Kindergarten! Pop-Up K with pizza, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington. To register: 413-528-2403.

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.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Firebird," tickets $5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., St. Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.


WordXWord: "The Presence of Absence" workshop with Safia Elhillo, 3-4:30 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield. Preregistration encouraged:; bSpoke!/Cadavre Exquis featuring a variety of Berkshire poets, plus Exquisite Corpse, a multi-voice collaboration, 5:30 p.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; WXW Poetry Slam Finals, 7:30 p.m., Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Candlelight Concert: A tribute to classical concert pianist and teacher Elizabeth Artman Hagenah. Hagenah and former BSO cellist Joel Moerschel will perform works from Beethoven, Debussy and Dvorak, $10, 8 p.m., Whistlers Inn, 5 Greenwood St., Lenox.

Berkshire Highlanders: Bagpipe concert at 6 p.m., Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock summit, 3 Summit Road, Adams. Information:

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., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

B'Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires: Concert of Jewish choral music, special guest artist, clarinetist Paul Green, $15, 7 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington.

Lilac Park Concerts: Lady Di and the Dukes, classic acoustic rock and blues, 6:30 p.m., off Main Street, Lenox. Rain location: Town Hall auditorium.

Live on the Lake: Community concert series, License to Groove, 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Summer Music Block Party: Presented by Cheshire Community Association. Music from Brazil with the Berkshire Bateria and Bossa Triba, food & ice cream, free raffle, clown, bring lawn chair, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Hall Center, Cheshire. Parking at St. Mary's Church, 159 Church St. Rain location: Church Hall.


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Nice 'n Easy Hike, 1.8-mile hike designed for seniors, but all are welcome, 11 a.m., meet at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.


Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Free reading, "Intentions" by award-winning, L.A.-based playwright Abbey Fenbert, 7:30 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets: or 413-528-0100.

Chesterwood: "Lincoln Speaks," a program of dramatic readings by noted actors, political and cultural leaders, followed by a wine and cheese reception, 4 p.m., 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. Reservations: or 413-298-2034.

The Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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