The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 11



Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Dazzling Daisy," fundraiser for Drury High School cheerleaders. $40, all painting materials, instruction and donation included, cash bar, 7 to 9 p.m., American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams. Reservations: or 413-205-8346.

Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event, Pottery Painting Techniques class, 1 to 3 p.m., 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield.


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

Breast Cancer Walk Kickoff Rally: Informational meeting for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk slated for Oct. 15 in Pittsfield, complimentary food & beverages, 6 p.m., Ayelada Inc, 505 East St., Pittsfield

Duplicate Bridge: Fun, friendly game is sanctioned by the ACBL and intended for players at all skill levels, 12:45 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Information or if you need a partner: Dan Philip, 413-551-7922.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play, featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff, 6 to 10 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton, or 413-281-4893.

Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Trunk Show: Handwoven goods include scarves, shawls, place mats, and more created by seniors and artisans with low or no visionm working together with volunteers to create handwoven pieces, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Country Club Of Pittsfield, 369 South St., Pittsfield. Information:

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Refugee Resettlement, Exploring an Ethic of Hospitality" with Deirdre Griffin, director of New American Programs at Jewish Family Service of Western Mass., at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle, all levels welcome, 2 to 4 p.m., Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-1792.

Knitting Workshop: Open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer, 6 p.m., Huntington Public Library: 7 East Main St., Huntington.

Lee Council on Aging: Pre-Retirement Seminar with the Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., refreshments, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 21 Crossway St. Lee.

Louison House Fundraiser: Lasagna dinner, raffle, free bowling for those attending the dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Local "celebrities" will be tending bar from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets $15. Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill, Roberts Drive, North Adams, 413-663-6323 or

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, presentation by Sam Trumbore, pastor of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Albany, N.Y., 6 p.m., Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m., by donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and "Build a Better Baby Carriage" Walk at 2 p.m. Experience the museum's 36-acre campus, learn about the historic buildings on site and enjoy the outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell's first "Post" cover; "A Tribute to Elvis and Early Rock and Roll" 5:30 p.m., with Elvis impersonator Joe Borelli and his band, $5:30 p.m. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge. Reservations recommended, 413-931-2221.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Political Debates: Hosted by Berkshire Brigades. State Representative Debate with Democratic candidates Michael Bloomberg and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, moderated by James Mahon, Williams College professor of political science, at 6 p.m.; State Senate Debate with Democratic candidates Rinaldo DelGallo, Andrea Harrington and Adam Hinds, moderated by Judge Frederic Rutberg, at 7 p.m. Berkshire Community College, Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Salsa Dance Class: With Latin Dance instructor Alan Franco, free, 5 to 8 p.m., Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, 413-597-3563 or


Olympic Film Series: "Chariots of Fire," 6:30 p.m., New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Sponsored by Porchlight VNA, walk-ins welcome, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

'Yoga for You': Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge. Call for more information: Nancy Simanson, 413-298-3319.

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.; Naumkeag at Night, a variety of live music provided by area bands, 5 to 8 p.m., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: End of Summer Reading Party with comic mime Robert Rivest, children registered in summer reading program will celebrate with cake, 3 p.m., 92 Park St., Adams.

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, 7 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets: 413-236-8888 or

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m.; Sports movie, "The Sandlot" (PG), snacks and drinks included, 3 p.m., children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18, Children's Library, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Pre-school storytime, includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks, no storytime during school vacation or on snowdays, 10-11 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group for walking to 5 years old, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams.

LEGO Group: For ages 8 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., North Adams Public Library, third floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Mason Library: STEM Movers: Olympic Games for ages 8 and older, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington. To register: 413-528-2403.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.

WordXWord: Workshop for Teens and Young Adults, a round robin of workshops with festival poets-in-residence Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo & Jayson P. Smith, 1 to 4 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Pre-registration encouraged at


The Mount: "Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount," cultural critic and journalist Kate Bolick in conversation with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, 5:30 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, 413-551-5111 or

Williams College Museum of Art: "Markets and Museums: The Economics of Aesthetics" by Stephen Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics, 4 p.m., 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, No. 2, Williamstown. Information: 413-597-3563 or


WordXWord: Outspoken Youth Poetry Slam, poets ages 13 to 25 speak their minds in friendly competition. 5 p.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. #Kahoots: two minds/two voices with special guest feature Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, multi-voice pieces by young poets, 7:30 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Writers Round Table: Leadership rotates weekly, bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.


Guthrie Center: Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. Tickets: 413-528-1955.

Party in the Park: Music by Dolly Dagger, family-friendly, alcoholic beverages prohibited, 6 to 8 p.m., Noel Field, behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond, State Street, North Adams.

Summer Sing: Sing along with the Berkshire Concert Choir, music of Johannes Brahms, music provided, directed by Paula Nuss, donations of non-perishable food for local pantries requested, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, 413-442-6120 or


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Junior Rangers, boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old get acquainted with the state parks and outdoor recreation skills, while discovering the natural and cultural resources of the region, led by DCR park interpreters, parents or guardians required to attend the Junior sessions and graduation ceremony party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough. Pre-registration is required; 413-499-4262.


Lauren Clark Fine Art: Douglass Truth's "An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself," 90-minute one-woman show, 7 p.m., 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington. Tickets: $15 at the door or

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

Williams College Summer Lab: Performances of "Believeland," alongside an array of other work developed during the summer, CenterStage of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Information and ticket reservations:,

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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