The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 18



Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — Pottery Painting Techniques class, all ages welcome. 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300.


1Berkshire BYP Trivia Night: Maximum number of people allowed to play is 50. Cash bar and food available; winning team gets a prize Begins at 6 p.m. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. To sign team up, email

Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time. 1 p.m., School Street. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275. Cheshire.

Drury High School Class of 1962: 54th luncheon, noon, Boston Seafoods restaurant, American Legion Drive, North Adams. Those who wish to tour the "old" Drury will meet at Colegrove Elementary at 11 a.m. To register: Justyna Carlson, 413-663-7146 or

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. 6 to 10 p.m. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff. Information: Email or 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Federation for Children with Special Needs: Basic Rights in Special Education workshop, 5:30 p.m., United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, 535 Curran Highway, North Adams. Registration required, 413-664-9345,

Friends of Adams Free Library: Annual book sale, freshly baked items and raffle tickets for gift baskets, noon to 7:30 p.m., Adams Free Library, Lower Miller Annex, 92 Park St., Route 8, Adams, 413-743-8345.

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

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Halachah, Sex, Lies and Darwin" by Professor Sigmund Tobias, clinical psychiatrist, 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. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha. Speaker: Anam Thubten Rinpoche, author of "Embracing Each Moment," 6 p.m. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 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; "From Atchison, Topeka To Altoids: Corporate Art Collecting in the United States" with Sandra Lang, director and associate faculty, Visual Arts Administration MA Program, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, 5:30 p.m. Reservations: 413-931-2221 or 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

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.

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.

Third Thursday: Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival. Touch-a-Truck theme, featuring giant bulldozers, police cars and fire trucks; music, performances, food and community activities. 5-8 p.m. North Street, Pittsfield, will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street.


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.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, 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.

Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: Reduced-cost CPR and AED training. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Hour-long classes scheduled at the top of each hour. $20 per person (usually $50); pay by cash or check day of event. 1561 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. Registration required. Information or to register: 413-458-8127 or email


Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m., understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Naumkeag at Night, 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of live music provided by some of the area's most popular bands. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 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.; Pop-Up Kindergarten, where kids practice and learn about kindergarten, pizza follows, 5 p.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. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

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

North Adams Public Library: LEGO Group (ages 8 and older). 6 to 7 p.m. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 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.


Mason Library: "When Higher Education Fails: A discussion of mental health & college students" with Dr. Ilan Goldberg, 5 to 6:45 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Guest speaker Ruth Breindel, "It All Depends On How You Look At It!" Bring your own lunch, beverages and dessert provided. Admission: $10. Noon, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, 413-442-5910, Ext. 10, email or


Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 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 The Brave Brothers, family-friendly, alcoholic beverages prohibited, 6 to 8 p.m., Noel Field, behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond, State Street, North Adams.

Temple Anshe Amunim: : "Tikkun Olam — To Repair the World — A Tribute to American Icon Pete Seeger." Admission $15, beverages and dessert included. 7 p.m. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, 413-442-5910, Ext. 10, email or


Clark Art Institute: Sensory Moon Walk with naturalist Leslie Reed-Evans, executive director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. Meet in the parking lot at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill by 7:45 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. Registration required; 413-458-2303. Extreme weather cancels.


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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