The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 2

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Art

Norman Rockwell Museum: Summer Sketch Club. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Express yourself, experiment, and strengthen your skills as an artist. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies are provided. For ages 7 and older. Cost: $7, $5 for museum members per class, or included with museum admission. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Sheep Hill: Beginning watercolor class with artist Ann Kremers. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $120 for four, three-hour sessions. Reservations or information: email annjkremers@yahoo.com or call 802-442-7108. A materials list will be provided prior to the first class. 671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7 South), Williamstown.

Community

Bingo: Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, dinner/refreshments available, $250 progressive game, doors open at 5 p.m., Lions Club building, Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Democratic State Senate Debate: Candidates Rinaldo Del Gallo, Andrea Harrington, Adam Hinds. 6 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.,Pittsfield.

Gold Card Club: Meeting. 12:30 p.m. Laura Morey. 413-743-5380. 99 Restaurant & Pub, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

32nd Annual National Night Out: North Adams residents are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the crime and drug prevention event. 4 to 8 p.m. Food and safety activities including car seat checkpoint, Touch a Truck, and more. Free. Information: bitly.com/nno2016. Noel Field, State Street, North Adams.

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 or email mcr4@williams.edu. Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Tech Labs — First of two sessions on the basics of using Facebook with Irene T. Cruz, professional computer consultant and trainer. 4 to 5 p.m. Designed with beginners in mind. Free. 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sheffield Kiwanis: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; meeting at 7:15 p.m. The Bridge Restaurant, Sheffield.

Health & Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Crossway Village Gymnasium, 21 Crossway St., Lee. With the Tyringham Board of Health, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tyringham Town Hall.

Meditation Class: Focus on mindfulness, 7:30 -8:30 p.m., 500 South St., (second floor), Great Barrington; information: Diana Austen, 518-929-4364.

Pittsfield Sangha: Park Square Mediation, co-sponsored with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 12:15 p.m. Information: pittsfieldsangha@hotmail.com or 413-358-2626, 413-209-5529. St. Stephen's Church, Allen Street, off Park Square, Pittsfield.

History

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. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kid Stuff

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. Tickets and performance times: $16 adult, $12 youth; 413-236-8888 or barringtonstageco.org. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Athenaeum: Sports movie — "Space Jam," rated PG. 3 p.m. Free. No sign-up required. Information: 413-499-9480. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: WeeMuse: Littlest Learners. 10:30 a.m. Explore the world through your child's eyes while reading stories, singing songs, learning sign language, and stretching bodies and minds. For children 6 to 18 months and their caregivers. Included with regular museum admission. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: SMART Girls 4 to 5 p.m. Girls ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc. Club membership: $10. No additional fees. Register at bgcberkshires.org. 14 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Lego Club for all ages. 3 to 4 p.m. Information: 413-229-7004. 48 S. Main St., Sheffield.

Cheshire Library: Pre-K Story Hour. 10 to 11 a.m. 23 Depot St. (Town Hall), Cheshire.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Next Steps," 2 1/2 to 3 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9:30 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, 1 North Main Road, Otis; "Baby Steps," birth to 17 months, 11 a.m. to noon, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Free Public Library: STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art & mathematics) for ages 3-6, at 10 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Adams Youth Center, 11 a.m. to noon, for infants to 5 years old. Free. 20 East St., Adams.

Lanesborough Library: Story time, for preschoolers ages two and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, 413-442-0222.

Lee Library: "Toby on Tuesdays," free weekly reading program featuring Toby, a 8-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; 413-243-0385. 2014

Lenox Library: Terry A La Berry and Friends. 11 a.m. Free. In the library courtyard, 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mason Library: Brain Builders, play and learn play group. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Baby to 5 years old. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Monument Mountain: Little Sprouts, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Intimate garden play group for children younger than 5. Trustees Member: $5; non-member: $10. Registration recommended. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. Route 7, Great Barrington.

North Adams Public Library: Toddler Time, ages 1-3. 10:30 a.m., 74 Church St., North Adams. 413-662-3133.

Lecture

Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — Jonathon Loy & Brian Garman, "The Making of Puccini's Madama Butterfly: Berkshire Opera Festival at Ventfort Hall." 4 p.m. Information: 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox,

Literary

Lee Library: Reading of "Cold Silence" by local author Bob Reiss writing as James Abel, 6:30 p.m. Q&A and book signing to follow. 100 Main St., Lee.

Music

Berkshire Ukulele Band: Ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs. Limited number of ukuleles for loan. Free, 6:30 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Registration requested; drop-ins encouraged, call ahead. Information: 413-528-2810.

Gospel Gang: Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, 413-445-5918.

Parkinson's Choir: Choir for people with Parkinson's Disease, their friends and families and anybody who loves to sing, Vikki True, choir director, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, Lee; information: Megan Cook, 413-770-1975.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Percussionist/educator Craig Harris, author of "Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music," will lead a participatory multimedia celebration of the diverse music of Indigenous North America. 5 p.m. Free. 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sweet Adelines: Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women's chorus of four-part barbershop, a capella weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., Lower level of the Tierney Building, 66 West St., Pittsfield. (Use door at the driveway between Laurin Publishing and Berkshire Bank. Information: Marianne, 413-743-0604 or visit berkshirehillschorus.com. Call ahead to see if rehearsal has been canceled.

Outdoors

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

Theater

Shakespeare & Company: Artistic Insights, insightful, moderated conversations. 5 p.m. "Designed For Theatre." Adults $8, students $4. Information: 413-637-3353 or shakespeare.org. Bernstein Artist's Studio 3, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim: First in four-part scene study class with Dr. Barbara Waldinger, a director and professor of theatre. 10 a.m. Prepare and perform scenes from both well-known and new plays. Four-session course: $40 Temple members, $45 non-members; $15 for any individual session. Information: 413-442-5910, email templeoffice@ansheamunim.org or visit ansheanumim.org. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

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 news@berkshireeagle.com; 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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