The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 23



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

Norman Rockwell Museum: Summer Sketch Club for ages 7 and older, bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies are provided, 10 a.m. to noon, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.


Adams Free Library: Adult Coloring Social, a therapeutic, creative, relaxing and stress releasing hour of coloring. Small supply of coloring pages and pencils provided or bring your own. 6 p.m., 92 Park St., Adams, 413-743-8345.

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.

Independent Voters Committee: Candidates' Night for the Massachusetts State Senate (Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District), "Workers & Poverty in Berkshire County," to address issues of jobs, poverty, public utility policy and other economic struggles affecting working people. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, 413-499-1122.

IUE 254/255 Retirees Union: Monthly meeting. Coffee and doughnuts, 9:30 a.m.; meeting, 10 a.m. Speakers: Candidates for state representative. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Kennedy Hall, 789 Tyler St., Pittsfield.

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


Bennington Battlefield: "Movies under the Stars," outdoor screening of classic movie set during the Revolutionary War, chairs provided, but dress warmly. Light refreshments. Grounds of the caretaker's house, 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, N.Y., 518-860-9094.

Health & Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinics: Sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9-10 a.m., Crossway Village Gymnasium, 21 Crossway Street, Lee.

Pittsfield Sangha: Park Square Mediation, co-sponsored with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Park Square, Pittsfield,, 413-358-2626, 413-209-5529.


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., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kid Stuff

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

Cheshire Library: Pre-K Story Hour, 10 to 11 a.m., Cheshire Library, 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: For infants to 5 years old, 11 a.m. to noon, Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., Adams.

Lanesborough Library: Story time & craft for preschoolers ages 2 and up, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, 413-442-0222.

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

Lego Club: All ages welcome, 3 to 4 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library: 48 South Main St., Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

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 for baby to 5 years old, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.

Monument Mountain Reservation: Little Sprouts, intimate garden play group for children younger than 5, Trustees members $5, non-members $10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Route 7, Great Barrington. Registration recommended: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email

New Lebanon Library: Art in the Library for grades 6-8. Students will create collage-based maps of their lives, including elements of personal narrative, writing, drawing and collage. 1:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

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

SMART Girls: Ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc., club membership required, 4 to 5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 14 Melville St., Pittsfield. Register at

Youth Outdoors Week: Learn-to-Fish event; bring your own fishing equipment; limited equipment and bait available. Noon to 2 p.m., Burbank Park Fishing Pier at Onota Lake, Pittsfield.


Austen Riggs Center: Erikson Institute, "Art in Marginalized Populations" with, Phyllis Kornfeld, author of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America," 7 p.m., 25 Main St., Stockbridge.

Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — "A Toast! To Artful Dining Among the Arias," Francine Segan. $29. 4 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-3206.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Writers Read — Wesley Brown and Sonia Pilcer, 5:30 p.m., Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Jennifer Trainer Thompson, "Fresh Fish," 7 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox;, 413-637-3390.

The Mount: Writer Ruth Franklin discusses her forthcoming book, "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life." General $30; members $25. Reservations required. 11 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or


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

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 Call ahead to see if rehearsal has been canceled.


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.


Temple Anshe Amunim: Last in four-part scene study class with Barbara Waldinger, a director and professor of theatre. 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. At 10 a.m., 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-442-5910, 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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