The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 25



Common Folk Artist Collective: Opening of "To Bless the Space Between Us," a therapeutic exploration of local artists who have faced challenges involving addiction and recovery. 5 to 7 p.m. 33 Main St., North Adams.

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. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300.

DownStreet Art Thursday: Opening of new visual art exhibits, theatrical performances, the return of stilt walkers "Mortal Beasts and Deities," a night market featuring local food and craft vendors, live podcasting, as well as new works of visual art on display throughout local institutions and in non-traditional spaces. 5 to 8 p.m., downtown North Adams. After party with "And The Kids," Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Tickets: $10:

Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks, 2 p.m. "The Visual Narrative: Three Perspectives" with Marshall Arisman, Anita Kunz, and Thomas Woodruff. Meet three award-winning illustrators who also create personal works that have their own story to tell. 5:30 p.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild: Fine art show and sale, 30-plus local artists in diverse media. 3 to 7 p.m., 1854 Historic Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, 413-441-6372.


Berkshire Museum: PechaKucha Night #14, an evening of presenters sharing their stories of passion, curiosity, risk, and invention! The only rule is 20x20: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. Light refreshments and a cash bar. $5 suggested donation. and enjoy. 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Berkshire Mall, Old State Road, Lanesborough. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Discover Tyler Street: Annual local cultural neighborhood festival,"Celebrating the Future of Arts, Food and Innovation." Car cruise, Zumba, Berkshire Rhythm Keepers, BHS Health Van, and Lion's Club Eye Mobile, live music, face painting, balloon animals, roaming railroad rides and magician Johnny Mystic. 5 to 8 p.m., at the corner of Tyler St and Woodlawn Avenue, Pittsfield.

This year's theme, 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.

Homemade Pie Sale: Naomi Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star 5 to 8 p.m. during DownStreet Art. Whole pies, $10 each; slice, $3. Holden Street, North Adams.

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: Annette Miller on her role in Shakespeare and Company's "Sotto Voice," 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, 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.

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.


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.


New Lebanon Library: Family Movie Night, screening of a current film suitable for the whole family, all for title. 6:30 p.m. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

Pittsfield Cooperative Bank: Community movie night, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." 7 p.m., Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., Pittsfield. Tickets available at any Pittsfield Co-op branch location.

Richmond Town Hall: Screening of "Casablanca." Chairs are hard — bring a cushion or pillow to sit on. 2 p.m., 1529 State Road, Richmond.

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.

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 1 1/2 to 3 1/2, 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., 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.


Chatham Bookstore: Vernon Benjamin reads from modern "History of the Hudson River Valley." A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. 27 Main Street, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-3005,

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 Shayne, family-friendly, alcoholic beverages prohibited, 6 to 8 p.m., Noel Field, behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond, State Street, North Adams.


High And Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Volunteer training, horse experience not a requirement. Only one training is needed. Wear sturdy shoes. Age 14-plus 6 to 8 p.m. 71 CR 21C Ghent, N.Y.; 518 672 4202 or email

Mount Greylock State Park: Parks Service 100th Anniversary Centennial Hikes. Be a part of the 100 mile-AT Challenge! Each mile you hike will add to our combined goal of hiking 100 miles along the AT on the 100th Anniversary of our Park Services. Group photo opportunity and centennial celebration at 1 p.m. Online registration required: 9 and 11 a.m., meet at the Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262.


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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