The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 4



Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — acrylic painting class on 12x12 canvas. 10 to noon. All ages welcome. All supplies and instruction included. Reservations: 413-442-9300. Family event — Pottery Painting Techniques class, 6 to 8 p.m. All ages welcome. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield.

Lee Library: Opening reception for exhibit by artists from Gloria Malcolm Arnold's Studio. 6 to 8 p.m. Information: J. Peter Scolforo Gallery at the library, 100 Main St., Lee.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and "Build a Better Baby Carriage" Walk, 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. Free for museum members or included with museum admission. "Rockwell Suites" with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, 5:30 p.m. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Reservations recommended, 413-931-2221. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art: "After Images: Photography and Its Shifting Stories: Every photograph tells a story." 4 p.m. How do those stories change over time and how can we account for their shifting meanings? Free. "Athletics & Aesthetics: Mini-Golf." 5 to 8 p.m. Perfect your putt with the help of a pro-golfer on the artist-designed mini-golf course on the patio. Free. Information: 413-597-3563 or 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown.


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.

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.

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: "Wendy Wasserman and the World of Her Women (and some men)" with Diane Steinbrink. 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. Speaker: Ryumon Sensei from Two Streams Zen. 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.

Northern Berkshire Retirees Club: Meeting. 10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts. Information: 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263. Greylock Community Club, State Road, North Adams.

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.

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 Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.


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.

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

Barrington Stage Youth Theatre: Autism friendly performance of "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 Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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," 2 1/2 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.

Mason Library: "Fast Friends in the Library: Greyhounds!" 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fo ages 8 and older. To register: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

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.


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.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: "Jewish Noir," edited by Kenneth Wishnia. 5:30 p.m. Information: 413-637-3390 or 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

North Adams Public Library: Local author Myles Corey will discuss his new novel, "The Keepers Of Canataug." 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Church Street, North Adams.

Ralph J. Froio Senior Center: Intergenerational Literacy Day celebration. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Storyteller Carolyn Calandro of Falls Village, Conn., will present an interactive program for both seniors and youth. Food provided. Onota Lake Controy Pavilion, Burbank Park, Valentine Road, Pittsfield.


42nd annual Adams Agricultural Fair: Fair kick-off with Patrick Gray presenting music for all ages. 6 p.m. Bowe Field, Route 8, Adams.

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 Bandit. 6 to 8 p.m. These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. Noel Field, behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond, State Street, North Adams.

Zion Lutheran Church: Jazz Vespers, 6 p.m. A casual meal at 5:30, featuring entrees from a variety of local restaurants. Free-will offering. Information: At the church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Junior Rangers. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old. A fun way for children to 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. Pre-registration is required; 413-499-4262. Parents or guardians required to attend the Junior sessions and graduation ceremony party. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.


Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park: Third annual free outdoor production: Shakespeare's "The Tempest." 8 p.m. Information: First Street Common, Pittsfield.

Starlight Stage Youth Theatre: stage adaptation of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," directed by Brandon Burns. 7 p.m. Tickets at the door: $10 adults, $7 children. First Congregational Church, 906 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown.

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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