The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 9



Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — "Playful Dolphins" acrylic painting class on 16x20 canvas. 10 a.m. 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.

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.

Williams College Museum of Art: Curator's Insights, "'Not Theories but Revelations:' The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer." 4 p.m. Curator Kevin Murphy will discuss how recently discovered archival materials inspired the exhibition and publication. Free. Information: 413-597-3563 or 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown.


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.

North County Seniors Club: Meeting and ice cream social. 1 p.m. Discussion of dinner for September meeting. Everyone welcome to join club. Clarksburg Senior Center, Cross Road, Clarksburg.

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., Lee Senior Center at the Crossway Village Gymnasium, Lee.

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


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 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 Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Athenaeum: "Magic & Beyond" with David Garrity, for ages 5 to 12. 1 p.m. Free. No sign-up required. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. Information: 413-499-9480, ext. 5. 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 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.

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 Route 7, Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Library: Block Party — Legos in the Library! 1:30 p.m. Lego club for kids. Legos provided. All creations displayed in the library until the next club. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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

Sheep Hill: Junior Field naturalist program for children 8-11 years old with interpretive naturalist Jessie Rack. 9 a.m. to noon, through Friday, Aug. 12. Each day will feature exploration of nature with a scientific eye, using a combination of observation and experimentation. Information or to register:413-458-2494 or Route 7, Williamstown.


Cafe Palestina: Jeff Klein, "What is Happening in Syria, the Middle East, and Why." 7 p.m. Free. South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road (Route 23), Great Barrington.

Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — "When Incandescence Met Iridescence: Edison and Tiffany," Francis Morrone. 4 p.m. Cost: $29 day; 413-637-3206 or visit 104 Walker St., Lenox.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Mitch Chmura, "The Old Testament with Mitch — Joseph Reunites with His Father, Jacob, After 20 Years." Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield.


Lee Library: Christy and Jan Butler, authors of "Rockachusetts:An Explorer's Guide to Amazing Boulders of Massachusetts." 6:30 p.m. Author Q&A and book signing to follow. Information: 413-243-0385 or 100 Main St., Lee.

WordXWord: Workshop, "The Art of the Un-Love Poem" with Eve Ewing. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield. Free, but preregistration encouraged; Poetry sCrawl, starts at 5:30 p.m., at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. A multi-stop poetry stroll through the Historic Cultural District of Downtown Pittsfield. Starts at Dottie's and ends at the Berkshire Museum. Feature Night, 7:30 p.m. Marquee performance introducing WXW 2016 poets-in-residence Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo and Jayson P. Smith. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.


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.

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.


Shakespeare & Company: Artistic Insights, insightful, moderated conversations. 5 p.m. "The Art of Healing, or Trauma and the Theatre." Adults $8, students $4. Information: 413-637-3353 or Bernstein Artist's Studio 3, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Social Justice In Action: Staged reading, "Message to Billy," fundraiser for Multicultural BRIDGE. 7 p.m. Post-performance discussion led by Gwendolyn VanSant. Refreshments. Suggested donation $25. Reservations (essential): or 413-394-4029. Diana Felber Gallery, 6 Harris St., West Stockbridge.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Second 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 or visit 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; 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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