The Berkshires Calendar for Feb. 17

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COMMUNITY

350MA Berkshire Node: Monthly meeting. 5:30 p.m. hors d'oeuvres potluck; meeting at 6 p.m. Bruce Nayowith (local physician and activist) will lead a working session on communications around climate change, utilizing the latest research. UU Church on 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield,

ANIMAGIC: Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art. See how special effects for movies "Chicken Run," "2001 Space Odyssey," "X-Men" and "The Matrix" were done by Berkshire talent. See real Academy Award. Free. Reservations: 413-841-6679. 135 Main St., Lee.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Community Lunch: All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-1955.

Contract Bridge: For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: 413-243-3512.

Guthrie Center: Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County, Inc. is holding free legal clinics from 12-1 p.m. during their free lunch program. Attorney Eve Schatz will answer legal questions and conduct intakes for the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc. Information call 413-854-1955. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Neil Hirsch — "The Torah of Money." 11:45 a.m. How we talk about and think about money matters. Bring your own lunch. Free. Information: jlee@hevreh.org or 413-528-6378. 270 State Road, Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

Marty's T-Ball: Registration 6 to 8 p.m. Open to boys and girls, ages 5, 6 and 7, in North Adams and surrounding towns, including Adams and Wiliamstown, and Stamford and Readsboro, Vt. Children must have turned 5 by Sept. 1, 2015. Cost: $30 per player or $35 per family. Information: 413-329-6060 or 413-662-2682. Elks Lodge, Eagle Street, North Adams.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

DANCE

Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Porchlight Home Care offices, 21 High St., Lee; Stockbridge Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Information: 413-464-0064. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Family YMCA Northern Berkshire Branch: Wellness Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m. An introduction to Berkshire Partnership for Health, Community Health Workers and partnership organizations, pre-diabetes screening and education, "A Matter of Balance: managing concerns about falls in older adults," pre-hypertension education, tobacco cessation and education programs, blood pressure/Get Cuffed Program. Information: 413-663-6529 or visit ymcanb.org. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Information: 413-447-3092. Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield.

KID STUFF

Berkshire South: Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Wood Working, 10 to 11 a.m. Must be club member; fee $5. Children's Center open house, 10 a.m. to noon. Information: 413-442-6106. Public skate. 1 to 2 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. Drop-in open swim program for club members, 3rd grade and up. 1-3 p.m. Free, bring membership card with you. Club Olympics for members, free. Puppet making, 3 to 5 p.m. For 3rd through 8th grade; must be a member. Fee: $5. 14 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Winter Break play day with Jeanne Bassis of Play Reflections, 2 to 4 p.m. Chess Club, beginners welcome, 3 p.m. Information: 413-229-7004. 48 S. Main St., Sheffield.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

The Family Place: Parent/Child Painting Class - Join for an evening of painting with your child Wednesday, February 17th from 5pm-7pm at the UNO Community Center located at 157 River Street in North Adams. This collaborative painting celebrates the bond between a caregiver and their child. Registration is required as space is limited. Ten caregiver-child (ages 7-12) pairs will have the opportunity to participate in this free event. Pizza and beverages will be offered to enjoy while making memories. Contact The Family Place by February 12th by calling (413) 663-7588.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

North Adams Library: Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, Little Bits: Craft an Interactive Animal/Robot, part one of two-day workshop, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Open to ages 8 to 14; younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. To register: 413-662-3133; must attend both sessions. 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

LECTURE

Saints Patrick & Raphael Parish: Lenten lecture series, "Rediscover Your Spiritual Roots." 7:30 p.m. "Through the Eye of the Needle with Two Portly Men: Insights from G.K. Chesterton & Hilaire Belloc on Catholic Social Teachings" with William Fahey, president, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Free. Parish Center, SOuthworth Street, Williamstown.

LITERARY

Mass. College of Liberal Arts: Public reading, "Fluid Beautiful Identities," by Boston's poet laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, a professor at Lesley University, 3:30 p.m., Center for Science and Innovation, room 121. Poetry reading, 7 p.m., MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams. Both free.

Ramsdell Library: Powder Keg Session for Women, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Williams College: Sherwin Bitsui, a Navajo poet, will reading his works, 4:30 p.m. Free. Griffin Hall, room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown.

MUSIC

Berkshire Concert Choir: First rehearsal for May 22 concert of music of Great Poets/Great Composers. 7 p.m. Singers of all ages welcome; no audition required. Dues $40 per person. Information: 413-442-6120. First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit berkshirehighlanders.org.

Berkshire Sings: Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Williams College: Faculty Talk with Prof. Zachary Wadsworth, 4:15 p.m. Bernhard Music Center, Room 30, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble: Winter Vacation Week: "Elizabeth Freeman's Winter World," 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Members $35; nonmembers $45. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. Sheffield.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Animal Detectives. 11 a.m. Learn how to identify animals by their tracks in the snow. Free. Wear sturdy footwear; bring snack and drinking water. Rain cancels. Information: 413-499-4262. Meet at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Notchview Reservation: Group ski lessons for kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. PSIA-certified ski school offers instruction for all ages (8 and older) in classic and skate style skiing. Member $20; non-member $25 (membership available at purchase).

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