The Berkshires Calendar for Jan. 18



23rd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service: Volunteer service projects, Monday 9 a.m. to noon. To volunteer: or sign in at 9 a.m. Free community lunch, celebration and presentation of the MLK Peacemaker Award, 12:30 to 2:20 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center. North Adams.

Adult Pickleball: Beginner and intermediate levels. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Instruction and equipment for beginners available. Free for CRA members, $2 per session for non-members. Information: Email: Berkshirepb Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton.

Berkshire Community College: National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, and then disperse to service locations. Registration required: and, Pittsfield.

Community Supper: Free meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. 5-6 p.m. No reservation required, donations accepted. Non-perishable food items also collected for food banks. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

First Congregational Church in Great Barrington: 17th Annual Interfaith Celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Noon. Bring a nonperishable food item for the People's Pantry and help provide snack food for the reception. Multicultural BRIDGE, "Real Talk on Race: A Restorative Justice Circle on Race," 1:30 p.m. Presenters include Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, the Rev. Carol Allman-Morton, Dr. Skip Meade, Ananda Timpane and the Rev. Natalie Shiras. RSVP: email with subject: "MLK Justice Circle on Race RSVP." Parish Hall, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, 413-298-5355.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Meditation in the Chapel," noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Linden Street Mediation. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

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.

Williams College: Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Viewing and discussion of "I've Been to the Mountaintop," 11 a.m., Hopkins Hall, Room 001. Postcard-writing campaign to incarcerated people and political prisoners, as well as the Converging Worlds book drive and inscriptions for incarcerated youth, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paresky Student Center. Free screening of the film, "Selma," and discussion with Williams professors, 2 p.m., Clark Art Institute. Free hot chocolate, "mondaes" and a build-your-own cupcake bar, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lee Snack Bar. Lego bridge construction and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser, 3:30 p.m., Baxter Hall. Student readings, performances and a video produced by the Griffin Society, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Campus-wide theme dinner with a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 5 to 8 p.m., Whitman's Dining Hall. Williamstown.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Health And Fitness

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

Parkinson's Exercise Group: 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex at Berkshire Medical Center, requires medical clearance, $5 per session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Kids' Stuff

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroup: General playgroup for ages 5 and younger, 10 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Family Center Playgroups: Williamstown Youth Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for infants to 5 years old, free, 66 School St., Williamstown. Gym Group at Haskins Center, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., For walking to 5 years, free, 210 State St., North Adams.


Berkshire Hillsmen: Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; Information: Jake, 518-869-3468; Dan Burkhard, 413-298-4773 or

Eagles Band Rehearsals: Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-499-2071.

Lichtenstein Center: Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information:

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