The Berkshires Calendar for July 14



Berkshire Museum: Young Professional Play Night!, a special play date for the young-at-heart. 5:30 p.m. Adults-only evening of scientific experiments and inspired, creative play while the kids are away. Build a fort with the big blue blocks of Imagination Playground, get messy with Kitchen Ka-Boom! experiments. Refreshments and a cash bar. Tickets: $10 at the door. Information: or 413-443-7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association, hosted by Team Melbourne Marchers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Purple Bird Tree," 16x20-inch canvas, $35. All painting materials, light snack and donation included. BYOB. Reservations: or 413-205-8346 305. North St., Pittsfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: In conjunction with the, "From Naughty to Nice: Nudes from the Prado," a lecture by Lara Yeager-Crasselt, interim curator of paintings and sculpture. Free. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Community Access to the Arts: Opening reception for "I Am a Part of Art" annual art show celebrating the creativity of people with disabilities, on view through July 31, 5 to 7 p.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield,

Williams College Museum of Art: "The Gathering." 4 p.m. Can art be democratic? Should it be? Players will grapple with these and other questions as they craft their own aesthetic worlds in this immersive performance. Free. No Hook, Finger Crook: Finger Crocheting with Seth Koen, 5 to 8 p.m. on the patio, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. Information: 413-597-3563 or


Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents: First gathering. 7 p.m. Open to all military parents — Reserves, National Guard or active duty. Information: or 413- 212-0445 American Legion, 125 American Legion Drive, North Adams.

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.

Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum: Book Sale open for members only. 4 to 8 p.m. Join at the door $10. Information: 413-499 9480. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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: "Tales of a Judaic Artist: Weavings, Wanderings and Wonders" by Wendy Rabinowitz, 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.

Medicare Seminar: "Planning for Medicare" presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass. Explains Medicare options for those approaching eligibility, sponsored by North Adams & Williamstown Councils on Aging, 5 p.m., Mary Spitzer Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams. Register at 413-662-3125.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Meditation and web streaming: Pema Chodron & Tim Olmsted, "The Way of Freedom," Part 2. 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.

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

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 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: Preschool storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. 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: Story Walk. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Information: 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.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Yoga classes for teen girls, ages 11-18. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sign-up required; 518-325-4101. 9091 Route 22, Copake, N.Y.


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.


Berkshire South Regional Community Center: The American Songbook – Broadway Series with Harvey Granat — Lerner and Loewe. 7 p.m. Members $10; non-members $15. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Summer Strings: Community Sing, 9 a.m., free. Community Jam, all ages, all acoustic, 4 p.m., free. Information: French Park, North Egremont. Benefit concert for scholarship fund, 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $20 adult, under 18 free. Information: Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield.

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 License to Groove. 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.


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Session 1 of four session 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.


Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort: The Capitol Steps. 8 p.m. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or online 55 Lee Road, Lenox.

Hubbard Hall: Annual Shakespeare in the Park, "Othello." 7 p.m. Free. The Georgi, Shusan, N.Y.

Walking the Dog Theatre: "Shakespeare's Supernaturals" with seasoned Shakespearean actors and local children, $10-$25 suggested donation, 7:30 p.m., Hawthorne Valley School Hall, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, N.Y. 518-392-3399,,

WAM Theatre Benefit Night: "Stars in the Orchard," cocktail party, hors d'oeuvres & cash bar, music by Expandable Brass Band, silent auction, sneak peak of WAM's fall show, announcement of WAM's 2016 beneficiary, 6:30 p.m., Hilltop Orchards, Richmond. Tickets at or 1-800-838-3006.

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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