The Berkshires calendar for July 18



Beginning Art Class: Local artist Mike Cohen will teach techniques for painting portraits with gouache, an opaque watercolor, free, space is limited, 2 to 4 p.m., Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Open Studio: Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.


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

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.

Historical Presentation: "Where To Go For Lunch" in Cheshire, Barry Emery will present dining and picnic spots in Cheshire over the years, at noon, Bass Water Grill, Route 8, Cheshire. Tickets $7, call Ed or Pam St. John 413-743-5603.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Some Puzzles and Solutions in Science and Torah" with agronomist Dr. Jon Greenberg, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

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.

New Lebanon Library: "Study the Constitution," biweekly discussion group, bring questions and be ready to share opinions, 7 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

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.


Line Dance Classes: With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton, 413-443-6263.

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. 2014

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for absolute beginner to improvers, 6 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton, 413-281-4893.


Berkshire Jewish Film Festival: American, Israeli and International Films. "Ave Maria" and "Breakfast at Ina's" at 4 p.m. "Remember" at 8 p.m., Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

Health And Fitness

SilverSneakers Classic: Exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes. 6 to 7 p.m. Berkshire Family YMCA N. Berkshire Branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, 413-499-7650, ext. 111.

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.

Parish Health Ministry: "De-cluttering for Seniors" by Michelle Kavanaugh, CEO and founder of Organize Senior Moves, free, 7 to 8 p.m.; a light supper is available from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. only, $2.50 per person, Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph Church hall, 732 U.S. Route 20, in New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-733-0469.

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.


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. Yoga with a View, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kids' Stuff

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: SMART Girls, girls ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc. 4 to 5 p.m., 14 Melville St., Pittsfield. Register at

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; "Gym Fun," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Explorer Club: Crafts & activities for ages 5-12, children under 10 must be accompanied by adult, space is limited, 2 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum Children's Library, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Sign up at 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

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.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Jack and the Beanstalk," $5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., St. Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.


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, 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:

Mac-Haydn Theatre: Bill McGrath and Meg Morrow present "A Night of Elvis and Friends — Favorite Songs of Favorite Stars from the Past," 8 p.m., 1925 NY 203, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-9292 or

PS21: Summer Sings with David Smith, director of Concerts in the Village, second in a series of three summer sings focuses on Gilbert and Sullivan, 7-9 p.m., Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-6121,


Mount Greylock State Park: Discovery Hike: The Romance of Greylock Writers. Bring lunch, bug spray and water. Wear sturdy footwear. 11 a.m., meet at Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262.


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

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