The Berkshires Calendar for July 19



Becket Democratic Town Committee: Meeting. 6:30 p.m. All town residents are welcome to attend. Becket Room at Town Hall, 557 Main St., Becket.

Berkshire Community College: Community screening of "Heroin: Cape Cod USA," presented by Congressman Richard E. Neal and Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer. 5 p.m. Panel discussion follows. Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

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.

Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club: Six-week, learn-to-skate program begins. 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Open to children, ages 3 and older. Rental skates available. Enrollment forms and cost: or at the rink prior to class. Information: 413-743-9805. Peter Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink, South Church Street, North Adams.

Pittsfield Green Drinks: Starting at 5:15 p.m.; talk at 6:30 p.m. Informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. Location changes, call Jane, 413-230-7321.

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.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting. Noon. Speaker: Ed Damon, reporter for The Berkshire Eagle and The Bennington Banner. Confidentiality is assured. Parking is available behind the church. Information: Ed Sedarbaum at or 413-441-6006 or visit First Congregational Church of Williamstown. 906 Main St., Williamstown.

Sheffield Kiwanis: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; meeting at 7:15 p.m. The Bridge Restaurant, Sheffield.


PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century. Music & Dance Film Series — ""Pete Seeger: The Power of Song." 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Great footage from Seeger's early career, including Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others. Information: 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Health & Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Crossway Village Gymnasium, 21 Crossway St., Lee. Blood pressure, health counseling and presentation,"Summer Safety Tips for Seniors," sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Becket Board of Health, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, Becket.

Meditation Class: Focus on mindfulness, 7:30 -8:30 p.m., 500 South St., (second floor), Great Barrington; information: Diana Austen, 518-929-4364.

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

Berkshire Athenaeum: "Bach 2 Rock: The Science of Sound." 1 p.m. Free, no registration required. Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 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.

Lanesborough Library: Story time, for preschoolers ages two and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, 413-442-0222.

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: Art in the Library: "I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose." 1:30 p.m. Children will learn about this landscape-based poem by Emily Dickinson and create a postcard landscape with special words. For ages 5-6. 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. Ongoing


Lee Library: Educational seminar, "Refire! Don't Retire" with Paul Carter life coach. 2 to 4 p.m. Free, no registration required. 100 Main St., Lee.

Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — "1883: That First Summer of Baseball, Beer and Whiskey," with Edward Achorn, sports author and an editorial page editor with The Providence Journal. 4 p.m. Reservations: $29, 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox.


Mason Library: Tuesday Book Lover's Book Club — "Between The World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 5:45 to 7 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St. Great Barrington.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Will Boyce, "The Roads That Dreams Take." 5:30 p.m. Information: or 413-637-3390. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.


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: 413-528-5210.

Clark Art Institute: Free family-friendly summer concert with HBH&T Band with Wanda Houston. 6 p.m. Jazz quartet performing standards, blues, R&B and Top 40. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic meals; barbecue fare and beverages for sale,. 225 South St., Williamstown.

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.

Springside Park: Concert by Housatonic Philharmonic Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Information: Hebert Arboretum, 874 North St. (Route 7), Pittsfield.

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.


Housatonic Valley Association: Housatonic River Paddle Trip in Lee. 3 to 6 p.m. Six-mile trip. Some paddling experience preferred as there are sections of quick water and downed trees to negotiate. Reserve a canoe or register to bring your own canoe/kayak. Cost: $20 adult non-member, $15 adult member; $35 non-member families, $25 member families. Preregistration required: 413-394-9796 or email

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Nice 'n Easy Nature Hike. 10 a.m. 1.8-mile hike designed for seniors, but all are welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.


Shakespeare & Company: Artistic Insights, insightful, moderated conversations. 5 p.m. "Shakespeare and the Jews," lead by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and company actor Jonathan Epstein. The talk will explore Shakespeare's controversial "The Merchant of Venice." Adults $8, students $4. Information: 413-637-3353 or Bernstein Artist's Studio 3, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Part 3 of four-part play analysis series, "The Corrupting Influence of Materialism in Plays by Arthur Miller and David Mamet." 10 to 11:30 am. Cost: Four-session course is $40 for Temple members; $45 for 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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