The Berkshires Calendar for July 21



Naumkeag: Opening reception for exhibit of 7x17 inch, large-format black-and-white platinum and pigment prints by internationally acclaimed photographer Lois Conner. 4 to 7 p.m. On view through Oct. 10. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Realism and the Persistence of Memory," a talk with painters Robert Cottingham and Eric Forstmann, and artists' representative Jane Eckert, author, art historian, and founder of Eckert Fine Art. 5:30 p.m.F ree for museum members or included with museum admission. Reservations suggested: 413-931-2221 or 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art: "Labeling: A History Lesson." 4 p.m. Museums constantly make decisions about objects and their reception. Consider the implications of these decisions by creatively recrafting WCMA. Free. Food Lab: Get a taste of the role science plays in your kitchen. 5 to 8 p.m. Artist and chef Lexa Walsh cooks up some surprises. Free. On the patio. Information: 413-597-3563 or Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Berkshire Botanical Garden: Learn the art of cut paper — scherenschnitte — with artist Pamela Dalton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Members, $75, non-members $85. To register: Route 102, Stockbridge.

Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time. 1 p.m., School Street. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275. Cheshire.

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.

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: "The Practical Power of Gratitude ... To Make Life a Little Easier" with author and motivational speaker Jerry Posner, 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.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Meditation and web streaming: Pema Chodron & Tim Olmsted, "The Way of Freedom," part 3. 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.

Pittsfield Ethnic Fair: Music and dancing, cuisine from around the globe is served to thousands, while an eclectic array of artisans and craft vendors sell their wares. During Third Thursday event. Free. Downtown Pittsfield.

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.

Salem Community Fellowship Church: Benefit dinner for the Lunch, Learn & Play summer children's program. 4 to 7 p.m. Chicken parmesan and spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. $7 per dinner. Dining-in is all-you-can-eat; take-out available. All funds will go directly to benefit the LL&P program at the Salem Courthouse. Information: 518-854-3208. Central House building, 224 Main St., Salem, N.Y.

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.

Third Thursdays: 10th season of Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays. 5 to 8 p.m. Food theme with chef demos and a big Third Thursday birthday bash and the unveiling of the Pittsfield Paintboxes. Music, performance, food and community activities. North Street closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street. Downtown Pittsfield.


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.

Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: Reduced-cost CPR and AED training. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Hour-long classes scheduled at the top of each hour. $20 per person (usually $50); pay by cash or check day of event. Registration is required. Information or to register: 413-458-8127 or email 1561 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

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: Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 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.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Session 2 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.

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 — Jerry Herman, composer and lyricist of such shows as "Hello Dolly," "Mame," "La Cage Au Folles," "Mack and Mabel." 7 p.m. Members $10; non-members $15. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton CRA: Concert featuring the Eagles Band. 7 p.m., Free. The Eagles Trombone Ensemble will play at 6:15 p.m. Information: 413-684-0260, or Rain date: Friday, July 22. Memorial Lawn at the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton.

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.

Hope Church: Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass in concert. 7 p.m. Free. Information: 259 Kemble St., Lenox.

Party in the Park: Music by Hair Ballz. 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.


Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park: Third annual free outdoor production: Shakespeare's "The Tempest." 8 p.m. Information: First Street Common, Pittsfield.

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

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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