The Berkshires Calendar for June 21



The Becket Democratic Town Committee: Bipartisan state Senate candidate forum. 6:30 p.m. t All five candidates for Ben Downing's state Senate seat will be invited to speak in a town-hall style forum. State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli as moderator. Becket Town Hall, 557 Main St., in the lower area, Becket.

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.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. 1 to 6 p.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State St., Great Barrington. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Lift Ev'ry Voice: Community-based workshop with the Urban Bush Women. 2:30 p.m. Participants of all experiences and abilities welcome. Comfortable active attire recommended. Free. Registration is on a first come basis; Mass MoCA, Hunter Theater, 87 Marshall St., North Adams.

Pittsfield Green Drinks: Starting at 5:15 p.m.; guest speakers Jay Allard and Matt Lamb from Berkshire Earth Regenerators discussing permaculture at 6:30 p.m. Informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. J. Allens, 41 North St., Pittsfield.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting. Noon. Speaker: The Rev. Joseph Farnes, openly gay priest of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 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.

Town of Lanesborough: Town elections. Noon to 8 p.m. Community Room at Newton Memorial Town Hall, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Yankee Pride Quilt Guild: Meeting. 7 p.m. Program on precuts. Information: 413-445-4676 Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.

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 Street, Lee; with the Becket Board of Health, 10 to 11:30 a.m., clinic & presentation, "What is a MOLST (Massachusetts Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)", Town Hall in 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, cosponsored 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. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kid Stuff

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.

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.

North Adams Public Library: Toddler Time, ages 1-3. 10:30 a.m., 74 Church St., North Adams. 413-662-3133.

West Stockbridge Library: Kicks off for "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read." 1 p.m. Berkshire carousel Executive Director Maria Caccaviello and artist Teri Davis will present a program including the history of carousels, Pony Tales Reading Buddies, great books about carousels and ride token giveaways. Free. Information: 413-232-0308 or 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.


Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — "Joseph McArthur Vance: Architect for the Berkshires and Beyond," Jeffry A. Bradway. 4 p.m. Tickets: $29 day of event. Reservations: 413- 637-3206 or 104 Walker 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: 413-528-0397.

Eagles Band: Kick off of 80th year of performance in the Berkshires with a community concert 7 p.m. Patriotic tunes, show tunes, as well as themes from Broadway and Disney. Bring a chair or blanket. Commons Park, on First Street, Pittsfield. (If raining, First United Methodist Church on Fenn Street.

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.

North Adams Ambulance: Naloxone, Rescue Breathing and CPR Training. 6 to 9 p.m. Learn to identify the signs of an overdose, to assess if an overdose victim needs rescue breathing or CPR, to perform rescue breathing and CPR, to administer naloxone, and how to obtain low-cost or no-cost naloxone. All residents of Northern Berkshire are welcome. Preregistration required: or or 413-663-7588 ext 14. 10 Harris St., North Adams.

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.

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.


Bartholomew's Cobble: "Monitoring Breeding Birds." 8 to 9 a.m. Participants will walk parts of the cobble and learn the sounds and breeding patterns of local and migrating birds that call the cobble home. Member: $5; nonmember: $10. Registration recommended: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

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


Town Players of Pittsfield: Auditions for staged reading of "Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent" by Matthew Konkel. 5:30 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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