The Berkshires Calendar for June 29

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COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum: Retirement celebration open house in recognition of Ron Latham's 24 years as director of the athenaeum. 3 to 5 p.m.; cake and speeches at 4 p.m. Library auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Bridge Club: Friendly Bridge, $1.25 donation, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-7265.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Community Lunch: All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-1955.

Contract Bridge: For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: 413-243-3512.

Free Legal Clinic: Attorney Eve Schatz will answer legal questions and conduct intakes for the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., offered by Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County Inc. from noon to 1 p.m. during the free lunch program at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-854-1955.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

Morningside Initiative Neighborhood Watch: Meeting. Starting at 6 p.m. Join Morningside community members to discuss ongoing steps we can take as a community to build a safer neighborhood including strengthening the Neighborhood Watch efforts. RSVP: petewhite78@yahoo.com. Rice Silk Mill Apartments, 55 Spring St., Pittsfield . Use main entrance on Burbank Street.

Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires: Bill Tighe, "HR for Nonprofits." 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Information: 413)-645-3151 or npcberkshires.org. Berkshire Community College South County campus in Great Barrington.

Office of Campaign and Political Finance: Training seminar for legislative candidates, local party committees and other interested parties. 6 p.m. Review of campaign finance disclosure rules, as well as a demonstration of the agency's reporting system included. Open to the public; no RSVP required. City Hall, Council Chambers, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.

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.

West Stockbridge/Richmond COA : Elder Law and Estate Planning Workshop. Noon. Lunch provided; to reserve, 413-698-3656 St. Patrick Parish Hall, 30 Albany Road (Route 41) West Stockbridge.

DANCE

Line Dance Lessons: Absolute beginners, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; beginners' lessons, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic. 6 to 7 p.m. 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 to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650 x111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Information: 413-464-0064. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

HISTORY

Naumkeag: Outside In: "The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m. Understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge.

KID STUFF

Berkshire South: Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3:10 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

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; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Lee Library: Children's summer reading program kickoff. 11 a.m. to noon. Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris, who will show you how they like to have fun while combining sports, gaming, reading, and slapstick comedy magic. Free. 100 Main St., Lee.

Naumkeag: "Nature at Naumkeag," nature-based playgroup, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Registration recommended. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

North Adams Library: Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

MUSIC

Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit berkshirehighlanders.org.

Berkshire Sings: Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Concerts at Windsor Lake: Champagne Jam. 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: 413-664-6180 or tourism@northadams-ma.gov. Windsor Lake, intersection of Kemp and Bradley streets, North Adams.

Lilac Park Concerts: Eagles Big Band, music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. 6:30 p.m. Free. Off Main Street, Lenox. In event of rain, Town Hall auditorium.

OUTDOORS

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Little Explorers Nature Discovery Hour. 11 a.m. Short hike, story or a nature learning game. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Information: 413-499-4262. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Sheep Hill: Firefly Hike, campfire. 8 to 10 p.m. The evening will include stories and information about fireflies. Before heading out into the meadow amongst the "lightening bugs" roast marshmallows over the campfire to make s'mores. Suggested donation: $3, $6 per family. Severe weather cancels, rain date is Friday. July 1. Route 7, Williamstown.

THEATER

Town Players of Pittsfield: Auditions for a staged reading of "Wedding Secrets II, Samantha's Turn" by Joe Starzyk. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., 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 news@berkshireeagle.com; 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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