The Berkshires Calendar for June 30



Berkshire Art Museum: Opening reception for three exhibits, "Berkshire Artists Of The Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999"; "Art and Architecture" and "Sarah Sutro — Colors." 6 to 9 p.m. 159 E. Main St., North Adams.

Berkshire Museum: "Imagined Histories: An Artist's Talk with Robert Hite." 5 p.m. Illustrated artist talk about his creative process of construction, choosing the right site, and finally photographing his sculptures in the natural world. Artist's reception for "Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite." 6 p.m. $5 general admission; free for members. 39 SOuth St., Pittsfield.

Common Folk: Opening of "Brick & Mortar/Flesh & Blood." 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit opening is part of the larger Down Street Art kickoff. Music performances scheduled later that evening. 33 Main St., North Adams.

DownStreet Art Thursday: Kick off of the ninth annual DownStreet Art Festival. 5 to 8 p.m. This year's theme: "Meet Your Neighbors." Artists who live and work within 20 miles of North Adams will be highlighted throughout the season. Free. Downtown North Adams.

exPRESS Gallery: Opening reception for Dawn Nelson's, "365 Sweet Nothings." 5 to 8 p.m. Exhibit on view through July 24. 49 Main St. Additional portions of the exhibition may be viewed at MountainOne Bank, 93 Main St.; Adams Community Bank, 31 Eagle St.; and the Holiday Inn, 40 Main St., all in downtown North Adams.

MCLA Gallery 51: Invitation for the community to submit photos of their "in-between" moments by tagging their Instagram images with the hashtag "#WaitingG51" before and during the DownStreet Art kick-off event. 5 to 8 p.m. Live, rolling digital feed will be displayed in the window of the gallery. Community sewing bee. 5 to 8 p.m. Participants asked to write down "intentions" or things and events they are waiting for on quilt squares, which will be sewn together to make 84 hand-sewn quilts. 51 Main St., North Adams


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.

Homemade Pie Sale: Naomi Chapter No, 17, Order of the Eastern Star. 5 to 8 p.m. During DownStreet Art Night. Whole pies, $10; by the slice, $3. Holden Street, North Adams.

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: "NEADS: National Education for Assistance Dog Services" with Tamara Beland, 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. Speaker Manny Mansbach from the Insight Meditation tradition. 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.

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.

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.


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. 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.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Kick –off for summer reading program with Jungle Jim's "Reading Olympics" balloon magic show. 6 p.m. Free. 92 Park St., Adams.

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 1 1/2 to 3 1/2, 10 a.m. Comedy & Music with Dave Yubruh. 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, 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.

Lee Library: Kick-off for summer reading program. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. "Swords through the Ages" by Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord from the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship. They'll demonstrate the art of Western European swordsmanship over the centuries and give a chronological presentation of several different eras of sword use. 100 Main St., Lee.

Milne Public Library: Celebration of 2016 Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" with Jungle Jim in The Reading Olympics balloon magic show. 3 p.m. Free. Information: 413-458-5369 or David and Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown.

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.


The Mount: "Rockwell, Wharton, and World War I." 4 p.m. Tom Daly, Norman Rockwell Museum's curator of education, and Wharton scholar Alan Price discuss these two American artists and their responses to "The Great War." $10 general; free for members of museum and The Mount. Information or tickets: or call 413-551-5100. The Stable, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.


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.


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.


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Firefly Frolic. 6 to 10 p.m. Play a game and learn about fireflies, then take a short walk to safely capture and release fireflies. Rain cancels. Information: 413-499-4262. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

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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