The Berkshires Calendar for March 24



Berkshire Paint & Sip: Fundraiser for CHP Playgroups. 6 to 8 p.m. "Blue Birds," 16x20-inch canvas. Cost: $35, all painting materials and "mocktail" refreshments included. No alcohol permitted. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. Community Health Programs, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Christian Center: Family Art Therapy Project. 4 to 6 p.m. Six-week series. Free. Information or to register: 413-443-2828 or 631-697-8291. 103 Robbins Drive, Pittsfield.


Berkshire Benevolent Assoc. for the Blind: Dining in the Dark. Doors open 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Participants will eat an Irish-themed meal blindfolded to experience of being visually impaired. Tickets: $10; 413-442-6600 or at the door. ITAM Lodge, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield.

Berkshire County Meetup for Women in Business: Speaker: Nancy Fitzpatrick, owner of Red Lion Inn and chairwoman of Mainstreet Hospitality Group. 5 to 7 p.m. Followed by networking and discussion led by Cathy Crosky, a career coach and leadership consultant. Cloud85 Co-Working Space, 85 Main St., Suite 224, North Adams.

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: "Small Steps to a Healthier You" with Katie Mead of Berkshire Health Systems. Final in five-part series, 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.

McCann Tea Room: 10:45 a.m. to noon. Schedule and menu: Hodges Crossroad, North Adams.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. 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.

North Adams Public Schools: Pre-kindergarten registration and screening. By scheduled appointments, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2016. To schedule an appointment: 413-664-4159. Child must attend registration and screening. Copies of the child's immunizations, updated physical and birth certificate, and proof of residency required. Johnson School Building, second floor, 21 Williams St., North Adams.

Parlor Cafe: Comedy Open Mic. 7 p,m. Free. 303 Ashland St., North Adams.

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.

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.

Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center: Elder law attorney Paula Almgren, "How to Pay for Senior Care Services." 6-7:30 p.m. Seminar on strategies for families facing the often complex landscape of paying for senior care services. To RSVP: 413-458-8172, or email 1561 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

"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.

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.

Clark Art Institute: After-school artmaking sessions for fourth- to eighth-graders. 3 to 5 p.m. "Fine Print" — Leave your mark on the world with a new personalized stamp. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration required; gallery admission free for one accompanying adult. Young Artmakers Space on the lower level of the Clark Center, 225 South St., Williamstown.

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 snow days. 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. Lego Group, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., for 4 to 12 years, free, North Adams Library 3rd floor, 74 Church St., North Adams.

Lenox Library: Pre-kindergarten story time, 10:30 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Homeschoolers Fall into Fairytales, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

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.


Mass. College of Liberal Arts: Green Living Seminar Series, "Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation." 5:30 p.m. Officials from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, "Wildlife Rehabilitation." Room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. North Adams.

New Lebanon Library: "Bird Language" with Kevin Bose from Flying Deer Nature Center. 6:30 p.m. Information: 518)-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, 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.


Colonial Theatre: Grammy Award-nominated, "Godfather of British blues" John Mayall. 8 p.m. Tickets: $35, $50 and $60; at the ticket office, 413-997-4444 or 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

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.

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