The Berkshires calendar for May 12



Berkshire Athenaeum: Scrabble Thursday. 6 to 8 p.m. Opportunities for adult Scrabble players to meet for open play. All skill levels welcome; informal guidance available. No registration required. Information: 413-499-3591 or 413-344-3815. The library's Food Zone, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

City of North Adams: Public meeting regarding the application to designate the North Adams downtown area as a Cultural District. 11 a.m. Gallery 51 on Main Street, North Adams.

City of Pittsfield: Conversation on consumer rights related to assistance animals in rental housing. 2 p.m. Led by Meris Bergquist, an attorney and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center. Open to public. Information: 413-499-9378. Council Chambers at City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.

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: " "Building BRIDGE: A Vision of an Inclusive Community," with Gwendolyn Van Sant and Natalie Shirtes, 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: Steven Landsberg, "Beyond Hope & Fear: The Application of Presence." 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.

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.

Pickleball: 6 to 9 p.m. Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire Branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

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.

Elder Services of Berkshire County: Six-week Alzheimer's Care Partners Education Series — Part 6. 2 to 4 p.m. "Care for the Caregiver." Registration required, 413-499-0524, ext. 113. 877 South St., 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.

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. Animals at the Library, 3:30 p.m., on the back lawn. 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.

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

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.


Stamford Community Library: "The Organic Small-Farm Movement" with Deb Burns, acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing in North Adams, who specializes in books on sustainable farming. 6:30 p.m. Organic refreshments. Information: 802-694-1379. 986 Main Road, Stamford, Vt.


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.

The Mount: Sally-Jane Heit, "Everything Old Is New Again," benefit for The Mount. 7 p.m. Dessert and wine reception follows. Tickets: $15 for member of The Mount; $18 for non-members; 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.


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.

Williams College: Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble. 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: "Wildflowers and Watercolors," noon to 4 p.m. Four-session plein air class with watercolor artist Pat Hogan. Class size is limited. Trustees member: $28; non-member, $35. Information and to register: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Birding walk at the BNRC's Thomas and Palmer Reserve along mowed field paths and wood roads. 8 a.m. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Information: or 413-499-0596. Meet at the Koii Chinese Restaurant, 302 State Road, Great Barrington.

Naumkeag: Art in the Garden, four-session after-school art and nature drop-off program., Thursdays, through May 26, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Trustees member: $60 for series; nonmember: $100 for series. Registration recommended; 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

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