The Berkshires Calendar for May 13



Chatham Bookstore: Reception and conversation on collecting art. 5 to 7 p.m. Join a conversation about a piece of art from your house (or anyone else's) that has been particularly meaningful to you in your life. Free, refreshments. Information: 518-392-3005; 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Norman Rockwell in Detail," with Curator of Education Tom Daly, Friday, 2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission; museum members free. Information: 413-931-2221, or 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.


Bingo: Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, 413-243-1079.

Boys & Girls Club: Spaghetti dinner to benefit the lacrosse program. 6 p.m. $5 per person. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Lighthouse Café, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition: Forum topic, "Looking Upstream: Primary Prevention as a Tool to Address the Opiate Epidemic." 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Friendship Center Food Pantry. Information: 413-663-7588 or e-mail First Baptist Church, North Adams (use the Eagle Street entrance).

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.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

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. Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

Spring Luncheons: Soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost: $8. All welcome. Takeouts available, 413-499-0866. First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St. , Pittsfield.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Celebration for Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) with a multi-generational Seder, following a student-led service. Services at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following. Cost for the Seder: $8 per person for Temple members, $30 maximum for Temple families; $12 per person for non-members, $40 maximum for non-member families. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

Town of Hinsdale: Police department, fire department and emergency management open house. 4 to 6 p.m. Information on Silent 911, Code Red, identity theft, child ID program, emergency evacuation procedures and more. Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale.

United Methodist Church of Lenox: Indoor tag/book & media/bake sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coffee and donuts available. Information: 413-445-5918. All proceeds benefit the mission work of the church. 6 Holmes Road, Lenox.

Health and Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA — Northern Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Circuit. 7 to 8 a.m. Safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. 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.

Easy Exercise: Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Interactive storytime featuring classic children's tales and new favorites. 10 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories, fingerplays and crafts. Free. Information: 413-743-8345, ext. 103. 92 Park St., Adams.

Adams Youth Center: Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, Adams.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Berkshire Museum: "WeeMuse Adventures," songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time for ages 18 months to 3 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., free with museum admission, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center: "Skip & Dip," program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10 a.m. to noon, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "English/Spanish Discussion Group," 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; "Early Intervention Group," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Art & Nature," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library: Toddler story time for children ages 18 months to 3, program features stories, songs and fingerplays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Sing-a-long Playgroup, program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Tots (baby and toddler), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: New Yorker science writer Michael Specter, "The Possibilities and Perils of Editing the Human Genome." 7 p.m. Tickets: $10, $5 for students, free for Mahaiwe members. Infomration: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Sweetwood of Williamstown: Local author Adriana Brown will talk about the book she wrote about her father, "An Unlikely Hero: Adrianus Millenaar Dutch Farmer Turned Diplomat in World War II Europe." 1:30 p.m. In the auditorium, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Jazz Ensemble spring concert. 8 p.m. Free. Daniel Arts Center's McConnell Theater, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Ethan Stone and Adam Bergeron in a dueling piano concert. 2 p.m. Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

New Lebanon Library: David Reed in concert. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic ragtime, rock, calypso and reggae for guitar, banjo and his own cigar-box guitars. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Old Chatham Quaker Meeting: "The Last Minute Jazz Ensemble." 7:30 p.m. Benefit for the Meetinghouse. Admission: $18 at the door. Information: 518-766-2992. Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

Williams College: Violin Studio Recital with students of Joana Genova, 4 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive. Wind Ensemble, Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown.


Naumkeag: The Big Clean. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Spring clean" the historical collections/home and gardens to ready the property for the 2016 season. Free. Information and to sign up (recommended): or 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge


Berkshire Community College: BCC Players, musical comedy "Avenue Q." 8 p.m. General admission tickets: $15; senior citizens, high school and college students, $10; Also at the door one hour prior to performance. Boland Theatre, Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Third annual "Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals." 7 p.m. Ten-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. Tickets: $10 students, $15 for adults; at ticket office, 413-997-4444, Colonial Theatre 111 South St., Pittsfield.

THEatre COmpany: "From Door to Door" by James Sherman. 7 p.m. Information and reservations: 413-854-4400. Lauren Clark Fine Arts Gallery, 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington.

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