The Berkshires Calendar for May 19



Berkshire Paint and Sip: Benefit for St. George Greek Church. 6 to 8 p.m."Greek Islands," $35, all painting materials and Greek appetizers included. Cash bar. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA: "Projet In Situ: The Round." Departures take place every 15 minutes, 4 to 8:45 p.m. The 70-minute performance explores movement and MASS MoCA. Tickets: $5 for members, $10 general. Tickets:, 413-662-2111, ext. 1 or at the box office on Marshall Street in North Adams.


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.

Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time. 1 p.m., School Street. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275. Cheshire.

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: "It's Complicated — An Eye-Opening Visit" with state Rep. Paul Mark on his official visit to Israel, 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. "Mind Practice" with Rev. Dosung Yoo, retreat master at Won Dharma Center, Claverack, N.Y., and author of "Thunderous Silence." 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.

NAMI Berkshire County: 11th Annual Minds Matter Walk For Mental Health Awareness fundraiser. 5:15 p.m. The Walk will be held during Pittsfield's Third Thursday to coincide with Children's Mental Health Awareness month and to help raise awareness of the impact of mental illnesses in Berkshire County. Persip Park on the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield.

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 8 p.m. Beginners 6 to 6:45 p.m. Two courts. Cost: Members, free; non-members, $5. 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.

Town of Richmond: Meet the School Committee Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Richmond Consolidated School cafeteria, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


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.

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.

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.

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.

New Lebanon Library: Fun Family Crafts. 4:30 p.m. Make your own duct tape flower pencil for spring. All materials provided. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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.


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.


Hoffmann Bird Club: Morning walk in search of warblers and other migrants. 7 a.m. Directions and details: 518-794-9063, Hand Hollow Conservation Area and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, N.Y.

Mission House: "Inside the Garden Restoration Project, Mission House" With Trustees Curator Mark Wilson. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about the restoration of the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. Trustees member, free; nonmember, $5. Preregistration recommended; 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email 19 Main St., Stockbridge.


The Ghent Playhouse: Preview performance of "The Imaginary Invalid — The Hypochondriac." 8 p.m. Translated and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith; original music composed by Catherine Schane-Lydon. Open seating. Information: 518 392-6264; Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

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