The Berkshires calendar for May 4



Hillman-Jackson Gallery: Closing reception and talk for "Entry Point," a four-person exhibition showcasing the work of New York-based artists, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matthew Porter, Brea Souders and Chris Wiley. 5 p.m. Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Milne Public Library: "Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes Like the Masters," with award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack. 6 to 8 p.m. Open to beginners to experienced artists. Free. To pre-register: 413-458-5369. 1095 Main St., Williamstown.


Berkshire Immigration Council: Attorney available on a first-come, first-served basis for four appointments during regular walk-in clinics or call 413-445-4881 to make an appointment. 10 a.m. to noon. $15-$25 donation requested; no one to be turned away for inability to pay. 88 South St, (First Baptist Church, 2nd floor), Pittsfield.

Bridge Club: Friendly Bridge, $1.25 donation, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-7265.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Community Lunch: All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-1955.

Contract Bridge: For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: 413-243-3512.

Free Legal Clinic: Attorney Eve Schatz will answer legal questions and conduct intakes for the Berkshire Center for Justice Inc., offered by Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County Inc. from noon to 1 p.m. during the free lunch program at The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, 413-854-1955.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group: Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

N.B. Community Coalition: Spring Neighborlies celebration. 5 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St., North Adams. (Overflow parking at Stop and Shop on Route 2. Free transportation available after the ceremony.)

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.

St. Joseph Church: Sister Colette Hanlon will speak on the Year of Mercy, reception to follow, all welcome, 6:30 p.m. Parish Center, 414 North St., Pittsfield.


Scottish Dancers: 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Information: Jean, 518-672-4243, or Ted, 413-698-2944. Berkshire Pulse, 410 Park St., 3rd floor, Housatonic.


Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic. 6 to 7 p.m. Exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. 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.

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, noon to 1 p.m., Stockbridge Senior Center, Stockbridge.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Information: 413-464-0064. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Yoga: Gentle yoga for cancer survivors to help improve strength and sleep. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Community Education conference room, first floor of the BMC Cancer and Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.


Berkshire South: Berkshire Sings! for ages 13+. Under the guidance of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. No auditions. Open to new and seasoned singers alike. Free. 6:45-8:15 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810.

Chess Club: Beginners welcome, 3:10 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Storytime, 10 to 11:30 a.m., New Marlborough Library, 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough.

Family Center Playgroups: Toddler Playgroup, 10 to 11 a.m., for 1 to 2.5 years old, Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Lanesborough Town Hall, 10 to 11 a.m., for walking to 5 years old, free, Community Room, 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Mason Library: Handwork for Homeschoolers. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Naumkeag: "Nature at Naumkeag," nature-based playgroup, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Registration recommended. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge.

New Lebanon Library: Small Wonders Lapsit Storytime, includes age appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities, 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Hour, includes crafts, songs, and movement activities, 11 a.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

North Adams Library: Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

Williamstown Rural Lands: Five-part series, "Woodchuck Wednesdays" afternoon nature play drop-off program. 1:45 to 4 p.m. For kindergartners through fourth graders, siblings outside the age range will also be considered. All sessions: Members $70, non-members $85. Pre-registration suggested, Sheep Hill, Route 7, Williamstown.


Berkshire Athenaeum: Peter Christoph, wildlife photographer, speaker and author, "Birds of the New England Swamp." 7 p.m. Free. Information: 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: "Deep Ocean, Deep Secrets: What Do The Oceans Mean To Us?" a talk with David Gallo, oceanographer and senior adviser at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Center for Climate and Life. 3 p.m. Learn about the very latest in ocean exploration and explore the important role the oceans play in conditioning our daily environment. Reservations: 413-443-7171, ext. 360. 39 South St., Pittsfield.


Ramsdell Library: Powder Keg Session for Women, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Berkshire Highlanders: Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; for more information, visit

Berkshire Sings: Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Williams College: MidweekMusic, 12:15 p.m., Chapin Hall, stage. Violin studio recital with students of Joanna Kurkowicz, 3:30 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Chinese Music Ensemble, 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. All venue, Chapoin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Spring Wildflower Festival. Daily through May 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour guides will leave from the visitors center three times during day. Cost: Member $5; non-member $10. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Bird walk through mature hardwood forest and along beaver ponds. 7 a.m. Bring water and a snack. Information: or 413-281-2398. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary on West Mountain Road, Lenox.

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