The Berkshires Calendar for Nov. 17

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Bingo: Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, dinner/refreshments available, $250 progressive game, doors open at 5 p.m., Lions Club building, Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Festival of Trees: "Westward Ho Ho Ho!" More than 100 holiday trees decked out in this year's American West theme fill the galleries, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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

Mountain Road School: "Tea and Tour Tuesday" open house, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 4575 County Route 9, New Lebanon/East Nassau, N.Y.

Pittsfield Green Drinks: Informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest, starting at 5:15 p.m.; talk at 6:30 p.m. Location changes, call Jane, 413-230-7321.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting and Veterans Day celebration. Confidentiality is assured, 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. Parking available behind the church. Information: Ed Sedarbaum at ed@rainbowseniors.org or 413-441-6006 or visit rainbowseniors.org.

Rental Housing Assoc. of Berkshire County: Monthly meeting. Guest speaker: Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, 7 p.m.; optional dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $20, Zucchini's Restaurant, North Street, Pittsfield. To attend meeting or join RHABC: 413-499-1330.

St. Elizabeth Rosary Society: Meeting and vote on the new bylaw. All members urged to attend, 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Parish Center, St. Anthony Drive, North Adams.

Tuesday Club: "The Butterfly Effect: How Cultivating Creative Leadership in Women and Girls" with Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., refreshments, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Health & Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Guido's Fresh Marketplace, 9 to 10 a.m., at Guido's, 1020 South St., Pittsfield; Porchlight VNA and the Becket Board of Health, presentation on joint replacement along with clinic, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, Becket.

Family Resource Center: Discussion on "Healthy Relationships." Interactive evening with food, refreshments, child care and a raffle, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Reserve a seat at 413-442-5333 or 413-443-4130.

Meditation Class: Focus on mindfulness, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 500 South St., (second floor), Great Barrington; Information: Diana Austen, 518-929-4364.

Moments House: Guided Imagery Relaxation Group, 2 p.m.; Hospice Grief Counseling, 4 p.m.; 34 Depot St., Suite 301, Pittsfield, 413-443-6800.

Pittsfield Sangha: Park Square Mediation, co-sponsored with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, Allen Street, off Park Square, Pittsfield. Information: pittsfieldsangha@hotmail.com or 413-358-2626, 413-209-5529.

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Story time for Toddlers, at 10 a.m., Children's Library, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Next Steps," 2 1/2 to 3 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9:30 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, 1 North Main Road, Otis; "Baby Steps," birth to 17 months, 11 a.m. to noon, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Free Public Library: STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art & mathematics) for ages 3-6, at 10 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: For infants to 5 years old, free, 11 a.m. to noon, Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., Adams.

Lanesborough Library: Story time, for preschoolers ages 2 and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, 413-442-0222.

Lee Library: "Toby on Tuesdays," free weekly reading program featuring Toby, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; 413-243-0385.

Mason Library: Brain Builders, play and learn play group. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Baby to 5 years old. MCBA Book Club (grades 4-6) 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.

North Adams Public Library: Toddler Time, ages 1-3. 10:30 a.m., 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

Lecture

Cafe Palestina: Retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright. 7 p.m. Wright will discuss the current unrest in the Middle East and the role of citizen activism in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and initiatives such as the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Free. Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington.

Clark Art Institute: Spyros Papapetros, a Fellow in the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program, presents "The Prearchitectonic Condition: Architecture Before Architecture," 5:30 p.m., Lunder Center at Stone Hill, Clark Art campus, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Literary

Williams College: Nigerian writer Uwem Akpan will present a reading of his works. 4 p.m., Griffin Hall, room 3, Williamstown.

Williams Faculty Club: Charles Giuliano reading selections from "Shards of a Life" and "Total Gonzo Poems," 7:30 p.m., 968 Main St., Williamstown. Reservations 413-597-3089.

Music

Berkshire Ukulele Band: Ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs. Limited number of ukuleles for loan. Free, 6:30 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Registration requested; drop-ins encouraged, call ahead. Information: 413-528-0397.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Berkshire Hills Chorus. 7 p.m. Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Gospel Gang: Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, 413-445-5918.

Parkinson's Choir: Choir for people with Parkinson's Disease, their friends and families and anybody who loves to sing, Vikki True, choir director, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, Lee; information: Megan Cook, 413-770-1975.

Sweet Adelines: Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women's chorus of four-part barbershop a capella harmony directed by Gail Wojtkowiak and Pat Feldman, weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, 389 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, (use front entrance). Information: Marianne, 413-743-0604 or visit berkshirehillschorus.com. Call ahead to see if rehearsal has been canceled.

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