The Berkshires Calendar for Oct. 18



Adams Arts Advisory Board: Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. All are welcome.

Clark Art Institute: Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor Avinoam Shalem, "When Nature Becomes Ideology: Disclosing the Ruined Landscapes of Palestine (after 1947)." 5:30 p.m., Michael Conforti Pavilion at the museum, 225 South St., Williamstown;, 413-458-2303.


Berkshire Museum: Pajama Night for Grown-ups; wear your most comfortable sleepwear, enjoy drinks, comfort food, a classic horror movie, and more, Includes refreshments and cash bar. $10, museum members $5. 6 to 8 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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.

Knitting Support Group: Socializing and simple instruction to get going or for help with a trouble spot on a current project. Open to experienced and beginning knitters. 2 p.m., North Adams Public Library, Church Street, North Adams; or 413-662-3133.

Pickleball: Open to men and women 18 and older; free for members, $5 per night for non-members. 6 to 8 p.m. (beginners 6 to 6:30 p.m.), Northern Berkshire YMCA, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Pittsfield Board of Park Commissioners: Formal hearing to discuss the renaming of Highland Park to "Christopher R. Porter Memorial Park," 7 p.m., Room 203, City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Green Drinks: Starting at 5:15 p.m.; speaker Ed Stockman, "The Environmental Impacts of GMO Agriculture: The high Cost Of Cheap Food," at 6:30 p.m. Informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. J. Allen's Clubhouse (back room), 41 North St., Pittsfield.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting at noon; discussion, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now ..." Confidentiality is assured. Parking is available behind the church, First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. Information: Ed Sedarbaum at or 413-441-6006 or visit

Rental Housing Association of Berkshire County: Monthly meeting; speaker J. Jamie Overby, a multi-family energy specialist at The Center for EcoTechnology in Northampton, "Mass Save Multi-Family and Residential Energy Programs." Optional dinner at 6:30 p.m., $22. 7 p.m., Zucchini's Restaurant, Route 7, Pittsfield. To attend: 413-499-1330.

Sheffield Kiwanis: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; meeting at 7:15 p.m. The Bridge Restaurant, Sheffield.

Health & Fitness

Berkshire Memory Café: A casual, café-like setting for people living with memory issues and their caregivers, designed to spend less time on focusing on the memory issues and more time socializing. Coffee, tea, and refreshments, along with an activity and support. 9 to 11 a.m., the Harper Center, 118 Church St., Williamstown.

Blood Pressure Clinics: Sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, walk-ins welcome, 9 to 10 a.m., Crossway Village Gymnasium, 21 Crossway Street, Lee. 9 to 11 a.m., Porchlight VNA and the Becket Board of Health at the Becket Town Hall; includes flu immunization and health presentation on falls prevention.

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

Pittsfield Sangha: Park Square Mediation, co-sponsored with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Park Square, Pittsfield,, 413-358-2626, 413-209-5529. .


Naumkeag: "Shaping a Landscape: The Gardens of Naumkeag," daily tours, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email 20 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or

Kid Stuff

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

Berkshire Country Day School: Fall Toddler Playgroup, "Little Penguins," for children 2 to 3 and parents or caregivers. Crafts, music, puppet play, and "invitation stations" that encourage the children to explore and create. Siblings welcome; registration required, 55 Interlaken Road (Route 183), Stockbridge

Berkshire Museum: WeeMuse: Littlest Learners, explore the world through a child's eyes while reading stories, singing songs, learning sign language, and stretching bodies and minds, for ages 6 to 18 months and their caregivers, included with regular museum admission, 10:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Cheshire Library: Pre-K Story Hour, 10 to 11 a.m., Cheshire Library, 23 Depot St. (Town Hall), Cheshire.

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, 11 a.m. to noon, Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., Adams.

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

Lee Library: "Toby on Tuesdays," free weekly reading program with featuring Toby, a 8-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; 413-243-0385.

Lego Club: All ages welcome, 3 to 4 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library: 48 South Main St., Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

Mason Library: Brain Builders, play and learn play group for baby to 5 years old, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403

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

Salvation Army: Kid's Club for children in 1st to 7th grade; includes supper, Target Ever-Fi Digital Learning Program, crafts, field trips, gym time and Bible lesson. 4 to 5:30 p.m., 298 West St., Pittsfield. To register: In person during normal business hours or 413-442-0624.

SMART Girls: Ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc., club membership required, 4 to 5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 14 Melville St., Pittsfield. Register at


Construct Inc.: Program on presentation and interviewing skills; how to write an effective resume and improve presentation skills for job interviewing. Participants will receive a Goodwill gift certificate and a Suit YourSelf appointment for professional business clothing. 5 to 7 p.m., 41 Mahaiwe, Great Barrington. To register:, 413)-442-0061, ext. 14.


Lenox Library: A reading and book signing with Great Barrington author Diane Saxton, "Peregrine Island." Wine and cheese reception. 5:30 to 7 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.


Berkshire Athenaeum: Mary Jo Maichack, professional singer and storyteller, standards of the '20s - '40s, some contemporary tunes, and interweave personal stories of her upbringing in a '60s music-loving family. 7 to 8 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Ukulele Band: Ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs. Limited number of ukuleles for loan, 6:30 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Registration requested; drop-ins encouraged, call ahead, 413-528-2810.

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 weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., lower level of the Tierney Building, 66 West St., Pittsfield. (Use door at the driveway between Laurin Publishing and Berkshire Bank. Information: Marianne, 413-743-0604 or visit Call ahead to see if rehearsal has been canceled.


Town Players of Pittsfield: Auditions for its holiday show, "Christmastime in the City — Hollywood," 6 to 8 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Seeking all varieties of singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers, poets and comedians. Information:

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