The Berkshires Calendar for Oct. 6



Berkshire Paint & Sip: To benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, "Autumn Birch Trees"; $35, all painting materials and donation included. Cash bar. 6 to 8 p.m., Tavern at the A, 303 Crane Ave, Pittsfield. Reservations:, 413-205-8346.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks. Free with museum admission. 2 p.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge;

Williams College Museum of Art: Performance and opening celebration for "Being the measure: David Zink Yi with Angie Keefer." The exhibition launches with the performance by Zink Yi based on a text developed with Angie Keefer. Along with musicians Marvin Diz, Eliel Lazo, Regis Molina, and Onel Matos Somoza, Zink Yi activates wooden sound objects in the installation. 5 p.m. Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown; 413-597-2429,


Adams Free Library: "Introduction to Windows 10" with Jonathan Charow; question-and-answer session to follow. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Registration required; call for times and to sign up, 413-743-8345.

Berkshire Community College: New England Association for College Admission Counseling Fall Fair. More than 100 colleges and universities; open to BCC and high school students, as well as students seeking information about transfer opportunities. 9 to 11 a.m. at BCC's Paterson Field House, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire County Arc: Accepting gently-used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, through Oct. 14. Drop-off locations at: Berkshire County Arc's Community Apartments, 189 First St., Pittsfield; 288 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (one of the agency's residential facilities); main office, 395 South St., Pittsfield.

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

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff, 6 to 10 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton. Information: Email or 413-281-4893.

Huntington Public Library: Knitting workshop, open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer. 6 p.m., 7 East Main St., Huntington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: Author Lyla Blake Ward on her book, "Broadway, Schrafft's and Seeded Rye — Growing Up Slightly Jewish on the West Side," 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.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha; speaker, Drupchen Rinpoche, "Understanding Spirituality," 6 p.m. 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.

N. Berkshire Retirees Club: Meeting. Coffee and doughnuts. 10 a.m., Greylock Community Club, State Road, North Adams, 413-743-9476 or 413-663-9263.

N. Berkshire United Way: Annual Meeting and 2016-2017 campaign kick-off breakfast. Election of officers and board of directors, announcement of this year's campaign goal, and citations from elected officials celebrating the agency's 80th anniversary. 7:45 a.m., Williams Inn, Williamstown.

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.

Preserve Pittsfield: Public informational forum on the Community Preservation Act, which city voters will be asked to vote on their November election ballots. 6:30 p.m., in the upstairs auditorium at First Church of Christ Congregational, 27 East St., Pittsfield; or Preserve Pittsfield on Facebook

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.


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.

Clark Art Institute: Certified yoga instructor Mary Edgerton leads a series of gentle yoga classes. Registration required; all four classes $40 ($30 Clark members); individual classes for $12 per class ($8 Clark members). To register, visit 11 a.m. in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, adjacent to the Clark Center, 225 South St., Williamstown;, 413 458 0524.

Fairview Hospital: First session of "Mindful Eating: An Effective Approach To Weight Loss," an eight-week program. Robert Hoechster of Fairview's Outpatient Nutrition Services, will facilitate the program. 6 p.m.,Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. Information or to register: 413-854-9661.

Flu Vaccine Clinic: Collaboration of town and local health organizations, free, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Room 202, City Hall, 10 Main St., North Adams.

Seasonal Flu Immunization: Sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Tri-Town Board of Health, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stockbridge Senior Center; 4 to 6 PM. at the Lenox Community Center, Bring Medicare and insurance cards. $25 without insurance card or a non-participating insurance.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss group, 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-770-0429, 413-822-9593.

'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.


Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m.; "The Three Lives of Naumkeag: General House Tour," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours on the hour; "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 12:30 p.m.; "The Gardens of Naumkeag," 2 and 4 p.m.; "Behind the Velvet Curtain: Backstairs at Naumkeag," 2:30 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email

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. LEGO Group for ages 8 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Hancock Shaker Village: Farm Friends, eight-week program that introduces children ages 2-5 and their caregivers to farm animals. This week" "Meet a Cow." Join the staff for a story, a craft and time to meet our farm friends. 10:30 a.m. HSV members and children free, parent/caregiver $20; discounts apply. 1843 W. Housatonic St, Pittsfield; 413-443-0188, ext. 100.

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, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 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.


Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Workshop on steps to take to make a home more comfortable and energy efficient with Theresa Mayhew, resource educator of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene counties. 6:30 to 8 p.m., 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.: 518-325-4101,

Williams College: Maxine Burkett '98, associate professor law at William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii at Manoa, "Moving Stories: Justice and the Contemporary 'Climate Refugee,'" which will focus on inequality and climate justice. 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown.


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.

New Lebanon Library: Reading by poet Karl Kirchwey. Discussion and Q&A will follow. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.; 518-794-8844,


BOOM: Berkshire Organization for Original Music, the Boom Room, Lee resident Liv Cummins, who hosts the live variety/sketch comedy show Saturday Night Liv; also, Sammy Brown, long-time Berkshire performer, and Sandy McKnight, whose songs are heard often on TV and in films. 5 to 8 p.m., 137 North St., Crawford Square building, Pittsfield.

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.

Zion Lutheran Church: Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. preceded by casual meal at 5:30 p.m. featuring entrees from local restaurants, free-will offering, 74 First St., Pittsfield,


Barrington Stage Company: Mark St. Germain's award-winning play, "Camping with Henry and Tom," directed by Christopher Innvar. Through Oct. 23; Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20-$49; 413-236-888, 30 Union St., Pittsfield.

Mixed Company: "Season by Season," four Berkshire one-act plays by Joan Ackermann. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; matinees on Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. through Oct. 30. Tickets: or 1-800-838-3006 (say either "Mixed Company" or "Season By Season."). Limited tickets held at the theater, reserve by calling 413-528-2320. 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington.

The Unicorn Theatre: Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre present "The Bakelite Masterpiece" by Kate Cayley with David Adkins and Corinna May. Followed by Talkback. Tickets: $50. 7 p.m., 6 East St., Stockbridge; 413-997-4444,,

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