The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 12



Open Studio: Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Beginning Art Class, local artist Mike Cohen will teach techniques for painting portraits with gouache, an opaque watercolor, free, space is limited, 2 to 4 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. RSVP: 413-499-1992.


Community Supper: Free meal prepared by Berkshire chefs, no reservation required, donations accepted, non-perishable food items also collected for food banks, 5-6 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Jewish Humor: An Antidote for the Harsh World of Reality" with educator, writer and raconteur Dick Macht, Ph.D., at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, 413-298-5355.

Pittsfield Elks Lodge: Pasta dinner, choice of handmade sausage or meatballs with salad, dessert, $8, 4:30 to 7 p.m. 27 Union St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Meditation in the Chapel," noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Linden Street Mediation. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

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.

Stephentown Historical Society: Meeting to feature audience participation remembering "School Daze." 7:30 p.m., Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. Directions: 518-733-0010.

Town of Plainfield : Informational meeting on the proposed Stretch Code for Plainfield. Passing the Stretch Code is one of five steps needed for Plainfield to receive an estimated $136,500 Green Community grant. 7 p.m. at the town hall, Mais Street, Plainfield.

Zonta Club of Berkshire County: Meeting; speaker Katrina Mattson, director of Tapestry Health. Guests welcome at all meetings, reservations required for dinner. 5 p.m. Mazzeos Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield. Information: or on Facebook at Zonta club of Berkshire County.


Line Dance Classes: With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton, 413-443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for absolute beginner to improvers, 6 p.m. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton, 413-281-4893.


Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program: Screening of "Reasonable Doubt" (2015, 98 min) 5:30 p.m., Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., Williamstown. A related lecture, "Thinking in Film" will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.

Health And Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic, 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, 6 to 7 p.m., 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, 413-499-7650 ext. 111.

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

Immaculate Conception Parish: Health education session — Robin Lambert, M.D., anesthesiologist and director of the Pain Management Clinic at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Light supper $2.50 per person, 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Presentation, 7 to 8 p.m,. in the parish hall, 732 U.S. Route 20, in New Lebanon, N.Y. Information: 518-733-0469.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex at Berkshire Medical Center, requires medical clearance, $5 per session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Chair yoga with instructor Vickie Bandoski, certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Appropriate for all ages and levels, including seniors and beginners, and are a great exercise option for those with limited mobility. Space is limited. 10:45 a.m., 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Kids' Stuff

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Gym Fun," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Family Center Playgroups: For infants to 5 years old, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown; Baby Group for birth to walking, 11 a.m., playroom at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams; Gym Group for children walking to 8 years, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams.

Sheep Hill: Fall nature classes for preschoolers and parents on Mondays, 1 to 2 p.m., through Oct. 3. Nature exploration, outdoor play, crafts, and stories. $55, $45 for WRLF members. Come to one session or all. Pre-registration required. Information or per-session costs, or 413-458-2494. Route 7, approximately a mile south of the Williamstown rotary;

SMART Girls: 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


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Proseminar Lecture Series on the theme of "Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World." "Affective Statecraft & Politics of Fear" with Zoe Samudzi, University of California — San Francisco. 5 p.m., Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.


Williams College: Class of 1946 Environmental Fellow-in-Residence Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss her book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," Free: tickets required: 8 p.m., MainStage of the '62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.


Berkshire Hillsmen: Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; Information: Jake, 518-869-3468; Dan Burkhard, 413-298-4773 or

Berkshire Lyric Chorus: Rehearsals begin for new season; new singers by audition. 7 p.m., Pittsfield Unitarian Church, Wendell Avenue at Broad, Pittsfield; or 413-298-5365.

Eagles Band Rehearsals: Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, 413-499-2071.

Hilltown Choral Society: Rehearsal for holiday concerts. New singers of all ages, especially altos and tenors, are welcome to join. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Worthington Historical Society building at the intersection of Routes 143 and 112 in the Worthington Town Center. Information: Director, Jeff Hunt, 413-499-7320 or

Lee Library: "Drum Away the Blue" with Craig Harris; using assorted percussion instruments, music educator/percussionist Craig Harris provides adults and children with the key to stress relief tools for emotional balance, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. "An Introduction to American Indian Music," multimedia and participatory celebration of the music of Indigenous North America with Craig Harris, 6 to 7 p.m. 100 Main St., Lee.

Lichtenstein Center: Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield,


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Mountain Mindfulness stretch your muscles and your mind, as we explore healthy mind-body techniques, such as various meditations, breathing exercises, yoga and dance, stretching for hikers, and more; open to all ages. 10 a.m., at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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