The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 14

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ART

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Presidential Politics and the Art of Thomas Nast," join exhibition curators for special gallery walks, 3 p.m. Join Kripalu-certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch for a yoga class appropriate for all skill levels. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Included with museum admission. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Diva's Quarter Auction: To benefit local charity or organization (chosen each month), 50/50 raffle, doors open at 6 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Venable Gym at Mass. College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church St., North Adams. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

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

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m.; Mah Jongg Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Drop-in, beginners welcome, 48 South Main St., 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, 21 Crossway St., Lee, 413-347-1469.

Embroidery Guild: New members welcome, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grace Church Congregational, 1055 Williams St., Pittsfield, 413-464-1506.

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.

Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires: Grant writer Ruth Dinerman leads a workshop series focusing on foundations and crafting a strong grant proposal. $25 for NPC members, $35 for non-members. Information: npcberkshires.org.

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.

Pittsfield Cultural Council: Grant application workshop and Q&A to assist anyone interested in applying for funds for their 2017 arts- or culture-related project, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. Followed by a reception in honor of the 2016 grant award recipients, 7 to 8 p.m.

DANCE

Line Dance Lessons: Absolute beginners, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; beginners' lessons, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

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.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

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.

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness: Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson's with Megha Nancy Buttenheim, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., 55 North St., #201, Pittsfield. Pre-registration required; megha@letyouryogadance.com or 413-329-7887.

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Porchlight Home Care offices, 21 High St., Lee; Stockbridge Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 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.

HISTORY

Naumkeag: Wednesday Morning Southern Berkshires Gardening Team, 8 a.m. to noon, information, 413-532-1631, ext. 3119 or email tbeasley@thetrustees.org; "The Art of Cut Flowers," how to cut, care for an grow flowers, 10 a.m.; "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, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum: WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM Session, designed for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers, teach important concepts using sensory exploration. Reservations required; 413-443-7171, ext. 334, or jwilliamson@berkshiremuseum.org. 10:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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 3 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.

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, 413-662-3133.2013

Lecture

Bascom Lodge: Boreal forest ecology slideshow & summit walk with naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas, 6 p.m.; followed by dinner at 7 p.m.(one seating only), Bascom Lodge, 3 Summit Road, Adams. Dinner reservations required: 413-743-1591 or mail@bascomlodge.net.

Williams College: Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer David Simon, "The Audacity of Despair." Tickets required; 62center.williams.edu. 7:30 p.m., MainStage of the '62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

LITERARY

Ramsdell Library: Powder Keg Sessions Writing Workshop for Women, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic; 413-274-3738.

Williams College: Charles Dew, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History, will talk about his new book, "The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade." Q&A session follows. 4:15 p.m., Griffin Hall, room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown.

MUSIC

Berkshire Concert Choir: Singer registration and rehearsal, no auditions. Dues $40; students free. Last date to join is Sept. 28. 7 to 9 p.m., chorus room at Pittsfield High School, East Street, Pittsfield; 413-442-6120 or berkshireconcertchoir.org.

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

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.

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 news@berkshireeagle.com; 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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