The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 21



Clark Art Institute: Williams College art professor Guy Hedreen leads "Looking at Lunchtime," a half-hour gallery talk that explores nymphs and satyrs, 2:30 p.m., special exhibition galleries in the Clark Center, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Great Chair Walk 2016: Ribbon cutting, 4:30 p.m., in front of 71 Park St. (the Simmons Block), Adams. The walk consists of stores, shops, and a bank on Park Street, and one on Spring Street where the Art Chairs and other items designed and crafted by local artists to be sold at auction to benefit the Youth Center Inc. The auction will be held Oct. 16, at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant on Howland Avenue, Adams.


72nd Annual Halloween Parade: Seminar on building floats; attendance is mandatory for a representative of each organization/school interested in building a float for the parade. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Room 203 at City Hall, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield.

350MA Berkshire Node: Potluck refreshments at 5:30 p.m., monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Jim McGrath, Open Space and Natural Resource program manager, Pittsfield, and Mike Canales administrative officer, North Adams, will discuss what their communities are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy. Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., 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.

The Big E: Gates open 8 a.m. Regular gate admission: Adults $15, children ages 6-12, $10; children 5 and younger, free. 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield; 413-737-2443;

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.

Drury High School Class of 1951: Monthly luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Waubeeka Golf Restaurant, Williamstown. All members, spouses. guests, and those who should have graduated with the class of 1951 welcome. Information: 413 663-9171.

Egremont Garden Club: Annual Scholarship Tea featuring a lecture on "Suffragettes & Postcards that won the votes." Cost/contribution: $15. 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

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.

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.


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.


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 Family YMCA Northern Berkshire Branch: Wellness Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m. An introduction to Berkshire Partnership for Health, Community Health Workers and partnership organizations, pre-diabetes screening and education, "A Matter of Balance: managing concerns about falls in older adults," pre-hypertension education, tobacco cessation and education programs, blood pressure/Get Cuffed Program. Information: 413-663-6529 or visit 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; or 413-329-7887.

Blood Pressure Clinics: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Guido's Fresh Marketplace 9 to 10 a.m., Guido's, 1020 South St., Pittsfield.

City of North Adams: Naloxone, Rescue Breathing and CPR Training Series. 6 to 9 p.m., Mohawk Forest Community Room, Mohawk Trail, North Adams. Preregistration requested;, or 413-663-7588 ext 14.

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.


Naumkeag: Wednesday Morning Southern Berkshires Gardening Team, 8 a.m. to noon, information, 413-532-1631, ext. 3119 or email ; "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


Berkshire Athenaeum: Lego Club. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Theme, "Wild and Wacky Creations." Children of all ages are welcome. No registration required. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., 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 2.5 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.

Sheep Hill: Woodchuck Wednesdays, afternoon outdoor and nature play drop-off program for first through fourth graders; pre-registration suggested. All sessions: Members $85; non-members $110. Individual session: Members $18, non-members $22. 1:45 to 4 p.m., Cold Spring Road (Route 7) Willamstown;


Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum: "Greening the Gateways" with Matthew Sharron, representing Greening the Gateway Cities Project; a report on the new trees planted in Pittsfield and other 25 other Mass. cities to reduce energy use in urban neighborhoods. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Concert Choir: Rehearsals for Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana." No auditions. Dues are $40; students free. Last date to join is Sept. 28. 7 to 9 p.m. chorus room at Pittsfield High School, East Street, Pittsfield. Information: 413-442-6120,

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

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.


High And Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Volunteer training, horse experience not a requirement. Only one training is needed. Wear sturdy shoes. Age 14-plus. 6:30 to 8 p.m., 71 CR 21C Ghent, N.Y.; 518 672 4202 or email

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. Nice 'n Easy Hike, 1.8-mile hike designed for seniors, but all are welcome, 11 a.m., meet at the Visitor Center. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Bird walk Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club leader, 8 to 10 a.m. Free coffee, bring travel mug. Evening at the Beaver Ponds, suitable for children 3 to 12 years. Members — Adult, $6, child $3 nonmembers — Adult $8, child $4. 472 W. Mountain Road, Lenox; 413-637-0320.


Town Players of Pittsfield: Staged reading of "Flowers for Algernon" by David Rogers, 6 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Great Barrington.

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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