The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 26



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.

Dalton Select Board: Public information session on a proposed reconstruction of Dalton Division Road. 7 p.m. Nessacus Regional Middle School auditorium, 35 Fox Road, Dalton.

Friends of the North Adams Public Library: Meeting, 3:30 p.m., community room at the library, Church Street, North Adams.

G.E. Pensioners and Quarter Century Club: Monthly dinner — roast beef. G.E. Retirees, $5; guests, $15. 5 p.m., Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield.

HospiceCare in The Berkshires: Recruitment event for nursing positions; on-site interviews and applications, as well as tours of the facility. If unable to attend: 413-443-2994 or and click on the "Careers" tab. Noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., 877 South St., Pittsfield.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Four Unknown Jewish Men and How They Changed America' with historian, teacher and author David Rutstein, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Lenox Garden Club: "Beehive of Activity," flower show and exhibits celebrating pollinators, such as bees and birds. 2 to 5 p.m., Berkshire Room of the Mansion at Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox.

Lenox Historical Society: Annual meeting and potluck supper Dinner and annual elections, 6 p.m.; guest speaker Robert Asplund, "Hail to the Chiefs: The Presidents Come to the Berkshires," a light-hearted take on presidential connections to the Berkshires at 7:15 p.m. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. To RSVP for dinner: 413-637-1818 or or 413-441-7902 or with choice of dish or dessert to share.

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.

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 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.

Pittsfield Ward 2: Monthly ward meeting with City Councilor Kevin Morandi. Topics include the proposed methadone clinic at 390 Merrill Road, parking management plan for downtown, proposed residency requirement to serve on city boards and commissions, and the council agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting. Meeting participants are encouraged to give their input and feedback on these topics and others of interest. 6:30 p.m., Allendale Elementary School, Connecticut Avenue, Pittsfield, Information: 413-499-0108 or

Revitalizing Tyler Street: Open house to solicit public input on the Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative District, which is designed to revitalize Tyler Street and the Morningside neighborhood. Noon to 8 p.m., Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield.

Spaghetti Dinner: Benefit for Louison House. $10 per person. 4 to 7 p.m., Bounti-Fare Restaurant, Howland Ave., Adams.

Town Hall: To discuss impact of opioid epidemic on caregivers raising children. 5 to 7 p.m., Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield.


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.

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.

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.


Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m.; "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 12:30 p.m., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kids' Stuff

Comedy Animal Show: "Live on Stage, The Rainforest," 6:30 p.m., C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, Commercial Street, Adams. Tickets: $5 at the door.

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; Family Center Playgroups: For infants to 5 years old, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown; Gym Group for children walking to 8 years, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Haskins Center, 210 State St., North Adams. Gym Group for children walking to 5 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: Faculty Forum lecture, "Orientalism and Eroticism in 19th-Century Art" with professor of art history Joan DelPlato, who will read from her new book, "Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures." 4 p.m., Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington


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

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.

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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