The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 28



Shire City Sanctuary: Screen Printing, participants create their own T-shirt in an introduction to the art of silk screen printing, $35. 6 to 9 p.m., 40 Melville St., Pittsfield; 413-236-9600.


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.

Berkshire Family & Individual Resources: "Look Closer, My Brain Injury is Invisible" Stacia Bissell, who will recount her journey of living with an acquired brain injury. Suggested donation: $20. 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 40 Main St., North Adams. 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 1 West St., Pittsfield. Pre-registration required: 413.664.9382, ext. 10, or Bridge Club: Friendly Bridge, $1.25 donation, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-7265.

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; Sept. 16 through Oct. 2.

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.

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.

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.

Morningside Initiative Neighborhood Watch: Join Morningside community members to discuss ongoing steps to take as a community to build a safer neighborhood including strengthening the Neighborhood Watch efforts. 6 p.m., Rice Silk Mill Apartments, 55 Spring St., Pittsfield (Use main entrance on Burbank Street) RSVp:

North County Triad: Meeting; new members welcome, open to all seniors in the northern Berkshires. Noon, American Legion, 125 American Legion Drive, North Adams.

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.

Williamstown Elementary School: Dedication of "buddy bench" by Junior Girl Scout Troop 12940. 5:15 p.m.,prior to the school's annual open house for families, 115 Church St., Williamstown.


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 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 the Sandisfield Board of Health 11 AM to noon at the Sandisfield Senior Center, Sandisfield.

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.

Home Instead Senior Care: Let's Talk — Legal and Health Care Discussion Club with Attorney Pamela Green, free legal advice for families and caregivers; Bobbie Orsi, the challenges that face older adults. 10 a.m., 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Pre-registration suggested; 413-442-0907.


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 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.


Williams College: Class of '71 Public Affairs Forum on Inequality — Political activist, commentator, author, and attorney Van Jones, "Green Jobs Not Jails." Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., on the MainStage of the '62 Center,1000 Main St., Williamstown Tickets required:, 413-597-2425.


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


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.


Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary: Grassland Birds Management — Grassland birds are among those most in need of conservation action. Learn about Mass Audubon's habitat improvement plan to help these birds at Canoe Meadows. Suitable for children 8 to 18 years, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Registration encouraged, but not required;; 413-637-0320, ext. 8351.

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.

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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