The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 29.



Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Cliffs of Moher, Ireland," to benefit Irish City Sister Group; $35; all painting materials, light snacks and donation included. BYOB. 6:30 p.m., 305 North St., Pittsfield; or call (413) 205-8346.

DownStreet Art Thursdays: Final DownStreet Art of the season; new exhibition openings, music on Main Street, participatory art projects, Holden Street Night Market, 5 to 7 p.m., Main Street, North Adams;,

Gallery 51: Opening reception for "Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep," a collaborative exhibition by artists Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly. This show will feature artworks that map the trajectory of their friendship, along with their individual and collective artistic practices. 5 to 8 p.m., 51 Main St. North Adams; 413-662-5320,

MountainOne Gallery: Opening reception for Community Access to the Arts exhibit of framed paintings, drawings and pastels created by artists with disabilities in CATA visual arts workshops throughout the year. Through June 17, 2017 with artwork rotating every three months. 4 to 5 p.m., 93 Main St., North Adams.


2016 Fall Foliage Festival: Fall Foliage Ziti Supper. $10 per person, $6 for seniors and kids 12 and younger. 4 to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Hall, St. Anthony Drive, North Adams, Mass.; 413-663-5316.

Adams Free Library: "Introduction to Windows 10" with Jonathan Charow; question-and-answer session to follow. Thursdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Registration required; call for times and to sign, 413-743-8345.

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; Sept. 16 through Oct. 2.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff, 6 to 10 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton. Information: Email or 413-281-4893.

Homemade Pie Sale: Naomi Chapter No. 17. Whole pies, $10; by the slice, $3. 5 to 8 p.m., during the DownStreet Art Night, on Holden Street, North Adams.

Huntington Public Library: Knitting workshop, open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer. 6 p.m., 7 East Main St., Huntington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Innovation in the High Holiday Mahzor" with Rabbi Jan C. Kaufman, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Legal Help Hotline: Hampden County Bar Association in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. Legal advice on a variety of topics available. 4 to 7 p.m., 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield; 413-796-2057.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

Flu Vaccine Clinic: Collaboration of town and local health organizations, free, from 10 a.m. to noon, Housatonic Community Center, 1065 Main St. North, Housatonic; 1 to 3 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Great Barrington.

Medicare Insurance: Dinner and lecture, "Medicare Insurance — Everything We Need to Know" with Winnie Veretto of SHINE, 5 p.m., St. Patrick's Church Parish Hall on Route 41, West Stockbridge. Dinner and lecture: $10 per person; lecture only, free; 413-698-3656 or email at or 413-232-0122 or email

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss group, 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-770-0429, 413-822-9593.

'Yoga for You': Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, 413-298-3319.


Naumkeag: "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. ; "Naumkeag at Night," 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of live music provided by some of the area's most popular bands. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Berkshire Country Day School: Open house for parents and caregivers of all grades. 9 to 11 a.m., 55 Interlaken Road (Route 183, Stockbridge. Details and registration:

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group at Haskins Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for walking to 5 years old, 210 State St., North Adams. LEGO Group for ages 8 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Hancock Shaker Village: Farm Friends, eight-week program that introduces children ages 2-5 and their caregivers to farm animals. This week" "Meet a Duck (and maybe a tractor)." Join the staff for a story, a craft and time to meet our farm friends. 10:30 a.m. HSV members and children free, parent/caregiver $20; discounts apply. 1843 W. Housatonic St, Pittsfield; 413-443-0188, ext. 100.

Lenox Library: Pre-kindergarten STEM story time, 10:30 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox, 413-637-0197, ext. 105.

North Adams Public Library: LEGO Group (ages 8 and older). 6 to 7 p.m. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: "Uncommon Journeys" — "Selling Out Early: Lessons from a Career on the Implosion Team" with Brooke Skinner Ricketts, '97. 7 to 10 p.m., McConnell Theatre, Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford St., Great Barrington. Reservations recommended;

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Annual Community Reading panel discussion about this year's summer reading book, "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age" by Sherry Turkle, 7 p.m., Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, Church Street Campus Center, Church Street, North Adams.

New Lebanon Library: Experimential workshop on leadership styles and how to make the most of them with retired social worker David Cullen. 6:30 p.m. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844. best suited for teens and adults.


Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.


BOOM: Berkshire Organization for Original Music, the Boom Room, performer TBA, 5 to 8 p.m., 137 North St., Crawford Square building, Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center: Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. Tickets: 413-528-1955.

Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment: Bruce Mandel in concert. 7:30 p.m., E.J. Bullock Building, 7012 Main St., Readsboro, Vt. To reserve tickets: $15 in advance, 802-423-9916 or 802-423-7050; $20 at the door.

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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