The Berkshires Calendar for Thursday, Feb. 18



ANIMAGIC: Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art. See how special effects for movies "Chicken Run," "2001 Space Odyssey," "X-Men" and "The Matrix" were done by Berkshire talent. See real Academy Award. Free. Reservations: 413-841-6679. 135 Main St., Lee.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: Family Day, ages 6 to adult. 1 to 3 p.m. "Cow," 16x20-inch canvas. $25, all painting materials and light snack included. No alcohol permitted. "Tree of Life" fundraiser to benefit local cancer patients, 6 to 8 p.m. $35, all painting materials and light snack included. BYOB. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. 305 North St, Pittsfield.


Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice: Panel discussion on the current presidential candidates, focused on the topics of promoting peace, decreasing economic inequality and climate change. 7:30 p.m. Info: Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time. 1 p.m., School Street. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275. Cheshire.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Nosh and Drosh with Spiritual Leader Barbara Cohen. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Bring a vegetarian lunch and a willingness to listen and to share interpreting our ancient texts. Information: 7 North St., Great Barrington.

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

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Sar-El: A Way to Volunteer" with Martin Silver, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

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: Meditation and discussion. 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.

North Adams Public Library: "Color Your Cares Away," with Julia Reidy. 6 p.m. Evening of social and artistic fun. Open to teens and adults. All materials supplied. To pre-register or information: 413-662-3133. Church Street, North Adams.

The Nutrition Center: Cooking class, "Cooking with Kids" with Danielle Debye, registered dietician. 1 to 2:15 p.m. Information: 413-443-2828. Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield.

Parlor Cafe: Comedy Open Mic. 7 p,m. Free. 303 Ashland St., North Adams.

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.

West Stockbridge Democrats: Caucus to elect two delegates and an alternate to the state Democratic Convention. 4 p.m. Information: Community Room in the Town Offices on State Line Road, West Stockbridge.


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.


New Lebanon Library: Oscar film series. 6:30 p.m. Weekly screening of this year's Academy Award nominees. Free, call for movie title, 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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.

'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.

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.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Public skate. 1 to 2 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. Caterpillar Cupcakes baking class, 1 to 3 p.m. Must have club membership. Fee: $5. Drop-in open swim program for club members, 3rd grade and up. 1-3 p.m. Free, bring membership card with you. Club Olympics for members, free. Puppet making, 3 to 5 p.m. For 3rd through 8th grade; must be a member. Fee: $5. 14 Melville St., Pittsfield.

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, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., for 4 to 12 years, free, North Adams Library 3rd floor, 74 Church St., North Adams.

Lenox Library: Pre-kindergarten story time, 10:30 a.m., Youth Department. Cooking class for kids, ages 4 to 12, 2 p.m. Free. Registration required; 413-637-0197 or 18 Main St., Lenox.

New Lebanon Library: "Rhonda's Reptiles." 2 p.m. Animal education featuring live reptiles. Free. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 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.

Spectrum Playhouse: "Kids' Movie Musicals!" a live performance featuring songs and dances from kid's favorite movies performed by Berkshire Children's Theatre, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free for children younger than 3, $3 (ages 3 to 11) and $7 (ages 12 to adult). 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: 20th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University. 7 p.m. Free, Daniel Arts Center's McConnell Theatre, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Mass. College of Liberal Arts: Green Living Seminar Series, "Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation." 5:30 p.m. "What to Do When There Are Too Many Deer in the Suburbs," presented by Allen Rutberg, research assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy. Room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Four Freedoms Forum series, "Business as Usual? Unraveling Presidential Politics." 5:30 p.m. Free. Information: 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.

Williams College: Annual Faculty Lecture Series. 4:15 p.m. Heather Williams, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience Program, "What to Sing? Bird Song and the Evolution of Cultural Traditions." Free. Reception in Schow Atrium follows. Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, 47 Lab Campus Drive. Black Student Union to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a lecture by Dorian Warren, 7 p.m. Free. Griffin Hall, room 3, 844 Main St. It is free and open to the public. Williamstown.


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.


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.

Williams College: Jazz Faculty Concert. 8 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Winter Vacation Week: Flying Deer at the Cobble. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nature adventures with immersion in the woods and meadows of the Cobble, plus hands-on skills and community-building activities. For 7- to 13 year-olds. Member, $60; non-member, $70. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or Sheffield.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Animal Detectives. 11 a.m. Learn how to identify animals by their tracks in the snow. Free. Wear sturdy footwear; bring snack and drinking water. Rain cancels. Information: 413-499-4262. Meet at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Notchview Reservation: Group ski lessons for kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. PSIA-certified ski school offers instruction for all ages (8 and older) in classic and skate style skiing. Member $20; non-member $25 (membership available at purchase).


Berkshire School: "In the Heights," the Tony-Award winning musical. 7:30 p.m.$2 suggested donation; all are welcome. Information: Allen Theater at the school, 245 N. Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

Williams College: "Stuck Upstairs," first-person experience of depression through an ethnographic and theatrical lens. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3. All proceeds donated to Beacon Tree, a program that helps families in need fund mental health screenings and treatment for their children. '62 Center's Directing Studio, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

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