Things to do and learn in the Berkshires this week


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Author talk: Robert A. Welcome, author of "In Search of Destiny: The Universe and Man," will at 6:30 p.m. Thursday present a talk titled "Relativity Simplified," at the Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee. Welcome will talk about this complex subject making it more understandable and relevant for non-scientists.

Part of the library's summer reading program for adults, this talk is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit or call (413) 243-0385.

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Design challenge: Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is giving kids, ages 9 to 16, a chance to compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge.

The national program, which challenges kids to design a Helicopter of the Future, runs through Sept. 30. Contestants will design a helicopter that addresses the potential challenges of 2050 and plan for how their "Helicopters of the Future" would overcome those challenges.

The winner of the 2014 competition will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award along with the scholarship. In addition, the young innovator will be flown to Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., to tour the assembly line of the iconic Blackhawk and Seahawk military helicopters and meet with Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers.

Students can enter the competition, and educators can receive free STEM-related program materials at More can also be learned at

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'Mill Children' talk and exhibit: Ralph Brill will at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock present a free talk about "The Mill Children," an exhibition currently on view at 5 Hoosac St. in Adams, a former mill building. The exhibit opening in the gallery is at 6 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call Bascom Lodge at (413) 776-7487 or visit


Fun at Berkshire Athenaeum: There are two special events happening Wednesday at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. The summer reading program is sponsoring a Stuffed Animal Day. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to get a ticket for the weekly raffle. Winners will be notified by phone. At 1 p.m., there will be a special sing-along program, led by Berkshire Music School.

For more information on these and other programs, contact the Children's Library Department at (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.

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YMCA after-school programs: The Pittsfield Family YMCA is holding open registrations for its elementary school-age programs, as well as a new after-school program at Stearns Elementary School. First day of care will be Wednesday, Aug. 27. Pittsfield kindergartners' first day is Aug. 28.

To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the Pittsfield Family YMCA offers before- and after-school programs to school-aged children at Allendale, Crosby, Egremont, Richmond Consolidated (after-school care only), Stearns (after-school care only) and Williams elementary schools, as well as at the YMCA, which is located at 292 North St.

The programs are licensed by the state Department of Early Education and Care. During the school year, the program runs at the YMCA from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., and 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at local schools.

Costs are as follows: Mornings are $7.42 a day; afternoons and half days are $15.60 a day; full days are $31.41 per day. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For more information, contact Jessica Rumlow, youth development director at (413) 499-7650, ext. 11 or visit

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