Things to do and learn this week in the Berkshires



'Spring Educator Reception': Berkshire area educators are invited to the Berkshire Museum tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 for its Spring Educator Reception. Admission is free but RSVPs are requested and can be made by calling (413) 443-7171, Ext. 21 or emailing

Educators will also have an opportunity to experience the museum's revamped programming, including demonstrations of the educator-led "Mammals" program; a visit to the aquarium, and a sneak peek at "Butterflies," which will include a live butterfly pavilion. Information will also be on hand about the Berkshire Region Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) summer session and the new WeeMuse publication, "In Kindergarten."


Free teachers guide for science: The Center for Ecoliteracy and the National Geographic Society are offering a free, downloadable guide, "BIG IDEAS: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment," designed to help align content about food to the Next Generation Science Standards and other academic standards for grades K-12. The guide coincides with National Geographic magazine's 2014 series "The Future of Food," and includes lesson plans, multimedia content, and reference materials.

Learn more at: Additional materials will be posted this summer at


Panel presentation on ‘Teetering': In connection with its upcoming "Tee-
tering" exhibit, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 will present from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday an interdisciplinary panel discussion with artist Julia Mandle and faculty from MCLA, Williams College and Skidmore College.

The event, to be moderated by Roger Mandle, is free and open to the public, and will be held at the gallery located at 51 Main St., in North Adams. Panelists include Karen Cardozo, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at MCLA; Skidmore professor of economics Mehmet Odekon, Williams associate professor of economics Ashok Rai, and Rachel Seligman, assistant director for curatorial affairs at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore.

"Teetering," a two-person exhibition by mother-daughter artist duo, Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle, opens with a free artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibit, in a range of mediums, examines issues of economic disparity and trajectories of social resistance as a response to that imbalance. The show runs through June 22.

For more information, call (413) 664-8718, or visit


PHS' Proteus presents ‘CATS': The Pittsfield High School drama troupe, Proteus, will present this week its production of the musical "CATS," with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe.

Under the direction of Justina Trova, "CATS," will be show at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday through Satur-
day, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Reser-
vations are recommended and can be made by calling the PHS main office at (413) 499-9535.


Vocational education summit: Training youths for the jobs of the future, recognizing excellence, and expanding access to education are the goals of the Career, Vocational, Technical, and Agricultural Educa-
tion Summit, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., in Worcester. The summit is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Association of Voca-
tional Administrators.

Registration, a continental breakfast, and networking will take place at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to RSVP contact Christina Andreoli at or (508) 753-2924, ext. 236.

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