Things to do and learn this week in the Berkshires



Book sale and benefit: The Friends of Milne Public Library will hold the annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Williamstown Elementary School gymnasium, 115 Church St., Williamstown.

This year's sale includes offerings among 40 genres. Books are priced between 50 cents and $10.

Customers can also bid on a wide array of special silent auction volumes until 3 p.m. on Saturday, when bidding closes. Selected books are on display at the library and listed at An iPad Mini raffle will also be held. Tickets are available now at the library and at Williamstown Savings Bank. The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday afternoon.

Both days the Friends Café and Bake Sale will offer coffee, lunch and home-baked goods for hungry shoppers.

All proceeds benefit the library. Those who are interested in volunteering to work or bake for the event can sign up at the library, 1095 Main St., by emailing or calling (413) 458-4639.


'Get BART Smart': Registration is open for "Get BART Smart," an annual fundraiser for Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, to be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the school, located at 1 Commercial St. in Adams.

Get BART Smart pits teams of four to six people against one another in fevered battles of trivia and SAT questions drawn from BART's student curriculum. Teams follow a "school-day schedule" and travel from classroom to classroom each round.

The winning team will be crowned "Valedictorian" and, along with prizes, win bragging rights.

Participants are asked to donate a minimum of $65 per person; in addition to a fun evening, participants will receive a light dinner by Mezze Catering and a selection of beer and wine. The school invites companies to sponsor the event. For more information or to register, visit


Spring concert at BCC: The Berkshire Community College music program will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the college's Robert Boland Theatre in the Koussevitzky Performing Arts Center on campus, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7. FORUM credit is available for BCC students.

Performing groups will include "K111," a student band currently recording an album; the BCC Chorale, under the direction of M. Rahima Hohlstein; the BCC Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Link and student leaders Cameron Rahilly and Jose Lu; and the cast of the BCC Players' spring musical "Young Frankenstein," which opens May 9. Student soloists are Keane Decker, Joey Frighetto and James Russell.

For more information, contact Ellen Shanahan at or (413) 236-4703.


Art programs in Kidspace: Kidspace at Mass MoCA in North Adams will offer its "Spring Break Art Detox" sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday. Each day will include art-making, action, and healthy snacks. Parents can drop off the kids or join in the action. The cost is $7 per day for museum members, $10 per day for non-members. To reserve your space, call (413) 662-2111, ext. 1.

"Freedom" is on view in Kidspace through May 26, featuring artists Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Long-Bin Chen, and Ran Hwang. Works they created with local students will also be on display during this time. Their artists residencies concludes with a family celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 1. Learn more at


Preschool nature classes at Sheep Hill: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will offer drop-in nature classes for preschoolers at its Sheep Hill property on Route 7 in Williamstown at 10 a.m. on Mondays, from April 28 through May 19.

The 60- to 90-minute classes, led by naturalist and WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans, will include nature stories, crafts and activities focusing on nature in spring.

The cost for each session is $15 per child, $12 for WRLF members. There is a $10 discount for signing up for all sessions. Registration is encouraged, and parent or guardian must accompany their children. For more information, contact the WRLF at or (413) 458-2494.

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