Things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, April 28 to May 4


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Berkshire County Arc: "A Full Life Ahead" series of workshops designed for parents and caregivers as they plan for the future of their loved one with a disability. Thursday April 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Real Lives, Real Choices" with Ingrid Flory, Western Massachusetts coordinator, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change. Free. 395 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Monday, May 2, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

One World Conservation Center: Natural Science Toolkit for Homeschoolers — Session 4, "Wetland Wonders." Wednesday, May 4, 1 to 3 p.m. Register by Friday, April 29, at 802-447-7419 or 413 US Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt.

S. Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative: Paint and oil collection for participating towns. Saturday, April 30, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Register by Friday, April 29: or email Great Barrington, Mass.

Ventfort Hall: "Play Bunco!" with veteran Pittsfield players Mary Ryer and Lorri Allessio. Sunday, May 1, starting at 3:30 p.m. Admission: $15 per person. Refreshments and a cash bar. Prizes awarded. Reservations required by Saturday, April 30; 413-637-3206 or 104 Walker St., Lenox.


Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: Twelfth Annual Studio Tour and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, fro 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nine western Mass potters will open their studios to the public. Northampton/Amherst; Greenfield and the northern Valley; and the Mohawk village of Shelburne Falls, Mass. Maps: or

Bard College at Simon's Rock: Gallery talk and reception with the artists and curator of "Entry Point," a four-person exhibition. Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. Hillman-Jackson Gallery at the Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Darrow School: Opening reception for "(dis)Connect" by Sara Henry, the school's 2015–16 Nathan Paulding '89 Artist in Residence, Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., Followed by a Q&A session with the artist at 7:15 p.m. Free. Joline Arts Center, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Mass MoCA: 2016 Teen Invitational. Reception and awards ceremony on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. On view through Sunday, May 1. Artwork created by high school students from seven regional high schools. Marshall Street, North Adams, Mass.

Schantz Galleries: Reception in celebration of spring, newly renovated gallery space and to introduce recent work by some of the best glass artists. Friday, April 29, 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments. RSVP appreciated, 413-298-3044 or 3 Elm St., Stockbridge.


Naumkeag: House tours, Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience Naumkeag as it would have looked like while the servants prepared the house for the Choate family's return from their New York City residence. Cost: Member, $5; nonmember: $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge, Mass.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: "Clean and Glean; Conservation in Action," Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Information: 413-532-1631, ext. 3110, or 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, Mass.


Edna St. Vincent Millay Society: National Poetry Month Celebration featuring Millay readings and concert. Saturday, April 30, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets: $50 per person in advance, $55 at the door; 518-392-3362. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

Manchester Community Library: Young Playwrights Workshop — Part 2 for grades 6,7 and 8, Thursday, April 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. To register: 802-549-4580 or email 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt.


Close Encounters with Music: Annual luncheon musicale benefit, "Blue Notes," Sunday, May 1, noon. Tickets: $250, Blantyre in Lenox, Mass.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Met Opera Live in HD production of Strauss's "Elektra" Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. Pre-broadcast lecture by Scott Eyerly, 11 a.m. Tickets: $18 to $25. Tickets and information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

South Street Cafe and Bakery: Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jazz Brunch, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Mic Night, Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Information: 802-447-2433. 105 South St., Bennington, Vt.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Spring Wildflower Festival. Daily through May 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour guides will leave from the visitors center three times during day. Cost: Member $5; non-member $10. "Creature Feature: Life in a Vernal Pool," Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3013, or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, Mass.

Hoffman Bird Club: Warner Farm, Cummington, Mass., Saturday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. Meet at The Creamery on Route 9, Cummington, Mass. Leader: Charles Quinlan, 413-634-0334 or email Bird walk through mature hardwood forest and along beaver ponds Wednesday, May 4, at 7 a.m. at Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Sanctuary on West Mountain Road, Lenox. Bring water and a snack. Information: or 413-281-2398. Half-day ramble through BNRC's Steepletop Reserve in New Marlboro, Mass. Sunday, May 1, 7:30 a.m. Waterproof boots recommended. Meet at the Old Inn on the Green, 134 Hartsville-New Marlboro Road, New Marlboro, Mass. Contact: 413-499-0596 or in advance for directions.

Teachers' Workshop: #1 Project Learning Tree workshop, Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For all educators with a focus grades K-8 (curriculum may be adapted for older students).To register: Notchview Reservation & The Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center in Windsor, Mass.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Jean-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece, "No Exit." Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, 7 p.m. Mature subject matter. Limited seating; to reserve, 413-528-4700. Free. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., through May 8. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.


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