Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, April 7-13

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1Berkshire / Berkshire Initiative for Growth: "Our Next B.I.G. Idea: Understanding the Future of Work and How to Attract and Retain Millennials." Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information and tickets: $25, 1berkshire.com/event/our-next-big-idea. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Bard College at Simon's Rock: ThinkFOOD 2016, Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. Morning panel, "Grown/Made in the Berkshires." Lunchtime poster session — research by students in the "Global Foodways" course. Afternoon panel, "Feeding the Berkshires." $15, students free; $10 additional for lunch. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Berkshire Family YMCA Pittsfield: Free adult swim lessons, Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:15 to 7 p.m. Information: Email akirchner@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org or call 413-499-7560. To register: Berkshire Family YMCA, 292 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Monday, April 11, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Manchester Community Library: "Music and Nature," presented by the Manchester Music Festival String Quartet, Friday April 8, at 4 p.m. Free. Family program, "Happy Birthday, Everyone!" Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. Stories, birthday snacks and crafts. Free. Family Board Game Cafe Night Tuesday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pizza and some of the most popular board games. Free. The Greatest Generation Film Series — "Harvey," Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Free. Information: events@mclvt.org. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt.

Art

Carrie Haddad Gallery: Reception and artists' talk for "Point Of Intersection." Sunday, April 10, 2 to 4 p.m. Featuring artists Christopher Engel, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski and Dai Ban. Information: 518-828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com. 622 Warren St. Hudson N.Y.

Norman Rockwell Museum: In Concert: Aimee Banks, Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m. 14-year old soprano from Galway, Ireland. Art Talk — "Norman Rockwell in Detail," Friday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. Art workshop — "Art in Motion: Drawing in the Galleries" with Pat O'Donnell, Saturday, April 9, 2 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Mass MoCA: "Until" Artist Talk with Nick Cave, creator of major Building 5 exhibit, in conversation with Curator Denise Markonish. Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Advance reservations required. Tickets: Free for members, $5 in advance, and $8 day of; at box office on Marshall Street, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesdays, by phone 413-662-2111, ext. 1, during box office hours or online at massmoca.org. North Adams, Mass.

Williams College Museum of Art: Tour WCMA with Williams students, Thursday, April 7, 4:30 p.m. Free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

Film

Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse: Screening of "Peace Officer," followed by a community discussion. Friday, April 8; 6 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. screening. RSVP: bit.ly/ChathamPeaceO. Information: wmht.org/blogs/independent -lens/independent-lens-peace-officer. 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

History

Naumkeag: House tours, Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 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 naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge, Mass.

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. Friday, April 8, 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at vbemiss@pittsfieldfamilyyymca.org. Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Lenox Library: Ninth Annual Lego Build-a-thon, "Outer Space." Saturday, April 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Registration required, 413-637-0197. Welles Gallery at the library, 18 Main St., Lenox, Mass.

Literary

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Best-selling author David Sedaris, "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets: $48 to $68. Tickets and information: mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Music

Berkshire Bach: Trumpet & Organ Concert, Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. Peter Sykes, organ and Robinson Pyle, trumpet. Baroque and modern works by Johann Heinrich Fasch, Kent Kennan, & J.S. Bach. Tickets $30-$50, free for students w/ID. United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, Mass.

L'Ensemble Chamber Musical Group: "Pick Yourself Up," an afternoon of songs with lyrics by Broadway and Hollywood greats Dorothy Fields and Sheldon Harnick. Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. Tickets: $25, $10 students; oldcastletheatre.org or 802-447-0564. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Mass MoCA: Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1836-1896. Saturday, April 9, from 4 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $10 students, $14 in advance, $20 day of and $24 preferred; at box office on Marshall Street, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesdays, by phone 413-662-2111, ext. 1 during box office hours or online at massmoca.org. North Adams, 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.

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers: Hike approximately 7 to 8 miles along sections of Upper Spectacle Pond and Lower Spectacle Pond through the Otis (Mass.) State Forest. Saturday, April 9. Leave from forest parking lot on Route 23 at 9:15 a.m. B.3.C. Meet: Friendly's parking lot, Lenox, Mass. (next to Price Chopper) at 8:30 a.m. or Friendly's parking lot, Route 20, Lee, at 8:45 a.m. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359, or dobojc@aol.com. Greylock Glen. B.3.C. Sunday, April 10. Hike around 3 miles going north on the Bellows Pipe Trail to the Bellows Pipe Shelter. Return to parked cars via Red Bucket Trail. Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. Stormy weather/high winds cancel. Leader: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 or taftd@yahoo.com.

Hoffman Bird Club: Monterey — a 1/2-day trip, including Bob's Way and Diane's Trail, to find early spring migrants, Saturday, April 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington, Mass. Information: Leader Kate Ryan, 413-528-4355 or divinducky@aol.com. South County, Sunday, April 10, at 7 a.m. Search for signs of spring. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield/Lenox Road, Pittsfield, Mass. Leader: Jonathan Pierce, 413-281-2398 or cheshirebirder23@gmail.com.

Notchview Reservation: "Starry Night: Planets, Stars, and the Dark Night." Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. With volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center. Create a telescope and learn about the solar system in the Visitor Center. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. Cost: Members $5; nonmembers $10. Information: 413-532-1651, ext. 311, or westregion@thetrustees.org. Route 9, Windsor, Mass.

Theatre

Berkshire Theatre Group: Auditions for actors and musicians for the 11th annual community theatre production, "Beauty and The Beast." Wednesday, April 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Instrumentalists also needed: flute, piccolo, clarinet, english horn, oboe, bass clarinet, trumpet, french horn, violin, cello, bass, and percussion. Appointments necessary. To schedule audition time or information: 413-448-8084, ext. 23. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers: Butterfly Leadership Circle, aimed at developing young women's potential as writers, public speakers and creative leaders. Sunday, April 10, 2 to 5 p.m. Topic: "Taking Action on Social Issues." Open to ages 13 to 18. Cost: $60, partial scholarships are available. Applications and information: ButterflyLeadership.org. South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, Great Barrington, Mass.


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