Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, Jan. 14 - 20

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23rd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service: Volunteer service projects, Monday 9 a.m. to noon. To volunteer: berkshirenonprofits.com or sign in at 9 a.m. Free community lunch, celebration and presentation of the MLK Peacemaker Award, 12:30 to 2:20 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center. North Adams.

American Legion Post 69: Monthly joint meeting of Post 69, Sons Squadron 69 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, Thursday 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6, Thursday 7 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69, Thursday 7 p.m. Information: 802-375-6157. 54 Legion Road, Arlington, Vt.

Berkshire Grown: Winter Farmers Market. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: berkshiregrown.org. Monument Valley Middle School, Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Dottie's Coffee Lounge: Open Mic Comedy, "Our Hour of Power." Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. To perform: send Thomas Attila Lewis a message via Facebook. No cover. Information: 413-443-1792. 444 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire: Religious School Yachad Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and instilling the importance of community service. Sunday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Projects include preparing food for soup kitchens, gathering and sorting food for the People's Pantry, and service projects around town. Information: jlee@hevreh.org or 413-528-6378. 270 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: Winter Warmer Party. Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m. Music by The Battenkill String Band, cash bar with an assortment of Brown's Brewing Company's beers, a variety of wines, and complimentary sweet and savory snacks. $10 cover charge. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Marketplace Cafe Sheffield: Wednesday Night Movie — "The Nut Job." 5 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Mary Ann Palermo, Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. Originals and covers. 18 Elm Court, Sheffield, Mass.

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Harvey Dunn: Lessons from His Classroom," a series of painting workshops. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advance registration required; 413-931-2221 or register@nrm.org. Art Talk — "An Evening in the Classroom with Harvey Dunn" with painter/illustrator Dan Howe, Saturday 5:30 p.m. Talk/brunch — "The Pullman Porter: Norman Rockwell's 'Boy in Dining Car'" with Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, chief curator/deputy director, Sunday, 11 a.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Sheffield Historical Society: Opening of "The Hydropower Controversy." Weekends through Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit on the proposed hydroelectric project that nearly flooded half of Sheffield. Free. Information: sheffieldhistory.org, sheffieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 413-229-2894. Old Stone Store, 159 Main St., Sheffield, Mass.

Dance

Berkshire Ballroom: Frozen Ballroom-Social Dance. Saturday 7 to 10:30 p.m. Music of Mark Niekrewicz. Texas Two-Step dance lesson, 7 p.m.; general dancing, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for guests, $5 school or college students. Information: berkshireballroom.org. Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

History

Hildene: Talk on Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address by Hildene President Seth Bongartz. Sunday 2 p.m. Admission: $5, free for Hildene members. Beckwith Room/Welcome Center, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.

Lecture

One World Conservation Center: Annual "The Valley We Live In" series. Thursday 7 p.m. Slideshow and presentation, "The Ghost Town of Glastenbury" by Jim Henderson of the Bennington County Regional Commission. Information: 802-447-7419, oneworldconservationcenter.org or on Facebook. 413 US Route 7S in Bennington, Vt.

Literary

Chatham Bookstore: Writer Michelle Meier reads from her new book, "Famous Geranium." Saturday 5 to 7 p.m. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follow. Refreshments. Information: 518-392-3005 or chathambookstore.com. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Music

Mass MoCA: Daniel Wohl: "Holographic." Saturday 8 p.m. Multi-sensory audience experience, accompanied by artist Daniel Schwarz's visuals. Co-commissioned by MASS MoCA. Tickets: Box office, 413-662-2111 ext. 1 or massmoca.org. Marshall Street in North Adams, Mass.

White Gallery: Peter McEachern and the "No Chordtet." Sunday 7 p.m. Old favorites and new pieces written by members of the group. Suggested contribution of $20, only for the musicians, at the door. Reservations: 860-435-1029 or email thewhitegallery@sbcglobal.net. Refreshments. 344 Main St., Lakeville, Conn.

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers: October Mountain Area, Pittsfield, Mass., B.3.C. Saturday. Hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, exploring the Pittsfield watershed area along old roads. About six miles. Information: 413-822-9119 or cefilios@verizon.net. Tolland State Forest, Sandisfield/Tolland, Mass. B.3.C. Sunday. Hike 8 miles. If snow conditions permit, hike will be changed to 5 miles. Information: 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com.

Hilltown Land Trust: Winter hike. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about moose ecology, habitat and other wildlife critters from Dr. John E. McDonald, assistant professor at Westfield State University. Wear warm clothes and appropriate footwear for walking in the snow. Free. RSVP required; 413.628.4485, ext. 4 or hltoutreach@thetrustees.org. Stevens Property, Pisgah Road, Huntington, Mass.


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