Things to learn and do in the Berkshires this week


Meet . . .

Family fun at Berkshire Botanical Garden: Berkshire Botanical Gar den will host a couple of family-friendly special events this week, located at its 15-acre site at the corner of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge.

On Thursday, BBG partners with the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) to present a free screening of the film "Babe," the charming tale of a small country pig who dreams of being a sheep dog. A petting zoo of farm animals that are featured in the film will be open at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin promptly at 8. Free popcorn will also be shared.

On Friday at 11 a.m., BBG will present a Birds of Prey program with wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. Admission is free for members and children under 12; and is included for non-members with regular admission. For more information, call ( 413) 298- 3926 or visit

Think . . .

Shakespeare training: Shake speare & Company's Center for Actor Training in Lenox is now accepting applications for three different master workshops taking place this month: The Weekend In tensive (Friday thorugh Sunday), Shake speare Rhetoric (Aug. 25 through 29) and First Folio (Aug. 29 through) 31. Cost includes housing, and alumni and union discounts are available.

The cost for the Weekend In tensive is $300, and is limited to 12 participants. The cost for the Shake speare Rhetoric program is $750, and classes are limited to 14 participants. The First Folio workshop cost is $500, and is limited to 10 participants.

For applications or more information on these programs, please contact the Training Office at (413) 637-1199, ext. 114, or visit

See . . .

'Tanglewood on Parade': An annual favorite, Tanglewood on Parade will be held tonight in Lenox, with activities for children, including an instrument playground and roving entertainment, beginning at 2 p.m..

An 8:30 p.m. concert in the Shed will feature various selections performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and TMC Orchestra led by conductors Stéphane Denève, Keith Lockhart, BSO assistant conductor Andris Poga, Leonard Slatkin, and John Williams. Fireworks will follow the concert.

Tickets start at $21. For more information, visit or call (888) 266-1200.

Play . . .

'Free Fun Friday' at The Clark: Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays" program will be presented Friday at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

Gallery admission is free to all. Special activities include a hay ride, a scavenger hunt of the nature trails, lawn games, face painting and craft tables for kids. The Puppet Brigade's "The Story Book" will premiere at this event, with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Free cotton candy will be served, and grilled barbecue fare is available for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Galleries will be open until 7 p.m. Learn more at or (413) 458-2303.

Grow . . .

Family Fun Fest at Project Native: Project Native, CHP and the Sandisfield Cultural Council are teaming up to present from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, its Free Family Fun Fest, at 342 North Plain Road (Route 41) in Housatonic. Reg is tration is requested but not required by emailing or calling (413) 644-0104.

Activities include a butterfly and bug safari, learning to make seed balls, face painting, butterfly mobiles and dragonfly crafts, a story walk featuring Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed" and more. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Bring sunblock and your water bottle, and please refrain from using bug repellent with DEET on the property. Learn more at or by calling (413) 274-3433.


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