4 events not to miss this week, Feb. 2-8
See Oscar-nominated shorts on the big screen
Don't miss your chance to experience this year's Oscar-nominated animated short films the way they were meant to be seen — on the big screen — at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Images Cinema. Screenings will also be held at the Berkshire Museum Little Cinema and the Triplex Cinema next week. The themes tackled in this year's animated program are quite heavy: the death of a parent, Alzheimer's, China's one-child policy and more. Most of these shorts will not appeal to children younger than 12. For more information tickets, visit: imagescinema.org, berkshiremuseum.org/little-cinema, thetriplex.com
Get the family outside and enjoy winter
Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Notchview from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Whether it's snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, get outside on the reservation's 25 miles of trails. Celebrate all the things that make winter our favorite season in the Berkshires. Guided snowshoe hikes, wax clinic, snow-ga (yoga outside!) craft making for kids, knitting circle, bonfire, s'mores and so much more. Rentals are 50-percent off and lessons are free. Notchview is at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor.
Enjoy an art exhibit opening
Stop by The Stationery Factory Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and take in the Berkshire Grown Artists 2020 exhibit. Local artists showing include Alexander Bastow, Sarah Fortini, Shaun O'Boyle, Elizabeth Norton, Helen Roy, Rosemary Roy, Lucy Sacco and Rachel Sawyer. The event is free and will include hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages and music. If you miss the opening, don't worry, the exhibit runs Wednesday through April 17. The Stationery Factory is at 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton.
Have a sweet night out for a good cause
Are you ready for some cupcakes? The 6th Annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield. Bakeries will compete for the best cupcake in the following categories: People's Choice, Best Tasting, Best Presentation and Most Creative. In addition to sampling these sweet treats, attendees will be served an Italian dinner, provided by Pittsfield Unico. At the end of the evening, a dozen full-size cupcakes from each participating bakery will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. All attendees are eligible to bid. Tickets are available online at namibc.org and at Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $35 for non-members, $30 for members.
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