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"Education in Northern Berkshire: A NEW Vision for our Region," is the theme for this month's Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum. It's scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the MCLA Church Street Center, 375 Church St., North Adams. The free, public program will include a panel of representatives from the Berkshire County Education Task Force, who will discuss with participants its proposal for a single county-wide school district based on a independent study of educational options for the Berkshires.

For more information, contact Amber Besaw at 413-663-7588.

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Starting Tuesday, the Financial Aid Office at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is holding a series of financial aid nights at high schools across Berkshire County. Program highlights will include a discussion of financial aid concepts; the application and delivery process; an update of federal, state and college financial aid programs, and an in-depth analysis of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and PROFILE application forms.

Presentations are scheduled as follows: a 6:30 p.m. program will take place Tuesday, Oct. 10, at McCann Technical High School in North Adams, and Taconic High School in Pittsfield; at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton; at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington; at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire and at Pittsfield High School; at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Mt. Everett Regional High School in Sheffield; at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Mt. Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown; at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Drury High School in North Adams; and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams.

This program is free and open to students and families. Learn more at

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts Department kicks off this year's theatrical season on Friday, with "Passing Strange," a comedy-drama, rock musical about black identity in America, in MCLA's Venable Theater in North Adams.

The production is the first of MCLA's 2017-18 theatrical season, titled "We the People," in response to last November's presidential election and the nation's political and social upheaval. "Passing Strange" will run through Sunday, Oct. 22.

"Passing Strange" is an autobiographical story from "Stew of Stew" and "The Negro Problem," with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, about a young black man from Los Angeles who feels like a foreigner in his own country.

A panel discussion with the artists, students, faculty, as well as experts on race relations in America, will take place after the Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. performance, and a "Critical Response Session" will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the box office, 413-662-5123, or go to

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"Lights out: A Flashlight Scavenger Hunt," will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. The cost is $5 general admission, and participants will be able to explore the new Morgan Bulkeley show and resident mummy, Pahat, in a spooky, after-hours adventure. Info: or 413-443-7171.

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Berkshire Theatre Group will hold auditions for its annual community production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Non-equity children (ages 9 and up) and adult actors are welcome to audition, and should prepare one short traditional Christmas Carol to sing, and will be asked to read from the play. Auditions are by appointment only, which must be done by calling 413-448-8084, ext. 23, by Oct. 16.

The production, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis Daly, will run from Dec. 9 through 22, at The Colonial. Rehearsals will begin on Nov. 12, and will be held after school, evenings and weekends on Berkshire Theatre Group's Stockbridge campus.


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