RECESS | Things to do this week: Apply for a creative teaching grant, explore STEM, watch 'Wonder'

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The Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (R.O.P.E) for young women will be hosting a fundraiser dinner from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday, at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, in Pittsfield.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available for advance purchase at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., or $27 at the door. The proceeds will help offset the cost of the group's 2018 educational trip to South Africa.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Colleen White Holmes, president and CEO, of Berkshire Children & Families. The evening's entertainment will include music by the Berkshire Jewish Musicians Collective and a dance performance by Marla Robertson.

For more information, please call Reina Antunez, 413-281-1211 or Brett Westbrook at 413-822-6647.

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The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children's love of reading and creative expression celebrating diverse cultures, is now accepting applications for its Mini-Grant program. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools (pre-K-12) and libraries across the country. The project proposals may address any subject. The deadline to apply is March 31, via Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.

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The Children's Library at The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., in Pittsfield, will host a special screening of the family-friendly film, "Wonder" (rated PG, 1 hour, 53 minutes). This heartwarming tale about a boy with facial differences entering a mainstream school for the first time is based on the popular novel of the same name by R.J. Palacia. Popcorn will be served at this free, public screening. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times. Info: 413-499-9480, ext. 4

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Berkshire Ukulele Band meetings continue on Tuesdays, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. This free community group is designed for ages 13 and up, and is led by multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer, Rob Sanzone. He will teach ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. A limited number of ukuleles are available for loan to participants who do not have an instrument. Beginners are encouraged, reading music is not required. Music and chord charts will be provided. Registration is requested; drop-ins are encouraged, but call ahead, as the group occasionally performs off-site during regular class times. Info/registration: 413-528-2810 or

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South County STEM, presented by Berkshire Museum, in partnership with South Berkshire Kids, will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, from March 14-28, at the Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield. This is a free program, designed for kids ages 2 to 8 years, and their families and caregivers. Participants can explore science, technology, engineering and math, as well as stories in this special, interactive series. Advance registration is requested, and can be done by calling 413-464-5095; space is limited.


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