RECESS | Things to do this week: Carve pumpkins, meet activists, watch the 'Great Pumpkin'

Meet ...

Three female leaders will lend their voices to talks in Williamstown on Thursday night. All the programs are free and open to the public.

The Williams Bookstore, 81 Spring St., will at 6:30 host a reading, discussion and book signing with Jenna F. Hill, a U.S. Army veteran, advanced practice nurse, writer and activist. Her book, "... And She Lived," is the second book of her memoirs, "Cinderella, The Church and a Crazy Lady."

At 7 p.m., The Davis Center at Williams College presents Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., and her talk, "Social Justice is a Verb! Working the Margins to Advance an Equity Agenda," at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St.

Then, at 8 p.m., entrepreneur, author and activist Elissa Shevinsky ('01) will present "Women in Silicon Valley: Success and Dodging Bullets," in the Paresky Center on the Williams campus.

Think ...

ACT is now seeking applications from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2017-2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Champions initiative. The application period runs through Dec. 31.

There are four contest categories: high school seniors, K-12 professionals, post-secondary professionals and workforce professionals. Interested applicants should describe how their actions create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all, especially as it relates to meeting the needs of and/or overcoming barriers for first generation and traditionally underserved populations. Application criteria for the four categories of Champions can be found online at

The chosen student Champions in each state will receive a $500 scholarship, and all Champions will receive recognition awards and certificates.

See ...

This Saturday, Turn Park Art Space, located at 2 Moscow Road in West Stockbridge, will host a pumpkin carving workshop and pumpkin walk, with artist Dawn D'Aluisio of Foreground Conservation and Decorative Arts in Chatham, N.Y., and other area artists.

The pumpkin carving workshop is free and open to all, and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with pumpkins donated by Taft Farms. The Pumpkin Walk will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 general admission; free for kids, and includes a bonfire, hot cider, wine, food and music. Info:

Play ...

All are invited to the join the Housatonic Witch for the "Ramsdell Boosatonic!" from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the Ramsdell Public Library, 1087 Main St., in Housatonic. This family- and Halloween costume-friendly event will include a story reading, "Pumpking Decorating," a showing of the animated film, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," Halloween button-making and special snacks and treats. Info: 413-274-3738.

Grow ...

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Joanna Ballantine, vice president of Trustees of Reservations for the western region, in the Sammer Dennis Room 218 in Murdock Hall, 375 Church St., in North Adams. She will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture, "A Century of Preserving Nature and Culture for Future Generations: What's Next?" The program is free and open to the public.


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