RECESS | Things to do this week: Celebrate Morningside, learn more about leadership, watch 'Top Bananas!'

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Morningside Neighborhood Pride Night will take place on Wednesday, from 4:30-7 p.m., at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St., Pittsfield. This free, public event will take place rain or shine. A Neighborhood Pride Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be demonstrations, activities and games for kids. A community resources fair will be held in the gym, where there will also be a bounce house. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Morningside Initiative member Pete White at or 413-464-9044.

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ROOTS Teen Center will host an information session and leadership workshop from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams. This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning what kind of leader they are. Info:

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The Nutshell Playhouse will present a musical family show, "Top Bananas!" at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in the Sedgwick Reading Room at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. This program is free and open to the public. Info:

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The 26th annual Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby will take place from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Onota Lake Pavilion in Pittsfield. No fishing license is required for this public, family-friendly event. Tickets are $5 for youths age 14 and under, $10 for adults, and all proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund-Dana Farber Cancer Institute For Children in memory of Harry A. Bateman.

Food and beverages will be provided for all ticket holders, including hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage, coffee, doughnuts, and soft drinks. This is an alcohol-free event.

A total of 15 trophies and prizes will be given away to the winners of the fishing derby, including a special category for those fishing with a bow and arrow. All fish must be weighed in at noon, and can be caught at Onota Lake from a boat or the shore. All children will receive a free gift, and children ages 5-14 will be entered for a chance to win a mountain bike.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at Avid Sports, Dave's Sporting Goods, Maces Marine and Onota Boat Livery.

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A free community forum, "Courageous Conversations: Social Media, Aggression and Our Youth," will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, at John T. Reid Middle School, 950 North St., Pittsfield.

This program is intended for middle and high school students, their families and caregivers, teachers and administrators. The event is free and open to the public, but some topics may not be appropriate for younger children. Child care will be provided for younger children in the gymnasium. Pizza will be provided between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

A panel of guest speakers will offer insights to help families recognize different forms of aggression in social media — cyberbullying, harassment, bias, and microaggressions — and strategies to encourage their children to speak up and speak out when they and their friends encounter any form of aggression.

The event will include a welcome by Pittsfield Mayor Linda M. Tyer and a keynote address by Phil Fogelman, education director for the Anti-Defamation League New England Region and director for A World of Difference Institute.

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, will moderate a panel discussion with the following representatives: Meg Bossong, director of sexual assault prevention and response programs at Williams College; Pittsfield High School senior Makailey M. Cookis; Gwendolyn VanSant, CEO and founding director of Multicultural BRIDGE; Pittsfield High School adjustment counselor Brian Kelley; Robert W. Kinzer III, second assistant district attorney of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office; Jason McCandless, superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools, and Kevin Moran, executive editor and chief content officer for The Berkshire Eagle.


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