Recess | Things to do this week: Celebrate nature at Pleasant Valley, see a play atop Mt. Greylock, learn about family health


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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will host the free, public workshop, "Building Your Toolkit: Raising Healthy Youth" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Holiday Inn, 40 Main St., North Adams. There will be a presentation of health survey data from North Berkshire Youth; remarks from Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington and North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard; a presentation on youth depression, anxiety and substance use by psychologist Tony Siracusa; and a question-and-answer period. Light refreshments will be served.

Info: Contact Wendy Penner at 413-663-7588, ext. 14.

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The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host visiting children for one week this summer. Income-qualified children from New York City are provided a chance to visit beautiful, safe and quiet areas such as the Berkshires for a break from city life.

For more information on becoming a Fresh Air Fund host family contact Rachel, or 413-458-1678.

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At 1 p.m. Sunday, Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock will present a family-friendly live performance of visual and musical delights by members of The Nutshell Playhouse. This program is free and open to the public.


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The Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host a free family fun day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 472 West Mountain Road in Lenox. Tom Tyning will give a snake presentation at 10:15. "Nature Stories" with Diane Edgecomb will be presented at 11:15 and 1:30. Nature Matters Inc. will introduce audiences to live animals at 12:30, and again at 2:45. There will also be food by Lucia's Latin Kitchen, fiddle music with George Wilson, nature exploration throughout the property, crafts and educational exhibits throughout the day by Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Housatonic Valley Association, Flying Deer Nature Center, Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Berkshire Museum.

Info: 413-637-0320

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Tyler Street Lab, 730 Tyler St., Pittsfield will host from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday a free public event called "The ARTS: Shape your Space. Find your Way." Enjoy the unveiling of two new pieces of art created by local artists to enhance the Tyler Street Lab space and meet the creators. Take a walking tour on Tyler Street with the Friends of the Eastside Greenway to learn about new public art opportunities. There will also be visual and performing artists, a silent auction, giveaways from Tyler Street area businesses and a food truck.

Info: 413-344-4113


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