RECESS | Things to do this week: Cemetery walk, community theater and 'National Night Out'

Meet ...

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, volunteers from the Stockbridge Library's Procter Museum & Archives invite you to meet the fascinating people of Church Street, as the group presents, "Church Street: Home of the Famous and Memorable," part of its Stockbridge Cemetery Walk series. Highlights include: learning about the Mahican Indians, the street's first settlers; George Seeley, renowed photographer; and Augustus Lukeman, sculptor and colleague of Daniel Chester French. You'll also hear the stories of a one-legged barber, a blind cook, a tuba-playing plumber, a jolly nurse, and a door-to-door fish monger.

Meet at the cemetery gate, on Main Street (Route 102). Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street. A $5 donation is suggested. Info: Contact the Stockbridge Library at 413-298-5501.

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The friends group of the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., in Williamstown, will host its last special session of its "Build a Better World" summer reading program series this week. This Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, students rising to grades 5-7, are invited to take part in, "Editing Wizardry Workshop at WilliNet," to learn hands-on about movie making. The program is free but registration is required and space is limited. Call 413-458-5369 for more information.

See ...

UBU Theater will present a site-specific, community-based production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," directed by Courtney O'Connor and performed by residents of Tyringham. The performances will take place at 11 a.m. this Saturday and Sunday, and again on Saturday and Sunday on Aug. 12 and 13, at two locations: on the lawn of the Union Church of Tyringham and in the Tyringham Cemetery, 128 Main Road. Bring a lawn chair or blanket but be prepared to move. In case of rain, performances will be inside the church. Tickets are $5 for Tyringham residents and relatives; $20 for non-residents; free for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased on day of the show.

For more information contact Ann Gallo at or 508-361-3677.

Play ...

Northern Berkshire County will celebrate National Night Out this Tuesday night, from 4-8, at Noel Field, 310 State St., North Adams. Join neighborhood leaders, emergency response personnel, law enforcement and community members in learning how to make the community a safe, welcoming place, while enjoying food and fun activities. This free, public event includes transportation to and from Noel Field from the Mohawk Forest bus stop, Brayton Hill bus stop and the UNO Community Center in North Adams. Learn more at

Grow ...

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Berkshire County is offering "Family-to-Family," a free course for family caregivers of individuals with serious mental illness over age 18. The course provides information and skills to help all family members cope and move toward recovery. The program will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., at Berkshire Community College, beginning Sept. 12, and continuing over 12 Tuesdays.

The instructors are Liz Brown and Kate Fitzpatrick-Baltzell, two family members who have trained with the organization and have lived the journey and relate personally to those seeking knowledge and comfort.

Participants will receive current information on serious mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, borderline personality, post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring brain disorders.

The course is free and completely confidential. Registration is required and must be done by Tuesday, Sept. 5 at, by calling 413-449-4777 or emailing


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