RECESS | Things to do this week: Dive into science, access a rink, explore new sounds

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will launch this Friday, two science-based winter classes at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. The following classes will continue on Fridays, through Feb. 16, and are open to the public on a drop-in basis. The general admission fee per class is $10.

"Science Conversations" will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Moderators Anthony Segal, M.D., and Peter Bluhm, J.D., will lead the debates on the latest headlines in science.

"Advances in Medicine," will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Three local doctors will discuss the latest treatments and research in a variety of areas as follows: Dr. Leonard Sigal on Jan. 12 and 19; Dr. Basil Michaels on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; and Dr. Mehernosh Khan on Feb. 9 and 16.

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Save the date: Berkshire Country Day School will hold an open house program from 9 to 11 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18, on campus, located at 55 Interlaken Road (Route 183) in Stockbridge. With the addition of a new Reggio-Emilia-inspired toddler classroom, the school now serves children through Grade 9. Admission applications are now being accepted for Fall 2018 enrollment. During the program, which explores a day in the life of BCD students and faculty, families can also learn about financial aid opportunities and the school's afterschool enrichment programs, extended-day options, bus transportation, and new facilities. For more information, visit; or contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid Alexandra Heddinger at 413-637-0755 or

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A "sensory-friendly" screening of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie," will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield. This is part of a series of sensory-friendly screenings presented in partnership with Pediatric Development Center's Berkshire Early Autism Resources (BEAR) Program, and are designed for families with members who have difficulty sitting in a traditional movie theater setting due to sensitivity to light, sound or other environmental factors. In this setting, the theater will be dimmed, but not completely dark, and families can get up and move as needed.

The cost is $5 per person general admission, free for children age 3 and under. Reservations are requested and can be done by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360.

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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will continue to provide universal access winter programs and activities throughout the commonwealth. This includes making ice sleds accessible at the DCR's Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in North Adams. To learn more call 413-545-5758.

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I/O Fest, a program created by the Williams College Department of Music, will present among its programs two free concerts at the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St. in Williamstown, on Sunday. Both concerts will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.

At 1 p.m., a family performance called "I/O Out Loud: Kids Make Music!" encourages children and their families to discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College in orchestra instruments as well as everyday objects.

Then, at 3, "I/O Ensemble: The Form of Space" explores space, form, and the physical materials of sound through music. At the center of the program is Michael Pisaro's "Ricefall (1)" for 16 percussionists, which envelops the listener in a soundscape composed of falling grains of rice.

For the full I/O Fest lineup visit


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