RECESS | Things to do this week: Empower youth, meet an author, row on a river

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The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BART) will sponsor two enrollment open houses for families of middle school students, one on Friday, Sept. 1, and again on Friday, Sept. 15. Both events begin at 9 a.m., and last about 90 minutes. The program will include a building tour and sample class sessions in science, music, mathematics and art.

BART enrolls students on a space-available basis in grades 6 through 10. Limited space for immediate enrollment is currently available in Grade 6.

Registration for the open house programs is required, and must be done by contacting enrollment counselor Monique Nottke by 2 p.m. this Thursday, at 413-743-7311, ext. 732 or

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#EmpowerYouthAgainstHate is a fundraising campaign to recoup $159,000 from a federal grant awarded to the Sheffield-based nonprofit Music in Common by the Obama administration in January and then revoked by the Trump administration in June.

Music in Common empowers local and international youths from diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia, and performance programs.

This Thursday, at 7 p.m., in Great Barrington's Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Music in Common will screen two of its short films, "From Madness to Music" and "Amplified: Young Voices Rising," to build awareness. A discussion with Music in Common Founder and Director Todd Mack will follow. The center is located at 14 Castle St.

The event itself is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. Learn more at or call 413-248-6070.

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The final event in the "Books & Blooms" author series at The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home, sponsored by Berkshire Family Focus, takes place at 10 a.m. this Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the estate's Italian Garden, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

This free, family-friendly public event will feature Jana Laiz, author of "Thomas & Autumn," "The Twelfth Stone," and "Elephants of the Tsunami." Call 413-551-5100 or email for more information or educational accommodations.

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The Florida Public Library, 56 North County Road in the town of Florida, will host its second annual outdoor movie presentation in partnership with Greylock Federal Credit Union, at 8 p.m. this Friday. In honor of the library's summer LEGO Club program, staff will show "The LEGO Batman Movie" (rated PG, 104 minutes). The event is free and open to the public, with a rain date of Friday, Sept. 8. Info: 413-664-0153

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Guided canoe trips along the Housatonic River will continue through this weekend at Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. Trips run from 9 to 11 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and are $30 per person, general registration, or $24 for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Participants should be physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current. Register by calling 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or emailing

Canoe rentals for independent paddling through this branch are also available between noon and 4 p.m., at a rate of $20. Learn more at


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