RECESS | Things to do this week: Enter an essay contest, explore the 'Four Freedoms,' learn to ski

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Sign up soon: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and The Family Place are offering "Guiding Good Choices," an evidence-based program for parents of children ages 9 to 14 years old designed to improve healthy family communication and reduce youth substance use. The program will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in January, beginning Jan. 23, at the Mary Spitzer Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams. Food and child care are provided. To register or for more information, call 413-663-7588 or email

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Friday is the deadline to submit an entry for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Essay Contest. Submissions may be in essay or poetry form, but should not exceed one page. Writers should relate their entry to the following prompt: What can I do personally and how can we work together to build a world where all feel included?

On a separate piece of paper, write out the entrant's name, email address, street address, telephone number, school and grade. Do not attach it to the essay with staples, but mail them in together to: 2017 Berkshire Eagle MLK Jr. Day Contest, 75 South Church St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The top three essay writers will be given the opportunity to read their essay at one of the following MLK Jr. Day events in Berkshire County on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m.: Cantilena Chamber Choir MLK Tribute Concert at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., in Lenox; or the "Delivering the Dream" celebration at Second Congregational Church, 50 Onota St., Pittsfield.

For questions or more information, contact Gary Lavariere at 413-496-6310.

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The Norman Rockwell Museum will present "75th Anniversary Talk: Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms," at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the museum, 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), in Stockbridge.

Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt's iconic 1941 speech about freedoms of speech and worship, and freedoms from want and fear, the museum's Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Curator of Education Tom Daly will explore the transformation of those Four Freedoms from abstract words into concrete images in Rockwell's paintings. Refreshments will be served. This even is included in museum admission. Info: 413-298-4100 or

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A new, free "South County STEM for Little Scientists" program starts this month at the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., in Lenox. Sessions are held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The sessions inspired by fun ways of exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be led by Berkshire Museum staff and are designed for children ages 2 to 8 years old. Reservations are recommended and can be done by calling 413-464-5095. Learn more at

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The Trustees of Reservations is offering a "Learn to Ski Program" at Notchview Reservation, Route 9 in Windsor. Individual and group lessons are offered on Saturdays and Sundays through March 31, as weather permits. The cost for three group lessons is $65 per youth, $80 per adult; one day packages are $30 per youth or $45 per adult. These packages include equipment rentals, instruction and a day pass. For more information or to register, call 413-684-0148 or email


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