RECESS | Things to do this week: Explore free speech, apply for a scholarship, create a 'sandscape'

Meet ...

Williams College alumnus Frederick M. Lawrence ('77), secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will speak at the college at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, in Griffin Hall, room 6. His talk, "Speaking About Free Speech: It's Complicated," is free and open to the public. Lawrence will lead a discussion on the matter as an accomplished scholar, teacher, attorney, and an expert in the fields of civil rights, free expression, and bias crimes. Info: or 413-597-4277.

Think ...

The deadline to apply for the Berkshire County Arc 2018 scholarship award program is March 16. High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will be given consideration.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services and academic achievement. Applicants may earn an award of up to $1,500.

Applications are available through area high school guidance offices or by contacting the Berkshire County Arc office at 413-499-4241, ext. 244.

See ...

The Monument Mountain Regional High School 35th annual benefit Pops Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., in Great Barrington. Under the direction of Michael Gillespie, The Monument Jazz Ensemble will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Miles Davis, Rick Hirsch, and Tower of Power; The Concert Band will perform works by Gabriel Musella, Thomas Duffy, Roland Barrett, and Johannes Hanssen. This event is part of the band's celebration of national "Music in the Schools" month. Tickets are $15, with proceeds going to support music programs at the school.

Play ...

"Hopping into Warm Climate" is the theme of the next Happimess story and playgroup taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in The Garage space (lobby) at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., in Pittsfield. Designed for children ages 3-8, participants this week will read "Creatures of the Desert World: A National Geographic Action Book," and then create desert sandscapes in bottles to take home. The cost is $10 per child, with sibling discounts and need-based scholarships available. To register, contact or call 413-822-7902.

Grow ...

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' "Green Living Seminar Series" continues at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a presentation on "Innovating Open Source Technology for Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture," by Dorn Cox, a Lee, N.H., farmer who is the founder of FarmOS, a new open-source software platform for farm management, planning, and record keeping. The talk will take place in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, located on Blackinton Street, North Adams. This series is free and open to the public. Info: or contact associate professor Elena Traister, chair of MCLA's Department of Environmental Studies, at 413-662-5303.


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