RECESS | Things to do this week: Get your game on, meet wild animals, audition for a show

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A free, drop-in "Family Afternoon Game Time" will take place from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Youth Services Department of the North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St. Try your hand at Giant Jenga, take 30 seconds to play a silly round of Falling, or try one of the many more games that will be available for use. Info: or 413-662-3133, ext. 14.

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The Friends of the Milne Public Library is sponsoring "Escape Room Z" on Wednesday. There are two sessions planned, one at 11 a.m. and one at 5:30 p.m., at the library, located at 1095 Main St., Williamstown. Teams of 4 to 6 players will search for clues and solve puzzles in order to find the final solution and save the world. Pizza will be served at the end of each session.

This free event is designed for teens ages 13-17, and registration is required. For more details or to sign up, call 413-458-5369 or email

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Lee Library Association 100 Main St., Lee, will hold several special events this week, in addition to its ongoing youth and teen programming. "A Lost Button — Frog and Toad's Story & Math" takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, presented by the Lions Club of Lee. There will be story time, math-themed crafts and and a book giveaway.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jennifer Leahey of Nature Matters will present "Critter Connections" with live animals.

Then, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the library will screen the film "Wonder," which runs 113 minutes and is rated PG.

Info: 413-243-0385 or

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There are school vacation week happenings abound scheduled at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., in Pittsfield.

"Ten Days of Play" runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., now through Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. This includes a special play zone in the Crane Room, and activities throughout the galleries, including a Deconstruction Tinker Lab, the big blue Imagination Playground blocks, and the Starlab Planetarium.

A Hancock Shaker Village Pop Up will appear from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Wednesday featuring activities from the life and times of the Shakers.

Then, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, check out "Pop Up Dance" with members of the Dance Education troupe of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. These above activities are included with regular museum admission.

Richard Chase and Nappy's Puppets will present "Jack and the Beanstalk," at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Records and Burpee Zoo Show will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, an educational event featuring live animals.

Berkshire Children's Theater will present "Cinderella," directed by Kara Demler, at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets for these above events are $15 for adults and $8 for children; free for age 3 and under. Ticket prices included museum admission, and can be reserved by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360.

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Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) is hosting audition times for two upcoming productions, "The Lion King Jr." and "Tarzan," at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Auditions for both productions will take place by appointment from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

To schedule an audition time slot or for further information, call 413-448-8084, ext. 23.

"The Lion King Jr." will run from April 28-30, with rehearsals beginning on March 12. Child actors who are currently in grades 3-9, are sought, and should be ready to learn a song from the show.

"Tarzan" will run July 26 through Aug. 16, and is also a non-equity community production. Child and adult actors, musicians, backstage crew, technical support, usher staff and parent volunteers are being sought. Students should be prepared to learn and sing songs from the show; adults should be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song, and bring the accompanying sheet music that is in the key in which they prefer to sing.


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