RECESS | Things to do this week: Hear a story, apply for a scholarship, seek social justice

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Save the date: The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Teen Writing Workshop participants will perform their original works of fiction and poetry next Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Design Lab, 49 Main St., North Adams. This event is free and open to the public, but some content, which is uncensored, may not be suitable for children under the age of 14. A reception with light refreshments will follow. For more information, contact nbCC's UNITY Program Coordinator Tim Shiebler at, or 413-663-7588.

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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is doubling its award amount, from $5,000 to $10,000 per winner, this year. This recognition program annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders between the ages of 8 and 18 who "have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, or the environment." The top winners each receive a monetary award to support their service work or higher education. April 15 is the deadline to apply online at

Applicants must be permanent residents of and currently residing in the United States or Canada; currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months; working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

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On Thursday, Williams College will hold its annual Claiming Williams Day with events throughout the day that encourage discussions about inclusivity and inequality. Learn more at

The following events are free and open to the public: Authors and social justice advocates Julissa Arce and Janet Mock will give the morning and evening keynote addresses. Arce will present "The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street & Immigration Advocacy," at 10:45 a.m. in Chapin Hall. Mock will speak at 7:30 p.m., with Kai Green, assistant professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies, in Chapin Hall. Mock's address will be simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium.

"Missing Books, Missing Voices," will take place in Sawyer Library between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on a drop-in basis.

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will also hold a simulcast of artist Titus Kaphar's lecture, "Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art," at 2 p.m., in the museum's Michael Conforti Pavilion, located in the Clark Center. Doors open for first-come, first-served seating at 1:30.

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"Storytime in Katie's Korner" takes place this and every Friday at 10:30 a.m., in the Lenox Public Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. This free weekly-themed storytime event consists of stories, songs, activities, and a craft. It's designed for children ages 2-5, but all story-lovers are welcome.

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The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will be running a February vacation program at its Sheep Hill location in Williamstown, Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 20-23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The program is open to students in kindergarten through Grade 4. Depending on the weather, activities will include animal tracking, snow/ice experiments, crafts, cooking/baking, hiking, sledding and more. The cost for the full session is $140 for non-members; $115 for members. Info and registration: 413-458-2494.


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