RECESS | Things to do this week: Learn to lead, read in your PJs, discover chess

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The UNITY youth programs including the Youth Leadership Program and the Teen Writing Workshop in North Adams have started up again. Through the leadership program, teens can build their skills and put their ideas to action in the community. The group meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The Teen Writing Workshop is an after-school writing program for all levels and genres. Participants in the workshop will be able to work with local professional writers and their peers, and have the opportunity to share their work in public readings and in a publication. The workshop meets from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Both programs are open to teens between the ages of 14 and 19, and meet in the offices of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, 62 Main St., Suite 218, in North Adams. For more info, contact Tim Shiebler at or 413-663-7588, ext. 15.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Berkshire Community College, together with the Berkshire Superintendents' Roundtable, have opened up the nomination period for the 2018 Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Nominations can be made by an another educator, district/school administrator, or program director/provider. The nominee should have at least five years of experience in their field, and be able to demonstrate how they have been successful in the classroom and community.

Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 12, and awards will be given in each of the following categories: early childhood - community setting; elementary pre-kindergarten to Grade 2; grades 3 through 6, and grades 7 through 12. Typically, pre-K through 12 applicants also must have achieved professional licensure, or the equivalent licensure, in Massachusetts.

An award committee will select the recipients who will each earn a $500 stipend, along with $200 for the recipient's school or education center, during an award ceremony in May.

Nomination forms are available from Tracey Garlington in MCLA's Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, via or at 413-662-5575. Completed forms should be returned to her via the Dept. of Graduate and Continuing Education, MCLA, 375 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247.

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The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, welcomes new parents and their infants into the galleries for a guided gallery talk at 10:15 a.m. on Friday. This free, informal program is designed to give parents a break from thinking about "all things baby" and is best suited for parents with children of pre-toddler age. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted.

Participants should meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center. The talk will be held in the permanent collection galleries in the Museum Building. Info: or 413-458-2303.

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Part of November's Family Literacy Month, Berkshire Museum presents Pajama Night this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free program is open to the public, and invites visitors of all ages, from toddlers and early learners to school-age children, teenagers, and adults to come together for an evening of storytelling and reading aloud. Galleries throughout the museum will function as family reading centers featuring educators, authors, artists, and community leaders as guest readers, as well as special themes, from fairytales to science. All children in attendance will be able to choose a free book to take home, while supplies last. Info: or 413-443-7171.

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The Teen Chess Program at the Lee Public Library, 100 Main St., Lee, continues at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. All levels welcome. Info: or 413-243-0385.


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