Recess | Things to do this week: Meet an author, join a fun run, watch a play at MCLA

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Children's author Ruth Vander Zee ("Mississippi Morning," "Erika's Story") will read from her work at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Sedgwick Reading Room of the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Her stories are based on the real life experiences of children who were born into difficult times, endured hardships and came through with courage and hope. This presentation is recommended for children in Grade 3 and up. There will be a raffle before the event, and a book-signing afterward.

Info: Contact librarian Katie Wallick at 413-637-0197, ext. 105 or kwallick@lenoxlib.org.

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South Berkshire Kids will present a workshop on the topic of children's rivalry, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Lee Elementary School, 310 Greylock St., Lee. Speaker Scott Noyes will discuss how to help children with rivalry, competition, resentfulness, envy and conflict. The workshop is free and open to all caregivers, including parents, grandparents and educators. There will be free children's books, resources and raffles as well.

Registration is required and can be done by contacting Jessica at 413-464-5095 or southberkshirekids@gmail.com. Child care is available but must also be confirmed during registration.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' theatre department will kick off its 2018-19 season with the coming of age production "She Kills Monsters," a fantasy-comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Laura Standley, MCLA associate professor of theatre. This action-packed show features the work of guest artist and Berkshire resident David Lane, a painter and puppeteer who has created a "Dungeons and Dragons" universe.

The show opens on Friday, with additional performances on Saturday, and again on Oct. 26 and 27, all at 8 p.m. There will be 2 p.m. matinee performances as well this Saturday, and again on Oct. 28. A talkback will be hosted after the Oct. 27 performance.

Info and tickets: Call the MCLA box office at 413-662-5123, or go to https://mcla.ticketleap.com.

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This Saturday's Harvest Run at Berkshire Community College will feature a one-mile Kids' Run, starting at 10:45 a.m., at the Paterson Field House, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. Kids can run or walk a mile on the college's cross-country trails at this free, public event. The event will also include free refreshments, kid-friendly Halloween-themed booths with treats, and a Harvest Run Cook-off.

Registration includes a youth T-shirt for the first 50 runners who check in on race day; medals to the top three boys and girls in each age category (6 to 12 years); and all finishers will receive a cider doughnut.

Info: http://www.berkshirecc.edu

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Berkshire County STEAM Challenge Night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. This free event, sponsored by multiple regional partners, is designed for students in kindergarten through Grade 5 and their families. Together, explore engineering challenges, design activities and lead science investigations.

Registration and information: FlyingCloudInstitute.org or contact Lisa Lesser at LLesser@flyingcloudinstitute.

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