RECESS | Things to do this week: Meet college reps, take a class, learn to read

Meet ...

Interested students can meet locally with college representatives from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, when Berkshire Community College hosts a New England Association for College Admission Counseling at Paterson Field House, across from the main campus at 1350 West St., in Pittsfield. This free event will feature more than 115 colleges and universities, and is open to high school and BCC students, and others interested in learning about college transfer opportunities.

For a list of attending colleges and universities, visit

Think ...

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College continues its fall classes series at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., in Pittsfield. Classes are open to the public on a drop-in basis at $15 per class; discounts available for museum and OLLI members.

On Tuesdays, "World War I: 1916-1917," is taught from 9:30 to 11 a.m. by Greig Siedor, and "Partisanship, Gerrymandering and the Right to Vote," is taught from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. by John Hyson, through Oct. 17.

Running through Oct. 24, and also meeting on Tuesdays are "Nixon," taught from 1:30 to 3 p.m. by Stacy Wallach, and "Ludwig van Beethoven He Did it All," taught from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. by Kenneth Stark.

For more information and class descriptions, visit or call 413-236-2190.

See ...

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome award-winning Berkshire County-based author Jana Laiz, who will discuss her book, "Weeping under This Same Moon," at the College's First Year Experience Community Reading event in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. The book is written from the perspectives of both Mei, a Vietnamese refugee, and Hannah, an American high school student, as they both navigate their ways through the world. This program is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A book-signing will follow. For more information, go to

Play ...

The Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) Drop-in Center, located at 60 Bridge St., in Great Barrington, offers activities and group meetings for teens and young adults every day of the week.

The lineup includes: The Zine Club meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Monday; Q Club, for queer and questioning young people, held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8; Fashion Club gathering from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays; a Thursday Dungeons & Dragons Club, which meets from 4 to 7 p.m., for anyone interested in exploring this role-playing game; and Phart Club, an "outside the box" art group meets from 3:30 to 5p.m. Contact Deputy Director Chris Tucci at for more information.

Grow ...

The Family Center presents "Fun, Free Reading Workshops for Parents and Children," on Tuesdays, Oct. 3 and 10, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, at The Cheshire Library, 80 Church St., Cheshire. This program is open to all Northern Berkshire families with children ages 2-5 years old. Each participating family receives a "Ready to Read" tote bag filled with free books and materials for home. Call 413-664-4821 to register.


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