RECESS | Things to do this week: Paddle the Housatonic, craft origami, see Smurfs

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The Housatonic Valley Association staff will lead a 6.6-mile beginner level "Paddle: Great Barrington — A Historical Tour," from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday. This program is free and open to the public; equipment provided, or bring your own. Registration is required and can be done by calling 413-298-7024 or email Directions for meeting will be provided once you're signed up.

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Berkshire Botanical Garden has launched a landscape design competition to select a designer or design team who will help create a new Entry Garden for the newly restored and expanded Center House located on Route 102 in Stockbridge.

The call for design proposals is open to landscape design students currently enrolled in an accredited landscape architecture program in the United States and Canada. The deadline for registration ($50) and design proposals is at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Honorariums will be awarded to the winning designer and two runners up, selected by a five-member jury made up of independent designers, horticulturalists, and landscape architects. Get full details and registration info at:

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The Mason Family Movie series continues at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, with a screening of "Smurfs: The Lost Village," at the Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. This animated film is rated PG and runs for 90 minutes. Guests are encouraged to wear cozy clothes and PJs. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided. Info: or 413-528-2403.

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The Teen Space at The Lee Library Association, 100 Main St., Lee, will continue its Thursday "Crafternoon" series at 3 p.m. this week, featuring the art of origami. This program is free and open to teens of all skill levels. Learn more at

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The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announces that deadlines are approaching to apply for five education enrichment funds. Grant awards range between $100 and $3,000 to support extracurricular projects in schools and school districts in Berkshire County.

The participating funds include: Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District (Oct. 1 deadline); Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership for the Adams-Cheshire School District (Oct. 6); Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund (Oct. 6); Seven Towns' Education Enrichment Program for the Central Berkshire Regional School District (Oct. 10); and Lee Fund for Educational Enrichment for the Lee-Tyringham School District (Oct. 30).

The application process for all grants is online at


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