RECESS | Things to do this week: Run a race, raise awareness, meet the press

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Multiple Emmy Award-winner Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC's "Nightline" will deliver at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Hardman Lecture, "Mass Media and Democratic Governance: The American Experience," at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the Church Street Center, 375 Church St., North Adams. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow. Pitts, a 20-year news veteran, recently released his second book, "Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope." Info:

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Learn about MCLA's Degree Completion Program with members of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Office of Admission from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, during an information session at Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., in Pittsfield. Adult learners who seek an accelerated, non-traditional pathway to completing a bachelor's degree are good candidates for this program.

MCLA offers four degree completion programs: a bachelor of science in business administration, and bachelor of arts degrees in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on either "leadership and business," "health and human services," or "children, families and society," which is designed for early childhood educators.

To RSVP and for more information, call MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at 413-662-5409, or visit

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): Distinguished Speaker Series wraps at 2 p.m. on Saturday, when Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Professor Shawn McIntosh presents, "How Digital and Social Media Has Disrupted Journalism." The talk takes place at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, and is $15 general admission, or $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members. Info: 413-236-2190 or online at

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The Stockbridge Library Association will host its second annual Family Fun 5K (walk or run) at 9 a.m. on Sunday, beginning at the Stockbridge Library, at the corner of Main and Elm streets. There will be ongoing supervised activities for children in the park adjacent to the Town Offices. All ages are welcome.

Cash prizes will be given to the top man and top woman runners. A special prize pack will go to the family with the lowest average time. The children's 100-yard dash winner also will receive a prize. The registration fees are: $5 for kids ages 3-11 for the 100-yard dash; $10 for youth ages 12-17; $25 for adults in advance or $30 on race day; up to $50 per family. Registration can be done at

All proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library Association, a non-profit organization providing free public library and museum services to the community. Info: contact the library at 413-298-5501 or visit

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Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, will hold two special events in its Daniel Arts Center around matters of equity this week.

In celebration of Pride Week at Simon's Rock, the college's Council for Equity and Inclusion presents at 6 p.m. on Friday, a Benefit Concert for the Ali Forney Center, the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ and homeless youths in the country. There's a suggested donation of $10 for the live music performances and a raffle, with all proceeds going directly to the center.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, see selections from the documentary film, "Girl Rising," which sparked a global campaign for girls' education and empowerment. Girl Rising CEO Christina Lowery will be on hand along with event sponsor, Marah Koprowski, to talk about the film and campaign. The event is free, but donations are welcomed; all proceeds benefit the Girl Rising Impact Fund. Register online via or call 413-528-7400.


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