Recess | Things to do this week: Study birds, hear poetry, learn to sew


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At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Berkshire Athenaeum invites people of all ages to take part in the free, family-friendly presentation "Backyard Birds with Mass Audubon." Learn about common local birds that live right in our backyards as well as how to feed them, identify them, and keep them returning from year to year and more. The program will be held in the library's auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Info: Call the Children's Library at 413-499-9480, ext. 111.

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Berkshire Lyric announces auditions for area high school singers to be a 2019 Berkshire Lyric Choral Scholar. This is the 10th year of this program for outstanding young Berkshire vocalists. Those selected will receive full scholarships for regular vocal study with Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown. They will also participate in a spring vocal recital and be part of the 100-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus for their annual spring concert at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. The deadline to audition is Feb. 1.

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To schedule an interview and audition, or for more information, call Brown at 413-298-5365.

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WordXWord presents "A Letter from Pittsfield," at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. During this free, community event, poets of all ages will present work that reflects on, is inspired by, or otherwise connects with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information about or to participate in this or other upcoming events, visit

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Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee, will host the free event, "Kiwanis Krafts and Reading with Kids," at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Members of the Lee Kiwanis Club will present stories, a craft and healthy snacks for kids and families to enjoy.

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North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St., North Adams, will host a youth sewing class for kids and teens every other Monday, beginning on Feb. 11, and running through May 6. During this beginner-level program, youths will learn the basics of machine sewing and create projects that build skills. No experience necessary. All supplies and snack provided.

Youth must commit to all classes to register. Call 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information and to enroll.


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