RECESS | Things to do this week: Turn stories into songs, take a StoryWalk, explore the solar system

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Music in Common and Berkshire Immigrant Stories of Berkshire Community College will partner this spring to bring together immigrant and American-born youth in a local inter-cultural immersion program that begins on April 28. High school and college aged youth are welcome to apply. Workshops will meet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29; Saturdays, May 5 and 12, with a concluding performance at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. All sessions take place at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., in Pittsfield.

This free program, funded through the Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will teach participants how to transform their stories into songs and videos using Music in Common's Journalism as Music, Multimedia, and Songwriting (JAMMS) curriculum. Registration is open now until March 31 at

Info: Contact Music in Common Western Massachusetts Coordinator Marisa Massery at or 413-248-6070.

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The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current performing arts or visual arts teachers for a teacher-in-residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2018-2019 school year. The program description and application details for the position can be found at Applications are due by Monday, April 9.

The teacher-in-residence program is designed to give the selected educator a unique professional-development experience — a year at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. — working side by side with staff, contributing to K-12 education programs and materials, advising on outreach to teachers and helping to uncover and make visible primary sources in the Library's collections.

In addition to assisting Library of Congress staff, the teacher-in-residence will undertake a project using Library primary sources to benefit his or her home school, district or institution, to be implemented during the following academic year.

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David Grover's free Children's Concerts series continues this Saturday at 11 a.m., at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets (up to 6 per transaction) can be reserved by calling the box office at 413-997-4444. Remaining dates are: April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 26. Info:

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Now through March 30, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear" by Eric Carle is featured at the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County StoryWalk display at the David and Joyce Milne Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. A special storytime event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in the Children's Room. Follow the pages and read the book "Polar Bear, Polar Bear" around the library. When you have finished your StoryWalk, stop by the Children's desk to enter a raffle to win a prize basket. This is a free, public program.

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A Homeschooler Astronomy group will meet from 1:30-2:30 p.m. this Thursday at Mason Library, 231 Main St., in Great Barrington. Local amateur astronomer and educator Rick Costello will offer a three-part exploration series on the solar system. Designed for ages 8 and up, the cost is $15 for the series. To register, call 413-528-2403 or visit


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