RECESS | Things to do this week: Watch dance, explore space, meet live mammals

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Northern Berkshire residents are invited to take part in the free "National Night Out," which take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Disanti Field, 310 State St., in North Adams, and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Hoosac Street in Adams, near the visitors center. Share an evening with neighborhood leaders, emergency personnel, and city residents and learn how to make our neighborhoods a safe and welcoming place to live. Enjoy food, activities and conversations together. The event is sponsored by North Adams Emergency Services, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Northern Berkshire Neighbors, Northern Berkshire United Way, United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and Mohawk Forest.

Info: Call Glenda Matos-Carter at Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at 413-663-7588, or look for the respective event pages on Facebook.

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South Berkshire Kids presents, "Let's Get Ready For Kindergarten," a program designed for children ages 4 to 6, and their families and caregivers, at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. The program takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 22. Each week focuses on developing a different skill, from letter and number recognition to social skills. Each week's program will also include a circle time with stories, songs, tabletop activities and crafts.

Info: or 413-637-0197.

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Berkshire Botanical Garden's "Family Fridays" series continues this week, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a presentation on mammals by Rick Roth of The Creature Teachers. Learn about their natural history, habitats and habits. The talk will feature live specimens, including a fisher cat, gray fox, skunk, flying squirrels and more. The program is free for children under 12, and included with general admission ($12 to 15). The garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road, near the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge.

Info: or 413-298-3926.

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Free Fun Fridays in the Berkshires continues this week at 2 p.m. at Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can enjoy free dance games, classes and music; an outdoor performance with the hip-hop group, It's Showtime NYC!, at 6:15 p.m. on the Inside/Out stage; and a special kids tour of the Pillow's historic grounds. Picnics are welcome and food sales are also available on site.

Info: or 413-243-9919.

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Berkshire Museum, in partnership with the GSK Science in the Summer, will be concluding with sessions this week at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. This year's theme is "The Science of Space," and will include hands-on activities designed for students entering Grades 2-6. The session for students entering Grades 2 and 3 will be held on Wednesday, and the session for students entering grades 4-6 will be held on Friday; both sessions run from 1-5 p.m.

The programs are free, but registration is required and can be done by visiting


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