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Meet ... Save the date: Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will present the public forum "Bridging Schools and Community Across North Berkshire" from 5 to 7 p.m. May 22 in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Church Street Center in North Adams. The organization invites students, school staff and members of the community to share their experiences, challenges and successes and to explore the roles everyone can play in creating positive culture in schools and communities. Participants are also asked to bring a healthy, nonperishable food item for donation to the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry.

Info: Contact Amber Besaw at 413-663-7588.

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Save the date: The free public forum "Good Science for Good Parenting" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22 at Mason Public Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. Youth co-chairwomen of the South Berkshire Community Health Coalition, Mae Whaley and Megan Smith, will share data about youth substance use in South County. Dr. Jennifer Michaels, an addiction psychiatry specialist, will discuss the impact of substances on the developing brain. Following the presentations there will be a workshop on how to use the current science presented by Michaels to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol.

This program is presented by South Berkshire Community Health Coalition, Railroad Street Youth Project and The Berkshire Edge.

Info: 413-528-2475 or info@rsyp.org.

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Proteus Theater of Pittsfield High School will present its final weekend of its spring musical production of "Cabaret." This theatrical classic puts a lens to post-World War I Berlin through the patrons and performers of the fictional Kit Kat Klub. Their lives and lyrics become dramatically altered as society experiences the beginnings of Hitler's totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Because of this subject matter, "Cabaret" might not be suitable for all audiences.

Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the PHS auditorium, 300 East St, Pittsfield. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, and are available online at CabaretPHS.brownpapertickets.com.

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The annual Railroad Street Youth Project Block Party will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Field next to 60 Bridge Street in Great Barrington. The event will feature the Mount Everett Marching Band and Monument Mountain Ultimate Frisbee league, and include food trucks, basketball, a skate jam, live music, games and crafts.

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Save the date: The Northern Berkshire Youth R.O.P.E.S. [Respecting Other People Encouraging Self-esteem] Summer Program provides a free weeklong summer camp, staffed by local police officers, firefighters, EMTs and teachers from participating cities and towns: Adams, Clarksburg, Cheshire, North Adams, Florida and Williamstown. Participants must be 11 to 13 years old, and mentors must be 14 to 18 years old with a minimum of two years experience as a past participant.

The last day for parents and guardians to register their youth is May 25, between 10 a.m. and noon, at the North Adams Elks Lodge, 100 Union St., North Adams.

Registration details and camp dates: northernberkshireropes.com.


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