The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 16

August 15, 2016 GMT


Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event, acrylic painting class, “The Mermaid” on 16 x 20 canvas. All ages welcome. All supplies and instruction included. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Summer Sketch Club for ages 7 and older, bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies are provided, 10 a.m. to noon, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Art opening for the exhibit of 12 local artists from the Dalton Art Guild. 6 p.m. Space is limited. 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield. RSVP: 413-499-1992.


Adams Arts Advisory Board: Meeting, 6 p.m., Berkshire Art Museum, 159 E. Main St., North Adams.

Becket Democratic Town Committee: Meeting, all town residents welcome, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall, 557 Main St., Becket.

Bingo: Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, dinner/refreshments available, $250 progressive game, doors open at 5 p.m., Lions Club building, Maple Street, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Good Purpose Gallery: Andrea Harrington, Democratic candidate for State Senate, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 40 Main St., Lee. RSVP: 413-801-2820 or email casey@andreaforsenate.com .

Pittsfield Green Drinks: Starting at 5:15 p.m.; talk at 6:30 p.m. Informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. Location changes, call Jane, 413-230-7321.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting at noon. Guest speaker, Megan Whilden, executive director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. Confidentiality is assured. Parking is available behind the church, First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. Information: Ed Sedarbaum at ed@rainbowseniors.org or 413-441-6006 or visit rainbowseniors.org .

Sheffield Kiwanis: Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; meeting at 7:15 p.m. The Bridge Restaurant, Sheffield.

Yankee Pride Quilt Guild: Meeting and ice cream social, 7 p.m., Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Athenaeum: Sports movie, “The Racing Stripe”, rated PG. Snacks and drinks included. No sign-up required, children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age, 1 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Health & Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Blood pressure, health counseling and presentation, “What is Telehealth?” sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Becket Board of Health, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, Becket.

Meditation Class: Focus on mindfulness, 7:30 -8:30 p.m., 500 South St., (second floor), Great Barrington. Information: Diana Austen, 518-929-4364.

Pittsfield Sangha: Park Square Mediation, co-sponsored with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Church, 67 East St., Park Square, Pittsfield, pittsfieldsangha@hotmail.com , 413-358-2626, 413-209-5529. .


Battle of Bennington Commemoration: Ceremony at the New York State Bennington Battlefield Historic Site, 7 p.m. New York State Route 67, North Hoosick, N.Y.

Naumkeag: “Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens,” 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; “The Gilded Age in the Berkshires,” understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 2:30 p.m., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org .

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Museum: WeeMuse: Littlest Learners, explore the world through a child’s eyes while reading stories, singing songs, learning sign language, and stretching bodies and minds, for ages 6 to 18 months and their caregivers, included with regular museum admission, 10:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Cheshire Library: PreK Story Hour, 10 to 11 a.m., Cheshire Library, 23 Depot St. (Town Hall), Cheshire.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: “Next Steps,” 2 1/2 to 3 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9:30 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; Playgroup, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, 1 North Main Road, Otis; “Baby Steps,” birth to 17 months, 11 a.m. to noon, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Free Public Library: STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art & mathematics) for ages 3-6, at 10 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: For infants to 5 years old, 11 a.m. to noon, Adams Youth Center, 20 East St., Adams.

Lee Library: “Toby on Tuesdays,” free weekly reading program with featuring Toby, a 8-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever therapy dog, 4-5 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee, 413-243-0385.

Lego Club: All ages welcome, 3 to 4 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library: 48 South Main St., Sheffield, 413-229-7004.

Lenox Library: Terry A La Berry and Friends. 11 a.m., library courtyard, 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mason Library: Brain Builders, play and learn play group for baby to 5 years old, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.

Monument Mountain Reservation: Little Sprouts, intimate garden play group for children younger than 5, Trustees members $5, non-members $10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Route 7, Great Barrington. Registration recommended: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org .

New Lebanon Library: Fun Family Crafts, make your own decoupage notebook, all materials provided, 1:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

North Adams Public Library: Toddler Time for ages 1-3, 10:30 a.m., 74 Church St., North Adams, 413-662-3133.

SMART Girls: Ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc., club membership required, 4 to 5 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 14 Melville St., Pittsfield. Register at bgcberkshires.org .


Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — “Swagger: Portraits of Power,” Kathryn Calley Galitz. 4 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-3206.


Bushnell-Sage Library: Author Judith Schumer, Sheffield resident and Holocaust educator, “In the Presence of my Enemies — A Memoir of the Holocaust and its Aftermath,” 7 p.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Mason Library: Book Lover’s Book Club: “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.


Berkshire Ukulele Band: Ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs. Limited number of ukuleles for loan, 6:30 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Registration requested; drop-ins encouraged, call ahead, 413-528-2810.

Gospel Gang: Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, 413-445-5918.

Parkinson’s Choir: Choir for people with Parkinson’s Disease, their friends and families and anybody who loves to sing, Vikki True, choir director, 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, Lee. Information: Megan Cook, 413-770-1975.

Sweet Adelines: Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women’s chorus of four-part barbershop, a capella weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., lower level of the Tierney Building, 66 West St., Pittsfield. (Use door at the driveway between Laurin Publishing and Berkshire Bank. Information: Marianne, 413-743-0604 or visit berkshirehillschorus.com . Call ahead to see if rehearsal has been canceled.


Shakespeare & Company: Artistic Insights, insightful, moderated conversations. “The Spirit of (MS) St. Louis — Troubled Times for Immigration.” Adults $8, students $4, 5 p.m., Bernstein Artist’s Studio 3, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, 413-637-3353 or shakespeare.org .

Temple Anshe Amunim: Third in four-part scene study class with Barbara Waldinger, a director and professor of theatre. Prepare and perform scenes from both well-known and new plays. Four-session course: $40 Temple members, $45 non-members; $15 for any individual session. At 10 a.m., 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-442-5910, templeoffice@ansheamunim.org or ansheanumim.org .

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