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WILLIAMS OPERA WORKSHOP PRESENTS OPERATIC HIGHLIGHTS
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
To: listings@ruralintelligence.com  Subject: list-musicdance: 01-23-2018 Williams Music Williamstown, MA. Williams Opera Workshop presents Operatic Highlights This year's performance offers highlights from the operatic repertoire including The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro by Mozart; The Death scene from Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky; Lensky's aria from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Scenes from Threepenny Opera (Kurt Weill); Selections from Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan); and the barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffman (Jacques Offenbach).   http://music.williams.edu/?post_type=event&p=12586 Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
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FUNDRAISER FOR PUERTO RICO
Pittsfield, 6:30-9 p.m.
Jana Laiz & The Hoping Machine present "A Fundraiser for Puerto Rico" at The Whitney Center for the Arts co-Sponsored by Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative. The suggested donation is $20 (dinner included for the first 50 attendees). Eat delicious Puerto Rican food, enter to win raffle prizes, listen to an environmental fairy tale, buy a book and have it signed by the author, and join an empowering sing along of old and new protest songs. End the night with samba rhythms and dancing.

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WHAT'S NEW IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
Williamstown, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

MS Support Foundation is offering a FREE Educational Program "What's New in Multiple Sclerosis Research and Treatment Updates From Around the World" Program includes Dinner and a presentation by Dr. William A. Goodman, Psy.D., who attended the MSParis 2017 Conference. Where: The Williams Inn 1090 Main Street Williamstown, MA When: Wednesday January 24, 2018 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Preregister at our toll FREE number: 1-844-280-7292 or email: dbriggs1@msresource.org


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SOUTH COUNTY RESOURCE FAIR
Great Barrington, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
In partnership with CHP Family Services and Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Berkshire United Way is hosting a resource fair for providers of education, health and financial stability services at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road. The event is being held to improve resource coordination and foster relationships among agencies to advance the support network available to families in Berkshire County. Resource binders and complimentary breakfast provided for participants, who will also be entered into a door prize drawing. For more information, or to register, contact Amy Taylor by email or by phone at 413-854-3989 before Jan. 19.

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PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-noon
Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, is offering a workshop on Peer-to-Peer Fundraising at Berkshire Community College’s South County Center on 343 Main St. Participants will learn how to set up a Facebook page for on-site fundraising and delve into the best practices for creating a Peer-to-Peer Campaign, including deciding on what is the most compelling story to tell and what visual medium to use. Tips will be offered on how to integrate your Peer-to-Peer Campaign with Facebook Live, your nonprofit’s other online platforms and email. The workshop will be taught by Mary McGurn, a photographer and consultant who focuses on telling visual stories for social media and other digital applications. The cost of the workshop is $35. Register online.


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NORTH ADAMS LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 6 to 7 p.m.
Library Lego Groups! Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group Thursdays, January 11 and 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month
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BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE
Vermont, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free (donations welcomed) beginner course
for new beekeepers. Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face. Classes will meet at the Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, in the Crispe Room on January 25, February 1, 8, 15 and March 1 from 6:30-9:00 PM. To sign up or for more information call Jeanne Davis 802-823- 7955 or e-mail jdavisbwheat@comcast.net

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THE HUSTLER (1961)
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Paul Newman stars as up-and-coming pool player “Fast” Eddie Felson, who challenges long-time champion Minnesota Fats (played by Jackie Gleason) in a high-stakes match. Click here for more information. Mahaiwe
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SOUP LUNCHEON
North Adams, Noon-1 p.m.
North Adams Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a free soup luncheon. Those wishing to attend are asked to reserve a seat by calling Kira Breard at 413-662-4403 by Jan. 22. The lunch is free but seating is limited. Lunch will include homemade soup and fresh-made bread. Guests can enter a raffle to win prizes and take a tour of the newly remodeled skilled nursing community. North Adams Commons is located at 175 Franklin St.

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STEM STARTER ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Berkshire Community College is inviting area high school students, parents and school personnel to attend the STEM Starter Academy Open House on BCC’s Main Campus.Local students will get the chance to visit BCC’s Main Campus, meet science, technology, engineering and math faculty and staff, tour the newly renovated campus, and find out about the benefits of participating in the STEM Starter Academy.  The open house will show how BCC can help students achieve a quality STEM education and career, and also get hands on experiences with a variety of STEM activities throughout the day. Students and their parents or school personnel who are interested in attending this free open house should RSVP by Jan. 19 by calling 413-236-4740.

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'SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY'
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts's Green Living Seminar Series, with the topic “Sustainability and the Role of Technology,” begins with a presentation on “Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development” by Alicia Harley, a Ph.D at the Harvard Kennedy School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge, in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. “Sustainability and the Role of Technology” will focus on the ways that technology can improve the ways we manage our food, energy, and water systems, and how we conserve natural resources. The lecture is free.

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'THE 50 CARD PROJECT' RECEPTION
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 presents the opening reception for “The 50 Card Project - Melanie Mowinski.” The show will run through March 24. Every week since Inauguration Day, and through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at MCLA, printed a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100 using vintage letterpress type, cuts, and other printing matrixes. After a new card was completed each week, copies were sent out via mail and e-mail, and were posted online. In addition, 15 to 20 cards were sent to key players in Washington, D.C. Mowinski’s “50 Card Project” makes both a political and artistic statement through her use of positive affirmations regarding our current politics, combined with beautiful, thought-provoking imagery.

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BCC RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Spruce up your home decor with this beautiful serving or display tray! FRI 1/26/18 6-8pm. Fundraiser to benefit BCC Respiratory Program Class of 2018. You'll learn to paint this image of "Black-capped Chickadee" on a one of a kind, hand made, reclaimed wood tray. Various sizes available. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield. All painting materials, snacks & donation included for $35. Reserve your seats atwww.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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TRIVIA NIGHT
Cheshire, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bass Water Grille will host a trivia night with the Cheshire Lions Club. The cost is $12 per person with teams up to two players.

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TU B'SHEVAT SHABBAT SERVICE AND SEDER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., invites the community to celebrate Tu b’Shevat, the new year of the trees. Tu B’Shevat is the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat and welcomes the emergence of spring. The evening will begin with Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, and a family-friendly Friday evening service full of music, followed by a celebration of Tu b’Shevat.  A dairy dinner will be served following the service, featuring those fruits that are symbolically linked to Tu b’Shevat. There is an $8 per person charge for the dinner, with a maximum charge of $25 per family. Reservations are required for dinner by Jan. 18 at 413-442-5910.

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ALICIA HALL MORAN
North Adams, 8 p.m.
In the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, two figure skaters representing America and East Germany battled for Olympic gold, both accompanied by music from Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, herself a former figure skater, tells Georges Bizet’s epic story in an all-out musical fantasy for the concert stage, joined by fearless NYC jazz trio Harriet Tubman. MASS MoCA
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WINTER SNOWSHOE WALK/WILDLIFE TRACKING/BIRDING
Great Barrington, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Explore the fields and riparian forest and learn to recognize and read wildlife tracks and see what winter birds live here. Saturday, January 27, 1:00pm-4:00pm SPONSORS: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Great Barrington Land Conservancy Leaders: Christine Ward (Great Barrington Land Conservancy) Greg Ward (Hoffman Bird Club) Mariah Auman (BNRC) Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change) Description: Housatonic Flats provides important habitat to many Berkshire mammals and birds.  We will guide visitors on where to look and what to look for. If no snow, we’ll skip the snowshoes and go for a winter hike! If weather permits, bring your own snowshoes or you can rent a pair from Berkshire Bike & Board (413-528-5555). Directions: From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left. Pre-registration is requested: info@gbtrails.org. For more information or to register by phone call Mariah at 499-0596/ FREE!
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FATHER DAUGHTER WINTER BALL
Hancock, 6 - 9 p.m.
Bloom Meadows is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Father Daughter Winter Ball! To benefit the Hancock Fire Department. The event includes dancing, cotton candy, refreshments, appearance by Princess Belle, raffle table and a few special surprises! Where to purchase tickets:  www.bloommeadows.com under the "events" page.  Where'd You Get That!? on Spring St. in Williamstown  The Country Store at Jiminy Peak at Jiminy Peak in Hancock  Limited tickets available so do not wait!  Bloom Meadows 2422 Hancock Rd.  Hancock, MA 01267 Please email info@bloommeadows.com or call 413-458-4003 if you have questions.     
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MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: PUCCINI'S TOSCA
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca. Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Željko Lučić as the villainous Scarpia. 11:30am pre-broadcast talk with composer and librettist Scott Eyerly  Eyerly's fresh approach to opera and classical music has attracted a growing audience. Tickets and additional information available here or by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 Wednesday-Saturday, Noon-6pm. Mahaiwe
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TEXAS HOLD'EM TOURNAMENT
New York, 6 p.m.
The Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Texas Hold’em tournament in the Stephentown Fire Hall, at 35 Grange Hall Road in Stephentown, N.Y. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and close at 6 pm. Play begins at 6:15 sharp.

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DISTANT LANDS: LITERARY FICTION IN THE CLASSROOM
Stockbridge, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present :Distant Lands: Literary Fiction in the Classroom: a symposium for educators to learn about creative approaches to bringing literary fiction into the classroom for elementary and middle school students during this day of lectures, workshops, and readings. Award-winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi and Newbery Honor author Holly Black will discuss their collaboration on the popular book series "The Spiderwick Chronicles." Admission to the event costs $35. To register, contact museum educator Patrick O’Donnell by email or call 413-931-2221.

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'TOSCA'
Williamstown, 12:55 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute airs The Met: Live in HD production of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera "Tosca." The performance, recorded live from the Metropolitan Opera, will be shown in the Clark’s auditorium. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 413-458-0524. Run time is 2 hours, 53 minutes.

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TALK ON LENOX HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Resident historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will dig into “Born in Our Basement: The Lenox Horticultural Society” for a Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. In January 1894, the Lenox Horticultural Society was founded in the superintendent’s office in the basement of Ventfort Hall, the summer residence of George and Sarah Morgan.  The society was the brainchild of the genial John Huss, Ventfort Hall’s master gardener. The cost is $26 with an advance reservation and $32 the day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended at 413-637-3206. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.

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WINTER BOTANY & FARMSCAPE ECOLOGY
, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For ages 18 and up. Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004. Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game. This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods. The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot! Email us to register for this program. info@flyingdeernaturecenter.org January 27, 9:00 am–12:00 pm February 3: 10:00 am–12:00 pm February 24: 10:00 am–12:00 pm Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.   Tuition:  Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session  
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INFORMATION SESSION AT BART CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Adams, 6-7:30 p.m.
Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will host an information session at the One Commercial St. school for families interested in enrolling in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year or transferring during the current school year. In addition to teaching all students a college preparatory curriculum, BArT offers a wide range of arts and technology electives. For more information, contact Enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, Ext. 732, or at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org.        
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BART INFORMATION SESSION
Adams, 6-7;30 p.m.
The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School is hosting an information session at BArT (1 Commercial St.). Families interested in enrolling at BART are invited to attend. BArT has openings in the current 2017-18 school year. Deadline for transferring in during this school year is Thursday, Feb. 15. BArT has begun accepting applications in grades 6 through 10 for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

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LAUREL HILL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Stockbridge, 7 p.m.
Lois and Denis Melican of The American Chestnut Foundation for Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the guest speakers at the Laurel Hill Association’s annual meeting in the Stockbridge Library’s Bement Room. They will give an update on the American Chestnut Foundation's Chestnut Breeding Program, which is developing blight-resistant American chestnut trees with the goal of restoring the tree to its native forests along the eastern United States. The Laurel Hill Association’s Chestnut Preserve, on Route 7, half mile south of the Red Lion Inn, is one of the program’s breeding sites. The meeting will open with the association’s business meeting; the guest presentation will begin at 7:30. The meeting is free.

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'THE FRONT LINES OF HEALTH CARE REFORM'
Vermont, 5:30-7 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will partner to present a “Medicine Today” lecture about health care reform. The talk, "The Front Lines of Health Care Reform," will be co-presented by registered nurse Billie Lynn Allard, administrative director of Nursing for Community Health at Southwestern Vermont Health Care and the Putnam Medical Group, and Dr. James Poole, a hospitalist, the medical director of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, hospitalist director, and medical director of medical affairs at Southwestern Vermont Health Care. The talk will be at Equinox Village at 49 Maple St. The event is free, but advanced registration is required online.

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HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. A Free 4 Week Series for Parents. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. This series, for parents of 1-8 year olds, offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven effective in everyday parenting. Learn simple techniques that really work! Gain your child’s cooperation, set limits and maintain goodwill, use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express your anger without being hurtful, resolve family conflicts peacefully. Each participant will receive a copy of the book How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.  Light refreshments will be served. Free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register or for more information at 664-4821.
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GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. Harold Ramis directs this hysterical cult classic comedy starring Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. Click here for more information. Mahaiwe
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