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HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COCKTAIL PARTY AND PRIVATE SHOPPING EVENT
Great Barrington, 5 - 7 p.m.
Do you work in health and wellness, or did you before retirement? Catwalk Boutique in Great Barrington invites you to a special shopping event and cocktail party on April 24th from 5-7pm. This is out way to say THANK YOU for all you do and have done for your community. The entire shop is 30% off during this event. There will be free raffles and refreshments. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017385625207709/ Catwalk Boutique is an upscale women's resale shop benefiting Berkshire Humane Society. The clothing is hip, fashionable, and very affordable with all proceeds going to help the homeless animals of Berkshire County. Shopping at Catwalk Boutique is the ultimate guilt-free shopping experience!  
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A.G.E. TRIAD SPECIAL COOK OUT
Great Barrington, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come join us for a cookout at the Claire Teague Senior Center! Berkshire County Sheriff Officers will be teaching and demonstrating self-defense tactics. We will also be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, baked beans and soda. Suggested donation is $2.00 per person for the cookout. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the senior center by calling 413-528-1881. Claire Teague Senior Center 917 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230
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CELEBRATE STEPHENTOWN 2018 PLANNING MEETING
New York, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Stephentown 2018 is happening August 17-19, 2018! Come join us as planning continues on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM at the Stephentown Memorial Library.  Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Are you making something in Stephentown? Maybe you're a manufacturer, or artist, or farmer, or musician, or craftsperson. We would love to have you participate in this year's festival and there are several opportunities to join in planned events. If you are a local business or organization we encourage you to be a part of this special weekend. There's a way for everyone to show their support as we're looking for sponsors as well as event hosts, Can't make the meeting but want to participate? Contact us and let us know your idea for an event or sponsorship. We would love to talk to you and add you to the plan! More information, as well as photos and videos documenting events from last year’s inaugural festival, can be found online at celebratestephentown.com.   
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TUESDAY TEA SERIES
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Williams College will host its annual Tuesday Teas series to celebrate Williams authors and honor their scholarly and creative works. On four consecutive Tuesdays in April and May, faculty authors will discuss a recent publication and reflect on the writing, creating, and publishing process in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library. All of the events are free. The series continues April 24 with Julie Blackwood, assistant professor of mathematics, who will discuss the story behind her forthcoming article on spatial synchrony of cicadas, and May 1 with Laura Ephraim, assistant professor of political science, who will discuss her book "Who Speaks for Nature? On the Politics of Science."

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EARTH MONTH FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the month of April, the Williams College Zilkha Center will sponsor a film series in honor of Earth Month in Paresky Auditorium. The screenings are free and open to the public. The series opens April 6 with "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story," continues April 10 with "Growing Cities," April 19 with "Arise" and April 24 with "At the Fork." Discussions will follow each film.

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SPRING PLANTING, SPRING STARTERS WORKSHOP
North Adams, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
UNO Community Center Join the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Jennifer Munoz, Program Manager for the Growing Healthy Garden Program, to learn how to prepare your garden for spring planting. What can you grow from seeds planted directly in the soil outdoors, and what should you wait to plant with seedlings later in the spring? This Garden Q&A is for the beginner and intermediate gardener. Contact Bret Beattie at 663-7588 x28.
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CELEBRATE STEPHENTOWN MEETING
New York, 7 p.m.
Planning for Celebrate Stephentown 2018 continues at the Stephentown Memorial Library.  Everyone interested is welcome to attend. More information, as well as photos and videos documenting events from last year’s inaugural festival, can be found online.

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RELEVANCE AND RIGOR: MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Great Barrington, 6-8 p.m.
Southern Berkshire Educational Future, a working group focused on inter-district collaboration among southern Berkshire County school districts, will be hosting a presentation by Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. Daggett is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. The event will be held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and is open to all who are interested in the future of education in our communities and will be free of charge.

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ENVIRONMENT-THEMED COMMUNITY EXPO
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will be hosting the second installment of its free Community Expo series, aimed to expand the public’s awareness of service and resource organizations throughout the city and Berkshire County. The athenaeum will host organizations that support healthy outdoor recreation and strive to protect the community’s natural environment.

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SHADOW DAY @ BART CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Adams, 8 - 11:30 A.M.

The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) will host a “Shadow Day” for students interested observing 6th grade.  Attending a Shadow Day provides students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling BART Enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311 (ext. 732) or by emailing her at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org. There will be two opportunities for interested students to sit in on Grade 6: from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or from 12:15 to 3 p.m.  The next enrollment deadline for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, April 26, at 12 p.m. Applications are available at the school or on the BART website, www.bartcharter.org.


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BART SHADOW DAY
Adams, 12:15 to 3 p.m.
The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) will host a “Shadow Day” for students interested observing 6th grade. Attending a Shadow Day provides students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling BART Enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311 (ext. 732) or by emailing her at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org. There will be two opportunities for interested students to sit in on Grade 6: from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or from 12:15 to 3 p.m. The next enrollment deadline for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, April 26, at 12 p.m. Applications are available at the school or on the BART website, www.bartcharter.org.
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WOODCOCK'S SKY DANCE
Lenox, 7:30-9 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host "Woodcock's Sky Dance." Guests will visit our meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. Adults are $7; children are free. Register by calling 413-637-0320.

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COOKING MATTERS COURSE - WHAT'S FOR DINNER? WE CAN HELP!
North Adams, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams You want the best for your family, but time, money, and picky eaters can make it hard! nbCC's The Family Place joins WIC to offer a 6-week Cooking Matters course. Receive a free bag of groceries each week to practice your skills at home. Registration is required. Call Michelle at (413) 447-2114, ext. 6361. Transportation in North County is available upon request.
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START A GARDEN WORKSHOP
North Adams, 1 to 2 p.m.
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams Come join the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s The Family Place for an informational workshop on how to begin your own vegetable/flower garden. Each person will receive a small pack of seedlings of their choice to start. This workshop is FREE for all parents/caregivers. Registration is required; please call The Family Place at 413-663-7588 to reserve your spot by April 18th. Childcare and transportation available upon request.
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EXPOSION! 2018
Williamstown, 10-noon: Media Panel and noon to 3pm: Open Floor
EXPOsion! 2018  is a premier press conference, public exhibit  and trade conference that highlights the season of arts, entertainment, and performances throughout Southwestern Vermont, Eastern New York, and the Northern Berkshires.  This year, we are adding a panel discussion at 10 am to allow members to discuss the challenges of getting their messages to their following. "Advertising in a Multi Media World" will feature representatives of several different media outlets who will discuss and answer questions about how they address the seemingly cluttered mass of electronic and print options, and how to maximize your budget.  http://www.benningtonareaartscouncil.org/exposion
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NORTH ADAMS CHAMBER NETWORKING
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Grazie Italian Ristorante will host a Chamber Networking Event at the very popular 24 Marshall St. location. Enjoy delicious food, while reconnecting with fellow Chamber members and meeting new business owners. As always remember to bring your business cards and enter to win one of our door prizes. Register online.

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TALK ON ADULT IMMUNIZATIONS
Lenox, 5-6 p.m.
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox will host a talk on immunizations. Dr. Thomas Consolati will discuss “Adult Immunizations: What You Need to Know.” The talk will focus on the importance of immunizations and local resources available. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and those who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 413-637-5011.

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VETERAN FLAG PLACEMENT MEETING
, 10 a.m.
The City of Pittsfield and the Berkshire Veterans Coalition will hold a coordination meeting  in the City Council Chambers to welcome volunteers, both existing and new, to discuss this year’s veteran flag placement at the city’s cemeteries. Each year, many veterans, groups, and individuals of all ages assist in the flag placement at Pittsfield’s cemeteries, helping to place over 8,000 flags and markers.  Flag placement for all Pittsfield cemeteries will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 1.

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WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE - “A MOONLIT RIVER IN SPRING ”
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The classical piece for pipa-zheng duet “A Moonlit River in Spring” sets the tone for this performance, which highlights the final performance of featured soloist Bingyi Wang ’18, zheng. http://music.williams.edu/?post_type=event&p=12624
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SONSINI ANIMAL SHELTER PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Cancer couldn't stop him, so let's be inspired by Courageous Kane and create some art to support the shelter that saved his life! Join us on THU 4/26 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Courageous Kane" on a 16x20 canvas. At the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel Air Ave, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!
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WILLIAMS BRASS BASH 2018
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Williams Brass Ensemble Director David Wharton leads the group in a celebration of brass, including Raymond Premru’s “Movements from Divertimento.” Also, music of Holburne, Adson, and Gabrieli.   http://music.williams.edu/?post_type=event&p=12620 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
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DINING IN THE DARK
Pittsfield, 5 p.m.
The Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind will be holding its fourth annual Dining in the Dark at the Housatonic Academy formally the St. Mark’s School located at 400 Columbus Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10, and children under 5 are free. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a pasta dinner blindfolded. The meal will be prepared and served by the members of UNICO. Along with the meal, there will be a 50/50 raffle, an international raffle, and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Association’s President Phil Schallies at 413-442-6600. Proceeds from the night will stay in Berkshire County to assist people that are visually impaired.

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LIVE UNITED CELEBRATION
Great Barrington, 4-6 p.m.
Berkshire United Way's Live United Community Celebration will be held at Crissey Farm located at 426 Stockbridge Road. The event, which celebrates the organization’s volunteers, will spotlight some of Berkshire United Way’s investments in south county and will include the presentation of the Robert K. Agar, Jr. Volunteerism Award to Jim Murray and Ray Murray of Ray Murray, Inc. In addition, Cara Davis, former executive director of Construct, Inc., will be honored with the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart award and the winner of the Target Employee Campaign Coordinator Award will be announced. The cost of the event is $25. To register, call 413-442-6948. 

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'HUMAN CONDITION' OPENING
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present this year’s senior class show, “The Human Condition,” opening with a free reception. This annual exhibition serves as the culminating event that provides graduating artists with the tools they will need to further their careers, as they learn how to display and install their art, and more. The artists featured in this year’s show are seniors Molly Gurner, Halie Smith, Jacqueline Smith, Nicole Stearns and Samantha White. The show runs through May 20.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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BARN BUDDIES 4H PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER-BEACH SLATE SIGN
New York, 7 p.m.
Get your brush on for the Barn Buddies 4H Group! Join is on FRI 4/27 7-9pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Barn Buddies 4H Club. You'll learn to paint this summer image on an authentic roof slate tile - various sizes and colors available. At Mount Washington House, 2627 Rt 23, Hillsdale, NY. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY: “ROB DAY”  
, 8 p.m.
This evening-length production of “Rob Day” explores gun culture and our connections to it. In this performance that merges contemporary dance forms with traditional West African dance movement, Rob is a 9mm pistol. The relationships formed on his travels reveal a charisma and influence that is undeniable. Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 PS21 members
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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!  62 Center
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PURPLE VALLEY PLAYS: A FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK FOR THE STAGE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Back for its third round—under the freshly minted title of Purple Valley Plays—this festival will present original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by current Williams students. In the fall term, all works submitted will be anonymously read and selected by a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. During the spring, each new work will be given full production support by a company of artists, who will meet to conceptualize and rehearse, transforming the CenterStage into a flexible venue for world-premiere theatricality. All Williams students are eligible to participate. Come one, come all!  62 Center
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