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TODDLER STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

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PIANIST REBECCA PENNEYS PLAYS CLASSICS TO RAGS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Presenting a program of the riches of keyboard repertoire, Rebecca Penneys plays music of Soler, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin. She caps the bill with rags by Williams Albright and William Bolcom.   http://music.williams.edu/?post_type=event&p=12555 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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PAINT PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR FALL FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Forging forward into the fall! Join us on TUE 10/17/17, 6-8pm for a Paint Party to benefit Monument Mountain High School Shakespeare Fall Festival Group. You'll learn to paint this seasonal image of "Autumn Train Tracks" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Monument Mountain Regional High School, 600 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Alcohol not permitted, refreshments available for purchase. Reserve your seats atwww.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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ADAMS LIBRARY LEGO GROUP
Adams, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Library Lego Group. After School Lego Club October 3 and 17 from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. at the Adams Free Library 92 Park Street, lower level. It will meet monthly on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
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OPEN MEETING TRAINING
Great Barrington, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office will hold a free training to assist public bodies and members of the public in understanding and complying with the requirements of the state’s Open Meeting Law at Town Hall. The training is free and will be conducted by an attorney from AG Healey’s Division of Open Government.

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FORUM ON EDUCATION
North Adams, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum will focus on education and will be held in the MCLA Church Street Center. A recent study by the Berkshire County Education Task Force found that the quality of education in Berkshire County is being threatened by decreased enrollment, rising costs, and declining or flat revenues. After assessing the impacts of several different solutions, the task force has recommended creating a single county-wide school district, and is now ready to share their findings, answer questions and get feedback from the community. At this forum, you can learn about the work the Berkshire County Education Task Force has been doing to ensure consistent and quality education in Berkshire County and participate in a Q&A discussion with a panel consisting of task force representatives.

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LECTURE ON SLAVE PORTRAITURE
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, a Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture “Slave Portraiture at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)” in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. The talk addresses the visualization of enslaved subjects in portraiture during the period of emancipation in the Caribbean. Lugo-Ortiz underscores the conflictive political forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in the composition of these images—and the limits placed on the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom.   

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

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BABY SIGNING TIME.
North Adams, 3 - 4 p.m.
Baby Signing Time. Wednesday, October 18 & 25 in the Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn some basic signs as another way to enhance communication with your baby! Led by Molly Bellner, NIC. Molly holds a degree in American Sign Language English Interpretation. She is also dedicated parent volunteer in our program! Call The Family Center at 413-664-4821 to let us know you will attend.
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'IT TIPS, TRICKS AND TROUBLESHOOTING'
Great Barrington, 9:30-11 a.m.
Jean Atwater-Williams will present a workshop, “IT Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting,” at the South County Center of Berkshire Community College. The workshop is offered for $25 to Nonprofit Center and Southern Berkshire Chamber Members, or $35 for nonmembers. Participants will learn tips, tricks and shortcuts to help use a computer more quickly and efficiently, and discover many resources that make computing easier. Time is allotted at the end of the workshop for questions and addressing individual computer issues. Register online.

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BYRON PITTS LECTURE
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome multiple Emmy Award-winner Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” when he will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. This lecture event, “Mass Media and Democratic Governance: The American Experience,” is free and open to the public. A news veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Pitts also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait, and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, among other news. He realized a life-long goal when he was named as a contributing correspondent to CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2009.

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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ART
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
What’s the difference between theatre and performance art? When do objects “act” better than actors? Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono? Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Accompanied by the gallery exhibition Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance—featuring art objects that “perform”—A People’s History of Performance Artconjures a series of tableaux-vivants (living pictures) based on iconic photographs of archival performance art works by artists such as Yves Klein, Carolee Schneemann, Chris Burden, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Tehching Hsieh, and Marina Abramovic. Reversing the dichotomy of performance as “live” and objects as “dead,” A People’s History of Performance Artflips the script to reveal how art can sometimes seem more alive than people. 62 Center
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PAINT PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR MCCANN TECH SKILLS USA TEAM
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Making Lantern's to support McCann Tech Skills USA Team! Join us THU 10/19/17 6-8pm for a Paint Party fundraiser to benefit McCann Tech Skills USA Team. You'll learn to paint this seasonal image of "Autumn Leafs" onto 2 mason jar lanterns. At McCann Tech Cafeteria, 70 Hodges Cross Rd, North Adams, MA. All painting materials, snack and refreshments, and donation included for $35. Alcohol not permitted. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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TURKEY SUPPER
Vermont, 5 p.m. on
The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of RT 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Turkey Supper on Thursday, October 19th. The family style dinner begins at 5 PM with continuous serving. The menu includes: Roast Turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, or lemonade, and apple, pumpkin, mince, or raspberry pie with cheese. Tickets available at the door: Eat-in: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $ 12 for adults and $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions; contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year!
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MEET THE CANDIDATES
North Adams, 5-7 p.m.
The North Adams Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City Council candidates forum. The City Council and School Committee Candidates will have the opportunity to meet members of our business community and will introduce themselves to the voters of North Adams and talk about their ideas and vision for the future.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Astronomy students at Williams College will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory on Main Street. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits.

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GABRIEL KAHANE
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn composer Gabriel Kahane visited MASS MoCA in 2013, on the eve of his major label debut The Ambassador. Now he returns to stage an intimate new song cycle, solo at the piano, based on his recent two-week Amtrak journey around the country.
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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ART
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
What’s the difference between theatre and performance art? When do objects “act” better than actors? Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono? Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Accompanied by the gallery exhibition Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance—featuring art objects that “perform”—A People’s History of Performance Artconjures a series of tableaux-vivants (living pictures) based on iconic photographs of archival performance art works by artists such as Yves Klein, Carolee Schneemann, Chris Burden, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Tehching Hsieh, and Marina Abramovic. Reversing the dichotomy of performance as “live” and objects as “dead,” A People’s History of Performance Artflips the script to reveal how art can sometimes seem more alive than people. 62 Center
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MICHAEL BENEDICT JAZZ VIBES
North Adams, 8 - 10 p.m.
Jazz Vibes is an ensemble featuring Michael Benedict on vibraphone, David Gleason on piano, Mike Lawrence on bass and Pete Sweeney on drums. The repertoire of the group includes straight ahead jazz standards, Latin American songs and original material. Jazz Vibes has been the leading vibraphone group in the Capital Region of New York State for over a decade.  House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8:00pm. Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 or go to http://www.thebennington.org/upcoming-performances/2017/10/20/michael-benedict-jazz-vibes to order tickets online.
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BERKSHIRE UNITED WAY PAINT & SIP FUNDRIASER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Feeling the crisp cool air setting in and the leaves will begin to fall... right onto our canvasses! Join us on FRI 10/20/17 6-8pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit Berkshire United Way hosted by Berkshire Life Insurance. You'll learn to paint this seasonal image of "Autumn Maple Tree" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA.  All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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LEGENDS BY CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOURS
The highlight of Clermont’s fall season. Guests who arrive at Clermont will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with a spiritual medium, crystal ball, and Ouija board. When the séance goes wrong, the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250 year history. Tours followed by roasted marshmallows. A rare “Clermont After Dark” tour. Each year features dozens of hand carved flickering jack-o-lanterns.   Evening Tour times: 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00  Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 ​ Adults $12 / Friends of Clermont $8, Children $5  Reservations Required. Call (518) 537-4240  Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY  
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FLUTIST JACQUELINE DEVOE AND FRIENDS AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Noted flutist and faculty member Jacqueline DeVoe presents a concert featuring colleagues from Williams. One of the highlights of the evening is “Naturaleza Viva” for solo flute by Ileana Perez Velazquez. Also Saint-Saens “Fantasy for Flute and Harp” with Elizabeth More, harp; Takemitsu’s “Toward the Sea,” for the alto flute with classical guitarist Jeff Miller. Oboist Carl Jenkins and pianist Ester Ning Yau join DeVoe for “Trio for Flute” by Madeline Dring. In trio with Calvin Ludwig ‘18, and Tiffany Sun ‘18, they perform “Syrinx en resonanace” by Francois Narboni.  http://music.williams.edu/?post_type=event&p=12743 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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'PASSING STRANGE'
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Fine and Performing Arts Department will kick off this year’s theatrical season with “Passing Strange,” a comedy-drama, rock musical about black identity in America, in MCLA’s Venable Theater. The production is the first of MCLA’s 2017-18 theatrical season, titled “We the People,” in response to last November’s presidential election and the nation’s political and social upheaval. “Passing Strange” will run through Sunday, Oct. 22. A panel discussion with the artists, students, faculty, as well as experts on race relations in America, will take place after the Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. performance, and a “Critical Response Session” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. Both discussions will take place in Venable Theater. For more information or to reserve tickets, go online.

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NAUMKEAG HAUNTED HOUSE
Stockbridge, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Naumkeag Haunted House returns after a successful first year. Ideal for adults and older kids (recommended ages 12 and up), the Haunted House starts in the garden, offering a new, frightening path, and then -- for the first time -- welcomes visitors into the architectural masterpiece that is the historic mansion, where brave guests will be treated to three floors of new frights and scares. The evening begins and ends with a cash bar and refreshments. Tickets are $25; purchase tickets online in advance. 

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PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE
Dalton, 7-10 p.m.
The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention will be the beneficiary of "Purgatory Road Holidaze," a 2-acre haunted corn maze organized by Betsy Nichols and Joann Farrell in the fields at the Nichols family farm, 190 Cleveland Road. Tickets are $10 at the door. The event is NOT recommended for children under age 12.

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THE TITANS: SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS PIANO QUINTETS
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Close Encounters With Music launches new season with two works that take us to the pinnacle of chamber music in a pairing of Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with that of his champion, and originator of the new genre, Robert Schumann’s breakthrough Piano Quintet. Combining the piano and the string quartet had never been tried, but in the space of only a few weeks in 1842, Schumann wrote the legendary piece that influenced countless followers. Both quintets are on the short list of masterworks—symphonic in scale, potent, flashy, and bursting with harmonic and melodic opulence and rhythmic variety. Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello $50 orchestra/$27 balcony/$15 students http://www.cewm.org for more details  
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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ART
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
What’s the difference between theatre and performance art? When do objects “act” better than actors? Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono? Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Accompanied by the gallery exhibition Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance—featuring art objects that “perform”—A People’s History of Performance Artconjures a series of tableaux-vivants (living pictures) based on iconic photographs of archival performance art works by artists such as Yves Klein, Carolee Schneemann, Chris Burden, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Tehching Hsieh, and Marina Abramovic. Reversing the dichotomy of performance as “live” and objects as “dead,” A People’s History of Performance Artflips the script to reveal how art can sometimes seem more alive than people. 62 Center
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BLP PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER-FAMILY SLATE SIGN
Pittsfield, 1:00 p.m.
SLATE FAMILY FLOWER SIGN - Join us SAT 10/21/17 1-3pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Berkshire Leadership Program Scholarship Fund. You'll learn to paint this customizable sign with your own family name and year established on an authentic slate roofing tile, various sizes available. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snacks and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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OKTOBERFEST OPEN HOUSE
Great Barrington, Noon - 2 p.m.
Come join us for this FREE event at the Claire Teague Senior Center. It is open to ALL! There will be a 5 piece Oompah Band from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Dancing, Games and Prizes. A variety of German & Polish Foods, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Cider. Big Elm Brewery is offering samples of their beer. Domaney's Non-Alcoholic Near Beer & Wine available. Desserts provided by Devonshire Estates. For questions call the Senior Center at 413-528-1881. Claire Teague Senior Center 917 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230
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LENOX CONTRA DANCE
Lenox, 7:45 - 11 p.m.
Music by ContraPositive - Joe De Paolo (percussion), Matthew Christian (fiddle, mandolin, flute, whistle and Highland pipes), Matt Diaz (guitar, bouzouki and flute) with Quena Crain calling. Come join us contra dancing on Saturday nights in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Lenox Community Center, at 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage. Admission is $12 and $6 for students. New Dancers - 2nd dance free!  Dances begin with a 15 minute beginner introduction at 7:45 followed by dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Refreshments are offered during the social break from dancing. All the dances are taught. Come alone or with others.
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