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Legislators Pledge Support to Disabled Community During Uncertain Times
Pittsfield High School student Dwayne Revells talks about his experience with Goodwill Industries at Friday's breakfast. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On the shore of Pontoosuc Lake on Friday morning, thoughts were on happenings on the shores of the Potomac River. The 17th annual Berkshire Legislative Breakfast to support
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Miss Hall's School Teacher Honored
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that Christopher Himes, the school's director of engineering and technology innovation/STEAM coordinator has been recognized as an honorable mention recipient of the 2017 NCWIT Educator Award for Aspirations in Computing. Presented by the National Center for Women &
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 24-30
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 24 - March 30, 2017 WED OLLI Spring Open House at The Colonial Curious about BCC's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)? Join them in the Colonial Theatre lobby to learn about their spring semester of classes and special events. Meet their spring instructors, other OLLI members, and featured speaker Kate Maguire, the artistic director of Berkshire Theatre Group. 10-11:30 a.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Wine Dinner at Hotel on North Hotel on North and Spirited Wines present Wines of Portugal with Jack Couto, president of wine importer Grape Moments. Enjoy a perfectly paired 4-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Ron Reda and Sommelier Dan Thomas. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by a 3-course dinner at 7 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy a stand-up Port tasting with desserts, cheese, and nuts. $75 per person including tax & gratuities. Plus...  FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI The Lucky 5 at Hotel on North | FRI Misty Blues at Mission | FRI Acoustic Groove at The A | SAT ZipStohr's Comedy at Crowne Plaza | SAT David Bartley Trio at Rainbow | SAT Skeeter Creek at The A | SAT Orquesta Alegre Salsa Band at Bousquet | SAT Shyne at Crossroads | MON Dining for Dogs at Applebee's | MON Trivia with Double Entendre at Thistle & Mirth | MON Jazz Night with Pamela Means at Mission | MON Mixology 101 at Methuselah | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Berkshire Nursing Families Fundraiser at Thistle & Mirth   FAMILY FRIENDLY THU Kids' Yoga at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness presents a 7-week class with instructor Julie Pellerin-Herrera, held every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Children ages 6 - 10 will have fun developing self-awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility! Kids' Yoga provides children a safe and exciting way to physical health, emotional stability, and positive self-expression.  Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT David Grover at the Colonial | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Kids' Paint Party at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SUN Happimess at The Colonial | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | WED Youth Community Conversation at Boys & Girls Club | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU+ Sister Act at Taconic High School   WELLNESS SAT Wellness Day at Berkshire Community College Berkshire Community College invites the public to enjoy Wellness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include chair massages, sample exercise classes, food sampling and raffles, along with educational booths on how to care for yourself and loved ones. The event is free, with nominal fees for massages and classes. All proceeds go to EMPOWERSCI, a non-profit that enables individuals with spinal cord injuries to lead happier, more meaningful and independent lives.  Plus...  SAT Hatha Flow at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness | WED Run to North at Hotel on North | THU Qigong with Jeffrey Gordon at Knesset Israel   GET CREATIVE THU Painting Party & Appetizer Buffet at Mazzeo's The Progressive Palette presents a night of painting and dining at Mazzeo's Ristorante. From 6-8 p.m., paint Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" and enjoy an appetizer buffet. The $50 cost includes two hours of painting instruction, all supplies needed to create your acrylic masterpiece, and the buffet.  Plus...  FRI Create Your Own Salvaged Art Key Hook at The Funky Phoenix | SAT "Animal Butts" HCC Vet Tech Club Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip | SAT Earring Workshop to Benefit Moments House at Yummy Treasures | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Open Studio at Berkshire Paint & Sip | THU "Red Poppies" Lenox Preschool Benefit at Berkshire Paint & Sip   COMMUNITY WED 1Berkshire Career Fair at BCC The 1Berkshire Career Fair invites you to Berkshire Community College's Patterson Field House on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get in front of Berkshires-based businesses at this annual event. Connect with employers looking to hire someone like you. This event is open to the public and free. No registration is required. See website for a list of participating businesses. Plus...  FRI-SAT Spring Clearance Sale at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-SUN The Whale by Town Players at The Whit | FRI-SUN Spring Sleepwear Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SAT Earring Workshop to Benefit Moments House at Yummy Treasures | MON Commission on the Status of Women Legislative Breakfast at BCC | MON Dining for Dogs at Applebee's | THU League of Women Voters Public Information Meeting at The Whit   LEARN SAT Screen Printing Class at Shire City Sanctuary Shire City Sanctuary, at 40 Melville St., will offer its monthly screen printing class beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will make a single color print to take home and learn the basics of stencil cutting, transparency printing, and screen preparation, and touch upon multiple color print planning. All inks and emulsions are water based and non-toxic, and paper used is 100% recycled. Cost is $20 general public, $15 SCS members. Plus...   FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Mindful Living Workshop at Moments House | SUN The Challenges of Urban Chicken Keeping at Berkshire Humane Society | MON Songs We Cherish at Knesset Israel | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | MON Mixology 101 at Methuselah | TUE Cinema of Law: One Big Home at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE Last Word Toastmasters Meeting | THU Qigong with Jeffrey Gordon at Knesset Israel   FILM Antarctica: Ice and Sky at The Little Cinema From Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) comes a stirring portrait of French glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema | TUE Cinema of Law: One Big Home at Berkshire Athenaeum   INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKING METER PLAN Five things to remember about the new downtown parking system:   1. Always enter your license plate number - even for the FREE first 30 minutes.   2. On-street parking is $1 per hour; lot parking is 50 cents per hour. There are also nearly 400 free parking spaces on the city's side streets.   3. You can pay by coin, credit card, or by downloading the Passport parking app.   4. You do not need to display the parking receipt on your dashboard.   5. Parking is FREE on evenings and weekends! What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances + more!  28 Renne Ave. | Hours Wed-Sat 11am-4pm     The Berkshire Art Association (BAA) College Fellowship Show features the work of Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any college in the country, as well as non-residents currently majoring in art at a Berkshire County college. Prizes will be awarded to students whose work is selected. The mission of the BAA is to connect artists and the community in order to inspire creativity and increase access to the visual arts. VIEW FULL CALENDAR    
Lanesborough, Pittsfield Police Participate In 'High Five' Friday
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Happy High-Five Friday.   Police throughout Massachusetts on Friday stood outside of their local elementary schools waiting for children to arrive. Once the children piled off the bus, the officers were there greeting them with high-fives to start their day.    "It gives the
Pittsfield, State Trying To Find Way to Make East Street Repairs
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is still trying to secure funding to renovate the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Street. But, it could take a while.   The city had previously sought to fund it with a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for an array of improvements there tying into the
Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy
It is official: the happiest country in the world is Norway, with Denmark the runner-up, according to the World Happiness Report. What lessons can we learn from this survey and what, if anything, should we do as a nation to join their ranks? Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S. rank? The answer would be No. 14, down from No. 3 in
Pittsfield Committed to Diversity But Work Still to Be Done
Mayor Linda Tyer says her administration is committed to opening up opportunities for the city's minority populations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A recent letter to the editor castigating the city's administration for failing to promote affirmative action prompted Mayor Linda Tyer to respond with a full court
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'Beauty and the Beast': The Fairy Tale as Civics Lesson
"Beauty and the Beast" is much more than "escapist entertainment," a term I rail at. I couldn't slip into a theater for a few thrills, spills and worse yet, laughter, when I know outside Rome is burning. That's just the kind of hairpin I am. I believe society should be fashioned in a manner so enlightened that there
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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrating Earth Day by Holding DIY Contest
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by asking people to give a second life to donated materials, reducing waste in landfills and by putting their "do-it-yourself" skills to work. Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard
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Help Protect Older Adults from Financial Abuse
Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them? Unfortunately, it is possible for anyone to become a
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