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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 17-23
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       March 17 - March 23, 2017 SAT 20th Annual Irish Olympics at Bousquet Go green at Bousquet's 20th Annual Irish Olympics Slush Run on Saturday from 10 a.m. until late. The Slush Run begins at 2 p.m., but there's so much more all day long, including a Cookie Race and a Cardboard Box Race for kids; Obstacle Course Races for kids and adults, a concert with Lady Di & The Dukes, skiing until 8 p.m., and a Torch Light Parade followed by a fireworks spectacular to wrap up the fun.  The band Critical Mass kicks things off the night before, on Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day!) at 8 p.m. See the website for a full schedule!   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRI Saint Paddy's Day Pub Crawl Celebrate a Friday St. Patty's Day with an epic pub crawl around North Street. There will be some snazzy score cards and a very special prize for the 2017 winner! Proceeds & donations will be going towards a 'Random Acts of Kindness' Fund. Cost: $5 (cash) charge for each scorecard  There is more Saint Paddy's Day fun at Patrick's Pub all day long.  Click here for more.  SAT Jimmy Webb at The Colonial Theatre Berkshire Theatre Group presents Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years at The Colonial Theatre. Songwriter Jimmy Webb has had chart-topping hits in a range of genres over the last 50 years, but perhaps even more enduring are his hits with Glen Campbell, which include "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and many others. 8 p.m. $25/$35/$45. Plus...  FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Critical Mass at Bousquet | FRI Zev Jarrett Band at Hotel on North | FRI Mr. Doubtfire at Mission | FRI Hotshot Hillbillies at The A | FRI Shyne at Casey's | SAT Latin Night at The Whit | SAT Misty Blues at Rainbow | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds at The Colonial   FAMILY FRIENDLY TUE Sensory Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum The Berkshire Athenaeum announces new services targeted to families with children on the autism spectrum. Sensory Story Time is customized to the children's needs, and includes prompts to provide a tangible way for children to follow a story line and a structure that helps with transition from one activity to the next.    The Children's Library has a new collection of sensory tools, including fidget toys and related items, for play in the library. Fidget toys, shaped as small frogs, balls or other simple configurations, can be calming and promote focus, decrease stress and increase tactile awareness. Soft and cuddly weighted plush snakes are filled with 4 pounds of beads and can be hung on a child's shoulders or coiled in their lap, providing calming pressure. Plus...   FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum | SAT Imagination Playground at Berkshire Athenaeum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum | THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU WeeMuse: Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum | THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum   WELLNESS FRI Ballroom for Beginners with Ron Tritto at BYDF Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness presents a 4-week beginners' ballroom dancing class with instructor Ron Tritto on Fridays from 7-8 p.m. Approach the dance floor with confidence after learning how to foxtrot and waltz. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is required. $55. Plus...  TUE Reiki Level 1 Class at Berkshire Community College | WED Run to North at Hotel on North   GET CREATIVE SAT Painting Party Fundraiser at The A Saucy Palette will hold a benefit painting party at the Tavern at The A from 4-7 p.m. Create your own masterpiece with step-by-step instruction from artist/instructor Stephanie Quetti. Paint four birds on a branch and choose your own background color. All proceeds go to send Keiland Cross and Joseph Wiggins on a trip to Spain to play in a basketball tournament against top Spanish clubs. $35. The kitchen and bar will be open for cocktails and food. Plus...  FRI Create Your Own Outdoor Beverage Table at The Funky Phoenix | SAT Beginner Earring Class at Yummy Treasures | SAT Paint Party to Benefit Truth Tabernacle Pentecostal at Berkshire Paint & Sip | TUE Craft on North at Hotel on North    COMMUNITY SAT Repair Cafe Returns to St. Stephen's Church The Pittsfield Repair Cafe kicks off its 2017 season in the St. Stephen's Church basement (entrance on Allen St.)! Volunteers are ready to give advice on and fix clothing, small electrical appliances including lamps and vacuums, bicycles, crockery, toys and more! Free! Plus...  FRI-SAT Friends Book Sale at Berkshire Athenaeum | FRI-SUN The Whale by Town Players at The Whit | FRI+ Spring Sleepwear Sale at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill | SUN Brunch & Cabaret at Polish Falcons Club | SUN Spring Equinox Community Crafting Celebration at Rogue Yoga | MON Permaculture Night at Shire City Sanctuary | TUE Open Space & Recreation Public Input Meeting at Town Hall | TUE Pittsfield Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Town Players "Panache" Auditions at The Whit   LEARN FRI Create Your Own Outdoor Table at Funky Phoenix The Funky Phoenix, at 441 North St., invites you to create your own salvaged wood, 4-hole outdoor beverage table. This table is perfect for the backyard, picnics, the lawn at Tanglewood, or as a unique gift. 6-8 p.m. $20. Plus...   FRI-SAT Docent-led Tours of Tell Me More Exhibit at Berkshire Museum | SAT Beginner Earring Class at Yummy Treasures | SAT Decluttering Workshop at Wellness Underground | SUN Parent Workshop at Temple Anshe | MON Lecture on the History of Law in American Film & TV at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Drum Class at The Lichtenstein | TUE Reiki Level 1 Class at BCC | THU Mumbet's Walk to Freedom at Knesset Israel   FILM Things To Come at The Little Cinema A passionate middle-aged philosophy professor (Isabelle Huppert) rethinks her already much-examined life after an unforeseen divorce. Huppert won several nominations and awards for her performance in this film. Click here for screening dates and times.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema   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    
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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com. * Adams: C.T. Plunkett Elementary School will hold kindergartden registration on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the office at C.T. Plunkett
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J.C. Penney at the Berkshire Mall To Close
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — J.C. Penney store at the Berkshire Mall will be closing, one of 138 nationwide.   The anticipated closures were announced on Feb. 24 and on Friday the company released the list of specific stores slated for closure. The mall store is the only one in Massachusetts targeted for closure; the next closest,
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Superior Court Briefs: March 13 - March 15
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 13.   Carl Litchfield, 57, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, three counts of larceny from a building, two counts of larceny over $250, and a single count of larceny under $250.    He was ordered to serve
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Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award
There was a large audience at the Pittsfield Country Club for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership. Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief
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The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others. If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The
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Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Pace To Open In Pittsfield Soon
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction is on pace for what could be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county.   Khem Organics has started renovations to a building on Dalton Avenue, which currently houses Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and used to house the Salvation Army store. All three
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Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.   Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains
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Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017. Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June. For nonprofits The Fund for
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Lanesborough Town Manager Proposes $11.4 Million Budget
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Paul Sieloff has proposed an $11.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.   The budget is $196,635 more than last year, and that is mostly driven by the costs for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project. Sieloff had actually penciled in an increase of $154,576 for the Mount
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