Community Bulletin Board

(3/6-24) THE CLAIRE TEAGUE SENIOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH. SENIOR CONGREGATE MEALS ARE TEMPORARILY BEING OFFERED AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER, 15 CRISSEY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON, AT 11:30 AM. PLEASE CALL 528-4118 AT LEAST ONE DAY IN ADVANCE FOR RESERVATIONS. FOR FREE TRANSPORTATION TO BERKSHIRE SOUTH FOR LUNCH, PLEASE CALL SBETC AT 528-4773.

(2/24-4/2) THE DAY PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS AT EXTRASPECIALTEAS IN GREAT BARRINGTON IS UP AND RUNNING WITH 6 ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS. THEY NEED YOUR HELP IN KEEPING THE PROGRAM GOING UNTIL STATE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE IN JULY. RIGHT NOW UNTIL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY ON APRIL 2, THREE GENEROUS BENEFACTORS ARE WILLING TO MATCH ANY DONATIONS MADE TO KEEP THEM OPEN. NOW WOULD BE A GREAT TIME TO MAKE YOUR 2017 TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO THIS COMMUNITY NON-PROFIT. GO ONLINE TO EXTRASPECIALTEAS.ORG TO MAKE A GIFT BY CREDIT CARD, OR MAIL YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION MADE PAYABLE TO “EXTRASPECIALTEAS” TO 2 ELM STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA 01230. WITH YOUR HELP, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THE DESPERATELY NEEDED SERVICES BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS ADULT PARTICIPANTS AND OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY TO DOZENS MORE.

(2/21-3/30) APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017 SHEFFIELD KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. GRADUATING SENIORS FROM MOUNT EVERETT AND MONUMENT MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOLS, AND LOCAL RESIDENTS GRADUATING FROM BERKSHIRE SCHOOL ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. RETURNING UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS MAY ALSO APPLY. APPLICATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE OFFICES OR ONLINE AT WWW.SHEFFIELDKIWANIS.ORG APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 1.

(3/6-23) BCC SOUTH COUNTY CENTER IS OFFERING A NEW PROGRAM, CALLED ACE, ADULT COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, DESIGNED TO ASSIST ADULT STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ENROLLING IN CLASSES AT BCC, WHETHER TO FINISH A DEGREE OR START FRESH! ACE IS A 4 WEEK SEMINAR THAT RUNS THURSDAY EVENINGS FROM MARCH 23RD – APRIL 13TH FROM 5:30 – 8:30 P.M. TOPICS INCLUDE ADMISSION, FINANCIAL AID, PLACEMENT, ADVISING, REGISTRATION AND STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS. HANDS ON ASSISTANCE WITH FAFA AND A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CURRENT ADULT STUDENTS AND ALUMNI IS FEATURED. ATTEND 3 SESSIONS AND BE ENTERED TO WIN A VOUCHER FOR A FREE CLASS! FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 413-236-5201 OR REGISTER ONLINE AT BERKSHIRECC.EDU/ACEFORM .

(3/6-4/7) BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HOLD ITS 5TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK & BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER ON SUNDAY, APRIL 9 AT “HOUSY DOME”, 1064 MAIN STREET, HOUSATONIC, SPONSORED BY HEALTH NEW ENGLAND. ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL SUPPORT BERKSHIRE SOUTH’S “TONE” PROGRAM AS WELL AS OTHER EXCITING YOUTH HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS. YOU MAY REGISTER UNTIL 5 PM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7 FOR $25; IT’S $30 PER PARTICIPANT THEREAFTER. EXCLUSIVE RACE T-SHIRTS WILL GO TO THE FIRST 135 PAID REGISTRANTS. ALL PARTICIPANTS ALSO RECEIVE ONE FREE DAY PASS FOR USE ON RACE DAY THAT ALLOWS ACCESS TO THE CENTER INCLUDING THE LOCKER ROOMS AND SAUNA. FOLLOWING THE RACE, YOU’RE INVITED BACK TO BERKSHIRE SOUTH FOR A BREAKFAST AND AWARD CEREMONY. BREAKFAST IS COMPLIMENTARY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS, GUEST TICKETS ARE $2/CHILD AND $4/ADULT. BREAKFAST SERVED 10 AM UNTIL NOON. TO REGISTER ONLINE, PLEASE VISIT, BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG/5K . FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL 413-528-2810, EXT. 35 OR EMAIL: FITNESS@BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG . FOR SAFETY REASONS, THIS IS A PET-FREE EVENT.

(2/22-4/30) CONSTRUCT, INC., ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND OPPORTUNITY, THE STEVEN RUBENSTEIN SCHOLARSHIP. THE AWARD OF $1,000 IS FOR ELIGIBLE SOUTH COUNTY STUDENTS. THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30. INTERESTED COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS MAY CALL CONSTRUCT AT 413-528-1985 OR EMAIL JANE RALPH AT JANE4CONSTRUCT@GMAIL.COM FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. THE APPLICATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT CONSTRUCTINC.ORG .

(2/24-4/12) THE CTSB SCHOLARSHIP IS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE PLANNING A CAREER IN MEDIA. MAKE A 1-MINUTE FILM…GET $1,000! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 15. FOR DETAILS, GO TO CTSBTV.ORG , EMAIL: INFO@CTSBTV.ORG OR CALL 413-243-8211.

(3/9-4/27) SHEFFIELD KIWANIS CASH CALENDARS ARE BACK! THERE WILL BE A WINNER FOR EVERY DAY IN THE MONTH OF MAY. ONLY 1000 CALENDARS WILL BE SOLD AT $10 EACH TO BENEFIT THE ORGANIZATION’S WORK IN SOUTH COUNTY. BUY YOURS FROM ANY KIWANIAN OR AT SEVERAL AREA LOCATIONS, INCLUDING HERE AT WSBS. THEY’RE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE WITH A CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD OR PAYPAL. GO TO SHEFFIELDKIWANIS.ORG .

(3/20) SAVE THE DATE FOR “MAYFEST: AN EVENING OF TASTINGS” FEATURING LOCAL FOOD & WINE, HONORING THE JANE & JACK FITZPATRICK TRUST. THE EVENT WILL BENEFIT CONSTRUCT INC., AND IT TAKES PLACE MONDAY MAY 8 AT 5:30 PM AT CRISSEY FARM, 426 STOCKBRIDGE RD., GREAT BARRINGTON.

(3/20) TOWN PLAYERS OF PITTSFIELD IS HOLDING ITS QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7PM, AT THE WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 42 WENDELL AVENUE IN PITTSFIELD. ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED. MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS ARE WELCOME.

(3/20) NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) BERKSHIRE COUNTY, THE BRIEN CENTER AND BERKSHIRE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE SPONSORING A FREE WORKSHOP CALLED “UNDER CONSTRUCTION: UNDERSTANDING BRAIN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG ADULTS.” IT WILL BE HELD AT THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER, 480 WEST STREET IN PITTSFIELD, ON TUESDAY MARCH 21 FROM 5:30 TO 8 P.M. , AND WILL FOCUS ON THE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT OF 16 TO 24-YEAR-OLDS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS. A LIGHT DINNER WILL BE SERVED FROM 5:30 TO 6 P.M. DR. ANDREW GERBER, THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF AUSTEN RIGGS CENTER IN STOCKBRIDGE, WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER, VISIT NAMIBERKSHIRE.EVENTBRITE.COM. CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST & MAY BE ARRANGED BY EMAILING: NAMIBC@NAMIBC.ORG .

(3/21) SHEFFIELD KIWANIS GATHERS EVERY TUESDAY AT THE BRIDGE RESTAURANT, RTE 7, SHEFFIELD. AN OPTIONAL DINNER AND SOCIALIZING BEGINS AT 6:30 FOLLOWED BY THE MEETING AT 7:15. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME AND LEARN WHAT KIWANIS IS ALL ABOUT. SHEFFIELD KIWANIS PROUDLY SERVES THE TOWNS OF ALFORD, EGREMONT, GREAT BARRINGTON, MONTEREY, MT. WASHINGTON, NEW MARLBOROUGH AND SHEFFIELD. VISIT THEM ON THE WEB AT SHEFFIELDKIWANIS.ORG .

(3/23) THE LEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL BE HOSTING A BREAKFAST MEETING: “NEW FACES IN FAMILIAR PLACES” ON MARCH 29TH, 8:00 AM AT MORGAN HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT ON MAIN STREET IN LEE. THIS IS A CHANCE TO MEET THE NEWEST BATCH OF LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR INTEREST IN INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS OWNERS OF LONG-STANDING LOCAL BUSINESSES. A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED COURTESY OF THE LEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. TO COVER THE COST OF AMENITIES PROVIDED BY THE CHAMBER A FEE OF $5 FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS AND $8 FOR NON-MEMBERS WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE DOOR. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED NO LATER THAN MARCH 23. SEND RSVP TO DIRECTOR@LEECHAMBER.ORG OR CALL 413-243-1705.

(3/25) TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ASHLEY FALLS AND AMERICAN LEGION POST #340 OF SHEFFIELD WILL HOLD A SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, FROM 5-7 PM AT THE LEGION POST ON RTE. 7 SHEFFIELD. THIS JOINT VENTURE IS THEIR “SPRING THAW” DINNER, WHICH INCLUDES SPAGHETTI W/MEATBALLS ,TOSSED SALAD AND ITALIAN BREAD, TOPPED OFF WITH HOMEMADE DESSERTS. ADULTS ARE $12 AND CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE $6. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL KEN AT 413-717-7255 OR GEORGE AT 229-6670.

(3/25) THE BERKSHIRE CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BERKSHIRE CONCERT CHOIR, WILL HOST “CHORAL PRACTICES” WORKSHOP WITH PIPE ORGAN. IT’LL BE ON MARCH 25 FROM 10-NOON AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 55 FENN ST., PITTSFIELD. THE EVENT IS FREE. FOR INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS CALL 413-522-4745, EMAIL SABAILEYMUSIC@GMAIL.COM, OR VISIT BERKSHIREAGO.ORG .

(3/27) BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER, 15 CRISSEY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON, HOSTS FREE COMMUNITY SUPPERS FROM 5-6 PM EVERY MONDAY. ENJOY A DELICIOUS MEAL PREPARED BY SOME OF THE FINEST CHEFS IN THE BERKSHIRES. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS, MEET NEW FRIENDS! DONATIONS ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED. THEY ALSO COLLECT NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS, SO PLEASE CONTRIBUTE IF YOU CAN.

(3/28) THE BERKSHIRE DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (DART) IS SEEKING VETERINARIANS, ANIMAL CARE PROFESSIONALS & OWNERS OF BOARDING KENNELS TO BECOME A PART OF THE TEAM. SINCE 2009 DART MEMBERS HAVE PLAYED A VITAL PART IN HELPING SHELTER & CARE FOR ANIMALS IMPACTED BY DISASTERS. TRAINING IS PROVIDED & THERE ARE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ANIMAL LOVERS OF ALL SKILL SETS. FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN OR SUPPORT DART BY CALLING 413-539-4115, OR VISIT WMDART.ORG .

(3/28) D.O.P.E. (DISCUSSING OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES) MEETS ON THE 2ND AND 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, FROM 6:45-8 PM AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER. IT SEEKS TO BRING TOGETHER ADDICTS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS, TEACHERS, DOCTORS, POLITICIANS, POLICE OFFICERS, THERAPISTS AND ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE TERRIBLE DISEASE OF ADDICTION AND TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION. ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL BERKSHIRE SOUTH AT 413-528-2810 EXT.15.

(3/30) BUSHNELL-SAGE LIBRARY, 48 MAIN STREET, SHEFFIELD WILL HOST A PRESSURE COOKER CLASS ON FRIDAY MARCH 31 FROM 6- 8 PM. FIND OUT HOW THE PRESSURE COOKER IS ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMICAL, TIME SAVING, HEALTHY, AND FUN!! JOIN PRESSURE COOKING AFICIONADO RITA DELGADO AS SHE TEACHES YOU NEW PRESSURE COOKING SKILLS AND DISPELS OLD MYTHS. CLASS SIZE LIMITED, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CALL 413-229-7004.

(3/31) COME DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!!! A DANCE PARTY FEATURING THE REV TOR TRIO TO BENEFIT C-H-P FAMILY SERVICE’S PROJECT MILK EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAM WILL BE HAPPENING ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31, FROM 7– 9 PM AT THE LENOX COMMUNITY CENTER, 64 WALKER STREET, LENOX. JOIN THE FOOT-TAPPING GOOD TIME FOR A $10 SUGGESTED DONATION. CONTACT CHP AT 413-528-0457 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

(3/31) THE GREAT BARRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS SPONSORING A SPECIAL EXHIBIT AT ITS MUSEUM TO HIGHLIGHT “THE VILLAGE AND MILLS OF HOUSATONIC,” THE EXHIBIT WILL SHOWCASE ARTIFACTS FROM THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTION, AS WELL AS THOSE GATHERED FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS. A FEATURED DISPLAY IS A COLLECTION OF BEDSPREADS MANUFACTURED AT MONUMENT MILLS. THE DISPLAY WILL RUN THRU MARCH AND APRIL AND IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 10 TILL 2. THE MUSEUM IS LOCATED AT THE WHEELER FARMSTEAD ON SOUTH MAIN STREET IN GREAT BARRINGTON.

(4/1) ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST THERE WILL BE A SWEDISH MEATBALL SUPPER AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF LENOX, 6 HOLMES RD., LENOX, WITH SEATINGS AT 4:30 OR 6 PM AND TAKEOUT AVAILABLE DURING THE SAME HOURS. $13 ADULT/YOUTH ~ $10 CHILDREN UNDER 10. MEAL INCLUDES SWEDISH MEATBALLS, NOODLES, GREEN BEANS, SALAD, BREAD, DESSERT & BEVERAGE. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 413-442-4738 OR EMAIL SHIRLEYJOSLINPERKINS@GMAIL.COM. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, PHONE/CELL #, NUMBER OF ADULT/CHILD DINNERS AND TIME FOR EAT IN OR TAKEOUT.

(4/6) LEARN VALUABLE SKILLS THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE, WITH THE FIRST AID AND CPR/AED COURSE AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH, ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7 FROM 9 A.M.-12:30 PM. THESE INFORMATIVE, HANDS-ON COURSES INCLUDE TRAINING IN FIRST AID AND CPR/AED FOR ADULT, CHILD AND INFANT, AND PROVIDE AMERICAN RED CROSS CERTIFICATIONS WHICH ARE VALID FOR 2 YEARS. FEE FOR MEMBERS IS $73; GUESTS $83 (PRICE INCLUDES MATERIALS & CERTIFICATION FEE). CONTACT BERKSHIRE SOUTH AT 413-528-2810 OR ONLINE AT BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG .

(4/6) YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN A NEW CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, PRESENTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS/NEW HAMPSHIRE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. THIS GROUP WILL BE FOR ANYONE CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH DEMENTIA. IT WILL MEET THE 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 6:30PM TO 7:30PM AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER, 15 CRISSY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON . FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL CARA HOLCOMB AT 413-243-4747 EXT 1040 OR EMAIL: CARA.HOLCOMB@KINDRED.COM .

(4/8) THE CMC TRAINING INSTITUTE DAY-LONG TRAINING SESSION OF PARENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCES ISSUES HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 8. “AN INVITATION TO CHANGE: PARENT TRAINING FOR HELPING A CHILD STRUGGLING WITH SUBSTANCES” IS AN 8 HOUR WORKSHOP THAT IS PRACTICAL AND SKILLS-ORIENTED. THE COST IS $25 AND INCLUDES LUNCH. ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE TRAINING CAN VISIT CMCTRAININGINSTITUTE.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO FILL OUT A PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE.

(4/15) THE LEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL AWARD THREE GRADUATING SENIORS WITH ACADEMIC GRANTS OF $1,000 EACH TO BE APPLIED TO THE COST OF CONTINUING EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THESE GRANTS ARE AWARDED YEARLY TO STUDENT GRADUATES WHO LIVE IN LEE AND PLAN ON ATTENDING A COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL. STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND LEE HIGH TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GRANTS; RESIDENTS OF LEE FROM OTHER LOCAL SCHOOLS MAY ALSO APPLY. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, APRIL 24. LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. APPLICATIONS CAN BE DELIVERED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT OR MAILED TO THE LEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PO BOX 345, LEE MA 01238. APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RECOMMENDATION LETTER AND A PERSONAL ESSAY.
The 2017 Lee Chamber Golf Open, benefitting the Lee Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund includes a day of golf at Greenock Country Club in Lee, putting contests, fabulous raffle prizes, an awards dinner and presentation of the Academic Grants. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information about the 2017 Lee Chamber of Commerce Golf Open, contact Paula Gangell-Miller of Lee Bank at 413.243.9267.

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