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(Now-1/29) START THE NEW YEAR FRESH AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH! JOIN TODAY THROUGH JAN. 31ST AND SAVE UP TO %15 WITH THEIR SPECIAL 4-MONTH MEMBERSHIP. ALSO, GET %20 OFF SELECT MERCHANDISE PLUS 2 COMPLIMENTARY DAY PASSES WITH A PROMO PURCHASE! OFFERS GOOD FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS & RENEWALS ONLY. FOR DETAILS, CHECK THE FRONT DESK AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH, 15 CRISSEY RD., GREAT BARRINGTON, CALL 413-528-2810, OR GO ONLINE TO BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG .

(1/5-31) 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 .

(Now-2/21/17) SHEFFIELD KIWANIS IS HOLDING THEIR 17TH ANNUAL KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE. 1ST PRIZE IS A 2017 GMC CANYON EXTENDED CAB WITH 4X4 CONVENIENCE PACKAGE, PROVIDED BY BERKSHIRE GMC, OR $20, 000 CASH!! THERE’S ALSO A $1500 2ND PRIZE & $500 3RD PRIZE. TICKETS ARE $50 EACH AND ONLY 1000 WILL BE SOLD. THE DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 8 PM FEB. 21ST AT THE BRIDGE RESTAURANT. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE AT WSBS AND MANY OTHER SOUTH COUNTY LOCATIONS, OR AT SHEFFIELDKIWANIS.ORG . ANY QUESTIONS, CALL 413-429-6872.

(1/12-16) A REMINDER THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY IS BEING CELEBRATED MONDAY, JAN. 16. IT IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY. POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED & THERE WILL BE NO MAIL DELIVERY. FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED, AS WILL BANKS, STOCK MARKETS, PUBLIC COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, MOST PRIVATE SCHOOLS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES & SOME OFFICES AND BUSINESSES. ALSO, THE BRTA WILL NOT BE RUNNING MONDAY.

(1/16) THE 18TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HOLIDAY WILL BE MONDAY JAN.16TH FROM NOON-1 PM AT 1ST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 251 MAIN ST., GREAT BARRINGTON. GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE PROF. JESSICA GORDON NEMBHARD. THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH PROF. NEMBHARD FROM 1:30-3 PM, AFTER THE RECEPTION. YOU’RE ASKED TO PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE PEOPLE’S PANTRY WHEN YOU GO. THE PROGRAM IS ORGANIZED BY THE SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE CLERGY ASSOCIATION & THE INTERFAITH COMMITTEE OF SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE.

(1/16) GET INTO THE SWIM AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH! SWIM LESSONS AT MANY LEVELS FOR ALL AGES ARE AVAILABLE. THERE ARE EVEN PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE SWIMMING INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE FROM RED-CROSS CERTIFIED SWIMMING INSTRUCTORS. TO FIND OUT MORE, STOP BY BERKSHIRE SOUTH, 15 CRISSEY ROAD GREAT BARRINGTON OR GO ONLINE TO BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG.

(1/17) ON TUESDAY JANUARY 17, FROM 9 TO 10 AM THERE WILL BE A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC AND HEALTH COUNSELING SPONSORED BY THE TRI-TOWN BOARD OF HEALTH. IT’LL BE AT THE CROSSWAY VILLAGE GYMNASIUM, 21 CROSSWAY STREET, LEE.

(1/17) ON TUESDAY JANUARY 17, FROM 10 TO 11:30 AM THERE WILL BE A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC, HEALTH COUNSELING & PRESENTATION ON “HOME SAFETY”, SPONSORED BY THE BECKET BOARD OF HEALTH. IT’LL BE HELD AT THE BECKET TOWN HALL.

(1/17) THE GREAT BARRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 7:00 PM AT THE TEAGUE SENIOR CENTER ON SOUTH MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON. THIS “STATE OF THE SOCIETY” MEETING WILL HIGHLIGHT THE PROGRESS DURING 2016 TO MEET THE SOCIETY’S GOALS OF PRESERVATION OF TOWN ARTIFACTS, OF PROVIDING QUALITY PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS, AND IN CREATION OF THE TOWN MUSEUM. FUTURE STRATEGIC PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR WILL BE DISCUSSED. ALL ARE INVITED TO LISTEN AND PROVIDE INPUT.

(1/18) THE FAMILY CENTER, A NON-PROFIT PROGRAM OF THE CHILDREN’S STUDY HOME, WILL HOLD A FREE PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM ON “BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT”, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 FROM 5:30-7PM. HALEY PELLEGREN, A CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST, WILL DISCUSS STRATEGIES FOR HELPING CHILDREN IN PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 5 CONTROL THEIR BEHAVIOR. THE GROUP WILL THEN CONTINUE TO MEET EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF INTEREST TO THE PARTICIPANTS. CHILD CARE AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED. THE FAMILY CENTER IS AT 3 BIRCH LANE, GREAT BARRINGTON. CALL VICKY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: 413-645-3400, EXT. 200.

(1/20) ST. PETER’S PASTA NIGHT WILL BE FRIDAY, JAN.20TH AT THE PARISH CENTER. A BEER & WINE HAPPY HOUR WILL RUN FROM 5-6 PM, FOLLOWED BY DINNER OF SPAGHETTI, HOME MADE SAUCE, HOME MADE MEATBALLS & ITALIAN SAUSAGE. TICKETS ARE $13; $8 FOR CHILDREN 6-12. KIDS UNDER 6 EAT FREE! LIMITED TICKETS AT THE DOOR WILL BE $15 SO GET YOURS IN ADVANCE. THEY’RE AVAILABLE AFTER ALL MASSES AT ST. PETER’S AND FROM MARY WHITE AT BARNBROOK REALTY, 271 MAIN ST., GREAT BARRINGTON. CALL 413-329-6342.

(1/20) GO HIKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND, WITH THE LENOX MOUNTAIN SNOWSHOE HIKE, SPONSORED BY BERKSHIRE SANCTUARIES. IT’S ON SAT, JAN 21 FROM 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM AT PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, LENOX. STRAP ON SNOWSHOES (OR MICROSPIKES, DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS) FOR A MODERATELY STRENUOUS HIKE TO THE WINTRY SUMMIT OF LENOX MOUNTAIN (2,126 FEET). DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER WITH MULTIPLE LAYERS. BRING YOUR OWN SNOWSHOES OR BORROW SOME OF THEIRS. SKI OR TREKKING POLES ARE RECOMMENDED, AS ARE WATER AND A SNACK. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. COST IS $10 FOR ADULT MEMBERS, $15 FOR NONMEMBERS. INFORMATION: CALL 413-637-0320.

(1/21) ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 2 PM, THE FRIENDS OF THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME TOM TYNING, PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AT BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BACK TO PITTSFIELD’S PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1 WENDELL AVENUE. TYNING’S TALK WILL FOCUS ON THE TIMBER RATTLESNAKE, AN ENDANGERED RESIDENT OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY. SNAKE BEHAVIORS, SNAKE HABITATS, AND HOW SNAKES WORK WILL BE REVEALED. KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN WILD LIFE PRESERVATION, TYNING IS THE AUTHOR OF “SNAKES OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS”. THE FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAM IS FREE. CALL (413)499-9480 FOR MORE INFO.

(1/24) ON TUESDAY JANUARY 24 FROM 9 TO 10 AM, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC AND HEALTH COUNSELING SPONSORED BY THE TRI-TOWN BOARD OF HEALTH. IT’LL BE HELD AT THE CROSSWAY VILLAGE GYMNASIUM, 21 CROSSWAY STREET, LEE.

(1/24) 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.

(1/25) ON WEDS. JANUARY 25 FROM 11 AM TO NOON, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC AND HEALTH COUNSELING SPONSORED BY THE SANDISFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH. IT’LL BE HELD AT THE SANDISFIELD SENIOR CENTER.

(1/26) DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WARD’S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER ON MAIN ST., GREAT BARRINGTON, WILL REPEAT THE WORKSHOP “MAKE A GIFT TERRARIUM,” A HANDS-ON ACTIVITY FOR ADULTS AND KIDS 10 AND OLDER CHILDREN TO CREATE A MANAGEABLE, MINI-GARDEN ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4 AT 10 AM. FEE IS $20, WITH INSTRUCTION BY NANCY HALL, WARD’S NURSERY STAFF. YOU SUPPLY A LARGE 1 – 5 GALLON, WIDE-MOUTH, CLEAR GLASS JAR TO FILL. WARD’S PROVIDES THE PLANTS, SOIL, AND LAYERING MATERIAL. DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY VISITING WARDSNURSERY.COM/WORKSHOP OR CALLING 413-528-0166. FEES MAY BE PAID IN ADVANCE OR AT CLASS TIME.

(1/26) ON JANUARY 26 AT 7 PM, LOCAL AUTHOR FRANK J. LESKOVITZ WILL PRESENT A BOOK TALK AT THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM, 1 WENDELL AVENUE, PITTSFIELD. HIS BOOK, “PITTSFIELD’S FOSBURGH MURDER MYSTERY: SCANDAL IN THE BERKSHIRES”, IS A TRUE CRIME WORK ABOUT THE DEATH OF MAY FOSBURGH ON AUGUST 20, 1900, A MURDER WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN SOLVED. SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM, THE EVENT IS FREE. MORE INFO AT (413) 499-9480.

(1/28) “WILDLIFE CSI: UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL TRACKS & SIGNS” WILL TAKE PLACE SAT, JAN 28 10 AM-NOON AT LIME KILN FARM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. SPONSORED BY BERKSHIRE SANCTUARIES, THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM IS SUITABLE FOR ANYONE AGE 6 AND UP. COST FOR MEMBERS: ADULTS $8, CHILDREN $4; FOR NONMEMBERS IT’S $10 FOR ADULTS & $6 FOR CHILDREN. DRESS WARMLY AND IN LAYERS. SNOWSHOES WILL BE PROVIDED IF THE CONDITIONS WARRANT. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. FOR INFO: CALL 413-637-0320.

(1/29) ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN HEVREH ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 FROM 10:30 – 11:45 AM FOR THEIR SECOND PARENTING BOOK CLUB OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THEY’LL BE READING DANYA RUTTENBERG’S “NURTURE THE WOW”. HEVREH IS LOCATED AT 270 STATE ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON. MORE INFORMATION ONLINE AT HEVREH.ORG .

(1/29) ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 AT 2 PM, TOWN PLAYERS OF PITTSFIELD PRESENTS A STAGED READING OF “OPUS TO MOONLIGHT” BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT, REN CAMPBELL. IT’LL BE AT THE WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 42 WENDELL AVENUE, PITTSFIELD. ADMISSION IS $5.

(1/30) NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) BERKSHIRE COUNTY IS OFFERING FAMILY-TO-FAMILY, A FREE COURSE FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF INDIVIDUALS OVER 18 WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES. IT PROVIDES INFORMATION AND SKILLS TO HELP ALL FAMILY MEMBERS COPE AND MOVE TOWARD RECOVERY. THE COURSE IS FREE AND PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. THE COURSE TAKES PLACE OVER 12 CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS FROM 6:30 TO 9 PM BEGINNING FEBRUARY 9 AT BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. CONTACT MARILYN AT 413-743-5126 OR THE_MORANS@VERIZON.NET WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR TO PRE-REGISTER.

(1/30) 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.

(1/31) ON TUESDAY JANUARY 31 FROM 9 TO 10 AM, THERE WILL BE A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC AND HEALTH COUNSELING SPONSORED BY THE TRI-TOWN BOARD OF HEALTH. IT’LL BE HELD AT THE CROSSWAY VILLAGE GYMNASIUM, 21 CROSSWAY STREET, LEE.

(1/31) 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 .

(2/2) THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) BERKSHIRE COUNTY IS HOLDING ITS 3RD ANNUAL CUPCAKE WARS FUNDRAISER ON THURSDAY, FEB. 2 FROM 5:30 TO 8 PM AT THE ITAM LODGE, 93 WAUBEEK ROAD IN PITTSFIELD. BAKERIES FROM THROUGHOUT BERKSHIRE COUNTY WILL COMPETE FOR THE BEST CUPCAKE IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES. AND AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, A DOZEN FULL-SIZE CUPCAKES FROM EACH BAKERY WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF TO THE HIGHEST BIDDERS. ALL ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE TO BID. THE COST TO ATTEND “CUPCAKE WARS” IS $30 IN ADVANCE AND $35 AT THE DOOR AND INCLUDES AN ITALIAN DINNER PREPARED BY UNICO AND CUPCAKE TASTING. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NAMI BERKSHIRE COUNTY OFFICE, 333 EAST ST, RM 417, PITTSFIELD (PHONE: 413-443-1666) OR ONLINE AT NAMIBC.ORG.

(3/12) ON SUNDAY, MARCH 12, THE BERKSHIRE COUNTY ARC DOWN SYNDROME FAMILY GROUP WILL HOST THE 2017 BERKSHIRE COUNTY SPROUT FILM FESTIVAL IN THE ROBERT BOLAND THEATER, LOCATED IN THE KOUSSEVITSKY ARTS BUILDING AT BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN PITTSFIELD. THE FESTIVAL BEGINS AT NOON AND WILL FEATURE SHORT FILMS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS WITH VARIOUS DISABILITIES, THEIR LIVES AND PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS. THE FILMS WILL END AROUND 1:30 P.M & WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FREE CATERED RECEPTION IN THE LOBBY, FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LOCAL ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES. TICKETS ARE $5 PER PERSON AND CAN BE PURCHASED BY CONTACTING NANCY WILLEY AT 413-464-7262, EXT. 13 OR NWILLEY@BCARC.ORG, OR CONVENIENTLY AND SECURELY ONLINE AT BCARC.ORG/DSFG.

(2/18) BERKSHIRE GROWN HAS 1 MORE WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET PLANNED FOR SATURDAY, FEB.18TH, 10 AM-2PM AT MONUMENT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, 313 MONUMENT VALLEY ROAD, GREAT BARRINGTON. YOU’LL FIND LOCAL VEGETABLES, FRUIT, MEAT, CHEESES, HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, FERMENTS, PRESERVES, BREADS, SWEETS, CRAFTS, HOT LUNCH AND MORE; PLUS FOOD ADVENTURES FOR KIDS AND LIVE MUSIC FOR ALL! SNAP/EBT IS PROUDLY ACCEPTED AT ALL MARKETS. FIND MORE DETAILS ONLINE AT BERKSHIREGROWN.ORG.

(3/1) THE HOUSATONIC CITIZENS COORDINATING COUNCIL’S 1ST MEETING OF 2017 WILL BE HELD AT THE LENOX LIBRARY IN LENOX THE EVENING OF MARCH 1. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS ACCORDINGLY.

(3/9) “MORNING MEDITATION” IS ONCE AGAIN BEING OFFERED AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH ON THURSDAYS FROM 8-9 AM. THE 8-WEEK SESSION BEGINS MARCH 9. $55 FOR MEMBERS, $70 FOR GUESTS. CALL 413-528-2810 FOR DETAILS.

(3/11) STARTING MONDAY MARCH 13, BERKSHIRE SOUTH WILL OFFER BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH FOR ADULTS 18 & UP. THE 6-SESSION SERIES WILL RUN FROM 11AM-NOON FROM MARCH 13-APRIL 17. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. THE SERIES IS $42 FOR MEMBERS, $50 FOR GUESTS. CALL 413-528-2810 OR GO ONLINE TO BERKSHIRESOUTH.ORG .

(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 .

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