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HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. A Free 4 Week Series for Parents. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. This series, for parents of 1-8 year olds, offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven effective in everyday parenting. Learn simple techniques that really work! Gain your child’s cooperation, set limits and maintain goodwill, use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express your anger without being hurtful, resolve family conflicts peacefully. Each participant will receive a copy of the book How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.  Light refreshments will be served. Free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register or for more information at 664-4821.
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GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. Harold Ramis directs this hysterical cult classic comedy starring Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. Click here for more information. Mahaiwe
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CUPCAKE WARS
Pittsfield, 5:30-8 p.m.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County will hold its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road. Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County – including Linda’s Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; and Simply Sweet – will compete for the best cupcake in the following categories: Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Most Creative Use of Theme and People's Choice. The cost to attend is $35 in advance and $40 at the door and includes an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO and cupcake tasting. At the end of the evening, a dozen full-size cupcakes from each bakery will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. Tickets are available at the NAMI Berkshire County Office, 333 East St, Rm 417, Pittsfield, at Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St, Pittsfield or online.

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JAZZ VESPERS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Jazz Vespers will be presented by Zion Lutheran Church on First Street. The Jazz Vespers ensemble includes Andy Wrba, bass; Marisa Massery, vocals; Katharine Wiencke, flute; Sturgis Cunningham, drums; and Ben Kohn, piano with additional guest appearances by local musicians. Jazz Vespers and its musicians have been featured in the Berkshire Eagle, the Berkshire Beacon, Berkshire Magazine, and other local news sources. There is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers. All free-will donations are used to directly support the Jazz Vespers ministry.

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SVMC BLOOD DRIVE
Vermont, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive in its employee cafeteria. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well.

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FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS WITH WILLIAMS COLLEGE DINING SERVICES STAFF: SERVED
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Inspired by the movement of everyday life, Forklift Danceworks creates civic spectacles with unlikely performers. Throughout the academic year, Forklift will lead the creation of Served—a dance for and by Williams College Dining Services Staff, illuminating the nearly non-stop movement of campus dining halls. Co-authored with participating staff and students, Served aims to address equity and build connection through a community-based dancemaking process. Since 2001, Forklift Danceworks has pursued its mission of engaging diverse communities through choreography, using movements from daily life and casting community members as primary performers. Through its projects, Artistic Director Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty have earned critical acclaim and a host of awards, including Best Choreographer of 2016 by The Austin Chronicle and Most Outstanding Choreographer of 2013 by the Austin Critics’ Table. 62 Center
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SUNSET HIKE TO SUNSET ROCK ON THE HOOSAC RANGE
North Adams, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Take in the sunset from Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range while sipping on hot apple cider! Friday, February 2, 4:00pm-6:00pm Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: Join BNRC staff to watch the sun set with hot apple cider over the city of North Adams.  1.5-mile roundtrip hike with moderate climbs to the overlook.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike down. BNRC will provide hot apple cider, but feel free to bring snacks and your choice warm drink! Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Pittsfield, take Rt. 8 North.  At the Cumberland Farms, take a right onto Rt. 8A.  Take a right onto Rt. 2.  After climbing the hairpin turns, the BNRC parking lot will be on the right, immediately following the Wigwam Cabins.  Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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COMBINE + BUILD = CREATE AFTER-SCHOOL
Stockbridge, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Combine + Build = CREATE After-school, ages 5-12 Tuition: $245 Codes: YA01W18 / NCYA02W18   Want to spend some serious time sculpting, sketching, painting, printing and molding with art materials' Together we will explore the ways materials can be combined and used, from the typical to the unique. Activities will include drawing and sketching games, designing and printing out own stamps, mixing materials to make art tools, making constructions out of clay (with out visiting artist!), and building with unexpected materials. All of our activity will encourage you to try new things, assemble in different ways, and test the boundaries of your art adventure!    February 2 to April 13 (no class February 23 or March 30), 9 Meetings Fridays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: Citizen's Hall, Stockbridge Instructor: Brielle Rizzotti Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino   February 5 to April 9 (no class February 19), 9 Meetings Mondays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: MCLA's Design Lab, North Adams Instructor: Zoey Hart Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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“SPIRITUALITY AND ROMANTICISM” - WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams Chamber Players present “Spirituality and Romanticism.”Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and his work “Fratres,” as well as two works by J.S. Bach:  “Zerfliesse mein Herz”, from St John Passion, BWV 245, and “Hier in meines Vaters Stätte.” After the intermission they present Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 32.   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12587 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS WITH WILLIAMS COLLEGE DINING SERVICES STAFF: SERVED
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Inspired by the movement of everyday life, Forklift Danceworks creates civic spectacles with unlikely performers. Throughout the academic year, Forklift will lead the creation of Served—a dance for and by Williams College Dining Services Staff, illuminating the nearly non-stop movement of campus dining halls. Co-authored with participating staff and students, Served aims to address equity and build connection through a community-based dancemaking process. Since 2001, Forklift Danceworks has pursued its mission of engaging diverse communities through choreography, using movements from daily life and casting community members as primary performers. Through its projects, Artistic Director Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty have earned critical acclaim and a host of awards, including Best Choreographer of 2016 by The Austin Chronicle and Most Outstanding Choreographer of 2013 by the Austin Critics’ Table. 62 Center
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ALISA DWORSKY: INVERSION
North Adams
In Alisa Dworsky’s work, the visual follows from the tactile. With a cross-disciplinary practice that includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installations, her work in one medium influences her approach to another. The ease with which she moves among diverse media is counter to the over-arching sense of flux and movement in the world of contemporary art-making. Dworsky has found a clear voice and well-defined area of inquiry for her forms, regardless of whether they manifest in two dimensions or three.  This clarity of vision is rare, and the artist’s ability to preserve a sense of spontaneity and vibrancy within the realms of both works on paper and site-based volumetric works even rarer. In the current exhibition, the primary installation is made from a series of tetrahedrons-–regular polyhedrons made of four connected triangular planes. Inspired by tent and kite construction, Dworsky makes the tetrahedrons of tensile fabric panels assembled with lightweight connectors. The triangle and the tetrahedron, forms that are the basis of the visionary work of the engineer and designer, Buckminster Fuller, are remarkably efficient and strong. The free interplay among the geometric forms in Dworsky’s large scale installation suggest shelter and vessel, sail and tent, wing and kite, origami and architecture. For her works on paper, Dworsky employs a graphite frottage method, e.g., applying pressure to transfer the qualities of an object to the surface of the page. Embedded in the two-dimensional drawings are qualities of three-dimensional volume: they are representational and abstract, static and dynamic. In the Entangle and Fold series, she shifts lengths of ribbon beneath the page, recording each impression, and thus allowing the composition to unfold organically. With a nod to John Cage, rules define the parameters of the series, Follow the Nut: a steel nut is placed in the center of the paper and hammered successively until it jumps off the page. Graphite powder describes the path of the nut on a thin layer of transfer paper. Dworsky’s intuitive process is evidence of her respect for serendipity – relying on the moment of surprise to open up the next moment of inquiry.  Dworsky’s architectural training, however, is her anchor, providing a strong framework and rigor for her inquiries in both her two and three dimensional work. Her intense respect for materials is able to shine through all the more as a result. Dworsky exhibits nationally and has created site specific art installations for the Brattleboro Museum, Burlington City Arts, the Bennington Museum, the Fleming Museum, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, 516 Arts (Albuquerque, NM), Artspace (New Haven CT), and the Lexington Art League (Lexington, KY). Dworsky was awarded a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2015 and a Ragdale residency on 2016.  She has received six grants from the Vermont Arts Council, four grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, and grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She earned a Masters in Architecture from Yale and a BA from Stanford, in both Studio Art and International Relations. She is cofounder of the architectural design firm, DS Architects (formerly Terra Firma Inc.), with her husband Danny Sagan. Dworsky currently teaches an architectural design studio at Norwich University and has taught architecture and art at Norwich University, Stanford University, The Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design-Build School over the last twenty years. She lives and works in Montpelier Vermont.
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BONNIE AND MARK OF AFTER OURS DUO
North Adams, 10 - 1 pm
N. Adams Farmers Market, 85 Main St, N. Adams, MA
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ORGANIST PETER SYKES IN A RECITAL OF BACH
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1089 Main St, Housatonic, MA. THE PROGRAM (presented on the Historic Johnson Tracker Organ--the type of mechanical action organ that Bach knew): JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537, Chorale prelude “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele”, BWV 654. FELIX MENDELSSOHN, Prelude and Fugue in G major, op. 37, no. 2, Sonata op. 65, no. 6. NIELS GADE, Drei Orgelstücke op. 22. JOHANNES BRAHMS, Prelude and Fugue in G minor WoO 6, Selections from Op. 122 collection of chorale preludes. For Program Notes visit http://berkshirebach.org/'page_id=5724
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BASICS OF DEVELOPMENT
Great Barrington, 2-5pm

Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, Principal, a. von schlegell & co presents a workshop series for nonprofit organizations.

 

Basics of Development, offered twice (also February 20), is for staff, board and volunteers new in development or who just want a refresher.

 

February 6 , the workshop is held at Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

 

Review basics

- Learn where money is given in the US

- Explore the many sources of funding for which your organization might be qualified

- Discuss the roles of the board, the staff, the volunteers

- Address specific concerns of the participants

 

Fee: $40 per person

Check in: 30 minutes prior

Registration Link

 

 Other planned workshops in the series:

Governance

Volunteers

Annual Fund

Major Gifts

Foundations & Corporations


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MAUHS PERFORMS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher', February 8,9. and 10th. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.  
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END OF LIFE PLANNING WORKSHOPS
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Kimball Farms Life Care in Lenox will host two workshops on end of life planning in January and February. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by calling 413-637-7043. The events are free. The first workshop, “Getting Your Affairs in Order,” will be presented Thursday, Jan. 11. HospiceCare in The Berkshires TITLE June Green will discuss the details of establishing a health care proxy, the MOLST form, living wills and other considerations. Hospice Chaplain Rich Hayes will present “What I’ve Learned from My Conversations with Those Who Are Dying” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Kimball Farms.

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MAUHS DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher', February 8,9. and 10th. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students.  Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.
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PAINT & SIP TO BENEFIT BCC ALUMNI
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Always a beautiful new project to support the BCC Alumni! Join us on Fri, Feb 9th, 2018 6-8pm for a Paint & SIp fundraiser to benefit BCC Alumni. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Echinacea Flower" on a serving tray made from reclaimed wood. Various sizes and style will be available. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats atwww.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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RAFIQ BHATIA
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Rafiq Bhatia is a guitarist and composer who balances meticulous sound art with searing improvisation, “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected” (The New York Times). As a member of Son Lux he anchors the ensemble’s minimal arrangements — and here he appears in a new trio. MASS MoCA
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NIGHT HIKE AT ALFORD SPRINGS
Alford, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the views of the open sky on the Father Loop at Alford Springs. Saturday, February 10, 5:00pm – 8:00pm Difficulty: 2 miles total. Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Note: Night conditions may make this moderate hike harder depending on your comfort level. Description: We will hike 1 mile on the Father Loop to the early successional, open habitat to take in the view of the night sky and enjoy hot apple cider before returning to the trailhead. Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road.  Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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MAUHS DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 2 and 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher'. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.
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VALENTINE DINNER DANCE
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Sons of The American Legion Annual Valentine"s Day dinner dance. Post 125 North Adams ,Ma. Boston Seafood Catering Good Time Entertainment Tickets $50 per couple  $25 Single Many raffle prizes donated from our sponsors Excepting any donations for our raffle or monetary gifts to help support all that we stand for. I can be reached at 413-329-6081 Warm regards, Joseph A. Poplaski, Squadron 125 Adjutant
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FILM | "A HOME ON THE RANGE"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers. Even in the sweatshops of New York, word spread about the town of Petaluma, where the Jews were not the shopkeepers and the professionals—they were the farmers. USA, 2002, 52 mins., directed by Bonnie Burts & Judith Montell, English. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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SHADOW DAYS AT BART
Adams, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
BART Charter Public School (1 Commercial St.) will be hosting "Shadow Days" for families interested in enrolling at the free college preparatory middle & high school.  Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes and electives alongside current BART students. Parents also have the opportunity to tour of the school and ask questions. Advance registration is required and can be completed by calling Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732. Dates and times for "shadowing" in specific grades are as follows:
Wednesday, February 14, 8:30-11 a.m., grades 6 and 10 observed
Wednesday, February 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m., grade 6 observed
Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., grade 7 observed
Friday, February 16, 8:30  a.m. to noon, grades 8 and 9 observed
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SHADOW DAYS AT BART
Adams, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
B BART Charter Public School (1 Commercial St.) will be hosting "Shadow Days" for families interested in enrolling at the free college preparatory middle & high school.  Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes and electives alongside current BART students. Parents also have the opportunity to tour of the school and ask questions. Advance registration is required and can be completed by calling Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732. Dates and times for "shadowing" in specific grades are as follows:
Wednesday, February 14, 8:30-11 a.m., grades 6 and 10 observed
Wednesday, February 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m., grade 6 observed
Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., grade 7 observed
Friday, February 16, 8:30  a.m. to noon, grades 8 and 9 observed
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POLIÇA / S T A R G A Z E
North Adams, 8 p.m.
s t a r g a z e, Berlin’s collective of new music mavericks, joins forces with the brooding pop of Poliça to create a new evening-length work Music for the Long Emergency, commissioned by and premiered with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. Pitchfork describes Poliça as “digitized Norah Jones atop Radiohead at its most polyrhythmic.” Fold in one of Europe’s hottest ensembles for a sense of this boundary-breaking collaboration. A new work for the ensemble by Daniel Wohl opens the show. MASS MoCA
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SHADOW DAYS AT BART
Adams, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
BART Charter Public School (1 Commercial St.) will be hosting "Shadow Days" for families interested in enrolling at the free college preparatory middle & high school.  Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes and electives alongside current BART students. Parents also have the opportunity to tour of the school and ask questions. Advance registration is required and can be completed by calling Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732. Dates and times for "shadowing" in specific grades are as follows:
Wednesday, February 14, 8:30-11 a.m., grades 6 and 10 observed
Wednesday, February 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m., grade 6 observed
Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., grade 7 observed
Friday, February 16, 8:30  a.m. to noon, grades 8 and 9 observed
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BEER & CHEESE TASTINGS
Williamstown, 6-7 p.m.
You've heard of pairing wine and cheese, but beer and cheese' Wild Oats will hold a series of beer and cheese tastings; each event will feature different beers and cheeses so come to one or come to all three. The cost is $10, which includes four pairings and a Wild Oats pint glass. Space is limited; register at customer service at the store, 320 Main St.

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