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BLOSSOMING ORCHARD PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
New York, 2 p.m.
Paint a Pretty in Pink Picture! Join us on SUN 2/17/19 2-4pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Melvin Roads American Legion. You'll learn to paint this locally inspired spring image of "Blossoming Orchard” on a large 16x20 canvas. At the Melvin Roads American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at https://berkshirepaintandsip.squarespace.com/deliveries/sun-217-2pm-open-to-the-public-blossoming-orchard-rensselaer-ny or call (413) 205-8346.   
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STUMP THE RANGER
Lanesborough, 1-2 p.m.
Come out and meet the cool Park Ranger for a fun, informative and engaging question and answer presentation about everything Mt. Greylock. Discover a multitude of amazing facts and revealing secrets relating to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Topics could range from park wildlife in winter, geology, historical trivia and recreation as we challenge participants to stump the ranger! All ages are welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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WALDEN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
The Walden Chamber Players, widely lauded as one of the most versatile and exciting chamber groups performing today, will be returning to the South Berkshire Concert Series hosted at Bard College at Simon's Rock. They will offer a Viennese-themed program of music for string trio from the 18th and 20th centuries along with the perennial romantic favorite, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet for an ensemble enlarged to include double bass and piano performed by guest artists Donald Palma and Larry Wallach. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

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MATHIAS J. BARTELS COMMUNITY NORDIC SKI RACE
Williamstown, 11:30 a.m.
The 10th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held at Mt. Greylock Regional School. The event will feature an approximately 3 km kids’/ beginners’ classic race at 11:30, a lollipop race for young children, and a 6 km classic race starting at 11:50. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities. Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners.  A $15 onation is requested at day of race registration.  All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional School - M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund. In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check online for race updates.

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'THE JOY AND HEARTBREAK OF WOMENíS FRIENDSHIPS'
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Diane Barth, LCSW, a psychotherapist widely recognized for her expertise in women’s relationships, will speak at the Lenox Library's Distinguished Lecture Series.Barth has observed how life changes affect women’s friendships in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. She has given advice on how to manage betrayal and rejection, how to deal with a narcissistic or bossy friend, what to do when your best friend and your family don’t get along, how to let go of a friendship that has stopped working, and much more. All Distinguished Lectures are free.

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WINTER AT THE CLARK
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
Clark Art Institute Grounds Manager and horticulturist Matthew Noyes leads “Inhabiting the Landscape: Winter at the Clark,” a walk-and-talk focused on the museum’s approach to winterizing its 140-acre campus. Take in the beauty of the Berkshire winter on the museum grounds while learning about how the Clark balances fine art aesthetics with a commitment to environmental responsibility, and discover the many opportunities for seasonal fun on Stone Hill. After the guided walk, borrow a pair of snowshoes and explore the campus on your own. Space is limited; registration is required at 413-458-0524.

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MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET
New York, 2 p.m.
The Ghent Playhouse kicks off the second-half of its 2018-2019 season with the hilarious kitchen-sink family dramedy "Miracle on South Division Street." Tickets are $22 general admission, $17 members, and $10 students. To order tickets, visit GhentPlayhouse.org or call 1-800-838-3006.
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FINDING YOUR WAY IN WINTER
Lanesborough, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark. Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a park interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center on Rockwell Road. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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PRESIDENTSí DAY HIKE
Lanesborough, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the founding fathers of our country with a spirited Presidents’ Day hike on the Bradley Farm Trail at the base of Mt. Greylock. Program is free and open to the public. Explore the wonders of nature in winter with a Park Naturalist along a 1.8-mile state-designated Healthy Heart Trail. We’ll look for signs of wildlife activity from their tracks in the snow and identify trees in the mixed northern hardwood forest by their bark. Trail ability is easy-moderate and suitable for ages 8 and up. Dress for the weather in warm layers and wear sturdy shoes; trekking poles, traction devices for boots or snowshoes are recommended. Meet at the Visitor Center on Rockwell Road. Inclement weather cancels. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The 2019 Williams College French Film Festival will take place at Images Cinema, 50 Spring St.. All screenings are free and open to the public. This year’s theme, “Transitions: Coming of Age in French and Francophone Adolescent Film” focuses on the child and adolescent French and Francophone film as a site of exploration, transformation, and transitions. Feb. 18 will feature "Maman(s) (Mother(s))" (2015) by Maïmouna Doucouré, in French and Wolof with English subtitles, and "Tomboy" (2011) by Céline Sciamma, in French with English subtitles. Feb. 25 will feature "Polina, danser sa vie (Polina)" (2015) by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller, in Russian and French with English subtitles.

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TODDLER STORY TIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
The North Adams Public Library hosts toddler story time for ages birth to 3 years old on the second floor; siblings are welcome. One or two stories will be read read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

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WINTER BIRDS PROGRAM FOR YOUTH
North Adams, 2 p.m.
Mariah from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will join the North Adams Public Library on Tuesday for a reading of "Birds in Winter," accompanied by a lesson on what birds you might see during the cold months. Each child will make a bird feeder to take home. The lesson in geared toward first- through fourth-graders but any interested youth are welcome.

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STEM TIME AT THE FAMILY CENTER
North Adams, 12:15 p.m.
School Age STEM Time for Ages 5-8 from 2:15-3:15 and Preschool STEM Time Ages 2.5-5 from 3:30-4:30
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SARGENT LECTURE
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Clark Art Institute Fellow Susan Sidlauskas presents the free lecture "John Singer Sargent and the Matter of Paint" in the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. Sidlauskas teaches the history and theory of modern art at Rutgers University, where she also co-directs a research seminar on the Medical Humanities at the Center for Cultural Analysis. She is at work on a study of the medical portrait.

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MOONLIGHT OWL AND WILDLIFE PROWL
Pittsfield, 6:30-8 p.m.
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, offers a moonlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. Afterward, we’ll warm up with tea and hot cocoa. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes may be required depending on conditions; bring yours, or borrow ours. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children; registration is required at 413-637-0320.

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FREE PUBLIC SKATING
Pittsfield, 1-2:30 p.m.
The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires for free public skating events. The first 100 people through the door will receive both free admission for skating and skate rental, if needed (limited size availability). The club is located at 16 Melville St.

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MOONLIT DRAGONFLY PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Connecticut, 6 p.m.
Let serenity and tranquility take over your canvas on FRI 2/22/19 6-8pm. Join us for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the David M. Hunt Library. You’ll learn how to paint this tranquil image of "Moonlit Dragonfly Pond" on a large 16x20 canvas. At David M Hunt Library, 63 Main St, Falls Village, CT. All painting materials, donation, and wine & cheese included for $35! Reserve your seats at https://berkshirepaintandsip.squarespace.com/deliveries/fri-22219-6pm-open-to-the-public-moonlit-dragonfly-pond-falls-village-ct or call (413) 205-8346.  
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PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
The North Adams Public Library hosts preschool story time for ages 3 to 6 years old on the second floor; siblings are welcome. Several stories will be read, with time to share ideas and thoughts as well as a craft.

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DAD AND FAMILY BOWLING AND PIZZA
North Adams, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Dad and Family Bowling and Pizza: February 20, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 at Valley Park Bowling Dads and families are invited to join us for an hour of candle pin bowling and pizza!  Dads: bring your whole family or make it a fun time for just you & your child! FREE for Northern Berkshire families with children 8 years old and under.  Call to register, 413-664-4821.  Spots are limited!
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HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS HOLIDAY
North Adams, Noon-3 p.m.
A Harry Potter Hogwarts Holiday will be held at the North Adams Public Library. Kids can spend the afternoon traveling to Hogwarts Castle to celebrate all things Harry Potter. Activities, crafts and refreshments are provided; costumes are encouraged.

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NICE AND EASY TRAIL HIKE
Lanesborough, 10 a.m.
Guided by a Park Naturalist, these easy-paced, two- to three-mile hikes are geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Hikes may include bird viewing, tree identification, or just a great opportunity to join other hiking enthusiasts. Be prepared for the weather; dress in warm layers and wear sturdy shoes; trekking poles, traction devices for boots or snowshoes are recommended. Bring water, a snack and binoculars. Meet at the Visitor Center on Rockwell Road. Inclement weather cancels. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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LEGO CLUB AT THE ADAMS LIBRARY
Adams, 4 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 from 4:00-5:00 for ages 3-8 years.  Parents and children can join us to create with LOTS of Legos. Families from any Northern Berkshire town may attend.  No need to register, just drop by!
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WILLIAMS FACULTY LECTURE SERIES
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
During February and March, Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The lectures will be held in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, and will be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.On Feb. 14, Phoebe Cohen, associate professor of geosciences, will discuss " The Evolution of Life before Animals: Building Shields, Dodging Snowballs, and Gasping for Breath." On Feb. 21, Maria Elena Cepeda, professor of Latina/o studies, will talk about "Latina Feminist Moments of Recognition: A U.S. Colombiana Encounter with Bomba Estereo's 'Soy yo.'" On Feb. 28, Guy Hedreen, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, will present "The Origin of Species in Empedocles and the Visual Representation of Monsters: A Tale of Two Theories." On March 7, Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana studies, will speak on "How to Live Free in an Age of Pessimism." And on March 14, the final talk, "Authorizing Nelly: Female Narratie Authority, Wuthering Heights, and Me" will be presented by Alison Case, Dennis A. Meenan, '54 Third Century Professor of English.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DINNER
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
The Williamstown League of Women Voters annually holds a dinner in honor of Susan B. Anthony. The speaker is Chris Gibson, former congressman, now teaching in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College. His talk is titled "E Pluribus Unum: Healing our Divided Country" and will be held at the Williams Inn. The cost is $35. For reservations contact Mary Lovvorn by email.

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JUNGLE JIM'S HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS ACADEMY TRAINING
North Adams, 2:30 p.m.
The North Adams Public Library will host a Jungle Jim's Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training, a fully-interactive program that will prepare participants to become wizards themselves. Professor Jungle-Flick teaches children how perform their own magic, play some Quidditch, and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts. Best suited for children ages 5-11, though siblings are welcome.

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FINDING YOUR WAY IN WINTER
Lanesborough, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark. Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a park interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center on Rockwell Road. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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LA VOZ DE TRES - VISITING ARTIST SERIES AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
La Voz de Tres blends infectious rhythms and nuanced songwriting traditions from Latin America, original compositions, and works from the great American songbook, creating a delightful and surprising improvisational texture. For this concert the trio of vocalist Natalia Bernal, pianist Mike Eckroth, and seven-string guitarist Jason Ennis are joined by another longtime friend, composer, improviser, and multi-genre cellist, Eugene Friesen.    https://events.williams.edu/event/la-voz-de-tres-visiting-artist-series/   Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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MAKING TRACKS INVESTIGATION STATION
Lanesborough, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ever wonder about the critters walking in your woods' Visit a fun natural history investigation station for the answers. Participants will explore some of the native wildlife that live at Mount Greylock with hands-on animal track displays and artifacts geared toward winter wildlife sign identification. Activities include track making, scavenger hunts, games and coloring crafts. This all-ages program is designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a park interpreter. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center on Rockwell Road. For more information call 413-499-4262.
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COINCIDANCE AT LENOX CONTRA WITH LISA AND MAGGIE
Lenox, 7:45 - 11:00 p.m.
This month's dance is on the FOURTH Saturday. Music by Coincidance - Tony Pisano (accordion), Josh Pisano (percussion), Eric Martin (fiddle and viola), Susan Creighton (keyboard), and Eric Buddington (fiddle), with callers Maggie McRae and Lisa Marchetti. Come join us contra dancing on Saturday nights in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Lenox Community Center, at 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage. Admission is $12 and $6 for students. New Dancers - 2nd dance free!    Dances begin with a 15 minute beginner introduction at 7:45 followed by dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Refreshments are offered during the social break from dancing. All the dances are taught. Come alone or with others.
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WILDLIFE TRACKING WORKSHOPS
Great Barrington, 9:30-12:00 & 1:00-3:30
Learn to identify wildlife tracks and sign from the master, internationally acclaimed wildlife tracker and photographer Sue Morse. This is a hands-on, in the field opportunity to learn about and track bear, bobcat, coyote, fox, and others. 9:30am-12pm (Space Limited, $25/person) 1-3:30pm (Space Limited, $25/person) EMAIL TO REGISTER : elia@thebeatnews.org *Carpool from Monument Mountain High School to location*
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