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FORUM ON IMMIGRATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Manos Unidas and Berkshire Green will sponsor a forum on immigration and the environment. All candidates for Pittsfield City Council have been invited to attend.

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TALK ON INTERDISCIPLINARY FIELDS
Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.
Roderick Ferguson, professor of African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago), will speak at Williams College in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public. Ferguson’s talk will address interdisciplinary fields as occupying a contradictory history within the academy—as both the critics of the institution and its supplicants. Ferguson asks what conditions are necessary for increasing the critical possibilities of interdisciplinary fields.

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COMMUNITY PRESERVATION PLAN INPUT SESSION
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Community Preservation Committee will host its first public input session related to the creation of a Community Preservation Plan in City Council Chambers. The meeting will provide an overview of the Community Preservation Act as well as the required steps the committee will take prior to identifying specific projects for funding. The plan is a required step that allows the community to develop priorities in how Community Preservation Act funds are spent within the four allotted categories: parks, open space, historic preservation, and community housing.

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BERKSHIRE GROWN'S HARVEST SUPPER
Great Barrington, 6-8 p.m.
Berkshire Grown’s 19th Annual Harvest Supper puts local food at the center of the celebration at Ski Butternut. New this year, Berkshire Grown is partnering with State Sen, Adam G. Hinds, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, to highlight the Berkshires’ thriving farm to table movement at the Harvest Supper. Hinds is hosting his Committee members in the Berkshires on Sept. 25, for a full agenda of regional tourism, cultural, and small business related events that will end at Berkshire Grown's Harvest Supper celebration. The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $85 and are available online or by calling 413-528-0041. For the first time, there are a limited number of $40 tickets for guests under 40 years old.

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TODDLER STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.

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DALTON AMERICAN LEGION PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Dalton, 6:30 p.m.
Customize your own Slate Sign! Join us on TUE 9/26/17 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Dalton American Legion Auxiliary. You'll learn to paint this unique "Slate Welcome Sign" with your family name and house on an authentic slate roofing tile, various sizes available. At Dalton American Legion, 258 North St, Dalton, MA. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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'CLOTH AND COLONIALISM'
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
Victoria Rovine, a Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, presents the free lecture “Cloth and Colonialism: France, French West Africa, and the Construction of Cultures” in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Cloth’s soft, pliable nature makes it an improbable vehicle for the assertion of power, yet it played a singular role in the history of French colonial West Africa. Rovine’s lecture explores how French authorities sought to use cloth to control and characterize West African cultures.

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'I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO'
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present a Global Film Series this fall, which will feature three documentary films in Murdock Hall room 218. Each event is free. “I am Not Your Negro” will kick off the series. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. “I am Not Your Negro” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. The series continues Oct. 24 with “14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim and Vanessa Lopez" and “Fire at Sea” on Nov. 29.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

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BABY AND ME YOGA
North Adams, 3 - 4 p.m.
Baby and Me Yoga. Wednesday, September 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Family Center Playroom 210 State Street, North Adams. At the Baby and Me group time. Join us for a relaxing yoga time with baby and parent, followed by light snack. For parents and babies up until 12 months. Please call 413-664-4821 to register.
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GIRL SCOUT INFORMATION NIGHT
Dalton, 6 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts will host an information and registration session for caregivers and their daughters at the Dalton Free Library, 426 Main St. Girl Scout troops for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 are now forming. The membership fee is $35; financial aid is available. Mentoring opportunities are also available. Contact Ashley Batlle at 413-727-5742 or abatlle@gscwm.org for more information.

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PAINT & SIP FOR STUDENTS IN NEED OF EYEGLASSES
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Support Specs for Students on Thursday 9/28/17 6-8pm. Join us for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit Pittsfield Students in need of Eye Glasses hosted by Pittsfield Vision Associates. You'll learn to paint this energetic image of "Trees of Color" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, donation and snack included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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SALLY BEDELL SMITH’S PRINCE CHARLES
Lenox, 4 – 5 p.m.
Celebrated royal writer Sally Bedell Smith discusses her New York Times best-selling biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.  The Mount
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DOWNSTREET ART THURSDAY
North Adams, 5-8 p.m.

The 2017 DownStreet Art season will celebrate its finale with a performance by Magic Lantern Theater, as well as 8 Foot River, Francesca Shanks, and Chad Tarves. In addition, there will be a "Marafanyi Meets the Mural" performance on Center Street, as Alaa Awad's "Justice" mural becomes the catalyst for community collaboration with Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song. In Gallery 51 opening exhibition reception, "Yellow Bowl Project," by artist Setsuko Winchester. In MCLA Desing Lab, "Home Nature Museum: North Adams," a pop-up installation of natural history resources activated and expanded by community participation. Also, poet Seth Brown will return to perform his freestyle interactive rap.


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NORTH ADAMS LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 6 - 7 p.m.
The Family Center will hold Lego Groups at the North Adams Public Library beginning in September. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group September 14th and 28th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
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KENNY GARRETT QUINTET AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Music Williamstown, MA For more than 30 years, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. Mr. Garrett, who plays alto and soprano sax is joined by some very special musicians: Corcoran Holt on acoustic bass, Rudy Bird, percussion, and Marcus Baylor, drumkit. Vernell Brown fills out the group on acoustic piano. Free MainStage, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance 1000 Main Street, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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'ON TYRANNY' STUDY GROUP
North Adams, 6 p.m.
A study group is forming to read and discuss Timothy Snyder’s small but powerful reminder that we are no more sophisticated than other democracies that have failed to understand threats from within and without. Join facilitator Richard Dassatti at the North Adams Public Library to read and reflect on the ideas in Snyder's slender volume "On Tyranny." Books are available for circulation at the library. Meetings will be Thursdays, September 14, 21  and 28 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room (pink, downstairs).

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LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 6-7 p.m.
The North Adams Public Library in partnership with the Family Center is hosting a free Lego group for families of children ages 4-12 (siblings welcome) where Legos are provided for a fun hour of free play, opportunities for co-operative building with peers, and a Lego challenge option.

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LIGHT UP YOUR BIKE FALL FOLIAGE BIKE PARADE & RODEO
North Adams, 5 p.m.
Join the Downtown Bike Around, where organizers hope to gather 100 cyclists for a bike parade. Meet at the lot at 5 p.m. for a bike safety course and bike decorating; ride begins at 6:30 p.m.

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COLLEGE PREP INFORMATION NIGHT
Windsor, 7 p.m.
Joshua Mendel, director of Recruitment and Outreach at MCLA , will present an information session on the college search and application process at The Williams Inn in Williamstown. Guidance will be provided to students and parents regarding the college search and application process. Mendel will share tips on choosing where to apply, important timelines, essay writing, interviewing, and the application process. The event is free but registration is requested at 413-749-1165 or by email by Sept. 25.


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TALK ON IDENTITY THEFT
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Kimball Farms Life Care in Lenox will host a presentation on identity theft, the Equifax security breach, computer fraud, and other scams. Presenters will include Ann Lynch from the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, and Kate Alexander from Berkshire Consumer Services. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Kimball Farms at 413-637-7000.

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'BRAIN BUILDING' PARENT WORKSHOP
North Adams, 11 a.m.-noon
A “Brain Building” Parent Workshop will be held at The Family Center, 210 State St. Parents will learn easy, hands-on brain-building activities that they can use every day in their own home. Every family will receive a Brain Building bag of goodies to take home! Onsite child care if needed. Call 413-664-4821 to register.
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Astronomy students at Williams College will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory on Main Street. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits.

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FALL FOLIAGE ZITI SUPPER
North Adams, 4-7 p.m.
St. Elizabeth's of Hungary will hold its annual ziti supper at the Parish Center. Dinner includes ziti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. Desserts will also be available. The cost is $10 per person, with kids 12 and under $7.

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FALL FOLIAGE CHILDREN’S PARADE
North Adams, 5 p.m.
Children from throughout the Northern Berkshires are encouraged to make costumes and enter the parade. This year's theme is "Magic in the Berkshires.” Participants must arrive at the corner of Main and Eagle streets at 5 p.m. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and will proceed west on Main St. to City Hall. Ribbons will be given to all participants. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, Oct, 1. Please note that groups should be 10 or less children, as there are only 10 metals that will be awarded per category/prize.

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FALL FOLIAGE MAGIC IN THE BERKSHIRES COMMUNITY DANCE
North Adams, 7 p.m.-midnight
A community dance for all ages will be held at Game On, 66 Main St., featuring live music withLicense to Groove, dancing, light refreshments, games and more, with the theme of "Magic in the Berkshires."

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BRIEN CENTER WALK OUT OF DARKNESS PAINT & SIP
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Symbolic to the cause! Join us on SAT 9/30/17 7-9pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Walk Out of Darkness Brien Center's Team. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Sunshine Dragonflies" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, donation and snack included for $35. CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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SWEDISH MEATBALL SUPPER
Lenox, 5 - 7 p.m.
The United Methodist Church of Lenox will serve a Swedish Meatball Supper at the church, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts. The meal will include Swedish meatballs, noodles, green beans, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. $13 Adults/Teens - $7 Children 5 - 12 years and Children under 5 years free. For reservations/information call 413-442-4738 or email shirleyjoslinperkins@gmail.com - include name, phone/cell# and number of people. Walk-ins will be welcome!
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BUDDY WALK OF THE BERKSHIRES
Dalton, 10 a.m.
Hosted by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group, this one mile walk starts and ends at Craneville Elementary School where there will be a family picnic, a raffle, live music and other fun activities. Funds from the event will directly benefit people living in Berkshire County providing social opportunities for individuals and families, special therapies not covered by other insurance, community activities for children with disabilities, Down Syndrome awareness events, conference sponsorships and scholarships, and ongoing research in the area of Down Syndrome. Register online. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event'llr=hnv7exzab&oeidk=a07eec47dv249f5aaa7
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BACK TO SCHOOL: A HISTORICAL LOOK AT EDUCATION IN WILLIAMSTOWN
Williamstown, 11:00 a.m.
The WHM hosts a lecture at the Milne Public Library, at 1095 Main Street in Williamstown on Saturday, September 30 at 11 a.m., "Back to School:  A Historical Look at Education in Williamstown."  Beloved former school principal and enthusiastic community presence, Jane Allen, will present a lecture schools in Williamstown.  Both a walk down memory lane and an informative  presentation, this lecture is not to be missed!
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