Berkshire Family Fun: April 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
April 2016

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of April. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!

There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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ADAMS

Wednesday, April 6, 12:30-1:30; Wednesday, April 13, 12:30-1:30; Wednesday, April 20, 12:30-1:30
WELLNESS WORKSHOP
What are your health goals? Since the mind and body are intricately connected, making one seemingly small change can have a far-reaching impact on your overall sense of well-being. Berkshire Health Systems will be holding a four week workshop series on healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and more. Participants will receive a wellness screening. Each participant will identify his or her own personal goals and hear strategies for taking small steps in the direction of a healthier lifestyle. Join others interested in making these small changes, at the Adams Visitor Center. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 12:30-1:30
WELLNESS WORKSHOP
What are your health goals? Since the mind and body are intricately connected, making one seemingly small change can have a far-reaching impact on your overall sense of well-being. Berkshire Health Systems will be holding a four week workshop series on healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and more. Participants will receive a wellness screening. Each participant will identify his or her own personal goals and hear strategies for taking small steps in the direction of a healthier lifestyle. Join others interested in making these small changes, at the Adams Visitor Center. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 6pm
MAGIC SHOW/JUGGLING
Magic shows are a great family event because children and adults can have a different, yet equally engaging experience. Viewers can choose to believe wholeheartedly in the performer’s magical abilities, or they can view magic as a puzzle to solve, trying to figure out how the tricks are achieved. Scott Jameson will be captivating viewers of all ages with his magic and juggling act at the Adams Free Library. In addition to his juggling, Jameson will also spin basketballs, make umbrellas appear out of thin air, and unlock the telekinetic abilities of one lucky audience member. 413-743-8345. 92 Park St, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.
Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.
Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.
Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

Monday, April 4, 11am-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
North Adams residents: One of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best modern art is right in your backyard, and today it’s free. See something new in one of the temporary exhibitions or revisit your favorite permanent works at MASS MoCA on the 4th of the month, when it’s free for 01247 residents. Bring an official ID or utility bill with your address on it. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 14, 5:30pm-7pm
FINANCIAL LITERACY/PARENTING
Teaching your children about money can both prepare them for their future and help them understand the world around them in the present. At this workshop, “The Value of a Dollar,” presenters will provide tips on how to lead useful financial conversations with your children. This workshop is for parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade and will take place at The Family Center. Dinner will be provided for adults and their children. 413-663-7588. 210 State Street, North Adams. MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-12pm
AUTOMOTIVES/JUNIOR ENGINEERING
Do your kids love to play with toy trucks? They can see the real thing in person at the Haskins Center while learning about the science of how automobiles work. Your kids can explore fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks and many more community vehicles. Encourage your children’s interest in engineering and machines. Please donate a baked good for the bake sale fundraiser. 413-664-4821. 210 State St, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 6pm-7:30pm
PARENTING/COMMUNITY SUPPORT
What do you think are the qualities, actions, and behaviors of a great father? This “Nurturing Fathers” Program at The Family Place will explore the crucial role which fathers play in their children’s lives, and provide support to help dads raise happy, healthy kids. This is a 12-part workshop which will take place at various times over the course of several weeks. Please call 413-663-7588 for more information and to register. 61 Main Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/PSYCHOLOGY
The prevalence of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders has increased in recent years, though it is difficult to say whether this reflects an increase in the amount of people on the spectrum, or a higher level of diagnosis due to more widespread knowledge of ASD. Either way, we can all benefit from having an empathetic understanding of the lives of people on the spectrum. You can learn about neurodiversity on a personal level by screening the 2015 documentary, How To Dance in Ohio, at MASS MoCA’s Club B10. This film explores the lives of three young women on the autism spectrum as they prepare for their spring formal dance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA WAY. North Adams, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 23, 8pm
HISTORY/MULTIMEDIA THEATER
Jack Kerouac popularized the term “beat generation,” referring to the underground movement of writers, musicians, and artists he was a part of in the late 1940s and 1950s. This term has multiple possible meanings, as it could refer a sense of being beat down and tired, but also has a musical connotation- the beat. You can learn about the beat generation and the impact which that movement still has today, at a multimedia performance of dance and theater put on by Mass MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA WAY. North Adams, MA. ($)

Monday, April 25, 10am-11am
PARENTING/NEUROSCIENCE
One of the struggles of special needs children is that they can be misunderstood by uninformed peers. Parents of special needs children may have a similar feeling, that people around them don’t quite know what they’re going through. The Family Center in North Adams is providing a chance for parents of children with special needs or delays to share their experiences with an understanding audience. Meet local parents with children ages birth to eight years in a casual environment. Snacks will be provided. Transportation and child care are available. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 27, 5:30pm-7pm
PARENTING/PSYCHOLOGY
Time outs are a classic parenting technique for disciplining a child. The effectiveness of time outs demonstrates how much children need and want stimulation, and feedback from their parents. Some psychologists advise that brief time outs, even as short as one minute, can effectively enforce positive behaviors in young children. This four-part parenting workshop at The Family Center will provide recommendations about discipline methods, active communication, problem solving and consequences. Try out new methods and provide feedback for other parents as you meet on April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18. Child care and transportation are available. This workshop is for caregivers who are actively parenting. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 29, 5pm
WRITING/TEENS
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Teen Writing Workshop provides teenagers a safe space to express themselves, in both poetry and fiction. Writing can help these teens process emotions and events, and develop a useful skill. These writers will be showcasing some of their best work in a public performance at The Common Folk Gallery. Some material will be sensitive to younger children. There will be some material that may be sensitive to younger children, so please use discretion when attending this event. Come out and support the hard work these teens have put into writing. 413-663-7588. 18 Holden Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.
Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.
North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.
MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.
Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

WILLIAMSTOWN

Sunday, April 3, 10am-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Every first Sunday of the month, The Clark Art Institute offers free admission! The Clark Art Institute, located in north Berkshire County, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. This Sunday, in addition to free museum admission there will be a free, all ages drawing event. Pick up a sketchbook at the front desk for drawing at the gallery. From 11am-2pm, attend an art talk and apply what you’ve learned from your own experience to the methods, techniques and visions of these great artists. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Monday, April 11, 7pm
FILM STUDIES
Meet two filmmakers and graduates of Williams College, John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, before screening Sayles’ award-winning 1991 film, City of Hope (rated R). This film explores political corruption through a personal lens. It is about a fictional American city, in which the mayor is attempting to drive out low-income housing residents in order to erect condominiums for profit. John Sayles also appears in this film as an actor. If you have seen the film before, be sure to come with questions concerning Sayles’ acting or directing experience in its creation. Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Tuesday, April 12, 4pm
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY/EDUCATION
Anyone who has had an extended conversation with a three-year-old child knows that children are naturally curious; they want to learn. This fact is clearly demonstrated through all of the “Who?” “What?” “Why?” questions children are so eager to ask. Teacher and developmental psychologist Susan Engel points out, however, that curiosity is a relatively under-researched topic. Attend this twenty minute lecture followed by a discussion at Williams College and you can find out about the research Engel conducted on curiosity for her book, The Hungry Mind: the Origins of Curiosity in Childhood. Her research has interesting implications for both parents and educators. This lecture will take place in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library. 413-597-4277. Williams College. 880 Main St, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 13, 5:30pm
PHILOSOPHY OF ART
Entire classes in the field of philosophy focus on coming up with a sound definition for the word “art.” Art is something which separates humans from most other species. Species of mammals such as elephants, however, have shown an interest in painting and using instruments once humans provided the opportunity. Non-human artistic endeavors make the concept of art even more mysterious. Art provides an entryway for discussion of myriad philosophical topics. In this lecture at The Clark Art Institute assistant professor for philosophy Emmanuel Alloa will explore the question: “Can images think?” He will argue that thinking is not limited to the realm of language. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 2:30pm
FILM STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
The 2013 animated film Boy and the World (PG) involves almost no dialogue, but features stunning visuals and an equally superb soundtrack of Brazilian music. Screening this movie at Images Cinema is a good opportunity to experience a foreign film, from Brazil, without the struggle of reading many subtitles. Instead, viewers can focus on the artwork and music. The lack of dialogue makes this already family-friendly film great for children. You can also discuss with your children the themes of environmentalism which are implicit in the story. Parents and kids who enjoy making art will likely feel inspired by the unique animation style employed by the filmmakers. Boy and the World has won over 40 film festival awards. Images Cinema. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER CONCERT
The Mendelssohn’s were a prominent family in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Moses Mendelssohn was a philosopher who wrote of what he called the “Jewish Enlightenment.” His grandson, Felix Mendelssohn, was a musical prodigy who played piano, composed, and conducted. You can hear Mendelssohn’s compositions brought to life under the direction of cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, with violinist David Chan, at The Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA ($$)

Monday, April 18, 9am-12pm
PUPPETRY
Do you have a child who loves puppets? Unlike toys with pre-programmed voices, set personalities, or extensive instructions, puppets open up your child to a world of creative possibilities. Children sometimes find it easier to express their feelings through the characters they create with puppets. Playing with puppets also provides children with an outlet for writing stories and performing them for friends and family, alone or collaboratively. This five day workshop at The Clark Art Institute will teach your child how to make and use puppets. Master puppeteer David Lane will teach children between the ages of ten and fifteen his personal knowledge of the art form. Participants will also have access to the museum’s collection for inspiration. For more information, call 413-458-0410. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA ($$$)

Tuesday, April 26, 4pm
RELIGIOUS STUDIES/CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The constitutional statements concerning separation of church and state have far-reaching impact on individual ideology, institutions, and even geography. In his forthcoming novel, Landscapes of the Secular: Law, Religion, and American Sacred Space, Nicholas Howe explores the intersection of these concepts. He discusses America’s nominal secularity, combined with freedom of religion, and how these concepts impact the way individuals view the American landscape. His book covers many topics: religious studies, architecture, geography, constitutional law and environmental history. He will be discussing this book at Williams College in the Stetson Reading Room of the Sawyer Library. 26 Hopkins Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.
Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.
Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.
Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.
Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.
Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Notchview Reservation 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

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Central Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/NATURE HIKE
Learn about invasive species at The Boulders as you engage in nature preservation with your community. Participants are needed to pick up trash and pull invasive garlic mustard. Pizza will be provided at noon followed by a group hike. Please bring water, gloves, and be prepared to get dirty. 413-499-0596. Meet at Craneville Elementary School, 71 Park Avenue, Dalton MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Saturday, April 2, 11am
THEATER/NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY
Trickster characters are an archetype appearing in folktales of virtually all origins. Tricksters compensate for their lack of power or physical strength through cunning and deceit. Though these characters show how adversity can in some cases be overcome by intellect. The Grumbling Gryphons will be performing two trickster tales of Native American origin at The Spectrum Playhouse. After this interactive play there will be a chance to meet the actors. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin St. Lee, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 6, 12:30pm-2pm
GUIDED HIKE/NATURE STUDIES
Beautiful Basin Pond has twice been dammed by humans, to disastrous failure both times. Currently, beavers maintain a dam on the pond and thus have created a gorgeous wetland habitat. You can explore trails maintained by the Berkshire National Resources Council on this 2.5 mile long guided group hike. You will see stone walls and views of the pond on this moderately difficult exploration. Email mleavitt@bnrc.net with any questions. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm
LITERACY
Reading books is not just correlated with academic success in linguistic subjects. According to the National Education Association, “children who were read to frequently are also more likely to count to 20, or higher, than those who were not (60% vs. 44%).” Libraries offer parents the opportunity to access books free of charge, but still, children develop an attachment to books and it’s great to be able to own them. Come to the Lee Library to get free children’s books which the library is replacing with new titles. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 24, 1pm-3pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/ECOLOGY
Thanks to the work of the Housatonic Valley Association, a new river access point allows community members to go on paddle trips on the Housatonic River. At the Source to Sound River Festival, the HVA will be educating citizens on the ways in which they can enjoy and learn from the river, through wildlife exhibits and family-friendly river activities. You can learn to fly fish, inspect river dwelling insects, and learn about water quality during this celebration at the Lee Athletic Field. 413-394-9796. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.
Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Sunday, April 3, 4pm
MUSIC HISTORY/BEETHOVEN
Ludwig Van Beethoven is a figure often discussed in music classes from elementary school up to college and beyond. In addition to the impact Beethoven had on Classical music, he also led a difficult life and lost his hearing in his late twenties. Due to his talent, historical impact, and fascinating personal life, he has been a prominent figure in both musical and historical studies. Dr. Jeremy Yudkin, Professor of Music at Boston University, spent substantial time in Europe, studying primary source documents related to Beethoven’s life, including autographed scores. Some of these materials, for example Beethoven’s sketchbooks, have not been thoroughly analyzed in the literature about his life. Yudkin intends to publish his analysis of Beethoven’s life and work in a new book. You can hear about his discoveries and research experiences firsthand at the Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main St, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 8, 10am-11:45am
THEATER STUDIES/SHAKESPEARE
Shakespeare has had one of the longest lasting impacts of any writer. His plays from the 16th and 17th century are still performed regularly and are often required reading in high school. Even if his works fell out of popularity he would still have an enduring impact on the English language, since he invented hundreds of words we use every day including “amazement,” “hint,” “mimic,” “lonely,” “generous,” and “secure.” Hear some of Shakespeare’s words in action at the Tina Packer Playhouse performance of Macbeth. A post-show discussion will follow. 413-637-1199 x131. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 9, all day
NATURE ADVENTURES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Have you ever taken a trip to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton, or Pleasant Valley in Lenox? Now is your chance to visit and participate in outdoor educational events for free in celebration of Mass Audubon’s 100th year. There are events for naturalists of all ages including crafting, guided walks and hikes, vernal pool exploration and other hands on activities. Check the Arcadia and Pleasant Valley websites for full schedule and details. Easthampton, Northampton and Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am-11am
ENGINEERING/CREATIVE PLAY
Playing with LEGOs, especially LEGO sets without instructions or a specific goal, opens up children to creativity while improving their dexterity and fine motor skills. As children grow older their creations become more complex. LEGO play can be the start of a lifelong interest in building things whether that means carpentry, architecture, or any number of D.I.Y. projects. Your four to fourteen-year-old LEGO lover is invited to showcase his or her skills at the Lenox Library. Please bring your own set of LEGOs from home. Participants will have forty five minutes to create a display, followed by a forty five minute showcase. The theme is outer space. Registration is required for this program. Call 413-637-0197. 18 Main St, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 2pm
STORYTELLING
Humans are a narrative species. We tell stories about our lives so people understand where we come from. We tell stories about our culture, and our family, to build a sense of community. We tell stories about our day-to-day experiences in order to share amusing moments, process information and deal with emotions. Storytellers Matthew Dicks and Tom Lee will showcase their professional storytelling abilities through both traditional folk retelling and contemporary stories. Sit back, enjoy, and gather meaning from their tales. If you’re interested in perfecting your storytelling ability to a professional level, this demonstration will show you a few options for structure and technique.413-551-5111. The Drawing Room at The Mount. Plunkett St. Lenox, MA. ($)

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30pm
MAGIC SHOW
A good magic show can captivate children’s attention as they watch intently, trying to figure out how the magician made an object appear, disappear, or change. As children try to make sense of the world around them, magic opens up their minds to a world of seemingly impossible possibilities. Magic duo and brothers Pete and Chris Paliulis have performed hundreds of family magic shows. Your family can see their captivating performance at Ventfort Hall Mansion. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($. Children 4-12 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 3:30pm; Friday, April 22, 3:30pm
MARIONETTES/FOLKTALES
Have you ever wondered where the phrase “open sesame” originated? The earliest known use of the phrase in writing appears in Antoine Galland’s Thousand and One Nights as, “Sésame, ouvre-toi.” The magical phrase opens a cave of treasure in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a folk tale about the perils of greed. The phrase “open sesame” has been perpetuated in American culture and the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves also lives to this day. You and your family can experience this folk tale through the a marionette show at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($. Children 4-12 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 9am-1pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/NATURE STUDIES
Explore Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary up close as you help prepare the grounds for summer and fall. You can gain new appreciation for this natural resource as you learn about the work that goes into protecting and preserving it. This intergenerational event is suitable for children 2 – 12 years. Tools and gloves will be provided and there will be a pizza lunch. Call 413-637-0320 to register. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 23, 1pm-4pm
SKILLSHARING/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
If you have internet access, you can find tutorials of practically anything on Youtube. But it’s not the same as having a teacher help you in person. What if you hit a snag? You can’t ask a video to explain something differently if you don’t understand. And most importantly, you miss out on the connection which forms through exchange of knowledge. At the Lenox Fix It Fair,, community members will bring their broken (but fixable) household items, and others will bring their knowledge and tools. Or, bring both! Maybe you know how to sew, but you don’t know how to fix appliances, or vice versa. Bring tools you or someone else may need, and get to fixing! This is a great way to make connections with your neighbors and finally wrap up some household projects. If you can, let the organizers know what type of item you’re bringing. Call Ellen Jacobson at 413-441-0686. Lenox Community center. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 7pm-10pm
THEATER STUDIES/SHAKESPEARE
Around the globe, theater troupes and literary enthusiasts are honoring Shakespeare in various ways, on the 400th anniversary of his death. After so many centuries, it is still easy to see the far reaching impact Shakespeare has had on the world of literature and language. Macbeth, for example, is a highly quoted play, lines of which appear as references and titles to many other works. (Phrases such as “all our yesterdays,” and “sound and fury,” from Macbeth’s soliloquy). Shakespeare & Company will be performing Macbeth at the Tina Packer Playhouse, with a post-show reception to follow. Call 413-637-3353 to purchase tickets. 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA . ($. Students <$)

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/ECOLOGY
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations.This event is suitable for children three to twelve years old and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors in long pants, long sleeves and a hat. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. ($ Adult <$ Child <$ Members)

Thursday, April 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HERPETOLOGY/ZOOLOGY
Did you know that the Woodland salamander has no lungs? They respire through their skin. This time of year you can find these salamanders under logs and stones, where they shade themselves from the sun until night time. Come to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to see them up close with nature experts. This event is suitable for children between the ages of five to twelve and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors in long pants, long sleeves and boots. Call 413-637-0320 to register. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. ($ Adult <$ Child <$ Members)

Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.
Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.
The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
– 472 West Mountain Road.
Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.
Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

PERU

PITTSFIELD

Friday, April 1. 5-8pm
ART OPENING & CONCERT:
DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective with Concert. Over the past few decades, local artist Dan Blakelee has been creating whimsical and expressive art posters that transport viewers into an eccentric world. Blakeslee has also designed beer labels for The Alchemist Brewing Company in Vermont and is both a musician and artist embedded in Boston’s folk scene. This event marks the opening of Blakeslee’s month-long art display, DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective and will feature a concert of Blakeslee’s original music. Local art and music enthusiasts alike will have the chance to experience the merging of these two mediums as they come together in perfect harmony! The gallery opens at 5pm and the concert begins at 7pm. Both will be held in the Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings by Joe Goodwin
Berkshire Museum
April 2, 2016 through June 19, 2016
This solo show by Berkshire-based artist Joe Goodwin will feature abstract paintings that appear ethereal, enigmatic, and reflective. Goodwin uses a unique and innovative layered process that incorporates his own acrylic paint made from dry pigments and polymer emulsions with additives such as marble dust and silica. This process creates a distinctive sense of depth, in both a physical and non-physical way. The artist’s work reflects his interest in dreams and the collective unconscious. Goodwin notes that “Dreams defy physics and amplify experience with their ambiguous spaces, symbolic meanings, and sensations that seem to speak to a sixth sense. In this way, painting and dreaming have much in common, both in process and result. I have come to see painting as a developing solution to the unconscious.” Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings by Joe Goodwin at the Berkshire Museum will spotlight the artist’s current body of non-objective work. This showing allows observers to view art through a more profound and introspective lens, as Goodwin transforms the intimacy of his own subconscious process into reflective pieces of art. The exhibit will be on display from April 2, 2016 through June 19, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Saturday, April 2, 9:15am-5pm
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/ACTIVISM
Anyone and everyone who identifies as a member of a LGBTQIA+ community, which includes allies, is welcome to attend the third annual “Live Out Loud” community conference! This full day of workshop and panel discussions will cover topics such as how to create safe spaces for LGBT elders, how to interact with law enforcement as a gender nonconforming person, as well as topics concerning careers and relationships, and much more. The LGBT community has made huge strides but there is still a lot of work to be done towards reaching equality. Meeting and discussing these issues strengthens resolve and can spark new ideas for approaching problems on an individual and political level. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA (DONATION)

Thursday, April 7, 5:30pm-7pm
SPORTS/SWIMMING
Do you want to learn to swim, or improve your swimming technique? The Polar Bears Masters Swim Team will be teaching adult swim lessons at four levels of instruction. Register for one of two sessions: 5:30 – 6:15pm or 6:15 – 7:00pm on Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Even if you are afraid of being in the water, you are welcome and encouraged to attend a session and become more comfortable with the help of these instructors. Register in person at the Berkshire Family YMCA, Pittsfield Branch. Email any questions to Aquatics Manager, Ashley Kirchner at akirchner@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org or call 413-499-7560. 292 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 9, 9am-1pm — LOCAL FOOD/FARMERS’ MARKET
Come to the Downtown Pittsfield Winter Farmers Market at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Lighthouse Cafe. Shop for pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, wine, art, and more. This is an opportunity to teach your kids where and how food is grown in Western Mass. Enjoy live music at 11:30am. 16 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, April 8, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
The many species of birds called “warblers” are not necessarily closely related, but have similar characteristics. They are small, vocal birds whose diet consists of insects. “Warble” is an old English word which used to mean “melody.” Come look, and listen, for wood warblers at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. You will observe several species of birds in this rich habitat of meadows and wetlands. This is an adult program; however, participants are welcome to bring along their interested teens. Beginners are welcome and registration is not required. Please bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, April 9, 9am-1pm
LOCAL FOOD/FARMERS’ MARKET
Come to the Downtown Pittsfield Winter Farmers Market at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Lighthouse Cafe. Shop for pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, wine, art, and more. This is an opportunity to teach your kids where and how food is grown in Western Mass. Enjoy live music at 11:30am. 16 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Submissions accepted through April 15, 2016
LOCAL PAINTERS WANTED/CITY REVITALIZATION: Pittsfield Paint Box Project. Artscape, Pittsfield’s downtown art committee, is looking to bring intriguing and vibrant paintings to the street’s utility boxes. The Pittsfield Paintbox Program is seeking local artists to help transform the typically drag electrical boxes, increasing the visual atmosphere of the downtown area. This is a great opportunity for painters to have their work displayed in a lively and innovative way. Stipends are awarded to chosen artists. Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2016. For complete project details, please click here. For questions or additional information, call 413-499-9368 or email Artscape at artscapepittsfieldma@gmail.com. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, April 15, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED WALK
You can bird watch year-round, but Spring and Fall are the best times to learn about migrating birds. Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader, will help participants identify newly arrived wood-warblers. These birds are small, but many of them are bright and colorful, making them easier to spot. Learn about local ecology while enjoying a walk around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Please bring binoculars. Beginners are welcome, no registration needed. 413-637-0320. Homes Road, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm
HISTORY/ANIMAL STUDIES
The opening up of Hancock Shaker Village to visitors brings many educational opportunities for children and adults. Starting April 16th and running every day, 10am-4pm, through May 8th, you can meet newborn lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks and ducklings in the Round Stone Barn. Learn about the biology of these animals and their significance in the context of farming life. In addition to history and biology, many people who visit Shaker Village are interested in the architecture of the Round Stone Barn, built in 1826 as a cow stable. Through the entire run of this season, animal paintings will also be on display. Hancock Shaker Village has something for everyone: art, history, science, and baby animals! 413-443-0188. 843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA. (Children 12 and under FREE. 13-17 <$. Adult $)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-5pm
NEUROSCIENCE/PROGRAMMING
Fascinating scientific innovations are happening today at the intersection of neuroscience, biology, and electronic games. A relatively new game call “Mindball” uses electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback sensors to track players’ Alpha and Theta brain waves. Players focus, mentally, on the act of sending their ball across the table and into their opponent’s goal. Participating in or viewing this game could get people interested in a number of topics. Games such as this one can be created by individuals with an interest in both neuroscience and gaming, or through collaboration with innovators in each relevant field. Come celebrate the Berkshire Museum’s reopening of their Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation by playing a game of mindball! 413-443-7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission. Adult $. 17 and under <$. Three and under FREE)

Friday, April 22, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Celebrate the coming of Spring by welcoming some of nature’s new visitors: migrating birds. On this guided walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary participants will look and listen for all kinds of migrating species, especially wood-warblers. No previous knowledge necessary, beginners are welcome. Please bring binoculars. This program is recommended for adults and self-directed teens. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 11am and 2pm
THEATER STUDIES/FAIRY TALES
What better way to witness the classic fairy tale Pinocchio, the story of a puppet who wants to be a real boy, then in a performance by youth actors? This is your last chance to see Berkshire Children’s Theater’s rendition of Pinocchio at the Berkshire Museum.Your children may be inspired to try acting themselves, or at least warned of the consequences of telling lies! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (adult $ children under eighteen <$ children under three and museum members FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 11am-1:30pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/RIVER ECOLOGY
Celebrate Earth Day by protecting local lands you care about. Earth Day RiverFest in Pittsfield will start with a community cleanup, providing opportunities to learn about river dwelling life forms. All ages activities will teach participants about the water cycle and vernal pools. Want to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Learn how to compost. You are also invited to bring clean clothing items for donation. 413-230-7321. Fred Garner Park on Pomeroy Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 24, 2pm
ZOOLOGY/COUGARS
Did you know that mountain lions are reoccupying the Northeast? Come to the Berkshire Museum to find out why, and to learn all about cougars. This presentation by naturalist Bill Betty will cover topics such as reproduction, sport hunting, the keeping of lions as pets, predation and habituation. These big cats are native to the Americas and frequently appear in Native American folklore. This event is free with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (adult $ children under eighteen <$ children under three and museum members FREE)

Friday, April 29, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
The holistic health benefits of spending time in nature are intuitive for anyone who does so. Scientific study of the phenomenon is also useful, though, for providing more information on these benefits. Nature walks may improve focus, mood, and even visual acuity. Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. A nature walk early in the morning starts your day off right. Beginners and experts alike are invited to a bird walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. This event is best suited for adults and self-directed teens. Please bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.
Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.
Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258
Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.
Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.
Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.
First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.
Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Sunday, April 3, 2pm-4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ART HISTORY
Norman Rockwell’s 1943 series of oil paintings, The Four Freedoms, draws upon President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 state of the union address to visually represent freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech, high school artists have reimagined these ideas into their own original works of art, currently on display in the Norman Rockwell Museum. Celebrate these young artists’ work and enjoy a special closing reception for the artists and public. All ages welcome. Free with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183, Stockbridge, MA (Adult non member $ Members FREE)

Saturday, April 9, 2pm-4pm
ILLUSTRATION/HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The 300 year old publication, The Saturday Evening Post, has built a reputation on showcasing fiction and non-fiction, as well as impressive cover art. Norman Rockwell illustrated the publication’s cover art for many years. Local illustrator Patrick O’Donnell will use Rockwell’s cover art as inspiration when he teaches his drawing techniques to families at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183, Stockbridge, MA. (Museum members and children under five FREE. Non members $)

Saturday, April 9, 4pm
WOMEN’S HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND
All too often, women’s perspectives are underrepresented in history books. Some historical authors, however, have dedicated themselves to remedying this, filling in the gaps with texts focused on women’s roles and lives. Local historian Carole Owens explores this topic in her book Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787. This talk and Owen’s book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about women’s history or local history. Owen’s book highlights many local figures including a woman named Anna Dix Orton Bingham, the first woman to have a tavern license in Berkshire County. This talk will take place at the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Stockbridge Town Offices. 50 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-5pm
ARCHITECTURE/LOCAL HISTORY
Explore local history from the vantage point of the home, at this tour of Naumkeag, a 19th-century architectural wonder. On this tour, you will see the residence as it would have looked in the Spring when the servants prepared for the return of the Choate family. Experience the architecture, the fountains, gardens and grounds while learning about daily life for the Choates as well as their housekeepers. 413-298-3239 x3008. Stockbirdge, MA. (Member <$. Non member $)

Saturday, April 16, 5pm
ART HISTORY/HOME DECOR
How are trends in domestic style interwoven with wider artistic trends? Curator Charles Sable will discuss trends in American domestic style in the 1940s and 1950s in this talk, “Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era.” This talk is part of a wider series of presentations on the life and times of Mac Conner, meant to draw connections with the art on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Mac Conner grew up in the 1920s and 1930s, admiring the art of Norman Rockwell which appeared on magazine covers at the time. Conner went on to create his own hand-painted illustrations for women’s magazines in the years following World War 11. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members).

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
THEATER/STAGED READING
The Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting this unique staged reading, Through The Looking Glass: Musings from the Pens of Berkshire Women Writers, in order to demonstrate the diversity of women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. The thread that joins these women together is the dilemma of self-realization versus the socially accepted self-sacrifice of the times in which they lived. With the Berkshires as their palette, Through The Looking Glass opens the journals of these incredible women, sharing the words, letters and stories to highlight their concern for broad cultural, personal, and social issues. Their individual voices resonate with recognition as we see ourselves in the looking glass of their experience. The reading is presented by the Berkshire Theatre Group and will be held at The Unicorn Theater. 413-997-4444. 6 East Street, Stockbridge, MA ($$)

Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Saturday, April 23, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own storylines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road
Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.
The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.

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Sunday, April 3, 3pm-5pm
MUSIC STUDIES/STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
How many stringed instruments can you name? There are guitars, lutes, ukuleles, mandolins, violins, the list goes on. These instruments vary in all sorts of ways including their pitch, their size, and their tuning. Instruments in the violin family are held along one arm, or placed upright between the legs, as opposed to guitars, ukuleles and mandolins. The group Arcadia Viols plays various instruments in the violin family. In this performance at Bard College at Simon’s Rock the group will play music written by 17th century composers and some current composers. The group Arcadia Viols is committed to preserving the historical culture of vocal and instrumental music through their performances of 17th century works. Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA (>$)

Tuesday, April 5, 4pm-6pm
CULINARY/SKILLSHARING
Getting your young children involved in the process of preparing meals helps them feel empowered. Children who are engaged in the process of preparing their meals are more likely to choose nutritional food options. Help your child associate healthy foods with positive experiences through this fun cooking workshop at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. This program is open to children ages 5-8 and consists of four, two-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April. Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Chrissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER CONCERT
Learn what the music program at Simon’s Rock has to offer by listening to this concert from the faculty members who comprise The Wilderness Players. You will hear Baroque musical compositions played by a professional quintet: Sharon Powers, flute; Judith Dansker, oboe; John Myers, guitar; Pete Toigo, bass. They will also play South American, Argentinian, Brazilian, European, and American compositions in this family concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
You’re invited to the world premiere performance of Fiddler OFF The Roof, a celebration of Jewish music from various time periods. You will hear classic compositions from Gershwin, Bernstein, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Bloch, and original songs from American composer Paul Schoenfield. This performance raises the question, “What Is Jewish Music?” and seeks to answer it in part. To purchase tickets, visit the Close Encounters with Music website. The performance will take place at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA. ($$$ Orchestra and Mezzanine. $$ Balcony)

Thursday, April 21, 8am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Having a bird feeder in your backyard can familiarize you with birds like chickadees and blue jays. If you want to witness and identify a wider range of species, however, a beginner’s guided walk can help. Experts from the Berkshire Natural Resource Council can help you spot birds around this Housatonic Flats trail. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Housatonic Flats is on Route 7 in Great Barrington, just north of the WSBS radio tower, right across the street from Chelsea and Company Antiques. Call 413-499-0596 with questions. 434 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 9am-2pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/RIVER ECOLOGY
Thanks to the work of the Housatonic Valley Association, a new river access point allows community members to go on paddle trips on the Housatonic River, but there is still more work to be done. Celebrate Earth Day and explore the Housatonic River by helping clean up the trails. Volunteering is always more fun with a group. Try to get your friends involved. If you have a large group of people coming, call 413-528-3391 so the organizers can arrange the work accordingly. Wear safe, protective clothing, shoes with good traction, and bring gloves. Meet at the DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River Streets, Great Barrington, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 23, 10am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/BOTANY/SKILLSHARING
Did you know that there is going to be a community garden in Great Barrington? You can celebrate Earth Day this year by helping build it! From 10am-12pm participants will work the garden, then from 12pm-3pm there will be entertainment and gardening advice. With expert help available, this is the perfect way to start gardening and connect with local gardeners. This is part of a broader revitalization project for the fairgrounds. For more information visit the Great Barrington Fair Ground website. 659 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.
The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.
Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.
Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.
South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.

HOUSATONIC

Saturday, April 16, 1pm-2pm
NUTRITION/PARENTING
Most store-bought snacks, for adults as well as children, are packed with unnecessary amounts of sugar and salt. But kids aren’t always interested in eating raw vegetables, nuts, or other healthy snacks. Come to the Ramsdell branch of the Great Barrington Libraries to learn new recipes for healthy snacks that kids will get excited about eating, such as cinnamon raisin mochi waffle cake! Bring a lunch to enjoy while you listen. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm-4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL CREATIVE PLAY
Most educators and parents understand that for children, playing is essential to learning as well as emotional well-being. Playing allows children to grow their imaginations, and practice new skills in a safe, fun environment. With so many useful and healthy aspects to play, parents can benefit from participating. Taking time out of a busy day to play with your children not only helps you form happy memories and bond with your kids, it can also increase your well-being and vitality. Jeanne Bassis will be running an intergenerational play shop at the Ramsdell branch of the Great Barrington libraries. These activities will be a mix of imagination, games, creative movement, and relaxation. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm-8pm
WOMEN & WRITING
Muriel Rukeyser once posed this challenge: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” The Powder Keg Sessions is a women’s writing workshop at the Ramsdell library, where women come together to share their truths. The workshops are run by Suzi Banks Baum, an author, artist, and mother who teaches classes on nurturing the habit of daily writing. Come see what writing can do for you, and what your writing can do for others. 413- 274-3738. 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.
Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.
New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Saturday, April 2, 10am
COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
Bring your children to Otis Town Hall for an Easter egg hunt and games! Please bring your own basket(s) and wear clothing appropriate for the outdoors. All ages welcome. Call the recreation center and provide the name(s) of participants, age, address and phone number to register. 413-269-4541. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

SANDISFIELD

SHEFFIELD

Sunday, April 3, 2:30pm-3:30pm; Sunday, April 17, 2:30pm-3:30pm
CULINARY ARTS/COOKING CLASS
Cooking is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to survive. Teaching kids at a young age how to cook can make them feel empowered and encourage their natural need to become increasingly independent. This cooking class at the Bushnell Sage Library will teach kids how to make veggie burgers, breakfast, and dessert. This is part of a five week cooking class led by Lia P. Douillet on Sunday afternoons (March 6, 13, 20 & April 3 & 17). Bring your children between the ages of 10 to 13 and watch them grow into confident chefs! Please call 413-229-7004 to register. 48 S Main St, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 2:30pm-3:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
Cooking is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to survive. Teaching kids at a young age how to cook can make them feel empowered and encourage their natural need to become increasingly independent. This cooking class at the Bushnell Sage Library will teach kids how to make veggie burgers, breakfast, and dessert. This is the final session of a five week cooking class led by Lia P. Douillet on Sunday afternoons for children between the ages of 10 to 13. Please call 413-229-7004 to register. 48 S Main St, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 18, 10am
BOTANY
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! Throughout school vacation week, children will be able to attend the Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble free of charge. Spring ephemerals are wildflowers, native in the Berkshires, which appear early in Spring and are only around for a small window of time. These plants include native white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets.
For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival and a full list of activities, visit The Trustees website. Reservations are strongly recommended. 413-298-3239 x3013 . 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA . (Trustees members <$. Non members $. Children FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-11am
CRIMINOLOGY/FORENSIC SCIENCE
Kids who love mystery novels and detective games will enjoy this interactive program at the Bushnell Sage Library. Participants will examine a fake crime scene while learning about real scientific techniques including fingerprint examination, ink separation, and teeth impression match-up. 413-229-7004. 48 Main St. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 12pm-4pm
BOTANY/WATERCOLOR ART
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! As part of the Spring Wildflower Festival at Batholomew’s Cobble, there will be watercolor workshops on Thursdays from April 21 – May 11.Throughout school vacation week, children will be able to attend the Wildflower Festival free of charge. Spring ephemerals are wildflowers, native in the Berkshires, which appear early in Spring and are only around for a small window of time. These plants include white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets. For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival and a full list of activities, visit The Trustees website. Reservations are strongly recommended. 413-298-3239 x3013 . 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA . (Trustees members <$. Non members $. Children FREE)

Saturday, April 23, 9am-4pm
BOTANY/WILDFLOWERS
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! The Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble is underway and will be open until May 6th. Spring ephemerals are wildflowers, native in the Berkshires, which appear early in Spring and are only around for a small window of time. These plants include native white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets. See them while you still can! For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival and a full list of activities, visit The Trustees website.. Reservations are strongly recommended. 413-298-3239 x3013 . 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA . (Trustees members <$. Non members $. Children FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.
Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.
Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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