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PLAYS INSPIRED BY THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of "Facing Our Truth," a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat.  Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.  Berkshire Theatre Group hosts the event at The Colonial Theatre (111 South Street) with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow. The directors for the "Facing Our Truth" one-acts include Sara Katzoff, Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker, Enrico Spada, Kristen van Ginhoven. The performers, who will be an exciting mix of professional theater performers  and community personalities acting alongside each other onstage, will be announced in the new year. Tickets are $15. Students $5 and can be purchased at the Colonial box office, 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org.

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RAINBOW SENIORS
Pittsfield, 2-4 p.m.
The Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County, a program for the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior citizens and their friends, is starting up in Pittsfield and will hold its first meeting in the Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room. Following the get-acquainted meeting, Rainbow Seniors will continue to meet on the first Saturday of each month at the same time and location. A senior is described as anyone over 50, and the organization's allies tend to be people who are interested in making sure that older LGBTQ's are well cared for and "free to be who they are," says the group's chair, Ed Sedarbaum. For more information, contact Ed Sedarbaum at ed@rainbowseniors.org or by phone at 413-441-6006.
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'THE COUGAR RETURNS TO THE EAST'
Pittsfield, 7-9 p.m.
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), and Berkshire Community College (BCC) will present Sue Morse’s critically acclaimed presentation “The Cougar Returns to the East.” The presentation is free and open to the public. There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. The following day, Sunday, Feb. 7, Morse will be giving a guided morning hike to teach tracking concepts. To reserve your space contact Elia@thebeatnews.org. Space is limited.

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KIDS' PLACE NIGHT AT BOUSQUET
Pittsfield, 3-9 p.m.
Mention CODE KID when purchasing a night lift ticket from 3 to 9 p.m. or a tubing ticket from 6 to 8 p.m. and Bousquet Mountain will donate 20 percent to Berkshire County Kids' Place, a place for kids who have been abused to heal and recover.

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LIVING INDEPENDENTLY
Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires hosts representatives of AdLib, the local Independent Living Center serving the Berkshires, who will talk about the group’s services. This free program at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series. Disability can happen at any time and at any age, but there are many resources that can help people in Berkshire County gain the necessary information for themselves or their loved ones. The discussion at this presentation will give a brief overview of AdLib’s services and mission. There will be time for attendees to ask questions and give suggestions as to the important issues relating to inclusion in all areas of life. The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

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ZONTA CLUB MEETING
Pittsfield, 5 p.m.
The Zonta Club of Berkshire County will meet on Monday February 8, 2016 at Mazzeos Ristorante, 1015 South St. The speaker will be Jennifer Browdy, head of Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the new Butterfly Leadership Program for Teen Girls and Young Women. The meeting includes a brief networking time, business meeting, speaker and dinner. Zonta International is a worldwide service organization working to advance the status of women.  Guests are welcome at all meetings, but reservations are required for dinner. For more information, contact berkshire@zontadistrict1.org.

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COMMUNITY ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Five churches from four different denominations will mark Ash Wednesday with an ecumenical worship service at Zion Lutheran Church on First Street. The worship service will include the imposition of ashes and communion and will feature Zion’s Jazz Duo: Marisa Massery, vocals and Andy Wrba, string bass. Clergy from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, South Congregational Church, First Church of Christ Congregational, First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, and Zion Lutheran Church collaborated to create this service and it includes elements from each denomination’s liturgical tradition. The service will also include jazz versions of familiar hymns and songs.

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HOLOCAUST AWARENESS PROJECT FILM
Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires screens "Paper Clips," a film about a class project in rural Tennessee through which students explore the Holocaust. This free film at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series. "Paper Clips" (2004) takes place in the rural, blue-collar Tennessee community of Whitwell, where a middle-school class attempts to understand and take on a project that reflects World War II's Holocaust by collecting paper clips, each of which represents a human life lost in the Nazis' slaughter of Jews. Paper clips were chosen in part because Norwegians wore them on their lapels as a symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.

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POLITICAL FORUM WITH BERKSHIRE DELEGATION
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
The Pittsfield Council on Aging is hosting a conversation with the Berkshire County Legislative Delegation on the second floor of the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St. The event is free and open to the public. The discussion will focus on issues concerning the senior population of Berkshire County; representatives from Berkshire County Councils on Aging and The “Age Friendly Community” task force will also be in attendance. The event will begin with an informal gathering of attendees, followed by a short introduction from each elected official, and a question and answer session. For more information, please call 413.499.9346.

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KID 10 AT DOWNTOWN PITTSFIELD FARMERS MARKET
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ten kids will become vendors at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Part of the city-wide 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, KID10 will feature the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of 10 local children, selling handmade gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Twelve-year-old Aurora Benson and 11-year-old Ava Garlington will be selling chocolate covered Assembly Coffee beans, cutting boards, and dog biscuits; 4-year-old Esme Lamb will have lemonade; 6-year-old Benjamin Cachat, already with his own business name, Benji’s Doughnut Bakery, will be selling doughnuts; and 8 1/2-year-old MacKenzie Alcaro will bring her decorated cupcakes. Five and a half-year-old Natalie Coyle will have beaded jewelry and mini canvas paintings; 9-year-old Amaru Sequeira Maas will have scarves, headbands, bracelets and needle felting; and 10-year-old Ethyn Clark will have bracelets, painted rocks and ornaments. Four-year-old Tillie Gail will have potted paper whites and her 8-year-old brother Huck Gail will have handmade terrariums. The February market will also include Farmers and Food Producers: Assembly Coffee Roasters, Balderdash Cellars, Caroline’s Scottish Shortbread, Country Seasonings, Cricket Creek Farm, Dandelion Hill Farm, Elmartin Farm, The Farm and Garden Program, Green Meads Farm Herbals, Mountain Girl Farm, North Yeast Bakery, Square Roots Farm, Trusted Roots Farm and White Goose Gardens and Artisans: Jake Czaja, Milltown Beadworks, MVB Printmaker and Things That Work. The winter market takes place each second Saturday of the month in The Lighthouse of The Boys and Girls Club (16 Melville St.).

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MUSIC BY TEN AT BERKSHIRE MUSIC SCHOOL
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
10 performances by students, faculty members and ensembles from Berkshire Music School in a coffee house setting. $10 admission at the door; coffee and desserts served
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PAINT & SIP TO BENEFIT LOCAL CANCER PATIENTS
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us 2/18 at the Berkshire Paint & Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA for a fun night of creating art and supporting local cancer patients. You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Tree of Life" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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'10 SHORT STORIES'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield and the Whitney Center for the Arts are co-producing a fully staged production of "10 Short Stories @the Whit" By Jerry Leventhal as part of 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in the Cultural Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. It is under the direction of Kevin Wixsom. These 10 short stories cover a wide range of emotions. The challenges of faith and devotion are dealt with in “A Defense of Marriage” and “Millie and Ben.” In “I Love You, Jimmy Choo” we meet a woman whose shoes tell her life story, while in “I’ve Got You Covered” a robbery has gone wrong - or has it? The cast includes Diedre Bollinger, Douglas MacDonald, Christopher Michael Brophy, Leah Marie Parker, Peter Podol, Devin Trager, Sheila Wood, Patricia Duckworth and Deborah Mazzone. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. To reserve tickets, email tix@thewhit.org or call 413-443-0289.

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'10 SHORT STORIES'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield and the Whitney Center for the Arts are co-producing a fully staged production of "10 Short Stories @the Whit" By Jerry Leventhal as part of 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in the Cultural Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. It is under the direction of Kevin Wixsom. These 10 short stories cover a wide range of emotions. The challenges of faith and devotion are dealt with in “A Defense of Marriage” and “Millie and Ben.” In “I Love You, Jimmy Choo” we meet a woman whose shoes tell her life story, while in “I’ve Got You Covered” a robbery has gone wrong - or has it? The cast includes Diedre Bollinger, Douglas MacDonald, Christopher Michael Brophy, Leah Marie Parker, Peter Podol, Devin Trager, Sheila Wood, Patricia Duckworth and Deborah Mazzone. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. To reserve tickets, email tix@thewhit.org or call 413-443-0289.

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'10 SHORT STORIES'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield and the Whitney Center for the Arts are co-producing a fully staged production of "10 Short Stories @the Whit" By Jerry Leventhal as part of 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in the Cultural Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District. It is under the direction of Kevin Wixsom. These 10 short stories cover a wide range of emotions. The challenges of faith and devotion are dealt with in “A Defense of Marriage” and “Millie and Ben.” In “I Love You, Jimmy Choo” we meet a woman whose shoes tell her life story, while in “I’ve Got You Covered” a robbery has gone wrong - or has it? The cast includes Diedre Bollinger, Douglas MacDonald, Christopher Michael Brophy, Leah Marie Parker, Peter Podol, Devin Trager, Sheila Wood, Patricia Duckworth and Deborah Mazzone. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. To reserve tickets, email tix@thewhit.org or call 413-443-0289.

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GOSPEL GANG BENEFIT
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
The Gospel Gang, a contemporary Christian/gospel choir, along with The Messengers,  a men’s gospel quartet, and special guest Mary Verdi, local singer/songwriter, will be presenting a program of gospel music titled “Keep The Heat On” this season to benefit the Emergency Oil Fund of the PACC (Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations) and The Emergency Assistance Fund of Construct Inc. of Great Barrington.  They will perform at the First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield at 55 Fenn St. There is a suggested donation of $10.

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield announces auditions for their upcoming April staged reading of Martin McDonagh’s "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Auditions will be held at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Actors should be prepared to present a short monologue (drama or comedy). If needed, monologues will be available at the audition. Actors may also be called upon to read sides from the script, both singularly and in combination with others.  No memorization or preparation of sides is required.  An Irish dialect will be used in this production, though it will not necessarily be required during the audition process. 

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield announces auditions for their upcoming April staged reading of Martin McDonagh’s "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Auditions will be held at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Actors should be prepared to present a short monologue (drama or comedy). If needed, monologues will be available at the audition. Actors may also be called upon to read sides from the script, both singularly and in combination with others.  No memorization or preparation of sides is required.  An Irish dialect will be used in this production, though it will not necessarily be required during the audition process. 

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PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER FOR LENOX LITTLE EXPLORERS
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us on 2/25 to Paint, Sip, and Support the Lenox Preschool Little Explorers at Berkshire Paint & Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. Learn to paint this beautiful image of "Beach Lighthouse" on a large 16x20 canvas. All painting materials and light snack included for $35.  CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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MONOPOLY TOURNAMENT
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
The fifth annual Raymond James Monopoly Tournament to benefit Berkshire County Kids’ Place will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club, located at 500 Benedict Road. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Berkshire County Kids’ Place, a Children’s Advocacy Center providing services to children of Berkshire County who have experienced trauma related to abuse.  Kids’ Place serves more than 400 children each year. The tournament will include a 90-minute preliminary round followed by a 90-minute final round with the top six individual competitors, who will then play for the title of Monopoly champion.  The evening will include prizes, raffles, hors d’oeuvres and awards, including the grand prize of a two night stay at Blue Shutters Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ogunquit, Maine. The cost is $30 per player and participants can register as an individual or a team of four to five players. The registration deadline is Feb. 15. Visit www.kidsplaceonline.org for details.

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BERKSHIRE RUNNING HOST INJURY PREVENTION CLASS
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.
Have you always wanted to run? Are you ready to start racing? Do you want to break new goals with your running? Britney Danials from New Life Chiropractic will be hosting a FREE lecture on how to increase performance, recover from injury and how to reduce strain for the future. This is great for anyone who is new to running or already experienced at running. Kent will also be talking on the importance of the right running shoes and the Steel Rail Half Marathon Training Series beginning March 13th. All guest will have a chance to win an entry into the Steel Rail Half Marathon- $70 Value! R.S.V.P to Kent (413) 344-4472, or kent@berkshirerunningcenter.com, 42 Summer St. Pittsfield  
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FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICES
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim will offer monthly Family Shabbat services, to be held on the first Fridays, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4 and April 8. All interested families in the community can attend a short Shabbat service, led by Religious School students, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  A dinner in the social hall will follow. These services will feature some prayer in Hebrew, short readings in English and songs and are designed for families with preschool and elementary school-aged children.  Older and younger siblings are, of course, welcome. The cost of the dinner is $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 for families. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made by calling the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910 or emailing TempleOffice@AnsheAmunim.org.

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BMS/BCC FACULTY IN CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
BMS/BCC faculty in concert including Rahima Hohlstein, piano; Beth Craig, cello; Norman Thibodeau, flute; Jeff Link, bass; Steve Murray, composition; Ellen Shanahan, piano. Donations at the door to go to BMS/BCC scholarship funds
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FENWAY PARK PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER FOR LANESBOROUGH BULLDOGS
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us on 3/10 at Berkshire Paint & Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield where we will be raising funds for the Lanesborough Bulldogs Baseball Team-11U All Stars. You'll learn to paint this nostalgic image of "Red Sox, Fenway Park Baseball" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for $40. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepainandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346 
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FAITHLIFT 2016
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
EFC of Pittsfield is pleased to announce Faithlift 2016, a nondenominational 2 day women's retreat with teaching, praise music, workshops, fellowship and food. Our main speaker is Judy Reamer; her topic title is "The Parable of the Junk Drawer!" Please visit www.pittsfieldefc.org/faithlift.htm for more information and to register. One and two day options and overnight accommodations are available. Event will take place at Lakeside Christian Camp, 195 Cloverdale St., Pittsfield, MA
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RICHMOND PTO PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Join us on 3/20 at Berkshire Paint & Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA to support the Richmond Consolidated School PTO. Enjoy a fun afternoon of painting and socializing while you learn how to create this Berkshire image of "Bird House & Barn" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for $35. CASH BAR.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
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BERKSHIRE MUSIC SCHOOL 75TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
Gala concert to include performances by BMS student ensembles of all ages; BMS faculty members; Teen and Adult Cabaret groups; BMS alums including Madalyn Parnas, violin; and Cicely Parnas, violin.  Post concert reception onstage for benefactor tickets ($150). Other tickets are $45 (prime seating) and $28 (general admission). Call for more information: 413-442-1411
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FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICES
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim will offer monthly Family Shabbat services, to be held on the first Fridays, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4 and April 8. All interested families in the community can attend a short Shabbat service, led by Religious School students, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  A dinner in the social hall will follow. These services will feature some prayer in Hebrew, short readings in English and songs and are designed for families with preschool and elementary school-aged children.  Older and younger siblings are, of course, welcome. The cost of the dinner is $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 for families. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made by calling the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910 or emailing TempleOffice@AnsheAmunim.org.

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