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COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
POSTPONED FROM 5/16: The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program will hold its annual Community Bike Ride event at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake at Burbank Park. Rider registration for this free event is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The route will begin at the Controy Pavilion, head up to Pittsfield State Forest and back to the Pavilion making the ride just under 6 miles round trip; younger riders are encouraged to ride the trail along Onota Lake at Burbank Park. For more information call Becky Manship, Pittsfield’s Recreation Activities Coordinator, at 413-499-9370.

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KITTEN SHOWER FOR BHS
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
To prepare for the upcoming kitten season, Berkshire Humane Society’s (BHS) Humane Heroes will be holding a Kitten Shower at the Super Stop & Shop on Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield.  Stop by and “shower” the shelter with cat and kitten food as well as cleaning supplies, such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, and non-scented floor cleaner. The Humane Hero Program is a free program for 8-14 year old children who love animals and want to volunteer at BHS.  For more information about the Kitten Shower or the Humane Hero Program, please contact Lizzy Brown at 413-447-7878, ext. 129, or ebrown@berkshirehumane.org.

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"STARRY NIGHT" PAINT AND SIP
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn to paint one of the most famous paintings in the world... Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  Join us on 5/27 at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio for a night of exploring your inner artist.  No experience required.  All materials and instruction included for you to go home with your own masterpiece on a large 16x20 canvas for only $30.  BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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'HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN'
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will offer an informational session on effective communication with physicians at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. The event will include a free continental breakfast. Part of Hillcrest’s “Berkshire Senior Subjects” monthly series, the presentation will focus on “How to Talk to Your Physician – Be Your Own Advocate.” The guest speaker is Pat Tremblay, MS, RN. The presentation is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling 413-445-9747 by May 25.

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'TOUGH LOVE'
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
In recognition of May as Foster Care Awareness Month, Berkshire Children and Families will host the film "Tough Love."  "Tough Love" chronicles the lives of two parents — one in Seattle and one in New York City — as each fights to be reunited with children taken out of their custody. A discussion will follow at Berkshire Children And Families, 480 West St. The screening is free.

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JAZZ VESPERS SEASON FINALE
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Zion Lutheran church hosts its Jazz Vespers “Season Finale” at 74 First St. Bishop James Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, will attend. “Vespers” is the name of an evening service, which specifically includes prayers for the close of the day that has been observed in the Christian tradition for at least the last 15 centuries. Jazz Vespers at Zion Lutheran Church incorporates modern elements of jazz, blues, and gospel into this historic tradition, from the song arrangements, to the harmonies, to the instrumentation. There is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers.

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BIRD WALKS AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7-9 a.m.
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary will host bird walks with Noreen Mole, Sanctuary volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader. The cost is $3; beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Registration not required.

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INTER-GENERATIONAL SERVICE
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, will hold an inter-generational service. This event is open to the public, and a dessert reception will follow. Entitled "L’Dor Va’Dor" – “from generation to generation” – the service will unite temple youth with long-standing temple members and temple leadership in preparation of the service.  Religious School students actively participate in temple services, and this intergenerational service will strengthen the bonds they have with temple members and their faith.The service will be coordinated by Esther Benari-Altmann, Director of Education. Those wishing to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 25 to 413-442-5910.

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TIE DYE DASH: 5K COLOR RUN
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.
The Pittsfield Family YMCA’s Tie Dye Dash: 5K Color Run fundraiser will be held rain or shine starting at 9 a.m. The race is a 5K color run that begins and ends in Burbank Park, where victory is in doing your personal best. This race is not about being the fastest or being in the best shape; it is about encouraging healthy lifestyles. You can walk, jog, run or hop on one foot as long as you get out there and give it your all. Dressed in a provided YMCA white T-shirt and sunglasses, you will pass through 5 splash zones where colored cornstarch powder will be tossed at you. By the end of the 3.1 miles (5K), you will be colored in a tie dyed array of creativity. All proceeds support the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s Bright Futures: Summer Literacy Program. If participant registers from May 1-29, the cost is $25. If participant registers the day of the race, the cost is $35 and is cash only. Children under 8 years old (on race day) and all pets are not permitted to participate in the race. Parking is available at Burbank Park. To register, visit the YMCA, 292 North Street.  Participants can also register on tiedyedash.pittsfieldfamilyymca.org and can share this event with their friends.

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'LUNCH WITH AMANDA'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
The Town Players of Pittsfield present a staged reading of "Lunch With Amanda," written and directed by playwright Chris Newbound. The cast includes Mike Trainor and Kelli Newby. "Lunch With Amanda"  is a dramedy about a lunch date at an Old New England Inn (think the Stockbridge Inn) between the recently separated couple, Amanda and Sam. Sam has called this lunch and Amanda shows up not quite sure what it is that Sam needs to discuss with her in person. The play, which takes place during a snowy day in the middle of winter, goes back and forth between the present day and their earlier courtship back when they first met living and working at the same company in New York City. Chris Newbound is a Williamstown-based playwright whose had readings and productions throughout the Berkshires, most notably, a world premiere of his full-length play "Birthday Boy" at Berkshire Theatre Festival and two shorter plays at Barrington Stage's popular 10X10 new play festival. The reading will be at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield and admission is $5.


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TALK ON ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, presents "Inside the Mind of Jihad: The Roots of Islamic Extremism." Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal, a national Senior Advisor at the American Jewish Committee, will share his extensive experience as lecturer, university professor and member of the Israeli Army.  A question and answer session will follow, and light refreshments will be served. Those interested in attending should contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910 or email templeoffice@ansheamunim.org.

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'A GRAND OPERA SPECTACULAR'
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
Berkshire Lyric presents "A Grand Opera Spectacular" at the Colonial Theatre. The 80 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by a solo quartet of internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera artists: soprano Maureen O’Flynn, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix, tenor Raul Melo and bass John Cheek. The concert will include well-loved solos, ensembles and choruses form Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Wagner and other great composers of opera. This is Berkshire Lyric’s annual Masterworks Concert, which has been presented the last few years at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall. The concert will be conducted by Lyric’s artistic director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose and Noah Palmer. Tickets are available from the Colonial Theatre box office at 111 South St. or at 413 997-4444

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HARRY A. BATEMAN MEMORIAL JIMMY FUND FISHING DERBY
Pittsfield, 6 a.m.-noon
The 23rd annual Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby will take place at the Frank Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake in Pittsfield. No fishing license is required. Free fishing weekend for the state of Massachusetts. The fishing derby is open to the public and its purpose is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund - Dana Farber Cancer Institute For Children. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Harry A. Bateman a former member of Central Berkshire Bowman & I.U.E. Local 255 who was well known throughout Berkshire County and who became a victim of cancer in 1992. Trophies and prizes are given away to the winners of the fishing derby for children and adults. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 years old and younger, which includes food and beverage. All children receive a free gift and a children 5-14 years old a chance at winning a Mountain Bike boys girls. More information on Facebook.

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GOD MOUNTAINS AND FENGSHUI FORESTS
Pittsfield, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Chris Coggins, a professor of geography and Asian Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will discuss his research on village sacred landscapes in the Tibetan and Han culture regions of western and southern China.  The author of The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China (University of Hawaii, 2003) and co-editor with Emily Yeh of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes of the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands (University of Washington, 2014), Coggins has been conducting field research in rural China since 1990.Berkshire Museum
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CAMP VISION PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield for a painting party to benefit Camp VISION. You'll learn how to paint this darling image "Dog and Cat Sunset" on large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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"WINE BOTTLE FROG" PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
How do you spark some creativity?... frogs and wine... need I say more? Join us on 6/11 for a super fun evening of painting a personalized creation of "Wine Bottle Frog" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for only $30. At Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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PAINTING PARTY FOR BERKSHIRES GUARDIAN ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Have a fun night exploring your creative juices, while you help to raise money for a worthy cause.  Join us on 6/12 at the Polish Falcons Club, 32 Bel Air Ave, Pittsfield and learn how to paint "Blowing Dandelion" on a large 16x20 canvas.  No experience required.  Cash Bar. All materials and instruction included for $37.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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LEARNER'S LAB: BOOKBINDING
Pittsfield, 10 - 11 a,m,
Local artist Michael Vincent Bushy will present several bookbinding techniques that can be used both at home and in the classroom. Starting with a simple accordion and moving on to a single-signature pamphlet stitch, the demonstration will then present Japanese stab binding, and a long stitch for binding multiple signature books. Reference materials will be provided. The Learner’s Lab is sponsored in part by the Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation. Berkshire Museum 
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BERKSHIRE BOMBERS PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar for this awesome event! Join us on 6/17 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Rd, Pittsfield, MA for some creative fun to benefit the Berkshire Bombers and the Travis Roy Foundation. You'll learn how to paint "Spring Blossoming Branch" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and instruction included for $35.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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"LILY OF THE VALLEY" PAINT AND SIP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
It will be another night of uncorking your creativity on 6/18 at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield. You'll learn how to paint this powerful painting "Lily of the Valley" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for only $30. No experience required. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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"MOONLIT DRAGONFLY POND" PAINT & SIP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Come join us at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield on 6/24 for 2 hours of creative fun. You'll learn how to paint "Moonlit Dragonfly Pond" on a large wall-sized 16x20 canvas while you sip a beverage and socialize with friends. All materials and light snack included for $30. BYOB. No experience required. Reserve yours seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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KOREAN BRUSH-PAINTING DEMONSTRATION
Pittsfield, 2 - 4 p.m .
Sungsook Setton is a Korean-American artist and calligrapher. Besides her training in brush painting and calligraphy under Chinese and Korean masters, she has also studied Western art in Germany, the UK and the United States, obtaining her BA in Studio Art at Stony Brook University and MFA in interdisciplinary art at Goddard College. Setton’s work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the UK, Taiwan, Korea and the United States. Berkshire Museum
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TALES FROM THE EAST
Pittsfield, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join Caravan Puppets for a performance of four classic stories from Asia! Enjoy a wide diveristy of puppets and puppetry styles with beautiful staging and original music. Some stories are interactive and children will build a small puppet to perform with and take home at the end of the show.  Berkshire Museum
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THE CONTEMPORARY FLUTE
Pittsfield, 2 - 3 p.m.
Join Massachusetts based flutist Erin Pulley in an exciting program exploring the connection between modern culture and the music that represents and embodies that culture. The program will include Eve Beglarian's I Will Not Be Sad in This World for alto flute and tape, Robert Dick's Fish Are Jumping for unaccompanied solo flute, Teruki Noda's Eclogue for flute and percussion joined by Kyle Dubois, Jazer Gile's Parutika for flute and live electronics, Steve Reich's Vermont Counterpoint for flutes and electronics, as well as various other contemporary pieces including flute, percussion and electronics.\ http://berkshiremuseum.org/  
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