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THEY DANCE FOR RAIN: SPRING SLIDESHOW
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., announces the presentation of "They Dance For Rain: Spring Slideshow," a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi. Both artists are Berkshire County natives and have studios based in Pittsfield. For more information, contact stefanie@fertileuniverse.com or 413-281-6734 or visit fertileuniverse.com.

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MARY POPE OSBORNE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will launch its first annual Festival Book Expo with "A Writer’s Life: An Interview with Mary Pope Osborne." Hosted by Jenny Laird, this special event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 West St. Osborne has been writing books for young readers since 1982. While her work includes more than 50 young adult novels, picture books, retellings of myths and folklore, biographies, and mysteries, she is best known for her #1 New York Times best-selling Magic Tree House series, which has sold more than 120 million books worldwide. In this in-depth interview, Mary will share with grown-ups the joys of writing for all ages.  Tickets are available for $15 each at the festival website www.berkshirewomenwriters.org/events.

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BOOK EXPO
Pittsfield, 1-5 p.m.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers announces its first-ever Book Expo, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 West St. The event will feature regional authors, publishers, writing programs and booksellers, along with other related businesses and vendors, and will include readings, children’s activities, raffles and a wide variety of books for sale. Admission is free.

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TOWN PLAYERS PRESENT LOCAL WORKS
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will present an afternoon of works by local authors at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Richard Matturro, an instructor at OLLI and the author of six published novels, will read a most unusual ghost story, "Niobe," from his new collection, Porch of the Maidens. A staged reading of "Southern Exposure", written and directed by Valerie Kavanaugh, will also be presented. The play is about a long term friendship and secret. The cast includes Marion Cimini as Anna, Karel Fisher as Frannie and Melanie Rivers as Agnes. Admission is $5.

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COMMUNITY-WIDE BLESSING OF THE PALMS
Pittsfield, 10:15 a.m.
Four churches from four different denominations will mark Palm Sunday with community-wide Blessing of the Palms in the parking lot at the intersection of Fenn and Pearl streets, outside of First United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend, particularly the downtown community. Clergy and participants from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Zion Lutheran Church, First Church of Christ Congregational, and First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield will gather together, outdoors, for the blessing, and then process to their respective churches for the remainder of their worship services for Palm Sunday. All of the palms to be used for the blessing are Eco-Palms, which were sustainably grown and harvested in Guatemala and Mexico.

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TOWN PLAYERS AUDITION
Pittsfield, 5-6:30 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions t the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., for two comedic staged readings, "Chocolate" by Frederick Stroppel and "Wedding Duet" by Lauren Wilson. One depicts a detective investigating the disappearance of a husband and the other is about a newly married couple on their way to crossing the threshold when it all  comes to a screeching halt. Needed are two men and two women. Actors will be asked to read from the script. The shorts will be directed by Denise Roller.

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BIRD WALKS
Pittsfield, 8 - 10 a.m.

Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 / 8:00 am - 10:00 am Spring and fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars, beginners welcome.Canoe Meadows


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APRIL FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The April 3rd First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 15 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District, with venues as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far north as Berkshire Medical Center. The April First Fridays Artswalk will kick –off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the “walk” from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will culminate with an After Party and Social Gathering with the night’s artists from 8 to 10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., free and open to the public.

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ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET JUNIOR COMPANY OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 3:30 p.m.
The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) Junior Company and the Academy Dancers of the Cantarella School of Dance will hold an open house performance and reception at the Masonic Temple, 116 South St. that is free to the public. Dancers ranging in age from 9 to  18 will perform in original pieces choreographed by ballet mistresses and teachers of the Cantarella School of Dance designed to showcase a variety of dance styles, along with excerpts from the classical ballet “Paquita,” and “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by ABB Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. The reception following the performance will feature sweet treats and beverages.  For more information, call 413-445-5382 or e-mail abballet@verizon.net.

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EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG SCRAMBLE
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
The Department of Community Development Recreation Program will hold the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble at Pittsfield’s Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St. The schedule for the differing age groups is as follows: 10:30 a.m. for 9 year olds; 10:40 a.m. for 7 & 8 year olds; 10:55 a.m. for 5 & 6 year olds; 11:10 a.m. for 4 year olds; 11:25 a.m. for 2 & 3 year olds. The event is free and open to all Pittsfield children.  One winner in each age group who finds the golden egg will receive a special prize, courtesy of the Greylock Federal Credit Union. Children are required to bring their own baskets. For further information, please contact Becky Manship at 413-99-9370.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
Pittsfield, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Private Dining Rooms at BMC, located near the BMC Café.  The Pittsfield programs will be presented by Julie Shepard, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at BMC.

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LILY OF THE VALLY-BERKSHIRE PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to paint this beautiful "Lily of the Valley" on a large wall-sized 16x20 canvas while sipping a beverage and socializing with friends.  This is a BYOB event at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA.  All materials and instruction included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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R.S.V.P. OPEN HOUSE
Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) will be holding an open house to introduce Cheryl Whalen, the new director, to welcome potential volunteers and to share information about new R.S.V.P. volunteer offerings. Information about R.S.V.P.’s longstanding and ongoing opportunities will also be provided. R.S.V.P. places persons ages 55 and up as volunteers throughout Berkshire County. Volunteers are able to contribute their skills and lifetime experiences, to help others, be productive and grow personally. RSVP to 413-499-9345; space is limited.

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LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST FORUM
Pittsfield, 7:30 a.m.
The 15th annual Legislative Breakfast forum for individuals with disabilities, their families and support organization staff will be held at the ITAM Lodge. Legislators scheduled to appear include State Sen. Benjamin Downing, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. Issues impacting human service agencies and individuals with disabilities and their families will be addressed during the event. The cost to attend is $10, which includes a continental breakfast. The deadline to register is March 27, and the registration form is available online.

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IS183 ART SCHOOL GALA
Pittsfield
IS183’s annual gala, the Versace Tchotchke Expo with Hibachi and Mariachi, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. IS183’s annual gala raises funds for the Berkshires’ visual arts school providing artmaking experiences and instruction to youth and adults in Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Williamstown and Great Barrington. This year’s over-the-top mashup mixes garish designer excess, tacky keepsakes and tawdry trade show insanity and adds a dash of Mexican music and culinary showmanship to create a one-of-a-kind evening. While costumes are not required of attendees, creative outfits are encouraged. Sombreros, stilettos, briefcases, gold chains, and ostentatiously kitschy baubles of all sorts are a few of the inventive fashion options. Tacky or snazzy, or preferably both, bring it to the Versace Tchotchke Expo (with hibachi and mariachi)! Tickets range from $50 for the dance party, complimentary beverages and silent auction, to $175 and up for a full evening of inventive excess beginning with a splashy dinner beforehand and continuing into the evening with a silent auction and dance party featuring music by JTD Productions and video projections by renowned local artist Joe Wheaton. Tickets at the $350 level and above also include an invitation to a fabulous tchotchke centerpiece fabrication party in March. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 413-298-5252 x100 or visit www.is183.org.

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'VEGAS IN THE BERKSHIRES'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Berkshire Olde Tyme Review (BOTR) will present "Vegas in the Berkshires" at the Robert Boland Theatre on Berkshire Community College’s campus for two nights in April to support underfunded adult and children’s programming at UCP of Berkshire County. "Vegas in the Berkshire"s will feature music from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Cher, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow and more. BOTR cast includes Malcolm Frazer, Bob Bottume, Joe White, David LaPlante, Dawn LaPlante, Maria Brodeur, Paul Bianco, Luc Levesque, Heather Austin, Ed Poette, Sylvie Carrier-Hastings, Heather Cachat, Dennis Wixom, Beth Larrow, Dan Rickert, Lori Southard Johnson, Melissa Levesque, Melissa Green Campbell, Bonnie Callaghan and Shawn Callaghan with appearances by the Berkshire County Line Dancers and the BOTR dancers. There will be guest appearances by UCP’s Executive Director Christine Singer on violin and UCP Joy to Dance dancers. Refreshments will be offered as well as a BOTR gift basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. General admission tickets for the event are $15 or two for $25 and can be purchased at UCP of Berkshire County, Pittsfield and North Adams offices, LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown, Wood Bros. in Pittsfield and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield. For more information visit ucpberkshire.org or call Kristen Baker at 413-442-1562, ext. 24.

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'VEGAS IN THE BERKSHIRES'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Berkshire Olde Tyme Review (BOTR) will present "Vegas in the Berkshires" at the Robert Boland Theatre on Berkshire Community College’s campus for two nights in April to support underfunded adult and children’s programming at UCP of Berkshire County. "Vegas in the Berkshire"s will feature music from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Cher, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow and more. BOTR cast includes Malcolm Frazer, Bob Bottume, Joe White, David LaPlante, Dawn LaPlante, Maria Brodeur, Paul Bianco, Luc Levesque, Heather Austin, Ed Poette, Sylvie Carrier-Hastings, Heather Cachat, Dennis Wixom, Beth Larrow, Dan Rickert, Lori Southard Johnson, Melissa Levesque, Melissa Green Campbell, Bonnie Callaghan and Shawn Callaghan with appearances by the Berkshire County Line Dancers and the BOTR dancers. There will be guest appearances by UCP’s Executive Director Christine Singer on violin and UCP Joy to Dance dancers. Refreshments will be offered as well as a BOTR gift basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. General admission tickets for the event are $15 or two for $25 and can be purchased at UCP of Berkshire County, Pittsfield and North Adams offices, LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown, Wood Bros. in Pittsfield and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield. For more information visit ucpberkshire.org or call Kristen Baker at 413-442-1562, ext. 24.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
Pittsfield, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Private Dining Rooms at BMC, located near the BMC Café.  The Pittsfield programs will be presented by Julie Shepard, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at BMC.

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THE ZONTA CLUB OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY
Pittsfield, 5 p.m.
The Zonta Club of Berkshire County will meet on Monday, at Mazzeo’s Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield. The guest speaker will be Carolyn Burns, executive director of Berkshire Center for Children and Families. She will speak about their new grant to open a new Family Resource Center in Pittsfield. The event starts at 5:00pm and includes a brief networking time, business meeting, and then our Guest speaker followed by 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: berkshire@zontadistrict1.org. Or friend us on Facebook at Zonta club of Berkshire County

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CAREGIVER EXPO
Pittsfield, 4-7 p.m.
Caregivers, especially those caring for a loved one with dementia, will have the opportunity to get information from dozens of local service providers. General admission is FREE. The evening includes dinner for caregivers who preregister by April 7; a donation of $5 is suggested but not required. Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, executive director and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association Northeast New York Chapter. Smith-Boivin has over 30 years of service to the geriatric community and individuals with age-related dementias. Mini-spa services will be offered to caregivers, and there will be prize drawings. Hosted by the Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership, the event will be held at the Crowne Plaza. To preregister, email info@bapartners.org or call 413-637-7037.


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COUPLES PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Paint with your partner and create this "Crane Pond Built for Two". You'll each work together to complete this painting on two large wall-sized 16x20 canvasses for a total size of 32x20! All materials and instruction included for only $30 per person. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com.
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BOAT ON BEACH AT BERKSHIRE PAINT & SIP
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Let's get ready for a summer vacation and paint this relaxing "Boat on a Beach". You'll learn how to paint his image on a large 16x20 wall-sized canvas while you sip a refreshing beverage and socialize with friends. All materials and instruction included for $30. Event at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum will host the third annual "WeeMuse: Welcome to Kindergarten!" Designed for families with children who are preparing to enter kindergarten, the event includes activities, music, and games. Presented in partnership with Pittsfield’s Transition Team, the Berkshire United Way, and Pittsfield Public Schools, the event is free and open to the community. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413-443-7171.

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5TH ANNUAL SLICE OF LIFE PIZZA COMPETITION
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom for the 5th anniversary of our local pizza competition! All the best of our local restaurants will be serving up their pizza and you get to eat and vote… and eat and vote! Music provided by Dennis Wixsom from Bob Heck Entertainment, Lots of raffles, and Cash Bar. Doors open at 6PM FUN for the whole family! Get advance tickets and SAVE! Doors
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FAMILY DAY PAINT & SIP PARTY
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
Family Paint & Sip event at Berkshire Paint and Sip 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. Ages 6 and up. Bring your young one or bring your old one... doesn't matter... just come and create together! Alcohol is not permitted at this event.  All materials and instruction included for only $25 per person. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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SNAP ENROLLMENT AT THE BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM
Pittsfield, Noon - 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be offering application assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Berkshire Athenaeum, located at 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to all individuals. The SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps) can give income-eligible households a boost to their budgets to help purchase nutritious food. Anyone who meets the eligibility guidelines can receive this benefit. In order to ensure the best possible service, it will be helpful for SNAP applicants to provide as many as of the following documents as possible: Proof of identity (license or birth certificate) Social Security Number Proof of Massachusetts residency (driver’s license, utility bill, or tax forms) Proof of earned income (pay stubs from the past four weeks) Proof of other income (Social Security income or pension) Proof of medical expenses greater than $35/month (copies of bills and co-pays) seniors and disabled households only Proof of non-citizen status (green card or immigration papers) non-citizens only Although reservations for the event are not required, they are suggested by calling The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ SNAP Department at 1-800-247-9632. For more information about The Food Bank, visit their web site at www.foodbankwma.org.
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MT GREYLOCK ECF PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Fundraiser to benefit Berkshire Healthcare's Mount Greylock Activities Department. Come join us on 4/24 at Berkshire Healthcare's Mt Greylock ECF, 100 North St, Pittsfield, MA. You'll learn how to paint these Radiant Red Poppies on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and your donation is included for only $30.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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MS SUPPORT FOUNDATION'S 7TH ANNUAL GALA
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Please join us for our 7th Annual MS Fundraising Gala, at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our largest fundraising event of the year it features dinner and both silent and live auctions. For more information or to purchase tickets you can contact us at (413) 664-2011; or llawson@msresource.org
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BIRD WALKS AT CANOE MEADOWS
Pittsfield, 7 - 9 a.m.
Bird Walks Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA Migration: Spring & Fall Fridays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 / 7-9:00 am Fridays, Sept 4, 11, 18 & 25 / 8:00-10:00 am  
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HABITAT RESTORE WOMEN'S WEEKEND
Pittsfield, 3 - 7 p.m.
May 7, 8, and 9 is Women’s Weekend at the Central Berkshire Habitat ReStore in Pittsfield! Throughout Mother’s Day weekend, stop into ReStore during business honors and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity in honor of the special mothers, daughters, and women in your life. Every dollar we raise goes towards alleviating poverty housing in our community and supporting our Women Build in the Berkshires event. Together, we can achieve Habitat’s mission of fair and affordable home ownership in the Berkshires. When you donate, you’ll receive a special Mother’s Day card. If you donate $30 or more, you’ll also receive a Habitat Women Build t-shirt! The Habitat ReStore is located at 70 Jefferson Place, open for shopping on Thursdays 3-7PM and Fridays and Saturdays 9AM-5PM. For more information, call (413) 443-2106.
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