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BERKSHIRE ORCHID & TROPICAL SHOW
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkshire Community College Foundation will hold its third annual Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show at the Paterson Field House, BCC’s Main Campus, 1350 West St. The show will showcase fifteen unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork. Workshops and educational talks will also be open to attendees. Proceeds from the event will benefit BCC’s Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse, as well as the Foundation’s Annual Fund. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or aphillips@berkshirecc.edu.

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SHRINERS 'AUTUMN FANFARE'
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Small Drum Corps Association, (SDCA) based in Hebron, Ill., will hold an “Autumn Fanfare” drum and bugle corps show hosted by the Boys and Girls Club. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The program will include seven small Senior Drum and Bugle Corps from the Northeast United States. The program will be a benefit for the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield and the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee. Tickets are $20 in advance; checks may be made to “Autumn Fanfare” and mailed to Paul Christopher, PO Box 84, Pittsfield, MA 01202.  Please include a return address. Tickets will be available on the day of the show for $22.

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BERKSHIRE ORCHID & TROPICAL SHOW
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkshire Community College Foundation will hold its third annual Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show at the Paterson Field House, BCC’s Main Campus, 1350 West St. The show will showcase fifteen unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork. Workshops and educational talks will also be open to attendees. Proceeds from the event will benefit BCC’s Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse, as well as the Foundation’s Annual Fund. Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or aphillips@berkshirecc.edu.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY' AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield will be holding auditions for “Christmastime in the City,” a holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Needed are singers (all voice types), instrumentalists, spoken word artists, actors and more. Any variety of talent may audition. Singers should be prepared to sing from their favorite holiday tune. They may bring their own music but it is not required. Spoken word artists must bring their own work and will be given 1 to 2 minutes for the audition but up to 3 for the performance. Actors may bring a monologue but sides will be provided otherwise. Finally, instrumentalists should be prepared to play a 2 minute holiday selection for the audition. There will be three performances: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.

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'HOUSE' SCREENING
Pittsfield, 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will present a special showing of the Japanese cult classic horror movie "House" (Hausu). For this Halloween screening, audience members are welcome and encouraged to bring their own food and drinks and to come in costume. Tickets are $7.50 and $5 for museum members or anyone in costume. Released in 1977 and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, this unrated film is in Japanese with a run time of 87 minutes.

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BRPC'S FIFTH THURSDAY DINNER
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
BRPC's Fifth Thursday Dinner will feature Billie Best, the Community Land Trust Program Director for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and President of the Board of Trustees for the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires. Best will discuss the Community Land Trust (CLT) housing model, and how it’s flexibility and land acquisition characteristics can provide housing opportunity in all Berkshire communities: Southern Berkshire communities facing a dearth of affordable housing, and Central and Northern Berkshire communities facing an abundance of affordable yet low quality housing options. The event will be held at Mazzeo's on South Street and costs $36. RSVP to Linda Ludwig by Oct. 24 at Lludwig@berkshireplanning.org.

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'VOICES OF TERROR'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
The Taconic High School Theatre Program presents “Voices of Terror,” an original collection of Halloween inspired stores, written and directed by the students of the acting class. This is a free, one-night-only performance in the Taconic High School Auditorium.

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SENIOR CITIZEN FAIR
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Senior Citizen Fair will fearture healthcare providers, at-home providers, public safety, energy saving, community services and more, including refreshments, at the Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street. Parking will be available across the street from the Boys and Girls Club; no tickets will be issued for permit parking in that lot (lot 1) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARADE
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host its annual Preschool Halloween Parade. Come dressed in your best costumes and we will show them off to the whole library and each department will be giving out treats. Parade will begin in the Children’s Department at 11 a.m.

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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT BENEFIT CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet will headline a "Giving Thanks Dinner and Concert" event to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity programs and services at First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn St. The event is a homemade turkey dinner followed by a benefit concert lineup that features Sweet and The BSweet Band along with Zink & Company. In addition to dinner there will be refreshments and a raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m. There are two dinner seatings, at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and show tickets are $15. Combo tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at berkshirehabitat.org or at bobbysweet.com.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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ADULT FAMILY CARE INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
Berkshire County Arc is offering a free informational meeting about its Adult Family Care Program, which is available to individuals who cannot live safely on their own and need help or supervision with daily living skills.  The meeting will be held at Berkshire County Arc, located at 395 South St. To qualify for the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or over and have MassHealth or be eligible to receive MassHealth. There will be a light dinner and refreshments, and advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Amy Robandt at 413-464-7262, ext. 22 by Monday, Nov. 3.

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7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield, 5 - 7 p.m.
The Junior League of Berkshire County is hosting their 7th Annual Taste of the Berkshires at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Enjoy an evening of sampling from some of the areas finest restaurants. Tea Cup Auction, Raffle and cash bar. Tickets $30 per person $50 per couple (available online at www.jlbc.info)  Some restaurants include: Adams Ale House, Hops and Vines, One West, Baba Louie’s, Jovi’s Family Kitchens, Sarah’s Cheesecake, Big Elm Brewing, Mad Jacks, Starbucks Brenda’s Catering, Mary’s Carrot Cake, Spring Street Market & Cafe, Canyon Ranch, Mazzeo’s Ristorante, Ye Olde Forge, Flavour’s, Milltown Tavern
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WEEMUSE PAJAMA NIGHT
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
As part of November’s Family Literacy Month, Berkshire Museum presents WeeMuse Pajama Night. The event, now in its third year, is free and open to the public. Each gallery will feature different stories and storytellers – for example, visit the Aquarium to hear a story about the ocean; explore Spark!Lab and hear about inventors and inventions; and in Berkshire Backyard, listen to stories about woodland creatures just like those who live right here in Western Massachusetts. Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, and her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, will be special guest readers. An array of local officials and personalities will also be guest readers, including Van Shields, the museum’s executive director.

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SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH HARVEST CRAFT FAIR
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
South Congregational Church, 110 South St., will host its annual Harvest Craft Fair.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Butternut Squash Soup, 3 Bean Chili and Deep Dish Apple Pie. The fair will feature handmade local craft items, floral arrangements and baked goods. There will also be silent auction items to bid on from area businesses, theater groups, restaurants and museums.  Raffle Items to be raffled off this year are a handmade quilt “Ocean Dreams” sewn by the Ladies Benevolent Society, a watercolor painting “Mountain Serenity,” an Advent tree calendar, a miniature gold and silver Christmas tree and a money tree.

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KRISTALLNACHT REMEMBRANCE
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim at 26 Broad St. will host a unique artistic observance commemorating the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht with readings of memoirs, poetry  and drama. The performance, directed by Barbara Waldinger with musical accompaniment by Paul Green, is the first time the temple has remembered historically-significant Kristallnacht with such a program. On the night of Nov. 9, 1938, following the assassination of a German official in Paris at the hands of a Jewish teenager, violence against Jews broke out across Germany and Austria.  While ascribed to the wrath of the German people, the demonstrations were in fact organized by German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and other Nazis.  In two days, over 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses trashed, Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes looted, and dozens beaten to death while police and fire brigades stood by.  For the broken windows that littered the streets, the pogroms became known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass." A donation of $30 is requested ($20 for Temple members; students admitted free).  Admission includes a discount coupon to Jae’s for the evening of the performance.  Please call 413-442-5910 for reservations.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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LYME ALLIANCE OF THE BERKSHIRES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires (L.A.B.) is a support group for those suffering from Lyme Disease and their loved ones as well as for individuals who would like to become further educated about Lyme and it's associated diseases in Northern Berkshire County, Western MA, Southern Vermont and Upstate NY. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Berkshire Atheneum (Pittsfield Library) 1 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA  2nd Floor Conference Room, Fall Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires Support Group Meeting Dates   Thursday October 16th, 2014 Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Thursday, December 18th, 2014   Website: http://berkshirelyme.blogspot.com/   Contact: berkshirelyme@yahoo.com  
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BERKSHIRE COUNTY ARC ANNUAL MEETING
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
Berkshire County Arc will hold its 60th annual meeting at the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield. Awards will be presented to individuals who have made significant contributions during the past year. In addition, featured guests will speak about the history and highlights of the agency in celebration of its 60th anniversary this year. The event includes a breakfast, and a donation of $20 per person is requested. For more information or to register, call 413-499-4241, ext. 200.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES PREVIEW PARTY
Pittsfield, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Take a wildlife expedition through the galleries when Festival of Trees 2014 On Safari opens at the Berkshire Museum. The festival is on view to the public from Saturday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 4. This year’s safari theme is inspired by "Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic," an exhibition of compelling wildlife photography featuring 50 photos from three of National Geographic’s top photojournalists — Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen. The preview party will offer a first look at holiday trees decked out with a safari theme, taste tantalizing treats, and the chance to interact with Rick Roth of Creature Teachers and some of his wonderful wild animal friends. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children; reservations requested by Nov. 7. For more informaiton, call 413.443.7171 ext. 37 or online at berkshiremuseum.org.
 

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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'BASICALLY BAROQUE'
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
The Berkshire Concert Choir, under Paula Nuss, artistic director, will present the concert, “Basically Baroque,” at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. The choir will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantatas No. 68 and No. 72, Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, and Ubi Caritas by Maura Tuffy.  They will be accompanied by the Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra, under Alla Zernitskaya, orchestra director. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and free for age 12 and under. For information, call 413-442-6120 or go to berkshireconcertchoir.org.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE COLONIAL WITH MARY VERDI
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mary Verdi is returning for her fifth annual Christmas at the Colonial Theatre, featuring special guest Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School’s violinists, a children’s vocal group, Berkshire Gymfest and, of course, Santa Claus. The shows will land on Mary Verdi’s 50th birthday and to celebrate this day, Mary will be joined by her daughters, Madilyn & Kate McCarthy, from Austin, Texas.Her brother, John Handley from Grand Junction, Colorado will also be performing with Mary. For tickets visit www.berkshiretheatre.org or call 413-997-4444.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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THE SPOUSE/PARTNER LOSS GROUP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Spouse/Partner Loss Group is held the third Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. This group is geared toward those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. No registration is required. All above sessions will be held at the HospiceCare in The Berkshires, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. To register or for more information please contact the office at 413-443-2994.

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LYME ALLIANCE OF THE BERKSHIRES SUPPORT GROUP
Pittsfield, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires (L.A.B.) is a support group for those suffering from Lyme Disease and their loved ones as well as for individuals who would like to become further educated about Lyme and it's associated diseases in Northern Berkshire County, Western MA, Southern Vermont and Upstate NY. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Berkshire Atheneum (Pittsfield Library) 1 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA  2nd Floor Conference Room  Fall Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires Support Group Meeting Dates   Thursday October 16th, 2014 Thursday, November 13th, 2014 Thursday, December 18th, 2014   Website: http://berkshirelyme.blogspot.com/   Contact: berkshirelyme@yahoo.com  
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