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SHOUT OUT LOUD FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Shout Out Loud Productions will host a fundraiser, Cocktails with a Purpose, at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, a live and silent auction, and dance party. The organization’s president, Jeanet Ingalls, also a survivor and ardent advocate, will facilitate a panel discussion on the different facets of human/sex trafficking in Massachusetts. The discussion will also include Cailin James, a human trafficking educator from Boston, and State Rep.e Smitty Pignatelli. Funds raised will support and educate Massachusetts’ law enforcement officials, health service providers and the community at large to recognize victims, expand and strengthen protocol, and help provide support for human trafficking victims. General admission tickets are $80; student tickets, $40 with I.D.; and dance tickets are $25 (valid from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). Tickets can be purchased online at shoutoutloudproductions.com  and must be purchased before Tuesday, Feb. 24.  For more information, contact Ingalls at jeanet@shoutoutloudproductions.com.

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'9 TO 5' AT MISS HALL'S
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will offer its humorous take on the inner-workings of office life, performing the musical comedy "9 to 5." A popular musical comedy featuring songs by Dolly Parton and based upon the 1980 movie in which she starred, "9 to 5" tells the story of three dissimilar co-workers — Violet, Doralee, and Judy — who unite in their antipathy for their sexist boss, Franklin Hart Jr. In the process of turning the tables on Hart, the women change their outlooks and, ultimately, their lives. The MHS performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 413-395-7108 for tickets and reservations. Additionally, please note that the show is of a PG-13 nature, with adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger students.

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FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Pittsfield, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Lanesborough Firemen’s Association will hold the second annual Princess Ball, a night out for princesses and their father/father figures, at the ITAM Lodge on Waubeek Road. Tickets are $25 per adult; princesses are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event  or call Jen DeChaine 413-448-9034 or Kate Garrity 413-841-7757.

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'9 TO 5' AT MISS HALL'S
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will offer its humorous take on the inner-workings of office life, performing the musical comedy "9 to 5." A popular musical comedy featuring songs by Dolly Parton and based upon the 1980 movie in which she starred, "9 to 5" tells the story of three dissimilar co-workers — Violet, Doralee, and Judy — who unite in their antipathy for their sexist boss, Franklin Hart Jr. In the process of turning the tables on Hart, the women change their outlooks and, ultimately, their lives. The MHS performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 413-395-7108 for tickets and reservations. Additionally, please note that the show is of a PG-13 nature, with adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger students.

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'9 TO 5' AT MISS HALL'S
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will offer its humorous take on the inner-workings of office life, performing the musical comedy "9 to 5." A popular musical comedy featuring songs by Dolly Parton and based upon the 1980 movie in which she starred, "9 to 5" tells the story of three dissimilar co-workers — Violet, Doralee, and Judy — who unite in their antipathy for their sexist boss, Franklin Hart Jr. In the process of turning the tables on Hart, the women change their outlooks and, ultimately, their lives. The MHS performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 413-395-7108 for tickets and reservations. Additionally, please note that the show is of a PG-13 nature, with adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for younger students.

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PUBLIC TRAILS WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
DCR staff will share information on the trails planning process at October Mountain State Forest and will work with trails system users to identify destinations and desired experiences, trail constraints and maintenance issues, and long-term trails management considerations. The intended outcome is an environmentally sustainable trails system that all users can enjoy in the future. The workshop will be held at the CR West Region HQ, 740 South St. For more information, call 617-626-4974 or DCR.Updates@state.ma.us.

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BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY PAINT & SIP FUNDRSER
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Yes, it's time to help the needy four legged creatures in our town. Join us at Berkshire Paint & Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA where you'll learn how to paint this touching painting of a Dog & Cat Watching a Sunset on a large 16x20 canvas for only $35. All materials and light snack included.  Cash Bar.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com  
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SUICIDE & AGING: GATEKEEPER WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 8 - 12 or 1 - 5
In the Berkshires, between 2007 - 2011, more than one third of suicides were in people over the age of 55.  The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health - funded training for "gatekeepers" to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 or older.  Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. This training is appropriate for Council on Aging personnel and nursing home staff including directors, administrative assistants, activities staff, nurse's aides, food service workers, transportation staff, as well as housekeepers & caregivers of older adults, police officers, postal workers, and Meals on Wheels staff.  Friday, March 6, 2015 (2 sessions for your convenience)  Morning session: 8 - 12 Noon, Registration at 7:30 a.m. or Afternoon Session: 1 - 5, Registration at 12:30.  Location: Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield.  Registration is required by contacting:  Bobbie Orsi @ 413-442-0907 or Matt Bitten @ 413-495-1500 Ext. 1472 (3.5 continuing education credits are available for social workers and professionals who need training hours.)
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SUICIDE & AGING: GATEKEEPER WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health-funded training for “gatekeepers” to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 and older. Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. This training is appropriate for Council on Aging personnel and nursing home staff including directors, administrative assistants, activities staff, nurse’s aides, food service workers, transportation staff, as well as housekeepers & caregivers of older adults, police officers, postal workers, and Meals on Wheels staff. Registration is required by contacting: Bobbie Orsi at bobbie@berkshirehisc.com or 413-442-0907 or Matt Bitten at mbitten@southbaymentalhealth.com at 413-495-1500, ext. 1472.

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MARCH FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The March 6th First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 20 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. Berkshire artists will be the focus of the March First Fridays Artswalk complimented with the addition of a new venue to Artswalk, The Berkshire Museum, and the Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Show. The March 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 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, that is free and open to the public.

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TEEN POETRY SLAM
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
WordXWord presents "Young+Brave: Teen Spoken Word Open Mic & Poetry Slam," with special guest Franny Choi, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. The evening, free and open to all, will be hosted by local poet and educator Melissa Quirk Cairns. Area teens are invited to step up and share their work in a mutually supportive context, either in the non-competitive open mic portion of the evening, or in the friendly, but competitive poetry slam. Pre-registration online at wXw365.org is strongly encouraged to guarantee a spot on the list to read.

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UNVEILING 10X10 SCREEN PRINT
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
In collaboration with Pittsfield’s 10x10 Festival, Shire City Sanctuary is printing a 10-day, 10-stencil, 10-color screen printing demonstration. The culmination is a first-ever 10-color, 18x24 print of the Shire City Sanctuary.  Local artists and operators of Shire City Sanctuary, Cate Crowley & Crispina ffrench, are creating the print. A limited edition of 50 prints are in process and will be unveiled and for sale at this event, which includes a short conversation with the makers.

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WINTER WARMER WINE TASTING
Pittsfield, 6 - 8 p.m.
A lovely evening at our local winery, right here in Pittsfield! Delicious food, wonderful wines and friends - new and old make this a very special evening. Space is limited so there are only 50 tickets available for this event. Get yours now! 100% proceeds benefit Moments House - offering free programs and services to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
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GENEALOGY CLASS
Pittsfield
The Berkshire Athenaeum will hold a series of genealogy workshop for novices. March 12 focuses on organizing your records and planning your research/Introduction to the Census, with a class from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.; March 19 features sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on using vital records/beginning immigration research; and March 26 is an introduction to ancestry.com, again from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 413-499-9480, ext. 6. Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, along with Vera Silva. It is highly recommended to attend all three session to get the most out of the classes. Please specify a time. You may bring your own laptop or use a library one.

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BERKSHIRE AWARDS
Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Museum will present the third annual Berkshire Awards to three honorees who have made significant contributions to creating, keeping and promoting artistic, historical and natural heritage in the Berkshires. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Museum. The honorees are Lila Berle, Churchill Cotton and Mary Rentz. Sponsorships and tickets for the Berkshire Award are now available. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org/berkshire-awards or call Bill Blaauw at 413.443.7171 ext. 313 or by email at wblaauw@berkshiremuseum.org.

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BERKSHIRE PINT & SIP - OCEAN BALCONY VIEW
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
It's time to think spring! Come join us at Berkshire Paint and Sip Studio, 305 North St, Pittsfield, Ma. You'll learn how to paint this breezy Ocean Balcony View painting on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials and light snack included for only $30. This is a BYOB event open to the public. Reserve your seat at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com  
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WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pittsfield Evangelical Free Church is sponsoring its 25th annual FAITHLIFT women's conference at Hope Church, 259 Kemble St., Lenox. Judy Reamer will be the featured speaker. ASL interpretation available. Visit www.pittsfieldefc.org/faithlift for more information or to register online.

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PITTSFIELD GREEN DRINKS
Pittsfield, 5:15 p.m.
Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are. Pittsfield Green Drinks is hosted by J Allen's Clubhouse Grille, 41 North St. March’s presenter is Leah Letourneau from the Center for EcoTechnology, who will discuss Green Start Energy and how we can each choose to get our electricity from renewable sources right now, even if we don't have a sunny roof for solar panels. For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT (elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321).

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GENEALOGY CLASS
Pittsfield
The Berkshire Athenaeum will hold a series of genealogy workshop for novices. March 12 focuses on organizing your records and planning your research/Introduction to the Census, with a class from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.; March 19 features sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on using vital records/beginning immigration research; and March 26 is an introduction to ancestry.com, again from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 413-499-9480, ext. 6. Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, along with Vera Silva. It is highly recommended to attend all three session to get the most out of the classes. Please specify a time. You may bring your own laptop or use a library one.

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THINK LIKE AN EDITOR: HOW TO MAKE A GOOD MANUSCRIPT GREAT
Pittsfield, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Join writer/editor Robin Catalano for this helpful workshop featuring a variety of tips on the process of self-editing, from critically (yet constructively) evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses to avoiding common writing pitfalls and editor pet peeves, and the best and worst times to edit one's own work. Appropriate for writers at all levels of experience.Berkshire Museum
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REPAIR CAFE
Pittsfield, 1-5 p.m.
The first Pittsfield Repair Cafe of 2015 will be held in the basement of St. Stephen's Church (Allen Street entrance), 67 East St., Pittsfield. There will be live music, refreshments, our really, really free table, and, of course, talented volunteers will be on hand to make repairs and give advice. Bring up to three items, including clothing, chairs, lamps, vacuums, other electrical items, bicycles, knives and blades for sharpening, wood items, and more.
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LEARNER'S LAB: RED APPLE BUTCHERS
Pittsfield, 10 - 11 a.m.
Join one of the butchers from Red Apple Butchers for a workshop on knives. From home cook to experienced chef, proper use of knives is an essential skill. This workshop will illustrate different types of knives, uses for different knives, sharpening methods, some cutting technique on simple vegetables and a whole chicken, rudimentary safety and sanitation of working on a cutting board as well as more interesting carving theory, from Thanksgiving turkey carving to interesting cuts such as a Porchetta. A short informational session on Red Apple Butchers and their approach as old fashioned butchers in a modern world will be included. Berkshire Museum
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GENEALOGY CLASS
Pittsfield
The Berkshire Athenaeum will hold a series of genealogy workshop for novices. March 12 focuses on organizing your records and planning your research/Introduction to the Census, with a class from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.; March 19 features sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on using vital records/beginning immigration research; and March 26 is an introduction to ancestry.com, again from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 413-499-9480, ext. 6. Instructors for these sessions will be Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, along with Vera Silva. It is highly recommended to attend all three session to get the most out of the classes. Please specify a time. You may bring your own laptop or use a library one.

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TEAM NATE THE GREAT - PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join Berkshire Paint and Sip in supporting "Team Nate the Great" in partnership with A Kid's Brain Tumor Cure on 3/26 at Egremont School, 84 Egremont Rd, Pittsfield, MA. You'll learn how to paint this inspiring Blossoming Spring Tree on a large 16x20 canvas, while contributing to a great cause. This is a family event for ages 12 and up.  No alcohol is permitted. Reserve your seats today at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com
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80'S PARTY
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m. to Midnight
This is a fundraiser to benefit Community Resources for People with Autism(Berkshires) Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield The cost is $40 per person or $35 per person before 1/15/15. Adults 21 and older, cash bar, appetizers, 50/50 raffle, dessert auction & photo booth. Dance to 80's tunes with DJ Bob Heck. Wear your 80's best (Prize for best 80's look!) go to link below to purchase tickets: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9ylmcw68c104fe9&llr=mxkgftcab For more information call Pam Powell at 413-443-4780 ext. 19 or email at Pamela.Powell@theassociationinc.org 
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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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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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