5 things to do if you're on a budget this week
Last week's First Friday's Artswalk has been rescheduled for Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Check out over a dozen art shows, including "Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland and Irish Culture," at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave.; Alexandria Gilbert's "Joy in the Bloom," at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., 33 Dunham Mall; "De/Reconstructed" at Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. FIRSTFRIDAYSARTSWALK.COM
The first Friends' book sale of the year is Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. There are books, hardcover and paperback, CDs, DVDs, audio books, VHS tapes and vinyl records for sale, as well as "all things Irish," books about photography, short stories and collectible books. PITTSFIELDLIBRARY.ORG
Annual Maplefest celebration
Bring the whole family to Hopkins Memorial Forest for the annual celebration of maple season. Visit a working sugar house, see a demo, tap a tree, taste homemade syrup and sugar on snow, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road, Williamstown.
The BTUs, featuring Steven Ide, Bobby MacVeety, Rob Putnam and Conor Meehan, return to Firefly Gastropub Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m., 71 Church St., Lenox. FIREFLYLENOX.COM
Actress, producer and equal rights advocate Laverne Cox presents "Ain't I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood" at Williams College, with seating for the general public at 7 p.m., Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. WILLIAMS.EDU
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