RECESS: Meet for tea; dribble with Globetrotters

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In celebration of the exhibition, "Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection," the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St. in Williamstown, will hold a special First Sundays Free this Sunday. Admission is free. Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can mix a custom tea blend and decorate a teacup to enjoy at home between 1 and 4 p.m. At 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, licensed instructors from the Urasenke Chanoyu Center in New York will host tea ceremonies in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. Space for tea ceremonies is limited; reserve and pick up a ticket at the admissions desk on the day of the event.

Info: or 413-458-2303.

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Students, teachers, administrators and community members can apply to for funding for projects that enhance the educational experience of students and teachers in the Lanesborough school district through the The Lanesborough Initiative For Excellence (LIFE) fund.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to: independent study; new programs; extracurricular activities; individual creative projects, in or outside the classroom; visiting speakers; artists-in-residence; professional development for teachers; scientific, athletic, or technical equipment; library resources and class field trips. Grants awarded will generally range from $100 to $1,000. Apply through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation at

For more information, contact Program Director Maeve O'Dea at 413-229-0370, ext. 111 or Grants Coordinator Brandon William at ext. 115.

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St. Mark's Community Outreach presents the Original Harlem Globetrotters, featuring Kevin "Showboat" Jackson and Kenny "Blenda" Rodriguez, with DJ Master of Sounds Eddie Brown, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, at the Taconic High School gymnasium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield. The day will include family-friendly exercise, skills clinics, games, dancing and more. Wear comfortable clothing. Admission is $1 for children and $5 for adults.

Reserve tickets by calling 413-447-7510, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., through Friday, or purchase tickets at the door.

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Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, presents, "WeeMuse: Art Lab," at 11 a.m. on Saturday, included with regular museum admission. In this program, try fun art making activities with a scientific twist. This week's project will be "Snow Dough."

Info: or 413-443-7171.

Grow ...

Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 13, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a weeklong art workshop for college students and adults, "Painting Like the Illustrators of the Famous Artists School," with painter/illustrator Dan Howe. All levels are welcome. He will discuss and demonstrate the step-by-step Famous Artists School techniques for painting the figure as mastered by Norman Rockwell, who was an instructor for the popular art correspondence school started in the late 1940s. Paint mixing, value, color strategies, and figure construction will be taught through observational painting from a live model. Admission is $200 for the week; $175 for students.

Registration is required and can be done by via 413-931-2221 or


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