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The Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., in Pittsfield, will host two special events this Friday, featuring free admission. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be open to all in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays" summer program.

Then, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., families can attend "Kindergarten Night," to help kids get ready for school. There will be hands-on activities, special performances, and educators and materials on hand to help parents learn about child development and tips for success.

Info: berkshiremuseum.org or 413-443-7171



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Economic analyst Stuart Schweitzer will give a talk entitled "Economic Myths, Realities and Opportunities" at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. The talk is part of the 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series organized by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Berkshire Museum.

Schweitzer is a retired economist and global market strategist from J.P. Morgan. He will offer his perspective on why growth remained so meager for so long after the 2008-09 financial crisis, and what is needed to restore the U.S. economy to lasting, solid growth.

Tickets are $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members; $15 for the general public; free for youths ages 17 and under and BCC students. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at berkshireolli.org, by calling 413-236-2190, or at the door while tickets last.



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"Berkshire Sings," a free community concert directed by Rob Kelly, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, at the Great Barrington Bandstand, 334 Main St., at the gazebo behind town hall. The program is part of the Town of Great Barrington Summer Concert Series, supported by Berkshire South Regional Community Center and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Songs will include pop, folk, jazz standards and show tunes, spanning the decades from the 1920s to the Beatles.



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The 77th Berkshire Youth Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Utility Drive, located off of Holmes Road, in Pittsfield. The fair is run by 4-H Youth for all youths, and is free and open to the public.

This year's "Youth Showcase" stage will feature area youth performers from Berkcirque, Cantarella Dance, Berkshire Music School, Dalton Dance, U.S. Taekwondo, Terpsichore Dance, Funkbox Hip Hop, Youth Alive, and Berkshire Children's Theater.

On display will be juried youth entries of arts, crafts, photography, vegetables, sewing, baking, woodworking; youth-raised poultry, rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs, goats, horses, and more.

There will also be a food booth and artist vendors on site. For more information, call 413-448-8285. Learn more at http://ag.umass.edu/mass4h



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The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's "Williamstown Ring Hike" series concludes this Saturday, with a climb of Mt. Greylock via the Appalachian Trail. Hikers should meet at the parking turnoff for the AT on Pattison Road in North Adams, reached via Luce Road in Williamstown.

Hikers are advised to wear sturdy boots and to bring water, sunscreen, and a snack. No need to sign up. Just show up at the meeting place. Severe weather cancels. Info: wrlf.org or 413-458-2494


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