Recess | Things to do this week: Eat invasive species, write a film script , hear some show tunes

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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition facilitates a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group that meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, and will soon be offering a free workshop series called "Guiding Good Choices." The program is designed to teach grandparents how to strengthen their bonds with their grandchildren, encourage healthy habits, and reduce kids' risk of substance use and abuse.

The five-week program begins on Tuesday, April 25, and will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Mary Spitzer Senior Center located at 116 Ashland St., North Adams. Dinner and child care are provided. For more information or to register, please call Chris Griffin at 413-663-7588, ext. 24.

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The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is hosting its first annual Short Film Screenplay contest. The competition is open to all amateur writers who live or attend school in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. Amateur writers are defined as those who haven't sold a screenplay, had their short script televised, or shown theatrically. Monetary prizes include $1,500 for first place, $750 for second and $250 for third.

Scripts should not exceed 20 pages in length and are due by midnight on Monday, May 22. All submissions should be in script format and sent to: info@berkshirefilm.org. To learn more about the judges, awards ceremony and more details, call 413-528-4223 or visit berkshirefilm.org

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Berkshire Children's Theater will present "Kids Love Broadway 3," at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Under the guidance of director Kara Demler, the talented young performers of Berkshire Children's Theater will share a lively musical show of their Broadway favorites. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 per child; discounts for museum members.

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The Simon's Rock Theatre Program will present John Cariani's "Almost, Maine," directed by James Warwick, over the next two weekends. Performances will be held in McConnell Theatre at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Show times will be at 4 and 7:30 p.m. this Friday, and Friday, April 28; and at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, and Saturday April 29. Admission is free and open to the public, and the play is suitable for mature audiences.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Green Living Series will offer its final Science and Management of Invasive Species Spring Seminar at 7 p.m., on Thursday, in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, 71 Blackinton St., North Adams.

Joe Roman, Ph.D., a conservation biologist, researcher and educator at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics will present "Recipe for Success: Can Eating Invasives Help Reduce Their Spread?" Roman is the author of "Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act," and heads the website, eattheinvaders.org.

As a special feature of this seminar, local chef Greg Roach will prepare and offer some dishes that contain several invasive species, from flora to fauna. This program is free and open to the public. Info: mcla.edu/greenliving, or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack at D.Shustack@mcla.edu or 413-662-5301.


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