RECESS | Things to do this week: Paint a mug, take a photo, make more art

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The "Save Our Shakespeare at Taconic Inc." group will hold a benefit "Paint A Mug," class from 6-9 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at The Dirty Brush, 141 North St., Pittsfield. The event will help raise funds to support Taconic High School students' participation in the annual "Fall Festival of Shakespeare" at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. The cost is $30, and includes all materials, instruction and a donation to the program. Learn more at facebook.com/pg/SOSTaconic.



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Artist and photographer, Jamie Diamond, will hold the "Monument Youth Photography Residency," a free workshop for youths ages 8-14, during the week of Aug. 14, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Design Lab, 49 Main St., in North Adams. Disposable cameras will be provided to use to explore North Adams through a fresh set of eyes. No experience needed. Email michelle.daly@mcla.edu to register.



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At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, meet in the Italian Garden at The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, for "Books & Blooms." The Family story and craft time this week will feature the children's comic book, "Finding Brooklyn: And the Next Great Superhero," by Dan Sadlowski. The event is weather dependent. Call 413-551-5111 for more information and details.



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The Highland Foundation's Free Fun Fridays events continue this Friday, Aug. 11, with two Berkshire County events.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 358 George Carter Road, in Becket, will welcome guests at no charge between noon and 7:15 p.m. There will be dance classes, arts and crafts, drumming workshops, story time, and an Inside/Out Stage performance.

Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, in Stockbridge, will have activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy all kinds of family-friendly activities, including self-guided tours of the historic Gilded Age home, lawn games, art activities, and more.

Contact the organizations direction for more details.



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Art therapist Marney Schorr has partnered with Berkshire Children & Families and the Family Resource Center to host a LGBTQ youth art group for young people between the ages of 13 and 19. The free art group will be held at the center this Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4-5:30 p.m., at 480 West St., in Pittsfield. Schorr invites youths to "come celebrate creativity, community and identity with a night of painting altered portraits. Transform an oil portrait on canvas into your own work of art." Transportation is available. For more information, call 413-442-5333.


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