Recess | Things to do this week: Register for art camp, explore the Gilded Age, spout poetry

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The Hebrew letter "Dalet" means "doorway," and in this spirit, the Congregation Beth Israel Community Hebrew School will offer this month a new program, "Summer Dalet Days." Children ages 5-11 are invited to explore Jewish culture and heritage through activities incorporating magic, art, story, theater, music, cooking, outdoor games and more. The program, led by Jane Shiyah, David Arfa and Inky the therapy dog, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 28 through Friday, June 30, at the congregation, 53 Lois St., North Adams. Before and after program child care is available.

Special musical guest Ellen Allard will attend during the day on June 30, and will stay for a special end-of-camp community meal and service from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Early registration must be done by Wednesday, and is $95 per child, $70 per additional sibling; registration after June 14 is $110 and $85 respectively; discounts for congregation members. Info and forms: or contact CBI at or 413-663-5830.

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The Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival will kick off its summer celebration with a free poetry workshop, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, with Carl Hancock Rux at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams. Poets ages 13 and up, of all experience levels, are welcome for an exploration of Nick Cave's massive installation "UNTIL," followed by the workshop. Rux is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director and singer/ songwriter who has collaborated with Nona Hendryx, Toshi Reagon, Bill T. Jones, Nick Cave, Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

Registration is required and must be done via

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As part of its "Science on Screen" series, Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., Williamstown, will screen at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the 1989 time traveling comedy, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (rated PG, 90 minutes). There will be an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, asking the question, "Does the past actually exist?" This is a family-friendly event. Details:

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The Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield presents, "Pop Up Play Day!" from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, included with regular museum admission. Children can build and rebuild with the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground, the innovative play equipment that encourages collaboration, and create with the colorful Bilderhoos architectural building components. Info: or 413-443-7171. Museum admission is $16 for adults, $8 for children under 18, free for members and children ages 3 and under.

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IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will offer programming for kids, teens and adults throughout the summer. IS183 Art Camps (ages 8-14) will be held at Citizens' Hall in Stockbridge and at the Eclipse Mill in North Adams; a camp for ages 3-7 will be at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge. These camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"Teen Tuesdays" will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, as follows: "Jewelry Making" with Ali Hermann on July 11, "Comic Central" with Anna Moriarty-Lev on July 25, "Funky Photography" with Lucie Castaldo on Aug. 8, and "Manipulating Leather" with Michael King on Aug. 22.

"Family Sunday Studios" will be held from 1-3 p.m., at Citizens' Hall, for youths ages 3-14, and a parent or caretaker. Themes are as follows: "Fruits of the Earth" with Angel Heffernan on July 16, "Clay Time" with Jared Gelormino on July 23, and "Hanging Out with Matisse" with Huck Elling on Aug. 6.

Check out for more details, registration and fees, and call 413-298-5252, ext. 100 for help coordinating carpooling and financial aid.


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