Recess | Things to do this week: Track animals, talk parenting, watch cartoons

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will offer a free, five-week program for parents called, "Guiding Good Choices," beginning this Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will meet in the coalition's second-floor conference room, located at 61 Main St., North Adams.

Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of children in grades 4-8. In a lively and open atmosphere, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. Dinner and child care are provided. Info: Call Chris Griffin at 413-663-7588, ext 24.

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The New York Times Vice President and Assistant General Counsel David E. McCraw will speak on "Freedom of the Press in the Age of Trump," at 7:30 tonight, in room 3 of Griffin Hall, at Williams College, located along Main Street in Williamstown.

Responsible for newsroom legal issues and litigation, McCraw has been at The Times since 2002. He is a member of the executive committee of the New York City Bar and the former chair of the City Bar's Communication and Media Law Committee. He also serves on the Vance Center Committee. An adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, he is a graduate of Albany Law School, Cornell University and the University of Illinois.

The Leadership Studies program is sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public. Info: williams.edu

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The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Ramblewild invite winter outdoor enthusiasts this Saturday to join in a winter snow animal tracking program at Ramblewild, 10 Brodie Mountain Road, in Lanesborough. The program will be led by naturalist and tracker Dan Yacobellis.

A family friendly walk for beginners will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Those who wish to challenge themselves on the Ramblewild aerial course will have the opportunity at noon. Ticket discounts are available for WRLF members. Then, from 12:30 through 3:30 p.m., Yacobellis will lead a more in-depth tracking program for adults and children 8 years and older.

The program cost is $5 per individual and $10 per family; free for WRLF members. Reservations are required and can be done by contacting WRLF at 413-458-2494, ruraland@wrlf.org or wrlf.org.

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In celebration of its current exhibition, "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning," the Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), in Stockbridge will host two special events on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to noon, families can enjoy classic animated cartoons from Hanna-Barbera studios, along with a continental breakfast. The cost for the cartoons viewing only is $5; or enjoy the program and exhibit with regular paid admission.

Then at 2 p.m., Curator of Exhibition Jesse Kowalski will present, "Cartoon Conversations: Hanna-Barbera and the Golden Age of Television Animation," talking about the difference between full versus limited animation, in the style of Hanna-Barbera. The cost is $10 for the program only, or enjoy the program and exhibitions with regular paid admission. Info: 413-931-2221, or nrm.org.

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The Clark Art Institute's popular "Start with Art" program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and their families, will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday, in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, at the museum, 225 South St., Williamstown. Food is the theme of the session, which includes a gallery talk and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. This program is free and open to children and their parents or caregivers. Art project appropriate clothing is encouraged. Info: clarkart.edu or 413-458-2303.


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