RECESS | What to do this week: Register for R.O.P.E.S, celebrate teen writers, try yoga

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Kripalu certified yoga instructor, Katie Fortier, will at 7 tonight offer the final class in a series free Tuesday yoga classes she's been offering at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. This will be an hour-long gentle/moderate Kripalu Yoga class designed "to cultivate breath and body awareness, stretch and tone muscles, alleviate tension, support mental clarity, invite deep peace, and honor your inner wisdom." All are welcome; bring your own yoga mat if you have one. This program is approved for forum credit for Berkshire Community College students. No registration required.



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The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host visiting children for 7-10 days this summer. This program provides children with limited means from New York City the chance to visit beautiful, safe, and quiet areas such as the Berkshires for a break from the city. To learn more about becoming a Fresh Air Fund host family, contact Rachel at RachelLouis@verizon.net or 413-458-1678; visit freshair.org or call 800-367-0003.



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The members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Teen Writing Workshop will host their final public performance and book release celebration at 5:30 tonight at Gallery 51, located at 51 Main St., North Adams. Young writers will be reading from their publication, "Somewhere Between," a compilation of some of their best-written material from the year. At the performance you can expect "awe-inspiring poetry, and suspenseful and witty short-story fiction." This event is free and open to the public, though some material may be sensitive for younger children. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact UNITY Program Coordinator Tim Shiebler at tshiebler@nbccoalition.org or call 413-663-7588.



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Sign-ups are now taking place for the Northern Berkshire Youth R.O.P.E.S. (Respecting Other People Encouraging Self-Esteem) Summer Program. Providing a free week-long summer camp, sessions will be held July 17-21 and again Aug. 7-11. This program, which includes outdoor adventures on a wooded ropes course is staffed by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and teachers from participating cities and towns: Adams, Clarksburg, Cheshire, North Adams, Florida and Williamstown. For more information and to register a camper or to be a mentor, visit northernberkshireropes.com.



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OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, is offering a baker's dozen of classes in Pittsfield, Lenox and Great Barrington this June, Monday through Friday. Topics range from an introduction to Berkshire hiking to contemporary Japanese politics. Courses are designed especially by and for people age 50 and up, but open to anyone; membership to OLLI is the only prerequisite for these non-credited personal enrichment classes. OLLI offers a summer-only membership, good June through August, for $25, and a 12-month year-round membership for $50; partial scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, visit berkshireolli.org, call 413-236-2190 or email olli@berkshirecc.edu.


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