The Berkshires Calendar for May 18

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Berkshire Museum:
PechaKucha Night #17: Enjoy light refreshments, cash bar, and a series of presentations in conjunction with this month's theme, "Growth," 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

COMMUNITY

Bingo: Doors open 3:30 p.m.; bingo at 6:30 p.m.; Elks Lodge, 27 Union St., Pittsfield; 413-447-9243.

Downtown Pittsfield Inc.: Annual meeting and award presentation, 7:30 a.m., 57 North St., Pittsfield.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 300 tabletop board, card games and RPGs to enjoy, or bring your own games to play; featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff, 6 to 10 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton. Information: Email jeannie@2FlightsUp.com or 413-281-4893.

Knitting Workshop: Open to all knitters, beginners to experienced, bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer, 6 p.m., Huntington Public Library, 7 East Main St., Huntington.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m.; Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m., by donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

New Lebanon Library: "Travelogue: China," Doreen Forney will present a multimedia travelogue, 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pittsfield Police Department: Annual Police Memorial Ceremony, noon, First Street Common Park, Pittsfield.

Quilting Session: New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time, 1 p.m., Cheshire Community Center, School Street, Cheshire. Information: Betty King at 413-743-3275.

Railroad Street Youth Project:
Fundraiser, specialty goods and craft sale, 5 to 8 p.m., 27 1/2 Rosseter St., Great Barrington.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.

Southern Berkshire Regional School District: Dr. Larry Berkowitz and Jim McCauley will speak to parents and caregivers regarding support for children dealing with issues of loss, grief and suicide, 6:30 p.m., Mount Everett High School Library, Sheffield.

Third Thursdays: Music, dance, art, food and more. This month, "Creative Youth," 5 to 8 pm., North Street, Pittsfield.

Ward 5 Citizens Meeting: Hosted by Donna Todd Rivers, 6:30 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

DANCE

Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

FILM

Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice: "From Madness to Music," and "Amplified: Young Voices Rising," two documentary shorts about the work of Music in Common, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss group, 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-770-0429, 413-822-9593.

'Yoga for You': Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, 413-298-3319.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-along Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Art for All, art stations set up for your creative spirit to soar, 3 to 4 p.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Preschool storytime, includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks, 10 to 11 a.m., 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup:
Gym Group for walking to 5 years old, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown.

Lenox Library: Pre-kindergarten story time, 10:30 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox, 413-637-0197, ext. 105.

Mason Library: Homeschoolers Writing with Pictures, for ages 9 and older, registration required, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 231 Main St., Great Barrington; 413-528-2403.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.

Stamford Preschool: Applications will be taken for preschoolers ages 3 and up, 6 to 7 p.m., Stamford Elementary School.

UNO Community Center: After-school tutoring for students grades 4 to 8; tutoring, homework assistance, creative activities, computer access and healthy snacks, registration not required, 4 to 5 p.m., 157 River St., North Adams.

LECTURE

Berkshire Family History Association: Dave Robison, "The Rich Resources of Western Massachusetts," and "It's Not All on the Internet: Using Alternative Resources," $10, 6 to 9 p.m., 639 South St., Pittsfield. Preregistration required: BFHA, 413-445-5521.

Pittsfield Public Library: Julie Ulmer, professional organizer, will discuss decluttering and organizing basics, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Wild Oats: Composting and vermicomposting workshop, 6 p.m., 320 Main St., Williamstown.

LITERARY

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Writing Historical Fiction" with David C. King and Sharon Flitterman-King at 10:45 a.m. preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Lenox Library
: Writers Round Table, leadership rotates weekly, bring copies of new work for discussion, 2 to 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.

Parent Workshop: "Whole Book Approach: Exploring Children's Books and Tips to Reading with Children," with Megan Dowd Lambert, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Community Health Programs Inc. campus, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Register: 413-464-5095.

MUSIC

Drury Performing Arts Center:
Drury High School band and jazz band spring concert, 7 p.m., 1130 Church St., North Adams.

Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra: Free concert, 6 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, Park Square, Pittsfield.

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