Bits & Bytes: MMRHS band concert; Interfaith gathering; financial aid workshop; Berkshire Symphony family concert; ‘Spirits of the Ventfort Hall’

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By Wednesday, Mar 1 Life In the Berkshires
The concert band of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington performs at a holiday concert in December 2016. The group, along with MMRHS' jazz band, will perform a pops concert in the high school's auditorium on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

Interfaith gathering to celebrate the founding of Lenox

Rabbi Josh Breindel.

Rabbi Josh Breindel.

Lenox — On Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m., the Church on the Hill will host an interfaith gathering as part of the celebration surrounding the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Lenox. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

In 1767, official incorporation of a town required sanction from the Congregational Church. New England villages partnered with the church to form their governments. This event acknowledges Founder’s Day history with an all-inclusive gathering that represents current society.

Rev. Michael Tuck.

Rev. Michael Tuck.

Participating clergy will include Rev. Msgr. John J. Bonzagni of St. Ann Roman Catholic Parish, Rabbi Josh Breindel of Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield, Rev. Janet Deranian of the United Methodist Church of Lenox, Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson of Church on the Hill and Rev. Michael Tuck of Trinity Church and St. Helena’s Chapel. In addition to the contributors, musicians from the Lenox congregations will share their songs and music.

For more information, contact lenox250th@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Financial aid workshop at Lenox Library

Theresa Clary at a 2014 appearance on WGGB Springfield. Image courtesy Theresa Clary

Theresa Clary at a 2014 appearance on WGGB Springfield. Image courtesy Theresa Clary

Lenox — On Tuesday, March 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Lenox Library will host the free workshop “How to Get More College Financial Aid,” which will be presented by Theresa Clary.

The workshop will teach students, parents and advisors to find better school choices, save time and money, and reduce the total college cost. Attendees will discover how to learn more about their current choices and how to efficiently find and assess schools that better meet their criteria.

Clary is a data scientist and the CEO of Workforce Strategies who has created international workforce population measurements that show skill and occupation distribution by location. Committed to volunteering, she has given workshops on how to create humanitarian maps used by international emergency health workers during the Ebola crisis. Currently spearheading international volunteer programmers, she leads the development of a website app that instantly shows local poverty rates and income inequality growth for any U.S. community.

Participants are advised to bring laptop computers if possible. To register for the workshop, contact Susan Faber at (413) 637-2630 x121 or sfaber@lenoxlib.org or Theresa Clary at (413) 281-6169 or tclary@workforcestrategies.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Symphony to offer family concert

Williamstown — Outreach group Ephs Out Loud will present a Berkshire Symphony family concert on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. in Williams College’s Chapin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with musical games and activities, a workshop offered by the Williams choirs, and an interactive performance of Holst’s “The Planets” by the Berkshire Symphony with conductor Ronald Feldman. The event is presented in partnership with Kids 4 Harmony, an after-school music program in which students learn to play an instrument, read music and participate in chorus. Also showcased will be a range of musical instruments as well as art by local elementary students.

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.

–E.E.

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‘Spirits of the Ventfort Hall’ paranormal event

Karen Tatro.

Karen Tatro.

Lenox — Certified spirit medium Karen Tatro and her fellow investigators will present “Spirits of the Ventfort Hall” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

“Spirits of Ventfort Hall” will give attendees the opportunity to explore their abilities among like-minded mediums. With experience, training and knowledge of the spirit world, Tatro and her team will assist the group in the investigation. Attendees will be divided into smaller groups, shown the basics of communication with energies, and then investigate areas where they feel connections. A Ventfort Hall docent will present a brief history of the 1893 mansion.

Tatro, who has had a deep connection with the spirit world since childhood, has credentials in the paranormal field that have led her to appear on the Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters TAPS” and the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story.” She has also been featured on radio stations in New Hampshire, where she and her family reside. She is the author of the children’s book “I’m a Super Hero – I’m not Afraid of Ghosts!”

Tickets are $65 and reservations are required. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.


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