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Scent work is the country’s fastest-growing dog sport that mimics the task of a working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to its handler that the scent has been found.

Lenox Apple Squeeze to celebrate 39 years

Lenox — The 39th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze will take place in Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Lenox.

The event will feature nearly 150 food and crafts vendors and representatives from local cultural venues and businesses. On Sunday, Morris Elementary School will hold 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile kids’ races beginning at 8:30 a.m. Also on Sunday, a multi-church worship service will be held in Lilac Park at 10:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Sunday Strummers, Whiskey City and Rev Tor on Saturday; and the Matchstick Architects and Berkshire Bateria on Sunday. The event will also feature activities for children.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lenox Chamber of Commerce at (413) 637-3646 or info@lenox.org.

–E.E.

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Great Barrington Kennel Club to hold scent work trial

A Clumber Spaniel demonstrates scent work. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Kennel Club

Stockbridge — The Great Barrington Kennel Club will hold a two-day American Kennel Club-sanctioned scent work trial Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.

Scent work is the country’s fastest-growing dog sport that mimics the task of a working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to its handler that the scent has been found. Launched by AKC in December 2017, scent work is appealing because it is accessible to people and dogs of varying abilities, and open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs. Teams of dog and handler will search in a variety of classes at a variety of levels. Judging will begin at the novice level each day at 8:30 a.m. and will include interior, exterior, buried and container searches. The targeted scents are birch, anise, clove and cypress. GBKC will also offer handler discrimination, in which a dog will search for an article containing its handler’s scent. The Camp-Mah-Kee-Nac campus offers a number of complicated search areas.

The event is free and open to the public. Spectators and volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Great Barrington Kennel Club President Sally Underwood-Miller at (413) 298-3411 or sunderwoodmiller@aol.com.

–E.E.

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Andrew Bees and Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson of Black Uhuru. Photo courtesy Club Helsinki Hudson

Club Helsinki Hudson to welcome Black Uhuru

Hudson, N.Y. — Club Helsinki Hudson will welcome reggae band Black Uhuru Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m.

With roots in Jamaica’s reggae scene dating back to the 1960s, Black Uhuru is one of the few bands that can claim continuity throughout the near-60 years of reggae history. Still led by founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, the group’s music maintains the original countercultural aspects of reggae combined with deep, funky dance grooves. The group garnered global recognition in the late 1970s and early 1980s, touring with bands including the Clash, the Police and the Rolling Stones. The group is also known for its longtime association with legendary rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie. With 14 full-length albums, seven instrumental dub album, and four live albums, Black Uhuru boasts the highest record sales in reggae music behind Bob Marley. Aside from winning the first reggaeGrammy Award in 1984, Black Uhuru has been nominated seven times.

Tickets are $28–$38. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Club Helsinki Hudson at (518) 828-4800.

–E.E.

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