On Friday, May 29, the virtual cocktail and art party 'Sip, Sketch and Socialize' will benefit the Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Bits & Bytes: ‘Sip, Sketch and Socialize’; BCC virtual commencement; Families Dance Together; online fitness classes

Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions are finding alternate ways to celebrate and honor their graduates, and BCC has decided to honor its graduates twice.

Virtual art and cocktail party to support Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge — The Norman Rockwell Museum will host a “Sip, Sketch and Socialize” virtual cocktail and art party with illustrator Chuck Pyle Friday, May 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Participants are invited to grab their favorite cocktails, nibbles, paper and pencils to sketch along with illustrator, teacher and NRM National Council member Chuck Pyle. All levels of experience are encouraged to join in. Participants will begin the evening by making a cocktail together. Details will be sent upon RSVP. Festive dress is suggested.

The event is free and open to the public. All donations will support NRM’s virtual museum. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Norman Rockwell Museum at (413) 298-4100 or info@nrm.org.

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Berkshire Community College to host virtual commencement ceremony

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College will hold its 60th commencement ceremony Friday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. via broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television. During the ceremony, the college will award associate degrees and certificates to over 200 students.

Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions are finding alternate ways to celebrate and honor their graduates, and BCC has decided to honor its graduates twice. The virtual commencement will be broadcast on PCTV, on the PCTV Select app available on Roku and Apple TV, and on Facebook Live through PCTV. The broadcast will be simulcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television and Community Television for the Southern Berkshires. The 2020 graduates will also be honored and invited to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Graduates were asked to upload their photos, which will be shown live on television when their names are read during the commencement program. There will also be remarks from the president, the valedictorian and the provost, and the national anthem will be sung by BCC student Monica Bliss. The commencement program will be shared with all graduates the day before the ceremony and also mailed to their homes as a keepsake. Diplomas will be delivered to students via mail.

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A Families Dance Together workshop at Jacob’s Pillow in 2016. Photo: Hayim Heron

Jacob’s Pillow to offer intergenerational movement workshop

Becket — Beginning Friday, May 29, at 3 p.m. and continuing on subsequent Fridays through June 19, Jacob’s Pillow will offer its Families Dance Together movement workshop via Zoom.

The workshop will be led by Jacob’s Pillow artist and Dance Exchange associate artistic director Elizabeth Johnson Levine with Dance Exchange artists Cassie Meador, Corina Dalzell and Judith Bauer. Taking place at Jacob’s Pillow since 2001, Families Dance Together is an annual movement program led by Jeff Bliss in collaboration with the Becket Arts Center.

The workshop is designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. No special preparation is needed. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Jacob’s Pillow at info@jacobspillow.org.

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Berkshire South to begin online fitness classes

Great Barrington — Berkshire South Regional Community Center has begun presenting online fitness classes via Zoom. The classes can be run on a phone, laptop or desktop computer, tablet or any other device that allows internet streaming and also has sound capacity.

In order to ensure a successful at-home workout, Berkshire South recommends that participants have a space open enough to do their exercise, including floor space for classes that use mats, and have water available. Participants should test the Zoom link for the class at least 10 minutes ahead of their first sign-on so they can become comfortable with logging in. Instructors will greet participants for a few minutes ahead of each class, but will start as close to class time as possible.

The classes are free for everyone for a limited time, and will remain free for members. For more information, contact Berkshire South Regional Community Center at (413) 528-2810 or info@berkshiresouth.org.

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