Bits & Bytes: Wynonna Judd at the Mahaiwe; education forum; Michelle Cuevas at The Bookloft; winter clothing collection; Red Cross blood drives

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By Wednesday, Sep 27 Life In the Berkshires
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will welcome Wynonna & the Big Noise Sunday, Oct. 1. Photo courtesy Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Mahaiwe to welcome Wynonna Judd

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd’s Roots & Revival Tour Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Judd will perform with her band, the Big Noise – led by her husband, drummer and producer Cactus Moser – and will explore material from the past, present and future of her career.

Judd has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the duo the Judds or pushing the boundaries on her own successful solo path, Judd’s rich and commanding voice has helped her sell over 30 million albums worldwide. Charting many singles including 20 No. 1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

Tickets are $46–$91. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Mahaiwe at (413) 528-0100.


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Forum on public education in Berkshire County

Pittsfield — On Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice will present a public forum on the state of public education in Berkshire County. Participants in the forum will include MJWJ, United Educators of Pittsfield, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, NAACP – Berkshire County Branch, Berkshire Democratic Brigades and the Four Freedoms Coalition. The event is free and open to the public. A light meal will be provided. For more information, contact MJWJ at (413) 314-3095.


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The Bookloft to host author Michelle Cuevas

Michelle Cuevas. Photo courtesy Michelle Cuevas

Great Barrington — On Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., The Bookloft will host author Michelle Cuevas will introduce her new stories for young readers, “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” and “Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow.”

“The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole,” the film rights to which have been acquired by Fox Animation, is the story of 11-year-old Stella Rodriguez who is followed home by a pesky black hole that swallows everything it touches. The book is aimed at middle-grade readers. For picture-book readers and reminiscent of the classic story of Peter Pan, “Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow” tells the tale of a shadow whose boy never laughs and never leaps, causing the shadow to hit the road in search of the life he dreams about.

Great Barrington resident Cuevas graduated from Williams College in Williamstown and holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is the author of several children’s books including “Confessions of an Imaginary Friend” and “The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles.”

For more information, contact The Bookloft at (413) 528-1521 or


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Berkshire County Arc collecting winter clothing

Pittsfield — Berkshire County Arc is holding a clothing drive and is accepting gently used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, including winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, through Monday, Oct. 9. All donations will be distributed to various community organizations. Drop-off locations are at BCArc’s community apartments at 189 First St. and its residential facility at 70 Sampson Pkwy. as well as at its main office. For more information, contact Rhodora at (413) 499-4241 x255.


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Red Cross to hold October blood drives in Berkshire County

Dedham — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a comprehensive supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Prospective donors may make appointments to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the online RapidPass health history questionnaire.

Upcoming Berkshire County-area blood drive locations include St. Joseph’s Church in Pittsfield on Monday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Berkshire South Regional Community Center in Great Barrington on Friday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m.; North Adams American Legion Post 125 on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Highpoint campus in Lenox on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.


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