Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Earth Day roadside cleanup; family preparedness workshop for immigrants; Villages in the Berkshire information session; craft beer workshop; Aston Martin rally

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By Friday, Apr 13 Life In the Berkshires
Lionel Delevingne
The Laurel Hill Association will sponsor a roadside cleanup in Stockbridge Monday, April 16, through Sunday, April 22.

Laurel Hill Association to hold Earth Day roadside cleanup

Stockbridge — In honor of Earth Day, the Laurel Hill Association will sponsor a town-wide roadside cleanup event Monday, April 16, through Sunday, April 22.

Garbage bags and gloves can be picked up at the Stockbridge transfer station, 1 West Stockbridge Road, anytime beginning Tuesday, April 17. Participants may bring what they collect to the transfer station.

Last year, more than 60 Stockbridge residents collectively walked more than 70 miles along the town’s roadsides to pick up litter. Individuals, families, the Berkshire Waldorf High School sophomore class, LHA board members, Norman Rockwell Museum, the Interlaken Gang and accompanying pets were among the participants. Non-treasures collected included cans, bottles, tissues, cigarette butts, coffee cups, broken plastic and glass, food wrappers, lottery tickets and plastic bags.

LHA will hold a reception for volunteers Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at Stockbridge Coffee and Tea. For more information or to sign up to help, contact Marie Raftery at (413) 298-4910 or kraftery@roadrunner.com, or Laura Dubester at (413) 298-5504 or lauradubester@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center to host family preparedness workshop

Pittsfield — In partnership with the Immigrant Protection Project of Western Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the Central West Justice Center, the BerkshireI ImmigraInt Center will host an “Immigration Updates and Family Preparedness” for immigrants and their allies Tuesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Presenters will offer detailed information for local immigrants and their families including updates on immigration issues and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, family preparedness training with information on temporary custody documents, information on changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs recently announced by the Trump administration, immigrants’ rights and legal resources available to them, and current immigration relief options.

Said BIC executive director Brooke Mead: “Many in our communities are alarmed over federal anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions, and are in need of the most current and accurate information they can get. This workshop will address many critical topics and provide much-needed help and answers,” added Mead.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Berkshire Immigrant Center at (413) 445-4881 or info@berkshireic.com.

–E.E.

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Becket Athenaeum to offer craft beer workshop

Becket — On Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Becket Athenaeum will offer the workshop “Beer: Terminology and Tastings,” led by Wandering Star Craft Brewery owner and brewer Chris Post. Participants will learn craft terminology and the process of small-batch brewing. Beer, cheese, crackers and more will be served. The workshop is free but registration is required by Monday, April 16, at noon. For more information or to register, contact the Becket Athenaeum at (413) 623-5483 or jodi@bwlibrary.org.

–E.E.

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Villages in the Berkshire to present information session

Great Barrington — Villages in the Berkshires, in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning institute at Berkshire Community College and Age Friendly Berkshires, will hold an information session Saturday, April 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Community College South County Center.

Many people would prefer to remain in their own homes as they age, but staying put can become more complex as people grow older and need help doing things they once did by themselves. Villages in the Berkshires is a virtual community of residents who intend to remain in their own homes as long as they possibly can. The goal of Villages in the Berkshires is to make available services that are needed to keep people independent, part of the community and feeling secure. Members can simplify their lives by making one phone call or contact online, whether they need transportation, to find a repair person, personal assistance other services to help them remain at home comfortably and safely.

For more information, contact Howard Shapiro at (413) 212-9948 or hlshapiro@roadrunner.com, or Bruce Bernstein at bhbernstein75@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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An antique Aston Martin belonging to Lance Sterman of Stockbridge at a car rally at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Photo courtesy Lance Sterman

Aston Martin car rally to visit area galleries, restaurants

Berkshire County — The Aston Martin Owners Club of North America will hold the Berkshires’ first-ever Aston Martin car rally Saturday, April 14, organized by Lance Sterman of Stockbridge, the owner of an antique Aston Martin. The car rally will be combined with an art rally, and will include Saturday visits Saturday to the Stanmeyer Gallery in West Stockbridge, the Wit Gallery in Lenox and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge; and Sunday, April 15, to Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge. For admirers eager to see the cars, they will be parked Saturday by 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot at Bistro Zinc in Lenox and by 3 p.m. at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

–E.E.


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