Bits & Bytes: Dance for Justice at Dewey Hall; GB rabies clinic; Dr. Lawrence Cohen at Simon’s Rock; ‘From Age-ing to Sage-ing;’ Vitaly Komar at Williams

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By Tuesday, Mar 8 Life In the Berkshires

‘Dance for Justice’ to benefit Berkshire Center for Justice


Wanda Houston.

Sheffield – On Saturday, March 12, the Berkshire Center for Justice will hold its third annual Dance for Justice fundraiser at Dewey Hall from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, a cash bar, and dancing to the music of the Wanda Houston Band.

The Berkshire Center for Justice offers free legal clinics and other free and reduced-cost legal services to Berkshire County residents in need. Tickets to the event are $45 and can be reserved by calling (413) 854-1955 or emailing


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Rabies clinic to be offered

Great Barrington — The Town of Great Barrington, in conjunction with Seekonk Veterinary Hospital, will offer a reduced-fee rabies clinic for area dogs and cats on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. – noon at the Great Barrington fire station, 37 State Rd.

The clinic will be available to Great Barrington residents and non-residents alike and vaccines will cost $10 per animal. In order to be vaccinated, dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. All vaccines will be good for one year unless a current rabies certificate is provided. Dog licenses will be available for residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic at $5 for spayed or neutered dogs with documentation and $15 otherwise.

Dr. Ron Majdalany from Seekonk Veterinary Hospital will be administering the vaccinations. A list of other rabies clinics being held in Massachusetts can be found online.

Proceeds will benefit the Great Barrington Firefighters’ Association. Contact Jayne Smith of the Great Barrington Health Department at (413) 528-0680 for more information.


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Psychologist, author Dr. Lawrence Cohen to speak at Simon’s Rock

Lawrence J Cohen

Dr. Lawrence Cohen.

Great Barrington — The Montessori School of the Berkshires will present psychologist and author Dr. Lawrence Cohen in a presentation entitled “The Emotional Lives of Children” in the McConnell Theatre at Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Daniel Arts Center on Friday, March 11, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lawrence Cohen attended Haverford College and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University. After an internship at Tulane University, he began a research and private practice career in Madison, Wis. In addition to his private therapy practice, Cohen is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for teachers. He is the author of “Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry” and the co-author, with Anthony DeBenedet, of “The Art of Roughhousing,” as well as “Best Friends, Worst Enemies” and “Mom, They’re Teasing Me,” with Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill Grace. Cohen’s books have been translated into 14 languages and his column in Nick Jr. magazine was the winner of a Golden Lamp award.

For more information contact Todd Covert at (413) 637-3662.


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‘From Age-ing to Sage-ing®’

Lenox — Rimon Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality will present the four-part workshop “From Age-ing to Sage-ing®” from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the Sundays of March 13, April 17, May 15, and June 26 at the chapel of the Church on the Hill.

The aim of “From Age-ing to Sage-ing®” is to guide participants toward embracing life and living their elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately. Building on the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z”l, spiritual director and trained Sage-ing® mentor Audrey Seidman and Rimon Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman will offer tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of age-ing. The sessions will support participants’ desires to embark on the work of spiritual eldering, to use contemplative tools to harvest blessings from life experiences, and to find inspiration to face mortality and consider how they may continue to be of sacred service.

The cost of the workshop is $30 per session or $110 prepaid for all four sessions. There is a 10 percent discount for Rimon members. Call (413) 274-1034 or email to register.


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Artist Vitaly Komar to speak at Williams College

Vitaly Komar Getty Images

Vitaly Komar. Photo: Getty Images.

Williamstown — Conceptual artist Vitaly Komar will discuss his experience as an artist on Thursday, March 10, at Williams College. The event will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Lawrence Hall, room 231, and is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, titled “Word and Image: My Experience of Being an Artist in Soviet Russia and in the West,” Komar will talk about his artistic path, his works, and his evolving concept of artistic collaboration.

Born in Moscow in 1943, Komar attended art high school and went on to graduate from the Stroganov Institute of Art and Design in 1967. He is one of the founders of the Sots Art (Soviet pop/conceptual art) movement in the early 1970s and a pioneer of Post-Art, a multi-stylistic art form popular in the 1980s. Komar worked in collaboration with Alexander Melamid from 1972 to 2003. His most recent solo exhibition, “Allegories of Justice,” was displayed at the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, where he resides.

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


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