Author and Simon's Rock alum Edward Siedle will participate in an online conversation Wednesday, June 10, about his new book 'Who Stole My Pension?' Photo courtesy Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

Bits & Bytes: ‘Who Stole My Pension?’; Lenox Library StoryWalk; photography workshop; BAA call for art

Laminated pages from the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak are placed in storefront windows or attached to wooden stakes along an outdoor path.

‘Who Stole My Pension?’ author to participate in virtual conversation

Image courtesy Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

Great Barrington — On Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College will present Forbes contributor Edward Siedle in conversation with pension investment consultant and author Chris Tobe in an online discussion of Siedle’s new book “Who Stole My Pension? How You Can Stop the Looting.” A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Siedle, a Simon’s Rock alumnus, is nationally recognized as an authority on pensions and investment management matters. In 2017, he secured the largest Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower award in history and in 2018, the largest Commodity Futures Trading Commission award in history. He has spent more than three decades forensically investigating over $1 trillion in retirement plans, and was named as one of the 40 most influential people in the U.S. pension debate by Institutional Investor. He has testified before the Senate banking committee regarding the mutual fund scandals and as an expert in other litigations. Siedle co-authored “Who Stole My Pension?” with “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author Robert Kiyosaki.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College at (413) 236-2190 or olli@berkshirecc.edu.

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StoryWalk to encompass downtown Lenox

Image courtesy Lenox Library

Lenox — The Lenox Library is offering a socially distanced, family friendly StoryWalk throughout downtown Lenox through Sunday, June 14.

Laminated pages from the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak are placed in storefront windows or attached to wooden stakes along an outdoor path. The StoryWalk begins at the Lenox Community Center and ends at the library.

All StoryWalk participants who leave a completed route map at the library with their contact information will be entered to win a gift certificate bundle, sponsored by the Lenox Library Association. In addition, all children age 13 and under who complete the StoryWalk will be mailed a coupon for a treat, courtesy of the Scoop. Participants are advised to practice social distancing as they walk to the various stops and adhere to Gov. Baker’s order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places.

The StoryWalk is free and open to the public. For more information including a route map, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Lenox Library at (413) 637-0197.

–E.E.

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Online workshop to focus on camera controls

Thaddeus Kubis. Photo courtesy Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

Sandisfield — On Saturday, June 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Sandisfield Arts Center will host the online workshop “Mastering Your Camera Part 1: Controls” presented by Thad Kubis.

The workshop will help participants gain control over their legacy, DSLR and smartphone/tablet cameras. Kubis will explain, the basic and some advanced camera operations including, Auto, Program, M, Av, Tv and scenes modes; and he will discuss white balance, focus points, metering and more.

Kubis has taught photography classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Berkshire Community College, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, the Trustees of Reservations and other organizations. Trained as both a graphic designer and photographer, Kubis works in film, digital, view/field camera, pinhole, smartphone/tablet formats and more.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sandisfield Arts Center at info@sandisfieldartscenter.org.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Art Association seeks art for ‘NEXT’ show

Pittsfield — The Berkshire Art Association seeks contemporary art for its show titled “NEXT,” planned to run Friday, Oct. 2, through Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Art in all media is sought. Artists working in New York and New England are invited to submit, responding with art in all media on the theme of “NEXT”: Where do we go NEXT? What do we do NEXT? What comes NEXT?

In light of the current restrictions due to COVID-19 and anticipating that some social distancing will continue through the fall, BAA plans a gallery show with a virtual viewing platform. If an in-person reception is possible, BAA will design an event that respects whatever social and physical distancing guidelines are in place in October and November.

Artists are asked to submit an artist’s statement that addresses the art they are submitting, and may submit files of up to three works, with up to three views of each work, for a $25 fee. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, July 31. Questions can be sent to info@berkshireartassociation.org.

–E.E.