Bits & Bytes: ‘God of Carnage’ hurricane relief performance; ‘Light in the Darkness’ at Kimball Farms; Family Garden Festival; Pittsfield Community Connection seeks mentors

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By Friday, Sep 29 Life In the Berkshires
The construction of an earth loom at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School's 2016 Family Garden Festival. This year's festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 (see item below). Photo courtesy Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Additional ‘God of Carnage’ performance to aid hurricane relief

Allyn Burrows, Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Jonathan Croy in ‘God of Carnage.’ Photo: Christopher Duggan

Lenox — Shakespeare & Company has added a special benefit performance on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. to its run of “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza to give back to those impacted by the recent hurricanes. The proceeds from the added performance will be donated to the One America Appeal to support those affected by the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The One America Appeal was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey and has been expanded to include areas most affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Said Shakespeare & Company’s artistic director Allyn Burrows: “When basic human comforts are ripped away from people, we can’t help but be moved when hearing about such devastating news. We’d like to do our small part in helping those affected rebuild their lives.”

For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353.


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Kimball Farms to screen ‘Light in the Darkness

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant. Photo courtesy Multicultural BRIDGE

Lenox — Kimball Farms Lifecare will host a showing of the Not in Our Town documentary film “Light in the Darkness” on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m.

“Light in the Darkness” chronicles a community response to a hate crime in Patchogue, New York. Following the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by Multicultural BRIDGE executive director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant of and featuring panelists Eleanore Velez, chair of Berkshire Community College‘s multicultural center; Latin-American community activist Liliana Bermudez; Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project director Dr. Charles Park; Lenox Police Department Chief Steve O’Brien; and Railroad Street Youth Project deputy director Chris Tucci. Audience members will be invited to stay for small group conversations.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to (413) 637-7000 by Monday, Oct. 2.


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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School to hold Family Garden Festival

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School invites the community to its Family Garden Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of the traditional Michaelmas festival of gratitude around the harvest, the community will gather in the school gardens, which are planted, tended and harvested by students.

Attendees will be able to join in apple cider pressing and tasting with biodynamic apples, herbal salt making with fresh organic herbs from the gardens and crafting harvest loaves to share. Steiner students and teachers will fill the garden with live music and donkey rides will be available for children.

The event will take place rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact GBRSS at (413) 528-4015 or


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Pittsfield Community Connection seeks mentors

Pittsfield — Berkshire Children and Families’ Pittsfield Community Connection, which seeks to reduce youth violence and gang activity via targeted activities for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, will hold an informational session for prospective mentors Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. The program seeks to empower young people by connecting them with caring adults who will help them believe in their abilities to overcome difficult life challenges. A light dinner will be served. For more information or to register, contact Kevin Ashline at (413) 448-8281 x263 or


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