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Bits & Bytes: NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson at the Mahaiwe; Naumkeag extends season; dementia series at Fairview ; Susan Lewis, David Giannini at Writers Read

In addition to the extended schedule, Naumkeag will be offering a line-up of events during the height of the fall-foliage season.

Mahaiwe, Flying Cloud Institute to present
 a talk by astronaut Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson
NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Flying Cloud Institute will co-present a free talk by Berkshire-raised NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m. A 1984 graduate of Taconic High School, Stephanie Wilson has logged over 42 days in space as a veteran of three space flights (STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010). Her space shuttle crew duties have included serving as flight engineer and robotic arm operator. Among her numerous honors are the Harvard Foundation Scientist of the Year Award (2008), an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Williams College (2011), and the Johnson Space Center Director’s Innovation Group Achievement Award (2013).

These talk is free and advance reservations are encouraged but not required. To reserve tickets, call the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.

–E.E.

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Naumkeag extends season to December

Naumkeag fall view
The autumn view from Naumkeag’s Blue Steps.

Stockbridge — Naumkeag Historic Home and Garden is happy to announce that it will be extending its season this year through December 6. The house and gardens, currently open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Columbus Day, will remain open on weekends through December 6 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting October 17th. In addition to the extended schedule, the Trustees of Reservations will be offering a line-up of events that will give visitors new ways to enjoy Naumkeag during the height of the fall-foliage season. Events will include a cider press party on Thursday, October 1 at 5 p.m. with cider cocktails and apple-inspired games and food; “Haunting Gardens of Naumkeag,” a family-friendly theatre performance by the Royal Frog Ballet on Saturday, October 10; and the Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail, and autumn-themed woodland walk, on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24.

For more information, call (413) 298-8138.

–E.E.

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Dementia series to be offered at Fairview Hospital

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter will present a special education series in October on the topic of dementia. The series will cover the normal cognitive changes associated with aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, steps for a proper diagnosis, lifestyle choices that contribute to good health, and Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

The program will take place on Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and the topics will be “The Basics of Dementia” on October 1, “Behavior and Communication” on October 8, “Safety: Driving and Wandering” on October 15, and “Legal and Financial Issues” on October 22.

The program is free of charge and pre-registration is required. To register call the Community Relations office at (413) 854-9609.

–E.E.

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Susan Lewis and David Giannini at Writers Read

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Author Susan Lewis.

Lee — On Tuesday, September 29, Susan Lewis and David Giannini will present and read from their works as part of the monthly Writers Read series at the Lee Library. Susan Lewis is the editor of Posit and the author of eight books and chapbooks, most recently “This Visit,” “How to be Another,” and “State of the Union.” David Giannini’s most recent collection of prosepoems is “Span of Thread.” He is also the originator and host of the Writers Read series. To read a review of “Span of Thread” by Kateri Kosek, click here.

The reading will begin at 5:30 p.m. Email davidgpoet@gmail.com for more information.

–E.E.

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