Bits & Bytes: Pittsfield figure skaters at Bay State Games; Ramsdell Library special programs; Linda Greenhouse at Kimball Farms; climate-oriented art call; free income tax preparation

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By Wednesday, Feb 7 Life In the Berkshires
Tracy Fancher
Clockwise from top left: Daniella Santamarina, Sophia Mele, Hannah Masiero, Caroline Gillette, Anna Rawson, Briana Palmieri and Katie Malone-Smith of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will participate in the 2018 Bay State Winter Games Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at Williams College’s Lansing Chapman Skating Rink in Williamstown. Club members not pictured but also competing include Aimee Boulais, Amanda Drager, Rebecca Drager, Dakota Marquis, Madison Quinn and Alayna Schwarzer. The skaters will compete in various levels from Pre-Preliminary to Intermediate as well as the Adult Bronze level.

Ramsdell Library programs to be held at Unitarian church

Adam Gudeon. Photo courtesy Adam Gudeon

Housatonic — Due to the fact that Ramsdell Library will be closed through Monday, Feb. 19, for the refinishing of its floors, the Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries will present two Sunday afternoon “Ramsdell LITE” programs Sunday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the neighboring Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire.

On Sunday, Feb. 11, author and illustrator Adam Gudeon will demonstrate a button-making machine and a new vinyl cutter and, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Sunday Strummers ukulele group will perform an eclectic range of songs and music from the 1930s onward. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Friends’ officer Michele Raszl will lead an afternoon program of information on gluten-free cooking, which will include a demonstration of gluten-free soft pretzels.

Patrons will be able use the library’s laptop computers, and Sunday newspapers, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, cards and games for adults will be provided. A children’s area will be available both afternoons. Patrons will also be able to return library books and choose selections among fiction, nonfiction, children’s and teen titles from the Friends’ trove of donated books.

For more information, call the Ramsdell Library at (413) 274-3401.

–E.E.

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Linda Greenhouse to speak at Kimball Farms

Linda Greenhouse. Photo: Marissa Doran

Lenox — Kimball Farms Life Care will host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Greenhouse covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times for 30 years, and her talk will focus on current issues facing the Court.

Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times on the Court and the law. Her latest book, “Just a Journalist,” an autobiographical essay on the practice of journalism, was recently published by Harvard University Press. Greenhouse was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1998. In 2004 she received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. She was a Radcliffe Institute Medal winner in 2006.

The talk is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to (413) 637-7043.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Earth Expo to incorporate climate-oriented art exhibit

Dalton — In coordination with the Berkshire Earth Expo, Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Living the Change – Berkshires are partnering with Berkshire Magazine and WordXWord for an exhibition titled “The Climate Issue Is a Human Issue” scheduled to run from Saturday, April 7, through Saturday, April 21, at the Stationery Factory. The exhibition will incorporate visual art as well as spoken word, poetry and other live performances.

Participation is open to solo performers and artists as well as organizations, groups, schools and social entities. The organizers are looking for different forms of expression that will link the community in greater understanding of and passion toward protecting the environment. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 16, and programming decisions will be made by Friday, Feb. 23. For more information, contact Cheryl Rose at crose002@gmail.com or Anastasia Stanmeyer at astanmeyer@berkshiremag.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire United Way to offer free income tax preparation

Pittsfield — Berkshire United Way has expanded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program this year to several new locations. Community members with household incomes of $54,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation by IRS-certified VITA volunteers.

Berkshire United Way currently supports the VITA program with staff, volunteers and funding to community partners including Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and the Hilltown Community Development Corporation. VITA helps individuals build financial stability by ensuring those who qualify receive the earned income tax credit.

Those in Great Barrington and Lee areas who would like to make an appointment for free tax prep should call Berkshire United Way at (413) 442-6948, those in the Pittsfield area should contact Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at (413) 442-0002, and residents of Dalton and the hilltowns should call Hilltown CDC at (413) 296-4536 x100.

Area residents with household incomes in excess of $54,000 but less than $66,000 may complete their taxes for free online at MyFreeTaxes.com.

–E.E.


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