Artist Natalie Tyler will bring her installation "Diaspause" to TurnPark Art Space on March 20. Image courtesy TurnPark

Bits & Bytes: Spring equinox celebration at TurnPark; redefining aging with Dr. Louise Aronson; housing insecurity and public health webinar

Berkshire Community College and the Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network will present a webinar on housing insecurity on Friday, March 19 at 12 p.m.

TurnPark Art Space to host Spring Equinox Celebration

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — TurnPark Art Space will host a Spring Equinox Celebration on Saturday, March 20, from 4–9 p.m. The site will celebrate Spring with festivities to include traditional lights and lanterns, along with light sculptures and projections by local and Boston creatives Joe Wheaton, Natalie Tyler, Jared Gelormino, Black Lake, Inna Zhukovsky-Zilber, and Luna Go.

The OmniTribe Collective will return for Spring Yurtacalypse — an improvisational musical event — performing a mixture of diverse cultural soundscapes safely behind the Gate House’s glass panels. Guests will be able to keep warm at firepits and outdoor heaters in the whimsically decorated Brussels Square.

Festivities will also include the opening of “Jelly,” an experimental art show featuring the work of Jared Gelormino, curated by Michelle Kaplan, and located in TurnPark’s Garage Gallery.

This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.

—A.K.

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“Elderhood” author Dr. Louise Aronson to presents a new view on aging

PITTSFIELD — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will present a virtual talk, “Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life,” by Dr. Louise Aronson, author of the New York Times bestseller “Elderhood,” on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. 

Image courtesy OLLI at BCC

Aronson’s presentation will challenge not only the way we look at aging, but the way we think and feel about medicine and what it means to be a human being across the lifespan.

A Harvard-trained geriatrician, Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy — a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and life itself.

This event is free. Click here to RSVP.

—A.K.

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Housing insecurity and public health in South County webinar

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network will present a webinar on housing insecurity in South Berkshire County on Friday, March 19 at 12 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines housing insecurity as high housing costs in proportion to income, poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, or homelessness. Local experts representing nonprofits, state agencies, and legal services will focus on the main aspects of housing insecurity in South County and discuss programs designed to address issues related to housing, including available affordable housing, factors that contribute to housing instability, legal and financial issues faced by tenants (such as eviction), and other topics.

The panelists will discuss specific steps that could be taken to increase housing stability through local nonprofits, state and local government resources, and private landlords. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Please submit your questions in advance when you register for the event.

Webinar Panelists and Hosts:

  • Kristen L. Curtin of the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority
  • Courtney Kimball, program manager at Construct, Inc.
  • Douglas B. Mishkin, Esq. of Heisler, Feldman & McCormick P.C.
  • Elena Nuciforo, director of workforce development: Health Care, at BCC
  • Deborah Philips, MS, LDN, IFNCP, Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network director, Fairview Hospital
  • Jane Pixley, special programs manager at Berkshire Housing Development Corporation and Housing Services
  • Jane Ralph, executive director, Construct, Inc.

Click here to register for the webinar.

—A.K.