Bits & Bytes: Birding 101 at Olana; School Readiness Fair; Purim carnival; Blue Rider Stables Easter egg hunt; IS183 art camp

Birding 101 at Olana

Hudson, N.Y. – On Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Olana State Historic Site will host the program Birding 101 at its Wagon House Education Center.

Following a presentation on the basics of bird observation and identification by Eric Lind, Director of Audubon New York’s Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, there will be a guided walk through Olana’s artist-designed landscape during which participants will look for eastern phoebes and palm warblers.

The cost of the program is $5 for Olana members and $10 for nonmembers. Walk-ins are welcome but not guaranteed. The program is suitable for all ages. Participants are advised to bring binoculars and wear sturdy walking shoes. To pre-register or for more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Olana’s Education Department at (518) 828-1872 x105.


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Boys & Girls Club to host School Readiness Fair

Pittsfield — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will host Berkshire County’s fourth annual School Readiness Fair on Saturday, March 26, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Fair is geared toward families of infants, toddlers, and preschool children, but children in elementary school are also welcome to attend. The theme for this year’s fair is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education. Organizations and agencies serving the “birth to five” population in Berkshire County will be in attendance, providing hands-on activities focused on STEAM education and offering additional information about related activities that can be done at home.

Those who attend the Readiness Fair will be given a Bingo card to present at display tables for a stamp or signature. Completed cards can be returned to the main registration table in exchange for a free book provided by the Rotary Club of Pittsfield.

The event is free and open to the public. For more about information about the School Readiness Fair, call Karen Vogel of Berkshire United Way at (413) 442-6948 x22.


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Purim carnival at Hevreh

Great Barrington — Hevreh of Southern Berkshire will host a “Fiddler on the Roof” Purim carnival on Sunday, March 27, from noon -1 p.m. The carnival will be run by Hevreh’s Confirmation and Pre-Confirmation students.

The carnival will include games, treats, prizes, and a costume contest with prizes for best-dressed and most creative costumes. Game tickets are $.50 for one, and $5 for 12; all proceeds will go to tzedakah.

All are welcome. Call Hevreh at (413) 528-6378 for more information.


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Blue Rider Stables to host annual Easter egg hunt

South Egremont — Blue Rider Stables will host its annual candy-free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at its barn at 15 Farm Lane.

Admission to the event is free. Refreshments, a hay bale maze, pony rides, and face painting will be available for a fee, with the proceeds going to support horse care and the scholarship fund.

For more information call (413) 528-5299.


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IS183 summer art camp

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

Stockbridge — IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will offer summer art camp programs for children ages 3 to 14 from Monday, June 27, through Friday, August 19. Run by art educators, the programs will include a wide range of media, encouragement of creative thinking, and time outdoors in all explorations. Berkshire Country Day School will host IS183 camps for three- to seven-year-olds. IS183 itself will host programs for eight- to 14-year-olds.

For very young artists, the week is an introduction to IS183 art camps with focused, theme-based exploration of materials and other creative expression including songs, movement, games, and outdoor play.

Four- and five-year-olds
Children will explore, discover, and creating everything in offerings such as “Make an Impression,” to “Time Traveler’s Suitcase,” and “Celebrating Sensational Senses.”

Six- and Seven-year-olds
Campers will spend the summer as art detectives creating, encountering, and cracking mysteries in a wide assortment of media from clay to paint.

Eight- to 10-year-olds
Campers will have adventures ranging from collaging lyrical lines to book-binding to exploring the Milky Way Galaxy.

11- to 14-year-olds
Artists will soar into creativity with an assortment of materials with which to construct inspiring projects in stop-motion animation, towering sculpture, and drawing animal and human anatomy.

All programs will run from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up will available. A 10 percent discount is available for those who register by Thursday, March 31. Online course descriptions are available and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 413-298-5252 x100.