A hanging basket of annuals, one of the many offerings in Berkshire Botanical Garden's 43rd annual plant sale, which begins Friday, May 1, in Stockbridge. Photo courtesy Berkshire Botanical Garden

Bits & Bytes: BBG plant sale; virtual 5K; ‘Dance in the Time of COVID-19’; BCC students in All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Berkshire South Regional Community Center invites participants to its first virtual 5K run/walk Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. to raise funds for its teen and youth wellness programs.

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale to go online this year

Stockbridge — Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Be-a-Better-Gardener plant sale will go online this year, with online ordering from Friday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 12, and safe and efficient drive-through pickups in prearranged time slots.

“This year’s sale will offer the Garden a chance to reconnect with the community while finding homes for thousands of plants already growing in the Garden’s Lexan greenhouse prior to COVID-19,” said BBG executive director Michael Beck. An online store will offer BBG’s signature hanging cone planters, annuals, perennials and woody shrubs for sun and shade, succulent tabletop containers and hanging pieces, vegetable and herb starts from Miller’s Crossing, and a choice selection of Mother’s Day gifts from BBG’s Garden Shop. Assorted gift items from the shop will also be available.

Shoppers will place orders and prepay online using a credit card or BBG gift card, and choose a pickup date and time. Supplies are limited. Shoppers will then proceed by car to the pop-up tent in the BBG parking lot, where staff members will have orders ready to deliver to each car upon presentation of the purchase receipt. For more information, contact info@berkshirebotanical.org.


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Berkshire South to hold virtual 5K run/walk

Great Barrington — Berkshire South Regional Community Center invites participants to its first virtual 5K run/walk Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. to raise funds for its teen and youth wellness programs.

Participants are encouraged to post on Instagram and Facebook (please tag Berkshire South and use the hashtag #BerkshireSouthV5K) and to send images, video, and other updates to marketing@berkshiresouth.org for an interactive morning. Berkshire South executive director Jenise Lucey said: “This is an opportunity for everyone to join in. Start from your driveway; run or walk. Participate for your own health, for your family’s health, and for the health of the entire community!”

Families, individuals and teams are welcome. A participant can join the event as a runner/walker, a runner/walker fundraiser or and as a sponsor. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire South Regional Community Center at info@berkshiresouth.org.


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Jacob’s Pillow to livestream ‘Dance in the Time of COVID-19’

Pamela Tatge. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Becket — On Wednesday, April 29, at 3 p.m., Jacob’s Pillow will host a livestream conversation with international artistic directors and choreographers called “Dance in the Time of COVID-19.”

As arts industries around the world grapple with when and how to bring people together again, the Pillow feels it’s important to hear perspectives from a few of its global colleagues. In honor of International Dance Day, the program will ask choreographers and artistic directors from around the world how they and their collaborators are coping; how they are staying in touch with their constituencies; whether or not they are discussing the future of the arts in their home countries; and how they envision the role of dance in a post-COVID-19 world.

The panel will include Germaine Acogny of Company Jant-Bi and the l’Ecole des Sables in Senegal; Eric Gauthier of Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany; Nikolaj Hübbe of the Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark; Neil Ieremia of Black Grace in New Zealand; Aakash Odedra of Aakash Odedra Company in the UK; Tania Pérez-Salas of Mexico; and Anne Plamondon of Canada. The discussion will be moderated by Pillow director Pamela Tatge.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Jacob’s Pillow at info@jacobspillow.org.


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BCC students to be honored for acceptance into All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Jimmy Phan. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College students Jimmy Phan and Travis Costello were recently nominated to the All-USA Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and community college presidents co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 38 states each year. Students nominated to the national All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Academic teams. To be eligible for nomination, students must have earned a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

Travis Costello. Photo courtesy Berkshire Botanical Garden

Phan is a student ambassador; a member of Phi Theta Kappa; a Green Team member; a Student Government Association member; and has performed as Burke, the BCC mascot. Costello is the BCC student trustee, a Phi Theta Kappa officer and a member of the TRiO program, among other extracurricular opportunities.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team ceremony originally scheduled for April 8 at the State House has been cancelled as all public events at the State House are on hold for the foreseeable future. However, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges will still recognize the outstanding and exemplary students that make up the 2020 PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team in lieu of the in-person State House event. PTK Community College Excellence Week is highlighting all 36 student members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievement and student service.