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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

‘Searching for the Moon’ unearths one woman’s journey of returning to her past

In the end, Amber Chand is able to see all of her life as a gift, even the challenges.

A family celebration of the joy of African dance: Kotchengna at Jacob’s Pillow

Several of the female dancers were Alvin Ailey Dance students, from diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds – Swiss, French, Asian, African-American, white American – embodying the universality of dance and its power to connect us.

Samya Rose Stumo, 24, of Sheffield, Mass., global health visionary

En route to Kenya for her first assignment with ThinkWell, Samya perished in the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Evelyn Hatfield, 77, of Sheffield

Elegant and graceful like her favorite animal in Africa, the giraffe, she “dared to be different.”

Amplifications: Water, a diminishing resource

According to Water.org, one in nine people lack access to fresh water. Think about that. There are approximately 7.7 billion people on the planet.

AMPLIFICATIONS: World hunger

Giving up something small and sending that $10 or $20 to a charity is easier to do than you think and can become a habit.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Loss

One of my regrets is that I did not just bypass the infertility treatments and go straight for adoption, because I can’t imagine that I could feel any closer to a birth child than I feel to my daughter.

Amplifications: Friendship

Friendship is often a difficult country to navigate and female friendship is a country filled with emotional landmines. So what do we tell our daughters?

Berkshires’ Karen Smith, Phil Pryjma embark on humanitarian mission to Kenya

Their projects focus on children, education, families and self-sufficiency and sustainability through revenue generating projects that empower people to strengthen their local economies and enrich their communities.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Snow covers

Our Self-Taught Gardener muses about how a persistent snow cover enables exotic plants to grow in unusual northern climes.

Thank you, President Trump

They say a movement starts with a whisper. Well, people are shouting now throughout the world, despite the president and his cronies.

Students celebrate life’s diversity – one drumbeat at a time

Using African dance and drumming as a vehicle to explore the concepts of folklore and storytelling came via a talented group of educators from Berkshire Pulse, an organization dedicated to building and strengthening community life through diverse and accessible programming.

Buttons for Obama 

How ever could I have imagined that one day I would celebrate in Africa the inauguration of our first African American president?

PREVIEW: Pooja Prema’s solo performance ‘A Lot to Ask’ explores personal politics

“This is community-based activism addressing local and global issues in a way that’s not just talking." -- Pooja Prema

From Berkshires to Kenya: SawaSawa Foundation assists women, children

Karen Smith is packing up 100 solar powered lights, “so people don’t have to buy kerosene every night, which is very expensive." And much of what she is bringing, Smith says, comes from the “incredible generosity” of Berkshire locals and businesses. Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance, Fairview Hospital have donated medical supplies, and dentist Bob Edwards at Delair, Edwards & Krol, donated dental supplies.

Review: ‘In Darfur,’ where cruelty reigns, few women escape

van Ginhoven has delivered a power punch of a play realized with a mighty imagination and a clarity of vision. This sort of work makes me proud to live in The Berkshires where wonderful talent abounds.
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