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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: CATA launches online programs; CDC awarded tax credits; BBG welcomes Turnbull; nonprofit workshops; PPP at Salisbury Bank

Gov. Charlie Baker recently awarded the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire an allotment of the 2020 Community Investment Tax Credit Program in the amount of $150,000.

Business Briefs: Emergency loans for small businesses; Heddinger joins CATA; CHP hires Moro; Bisaccio joins Lee Bank

The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Earth People’; Farm Film Fest; the Irish Comedy Tour at the Colonial; cohousing documentary

Written and directed by John de Graaf in 2019, the film explores the concept of cohousing, an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space.

Business Briefs: SoCo Creamery flavor party; wine and spirits fair; BNRC conservation gathering; Community Film Fund launch; ‘Standing Lincoln’ acquisition

The Community Film Fund is a matching fund to help nonprofits in the Berkshire region create impactful videos for their branding, marketing and social media.

Don’t just stand there: Volunteer!

Underwritten by AARP Massachusetts, the volunteer fair at St. James Place in Great Barrington will give 35 nonprofits as well as municipalities the opportunity to meet face to face with prospective volunteers.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Trendsetter Awards; Downtown Pittsfield fall cleanup; cultural council deadline; home-buying seminar; Flying Cloud board members

In accordance with Mass Cultural Council guidelines, a deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 15, has been set for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants for 2020 that support cultural activities in the community.

Bits & Bytes: ‘She Shapes History’ at Berkshire Museum; Shays’ Rebellion lecture; CATA art exhibit; ‘Pollock’ at PS21; ‘Early Epitaphs’ talk

John 'Sean' Condon will explore how Shays' Rebellion influenced the division of power between state and federal governments set out by the U.S. Constitution and how it shaped the form of public protests today.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; Berkshire South gala; Art in the Barn; ‘Time After Time’; Greenwoods Puppet Festival

Featuring the theme “Come Fly With Me,” Berkshire South Regional Community Center's annual gala will honor Bobbie Hallig as this year’s Edwin A. Jaffe Award winner.

MOMIX at the Mahaiwe; First Fridays Artswalk; ‘Sounds from Home and Away’; Bidwell Country Fair

The Unitarian Universalist Church will present Pittsfield’s first transgender youth art show, “Self Made Human” by Hunter Schrade, a selection of acrylic and oil paintings that chronicle Schrade's transgender journey.

Business Briefs: Cultural Facilities Fund grant for CATA; Rock Shark wearable art; Qomunicate Publishing at Berkshire Pride; business start-up seminar; BCC invites public comment

Comedian/producer and Berkshires native McQueen Adams recently launched TheBerks.co, a website of wearable art featuring the Rock Shark boulder.

Community Access to the Arts breaks ground for new facility

Ninety percent of the workshops in the current CATA studio reached capacity, leaving little if any room for new CATA artists, and no space for artists who want to try new art forms.

Bits & Bytes: Jamaica Kincaid at Simon’s Rock; land trust annual meeting; BerkChique!; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; ‘Writer’s Work-Out’

BerkChique! is being presented by and in support of WAM Theatre and its programs, with additional donations going to the Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

Bits & Bytes: Humane Race; neuropsychology lecture; veterans’ info session; prison education conference; ‘What I See’ art exhibit

The keynote address “Fateful Crossroads: The Future of College and Prison” will be given by Daniel Karpowitz, who served for 18 years as a classroom teacher, policy analyst, and national director for the Bard Prison Initiative and the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison.

Bits & Bytes: The Wailers at Infinity Hall; ‘Making Waves’ at Good Purpose Gallery; ‘Modified’ at Mason Library; spaghetti supper concert

'Making Waves' will feature work created by 13 Community Access to the Arts artists from Berkshire County Arc, Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, and Columbia County Arc.

Arts, relationships can rebuild America’s social infrastructure

In a letter to the editor, Anita Walker writes, "The arts and culture are the antidote to what ails us as a nation. In fact, they can both prevent and cure."

REVIEW: Janet Reich Elsbach’s ‘Extra Helping’ incredibly thoughtful with practical advice

In a world where many find it increasingly hard to connect, Elsbach sees food as a great connector, one capable of spanning even the greatest divides.
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