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When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Bits & Bytes: Five Wise Guys at Berkshire South; Music In Common gala; Dog Dance at Jacob’s Pillow; ‘Words Matter’ at Sandisfield Arts Center;...

Music In Common's annual Raise the MIC gala will honor founding board member Elaine Mack for her tireless efforts to combat the hate responsible for the murder of Daniel Pearl with a focus on fundraising and fiscal sustainability.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest 2018; ‘PLASTIC!’ in Housatonic; world music program for kids; Social Change Film Series; ‘Voices of Poetry’ at the Mount

To ease the transition and make tap water more readily available, the Berkshire Women’s Action Group’s Environment Committee is planning a gradual rollout of modern, hygienic water-refill stations around Great Barrington and Housatonic.

Music In Common launches ‘Amplify’in celebration of music and cultural understanding

By creating original music together, participants wage peace, expand understanding, build confidence, strengthen communities and -- yes -- change the world.

Music in Common fundraiser tonight to sustain youth programs, replace funds cut by Trump administration

The organization’s mission is to empower diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

Trump agenda endangers peace initiative in memory of slain journalist Daniel Pearl

The mission of Music in Common is “to strengthen, empower, and connect communities through the universal language of music.”

Bits & Bytes: Social justice workshop; Joanna Slater at Richmond Library; ‘Home of the Brave;’ holiday farmers’ markets

Canadian journalists Joanna Slater followed Syrian refugees on a train across Hungary last year and, for her coverage, was named 2015 Journalist of the Year at the Canadian National Newspaper Awards.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest; Naumkeag haunted house; Ian Buruma at Stockbridge Library; OxBow Road at L’Atelier Berkshires; ‘Owleen’ at Olana

Now in its twelfth year, FODfest was started by singer/songwriter and producer Todd Mack started FODfest as a way to honor his friend and bandmate after Pearl was abducted and killed by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002.

Music in Common: Bridging cultural divides

Created in the memory of Daniel Pearl, Music in Common performs here in the Berkshires, across the country, and in Israel, where they work with Arab and Jewish students.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest 2015; Jeanne Mackin at The Mount; BNRC award; Audra McDonald at the Mahaiwe; Neumann’s ‘Vanishing America’

The Francis W. Sargent Conservation Award has been presented Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the first time the award has been presented to an organization instead of an individual.

Berkshire International Film Festival: Final Day

This is what I love about film festivals -- actually learning about the making of the film and backgrounds of the filmmakers.

Students promote peace in the Mideast — through music

Sheffield-based Music in Common will lead a delegation of six American high school students Israel in February to collaborate with students from Jewish and Arab schools, to write and record a song and to create a multimedia project.

10th annual FODfest celebrates life of slain journalist Daniel Pearl

"Now more than ever we are compelled and driven to work even harder towards dismantling the hatred and acts of terror that took my friend’s life." -- Todd Mack

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