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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: Hancock Shaker Village refocuses; ‘Banking During COVID-19’; Chase-Rey joins CHP; Flying Cloud virtual education; Salisbury Bank employee awards

The panel will share information about the variety of services and support they are providing and the ways in which businesses can prepare and apply for the available resource pools.

Learning opportunities in a time of social distancing

Flying Cloud Institute's YouTube channel has at least a trio of purposes: Kids remain engaged in hands-on learning; activities can support families whose work lives are being disrupted; finally, there is an authentic audience to celebrate what kids are discovering and creating, even if it is outside of school.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Thanksgivings for Life and Love’; Green Tweens Summit; ‘Moving Stories’ at Mason Library; Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show

The idea for the summit grew out of a discussion held earlier in the school year on the question “Engaging Green Youth: How can children make a difference in saving Planet Earth?”

Burke reappointed SBRSD School Committee chair; negotiations start with superintendent

The committee also entered into executive session to discuss a pair of open meeting law complaints.

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.

Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church restoration kickoff; ‘Kohelet’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Creative Aging’ on Beacon Hill; STEAM Challenge Night; Red Cross blood drives

Close Encounters With Music will kick off its 2019-20 season Sunday, Oct. 27, with the American premiere of Andre Hajdu’s ‘Kohelet’ for four cellos narrated by film, stage and television actor Sam Waterston.

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.

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.

Monument Mountain ninth-graders meet the pros on first Career Day

The morning served as a kick-off to the district’s initiatives to deepen connections between the district and the community, and help even the school’s youngest students start to envision a future for themselves in the work world.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Earth Expo; Katherine Bernhardt at Art Omi; volunteer singers sought

The goal of the Cooler Communities Challenge is to reduce a community’s carbon footprint and improve its resilience by showcasing students’ research and activities on climate, energy and environment to inspire people to take action.

Stewart defeated but Sears, Silvers returned to SBRSD school committee as vote tallies delayed in Sheffield

In an interview, Bonnie Silvers, who currently chairs the school committee, said the third Sheffield seat will be settled in a few days.

As SBRSD elections take shape, questions persist about district personnel and sustainability

It does appear that a generational challenge is in the offing for the Nov. 6 elections. A flyer distributed throughout the district refers to a "clean slate for SBRSD school committee" and flatly states that "the candidates support the right of all the towns to have their elementary schools."

Bits & Bytes: Fairview Monster Dash; Schumacher lectures; STEAM challenge night; ‘A Haunting in the Hills’; Williamstown Repair Cafe

Speakers Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield are doing work that builds on Du Bois’ legacy — his commitment to black economic development, cooperative structures and fair access to land.

STEM electives give Southern Berkshire Regional School District students a leg up in technology fields

For many years, Mount Everett has been the little school that could in regard to the robotics competitions aspect of its STEM work. The school’s robotics team, called “Hyperspace,” has competed against teams from much larger suburban schools from towns like Lexington and Lincoln -- and won.

BHRSD adopts career, vocational technical education initiatives

There was not the population for a dedicated vocational school and, over time, the number of programs offered dwindled. Now individual fields will not be stressed so much as the habits of mind and preparation to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

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