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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.

An audience with actor John Douglas Thompson at the New Marlborough Meeting House

Longtime Shakespeare & Company board member Barry Shapiro is surely looking to provide a classic in inviting renowned stage and screen actor John Douglas Thompson for a retrospective of his life and work at the New Marlborough Meeting House on August 27.

Visit the (virtual) Berkshires: The Northeast’s cultural capital moves online

The best (virtual) things to do in the Berkshires in the summer of 2020.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Greylock expands to Hudson; Downtown Pittsfield ambassadors; Villages of the Berkshires grant; Jacob’s Pillow commission; new Mezze co-cowners

Villages of the Berkshires is launching an effort to provide volunteer services such as friendly visitors or companionship, local transportation, technology support, and basic household repairs and assistance to seniors in the Berkshires.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Artists at Work program; Spoon in Williamstown; Berkshire Agricultural Ventures grant; painting fellowship for Bradley

Zero-interest, forgivable loans and grants will be provided to help farmers adapt to new realities, overcome significant income challenges, and ensure farms remain viable and sustainable and can continue to meet demand for healthy local food.

Bits & Bytes: Policing talk; ‘Dance We Must’; ‘Art in the Time of Pandemic’; online theater workshop

Occurring on the same date on which Jacob's Pillow’s season opening gala had been planned, “Dance We Must” will include performances by Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M, Michelle Dorrance, Irene Rodríguez, Daniel Ulbricht and Danielle Diniz, and Calvin Royal III.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Inside the Bolshoi Ballet’; TINA TALKS; Live Out Loud workshop; Wildcat Art Gallery reception; BCD graduation

Over six weeks, Tina Packer will discuss how Shakespeare's plays reveal underlying messages and major questions that interested him as well as how his ability as a dramatist allowed him to express ideas in action as well as words.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Sip, Sketch and Socialize’; BCC virtual commencement; Families Dance Together; online fitness classes

Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions are finding alternate ways to celebrate and honor their graduates, and BCC has decided to honor its graduates twice.

Yoga retreat center Kripalu closes for rest of year, lays off more than 450 workers

A 2018 study conducted by Williams College economics professor Stephen Sheppard concluded that Kripalu directly or indirectly generates $64 million to the total economic output in Massachusetts with $56 million of it concentrated in Berkshire County alone.

Lamentation for stages gone dark

It is up to our media presenters, newspapers, television and radio news stations, public broadcasting and the like to remind our citizens of the losses to our economy and to our way of life that the closing down of our theaters brings about.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The World of Peonies’; virtual run; dance discussion; cohousing documentary

The event can be completed while maintaining social distance in one’s own neighborhood, at a favorite running trail or park, or even on a treadmill.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Wheeler & Taylor donates PPE; bias in business workshop; Curriculum in Motion Institute; recognition for Noble Horizons

The workshop is the first in a three-part training series to help businesses cultivate and steward inclusive retail, restaurant and workplace environments for customers and employees in order to create a culture of belonging.

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.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Branches’ livestream; ‘Home Is 2020’ call for art; virtual staged reading

Since it is not currently possible to gather at the museum due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the workshops have been reimagined and the public is invited to make art on the meaning of home while they are at home.

PERSPECTIVES: Stories of decline in the South County’s service sector during pandemic

COVID-19 has not only disrupted the average service worker, but the seasonal one as well.

Bits & Bytes: Tangiers Blues Band benefit; virtual barn tour; Jacob’s Pillow watch party; fellowship for Williams prof

Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, will lead a virtual tour of Hancock Shaker Village’s Round Stone Barn, which houses sheep, goats, calves, pigs, chickens and donkeys.

Local takeout: Supporting the big picture

“We’re accustomed and willing to be creative with what’s available,” said Cantina 229 chef/owner Josh Irwin, who hopes current times will create new ways of life for many.
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