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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Pirates Past Noon’; Ken Gloss at Stockbridge Library; W.E.B. Du Bois talk; ‘Twilight Time’

Ken Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop, which goes back to around 1825.

Bits & Bytes: Open Studios DriveAbout; gun violence discussion; Kenturah Davis at WCMA; birding talk; volunteers help oak tree

Jonathan Perloe’s presentation will cover a range of topics to help the audience understand the magnitude of the gun violence crisis in America.

Bits & Bytes: Rosanne Cash at Club Helsinki; unity gathering; Chatham piano celebration; ‘Stories, Smiles, Art & Ice Cream’; forest bathing at Hancock Shaker...

The program is still in formation but will include reflections from featured speakers including Rabbi Levi Volovik of Chabad of the Berkshires; Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield; and Rev. Brent Damrow of the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

Bits & Bytes: BCC civil rights event; Berkshire Voices staged reading; Thompson on bullying; Bittman on aging

On Wednesday, April 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Berkshire Country Day School will host a workshop with child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., based on the theme of his best-selling book “Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Community, Friendship, Social Power and Bullying in Childhood.”

Bits & Bytes: Car Seat Headrest at MASS MoCA; Egg Cream Eggstravaganza; John Bonifaz at Berkshire Athenaeum; pajama drive; Valentine’s swing dance

At Hevreh of Southern Berkshire the evening will begin with a screening of the short film “Egg Cream” by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller and Amy Linton, a bittersweet look at memory, history, and the enduring meaning of the beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side of New York City.

Bits & Bytes: Mount Everett students in India; Youth Rec Club at Berkshire South; CoA luncheon; combatting cognitive decline

Youth Rec Club, led by Berkshire South Regional Community Center's youth development manager Mac Wallace, will include a fun mix of sports, team-building games and outdoor activities.

In aftermath of Pittsburgh synagogue assault, interfaith vigil offers solidarity against hatred and violence

The most powerful words of the evening might have come from Talia Ben Sasson-Gordis, senior associate regional director at the Anti-Defamation League in Boston: "The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference."

Interfaith Community Vigil for Pittsburgh planned for Thursday, November 1

All are welcome at Community Interfaith Vigil, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, to be held Thursday, November 1 at 5:45 p.m.

Ruth Sidransky Rosenberg, 88, teacher and author

Ruth was a lifelong student with a rich life of the mind and a deep love for her family, reading and writing.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; “Hats Off” at Bidwell House; Cuban dance at The Pillow; Young Women in Science; Francine Segan at Ventfort...

On Friday, August 7, at Bard College at Simon's Rock, the Flying Cloud Institute will celebrate its 15th year of the STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program to encourage young women to become scientists and engineers.

Bits & Bytes: Gateway Jazz Weekend; Alecson on end-of-life issues; Columbia County art classes; Bidwell House Nature workshop

Alecson teaches and lectures on death, dying, bereavement, and the ethics of healthcare, assisting professionals in understanding their patients' experiences.

Bits & Bytes: River Walk cleanup; Kenyan children exhibit at St. Francis Gallery; Primamore trio at Eastover; The Torah in verse

"Their creative journey turning discarded tin into works of art demonstrated that exploring the artistic possibilities and learning how to joyfully and creatively move outside boundaries is as essential to life as food shelter and health care. " -- Phil Pryjma, owner of the St. Francis Gallery in South Lee, Mass., referring to the art work of Kenyan children
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