Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; Chesterwood/Boston Athenaeum collaboration; Ghana ThinkTank at WCMA; American Brass Quintet at Hotchkiss; Gabriel Squalia book launch; Deborah Hanlon at Club Helsinki Hudson

Williams College Museum of Art commissioned the project with Ghana ThinkTank as part of the 2016–17 campus-wide academic program called “Confronting Climate Change,” a series of events, talks, and initiatives aimed at raising issues around climate change.

Business Briefs: Housatonic River east branch restoration; manufacturing equipment unveiled at BCC; 1Berkshire Trendsetters; Hancock Shaker Village appoints new president; new Classics on Hudson artistic director

As MASS MoCA’s director of development from 1988 to 2012, Jennifer Trainer Thompson helped raise some $70 million for operations and programs, including the Permanence Campaign that launched the Museum’s endowment and Sol LeWitt building.

Bits & Bytes: GBFD rope rescue training; ‘Gardening to Save the World;’ Farm to Glass Throwdown; organ recital in Salisbury; Town of GB to accept online tax payments

GB Fire Department’s rope rescue training weekend Great Barrington — On the weekend of October 31, members of the Great Barrington Fire Department, along with members of the Egremont and Sheffield fire departments, participated in 16 hours of rope rescue training. The focus of the class was rigging rope systems using mechanical advantage to safely lower