5/23 The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northern Berkshire will offer several public health clinics in May. They include blood pressure and blood sugar screening, medication reviews, heights and weights, and health teaching.
Clinics will be offered Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23 from 3-4 p.m. at the VNA and Hospice’s headquarters, 99 Hospital Avenue on the campus of North Adams Regional Hospital.Clinics will also be held at the Spitzer Center in North Adams on Tues. May 21, 9-11 AM and at the Adams Council on Aging, Weds. May 22, 10-11 AM. For more information call 664-4536.
5/24 The Northern Berkshire Relay for Life is set for May 31st-June 1 at Noel Field in North Adams, but Team Sarah’s Smile is hitting the track a week early, with a Quarter-mile Cash Fundraiser starting at 4 PM this Friday May 24 until 4 PM Sat. or until their goal is reached. The goal is to line the inside of the ¼ mile track with currency in any denomination, placed end to end. Anyone placing a bill will be given a ticket for a prize drawing. At 5 PM Friday there will be emergency vehicles from area Police, Fire and EMS companies on display; and from 7-9 PM live music with former North Adams resident Lita Williams home from Nashville! Another fun event to support the Relay for Life’s fight against cancer.
5/24 The MCLA Men's Soccer program will be hosting a youth 3 vs. 3 Soccer tournament on Saturday, May 25th. The event is open to both boys and girls. There will be three different age brackets for the event: U-10, U-12, and U-14. Teams are required to dress similarly for uniform purposes. Questions can be directed to MCLA Men's Soccer Head Coach Adam Hildabrand at 662-5007 or via email at email@example.com . The registration form is available at athletics.mcla.edu/sports.
5/25 The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park presents an illustrated lecture: The (Lost) Art of War on Saturday May 25th at 3pm. During major wars some of the world’s greatest art treasures have been vulnerable to destruction, theft or discovered missing after the smoke clears. This illustrated lecture will explore the devastating effect of war on the art world and a nation’s culture. The Park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8 in North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: 663-6312.
5/25 “Riverfest”, HooRWA’s annual celebration of the Hoosic River and its watershed, will be held Saturday May 25, from 11- 4 at Cole Field on the Williams College campus in Williamstown. Activities will include rafting (if water levels permit), Native American games and drumming, live music by MoCA Jam, riverside art works, kids’ activities, nature walks, exhibits, and more. Attendees can participate in raffles for a kayak, a mountain bike, fly fishing equipment, and Nature’s Closet and Gear Den gift certificates. Admission/raffle tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Advance tickets are on sale at the Williamstown Savings Bank. Children 10 and under get in free. Proceeds benefit HooRWA’s river restoration, monitoring, and education programs.
5/26 The Peter A. Cook VFW Post 9144 in Clarksburg will be holding an All You Can Eat Pancake or French Toast Breakfast, this Sunday from 6AM-Noon at the Post Home, 144 River Rd., (Rte 8), Clarksburg. Just $6 for adults, $5 for kids. Parking will be available across the street at Clarksburg Town Hall.
5/26 Storey Publishing and Hoosac Harvest are teaming up to offer a second annual Seedling Swap and beginning gardener workshop on Sunday, May 26, 10am to 2pm at Storey Publishing on the MASS MoCA campus. This event will offer gardeners the opportunity to share extra seedlings with new and experienced gardeners. There will also be short demonstrations on seed starting, container gardening, and composting. To make a donation, or for more information, contact Darlene Ellis at (413) 346-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/26 There will be an All U Can Eat Breakfast, sponsored by Naomi Chapter No. 17 Order of Eastern Star, this Sunday May 26 from 8-11:30AM at the Masonic Temple, 172 Church St. North Adams. It’ll cost $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10 for a breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, French Toast and Pancakes, including their Special Pancake of the Month-Apple Cinnamon Chip!
5/27 The city of North Adams will observe Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony on Monday, May 27. The parade will form and start from the American Legion, located at 91 American Legion Drive. All parade participants are requested to be at the American Legion by 9 AM. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the American Legion beginning at 8:30. The parade will begin promptly at 9:30 and head north on American Legion Drive, up Main Street and over Eagle Street to the Veterans Memorial where the ceremony will take place. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion.
5/27 The Town of Adams’ Memorial Day parade will step off at 10 AM from in front of the former Adams Memorial Middle School and will conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street, concluding at the Maple Street Cemetery. The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School Band, and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.
5/27 Clarksburg VFW Post 9144 will be holding Memorial Day ceremonies and a parade at Clarksburg Town Hall on Route 8 starting at 9:30 AM on Monday May 27th. All veterans and the public are invited.
5/30 Local author Kristen Demeo will be giving a presentation on her current book, Jefferson's Cheshire Cheese. It will be held at the Adams Free Library on Thursday, May 30, at 6:00 in the Miller Annex room. There will be a meet and greet session after the presentation and the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of her book.
5/30 Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner - dessert included - while supporting your community! Join the Rotary Club of Williamstown for their Spring Spaghetti Supper at the Williamstown Commons on Thursday May 30th from 5-7PM. The Rotary members will be serving spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, punch and coffee. The meal is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and children under 12 are $5. Funds raised through this supper will benefit local community and youth programs including scholarships for local students.
5/27 With the Northern Berkshire Relay for Life just about 2 weeks away, teams are trying to get in as many fundraising events as possible to help the fight against cancer. On 2 Mondays, May 20 and 27, Public Eat & Drink on Holden Street in North Adams will be donating 20% of all proceeds to benefit Team “Sole Mates” in their Relay effort. There will also be a 50-50 raffle along with Relay For Life Luminaria sales.
5/30 Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School is hosting a public lecture by bear expert Ben Kilham on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM at One Commercial Street, Adams. He’ll speak mainly about his extensive work with the black bear population. Kilham has been the focus of several documentaries, including National Geographic’s “A Man Among Bears” and Animal Planet’s “Papa Bear”. This lecture will be free to the public and open to all.
5/31 From the group that brought you Thunderfest and Ramblefest, get ready for “Brews, Blues ‘n BBQ”, Friday evening, May 31st starting at 6pm at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams. It’s a fund raiser for ProAdams to continue its efforts to promote the Town of Adams. $30 per person will allow you to sample local beers from Berkshire Brewing from 6-8pm and a fabulous all-you-can-eat Southern style BBQ buffet beginning at 7pm. The blues will be provided by the Arthur Holmes Blues Band starting at 8, with opening act, Rakish Paddy starting at 6. Tickets are available at Bounti-Fare and Smith Bros.-McAndrews Insurance Agency in Adams. For more information, check www.facebook.com/RambleFest.
(6/9) “PAINTING BETWEEN THE LINES” IS THE EXHIBITION NOW ON VIEW AT THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, THROUGH JUNE 9. IT INVESTIGATES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LITERATURE ANDART BY COMMISSIONING 14 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO CREATE PAINTINGS BASED ON DESCRIPTIONS OF PAINTINGS IN HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY NOVELS. THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, ON MAIN STREET IN WILLIAMSTOWN, IS OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FROM 10 TO 5 AND SUNDAY FROM 1 TO 5. THE MUSEUM IS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ADMISSION IS FREE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (413) 597-2429 OR VISIT WWW.WCMA.WILLIAMS.EDU
6/30 The North Adams Office of Tourism and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to create a new volunteer program. The Talk to a Townie program will enlist the help of local volunteers to attend events around the city and act as mobile information centers by having conversations with visitors and passing out information about area attractions and local businesses. The program is currently seeking volunteers who are passionate and knowledgeable about North Adams. If you’re interested, contact Veronica Bosley at: email@example.com or 664-6180.
7/1 Calling all marchers, float makers and bands! The Williamstown Hometown 4th of July Parade needs you! The fun takes place on Thursday, July 4th at 11am. It is a great bit of tradition, and really easy to do! No band or performance group is too big or too small. Contact the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce at 458-9077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to sign up!
7/31 The Friends of the North Adams Public Library are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books for their annual sale in September. Donations, clean and in good condition, may be dropped off at the Library before Sept.1st during regular library hours. Especially needed are people to move and unpack boxes on Weds. and Thurs., Sept 18-19. Volunteer forms will be available after August 1st.
THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS IS CALLING ON LOCAL BUSINESSES AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO HELP SUPPORT THIS YEAR’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY, WHICH IS AGAIN SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AT NOEL FIELD ATHLETIC COMPLEX AFTER THE STEEPLECATS’ HOME GAME ON THE 4TH OF JULY. YOU CAN HELP KEEP A HOMETOWN TRADITION ALIVE BY MAILING A CONTRIBUTION TO 6 WEST MAIN ST. NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247. CHECKS CAN BE MADE OUT TO THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS. PLEASE WRITE FIREWORKS’ IN THE MEMO LINE. FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 664-6180 OR EMAIL TOURISM@NORTHADAMS-MA.GOV .
BERKSHIRE TACONIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE MARGERY AND WILLIAM BARRETT PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD FOR ADAMS, CHESHIRE AND SAVOY. NOMINATIONS ARE SOUGHT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A STRONG COMMUNITY COMMITMENT, A GENEROUS SPIRIT AND MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THOSE 3 TOWNS. DETAILS AND NOMINATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.BERKSHIRETACONIC.ORG/GRANTSEEKERS OR BY CALLING 413-229-0370.
THE BRAYTON SCHOOL PTA IS IN NEED OF 26 CHECKERS GAMES. IF YOU ARE NO LONGER USING YOURS ANDARE WILLING TO DONATE IT OR A NEWONE, IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. YOU CAN CALL 413 652-4976 OR DROP IT OFF AT BRAYTON SCHOOL.
YOUR LOCAL GOODWILL STORE FEATURES THESE WEEKLY SPECIALS: $2 TUESDAYS, WHEN CLOTHING PRICED AT $4 IS JUST $2; SENIOR DISCOUNT WEDNESDAYS, WITH 15% OFF IF YOU’RE 55 AND OVER; AND $3 THURSDAYS, WHEN CLOTHING REGULARLY $5.50 OR $6 SELLS FOR $3. GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF THE BERKSHIRES…SERVING THE BERKSHIRES AND SOUTHERN VERMONT WITH STORES AT 166 STATE ST., NORTH ADAMS, ALSO IN PITTSFIELD ANDLEE.
THE NORTH ADAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS LINKED UP WITH AMAZON.COM THROUGH ONE OF ITS MEMBERSHIPS TO HELP SUPPORT THE LIBRARY. AT NO COST TO YOU, WHEN YOU SHOP FOR BOOKS, MOVIES, ELECTRONICS, GIFTS AND MORE AT AMAZON, A PERCENTAGE OF YOUR PURCHASE WILL BE DONATED TO THE LIBRARY. JUST GO TO WWW.WOWBRARY.ORG/NORTHADAMS AND CLICK ON “SHOP AT AMAZON” BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE. IT’S EASY, FREE, AND ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE NORTH ADAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY.
IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO HEAL FROM YOUR HURTS, HABITS AND HANG-UPS YOU’RE WELCOME TO “CELEBRATE RECOVERY” ON WEDNESDAYS FROM 7 TO 8:30 PM AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WILLIAMSTOWN, 31 MAIN ST. MEETINGS WILL ALSO INCLUDE A POT LUCK SUPPER ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, BEGINNING AT 6:30 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 413-458-4811.