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Lectures and Classes

March 28, Stockbridge Stockbridge Library The Art and Business of Coffee: Lisa Landry, co-owner of No. Six Depot Cafe & Roastery, will talk about the intersection of art and business and how it all relates to a “beautiful cup of coffee.” 6:30 p.m.

March 29, Pittsfield OLLI Open House The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC invites you to learn about its spring classes and meet the instructors, at the Colonial Theatre. 10-11:30 a.m.

March 30, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas, will discuss changing the food system. Winne serves as Senior Advisor to the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and was the Director of the non-profit Hartford Food System. 7 p.m.

March 30, Rhinebeck The Gallery@Rhinebeck The Hudson Valley Celebrity Series kicks off with An Evening with James E. Ransome, the award-winning children’s book illustrator. 7 p.m.

March 31, Sheffield Bushnell-Sage Library Pressure Cooker Class: Join Rita Delgado and learn new pressure cooking skills and dispel old myths. This type of cooking is ecological, economical, time saving and healthy. 6 p.m.

April 1, Great Barrington Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center Mushrooms of the Berkshires: Erhard Wendt, Berkshire mushroom hunter and guide, will show photos and describe specific edible mushrooms that can be found in the area. Bring your questions about when, how and where to seek these natural treasures. 10 a.m.

April 3, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Muslima theologian, scholar and public educator Jerusha T. Lamptey will explore Islamophobia in her talk, “Islamophobia: Headlines, Hate, and Hope.” 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays beginning April 4, Hudson The Writers Studio A 10-week Intermediate Writing Workshop for fiction and poetry, with Anamyn Turowski. 4-6 p.m.

April 4, Stockbridge Stockbridge Library Lee Sheldon, a world-class game designer, book author, script writer and writer/producer of more than 200 TV shows, will discuss his work. 5:30 p.m.

April 4, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Multicultural BRIDGE presents Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness, a one-hour documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. Executive Producer Patrice O’Neil will introduce the film and facilitate a post-screening Q&A. 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, April 5 – 26, Rhinebeck Wilderstein The Spring Seminar Series focuses on The Roosevelt Circle: A Closer Perspective, four lectures led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. 2 p.m.

April 6, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music A presentation, Q&A and signing with Leslie T. Sharpe, whose new book, The Quarry Fox, is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since legendary nature writer John Burroughs first chronicled the area in the 19th century. 6 p.m.

April 6, Rhinebeck Clinton Community Library Anthony Musso will give the lecture “Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley” in the church hall. His talk will explore local places of historic interest that are off the beaten path. 7 p.m.

April 8, Lenox Ventfort Hall Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and workshops led by Tjasa Sprague. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

April 8, Germantown KEEP Conservation Preserve Spring Migration Bird Walk: a guided walk with Linda Atkins, Pearl Broder and Louise Fraza. Participants are encouraged to pre-register with the Germantown Library. 10:30 a.m.

April 8, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock ThinkFOOD Conference: panel presentations with regional food thinkers, writers, farmers and leaders, beginning at 9:30 a.m. A keynote address will be given by Dr. A. Breeze Harper at 1:30 p.m.

April 8, Kent Kent Library Communication Matters: Sarah Chase explores what she has learned about communication and the Alda Method™ since working with the actor and his team. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in some of the improv exercises introduced during the talk. 2 p.m.

April 9, Claverack Won Dharma Center The Claverack Free Library and the Center present an afternoon of Korean culture and food. The program begins with a documentary about Korean history and culture along with a demonstration of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony in traditional costume, followed by a traditional Korean meal. Works of art, including paintings, objects and costumes, will be on display. 2 p.m.

April 9-16, Wassaic Wassaic Project Intensive Raku Workshop: During the week-long course, you’ll learn techniques to create ceramic objects (slab, coiled, pinched, thrown and carved); glazing and surface decoration; and the way of raku firing.

April 11, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Befriend Your Sewing Machine: learn how to thread your machine and wind a bobbin, sew a simple seam, and hem edges. Make either a pillowcase, tote bag or drawstring pouch. 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

April 11, Germantown Germantown Library Truffle Talk: a truffle-making demonstration with chocolatier Cheryl Jean. Pre-made samples will be on hand. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays beginning April 11, Hudson The Writers Studio A 10-week Introductory Writing Workshop for fiction and poetry, with Therese Eiben. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

April 13, Salisbury Scoville Library Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, an astrophysicist at Yale University, will discuss her book, Mapping the Heavens, which focuses on dark matter and black holes. 6 p.m.

April 13, Great Barrington One Mercantile Songbird Needle Felting Workshop: Melissa & Jen Vansant of Going Gnome will teach you to make a robin, bluebird or goldfinch. 7-9 p.m.

April 14, Hudson Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation Dances of Universal Peace: participatory simple circle dances and songs drawn from diverse sacred traditions. Each dance is taught by certified dance leaders of the Hudson Dance Circle. No experience needed; all ages welcome. 7 p.m.

April 15, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Distinguished Speaker Series features Olivier Meslay, director of The Clark in Williamstown, Mass. 2 p.m.

April 15, East Chatham The Quaker Intentional Village – Canaan The first of six free workshops titled Dismantling Racism: Building Capacity for White People to Understand Racial Injustice will be Identifying Whiteness. 7 p.m.

April 18, Williamstown Williams College Founding Fathers in the Age of Trump: a conversation between historians and authors Joseph Ellis and Richard Brookiser. 7:30 p.m.

April 21, Roxbury Minor Memorial Library Missy Stevens: The Spirit and Technique of Painting with Thread. Meet nationally acclaimed fiber artist and longtime Washington resident Missy Stevens at a screening of a new documentary about her work by filmmaker Rusty Dyer. 7 p.m.

April 21, Falls Village Housatonic Valley Regional High School The Salisbury Forum welcomes George Rupp, past President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), who will discuss the worldwide crisis of displaced persons, the challenge of resettling them and the imperative to prevent the conflicts that generate so many uprooted people. A Q&A session will follow his presentation. 7:30 p.m.

April 22, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum UNITY IN DIVERSITY: a showing of Salam Neighbor, a documentary film depicting life in a Syrian refugee camp, and a panel discussion with Sherwood Guernsey and voices from diverse immigrant backgrounds. A reception in the Crane Room will follow. 5 p.m.

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