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Feb. 25, Kinderhook Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Snowshoe Hike: Explore the farm on snowshoes and strengthen your leg muscles while exercising your brain to learn more about the park in the winter. Program will be led by Cornell Cooperative Extension Environmental Educator Andrew Randazzo. 11 a.m.

Feb. 25, Great Barrington Memoir Writing Workshop for Women As part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Jennifer Browdy will lead The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: Looking for Love. South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 25, Salisbury Scoville Library Afghanistan: Why Should We Care? An Outsider’s View from Inside presented by Wendy Summer. 4 p.m.

Feb. 26, Salisbury Scoville Library The Armchair Traveler Series: Journey to the Far North, the Svalbard Archipelago, presented by Amy Lake. The Svalbard Archipelago, located just 650 miles from the North Pole, has the northernmost year-round settlement on earth. Amy Lake toured the islands aboard the National Geographic Explorer as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Learn about the unique flora, fauna, and human history of this fragile arctic wonderland in this slide presentation. 4 p.m.

Mondays, Feb. 27 – March 20, Great Barrington Berkshire South Learn to Bolero: Ron Tritto teaches the dreamy romantic dance with a Spanish origin, which is danced to a slow tempo. No experience is necessary. Both couples and singles are welcome. 7-8:30 p.m.

March 2, Williamstown Williams College Breaking the Glass Grid: Gender Bias Across Today’s Performing Arts Industries: a panel discussion with leading contemporary artists and critics to discuss how and why women’s stories are still not being heard in the industries of theater, film and television. 5 p.m. 

March 3, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Award-winning screenwriter, television writer and playwright Marcus Gardley (TV show The Chi; play The House That Will Not Stand) will give the inaugural Capotorto and Mulas Family Lecture, followed by a Q&A session. 5:15 p.m.

March 4, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Clone It: Cal Patch will show you how to make a pattern from your favorite clothes. 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March 4, Hudson Hudson Library The Living Library: meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag and more. 3-5 p.m.

March 4, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors presents Helping the Hudson Valley: Where Are We Headed? This community discussion will explore the current economic state of the region and those bent on improving it for all. Moderated by author David Black, the panel will include Sarah Sterling of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Peter Taylor of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Pierce Sioussat of Bioforce USA. 3 p.m.

March 4, Claverack Claverack Library Home Energy Efficiency Workshop: a free event for homeowners to encourage participation in the NYS Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. The Program provides a free or low cost energy assessment and report, incentives, and low-interest loans for properties that are primary or second homes. 4 p.m.

March 4, Salisbury Scoville Memorial Library Fermented Man: author Derek Dellinger, brewmaster at Kent Falls Brewing Company, discusses one year consuming microbe-made foods and how to ferment your own at home. 4 p.m.

March 5, Sharon Hotchkiss Library A Chance for Land and Fresh Air: Russian Jewish Immigrants in Ellsworth and Amenia, 1907-1940. Carol Ascher presents an illustrated lecture related to her current exhibit at the Historical Society. 4 p.m.

March 9, Rhinebeck Clinton Community Library Finance 101 Workshop: Learn how to take control of your finances, buy the right kind of life insurance, and pay yourself first. Free. 7 p.m.

March 10, Millbrook Cary Institute Our Other Blue Planet: Earth’s Diverse Fresh Waters. Dave Strayer will present a lecture on our planet’s inland waters and the rich diversity of life that they support. 7 p.m.

March 11, 18 & 25, Great Barrington Writing & Performing the Monologue Writer Jayne Benjulian will lead a new workshop at the expanded Fuel Coffee Shop. You will learn how to access an interior life, and give voice to that life in a way the audience can believe in. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

March 11, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Asian Noodle Workshop: Join Carrie Chen for a hands-on workshop (and lunch) that explores a variety of dishes which can all be made from scratch. 11 a.m.

March 11, Ghent High & Mighty Music Therapy: Lisa Sandagata (MA, MT-BC) uses music to guide clients through physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. She’ll demonstrate how music provides concrete, multi-sensory stimulation that helps organize sensory systems including fine and gross motor coordination and auditory processing. 1 p.m.

Tuesdays beginning March 14, Red Hook Red Hook Library Introduction to Irish Language: a four-week series exploring Irish language, culture and history. 5 p.m.

March 14, Great Barrington Berkshire South Aquatic Stroke Improvement Workshop: Improve your stroke and enhance your lap swim workout under the guidance of experienced instructor Peggy Harner. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 18, Lenox Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter. Learn to recognize the oaks, maples and other woodland trees and shrubs sans leaves. 10 a.m.

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