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Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists Call for Art and Judge Announced
12:08PM / Sunday, March 03, 2024
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — The Sandisfield Arts Center announced the 3rd annual Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists.    The Call for Art is open through April 7, 2024. Up to three artists will be selected as finalists, each receiving $400 to support their art practice. Winners will be notified no later than June 1, 2024. An exhibition of the finalist's work will be held in the fall at the Sandisfield Arts Center.   The contest will be judged by Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University. Halvorson lives in western Massachusetts and is currently building a studio in Sandisfield.   Eligible artists are those

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W. E. B. Du Bois Center to Reflect on Democracy this Season
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Saturday, March 02, 2024

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— The W. E. B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy held a pre-birthday reception on Feb. 22, at Saint James Place in honor of civil rights pioneer W.E.B Du Bois. 

During the event community members met the center's first Executive Director Ny Whitaker and Michael Blake, the inaugural visiting scholar in democracy. 

"As Du Bois contemplated our collective challenges, he also set out a vision for what our democracy could be and called us to action for the role that we could take in making it a reality," Whitaker said. 

The night hinted at some of the topics the center will showcase during this year's programming themed

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Irish Music at Dewey Hall
04:18PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Breaking Trad will perform and host a workshop at Dewey Hall on March 8.   The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:15 pm. The concert will be held from 8 to 9:30 pm.   Tickets can be purchased here.   According to a press release:   Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon, David Doocey (Fiddle) from Foxford, Co Mayo, a winner of multiple awards including the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition and the coveted Fiddler of Oriel trophy and also Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals) who has vast experience working in a wide range of

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Senator Mark Announces March Office Hours
03:28PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in March.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to share ideas on current or potential state legislation, or to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, March 4, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, March 4, and Monday, March 18, from 9

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CHP Berkshire Pediatrics Wins MHQP Patient Experience Award
08:07AM / Friday, March 01, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP Berkshire Pediatrics has received recognition from Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) for being one of the top practices in Massachusetts, based on patient experiences in primary care.    The MHQP Patient Experience Awards is an annual awards program introduced in 2018 by MHQP, a non-profit measurement and reporting organization that works to improve the quality of patient care experiences in Massachusetts. MHQP conducts the only statewide survey of patient experience in primary care in Massachusetts.   "Our team is committed to providing excellent care to our patients and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts," said

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'Material Record' Gallery Opening at Bard College
04:06PM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — "Material Record," Jamie Goldenberg's exhibition at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock, opens on March 8 at 5:00 p.m. with a collaborative weaving project and opening reception.    The artist will briefly teach the principles of weaving and ask visitors to weave on her loom using yarns from her studio that she dyed over the past eight years. The interactive weaving will be available for the duration of the show.    The final community-woven piece will be displayed at the closing event, which will take place on April 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Daniel Arts Center. Jamie Goldenberg

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Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Live Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:06PM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
Berkshire County and the surrounding areas are having a variety of events this weekend including First Friday festivities, comedy, live music, and more.    Editor's Pick    First Friday  Downtown North Adams  Time: 5 to 9 p.m.    Shake off the winter blues with this month's First Friday Festivities centered around the theme "Cabin Fever."    The event features a variety of activities including local business bingo, girl scout cookie table, pizza and pajama party, live music, crafts, and more.    More information here.    Friday    Dawn of the Divas Dance Party The Colonial Theatre,

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Community Hero of the Month: Officer Joshua Tracy
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:07PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
LEE, Mass.—Lee Police Department patrolman Joshua Tracy has been selected for the February Community Hero of the Month.    The Community Hero of the Month series runs for the next 9 months in partnership with Haddad Auto. Nominated community members and organizations have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their community.    Tracy has been an officer in the Berkshires for seven years, working for multiple departments including North Adams, Pittsfield, and as of approximately 5 months ago, Lee.    Prior to being an officer, Tracy served 12 years in the Army National Guard. He became an officer when he left the service because it not only

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Haddad Celebrates National Ranking for Certified Collision Center
04:01PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Haddad Collision Center was ranked 7th in the country for Certified Collision Center excellence.    "We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the top Certified Collision Centers in the country," said Joe Bastow, Body Shop Manager. "This achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise of our entire team. From investing in the latest equipment to traveling across the country to pursue advanced training opportunities, every effort has been aimed at providing unparalleled service to our customers."   Bastow traveled extensively to complete comprehensive training and has achieved the title of Master Certified

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Saint James Place Appoints Executive Director
12:46PM / Monday, February 26, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Saint James Place, a Center for Arts and Culture, announced the appointment of Seth Keyes to the position of Executive Director.     As Executive Director, he will be charged with extending the growth of Saint James Place through management of finances, marketing and expanded program development.   Saint James Place reopened  in 2017 after a full historic restoration and preservation with a carefully designed adaptation for performances.  Established as a Cultural Landmark and event space, it hosts music, theatre, dance, lectures, classes, and meetings year round.  Since its 2017 opening, Saint James Place has welcomed over

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Morris Elementary Students Participate in Global School Play Day
11:46AM / Sunday, February 25, 2024
LENOX, Mass. — Morris Elementary School students participated in a day of unstructured play as part of Global School Play Day on Feb. 7.    Global School Play Day — celebrated on the first Wednesday of February every year — is a day of unstructured, self-directed playtime. Students may explore their creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interactions in a spontaneous environment.    Morris Elementary School students engaged in a day with no screens, no structure, and no interference from staff in how they chose to play. Students brought in their favorite board games from home, built Lego sculptures, took part in a Playful Engineers activity,

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CHP Including 'Size-Inclusive Care' Principles into Patient Care
11:21AM / Saturday, February 24, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Feb. 29 CHP webinar, "Size-Inclusive Care: Better Health Care for All Bodies," is a free online event for the public, healthcare providers, nutritionists and others interested in weight bias.    The webinar takes place noon-1 p.m.   The talk, free and open to the public, will address how weight stigma bias can show up in healthcare settings and the impact of weight bias on people's health. Presenters will discuss CHP's initiative to improve healthcare for people who have avoided or delayed medical care because of past healthcare experiences.   Event registration:

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