WILLIAMSTOWN -- Write the Memoir That You Have Been Postponing, but Hoping to Write, at Sweetwood, award-winning author, Ellen Perry Berkeley, will conduct a Memoir Writing Workshop on Monday Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This workshop is aimed at providing confidence, information, and encouragement to all attending -- you won’t be able to postpone any further the memoir you’ve been hoping to write. There will be a follow-up workshop on Monday Oct. 29, also at 10 a.m. Sweetwood will provide morning coffee and tea and lunch for workshop participants. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot: 413-458-8371.
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williamstown Rural Lands is offering a Wednesday afternoon nature play, drop-off program at its Sheep Hill headquarters for first through fourth graders, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 17 through Nov. 14.
The program will take place rain or shine. Students should wear sturdy closed-toe footwear and bring rain gear on wet days. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.
The fee for the five-week series fee is $50 for WRLF members and $60 for non-members. Individual sessions are $12 for WRLF members and $15 for non-members. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7, approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more info: wrlf.org.
Teen open poetry slam
NORTH ADAMS -- "Slam I Am: Teen Poetry Slam," the Berkshires only teen poetry slam, comes to the Tague Gallery on Eagle Street, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., right next door to Jack’s Hot Dogs. The feature poet, Jake (Phoenix) Snow, begins at 6 p.m., followed by the slam. To participate, arrive with three poems and sign up that night. The first eight poets will compete. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography as Model?
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program will host "At the Arts Club of Chicago A Clark Symposium: Photography as Model?" Saturday, Oct.13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This symposium will reflect on the current models available for discussing photographs as art. For more info: clarkart.edu.
‘Risen and Punched’
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Ursula Heinzelmann will present "Risen and Punched: Bread and 20th century Germany" at Williams College in Schapiro Hall 129, at 6:30 p.m.
The talk will use bread as a point of departure to look at history and society, discuss morale and taste. A regular supermarket’s offerings and those of three very distinctive Berlin bakers will illustrate German history of the 20th century. For more info:
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Minerva Arts Center is proud to announce the return of The Gleekers, MAC’s summer workshop Gleek Week is now being offered in weekly classes for students ages 7 and up. Inspired by the hit TV show Glee, students explore dance, song and theatricality ranging from Broadway tunes to modern songs and choreography. Classes run for eight weeks with a performance Dec. 8. Two sessions are available, Wednesdays fgrom 4 to 6 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Workshops and performance are held at The First Congregational Church, 906 Main Street. Tuition is: $200. For more info or to register: 413-346-4502, minervaartscenter.org.
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Professor Stephen Walsh of Cardiff University gives a lecture entitled "The Russian Nationalists: a ‘handful,’ certainly, but how ‘mighty?’" on Monday, Oct. 15, at 4:15 p.m. in Bernhard Music Center Room 30 on the Williams College campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Class of 1960 Scholars Fund and is free and open to the public. For more info: music. williams.edu, 413-597-3146.
Pasta Dinner benefit
NORTH ADAMS -- A benefit pasta dinner will take place at the Bounti Fare Restaurant on Monday, Oct. 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. to support 2 year-old Colten Downey. Colten is suffering from a rare form of kidney cancer and is currently receiving treatments in Boston. All proceeds from the event will be used to help defray costs related to his treatment. Tickets in advance are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors or children under 12. Tickets are available at Val’s Variety Store, Columbia Street, Adams and Box Car Media, Main St, North Adams. Tickets are $12 at the door.
‘The Last of the Haussmans’
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents London’s "National Theatre Live in HD: The Last of the Haussmans," a new play by Stephen Beresford, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. The Clark is located at 225 South Street. Tickets: clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524.
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Japanese Program will screen two documentary films by director Hidetaka Inazuka on the tragedies of nuclear radiation. The first film, "Twice Bombed," will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, in Paresky Auditorium. The second film, "Chronicles from the Heartland: Fukushima 2011," will be presented on Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. For building locations: williams.edu/map.