Weekend Briefing


February 22

Williams presents visiting artists Cappella Pratensis

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents Cappella Pratensis in concert at 8 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Northshire Bookstore event

MANCHESTER -- Local author Linda Goodspeed will present a slideshow and lead a discussion about Pico and the history of the ski industry in Southern Vermont at 7 p.m. Goodspeed is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and author.

For more information, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

Bennington Rotary speakers

BENNINGTON -- In recognition that February is Heart Health Month, Susan Coons, speaker chair for the month fo February for Bennington Rotary, wants to bring healthy ideas to the club. She called upon Maggie Bernstein, BA, MA Harvard and PhD from Cornell, to share her experience as a psychologist and introduce members to the art of meditation.

Artist, home decorator and designer Ceil Petrucelli will help Rotarians declutter through the use of color, design, layout, lighting, the use of plants, and of course the hardest task of all, tossing things out. She will present her program at 1 p.m. at Bennington Station. For further information, call Coons at 518-686-4689. The public is welcome to attend.

Benefit dinner for fire victims

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- James Lewis, Jamie Sondrini and their children lost their home and all of their belongings to a fire. In an effort to help them rebuild their lives, family and friends are holding a benefit dinner for them at the American Legion in North Adams. The dinner is being held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door. The meal is being prepared by volunteers from the Williams College Dining Services staff and will include: Chicken Parmesan, pasta, garden salad, green beans, garlic bread, and apple crisp. In addition to the dinner, there will be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction of items and gift certificates donated by area businesses. There will also be a bake sale.

NAMA Prom: Out of This World

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams Prom Committee is announces that they will host a mid-winter, 21+ dance party at the Elks Lodge. The event theme is "NAMA Prom: Out of This World" and will be held from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., with a cocktail hour kicking off the night that will include hors d'oeuvres by Lickety Split, music by the Nathan Rodgers Trio, and -- to go with the theme of the night -- a tin foil hat building contest. Cocktail hour admission is $10 and includes food and music. Dance party admission is $5 and applies after 8:30 p.m.

Guests will be able to enjoy a look at the night sky inside of an inflatable planetarium -- Star Lab -- courtesy of MCLA's STEM Program at 9 p.m. Other features of the event include a photo "booth"; a black light and glowpaint face painting station; drink specials; and a late-night bar menu provided by the Elks.

This event, which has a cash bar, is strictly 21+ with IDs required. For more information, visit facebook.com/namaprom.

February 23

Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Free soccer mini-clinic for Pownal Elementary students

BENNINGTON -- This free clinic is open to all Pownal Elementary students (K-6), no soccer experience required, at the Bennington Sports Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration required (need student's name, age and grade). Contact David Hojnowski to pre-register, email hojo777@comcast.net or call 802-823-5929.

Williams College presents film

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College will present a screening of the film "The Uprising" at Images Cinema at 5:30 p.m. A Q-and-A with the film's director, Peter Snowdon, will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

The film chronicles an imaginary pan-Arab uprising using footage of the Arab Spring revolutions in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. The film examines how a revolution looks from below and how uprisings sound, all documented by ordinary people with cell phones and cameras. Using footage uploaded to YouTube by thousands of protestors, Snowdon displays a visual narrative of the uprisings in the Arab world, beginning with the demonstrations against Tunisia's Zinedine Ben Ali in 2010 through the Egyptian Maspero massacre in 2011.

For more information about the film and its director, visit http://theuprising.be.

This film screening is sponsored by Williams' Arabic Program, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.


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