Greener BeeGreen LivingRECESS | Things to do this week: Explore The Renaissance, start a garden, celebrate the winter’s wonder

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On Thursday, from 6-7:30 p.m., the eighth-grade class at Hoosac Valley High School, 125 Savoy Road, Cheshire, will host a Renaissance Fair in the auditorium and cafeteria. Students have been studying The Renaissance era in social studies and in English language arts, and have created presentations and interactive activities to demonstrate their knowledge of the time period. There will be games, food, fashion activities and more, followed by a student awards ceremony.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a presentation on “How a Network of Real-Time Sensors is being used to Understand and Manage the Hudson River,” by Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist and senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. This free, public presentation will take place in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, on the MCLA campus on Church Street in North Adams.

Findlay has conducted research on a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems including streams, lakes, large rivers and wetlands. His primary focus has been on element and material cycling and processes with an emphasis on microbial processes. Much of his research has been carried out in the tidal freshwater Hudson River.

Info: or contact associate professor Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at 413-662-5303.

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Williamstown proprietor, Niko White, of Purple Dragon Games will host a “Magic: The Gathering” role playing card game tournament from 1-4 p.m., at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. The afternoon is inspired by “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi,” and will also include prizes, art-making, and a live magic show. Free for youths age 18 and under, or included with general admission to the museum. Info: 413-298-4100 or

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The annual Williams Winter Carnival, organized by the Williams Outing Club runs this Thursday through Saturday, throughout Williamstown. This year, participants can explore activities around the theme of “Alice in a Winter Wonderland,” including trivia, ice skating, a snow sculpture contest, sporting events and more. Activities are mostly free and open to the public. See the full schedule and details online at

Grow …

With spring just around the corner, Berkshire Athenaeum, Alchemy Initiative and Hancock Shaker Village invite members of the public to join them for the grand opening of the Berkshire Seed Library. Hancock Shaker Village’s Master Gardeners will show you how to start your own garden; you can also build your own “Chia Pets,” take home local, organic seeds, and draw garden art at this free, community event. The library is located at 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Info: or 413-499-9480.

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