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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
Pittsfield, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Private Dining Rooms at BMC, located near the BMC Café.  The Pittsfield programs will be presented by Julie Shepard, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at BMC.

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SPRING DETOX/WEIGHT LOSS
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Spring is a great time to cleanse the body. Cleansing and detoxification can help you remove natural and man-made toxins from your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. This program will improve mental clarity, digestion, sleep and vitality. This workshop is free and open to the public, held at the new Living Well offices 535 Curran Highway (Route 8) North Adams. Registration is recommended at 413-663-5500.

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UCP OPEN HOUSE
North Adams, 6-7:30 p.m.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County will host an open house at its Northern Berkshire office at 535 Curran Highway. The open house will feature information from staff of each of UCP’s 19 programs to offer insight into UCP’s diverse offerings. Spotlight programs include Assistive Technology, Children’s Programming, Individual and Family Support, Adult Family Care, Northern Berkshire Early Intervention Services, and Berkshire Talking Chronicle, UCP’s radio reading service. The purpose of the open houses is to insure that eligible consumers and families are aware of all services available to them through the agency. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be offered as well as gift basket raffles. For more information on the Open Houses please contact, Kristen at the Pittsfield office 413-442-1562 or Katelyn at the North Adams office 413-664-9345.

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AYURVEDA FOR SPRING
Williamstown, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Emily Celeste Watts, who is completing her Health Counselor certification at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, will focus on foods and herbs recommended by Ayurveda to support wellness during the transition from winter to spring. Participants will sample and learn how to make a number of seasonal dishes; and Celeste will discuss common kitchen herbs that can be made into delicious teas and spice blends to aid in the transition out of this long winter. She will provide a brief background on the history and philosophy of Ayurveda and will include a discussion of daily Ayurvedic routines and practices in her workshop. Participants will leave with a host of recipes and techniques to celebrate the start of spring. This workshop is free and open to all. To sign up, call the store at 413-458-8060 or email marketing@wildoats.coop.

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LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST FORUM
Pittsfield, 7:30 a.m.
The 15th annual Legislative Breakfast forum for individuals with disabilities, their families and support organization staff will be held at the ITAM Lodge. Legislators scheduled to appear include State Sen. Benjamin Downing, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. Issues impacting human service agencies and individuals with disabilities and their families will be addressed during the event. The cost to attend is $10, which includes a continental breakfast. The deadline to register is March 27, and the registration form is available online.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
Pittsfield, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Private Dining Rooms at BMC, located near the BMC Café.  The Pittsfield programs will be presented by Julie Shepard, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at BMC.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Jane Apkin, M.A. CCC-SLP, Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist of Seniors Helping Seniors, will speak on her new business and her personal experiences living with MS.

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CAREGIVER EXPO
Pittsfield, 4-7 p.m.
Caregivers, especially those caring for a loved one with dementia, will have the opportunity to get information from dozens of local service providers. General admission is FREE. The evening includes dinner for caregivers who preregister by April 7; a donation of $5 is suggested but not required. Guest speaker will be Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, executive director and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association Northeast New York Chapter. Smith-Boivin has over 30 years of service to the geriatric community and individuals with age-related dementias. Mini-spa services will be offered to caregivers, and there will be prize drawings. Hosted by the Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership, the event will be held at the Crowne Plaza. To preregister, email info@bapartners.org or call 413-637-7037.


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THERAPIST TALK: A MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
Windsor, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Expand Your Interpreter Knowledge Therapist Talk:  A Mental Health Workshop As a Berkshire AHEC Interpreter training alumni you are cordially invited to expand your interpreting knowledge in the Mental Health field.  This 5 hour workshop will be an information session with regards to how as a Medical Interpreter we can focus on the process and emotion during a Mental Health interpreting encounter; we will explain therapy its complexity and the intense emotions all can experience. We will focus on Mood Disorders and PTSD.  Participants will be able to define transference and countertransference and understand these roles within the therapeutic relationship and their impact on the medical interpreter, therapist and client.  Be able to understand the various diagnoses classified under Mood Disorders, as well as symptoms characteristic of each disorder, understand the definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and have the ability to define interpersonal trauma and its implications for attachment, affect regulation and the development of interpersonal connection.  Also the role of acculturation; assessment and treatment implications. Location:  Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA Presenter:  Maria del Mar Farina Fee:  $50.00 Online Registration:  visit www.berkshireahec.org
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BART BLOOD DRIVE
Adams, Noon-5 p.m.
The Red Cross will host a blood drive at BArT Charter Public School at 1 Commercial Place. Walk-ins are welcome; however appointments are strongly recommended in order to ensure a shorter wait time and can be made online. Donors should be 18+ years old. However donors can be as young as 16 or 17 years of age if they have a completed a parental consent form. Forms can be found on the Red Cross website or in the main office at BART. Appointments typically take 45-60 minutes. Donors are required to bring a government-issued photo identification. Donors are invited to enjoy complimentary baked goods and other refreshments that will be provided by the event organizers, BART’s Class of 2016.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
North Adams, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Clark House at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, Brickyard Court in North Adams. Jan Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will present the North Adams classes.

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BMC OFFERS FREE PRE-DIABETES EDUCATION SESSIONS
North Adams, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The sessions are designed for those whose physician have told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, for people who have been told they are at risk for diabetes or who are 45 years or older and have an inactive or history of gestational diabetes. Clark House at the Northern Berkshire YMCA, Brickyard Court in North Adams. Jan Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, will present the North Adams classes.

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FUNDAMENTALSS OF MEDICAL INTERPRETING
Windsor, 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Berkshire AHEC is offering a "Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting" for bilingual and multilingual individuals in Western Massachusetts. The components of the program is provided upon completing the course and passing the final exam.  Students may receive college credits and professional contact hours in nursing and social work.  Classes will be held at a location to be determined in Springfield and/or Holyoke, MA. Required language assessments are scheduled for: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 - 8;30 p.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room & Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8 - 11 a.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room. Check website for more details, please visit www.berkshireahec.org to register. Payment can be made with all major credit cards or electronic check or call (413) 447-2417 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL INTERPRETING
Windsor, 8 - 11:00 a.m.
September 2015 - November 2015 Berkshire AHEC is offering a "Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting" for bilingual and multilingual individuals in Western Massachusetts. The components of the program include practical applications of fundamental interpreting skills, effective communication in the triad (client-provider-interpreter), listening and memory skills, comprehensive medical terminology in target languages, human anatomy and physiology vital to effective medical interpreting, and methods of interpreting in special settings.  Role playing and medical terminology are incorporated into each session. A certificate of completion is provided upon completing the course and passing the final exam.  Students may receive college credits and professional contact hours in nursing and social work.  Classes will be held at location to be determined in Springfield and/or Holyoke, MA Required language assessments are scheduled for: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8 - 11 a.m. at Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA in the Francis Como Conference Room Please visit www.berkshireahec.org to register.  Payment can be made with all major credit cards or electronic check or by calling (413) 447-2417 between 8 - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month,  Shawn Godfrey, General Manager of the Village Ambulance in Williamstown will do a presentation on CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

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CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION DINNER
North Adams, 4 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire will hold a Cancer Survivor Celebration Dinner at Noel Field. Registration required online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone to Laura Healey at 413-493-2100, ext. 2118.
Survivors ceremony and lap to follow dinner.

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RELAY FOR LIFE
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Relay for Life of Northern Berkshire kicks off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at Noel Field and runs through Saturday, May 30. Register online at relayforlife.org/northernberkshirema or by phone at 877-957-7848.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Denise Vigna, Clinical Liaison, and Kira Beard  will discuss how to prepare for expected or unexpected hospitalizations the new programs and renovations at Sweetbrook of Williamstown.
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