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BITS & BYTES: Half Waif at Race Brook Lodge; 30 out of 30 literacy fundraisers; Becket Arts Center opens the season; NBUW Spirit of Caring Awards; free preparation for the coding exam; June 16 party

Half Waif returns to Race Brook Lodge on June 11

SHEFFIELD – Race Brook Lodge will once again host Half Waif for a performance in their Event Barn on Saturday June 11 at 7 p.m. Albany-based folk artist Blue Ranger will open the show.

Half Waif is the project of singer, songwriter and producer Nandi Rose. The project – which blends pop, folk and electronic styles into a multi-layered, transporting sound – has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Pitchfork; on NPR’s Tiny Desk series; tours internationally with bands like Mitski, Iron & Wine and Calexico; and recently announced their fifth full album, “Mythopoetics” on ANTI Records.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

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Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County will hold a 30 out of 30 fundraiser

PITTSFIELD – Registration is now open for the 30 in 30 fundraiser to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County (LVBC). Supporters can choose to walk, run, hike or bike 30 miles in 30 days, starting at June 1 to 30. Registration will remain open until June 30. At the end of the fundraiser, a t-shirt commemorating the event will be sent to all registrants. Registration is $30 per person. Participants are encouraged to practice at their own pace to support LVBC in its mission. Click here to register online.

This year, you can also choose to sponsor a person registered with the 30 in 30 or make a donation to the LVBC by logging in online.

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The Becket Arts Center opens for the season with two exhibitions and a silent auction

Cindy Chandler-Guy’s works will be exhibited during the month of June at the Becket Arts Center. Image courtesy of the Center

SPOILER — The Becket Arts Center will celebrate the opening of its summer season on Saturday, June 4, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The first juried exhibition of 2022, “Celebrating Color,” will be on view in the second-floor gallery, where an artists’ reception will begin at 2 p.m. The participating artists are Cindy Chandler-Guy, Karen Bognar Khan and Ivor Parry. The exhibition will also include works by ceramicist Ingrid Raab and photographer Glenn Yarnell.

At the same time, a solo exhibition will open in the ground floor gallery, “Funny Food Art” by Bill Wurtzel. The reception of artists begins at 12 noon. In addition to being a photographer, Wurtzel is a professional jazz musician and will perform on guitar at 1 p.m.

The Becket Arts Center’s seasonal opening will also include the launch of its 2022 silent auction. Bidding for more than 25 items, ranging from theater and museum passes to gift certificates, will continue through June 25, when the winners will be announced.

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The NBUW Spirit of Caring Awards will be held June 9 at Norad Mill

ADAMS NORTH – Northern Berkshire United Way (NBUW) will hold its 4th Annual Spirit of Caring Awards, on Thursday, June 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 3 West Events at The Norad Mill. This will be the first time since 2019 that the event will take place in person. This event honors individuals for their service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network and the wider Northern Berkshire community.

Amy Giroux will receive the Al Nelson Spirit of Caring Award, named after the former NBUW Executive Director. Giroux is a long-time volunteer in the community and a former chair of the SNB board of directors. During her years working in the community, she has been a strong advocate for creating learning and recreational opportunities for children of all ages.

Stacy Parson will receive the Spirit of the Future award. Parsons works at North Adams Public Schools as North Berkshire School Housing Partnership Coordinator and McKinney Vento Regional Liaison Officer for the Department of Primary and Secondary Education. Her job is to help schools and community organizations meet the academic stability needs of highly mobile students. Parsons also served as volunteer coordinator at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in North Adams during the pandemic.

Alex Daughterty will receive the Spirit of the Community award. Daugherty is a long-serving adult probation officer with the North Berkshire District Court who has given back to his community through his volunteer service. At the heart of Daugherty’s volunteering is youth development and supporting people who have overcome challenges and are trying to make a fresh start.

Adams Community Bank will be recognized as SNB’s campaign of the year for the generous support of employees and the company.

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BCC offers a free exam preparation course for certified professional coders

Pittsfield Campus of Berkshire Community College. Photo courtesy BCC

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) is inviting students who have completed the Medical Coding Technical Skills Certificate program to enroll in a free, non-credit course called the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Prep. The course, offered in person and remotely, will take place on four consecutive Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 9, 16, 23 and 30. To register click here. www.berkshirecc.edu/him

The comprehensive review course is designed for students preparing to take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) credentialing exam to become a Certified Professional Coder. It covers the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Common Health Care Procedures Coding System (HCPCS) manuals, medical terminology, anatomy, and the International Classification of Diseases coding manual and guidelines. , tenth revision, clinical modification (ICD-10-CM).

Students will learn new testing strategies and develop testing skills. After each lesson, students will receive timed assignments that assess knowledge, accuracy, and speed. The final assignment will be a short test that replicates the CPC exam.

About the Medical Coding Program

Medical coding is the assignment of letters and numbers to specific medical and diagnostic phrases. These codes allow the health sector to collect, process and send information more efficiently. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical coding is among the 20 fastest growing professions, with an expected national growth of 18.2% by 2028.

Medical coders can become inpatient or outpatient coders, auditors, clinical documentation specialists, insurance evaluators, case reviewers, teachers, or compliance officers.

At BCC, the Medical Coding department is designed to meet the needs of students at different stages of their careers, whether they are just starting, returning to school for a second career, studying part-time at night to enhance a job full-time, or looking for a promotion in the field. The cumulative credits towards a certificate or diploma represent different phases of expertise in this emerging career path.

For more information, contact Laurie Vilord at lvilord@berkshirecc.edu.

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The June 19 celebration will take place on June 19 in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD – The Juneteenth Collaborative Committee – made up of NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, Westside Legends, BRIDGE, Berkshire Black Economic Council, Saint John’s Lodge #10, Clinton Church Restoration and Lift Ev’ry Voice – will hold its first annual Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Durant Park in the Westside neighborhood of Pittsfield.

Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, is now a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is often observed while celebrating African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

The event is the new reimagining of the old annual Gather In festival. It will be a celebration of freedom with a day filled with music, dancing, spoken word, kid-friendly activities, basketball tournaments , food and vendors.

Those wishing to become sellers must apply by June 13 and can find the form on the NAACP website or by emailing naacpberkshirecounty@gmail.com. As we recognize the strain on our local restaurants during COVID, there is no vendor fee this year, but donations of any amount are accepted to help offset event costs.

—AK

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