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7/31 MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will host the next DownStreet Art Thursday on July 31 from 3 to 9 p.m. with the opening of nine new exhibitions, open studios by local artists, pop-up happenings and community events throughout Downtown North Adams.  Come at 6:15 to celebrate the creation of a new mural on the Rt. 2 overpass, ride the trolley to various downtown stops, enjoy music by Alex Torres and his Latin Sextet, and much more.  Full info available at www.downstreetart.org  and www.mcla.edu/bcrc  

7/31 It’s “Susan B. Anthony Days” in Adams this week, and one of the highlights is the annual Cruz Night , on Center St. this Thursday from 6-9 PM.  There will also be a concert by “Just ‘n Case” on the Town Common starting at 7:00.  For a full listing of the Town’s summer activities go to www.celebrateadams.com  , look for the Summer Fun calendars at many locations, or call the Adams Office of Tourism at 743-8358.  

8/1 Friday night is Movie Night in Adams!  Starting this Friday through Aug 22 the family can enjoy a free movie at dusk on the Adams Town Hall lawn.  This week’s feature is “The Lego Movie”.  Be sure to come at a special early start time of 6 PM this Friday for Opening Night Family Fun!  For a full listing of the Town’s summer activities go to www.celebrateadams.com, look for the Summer Fun calendars at many locations, or call the Adams Office of Tourism at 743-8358. 

8/2 The BOUTIQUE will be open this Sat., Aug.2 from 9:00-Noon at Stamford Community Church.  You’ll find gently used clothing and books, with proceeds going to benefit the missions. 
8/2 As part of its “Civil War-150 Years” series, the Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will present the illustrated lecture, ” The Battle of Mobile Bay”, on Saturday August 2nd at 2pm.  Western Gateway Heritage State Park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8 in North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: 663-6312.    

8/2  The new “Seeds of Harmony Saturday Evening Concert Series” is being held at the Coop on Bradley Farm, 545 North Main Street, Lanesboro. The series features nationally recognized award winning artists and farm fresh organic and local food and refreshments. The Coop opens at 4pm; Concerts begin at 6:30. In case of rain, concerts will be held next door at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Appearing this Sat. Aug.2: Caravan of Thieves.  Tickets are $20, with profits going to Berkshire Children and Families’ Home Foster Care Program. Tickets are available in advance at Bradley Farm or by calling 413-499-2723.  Seating is first-come, first served; please bring your own chairs and enjoy!   

8/3 The Town of Adams hosts free outdoor concerts every Sunday from 4-6 at the Adams Visitor Center on Hoosac St.  This week, it’s a special Open Mic Nite!  For a full listing of the Town’s summer activities go to www.celebrateadams.com , look for the Summer Fun calendars at many locations, or call the Adams Office of Tourism at 743-8358. 
8/3 The 40th Adams Agricultural Fair is this Friday-Sunday at Bowe Field, just off Rt. 8, Adams.  All of your favorite fair events and more! Farm and livestock exhibits and displays, Prince and Princess contest, rides, games, plenty of music, entertainment and food all weekend, and of course the Demo Derby at 2 PM Sunday. And don’t forget the Battle of the Bands this Thurs. at 6 PM.  Adult admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday, $6 on Sunday, children under 10 are $1; a three-day adult pass is $10. Parking is free. For more information go to www.adams-agricultural-fair.org .
 8/7 On Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 PM the North Adams Public Library will wrap-up its Summer reading program with “Boom, Fizz, Read”, presented by the Greg and Axel Show. Participants must help secret agents Greg, and his trusty dog, Axel, (yes, a REAL dog) stop Boom and Fizz, two of the most notorious bookworms in all of New England. The magic, comedy, audience participation, and Axel’s extremely funny hijinks are suitable for ages 5 and up. Open to the general public. Raffle drawing for program participants will immediately follow the show. For more info, or to register, please call the NAPL Youth Services Department at 662-3133 ext. 14.
 8/8 The Family Place is hosting a back-to-school event for kids entering Pre-K through 6th grade at northern Berkshire schools. Students and their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies and meet their school principal. The event for Florida & Savoy families will be at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, 56 North County Road, Florida on Tuesday, August 12 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. The event for families living in Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Adams, & Cheshire will be at The Family Place, 61 Main Street, North Adams on Thursday, August 14 from 1-3:00pm. Pre-registration by Aug 8 is required. Please contact Amber at 663-7588.
 8/8 “Music at the Mansion”, a series of Friday evening free concerts on the lawn of the North Adams Public Library, continues on Friday Aug 8 with the sounds of Colour 9 with Paul DiLego, from 6-7 PM.  Just bring a lawn chair or blanket, a few friends and enjoy the show, sponsored by the Friends of the North Adams Public Library.  The Library is at 74 Church St., downtown North Adams and online at www.naplibrary.com  Call 662-3133 for info.   

8/10 Now through Sunday Aug. 10, a historic 24x18 foot Civil War Battle Flag is on display in Memorial Hall at the Adams Free Library during regular Library Hours as well as Sat. & Sun. 1-4.  Also, this Thursday July 31 at 7 PM there will be a mass reading of the Gettysburg Address in the library’s Memorial Hall, sponsored by the Adams Historical Society.

8/30 Greylock "A Better Chance" is accepting donations for its 21st annual giant clothing sale and its 4th annual linen sale. Donations will be accepted only until Labor Day: quality gently-used clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories for adults, winter or summer, plus towels, sheets, comforters, blankets, bedspreads and other household linens (except curtains). Items must be clean and in nearly-new condition (no holes, stains, broken zippers, pilling, or other defects). Items should be brought to the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St. in Williamstown, weekdays and Sundays from 9-Noon. Call Carolyn Behr at 458-5557 or email her at www.carolynbehr@yahoo.com  for more information.

9/2 The Friends of the North Adams Library are now accepting donations for their annual Book Sale coming up in Sept.  Clean and gently used books, CD’s, DVD ’s, and books on tape are accepted; but text books and magazines are not.  Donations may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.  All proceeds from the sale will be used for special programming and services at the library.
9/14 The Adams Farmers and Artisans Market will be open for the season from 11 am-2 pm every Sunday through Sept. 14.  The market is located at the Adams Visitor Center on Hoosac St.  For more info, call the Adams Office of Tourism at 743-8358.

Your local goodwill store features these weekly specials:  $2 tuesdays, when clothing priced at $4 is just $2;  senior discount Wednesdays, with 15% off if you’re 55 and over; and $3 Thursdays, when clothing regularly $5.50 or $6 sells for $3.  Goodwill industries of the berkshires…serving the Berkshires and Southern Vermont with stores at 166 State St., North Adams, also in Pittsfield and lee.
North Adams Ambulance Service will be holding FREE car seat safety checks from 8 AM-Noon on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from Sept. through May.  They’ll be held at the Ambulance station, 10 Harris St., North Adams.  For questions or appointments please call 664-6680 Ext. 6 .
The Parish of Pope John Paul the Great, on Columbia St. in Adams reminds you that their Charity Center is open to serve residents of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy. It's open on Wednesdays from 11 AM-1 PM and 4-6 PM, with a food pantry, children and adult clothing and infant products. If you have any questions please call 743-4189.