State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D- Pittsfield, will host his next Coffee & Conversation open forum from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Sangar's Store, 1895 Route 9.

All are welcome to join Downing and his staff to pose a question, submit a comment or pitch an idea regarding state government. Downing provides free coffee and refreshments for those who attend.

For more details on Downing's Coffee & Conversation program, visit and click on "Upcoming Events."