Third Thursday kicks off its 8th year


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What: Third Thursday

Where: North Street, Pittsfield

When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday

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PITTSFIELD -- For those who miss the hustle and bustle of more than 10,000 people on the city's streets, the award-winning Third Thursdays street festival returns this week for the eighth year.

The theme of the May edition of the event, which as the title suggests recurs the third Thursday of every month through October, is Creative Youth. Thursday's event is from 5-8 p.m. on North Street.

The area's young and burgeoning singers, dancers, thespians, musicians and artists all stand to get a spotlight at the event.

"It's a great way to give people a nice taste of what our city youth are doing, and I bet some will be surprised," said Shiobbean Lemme, the administrative assistant with the city's Office of Cultural Development.

North Street will again be closed to vehicles from West to Linden streets.

Featured performances include the Pittsfield Youth Alive Step Team, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Albany Ballet, the Funkbox Dance Studio, and Berkshire Rocks.

Additionally, a new exhibit of more than 200 art works by the city's middle and high school students will open at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on Renne Street.

"This is the [Third Thursday event] that people most look forward to -- the good weather's here and everyone just wants to get outside," said Megan Whilden, Pittsfield's outgoing director of cultural development.

North Street merchants Persnickety Toys and Bagels Too are planning events as well. They'll host a bagel yo-yo competition.

Other events include the National Alliance on Mental Illness' Minds Matter walk, scheduled to take off at 5:30 p.m. from the corner of North Street and Park Square.

Adults can enjoy the Arthur Holmes Band as they perform outside the Crowne Plaza, or try a hand at yoga or Zumba, as both will be happening in Park Square.

Other Third Thursday themes in the coming months concern healthy eating, theater and the arts.

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