Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Community events dot the dog days of summer


It's peak summer in the Berkshires, so naturally the city calendar is light on business and heavy on fun.

But don't get too comfortable, as election season promises to heat up in the coming weeks. The nomination deadline was Friday, the official candidate list will be posted Aug. 5 and there will be a preliminary election Sept. 17.

Most of the races will be contested — some more hotly than others.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington is scheduled to make an appearance at the regularly scheduled Westside Neighborhood Initiative meeting 5:30 p.m. Monday at Conte Community School. The group will continue its conversation about a possible community center for youth, as well as check in with Harrington about new policies and how the office can help the neighborhood.

On Saturday, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP will host its 46th annual Gather-In at Durant Park. The free event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and features food, community vendors, music and activities for kids.

There will be a free one-day track and field workshop for children Saturday, hosted by the Berkshire Running Center, Berkshire Lightning, the Berkshire Family YMCA and the city of Pittsfield. The event offers basic training for children ages 6 to 14, and registration kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Taconic High School track.

Also on Saturday, the Berkshire African Festival and Picnic starts 2 p.m. at The Common.

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The annual "Cone with a Cop" event happens at noon Tuesday at The Common. Krispy Cones in Lanesborough is supplying ice cream for the event.

And Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s Foot Traffic Committee will host a "Beer & Showtunes" event starting at 7 p.m. Monday at at Zion Lutheran Church. The free family-friendly event features beer poured by Wandering Star Craft Brewery, snacks and Amy Renak and Tim Weisman at the piano.

Heads up

Have outdated electronics or appliances to get rid of? The city has again partnered with Guardian Life to collect old items during a sustainability event later this summer. Organizers ask that, by Friday, residents register their items online via the city's website or in person at the Department of Public Utilities, at 10 Fenn St.

State transportation and energy officials will host a talk about transportation and climate this week at the Berkshire Athenaeum. The event will brief listeners on proposed policies and starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Late Monday evening, the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project is scheduled to spray in the area of Brattlebrook Park and Marchesio Park.

What's up in Pittsfield? Tell me via email at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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