Recess | Things to do this week: Celebrate Downstreet Art, be amazed by Jungle Jim, join Camp StepUp!

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The Family Center Preschool Art Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. today (June 25) at The Born Learning Trail at Joe Wolfe Field, near 210 State St., North Adams. This free playgroup is designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, and features hands-on art and other activities, a circle time and snack.Info: 413-664-4821

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July 31 is the deadline to apply for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship third annual "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" Video Contest. Contestants are encouraged to create a three-minute video promoting discussion of the question, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" First place prize money is $1,000. Second place receives $500, and third place receives $250 in prize money.

Learn more and apply at: https://shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will host the first Downstreet Art of the 2019 season from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown. There will also be live music by Kids 4 Harmony and DJ BFG, live silk screening demonstrations by Common Folk, and a four-mile community bike tour of the city's murals, as well as food, vendors and more.

Downstreet Art events are held on the last Thursday of every month from June through September and are free and open to the public. Upcoming dates are: July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26.

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Info: mcla.edu

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Jungle Jim will present "Ballooniverse of Stories!" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. Jungle Jim is famous for his balloon-making, superhero-training, Star-Wars-loving ways. In this awesome balloon magic program he'll do it all, mixing in rocket propulsion science, the moon landing, Star Wars Jedi Training and a 6-foot galaxy explosion. This program is free and open to the public, and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Info: gblibraries.org

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Berkshire South Regional Community Center will offer a new day camp for tweens this summer: Camp StepUp! Funding from the Robbins de-Beaumont Foundation has subsidized the cost to participate at $100 per two-week session.

Camp StepUp, weaves leadership and empathy skills with service-learning projects and outdoor activities and field trips.

Sessions will be held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m., on the following dates: July 8 through 19, July 22 through Aug. 2, and Aug. 5 through 16. There are two age groups for enrollment: grades 5 and 6, and grades 7 through 9.

To register, visit https://berkshiresouth.org/stepupanddropin, or call 413-528-2810, ext. 20.


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