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ABC Donates To North Adams After School Music Program

A Better Community donated $1,000 from their clothing sale to the Berkshire Children and Familiesí Kids 4 Harmony program at Brayton Elementary School. Jane Frado of A Better Community (ABC), the charitable organization out of Williamstown, said the Kids 4 Harmony program was one of five agencies they donated money to from their massive second-hand clothing sale.

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Williamstown Record Store Owner Looking to Sell Business, Retire

March has sold plenty of LPs and compact discs in 40 years at Toonerville Trolley Records on Water Street, but his days at the location are coming to an end.

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Shire City Sessions Returns to Pittsfield on Monday

The Shire City Sessions are back. The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week. "There is a little bit of a hole in the cultural scene when it comes to original music," said Alan Bauman, who founded the concert series in 2015 to bring in national and regional music talent to tackle that issue.

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Berkshire Choral International Announces Its Final Summer in Sheffield

In efforts to increase both its national and international presence, BCI will bid farewell to its Sheffield home this summer after 35 years, closing out its Berkshires presence with two sessions scheduled to take place on July 15 and July 22.

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Second Concert Series Grant Sought for North Adams in 2017

Voting ends on Nov. 21 for a 2017 music series. The public is invited to support this effort to fund a second round of concerts in Colegrove Park next year. Voters can sign up to vote online. In addition, the public can help spread the word by tagging their social media posts with #LevittAMPNA.

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Growing Common Folk Collective Seeks Permanence

Common Folk is ready to expand and bring a permanent creative energy downtown. Jessica Sweeney, co-founder and creative director of the North Adams-based artist collective, has seen the group grow and fluctuate through its early beginnings as a small collection of creative people to a force capable of hosting music festivals.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Tries to Find Compromise Between Eatery, Neighbors

The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors. Owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week. Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have been there before and it was a nuisance.

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