|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|3RD THURSDAY TO CELEBRATE HEALTH FOR JUNE|
|June 21st Event Celebrates Health with Green Mile Road Race, Dancing, Zumba, Taekwondo, Drumming and more!|
|(Pittsfield, Mass.) Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns, on Thursday, June 21st|
with the Health theme. The event celebrates health with a massive dance party with Jacob’s Pillow; a road race; free zumba and fitness classes for families and more. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.
The entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.
The Berkshire Running Center Green Mile Road Race, sponsored by Berkshire Bank, starts at 5:30pm at Park Square (no race day registration). Race proceeds will benefit Operation Copsicle, a Pittsfield Police Department initiative to buy an ice cream truck and distribute free ice cream to neighborhoods across Pittsfield. Anyone 18 and younger can run for free. Please register ahead of time. T-shirts are $20, with proceeds benefiting Operation Copsicle.
“Third Thursday offers so much for us to enjoy during these warm days, and with this month’s theme of health, there are even more opportunities to get active and have fun,” said Mayor Linda Tyer. “For those of you who are participating in the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, there are plenty of activities to increase your points; it’s a true win-win for all. I encourage everyone to come out, have a good time, and celebrate some of Pittsfield’s finest offerings.”
The main stage at Persip Park will feature taekwondo, a demonstration from Southeast Kettlebell and an excerpt from Berkshire Theatre Group‘s Tarzan. You’ll also see performances from Berkshire Rhythm Keepers at Palace Park and Rock On at the Street Stage at School and North.
3rd Thursday welcomes back the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone Pop-Up performance series. This month features Janis Claxton Dance presents POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) at Pittsfield’s Third Thursday. This multi-site-specific work draws on the theme of love through elegant and dynamic contemporary movement that evolves from simple everyday interactions.
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone will also feature performances from the All Berkshire Dance/Terpsichore Dance Center, Zumba from Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness and interactive demos from Berkshire Salsa.
General Dynamics Mission Systems will be doing an interactive engineering demonstration every month all season long near the intersection of North and Eagle Streets.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will remain open for its Berkshire Immigrant Stories exhibit. Berkshire Concert Choir will also be performing a concert at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 7pm.
|3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, General Dynamics Mission Systems and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Upcoming 3rd Thursday dates and themes are: July 19 – World Culture; August 16 – Touch-a-Truck event; September 20th: Walk-a-Mile.|
3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email email@example.com or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held 5pm-8pm, rain or shine, and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.
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