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- It’s going to be a warmish Fourth of July (the forecast is for a high of 82), so bring a hat. There’s for the holiday, with the parade a must-see. If you’re looking for fireworks, check out the .
- Plenty of inexpensive movie-watching available this week. On Tuesday morning kids can see Despicable Me at the as part of the , a fundraiser for local schools. And Tuesday night the shows Avatar for free.
- This is the time of year to pick up lots of organic strawberries at the , open Tuesday and Saturday mornings. At my house we’re having strawberry smoothies, strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberries on our cereal and ice cream and any other way we can think of. Strawberries are on the list of produce that’s best bought organic.
- If you’re itching to get out of town but lack the cash, head over to the West End branch library Thursday night for the last of its , which travels to Brazil this week. Brazilian food and music included.
- Meetings: The gets together Tuesday; the agenda includes appointments of a whole raft of people to various boards and commissions and City Manager John Russo’s report on the Fire Department’s water rescue, commercial inspection and senior safety programs. The meets Wednesday night; the has a special session Thursday to hear a presentation by Doric Development and the gets together Thursday with several proposals on its agenda.
Plan ahead: If you can’t find something fun to do this Friday night you’re not really trying. For young people into spoken word and poetry, Frank Bette Center for the Arts is hosting an interactive workshop with , a full-time poet who travels across the U.S. performing poetry and speaking to youth. There’s also a with Foreverland, playing swing and jump blues at High Street Station, singing at The Frog and Fiddle, the Zin at Rosenblum Cellars, playing Speisekammer, and a with Will Durst and friends at Rhythmix Cultural Works.