A concert at Mill + Main in Dalton as part of the Music on Main concert series, which continues weekly through Saturday, Aug. 29. Photo courtesy Mill Town

Bits & Bytes: Music on Main; ‘Gardening for Bees & Butterflies’; land trust annual meeting

Participants will explore the native plants and pollinators garden at Pleasant Valley, where a mix of flowers, ferns and shrubs provide essential food and shelter for native insects and birds.

Music on Main features weekly concerts with local performers

Dalton — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association have partnered to host Music on Main, a series of weekly outdoor live music concerts on the lawn of the Mill + Main property. On Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., the series will host Jack Waldheim and Pete Adams.

The goal of the series is to bring together the local community in a safe and mindful way during the COVID-19 era, utilizing outdoor spaces at the newly renovated Mill + Main property and other outdoor spaces across the CRA campus. The musical performances range include the genres of Americana, blues, soul, jazz and more to highlight the diversity of the Berkshires music scene. Mill Town reached out to musician Andy Wrba to help curate the series’ line-up.

Event participants are directed to take in the show from their own designated 8-foot diameter chalk-outlined circles, which have been drawn out across the lawn and set back over 25 feet from the performers. Each circle is separated by another 6 feet to allow ample spacing between parties and walkable corridors. Face masks are required to enter and exit the property. While in the circles, audiences can remove their face masks but are asked to put them back on when leaving the circles to walk about the grounds. Portable restrooms are available and are equipped with additional hand sanitizer stations and cleaning products. Performers are also required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and must maintain at least 6 feet between one another and 25 feet from the audience.

The performances are free and open to the public, and will be held through Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration is required as each performance is currently limited to 100 participants. For a schedule of performances or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact millandmaincra@gmail.com.

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Workshop to focus on growing pollinator gardens

Lenox — On Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host the workshop “Gardening for Bees & Butterflies: led by Pleasant Valley volunteer Liz Stell and Amy Pulley of Western Mass Pollinator Networks.

Participants will explore the native plants and pollinators garden at Pleasant Valley, where a mix of flowers, ferns and shrubs provide essential food and shelter for native insects and birds. Experts will share their experience with native plants that grow well for home gardens and landscaping. Participants will learn which plants will attract beneficial bees and butterflies and also about about local sources for native plants.

The cost of the workshop is $8 for members and $12 for the general public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at (413) 637-0320.

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Berkshire Community Land Trust to hold virtual meeting

Great Barrington — The Berkshire Community Land Trust and Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires will hold a joint annual membership meeting Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The event will include a screening of the short film “Arc of Justice.”

“Arc of Justice” traces the journey of New Communities Inc., which was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia, by leaders of the civil rights movement, including Rep. John Lewis and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust.

Admission is free to BCLT members. Annual membership is $10 or 10 BerkShares. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Berkshire Community Land Trust at 413.528.4472 or office@berkshirecommunitylandtrust.org.

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