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YOUR WEEKEND: 3rd Eye Open; E.T., pancakes and more…

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 – The Friends of Buttonwood Park bring that lovable little alien, “E.T.” to the lawn tonight. Let’s hope Trump’s ICE officers are looking the other way! Pictures in the Park starts at 7:30pm and the screening is free – but donations are always welcome. (UPDATE – At post time, the Friends decided to RESCHEDULE the screening due to impending rain. We’ll bring you the new date when it happens.)

Clean Sweep

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – The Veterans Transition House at the corner of Purchase and Willis Streets (a few blocks north of Groundwork!) is the starting point for Operation Clean Sweep this morning at 8:30am. Come prepared to pick up some trash and help keep New Bedford clean; pre-register here. (You get a free t-shirt if you do!) You’ll be provided with gloves and tools – and if you stick around until noon you can expect some free pizza from Domino’s, too.

Write Club

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – GNB Writers Block hosts Write Club today from noon – 3:00pm at Dream Out Loud Center, 1 Johnny Cake Hill (an inspiring location for writers!). Here’s what scribes should expect: The first hour and a half will consist of silent writing. The second hour will consist of pairing with a partner, and the two of you will offer helpful edits/edit suggestions, inspiration, and constructive criticism; the first half hour of that second hour will belong to you and your work, the next will belong to your partner. The last half hour of Write Club will involve each participant stating what they’ve accomplished during this session and what they intend to accomplish in the month preceding the next meeting.”

3rd Eye Open

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – New Bedford’s hip-hop festival returns to the city this year after a hiatus. You’ll find it throughout downtown, and it’s a packed schedule. Here’s what to expect:

Schedule of Events:
/// Live graffiti and murals, throughout the day in Wing’s Court & Custom House Park
/// Cypher in the Street, popping up throughout the day
-///No Problemo & Solstice Skateboarding host a Skate Jam in the New Bedford YMCA parking lot, time TBD
/// Live screen printing in Wing’s Court, time TBD – Buy a tshirt for $20 or BYOPrintable and have it screened for $10
/// 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, hosted by A’s before J’s Program, sponsored by Christian Fellowship Center and Carter’s Clothing & Footwear, 9am start time in Carter’s parking lot
/// Custom House Kids Carnival presented by Doodles Creative Session, 10am-2pm in Custom House Park. Activities include: Mass Attack Roller Derby demos; Kindness Rock Garden; Facepainting; Dance Party with Still ILL Productions; 3rd EyE Open Scavenger Hunt with Creative Oasis: Destination Painting & Mobile Art Sessions; Lawn Games with LIFE FUNdamentals; Mini-Golf with New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches; Cooper Demo & the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 1850s Ladies ; Interactive Art Installation with New Bedford Art Museum; Play Dough Party with Children’s Art Lab; Giant STEM Games & Troll Ball with Mastermind Adventures & more!
/// Soap Scrimshaw on the New Bedford Whaling Museum plaza, 10am-noon
/// New Bedford YMCA Mermaid Swim, 11am-noon
/// Books Come To LIfe: 4 fun events at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 11am-4pm
/// Dance Jam: Battles, Cyphers & Team Exhibitions, noon-7pm in Wing’s Court
/// Activism & Resistance Doc Watch presented by Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library, watch “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” noon-2pm in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park theater
/// Hip Hop Yoga at 1pm & Reggae Yoga at 2pm, presented by Erin Poyant Yoga in Custom House Park
/// EforAll South Coast Pitch Contest, 2-4pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park visitor center
/// Live music stage, 3-7:30pm in Custom House Park
/// Open Up Your 3rd EyE Sunset Guided Meditation with Clarity Wellness, meet in Custom House Park at 7:30pm

More event info, volunteer sign-up and donation opportunities at


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 – Mercy Meals holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser late this morning at Pilgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street). Mercy Meals does good work – and a stack of hotcakes may be just what the doctor ordered after a full day of hip-hop-ing! The griddle sizzles from 11:30am until 2:00pm – ticket/donation is $10.

Steven Froias