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YOUR WEEKEND and the week ahead

Ride ‘em cowboy

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – Ashley Ford, a New Bedford institution, holds their 13th annual SVT Cobra, Mustang and all Ford car show today from 9:00am – 3:00pm. “When was the last time you’ve seen a Shelby Cobra GT 500, Mach 1, ‘early’ ’65, 1985 GT with original sticker, and dozens of other classic and rare Mustangs all in one place?” they ask on the Facebook event page. And answer –  “It’s a sight that is seldom seen, and it always delights fans of the car that created the pony class.” And add, “Of course the Mustangs are enough entertainment in themselves, and yet there is music by ‘Johnny Angel’, give-aways, free refreshments and the first 50 entrants will receive a free dash plaque! It’s a great day if you love Mustangs. It’s a great day if you love cars. Heck, it’s just a great day!” Steer yourself to 395 Mt. Pleasant Street to appreciate some car culture this Saturday in New Bedford.

New Life Cup + Block Party

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – Paul Walsh Field off Parker Street, NB, hosts a huge community-wide event today from noon – 4:00pm. New Life Cup + Block Party is a soccer tournament; live musical performances; kids events; and open to everyone. Swing by and check it out.

Juneteenth Celebration

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – The Rotch Jones Duff House also gets into the community celebration groove today from 1:00-4:00pm when it hosts the New Bedford Historical Society’s Juneteenth Celebration. Gather in the garden for a day of music, arts and crafts to commemorate the anniversary of Juneteenth, the end of enslavement for millions of African Americans across the U.S. in 1865. Performers include Tammy Denease, storyteller, who will share the story of Mum Bett, who sued Massachusetts for her freedom. Music by El Caribe, a steel drum band and Ponta do So, a traditional Cabo Verdean band. Free admission.

Learn to Quahog

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 – Buzzards Bay Coalition and the New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches Department invite you to Fort Taber Park to Learn to Quahog this morning from 9:00-10:30am. Coalition educators will teach you the basics of local quahogging – what you need, how to do it, and where to go. They will also provide rakes, peck baskets, and some waders for you to use. But, if you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it. And remember, “We suggest you wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and sandy, as we will be wading into the water up to our waists. This is a catch-and-release event unless you have a shellfish permit for the city of New Bedford.”  To RSVP to this free, family-friendly event, visit their website here.

Fitness in the Park

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 – It’s across the river in Fairhaven, but we love FITNESS in the PARK, The area’s “longest running and most popular summer fitness classes”! The free classes in Cushman Park take place 8:30-9:30am June 20 – Aug 24. Tuesdays, Yoga in the Park w/ Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor & Personal Trainer, Jeff Costa (pictured above). Thursdays, Summer Boot Camp w/ Certified Functional Trainer, Wayne Goulart. Get fit at 164 Green Street, Fairhaven.

Business Buzz on the High Seas

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 – Here’s the scoop: The June Business Buzz, a co-production by Civic Support and Groundwork! Will be “truly one of a kind as all #NOTworking enthusiasts are invited to attend ‘Mr. Pickles Wacky Sailing Race and BBQ’! Check it out – there will be BBQ food, and beer from Buzzards Bay Brewing, as well as the opportunity to check out the cove from the water thanks to the Community Boating Center. Suggested donation is $5 and all proceeds go to the Charles A.R. Pickles Memorial fund, which helps local kids get sailing lessons, scholarships and opportunities to become teachers and future leaders. For any business interested in becoming a boat sponsor in the sailing race, you can purchase tickets for $150. For more information, look elsewhere on this very website.

Steven Froias