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Turners Block Party back on; new organizers found

TURNERS FALLS — Recently in doubt as its sponsor of the last two years put the event up for adoption, the Avenue A Block Party will return this summer, and the new organizers are looking for help.

Begun by the Turners Falls RiverCulture program then managed by the Gill-Montague Community School Partnership for two years, the community celebration will be hosted in its seventh year by village resident Pamela Allan and Colleen Campbell of Leverett.

Campbell said she and Allan contacted the partnership separately and are now working together, supervising different aspects of the event.

“I liked the Block Party from having gone years before and didn’t want it to end,” Campbell said.

Campbell said they are hoping to provide more street performers and bands and Allan has taken on the project of arranging world music to represent the immigrant community.

The party is scheduled for Aug. 10 and volunteers are needed, particularly any companies that might like to help with the portable toilets and waste hauling.

Campbell estimates 20 volunteers will be needed for the day of the event and any number beforehand to help publicize the party and collect donations. Anyone interested may email the organizers at tfblockparty2013@gmail.com or keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page, Turners Falls Block Party, for details of a meeting possibly Wednesday evening at Third Street restaurant Burrito Rojo.

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