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Celebrate the first two days of summer with the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation’s weekend of events, June 21-22. The in-store promotions last from noon to 7 pm on both days and span Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights to Fourth Avenue in Boerum Hill.

On Saturday, from 6 pm to 9 pm, Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band, a 16-piece jazz band - with the help of cabaret singer Mary Foster Conklin (pictured) - will throw a dance party at the Enterprise rental car lot, at the corner of Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue. (Suggested donation for the concert is $4.)

Among the enticements to reel shoppers onto this avenue known for antiques, Middle Eastern markets and now, contemporary home furnishings, are raffles; discounts; olive oil tastings at Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Ave., from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday; sidewalk sales; vintage fashion modeling courtesy of Care Partners Thrift Shop, from Nevins Street to Third Avenue; informal modeling and an opportunity to meet the designers at Kimera, 366 Atlantic Ave.; a display of Vietnamese folk art on Saturday at Silk Road Antiques, 313 Atlantic Ave.; a display of war and prayer rugs from Afghanistan at Kea Carpets and Kilims, 477 Atlantic Ave.; and the occasional freebies.

For a detailed brochure of the avenue’s boutiques and restaurants, call the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association at (718) 852-7418. For information about these events, call the AALDC at (718) 875-8993 or visit www.atlanticave.org.

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