Forbes Library Needs Your Help

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - All Day at Forbes Library
21 West Street

The Forbes Library is accepting book donations for an extended Spring Book Sale taking place on Saturday, May 21st.  Donations must be in clean, like-new condition and should be brought to the library at 20 West Street in Northampton during open hours. The library will also accept CDs & DVDs but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS, or books on cassette. The library can accept up to two bags of donations at a time. Donations will be accepted until the storage area is full or until the end of April to allow time for sorting in advance of the sale. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the library. For more information contact Steven Stover at, or 413-587-1011 x2.



Great Falls Discovery Center

Saturday, April 2nd 2016 - 12:00 am at Great Falls Discovery Center
Avenue A
Turners Falls

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current spring seasonal hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through mid-May.


All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

Facilities are accessible.


Great Hall Art Display:  April 2—May 28

Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station – A One Hundred Year Retrospective


Saturday April 2

1—2:30 pm  

History Underwater—Annette Spaulding is an avid Connecticut River scuba diver. Hear about her underwater adventures and discoveries including a Native American petroglyph near Brattleboro that she recently found and a larger one she’s still searching for. The Nolumbeka Project will discuss the Native American history in the region. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council.


Friday April 8

7—9 pm        

Great Falls CoffeehouseWindbourne— Internationally acclaimed folk band, Windborne, specializes in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between different styles of traditional music within a concert. Their music spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent.  Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission. Suggested donations.


Saturday April 9

1—3 pm        

Opening Reception— Vintage Powerhouse—

Cabot Station: A One Hundred Year Retrospective

Join us in the Great Hall for refreshments and a look back in time at the Opening Reception for “Vintage Powerhouse—Cabot Station: A Hundred Year Retrospective.” This exhibit features historical photographs dating from the early 1900s that tell the story of the construction of the new concrete dam at Turners Falls, new power station and power canal expansion. At the time of its construction and for many years after, Cabot Station was the largest hydro-
electric facility east of Niagara Falls. Free. All ages welcome.


Saturday April 30

7 —10 am

Early Bird Spring Birding with John Green—Get a jump on learning about spring migratory birds with the birdsong expertise of John Green. John will lead us on a walk to discover the birds along the Canalside Rail Trail, at Unity Park, and along Migratory Way. Perfect for beginning and intermediate birders. Meet at the main entrance to the center. Space is limited so please register by calling 413-863-3221 or email Free.


Saturday April 30

10 am —12 pm

Park Serve Day— Join DCR staff and the Great Fall Discovery Centers Friends Group as we prepare the center for our upcoming 2016 season. Some of our
projects will include: spreading mulch and beautifying our garden beds, trash
and leaf clean-up, and other simple yard tasks to help Great Falls really shine all season long!  So bring a friend or family member or two, a pair of work shoes and prepare to get your hands a little dirty as you volunteer to make Great Falls the great State Park it is.


–Janel Nockleby

Visitor Services Supervisor

Great Falls Discovery Center

Connecticut River Greenway State Park

Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

(413) 863-3221


Little League Portraits on Display

Friday, April 8th 2016 - All Day at Historic Northampton
48 Bridge Street

What: Children of the Game: Northampton Little League Baseball Portraits Who: Robert Aller Where: Historic Northampton When: April 8 – May 8, 2016 Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 5-8pm (Arts Night Out) Public Talk: Brian Turner, Saturday, April 16, 2 pm. Very Early Youth Baseball: Games and Sports at the Round Hill School, 1823 to 1834 Children of the Game: Northampton Little League Baseball Portraits, an exhibition of color photographs by Robert Aller, will be on view at Historic Northampton from April 8 – May 8.

Firebird 5K

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - All Day at Highland Pond
Highland Avenue

The Greenfield Fire Department Local 2548, and The Recover Project present The Firebird 5K Race Against Addiction Saturday June 4th, starting at 10 AM at Highland Pond, Greenfield. This 5K footrace is to raise awareness regarding the devastating disease of addiction as well as providing preventive education. Registration is now open to walkers, runners, teams and families: FIREBIRD 5K,

FREE Nutrition Classes (Clip and Save!)

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - All Day at Baystate Franklin Medical center
164 High Street

Alicia Walter, MS, RDN/LDN, Baystate Health dietitian, is offering a series of free monthly nutrition classes. Though geared toward Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients, the classes are open to the public.  The monthly classes are held on Wednesdays in the hospital’s Conference Room C (except where noted); they are available at 10:15 -11:15 am and 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on the following dates:

  • April 13 – The Power of Protein
  • May 4 – Figuring out the Fats in our Diets
  • June 1 – Let’s Explore the Heart Healthy Mediterranean Diet
  • July 6 – A Look at the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and Low Sodium Eating Plans
  • August 3 – Learn to be Supermarket Savvy
  • September 7 – Mindful Eating/Learning Healthy Eating Habits of Mind, Part 1
  • October 5 – Mindful Eating/Learning Healthy Eating Habits of Mind, Part 2
  • November 2 – Let’s Cook Something Delicious!
  • December 7 – Join Us for an Informative Supermarket Tour (Ground Floor Conference Room)

Baby Noah Benefit

Wednesday, April 20th 2016 - 8:00 pm at Millers Falls Rod and Gun
210 Turners Falls Road

On Saturday, May 28th, from 3 to 8 PM there is a special fundraiser at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, 210 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls for 16 month old Noah Nicholas Wyman who suffers from Kidney Disease-chronic kidney failure and is the End Stage of failure requiring a transplant by June. Tickets are $20, children under 10 eat free. Chicken barbecue, raffles, games, Music, Bounce House, Face Painting and more. For more on how to help, or for any reason, please call Linda at 413-768-9868.

Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station – One Hundred Year Retrospective

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - All Day at Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls



Take a look back in time at the ongoing exhibit, “Vintage Powerhouse:  Cabot Station –  One Hundred Year Retrospective” at the Great Falls Discover Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA.  This exhibit features historical photographs dating from the early 1900s.  Together, these photos tell the story of the construction of the new concrete dam at Turners Falls, new power station, and the power canal expansion.  At the time of its construction and for many years after, Cabot Station was the largest hydroelectric facility east of Niagara Falls.  This exhibit will run through May 28th.  Open hours for the Great Falls Discovery Center can be found on their website:


Friday, April 29th 2016 - All Day at Greenfield Community YMCA
Main Street




2016 Franklin County Health Challenge – This health challenge is a six-week (mostly walking) program where teams of five friends, co-workers and family help each other to increase their daily activities (steps) striving to reach 10,000 steps per day per team member. The steps are tracked on the Walk Franklin County website. The challenge is for low to mid level exercisers. There is a $15 per person fee payable at the YMCA. The challenge starts May 10 and goes until June 20. There are five team prizes and a victory party on June 23. For more info see or call Jayne at 773-3646 ext 448.


Soccer ages 4-12 – Register now for three soccer leagues: ages 4-5, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm; ages 6-8 Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm; ages 9-12, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm. All three leagues meet at the GCC soccer fields and go until June 22 or 23. Fee are: $50/$55 for Y members and $60/$65 for program associates. Call 773-3646 ext 0 or ext 436 for more info.


Youth Basketball Skills Classes – This program works on the fundamentals of basketball all taught at age appropriate levels. The coed classes are taught by Ben Johnson on Saturday mornings May 7-June 18; 4-5 year olds at 9am, 6-8 year olds at 10am and 9-12 year olds at 11am. Fees are $43 for Y members and $53 for Program Associates.


Summer Memberships Available – The Y offers two types of summer memberships valid from May 1 through September 3. Both memberships are offered at special prices perfect for anyone back in the area for the summer. The Silver membership includes over 50 group exercise classes per week, strength and cardio machines, lap pool, Jacuzzi, basketball and pickleball at scheduled times. All exercise areas are air conditioned. Prices start at $49 for high school students and $69 for 19-24 year olds; adult, senior and family prices are also available. Call 773-3646 ext 0 for more info.


Ballroom Dancing – Every Wednesday the YMCA is offering ballroom dance lessons from 7:30-8:00pm followed by D.J. dance music from 8-9pm. People can come with a partner or by themselves; there will be dance partners available. All of the ballroom dances will be taught (swing, foxtrot, waltz, samba, 2-step, etc.), no experience necessary. Please wear indoor “soft soled” shoes. Y members are free and drop-ins are $5 per person.


Apex Specialty Themes – During a ten week summer, Camp Apex offers four two-week themes and two one-week camps. In addition Apex has nine one-week specialty themes for 8-14 year olds. The “specialty” part of the day is from 9-12:30 and regular Apex activities from 12:30-4:00. The specialty themes include flag football, Star Wars, field hockey, cartoon art, LEGO 1 & 2, soccer, outdoor wilderness, cooking and fall conditioning. Parents can mix and match different Y camps and themes to create a unique, exciting summer for their children. Some camp financial aid is available. See “Camps” at for details or call 773-3646 ext 0.


Friends of the Library Book and Plant Sale

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Erving Public Library
17 Moore Street

The Friends of the Erving Library are holding their annual book and plant sale on April 30th, 2016 from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The sale continues until May 12th during open library hours.  A coffee can raffle and candy sale will coincide with the sale. All proceeds go to sponsor library events and programs.

Turners Falls Fishway

Sunday, May 1st 2016 - All Day at The Turners Falls Fish Ladder
First Street
Turners Falls



Spring on the Connecticut River offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the migration of shad, sea lamprey and other anadromous fish. These fish migrate from the ocean and head upriver to spawn in the rivers of their birth. A visit to the Turners Falls Fishway provides an opportunity to learn about these amazing journeys. Admission is free. The Turners Falls Fishway will be open from Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, June 19. The facility is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00  a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  They are also open Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. The Fishway is located on First Street, off Avenue A (15 First Street, Turners Falls) For information please visit our website or call: (800) 859-2960.

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