Events

5k Walk/Run

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am at Athol Orange Eagles
99 Hapgood Street
Athol

On Saturday, September 19, Athol-Orange Eagles 4545 will be holding a 5k Walk/Run to benefit Alzheimer’s Research. 8AM to 11AM, preregistration $20, at the race $25, check in 8-9AM. Start/finish at the Athol-Orange Eagles, 99 Hapgood Street, Athol. For more information: Angela at 1-978-407-3820 or Kim at 1-978-467-6146.

Volunteers Needed for Source to Sea River Cleanup this Fall

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - All Day

 

 

The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC) 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup will be held Friday & Saturday, September 25 & 26, 2015. There are three ways to get involved in the Cleanup: report a trash site in need of cleaning, find a cleanup group near you to join, or organize and register your own local cleanup group. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.

 

Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, August 17th 2015 - All Day at Northfield Fire Department
93 Main Street
Northfield

The Northfield Fire Department is hosting their Annual Golf Tournament to raise money, in part, to help benefit the Firemen’s Association Scholarship Fund. This year’s tourney is Saturday October 3 at the Northfield Golf Club. Hole sponsorship is $75. Gift certificates for prize awards are greatly appreciated. For more information contact the Northfield Fire Department, 93 Main Street, Northfield.

United way of Franklin and Hampshire Counties

Tuesday, August 18th 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Terrazza Ristaurante at the Country Club of Greenfield
244 Country Club Road
Greenfield

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF RECEPTION:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Terrazza Ristorante
Greenfield County Club

 

Call 413-772-2168 or email info@uw-fc.org to let us know you are coming!

Greenfield Public Library

Friday, August 21st 2015 - All Day at Greenfield Public Library
402 Main St.
Greenfield

Greenfield Public Library programs August 24 – September 12

 

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Writers’ Lunch, Monday, August 24, 31, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.  There will be no Writer’s Lunch Monday, September 7 as the library will be closed for Labor Day.

 

Open for Business, Monday, August 24, 31,  2-5pm  

Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2-5pm.  Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.  There will be no OFB Monday, September 7 as the library will be closed for Labor Day.

 

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, Tuesday, August 25, September 1, 8, 10am

Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up) at the Greenfield Public Library.   Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everybody learns together.   Go on the loose with Mother Goose! It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about fifteen minutes of visiting time.   No sign-up is required, and the program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Tuesday, August 25, September 1, 8, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.  This is a self-directed free writing time is open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.    Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Wednesday, August 26, September 2, 9, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Chess Club, Wednesday, August 26, September 2, 9, 5:30-7:45pm

Do you play chess?  Meet up with other chess players at the Greenfield Public Library.   Contact calderrossi@gmail.com with any questions.   The last Wednesday of each month will feature a speed chess tournament.   This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Thursday, August 27, September 3, 10, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, Friday, August 28, September 4, 11, 10am

Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up) at the Greenfield Public Library.  Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everybody learns together.   Go on the loose with Mother Goose! It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about fifteen minutes of visiting time.  No sign-up is required, and the program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch Workshop, Friday, August 28, September 4, 11, 12-2pm

This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm.  Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written.   Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well.   There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Open for Business, Friday, August 28, September 4, 11, 2-5pm

People looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2-5pm.   Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.

 

First Wednesday Speakers Series: Donna Utakis, Ultra-Marathoner, Wednesday September 2, 6- 8pm

Join us Wednesday September 2 from 6-8pm to hear Donna Utakis share her passion for ultra-running. Donna will debunk many misconceptions about what ultra-running is really about, what it entails and what kind of person does it. Past president of the Sugarloaf Mountain Running Club, Donna has been running for more than 15 years, and has raced every distance from 5K to 150 miles on both roads and trails. This program is free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Library Closing for Labor Day Holiday- Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7!

 

Friends of Greenfield Public Library Fall Book Sale, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00am- 1:30pm

The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library will hold a Fall Book Sale on Saturday, September 12, from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The sale will be held in the stacks in the library basement.  Hardcover books will sell for $2.00 each and paperbacks for $1.00 each. Children’s books are priceless—please pay what you think they are worth and remember that the money is going to support the library!

 

Greenfield Public Library 402 Main Street Greenfield, MA 01301 413-772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

Great Falls Discovery Center (Clip ‘n Save!)

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 12:00 am at Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls

The Great Falls Discovery Center is open to the public 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facilities are accessible.

It’s Turners Falls History Month!
Sponsored by DCR
and Turners Falls RiverCulture

Great Hall Art Display:
Great Gods and Little Fishes, new paintings by Charles Shaw
September 1 – 26

Every Tuesday
Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(10:30 – 11:30 am)
Kidleidoscope—Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall.
–September 1   Bats
September 8  Butterflies
September 15  Raptors
September 22  Moose
September 29  Squirrels

Saturday, Sept. 5
(10:30 am—12 pm)
Patch Walk— Turners Falls History month begins with a tour of the Patch neighborhood, led by a DCR Park Interpreter. A small patch of land sits in the middle of the Connecticut River – sandwiched between the power canal on one side and the largest river in New England on the other. Meet at the corner of Avenue A and Eleventh Street in Turners Falls, at the canal side rail trail.

Every Sunday
Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
(10- 11 am)
River Rambles — Canal-side Rail Trail History Walks
Meet outside our main entrance at 10 am and join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to explore stories of industrialization, cultural and natural history, and resilience.

Friday, Sept. 11
(7- 9 pm)
The Great Falls Coffeehouse: Jim Scott—composer, guitarist, and singer
Each month Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission.

Sunday, Sept. 13
(1 pm)
Lake Pleasant Spiritualist Community— Lake Pleasant, one of five villages in the Town of Montague, was founded in 1870 as a camp meeting grounds and lays claim to being the oldest continuously-existing Spiritualist center in the United States. Join David James to learn about Lake Pleasant, the historical “mecca” for believers in continuity of life. Memories and images will be shared from the book Spirit and Spa: A Portrait of the Body, Mind and Soul of a 133-Year-Old Spiritualist Community written by Louise Shattuck and David James. Louise, who died in October of 2005, was a third generation Spiritualist.

Thursday, Sept. 17
4—10 pm
at Shea Theater and downtown
Turners Falls RiverCulture Third Thursday Event: Latino History Day in Turners Falls at the Shea Theater and other venues downtown. See full details at herencialatina2015-16.org and turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Saturday, Sept. 19
(1—4 pm)
at Turners Falls High School Auditorium
Battlefield Grant Update at Turners Falls High School: What Really Happened at the Falls? Mapping the 1676 Battle of Great Falls/Wissatinnewag-Peskeompskut. Find out at Turners Falls High School auditorium from 1—4 pm. Sponsored by the Town of Montague and the National Park Service.

Sunday, Sept. 20
1—2 pm
The Upper Fall River Dam—Meet in the Great Hall for a slideshow presentation and take a virtual forest hike with Ed Gregory as he visits an obscure and beautiful section of Gill, MA, the site of the 1886 dam that was built by the Montague Paper Company. The dam was constructed to provide a clean source of water for their use in pulp and paper making. The dam and spillway will be shown before and after the spillway removal in December of 2014.

Thursday, Sept. 24
7 pm
Latino Migrants and Agriculture in Franklin County with Manuel Matos
of UMASS Amherst. This talk will explore the links between land and agricultural policies in Latin America and the US through an examination of Latin American migration. Extensive interviews with farmers and workers in Franklin County were conducted as source material for this talk. www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Saturday, Sept. 26
(9 am—12 pm)
Source to Sea Clean-up—Get involved in the 19th year of the Source to Sea Cleanup. Individuals or groups work as teams from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to make the watershed a cleaner place on sites that run the gamut from fishing trash to illegal dumping. School groups can schedule cleanups in the week preceding the 26th. For ages 7 and older. Meet in the Great Hall. Pre-register: 800-859-2960. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 27
(1—2 pm)        The Grand Trunk Hotel: What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Right next to where the center is today, the hotel was built in 1872 and taken down in 1968. We’ll use our imaginations, old  photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls.

_______________________________________________________

–Janel Nockleby
Park Interpreter, DCR Mass Parks
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Gateway State Park
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
ct.greenway@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221

Greenfield Public Library Schedule

Friday, August 28th 2015 - All Day at Greenfield Public Library
402 Main Street
Greenfield

Writers’ Lunch, Monday, August 31, September 14, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Open for Business, Monday, August 31, September 14, 2-5pm  

Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2-5pm.   Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.

 

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, Tuesday, September 1, 8, 15, 10am

Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up) at the Greenfield Public Library.   Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everybody learns together.   Go on the loose with Mother Goose! It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about fifteen minutes of visiting time.   No sign-up is required, and the program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Tuesday, September 1, 8, 15, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.  This is a self-directed free writing time is open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.    Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Wednesday, September 2, 9, 16, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Chess Club, Wednesday, September 2, 9, 16, 5:30-7:45pm

Do you play chess?  Meet up with other chess players at the Greenfield Public Library.   Contact calderrossi@gmail.com with any questions.   The last Wednesday of each month will feature a speed chess tournament.   This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.

 

First Wednesday Speakers Series: Donna Utakis, Ultra-Marathoner, Wednesday September 2, 6- 8pm

Join us Wednesday September 2 from 6-8pm to hear Donna Utakis share her passion for ultra-running and inspire us with her efforts to address food insecurity. Donna will debunk many misconceptions about what ultra-running is really about, what it entails and what kind of person does it. Past president of the Sugarloaf Mountain Running Club, Donna has been running for more than 15 years, and has raced every distance from 5K to 150 miles on both roads and trails. This program is free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch, Thursday, September 3, 10, 17, 12-2pm

The Library’s LeVanway Meeting Room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 for a Writers’ Lunch.   This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch.   Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part of the Writers’ Lunch.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, Friday, September 4, 11, 18, 10am

Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up) at the Greenfield Public Library.  Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everybody learns together.   Go on the loose with Mother Goose! It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about fifteen minutes of visiting time.  No sign-up is required, and the program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Writers’ Lunch Workshop, Friday, September 4, 11, 18, 12-2pm

This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm.  Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written.   Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well.   There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.  Contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 for more details.

 

Open for Business, Friday, September 4, 11, 18, 2-5pm

People looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2-5pm.   Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.

 

Library Closing for Labor Day Holiday- Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7!

 

Memoir Writing Group, Thursday, Sept. 10, 10am- noon

Join our 8 week Memoir-Writing Group on Thursdays, 10 – noon starting September 10.  Mary Clare Powell will be facilitating the discussion. This group is sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library and there is no charge.

 

Greenfield Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 5:30pm

The monthly meeting of the GPL trustees will be held in the LeVanway Meeting Room. This meeting is open to the public.

 

Friends of Greenfield Public Library Fall Book Sale, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00am- 1:30pm

The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library will hold a Fall Book Sale on Saturday, September 12, from 10 am to 1:30 pm. The sale will be held in the stacks in the library basement.  Hardcover books will sell for $2.00 each and paperbacks for $1.00 each. Children’s books are priceless—please pay what you think they are worth and remember that the money is going to support the library!

 

Afterschool Read-Aloud, Monday Sept.14, 4-5pm

Families with kids from preschool through third grade, join Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons for a read-aloud hour at the Greenfield Public Library each Monday from 4 to 5 PM starting Monday, September 14.  Kay or a guest reader will read picture books, folk tales, or passages from favorite chapter books in a theme each week, with sing-along songs and some puppetry to go along with the theme.

For more information check out the library website at www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the children’s librarian at 413-772-1544 extension 5104.

Children’s Book Writers Group, Tuesday, September 15, 6-8pm

Adults who write for children are invited to attend a critique group in the LeVanway Room the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. The group will be facilitated by Nell Wright. Participants will discuss skills, share tips and opportunities for development, and read and discuss their stories. For more information, call Jane at the library at 413-772-1544 x 5120.

 

Young Writers Group, Wednesday, September 16, 4 – 5pm                   

Author and teacher Nell Wright will work with young writers ages 10-14 beginning on Wednesday, September 14 and continuing on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year. The group will meet in the Greenfield Room from 4 -5pm. A theme for the fall series will be determined by the group at the first meeting. The group is limited to 8 participants and preregistration is required. Call 413-772-1544 extension 5 for more information. This class is free thanks to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.

 

STEAM Activity, Thursday September 17, 4- 5pm

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math- learning and fun at the Library meets the third Thursday of each month beginning Sept. 17 from 4pm-5pm in the Greenfield Room of Greenfield Public Library.  Each week a guest presenter will cover one of the fields with a book and activity sure to inspire creativity.  This is a free activity sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Public Library.

 

Quidditch Club, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2- 4pm

Everyone gets to play on a Quidditch team on the Great Lawn of the Greenfield Public Library.   Play the Muggle version of the wizards’ game and take Hogwarts “classes” with Professor McGonagall! This fun activity is designed for ages 6 – 13 and will take place rain or shine.

 

Greenfield Public Library 402 Main Street Greenfield, MA 01301 413-772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Fall I Session

Monday, August 31st 2015 - All Day at Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384A Dwight St.
Holyoke

Register now for Fall I Session! The Holyoke Creative Arts Center offers weekly classes in upholstery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, painting, drawing, and more. For more information or to register for classes, visit the Holyoke Creative Arts Center website.

Benefit Golf Tournament

Tuesday, September 1st 2015 - All Day

DIAL/Self Youth and Community Services hosts a benefit golf tournament Saturday September 19 from 9 am to 2:30 PM at Thomas memorial Golf Course in Turners Falls. 4 Person Team Scramble, 9 AM Shotgun start. $65 per golfer/cart. On course beverage cart. Free on course hot dogs. Register on line at: http://www.bikereg.com/2015dialselfgolf.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center Fall I Session

Tuesday, September 1st 2015 - All Day at Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384A Dwight St.
Holyoke

Register now for Fall I Session! The Holyoke Creative Arts Center offers weekly classes in upholstery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, painting, drawing, and more. For more information or to register for classes, visit the Holyoke Creative Arts Center website.

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