Summer Meals Program

Monday, June 29th 2015 - All Day

Gill-Montague Regional Schools Summer Meals Program, is open Monday through Friday from June.29 to August14 for ages 18 and under. Locations: Sheffield Elementary School where Breakfast is served 8-9 AM and Lunch from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School Cafeteria serves Breakfast from 8-9 AM and Lunch from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Unity Park will have bBeakfast from 8-9 AM and Lunch from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. All FREE!

Wheeling For Healing

Monday, July 6th 2015 - All Day

               Registration is now open for the eighth annual Wheeling for Healing benefit on Sunday, August 16, which for the first time will start and end at Greenfield Community College. Also new this year are a 5k walk/run around the college and through adjoining neighborhoods, and children’s bike safety activities.  The registration fee, which is $40 for cyclists, $30 for walkers/runners, and free for children age 12 and under, includes morning snacks and a Fiesta Feast, catered by Greenfield Community College.    Health New England is the presenting sponsor for the event.

               Proceeds from previous Wheeling for Healing have been used to purchase medical equipment and comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy at Baystate Franklin; and have also gone to assist patients with extraordinary expenses associated with their illness, including medicines not covered by their insurance.

a course that matches their level of ability.

The walk/run course will include the Greenfield Community College campus, as well as neighboring streets – all within safe, low-traffic areas.  Small children could safely ride their bikes while their parents walked or ran alongside them.

For more information or to register for or sponsor Wheeling for Healing, visit, or call Baystate Health Foundation at 413-794-4288.





Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 7:30 pm at Mendenhall Center, Smith College
122 Green Street

July 30, August 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM
July 31, August 1, 7, 8 at 8:00 PM
August 2 at 2:00 PM, Pizza and a Play! pizza served at 6:45 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM
Ben Brantley of the New York Times hails Anne Washburn’s new play,  “Downright brilliant! When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?”  In a post-apocalyptic world a group of strangers pass the time attempting to retell the infamous CAPE FEARE episode from THE SIMPSONS. Flash forward seven years to a theatre company doing the same thing. Flash forward 75 years to a story told with Homer and Marge as a pop culture inspiration for a new kind of theatre – where one mythology evolves into another. Join us for a play unlike anything you have ever seen – “scary, sweet and funny.” (Time Magazine).
Adults: $30; Seniors (65 and up): $28; Pizza and a Play: $18; Student Rush Tickets: $15
Purchase tickets at or by calling 413-585-3220.


Great Falls Discovery Center Events August (Clip ‘n Save)

Saturday, August 1st 2015 - All Day 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.

Great Hall Art Display:
Great Gods and Little Fishes, new paintings by Charles Shaw
August 2 – 30

Saturday, August  1
All day event
(11 am—7 pm)
Second Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park Waterfront—
The festival is a celebration of Native American art, music, and culture. Our Great Falls Discovery Center DCR park interpreter and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental staff will present information on migrating fish in the Connecticut River and Native American fishing. Stop by our table at Unity Park to learn more and to make fish prints. Take in the great live music, storytelling, and games at the festival, and visit our museum. A full day of fun! The schedule is available at or

Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
(10- 11:30 am)
River Rambles — Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and 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 learn about plants, animals, and mill history.

August  4, 11, 18, 25
(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.
August 4     Dragonflies
August 11     Rabbits
August 18     Snakes
August 25     Coyotes

Friday, August  7
(2:00 – 3:00 pm)
Watershed Wonders: Camouflage
A story hour with crafts and games focusing on the many wonders of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 – 8, with a parent or guardian. This month’s topic is camouflage.

Saturday, August  8(10:30 – 11:30 am)
Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Rail Trail Nature Walk for Kids
Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring with a DCR Park Interpreter. All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to find out just how much you can see.

Friday, August 14
(7- 9 pm)
The Great Falls Coffeehouse: Mark and Beverly Davis—Classic Guitar Duo
Each month Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments available.  Museum and Museum Store are open during intermission.

Saturday, August 15
(1—3 pm)
Artist Reception: Great Gods and Little Fishes by Charles Shaw
Join us in the Great Hall for a celebration of the newest paintings by Northfield artist, Charles Shaw.  They are created through a direct process, exclusively from plaster and recycled materials.

Saturday, August  22
(10 am—12 pm)
Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour
Join us for a leisurely two hour bike tour at 10 am along the Canal-side Rail Trail that highlights the history of bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River in our villages. We will meet at the main entrance to the center. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.

September is Turners Falls History Month! A collaboration between the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Turners Falls RiverCulture. Check back soon for more

Benefit Golf Tournament

Sunday, August 2nd 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:

5k Walk/Run

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

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.

Bernardston Firemen’s Steak Roast and Dance

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - All Day

The Bernardston Firemen’s Association invites the whole family to Bernardston Kiwanis Park on Saturday August 22 at 5 PM for their Annual Steak Roast and Dance. There will be a live band, raffles, horse shoes, great food and lots of fun. There will also be a bounce house and games for the kids. Dinner choices are steak or chicken breast with salad, dinner rolls, corn on the cob and dessert. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers for a donation. Beer, soda, water, lemonade and ice tea. Tickets: Bernardston Fire Department any Wednesday after 7 PM or at Town Line Ice Cream on Bernardston Road. Check the fire department’s Facebook page for more.

Greenfield Assessors Office

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - All Day

The Assessor’s Office of the Town of Greenfield will be closed from Monday August 3rd,  through Thursday August 6. The office will reopen on Friday August 7 at 8:39 am.




Greenfield Community YMCA

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - All Day at Greenfield Community YMCA
Main Street

Gymnastics Camps – The Y offers half-day and full-day gymnastics camps for boys and girls ages 4-14.  There is one more session this summer, August 10-14.  The campers are divided into groups of six based on age and experience.  All skill levels are welcome.  Parents can add early care and late care for a full day of exciting childcare.  Go to “camps” at for all prices, times and information.


August 17-21 Childcare – The Y will offer a one week session of Camp Apex the week of August 17 for children ages 6-12.  This is a perfect way for children to end the summer or have a fun week of childcare.  The camp runs from 9am-4:00pm with early care available starting at 6:15am and late care until 6:00pm.  Parents will need to transport their children to Camp Apex for early care and pick them up there after late care.  There will be a camp bus that leaves the Y at 8:50am and returns at 4:20pm for those not participating in early and late care.  Fees are Y members $165 and non members $185.  Call 773-3646 ext 0 for more details.


Fall Program Brochure – The 2015-16 Program Brochure will be available on the Y’s website the week of August 3rd.  The 28 page brochure will have a complete listing of all programs and classes, days, times and prices for the September/October session.  The first of five 8-week program sessions runs August 31 through October 25.  Registration begins August 10th for Y facility members and August 17 from 8am-5:30pm for all others.  Go to and click on “brochure”.


Half Day Sports Camp – August 10-14 is the last week of Half Day Sports Camp and Camp Recess for the summer.  The main sport for sports camp (9am-noon) is indoor soccer which is an exciting game because you can play the ball off the walls.  Campers will learn dribbling, passing and kicking skills.   Camp Recess runs from 12-4pm and can be combined with late care for a full day of childcare.  Both camps are for boys and girls ages 6-14.


Y Preschool Registration – The Y offers a year round preschool open 50 weeks per year for ages 2.9-5 years old.  There are two classrooms with 2-3 teachers each; in addition the school makes use of the many Y facilities with a weekly swim lesson, weekly gymnastics lesson, daily PE in the air-conditioned gym and a large fenced in play yard.  The school also offers early care from 6:30-8:30am and late care from 3:30-5:30pm as well as snow day care.  To schedule a tour call Lisa at 773-3646 ext 431.


Before & After School Childcare – The Y provides before and after school care for children in K-6 grades in Greenfield, Gill and Turners schools.  The Y Game Room/Kid-Fit Center is used for before and after care; after care also uses the basketball court on a daily basis.  Registration packets are now available.  Call Kara at 773-3646 ext 452 for more info or go to page 7 of the “brochure” at  The Y offers financial aid and accepts vouchers.  Space is limited.


Greenfield Public Library

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - All Day at Greenfield Public Library
402 Main Street

“Every Hero Has a Story” Goes to the Movies

Kids! If you have participated in the Greenfield Public Library’s summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story”, bring your completed reading log to the children’s desk by Friday, August 7 to get a free ticket to see one of two movies at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas on Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 AM:

Big Hero 6 rated G or the new release The Fantastic Four rated PG 13

More than 200 young readers have completed the goal of 10 books or 10 hours, and thanks to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, many have attended free weekly activities. The statewide summer reading program is sponsored by the Greenfield Public Library Friends and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. For more information contact the children’s librarian at 413- 772-1544 extension 5104 or go to the library website at


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