TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 8:00 AM
Rugged Maniac
Project New Hope Inc. Non-Profit Veterans Organization – Join us for another fun run. This is a family friendly race and is shaping up to be the the last race of the year. So if you haven't come out to support us or run/walk a race with Team22 then this will be your last chance in 2017. Hope to see you there!!!
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 9:00 AM
Saturday Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
Dakin Humane Society – In order to serve our clients better, our Vaccine & Microchip Clinics and now held every Saturday. When: Every Saturday from 9-10am The doors for the Vaccine and Microchip Clinic - at the front of the building - will open at 9am each Saturday. Please form a line at the door, as we will treat the first 40 pets (cats or dogs) each week. Exam fee applies to every animal $10 if pet is spayed/neutered (fixed) $25 if pet is not spayed/neutered (fixed) Vaccinations ($12/ea) Dogs: • Rabies • Distemper/Parvo • Bordetella Cats: • Rabies • Distemper/FVRCP Additional services: • Microchipping • Flea/tick treatments • Heartworm preventative • De-worming • Feline Leukemia/FIV test • Feline Leukemia vaccine More details available on our website: https://www.dakinhumane.org/vaccine-clinics-and-services.html Cash, debit or credit accepted. Vaccine services are provided by licensed veterinarians and are for healthy animals only. This clinic does not provide treatment for sick or injured animals. Please do not bring your pet to the clinic if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. www.dakinhumane.org
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 - Sep 24 @ 9:00 AM
Wistariahurst Docent Training Part 1
Wistariahurst Museum – Do you love history? Telling stories? Sharing the past with others? We're looking for volunteers to help us guide people through the historic house and grounds at Wistariahurst. We will offer extensive training and support in exchange for your help teaching people of all ages about Holyoke's past. We welcome anyone 16 and older who likes to interact with people, wants to hone their public speaking skills, and who loves local history. Part 2 will take place on Sunday, Septembet 24 and is only open to those who have completed Part 1. Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/z2g3CFVCmGtjlRUt2
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 9:00 AM
Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War
First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts – Join us for a symposium on the issues of climate change and nuclear war. We will discuss our agenda for change! Featured: Bill McKibben—350.org; Nitin Damle—American College of Physicians; Michael Klare—Peace and World Security Studies Program, Five Colleges; Jennifer Leaning—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Zia Mian--Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University; Ira Helfand—Physicians for Social Responsibility; Marty Nathan—Climate Action; John Loretz—International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Students' free registration at http://secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72659 Everyone else can register at https://secure.psr.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1898&ea.campaign.id=72648 The program for the day is: 9 AM Welcome 9:15 Climate Change and Conflict (Panel 1) Moderator: Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas The Enormity of the Climate Crisis: Bill McKIbben The Health Impact of Climate Change: Nitin Damle Climate Change and Conflict: Michael Klare Syria: A Case Study in Climate Induced Conflict Jennifer Leaning 11:15 Break 11:30 Conflict and Nuclear War (Panel 2) Moderator: Sut Jhally How Conflict in South Asia Might Lead to Nuclear War: Zia Mian What Nuclear War Would Look Like: Ira Helfand 12:30 Lunch 1:30 An Agenda for Action (Panel 3) Moderator: Pamela Schwartz Working to Stop Climate Change: Marty Nathan Working to Prevent Nuclear War: John Loretz 2:30 Break 2:45 Workshops 4pm: Adjourn Sponsored by: 2 Degrees Northampton American Friends Service Committee Citizen's Climate Lobby Climate Action Now Cooley Dickinson Hospital Edwards Church Episcopal Diocese of Western MA First Churches, Northampton First Congregational Church, Amherst Grace Episcopal Church Hampshire Mosque Immanuel Lutheran Church Jewish Community of Amherst League of Women Voters of Franklin County League of Women Voters of the Northampton Area League of Women Voters, Amherst Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians New England Peace Pagoda Northampton Friends Meeting St. John’s Episcopal Church The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice Tikkun Olam Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Ultra Violet Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence Valley Health Partners Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Little Fest 2017
Springfield Museums – LittleFest is a celebration, cosponsored with WGBY Public Television, to promote reading by young people. Free for Springfield residents (with proof of address), WGBY members (with proof of membership) and Springfield Museums Members. Special programming include performances by Keith Munslow - Musician/Storyteller (11:45 and 1:30) and meet-and-greets with Peg and Cat (10am-3pm). Activities: Peg + Cat, 10 am-3 pm Keith Munslow, 11:45 am & 1:30 pm Book Giveaway, 10 am-3 pm Library Art Activity, 10 am-4 pm Family Science Adventures, 11 am-2 pm S.T.E.A.M. Station, 11 am-3 pm Live Animal Demos, 11 am-3 pm Art Discovery Center, noon-4 pm
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Apple Picking
MERCYhouse – Let's pick some apples! Please RSVP to our church office at contact@knowmercy.org if you need a ride. We have drivers going to three locations to pick-up those who RSVP: MH, Abbey Chapel (Mt. Holyoke), and Helen Hills Hills Chapel (Smith). If you are driving and have extra seats, please let us know! We will be going to Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton (about 30min from Amherst). Bring $20 cash to cover apples and other treats.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Discovering the Footprints of Jacob's Pillow
Jacob's Pillow Dance – DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS OF JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE As part of the Housatonic Heritage Walks join Pillow staff for a historical, behind-the-scenes tour of “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov). We will walk the recently restored Wetlands Trail, explore the transformation of a family farmhouse into “the dance center of the nation” (The NY Times), and discover the diverse footprints of our past and present. Wear sturdy footwear, as walking will be on outdoors pathways. 2 hours–0.5 mile Please pre-register by 9/22, email–jlopez@jacobspillow.org Meet at the Hunter House at Jacob’s Pillow. In partnership with Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Housatonic Heritage Walk: Camera Trapping
Bidwell House Museum – Join Richard Greene as he explains wildlife tracking using trail cameras. He will demonstrate the equipment needed and how to install it, show examples of wildlife captured on film, and then take the group on a walk of the Bidwell grounds to tracking sites. Please dress for the weather and terrain and bring water. FREE
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 11:00 AM
Rugged Owl
Westfield State University – Do you have what it takes to make it through the Rugged Owl? Sign up and participate during Celebrate Westfield State (Homecoming & Family Day)! The Rugged Owl Family Fun Color Run/Walk is our own version of a color run & obstacle course, designed for all athletic levels and ages. This year, the Rugged Owl will take place during our three-day celebration, Celebrate Westfield State. Registration is available at westfieldalumni.org/nest. The course will start by University Hall and will loop around the campus green, ending by the globe in front of Lammers Hall. Color packs will be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit the Emily Gagnon Scholarship Fund. Participants will receive a commemorative souvenir to add to their Westfield State University collection!
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 12:00 PM
Catherine Dower Center Ribbon Cutting & Dedication
Westfield State University – Westfield State will hold the ribbon-cutting and dedication event for the newly renovated Catherine Dower Performing and Fine Arts Center during Celebrate Westfield State, our three-day, campus wide celebration. Held in the former Juniper Park building, the Catherine Dower Performing and Fine Arts Center is named after the late Dr. Catherine Dower, former Music Department chair, professor emerita, and longtime supporter of the university’s music programs. Dr. Dower made history in 2015 when she donated $1 million to the university, the largest ever individual gift, which was used to renovate the building. The facility houses Westfield State's Art Department, Music Department, and Theatre Arts program. For more information and to register for #CelebrateWestfieldState, visit celebratewestfield.com.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 1:00 PM
African Dance Workshops
Northampton Center for the Arts – West African dance workshops: if purchased online, 1 workshop $16, 2 workshops. $20 per workshop at the door. Featuring Khady Badji, a dancer and choreographer for the premier dance company, Bakalama, in Dakar, Senegal and Yalani Bangoura a member of the award winning West African Dance and Drum Company, Les Merveilles de Guinea. Classes accompanied by live drumming. Discounted online tickets sales: 1 workshop - $18, Full Day - $35. At door: $20 per class (Cash, money order, or bank check only). Presented by Northampton African Dance and the Northampton Center for the Arts. Funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 1:00 PM
Yankees that helped shape New England’s aerospace legacy
New England Air Museum – The Museum is pleased and honored to announce an addition to our 2017 Speaker Series. On Sarurday, September 23, we will be hosting Tom Crouch, senior curator, Aeronautics Department, National Air and Space Museum. He will be giving a talk on Yankee aviators and innovators that helped shape New England’s aerospace legacy. This talk is free to Museum members and there is a $20 fee for non-members (which includes admission to the Museum). You can find out how to reserve a seat at www.neam.org/2017-speaker-series.php
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 1:30 PM
Grubbs Gallery: Susannah Auferoth
The Williston Northampton School – Kicking off the 2017-18 exhibit schedule at the Grubbs Gallery will be Holyoke-based painter Susannah Auferoth. Auferoth uses oil paint and often resin and/or wax on wide stretches of paper or board, resulting in compositions that resemble flat horizons. Color palates differentiate each piece, as do the grades of hue in each stratum, and the subtle markings on each plane. “My working method is a deliberate intellectual decision followed by intuitive color exploration,” Auferoth notes on her website biography. “I use an underlying grid of motion imagery which I layer with coats of translucent oil paint. This stills the composition at the surface while allowing movement to be present beneath the layers so the paintings hover between two narrow, luminous planes—the dynamic and the static.” Auferoth’s paintings have been exhibited widely and will hang at the Grubbs Gallery September 1 through September 29, with a reception on September 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Grubbs Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public and is closed during school vacations.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 7:00 PM
Dr. Randy Weston - A Night of Mystical Music
Berkshire Museum – Master musician Dr. Randy Weston will perform a concert inspired by the “mysticism of sound and music,” presented by the Abode of the Message and the National Economic Foundation for Educational Reconstruction. Weston, who has musical roots in the Berkshires, will offer an evening of music inspired by the mystical voice of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, father of Abode founder Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. The evening begins with a dialogue between Weston and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, moderated by Fatima Hafiz-Muid, PhD. Pir Zia, the son of Abode founder Pir Vilayat and grandson of Hazrat Inayat Khan, will join the conversation via teleconference. Between the dialogue and concert, Rev. Ivy Hylton of Serenity Healing Arts will offer a sound healing session. The concert is part of a larger retreat titled “Healing Ourselves and Healing Our Communities: Harmonizing in Retreat” held at the Abode from September 22-24, 2017. The coordinators believe “music speaks what words may not and music becomes a mystical language of healing” and thus the concert engages music, mysticism, and healing. The Abode of the Message, an Eco-Sufi Village in New Lebanon, New York, was founded in 1975 by universalist Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan as an experiment in living the teachings and practices of his father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, the first Sufi teacher in the West. Set on 350 acres of the historic Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, the Abode offers sanctuary for Sufis and seekers and as an Eco-Sufi Village is spiritual in nature, universal in message, and elemental in practice. For further information on this weekend retreat, or general information about the Abode and its programs, please contact Ibrahím Pedriñán, Abode Director of Programs, at 518.794.8090 x125 or programs@theabode.org.
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 9:00 AM
MIM Presents 9th Annual Innovators Show Hosted by Artioli Dodge
Mopars in Motion – Mopars In Motion Presents the 9th Annual Innovators Show and Shine Mopar Show, Hosted by Artioli Chrysler Dodge Ram Show hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm *Spectators Free! *DJ *Raffles *Family Fun Activities All Day! *Free Showfield Entry for All Mopars In Motion Club Members *$10 Show Fee for NonMembers *Open to All Mopar and AMC cars and trucks, including a non-Mopar show class *Up To 17 Show Classes with 3 Trophies Per Class, Plus Best Of Show *Dash Plaques for the First 100 Cars and Trucks For Info or Directions, call Ralph at Eight Six Zero-416-1228 or visit our website: www.moparinmotion.com ALL SHOWS ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE Members, all MIM shows are run by volunteers from the club, and there would be no shows without our members lending a helping hand. Your help is always needed and appreciated, please consider volunteering. Lunch is on the club if you volunteer at the show! If you would like to volunteer, please arrive as early as 7:00am and see a club officer. Thank you in advance for your help and hardwork!
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 9:30 AM
Splash of Color 2017
Easter Seals Massachusetts – TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!! For a group of five Fun Runners, simply select "Group of Five". *For a group of five 5K Runners please individually register all five people and use promo code "group5" to get group discount rate.* SplashOfColor.RaceWire.com Registration: 9:30am 5k Start: 10:30am Fun Run Start: 10:45am Easter Seals MA is proud to announce the return of the Splash of Color Family Fun Run! So, grab your friends and family and join us for some colorful fun while supporting a great cause. All registered runners will once again receive a Splash of Color t-shirt (with registrations on or before 8/21/16), sunglasses, and an outdoor bbq lunch. Post-race festivities will more fun and games than ever including a balloon sculptor, photo booth, music, and beer tastings for our 21+ crowd. NEW to this year's Splash of Color: We have added a traditional timed 5k option with no color stations. Registration for this run includes a timed chip, lunch and a photo as you cross the finish line.
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 12:00 PM
15th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service
Connecticut Fallen Firefighters Memorial
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 - Nov 12 @ 12:30 PM
Kid's Yoga (8-week series) w/ Julie Pellerin-Herrera
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness – Join Julie Pellerin-Herrera for a special 8-week Kid's Yoga class held every Sunday 12:30-1:30pm, Sept 24th - Nov 12th for boys and girls age 5 - 11. Kids will have fun developing self-awareness, strength, balance, and flexibility! They will learn how to center their minds through focused breathing exercises and explore their imagination through fun games and visualizations. Kids’ Yoga provides children a safe and exciting way to physical health, emotional stability, and positive self-expression. Julie is a newly approved Radiant Child Yoga teacher and will be implementing new songs, games, and meditations into class. Pre-registration required. Limited space available. $80 per session. Sibling Discounts available. No experience needed. For more info or to pre-register contact Julie directly at yoginijules@yahoo.com or 413-281-9775. About the Instructor: Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Julie PellerinEd. S.: (Yoga / Kid's Yoga) Julie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She became a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher in 2003, Certified Yoga Ed. Teacher in 2007 and Radiant Child Yoga trained in 2017. Julie also has been a dedicated educator since 2001, teaching literacy and academics to children in various school settings. She attributes her yoga practice to her intention and ability to “stay peaceful and present amidst life’s storms”. On a daily basis, yoga reminds her to live breath by breath, moment by moment, and day by day all the while remaining connected to her higher purpose of educating and empowering youth. Julie invites you to join her in finding your still, quiet center amidst life’s challenges through yoga.
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 4:00 PM
Flash: A Tea Dance For Women presents Encore!
Gateway City Arts – Once again our guest DJ Frequency returns to Bring Down the House! The last time they were here, the whole room erupted into applause at the end of their set! A private party for women produced by Sally Brown and YOUR help giving us your feedback and helping spread the word, thank YOU! $5 cover 21+
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 7:00 PM
John Gorka at The Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. An Iron Horse fixture and favorite. From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Traveling to New York City, Jack Hardy's legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas' Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him - Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin - had become his peers . For his latest album, Gorka presents his fans with an opportunity to hear a sort of parallel-universe version of his first album, 1987's "I Know," with his most recent release, "Before Beginning: the Unreleased 'I Know,' " which is actually the debut he recorded before his actual debut. Basically, here's the deal: Gorka went in the studio in 1985 to make his first record for Red House, and it came out sounding good but not the way Gorka wanted. Eventually, he got it right, and these songs were released in stripped-back versions that sounded more like the ones in Gorka's head.