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:
    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—; 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 Everyone else can register at 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
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
TJO Bottle & Can Drive (& Bake Sale!)
Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center – Please bring us your bottles and cans! There will also be a bake sale. Come see our adoptable animals, get some treats and help animals in your community!
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Apple Picking
MERCYhouse – Let's pick some apples! Please RSVP to our church office at 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.
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM
Amherst Hurricane Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Amherst Hurricane Boosters – The Hurricane Boosters and the ARHS Athletic Department are proud to announce that we will be inducting the 1991-1993 Amherst Girls Basketball Team into the Hurricane Hall of Fame. We are hosting a brunch induction ceremony which will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, Homecoming Weekend, at 10 a.m. at the UMass Marriott Center at the top of the Campus Center. Tickets are available in the AD’s Office and at Jones Real Estate. Tickets are $45 – cash or checks (payable to ARHS Hurricane Boosters). You can mail your check, with a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope), to the high school at 21 Mattoon Street, and tickets will be mailed to you. Get your Hall of Fame Induction tickets today! The newly released edition of “In These Girls Hope is a Muscle” is also coming out at this time.
    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 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!
    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
    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.
    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.
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 7:00 PM
Stargazing with Arunah Hill
Trustees West Region – If the weather cooperates and the clouds stay away, we will be treated to spectacular view of the night sky from Notchview Reservation on the evening of Saturday September 23, 2017. If you have never seen the Milky Way, this is your chance. Enjoy the beautiful dark skies miles from the nearest city lights. At Notchview the stars shine in all of their natural brilliance. Astronomers from the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will be setting up large telescopes, starting at dusk. Targets will include Saturn, double stars, clusters and nebula in the Summer Milky Way, and the great Andromeda Galaxy. Satellites and an occasional “shooting star” may also be seen. The event is free to members, and is $5 to non-members. It is suitable to ages 8 and up. There is a short walk from the parking area to the observing field. Please red-filter all flashlights to preserve everyone’s “night vision”. The event will run from dusk until 9:30 PM. Overcast skies will force cancellation.
    Saturday Sep 23 @ 8:00 PM
Fab Faux in concert
UMass Fine Arts Center – All you need is love! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ seminal recording "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," Fab Faux will perform the album in its entirety, along with other fan favorites. Known for their painstaking re-creations of the iconic band’s songs, Fab Faux treat the Beatles’ music with unwavering respect–and love. Tickets: $65, $55, $30 Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under: $30, $25, $20 Post-Show VIP Meet & Greet with Fab Faux: $80 Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or visiting There will also be an English prix fixe dinner available at the The University Club & Restaurant before the concert. Details at
    Saturday Sep 23 - Sep 24 @ 9:30 PM
Oktoberfest Battle of the Bands
Lit Amherst – Oktoberfest Massachusetts is hosting a live Battle of the Bands on Saturday 9/23/16 for a chance to play at Oktoberfest Amherst 2017! Performances by Moose & The Mops, Givenchy Humes, and more TBA. Winner(s) will be chosen by a panel of judges based on creativity, energy, fan turnout, quality, and more. Come support your favorite local artist starting at 9:30 PM! All are welcome to stay for Evolution Saturdays following the Battle of the Bands. 21+
    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.* 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.
    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+
    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.
    Monday Sep 25 @ 1:00 PM
Autumn Volunteer Training for Rides for Health
LifePath – Healthcare transportation is a critical need for our area. In a few hours a month, you could help as a Rides for Health volunteer! Imagine yourself as a Rides for Health driver: In providing an elder with a ride to a medical appointment or the pharmacy, you are making a difference in the life of the elder you're matched with and answering a critical need in our community. The next free training takes place on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Greenfield Community College’s downtown location. Light refreshments will be served. For application materials and more information, go online to to download the forms or contact Trevor Boeding, Rides for Health program director, at, 413-773-5555 x2241, or 978-544-2259 x2241. You can give the gift of independence to someone like Terry, who says of her volunteer, Marvin, "He is right there beside me. Rides for Health gets me where I need to go, when I need to go."
    Monday Sep 25 @ 7:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Daisies
Forbes Library – Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is Daisies, a 1966 Czech New Wave film from director Vera Chytilová. This comedy/drama - which had initially been banned - features two teenage girls, both named Marie, who play strange pranks. Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also watch the film via - sign up for a free account with your Forbes library card and stream it online : Join us in the Community Room on Monday September 25th at 7:00pm to discuss the film!
    Tuesday Sep 26 - Dec 19 @ 10:00 AM
Parents & Playgroups - weekly drop-in parents' group
It Takes a Village – We provide a watchful eye during the library’s playgroup so parents can take a break and talk. Refreshments provided.
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 11:00 AM
Voter Registration with the Amherst League of Women Voters
Amherst Survival Center – Come to the Amherst Survival Center and register to vote and stay for lunch! It's National Voter Registration Day and the Amherst League of Women Voters will be at the Amherst Survival Center to help register voters. Lunch is served 12pm-1pm. ALL ARE WELCOME.
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM
Junior League of Greater Springfield Meeting
Junior League of Greater Springfield – By invitation. Women building better communities! For more information about Junior League visit