TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 10:00 AM
Summer Learning Series: Social Media 101 for Parents
Parent And Community Engagement Center – Join us for the Summer Learning Series for Parents at the PACE Center! Social Media 101 for Parents is a workshop for parents of school age children. It will discuss why kids are on social media, what apps and programs they are using, how to guard digital footprints, many useful tips, and more! For more information about the Summer Learning Series for Parents, please call the PACE Center at 413.787.6959 ext. 49110.
 
TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 6:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Forbes Library – A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.
 
TODAY
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 7:00 PM
The Stray Birds at Iron Horse, Plus Eavesdrop!
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They've been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alley's Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It's safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again. ----------------------- Supported by Eavesdrop Hailing from the Northeast, these Pioneer Valley natives provide a sound all their own -- a perfect combination of soulful vocals, intricate harmonies, warm acoustics, and moving rhythm. Stripped-down, raw, and natural, their magic flourishes in the most intimate of spaces. Their vibrant dynamic creates a unique experience for each listener -- constantly crossing the lines between something hauntingly beautiful and incredibly fun!
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM
Free “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop from Healthy Living
LifePath – With a “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop, you can take control of your pain! To learn more or register for a workshop, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, at 413-773-5555 x2304, 978-544-2259 x2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. If you or your loved one is experiencing chronic pain, check out the Chronic Pain Self-Management, starting July 27 and ending August 31, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Community Health Center of Franklin County in Orange, MA. This workshop will show you ways to become an active participant in your pain treatment – engaging in problem-solving, pacing, decision-making, and taking actions to manage your pain. The Healthy Living Program at LifePath offers free workshops for people who want to take control of their health. Workshops take place from weekly for six weeks and are led by local volunteer leaders. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. Learn more about Healthy Living at LifePathMA.org.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
PVCA Family Night
Pioneer Valley Christian Academy – Family Fun Nights will be held on PVCA grounds this summer! Pack up your dinner and snacks, and meet up with your PVCA friends! Parent Support Fellowship will provide ice water and a frozen treat. We look forward to visiting with you this summer! Cancelled on rainy days. PVCA Families & Friends.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
When It's All Going To The Dogs: Estate Planning For Your Pet
Dakin Humane Society – Join us and presenter, Gina M. Barry - Attorney at Law, Bacon Wilson P.C. this month to learn about estate planning for your animals. Topics covered include: - Key final questions that should be answered to address your pet’s welfare and their future. - Choosing continued care and your final decisions regarding your pets. - How to include and structure your will to ensure care for your animals and their legal status in regards to your estate plan. - A discussion around Pet Trusts and special provisions to support and protect your beloved furry family member. - Necessary documents to include to protect your pets. Humans only please! Free and open to the public. The session is hosted by Dakin Humane Society at the Jones Library, Amherst - Woodbury Room. Light refreshments will be served. Limited Seating; Attendees must RSVP via eventbrite by July 25th. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Price, Director of Development and Marketing at sprice@dakinhumane.org or call 413-781-4000 ext. 121. This event is first come, first serve.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Mystical Healing 101
Trinity Healing Sanctuary – Intro To Mystical Energy Healing! Are you looking for change in your life? Come experience the way energy works in your physical and emotional health. This informational 2 hour workshop will incorporate experiential and practical learning. See how energy impacts life's stress in your relationships, job and family life. Let the change begin with you and let us show you how! Call (413) 268-3181 to register. Space is limited to 10 people. Free of charge!
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Katherine First and Kitchen Party on the Porch
Florence Music on the Porch Series – Band Members Katherine First, fiddle/vocals Buddy Downey, guitar/vocals/whistle Jeff Hinrichs, bodhran/djembe/percussion/vocals Allen Belkin, banjo/mandolin/vocals Traditional Celtic music, old-time and bluegrass songs and a few surprises.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Holly Bowling at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm.
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday Experiment #7
Gateway City Arts – Thursday Experiment #7 July 27 1 - Izikhotane (Hartford,CT) Performance poetry truth and sound 2 - Stephen Gaucci (Brooklyn, NY) Solo saxophone A master of strength, vibration and circular breathing. 3 - Open Jam Session - bring your instrument to play $5 suggested donation
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with Holly Bowling at Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – An Evening with Holly Bowling performing the music of Phish & the Gateful Dead reimagined for solo piano at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA! Date: Thursday, July 27th 2017 On-sale date is Friday, May 5th. hollybowling.com iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
Jen Tobey's Alter Ego / Pineapples / Hevvi Synthia
13th Floor Music Lounge – Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego Pineapples Hevvi Synthia
 
TOMORROW
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:30 PM
Super Star Open Mic at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
The Arts Block Ballroom – Super Star Open Mic at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 8:30 PM
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra & Dave Noonan's Green Island
The Arts Block Ballroom – Jonathan Scales Fourchestra featuring: MonoNeon (Prince), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) and Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, The Nth Power) Dave Noonan's Greenisland: Green Island is a collective of some of the Pioneer Valley's best musicians. The band plays a wide variety of music and styles from Coltrane to Ranglin, Marley to Marvin, ballads to Banghra. Organized by Dave Noonan, Green Island is dedicated to showcasing the wonderful talents of its members and rotating special guests as well as rocking the dance floor.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 9:00 PM
Gulow's 30th Birthday: Extinction A.D. / Goblet / The Humanoids / Uncomfortables
Promotorhead Entertainment – Extinction A.D. Goblet The Humanoids Uncomfortables
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
9th Annual Westfield State Alumni Association Retreat
Westfield State University – Annually, we bring the Westfield State Alumni Association and other interested alumni together to talk about strategic planning, event management, ways to outreach, communication and more. If you would like to be a part of this group and are looking for something fun to do on July 29, please join us for this 1 day retreat. We provide meals, supplies and housing (as needed) and you provide your ideas and passion for Westfield State. Hope you can join us!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 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
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Speak Your Truth Through Laughter Retreat
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – **This retreat is now sold out! Please get on the waitlist here, if you desire: http://www.happiervalley.com/wait-list-form.html ** HAPPILY SPONSORED BY GOOD STOCK FARM, RIVER VALLEY CO-OP & THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ALLIANCE Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER A “Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality & Truth” Retreat With Pam Victor, President of Happier Valley Comedy Saturday, July 29, 10am-7pm 67 Conz St., Northampton, MA Regular Price: $175 (Includes a healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm and two complimentary tickets to the Speak Your Truth Show) Tired of being silenced by others and especially by your own inner critic? Ready to disregard the bullshit that’s holding you back? Want to get better at bravely standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind? Do you need more play in your life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Saturday, July 29th! Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat is whole day and evening packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth. This retreat helps you learn and practice game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to stand up and speak your truth while trusting that You Are Enough. This THROUGH LAUGHTER retreat facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the retreat, you'll have opportunities for both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! And let's do it all using the exclusive "F.U.C.K. I.T." approach to personal growth. Healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm! And that's not all… This retreat culminates in an improv show where the stories of some volunteer participants will serve as the inspiration for improvised scenes performed by professional improvisers from Happier Valley Comedy mainstage casts. Each retreat participant receives two complimentary tickets to the show to share with friends and family. This retreat is open to all who identify as women ages 21+. No improv (or other) experience necessary. About Your THROUGH LAUGHTER Facilitator: Pam Victor is the founder and president of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the Through Laughter program and a multi-level improv comedy school as well as producing regular improv shows in Western Massachusetts. Pam is the author of “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and, along with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Education from Iona College, Pam has received improv training from iO Theater (Chicago), Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), ImprovBoston, and from Second City teachers. ?Pam is a nice person. She would like you. Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat Schedule of Fun & Learning: 10:00am-11:30am - Retreat Workshop, Part 1: Redefining & Disempowering Failure THROUGH LAUGHTER 11:30-11:45am - Break (Tea and snacks provided) 11:45am - 1:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 2: Courage & Clarity THROUGH LAUGHTER 1:30-2:30pm - Healthy lunch provided on site 2:30-5:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 3: Stand Up and Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER 5:30-6:00pm - Break, guests and audience arrive 6:00-7:00pm - Improv Show featuring Happier Valley Comedy Players inspired by stories told by select retreat volunteers 7:00pm - Hugs and farewells to your new friends "Pam's workshop fundamentally changed the way I think about improv (and life!). In just 2 days I went from overthinking, always judging myself (and sometimes others), and constantly planning my next move to being comfortable with the unknown and letting things happen and be discovered naturally. Pam's teaching style is calm, supportive and encouraging (without being over the top). She gave me permission to be myself, and then helped me realize that I didn't need that permission in the first place. I will remember these two days for a long, long time to come! -Vera Didur, San Diego, CA For more about the whole Personal Empowerment THROUGH LAUGHTER program: www.happiervalley.com. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Happier Valley Comedy School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 11:00 AM
Brown Motors First Annual Car Show
Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 5:00 PM
Drawings & Paintings by Anna Bayles Arthur
The Arts Block Ballroom – Come check out some new work by Northampton artist Anna Bayles Arthur. The show will run through Aug. 22nd.