2015 Tiny House Raffle!

March 9, 2015 - June 6, 2015 - All Day at

Hilltop Montessori School of Brattleboro has launched a “Tiny House Raffle” to benefit the school’s financial aid program and Morningside Shelter. Jamaica Cottage Shop has donated a tiny house kit that Hilltop students and families will assemble this spring. The 7’ x 12’ house is built on a trailer for easy mobility and will be raffled off at 3pm on the Brattleboro Common after the Strolling of the Heifers parade on June 6th.  Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Hilltop Montessori School, Morningside Shelter, and on-line at

Hilltop Montessori School is an independent school serving economically diverse children 18 months through eighth grade. For more information visit

The Springfield Food Policy Council and the Mason Square Health task Force

April 8, 2015 - April 29, 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Springfield Central library
220 State Street

The Springfield Food Policy Council and the Mason Square Health task Force  will hold a free screening of HBO’s Award Winning Documentary,

“ The Weight of the Nation”.

April 8th15th, 22nd, and 29th

From 5:30 to 7:30

At the Springfield Central library

220 State St. Springfield MA.

This movie is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.


For more info

Contact Johnetta Baymon at or 413.263.6500 x6539.


Youth Marijuana Use: What’s the Big Deal? A Community Meeting w/ Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH

April 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Northampton High School’s Little Theatre
380 Elm Street

This Northampton Prevention Coalition parent education event will feature Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH from Boston University and focus on useful strategies to help parents and teachers speak about the consequences of youth marijuana use and how we can engage youth in non-judgmental conversations about use without increasing defensiveness.Visit our blog at to register!

Gallery of Readers: Literary reading: Carolyn McKeown and Alice Barber

May 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College

Carolyn McKeown and Alice Barber will read from their recent work. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Carolyn McKeown observes and writes about life from her home in Southampton, where she finds the easily overlooked humor in everyday life.

Alice Barber is a child psychotherapist and practices in Springfield and Easthampton. She will be reading excerpts from her forthcoming book, Blue Butterfly Open: Moments From a Child Psychotherapy Practice, in addition to other prose and poetry pieces.

Since its inception in 1990, The Gallery of Readers has presented monthly readings September through June that showcase the work of local writers. All readings are free and open to the public. In addition to organizing this series, Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein lead the Vernon Street Writing Workshops. In 2010 they began the Gallery of Readers Press, a nonprofit literary publishing company.

For more information on other events in the series, and for more of our work, please visit

Open House

May 6, 2015 - 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm at Elaine Center
20 North Maple St

Speakeasy Toastmasters Open House Invitation

Local club gives public speakers confidence and skills

Northampton, MA – May 6, 2014 – Northampton area-based Speakeasy Toastmasters will host our Open House on May 6 at 6:45 pm at the Elaine Center, 20 North Maple Street in Hadley. Join us for this fun free event, and beyond, to our regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Students, professionals and community members are welcome to attend.

The benefits of becoming a Toastmaster include:

Developing leadership

Opportunities to network

Improving public speaking

Learning spontaneous expression

Expanding presentation confidence

Advancing writing and memory skills

Increasing listening and effective communication

Most people need to speak well as part of their jobs and in social gatherings. Yet fear of public speaking and social phobias hold people back. At Toastmasters, you can conquer anxiety by giving short speeches on the subject of your choice before an encouraging, fun and supportive group.

About Speakeasy Toastmasters – Part of the nonprofit Toastmasters International, the Speakeasy Toastmasters chapter formed in December 1983 to help local businesspeople, students and professionals alike become more comfortable speaking to groups. Members improve their presentation skills and learn to facilitate meetings through regular practice. Membership is open to the public.

How to Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices: A Taste of Motivational Interviewing w/ John Brelsford, PHD

May 16, 2015 - 10:30 am - 2:00 pm at Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley St

Interested in learning a way to communicate with your child/teen which fosters collaboration and motivates positive change?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a technique used in some psychotherapies, but the basic principal (people want to be healthy) can foster parent/child connection and encourage kids to make difficult positive changes. The founder of MI describes it as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.”

This training will provide an introduction to the spirit and principles of MI and will give participants an opportunity to experience some of what makes MI different from other approaches.

Presenter:  John Brelsford, PhD, LMHC.  John is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and has been offering training in Motivational Interviewing for the past 6 years.  John currently has a therapy practice in Easthampton and has over 40 years of experience in human services fieldworking people with serious psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

Visit our blog at to register!

(Lunch will be provided)

Polish Dinner

May 16, 2015 - 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Valentine’s Church
127 King Street

What:  Polish Dinner
Date:  Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Location:  Parish Hall of St. Valentine’s Church, 127 King Street, Northampton, MA
Ticket Cost:  $15/adult; $7 for children under 12
Reservations/Tickets:  Please call:  the Rectory Office at 413-584-0133 by May 12th.
Menu:  Golabki, Pierogi, Cabbage with Spareribs, Kielbasa, Ham, Homefries, Ryebread/butter, horseradish/pickles, coffee and dessert.

For entertainment – The St. Joseph’s  Polish Dance group has again been invited and will perform traditional Polish Dances.

13th Annual Mental Health & Wellness Fair

May 20, 2015 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Energy Park
Miles Street

Join us for live music, singing, entertainment, local mental health & wellness providers, vendors, food & fun!

RAFFLES including gift certificates from local businesses!

SPECIAL RAFFLE for 2 Red Sox Tickets!!!!

Sponsored by Clinical & Support Options/Enhancing Lives-Strengthening Communities

For more information contact Green River House 413-772-2181

Will Bike 4 Food

September 27, 2015 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm at Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion
15 Billings Way

Fifth annual bike event supporting The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Exciting changes to celebrate our fifth year include a new location and new routes. Registration opens Friday, February 13th. Visit for more information.

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