The Quicksilver Comedy Players Benefit Show

March 7, 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Foster Memorial Church
1791 Wilbraham Road

Valley Improv presents the Quicksilver Comedy Players, a live benefit dinner and comedy show. The players perform live skits for all ages from audience suggestions. This event is at Foster Memorial Church,UCC, located at 1791 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, on Saturday-March 7. Dinner is at 6p.m., followed by the show of improv at its best. Dinner entre choices are: Chicken or Veggie Lasagna. Tickets are: $20.00 per person. Call 413-782-2112 to reserve tickets. All proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church. All are welcome, please join us.


Conversation about Boston’s Proposal for the Olympics 2024

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Florence community center
140 Pine St.

A Conversation about Boston’s Proposal for the 2024 Olympics with Evan Falchuk, recent Independent candidate for Massachusetts’ governor and founder of the United Independent Party. Mr. Falchuk will be joined by Andrew Zimbalist, Smith Professor of Economics and author of Circus Maximus: the economic gamble behind hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. Free and open to the public on Sunday, March 8, 2 PM to 4 PM Florence Community Center auditorium, 140 Pine St., Florence.  For more information: 585-5795.

Stavros 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert featuring FAT and HVGO

March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Academy Of Music Theatre
274 Main Street

Two locally born music groups come together for a splendid performance at the Academy of Music in Northampton on March 8th, 2015 at 2pm. This unique concert will feature the talents of one of the Pioneer Valley’s favorite rock bands FAT, known for producing albums with RCA and Atlantic Records and collaborating with producers behind artists such as David Bowie and Blue Oyster Cult. Also performing will be the truly avant-garde Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, directed by internationally acclaimed virtuoso arch guitarist and composer, Peter Blanchette. The orchestra is comprised of twenty talented electric and acoustic guitarists, whose debut album in 2010 received the Springfield Republican’s annual “Live Wire” Award. These original groups promise a concert sui generis in support of Stavros Center for Independent Living.
For 40 years, Stavros has been providing services for disabled members of the community. “It is through events such as this concert that we raise awareness for those we serve,” says event organizer Norman Blain. Proceeds from this exciting event will go towards Stavros and their mission to make life safe, healthy, and independent for all.Stavros a non-profit, is the third oldest independent living center in the USA. Stavros is a member agency of the United Way at Hampshire & Franklin Counties that serves more than 6,000 individuals each year in the three counties of the Pioneer Valley.

Gallery of Readers: Michelle Valois and Sally Bellerose

March 8, 2015 - 4:00 pm at Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College

Michelle Valois and Sally Bellerose will read from their recent work. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Michelle Valois lives in Florence with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Tri-Quarterly, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slipstream, Map Literary, The North American Review, and others. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received writing grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches writing and humanities at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Sally Bellerose is a retired RN, novelist, and poet who loves to give readings and play with her granddaughter in the garden. Her current project, a novel titled Fishwives, is about old women behaving badly. She will read an excerpt from Fishwives that won the Saints and Sinners Literary Fiction Award. In her writing, Sally is interested in messy, confusing, complicated relationships. She is also drawn to humor and transcendence. Sally is author of the novel The Girls Club.

The Gallery of Readers series, which began in 1990, takes its name from its first location, in Northampton’s Forbes Library art gallery. Most readers in the series are participants in Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein’s Vernon Street Writing Workshops.  Carol and Robin have recently launched the Gallery of Readers Press, a new nonprofit venture intended to provide workshop participants with an opportunity to publish their work.

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

Mass West Home Show

March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015 - 11:00 am at Smith College Indoor Track
106 Lower College Lane

Are you looking for ideas for your next home project? Plan on attending the

Mass West Home Show, March 14th & 15th at the Indoor Track & Tennis at Smith College in Northampton.

It’s this region’s FIRST home show. Meet the professionals in home building, remodeling, landscaping, energy savings and more.

See kitchens, baths, sun rooms, appliances, home centers, flooring, garage doors, HVAC, building materials and more.

Win a FREE Kohler standby generator from Paciorek Electric.

Don’t miss Jelly Belly’s Pools & SpasGIANT” spa sale, Contractors Home Appliances and see Amherst Landscapes Spring “Welcome Garden”.

There are seminars plus gardening tips by the Western Mass Master Gardener Association and “GREEN” energy exhibits.

Support the Northampton Survival Center. Bring in canned goods and get a discount to the show.

Go to

The Mass West Home Show, March 14th & 15th at the Indoor Track & Tennis at Smith College, opens daily at 11.

Bill Charlap Trio

March 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm at

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap performed with many leading artists of our time, like Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

Formed in 1997, his trio with Peter Washington (bass ) and Kenny Washington (drums) is recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.

$20-40 sliding scale, $!5 student
Available online, at door, reserved by phone, or In the Moment Records, Main St Brattleboro.

Please call ahead for handicap access.

Sponsored by a friend of the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshop.

Ham Dinner

March 15, 2015 - 1:00 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center
10 Hawley Street


Bob Gibowicz and Angie Fydenkevez, Co-chairs of the Polish Heritage Committee announce plans for its first fundraiser of the year. A Ham Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th; doors open at noon and dinner served at 1 p.m. The event will include door prizes and raffles with the proceeds to be used to help defray the expenses in sponsoring the Annual Pulaski Day Parade in Northampton. This year’s Parade is planned for Monday, October 12th commencing with a memorial mass followed by the parade.

Tickets for the Ham Dinner can be obtained from the Co-chairs and Polish Heritage Committee members or by calling 413 530-0145 or 413 586-1079.

The Polish Heritage Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Parish Hall behind St. John Cantius Church off Hawley Street at 6 p.m. All friends of Polonia interested in joining are welcome.

Historical Society Program

March 19, 2015 - 7:00 pm at

Discovering the Whately & Hatfield Oxbows by Gary Sanderson, Thursday, March 19 at 7PM. Whately Congregational Church, Chestnut Plain, Whately.

Join us to hear the Greenfield Recorder columnist and local historian, Gary Sanderson, discuss these little-known geological features and their role as Indian sites as well as other aspects of local history. The program is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Jointly sponsored by the Whately and Hatfield Historical Societies.

Spaghetti Dinner

March 21, 2015 - 5:00 pm at St. Valentine’s
127 King Street

Spaghetti Dinner
St. Valentine’s Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King Street, Northampton, MA will hold a Spaghetti Dinner” on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is $9 for adults; $5 for children under 12.  The menu:  Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Spaghetti with Meatless Sauce, Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad, Coffee/tea/milk, dessert.    For further information and reservations, please call the Rectory Office at 413-584-0133 by Wednesday,  March 18th.

Author Signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis”

March 28, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at World Eye Book Shop
156 Main St.

Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show, Don Ogden (d.o.) marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. As a long time anti-nuclear/pro-safe energy activist, d.o.’s work often critiques the false solutions to climate chaos: nuclear power, fracked gas and biomass being among them.

“Bad Atmosphere”, published by Levellers Press in Amherst, MA, is the culmination of decades worth of writing by Ogden focusing on aspects of climate change that moved him to put into words, feelings and thoughts evoked by “the greatest crisis of our time”. The preservation of forests, forest soils and even individual trees in the struggle to confront climate chaos is often raised in Ogden’s work as well. Renowned environmentalist, Bill McKibben remarking on d.o.’s book wrote: “As we face the climate crisis, we need art as well as science to help us reach the deepest parts of ourselves and fight the necessary fight. Thank heaven for the leadership of poets!” Ogden thinks the people should lead (after which the “leaders” will follow) and the book reflects that sentiment throughout.

Copies of “Bad Atmosphere” signed by the author will be available at World Eye or you may purchase copies at the Off the Common Book Shop located at Collective Copies in downtown Amherst. All proceeds will go to Levellers Press.

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