Community Events

Ashfield Farmers Market

May 17, 2014 - October 25, 2014 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Ashfield Town Common
Main Street

The Ashfield Farmers Market is a market for farmers, and by farmers.  We gather weekly on the Ashfield Town Common to vend vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, plants, bread, baked goods, prepared foods, maple products, honey and more. Artist of the week every week, and live music too.  Come and join us in the sun, on the common, it’s always a hoot!

Sy’s Fund 5th Annual Golf Tournament

August 21, 2014 - 9:00 am at Crumpin-Fox Club
87 Parmenter Rd

Sy’s Fund is here to help young adults ages 18-39 who are facing the challenges of cancer by funding their creative passions, pursuits, and hobbies as well as integrative therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology, and therapeutic massage.

We are a tribute fund in memory of Silas “Sy” River Bennett, a young man who thrived on ideas, projects, and goals.

Understanding the extreme challenges young adults with cancer face, it is our goal to provide something that will help to make a difference in their daily lives.

The popular golf tournament is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Thursday August 21st at Crumpin-Fox Club Bernardston, MA.

Please visit for more information.

Jonny Lang

August 21, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street

At the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me. Sixteen years later, with the release of his newest album, Fight For My Soul, he is entering a chapter where he has found his true voice. The album defies categorization by a single genre. It is defined by textured arrangements, broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music.

Gas Pipeline Public Hearing

August 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Conway Grammar School
Route 116

WHAT:        Public Information Session on the proposed Kinder Morgan / TGP Pipeline
WHO:         Open to residents of Conway, MA
WHERE:         Conway Grammar School, Conway, MA
WHEN:        August 28, 2014, 7 PM
WHAT ELSE:    Live cablecast on FCAT Channel 12 (Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately), and on the web at

CONWAY) Conway residents will get a chance to voice their questions, opinions and concerns about a proposed natural gas pipeline currently being proposed for Franklin County.

On August 28, representatives from Kinder Morgan will discuss details about th e proposed natural gas pipeline project public information session at the Conway Grammar School. The meeting, hosted by the Conway Board of Selectmen, is intended to provide an information exchange between Conway residents and the proponents of the project.

FCAT will provide live coverage of this public presentation on Comcast Channel 12, in Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately. Additionally, the presentation will be available live on the FCAT website,

To learn more:

The Root Social Justice Center’s 1-Year Anniversary Party Fundraiser!

September 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at The Root Social Justice Center
28 Williams St Ground Floor

On Saturday September 6th, The Root Social Justice Center will be hosting a 1-Year Anniversary Party Fundraiser to celebrate its first year of operation and raise funds to keep its doors open for years to come. The event is open to the public and free, though donations are encouraged.

The Root Social Justice Center, located at 28 Williams Street in the Whetstone Arts Building, provides a physically and financially accessible space to support and bring together communities working for social justice. The Root is operated collectively to sustain a space that strives to be free of oppression, harm and injustice. Since opening its doors in September 2013, more than a dozen community groups have hosted over 140 events at The Root!

The Root Social Justice Center is a two-part project with an innovative model. During weekdays, The Root Social Justice Center is a collectively run office space for four justice-oriented businesses and organizations: Vermont Workers Center, Just Schools Project, ACT for Social Justice and Open Bookkeeping. During evenings and weekends, the space is available for the public to host social justice organizing events, such as workshops, potlucks, film screenings, and meetings.

The Root Social Justice Center’s 1-Year Anniversary Party Fundraiser will celebrate its first year by recognizing the larger community that has made The Root such a success! The evening will start with a light dinner provided from 6-7:30, followed by community awards and appreciations from 7:30-8. The evening will end with a Karaoke and dance party! Community partners that used The Root throughout the year are helping put the event on, making it a truly community event.



Free film screening: The Ghosts In Our Machine

September 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Florence Civic Center
90 Park St.

Florence Yoga and Western MA Animal Rights Advocates will host a special free screening of  The Ghosts In Our Machine, a multi-award winning consciousness raising documentary that gently reveals one of the most haunting moral dilemmas of our modern world.  Directed by Liz Marshall, The Ghosts In Our Machine follows photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S., and in Europe.  Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment, and Biomedical Research.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: Doors open at 6; film at 6:30.  Refreshments to follow.
Location: Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence, MA

Admission is free.  Seating is limited – come early to get yours!

For more information about the film and the filmmakers, please visit

Barre Woman’s Club Flea Market on the Common

September 13, 2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at The Barre Common
South St

Flea Market on the Barre Common is sponsored by the Barre Woman’s Club to support a scholarship fund for women attending college.  There will be a variety of vendors selling antiques, attic treasures, crafts and more.  There is a $20 registration fee for vendor space.

Amherst Live

September 13, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
100 Holdsworth Way

Amherst Live is a live magazine show combining interviews, storytelling, TED-style talks, and live music. What does it means to live here, in a small New England town, and what we can learn from our neighbors about how to live better? Join us Saturday, September 13, at Bowker Auditorium for our best show yet! Tix @

The Karen Lachapelle Memorial Golf Tournament

September 15, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm at Southampton Country Club
329 College Hwy., Route 10

Community Enterprises presents the Karen Lachapelle Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 15th at the Southampton Country Club, 329 College Highway (RT 10) in Southampton, MA.

“Shot Gun” starts at 9:00 a.m.  You can also join us for a silent auction, raffle and dinner at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Lococo @ 413-313-3474

Rich Horton @ 413-584-1460

This event helps support the programs of Community Enterprises, offering wellness & recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.

Thank you!


Bake Sale Fundraiser

September 21, 2014 - 7:30 am - 6:00 pm at Vermont Welcome Center on I-91
1235 Broad Brook Rd

Brattleboro Time Trade provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services for the benefit of the community.  The Time Trade creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. By promoting the skills and knowledge of each member and enabling reciprocity, the organization empowers each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy.

Join us at the Vermont Welcome Center on I-91 in Guilford (just  before Exit 1 in Brattleboro) for tea and coffee and a wide assortment of professional and homemade baked goods including muffins, cookies, brownies, sandwiches, fudge, popcorn, and whole pies. And of course, we’ll have fresh apples, apple cider, and cider donuts! All proceeds to benefit Brattleboro Time Trade.

Pedal Poker Run

October 12, 2014 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Maplewood Shops
2 Conz Street

Valley CDC will be hosting the 4th annual Pedal Poker Run on October 12. The Pedal Poker Run is a fun game where bicyclists pick up five cards at different locations along a beautiful ride through the fall foliage. Choose from our 10-mile Family Ride or the more challenging 50-mile Long Ride. The best hands win great prizes including a vacation package to the Berkshires (worth $500)!

This is an event where participants can come together in support of building a stronger community through the creation of affordable housing and providing important services like first time home buyer workshops, foreclosure prevention counseling, and small business techincal assistance. Since 2011, residents and small businesses have come together for the Pedal Poker Run and to support the mission of Valley CDC.

Visit the Pedal Poker Run website to learn more.

Register at

Basic mediation training

October 17, 2014 - November 1, 2014 - All Day at Northampton Friends Meeting
43 Center Street

Learn simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements; gain skills and confidence in handling challenging situations; help others work with their conflicts. Whether you intend to be a formal mediator, or just want to develop skills you can use in other professional and personal situations, basic mediation training is a great place to start. Training runs October 17, 18, 24 and 25 (November 1 optional), 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, in Northampton. For info or brochure, see or contact The Mediation & Training Collaborative (, 413-475-1505).

March for Research

October 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at UMass Amherst Horseshoe
121 Southwest Circle

This fall, the 3rd annual “March for Research” 5K Walk and Run will be held on the UMass Amherst campus on Saturday October 18th. All proceeds raised by this event will be used to fund research for the March of Dimes. There are two main features of the event: a timed race for competitive runners and a walking option for those who would like to participate in the event without competing in the race. The top three male and female runners will be awarded medals accordingly and the top family team and student organization will receive plaques. All proceeds raised through participants and registration fees will be donated to the March of Dimes Foundation to support their research, some of which is being funded right on campus. As a bonus, all participants will receive a FREE March of Dimes t-shirt! Participants may either sign up beforehand on, or in person at the event. Registration starts at 12:00pm and the Walk and Run begins at 1:00pm.

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