Community Events

Diggity Dogs Service Dogs’ Fall Fundraising & Public Education Campaign is kicked off at Hope & Olive’s Free Soup & Games Night

October 6, 2014 - December 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Hope & Olive
679 Mohawk Trail

On October 6th at Hope & Olive’s Free Soup & Games Night Diggity Dogs will launch a fall fundraising and public education campaign that will culminate in the placement of multiple service dogs at no cost to the recipients.

The event will include a raffle, door prizes, entertainment and, as always, great company!

Come on down and bring a friend or twelve.

We need your support!

HOST AN INTERNATIONAL ADULT STUDENT

November 1, 2014 - December 20, 2014 - All Day at International Language Institute
25 New South St., Suite 113

HAVE YOU GOT THE ITCH TO TRAVEL BUT NO MONEY OR TIME TO DO SO?
Then BRING THE WORLD INTO YOUR KITCHEN!
Consider hosting an adult international student.
The International Language Institute in downtown Northampton is looking
for nearby homes to host adult international students in our full-time
Intensive English Program.
We offer monthly start dates, varied lengths of stay, and a generous
stipend.
If you are a friendly person who is interested in sharing a cross-cultural
experience and can provide students with a private, furnished bedroom and
meals or kitchen privileges, please contact ILI for more info.
Go to www.ILI.EDU, contact Amy@ili.edu, or call 586-7569 x100.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

November 28, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Harvard University, CGIS Building
1730 Cambridge Street

 

A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World.

We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade.

Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy “world” music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place.

Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world.

Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world.  Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures.

For details visit our website at http://bazaar.cs.org

Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM

 

Free parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

A Celebration of Advent

November 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm at First Churches of Northampton
129 Main Street

Ensemble Musica Humana will perform at First Churches of Northampton at 8pm on November 28, featuring the vocal group Renaissance Men. The concert features the Advent carols of Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius, interspersed with his dance music. A free pre-concert talk by music director Lidia Chang will start at 7pm in the church parlor. The audience is invited to meet the musicians at a post-concert gathering at The Foundry. Tickets are available online at www.ensemblemusicahumana.com and at the door.

Upper Sandusky Music Boosters’ Arts and Crafts Bazaar

November 29, 2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Upper Sandusky High School
800 North Sandusky Avenue

Do all of your Christmas shopping in ONE day! Our local vendors sell all handcrafted items along with baked goods. You can also win prizes donated by our vendors by entering in our raffle! Benefits help the Upper Sandusky Music Department! You don’t want to miss it!

Christmas Concert

November 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm at St. Valentine’s Church
127 King Street

Christmas Concert
Lisa Woods, Mezzo-Soprano, Terri LaFleur, Soprano, Jerry Noble, Pianist, and Kyle LaFleur, Flute  will present a concert at St. Valentine’s Church, 127 King Street, Northampton, November 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Please join these talented performers as they celebrate the holiday season by performing many of the Christmas classics both sacred and secular from “Away in the Manger” and “Ave Maria” to “White Christmas” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”.  This festive concert will evoke the Christmas spirit in all – please come and join in the celebration!

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at UMass Amherst – Student Union Ballroom
101 Campus Center Way

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 the Malcolm X Cultural Center will host the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Student Union Ballroom from 5:30 P.M. to 7 P.M.

This event is one of several signature cultural celebratory events for the campus community and the general public.

Its origins date back to Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, who created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

At the UMass Amherst, Kwanzaa is co-supported by local African Diaspora Alum, faculty, staff and student organizations who lend their talents, scholarship and creative voices as a means of acknowledging current contributions by Africans, African Americans, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro Latinos to the global community.

Kwanzaa also serves as a remembrance of the challenges faced and survived across the African Diaspora, affirmation of the commitment to the continued resilience of individuals and communities to not only survive through oppressive times, but to continue to contribute gifts to humanity despite obstacles as well as the embodiment of the Kwanzaa principles for inclusiveness of diverse African Diaspora cultures while engaging in community building.

New Playreading Series

December 2, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Helen Hills Hills Chapel
123 Elm Street

‘I and You’ by Lauren Gunderson, Finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

Gamelan Fall Concert

December 3, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Earle Recital Hall
144 Green Street

Concert of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director.

Literary reading

December 4, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Memorial Hall
University of Massachustts

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg FiguresAngle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path, all published by Copper Canyon Press. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station won The Believer Book Award; his second novel, 10:04, will be published Faber/FSG this fall.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

December 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014 - 10:00 am - 9:00 pm at Arsenal Mall Project
485 Arsenal Street #37

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FREE PARKING

 

A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World.

We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade.

Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy “world” music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place.

Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world.

Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world.  Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures.

For details visit our website at http://bazaar.cs.org

Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM

 

Tribute to Swing: Big Band Gala

December 5, 2014 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill #222

Scott Mullett, an expert in music of this era, director of Keene Jazz Orchestra, develops the band’s repertoire authentically and solos on clarinet and sax.

We welcome Rebecca Holtz and Rob Fletcher, genuine swing aficionados who authentically interpret the great big band singers.

Sponsored by Dianne Gallo and Steve Lieberman

$25-50 sliding scale, $20 students- includes dessert buffet!

Tickets online, at door, reserved by phone, and In The Moment Records

802 254 9088

www.vtjazz.org

St. Nicholas Bazaar

December 6, 2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church
14 Boltwood Walk

From Tiffany to Fisher-Price, shoppers will find an array of new and recycled gifts. Antiques, collectibles and jewelry –  including silver Chinese tea Local talents are also showcased as well as green and local offerings.

Highlights include:

  • antique tea caddy, sterling silver serving pieces, silver belly-dance belt, 19th C bone handled ‘bird’ set for serving quail
  • Children’s games and toys
  • Original artwork and handcrafts as well as 19th prints and paintings
  • Designer silk scarves and hand knit items
  • Books of fiction and non-fiction for all ages
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • White Elephants – surprising delights await you here
  • Home-baked goods, cookies, and preserves
  • Christmas wreaths and vintage ornaments
  • Palestinian olive oil

 

A light luncheon will be served.

St. Nicholas himself will appear in all his finery, and musicians  and carolers will ring in the holiday season.

REVISITING THE MIDDLE PASSAGE, an interactive workshop

December 6, 2014 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm at First Congregational Church of Greenfield
43 Silver Street

In 1998, a group of walkers left the Peace Pagoda in Leverett MA on the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage. This 13-month journey passed through the eastern United States and continued to the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, and South Africa, reversing the direction of the Middle Passage symbolically and geographically. Along the way, participants visited sites associated with the history of slavery, from slaves quarters and stations on the Underground Railroad to villages that had been raided in Africa, offering prayers for those who had suffered under slavery and commemorating the dignity of those held in bondage and those who resisted.

In this interactive workshop, playwright and international activist Ingrid Askew, Tim Bullock of the New England Peace Pagoda, and videographer Melinda Holm will share the voices of participants through film, spoken word, and conversation.

This program is one of a series organized by Mass Slavery Apology, a local racial justice group which was strongly influenced by the Pilgrimage. Mass Slavery Apology offers free monthly programs, including workshops, performances, and other activities, at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield. The organizers hope the series will build a deeper understanding of racism and racial justice while promoting a greater appreciation for our diverse society.

  • Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Doors open at 10:30
  • Place: The First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301
  • Cost: Free, donations welcome.
  • Child care available by reservation. Please RSVP by November 29th with number and ages of children to  email@massslaveryapology.org
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please, no fragranced products.
  • For more information, see massslaveryapology.org or contact email@massslaveryapology.org.

Baby It’s Cold Outside Benefit Dance for Safe Passage

December 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Diva’s
492 Pleasant Street

Dance away the cold on December 6, 2014 and support a great Pioneer Valley nonprofit organization, SafePassage at the same time!  “Baby It’s Cold Outside” tickets can be purchased in advance at wantickets.com. $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Divas Nightclub, 492 Pleasant Street, Northampton. 7-10pm. For more information visit the Pioneer Valley LGBTQ Women’s Meetup page or safepass.org.

First Sunday Concert: Voces Feminae

December 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
650 East Pleasant Street

Sunday, December 7th 2:00pm-4:00pm First Sunday Concert Series: Voces Feminae. Directed by Catherine Bell. This program features music “from the islands” of Malta, the British Isles, Corsica, Cyprus, and more! Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

Christmas Vespers Performance

December 7, 2014 - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm at John M. Greene Hall
68 Elm Street

Christmas Vespers Performance
Smith Colleges much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall, on the campus of Smith College. An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season.

Benefit Contra Dance for Brattleboro Time Trade

December 7, 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at The Stone Church
210 Main Street

We’re honored to have callers and musicians including Quena Crain, Lissa Schneckenburger, Louisa Engle, Everest Witman and Amanda Witman. Children’s dances from 7-7:45 PM, followed by a full contra dance from 8-10 PM. We’ll have BTT t-shirts available, as well as light snacks (including gluten-free options), and a raffle. No partner or experience needed. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for families. Proceeds will go to the Brattleboro Time Trade and its Scholarship Fund, to ensure the benefits of BTT for low-income community members. We hope you’ll join us for this festive, family-friendly event!

SciTech Cafe presents: A scientist walks into a bar and uses software to cure diseases!

December 8, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Amherst Brewing Company
10 University Dr

SciTech Cafe presents: A scientist walks into a bar and uses software to cure diseases!
December 8th at 6pm
Amherst Brewing Company

*What makes drug design challenging?
*How can computers and simulation software help drug discovery?
*What are the key interactions that drive protein-drug binding?

Woody Sherman, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Applications Science at Schrodinger and an Adjunct Professor at UMass Amherst.  He will share his research involving scientific software, drug design and how he uses code to cure diseases.

This is a free community event.  Curious minds of all ages are welcome to attend!

Music in the Noon Hour: Works of C.P.E. Bach

December 9, 2014 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm at Sweeney Concert Hall
144 Green Street

Alissa Leiser, piano with Joel Pitchon, violin perform works by C.P.E. Bach

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