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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Zydeco Connection to Play Benefit Concert

Adapted from a Stone Soup Cafe press release:

The next Third Friday Concert, co-hosted by the Stone Soup Cafe and All Souls Church, will be held on September 15th, from 7PM to 9PM, and feature the fun dance music of Zydeco Connection in the church's beautiful sanctuary.  It's a wonderful way to utilize this space, bringing people together through music and community.  In addition, soft drinks will be available on a pay-what-you-can basis so that attendees can stay hydrated as they dance in the aisles and boogie in the pews!

News from Your Local United Way

Adapted from a United Way of Franklin County press release:

In addition to donations, our local chapter of the United Way is looking for volunteers to read to children and/or become Court Appointed Special Adovocates (CASA) for them.  A new session of the preschool reading program began earlier this month and there will be a CASA information session in town on Monday.

Get Help Preparing for Your Child's IEP Meeting

Adapted from a The United Arc press release:

The United Arc and Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) are sponsoring two free workshops for parents and professionals to help them through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting process.  "Getting it Done!  Preparing for Your Child's IEP Meeting" will be held on Wednesday, September 21st, in Turners Falls and again on Thursday, October 13th, in Athol.  Guest speaker Ingrid Flory, of MFOFC, will offer strategies to help participants have a productive IEP meeting, contribute directly to the plan, get their concerns addressed, and clearly communicate their vision and priorities.

It's Blooming Backpacks!

Adapted from a United Way of Franklin County press release:

Women's Way, a program of the United Way of Franklin County, is asking for your help in order to provide backpacks and school supplies to needy children in our area.  Every August, the Women's Way and community supporters gather together at a lovely garden in Historic Old Deerfield to socialize while supporting the needs of local students.  This year's main event will be held on Thursday, August 4th, from 5:30PM to 7PM, and admission is just $5, plus 1 or more backpacks filled with school supplies.

Reminder: Historical Society Open Houses Sun

Adapted from a Buckland Historical Society press release:

The Buckland Historical Society would like to remind you that, this Sunday, July 10th, from 2PM to 4PM, they will be holding 2 open houses to showcase their collections.  Stop by either, or check out both properties, to explore some local history!

Roses for Mom, Help for Our Community

Adapted from a United Way of Franklin County press release:

This Mother's Day, UPS is teaming up with the United Way for their annual Mother's Day Rose Sale!  As usual, your purchase of a dozen (or two!) roses for mom, a friend, yourself, or anyone who needs a smile will help support all of the great programs that the United Way of Franklin County has to offer.  In addition, thanks to UPS, each dozen roses you purchase will get you an entry in a drawing to win $100!

Show the Love for Kids

Adapted from a United Way of Franklin County press release:

Every child deserves to be carefree but, this year, more than 5,000 kids in our area will experience abuse and neglect and they need your help. In honor of Valentine's Day, the United Way of Franklin County is teaming up with United Way of Hampshire County & United Way of Pioneer Valley and asking you to #Showtheloveforkids during the whole month of February.  By texting the word HEART to 20222, you will donate $10 to local United Way programs that support kids in our region (message & data rates may apply).

Upcoming Workshops at The United Arc

Adapted from a The United Arc press release:

Once again, The United Arc will offer free programs designed to help families and professionals care and advocate for people with special needs.  Person Centered Planning will be the topic on February 17th and March 9th, while Transition to Adulthood will be the focus on March 24th.

Don't Forget! Supper for Six Next Week

Adapted from a United Way of Franklin County press release:

On Tuesday, February 9th, from 5:30PM to 7PM, in Stoneleigh-Burnham School's Capen Room, the United Way of Franklin County will be collecting grocery bags of food; each filled with enough non-perishable items to make dinner for a family of 6.  All the bags will be distributed to families in need in Franklin County during school vacation week, February 15th through 19th.  Last year over 300 bags, weighing in at nearly 5,000 pounds, were collected!

Emily Arsenault to Read at Boswell's Books

Adapted from a Boswell's Books press release:

On Thursday, January 28th, at 6:30PM, author Emily Arsenault will launch the publication of her new novel The Evening Spider.  A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting story inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s delivers a heart-stopping mystery that links people across centuries.