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Wednesday, December 31 1969


DCR Opens Beaches & Waterfronts Early

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation press release:

Due to the warm weather conditions this week, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray is pleased to announce that the following DCR beaches and waterfronts will be staffed and guarded 7 days-a-week beginning Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  Lifeguards will be on duty from 11AM until 6PM.

What's Happening at The Salasin Center?

Adapted from The Salasin Center press releases:

The Salasin Center, which encompasses the Greenfield Women's Resource Center (GWRC) and the Family United Network (FUN), has a lot going on this month!  In addition to the ongoing Parents Supporting Parents group and Journey Dance class, a Summer Solstice Celebration/Women's Open Mic Night will be held on June 20th and a family dance party will happen on the 26th.

We (heart) the Deerfield River Family Service Night

Adapted from a Hilltown Families press release:

Our watersheds are vital and important ecosystems for animal and plant species. Celebrate the Deerfield River Watershed with friends, family, Hilltown Families, and The Art Garden on Friday, June 6th, from 4-7pm, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, for our final community-service art-making event of the season.

Two Film Fests Call for Entries

Adapted from multiple press releases:

Attention local filmmakers of all ages!  The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is looking for high school students to enter their competition and the short shooting schedule No Film Film Festival is back for a third go round.

School Choice Public Hearing Set for 5/27/14

Adapted from a Town of Greenfield press release:

This just in!  The Greenfield School Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing, about their recent decision not to allow new students to choice into Greenfield schools next year, for Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 6:30PM, in the Greenfield Middle School Cafeteria.

Random Acts of Kindness Family Service Night

Adapted from a Hilltown Families press release:

In the spirit of spreading kindness to others, Hilltown Families presents a free family workshop, "Flowers for Friends", at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, on Friday, April 11th, 2014, from 4-7pm.  Families are invited to join neighbors & friends in this free community art event; painting terracotta flower pots to plant with pansies and then pass along to another in their community.

Young Writers Wanted: Show Off Your Talent

Adapted from an Odyssey Bookshop press release:

It’s that time of year again! The Odyssey Bookshop proudly presents its 21st Annual Children’s Writing Contest. Each year we offer local children, in first through fifth grades, the opportunity to win $300 worth of gift certificates. The entries will be judged on the originality of the story, the creativity of the idea, and quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Check for this year’s writing prompt!

Pioneer Valley Science & Sustainability Expo Schedule

Adapted from a Greening Greenfield press release:

Would you like to see young people’s visions of the future?  The Science and Sustainability Expo is a unique, intergenerational, non-commercial, educational event for youth and adults.   Taking place on Saturday, March 1st, from 9am-3:30pm, at the Greenfield Community College (GCC) dining common, it is designed to foster mutual inspiration and enthusiasm around sustainable living and sustainability education.

New "Parents Supporting Parents" Group Starting

Adapted from The Salasin Center press releases:

The Family United Network (FUN), part of The Salasin Center, is proud to announce the formation of a new, ongoing, support group for parents, beginning February 12, 2014.  Participants will meet on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm.  This group will be facilitated by Lynn Norwood & Melissa O’Malley, who have been providing The Nurturing Families 16 week program through The Salasin Project & The Recover Project.  Parents Supporting Parents is free to attend and offered to all parents & grandparents in the community.

Winter Carnival 2014 is Here!

Woo hoo!  It's a beautiful day, lots of people are out and about, and the ice carving competition is underway.

Our intrepid staffer Jimmie spoke with some of the sculptors and you can watch his interviews on our homepage later today.