AEF: A Toast to 25 Years May 30

unnamedTickets are now available! We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 30, 2019, for a festive evening of fun!

It’s the party of the season, and we don’t want you to miss it! AEF honors YOU, our generous supporters, as we celebrate 25 years of support for our elementary and regional public schools.* Join us to raise a glass as we toast everyone who makes our schools thrive!

Our special guests include AEF co-founder Ellen Story, Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Mindy Domb, and Amherst Town Council President Lynn Griesemer. The evening will feature cocktails, hearty appetizers, and a fun and unique silent auction. See you there!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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9th Annual Daffodil Run

The 9th Annual  Daffodil Run is a festive Springtime 5K run/walk or 10K run to support Big Brother/Big Sisters, taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This event draws over 1,000 people to Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst.

The Daffodil Run started nine years ago as a fundraiser for CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. New in 2019, we are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, so runners and walkers can choose which agency they want to raise funds for. We hope to match even more young people with mentors through this collaboration! You can choose the agency you are supporting when you create your personalized fundraising page here: https://chd.myetap.org/fundraiser/DaffodilRun2019/

Free local parking is available near Kendrick Park. Participants may also park at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School located at 21 Mattoon St., approximately one half mile from Kendrick Park.

Free lunch for participants provided by The Pub plus games, bounce house, music and more!

Register at daffodilrun2019.racewire.com by April 1, 2019 to receive a free t-shirt.

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Amherst Sustainability Festival

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th
10 AM – 4 PM
TOWN COMMON

Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its tenth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans!

SCHEDULE OF STAGE PERFORMERS:
10 AM – Luke DeRoy
11 AM – Caylin Lee
Noon – Emma June
1 PM – The Frost Heaves and Hales
2 PM – Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate
3 PM – Piti Theatre Company

CENTRAL DEMONSTRATION AREA: (CHECK THE ON SITE SANDWICH BOARDS AT THE FESTIVAL FOR TIMES)

Bagshare Making – Sue Morrello

Bee Pollinator Habitats – John Root

Composting Workshop with City Compost

Cycling as All-Season Transportation – Laughing Dog Bicycle

Chakra Energy Healing for Centering and Relaxation – Saralee Hofrichter

The human body is a complex vibratory system. Reiki, crystals & sound are all forms of energy that help raise your vibration, and will be used to help re-align and harmonize your chakras, as you are guided back to a grounded and balanced state – Saralee Hofrichter, Reiki Master, Crystal Healer, Sound Healer

Multicultural History of Henna – Paisley Peacock Body Arts

Specialty Mushrooms: Curiosity, Cuisine and Cultivation – Willie Crosby, Fungi Ally

Join Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally in an exploration of the magical world of specialty mushrooms. We will discuss the basics of what specialty mushrooms are and why use them in the kitchen and medicine cabinet. Excited to grow them at home? This workshop will discuss 2 methods of home cultivation, using a grow kit and inoculating shiitake logs.

Tree Planting and Pruning with Amherst Tree Warden Alan Snow

Upcycling Workshop with EcoBuilding Bargains

WAYS TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

Stand up for science and join the UMASS March for Science Western MA 2019 convening at Kendrick Park at 9 AM and leaving for the festival at 10 AM. Organized by the Amherst Pod of 500 Women Scientists and UMASS Amherst That’s Life [Science] blog.

Participate in the BID sponsored CHALK WALK! Chalk available at the Amherst BID booth.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS: DROP OFF LOCATION ON SOUTH PLEASANT STREET ADJACENT TO THE COMMON

ALSO – ELECTRIC VEHICLES, HORSES, FACE PAINTING, A JUGGLING STILT WALKER, THE ORBITRON AND MORE!

VISIT https://www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information FOR MORE UPDATES!

THANK YOU TO OUR FINANCIAL SPONSORS: EVERSOURCE AND BERKSHIRE GAS

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25th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi

All are welcome to join for a local observance of the 25th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi.
**Please wear black, white, or grey attire, out of respect for Rwandan custom.**

For 100 days in 1994, a previous government of Rwanda orchestrated and carried out a genocide against the Tutsi during which approximately one million people were murdered. The U.S. and the international community failed to intervene to stop the bloodshed. Twenty-five years later, we gather together with Rwanda to say “never again,” to remember the lives lost, and to honor Rwanda’s process of recovery.

We will meet at the BACK PATIO of the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. Then, we will have a “Walk to Remember” around the Amherst Town Common, led by local Rwandan students. We will return to the Jones Library Woodbury Room for a period of reflection, followed by a screening of three intimate, 5-minute documentaries of reconciliation produced by Rwandan youth.

The event is hosted by Rwandan college students living locally and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.”  NOT A SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT
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Upcoming Star Wars events at Jones Library

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In late April and early May the Jones Library has lots of fun Star Wars activities leading up to 4th annual May the 4th Be With You celebration of all things Star Wars. This year following their crafts and activities on May the 4th they’ll be showing the movie Solo.

A few of these events require advance registration but many are open to all ages with no pre-registration required. There’s everything from baby Padawan storytime to Makerspace for older kids.

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Amherst Community Clean Up Day

The Town of Amherst is hosting a Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 4th from 9AM-11AM. There will be three meeting locations throughout the Town, each will have an area captain stationed to organize and assist volunteers. Several Town Councilors will be serving as area captains. We will provide collection bags for trash and recycling and work gloves (please bring your own if you do have a pair). Public Works will assist with the collection of the bags after the event.

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Host Families Needed

The Institute for Training and Development, Amherst, (ITD), will host the program “Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators” this June, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The theme of this program is “Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream.” Goal of the program is to deepen their understanding of the U.S. society, education, and culture. An important part of the Institute is spending a weekend with a local family or member of the community. The homestay weekend is scheduled for June 14-16th. Participants particularly enjoy sharing their culture with American families and discussing the differences and similarities between the two. Meeting their homestay family is usually one of the highlights of their time here in the US. This is an excellent opportunity to experience a cross-cultural exchange.

This group will be comprised of secondary school educators from 7 continents. They all speak English and are highly motivated adults who have gone through a competitive application process to be selected to be a part of this Institute. If you are interested in hosting one or two educators for an overnight or would like more information on ITD, please call Kaye Sherwood at 413.256.1925 or email at: kaye@itdamherst.org. ITD will also welcome a group from Latin America in July and we will be looking for homestay hosts for July 12-14. Theme of that program for undergraduate students from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica will be Public Policy Making. Great way to practice your Spanish.

For more information, please contact Kaye Sherwood (413) 256-1925 or kaye@itdamherst.org

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