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There is a lot going on in the Amherst area this winter. Here is a select list of some events.

Every Saturday –All Winter Long.  Winter Farmer’s Market at the Hampshire Mall.  10 AM – 2 PM.  More Info here:  https://wfmhm.com

February, March and April..  Free UMass Music Faculty Concerts at Benzanson Recital Hall,  UMass.  Dates and times below.

Tues. Feb. 4, 7:30pm: Elizabeth Chang, violin & guest Steven Beck,
Thurs. Feb. 6, 7:30pm: Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone & Nikki Stoia,
Sun. Feb. 9, 4:30pm: Ayano Kataoka, percussion & guest Hiromi
Fukuda, piano
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30pm: Faculty Chamber Series, Part III
Thurs. Feb. 20, 7:30pm: Edward Arron, cello & guest Jeewon Park, piano
Thurs. Mar. 5, 7:30pm: Faculty Jazz Concert
Sun. Mar. 8, 4:30pm: Joshua Michal, horn & Ludmila Krasin, piano
Sun. April 5, 4:30pm: Nadine Shank, piano with guest Gran Wilson,
tenor & others
Tues. April 28, 7:30pm: Gilles Vonsattel, piano  
More info on the above concerts plus a full schedule of Music Department events can be found here.

Saturday February 1-8.  Amherst Winterfest. Eight Days of Activities.  Check here  for full schedule. https://www.amherstma.gov/3506/Winter-Fest 

Saturday February 8.  Looking Back to Move Forward: A Celebration of Black History and Culture.  11AM – 3 PM.  Bangs Community Center. A celebration of Black History & Culture: African Americans and the Vote. Register to vote, food, entertainment and more. Transportation needs or questions please contact Jennifer at moysotnj@amherstma.gov or at 413-259-3198 This event is sponsored by: The Amherst Human Rights Commission, Mission Cantina, The Harp, The Jones Library, The Amherst Senior Center, The Business Improvement District and A.J. Hastings

Sunday February 9. Amherst Historical Society Founders Day. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room, Jones Library. The Amherst Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the founding of the Town at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Maurianne Adams will receive the Conch Shell award for her contributions to Amherst’s history while serving on the committee that established the North Prospect, Lincoln-Sunset Local Historic District. Dr.Marla Miller, Director of the Public History Program at UMass Amherst, will speak on her work documenting the changing roles of women and their work before industrialization in western Massachusetts. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, February 9. jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading . 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Jones Library Join us for the 2019-20 jubilat / Jones Poetry Series! The jubilat / Jones Series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. Today’s reading features poets Heather Christle and Arisa White. An informal Q & A session will follow the reading. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday February 12. Public Forum on East-West Passenger Rail Study. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. UMass Center at Springfield, Classroom 014
Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA” Read the study here.

Friday Februay 14. Cuppa Joe with Town Manager Paul Bockelman and the Town’s new Principal Assessor, Elizabeth (Liz) Duffy. 7:30 – 9:00 AM at Bruegger’s Bagels.

Tuesday February 18Refugees in Western Massachusetts – On the Same Page-Amherst 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Woodbury Room, Jones Library. Jewish Family Services has played a vital role in Western Massachusetts in welcoming and resettling refugees. Sara Bedford will discuss their work with refugees from around the world, including Somalia.

Monday February 24 – Friday February 28. Early Voting: Presidential Primary 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Town Hall.The 2020 Elections schedule is now available online. Please be aware that the last day to register to vote or change an address/party enrollment for the Presidential Primary is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by 8:00 PM. The Presidential Primary is on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with early voting in Town Hall from February 24-28, 2020 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Thursday February 27. Panel. Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories: From Roe v. Wade to Young vs. UPS. 4-6 PM. Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass. Attacks on reproductive rights and justice are in the news daily—from the rollback of abortion rights and contraception access to the separation of children from their parents at the border. Come hear renowned legal scholars discuss the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases and what we can learn from them in this current political moment. Panelists will discuss their recently released book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories and topics ranging from coerced sterilization, abortion, and pregnancy discrimination.  More information here: Event website.

Friday February 28. Black Art Matters Festival. Meade Art Museum, Amherst College.  5-8 PM.   Join the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and the Mead as we conclude Black History Month with the Black Art Matters Festival, a visual art exhibition and performance showcase highlighting the work and artistic talent of Black student artists across the Five Colleges. All are invited for salon-style viewing of visual art, followed by a night of live music, spoken word, dance, and more! This program is offered in collaboration with the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center, the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College, Student Activities, and AAS.Free and open to all!  More information here:

Saturday February 29.  Climbathon for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County.  A Fundraiser for BBBS. 12-3PM Central Rock Gym, Hadley. $30. Registration. Register by FEB 22 at www.centralrockgym.com/hadley

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