What’s Happening In Amherst?

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IN PERSON EVENTS

EVERY SATURDAY through NOVEMBER 19.
 Amherst Farmers’ Market. Town Common 7:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Farm to table produce from local growers and producers. Food, music and events. More information including a list of vendors.

EVERY SUNDAY through OCTOBER 2Early Bird. Early Birding at the Notch Visitors Center. 1500 West Street. 9:00-9:30 a.m. Join a Park Interpreter on a fun beginner bird stroll. Learn about birds, their behaviors, their needs and habitats. Listen, watch, stroll, sketch or journal on this interactive program. We will do a moderate, 1/2 mile hike around the visitor center and down a short trail. More Information.

ONGOING: Exhibit: Daniel Ellsberg, A Life Of Truth. The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Daniel Ellsberg: A Life in Truth,” a physical and digital exhibit drawing from activist and truth teller Daniel Ellsberg’s vast collection of documents, photographs, and artifacts. The Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center acquired the collection in 2019.The exhibit is located in two locations in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library until September 2022. It begins on Floor 25 in theReading Room of the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (open M-F 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and continues on the Lower Level in the Learning Commons (accessible whenever the Library is open). More Information.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: THEN AND NOW AT GALLERY A3.
28 Amity Street 1D. A new exhibit,  Then and Now, by Ron Maggio and Rochelle Schicoff. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 1 from 5-8:00 p.m. and an online art forum on Thursday September 15, at 7:30 p.m.  Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 3-8:00 p.m. More Information.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17: HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SIMPLE GIFTS FARM. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. 1089 North Pleasant Street. The festival will feature live music, crafts, and a pig roast. There will also be live demonstrations of blacksmithing and goat milking. Farm-fresh food, local brews and apple cider will be available. Family friendly activities include face-painting, hay rides, lawn games, and crafts. The event is free and open to the public of all ages. On-site parking is available for $5. More Information

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19-SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25: TELL IT SLANT POETRY FESTIVAL. Hybrid event – both onsite at the Emily Dickinson Musem, 280 Main Street, and online via Zoom. Full lineup of events here.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19- WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: Feinberg Lecture Series On US Imperialism: Confronting Empire Events are online or hybrid. This free public lecture series brings together scholars, journalists, educators, writers, community organizers, and survivors of state violence to examine global histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance.The series traces the history of U.S. imperialism from the conquest of North America to the creation of an overseas empire in the late 19th century and to the present day. It also offers a critical historical analysis of the various traditions and movements that have opposed U.S. empire, including Black radicalism, Marxism, revolutionary feminism, armed struggle, international solidarity, pacifism, and liberal, electoral, and diplomatic activism.  The series kicks off Monday, September 19 for the Keynote Address, US Policy In the Global South by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, joined by journalists Vincent Bevins and Amy Goodman. 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Register here.
Full listing of series events and more information

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21: LECTURE/CONCERT – JAZZ PIANIST JASON MORAN PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF McCOY TYNER. 4:30 p.m. The Drake, 44 North Pleasant Street. Free. Jazz pianist Jason Moran presents a lecture/ performance on the music of McCoy Tyner. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Humanistic Inquiry Salon Series of Amherst College. Alfred McCoy Tyner (1938 – 2020) was a jazz pianist and composer known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s. He was an NEA Jazz Master and five-time Grammy award winner. He has been widely imitated and is one of the most recognizable and influential pianists in history. In this salon, jazz pianist, composer, and Presidential Scholar Jason Moran shares insights into Tyner’s work in a lecture-demonstration. Part of the Presidential Scholar program. More Information
Full schedule of September performances at The Drake

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22: AUTUMNAL EQUINOX AT THE UMASS SUN WHEEL. The public is invited to join UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider among the standing stones of the campus Sunwheel to observe sunrise and sunset. These Sunwheel events mark the astronomical change of seasons when days and nights are nearly equal in length around the world. The gatherings will be held in person at 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. From the UMass Sunwheel in Amherst, observers standing at the center of the Sunwheel see the sun rise and set over particular stones placed to mark the equinoxes.
More Information

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22: STOLEN BEAM STUDY SERIES ON REPARATIONS. Jones Library. Five sessions beginning 9/22, 7:00-8:20 p.m. Register here. Registration closes on 9/13. More information

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23: A Conversation about Truth, History, and ‘The 1619 Project’ With Nikole Hannah-Jones. 4 p.m. Bromery Center For The Arts, UMass. Tix are free for the UMass Community and $15 for the general public and can be ordered hereMore information.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23: PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION. Town Hall. 4 Boltwood Ave. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join us for the 2022 Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration! Performances by José Gonzalez and his Trio, ARPS Students, Reading of “Alicia and the Hurricane” by Lesléa Newman. Reading of the 2022 Puerto Rican Proclamation by Town Council and Flag Raising Ceremony.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24: Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Preregistration required! Fort River Elementary School (70 South East Street, Amherst). All Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury and Hadley residents may participate.  Advance registration prior to   is required.  Participation is limited; people are encouraged to register early to ensure an appointment time. Pre-register on-line by visiting www.amherstma.gov/recycling.   For those without computer access, paper registration forms will be available at the Amherst Transfer Station. Registrants will receive an assigned appointment window between 9am and 12pm a few days prior to the event.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24: FOURTH ANNUAL FORT RIVER CLEANUP DAY. The Fort River Watershed Conservancy is organizing the fourth annual Fort River clean-up to be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.on Saturday, September 24. Volunteers will meet at Groff Park for announcements, supplies, and snacks before branching out to the 17 sites near the river designated for trash collection. All ages are welcome, but everyone must register, even children, so volunteers can be notified if there are any last-minute changes or emergencies. Registration can be done on-line at https://fortriver.org/cleanup/  or with forms available at Groff Park at the start of the event. The amount of trash collected will be tallied and will be counted toward the total impact of the Source to Sea clean-up, the regional effort sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy at various sites on September 23 to 24. This is the 26th annual Source to Sea clean up. More information

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25: Big Brothers and Big Sisters Of Hampshire County Three Ring Ruckus. Lia Toyota, 280 King Street, Northampton. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Expect LIVE MUSIC! FOOD TRUCKS! & FANTASTICAL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT! This community event brings together Pioneer Valley’s best home vendors highlighting their offerings and services, family entertainment featuring Pioneer Valley Jump Rope Team, juggling from VillageWise, a corn shucking contest, games, a bubble zone for kids, bike safety rodeo for kids ( bring your tike’s bike), pumpkin painting, chalk art, and so much more. Live music by Rosie Porter & The Neon Moons! Local Burgy and Ginger Love Café food trucks, seasonal inspired snacks. You’ll want to have cash on hand for the 3 types of raffles. A New England car show rounds-up the three ring event. A $5 per car load entry fee is suggested. More information.

ONLINE EVENTS

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19-SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25: TELL IT SLANT POETRY FESTIVAL. Hybrid event – both onsite at the Emily Dickinson Musem, 280 Main Street, and online via Zoom. Full lineup of events here.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19- WEDNESDAY APRIL 3: Feinberg Lecture Series On US Imperialism: Confronting Empire Events are online or hybrid. This free public lecture series brings together scholars, journalists, educators, writers, community organizers, and survivors of state violence to examine global histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance.The series traces the history of U.S. imperialism from the conquest of North America to the creation of an overseas empire in the late 19th century and to the present day. It also offers a critical historical analysis of the various traditions and movements that have opposed U.S. empire, including Black radicalism, Marxism, revolutionary feminism, armed struggle, international solidarity, pacifism, and liberal, electoral, and diplomatic activism.  The series kicks off Monday, September 19 for the Keynote Address, US Policy In the Global South by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, joined by journalists Vincent Bevins and Amy Goodman. 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Register here.
Full listing of series events and more information

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26: LISTENING SESSION #4 – HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY. 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Zoom.

The Age & Dementia Friendly Amherst Working Group is hosting listening sessions in the Summer/Fall of 2022 to gather input from older adults and others who are aging in Amherst (that’s all of us!). Please join us for these important conversations! Register for this meeting at: https://tinyurl.com/AmherstForum4(External link) Listening Session Flyer

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27: JUDY BROOKS CONVERSATION SERIES. AMHERST MEDIA, HEARING AND LISTENING TO LOCAL VOICES. On Zoom, 7-8:00 p.m. For 46 years Amherst Media has partnered with local non-profits including the League of Women Voters. Tune in to learn about Amherst Media, its. future and how it locally supports free speech. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Amherst.
Registration and more information

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: PRESENTATION ON THE MASSACHUSETTS CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. On Zoom. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Massachusetts’ Climate Action Plan. On Zoom. 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Amherst Energy and Climate Action Committee invites the public to attend a presentation on the Decarbonization Road Map for the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts: a Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2050.  The presentation will be by Martha Hanner, of the League of Women Voters Amherst. Join the meeting here.  Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and offer comments. 

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