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.

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.

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

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.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30: LECTURE -THE TIME IS (NEVER) RIGHT FOR REPARATIONS. Tasseli McCay with responses from Amilcar Shabazz and Ali Aslam. Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power. The Case For Reparations For Mass Incarceration. 2:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass.
More information.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30: LAST FRIDAYS AT THE DRAKE POETRY SERIES HOSTED BY LYRICAL FAITH. 44 North Pleasant Street. Join us every last Friday of the month* for Last Fridays at The Drake hosted by Lyrical Faith for an unforgettable open mic and poetry night experience featuring award-winning spoken word artists from across the country. Come through for music, drinks, and artistic expression where poets take center stage to share new work, old work, or any work that helps them get free. Doors and bar open at 5PM. Early arrival is encouraged to get a slot on the sign-up sheet. The cover charge is $5 with a college ID or $10 general admission. More Information. Full Events Calendar at the Drake.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30- SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL. Multiple venues. 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday. 11:15 a.m. -6:30 p.m. Saturday. Featuring The Ron Carter Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Academy of Music. More information, lineup and tix.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1 – MONDAY OCTOBER 31: AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER HIKE FOR HUNGER
What: Sign up as an individual or team. Registration is $25 and includes a 2022 Hike for Hunger t-shirt. Once you register, you’ll be prompted to set up your personal fundraising page. All the details are ready for you, but you are welcome to personalize your page. You can share your page with family and friends via email and Facebook. There is no fundraising minimum, but you will earn rewards for your fundraising efforts. You could win a Downtown Amherst Night Out gift basket, a private wine and cheese tasting hosted by Provisions, tickets to a UMass Hockey game, and more! 

Where: Anywhere, anytime. Set your own path, whether it’s hiking local peaks, walking your dog on a nearby trail, or even fishing for hunger! You can also join us on a group hike. Check out the hikes we have planned and reserve your spot today. 
More information.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: BANDTOBERFEST, A FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSICAL EVENT ON THE AMHERST COMMON. 2-5 P.M. The UMass Wind Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Westgate, and the UMass Symphony Band, conducted by Lindsay Bronnenkant, will perform on the Amherst Common as part of the second annual “Bandtoberfest” event sponsored by the Amherst Downtown Business Improvement District. The family-friendly event will feature performances of marches, polkas, and band favorites by the two ensembles. A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 2. More information

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1: AIZURI QUARTET. Amherst College, 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall. Winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award in 2022, the Aizuri Quartet took home the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, featuring new works written for them by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records to critical acclaim (“In a word, stunning” —I Care If You Listen), nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award and named one of NPR Music’s Best Classical Albums of 2018. Tix and more information

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2: IMMIGRATION JUSTICE EVENT MARKING THE END OF THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS. People of all faiths are invited to an immigration justice ritual. 2 p.m. at the bikeway entrance on the DCR Connecticut River Greenway State Park, on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge.  More information

FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 THROUGH SATURDAY OCTOBER 29. EXHIBIT – ACCORDION BOOKS BY LAURA HOLLAND AT GALLERY A3 In Deciphered Objects, Laura Holland explores the actual or imagined stories that animate seemingly ordinary objects like empty paper bags, an antique pickle fork, a colorful raincoat, and an old ceramic platter in a series of handmade accordion books. The exhibit opens at Gallery A3 28 Amity Street 1D on Friday, October 7 and runs through Saturday, October 29. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5-7:00 p.m. and a free, online art forum on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. More information and register for online art forum here.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8: THE NIELDS AT THE DRAKE. 8 p.m. 44 North Pleasant Street. Tix $20/$25 advance, $25/$30 at the door. Katryna and Nerissa Nields have been part of the Valley’s musical DNA since they formed their beloved folk rock band The Nields in 1991. They’ve been lauded for their gorgeous, lilting, sibling harmonies, their wise, classic, folk/pop songs, their hilarious banter on stage, and the generosity and warmth in their engagement with fans. Well into their third decade as musical partners the Nields are at the very top of their game. More information. Full Events Calendar at the Drake.

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 information44 North Pleas

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. 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20: FREE ART FORUM FOR LAURA HOLLAND’S DECIPHERED OBJECTS, AN EXHIBIT AT GALLERY A3. 7:30 p.m on Zoom.  More information and register for online art forum here.

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