Trail Mix, week of Sept. 11

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Northfield Mountain Route 63, Northfield

Astronomy Conjunction: Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center will host the 35th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomer’s Conjunction. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16. Enjoy the camaraderie of amateur astonomers learning and observing in Northfield. Held during the dark of the moon, the weekend will be jam-packed full of slide presentations, talks and night sky viewing through telescopes. For information, visit: www.philharrington.net/astroconjunction

Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls

“River of Words”: A Great Hall Art Display. Through Sept. 28. A monumental and inspiring public participation art exhibit. Hundreds of your individual river stories come together to form the “River of Words.” This unique combination of art and public policy urges federal officials to improve the health and recreational use of the Connecticut River. You own your rivers and now is the time to speak up for a positive impact that will last for a lifetime. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy and Art & Dialogue. Add your words to the river by joining us on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for a reception.

Big Picture Botany: An extended series back by popular demand. Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get to know the occasionally tasty, inevitably beautiful, helpfully medicinal and sometimes dangerous plant world. There are as many reasons to learn to identify plants as there are curious people. We deal more with visual patterns than Latin names to spark your own connection to plant identification. Meet outside the center.