Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Hello, neighbor.

Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning.

The musicians are being brought together by Greenfield resident Jodi Falk, an international educational consultant, choreographer, dancer, yogi and teacher.

The event, “MOSAIC,” will feature Mitch Chakour, Seth Glier, ReBelle (formerly the Black Rebels), Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Russell Kaback and will support children with special needs through teaching, research, outreach and general education. All proceeds will go to the three organizations, which I’ll tell you more about in an upcoming column.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 413-774-1050 or visit:

GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK on Avenue A in Turners Falls will feature the Traveling Rhubarb Circus, a group of local children who perform throughout the area. The performance will begin at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by GSB.

GREENFIELD ALLIANCE CHURCH at 385 Chapman St. in Greenfield will hold a spaghetti benefit lunch on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. to held Bob and Lisa Adams, our neighbors who recently lost their two barns in a devastating fire in Montague. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

THE COUNTRY PLAYERS will hold a Family Trivia Fun event on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the French King Entertainment Center on Route 2 in Erving. The cost is $15 for a family of six, with each additional member costing $5 with teams of up to 10 members. For more information or to reserve your team’s spot, call Terry at 413-325-1361.

AS PART OF LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY, friends of the Cat in the Hat will visit Wheeler Memorial Library on East Main Street in Orange from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and be treated to the unveiling of a new collection of Dr. Seuss books gifted to the library by our neighbor Barbara Gail Friedman, who I’m told hopes the fun inherent in all Dr. Seuss stories will spark interest in the most reluctant young readers.

SHELBURNE FALLS AREA WOMEN’S CLUB will present Bonnie Lee Nugent who will talk about “Graphology: The Handwriting on the Wall” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls.

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A CAPPELLOOZA will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mahar Regional High School auditorium in Orange. Mahar’s Concert Choir, Octet of Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, AcaPanthers from Pioneer Valley Regional High School in Northfield and Passing Notes of Mahar, as well as the Stateline Quartet will perform.

Donations to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 413-498-2710.

NORTHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold a Family Reading Night and Book Sale on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria on Main Street. Used books for both children and adults will be available and there will be a bake sale, crafts and special presentations. All proceeds will go to the school library to purchase new books.

For more information, email:

TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls will be hosting two local poets, John Palmer and Pamela Stewart, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. John will read from “Return to a Place Like Seeing,” and Pamela will read from “Ghost Farm.”

The event is free and open to the public.

OUR NEIGHBOR MURIEL RUSSELL is looking for more information about some former mill owners for a presentation for the Colrain Historical Society on Thursday. The Colrain historian will be talking about the mills that stood along the North River, but is especially interested in the area known as Elm Grove.

If you are a descendant of any of the following people, please contact Muriel at 413-624-3311: Park Shattuck, John Parsons, Samuel Atherton, Sanford or Ozias Plumb, Silas and Loring Moore, Asa Taylor, Dana Dutton, Lucinda and Abel Dutton or Almena Dutton.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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