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Neighbors: Plenty to do as warmer weather arrives

Hello neighbor.

I’m not going to take up a lot of your time today, because I have a lot of events to tell you about.

Many of us got to see the Full Pink Moon Thursday night. I’m writing this before it happens, but I’m sure it’s going to be beautiful, because Wednesday night’s moon was gorgeous.

There was also a partial lunar eclipse Thursday night, but we here in North America didn’t get to see it. Apparently those in Europe, Asia and Africa got a glimpse, though.

The name of this month’s full moon comes from the herb, moss pink, also known as wild ground phlox, one of the earliest of the widespread flowers to show up in the spring.

April’s full moon is also called the Full Sprouting Moon and the Egg Moon. Coastal tribes called it the Full Fish Moon.

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, with highs close to 70 degrees and sunny. I will be spending it with my three favorite little boys.

And now on to what is happening:

THERE WILL BE A MARY KAY FUNDRAISER at Holy Family Church on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield on Saturday and Sunday.

Kelly Gauthier will sell Mary Kay products after each mass this weekend and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the church.

The fundraiser will be in the Pope John Paul Center on Saturday from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call Kelly at 413-519-0296 or visit: www.marykay.com/kgauthier.

HAMPSHIRE-FRANKLIN TRIAD PROGRAM of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, along with local police and other groups, will collect expired medications, prescription and nonprescription, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greenfield High School. There are also permanent drop-off boxes at Athol, Erving, Deerfield, Greenfield, Montague, Orange and Sunderland police stations.

Drugs will also be collected Saturday at Ashfield Town Hall, Bernardston Senior Center, and Deerfield Town Hall.

Medications may remain in their original containers with labels. Liquids, syringes, intravenous equipment and chemotherapy drugs will not be accepted

MAHAR AFTER PROM PARTY COMMITTEE is seeking donations for its annual Spring Tag Sale, which will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Butterfield School Gym in Orange.

Donations of all types, except large furniture and clothing, may be dropped off today from 4 to 6 p.m.

It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the all-night, drug-free and alcohol-free event, which is intended to keep Mahar seniors and their guests safe on prom night.

The Gold Lady will be at the tag sale buying precious metals.

FRONTIER REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL is in need of a Strykker chair, which is a special chair to help wheelchair-using students down stairs in an emergency.

To raise money, the Holy Family Knights of Columbus is holding a document-shredding event by Valley Green at Frontier (North Main Street in South Deerfield) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will also be a bake sale and raffle, which will include artwork donated by Jack Purcell, an artist for Disney and Marvel Comics.

For more information, contact Ted Tudryn at 413-665-2847 or Alexis Foley at 413-530-7626.

FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL DOG SHELTER will hold a rabies clinic at the shelter from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 10 Sandy Lane in Turners Falls.

All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

The cost is $17 per animal. The towns of Gill and Montague will be available to register dogs.

For more information, call 413-676-9182.

CHARLEMONT’S 250TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE will hold its spring Bingo on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Hawlemont Regional School on School Street in Charlemont.

Games begin at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

There will be door prizes and Bingo games will have cash prizes. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

There is no admission and there will be light food, baked goods and drinks available.

For more information, visit: www.charlemont250.org.

GREENFIELD EMBLEM CLUB will hold its annual tag sale on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Greenfield Elks lodge on Federal Street. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

A SPECIAL SPRING “EARTH” PROGRAM will be hosted by Bernardston Unitarian Church on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rachel Roberts will present “Fascinating Frogs,” which will focus on the life cycle of frogs.

Rachel will use a variety of hands-on science and art activities and there will be a brief story time using a book about the life of wood frogs.

The program is free and geared toward children ages 9 and older. No preregistration is required.

The program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Bernardston Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For more information, contact Rachel at: robertsrml@verizon.net. You can also contact Annette at: annette@bernardstonunitarian.org.

A JAZZ BRUNCH AT THE HOLLY BARN on Route 116 in Conway on Sunday will raise money for the restoration of the Conway Swimming Pool.

A donation of $20 to $50 per person is suggested. There are tickets available for the 1 p.m. seating.

Jazz pianist Andy Jaffe and vocalist Ghisele Litalien will entertain.

ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY, the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry will offer a sample tasting of three crock pot recipes at 3 Osgood St. in Greenfield.

This month and next the center is looking for donations of crock pots of all sizes to distribute to low-income families in Franklin County to help promote economical and healthy family meals.

The center would also like people to share their favorite crock pot recipes. Email Dino Schnelle at: dschnelle@communityaction.us.

THE M&M TRAIL IN SHELBURNE FALLS is in need of some serious maintenance, I’m told.

The combination of litter from Route 2, storm damage to trees, and erosion over the past few years, has produced some congested areas along the section of the trail just east of Shelburne Falls.

If you would like to help clean up, meet at the Shelburne State Police barracks on Route 2 on May 4 at 9:30 p.m. with loppers, small handsaws, gloves, water and a snack.

Cleanup will go until 12:30 p.m.

The service day will be a great opportunity for people with any level of trail work experience to make a difference on a frequently used section of the trail.

If you want to help, please RSVP to Joshua Morse at Franklin Land Trust by Wednesday. You can call him at 413-625-9151, ext. 105 or email him at: jmorse@franklinlandtrust.org.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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