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Neighbors: Dog lovers put finishing touches on park

Hello, neighbor.

A group of dog lovers will put the finishing touches on the Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park this weekend. The dog park has been open to the public for several months and has offered a spot for dogs to run and play.

A recent donation from Pete’s Tire Barn of Orange is providing tires that will be built into play structures and tunnels for the dogs.

Eventually, another donation the group is about to receive will provide an information kiosk, to list dog-related and other animal events in the region, as well as other important animal information.

But before all of that, a small group is planning a “Finishing Touches Fundraiser” on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Elks Hall in Orange.

There will be a pasta dinner, bake sale, table auction and other events. Charlie Scott & The Reprobates Blues Band will play.

Advance tickets can be purchased on the NQDP website or Facebook page.

Money raised from that event will be used to finish the interior of the park, by adding play structures and agility equipment for the agility and training area in the park.

To find out more, visit: www.northquabbindogpark.com. You can also email: friendsofnorthquabbindogpark@yahoo.com.

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND HISTORY MUSEUMS SHOULD LET Recorder Editor Chris Harris know by May 23 information about hours, special exhibits, and events you want included in the newspaper’s Summer Valley Guide. Call 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email charris@recorder.com.

JUST A REMINDER that the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Franklin County will be held June 13 and 14 this year. The first lap will be a victory lap of survivors, caregivers and family members. Prior to that lap, there will be a dinner reception catered by Hillside Organic Pizza and Catering.

Registration packets have been mailed. If you would like to attend, call Sandy Brodie at 413-773-9217 or email her at: daxiebro@verison.net. Organizers are especially looking for new survivors this year.

GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989 is planning its 25-year class reunion for Nov. 28 at Terrazza Ristorante in the Country Club of Greenfield. There is an event page available on Facebook.

Our neighbor Tim Farrell, who is a member of that class, said about 90 classmates have been contacted through Facebook. If you are interested in helping locate members or have ideas for the event, email Tim at: tfarrell@gilmoreandfarrell.com. You can also email Steve Oates at steve@soates.com or Nicole Laporte Murdoch at murdochnicole@hotmail.com.

SOUTH DEERFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH at 71 North Main St. in South Deerfield will hold a tag and bake sale on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is in conjunction with Deerfield’s Old Home Days. All proceeds will benefit the church. For more information, call 413-774-2220.

LYONNAISE IN THE SHELBURNE BUCKLAND COMMUNITY CENTER on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. will celebrate excellence in local education. The annual free gala will include music by Heath Strings, awards, refreshments, student exhibits and a presentation by 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Anne Marie Osheyack. The event is sponsored by the local nonprofit Mary Lyon Foundation.

PEARL RHODES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Leyden will hold its spring concert at Town Hall on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Join the community for some wonderful music by the entire school.

ALL DEERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI are welcome to help veterans put flags on graves of veterans buried in Brookside, St. Stanislaus and Holy Name of Jesus cemeteries in South Deerfield on Wednesday. The rain date is Thursday. Everyone should meet at Brookside Cemetery at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call Betty Hollingsworth at 413-665-4614.

THERE WILL BE A FREE CONCERT at the Greenfield Public Library on Main Street in Greenfield on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Local valley favorites Too Human will perform, weather permitting, a mix of jazz standards from the American Song Book on the library’s back lawn.

For more information, call 413-772-1544 or visit: www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

ARTSPACE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 15 Mill St. in Greenfield, is offering an adult Crash Course in Pastels beginning Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. The class will continue for four weeks and the fee is $85. Becky Clark is teaching the class.

For more information, call Artspace at 413-772-6811 or email: info@franklyarts.com.

WHAT IF YOU COULD SPEND three magical days with your grandchildren? You can! The Rowe Center will host such a weekend free of cell phones and other distractions for grandparents and their grandchildren ages 6 through 13 on May 23 through 26 (Memorial Day weekend).

Generations Camp: Three Days of Joyous Music, Art, Fun and Love is a retreat facilitated by local residents Walter Cudnohufsky of Ashfield and Rachel Gibson of Amherst.

For more information, contact Rowe Center at 413-339-4954 or visit: www.rowecenter.org.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com 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: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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