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Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

The Greenfield Military Band will be performing every Tuesday night in July from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greenfield Energy Park. 
(Recorder file photo)

The Greenfield Military Band will be performing every Tuesday night in July from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greenfield Energy Park. (Recorder file photo)

Hello neighbor.

It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society.

Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will be affected in one way or another by cancer, whether you are dealing with it or are a survivor, you are the loved one or friend of a survivor, you are the neighbor of a survivor, or you know someone at work who has been through a terrible ordeal with the disease.

The YMCA in Greenfield has its own team and will be sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun on March 22. Pick-up time will be a 8 a.m. in the Staples parking lot on the Mohawk Trail and at 8:15 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield. Tickets are $40 each and you will get $10 worth of tokens and a $10 food voucher. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and there will be raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the trip will go to the American Cancer Society.

You’ll be hearing about a lot of teams, between now and summer, raising money by holding dinners or offering trips like this one. Please support them, have fun and help find a cure at the same time.

For more information or tickets, call 413-773-3646, ext. 440.

OUR NEIGHBOR JAMES MURPHY of Ashfield will be exhibiting his art at the Daylily Gallery on Sugarloaf Street and in Greenfield Savings Bank on North Main Street, both in South Deerfield, throughout March. The Daylily is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

DON’T FORGET that Greenfield American Legion Post 81 will meet Wednesday at Smitty’s Pub, 26 Chapman St., at 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted by Commander Dave Lewis and all legionnaires are invited. The post’s House Committee will meet there at 6 p.m.

SUSAN TODD, A FRIEND of Carol Purington, will read from Carol’s new book, “Faces I Might Wear,” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Boswell’s Books on State Street in Shelburne Falls. The event is free and open to the public.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH on the corner of James and Federal streets in Greenfield will hold a workshop, “Labyrinths as a Spiritual Tool,” on Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Whiteman Room of the church. A simple meal will be provided.

After the meal, Lorrie Villemaire, creator of the Western Massachusetts Labyrinth Connection and Northampton jail labyrinth, will share how walking a labyrinth can speak to people’s present spiritual and physical needs.

A short film will also be shown and there will be time for questions and answers.

Please RSVP to 413-773-3925 or email: stjamesgfield@gmail.com.

THE GREENFIELD MILITARY BAND will begin its season of performance on March 11 this year. The band will perform at Elm Terrace, Charlene Manor, Greenfield Acres, The Arbors, Buckley HealthCare Center, Poet’s Seat Health Care Center, and in the Greenfield Energy Park and on Beacon Field. It will also march in the Franklin County Fair Parade and perform a concert at the fair.

Visit the band’s website for a schedule: www.greenfieldmilitaryband.org.

LEVERETT LIBRARY HAS SEVERAL special events coming up as part of its annual “Read It Leverett,” including one on March 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., when elementary school children are invited to hear a story about Nelson Mandela’s life and complete a related craft.

The library is also encouraging its adult patrons to read Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom.” There will be plenty to do after you’ve done so. Check it out by calling 413-548-9220 or emailing: leverett@cwmars.org. Also visit: www.leverettlibrary.org.

ARTSPACE WILL OFFER “Spirit of the Written Word” writing group for people affected by cancer on Thursdays beginning March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will run until May 22. It is offered by the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and is facilitated by Pam Roberts, a writer, artist and certified yoga teacher, as well as ordained energy healer. A breast cancer survivor, Pam has been leading writing groups for people affected by cancer or loss since 2003.

Advance registration is required for this free group. For more information or to register, contact Pam at 413-625-2402 or email her at: pamro@aol.com.

CUSHMAN LIBRARY IN BERNARDSTON will have a children’s thematic Story Hour every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library’s Children’s Room, which will include a story, craft and snack. There will be guest readers and all sorts of fun, I’m told.

For more information, call 413-648-5402 or visit: www.cushmanlibrary.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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