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Neighbors: Dinosaurs at GCC next week

Hello neighbor.

I have spent a good deal of time with dinosaurs over the past six months or so.

Grandson Justin is absolutely fascinated and sometimes mesmerized by them. He calls them “Big Das,” because he can’t quite say “dinosaur” yet.

I mention this because on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater (in the south wing of the building) Dr. Robert Herbert, who was an art historian at Yale University and later at Mount Holyoke College, will talk about Dexter Marsh (1806-1853) and Greenfield’s Lost Museum, as well as the many dinosaur tracks found here over the years.

Marsh was a quarrier, stonemason, janitor, and all-around handyman in Greenfield during the 19th century, who discovered dinosaur prints here in 1835 — he thought they’d been left by large birds.

He became a self-taught paleontologist and dino expert, and from 1846 until his death opened his home to others who were interested in learning about dinosaurs. Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was one of the visitors to his home museum.

Today, many of the items Marsh had in his museum can be found at Amherst College and in the Boston Museum of Science.

Justin has sparked my interest in dinosaurs again. And though he is a little too young for Dr. Herbert’s talk, I’m hoping to make it to the lecture, so that I might be able to teach him something.

Most of the children I’ve known love dinosaurs, at least for a short period of time, and experts say their interest is a very good thing.

It gives adults the opportunity to talk not only about those large, sometimes scary looking monsters, but about evolution, taxonomy, extinction, paleontology, geology, and so much more.

It is absolutely amazing to me that there is still so much interest in something that disappeared 65 million years ago.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN GREENFIELD will celebrate its bicentennial with a number of events this month.

On Sunday, the Church Street church will bury a time capsule and hold a special coffee hour after a celebratory Eucharist at 10 a.m., followed by a blessing of the church grounds.

Monday at 7 p.m., there will be an organ concert at the church, and Tuesday at 7 p.m. there will be a map talk and presentation by local historian and map collector David Allen.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Elise Schlaikjer will talk about labyrinths, and on Thursday at 7 p.m. Evensong for Ascension Day will be followed by a reception. Other churches, with past connections to St. James, will be invited.

On May 12 at 9 a.m. there will be a special Mother’s Day breakfast, and on May 14 at 7 p.m. Bishop Douglas Fisher will join the church for a celebration of new ministry with the church’s new priest-in-charge, the Rev. Heather Blais.

Finally, on May 19 at 9:45 a.m., the church will have a Pentecost parade from the town common to St. James. The Morris Dancers will perform and there will be a barbecue on the church lawn at 11:30 a.m.

SUNDAY WILL MARK THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY of the annual Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Kringle Candle Chase.

The fund was established on June 4, 2010, in an effort to help young people accomplish their dreams.

In 2009, Jill Harrington married Joe Hanzalik and soon after they learned she was pregnant with a baby boy.

Jill gave birth to Chase Thomas Hanzalik on April 26, 2010, after having some complications. She and Chase died within minutes of each other. It was later determined that Jill had Stage 4 undiagnosed colon cancer. She was 33 years old.

It’s a heartbreaking story, but her brother Adam, former professional basketball player and executive director and founder of the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund, has found a way to make others’ lives better because of Jill and Chase.

Adam would like you all to know that registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., in time for the start of the race. The cost of registration is $35 for adults and $25 for children. The race includes running, walking, food, music, prizes and several kids’ activities.

Join Adam and others for a fun day, while at the same time raising money for a great cause.

So far, the fund has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to children and organizations all over the country.

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

MEGADANCE ZUMBA FITNESS will hold a dance fundraiser at the Guiding Star Grange on Chapman Street in Greenfield on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to benefit NELCWIT.

Megan Shaw, owner of MEGAdance, said DJ Bobby C is going to donate his time and people will have the opportunity to dance for a good cause.

The cost is $10 per person, and there will be a raffle with items donated by 22 local businesses.

Megan said anyone can attend — those who know Zumba, those who want to learn, and those who just want to watch.

NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SCHOOL will host local food and agriculture experts on May 10 to discuss various aspects of the local food system with its students. But, that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., the public will be invited to explore food systems, from pollinator to produce to product, which will be led by Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome.

Abrah Dresdale, coordinator of the Farm and Food Program at GCC, will talk about the local food system of the future, and Dorie Goldman of Backyard Bakery will share information about her pedal-powered delivery of local breads.

“A NIGHT OF COMEDY” TO BENEFIT ACD Fitness Relay for Life Team will be held May 10 at 8 p.m. at Montague Elks Club, 1 Elk Ave. in Turners Falls, with Pat Oates headlining. The night will also feature Kevin Fitzgerald. Local comedienne Ellen Villani will be the special guest.

The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information, call Deb at 413-863-5105 or ACD Club at 413-775-9944.

GREENFIELD GARDEN CLUB will hold its 18th annual Plant Sale EXTRAVAGANZA at Trap Plain on the corner of Federal and Silver streets in Greenfield on May 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be everything from hearty perennials, annuals and hanging plants, to herbs.

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener volunteers will test people’s soil, there will be a Green Thumb Tag Sale, and there will be a garden gift drawing.

All proceeds will go to support Greenfield Garden Club community projects.

UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON will hold its Second Saturday Roast Beef Supper on May 11 at the church.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Seatings are at 5 and 6:15 p.m.

For reservations call 413-648-9306.

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM STAFFORD STRIDERS will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on May 12 (Mother’s Day) at Hawlemont School in Charlemont from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Proceeds will benefit cancer research and a fight for the cure.

ALSO ON MOTHER’S DAY, Historic Deerfield will offer free admission into its museum to mothers and grandmothers.

For more information, call 413-775-7214 or visit: www.historic-deerfield.org.

BEMENT SCHOOL RECITAL CHORUS will perform a concert of vocal and choral music on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bement School Barn in Deerfield.

The chorus is made up of students in grades 3 through 12, college students, and adults from the community. The group will sing traditional rounds, spirituals, folk songs, and choral works from the Renaissance to the present.

The concert is free and open to the public.

RECORDER EDITOR CHRIS HARRIS is wondering if your wedding included a “destination” party for grooms or bridesmaids. She’d also like to know whether you are planning a destination party.

Share the experience, or exciting plans, with Recorder readers by contacting Chris, who might include them in the upcoming bridal supplement.

Chris can be reached at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

THE RECORDER WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INCLUDE YOU in its Summer Valley Guide calendar. Do you have a community, town, or local event that will happen on or after June 5 and during the months of June, July and August? This can include organizations’ events, church events, festivals and fairs.

If you do, contact Chris Harris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

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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