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Regional Notebook, Sept. 13, 2017


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Cultural grant applications due by Oct. 16

GILL — The Gill Cultural Council has set an Oct. 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

These grants, according to a press release, support a variety of projects and activities in Gill and the surrounding town — including exhibits, festivals, performances, short-term artist residencies, workshops, and lectures.

This year, the Gill Cultural Council expects to distribute about $4,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include workshops at the town library, concerts on the town common, and a theater program at the elementary school.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org. Call Sue Kramer at 413-863-4621 with questions.

Erving Cultural Council seeks applications

ERVING — The Erving Cultural Council has set an Oct. 16, 2017 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokeswoman Marcia Bernard, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Erving — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Erving Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Erving Cultural Council, contact Bernard at 413-774- 7061, ext.112 or via email at bernardmarcia@yahoo.com . Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

Girl Scouts holding info session

The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts will host an information and registration session for caregivers and their daughters at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield.

Troops for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 are now forming. The membership fee is $35; financial aid is available.

Mentoring opportunities are also available.

Contact Ashley Batlle at 413-727-5742 or abatlle@gscwm.org for more information.

Nominees sought for GCC alumni award

GREENFIELD — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Greenfield Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

The annual Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Greenfield Community College Alumni Association to recognize and honor an alumna/us of GCC who has achieved substantial public recognition for his/her accomplishments or success. To be eligible for nomination, the nominee should demonstrably have:

Earned a degree/certificate or at least 15 credits at Greenfield Community College.

Earned the respect and trust of his/her associates in his/her profession.

Made substantial contributions to the good of his/her fellow human beings.

All nominations will be reviewed and the awardee will be selected by a diverse group of GCC faculty/staff, alumni, and community members.

To nominate someone, visit www.gcc.mass.edu/alumaward and fill out the online form. Nominations must be received by Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

For information about the GCC Distinguished Alumni Award, contact Regina Curtis at curtisr@gcc.mass.edu or 413-775-1426, or visit www.gcc.mass.edu/alumaward.

Nolumbeka Project seeks festival volunteers

The Nolumbeka Project is seeking volunteers to work its table at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival. Email them at nolumbekaproject@gmail.com to volunteer. The project is seeking help for the following:

Friday, Sept. 22, somewhere between 9 a.m. to dark. Set up tent, tables, chairs. Two people are needed.

Saturday, Sept. 23, two to three people each shift for 9:45 a.m. to noon, noon to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5 p,m,

Sunday, Sept. 24, two to three people each shift for 9:45 a.m. to noon, noon to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and after 5 p.m. to help take everything down and away.

Also, all organizations are required to take a volunteer shift on Monday for the cleanup. Please be our Nolumbeka Project rep. We need a helper for the 1:30 to 5 p.m. shift. Other volunteers will provide lunch for you at 12:30 p.m.