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Neighbors: Busy county, busy neighbors

Hello neighbor.

I’ve lived in Franklin County my entire life and still it amazes me what we can find in our 26 towns, which cover a mere 724.74 square miles.

Turn any corner in any one of our towns and you will find an artist painting, sculpting, writing, knitting, building miniature doll houses, singing, or doing just about any other type of art you can think of doing.

You’ll run into activists trying to save forests, beat cancer, protect animals, including wildlife, or tackling the much broader task of trying to save the earth.

You’ll meet groups that just want to make your life, and mine, a little easier.

Now, what are you going to do?

GREENING GREENFIELD WILL SHOW THE FILM “Fixing the Future” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Second Congregational Church at 16 Court Square in Greenfield.

The PBS film features David Brancaccio discussing the efforts cities and towns have made across the country to create recession-proof community economies.

There will be a discussion after the film, and donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 413-772-3747.

This is what I’m talking about. Even watching a film and talking with others about it afterward is a small step in the right direction.

TRINITY CHURCH IN SHELBURNE FALLS will hold its annual Easter bake sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Keystone Market. Proceeds will benefit the church and its community outreach projects.

Take advantage folks — let the church help with your Easter baking so you have more time to spend with loved ones.


The Rotary Club of Franklin County will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Beacon Field on Saturday at 11 a.m. There will be music, face painting, cookie decorating and 9,000 eggs.

There will also be a “Golden Egg” given out to the winners of three age groups. Inside that egg will be a special prize.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain, snow or shine — we’re all hoping for shine. Get your little bunnies out there for some family fun.

OUR NEIGHBOR LINDA BAKER and her Relay for Life team will hold a bake sale on Saturday at the Northfield Food Mart on Main Street beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Good luck, team!

OUR FRIENDS AT GILL-MONTAGUE SENIOR CENTER have published their third volume of “As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology.”

On April 7, local writers will read about growing up, living life large before advanced technologies hit the scene, trips, working, war games, and finding the perfect bridal gown, and more.

Believe me, these neighbors have a lot to share and they do it with beautiful prose.

The event is free and the reading will begin at 1 p.m. at the senior center on Fifth Street in Turners Falls. Refreshments will be served.

THE SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH at 16 Court Square in Greenfield will hold an event, “Center Prayer: A Day of Renewal, A Day of Light,” on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.

Sister Elizabeth Oleksak, founder of the Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center in Westfield, will conduct the workshop.

Register by calling Madeline at 413-774-4355. A donation of $25 is suggested. Checks may be made payable to Second Congregational Church, and will be collected at the event.

ARTIST JEAN KOZLOWSKI OF NORTHFIELD will be exhibiting her 40-year retrospective in plein air (outdoor) painting, “An Artist’s Journey,” at Leverett Art Center beginning on April 6 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. that day.

The exhibit will go through April 14, and people will have the opportunity to register to win a painting on both weekends.

Jean, a plein-air painter for many years, joined The Traveling Paint Brush Group several years ago, which gave her the opportunity to paint in Spain, Italy, France, and England, to name a few places. She currently paints in watercolor.

I’ve seen some of her work, and I believe you won’t be disappointed.

A SUBJECT CLOSE TO MY HEART, Forest Moon: Celebrating Cancer Survivorship will host a “Circus for Survivors” workshop, which is free and open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis at any stage, on April 6 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 75 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro, Vt. Space is limited, so you should call Pam Roberts at 413-625-2402 or email her at pam@forestmoon.org. Preregistration is required.

I participated in a Forest Moon workshop several years ago with my best friend Judy, who has battled cancer several times over the past decade. We spent a wonderful weekend together and made some new friends in the process.

Participants of this event may bring a family member or friend. There will be juggling, low balancing wires, aerial fabrics and trapezes.

ARTSPACE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER will hold its annual auction, Hearts on Fire, at Hope and Olive Restaurant on April 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free and there will be appetizers, a cash bar, and both live and silent auctions. Proceeds will go to Artspace for its programs.

Some of the items that will be auctioned include Red Sox tickets, a balloon ride during the Green River Festival, gift certificates, paintings, pottery and mango pickles.

For more information, call Artspace at 413-772-6811 or visit: www.franklyarts.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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