Greenfield Notebook: April 15, 2022

  • The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. in Greenfield. Contributed Photo

Published: 4/14/2022 4:35:29 PM
Modified: 4/14/2022 4:34:19 PM
Tax Day vigil planned Saturday

GREENFIELD — The Traprock Center for Peace & Justice will hold a Tax Day vigil on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to noon on the Greenfield Common, sharing information on where most of our taxes go.

LAVA Center hosting Third Tuesday Greenfield Word

GREENFIELD — The Third Tuesday Greenfield Word organized by Human Error Publishing will be held at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., on April 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Open mic starts at 7:30 and featured authors start at 8:30.

Litter collection bags now available

GREENFIELD — Throughout the month of April, residents can pick up free blue bags at the Department of Public Works, collect litter and trash, and then put the full bags out on the curb for the DPW to take away.

According to a notice from John David Boles, a frequent organizer of cleanup efforts including the annual Green River Cleanup, blue bags are available at the DPW on Wells Street from 9 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as at the John Zon Community Center on Pleasant Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Monday through Friday.

No large items or items from private property will be picked up, Boles clarified.

Stained glass kite materials available

GREENFIELD — Starting Saturday, April 16, the Greenfield Public Library will offer to-go kits containing all the materials needed for children to make a colorful stained glass kite to hang in a window.

The program, funded by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and intended for ages 2 to 12. Adults may need to assist younger children.

For more information, contact Children’s Librarian Ellen Lavoie at or 413-772-1544, ext. 5104.

Arcana Chapter to install 18 officers

GREENFIELD — Installation of 18 officers for 2022 to 2023 to Arcana Chapter, No. 50, the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, will be held Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 215 Munson St. A catered dinner is set for 6:30 p.m.

The installation ceremony will be led by Cheryl Ann Fournier, associate grand matron of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, Order of the Eastern Star. Interested non-members can attend by contacting the chapter secretary by email at

Anniversary tree planting set for Wednesday

GREENFIELD — A tree planting will be held at the Bank Row pocket park on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Arcana Chapter No. 50, the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

According to a press release from the Arcana Chapter, the group is also donating a stone marker that will be installed by the Department of Public Works.

The tree planting is one of two celebrating the 125th anniversary, with the other having been held in October at the Masonic Center.

“The Arcana Chapter would like to thank Mayor (Roxann) Wedegartner, the DPW, Negus & Taylor (Monuments), Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Arcana members whose donations, time and energy made this effort possible,” the press release reads.

The Order of the Eastern Star developed out of the relationship with the Masonic fraternity and has been doing charitable work since it was instituted by Robert Morris in 1850. Arcana Chapter No. 50 was officially constituted on Dec. 15, 1896 with a membership of 96 Greenfield women and men dedicated to the fraternity whose purpose is to support each other in service to humanity, quietly working to provide for its local and national charitable causes.

The Arcana Chapter in Greenfield was the 50th Eastern Star chapter to be instituted in Massachusetts.

Libby training session available

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library invites patrons to a virtual training session on using Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

With a library card, community members can download Libby and access a wide selection of popular digital ebooks and audiobooks.

Additionally, those who are already familiar with Libby are invited to attend the Libby Deep Dive session at 10:45 a.m., where OverDrive experts will show attendees how to get even more out of the library’s digital collection.

For those who cannot attend, sessions will be recorded and emailed to everyone who registers. Register at

Meet Your Neighbor: Nancy Hazard

GREENFIELD — Longtime activist Nancy Hazard is the featured speaker for the Greenfield Public Library’s next virtual Meet Your Neighbor segment on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

According to a Greenfield Public Library press release, Hazard will talk about bees and birds, a topic she became more involved in after reading “Bringing Nature Home” by Douglas Tallamy.

“With honeybee collapse much in the news, Doug’s book got me thinking about what insects need to thrive, when I learned how important they are in making life on Earth possible,” she said. “The more I learned, the more I realized that supporting nature is as important as stopping our use of fossil fuels, the main cause of climate change.”

Hazard will talk about what she has learned from Tallamy and his Ph. D. student, Dr. Desiree Narango, who lives locally and studied chickadees. According to the release, she will also discuss why planting native plants is important, her fascination with spring ephemeral flowers, and her work with Greening Greenfield and the Greenfield Tree Committee.

Register to receive the Zoom link by emailing The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Vimana to perform at LAVA Center

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host a live performance by Vimana on Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Vimana is an instrumental jazz-rock trio based in western Massachusetts, featuring Brian Rodrigues on bass, Bruce Todd on drums and Leo Hwang on guitar.

Rosary Society holding annual sale

GREENFIELD — The Holy Trinity Church Rosary Society will hold its annual tag, jewelry, linen, toy and bake sale on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at Father Casey Hall, 133 Main St. There will also be raffles.


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