Greenfield Notebook: June 22, 2022


Published: 6/21/2022 3:37:35 PM

LAVA Center to host ‘Fish Discover
Water Last’ reading

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host the second in-person presentation of the newly published work “Fish Discover Water Last: Richard L. Grossman on corporations, democracy, and us” on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Richard Grossman (1943-2011) was a researcher, organizer and lecturer-writer on the growth and powers of corporations, citizen movements and more. He likened the experience of fish in water to that of Americans going about their daily lives without awareness of the corporate power and culture that permeate society and government. The book includes years of Grossman’s talks, compiled and edited by Anna Gyorgy, and published by Paul Richmond of Human Error Press.

The book will be available for $15 each, $25 for two and $50 for five. Sales will benefit The LAVA Center and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.

LAVA Center talks to focus on words, poems

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will offer two discussions this week as part of the “Words on Words” community art show now on display.

On Thursday, June 23, from 7 to 8 p.m., local author Michael Travisano and other artists from the “Words on Words” art show will lead an evening of readings and discussion around the subject of books, poems, stories, history and personal experience. On Saturday, June 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the focus will be on poems as part of the public discourse/poems as bearing witness.

LifePath holding LGBT+ Elders
Focus Group

GREENFIELD — LifePath is seeking seniors over age 60 to participate in an LGBT+ Elders Focus Group at its offices, located at 101 Munson St., Suite 201, on Monday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Participants will be asked to share what it takes to create an age-friendly community, the current unmet needs of LGBT+ elders locally, and possible solutions that can be implemented to better support and include elders. Participants will receive a $25 stipend.

Space is limited. Participants can register at

With questions, contact Age-Friendly Program manager Nour Elkhattaby Strauch at or 413-829-9274.

‘Healing Relationships with the Natural World’ topic of Thursday talk

GREENFIELD — Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will present “Restoration and Reciprocity: Healing Relationships with the Natural World” at Greenfield High School on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the presentation will be livestreamed at

Wall Kimmerer is the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.” Her first book, “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses,” was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a distinguished teaching professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs that draw on both Indigenous and scientific knowledge to meet goals of sustainability.

The event, which is free to attend, is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. and Greening Greenfield. Registration is not required.


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