Greenfield Notebook: May 2, 2024

A few dozen volunteers from Precincts 5 and 7 came together on Sunday, April 21, for an Earth Day clean-up. James Stillwaggon, owner of 76 Hope St. in Greenfield, allowed the volunteers to use his lot as a temporary dumping ground for the litter collected.

A few dozen volunteers from Precincts 5 and 7 came together on Sunday, April 21, for an Earth Day clean-up. James Stillwaggon, owner of 76 Hope St. in Greenfield, allowed the volunteers to use his lot as a temporary dumping ground for the litter collected. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/NIKKI GARRETT

Published: 05-01-2024 2:03 PM

May 3: ‘Delightful Dots Pop-Up Shop’

GREENFIELD — The Baystate Franklin Medical Center gift shop is sponsoring a “Delightful Dots Pop-Up Shop” in the hospital lobby on Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale, ahead of Mother’s Day, will feature hand-painted trinket dishes, keychains, wall art, vases and more.

Money raised will benefit patient services at Baystate Franklin. Cash and credit cards will be accepted, as well as payroll deductions for hospital employees.

Volunteers from Precincts 5 and 7 convene for cleanup

GREENFIELD — A few dozen volunteers from Precincts 5 and 7 came together on Sunday, April 21, for an Earth Day clean-up.

James Stillwaggon, owner of 76 Hope St., allowed the volunteers to use his lot as a temporary dumping ground for the litter collected. The Department of Public Works will be picking up the trash.

‘Resilient Greenfield’ looks to combat climate crisis

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host a “Resilient Greenfield Organizing Party: Potluck, Jam & Panel” on Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Resilient Greenfield represents an effort to shift from climate crisis avoidance, distraction and aimless talk or symbolic action to community-based, results-oriented organizing and project work. Attendees are invited to come with an acoustic instrument, potluck dish and ideas for answering questions like, “What can we do, locally, about the climate crisis?”

After a potluck and concurrent acoustic jam session, panelists will talk about climate science and politics, and ways Stone Soup Cafe, Just Roots community farm and other organizations make Greenfield more resilient to climate impacts. The event will end with an open conversation about visions and next steps for an intergenerational, climate-informed mutual aid network provisionally called Resilient Greenfield. This is an emergent project that will change with each new gathering.

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The LAVA Center has space for up to 47 people, so those who are interested are encouraged to register soon at resilientgreenfield.org. Child care is available.

Author Nina Simon giving virtual talk

GREENFIELD — In partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, the Greenfield Public Library invites residents to a virtual talk with author Nina Simon on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Simon will discuss her lighthearted whodunit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, “Mother-Daughter Murder Night.”

“Mother-Daughter Murder Night” follows high-powered Los Angeles businesswoman Lana Rubicon, who finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack. When Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking, she becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation. Lana decides to find the true murderer and protect her family.

For more information and to register, visit libraryc.org/greenfieldpubliclibrary.

Author to speak with fifth and sixth graders

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library will host children’s author Rebecca Caprara on Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. to talk with fifth and sixth graders about her middle-grade book “Worst Case Collin.”

Caprara will also lead a short writing workshop, and participants will get their own journal to write in and decorate. Plus there will be a raffle for journal swag and a copy of the book.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book will have additional copies of the book available for sale and signing.

The event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and the Mass Kids Lit Fest, is free, but registration is required. Register through the library events calendar at greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.