Greenfield Notebook: Oct. 2, 2021

  • Greenfield resident Dorothea Sotiros, a Master Gardener, created a pollinator garden where there was a dying tree and some patchy lawn. Those who are interested in joining the 2022 Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s volunteer training program are invited to learn more during an upcoming meet and greet at the Greenfield Public Library. Staff File Photo/Andy Castillo

Published: 10/1/2021 1:43:15 PM
Salvation Army setting appointments for holiday assistance

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army is now accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food and toy assistance.

The Greenfield Salvation Army at 72 Chapman St. services all of Franklin County, except for the towns of Orange and New Salem. Children are not permitted to attend appointments seeking holiday assistance, and patrons must bring documents such as a birth certificate or passport to prove they have a child 12 years old or younger, a photo ID for the parent or guardian, and proof of address.

Call 413-773-3154, ext. 101 to schedule an appointment with the Salvation Army from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Women of the Moose serving chicken parmesan

GREENFIELD — The Women of the Moose will serve takeout orders of chicken parmesan on angel hair pasta, salad, a roll and dessert on Monday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St. Meals cost $10.

To order, call Karen at 413-559-8992 or the Moose Lodge at 413-773-9030 by Sunday at 5 p.m.

Landlords Business Association to meet Oct. 13

GREENFIELD — The Landlords Business Association will hold its October meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Elks Lodge, 3 Church St.

According to a notice from Acting Secretary Marc Guillaume, networking will happen outside (masks are not required) starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting inside (masks are required) at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes greetings and announcements; election of board members; and presentations by attorney Stanley D. Komack and Laura J. Fenn, assistant clerk magistrate of the Western Division Housing Court. Fenn will speak about pandemic-related landlord issues and will be available to answer questions.

Meet and greet to discuss Master Gardener training

GREENFIELD — Those who are interested in joining the 2022 Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s volunteer training program are invited to a meet and greet at the Greenfield Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Master Gardeners from Greenfield and other areas will answer questions about the 2022 training class and what Master Gardeners do once they are certified, according to a press release from Larri Cochran, board of directors president for the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. Residents of Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Berkshire counties can apply by Nov. 15. The program is offered every two years.

“Completing the WMMGA Master Gardener training program will give you a set of skills to help you better understand the land, plants and insects around you,” the press release explains.

Participants will learn about botany; entomology; plant identification, propagation and care; trees and shrubs, and their importance to a diverse, healthy environment; soil; and the critical roles pollinators play in the life cycles of other insects, birds, wildlife and plants.

Following the training, participants will be asked to put their newfound knowledge to use by volunteering on any of the more than 50 gardening projects the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association manages, including the native pollinator garden at Energy Park in Greenfield. According to the release, Master Gardeners also operate free phone and email hotlines, answering plant and gardening questions from the general public.

The 2022 Master Gardener training program will be offered in a new, hybrid model of online and in-person components, the release continues. The lecture portion of the program will be in two sessions, from March to April and from September to October.

Applications and FAQs can be downloaded from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s website at

LAVA Center offering Gallery Cafe

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host a LAVA Gallery Cafe on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Play reading series focused on climate change begins

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center’s series of short climate change plays, collectively titled “A Global Green New Deal,” opens on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at 324 Main St. This program of five plays brings the voices of playwrights from Canada, Chile, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States to local audiences.

According to a LAVA Center press release, each session will be moderated by a local playwright who has participated in previous Climate Change Theater Action readings and productions. The readings will be followed by discussion of the issues addressed in the plays, of how those issues play out locally and about what we can do to combat climate change.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, JuPong Lin will moderate. Topics identified by the playwrights in the first set include economic inequality, uprising, environmental justice, noise pollution, clean air, clean water, connecting to nature, Antarctica, climate deniers, Mumbai and Chile.

Volunteers from the audience are encouraged to participate in reading the lines, the release states. No previous acting experience is required.

“A Global Green New Deal” is funded in part by Greening Greenfield.

City launches ‘Chatty Wednesdays’

GREENFIELD — The city is encouraging residents to come to Court Square on Wednesdays at lunchtime for “Chatty Wednesdays,” a chance to meet new people that will continue until early November.

According to the City of Greenfield Facebook page, no RSVP is necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food.

Role-playing games for teens offered on Wednesdays

GREENFIELD — Teen Librarian Francesca Passiglia is offering “Micro Role-Playing Games for Teens” on the front lawn of the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. this month, weather permitting.

According to a Greenfield Public Library press release, the free program is intended for youths in grades seven through 12. Snacks will be provided.

Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest poems featured at tower

GREENFIELD — The winners and finalists in this year’s Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest will have their poems featured in a Poetry Walk this month on the grounds of Poet’s Seat Tower.

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