Greenfield Notebook: Sept. 8, 2023


  • The Arcana Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star’s final lobster roll sale of the season will be held Oct. 13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 9/7/2023 8:29:58 PM

Local Filmmaker Series concludes with Melissa

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host the final installment of its Local Filmmakers Series on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. with Melissa McClung.

The following short films will be screened and discussed: “Louie’s Antiques,” “All the Marbles,” “Elevator of Earthly Destruction” and “Carried Away by the Wind.”

McClung, a filmmaker and animator based in Hadley, received the New England Film Star Award from and Women in Film & Video New England. She has also won three national awards from the Alliance for Community Media. In addition to her creative work, McClung teaches film at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public High School, serves on the board of Northampton Open Media, and co-owns Ghost Hit Recording Studio with her husband, audio engineer Andrew Oedel. She earned her master’s degree in film from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

A $5 donation is suggested. Visit for more information.

Storyteller Todd Goodwin coming to Senior Center

GREENFIELD — New England storyteller Todd Goodwin will share songs and a humorous set of stories from his childhood growing up with three brothers in the 1950s and ’60s during a free talk at the Greenfield Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The show, sponsored by Charlene Manor Extended Care, will be followed by apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Attendees are encourages to wear 1950s and ’60s attire.

Advance registration and Senior Center membership is required. Greenfield residents have priority, though others will be admitted as space allows.

Sept. 21: ‘Healthier Sleep No Matter Your Age’

GREENFIELD — Dr. Wendy Chabot presents “Healthier Sleep No Matter Your Age” at the Greenfield Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

After 30 years providing pediatric primary care, Chabot transitioned to the field of behavioral sleep medicine. She consults with people of all ages who would like to use non-medication approaches to improve their sleep. In this interactive class, participants will learn about the function of sleep, how sleep changes with age, and what they can do to reap the benefits of healthier sleep regardless of age.

This program is free. Senior Center membership is not required, but advance registration is by calling 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or by stopping by the center’s front desk.

Medicare plans topic of Senior Center talk

GREENFIELD — Heather Hurd of Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield will give a free talk on Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center.

Hurd’s presentation will discuss the differences between Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans, show real-life case studies and provide resources to help attendees decide which plan is right for them. Current Medicare members have the option to make changes to their plan during the annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, or during the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Senior Center membership is not required, but advance registration is by calling 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or by stopping by the center’s front desk.

Artist to share acrylic marker uses

GREENFIELD — Artist and educator Sara Gately will teach residents about using acrylic markers in new and unusual ways on Friday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center.

While optional project ideas will be provided, participants are invited to explore the medium with their own chosen subject matter. Materials available will include stencils, images to work from and step-by-step drawing worksheets. Participants are advised to wear clothes they do not mind getting stained.

Attendees must register with a $5 payment — which covers the cost of materials — no later than Sept. 22 by calling 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or by stopping by the center’s front desk.

Eastern Star plans lobster roll sale, Holiday Bazaar

GREENFIELD — The Arcana Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star is continuing its lobster roll fundraisers while also gearing up for its annual Holiday Bazaar.

The final lobster roll sale of the season will be held Oct. 13, with pick-up at the Masonic Lodge, 215 Munson St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Meal reservations can be made by calling 413-773-3761 or 413-422-2267. The deadline to reserve a meal is Monday, Oct. 9. A lobster roll, plus chips and a brownie, costs $15. Alternatively, a chicken salad roll, also with chips and a brownie, costs $8.

Additionally, the Arcana Chapter is preparing for its Nov. 11 Holiday Bazaar and still has some room for craft vendors. This annual event, planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., features a corn chowder lunch and a Pampered Chef silent auction, in addition to the craft vendors. Contact Terri Holmes at 413-773-0404 to inquire about selling your craft items.

Greenfield students included on
Simmons dean’s list

BOSTON — Michaela O’Donnell and Kristina Reed, both of Greenfield, were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Simmons University in Boston.

To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.

Openings available in Greenfield Girl Scout troop

GREENFIELD — Girls entering second and third grade this fall are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 65211.

The troop meets biweekly on Sundays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Greenfield. The registration fee is $35 for the year, though financial assistance is available. Previous Girl Scout experience is not necessary.

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves more than 5,000 girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Through the organization, girls learn about leadership, financial literacy, life skills, science, technology, the outdoors and community service.

Register for a spot in the Greenfield troop by emailing or by calling 413-584-2602.


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