North County Notebook, Feb. 12, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Northfield church to offer Christianity exploration

NORTHFIELD – Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6:45 p.m., the Community Bible Church is offering an informal, six-week “Christianity Explored” course.

The free course will explore the life of Jesus from the gospel of Mark including who he is, why he came and what it means to follow him, according to a post on the Nextdoor social networking website.

The class is designed for those interested in learning about the claims of Christianity, or those seeking to examine their own personal faith. There will be time for questions and a short DVD presentation during each lesson.

The group will meet at the home of Robert and Wendy Emberley at 16 Old Elm Way in Northfield. For more information, contact Robert Emberley by email at rwemberley@gmail.com or by phone at 413-498-4404.

Emily Walker to talk health

NORTHFIELD – Nurse Emily Walker will be at the Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. to talk confidentially with seniors about health concerns.

At 11:30 a.m. the same day, and also on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m., Walker will present on brain health and ways to help with dementia symptoms.

Call 413-498-2186 to make an appointment.

Council on Aging to screen ‘Maudie’

LEYDEN – The Council on Aging is screening the PG-13 film “Maudie” on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. upstairs in Town Hall. Popcorn will be available.

Cameron’s Winery to host Valentine’s dinner

NORTHFIELD – Cameron’s Winery, located at 105 Main St., is hosting “Valentine Wine and Cider Dinner” on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 11 p.m.

According to the event’s Facebook page, semi-formal attire is required and everyone must be 21 or over. Call 413-225-3247 for information about tickets.

Leyden Democratic caucus to be held Feb. 20

LEYDEN – The Democratic town caucus will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

The Leyden Democratic Committee is holding the caucus to elect a delegate and alternate to represent Leyden at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in the spring, according to the February edition of the Leyden Life newsletter.

A business meeting will follow, and bylaws will be voted on. Refreshments will also be served.

For more information, to request child care, or if you have ideas for the agenda, contact Pam Brown by phone at 413-774-3216 or by email at pambrown01301@gmail.com.

Leyden to host jazz musician

LEYDEN – The Council on Aging will host “Name That Tune” with jazz musician Steve Damon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall Community Room.

According to the February edition of the Leyden Life newsletter, “Name That Tune” will be followed at noon by the monthly luncheon of mac n’cheese, kielbasa, salad and dessert. Music will play through lunch.

Call Sue Howarth at 413-774-3118 to reserve a spot.

Northfield Democrats to hold caucus Feb. 21

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Democrats are holding a caucus at Dickinson Memorial Library on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m.

According to a press release from Karina Berenson, the purpose of the caucus is to elect two delegates and one alternate to this year’s Massachusetts Democratic Convention, which will be held June 1 and 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Democrats from across the state will gather at the convention to endorse candidates for the 2018 elections.

The caucus election is open to all registered Democrats of Northfield, the release states. Candidates must consent to nominations in writing and must be present at the caucus. All candidates may make a two-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf.

All ballots will be written and secret. According to the release, those not elected as a delegate or alternate who meet the qualifications may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

For more information, please contact Karina Berenson by email at kberenson@comcast.net or by phone at 413-498-4442.

Kringle Candle to offer after-hours shopping

NORTHFIELD – Kringle Candle is hosting “Candles, Cashmere & Cupcakes,” an exclusive after-hours shopping event, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

According to the event’s Facebook page, it will feature cocktails (and mocktails), appetizers, chocolate and wine pairings, and giveaways. Expert demonstrators will also teach scarf-tying techniques.

Tickets are not required.

Talk centers on Northfield’s forests, streams

NORTHFIELD – Scott Jackson, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will talk about what climate change means for Northfield’s forests and streams on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dickinson Memorial Library’s Community Room.

According to a post on the Nextdoor social networking website, refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Sarah at 978-248-2055 ext. 23.

Fire Department to hold pancake breakfast

NORTHFIELD – The Fire Department is holding its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Northfield Elementary School.

Northfield seniors to watch new play

NORTHFIELD – Steve Henderson will visit the Senior Center on Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m. to perform his new one-act play “Jerry and Mable II: Obstacles to the Alter.”

Donations will be accepted.

Nomination papers available

NORTHFIELD – Nomination papers for candidates seeking office are currently available for the May 8 annual town election, and can be picked up in the town clerk’s office.

As an alternative, candidates seeking office can attend the Tuesday, March 6 town caucus at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, and be nominated for their positions. There must be at least 25 registered voters present to nominate candidates.

The last day to register to vote in the May 7 annual town meeting or the May 8 election – for those not already registered – is Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m.

BERNARDSTON – Nomination papers are also available in Bernardston for the May 7 annual town election. Alternatively, candidates seeking office can attend the Monday, March 5 town caucus at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

According to the Bernardston town website, positions to be placed on the ballot are: one assessor for three years; one Board of Health member for three years; one constable for three years; four Cushman Library trustees for three years; four Powers Institute trustees for three years; one Recreation Committee member for three years; one selectman for three years; and any other vacancies which may occur before the March 5 caucus.

Northfield library seeking artists

NORTHFIELD – Dickinson Memorial Library will be seeking artists to hang exhibits in its gallery starting in mid-April.

Those interested in displaying their work are encouraged to stop in or contact the library by phone at 413-498-2455 or by email at dmemlib@gmail.com.