West County Notebook: Nov. 7, 2023
|Published: 11-06-2023 4:08 PM
BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts are inviting the community to gather for a talk on life choices led by Ron L. James in the auditorium of Mohawk Trail Regional School on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
James’ lived experience as an inmate and someone facing addiction led him to create a training that acknowledges and addresses the long-lasting effects of the choices we make. The core of the content to be presented focuses on strengthening communication, engagement and foundational relationships of teachers, staff, students and their support systems. James believes that having these foundations can help students make better choices.
CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont will host its largest fundraiser of the year, the Cornucopia Auction and Social, on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the 20th annual event will fund community service days and overnight and multi-day educational class trips. People are invited to visit bit.ly/46XkcJl to buy tickets and view the items that are going up for bid.
BUCKLAND — State Sen. Paul Mark’s staff will hold office hours on Tuesdays, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at Buckland Town Hall, 17 State St.
Constituents of Mark’s Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire District are encouraged to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency or share ideas on current or potential state legislation. Appointments are not needed.
family story hours
CHARLEMONT — Tyler Memorial Library will host family story hours on Saturdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, starting at 11 a.m. Families are invited to listen, dance and read at the library, which is located in Town Hall.
SHELBURNE FALLS — “Bright Suspensions,” an exhibit by Whately artist, mathematician and computer scientist George Reynolds, is on display at the Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St., through Dec. 31.
Reynolds uses his background knowledge in math and computer science, combined with artistic skills, to create intricate window hangings and mobiles. His mobiles depict flocks of swallows, migrating geese, swirls of the cosmos and falling leaves.
“These pieces are my attempt to capture the moments of awe that we all experience when we look at the natural world: when we see a flock of geese flying in formation, when we see swallows wheeling around in a barn, when we watch a full moon rising, when we look up at the glittering constellations,” Reynolds said in a statement. “These inspirational moments are the root of our capacity to care about nature itself, and they expand our capacity to see more.”
Salmon Falls Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.