Friday, September 23, 2016

School Vote Information Forum: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 - 9 p.m.

The school project will require a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion question on the November 8, 2016 State Election ballot for Amherst Voters. The forum, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 7-9 p.m. in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium, will give the community an opportunity to hear different views. Representatives from The Save Amherst Small Schools, the Bold Amherst Schools, the Building Committee from ARPS and the Amherst Finance Committee will speak. The Amherst League of Women Voters is organizing this event.

LWVA Moderator - Nancy Eddy

1) Building Committee from ARPS - Mike Morris (chair) and Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham (committee member)

2) Amherst Finance Committee - Marylou Theilman (chair), Steve Braun (Vice Chair FC)

3) BOLD - Liz Larson, Susan Bellak

4) SASS - Maria Kopicki and Laura Quilter

Each group will be allowed two representatives and will be given 10 minutes to present.  Powerpoint is allowed, but if you want the slides incorporated into the taped broadcast you must send them to Jody Jenkins -  You must also bring your slides on a memory stick to the event to be plugged into a laptop.

Following the presentations, each group will then be given 5 minutes to respond to the other groups' presentations.

The LWVA will pass out note cards for the audience to write down questions and at the end of the hour, the questions will be collected.  Two people from the league will be organizing the questions which the moderator will then ask of the forum participants.  We will allow 40 minutes for questions.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Valley Dance Project

is pleased to offer

Creative and Modern Dance Classes for Children, ages 2½  through 4th Grade
Munson Library
South Amherst Commons

Classes begin
September  19th,  2016

For information

call Iris  @ 413-575-3591
 check us on Facebook or our website

The Valley Dance Project offers creative movement classes for ages 2 ½ through third grade, and aims at combining skill development with creative expression through dance. Equal attention is given to instruction in traditional modern technique and guided opportunities to more freely explore the joys of movement. All classes strive to help students feel comfortable while encouraging them to challenge themselves both creatively and physically.
In Fall 2016, classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Mommy and Me classes will meet on Friday mornings.  Class information is available on our Facebook page Valley Dance Project, and please visit our website .  You can call Iris 413-575-3591.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Join us for the 22nd Annual Masquerade Bowl-a-thon!
Register Today!
Dear Friends,
It’s time for one of my favorite events, the fun and festive Masquerade Bowl! November 5th and 6th mark our 22nd Annual Bowl-a-thon.  We invite you to join us- it’s easy! Visit our web site to form a team today.  You simply need three other friends, co-workers or family members to join you, though more are certainly welcome.  Each bowler supports the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County by asking family, friends or other members of their community to donate. Every bowler raises a minimum of $75.00 and then to celebrate their success, team members get together on either the 5th or 6th, at noon or 2:00 P.M., and Bowl For Kids’ Sake! Can we count you in?
The Masquerade Bowl is a signature event with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.  Each bowler receives a $5 gift card to Bueno Y Sano, a t-shirt and the opportunity to receive other prizes throughout the day. There will be special prizes for the teams that raise the most money and for best costumes. If you’re among the first 20 to register a team, you will get $15 in Bueno Y Sano gift cards! And since this is a masquerade all are encouraged (but not required) to come in costume and join the costume contest! What could be more fun?
Register to participate today! Visit the Masquerade Bowl home page to get more info and start your team:
All the tools you need to explain your goals to family and friends will be provided once you’ve signed up.  Additionally, I’m here and happy to help! I’ve even made a special page of fundraising tips, just for you!
Not a bowler? No worries! No special skills are necessary and we promise you a good time.  Still, if you wish to support the Bowl-a-thon in a different way you can help us reach our goals by visiting the sign up page and making a donation.
I look forward to seeing you on November 5th or 6th! Thank you for helping me to make this the best Bowl-a-thon yet!
Jen Loebel
Development Director
We'd like to get more Girl Scout troops going in Amherst.

Girl Scouts – Open Roller Skating Event
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 5:15pm to 7:15pm
Location: Interskate 91 Roller Skating Rink at Hampshire Mall in Hadley
Cost: $5.50 all participants (skate rental -- $3.50 extra)

Kick-off event for a new year in Girl Scouts – find out how you can join.
Girls grades K thru 5 welcome and must be accompanied and supervised by
their parent or guardian.  Permission slip required – available at the
door.  For info, call or text Jean Baxter 413-575-4299.

Amherst Charter Commission Listening Workshop

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY

We will stage original plays written by young, local play-writers. These plays will be directed by Multi-Arts theater director, Sonia Arrubla (see bio below). 
The MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY will expand Multi-Arts' educational and artistic mission throughout the academic year by providing a platform for young writers and performers to cultivate and share their artistic talents.
Over the course of the semester, participants will rehearse 1.5 hours a week and present at least two public performances. 
We invite children to join us for the debut season of the MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY.
Children ages: 8-13
Program dates: Fall Semester: September 15 - December 8 (no rehearsal on Thanksgiving week)
Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30-6:00 PM
Shows: Thursday December 1 -Amherst & Friday December 9 -Northampton
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
Fee: $150 per child, per semester
Space is limited. Financial aid is available.
A former Colombian theater and television actor, Sonia graduated from New York University’s prestigious Film and Television MFA program in 2001.  

Dr. Ruth Potee to present at ARHS on Addiction, Risk Taking and the Adolescent Brain 

Come learn more about what parents and the community can do to keep our children safer, healthier and substance-free through the middle and high school years.

Thursday, September 22 
7:00 PM in the ARHS Library 
This event is free and open to the public.
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to sign up for childcare, please contact the ARHS Office at 362-1700.
Dr. Potee is an expert in the area of adolescent brain development and its impact on teenage risk taking, including alcohol and substance abuse. She blends scientific research with hands-on understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens.   Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee practices in Greenfield, MA and is the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County.  She has addressed professional and community audiences throughout Massachusetts.

This event is sponsored by the ARHS PGO in collaboration with ARHS, the Town of Amherst Health and Community Service Department, the SPIFFY Coalition.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back-to-School Picnic

Don't forget our Back-to-School Picnic this Thursday (Sept. 8) evening: 5:44 - 7:30 p.m. If you don't have time to pack a picnic, grab a Sibie's slice at the PGO table (donations are appreciated). Desserts/baked goods always welcome! See you all there! Bring Your Own Water, please!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Girl Scouts--Leadership, Nature and Cookies!

Starting a Girl Scout Brownie Troop in Amherst!
I am an experienced Girl Scout troop leader and Crocker Farm mom, and I'm starting a troop in Amherst for 2nd and 3rd graders who identify as girls!  Girl Scouts can be a great way to build leadership skills, learn to appreciate nature and the world around us, and take part in a strong community of girls.  (Plus we get to sell cookies!)  Our troop will meet on Mondays after school, but the exact time and location will be determined based on interest.
E-mail or call me if you are interested! or 917-326-1408