NEPR Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 8:05am

NEPR is proud to sponsor the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday January 19th 11am to 1 pm at MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield! The day will include performances by the Freedom Choir, Springfield Mass Choir, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra, DREAM STUDIO & MLK Charter School of Excellence Choir. MLK Family Services/Community Music School choral workshop students, oratorical performance by Hector Toledo, Jr., winner of the 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Oratorical competition, as well as performances by over 200 Springfield Public Middle School students. Sonido Musica. MLK, Jr. Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, DREAM Studio and United Way of Pioneer Valley are event hosts. This event is free and open to the public!

Author Night with Don Ogden

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 14, 2015 - 7:41am

Local writer/poet Don Ogden reads from his new book Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis on Tuesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.  (The snow date for this program will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 pm.)


Amherst Parking Forum

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 6:12am

You are cordially invited to the second in a series of forums about parking downtown. It will take place on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street. Co-sponsored by the Select Board and Planning Board, the intended outcome of the second forum will be to begin solidifying a set of goals and strategies to start addressing some of the issues related to downtown parking. This step will include beginning to identify the scope, timeline, and process for certain steps and the appropriate regulatory or legislative body responsible for the work.

For more information go to

Author Kevin Powell Speaks at MHC - Jan. 20th

Submitted by Margot on January 13, 2015 - 9:59am

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin has gone on to be the author of 11 books.


Valentine Swap - Sign Up Soon

Submitted by Margot on January 13, 2015 - 8:10am

It's that time of the year again! For the past seven years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we're doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It's free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 29th. On Friday (1/30/15), you will be emailed your assigned names/address of participants to mail your handmade valentines to. Everyone is kindly requested to mail your valentines off by Feb. 7th.

Sign up for free here.

Cyber-Bullying Is a CRIME

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 7, 2015 - 12:39pm

Cyber-Bullying has been a recent issue at ARHS, and we appeal to all parents and guardians to discuss this issue with their students. 

It is important to emphasize that Cyber-Bullying as described by M.G.L. c. 71, §37O, is a punishable criminal offense.  The law which was put into effect in 2010 includes tough restrictions on young people's, not just students', use of any technology to bully another person.

We need to create a school climate in which every student feels safe - in and out of school. Cyber-Bullying is unacceptable, and we as a community must each do our part to see it end.  If you have any knowledge of this activity, please contact the administration.  Peace. 

Parent Presentation by Calvin Terrell - This Sunday

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 6, 2015 - 6:21pm

Message from ARPS District sent last night:

Calvin Terrell, founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric, will return to Amherst on Sunday, January 11th. The purpose of this visit will be to re-create the presentation experienced by 7th, 8th and 9th grade students in October. All parents and guardians are invited to attend this free presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 5pm in the ARMS Auditorium (170 Chestnut Street). This presentation is meant for parents and guardians; please refrain from bringing students to this event. If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Stender at 413-362-1825 or


The ARHS Cabaret is This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on January 5, 2015 - 5:28pm

The Cabaret is back! A showcase of fun ARHS Performing Arts talent. A cabaret/club atmosphere is created behind the curtain on the back stage area of the ARHS auditorium. There is even table service to purchase treats. This is not to be missed! Performances are Jan. 9-11, Fri & Sat at 7:30pm. and Sun. at 3pm. Doors open a half hour before each show. Students/seniors are $5 for unreserved and $8 for reserved seats while adults are $7/unreserved & $10/reserved. Tickets will be on sale in cafeteria at lunch and at the door. Come to the Cabaret! For more info contact Anita Cooper

DTE Trip to MassMOCA - Watch these videos!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:24pm

The recent DTE concert, titled 'Formidable' referenced a song by the extraordinary artist Stromae. According to Tracey Vernon's Director's Notes, Reed Mitchell suggested this title because as defined in French, it was an apt description of this DTE ensemble i.e. wonderful! 


How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:05pm

The Amherst League of Women Voters welcomes Superintendent Maria Geryk and ARPS administrators to participate in the popular series "How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen".  Topics to be discussed are curriculum, equity and support programs for families.  The community is encouraged to attend this free event on Thursday, January 15 at 7-8:30pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.

Don't Forget About Our Winter Farmer's Market!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Amherst Winter Farmer's Market is a great way to spend a cold Saturday in Amherst!  Every week there are workshops, live music, children's activities, great local items to purchase and a great vibe!  Come out and support your local farmers and artisinal producers.  The market is every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the ARMS Cafeteria.  For more information check out their website. 

Amherst Live - Jan. 17

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 4:27pm

Food for Fines at the Jones Library & Branches

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 4:19pm
The Jones Library and branches will be offering a “food for fines” amnesty period from January 2 – 31, 2015.    Library patrons who bring a non-perishable, non-expired food donation or make a monetary contribution to the Amherst Survival Center when they return overdue library materials during this time will have the fines on those overdue materials forgiven. 

A Conversation for Parents - Feb. 9th

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 4, 2015 - 5:38pm

The ARHS Women's Rights Club was awarded a PGO Student-Initiated Grant in October 2014. With the help of these funds, the Women's Rights Club, the Man Club and the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) have collaborated to create Consent Week, which will run from February 9th to the 13th.  The goal of the week is to teach and promote healthy and positive communication in relationships.  A great deal of thought has been put into this student initiated program.  Age appropriateness and universal relevance are major goals.


Lions Club Ski, Skate & Snowboard Sale

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 4, 2015 - 11:42am

The Amherst Lion's Club will be hosting their annual Ski, Skate and Snowboard Sale on Friday Jan. 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday Jan. 10th from 9am to 2pm at the Crocker Farm Elementary School .Great selection and excellent prices. Proceeds go towards supporting important Lions Club causes which include assisting people, places and things in our community and beyond.