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  1. Town Council Rules of Procedure Committee

    April 23, 2019, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/16/19 at 2:25 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Referrals from Town Council 02-25-19: Charter Sections 5.5(b) rules for the appointment of non-voting residents to Town Council Finance Committee & 2.9(d) rules for selection of Town Councilors as non-voting liaisons to multiple-member bodies, the School Committee &/or the Library Trustees & defining the role of non-voting liaison. Ongoing review of Interim Rules of Procedure adopted by the Town Council 01-28-19. Ongoing discussion of previous Bylaw Review Committee Proposal for Rules and Procedures as well as multiple examples from other communities. Update Work Plan for permanent Rules of Procedure under Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 2.6(d). Likely this week: Town Council committees, legislative process, values appendix, review full working draft. Approve Minutes. Public Comment. Topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.

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  2. Residents' Advisory Committee

    April 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 4/18/19 at 8:43 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order 2. Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting 3. Review of Interviews since Last Meeting 4. Review of Upcoming Interview Assignments 5. Schedule a Meeting with the Community Participation Officers (CPOs) 6. Schedule a Meeting with the Town Council Committee on Outreach, Communications and Appointments (OCA) 7. Discuss Compilation of Demographics 8. Public Comment 9. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Committee 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting 10. Set Next Meeting Date 11. Adjourn.

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  3. Special Meeting of the Town Council

    April 23, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 4/12/19 at 2:12 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to order. Presentation and discussion: Finance Committee meeting - financial advisors: actuary and debt. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the President 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Adjourn.

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  4. Town Council Finance Committee

    April 23, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/12/19 at 12:36 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Actuary presentation by Dan Sherman, of Sherman Actuarial Services. 2. Debt presentation by David Eisenthal, Financial Advisor UniBank. 3. Review of draft qualifications and interview questions for resident members of Finance Committee. 4. Schedule for future meetings. 5. Public comment. 6. Minutes of previous meetings. 7. Matters not anticipated by the Chair 48 hours before the meeting.

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  5. Historical Commission

    April 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Second Floor Conservation and Development Library

    RECEIVED: 4/16/19 at 11:59 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment. PUBLIC HEARING: Mitchel and Mary Lynn Olson – Request the full demolition of a wood agricultural accessory structure constructed in c. 1950, The Historical Commission will conduct a public hearing for a demolition delay under Section 13.4 of the Zoning Bylaw, located at 562 Montague Road (Map 2A/Parcel 8), Outlying Residence (RO) Zoning District. THIS ITEM WAS CONTINUED FROM APRIL 10. PUBLIC MEETING: Minutes from April 10, 2019, other items not anticipated, next meeting date and time.

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  6. Human Rights Commission

    April 23, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ South Meeting Room #101

    RECEIVED: 4/19/19 at 3:54 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order: Opening remarks; Announcements and Agenda Review/Additions. 2. Report and Comments: Public Comment; HR Commission Member Reports. 3. Action and Discussion Items: Review and approve meeting minutes of January 19, 2019; Update on Town Committee/Community Organization relationship: A. Town Council Liaison; B. Discussion with Department Heads to be Con't; C. Neighborhood Liaison: Tony Maroulis, Eric Beal, and Bill Laramee; D. Investigation of complaint process; E. Current Affirmative Action Plan; F. Human Rights Heroes Awards picnic and awards; G. Schedule Meetings for May and June. 4. Topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours in advance of the meeting. 5. Adjourn.

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  7. Amherst School Committee

    April 23, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Library, Amherst Regional High School

    RECEIVED: 4/17/19 at 12:26 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to Order; Approve Minutes of March 19, March 26 (Amherst only), and March 26, 2019 (joint w/Pelham and Region); Committee Announcements and Public Comment; Superintendent’s Update (Exploration of Sixth Grade Move to ARMS); Discussion of Infectious Disease Policy & Procedures; Dual Language Update; ADA Update/Capital Update; Third Quarter Budget Update; Budget Transfers (Possible Vote); Fundraising Policy (Possible Vote); Superintendent Evaluation Discussion; School Committee Meetings Format and Location; Regionalization Update; Accept Gifts; School Committee Planning; Adjourn.

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  8. Design Review Board

    April 23, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 4/4/2019 at 10:13 a.m. LIST OF TOPICS: (1) Applications (a) DRB 2019-14, I YA TOO, LLC dba IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen, One East Pleasant Street - To have a seasonal outdoor dining area, as an accessory use to a restaurant and to install signage (b) DRB 2019-15, Town of Amherst, Various Locations – To review Wayfinding signage locations (c) DRB 2019-16, Town of Amherst, Dog Park, 95 Old Belchertown Road – the Old Landfill, Map 21B/Parcel 8 – To review the proposed dog park design (d) DRB 2019-17, Town of Amherst Local Historical Commission, Various Locations – For the design and locations of the writers walk signs. (3) Approval of Meeting Minutes (a) March 13, 2019

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  9. Dog Park Task Force

    April 23, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/18/19 at 8:03 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Appointment of a Secretary for the meeting. Approve minutes from last meeting. Project Update: Town Boards and Committees, Stanton Grant, Construction Bid Status. Fundraising Campaign. Public comment. Other items not anticipated by the chair. Set next meeting date.

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  10. Personnel Board

    April 24, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 4/16/19 at 8:43 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order: Opening remarks. 2. Announcements. 3. Public Comment. 4. Reports and Comments. 5. New Business: Annual Non-Union Meeting Follow up regarding network Doctors on BCBS; Non-Union COLA FY 20; Performance Management structure /forms update; Testing of exempt/nonexempt Non-Union positions. 6 Old Business: Staffing report. 7. Approval of Minutes: Review and approve March 20, 2019 minutes. 8. Next Board Meeting Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 9:00 am. 9. Topics the Chair did not anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.

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  11. Governance, Organization and Legislation Committee of the Town Council

    April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 3/8/19 at 10:58 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order. 2. Announcements. 3. Presentations and Discussion. 4. Action Items. 5. Member Report. 6. Approval of Minutes. 7. Public Comment. 8. Future Agenda Items. 9 Topics not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance. 10. Adjourn.

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  12. Town Council Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee

    April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Town Hall > Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/16/19 at 8:55 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order 2. Discussion and Vote on GOL FAQ Document 3. Continued discussion of TMAC Proposal 4. Continued discussion of recommendations related to GOL Committee Charge 5. Public Comment 6. Adoption of March 27, 2019 and April 10, 2019 minutes 7. Items Not Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting 8. Adjourn

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  13. Board of License Commissioners

    April 24, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/22/19 at 12:20 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to Order; Public Hearing - Discuss Alcoholic Beverage License #04526-RS-0024 issued to V.M.S. Pizza I, LLC d/b/a Porta regarding alleged violations of terms of the license, M.G.L. c. 138 and 204 CMR found during an investigation by the Amherst Police Department. Public Comment. Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting. Adjournment.

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  14. Community Resources Committee (CRC) of the Town Council

    April 24, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/12/19 at 12:38 pm. REVISED: 4/16/19 at 8:39 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order. 2. Consider Initial Goals. 3. CPAC project review. 4. Public Comment. 5. Business Not Anticipated 48 Hours Before the Meeting. 6. Adjourn.

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  15. Transportation Advisory Committee

    April 24, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Town Hall > First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 4/19/19 at 2:08 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order; 2. Announcements, a. Northampton Rd MassDOT meeting; 3. Public Comment; 4. Presentations and Discussion, a. Public presentations – Intake process, i. Potwine Ln bus stops/crosswalks, ii. Stop sign at Taylor/Gray, iii. Fearing St issues, b. Prioritization/Decision choice list (PVPC list), c. Shared mobility device bylaw; 5. Committee Reports – If any; 6. Approval of Minutes; 7. Future Agenda Items; 8. Committee Comments; 9. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting; 10. Executive Session – If any; 11. Adjourn.

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  16. Conservation Commission

    April 24, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/19/19 at 11:51 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Chair, Director, Wetland Admin Reports; Minutes: 12-12-18; Agricultural Licenses – Amethyst Brook & Wentworth Farm; NOI (cont’d) – Charles Kovacic/Direct Energy Solar-installation of solar array at 191 West Pomeroy Ln; NOI – Amherst Conservation Dept. for work associated with rotary construction and creation of designated parking on State Street (Map 5B, Parcels 34, 130 & 1-33); RFD – Amherst Conservation Dept-construct dog park within buffer zone to bordering vegetated wetlands at 95 Old Belchertown Rd (Map 21B, Parcel 8); NOI (cont’d) – Amherst DPW for roadway widening on East Hadley Rd; Emergency Certs: MADCR breaching beaver dam off Norwottuck Rail Trail; Eversource Energy breaching beaver dam off Pomeroy Crt; Cert of Compliance – Lot 22 Linden Ridge Rd; Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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  17. Joint Capital Planning Committee

    April 25, 2019, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Town Hall > Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/12/19 at 12:40 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Report from Community Preservation Act Committee. 2. Final review of 10-year Capital plan. 3. Recommendations for FY21 JCPC process. 4. Review and approval of Committee report. 5. Public Comment. 6. Minutes of prior meetings. 7. Matters not anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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  18. Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board Career Center Performance Oversight Committee

    April 25, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

    RECEIVED: 4/22/19 at 11:54 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Approve January 10, 2019 minutes. Brief updates. Performance: 3rd quarter scorecard; entered employment report, FY19 QI & QII. Business services: business service team employer report - FY19 QI. Career center monitoring schedule and board participation. Other business.

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  19. Transportation Advisory Committee

    April 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Town Hall > First Floor Meeting Room

    RECEIVED: 4/19/19 ta 8:57 am. LIST OF TOPICS: Committee members meeting to attend the MassDOT presentation on Rt 9/Northampton Rd improvements.

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  20. The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee

    April 26, 2019, 9:05 AM - 10:30 AM @ Goodwin Room

    RECEIVED: 4/10/19 at 2:27 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment; Minutes; Quarterly Report.

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  21. Town Council Audit Committee

    April 26, 2019, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/16/19 at 2:27 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order and Declaration of a Quorum 2. Presentation of Independent Auditor's Report by Melanson Heath for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 3. Discussion of Auditor's Report 4. Public Comment 5. Items Not Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance 6. Adjourn

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  22. Town Council Standing Committee Outreach, Communications, and Appointments

    April 29, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 3/21/19 at 3:48 pm. REVISED: 3/27/19 at 2:32 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Discuss OCA Topics related to Charge adopted 12-17-18 under Amherst Home Rule Charter Sections 2.6(e), 2.9, 2.11, & 3.9. /Decision tree(s) for recommendations to the Town Council for confirming Town Manager appointments of department heads & Town Manager-appointed multiple-member bodies, & Town Council-appointed Planning Board & ZBA, Finance Committee members of the public, & other Town Council appointments under 10.10 & 10.11; [C] coordinate the annual review process of the Town Manager. Future Work Plan./Public Comment. Topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hrs before the mtg.

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  23. Town Council Standing Committee Outreach, Communications, and Appointments/Subcommitte Outreach & Communications

    April 29, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 3/25/19 at 9:01 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Defining the purview of: Outreach, Communications, and Appointments Committee, Community Participation Officers, and Resident Advisory Committee. Takeaway from Last Meeting. Refining and Writing our Charge Around Communications. 2. Next meeting Date & Time. 3. Public Comment. 4. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance. 5. Action Items. 6. Adjourn.

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  24. Town Council Goals Ad Hoc Committee

    April 29, 2019, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 4/22/19 at 9:34 am. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order 2. Announcements 3. General Public Comments 4. Presentations and Discussion a. Feedback from Town Council regarding goals b. Feedback from Town Council regarding Worksheet c. Work on Town Council Goal regarding "Amherst Town Government - Establish a new form of government" 5. Action Items 6. Committee Reports a. Draft of Town Council Goals Ad Hoc Committee written report 7. Approval of Minutes a. Minutes- March 13, 2019 b. Minutes - March 29, 2019 c. Minutes - April 12, 2019 d. Minutes - April 18, 2019 8. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the President 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting.

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Community (Public)

  1. Office Hours with District 2 Councilors Pat De Angelis and Lynn Griesemer

    April 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Cushman Market and Cafe

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  2. District 2 Meeting with Councilors Pat De Angelis and Lynn Griesemer

    April 24, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Fort River Elementary School Cafeteria

    1. Call to Order. 2. Introductions. 3. Presentation and Discussion by District 2 Councilors Pat De Angelis and Lynn Griesemer. 4. Presentation and Discussion by At-Large Councilor Andy Steinberg. 5. Public Comment and Discussion. 6. Adjourn

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  3. 6th Annual Samuel Minot Jones Awards @ Converse Hall, Amherst College

    April 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Converse Hall at Amherst College

    The Jones Library proudly announces Richard Michelson and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as winners of the Sixth Annual Samuel Minot Jones Awards for Literary Achievement. In addition, as we celebrate the centennial year of the Jones Library, a special Centennial Sammy will be given to Bruce Watson.

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  4. The Arctic on Fire: The Impacts of Climate Change on Tundra Ecosystems

    April 25, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Due to climate change, the Arctic is experiencing an increase in wildfires. It is known that wildfires are going to alter the ecosystems; however, the specific biogeochemical impacts are unknown. Natalie Baillargeon and Rhys MacArthur participated in an expedition to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, AK last summer and began a collaborative project investigating the impacts that wildfires have on plant composition and nutrient cycling. Natalie Baillargeon is a second-year at Hampshire, studying environmental science and policy. Natalie’s research investigates the impacts of wildfires on plant nutrient and nitrogen cycling in the Arctic. Rhys MacArthur is in her last year at Hampshire College studying Ecology and Environmental Justice. Rhys’s research focuses on the effects wildfires have on the above-ground biomass of arctic tundra ecosystems and the ecological processes that drive vegetation composition.

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  5. Amherst - Pelham PreK-6 Regionalization Public Forum

    April 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Pelham Elementary School

    Amherst and Pelham are exploring regionalizing their Elementary schools. Attend a forum to learn more. Your feedback is important to us!

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  6. Amherst Pelham Regional School District Planning Board Public Forum

    April 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Pelham Elementary School

    Should Amherst and Pelham form a PreK-6 Region? Currently, the Amherst and Pelham elementary school districts share a superintendent and central administration through Superintendency Union 26. Regionalization would combine the two school districts into one region. This region would be governed by a regional school committee that would replace the current Amherst and Pelham school committees. The Regional School District Planning Board has been meeting for a year to examine the possibility of regionalization and invites public feedback at these forums. The Planning Board has not made a recommendation regarding regionalization and public input is a critical component of this recommendation. Each forum will include a presentation of the process, potential benefits, and challenges, Q and A, small group discussions, and opportunities to provide feedback.

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  7. Public Hearing: MassDOT Rt. 9 & Rt. 116 Improvements

    April 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ First Floor Meeting Room

    PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Routes 9 & 116 (Northampton Road) Improvement project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible. PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of improving access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians along Northampton Road. The work includes roadway widening and resurfacing to construct 5’ bicycle lanes and new sidewalks on both sides. New ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals will also be installed. A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

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  8. District 1 Office Hours with Councilor Sarah Swartz @ Jake's at the Mill

    April 26, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM @ Jake's at the Mill

    Office hours for residents and business owners of District 1.

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  9. 2019 March for Science

    April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Kendrick Park

    The Amherst pod of 500 Women Scientists (https://500womenscientists.org/) in conjunction with UMass Amherst’s That’s Life [Science] (http://thatslifesci.com/) blog are co-hosting the March for Science Western MA 2019. It will be held on April 27th as part of the 10th annual Amherst Sustainability Festival. Come join local scientists and citizens passionate about making science more accessible for the general public and more present in our everyday society. The march will start with a gathering at Kendrick Park (across from Porta Restaurant) at 9am and then at 10am we will make our way to the Sustainability Festival on the Amherst Town Common. Event link to Sustainability Festival is here: Link to Sustainability Fair: https://www.facebook.com/events/300400730656645/

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  10. Sustainability Festival 2019

    April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ South Common

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  11. The Art of...Upcycling

    April 27, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Woodbury Room

    Celebrate the Town of Amherst Sustainability Festival and ArtWeek Amherst by creating your own upcycled masterpiece! This 101 class teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile. Please call 413-259-3096 to register for this program.

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  12. Ukulele Strum Along

    April 28, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Amherst Room

    Come play music with a growing community of ukulele players in the Valley. Led by Julie Stepanek, you are invited to join us for easy songs, laid back instruction, and a lot of fun! Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours. Sign up is required to borrow a ukulele. Please call the library at 413-259-3096.

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Leisure Services Calendar

  1. Qi Gong Class

    March 20, 2019, 9:30 AM - April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM @ Munson Library

    Qi Gong (pronouced CHEE GONG) is a holistic system of cultivating and balancing the body's internal energy which is called qi, translated as " life energy". With roots in Chinese medicine, this mind body awareness exercise is composed of gentle stretching and flowing exercises, rhythmic breathing, and meditation. QiGong benefits include greater flexibility, strength, balance, and vitiality as well as decreasing stress, tension, and stiffness. It is available to everyone no matter how old you are or what shape you are in. QiGong can be done anywhere, requires zero equipment and gives you tremendous benefits in a short amount of time.

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  2. "Oh no! Not Stress!" Class

    April 24, 2019, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM @ Bangs Community Center

    Most people experience a mess of stress. Even if it’s not making you sick by weakening your immune system (which it does), it’s not healthy for your outlook. Find methods to de-stress. All you need is some insight, a little learning, guidance, and support. That’s what you will get in this 4 week experience. Participants can bring a lunch.

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  3. Yoga Class

    April 25, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Munson Library

    This class teaches stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and breath awareness exercises to get rid of tension, joint stiffness, backaches, and pain, as well as to increase flexibility, improve your muscle tone, and experience deep relaxation. Please bring a mat or blanket to sit on and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Nancy received her master’s degree in Health Education from Trenton State College and her certification as a yoga instructor from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

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  4. Sorta Dancin' with the Stars

    April 25, 2019, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Bangs Community Center

    Not exactly dancin' with Hollywood stars but maybe the stars of your life. Learn an introduction to a new dance every other week, starting with Ballroom Waltz and then moving onto the Fox Trot, Swing, Latin and the happiest of dances, Polka. All these dances are very popular and for those who are planning a wedding this will be a big hit. Get your entire wedding party signed up and it will be the wedding of the century!

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  5. Argentine Tango I

    April 25, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Bangs Community Center

    Argentine Tango is the world's hottest dance. Learn the basics with the teacher who brought the tango to the valley. After years of teaching, Ms. Maidana's approach is accessible to all. She not only makes it fun, but will guide you through all subtleties of the moves and musicality. Learn this exciting system of improvisation and join the thousands of Tango dancers worldwide. The Salon Style is the place to start. Then, learn other styles like the Close Embrace.

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