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Boards/Committees

  1. The Jones Library, Inc. Personnel, Planning, & Policy Committee

    October 18, 2019, 9:05 AM - 10:30 AM @ Goodwin Room

    RECEIVED: 10/11/19 at 1:06 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment; Minutes; Library Director FY20 Goals.

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  2. Outreach, Communications and Appointments Committee (OCA)

    October 21, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 10/16/19 at 3:33 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Announcements a. Planning Board vacancy 2. Discussion and vote on Town Manager appointments to Council on Aging 3. Discussion and vote on Town Manager appointments to Community Preservation Act Committee 4. Discussion of OCA process to recommend appointment to multiple-member bodies appointed by the Town Council 5. Discussion of 10/21/2019 and 10/28/2019 reports to Town Council 6. Public Comment 7. Topics the Chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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  3. Board of License Commissioners

    October 21, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 10/17/19 at 1:26 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to Order. Public Comment. Licenses: Short-Term Liquor Licenses For Review. Discussion Items: Update on Renewals. Short Term Lodging Regulations. Globe Article on One-Day Licenses. Alcohol on the Town Common. Inspector General Training. Minutes. License Fees. Work Plan Going Forward. Topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours prior to the meeting. Adjournment.

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  4. Town Council

    October 21, 2019, 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM @ Town Room

    REVISED: 10/16/19 at 3:12 pm. RECEIVED: 1/15/19 at 2:27 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 2. Announcements 3. Tax Classification Public Hearing 4. General Public Comment 6. Presentations & Discussion 7. Action Items: Tax Classification, Centennial Water Treatment Facility Borrowing Authorization, Amendment to Council Rule 8, Revision of Governance, Organization, and Legislation Committee Charge, Amendment to Council Rules 10.4 & 10.5, 2020 Council Meeting Calendar. 8. Appointments: Council on Aging, MGL268As.19(b)(1) Exemption Request for Planning Board members Maria Chao and David Levenstein. 9. Committee Reports. 10. Approval of Minutes. 11. Town Manager Report 12. Town Council Comments. 13. Topics not reasonable anticipated 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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  5. Bylaw Review Committee

    October 22, 2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Town Hall, Conservation Library

    RECEIVED: 10/16/19 at 3:04 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to Order. 2. Announcements 3. Public Comment 4. Presentations and Discussion a. Review General Bylaws Draft #7 b. Continue discussion of Committee Report c. Future reports to the Town Council 5. Approval of Minutes 6. Future Agenda Items 7. Committee Comments 8. Topics Not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chair 48 Hours in Advance of the Meeting 9. Adjourn.

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  6. Local Historic District Commission

    October 22, 2019, 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM @ South Meeting Room #101

    RECEIVED: 10/17/19 at 2:23 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: PUBLIC MEETING: 84 Sunset Ave—request to modify Certificate of Appropriateness with changes to roof material, side porch alterations, and new windows on front of the house. 148 Lincoln Ave—request to modify Certificate of Appropriateness with changes to the porch posts and balusters, and changes to the stair posts and railing. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING: 4:00 PM: Gray Street (14B-251) and Main Street (14B-250) – Amherst Community Television, Inc dba Amherst Media – Request to construct new one and a half story building with sloped roofs and covered porches, and clapboard siding. Site work includes walkways, parking lot, lighting, signage, retaining walls, outdoor equipment and possible drainage infrastructure. Continued from August 15, 2019; September 9, 2019; and October 15, 2019. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. OTHER BUSINESS NOT ANTICIPATED WITHIN 48 HOURS.

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  7. Joint Regional School Committee and Union 26 Meeting

    October 22, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Amherst Regional High School Library

    RECEIVED: 10/17/19 at 3:48 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee to Order and consider entering Executive Session in accordance with Open Meeting Law, MGL, c. 30A, Section 21(a), pursuant to Purpose 2 to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, Michael Morris, and to approve Executive Session minutes from January 22, 2019; January 29, 2019 with plans to return to open session. 2. Call Union 26 to Order and consider entering Executive Session in accordance with Open Meeting Law, MGL, c. 30A, Section 21(a), pursuant to Purpose 2 to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel, Michael Morris, and to approve Executive Session minutes from January 22, 2019; January 29, 2019 with no plans to return to open session.

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

    October 23, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Town Hall > Town Room

    RECEIVED: 3/8/19 at 2:59 pm. 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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  9. Ranked Choice Voting Commission

    October 23, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Town Room, Town Hall

    RECEIVED: 10/17/19 at 3:16 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Public Comment. Correct and approve minutes from previous meeting. Continue discussion of RCV implementation in Minneapolis, Cambridge, Maine, and a few other cities, aimed at developing tabulation rules for Amherst statute. Set plan for November meetings. Topics not anticipated 48 hours before the meeting.

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  10. CDBG Advisory Committee

    October 29, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Town Room

    RECEIVED: 10/17/19 at 2:24 pm. LIST OF TOPICS: Notice of Public Hearing: The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has designated the Town of Amherst a Mini-Entitlement Community that is eligible to apply for a maximum of $825,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. CDBG funds support housing, community development projects, and social service activities benefiting low-and moderate-income citizens. In accordance with DHCD regulations, Amherst’s CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Room, Town Hall (4 Boltwood Ave.) to receive comments and suggestions from local residents regarding: 1. Community priorities for - a. Social services, b. Non-social services such as housing and public infrastructure, c. Other priorities; Target areas neighborhoods where non-social services can take place.

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Community (Public)

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

    October 18, 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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  2. How to Talk So Your Legislators Will Listen

    October 19, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Woodbury Room

    Learn the most effective ways to reach your state legislators and make your voice heard on issues that are important to you in this non-partisan presentation by Nancy Brumback. Learn at what point in the legislation process is communication from constituents the most effective. Discover why it is important to contact legislators even when you know they agree with you.

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  3. District 3 Community Meeting with Councilors Dorothy Pam and George Ryan @ the Woodbury Room, Jones Library

    October 20, 2019, 1:45 PM - 4:30 PM @ Woodbury Room

    District 3 Community Meeting with Councilors Dorothy Pam and George Ryan @ the Woodbury Room, Jones Library

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  4. Ukulele Strum Along

    October 20, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Amherst Room

    Come play music with a growing community of ukulele players in the Valley - 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 - call the library at 413-259-3096.

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  5. District 1 Office Hours with Councilor Sarah Swartz @ the North Amherst Library

    October 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ North Amherst Library

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  6. ED or EA or RD? Oh My!: A College Admissions Primer with Jill Margaret Shulman

    October 22, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Woodbury Room

    College admissions doesn't have to be scandalous or crazy-making! Whether your child is (or you are) a high school senior applying right now or a sophomore or junior just getting started, Jill Shulman will clarify options, dispel myths, answer your burning questions, and send you on a saner, less stressful path.

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  7. World Film Premiere: A Place in the Sun- Stories from Tibet in Exile

    October 23, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium Room 137, UMass Amherst

    A Place in the Sun is an evocative, poignant new documentary on Tibet's quest for freedom and rights, based on the experiences, aspirations, and achievements of Tibetans in exile. Director will available for Q&A at the screening.

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  8. Little Women Bookclub

    October 24, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Amherst Historical Society and Museum

    Explore an old classic with the Amherst Historical Society! Join us monthly for a casual bookclub and leading up to and beyond the release of the new movie, Little Women (2019). Snack on refreshments while revisiting the world of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring exploration of coming-of-age, sisterhood, and purpose in a family apart and an era of war. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite or least favorite scene and character. Readers of all ages and experiences are welcome and encouraged to come! Whether the stories of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are new to you or Little Women is a thumbed-through classic in your home, you are sure to find something new. Our first Little Women Bookclub will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7pm. This first meeting we will focus on the first volume of the book. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to info@amhersthistory.org so we can get an idea of how many refreshments to provide!

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

    October 25, 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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  10. Scars of Slavery

    October 25, 2019, 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM @ Woodbury Room

    On July 4, 1863, one of the most widely read magazines in the country during the Civil War published an image capturing the abhorrent cruelties of slavery — the side portrait of an escaped slave with terrifying, streaking scars across his back caused by a whipping from his owner. In the latest of our History Bites lectures series, recent research will be presented by Bruce Laurie, professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, into two local men who fought for the Union Army during the Civil War era — Henry S. Gere of Northampton and Marshall S. Stearns of Northfield — providing new clues about the true identity of the former slave brought to national attention by Harper’s Weekly. History Bites is held in the Woodbury room of the Jones Library, right next door to the Strong House. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and refreshments ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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  11. Positive Solutions – Teach Me What to Do! Soluciones Positivas – “íEnséñame qué Hacer!”

    October 26, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Grace Episcopal Church-Amherst

    In this session we will define the concept of emotional vocabulary; Identify feeling words and identify effective ways to teach feeling vocabulary; Demonstrate the use of books to support emotional vocabulary and social-emotional development; Identify how the turtle technique can be used to cope with feelings of anger and disappointment; Learn how to teach problem-solving skills. PROGRAMA GRATUITO En esta sesión vamos a definir el concepto de vocabulario emocional; Identificar palabras de sentimientos e identificar formas efectivas de enseñar vocabulario de sentimientos; Demostrar el uso de libros para apoyar el vocabulario emocional y el desarrollo socioemocional; Identificar cómo la técnica de la tortuga se puede utilizar para hacer frente a los sentimientos de ira y decepción; Aprender a como enseñar habilidades de resolución de problemas.

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  12. jubilat / Jones Poetry Series

    October 27, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Jones Library

    Join us for the 2019-20 jubilat / Jones Poetry Series, which showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. Today's reading features poets Gillian Conoley and Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint. An informal Q & A session will follow the reading. All events are free and open to the public.

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  13. Candidates Forum

    October 28, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Large Activity Room

    In preparation for Town Elections on November 5 the League of Women Voters is holding a Candidates Forum at the Bangs Center on October 28 at 7:00. All candidates will be introduced. Library Trustees, who are all running unopposed, will introduce themselves and answer a question posed by the Moderator. School Committee nominees will introduce themselves and answer questions from the Moderator. Amherst Media will film the event.

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  14. Battle Dress: A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Karen Skofield

    October 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Jones Library

    Northampton Poet Laureate Karen Skolfield will read from her recently published book, Battle Dress.

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  15. District 1 Office Hours with Councilor Sarah Swartz @ the North Amherst Library

    October 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ North Amherst Library

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  16. Know Your Responsibilities: How to be a member of a public board or commission

    October 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Large Activity Room

    This three-hour training is essential for every member of a public board, commission, committee or authority. Attendees will learn about some of the tools needed to successfully conduct public board activity, oversee their organizations, and ensure public money is spent appropriately. Attendees will also learn how to identify and prevent fraud, waste and abuse and how to comply with key legal requirements applicable to public governing boards. Presented hosted by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

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  17. Film & Discussion Series: Freedom Riders

    October 29, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Woodbury Room

    "Freedom Riders" is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives--and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment--for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Our discussion will include what lessons this history has for us in today's situation with racism in the United States

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  18. Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Community Day

    October 30, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

    Local Office Hours with Dmitriy Nikolayev, Director of SDO Policy and Programs to ask questions on how to conduct business with the Commonwealth and find out more about the Supplier Diversity Program. The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certifies minority, women, veteran, LGBT and Disability owned businesses. The certification we offer is free and is used by Massachusetts state government departments to meet procurement diversity goals.

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  19. District 2 Office Hours at Cushman Market, 491 Pine Street, Amherst

    October 30, 2019, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Cushman Market

    Opportunity to speak with Councilor Lynn Griesemer and Councilor Pat De Angelis regarding the Amherst Community.

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  20. Halloween Fright Film

    October 31, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Woodbury Room

    This classic Alfred Hitchcock film from 1960 is sure to make your Halloween a scary one! Visit our website for complete information.

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Senior Center

  1. Strength & Balance

    October 18, 2019, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM @ Pole Room

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  2. Craft Workshop

    October 18, 2019, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  3. Cribbage

    October 18, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Ethel Moore Computer Gallery

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  4. Foot Care & Ear Irrigation

    October 18, 2019, 9:40 AM - 12:40 PM @ Bubble Room

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  5. Ballroom Dancing

    October 18, 2019, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM @ Pole Room

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  6. Gentle Fitness

    October 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Pole Room

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  7. Congregate Lunch

    October 18, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  8. Arthritis Exercise

    October 18, 2019, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Pole Room

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  9. Attorney Ed Smith Legal Clinic

    October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Garrabrants Conference Room

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  10. Chess

    October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Glass Room

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  11. Lunch with the Director

    October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  12. Senior Center Book Club

    October 18, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  13. Soothing Stretch

    October 18, 2019, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  14. Healthy Bones & Balance

    October 21, 2019, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Pole Room

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  15. Drawing Workshop

    October 21, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  16. Gavin SHS Nursing Clinic

    October 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bubble Room

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  17. Gentle Fitness

    October 21, 2019, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Pole Room

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  18. Congregate Lunch

    October 21, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  19. Arthritis Exercise

    October 21, 2019, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Pole Room

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  20. Mexican Train Dominoes

    October 21, 2019, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Ethel Moore Computer Gallery

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  21. SHINE

    October 21, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Garrabrants Conference Room

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  22. Gavin SHS Nursing Clinic

    October 21, 2019, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Bubble Room

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  23. Tai Chi

    October 21, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  24. Function Well

    October 22, 2019, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM @ Large Activity Room

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  25. Blood Pressure Clinic

    October 22, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Garrabrants Conference Room

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  26. Morning Yoga

    October 22, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  27. Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention Experienced

    October 22, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Glass Room

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  28. Line Dancing

    October 22, 2019, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM @ Pole Room

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  29. Massage

    October 22, 2019, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Garrabrants Conference Room

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  30. Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention Beginners

    October 22, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Glass Room

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  31. Congregate Lunch

    October 22, 2019, 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  32. Cosmology

    October 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ South Meeting Room #101

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  33. Folk Dance

    October 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Large Activity Room

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  34. Scrabble

    October 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Ethel Moore Computer Gallery

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  35. Healthy Bones & Balance

    October 22, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Pole Room

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