OCT 2 – ENJOY A CONCERT OF WORLD MUSIC FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME
Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. the Agawam Cultural Council will present world music featuring guitar/mandolin
duo Judy Handler and Mark Levesque, and flautists Leo Snow and Virginia Church. Pre-recorded event will be on TV 15; or online at www.agawammedia.tv.
If you live outside Agawam or want to watch on a smart device, email email@example.com. www.agawamcc.org to make free-will donation
OCT 9 – GET A TASTE OF PUERTO RICO WITH JOSE GONZALEZ AND THE CRIOLLA CLASICO TRIO
On Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Fine Arts, Amherst, MA presents one of Puerto Rico’s premier musicians Jose Gonzalez, and his trio Criolla Clasico, in a virtual concert on YouTube. This event includes a live chat with the artists!
View on link: youtu.be/vdxKswtCEcI https://
OCT 15 – GET TO KNOW CHRISTA MCAULIFFE, FIRST TEACHER HEADED TO SPACE
On Oct. 15 from 12:15-1:30 p.m., the Springfield Museums' Art a la Carte program goes virtual for a look at the life and work of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher chosen to fly the Challenger mission. Cost to attend Zoom presentation is $4; $2 for museum members. Pre-registration required.
OCT 16 – HAVE A HAUNTING GOOD TIME! VIRTUAL GHOST TOUR OF ‘THE MOUNT’
On Oct. 16 - or 23 or 30 -join veteran Mount veteran guide Robert Oaks for a virtual ghost tour through the darkened hallways of Edith Wharton’s fabled home in the Berkshires. Hear tales of the many eerie encounters that have taken place in the home over the years! Tickets required.
Visit: EdithWharton.org/events for tickets .
OCT 17 – FAMILY HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE DRIVE-IN, WESTFIELD’S BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Oct. 17 on the Middle School athletic field behind the Westfield Boys & Girls Club, enter off South Broad St., Westfield, MA. Perfect event for the grandkids! Kids DJ at 6 p.m., family-friendly Halloween movie at 7 p.m. Reservations required . COVID-19 safety precautions; bring masks.
OCT 31 – LAST CHANCE TO VIEW ‘ARMATURE OF LIGHT’ AT HOPE & FEATHERS GALLERY
Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the closing day of this exhibit of Amherst artist Scott Tulay’s collection of drawings exploring the ambiguity of space. Hope & Feathers Gallery is located at 319 Main St., Amherst. Masks required. Due to COVID-19, groups of three or less allowed at one time.
6 things... you need to know
1. UMASS FINE ARTS GOES VIRTUAL FOR FALL SERIES
Though the coronavirus pandemic is keeping the UMass Fine Arts venues closed, the Center has scheduled 30 free virtual exhibitions and performances this fall! Registration to receive a “ticket” and email reminders for these events is encouraged, performances will be streamed over www.facebook.com/UMassFineArtsCenter/ and on the UMass Fine Arts YouTube Channel. List of events, with access to tickets, is available on the web at https://fac.umass.edu/Online/default.asp
2. VIDEO SERIES AIDS KIDS AND RESTAURANTS
Treehouse Foundation - a local nonprofit re-envisioning foster care as a community, has partnered with regional chefs to offer “Stir Up Some Love,” online cooking demos as a fundraiser for Treehouse and local restaurants during the pandemic. $20 donation per episode; $275 for season. To pay for a lesson, visit www.stirupsomelove.com
3. WEBSITE OFFERS ONLINE HEARING ASSESSMENT
Developed by Cochlear Ltd. the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, this online test - which takes about 15 minutes on a computer, tablet or smartphone - assesses how well you hear speech sounds; provides email results to help determine if intervention is needed. Take the test online at www.HearingAidCheck.com/us .
4. WEBINARS HELP PLAN FOR NEXT ADVENTURE
This October, AAA Travel is offering online seminars to help people begin planning for when travel is safer again. On Oct 1, learn about Mackinac Island, MI; on Oct. 15, explore other opportunities in a North America vacation.
Free and open to AAA members and non-members. Sign up online at AAA.com/TravelEvents .
5. THESE PUZZLES ARE ALL ‘PICTURE PERFECT’ GIFTS!
The whimsical landscapes of great destinations by artist Eric Dowdle are now available in jigsaw puzzle form! A fun
gift idea to help pass the indoor months. From $29.99 on Amazon or at https://dowdlefolkart.com/
6. IT ELEVATES SPAM’S ‘CULINARY CHOPS’
“The Ultimate Spam Cookbook” features 100-plus breakfast-to-main dish recipes from celebrity chefs like Martin Yan, as well as food influencers, bloggers, food truck owners, restauranteurs and more! Available on amazon.com