Oct. 1-Nov. 21, Sally Curcio at Stone Soup's New Gallery. Reception Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. Curcio's New Gallery exhibit show recent and past works by the artist in the media of painting, installation, assemblage and prints. The New Gallery is the latest element in Stone Soup Concrete's campaign to make art and community central to the structure of our business. The gallery is located at: 221 Pine St., Florence; phone: 582-0783; email@example.com; gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nice and Easy Hikes Mount Greylock State Reservation at 10 a.m. Local hiking enthusiast Sam Kissel leads these easy-paced, two-hour, one to two mile-long walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. For info call the Mount Greylock Visitors Center in Lanesborough at 499-4262 or visit www.massparks.org.
Oct. 5, The American Chamber Players, performing as part of the Music in Deerfield Smith College Music Department partnership. Directed by violist and NPR commentator, Miles Hoffman, the Players' program will include works for flute, piano and strings and the Gypsy fireworks of Brahms's Piano Quartet, Op. 25. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Advance tickets:$25 and $30. Children/students $9. Tickets at the door: $32 adults and $10 children/students. Information: 774-4200, online at www.musicindeerfield.org, by mail, Box 736, Greenfield, MA 01302.
Oct. 6, 7, Armitage Gone! Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and MASS MoCA present Armitage Gone! Dance at MoCA's Hunter Center, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. bringing a multifaceted and poetic combination dance, music, and new art. Tickets: orchestra $32; mezzanine $28. Discounted tickets for students and children. Available through MASS MoCA Box Office, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, and www.massmoca.org. Box Office hours:11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon. Also by calling 662-2111 during Box Office hours. MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) located at 87 Marshall Street in North Adams.
Oct. 6-7, Antique and Modern Firearms Show, Better Living Center, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 737-2443; www.thebige.com.
Oct. 6-10, Annual Paradise City Arts Festival. Museum quality crafts, art and sculpture. Fairgrounds, Route 9, Northampton. Info: 800-511-9725.
Oct. 7, Irish and America with the Currier and Ives prints. The Irish Cultural center at Elms College announces a lecture with video images Currier and Ives: The Irish Lithographs by Kevin O'Rourke, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Alumnae Room, Dooley Campus Center. O'Rourke conceived his book on the Irish Lithographs, on which this talk is based, as a way to introduce Irish history and Irish nationalism for people who normally would not think about reading an Irish history book. The lecture is free and open to the public; a free will offering will be taken. The library is handicapped accessible. Call 265-2537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further info. Check out our web site at www.irish-cairde.org.
Oct. 12-13, Fall Rumage/Bake Sale at First Church in Ludlow. Times: Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The church is located at 859 Center St., Ludlow. Good used clothing, household items, baked goods.
Oct. 12-13, Gem and Lapidary Wholesale Show, Mallary North, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Info: 737-2443; www.thebige.com.
Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 17, Nature Photography: Beyond the First Step, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., three class sessions; $90 member, $110 non-member. Cosponsor: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery. Explore quality of light, sharper images, adding depth to your images, stronger compositions, focus versus defocus, rule of thumb for exposure, the pros and cons of film versus digital, flash technique, selective focus, choosing and working with the subject, background control, and capture silhouettes and shadows. Bring five samples of your nature photos to the first session. Info: 584-3009.
Oct. 15, Health Insurance Info Lecture, 7 p.m. Cancer Connection announces a free program open to the public: Need Health Insurance But Don't Have a Lot of Money? Kelly Nevins, Manager of Community Relations for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, will discuss and answer questions about the new state subsidized health insurance program called "Commonwealth Care." Cancer Connection is located at 269 Locust St. in the Silk Mill at the corner of Route 9 and Straw Avenue in Florence. For more info call 586-1642 or visit www.cancer-connection.org.
Oct. 21, Birthday Trail Race and Mountain Fun Walk, at the Peaked Mountain Reservation on Butler Road in Monson. Festivities will include a Family Fun Walk, Trail Race, music by Peter Newland, a Wolf Presentation by Michael LeBlanc (with lives wolves), birthday cake and refreshments. Walk is approximately 1.5 miles ; starts at 10 a.m. Entry fee $5/person. Trail Race is a 4.4- mile route , starts at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Registration forms at the Monson and Palmer libraries, at Woodbine's Store in Monson or download one online at www.thetrustees.org/pages/348_peaked_mountain.cfm. Walk-in registration 9-10 a.m. Directions availabel at Monson, Palmer libraries.
Oct. 27-28, Antiques, Collectibles, Doll, Toy and Teddy Bear Show, Better Living Center, at the Eastern States Exposition grounds, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 737-2443; www.thebige.com.
Oct. 28, Supernatural Sunday. Halloween Fun, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield. Info: 775-7214.
Nov. 2, The United States Marine Band will perform a Free Concert, at the Cathedral High School auditorium, Surrey Road, Springfield at 7:30 p.m.
Free but tickets given on a first-ordered basis. Send a note with the number of tickets needed (maximum of four) and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Marine Band, c/o City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room 309, Springfield MA 01103. Tickets available Oct. 1. Call 886-5048 with questions.
Nov. 2-4, 21st Annual Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. Features more than 350 American master craftsmen and the 14th Annual Gingerbread House Competition. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston MA 02210. Parking is available in the Seaport Garage. Costs range from $9-$17. Fri. noon-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets at the door and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, children under 14 are free. Info: 617-385-5000 or visit www.christmascraftfestival.com