Area briefs: Paying for college, shopping for a cause, conservation calendar, photo talk

Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: Easthampton High School Guidance Department is hosting a free workshop Dec. 3 for parents and seniors on paying for college. The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium, will feature a representative of the state Education Finance Authority who will speak on types of financial aid, the application process and financing options for families. Families are encouraged to download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation beforehand atmefa.org/planforcollege.

SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE: Envision Easthampton, an evangelical Pentacostal congregation in the Paragon Arts and Industry Building, is holding Christmas Shopping for a Cause, a benefit to help victims of human trafficking. At the church on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., people can purchase jewelry and textiles made by former slaves who were taught their crafting skills by Jubilee Market, a nonprofit that helps free slaves in Asia. Proceeds will support the ex-slaves and the organization.

Brenda Flower, Northeast regional director of the Jubilee Market, will also be there to talk about human trafficking and the fight against it. For more information, contact the church at 250-1244 or envisioneasthampton@gmail.com.

CONSERVATION CALENDAR: The annual calendar to benefit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust is now available for $15 at the Nash Gallery at 40 Cottage St. The calendar features monthly photographs of Nashawannuck Pond and Mount Tom taken from downtown Easthampton by trust member Sue Walz. All proceeds support the trust.


PHOTO PRESENTATION: Coinciding with the release of “Hampshire County Memories: The Early Years” — a coffee-table book of historic images created by the Gazette, Forbes Library and Pediment Publishing — Forbes Library will host a presentation Dec. 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. The presentation is part of the 2013-2014 reading and lecture series on local history and novelists.

Photographer Stan Sherer will present images from Historic Northampton’s collection, while Faith Kaufmann and Dylan Gaffney from Forbes Library’s information services will present photographs from the library’s Special Collections and give an overview of the photographic archives at the library.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: A Dec. 5 Christmas concert to benefit St. Valentine’s Parish will feature mezzo-soprano Lisa Woods, soprano Terri LaFleur and pianist Jerry Noble. The concert takes place at 127 King St. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those sixty and over and $5 for those 12 and under.