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Deerfield

ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR: The Deerfield Art & Craft Festival will return for its 38th season this weekend. The fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 10 Memorial St., Deerfield.

Deerfield was one of the major centers of the Arts and Crafts Revival 100 years ago. This year the fair will feature the newly installed arts and crafts exhibit, Skilled Hands and High Ideals. The fair is known for its remarkable array of art and hand-made wares. For more information: www.deerfield-craft.org.

Northampton

SUKKOT CELEBRATION: Congregation B’nai Israel and Lander Grinspoon Academy are holding a Sukkot Harvest Festival open to the public Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.. The festival will also serve as the public launch for “Abundance Farm,” a burgeoning small-scale farm and outdoor classroom at the school and synagogue’s 253 Prospect St. location. Sukkot is the final of three harvest festivals in the Jewish calendar, a celebration of the harvest. In an effort to connect with Judaism’s agricultural roots, the festival will feature interactive activities and harvest-related stations including apple cider pressing, wheat threshing and winnowing, bread baking in a cob oven, honey extraction, garlic planting, a fermentation workshop and crafts activities for toddlers. There will be live music, animals and healthy snacks. There is a suggested donation of $5.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS: A new outreach campaign has been launched to expand the network of community outreach workers to Hampshire and Franklin counties in anticipation of major health care reforms that will likely expand the role of community outreach and health workers.

Founded in 2006, the Community Outreach Worker Network and Training Coalition is reaching out to fellow public health organizations and hosting networking meetings and training sessions for community outreach workers in Greenfield and Northampton.

The coalition is a free voluntary membership and professional coalition of community outreach/health workers that provides continuing education and training on topics identified by the membership. It also provides a forum for workers to discuss health and socio-economic conditions and make recommendations to local and state policy makers. There will be a meeting in Northampton at the Forbes Library on West Street Wednesday, Oct 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.; a training session is set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1 to 3 p.m.

Southampton

TOWN DEMS: The Southampton Democratic Town Committee is hosting a Wine Tasting Fundraiser Friday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Black Birch Vineyard, 155 Glendale Road in Southampton to honor the work and leadership of John Walsh as State Democratic Party chairman from 2007 to the present. Walsh will soon assume a leadership role in Gov. Deval Patrick’s Political Action Committee. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25/person. Advance tickets are available from Southampton Town Democratic Committee members or by calling Francine Tishman at 203-1144. Proceeds will support the Committee’s activities. A rain date has been set for Sunday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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