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e_STnS Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: Sept. 7: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Hawk Watch. Sept. 8: 10:30 a.m., Asters Around the Notch; 2 p.m., Mammals. Sept. 9: 10:30 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors; 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-15). Sept. 10: 10 a.m., Nature Study for Homeschoolers; 1 p.m., Senior Hike. For more information call 253-2883.

e_STnS Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation offer program on the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Hadley for ages 60 and up Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Fee: $5; for more information call 584-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.

 Ride Noho 10,000 Foot Century Weekend — Ride Noho sponsors 100-mile bike rides Sept. 7 and 8. A-paced group and B-paced group. For more information go to ridenoho.com or call 586-6013.

 Saturday Morning Bird Walk — Sept. 7, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

e_STnS Macro-invetebrate Madness — Wild & Science Westfield River Committee sponsors program on bugs and the river, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet Chester Railway Station Museum, off Main St., Chester. Free. For more information or to sign up call Meredyth Babcock at 623-2070.

e_STnS Monarch Tagging — Tagging of migrating monarch butterflies takes place Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. For more information call 800-859-2960.

e_STnS Connecticut Valley Century Benefit Bike Ride — Bike ride to benefit the Rotary Club of Amherst’s Good Works Fund takes place Sept. 8, beginning Hatfield Lions Pavilion, Billings Way (behind Hatfield Elementary School). There will be 100-, 75-, 50-, 25-mile routes. Fee: $40. Rain or shine. For more information go to covacride.org or call 665-7505.

e_STnS HCC Foundation Golf Classic — 26th annual golf tournament to benefit Holyoke Community College takes place Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm St., West Springfield. Fee $150-$175 includes breakfast, lunch. For more information go to www.hcc.edu/golf.

 Granby Walkers Group — Thirty-minute walks departing from the Granby Library parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more information contact Kate Mercier at kcmercier@comcast.net.

e_STnS Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K races starting and ending at Northampton Community Gardens, Burts Pit Road, Northampton take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., with registration starting at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free. For more information contact Don Grant at 584-7725.

e_STnS Monarch Butterfly Tagging — Takes place Sept. 11, 4 p.m.; Sept. 15, 2 p.m., at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Free. For more information call 256-6006.

e_STnS Holyoke Range Hawk Watch — The Kestrel Trust sponsors hawk watch with ornithologist Dave King on Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Heavy rain cancels. For more information go to kestreltrust.org or call 549-1097.

e_STnS Fall Warblers — The Hitchcock Center in Amherst sponsors evening class and field walk with Scott Surner on Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 21, from 7 a.m. to noon. Fee: Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

e_STnS Introduction to Fly Fishing — Westfield River Watershed Association offers free drop-in clinic on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Takes place on Route 20 in Huntington, on the turnout on the Westfield River (across from health clinic). Rain or shine. For information go to westfieldriver.org.

e_STnS Pelham Hollow Walk — Fairly strenuous hike through Pelham Hollow section of the Quabbin on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Preceded by talk about Pelham Hollow Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Community Center of Pelham. For more information contact Kathy Keyes at 253-2739.

e_STnS Wild Edibles: Weed ‘Em and Reap — Edible plant foraging with Blanche Derby Sat., Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. Preregistration required; call 800-859-2960.

e_STnS Autumnal Equinox Bird Walk at Quabbin — Hitchcock Center sponsors walk with naturalist John Green on Sept. 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Quabbin Visitors Center, off Route 9, Belchertown. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

e_STnS Hawk Day at Mount Tom — Ongoing hawk watch Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Tom State Reservation, Route 5, Holyoke. Live owl and raptor presentations at 10:30, 12 noon, 1:30. Exhibits, family activities. Free; $2 park entrance fee. For more information call 534-1186, or email mount.tom@state.ma.us.

e_STnS Northampton Golf Tournament — Tournament to benefit Northampton Little League takes place Sept. 28, Pine Grove Golf Course, Northampton. Cash prizes. Fee of $70 person/$280 foursome includes 18 holes, snacks, full steak dinner. For more information go to www.nhampll.com.

e_STnS Hospice Meadow Run 5K Road Race and 2M Walk — Events to benefit end-of-life are programs at the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson take place Sept. 28. Course starts at Three County Fairgrounds and runs through the Northampton Meadows. Online registration: $25 individual; $75 family. For more information go to vnaandhospice.org/5k or call 582-5302.

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