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KINDERGARTEN ORIENT­ATION AND PRESCHOOL SCREENING: New Hingham Regional Elementary School will hold a kindergarten parent orientation on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the 2013-2014 school year. Parents will have an opportunity to meet kindergarten teachers and other staff members, receive registration forms and information, and ask questions about curriculum and programs. Families with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and reside in Chesterfield and Goshen are invited to attend. While school choice openings for the 2013 school year have not yet been determined, families with kindergarten-age children from surrounding towns who are interested in New Hingham are also welcome to attend.

There will also be pre-kindergarten screenings on Friday and April 12 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prospective parents may call the school office at 296-0000 to set up a screening appointment. This program is open to families that live in Chesterfield/Goshen that have 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds whose birthdays come after Sept. 1. Families in surrounding communities who are interested in the pre-kindergarten program at New Hingham are also welcome to attend.


TEA AND OPEN HOUSE: The Public Library Association of Easthampton will host its Annual Tea on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Emily Williston Memorial Library & Museum, 9 Park St. The public is welcome to meet with members of the Corporation, Emily’s Friends of the Library and staff during open hours at the library, and enjoy tea, food and children’s crafts. Learn about the future plans at the library and how to get involved. For more information about this and other events, call 527-1031.

VACATION DAYS: The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will hold April Vacation Days at Arcadia from April 16 to 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for children ages 6-11. Children will go on hikes, visit a vernal pool, look for spring wildflowers, and search for early insects. There will be a new theme each day as well as nature riddles, mysteries and games. The fee is $52 per day for Mass Audubon members and $60 per day for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For more information, contact Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries at 584-3009, ext. 812, or arcadia@massaudubon.org.

BOOK DONATIONS ACCEPTED: Emily’s Friends are now accepting book donations for the spring book sale at Emily Williston Memorial Library. Books can be dropped off at the library at 9 Park St. The group is accepting books, CDs and DVDs. It will not accept magazines, test/reference books, tapes or cassettes. All donations should be in good condition. For information, call 529-1605.


HOMEBUYER PROGRAM: A first-time homebuyer program ,sponsored by Valley Community Development Corporation and Country Bank, will take place Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. Register online or contact Fern Selesnick at fs@valleycdc.com or 586-5855, ext. 16. The cost is $50 per household.


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: The St. Stanislaus Kostka Scholarship Committee wishes to announce that applications for the next academic year are now available by contacting the president, Joseph Zalot, at 52 Strong Road, Southampton, 01073, or by calling 527-1054. Former members of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish who will be in at least their second year of college in September are eligible for scholarship consideration. The deadline for filing the completed application form is June 30.

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