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Yarn shop opens in South Deerfield
DEERFIELD — Sheep & Shawl, a new local yarn shop, has opened in the Tibetan Plaza on routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield.
Owner Liz Sorenson said one of her goals is to promote locally and regionally produced yarns and the work of fiber artists from the Valley and New England. Also offered are Fair Trade yarns from around the world.
There is also an assortment of local artist’s gift cards, lavender sachets, herbal salves, and fiber jewelry.
Fall classes are scheduled for knitting, drop-spindle spinning, and needle felting.
Wednesday nights are reserved for Knit Nite where knitters can drop in for help on a project or to enjoy the company and conversation of other knitters.
Sorenson has taught knitting locally and is working on her Weaver’s Certificate at the Hill Institute in Florence.
Chamber offers social media workshop
SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast workshop, “Social Media for Small Business” Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center at Mount Holyoke College.
The workshop will explain how Google, Facebook, YouTube and other websites can help you grow your business.
The cost for the breakfast meeting, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., is $15 per person. The lead speaker is Dale Johnston, chamber director and website designer. RSVP to email@example.com or 532-6451 by Oct. 18. Checks should be made out to the Chamber of Commerce and sent to 116 Main St., South Hadley, MA 01075.
real estate firm
SOUTH HADLEY — Chris Joseph of Springfield has joined ERA M. Connie Laplante Real Estate. Joseph has worked with first-time home-buyers and military families for 10 years.
Women in business conference planned
SOUTH HADLEY — The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network will host its 20th annual Women’s Business Conference Oct. 23 at Mount Holyoke College.
The topic of the conference is keeping your company relevant in a mobile social media, apps age. A tribute will recognize conference co-founders Dianne Fuller Doherty and Barbara Wallace.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Willits-Hallowell Center, 50 College St., South Hadley.
The cost is $40 for the conference plus lunch or $25 for the conference only.
For more information call 413-737-6712 or register online at www.msbdc.org/wmass.
AMHERST — Food for Thought Books is hosting a Co-op Carnival offering free, family-friendly festivities to showcase cooperative businesses from around the Pioneer Valley Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Food for Thought Books, 106 North Pleasant St., Amherst.
Prizes and refreshments will be offered. The event is a fundraiser for The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) and Food for Thought Books.
Nursing home recognized
NORTHAMPTON — Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds has been recognized as a 2013 recipient of the Gold Excellence in Quality National Quality Award for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession.
The award is the highest of three awards given by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
Linda Manor is a nonprofit organization that has been caring for people in the Pioneer Valley area since 1989.