Area briefs: Doodle-a-thon in Easthampton Saturday; Amherst High’s orchestra concert; Holyoke veteran tax program

  • Resilient Community Arts Co-Founder Maddie McDougal helps a young participant make a mosaic during a workshop at the 2022 Doodle-a-thon Fundraiser. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 3/23/2023 6:16:45 PM
Doodle-a-thon takes place Saturday

EASTHAMPTON — Resilient Community Arts & The Color Collaborative will host its Doodle-a-thon 2023 on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Cottage Street boardwalk.

The organization hopes to raise $3,000 for its Art is For Everybody Scholarship Fund. The event is free, but its recommended to get advanced workshop tickets at:

Last year 75% of the collaborative’s summer camp attendees participated with support from the scholarship fund and the Easthampton Learning Fund. The money raised helps keep art programming readily available to families, regardless of their socio-economic situation.

Donations can be made at the GoFundMe site

In addition to food and raffles, events include:

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull> Over 30 feet of doodling space.

■Live music by Carrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club, and other local music acts such as the Daring Coyotes, Derek Bridges, and more.

■A Maker’s Market filled with artwork and crafts made by professional local artists and RCA students.

■ Art making workshops including Mosaic Tiles at 12 p.m. and Animal Sculptures at 2 p.m.

Amherst string
orchestra to host
concert Friday

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional High School String Orchestra will present its spring showcase Friday night at 7 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple St. in Hadley.

Donations will be accepted for the free concert, which is directed by Yasu Suzuki and will feature the works of Bach, Dvorak and Piazzolla.

Holyoke accepting applications for veteran tax workoff program

HOLYOKE — The city of Holyoke is accepting applications for its Veteran Tax Work-Off Program.

The program is open to veterans who own property in and pay real estate taxes to the city. The program participant’s name must appear on the property deed. The program year runs from July 1 to Nov. 30. A $1,500 property tax credit minus the required withholdings will be applied to the participant’s real estate tax bill in the following fiscal year, not the current year’s property tax bill.

Participants are required to complete 100 hours of service. Hours worked may not be shared with another family member. Each individual must fulfill the total hours of service obligation. However, the city may place the participant in more than one job to fulfill the total hours. Individuals will be credited for any hours worked even if the 100 hours are not fulfilled.

Primary consideration will be given to first-time applicants. Individuals previously chosen for the program may reapply in subsequent years. No applicant is guaranteed a position. A lottery system may be used if there are more applicants than available positions.

To apply, visit

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