Area briefs: Clean energy incentives program; ‘Be Active’ in S. Hadley; Ride to Provide; and Goshen Cultural Council seeks grant applicants

Published: 09-25-2023 11:48 AM

Clean energy incentives program

WESTFIELD — Many homeowners and businesses may be considering updating to more efficient energy systems.

A free event, “Clean Energy Incentives for All,” Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Westfield State University, will provide information on the latest federal, state, and utility rebates available for these transitions.

The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with light refreshments and exhibits in Wilson Hall. A forum presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration is requested at

‘Be Active in South Hadley’

SOUTH HADLEY — Know Your Town presents “Be Active in South Hadley” Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the main public library.

Representative of numerous organizations and interests, including Girl and Boy Scouts, the historical society, fitness, music and arts and the community garden, are scheduled to take part in offering information on opportunities for activities in town. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Ride to Provide 2023

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AMHERST — More than 25 bike teams are set to participate in Ride to Provide 2023, organized by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, on Sunday, Oct. 15. This family-friendly celebration of Jewish culture and interfaith partnership combined with a bike ride/5K fundraiser will begin and end at UMass Hillel in Amherst.

Funds raised by Ride to Provide 2023 will help meet the needs of the federation’s constituent agencies and its network of nonprofit partners in support of western Massachusetts’ most vulnerable, regardless of faith or origin, and people in need around the world.

Ride to Provide was created by Rabbi Saul Perlmutter of UMass Hillel and ran from 2007 to 2016 through UMass Hillel, which invited the federation to take ownership and expand the event. In addition to multiple bike route options, a 5K walk/run, and a new option to participate as a Virtual Rider, there will be a post-ride celebration with food, music, a presentation and opportunities for participants to come together and connect with other organizations.

Individuals interested in sponsoring, volunteering, or participating in Ride to Provide 2023 can visit People interested in registering can create their own team or join one of the existing 25 teams currently available.

Cultural Council seeks grant

GOSHEN — The Goshen Cultural Council is accepting applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support arts, humanities and science programs in the community, including exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, concerts, lectures and school field trips.

Applications are due Oct. 17 and can be submitted and can be submitted to the Goshen Cultural Council using the online application at https://massculturalcouncil.smartsimple.

The Goshen Cultural Council is part of a network of local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. More information about the local cultural council program is available online at