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Amherst is a lively college town that is home to the University of Massachusetts as well as the Amherst College and the Hampshire College. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts just north of Springfield and south of Greenfield just to the east of the Connecticut River.

Amherst's thriving downtown is full of culture! Museums - bookstores -galleries - antique shops - restaurants and lots of entertainment make the town an exciting place to see.

Visit the historic homes and well-known buildings including the home of Emily Dickinson and the Amherst History Museum at the Strong House. The Amherst common has many year-round local events including the Farmer's Market, Taste of Amherst, movies on the common, Fourth of July Fireworks, Teddy Bear Rally and more. Spend the day strolling the shops of downtown or bike the 8 mile Norwottock Rail Trail or enjoy the gorgeous scenery of this picturesque area.

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UMass Football vs. University at Buffalo Bulls Football
When: Nov 28, 2014 1 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 20.00 - 20.00 (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13 )
Tricks and Treats for Eating Healthfully Through the Holidays

Learn how the anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer diet can alleviate, eliminate or prevent diabetes, allergies, obesity, mood swings, heart disease, arthritis and other modern illnesses, which are related to inflammation. Health educator Jaya Devi, B.Sc., RYT, CFH will review doctor's recommendations, and give tips for easy preparation, storage and travel tips to help you stay balanced and thriving through the holidays.



Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Nov 8, 2014 1 PM to Nov 8, 2014 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Nov 2014 13 )
Wine and Painting Wednesdays: 'Sunflowers' by Vincent Van Gogh

This week's featured artwork:  'Sunflowers' by Vincent Van Gogh

Come enjoy a relaxing evening in downtown Amherst with Wine and Painting Wednesdays. We provide the instructor and art supplies so you can take home your very own painting that night! Snacks will also be provided but guests are asked to bring their own beverages.

Date: Wednesday, October 29th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $30

REGISTER AND PAY HERE!



When: Nov 5, 2014 6 PM to Nov 5, 2014 8 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18 )
Massachusetts vs. Vermont
NCAAH Hockey

When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
CPPA Faculty Colloquium: Bruce Desmarais


When: Nov 3, 2014 12 AM to Nov 3, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00 )
League of Women Voters Book Club

Location: AMHERST ROOM

When: Nov 17, 2014 3 PM to Nov 17, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15 )
Brongers/Private Meeting

Location: AMHERST ROOM

When: Nov 5, 2014 2 PM to Nov 5, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14 )
The Jones Library Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club discusses Pale Fire.
Location: Goodwin Room



When: Dec 6, 2014 2 PM to Dec 6, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14 )
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Dec 5, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19 )
Northeastern Huskies at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Dec 16, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19 )
Providence Friars at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Feb 21, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19 )
Children's Music Series

Friends of the Jones Library Children's Music series
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Feb 28, 2015 10 AM to Feb 28, 2015 11 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10 )
Grupo Corpo
The electrifying Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo combines the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance forms, the liquid swing of jazz, and the technical prowess of ballet, with energy to burn. The company is renowned for its stunning physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse. The program will include one of the company’s most celebrated works, Sem Mim, inspired by the sea and the songs of medieval Galician-Portuguese troubadours. Audience members are invited to stay for a post-performance talk with the company, moderated by Amherst College Spanish Professor Lucia Suarez, immediately following the performance.

When: Feb 24, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19 )
Warren Wolf & Wolfpack
Part of the 16th annual Billy Taylor Jazz Residency. A multi-instrumental talent, Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. His CD Wolfgang, released on Mack Avenue Records in 2013, prompted a JazzTimes review that stated, "Warren Wolf appears to be on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson." Catch this rising young talent in the jazz genre.

When: Feb 5, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Regular ticket prices $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19 )
Diversity Book Club

New members are welcome. This book club reads nonfiction and fiction works that explore various aspects of human diversity. Copies are made available at the reference desk. For more information please contact Caryl-Rose Pofcher at mydogtraining@aol.com.
http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Nov 18, 2014 7 PM to Nov 18, 2014 8:15:00 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19 )
Lego Club

Location: AMHERST ROOM

When: Nov 8, 2014 3 PM to Nov 8, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15 )
NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop

Do you love writing? Do you like a good challenge? Can you write a novel in a month?
NOV 12 - Heather Richard!

Led by local authors, teachers and literary critics, this free weekly writing workshop series will inspire and motivate you to meet your writing goals.

Meetings will be held in The Woodbury Room, Wednesdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

Ages 12+ (including middle and high school)

Please RSVP to Garrett Pinder / pinderg@joneslibrary.org / 413-259-3091
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Nov 12, 2014 3 PM to Nov 12, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15 )
Men's Basketball vs. Northeastern
Men's Basketball vs. Northeastern

When: Nov 26, 2014 12 AM to Nov 26, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00 )
Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island
WNCAAB Basketball

When: Mar 1, 2015 2 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14 )
FILM | "The Actress"
Introduction and Q&A with director Siegfried Kühn Maria, a rising theater star in Nazi Germany, is in love with Mark, a Jewish actor. She accepts her dream job at a theater in Munich, but Mark is banned from performing—except at the Jewish Kulturbund Theatre in Berlin. Maria discovers she is unable to live without Mark, but the Nazi Nuremberg Laws strictly forbid their relationship. So that they can be together, Maria decides to fake her own suicide and assume a Jewish identity. East Germany (DEFA) | 1988 | 92 min | German/English Subtitles | Director: Siegfried Kühn Short film to be shown before The Actress: Traces Martin Brandt, an unforgettable actor and former member of the Jewish Kulturbund Theater, recites from Nathan the Wise, the play that opened the theater in October 1933. 1989 | 21 min | English Subtitles | Director: Eduard Schreiber Screening supported by the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.

When: Oct 30, 2014 7 PM to Oct 30, 2014 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: COST: Five College Students and Faculty | Free Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19 )
Vermont Catamounts at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag Event

The Entrepreneurial Equation

Making the most of your business is easy when you have the right tools and a solid strategy at your disposal. This event will give you ideas for putting banking, retirement and insurance tools to work so you can help build and protect your business according to your short-and long-term goals.

Presenter

Tom McRae, Edward Jones
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Nov 18, 2014 12 PM to Nov 18, 2014 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12 )
Poetry Reading: Mark Wunderlich
Mark Wunderlich, whose poetry reminds us, as The New Yorker put it, how fully the spirit can illuminate the depths, will read from his work.

When: Dec 3, 2014 12 AM to Dec 3, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00 )
Football vs. Buffalo
The Minuteman play their last game of the season against Buffalo at home at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Join UMassNation in supporting a new era for UMass Football!

Time: TBA.



When: Nov 28, 2014 12 AM to Nov 28, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00 )
Martha Graham Dance Company
Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

When: Nov 18, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club. (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19 )
Annual Call for Art
The Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library of Amherst is pleased to invite applications for its monthly exhibitions for the season beginning June, 2015. Since the founding of the Jones Library in 1921, the Burnett Gallery has offered area artists and craftspeople a public space in which to exhibit their work. Collectively, the exhibits aim to reflect a variety of media, styles, cultural viewpoints, and levels of artistic expression. Such shows have been part of the library's programs to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. Individuals or groups in Amherst and surrounding towns may submit applications. The next deadline for submission is 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Applications and details are available in the library and on the library website under programs: Apply to Exhibit at the Burnett Gallery

When: Oct 30, 2014 5 PM to Oct 31, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17 )
Valley Time Trade

Valley Time Trade will hold an orientation session for new members. Open to the public.
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Nov 25, 2014 5 PM to Nov 25, 2014 7 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17 )
Lyme Disease Support Group

Support group for those with Lyme Disease and/or Chronic Fatigue.

Open to the public.
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Nov 9, 2014 1 PM to Nov 9, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13 )
Merrimack Warriors at Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey
When: Jan 24, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19 )
After School Comic Book Club

Join us for the Jones Library After School Comic Book Club!

Books TBA

For grades 3-5 (must be at least 8 years old and in 3rd grade to participate)

In the Children's Biography Room

Register in the Children's Room!


Location: Children's Room



When: Dec 11, 2014 3:45:00 PM to Dec 11, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:45:00 )
Room In Use/ Sharon Sharry

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Nov 14, 2014 1 PM to Nov 14, 2014 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13 )
Room In Use/ Sharon Sharry

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Nov 7, 2014 1 PM to Nov 7, 2014 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13 )
Ice Hockey vs. Vermont
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Vermont

When: Nov 22, 2014 12 AM to Nov 22, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00 )
Women of Color Leadership Network November Social Hour
The Women of Color Leadership Network at CWC would like to invite you to our Social Hour!
This is a time for networking and making connections. Come meet our staff, connect with women of color, network and relax from your busy schedule, or simply just come say hello! Stop by between classes or stay for longer conversations. All are welcome, and light snacks will be served. Bring a friend.

When: Nov 5, 2014 12 AM to Nov 5, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00 )
Ice Hockey vs. Boston College
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Boston College

When: Nov 21, 2014 12 AM to Nov 21, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00 )
Film Screening & Discussion: "Blueberry Soup" with Filmmaker Eileen Jerrett
Join filmmaker Eileen Jerrett as we screen Blueberry Soup, a documentary about the recent protest and constitutional change in Iceland.

When: Nov 5, 2014 12 AM to Nov 5, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00 )
J.L. Dog Lovers Book Club

Do you find dogs fascinating? Endearing? Whether you live with one right now or not, if you are interested in reading and discussing all things dog, come to the Dog Lovers' Discussion Group! We read fiction and nonfiction and may invite guest speakers from time to time.

The club meets on the 3d Tuesday of the month from 6:45-8:15. (For scheduling reasons, in November we will meet on Thursday, the 20th.) Copies of the current book are available to borrow at the reference desk.
http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html
Location: Goodwin Room



When: Nov 20, 2014 6:45:00 PM to Nov 20, 2014 8:15:00 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:45:00 )
Burnett Gallery Committee

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Nov 19, 2014 1 PM to Nov 19, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13 )
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Rhode Island Rams
NCAAB Basketball

When: Jan 17, 2015 2 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14 )
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. St. Joseph's Hawks
NCAAB Basketball

When: Feb 25, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19 )
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Richmond Spiders
NCAAB Basketball

When: Mar 4, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19 )
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Fordham Rams
NCAAB Basketball

When: Feb 28, 2015 4 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16 )
Italian Renaissance Harvest Banquet
Join us for a festive evening celebrating Renaissance Italy! Enjoy authentic Renaissance food prepared using produce and herbs from the Renaissance Center's own kitchen garden. Revel in the sounds of Renaissance Italy brought to you through lutes, sackbuts, singing, and more. With entertainment ranging from juggling to theater to door prizes to the awarding of the Renaissance Center honors, you are bound to have an evening of excitement and fun! All guests will get a booklet of authentic Italian Renaissance Recipes to take home! Reservations must be made by October 27th. Call 413-577-3600 to reserve your tickets. $75/each, $125/couple. All proceeds go to the Great Hall Fund.

When: Nov 1, 2014 12 AM to Nov 1, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $75 per person, $125 per couple * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00 )
High School & Collegiate Choral Festival
High School & Collegiate Choral Festival

Mass. ACDA Honors Choirs; UMass Chamber Choir & Chorale

Tony Thornton & Stephen Paparo, conductors

When: Nov 1, 2014 12 AM to Nov 1, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors, children; $10 general public * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00 )
Room In Use

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Nov 15, 2014 9 AM to Nov 15, 2014 5:25:00 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09 )
Davidson Wildcats at Massachusetts Minutemen Basketball
When: Jan 14, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19 )
Angélique Kidjo
Beninese Afro-pop spitfire Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. She’s collaborated with Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Bono and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy and as a women’s rights activist, and travels the world to inspire and empower. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by Bode Omojola, Five College Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College, 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

When: Oct 30, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Regular ticket prices $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19 )
Talk: The New Asylum Seekers
The talk features María Cristina García - Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Cornell University.

The talk is part of the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series "Migration Matters: Rethinking Immigration in the Modern Americas".



When: Nov 14, 2014 12 AM to Nov 14, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00 )
Home Sellers' Workshop

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Nov 13, 2014 7 PM to Nov 13, 2014 8 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19 )
After School Writing Club

Join us for the Jones Library After School Writing Club!

For grades 3-5 (must be at least 8 years old and in 3rd grade to participate)

in the Children’s Biography Room

Register in the Children’s Room

Writing materials and snack will be provided!


Location: Children's Room



When: Nov 13, 2014 3:45:00 PM to Nov 13, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:45:00 )

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