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3rd Annual
COSA Provider's Fair
May 23rd
Due to the success and popularity of the Annual COSA Provider's Fair, we are moving to a larger location.

This year we will hold the Fair at the Northampton Senior Center on May 23rd from 9a-11a.  Member organizations can reserve a table at no charge.  Non-Member organizations can host a table for $35 which can be applied towards a future COSA membership.

This is a fun morning with your peers and a fantastic networking opportunity.  Don't miss it!

New Group at 
Safe Passage

Safe Passage is offering a counseling group for survivors of domestic violence who struggle with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, titled  Take Back Your Life by Taming Your Brain. This group will be focused on increasing safety and empowerment using mindfulness-based coping skills.
Recent advances in neuropsychology have increased our understanding of how trauma affects the brain, and how  unresolved, chronic, or long-term trauma can result in the nervous system becoming stuck in trauma-response mode. Healing and maintaining safety require learning to tolerate and manage intense emotions and associated physical sensations, while staying in the present moment, rather than being "hijacked" by the emotional/crisis response parts of the brain.
Registration and pre-group intake required.* Group starts as soon as minimum of 5 participants are registered, and will be limited to maximum 10 participants. Anyone interested in attending this group should call 413-586-1125 and speak to Sage (x11) for more information, and to schedule an intake.
This group is Free of Charge.

Day/Time:       Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Duration:         12 weeks
Location:         TBA, in Northampton

Supporting Patients with Autism in a 
Health Care Setting

Christopher John McDougle, MD,an internationally recognized expert in Autism Spectrum Disorder, will discuss the health care challenges facing individuals with autism and their families. Come learn about the latest efforts to improve care and services for people with autism and how Massachusetts General Hospital is working on new discoveries and treatments. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session which includes a panel with parents of children with autism, autism consultants and community advocates.

Thursday, April 6 | 6-8 pm
Dakin Conference Room
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA

Light dinner fare will be served and don't forget to wear blue to show your support for Autism

To register, call 888-554-4CDH (4234) or
Amherst Survival Center 
Community Conversation

Join representatives from the Governor's Western MA office, Congressman Jim McGovern's office and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to learn about threats to the safety net & our response.

April 5th, 6-8 pm

Valley CDC
$3,000 Grant Available 
for First Time Home Buyer
If you are looking to buy a house in Northampton, we still have $3,000 Community Development Block Grants available, for use as down payment assistance. Please contact Donna Cabana at 413.586.5855 x180 or email her for an application at

Small Town Veterans Expo

Are you a veteran living in MA or the surviving spouse or child of a MA veteran?  Is your child a veteran living in MA and you are dependent on them for financial support?

If so, you could be eligible for:
  • Help with medical expenses
  • Cash Assistance
Contact your city or town's veterans service officer and see if you qualify, or go to for more information.
Center for New Americans
Immigrant Voices - A Celebration of Arts

Join the Center for New Americans (CNA) for a celebration of our Valley's rich artistic traditions.  Enjoy an evening of music, dance, and spoken word by immigrants in our community. The Shea is thrilled to host the Center for New Americans for a second year of sharing and performing after a sold-out show last year!

The Center for New Americans has been welcoming and serving immigrants for close to 25 years.  We offer free English classes, we help people apply for citizenship, and we provide some immigration legal services
April 8th - 7:30 pm
Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Wine & Canvas Fundraiser

Join the GCC Foundation for a Wine & Canvas event: the painting class with cocktails! A local artist provides step by step instruction so you can take a beautiful painting home with you. $25 includes all supplies and snacks, and a cash wine bar fuels your creativity. Bring out your inner artist while enjoying a drink with friends!   April 25th


Cooley Dickinson Evening Grand Rounds -
From Military Base to Main Street

By participating in this program, you should be able to: 
  • outline the incidence and prevalence of veterans in western Massachusetts who may be struggling with transition to community life 
  • identify unique characteristics of military culture that affect community re-integration. describe the barriers to the integrity of care in the community
  • describe how military service affects the partner and children of veterans and the skills needed to optimize their care.
Monday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:3-pm
Dakin Conference Room - Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street - Northampton
*A light dinner will be served. 

Workshop & Discussion: 
How To Strategically Focus Our Efforts To Engage Elected Officials

Join us for a joint meeting between Hampshire HOPE and SPIFFY.
Part of being an effective advocate involves crafting the best message, to the best person, from the best messenger.  In this workshop, participants will choose one of the following topics to create an clear message around:
  1. Informing the Marijuana Bill to protect public health
  2. Educating the newly formed Alcohol Task Force as they seek to revise state alcohol laws
  3. Influencing the state budget for FY17 with a focus on: Treatment and Recovery, Drug Diversion Programs, or Funding Primary Prevention
April 6, 2017   9-11am
Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell Street, Hadley
Continental breakfast will be included.
This workshop will be led by Andrea Freeman from the Massachusetts Public Health Association.


27th Annual Autism Conference

Autism Connections' annual conference continues to attract nationally known personalities in the autism field to our community, and this year is no exception.

During the morning keynote presentation, Dr. Karen Levine will discuss her book Attacking Anxiety, a step-by-step guide to an engaging approach to treating anxiety and phobias in children with autism.

After lunch, Ron Suskind shares his thoughts on his powerful family biography, Life, Animated, which was recently adapted to a documentary shown on the television channel A&E, in theaters across the country and profiled on the news program 20/20. The Conference will wrap up with a book signing, so get your pens ready!

Stay tuned for much more information about our sponsors, exhibitors and details about the day, but sign up early to ensure your spot.
April 11th


Save the Date!
Feast for Habitat 
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Silent Auction

Join Pioneer Valley Habitat and our co-hosts Cowls Building Supply for the annual FEAST for Habitat, a fun after-work party to be held this year at Cowls in North Amherst May 17th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.
For the $45 ticket price, partygoers will feast on delicious food, enjoy a beverage, meet new people, hear some jazz provided by local musicians, and find some hidden gems at the auction table.  New this year will be UNIQUE, SPECIALTY BIRDHOUSES for sale, "decked out' by local artists. Come join us to celebrate the good work being done by so many including our volunteers, building and housing community, and building supply donors.


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Service Net
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Tapestry Health
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