FIRST SEMESTER

SEPTEMBER 2013

COORDINATOR: Elizabeth Tan and Liz Rosenberry

Tuesday 9/3 Volunteers’ Meeting-9:30 a.m. Glass Room, Bangs Center

Tuesday 9/10 Welcome Meeting – 10 a.m.

Join us at the Amherst Woman’s Club at 35 Triangle Street. Meet new and returning members of our group for introductions, coffee and conversation.

 

Tuesday 9/17 10am Jones Library and Lord Jeffrey Inn

Meet at the Jones Library for a tour and to get your library card. Then, we will walk to the Inn for coffee and a brief tour.

 

Tuesday 9/24 10am Pick you own apples! 10 a.m.

Come to the Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown which is run by UMASS. Wear old shoes, it can be wet. There is also a small shop where you can buy other fruits, cider and jam.

 

OCTOBER 2013

COORDINATORS: Nancy Condon

Tuesday 10/1 Quabbin Reservoir 10 a.m.

Visit Quabbin and learn about the "lost towns". A short film will be shown. Magnificent views from the lookout tower. Bring your camera.

 

Tuesday 10/8  Make an Apple Pie 10 a. m.

Now you have apples, we will show you how to make an apple pie
and other apple desserts at the home of Betsy McInnis, 76 Lincoln Ave.

 

Tuesday 10/15 Calligraphy and Chinese Painting 10 am

Meet at the Bangs Center for a demonstration of calligraphy by our own Ching Ching Cernada. Learn how to do it yourself.

 

Tuesday 10/22 Carve a Pumpkin 10 a.m.

Halloween is a popular holiday in the U.S. Come to Nancy Condon’s house in Belchertown to carve pumpkins for Halloween. We will be carving outside so wear warm clothes if necessary.

 

Tuesday 10/22 Pot Luck Supper 6 pm

Meet at the Baptist church for dinner. Your family is invited. Please bring a dish of food to share with the group. It will be fun to meet each other’s families

 

Tuesday 10/29 Maple Line Farm

Visit a family owned dairy farm in North Hadley. See how milk is processed and tour the farm. Wear old shoes it may be muddy!

 

NOVEMBER 2013

COORDINATOR: Randa Nachbar and Jennifer Booker

Tuesday 11/5 Coffee with Drivers 10 a.m.

Meet at different volunteers homes in small groups. Have a conversation about your customs in your home country.

 

Tuesday 11/12  UMASS Police Station 10 a.m.

We will meet at the UMASS Police station and learn about laws in the U.S. We may even get a tour of the station and jail cell.

 

Tuesday 11/19 Thanksgiving Sampler 10 a.m.

Meet at 120 Pulpit Hill (Pioneer Valley Co-Housing Common House) to taste all the traditional dishes served at an American Thanksgiving . The volunteers will cook for you.

Tuesday 11/27 Thanksgiving Week No meeting Thanksgiving

 

DECEMBER 2013

COORDINATOR: Herlinda Landers

Tuesday 12/3 Beneski Museum of Natural History 10 a.m. 

Visit the museum and learn about Eric Carle a famous childrens’ book illustrator. See other art as well.

 

Tuesday 12/10 Holiday Wreath making 10 a.m.

We will bring the supplies, you bring your creativity to make a wreath for the holiday season. Meet at the Bangs Center.

 

Tuesday 12/17 Coffee with Drivers 10 a.m.

Meet at volunteers' homes in small groups for conversations about your holidays and special crafts in your home country. Bring samples if you have them.

 

 Tuesday 12/24 and 12/31 No Meeting. See you next year!

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

JANUARY 2014

Volunteers’ Meeting Jones Library, Tuesday 1/21 9:30 am

COORDINATOR: Chris Talmage

Tuesday 1/29 Bertuccis 10 am 

Tour this pizzeria and learn to make your own. Delicious!

 

FEBRUARY 2014

COORDINATOR: Louise Reilly and Suzanne Hayden

Tuesday 2/4 Visit to the Planetarium 10 am

View the sky from the Amherst College Planetarium. Learn about our solar system. 

 

Tuesday 2/11  Valentine Crafts 10 am

Meet at the Bangs Center to make valentine creations to bring home to the one you love!

 

Tuesday 2/18  School Vacation No Meeting

 

Tuesday 2/25 International Cooking 10am

Meet at Betsy McInnis’s house on 76 Lincoln Ave. to prepare and eat a lunch together. One country’s food will be featured.

 

MARCH  2014

COORDINATOR: Sue Clapp and Sara Robinson

Tuesday 3/4 Yankee Auction 10 a.m.

Have fun playing an old New England game. You will need to bring a small wrapped gift. Meeting will be at the Baptist Church.

 

Tuesday 3/11  Smith College Bulb Show 10 a.m.

Visit the greenhouse at the college and think spring. 

 

Tuesday 3/18  No Meeting — UMass Spring Break

 

Tuesday 3/25 Maple Sugaring 10 a.m.

Learn about traditional maple syrup production at a local sugar house. Taste some real maple syrup.

APRIL 2014

COORDINATOR: Janet Brongers and Munmun Das

Tuesday 4/1 Coffee with Drivers 10 a.m.

Meet at different volunteers’ homes. Bring some photos from home, your wedding, your family to share with everyone.

 

Tuesday 4/8 International Cooking 10 a.m.

Come to Betsy McInnis’s house to prepare an International lunch.

 

Tuesday 4/15  Peace Pagoda 10 a.m.

Visit the Peace Pagoda at 100 Cave Hill Rd. in Leverett. It is the first Peace Pagoda built in the U.S. Wear your walking shoes.

 

Tuesday 4/22 NO MEETING — Public School Vacation

 

Tuesday 4/29  SPRING TRIP !!! Visit Old Sturbridge Village

Spend the day at a traditional eighteenth century New England Village. Experience early New England life from 1790-1840. One of the country’s largest living history museums. www.osv.org

 

We will go by bus from 9am-3pm.

 

MAY 2014

COORDINATOR: Cynthia Brubaker and Diane Chajes

Tuesday 5/6 Look Park 10 a.m.

This is a lovely park in Florence, MA. with walking paths, duck ponds and playgrounds and picnic areas. Enjoy the spring weather. Parking passes available from the coordinators.

 

Tuesday 5/13 Spring Picnic and Final Meeting 11a.m.-1p.m.

Enjoy a pot-luck picnic lunch to celebrate a great year! Bring a dish to share. We will be outdoors at Mill River.

 

Volunteer’s Planning Meeting May 20, Jones Library 9:30 a.m.