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‘Firearms of Famous People’

Through April 24: “Firearms of Famous People: From Target Shooters to Presidents,” a temporary exhibit of extraordinary firearms and memorabilia owned by well-known politicians, presidents, and celebrities, is now on view at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The exhibit, which was organized in cooperation with the Smith & Wesson Collectors Assoc., is on display through April 24, 2016 in a space adjacent to the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Historic Firearms. Admission prices are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $9.50 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3 and museum members. The fee provides access to all four museums. General admission is free for Springfield residents with proof of address.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Starting Jan. 6: Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s (BFMC) Oncology Department will present three consecutive eight-week yoga classes called “Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors,” at the YMCA of Greenfield. The free classes will take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Jan. 6 to Feb. 24, March 2 to April 20, and April 27 to June 15. The course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and a breast-cancer survivor for more than 20 years. Roberts is also a certified Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients instructor. The weekly gentle yoga classes, for individuals who have been living with a cancer diagnosis, consist of stretching, strengthening, and breathing and deep-relaxation exercises. One participant called the class “the best thing that has helped me after breast cancer.” Another said the class was “beneficial to my body, mind, and spirit.” Participants have found that the class helps with strengthening muscles and promoting relaxation. The yoga program is funded by BFMC’s annual Wheeling for Healing Bike Event, which supports oncology patients, programs, and services at Baystate Franklin. For more information or to register, contact Pam Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or [email protected].

Ruth’s House Blood Drive

Dec. 30: JGS Lifecare will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence, 780 Converse St., Longmeadow. The American Red Cross and JGS Lifecare invite eligible donors to help ensure that blood is available for patients in need. To make an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit Walk-ins are also welcome with positive ID. All donors will receive a Red Cross long-sleeve T-shirt.

Difference Makers

March 31: The eighth annual Difference Makers award program, staged by BusinessWest, will be held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. Details on the event will be published in upcoming issues of the magazine. Difference Makers is a program, launched in 2009, that recognizes groups and individuals that are, as the name suggests, making a difference in this region. The magazine’s editor and publishers have chosen this year’s class, which will be profiled in the Jan. 25 issue.

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