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Springfield Museums January Lectures, Tours

Jan. 14, 21, 28: The Springfield Museums’ monthly lecture and tour schedule continues in January with the popular Museums à la Carte lectures, which take place each Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums), and visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call (413) 263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include: Jan. 14: “Why, How, and the 343:  Better Angels, The Firefighters of 9/11” in which Dawn Howkinson Siebel, artist and creator of the “Better Angels” exhibit, shares her personal journey in creating this fascinating and powerful exhibit; Jan. 21: “Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil — Artist’s Words and Views,” in which Steve Wilda, artist and organizer of “Leaving Our Mark,” will be joined by other artists featured in the exhibit, including Doug Gillette, Bill Simpson, Lesley Cohen, and Luciana Heineman; and Jan. 28: “The Klondike Gold Rush: A Chicopee Man Goes to the Yukon in 1898 (and Back),” in which Robert Romer, professor emeritus at Amherst College, brings to life the story of Chicopee’s John Gibson, an Irish immigrant who set out for the Klondike to seek his fortune. As part of the Museums’ members-only “Continuing Conversations” series, museum docent Jim Boone will lead a guided gallery discussion immediately following the Jan. 14 talk at the Wood Museum of Springfield History, and docent Pat McCarthy will lead a post-lecture gallery discussion on Jan. 28 at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art.

Choking Prevention

Jan. 18: Cooley Dickinson Hospital is offering an educational program for anyone who would like to learn how to respond to a basic choking emergency. The course is appropriate for those who work in the food-service industry or anyone who wants to learn basic choking-relief skills. For those who work in food service,  completion of this course satisfies 105 CMR 590.001 State Food Code requirements. The one-hour class costs $20 per person, and certification is good for two years. The class runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. To register or for more information, call the Cooley Dickinson Professional Development Office at (413) 582-2400 or e-mail [email protected]

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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