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Beer and Wine Tasting

June 5: The Junior League of Greater Springfield will present its second annual Beer and Wine Tasting fund-raising event on Sunday, June 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Holyoke Canoe Club. The event will include a silent auction, live music by Berkshire Hill Music Academy, and hors d’oeuvres by Lattitude. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League’s scholarship fund. Every year, the Junior League awards a scholarship to a graduating high-school female who has exhibited exemplary leadership and community service. “There are many young women who demonstrate strong leadership skills and dedication to volunteerism,” said Shana Wilson, president of the Junior League of Greater Springfield. “We are proud to recognize one of them with a scholarship, and this event ensures that we can continue to support young female leaders for years to come.” The event is open to the public and sponsored by Sarat Ford Lincoln of Agawam and Commonwealth Packaging Corp. of Chicopee. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at–beer-tasting-2016.html. “This event will help highlight the vitally important work the Junior League of Greater Springfield provides to the local community as well as reward a graduating high-school female for her hard work and service,” Wilson added.

‘Archetypes at Work’

June 7: The owner of both Cultivate and Nest and Beloved Earth will offer a free workshop geared toward the small-business owner or freelancer who wants to learn how to take his or her business to the next level. Terra Missildine will offer “Archetypes at Work” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cultivate and Nest, 2 Bay Road, Suite 100, Hadley. The workshop will focus on discovering participants’ personality archetypes and exploring how they can use that knowledge more effectively in their branding and in attracting their ideal clients. “Participants will have fun and have a chance to be introspective while digging deep to discover who they really are in business and, more importantly, how they are perceived in the marketplace,” Missildine said. An experienced entrepreneur, she and her husband, David, launched Beloved Earth, a ‘green’ cleaning business, 10 years ago, and she founded Cultivate and Nest, a membership-based co-office space that incorporates a child-care component, in January. The workshop is free, but seats are limited. E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. For more information, visit or contact Missildine at (413) 345-2400.

Cybersecurity Luncheon

June 8: Peritus Security Partners, Gaudreau Group Insurance Agency, and CMD Technology Group will present a cybersecurity luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Center Square Grill, 84 Center Square, East Longmeadow. The event — designed for small to medium-sized businesses faced with threats to client and employee data — will present three key elements to building a solid foundation for managing cyber risk. Peritus Security Partners will discuss the importance of building proper policies, procedures, and controls to manage cyber risk and compliance. The Gaudreau Group will discuss the importance of using cyber insurance as a tool to manage risk that cannot be practically controlled through policy or technical controls. CMD Technology Group will focus on some practical technology solutions that help reduce the risks of a cyber attack. The event will culminate with a practical discussion on current and emerging threats and how businesses can use these three strategies to protect against a data breach. Reservations are required. To register, call (413) 525-0023 or e-mail [email protected]

Charles’ Angels Walk for Diabetes Education

June 11: Three years ago, Clara Thatcher, a Hampshire Regional High School student, organized an annual walk in memory of her father, who passed away from complications with diabetes. The fourth annual Charles’ Angels Walk for Diabetes Education will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Hampshire Regional High School, rain or shine. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center, a program of Cooley Dickinson Health Care. Clara’s father, Charles Thatcher, died in 2009. In his memory, Clara, her sister, Kayla Thatcher, and their mother, Mandy Caputo, established the first Charles’ Angels Walk for Diabetes Education fund-raiser in 2013. All proceeds support diabetes education through the Diabetes Center, which teaches those living with diabetes how to best manage their health through exercise, nutrition, medications, and follow-up care. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected]

Northampton Garden Tour

June 11: Come visit eight gardens on display for the 2016 Northampton Garden Tour, a fund-raiser for Friends of Forbes Library Inc. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The Garden Tour aims to inspire and educate everyday gardeners with plantings in a variety of appealing and unique landscaping styles and creative use of hardscape. In contrast to the 2015 tour that was localized in the center of Northampton, this year’s tour takes participants on a scenic and varied 18-mile route to the outer reaches of the community. Tickets come with directions to this self-guided tour of gardens within easy driving distance of the library. There is no obvious, easiest route, but suggestions will be available to make the tour both safe and expedient. At each garden, there are descriptions of the plantings, and garden guides will be on hand to answer questions. The terrain of this year’s tour broadly circles Northampton, making gardens accessible by car or a bicycle ride for the recreational peddler comfortable with 20-plus miles. Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Cooper’s Corner, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes, and State Street Fruit Store. The cost is $20 on the day of the tour at the library only. The Garden Tour also includes a raffle to win organic compost, gift certificates, garden supplies, a landscape consultation, and more. Raffle tickets are available at Forbes Library through the day before the tour as well as at one of the gardens on the day of the tour. All event proceeds benefit Friends of Forbes Library to support programs, events, and projects for the library that could not otherwise be funded. For details: on the organization, visit For more information about the Garden Tour, call Lyn Heady at (413) 584-7041.

‘Leverage Technology to Do More with Less’

June 15: Comcast Business will present “How to Leverage Technology to Do More With Less,” part of the BusinessWest/HCN Lecture Series, at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, 21 Edward St., Springfield. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m., followed by breakfast and a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The panelists — influential minds in the IT field — will discuss issues that every business IT department is being forced to deal with, including rising demands to make changes to existing systems, increasing efficiency and improving security, and how budget restrictions impact IT. Panelists include Michael Feld, CEO, VertitechIT, and interim CTO, Baystate Health and Lancaster General Hospital; Frank Vincentelli, chief technology officer, Integrated IT Solutions; and Patrick Streck, director, IT Services, Baystate Health / Information & Technology. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required by June 7. To register, go HERE or call (413) 781-8600 for more information.

40 Under Forty

June 16: The 10th annual 40 Under Forty award program, staged by BusinessWest, will be held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, honoring 40 of the region’s rising stars under 40 years old. An independent panel of judges chose the winners, and their stories were told in the pages of the April 18 issue. The event is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and Paragus Strategic IT (presenting sponsors), EMA Dental, Health New England, Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, Moriarty & Primack, United Bank, and the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield. The event is sold out.

Sunbeam Social Club

June 20: Sunshine Village is introducing its Sunbeam Social Club, designed for people with memory loss and their family members. Sunshine Village has a long history of providing innovative programming for people with cognitive disabilities. Sunbeam Social Club will provide a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for people who often have fewer opportunities for socializing and fun. The debut of Sunbeam Social Club coincides with Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on Monday, June 20, the longest day of the year. The day is designed to shine a light on the millions of people living with memory disorders. The gathering will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Emily Partyka Central Library at 449 Front St. in Chicopee. Group and individualized activities are planned, and refreshments will be served. Volunteers from Sunshine Village’s Community Based Day Program will be on hand, as well as local professional resources. “We are thrilled to introduce the Sunbeam Social Club,” said Sunshine Village Executive Director Gina Kos. “This program is intended to provide joy to both people with memory disorders and their care partners. People with vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory disorders are all invited to attend with their family members.” For more information or to register for the June gathering of the Sunbeam Social Club, call Sunshine Village at (413) 592-6142.

‘Building Your Exit’

June 22, 23: The Vann Group and Epstein Financial Services will present “Building Your Exit: The Owner Succession Planning Process Defined,” part of the BusinessWest/HCN Lecture Series, on Wednesday, June 22 at the Student Prince/the Fort in Springfield, and Thursday, June 23 at Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley. Registration both days will begin at 7:15 a.m., followed by breakfast and a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 a.m. One of the largest challenges facing business owners today is the question of how to get out of their business. These seminars will present a step-by-step breakdown of the succession-planning process and what to expect along the way, including the many benefits to transitioning business ownership. Panelists include Kevin Vann and Michael Vann of the Vann Group and Charlie Epstein of Epstein Financial Services and Epstein Financial Group. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested by June 14 for the first seminar and by June 15 for the second. To register, go HERE or call (413) 781-8600 for more information.

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