Nov. 22: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by networking at noon and a lunch with master of ceremonies Anthony Everett, co-anchor and reporter of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. Honorees are: ‘Gold,’ A123 Systems, Central; Airxchange, Southeast; Communispace, Greater Boston; Kiva Systems, Northeast; and Smith & Wesson, West; ‘Silver,’ Acacia Communications, Central; Coca-Cola, West; Dassault Systemes, Greater Boston; Horizon Beverage, Southeast; and Jessica’s Brick Oven, Northeast; ‘Bronze,’ General Dynamics AIS, West; GT Advanced Technologies, Northeast; HubSpot, Greater Boston; Reinhart Food Service, Southeast; and Simonds International, Central. Those named Gateway City Champions are Biomedical Research Models, Worcester; and Solectria Renewables, Lawrence. Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, will receive the Chairman’s Award. For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Sean Getchell at (781) 489-6262, ext. 13.
Forum Welcomes Chris Matthews
Dec. 1: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Hardball host Chris Matthews at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Matthews will present “JFK and the Presidency, Past and Present.” The lecture is free to the public; no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.
Feb. 22: Susan Darlington, a professor at Hampshire College, will discuss her latest book, The Ordination of a Tree: the Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. Darlington has studied the work of Buddhist monks in Thailand who are engaged in rural development and environmental conservation. The science-based talks, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, will also include insights into religion and social activism. The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.
March 28: Internationally acclaimed author Tom Perrotta will read from his upcoming novel, The Leftovers, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. Two of Perrotta’s books, Election and Little Children, have been made into movies, and five novels have been national bestsellers. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.
Slam Poet Lecture
April 13: Taylor Mali, a former high-school teacher who has emerged from the slam poetry movement as one of its leaders, will discuss his performances at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.