October 10, 2022
October 27, 2022
845 West Street
Amherst Historical Society & Museum
Learn more about the Black and Afro-Indigenous families of Amherst in our special exhibit at the Amherst Historical Society & Museum.
Sampling the Divine is an expressive dance course, designed to awaken our spiritual, sensual and emotional potential through belly dance-inspired and creative movement. Discover the delicious feel of these easy-to-access moves and experience the magical benefits for your mind, body and spirit! Once at ease with the dance moves, participants will create their own short dance routine to practice on your own for a quick tune-up whenever you need it! Just bring comfortable clothing, your bare feet or comfortable flats, and be prepared to sample the divine! Seated dancers are welcome!
Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will discuss how to plan for the passing of a loved one and what information you will need to make the process less stressful. The presentation will cover topics like: who to contact for assistance on benefits, burial, or discharge papers, which of your loved one's documents you will need to bring to the RMV, who to get vital records from such as birth, death, or marriage certificates, what to do with the Green Card of the loved one, and much more.
Western Mass. is the best place in the world to study geology, but this magnificence has many mysteries that will be explained, such as deep holes in the Conn. Riverbed, weird post-glacial river directions, how the Conn. River cuts through the Holyoke Range, and why the Glacial Potholes can't be glacial. Our magnificent local geology can kill you! I will tell you how to save your life (really!). Presentation by Prof. Emeritus Richard Little.
Attorney Karen Jackson will explain the importance of each document in the basic estate plan: the will, health care proxy, HIPAA release, advance directive, and durable power of attorney. Of these five documents, only the will is needed after a person passes away. The other four documents are used if an individual becomes mentally incompetent. The people named in the various documents will make the important decisions for the person who is no longer able to do so. Without these critical documents, a family member or someone else must petition the court for the appointment of a guardian and/or conservator. These types of court proceedings are expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. As Attorney Jackson goes through each document, she invites questions and gives examples of real situations of what went wrong when these documents were not in place. Attorney Jackson will also provide numerous practical tips, such as when, and when not, to add children to bank accounts.