Area briefs: Hadley cleanup; Mini golf in Holyoke; Dash and Dine race at UMass; HCC president inauguration

University of Massachusetts Dining Services will host its 13th annual UMass 5K Dash and Dine on campus Saturday at 9 a.m. The goal of the event is to promote health and wellness at the university while raising funds for the Amherst Survival Center.

University of Massachusetts Dining Services will host its 13th annual UMass 5K Dash and Dine on campus Saturday at 9 a.m. The goal of the event is to promote health and wellness at the university while raising funds for the Amherst Survival Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 04-14-2024 4:01 PM

Cleanup event to take place in Hadley on April 20

HADLEY — The Hadley Climate Change Committee will hold a fourth annual community cleanup on Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can meet in the parking lot at Hopkins Academy at 8:30 a.m., where bags, gloves and bagels will be distributed.

The Hadley transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The station will accept roadside trash from anyone who is registered to help with this event. Please separate recyclables.

Organizers advise participants to stay off major roads, like Route 9, and to wear bright clothes. People can choose their own neighborhood, trails, waterways, or any public area to clean.

To register, visit forms.gle/vFCQcmzWGvBzCfqk7

Mini golf and games at Holyoke Public Library

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Public Library will hold its annual Mini Golf and Games at the Library event on April 20 at the library, 250 Chestnut St.

The event is free for all players, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will feature 18 holes of golf. The mini golf holes will be on every floor of the library and wind its way through the stacks and down the stairs.

Fritura Latina Food Truck will be in the parking lot from 11 a.m.-2:30p.m. during this event serving fresh and high quality food.

Games outside in Library Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will featuring Human Foosball with teams of six competing for bragging rights. There will also be other outdoor activities for all ages.

HCC to inaugurate Timmons as president

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HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter on Friday, April 19, with the inauguration of George Timmons as its fifth president.

The investiture ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater on the second floor of the HCC Fine & Performing Arts building.

Timmons, who lives in Amherst, started working at HCC in July. He is the fifth president in the 78-year history of the college and the first African American man to serve in that position.

The ceremony will start in the theater lobby of HCC’s Fine & Performing Arts building with a procession of faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, including presidents from many other Massachusetts community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in the region.

Barney Garcia of Northampton, the student rep on the HCC Board of Trustees, will offer remarks.

Vanessa Smith, interim chair of the HCC Board of Trustees, will present the presidential medallion to President Timmons, who will give a special address.

A community reception will immediately follow the inauguration ceremony in the HCC Campus Center. For those interested in attending, please visit hcc.edu/inauguration24 and follow the link to RSVP.

UMass Dining to host Dash and Dine to support Amherst Survival Center

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Dining Services will host its 13th annual UMass 5K Dash and Dine on campus Saturday at 9 a.m. The goal of the event is to promote health and wellness at the university while raising funds for the Amherst Survival Center.

To date the Dash and Dine has raised more than $60,000 for the survival center.

The 5K features a USA Track and Field-certified course for runners, walkers and participants in wheelchairs. After the race, all are welcome to have a free lunch courtesy of the top-ranked campus food program in the country at Berkshire Dining Commons.

The race fee is $10 for all UMass and Five College students, $20 for UMass Amherst faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public and includes registration, a T-shirt and a complimentary lunch. Children 8 years old and under may participate for free in the annual Fun Run at 10 a.m.

To register for the Dash and Dine, view the day’s schedule or make a donation to benefit the ASC, visit RunUMass.com. Walk-up registration is also available on race day.