Get Running – Up-coming 5Ks, Fun Runs, and Benefit Walks
May03

Get Running – Up-coming 5Ks, Fun Runs, and Benefit Walks

We couldn’t write about all the local races on the horizon this running season, but the following list is a head-start on where to get your legs pumping. For more information, visit the online event calendars at Runner’s World, the Western Mass Athletic Club, the Greater Springfield Harriers, and the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club. May May 5 — Agawam, Cinco de Mayo Mile to benefit the Melanoma Education Foundation, 1 mile May 7 —...

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O, Cannabis! Pro-pot and Proud, Extravaganja in Northampton
Apr25

O, Cannabis! Pro-pot and Proud, Extravaganja in Northampton

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, you’re wasting your time with your anti-marijuana legalization effort, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. So far, the campaign, which launched in late April, has little more to say than, “Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children!” The campaign’s site is literally a link to a Boston Globe editorial, a “donate” button, and a...

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We Can Do It! V-Spot sex advice columnist Yana Tallon-Hicks has made it her mission to get us all to O-Town
Apr18

We Can Do It! V-Spot sex advice columnist Yana Tallon-Hicks has made it her mission to get us all to O-Town

Climbing the stairs to V-Spot sex columnist Yana Tallon-Hicks’ apartment, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would there be a lot of framed Georgia O’Keefes on the wall? A swing hanging in the bedroom? Penis-shaped drinking glasses? I was sort of right. There are no vagina-esque flowers on the walls. Instead the neat apartment is awash in dark blue and decorated with vivid tattoo-inspired art. However, there is a giant vibrator drying next...

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Adrift in My Personal Great Salt Lake: New float spa in Northampton provides unique, restful experience
Apr05

Adrift in My Personal Great Salt Lake: New float spa in Northampton provides unique, restful experience

As I idled in Northampton’s afternoon rush hour, drumming my fingers on the steering wheel and glancing anxiously at the clock on my phone, it struck me that this moment perfectly captured my week — a traffic jam of tasks that had left me running constantly behind. At last, the knot of trucks, cars and pedestrians loosened and I made my way up King Street, arriving only seconds ahead of my appointment at the recently opened Euphoria...

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Artist to re-create Amherst History Mural
Apr05

Artist to re-create Amherst History Mural

Three-hour trip ‘round the world For the second year in a row, the Five Colleges are throwing an international festival on the Amherst Common. Organized by the UMass International Students Club, the free event features cultural displays — such as dancing, singing, and performances — as well as ethnic food, informational booths, and children’s games and activities representing 20 nations. Last year, 1,000 people attended the afternoon...

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O, Cannabis! The State of Pot in the State
Mar29

O, Cannabis! The State of Pot in the State

With an estimated 800,000 weed smokers living and toking in Massachusetts and a likely heading for the November ballot question that could bring recreational marijuana to the state, we figured there’s a demand for some pot talk in the Valley. Enter “O, Cannabis,” a monthly Advocate column about marijuana, in all its stages of legality, and the culture that surrounds the drug/medicine. On a personal level, I’m not going to cop to...

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