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‘Cook Your Way to Hormone Health’
June 17, 24: Bella Foodie LLC announced 2021 dates for its “Cook Your Way to Hormone Health” virtual cooking workshop with Renae Taply of Tap into Wellness. This event will help women in the community learn how to optimize their hormone health through foods and balanc- ing the plate. The workshop will be held 100% virtually, but attendees will still feel the excitement of an in-person event. During the event, participants will be guided through creating meals utilizing phase-specific foods that naturally support hormone balance.
The event will take place both days from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $45 upon registration. After registration, participants will receive an ingredient list for the cook-along portion with Ashley Tresoline, owner of Bella Foodie. During the two-part workshop, participants will learn how food can affect the hormones; learn seasonal recipes for every phase of one’s hormone life; and engage in a talk about hormone health and wellness. The sessions will include Q&A time, a cook-along portion and demon- stration, and handouts on hormones, recipes, and meal guidance.
To register, visit to-hormone-health-tickets-154772991183.
Introduction to DBT Life Skills’
June 17 to July 8: The National Alliance on Mental Ill- ness (NAMI) Western Massachusetts will present “Intro- duction to DBT Life Skills” virtual classes at no cost to the public. Classes take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and run four consecutive weeks.
With DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) life skills, individuals can learn how to get or keep a good relation- ship, regulate their emotions, tolerate painful emotions and distress, and focus their attention and learn to enjoy the present moment.
Attendees this class can expect to control their atten- tion, calm themselves down, tolerate painful events, build healthy relationships, get to know some new people, enjoy group support, share skills with family and friends, and more.
For further information or to sign up for the class, call (413) 786-9139 or e-mail
Healthcare Heroes Nominations
Through June 24: The Healthcare News and Business- West are calling for nominations for the Healthcare Heroes class of 2021. We encourage you to get involved and help recognize someone you consider to be a hero in the West- ern Mass. region in one (or more) of these seven categories: Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider; Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration; Emerging Leader; Commu- nity Health; Innovation in Health/Wellness; Collaboration in Health/Wellness; and Lifetime Achievement.
The Healthcare Heroes event is presented by Elms Col- lege. Nominations can be submitted online at businesswest. com/healthcare-heroes/nominations. For more informa- tion, call (413) 781-8600.
Golf Tournament to Benefit Surrendered Farm Animals
July 17: The Whip City Animal Sanctuary will be hosting its inaugural golf tournament at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. Whip City Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides a stable, forever home for rescued and surrendered farm animals, many of whom have been neglected or abused.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Play is a four-person, best-ball scramble. The entry fee is $100 per person and includes cart, green fees, and dinner following the tournament at 5:30 p.m. There will be prizes for closest to the hole and closest to the line, along with a raffle.
Various levels of corporate sponsorship are still available for those who would like to contribute. For more informa- tion about player registration and sponsorship oppor- tunities, contact Sonia Henderson at (413) 627-6192 or
RVCC Golf Tournament
Sept. 10: River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), a multi-faceted mental-health agency, will hold its sixth annual golf tournament fundraiser at 10:30 a.m. at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. The event is pre- sented by Action Ambulance Service Inc. Funds raised will support the programs RVCC provides to children and teens in the community, in schools, and through local partnerships.
The cost per golfer is $100 and includes greens fees, a golf cart, a gift bag, lunch, and dinner. Golfers will also be able to participate in course contests and a raffle. Registra- tion will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit golf for more information and to register or sponsor online.
Over the past year, RVCC has provided uninterrupted essential services to the most vulnerable children and teens throughout the Pioneer Valley. RVCC has kept offices open safely for those requesting in-person appointments, successfully introduced virtual care and telehealth services, and provided counseling programs and activities to students in RVCC-partnering school districts throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties.
With the addition of Westfield Public Schools this past fall, RVCC now provides 11 school districts with mental- health counseling to students during the school day. RVCC expanded further into the Greater Westfield area with a new outpatient clinic, which opened in April. Recently, RVCC also partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke to provide counseling services to children who are club members.
40 Under Forty Gala
Sept. 23: BusinessWest’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty gala will take place at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. The class of 2021 was introduced to the region in the magazine’s May 12 issue, and the profiles may be read online at
Tickets cost $80. This is expected to be a sellout event, and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail officeman-
to college.
Kane has been a student at Willie Ross since 2015. Her
favorite class in school was art, and her hobbies include basketball, drawing, writing stories, cheerleading, and gar- dening. Kane plans to attend Holyoke Community College for graphic design in the fall.
Whyte has been a student at Willie Ross since 2013. His favorite class is PE, and he loves to hang out with friends and play video games. After graduation, Whyte plans to enter the workforce.
“We are so proud of our graduates, who persevered during this very difficult senior year impacted by the pan- demic, which required virtual learning,” said Bert Carter, president and CEO of WRSD. “Our graduates proved their resilience, and they are great representatives of the school. I have no doubt they will succeed in college and in their lives going forward.”
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 “Ali specializes in committing to many small cases, meaning that she must form a personal bond with a wide number of clients and quickly adjust to each individual sit- uation. She is always willing to help pick up shifts and new clients; as a result, she has dealt with a wide variety of situ- ations and always knows exactly what to do in order to best assist her client. Whether caring for clients with dementia, on hospice care, or simply providing companionship, Ali is warmhearted and caring. For example, Ali once had a client she was very attached to. When this individual unfortu- nately passed away, Ali was there to support the husband as well as each and every grieving family member.
“We are so thankful at Visiting Angels for Ali, who
has truly displayed her dedication and true passion as a caregiver. She is always able to help and care for those who can’t do so themselves. Her quality of care and commit- ment to her clients is why she has been named Caregiver of the Month.”
Five Students Graduate from Willie Ross School for the Deaf
LONGMEADOW — Five students graduated from Willie Ross School for the Deaf (WRSD) on June 11: Brian Cristobal-DeLeon, Nyasia Wright, Alicia Hui, Hayley Kane, and Richard Whyte.
Cristobal-DeLeon has been a student at Willie Ross since 2009 and played for the WRSD basketball team, and in high school played on the Holyoke High School basketball team. His favorite subject is math. After graduation, he plans to attend Gallaudet University.
Wright has been a Willie Ross student since 2006. Her favorite class in high school was English, and her hobbies include basketball and after-school clubs. She plans to at- tend Gallaudet University in the fall.
Hui has been a student at Willie Ross since 2004, and her favorite classes are history, math, ASL, and science. She also enjoys photography. After graduation, she plans to go

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