On the Calendar

‘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 balancing 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 demonstration, and handouts on hormones, recipes, and meal guidance.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/cook-your-way-to-hormone-health-tickets-154772991183.

Introduction to DBT Life Skills’

June 17 to July 8: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Massachusetts will present “Introduction 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 relationship, 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 attention, 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 information@namiwm.org.

Healthcare Heroes Nominations

Through June 24: The Healthcare News and BusinessWest 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 Western Mass. region in one (or more) of these seven categories: Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider; Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration; Emerging Leader; Community Health; Innovation in Health/Wellness; Collaboration in Health/Wellness; and Lifetime Achievement.

The Healthcare Heroes event is presented by Elms College. Nominations can be submitted online at businesswest.com/healthcare-heroes/nominations. For more information, 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 information about player registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact Sonia Henderson at (413) 627-6192 or whttygre65@yahoo.com.

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 presented 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. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit rvccinc.org/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 businesswest.com.

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 officemanager@businesswest.com.