Homeopathy Event
June 12: The Western Massachusetts Chapter of Business Among Moms (BAM) announced its June event, Homeopathy for Moms with Abby Beale, slated for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mary Ann’s Dance and More, 396 Main St., Suite I, Easthampton.
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with the body to relieve mental, emotional, and physical symptoms; restore vitality; and improve overall health. Attendees will learn how to use homeopathy at home for minor ailments and how it can help with chronic health conditions.
Beale learned about homeopathy when her 9-month-old had repeated ear infections and was helped with homeopathy. She is now a nationally certified classical homeopath and the current board president for the National Center for Homeopathy.
The event is free for BAM Members and $15 for non-members. To attend, RSVP by Monday, June 11 at members.businessamongmoms.com/events/western-massachusets-homeopathy-for-moms-with-abby-beale.
‘Thrive After 55’
Wellness Fair
June 15: State Sen. Eric Lesser and Health New England will host the second annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield College’s Blake Athletic Complex, located at 263 Alden St., Springfield.
The fair is free and open to the public. With more than 40 local organizations ranging from health and fitness to nutrition to elder law, the event will connect residents of the First Hampden & Hampshire District with information and resources to help them thrive.
The free program includes a boxed lunch, educational seminars, hundreds of raffle prizes, and access to information and experts to talk to. To RSVP for the event, call Lesser’s office at (413) 526-6501 or visit www.senatorlesser.com/thrive.
40 Under Forty Gala
June 21: The 12th annual 40 Under Forty Gala is BusinessWest’s annual celebration of 40 young business and civic leaders in Western Mass. The lavish cocktail party, to be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, will feature butlered hors d’oeuvres, food stations, entertainment — and, of course, the presentation of the class of 2018. Also, the fourth annual Continued Excellence Award honoree will be announced.
Event sponsors include PeoplesBank (presenting sponsor), Northwestern Mutual (presenting sponsor), Isenberg School of Management, the MP Group, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, Health New England, Renew.Calm, Development Associates, and YPS of Greater Springfield (partner).
Profiles of the winners were published in the April 30 issue of BusinessWest and are available online at businesswest.com. Tickets cost $75 per person (tables of 10 available), and the event tends to sell out quickly. For more information, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or e-mail peters@businesswest.com.
BFAIR Walk for Independence
June 23: BFAIR that the third annual Walk for Independence will kick off at 10 a.m. A stroll to Cheshire and back (or any distance in between), the walk will be a fundraising event, which BFAIR participants, community members, and sponsors can get involved in through sponsored walking, lunch, bucket raffles, and music by Harminy Entertainment.
Starting and finishing at the Adams Visitors Center, the walk is a day of fun that helps BFAIR share its mission to enrich the lives of people of all ages and abilities by providing positive life experiences and advocacy through distinctive, individualized, quality services.
As a local nonprofit, BFAIR relies on public funds to provide critically needed residential, vocational, habilitative, and clinical services for adults, adolescents, and children with developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injury, as well as home-care services for those aging in their homes. 
The walk registration fee is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 10 and younger. Registration includes a picnic lunch and sunglasses giveaway. Interested walkers can register and submit payment online at www.bfair.org, call (413) 664-9382, ext. 40, or e-mail info@bfair.org.
Corporate sponsorships are available for the trail, mile, bronze, silver, and gold levels, ranging from $100 to $2,500. Interested businesses should contact Jennifer Civello at jcivello@bfair.org for more information.
‘Trauma-sensitive Schools’
July 11-13: The Education Division at Elms College will host a three-day conference in July to give educators tools for working with students who have been affected by trauma.
The conference, titled “Trauma-sensitive Schools: Meeting the Needs of Traumatized Students and Their Teachers,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, through Friday, July 13, on the Elms College campus.
This comprehensive, trauma-informed conference is designed for pre-K-to-12 school administrators, teachers, counselors, school nurses, and paraprofessionals. District and school teams are strongly encouraged to attend. The summit will provide educators with the knowledge, understanding, and tools to create a successful trauma-informed learning environment, whether in a single classroom, a whole school, or an entire district.
Topics that will be explored in the conference include: “Which strategies for traumatized students really work?” “What are key steps that schools can take to build relational trust?” “How do we support the grownups?” and “What are systemic approaches for schools and school systems to address trauma?”
The cost for an individual to attend is $250; for district/school teams of three or more, the cost is $200 per person. The registration deadline is June 13. To register, e-mail dubuquej@elms.edu.