Wine tasting for Dakin • Sunday
What’s better than wine and cheese? Wine and cheese, plus knowledge? You had me at wine and cheese. Wine and cheese and knowledge, plus the proceeds go to animals in need? I’m sold three times over! Get your wine basics on with sommelier Nancy Clarke whilst you sip and eat cheese. Hosted at the South Deerfield Polish American Club on Jan. 17 at 4:30. Cost is $10 per person, all of which goes to Dakin Animal Shelter.
— Amanda Drane
Dead Collective • Thursday
Yummy pub food, IPA, cool vibes and The Dead? Sounds like a groovy thirsty Thursday to me. Grateful Dead tribute band, Dead Collective will be filling the Brewery with a “Touch of Grey” In the Dark on this cold winter night. The jam band starts their tunes at 10 p.m., but make sure to check out the food/beer menu before the show gets started. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Ct., Northampton.
— Jennifer Levesque
Olfactory oils • Sunday
Aromatherapy is my kind of therapy. When peppermint and lavender hit the olfactory, stress melts away — for a moment. I’m thinking if I knew more about essential oils and how to apply them, I could experience a longer-term sense of zen. On Sunday, the Haberdashery on Union Street in Easthampton is hosting an essential oils workshop taught by Stephanie Litwin. Class costs $40 and it starts at noon. Everyone leaves with a spray or roll-on essential oil blend to address a specific need be it deodorant, room freshener or aromatherapy. — Kristin Palpini
Electric Avenue: Rebirth! • Friday
Sweet dreams are made of this: all-vinyl 80s dance-tastic party fun courtesy of Purity Supreme, the brain trust behind some of Noho’s best assorted weekly hip-hop, dance, garage, old school, soul, you-name-it jams. Wear your perkiest kicks (no lamé, please) and join the dance floor maniacs amid all-night video projections from the archive of the Media Mansion. Come on, Eileen, you super freak — we wanna dance with somebody. So come push it. Like a virgin. Ok, we’re done. From 10 p.m. to close at One Bar in Northampton. No cover. 21+. — Hunter Styles