Suggested Events 09/18/10-09/24/10

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

First Prize Winner of the Northampton Chalk Art Festival last Friday. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BETS

Saturday, September 18th from 10am – FAMILY FILM: International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.) begins with an Aardman Animations Retrospective, featuring the new Wallace & Gromit episode: A Matter of Loaf and Death. Following the screening, special Guest Tom Gasek will field questions. Tom Gasek was an animator and director for Aardman for two years. His credits include The Wrong Trousers, Chicken Run, as well as Gumby, The California Raisins and many others. Recommended for ages 6yo & older. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

Sunday, September 19th from 12Noon-8pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Enjoy the family fun at the 5th Annual North Amherst Harvest Festival hosted by North Amherst Community Farm and Simple Gifts Farm. This fall celebration includes a kid’s stage featuring Yuri the Prince of Color, Happy Dan the Music Man, Henry the Juggler and more! Family field games & races, face painting, hayrides, Cow Plop Bingo and more! Yummy locally grown food, a pig roast, and a great lineup of live music including Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. with music, food and kid activities at NACF/Simple Gifts Farm (1089 N. Pleasant Street). http://www.nacfonline.org Amherst, MA

Kids participating in the Northampton Chalk Art Festival last Friday in Pulaski Park. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Saturday, September 25th at 7pm – FILM FEST: Ashfield Film Festival Gala Preview at the Ashfield Town Hall.   Whether you’re a budding filmmaker or just your every day ‘ol movie lover, the Ashfield FilmFest is for you!  It’s a night of film, friends and fun. www.ashfieldfilmfest.org Ashfield, MA

Sunday, September 26th from 1-6:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: On stage at the Pine Theater at Look Park, a CD release concert for the star-studded family music CD, Many Hands, will take place. Scheduled performers include: Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell & Family, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Tony Vacca, Grenadilla and The Deedle Deedle Dees. Florence, MA ($)

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HERB CLASS FOR KIDS: Hilltown Families sponsor, Blazing Star Herbal School, and local herbalists present Dandelion Wishes: Herbal Magic for Kids (7-13yo) on Sunday, September 19th, from 10am-3pm in Ashfield, MA. Through craft and working with different flowers and plants, kids can have fun exploring the magic of dreaming, connect with the green world, share stories and make potions for their heart’s desire. Participants will make herbal dream pillows, an herbal bath blend, a magic potion, and weave a Weeping Willow wreath. Teachers include Tony(a) Lemos, Brittany Wood Nickerson, Venus Zephyr, Angie Gregory, and Dori Midnight. Class fee is $40. To register, call Blazing Star Herbal School 625-2030 or email blazingstarclinic@gmail.com.

Deadline to enter to win: September 22nd.

Swansea Benham Bleicher, Director of the Northampton Parents Center writes: The Northampton Parents Center is open again for the 2010-2011 season… Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am. All children birth through kindergarten age and their caregivers are welcome. Donations are greatly appreciated, but not required. Music classes on Thursday mornings. Come and join us for our 25th year! For more information visit www.northamptonparentscenter.org.

PRESCHOOL DISCUSSION: Have you checked out our Preschool Discussion Thread lately over on the Hilltown Families Facebook page? Erin O’Donnell is looking for help to start a new preschool in the Hilltowns, and Nancy Cavillones is looking for a daycare/preschool in the Valley. “Like” us and add your 2-cents! – Have a topic you wish to discuss? Start a new thread on a new topic.

Deadline to enter to win: September 27th.

MUSIC THERAPY: On Friday, September 17th, the Northampton Community Music Center (139 South St.) will host an Open House for its Music Therapy Program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents of children ages 3-21 who might benefit from the program are invited to attend. Program director Michael Williams-Russell will speak about the program’s beneficial effects on past participants, and answer questions about how music can make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. The event will be held in NCMC’s Recital Hall, and will begin at 4:00pm. 585-0001 www.ncmc.net

LIBRARY AND PARENT CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Littleville Elementary School is looking for help staffing their school library. Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the school day (hours vary). Click here for a sign-up form to return to the school office, and additional information on volunteering at the library. The Littleville Parent Center is also looking for volunteers who can donate time to help teachers. Click here for more information and a sign-up sheet to return to the school office. [FILL]

PARENTING CLASS: The Family Resource Center in North Adams presents, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, a free 6 week parenting series for parents. Learn simple effective communication techniques that really work – Cope with your child’s negative feelings. Express your anger without being hurtful. Gain your child’s cooperation. Set limits and maintain goodwill. Use alternatives to punishment. Resolve family conflicts peacefully. – This 6-week class is for families with a child age 8 or under starting Monday, September 27th for six Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Haskins Community Center. Includes free class, light snack, transportation (if needed) and child care. Call 413-664-4821 to register. Space is limited.

Deadline to enter to win: September 29th.

RECYCLE HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE: Saturday September 25th, 9 – 11:30 AM, Great Barrington Recycling Center, drop off your waste oil paint and used motor oil. For residents of Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge. To register or for information about what can be brought to this drop off, visit www.cetonline.org or email amandad@cetonline.org. Or call CET at 888-577-8448 ext. 10 or 30. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about hazardous household product collections.

COMMUNITY EXHIBIT: Call to participate in a community exhibit about Walking at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls. The Exhibit Hundreds of Ways will include creative work that reflects on the theme of walking (poetry, prose, drawing, painting, photography, mixed-media, etc.) Participation is free and open to all ages! Deadline for submissions: September 21st. Opening reception and full moon walk: September 23rd. For details see www.theartgarden.wordpress.com. The Art Garden is a Community Supported Art-making place located in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS, Hilltown Families contributing writer, Amber Bobnar of Boston Children’s Music, put together our playlist of school songs she and her son listen to as they get ready for school.  She’s featuring music by Bill Harley, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family, Ben Rudnick & Friends, Recess Monkey, Renee & Jeremy, Justin Roberts, and several others.

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday – 9/18

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    All Day – BIG E: New England’s Premier Exposition. www.TheBigE.com West Springfield, MA ($)

    9am-3pm – RESKILLING: Food Preservation Workshop presented by NOFA/Mass. Northampton, MA ($$)

    9am-1pm - BOOK SALE: Chesterfield Public Library book sale on the library lawn (Route 143). Chesterfield, MA (SALE)

    9:30am-5pm – AGRICULTURE FAIR: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the coming of fall with an old-fashioned Agricultural Exhibition celebrating heirloom vegetables, locally grown food and historical farming techniques. Stagecoach and riverboat rides are free throughout the weekend, and visitors can help plow behind the Village oxen, and learn to winnow and thresh grain, and shell corn the old-fashioned way all weekend long. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am – PUPPET SHOW: Tanglewood Marionettes perform The Dragon King at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). 863-2281 www.theshea.org Turners Falls, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Holyoke Harvest Farmers’ Market at Open Square Way. Local farmers, food, entertainment, coffee and more. Holyoke, MA (MARKET)

    10am – FAMILY FILM: International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.) begins with an Aardman Animations Retrospective, featuring the new Wallace & Gromit episode: A Matter of Loaf and Death. Following the screening, special Guest Tom Gasek will field questions. Tom Gasek was an animator and director for Aardman for two years. His credits include The Wrong Trousers, Chicken Run, as well as Gumby, The California Raisins and many others. Recommended for ages 6yo & older. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

    10am-12Noon – BREASTFEEDING WORKSHOP: Breastfeeding Workshop offered by Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (441 Stockbridge Rd.). Learn the basics of breastfeeding with a certified lactation consultant. 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Old Deerfield Craft Fair, outdoors in the village of Old Deerfield. Includes craft demos. www.deerfield-craft.org Old Deerfield, MA (>$)

    10am-5pm – CORN MAZE: Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm (25 South Main St.). 665-8331 www.mikesmaze.com Sunderland, MA ($)

    10:30am-12Noon – CULTURAL CELEBRATION: José Gonzalez and Banda Criolla present Caribbean Fiesta for Kids. Fun music and songs for the entire family – part of the Jones Library Hispanic Heritage Month series of events. 259-3223 www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-4:30pm - FOOD HISTORY: Honey Harvest at Historic Deerfield. Honey was an important ingredient used to sweeten foods and beverages in colonial America, and to brew a traditional drink called mead. Join museum educators in this fun family program to learn about bees and honey. Taste different kinds of honey, and make a beeswax candle to take home. 775-7214 www.historic-deerfied.org Deerfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm – ASTRONOMY : Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer. Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. 256-6234 amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    1pm & 3pm – RESKILLING: “To Bee or Not to Bee” – An Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping at the Hancock Shaker Village. Learn how to set up an apiary and learn all about bees. Hands-on honey extraction and other bee activities. 443-0188 www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/Admission)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

    2-4pm – CHESS: At the Forbes Library. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    3pm – ASTRONOMY: Observe the sun with Northampton Solar at A2Z Science and Learning Center. See Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    9pm – ASTRONOMY: View the Moon, Planets, Satellites, Multiple Stars, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulas and more through the 6 ton, 25 foot long, 18 inch F/17, World Class Clark Refractor at the Wilder Observatory at the Amherst College. Set up a telescope on the lawn, view through public use telescopes. www.amherstastronomy.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    Sunday – 9/19

    Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge. All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk. There is a late-risers run/walk at 9am too. West Chesterfield, MA

    9am-7:30pm – BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: The Old Creamery turns 10! Come celebrate with food, music, storytelling, and much more! Cummington, MA (FREE)

    All Day – BIG E: New England’s Premier Exposition. www.TheBigE.com West Springfield, MA ($)

    9:30am-5pm – AGRICULTURE FAIR: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the coming of fall with an old-fashioned Agricultural Exhibition celebrating heirloom vegetables, locally grown food and historical farming techniques. Stagecoach and riverboat rides are free throughout the weekend, and visitors can watch a plowing competition, and learn to winnow and thresh grain, and shell corn the old-fashioned way all weekend long. 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am-1pm – BOOK READING: Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day at Elmer’s Store (Main St.) with local illustrator Greg Ruth. Greg will be reading from his new book, A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade. Pirate goodies for the wee ones. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    10am-3pm – KIDS HERB CLASS: Dandelion Wishes: Herbal Magic for Kids (7-13yo) at Blazing Star Herbal School. 625-2030 Ashfield, MA ($$)

    10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Old Deerfield Craft Fair, outdoors in the village of Old Deerfield. Includes craft demos. www.deerfield-craft.org Old Deerfield, MA (>$)

    10am-5pm – CORN MAZE: Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm (25 South Main St.). 665-8331 www.mikesmaze.com Sunderland, MA ($)

    11am-4pm – FOOD FESTIVAL: Hungry Ghost Bread will host The Wonder Not! Bread Festival. Food, farmers, music and a puppet parade at noon. 582-9009 www.hungryghostbread.com Northamtpon, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Hilltown Hoot, a “fun”raiser for Central Berkshire Schools, will have live music, crafters, food and family fun on the Washington Town Park (Rt. 8). www.hilltownhoot.com Washington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    12Noon-4:30pm - FOOD HISTORY: Honey Harvest at Historic Deerfield. Honey was an important ingredient used to sweeten foods and beverages in colonial America, and to brew a traditional drink called mead. Join museum educators in this fun family program to learn about bees and honey. Taste different kinds of honey, and make a beeswax candle to take home. 775-7214 www.historic-deerfied.org Deerfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    12Noon-8pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Enjoy the family fun at the 5th Annual North Amherst Harvest Festival hosted by North Amherst Community Farm and Simple Gifts Farm. This fall celebration includes a kid’s stage featuring Yuri the Prince of Color, Happy Dan the Music Man, Henry the Juggler and more! Family field games & races, face painting, hayrides, Cow Plop Bingo and more! Yummy locally grown food, a pig roast, and a great lineup of live music including Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. with music, food and kid activities at NACF/Simple Gifts Farm (1089 N. Pleasant Street). http://www.nacfonline.org Amherst, MA

    12:30-3:30pm – COMMUNITY PICNIC: Families at the Solar Circle affordable condominium community in Haydenville are hosting a “Vote NO on 2” potluck picnic to showcase their affordable housing community in order to highlight the importance of voting no on Question #2 on the ballot in November. The event is open to the public. Solar Circle is a housing development for first time home buyers built using the affordable housing law, otherwise known as Chapter 40B. This November, Massachusetts voters will weigh in on Question 2, which asks voters to repeal Chapter 40B, a law that has created 80% of the affordable housing built in Massachusetts, outside of the major cities, over the last decade. More info on this topic HERE. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    1-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Monarch Butterfly Tagging at Mount Pollux. Catch and tag the butterflies as part of ongoing research across North America coordinated by Monarch Watch. The program will start with a short introduction, followed by in-the-field tagging. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required 256-6006 www.hitchcockcenter.org (FREE)

    1pm-4pm – ART ADVENTURES: Storytime in the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 West Bay Rd.) reading library at 2pm with David Hyde Costello, author of I Can Help; Special Sunday activity in the Art Studio (1 pm – 4pm) creating thank you cards for the workers cleaning up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.   658-1100 http://www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Fungus Among Us at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Artist/naturalist Marty Klein, a wild mushroom enthusiast, shares his 25 plus years’ experience collecting, studying, and consuming mushrooms native to the Northeast in this program. Preregistration required. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    1-4pm - HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Hadley Farm Museum (Route 9) is open. Take the kids for a historic exploration of farming through equipment and tool displays. 533-2412 Hadley, MA (>$)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

    1pm & 3pm – RESKILLING: “To Bee or Not to Bee” – An Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping at the Hancock Shaker Village. Learn how to set up an apiary and learn all about bees. Hands-on honey extraction and other bee activities. 443-0188 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/Admission)

    1:30-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Lostproofing and the Art of Shelter with Earthwork Programs for families. 522-0338 Conway, MA ($$)

    2-4pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL:  Herrell’s Ice Cream turned 30 years old, and Steve is inviting everyone in for a free medium cone or dish, any flavor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2:30-6pm – COMMUNITY BBQ: Florence Civic and Business Association Chicken BBQ happens at the Florence Civic Center. Community Band plays at 2:30. Florence, MA ($)

    4-6pm – OUTDOOR GAME: Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee at the Ashfield Ballfield. Ages 10 & older. More info call William at 628-3336. Ashfield, MA

    5-8pm – FUNDRAISER: Fundraiser for Double Edge Theater at the home of Peter and Diane Jones. Food, drink, live music and entertainment. Must RSVP: 628-0277 Ashfield, MA (ADULT FUNDRAISER)

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    1. September 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Monday – 9/20

      4pm in Hadley: Kids’ Cooking Class: Buld a French Garden in your Lunch Box at Whole Foods. Part of the Kids’ Club Passport Cooking Class. Sign-up in advance. 586-99332 (FREE)


      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

      10:30am in Northampton: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

      11:00am in Northampton: Tummy Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

      12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 [FREE]

      4:15-5pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 3-5yo at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

      4:30pm in Northampton: Family Karate for kids ages 6-12 with an adult at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)

      4:30-5:30pm in Northampton: The Forbes Library hosts a Manga/Anime Club. Drop-ins welcomed. In the children’s department. [FREE]

      5:15-6:15pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 6-9yo (a.k.a. The Dolphin Dancers) at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

      6:30pm in Montague: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.

    2. September 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Tuesday – 9/21

      In Searsburg, VT: Students interested in learning more about wind power can take a tour of the Searsburg Wind Facility, comprised of 11 wind turbines. Email Cynthia Grippaldi for time and to reg. at cynthiag@cetobnline.org (FREE)

      9:30am & 11am in Westfield: Little One’s Library Time (6-35months) at the Westfield Athenaeum. Story, songs, fingerplays and playtime. 562-6158 ext. 5. http://www.westath.org (FREE)

      9am-4pm in West Hartford, CT: The Children’s Museum is offering a science education days dedicated to homeschool families. Children can explore the wonders of science through hands-on classroom programs or Travelers Science Dome presentations. The Children’s Museum’s workshops and planetarium shows are appropriate for children from five to 13 years old. http://www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org

      6pm in Northampton: The Northampton Community Music Center will offer a free demo class of its Celtic Jam program. The demonstration will be an hour long and will be held at the music center, located at 139 South Street, Northampton. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments to the demo, open to all melodic instruments and not limited to fiddle players. (139 South St.) 585-0001 http://www.ncmc.net (FREE)


      9:30-11:30am in Sandisfield: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)

      9:30-11:30am in West Stockbridge: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

      10am in Florence: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for yougest ones 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

      10-11am in Greenfield: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under. 772-1544 http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      10-11:30am in Buckland: Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. Participate in fun, hands-on activities and meet the farm animals. For ages 0-4yo. Backpack babies welcomed. Call to register 625-9503 http://www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

      10:30am in Springfield: Preschool Storytime at the Springfield Central Library. Stories, songs, and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-5 years, with siblings welcome. Pre-registration required if you’ll be bringing more than 4 children . 263-6828, x201. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org (FREE)

      10:30am in Amherst: Sing with your Baby at the Jones Library in the large room. http://www.joneslibrary.org (FREE )

      11:00am in Hatfield: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.). Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft. 247-9097 (FREE)

      11am in Florence: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

      11am in Lenox: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street). Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)

      12:30pm in Pittsfield: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

      1-3pm in Northampton: New Mothers Circle at Cradle (3rd Floor in Thornes) with Beth Fairservis. For new mothers and babies from birth to crawling. (FREE)

      1:30-6:30pm in Northampton: Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown Northampton, behind Thornes Marketplace! Food, plants, baby animals, live music, family-friendly. 586-7586 (FREE)

      2:15pm in Amherst: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)

      3:30-4:45pm in Miller Falls: Millers Falls Library Club (23 Bridge St.). An afterschool program with drop-in sessions for children of all ages. Activities include arts and crafts, snacks and homework help. 659-3801 http://www.montaguepubliclibraries.org (FREE)

      4:30pm in Florence: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

    3. September 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Wednesday – 9/22

      5:30pm in Great Barrington: Community Harvest Dinner at the Nutrition Center (94 West St.) Wine & olive oil tasting. Potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share or something to grill (and utensils). RSVP 429-8035


      9:30-11:30am in Cummington: Parent-run playgroups with the Cummington Family Center in the back of the Community House (Main St.) http://www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)

      ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

      9:30am-12Noon in Buckland: Homeschool Half Days at Red Gate Farm. Every Wednesday morning participants will be doing different farm activities. Participants can sign up for as few or as many mornings as desired. Mornings together will revolve around a central theme with time allowed for unstructured play. Ages 6 – 12. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 http://www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

      9:30-11:30am in Lenox: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)

      10am in New Marlborough: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)

      10am in Greenfield: Sunshine Story Time, an all-ages story hour – During the school year, this story time will take place, weather permitting, on the library’s back lawn. 772-1544 http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      10am in Northfield: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 http://www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      10:30am in Williamsburg: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

      10:30am in Leverett: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. http://www.leverettlibrary.org

      10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

      11am in Northampton: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

      1pm in Northampton: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)

      2pm in Florence: Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center (Route 9) from 2-6pm

      2-6pm in Turners Falls: Great Falls Farmers Market. Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

      3-6pm in Greenfield: Guiding Star Grange Farmer’s Market (401 Chapman Street)

      4-6pm in Conway: Conway Farmers Market. Main Street (Rte. 116) in front of the Filed Memorial Library.

      4pm in Northampton:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

      4:15pm in Northampton: Family Yoga for ages 3yo and up at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)

      4:30pm in Northampton: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

    4. September 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Thursday – 9/23

      6:45am & 6pm in Amherst: Autumnal Equinox sunrise & sunset gatherings at the UMass Sunwheel. The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining Dr. Judith Young of the U.Mass. Dept. of Astronomy to watch the Sun rise and set over the tall standing stones in the U.Mass. At the sunrise and sunset gatherings, there will be a presentation which will include the significance of the equinoxes & solstices, the cause of the seasons and phases of the Moon, the story of building the Sunwheel, and discussion of other calendar sites around the world, including Stonehenge & Callanish in the UK, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. There will also be an explanation of the Moon’s 18.6-year cycle, also called the Major Lunar Standstill. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and be prepared for cool temperatures when the Sun is down, including waterproof footwear. The gatherings typically last 1 hour, and events are held in all weather except rain. (FREE)

      9:30am & 11am in Westfield: Fantastic Fours & Fives, a storytime specifically designed for 4 and 5 year olds. This program includes stories, song, fingerplays and a craft! Registration is required. 562-6158 ext. 5. http://www.westath.org (FREE)

      4pm in Pittsfield: Fall Educators Reception at the Berkshire Museum. The reception will offer educators a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Wrapped! Search for the Essential Mummy, a groundbreaking exhibition that uses the latest CT scan technology and forensic science to reveal the secrets of three mummies, including a father and son pair who are finally “reunited” in an unprecedented family reunion. Reservations are requested by Sept. 21. Please call Julia at 413.443.7171 ext. 21. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org

      6:30-8pm in Lenox: Reading with the Girls for girls in 4th grade and a female adult at the Lenox Library. Discussing the book, The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell. 637-0197 The Sept 23rd Reading with the Girls meeting has been postponed. New date TBD.

      7:30pm in Belchertown: 153rd Belchertown Fair & Parade. Fire works. http://www.belchertownfair.com


      9am in Great Barrington: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. http://www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

      10am in Florence: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

      10:30am in Springfield: Preschool Storytime at the Springfield Central Library. Stories, songs, and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-5 years, with siblings welcome. Pre-registration required if you’ll be bringing more than 4 children . 263-6828, x201. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org (FREE)

      10:30am-12:30pm in Greenfield : Meme and Pepe supports grandparents (55+ primary caregivers of children). 475-1553 (FREE)

      10:30am in Amherst: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. http://www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)

      11am in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) until 1pm. Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

      1pm in Northampton: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

      1-3pm in Great Barrington: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 http://www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)

      ♦ 7pm in Ashfield: Franklin Hampshire PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) meet at the Congregational Church (Main St.). Open to all. 625-6636

    5. September 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Friday – 9/24

      10am-4pm in Belchertown: 153rd Belchertown Fair & Parade. http://www.belchertownfair.com

      11am, 1:15 & 3pm in Northfield: Foliage cruise on the Quinnetukut II Riverboat cruises. Join Captain Steve Larivee and first mate Sarah Doyle for this 12 mile cruise along the scenic Connecticut River. Cruises depart from Barton Cove. Make a reservation: (800) 859-2960 ($)

      4-8pm in Lee: Founders Weekend begins with sidewalk sales, art show, “Taste of Lee”, music in the park, bounce house, and more. 243-1705 http://www.leefoundersweekend.com

      6pm in Huntington: Family movie night at the Huntington Library. 667-3506

      6-10pm in Northampton: Taste the View, A Benefit for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will be at the arena at the Three County Fairgrounds. Featuring a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres and tasting stations prepared by Local Hero farms, restaurants, retailers, and dining service members. Get your tickets now, not at the door. 665-7100


      7:30am in Lanesboro: Guided hikes on Mount Greylock, followed by an optional breakfast at historic Bascom Lodge. Meet at the Visitors Center (30 Rockwell Rd.) Steve Linscott will lead a moderate to strenuous hike. 499-4262 (FREE HIKE; $ FOOD)

      9:30am in Amherst: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)

      10am in Florence: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

      10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.

      11am in Sunderland: Story/craft time for kids ages 3-5yo and their families at the Sunderland Pulic Library (20 School St.). Each storytime is approximately 45 minutes in length for theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts! 665-2642 sunderlandpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      11am in Greenfield: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      2-6pm in Shelburne Falls: Shelburne Farmers’ Market at Baptist Corner Lot (53 Main St.).(MARKET)

      5:30pm in Holyoke: Pavillion Summer Concert Series at the Summit View House. http://www.summitviewbanquethouse.com 538-7431 (FREE)


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