Suggested Events 02/19/11-02/25/11

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

February school vacation week adds a splash of color to winter in Western MA! The Hilltown Families list of events & activities will chase away the winter grey with fun family events & activities all week long! (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.

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On Saturday, February 19th from 2-7pm – ICE ADVENTURES: Attend Holyoke’s Winter Ice Festival! Activities include an ice sculpting demonstration, fire juggling, ice skating, a visit from Rivè the River Otter, lights, art, food & fun! Between Appleton and Dwight Streets. 540-0200.  Holyoke, MA. (FREE!)

On Sunday, February 20th from 3-5pm - FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

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Saturday, February 26th at 1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Deedle Deedle Dees will be a Flywheel in the old Town Hall, with a special Black History Month show featuring tunes about Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Henry Box Brown, and other folks worthy of song. Presented by Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock. Doors open at 1pm. Easthampton, MA ($)

Sunday, February 27th at 2pm – THE REALLY BIG SHOW: The Northampton Arts Council presents The Really Big Show at the Academy of Music Theatre, a Valley classing featuring Tom Mahnken, of Trailer Park and Unit 7 fame, impersonating Ed Sullivan to introduce their bill of local artists. 587-1269 Northampton, MA ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Deadline to enter to win: Feb. 28th.

AUDITIONS: Two hour auditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) musical production of Alice in Wonderland on Monday, March 7th at the Amherst High School Cafeteria, arriving at 3:45pm. Up to sixty roles are available and children ages 5-18 are encouraged to audition. No advanced prep necessary. The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals from 4-8:30pm, 3/7-3/12. Actors will not need to be present at every rehearsal . The production will be presented to the public on March 12th at 1:30pm & 4pm at the Amherst High School Auditorium. For more info call 461-6722 or visit www.alsct.org

FLAG DESIGN CONTEST: Do you have an older student who enjoys graphic design? All are invited to take part in the City of Pittsfield’s Flag Contest, a great project for students and homeschoolers to participate in. Sponsored by Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto and State Senator Ben Downing, residents are invited to submit their design for an official City of Pittsfield flag. Click here for an application. Deadline is March 1st and the chosen design will displayed during Pittsfield’s 250th Celebration on April 29th.

Deadline to enter to win: Feb. 23rd

LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE: Storrowton Village Museum’s Little Red Schoolhouse, an educational program open to grade 1-5 school classes, teachers and chaperones, takes place Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30am- 1:30pm. Participants dress in period costumes provided by Storrowton and are given a brief orientation on the roles each played in the 19th century. A “Schoolmaster” or “Schoolmistress” will lead the students through a variety of challenging and fun activities of a child’s school day early in the 19th century – quill pen writing, spelling bees, math drills and more. Copybooks and slates are used for lessons, and students will top off their day with old-fashioned games. For more information contact the museum at 205-5051. West Springfield, MA. (>$)

THE KITCHEN GARDENER: A free clinic at the Worthington Library on Saturday, February 26th at 4pm will explore low cost strategies for season extension, increasing yield, increasing plant vigor, mitigating pests, disease and predation, reducing water usage, the practical possibilities of a four season harvest in our climate, on site fertility programs and more. You can increase yields, flavor and nutrition without spending a lot of money. Bring your ideas and experiences to share and bring an open mind. This program is part of the Worthington Library’s Omnivore’s Dilemma Program and is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Deadline to enter to win: March 2nd

FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP: Is your family preparing to buy your first home? Taking a free First Time Homebuyer workshop will introduce you to the “team members” you will assemble during your home purchase. Participants will learn how to select a team of professionals to help with the purchase of a home, which mortgage products are available to first time homebuyers, how to prioritize housing wants/needs, what happens in a home inspection, how to make an offer on a house, what happens at the purchase and sale signing and the closing, and more. This workshop is FREE. Wed and Thurs. nights March 30th, 31st, April 6 & 7th from 6 –8:30pm at the Cummington Community House in Cummington. Pre-registration is required. Contact Bea at 296-4536 x115 or beavh@hilltowncdc.org.

ATTENTION SINGERS: Minerva Voices, a non-profit group for everyone from youths to adults, is accepting new singers to perform in a Best of Broadway Anthology with the theme of Family Relations. Directed by Jill Wheat and accompanied by Laurie Brenner, this performance opportunity includes unison, harmony and solo singing for singers of all experience levels. The group rehearses Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm at the Minerva Arts Center (1288 Massachusetts Ave.) North Adams for 13 weeks and will culminate in a performance at the MAC on Saturday, April 9th at 7pm. New singers are encouraged to head over to the MAC on or before the 2/28 rehearsal. For more info contact The Minerva Arts Center: 346-4502 or email MinervaArtsCenter@gmail.com. (>$)

Deadline to enter to win: March 9th

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF TEENS: Berkshire Families and Children is offering Guiding Good Choices for parents of children 9-14 who are interested in strengthening family bonds and reducing the risk factors associated with teenage drug use on Wednesdays, beginning on February 23rd in Pittsfield, MA. To register call Lori Munn at 441-7011.

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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, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights is our Guest DJ.  Joanie will be spinning tunes by Phish, Otis Redding, Okee Dokee Brothers, Blind Melon, Recess Monkey, Simon and Garfunkel, Billy Jonas, and many others – including song from her new release, What a Zoo!

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.
  • 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!

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    Saturday, February 19th, 2011

    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.

    9am-4pm - OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Hot Chocolate Saturdays at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Bring the family to enjoy hot cocoa and miles of trails. There are snowshoe rentals available to hike the trails, a sledding hill and a nature center too. 229-8600 Sheffield, MA, (>$)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families parenting children of color, supporting parents by addressing the cultural imbalances on their children’s community, encouraging self-acceptance and identity awareness. Providing parents with the opportunity to have open dialogue around the many concerns of parenting children of color, it will include a story hour, healthy snack and seasonal craft; as well as, fun interactive parent-child connecting in a diverse setting. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10-4pm – WINTER CARNIVAL: Community Winter Carnival at South Hadley High School.  Indoor and outdoor actiities for kids of all ages. Music, art activities, food and much more. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    10:30am – MUSIC SERIES: Music series at the Jones Library. For kids of all ages. 43 Amity St. www.joneslibrary.org 259-3090 Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    11-11:45pm – KIDS YOGA: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)

    11am-3pm – WINTER CARNIVAL: Pittsfield Winter Carnival happens at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake at Burbank Park.  There will be hayrides, sledding races, family ice skating & hockey, ice fishing, carnival games, music, hot cocoa, and much more. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    11:30am-9pm – ICE SKATING: Outdoor ice pavilion (435 Main Rd.). No skate rentals. 528-1443 x248 Monterey, MA (FREE)

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

    1-4pm – TEEN ART WORKSHOP: Realist painter Patty Mullins will hold a teen art workshop at Norman Rockwell Museum. Art-loving teens will learn how to hone their powers of observation and drawing skills during this creative workshop that will inspire experimentation with materials, techniques, and new ways of seeing. Register by call 298-4100 x221 www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA (>$)

    1:30pm – KNITTING/CRAFT GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees & Crafting a Elmer’s. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

    ♦ 2-3:50pm - ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 Holyoke, MA ($)

    2-4pm – CHESS: Love chess?  Want to learn?  Whether you are a chess pro or barely a beginner, you are welcome at Forbes Library’s casual drop in chess sessions!  Bring your own set if you have one!  All ages welcome.  20 West Street.  587-1011. www.forbeslibrary.org.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE!)

    2-7pm – ICE ADVENTURES: Attend Holyoke’s Winter Ice Festival! Activities include an ice sculpting demonstration, fire juggling, ice skating, a visit from Rivè the River Otter, lights, art, food & fun! Between Appleton and Dwight Streets. 540-0200.  Holyoke, MA. (FREE!)


    Sunday, February 20th, 2011

    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.

    ICE SKATING:

    • 11:30am-9pm – MONTERY: Outdoor ice pavilion (435 Main Rd.). No skate rentals. 528-1443 x248 (FREE)
    • 1-2:50pm – GREENFIELD: Public indoor ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891  ($)
    • 2-3:50pm – SPRINGFIELD: Public indoor ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599  ($)
    • 3-5pm – EASTHAMPTON: Public indoor ice skating at Lassone Ice Rink. No rentals, so bring your own skates. Sharpening is available. Refreshments for sale. 529-3000 (>$)

    2pm – GOSPEL MUSIC: Visit Bay Path College for “A Celebration of Gospel Music.”  Hear Bay Path’s own Sister Act Gospel Choir, as well as other guest choirs at this celebration of Black History Month!  588 Longmeadow Street.  565-1000. www.baypath.edu.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE!)

    2pm – ALLOY ORCHESTRA: The Northampton Arts Council presents Alloy Orchestra at the Academy of Music Theatre. Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble who will perform with the silent film classic, Metropolis. 587-1269 Northampton, MA ($)

    2pm – BUBBLES: BubbleMania! at the Colonial Theater.  The show is made up of spontaneous comedy, jazz music and an array of bubbling skills including fog-filled bubble sculptures, helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, and trapping an audience member inside a gigantic soap bubble!  111 South Street.  997-4444.  www.thecolonialtheater.org. Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

    2-4pm – MUSIC: Old Time String Band at the Blue House Cafe (Route 9) with Karl Ferret and a crowd of “a-pickin’ and a-grinnin'” musicians. Menu available. 268-7441 http://www.bluehousecafe.info Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    2-5pm – SEWING: Community bag sew for bagshare at the Bullitt Reservation. Bagshare works to provide reusable cloth bags to local businesses for shoppers to use instead of environmentally unfriendly plastic and paper bags.  332 Bullitt Road.  628-4485. www.thebagshare.org.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    3-5pm - FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)


    Monday, February 21st, 2011

    9-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Take part in Red Gate Farm’s Mornings on the Farm for ages 0-4. Meet the animals, participate in hands-on activities, make a simple craft, and learn about who has been visiting the farm in the snow! 4 Norman Road.  625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. ($)

    9:30am-4pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Old Sturbridge Village daily schedule of events includes Algonkian Winter Fashions and Winter Stories.  Discover Native American history in the village. 800-733-1830 http://www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am - FAMILY CONCERT: Start school vacation week off right!  Visit Cup and Top Cafe to see The Cat’s Pajamas, of Philly, for a fun and engaging concert.  1 North Main Street.  585-0445.  www.cupandtop.com .  Florence, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am – HISTORY & THEATER: Visit the Berkshire Museum for History’s Mysteries, a performance by BTF Plays that combines folklore, mythology, and history.  39 South Street.  443-7171.  www.berkshiremuseum.org.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

    11am- STORY TIME & VICTORIA TEA: Story teller Miss Connie will read from her soon-to-be-published children’s book Missing Charlie at Ventfort Hall Mansion.  Other stories, related to the Berkshire Carousel, will be read as well.  A Victorian tea will be served after, and children of all ages are welcome!  104 Walker Street.  637-3206.  www.gildedage.org.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Visit the Springfield Museums for a Laser Safari!  Explore two ecosystems constructed out of lasers- an African savannah and a Brazilian rainforest and encounter some unique and interesting laser animals.  21 Edwards Street.  263-6800.  www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA ($)

    1-2pm - TWEEN/TEEN: Attend an informational meeting about Red Gate Farm’s Youth Corps, a unique farm apprenticeship program for ages 12-15. Pre-registration suggested but not required. 4 Norman Road.  625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. (FREE!)

    1-3pm – SPORTS ADVENTURES: Meet the Springfield Falcons at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum!  Get pictures with the players and autographs!  29 South Broad Street.  572-4014.  www.ameliaparkmuseum.org.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

    1-3pm – FOOD ADVENTURES: The Wistariahurst Museum will have a Tea & Etiquette class for kids ages 6-18yo.  In their music room at the museum, kids can enjoy tea in a late 1800’s Victorian mansion and learn about tea party table manners and etiquette. RSVP required.  322-5660 http://www.wistariahurst.org 238 Cabot St. Holyoke, MA. ($)


    Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

    9am-3pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Take part in Red Gate Farm’s February Vacation program.  Help care for the farm’s animals, go snowshoeing and sledding, learn fun games, and practice fire building.  Pre-registration required.  4 Norman Road.  625-9503.  www.redgatefarm.org.  Buckland, MA.  ($$)

    10:30-11:30am – VICTORIAN HISTORY: Kids ages 6-18yo can learn the language of Victorian Fans at the Wistariahurst Museum. Victorian fans were use to both cool and communicate flirtatious messages to others.  Kids can learn the history and decorate their own. 238 Cabot St. Reservations necessary. 322-5660. http://www.wistariahurst.org. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

    10:30am-12:30pm – STORY THEATER: Pre-school aged children are invited to the Wheeler Memorial Library for storytime, followed by creating a play!  49 East Main Street.  978-544-2495.  www.orangelib.org. Orange, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am – HISTORY & THEATER: Visit the Berkshire Museum for History’s Mysteries, a performance by BTF Plays that combines folklore, mythology, and history.  39 South Street.  443-7171.  www.berkshiremuseum.org.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Cat’s Pajamas perform at the Berkshire Athenaeum (1 Wendell Ave.). 499.9480 www.pittsfieldlibrary.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    1pm - ARTS AND CRAFTS: Learn to dye yarn at the Northfield Public Library as part of the library’s school vacation week programming. 115 Main Street.  498-2455. www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    1pm – PUPPET THEATER: Visit the Springfield Museums for a performance by Talking Hands Theater- The Around-the-World Adventures of Speedy the Rabbit.  The story is an continent-crossing version of the story of the race between the tortoise and the hare.  21 Edwards Street.  263-6800.  www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA ($)

    1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Special live animal presentation at the Berkshire Museum.  Special guest: a real, live kangaroo.  Learn about animals from “down under” and the fascinating lives of kangaroos. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm & 3pm – MUSICAL: The Pioneer Valley Performance Arts School performs their adaptation of an original musical, Animals That Ought To Be, inspired by local author Rich Michelson’s book of the same name.  125 West Bay Road.  658-1100.  www.carlemuseum.org.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

    2pm – KIDS FILM FEST: Join the Eric Carle Museum on the road at the Academy of Music for KidsBestFest, a children-themed film and literature festival.  Films include The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Chicken Soup with Rice, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be visiting, too!  274 Main Street.  584-9032.  www.carlemuseum.org. Northampton, MA.  (>$)

    4pm – PUPPET THEATER: Join Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theater at Cup and Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) for a weekly puppet show and sing along. Ages 1-5. 585-0445. www.cupandtop.com. Florence, MA. (FREE!)


    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    9:30am-Noon – HOMESCHOOL: Become a part of Red Gate Farm’s Homeschool Half Day program. Each week explores a different theme and includes both structured and unstructed play and learning, as well as outdoor time. 4 Norman Road.  625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. ($) 9am-3pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Take part in Red Gate Farm’s February Vacation program.  Help care for the farm’s animals, go snowshoeing and sledding, learn fun games, and practice fire building!  Pre-registration required.  4 Norman Road.  625-9503.  www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA.  ($$)

    10am – PUPPET THEATER:  Otter and Moo Puppet Theatre (Amy Dawn Kotel and Tom Knight) present their interactive musical puppet show at Cradle. www.otterandmoo.com Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – HISTORY: Older students can lean about Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who lived 230 years ago and meet the authors who have brought her story to life in the book, “A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom..”  Tour the historic Ashley House and learn about what life was once like in the oldest house in the Berkshires, enjoy hot chocolate, and go for a walk outdoors.  Pre-registration required.  117 Cooper Hill Road.  229-8600. www.thetrustees.org. Sheffield, MA.  ($)

    10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids Create Preschool Art Program at the Norman Rockwell Museum. An interactive, hands-on experience for kids 2-5yo. 298-4100 www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA (>$)

    10:30am, 12Noon & 1:30pm – HISTORY/POETRY: A poetry writing workshop in honor of Black History Month will be at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site during the celebrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 204th birthday party (cake/balloons). Rob Velella will lead the workshop and be dressed in 1840’s period clothing. He will introduce Longfellow’s anti-slavery poems and explore his inspiration for the famous peace poem, “The Arsenal at Springfield.” 734-8551 www.nps.gov/spar Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    10:30-11:30am – VICTORIAN HISTORY: The Wistariahurst Museum invites kids ages 6-18 to come learn about Victorian Hatboxes. Learn about the headpieces of Victorian women and the boxes that cared for them.  Kids will decorate their own boxes to take home.  238 Cabot St. Reservations necessary. 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA. (>$)

    11am – HISTORY & THEATER: Visit the Berkshire Museum for History’s Mysteries, a performance by BTF Plays that combines folklore, mythology, and history.  39 South Street.  443-7171.  www.berkshiremuseum.org.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

    11am-12:30pm – STORYTIME & CHOCOLATE: The Lenox library hosts chocolate tales and chocolate treats. Make a chocolate craft and share a favorite chocolate treat and its recipe.  18 Main Street.  637-0197.  www.lenoxlib.org.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE!)

    1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Visit the Springfield Museums to meet some exotic reptile friends!  21 Edwards Street.  263-6800.  www.springfieldmuseums.orgSpringfield, MA. ($)

    1pm & 3pm – MUSICAL: The Pioneer Valley Performance Arts School performs their adaptation of an original musical, Animals That Ought To Be, inspired by local author Rich Michelson’s book of the same name.  125 West Bay Road.  658-1100.  www.carlemuseum.org.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

    1-5pm – CRAFTS & GAMES: The Indian Orchard Branch Library has free activities for the day for kids/teens to participate in, including a scavenger hunt, crafts & games.  Drop in any time. 44 Oak St. 263-6846 http://www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Cat’s Pajamas perform at the Milne Public Library (1095 Main St.). 458.5369 www.milnelibrary.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    3-4pm – MOVEMENT: Creative movement class for ages 5-13 at Wheeler Memorial Library.  49 East Main Street.  978-544-2495. www.orangelib.org.  Orange, MA.  (FREE!)

    4-5pm – PLAYWRITING: Visit Wheeler Memorial Library for a page-to-stage playwriting class.  Ages 8-13 welcome.  49 East Main Street.  978-544-2495.  www.orangelib.org.  Orange, MA.  (FREE!)

    5pm - FAMILY COOKING: Learn how to prepare and cook an entire meal by the hearth at Old Sturbridge Village!  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-SEE-1830.  www.osv.org.  Sturbirdge, MA.  ($$$)

    5:30pm - SWIM & MOVIE: Swimming at the aquatic center at JFK Middle School from 5:30-6:30pm, then a screening of “Shrek Forever After” (PG) at 6:45pm. Register early! Northampton, MA ($)

    6-7pm – PARENT DISCUSSION: A parent discussion group, focusing on self awareness, self care and support will be at the Haskins Center.  Free child care, transportation and refreshments. Call to register. 210 State St. 664-4821 North Adams, MA (FREE)

    6:30pm – LEGOS: Back by popular demand- Goodwin Library hosts another LEGO Evening!  50 Middle Street.  584-7451. www.hadleyma.org/offices.library. Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    7:30 – MOTHERS & TEEN DAUGHTERS: Learn about natural ways to combat PMS and menopause at a presentation by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals.  RSVP requested!  20 West Street.  587-1011.  www.forbeslibrary.org.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE!)


    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    9am-3pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Take part in Red Gate Farm’s February Vacation program.  Help care for the farm’s animals, go snowshoeing and sledding, learn fun games, and practice fire building!  Pre-registration required.  4 Norman Road.  625-9503.  www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA.  ($$)

    10am-12Noon – BASKETBALL: Supervised open basketball for kids ages 10-14yo at Smith Vocational High Gym. Northampton, MA (>$)

    10-11:30am – THEATER GAMES: Visit Wheeler Memorial Library for theater games and a rehearsal for the upcoming production of Elmer and the Elder Tree.  49 East Main Street.  978-544-2495.  www.orangelib.org.  Orange, MA.  (FREE!)

    10:30-11:30am – VICTORIAN HISTORY: Kids ages 6-18yo can learn about Victorian diaries and bookmarks at the Wistariahurst Museum.  Kids will create their own secret diary and Victorian bookmark. 238 Cabot St. Reservations necessary. 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA. (>$)

    11am – HISTORY & THEATER: Visit the Berkshire Museum for History’s Mysteries, a performance by BTF Plays that combines folklore, mythology, and history.  39 South Street.  443-7171.  www.berkshiremuseum.org.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

    1pm & 3pm – MUSICAL: The Pioneer Valley Performance Arts School performs their adaptation of an original musical, Animals That Ought To Be, inspired by local author Rich Michelson’s book of the same name.  125 West Bay Road.  658-1100.  www.carlemuseum.org.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)


    Friday, February 25th, 2011

    10am-1pm - ICE FISHING: Great Falls Discovery Center offers a hands-on ice fishing clinic. Learn how to drip  a hole, se a tip up and ice safety. Starts at the center then moves to Barton Cove. 2 Avenue A. RSVP 863-3221 www.greatfallsma.org Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

    10am-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 4-10yo can discover what animals eat in a Discovery Hunt at the Great Falls Discovery Center.  2 Avenue A. 863-3221 www.greatfallsma.org Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

    11am – HISTORY & THEATER: Visit the Berkshire Museum for History’s Mysteries, a performance by BTF Plays that combines folklore, mythology, and history.  39 South Street.  443-7171.  www.berkshiremuseum.org.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit the Springfield Museums for a concert by the Toe Jam Puppet Band.  Hear songs about a barn dance, flying laundry, and a car wash (watch out for squirting water!).  21 Edwards Street.  263-6800. www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA ($)

    1pm & 3pm – MUSICAL: The Pioneer Valley Performance Arts School performs their adaptation of an original musical, Animals That Ought To Be, inspired by local author Rich Michelson’s book of the same name.  125 West Bay Road.  658-1100.  www.carlemuseum.org.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

    3-4pm – TWEEN/TEEN: Knit and crochet with the East Springfield Branch Library’s new weekly Teen Stitch group!  Beginners welcome, and start up supplies will be provided.  21 Osborne Terrace.  263-6840. www.springfieldlibrary.org.  East Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    3:30-5pm – ICE PARTY: Come out to the Florence Civic Center for a skating party with Lisa Papdemetriou to celebrate her latest book, Ice Dreams.  The event has been changed to inside with crafts and a book signing. Sponsored by Cup & Top Cafe with hoto cocoa and treats.  Corner of Park St. and Route 9 (Next to Lilly Library) 585-0445 www.cupandtop.com Florence, MA (FREE)

    4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Learn about farm life and animal care by joining Red Gate Farm for afternoon chores.  Activities include feeding animals and checking for eggs.  All ages (and parents) welcome!  4 Norman Road.  625-9503.  www.redgatefarm.org.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE!)

    6pm - MOVIE NIGHT: Visit the Huntington Public Library for a screening of “Beverly Hills Chihauhau 2.”  Bring your favorite stuffed dog to cuddle with during the movie, and enjoy free popcorn and juice!  7 East Main Street.  667-3506. www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.com. Huntington, MA.  (FREE!)

    7pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Greenagers screens the movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.  Greenagers is is a program of the Center for Peace Through Culture, a youth-driven organization that works on community and environmental projects.  244 Main Street.  644-9090. www.greenagers.org.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

    2 Comments

    1. February 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you, John! The link has been corrected.

    2. February 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      The link to the Holyoke Ice Festival is bad and should be http://holyoke.ning.com/events/winter-ice-festival-saturday


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