Suggested Events for March 31st-April 6th, 2012

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

Mark your calendars for the Hancock Shaker Village's annual Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm beginning next Saturday, April 7th, 2012. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest 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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Venal Pool Events in Western MAAll day on Saturday, March 31st from 10am-4pm – MUSIC/LITERATURE FESTIVAL: The Meltdown, an annual family music and book celebration, takes place today! The event features live music from many great children’s musicians (the Deedle Deedle Dees, Alastair Mok and Friends, The Nields, School for the Dead, etc.), readings and talks with celebrated children’s authors (including Lisa Yee, Jeff Mack, and Eric Wright), crafts for kids, a gymnastics area, storytelling, magic and puppet shows, booths featuring local vendors and family services (including Hilltown Families!), and more. Celebrate great family music and books, and get the family out of the house and on their feet! Takes place at JFK Middle School. 100 Bridge Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

In the evening on Saturday, March 31st from 5:30-9pm – SPRING ADVENTURES: There are mysterious creatures and critters in the woods at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Families can take a guided tour (leaving the visitor’s center every 15 minutes) of the woods to characters who live in the vernal pools at the sanctuary. There will be frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp, and more. Along with the tours will be games, presentations, and real live pond critters for kids to meet. Celebrate spring and the unique habitats created by the change in seasons! 413-584-3009. 127 Coombs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Giveaway: Crimson & Clover Farm Share

Enter to win a Small Farm Share from Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence, MA for the 2012 season by sharing a family recipe you're looking forward to preparing this spring with fresh local produce, embellished with the story behind this favorite dish!

In northern Berkshire County on Sunday, April 1st from 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Family Day at The Clark!  Enjoy an afternoon of activities, games, gallery talks, and tours all centered around the theme of Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art.  Kids will get to use various materials to create their own reproductions of classic works, can play follow-the-leader games, and explore the galleries.  The event is a great opportunity for kids to learn about creating art and art history.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

And in central Berkshire County on Sunday, April 1st from 1-2pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is incubating eggs from Hancock Shaker Village!  The eggs are set to hatch today, in honor of the museum’s 109th birthday, as well as the beginning of spring.  There will also be a lamb visiting from the village, and kids can meet animal friends and take part in fun animal- and spring-themed activities.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Easter Events in Western MA

During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Find an egg hunt nearest you, along with Easter craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances.

Saturday, April 7th from 1-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help give the Greenfield Energy Park a good spring cleaning.  There will be lots to do, including cleaning up debris left by winter storms and gardening in the park’s beds.  BYO garden tools and gloves.  Families can work together to help prepare the park, a great community resource, for the season!  413-772-1533.  Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, April 8th from 2-4:30pm - ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Winterberry Farm’s Lambs’ Open House takes place today!  Families are invited to the farm to meet the recently born lambs, as well as some fuzzy little chicks!  There will also be adult goats and poultry to visit.  413-548-3940.  21 Teawaddle Hill Road.  Leverett, MA.  (DONATION) 

BULLETIN BOARD

Pioneer Valley BalletBALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents Cinderella based on the classic fairytale of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of love, the obstacles in its path and finally the dream fulfilled.  This comic ballet is known for its jubilant music, lush scenery, beautiful dancing and the hilariously wicked stepsisters, more mad than bad in this production.  Come experience a beggar turning into a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin and mice that turn into a coach and coachmen, a glass slipper that makes dreams come true. You will leave the theater laughing, awe-inspired, and believing in “happily ever after!” Shows: March 31 & April 1 at the Academy of Music in Northampton.  Visit www.pioneervalleyballet.org or the Academy at 413-584-9032 for tickets.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Swing into spring with the O-Tones at ArtSpark, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s annual party & auction at Look Park’s Garden House, Saturday March 31st at 7 p.m. Put the “fun” in fundraiser with live music, dancing, food by Bread Euphoria & a cash bar. The silent auction is the Valley’s most eclectic, with many one-of-a-kind furniture and crafts by local artisans to a Cape Cod getaway and South African Safari. Tickets are $20 apiece, available in advance at local businesses including Bread Euphoria, State Street Fruit Store, Cooper’s Corner & The Creamery, or at the door. More info, please call 413-268-3421.

sarahpirtle.com/JourneyCamp.htmSUMMER CAMP: Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The unique camp offers a supportive atmosphere where it’s easy to make friends as campers explore nature, dramatics, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Director Sarah Pirtle, founder of Journey Camp, has won numerous awards for her books & music for children. SESSION ONE, boys & girls ages 7-13, July 2-6, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. HILLTOWN JOURNEY CAMP, boys & girls ages 7-13, July 16-20, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. MOONSEED TEEN LEADERSHIP FOR GIRLS, ages 12-18, July 30-Aug. 2, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. GIRLS WEEKS, ages 7-13, Aug. 6-10 & Aug. 13-17, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com.

"Last year a participant from the Boston area found out about my camp through your website and spent a week out here with her daughter just for my camp!" - Beth Fairservis, Puppets in the Woods Summer Arts Camp

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids?  Check out our post  Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too!

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Empty Arms is a local community of bereaved parents who seek to support families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Four support groups are held each month. The Bereavement group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 7 – 9 PM at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The Subsequent Choices group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month.  Contact Carol McMurrich for time and location (carolmcmurrich@comcast.net). The Miscarriage group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7 – 9 PM at Cooley Dickinson. The Parenting After Loss group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the morning. Contact Erika Parker for time and location (ehenyey@gmail.com). For more information, contact Carol McMurrich, director carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

EARTH HOUR: Join together with other community members to celebrate togetherness and local resilience, and observe Earth Hour, too!  “Weaving a Web of Resilient Community” takes place at the Cummington Community House (33 Main St.) on Saturday, March 31st.  Beginning at 7pm, the event features activities, performances, and images that highlight the unique culture and values shared locally.  There will be a photography show featuring pictures taken by Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, a seed swap, potluck snacks (bring something to share!), a concert with Sarah Stockwell-Arthen (whose music channels the theme of the event), and a celebration of Earth Hour, where the lights will be turned out and candles will be lit (BYO!).  Visitors will also have a chance to share information about farms, sustainability projects, or other relevant community ideas, projects, and initiatives with others at the event, and there will be art materials available for kids to experiment with!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
March 31st-April 6th, 2012

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

6-10am – 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.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. – This week Katherine Dines share’s her story in song. –  Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

9am-11:30am – BOOK FAIR: Bridge Street School hosts a community book fair today. Books featuring all children’s literature, and focus on challenging gender sterotypes, diverse families, and affirming all different sexualities. Proceeds benefit Northampton Public Schools, and it’s a great chance to acquire meaningful stories for your family’s library. 413-587-1460. Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (SALE)

9am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

9:30-11am – LEGOS: Fifth Annual LEGO Build-a-thon on Wheels happens at the Lenox Library. This is a Lego competition for 5 to 14-year-olds who will be required to build an original design capable of rolling on wheels. Participants must bring their own Legos to compete. Building begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Pre-registration for the event was required, but there may still be time. 413-637-0197. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.10am – EASTER EGG HUNT: Millside Park will be filled with 18,000 eggs for the Annual Egg Hunt. Arrive early and BYO basket.  Easter Bunny will make an appearance too. Great photo opportunity.413-529-1440. 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

10am – CHICKENS: Simple Gifts Farm is hosting a workshop where families can learn how to keep backyard chickens! Families will learn from those with firsthand hen-raising experience, and can gain information on everything from hen food to the most effective ways to protect chickens from predators. Learn all about the benefits of raising your own egg-producing flock! 413-549-6949. 1089 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.10am-12noon – EASTER EGG HUNT: Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center hosts their 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children up to 10yo can join in. There will be Easter baskets and plastic eggs filled with candy to hunt for on the grounds. 413-458-8371. 1611 Cold Spring Road.Williamstown, MA (FREE)

10am or 12noon – EASTER EGG CRAFT: Learn to make beautiful decorated Easter eggs in the traditional Eastern European style today at Ventfort Hall! The process includes drawing intricate designs with wax on eggs and dying with colored dyes. Kids must be 12+ and accompanied by a parent. The workshop is a great opportunity to learn about Czechoslovakian cultural traditions! Registration required. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.10am-12noon – EASTER CELEBRATION: Diemand Farm is hosting an Easter celebration.  There will be egg hunts, egg dying, and more holiday-related fun!  Celebrate both Easter and local egg production.  Bring a donation for Operation Touch of Home for care packages being distributed to overseas soldiers. 978-544-3806.  126 Mormon Hollow Road.  Wendell, MA. (FREE)

10am-1pm – ART FESTIVAL: Celebrate the arts and support Westfield Public Schools at the Into the Arts Festival! The event takes place at North Middle School and features exhibits of student work as well as performances of West African drumming, dance, and musical theater! Totally family-friendly, the festival also offers kids an opportunity to learn about art and forms of expression. 413-572-6403. 350 Southampton Road. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-2pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Amherst Winter Market at Amherst Middle School . 170 Chestnut St. Amherst, MA. (FREE!)

10am-4pm – MUSIC/LITERATURE FESTIVAL: The Meltdown, an annual family music and book celebration, takes place today! The event features live music from many great children’s musicians (the Deedle Deedle Dees, Alastair Mok and Friends, The Nields, School for the Dead, etc.), readings and talks with celebrated children’s authors (including Lisa Yee, Jeff Mack, and Eric Wright), crafts for kids, a gymnastics area, storytelling, magic and puppet shows, booths featuring local vendors and family services (including Hilltown Families!), and more. Celebrate great family music and books, and get the family out of the house and on their feet! Takes place at JFK Middle School. 100 Bridge Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Granby PM Club hosts and Egg Hunt for kids 12yo and younger at the Dufresne’s Park Gazebo. BYO Basket. Rain cancels. Granby, MA (FREE)

11am – YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The Northampton Community Music Center’s Youth Orchestra is performing at the Eric Carle Museum this morning! The group will play selection from Mozart, Grieg, and Offenbach, and is made up entirely of local musicians! Kids can learn about classical music, and the youth orchestra participants can serve as role models for budding musicians. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

11am – TEDDY BEAR TEA: Dress in your favorite teatime outfit and bring your teddy (or bunny, or puppy, or…) to a special Teddy Bear Tea at Yankee Candle! Bears and their humans will enjoy delicious teatime treats and will get to read the book The Brown Paper Teddy Bear. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: Hunt for eggs at the Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt at Shaker Farms Country Club! Kids can search for eggs filled with treats – BYO basket! The Easter Bunny will visit, and kids can get their faces painted. 413-572-1260. 866 Shaker Road. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

11am – MAGIC SHOW: Local magician Ed Popielarczyk will perform a kids magic show at Eastfield Mall. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

1pm & 4:30pm – BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents Cinderella based on the classic fairytale of Cinderella and the Prince.  This comic ballet is known for its jubilant music, lush scenery, beautiful dancing and the hilariously wicked stepsisters, more mad than bad in this production.  413-527-6363. Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA ($$)

1pm & 7pm – CARTOONS: Pothole Pictures is screening classic Looney Tunes cartoons at Memorial Hall.  These choice picks are part of their Looney Tunes Cartoon Festival.  Two showings today.  Live music before evening screening. 413-625-2896. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.1:30-3:30pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Kids ages 3-10yo can gather at Veterans Field for spring activities.  An Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2pm. BYO basket. Monson, MA (FREE)

1:30 and 4:30pm – THEATER: Local kids of all ages make up the cast of The Secret Garden performance at Amherst High School today! Presented by Amherst Leisure Services and Missoula Children’s Theater, the show was put together over the course of a single week! Celebrate the talent of local students and enjoy the classic story. 413-461-6722. 21 Matoon Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.2pm – EGG HUNT: The Huntington Recreation Committee will host an Egg Hunt at Pettis Field for kids 10yo and younger. 413-667-3500. (Rain Date: April 1st, 2pm). Huntington, MA (FREE)

5:30-9pm – VERNAL POOLS: There are mysterious creatures and critters in the woods at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary! Families can take a guided tour (leaving the visitor’s center every 15 minutes) of the woods to characters who live in the vernal pools at the sanctuary. There will be frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp, and more! Along with the tours will be games, presentations, and real live pond critters for kids to meet. Celebrate spring and the unique habitats created by the change in seasons! 413-584-3009. 127 Coombs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” an homage to American musicals of the Jazz age, will be performed at Wahconah Regional High School. The play will be performed by the school’s Apollonian Players in the school’s auditorium. 413-684-1330. Windsor Road. Dalton, MA ($)

7pm -EARTH HOUR: Celebrate community resilience, as well as local culture and values tonight at the Cummington Community House! There will be a photography show from Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, live music from Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, an observation of Earth Hour (BYO candle), potluck snacks, art projects for kids, a seed swap, and more! 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

7-10pm – EARTH HOUR: Celebrate Earth Hour at the Bullitt Reservation! The event is a time to turn out the lights and reflect on the meaning and effects of energy use. There will be telescopes set up for night sky viewing, as well as other activities. Dress warmly! 413-628-4485. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5pm – SHELBURNE FALLS SPRING AUCTION: The annual Shelburne Falls Area Business Association’s auction takes place tonight! The event features delicious hors d’ouevres, drinks, and the chance to bid on great items (many produced locally). Takes place at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. 413-625-2526. 53 Main Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

7pm – ART SPARK: Swing into spring with the O-Tones at ArtSpark, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s annual party & auction at Look Park’s Garden House. Put the “fun” in fundraiser with live music, dancing, food by Bread Euphoria & a cash bar. 413-268-3421. Look Park. Florence, MA (FUNDRAISER)

7pm – ART OF GIVING: Support Whole Children and bring home a terrific locally-created work of art! The Art of Giving takes place tonight at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The event features live music, great food and drinks, and even better art! Tickets are available for the art “auction”- one ticket admits two people, and includes one piece of artwork to take home- as well as just the non-auction portion of the event. 413-585-8100. South Street. Northampton, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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.

10am – PHYSICS/YO-YO: The Z-Games, also known as the Northeast Regional Yo-yo Contest, takes place today!  Hosted by A to Z Science and Learning Store, the event takes place at JFK Middle School and features yo-yo-ers of all ages and abilities!  There are divisions based on age, special categories for tricks, and more!  Kids can learn about the sport of yo-yo-ing and supplement studies of physics by observing performances and thinking about how yo-yos work.  The event runs all day.  413-586-1611.  100 Bridge Road.  Florence, MA.

11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦ 

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.12noon-2pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Southwick Park & Rec hosts an Easter Egg Hunt at Prifti Park. Activities include arts & crafts, sweet treats, display from the fire dept., Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt divided into age groups. 454 College Highway. Southwick, MA (FREE)

12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Family Day at The Clark!  Enjoy an afternoon of activities, games, gallery talks, and tours all centered around the theme of Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art.  Kids will get to use various materials to create their own reproductions of classic works, can play follow-the-leader games, and explore the galleries.  The event is a great opportunity for kids to learn about creating art and art history.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-3:30pm – SHEEP SHEARING: Simple Gifts Farm will be shearing sheep and invite families to come watch this annual spring tradition. 413-549-6949. 1089 N. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

1-2pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is incubating eggs from Hancock Shaker Village!  The eggs are set to hatch today, in honor of the museum’s 109th birthday, as well as the beginning of spring.  There will also be a lamb visiting from the village, and kids can meet animal friends and take part in fun animal- and spring-themed activities.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.1pm – EASTER EGG HUNT: Hunt for Easter eggs with the Easter bunny at the Ludlow Community Center!  Bunny will meet egg hunters at the center’s pavilion and will be available for pictures afterwards.  Open to kids in preschool through fifth grade.  Registration required!  413-583-2072.  91 Claudia’s Way.  Ludlow, MA.  (<$)

1pm & 4:30pm – BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents Cinderella based on the classic fairytale of Cinderella and the Prince.  This comic ballet is known for its jubilant music, lush scenery, beautiful dancing and the hilariously wicked stepsisters, more mad than bad in this production.  413-527-6363. Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA ($$)

1:30pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Ware Family Center presents, “The Fairy Circus” performed by the Tanglewood Marionettes at the Ware H.S. Auditorium. 413-967-8127. Ware, MA ($)

2-3pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Butterflies are beautiful, but moths have a much more interesting role within the environment!  UMass professor Ted Sargent will teach families about the interactions between moths and birds, and how moths have evolved (in order to avoid being eaten!) as a result.  Takes place at the Leverett Library, sponsored by the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

2:15-3:15pm - OPEN GYM: Community Network for Children hosts open gym time at the Greenfield YMCA. 978-544-5157.  451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

3pm - YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The Springfield Symphony Chorus and the Springfield Youth Orchestra will perform Honneger’s oratoria of King David today at Belchertown High School!  The concert conveys David’s life story through beautifully sung lyrics and music.  413-781-4129.  142 Springfield Road.  Belchertown, MA.  ($)

5:30-6:30pm – HISTORY: 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of many of the events that took place during the Civil War!  Learn about the battle of Gettysburg, the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, and more tonight at the Athol Library with historians Brad Peters and Jan Ross!  Great for kids studying American History!  Call to register.  978-249-9515.  568 Main Street.  Athol, MA.  (FREE) 

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon! Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s! You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts! Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

3:15-4:30pm - MARTIAL ARTS: River Valley Tae Kwon Do is offering classes for kids in grades 1-6 at the Westhampton Public Library! Not only will kids learn about the Ji Do Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do, they’ll learn about another culture and will learn to move their bodies in new ways. The class takes place for six weeks, and kids who attend regularly will get a uniform to wear. For the first class, kids are asked to wear loose fitting clothes. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

5:30-7:30pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: The Amherst Family Center and UMass are hosting a parent workshop tonight! Part of the Dinner on Us series, the workshop includes dinner for families, as well as childcare and children’s activities, and is centered around the topic of raising bilingual children. Parents can learn (and talk!) about developing a bilingual library of childrens books, and how to use other bilingual materials to help their children develop language skills. Takes place in room 428 at the Student Union. 413-545-0865. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

7pm – MUSIC: The Westhampton Library hosts a community sing-a-long tonight! Bring an instrument if you’d like to play, and songs to share (10 copies if sheet music). 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

7-8:30pm -PARENT WORKSHOP: Ayurvedic practitioner, Christine Devlin Eck, will be offering a workshop, “Caring for Postpartum Moms: What’s Missing and What Makes all the Difference,” at the Cooley Dickinson Center for Midwifery Care. Covering nutrition, herbs, meditation and breath work to aid and assist new mom’s within the first month following birth. Northampton, MA (FREE)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:15-11:15am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Berkshire Trail Preschool! Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: The Meekins Library is now offering a facilitate playgroup every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month! The playgroup will include arts & crafts, story time, and other fun activities for kids and their grown-ups! 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

MONDAY STORYTIMES

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library! Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more! 978-544-2495. 49 East Main Street. Orange, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

MONDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

MONDAY ONGOING

  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

LOCAL FOOD: Eat locally today and help support programs at Northampton High School!  Many local restaurants are participating in this year’s Eat for Education event – 10% of profits made on anything you buy at one of the participating locations will be donated to NHS.  The event is also an opportunity to support locally grown and produced food – choose a restaurant that serves locally sourced foods!  Participating locations include Cup and Top Cafe, Herrell’s, Osaka, Jake’s, Bueno y Sano, Local Burger, GoBerry, Eastside Grill, Green Bean, Haymarket Cafe, Sam’s Cafe, Side Street Cafe, State Street Deli and others!

3:30-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore all of the things there are to see and learn about this afternoon at the New Salem Library!  Best for kids ages 5-9, the program will give kids free time to explore and will include guided discussion where kids will learn about plants and get to ask questions about the things that they see.  Registration required.  978-544-6334.  23 South Main Street.  New Salem, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Alison Morrisey, LCSW, will facilitate a workshop, “At Your Wit’s End” Responding to Challenging Behavior” at the United Church of Ware. This is a 3-session workshop for parents, guardians and grandparents of toddlers and preschool-aged children  that will focus on understanding behavior and what strategies can be used to help an adult manage a child’s challenging behavior. Call the Collaborative for Educational Services to RSVP: 413-570-3061. 49 Church St. Ware, MA (FREE)

7-8:30pm - DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: The Leverett Library is screening Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women tonight!  The documentary looks at Alcott’s life and how it both did and did not have similarities to her writing, and what greater understanding we can take from comparing her writing to her life.  Best for older students, and those interested in feminism and women’s history.  413-548-9220.  75 Leverett Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Ballet Hispanico performs at the UMass Fine Arts Center tonight!  The group uses a fusion of latin dance, classical dances (ballet!), and contemporary movement forms to create a unique and inspired performance!  413-545-2511.  151 President’s Drive.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Little Ones Library Time. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers and toddlers at the Lanesborough Public Library. 413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am - TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm - LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)

TUESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

TUESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45-11:15am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Amherst Family Center hosts a breastfeeding group for families. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys!  Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers.  413-528-4015.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm - NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today!  Call to confirm as screen times change.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  6pm – GAMES: The 4th Tuesday of every month is Scrabble night at the Monson Library!  All ages are welcome.  Scrabble can help kids practice spelling an work on their vocabulary.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 7-11pm – CHESS: The Pittsfield Chess Club meets every Tuesday night!  Kids of all chess abilities can join for an intergenerational opportunity to learn and practice the game.  Meets in the cafeteria at Hillcrest Hospital.  413-448-6165.  West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)♦

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

10-11am – NUTRITION WORKSHOP: With funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and  Community Development, the Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a  free nutrition workshop,”Healthy Eating for Children,” on Wednesday, April 4 from 10-11am at the Cummington Family Center, 33 Main Street in Cummington. Nutritionist, Rachel Keim, will  be sharing tips and techniques to get children to eat healthy food and will share  recipes for easy, yummy, and inexpensive meals for the whole family. Please  call Lee at the Worthington Health Center at 413-238-4155 for more information. Cummington, MA (FREE)

11:15am – SCIENCE/HOMESCHOOL: The Carnegie Library hosts an electromagnetism workshop for homeschooled kids of all ages!  The program is designed to let kids learn about science hands-on – science teacher Jim Klaiber facilitates.  413-863-3214.  201 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – MOVIE: The Whately Library is screening Puss in Boots this afternoon!  The movie is a spinoff of the Shrek series, and features a feisty cat whose voice is done by Antonio Banderas!  413-665-0054.  218 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – NATURAL HISTORY: Naturalist Laurie Sanders will speak at Forbes Library on the human and natural history of the meadows section of Northampton.  The area has great significance in the way in which the city was settled, as well as in American art, and has a rich natural history as well.  Best for older students, the talk can supplement studies of natural history, local history, and American art history.  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – WRITING: Owl and Raven hosts an intergenerational sci-fi writers’ group!  Writers can work in a space with others working on similar projects, share work for critique, and seek advice and support from other writers.  413-341-3581.  2 Conz Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Greenfield Community College screens Fight Town: Sport and the Growth of an Urban Community tonight!  The documentary, created by Holyoke native PJ Moynihan, looks at Holyoke’s development over time through the lens of baseball diamonds, fight clubs, and gyms.  The city was the first master-planned industrial city in New England, and its history is rich with stories of working in the mills, immigrating to the city, and the industrial boom and bust of the city’s industries.  413-775-1000.  1 College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7-9:30pm – WOMEN’S STUDIES: The documentary Miss Representation will be screened at Lenox Memorial High School tonight.  The movie looks at representations of women of power within the media and how this contributes to the inequality that women face worldwide.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion.  Best for kids ages 14+, the screening is a great supplement to studies of (or introduction to) women’s studies, feminism, and human rights.  Reservations recommended.  197 East Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Westhampton Library, every second and fourth Wednesday.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School! There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5. There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The second Wednesday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦

WEDNESDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 and 11:30 – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Tales and Tunes at the Northfield Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Westhampton Library! 413-527-4386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Amherst Library for storytime and crafts!  413-259-3099.  8 Montague Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! Stories, crafts, snack. 413-413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦

WEDNESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10-11:50am - ICE SKATING: Homeschool ice skating time at Foote Arena! Learn to skate or just practice. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10:30-12:30am – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Homeschool Halfdays on most Wednesdays. The event includes farm exploration both in and out of doors. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today!  Call to confirm, as screening times change.  413-584-5848.  27 Pleasant Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦ 
  • 12noon-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today!  413-525-7198.  168 Shaker Road.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm – CHESS: Play chess at the Pelham Library!  Practice your own skills or teach a friend.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the East Springfield Branch Library. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:15-4:30pm – LEGOS: Dickinson Memorial Library offers an afterschool LEGO program on the first Wed. of the month for school-age kids.  413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦ 
  • 6-9pm – VOLUNTEER: On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a community sew for BagShare!  Donate your time to help promote the use of reusable bags and to help sustain a community resource.  No experience necessary!  Takes place at Eastworks.  413-584-2633.  Pleasant Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

5-7pm – GEOGRAPHY: The Berkshire Athenaeum’s annual Geography Expo takes place tonight!  The event features displays created by kids on countries from all over the world.  Visitors to the expo can have their special Geography Expo passport stamped at each country and learn about the important parts of the country’s history, culture, geography, and more!  The event is an opportunity to see work produced by local kids and offers a chance to learn about many different countries!  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema screens Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas.  The film tells the story of a Western woman who learns the art of making thangka, a Buddhist art form of silk embroidery and applique, and her journey to incorporate the thangka into our culture.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – SING ALONG: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing! 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)♦

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE) 
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every third Thursday for adoptive families with kids 4 and under!  RSVP required.  413-320-4680.  28 North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Goshen Library hosts facilitated playgroup every 1st and 3rd Thursday.  413-230-8552.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The fourth Thursday of every month at the Edwards Library!  413-527-9480.  30 East Street.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with Julie Stepanek at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through January 26. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime! With each month comes a new seasonal theme. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! Stories, craft, and snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Special afternoon storytime at the Lee Library!  Walk-in is OK but registration is encouraged.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more! 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime tonight at the Monson Library! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 11am-1pm - ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

THURSDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: New mothers support group meets at the Greenwood Center today!  413-794-5515.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30pm – MOVIE: Monson Library has kids’ movie time! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Brightwood Branch Library. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 5-7pm – KNITTING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge host a beginner’s knitting group every Thursday. All ages and experiences welcomed. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, April 6th, 2012

Passover Events in Western MA

9:30am – BREASTFEEDING – La Leche League of Northampton meets first Friday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

10-11am - SIGN LANGUAGE: The youngest of kiddos can practice basic communication at the Westfield Athenaeum’s Sign and Rhyme Time today!  Kids ages 3-5 will learn signs for words they frequently use- they’ll be learning a new language as well as learning about new forms of communication.  Call to register.  413-562-6158.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

Click to see a list of Easter Events in Western MA.10:30-11:30am - EASTER EGG HUNT: The Heath Library will host an Egg Hunt on the Town Common in lieu of their weekly story hour. They as that all participants RSVP by April 2nd. 413-337-4934 x7 Heath, MA (FREE)

1pm – MARIONETTES: The Tanglewood Marionettes present An Arabian Adventure at the Springfield Museums!  The show tells the tale of a Persian prince battling his way out of prison in order to be with the princess he has fallen in love with.  Set to Middle Eastern music, the show features beautiful scenery and puppets.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go for a moonlit trail hike!  The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is offering a guided hike along the Walsh and Charcoal Trails- approximately 3 miles long, the hike will have a moderate pace and is appropriate for slightly older kids who have some hiking experience.  Meet at the parking area at Olivia’s Overlook.  Richmond-Lenox Road.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn about the night sky at Stars Over Springfield, a family program at the Springfield Museums!  Visitors will be able to look through the museum’s telescope to observe stars, planets, and more!  If the sky isn’t clear, there will be a planetarium show instead.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

8-11pm – TEEN: Spend the night dancing with friends and help raise money for Berkshire Pulse!  Teens are invited to a dance sponsored by the Railroad Street Youth Project- DJ-ed by DJ Willskeet and lit by black light!  The event will be chaperoned by adults (call to sign up if you’re interested!), there will be snacks, and kids will be in a safe environment.  413-528-2475.  410 Park Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (<$)

8:30pm - PASSOVERCommunity seders at Chabad House (30 North Hadley Rd). Experience the timeless messages of Pesach that have sustained us for thousands of years! Hand baked matzah, wine and grape juice and a four course dinner. Call 413-549-2008 to reserve. Amherst, MA ($$)

DUE TO HOLIDAYS (GOOD FRIDAY, PASSOVER & EASTER), PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ALL ONGOING LISTINGS BEFORE HEADING OUT TODAY.

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Whole Children! 413-587-1471. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: At Lanesborough Elementary School! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Bring the kids for a morning playgroup at the Chesterfield Senior Center.  Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Route 143. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center hosts special learning playgroups for young children and their parents!  Babies and their parents will learn baby sign language and play with other families.  Parents of toddlers can take part in “playshops” like cooking, art projects, and games.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • FRIDAY – 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under!  Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.).  Takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month.  413-475-1543.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 11am- BABY GROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am - SPANISH STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Spanish storytime- great for Spanish speaking families or kids learning the language. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am - SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library! 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5. 413-23-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 8-9:50pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available.413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

FRIDAY ONGOING

  • 10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am – MOVIE: Pre-school movies at the Berkshire Ahtenaeum! Usually 20-30 minutes. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:15am – ESL: Amherst Family Center hosts an ESL group- families can connect withother ESL families and work on language acquisition and parenting skills together. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Pine Point Branch Library. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own! 413-664-4481. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:15-4:45pm – KNITTING: Drop-In Stitches knitting group at the Storrs Library. Grades 4+, all abilities welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Young Farmers- a chance help out with afternoon chores including egg collection! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6-7pm – BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Sign Loud and Clear presents an info session on the benefits of baby sign language! Babies are sometimes able to begin communicating via sign language before they are able to communicate verbally- learn how to start signing with your baby! Takes place at Baystate Medical Center. Springfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-9pm – COFFEEHOUSE: Hilltown Coffeehouse happens every Friday night at the Village Church.  Bring the family to enjoy and participate in music and games.  An excellent intergenerational opportunity for families in the Hilltowns to meet their neighbors in a casual and creative environment. BYOB. 413-563-1981. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-9pm – YO-YOS: A2Z’s Dogbite Yo-Yo club meets on the second Friday of each month for a night of yo-yo skill sharing and learning.  Meets at the College Church.  48 Pomeroy Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Friday nights at the Greenwood Center are just for tweens!  Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a supervised night of dancing, games, and DJ music!  413-565-4163.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am - COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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