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  1. November 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Morning Hike at Bradley Sanctuary

    When: Wednesday, December 4th, 10a – 11:30a

    Join the Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) for an early winter day hike on Wednesday, December 3rd on our beautiful Bradley Sanctuary in Williamsburg. Come explore the many trails through 41 acres of towering white pine and mixed hardwood. Hikers of all ages are welcome for this short, 2-mile hike along the cascades of Nichols Brook to a winter view of the neighboring hills. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome, with parent support for young children.

    Come dressed for the cold with hiking boots or snow shoes, and a bottle of water. Please feel free to bring along your own field guides!

    Where: The Bradley Sanctuary, Old Goshen Road, Town of Williamsburg. Limited parking available on-site.

    Directions: Take Old Goshen Road north off Route 9, 1.1 mi. west of Williamsburg village. 0.4 mi. from Route 9, bear left at the “Y” intersection with Hemenway Road, continuing on Old Goshen Road. 1.5 mi. from Route 9, look for the small parking pullout on the right, just after the road curves sharply to the right. The trailhead is about 100 feet beyond the parking. GPS: 42.420089,-72.758395

    RSVP with Nicole Rhodes at 431.628.4485 ex 4 or hltlandsteward@ttor.org

  2. November 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Please come and visit the Vävstuga Weaving School at 16 Water Street in Shelburne Falls during Moonlight Magic this Friday evening, November 28th from 4:30-10:00pm. Enjoy weaving for a bit on one of our looms, even if you’ve never woven before! See examples of the beautiful hand weaving techniques that are taught here while enjoying a cup of hot cider, some Swedish treats and music. Learn more about this premier weaving school in Shelburne Falls, located next to the Bridge of Flowers.

  3. November 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Northampton Recreation is hosting a Turkey Sports Shoot for kids ages 5-11 on Saturday, November 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Smith Vocational High School Gym, 80 Locust Street in Northampton. The low key competition will include Basketball free throw, football throw, soccer kick, turkey target, Baggo hole toss and toilet bowl toss. Each age category will participate at a different time. The total score from the activities will determine the winners. Winner need not be present to win. Cost is $2.00 per child. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information,visit the Northampton website at http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation or call 413-587-1040.

  4. Jane said,

    November 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Event title: Small Art 4 Big Holidays

    EVERYTHING in the gallery and the store is $100 or less (often much less!). And all art supplies are 20%off!

    Venue: Deerfield Arts Bank
    Dates: 11/20-12/24.
    Soft opening 11/20 from 4-8pm.
    Festive reception on December 4th from 6-8pm.
    Gallery Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sun 12-6pm
    Thurs 12-8pm & by appointment
    Contact: Jane Trigere, 413-665-0123, jane@deerfieldartsbank.com
    Address: 3 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield
    Cost: FREE, all ages welcome!

    http://deerfieldartsbank.com/2014/11/17/small-art-4-big-holidays/

  5. Tara Sherman said,

    November 19, 2014 at 7:27 am

    HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR-OVER 70 Vendors and 70+ raffle items

    Where: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
    80 Locust St Northampton MA

    When: Sunday November 23 9am-2pm

    Cost-Free, ALL WELCOME

  6. Anna Sobel said,

    November 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Animal Torah CD Release Party
    A Jewish Storytelling Event

    Saturday, December 6th
    5:30-6:30
    FREE… CDs for sale

    Lander Grinspoon Academy
    257 Prospect Street
    Northampton, MA

    Make your own puppet, watch a puppet show by Anna Sobel based on three stories from the CD, and listen to live klezmer music! All are welcome: all ages, all faiths.

    For more info, email ahandpuppet@gmail.com

    Talkinghandstheatre.com

  7. Bonny said,

    November 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Come enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, The Grinch, elves, Frosty the Snowman, and Christmas Tree!!!
    Saturday December 13, 2014
    2 seatings…9:00 am or 11:00 am
    The Pulaski Club of Easthampton
    79 Maple St.
    Easthampton, MA 01027
    http://www.thepulaskiclub.com
    $8 for Adults & $6.00 for Children(12 and under)
    * Children 2 and under eat FREE
    The buffet will include breakfast items such as: pancakes, sausage, a pancake topping bar with…chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whip cream, and syrup, along with coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and milk.
    Every child will receive a small gift from Santa Claus
    Tickets are available at the Pulaski Club…ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY!!!
    *Fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program

  8. November 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thriving in Early Pregnancy
    November 20, 2014
    6-7:30pm
    Meetinghouse at 43 Center St Northampton
    This 90-minute class gives practical tips and strategies for optimal health, energy, and emotional well-being in early pregnancy. Topics include nutrition, communication with care providers, appropriate exercise, avoiding toxins, early bonding and more. Taught by Michelle L’Esperance, Certified Professional Midwife and Alli Cwalinski, Doula & Apprentice. Open to those in early/mid pregnancy or actively trying to conceive.Suggested donation of $5-10. RSVP required.One or two doula observers welcome each session.
    WarmWelcomeBirth.com
    SweetbrierBirth.com

  9. Sheri Levson said,

    November 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof
    Dec. 7, 3:30pm and Dec. 10, 7pm

    Open auditions for anyone age 9 and older. Males, ages 14 – 35 who can learn to dance, are especially encouraged to audition!

    Please prepare a song that is NOT from Fiddler! An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

    Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA

    Performance dates are March 26-29, 2015. For more information contact Sheri Levson 413-736-3619 or levsong@verizon.net

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premier!

  10. November 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Title: Pat & Tex LaMountain CD Release and Thanksgiving Concert
    Venue: Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A
    Town: Turners Falls, MA
    Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
    Time: 3pm
    Cost: $15
    Description: The show will celebrate the release of “rivers, roads & bridges” the
    couple’s 8th release on Greenfield’s Garden Gate Recordings, and will
    feature Pat & Tex with band members John White on bass and Rick Mauran
    on drums, along with special guests who performed on the CD.

    Pat & Tex will be joined on stage by Producer/engineer/
    multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (guitarist/vocalist with Rani Arbo’s
    “daisy mayhem”, Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak), Fiddlers Zoe Darrow
    (Fiddleheads, Gaslight Tinkers, & Tim Ericksen/The Trio de Pumpkintown)
    and Chris Brashear (fiddle/mandolin with Robin & Linda Williams,
    Perfect Strangers and others ) and pianist/composer Jerry Noble (Smith
    College staff pianist, Bob Sparkman & Jerry Noble duo).

    Contact info: http://www.patandtex.com

  11. Tanya S. said,

    November 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Event: Free Music Lesson Day!
    Date: November 16th, 2014
    Time: We will set up a time with you when you register
    Ages: 6 and up (adults too!)
    Cost: FREE!
    Location: Our studio in South Hadley, MA.

    Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries for our Free Lesson Day on November 9th, we are adding a 2nd day. Register for a free 30-minute violin or viola lesson. Open to anyone age 6 and up who has not previously signed up for lessons with us. No violin? No problem! Instruments will be provided for those that do not have one. Have you always wanted to try a violin or viola? Now’s your chance…free!

    Fill out the registration form on our website and make sure to mention Free Lesson Day:

    http://violaduo.com/lessonregistration.html

    Hope to hear from you!
    Scott & Tanya
    Slapin-Solomon Violin and Viola Studios

  12. November 6, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Visit Santa!
    What: At the Hadley Mothers Club Vendor Fair and Silent Auction Fundraiser
    Over 50 vendors and many silent auction items
    Food menu available all day
    When: Saturday November 22, 2014 from 9am to 3pm
    Santa arriving at 1:30!!!
    Where: Hopkins Academy, Rt 9 Hadley, MA
    Free to attend and see Santa!
    All proceeds go directly to Hadley schools and community

  13. November 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    FREE AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION
    Sponsored by: The Children’s Study Home
    ◦Tuesday November 11th and Saturday November 22nd
    ◦9am-3pm
    ◦11-15 years old
    ◦Jenna Bronson at 413 739 5626 ext 202 or jbronson@studyhome.org
    ◦Mill Pond School 91 Old Acre Rd Springfield
    ◦FREE!!
    visit out website at http://www.studyhome.org

    Youth will receive certification in basics of babysitting, CPR and 1st Aid!

    PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.- Limit 10 MORE CLASSES OFFERED IN DECEMBER AND THROUGHOUT NEXT YEAR!!

    Participants need to bring a lunch, no drop-ins please!

  14. November 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Bremen Town Musicians

    When: December 27 @ 11:00AM + 1:00PM; December 28 @ 1:00PM
    Venue: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Venue Address: 125 W. Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002
    Admission: $5.00 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

    Description: CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way. First two showings on December 27 at 11:00AM and 1:00PM; last showing December 28 1:00PM.

  15. Pamela Snow said,

    November 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Make way for
    DUCKS and DUCKLINGS
    at TYLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

    WHO: All preschool and elementary school children and their parents or caregivers are invited!
    WHAT: Meet Dennis Bruffee of Buckboard Eggs and his ducks and ducklings at the library. Learn more about ducks and ducklings during story hour with special guest Pam Snow. Take home your free copy of the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
    WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 AM – 12 PM
    WHERE: Tyler Memorial Library, Charlemont Town Hall, 157 Main Street
    413-339-4335 charlemont.hawley.library@gmail.com

    Sponsored by the Coordinated Care and Community Engagement Program (CFCE), engaging young children in hands-on science activities.

  16. November 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

    The Hartsbrook School: Walk Through the Grades
    Thursday, November 13
    Tour the beautiful campus and visit classes in session. Observe teachers and students in grades 1 through 8. Learn about our developmental curriculum, which includes academics, art and meaningful work. A thirty-minute Q & A will follow. Adults only.
    Please call to register. 413-584-3198
    193 Bay Road, Hadley

  17. November 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

    The Hartsbrook High School Visiting Day:
    Tuesday, November 11 at 8:05 am
    Spend a day with high school students and teachers. Get acquainted with the rigorous, well-rounded curriculum, which is grounded in arts, academics and athletics. Come for the morning (8:05-10:30 am) or the whole day. Parents and students welcome.
    193 Bay Road, Hadley
    Please call to register. 413-584-3198

  18. November 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Family Resource Centers Dollar “Cents”: Learning to Stretch your Dollar.
    November 14th ‐Using coupons and sales flyers to save.
    1:30- 2:30 pm at the Haskins Center in North Adams.

    All of us could use some help with stretching our dollars these days! Join us to learn ways to save money swap coupons and share your own budget tips.

    Call 664‐4821 to register. Transportation and child care available.
    Presented as collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Berkshire Community Action Council.

  19. November 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Girl Scouts of Central and Westen MA is hosting:

    Superhero STEM Day
    Holyoke Community College
    Saturday November 8th: 10am
    Girls in grades 4-8 are invited to join us while we explore STEM activities and even hear from a student panel!

    Cost is $15 for the day and also includes admission to two other awesome programs!

    visit our website for details: http://www.gscwm.org/

    Or by Calling Tiffany Holmes at 413-224-4028

  20. November 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Tea Time with Madeline
    When: Saturday, December 27, 2014 1:30-3:00PM
    Venue: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Venue Address: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst MA 01002

    Description: Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself!

    Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

  21. November 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    A Very Merry Madeline Weekend – Meet Madeline!

    When: December 27-28 2014 (All Day)
    Venue: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Venue Address: 125 W. Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002
    Cost: Free with Museum Admission

    Description: Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

    Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

  22. November 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Mister G’s Holiday Concerts

    Who: Mister G, musician
    When: December 6, 2014 11:00AM & 1:00PM (2 performances)
    Venue: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Venue Address: 125 W. Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002

    Description: Popular, international children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for two special holiday concerts. He’ll be singing songs from all of his five award-winning, original albums for children, including his most recent literacy-themed album, The Bossy E. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk, The Bossy E features guest star appearances from Grammy-winner Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) on saxophone and Senegalese talking drum master, Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal).

    A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. Winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Mister G was recently named one of the “Best Live Acts for Kids and Families.” His CDs have been named best albums of the year by People magazine, Parents magazine, Education.com, and The Washington Post.

    Learn more about Mister G at mistergsongs.com.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. Admission $8.00, members $7.50.

  23. November 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Holiday Card-Making Party
    Venue: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    When: December 6, 2014 10:00am-11:30am
    Venue Address: 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002

    Grab a friend and come for some creative fun. The Carle will provide a few ideas and all the materials you need and to create six special cards with envelopes. Please note this is not a drop-off program. Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up. $12 per pair/trio. Ages 3+ with an adult.

  24. Bonny said,

    November 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Saturday December 13, 2014
    The Pulaski Club of Easthampton
    79 Maple St.
    Easthampton, MA 01027
    (413)527-9847
    2 seatings…9:00 am or 11:00 am
    $8 for Adults & $6.00 for Children
    * Children 2 and under eat FREE
    The buffet will include breakfast items such as: pancakes, sausage, a pancake topping bar with…chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whip cream, and syrup, along with coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and milk.
    Every child will receive a small gift from Santa Claus
    ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY!!!
    *Fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program

  25. Kim Loughlin said,

    November 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Interested in learning more about The Bement School? Attend the November 11 Open House. Prospective parents of applicants interested in applying to grade 1-9 are welcome to come and learn more about Bement through a campus tour, classroom observation, and panel discussion with current teachers and administrators. Please call 413-774-4209 to RSVP so we know to expect you! Stay tuned for future dates for Kindergarten Open Houses.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    The Admission Office, Barton House
    The Bement School
    94 Old Main Street
    Deerfield

  26. timweed said,

    October 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Free book talk and signing with Tim Weed, author of the acclaimed new novel set in 1643 New England, WILL POOLE’S ISLAND

    Saturday, November 22, 4pm
    World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main Street, Greenfield

    “Immersive . . . This riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England shines a speculative but compelling light on the time and place.” — Kirkus Reviews

    “Tim Weed’s Will Poole’s Island is a doorway to an earlier world when the United States existed as a borderless tract of land whose dimensions could hardly be imagined. This is a superb novel, written with truth and daring at its core.” — Joseph Monninger, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author ofThe World as We Know It

    “It’s been so long since I felt like a little girl in love with books again. Treasure Island, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Yearling, lazing around on a spot of sunshine totally engrossed in this other, historical world, that’s how I feel about Will Poole’s Island.” — Suzanne Kingsbury, author ofThe Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

    Reviews, events, press articles, historical timeline, discussion guide, and more at http://www.timweed.net.

    World Eye’s official Facebook announcement at https://www.facebook.com/events/1532928120286086/

    Hope to see you there!

  27. K. Leet said,

    October 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    PANCAKE BREAKFAST
    Hosted by the 6th Grade Class from New Hingham Elementary School

    Saturday, November 15
    7:30-10:30 AM

    Chesterfield Congregational Church
    43 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA

    $5 for pancakes, sausage, beverage and REAL Vermont maple syrup.

    All proceeds benefit the New Hingham 6th grade class trip.

  28. October 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    What: R(E)VOLVE a Holiday Pop-Up Shop
    When: December 5-31
    Mon-Sat 10-6, Dec. 24 & 31 10-2 and closed Christmas Day

    Where: Eastworks, Suite 137-MAP Space Room, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton

    This year the shop will offer an even broader retail shopping experience with many returning and many new artists and designers showcasing items for kids and adults, clothing & accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry and fine art, all located around Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires. Our mission is to highlight the vibrant creative culture and raise awareness about the economic and community benefits of buying locally.

    *Opening Reception Friday, December 5, 5-8pm
    *Art Walk Easthampton Reception Saturday, December 13, 5-8pm with a silent auction of artist made Christmas Trees and gingerbread cookie decorating. All proceeds go to Easthampton High Schools Art Program

  29. Nancy Farber said,

    October 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Cushman Scott Mini-Mall Craft Fair -Saturday, November 1, 2014 10-2 PM 71 Henry Street North Amherst- jewelry,hand made children’s clothing and accessories, tote bags, placemats, swarovski crystal, salt and sugar scrubs, natural skin care products,soaps, bake sale and gift items made by the Cushman kids! Come and bring your friends.
    Please note- Pine Street is closed for paving!

  30. October 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

    START with SIGN presents
    Sign Language Classes for children 0-3 yrs. and their big people.
    at the Blue Guitar Studio, Rte 10 in Easthampton
    Tuesday mornings 9:00-9:50am
    Drop-ins $14, discount for series purchase
    to register call 413-588-8690 or go to startwtihsign.com

    Based on the award-winning Signing Time series, we play and sing our way through signs like colors, animals, family members, nature and more. Class is appropriate for babies, toddlers or preschoolers.

    Signing is a remarkable tool for communicating with your little one. It increasing bonding, lowers frustration and has even been shown to increase vocabulary, reading and IQ levels later on. It’s also amazing for children with speech delays and other special learning needs. And it’s fun!

  31. Anne in Belchertown said,

    October 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

    FREE
    It’s so close we can feel it TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE DAY is just around the corner!

    Do you have younger siblings, cousins, maybe a friend from school that wants to Try Hockey?
    Join us November 8th from 1-4 at the Mullins Community Rink for a really fun time. Parents, you will get to meet coaches and other hockey parents. Your kids will get to enjoy some time on the Ice with the UMass Minutemen Hockey Team, while learning about hockey in a fun and safe environment! Who could ask for more fun!!!

    Parents if you missed out on the Used Gear sale and still need equipment for your young players, please join us on the 8th from 3-5 for Round 2!

    Please contact Rachael (raijevais@yahoo.com 413-358-7604) or Dan (mbedan@comcast.net 413-883-9258) for more information

    To register for Try Hockey for Free day please go to the AHA website.

    http://www.amhersthockey.org/Page.asp?n=38760&org=AMHERSTHOCKEY.ORG

  32. Claire said,

    October 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Valley Food Swap Thanksgiving Edition
    Saturday, November 8, 3-4:30pm
    Lilly Library, Florence
    Bring your home-preserved, home-grown, home-made foods to barter with your neighbors! Diversify your pantry, get some kitchen inspiration, and meet other people with shared interests. Details on how it works at valleyfoodswap.tumblr.com. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to valleyfoodswap@gmail.com.

  33. October 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    An Evening For Education
    Witness Amherst Cinema’s Groundbreaking Third Grade See-Hear-Feel Film program in action!

    On weekday mornings throughout the school year, Amherst Cinema opens its doors to valley elementary schools and uses the immense power of cinema to inspire creative writing and critical thinking in students. See•Hear•Feel•Film is a groundbreaking arts and literacy program that serves over 1000 students in the Pioneer Valley every year.
    Jake Meginsky, Amherst Cinema’s Education Specialist, will lead ADULTS through a FREE, one-hour demonstration of this powerful, innovative program.

    The Evening For Education remaining dates for this fall:

    Sunday, November 2, 6-7pm
    Monday, December 15, 6-7pm

    No reservations or advance tickets necessary. For more information and to view a trailer of the See Hear Feel Film program: http://amherstcinema.org/education

    All students attend on scholarship. Schools districts served for the 2014/2015 school year include Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and South Hadley. Entering the fourth year of this celebrated program, the Amherst Cinema has served more than 4000 students in the Pioneer Valley.

    The program uses short films and film clips from around the world to spark written expression. The films range from a one-minute animated film created by an 11-year old to an eight-minute film clip about a boy who attends a school for the blind in Teheran. The films were carefully selected to help the children see the world from different perspectives. After watching the films, the students break into small groups and collaborate, with their eyes, ears, and minds open wide. They create and present original stories using the same techniques filmmakers use.

  34. Wendy Stein, Director said,

    October 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    First the Pants, then the shoes: Managing Preschool Behaviors from a Developmental Perspective with Dr. Sharon Saline, licensed clinical psychologist. Talk will be about the importance of understanding cognitive, psychological and social aspects of child developing in early parenting.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    7-8:30 p.m.
    Classrooms open for viewing 1/2 hour prior to workshop at 6:30 p.m.

    Gan Keshet (Rainbow Garden) Preschool@ Congregation B’nai Israel
    253 Prospect Street, Northampton

    Early childhood program for families/teachers
    Contact: Wendy Stein, Director
    gan.keshet@cbinorthampton.org
    FREE- Adults only

  35. Tanya S. said,

    October 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Event: Free Music Lesson Day!
    Date: November 9th, 2014
    Time: You choose a time slot! (all day)
    Ages: 6 and up (adults too!)
    Cost: FREE!
    Location: Our studio in South Hadley, MA.

    Register for a free 30-minute violin or viola lesson. Open to anyone age 6 and up who has not previously signed up for lessons with us. No violin? No problem! Instruments will be provided for those that do not have one. Have you always wanted to try a violin or viola? Now’s your chance…free! Register by November 6th.

    Fill out the registration form on our website and make sure to mention Free Lesson Day:

    http://violaduo.com/lessonregistration.html

    Hope to hear from you!
    Scott & Tanya
    Slapin-Solomon Violin and Viola Studios

  36. Anna Rigali said,

    October 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Join us for Dinner & A Movie on The Polar Express
    Buffet Dinner from 5-6:30pm, followed by a screening of The Polar Express at 6:30pm
    We will have hot chocolate, popcorn, and a cozy winter theme. Kids (and parents) are encouraged to attend in pajamas! All ages welcome.
    Friday, December 5th, 5-8:30pm
    Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St, Holyoke, MA
    Open to the public
    $5 per person (children ages 4 and under are FREE); discounts for groups of 6 or more
    Proceeds will benefit the Upward Bound scholarship fund. Upward Bound is a federally-funded college-prep program for low-income and first generation youth.
    Contact: Anna Rigali, arigali-ub@nmhschool.org

  37. October 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

    The circus is coming to town! Metamorphosis is a new show for all ages, presented by New York’s Big Apple Circus. This original one-ring circus will beam a LIVE performance from Lincoln Center into hundreds of movie theaters across the country transporting audiences to a realm of enchantment and illusion, where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside!

    The Big Apple Circus screens at the Amherst Cinema Saturday, November 8 at 12:30pm.

    Suitable for ages 5 and up!

    Tickets available online and at the Amherst Cinema Box Office. Tickets for Amherst Cinema members and children ages 18 and under $12.50. General Admission $15

    For more information, ticket purchase and trailer:

    http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/big-apple-circus-metamorphosis

  38. Matt Haley said,

    October 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Event title: ART Reach
    Date: November 11th, 2014
    Time: 3:30PM to 5:00PM
    Age range: This is an inter-generational event that is open to families and the community.
    Contact information: Matthew Haley, mjhIA@hampshire.edu, 413-559-5359
    Location of Event: Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Rooms 102, 103, 105, and 107
    Cost: Free!

    Join us November 11, 2014 for Hampshire Youth Connect’s ART Reach! Explore dance, theatre, visual art and more with Hampshire College students and community members. People of all ages are invited to come and express your creativity – the possibilities of artistic expression meeting community are endless! All activities take place in Franklin Patterson Hall rooms 102, 103, 105, and 107.

  39. Emily Crehan said,

    October 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Friday is for the kids, Saturday is for the adults!!!!

    Halloween dancing fools and ghouls will dance their bones off at the Halloween Ball at the Cowell Gym — 51 Maple Street in Shelburne Falls — on Saturday, November 1 from 8 pm to 1 am.

    This fundraiser benefits youth programming from the Shelburne Recreation Committee and The Art Garden, a community art-making space in Shelburne Falls.

    All are welcome to come support two good causes and have a lot of fun dancing disguised in an outrageous costume. Organizers suggest that you may want to:

    Enjoy Oktoberfest beer from Berkshire Brewing
    Company.

    Win a costume contest.

    Dance your bones off to the most dancey songs in your lifetime.

    Shake your cottontail and swirl your merlot.

    Flash your fangs at the photo booth.

    Admission is $10 and guests under 18 must be accompanied by adults.

  40. October 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

    FREE Homeschool Open House & “Feast”
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Come one; Come all…to Earthwork Programs’ 1st-ever Homeschool Open House!

    Firemaking, animal tracking, foraging for wild edibles, shelter building, knife carving…just a few favorite wilderness skills! This Open House & “Feast” is for families to learn about Earthwork Programs and its community, where wilderness skills are learned and practiced all the time. There will be soup in a pumpkin for sampling; feel free to bring a dish to share.

    Be at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst by 11:00 a.m. to be escorted to the “camp” in the woods (wear appropriate footwear and clothing!).

    Send an email to Frank if you want to come!
    frank@earthworkprograms.com
    or call 413-340-1161
    ***
    earthworkprograms.com
    **
    Earthwork Programs teaches wilderness skills,emergency survival, wildlife tracking, bushcraft, wild edibles and how to live in tune with Nature. Hands-on

  41. October 21, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Lots of info below. Location will be Mullins Center Amherst!

    ******************************************************
    FREE TRY HOCKEY
    If your young person is not sure about ice skating and hockey, please register for free to join us on Saturday, Nov. 8 back at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink for AHA “Try Hockey For Free Day”.
    ****
    GEAR SALE
    The AHA Gear Sale for Young Players, with the best prices in town, will be held on Saturday, November 8,
    from 3:00-5:00 at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink.

    http://www.amhersthockey.org.

    **********************************************
    The Amherst Hockey Association

  42. October 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    UMass Amherst Libraries Host Tenth Annual Social Change Colloquium
    A Long and Winding Road: The Legacy of the Back-to-the-Land Communes of the 1960s

    The UMass Amherst Libraries host the Tenth Annual Social Change Colloquium on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, in the Learning Commons (Lower Level), W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “A Long and Winding Road: The legacy of the back-to-the-land communes of the 1960s,” will explore the nearly 40-year history of some of the region’s best known communes, which are documented in the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

    The back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s included Montague Farm and Wendell Farms in Massachusetts; and Packer Corners and Tree Frog Farms in southern Vermont. The speakers, poet-in-residence, performer, and writer Verandah Porche; civil rights and anti-war activist Susan Mareneck; Emmy award-winning film director, producer, and radio broadcaster John Scagliotti; and award-winning filmmaker Daniel Keller, represent each of these idealistic enterprises and will discuss their experiences of the counterculture era. For speaker bios, visit: http://bit.ly/socialchangecolloq2014.

    Professor Timothy Miller of the University of Kansas, whose major research focus is the history of intentional communities in America, will moderate the discussion. Miller, whose books include The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (2013); The Sixties Communes: Hippies and Beyond (1999), The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America (1998), and The Hippies and American Values (1991), has been recognized by the Communal Studies Association as a distinguished scholar.

    The Famous Long Ago archive in Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available materials related to the communes at Montague Farm, Packer Corners, Johnson Pasture, Wendell Farm, and Tree Frog Farm. To view the archive, visit: http://bit.ly/famouslongago.

    For more information, contact Rob Cox (rscox@library.umass.edu, 413-545-6842) or Danielle Kovacs (dkovacs@library.umass.edu, 413-545-284).

  43. October 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    ◦First Child in the Woods
    Attention caregivers with young children from birth to toddlers!
    It is never too early to start to appreciate the wonders of nature! Here is your opportunity to explore the nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month.

    Meet other parents and caregivers while getting exercise and learning about the natural world. This walk will be on fairly level ground and will end at the Nature Play and picnic area. Please dress to be outdoors.

    ◦10/25/2014

    ◦10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    ◦Caregivers with children birth – 5

    ◦Register online http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

    ◦Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd Easthampton ,MA 01027

    ◦Members: Adults $5, children free; Non-members: Adults $7, children free

  44. Su Eaton said,

    October 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Reminder for the morning:
    Peaceable Village Intergenerational Play Dance
    for all ages
    Facilitated by Su Eaton
    Su will provide a magical fun environment for play with music, props, books, dress-ups, art supplies, face paints, softies to curl up with, time to sing songs and Moove and Groove, structured and unstructured time.
    I see this as a co-creation as we go along.
    I am holding space for those who want to create a cooperative, peaceful, playful, earth kind, power-with, compassionate, intergenerational space for all.
    SECOND SATURDAY 10-NOON
    Wild Life Sanctuary 3rd Floor Studio #349
    Arts and Industry Building 221 Pine St Florence
    $5 -$10 sliding scale
    617-623-3521 Su for info
    OCT 11, NOV 8, DEC 13 and Jan 10

  45. Marnie Myers said,

    October 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”

    Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30 PM
    Regal Berkshire Mall 10
    123 Old State Road, Route 8, Lanesboro, MA
    $12.00 Admission

    Tickets on sale now and must purchased online at:

    http://www.tugg.com/events/11376

    COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

    Have questions? Call Marnie at 413-684-3463.

  46. October 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Saturday, November 8
    Cornucopia Auction at, The Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, located at 53 Main St. in Shelburne Falls (take Route 2), just 10 miles west of the Greenfield rotary. Come one! Come all! Live and silent auction. Small and phenomenal items. Local farm products, crafts, fine art; local services, workshops, and lessons. Something for everyone, and delicious free snacks. 5-9 p.m. Entry ticket $20. For more information, call 339-4912 x 113, or email auction@charlemont.org.

  47. Gini Traub said,

    October 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Workshop for Early Childhood (preK &K) Providers, Saturday, November 8, 9a.m. – noon. Quabbin Reservoir Training Center, Ware. Activities and discussion using Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum. $15. Please pre-register by November 1. Gini.Traub@state.ma.us

  48. October 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

    Museum exhibit start date: November 15, 2014 (through February 22, 2015)
    Location: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Address: 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002

    To mark the anniversary of everyone’s favorite schoolgirl, Madeline, this exhibition celebrates Ludwig Bemelman’s legacy. Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a generous cross-section of his other artwork for children and adults. A Bemelmans bar brought back from Paris, delightful fabric designs and memorabilia like the Bad Hat’s original hat are just a few of the treasures that will be on view.

  49. September 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Eric Carle: Re-Imaged and Re-Imagined

    Museum Exhibit
    Through March 22, 2015
    Where: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

    Over the past 45 years, several of Eric Carle’s books have been republished, providing Carle with an opportunity to re-imagine some of his earlier illustrations. The pairings on view in this exhibition highlight works that Carle chose to re-illustrate for republication alongside previous editions. They tell not only the rich stories of the books they come from but also of Carle’s evolving style and techniques.

  50. The Hartsbrook School said,

    September 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Visit The Hartsbrook High School! Experience a day with our students and teachers. Visit classes and see what being a student here is really like! Come for the morning (8:05-10:30am) or the whole day. Parents and students welcome. Free! Please call to register.
    193 Bay Road, Hadely, MA, http://www.hartsbrook.org 413-584-3198

  51. Mandy said,

    September 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Free drop in playgroup for children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 at Whole Children 37 Russel St. (rt 9) in Hadley. Come and play!

  52. Lynn said,

    September 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Calling all teen volunteers! Are you interested in helping out at the library? The Forbes Library Teen Advisory Board is looking for volunteers to attend our Board meetings once a month and/or to help out with our Halloween event! Anyone interested can email Lynn at lgingras@forbeslibrary.org.

  53. September 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Friday, November 14th from 7pm-9pm

    Family Renaissance Games Night at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies!

    Join us for an evening of Renaissance-era board games, door prizes, refreshments, and more! Families and kids of all ages are welcome!

    The event takes place in the Reading Room at The Renaissance Center
    650 East Pleasant Street
    Amherst, MA
    01002

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! No reservations required.

    This event is co-sponsored by The Renaissance Center Reading Group.

    For more information, contact Sonia at 413-577-3603

    Or visit our website at http://www.umass.edu/renaissance

    Hope to see you there!

  54. Leslie Evans said,

    September 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Cricket on the Hearth –
    The Hartsbrook School in Hadley invites parents of children aged 3 months through their 4th birthday to enroll in its Cricket on the Hearth program. Parents or caretakers accompany their child once a week for a morning that gives both a taste of the Waldorf early childhood program and provides a time for new parents to connect with other parents of young children. Sessions begin 9/15 through 12/19. Prices range from $440 – $520 per session. http://www.hartsbrook.org or call Krista Wathne at (413) 586-1908 ext. 116

  55. Amherst Live said,

    August 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Title or Name of Event: Amherst Live
    Venue: Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
    City or Town: Amherst, MA
    Date of event: January 13, 2014
    Time: Doors @ 7:00; Show @ 7:30, w catered afterparty
    Cost: $12 adult; $7 students; $50 premium
    Description: Amherst Live is a live magazine show combining interviews, storytelling, TED-style talks, and live music. What does it means to live here, in a small New England town, and what we can learn from our neighbors about how to live better?
    Contact information for event attendees: http://amherstlive.com
    URL where readers can find more information about the event: http://amherstlive.com


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