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  1. April 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    The Art Garden will be open extra hours during the April School Vacation week, Monday through Friday, April 21 – 25, 11am – 5pm.

    Children and adults can explore their creativity in a nurturing and intergenerational community art studio. Make collages, puppets, sculptures…paint, draw, play, work, laugh and be inspired!
    A sliding scale fee ($5 – $10 per hour) includes all materials and guidance [if wanted]. Family discounts available.

    The Art Garden is located in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building at 14 Depot Street.
    For more information please call (413) 625-2782 or see

  2. April 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    at the State House in Boston

    For students ages 13-19, the class runs Monday through Thursday, April 28-May 1.
    There is an optional Political Communications Workshop on Friday, May 2, which they can also attend.

    For students ages 8-12 the class is on Friday, May 2, from 9am-3pm.

    The TeenPact Leadership School is a one week program geared toward homeschoolers. It is designed to provide students with a hands-on learning experience which empowers them to understand the political process, appreciate their liberty, defend their Christian worldview and engage the culture with their faith.

    In a fast-paced and fun-filled week, students hear from government officials and other persons of influence, practice writing, debating and getting a bill passed through a mock legislature, host mock elections, learn their way around the Capitol and much more. Most importantly, however, they are introduced to the foundations of Christian leadership and civic responsibility.

    Students attending the 4-day class earn 1/3 of a highschool credit in civics or government.

    Go to for more information, including the class schedule, homework, tuition and registration forms.

    For groups, 10 or more first time students can get a group discount of $15 for each student by using a group code; there are other discounts available to qualified students as well.

    Additionally, for students traveling from a long distance, host families can be arranged.

  3. April 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    This Saturday April 19, 2014
    Open house 10am to 3pm
    Easter egg hunt $5.00 each children up to 12 years old.
    Live music, prizes, raffles.
    Meet the horses at our nonprofit Draft Horse Sanctuary.
    Blue Star Equiculture
    3090 Palmer St.
    Palmer, Ma

    Join us for a day of family fun

  4. April 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Homeschool Open House
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    Thursday, May 29
    1:30pm -3:30pm
    With Hitchcock Homeschool educators

    Is your family new to homeschooling? Are you long-time homeschoolers looking for something new? All are welcome to join us on Thursday, May 29 for an open house and ponding afternoon with our homeschool teachers. The Hitchcock Center homeschool program has been offering dynamic 10-week science and nature classes such as “Amazing Adaptations,” “Digital Ecology” “Raindrop to Reservoir” and many more since 2006. In 2012 we introduced our Homeschool Discovery Days, one-day programs about exciting topics in science and nature, such as natural dyes, simple machines, and venomous snakes. Using an interdisciplinary approach that weaves social skills, writing, art projects, and most of all, extended time outdoors exploring nature, the Hitchcock Center homeschool program caters to many different learning styles. Come see what we’re all about at our Open House! This program is intended to be a full two hours at the Hitchcock Center and the farm pond next door. There will be a ponding program for children from 1:30-3:00 and an opportunity for all to mingle and ask questions at 3:00pm. Please note: Registration for all fall programs will open Tuesday, June 17. Questions? Call Katie at (413) 256-6006.

  5. April 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Additional Open Swim during Spring Break April 22-25 at the Aquatic and Family Center located at JFK Middle School 100 Bridge St. Florence, MA

    The Aquatic & Family Center pool will be open early on the following days for lap and open swimming:
    Tuesday, April 22nd, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Thursday, April 24th, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Friday, April 25th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Cost is $3.00 for resident youth/seniors, $4.00 for resident adults, $4.00 for non-resident youth/seniors, $5.00 for non-resident adults. These are in addition to our regular open swim hours.

    For more information regarding dates, times, and fees call the Northampton Recreation Department at 413-587-1040 or visit our website at or email us at

  6. Nancy Farber said,

    April 14, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Cushman Scott Children’s Center annual May Day celebration! May 3, 2014 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM- Pancake breakfast, children’s craft tables, bake sale and Morris Dancers! Performances and community Maypole Dancing! Please join us! 71 Henry Street North Amherst 413-549-1167

  7. April 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway!

    Join Earthwork Programs and a community of beginners and experience alike for our Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway Workshops!

    Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, in Conway, MA.

    Pre-registration is required ( Attend all, some or one: first come, first served!

    SATURDAY, May 17
    9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Art of Fire $35 prepaid
    1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wild Edibles $40 prepaid
    6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Night Navigation & the Art of Storytelling $35 prepaid

    SUNDAY, May 18
    9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seeing through the Eyes of Animals(Tracking) $35 prepaid
    1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Trapping–the Sacred Harvest $35 prepaid
    (if pay day of, please add $10/person)

    Coming for all 5 Workshops? Call (413-340-1161) to ask about our 2-person discount and camping overnight!

  8. SM|ML said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Summer Tours & Programs at Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon
    June 13 – Columbus Day
    Fri-Mon 11AM-4PM
    Guided tours are free or by donation, self-guided tours available

    Come visit Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, the capital of Shaker life in America and model for other utopian communities. Founded in 1787, Shakers resided here for over 160 years, building a complex lifestyle based on simple foundations. In 2014, the Museum is offering its tours and programs while undertaking an expansion of its property and a massive restoration project on the 1859 Great Stone Barn, the largest stone barn in the country.

    202 Shaker Road
    New Lebanon, NY 12125

  9. Susan Molano said,

    April 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    To Raise Support for The Sunrise Foundation
    Friday, May 9th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
    The Common House, Rocky Hill Co-Housing Community
    100 Black Birch Trail in Florence

    A Simple Nicaraguan Dinner

    Participatory Enactment of
    Uncle Cricket: a Nicaraguan Folk Story
    Told by
    Story Teller, Tom McCabe, Director Paint Box Theater

    The Sunrise Foundation
    FOUNDED 2004


  10. April 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Homeschool Swim & Gym
    The Springfield Y is offering
    A swim and gym homeschool program (ages 3 and up). It is offered on Thursday’s from 11:30am-1:30pm. Our program offers one hour of structured games and activities in the gym and an additional hour of swim lessons including: skills and games. Parent participation is not required. The best part of this program is the cost. The cost for members is $25 and nonmembers is $40. Our next session starts April 28- June 12th. Sign ups for members have started this week and nonmembers start on Monday April 14th. You can sign up online at or you can come in and sign up at the front desk.
    If you have any questions please feel free to contact Serena at 413-206-5669 or

  11. Chris Sirard said,

    April 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    EVENT | film and discussion on outdoor play in early education

    FILM TITLE | “School’s Out – Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten”

    TIME & DATE | 2 pm, Saturday, April 26

    AT | Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton

    ADMISSION | free


  12. Sarah said,

    April 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Community Open House at the Yiddish Book Center
    Sunday, April 27th

    Yiddish Book Center
    1021 West St.
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Join us for a day of events including a demonstration of the Yiddish Print Shop, tours of the Yiddish Book Center’s exhibits, and the 2014 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by Professor Ruth Wisse: “Is Yiddish a Funny Language?”

    All events are free and open to the public. Bring the family, bring friends.

    For more information visit or call 413-256-4900.

  13. Doris Madsen said,

    April 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Zoo on the Go at Sixteen Acres
    April 24, two 30 minute sessions, first at 1:00 and the second at 1:30
    Free, but registration is required by calling Sixteen Acres Branch, 413-263-6858 or e-mail
    Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker St., Springfield
    appropriate for all ages, very young should be chaperoned in the community room

    Join us for Zoo on the Go and get one on one personal experience with animals from our very own Zoo at Forest Park! Only 30 people will be able to attend each session, so register early!

  14. April 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    CPR Class for Parents, Monday, April 28th 5:30-7:30 pm at Haskins Center, North Adams. Participants will learn first aid responses, basic CPR and choking procedures for adults, infants and children. Each parent who completes the class will receive a CPR certificate. Call 413-664-4821 to register, space limited.

    Join the Family Resource Center for some STEM Sprouts Explorers. Fun with simple preschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At the Adams Public Library 3:30 to 5:00pm, April 15th and 29th. Call 664-4821 to register for these free parent/ child workshops, space is limited.

    Positive Discipline Parenting Series, Tuesday April 15th, 22nd and 29th 2014, from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Family Resource Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. A FREE 3 week Parenting Series that shows parents how to focus on solutions while being kind and firm with their kids. Call 664-4821 to register.

  15. April 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    12th Annual Community Renaissance Festival
    Sunday May 4 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine
    On the grounds of the UMass Renaissance Center at
    650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002
    All ages welcome!
    Parking and admission to the Festival is free. Food and other small items will be for sale.
    This year, we’ll feature lute and vocal concerts by the groups Ayrecraft and Nota Bene, a staged reading of David Rowland’s After the Island by Silverthorne Theater Company as well as a performance of several Shakespeare scenes presented by Hampshire College theater students. The Amherst Renaissance Dancers will dance and teach audience members some basic moves.
    Our large tent hosts day-long demonstrations of leather-working, blacksmith techniques (no live animals or open fire!) from the Hampshire Blacksmithing Guild, and the loom work of Pioneer Valley Weavers.
    New England Falconry and Phoenix Swords present both falcon and swordsmanship demonstrations which are quite entertaining for kids. Juggler Hannah French will stroll the grounds and lead impromptu lessons for anyone who is interested in learning to juggle.
    Joining us for the first time this year is “Robie Bones” who will perform Renaissance era bones, tambour and bodhran music – with special kids’ “Jam Times” at 11:30 and 2:30 where children are invited to participate with tambourines, drums, and bones. There is also a Renaissance board games tent to explore, hobby horses to ride, soft “Swords” and shields to challenge your friends, and pool noodles for “jousting.”
    Bring a picnic (no alcoholic beverages please!) or purchase food from UMass concessions, and enjoy some time in our lovely open meadow.
    Families with small children are encouraged to attend. Leashed well behaved dogs are allowed, provided they are supervised at all times and picked up after.
    There is plenty of free on-site parking, including handicap access parking and UMass Lot 44D on Eastman Lane will be available for overflow parking, should on-site become full, with a free shuttle van making trips to and from the lot to the Festival in 15 minute intervals.
    Please visit our website for the full schedule of events (still being updated – it will be finalized by May first!) and to read more about how to park.
    Go to: and click on the Renaissance Festival link!
    Make plans to join us for this day of non-commercial Renaissance fun!
    Contact: Alison Kiraly, 577-3603.

  16. Family Resource Center said,

    April 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    StoryWalk, Road Builders by B.G. Hennessy. Downtown North Adams April 5th to April 25th.
    Read Road Builders page by page starting at Man’s World on Marshall Street and ending at Supreme Pizza on Main Street. Each page will be displayed in a store window along the route.

  17. Family Resource Center said,

    April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Touch a Truck, Wednesday, April 23rd, 10-noon, the Family Resource Center will be holding its annual Touch a Truck event at 210 State Street, North Adams. This is a FREE family event. Come explore and learn about fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors and other community vehicles.

  18. April 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Generation Handmade: Youth Craft Fair is looking for creative youth to participate! Do you create something by hand? Are you between the ages of 14-25? Sign up to be part of the Generation Handmade in Great Barrington on Saturday June 28th. This is funded by the Railroad Street Youth Project, Great Barrington MA.

    This youth only craft fair is FREE for all youth vendors along with help in starting your own small business, from marketing and finances to display set-ups. Apply online at:
    Vendor Applications due by May 15th.

  19. Lynn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    April 1-30 is the Forbes Library Book Spine poetry contest. We have a special category for teens 13-19. Interested in participating? Find the details on and click on the “Teens” page!

  20. Robin Riley said,

    April 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Goats in the Woods
    Friday, April 25, 4-7:30 pm
    Pine Cobble School, 163 Gale Road, Williamstown, MA

    4 pm: woods walk to meet the goats who are being sustainably raised at Pine Cobble School

    5 pm: Dinner: A Study in African Goat Cuisine. Prepared by Wild Oats Market and featuring locally raised goat meat from Black Queen Angus Farm, Berlin, NY.

    6:30 pm: Presentation by Dr. Peter Smallidge, NYS Extension Forester & Director of Cornell University Arnot Teaching & Research Forest. He will speak on “Goats in the Woods,” a Cornell Extension project whose purpose was to assess how the use of goats to control interfering plants in mature forests could benefit both goat owners and woodlot owners.

    Walk & presentation are free; dinner is $15 per person. Pine Cobble School providing free child care from 4-7 pm for children ages 3-12. Child care will include dinner (pizzas that the kids help make themselves). For more information or to register for the dinner and/or child care, please contact Robin Riley at 413-458-8060 or email

  21. Anthony Manzi said,

    April 5, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Coming to Teresa’s May 3rd For 1 night only !! The Beatles Meet Elvis

    May 3rd
    2 Shows in One ~ The Beatles meet Elvis Tribute ~
    Starring Ticket To Ride and Patrick Perone

    Teresa’s Restaurant
    315 Palmer Rd. Ware,
    MA 01082

    Telephone: (413) 967-7601 . (413) 967-9767
    Tickets $45.00 per person
    3 course Italian Family Style meal
    Cheese and Crackers
    2 entrees, Pasta, Salad, Vegetables, Dessert and Coffee
    Tax and Gratuity included

    Cocktail hour 5-6PM
    Dinner 6-8PM
    Showtime: Will start after Dinner, Approximately 8:30PM

  22. April 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Lecture: History of Charcoal Making on Mt. Washington
    Friday April 11, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Price: Free
    All Ages
    Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield, MA 01257

    Sheffield Historical Society
    “The Joys of Being Amateur History Detectives: investigating the dirty work of making charcoal in Mount Washington in the 1800s.” In collaboration with the Mount Washington History Project, a talk by Cory Hines & Mary King Austin about uncovering the fascinating history of this bygone industry and an introduction to the accompanying exhibit, “The Black Art: The History of Charcoal Making on Mount Washington.” Refreshments to be served. For more information call (413) 229-2694 or visit

  23. April 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Amherst LEAP! Program
    Saturday, 26th of April 2014, 830am to 11am
    Middle school students/High school students
    Participation is free of charge!
    Take cool classes from Egg Drop to Salsa for Beginners!
    Register at
    Amherst College, Converse Hall

  24. Amy Meltzer said,

    April 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Sunday, April 20, 10am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS/STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 can come to Lander-Grinspoon Academy for a PJ Preschool Pals Passover event! Celebrate Sammy Spider’s birthday with Sammy Spider books and an art project. Passover snacks will be served. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

  25. April 1, 2014 at 11:56 am


    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    May 24, 2014
    Free with Museum Admission
    A limited number of tickets will be distributed the day of the event. No advance tickets.
    Meet Eric Carle! Please join us for this special day! Museum Members may enter from 9:00 to 9:45 am. General Public and Museum Members arriving after 9:45 am will be allowed entry at 10:00 am while tickets are available.
    Signing guidelines:
    • Limit 3 books total per ticket holder (includes 1 book from home per group or family)
    • No personalization
    • Eric will be signing books only
    • No flash photography allowed
    We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at The Carle!
    Get in early! Become a Member and enter at 9:00 am to receive early line placement! You can also purchase a Membership that morning to gain entry at 9:00 am for this event.

  26. April 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

    At The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Jeff Kinney Talks about Drawing in Reluctant Readers
    April 6, 2014
    Free with Museum Admission
    Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely credited for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. In his first visit to The Carle, he will share the incredible trajectory of his bestselling series, talk about its impact on readers, its wide reach around the globe, and the many unique experiences he has had since the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was first published in April 2007. Tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable.
    The talk in the auditorium is sold out, but please feel free to meet Jeff Kinney at the book signing following the presentation. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or

    Museum Open on Patriots’ Day
    April 21, 2014
    10:00am – 4:00pm
    The Carle will be open on Monday during MA school vacation week.

    A Caldecott Celebration: A Look at Selected Caldecott Winners and Their Influence Throughout More Than Seventy-Five Years
    April 25, 2014
    $40 (Members Receive a 15% Discount)
    (3 PDPs) Look closely at selected picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and The Snowy Day, that have been recognized as the ‘most distinguished’ of their time and discuss the new perspectives that they continue to bring to the field of children’s literature.
    Instructor: Emily Prabhaker
    Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (25% for members) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.
    See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

    Special Storytime with Jarrett Krosoczka
    April 26, 2014
    Free with Museum Admission
    Join us as award-winning author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka introduces us to his new picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, and underwater tale about friendship and kindness. This fun and interactive storytime also includes a drawing demonstration, followed by a book signing.
    Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or

    2014 Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture Extinct Monsters: What Scholars Learn from Children’s Books
    April 26, 2014
    Free with Museum Admission
    Presentation by Timothy Young, Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (1 PDP)
    Old and rare children’s books and manuscripts might evoke feelings of nostalgia for many readers. However, libraries build collections of children’s literature so researchers can trace the development of cultural phenomena and narrate more complex histories. This talk will explore some of the research opportunities that children’s books offer and provide fascinating examples of what can be learned from them. Reception to follow.
    A behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle will be offered to interested participants at 1:30 pm. Space is limited. Call 413-658-1126 to reserve a spot

    Gallery Talk: The Art of Bernard Waber with Chief Curator Nick Clark
    May 3, 2014
    Free with Museum Admission
    Join Chief Curator Nick Clark for a guided tour of the special exhibition Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber.

  27. April 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Additional open swim during spring break at the Aquatic and Family Center, JFK Middle school 100 Bridge Rd. Florence
    All ages
    Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Thursday, April 24, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Friday, April 25, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Cost: $3 for youth/senior residents, $4 for adult residents, $4 for youth/senior non-residents, $5 for adult non-residents.
    Enjoy additional open swim times during April spring break. Check our website for regular open swim times.
    For more information, please contact the Northampton Recreation department at 413-587-1040, email or visit our website at

  28. Maureen Shea said,

    March 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Dolphin Dancers in performance!

    The children’s performance group, The Dolphin Dancers, is performing at the Cummington Community House this Friday, April 4 at 6pm and Saturday, April 5 at 3pm. The show is free and family-friendly!

    I’ve had the pleasure of directing this group of wonderful young dancers for many years now. We are presenting the program that we have recently toured to local Seniors’ Residences. What’s more, we’ll be presenting two new solos created for our older Dolphin Dancers, Eva Markham & Willa Sippel.

    Please help us spread the word! All are welcome!

  29. March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Daniel Goleman, PhD, on “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence”
    Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 7:00 pm
    Academy of Music – 274 Main Street – Northampton, MA
    Tickets: $25 general, $20 for students and seniors,10% discount for orders of 15 or more
    Find tickets and all of the details here:

    Daniel Goleman, PhD, is a psychologist known internationally for his 1995 book “Emotional Intelligence – Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”. His new book, “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” delves into surprising findings from neuroscience labs and explains why attention is a little-noticed mental asset that makes a huge difference in how well we find our way in our personal lives, our careers, as parents and partners, and in virtually everything we do.

    In his first Valley event to discuss “Focus”, Dr.Goleman will address educators, health and mental health professionals, parents, and students of education.

    As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years, and “Emotional Intelligence – Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” was on The New York Times Bestseller list for a year and a half. The Harvard Business Review called emotional intelligence – which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities – “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea”. “Focus” represents the next step in Goleman’s thinking and has implications for all who have a stake in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children.

    This presentation is a benefit for The Academy at Charlemont.

  30. March 28, 2014 at 11:56 am

    These are the times too.
    SPRING is right around the corner, and with it, our semi-annual Book Sale! The basement is filling fast–visit our Book Sale page to see a sampling of our special-priced books. All other hardcover books are $2.00; paperbacks are still $1.00 (children’s nonreaders are 50 cents).

    Monday, April 7 through Saturday, April 12

    We are always accepting book donations. We can pick up book donations if needed! Call 323-4017 See Book Donations for a list of what types we can accept. Contact Us if you have any questions!

    Book Sale Schedule

    Monday, 4/7: 5:00 -8:00 p.m.
    Members’ Night–Friends of Clapp Memorial Library Members only (memberships are available at the door)

    Tuesday-Thursday, 4/8-4/10: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

    Friday, 4/11: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    Senior Citizen Day (25% off to those 60+)

    Saturday, 4/12: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    1/2-Price Day!

  31. March 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Mon, Apr 07, 2014 – Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Book Sale for the FRIENDS of The Clapp Memorial Library BELCHERTOWN

    Used books, cds, dvds, (not sure they are selling anymore VHS)
    paperback books might be $1 and hardcopy books $2.

    last day of sale most books half off except for a special section.


    Clapp Memorial Library
    19 South Main Street
    Belchertown, MA 01007

    Notes: Many sections: Like new (some are brand new books never touched), Music books, baby/toddler board books, like new for kids, antiques, non-fictions, fiction, music, teens, history, Art and drawing books, arts and crafts (quilting), nature, animals, science fiction, languages, romance for older adults and TEXTS books under table in way back back…great book sale. they sometimes sell puzzles, food and snacks for sale last day of book sale. Last day almost everything half off.

  32. Lynn said,

    March 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Join us April 18 at 3:30 in the Forbes Library Children’s Room for a fun afternoon of recycled crafts in honor of earth day!

  33. Lynn said,

    March 28, 2014 at 11:25 am

    April 16 from 4-5pm at the Forbes Library, local author Lisa Papademetriou will be coming to the Children’s and Young Adult Writing Group to speak about her writing and do a reading. Lisa’s books, both middle-grade and young adult will be on display in the children’s room to check out. All are welcome!

  34. March 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Birding the Valley for Youth -6 Saturdays

    Birding the Valley for Youth
    with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
    For young people ages 8-13
    6 Saturdays: April 12, 19 & 26, May 3, 10 & 17
    Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Each week new species return from the south wearing their spring colors. ***
    *****Each week we will explore a different local site and meeting locations will vary. Be the next generation of birders!
    Members: $60/Non-members: $75 • Space is limited
    413-256-6006 The Hitchcock Center, Amherst , MA

  35. March 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Creative Movement for Birth: A practical and inspiring experiential childbirth ed class. Women & partners learn 30+ positions & movements for a smoother, easier birth. Two sessions on Sunday, April 6th; either 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30. RSVP appreciated as space is truly limited. Free for those in their first trimester of pregnancy; $20 individual suggested, $30 pair, total sliding scale available for those in need. Center for Midwifery at Cooley Dickinson. Taught by homebirth midwife & doula Michelle L’Esperance of Warm Welcome.

  36. Music Fills the Pantry Variety Show - Barbara Goodchild coordinator said,

    March 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The 3rd “Music Fills the Pantry Variety Show”, featuring local talent will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 (snow date Apr.6, Sunday), from 5 to 8 pm at Fellowship Hall, on Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. A Soup and Snack Café featuring homemade soups will be on-going during the show. Donations of $5 – $10 or 5 non-perishable food items per person will go to the two West County food pantries: Hilltown Churches Food Pantry in Ashfield, and the Good Neighbors Food Pantry in Charlemont. Proceeds from the Soup and Snack Cafe will help defray expenses, and benefit the 1st Congregational Church of Shelburne. Join us for an evening of songs, stories, jokes, food, and fun while we help fill these local food pantries.

  37. Monique Nottke said,

    March 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    ARTS INVASION: A benefit concert with honeyhoney

    Ben Jaffe, MGRHS ’03, and his band, honeyhoney, will stage an ARTS INVASION in the Mount Geylock Regional High School auditorium Friday, April 11, at 8PM! honeyhoney, an up & coming band currently getting the attention of music critics, has been described as “a mix of alternative, country, and blues in a Mumford and Sons sort of way.” The evening’s show will feature honeyhoney founder and member Ben Jaffee with the MGRHS band playing original honeyhoney songs arranged specifically for the school’s band. Other alumni will make surprise musical appearances as well. Ticket sales ($10 each) and any other donations from the event will go towards the MGRHS performing arts program. Tickets purchased at (or above) the $25 level includes attendance at the post-show reception with Jaffe and the MGRHS band, with food from Wild Oats Market. Tickets and performance information can be found at
    Want a preview of the evening’s music? Visit the honeyhoney’s website:

  38. Hattie Plehn said,

    March 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker – multimedia presentation by Andy Myers
    7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014
    The Worthington Library
    1 Huntington Road – at the stoplight in the center of Worthington
    Free – refreshments will be served.

    Andy is an avid outdoorsman and hiker living in Chester who walked the Appalachian Trail. He will talk about his experiences on the hike, show slides taken on the Trail, and answer questions about how to prepare for walking some or all of the trail.

  39. March 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Amherst Community Co-op Membership Drive Kick-off
    Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
    Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst MA
    FREE event, featuring free food, music, child care, and guest speakers, including Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm.

    Amherst Community Co-op is a new food co-op in Amherst. This event will be the first chance for the community to become founding member-owners of our co-op. Click the link below for details on how to RSVP.

  40. Emi Link said,

    March 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Saturday, April 26, 9am – 1pm
    Greenfield Community College (GCC), parking lot A
    Requested $10 donation with each bike

    Four Rivers Charter Public School of Greenfield and GCC’s Green Campus Committee are collaborating with Bikes Not Bombs, an organization that “uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.” With the help of local youth, Bikes Not Bombs repairs bicycles they collect and ships them to locations around the world in need of affordable and sustainable transportation. If you have old bikes of any size or condition*, we strongly encourage you to bring them to our bike drive. We really appreciate any donations you’re able to make!

    For more information, visit or email


  41. March 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Get BART Smart! – Saturday, May 3rd 6:00 – 9:00pm

    Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School to host 7th annual Get BART Smart! event on Saturday, May 3rd. This annual fundraising event is designed to support BART’s college preparatory program. Teams of BART supporters, parents, faculty and friends tour the school and compete in a trivia contest throughout BART classrooms to see who will make the grade in subjects like the “SAT”, “Technology” and “Citizenship Test”.

    Mezze Catering will serve up a light dinner and drinks; BART will serve up the trivia. Please visit to learn more or to register your team.

  42. March 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Volunteer Land Stewardship Training Workshop

    Sunday, April 13, 1 to 4 p,m. at the Hilltown Community Development Corporation building in Chesterfield, MA.

    Free – RSVP required!

    Hilltown Land Trust is offering volunteers, friends, and partners a free training workshop designed for community members who are interested in becoming volunteer land stewards for HLT or who just want to be more effective at stewarding their own property. This workshop introduces techniques for monitoring properties protected by fee or Conservation Restriction (CR). We’ll review the basics of conducting a site visit and get some practice in the field.

    Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

    Great for parents with high school students who would like to earn community service.

    To register or find out more information, please contact Hannah Chamberlain, AmeriCorps MassLIFT Stewardship Coordinator at or by phone at (413) 628-4485 ext. 4.

    Attendance will be capped at 15 participants, so please register early!

  43. March 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Year of the Salamander! Vernal Pools Workshop – Two dates!

    Part 1: Thursday, April10, 7-8 p.m. at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA
    Introduction to Vernal Pool ecology, species identification and citizen scientist training. Come learn what makes these wetlands so amazing and how to identify them. FREE!

    Part 2: Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at High Ridge Farm in Williamsburg, MA
    Participants will explore and identify characteristics of a vernal pool at High Ridge Farm: Ice Road, Williamsburg, MA. Joined by Bill Lattrell. Hands on experience! FREE!

    Join Hilltown land Trust and The Trustees of Reservations for an exciting two part workshop about vernal pools. Learn more about these amazing wildlife habitats, best known for the amphibians and invertebrate animals that use them each year to breed. We will learn to identify the characteristic species and explore an active vernal pool in Williamsbug, MA. We are happy to announce that Bill Lattrell, certified wetlands scientist, professional restoration ecologist, and adjunct professor at The Conway School will join us for Saturday’s field exploration.

    Great hands-on, educational experience for kids and families!

    To RSVP, contact:

    Hannah Chamberlain |HLT Land Stewardship Coordinator| | (413) 628-4485 ext. 4

  44. Hannia Gonzalez said,

    March 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Afro Cuban Dance Class with Miguel Periche
    Second Wednesday of every month
    7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    All ages, all levels are welcome!
    Contact us at: (413)563-2189 or at
    At NorthStar: 135 Russell Street, Hadley, MA
    $12/class, $95/2014 yearly pass, FREE for Hadley residents!

  45. Jody Scalise said,

    March 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Jody Scalise Said,
    The Wright Brothers 3 Physical Comedy Troupe Performs.
    April 6, 2pm at Arts Block Cafe-Children to Seniors

    Come join us for this fun and unusual event at the Arts Block! Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for kids 12 and under.

    Since 1985 The Wright Brothers have been making America laugh. From Lincoln Center Comedy Festival to The Manhattan Punch Line and winners of The International Mime and Movement Festival as; “The Best New Work

    The Wright Brothers are pure Americana. They have been compared to modern day Marx Brothers. They are New Vaudeville at it’s best. Now more than ever you need-”Humor Itself.”

  46. March 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Parent Aide Volunteer Training
    Beginning week of March 31 or April7, 2014
    Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley, MA
    For adults with compassion, common sense & the ability to listen to a parent.
    Free training. 18 hrs. spread over 6 evenings once a week.
    Decision to volunteer can be made after training.
    Volunteer 3-5 hours of week visiting a family which includes 2 group supervision meetings a month, Must have car. Gas stipend available.
    Help a Hampshire Cty family who is struggling. Prevent child abuse and neglect.
    Call 413 584-5690 Ext. 144 or email

  47. March 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    BOSTON BASED EVENT: The sixth annual S.E.T. in the City- A Day of Career Exploration in Science, Engineering & Technology for High School Girls will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Students begin the day at Boston University, travel to area venues including Harvard, Emmanuel, Simmons, Wentworth, and Biogen for lunch and laboratory activities, and end the day with a keynote and college student panel at the Microsoft NERD Center. The program will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm.

    Participating students will take part in hands-on activities, hear from and interact with students and professionals in SET fields, learn about cutting edge research that will change the world, and find out how to prepare for careers in Science, Engineering, and Technology.

    Interested students may pre-register for the event online at The cost of attending is $15.00. Students who are eligible for a free lunch program may attend for a reduced fee of $5.00. Please note, we are not able to host large groups from any one school and reserve the right to limit registration to ten students per school.

    This event is sponsored by the Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative, which includes representatives from the following organizations and institutions: Boston University, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, M.I.T., Northeastern University, Science Club for Girls, Simmons College, UMass Boston, and WGBH.

  48. Jane Lyons said,

    March 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Red Shoe Ball Annual Benefit
    Friday April 11, 2014
    Being held from 7PM-11PM
    At The Garden House at Look Park, In Northampton
    Tickets in advance will be $45 and can be purchased using the link on

    Friends of Children is hosting the Red Shoe Ball, which is an annual benefit where we raise money to support our continued advocacy of vulnerable children throughout the Pioneer Valley. This will be our 25th year celebration and there will be live and silent auctions, dancing, food and prize for Best in Shoe! Ticket information can be found on our website or you can feel free to contact Arielle at our office, 413-586-0011.

    Please come join us!

  49. March 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

    The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Council is hosting the second annual Health and Safety fair at the Gateway Regional School Complex, 12 Littleville Road, Huntington on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10am – 2pm. We hope that you will join us this year.

    This event highlights all of the wonderful resources and people that we have in the Hilltowns. Last year, we had activities as varied as line dancing, yoga, Music Together, balance screenings, as well as many local healthcare and holistic providers. This year, there will be a scavenger hunt with clues that vendors and exhibitors will provide, as well as a game show at the end of the day. We will have a blood drive, Yoga, Massage Therapy and much more. There will be activities for all ages- from the very young to the young at heart.

    If you would like to be one of the exhibitors/ presenters, please reserve your space as soon as possible and let us know what kind of accommodations and space you might need. We welcome all people and organizations who are interested in improving the health and quality of life of hilltown residents and families.

    For more information, or to reserve a space, you may call [413]667-2203 and speak with Kim Savery, Gateway Family Center Director, or Diane Meehan, Director of Health Wise or email us at or We hope that you will be able to participate. Please let us know if there is an organization that might welcome an invitation

  50. amiee ross said,

    February 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

    BUTCH – Not Like The Other Girls
    opening Friday April 4, 6 -9 Eastworks Building, Easthampton
    North American photographer premiere show from Vancouver BC
    show on display April 4 -May 4 wed – sat noon – 5 free

    The conversation that SD raises in this show goes beyond imagery. It’s a convo about how we identify and how we label, how our perceptions become projections to make ourselves and our world “safe” vs stepping across the lines and fears to engage in genuine dialogue and ask each other how they see themselves and identify within the language we are limited to but not necessarily bound by. It’s a learning moment indeed with children and adults both discovering of self and expressing thru out our growing lives.

  51. February 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    High school students can attend the fourth annual ScienceQUEST at UMass Amherst on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30am-3:30pm. This free event gives teens the chance to do hands-on science activities in a college setting while experiencing science-based demonstrations and guided lab tours. This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn more about the study of science and fields of interests while discovering the many facilities and programs available at UMass that would support their STEM based studies.

  52. January 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Early Childhood Puppet Show and Open House

    GBRSS Early Childhood Puppet Show and Open House
    Saturday, April 12 at 10:30am
    GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Rd, Great Barrington

    GBRSS early childhood teachers perform a special full-length marionette play for children up to seven years old, followed by playtime and an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school.
    For more information, contact Tracy Fernbacher at or 413-528-4015, ext. 106.

  53. January 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Drop-In Tight Knit Craft Night in Great Barrington, MA
    EVERY Wednesday at 5:30PM
    Railroad Street Youth Project
    FREE event

    Do you like to knit, felt, or crochet? How about ceramics? Jewelry design or glass blowing? Have you always wanted to try but never had the chance? All supplies are provided. Drop-ins welcome!

    For more information on Tight Knit Craft Night:
    For more information on Railroad Street Youth Project:

  54. January 8, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Girls STEM Summit-East: A one-day summit for girls in grades 8 – 12 who love STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.

    Girls will:
    – listen to an inspirational keynote female leader
    – meet successful women working as experts in STEM fields during hands-on
    – mini career tracks
    – expand knowledge of STEM industries and emerging career paths
    – be inspired to continue STEM high school courses in preparation for
    – college
    – learn about institutions offering STEM degrees in featured career tracks
    – receive giveaway, enjoy lunch, and meet other girls with similar interests

    When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
    Where: MIT, Cambridge, MA
    Times: 8am – 4pm
    Fee: $45
    Enroll at
    For more information contact: Phyllis Russell. 774-994-2097,

  55. Emily Everett said,

    November 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Alonzo King Lines Ballet
    Sunday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
    Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst
    All ages
    Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15. FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under, $15, $12, $10.
    Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at
    Described by The New Yorker as “hyper kinetic” and “exceptional,” the celebrated Lines Ballet of San Francisco performs exhilarating works that meld classical Western ballet with a diverse set of cultural traditions. The dancers’ flawless technique, mixed with King’s expressive choreography, creates a performance that is like no other. Pre-Concert Fireside Chat with Mt. Holyoke Ballet Professor and Director of Mass Academy of Ballet Charles Flachs at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
    Sponsors: Baystate Health, Health New England, Applewood Retirement Community.

  56. Emily Everett said,

    November 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LiveTM
    Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.
    Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst
    Kid’s event, ideal for families and all ages!
    Regular ticket prices $20. FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under, $10. Family packs (2 adults, 2 youth) $50.
    Purchase Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at
    Created and performed by Erth-Visual & Physical Inc. Direct from Australia, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO Live brings an awesome array of prehistoric creatures to life on stage. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, your family will observe and interact with extraordinary, life-like creatures in this highly imaginative, entertaining and educational live show. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. Family Fest: Ticket holders are invited to a free pre-show party in the lobby from 3-4 p.m.
    Sponsors: Baystate Health, Health New England, Easthampton Savings Bank, Pioneer Valley Hotel Group, Valley Kids, WRSI 93.9FM, WGBY 57.

  57. Emily Everett said,

    November 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Kenny Garrett Quintet
    Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
    Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
    All ages
    Regular ticket prices $30, $15. FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under, $10.
    Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at
    Easily one of the most respected saxophonists in the world today, Kenny Garrett plays with a spiritual bent that has been known to possess audiences and leave admirers panting for more. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra through his time spent with Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive sound to each musical situation. The concert is presented in conjunction with the 16th Annual High School Jazz Fest.
    Sponsors: Baystate Health, Health New England, United Wealth Management, NEPR 88.5FM, UMass Hotel and Conference Center.

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