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  1. Lynn said,

    September 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Calling all teen volunteers-do you need community service hours? Join the Forbes Library Teen Advisory Board and help us plan events at the library! Call 413-587-1010 for more information or stop by our meeting October 3 at 3:30pm.

  2. September 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    The PuppeTree Presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Date: October 25, 2014
    Time: 1:00PM and 3:00PM
    Price: $7.00 (museum members $6.50)

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

    Tickets may be purchased in advance or by calling the Museum Admissions Desk at 413.658.1126.

  3. Lynn said,

    September 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Do you love Minecraft? Come game with us at the Forbes Library October 22 at 4:00pm. Bring your gaming login and you laptop or iPad if you have one- we will also have laptops available. Registration required- please call 413-587-1010. Ages 10+.

  4. Pamela Snow said,

    September 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    For Preschoolers and their Families
    Saturday, Oct. 18: Meet at 11am at the Ashfield Farmers Market and end at Belding Library by 12pm.

    All families with preschool-aged children are invited to a workshop that will begin at the Ashfield Farmers Market, engaging families in activities along the way to the Belding Library on Saturday October 18 from 11 am to noon for a fun-filled hour of hands-on activities and stories with a focus on the science and beauty of leaves in Fall. STEM focuses children’s natural curiosity on pre-scientific discoveries as they have a good time learning about, playing and creating with fall leaves The workshop is free. Please contact Melissa Pincus/CFCE Coordinator to sign up @ 413-625-6194 or

  5. Rochel Leah said,

    September 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Pizza in the Hut
    Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
    5:30 p.m.
    1148 Converse Street
    Longmeadow, MA 01106
    Cost to attend is $5.00 a child, $8.00 an adult and a family rate of $32.

    Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot by eating outside in a temporary hut. A pizza, soup and salad supper will be served in the LYA Sukkah. Following dinner there will be a Sukkot Carnival. RSVP to the school at 567-8665 or Reservations are requested but not required. The event will be held rain or shine.

  6. September 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Free parent workshop: An IEP For My Child. Happens Wednesday, October 1st from 6-8pm at UCP Berkshire County (208 West Street) in Pittsfield, MA.
    Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program, or IEP. This workshop, which will be conducted by a presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP.
    Childcare and a light dinner will be provided with pre-registration. More info, contact Katelyn Snow at 413-664-9345, ext. 20.

  7. September 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Bonnie Duncan presents: Squirrel Stole My Underpants: A Poignantly Silly Adventure Tale for Families

    Where: Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002
    When: October 11, 2014 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
    Cost: $5 (members $4.50)

    A lonely, awkward girl is sent out to the backyard to hang up the laundry and keep herself busy. The moment Sylvie’s back is turned, a mischievous squirrel appears, steals her favorite piece of clothing. When the girl gives chase, she finds herself lost in strange lands. As the story unfolds, Sylvie learns that she is a strong girl with magic within herself.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

  8. September 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Special Storytime: Lisa Brown

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

    Join New York Times-bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown as she reads from her new book Emily’s Blue Period, by Cathleen Daly. Learn about Pablo Picasso’s blue period, Emily Pinchner’s blue period, and how Lisa Brown expresses her stories through art. Presentation includes a take-home art project for budding Picassos, and 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

  9. 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.

  10. September 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Youth-Organized: Concert for a Cause
    October 4th from 4:30-9:30
    Millside Park 2 Ferry Street in Easthampton, MA
    Tickets are $7 and are available on-line at:

    Tickets can also be purchased in Easthampton at:
    Big E’s; Nicky D’s Car Dealership; Easthampton Savings Bank; Florence Savings Bank and in Hadley at: Country Nissan

    ​About the Concert:
    ​Easthampton High School’s S.A.D.D Club has planned an unforgettable event for the entire family. S.A.D.D Presents: A Country Music Concert For A Cause featuring Country Music Big’s: Aaron Lewis and Adam Craig. This event’s purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and drinking while driving, while raising funds to promote youth education programs in our community.

    Aside from our stellar headlining artists, we will also have inspirational guest speakers, and an unbelievable raffle–win great prizes like New England Revolution Tickets and An AUTOGRAPHED AARON LEWIS GUITAR!

    Throughout the day, there will be fun activities for the whole family, as well as local musicians and artists performing throughout the city. Take a stroll down the Manhan Rail Trail and look at the impressive display of inspirational messages around prevention of substance abuse, drinking while driving, and texting while driving.

    We CAN BE part of the movement for change to help better our Community.

    Live Music Will Begin At 6:00pm.

  11. Lynn said,

    September 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Stop by the Sunderland Public Library October 4 at 2pm for a bracelet making workshop! Grades 5-12, registration required. To register, please call 413-665-2642 or visit us at the Sunderland Public Library.

  12. Lynn said,

    September 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Join us for “After Hours @ The Library: Laser Tag” October 2 at 6pm at the Sunderland Public Library. Grades 5-12, registration required. To register, stop by the Sunderland Public Library or call 413-665-2642.

  13. Gabi Morgan said,

    September 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    A Child’s Potential, Inc. is presenting a FREE workshop for families with children on the autism spectrum.

    Where: Holyoke Public Library, Board Rm.
    When: Tuesday, September 30, 6:00 pm

    We will be focusing on effective strategies for increasing social, play, & communication skills for kids of all ages and skill levels on the Autism Spectrum.
    Register through our website:
    or email:
    or find us on facebook.
    See you there!

  14. David Chase said,

    September 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Coworking Meeting in Williamsburg
    8:00 PM Thursday, 9/25 at the Anne T. Dunphy School

    Everyone is welcome and it’s free!

    This will be an initial information meeting about starting a coworking space in Williamsburg. The space would be a place where you could rent a desk, cubicle or small office, with shared resources like broadband Internet access, copier/printer, meeting room, etc.

    If you or someone you know works at home and would like a somewhat more (or less) lively environment, or rents an office in Northampton or elsewhere and would like a shorter commute and lower rent, this might be the answer.

    We really want to know if people are interested, and what they’d want; this will help us determine if it can be done, and how.

    More info on coworking and the meeting can be found here:!forum/burgy-works

    Please come if you’re interested!

  15. Amy Donovan said,

    September 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Volunteers Needed for Source to Sea Cleanup this SATURDAY!

    Saturday, September 27; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 or 2:00 p.m.

    Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

    The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.

    Locally, lots of sites have been identified for cleaning in the Turners Falls, Gill, Deerfield area. Now we just need more volunteers! One special opportunity is riding in a USF&W boat to Third Island in Sunderland to collect debris. Please call or email to register so we can be sure to save you a donut! 413-659-3714, You can also find us on Facebook: Your efforts will be part of a watershed-wide Source to Sea Cleanup event organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council – so many local cleanup groups will combine to make a regional impact.

    The following will be helpful (but not all required) during the Cleanup:
    þComfortable clothing that they do not mind getting wet or dirty. (Due to poison ivy along the river, long pants and sleeves are recommended.)
    þ Closed-toed boots or sturdy shoes — most groups stay dry (Third Island Volunteers – Work or hiking boots that come above the ankle are preferred. Ideally waterproof or boots that can get wet.)
    þ Sunglasses, a hat with a visor, and sunscreen are recommended for sun protection, raincoat and boots are recommended for wet weather.

    þ A full water bottle

    þ Lunch – if you plan to stay past 12 noon (donuts, cider and whoopee pies provided)

    þ Old plastic buckets for collecting broken glass that you would be willing to leave behind.
    þ A shovel for digging out partially buried items
    þ A rope to help pulling items uphill
    þ A first aid kit if desired. Band-aids and wipes will be provided.
    þ A spirit of adventure!


    The 2014 Gill-Montague Cleanup Committee Members:
    Deborah Bazer

    Beth Bazler, FirstLight Power

    Laurel Carpenter, US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Amy Donovan, Franklin County Solid Waste Management District

    Kate Emond, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation

    Paul Grzybowski, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation

    Beth Pelton, FirstLight Power

    Ray Purington

    Chris Tobey

    Jacqueline Talbot & Angela Mrozinski, Connecticut River Watershed Council

    Directions to Great Falls Discovery Center:

    2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

    (413) 863-3221

    From the North, South or West:

    · Take Route 91 to Route 2 east (exit 27). Continue on Route 2 to the second traffic light and turn right. Cross the bridge onto Avenue A in Turners Falls.

    · Discovery Center is first building on right

    · For Parking take first right onto 2nd Street and then first right into parking lot.

    From the East:

    · Take Route 2 west past State Boat Ramp in Gill. Turn left at first traffic light. Cross the bridge onto Avenue A.

    · Discovery Center is first building on right.

    · For Parking take first right onto 2nd Street and then first right into parking lot.

  16. Leni Fried said,

    September 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Glass Class in Cummington

    Sandblast recycled bottles, plate glass, or any glass object and stones or ceramic tile in this one day class in Cummington. You will emerge with 4 or more finished pieces perfect for gifts although you will probably want to keep them. Sandblasting is fun and easy a perfect activity for any level of art experience.

    Friday, October 3, 1:00-5:00
    or Sunday, October 5, 2:00-6:00

    First Timers: $65-
    Old timers: $50-

    Includes all materials except a per yard price for sandblasting tape.
    Start collecting bottles, flat glass etc. to bring to class. Tag sales and free piles are your friends!
    E mail me for a picture of sandblasting.
    Registration deadline: September 30.

    If you can’t make these dates set up your own class. I need a minimum of 4 people. Just call or e mail to see if your date and time will work.

    The class is located at 33 Bryant Road in Cummington. 413-634-5591

  17. Junior Cain said,

    September 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Truck Stop Troubadours Performing at The Tommy Brown Benefit Ride Saturday Sept 27th

    Join us for the Tom Brown benefit ride, at the Chicopee Moose Club Saturday, September 27th! Bring out your jeeps and bikes! There will be food, music by the Truck Stop Troubadours, raffles and more. More details to follow as the date gets closer, and more plans are being made. Tickets will be $25 (ride included but not necessary) children 5 and under are free and kids 6-12 are $7 all proceeds go towards the Cook Brown farm. REGISTRATION 10AM. KICKSTANDS UP AT 11AM. PEOPLE NOT RIDING CAN SHOW UP AT 1PM..

    #CountryMusic, #Benefit Ride, #Chicopee Moose Lodge,#TruckStopTroubadours, #OutlawMusic, #OldSchoolCountry, #KeepItCountry, #ChicopeeMA

    Tickets are $25 (ride included but not neccesary) children 5 and under are free and kids 6-12 are $7

  18. My Nguyen said,

    September 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Pedal Poker Run
    Date: Sunday, October 12
    Time: 50-mile ride starts at 10:00 am, 10-mile ride stars at 12:00 pm

    This beautiful fall bike ride is perfect for all ages with a 50-mile route up and around the Connecticut River for serious bikers and a 10-mile route on the bike path that is perfect for families. The 50-mile route offers a cut-off at the halfway point for a 28-mile route (you’ll still be able to gather all your cards!).

    Take a beautiful fall ride and pick up playing cards at checkpoints along the way. The best hands win prizes, the top prize is a Berkshire weekend getaway. Included with registration is lunch from the Bistro Bus, beer from Berkshire Brewing, and a free massage! This event is Valley CDC’s annual fundraising event.

    Location of Event: Both rides start at the Maplewood Shops in downtown Northampton
    Cost: 10-mile is $35 / 50-mile is $50

  19. 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, 413-584-3198

  20. September 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    The Hartsbrook School Open House, Saturday, October 25, 10am-12pm
    Tour our expansive campus, meet our early childhood, elementary, and high school teachers. Learn about the child-centered curriculum and make seasonal crafts. All ages welcome. Free!
    193 Bay Road, Hadely, MA, 413-584-3198

  21. Lynn said,

    September 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Calling all teen volunteers! Do you want to help out with a Halloween event for kids? The Forbes Library Teen Advisory Board is looking for new members and volunteers to help out with events at the library. (The Teen Advisory Board counts for community service hours too!) Anyone interested can call 413-587-1010 or stop by our meeting October 3 at 3:30pm.

  22. September 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Sign Language Open House for parents and their children ages 0-3 years.

    Come to a trial, open house class and learn American Sign Language useful for babies, toddlers or preschoolers through song and story. Based on the award-winning Signing Time series. $14. On-going class series to follow.

    Easthampton: Tuesday, October 14 at 9:00-9:50am at the Blue Guitar Studio, 186 Northampton Rd (Rte. 10)
    **and **
    Springfield: Thursday Oct 2 at 6:30-7:30pm – check website for location details

    Information: Kathryn Petruccelli, 413-588-8690; montereyboundATgmailDOTcom;

  23. Theodore M. Schiff said,

    September 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Introductory Couples Massage Workshop forming for a Saturday in late October. If you are interested in massage therapy and bodywork and would like to learn to do massage on your Partner, Children or other Family Members, this Workshop is for you. This Workshop promises to be a fun, experiential opportunity to learn the art of massage.

    The number of couple spaces is somewhat limited based on tables and space so call Ted Schiff, Massachusetts Licensed Massage Therapist at (413)687-7878 for additional details on the upcoming Massage Workshop. Thanks, Ted.

  24. September 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    On Saturday, September 20th Greenfield Savings Bank is offering a free shredding event at their Shelburne Falls office from 9:00 – Noon.

    Greenfield Savings Bank started the event five years ago to help customers and the community combat identity theft. Area residents can bring up to three shopping bags full of papers to be shredded on-site, for free. All of the shredded material is returned to a secure facility after the event, and recycled. It’s an event that promises to be a win-win for the community and the environment!

    For more information about Shred Fest visit or call GSB at 413.774.3191.

  25. Sarah Prince said,

    September 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This Friday, Sept 19th at the Chesterfield Community Center from 10-Noon is the Community Family Engagement playgroup. Stories, songs, toys, snack and craft are shared with families of young children. Free and open to all families with young children in the area.
    Call 296-9201 for more information.

  26. J. Couch said,

    September 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Women’s Clothing, etc. Consignment SALE
    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    8 AM – 2 PM 1/2 Price Sale 1-2 PM
    128 Main St.
    Easthampton, MA at
    St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
    Buy and Sell Quality Items for Women. New or gently-used Fall/Winter clothing, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens, shoes and boots, pocketbooks, jewelry, gift items, new cosmetics, etc.
    For more information about becoming a consignor or worker,
    please visit St. Philip’s Facebook page at:

  27. Mandy said,

    September 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Two part Parent Cafe series in October. October 15th and 22nd 5-7:30 at the Bridge St. School in Northampton. Pizza and free childcare provided. Please call 587-1471 or e-mail to RSVP.

  28. 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!

  29. September 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Sound the shofar, dip apples & honey! It’s time for…
    Rosh Hashanah Family Service led by Anna Sobel, puppeteer and Jewish educator – Thurs, Sept 25, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    at Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine Street, Florence.

    An afternoon river “Tashlich” service with shofar, breadcrumbs and singing led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske will be held Thursday, Sept 25 at 3:00 p.m., at the Mill River, 60 Federal Street entrance, Northampton.

    All are welcome! Happy new year!

  30. Lynn said,

    September 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Do you have an old t-shirt and nothing to do with it? Turn it into a fashionable scarf. Join us this Friday, September 19 at 3:30 at the Forbes Library for a t-shirt scarf making event! Ages 10+. If you can, please bring a t-shirt to style.

  31. Nicole said,

    September 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Harvest Moon Realty to Host 2014 Harvest Moon Fest

    In celebration of autumn – one of the most beautiful and bountiful seasons in the Berkshires and Hilltowns, Harvest Moon Realty is throwing a party under the Harvest Moon!

    The 2014 Harvest Moon Fest is set for Saturday, September 27th at Roscoe’s Restaurant on Main Street in Chester, starting at 6pm.

    The event will celebrate the best of the Hilltowns and Berkshires with entertainment from the Berkshire’s own band Highland and amazing food and drink featuring local specialties from area farms and breweries on Roscoe’s special Harvest menu to order.

    Mark your calendar and join Harvest Moon Realty under the light of the moon for a festive evening!
    For more information please visit Harvest Moon Realty on Facebook, online at or contact: 413-354-2300

  32. Robin Huntley said,

    September 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    The first annual Foundry 5k is coming up, October 4th at 10am! The race course, which begins at the town office (Jacksonville Road) and goes through historic Foundry Village in Colrain, is made up of beautiful scenery, gently rolling hills, and even a covered bridge!

    In addition to the 5k road race is a shorter fun run (.7 miles). Folks of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up.

    The Foundry 5k is a fundraiser for Colrain Central School’s 5th and 6th grade classes, who will be visiting Washington, DC for a field trip this spring. Registration fees are on a sliding scale.

    More information and online registration available here:

  33. September 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op (a proposed full-service grocery co-op for Amherst) invite you to a community potluck at Groff Park from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, September 20th. The event will be an opportunity for members of the co-op to come together with their friends, families, and potential new members while enjoying an afternoon in the park with good food and conversation. We will be signing up new members right there in the park, and with your new membership you will receive a free Amherst Community Co-op tote bag! People are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and there will be free childcare provided by Evan Curran of Shiprock and Anchordog. If you want to be able to do your groceries in Amherst while keeping your dollars in the community and furthering the cooperative movement, now is the time to show your support by becoming a founding member of the Amherst Community Co-op! Please RSVP by visiting (although an RSVP is not mandatory for attendance, it is encouraged so we can get an idea of how many people to expect).

  34. 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

  35. September 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm


    Plantings to Attract Native Bee Pollinators
    with Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome
    Saturday, September 13, 9am-12pm

    Morning Nature Walk for Seniors
    with John Green, naturalist
    Wednesday, September 17, 9am-11am

    Still Life: Victorian and Contemporary Taxidermy
    with Jennifer Pyke
    Thursday, September 18, 7pm-8:30pm

    Fungi Field Trip
    with Dianna Smith, mycology educator
    Saturday, September 20, 10am-1pm

    Monarch Tagging
    with Jennifer Unkles
    Thursday, September 25, 4pm

    Nature for Wellness
    with Cassie Kollman
    Saturday, October 4, 1pm-3pm

    Curriculum Day
    (no school for Amherst schools)
    Monday, December 1, 8:30am-3pm
    Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

    Nature Play Afterschool
    Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
    Wednesdays, September 10-December 17
    3:30pm – 5:30pm

    Hitchcock Center (off route 116)
    525 South Pleasant Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    413 256-6006

    See web site for more details

  36. 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

    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

    Hope to see you there!

  37. Angelica Paredes said,

    September 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    New 4-H Club in Dalton seeks members

    A 4-H Club will soon be forming in Dalton. It will be a group of girls and boys, 10 – 18 years old, that will meet twice per month on Wednesdays at the Dalton CRA, hopefully beginning on September 24th. It will be a group of kids who really love learning about horses. There’s no need to own a horse or even to ride to be a member. There will be some community service projects, preparing for a horse quiz bowl where youth can compete against other 4-H groups, maybe go watch a horse show or two, take a field trip now and then, and just generally learn about horses together.
    If you are interested in this group, or in starting a group of your own, contact Angelica in the 4-H Office at (413) 448-8285.

  38. September 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    JOY! Opening Reception for local artist Isabeth Hardy. Oct. 4 from 2-4 at the Sandisfield Art Center, 5 Hammertown Rd., Sandisfield, MA. The art show will run from Oct. 4 thru Dec. 14.

  39. September 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The Traveling Rhubarb Circus returns with a new show that will carry you into the stars! September 12-14, 2014

    Come to the only kid-written, -produced and -performed circus in the known universe!**

    Tickets are now available for the The Traveling Rhubarb Circus’ 2014 show, Look!

    When a grandfather’s story takes life, his two grandchildren explore the realm of the stars. They meet Cassiopeia, the queen of the stars, and the people of her noble court – Orion, Perseus, and the Pleiades. When Corvus the crow steals Cassiopeia’s crown, it’s up to the grandchildren to save the day!

    The Traveling Rhubarb Circus uses fabric, trapeze, floor acrobatics and a brand new lyra to illustrate the story of the stars and Cassiopeia’s stolen crown!

    Four shows only, Friday 9/12-Sunday 9/14.

    Convenient buy-and-print tickets available at our web site,

    Don’t delay! Very limited seating. These shows have sold out and people have been turned away at the door.

    See you at the show!

  40. 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. or call Krista Wathne at (413) 586-1908 ext. 116

  41. Lynn said,

    September 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Join us for S. Chris Shirley’s author talk about his new novel “Playing by the Book” at Forbes Library. The novel was named one of the Ten Great Summer Reads of 2014 by the Advocate. The event will take place Saturday September 13 at 11am.

    “Playing by the Book”:

    “Jake Powell, the teenage son of a fundamentalist preacher, attends a summer journalism program at Columbia University, where his South Asian roommate quickly becomes the dorm mixologist, and the sexiest girl in class–with a Park Avenue attitude and the designer bags to match–can’t decide whether she’s most into his Southern charm or his virginity. But Jake is crushing on the hot Jewish guy from Beverly Hills in the adjoining dorm room who just started dating the Mayor’s son.”

    About the author:

    S. Chris Shirley is an award-winning writer/director and President of the Board of Lambda Literary Foundation. His debut novel, PLAYING BY THE BOOK, was published by Magnus Books in June 2014. He directed Roger Kuhn’s music video, “What’s Your Name,” which aired nationally in the US and made the annual MTV-Logo Top 10. He also wrote/directed “Plus,” an award-winning short film that played at film festivals internationally.

    He graduated from Auburn University where he served as photo editor of The Auburn Plainsman. He later received a graduate degree from Columbia University and studied filmmaking at New York University. He was born and raised in Greenville, Alabama and now resides in Manhattan.

  42. Lynn said,

    September 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Attention kids and teens! Do you love to write? Join the Forbes Library Writing Group. We will do some writing activities and spend some time free-writing. We will be meeting Wednesday September 17 at 4:00PM.

  43. September 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Saturday Sept 13th Rick Larrimore’s Ultimate Tribute To Rod Stewart Coming to the Melha Shriners
    133 Longhill Street
    Springfield, MA 01108

    Tickets: $15.00
    Doors at 7:00pm
    Show starts at 8:00pm
    Bring your own snacks event and cash bar.
    NO outside beverages allowed.

    Rick Larrimore..The total Rod Stewart experience, capturing Rod’s 4 decades of million seller hits..with the same humor, high energy, and sexy savior faire that’s made Rod a Rock n Roll icon. Rick’s performances have mesmerized crowds worldwide bringing Rod Stewart right to you ! Up front, close and very personal, .. with lots of sexy sing a long fun! From “Maggie May to the latest “American Songbook” classics, your audience will believe, the “Rod” is in the house.”

    Call Melha shrine Center at 413-736-3647 for tickets or order tickets on line at

  44. Debbie Weyl said,

    September 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    9/6-9/13: Music & Movement Classes for young children offers a week of free sample classes
    Celebrating 15 years providing music and movement classes for newborn through five-year-old children with their parents or caregivers, Music Together® for Valley Families is offering weekly sessions this fall of this internationally beloved parent/child music enrichment program. Locations are at The Congregational Church Parish House in Belchertown, Artspace Community Arts Center in Greenfield, The Greater Holyoke YMCA, All Saint’s Episcopal Church in So. Hadley, The Sunderland Library and in Amherst at 2nd Chances Kid’s Consignment Shop Community Room and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Classes are held on various days and times. Call 413-259-9400 to reserve a spot at a sample class or view their web site: to register for the semester and receive more information. Come see for yourself what all the buzz is about!

  45. Layla Hazen said,

    September 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Guided Nature Walk with Lisa Provencher

    Lisa is an entomologist and artist who leads children’s nature camps and classes (sometimes as Dr. Augie). Her guided walk will thread through the fields and forests at Field Farm, a biologically rich place full of flowers, beautiful butterflies, and interesting reptiles. Come and take a look!

    Sunday, September 14th 3:00pm-4:00pm
    All ages are welcome!
    Field Farm 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, MA

    Looking for more to do? Stick around for a concert on the lawn. Stretch out with a blanket and a snack and listen to pianist Dan Kennedy and cellist Stephan Katz perform original compositions.

    Summer Concert
    Sunday, September 14th 4:30-5:30
    Field Farm 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, MA
    All ages – kids are FREE. Adults $10 and $15

    Please contact Layla Hazen with questions at or
    413 475 2234.

  46. Sarah said,

    September 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    “The Sturgeon Queens” Film Screening at the Yiddish Book Center
    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “New Yorker” writer Calvin Trillin, and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer.

    For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or call 413-256-4900.

    Yiddish Book Center
    1021 West St.
    Amherst, MA 01002

  47. tinkyweisblat said,

    September 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival. Sunday, September 28, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hawley Meeting House on East Hawley Road in Hawley. This unique day falls only once every five years but is worth waiting for. It includes a pudding contest, a farm tour, lunch, a pudding parade, musical entertainment, and the crowning of the Pudding Head! Lovers of food and country life of all ages are welcome. Admission is free, but a donation is requested for lunch, and there is a fee for entering a pudding in the contest. All funds raised go to the building fund of the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, the town’s historical society. For further details, call Tinky at 413-339-4747 or visit

  48. September 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    The Shriners Hospital for Children will be holding thier 5th annual Walk for Love (Walk-A-Thon) on Sept. 13th at The Shiners Hospital for Children of Springfield, MA. The walk registration is at 9:00 AM, Starts at 10:00AM, and the BBQ + Entertainment goes from 11:00AM-1:30PM. There will be Melha Shine Clowns, Forest Park Traveling Zoo, K-9’s for Kids, face painting, Handreach Beat Brigade, music, and more. Registration fees (Walker and Non-walkers): $25 per person, $5 for children under 14, $40 per family. All proceeds benifit Shriners Hospitals for Children – Sprinfield. If you wish to join the fun & support our local hospital, you can registaer at the door or visit thier website at . If you do not wish to attend but want to sponsor a local family. I am looking for sponsors for my family as I was once a former patient myself. My sponsor page is . Thank you & hope you can make it. You can also email me at if you have any questions. I will do my best to answer them or get you in touch with someone who can answer them. Sincerely, Jake

  49. September 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-potluck starts back up this Friday, Sept 5, 5:15pm in Florence at Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, for a fun, monthly musical hour and veggie potluck Shabbat dinner led by Marlene Rachelle and Rabbi Riqi… all are welcome! 130 Pine Street, Florence, MA, 413-587-3770,
    Join us on Facebook here:

  50. Eric Bennett said,

    September 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Join Bridge Street School parent Eric Bennett this Saturday, September 6th at 11 am, at the World Eye Book Shop at 156 Main St. in Greenfield for a reading of his fun, new children’s book “Noodles & Albie,” the story of a young penguin named Noodles on his first adventure at sea. Following the reading there will be a Penguin Party with penguin goodies bags, a penguin quiz and best waddling contest that will include fun penguin prizes for all participants.

  51. Caroline Pam said,

    September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Chilifest is the Kitchen Garden’s annual farm festival on Saturday and Sunday 9/13 & 9/14 at Mike’s Maze in Sunderland from 12-5pm. A weekend-long celebration of hot peppers featuring spicy food, local beer, great music, cooking demos and fun for kids of all ages. Chili cook-off Saturday and hot sauce competition Sunday. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12. Details at

  52. September 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Sweater Mitten Making Workshop
    September 13 or 14
    Whitney Center for the Arts
    Register here:

    Alchemy Initiative presents Sweater Mitten Making with fabric artist Jan Charbonneau of Berkshire Fabrications… learn how to make mittens from old wool sweaters. Yup. Old. Wool. Sweaters. And then turn them into these fleece-lined cozy, cool mittens. SWEATER MITTENS!

    If you have a basic knowledge of machine sewing, this three-hour workshop will guide you through quick and easy steps to create your very own sweater mittens. Pattern, materials and sewing machines provided.

    Machines are limited, so we will run the workshop on two separate days- pick either September 13th or 14th. Leave with your very own mittens (and the know-how to make more) just in time for the cooler weather.

  53. Lynn said,

    August 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Calling teen volunteers! The Teen Advisory Board at Forbes Library in Northampton is looking for teens interested in planning events at the library. We meet once a month. Our next meeting is Friday September 12 at 3:30pm. Bring your ideas!

  54. Amy Donovan said,

    August 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Volunteers needed for: Franklin County Fair Recycle/Compost Program
    Franklin County Fair, 89 Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA 01301

    Fair Dates: September 4-7, 2014
    Volunteers needed: September 3-10, 2014, various shifts available

    Volunteers will:

    · get into the Fair for free!
    · get a free T-shirt! (while supplies last)
    · collect recyclables and compostables from designated bins (gloves and hand sanitizer provided)
    · sort and process materials
    · monitor compost bins
    · have fun at the fair while protecting our environment

    Last year we recycled and composted more than 3.3 tons!
    (Thank you 2013 volunteers!!!)

    How it works: Volunteers enter the fair for free on the day they volunteer and can enjoy the fair before or after their 4-hour shift and during their 30 minute shift break. Volunteers must be confirmed before the event: anyone who shows up without prior confirmation will have to pay to enter the fair. Deadline to sign up: Wed 9/3, 5 pm.

    Volunteers also needed for set up and breakdown before and after the Fair, on Wed. Sept. 3rd, Thurs Sept. 4th, and Monday Sept. 10th.

    Volunteers may be adults, families, scout troops, clubs, groups. Anyone under 14 must have a chaperone.

    Sign up here:
    After signing up, you MUST email me, Amy Donovan, Program Director, Franklin County Solid Waste District;, or call 413-772-2438.

    Thank you! We could not run this valuable program without volunteers!

    Amy Donovan
    Program Director, Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
    Member, Springfield MRF Advisory Board
    Recycling Director, Franklin County Fair

    50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
    (413) 772-2438, Fax: (413) 772-3786

  55. August 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Musante Beach, located at 85 Reservoir Rd. in Leeds, is open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. through August 31. The beach will be open Labor Day, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This family friendly beach is a great place for a swim, relaxing in the sun or building sand castles. Beach is staffed by certified lifeguards. Daily admission is required for all beach users. Admission is $2 for Resident youth/Senior, $3 for Resident adult, $3 for Non-resident youth/Senior or $5 for Non-resident adult. For more information call Northampton Recreation Department at: 413-587-1040 or email

  56. patakeith said,

    August 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The Kingman Tavern Museum Shape Note Singing School

    On this coming Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, the 30th of August, 2014, the Cummington (MA) Historical Society is holding its Second Annual Kingman Tavern Museum Singing School/Singing. We are delighted to have Tim Eriksen as our Singing School Master. Tim is an internationally known performer and musicologist as well as an incredible teacher. The Singing School is an excellent way to try four part choral singing, even if you have never sung before. Shape note singing is a participatory form of singing, for each other, not for performance. The Singing School is free and open to all. We will be singing from 2pm to 5pm but you are free to come and go as you wish. It’s recommended, though, to arrive by 2pm if you have never experienced shape note singing. Loaner books will be available.

    The Kingman Tavern Museum is located in the center of Cummington MA at 41 Main Street. The Museum (ca. 1800) has 15 completely furnished rooms with over 5000 artifacts as well as a well stocked barn and a cider mill. For a small museum it really is quite remarkable. We will be holding the Singing School outdoors on the museum lawn (if we have inclement weather we will move the Singing School just down the road to the Village Church vestry).

  57. Anna Sobel said,

    August 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Puppet Stories:
    Folktales from around the world told by handmade puppets
    with Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre

    Wednesday, Aug. 27
    at River Valley Market in Northampton
    ages 2-10

  58. Tina acker said,

    August 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Save Historic Cushman Tag & Bake Sale! — On the Cushman Common in Amherst MA.
    Saturday September 6 9:00am – 3:00pm

    Household items including some high end antiques, small appliances, furniture, sporting goods, toys and more!

    Locally made baked goods!

    All proceeds go to Save Historic Cushman. More info at

    Rain Date September 7

  59. August 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    MALL-O-WEEN 2014 @ Eastfield Mall
    October 28, 2014
    5PM – 8PM

    This year Eastfield Mall will once again host our popular MALL-O-WEEN in a fun and climate controlled atmosphere at NO COST!

    This annual event attracts between 3000 to 5000 children and their families, from infants to teens; to trick-or-treat and participate in a costume contest that is the most anticipated fun and exciting aspect of the event.

    “Supporting our spirited community in Greater Springfield and surrounding areas.”

  60. August 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Noble Visiting Nurse & Hospice presents…
    Eastfield Mall
    October 18, 2014
    10AM – 2PM

    Dozens of wellness-related exhibitors throughout the mall offer free screenings, information and services. The Melha Shrine clowns make this a great event for all ages!

  61. August 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Dress for Success Western MA * OVERSTOCK SALE! *
    Eastfield Mall
    September 19th – 21st

    Pick up some great new and gently used career wear at this Cash Only event, benefitting Dress for Success Western MA – Suits to Self-Sufficiency.

  62. August 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Circus Model Builders Expo 2014 @ Eastfield Mall
    September 10th-13th
    * FREE *

    The teeny tiny circus is in town! Circus model hobbyists from all over the country set-up their displays throughout the mall to delight young and old!

  63. August 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Workshop at Shantigar Foundation in Rowe (MA):

    Continuum Movement with Bobbie Ellis ~ Music accompaniment – John Bianculli on August 29-31, 2014.

    Join Bobbie Ellis for a weekend of Continuum Movement at Shantigar nestled in the lush and nourishing woods of Western Massachusetts. Bobbie’s Continuum workshop at Shantigar this year, delightfully accompanied by the music of her husband, John Bianculli, will be a tribute to Continuum’s inspiring founder, Emilie Conrad. We will dive into the last Continuum sequence that Emilie invented before her passing in April, 2014.

    for information about this workshop go to:
    63 Davenport Road, Rowe, MA 01367, Tel. 413-339-4332

  64. Leslie Luppino said,

    August 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Free Documentary Film Screening of The Ghosts in Our Machines – September 9th at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield Public Library
    Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. Haunting and heart-warming, audiences experience a diverse cast of animal subjects in this cinematic documentary illuminating the lives of individual animals rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world.
The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013)
Documentary – 93 Minutes

    Show Time – 7:00 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
    Refreshments and drawing for gift basket after the film
    Berkshire Atheenaeum, Pittsfield Public Library
    1 Wendall Ave, Pittsfleld, MA
    For more information about this event, email

  65. Janet Aalfs said,

    August 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Tai Chi Seminars with Master Su ZiFang
    September 26-28 at Valley Women’s Martial Arts
    1 Cottage Street Studio #319, Easthampton, MA

    Five workshops will be offered by “the Queen of Tai Chi” and “One of the Hundred Living Treasures of China”. Sessions will be held Fri 6-8pm, Sat 9-12pm & 12-2pm, and Sun 10-12pm. The Saturday 12-2 workshop will be especially geared towards youths 7-17. Fees per session: $50 adult; $55 adult + youth (7-17), $25 youth (12-17) and senior (65+). Register by 9/5 for early bird pricing; other discounts available for groups and multiple workshops. For more information, visit

  66. August 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Ride to Provide
    UMass Hillel, Amherst, MA
    Sunday morning, October 19, 2014
    A family friendly bike ride and 5K to support community service programs and green projects of UMass Hillel.

  67. August 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Musante Beach, located at 53 Resevior Rd in Leeds, is open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This family friendly beach is a great place for a swim, relaxing or building sand castles. Beach is staffed by certified lifeguards and will be open through Labor Day. Season pass or daily admission required for all beach users. Daily admission is $2 for Resident Youth/Senior, $3 for Resident adult, $3 for Non-resident Youth/Senior or $5 for Non-resident adult. For more information call Northampton Recreation Department at: 413-587-1040 or email

  68. Su Eaton said,

    August 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Peaceable Village Family Play Dance
    For ages birth to 9 and their grown-ups and those Intergenerational beings who love to play!
    Su will provide an environment for play with music, fantastical dress-ups, props, face paints, community mural, books, 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. We will start with open play then some structured play and end with open play and a closing circle.
    I invite you to come dressed festively!
    Saturday 10am till noon September 13
    at the Wild Life Sanctuary at the Arts and Industry Building 221 Pine St Florence
    $5 -$10 per person
    Facilitated by Su Eaton
    Call Su 617-623-3521 for any questions

  69. 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:
    URL where readers can find more information about the event:

  70. Lynn said,

    August 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Get involved at the library! Join the Teen Advisory Board at Forbes Library- we meet once a month to discuss books and plan events at the library. We have lots of great events coming up- let your voice be heard! Our next meeting is August 15 at 3:30pm.

  71. Jennifer Wallner said,

    August 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I was hoping I could send you some information about The Country Players FIRST EVER youth production, SUDS AND SOLILOQUIES.

    It will be at Frontier Regional School in the auditorium August 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:00 p.m. and August 24 at 2:00 p.m.

    Tickets are $7 adults and $5 for children and seniors (with $1 off with a canned food item).

    There are two performances. The first is An Old Fashioned Soap Opera presented by the Junior Players (8-12 years old) and the second performance, presented by the Senior Players (ages 13-18), is Super Short Shakespeare Parodies by Cliff Jury.

    For reservations, call 413-768-9126

  72. Eric Bennett said,

    August 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Join Bridge Street School parent Eric Bennett this Sunday at August 17th at 2 pm, at the White Square Book Shop in Easthampton for a reading of his fun, new children’s book “Noodles & Albie,” the story of a young penguin named Noodles on his first adventure at sea. When Noodles gets lost, he meets a friendly fish named Albie who knows the sea “like the back of my fin.” But can Albie help Noodles get home to the penguin colony before dark? Liz Bannish’s watercolor illustrations bring this charming story to life.

  73. August 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    The Family Resource Center Book Mobile
    The schedule for the Book Mobile for August is:

    On August 19th at 1:30 in the parking lot of the Monroe Town Hall and at 2:30 in the parking lot of Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in Florida.
    On August 25th at 12:30 in the parking lot of Hancock Elementary School and at 1:30 in the parking lot of the New Ashford Town Hall.
    On August 26th at 1:00 in the parking lot of Cheshire Elementary School, at 2:00 in the parking lot of CT Plunkett Elementary School in Adams and at 3:00 in the parking lot of the Emma L. Miller School in Savoy.

    Each child who visits will be given a free book

  74. August 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Community Service/Citizen Scientist

    Citizen inventory of Northampton’s trees to build a case for better urban forestry

    Moved to action by a declining public shade tree canopy, a group of local citizens, supported by the US Forest Service and MA Department of Conservation Resources will undertake an all-volunteer inventory of Northampton’s public shade trees on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in order to attain a “snapshot” of Northampton’s trees and quantify their benefits. The group seeks up to 40 volunteers to assist this effort.

    “Sadly, Northampton lacks a state-mandated Tree Warden,” stated Lilly Lombard, a resident of Northampton and one of the group’s organizers. “And so there exists no tree inventory, no comprehensive plan for tree planting and care, and no leveraging of tax dollars to preserve our urban forest. We’ve studied the numbers–Northampton’s public tree canopy is shrinking.” Laura Hilberg, another organizer, said, “The well-documented benefits of public shade trees, especially in light of global warming, are enormous. This inventory will bring real facts and dollars to this discussion and make a case for a comprehensive tree program in Northampton.”

    Using the peer-reviewed, globally recognized software, i-Tree, citizens will divide into 14 groups—two for each of Northampton’s seven wards—and use their smartphones and tablets to record a scientific sampling of the varietyspecies, health, and size of Northampton’s public shade tree canopy. Ii-Tree synthesizes the data and not only allows a community to map and quantify its trees, but also translates that tree inventory into dollar value–financial benefits that include stormwater mitigation and pollution reduction, energy savings, increased property value, and heightened economic activity.

    The inventory will take approximately six hours. Brief morning training of volunteers, along with complimentary breakfast, will precede the inventory. Twenty volunteers have thus far come forward including arborists from UMass, Smith College, and MA DCR. Volunteers must be able to walk up to three miles. Possession of a smart phone, tablet, and/or tree-identification skills are a plus but are not required. To volunteer, please contact Lilly Lombard at, or 413-207-5899.

    [submitted by Lilly Lombard, citizen organizer, 413-207-5899,]

  75. August 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Thursday 08/21/2014 7-9pm
    Parents only and Professionals
    FREE event

    Do you want to help your child and family to be happier, healthier, and more successful? A natural brain-based approach can help. Join the staff of Brain Balance Achievement Center of West Springfield, for an open house. Learn about how we help children, ages 4-20, with academic, behavioral, emotional or sensory issues through our holistic, non-medical, supplemental after school program that is individualized for every child.
    Our team of professionals create an individualized program tailored to each child’s unique challenges using sensory motor & academic exercises and nutrition to address the most fundamental cause of the issue.

    Call 413-737-5439 to RSVP and get directions.

    For more information on the center:

  76. August 4, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Kelly Silliman/the tinydance project presents:

    “veins in the stones we carry”

    Friday, August 8th on Arts Night Out at 33 Hawley St
    5:30 pm and 6:00 pm

    Saturday, August 9th at First Churches
    11:00 am and 12:00 pm

    Monday, August 11th at Forbes Library
    12:00 pm

    Wednesday, August 13th at Look Park
    5:00 pm and 6:30 pm

    All events will be held outdoors and are free, although donations will be gratefully accepted.

    The tinydance project presents low-tech dance performances that highlight the intersection between sustainability and the arts. Performed on a 4′ by 8′ stage that can be towed by bicycle to venues, in natural light to entirely acoustic accompaniment, tinydance performances offer transparency and human connection in today’s complex world.

  77. August 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Girls STEM Summit – North is a one-day summit designed by Jr. Tech for girls in 8 – 12 grade to explore STEM career paths.

    GSS – North will be hosted on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and located at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

    GSS-North targets girls in grades 8 – 12 who love and want to explore careers in STEM. Included in the summit will be a keynote speaker from a female leader in a STEM field, career path workshops with leading STEM professionals, and exploration of high school and college prepatory skills for STEM programs and degrees.

    The key goals of Girls STEM Summit-North are to educate young women on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school to prepare for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role-models working in STEM fields, and to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable.

    Registration and information is available through Jr. Tech’s website at

    The registration fee is $45 for the day-long event and includes participation in hands-on career session breakouts, keynote speaker, and lunch for attendees. Group enrollment is available for schools or groups and includes a block of ten spots plus two instructors spots.

    Jr.Tech’s mission is to engage 4-12 grade students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. We aim to encourage and nurture a lifelong interest in these fields and to broaden students awareness of career paths in STEM by providing high quality, hands-on, STEM workshops and summits.

    Subscribe to the STEM Ed. RSS feed at:

  78. John Root said,

    July 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Edible Wild Plants Walk at 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 21 at Holiday Brook Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Rd. in Dalton with naturalist and landscaper John Root. All ages will be welcome, admission will be free, and plants will be offered for sale. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Dalton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

  79. July 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Mutts & Mimosas
    August 24, 11 am – 2 pm
    Quonquont Farm, Whately

    Come with your dog. Sit for brunch. Stay for the festivities! Join Dakin Humane Society for brunch, live music, a raffle, silent auction, and more! Well-behaved dogs on non-retractable leashes are welcome, and you may even purchase a gourmet meal for them to enjoy! Come support the Pioneer Valley’s only humane society at this fun-filled event.

    Tickets are $50. Follow this link for more information and to register:

  80. Dyan Wiley said,

    July 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Second Sundays Concert & Nature Walk Series
    July 13, August 10 & September 14
    Incredible beautiful setting! Come early to visit Cricket Creek Farm’s cows & farm store!
    3PM | Guided Nature Walk; 4:30PM | Lawn Concert (rain or shine!)
    Mellow music – great for all ages 413.531.1631 x 10 http://www.thetrustees/berkshireconcerts
    Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown
    $10 Trustees Members; $15 Nonmembers; Kids FREE
    Tickets sold at the concert

  81. July 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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

    Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs
    Mondays in July and August
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Free with Museum Admission. Advance sign-up required.
    The Carle is thrilled to partner with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for our Summer Reading Buddies program! Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

    Advance sign-up is required to read to a Reading Buddies dog. Call 413.658.1114 or email to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

  82. July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Fab Faux With the Hogshead Horns and Crème Tangerine Strings
    Performing the full Abbey Road album and more, the Fab Faux brings horns and strings to faithfully recreate even the most complex Beatles recordings.
    April 25, 2015, 8 PM
    8 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $60, $55, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10. Premium seating and Meet & Greet reception with artists after the show, $75.

  83. July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Stephen Petronio Company: Locomotor / Non Locomotor
    Contemporary choreographer Stephen Petronio presents an evening-length, full company work in two dynamic parts, set to an original Clams Casino score.
    April 16, 2015
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

  84. July 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk
    Conducting the orchestra from his piano, Jeremy Denk leads the celebrated Academy of St Martin in the Fields, playing works by Bach, Dvořák and others.
    March 28, 2015
    8 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $55, $50, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

  85. July 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Shaolin Warriors: Voices of Masters
    The troupe of more than 20 Kung Fu masters performs a dazzling theatrical martial arts display of precision and grace that’s fun for the whole family.
    March 26, 2015
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $40, $35, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

  86. July 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The Chieftains
    The Chieftains make Irish music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive, never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries.
    March 8, 2015
    7 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $60, $55, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10

  87. July 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
    Charismatic nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri has a career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras.
    February 28, 2015
    8 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  88. July 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Grupo Corpo
    Brazilian contemporary dance company combines the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance, the liquid swing of jazz, and the technical prowess of ballet.
    February 24, 2015
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

  89. July 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Warren Wolf & Wolfpack
    Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano.
    February 5, 2015
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all Ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium: 80 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  90. July 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Mummenschanz makes the ordinary extraordinary in a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.
    December 7, 2014
    4 PM
    Family Event, appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $40, $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  91. July 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

    The Jack DeJohnette Trio Featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison
    Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette, one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre, performs with Ravi Coltrane (sax) and Matthew Garrison (bass).
    November 21, 2014
    8 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium: 80 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $40, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  92. July 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Martha Graham Dance Company
    This company is one of the oldest and most celebrated in contemporary dance, performing the newly commissioned work Echo, along with Graham classics.
    Novemeber 18, 2014
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $50, $45, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

  93. July 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Jeremy Denk
    Compelling and multi-faceted pianist Jeremy Denk received Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award and the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize.
    November 13, 2014
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium: 80 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  94. July 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Angélique Kidjo
    Afro-pop spitfire, philanthropist and activist Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy winning recording artist deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine.
    October 30, 2014
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  95. July 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
    Regina Carter is a knockout jazz violinist performing Southern Comfort, a program of songs and music from her father’s home state of Alabama.
    October 9, 2014
    7:30 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium: 80 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

  96. July 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Pink Martini
    With a dozen musicians, this little orchestra from Portland, OR has become an international phenomenon playing its retro-hip multilingual repertoire.
    September 20, 2014
    8 PM
    Appropriate for all ages
    Contact: Emily Everett,, 413-545-2511
    UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall: 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003
    Regular ticket prices $55, $50, $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10

  97. Su Eaton said,

    June 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Peaceable Village Family Play Dance
    For ages birth to 9 and their grown-ups and those Intergenerational beings who love to play!
    Su will provide an environment for play with music, fantastical dress-ups, props, face paints, community mural, books, 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. We will start with open play then some structured play and end with open play and a closing circle.
    I invite you to come dressed festively!
    Saturday 10-12 am July 12, AND September 13
    at the Wild Life Sanctuary at the Arts and Industry Building 221 Pine St Florence
    $5 -$10 per person
    Facilitated by Su Eaton
    Call Su 617-623-3521 for any questions

  98. June 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Winged Art
    Every Thursday in July and August
    2-3 p.m.
    Be inspired by the beauty all around you in Butterflies and create a butterfly-inspired work of art. Transform yourself with a butterfly mask, or fly your very own butterfly puppet home. Each week will feature a different family-friendly art project.
    For families and kids of all ages
    call us at 413.443.7171
    e-mail us at
    visit our website
    Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street (Route 7)
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
    Included with cost of admission into the museum!

  99. June 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Caterpillar Chat
    Every Monday in July and August
    2-3 p.m.
    Take a close look at the caterpillars in our Butterflies exhibition and learn just how important this stage of life is for each species. False eyes, beautiful camouflage patterns, and mouths specially developed to be eating machines are just a few of their fascinating adaptations!
    For families and kids of all ages
    call us at 413.443.7171
    e-mail us at
    visit our website
    Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street (Route 7)
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
    Included with cost of admission into the museum!

  100. June 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Amherst Wednesday Market at Kendrick Park
    2pm-6pm through October
    Local food, live music, lots of fun!
    North Pleasant St & Triangle St.
    Parking Available!

    Local vendors with a wide array of foods and farm products in a family friendly atmosphere. Come for the food, stay for the fun! Kid friendly activities available weekly with Sweet Roots Gardens and educational activities with Grow Food Amherst and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Live music from local artists, in a beautiful green park, just north of downtown Amherst.

  101. Tim May said,

    April 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Adult Pickup Soccer games, every Monday night at Pettingill Park in Cummington, 6 pm – 730. FREE. Beautiful field, friendly game for all levels – beginners to experienced. Games are for adults and kids 12 and up. Great playground too for the little ones, bring the kids! Contact Tim May

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