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  1. Matt Haley said,

    October 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

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

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

  2. Emily Crehan said,

    October 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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

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

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

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

    Enjoy Oktoberfest beer from Berkshire Brewing

    Win a costume contest.

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

    Shake your cottontail and swirl your merlot.

    Flash your fangs at the photo booth.

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

  3. October 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

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

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

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

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

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

  4. October 21, 2014 at 8:51 am

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

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

    The Amherst Hockey Association

  5. October 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Halloween Candy Give Back
    November 1
    All ages
    Plum Crane
    Easthampton CrossFit, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton

    Who hasn’t looked at that bowl of Halloween Candy slowly shrinking and your family’s sugar intake slowly growing? This year, Easthampton CrossFit is offering an alternative. Keep a few treats, but give the rest of your candy to us, and we will ship it far from your kitchen to be sent to the troops in care packages. Just bring it by the gym on November 1, and yes, wear your costume one more time!

  6. October 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Halloween Party at Purradise Feline Adoption Center

    No ghosts and goblins here! Just some frightfully fantastic dogs and cats looking for new loving homes. Stop by Purradise on Saturday, October 25, 12:00pm-3:00pm, for a Halloween Adoption Party. Besides shelter animals from Berkshire Humane Society, there’ll be lots of fun activities for the entire family, including face painting, games, and a costume contest. Refreshments will be generously donated by Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe. Purradise is located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington. For more information, call 413-717-4244.

  7. October 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Farming of Yesteryear

    This Sunday on Oct.19, 2014 the Farm Bureau of Hampshire County is sponsoring a Tractor Ride to raise funds for the 4H and agricultural students in Hampshire County.

    Tractors will be on display from 7:30-9:30 am at the Lion’s Club Pavilion in Hatfield (at the end of Billings Way, behind the elementary school). At 9:30, the Tractors will depart and parade up Main Street towards Whately and will return at 2:00 pm. The parade route is listed below:

    Coffee and donuts are for sale in the morning.

    Local Burgers from Main St Northampton will be doing a cook out with hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

    Antique tractors and implements on display for the full day

    International Harvester will be displaying information and things to purchase.

    Scale model toy tractors for sale.

    Kid’s activities — ongoing all day.

    Play area with mini pedal tractors to ride.

    * Mini tractor pull competition…and many more family activities.

    The Hatfield Farm Museum ( will be open all day.

    This year we are focusing on Farming of Yesteryear with the display of antique tractors and farm implements.

    Tractor Route: The tractors will leave the Hatfield Lion’s Club Pavilion at 9:30 and go parade up Main Street, Hatfield to Christian Lane, Whately, then follow North St and South Mill River Rd to Rt 116. The tractors will then take a scenic ride through Stillwater Rd, Hoosac Rd, Matthews Rd, Graves Rd, Reeds Bridge Rd, and Shelburne Rd in Conway, where they will stop at the Conway Fire Department for a coffee and bake sale at 11:30. The tractors will be on display on Rt 116 near Orchard Equipment.

    At 12:30 the tractors will head back to Hatfield by following Whately Road, Conway Rd, Haydenville Rd, West Brook Rd, Chestnut Plain Rd to Mountain Rd in Hatfield. Crossing Rt 5 and heading down N. Hatfield Rd to King and North Street, pm where the tractors will be on display.

    ****Families and children are encouraged to watch the tractors as they travel this route, then come to the Lions Pavilion (Hatfield) for more fun and activities.

  8. October 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Come and create your unique mask for Halloween!

    Whether you want to be silly or spooky, this fun workshop is an exciting way to make your imagination come to life.

    Multi-Arts is offering a children’s Make Your Own Mask workshop just perfect for Halloween! Multi-Arts, a local arts organization that has been empowering and inspiring young artists for over 14 years, is hosting a free mask making workshop, led by professional illustrator Titus Neijens. Multi-Arts’ innovative programming encourages creativity and instills a lifelong love of the arts with children. Especially in this age of consumerism, Multi-Arts’ camps and workshops help children discover they can use their imaginations to invent and build designs that instills lasting pride and happiness.

    Wednesday October 29, from 4-6 pm
    at All Things Local Coop, Amherst

    Free of charge but donations are very much appreciated

    All children welcome.

  9. October 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information, contact Rob Cox (, 413-545-6842) or Danielle Kovacs (, 413-545-284).

  10. October 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

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

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


    ◦10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    ◦Caregivers with children birth – 5

    ◦Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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

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

  11. Nancy Farber said,

    October 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Cushman Scott Children’s Center annual Mini-Mall Craft Fair is November 1, 2014 from 10-2 at 71 Henry Street North Amherst. Free admission-contact Nancy 413-549-1167 or is still vendor space as well. Do your holiday shopping early at our craft fair. Handmade children and toddler, items, jewelry, place mats, fabric bags and more! Come and bring your friends!

  12. Tammy said,

    October 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Happy Halloween-Don’t be scared! Mountain View Dance is offering one month of free dance lessons for children age 2-11 ,try a class or two. Sunderland,Ma 01375 665-7679
    registration fee applies. Ends Nov.

  13. October 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, hosts its fourth annual Community Open House on Sunday, October 19, a free, day-long celebration for all ages.

    Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi—who describe their sound as “a fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, khasidic, world beat, and Balkan music”—are celebrated for their inventive style and passionate, energetic performances. The band will take the stage at 2 p.m.

    Author Mark Binder will perform humorous stories of “Life in Chelm,” portrayed in many traditional Jewish stories as a town of fools, whose solutions to problems are often ridiculous but always funny. Binder has written numerous stories and books about Chelm, including A Hanukah Present!, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. He’ll perform at 10:30 a.m.

    At 11:30, the visiting exhibit “Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context” will open with a talk by the artist’s granddaughter, Yelena Lembersky. The exhibit will be at the Center’s Brechner Gallery through March 2015.

    The Community Open House also will include a welcome from Aaron Lansky, the Yiddish Book Center’s founder and president, at 1:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Center at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to buy food from Yosi Kitchen’s falafel tent, which will be serving its signature Mediterranean fare.

    More information can be found at

  14. Ann Gibson said,

    October 13, 2014 at 10:56 am


  15. October 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    This post has an event and a class so hope okay but did want folks to miss fun and educational Archer events and classes. see below.

    From: [] On Behalf Of Kyle Bissell
    Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:57 AM
    To: Kyle Bissell
    Subject: Archery: New Fall Programs, New Clinics & A Few Cancellations

    Hello Archers!

    New Programs:
    1) Three new Pumpkin Shoot opportunities scheduled on Tuesday October 28, Wednesday Oct 29, Thursday October 30: 3:45 – 5:15. Enroll online.

    2) NEW Fall Spooky Shoot: Thursday, October 30, 7:00-8:00. Targets have lights on them…..everything else is, well, dark and spooky. Enroll online. Optional: Wear a costume…bring a Jack-O-Lantern.

    3) Homeschool or Retired?: Late Fall 1:00 Thursday Session: Thursdays, Oct 16-Nov 13, 1:00-2:30. Enroll online.

    4) Clinics: Check out our new clinic series! Inform your decision making process when buying a new bow so you end up with the best options for your goals and budget. Learn to select and fletch arrows, tune bows and more. Enroll online.

    5) We are still trying to secure an indoor location for Winter 2015. If you have suggestions, please contact me.

    Cancellations: No Pumpkin Shooting or JOAD/AAAP on Thursday or Friday Oct 16th or 17th after 3:00. The road to the farm will be closed and a large surrealist outdoor cabaret and pumpkin walk (The Royal Frog Ballet) will be performing. I highly recommend attending this event! I went last year, LOVED it, and will attend again.



    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    Like us on Facebook

  16. Su Eaton said,

    October 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

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

  17. Tian Hui Ng said,

    October 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Presenter: Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
    Event: Monsters Ball *Kids Edition*
    Date: October 25th, 2014
    Time: 3 – 4pm
    Venue: Abbey Memorial Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075.
    Admission: $5 General Admission, $3 All Children, Accompanying Adults with groups of 4 or more children enter for free. Group Offers: 4 Child Tickets for $10 and 10 Child Tickets for $20.


    Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain
    Strauss Jr. – The Beautiful Blue Danube
    Elfman – The Simpsons
    Chopin – Grande valse brillante

    Instrument Demonstration

    Dvorak – iv. Allegro con fuoco from the New World Symphony
    Strauss Jr. – Vibrations Waltz
    Grainer – Dr Who

    Following the great success of our annual Monsters Ball in the past few years, and in response to many requests from parents and teachers in our community, the orchestra has created our inaugural *Kids Edition* of the Monsters Ball.

    We invite adults and children ranging from infants in arms to young people in Junior High to come dressed in costumes and dance to waltzes and polkas by Chopin and Johann Strauss II. In between, enjoy soundtrack music from some of our favorite television shows such as The Simpsons, and Dr Who. To further enrich the experience, there will be a show and tell section where members of the orchestra circulate among the audience to introduce their instruments. You will be able to experience the sound of these instruments up close and personal and to ask our musicians any questions you might have regarding their instrument. We will also present the final movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony to give everyone a taste of symphonic orchestral repertoire.

    Tickets are priced at a very affordable $3 per child, and $5 for adults to help us cover costs. Adults accompanying groups of 4 or more children enter for free. We also have group rates for groups of 4 or more children.

    More information at:

  18. Paul Boyne said,

    October 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Ok Folks.. The Truck Stop Troubadours are in Northampton tonight at 9:30 pm @ 1 Pearl Street to be exact at the completely renovated ONE BAR & GRILL (the new venue that replaces Tully O’Reilly’s and The Elevens on the corner of Pearl and Pleasant streets) Come on down and witness Live Country Outlaw Music With The “Good Ol’ Boys” The Truck Stop Troubadours.. See Y’all there !

    #CountryMusic, #PearlStreet, #NorthamptonMA, #LiveMusicScene, #OutlawCountry, #TruckStopTroubadours, #KeepItCountry

  19. Helene Pajak said,

    October 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Westhampton Fall Festival
    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Westhampton Town Center
    10:15 am – 7:00 pm
    Great Food & Fun

    10:15 am Community Interfaith Church Service
    11:30 am Dedication of 200th Anniversary Plaque on former Hale House which is now the town library
    12:30 5K Road Race – 2 Mile Walk

    Afternoon activities 12:00 – 4:15
    Kids Games & Crafts
    Blacksmith Shop Museum open
    Civil War Camp Activities
    Classic & Antique Car Exhibit
    Farm Animals
    Cow Pie Bingo
    COA Pie Sale
    Woodsman Demo
    Cider Making
    Scarecrow Making
    Largest Pumpkin Contest
    Corn Shelling

    4:15 pm THE GREAT PUMPKIN ROLL followed by Community Supper, Bonfire and Sing-A Long

  20. Marnie Myers said,

    October 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”

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

    Tickets on sale now and must purchased online at:

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

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

  21. October 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Sunday, October 19, 1 – 4 pm — LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
    for their October Open House and Family Day. See tools and products manufactured in Franklin County, and a special exhibit on the history of local paper mills. Join in activities to identify and use hand tools manufactured in the region, take a walk on the Green River and see the hidden Mill Street dam from the the museum’s home in the historic Newell Snow factory building. Your donations support museum programming. 413-336-8275 2 Mead Street Greenfield, MA

  22. October 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Mister G Hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta Costume Party for Families Academy of Music Theatre, Sunday, October 26th at 11:00 am

    Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), a 2014 Latin GRAMMY nominee, who has been dubbed a “kid-friendly, bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post and “irresistible” by People magazine, will be presenting his third annual Halloween Fiesta concert on October 26th at the Academy of Music Theatre on 274 Main St. in Northampton. Showtime is 11:00 am. Children (and parents) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The previous two Halloween Fiesta concerts have drawn hundreds of families from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to sing and dance along to Mister G hits like “Ghosts and Goblins,” “Chocolalala,” and “Sneaky Chihuahua.” Mister G will be joined on stage by local hero Tony Vacca and Senegalese talking drum master Massamba Diop.

    This year’s Halloween Fiesta will also feature music from his 2014 release, The Bossy E, the second in a series of albums that aim to reconnect kids with their creativity and love of learning. In addition to writing all the songs and playing many of the instruments, Ben also recorded, mixed and produced The Bossy E at Black Bear, his recording studio in Whately, MA.

    He’s joined on the album by legendary GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist Charles Neville (Neville Brothers), Senegalese superstar Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal), Rani Arbo, Tony Vacca and a chorus of local children. Recipient of the first song-writing scholarship ever awarded by Berklee College of Music, Ben wrote the original songs on The Bossy E as a follow-up to his Latin GRAMMY-nominated Spanish language release, ABC Fiesta.

    This past summer, Mister G kicked off a national tour for The Bossy E headlining shows at major venues such as the Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia, Madison Square Park in New York City, Strathmore Music Center in Washington, DC and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Bossy E is currently a first-round entrant on the GRAMMYs in the Best Children’s Album category.

    Named one of the “Best Live Bands for Kids and Families,” Mister G performs internationally around the US, Latin America and Europe. When not on tour, he lives locally and has deep roots in the Pioneer Valley. A graduate of Amherst College and the M.Ed program at Smith College, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) was inspired to write the songs for his first album, Pizza for Breakfast, by his former elementary school students at the Smith College Campus School. The Halloween Fiesta will be sponsored by the WRSI, Sunnyside Child Care Center, Baystate Reference Laboratories, Baystate Radiology & Imaging, Northampton Arts Council, Hilltown Families, Pioneer Valley Family Medicine and other local businesses.

    Tickets for this event are $8 for children and $10 for adults, and may be purchased online at or at the Box Office. Hundreds of tickets are also donated to Northampton Public Schools and local nonprofits, including the Northampton Survival Center, Northampton Parents Center and the International Language Institute. For more information on Mister G and the Halloween Fiesta please visit:

  23. Cyndy Sperry said,

    October 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Intergenerational dance at the Chesterfield Community Center (400 Main St, Chesterfield) Friday October 17 from 7-10. Fiddler Katherine First and band Kitchen Party along with dance caller Gretchen Burdick will get folks moving, dancing, and laughing at this event co sponsored by the Chesterfield Cultural Council and the Chesterfield Council on Aging. All ages welcome. Suggested donation $5.

  24. Lynn said,

    October 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Do you love Duct Tape as much as we do? Come to our crafting event! We’ll be making several Duct Tape crafts.

    Friday, October 17 at 3:30 at the Forbes Library. Please call ahead at 413-587-1010 to let us know you would like to attend!

  25. Lynn said,

    October 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS POSTING- The time of the event is 2:00pm.

    Join us for a bone-chilling event. At “Tales from the Beyond,” Greg McAdams will take you on a spine-tingling adventure with strange objects, stories of hauntings, and tales of the unexplained! This program is designed for elementary school age and up.

    Saturday, October 11 at the Forbes Library in Northampton.

  26. Lynn said,

    October 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Join us for a bone-chilling event. At “Tales from the Beyond,” Greg McAdams will take you on a spine-tingling adventure with strange objects, stories of hauntings, and tales of the unexplained! This program is designed for elementary school age and up.

    Saturday, October 11 at the Forbes Library in Northampton.

  27. Kate Lytton said,

    October 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm


    This week Sarah Pirtle worked with K through third grade at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield on social skills like the Stop Rule, fixing mistakes when a teacher says “oops,” finding personal solutions to conflicts, and making things better, not worse. Pirtle, author of four books for teachers, has focused for four decades on training adults and children.

    This month Sarah Pirtle offers a three week Talk It Out training 6 to 8 pm open to any interested adults on Thursday nights starting October 16th. Advance registration is required by contacting the Discovery Center for Peacebuilding at or (413) 625-2355. The trainings will be held at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield, U.C.C. on Main Street from October 16, 23 and 30. Child care for three and up is available if requested in advance.

    The workshops support parents, teachers, grandparents and other interested adults in the art of imparting social skills to children through open-hearted communication. The program will also be informative for those not working with children currently but interested in generally developing these skills. It will cover how to help children buy into social agreements, and express themselves constructively during upset and conflicts. It will also help adults feel confident in helping children understand social situations as they work on communicating their needs and on leading talk-it-outs.

    The text for the course is Better Together: Caring and Including Instead of Bullying by Pirtle which includes a double CD of songs that can be used at home or in classrooms to start conversations. The three week course is $35, the cost of the book and CD.

    from the Discovery Center for Peacebuilding

    Sarah Pirtle, Director

    (413) 625-2355

  28. October 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Oct 19: Join us for a day of events for the whole family.Featuring the Sarah Rose Lazarus Concert: Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi. All events are free and open to the public

    2pm | Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi
    The Sarah Rose Lazarus Concert
    The band’s repertoire combines klezmer with Khasidic nigunim, Roma, jazz, classical, Balkan, Yiddish folk and theater tunes, and Sephardic motifs.

    10:30am | Author, Story Performer Mark Binder
    “Life in Chelm” and other stories of fools and wisefolk for families
    What’s the difference between a fool and a wiseperson? Chelm! Whether or not you understood that joke, you’ll smile, grin and laugh at the stories that Mark Binder will share.
    Mark Binder’s first Chelm book, “A Hanukkah Present” was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. His most recent release is the unabridged edition of “The Brothers Schlemiel,” a novel of Chelm.

    11:30am | Exhibit Opening: Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context
    Talk & slide show by Yelena Lembersky: The Art of Felix Lembersky: Insights from his Granddaughter
    Jewish artist Felix Lembersky was born in 1913 in Lublin, Poland. He died in Leningrad in 1970. Rooted in the Soviet avant-garde and the Yiddish Kultur-Lige movement, and academically trained in Leningrad, Lembersky melded realist and modernist forms, creating emotionally charged images/metaphors. His most moving works are the portraits of fellow citizens and the spaces they inhabited.

    1:30pm | Welcome & Update: Aaron Lansky
    Yiddish Book Center Founder and President

    11am & 1pm | Tour the world’s first Yiddish museum!

    Group Tour | This 45-minute tour takes the visitor through the Yiddish Book Center’s museum exhibits and allows them to…

  29. October 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hiking the Breckenridge Sanctuary in Williamsburg
    Saturday, October 25th
    All ages, parent should accompany children.

    Come enjoy the crisp Fall air at the Breckenridge Sanctuary on a guided 1-mile hike with Hilltown Land Trusts’s AmeriCorps Land Steward. Along the way we will observe signs of wildlife and human land use throughout history. Come dressed in layers and wear a pair of sturdy hiking shoes.

    For more info or to RSVP, email or call (413) 628-4485 x4.


    Take Old Goshen Road north off Route 9, 1.1 mi. west of Williamsburg village. 0.4 mi. from Route 9, bear left at the “Y” intersection with Hemenway Road, continuing on Old Goshen Road. 1.9 mi. from Route 9, the road crosses the West Branch of the Mill River and turns to gravel. Look for a small parking pullout on the left about 100 yards beyond the crossing. The trail begins at the two inscribed boulders at the back of the parking area. Note that there are no rest rooms or other facilities at this location.

  30. Kim Loughlin said,

    October 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair
    The Bement School is pleased to host the Pioneer Valley Independent School Fair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Kittredge Building. Parents looking for more information on private school options are welcome to come learn more from 25 Independent schools representing schools for children in pre-school through grade 12 and post graduate. Information sessions on topics such as how to apply for financial aid, finding the right match, and advice on applying to schools will take place from 11-12. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office at Bement at 413-774-4209 if you have any questions.

  31. October 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

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

  32. Matt said,

    October 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    -Building Cooperative Power: Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-operatives in the Connecticut Valley
    -Friday, October 17, 2014
    -Intergenerational/community event
    -Contact information: Matt Grillo, (413) 256-6425,,
    -Location: 71 S Pleasanr St, Amherst, MA 01002 (Collective Copies)

  33. October 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    A new Hilltown Community Theater Group for all ages is forming in Worthington. The group will meet Saturday mornings at 10:00 downstairs at the Worthington Library beginning October 18th. The groups’ goals are to bring together people of all ages and abilities to have fun, to learn about all aspects of theater production in an encouraging supportive environment and to perform quality plays for the community. There are many different aspects to theater production in addition to performing. Are you interested in art? Props might be for you. Are you interested in electronics, lighting or music? The first four weeks will be devoted to theater games, learning about the theater and deciding on a play to produce. This group is free and open to all Hilltown residents. Children under eight must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Kim Savery at 667-2203 or

    This group is supported in part by the United Way of Hampshire County and the Coordinated Community and Family Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

  34. Gini Traub said,

    October 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

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

  35. Ann Kearns said,

    October 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

    5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market. Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. Fast 5K run or 2-mile walk in scenic farmland at Hadley Town Common. Post-race festival with live music; farmers’ market; local food, beer, and hard cider; nature exhibits; entertainment for kids; and more! $22 advance ticket, $24 day of event. Register at Proceeds benefit Kestrel Land Trust.

  36. alli rotenberg said,

    October 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    The Richmond Craft and Country Fair, Saturday November 1st from 10am-3pm. Silent Auction, Chance Auction, local crafters, yummy treats, large Scholastic Book Sale set-up. Hidden Gem of a school, take your family on a fall foliage drive through the beautiful Berkshires to visit the fun at Richmond Consolidated School in Richmond, MA. 1831 State Road, few miles from Hancock Shaker Village.

  37. October 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

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

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

  38. October 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Amherst Hockey Association (AHA) USED GEAR SALE

    Thu, Oct 09, 2014
    06:30 pm – 09:00 PM at Mullins Center Practice Rink, UMASS Amherst

    AHA Families, It’s that time of year again! You have opened up your hockey bags, aired out
    gear, and realized that your skater has out grown EVERYTHING they wore last year.
    Never Fear the used Gear Sale is Here!!!!!
    AHA is currently accepting donations of all your well-loved gear. Please
    drop off all donations at The UPS Store located next to ABC in Amherst.
    We will be hosting the Gear Sale at the Mullins Center Practice Rink on Oct. 9th from 6:30-9PM.
    We REALLY need your donations to make this work. Please look in your attics,your basements, the back of your closets and bring your old Gear to the UPS Store.
    Thank you all for your time and help in supporting AHA!

    To sign up to help or for more information please email Rachael Daley at
    or call 413-358-7604 and leave a voice mail.

  39. 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.

  40. 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+.

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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;

  50. 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.

  51. Mandy said,

    September 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

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

  52. Lynn said,

    September 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

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

  53. September 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Friday, November 14th from 7pm-9pm

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

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

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

    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!

  54. Leslie Evans said,

    September 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

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

  55. 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.”

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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:

  59. 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:

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