Suggested Events 01/08/11-01/14/11

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, January 8th at 10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G kicks off the Nonotuck Community School Winter Concert Series with a family concert at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main St.) More info here. 586-5996 Northampton, MA (>$)

On Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30pm, Hilltown Families presents ... Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families , a FREE interactive and fun presentation for adults with author Susan Tordella at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) in Florence, MA. Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families. More information HERE. Florence, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

CONCERT & DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS: Chris Smither in concert on Sat, Jan 15 at 8pm, Ashfield’s Town Hall. Chris is an acclaimed acoustic roots singer-songwriter whose career spans 40 years, 12 albums & 3 DVDs. He tours world-wide and his songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. Tickets are $18adv/$20door. Elmer’s will serve a pre-concert dinner (5 – 7:15pm) with BBQ Pulled Pork Po’ Boys from Skippy & Wanda Walker of New Orleans.  This po-boy was named one of America’s top sandwiches in 2008 by Esquire Magazine, and their daughter, Shayne Walker, will be our chef of the evening.  (Vegetarian option will be offered as well.) Dinner is $14 and includes dessert and coffee. Dinner reservations and concert info:  628-4003. www.Elmersstore.com/events

BULLETIN BOARD

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: The Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School (HCCPS) invites prospective parents to attend an Informational Meeting on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 6:30pm. HCCPS is an arts-integrated, parent-involved public K-8 school located in the Brassworks Building on Rte. 9 in Haydenville, MA. There is no tuition or application fee. The Admissions Lottery will be held February 8th, 2011.Applications received after Feb 7th will be entered in subsequent lotteries. Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School does not discriminate on any basis. For an application, information, or to schedule a visit, call (413) 268-3421 or email info@hilltowncharter.org. Visit the HCCPS online at www.hilltowncharter.org

Pioneer Valley Local First - buy localPioneer Valley Local First writes: In the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protect and strengthen. Our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy Local First.  We also encourage and support companies to be socially, locally and environmentally responsible. In addition we educate Pioneer Valley citizens, community organizations, businesses and local governments about the benefits of doing business with locally owned, independent businesses. Help the Pioneer Valley to continue to be its unique, wonderful self; so that our place, doesn’t look like every place, by using your Pioneer Valley Local Business Guide.

PRESCHOOL FAIR: The Northampton Parents Center is having its annual Preschool Fair on Thursday, January 13th, at the Parents Center from 9:30 to 11:00 am.  Snow date is January 20th.  Representatives from local preschools will be on hand to answer questions.  This event is free of charge.  Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of Main and State Streets in Northampton — entrance on State Street.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information go to the Parents Center website: www.northamptonparentscenter.org.

POLKA DANCE LESSONS: February 5th is Sweetheart Family Polka Night at the Sunderland Elementary School from , 6:30-1opm. Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cafe Sun. Local favorite The Eddie Forman Orchestra will have you carousing, and secret local entertainers will kick things off. Yummy desserts will be served. Proceeds to benefit the Sunderland Elementary School PTO. Free babysitting!Also FREE Polka lessons for kids and adults, Thursday evenings Jan 13 – Feb 3, 7- 8pm. For more info: 665-1151 or 768-9857 or go to www.cafesun.org.

Hilltown Families has been serving & supporting our local community for 5 years! Help HF continue to serve our community by supporting the work we do! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and/or enhanced publicity. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

The Forbes Library of Northampton, MA writes: Food for Fines, Jan. 3rd through Jan. 15th. Support your local community, clear your library account and return our books and media to circulate to others!  During this time, patrons may pay overdue fines with canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in our community.

Lilly Lombard of Grow Food Northampton writes: Spread the word that Whole Foods in Hadley will have a “5% day” for us on WED. JANUARY 12. 5% of all proceeds that day will go to Grow Food Northampton. Mark your calendar to shop at Whole Foods that day. They have become proactive in sourcing food locally!

Evan Wilson of Health Resource in Action writes: Health Resources in Action and The 84 are looking for youth ages 15-17 to become trained to conduct tobacco compliance checks.  A tobacco compliance check is a way to make sure tobacco retailers are not selling tobacco products to underage youth. It involves youth under the age of 18 going into stores where tobacco is sold to attempt to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products.   The next training will be in Northampton on Monday, January 10th from 4-7pm at the Western Regional Health Office. Once trained, youth’s name will be entered into a database of teens who are trained and willing to participate in checks. Youth will be paid $8-10/hour to conduct the checks in their community.   Contact Evan Wilson at ewilson@hria.org or (617) 279-2240 x332 to sign up for an upcoming training. Please provide your name, age, address, phone and an email address.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: TOP 10 OF 2010!

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS is our Top 10 of 2010 Episode. We’re playing songs off of our top 10 albums selected for 2010. Tune in to hear who we’ve selected and get ready for some great music!

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

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    Saturday – January 8th, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes through April 30th. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

    10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G kicks off the Nonotuck Community School Winter Concert Series with a family concert at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main St.) More info here. 586-5996 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.) with live music by the hilltown’s very own, Radio Free Earth. Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Blue Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-12Noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Berkshire Sanctuaries is sponsoring a Bird Banding Demo at  Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for families w/kids 3yo & older.  Use mist nets, band birds, record data, relase birds unharmed. (472 West Mountain Rd.) berkshires@massaudubon.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am-3pm – WINTER TRAILS DAY: Activities at Notchview Reservation for annual Winter Trails Day. Cross-country ski lessons for all levels, clinics, snowshoe hike. Bring skis or rent in advance from your local ski shop.  Snowshoes available on site. 684-0148 http://www.ttor.org Windsor, MA (FREE) Rescheduled for January 22nd due to lack of snow.

    10:30am-12Noon – STORY/MOVIE TIME: Reading and screening of The Snowman and The Snowy Day at the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium (1 Wendell Ave.). Snacks & crafts too. 499-9480 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    11am & 1pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Grateful Crane: A Japanese Tale, will be performed by the Hartsbrook School Early Childhood Faculty at the Eric Carle Museum. 584-3198 www.hartsbrook.org Amherst, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main St.). Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). To sign-up or for more information email rborsody@cwmars.org or call the Lee Library at 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEALMontague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-5pm – CHESS: Western MA Blitz Chess Challenge for kids ages 6yo+ happens at the Westfield Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). All levels welcomed. Presented by the Western Massachusetts Chess Association and the Westfield Chess Club. 568-7833 www.westath.orgWestfield, MA (FREE)

    1pm – SPANISH: Spanish Get-Together at the Meekins Library the second Saturday of each month.  Intermediate to advanced speakers. ¿Quieres Practicar tu español? Puedes Hacerlo en Las Tertulias en Espanol en la biblioteca Meekins en Williamsburg Los segundos sabados de cada mes a la una. 268-7472 www.meekins-library.org Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1-10pm – RED TENT: Red Tent Temple of the Berkshires for all women 13yo and older. 441-4186 Pittsfield, MA ($)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

    ♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 Holyoke, MA ($)

    2pm – MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum (6 Elm St.) will host a screening of “Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole” (PG). http://www.westath.org Westfield, MA (FREE)

    2pm – HERBAL REMEDIES: Dr. Rebecca Shwartz will offer a workshop on making simple herbal remedies for common wintertime complaints in the community room at the Forbes Library. www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Worm composting workshop at Green Fields market. 586-3699 Greenfield, MA (FREE)

    2-5pm – GIRLS CIRCLE: The Girl Circle, an ongoing group for girls between 9-12 yrs to explore their holistic relationship with the seasons, the moon cycles, sense of self and esteem, body image and awareness, verbal vocal clarity, holistic empowerment, fullness of expression, and gain skills for managing and balancing emotional and physical health and wholeness. Led by Alisa Wright Tanny. 695-6950 Conway/Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    5pm – 12th NIGHT: St John’s Church is hosting a Twelfth Night celebration. There will be a festive gathering and a lively reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  Musical instruments are encouraged.  Potluck supper between acts featuring Three Kings Cake and wassail.  Bring a potluck dish to share and copy of the play (if you have one). Open to all. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    7:30pm – CABARET: Amherst Regional High School will host a cabaret, showcasing the perfoming arts of ARHS.  Amherst, MA ($)


    Sunday – January 9th, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio atwww.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge.   All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk.  There is a late-risers run/walk at 9am too.  West Chesterfield, MA

    10am-4:30pm – CIRCUS PLAY: Circus Play! Aerial Fabric and Flying Yoga Workshop at Sirius Community for ages 7yo-97ish.  Instruction, Practice, Exploration, Fun. 259-4369 Shutesbury, MA

    1-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

    ♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.)  Skate rentals available. 781-2599 Springfield, MA ($)

    2-4:30pm – MINDFULNESS: The Fun of Mindfulness, an afternoon for kids 7-10yo at the Eastworks Building. Easthampton, MA ($)

    2pm – WEST AFRICAN DANCE/MUSICSunday Come Dance Senegalese Sabar at Community Yoga Center (16 Federal St.).  Learn this graceful and energetic style danced to Senegalese music. All ages welcomed. Greenfield, MA ($)

    3pm – CABARET: Amherst Regional High School will host a cabaret, showcasing the perfoming arts of ARHS.  Amherst, MA ($)

    3:30pm – KNITTING: Second Sunday Yarn Spinners meet at the Meekins Library.  All levels welcome.  Bring your projects, needles and yarn.  For more info email morales.wolk@gmail.com. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CABARET: Amherst Regional High School will host a cabaret, showcasing the perfoming arts of ARHS.  Amherst, MA ($)

    7:30-8:30pm – WOMEN’S SONG CIRCLE: Jewish Women’s Song Circle happens at Cradle with Felicia Sloin. Explore Jewish connections through song, chant, and meditation. Singing experience, affiliation, and knowledge of Hebrew are not necessary. 737-2601 www.feliciasloin.com (FREE)


    Monday, January 10th, 2011

    5:30pm in Westhampton: Storytime at the library. (FREE)

    6-7pm in Northampton: Emergency Preparedness Talks with Earthwork Programs at River Valley Market. RSVP 522-0338 (FREE)

    6-8pm in Northampton: Workshop at the Forbes Library, “Just Say No!” – for those feeling overwhelmed. (FREE)

    MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

       

    • Northampton 9:30-11:30am : Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 11:00am: Tummy Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • South Hadley 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE) (mid Sept-May)
    • Williamstown 10am: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center. www.williamstownyouthcenter.org (FREE)
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    MONDAY STORY TIMES

       

    • Northampton 10:30am: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
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    MONDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

       

    • Northampton 12Noon – 1pm: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 (FREE)
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    MONDAY OTHER ONGOING

       

    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Montague 6:30pm: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.
    • North Adams 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Springfield 11am-12:50pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
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    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    10am in Northampton: Academy of Music Theatre presents their School Day Series: Freedom Train (Ages 8-12yo) 584.9032 www.academyofmusictheatre.com (>$)

    4pm in Florence: Talking Hands Theatre presents a Puppet Show Sing-along Time with puppeteer Anna Sobel for kids up to 5yo at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.). (FREE)

    6-7pm in Greenfield: Emergency Preparedness Talks with Earthwork Programs at Green Fields Market. RSVP 522-0338 (FREE)

    6:30pm in Haydenville: Informational meeting at the Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School for prospective parents. For an application, information, or to schedule a visit, call 268-3421 or email info@hilltowncharter.org. http://www.hilltowncharter.org (FREE)

    6:30pm in Plainfield: Screening of “The World According to Monsanto” at the town hall.  Sponsored by the Plainfield Agricultural Commission and the Hilltown Non-GMO Working Group.

    TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

       

    • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • South Hadley ♦ 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
    • West Springfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)
    • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)
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    TUESDAY STORY TIMES

       

    • Florence 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Florence 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library.  587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 10-11am: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under.  772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Hatfield 11:00am: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.).  Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft.  247-9097 (FREE)
    • Lenox 11am: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street).  Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)
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    TUESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

       

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Grandparent support group at the Unitarian Meeting House (121 North Pleasant St.) Amherst Family Center with Ann Marie Meltzer. (FREE)
    • Leverett ♦ 7:30-9pm: MOCAI’s Women’s Circle at the Quaker Meeting House (Long Plain Rd.) Weekly drop-in circle for women of color. Circles host a range of activities to suport and build community, with monthly guest facilitators. Babies in arms welcomed. No childcare. http://www.mocai.org (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Berkshire Nursing Families at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton 10:15-12:15am: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at the Community Action Building (56 Vernon St.). Confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Free childcare up to four years old. 253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Northampton 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)
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    OTHER TUESDAY ONGOING

       

    • Amherst 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
    • Florence 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library.  587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Leverett 10-11am: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Leverett Crafts and Arts building (13 Montague Rd.). 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)
    • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
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    Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

    10am in Westhampton: Coffee ‘n’ Chat at the Westhampton Library. Meet friends and neighbors for socializing, coffee & treats. (FREE)

    6:30pm in Florence: Hilltown Families presents … Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, an interactive and fun presentation with author Susan Tordella at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.). Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families. Read more here. (FREE)

    WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

       

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Huntington 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Lenox 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Toddler Play and Learn Group at the  Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • South Hadley 11am-12Noon: Parent with infant group at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
    • Ware 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)
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    WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

       

    • Leverett 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. www.leverettlibrary.org
    • New Marlborough 10am: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • Northampton 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Northampton 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Northfield 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Stockbridge ♦ 10am: Stores and crafts led by Vicky Cooper at the Stockbridge Library. (FREE)
    • Williamsburg 10:30am: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)
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    WEDNESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

       

    • Amherst 9:45-11:15am: MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Expectant mothers welcomed.  The are snacks and childcare for kids 4yo & younger. MotherWoman trained facilitator in the basement of the Unitarian Church (Amherst Family Center).  Run by a MotherWoman trained facilitator. 253-8990 www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 534-2700 (FREE)
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    OTHER WEDNESDAY ONGOING

       

    • Amherst 10:30-11:45am: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
    • Greenfield ♦ 12Noon-1:40pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Hadley 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome.  Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 www.interskate91.com(>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)
    • Northampton 4:15pm: Family Yoga for ages 3yo and up at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)
    • Northampton 4:30pm: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.)  Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
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    Thursday, January 13th, 2011

    9:30-11am in Northampton: Northampton Parents Center preschool fair. See description in bulletin board section above. (FREE)

    5:30-7pm in Holyoke: Parenting workshop with Sarah Getoff, M.Ed., LMHC at the Holyoke Community Charter School”Beyond “Because I Said So!” How to engage cooperation with children. 586-3653 (FREE)

    6:30pm in Hadley: The Hadley (Parent Advisory Council) meeting will present, Understanding Your Child’s Unique Temperament in the Hadley Elementary School Library . Take a look at and discuss inborn personality traits. All are welcome to attend!  584-1859 (FREE)

    7-8pm in Sunderland: Polka lessons for families with Tom & Deb Zimnowski in the Cafe Sun at the Sunderland Elementary School (Swampfield Dr.). Free babysitting services available.  665-1151 www.cafesun.org – And mark your calendars for the Sweetheart Family Polka Night at the Sun Cafe on 2/5! (FREE)

    7:30pm in Amherst: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents The Wizard of Oz at the Bowker Auditorium. www.alsct.org ($)

    THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

       

    • Amherst 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Cummington ♦ 10am-12Noon: Babygroup for newborn to walking at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Great Barrington 1-3pm: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • South Hadley 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Ware9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)
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    THURSDAY STORY TIME

       

    • Amherst 10:30am: Preschool Story Time  at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Dalton 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library.  587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Lee 10:30-11am: Story time at the Lee Library (100 Main St.) for kids 2.5-5yo and their caregivers. 243-0385 (FREE)
    • Lenox ♦ 11-11:45am: Preschool Story-Craft for children ages three to five at the Lenox Library Association featuring stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 (FREE)
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    THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

       

    • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Granparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
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    OTHER THURSDAY ONGOING

       

    • Great Barrington 9am: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • North Adams 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
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    Friday, January 14th, 2011

    10:30am in North Amherst: Otter and Moo Puppet Theatre (Tom Knight and Amy Dawn Kotel) at Cushman’s Children Center (71 Henry St.). http://www.tomknight.com (>$)

    5-8pm in Northampton: Kids’ Art Show at River Valley Market Co-op.  In the month of January, kids of co-op member-owners will be displaying their art in the Quarry Cafe seating area. Come enjoy their work, and meet the artists at a special Northampton Arts Night Out reception. Live music from Tim VanEgmond, mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. Refreshments served! (FREE)

    5-8pm in Northampton: Northampton Arts Night Out

    5:30-7pm in Northampton: Family pool night at the YMCA. Free for members. 584.7086 www.hrymca.org (>$)

    7:30pm in Amherst: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents The Wizard of Oz at the Bowker Auditorium. www.alsct.org ($)

    FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

       

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown 10-11am: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Clapp Memorial Library. 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)
    • Colrain 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Huntington 2pm:  Baby-Time Meet & Greet at the Huntington Library. Feel like you haven’t spoken a complete sentence to another adult during the day..then this is the group for you. Parents or caregivers of infants and toddlers are invited to the Library for a short singing/story session with the children, and then a chance to make new friends. 667-3506 www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Huntington 3pm: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • North Adams 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Stockbridge 9am : The Berkshire Day School (Route 183) welcomes all to a Music & Me playgroup for kids 2-4yo.  This is an hour long circle time with sing-alongs, story and crafts. 637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
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    FRIDAY STORY TIME

       

    • Colrain 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 624-3619 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 11am: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
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    FRIDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

       

    • Greenfield ♦ 10-11:30am: Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought.  At the Community Action Family Center (90 Federal St.). Drop-in for mothers of infants and babies experiencing postpartum.  Expecting mothers welcomed. 774-1000 x2015
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    OTHER FRIDAY ONGOING

       

    • Amherst 9:30am: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Pittsfield 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
    • Springfield 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)
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