Suggested Events 02/05/11-02/11/11

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

Bill Koch Cross Country Ski League held their annual Lollipop Races for kids ages 6 and younger at Notchivew this past Sunday in Windsor, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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.

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On Saturday, February 5th from 5-7pm – HILLTOWN FAMILIES CELEBRATION: Visit Cup and Top Café (1 North Main St.) for the family-friendly opening celebration of the debut of Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit Featuring Life and Landscape in Western MA, a fundraiser for Hilltown Families. There will be giveaways of local food products (click here to enter to win), screening of The Nields Organic Farm for the kids, refreshments, soup, birthday cake, and a playspace for the kids. All images are for sale and all proceeds go to benefit Hilltown Families. 585-0445. www.cupandtop.com. Florence, MA. (FREE/FUNDRAISER)

On Sunday, February 6th at 1pm & 3:40pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Traditional English Long Sword dance groups That Long Tall Sword and Flesh Wounds (of Smith College) will be doing two shows at the Eric Carle Museum’s Great Hall (125 West Bay Rd.). 658-1100. http://www.carlemuseum.org. Amherst, MA. (FREE!)

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On Saturday, February 12th at 10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Enjoy the music and storytelling of Sarah Pirtle and Erin Berard, founders of the touring program Courage Stories.  Some songs and stories inspired by life on the farm!  4 Norman Road.  625-2355.  http://www.redgatefarm.org.  Buckland, MA.  ($)

On Sunday, February 13th at 1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: World premier of Mr. G’s Community Chorus at Cup and Top Cafe. The chorus, made up of children ages 6-10, will sing Mr. G songs as well as classics by artists like Bob Marley and Patsy Cline. 1 North Main Street. 585-0445. http://www.cupandtop.com. Florence, MA. (FREE!)

BULLETIN BOARD

BIRDS OF PREY OPEN HOUSE: On Sunday, Feb 6th from 1-4pm,Greenfield Center School will host a Birds of Prey Open House from 1-4. Come from 1-2 to hear Tom Ricardi, Raptor Rehabilitator, talk about his work. See several majestic live birds of prey. From 2-4 enjoy light snacks and bird-related activities and projects. Dissect an owl pellet, make masks and more. Kindergarten through 5th grade classes will be open for touring. All activities are free. www.centerschool.net

MAMMA MIA SING-ALONG: Fun! Fun! Fun! 3rd Annual Mamma Mia Sing-Along & Costume Contest! Sat., Feb. 5, 7:30 pm, Academy of Music, Northampton. Contest: 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series presents this fabulous evening of fun, singing, & laughter. Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep, is a musical and love story set to ABBA songs. Closed captions. Dress up in island or wedding garb, hats, boas, overalls, flippers for the Anything Goes Costume Contest. Judges include Mayor Clare Higgins & Sen. Stan Rosenberg. Tix: $11 Advance/ $14 Door / $9 Student – Academy Box Office only. Tix online at http://www.OutForReel.org or State St. Fruit Store, Northampton, Academy B.O., Food For Thought, Amherst, & World Eye Books, Greenfield. For more information: www.OutForReel.org

BEST BLOG: As Hilltown Families enters its sixth year, acknowledge the past 5 by voting for Hilltown Families as best local blog in the Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2011! It’s listed under “Media Mavens.” Deadline to vote is Noon, Feb 9th. Must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors? – Spread the word! www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

Deadline to enter to win is Friday, February 4th by 7pm.

Lilly Lombard of Grow Food Northampton writes: WE REACHED OUR GOAL! Thanks to over 1300 contributors, including the Kestrel Trust that helped us tip our bucket [on Tuesday], we have secured the funds to buy the Bean & Allard farmland to create the Northampton Community Farm! We expect to close on the purchase of the land in mid-to-late February, and look forward to a groundbreaking celebration at the site after the spring thaw. Our Farm will proudly post a Forever Farmland sign and will stand as a permanent reminder that, when we as citizens dare to think BIG, act collaboratively, and exercise enormous tenacity, we can achieve wonders!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Opportunity at New Hingham Elementary School in Chesterfield, MA. A group of students would like to create a New Hingham newspaper and is asking for parent or community support. Volunteers would be needed during recess periods (approximately 12:15-12:45) to work with students developing stories and conducting interviews. A student-run newspaper is a great way to build community and to allow students of various grades to work together. For more information, contact Michael Fredette at the school office or by email at mfredette@hr-k12.org.

Deadline to enter to win is Friday, February 4th by 7pm.

SUSTAINABILITY: On Saturday, February 12, from 10-11:30am there will be a free home composting workshop at Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how to build an efficient and active compost pile. A good home compost system can improve lawns, gardens and houseplants; help the planet by reducing household waste volume; and save money by reducing waste costs and saving the expense of having to purchase topsoil or compost in bags. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Avie Maloney at aviem@cetonline.org or call 413-445-4556 ext. 30.

GATOR GRINS AT LITTLEVILLE AND CHESTER: Hilltown Community Health Center’s dental outreach program ‘Gator Grins’ will provide a dental education program on February 8th for Littleville Elementary School in Huntington. On February 15th, the program moves to Chester Elementary School in Chester. Students at Chester who were served in the past will automatically go onto the schedule. Parents of students who are new to the program can contact Kirsten Cooper at 667-3009 ext. 239, or email her at kcooper@hchcweb.org to enroll.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

This week on the HFVS we will be rebroadcasting The Fox & Frog Folk Song Episode where we feature several folk songs, including “Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Simple Gifts, The Fox” “Frog Went A-Courtin’.”  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, February 5th, 2011

Focus on Feeders Weekend

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)

9:30-11am – VALENTINE MAKING: Prepare for Valentine’s Day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts (125 West Bay Rd.). Materials will be provided for kiddos to cut, paste, rip, fold, draw, and decorate their hearts out! Pre-registration suggested as space is limited and parents/guardians must supervise (for kids 4yo+). 658-1100. http://www.carlemuseum.org. Amherst, MA. (>$)

9:30am-4pm – SLEIGH RALLY: Old Sturbridge Village is hosting a New England Sleigh Rally with 20-30 horse and sleigh combinations. Sturbridge, MA ($)

10am- OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join staff of Greenfield’s Bicycle World for a snowshoe adventure on the Rocky Mountain trails (Highland Ave.). 772-1553. http://www.townofgreenfield.org. Greenfield, MA. (FREE!)

10am- FAMILY FUN: Attend the Winter Carnival Family Fest at the Youth Center in Greenfield (20 Sanderson St.). Events include an art show, face painting, a movie (Nanny McPhee Returns), and Jedlie’s Totally Interactive Circus. 772-1553. http://www.townofgreenfield.org. Greenfield, MA. ($)

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go snowshoeing or on a snow hike with Northampton Recreation at the Saw Mill Hills recreation area. Pre-registration reccommended as space is limited. 587-1040. http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). 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-2pm – WINTER MARKET: Visit the Greenfield Winter Fare Farmer’s Market (1 Lenox Ave.). Not only will there be food for sale from local farmers, but there will also be information displays, workshops, a soup cafe from 11-1 and a barter market from 1-2. 665-7100. http://www.winterfare.org. Greenfield, MA. (FREE!)

10:30-11:30 – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Join Dawn Ward at the Leverett Library (75 Montague Rd.) for Down on the Farm- learn all about animals. Great for PreK to 3rd grade. 548-9220. http://www.leverettlibrary.com. Leverett, MA. (FREE!)

11am- FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Join Smith College for a reading of “Zin, Zin, Zin, a Violin” and a musical adaptation of Ferdinand the Bull in the Brown Fine Arts Atrium at the Smith College Museum of Art. Music will be performed by Smith students as well as faculty violinist Joel Pitchon. Children can try out instruments after the show. 585-3168. http://www.smith.edu. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a ride in a sleigh at Old Sturbridge Village’s first annual Antique Sleigh Rally. Learn all about different types of sleighs. Olympic champion figure skater Dick Button will be there to discuss skating and collecting, as well as answer questions at 1pm. 800-SEE-1830. http://www.osv.org. Sturbirdge, MA. ($$)

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)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Berkshire Museum (39 South St.) and learn about the prints of MC Escher. Watch a demonstration of printmaking and make your own woodcut print. 443-7171. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

1pm – PUPPET THEATER: Come to the Eric Carle Museum for Crabgrass Puppet Theater’s performance of, “Anansi: Spiderman of Africa.” The show is a collection of African folk tales and includes music! 125 West Bay Road. 658-1100. http://www.carlemuseum.org. Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission!)

1:30pm – KNITTING/CRAFT GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees & Crafting a Elmer’s. 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 ($)

2pm – STORY HOUR: “The Odious Orge” by Norton Juster will be read by Ziji Beth Goren at the Pomeroy Lane Cooperative (34 Pomeroy Lane). Refreshments served. 253-0515 Amherst, MA (>$)

3:30-5pm – CHESS CLUB: For kids ages 7 & older is Chess Club at the Jones Library (43 Amity St.) with Andy Morris-Friedman. Space is limited so preregistration is required. 259-3091. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

5-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Visit Cup and Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) for the opening celebration of the debut of Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit Featuring Life and Landscape in Western MA. A family friendly event with giveaways, refreshments, soup, cake, and playspace. A screening of The Nields Organic Farm will be in the playspace too. Proceeds of photos sold during the exhibit benefit Hilltown Families. 585-0445. Florence, MA. (FREE!)

6:30pm – CONCERT: STEP benefit concert, “Music of the Heart and Soul” at Faith United Church (52 Sumner Ave.) Chamber music with the STEP Suzuki Strings multigenerational ensemble, followed by a dessert buffet. 734-4458 http://www.suzukitalented.com Springfield, MA ($)

6:30-10pm – FAMILY POLKA NIGHT: Celebrate V Day at the Cafe Sun’s 2nd annual Sweetheart Family Polka Night at the Sunderland Elementary School (Swampfiled Dr.) with legendary polka band, The Eddie Forman Orchestra. Desserts served. 768-9857 www.cafesun.org Sunderland, MA ($, FUNDRAISER)

7-10:30pm – FAMILY DANCE: Join the Hartsbrook School at the Northampton Center for the Arts (17 New South St.) for their annual Viennese Ball! There will be festive desserts, performances by students, and plenty of time for dancing! 584-3198. http://www.hartsbrook.org. Northampton, MA. ($$)

7:30pm – MOVIE SING-ALONG: Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series Presents the 3rd Annual Mamma Mia! Sing-Along and anything goes costume contest at the Academy of Music Theatre. www.OutForReel.org Northampton, MA ($)

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Focus on Feeders Weekend

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 at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Springfield Museums (21 Edwards St.). Activities include arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, roving scientist demonstrations, and a performance by Figures of Speech Theater. 263-6800. http://www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA. ($$)

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

1-3:45pm – SWIM AND MOVIE: Northampton Recreation (100 Bridge St.) hosts a family swim followed by a screening of “Shrek: Forever After.” Pre-registration required. 587-1040. http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation. Northampton, MA. ($)

1pm & 3:40pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Traditional English Long Sword dance groups That Long Tall Sword and Flesh Wounds (of Smith College) will be doing two shows at the Eric Carle Museum’s Great Hall (125 West Bay Rd.). 658-1100. http://www.carlemuseum.org. Amherst, MA. (FREE!)

1-4pm – BIRDS OF PREY OPEN HOUSE: Greenfield Center School will host a Birds of Prey Open House. Come from 1-2 to hear Tom Ricardi, Raptor Rehabilitator, talk about his work. See several majestic live birds of prey. From 2-4 enjoy light snacks and bird-related activities and projects. Dissect an owl pellet, make masks and more. Kindergarten through 5th grade classes will be open for touring. www.centerschool.net Greenfield, MA (FREE)

2-4pm – MUSIC: Old Time String Band at the Blue House Cafe (Route 9) with Karl Ferret and a crowd of “a-pickin’ and a-grinnin'” musicians.  Menu available. 268-7441 http://www.bluehousecafe.info Haydenville, MA (FREE)

2-7pm – SLED & STORY SWAP: Storyteller Rona Leventhal hosts the 3rd Annual Sled and Story Swap (& potluck). Hot beverages, potluck, storytelling and sledding. Sledding from 2:30-3:30. Feasting at 4:30pm and community story swapping around 5:30pm. Bring sleds, etc to use and share, warm clothes, potluck contribution, and a story or two to share. Dog on premise (for those with allergies). Best suited for families with children 8yo & older. 439 West Rd. 628-0031 Ashfield, MA. (FREE!)

2pm & 3pm – CHORUS PERFORMANCE: Amherst-based Hampshire Young People’s Chorus performs two shows at the Eric Carle Museum (125 West Bay Rd.). 658-1100. http://www.carlemuseum.org. Amherst, MA. (FREE!)

2pm- A CAPELLA: The first event of the Northampton Arts Council’s Four Sundays in FebruarySilver Chord Bowl. Come hear accapella groups from all over the northeast (along with the Northampton High School Northamptones) perform at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall (68 Main St.) . 587-1069. http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org. Northampton, MA. ($$)

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

3-5pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Lassone Ice Rink. No rentals, so bring your own skates. Sharpening is available. Refreshments for sale. 529-3000 Easthampton, MA (>$)

4pm – FAMILY THEATER: Join the Berkshire Theater Festival (6 East St.) for the next installment of their Stories for a Sunday Afternoon series. This week’s theme is Sports Stories, and a local author will share stories. Hot beverages and cookies will be served. 298-5576. http://www.berkshiretheater.org. Stockbridge, 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 Northampton, MA (FREE)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Take part in Red Gate Farm’s Mornings on the Farm (4 Norman Rd.) for ages 0-4. Meet the animals, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about who has been visiting the farm in the snow. 625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. (>$)

6-9pm – FAMILY CRAFTS: Valentine making at The Art Garden (14 Depot St.). Use Art Garden supplies as well as your own personal memorabilia and mementos to create beautiful, unique valentines! Pre-registration required. 625-ART2. theartgarden.wordpress.com. Shelburne Falls, MA. ($$)

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)

MONDAY STORY TIMES

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

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)

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 ($)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

BEST BLOG: As Hilltown Families enters its sixth year, acknowledge the past 5 by voting for Hilltown Families as best local blog in the Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2011! It’s listed under “Media Mavens.” Deadline to vote is tomorrow, Feb 9th by Noon. Must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors? – Spread the word! www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

GATOR GRINS AT LITTLEVILLE AND CHESTER: Hilltown Community Health Center’s dental outreach program ‘Gator Grins’ will provide a dental education program on February 8th for Littleville Elementary School in Huntington. On February 15th, the program moves to Chester Elementary School in Chester. Students at Chester who were served in the past will automatically go onto the schedule. Parents of students who are new to the program can contact Kiirsten Cooper at 667-3009 ext. 239, or email her at kcooper@hchcweb.org to enroll. Gator Grins thanks the Colgate Company for donating products to support the program!

10am in Northampton: Academy of Music Theatre presents their School Day Series: Three Cups of Tea (Ages 12-15yo) 584.9032 www.academyofmusictheatre.com (>$)

10am-12noon – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Visit the Collaborative for Educational Services for a Professional Learning (97 Hawley St.) community meeting on bullying and violence prevention. 586-4900. http://www.collaborative.org. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

2pm – VALENTINE’S DANCE: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Valentine’s Dance Party for kids ages 2-6yo. Call to register: 562-6158 x5 Westfield, MA (FREE)

4pm – PUPPET THEATER: Join Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theater at Cup and Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) for a weekly puppet show and sing along. Ages 1-5. 585-0445. http://www.puppetree.com. Florence, MA. (FREE!)

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)

 

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)

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)

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 ($)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

9:30-10:30 – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Visit the Cummington Family Center (33 Main St.) for a free art class for 3-5 year olds. Northampton artist Chaldea Emerson will lead little ones in making vegetable-stamped Valentine cards! http://www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org. Cummington, MA. (FREE!)

9:30am-Noon – FARM ADVENTURES: Become a part of Red Gate Farm’s Homeschool Half Day program (4 Norman Rd.). Each week explores a different theme and includes both structured and unstructed play and learning, as well as outdoor time. 625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. ($)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Enjoy an afternoon of children’s music with local musician, Jay Mankita at Cup and Top Cafe (1 North Main St.). 585-0445. http://www.cupandtop.com. Florence, MA. (FREE!)

6:30pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Visit the Huntington Library (7 East Main St.) for Teen Reading Group! This week’s book is Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones.” 667-3506. http://www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org. Huntington, MA. (FREE!)

7-8pm – TWEEN/TEEN: Attend an informational meeting about Red Gate Farm’s Youth Corps, a unique farm apprenticeship program for ages 12-15. Pre-registration suggested but not required. 4 Norman Road. 625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. (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)

WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

  • Chesterfield ♦ 10:15am: : Children’s story hour at the Chesterfield Public Library. 296-4735 (FREE)
  • 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)

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)

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 ($)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

9:30am-4pm: MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Homeschool Day at Old Sturbridge Village (1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.). Learn all about life in 1830 and attend some of the special events and presentations planned for the day. 800-SEE-1830. http://www.osv.org. Sturbirdge, MA. ($$)

10:30am- STORYTIME: Easthampton’s Emily Williston Memorial Library hosts story hour! This week’s theme is “It Happened One Night.” 9 Park Street. http://www.emlibrary.org. 527-1031. Easthampton, MA. (FREE!)

4-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Join the Forest Park Book Blasters for their monthly discussion of all things literary at the Forest Park Branch Library. Share books you’ve read (good and bad), learn about new books to read, and meet new people. 380 Belmont Avenue. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org. Springfield, MA. (FREE!)

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)

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)

THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

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

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 ($)

Friday, February 11th, 2011

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – February 23rd or 24th, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: Experience life as an early American settler at Storrowton Village. Program participants can dress as settlers did and will learn early American games and crafts, and the history of the village. Pre-registration required for this one-day program. 1305 Memorial Avenue. 205-5051. http://www.thebige.com/sv. West Springfield, MA.

9:30am-4pm: MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Homeschool Day at Old Sturbridge Village (1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.). Learn all about life in 1830 and attend some of the special events and presentations planned for the day. 800-SEE-1830. http://www.osv.org. Sturbirdge, MA. ($$)

10am-12Noon in Huntington: Baby/Toddler Group at the Gateway Family Center. Assistance with transportation is available. Call Lee at the Worthington Health Center, 238-5511 x155, or Kim at the Gateway Family Center, 667-2203, for more information. (FREE)

10:30am- STORYTIME: Easthampton’s Emily Williston Memorial Library hosts story hour! This week’s theme is “It Happened One Night.” 9 Park Street. http://www.emlibrary.org. 527-1031. Easthampton, MA. (FREE!)

3-4pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Knit and crochet with the East Springfield Branch Library’s new weekly Teen Stitch group. Beginners welcome, and start up supplies will be provided. 21 Osborne Terrace. 263-6840. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org. Springfield, MA. (FREE!)

3-4:30pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Join Forbes Library’s Craft of the Month Club and make monoprint Valentine’s!  Materials provided, but be sure to bring your creativity and an old shirt for working in.  Pre-registration required.  20 West Street.  587-1010.  http://www.forbeslibrary.org.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE!)

 

4-4:45 – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Learn about farm life and animal care by joining Red Gate Farm for afternoon chores. Activities include feeding animals and checking for eggs. All ages (and parents) welcome! 4 Norman Road. 625-9503. http://www.redgatefarm.org. Buckland, MA. (FREE!)

4-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Join the Forest Park Book Blasters for their monthly discussion of all things literary at the Forest Park Branch Library. Share books you’ve read (good and bad), learn about new books to read, and meet new people. 380 Belmont Avenue. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org. Springfield, MA. (FREE!)

5pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: You can’t miss Elmer’s Store’s Second Annual Night of Love and Chocolate!  Described by Elmer’s as “free choice sin,” the Night of Love and Chocolate is a night of dinner food (hor d’houvre style), drinks, and Chef Alan Crofout’s handmade chocolates.  396 Main Street.  628-4003.  http://www.elmersstore.com.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

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

5-8pm in Northampton: Northampton Arts Night Out

6:30-9pm in Florence: Friday Film Night for adults with Adoption Journeys (28 North Maple St.). There will be a screening of “Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption.” Bring a sack dinner. Discussion and sharing of ideas follow movie. RSVP required by calling 320-4680 (FREE)

7:30 pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit the Northampton High School for a night of music, slam poetry, and improvisational theater presented by NHS students.  The Northamptones acapella group and  theater groups Funkionlust and The Unusuals will perform, as well as several individual poetry-slamming students.  380 Elm Street.  587-1344.  www.nohoarts.orgNorthampton, MA. (>$)

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)

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)

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

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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