Suggested Events 03/12/11-03/18/11

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

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It's sheep shearing season! Winterberry Farm in Leverett will host their 23rd Annual Sheep Shearing Day this Saturday in Leverett, MA. Take the kids and be a part of this New England tradition. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

If 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, March 12th from 9:30am-4pm – SHEEP SHEARING: Winterberry Farm’s 23rd Annual Sheep Shearing Day!  Sheep shearing will take place between 10:30am and 1pm.  See border collie duck herding demonstrations, watch a weaver in action, find out about the farm’s summer programs, and enjoy delicious farm food.  21 Teawaddle Hill Road.  548-3940.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, March 13th from 11am-2pm – MAPLE FEST: Hopkins Memorial Forest hosts their annual maple syrup celebration, Maplefest. The festival will feature a variety of activities, such as visits to a working sugar house, an old kettle boiler, tapping of maple trees, wood splitting demonstrations, tree identification, syrup tasting, pancakes and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the syrup cooking process, which reduces the tree water, or sap, to sweet syrup. On the Williams College campus. Vans depart form Chapin Hall. 597-4277 OR 597-3131 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

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Currently on display at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA through the month of March. All proceeds from the sale of images benefit Hilltown Families.

Saturday, March 19th from 9am-12noon – PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Berkshire Trail Elementary School’s first annual pancake breakfast!  The event is a fundraiser for the school, and proceeds will go towards purchasing show shoes for the schools P.E. class and outdoor exploration during the winter months in science classes.  Most of the food will be donated by local vendors, and GLUTEN FREE pancakes will be available!  2 Main Street.  634-5327.  Cummington, MA.  (SCHOOL FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, March 20th at 12Noon – ST. PATTY’S DAY PARADE: The 60th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade leaves the K-Mart Plaza at noon.  Bring the family to this iconic St. Patty’s celebration. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

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MOMS’ NIGHT OUT WITH THE NIELDS: Hootenanny has been a smashing success and is now a Valley institution for mothers and young children. Many mothers have said “I want a Hootenanny for grownups!” That’s exactly what we’re doing. Join Katryna and Nerissa for an evening of singing, great food, pampering and fun. “Mom’s Night Out with The Nields!” A benefit for MotherWoman. Saturday, March 12, 7:30-10:30pm Eastworks in Easthampton. Cash bar and great door prizes. Motherwoman will honor parent educator, Maria Curtin-McKenna that evening. Please submit a story, with photo, about how Maria has made a difference in your life. Beat the Winter blues. Come sing-along with The Nields! Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Limited free tickets available for low income moms. www.MotherWoman.org

MEET THE DOULAS DAY! Sunday, March 20, 2-4 PM at Cradle, Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Drop in any time to meet birth and postpartum doulas and other professionals in a relaxed atmosphere. Free refreshments, free raffle, and free 15-minute massages for pregnant mamas! Learn more at www.greenriverdoulas.org.

MUSIC CLASS: New 10-Week Music Class Series with Mister G in Northampton beginning March 21st/22nd: Mister G’s Community Chorus for kids 6-10: Imagine the Young at Heart Chorus for kids! Join the coolest chorus for kids singing Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Patsy Cline and Mister G’s originals. The chorus will be joining Mister G on the mainstage of the WRSI Meltdown. Mister G’s Jamboree for kids 1-5: Sing, dance…you’ll even learn Spanish in the Jamboree! Mister G developed an innovative approach to early childhood music immersion while teaching at the Smith College Campus School. Just back from touring in Mexico and Guatemala, Mister G has taken the Jamboree all over the world.  For class times, locations and registration visit: mistergsongs.com

Deadline to enter to win: March 15th

EDUCATORS WORKSHOP: here will be a free Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) workshop on Tuesday, March 15th from 4-7pm at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield for teachers and non-formal educators/homeschoolers who want to lead middle school students through the Junior Solar Sprint experience. Organized by CET, the Berkshire Area JSS is an engaging program for middle school students to design, build and enter model solar while deepen their understanding about solar energy, math, physical science and craftsmanship. At the workshop, educators will receive a model solar car kit, lesson plans and more info on JSS. The JSS design and race event happens on June 4th. Fore more info call 445-4556 x25.

FAMILY SWING DANCE: The Friends of the Meekins Library invite you to Swing into Spring with a swing dance on March 19 at the Grange Hall in Williamsburg. A great time for families with tween/teens! There will be live music by the Zach Pack featuring Zach Danziger of the OTones with his 3-piece combo and a special guest appearance by Susan Farrell. The festivities begin with a free Swing dance lesson at 7pm for all beginners or as a refresher.  Dancing starts at 8pm and there will be special swing dance exhibitions by the Huntington Dance Center and the Hilltown Dance Center. Dancing goes from 8-11pm with raffles, refreshments and a cash bar. For more information call 268-3525  or 268-9298. ($)

Deadline to enter to win: March 23rd

FAMILIES CAN COMPOST: On Saturday, March 19, the Center for Ecological Technology (CET) will offer a free home composting workshop at the Town of Lee Library (100 Main St.) from 10-11:30am. Get your kids and teens involved in home composting. Families 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. Call Avie at 445-4556 x30. (FREE)

AHADI/UBORA AWARDS: The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 3rd annual Ahadi Youth Award & 20th annual Ubora Award.—The Swahili word ahadi means promise. The Ahadi Youth Award is presented to an African-American young person age 12-19 who demonstrates strong character, leadership, academic achievement, & future potential, & who has made a positive impact on the greater Springfield community.—The Swahili word ubora means excellence. The Ubora Award is presented to an African-American adult who has demonstrated a commitment to the Greater Springfield area & exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities or arts. For more info: 263-6800 x325, jmbeebe@springfieldmuseums.org.

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am – Encore this week of last weeks show with Guest DJ John Boydston of Daddy A-Go-Go.  John featured music by The Time Outs, The Candy Band, NRBQ, Ziggy Marley, Yosi and the Super Dads and many others! – 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, March 12th, 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 – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Elizabeth Sustick, RN & Alicia Landman Reiner, MD present Why Children Get Sick, and What to Do About It, at the Hartsbrook School. 584-3198 Hadley, MA ($)

    9:30am-3:30pm – SHAPENOTE CONVENTION: Head to the Northampton Center for the Arts for the 2011 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention.  The Sacred Harp has been in print since 1844 and is the backbone of shape-note singing.  17 New South Street.  584-7327.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE!)

    9:30am-4pm – SHEEP SHEARING: Winterberry Farm’s 23rd Annual Sheep Shearing Day!  Sheep shearing will take place between 10:30am and 1pm.  See border collie duck herding demonstrations, watch a weaver in action, find out about the farm’s summer programs, and enjoy delicious farm food.  21 Teawaddle Hill Road.  548-3940.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE!)

    9:30am-4pm – MAPLE DAYS: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Maple Days, an opportunity to learn about how maple syrup was produced in the 19th century.  Learn about tree tapping, sap boiling, and cooking with maple syrup, and see the process from start to finish.  40 Stallion Hill Road. 800-SEE-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

    10am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Attend the next installment of The Clark’s Start with Art program. The program, designed for pre-school aged children, will expose kids to art at an early age through themed talks, gallery guides, and art activities.  This month’s theme is faces.  Please dress your 3-6 year-old child in clothes appropriate for art making.  225 South Street.  458-2303.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE!)

    10-11am – SEEDS: Visit the Arms Library for a seed-themed program. Hear Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s book Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! read aloud, and then learn all about what seeds do during the winter through arts and crafts projects related to the book.  Great for young children!  Bridge and Main Street.  625-0306.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE!)

    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, release birds unharmed. (472 West Mountain Rd.) Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am-1pm – CHILDREN’S FAIR: First Congregational Church in Williamstown’s annual children’s fair, themed, “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.”  There will be games, a fortune teller, face painting, and more!  906 Main Street.  458-4273.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE!)

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    10:30am  – STORY TELLING: Matrushka Toy Store hosts “Mornings at Matrushka” with a story for kids up to 6yo. This week Steiner School educator will be reading Thumbling. 309 Main St. 528-6911Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-12noon – BERKSHIRE BEACH EVENT: At the Berkshire Athenaeum!  Beach-themed craft activities, story time, snacks, and a movie.  1 Wendell Avenue.  499-9480.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am – PUPPET SHOW: Head to St. Patrick’s Parish Center for a puppet show based on Aesop’s fables!  53 Southworth Street.  459-5443.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am-12:30pm – BOOK READING: Children’s authors Eileen and Marc Rosenthal will read their newly released picture book I Must Have Bobo at the Lenox Library. Along with storytime, there will also be monkey drawing lessons and treats!  18 Main Street.  637-0197.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am-2pm – MAPLE FEST: Hopkins Memorial Forest hosts their annual maple syrup celebration, Maplefest. The festival will feature a variety of activities, such as visits to a working sugar house, an old kettle boiler, tapping of maple trees, wood splitting demonstrations, tree identification, syrup tasting, pancakes and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the syrup cooking process, which reduces the tree water, or sap, to sweet syrup. On the Williams College campus. Vans depart form Chapin Hall. 597-4277 OR 597-3131 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    11:30am-9pm – ICE SKATING: Outdoor ice pavilion (435 Main Rd.). No skate rentals. 528-1443 x248 Monterey, MA (FREE)

    12Noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Color fields Kids Gallery Quest at MASS MoCA. Tie-dying, felting and other art project inspired by Katharina Grosse’s current exhibit, “One Floor Up More Highly.” Ages 6-12yo. RSVP 664-4481 x8112 North Adams, MA (FREE for members)

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    12:30-2pm – KIDS ART CLASS: Artist Numa Navarro teaches collage and acrylic techniques at the Indian Orchard Branch Library.  Participants will create paintings of butterflies, using author/illustrator Eric Carle’s books for inspiration.  Ages 7-11, pre-registration required.  44 Oak Street. 263-6846.  Indian Orchard, MA.  (FREE)

    12:30-3:30pm – CRAFTS: Altered States: Artistic Books, a workshop on recycling and repurposing books at the Berkshire Botanical Garden for families with kids 7yo+. Learn the fascinating art form of transforming unwanted volumes into unique creations using gluing, folding, and pop-up techniques. Pre-registration is required 298-3926 Stockbridge, MA ($$)

    1-2:30pm – BUBBLE-GUM FUN: Visit the Huntington Public Library for a bubble-gum blowing contest.  Participants will be grouped into 3 categories based on grade level and prizes will be given to the participants who blow the largest bubbles!  7 East Main Street.  667-3506.  Huntington, 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 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – BABY FAIR: Community Health Programs will host their 4th annual Baby Fair.  Workshop topics include making your own baby food (1:15pm), developmental stages (2:15pm), Happiest Baby on the Block (3:15pm), and a pediatrician will be available to answer your questions. 442 Stockbridge Road. 528-0457 Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm & 4pm – THEATER: Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) musical production of Alice in Wonderland at the Amherst High School Auditorium. 461-6722 Amherst, MA ($)

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

    2-4pm – CHESS: At the Forbes Library. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. 587-1011 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Take the family to enjoy live music and local artists at Art Walk Easthampton. Look for the large yellow Art Walk banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    5:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Berkshire Nursing Families’ Team Trivia Night.  Dinner will be served at 6pm, and trivia will begin at 7.  Prizes include weekend getaways, gift certificates, wine, and much more. Proceeds go straight to BNF and help to ensure that families have access to the resources needed by families with babies.  1090 Main Street.  743-5338.  Williamstown, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

    6pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Dance the night away at the St. Agnes School’s Beer/Wine Tasting and Dance Party at the Waconah Country Club.  The night of fun includes both a silent and live auction, raffles, music, dancing, beer and wine tasting, and more!  Proceeds benefit the school’s multicultural programs.  20 Orchard Road.  684-1973.  Dalton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

    6:30pm-Midnight – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Monte Carlo Night at Valentine Hall at Amherst College. A fundraiser for the Amherst HS Athletics program. Valentine Hall is transformed into a mini-Casino with live music, gourmet food, wine tasting and a cash bar.  Amherst, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    7pm – MUSICAL: Hartsbrook High School Musical Co. presents Anne of Green Gables at Piening Hall. 193 Bay Road. 586-1908 x106 Hadley, MA ($)

    7:30pm – FAMILY FILM: Looney Tunes Cartoon Festival with Pothole Pictures at Memorial Hall Theater (51 Bridge St.). 625-2896 Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

    7:30-10:30pm – MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing-along with The Nields at Eastworks. A benefit for MotherWoman. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)



    Sunday, March 13th, 2011

    2am – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: Daylight Saving Time begins. Spring forward.  Fall back.  Push your clock forward one hour.  Lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of day light!

    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.

    9:30am-3:30pm – SHAPENOTE CONVENTION: Head to the Northampton Center for the Arts for the 2011 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention.  The Sacred Harp has been in print since 1844 and is the backbone of shape-note singing.  17 New South Street.  584-7327.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE!)

    9:30am-4pm – MAPLE DAYS: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Maple Days, an opportunity to learn about how maple syrup was produced in the 19th century.  Learn about tree tapping, sap boiling, and cooking with maple syrup, and see the process from start to finish.  40 Stallion Hill Road. 800-SEE-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    11am-3pm – MAPLE HARVEST DAY: Storrowton Village hosts Maple Harvest Day.  This event will showcase the history and folklore of maple sugar making in New England.  See demonstrations of tree tapping, sap boiling, basket weaving, fireplace cooking, and more!  1305 Memorial Avenue.  737-2443.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    11:30am-9pm – ICE SKATING: Outdoor ice pavilion (435 Main Rd.). No skate rentals. 528-1443 x248 Monterey, MA (FREE)

    1pm – FARM FILM FESTIVAL: Williams College, Storey Publishing, and Images Cinema present Farm Film Fest: A Day of Film and Food.  The event will begin with a cheese tasting of local cheeses, which will be followed by several film screenings appropriate for older students and parents.  50 Spring Street.  458-5612.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

    1pm – SNOWSHOE ADVENTURE: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation sponsors a snowshoe hike led by Jake Blessing, a former Williams College Outing Club naturalist.  The hike will take place on the Chestnut Trail, which is off of Pine Cobble.  There are snowshoes available for rent, but quantities are limited.  The hike is moderately strenuous and is best for older children and parents.  Chestnut Street.  458-2494.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE!)

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

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: A family concert with Debbie and Friends in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs! 125 West Bay Rd. 658-1100 Amherst, MA ($)

    1-3pm –PURIM ART WORKSHOP: Purim Art Workshops for Parent and Child at Art Always. Make beautiful baskets using a variety of collage materials, and festive masks! Ages 5+. Pre-registration required. 584-3050 Florence, MA ($$)

    2pm- CIRCUS: The New Shanghai Circus performs at the Academy of Music. Watch performers execute amazing acrobatic feats dating back more than 2000 years.  274 Main Street.  584-9032.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

    2-8pm – IRISH FAMILY FUN: It’s Hooley Day at the Delaney House. Live music by The Healys, Irish step dance performances by the McDermott School of Irish Dance, and food will be prepared by chef Mick Corduff who is from County Kerry, Ireland.  1 Country Club Road.  Reservations required: 532-1800. Holyoke, MA.  ($$)

    2-3:30pm – READING ADVENTURE: Visit the Central Branch Library for FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading.  Join professional storytellers for storytime and discussion on the themes of fairness, courage, and dreams.  Snacks will be provided, and families who attend regularly (the program runs on Sundays through April 9th) will receive a free canvas bag and book.  Pre-registration requested.  220 State Street.  263-6828.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

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

    2-4pm – SINGALONG: A community singalong happens at the Jones Library in the Amherst Room, lead by Rise Up Singing songbook creators, Peter Blood & Annie Patterson.  All are welcome. 43 Amity St. 259-3090 Amherst, 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 Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    3pm – MAGICIAN: The Ramsdell Public Library hosts a magician as well as storyteller Debbie O’Carroll. 1087 Main Street.  274-3738.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE!)

    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)

    6:30-8:30pm – PARENTS OF TEENS GROUP: Miss the support that was available to you as a parent of a young child?  Go to the Parents of Teens support group with Abriete Medore and become part of a similarly supportive community for parents of older children.  58 Depot Road.  abriete@hearts-journey.com Leverett, MA.  (DONATION)


    Monday, March 14th, 2011

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    4-8pm – BENEFIT DINNER: Be sure to get tickets for the Amherst Survival Center’s 3rd annual Empty Bowls Dinner.  Soup, salad, and bread from local restaurants and businesses will be available.  Bring home a ceramic bowl made by a local artist or bring a bowl of your own!  The dinner will take place at The Pub in downtown Amherst.  15 East Pleasant Street. 549-3968.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

    7-8pm – HISTORY FOR TEENS: Visit the Leverett Public Library to learn about how modern peace-building and community collaboration techniques could have prevented King Philip’s War.  Attendees will take part in an activity where they will re-enter history and attempt to find a way around the war using modern day techniques!  Great for adults and older students.  75 Montague Road. 548-9220.  Leverett, MA.  (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)

    MONDAY STORY TIMES

    • Northampton 10:30am: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Westhampton ♦ 5:30pm: The Westhampton Public Library hosts storytime.  3 South Road.  527-5386.   (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, March 15th, 2011

    MUSIC TOGETHER: Free sample Music Together for Valley Families class at All Saints Episcopal Church!  Check out this parent/child music and movement program- if you like it, sign up for a full session of classes!  7 Woodbridge Street.  532-8917. South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    10:30-11:30am –SING WITH BABY: Sing to your baby with Happy Dan the Music Man at Jones Library  Music, movement, instruments, and fun for 0-2 year-olds and their caregivers.  43 Amity Street.  259-1808.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE!)

    3:15-4:15pm – AMERICAN GIRL CLUB: The Westhampton Public Library hosts American Girl Club!  This is a weekly series in which girls will learn about history through American Girl books and movies.  Snacks will be provided, and those in grades 1-6 are invited to attend.  Space is limited, so please pre-register!  3 South Road.  527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE!)

    4pm – PUPPET SHOW: Visit Cup and Top Cafe for a puppet show and sing-along, lead by Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theater.  Enjoy some of Cup and Top’s delicious (and often gluten-free, vegan, and/or local) treats while you’re there!  Reccomended for ages 1-5.  1 North Main Street.   585-0445.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

    6-7:30 – PARENT/TEEN WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts a workshop entitiled, “Tips on Working for Tips.”  The program offers an overview of tipped income and the tax reporting issues that can arise from jobs like waitressing, bartending, etc.  Offered in English and Spanish, this is a great opportunity for teens hoping to get their first job (as well as parents of said teens) to learn how their income works.  355 Plainfield Street.   787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    6-8pm – CRAFT TIME: Bring your unfinished works-in-progress to the Whately Public Library for craft night!  Bring anything and everything from knitting to paintings to piles of clothes to be mended and work alongside neighbors and friends.  Tea and cookies provided!  4 Sandy Lane.  665-9898.  Whately, 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)
    • Great Barrington ♦ 10:30am: Storytelling at Matrushka Toy Store for prek kids with nursery rhymes, puppet play and circle games. 309 Main St. 528-6911 (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)
    • Westhampton ♦ 10am: The Westhampton Public Library hosts storytime.  3 South Road.  527-5386. (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)
    • Chicopee 5-7:15pm: Grandparents as Parents at the Chicopee Senior Center (7 Valley View Ct.). Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 534-3698 (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 www.motherwoman.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 ($)
    • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    12Noon – SUGAR SHACK TOUR: Families can see how maple syrup is made during a field trip with the Pioneer Valley Liberated Learners to the North Hadley Sugar Shack.  Taste their pancakes with fresh maple syrup and take an indoor/outdoor tour of the sugaring process. RSVP to alaseymour@charter.net Hadley, MA (>$)

    4:30-6pm – TEEN ART: Introduction to cartooning & drawing with artist Michael Cady at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Wed through March 30th.  Teens ages 12-17 can learn about the different styles of cartooning and encouraged to develop their own styles.  They will also create realistic work through drawing. Students are encouraged to attend all classes. Call to sign up 263-6846 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: A drop in support group, the Birth Circle provides a safe space for pregnant women and their support system to explore the different aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Parents who wish to share and understand their own birth experience and the changes a new baby brings are welcomed to attend. Infants in arms. Emphasis is on birth as a positive and transforming experience in the life of a woman and her family, and healing from difficult birth circumstances. Held at Bizzy B’s Boutique. 6 Burbank St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    6:30-7:30pm – TEEN/ADULT CPR BASICS: Attend this workshop (provided by the Springfield Parent Academy) to learn the basic techniques of CPR.  This is NOT a CPR certification course.  Ages 13+.  271 Carew Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    6:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Gain a better understanding of the MCAS testing system and what it means for your child by attending the Springfield Parent Academy’s “Helping Your Child Prepare” seminar.  Examine sample MCAS questions and learn about resources available to help your child prepare for testing.  58 Hartford Terrace.   787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    7pm – HISTORY TALK: Parents and older students are invited to visit the Sunderland Public Library to learn about the history of the town of Leverett, formerly part of Sunderland- once known as Swampfield.  The lecture will be provided by Linda Lopatka, chair of the Sunderland Historical Comission.  20 School Street. 665-2642.  Sunderland, 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


    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    MUSIC TOGETHER: Free sample Music Together for Valley Families class at Immanuel Lutheran Church!  Check out this parent/child music and movement program- if you like it, sign up for a full session of classes!  867 North Pleasant Street.  .  532-8917.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE!)

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    10:30am – DRUMMING PERFORMANCE: Craig Harris presents Drumming Away the Blues at the Chesterfield Senior Center!  Harris plays hand drums and assorted percussion instruments.  The performance will be fun and entertaining for all ages!  400 Main Road.  296-4007.  Chesterfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    5:30pm – DRUMMING: Drum Away the Blues workshop with Craig Harris at Davenport Childcare!  Drumming provides a tool for stress relief and is a tool for emotional balance.  This workshop is fun for all ages!  387 Main Road.  296-5478. Chesterfield, MA.

    6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Attend the Springfield Parent Academy’s workshop, “You Want to Know About WHAT?!” to learn and discuss techniques for having important and potentially uncomfortable conversations with your children.  Recommended for parents with children over the age of 12.  180 Cooley Street. 787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    7pm – MUSICAL: Hartsbrook High School Musical Co. presents Anne of Green Gables at Piening Hall. 193 Bay Road. 586-1908 x106 Hadley, MA ($)

    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)
    • Huntington ♦ 6:30pm: Seuss on the Loose at the Huntington Public Library!  Hear some classic Dr. Seuss books, play a Dr. Seuss game, make a craft and have a snack!  7 East Main Street.  667-3506. (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: Grandparent 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)
    • Northampton ♦ 3:45-4:30pm: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Friday, March 18th, 2011

    10am-4pm – SPRING BULB SHOW: The Botanic Garden of Smith College will have their annual Spring Bulb Show. 16 College Ln. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: Head to the Botanic Garden at Mt. Holyoke College for their annual spring flower show.  Crocuses, pansies, freesia, primroses, hyacinths, and more!  50 College Street.  538-2000.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE!)

    11:30am – BALLET: The Amherst Ballet presents, “Hansel and Gretel: A Tale of Woe and Triumph” at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium.  Watch the ballet and enjoy gingerbread treats and a chance to look at costumes and sets after the show!  29 Strong Street.  549-1555.  Amherst, MA.  (>$)

    1pm & 7pm – FAMILY THEATER: See the Clarke School’s performance of  the musical “The Wicked Wizard of Oz!”  The show features nineteen middle school students, all of whom are deaf or hard of hearing.  The performance celebrates the 25th anniversary of the school’s drama club, and will be at Smith College’s Mendell Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are available at the door.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA. (>$)

    3pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Take a tour of the recently renovated farmhouse at the Bullitt Reservation!  The house’s energy use has been reduced drastically, yet all of the charm ad history of the 200 year old structure has been maintained!  Learn about local history and energy conservation!  Bullitt Road.  532-1631. Ashfield, MA.  (FREE!)

    4:30-7 – ZITI DINNER: The South Hadley Family Center hosts their annual ziti dinner tonight at the Mosier School.  Along with lots and lots of pasta, there will also be a raffle and silent auction, coloring for kids, a cakewalk, and a performance by Roger Ticknell at 6pm.  101 Mosier Street. 533-7096.  South Hadley, MA.  (>$)

    7pm – MUSICAL: Hartsbrook High School Musical Co. presents Anne of Green Gables at Piening Hall. 193 Bay Road. 586-1908 x106 Hadley, MA ($)

    7pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Head to the Westhampton Public Library to hear the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers play.  The PVF are a group of fiddlers from age six to seventy, and they play traditionaly (but lively!) music.  3 South Road.  527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE!)

    7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Bye Bye Birdie at Hampshire Regional High School.  A night of musical fun for all.  19 Stage Road.   527-7680.  Westhampton, 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)
    • 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 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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