Suggested Events 03/19/11-03/25/11

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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There's a fundraising breakfast on Saturday at UMass for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, a fabulous animal care center that has many animal programs, including a barn cat adoption program for cats not suited for households. Details below. (Barn cat in Cummington, 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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Saturday, March 19th from9:30-11am – LEGOS: The Lenox Library hosts their fouth annual Lego Build-a-thon! Participants must bring their own Legos- the goal of the build-a-thon is for participants to build an original structure from scratch that is capable of operating a fishing line. Prizes will be given to all participants! Ages 5-14. 18 Main Street. 637-0197 Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Carrying on through the afternoon on Saturday, March 19th from 9am-3pm – MAPLE FEST: 26th Annual Chester Hill Maple Fest. Enjoy breakfast (including pancakes with Chester Hill maple syrup!) from 9-12, a craft fair, visits with baby animals, a raffle, and live music from the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers. 335 Skyline Trail. 667-8725. Chester, MA. (FREE entrance)

Sunday, March 20th at 12Noon – 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. http://www.holyokestpatricksparade.com Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Sunday afternoon, March 20th from 3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Hilltown Families presents … Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, aN interactive and fun presentation for adults with author Susan Tordella at Cup & Top Cafe. Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families. 1 North Main St. Florence, MA (FREE)

Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm – BIRTHDAY BENEFIT BASH: Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash at Bread Euphoria!  A celebration to bring the community together while supporting Hilltown Families with a birthday party!  Family concert with Mister G.  Pizza and birthday cake from Bread Euphoria. Save the date now.  More details to come! Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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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 8-Week Music Class Series with Mister G in Northampton beginning April 4th/5th: 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 main stage 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

SLEEP WORKSHOP: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 630pmFREE Helping Your Child Sleep Workshop led by local social worker and child sleep consultant, Jen Zajac, MSW, LICSW, in the Northampton Forbes Library Community Room. Jen Zajac has over 11 years of experience working with children and families in the Pioneer Valley. She will provide a brief discussion regarding the basics of infant and toddler sleep patterns. Suggestions regarding how to keep children well rested including a basic overview of naps and night sleep will be provided. Simple strategies regarding how to respond to middle of the night awakenings will be discussed. The remaining time will be open for individual questions. Registration is required at www.HelpingYourChildSleep.com

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Save the date for ArtSpark, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s annual party & auction at Look Park’s Garden House in Florence on Saturday March 26th at 7 p.m. The event features music & dancing, food by Bread Euphoria & a cash bar. A good time for a good cause, with auction items at all price points, from a carton of fresh eggs to a weekend getaway & one-of-a-kind furniture & crafts. This year’s theme is the 1980s, so dig out those legwarmers, dust off your Ray-Bans, start growing that mullet & get ready for some fun. Tickets available in advance at the school or local businesses including Bread Euphoria, State Street Fruit Store, Cooper’s Corner & The Creamery. More info, call 268.3421.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Saturday, March 19th from 9am-12noon: 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)

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: SPRING EQUINOX EPISODE

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

HFVS Guest DJ, Charity Kahn of Charity and the JAMBand, has put together a lovely spring equinox show for this weekend, featuring music by Justin Roberts, XTC, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, along with several of her own songs.  Featured story on this weeks broadcast, The Corner by Arnold Lobel, and The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

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 19th, 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.

    1pm – GARDENING ACTIVISM: Seed Bombs and Other Guerilla Gardening, a workshop for children 8yo+ at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Children will create seed bombs (also called green grenades used by plant- loving urban rebels) designed to enable seeds to be sown in hard to reach places and locations. Pre-registration is required 298-3926 Stockbridge, MA (>$)

    8am-12Noon – PANCAKE BREAKFAST: UMass Renaissance Center will host the 4th Annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast. Volunteers will cook and serve an all you can eat breakfast to raise funds for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. 650 E. Pleasant St. 577-3600 Amherst, MA ($)

    8am-5pm – DOG SHOW: Kids love dogs? Head to the Big E for the Connecticut River Working Group Association Dog Show at Mallary East & West. 1305 Memorial Avenue. 737-2443  West Springfield, MA. (FREE, >$ parking fee)

    9am-12noon – PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Berkshire Trail Elementary School’s first annual pancake breakfast! Details above under Best Bets.  2 Main Street.  634-5327.  Cummington, MA.  (SCHOOL FUNDRAISER)

    9am-3pm – MAPLE FEST: 26th Annual Chester Hill Maple Fest. Enjoy breakfast (including pancakes with Chester Hill maple syrup!) from 9-12, a craft fair, visits with baby animals, a raffle, and live music from the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers. 335 Skyline Trail. 667-8725. Chester, MA. (FREE entrance)

    9:30-11am – LEGOS: The Lenox Library hosts their fouth annual Lego Build-a-thon! Participants must bring their own Legos- the goal of the build-a-thon is for participants to build an original structure from scratch that is capable of operating a fishing line. Prizes will be given to all participants! Ages 5-14. 18 Main Street. 637-0197 Lenox, 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 – MOVIE SCREENING: As part of the International Family Film series at Images Cinema, go see Girls’ POV– a collection of shorts from the New York Children’s Film Festival. 50 Spring Street. 458-1039. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

    10-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Sarah Getoff presents, “He Called Me A ___! – Bias Intervention Among Children” at the Nonotuck Community School. Learn how to identify bias, and how to educate kids without shaming them. You’ll also get to practice the tools you learn. 221 Riverside Drive. 586-5996. Florence, MA. ($)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families parenting children of color, supporting parents by addressing the cultural imbalances on their children’s community, encouraging self-acceptance and identity awareness. Providing parents with the opportunity to have open dialogue around the many concerns of parenting children of color, it will include a story hour, healthy snack and seasonal craft; as well as, fun interactive parent-child connecting in a diverse setting. Forbes Library. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-12noon – SEED SWAP: The Trustees of Reservations sponsors a community seed swap and planting party. Get geared up for spring and your backyard garden by swapping seeds with your neighbors. Then, help start some seedlings for the Bullitt Reservation’s garden. Bullitt Road. http://www.thetrustees.org. 532-1631. Ashfield, MA. (FREE!)

    10am-1pm – WILDERNESS SKILLS: Great for hikers, skiiers, or just those who spend a lot of time outdoors, this workshop will teach you what to do if you get lost or disoriented in the woods, what to do in emergency and/or unexpected situations, and what things you should always bring with you on an adventure. 522-0338. Conway, 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!)

    10:30am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Local hero Roger Ticknell in concert! Stories and songs for kids to celebrate literacy at the Jackson Street School library. 120 Jackson Street. 587-1510. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

    11am – MOVIE SCREENING: Visit the Mason Library for a screening of “Love of a Lady,” a video version of the heartwarming children’s book of the same name. The event is a “book-raiser” for Headstart programs nationwide- if you attend, please bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate. 231 Main Street.  528-2403. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE!)

    11am – STORYTIME: 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. Huntington, MA. (FREE!)

    11:30am – PUPPET THEATER: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present, “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Marketplace Cafe. 53 North Street. 358-4777. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE!)

    12:30-2pm – ART CLASS: Artist Numa Navarro teaches collage and acrylic techniques. 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)

    1-3pm – TEEN ART SHOW: The Huntington Public Library hosts an open house for the artwork on display this month from two Huntington teens- Lily LaRoche and Dakota O’Brien. 7 East Main Street. 667-3506. Huntington, MA. (FREE!)

    1-4pm – ANIMAL TRACKING: An introduction to the science of animal tracking! Great for both kids and adults, this workshop will teach you how to identify the tracks of those who have shared the woods with you! Pre-registration required- space is limited.  522-0338. Conway, MA. ($$)

    1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm – ARCHERY: Free archery instruction for girls at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center! Learn about the sport in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere! Pre-register by contacting ccoursey@gscwm.org. Crissey Road. 727-7129. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE!)

    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 www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    3pm – SPORTS: Women’s college lacrosse game at Garber Field on the UMass Amherst Campus. Take the kids to watch the “big kids” play. Amherst, MA

    6pm – FAMILY DANCE: Ballet Soleil Family Dance Night.  Celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy dancing with your family.  35 Main St. Williamsburg, MA (>$)

    7pm – SWING DANCE: Swing into Spring with Friends of the Meekins Library at the Grange Hall in Williamsburg. Enjoy live music from the Zach Pack, and a dance lesson at 7. Dancing will begin at 8, with special exhibitions from Hilltown Dance Center and Huntington Dance Center. 268-3525. Williamsburg, MA. ($)

    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 THEATER: Bye Bye Birdie at Hampshire Regional High School! A night of musical fun for all. 19 Stage Road. 527-7680. Westhampton, MA. ($)


    Sunday, March 20th, 2011

    FIRST DAY OF SPRING

    6:45am – VERNAL EQUINOX: Mark the spring equinox at the UMass Sunwheel. Astronomer will give presentation. The Sunwheel is located off of Rocky Hill Rd., south of the Alumni Stadium. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    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-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 – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Open cockpit day at the New England Air Museum! Check out 12 different vintage aircraft, a full motion flight simulator, and two static flight simulators. There will also be a presentation by Air National Gaurd staff sergeant Joshua Read, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. 36 Perimeter Road. 800-623-3305. Windsor Locks, CT. (FREE with museum admission)

    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 – 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. http://www.holyokestpatricksparade.com Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s birthday at the Eric Carle Museum! Enjoy art activities, watch the very hungry caterpillar film, and meet the caterpillar himself! 125 West Bay Road. 658-1100. Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

    2pm – FAMILY THEATER: Bye Bye Birdie at Hampshire Regional High School! A night of musical fun for all. 19 Stage Road.  527-7680. Westhampton, 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!)

    2-4pm – DOULA EVENT: Meet the Doulas at Cradle. Learn about local resources, get questions answered, and meet other pregnant families. Free raffle, refreshments, and 15-minute massages for pregnant women. 150 Main Street. 624-MAMA. Northampton, 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)

    2-5pm – COMMUNITY SEWING: Head to the Bullitt Reservation for a community sewing party for Community Bag Share. The bags sewn will be used to launch Bag Share at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. 332 Bullitt Road. 628-4485 x 103. Ashfield, MA. (FREE!)

    3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

    3-5pm – PUPPET THEATER: Celebrate the Spring equinox with a concert by cellist Stephen Katz and a performance by Beth Fairservis’ Moejo Puppets! The performance is a fundraiser for the two’s upcoming cross-country tour. 152 Ball Road. Goshen, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

    4pm – PURIM CELEBRATION: Purim Family Fun: Make Noise and Celebrate at the Florence Community Center. 140 Pine St. 584-4161 Florence, MA (>$)

    6pm – VERNAL EQUINOX: Mark the spring equinox at the UMass Sunwheel. Astronomer will give presentation. The Sunwheel is located off of Rocky Hill Rd., south of the Alumni Stadium. Amherst, MA (FREE)


    Monday, March 21, 2011

    2:30-5 – TEEN/TWEEN: Teen and Tween Scene at Meekins Library! Visit for snacks, internet, homework help, Xbox, and Wii… as well as great books and movies! 2 Williams Street. 268-7472. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE!)

    3pm & 6pm – MOVIE SCREENING: See Secretariat, the story of a racehorse and the housewife who risked everything to make him famous, at the Whately Library. Great for the whole family. Popcorn provided. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. 665-2170. Whately, MA. (FREE!)

    6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Helping Your Child Sleep workshop at Forbes Library. Led by local social worker and child sleep consultant, Jen Zajac, MSW, LICSW. Northampton, 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)

    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 ($)
    • Williamsburg ♦ 2:30-5pm: Teen and Tween Scene at Meekins Library! Visit for snacks, internet, homework help, Xbox, and Wii… as well as great books and movies! 2 Williams Street. 268-7472. (FREE)

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

    10am-2pm – HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: Special homeschool program at Springfield Museums, featuring the exhibit “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly.” There will be hands-on activities, games, live reptiles, and an optional planetarium show. Pre-registration required. 21 Edwards Street. 263-6800. Springfield, MA. ($)

    10am – PERFORMANCE: Cirque Mechanics: Boomtown at the UMass Fine Arts Center. The creators of Birdhouse Factory transport you to the 1865 mining town of Rosebud, where an unlikely discovery sets off a series of hilarious and unexpected events full of the lore, excitement, and adventure of the old west! Recommended for all ages. 545-2116 Amherst, MA (>$)

    10:30-11:30am – KIDS MUSIC: 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!)

    10:30-11:30am- ARTS AND CRAFTS: Create With Your Child at Leverett Crafts and Arts! MA certified art teacher EveLynn Goodhind will run the workshop- children will be able to explore shape, color, and texture while their parents and caregivers learn ways to support and foster their child’s creative process. Pre-registration required, and best for children under 5 years old. 13 Montague Road. 978-544-5187. Leverett, MA. (FREE!)

    1:30-3pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Local author Kaolin will hold a workshop about race at North Star. The workshop is open to home-schoolers age 12 and older, and will include discussion of Kaolin’s book, “Talking About Race.” RSVP to catherine@northstarteens.org. 135 Russell Street. 582-0193. Hadley, 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)

    6pm – HISTORY: Birds of Prey and Native American Artifacts at the Sunderland library. Learn about how Native American cultures turned natural materials into objects of beauty. 20 School Street. 665-2642. Sunderland, MA. (FREE!)

    7pm – HISTORY: Head to the Meekings Library to learn about Orra White Hitchcok, an artist and scientist who lived in the valley during the 19th century. The workshop accompanies an exhibit at the library to celebrate Women’s History Month. 2 Williams Street. 268-7472. Williamsburg, 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)
    • 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 ($)
    • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

    1:30-3pm – HISTORY: Reading, discussion, and crafts on the theme of King Philip’s War. Kids in grades 3-6 will learn about life in Native American villages and English colonies and the conflict that eventually lead to the war. Pre-register at the library. 75 Montague Road. 548-9220. Leverett, MA. (FREE!)

    3:30-4pm – KIDS MUSIC: A two-part Mister G music program for kids! Taking place at both Northfield Elementary and the DIckinson Library, the event will include learning Mister G songs and a performance! For kids K-3, please call to pre-register. 115 Main Street. 498-2455. Northfield, MA. (FREE!)

    4pm – KIDS CONCERT: Enjoy an afternoon of music for kids with Felicia Sloin! Felicia teaches music locally and leads the Jewish Family Jam- her music is fun for both kids and adults! 1 North Main Street. 585-0445. Florence, MA. (FREE!)

    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)

    5-7pm – COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: Cooley Dickinson Hospital presents the results of their 2011 Community Health Assessment at the Northampton Senior Center. There will be presentations by young people, networking opportunities, as well as a community dialogue about creating a healthier community. Light dinner and refreshments provided. 67 Conz Street. 540-0600. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

    5:30-7:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Erving School Union #28 hosts a support group for parents of children with special needs. Dinner provided (baked potatoes with simple toppings- bring some of your own and/or some to share!) from 5:30-6, with childcare and group discussion to follow. The group will meet on three Wednesdays during the spring and will be facilitated by Sean O’Neill, the school union’s Inclusion Specialist. Pre-registration required. 85 Montague Road. 423-3331. Leverett, MA. (FREE!)

    6-7pm – FAMILY FUN: Ooey Gooey Night sponsored by the Family Resource Center in North Adams. Dress kids for all sorts of messy fun- fingerpaints, goop, clean mud, and other concoctions! Eagle and Main Street. 664-4821. North Adams, 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 24th, 2011

    3:30pm – MOVIE SCREENING: As part of the International Family Film series at Images Cinema, go see Girls’ POV– a collection of shorts from the New York Children’s Film Festival. 50 Spring Street. 458-1039. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

    6-7:30 – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College,” a workshop provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The goal of the workshop is to teach participants what depression and other problems associated with suicide look like in young adults, especially those in college. The workshop will take place in the library of Central High School. 1840 Roosevelt Avenue. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE!)

    7pm – PARENT & FRIENDS GROUP: Franklin Hampshire PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) meet at the Congregational Church (Main St.). Open to all. 625-6636 Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    7-9pm – MEET THE AUTHORS: Family Outreach of Amherst presents the 9th annual “Salute to Families” at Amhest College’s Converse Hall. Meet children’s authors Norman Juster (“The Phantom Toll Booth”), Mo Willems (“Knuffle Bunny”), and Jeanne Birdsall (the Penderwick series). A book signing will follow. Boltwood Avenue. Amherst, 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)
    • 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)
    • 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 25th, 2011

    9:30-11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: “Siblings- Will They Ever Leave Each Other Alone?” at the Bridge Street School presented by the Northampton Parents Center. The workshop will look at common sibling struggles and strategies for coping with sibling rivalry. Please pre-register if you need childcare. 297 Main Street. 582-2636. Northampton, MA. (FREE!)

    10am-12Noon – BABY GROUP: 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. Huntington MA (FREE)

    4pm – SING-ALONG: Lloyd Miller from the Deedle Deedle Dees will be doing  sing-along at Cup & Top Cafe.  1 N. Main St. 585-0445 Florence, MA (FREE)

    6pm – MOVIE NIGHT: The Huntington Public Library screens recent release “Megamind.” Free popcorn and juice provided! 7 East Main Street. 667-3506. Huntington, MA. (FREE!)

    6:30-9pm – ADOPTION SUPPORT: Friday Film Night for adults with Adoption Journeys (28 North Maple St.). There will be a screening of “Going on 13: The Inner Lives of Girls of Color Growing Up in 21st Century America.” Bring a sack dinner. Discussion and sharing of ideas follow movie. RSVP required by calling 320-4680 Florence, MA (FREE)

    8pm – JUGGLING: Mark Nizer 3D at City Stage! Winner of the International Juggling Championship, Nizer entertains not only with his juggling, but with comedy as well! 1 Columbus Center. 788-7646. Springfield, 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)
    • Turners Falls ♦ 10:30-11:30am : The Great Falls Discovery Center has a story hour for kids 3-6yo. 2 Avenue A. 863-3221  (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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