Suggested Events 03/26/11-04/01/11

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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New opportunity to support local farms in the Hilltowns while feeding your family locally grown food: The Williamsburg Farmers' Market is coming to Williamsburg every Thursday afternoon starting in May, on the Meekins river side lawn! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

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On Saturday, March 26th from 10am-4pmMELTDOWN: 3rd Annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash happens at JFK Middle School. Now in its third year, the Meltdown has become a tradition for families in the Valley and beyond, featuring music on three stages, readings from nationally-known children’s book authors, crafts, bouncing, local food, and much more! 100 Bridge St. Florence, MA (FREE)

In the evening on Saturday, March 26th at 5pm – KIDS’ DANCE PARTY: Join Radio Free Earth and Maureen Shea of Grasshoppa for music and dance at the Cummington Community House. For all ages! 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (>$)

On Sunday, March 27th from 10am-4pm – MINERAL/GEM SHOW: The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club host the Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Holiday Inn, Ingleside.  Young geologists and their families can explore mineral arts from around the world, see examples of fossils and crystals. 245 Whiting Farms Rd. Holyoke, MA (KIDS FREE, ADULTS >$)

Midweek on 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)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, April 2nd at 1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock presents The Expandable Brass Band at Flywheel Arts Collective. Kids are encourage to join the band at 12noon, an hour before the show, for free opportunity to learn songs with the band. Old Town Hall. 43 Main St. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

On Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm – BIRTHDAY BENEFIT BASH: Dinner, dessert & a family concert: Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash at Bread Euphoria!  A celebration to celebrate Hilltown Families 5 year anniversary. Family concert with Mister G.  Pizza and birthday cake from Bread Euphoria. Suggested donation: $10 per person and up. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

BULLETIN BOARD

SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, Sat. March 26 at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. Rehearsal/theatre games for ages 5-11 at 2pm who want to be in performance at 3 followed by Lui Collins. Evening for general public at 7pm: Sandglass Theater, Piti Theatre, cellist Wayne Smith, Carrie Ferguson, Court Dorsey plus doorprizes! www.ptco.org/syrup

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: ArtSpark, the annual auction and benefit for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, will take place on March 26th, from 7-11pm at Look Park’s Garden House in Florence, MA. This year’s theme is the 1980s, so dig out those leg warmers, dust off those Ray-Bans, start growing that mullet and get ready for some fun! Music and dancing, abundant and one-of-a-kind auction items at all price points, delicious food from Bread Euphoria, a great time for a great cause. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair, available in advance at State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, Bread Euphoria in Haydenville, The Creamery in Cummington or at the door. For more information, please visit www.hilltowncharter.org or call 413.268.3421.

QUILT SHOW: Families are invited to Hands All Around Quilt Show this weekend at the Mullins Center in Amherst. March 26th & 27th, 10am-4pm. Over 500 quilts from Pioneer Valley & New England quilters will be on display, including two exhibits – “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak To Hope,” a special quilt exhibit that explores the impact of Alzheimer’s on patients and their caregivers, and “From Lobstah to Green Monstah: What’s Best About New England,” a special exhibit of quilts from New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. The show will feature a special kids corner where kids can work on their own fabric project. Hands Across The Valley Guilt Guild in Amherst sponsors the show, and proceeds are donated to local charitable and arts organizations.

FILM FESTIVAL: Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series & Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival co-present two inspiring films about family, identity, and acceptance on Sat., April 2nd at 8:15pm: Off and Running: With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers, Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique, loving, mulit-racial household. Avery explores race, identity, and family when she decides to contact her African-American birth mother. (74 min); Second Guessing Grandma: A charming story of a twenty-something Jewish gay man who finally comes out to his beloved grandmother against his mother’s desire to protect her from the truth. (9 min). Both films will be screened in Wright Hall at Smith College in Northampton. (>$) www.OutForReel.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

Laura Porter of Williamsburg, MA writes: I’m excited to let you know about a new community development for Williamsburg, a weekly farmers market starting in May, which will run every Thursday afternoon from 2:30-7pm on the Meekins Library lawn until the end of October. Lend your support and learn more about the new Burgy farmers’ market at our Community Fundraising Supper on Tuesday, April 5th 6-8 pm at the Haydenville Congregational Church. Suggested donation: $10-25 per person You can purchase your tickets through me, or buy them at Meekins Library or Haydenville Congregational Church.

SCREENINGS: Parents living in the Gateway Regional School District are offered free developmental and kindergarten screenings.  The developmental screening is for children 3-4yo who will not be entering kindergarten in 2011.  The screening is conducted to identify concerns about a child’s development- the areas examined include cognitive ability, social and emotional skills, language, and motor skills.  Kindergarten screenings are for children starting school in 2011, and are conducted to check speech skills, learning style, and recognition of letter names and sounds.  Developmental screenings will take place April 4th, and kindergarten screenings will be held on April 14th, both from 8-11am.  To schedule an appointment, contact the school district at 685-1000.

TALENT SHOW: Auditions for the Pittsfield Youth Commission’s second annual talent show will be held on 3/26 from 1-3pm at the Lichtenstein Center, and 3/29 from 2:30-3:15pm at the Pittsfield High School library. The show will take place at 7:30pm on April 15th at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.  The talent show was established by both the youth commission and the group Youth Alive as a way to suit the need for more cultural and creative outlets for area youth.  Along with the talent show will be the presentation of the S.A.Y. It Proud Awards, which recognize young people involved in “positive activities and making healthy choices.”   For more information, call 499-9348.

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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.

This week on the HFVS we’re raising money for Valley Free Radio, home of HFVS.  We have many great premiums we’re giving away with any donation of $25 or more.  Tune in to see what you can get with your pledge, and call between 9-10am! 413-585-1033. 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 26th, 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.

    11-11:45pm – KIDS YOGA: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 48 Main St. 727-8143 Northampton, MA ($)

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

    8am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Get some great new-to-you kids gear at the 8th Annual All-4-Kids Consignment Sale at Lossone Rink. 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

    9:30-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: It’s Family Farm Day at Red Gate Farm! This month’s theme is chickens- learn what they eat, how they sleep… and even why their legs look like dinosaurs. 4 Norman Rd.. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (>$)

    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 Rd. 800-SEE-1830. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

    10am-4pm – MELTDOWN: 3rd Annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash happens at JFK Middle School. Now in its third year, the Meltdown has become a tradition for families in the Valley and beyond, featuring music on three stages, readings from nationally-known children’s book authors, crafts, bouncing, local food, and much more! 100 Bridge St. Florence, MA (FREE)

    10am-12noon – ANIME CLUB: Interested in anime? Meet others who share your love for the Japanese films and learn more about it at the Greenfield Public Library. Watch movie clips and episodes and talk about your favorite anime, manga, and characters. 402 Main St.. 772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    10am-4pm – QUILT SHOW: Hands All Around Quilt Show at the Mullins Center at UMass will have kids activities, 500+ quilts, demos, and two special exhibits. 584-0845 Amherst, MA

    10am-5pm – MINERAL/GEM SHOW: The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club host the Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Holiday Inn, Ingleside.  Explore mineral arts from around the world, see examples of fossils and crystals. 245 Whiting Farms Rd. Holyoke, MA (KIDS FREE, ADULTS >$)

    11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Miss Leticia in concert at UMass. Fun music for small children and free breakfast provided. The concert will take place in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union. 1 Campus Center Way. 545-4824. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    11am – POETRY: Head to the Stockbridge Library for a workshop on haiku for kids with local poet Mike Miller. Participants will work on writing and illustrating their own work. 46 Main St. 298-5501. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MAPLE SYRUP: Hilltown Orchards hosts a Maple Syrup Weekend. There will be tree tapping demos, collecting of sap, discovery of how maple syrup/candy are made; and wine tasting. 508 Canaan Rd. 698-3301 Richmond, MA (FREE)

    11:30am – PUPPET THEATER: The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes present “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Marketplace Cafe. 53 North St. 358-5777. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

    1:30-3pm – BATS: Bat House Making Workshop at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (472 West Mountain Rd.). All skill levels welcomed – for families/kids 5yo+. Slide show about bats & placement of bat house included. Leave with a bat box. Register 637-032 Lenox, MA ($)

    12Noon – SPORTS: Women’s college lacrosse with Amherst College (vs. Bowdoin) at Gooding Field. Take the kids to see the “big kids” play. 542-2344 Hadley, MA

    12-3pm – FAMILY KARAOKE: In honor of National Sing Out Day, the Huntington Public Library will host a karaoke party! Tons of musical fun for the whole family. 7 East Main St. 667-3506. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

    12Noon-5pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Library host an open house with live music and refreshments. Main St. Ashfield, 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 St.  263-6846. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)

    2pm – PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: The Piti Theater Company presents SYRUP at Memorial Hall. Kids 5-11 are invited to arrive at 2pm for theater games and to rehearse for Time Flood, a performance of stories and songs about the Connecticut River watershed, which will take place at 3pm. Singer/songwriter Lui Collins will perform at 3:30. 51 Bridge St. 625-6569. Shelburne Falls, MA. (>$)

    3pm & 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. ($$)

    5pm – KIDS’ DANCE PARTY: Join Radio Free Earth and Maureen Shea of Grasshoppa for music and dance at the Cummington Community House. For all ages! 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (>$)

    5-7pm – SPAGHETTI DINNER: New Hingham Regional Elementary School’s 6th grade hosts their annual spaghetti dinner! Along with dinner there will be a 50/50 raffle and other great prizes. RSVP required! 30 Smith Rd . 296-0000. Chesterfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

    5:30-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary hosts The Big Night- an evening of guided tours through the Arcadia woods! Along the way, you’ll meet characters from vernal pools, ponds that form in forests during the spring. Learn all about the creatures that live in them! There will also be games and some live critters to meet. Pre-registration required. 127 Combs Rd. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    7pm – CONCERT: Swing Caravan performs at Elmer’s. 396 Main St. 628-4003 Ashfield, MA ($)

    7pm – VIENNESE BALL: Re-scheduled from its previous date, the Hartsbrook School’s Annual Viennese Ball will take place at the Northampton Center for the Arts. There will be dancing instruction from 6-7 before formal dancing begins, and those above 6th grade an invited to attend. 17 New South St. 584-7327. Northampton, MA. ($)

    7pm – FAMILY CONCERT/BALLET: Amherst Ballet dances to Schubert’s 5th Symphony The Composer is Dead, a musical whodunit by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey with the Pioneer Valley Symphony. 773-3664 Greenfield, MA ($)

    7-11pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: ArtSpark, the annual auction and benefit for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, will take place at Look Park’s Garden House. Route 9 at the rotary. Florence, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    7:30pm – EARTH HOUR CONCERT: Sarah Stockwell-Arthen with Josh Wachtel, Sean Kimball and Heather Cupo perform at the Cummington Community House, singing songs which are rooted in the land, ancestors and our deepening connections to the Earth. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (>$)

    8:15-9:30pm – STARGAZING: Celebrate Earth Hour, an event to promote energy conservation, at the Bullitt Reservation. As the rest of the world goes dark for an hour, spend your Earth Hour exploring the night sky! Bullitt Rd. 628-4485 Ashfield, MA. (FREE!)


    Sunday, March 27th, 2011

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

    9:30-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Family Farm Days at Red Gate Farm. Discover chickens with the kids. For ages 2-8yo with adult. Call to register. 4 Norman Rd.. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (>$)

    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 Rd. 800-SEE-1830. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

    10am-4pm – MINERAL/GEM SHOW: The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club host the Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Holiday Inn, Ingleside.  Explore mineral arts from around the world, see examples of fossils and crystals. 245 Whiting Farms Rd. Holyoke, MA (KIDS FREE, ADULTS >$)

    10am-4pm – QUILT SHOW: Hands All Around Quilt Show at the Mullins Center at UMass will have kids activities, 500+ quilts, demos, and two special exhibits. 584-0845 Amherst, MA

    11am-4pm – MAPLE SYRUP: Hilltown Orchards hosts a Maple Syrup Weekend. There will be tree tapping demos, collecting of sap, discovery of how maple syrup/candy are made; and wine tasting. 508 Canaan Rd. 698-3301 Richmond, MA (FREE)

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

    11:30am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Mo Willems, author and illustrator, will discuss the process of creating children’s books at the Eric Carle Museum. 125 West Bay Rd.. 685-1100. Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

    12noon-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Get some great new-to-you kids gear at the 8th Annual All-4-Kids Consignment Sale at Lossone Rink. Everything is half price today! 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

    1pm – SHOWSHOE ADVENTURE: Visit Sheep Hill for a snowshoe hike sponsored by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. The hike will begin at Sheep Hill but will take place on the Fitch Trail. The trail is moderately strenuous, so it is best for older children and parents. 671 Cold Spring Rd. 458-2494. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

    1-2pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Need something interesting to do for the summer? Consider Red Gate Farm’s Youth Corps! Find out about their unique apprenticeship program at this informational meeting. 4 Norman Rd. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

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

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

    2-4pm – MUSIC: Old Time String Band at the Blue House Cafe with Karl Ferret and a crowd of “a-pickin’ and a-grinnin'” musicians. Menu available. 268-7441 147 Main St. (Route 9)  Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    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 St. 263-6828. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    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)

    2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Queer Non-Gestational Parent Group at Cradle. For new parents (w/kids 2yo & younger). Children welcome. 3rd Floor, Thornes Marketplace. 341-5282 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    3:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Westhampton Public Library will be showing the Disney movie “Snow Buddies,” an adorable tale filled with talking puppies! 3 South Rd.. 527-5386. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

    4pm – CONCERT: Smith College presents a viola concert from faculty member Ronald Gorevic! Great for slightly older kids with good audience skills. The concert will take place in the Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall. 585-ARTS. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

    4-7pm – FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Family Game Night at the Shutesbury Athletic Club.  Bring a game and enjoy pizza, soup and refreshments.  All are welcome. Shutesbury, MA (FREE)


    Monday, March 28th, 2011

    10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Spend your Monday morning exploring at Red Gate Farm. There will be a central theme for exploration, and families with kids of any age are welcome. Please RSVP. 4 Norman Rd. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (>$)

    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!)

    7-8pm – LAUGH IN – Bring the kids to the Forbes Library to laugh together. 20 West St. 587-1017 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)
    • Westhampton 5:30pm: The Westhampton Public Library hosts storytime. 3 South Rd.. 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 ($)
    • 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 29th, 2011

    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 St. 259-1808. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    12:30pm – CONCERT: Music in the Noon Hour at Smith College! Hear a half-hour concert of Bach music played by members of the college’s music faculty. The concert will be held in Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall. 7 College Lane. 585-ARTS. Northampton, 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 St. 585-0445. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

    6-7pm – PARENT SEMINAR: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “When is it OK to Skip School?” This seminar will provide parents with an overview of the basic medical guidelines for when students should be kept home from school an why. The workshop will be run by Dr. Greer Clarke, MD, of Redwood Pediatrics, and it will take place at the 16 Acres Branch Library. 1187 Parker St. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    6-7:30pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURE: Head to Hampshire Regional High School for their annual science fair. See the science projects created by 7th and 8th grade students- there are over 300 exhibits! 19 Stage Rd. 527-7680. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

    6:30-8pm – HISTORY: Head to the Greenfield Public Library to learn all about the history of Victorian era jewelry. There will be a craft component included, and space is limited- please pre-register! Best for slightly older scholars of history. 402 Main St. 772-1544. Greenfield, 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)
    • Westhampton 10am: The Westhampton Public Library hosts storytime. 3 South Rd.. 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)
    • 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 30th, 2011

    REGSTRATION DEADLINE: Erving School Union #28’s Community Network for Children is hosting a free field trip to the Holyoke Children’s Museum on Thursday, March 31st from 10:30-12:30! Transportation will not be provided, but if you register by noon, museum admission is free. Priority will be given to those living in the towns included in Union 28 (Everett, Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem, Wendell).

    9-10am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Join the Springfield Parent Academy for an informal “Parent Chat” about ideas and suggestions for family activities. The workshop will take place at the Parent Information Center at the Milton Bradley School, and parents will be able to chat with the group facilitators, network with other parents, and take advantage of the literature available in the resource center. 22 Mulberry St. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. ($)

    9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Head to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Day. Each Wednesday is centered around a different theme, and there is both structured and unstructured play time. 4 Norman Rd. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

    10:30am – ART: Kids Create Preschool Art Program at the Norman Rockwell Museum. An interactive, hands-on experience for kids 2-5yo. 298-4100 Stockbridge, 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 St. Springfield, MA (FREE)

    6pm – DOCUMENTARY: Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools presents a screening of “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Gap” at Amherst Regional High School. The documentary examines the effects that high-pressure, testing-based education has on children. Director Vicki Abeles will be on hand to answer questions after her film has been shown. 21 Mattoon St. 362-1701. Amherst, MA. ($)

    6-7pm – PARENT DISCUSSION GROUP: Meet and talk with other parents at the Haskins Center. Get advice from parents with children similar in age to yours, and learn from others’ parenting styles Free childcare and transportation available. Refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register. 664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

    6-7:30pm – PARENT SEMINAR: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “The Needs of Grieving Children” at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School. Run by Rick’s Place, Inc., the seminar will include strategies for home and school for children dealing with death. 355 Plainfield St. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    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)

    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 31st, 2011

    5:30-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Haskins Center hosts a parenting series on Active Parenting for parents of children from ages 5-12. This video-based program helps to teach parents the skills necessary for developing character, courage, and responsibility in their children. There will be two follow-up workshops in April. Free childcare and transportation available. Please pre-register. 664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

    6-7pm – PARENT/TEEN WORKSHOP: Students at Gateway High School and their parents are invited to attend a college planning night for juniors. Parents and students can learn all about how to find the right college and how to go through the application process. Please RSVP. 12 Littleville Rd. 685-1107. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

    6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “Bedtime Stories: A Parent Workshop Focused on Reading at Home.” Held at HCS Head Start, the workshop will allow parents to make-and-take activities to get their children reading at home, as well as teach them how to pick age-appropriate books and think about new ways to get their kids reading. 65 Carew St. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Join the Springfield Parent Academy for a workshop entitled, “Move from Stressed to Best.” The workshop will teach parents and caregivers ways to deal with the stress of raising children. 355 Plainfield St. 787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

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

    THURSDAY STORY TIME

    • Amherst 10:30am: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Dalton 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • 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, April 1st, 2011

    April Fools’ Day

    10am-12Noon – BABY/TODDLER 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)

    10-11am: SING WITH YOUR BABY: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Clapp Memorial Library. 259-1808 Belchertown, MA (>$ DONATION)

    10:30-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime in the galleries at the Williams College Museum of Art.  Pre-schoolers and toddlers, accompanied by their adults, are invited to come hear stories related to current gallery shows and take part in an art activity afterwards.  15 Lawrence Hall Drive.  413-597-2429.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

    9:30-11am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: La Leche League of Northampton meets at Cradle (3rd Floor in Thornes). 586-5627 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURES: It’s Young Farmers time at Red Gate Farm. Help out with afternoon chores- feed the animals, check for eggs, and learn all about farm life. 4 Norman Rd. 625-9503. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

    5:30pm – DINNER AND MUSIC: Erving School Union #28 presents the second annual Mud Season Music and Mangia at Shutesbury Elementary School! Potluck dinner begins at 5:30, followed by Jay Mankita’s Eat Like a Rainbow, a collection of music about plant-based foods that come from our own gardens! BYO plates, silverware, etc. to cut down on waste. 23 West Pelham Rd. 259-1212. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

    7pm – DOCUMENTARY: The education documentary, “Race to Nowhere” will be screened in the Milla Theater at Bay Path College’s Carr Hall.  The movie is about the amount of emphasis placed on academic success and high test scores and its affect (mostly negative) on students.    588 Longmeadow Street.  925-310-4242.  Longmeadow, MA.  ($)

    7pm – FILM FESTIVAL: Greenfield Public Schools presents the Greenfield Schools Film Festival at Greenfield High School!  Come see movies made by students at all grade levels (even staff).  Award-winning movies will be shown first.  141 Davis St.  413-441-6164.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

    7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Springfield Museums hosts “Foolish Astronomy”- a program about astronomical misconceptions in science history in honor of April Fools Day. The event will include a discussion and a rooftoop telescope sky viewing. 21 Edwards St. 263-6800. 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)
    • 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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