Suggested Events 04/02/11-04/08/11

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Pansies and Rainboots

Violets and rain boots sit outside the Ashfield Hardware Store waiting for hopefuls to take them home... but we're not out of the winter woods yet! Will April Fools' Day bring school kids another snow day? Only tomorrow will tell! (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, 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)

In the evening on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm – COMMUNITY CONCERT: Pittsfield Drum and Percussion Expo at Berkshire Community College. The event will showcase the talents of over fifteen musicians from the Berkshires, and will take place in the Koussevitzky Arts Center. 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

On Sunday, April 3rd at 1pm – FAMILY THEATER: “It’s Good to Be an Ant” in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum.  This fun, interactive show takes the audience through a day in the life of an ant colony.  125 West Bay Rd.  423-658-1100. Amherst, MA.  (>$)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, April 9th from 10am-12Noon – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Families with kids ages 6yo and younger will enjoy a morning of activities and games at the Jackson Street School during the Northampton’s Week of the Young Child Children’s Festival. Celebrate children, families. providers, teachers and child care advocates. Let the little ones climb aboard a fire truck, school bus and playground and visit with clowns and jugglers. 413-587-1471 Jackson St. Northampton, 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 community party to celebrate Hilltown Families 5 year anniversary. Family concert with Mister G.  Pizza and birthday cake from Bread Euphoria. Face painting. Cash bar. Suggested donation: $10-$25 per person. 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

BULLETIN BOARD

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

HILLTOWN JOURNEY CAMP: A beloved summer day camp for girls and boys 6-13yo at a beautiful permaculture farm with barn, woods and streams, directed by Sarah Pirtle. Location: Taproot Commons-Warner Farm, near the Cummington Fairgrounds. Dates: M-F, July 25-29. Cost: $245. — About Journey Camp: “A most awesome experience for all three of our kids that captivated the age range of my five through eleven year olds. They came home with new friends and new ways of caring for each other.” The day includes building stick-houses in the woods, creative dramatics, active games, and a close community. For more info. & to reg., email marsha.journey@gmail.com or call 413-539-7857. $50 deposit to PO Box 60226, Florence, MA 01062. www.sarahpirtle.com

Greg Wickles, owner of Clean Air Lawn Care, writes: When you think of summer, does the sound of lawn mowers come to mind? It doesn’t have to be that way. Clean Air Lawn Care is the Valley’s leading full-service sustainable lawn care company. When you sign up for lawn maintenance with Clean Air Lawn Care, you are signing up for the cleanest and healthiest lawn service available. We use clean electric and biodiesel powered equipment that is run on renewable energy. Our equipment is charged during the day by solar panels mounted on our trucks. Because we are electric, our equipment is noticeably quiet. This aspect is great for neighbors, working environments, napping children, and enjoying your day. We are clean, quiet, organic and competitive. 413-210-0811

BIKE DRIVE: Give your old bike a new life!  The first area bike drive is coming, and it is an opportunity for you to donate your unwanted bikes to a cause that really wants them: Bikes Not Bombs. Bikes Not Bombs plans on sending 8 containers full of used mikes from around Massachusetts to bike distribution projects in developing countries.  All usable bikes 16″ or larger are accepted.  A suggested donation of 10 will help defray shipping costs. This drive is being organized by Willa Sippel and her Dad Tom Sippel  (413-634-0101).  April 9th from 10am to 2pm at JFK Middle School in Northampton, MA.

FESTIVAL: Mark your calendars for the Hilltown Spring Festival– a celebration of the hilltown community!  This year’s festival will take place on May 14th at the Cummington Fairgrounds from 10am-6pm.  There will be many exciting things to see and do, including 18 musical performances on three stages, a maypole dance, fun kids activities all day long, as well as exhibits of products and delicious food from local vendors!  Celebrate the end of winter hibernation and the beginning of spring amongst your hilltown neighbors.  Admission to the festival is $5 for anyone over the age of 12.

WORKSHOP: Are you an educator?  Teachers, home-school parents (and non-homeschool parents!), youth group leaders, etc. are invited to attend a workshop on the basics of solar energy at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield on Tuesday, April 12th from 4-7pm.  Participants will get an overview of the Clean Energy for a Clean Environment (CECE) program and will learn how to facilitate teaching it and how to some of the run hands-on learning experiences that go with the program.  Participants will also receive a free mini solar-education kit and CECE educator guides.  The workshop is free but pre-registration is required.  Contact Cynthia Grippaldi at cynthiag@cetonline.org to RSVP.

SAFETY HOTLINE: Gateway Regional School District, as part of their ongoing safety campaign, has an established school safety hotline.  Monitored by Roy Phillips, the hotline is a voicemail box where callers can report harassment, bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, vandalism, and other school safety issues.  The phone number for the hotline is 413-685-1050.  All messages left will be reported either to the school principal or a community agency, and callers’ names and information will be kept confidential.  For more information, contact the school district at 413-685-1000.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

This week on the HFVS we will be featuring songs from our growing community playlist – songs submitted by parents from all over Western MA! – 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, April 2nd, 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.

    8:30am-1:30pm – LOCAL FOOD: Farm to School Forum will take place at the Greenfield Middle School. Come learn about locally grown food options in our schools and hear what’s happening in the region. 978-544-1872 195 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

    9-11:30am – SUSTAINABILITY: Is your family interested in keeping chickens?  Simple Gifts Farm is holding a workshop for families to learn about raising chickens in their backyards. Amherst, MA ($)

    9:30am & 11am – FAMILY THEATER: Red Door Theater presents Rapunzel! Part of their 6-month long children’s series, the show is designed to be participatory and fun for kids age 3-7. Reservations recommended. 152 South Westfield St. 413-780-2026. Feeding Hills, MA. (>$)

    10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Greenfield Garden Cinema screens, Diary of a Wimpy Kid II: Rodrick Rules to support local 4H group Pandora Pony Pals. 361 Main St. 413-773-9260. Greenfield, MA. (>$)

    10am-2pm – JAZZ BRUNCH: Jazz Brunch to benefit the Greenfield Middle School band program happens at the Guiding Star Grange. 401 Chapman St. Greenfield, MA (>$)

    10am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Family day at the Smith College Museum of Art.  Drop-in art projects for kids 4yo and older, inspired by images of people on exhibit in the museum. 413-585-2781 Elm St at Bedford Terr. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-10pm – RED TENT: GROW hosts Red Tent Temple of the Berkshires. 88 Sheffield St. Pittsfield, MA ($)

    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. 413-727-8143 Northampton, MA ($)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library. Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). 100 Main St. 413-243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    12Noon – SPORTS: Baseball and softball games at Amherst College. Baseball at Memorial Field and Softball at the Softball Field. At 1pm men’s lacrosse at Gooding Field. Take the kids to see the “big kids” play. 413-542-2344 Amherst, MA

    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. 413-263-6846. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)

    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)

    1pm & 3pm – FAMILY THEATER: “It’s Good to Be an Ant” at the Eric Carle Museum. This fun, interactive show takes the audience through a day in the life of an ant colony. 125 West Bay Rd. 423-658-1100. Amherst, MA. (>$)

    1pm – FAMILY THEATER: Visit the Springfield Museums for a performance of Pinnochio, presented by the National Marionette Theater. Along with the performance, there will be special puppet-themed activities throughout the museum. 21 Edwards St. 413-263-6800. Springfield, MA. ($)

    1-4pm – BOOK-MAKING: Head to Berkshire Athenaeum for a workshop on the art of books! Lead by artist Karen Arp-Sandel, the workshop will teach you about how to infuse form with content. 1 Wendell Ave. 413-499-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

    1pm – BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents a ballet double feature: Sleeping Beauty and The Firebird at the Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main St. 413-584-9032 Northampton, MA ($$)

    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. 413-587-1011  Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2-3:45pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum screens the movie Tangled (PG). The movie is 100 minutes long and is fun for the whole family. 6 Elm St.. 413-568-7833. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

    3-5pm – MEET THE AUTHOR: Children’s author and Newbery Award winner Alan Armstrong will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church to read from his books, discuss writing, and answer questions. Please bring a pair of pajamas or a new book for a child under 10 to benefit the Pajama Program! 867 North Pleasant St. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    7pm – FILM FESTIVAL: Greenfield Public Schools presents Part I of 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 – COMMUNITY CONCERT: Pittsfield Drum and Percussion Expo at Berkshire Community College. The event will showcase the talents of over fifteen musicians from the Berkshires, and will take place in the Koussevitzky Arts Center. 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

    8:15pm – FILM FESTIVAL: Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series & Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival co-present two inspiring films about family, identity, and acceptance.  Details above. Wright Hall at Smith College. Northampton, MA (>$)



    Sunday, April 3rd, 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.

    10am – FILM FESTIVAL: PV Jewish Film Festival presents “Shalom Sesame: It’s Passover, Grover!” at the Springfield JCC. The crew takes a trip to celebrate Passover in Israel while learning words and numbers in Hebrew. After screening, enjoy bagels and a story from the PJ Library. 1160 Dickinson St. 413-739-4715 Springfield, MA

    10:30am-12Noon: OPEN HOUSE: Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center hosts an open house. Through crafts and stories, families can explore the early life of Buddha. 191 Main St. 413-585-9848 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Head to Cup and Top Cafe for a children’s concert by Mariana Iranzi, an Argentinian composer and performer whose songs are both fun and educational.  1 North Main St. 413-585-0445.  Florence, MA.  (FREE!)

    1pm – FAMILY THEATER: “It’s Good to Be an Ant” at the Eric Carle Museum.  This fun, interactive show takes the audience through a day in the life of an ant colony.  125 West Bay Rd.  423-658-1100. Amherst, MA.  (>$)

    1-4pm – HEALTH FAIR: Amherst Elementary and Amherst College present “Let’s Move Amherst Elementary,” an event designed to provide families with ideas about how to be more active (and have fun, too!) and make healthy choices.  There will be yoga and jazzercise classes, a mile-long walking path loop, games, and more.  The event is open to all K-6 families in Amherst and will take place at the Alumni Gym at Amherst College.  103 Converse Hall.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

    2pm – FILM FESTIVAL: Greenfield Public Schools presents Part II of 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)

    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.  413-263-6828.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

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

    2-4pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURE: Forbes Library presents The Edible Book, a benefit for Friends of Forbes Library and Friends of Lilly Library.  Anyone can enter the contest with a book-inspired edible creation, or you can see what others entered.  20 West St.  413-587-1011. Northampton, MA (>$)

    3pm – CRIME SOLVERS: The Clark Art Institute will host a lecture older students interested in detective work and crime solving might be interested: In Pursuit of the Priceless: Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones. South St. 413-458-2303 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    3pm – CONCERT: New England Winds in concert at the Northampton Center for the Arts.  The Air Force Band of Liberty, stationed locally at Hanscom Air Force Base, is on tour and will play fun and patriotic tunes.  17 New South St.  413-584-7327.  Northampton,MA.  (FREE)

    4pm – HISTORY: Anthropologist Margaret Bruchac will lead a discussion on the native people of the Connecticut River Valley at the Leverett Library as part of the Read It, Leverett series.  Great opportunity for older students to learn more about local history. 75 Montague Rd.  413-528-9220.  Leverett, MA (FREE)

    7:30-8:30pm – WOMEN’S SONG CIRCLE: Jewish Women’s Song Circle happens at Cradle with Felicia Sloin. Explore Jewish connections through song, chant, and meditation. Singing experience, affiliation, and knowledge of Hebrew are not necessary. 413-737-2601 Northampton, MA (FREE)


    Monday, April 4th, 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. 413-268-7472. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE!)

    MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Northampton 9:30-11:30am : Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 413-582-2636 (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 11:00am: Tummy Time at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011 (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. 413-533-7096 (FREE)
    • Williamstown 10am: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center.  (FREE)

    MONDAY STORY TIMES

    • Northampton 10:30am: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011 (FREE)

    MONDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Northampton 12Noon – 1pm: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 413-582-2096 (FREE)

    MONDAY OTHER ONGOING

    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929 ($)
    • 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- 413-863-3214.
    • North Adams 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 413-663-6593 (FREE)
    • Springfield 11am-12:50pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599 ($)

    Tuesday, April 5th, 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.  413-259-1808. Amherst, 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.  413-585-0445.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

    5:30-7:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “Raising Capable Children” at the Greenfield Family Center.  Learn methods for building internal motivation in child to become strong, responsible problem solvers. Free childcare, transporation and dinner provided. 1 Place Terr. 413-475-1554 Greenfield, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – COMMUNITY SUPPER: Help raise money for the new Williamsburg Farmers’ Market at their community fundraising supper at the Haydenville Congregational Church. Haydenville, 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. 413-256-1145 (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. 413-283-7594 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.). 413-475-1553 (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 413-663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 413-582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 413-644-0104 (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.). 413-533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 413-475-1553 (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. 413-734-7667 (FREE)
    • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 413-644-0104 (FREE)

    TUESDAY STORY TIMES

    • Florence 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 413-587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Florence 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 413- 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. 413-528-6911 (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. 413-772-1544 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.). 413-663-6593 (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. 413-253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Northampton 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 413-341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)

    OTHER TUESDAY ONGOING

    • Amherst 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
    • Florence 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 413-587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929 ($)
    • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 413-667-2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599 ($)

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me! Handling Children’s Power Struggles With Success.”  Learn to look at discipline from a new angle, and learn about what techniques do and don’t work.  The workshop will be held at Kiley Middle School.  180 Cooley St..  413-787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

    6:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts the first of a two-part workshop series called, “Motivating Your Child for Success.”  Held at the Fredrick Harris School, the workshop will teach strategies for being an active partner in your child’s education.  58 Hartford Terr.  413-787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

    6:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Greenfield Public Schools’ Academy of Early Learning hosts a workshop entitled, “Why Has Food Become so Complicated?”  Sarah Patton, LICSW, will be running the workshop and providing information on making informed choices while shopping and feeding children.  The first 30 to arrive will receive a free copy of the book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan.  1 Place Terr.  413-772-1390.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

    7-8pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Community members, especially students, are invited to Hopkins Academy for a presentation of the Rachel’s Challenge assembly, a presentation about Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the shootings at Columbine High School.  The presentation is intended to motivate students to positively change the way that they interact with others.  131 Russell St.  413-584-1106.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

    7pm – LECTURE: Child safety advocate Kathy Picard will be speaking at Westfield State University (Scanlon Banquet Hall), raising awareness of child safety. 577 Western Ave. Westfield, MA

    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. 413-256-1145 (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. 413-283-7594 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.). 413-475-1553 (FREE)
    • Huntington 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 413-667-2203 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.). 413-663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 413-582-2636 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.). 413-533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 413-863-4805 (FREE)
    • Ware 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 413-967-8127 (FREE)

    WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

    • Chesterfield ♦ 10:15am: : Children’s story hour at the Chesterfield Public Library. 413-296-4735 (FREE)
    • Leverett 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. www.leverettlibrary.org
    • New Marlborough 10am: Library Story hour. 413-644-0104 (FREE)
    • Northampton 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011 (FREE)
    • Northampton 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 413-587-1011 (FREE)
    • Northfield 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 413-498-2455 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. 413-253-8990 www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 413-534-2700 (FREE)

    OTHER WEDNESDAY ONGOING

    • Amherst 10:30-11:45am: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 413-582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
    • Greenfield ♦ 12Noon-1:40pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891 ($)
    • Hadley 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 413-586-2737 www.interskate91.com(>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929 ($)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)
    • Northampton 4:30pm: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599 ($)

    Thursday, April 7th, 2011

    8-9am – BENEFIT BREAKFAST: The 2011 Spirit of Girls Breakfast will be in the ballroom at MassMutual. Annual fundraising breakfast for Girls Inc. of Holyoke. 1277 Main St. 413-532-6247 x104 Springfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    12:15-12:45pm – DANCE ADVENTURE: Kids & working parents are gonna love the giant outdoor community CONGA LINE tomorrow forming in Springfield at 12:15pm, traveling from Tower Square Park to Court Square. Join in at any point. Part of The City Fantastique, a festival to celebrate the arts & creativity in Downtown Springfield. Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

    6-7:30 – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “Beyond Saying NO- What to do When Your Teen is Using and Abusing.”  Learn to detect the signs of substance abuse in teens, how to conduct and intervention, and what resources are available as assistance.  The workshop will be held at the Rebecca Johnson School.  55 Catherine St.  413-787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

    6:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Williams College Professor, New York Times op-ed columnist, and author of the recently published book “Red Flags or Red Herrings?: Predicting Who Your Children will Become,” will speak about what success in child development really means at Berkshire Country Day School. Route 183. Lenox, MA (FREE)

    7pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Amherst Regional High School will host the workshop, “Teens: What Makes Them Tick,” with their topic of discussion on gaining a strong self-concept. To be held in the ARHS library. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    7-9pm – CIRCUS: Take a circus class!  Nutshell Playhouse is offering a class in acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, and other circus skills.  The first class is free, and those over the age of thirteen are invited to attend.  Call for location. 413-212-1416. Berkshires, 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. 413-256-1145 (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. 413-283-7594 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.) 413-644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 413-582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011 (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.). 413-533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 413-475-1553 (FREE)
    • Ware9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 413-967-8127 (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. 413-684-6112 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 413- 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. 413-243-0385 (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. 413-637-0197 x105 (FREE)

    THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Grandparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 413-475-1553 (FREE)
    • Northampton 6pm: Single Parent Support Group at Cradle. 413-341-5282 (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 413-644-0104 (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929 ($)
    • North Adams 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 413-663-6593 (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. 413-727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599 ($)

    Friday, April 8th, 2011

    9:30-11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: “Who’s In Charge: Surviving Everyday Routines” at the Bridge Street School.  Sponsored by the Northampton Parents Center and Northampton Public Schools, this workshop will teach strategies to making everyday routines less stressful.  RSVP requested.  2 Parsons St.  413-587-1471.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will be offering a forum on the topic: How to Talk with Teenagers at the First Baptist Church. 413-663-7588 North Adams, MA

    10am-12Noon – NEW MOMS GROUP:  6 Burbank St. Pittsfield, MA (N/A)

    10am-9pm – OUTDOORS EVENT: Visit Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports for Spring Outdoor Club Day!  There will be special workshops (3pm GPS demo, 4pm Packing for the Appalacian Trail) and sales.  1 Berkshire Mall.  413-445-4967.  Lanesboro, MA.  (FREE)

    11am-2pm – HOMESCHOOL ADVENTURE: Head to Westfield State University for the fifth annual Homeschool Field Day!  Kids age 5-14 can take part in fun physical activity throughout the day.  Great for learning teamwork, working on locomotor skills, exercise, etc.  577 Western Ave. Call to reg.  978-741-7449. Westfield, MA. ($)

    VARIETY SHOW: The Williamsburg Ding Dong show happens at the Grange (Route 9). Singing, dancing, skits, playing an insturment… all ages welcomed to perform. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Congregational Church Williamsburg, MA

    6:30-9pm – HISTORY: Attend an advance screening of the documentary Freedom Riders, which tells the story of the 1961 non-violent civil rights activist group of the same name.  Along with the screening will be a chance to meet representatives from local civil rights and activism groups, as well as community members who took part in civil rights activism during the 1960’s.  Great for older students!  The screening will take place at Symphony Hall.  34 Court St.  413-788-7033.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

    7pm – CABARET: Gateway Regional High School’s annual cabaret!  Hear both the school’s jazz band and show choir perform a variety of songs.  There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the show choir, as well as a bake sale.  12 Littleville Rd.  413-685-1003.  Huntington, MA.  (>$)

    7-11pm – TEEN: The Pittsfield YMCA hosts “Hawaiian Spring Break,” a tropical themed dance for high school students.  Sponsored by the Pittsfield Youth Commission.  292 North St.  413-499-9348.  Pittsfield, MA.  (>$)

    5-8pm – ART NIGHT OUT: Northampton Arts Night Out Downtown. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    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. 413-256-1145 (FREE)
    • Colrain 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 413-475-1553 (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. 413-667-2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • North Adams 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 413-663-6593 (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. 413-637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 413-863-4805 (FREE)

    FRIDAY STORY TIME

    • Colrain 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 413-587-1500 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)
    • Westfield ♦ 9:30am and 11am: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Stories, crafts, and fingerplay just for the little ones.  Pre-registration required.  6 Elm Street.  413-562-6158.   (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. 413-774-1000 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. 413-772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 413-536-5437 (>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929 ($)
    • Pittsfield 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599 ($)
    • Springfield 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 413-263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)

    1 Comment

    1. Ivana Staiti said,

      April 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

      UPDATE: Saturday 4/2 “HOMES FOR HENS” event:: This is a family-friendly event and we’ve added a very exciting kids program that will include engaging hands-on craft projects and games, learning about the evolution of a chick to a hen, and more! Please join us at Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St., Amherst tomorrow at 9am!!! Wear clothing appropriate for wet ground. http://www.justfoodnow.org/hens.html

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