Suggested Events 04/09/11-04/15/11

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

While most of Western MA is blessed with four amazing seasons, the Hilltowns are blessed with a fifth: Mud Season! (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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Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash

On Sunday, Apr 10th, come celebrate five years with Hilltown Families as we enter our sixth! A birthday benefit happens at Bread Euphoria from 4-7pm in Haydenville - a community building event with live music, pizza, cake, cash bar, door prizes, and MC Seth Gregory - all while $upporting the work of Hilltown Families! (Poster design by Tina Cornell)

On Saturday, April 9th from 12noon-4pm – FAMILY PARTY: Go, Kids Art. Go! BIG family party to raise money for children’s arts education. There will be music, dance, face painting, games, and a raffle and bake sale. The party will take place at the Barnes Gallery. 13 Montague Road. 413-548-9070. Leverett, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

In the afternoon on Saturday, April 9th at 4pm – MUSICAL PETTING ZOO: Smith College host their spring orchestra and a musical petting zoo at Sweeney Concert Hall on campus. Petting zoo is at 4pm. Concert at 7pm. The musical part of the program for the Musical Petting Zoo family concert will be nearly the same as the evening’s program but conductor Jonathan Hirsh will interweave a narrative about each instrument, what it is, how it sounds, and how it combines and blends with the other instruments in a composition. Kids will be invited to get up close to touch and listen to the sounds of the various instruments and to talk to the Smith orchestra students. 413-585-2787 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. Door prizes. Art. T-shirts. Community building! Suggested donation: $10-$25 per person. 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, April 16th from 1-3pm – GEOLOGY: Families are invited to take a walk at the Chesterfield Gorge , along the Westfield River, with professor Richard Little. Learn about the geology of the gorge and enjoy the outdoors! Rain date is 4/17. Meet for the walk in the Trustees of Reservations parking lot in Chesterfield. West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

On Sunday, April 17th from 11am-4pm – EARTH FESTIVAL: Visit the Springfield Science Museum for the Earth Week Festival! Tons of special activities, including demonstrations on how to cast a fishing rod provided by the DFW Angler Education Program. There will also be giveaways and a bluegrass performance. 21 Edwards Street. 800-625-7738. Springfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

BULLETIN BOARD

BENEFIT CONCERT: Don’t miss Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry and The Nields, live in Shelburne Falls for The Academy at Charlemont‘s annual benefit concert! Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall. Also featuring the debut of the astonishing student band Flapjack Overkill. Visit www.charlemont.org, or call the school at 413-339-4912. All proceeds will benefit The Academy’s scholarship fund.

PUPPET FESTIVAL: The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton presents their 3rd annual Puppet Festival, April 18-21, 2011. The theater comes alive with story during school vacation week as puppets and marionettes take the stage all week (ages 4 and older). April 18th: The Woman Who Outshone the Sun, performed by Behind-the-Mask Puppets. April 19th: Jack and the Beanstalk performed by Spring Valley Puppet Theater. April 20th: Sleeping Beauty, performed by National Marionette Theatre. April 21st: Pinocchio, performed by the National Marionette Theatre. All shows begin at 10am and are 50 minutes long. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Academy Box Office, Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm or by calling 584-9032 x105 or online at www.academyofmusictheatre.com.

POST C-SECTION WORKSHOP: Post C-Birth Healing 5-Week Workshop at Cradle in Northampton begins on Mon., May 2nd from 6-8pm. This group is for women-post partum, to have a formalized space to process and heal from issues related to C birth experiences. Come share your story. Cost for full workshop: $70. To register, contact Sabrina Herman at Sabrinaherman.awake@gmail.com.

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 bikes 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.

Erin MckeownRECYCLING OPPORTUNITY: Earth Day is April 22 but it’s never too early to start changing habits and doing something to help the environment. On Saturday, April 9, the Little Red Schoolhouse in Williamstown will host an early Earth Day recycling event where the community is asked to bring cans and bottles with five-cent deposits for recycling as well as gently used children’s clothing and toys and household items (no appliances, please) for an upcoming tag sale to benefit the nonprofit preschool, featuring Earth-friendly crafts for Children. The recycling event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The school is located at Route 7, Williamstown. For more information go online to lrsh.org.

SCREEN-FREE WEEK: April 18 – 24. Screen-Free Week. An annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on life. “We recommend families participate in Screen-Free Week by turning off their TVs, computers and other screens … In addition to the health benefits, many people find that choosing to cut back their screen time offers an opportunity to replace it with family activities such as taking walks, playing games and spending time outside, and this can be rewarding and satisfying.” For more information, visit www.commercialfreechildhood.org

PARENTING UNPLUGGED: The Communities That Care Coalition is recruiting families with teenage children to participate in Parenting Unplugged Week, May 1-7. What would happen if you and your teens decided to turn off the screens at home for a week? No TV, no video games, no Facebook, no YouTube, no online chat, no tweeting, no texting at the dinner table? Want to find out? Volunteer to “unplug” at home for a week. At the end of the week, family members will be asked to share their experiences, and 2-3 families will be profiled. All participating families will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for a family dinner out at a local restaurant of their choice. For more information, and to apply online go to www.parentapplication.info

Stop by and see the show, currently in Haydenville in the Andrew Quient Corridor Gallery at Bread Euphoria through April, 2011.

WRITING CONTEST: Odyssey Book Shop in South Hadley is holding their 18th annual Children’s Writing Contest! The contest, for kids in grades 1-5, runs through May 3rd and asks children to write their stories based on the prompt, “On a walk one day, you come across an enchanted creature.  Who is this creature?  What adventures might you have together?”  Winners will be awarded prizes at a ceremony on May 15th, and first place winners will be asked to read their stories aloud.  (There will be one first place prize for each grade)  For more information, visit www.odysseybks.com.

SCIENCE QUEST: UMass Amherst hosts Science Quest this Saturday, Apr 10th at 9:30am, an opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to visit the UMass campus, see presentations by professors, and take part in hands-on science activities.  Though the focus of the say is on science, students will also hear what being a science major is like from a panel of students studying science at the university and learn what UMass admissions looks for in applicants from an admissions representative.  Students must preregister in order to pick the lab tour and demonstrations that they want to attend.  For more information call Michael Westort at 413-577-0164.

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Guest DJ, David Weinstone!

Hilltown Family Variety Show This week David Weinstone from Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals Guest DJ’s the HFVS . Tune in on Saturday, April 9th from 9-10am and/or Sunday, April 10th from 7-8am. First person to send us an email with the name of their favorite song from David’s show will win a free copy of his new CD, All I Want.

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 9th, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    9am-12Noon – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Community garden work party at Guyette Farm. Learn to prune berry bushes with local berry grower, Ed Stockman. Gloyd Rd. 413-634-5663 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

    9:30am- SCIENCE QUEST: UMass Amherst hosts Science Quest, an opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to visit the UMass campus, see presentations by professors, and take part in hands-on science activities.  Info above. 413-577-0164. Amherst, MA

    10am – GARDENING: Visit the Bullitt Reservation for a workshop on backyard gardening! Learn about raised beds, mulching, and more. There will be kids events, too, to keep the little ones occupied. Please pre-register. 132 Main Road. 413-628-4485. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

    10-11:30am – AUTISM SUPPORT: Autism Resources on the Internet, a hands-on class with Margot Malachowski, MLS, Outreach Library of the Health Sciences Library at Baystate Medical Center. For parents looking to find information on Autism online at the Springfield City Library. 413-263-6828 Springfield, MA (FREE)

    10-11am – LITERARY ADVENTURE: North Adams’ Mayor Alcombright will read Shoes, a children’s book by Elizabeth Winthrop, as part of the Wee Read Berkshire County program at the Haskins Community Center. Wee Read is a part of The Week of the Young Child and is an initiative to promote literacy. There will also be a Story Walk through North Adams! Free copies of Shoes will be distributed and activities related to the story will take place afterwards. 210 State Street. 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

    10am-12Noon – EARLY CHILDHOOD FAIR: There will be an Early Childhood Fair at Littleville Elementary School cafeteria. Come and celebrate the kickoff of the Week of the Young Child with fun activities for young children and their families. Visit a school bus and an ambulance! Get your face painted! Go on a storywalk! Crafts, balloons and movement! Give those small people in your lives a morning to remember! For more information or directions, please contact Kim Savery at the Gateway Family Center at 413-667-2203 x3 or Erika Frank, Early Childhood Coordinator for the Gateway Regional School District at 413-685-1030. Huntington, MA (FREE)

    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)

    10am-12Noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Berkshire Sanctuaries is sponsoring a Bird Banding Demo at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for families w/kids 3yo & older. Use mist nets, band birds, record data, relase birds unharmed. (472 West Mountain Rd.) berkshires@massaudubon.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – BIKE DRIVE: Give your old bike a new life! Donate your unwanted bikes to Bikes Not Bombs at the first area bike drive at JFK Middle School. All usable bikes 16″ or larger are accepted. Organized by Willa Sippel and her dad, Tom Sippel. 413-634-0101 Northampton, MA (BIKE DONATION)

    10:30am-12Noon – HISTORY ADVENTURES: Older students are invited to take a walking tour with Lujuana Hood, director of the Pan-African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) to discuss the Underground Railroad highlights in Springfield. Beginning at the Springfield Museums, the tour will highlight important sponts along the African American Heritage Trail. 21 Edwards St. 413-747-1830 Springfield, MA (>$)

    10:30am-12:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Join naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward at the Sunderland Public Library to discover beavers, groundhogs and porcupines, all large rodents found in Western MA. A hands-on educational program that will move outside to look for animal signs. Dress for weather. 413-367-9562 20 School St. Sunderland, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-2pm – FLOWER ACTIVISM: Second Saturday nature series for kids at the Great Falls Discovery Center. All ages are welcomed to stop in to make seed bombs and learn about native flower species. Take these peaceful bombs to a place near the Center to deploy a small army of flowers. When left outside, seeds will release during rain showers and begin to grow into flowers. Come back in Spring to see what grew! 2 Avenue A. 413-863-3221 Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

    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. 727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)

    12noon-2pm – EGG HUNT: Help kick off the season at the Zoo in Forest Park with an egg hunt! Meet bunnies and animals that come from eggs. 302 Sumner Avenue. 413-733-2251. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    12noon-4pm – FAMILY PARTY: Go, Kids Art. Go! BIG family party to raise money for children’s arts education. There will be music, dance, face painting, games, and a raffle and bake sale. The party will take place at the Barnes Gallery. 13 Montague Road. 413-548-9070. Leverett, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

    1pm – SPANISH: Spanish Get-Together at the Meekins Library the second Saturday of each month. Intermediate to advanced speakers. ¿Quieres Practicar tu español? Puedes Hacerlo en Las Tertulias en Espanol en la biblioteca Meekins en Williamsburg Los segundos sabados de cada mes a la una. 268-7472 www.meekins-library.orgWilliamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1pm – SHAKESPEARE FOR FAMILIES: Shakespeare & Company presents “Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World.” A whirlwind tour through the life, times and works of William Shakespeare led by six actors playing multiple parts. It’s a fast-paced, fun and hilarious presentation introducing kids and adults to Shakespeare through his stories, characters and words — with a bit of sword-fighting and clowning thrown in for good measure. 413-637-3353 Kemble St. Lenox, 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)

    2pm – EGG HUNT: The Huntington Rec Dept host an Easter Egg hunt for kids 10yo and younger at Pettis Field. Huntington, 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. Pre-registration requested. 220 State Street. 413-263-6828. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    3:30-4:30pm – INDIAN RHYTHM WORKSHOP: Rhythm workshop with the NYC dhol ‘n brass band, Red Baraat at the Community Music School. Great fun for the family! Listen to Indian weeding song, learn about marching bands at Indian Weddings, hear an assortment of Indian instruments, learn about Indian culture and origins of the Indian Brass Band, Dance to Bhangra rhythms, explore Bols, and much more! RSVP 413-577-2486 Springfield, MA (FREE)

    4pm – MUSICAL PETTING ZOO: Smith College host their spring orchestra and a musical petting zoo at Sweeney Concert Hall on campus. Petting zoo is at 4pm. Concert at 7pm. The musical part of the program for the Musical Petting Zoo family concert will be nearly the same as the evening’s program but conductor Jonathan Hirsh will interweave a narrative about each instrument, what it is, how it sounds, and how it combines and blends with the other instruments in a composition. Kids will be invited to get up close to touch and listen to the sounds of the various instruments and to talk to the Smith orchestra students. 413-585-2787 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    6pm – ROLLER DERBY: Western Mass Destruction takes on Ithaca, NY’s The Sufferjets at Lossone Rink, plus a halftime scrimmage from men’s team The Dirty Dozen. 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. ($)

    6:30pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton will have a world music celebration at the Awen Tree with member of Gaia Roots World Music and the Awen Tree Community Drummers. Music and dance from the Caribbean and West Africa as well as students from the Awen Tree Hand Drumming Classes. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    6:30m – HOOTENANNY: An intergenerational hootenanny will be at the Great Barrington Claire Teague Senior Center.  There will be a sing-a-long, open mic, and poetry slam. Come sing old folk songs together, bring a musical instrument and a copy of Rising Up Singing (is you have one). Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    7pm – SILENT MOVIE: Take the family to have an authentic silent movie experience. Buster Keaton’s film, The General, will be screened at the United Church of Christ, accompanied by live organ music by organist Peter Krasinski. 395 High Street. 413-532-1483. Holyoke, MA. ($)

    7pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Minerva Voices’ first concert! The multi-aged community chorus will sing a collection of broadway songs. The concert will take place at the Minerva Arts Center. 1288 Massachusetts Avenue,. 413-346-4502. North Adams, MA. (>$)

    7pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hoedown Showdown at Drury High School! This performance is a collection of music, skits, dancing, and comedy with special guests, the Berkshire County Line Dancers. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life team Sole Mates. 1130 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

    7:30pm – ANTIQUE CIRCUS: The Northampton Center for the Arts hosts Valve, and antique vaudeville circus. Full of circus acrobatics, sillyness, and fun, the circus is entertaining for the whole family. 17 New South Street. 413-584-7327. Northampton, MA. ($)


    Sunday, April 10th, 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.

    12Noon-6pm – CHICKEN COOP TOUR: Is your family thinking of keeping chickens? The Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association host a chicken coop tour with 9 innovative coops on their tour. Stop by one or all and get inspired, ask questions, and see what the talk is all about! Western MA (FREE)

    1pm – CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center will have their Suzuki Spring Concert at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Suzuki cello and violin students will be performing. DonationS collected for Grow Food Northampton. 413-585-0001 Northampton, MA (DONATIONS)

    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)

    2-6pm – TRADITIONAL ART: PISANKI: Wistariahurst Museum is offering a hands-on demo to learn about the traditional dying of Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Great experience for tweens/teens and their parents to do together. Must RSVP 413-322-5660 Holyoke, MA ($$)

    3pm – ANTIQUE CIRCUS: The Northampton Center for the Arts hosts Valve, and antique vaudeville circus. Full of circus acrobatics, sillyness, and fun, the circus is entertaining for the whole family. 17 New South Street. 413-584-7327. Northampton, MA. ($)

    4pm – CHORUS: Young at Hear Chorus to benefit CISA and Safe Passage at John M Green Hall at Smith College. Northampton, MA ($$)

    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. Door prizes. Art. T-shirts. Community building! Suggested donation: $10-$25 per person. 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    6:30-8:30pm – PARENTS OF TEENS: Parents of Teen Support Group facilitated by Abriete Medore, M.Ed. For more information and/or registration email abriete@hearts-journey.com or call 687-9951 Leverette, MA (>$)


    Monday, April 11th, 2011

    BUY TICKETS for Westfield State University’s Spring Holiday Part and Egg Hunt with Becky the Bunny! The event is on Saturday the 16th from 10am-12noon in the Scanlon Banquet Hall. Tickets are $3 per child, plus an additional $2 each for photos with the Easter bunny. Tons of fun for kids, but get tickets soon- last year’s event sold out. Ticket order form here.

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at East Branch Westfield River. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at Norwottuck Rail Trail. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Goshen, MA (FREE)

    10am – STORYTIME: Story hour and a craft project related to the book SHOES at the Milne Library as part of Wee Read Berkshire County. Get a free copy of the book! 1095 Main Street. 413-458-5369. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

    10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Extra playgroup day this week at the Easthampton Family Center! There will be organized activities for kids, and adults can meet to discuss summer and fall schedules for the center. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

    10am-2pm – HEAD START REGISTRATION: Register for Head Start and attend a reading of the book SHOES as part of Wee Read Berkshire County and the Week of the Young Child. 1 Meadow Lane. 413-499-0137. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

    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)

    6:30pm – MEET THE AUTHOR: For parents- Khris Holloway, of Northampton, will be at the Meekins Library to her book Monique and the Mango Rains, which is about midwifery in Mali which she experienced while in the Peace Corps. 2 Williams Street. 413-268-7472. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE!)

    7pm – COMMUNITY SING ALONG: The Westhampton Library invites you to join others at the library for a community sing along.  Bring instruments and a copy of Rise Up Singing (if you have one). Westhampton, 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)
    • Westhampton ♦ 5:30pm: Storytime at the Westhampton Library. (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 12th, 2011

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at East Branch Westfield River. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at Norwottuck Rail Trail. Call to confirm schedule: 508-389-6331 Windsor, MA (FREE)

    9:15am – STORY WALK: North Adams Wee Read Berkshire County StoryWalk begins today! Meet downtown at the start of the story and end at the North Adams Public Library for story time at 10! There will be shoe-themed stories, craft activities, a raffle, and free books. 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

    9:45am – FAMILY CONCERT: Week of the Young Child Concert with Miss Leticia, presented by the South Hadley Family Center at Saint Patrick’s Church hall. 413-533-7096 30 Main St. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    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)

    2-2:45pm – DANCE WORKSHOP: Kids aged 2-6 are invited to a creative dance workshop at the Westfield Athenaeum. Get some spring in their steps! Registration required. 6 Elm Street. 413-568-7833. Westfield, 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)

    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)
    • Westhampton ♦ 10am: Storytime at the Westhampton Library. (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 13th, 2011

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at Lower Branch Westfield River. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at Tekoa Country Club. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Russell, MA (FREE)

    10am – GRAND OPENING: Attend the ribbon cutting at the newly remodeled Mason Square Branch Library in Springfield. Activities for the day include dressing up like a favorite literary character and exploring the new and improved library! 765 State Street. 413-263-6853. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    5:30-8pm – FAMILY NIGHT: Family Fun Night with Dr. Seuss at East Street School. Community Parnerships for Children Council will have an evening with the Cat in the Hat, serving up green eggs and ham for dinner. After dinner is a family fair filled with fun activities. Part of the Week of the Young Child. 413-583-8372 Ludlow, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!’ This workshop, which will take place at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School, will help parents see children’s actions from a new perspective and teach new ways of discipline. This workshop is in Spanish. 355 Plainfield Street. 413-787-7485. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    7pm – PARENT/TEACHER WORKSHOP: Sarah Pirtle offers the workshop, The Heart of a Child: Talking It Out at Leverett Crafts and ARts. 413-548-9070 Leverett, 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. 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 14th, 2011

    Happy Support Teen Literature Day

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at West Branch Westfield River. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at Tekoa Country Club. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Becket, MA (FREE)

    6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College,” presented by the Springfield Parent Academy. Learn what depression looks like, especially in college students and young adults. The workshop will take place at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School. 355 Plainfield Street. 413-787-7485. 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)

    6:30-7:45pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “Helping Your Child Prepare for a Career: Developing Workplace Readiness.” Learn to better understand what it takes to help children prepare for their eventual career path- learn to interpret your child’s likes and dislikes, personality traits, interests, and other factors that can affect their career choice! Workshop will take place at the Forest Park Branch Library. 380 Belmont Avenue. 413-787-7485. Springfield, 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)

    7:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:Grade13!: How to Get to the Next Step,” presented by the Springfield Parent Academy. For parents of high school students, this workshop will teach about the PSAT and SAT tests, as well as how to get admitted to college. The workshop will take place at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School. 355 Plainfield Street. 413-787-7485. 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. 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. 413-247-9097 (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)

    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 15th, 2011

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at East Branch Westfield River. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at Norwottuck Rail Trail. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-12Noon – FAMILY SERVICES: Easthampton Family Center will have a WIC food presentation to include food demo, puppet show and other activities for young children. Old Town Hall. Main St. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    2-4pm – HOMESCHOOL PLAYGROUP: New homeschool playgroup in Worthington! The group will meet at the town hall, and kids of all ages are welcome. 160 Huntington Road. 413-238-4424. Worthington, 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(>$)

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