Suggested Events 05/07/11-05/13/11

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

Happy Mother's Day Weekend! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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WEEKEND BEST BETS

On Saturday, May 7th in the Pioneer Valley from 10am-2pm – ARCHITECTURE: Kids age 8-18 are invited to the Wistariahurst Museum to create a box city “Street of Dreams.” Kids will learn about architecture, urban planning, and social studies while creating their city. Bring a lunch! 238 Cabot Street. 413-322-5660. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

Later on Saturday, May 7th in the Hilltowns at 2pm – COMMUNITY BBQ: Attend the second annual Kentucky Derby Bluegrass Barbecue.  There will be tons of food, live music (including a fiddling contest with a cash prize!), a prize for the best big hat, live coverage of the derby, and tasty drinks for parents.  The fiddle contest is open to anyone who can play!  The event is a benefit for the Cancer Connection.  Route 9.  413-268-8222.  Haydenville, MA.  ($$)

On Sunday, May 8th for Mother’s Day – FREE ENTRANCE: Three great local treasures welcome moms and their families, with free entrance for moms: Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA; Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA; and Forest Park Zoo in Springfield, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Saturday, May 14th from 10am-7pm – HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival! Three music stages with 16 terrific musical performances, including family concerts with The Nields, Mister G, Ben Rudnick and Friends, Sarah Pirtle and Lui Collins! — Great local food,  Kids-Made Craft Bazaar, solar powered stage, sustainable vendors, hot air balloon, May pole & Morris Dancers, solar walk, drum workshop with Gaia Roots & Tony Vacca… on and on!  Kids under 12 free. All others only $5 per person!  —  An event not to be missed.  Click here to see photos from last year’s festival.  Cummington Fairgrounds Cummington, MA (>$)

BULLETIN BOARD

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

Deadline to enter to win: May 6th

TEEN OPPORTUNITY: Interested in learning to be a trolley operator? The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is holding a training for trolley and pump-car operators, open to teens!  The training will cover safety issues, operation and care of the trolley and pump car, passenger care, and methods of telling passengers about the history of the trolley and the Bridge of Flowers.  Those wishing to become operators need to read the museum’s rule book and policy manual, and should RSVP for the training day by contacting the museum.  Motor ”persons” and conductors must be 16+, and pump car operators must be 12+.

CALL FOR DANCERS AND ACTORS: Piti Theater Company is looking for dancers and actors ages 7 and up (including adults!) who wish to be part of an original movement-based piece set to live music.  Also, poets of all ages are invited to submit river-inspired poetry which will become text and rhythm for the performance.  The piece will be performed during Riverfest in Shelburne Falls on June 11th.  For more information, visit www.ptco.org or call 413-625-6569.  Submissions can be sent to info@ptco.org.

Deadline to enter to win: May 6th

HILLTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The RH Conwell Community Education Center in Worthington is now accepting applications for students entering grades K-6!  There are also spots open in the school’s pre-school program for full or part time, but spaces are limited.  For more information, visit www.conwellcec.org.  For applications, contact Joanne Dupont at 413-238-5856.

SEXUALIZATION OF CHILDHOOD: The Lenox Library will screen Jean Kilbourne’s documentary, Killing Us Softly 4, which is about gender representation in advertising on May 12th @ 7pm. Kilbourne’s work addresses the sexualization of children and the effects of advertising on how people think and feel, and there will be a question and answer session with her at the end of the film.  This event is a great opportunity for parents and older children to enter the conversation on sexualizing children, and is also a great way to support the library!  The event is a fundraiser for the library, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  For more info, or to reserve tickets, call 413-637-2630.

SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: Encharter Insurance is offering a scholarship contest for college-bound high school seniors!  The winner will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship for creating the winning video about the dangers of distracted driving.  The winning video will be selected by Facebook votes on the company’s fan page.  For more information, contact Heidi at 800-675-6695 or visit encharter.com.

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 celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Sandra from Moona Luna. Sandra will be introducing us to music by Los Lobos, Celina Gonzalez, Manu Chao, Isaac Villanueva, Hermanos Flores, and cuts off of the award-winning CD, Piñata Party!, her new bilingual kindie music album.

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, May 7th, 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.

8am-12Noon – TAG SALE: South Haldey Family Center host their annual Mom2Mom Sale at the All Saints Episcopal Church. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (SALE)

9am-12Noon – MAY DAY CELEBRATION: The Cushman Scott Children’s Center is hosting a May Day Celebration with morris dancing, maypole, arts and crafts.  The morning will begin with a pancake breakfast and towards noon the Maypole will be carred to Salamander park to sing, dance and weave May Day ribbons together. 71 Henry St. 413-549-1167 Amherst, MA (FREE)

9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Northampton Save Our Schools is having a plant sale at Smith Vocational School!  Along with plants, there will be compost, garden furniture, and other treasures for sale!  There will also be raffle.  80 Locust Street.  413-537-4437.  Northampton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-5pm – PLANT SALE: Select plants to buy from over 5,000 different plants at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale!  Along with the plants, vendors will on site  and there will be a designer flower show too.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  413-298-3826.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10am – FUN RUN: First annual Amherst Education Foundation Spring Sprint!  There will be a one mile fun run for kids, a 5k run, and a 5k walk, all beginning at Groff Park..  Money raised by the events supports the foundation which works to promote and education in the Amherst Area.  Registration forms are available on the foundation’s website.  Mill Lane.  Amherst, MA.

10am-12noon: DRUMMING: Families can take part in a drum and percussion workshop at Jae’s Spice Ballroom.  Instructors include Chris Hairston of the Blue Light Jazz Trio and Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots world music, as well as other special guests.  Visit tamarackhollow.com for more information.  297 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – ARCHITECTURE: Kids age 8-18 are invited to the Wistariahurst Museum to create a box city “Street of Dreams.”  Kids will learn about architecture, urban planning, and social studies while creating their city.  Bring a lunch!  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  (>$)

10am-2:30pm – FISHING: Annual Youth Fishing Derby, hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley.  The event is for kids 14 and under- rods and reels will be available if you don’t have your own!  (If you do, please bring barb-less hooks only)  There will be prizes for longest fish caught in three different categories.  There will also be a demonstration on owls at 11am and 1:30pm!  300 Westgate Center Drive.  413-253-8303.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – ASTRONOMY ADVENTURES: It’s Astronomy Day at the Springfield Museums.  There will be special planetarium shows, tours of the rooftop observatory, sunspot viewing through telescopes, and special demonstrations on asteroids.  21 Edwards Street.  413-263-6800.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am-12Noon – NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: At the Stockbridge Library, Shawn Stevens will share stories and songs for kids of the Mohicans in the program, “Sounding Mohican Pathways: Flute, Song and Story.” 46 Main St. 413-298-5501 Stockbridge, MA (DONATIONS)

11am-3pm – WOOL FESTIVAL: Visit the Williamstown Rural Land Foundation’s Sheep to Shawl Festival with the family!  There will be sheep herding, sheep shearing, fiber arts, llamas, ducks, chickens, spinners, weavers, and artists and craftsmen!  671 Cold Spring Road.  413-458-2494.  Williamstown, MA.  (>$)

12noon – PRIDE PARADE: See (or take part in!) the Noho Pride parade. The parade will end behind Thornes Marketplace and will be followed by an LGBT pride event including vendors, food, dancing, and music.  Main Street.  413-586-5602.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to learn about the importance of sewing and mending in early New England times.  Make your own sewing kit, called, “A Housewife” to take home with you.  84 Old Main Street.  413-774-5581.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – FAMILY THEATER: Take the kids to Paintbox Theater’s performance of Aesop’s Fables at the Eric Carle Museum.  Over a dozen fables will be explored, and the show requires audience participation- practice your tortoise, grasshopper, ant, and lion impressions!  125 West Bay Road.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1-2pm – LITERARY ADVENTURE: Be a part of the Magic Tree House Book Club at the Liberty Branch Library.  Club meetings include a fun activity relating to one of the Magic Tree House books. 773 Liberty Street.  413-263-6849.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – TEEN ART: Take part in an intergenerational watercolor workshop at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Learn about everything from brushwork to layering watercolors.  9 Route 183.  413-298-4100.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

2pm – PUPPET SHOW: Bring the kids to the Holyoke Children’s Museum for Talking Hands Theater’s performance of “The Princess Who Escaped from Pirates.”  444 Dwight Street.  413-253-0065.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2pm – COMMUNITY BBQ: Attend the second annual Kentucky Derby Bluegrass Barbecue.  There will be tons of food, live music (including a fiddling contest with a cash prize!), a prize for the best big hat, live coverage of the derby, and tasty drinks for parents.  The fiddle contest is open to anyone who can play!  The event is a benefit for the Cancer Connection.  Route 9.  413-268-8222.  Haydenville, MA.  ($$)

3pm – AUTHOR VISIT: If you’re kids are crazy about author Rick Riordan’s series, take them to visit the author at the Mount Holyoke College Chapin Auditorium for a reading and book signing. Call The Odyssey Bookshop with your questions: 413-534-7307 South Hadley, MA (FREE)

5-8pm – ART WALK: Follow the shoes in Shelburne Falls for Art Under the Stars art walk.  There will be open galleries, live music, new exhibits, receptions with artists, demonstrations, interactive art, and delicious treats.  413-625-2526.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-8:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a hike on Crag Mountain and enjoy a picnic dinner at the top.  Bring a flashlight and be sure to wear clothes than can get wet.  BYO dinner.  Call for directions. 800-859-2960.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Screening of Spirited Away (PG) at Owl and Raven.  Refreshments and organic popcorn. Come in your PJs! 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 Northammpton, MA (>$)


Sunday, May 8th, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

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.

9am-4:30pm – MEDITATION FOR KIDS: Kids age 8-12 are invited to Vipassana Meditation Center for a meditation workshop!  The day will consist of learning and practicing meditation, interspersed with other games and activities.  386 Colrain-Shelburne Road.  413-625-2160.  Shelburne, MA.  ($)

9:30am-4:30pm – LIVING HISTORY: Moms can visit Historic Deerfield for free today!  Learn about life in early New England through guided and self-guided tours.  84 Old Main Street.  413-774-5581.  Deerfield, MA.  (MOMS FREE, >$)

9:30am-5pm – LIVING HISTORY: Free admission for all mothers at Old Sturbridge Village!  Learn about important mothers from 1830 and what mothering was like during the 19th century.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  1-800-SEE-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  (MOMS FREE, >$)

10am-12:30pm –MOTHER’S DAY WALK: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary invites families to bring their mother’s to stroll the sanctuary and enjoy the beginning of spring. Learn about the natual history with sanctuary volunteer, Linda Cycz. Refreshments follow. 472 West Mountain Rd. Call to reg. 413-637-0320 Lenox, MA (>$)

10am-5pm – ZOO ADVENTURE: Spend Mother’s Day at the Zoo in Forest Park.  Moms get free admission and can ride the zoo train free, too!  302 Sumner Avenue.  413-733-2251.  Springfield, MA.  (MOMS FREE, >$)

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to learn about the importance of sewing and mending in early New England times!  Make your own sewing kit, called, “A Housewife” to take home with you!  84 Old Main Street.  413-774-5581.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – FAMILY THEATER: See Paintbox Theater’s performance of Aesop’s Fables at the Eric Carle Museum!  Over a dozen fables will be explored, and the show requires audience participation- practice youR tortoise, grasshopper, ant, and lion impressions!  125 West Bay Road.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1-3pm – MOTHER’S DAY TEA: Visit the Wistariahurst Museum for Mother’s Day Tea!  There will be high quality tea, delicious sweets, live classical music, and lots of fun!  Reservations required.  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  ($$)

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 413-687-9951 Leverette, MA (>$)

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, May 9th, 2011

10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Red Gate Farm for Mornings on the Farm!  Explore a new theme every week!  Learn about the farm and meet the animals.  4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, 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, May 10th, 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 Street.  413-259-1808.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6-11pm – GAME NIGHT: Owl and Raven host an intergenerational game night every Monday. Bring a game or come learn a new one. Tea and snacks. 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 Northampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – SCIENCE: Parents and older students can learn about vernal pools at the Westhampton Library. Biologist Laurie Sanders will present a program on the life that can be found in vernal pools- fairy shrimp, wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and more.  You’ll even be able to see some creatures from vernal pools.  1 North Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, 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, May 11th, 2011

9:30am-12noon – HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: Visit Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Day!  Explore a new theme every week and take part in structured and unstructured play.  4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

1:15-2:15pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn all about bald eagles at the Carnegie Library.  There will be story time, as well as science and art activities.  Kids will learn about the classification of raptors and animal behavior.  1 Avenue A.  413-863-3214.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-7:30pm – WELLNESS SEMINAR: Parents are invited to attend a workshop on nutrition, physical fitness, and behavior changes!  Part of a 3-part series, this workshop will teach parents about how making small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on overall wellness.  There will be a weekly raffle!  There is also free childcare.  210 State Street.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – POETRY READING FOR NEW PARENTS: Visit Forbes Library for a reading from Morning Song, an anthology of poetry for new parents!  The book consists of poems from across centuries and cultures.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BIKE REPAIR SKILLSHARE: Have a bike that needs repair? Bring it in to Owl and Raven and learn how to repair and reconstruct your (or your kids) bike. A learn about the most common repairs and wear clothes you can get greasy in.  2 Conz Street, Unit #42  413-341-3581 Northampton, 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
  • Cummington ♦ 5-7:30pm: Fiber Fanatics Group Meeting every Wednesday at the Old Creamery. Bring any portable fiber work (sewing, mending, knitting, crocheting, etc.). Great intergenerational opportunity for young fiber artists & sewers. Call Susi before going to confirm: 413-634-5071 445 Berkshire Trail (Rte. 9) (FREE)
  • 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, May 12th, 2011

10-11am – DRUMMING: Attend a workshop for parents and kids on African drumming!  Experience West African drumming, dancing, and songs! 210 State Street.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

2:30-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the grand opening of the Williamsburg Farmers Market!  Held on the lawn of the Meekins Library, the market will feature fresh local foods, artists and craftspeople, and live music!  3 Main Street.  413-268-3006.  Williamsburg, MA.  (MARKET)

4-5pm – TWEENS/TEENS:  Teens are invited to join the Forest Park Branch Library Book Blasters.  Meet every second Thursday to discuss and share books. Pre-reg  263- 6843 380 Belmont Ave. Springfield, MA (FREE)

5pm – iPAD WORKSHOP: Learn all about the Apple iPad and how it can be helpful to children with special needs!  iPads will be available to borrow for viewing unique special needs apps.  The workshop will take place at the First Church of Christ and is presented by the TDS Center for Communication and Social Learning.  763 Longmeadow Street.  413-323-0550.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: TDS Center for Communication and Social Learning presents a Social Skills Presentation!  Learn about what happens in a Social Skills Group and take part in sample hands-on social skills activities!  There will also be Q&A time.  The workshop will take place at the First Church of Christ.  763 Longmeadow Street.  413-323-0550.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn how to help children deal with grief from the death of a loved one.  Hosted by the Springfield Parent Academy, the workshop will take place at the Sumner Avenue School.  45 Sumner Avenue.  413-787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – ZOO ADVENTURE: Go on a flashlight safari at the Zoo in Forest Park!  Meet nocturnal animals close up and personal!  302 Sumner Avenue.  413-733-2251.  Springfield, MA ($)

6:30-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Attend a workshop called, “Homework Survival Guide!”  Provided by the Springfield Parent Academy, the workshop will teach parents how to approach the problems they encounter while helping their children with homework.  The workshop will be held at Central High School.  1840 Roosevelt Avenue.  413-787-7485.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts, “Grade 13: Hos to Get to the Next Step.”  This workshop will of high school students about the process of applying to college and the significance of PSAT and SAT testing.  It will take place at Central High School.  1840 Roosevelt Avenue.  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)
  • Northampton ♦ 6pm : Single Parent Support Group at Cradle. 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 ♦ 6pm:  Community potluck dinner at Owl and Raven. Bring entree or dessert to share (include list of ingredients). Casual gathering. 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 (POTLUCK)
  • 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, May 13th, 2011

TICKET SALE DEADLINE: Buy your tickets for a Grown-Up Night Under the Stars to benefit Cloverdale Co-operative Nursery School in Florence! Taking place at the Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg, the event will feature like music from the Mike Hooker Experience, a BBQ buffet, a raffle and silent auction, cash bar, and more! Tickets are $25 and are available at Cooper’s Corner in Florence or by e-mail at cloverdalenightout@gmail.com.

2-4pm – HOMESCHOOL PLAYGROUP: Homeschool playgroup at the Worthington Town Hall!  Meet up for playtime with other homeschool families, and feel free to bring games and activities to share!  Route 112.  413-238-4424.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit Cup and Top Cafe for Shiprock and Anchordog, a song cycle by local musician Evan Curran!  The songs tell the story of two adventurous pups who leave their home in the desert and embark on a journey to find food security.  The music is great for people of all ages.  1 North Main Street.  413-585-0445.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Red Gate Farm for the Young Farmers program!  Help the farmers with chores, meet the animals, and explore the farm!  4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

4-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Visit the Smith College Museum of Art for Second Friday, a day where admission is free! Explore the galleries and take part in art related activities. Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. 413-585-2760. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

5pm – ARTS NIGHT OUT: It’s Arts Night Out in Northampton tonight!  Visit tons of downtown locations (including A.P.E. Gallery, Don Muller Gallery, Green Street Cafe, Happy Valley, Living Art Studio, and Ode) to view works by local artists!  Sponsored by the Northampton Center for the Arts.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Screening of Being There (PG) at Owl and Raven.  Refreshments and organic popcorn. Come in your PJs! 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 Northampton, MA (>$)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: Visit Hampshire Regional HIgh School for a performance of Treasure Island! Fun for all ages. 19 Stage Road. 413-527-7680. Westhampton, MA. ($)

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 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)

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
  • Northampton  9:30-11am: La Leche League of Northampton meets at Cradle (3rd Floor in Thornes). 413-586-5627 (FREE)

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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