Suggested Events 06/04/11-06/10/11

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

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails puddling along the Westfield River this past weekend. This upcoming weekend, there are a couple of opportunities for families to discover the behavior of other regional insects, including fireflies. (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, June 4th, 10am- COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Take a trip just over the board to Brattleboro for the 10th annual Strolling of the Heifers!  The parade is made up of over 100 heifer calves, along with floats, music, costumes, and more!  Main Street.  Brattleboro, VT.  (FREE)

In the Valley on Saturday rub elbows with local illustrators from 10am-5pm – BOOK FESTIVAL: Meet Tomie dePaola and other artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild, includig Greg Ruth and Jarrett Krozoczka at the Eric Carle Museum’s Children Book Festival. Art activities, local food and live music!  125 West Bay Road.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

The Nields

Deadline to enter to win: Saturday, June 4th @ 7pm (EST)

Later in the day on Saturday in the Berkshires from 1-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Join the Berkshire Museum for the opening day celebration of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.”  Meet some gecko friends, explore the exhibit, and do hands-on art projects!  There will be a reception from 5-7 with light refreshments and guided tours.  39 South Street.  413-443-7171.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

In the evening on Saturday, down in the Pioneer Valley from 7-8:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Fireflies for Families at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn how to translate the flash of a firefly, participate in games, craft project and take a walk into the fields with environmental Environmental Educator, Rebecca Moretti. Registration required. 127 Coombs Rd. 413-584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

Deadline to enter to win: Saturday, June 8th @ 7pm (EST)

Then on Sunday, June 5th from 9am-12noon in the Hilltowns – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a community nature hike at the Bullitt Reservation.  Now that the rain has stopped, the woods and fields are busting with new life- check it out!  332 Bullitt Road.  413-531-1631.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

And on Sunday in the Berkshires starting at 10am – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As part of the Berkshire International Film Festival, a screening of 12 children short films will take place at the Mahaiwe Theater, including “Boy and the Dragon Kite,” “Gopher Broke,” and “Ride of the Mergansers.” Castle St. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, June 11th from 10am-12Noon: CELEBRATION: Join the Easthampton Family Center in celebrating the end of their programming year!  The event will be held at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Saturday, June 11th from 10am to 12noon.  Local author David Hyde Costello will be on hand for storytime and to help facilitate discussion.  All attendees will receive a free copy of his book, I Can Help! (while supplies last).  BYO picnic lunch, but leave out the dessert- there will be plenty of treats for sale!  There will also be a prize drawing.  For more information or to help with the bake sale, contact Lynne Guyette at 413-527-5496.

Thursday, June 16th: THIRD THURSDAYS: Pittsfield’s Third Thursdays season has already begun!  Every Thursday evenings, downtown Pittsfield comes alive with live music, street performances, art, outdoor dining, and more!  The event takes place from 5-8 and is in its fifth season!  New this year is a stage featuring youth performers of all types, and youth art will be featured at the Lichenstein Center for the Arts.  Also, the YMCA is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and there will be celebratory (and free!) zumba and and hip hop classes for families during Third Thursdays.  Every Third Thursday has something new to offer- there are tons of things to see and do!  For more information, visit www.culturalpittsfield.com.

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MUSIC CAMP: Miles of Music Camp, June 12-17. Youth & Family Scholarships available! A week of music for all ages & abilities, Miles of Music Camp was founded to inspire creativity and an exchange of ideas within a diverse musical community. With backgrounds ranging from fiddle & dance to indie rock, our instructors are songwriters & instrumentalists who are excited to share their skills and experiences. In addition to classes, jams & dances, we’ll leave you free time for swimming, boating & relaxing in our 42 acre island paradise on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Bring your guitar, fiddle, voice, mandolin, banjo, horn, bass, percussion, swimsuit, dancing shoes & an open mind. call: 617-230-7041 or email: milesofmusiccamp@gmail.com. www.milesofmusiccamp.com

GET AT THE ROOTS: Craig Fear writes, “I will be teaching a new 12 week weight group loss program rooted in local and traditional foods. It works by reducing sugar and processed foods in the diet and by addressing the underlying issues of poor health. Weekly modules include Digestive Disorders, Food Sensitivities, Yeast Overgrowth, Blood Sugar Imbalance and more. For more info please visit www.pvnutritionaltherapy.com. The class will be held on Thurs. nights from 6:30-7:30pm starting on June 16th. Class location: Motion Chiropractic Center. 54R Northampton St. Easthampton Cost: $299. Please contact me at craig@pvnutritionaltherapy.com or 413-559-7770 with any questions.”

TORNADO: State of Emergency and Western MA Tornado Updates HERE.

TAG SALE: The Northampton Parents Center will be holding their annual tag sale and bake sale on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-1pm in front of the Unitarian Society (220 Main St.).  There will be tons of great items, and proceeds from all purchases benefit the center and its programming for families.  The Parents Center will be collecting items for the tag sale until the morning of Friday the 3rd. To donate, or to get more information, contact 582-2636 or visit www.northamptonparentscenter.org.

ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: June 19 – July 23, Lift Ev’ry Voice: Celebrating African-American Culture and Heritage. Lift Ev’ry Voice will celebrate the diverse traditions of African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage in Berkshire County and across the nation. The festival will include a wide variety of programming by groups including Barrington Stage Company, Tanglewood, the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, the Du Bois Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Multicultural BRIDGE, the Colonial Theatre, the Upper Housatonic Valley African-American Heritage Trail, Mass MoCA, and many others. The honorary co-chairs of Lift Ev’ry Voice are Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick. For more information: www.liftevryvoice.com.

COMMUNITY GRANT: Cooley Dickinson Hospital is offering Healthy Communities Grants!  There are two different grants available, both for different amounts.  The Capacity Building Grant is intended to aid the creation of a system where local leadership can affect change in policy related to healthy eating and/or physical activity- up to $15,000 is available!  The Community Projects Grant is intended to implement programs that affect change in the same two areas, and awards of up to $5,000 will be given.  Click HERE for a copy of the grant application.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Guest DJ, Billy Kelly

Hilltown Family Variety ShowBilly Kelly with Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend.  Billy will be playing tunes by the Ramones, Lunch Money, Johnny Cash, Yellow Sarang, Frank Black, and several cuts off of his newest CD, “The Family Garden.”

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.  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, June 4th, 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.

6-11am – BIRD WATCHING: Go for a walk at Notchview to hear and see some birds!  Enjoy the morning air and sun, too!  Route 9.  413-684-0148.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

8:30-11am – PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Support Puffer’s Pond by having some pancakes for breakfast today!  There will be live music from Horse Mountain Jazz Band, as well as a raffle including prizes from many local merchants.  The breakfast takes place at the Mill River Recreation Area.  Route 63.  413-257-5500.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am – FUN RUN: Run in Berkshire Trail Elementary School’s “Spirit of Learning” 5K!  There is also a fun walk for families.  Registration begins at 8:15am at the school.  2 Main Street.  413-634-5327.  Cummington, MA.  ($)

9am-1pm – TAG SALE: The Northampton Parents Center annual tag sale and bake sale in front of the Unitarian Society. 220 Main St. Northampton, MA (SALE)

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am – SOLAR SPRINT: Stop by the Reid Middle School to see the Junior Solar Sprint, an event that brings area middle school students together to race solar-powered vehicles!  There will be awards for design as well as speed.  Races begin at 10.  950 North Street.  413-448-9620.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am- COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Head to Brattleboro for the 10th annual Strolling of the Heifers!  The parade is made up of over 100 heifer calves, along with floats, music, costumes, and more!  Main Street.  Brattleboro, VT.  (FREE)

10am – PEST CONTROL: Parents are invited to take part in a workshop at the Bullitt Reservation on using organic & natural methods of pest control- everything from weeds to insects!  These methods keep pets, kids and wild animals safe, a priority for many families. Pre-registration required.  132 Main Road.  413-628-4485.  Ashfield, MA.  (<$)

10am-2pm – CAR WASH: Need your car washed? Take it to the Easthampton Municipal Building to have it scrubbed down to benefit Relay for Life.  Maybe your kids can get out and give a hand too! 50 Payson Ave. Easthampton, MA ($)

10am-2pm – HISTORY: Go on a self-guided one-room schoolhouse tour sponsored by Storrowton Village.  See one-room schoolhouses from early times in western Massachusetts in towns all over the hilltowns and Pioneer Valley. 413-205-5051.  West Springfield, MA (FREE)

10am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Celebrate the Fort River with a community canoe trip and a ducky race!  There will be discovery stations along the way where you can learn about the aquatic life that calls the river home.  The adventure starts at Kiwanis Field.  Stanley Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Older teen/tween naturalists are invited to learn about insect tracks and signs at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary!  There will be some indoor workshop time, as well as hands-on learning outside!  Pre-registration required.  127 Combs Road.  800-859-2960.  Easthampton, MA. ($$)

10am-4pm – FAMILY FUN DAY: Visit the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for Family Fun Day!  There will be live music, puppet shows, animals, crafts, nature walks, food vendors, a plant sale, and more!  472 West Mountain Road.  413-637-0320.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – BOOK FESTIVAL: Meet Tomie dePaola and other artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild, includig Greg Ruth and Jarrett Krozoczka at the Eric Carle Museum’s Children Book Festival. Art activities, local food and live music!  125 West Bay Road.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

10:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Visit the Chicopee Public LIbrary for a workshop with Dr. Sanchione on ways to maximize a child’s learning potential and how to work on curbing cognitive and behavioral problems.  Natural alternatives to prescription medications will also be discussed.  The seminar is especially useful for parents of children with AD/HD, Asperger’s, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, and anxiety and depression.  449 Fron Street.  413-594-1800.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

11am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join the Trustees of the Land of Providence, Nuestras Raices, and Holyoke Rows in exploring their outdoor spaces!  There will be demonstrations from each group, as well as an opportunity to go boating on the Connecticut River.  Jones Ferry Road.  413-532-1631 ex. 14.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

11am-4pm – CAR SHOW: See an Antique Car Rally at Old Sturbridge Village!  In honor of the village’s 65th anniversary, help celebrate past times when visitors toured the village in cars!  There will be cars on display and a parade at 3.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-733-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$)

12noon, 1:30pm & 3pm – SCIENCE FIELD TRIP: Families with older students studying green design and technology can take a field trip to Avon, Connecticut for a tour of a home utilizing solar, wind, and geo-thermal energy-efficient technologies to provide power.  Sponsored by People’s Action for Clean Energy.  800-693-4813.  Avon, CT.  ($)

1-4pm – TRAIL BUILDING: Join the Trustees of Reservations in building trails at Mt. Warner!  You will learn skills for building a sustainable trail, as well as help to create a trail for visitors to Mt. Warner to use.  Best for teens and parents.  Mt. Warner Road.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE) 

1-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Join the Berkshire Museum for the opening day celebration of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.”  Meet some gecko friends, explore the exhibit, and do hands-on art projects!  There will be a reception from 5-7 with light refreshments and guided tours.  39 South Street.  413-443-7171.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2pm & 8pm- THEATER: The North Star Players Present:  Persephone, an original re-telling of the Greek myth.  The North Star Players are a teen theatre ensemble of homeschooling actors from the Pioneer Valley at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. 135 Russell St. 413-426-6083 Hadley, MA ($)

2pm & 7pm – FAMILY THEATER: See Starlight’s Youth Theater’s performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass.  The show features a cast of local kids!  Campus Center Way.  413-559-8183.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

2-3:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum will screen, “Gnomeo and Juliet” this afternoon- it’s an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for kids!  6 Elm Street.  413-568-7833.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

2-4pm – HENNA: Tweens/teens are invited to join Sangita Desai at the Jones Library to learn about henna designs and to have their hands hennaed. Call to sign up. 43 Amity St. 413-259-4096 Amherst, MA (FREE)

5:30-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate Snow Farm’s 10th Anniversary with live music from Unit7 and the Sweetback Sisters, along with a BBQ dinner, cash bar, and an auction!  There will also be an instructor showcase of master crafts.  5 Clary Road.  413-268-3101.  Williamsburg, MA.  ($$)

6pm – CARNIVAL: Take a trip to Dalton for the annual carnival at the American Legion Field- there will be fireworks!  200 North Street.  Dalton, MA.  ($)

6-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Visit Owl and Raven for family movie night!  Enjoy popcorn, cocoa, and tea, along with a fun family film!  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

7pm – COMMUNITY THEATER: See Ashfield Community Theater’s performance of Our Town at the Ashfield Town Hall!  412 Main Street.  413-628-4574.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

7-8:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Fireflies for Families at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn how to translate the flash of a firefly, participate in games, craft project and take a walk into the fields with environmental Environmental Educator, Rebecca Moretti. Registration required. 127 Coombs Rd. 413-584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

9-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Go stargazing at Notchview with your tween/teens!  Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations, this event will also include telescopes for better gazing.  Route 9.  413-532-1631.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)


Sunday, June 5th, 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.

9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a community nature hike at the Bullitt Reservation!  Now that the rain has stopped, the woods and fields are busting with new life- check it out!  Learn all about how to identify local plants and trees.  332 Bullitt Road.  413-531-1631.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:15am – WALK/RUN: Take part in the Run/Walk to Remember to benefit The Garden, a center for grieving children and teens at Hampshire Regional YMCA.  The event starts and ends at the Y and is either a 5k run or a mile walk.  Sign ups can be done online.  253 Prospect Street.  413-584-7086.  Northampton, MA  ($)

10am – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As part of the Berkshire International Film Festival, a screening of 12 children short films will take place at the Mahaiwe Theater, including “Boy and the Dragon Kite,” “Gopher Broke,” and “Ride of the Mergansers.” Castle St. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Search for Salamanders at Mt. Tom State Reservation.  Meet at the Visitor Center. 413-534-1186 Holyoke, MA (FREE, >$ PARKING)

1-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Check out some aquatic life at Lunden Pond at Peaked Mountain!  Dress for a day full of playing in muck.  Butler Road.  413-532-1631 ex. 14.  Monson, MA.  (<$)

2pm  & 7pm- THEATER: The North Star Players Present:  Persephone, an original re-telling of the Greek myth.  he North Star Players are a teen theatre ensemble of homeschooling actors from the Pioneer Valley at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. 135 Russell St. 413-426-6083 Hadley, MA ($)

2pm – FAMILY THEATER: See Starlight’s Youth Theater’s performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass.  The show features a cast of local kids!  Campus Center Way.  413-559-8183.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

2-4pm – MUSIC JAM: See the Blue House Old Time String Band perform live at the Blue House Cafe!  (And have some delicious food while you’re at it.)  147 Main Street.  413-268-7441.  Haydenville, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – CARNIVAL: Take a trip to Dalton for the annual carnival at the American Legion Field!  200 North Street.  Dalton, MA.  ($)

6pm – COMMUNITY CONCERT: See the Fanfare Brass Band, made up of 10 different instruments, perform at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.  Great for kids with audience skills. Talk to the musicians about their instruments and the genre of music they play after the show.  780 Holmes Road.  413-442-1793.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Visit The Old Creamery for a night of cheese tasting!  Part of a series of monthly tastings, this delicious evening will teach participants all about selecting fine cheeses.  Space may be limited, so reserve a spot ahead of time!  445 Berkshire Trail.  413-634-5560.  Cummington, MA.  (DONATION)

7:30pm – READING: Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother, will be doing a reading from her new book, Red Hook Road at Congregation B’nai Israel. Co-sponsored by MotherWoman. Great raffle too! 23 Prospect St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

7:30-8:30pm – SONG CIRCLE: Jewish Women’s Song Circle at Cradle (in Thornes Marketplace) with Felicia Sloin!  Explore Jewish connections through song, chanting, and meditation.  Main Street.  413-737-2601.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)


Monday, June 6th, 2011

2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Head to the Meekins Library for this month’s Teen/Tween Scene!  Play some Wii and Xbox games, have some snacks, hang out with friends, get help with homework. and check out some great books, movies, and music.  2 Williams Street.  413-268-7472.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-6:30 – FAMILY FUN: Visit the Amherst Survival Center for a night of arts, crafts, and games for kids of all ages!  The store and food pantry are open for shopping for those who qualify.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  413-549-3968.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – SWIMMING: Free swim time for families at the Gerena School!  Anypne under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  200 Birnie Avenue.  413-750-2159.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-10pm – GAME NIGHT: It’s Monday Game Night at Owl and Raven in Northampton!  Make friends, socialize, and play some great games.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – COMMUNITY SING-ALONG: The Westhampton Library hosts a community sing along. Bring instruments (if you have them), a song to share (10 copies), and if you have it, a copy of “Rise Up Singing.” Westhampton, MA (FREE)

7:30pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: See the movie, “Nostalgia for the Light” at Amherst Cinema to kick off the theater’s new Science on Screen series.  The film is about astronomers working in the Atacama Desert in Chile and addresses issues of both science and politics.  Dr. Salman Hameed of Hampshire College will speak after the film.  Great for adults and teens, especially those interested in science and religion!  28 Amity Street.  413-253-2547.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

MONDAY STORY TIMES

MONDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

MONDAY OTHER ONGOING

  • Montague ♦ 6:30pm: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.
  • North Adams ♦ 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 6-11pm: 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 (FREE)
  • Springfield ♦ 11am-12:50pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

6:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the manufacture of Civil War arms at the Ames Sword Company and Massachusetts Arms Company from historian John Hamilton at the Chicopee Public Library.  If you own any Civil War memorabilia, bring it with you to share and discuss!  449 Front Street.  413-594-1800.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: The Easthampton Family Center will be holding its June playgroups at the lower playground at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  In case of rain, playgroups will take place at the center’s usual Main Street location (at Flywheel).  During July and August, parents can meet for playgroup at 10am every Tuesday at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, there will be no indoor location- playgroups will be rescheduled for Friday at the same time and place.  For more information about the center, visit www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org.

NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER: The NPC will have informal playdates this summer at area parks from 9:30-11:30am.  Families from the center will be meeting at Bridge Street School playground on Tuesdays and Look Park‘s playgroupnd (next to Dow Pavillion) on Thursdays. All are welcomed. No official snack time or circle time, just casual play with other families from the NPC.

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
  • West Springfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)
  • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

TUESDAY STORY TIMES

  • Florence ♦ 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Florence ♦ 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Goshen ♦ 10:30-11:30am: Mommy & Me yoga storytelling class at Prakasa Yoga Studio. 152 Ball Rd. 413-268-7151
  • Greenfield ♦ 10-11am: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under. 772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 11am: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street). Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)

TUESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Grandparent support group at the Unitarian Meeting House (121 North Pleasant St.) Amherst Family Center with Ann Marie Meltzer. (FREE)
  • Chicopee ♦ 5-7:15pm: Grandparents as Parents at the Chicopee Senior Center (7 Valley View Ct.). Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 534-3698 (FREE)
  • Leverett ♦ 7:30-9pm: MOCAI’s Women’s Circle at the Quaker Meeting House (Long Plain Rd.) Weekly drop-in circle for women of color. Circles host a range of activities to suport and build community, with monthly guest facilitators. Babies in arms welcomed. No childcare. http://www.mocai.org (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Berkshire Nursing Families at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 10:15-12:15am: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at the Community Action Building (56 Vernon St.). Confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Free childcare up to four years old. 253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)

OTHER TUESDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
  • Florence ♦ 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Greenfield ♦ 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
  • Holyoke ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
  • Huntington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • Pittsfield ♦ 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
  • Springfield ♦ 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

Last day to enter to win!

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2-3pm – STORYTIME: Hear all sorts of silly stories about the animals you meet in your backyard, in the woods, and at the zoo- all told with puppets, props, and audience participation with Suzie Magoozy at the Westfield Athenaeum!  6 Elm Street.  413-562-6158.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – RACE TO NOWHERE: The award-winning documentry, “Race to Nowhere,” will be screened at the Northampton High School in the auditorium, followed by a half-hour discussion facilitated by Smith College Professors Susan Etheredge and Patty DiBartolo from the Education and Psychology Departments respectively. Ticket sales benefit the NHS PTO. 380 Elm St. Northampton, MA ($)

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Huntington ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Toddler Play and Learn Group at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Turners Falls ♦ 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
  • Ware ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

  • Chesterfield ♦ 10:15am: : Children’s story hour at the Chesterfield Public Library. 296-4735 (FREE)
  • Leverett ♦ 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. www.leverettlibrary.org
  • New Marlborough ♦ 10am: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Northfield ♦ 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
  • Stockbridge ♦ 10am: Stores and crafts led by Vicky Cooper at the Stockbridge Library. (FREE)
  • Williamsburg ♦ 10:30am: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9:45-11:15am: MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Expectant mothers welcomed. The are snacks and childcare for kids 4yo & younger. MotherWoman trained facilitator in the basement of the Unitarian Church (Amherst Family Center). Run by a MotherWoman trained facilitator. 253-8990 www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
  • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 534-2700 (FREE)

OTHER WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • 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: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
  • Greenfield ♦ 12Noon-1:40pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
  • Hadley ♦ 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 www.interskate91.com(>$)
  • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 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. 781-2599 ($)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: See Michael Orlen, Tom Carroll, and Small Change live at the Greenfield Energy Park!  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing!  4 Main Street.  413-268-7741.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER: The NPC will have informal playdates this summer at area parks from 9:30-11:30am.  Families from the center will be meeting at Bridge Street School playground on Tuesdays and Look Park‘s playgroupnd (next to Dow Pavillion) on Thursdays. All are welcomed. No official snack time or circle time, just casual play with other families from the NPC.

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Great Barrington ♦ 1-3pm: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Ware ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

THURSDAY STORY TIME

  • Amherst ♦ 10:30am: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Dalton ♦ 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
  • Florence ♦ 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Hatfield ♦ 11:00am: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.). Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft. 247-9097 (FREE)
  • Lee ♦ 10:30-11am: Story time at the Lee Library (100 Main St.) for kids 2.5-5yo and their caregivers. 243-0385 (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 11-11:45am: Preschool Story-Craft for children ages three to five at the Lenox Library Association featuring stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 (FREE)

THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Grandparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)

OTHER THURSDAY ONGOING

  • Great Barrington ♦ 9am: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)
  • Greenfield ♦ 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
  • Holyoke ♦ 12:30-2:20pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
  • North Adams ♦ 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 3:45-4:30pm: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)
  • Northampton ♦ 6pm: Community potluck dinner at Owl and Raven. Bring entree or dessert to share (include list of ingredients). Casual gathering. 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 (POTLUCK)
  • Springfield ♦ 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

Friday, June 10th, 2011

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-10:15 – SCIENCE: Let your kids experiment with sand and shells, and learn all about the ocean at the Westfield Athenaeum.  6 Elm Street.  413-562-6158.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – BABY/PARENT YOGA: Parent and baby yoga at the Haskins Center!  Learn simple yoga techniques that can be done with a young baby (under one year) and enter a raffle to win a yoga book!  Space is limited so please pre-register.  210 State Street.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn about ancient living skills that still work in today’s world at Talon Team, a learning opportunity for families!  Learn skills like animal tracking, making fire from friction, identifying edible wild plants, and more!  The event takes place outside but begins at Owl and Raven.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

2-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Homeschoolers are invited to a playgroup at the Worthington Town Hall!  Bring an activity to share and get ready for fun!  Route 112.  413-238-4424.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

4:45-8pm – COMMUNITY CONCERT: Have some fun at Noho-Down, an event with live music and dancing in front of the First Churches as part of Arts Night Out!  Hear great music from Zydeco Connection, Acoustic Brew, and more!  Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm – CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Cruise Night at Buttery Brook Park!  See some great antique cars, hear live DJ music, get some dinner, and meet some animals and do craft projects in the kids area!  Route 33.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – CARS: Visit the Wistariahurst Museum for a night of classic cars and classic music!  Enoy live music from Patrick Tobin!  BYO lawn chair or blanket.  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: See Too Human perform a live outdoor concert at the North Adams Public Library!  BYO blankets and seating.  74 Church Street. 413-662-3133.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: Storybox, a Western Massachusetts band, is playing a benefit concert at The Elevens, Sponsored by the Jackson Street School PTO, the concert is a benefit for the upcoming 5th grade class at Jackson Street School in Northampton so that every student will be able to attend Nature’s Classroom, a 4-day/3-night outdoor educational program. 140 Pleasant St. 413-587-1510 Northampton, MA ($)

7pm – BASEBALL: See the Pittsfield Colonials take on the New York Federals at Waconah Park!  Game to be followed by fireworks.  105 Waconah Street.  413-236-2961.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: See the Bay State Winds Quartet in concert at the Energy Park!  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Visit Owl and Raven for family movie night!  Enjoy popcorn, cocoa, and tea, along with a fun family film!  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: The Easthampton Family Center will be holding its June playgroups at the lower playground at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  In case of rain, playgroups will take place at the center’s usual Main Street location (at Flywheel).  During July and August, parents can meet for playgroup at 10am every Tuesday at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, there will be no indoor location- playgroups will be rescheduled for Friday at the same time and place.  For more information about the center, visit www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org.

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Colrain ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Huntington ♦ 3pm: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Stockbridge ♦ 9am : The Berkshire Day School (Route 183) welcomes all to a Music & Me playgroup for kids 2-4yo. This is an hour long circle time with sing-alongs, story and crafts. 637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
  • Turners Falls ♦ 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)

FRIDAY STORY TIME

  • Colrain ♦ 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 624-3619 (FREE)
  • Florence ♦ 10am: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Greenfield ♦ 11am: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

FRIDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Greenfield ♦ 10-11:30am: Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought. At the Community Action Family Center (90 Federal St.). Drop-in for mothers of infants and babies experiencing postpartum. Expecting mothers welcomed. 774-1000 x2015

OTHER FRIDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 9:30am: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)
  • Greenfield ♦ 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
  • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)
  • Holyoke ♦ 1-2:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
  • Pittsfield ♦ 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
  • Springfield ♦ 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
  • Springfield ♦ 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)

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