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  1. Pam Victor said,

    September 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family. Best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, October 15th at 4pm.  Located at Eastworks’ Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids (3 yrs and under free), $30/Family Max. Purchase tickets online or at the door (*cash or check only at the door please*) For more info visit


  2. Pam Victor said,

    September 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Happier Valley Comedy Show Monthly comedy show presents SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED Saturday October 8th. Arts Block (289 Main St., Greenfield) at 8:00pm. (Doors open at 7pm.) Tickets $13 at the door and in advance online at For ticket information, call 413-774-0150, for show info email


  3. Lou said,

    September 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Come one, come all, to the pet show! With dogs and cats, horses and chickens, hamsters and chinchillas—and many, many more!—this book celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes. Who will take home the coveted Best in Show ribbon? Join the fun to find out!

    Friday, September 30th, 6:30
    The Odyssey Bookshop
    9 College St, South Hadley MA, 01075

    The Odyssey is thrilled to welcome back Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel. The duo that brought you the “bright” and “breezy” (Booklist) Some Bugs is back with a vibrant companion book that’s packed with your favorite pets: Some Pets.

    “Some pets sit.
    Some pets stay.
    Some pets fetch,
    And some pets play.”

    Our book party will feature giveaways and more fun surprises! And because some pets need our help, we are teaming up with local animal shelters to give them the care they need. Bring a donation of pet food, toys, beddings, etc (check the full list of donation needs here: and here: and get your very own SOME PETS poster!


  4. September 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    6th Annual Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival to be held in Greenfield, MA- October 8th & 9th, 2016
    Experience a one of a kind festival with professional BBQ, Live Blues Music, a BrewFest Samplin’ Saloon, Kids Activities, Contests, Vendors, and more.

    Greenfield, Massachusetts- The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, October 8th and 9th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. BBQ enthusiasts from all over New England and beyond will compete in a NEBS (New England Barbecue Society) Sanctioned Grilling Contest and a KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Sanctioned BBQ Contest competing for $5,500 in overall prize money. Festival attendees will have their chance to sample the cooking of these professional BBQ teams at the People’s Choice BBQ Samplin’ Pit, with Saturday featuring Chicken Wings and Sunday Pulled Pork. Festival attendees will also be able to sample numerous brews on Saturday at the BrewFest Samplin’ Saloon, with offerings from close to two dozen different local and national breweries. Sunday will feature hometown brewer, Lefty’s Brewing Company, where festival goers can purchase pints of their favorites. Live Blues musicians will be performing throughout the weekend including the Wildcat O’Halloran Band, B Street Blues, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, Janet Ryan, Blue Devil Bluez, and Blue Cat Groove. Contests will also be held throughout the weekend including the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, Lefty’s Keg Toss & Barrel Roll, Curious Traveler Mustache Contest, Table Talk Pie Eating Contest, Lee Oskar Harp Contest, and the Fling-a-Frank competition! It’s an event you won’t want to miss. For more information: or call 413-772-1553.


  5. Hilary said,

    September 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This Saturday at Bread Euphoria Bakery, catch a fun Uke band who will be here laying a variety of fun music!

    WHO: The Ukeville Stringband
    WHAT: The Ukeville Stringband is an ecclectic group playing everything from jazz standards to rock and roll, from folk classics to original material. Berkshire County native Bernadette “Berni” McMahon, formerly of the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, brings her hot pickin’ skills to her newest ensemble.
    WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 6-8 PM
    WHERE: Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café, 206 Main Street, Haydenville
    DETAILS: Bread Euphoria has live music nearly every Saturday night. There’s never a cover charge, but we ask that you stay for dinner and a drink!


  6. JRS Entertainment llc said,

    September 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    New England’s Premier Beatles Tribute Band Ticket To Ride CT Band Returns to Teresa’s Restaurant in Ware, Massachusetts Saturday October 1st, 2016. Last time this Fab Four sold out, so get your tickets early! Tickets $45.00 per person Includes 6 Course Family Style Dinner and Show. 5pm Cocktail Hour with Cheese Crackers & Fruit and Cash Bar. 6pm Dinner. Showtime 7pm. Call 413-967-7601 To Get Your Tickets.


  7. Anne said,

    September 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    October 1, 2016 Saturday Open House Free come visit

    Welcome to our new living building

    See animals, walk our trails, see our new building, check out our programs, our library, get yummy ice cream and hang out for kids, family and adult friendly activities.

    The Hitchcock Center for The Environment 413-256-6006
    Amherst, MA

    Next to Hampshire College on route 116


  8. Ed Kaler said,

    September 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child free
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

    Join us for the perfect introduction to nature. This one-hour hike will enable your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. This is an opportunity to explore the changing nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress for the weather, we will be outdoors the whole time.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  9. Ed Kaler said,

    September 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Sunset Over Arcadia
    Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran – Educator

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $10.00

    Take a walk at twilight with your family while learning about some crepuscular and nocturnal animals that inhabit the sanctuary. With luck, you might be able to observe beavers! We’ll search for signs of them and other animals along the trails. Continuing our walk after dark, we’ll learn about the senses these nighttime animals rely on after the sun sets.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Dress to be outdoors.

    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  10. Ed Kaler said,

    September 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Jaguars in Panama: Human-Cat Conflict
    Thu, Oct 13, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members & Nonmembers: Free

    Come learn about efforts to solve the very large and looming human-cat conflict issue with Panamas largest and most majestic cat, the Jaguar! Melva Olmos, a native of Panama and Jaguar Biologist, will speak about current and proposed projects to assist Jaguars in an expanding landscape dominated by humans and why this is important for the species’ ultimate survival.

    Conservación Panamá Inc, a Greenfield-based 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, is involved in a large array of conservation research and projects on the isthmus of Panama.

    This program is free but donations to Conservación Panamá are welcome.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  11. Katie said,

    September 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Join Tamsin Flanders, land steward at Hilltown Land Trust, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead on a two mile hike through the old-growth forest on the Rivulet trail and to the white pine stand on the Pine Loop Trail. We will visit the old-growth trees and learn about the forest in the context of the landscape’s history and Bryant’s life. We will also observe plant and bird species as we hike.

    Saturday, October 1st, from 1:00-2:30

    This is a FREE family event–all ages are welcome.

    William Cullen Bryant Homestead
    207 Bryant Rd, Cummington, MA 01026


  12. September 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Families First Series: Nutshellapalooza
    Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin Street
    Lee, Ma. 01238
    October 1, 2016 11 a.m.-12 p.m

    The show is a scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!)..


  13. Deb Holman said,

    September 23, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 pm
    132 Main St/Brooks House
    Brattleboro, VT

    Martin LeBlanc is a leading voice in the movement to reconnect children and nature. Hear him speak about the importance of teaching our youth to become “Natural Leaders” and stewards of the earth. The event is hosted by Oak Meadow Independent Learning, following their annual Open House, which will take place from 11am to 1pm. Both events are free and open to the public

    A cofounder of the Children and Nature Network and senior advisor of CN&N’s Natural Leaders network, LeBlanc is inspired by the vision of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle.


  14. September 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    You are cordially invited to a Service of Installation for our Pastor and Teacher of First Congregational Church of Hadley.

    Please join us in celebration and ceremony, with a light reception immediately following in Fellowship Hall.

    This is a special occasion for the entire community and surrounding towns, not just our congregation or faith. During the service we recognize the calling of our pastor, acknowledge her responsibilities and duties, and remind the congregation of their duty to follow their new pastor’s lead. There will be a blessing and then a joyful celebration! Please come meet our new Pastor and share in our joy and plans for the future.

    WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3pm
    WHERE: 102 Middle Street, Hadley MA 01035
    HOW: Free and open to the Public
    CONTACT INFO: 413-584-4117,

    Please look for our invitation and news articles in the upcoming Amherst Bulletin, Gazette, and Republican newspapers.


  15. September 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Free lunch and Training for Parents of teens/tweens on Brief Motivational Interviewing with Dr. John Brelsford!
    Sunday October 30th 11am-2pm
    Northampton Survival Center
    265 Prospect Street Northampton, MA
    Registration required, please email Ananda Lennox to RSVP @
    Event details link:
    John Brelsford teaches MI as a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style for eliciting behavioral change by helping your child to explore and resolve ambivalence. Visit event link for more details. Space is limited!


  16. Chris said,

    September 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Estate/barn sale. Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 9. 136 Williamsburg Rd. Worthington, MA. 9:00-3:00 rain or shine.


  17. Deb Holman said,

    September 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Come to Oak Meadow’s Open House Party!
    Saturday, Oct. 1
    11am to 1pm
    132 Main St.
    Brattleboro, VT 05301

    Join Oak Meadow for this fun, annual event! Learn about our flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum and distance learning school for grades K to 12. Speak with teachers, browse curriculum materials, meet other families. Crafts, music, and more for the kids. Local Vermont treats. Following Open House at 1:30, come and hear Martin LeBlanc, a leading voice in the movement to reconnect children and nature, speak in the Brooks House Atrium.

    FREE and open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about homeschooling, distance learning, children and nature. For more info, visit


  18. September 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Art in the Garden: A festival where art and nature merge at Three Sisters Sanctuary on RT112 in Goshen

    Art Show and Sale ~ October 8 – 9, 10:00am – 5:00pm
    A collaboration with the Hilltown Artisans Guild

    Enjoy healing gardens where art and nature merge with spirit and energy to create a memorable experience. A theater-in-the-round and a walking labyrinth are constructed of vertical standing stones and ornamental grasses. On display are works by a variety of local artists.

    Delight in finely crafted paintings, cards, baskets, quilts, scarves, welded metal, straw and stick sculptures, glass, mosaics, jewelry and more.

    Art for sale in a beautiful, artistic setting


  19. Ed Kaler said,

    September 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Sunday Morning Paddle

    Sun, Oct 02, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Family (suitable for children 9 – 16 years)

    Members: Adult $15.00, Child $15.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $20.00, Child $20.00

    Enjoy a morning paddle along the Mill River while taking in the sights and sounds of early autumn. Watch for birds as they feed on seeds and berries along the banks and witness the beauty of the surrounding foliage. Listen to the insect chorus and look for signs of beavers and other wildlife.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  20. Ed Kaler said,

    September 15, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Simply Science

    Sat, Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Family (suitable for children 6 – 12 years)

    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    Come to Arcadia and have fun with science! Explore the steps of the scientific method by building miniature volcanoes, creating miniature dams, and doing other activities observing patterns. This program is messy, so please wear clothes that can get muddy!

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  21. beverlys413 said,

    September 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Story hour at Slate Memorial Libary, 332 Main Rd. Gill, every Tuesday at 10 am, for all preschool kids.There will be storys, popcorn, and activities! (Contact Beverly Ketch 413 320 9106,children’s librarian)


  22. August 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    The Grandparent/Kinship Care Chat Group is for people who are raising the children of others. This group is free and open to the public and child care is provided. The group meets from 10:15am to 11:45am at the Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road in Huntington on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next group will gather on August 24th. For additional information please contact Pat Keith, Resource Coordinator, 413-563-1981 or


  23. June 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Fun volunteer opportunity for local history & literature lovers!

    Help bring local history to life this summer! Join The Trustees as a Volunteer Tour Guide at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA!

    The Bryant Homestead, a property of The Trustees, is the 19th century home of American poet and conservationist, William Cullen Bryant. A friend of Hudson River School artist, Thomas Cole, Bryant was a great supporter of the arts and championed the American landscape in many of his poetic works.

    Come and spend a few hours a week in the beautiful hilltowns of Western Massachusetts at this incredible historic site. Guides greet visitors, lead historic tours and engage the public through the Homestead’s compelling history and stories of Bryant’s life. All training is provided, no prior tour guide experience necessary. If you are a “people person” this is a great opportunity to share your love (or gain one) of history, art, literature and historic preservation!

    Interested? Visit:
    Learn more about the Bryant Homestead here:


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