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  1. artspromo said,

    August 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    SOLDIER’S HEART, A Stage Play by Tammy Ryan
    Sep. 18 & 19, 7:30 P.M. and Sep. 20, 2:P.M.
    Academy of Music, Northampton
    Tickets: online:
    413-584-9032, ext. 105
    Box office: Tues-Fri, 3 -6 P.M.
    Tickets at door
    $20 General Admission
    $18 Seniors, Students, Veterans, Active Duty Military

    The Story: Marine Sergeant Casey Johnson, a single mom, goes to the war in Iraq where she is sexually assaulted by a fellow Marine, while experiencing the horrors of combat. Once home and in the grip of PTSD she struggles to survive in a battlefield that is in her heart and mind.


  2. August 26, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Parent/baby and parent/child classes now enrolling at The Hartsbrook School. Cricket on the Hearth classes provide a safe and caring environment that deepens our intuitive parenting capacities and nourishes our children during these formative years.

    Parent/baby class: Tuesdays 9-10:30 am beginning 9/22

    Parent/child classes: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9-11:30 am, beginning the week of 9/22

    For more information call The Hartsbrook School, 413-586-1908 x116
    or go to


  3. Gini Traub said,

    August 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Early Childhood Educator/Provider Workshop, Saturday, September 12, 9am – noon, Mt. Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesboro

    Project Learning Tree’s Early Childhood curriculum, engages youngsters age 3-6 in the natural world by building on what’s already familiar.

    Workshop format includes modeling activities and collegial discussion. Thematic units on the senses, the seasons, and neighborhood trees follow typical preschool routines and are flexible for teachers. They pique curiosity, build vocabulary and include both self-directed and teacher-guided activities.

    A $15 fee includes the Early Childhood Curriculum Guide, music C.D., and supporting materials.

    For more information or to pre-register by September 7, please contact, 413/584-6788.


  4. Marion said,

    August 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Great web site ! Lottsa info—but maybe I missed info re ” swimming” i.e. lessons, competition, fun games in the water– yes/no? Lookin for more swimmin info for family reunion next year.


  5. August 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This week in Erving! Museum of Science Traveling Show: Blizzards! August 19th. Two fifty-minute presentations at 4:30 and 5:30.
    Explore fun science as we construct a tree house to withstand the winds to save skiers from a wild avalanche. This hands-on activity will allow participants to test their designs against the forces of nature. Hosted by the Erving Public Library, held at the Erving Community Center, 1 Care Drive (Hwy 63 North on Northfield Road).


  6. August 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Make a home-made, kid-safe lava lamp using materials right in your own home. With a soda bottle, oil and water, and a secret ingredient that makes the whole thing fizz, bubble and erupt, you’ll have a colorful concoction you will love. STEAMcraft Program-Bubbling Lava Lamp. 8/29/15 from 11:00am-1:30pm. For ages 5 and up. Contact Susan Cornell at Meekins Library, Hawks~Hayden Room 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA 01096. Free


  7. Amy Meltzer said,

    August 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Outdoor Concert
    Members of the alt-country folk band 5 Chinese Brothers will perform a free outdoor concert for all ages. Bring a Lawn Chair or Blanket. Park Hill Orchard 82 Park Hill Road easthampton


  8. Carol Baldwin said,

    August 13, 2015 at 7:29 am

    “A Woodland Cinderella” Puppet Show
    Saturday, August 22
    11:00 A.M.
    Ages 3-11
    Contact Carol Baldwin at the library: 413-369-4646 for more information
    Filed Memorial Library, 1 Elm St., Conway


  9. August 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Labor Day Family Campout
    Trustees of Reservations
    Notchview; Windsor MA
    9/5- 9/6 4pm-11am
    All ages and camping abilities welcome
    Member: $30/adult, $20/Child. Nonmember: $40/adult, $30/child. (family package available)


  10. August 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Teabag Folding/miniature kaleidoscope origami is a popular method for making cards and decorations. Similar to modular origami, paper is folded into units and many units join to form the final model. Learn how to make these beautiful designs and use as cards or decorations, Tuesday, September 3rd from 4-6pm. Ages 6-?, adults will love it. Meekins Library~Hawks Hayden Room, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA 01096. Free.


  11. rweinman said,

    August 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Western MA Beer Fest Weekend
    August 21-23
    Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Sun. 12-4pm
    Age Range: intergenerational/community event
    Contact information: Kelly’s Package Store, 413-684-0870,,
    Location: American Legion park, Route 9, Dalton, MA
    Cost: Varies; see descriptions


    FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 6-9PM |Farm-to-Table Food & Wine Extravaganza
    TICKETS: $35 in advance/$40 Day of
    Proceeds benefit Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center

    Enjoy live music & samples from dozens of area farm-to-table producers & purveyors, as well as 40+ wines presented by Kelly’s Package Store’s knowledgeable staff.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2-6PM |10th Annual Beer Fest
    TICKETS: $30 in advance/$35 day of
    Proceeds benefit the Dalton CRA

    Sample over 150 drafts from 50+ breweries, live music, regional food vendors and more under 3 expansive big top tents at the largest beer festival between Springfield, MA and Albany, NY.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 12-4PM | Sunday Arts Afternoon
    TICKETS: $10 in advance/ $12 day of for admission only
    $30 for admission with an ‘Outdoor Paint & Sip’ experience
    $3 for children ages 6-16
    FREE for children 5 and under
    Proceeds benefit the Berkshire Community Action Council

    Browse our regional artisan market, enjoy a specialty cocktail on the green and drop-in on a outdoor paint & sip lead by local artist Deborah Ellsworth and a Kelly’s wine expert. The Sunday Arts Afternoon is a relaxed environment in which to enjoy, make & acquire artful objects amidst the bucolic beauty of the Berkshires.

    enjoy all admission to all three events with our weekend pass for just $65.

    Get your advance tickets online at, in person at Kelly’s Package Store, 653 Main Street, Dalton, MA or call 413/684-0870.


  12. Ed Kaler said,

    August 5, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    First Child in the Woods/Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, Aug 22, 2015 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)
    Adult $5.00, Child free
    Adult $7.00, Child free

    Join us for the perfect introduction to nature. This one hour hike will allow 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. Feel free to stay longer to play in the nature play area or have a picnic lunch.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  13. August 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Mutts & Mimosas to benefit Dakin Humane Society
    Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11:00am-2:00pm
    Quonquont Farm & Orchard, Whately

    Join us for a delightful brunch for people and dogs, mimosas, silent auction, raffle, apple picking, and activities for guests and their best buddies!

    Tickets are $50, dogs attend free (optional gourmet dog meal available for $10).

    For more info and to buy tickets:


  14. August 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Saturday, August 22, 9:00 a.m.
    Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, Ludlow, MA

    (this Class is offered monthly on Saturdays…next one is September 19; locations will vary in Western MA)

    Join Tony Yacuzzo and Affordable Classes for a hands-on 1-day Class to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines & Massachusetts childcare training requirements.

    * Skills cover Adult, Child & Infant CPR/AED/First Aid
    * Students must compress & ventilate manikin on the floor
    * 1-day class includes textbook, DVD, pocket first aid guide & national certification
    * Cutting-edge materials exclusively from the National Safety Council (Green Cross) which has helped keep employees safe at work for over 100 years (since 1913)
    * Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid class certification accepted in all 50 states (OSHA & Childcare)
    * Course includes hands-on practicals & short written quiz
    * Meets Choke Saver requirements
    * No manikin sharing; each student has his/her own for class use

    The class is taught by nationally certified instructor Tony Yacuzzo of Affordable Classes
    * 25 years of teaching experience in the Pioneer Valley
    * A local, fully insured, independent business

    $55/student, includes Text, DVD, Pocket Guide & Certification
    Visit & click on Upcoming Classes
    (convenient PayPal Buy Now button)
    PLEASE DO NOT contact the Holiday Inn Express about this Class

    To Contact Instructor, Tony Yacuzzo


  15. July 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Join Red Fire Farm on August 22nd for our annual Tomato Festival! Live music, great food, local vendors, kids’ activities,organic produce, workshops, and our famous 100-variety tomato tasting are all happening during this fun family event.
    The Festival takes place at Red Fire Farm, 7 Carver St., in Granby, MA from 12-6 pm. Admission is $5/person, and kids 10 & under are free.


  16. July 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    98th HEATH FAIR


    The 98th Heath Fair will take place August 21, 22 and 23 at the Fairgrounds on Colrain Stage Road in Heath, Mass.

    Friday: 5:00PM-11PM Saturday: 8:00AM-10PM Sunday: 8:00AM-5PM

    General Admission is $8, Seniors $6, Children 9 and under are free. A limited number of Three Day Passes are available at a discount ($15 Admission, $10 Senior) at the Heath Town Hall (Town Coordinator), Avery’s General Store in Charlemont and Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne Falls.

    Parking on the fairgrounds is $1. Parking at a designated parking field located within easy walking distance of the fairgrounds is free.

    The fair is held rain or shine. Most events take place under shelter.

    Visit for more information.


  17. June 23, 2015 at 10:19 am


    Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.
    Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
    151 Presidents Drive
    UMass Campus
    Amherst, MA 01003

    Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride piano virtuoso, toss in a tap dancer, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines – a band that plays the hot trad jazz and sultry standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a Parisian accent and a dash of the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans. Fans of Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers: you’re gonna love the Hot Sardines!

    $40 all seats (Reserved Seating); Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at

    Join us for a pre-concert “Speak-Easy” party in the lobby with cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dress to impress for the period and win a prize.


  18. May 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Kidleidoscope Tuesdays!
    Summer & Early Fall 2015, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed! Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for young children. Each topic includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to the natural world. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian.

    May 26 Birds
    June 2 Fish
    June 9 Frogs
    June 16 Turtles
    June 23 River Otters
    June 30 Eagles
    July 7 Bobcats
    July 14 Beavers
    July 21 Bees & Flowers
    July 28 Skunks
    August 4 Dragonflies
    August 11 Rabbits
    August 18 Snakes
    August 25 Coyotes
    September 1 Bats
    September 8 Butterflies
    September 15 Raptors
    September 22 Moose
    September 29 Squirrels
    October 6 Bears

    –Janel Nockleby
    Park Interpreter, DCR Mass Parks
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    Connecticut River Greenway State Park
    2 Avenue A
    Turners Falls, MA 01376
    (413) 863-3221


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