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  1. April 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    CONWAY RAGS TO PAPER Project
    Khandroling Paper Cooperative
    Saturday, April 29 and May 13
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    intergenerational
    Contact information: Jacqueline.gens@gmail.com, 413-522-1125
    Location of Event: 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA 10341
    (The Yellow Schoolhouse basement studio for
    Cost: Free
    Recipient of a HATCH grant

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  2. April 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    *Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow Sunday April 23rd 8am-12pm Help us clear brush, downed trees and the future site of the nature center (volunteers will have an opportunity to attend the tree hike at 11am for free!). Bring your own gloves, snacks provided. Email: aimee@gaiaroots.com to register

    *Spring Tree Walk w/ Old Growth Tree Specialist, Bob Leverett at Tamarack Hollow Sunday April 23rd 11am -1pm Join old growth tree specialist Robert Leverett Founder of the Eastern Native Tree Society as he interprets the Boreal forest and big trees at Tamarack hollow, an event not to missed! Register by emailing aimee@gaiaroots.com $10-$20 sliding scale walk fee; proceeds go to Tamarack Hollow & Friends of the Mohawk Trail SF.

    Visit http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org for more info

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  3. Kara Demler said,

    April 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Sherri Buxton, Broadway Cabaret

    Sherri James Buxton is an elegant interpreter of a wide range of genres from standards and show tunes to jazz, delighting audiences with her warmth, depth, versatility and flawless technique.
    Buxton combines a lifelong love of melody and lyric with a highly skilled voice and beautiful stage presence. Once you’ve heard a Sherri Buxton performance of a song, you’ve heard that song’s definitive interpretation.

    Friday, May 5 @ 7:30pm
    Tickets:$10

    Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin Street, Lee MA 01238
    413-394-5023
    playhouse@cipberkshire.org

    http://www.spectrumplayhouse.org/sherri-buxton-broadway-cabaret/

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  4. Edward Kaler said,

    April 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Valley Bird Festival
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Sat, May 06, 2017 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd.., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 16 years)
    Members & Nonmembers: Free

    This fun-filled day of learning about our feathered friends is a free event, and it includes live birds of prey presentations, bird banding, games, bird walks, and activities and information for all ages.

    Tom Ricardi’s “Birds of Prey” at 11:00 and 1:00, features live birds of prey. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about these amazing birds and get a close-up view of them.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ======================================================

    The Art House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary – Grand Opening
    Official opening during Arcadia’s Valley Bird Festival
    May 6th, 9am to 3pm
    Free Event – Registration not required.

    127 Combs Road
    Easthampton, MA 01027
    Phone: 413 584-3009

    Website: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/news-events/coming-soon-arcadia-s-art-house

    The Art House is a place where art, science, nature and wellness meet and come to life. Visitors can step inside the Art House to find readily available art supplies, giving them a place to respond to nature through art. Face painting, bird-specific art projects and a special artist will be at work at the Art House. The Art House is made possible through the generosity of Mass Audubon, ChartPak, Turner’s Falls Paper Mill and Marcus Printers.
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    All About Frogs
    Fri, May 12, 2017 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

    Learn about our local frogs and how we study them through citizen science frog calling surveys. We’ll start indoors to learn about the world of amphibians, and then go outdoors to listen to frog calls and see how scientists and citizen scientists can use data for valuable research.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Dress to be outdoors for half of the program.
    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    Arcadia Family Bird Fun
    Sat, May 13, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to one or all sessions. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of birding and will include a lesson followed by outdoor practice.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    Mother’s Day Canoe Trip
    Sun, May 14, 2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 8 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $15.00, Child $15.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $18.00, Child $18.00

    Show your appreciation to the mothers in your life by treating them to a Mother’s Day morning canoe trip. We’ll go at a slow pace on this easy paddle along the Arcadia Marsh to look and listen to the sights and sounds of spring. We hope to see birds such as great blue herons, cedar waxwings, eastern phoebes, and several warbler species. We’ll also search for wildflowers along the banks, such as trout lily and trillium.

    Parents should plan on being in the boats with children.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  5. April 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Week of the Young Child Art Exhibit at the Smith College Campus Center April 22nd – May 3rd. Please join us to see some truly amazing creations by young children!

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  6. Anne said,

    April 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

    COST HS SCHOOL ICE SKATING Fridays in April and May 2017

    All families are welcome. Students are back. You can park at the meters in the front or back of the Mullins Center. You can park in the garage but a hike for kids. BRING COINS FOR THE METERS OR Pay By Cell with Parkmobile see at the bottom of this e-mail. http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton
    CASH OR CHECKS ONLY TO PAY CASHIER FOR ICE SKATING!
    ****
    April 2017
    Friday, April 21, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    Friday, April 28, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    **
    MAY 2017
    Friday, May 5, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    Friday, May 12, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    Friday, May 19, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    Friday, May 26, 11:30 to 1:20pm
    ****
    How you get to the back parking lot METERS from the Mullins Center front parking lot? –take right on Commonwealth Avenue, take right on Massachusetts Avenue, right on Mullin Way, go a the way down to parking lot 67, go around the circle on way right and bares left to meters. If you go into the center of the parking lot you are in a stickered parking lot area number 67. You need to exit the way you came and then bare left. If no meters left to park in front of, you can try to park in lot 67. I have never tried. I worried about getting a ticket. But seems lot 67 isn’t always full.
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton
    Ice Skating Cash or checks only
    **
    $5 per child (their adults are FREE if you want to try) This includes rentals at no extra cost.
    **
    IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER OR NEW ICE SKATERS, BRING YOUR OWN CLEAN BUCKETS (TAKE THE WIRE HANDLE OFF FOR SAFETY).
    ***************
    ICE SKATING— CASH OR CHECKS ONLY
    —BRING COINS FOR THE METERS
    ****************
    I have done my best to look over the calendar and re-read Jeff’s e-mails of changes. *****I could have made a mistake.****** Your welcome to go to the calendar and view it for yourself. You have to just run your mouse over the date and the hours will come up. It is very hard to view visually. January and February are all different dates and times. Check it out and see if you can come. Thanks!!!
    Anne
    ***
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton
    BRING COINS FOR THE METERS
    Pay By Cell with Parkmobile instead of bringing coins
    UMASS has partnered with Parkmobile to offer pay by cell service on campus! (11/10/15)
    • No need for coins to park
    • Renew your time remotely. No more racing back to the car or cutting a meeting, class or meal short
    • Pay from your car, office, classroom, or home. No more standing in the rain, snow, or heat to complete your parking transaction
    • Parkmobile sends text message reminders 15 minutes before your time expires so you avoid citations by remotely renewing your parking
    • Park in any paystation or meter on campus using Parkmobile (not in numbered lots)
    Sign up with Parkmobile to pay by cell at UMASS
    • Please contact Parkmobile for any questions regarding billing and/or account management.
    • Please contact UMASS Parking Services for information on pay by cell locations on campus.
    Rate – Regular meter and paystation rate: $1.50/hr
    https://www.umass.edu/transportation/pay-cell-parkmobile

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  7. Katie said,

    April 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Mindfulness Hike

    Saturday, April 29th
    2:00pm
    Williamsburg, MA
    Bradley Sanctuary

    All ages welcome

    Experience nature in a whole new way: take a mindful walk in the woods. For those who thought they couldn’t possibly sit still long enough to meditate, Cheryl Wilfong leads an afternoon of meditation-in-motion. In addition to mindful walking, we will practice a few minutes of sitting-on-a-rock meditation and standing-on-a-bed-of-moss meditation. As we walk, we can practice hearing-birdsong meditation and smelling-the-forest meditation.

    $5 suggested donation. RSVP to hltoutreach@thetrustees.org with your name, the number in your party, and a phone number where you can be reached on the day of the event.

    http://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/mindfulness-hike

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  8. April 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Conway School Information Session

    180 Pleasant Street (Mill 180)
    Easthampton, MA
    Saturday, May 6, 10am-1pm
    Free
    For more information and to register: http://www.csld.edu/2017/03/information-session-may-6-2017/

    We (The Conway School) are hosting an information session here at our Easthampton Campus (Mill 180, 180 Pleasant Street) on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-1pm. The session will include a presentation about Conway from faculty, presentations by two current students, and presentations from alums. The Conway School offers a 10-month program in landscape design and planning. Students graduate with a Master of Science in Ecological Design.

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  9. Hilary Emerson Lay said,

    April 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hi all! Hilary from Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe here to tell you about some of our upcoming live music!

    This Saturday, April 22: Marc Fromm (solo acoustic guitar). Jazz, bluegrass, and bossa nova inspired by The Grateful Dead, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson.

    April 29: Ray Mason! A man and his Silvertone guiltar. Ray is a Valley favorite, a Bread Euphorias regular, and makes up one-third of The Lonesome Brothers.

    May 6: Katherine First and Kitchen Party! This rousting five-person band brings the feel of an Irish pub to our Western Mass bakery, and they will definitely have everyone up and dancing!

    All of our shows are Saturdays from 6-8 PM. We table service from 5-close, so although all of our shows are free of charge, we ask that you come for dinner. Check out the Bread Euphoria Facebook page for a full list of our upcoming shows!

    Enjoy your day, everyone!

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  10. Jennifer Rau said,

    April 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Cohousing: Open House for families
    May 13
    3-5.30pm
    Families of kids all ages but mostly geared 0-10, Tours, Conversation, games outside and insise, food. Mime (Hoboo) Chris Yerlig will entertain us with his world class show “Mirth, Mime and Magic”
    Contact information (Nancy Bair, 413-549-3702, nancybair@gmail.com, http://www.cohousing.com)
    Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, Amherst MA 01002
    Free!

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  11. Anna Sobel said,

    April 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    APRIL VACATION WEEK PUPPET SHOWS

    Tuesday, April 18 @ 10:30am
    Fairies of the Seasons
    Chicopee Library
    http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org

    Wednesday, April 19 @11 and 1
    Bugaboo Revue
    Yankee Candle Deerfield, across from Ben & Jerry’s
    http://www.yankeecandle.com/about-us/visit-our-village-stores/south-deerfield-events

    Saturday, April 22 @11am
    Whale Tales
    Granby Library
    http://www.granbylibrary.com

    Granby and Chicopee shows presented courtesy of their respective cultural councils. More info at http://www.talkinghandstheatre.com

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  12. Meguey Baker said,

    April 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Museum Sampler at the Historical Society of Greenfield, Saturday May 6th 10 AM to 2 PM! Come see the lovely newly restored Benton Hall, a sampling of the many items that help tell the story of Greenfield and regional history, and find out how you can be part of it! 43 Church St, in Greenfield. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted! Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HSGreenfieldMA Email us at hsgreenfield1907@gmail.com

    Submitted by Meguey Baker, Sec. Hist. Soc. Greenfield

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  13. matwooddml said,

    April 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Under One Sky: A Song and Story Celebration! with Parents’ Choice Award-winning singer and storyteller Davis Bates (whom Pete Seeger called a “genius of a storyteller”).

    Wednesday, April 18, 4:30-5:30.

    Participatory concert for all ages!

    Hear how coyote got his howl, how foam came to be in the ocean, and learn how to play the musical spoons.

    Free, at the Dickinson Memorial Library (115 Main St.) in Northfield. Call the library at 413-498-2455 with any questions.

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  14. April 14, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Golden Bird, a Northampton-based acoustic duo, is over-the-moon excited to invite you to a celebratory release concert for their album FLY. It’s full of songs for families to enjoy together, and Golden Bird hopes you will join them in welcoming this musical-baby to the world. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot here: http://tinyurl.com/l4ysps4

    Purchase a copy of Fly AND experience the music live!

    When: May 7th. 10:30 am- 11:15. Doors open at 10am

    Where: Wine and Canvas Studio, Hampshire Mall Entrance between
    Dick’s and JCPenney: 367 Russel Street Hadley, MA 01035

    What: An all-ages-concert with music from Golden Bird’s new album
    and a chance to purchase a copy

    Cost: $10 for adult tickets. Kids are FREE! Cd’s on sale for $10.00.
    Snacks will be available for purchase.

    Reserve your spot today and pay at the door: http://tinyurl.com/l4ysps4

    And for more information on Golden Bird visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GoldenBirdDuo.

    Any questions may be directed to GoldenBirdDuo@gmail.com

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  15. April 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Shiprock and Anchor Dog Musical Performance
    Saturday May 20, 2017 10:30am
    A FREE live performance at
    The Common School 521 South Pleasant St, Amherst, MA
    A musical performance about two dog best friends who travel together across enchanted landscapes. Come enjoy some fantastic family friendly music and learn more about our Summerfun Shiprock and Anchor Dog camp for ages 8-12.

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  16. beverlys413 said,

    April 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    April 15th, Slate Memorial Library in Gill Center Egg Decorating!

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  17. beverlys413 said,

    April 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Egg Decorating! Slate Memorial Library in the center of Gill.11am! Many fun methods to try! Free, and materials provided! All ages!

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  18. Christina said,

    April 13, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Bim Bam: Bilingual Music and Movement with Tom and Laurie

    Friday, April 21 at 10 am
    Full Circle School (21 Paramenter Rd., Bernardston)

    This highly interactive bilingual Spanish/English program will engage the whole family with dancing, puppets, instruments, and call and response songs. Come sing along with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto and musician Tom Carroll!

    Sponsored by the Bernardston Local Cultural Council and Full Circle School, this event is free and open to the public!

    For more questions, contact John Friends or Heather Leeds at Full Circle School:
    fullcircleschool1973@gmail.com; 413-648-9468; http://www.fullcircleschool.org

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  19. Pam Victor said,

    April 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, May 20th at 4-5pm at the Community Room (Suite 160) Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  20. Pam Victor said,

    April 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase (Happier Valley Comedy) – Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring The Rumour Cauldron and jam leader Ashley Hammel. Saturday, May 13th at 10pm at the 121 Club, Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton.). Free show (one drink minimum). For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  21. Pam Victor said,

    April 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Happier Valley Comedy Show – All-new monthly improv comedy show! This month features special guest Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) plus The Ha-Ha’s perform “The Buckingham.” Saturday, May 13th at 8pm at the 121 Club, Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $13 at the door. For more info:

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  22. April 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Come celebrate the national Week of the Young Child by playing in Northampton on April 29 from 9:30-11:30!

    WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD FESTIVAL!!!
    Celebrate Children and All the People Who Help Them Grow!
    FREE! * Rain or Shine!

    April 29, 9:30—11:30 am
    Jackson Street School gym
    120 Jackson Street, Northampton, MA 01060

    Brain Building Games and Activities for young children and their families.
    * Outside: visit a police car, school bus, fire engine and dump truck or play on the playground! Spray a pretend house with a hose from the fire truck!
    * Inside: create art, plant seeds, tumble on mats, henna tattoos, squish some gack!
    * Everywhere: HAVE FUN AND CELEBRATE YOUNG CHILDREN!

    For more information: contact 587-1471 or bblack@northampton-k12.us

    Sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools, CFCE, and Parents Center, through a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

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  23. April 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER! The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren presents this three-hour workshop for grandparents and kinship caregivers.

    April 26, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton

    Please register by contacting Colleen Pritani at 617-748-2454 or colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us.

    Guest Deb Dowd-Foley from Elder Services of Worcester will present, and there will also be an informational panel including representatives from DCF, DTA, Masshealth, and more.

    Free; light refreshments.

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  24. Kathie Gow said,

    April 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Exciting upcoming program from the Hatfield and Hadley Historical Societies:

    “Hidden in Plain Sight: Discovering the Meerstones of Olde Hadley”

    Could it be that some 350-year-old property markers have survived to this day? How about more than 100?

    Illustrated talk to take place at Hatfield Congregational Church parlors
    41 Main St., Hatfield
    Thurs., April 20, 7 pm
    http://hatfieldhistory.weebly.com/events.html

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  25. George Coling said,

    April 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Worthington Library Spring Book Sale Scheduled

    The Annual Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Worthington Town Hall, 160 Huntington Road (Route 112), Worthington, MA from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Items for sale will include gently used paperbacks, hardcover books, children’s books, CDs and DVDs. Refreshments will be available.

    Beat the crowd: Early bird entry at 9:00AM to 10:00AM for $10. After 10:00AM, the event is free.

    The Friends of the Worthington Library uses the money it raises to fund wish list books, museum passes, and children’s programs. Contact Susan VanBuren at (413)238-5306 for more information.

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  26. Anne said,

    April 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    FREE second Saturday Jan 14 Nature Program Hitchcock
    *****************************************************************
    New! Second Saturday Science! Amherst, MA
    Second Saturdays, January through June 2017

    10am-11am

    *******April 15, May 13, June 10
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
    Saturday Science themes:

    ****
    April 15 – Energy Is Electrifying!
    May 13 – Backyard Birds
    June 10 – Wonderful Water
    ******

    New! Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center
    Second and third Saturdays, 9am-1pm
    ********Free
    January through June
    Drop in, see Hitchcock’s new home, and learn about our living building.
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College
    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax

    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/additional-programs/

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  27. Anne said,

    April 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Class for Youth Birding

    with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
    For young people ages 8-13
    6 Saturdays: April 8 – May 13
    7:30am-10am
    Individual/Youth: Members $60 Non-members $75
    Parent/Child Members $100/Non-members $120
    Space is limited, registration required
    Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Be the next generation of birders!

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College

    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/additional-programs/

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  28. Mike Whalen said,

    April 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Community Hike & Scavenger Hunt

    At Constitution Hill Reserve
    Bridge Street, Lanesborough, MA
    Saturday, April 29 / 11:00am – 1:00pm
    (Rain date: Saturday, May 13)
    FREE All ages event

    Celebrate the natural wonders of the Berkshire springtime on a casual 1.5-mile guided hike and scavenger hunt with cultural historian and naturalist Mike Whalen at historic Constitution Hill in Lanesborough.This family-friendly event will follow a “Trail with Tales” as we explore and solve the many mysteries of the birthplace of famous 19th-century humorist Josh Billings. Be prepared for a moderate climb to the site of the legendary Constitution Oak tree. Trail conditions may be damp and rugged at times so please wear sturdy, waterproof shoes.

    Meet at the kiosk parking area and trailhead at the end of Bridge St.
    Parking spaces at the trailhead may be limited. Alternative parking options will be available if necessary.

    Directions: Take U.S.Route 7 to the center of Lanesborough, turn onto Bridge St.at Newton Memorial Town Hall (red brick building) and travel west 1.0 mile to the end of the road. (Road is paved until the top of the hill then becomes gravel).

    For more information please call Mike at (413) 499-9935. hikewithmike@live.com. for registration.

    This event is sponsored by the following organizations:
    Berkshire Natural Resources Council
    Lanesborough Tree & Forest Committee
    Lanesborough Historical Commission

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  29. Mike Whalen said,

    April 4, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Animal Farm: Critters of Mount Greylock in Song & Story

    Saturday, April 22 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Newton Memorial Town Hall Community Room
    Main St. (Route 7) Lanesborough, MA
    FREE All Ages Family Program

    Join us for a rousing interactive musical exploration of the many wild and domesticated animals that have roamed the fields and forests of Mount Greylock through the ages. With narration by naturalist Mike Whalen and prop-master Meshell Bordeleau, this lively program features the music of local folk trio Wintergreen. A colorful cast of critters and a few human characters will come along to make this a fun-filled time for one and all. So be prepared to sing along as we are entertained with a Baa! Baa! here and a Squawk! Squawk! there. Children are encouraged to come early for a fun picture coloring session.

    For more information call Mike at (413) 499-9935 or the Lanesborough Library at (413) 442-0222.

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  30. EDWARD KALER said,

    April 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Arcadia Family Bird Fun
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to one or all sessions. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of birding and will include a lesson followed by outdoor practice.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ====================================================

    Statewide Volunteer Day – Arcadia Spring Clean-up
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia (Easthampton) and Laughing Brook Sanctuaries (Hampden)

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

    Please help us on this statewide volunteer day. Throughout the state hundreds of volunteers will be working on projects at Mass Audubon sanctuaries. This year staff and volunteers in the Connecticut River Valley will be working on projects at both Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Projects will include sprucing up the grounds for spring and removing invasive species.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ====================================================
    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017 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.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ====================================================
    All About Frogs
    Sat, Apr 29, 2017 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

    Learn about our local frogs and how we study them through citizen science frog calling surveys. We’ll start indoors to learn about the world of amphibians, and then go outdoors to listen to frog calls.

    Dress to be outdoors for half of this program.
    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  31. Anne said,

    March 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    New Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Monarch-Watch-Update [mailto:monarch-watch-update-bounces@lists.ku.edu] On Behalf Of MONARCH-WATCH-UPDATE
    Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 7:13 PM
    To: MONARCH-WATCH-UPDATE
    Subject: New Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project
    Greetings Monarch Watchers!

    Monarch Watch is seeking the immediate assistance of hundreds of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) in collecting observations of monarchs in their area during the spring and fall. This project is an attempt to assemble quantitative data on monarch numbers at critical times during the breeding season. The data from these observations will be used to assess their value in predicting trends in the population.

    [ This new project was just posted via the Monarch Watch Blog – if you would prefer to read about it there, please visit http://monarchwatch.org/blog ]

    —————————————————————-
    BACKGROUND
    —————————————————————-

    Why do we need a “monarch calendar” and your help recording monarch numbers?

    The decline in monarch numbers over the last 15 years has inspired numerous attempts to define critical factors that explain the inter-annual variation in monarch numbers. The data sets used for these analyses have had a variety of limitations which have either been ignored or underappreciated by the authors of a number of publications. The truth is that much of the data that is available is too general and does not adequately represent important aspects of the biology that underlies the development of the population each reproductive season.

    There are numerous gaps in our knowledge and some of these gaps can be addressed if we can convince a large number of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) to record the number of monarchs they see each day and what the monarchs are doing, along with general information about the physical conditions associated with each observation.

    At the start of this project, we won’t ask participants to record behavior or physical conditions (temperatures and wind speed and direction) but a few observations and notes along those lines might be useful in targeting conditions most favorable for monarch activity. The pivotal latitude is 35N (e.g., Oklahoma City). If the observer is located at a latitude less than 35N (i.e., “South”), we need the number of monarchs seen each day during the following two periods: 10 Mar-30 Apr and 1 Aug-25 Sep – 52 days & 56 days = 108 days total. If the observer is located at a latitude greater than 35N (i.e., “North”) the observation periods are 1 Apr-10 Jun and 15 Jul-20 Aug – 71 days & 37 days = 108 days total.

    The first period in the south covers the interval during which the overwintering monarchs arrive in Texas and Oklahoma and points to the east. We need to capture a better estimate of the number of monarchs in this region that arrive from Mexico each year. This starting number has not been captured effectively. The second interval in the south captures the arrival of pre-migration monarchs from the north as well as potential local reproduction during this time. In the north, the first interval will capture some of the returning monarchs early in that period but is more likely to chronicle the arrival of first generation monarchs migrating north to the summer breeding grounds. The second period in the north should capture the relative intensity of the reproductive activities of monarchs during the period in which most of the eggs are laid that become the adults that populate the migratory generation later in August and September.

    To provide meaningful data, we need to recruit hundreds of volunteers to record what they see.

    —————————————————————-
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
    —————————————————————-

    Here is what we need you, as citizen scientists, to do:

    1. Register as a participant in this project by providing your name, location (including latitude and longitude), and email address via the form at http://monarchwatch.org/register

    To determine your geographic coordinates, please use any of the following sites (or others) to enter your city, state/province, and zip/postal code and retrieve your latitude and longitude in decimal form (e.g., latitude: 38.95 longitude: -95.27 for Lawrence, KS 66045).

    https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/latitudelongitude-finder/

    http://www.latlong.net

    http://mygeoposition.com

    http://www.gps-coordinates.org

    2. Record every monarch seen in your location for specific periods depending on your latitude. To keep these records all one has to do is to list the number of monarchs seen each day in which seeing a monarch was a possibility. If you were outdoors and saw none, record a zero (0). On the other hand, if there was no opportunity to make any observation due to work or vacation, etc., leave that date record blank. There will often be days when monarchs can’t be active due to weather conditions (e.g., low temperatures, extreme overcast, heavy rainfall). These intervals, if long enough, can also impact population growth. A “W” (for weather) should be entered for each of these days.

    We have provided some sample files below that you can use to log your observations but exactly how you do it is up to you. Here are some suggestions: spreadsheets (Excel, Numbers, Google Sheets, etc.), printed calendar sheets (or just a calendar), calendar applications on your computer or phone, notebooks, notes or other text files on your computer or phone. Please feel free to use whatever is easiest and most comfortable for you to log your daily observations of monarch numbers.

    Please note: The records for each time period should only reflect the numbers of monarchs seen on any specified day within 50 miles of your home location. If you wish to report monarchs seen at a location other than your home location (specifically, at a different latitude) please use another datasheet as this should be submitted separately.

    3. Submit your data to us at the end of the observation period via an online form. We will provide a link to the submission form at a later date via the email address you give us when you register. The form will be very simple; all you will need to do is enter your name and location (including coordinates as you do when you register) then you will be presented with the appropriate time period form to enter your data for each day.

    We will assemble the calendar records for each period and region then provide summaries online once we have a chance to analyze the data.

    Please register for this project and start logging your observations today! Thank you in advance for your assistance – if you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact us at monarch@ku.edu

    —————————————————————-
    SAMPLE FILES (for logging observations)
    —————————————————————-

    To access these files, please visit this article online at http://monarchwatch.org/blog/2017/03/31/new-monarch-watch-citizen-scientist-project/

    —————————————————————-
    About This Monarch Watch List
    —————————————————————-
    Monarch Watch (http://monarchwatch.org) is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.

    We rely on private contributions to support the program and we need your help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Complete details are available at http://monarchwatch.org/donate or you can simply call 785-832-7374 (KU Endowment Association) for more information about giving to Monarch Watch.

    If you have any questions about this email or any of our programs, please feel free to contact us anytime.

    Thank you for your continued interest and support!

    Jim Lovett
    Monarch Watch
    http://monarchwatch.org

    You are receiving this mail because you were subscribed to the Monarch Watch list via monarchwatch.org or shop.monarchwatch.org – if you would rather not receive these periodic email updates from Monarch Watch you may UNSUBSCRIBE by sending an email request to:

    monarch-watch-update-leave@lists.ku.edu

    This e-mail may be reproduced, printed, or otherwise redistributed as long as it is provided in full and without any modification. Requests to do otherwise must be approved in writing by Monarch Watch.

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  32. March 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Northampton Parks & Recreation Red Sox Bus Trip!

    The Northampton Parks & Recreation Department will be traveling to Boston to see the Red Sox! Join us on Sunday, May 14, 2017 to see the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays, game time is 1:35pm. The bus will depart JFK Middle School at 9:30am and we will return to JFK Middle School at the conclusion of the game.

    The price is $105 per person (non-residents add $5), which includes motor coach transportation and game ticket.

    For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 413-587-1040, or go on their web site at http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation.

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  33. Kerrin Hughes said,

    March 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Protect Our Breasts EARTHDAYogathon

    Fine Arts Center Plaza
    151 Presidents Drive
    Amherst, MA 01003
    Saturday April 22, 2017
    8 am- 4 pm

    Cleaner Earth, Cleaner You!
    Protect Our Breasts from Environmental Toxins!

    Join us on the Fine Arts Center Terrace, APRIL 22, 8am – 4pm, for the fourth annual #earthdayogathon, a day of continuous yoga sessions with special guest instructors, FUNdraising & safer giveaways! Although this is an all day event, come and go as you please. Attend as many of the sessions as you’d like.

    Benefiting Protect Our Breasts, a non-profit founded at UMass Amherst dedicated to educating college students about the chemicals in everyday products that may contribute to breast cancer.
    Community Event

    Students $10 online/15 day of
    Non-students $20 online/25 day of
    (Day of is cash only)

    For more information or to register:
    http://protectourbreasts.org/yogathon/

    Questions? Contact Kerrin Hughes, kerrinhughes@umass.edu

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  34. EDWARD KALER said,

    March 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Homeschool: Incredible Invertebrates

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: $145.00
    Nonmembers: $175.00

    Do you have a homeschooler who loves science and is 5 to 12 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our exciting, engaging, and hands-on nature programs.

    Of the million or so different types of animals in the world, 80% are invertebrates, animals without backbones. In this 6 week class we will first learn about some of the different types of invertebrate species. Subsequent weeks will focus on different groups such as snails, spiders, and insects. Our last class (weather permitting) will focus on mussels and will include a canoe trip on the Mill River.

    Class dates and times:
    • Wed, Apr 26, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, May 03, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, May 10, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, May 17, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, May 24, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, May 31, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Instructions and Directions:
    Fee includes transportation for field trip and canoe instructor.
    All indoor spaces will be nut-free.
    This is designed as a drop-off program. However, well behaved parents and siblings are welcome if necessary for your student’s success.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  35. homeshuling said,

    March 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Spring Shabloom! A Joyful Musical Celebration
    April 2
    10 am
    Ages 5 and under and their grownups

    Welcome spring and prepare for Passover with a joyful musical celebration led by Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer. Followed by flower planting and outdoor play on Abundance Farm. contact: Amy Meltzer ameltzer@landergrinspoon.org Lander Grinspoon Academy 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. ($5 suggested donation per family)

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  36. March 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th

    Girl Rising film screening Hosted by Deerfield Senior Girl Scout Troop 11240
    Frontier Regional Auditorium
    7PM, doors open 6:30
    concessions available
    General admission $3.00

    Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This film is rated PG-13, no violent or graphic scenes, however, film is not appropriate for all children. Offering twice to give parents opportunity to preview.

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  37. katie Carr said,

    March 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Seed: the Untold Story film screening
    April 5th, 7-9pm
    at Grow Food Northampton’s office in the Arts & Industry Building
    221 Pine St, Suite 349
    Florence MA

    Seed: The Untold Story is about the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the future of our food, from the filmmakers behind Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The film features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, and Winona LaDuke.

    Oona Coy, co-owner of Town Farm and co-founder of the Tuesday Market, will speak before the film about the importance of seed saving and problems raised in the film. Coy is also on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange.

    We will be serving locally-grown popcorn at the screening! Sliding scale suggested donation: $1-$20.

    For questions, contact katie@growfoodnorthampton.com, 413-320-4799, ext 106

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1376990435693114/

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  38. March 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    FUN DAY
    AUGUST 26th Saturday 10am – 4pm

    Blue Rider’s iconic family friendly celebration at French Park in North Egremont, MA. This year, special guest performer, Bari Koral brings her infectious, kid-friendly pop tunes to Fun Day! Pony rides, hay rides, bounce house, wholesome food, games and face painting too! Great fun for the whole family! A silent auction with amazing items donated from Berkshire area businesses from 10-3.

    Location: French Park 35-, 65 Prospect Lake Rd, Egremont, MA 01230
    Cost: JUST SHOW UP
    More information: (413) 528 5299

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  39. March 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    HOEDOWN!
    JULY 29th Saturday 6pm – 9pm

    Dance the evening away in Blue Rider’s barn. Live music by The Kitchen Kaylee Band with Anne Banks calling! This is a family friendly event, where all the dances are taught. No need to bring a partner! $5/person, dinner and s’mores available for purchase

    Location: 15 Farm Lane, South Egremont, MA 01258
    Cost: $5 / person
    More information: (413) 528 5299

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  40. March 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Showcase of Circus: Spring 2017 Invitational
    4/22/17 @ 7:30PM
    All ages
    Contact information (name, phone, email, web)
    209 Austine Dr., Brattleboro, VT

    Join us for a juried exhibition of up and coming circus artists as part of NECCA’s annual Spring Circus Workshop Weekend. This invitational event features works by visiting performers, PROTrack Performance Program graduates and new works by current NECCA students performing aerial and acrobat arts that you have to see to believe.

    For more information visit our website http://www.necenterforcircusarts.org or call 802-254-9780

    Tickets $10/15/25
    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904577

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  41. Anne said,

    March 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    FREE HS Presentation March 28 6:30pm to 8pm West Brookfield, MA

    Dear Friends,

    This looks great. Please share! See details below

    Preregister by calling the library: (508) 867-1410.

    Library Director/Teen Services Librarian
    Merriam-Gilbert Public Library
    3 West Main Street
    West Brookfield, MA 01585
    (508) 867-1410

    From: Katie Marsh [mailto:katierebecca2012@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:25 PM
    To: Anne Mileski
    Subject: Homeschooling Presentation

    Hi Anne,

    I am emailing to let you know about a program we are going to be hosting here at the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library on Tuesday, March 28, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sophia Sayigh and Tracy Ventola from the Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) will be here providing a presentation on how to get started homeschooling. Here is the description:

    “The nitty-gritty of how to get started for those new to homeschooling or just considering it. Topics to be covered include an overview of homeschooling, deciding whether or not to homeschool, getting started, methods for teaching, resources for teaching, and homeschooling support. Informational handouts will be available and an opportunity for questions will follow the presentation.”

    The program is completely free, but we do require that folks preregister by calling the library: (508) 867-1410.

    If you know of anyone who might be interested in this, could you please pass this email along to them? Thank you so much!

    My Best,
    Katie


    Katie Marsh
    Library Director/Teen Services Librarian
    Merriam-Gilbert Public Library
    3 West Main Street
    West Brookfield, MA 01585
    (508) 867-1410

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  42. March 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Hippity Hop CIRCUS
    JUNE 3rd Saturday 10:30am – 12:30pm

    he Hippity Hop Circus is a theatrical performance on horseback! This is our open house, when staff and students have the chance to show off their riding skills, set to a musical soundtrack. Refreshments available for purchase. $10 per car. Held regardless of weather!

    Location: 15 Farm Lane, South Egremont, MA 01258
    Cost: $10 / car
    More information: (413) 528 5299

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  43. March 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Candy Free Easter Egg Hunt
    April 15th, Saturday 11am-1pm

    Come and enjoy this popular Candy Free Eater Egg Hunt. This is a free community event, where children have a customized egg hunting experience. Great for kids of all ages! Pony rides, hay maze, face painting and delicious refreshments available for an additional charge.

    Location: Blue Rider Stables, 15 Farm Lane, South Egremont, 01258
    Cost: FREE
    More information: (413) 528 5299

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  44. March 21, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Concert for All Ages: Songs of Inspiration, Respect, & Justice!
    Amandla Chorus (music from around the world, & originals)
    Sunday, April 2, 2017 4:00 p.m.
    Shea Theater, Ave A, Turners Falls, MA

    To benefit: Center for New Americans
    Tix: $5 kids / $7 adults
    http://www.amandlachorus.org

    (A second concert will take place at the same venue at 7:00 p.m., with themes more suited for adults.)

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  45. EDWARD KALER said,

    March 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Exploring Vernal Pools
    Sat, Apr 08, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 4 – 12 years)
    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    Vernal Pools are special habitats that serve as homes to a number of extraordinary animals that have adapted to live in them. Learn about the unique qualities of vernal pools and explore one at Arcadia by dipping your net in the water to find out what creatures live there.
    Instructions and Directions:

    Please wear sneakers or water shoes.
    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ================================================
    Woodcocks at Laughing Brook
    Sat, Apr 08, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Location: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampden
    http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/laughing-brook/directions
    Laughing Brook Address: 793 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036

    Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    You are invited to Laughing Brook to see a special dance – the dance of the American Woodcock! Each spring the male establishes his territory and does an amazing dance to attract a mate. We’ll listen for the sound of the woodcock and watch the fields until dark.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please bring a flashlight and wear long pants and socks that can be pulled over your pants for tick prevention. Dress to be outdoors for the entire program.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    ==================================================
    Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook
    Sat, Apr 15, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampden
    http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/laughing-brook/directions
    Laughing Brook Address: 793 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 4 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00

    Vernal pools are unique and critical habitats that are breeding grounds for many state-listed amphibian species such as spotted salamanders and wood frogs We will look for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn why it’s so crucial to protect these small bodies of water and what you can do to help ensure their protection.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please wear sneakers or water shoes.
    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  46. Anne said,

    March 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    April book Sale Clapp Memorial Library Belchertown
    Spring Book Sale
    T h e F r i e n d s o f C l a p p Memo r i a l L i b r a r y 2 0 1 7
    C l a p p Memo r i a l L i b r a r y
    1 9 S o u t h Ma i n S t r e e t,
    B e l c h e r t own , MA
    4 1 3 – 3 2 3 – 0 4 1 7
    www. f r i e n d s o f c l a p p l i b r a r y . o r g

    April 3rd – 8th, 2017

    Monday April 3rd 5:00pm -8:00pm
    Members only night (memberships available at the door)
    Tuesday – Friday April 4th – 7th 10:00am – 8:00pm
    Friday senior citizen day (25% off to those 60 and over)
    Saturday April 8th 9:00am – 3:00 Most items 1/2 price only Saturday

    Hardcovers $2 Paperbacks $1
    50,000 +
    items!

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  47. Bonnie Katusich said,

    March 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    ALL 4 HER Spring Consignment Sale!
    St. Philip’s Church
    128 Main Street, Easthampton MA
    Friday, 3/31/17 7-9pm;
    Saturday 4/1/17, 8am-2pm (1/2 price sale 1-2pm)

    Great opportunity for consigning, shopping, or both! Quality women’s (including teen’s) clothing, accessories & footwear & jewelry, linens, gift items, books, new cosmetics & housewares. For more information find us on facebook – search St. Philip’s Church Easthampton or check our our events tab at stphilipseasthampton.org. This is a very popular sale – come early and bring your friends!

    Need more information? Contact Julie at all4her.01027@gmail.com

    Free entry!

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  48. March 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    THE RAISING OF AMERICA: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
    Film Screening and Local Panel Discussion

    Monday, March 20 from 6:30-9:00 pm.
    Northampton High School, Little Theater
    380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA

    Free; Childcare is available.

    To make a strong start the birthright of every infant in the U.S., we can’t wait until they enter kindergarten. Why do some children thrive while others do not? What are the issues and how do we invest in our children’s growth?

    The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a 5-part film series about the way Americans look at Early Childhood health and development. Come see this film and join in on the panel discussion following, featuring local leaders in this field: Clare Higgins, moderator; Dr. Randy Albelda (UMass Boston), Kate Glynn (Child’s Garden and United Way), Dr. John Provost (NPS Superintendant), Dr. Miriam Tager (Westfield State), Shawna Tobin (Community Action).

    For questions: call 413-587-1471 or 413-586-4400 x 5568
    For the full flyer to this event:
    http://www.northamptonfamilies.com/great-workshops–talks.html

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  49. March 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    FREE Rock Star Music & Storytime with Liam Hurley!
    Join Liam for ukulele, drums, puppets and stories!
    Hatfield Public Library
    Saturday, March 18, 11am
    https://hatfieldpubliclibrary.org/

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  50. Pam Victor said,

    March 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase (Happier Valley Comedy) – Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring up-and-coming improv team LIVE in the ’70s. Saturday, April 8th at 10pm at the 121 Club, Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton.) Free show (one drink minimum). For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  51. Pam Victor said,

    March 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Happier Valley Comedy Show – All-new monthly improv comedy show featuring special guest “Conklin” with Peter Kim of Second City Chicago and Pam Victor, plus The Ha-Ha’s perform “The Armando” with Peter Kim as monologist. Saturday, April 8th at 8pm at the 121 Club, Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $13 at the door, $10 in advance online. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2903854

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  52. Meg Taylor said,

    March 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Free Event for Area Families and Educators:

    “Being at your Best when Your Kids are at their Worst”
    Kim John Payne, M.Ed, consultant and author of Simplicity Parenting Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, MA
    Thursday, April 6th
    6:30-8:30 PM
    Free childcare and refreshments available
    Sponsored by the Anne T Dunphy and New Hingham School PTO’s

    For more info, contact 413-268-8421.

    http://www.simplicityparenting.com/being-at-your-best-when-your-kids-are-at-their-worst/

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  53. Jane Lyon said,

    March 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    “Way Way Off Broadway” Dinner Theater
    Windsor Town Hall – Rt 9 Windsor, MA
    April 7th 6:30 Reservation required- Reg, Veg & Gluten free
    $7 at door – call Jane to reserve seat (413) 575-0745

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  54. Hilary said,

    March 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Hi all! Hilary from Bread Euphoria Bakery and Cafe here to tell you about some upcoming music!

    Tonight we have One Part Luck (husband and wife duo John Bye and Peg Cowen) who sing original songs in two-part harmony.

    Then we have….

    3/18: Rausch, Lovell, and Murphy jazz trio
    3/25: Katherine First and The Kitchen Party (Irish!)
    4/1: After Ours Duo (tantalizing twists on eclectic covers, ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Sara Barellis)

    We have music every single Saturday night, so follow us on Facebook for the full lineup! Music is always free but we do ask that you stay for dinner.

    Thanks, everyone! Happy almost spring!
    Hilary

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  55. March 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Come play at Circus Workshop Weekend!

    When: April 21-23, 2017

    NECCA’s 20th Circus Workshop Weekend is April 21-23 with a Showcase of Circus Show on Saturday, April 22. Workshops range from Tumbling to Trapeze to Tippy Lyra, and so much more! New this year, CWW for KIDS ages 8 and up plus a pizza party, too!

    Try something you’ve never done before, or get advanced training in a specialty area. Many guest instructors in addition to NECCA’s seasoned faculty. Apply to perform and showcase an act you’ve working on or bring the family to see the show! Learn more on our website.

    Web: https://www.necenterforcircusarts.org/

    Phone: 802-254-9780

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  56. Edward Kaler said,

    March 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Mass Audubon Nature Preschool
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
    127 Combs Rd.
    413-584-3009

    Open House – Wed., March 29th (snow date, Thurs., March 30th)
    12:30 to 1:30pm

    Parents are encouraged to bring children along to investigate our classroom while learning about our outdoor, nature-focused, early childhood program.
    =====================================================

    “The Big Night”
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Sat, Apr 01, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Cob Easthampton
    Audience: Family (suitable for children 4 – 16 years)
    Members:

    Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $10.00

    Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

    Enjoy an enchanted family evening at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. Guided tours will leave the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45-minute magical forest trail where participants will meet costumed characters from vernal pools, the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp can breed. Meet some of these critters and learn about their lives through short animated and humorous skits. Indoors, learn more about vernal pools through games, slide presentations, and live pond critters.

    Pre-paid advance registration is required for this event. You can register in person, by mail, or by phone. When you register, please choose your hike time. If it is extremely cold, or there is heavy rain, the outdoor portion of this program will be brought indoors. Spaces fill quickly, especially for the early slots, so call today.
    .

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  57. Lisa Ouellet said,

    March 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    R. H. Conwell Elementary School
    Preschool and Kindergarten Open House (FREE)
    147 Huntington Road
    Worthington, MA
    Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 – 2:00

    The Integrated Preschool Program offers a fun, nurturing language-based environment that encourages and fosters growth and development. We will play games, read some books and get creative in our Art Center. At 10:30 and 1:30 we will explore our play area and take a walk in our woods, so bring your boots!!

    This is also an opportunity for incoming kindergarteners and their families to come meet their teacher, see the classroom, and get an idea of what a typical day in kindergarten looks like. School choice forms and registration forms will be available, as well as other kindergarten readiness resources.

    Light refreshments will be provided in both rooms. If you are unable to attend the open house, please call 413-238-5856 to arrange a tour and apply for next year or email swillis@hr-k12.org

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  58. February 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Online Sign Up Now Open for Spring Classes at NECCA!

    Classes start Mar 20 and run until June 2nd.
    Add/Drop period ends April 3rd.

    Morning through night, weekday or weekend, we offer classes in acrobatics, aerial arts, dance, clowning, flexibility, inversions, wheel, pole, mini tramp, parkour and circus fitness. With options for tots to teens to grandparents and everyone in between, we have so many ways to have fun, get fit or expand your skills in the circus arts. Sign up today! Receive a discount for signing up for multiple classes.

    Web: https://www.necenterforcircusarts.org/learn/springclasses17/

    Phone: 802-254-9780

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  59. February 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

    It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
    February 23, 2017 – June 4, 2017 during Museum hours
    Museum Admission

    More than 60 years after her debut, Eloise remains a six-year-old star. What accounts for her enduring appeal? Perhaps it is her sly face transfigured with successful sin, that endearing potbelly, or the extravagant world in which she lives. Whatever her magic, Eloise’s charm comes down to two things: that audacious voice and those filigree illustrations. The voice was cabaret star Kay Thompson’s, a comic riff with which she amused her friends. The pictures came from the pen of a young artist, Hilary Knight. Their unlikely collaboration was the alchemical formula from which the successful Eloise series was born.

    It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight includes more than 90 artworks from the Eloise collaborations—as well as art from the rest of Knight’s prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster artist, magazine illustrator, and painter. Never before-seen artwork from Knight’s archive include his 1954 trial drawings for the first Eloise book, two Eloise In Paris sketchbooks, a Hollywood notebook with a double-page spread of Thompson belting out “Think Pink!” from Funny Face, a magnificent suite of final art from Eloise In Moscow, and the 1993 Eloise watercolor for New York Is Book Country. There’s a kicker, too: for the first time since its infamous disappearance from the Plaza Hotel in 1960, Knight’s original 1956 Eloise portrait will be on public display.

    Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and the Walton Family Foundation.

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  60. February 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    2017 Future Leaders Institute at the University of New Hampshire (a residential camp for ambitious high school age students
    Dates: July 17-28
    Ages: Grades 8 – 12
    Website: http://cola.unh.edu/chi/fli
    Location: University of New Hampshire campus, Durham, NH
    Cost: $1,000 for 12 days (includes room, board, meals, materials and all activities). Need-based financial aid is also available for those who qualify
    For for more information, please contact Jennifer McCready, Department of Classics, Humanities & Italian Studies: jennifer.mccready@unh.edu

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  61. katie Carr said,

    February 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    SEED SWAP!

    Grow Food Northampton, Northampton Winter Farmers Market, and Nuestras Raices invite you to a Seed Swap! This event is FREE and open to the public. Please come even if you don’t have seeds to share! You can take seeds home and bring ones next year. =)

    LEARN about seed saving and celebrate the beauty of seeds. SHARE seeds you’ve saved from the garden (or seeds you’ve purchased). TAKE home seeds to plant.

    ACTIVITIES:

    9:30am to 10:30am: Drop seeds off (if you have some to share). Even better, drop them off on February 25 at the Winter Market table!

    11:00 to 1:00pm: Take seeds for your 2017 garden!

    10:05am to 10:50am: Beginning Seed Saving Workshop with Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm

    11:00am to 11:45am: Indigenous Seed Keeping with Liz Charlebois, Abenaki basketmaker and agriculturalist

    Noon to 12:45pm: Plant Breeding Workshop with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm

    10am to 1pm (with breaks): Seed Tape Workstation – kids and adults alike can help make “seed tape” with biodegradable toilet paper, wheat paste, and carrot seeds that we can plant in our Giving Garden later in the spring.

    Those wishing to drop off seeds before the event can do so on Saturdays at the Northampton Winter Farmers Market at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School at 80 Locust Street in Northampton, between 9am and 2pm. Please label them with variety names, collection date, and information on whether they are open-pollinated or hybrids.

    The Seed Swap is part of Grow Food Northampton’s Seed Series happening this March and April. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more seed-related events!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/655771424610921/

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  62. Toni Manning said,

    February 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    April 8, 2017, 10:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt, at the lawn at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. Shelburne Falls. With a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Organized by the Rotary Club of Franklin County and Trinity Church. Three age groups: 0-5, 6-8, 9-13, (Rain date: 4/15).
    For more info contact Toni at toni.m987@gmail.com

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  63. Jen Loebel said,

    February 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

    CHD Amherst Crafts on the Common

    The Amherst Crafts on the Common is one of the best-established and most well-respected craft fairs in New England. The Fair will feature approximately 120 artisans with all handmade crafts, a food booth, shady picnic area, a wonderful Silent Auction, children’s activities, huge children’s book sale, and musical entertainment throughout the day. The Amherst Crafts on the Common Fair benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of CHD.

    Date: Saturday June 24, 9:00am–4:00pm

    Where: Amherst Town Common, downtown Amherst
    4 Boltwood Ave
    Amherst, MA
    01002

    Contact: Jen Loebel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    (413) 259-3345 | bbbshc@chd.org

    More information: http://chd.org/child-adolescent-and-family-services/educational-developmental-support-services/big-brothers-big-sisters/

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  64. February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Westhampton Elementary’s performance of Really Rosie and the Nutshell Kids by Maurice Sendak with music by Carol King.

    March 31st and April 1st @ 6:30 p.m. at Westhampton Elementary

    Tickets: Adults $8 (2 nights for $12), Kids $5, children <2 free

    Call Westhampton Elementary to reserve tickets in advance: 413.527.0561, or buy them at the door!

    Come enjoy the antics of Rosie and her neighborhood friends as they cure their boredom in a fun musical way!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1823680654536800/

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  65. Deb Phillips said,

    February 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hand Painting Yarn with Dotty Taft
    Sponsored by the Friends of the Worthington Library
    Saturday, March 4. 2017 at the Worthington Town Hall
    10AM – 3PM
    $75 – Sign up at the Worthington Library with a $40 deposit
    Bring a brown bag lunch, apron and wear old clothes
    Coffee, tea and snack provided
    For more info call Susan at 413-238-5306 or email svanb73275@aol.com

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  66. Pam Victor said,

    February 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, March 18th at 4-5pm at the Community Room (Suite 160,) Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under, $30/Family Max. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  67. Pam Victor said,

    February 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase (Happier Valley Comedy) – Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring an up-and-coming improv team. Saturday, March 11th at 10pm at at a SPECIAL ONE-TIME LOCATION: Suite 160 of Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Free show (one drink minimum). For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  68. Anne said,

    February 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    FREE
    Second Saturday Science – Hitchcock Center Amherst
    The Science of Snow
    February 11—10:00 am – 11:00 am
    FREE
    Second Saturdays, January through June 2017 Free
    10am-11am
    February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
    **
    Saturday Science themes:
    February 11 – The Science of Snow
    March 11 – Meet the Trees
    April 15 – Energy Is Electrifying!
    May 13 – Backyard Birds
    June 10 – Wonderful Water
    ***
    Details
    Date:
    February 11
    Time:
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Cost:
    FREE
    Organizer
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    Phone:
    413-256-6006
    Website:
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org
    Venue
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Phone:
    413-256-6006

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  69. EDWARD KALER said,

    February 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Homeschool: History of the Valley
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Instructors: Arcadia Staff; Dorrie Jones – Arcadia Teacher
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: $145.00
    Nonmembers: $175.00

    Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

    Do you have a homeschooler who loves science and is 5 to 12 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our exciting, engaging, and hands-on nature programs.

    The Connecticut River Valley has a story to tell. Dinosaurs left their tracks, glaciers shaped the land creating kettle holes, till, and erratics and twisted the Holyoke range. A dam break and flood caused a diversion of the Mill River. In this 6 week class we will explore the history via hiking, field trips, and research.

    Class dates and times:

    Wed, Mar 01, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 08, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Apr 05, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Instructions and Directions:

    Fee includes transportation for field trips.
    All indoor spaces will be nut-free.

    This is designed as a drop-off program, however, well behaved parents and siblings are welcome if necessary for your student’s success.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  70. February 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    BOOKTOPIA: Stories and Fun with Lola and Lucy
    FREE Storytime for kids ages 1-4 yrs.
    Monday, 3/6/17 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road

    Lola and Lucy­ are sisters – ages 11 and 9 – who LOVE to read to younger kids! They will read aloud 5-7 picture books, then follow with a creative activity. Get ready to hear great stories and have fun!

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  71. olivialeone said,

    February 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Parents’ Night Out!

    Have some time to yourself, or with friends…from 530-8pm on Friday Feb 10 parents can drop off their children* and hit the town. Cost is $20 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child and includes games, movie, pizza, fruit and crafting. This is a fundraiser for the J2A youth group at St. John’s Episcopal Church. All adults will have a CORI check.

    >>Preregistration is required: education@stjohnsnorthamption.org<<

    All welcome.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1794963150769469/

    * We cannot change diapers. Children must be able to use the restroom independently.

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  72. Jessica said,

    February 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Dakin Humane Society offers affordable vaccine and microchip clinics EVERY Saturday beginning at 9am at our Springfield Adoption & Education Center at 171 Union Street in Springfield.

    No appointment is necessary. While the clinic does not open until 9:00 am, the line can form early and is outdoors for most – if not all – of the wait.
    Services are limited to the first 40 animals in line each week. We recommend you arrive before 8:00 am to secure your place in line.
    Even after 9:00 am, depending on your place in line, your wait could be an hour or more.
    Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in carriers.
    We accept cash and credit cards only (no checks).
    If a pet is up to date on his rabies vaccine, please bring records.
    We are located at 171 Union Street, Springfield. Please use the main Adoption Center entrance, NOT the side Spay/Neuter Clinic entrance.

    MORE INFO: https://www.dakinhumane.org/vaccine-clinics-and-services.html

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  73. Tamsin said,

    February 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    WILDLIFE TRACKING & LINKAGES – all ages event
    Saturday, February 11th
    10am-noon
    Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield

    Join us for a fun day of tracking and learning about the importance of corridors and connectivity in wildlife conservation!

    10-10:30 — Laura Marx from the Nature Conservancy will share the Berkshire Wildlife Linkages partnership’s vision and goals of increasing the connectivity of wildlife habitat from Connecticut to Vermont, and will share the results of BWL’s tracking surveys.

    10:30-12 — Join master trackers Jess Applin and John Body for an outdoor tracking walk.

    Registration required: email Tamsin Flanders at hltlandsteward@thetrustees.org or call 413-628-4485, ext 4 and leave a message with your name, phone number, email address, and the number in your party.

    $10 members of Hilltown Land Trust or The Trustees
    $15 non-members
    FREE for children under 13.

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  74. January 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hampshire Regional High School presents Fiddler on the Roof

    Dates/times: March 17th @7pm, March 18th @ 7pm, and March 20th @ 2pm

    Ticket Prices: $10 for ages 18 and under and $15 for adults

    Ticket Reservations: Beginning March 3rd, ticket reservations will be available by calling (413) 437-5597 or emailing hrhstickets@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

    Location: Hampshire Regional High School, 19 Stage Rd., Westhampton, MA 01027

    All ages are welcome!

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  75. Anne said,

    January 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/calendar-of-events.html

    March 4: Boy Scout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg – This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

    April 23: Angler Education Program Display & Casting Program, Springfield – come learn to cast and have fun at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival, 21 Edwards Street in Springfield, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at 413-263-6800 x325

    April 29: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

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  76. EDWARD KALER said,

    January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Nature Preschool Open House
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
    127 Combs Rd.

    Feb. 28th, 2017
    12:30 -1:30
    Snow Date: 3/2/17 (if Easthampton schools are closed)

    Please come and learn more about our nature-based program. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Registration not required.
    For more information call: 413-584-3009

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  77. January 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Blood Drive

    Please join us at the Worthington Health Center located at 58 Old North Road on Wednesday, February 8 to support Berkshire Health Systems’ Bloodmobile in their efforts to collect blood. We are hosting a blood drive from 9am-2pm. Call 413-447-2597 ext. 2 to make an appointment or for more information. We hope to see you there!

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  78. EDWARD KALER said,

    January 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    February Vacation Days at Arcadia
    Feb 21st to 24th, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    One may register for 1 to 4 days.

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: $52.00
    Nonmembers: $60.00

    Come to Arcadia to explore the natural world during school vacation. Children ages 5 to 12 can sign up for one or all four days because activities will differ. We will begin each day with games, followed by a morning circle that will introduce the themes. Much of each day will be spent outdoors searching for animal tracks and signs, watching birds, and learning about winter adaptations. We will play plenty of games and have a daily nature mystery and riddle. Refunds provided only if you cancel at least one week prior to the program.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Dress to be outdoors for much of the day. Please bring a lunch, snack and water.

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

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  79. Beit Ahavah said,

    January 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Saturday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tu BiShvat Chocolate Seder & Havdalah!

    Celebrate the new year holiday of the trees with an evening “seder” featuring fair-trade chocolate and a celebration of cacao, and other delicious fruits. For all ages – RSVP’s please to the office, info@beitahavah.org. Please bring a “tree” food to share (such as chocolate, fruit with shell/peel, fruit with pit/seeds, entirely edible fruit, maple syrup, etc.). Sponsored by RUACH school and YOFIE committee.

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  80. Jen Loebel said,

    January 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    CHD Big Brothers Big Sisters’s Daffodil Fun Run

    The 7th Annual Daffodil Fun Run directly benefits youth of Hampshire County who are waiting to be matched with caring adult mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters. This family friendly community event offers participants a 5k walk/run or 10k run option. Participants race past many of the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Festivities include a pre-race warm up, music, bounce house, games, barbecue and more! Join us to help make a difference in the lives of Hampshire County children facing challenges. Celebrate spring with us at the Daffodil Run!

    Date: Sunday April 30, 10:00am–3:00pm

    Where: Kendrick Park, downtown Amherst

    Contact: Jen Loebel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

    (413) 259-3345 | bbbshc@chd.org

    More information: http://chd.org/event/the-daffodil-run/
    Sign-ups: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7340

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  81. Pam Victor said,

    January 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, February 18 at 4-5pm at the Community Room (Suite 160,) Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under, $30/Family Max. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1646014689033179/
    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2816489

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  82. Edward Kaler said,

    January 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Arcadia Family Bird Fun

    Sat, Feb 11, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to one or all sessions. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of birding and will include a lesson followed by outdoor practice.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

    Ooey Gooey Science

    Sat, Feb 11, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 12 years)
    Members: $8.00
    Nonmembers: $10.00

    If you like goo, this program is for you! We’ll create gooey stuff and learn why the goo acts the way it does. We’ll also learn the steps of the scientific method, and the difference between recipe science and creating a science experiment.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Parents should accompany children for this program.

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

    Tracking and Animal Signs at Laughing Brook

    Sat, Feb 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampden

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

    At one time, being able to read tracks was vital for survival. Tracking is more than simply finding a trail and following it and prints aren’t always necessary to track an animal. The forest is full of signs that tell us about the wildlife within. Learn to read the tracks and signs left by animals that live in our area.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress to be outdoors.

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

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  83. Lisa Ouellet said,

    January 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    FREE. R H Conwell Preschool is hosting a preschool playgroup on Saturday, 2/11/17 from 9:30 – 11:30. Please join us for a taste of preschool. We will have center time, circle time, a read aloud, snack time and a chance to explore outside in our play area and woods. This is open to families of preschool age children and younger. We are located at 147 Huntington Road, Worthington.

    Next group meeting is Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 – 11:30.

    If you have any questions, please call Sam or Lisa at 238-5856 or email swillis@hr-k12.org.

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  84. Alyssa McKenna said,

    January 13, 2017 at 9:17 am

    FREE, DROP-IN, Catholic-based Playgroup for families with infants, toddlers, and pre-k children! ALL WELCOME! The second Wednesday of every month (during the school year) from 930-1130am you and your little one(s) will enjoy Saint discovery through Play! Snack! Toddler-geared Bible Story! Craft! And prayer!

    Next Group: February 8, 2017 from 930-1130am in the church hall of Ste. Rose de Lima Parish, 600 Grattan St., Chicopee, MA 01020

    Please contact Alyssa at lysmckenna@gmail.com to join our email list!

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  85. Bea said,

    January 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Public Hearing
    Monday, February 6th, 2017 6:00 pm
    For the planning of the FY17 CDBG grant. Participating Towns: Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington.
    Where: Town of Chesterfield Selectboard Meeting Room.
    Come share your input on proposed programs:
    -Housing Rehabilitation
    -Hilltown Elder Network
    -Health Outreach Program for Elders
    -Childcare Subsidy Program
    – Hilltown Food Pantry.

    Come share thoughts on other program ideas too!. Your participation and input on these programs is greatly appreciated. If you cannot attend but would like to provide input, please contact Bea by Friday, Feb 3 at 413-296-4536, ext 115 or beavh@hilltowncdc.org

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  86. nutwoodfarm said,

    January 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Please join Sara & Kalyan of Nutwood Farm on Saturday, February 4th at 6:30pm at the Cummington Community House for a FREE community screening of INHABIT: A PERMACULTURE PERSPECTIVE.

    Beautiful and poignant, INHABIT features the voices and visions of social and ecological changemakers in the Northeast and beyond. The film presents a sweeping vision of “a new way of being and relating to the Earth, a reminder that humans are capable of being forces of planetary healing.”

    In these challenging times, we hope this event will inspire more collaborations and projects and that heal and nourish our community, such as the exciting work unfolding at Nutwood Farm. Before the film, we will share our current plans to grow hazelnuts and other perennial staple foods on our farm, along with our own 3-minute video and details about the launch of our crowdfunding campaign. How can we all find ways to inhabit our earth, our community, and our place more fully? What could we accomplish if we all work together?

    Admission is free and open to all. Please help us plan for numbers by attending on Facebook or getting your free tickets at Tugg. Refreshments will be served. The event begins at 6:30pm at the Cummington Community House, 33 Main Sreet, Cummington. Childcare will also be provided during the film screening.

    For more information please call Sara at 413-824-1840 or email nutwoodfarmers@gmail.com.

    Link to facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009240282515571/

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  87. January 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Empty Arms Bereavement Support is pleased to announce that we will begin to host Infertility Support Groups on Wednesday, February 1. Infertility Support Group will support those who are struggling with conception, whether or not they have a history of loss. We would appreciate it if you could pass the word along to any families who might benefit.
    The link to this group’s information is here:

    https://emptyarms.squarespace.com/infertility-support-group

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  88. Edward Kaler said,

    November 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Homeschool- Weather and Climate

    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Instructor: Arcadia Staff
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 10 years)
    Members: $145.00
    Nonmembers: $175.00

    Do you have a homeschooler who loves science and is 5 to 10 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our exciting, engaging, and hands-on nature programs.

    Join us for a course on beginning meteorology and climatology. Students will discover the difference between weather and climate, learn about and use tools real scientists use to predict the weather, keep a weather journal, and explore extreme weather events. They will also investigate the science and data behind climate change and find solutions with age appropriate activities.

    Class dates and times:
    • Wed, Jan 04, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 11, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 25, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Feb 01, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Feb 08, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Instructions and Directions:
    All indoor spaces will be nut-free. This is designed as a drop-off program, however, parents may choose to stay.

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

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  89. November 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market
    Amherst Regional Middle School
    170 Chestnut St.
    Dec 3- April 1st (no market 12/24)
    10 am – 2pm
    http://www.amherstwintermarket.com

    Support local farmers and producers at this lively market every Saturday. Enjoy local musicians, children activities, workshops and more.

    To vend, offer programming, or book a gig contact manager@amherstwintermarket.com

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