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  1. May 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Kids Nature Scavenger Hunt. 6/2/16 from 3:15-5:15pm. Ages 4 and up. Meekins Library, Williamsburg, MA. Free. Get your scavenger hunt sheet inside, go outside on the library grounds to collect items on the sheet and then come back inside to make a nature craft. Contact Susan Cornell at for more info.


  2. Caroline H said,

    May 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    FREE! Open House – Experience the Joy of Mindful Presence
    Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Community Event

    Please join us for this free open house event and learn about ancient yoga, harmonious breathing techniques, Vajra Dance, Khaita Joyful Dances, and methods for calming the mind, including the Four
    Foundations of Mindfulness.

    Contact or 413-369-4928 for questions or to register

    Shang Shung Institute of America
    18 Schoolhouse Road
    Conway, MA 01341


  3. May 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Farm Camp for Children AND Their Grandparents

    Summer camp for grandparents? That is exactly what The Hartsbrook School is offering for the first time this summer.

    Grandparent-Grandchild Farm Camp, affectionately called “Old Goats and Kids,” runs for three days, July 25-27 from 8:45 am to 2 pm at The Hartsbrook School. The program is suitable for children ages 5-12 and grandparents of all ages.

    Animal activities will include Hartsbrook Farm Camp favorites, such as, feeding goats, grooming donkeys and collecting eggs. Bread-baking in a Cob oven and wool-felting will be introduced. After lunch the younger group will have time for more energetic activities, while the grandparents can craft together. This camp experience is meant to nurture connections to the land, and between generations.

    Nicki Robb also directs The Land Stewardship Program for grades 1 through 12 at The Hartsbrook School.

    Questions? Call the school at 413-586-1908 x116.


  4. richvaden said,

    May 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show!

    Funny for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month.

    Our next show is coming up!
    Saturday, June 18th
    4-5 pm (doors open at 3:45)
    The Community Room of the Eastworks building (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton)
    Tickets at the door: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $30 Immediate Family Max. **Payments by cash or check only**

    For more info on the show click here:

    Answers to your FAQs:
    IS THIS SHOW FAMILY FRIENDLY? Um, yeah! By its very definition and design. This show is rated G. We think it’s most appropriate for kids 5-12, but everyone is welcome.

    WHAT MAKES A FAMILY? Love makes a family. You don’t need to be related to come to the family show. You don’t even need to be a kid!

    WHAT IS THE FAMILY MAX TICKET THING? It’s our immediate family discount. So you pay only $30 max for an immediate family circle. But our tickets are super reasonable anyway: Kids are only $5. Their adults are $10.

    Any more questions? Email or post them below!


  5. May 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Broadway Cabaret Series

    Saturday June 11th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Join us for the Broadway Cabaret series at the Spectrum Playhouse, featuring Berkshire County’s Most talented Musical Theatre performers! Featuring Joe Sicotte and Rachel Fedderly. Snacks and refreshments available.

    Admission: $10

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  6. Pamela Smith, Northampton/Hadley CFCE said,

    May 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Come to the Northampton Parents Center for a FREE 4-session parenting/family workshop on:

    June 8, 15, 22, 29 — from 9:30 am – 11:00 am!
    Free childcare during the workshop!

    Presented by Sarah Patton, LICSW, HHC


    — Would you like your child/ren to feel competent and confident in themselves and with others?

    — Are you looking for strategies to help your child/ren learn how to manage their emotions to follow directions and communicate more effectively?

    — Do you want some new ideas to deal with challenging behavior?

    To register or for questions, please call 413-587-1471 or email

    Sponsored by the Northampton/Hadley CFCE.


  7. May 24, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Outdoor Play with Tinkergarten! Please join us for a FREE Tinkergarten ( outdoor play class for the whole family. Tinkergarten aims to bring back the most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker and explore outside.

    The curriculum is designed to help kids problem-solve, lead, and create. Think about it as engaging, memorable, play-based learning, all outdoors.

    July 28, 2016 at Nonotuck Park, 1 Daley Field Road, Easthampton, MA
    10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. for ages 18 months to 5 years.

    Register by e-mailing Laura at


  8. Jrs Entertainment said,

    May 23, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    The Hilltown Hoedown is a celebration of Small Town Living that’s fun for the whole family!

    Sunday June 12, 2016 10am-8pm

    **Truck Stop Troubadours performing Sunday June 12th from 5 – 8 pm

    Where: The Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Rd, Cummington, MA

    What: An action-packed two days of fun including:
    • Crafters
    • Amusement Rides
    • Games for All Ages (including the first ever Western MA Cornhole Tournament)
    • Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo
    • Live Country Music throughout the weekend
    • Truck Parade
    • Tractor Pull
    • Good old fashioned Burn Outs!
    • Food and a lot more.

    Admission: $8.00 Adults $4.00 Children 12 and under.
    ***Save the Kids Admission Price: Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Hilltown Food Pantry and 1 Child 12 and under is FREE!***

    The Hilltown Hoedown also supports the Hillside Agricultural scholarship fund.

    #Hilltowns #Festival #CummingtonFairgrounds #CountryMusic #Entertainment #MAEvents #Hoedown


  9. Jrs Entertainment said,

    May 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Title: 3rd Annual “Celebration of Heroes” hosted by Smith & Wesson.

    Date: 5/30/2016 (Monday)
    Address: 2100 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield,
    Location: Springfield, MA
    Hours: 11:00 – 3:00pm
    Cost/Cover: Free
    Web Page:

    Details: Celebrate our military and veterans this Memorial Day, May 30th at the 3rd Annual “Celebration of Heroes” hosted by Smith & Wesson.

    This is a FREE family fun day: with kids activities including a giant obstacle course and a huge slide. And we are super excited that the kids can enjoy for FREE a magic show and balloon animals by Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments.

    Plus, music all day on the Adam Quennville Roofing & Siding stage including PushBoxx, Maxxtone, and Truck Stop Troubadours perform from 2-3 pm !

    The only items being charged for are food and beverages (adult too) and 15% of all sales go to the charities. We hope you can join us for “Celebration of Heroes” which will take place on Monday, May 30th from 11:00am – 3:00pm on the grounds of Smith and Wesson, 2100 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield.

    Contact Info: Please contact Heather at with any questions you may have.


  10. amherstlive said,

    May 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm


    The event advertised above (#3) as

    Highbrow at the Drive-In
    7pm, June 9
    Northfield Drive-In

    will be taking place on JULY 7 — NOT JUNE 9TH.

    Many thanks for updating your listings!

    —Amherst Live


  11. May 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Summer Self Care Salon for Women
    Lenore Anderson & Lynne Paterson

    Sunday, June 5
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Register: $97/women or $174/two women

    Prakasa Yoga & Wellness Studio
    152 Ball Road Goshen, Ma.

    Join holistic health practitioners, Lenore Anderson (Natural Vitality) and Lynne Ann Paterson (Younger As you Age Holistic Health Coach) for a one day guided retreat designed to give women a day off to relax, rejuvenate and pamper themselves!! They’ll offer gentle yoga, qigong and breathing practices to keep you cool and refresh your energy; a wild edible plant walk to increase your nutritional profile, an herbal mud mask, Rejuv skin cream and non-toxic sunscreen; time to connect with nature and self. Organic summer luncheon included. Register by June 1, 2016.


  12. Adam Cohen said,

    May 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Raising Spiritually Intelligent Children
    Dr. Chris Willard

    Sunday, June 5, 10am – 3pm
    Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + voluntary teacher donation

    Eastworks, 2nd Floor
    116 Pleasant Street
    Suite 242
    Easthampton, MA 01027-2755

    Join author, psychologist, and teacher Christopher Willard for an active day integrating Buddhist and contemplative values into the work of parenting and caregiving. In this interactive workshop, we will continue our exploration of the paramis or “Buddhist family values”. We will discuss ways to cultivate in ourselves and our families virtues like Effort, Patience, Determination, Truthfulness, Loving Kindness, and Equanimity. While exploring these values, we will also examine the positive psychology principles that explain how such virtues lead to emotional, physical, spiritual, and creative flourishing in children and adults alike. This retreat is appropriate for parents, caregivers, educators, therapists, social workers, and all who work with and care about the next generation. Please pre-register at

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  13. Amherst Live said,

    May 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Highbrow at the Drive-In
    7pm, June 9
    Northfield Drive-In

    ONE incredible venue
    TWO fine reminders of what great cinema looks like
    SEVERAL uproarious poets
    PLENTY of Prosecco*


    BADLANDS (1973)
    98% critic score the Tomatometer
    • “Among the great American crime movies, 1973’s Badlands stands alone.” —San Francisco Chronicle

    90% audience score on the Tomatometer
    • “A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos.” —New York Observer


    As we wait for dusk to fall, we will be regaled by some — but not too many — poets, who will show us what happens when you take cinema itself as your muse.


    Cinephiles will be gathering at 6:30p on the night in question at the Amherst Middle School parking lot for car-pooling and random high-fiving. Caravan departs at 6:45p, led by the Amherst Live poetry limo.
    Rain or shine


    General Admission
    $13 in advance. $15 at the gate, pending availability.

    Poetry & Prosecco Package
    $50 in advance only. The PPP entitles you to a debauched limo ride to and from the event in the company of our poets, together with certain quantities of Prosecco. Limo departs from the middle school parking lot at 6:45p sharp. Limited tickets available.

    • Lawn chairs (so you can sit close — there will be subtitles)
    • Bug repellent
    • Refreshments of your choosing (Pairing tip: Prosecco + house fries)
    • Sweatshirt and/or lap blanket
    • Ticket stubs
    • That wide-eyed childlike wonder


  14. May 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Home Sweet Home at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead
    Saturday, May 21st 10AM-5PM | CUMMINGTON

    Visit the country home of this great American poet and celebrate The Trustees’ 125th anniversary! Ramble the same fields and trails that inspired Bryant’s poetry and explore his home. Self-guided tours and guided tours offer visitors the opportunity to relive this house’s incredible past through stories and antique objects on display. Go on a scavenger hunt and find some of the house’s historic treasures! Afterwards, enjoy some birthday cake in honor of The Trustees’ 125th year!


  15. Alexis Kumar said,

    May 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Northampton Parents Center Tag Sale and Bake Sale
    Saturday, May 21st from 9am to 1pm

    Please join us for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! We will be on the front lawn of the Unitarian Society on Main Street in Northampton (across the street from Starbuck’s.)

    We donate left over items to Grace House, the Survival Center, and other local non-profits.


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  16. Naomi Pusch said,

    May 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    The Easthampton Farmer’s and Maker’s Market starts this Saturday. On opening day we will have music, Korean fusion food truck, and free seed planting for kids to take home as well as fresh, local produce. Bring the whole out to support your local farmers and makers.
    Saturdays, 10am- 2pm, 50 Payson Ave. Easthampton


  17. May 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    We are putting on another series of playgrounds where you just show up and your kid goes to town with huge cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, string, bales of hay, etc, not to mention each other! We are helping to return old-school, creative nature based play to children.

    Most engaged age range tends to be 3 through 11. For more information on adventure play and details on the full lineup, please see our website.

    Dates are:
    Saturday, May 28th at Community Field in Holyoke, Noon to 4
    Saturday, June 25th at Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park, 5 to 9 pm
    Sunday, July 17 at Pulaski Park in Holyoke, Noon to 4 pm
    Wednesday, July 27th pre outdoor cinema at Maine’s Field 6 to 8:15 pm
    Saturday, July 30 old Courthouse lawn in Northampton Noon to 4 pm
    Saturday, August 13th, Maine’s Field in Florence, Noon to 4 pm


  18. Elanit Weisbaum said,

    May 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Lander Grinspoon Academy Spring Carnival
    257 Prospect Street, Northampton
    Free Admission
    June 5th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Rain or Shine
    Games, Prizes, music, bounce obstacle course and dunk tank!
    Pie eating contest, face painting, giant size Jenga game and much more!
    Incredible food-Holyoke Hummus Company, Herrells, Chanterelle to Go and Fort Hill Brewery
    LGA bake shop


  19. May 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Little Sprouts
    Tuesdays, April 12 to Tuesday, June 28, 9:30-11AM
    Monument Mountain, Route 7, Great Barrington
    Get dirty with the Trustees at this new garden playgroup. Children under 5 will learn all about the seasons through this intimate garden playgroup that will last the entire season. Children and their caregivers will learn all about the different veggies that can be grown in our area and the skills to start their own small garden at home. Babes in arms welcome. Trustees Member: $5; Nonmember: $10. Registration recommended. For information call the Trustees at 413.298.3239 x 3013 or email


  20. May 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Families First Series: Bowey the Clown

    Bowey The Clown is an award winning Family entertainer that has been delighting audiences for years with his comical blend of magic, ventriloquism and awesome balloon art. Bowey started to perform when he was nine years old. He is a trained actor and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed with Rafi and Pete Seeger and has performed at thousands of birthday parties. Bowey is truly the clown the kids always want to see again!

    All First Saturday events start at 11 a.m. with a music or theater performance for young audiences. Families are then invited to stay for a healthy lunch at the Starving Artist Cafe at 40 Main Street.

    Saturday June 4th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Admission: FREE/$5 suggested donation

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  21. May 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Nature Scavenger Hunt. May 24 from 3:15-4:30. Ages 5 and up. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St. Williamsburg, MA. Free event. Children will hunt outside on the library grounds for items on their nature scavenger hunt list and then come inside to make a craft using their items. Additional ” nature” items will be available.


  22. May 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Pioneer Valley Premiere:

    The Burden ~ Fossil Fuel, the Military and National Security

    You are invited to view this award-winning documentary film directed by filmmaker and Hartsbrook parent, Roger Sorkin.

    Location: The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley
    Time: TONIGHT! Tuesday May 10th, 7:30pm
    Free and Open to the Public

    After the screening there will be a Q&A session with Roger Sorkin, joined by veterans working in clean energy.

    For more info:


  23. Blake Doherty said,

    May 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Event title: Shakespeare & Company’s 2016 Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare presents Twelfth Night

    Date(s): Saturday, May 14th

    Time: 3:00 PM

    Age range, intergenerational or community event (or parent support): All

    Contact information (name, phone, email, web): Blake Doherty,; 413-542-2979

    Location of Event: Amherst College, Powerhouse

    Cost: Free!


    Description: Fresh and fast-paced, Shakespeare’s rebellious comedy catapults audiences into a world of illusion, debauchery and mayhem. Audiences are transported to the mythical land of Illyria—alongside the recently shipwrecked and lovelorn Viola. This 90-minute frolic unravels a madcap mix-up of characters and offers a reunion of epic proportions. Performance will be followed by a 45-minute, hands-on workshop that gives audience members the opportunity to be directors. This event is free and open to the public! No tickets, but event will be limited to first 125 attendees.

    This event is part of the First Folio series taking place at Amherst College and around the community:


  24. May 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Saturday Night Liv

    Premiering June 3rd with a second show on June 4th,
    7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Hosted by Liv Cummins. A sketch comedy/variety show. Remember those great variety shows of the late 1960s and early 70s? Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, the original Saturday Night Live? They combined comedy, music, and novelty acts of all kinds: impressionists, jugglers, acrobats, plate spinners, and many other acts, some absolutely indescribable! TV may have forgotten the variety show, but the rebirth of the genre is about to happen, right in front of you! SATURDAY NIGHT LIV, hosted by Liv Cummins, is a live variety show where almost anything can happen — great singers and songwriters, sketch comedy, musical theater moments — in short, variety! After all, it’s the spice of life.

    Cost: $10 students & seniors / $20 general

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  25. Emily Langer said,

    May 9, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Sweet Spoken 2nd Annual Spring Tweed Ride

    May 14, 2016

    2-5 pm

    Northampton, MA

    Kids ride *free*!

    Register at:

    Join Sweet Spoken for our second annual Spring Tweed Ride on Saturday, May 14th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week with your family and friends, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A fun, casual, social ride, participants will come dressed in traditional tweed, seersucker or similar attire, and are encouraged to bring along their vintage bicycles, though any bicycle is welcomed! Kids ride free, so bring the whole family!

    We will meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:00 PM, and will set off on a leisurely paced, family-friendly ride along Northampton’s bicycle trail network, ending at Look Park. There, Sweet Spoken will serve light refreshments, similar to an afternoon tea.

    We have set up the ride to benefit our local non-profit, Friends of Northampton Trails & Greenways (FNTG). FNTG has done a tremendous amount over the years to support the improvement of our trail system for the residents and visitors of the Pioneer Valley, and this is our modest way to offer something back to them. Riders will be able to choose from our registration options, which offer a range of donation levels to FNTG, all of which include a complementary one-year membership.


  26. Kara Demler said,

    May 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Pechakucha Night # 14

    May 26th, 7:00 pm

    Join us for a special edition of PechaKucha Night! Kick back in the theater with light refreshments and a cash bar, and enjoy a series of lightning-fast presentations! PechaKucha is a worldwide networking phenomenon featuring a series of presentations, each consisting of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds, totaling 6 minutes, 40 seconds of talking time. PechaKucha brings creative minds together for a night of inspiration, networking, and fun!

    Cost: Free/ $5 suggested donation

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  27. Luna the Librarian said,

    May 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Saturday, May 28th: FACE PAINTING DAY! 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM.

    Come get your face painted at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley! We will have volunteer face painters available to make you into a tiger or a clown, or just draw a rainbow on your hand. You may also use our supplies and decorate your friends face or arm! Informal, free and hopefully outside (weather permitting)!
    The Goodwin Library is located at the corner or Rt. 9 and Rt. 47. For questions call 413-584-7451


  28. Luna the Librarian said,

    May 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Wednesday, May 18th: FAIRY HOUSES! 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM.
    Come to the Goodwin Library in Hadley and make a magical fairy house out of things from nature. We will supply little wooden “fairies” for you to decorate, as well as moss, bark, rocks, sticks and other treasures collected in the woods. Everyone can take home their own fairy house built on a wooden base. Perfect for ages 4-12. Free! for information call Luna at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley, located at the corner of Rt. 9 and Middle St (also called Rt. 47) 413-584-7451


  29. Westhampton Public Library said,

    May 6, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Maker Club: Hidden Objects, May 14 @ 10:30
    Westhampton Public Library
    1 North Road, Westhampton MA

    May’s theme is “hidden objects.” We’re going to be making objects that are not what they look like or have secrets hidden in them.

    Please bring in small to medium objects that you wouldn’t mind cutting up or destroying, such as books, clean containers, small electronics, picture frames, etc. Basically anything from the size of a AA battery up to the size of a large chicken.
    Suggested ages 10+ but open to all.


  30. Ed Kaler said,

    May 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Sat, May 14, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    Turtles are amazing reptiles. Massachusetts is home to close to a dozen species of freshwater or terrestrial turtles. Sadly, most species are state-listed as endangered or threatened. Come learn amazing turtle facts, make a turtle craft, meet a live turtle, and visit the pond searching for wild turtles.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

    Turtle Day and Earth Tunes Concert
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries

    Sat, May 21, 2016, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 793 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036

    All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)

    Members & Nonmembers:

    Join us once again at Laughing Brook to learn about and celebrate turtles. We’ll begin the morning with a live turtle talk at 10:15, followed by a special presentations of “Earthtunes” at 11:00 a.m. This family focused musical duo will involve children through puppets and recycled instruments and sing about turtles as well as the earth. This is a must see! This presentation will be followed by a nature walk into the forests of Laughing Brook.
    This program has been partially funded by the Hampden Cultural Council.

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

    A World of Slime: Slugs and Snails of Massachusetts
    Sat, May 21, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: All (suitable for children 4 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    Slugs and snails are the most common form of mollusk, yet most people do not know that much about them. Come learn how to tell slugs from snails, how and why they produce slime, what they eat, and their life cycle.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, May 21, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child free
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free
    Join us for the perfect introduction to nature. This one-hour hike will enable your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. This is an opportunity to explore the changing nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month.
    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress for the weather, we will be outdoors the whole time.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
    40 Years of Wonder
    Sun, May 22, 2016 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members & Nonmembers: FREE
    Come celebrate Arcadia’s tradition of innovative environmental education that began with the founding of the Nature Preschool 40 years ago.
    Activities for adults & children of all ages, including:
    • Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi;
    • Seed starting for preschoolers, Camp nature games, and bird watching stations;
    • Gathering with past teachers and graduates of the Nature Preschool;
    • Recognition ceremony with Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton;
    • Touring the Preschool classroom;
    • Birthday cake and refreshments.
    This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance if possible.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


  31. May 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm


    Friday, May 13, 2016
    12:00.-2:00 p.m.
    Meet in parking lot at Hitchcock Center, Rt. 116, 525 S. Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

    Great for families!

    Come one; Come all…to Earthwork Programs’ Homeschool Open House!

    Firemaking, animal tracking, foraging for wild edibles, shelter building, knife carving…just a few favorite wilderness skills!

    This Open House is for families to learn about Earthwork Programs and its community, where wilderness skills are learned and practiced all the time.

    Be at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst by 12:00 p.m. to be escorted to the “camp” in the woods (wear appropriate footwear and clothing!).

    Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions.


  32. May 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Visit the CYCLEPOTTERY studio on FLORENCE NIGHT OUT, this Friday, May 6th from 3-8pm!

    Florence Businesses will be buzzing with musicians, artists, and great energy all Free to the public!


    3-6 pm Try your Hands at Wheel Throwing with Kathryn Kothe, Owner of CyclePottery and teacher of Summer Camps and most classes.

    3-5 pm Barbara Sheehy from Barcelona: BURNISHING TECHNIQUE

    5-6 pm **FEATURED POTTER: ANDY QUIENT: wheel throwing

    6-8 pm Amalia Fourhawkes: GLASS GLAZING COILED POTS

    6 pm Lighting of the PIT FIRE and gas Grill featuring “the Wedgie” to grill with real wood flavor.

    5-6 pm Bike Maintenance Clinic with SPEED & SPROCKET CYCLE WORKS:

    **** ALSO Find out about Classes for all ages, Summer Camps, Opportunities for Ceramic Artists to work at CyclePottery. Visit the CyclePottery Facebook Page


  33. May 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Outdoor Parent and Child Program at The Hartsbrook School. Tuesdays 9-11 am. For children up to age 4, their parents/caregivers. Younger siblings are welcome too. Take a walk, splash in puddles, make a craft, share a hot meal. We have our own play yard and also explore the grounds of our beautiful campus. If you are interested in learning more about Hartsbrook, this is a wonderful time to get a taste of our early childhood program. Pay as you go, $30 per class. Please call to register before coming to your first class. Classes will continue through the end of May. For information or to register, please call 413-586-1908 x116.


  34. May 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Juried Student Art Show

    A collection of exceptional artwork in various mediums created by some of the most gifted art students in Berkshire County and the students at CIP. The show’s opening reception will be Thursday, May 19th. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

    Admission: FREE

    Good Purpose Gallery
    40 Main Street
    Lee, MA 01238


  35. May 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Mother’s Day Tea at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington!
    Sunday, May 8th 1-3pm

    A great gift for Mom or a lovely way to spend time with family & friends! Come relive the elegance of the past at this charming 19th century historic home. Enjoy tea, pastries, scones & sandwiches served on fine china while taking in the scenic hilltown views. Hear some of Bryant’s poems and enjoy a tour of the house.

    Members of The Trustees: $24; Group Rate (3 or more): $60
    Nonmembers: $30; Group Rate (3 or more): $75

    Please pre-register. For more info or RSVP call (413) 628-4485 ext. 3 or email


  36. April 30, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Broadway Cabaret Series

    Johnny Segalla – Native to the Berkshires, Segalla has acted with Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Co., and the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab at the Mahaiwe Theater. He is a Graduate of Russell Sage College and also a BCC Alum. Memorable Roles include: Chip Tolentino (RSC’s 25th…Spelling Bee), Bobby Strong (BCC’s Urinetown), Tin Man (BTF’s Wizard of Oz). Recent: Jack (The Magic Tree House Soar with Reading National Tour, Sponsored by Jet Blue), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice at the Lavender Door / Riggs Theater, and three-year run as an actor/teaching artist (specializing in Autism mentorship) with the Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater. TV: Segalla is starring as Hal in the web pilot “Ad Men” currently available online and on youtube

    Saturday, May 14th – Beginning at 7:00 pm

    Admission: $10

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  37. Emily Langer said,

    April 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Sweet Spoken 2nd Annual Spring Tweed Ride

    May 14, 2016

    2-5 pm

    Northampton, MA

    Kids ride *free*!

    Register at:

    Join Sweet Spoken for our second annual Spring Tweed Ride on Saturday, May 14th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week with your family and friends, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A fun, casual, social ride, participants will come dressed in traditional tweed, seersucker or similar attire, and are encouraged to bring along their vintage bicycles, though any bicycle is welcomed! Kids ride free, so bring the whole family!

    We will meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:00 PM, and will set off on a leisurely paced, family-friendly ride along Northampton’s bicycle trail network, ending at Look Park. There, Sweet Spoken will serve light refreshments, similar to an afternoon tea. New this year, we’ve added the option to purchase a delicious boxed picnic lunch from local farm-to-table caterer, Chanterelle-to-Go, if you need some more substantial sustenance after the ride!

    We have set up the ride to benefit our local non-profit, Friends of Northampton Trails & Greenways (FNTG). FNTG has done a tremendous amount over the years to support the improvement of our trail system for the residents and visitors of the Pioneer Valley, and this is our modest way to offer something back to them. Riders will be able to choose from our registration options, which offer a range of donation levels to FNTG, all of which include a complementary one-year membership.


  38. Susan Ashman said,

    April 28, 2016 at 8:10 am

    The Montessori School of Northampton is hosting a family-friendly party after the Northampton Pride Parade on May 7th. All are welcome!

    Free snacks!
    Free playground!
    Free games!
    Free crafts!
    Free bathrooms!
    Free fenced-in yard!
    Free FUN!

    MSN is located at 51 Bates St in Northampton – the neighborhood just across the street from the Northampton Fairgrounds. Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly, low-key celebration of Pride in our community.

    May 7th
    51 Bates St Northampton MA


  39. April 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Apple Blossom Fest and New England Trail – Trail Hopper Cider Release Party

    Sunday, May 1
    noon – 4 pm

    All ages

    Pine Hill Orchard, Colrain, MA

    Apples inspired snacks and hard cider can be purchased at the event
    Come enjoy a day of apple inspired fun including wagon rides through the orchard and apple snacks and libations. Also learn more about the New England National Scenic Trail.

    More information can be found at:


  40. April 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

    WAM Theater Presents: Miss Labeled at The Spectrum Playhouse.

    May 11th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Six young women ages 14-20 have been meeting on Saturday afternoons since September to create a new piece of devised theatre under the leadership of WAM teaching artists Amy Brentano and Barby Cardillo. A successful performance at Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre in December led to a spring tour of local schools and is now concluding with this second public performance. Current participants are from Lenox, Lee, Dalton, North Adams, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Girls Ensemble performance runs about an hour and is suitable for ages 10 and up

    Admission: FREE

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  41. April 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Seeking Volunteer Host Homes by 5/10/16 to welcome a Spanish exchange student into your home for one month this summer. Homes may have children of any age, or a couple without children. Much more information at or email Michelle or Pat at Best for families within 1 hour of Northampton or Greenfield.


  42. Robert Aubin said,

    April 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, 63 Center Street in Adams (The Elks Lodge Building), will be putting on a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday May 8 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

    The cost is $7 for Adults/Seniors, $6 for children under 12, and Free for Children 5 and under.

    Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more.


  43. Naomi Zeitz said,

    April 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Free Public Talk in Northampton
    Beyond Hope and Fear, the Application of Presence
    Steven Landsberg, senior student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
    Saturday, May 14, 7pm-8:30pm
    16 Center Street, Suite 527, Northampton 01060

    This talk is aimed at a secular approach to spirituality without any religious or ritualistic overtones focusing on the causes of our tensions, how emotions develop, how we can work with these issues and find release through meditative processes which train in focused attention and relaxed presence. The evening will have both a descriptive lecture and a practical meditation period in order to develop a precise applied understanding of what the application of presence means.


  44. April 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Mother’s Day Craft May 5, 2016 from 3:15-4:30 at the Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA. For ages 2 and up. Free. Contact Susan Cornell at or call 413-268-7472.


  45. April 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Families, adults, teens: Join Earthwork Programs and a community of beginners and experienced alike for the Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway Workshops!

    Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, in Conway, MA.

    Pre-registration is required (

    A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops–attend all, some or just 1!

    Sat, 9:00-12:00, Seeing through the Eyes of Animals (Tracking)
    Sat, 1:00-4:00, Wild Edibles
    Sat, 6:00-9:00, Storytelling & Night Navigation
    Sun, 9:00-12:00, The Art of Fire
    Sun, 1:00-4:00, Intro to Wilderness Survival

    All Workshops except Wild Edibles: $45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
    Wild Edibles: $50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid
    Add $10/person if pay day of
    Receive 10% discount for attending all 5 Workshops (prepaid)!


    Opportunity to stay overnight on the land (Sat. night)!
    * Bring own tent & supplies–$5/person
    * SOLD OUT Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$8/person

    both options have full use of the kitchen, showers & toilets


  46. April 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Spring Dance Party with Berkshire Bateria!

    Join us for a festive evening of music, dance, food and drink at the Spring Dance Party with the Berkshire Bateria! Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets on sale at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee or by calling the Spectrum Box Office at 413 394-5023

    Saturday May 7th, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

    Admission: $10 advance tickets/ $12 at the door

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  47. April 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Free MUSIC TOGETHER classes

    Fridays at 1:30-2:30 from April 29 to May 27

    Community Room
    Sixteen Acres Branch Library
    1187 Parker Street
    Springfield, MA 01129

    Join us for this fun, experiential music program for children 6 and under and their parents or caregivers. Professional music teachers will guide you and your child through five weekly educational classes designed specifically for young children. Registration is required and families must commit to the complete session.

    To register, please contact Home.City.Families at 413-886-5158 or


  48. Andrea Caluori-Rivera said,

    April 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Women’s Yoga & Hike at Hilltown Land Trust on Sunday 4/17! Support land conservation in the hilltowns by participating in a gentle yoga class at 10am followed by a walk in the woods at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, MA. HLT members $10; Nonmembers $15. RSVP required. Email or call (413) 628-4485 x.3.


  49. April 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Families First Series: Nutshell Playhouse Presents “Pirates!

    Saturday, May 7th
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Written and Directed by Don Jordan, Pirates! is swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features puppets, music, masks, mimes and more. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation. Appropriate for all ages.

    Admission: FREE/$5 suggested donation

    Location: The Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238


  50. Bill Butcher said,

    April 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    What – Free Kids Art Activity
    Where – Whole Foods Market in Hadley
    When – Wed. 4/20, 12-2p
    What – Celebrate Earth Week with a fun, free Kids Art Activity with the Eric Carle Museum at Whole Foods Market Hadley from 12-2p in our cooking classroom near the wine department making Garden Vegetable Collages. No sign up needed, just drop in!


  51. Bill Butcher said,

    April 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

    What – Textile Recycling Drive with Epilepsy Foundation of New England
    Where – Whole Foods Market in Hadley
    When – Tues. 4/19
    What – Celebrate Earth Week with our friends from the Epilepsy Foundation of New England who will be in our parking lot collecting all types of Clothes, Outerwear, Accessories, Uniforms, Costumes, Fabric, Linens, Towels, Drapes/Curtains, Tablecloths, Comforters, Shoes, Pocketbooks and Accessories. Any condition accepted!


  52. Amherst Family Center said,

    February 1, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Grandparent Support Group – Tuesdays

    11:00am-12:15pm at the Amherst Family Center, 1200 North Pleasant Street

    The group creates a safe place where grandparents of diverse backgrounds and parenting styles can come together to create community and break isolation. Participants can talk about their experiences as parents and grandparents and explore issues relevant to parenting grandchildren or interacting with their own children about parenting their grandchildren. A free group with snacks and childcare provided up to age 4. Does not meet when public schools are closed or delayed.

    For more information, call 413/256/1145 or email


  53. Leslie Matilainen said,

    January 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    TNSA Healing Expo May 14th 11 to 5 @ The National Spiritual Alliance on Lake Pleasant. #2 Montague Ave Montague. Admission is free. Aura photography, raffles, holistic modalities & more! Vendors & healers may apply @


  54. Lois said,

    December 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck! Fridays, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, & June 3, at 5:15-6:30 p.m. at Beit Ahavah ~ the Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, 130 Pine Street, Florence.

    A monthly musical hour for families with kids ages 0-6 welcoming the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, led by Marlene Rachelle. All are welcome!

    Tot Shabbat is free. Then stay for the lively and friendly potluck which is vegetarian or dairy (no nuts). We welcome interfaith families, LGBT families, siblings, grandparents and friends. More info and flier at Shabbat shalom!


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