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  1. Heather Jacques said,

    October 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    42nd Hobby Horse Bazaar
    Date: Saturday, December 2, 2016
    Time: 9am-3pm
    Place: Hawlemont Elementary
    10 School St
    Charlemont MA 01339
    This Event is run by the Hawlemont PTO and benefits our students’ educational activities and enrichment programs.
    Shopping, Crafts, Food, Music, Kids’ Activities and Much More!

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  2. JFS said,

    October 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Jewish Family Jam
    October 25, 2017
    10:30-11:15 AM
    Free
    Lander Grinspoon Academy Library, 257 Prospect St Northampton. Join Felicia Sloin to explore Jewish holidays, language, culture and values all through music, movement and drumming. Especially for ages 0-3 and their grownups. All are welcome!
    More info: http://jfswm.org/jewish-family-jam

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  3. Martha Cohen said,

    October 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The Magician’s Assistant
    A family friendly one-person romp that will delight and surprise audiences of all ages!

    Saturday October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am

    Belding Memorial Library
    344 Main St Ashfield MA

    Written and performed by Melissa Smith, a performance artist studying at Double Edge Theater from NYC who has trained with clowns from Cirque de Soleil and Ringling Bros Circus.

    Free Performance sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library

    More info: 413-628-4414 beldingmemoriallibrary.org

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  4. October 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    A Day with Superman and Superwoman Vision
    Westhampton Public Library
    November 14, 6:30pm

    This workshop introduces children to light. Light is made up of visible and invisible “colors”. “Prism glasses” will be used to separate light into the visible rainbow of colors. While these are not visible to our eyes, we can use a digital camera to “see” these “colors” and give ourselves super vision. Our super vision will be used to see hidden messages and detect dangerous ultraviolet light.

    Please call, email, or visit the library to register!

    Presented by: Mount Holyoke College in collaboration with the Dreyfus Foundation & the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

    The library also has new chemistry kits to check out thanks to the above program. Visit our website to learn all about them!

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  5. October 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    All4Her Fall Consignment Sale!
    Friday 10/20 7-9pm
    Saturday 10/21 8am-2pm (1/2 price sale 1-2pm)
    Gently used women’s and teen’s fall clothing and accessories. over 45 consignors are contributing to this semi annual event. Outerwear, professional, formal, casual, business, sporting, belts, scarves, handbags, jewelry, footwear, and household items for sale. Come and see! Free entry. stphilipseasthampton.org and see the Events tab for more info!
    St Philip’s Episcopal Church
    128 Main St
    Easthampton, MA 01027

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  6. Amy Meltzer said,

    October 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Shabbat Shabloom!
    October 21, 2017
    10:30 AM
    Free
    Congregation Bnai Israel, 253 Prospect St Northampton Join Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer to celebrate the end of the week with joyful music, movement and stories, followed by a mini-kiddush of challah and grape juice. Especially for ages 0-5 and their grownups. All are welcome!
    Info: 413-584-3593 amy@abundancefarm.org

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  7. October 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    “Identify it Day”
    Sunday November 5, 2017 (1-4PM) FREE
    Is there a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers, and insects to the Museum. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Beneski’s greater collections. Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display. Items identified in previous years have included a dinosaur footprint, the hip of a very large pig, an amazing man-made slag crystal and an ancient arrowhead from the Connecticut River Valley.

    Peter Crowley, geology professor notes,

    “The history of the Earth is long and interesting, so there is a good story behind everything that you find. If you tell us the story about how and where you found it, we can complete the story and tell you what it is and how it formed. It is fun and exciting because you never know what people are going to bring in”

    OUR LOCATION….
    Beneski Museum of Natural History @ Amherst College
    11 Barrett Hill Drive
    Amherst, MA 01002
    http://www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory

    Question: Fred Venne (413)542-5054

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  8. Kat Pangborn said,

    October 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

    FREE event with FREE childcare! Coming up Monday October 16th. A chance for parents to relax and nourish themselves body, mind and spirit. Stacey Macowiak of Sunflower Yoga Studio is a longtime MotherWoman group facilitator in addition to teaching Yoga and mindfulness.

    6pm-7:15pm
    Monday October 16th
    2 Main Street, Cummington, MA

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  9. October 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Estate Sale – Great Office + Home Furniture + some of my collection of vintage and antiques – Hatfield, MA

    My nutrition theater co and I are downsizing and have real wood desks, shelves, several sizes of file cabinets, and chairs for offices. Also, basic apartment furniture like beds, dressers, night stands, bureaus. Plus – beautiful collection of vintage and antique furniture and furnishings from travels to New Mexico, Mexico, Brazil, as well as from Africa and New England antique fairs.
    Plus touring road cases, sound systems, tool boxes, and calzones. And if you want mannequins or great baseball hats, come on over! We’re a theater company that has lots of things to sell! Let us know what you are looking for, and we’ll show you what we have!

    Date: Saturday, Oct. 14th from 10 am to 4 pm
    and Sunday, Oct 15th from 12 pm to 4 pm.
    Address: 1 Sunset Ave, Hatfield, MA 01038 (Only 1 mile from Rte 91, exit 21).
    Check out pictures and craigs ad here:
    https://westernmass.craigslist.org/gms/d/office-apt-furniture-plus/6339903716.html

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  10. Ruth E Calaycay said,

    October 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight!.
    Trio of ghost stories in a theatrical story-telling event,
    Sat. 10/14 at Peru Community Center, 3 East Main Rd./ Rte. 143, at 6:30 p.m. Free! Ages 10 and up. Funded by Hinsdale-Peru Cultural Council, sponsored by Peru Library. Contact: perulibrary@gmail.com

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  11. October 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Drag Queen Story Hour & Sparkle Party
    Saturday, October 28th at 11 am
    For children of all ages and their families
    Contact: Sarah Johnson, sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org, 413-587-1010
    Free!

    Forbes Library
    20 West Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

    All children are invited to wear their sparkly, shimmery, glittery best and
    join local author and former Northampton poet laureate Lesléa Newman
    along with local drag queen entertainer Jenayah De Rosario for Drag Queen Story Hour!

    They will read picture books that celebrate everyone’s right to sparkle and shine including Lesléa Newman’s latest picture book, Sparkle Boy.
    After the reading, there will be a sparkly art activity, face painting, and book signing.

    Drag Queen Story Hour was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR
    Productions in San Francisco, and now takes place in communities all over the world.

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  12. October 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Local Author Series Kickoff with Mike Curato!
    Saturday, October 7th at 11 am
    For children ages 4-12 and their families
    Contact: Sarah Johnson, sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org, 413-587-1010
    Free!

    Forbes Library
    20 West Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

    We’re thrilled to kick off Forbes Library’s new Local Author Series with the award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Mike Curato!

    Join us for a book reading, a live interactive drawing demonstration, a brief slideshow explaining Mike’s process and back story, and Q&A. Mike’s books, including his new releases Little Elliot, Fall Friends and All the Way to Havana, will be available for purchase and he will sign and personalize books after the program. The event is recommended for children ages 4 to 12.

    The Children’s and YA Author Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library.

    About the Author
    Mike is the critically acclaimed author of the Little Elliot series. He also illustrated All the Way to Havana (recipient of four starred reviews) and Worm Loves Worm, and is a contributor to the Eric Carle & Friends book What’s Your Favorite Color? Publishers Weekly named Mike a “Fall 2014 Flying Start” and in the same year he won the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Founder’s Award.

    http://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/3597533

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  13. October 4, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Curriculum for 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders

    This year, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence is offering a high school Our Whole Lives (OWL) program. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) in partnership with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Planned Parenthood. This is a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum that covers anatomy and physiology, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationships, AND SO MUCH MORE! The OWL curriculum frames all of this information in a context that helps adolescents affirm and respect themselves as sexual persons and to respect the sexuality of others. Students will become more comfortable and skilled in negotiating sexuality issues with peers and will learn to develop and articulate their values, attitudes, and feelings about their own and others sexual health.

    The classes will be held 2-3 times per month on select Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 and Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 (OWL will not conflict with other scheduled USNF Youth Group activities).

    Please contact Lawson Wulsin, lwulsin@gmail.com, to find out more.

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  14. needinc said,

    October 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    On Wednesday October 11th there is an open invite to all K-5th grade boys who are interested in participating in Cub Scouts. The meeting will be the New Hingham Elementary School in Chesterfield at 6:30. All boys are welcome from all the surrounding towns.

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  15. Westhampton Public Library said,

    October 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Reading Buddies with a Bright Spot Therapy Dog
    October 24, 3:30pm-4:45pm
    Westhampton Public Library
    413-527-5386
    westhampton@cwmars.org

    Call or email to register for Reading Buddies! The Bright Spot Reading Buddy Program is designed to help readers on all levels. All students benefit from reading aloud to practice their fluency and further strengthen their confidence in reading. The canine reading buddy provides a gentle, non-threatening, comforting listener.

    Register for a 20 minute session with Lily between 3:30-4:45pm. Ages 5+.

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  16. Sarah Marcus said,

    October 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Camp Sampler: This morning workshop is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience a taste of Valley Performance Playground’s vacation and summer camps. We will play theater and improvisation games, explore movement, singing, and rhythm, and have lots of fun!

    PLACE: Northampton Center for the Arts, Downstairs, 33 Hawley St, TIME: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10-11:30am
    AGES: Families with children who will be 5-12-yrs old Summer 2018 COST: $10 per family

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  17. October 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Gorse Children’s Center Fall Festival, Friday, October 13th, 5:30-7:00 PM. Children’s activities, entertainment, music, dance, refreshments. Free and open to the public. 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley, MA 413-533-9819.

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  18. October 2, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Monthly Movie Night Presents:
    Seven Years in Tibet starring Brad Pitt
    at the Tsegyalgar Schoolhouse, 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA

    This event is sponsored by the Shang Shung Institute and IDC at Tsegyalgar East.
    Thursday October 12 at 7:00pm
    FREE to the Public
    Delicious Concession Stand – Donations Welcome.

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  19. Katie Carr said,

    September 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Art Opening: Mushroom Spore Prints by Madge Evers

    October 7th, 4-6 pm
    Bullitt Reservation
    332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield

    Near to the Ashfield Fall Festival!

    Join Hilltown Land Trust for the opening of an exhibit of local artist Madge Evers’ mushroom spore prints at the Bullitt Reservation! Spore printing is the technique of taking the millions of tiny spores that fall from mushroom caps and using them to create a print. Madge’s work originates with her passion for the garden and growing things. Employing a process rooted in farm and garden practices, she cultivates mushrooms which provide her with a renewable source of spore “ink.” When not making spore prints, Madge can be found teaching high school English or somewhere in the garden.

    The artist is generously donating 30% of the sale of any piece in the show to Hilltown Land Trust. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information, visit https://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/art-opening-mushroom-spore-prints-by-madge-evers

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  20. Katie Carr said,

    September 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Mushroom Spore Printing Workshop

    October 7th, 9-11 am
    Bullitt Reservation
    332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield

    Join Hilltown Land Trust for a Mushroom Spore Printing Workshop with local artist Madge Evers. Spore printing is the technique of taking the millions of tiny spores that fall from mushroom caps and using them to create a print. This technique is also helpful in identifying mushrooms, as mushrooms have different color spores.

    In this workshop, participants will have the chance to harvest wild mushrooms and use them to learn the techniques of spore printing by trying their hand at making a print or two. Note that spore prints can take up to 24 hours to fully process, so participants will need to show up later to pick up their prints.

    Preregistration is required for this workshop as space is limited. Please send an email to hltoutreachthetrusteesorg or call 413-628-4485 ext 4 and provide your name, your email address, your phone number, and the above information for any additional attendees.

    $10 / $5 for HLT or The Trustees members

    For more information, visit https://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/mushroom-spore-printing-workshop-with-madge-evers

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  21. September 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Laurel Park Arts presents Chautauqua 2017: A Celebration of Trees

    Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 – 8:30pm
    Saturday October 14, 2017: 10:00am – 5:00pm

    Historic Laurel Park
    2 Laurel Park, Northampton, MA 01060

    Events are all-ages, family-friendly, and FREE to attend. Saturday Lunch is offered for a modest fee; children eat for free.

    LPA’s Chautauqua 2017 opens Friday evening at 7 pm with stories and poems about trees at Laurel Park’s stone Friendship Fireplace. The makings for s’mores will be provided! Laurel Park residents, author Ernie Brill and actress Joanna Rush, will offer tree-themed readings, and all are invited to participate. Sabrina Hamilton, Amherst Ko Festival Artistic Director, will facilitate. If you are interested in reading/performing, please email Sabrina@kofest.com by October 3rd.

    Saturday features a full day of family- and kid-friendly activities including live music, tree-inspired movement activities and art exhibits, talks, heirloom apple tastings, and much more.

    Maps, program details, and parking will be provided. For the complete schedule of events, please visit Laurel Park Arts online or on Facebook.

    Laurel Park Arts (LPA) is the cultural initiative of the Laurel Park Association, a non-profit organization continuing the tradition of Chautauqua since 1872, offering artistic, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs to residents of Northampton and Western Massachusetts in the historic buildings and grounds of Laurel Park.

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  22. Amy LeFebvre said,

    September 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Real and Surreal Opening Reception

    October 13th, 2017
    4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    Good Purpose Gallery is thrilled to present Real and Surreal – an exciting juxtaposition of the very different art styles of JD Logan and Dorothy Sabean. The exhibition runs from October 4th through November 13th and the opening reception is on Friday, October 13th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

    Free event
    40 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238
    goodpurpose.org
    413-394-5045

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  23. September 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Windsor Historical Commission’s Annual Fundraiser Event
    Support the Preservation of Windsor’s Cultural History
    PIE SALE, CRAFT FAIR & HARVEST FESTIVAL
    Windsor Historical Museum ~ Route 9, Windsor
    Sunday October 1st 11am – 3pm
    Museum Exhibits OPEN + docent led tours, Delicious Homemade Pies, Baked Goods, Syrup and Jams, Craft Sale with Tamarack Hollow Trading, Windsor Mountain Crafters (Windsor Congregational Church Craft/Tag Sale) & the Windsor Library Book Sale, Information from Alpine Solar,Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural, Center, Notchview/the Trustees & Friends of Windsor
    ~Community Farmers Market & Food Windsor grown produce,
    flowers, pies, breads, jams & chili, hotdogs/hamburgers & corn on the cob, Lively Latin music w/ Trio Candela 12-1:30pm*thanks to the Windsor Cultural Council!, Windsor Organizations & Business info, Follow us on facebook/windsorhistoricalcommission, Pie & Baked goods donations accepted day of sale! For more info and vendor inquiries visit us on Facebook!
    THANK YOU to our sponsors:Windsor Cultural Council & FOW

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  24. September 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Announcing: Chautauqua 2017 – A Festival of Trees
    In Historic, Wooded Laurel Park, Rte. 5, Northampton, MA
    Free Admission
    Suitable for children and adults

    Friday, October 13, 7 pm

    Tree Stories and Poetry by the Fire, facilitated by Sabrina Hamilton (Ko Festival Director) featuring author Ernie Brill, actress Joanna Rush and you, with s’mores at the Laurel Park Friendship Fireplace. To put yourself on the list, email Sabrina@kofest.com by October 3.

    Saturday, October 14

    10 “Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: A walk in the woods with Laurie Sanders” (Naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton). Meet at Normal Hall

    11 “Our Local Forests: Conservation, Preservation and Forest Health” panel discussion with Bob Zimmermann (president of Broad Brook Coalition), Mark Wamsley (Land Conservation Manager, Kestrel Land Trust) and Ken Gooch (Forest Health Program Director, Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation) , moderated by Judson Brown

    11-12 “From Seed to Forest”, movement and other activities for children, led by Duncan Dancer Laura Pravitz

    12 “Hearts, Minds, Materials” Exhibition opening with live music
    Prints and sculpture by Carolyn Webb, Photographs by Leslie Starobin, Collages by Peter Dellert

    12:30 LUNCH
    Hearty soup, bread and apple pie!

    1:15 “From Seed to Forest” Part 2, activities for children led by Duncan dancer Laura Pravitz

    2 pm “The Art of Seeing Figures in Wood”, presentation by wood sculptor and naturalist Holland Hoagland

    2:30 “Our Culinary Forests: The Eternal Struggle to Tame the Wild Apple Tree” Presentation by Russell Steven Powell, author, Apples of New England, and Bar Lois Weeks, Executive Director, New England Apple Association, with heirloom apple tastings.

    4 pm Open studio in Parker Memorial Chapel with paintings by Russell Powell, refreshments

    Check laurelparkarts.org for schedule details and updates

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  25. September 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Flight Night! Fright Night Edition
    Friday October 27
    6-8pm
    Ages 7 and up

    Looking for a thrill this fall? How about Friday Night Flying with the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro! Ages 7 and up, only ten bucks per fly, three for $20! Plus enter our raffle to win a free flying class. Whether you’ve done it before or this is your first time, we promise a night of great family friendly fun regardless of the weather!

    Learn more about our circus classes, workshops, camps and professional program at http://www.necenterforcircusarts.org Questions? Email us at info@necenterforcircusarts.org or call 802-254-9780

    New England Center for Circus Arts 10 Town Crier Dr, Brattleboro, VT 05301

    $10 per swing or $20 for 3

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  26. September 25, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Davenport Child Care of Chesterfield, along with the West Cummington Congregational Church, will be having our third annual Therese’s Trek Bike Tour and Family BBQ. This year’s Trek will be in conjunction with Keyes Perennial Farm’s Harvest fair at Keyes Perennial Farm at 495 Berkshire trail in Cummington. There will be 10 mile, 30 mile and metric centennial rides with riders starting at 8:00 AM. Riders can leave any time as long as they can complete the route by 2:00. Events for families start at 10:00. We will have The Games Man, children’s rides, live music and a pig from Hilltown Grazers prepared by Rick Pytko. Proceeds from this event will help to establish a tuition assistance account for Davenport Child Care, our playground development, and the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at the West Cummington Congregational Church.

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  27. September 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Western Mass Sukkahfest – Shake it Up

    The Western Mass Sukkahfest is coming and it is an event not to be missed. The Sukkahfest will take place on Sun., Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the fields at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street in Springfield. All are welcome, rain or shine! No RSVP necessary. Show up and shake it up!

    The Western Mass Sukkahfest will include a variety of sukkot activities that are geared for people of all ages. The two day festival is packed with an engaging program. Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the festival. Sunday’s entertainment includes a puppet show with Jonathon Keezing at 11:00 a.m. in the big tent. The JCC zip line will be open from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Let your yoga dance with Lisa Katz at 4:00 p.m. and a concert by the Jewish bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain at 7:00 p.m. Monday’s entertainment will include yoga with Lisa Katz at 10:00 a.m. Get ready to move with Hebrew Rhythmics with Lilia Luzhanskiy at 11:00 a.m. and end the day with a community Kumzitz with Rabbi James Greene and Aharon Skoglund at 5:00 p.m.

    On both days there will be ongoing crafts for children, adult learning by six area local adult educator. A special PJ Library sukkah will be set up with crafts and readings by State Senator Eric Lesser and local PJ authors. The fun continues with a bounce house, tie die shirt decorating and much more.

    Stop by for gourmet kosher food that will be available for purchase on both days. The Sukkahfest is proud to offer Israeli falafel by Catering by Meital vegetable wraps from Yosi Kosher Catering, sushi from the Crown Market. On Sunday only barbecue pulled chicken sandwiches will be available from the Crown Market. Herrell’s of Northampton will be selling ice cream on Monday. Schmaltz beer and kosher wine will be sold on Sunday.

    There is no charge for the sukkahfest. For more information about the Sukkahfest, its complete schedule or to get involved please contact Michelle Anfang at 413-567-7840 and log onto http://www.wmsukkahfest.org to view the ever expanding schedule for the Sukkahfest.

    The Western Mass Sukkahfest is a joint project of the following area agencies: Congregation B’nai Torah, Congregation Rodphey Shalom, Congregation Sons of Zion, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Heritage Academy, Hebrew High School of New England, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, JGS Lifecare, Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, PJ Library, Rachel’s Table, Sinai Temple, Springfield JCC, Temple Beth El and the Wexner Heritage Foundation-NE14.

    We are looking forward to Shaking Up Western Mass with you!

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  28. September 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 with Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) at the annual Pizza in LYA’s Hut. Sukkot is the festival of booths that is celebrated by eating outside in a temporary hut.
    The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 1148 Converse Street in Longmeadow. A pizza, soup and salad supper will be served in the LYA Sukkah. Following dinner there will be a Sukkot Carnival. At 6:30 p.m. the festivities will include live music and juggling outside the building.
    Cost to attend is $5.00 a child, $8.00 an adult and a family rate of $32. RSVP to the school at 567-8665 or info@lya.org. Reservations are requested but not required. The event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds of the dinner will benefit LYA Israel Experience 2019.
    Don’t miss this well attended holiday event. There is no charge for the Sukkot activities and this portion of the program is funded through a major grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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  29. September 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The 8th ANNUAL BERKSHIRE DRUM & DANCE FEST to support the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center
    FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th 2017 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm)
    At the Berkshire Community College Boland Theater in the Koussevitsky Arts Center, Pittsfield, MA
    The fest is a community experience to gather and celebrate the spirit of folkloric and contemporary drumming and dancing. The 2017 theme is “Honoring Women in Drum and Dance”. The fest features over 75 drum and dance artists in short performance segments from the Berkshires and beyond featuring: Puertominicana (Puerto Rico meets the Dominican Republic), Amanda Turk w/ Lisa Newell & Aimee Gelinas (Middle Eastern Frame/Doumbek drums + Handpan Drum), Berkshire Pulse Drummers and Dancers w/ Kim Waterman & Aimee Gelinas (West African Doun Doun + Haitian drum/dance), Youth Alive Step & Drum Team (Step Dance/Percussion), Berkshire & Valley Rhythm Keepers led by Aimee Gelinas (Bucket fusion and funk), Serenity Circles (hoop dance), members of Gaia Roots & guests (West African & Caribbean), Sifer featuring Aimee Gelinas, Daniel Cohen, Harold Crews w/ special guests Tommy Brown and Chris Hairston (Rock), Satya & Chupungu Mbira (South Africa/Zimbabwe) and the OffBeat Womyn’s Drumming Ensemble (African inspired rhythms). Proceeds will benefit the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s year round environmental education for all ages, the “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and cultural education center and to continue to conserve 32 acres of highland boreal forest in Windsor, MA for future generations. Tamarack Hollow is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to “Inspire environmental and cultural awareness, appreciation and stewardship”. Visit the website or Facebook event page for more info. Doors open at 6pm for the world marketplace, silent auction, nature info displays and at 6:30pm there will be a showing of the Tamarack Hollow video in the theater. Show starts at 7pm. $10-20+ suggested donations at the door or make a donation on the website: http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org
    Email Director Aimee Gelinas at aimee@gaiaroots.com for fest info, to volunteer or to sponsor the fest. More info and RSVP on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/119512138661561/

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  30. Katie Carr said,

    September 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Hilltowns Hiking Series – Two Bridges trail

    Weds, Sept 27th
    10:00 am

    Join Hilltown Land Trust for a hike in our new hiking series at the Two Bridges trail in Ashfield. We will meet at the Bullitt Reservation and hike out and back along the trail.

    The Two Bridges trail connects The Trustees property the Bullitt Reservation to their Chapel Brook property. The trail is a little over 2 miles long, so the entire hike will be approximately 4.5 miles. The trail leads through the woods, over two bridges that cross the lovely Chapel Brook, and alongside Chapel Falls. Bathroom facilities are available at the Bullitt Reservation.

    This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by sending an email to hltoutreachthetrusteesorg or call 413-628-4485 ext 4.

    If you would like to be added to the Hiking Series email list, send an email to Katie at the address above to receive regular updates. Some hikes will have educational components, some will be themed, and some will just be regular group hikes. Come meet your neighbors, get some exercise, and explore a new trail or revisit a familiar one!

    Click this link for more information and directions: https://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/hilltown-hiking-series-two-bridges-trail

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  31. Katie Carr said,

    September 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Hilltowns Hiking Series – Bradley property

    Saturday, Sept 23rd
    10:00 am

    Join Hilltown Land Trust for the first hike in our new hiking series at the Bradley property in Williamsburg. We will check out the work that our volunteers did on the trail recently and inspect storm damage from the wind storm earlier this year.

    The Bradley Property is 41 acres of forest parcel of land with a 2 mile network of trails located on Old Goshen Road in Williamsburg. The east side of the property is bounded by Nichols Brook. Note that no bathroom facilities are available at the Bradley property.

    This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by sending an email to hltoutreachthetrusteesorg or call 413-628-4485 ext 4.

    If you would like to be added to the Hiking Series email list, send an email to Katie at the address above to receive regular updates. Some hikes will have educational components, some will be themed, and some will just be regular group hikes. Come meet your neighbors, get some exercise, and explore a new trail or revisit a familiar one!

    Click here for more details and directions: https://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/hilltown-hiking-series-bradley-property

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  32. September 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Park Hill Apple Orchard STORY SLAM, Sunday, Sept. 24, 5:00 pm 82 Park Hill Rd., Easthampton, MA 01027 Free. Audience gets to pick the favorite story.

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  33. Deb Holman said,

    September 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Come to Oak Meadow’s Open House Party!
    Saturday, Oct. 14
    11am to 1pm
    132 Main St./Brooks House
    Brattleboro, VT 05301

    Join Oak Meadow for this fun, annual event! Learn about our flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum and distance learning school for grades K to 12. Speak with teachers, browse curriculum materials, meet new and experienced homeschoolers. Crafts, music, and more for the kids. Local Vermont treats.

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

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  34. September 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Bullet/Visual Journaling
    Ages 15+
    Westhampton Public Library
    September 28, 6:30pm
    Please call 413-527-5386 to register

    Bullet Journaling/Visual Journaling Workshop- September 28 6:30pm- What is Bullet Journaling? Bullet Journaling has been described as an analog system for the digital age. A visually appealing way to organize your life, keep track of lists and appointments, set goals, track habits and record memories in a creative, hand written notebook. Part planner, journal, sketchbook, and notebook; and completely unique to you! If your calendar, to-dos, and lists are on bits of paper stuck in books, post-it notes, and notebooks that you never have with you when you need them, Bullet Journaling may be for you. Slow down and enjoy the calm of creating your week, goals and tasks by hand, in whatever way works best for you! In this workshop we will discuss Bullet Journaling page layouts, learn ideas for organizing yourself, and practice creative hand lettering and basic graphics to make your journal personal and fun for you. Leave with a few pages to get you started and plenty of ideas to keep going on your own. Your journal can serve many purposes and become a great way to keep track of your life and memories without a computer or cell phone. The journal is customizable to fit your life; it can be as simple or as decorative as you want it to be.

    Please call, email, or stop by the library to register. Ages 15+. Feel free to bring your own journal, but it is not required.

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  35. September 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Learn about our new library telescope!
    Thursday, September 21, 7pm
    Westhampton Public Library

    Thursday, September 21 from 7-8pm. This family-friendly PowerPoint presentation will teach you about the new library telescope which you can use to observe objects from your own backyard using a technique called star hopping. The telescope was funded by the Friends of the Westhampton Public Library and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their library telescope program. Spacey door prizes will be offered for children along with outside viewing for all, weather permitting.

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  36. Toni Manning said,

    September 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    October 20: 3rd Friday Concerts presents Home Body, playing a vivid blend of new wave, industrial and electronic music performed from the gut with wild abandon! These concerts are sponsored by Stone Soup Café and All Souls Church and are family friendly. They start at 7PM, Cost: $15. Location: All Souls Church, 399 Main Street, Greenfield. Tickets are available on line at http://www.stonesoupgreenfield.org or at the door.

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  37. September 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, October 21st at 3-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members). For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  38. September 19, 2017 at 1:40 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 BOOP! Saturday, October 14th at 10pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts in the Arts Trust Building (33 Hawley St., Northampton, downstairs entrance.) Suggested donation: $3-5. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  39. September 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    All-new monthly improv comedy show! This month features The Ha-Ha’s and special guest performers North Coast NYC. Saturday, October 14th at 8pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts in the Arts Trust Building (33 Hawley St., Northampton, downstairs entrance). Tickets: $13 at the door. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  40. September 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Girl Scout Info Night
    Thursday, Sept. 28 6:30pm
    Linda Manor Community Room
    345 Haydenville Road, Leeds

    There is power in every G.I.R.L. Unleash it in Girl Scouts.
    Come learn how your Go-getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader can be involved in Girl Scouts. We’ll have information for girls in grades K-12.

    Questions: nonotuckgirlscouts@gmail.com

    Free

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  41. Pamela Smith said,

    September 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
    Ongoing Monthly Support Group — next is September 18

    The 3rd Monday of every month, 5:30-7:30 pm
    Meadowbrook Apartments, Community Room
    491 Bridge Road, Florence, MA
    on bus line — free childcare — snacks — good company

    As a grandparent going back to full-on parenting, you are in a situation you might not have expected to be in at this stage of life … come meet and join others in our community who are also doing this. You are not alone! There is support; there is help; there is a broad community to be with you and your family as you grow together.

    This group is primarily intended for grandparents parenting grandchildren 12 and under.
    –Discuss the joys and challenges of parenting grandchildren
    –Share ideas and resources
    –Hear other stories and experiences
    –Get to know others who are in the same situation

    Meadowbrook Apartments is on the bus line. Snacks and childcare will be provided.

    Offered by the Northampton-Hadley Family Connection and The Arc in Greenfield, and supported by the United Way and a CFCE grant from the Dept of Early Education and Care.

    For more information, contact:
    The Arc: Pat Keith- Kinship Care Resource Coordinator
    (413) 834-4073, (413) 563-1981, patkeith@unitedarc.org
    NHFC: Barbara Black- Early Childhood Coordinator
    (413) 587-1471, earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us

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  42. September 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    The Books Are Not Enough: Windows, Mirrors, and the Bookshelves of our Community- a talk with author Grace Lin
    November 1, 6-8 pm
    Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum (2nd floor)

    When we talk about diversity in books, we often talk about “windows and mirrors.” But what does that mean? Why is it important? And, if we can agree that diversity in children’s books is important, can we do more than pay it lip service? How can we use these books to help create a more accepting and welcoming community?

    In this extended presentation of her popular TEDx talk, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin shares childhood anecdotes, personal publishing experiences and strategies to support diversity through children’s books.

    Parents, Teachers, and librarians welcome!
    This event is free. Call 587-1010 if you have any questions.

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  43. September 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Forbes Library’s Local Author Series Kickoff with Mike Curato!
    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    11 AM
    Ages 4-12
    Free!

    We’re thrilled to kick off Forbes Library’s new Local Author Series with the award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Mike Curato!

    Join us for a book reading, a live interactive drawing demonstration, a brief slideshow explaining Mike’s process and backstory, and a Q&A. Mike’s books, including his new releases Little Elliot, Fall Friends and All the Way to Havana, will be available for purchase and he will sign and personalize books after the program. The event is recommended for children ages 4 to 12.

    The Children’s and YA Author Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library.

    About the Author
    Mike is the critically acclaimed author of the Little Elliot series. He also illustrated All the Way to Havana (recipient of four starred reviews) and Worm Loves Worm, and is a contributor to the Eric Carle & Friends book What’s Your Favorite Color? Publishers Weekly named Mike a “Fall 2014 Flying Start” and in the same year he won the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Founder’s Award.

    Forbes Library
    Community Room
    20 West Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

    Event details: http://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/3597533
    Contact: Sarah Johnson, 413-587-1010 or sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org.

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  44. Anne said,

    September 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Girls can “Try Hockey for Free” at the Mullins Center October 8, 2017

    Amherst Hockey Association is sponsoring a Try Hockey for Free Day for girls only on October 8, 2017 from 11am-1:20pm at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink at 200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 Save time at the door by registering in advance at AMHERSTHOCKEY.ORG

    Come skate with players from Amherst Hockey Association Girls Travel and Tournament Teams! For more information, please contact Stephen Rich, smrich@umass.edu
    • No skating experience required • All girls ages 4 and up are welcome • Free skate rentals available • A limited supply of equipment is available to loan. Please plan to bring a helmet (any kind) and heavy winter gloves or mittens. • Outfit your child for a fraction of the cost of new gear at our used equipment sale (11-2 PM)

    Dear Parents,

    You’re receiving this email because you’ve participated in the past in one of our Try Hockey for Free events at the Mullins Center (according to the list provided to me). We wanted you to know that we’re doing it again this year, for Girls only, on Sunday October 8th @ 11AM-1:20PM. We’re hoping you can join us.

    As in the past, the goal of this USA Hockey sanctioned event is to get kids, and this case girls, to try ice hockey at no cost. These events are occurring all over the country that weekend as part of the IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend.

    Please consider joining us at the Mullins Center. Everyone is invited, even if your girl has participated in the past or is now a fully fledged hockey player, we invite you to join us and share in the celebration. Whether you can attend or not, please also consider sharing our flyer (attached) in your social networks; virtual and otherwise.

    To register for the event, please click here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

    See you at the rink!
    Stephen Rich
    Amherst Hockey
    413.559.0193

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  45. homeshuling said,

    September 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    **Rosh Hashanah, Day One (9/21)**for all ages

    (Very) Musical Alternative Service with Rabbi Jacob and Friends
    (Geared for ages 7-120, but all ages welcome!)
    9:30am-11:00am at Lander-Grinspoon Academy 257 Prospect Street northampton, ma

    (Not Your Average) Children’s Service with Puppeteer Anna Sobel
    (Geared for K-4th grade)
    11:00am-12:00pm Congregation Bnai Israel 253 Prospect St Nortampton, MA

    Rosh Hashanah Play Space with Amy Meltzer
    (For children up to age 5 and their grownups)
    Open from 10:30am-12:00pm at Gan Keshet, 253 Prospect St Northampton

    **Rosh Hashanah, Day Two (9/22)**
    Celebrate the World’s Birthday on Abundance Farm with Amy Meltzer
    (Especially for ages 0-5 and their grownups)
    11:00am-12:00pm; meet at Abundance Farm 253 Propect St Northampton(cancelled in the event of inclement weather)

    all events are free and open to all. contact amy@abundancefarm.org

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  46. Paula Long said,

    September 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Grace Hall Memorial Library Book & Bake Sale
    Oct 14, 9 to 2
    Little Red School House on the corner of Pitcher St. & Main Rd
    Montgomery
    100’s of New Titles, DVD’s classics and children books
    stuck up for the winter and support your local library
    Fresh Baked Goods too!

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  47. September 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Fun for the whole family this Columbus Day weekend at H.A. Moses Scout Reservation in Russell, MA. Polish and German Kitchen ~ Craft Vendors ~ Kids Activities including: the tallest climbing and repelling wall in the Northeast, pumpkin carving, lit pumpkin walk at dusk and much more ~ Scenic Autumn Trails… And for the engineering minded, build your own pumpkin launching contraption and enter it into one of the daily pumpkin chunkin’ contests ~ Fund Raising Event for Local Scout Troops http://www.thekfest.com

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  48. September 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Northampton Parents Center will open Sept 11th!

    NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER is a nonprofit cooperative drop-in center M-Th mornings for children, birth to kindergarten age, and their caregivers. Since 1986, Northampton Parents Center (NPC) has provided a safe, nurturing environment for families with young children to socialize. Everyone is welcome.

    Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30am. Thursday morning music classes are from 11 to 11:30 am. We generally follow the Northampton Public Schools calendar for closings and snow days.

    Edwards Church, lower level
    -Please use the back door & public metered parking
    -297 Main Street, Northampton, at the corner of State and Main Streets

    Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

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  49. September 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Make Your Own Hogwarts School Supplies at the Hatfield Public Library

    Make Your Own Wand
    Thursday, September 14th
    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Assemble Your Spell Book
    Thursday, September 21st
    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Create Your Marauder’s Map
    Thursday, September 28th
    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Join us, at the Hatfield Public Library, on the last three Thursdays in September for a trio of magical workshops Diagon Alley style. For more information contact Hannah at kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com or call: 413-247-9097.

    All programs are free and no registration is required.

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  50. Amy Meltzer said,

    August 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Rosh Hashanah Apple Picking at Park Hill Orchard
    link: https://www.facebook.com/events/123860528262312/
    September 10-11:30
    Story time, songs, shofar blowing and DIY New Year Card selfies and sculpture gallery.
    Especially for families with young children, all are welcome.
    Park Hill Orchard 82 Park Hill Road Easthampton
    Apples cost $20/bushel – families can share
    Questions? amy@abundancefarm.org

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  51. August 27, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Grammy award winning children’s music artist Dan Zanes will be performing on Sunday, August 27 at 2 and 3 at Celebrate Holyoke, Heritage State Park, Holyoke. Free!

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  52. amy marsters said,

    August 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton hosts their 3rd annual fundraising event for the Northampton Survival Center on Sat., Sept. 9th from 5-7pm. $10 admission, 12 & under are free. Latin Folk music by MarKamusic and three food trucks help celebrate the end of summer. Rain date Sun., Sept 10 from 4-6. Bring a chair or blanket or picnic. 155 Glendale Rd., Southampton, MA.

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  53. August 23, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Wilderness Extravaganza–5th Annual!
    A WEEKEND OF WILDERNESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS
    Attend All, Some or Just One!

    Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, September 24
    FOR FAMILIES, ADULTS & TEENS
    Conway, MA

    Saturday, 9/23
    9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
    1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles WS 2 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
    5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 $65/adult, $30/child must be prepaid

    Sunday, 9/24
    9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid
    1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking & Bird Language WS 5 $50/adult, $30/child prepaid

    REGISTER 2 ADULTS FOR ANY WORKSHOP (except Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making) & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!

    REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161

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  54. Victoria said,

    August 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, September 16th from 3-4 pm at The Eric Carle Museum (125 West Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  55. Summer Cable said,

    August 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    The Second Annual Jackson Street School PTO Community Carnival is Saturday, September 16 from 10 am – 4 pm at Jackson Street School – 120 Jackson St. in Northampton.

    Featuring 20+ handmade midway-style games, dunk tank, 80′ inflatable obstacle course, classic carnival treats and thousands of prizes, it is truly an enjoyable event for all-ages.

    Tickets are $.25 each or 100 for $20.00. Refreshments available for purchase, and game tickets are available at the event. All proceeds go to support the Jackson Street School students.

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  56. August 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Soggy, luscious, photographs on display at Shaw Memorial Library

    Plainfield’s Shaw Memorial Library invites you to the festive opening of The Bog, a photographic portrait of a year in the boggy, soggy world of the headwaters of the Swift River, by AgathaO (Pleun Bouricius). The exhibit will run from September 7 to October 21, 2017.

    Time: September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
    Place: Shaw memorial library, 312 Main Street, Plainfield

    Bouricius, known as AgathaO, will read from her newly-published collection, The Bog . Free and open to the public of all ages. Cider and treats will be served.

    AgathaO takes the viewer along on a journey into a wetland that has a mind of its own. Her luscious close-ups and dramatic landscapes document her love for Plainfield, exploring the transitional world between the seasons, between wet and dry, and between life and death. The photographer plays catch and release with the universe in a tiny wilderness, pushing back against our “ick” reaction to the wet, cold, rotting, and crawly by making it gorgeous.

    The exhibit will run from September 7 until October 21. The library is open Tue. 2-8, Thur. 5-8, and Sat. 9-12. Photographs are available for publication.

    For more information, contact Pleun Bouricius, pleunbouricius@gmail.com, 413-634-2250. Find photographs and information about the exhibit on AgathaO.com

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  57. August 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Shared Harvest Event hosted by Gardening the Community & Next Barn Over

    Thursday August 17th 5pm – 8:30pm
    The Next Barn Over Farm
    15 Lawrence Plain Road
    Hadley, Ma 01035

    FREE Food!
    OPEN to the public – families, friends; ALL are welcome!
    AMAZING cause!

    Springfield, Mass – The community is invited to join Gardening the Community and the Next Barn Over Farm for their Shared Harvest event on Thursday August 17. The event will take place from 5 – 8:30pm at the Next Barn Over Farm located at 15 Lawrence Plain Road in Hadley. It will include delicious farm to table cuisine, a short program, dancing, and a bonfire. Young and old are welcome to celebrate this summer harvest event.

    “We hope community members will come join us and learn about our partnership with GTC, a wonderful youth development and urban agriculture program in Springfield,” said Ray Young, farmer and owner of Next Barn Over. “Together we are building a Farm Share program in Springfield that works for farmers as well as for local Springfield families. We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, local, sustainably-grown food, and we see ourselves as part of a greater movement for food justice and food sovereignty in our region.”

    Community members concerned about building a healthier and more equitable food system are welcome to join staff, board members, and youth leaders. Attendees will learn about the GTC EATS! Farm Share – a collaboration opening up healthy food access for 90 Springfield families while building youth leadership in Springfield.

    To learn more about Next Barn Over Farm, visit: https://nextbarnover.com

    For more information about the event, and to RSVP, visit http://www.gtcspringfield.org.

    Register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1085Ozp6dqi-9Ebb19ODNdYBumw1qoUT-59QO_OKRSDs/edit

    # # #

    Sasha N. Jimenez
    Development and Communications Coordinator
    Gardening the Community
    PO Box 90774
    Springfield MA 01139
    (413) 455-5757
    Sasha@GTCSpringfield.org
    http://www.gardeningthecommunity.org

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  58. August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Fun Science at Smith College for 3rd to 6th graders
    Sun, September 2nd, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM (2:40 drop off/check in)
    Free event

    Location: Ford Hall Lobby, Smith College Northampton MA

    Event info – We are offering activities in: Engineering design with balloon powered cars, investigating rocks and mineral properties, exploring and building water wheels, and investigating food chain and food webs with an owl pellet dissection.

    We are limited to the first 60 students and the sessions are free. Pre-registration is required as are a standard waiver of liability form and emergency information sheet.

    For more information and a link to the registration form please visit:
    https://www.smith.edu/academics/jandon-center/stem-outreach#fun

    For questions:
    email emendez@smith.edu or call 413-585-3253

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  59. Amy LeFebvre said,

    August 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Esperanza Vive!

    August 19, 2017
    5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    The Good Purpose Gallery is pleased to present Esperanza Vive!, featuring work by Dr. Michael McManmon, whose pieces invite viewers on a visual journey of Mexico. Join us for an opening celebration on Saturday, August 19, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to enjoy Mexican food, music, and art.

    40 Main St., Lee, MA 01238
    Free event

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  60. August 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Event Title: Open House at NECCA’s New Home

    Date: August 26, 2017

    Time: 2-4pm

    Visit the new home of New England Center for Circus Arts on 10 Town Crier Drive in Brattleboro, VT. Watch flying trapeze, try your hand at juggling and enter to win a free class or NECCA t-shirt!  Staff will be on hand to give tours, equipment demos and answer questions. Come see New England’s newest indoor fitness and fun space for adults and kids!  No registration is required. Refreshments will be served. All ages, free and open to the public.

    Call NECCA at 802-254-9780 for more information.

    Location of Event: New England Center for Circus Arts, 10 Town Crier Drive , Brattleboro, VT 05301

    http://www.necenterforcircusarts.org

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  61. Kim Zadworny said,

    August 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Free Community Safety Bash at JCPenney parking lot in Hadley
    August 19, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Come meet hometown heroes from the Hadley Police Department, Hadley Fire Department, UMAss, Campus Police and more. See cruisers, firetrucks, police motorcycles, or visit with the horse brigade or K9 units. Features a fun Bubble Party music, snacks, activities, raffles, giveaways and prizes! Fun for kids and adults! We also will celebrate Back to School by donating filled backpacks to the Amherst and Northampton Survival Centers. If attendees would like to donate, please bring school supplies for our donation center..

    Located in the rear parking lot of The Hampshire Mall at 367 Russell Street in Hadley MA. Sponsored by JCPenney.

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  62. August 3, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Sizzlin’ Summer Barbecue
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    4:45 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    LYA
    1148 Converse Street
    Longmeadow, Ma 01106
    413-567-8665 or email info@lya.org.

    LYA is excited to announce that summer barbecue will feature an exciting hour long performance by Chris Poulos beginning at 5:45 p.m. The performance will include bicycle stunts, audience participation, pre-show autograph session and a meet and greet.

    Chris has won 85 worldwide competitions, but he is best known for winning the 1991 Bicycle Stunt World Championships in Denmark at age 20. Chris also won the 1990 and 1991 National Bicycle Stunt Championships in the United States.

    In addition to the bike performance there will be summer activities for all ages. A barbecue dinner with hot dogs, hamburgers and salads will be sold at family prices. Vegan options are available. There is no charge for the show or activities.

    The Community Barbecue will be held rain or shine. Reservations are requested but not required.

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  63. Westhampton Public Library said,

    August 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Intro to Cyclocross
    Monday, August 14 @ 6:30pm
    Westhampton Public Library

    Cyclocross is the combination of road and mountain biking, and is raced on a small circuit that makes for really entertaining spectating. Scott Smith is a World Championship team member and lives right in town!

    Scott will talk about the equipment he uses, the training he needs to do, the preparation it takes, and all the places it can take you. He’s traveled the world because of a bicycle. Open to all ages.

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  64. August 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Long-Awaited Breast Documentary Comes to The Academy of Music

    Easthampton, MA (date): For the past four years, Easthampton resident and documentary filmmaker Meagan Murphy and her team have worked to create The Breast Archives, a groundbreaking documentary about women and their breasts. The film features nine women, most of whom were filmed with their breasts exposed. In a series of interviews, they explore, critique and celebrate the complex role of the breasts and their role in body image, health and social identity.

    The screening will take place at The Academy of Music in Northampton, MA at 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 on Sunday September 17th. Tickets are available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1521137. The film will begin at 5pm.

    Please view the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/226189747

    Private screenings of the film have been met with inspired and thoughtful dialogue. When the lights come up, audiences are moved to share how the internalization of media images, religion and cultural contexts have influenced their relationships with their bodies and one another. The enthusiastic testimony isn’t limited to breast-havers: men often rave that The Breast Archives has connected them more deeply with the experiences and feelings of their partners.

    Murphy is hopeful that the local community will support the film and its aim of engaging all people in a liberating, compassionate and expanded relationship with breasts. The honesty and generosity of the nine women in the film empowers all women to resist and rise above the media’s demands that our womanhood be conformist and that our breasts be perfectly formed, exclusively sexual or solely nurturing.

    As the project plans for its first public showing, Murphy is launching an ambitious IndieGoGo fundraising campaign on September 14th in order to raise funds to market the film internationally.

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  65. August 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Giving Garden volunteering for kids
    August 9 from 9:00am to 10:30am
    At Florence Organic Community Gardens
    140 Meadow St. Florence, MA
    Free and open to the public

    On August 9th, we will take a tour of our Giving Garden, a small organic vegetable farm which is grown solely for donations to local food pantries. Kids will get a chance to give back to their community by volunteering in the Giving Garden and performing some fun gardening tasks.

    Designed for children ages 5-10 with an adult, but children of all ages are welcome. A water bottle and a blanket to sit on are recommended.

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  66. August 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Summer fun in the garden: all about veggies and herbs!
    August 2, 9:00 – 10:30am
    At the Florence Organic Community Gardens
    140 Meadow St., Florence, MA

    Grow Food Northampton’s Youth Education Coordinator, Caroline, will be leading four garden lessons on Wednesday mornings this summer from 9:00 – 10:30AM. Each week we will explore a different garden theme. These workshops are all free and open to the public.

    On August 2nd, we’ll explore our beautiful Community Garden space and harvest vegetables and herbs. Please meet at the entrance of the Community Gardens.

    Designed for children ages 5-10 with an adult, but children of all ages are welcome. A water bottle, a blanket, and a snack are recommended.

    Raindate: August 3rd, 9:00 – 10:30AM

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  67. July 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk

    Tuesday, August 8th at 1 p.m.

    Join us at the Hatfield Public Library for a free Comedy Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk.

    Email any questions to Hannah at kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com

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  68. Beit Ahavah said,

    July 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Friday, August 4th, 5:15-6:15pm
    Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck – Tot Sha-SUMMER!

    Led by Marlene Rachelle. Tot Shabbat is the jamming monthly musical hour welcoming the Sabbath for families with kids ages 0-6 & their friends. Bring a nut free vegetarian dish to share, and pizza is provided.

    Free!

    Beit Ahavah, The Reform Congregation of Greater Northampton
    130 Pine St, Florence
    (413) 587-3770
    info@beitahavah.org

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  69. Victoria said,

    July 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. New Location! New Time! Saturday, August 19th at 3-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst. Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com/happier-family-comedy-show.html.

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  70. July 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Free Family Concert: The Gaslight Tinkers
    Monday July 24th at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
    Goodwin Memorial Library, Hadley, MA 01035

    Grab a picnic blanket or some lawn chairs and come hear an outdoor concert by the Gaslight Tinkers at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley.
    The Gaslight Tinkers play world music– a mix of reggae and folk, Celtic fiddle music and rock! They play joyous funny tunes for all ages. Kids will be served Popsicle! It may rain on Monday, and if it does we have a rain date of Wednesday, July 26th. Call us if there is any question: The Goodwin Library opens at 4:00 PM on Mondays.

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  71. Keely Sarr said,

    July 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Free Family Workshop at the Mead Art Museum: “Art & Theater”
    Wednesday July 26 1-3 PM
    Free for families with children ages 9-12

    See the arts come to life at the Mead Art Museum this summer! Families with children ages 9-12 are invited to explore the Mead through “Art &…,” a free series of Wednesday afternoon workshops. Open to the public. Adults must accompany their children for the duration of the workshops (and are encouraged to take part, too!).

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  72. July 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

    BERRIES, BASKETS & BROOK TROUT
    A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops!
    Saturday, August 5, & Sunday, August 6
    for Families, Adults, Teens
    in Conway, MA

    Saturday, August 5
    WS1: Birch Bark Basket Making 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $70/adult, $35/child
    WS2: Wild Edibles & Medicinals 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. $50/adult, $30/child

    Sunday, August 6
    WS3: Primitive Fishing 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $60/adult, $30/child
    WS4: Intro to Wilderness Survival 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. $50/adult, $30/child

    Special deals are available!

    FOR ALL THE DETAILS & REGISTRATION: http://earthworkprograms.com/family-programs/berries-baskets-brook-trout-weekend/
    Or call Frank Grindrod, 413-340-1161

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  73. Lynne Smith said,

    July 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    SUMMER QIGONG/T’AI CHI EASY RETREAT
    *Learn a Beautiful Qigong form called “The Seven Precious Gestures”
    *Explore T’ai Chi Easy(3 forms where you gain all the benefits of T’ai Chi Practice)
    *Tapping, Breathing Exercises and Meditation
    *Fun Summer Drinks and snacks included
    When: Sunday July 30th 1:00-4:00
    Where: Hadley, Massachusetts
    Contact lynnenicole8@yahoo.com with questions and to register
    http://www.yogaandhealingartstherapy.com
    413 575-7468

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  74. Rebecca Hubbard -Friends of the Erving Library said,

    July 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Monday, July 24 at 1:00p.m. Magic Show at the Erving Elementary School gym. The Friends of the Erving Library and the Erving Recreation Commission are sponsoring a magic performance by Todd Migliacci. Todd is a nationally touring magician with two decades of experience up his sleeve. The winner of Disney World’s “Best Specialty Act” brings his award winning family magic show to ERVING! Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase after the performance.

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  75. July 14, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Second Annual Monarch Butterfly Release
    Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Three Sister’s Sanctuary, 188 Cape Street Goshen, MA (route 112)
    Join Three Sister’s Sanctuary for the releasing of pairs of adult monarch butterflies into their new home. Bev Montague will be available to answer questions about the art of breeding butterflies and how to help preserve and protect these magical creatures. Come explore and enjoy the sanctuary at the height of its beauty. This event is for the community and all ages are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 to help support the sanctuary but all are welcome regardless.
    Phone (413) 268-3677 http://www.threesisterssanctuary.com

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  76. Pat Keith said,

    July 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    continued Kinship Care Support Groups

    We are pleased to announce the formation of two new support groups just for you in the Northampton area. One will be held at the Northampton Senior Center and the other at Meadowbrook Apartments. In addition to these two new groups there are other ongoing support groups in Huntington, Greenfield and Turners Falls (please call for more information). You are welcome to attend one or all. We offer these groups to help alleviate your difficulties and added stress. Talking with others that are in the same position and possibly experiencing similar problems can provide great relief. Our groups are relaxed, informative and supportive.
    *If you are unable to attend a group but would like someone to talk to we can meet or speak on the phone.
    For more information: call/text Pat at 413-563-1981

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  77. Pat Keith said,

    July 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Are you raising others children? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Or do you know someone who is? Please share.

    Kinship Care Help! We invite you to join us.

    July 17- from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Meadowbrook Apartments in their Community Room, 491 Bridge Rd, Florence A light dinner and childcare will be available….

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  78. Alycia Duffy said,

    July 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Intro to Irish Dance 4-Day Intensive
    Hosted by the Duffy Academy of Irish Dance

    Monday, August 28th through Thursday, August 31st
    3:30pm – 5:30pm

    All ages are welcome (kids and adults)!

    Contact:
    duffyacademy@gmail.com
    http://www.duffyacademy.com

    Location: The Duffy Academy of Irish Dance
    1 Mill Valley Rd., Hadley, MA 01035
    Cost: $80 for four days

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  79. July 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Bring your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, furry (leashed) friends! Bring a frisbee and picnic blanket! And don’t forget to bring your appetite!

    The Belchertown Cultural Council is bringing Food Truck Friday to the Belchertown Common Friday July 28th from 5-8. The Clapp Library will be providing small crafts and activities for the kids.

    Find us on Facebook – Belchertown Cultural Council

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  80. July 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Grandparents/Kinship Support Group

    We offer a Grandparents/Kinship Caregivers Support Group at our Community Center (9 Russell Rd, Huntington) on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:15 -11:45 am. Free Childcare in the family center. This program is a collaboration of the Hilltown Community Health Centers and the United ARC, with funding generously supplied through Highland Valley Elder Services, the MA Department of Early Education and Care and the United Way of Hampshire County.
    For more information, call Kim Savery at 667-2203 x310 or Susan LeBarron at 667-2203 x311.

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  81. July 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Mike the Bubble Man

    Tuesday, July 18 at 11 a.m.
    Hatfield Public Library
    39 Main St.

    Free and open to all ages!

    Questions? Email kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com

    Special thanks to the Hatfield Cultural Council for sponsoring this program.

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  82. EDWARD KALER said,

    July 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Canoeing the Arcadia Marsh
    Sat, Aug 12, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)

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

    Explore the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely canoe trip. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Parents and guardians please plan to accompany children in canoes.
    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, Aug 19, 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.

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  83. Kristen Estelle said,

    July 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Wagon ride and picnic
    Friday, July 21st at 10am.
    Russell Memorial Park on South St. in Chesterfield

    Clay Hill Farm will meet us at the park with their wagon, and take us around the “mile square”. Upon returning to the park, we will enjoy a picnic lunch!

    Please call Sarah at 413-296-9201 so we may have an appropriate amount of food and drink.

    FREE and open to the public! All ages welcome!

    Sponsored in part by a grant from the Chesterfield Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Also funded in part by a multigenerational grant from Highland Valley Elder Services to the Chesterfield and Westhampton COAs, Chesterfield Public Library, CFCEs of Westhampton and Chesterfield, Davenport Child Care, and the New Hingham PTO.

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  84. July 7, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Classical Indian Dance Performance:
    Nataraj Dancers in Devotion

    Saturday, July 22 at 7:00pm
    Prakasa Yoga Studio (152 Ball Road in Goshen)

    Join us for a special evening of classical Indian dance, music and mudra with the Nararaj Dancers as they perform pieces around the theme of devotion. The dancers will also share the meaning of several mudras (hand positions) used to convey meaning, express emotion, tell story and teach us how to do them.

    Nataraj a local non-profit arts and education organization that promotes the traditional arts (dance, music, theatre) of South Asia, is located in W. Mass, with its roots in India. Nataraj Dancers is the resident dance company under the direction of Ranjanaa Devi, Artistic Director of the Asian Arts Department at UMass.

    RSVP: prakasayoga@gmail.com
    Questions: Contact Lynne at 413.268.7151
    Tickets: $20/adult, $10/17 and under, Free/5 and under.
    Performance: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:40pm)

    Suitable for all ages.

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  85. July 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Songs in the Soil pt. 2
    July 22nd
    10:30 – 11:30am
    Raindate: July 29th, 10:30 – 11:30am
    At Grow Food Northampton’s Community Gardens
    140 Meadow St., Florence MA 01062
    Free!

    Join us for a second round of songs and stories in the garden with Grow Food Northampton’s Youth Education Coordinator Caroline & friends.

    We will teach some garden songs, read a story or two, and lead a short exploration of the community gardens. This workshop is free & open to children of all ages, although it will be aimed towards kids under 10. Parents should stay with their children for the duration of the workshop. We will meet at the entrance of the Community Gardens at 10:30am. Please bring a blanket or something to sit on!

    Contact Caroline Rosa, caroline@growfoodnorthampton.com with questions

    https://www.facebook.com/events/245727429260461/

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  86. Keely Sarr said,

    July 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Free Family Workshops at the Mead Art Museum: “Art &…”
    Wednesdays in July, 1-3 PM
    Free for families with children ages 9-12

    See the arts come to life at the Mead Art Museum this summer! Families with children ages 9-12 are invited to explore the Mead through “Art &…,” a free series of Wednesday afternoon workshops. Join us on July 12 for the first in the series–“Art & Stories”–to make your own books, enjoy storytelling in the galleries, write letters in handmade envelopes, and more! Open to the public. Adults must accompany their children for the duration of the workshops (and are encouraged to take part, too!).

    July 12: “Art & Stories”
    July 19: “Art & Music”
    July 26: “Art & Theater”

    Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
    41 Quadrangle Drive
    Amherst, MA 01002

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  87. July 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Grow Food Northampton’s Youth Education Coordinator, Caroline, will be leading kids’ garden lessons on Wednesday mornings this summer.

    First workshop: All About Bees!
    Wednesday, July 12th from 9:00 – 10:30am.

    Meet at the entrance to Grow Food Northampton’s Community Gardens – 140 Meadow St., Florence MA 01062

    We’ll visit the bees on our farm, listen to a story and taste some local honey. This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Designed for children ages 5-10 with an adult, but open to children of all ages. Bring a water bottle, a blanket, and a snack!

    contact: caroline@growfoodnorthampton.com with questions

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  88. July 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Tamarack Hollow presents: Explore Peru!: Highland Plant, Tree, Fauna & Flora Hike at the Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru, MA Saturday July 8th 9am-1pm
    Learn about and how to identify plants, tree and signs of wildlife on this 3 mile moderate trek w/ Naturalist & Tamarack Hollow Director Aimee Gelinas, M.Ed. Hike is FREE, donations accepted. Supported by the Peru/Hinsdale Cultural Council, Central Berkshire Fund and the New England Forestry Foundation.
    To learn more visit: http://www.newenglandforestry.org
    Email: aimee@gaiaroots.com to register
    “Inspiring environmental & cultural awareness, appreciation & stewardship”
    http://www.tamarackhollow.com
    http://www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

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  89. July 5, 2017 at 11:25 am

    The Family Center Duck Derby fundraiser is on July 13th from 5:00 to 6:00 at the Hoosac River behind Noel Field, North Adams. Duck tickets are $5 each or a Quack Pack of 6 tickets for $25. This fundraiser benefits The Family Center Program.

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  90. June 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Circuit Central @ Tyler Memorial Library (157 Main Street, Charlemont), a FREE program for kids Grades 4-6, is happening from July 10-14 from 10 AM – 12 PM. We’ll be using batteries, LEDs, motors, buzzers, copper foil, conductive thread, and conductive play-dough to make paper circuits, night lights, origami, sculptures, and bookmarks light up, move, and make some noise.

    Contact the library to register or get more information at 413-339-4335 or charlemont.hawley.library@gmail.com

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  91. June 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Songs in the Soil: garden songs and stories for children

    Saturday, July 1st
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    140 Meadow St
    Florence MA

    Songs and stories in the garden with Grow Food Northampton’s Youth Education Coordinator Caroline & friends.

    We will teach some garden songs, read a story or two, and lead a short exploration of the community gardens.

    This workshop is free & open to children of all ages, although it will be aimed towards kids under 10. Parents should stay with their children for the duration of the workshop. We will meet at the entrance of the Community Gardens at 10:30am.

    Contact Caroline with questions: caroline@growfoodnorthampton.com / 413-320-4799 x 107

    https://www.facebook.com/events/172277526641496

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  92. Victoria said,

    June 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Happier Valley Comedy Show – All-new monthly improv comedy show! This month is our popular half-scripted, half-improvised show Scripted/Unscripted, featuring a cavalcade of talented improvisers and stage actors from the Pioneer Valley performing side by side. Saturday, July 8th at 8pm at the Hallie Flanagan Theater, Smith College, Northampton. Tickets: $13 at the door. Presented by Northampton Center for the Arts. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

    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 student improv group C-Flat. Saturday, July 8th at 10pm at the Hallie Flanagan Theater, Smith College, Northampton. Free show. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, July 15th 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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  93. Katie Carr said,

    June 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Butterflies & Books at Bullitt

    Sunday, July 16th
    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    What does an Eastern Tailed-blue, a Baltimore Checkerspot, and a Red Admiral have in common? They are all butterflies that can be found in the beautiful fields of the Bullitt Reservation in July!

    Join librarian Mike Kelly and local naturalist John Body on July 16th at 10:30 at the Bullitt Reservation. We will first view Lepidoptera (butterfly) and entomological (insect) books from Amherst College’s rare book collection, then we will hit the trail in search of some of the creatures we saw in the books!

    Registration is required, as space is limited to 20 people. To register, send an email to Katie Carr at hltoutreach@thetrustees.org or call 413-628-4485, ext 4.

    $10 for members of Hilltown Land Trust or The Trustees
    $15 for nonmembers

    http://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/events/butterflies-books

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  94. Josh Sitron said,

    June 25, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    LIVE PIANO KARAOKE!

    Local pianist / producer Josh Sitron hosts this live piano karaoke night at his studio 13 Queen (above Jake’s) in downtown Noho. Do a solo or sing along with the group. Lyrics included. All ages. DO start believin’…

    THURSDAYS 8pm-11pm

    @13 Queen Studio
    13 King St. (above Jake’s Restaurant)
    Northampton, MA

    Cost: Free / Donations Accepted

    More info: 646-675-1375

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  95. Kristen Estelle said,

    June 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    The Chesterfield Council on Aging joins Davenport Child Care in inviting Hilltowners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, to:

    A Community Concert and Family Picnic with Roger Tincknell
    Saturday, July 8th at 2pm
    Russell Memorial Park on South St. in Chesterfield
    The rain site will be the Chesterfield Community Center.

    Roger has been performing for over 40 years to groups of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. He is a two-time Parents’ Choice award-winning recording artist, and people can’t help but get into the music as he sings everything from ballads to swing to bluegrass. Food will be available to purchase from the snack shack, run by the Chesterfield Rec. Committee.

    FREE and open to the public! All ages welcome!

    Sponsored in part by a grant from the Chesterfield Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Also funded in part by a multigenerational grant from Highland Valley Elder Services to the Chesterfield and Westhampton COAs, Chesterfield Public Library, CFCEs of Westhampton and Chesterfield, Davenport Child Care, and the New Hingham PTO.

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  96. Kristen Estelle said,

    June 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    The Chesterfield Council on Aging joins the Chesterfield Public Library in inviting Hilltowners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, to:

    Yo-Yo People
    Wednesday, July 5th at 11am
    Chesterfield Community Center.

    Who would have thought you could make an entire show out of yo-yos? This husband and wife duo bring back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and The Human Rollercoaster.

    Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while hula hooping and unicycling are just some of their finely tuned feats. High skill and deft timing to swingin’ music coupled with high energy and sarcastic humor make the Yo-Yo People a favorite for every age.

    As seen on David Letterman, they hold 4 Guinness World Records, a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title, and have performed in 26 countries.

    FREE and open to the public!
    All ages welcome!

    Funded in part by the Friends of the Library, and a multigenerational grant from Highland Valley Elder Services to the Chesterfield and Westhampton COAs, Chesterfield Public Library, CFCEs of Westhampton and Chesterfield, Davenport Childcare, and the New Hingham PTO.

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  97. sarah buhl said,

    June 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    RESEARCH STUDIES FOR KIDS at AMHERST COLLEGE
    Call to set up a time that works for you and your family!

    Children ages 10-12 with parent • (413) 542-5619
    $50 compensation, Two-hour social and emotional experiences study
    peerstudy@amherst.edu

    Children ages birth – 10 with parent • (413) 542-5670
    Earn prizes or a $5 gift card, 30 minute behavioral study
    cladlab@amherst.edu

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  98. June 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Downtown Northampton’s Summer Stroll!
    Saturday, July 22 from 6-9pm
    Main Street, Downtown Northampton
    FREE!

    Main Street will be closed to cars and filled with live music and family-friendly entertainment! Come dance the night away, grab a bit to eat, visit with baby animals, interact with giant puppets, get your face painted or sport a temporary tattoo, catch a bmx show (with local riders on 2 ramps!), see local dancers, hear local bands, march with the Expandable Brass Band, learn more about local non-profit organizations and more!

    Location: Main Street, Downtown Northampton
    Cost: FREE!
    More information: Visit http://www.northamptonsummerstroll.com or email Amy at amy@northamptondna.com.

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  99. Josh Sitron said,

    June 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    The Request Room – Live Piano Karaoke
    June 29th and Thursdays in July from 8pm-11pm

    FREE / Donations accepted. Local pianist / producer Josh Sitron hosts this live piano karaoke night at his studio 13 Queen (above Jake’s) in downtown Noho. Do a solo or sing along with the group. Lyrics included. More rock, pop, soul, and punk, but showtunes done happily by request. Good for what ails ya.

    For more information email therequestroom@gmail.com

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  100. EDWARD KALER said,

    June 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Dragonflies for Beginners

    Sat, Jul 15, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: All (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)

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

    Explore the world of dragonflies and damselflies, jewels of the insect world. We’ll learn tips on how to identify the common species in our area and go for a walk to find them.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Long pants are recommended for tick prevention.
    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  101. Tamsin said,

    June 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Work Party at the Stevens Property!

    Saturday, June 24th
    9:00am
    Pisgah Road, Huntington

    Help Hilltown Land Trust maintain the public trails at this gorgeous piece of protected land, known for early spring wildflowers and a great variety of ferns, as well as being host to many birds species, plus moose, deer, bear, coyote, porcupine, and many other mammals.

    Hilltown Land Trust maintains almost 4 miles of public trails on the Stevens property, and though the majority of the work that needs to be done this weekend is trail clearing and near the trail entrance, we hope one or two volunteers will be willing to walk the entire trail (not with a chainsaw!).

    All ages are welcome, but please be aware that sharp tools will be used.

    If you’re joining us, please bring:

    -clippers, loppers, or a handsaw
    -a chainsaw if you have one
    -gloves if you need them
    -sturdy shoes, clothes that can get dirty
    -water, bug repellent, snacks, etc.

    Please RSVP to Tamsin at hltlandsteward@thetrustees.org if you plan to join us!

    For directions to the Stevens Property, visit http://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/protected-lands/hlt-hiking-trails-and-maps/hiking-stevens-property-huntington-ma

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  102. Beit Ahavah said,

    June 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Friday July 7, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

    Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck: Tot Sha-Summer!

    Led by Marlene Rachelle. Tot Shabbat is the jamming monthly musical hour welcoming the Sabbath for families with kids ages 0-6 & their friends. Bring a nut free vegetarian dish to share, and pizza is provided. This summer month we will also have fruit popsicles!

    Free!

    Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton
    130 Pine St
    Florence, MA
    (413) 587-3770
    info@beitahavah.org
    http://www.beitahavah.org

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  103. Kara Demler said,

    June 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Marc Black – A History of the 50s & 60s Through the Lens of Popular Song

    Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00PM

    A recent inductee into the NY Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, Mark Black has created an engaging and humorous program and an opportunity for the audience to relive this colorful time in our history. Well received all across the Country, folks cheerfully sing along from beginning to end!

    Tickets $10 – $20: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2990328
    Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin St, Lee MA 01238
    413-394-5023

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  104. Kara Demler said,

    June 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Families First: Bowey the Clown

    July 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    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

    Admission free. Suggested donation $5

    http://www.spectrumplayhouse.org/event/families-first-bowey-clown/?instance_id=35862
    20 Franklin Street
    Lee, MA 01238
    413-394-5023

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  105. Amy LeFebvre said,

    June 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Oil and Water – DO MIX!

    Opening Reception: June 30, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    The Good Purpose Gallery looks forward to a colorful collaboration between two artists whose painting styles could not be more different and yet share a striking synergy together. Marguerite Bride’s watercolor paintings and Karen Jacobs’ oil paintings will be on view Wednesday, June 28th through Monday, August 7th. We hope you’ll join us in the gallery on Friday, June 30th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for a much-anticipated opening reception and an opportunity to mingle with Marge and Karen and hear about their art processes and passions.

    http://goodpurpose.org/oil-and-water-do-mix/
    40 Main Street
    Lee, MA 01238

    Call 413.394.5045 for more information.

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  106. June 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Bumble Bee Workshop and Citizen Science Opportunity!

    June 28th – 5:30-7:30 pm
    Bullitt Reservation
    332 Bullitt Road
    Ashfield

    Franklin Land Trust and Hilltown Land Trust invite you to an evening workshop on bumble bees. Rob Gegear, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will share his research on the startling decline of bumble bees, and some new technology that will allow you to help these important pollinators survive and thrive!

    Learn about a new smartphone app called “Bee-cology.” Naturalists of any age or experience level can use “Bee-cology” to participate in this citizen science project geared towards monitoring and protecting bumble bees. This exciting new app will be available for download soon!

    Free and open to all ages. Light refreshments provided. Come prepared to be outdoors!

    To learn more, email Emily Johnson at ejohnson@franklinlandtrust.org, or call (413) 625-9151.

    http://www.franklinlandtrust.org/events/bees

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  107. June 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Super fun kids band, http://www.thebiglittles.com playing at Eric Carle, Saturday, 6/10/17, 11am, $5.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1179131752197524/

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  108. matwooddml said,

    June 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Video Game Day
    July 1 (Sat) 1pm-3pm

    Ages 6+ (adults will enjoy the retro games!)
    Free.
    No need to pre-register.

    Sponsor: Dickinson Memorial Library (Northfield)
    Location: Northfield Elementary School gymnasium (104 Main St)
    Presenter: R-Cade Entertainment

    Interactive shoulder-to-shoulder game playing on multiple giant-screen projections, with ability to have more than 10 participants competing at once, and quick competitions so everybody enjoys playing, watching, and cheering. Team competitions facilitated by R-Cade Entertainment give the event a game-show feel in which everyone participates, and non-violent games are appropriate for all ages 6 years old and above. Games are easy to learn, hard to master. Middle-age participants will enjoy a blast from their past on retro consoles like Nintendo and Sega Genesis, and everyone will enjoy new platforms like Xbox and Wii. Learn good sportsmanship, patience, learning through failure, and of course have a blast playing video games!

    Questions? Please contact the Dickinson Memorial Library at (413) 498 – 2455.

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  109. Nyk Lifson said,

    June 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

    June 29, 1999…in 2017!
    June 29, 2017
    Eric Carle Museum 1:30pm
    Free with Museum Admission
    Artichokes in Anchorage! Parsnips in Providence! In David Weisner’s book, June 29, 1999, a young girl’s science project begins with seedlings sent up in the atmosphere, and ends with an invasion of giant vegetables! Come to The Carle for a special storytime followed by a collaborative window installation project where young artists imagine what vegetable they see flying through the sky.
    Signed copies of June 29, 1999 will be available in the Museum Shop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

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  110. Nyk Lifson said,

    June 7, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
    Through November 27, 2017
    Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

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  111. Nyk Lifson said,

    June 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
    June 18 – November 5, 2017
    David Weisner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art. The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Weisner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

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