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72 Comments

  1. May 29, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Get ready to be refreshed this summer with IS183 Art School’s June Intensives….!

    Watercolor Landscape at Field Farm, Williamstown with Tony Conner. Explore color theory, paint techniques and changing light. June 1-5, 9:30am to 12:30pm. IS183 (or TTOR) Member Tuition $180 Not Yet Member $210

    Clay, Smoke, & Fire at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge with Paula Shalan. Experience spontaneous method of smoke firing. June 1-5 from 9:30am-12:30pm. IS183 Member Tuition $180 Not Yet Member $195 Plus $65 Materials and studio Fee

    Documentary Photography at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge with Thad Kubis. Learn how to interpret the complexities and possibilities of the scene. June 8-12 from 9:30am-12:30pm. IS183 Member Tuition $180 Not Yet Member $210

    Collage & Mixed Media: Art and Yoga Intensive at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge with Karen Arp-Sandel. Begin with yoga then enter the creative zone. June 8-12 from 9:30am-12:30pm. IS183 Member Tuition $210 Not Yet Member $245 Plus $20 Materials Fee

    Drawing as an Extreme Sport at The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown with Kathline Carr. Bulk up your 2D skills and Build your creative muscle! June 8-12 from 9:30am-12:30pm. IS183 (or The Clark) Member Tuition $180 Not Yet Member $210

    Call to register 413-298-5252 X100

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  2. Jane Kaufman said,

    May 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Montague Jazz Festival takes place Father’s Day, June 21, 2-6 p.m., at the Montague Center Town Common.
    * The Bad News Jazz & Blues Big Band Orchestra and the Broken Cello Orchestra will play.
    * Bring your own lawn chairs — and dancing shoes. In case of rain, the concert moves inside First Congregational Church. It’s free.
    * Strawberry shortcake for sale.
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  3. Dane said,

    May 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Free! “Keeping Your Bounty Fresh” at Red Fire Farm

    Red Fire Farm is kicking off the CSA season with a free lesson and demonstration at their Granby location. Chef Dane, founder of the Julia Poppins School of Cooking, and Granby Crew Cook, will show you how to properly store and preserve your harvest bounty for maximum freshness. Julia Poppins School of Cooking promotes food literacy through fun, confidence-building, hands-on, in-home cooking lessons in Northampton, Massachusetts.

    With an engaging combination of expertise, wit, and fun, Chef Dane will walk you through the basics and beyond. All attendees will get to sample fresh farm produce, and receive a discount coupon for a lesson with the Julia Poppins School of Cooking.

    Sunday, June 14 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Red Fire Farm
    7 Carver Street
    Granby, Ma

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  4. May 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Here at Bug Hill Farm, our blueberries are flowering and the on-farm workshop series continues –
    Join us on the farm for…
    Ten Essential Herbs for a Healthier Lifestyle
    a workshop with master herbalist Bonnie Bloom of Blue Crow Botanicals

    9:30 to 12:30 on Saturday, May 30th
    $45 workshop cost; register online
    Rain date: May 31st

    Explore the healing powers of 10 medicinal plants
    Identify, grow, and take cuttings of native and cultivated elderberries
    Make elderberry syrup
    Create vitalizing root decoction teas and soothing infusions with these plants

    Continue the discussion over lunch!
    $15 optional home-cooked farm-grown lunch buffet or BYO

    Don’t forget to join us next weekend for a rare opportunity to learn alongside expert ecologist Tom Wessels!

    Successional Patterns on a Working Berry Farm
    a workshop with terrestrial ecologist and scholar Tom Wessels of Antioch University.

    10:00 to 12:30 (rain or shine) on Saturday, June 6th
    $55 workshop cost; register online
    For more information please visit http://www.bughillfarm.org

    We hope to see you there!

    Kate Kerivan, owner/grower
    (413) 628-3980
    Bug Hill Farm
    POB 516
    Ashfield MA 01330
    http://www.bughillfarm.org

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  5. May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    HOW TO BE TOGETHER WHEN NO ONE CAN AGREE
    5 Steps To Growing A Connected, Peaceful Family

    A free presentation at Grow, Thornes, 150 Main St., Northampton, Ma.
    Saturday, June 27
    12:00-1:30 pm
    Call Grow at 413-341-5282 to register.

    Is it hard to find time to be together as a family? And when you do find the time, is it hard to know how you want to be together? What you want to do together? Hard to agree on what that might be?

    Come away with:

    *Greater insight into how to create family connection.
    *Clarity about what your family’s biggest connection challenge is.
    *Confirmation about what’s working to connect you family.
    *And a first step you will take to make the changes you want to make.

    Presenter: Nancy Francisco, Certified Professional Coach
    http://www.thecelebrationcoach.com

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  6. May 27, 2015 at 8:06 am

    The First Annual Wolf Tree Festival is almost here! *This Sunday, May 31, from 12-5 at the Sunderland Town Park (50 Park Road, Sunderland)*. Entry to events is free. All proceeds raised (via donations, raffle ticket sales, and food and drink sales) benefit the Wolf Tree Scholarship Fund. The schedule and raffle items are available on the Wolf Tree Fundraiser page (http://www.wolftreema.com/wolf-tree-scholarship-fundrais/) and on
    Facebook, and it’s a really nice group of offerings.

    Roots and Rootlets classes have been great additions to the Valley
    home school offerings – come get a taste of what these kids can now
    teach you! Come learn about these weekday programs and more, including Tupelo weekends! This event will be held rain or shine, and the
    Sunderland Park has a covered pavilion and restrooms.

    Come to learn some primitive skills, play games, and enter to win
    great raffle prizes, including a full CSA share for Mountain View
    Farm!

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  7. May 26, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Cash Is King In Tribute To Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings at The Majestic Theater Fri Jul 10th

    The performers from the 2013 & 2014 sold out shows Cash is King Are Returning to the Majestic Theatre In West Springfield In a Spectacular Live Tribute to Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings..

    Friday July 10th

    8:00 PM

    Cost: $ 23 & $25

    For Tickets Call; 413.747.7797 Or Visit the Box Office Open Monday-Friday, 10am – 5pm
    + Saturday, 10am – 1pm

    131 Elm Street
    W. Springfield MA 01089

    Nobody lived life like Johnny Cash and nobody plays Johnny Cash like ʺCash Is Kingʺ.

    Legendary country rebels Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings come to life with this full band extravaganza that gives Vintage Country & Non Country fans alike the chance to experience a Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings Live Tribute Show…

    Video & Website Links:

    Folsom Prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INfzxJYymB8

    #W.Springfield,#ManInBlack, #WalkTheLine, #MA, #CountryMusic,#Northeast, #MajesticTheatre, #JohnnyCash,#WaylonJennings, #Tribute

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  8. Liz said,

    May 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Thursday, May 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Book Signing and Trunk Show – Gudrun Johnston
    South Deerfield, MA

    International knitwear designer, blogger, and Shetland tour leader Gudrun Johnston will join us at Sheep & Shawl with some knitted samples from her new book The Shetland Trader 2. Gudrun was born in Shetland, but for a few years has been a “local fiber artist” to us, living in neighboring Shutesbury. However, this summer she will move back to her homeland in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are very fortunate to have booked her before she leaves! At Sheep & Shawl in the Tibetan Plaza, Rtes 5/10, South Deerfield. (Children who knit are welcome with a parent.) Free. Refreshments provided. 413-397-3680 http://www.sheepandshawl.com

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  9. May 26, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hi. Please pass the word around that this Friday is the very last ice skating for homeschoolers Till Sept/Oct 2015. Sincerely, Anne

    HS Ice Skating this FRI Mullins 11am Amherst
    HS ICE SKATING today FRIDAY MULLINS********* UMASS
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/events/detail/home-school-skate
    ***
    Fri, May 29, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    Canceled Fri, Jun 5, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM Canceled
    *******
    Cost is $5 per child their adult is free (no cost for rentals)
    check lost and found
    Bring coins for the meters (1 ticket is $20 dollars)
    Bring your own food and water (vending machines do not always work)
    Please feel free to bring your own 5 galloon clean buckets to use for learning to skate or to play
    Bring cash or checks (no credit cards accepted)
    Have fun and tell others about the ice skating!!!! Keep it going for the next homeschoolers!!!
    Thanks
    Anne

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  10. gayathomemom said,

    May 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    The Annual Northampton Parent Center Tag Sale!

    Saturday May 30th 9-1

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

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  11. May 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

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

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

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

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

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  12. GINA BEAVERS said,

    May 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Community Music School of Springfield will present its Fifth Annual Musical Roots & Traditions Youth Music Festival Sunday May 31, from 12:00 noon to 3 pm. Musical Roots & Traditions is a free, city wide Youth Music Festival and collaborative celebration of the rich cultural diversity of the Greater Springfield area. This event features music and dance, face painting, food vendors and other family friendly activities. Musical Roots & Traditions will be held at STCC and Springfield Armory National Site. Free parking is available on site. This event will be held rain or shine.

    The Festival will feature music performed by CMSS student groups and community partners including the award winning SONIDO MUSICA middle school instrumental program, as well as String City & CitySounds Orchestra, Community Drum Circle (which includes students from CMSS’ Prelude Preschool & Kindergarten of the Arts, CMSS drum students, String Village, featuring first and second grade students of St. Michael’s Academy and Zanetti Montessori School, Community Voices, CMSS chorus group, and the CMSS Charles Majid Greenlee Scholarship Jazz Ensemble.

    Local food vendor, Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill, will be on hand to offer visitors delicious food to purchase throughout the event.For more information, call CMSS at 413-732-8428 or visit our website at http://www.communitymusicschool.com

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  13. May 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Strawberry Soiree at Red Fire Farm on Saturday, June 20
    Join us at the farm in Montague for a celebration of the strawberry during the peak of picking season! We grow at least nine varieties of strawberries, each with their own unique flavor. This is a fantastic event for the whole family.

    We’ll have strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries for sale, as well as seasonal produce from the farm. If you don’t want to pick your own, there will be quarts of strawberries for sale, by the variety.

    Our day-time events are free and open to the public. To purchase tickets for our Feast in the Field dinner, visit our website here: http://redfirefarm.com/news/strawberrysoiree.html

    Schedule for the Day:

    10 AM-5 PM One-Day-Only Public Pick Your Own for Organic Strawberries.

    2-5 PM Strawberry Varietal Tasting, Home-made Strawberry Shortcake for Sale.

    2-3 PM Walking Tour of the farm’s new Interpretive Trail (by Mount Grace)

    2:30-5 PM Live music

    4-5:30 PM Fairy House Building

    Ticketed Events:
    5:30-8 PM Cheese and Strawberry Opening Course, Strawberry Soiree Feast in the Field; Live Music.

    We’ll see you at 184 Meadow Rd., Montague, MA starting at 10 am! For more information, contact recipes@redfirefarm.com or call 413-467-7645.

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  14. Melissa said,

    May 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Full Moon Girls is having their Open Visit Day where girls are invited to join in the wilderness to see what our programs are like! Located in Montague, MA.

    Friday 5/22: 9:30-3:30. Girls 9-15, in clans by age & experience.
    Saturday 5/23: 9:30-2:30. Girls 7-15, in clans by age & experience.

    For more information visit us at: http://www.vermontwildernessschool.org/programs/full-moon-girls or call 413-367-6191!

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  15. May 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Baby at My Breast–Reflections of a Nursing Mother
    Reading and Discussion
    The Hartsbrook School, Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m.
    Piening Hall Assembly Room

    Free. All Welcome.

    See the article in today’s Gazette:
    http://www.gazettenet.com/artsentertainment/hampshirelife/16870602-95/book-bag-girl-at-war-by-sara-novic-baby-at-my-breast-reflections-of

    Also: http://www.cherylannelatuner.com/

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  16. May 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Free Puppet Show!
    When: This week, Saturday May 16th at 11:00 AM
    Who: GOOD NEWS GUS from the Greater Boston Area will entertain and delight everyone who comes!
    Ages: Best for ages 0-7 years old.
    Where: Goodwin Memorial Library, Hadley , at the corner of Rt. 9 and Rt 47 (across the street from the Donut Man).

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  17. May 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Looking for a summer camp for your 4 or 5-year-old? Hartsbrook Farm Camp still has a few spots left in the Sprout program. Campers will feed the goats and sheep, collect eggs, card wool, finger knit, make bread, keep a farm journal, play water games and much more. One week sessions starting June 15th. For more information:

    http://www.hartsbrook.org/programs/land-stewardship/farm-camp/

    or call The Hartsbrook School at 413-584-3198.

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  18. May 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Berkshire Museum Special Events

    God Mountains and Fengshui Forests: Folk Conservation Systems and Ecological Sustainability in China
    6/6/15
    10:30am-11:30am
    Included with museum admission
    Dr. Chris Coggins, a professor of geography and Asian Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will discuss his research on village sacred landscapes in the Tibetan and Han culture regions of western and southern China. The author of The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China (University of Hawaii, 2003) and co-editor with Emily Yeh of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes of the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands (University of Washington, 2014), Coggins has been conducting field research in rural China since 1990.

    Korean Brush-painting demonstration with Sungsook Setton
    6/25/15
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    Included with museum admission
    Sungsook Setton is a Korean-American artist and calligrapher. Besides her training in brush painting and calligraphy under Chinese and Korean masters, she has also studied Western art in Germany, the UK and the United States, obtaining her BA in Studio Art at Stony Brook University and MFA in interdisciplinary art at Goddard College. Setton’s work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the UK, Taiwan, Korea and the United States.

    Cooking Class with Deanna Cook
    7/18/15
    11:00am-2:00pm
    $25/family (one adult one youth); $7 for each additional child. $20/member families; $5 for additional youth.
    Local author Deanna Cook will present this hands-on workshop to celebrate the release of her new children’s cookbook Cooking Class. Families will learn to make (and eat!) sushi, spring rolls and lettuce wraps and each family will receive their own copy of the cookbook to take home at the end of the program.

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  19. May 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass invites you to a Nakba Day Commemoration.

    Friday, May 15, 2015
    NAKBA DAY COMMEMORATION
    Northampton, MA
    5pm: Demonstration at City Hall (210 Main Street)
    6pm: Palestinian narratives of the Nakba at Friends Meeting House
    with Michel Moushabeck, Hind Mari and Youness Batr
    (43 Center Court)

    The Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) is the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages as the result of the creation of the independent state of Israel in 1948.

    The people who lost their homes during the Nakba and their descendants, numbering in the millions, remain refugees to this day. In addition, since 1948, many Palestinians have faced subsequent forced displacements and confiscation of land and other resources by the Israeli government.

    EACH YEAR ON MAY 15, Palestinians and others across the world gather to commemorate the Nakba and protest its continuing impact.

    Jewish Voice for Peace believes that acknowledging Palestinian histories and the Nakba are crucial elements of working for lasting peace, justice, and freedom for all the peoples of Israel and Palestine.

    On Friday, May 15, please join us to commemorate Nakba Day in Northampton. At 5pm, there will be a demonstration on the steps of City Hall (210 Main Street), including the reading aloud from accounts of Palestinian displacement. At 6pm at the Friends Meeting House (43 Center Court), local Palestinian speakers including Michel Moushabeck, Hind Mari and Youness Batr will discuss the Nakba as a historical event and as an ongoing crisis of dispossession. Their testimonies will be followed by questions from the audience and a closing ritual.

    Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass, Western Mass Coalition for Palestine, and Code Pink

    Contact us as at jvp-western-mass@googlegroups.com

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  20. Motion Man said,

    May 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    MOTION MAN

    Motion Man, aka Jody Scalise will perform his show of Mime/Magic/Circus/Illusion/Comedy
    At The Arts Block in Greenfield Mass. On May 17, 2015 at 3pm.
    Tix are $10 at the door for adults and $7 online. $5 for children. Veterans and Military personnel with valid military ID, free.
    http://www.theartsblock.com
    289 Main St. Greenfield, Ma.
    http://www.jodyscalise.com
    “He is a great clown!” Marcel Marceau
    “A perfectly timed act..” Yankee

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  21. Dave Pierce said,

    May 10, 2015 at 7:43 am

    BILL FLAGG CONFIRMED FOR CHESTER ON TRACK

    Rock & Roll pioneer, Bill Flagg has been confirmed as a live act for this year’s Chester On Track on May 16th. Under contract for both Tetra and CBS Records in the early years of rock, he is the artist credited with coining the term ‘rockabilly’.

    He wrote a catalog of music, many of them train songs including, That Great American Special, Somewhere Near Bangor Maine, Jim Smally’s Train, and John Henry & The Captain. It has been a number of years since he performed live. He will appear with his son, and a cadre of local session men from all along the Boston & Albany Line, christened the ‘Bluegrass Jammin’ Band’ for the event. They will play from noon to 4 PM. Pioneer Valley Fiddlers will open at 11 AM. It is a show not to be missed.

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  22. May 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Wind Power at the Meekins Library, Williamsburg, STEAMcraft (science, technology, engineering, art, math) program. Learn about the power of the wind, renewable energy and sustainability. Kids can make a balloon powered car, or a wind powered pinwheel, or both. For children ages 6-11. Saturday, May 30 from 11am-2pm in the Hawks~Hayden Room. Free. Contact Susan Cornell at scornell@cwmars.org or call the library at 413-268-7472.

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  23. May 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    A month of Miyazaki this May as part of the Family Film Series! Join us this Saturday, May 9 for HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. Saturday, May 16 we’re screening PORCO ROSSO, and Saturday, May 23 we have the Academy Award winning SPIRITED AWAY. All shows in our Family Film Series are just $5 per ticket, and always at 10am on Saturdays. Check our website for future films: http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/family-friendly-programming

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  24. May 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    The UMass Fine Arts Center Asian Arts & Culture Program is looking for music makers and dancers! They need participants of all ages to help create a musical soundscape composed by local percussionist Tony Vacca!

    The River Soundscape performance is part of a day of FREE activities called The River’s Song Celebration taking place on Saturday, May 16 in Turners Falls, MA. (A full schedule can be found here.)

    The River Soundscape is inspired by the water cycle of the Connecticut River and will be performed at 4 p.m. in the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls. Tony will help music makers create the soundscape with percussion, non-traditional instruments and body music. No musical experience is necessary! Music makers will rehearse from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm with a break from 3-3:45. (Just in time to see The River Parade!) At 4 p.m. music makers will open Tony’s performance with the soundscape.

    Music not your thing???!!! Perhaps you’d like to learn a few African dance moves with Sekou Sylla during the same timeframe in the Shea Theater lobby?

    Music makers and dancers should call the UMass Fine Arts Center Asian Arts & Culture Program at 413-577-2486 or email aacp@acad.umass.edu to get on the participant list or for more information. (If they don’t answer just leave your name and the number of music/dance makers who will be attending.)

    The River’s Song Project Celebration is a collaborative effort between the UMass Fine Arts Center Asian Arts and Culture Program, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), Turners Falls RiverCulture, the Great Falls Discovery Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Department of Conservation Resources, the Nolumbeka Project, the Shelburne Falls Art Garden, Millers Falls Arts Bridge, RiverSmart Communities, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

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  25. May 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Berkshire Museum Calendar Listing (June-July)

    Learner’s Lab: Bookbinding
    6/13/2015: 10-11AM
    Local artist Michael Vincent Bushy will present several bookbinding techniques that can be used both at home and in the classroom.

    Tales from the East
    7/11/2015: 11am-12pm; $15/$8; $5/$3
    Join Caravan Puppets for a performance of four classic stories from Asia! Enjoy a wide diveristy of puppets and puppetry styles with beautiful staging and original music.

    The Contemporary Flute
    7/12/2015: 2-3pm; $15/$8; $5/$3
    Join Massachusetts based flutist Erin Pulley in an exciting program exploring the connection between modern culture and the music that represents and embodies that culture.

    Learner’s Lab: Dumplings
    7/25/2015: 10-11am; free with admission
    Chef/Owner Sabrina Tan of popular Pittsfield restaurant Flavours of Malaysia will guide visitors through the process of assembling, shaping and cooking a variety of delicious dumplings.

    Sake Tasting
    7/28/2015: 5:30-7:00pm; $30 general public; $25 museum members
    Spend an evening exploring sake, surrounded by art in our beautiful summer exhibit Immortal Present: Art and East Asia.

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  26. Brie said,

    May 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    THIS Saturday, May 9th – Family 2 Family Tag Sale

    Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
    Time: 8:00am -12:00pm
    Location: All Saints Episcopal Church at 7 Woodbridge Street in South Hadley

    Event: The South Hadley Family Center is hosting a community tag sale. Great pre-owned children’s clothing, toys, sports gear, games, strollers, carriers, nursery décor and so much more! Fifteen families selling quality items in one space, plus a bake sale and gift basket raffle. Donation of $2-5 at the door is greatly appreciated and directly funds the South Hadley Family Center’s events and programs. Please contact shfckids@yahoo.com or call 413-533-7096 with inquiries

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  27. May 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    CHESTER ON TRACK Historically listed downtown Chester, May 16,
    9 AM to 4 PM Parade, crafts, historic exhibits, demos, classic cars, duck race, food and more. FREE (donations appreciated.) Sponsored by the Chester Foundation, Inc. Chester Railway Station on Facebook, 413-354-7878 or http://www.chesterrailwaystation.net

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  28. May 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, is183.org – Narrative Illustration at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge with Adam Gudeon. Learn the art of visual narrative. Explore the narrative forms of children’s picture books, graphic novels for all ages, visual essays/journalism and visual memoir. We’ll look at the finest examples, learn the process and techniques and do hands-on work in these forms. A great way to get started on projects you’ve dreamed about or advance works-in-progress. Roads to publication will be discussed as well. May 16 & 17 from 10am-4pm.

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  29. Pamela Snow said,

    May 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Come Plant a Rainbow at the Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield on Sat. May 23rd from 10:30-11:30 am.
    Families with young children are invited to join in this FREE EVENT and take a home a FREE GARDENING KIT after enjoying a flower story, helping us to plant a rainbow garden for the library, and learning about what flowers are for…
    Sponsored by CFCE Mohawk Trail

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  30. Jessica Day said,

    May 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

    The Deerfield Academy Dance, Music, and Theater programs will present “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens on May 17 at 2:00 pm in the Academy’s Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall. The event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public.
    For more information, please contact chynds@deerfield.edu.

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  31. April 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    The Community Network for Children presents a FREE parent/child-giver workshop: Beyond Bossing, Begging & Bribing with Jeanine K. Fitzgerald.

    Date: Saturday May 16, 2015
    Time: 9am-11am
    Where: Leverett Elementary School

    Free child care available with pre-registration. Contact Gillian or Joie at CNC for more information at 978-544-5157, or email at budine@erving.com or cmc@erving.com

    Description:
    Have you ever heard someone say, “What part of no don’t you understand?” or “Because I said so, that’s why!” Or maybe, you have thought there has to be a better way to get our children to listen to us. This session explores three choices about teaching and parenting styles and their effects on children. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a personal approach to using an authoritative style.

    Jeanine Fitzgerald, M.A. is a Certified Human Behavior Consultant, and a national speaker in the areas of program assessment, program development, supervision, family-focused interventions, child development services, parent support groups and training, as well as professional development seminars.

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  32. Lara Dubin said,

    April 30, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Northfield Elementary Spring Carnival & Fun Run on Sat, May 9th, 9am-2pm at the Northfield Elementary School (104 Main St, Northfield MA) behind the school. The Fun Run is for kids grades K-6 and is a free 1/2 mile run down Main St. – the race starts promptly at 9am – arrive early to register! This year’s theme is CRAZY COLOR! Runners are welcome to dress in favorite colors, bright patterns or solids-whatever they like. Wear your colors loud and proud!! The Carnival starts at 9:30 and will have game booths, face painting, DJ Chase Barton, bounce houses, food, bake sale, Touch a Truck, Scholastic Book Fair, and much much more! Organized by the NES PTO, email northfieldelementarypto@gmail.com with any questions. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to supporting the needs of the students and teachers of the Northfield Elementary School.

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  33. April 29, 2015 at 11:34 am

    The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community welcome families, care givers, and community members to join us for a workshop entitled “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse”. The workshop will discuss how to evaluate and address children’s behaviors and how to communicate prevention messages and teach boundaries to children in order to keep them safe.

    This free workshop is on Friday May 8th from 10a-12p at the Gateway Family Center. Childcare and refreshments are provided. Contact Kim Savery at (413) 667-2203 or Sheela Haque at (413) 658-4756 for more information.”

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  34. April 29, 2015 at 9:50 am

    The Community Dance Program at Stoneleigh-Burnham School presents “The Magic Tree House,” a dance performance based on the book series by Mary Pope Osborne and choreographed by Ann Sorvino. The performance will be held at 4 p.m. in Emerson Hall on the Stoneleigh-Burnham campus at 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Community Dance Program: http://www.sbschool.org/programs/community-dance/

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  35. Nancy Farber said,

    April 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Cushman Scott Children’s Center annual May Day Celebration!
    Saturday, May 2, 2105 9 AM- 12. at71 Henry Street North Amherst- Parking by the Cushman Market….
    .Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 AM
    Morris Dancers at 10:00 AM
    Maypole Dancing at 11:00 AM. All ages welcomed.
    Free admission
    Pancakes and bake sale by donation.
    Kids crafts!
    Call Nancy at 413-549-1167

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  36. April 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway!

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

    Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, in Conway, MA.

    Pre-registration is required (www.earthworkprograms.com).

    Attend all, some or one: first come, first served!

    SATURDAY, May 16
    Sat, 5/16, 9:00-12:00, Seeing through the Eyes of Animals (Tracking)–$40/adult, $20/child with adult prepaid
    Sat, 5/16, 1:00-4:00, Wild Edibles–Wild Edibles: $45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid
    Sat, 5/16, 6:00-9:00, Storytelling & Night Navigation–$40/adult, $20/child with adult prepaid

    SUNDAY, May 17
    Sun, 5/17, 9:00-12:00, The Art of Fire–$40/adult, $20/child with adult prepaid
    Sun, 5/17, 1:00-4:00, Intro to Wilderness Survival–$40/adult, $20/child with adult prepaid

    Add $10/person if pay day of

    Coming for all 5 Workshops? Call (413-340-1161) to ask about the 2-person discount and camping overnight!

    or visit: http://earthworkprograms.com/family-programs/outdoor-adventure-wilderness-skills-weekend-getaway/ for all the details!

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  37. Robert Aubin said,

    April 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Mother’s Day Breakfast – Berkshire Lodge of Masons

    The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, 62 Center Street in Adams, will be putting on a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday May 10 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. All Mother’s will receive a free carnation. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors, $6 for children under 12, and Free for Children 5 and under. Breakfast includes pancakes, waffles, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more.

    For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/berkshirelodge

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  38. April 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    free -Kind Mind With Story-Teller John Porcino at Jones Library
    Saturday, April 25
    Kids ages 5-8 are invited to the Jones Library for an anti-bullying performance with Story-Teller John Porcino.
    Where: Jones Library
    Woodbury Room
    43 Amity Street
    Amherst
    When: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Who: Recommended for kids ages 5-8
    How: Just show up
    Cost: Free
    For more info: Jones Library

    FREE Jones Library, Amherst, MA
    Bring coins for the meters? I think you have to pay on Saturdays? Yes?

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  39. April 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    The Hitchcock Center is breaking ground! Amherst, MA

    On May 1, 2015, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment will break ground for a world-class environmental center designed and constructed to the world’s toughest standards for sustainable development. The 9000 square-foot Center will be New England’s first public environmental education facility to join the Living Building Challenge™, 20 performance standards that require buildings to be self-sufficient for energy and water and to meet strict requirements for green materials and for the quality of its indoor environment. Worldwide, fewer than ten buildings have been fully certified as living buildings. Speakers include Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Representative Ellen Story, Acting Commissioner Dan Burgess of the MA Department of Energy Resources, Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College and other community representatives. Read more here. Please join us on May 1, 2015 at 4:30pm. RSVP via email or by calling 413-256-6006. Parking provided at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.

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  40. April 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES for children 0-3 years and their people.
    Beginning May 5. Six Tuesdays. 9-10am. (Register by April 29.)
    at the Blue Guitar Studio, Easthampton
    Music- and Play-based. Based on award-winning Signing Time series.

    $85/6-week session. Drop-ins welcome.
    For more information on this series and a spring Saturday series meeting at various kid hot spots around the region, check out startwithsign.com. Or find us on Facebook.

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  41. Deb Holman said,

    April 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Books and Bhangra!
    Friday, May 1 at 4-6pm
    Brooks House, 132 Main St., Brattleboro
    Bhangra dancing with Erin Maile O’Keefe of Circus Yoga, in the Atrium
    Free children’s book fair at Oak Meadow, on the second floor
    Free for all ages

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  42. Marco Monroy said,

    April 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    PIECEWORK Exhibition

    Location: Mill Arts Project, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street Rm 137, Easthampton, MA
    Website: fugitivearts.org
    All events are free and open to the public.

    PIECEWORK Opening
    Saturday, May 9, 5-8 PM
    Collaborative multi-media exhibition featuring evocative textile collage by Esther S White and a dreamscape of paintings and soft sculpture by Cathe Janke. This dynamic multi-media installation invites audience participation, with artwork that can be heard, handled, touched, read, and even hugged.

    PIECEWORK Chapbook Anthology Release
    Thursday, May 21, 6-8 PM
    Sister Sister Books celebrates release of a new anthology of remnant and scrap-based poetry. In conjunction with PIECEWORK, a multi-media exhibition of painting, textile, and performance collage. Guest Editor Halie Theoharides.

    PIECEWORK Kids’ Collage Workshop and Artist Talk with Cathe Janke
    Saturday, May 16, 11 AM – 1 PM
    Artist Cathe Janke will guide children through this interactive multi-media art installation and lead a collage workshop in the gallery. Drop in for a new experience with art.

    PIECEWORK Closing/A TENSION
    Saturday, May 30, 6-8 PM, performance at 7 PM
    Collaborative multi-media exhibition featuring evocative textile collage by Esther S White and a dreamscape of paintings and soft sculpture by Cathe Janke and live collage and performance piece by Meghan Minior. Performance at 7 PM.

    Contact Info:
    Esther S White
    estherswhite@gmail.com
    617-230-1297

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  43. April 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

    A gift for mothers of all ages and stages, Sat. May 9, 1-2 pm at Eastover Retreat Center, Lenox, MA. Join Marilyn Taylor, owner of Confident Directions Life Coaching for a COMPLIMENTARY talk, “Radical Renewal, 6 Steps to Nourish the Heart and Soul of Mothering.”

    Gift yourself an hour to step away; away from distraction, to-do lists, and the needs of others. Step away and remind yourself of what you need to sustain your joy and resilience as a mother. For the most important job in the world, take good care of the most important person in the job. Radical Renewal is a way to re-frame our relationship to mothering, profoundly impacting what we know to be true for each of us in the journey of nurturing our children as we nourish ourselves.

    Enjoy our Mother’s Day gift to you. Bring yourself, your sister, your mother, girlfriend or daughter and renew yourself in the holistic environment of Eastover Retreat Center. Our guest speaker, Marilyn Taylor is known for her savvy, soulful and down to earth style, creating engaging opportunities to reflect and connect more consciously to your personal well-being.

    Registration requested at eastover.com

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  44. Tony Yacuzzo said,

    April 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Affordable ADULT/PEDIATRIC CPR Classes!
    COURSE DATES: Sunday, April 26 OR Sunday, May 3
    (starting time: 5:30 p.m.)

    Meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines & Massachusetts childcare training requirements with these hands-on one-night courses.

    Skills cover Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED

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

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

    All Students Must Pre-Register and Prepay (please do not contact the Clarion about these classes)

    $45/student, includes Text, DVD & Certification

    Convenient Online Registration & Payment with Paypal: VISIT http://www.affordableclasses.com Click Upcoming Courses

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  45. Molly Lynch said,

    April 20, 2015 at 11:36 am

    The Valley Lux Festival!

    A 2-night festival of lighting and projection art in the beautiful woods of the Miller’s Falls Rod and Gun Club. Kinetic, interactive artwork will be scattered throughout the woods, while DJs and musicians play on two separate stages. Drinks will be provided by Northampton brewer Brewmaster Jack, and food trucks from local standouts Kim Bim Bop and Cliff’s Smoking BBQ will be providing all the delicious treats you can stomach.

    May 8th and 9th

    6pm to 1am both nights

    Everyone is welcome, from the smallest children to the oldest adults.

    Early Bird Passes are available at our website, ValleyLuxFestival.com, $15 for one day and $25 for both. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.

    For more information, check out our facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/546258498849151/ or contact:

    Molly Lynch, Marketing Lead for Valley Lux Festival
    (617) 595-2379
    Molly@Vilkasllc.com

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  46. April 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    The 2015 Humane Race

    It’s time for Humane Race 2015. Held on Saturday, May 2nd, in Williamstown, MA, this annual 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk will benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS).

    Rain or shine, the Humane Race promises a full schedule of family and dog friendly activities. (Runners and walkers unaccompanied by dogs are welcomed too!) Start time is 10AM, with Check-in and Race Day Registration beginning at 8AM at 16 Water St.

    To register for the Humane Race, visit http://www.humanerace.org or pick up a form at Greylock Animal Hospital, Bark N’ Cat, or BHS and either mail in your registration or drop it off at Bark N’ Cat. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old or under. Registration the morning of the race is an additional $5.00. Of course, dogs are free. The first 150 runners and walkers to register will receive a race T-shirt. All dogs will receive a commemorative bandanna.

    If you’d like to raise additional money for BHS and be eligible to win some special pledge prizes, you can collect pledges online at http://www.humanerace.org or pick up a pledge form along with your registration form. For every $100 you raise, you’ll get a ticket and automatically be entered into a drawing for special pledge prizes.

    Finish line festivities include music, refreshments, games, and canine contests.

    For more information about the Humane Race, visit http://www.humanerace.org or call 413-664-7777.

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  47. April 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Lag B’Omer Celebration
    Thursday, May 7, 2015
    Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA)
    1148 Converse Street
    Longmeadow, MA 01106
    4:30 – 7:30 p.m

    Festivities will be held with three great inflatable rides: Ultimate Challenge Obstacle , Bungee Run and Crayon Play Land Combo for $5 for unlimited rides. A barbecue with family prices will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and dessert will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Lag B’Omer commemorates the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s death. The Rashbi, as he was known, asked that the anniversary of his death be commemorated by fun outdoor celebrations.

    For more information call the LYA at 413- 567-8665, email at info@lya.org or check out LYA.org for more details. Reservations requested but not required. The Lag B’Omer celebration will be held rain or shine.

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  48. April 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    BABY AT MY BREAST–Reflections of a Nursing Mother
    Readings and Discussion
    Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. at Grow, Northampton
    Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. at the Hartsbrook School, Hadley
    Wednesday, May 20, 4:00 p.m. at Cup and Top Cafe, Florence

    This memoir is the book I wish I could have read, the personal journey of one nursing mother, her questions, challenges, and soul searching. I believe the book can offer support and inspiration to new nursing mothers or nursing mothers-to-be, and fond or provocative memories to those who have been there. Discussion invited. Moms of all ages, dads, children welcome. Great Mother’s Day gift! To learn more about the book and venues, or to schedule other readings, see my website, cherylannelatuner.com

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  49. April 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Open Mic Nights at the Spectrum Playhouse
    Friday, May 29, 7pm
    Admission $2 / free for all performers
    “A local open mic night hosted by musician Robin O’Herin.
    Snacks and beverages available for purchase.”
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee, MA

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  50. April 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Sieger
    May 7 & 8, 7:30pm
    $25, suggested ages 16+
    “Master of Sleight-of-Hand Magic, Carl Seiger is presenting his new show live at the Spectrum Playhouse! Beer, wine & other treats available at 7:00 and during intermission by the College Internship Program.
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee MA
    For tickets: Call 413-394-5023 or email kdemler@cipberkshire.org

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  51. April 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Families First: Nutshell Playhouse presents Mambo and Nemonee
    Saturday, May 2, 11am
    Free / $5 suggested donation
    Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. Berkshire County actors Stefanie Lynx Weber and Alexia Trainor are the performers, with Don Jordan providing live music.

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  52. Layla Hazen said,

    April 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Up Close: Live Birds of Prey
    Saturday, April 25th 1-3PM
    Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield MA

    Conway resident and founder of The Birds of Prey Rehab Facility, Tom Ricardi, knows a lot about birds. He will share his stories, knowledge and arrange for you to meet – in person – the hawks, owls and eagles that he cares for. Afterwards, feel free to hike the nearby Pebble Trail.

    Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $5. Nonmembers: $15. Children 12 and under, FREE.

    Contact Information
    413.532.1631 x 10
    westregion@ttor.org

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  53. April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Saturday, May 23th and Sunday, May 24th, 2015, 41th Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA. Fiber and woolcraft vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, fiber and woolcraft workshops for adults and children, sheep shows, fleece show and sale, fleece to shawl competition, and food booths. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information and map, go to http://www.MASHEEPWOOL.org

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  54. April 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    WRLF announces annual Sheep to Shawl festival Saturday May 2 11 AM to 3 PM at Sheep Hill, Williamstown

    On Saturday May 2nd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host a Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown.

    The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. For the 11th year, legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies.The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day, along with rug-hooking demonstrations.

    Local farms will bring sheep, alpacas, and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

    There will be fiber-arts and printing-on-cloth crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, pottery, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, and sheep and alpaca fiber products. Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will offer fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.

    Tickets for Sheep to Shawl can be purchased at the gate. Non-member tickets prices are $5 per individual and $10 per family. WRLF members and those who come by bicycle pay $3 per individual and $6 per family. Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) and its public programming.

    The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road. For more information, visit our website at http://www.wrlf.org or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. Sheep to Shawl is supported by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a program of the Mass Cultural Council.

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  55. April 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Spring Into Fiber! Food!! Faults!!!

    Pioneer Valley Institute Celebrates Spring with May 17 Bus Trip

    The Pioneer Valley Institute invites you along on its sixth annual “Spring Into…” bus trip, this year heading north to Putney VT and Chesterfield Gorge, NH. On Sunday, May 17, we will leave the GCC campus (bus stop at south end) at 9 AM, for a guided tour of the Green Mountain Wool Spinnery, a lunch at nearby Curtis’s All-American Bar-B-Q and a geology hike at the Chesterfield Gorge in the afternoon. Pre-registration is required and to cover the cost of the bus there is a $35 fee. Bring a friend along and it is just $60 for the two of you. Send a check to PVI, GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St, Greenfield MA 01301 along with your name, phone number and email address. Registration closes May 1, so don’t wait. These tours with Prof Richard Little are always immensely popular! For more information please email pvi@gcc.mass.edu or call 413-775-1671.

    We have had tons of fun—and success—with our “Spring Into…” and “Fall Into…” bus trips throughout the years. This one promises to be no different but with a totally new emphasis—natural fibers and their processing. >From the very start of the Industrial Revolution, fiber mills were the basis of our area’s economy, a true mainstay of old New England. We will visit and tour the Green Mountain Spinnery, a worker-owned cooperative spinning mill in Putney VT which not only creates its own selection of yarns and patterns but also is used by many northeast producers of wool, mohair and alpaca. After the tour knitters and weavers will have time to shop for yarns and patterns, books and magazines to their heart’s content!

    Lunch will be at the nearby and justifiably famous Curtis’s All American Bar-B-Q, price not included in your registration fee. There are excellent alternatives for vegetarians just across the road at the Putney Food Co-op.

    Now, fortified with plenty of yarn and sated with ribs or chicken, we will proceed to the Chesterfield NH Gorge for a hike to explore the faux faults found there. Faux faults? As Richard Little will explain, there have been several erroneous interpretations of the formations to be found here. As you hike the path watch the cascades as they disappear into the mist or plunge down through the gorge to the pools below. For the fiber artists among us here is a wonderful opportunity to absorb the colors and patterns in nature—falling water, vibrant colors, rock formations—and to apply these new visions to your next project!

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  56. April 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Free May Second Friday
    Friday, May 8, 2015
    Smith College Museum of Art, 4–8 PM

    4–6 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Dance/Draw: using Smith College dancers as live models, practice drawing fromobservation, inspired by Edgar Degas’ Dancer on the Stage.
    6 PM Open Eyes: An informal, guided conversation about an art object.
    6:45 PM: Smith students dance “happening” in the Museum inspired by the work of the late choreographer, Merce Cunningham and by the visual artist, Mary Bauermeister.
    Museum Shop open 11 AM–8 PM.

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  57. Kelly said,

    April 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Storywalks in Town – Berkshire Botanical Garden Garden Tour and Story Time
    Free Event

    Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
    Readers begin at page one of the chosen book. Whether walking, skipping or leaping to the next posted page, readers will follow the story accented by colorful pictures. The two-page spreads are posted over the course of the “walk” and end with a live reading and craft.

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  58. April 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Cultural Survival Bazaars
    A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures from Around the World.

    We feature Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Meet the artists, learn about their art and cultures. Enjoy FREE music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine.

    The 10th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar in Amherst
    October 10, 11, & 12th, 2015
    Amherst Common
    Boltwood Avenue
    Amherst, MA 01002
    10am to 5pm
    http://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org/amherst

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  59. Emily said,

    April 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Join Sweet Spoken for our inaugural Spring Tweed Ride on Sunday, May 10th from Downtown Northampton to Look Park! The perfect way to kick off Bike Week and enjoy Mother’s Day afternoon with your family, we will follow in the tradition of the Tweed Ride—or “Tweed Run”— started in London, England. A fun, casual, social ride, participants will come dressed in traditional tweed, seersucker or similar attire, and are encouraged to bring along their vintage bicycles, though any bicycle is welcomed! Kids 12 and under ride free!

    We will meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:30 PM, and will set off on a leisurely paced, family-friendly ride along Northampton’s bicycle trail network, ending at Look Park. There, Sweet Spoken will serve light refreshments, similar to an afternoon tea. Riders will be able to have their portraits taken with their vintage attire and bikes, and we’ll have live music to enjoy as we socialize.

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

    Register at: https://www.bikereg.com/tweedride

    Please check out our Sweet Spoken Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sweetspoken for more Tweed Ride inspiration, and consider joining our Tweed Ride “Event” on Facebook for more updates!

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  60. April 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Whole Children holds race and carnival for all ages and abilities

    Whole Children is bringing some inclusive family fun to Look Park with its “Wild Goose Chase” Run and carnival on May 17. To ensure that every age and ability can get in on the fun, the running events include an age-graded start 5K race, a 1-mile run/walk, and kids races. The day isn’t all about running either! There will be a carnival including horse-drawn hay rides, face painting, live music, train rides, hula hooping, and much more. All young entrants will receive a t-shirt along with other goodies like ice cream gift certificates and, of course, medals for completing the race.

    Whole Children is a grassroots organization started by parents of children with disabilities that offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children of all ages and abilities. With over 75 classes a year, Whole Children provides everything from theater to sports programs for close to 800 families in the Valley. All of the proceeds from The Wild Goose Chase and carnival will support Whole Children’s programs, including the scholarship fund.

    Although the race is in May there are major benefits to early registration including free entry to Look Park for the first 100 families. All registered participants receive a Bueno Y Sano gift certificate, a horse-drawn wagon ride, and random drawings for more than 25 gift certificates. Emily Ayr of Massage Junkees will be on hand to give chair massages to weary runners.

    For more information call (413) 585 8010 or visit http://www.wholechildren.org

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  61. April 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Generations Camp (Memorial Day Weekend)
    May 22-25 Fri. eve to Mon pm.)2015

    Intergenerational- Grandparents and grandchildren 6-13

    Led by Rachel Gibson and Walter Cudnohufsky – skilled teachers!
    Great fun, productive and shared life memories!
    Rowe Camp and Conference center Rowe MA
    (affordable food lodging and registration inquire)

    walter Cudnohufsky

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  62. April 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The Family Film Series at Amherst Cinema Continues!
    Join us this Saturday, April 11 for
    THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD
    http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/king-and-mockingbird

    A beloved classic in France for 35 years, a newly restored version of The King And The Mockingbird has just been released for US audiences. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, the film is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli.

    Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical The King And The Mockingbird follows a shepherdess and a chimney sweep who seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

    Our Family Film Series screens Saturday mornings at 10am with a mix of classic, international, independent, and historically significant films great for any age. Special $5 ticket price for everyone.

    Future Family films include:
    Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” Saturday, April 18
    Charlotte’s Web – Saturday, April 25
    Ponyo – Saturday, May 2
    Howl’s Moving Castle – Saturday, May 9
    Porco Rosso – Saturday, May 16
    Spirited Away – Saturday, May 23

    Check out our website for more information, trailers, and to buy tickets
    http://www.amherstcinema.org

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  63. April 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Open Mic Nights at the Spectrum Playhouse
    Friday, April 24, 7pm
    Admission $2 / free for all performers
    “A local open mic night hosted by musician Robin O’Herin.
    Snacks and beverages available for purchase.”
    Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin St, Lee, MA

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  64. Molly Cantor said,

    April 2, 2015 at 8:06 am

    The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
    April 25th & 26th, 10am to 5pm

    A self guided driving tour of 9 pottery studios (there will be 21 potters in all) in western MA.
    Artists will be showing and answering questions about their craft, with some studios featuring demonstrations. This event may be best suited for older children, teens and adults with an interest in art or ceramics.
    This event is free and open to the public. See http://www.apotterytrail.com for maps and information.

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  65. March 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    We’ve got a lot of exciting events for April planned here at The Carle!

    EXHIBITS
    Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz
    March 14 – June 14, 2015
    The Carle is pleased to announce Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the work of the acknowledged master Uri Shulevitz in celebration of his 80th year. Organized by Curator Emeritus, Nick Clark, the exhibition will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artist and will include a selection of his independent art. Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott medal for his Fool of the World and the Flying Ship in 1969 and won Caldecott honors in 1979, 1999, and 2009—most recently for his How I Learned Geography, a poignant memoir of the trials of his early life and how a map fueled his curiosity and imagination. Working in a wide variety of media, the artist demonstrates remarkable versatility, as he interprets an equally wide range of literature. A profusely illustrated catalogue with an essay by Clark will accompany the exhibition.
    Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group.

    The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies and Other Bugs
    April 7 – August 30, 2015
    As a child, Eric Carle became very interested in small animals, a curiosity sparked by his father, who would take him on walks in the woods and fields, exploring the tiny creatures that lived there. In Eric’s own words, “I remember the excitement of lifting stones or peeling back the bark of dead trees to discover the living things that crawled, crept, and scurried about there.” In Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies, The Carle celebrates the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared throughout his work, ranging from allergy tab advertisements he created in the late 1960s to familiar picture book favorites including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

    A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston
    Through May 3, 2015
    Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children’s book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940).
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    PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

    For more information visit
    http://www.carlemuseum.org/Programs_Events/Upcoming

    Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!
    April 24, 2015
    11:00am and 1:00pm
    $8 (Members $7.50)
    Popular, international children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for a concert! A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. His CDs have been named best albums of the year by People magazine, Parents magazine, Education.com, and The Washington Post. Learn more about Mister G at mistergsongs.com. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

    Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers Hilts
    April 25, 2015
    2:00pm
    Free with Museum Admission
    Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators, the Brothers Hilts, for a storytime as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique Spider. The Brothers Hilts will also give an illustration presentation in which they discuss their illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating illustrations for Seaver the Weaver.
    Book signing to follow. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

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  66. March 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    2nd Annual Spring/Summer Women’s Clothing Consignment Sale Saturday May 2, 2015 from 8 am to 2 pm.

    St. Philip’s Episcopal Church,128 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027.

    Gently used spring and summer clothing and accessories for women. Proceeds from the sale will allow the church to continue its mission of Christian outreach and community giving. All are welcome. St. Philip’s is handicap accessible and there is ample free parking.

    For more information, please contact Betty Snow at WCCS.128MainSt.01027@gmail.com

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  67. March 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    BABY AT MY BREAST–Reflections of a Nursing Mother
    Readings and Discussion
    Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. at Grow Northampton
    Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. at the Hartsbrook School, Hadley

    The author will read from her memoir, which recounts the personal journey of one nursing mother, her questions, challenges, and soul searching. The book can offer support and inspiration to new nursing mothers or nursing mothers-to-be, and fond or provocative memories to those who have been there. Discussion is invited. Moms, dads, children welcome. To learn more about the book and venues, or to schedule other readings, see cherylannelatuner.com

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  68. March 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Biocitizen School new course offering!

    Drawing on Nature
    art in the woods
    6 Sundays in Spring

    May 3,10,17,24,31, and June7th
    10 am.- 2 pm.
    9-12 year olds

    Robbie Heidinger 413 695 7994
    $250 includes all materials

    http://www.info@biocitizen.org

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  69. February 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Daffodil Fun Run

    Details
    We invite you to participate in the fifth annual Daffodil Fun Run on Sunday, April 26, 2015! The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k road race (run/walk) in Amherst that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. New this year, we are partnering with Energia & 50/50 Fitness to bring even more fun! In this fun and festive community event, participants race past many of the thousands of daffodils that were planted throughout Amherst. After the race, there will be a FREE BBQ for all participants provided by the Amherst Pub, and live entertainment! You can register at RunReg.com or in person at Energia Fitness or 50/50 Fitness in Hadley! We are limiting participation to 1,500 runners and walkers this year, so the sooner you register the better! In addition, only those who register before April 1st will be guaranteed a FREE signature event t-shirt!

    Contact
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    Kate Lockhart
    413-259-3345
    klockhart@chd.org

    Kendrick Park
    E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

    The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k run/walk that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Afterwards there will be FREE BBQ and entertainment.

    Online Registration after April 1st: Adult $27, Student $20, Children (12 & under) $12. Day of Event: Please Note: Day-of registration will not be available if we are full! Adults $30, Students $23, Children (12 & under) $15. A $3 per person discount is available for teams, families or groups of 4 or more people.

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  70. February 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston
    Gallery exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay R., Amherst MA 01002
    Through May 3, 2015

    Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children’s book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940).

    Visit our webpage below for more details or call the museum at (413) 658-1100.

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  71. January 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    PRESCHOOL STORYTIME WITH LUNA
    Goodwin Memorial Library, 50 Middle St, Hadley (at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Middle Street)
    Every Tuesday throughout the year between 10:00- 11:00 AM. We offer a dynamic and vibrant storytime! You may see an improvised puppet show, play a silly game, hear a story, or dance! We always offer a unique art project. Adult participation is expected. We provide a healthy snack as well as a fun, flexible and friendly place to make friends! No sign up necessary- just come! Free! for more information call 584-7451

    LUNATUNES: LAPTIME FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS
    Goodwin Memorial Library, 50 Middle St, Hadley (at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Middle Street)
    Every Thursday throughout the year between 10:00- 11:00 AM. Join Luna in a circle on the floor with your littlest Sweeties! We will sing A-B-C-D and Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, among other well-loved favorites. We will learn traditonal nursry rhymes and simple finger-play stories and songs. Sometimes we will play musical instruments and have a “Noisy Parade”! This is a gentle introduction to how GREAT the library is and how much fun it is to make music together. Parent participation is key. Fun for all is guaranteed! FREE! For more information call 584-7451

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  72. January 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

    TOT SHABBAT & Tot Sha-potluck at Beit Ahavah!
    A wonderful, musical hour welcoming the Sabbath & holidays
    for families of kids ages 0-6
    Once a month on Friday eve:
    Feb 6, March 6, April 17, May 1, June 5
    5:15-5:45 p.m. service followed by a relaxing Shabbat dinner

    * led by MARLENE RACHELLE with RABBI RIQI KOSOVSKE
    * healthy Kids’ Kiddush & veggie potluck dinner (no nuts, pizza provided),
    parents shmooze, kids eat and play
    * we welcome interfaith families, GLBTQ families, nursing moms, siblings of all ages, grandparents & special people, new members, first timers, and friends
    * super fun
    * an intimate, caring community to support you
    * grow with us & your children!

    Tot Shabbat is held at 130 Pine Street in Florence. Please visit us at http://www.beitahavah.org, info@beitahavah.org or call 413-587-3770.
    Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton

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