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  1. May 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm


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

    Great for families!

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

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

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

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

    Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions.


  2. May 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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

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


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

    3-5 pm Barbara Sheehy from Barcelona: BURNISHING TECHNIQUE

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

    6-8 pm Amalia Fourhawkes: GLASS GLAZING COILED POTS

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

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

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


  3. May 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

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


  4. May 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Juried Student Art Show

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

    Admission: FREE

    Good Purpose Gallery
    40 Main Street
    Lee, MA 01238


  5. May 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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

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

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

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


  6. April 30, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Broadway Cabaret Series

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

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

    Admission: $10

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


  7. Emily Langer said,

    April 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Sweet Spoken 2nd Annual Spring Tweed Ride

    May 14, 2016

    2-5 pm

    Northampton, MA

    Kids ride *free*!

    Register at:

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

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

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


  8. Susan Ashman said,

    April 28, 2016 at 8:10 am

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

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

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

    May 7th
    51 Bates St Northampton MA


  9. April 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

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

    Sunday, May 1
    noon – 4 pm

    All ages

    Pine Hill Orchard, Colrain, MA

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

    More information can be found at:


  10. April 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

    WAM Theater Presents: Miss Labeled at The Spectrum Playhouse.

    May 11th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

    Admission: FREE

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


  11. April 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

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


  12. Robert Aubin said,

    April 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

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

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

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


  13. Naomi Zeitz said,

    April 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

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

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


  14. April 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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


  15. April 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Stoneleigh-Burnham School will once again host the the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest awards ceremony.

    The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Capen Room. The event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, the contest is open to all residents and students in Franklin County.


  16. April 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Stoneleigh-Burnham School Open House April 26

    Greenfield, Mass. – April 18, 2016: Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a day and boarding school for girls in grades 7-12 and PG, invites families interested in learning more about our school to our next Open House on Tuesday, April 26. Open houses begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

    Visitors are invited to our beautiful 100-acre campus to learn about our strong academic curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, signature programs in debate, equestrian and performing arts, and the variety of co-curricular activities that make up the day-to-day life of a Stoneleigh-Burnham girl.

    Parents will have the opportunity to take a tour and meet with our Head of School and faculty, coaches and administrators. Students will take a tour, speak with current students and visit a class. Afterward, families will enjoy lunch with students, faculty and staff in our dining hall.

    Since 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been preparing girls for college and the world. Stoneleigh-Burnham is an academic community with an international perspective that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect and intellectual curiosity.

    We are the first and only girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The academically rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum equips our students with exemplary critical thinking skills, and opens doors for them at universities both in the U.S. and abroad.

    For more information about Stoneleigh-Burnham School or to register for the Open House, visit or call 413-774-2711 ext. 257.


  17. April 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

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

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

    Pre-registration is required (

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

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

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


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

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


  18. April 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Spring Dance Party with Berkshire Bateria!

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

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

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

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


  19. April 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

    The Friends of the Worthington Library Annual Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Worthington Town Hall, 160 Huntington Road (Route 112), Worthington, MA from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Items for sale will include gently used paperbacks, hardcover books, children’s books, CDs and DVDs. Freshly baked goods will be available for sale.

    Beat the crowd: Early bird entry at 9:00AM to 10:00AM for $10.

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


  20. April 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Free MUSIC TOGETHER classes

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

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

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

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


  21. Westhampton said,

    April 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Loudville Mills and Factories of the 19th Century
    at the Westhampton Public Library

    On April 17th at 3 p.m., Wayne Perrea will give a slide show presentation on the Loudville Mills and Factories of the 19th century. The presentation will be held in the Community Room and is sponsored by the Westhampton Historical Society, free of charge.


  22. Andrea Caluori-Rivera said,

    April 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

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


  23. April 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Family Center Storytime in Cheshire and Florida at the Library! April 12th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Florida Town Library, 56 North Country Rd., Florida, MA and April 14th, 5:30- 6:30 pm at the Cheshire Library, 80 Church St, Cheshire. Celebrate Arbor Day. Families will listen to stories about nature, followed by art activates about the environment. Each child will receive a new book.


  24. Anna Sobel said,

    April 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Talking Hands Theatre
    The Little Red Hen & Scaredy Cat

    Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30am
    The Woods Memorial Library Library
    19 Pleasant Street
    Barre, MA
    FREE thanks to the Barre Cultural Council

    Come find out why these are the two most requested stories from puppeteer Anna Sobel’s 2012 storytelling CD, “From the Puppet’s Mouth.” All the animals on the farm have very silly reasons why they won’t help Little Red bake her bread. Then, meet Fraidy Freddy, the cat who’s afraid of everything. This show includes live music provided by Brian Bender.


  25. April 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Families First Series: Nutshell Playhouse Presents “Pirates!

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

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

    Admission: FREE/$5 suggested donation

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


  26. violaduo said,

    April 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    The Slapin-Solomon Duo CD release performance: A Fifth of Slapin

    April 24, 2016 at 3 pm

    South Hadley Public Library
    2 Canal St
    South Hadley, MA 01075

    Free and open to the public!

    The Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo will be performing their latest CD in its entirety, marking the official release of their album: A Fifth of Slapin. Music will include viola duos and solos by Scott Slapin. Tanya Solomon and Scott Slapin, violists.

    Contact info:


  27. Aimee Anderson said,

    April 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Field Memorial Library on Elm Street in Conway is having a Spring Book Sale: Saturday, April 16th, 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm. Proceeds support library programming. All welcome!


  28. April 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Baby and Me Group. Monday, April 11 from 11:00-12:00 pm in The Family Center Playroom at Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Come meet other moms and dads and make new friends. Share your experiences, thought and ideas with others. Get out of the house, socialize and make connections with other parents in your area. This is a FREE drop in group for moms and dads with children ages infants to walking. For ALL parents. Transportation is available.


  29. Anna Sobel said,

    April 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Talking Hands Theatre presents
    Fairies of the Seasons

    Date: Friday, April 15 10:45am
    Location name: Granby Library
    Address: 297 East State Street
    City/Town: Granby, MA

    In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies so things will stay the same all year round! Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. Free.


  30. Emily Potter said,

    April 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Stop by Northampton Coffee on April 19th from open to close (6:30 am to 7:00 pm) and they will donate $1 of every coffee beverage to Dakin Humane Society!
    Come support Dakin and homeless animals!


  31. April 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Join us on Saturday, April 16th at Paw Street Barkery for a fun outdoor spring event for you and your dog! Make paw print bandannas with pet-safe paint, win prizes, play games and more! All proceeds from this event will benefit Dakin Humane Society!


  32. April 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Music and Movement Playgroup at Freedom Dance Studio 40 Main Street, North Adams, Friday, April 8th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Families with young children will enjoy creative movement, music, and free play. The group will end with a “Circle Time” of songs, finger plays and a story. Snacks will be served. Thank you to studio owner Olivia Moran. Drop in or Call 664-4821 for more information.


  33. Barbara Goodchild said,

    April 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Meals on Wheels Variety Show
    A benefit variety show for the LifePath Meals on Wheels Program will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6 pm in 17 Fellowship Hall, Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne. A fun evening of music, jokes,dance, and stories is sponsored by the 1st Congregational Church of Shelburne. Homemade refreshments will be sold. Admittance suggested donation: $10 per person.


  34. Karen Scott said,

    April 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Amherst Ballet’s 12th Annual Spring Fling Live & Silent Auction
    Friday, April 29, 2016
    Hampshire College Red Barn
    893 West Street, Amherst, MA

    Please join us for a fun evening of socializing, hors d’oeuvres, student performances, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the music of Diversion. Help us continue to make our Ballet for All! program a success for dancers of all ages abilities and experiences throughout the Pioneer Valley. You can have fun, get good deals on great items, and help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 for the Young Dancer Scholarship Fund and new Ballet for All! program benefiting the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

    Some items that will be auctioned include:

    Week rental for a condo in Maui, HI
    Patriots Tickets
    Red Sox Tickets
    Gift Certificates
    Kayak Tours

    We hope you can join us and Senate President Stan Rosenberg as our guest auctioneer!

    Tickets are $40 per person, and are available at Amherst Ballet, 29 Strong Street, Amherst, or by calling Amherst Ballet @ 413-549-1555.


  35. Monica Green said,

    April 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Celebrate Earth Day!

    What: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem benefit concert for Kestrel Land Trust.
    When: Friday April 22, 8pm
    Where: Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton.
    Tickets $25 at (see Events) or by cash/check at Broadside Books (Northampton) or A.J. Hastings (Amherst).
    For more information:
    Join us for a musical evening that will inspire hope and action.
    Listen at


  36. April 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Nurturing Nature Outdoor Preschool Exploration
    Through songs, movement, and our senses, young children learn about the wonders of nature around them. This is a Tinkergarten (see demonstration class, geared for families with children between ages 3-5, however younger (or older!) siblings are welcome to attend. Free. Pre-registration is required by calling Laura at 269-569-5791 or e-mailing

    At Maines Field, Northampton
    Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


  37. April 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Dance Recital: All The Little Things

    Performed by the students of the Cantarella School of Dance, with Teacher Olivia Wilber. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

    Saturday, April 30th
    First performance from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Followed by a second performance from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Cost: Free/ $5 suggested donation

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


  38. April 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    What: Oxbow Water Ski Show Team Ice Out Ski
    When: Saturday, April 2nd, 12:30-2pm
    Where: Oxbow Marina, 180 Island Rd. Northampton, MA
    Cost: FREE

    Come watch the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team take to the freezing cold water of the Connecticut River for their first ski of the 2016 season. Check out the team & get information about coming a member!


  39. April 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    All Inclusive Soccer Clinic to Benefit Whole Children at UMass

    Calling all Athletes of all skill levels and abilities. Come join UMASS soccer coaches and players for an hour of fun. Learn new soccer skills, make new friends and have lots of fun!

    When: Sunday, April 10th (rain or shine)

    Time: 1-2pm ages 5-12, 2-3pm ages 13 and up

    Where: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Boyden soccer fields
    Rain location: Boyden Gymnasium

    What to bring: Water bottle and dress in active clothing

    Cost: Free with a suggested $5 donation to Whole Children

    Registration: Please email names and ages to:

    (Please direct any questions to the above email address)


  40. SCMA said,

    April 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Free Family Day: Colorful
    April 2, 2016
    Museum of Art
    12:30–3:30 PM

    Free Admission ALL DAY Free Snacks Hands-on activities from 12:30-3:30 PM
    Explore art + science + math through color and celebrate SCMA’s painting by Frank Stella that’s the length of a yellow school bus!

    Hands-on activities for all ages 12:30–3:30 PM

    2:30 PM Raucous, full-of-fun musical performance by the Expandable Brass Band + Fast Fancy Faces by DazzleDay face-painters.

    Wear your favorite color!


  41. Bill Butcher said,

    April 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

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


  42. Bill Butcher said,

    April 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

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


  43. Susan Cornell said,

    March 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Eggshell Geodes!! Make sparkly crystal “geodes” inside real eggshells. Geodes are natural rock formations that often take millions of years to form, as minerals crystallize in cavities in the stone. We will make beautiful, colorful geodes consisting of minerals, but it will take a lot less time!!! 4/30/16 from 11:30-1:30. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. Free


  44. Jeff Olmsted said,

    March 31, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Vacation Piano Camp April 18-21.

    Beginners-learn four songs in four days! Ages 6 and up.

    Morning and afternoon classes. $60.

    Call Jeff Olmsted at 413-586-0165 for more info, or to register.

    Students must have a keyboard at home for practice.

    See more at


  45. Sarah Prince said,

    March 31, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Hampshire Regional School District’s Combined Family Community Engagement sponsors a Story Walk at New Hingham Elementary school grounds on April 22, 2016 at 10 AM. Featured story is Sheep Take A Hike with accompanying activities crafts and a snack. Contact Sarah Prince, 296-9201 or Pat Miller 527-2404 for more information.


  46. Andrea Caluori-Rivera said,

    March 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Invasive Species Management for Landowners & Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity!

    Join Hilltown Land Trust & The Trustees of Reservations Regional Ecologist Julie Richburg, PhD for a presentation on controlling infestations of invasive species on your land. The talk will be followed by an hour and a half long invasive species pull at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield.

    Where: The Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield
    When: Saturday, April 9th – Class 10am-11am; Volunteer Invasives Pull @ Bullitt 11am-12:30pm

    Cost: Class is $10.00 for non-Hilltown Land Trust members who don’t wish to attend the work portion. FREE for attendees who assist with weed pull and Hilltown Land Trust members.

    RSVP required! or call Michael @HLT – 413.628.4485. ext.4


  47. Ed Kaler said,

    March 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    April Vacation Days at Arcadia

    April 19th to 22nd, 2016 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 11 years)
    Members: $52.00 Nonmembers: $60.00

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

    Come to Arcadia to explore the natural world and celebrate spring during school vacation. Children ages 5 to 11 can sign up for one or all four days because activities will differ. We will go on lots of hikes, visit a vernal pool, look for spring wildflowers, and search for early insects. We will have a new theme each day, as well as nature riddles, mysteries, and games. A complete list of what to bring will be sent upon registration.

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


  48. Ed Kaler said,

    March 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    100th Day Celebration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
    Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries turn 100 This Year

    Location: Sat, Apr 09, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 East St., Easthampton

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

    This year Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries turn 100! Join us
    and enjoy free admission, a free nature walk and two free programs:
    Arcadia Ecological Update and Vernal Pool Discovery for ages 4 to 12.

    Guided Nature Walk
    Walk Time: 1:00 pm
    Hands-on Activity for Ages 4 to 12
    Please wear boots or sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet.

    Activity Time: 10 am to noon
    Arcadia Ecological Update
    Arcadia staff will provide information on the wildlife that has been observed at Arcadia over the past year and management to improve habitat.

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


  49. March 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Three Events showcasing Grandparent Mentor Ann Marie Meltzer author of Coming of Age, a book of poetry that explores the joys and challenges of aging, according to Haley’s Publishing of Athol, which recently released the 112-page book illustrated with watercolors by Ann Linde of Underhill, VT.

    Event 1: Meet and Greet Grandparent Mentor Ann Marie Meltzer
    When: Tuesday, April 5, 9:30AM
    Where: Amherst Senior Center, Bangs Community Center
    Boltwood Walk Amherst
    Sponsor: Amherst Senior Center and Amherst Family Center

    Event 2: Reading: Perspective of Aging by Author and Grandparent Ann Marie Meltzer
    When: Friday, April 8, 10:00am-11: 30am
    Where: Amherst Family Center, 1200 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
    Sponsor: Amherst Family Center
    Meltzer who serves as the Grandparent Mentor at the Amherst Family Center program will read from her recent published book of poems Coming of Age, at a reception at the Amherst Family Center. Child care provided.
    Sponsor: Amherst Senior Center and Amherst Family Center

    Event 3: 4-Week Grandparent Memoir Writing Workshop Series
    When: First Session, Tuesday, April 19, 9:00am-10: 15am
    Where: Amherst Senior Center, Bangs Community Center
    Boltwood Walk Amherst
    Sponsor: Amherst Senior Center and Amherst Family Center

    For More Information Contact:
    Sue Kelly, Coordinator, Amherst Family Center, (413) 256-1145,
    All events are free and open to the public


  50. Ed Kaler said,

    March 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Woodcocks at Laughing Brook
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and
    Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sat, Apr 16, 2016 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

    Pete Vancini – Laughing Brook Caretaker

    All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)Members:

    Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

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

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

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress to be outdoors for the entire program.

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


  51. Ed Kaler said,

    March 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
    Sat, Apr 16, 2016 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

    Kevin Kopchynski – Photographer and Naturalist

    Family (suitable for children 4 – 16 years)

    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

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

    Vernal pools are unique and critical habitats that are breeding grounds for many state-listed amphibian species. April is the best, and often the only time, to see animals such as spotted salamanders and wood frogs. Join Naturalist Kevin Kopchynski to explore a vernal pool, looking for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn why it’s so crucial to protect these small bodies of water and what you can do to help ensure their protection.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress to be outdoors for the entire program.

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


  52. Ed Kaler said,

    March 25, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Vernal Pool Discovery
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Sat, Apr 09, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Family (suitable for children 4 – 12 years)

    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

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

    Do you ever wake up on a spring morning after a night of heavy rain to the chorus of frogs? Many of our frogs and salamanders migrate during rainy nights, and many go to the vernal pool where they were born. Learn the difference between a vernal pool and a more permanent pond through games and a slide show. Equipped with new knowledge, we will then venture outdoors to look at our vernal pool, hoping to see wood frogs, peepers, egg masses, and invertebrates
    Instructions and Directions:
    Please wear boots or sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet.

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


  53. March 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Come play miniature golf INSIDE the Holyoke Public Library! Saturday April 9, 2016 from 9:30-4pm (last tee-off at 3:30) at 250 Chestnut Street in Holyoke.

    An 18 hole mini-golf course will wind through this beautiful library and end with a hole-in-one contest. Proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library to support Library programs, including newly-expanded Young Adult Services.

    Cost to play: $5 for adults and kids over 12; $3 for kids 5-12; under 5 free; all ages welcome! Food trucks (Holyoke Hummus Company, Log Rolling Catering, and Hot Oven Cookies) will be outside the Library as well.

    For more information:


  54. Gina Ciprari said,

    March 24, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny
    Saturday, March 26th
    Paw Street Barkery 477 Britton St, Chicopee, MA 01020
    Cost is $6, proceeds to benefit Dakin Humane Society
    For more information, please view this event on Facebook:


  55. March 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    FREE EVENT: Ooey Gooey Night: A Hands on Messy Art Night.

    Thursday March 24th at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St, Williamstown, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. There will be Goop, Flubber and many new hands-on art activities to create.

    For ALL families. Geared for children ages 2-8 years old. Join us to explore and create hands-on activities.


  56. March 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Saturdays in April bring diverse Pioneer Valley performers to the Sanctuary of Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine St). All donations will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, which has been providing one-on-one mentoring relationships to local children since 1975.

    Every concert will begin at 2pm and run about an hour and a half. This week. All Are welcome! Free Admission

    April 2: Leeds story-teller Sarah Flinker, UMass Vocalists Matt Chastain, Craig Simonetti, Lydia Barrett, and Jessica Toupin, and Praise Team Revelation 19:6. Representatives from the non-profit will be present to explain about their work and ways to get involved.

    April 9: A capella groups The Wise Guys, On That Note, and Green Street Brew, as well as singer-songwriter Michael Orlen.

    April 16: early music group Honest Harmony, percussion trio fourteen|effects, and A capella group The Victory Eights.

    April 23: Leeds story-teller Sarah Flinker, young soloists Kaelyn and Kylie Benoit, and A capella group The Chill Harmonics.

    April 30: Beloved (presented by the FCC Junior Choir), Jazz artsits Stephen Monska and Lauren Fleit, and Women’s Barbershop Heart of the Valley Chorus.

    For more information:


  57. Pamela Smith said,

    March 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

    When: April 9, from 10-00-12-00
    Where: Jackson Street School, 120 Jackson Street, Northampton.
    Who: Age range is about 3-7 years old.
    Cost: The event is free!

    This is a very fun event for families to play with their young children! The festival features:

    * Activities for young children run by local programs/centers/agencies!

    * School bus, fire truck, police cruiser, and DPW vehicles to check out and play in! Also there is a small “house” that children can spray with water from big hoses!

    * StoryWalk outside — a popular children’s story book with pages mounted on stakes — walk along and read together!

    The full Week of the Young Child is April 10-16, celebrating young children in our community. In addition to the fun play Festival on April 9, local downtown Northampton businesses will feature exhibits of local young children’s art in their store windows for two weeks, from April 8-22. Come to downtown Northampton to see what our young artists have to share!

    Sponsored by the Northampton/Hadley CFCE, at the Early Education Office at Bridge Street School, Northampton. Contact: Barbara Black, 413-587-1471 or


  58. Monica Green said,

    March 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Celebrate Earth Day with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem in concert to benefit Kestrel Land Trust. Friday April 22, 8pm, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton. Tickets $25 at (see Events) or by cash or check at Broadside Books (Northampton) or A.J. Hastings (Amherst). For more information: Join us for a musical evening that will inspire hope and action. Listen at


  59. Don Jordan said,

    March 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm


    Nutshell Playhouse will present two shows for children and families at the Eric Carle Museum

    What: Nutshellapalooza

    When: Saturday, March 26, 11 AM & 1 PM

    Where: The Eric Carle Museum
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA

    How much: $5.00, $4.50 for members
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1100

    Description: A scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Unearth your imagination! Featuring Alexia Trainor, Stefanie Lynx Weber and Paul McNeil, with live music by Don Jordan.

    This project has been supported by a grant from the Beveridge Family Foundation.

    Contact: Don Jordan


  60. Christina Richards said,

    March 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

    1st Annual International Night

    Join us Wednesday March 23rd at the Conway Grammar School For a POTLUCK international dinner followed by a wonderful interactive performance by
    Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance.

    Potluck Begins at 5pm in the cafeteria. Pleases bring either a family recipe or dish from your heritage to share.
    Irish step dancing will follow in the gym
    Sponsored in part by the CGS PTO

    “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Conway Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”


  61. March 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Karaoke Night!

    Friday, April 8th
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Join us at the Spectrum Playhouse and sing your favorite tunes and let your talent shine! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

    Admission: Free

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


  62. March 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Encountering God Through Theater Workshop presents:

    “The Day Between”
    Staged reading and discussion

    Led by Jasmine Myers of the Still Small Theater Troupe, members of Florence Church have prepared a short production examining how the followers of Jesus may have dealt with the dark time between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

    All are welcome to participate in the discussion following.
    Free Admission
    7pm – Good Friday – March 25th

    Florence Church Sanctuary
    130 Pine St


  63. March 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    April Farm Camp at The Hartsbrook School still has a few spaces left. April 18-22, 8:45 am-3 pm, ages 6-12
    More info:


  64. March 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Friday, April 1st 2016 at 8:00pm
    Saturday April 2nd, 2016 at 3:00pm
    Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College Campus

    The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a multimedia extravaganza including live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video. Exploring the theme of technology in the lives of people, the production begins with the inspiration of generated by three works of music for orchestra and electronics. All ages welcome! Ng Tian Hui conducts.
    $15 general admission, $20 for front-row seating and $10 for students.

    Link to order tickets:
    Link to Facebook event:
    MHSO website:


  65. March 17, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert Extravaganza!

    The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a multimedia extravaganza including live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video. Exploring the theme of technology in the lives of people, the production begins with the inspiration of generated by three works of music for orchestra and electronics. All ages welcome! Ng Tian Hui conducts.
    $15 general admission, $20 for front-row seating and $10 for students.

    Order tickets online here:
    Link to facebook event:
    MHSO webpage:

    Questions? Please contact Eileen O’Grady, MHSO Publicity Chair, by email at


  66. sashaelyssa said,

    March 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Red Tent for Moon Time:
    An Intergenerational Wise Womens Gathering
    April 10, 2016, 12-4pm
    Brickhouse Community Center, Turners Falls, MA

    Moon Time is a special time.
    For some women, it’s a celebration!
    For others, it comes with challenges.
    When we gather and share the wisdom we know,
    we make it easier and more joyful for everyone.

    Join us to learn more about Fertility Awareness for womens health,
    and to handcraft our own reusable pads.

    We ask for donations to cover our costs, $25-50. If you can pay more or make a donation – please do! This helps others with fewer finances to attend. If you need finanical aid, please let us know.
    There will be light snacks, and of course, chocolate.
    All wemoon are welcome.


  67. Andrea Bernard said,

    March 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Come to a Ukulele Workshop at Tyler Memorial Library on Sunday, March 20 from 2 PM – 4 PM.

    Join singer/songwriter Julie Stepanek for a ukulele lesson and jam session. Julie will bring 20 ukuleles to Tyler Memorial Library. You will learn 2-3 chords and be able to play simple folk songs. Please feel free to bring your own ukulele. Come a few minutes early if you need help with tuning. Fun for school age children through adults.

    Free! PLEASE contact the library to reserve your place at 413-339-4335 or

    Tyler Memorial Library is located at 157 Main Street, Charlemont Town Hall.


  68. Ed Kaler said,

    March 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    “The Big Night”
    Sat, Apr 02, 2016
    5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Family (suitable for children 4 – 16 years)

    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    An enchanted family evening. Guided tours will leave the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45-minute magical forest trail
    where you will meet costumed characters from vernal pools, such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp. Learn about their
    lives through humorous skits.

    Hike times: every 15 minutes beginning at 5:45 pm and ending at 7:45 pm. Allow for 2 hours for the entire program since there are other educational events plus refreshments.

    For inclement weather the outdoor portion of this program will be brought indoors.
    Call to register 413-584-3009.


  69. Susan Cornell said,

    March 15, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Color Art.Beautiful, intricate designs. This relaxing coloring experience allows stress and anxiety to fade away, while also setting your creativity free. Color florals, mandalas, and cool patterns. We supply all the materials and all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself. 3/29/16 from 3:15-4:30. Teens and tweens ages 10-16. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. Free. 413-268-7472.


  70. March 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Keeping Your Child Safe-A workshop on child sexual abuse and prevention. Wednesday, March 23rd, 11:00-12:30 at the Amherst Family Center. Please call to pre-register for child care 413/256-1145.
    AFC is located at 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Find the AFC on “Facebook.”


  71. March 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Berkshire Revelations

    Good Purpose Gallery presents Kayla Corby, a Berkshire local, who creates artwork that is beyond versatile! This new exhibit will showcase Kayla’s oils, charcoals, and mixed media paintings: both landscapes and figurative.

    Join us at our opening; Friday April 1st at 5:30 pm at the Good Purpose Gallery. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    Admission: FREE

    Good Purpose Gallery
    40 Main Street
    Lee, MA 01238


  72. March 11, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Live Well With Chronic Illness: Reclaim Your Power to Heal

    Bonnie Diamond, Licensed Acupuncturist, on her life with & recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    WEDNEDSAY, March 16, 7pm, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, Free and open to the public.

    Register at

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  73. Susan Cornell said,

    March 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Juice Box Boats. Drink the juice from the box, remove the straw and then make a boat that will float. Race it across the water with your friends or play with it in the tub. March 26, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Ages 4 and up. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA. Free event.


  74. Julia Fan said,

    March 10, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Event: Scratch Meetup for Educators!

    Time: Saturday, May 7, from 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Holyoke, MA

    Celebrate Scratch Day! Join us for a FREE Scratch Meetup for Educators. We’re holding our event a week early so folks can also attend events in Boston on the official Scratch Day (May 14). Meet other Scratch educators and enthusiasts and participate in hands-on breakout sessions. Lunch is included, parking is free. BYOL (bring your own laptop), if possible.

    Register and get more info here:

    Brought to you by the CSTA of Western Massachusetts and CAITE/ECEP, sponsored by the National Science Foundation


  75. Jody Scalise said,

    March 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Martial Arts for Child/Parent or Child/Adult. family martial arts class. Starts Friday March 11 2016-4pm. Lions Gait Martial Arts, upper Buckland.
    Chinese Hybrid Style called Huan Jung with Master J. (Jody Scalise)
    Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Wing Chun. First Class is Free. For information call 4136252403 email or visit

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  76. Celtic Heels said,

    March 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    St. Patrick’s Day Ceili. This Saturday, March 12 @ 12:00-2:30pm bring your family to the Celtic Heels St. Patrick’s Day Ceili held at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield (401 Chapman Street). You can learn a group Irish Dance + see performances by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company + enjoy the live musicians + play Irish themed games + bring a finger food dish to share at the pot luck + bring your child to story time + take a photo in the dress up photo corner (bring your own camera) + help make a 60 foot rainbow and more!
    Suggested donation: $10/adults $6/children OR $30/family for larger families


  77. March 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Trickster Skunk, Raven And Coyote Performed By The Grumbling Gryphons

    April 2nd, 11am – 12pm

    Families First Series presents: Grumbling Gryphons production of Trickster Skunk, Raven & Coyote! Children are spellbound by three humorous tales which tell how the brave and ingenious trickster animals­–Raven, Skunk and Coyote–come to the rescue of the Indians! The sets, costumes and masks, songs and instrumental music, are all authentic representations of Plains Indian, Fox Indian, and Northwest Coast Native American cultures.

    Trickster Tales: Native American Animal Legends was developed with the cooperation of The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT where it premiered for Founders’ Day on July 31, 1982. In 1989, this show was performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for close to a thousand people.

    Cost: Free/ $5 suggested donation

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


  78. March 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Lego Group at the Library. Thursday, March 10th and 24th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on the third floor of the North Adams Library. The Family Center and the North Adams Library are joining forces to bring a Lego group to families with children ages 4 to 12 years old. We will provide Legos for you and your child to build and create. The group is FREE and drop in! Call the Family Center at 413-664-4821 for any questions.


  79. tonya said,

    March 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Songwriting Workshop for Teens w/Hayley Reardon
    Ashfield Community Hall
    Sat March 12th10:30-3pm
    for more info and to register
    for more info on Hayley Reardon


  80. March 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Baby and Me Group. Monday, March 14th from 11:00-12:00 pm in The Family Center Playroom at Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. Come meet other moms and dads and make new friends. Share your experiences, thought and ideas with others. Get out of the house, socialize and make connections with other parents in your area. This is a FREE drop in group for moms and dads with children ages infants to walking. For ALL parents. Transportation is available.


  81. Susan Cornell said,

    March 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Leprechaun Fun: March 1-17. Ages 3-11. Meekins Library, Williamsburg. Come to the library during open hours and have fun going on a daily scavenger hunt to locate the leprechaun. He will be hiding out each day in our library in a different location. Find him and earn a gold coin to add to your lucky bag. Earn 5 gold coins and win a small prize. Also, join us on Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 for some enchanting stories about those sneaky litlte leprechauns, make a dancing leprechaun finger puppet and enjoy some shamrock cookies. Let’s see if you have the luck of the Irish!!


  82. Lisa Ouellet said,

    March 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    R.H. Conwell Preschool Open House

    Date: Saturday, April 9
    Time: 10:00 – 2:00
    Location: 147 Huntington Road, Worthington, MA

    Come meet the teachers and see our preschool room! This is a great opportunity to check out our language and nature-based program. Bring your boots and explore our play area and take a walk in our woods. Play games, read some books and even make a craft! Light refreshments will be provided. Please call 413-238-5856 if you have any questions.


  83. February 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Songwriter’s Workshop With Sandy McKnight

    Tuesday March 22nd
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Have you always wanted to write songs? Have you written songs but wanted to get better? Do you want to know what to do once you have completed your song? Sandy McKnight will discuss song structure, recording, publishing, licensing and other topics related to music and songwriting and offer song critiques to the first five registrants. This is a great chance to learn the ropes from a professional songwriter!

    Sandy McKnight is a veteran songwriter whose songs you may have heard on TV or in movies. He has taught a songwriting workshop at Hudson Valley C.C. for 14 years, and also produces music festivals, conferences and concerts.

    Cost: $10
    Pre-register by March 10, 2016 by emailing

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


  84. Kristen Estelle said,

    February 29, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Motion Man: Mime, Magic, Circus

    Sunday, March 13th

    All ages welcome!

    Chesterfield Community Center
    400 Main Rd.
    Chesterfield, MA 01012

    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 Childcare, New Hingham PTO, and by a grant from the Chesterfield Cultural Council.

    Any questions? Please email Kristen:


  85. Susan Cornell said,

    February 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Saint Patrick’s Day Fun. Thursday, March 17. 3:30-5:00. Children of all ages. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA. Free. Contact Susan Cornell at or call 413-268-7472.

    Join us for some leprechaun laughter and listen to stories about these mischievous Irish elves, make dancing leprechaun finger puppets and enjoy some shamrock cookies.

    LEPRECHAUNS! A type of fairy living in Ireland. Sneaky, elf-like creatures wearing a beard, a coat and a hat. They partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.


  86. February 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Arts Night Out at IS183 Art School!! Go Ahead, get a little dirty on 2nd Friday of the month!

    Couples, Singles and Friends are welcome to join us in the Studio for an evening of fun and creativity! Absolutely no experience required, BYOB and a change into your casual attire. 21+

    Word Collage – Friday, 7PM to 9PM on March 11 at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge 21+ BYOB

    Play with scissors, glue, and poetry in this crafty word exploration! Let your intentions guide you through random, printed matter as you create a word collage in the company of friends old and new. Piece together found phrases with those of your own and take home a vivid reminder of your aspirations- and of this fun evening!


  87. February 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

    The Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley presents:

    Mindfulness Meditation for Parents
    with Adi Bemak

    Sunday, March 13, 10:00am-11:45am,
    with optional “family time” from 11:45am-12:15pm

    116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242 (second floor)
    Easthampton, MA 01027
    Suggested donation: $8-20 at registration, invitation to donate to the teacher

    Mindfulness meditation can be extremely helpful in supporting our role as parents, guardians, and caregivers, but many of us struggle to integrate the practice into our daily lives, often seeing it as one more thing that needs to be done.

    Join Insight PV teacher, parent, and grandparent Adi Bemak for a morning of meditation practice. We’ll explore the many simple and profound ways to integrate mindfulness into our busy lives in a way that doesn’t feel like “one more thing”. Mindfulness meditation is about sinking into our very real lives, and experiencing them as they are—within all the messiness and complications.

    Childcare is available for this event! Learn more and register at

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  88. Susan Cornell said,

    February 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Lucky Leprechauns. Thursday, March 17 from 3:30-5:00. For kids 3 and up at the Meekins Library. Free. Listen to some enchanting stories about those sneaky little creatures, leprechauns!! Make a dancing leprechaun finger puppet and enjoy some shamrock cookies. Contact Susan Cornell at or 413-268-7472.


  89. February 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Open Mic Night

    Friday March 11th
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Singers and acoustic musicians welcome! Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Sign up at 6:30 pm; Performances start at 7:00 pm.

    Admission: $3 for audience members – Free for performers

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


  90. Ed Kaler said,

    February 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk

    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Sat, Mar 19, 2016 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Brittany Gutermuth – Arcadia School/Group Program Coordinator

    Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)
    Adult $5.00, Child free
    Adult $7.00, Child free
    Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

    Join us for the perfect introduction to nature. This one-hour hike will enable your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. This is an opportunity to explore the changing nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month.
    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress for the weather. We will be outdoors for the entire program.

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


  91. Ed Kaler said,

    February 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Homeschool Early Spring 2016- Earth Keepers

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Children (suitable for children 5 – 10 years)
    Members: $120.00 Nonmembers: $145.00
    Additional siblings will receive the following discount: members- $90, non members- $110

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

    Your student will get ready for Earth Day by researching endangered animals, learning about the challenges facing our environment, and finding ways to help including reduce, reuse, recycle, composting, and “green” energy.

    Class dates and times:

    Wed, Mar 02, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    Wed, Mar 09, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    Wed, Mar 16, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    Wed, Apr 06, 2016 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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


  92. WGBY 57 said,

    February 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Elmo and Curious George to Appear Live in Springfield

    Public broadcasting station WGBY is hosting a PBS Kids fan fair event at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 20.

    SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — What child doesn’t watch PBS Kids television at some point in their development? PBS’ educational content is a trusted source for children’s entertainment with characters kids recognize and love — and now those fan favorites are coming to life in downtown Springfield.

    Local public broadcasting station WGBY-57 is hosting a PBS fan fair, called Love for Learning, at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Saturday, Feb. 20. This event will not only introduce live characters — including Sesame Street’s Elmo, Curious George, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat — but will also present an opportunity for children to engage with PBS Kids content at over 15 activity stations based on PBS Kids shows and popular children’s books.
Admission to the WGBY 2016 Love for Learning PBS Kids Fan Fair may be reserved online with recommended donation of $10/adult, $5/child at This early registration method will entitle donors to “Express Admission” and a gift upon arrival to the event.
    Event attendees will receive discounted admission to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame museum (optional) on the day of the event.


  93. Amherst Family Center said,

    February 1, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Grandparent Support Group – Tuesdays

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

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

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


  94. Leslie Matilainen said,

    January 30, 2016 at 8:47 pm

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


  95. January 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Join Hilltown Land Trust and the Meekins Library for the series “Seek the Woods!” This 4-part series offers activities/events that explore that celebrate the land we share and love. Come to our kick-off event on February 17th at 6:30pm for the Inspired by Nature Book Share! All ages welcome! Bring your favorite book, author, or writing of any genre related to nature, the land, farms, conservation, nature education etc. and share why you love it with fellow bookworms! You bring the book, we’ll bring the treats! FREE and held at the Meekins Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hawks~Hayden Room.


  96. January 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm


    EVENT DATE: APRIL 30,2016 ( Rain Date May 7,2016)

    EVENT TIME: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    EVENT LOCATION: Duggan Academy
    1015 Wilbraham Rd.
    Springfield,Mass 01109

    EVENT COST: Cars – $20.00
    Bikes – $10.00
    Spectators – Free

    Registration Closes @ 2pm

    There Will Be 100 Trophies Plus,With a Variety Of Auto and Motorcycle Categories With a Combo Of Special Car / Bike Categories.This Is Goning To Be a Fun Filled Family Event.There Be Raffles,Food Vendors,Children Activites,Contest and More!!!
    Come Out An Enjoy!!!

    PLEASE’ No Speeding,No Alcohol,No Burn Outs,No Loud Music..

    For More Information and Details….Look us up!!!

    Facebook Online Contact: FamilyovereverythingAC

    Contact Person: President of Family Over Everything Auto Club Inc.
    Emmanuel Sanchez @ (413) 214-1484


  97. Elaina Katz said,

    January 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    The Valley Voice Competition-Seeking Entrants!
    Northampton High School’s Key Club will host ¨The Valley Voice,¨ a regional voice competition on March 18 at 380 Elm St, Northampton, from 7-9pm for all ages. The event will raise funds for The Eliminate Project.
    The Key Club is a national community service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club’s members are active within the community and involved in a large variety of service projects, ranging from bookshelf building for local elementary schools to sending a delegation down for service in Nicaragua. This student organized event aims both to raise funds and awareness for the Eliminate Project- a Kiwanis and UNICEF sponsored organization fighting to end maternal and neonatal tetanus, which can be fatal for mothers and newborns and produce repeated painful convulsions for those affected.
    The Valley Voice competition will be a night of music, fun, and food, with appearances from local bands and a wide array of refreshments available in addition to the performances from each of the competitors, each who will sing a song of their choosing. By the end of the night, judges will choose three winners: First place will receive a grand prize of $250, 2nd place $100, and 3rd $50. The cost to enter will be $5.
    To enter the competition, we ask all who are interested to send in a video audition of them singing one song to by February 15. $5 to enter, and a link to a PayPal will be sent to them within 24 hours where they can pay, or send us an email if you’d prefer a different payment method.


  98. Lois said,

    December 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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

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

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


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