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  1. anne said,

    October 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library Annual Book Sale

    ***50,000 plus items
    Books, CDs, DVDs and other sometimes puzzles and games

    Most books $1.00 Hardcover $2.00

    Different rooms and sections from kids, like new, picture/board books, non-fiction, fiction, history, science, Nature, MUSIC, Arts, Humor, quilting, cook books…YOu have to see it to believe!

    October 12-Monday 5pm to 8pm Members only night
    October 13-16th Tuesday-Friday 10am to 8pm
    October 17th Saturday Most items half off 9am to 3pm

    Clapp memorial Library
    19 South Main Street
    Belchertown, MA 01007


  2. Lucy said,

    October 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Teacher Tuesday at the Emily Dickinson Museum
    October 20, 2015, 4-6 p.m.
    All educators are invited to this free program where you’ll have the run of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Make an herbarium, read or write in Emily’s bedroom, try your hand at our reverse scavenger hunt, and enjoy some gingerbread and cider. Whether you teach American Literature, Visual Arts, or Science – there’s something for you here. Let the museum inspire your next project with your students. We hope you’ll join us!
    Event is free.
    More info here:
    Email or call 413-542-2034.


  3. October 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Just Roots announces the third annual FALL FARM FESTIVAL at the Greenfield Community Farm, 2–6pm this Sunday, October 11. For all ages and interests: local food and craft vendors; workshops; kids’ activities; pumpkin carving; musical performances; entertainers; a farm tour; and a campfire. $5 suggested donation, no one turned away. Come see what’s been growing at your community farm!

    The Greenfield Community Farm, located off of Leyden Road in north Greenfield (34 Glenbrook Drive), is a project of Just Roots, a local nonprofit concerned with increasing access to healthy local food. For more information, visit



  4. JRS said,

    October 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Saturday Oct10th at 9pm Catch The Truck Stop Troubadours winners of The #ValleyAdvocate Grand Band Slam at The O’s Music Bar 330 Amherst Road Sunderland MA

    #The413 #LiveMusic #SunderlandMA #TheOsMusicBar


  5. Carrie Foley said,

    October 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Test the Test: MCAS/PARCC
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    Eastworks Building, Community Room

    The Easthampton Educators Association (EEA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Teachers Association and Citizens for Public Schools, will hold a community information event called “Test the Test” on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Eastworks Building – Community Room.

    National and state education laws require the use of standardized test scores to rate school districts, grant/deny student diplomas, and evaluate teachers. The stakes are high.

    The EEA invites families and community members to a night of testing the test. Complete MCAS and PARCC tests in different subject areas and grade levels. Experience sitting as a student for “the tests.” Join in group discussions after trying the tests. Learn how to share your views with state legislators and members of the board at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    Change is made when communities learn and act together. Please join us!

    Students and children welcome to attend. Table activities for children will be provided.

    For more information, contact:


  6. October 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Trail Work Day & Photo Contest at Hilltown Land Trust!

    Spruce up Stevens: Trail Work Day at Hilltown Land Trust’s Stevens Property in Huntington.
    Join us on Columbus Day (Oct. 12th) from 9am-12pm as we spruce up the Stevens Trail with some much-needed TLC! We’ll make this trail easier to locate and ready for hikers! We will be installing a new trail kiosk, reblazing faded trail markers and tackling some needed trail maintenance. Please wear appropriate work attire (hiking boots, pants, layered clothing). Be sure to bring water and snacks! Please RSVP to Michael Madole or 413-628-4485 x4 to ensure notification of weather-related or emergency cancellations.

    Hilltown Land Trust Photo Contest! “Picturing the Hilltowns”
    Deadline: October 20th 2015

    Use your phone, tablet or camera to capture the beauty of the hilltowns in the fall! Here at Hilltown Land Trust, we’d like to know, “What Hilltown places, animals or plants inspire you?” Maybe it’s the brilliance of the autumn leaves, a stunning farm landscape, or the rustic beauty of the wilderness on the trail. Share what you love about the hilltowns! Winners will be announced on November 1st and have their work displayed at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, MA. Contact Andrea Caluori-Rivera for more information at or 413-628-4485 x4.


  7. October 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Community Volunteer Fair
    Thursday, October 15, 10am-2pm
    Northampton Senior Center
    67 Conz Street
    Free parking!

    RSVP of Hampshire & Franklin Counties is sponsoring a free community volunteer fair ideal for older youth and adults looking for opportunities to serve in Hampshire and Franklin counties. The local organizations exhibiting at the fair have volunteer opportunities in education, nutrition, fundraising, non-profit consulting, exercise & activity programs, senior services, and more. Come find the perfect way for you and your family to give back to your community!

    Visit our facebook page at for more information.


  8. anne said,

    October 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

    AHA Hockey -Amherst Hockey Association

    FREE Girls try Hockey for Free

    October 10, 2015 2pm to 4pm

    Our experienced Volunteers will Help


    For more info:

    Coming soon: Try hockey for Free (Boys and Girls ) November 7, 2015

    I don’t know what gear will be available.
    I suggest that folks wear snow pants to help make falling fun.
    The kids are usually given buckets if they don’t know how to ice skate. They hold on to buckets and push off.
    You can also bring gloves. And a bike helmet.
    Ice skates will be provided for free.

    Location: Mullins Center UMASS Amherst


  9. October 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Sunday October 4th 2015 11am – 3pm The Windsor Historical Commission’s Annual Fundraiser Event to support the preservation of Windsor’s Cultural History: PIE SALE, CRAFT FAIR & HARVEST FESTIVAL at the Windsor Historical Museum, Route 9, Windsor, MA. Chili & Cornbread lunch, Museum Exhibits OPEN, Delicious Homemade pies, baked goods, syrups and jams. Berkshire Highland Farm stand, Craft Sale with Tamarack Hollow Trading, Windsor Mountain Crafters (at Town hall), Windsor Congregational Church craft and tag sale, Zarifa Arts, Earthly Designs. Demonstrations and info tables with Jack Sobon timber framing, Alpine Solar, Notchview Reservation (the Trustees), Friends of Windsor, Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center and lively Latin music by Trio Candela from 12-1:30. Pie & Baked goods donations accepted day of sale! THANK YOU to our co-sponsor the Windsor Cultural Council. For more info visit or email


  10. October 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Saturday October 3rd 10am-1pm Housatonic Heritage Hikes: Flora and Fauna of the Spruce-Fir Boreal forest at Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and Notchview Reservation. Hike the backcountry of the Berkshire Highlands in the unique high elevation Boreal forest of Tamarack Hollow and the backside of Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA. Learn how to identify plants, trees, ferns, wild edibles and signs of fauna that call this unique forest home.   Hike is 3 miles round trip. Wear hiking boots and bring water. Co-sponsored by Tamarack Hollow & the Windsor Cultural Council. Led by naturalist Aimee Gelinas M.Ed Founder/Director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor.  FREE – Donations accepted for Tamarack Hollow, a not-for-profit conservation organization. Register by emailing: (required).


  11. October 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    A visit to Broadway’s darker side. Music from Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Secret Garden, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, among others. Featuring singers Jessica and Matt Passetto and special guests.
    October 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    $10 / $5 for CIP students


  12. October 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    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.
    October 3, 11:00 am – noon
    $5 suggested donation


  13. Pamela Snow said,

    October 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Fall Leaves STEM Sprouts Activities for Young Children
    Buckland Public Library
    Sat. Oct. 17th
    Follow a trail of picture book story pages along a path by the trees behind the Buckland library and then join us inside for some leaf activities. Make leaf rubbings, sort leaves by shape or color, graph leaves.
    Contact the Buckland Public Library for more info.
    (413) 625-9412

    This is a CFCE Mohawk Public School District event sponsored by the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care


  14. September 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Halloween STEAMcraft Fun – Join us for some spooky fun designing and decorating ghosts, bats, witches and pumpkins. After you have made your creation, watch them dance using static electricity. Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 11:00am-1:30pm. For school aged kids. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Meekins Library,Hawks~Hayden Room, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA 01096. 413-268-7488. Free.


  15. September 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Looking for a family activity for Columbus Day? Come to a Music Party for infants and toddlers with Monday, October 12th from 10 to 11 am at Artspace Greenfield!

    Music Parties are drop-in sessions that include free instrument exploration time as well as a group music lesson for infants and toddlers, ages 0-3. Enjoy quality time with your child by interacting with fingerplays, hand clapping, wiggling, tickling and bouncing rhymes and songs. These are the same activities that your great-grandparents sang with their young children before there were screens in the home!

    Cost: $10 per family, cash or check. Each family will leave with lyrics and a CD of the activities from the class. More information at


  16. Kathy Murri said,

    September 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    The Montessori School of Northampton Children’s Fall Fair
    October 17, 2015
    11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Community Event
    Event is free to the public, some activities have a small fee

    Contact Information
    Address: 51 Bates Street, Northampton
    Phone: (413) 586-4538


  17. September 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Good Purpose Gallery
    40 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238

    “Dancing with Colors”
    October 10th – November 17th

    Good Purpose Gallery presents the Dancing with Colors gallery show featuring the artwork of Olga Gernovski, as well as the beautiful local art of Margaret Buchte. Join us here Saturday October 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Good Purpose Gallery located at 40 Main St, Lee, MA. There will be complimentary appetizers,wine and entertainment as well as the opportunity to meet and converse with the artists.


  18. September 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    2nd Annual Women’s Clothing Etc. Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

    Friday, October 23rd, 2015, from 7 – 9 p.m. (new day/time added) AND Saturday, October 24th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (1/2 price sale 1 – 2 p.m.)

    St Philip’s Parish Hall, 128 Main St, Easthampton

    Buy and/or sell or donate quality Fall/Winter items for women
    Volunteer to work on the sale. Come, bring friends, shop, save!!

    To become a consignor, email Betty Snow at

    To donate items or volunteer to work, contact Janet Couch at


  19. Marco Monroy said,

    September 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

    The Reading Room

    @ Eastworks Open Studios, Easthampton

    November 7-8, 2015

    The Reading Room is an exhibition of artists’ books and zines curated by Trevor Powers and Esther S White. Combining works pulled from their respective collections with books they’ve chosen specifically for the exhibition, the books will be displayed on tables in the gallery. Each table will feature 4-12 books, grouped by content, context, or materials and methods. The exhibition aims to highlight the wide range of approaches to the medium, and celebrate the diversity and excellence of contemporary artists’ books, zines and xerographic book art being created in the Pioneer Valley and around the world. Visitors are encouraged to sit and browse all books on display.

    The Reading Room is happening during Eastworks Open Studios in Easthampton, Massachusetts on Saturday & Sunday, November 7–8, between 12–5pm.

    116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

    For more information:


  20. Ida Weiss said,

    September 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Sunday, November 8th
    Downtown Northampton
    Free, all kids, teens, adults, and seniors invited!

    All are welcome to join the 4th Annual Dance for Kindness flashmob! Join a group of motivated people from across the world committed to spreading kindness and compassion.
    Learn a simple, choreographed 5 minute dance, attend a rehearsal, and on Sunday, November 8th, join other participants as we break out into a spontaneous freeze mob and flash mob in downtown Northampton!

    “In honor of World Kindness Day, join Life Vest Inside and thousands of others around the globe for ONE DAY as we wave our flags united in Dance at our 4th Annual Worldwide Dance for Kindness.
    The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves – beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion, and realize that we are citizens of the world.”
    Life Vest Inside

    To contact Group Leader: (questions, comments, more info.)
    Ida Weiss


  21. September 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Friday, October 2, 2015A
    “Broadway, Haunted” A Broadway Cabaret
    Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin Street
    Lee, MA

    A visit to Broadway’s darker side. Music from Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Secret Garden, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, among others. Featuring singers Jessica and Matt Passetto and special guests.

    About the Performers:
    Jessica A Passetto has been involved with music and theatre for many years and has performed with Berkshire Public Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Community College, Town Players of Pittsfield, Berkshire Opera Company, Chicago Lyric Opera Company and various independent companies in Berkshire County. Some favorite roles include Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Louisa in The Fantasticks, and Annie and Barbara Streisand in Forbidden Broadway. Since graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose, Jessica has taught music and theatre in upstate NY, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and is currently in her tenth year teaching Choral Music and Theatre at Taconic High School in Pittsfield. Jessica has been directing for many years as well. Some favorites include, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Little Shop of Horrors for the Town Players of Pittsfield, as well as, West Side Story, The Wedding Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Guys and Dolls, among others for Taconic High School.
    Matt Passetto has been involved with theatre since his school and was most recently seen as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins with Berkshire Theatre Group. Some of Matt’s favorite roles have been I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change (Man 2), The Mikado (Nanki Poo), Young Frankenstein (Igor) ,Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley) , A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus) , Assassins (Sam Byck), Gifts of the Magi (Jim Dillingham), Little Shop of Horrors (Mr.Mushnick), Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Bottom), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), and Fiddler in the Roof (Tevye).


  22. September 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    BABY PLAYGROUP (0-18 months)
    free and open to the public!
    Monday afternoons from 2:30 – 4:00
    Community Action Family Center
    90 Federal St. in Greenfield (next to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters)

    Join Family Center staff for weekly baby fun! We have toys for all ages and provide a snack. Great way to meet other parents and for your baby to socialize with other little ones.


  23. Ed Kaler said,

    September 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Homeschool Preview

    Wed, Sep 30, 2015 9:30 am – 11:30 am

    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Brittany Gutermuth – Arcadia School/Group Program Coordinator

    Children (suitable for children 5 – 10 years)
    Members: $20.00 Nonmembers: $24.00

    Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
    Special Introductory Membership – half off with full Mass Audubon benefits. $32 for a year. Valid until Nov. 30, 2015. Call phone # below for information.

    Do you have a homeschooler who loves science and is 5 to 10 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our exciting, engaging, and hands-on nature programs. Join us for our Homeschool Preview day to sample a program and find out more about what we have to offer. The full program will start in October, with the 6 week session Science of Fall, focusing on fall colors, trees, and wildlife preparing for the winter months.

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


  24. September 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

    All are welcome at The Hartsbrook School’s fall open house on Saturday, October 17th, 10 am to noon. Learn about our curriculum, meet teachers (preschool through high school) and speak with current families. 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-584-3198


  25. Nili Simhai said,

    September 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Harvesting Hope Farm Festival
    Sunday, October 4th, 1:00-5:00
    Abundance Farm, 253 Prospect St, Northampton

    All are welcome to participate in this family friendly festival for celebration, rejuvenation and action. Come enjoy creative and fun activities including the Topsy Turvy Bus (a mobile, vegetable powered eco-classroom), live music and square dancing, a meditation sukkah (tent), great local food, bicycle power, alpacas and more! Join Pioneer Valley faith, environmental and social justice communities as we gather to protect our pollinators, grow community orchards, and advocate for just wages.

    Suggested Donation of $1-$20 per family.


  26. Deb Holman said,

    September 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Oak Meadow’s annual fall Open House is coming!

    Saturday, Oct. 10
    11am to 1pm
    132 Main St.
    Brattleboro, VT 05301

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

    FREE and open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about homeschooling.

    For more info, visit


  27. September 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    “Baby and Me Tummy Time.” Designed for our youngest library users and their caregivers, the Baby and Me program offers participants the opportunity to share time together at the library. During the 40 minute program, babies and their grownups will be exposed to language, books, music, movement, songs, fingerplay and playful activities in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Baby and Me programs are a great way to introduce young children to the library to begin a lifetime of regular library visits and to help children develop into lifelong library users. We invite you to come sing, clap, bounce and listen to nursery rhymes and stories! Tuesday, October 13th from 1:00-1:45, Meekins Library, Williamsburg, MA. Contact Susan Cornell at Free event.


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