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  1. March 2, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    A Taste of Tinkergarten: Outdoor Play & Learning for Families

    Date: Sunday, March 8th
    Time: 10-11:30AM
    Location: Child’s Park, Northampton

    Come sample what Tinkergarten is all about! This class is designed for kids ages 2-5, but fun for those a bit over or under too. Parents and kids will play and learn together.

    Tinkergarten® started in Brooklyn and now Tinkergarten is coming to the Pioneer Valley. With Tinkergarten®, kids develop, grow and better prepare by through outdoor play-based learning classes and activities. We believe that independent exploration and well-designed play-based activities are the keys to developing a host of important capabilities, including self reliance, creativity, leadership and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids learn and develop the skills that matter most, while enjoying fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.

    Tinkergarten® classes are led by dedicated parents and active community members who help kids learn through healthy, social, and engaging outdoor play-based activities.

    The event is FREE, but we ask that you RSVP at http://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/meghan.fitzgerald/ea8e18

    Want to know more about Tinkergarten? Visit tinkergarten.com.

    Have questions about the event, email Meghan, Tinkergarten founder and recent transplant from Brooklyn to Northampton, at meghan@tinkergarten.com.

    See you outdoors!

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  2. March 2, 2015 at 11:13 am

    The Hartsbrook School Open House, Saturday, March 7, 10 am- noon. Early Childhood, Elementary and High School classrooms will be open for touring. Interested families can see student work, speak with teachers, meet current families and learn about our innovative Waldorf curriculum. Free, all ages welcome. 193 Bay Road in Hadley. http://www.hartsbrook.org

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  3. March 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Buckland Library Maple Breakfast
    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    8-11:30 AM
    Mary Lyon Church on Upper Street in Buckland MA

    $10 Adults, $5 children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
    All proceeds support the Buckland Public Library.

    This year, we will be serving light and delicious homemade pancakes (no more box mix) with real maple syrup, homemade fruit compote (new this year), scrambled eggs, meat or veggie sausage, and home fries (new and improved). As usual, there will be orange juice, coffee, tea, cocoa, and milk. Also, there will be live music, plus Alan Young handcrafted wooden spoons & Purington maple syrup for sale.

    For more information, call the library at 625-9412 or Ann Bodkhe at 625-9455.

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  4. Valle Dwight said,

    February 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Whole Children’s Once Upon a Bog March 20th & 21st!!

    Whole Children is happy to debut Once Upon a Bog, an original theatrical adventure of fantasy, fun and friendship. This upbeat show explores themes of acceptance and teamwork through some uplifting and toe-tapping song and dance.

    Whole Children is a grassroots organization, started by parents, that offers a wide range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for children of all ages and abilities, particularly those with special needs. Milestones offers similar classes for young adults. This production of Once Upon a Bog is presented by the students of the Theater Studio program, one of the many inclusive performing arts groups at Whole Children. Under the direction of Jeannine Haas, the acting students have created this show together.

    There are two shows: Friday March 20 at 7pm and Saturday, March 21 at 2pm at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater in Smith College. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at http://www.wholechildren.org or at the door. All ticket sales benefit the scholarship fund. Whole Children shows are known to sell out fast so make sure to get your ticket soon!

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

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  5. Layla Hazen said,

    February 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Winter Wildlife at Bullitt: Guided Trek

    Saturday, March 7 I 10-12PM
    Bullitt Reservation, Bullitt Road, Ashfield

    Join an experienced nature educator for a winter exploration of the fields and forests at Bullitt. Hone your tracking skills and enjoy the winter landscape.

    Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10. Children 12 and under, FREE.

    Pre-registration requested at 413.532.1631 x 10 or westregion@ttor.org. Snowshoe rentals are available, but quantities are limited. Please call and reserve a pair.

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  6. Pamela Snow said,

    February 26, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    The Weird and Wonderful World of Seeds
    For Preschool Aged Children and their families
    Location: Buckland Public Library
    Upper Street, Buckland, MA
    Date: Sat. March 7
    Times: 10am-11am
    Free
    We will read a story about seeds following by a hands-on exploration of seeds of all sizes and shapes…and natural packages they come in.
    This exploration involves tasting, touching, observing, sorting. We will set up a simple seed experiment that will stay at the library for visitors to observe over time.
    This program is sponsored by CFCE, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program and the Mass. Dept. of Early Ed. and Care,Mohawk Trail school system.

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  7. John Root said,

    February 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    “Organic Gardening for Everyone”, a 90 minute program about cultivating vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers using natural methods to promote soil and plant health, will be offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 5 at the New England Small Farm Institute, 275 Jackson St. in Belchertown. Free. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Belchertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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  8. February 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Oxen Logging Demonstration in Worthington and Chesterfield
    Kids: Saturday march 7th, 12:30PM-2:30PM
    Foul Weather Date of Sunday, March 8th

    Can we really cut down trees and help the plants and animals of the forest? Learn how! Join Hilltown Land Trust during a Sustainable Oxen Logging Demonstration on Saturday, March 7th from 12:30-2:30 PM. Watch how the strength of these working animals help a forester “weed” the forest, and can actually help other trees grow. Meet a real oxen team and watch them in action as you learn about low-impact sustainable forestry with experienced forester Tom Jenkens. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a parent/chaperone. Snacks are provided, please wear sturdy warm boots, dress in layers, and bring a water bottle. Please note, are no bathrooms at the site and canine friends are prohibited due to safety around the working oxen. Free for children under 18 and HLT members, $10. for non-members. Parking is limited, PLEASE RSVP with Nicole Rhodes at: hltlandsteward@ttor.org or (413) 628-4485 ext. 4 See our website for more information, and about an adult workshop offered earlier in the day. http://www.hilltown-land-trust.org/get-involved/events

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  9. February 24, 2015 at 9:36 am

    “SEUSSICAL, JR!” Musical
    Presented by the elementary students at
    Anne. T Dunphy School in Williamsburg

    Friday, March 6th 7:00
    Saturday, March 7th 3:00

    Anne T. Dunphy School
    1 Petticoat Hill Rd, Williamsburg, MA

    Perfect winter outing for children and young at heart!

    Tickets: $8 adults $5 children (12 & under)
    Call 268-8421 to order tickets or for more details!

    http://www.burgyschool.org

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  10. Emily Hodos said,

    February 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    March Brain Awareness Week Event!
    SMART MOVES FOR EVERYONE! An Intro to Neuromovement

    March 10, 2015
    6:30 – 8pm
    Second Chances Consignment Shop Community Room

    FREE Evening Workshop for Parent, Teachers, Therapists, Other Adults and Caregivers curious about the benefits of using movement to affect positive changes in children and adults… including themselves!

    Science is revealing the amazing power that exercise and movement have on brain change and growth for people of all ages and abilities. Neuromovement methods take this science into practice to help us reach our full potential – physically, emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively!

    Neuromovement Consultant and Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor Emily Hodos will introduce participants to basic neuromovement principles along with a range of movement activities that can be immediately applied at home, school, work, athletics, and more. In addition, attendees will learn about next steps to experience more, including training for adults and weekly classes for kids!

    FREE but RSVP required
    Contact Emily Hodos at dlconsultant@mac.com
    More info at http://www.emilyjhodos.com (go to Calendar of Events)

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  11. 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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  12. February 23, 2015 at 11:14 am

    The Berkshire Museum Presents:

    2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers: Think Like an Editor: How to Make a Good Manuscript Great
    3/20/2015- 3-4:30 PM
    Join writer/editor Robin Catalano for this helpful workshop featuring a variety of tips on the process of self-editing, from critically (yet constructively) evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses to avoiding common writing pitfalls and editor pet peeves, and the best and worst times to edit one’s own work. Appropriate for writers at all levels of experience.

    Learner’s Lab: Red Apple Butchers
    3/21/2015- 10-11 AM
    Join one of the butchers from Red Apple Butchers for a workshop on knives. From home cook to experienced chef, proper use of knives is an essential skill. This workshop will illustrate different types of knives, uses for different knives, sharpening methods, some cutting technique on simple vegetables and a whole chicken, rudimentary safety and sanitation of working on a cutting board as well as more interesting carving theory, from Thanksgiving turkey carving to interesting cuts such as a Porchetta. A short informational session on Red Apple Butchers and their approach as old fashioned butchers in a modern world will be included.

    http://berkshiremuseum.org/

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  13. Bonny said,

    February 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Corn-beef and Cabbage Dinner
    Friday March 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    Pulaski Club
    79 Maple St.
    Easthampton, MA 01027
    $12/person ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY!!!
    (Tickets are available at the bar)
    Followed by St. Patty’s Day Party 8:00 pm – 1:00 am…DJ, dancing, prizes and give-aways.
    Proceeds to go to the Pulaski Club scholorship fund

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  14. February 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools 3rd Annual 5K race & 2 Mile Walk
    April 12, 2015 Registration opens at 9:30 – 10:30 race start

    Fun for the whole family! Food, Music, hoola hooping, Zumba, Kung Fu, and more!!

    Over 600 registered last year! Join us this year and enjoy a great community event! The funds raised go towards technology for the Hadley Public Schools. For more information or to register please go to http://www.helpingheartsforhadleyschools.org

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  15. February 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    2015 Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
    March 23, 2015, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002
    Free with Museum Admission

    Celebrate The Caterpillar’s special day with us! Join us for special story times, art activities and a visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Plus Museum Book Shop sale – 15% off all caterpillar-related books and toys!

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

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  16. February 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Gallery Talk: Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, with Author/Illustrator Uri Shulevitz
    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002
    March 15, 2015, 2:00pm

    Enjoy a personal gallery tour of the works of Caldecott award-winner Uri Schulevitz, by the artist himself. Book signing to follow program.
    Free with Museum Admission.

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

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  17. 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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  18. February 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz
    Gallery exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002
    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.

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

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  19. February 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Eric Carle: Re-Imaged and Re-Imagined
    Art Exhibition – goes through March 22, 2015
    @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Rd., Amherst MA 01002

    Over the past 45 years, several of Eric Carle’s books have been republished, providing Carle with an opportunity to re-imagine some of his earlier illustrations. The pairings on view in this exhibition highlight works that Carle chose to re-illustrate for republication alongside previous editions. They tell not only the rich stories of the books they come from but also of Carle’s evolving style and techniques.

    Free with museum entry. Visit our website at http:www.carlemuseum.org or contact me (Sandy Soderberg) at sandys@carlemuseum.org for more details.

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  20. Good purpose gallery said,

    February 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Origami in action with Alison Reisel
    Saturday, March 28
    From 1 to 3:30 pm
    $10 public admission ($5 CIP students)
    Learn about the art of paper folding and try it out for yourself

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  21. Spectrum Playhouse said,

    February 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Matt Cahill and Rev Tor
    At the Spectrum Playhouseon Franklin street in Lee MA
    Friday March 27
    At 7:30 pm
    $3 cover, beer and wine available
    Call 413 394 5023 for info
    Or visit spectrumplayhouse.org

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  22. Good purpose gallery said,

    February 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Mysteries & characters: two emerging Berkshire writers reads
    Thursday March 26
    At 5:30 pm
    Reading and discussion hosted by Jessica Treat with France’s Roth and Joyce o’Brian aspart of the Berkshire festival of women writers.
    Free, donations accepted
    At the good purpose gallery on Main Street in Lee MA

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  23. Good purpose gallery said,

    February 14, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Tango classes with Megan Reisel
    Wednesday evenings, March 4 to 22
    Classes start at 6pm
    $80 for single class (8 sessions) or $130 for double class
    Come dance the night away!
    At the Good Purpose Gallery
    On Main Street in Lee MA

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  24. Good purpose gallery said,

    February 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Spoken word poetry
    At the good purpose gallery on main street in lee mass
    Monday March 2nd
    From 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    $5 suggested donation
    An exhilarating blend of poetry spoken word and storytelling

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  25. February 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Davenport Child Care and the Chesterfield Council on Aging will be hosting a performance by Jody Scalise as Motion Man. The inter-generational performance will be on March 26 at 10:00 AM at the Chesterfield Community Center at 400 Main Road in Chesterfield. The performance is free to the public and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Chesterfield Local Cultural Council.

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  26. February 11, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
    Open to residents and students in Franklin County.
    Two categories: Adult and Young Poet (ages 12-18)

    Guidelines:
    • Submit up to three poems. Number pages of multi-page poems.
    • Only unpublished poems may be submitted.
    • Previous winners (first place) may not submit poems.
    • Top-placing youth poets may re-submit when they enter a new age category.
    • Indicate “Adult” or “Young Poet,” and Young Poets write your age on the front of the sheet where the poem appears, lower right hand corner, circled.
    • No identifying information on front of sheet, where poem appears; no staples.
    • On reverse side of each poem, write your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, if available. Poems will not be returned.
    • Submit on white 8.5 x 11 paper, printed clearly in ink or typed in plain typeface; no markers.
    • Notification of receipt of entry will be via email, unless SASE is included with entry.

    Send poems to: POET’S SEAT CONTEST, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301

    DEADLINE: MARCH 9, 2015 (POSTMARK)
    AWARD CEREMONY: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7 pm, Capen Room, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road

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  27. Amy Meltzer said,

    February 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Make Masks and Hamentashen for Purim
    3.1.2015
    10-11:30
    Get ready for the Jewish holiday of Purim with a baking and mask-decorating celebration for 3-5 year olds and their grownups. Special guest: Gan Keshet teacher Kate Holdsworth. As always, stories, songs and Tumble and Play from 11-11:30. All are welcome
    Lander Grinspoon Academy
    257 Propsect St Northampton
    landergrinspoon.org
    FREE

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  28. February 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Davenport Child Care will be hosting Motion Man on March 26

    Come join us for an inter-generational show featuring Jody Scalise as Motion Man. The show will be at the Chesterfield Community Center, 400 Main Road, Chesterfield on Thursday, March 26th at 10:00 AM. The show is open to the public.

    Take a Mechanical Man, Giant Bubbles, A Six Foot Toilet Plunger, Juggling Balls, Juggling Eyeballs, Jugging Clubs, Physical Gyrations, Malleable Dancing, Step Ladders, Gibberish, a Ukulele, Impish Sleight of Hand Spinning Plates, 8 Foot Streamers, a Parasol, a Floating Hat; Things that Float over the Audience, Heaps of Laughter, and Inspirational Improvisation put them in a blender and you have Jody Scalise” as Motion Man”

    “Jody Scalise stops the show with his myriad transformations and malleable physique.” Boston Globe
    “Jody Scalise sight gags and pratfalls his way through a perfectly timed act.” Yankee Magazine
    Cast member of the Emmy Award winning “Catch a Rainbow”, ABC Television, Public Television

    Funding for this show has been provided in part by the Chesterfield Local Cultural Council

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  29. January 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    FANTASTIC FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT in Northampton!
    Volunteers In Northampton Schools presents…

    March Forth With Your Dog 10th Annual Dog Show

    Compete or watch dogs compete in 13 different categories including “Most Agile”, “Mystery Mutt”, “Most Photogenic”, and MORE

    Date: Saturday March 7, 2015
    Time: 12p-3p
    Location: Northampton High School Gym
    Pre-Register your dog for $8.
    Register at the door for $12.
    Or bring your non-competing Dog for $5.
    Two-legged admission is FREE!

    For more information including a registration form about this FUN, FURR-FILLED event, please visit our VINS website:

    https://sites.google.com/site/northamptonvins/events/vins-dog-show

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  30. Carrie Sears said,

    January 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Educator and Homeschoolers:

    The UMass Extension 4-H Program offers a great science program which will add to or improve your curriculum and make it come alive. The 4-H Embryology Program is a four week science program for the classroom or homeschool family which teaches about the development of life and encourages teamwork and responsibility as students care for the eggs in the incubator and the chicks in the brooder. We offer this program for schools and educational groups in Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire County. Prior to each hatch, Dr. Michael Darre, Poultry Specialist for the University of Connecticut will offer a training which will include general information on poultry and embryology; health and safety issues; incorporating language arts, math and art into the science curriculum and how to set up and operate an incubator and brooder. Those participating in the 2nd hatch may come to the training in either February or April. We strongly recommend that educators attend the training if you have never been before or have not attended in a number of years. Some teachers come several times to refresh their information.

    Animal Health Issues in Schools – We always stress the proper washing of hands before and after handling eggs or chicks to protect students and embryo and chicks. Our eggs come from the flock at the University of Connecticut which is tested on a regular basis. The chicks will be the White Leghorn variety.

    We will offer two hatches with the following time schedules:
    Hatch 1 – March 4th to March 25th
    Training – Wednesday – February 25th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Manor House * – Hadley
    Incubator Pick-up – at training or Friday – February 26th at Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Egg Pick-up – Monday – March 2nd – Manor House – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Incubator Returns – Wednesday – April 1st – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Hatch 2 – May 13th – June 3rd
    Training – Wednesday – May 6th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Westfield/West Springfield area
    Incubator Pick-up – at training or Friday – May 7th – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Egg Pick-up – Monday – May 12th – Manor House – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Incubator Returns – Wednesday – June 10th – Manor House – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • The Manor House is at the UMass Horse Farm, 111 North Maple Street in Hadley. Please contact me at 413-549-3257 if you need directions.

    Registration is on a first come, first come basis. Our second hatch usually fills up quickly so you might want to consider trying the first hatch.

    We have incubators available for rental but if your school/classroom has money available and you would like to purchase a Styrofoam incubator, check with local Feed & Grain Stores to see if they have them available or you may go online and check with these suppliers: http://www.gqfmfg.com in Atlanta Georgia, telephone 1-912-236-0651 or http://www.flemingoutdoors.com in Ramer, Alabama, telephone 1-800-624-4493

    We are excited to offer this valuable educational program for youth and look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Carrie Chickering-Sears
    Extension Educator
    413-549-3257
    ccsears@umext.umass.edu

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  31. January 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Nurturing Your Baby, an eight week group for parents with children birth to one year old, begins on Thursday January 29th at the Gateway Family Center in Huntington.

    This program will provide perinatal support and teach all Infant Massage strokes (per the International Association of Infant Massage), a variety of soothing techniques, stress reduction techniques, sleep strategies and coping skills.

    Facilitators will focus on relevant child development information and provide anticipatory guidance by discussing developmental expectations. Families will have the opportunity to meet other parents of young children and form connections that are so helpful as they embark on the journey of parenthood.

    This program will run concurrently with the Gateway Family Center’s Friday program for parents of toddlers and preschool aged children and parents are encouraged to attend any of those sessions, as well.

    Nurturing Your Baby is free and open to all parents of infants.

    Participants will receive transportation assistance (in the form of gas cards, or transport, if necessary) and copies of “Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents”, by Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage and handouts of the “Basic Baby Massage Strokes” by Evelyn A. Guyer that are arranged for easy, one handed reference.

    For more information, or to register, please contact Kim Savery at ksavery@hchcweb.org or telephone at 413-667-2203.

    Nurturing Your Baby is a program of the Hilltown Community Health Centers, generously funded through The Children’s Trust and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

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  32. January 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Northampton Parks and Recreation is offering ABC’s of Yoga class for adults beginning January 12 – March 2 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Aquatic and Family Center located in the back of JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd. Florence. Instructor Beth will go over a variety of yoga poses and students will gain a better understanding of how to align bodies safely. Breathing and meditation techniques will also be used. Cost is $30 for AFC members, $36 for Northampton, Florence or Leeds residents, and $46 for non-residents. For more information, please call Northampton Parks and Recreation Department at 413-587-1040 or visit their website at http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation or email recreation@northamptonma.gov.

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  33. 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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  34. January 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Who: Union #38 School District (serving Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland, and Whately) Half-day Integrated programs in Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately and Full day Integrated Programs in Conway and Deerfield.

    What: Preschool registration from January 13 – March 6, 2015. Will accept requests after the deadline if space is available.

    Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2015 (2.9 for the Full-day program in Deerfield). Town residents are given first priority.

    Please contact Rhonda at the Superintendent’s Office at 413-665-115 to request a packet.

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  35. 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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