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  1. Lynn said,

    July 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    The Southwick Public Library Suntime Reading Program is underway! Sign ups will be taken until July 31st! Teens, this year, you will get one entry into the weekly raffle for every hour you read with a maximum of five entries per week.

    Teens in grades 7-12 also have the option of registering for the program online this year! Visit us here to register and log your hours online (perfect if you’ll be away at camp or on vacation):

    Join us for our first teen event this summer- Sharpie Tie Dying on July 15 at 2pm. Call or visit us to register.


  2. July 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Build a Clay Oven Workshop

    Saturday, July 11
    9:00 am-4:00 p.m.
    Conway, MA
    For Mature Teens & Adults

    Join Earthwork Programs for a Natural Building Series Workshop: Learn how to build a clay oven with us!

    Clay ovens can cook for hours–making bread, pies, pizza, meat, vegetables–using a minimal amount of wood. We will work together to build the oven using locally, responsibly sourced materials.

    $60 prepaid.

    Register online ( or call 413-340-1161.


  3. July 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Wilderness Skills for the Family!

    Sunday, July 12
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Conway, MA
    For Families, Adults, Teens

    Experience this lost art that Earthwork Programs is preserving and sharing with the future generations…see our children rekindle this connection to our past and see for yourself why this is essential to witness.

    $45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid; additional family rates available.

    Register online ( or call 413-340-1161.


  4. July 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Pioneer Valley Ballet presents Flux ChoreoLab
    Saturday, July 18, 2 p.m.

    Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Flux ChoreoLab takes dance out of traditional theatrical venues and places the audience directly in relationship to the performance space. Choreographers Tom Vacanti and Maryanne Kodzis and 10 dancers will perform the dynamic, energetic, and kinetic work EIGHTsongs/SIXdances. Special guest choreographer Anna Wotring will present her work Into It and special guest choreographer Leslie Frye Maietta will premiere a new work, Breed. Flux ChoreoLab is sponsored in part by the Pittsfield, Chesterfield, and Easthampton Arts Councils.

    Included with regular Museum admission.


  5. July 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Cooking Class with Deanna Cook
    Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Local author Deanna Cook will present a hands-on workshop to celebrate the release of her new children’s cookbook Cooking Class. Families will learn to make (and eat!) sushi, spring rolls, and lettuce wraps and each family will receive their own copy of the cookbook to take home at the end of the program.

    $25 per family (one adult, one child); $7 for each additional child. Museum members $20 per family; $5 for each additional child. Includes Museum admission.


  6. July 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The Contemporary Flute
    Sunday, July 12, 2 p.m.

    Join Massachusetts-based flutist Erin Pulley in an exciting program exploring the connection between modern culture and the music that represents and embodies that culture. The program will include Eve Beglarian’s I Will Not Be Sad in This World for alto flute and tape; Robert Dick’s Fish Are Jumping for unaccompanied solo flute; Teruki Noda’s Eclogue for flute and percussion joined by Kyle Dubois; Jazer Gile’s Parutika for flute and live electronics; and Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint for flutes and electronics, as well as various other contemporary pieces including flute, percussion, and electronics.
    $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child.

    Includes Museum admission.


  7. July 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Caravan Puppets: Tales from the East
    Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m.

    Join Caravan Puppets for a performance of four classic stories from Asia! Enjoy a wide diversity of puppets and puppetry styles with beautiful staging and original music. Some stories are interactive and children will build a small puppet to perform with and take home at the end of the show.

    $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child. Includes Museum admission.


  8. July 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    WeeMuse: Science Night
    Friday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.
    Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union

    It’s a free evening of science, invention, and sensory fun! All you need is your imagination and the sky is the limit. Make giant bubbles, experience a mega baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano, experiment with glow-in-the-dark slime, and lots more STEM activities! Explore our new Imagination PlaygroundTM, featuring a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts that provide a changing array of elements that allow children to engage in unstructured, child-directed play. The Imagination PlaygroundTM was generously provided by Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM!

    Free and open to the community.


  9. Tonya Massey said,

    July 2, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Shelburne Falls independence day parade Saturday July 4th at 11:30 in downtown Shelburne Falls!


  10. June 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Free Fun Friday
    Friday July 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Admission to the Museum is free all day, as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s statewide and summer-long Free Fun Fridays program.


  11. June 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Meekins Library new Lego Club. Tuesday, July 7, 3:30-4:30 pm in the Hawks Hayden Room. Ages 5-11, but everyone is welcome. Free. Contact Susan Cornell at or call 413-268-7488.


  12. Hilltown CDC said,

    June 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Community Development Strategy Meetings Scheduled

    Residents in the Towns of Cummington and Plainfield are invited to attend a meeting to revise their towns Community Development Strategy. This Strategy is used in part to establish goals and priorities for various town activities. Examples of these municipal goal categories are Affordable Housing, Transportation, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Health and Human Services.

    The Strategy is also a required document for the submission of the Community Development Block Grant Application. In recent years, this grant has provided assistance to low-moderate income residents with housing rehab., elder services (both in-home chore assistance and medical checks) food pantry and childcare assistance.

    Cummington: Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 pm, Community House
    Plainfield: Tuesday, July 28th, 7:15 pm, Town Hall

    Community input and participation is a part of life in the hilltowns. Come share your thoughts and ideas.
    For more information, contact Bea at Hilltown CDC at or 296-4536, ext 115.


  13. Timothy L. said,

    June 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Times: July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
    Location: Kendrick Park, Downtown Amherst

    The Amherst Business improvement District (BID) is thrilled to announce the launch of Kendrick Park Summer Concert Series. The concerts feature local musicians and are scheduled for every Thursday on July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst. Musical acts from a variety of genres will play.

    All concerts during Amherst BID’s Downtown Beats are free and open to the public. Food will not be sold at the concerts. Attendees are encouraged to purchase food and drinks at the many delicious restaurants surrounding both concert venues.

    For more information about the Amherst BID and upcoming events, visit


  14. Jamie Kent said,

    June 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Northampton Summer Concert Series
    Every Friday, July 17th- August 14th
    All Ages, Family Friendly
    Contact: Jamie Kent (
    Old Courthouse Lawn, Downtown Northampton (Corner of Main and King)


  15. Jamie Kent said,

    June 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Northampton Summer Concert Series
    Every Friday, July 17th- August 14th
    All Ages, Family Friendly
    Contact: Jamie Kent (
    Old Courthouse Lawn, Downtown Northampton (Corner of Main and King)


  16. Gini Traub said,

    June 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Weekend.
    July 18 and 19, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA.

    Do you want to take your family camping but need a little help? Then come join us for a beginner’s camp-out this summer! Enjoy family-friendly activities, camping-skills sessions, live animal presentation, and evening story telling program.

    $30 per family. Pre-registration required – Link to the event flyer, registration, and information at by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


  17. Pat Hollrock said,

    June 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Great Golf Academies for Children 5 to 16 years of age. July 14th, 15th, & 16th – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and August 11th, 12th, & 13th – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center! Check out their website:


  18. Cara said,

    June 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Celtic Heels Free Lesson Day
    Saturday, June 27
    9:30-10:30 for ages 3-6 (Free lesson offered in Irish Dance + Ballet)
    10:00-11:00 for ages 7+ (Free lesson offered in Irish Dance + Ballet)
    The Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance holds classes and summer workshops for ages 3-adult in Irish Dance, Ballet, Kids Yoga + Barre Strengthening Classes. Come meet some of the instructors and have your child try out a lesson for free.
    Located at 267 Main Street in Greenfield up on the second floor.


  19. June 23, 2015 at 10:19 am


    Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m.
    Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
    151 Presidents Drive
    UMass Campus
    Amherst, MA 01003

    Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride piano virtuoso, toss in a tap dancer, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines – a band that plays the hot trad jazz and sultry standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a Parisian accent and a dash of the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans. Fans of Pink Martini and the Squirrel Nut Zippers: you’re gonna love the Hot Sardines!

    $40 all seats (Reserved Seating); Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at

    Join us for a pre-concert “Speak-Easy” party in the lobby with cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dress to impress for the period and win a prize.


  20. June 20, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Sunday , July 12 10AM – 2PM – Free
    Appalachian Trail Family Day Hike
    Great Barrington, MA
    Calling young explorers! Join us for a special kid-friendly hike geared at helping families enjoy hiking the Appalachian Trail. Our 2 mile hike (round-trip) through ice gulch to the Tom Leonard Shelter will take us into one of Berkshire County’s most interesting trail sections. Kids will be able to explore a thru-hiker shelter, eat their lunch with an awesome view, and play games that help develop good trail skills. Parents will learn great tips for successful family trail days. For more information To register, email: or call (413) 528-8002.
    Registration is required, group size is limited.
    This event is co-led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways in support of the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community.

    Saturday, July 25 – Free
    3rd Annual Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Hikes and Community Picnic
    Benedict Pond, Beartown State Forest
    Benedict Pond Road, Monterey, MA
    Did you know that Great Barrington is a designated Appalachian Trail Community™? Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners to celebrate the Appalachian Trail in our community. Come learn what it’s all about and connect with others in the trail community. There will be 4 guided hikes which will all end in time to join the picnic. Bring plenty of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers.
    Registration Required for all hikes . Space is limited. Registration:

    10:30 AM- Join us on one of two adventurous 7 mile hikes: South along the A.T. from Fernside Rd. -OR– North along A.T. from Homes Rd, are asked to meet at Benedict Pond parking lot at 10:30am and will be shuttled to the starting points.
    2:00 PM- Join for one of two shorter hikes
    Moderate hike to “The Ledges” along the A.T. for fantastic views -OR- gentle hike around Benedict Pond.
    5 PM POTLUCK PICNIC- All hikes end at the picnic. Can’t join us on a hike? Come to the picnic! Swimming and campfire provided.
    Bring lots of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers!
    THRU-HIKERS WELCOME (free camping at Benedict Pond and Berkshire South Regional Community Center in GB)!
    In the event of rain or significant weather the event will be cancelled. Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for Beartown State Forest near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd. in Monterey.
    Questions : or call (413) 528-0904
    Event information at and
    Sponsored by: DCR MassParks, Great Barrington Trails & Greenways, Greenagers, Appalachian Mountain Club, & Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


  21. June 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Join Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) for Woofstock 2015, its 20th annual benefit dog walk, at the Pittsfield Common on Sunday, June 28th. Besides a 1.5 mile stroll around downtown Pittsfield, the day’s festivities include canine demonstrations, local vendors, games, and delicious food.

    This is a family friendly event! There is no cost to attend Woofstock 2015. Registration forms for the walk can be downloaded at our website or picked up at BHS, Purradise, CATWALK, and local veterinarians and pet supply stores. Each person who raises $500 in pledges will be invited to lunch with Steve Caporizzo, Woofstock’s Honorary Chair.

    More information? Visit


  22. June 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    35th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Amherst Crafts on the Common

    The 35th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Amherst Crafts on the Common will be held on the beautiful Amherst Town Common on Saturday, July 11th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Fair will feature approximately 120 artisans with all handmade crafts, a food booth, shady picnic area, a wonderful Silent Auction, children’s activities, huge children’s book sale, and musical entertainment throughout the day. The Amherst Crafts on the Common Fair benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of CHD. For more information visit our website at or call (413) 259-3345.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    Kate Lockhart

    Kendrick Park
    E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

    This event is free of admission and open to the public, all ages are, invited to come to the fair!


  23. June 11, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Join us for a Fun-filled Family Afternoon with Multi-Arts!

    Join Multi-Arts for our free, fun, and creative workshop. Spend the afternoon with us and renowned artist Titus Neijens, who will guide you and your children in expressive artwork straight from your imagination.
    Let your creativity roam free during our free activities including making toys, masks, sculptures, imaginary creatures, 3D art pieces, and many more! Enjoy your personal souvenir or project you make with us! Our program is open to children of all ages and parents or caregivers.

    Friday June 19, 4:30 in Hadley -Senior Community Center
    Friday June 26, 2:00 in Holyoke – Heritage State Park


  24. June 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Please include with Pajama Jam Story Time & Stuffed Animal SLeepover at the Meekins Library on Wed. June 24th: Wear your comfy pj’s, bring your favorite stuffed animal, a pillow and/or blanket and hunker down for an evening of stories, crafts and snacks. Your stuffed animal can stay over night for a library sleepover and you can pick him/her up the next afternoon, after 3 pm, and see what really happens at the library when the lights go out. Great for families with kids age 7 or younger, but all are welcome.


  25. June 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Pajama Jam Story Time & Stuffed Animal Sleepover
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    6:30-8:00 pm
    Ages 7 & younger, but all are welcome (parental support)
    Contact information: Susan Cornell at or call 413-268-7472
    Meekins Library, 2 williams St. Williamsburg, MA
    Free Event


  26. Timothy L. said,

    June 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Times: June 12, July 17, and August 14 from 6pm-7:30pm
    Location: Sweetser Park, Lessey Street, Amherst

    The Amherst Business improvement District in collaboration with Tim Anderson, director of the UMass Minuteman marching band, is thrilled to announce the launch of three Amherst Community Band Concerts this summer. The concerts are scheduled for June 12, July 17, and August 14 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Sweetser Park in downtown Amherst.

    The first Amherst Community band concert on June 12th kicks off the Amherst BID’s ‘Downtown Beats’, a series of musical events, aimed to bring more music and people into downtown Amherst during the summer. Another component of Downtown Beats is the Kendrick Park Summer Concert series, comprised of four concerts scheduled for July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 5:30-8:00pm. The Kendrick Park series will have musical acts from a variety of genres.

    All concerts during Amherst BID’s Downtown Beats are free and open to the public. Food will not be sold at the concerts. Attendees are encouraged to purchase food and drinks at the many delicious restaurants surrounding both concert venues.

    For more information about the Amherst BID and upcoming events, visit


  27. June 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    FallsFest Music and Arts Festival
    July 25, 2015 11 am-10 pm
    Beachgrounds Park, 116 Main Street, South Hadley

    The vibe of a neighborhood block party with music, a juried craft fair, food trucks, beverages, cultural diversity, and family activities together in the park. Rain or shine! Bring a blanket, lawnchair and umbrella and plan to spend the day. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the event is free but non-perishable food items for Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry are welcome.

    Music line-up:

    11:00 am Jose Gonzalez Criolla Banda – Fiesta for kids
    12:00 pm Moose and the Hightops – Local band with national appeal
    1:00 pm Janet Ryan’s Big Band – Singing and songwriting with the soul of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin
    2:30 pm Lisa Martin Bridging the elements of folk, rock, country and blues
    3:30 pm Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan – Ivory tickling, guitar ripping, gut busting, crowd slaying monster
    5:00 pm The Mary Jane Jones – Original indie soul with a heavy jazz & blues influence
    6:00 pm NRBQ – New Rhythm and Blues Quartet
    7:30 pm Seth Glier – An adept song craftsman harkening back to early pop/rock tradition of Billy Joel and early Springsteen.
    8:30 pm Marcia Ball – 2015 Winner of the Blues Music Award


  28. Hilltown CDC said,

    June 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Community Development Strategy Meetings are scheduled!

    Residents in the Towns of Chesterfield and Westhampton are encouraged to attend a meeting to revise their towns goals and priorities for various town activities. Examples of goal categories include Affordable Housing, Transportation, Land Use, Natural Resources and Health and Human Services.

    The Strategy is also a required document for the submission of the Community Development Block Grant application. In the recent past, the grant has provided assistance to low-moderate income families with the following types of services: housing rehab, elder services – both in-home chore help and medical checks -, food pantry and childcare assistance.

    Chesterfield: Monday, June 29th at 4:30. Selectboard Room
    Westhampton: Monday, June 29th at 7:30. Town Hall.

    For more information, contact Bea at Hilltown CDC at or 296-4536, ext 115.

    Come share your thoughts and ideas!


  29. June 9, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Life’s a beach at Mineral Hills Winery and we’re getting ready for summer by painting beach themed wine glasses!

    We’ll be painting a variety designs, from fllp flops and palm trees to sea shells and anchors! Get creative and bring a little summer fun to June! There’ll be wine available for purchase direct from this amazing little vineyard in the heart of Florence.

    $25.00 gets you two wine (stemmed or stemless) glasses to bring home! We’ll contact you ahead of time to get your preference!

    Date/Time: Fri, Jun 12, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    Venue: Mineral Hills Winery
    Location: 592 Sylvester Road, Florence, MA 01062, USA
    Instructor: MaryBeth Reed

    ***Sorry, but no Groupons or coupons will be accepted for this event.

    Register at:


  30. June 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

    We’re gearing up for another great night of painting at Crabby Joe’s on June 19th! If you missed our first two sold out events, you won’t want to miss this one!

    Date/Time: Fri, Jun 19, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
    Venue: Crabby Joe’s Bar & Grill
    Location: 141 Congamond Road, Southwick, MA 01077, USA
    Instructor: MaryBeth Reed

    Register online at:


  31. June 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Life’s a beach at Raven Hollow Winery and you can come and paint your own little piece of it, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the vineyard and listen to some live jazz music!

    Date/Time: Sun, Jun 14, 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM
    Venue: Raven Hollow Winery
    Location: 436 Russellville Road, Westfield, MA 01085, USA
    Instructor: MaryBeth Reed

    Tastings are available and wine will be offered for sale by the bottle or the glass! Bring your own snacks to enjoy as well!


  32. June 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Berkshire BioBlitz will be held at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Holmes Road in Pittsfield starting at noon Friday June 19 and ending noon on Saturday June 20.

    A biological survey is the “core” of the BioBlitz, yet there will be a variety of wildly fun nature-oriented walks and conversations taking place during the event.

    The public, all ages are, invited to drop in anytime between the hours of noon and 10pm Friday, and 8am until noon on Saturday.

    After dark on Friday there will be an “Owl Prowl” and “Moth Collecting”.
    All Free.

    For more information contact Lisa Provencher at

    or check out our website at


  33. June 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Marshmallow Geometry. June 20, 2015 from 11:00am-1:30pm. For ages 6-11. Contact Susan Cornell at or call 413-268-7472. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg, MA. Free event. See where your creativity leads you and join us in aking geometric shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks.


  34. June 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Taproot Commons is hosting Hay in a Day! A Free Community Event,
    Saturday June 6, 8:00a-1:00p.

    Come practice scything and learn to make hay by hand. A great opportunity to learn, hang out, eat farm-made pizza, and drink switchel. Bring scythes, rakes, and forks if you have them– some extra tools will be available. Come between 8-12 for mowing instruction from Sy Schotz.

    Drive to Taproot (11 Porter Hill Rd. Cummington), then follow signs to Maple East where event will take place.

    Register at


  35. Debbie Weyl said,

    June 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Through June 28, 2015: It is registration time for summer classes with Music Together® for Valley Families, offering weekly sessions starting July 6 of this internationally recognized parent/child music and movement program. Locations are at 2nd Chances Kid’s Consignment Shop Community Room in Amherst, All Saint’s Episcopal Church in So. Hadley and The Sunderland Library. Classes are held on various days and times. Call (413) 259-9400 or view their web site: to register and receive more information.


  36. June 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

    For Adults & Mature Teens
    Saturday, June 13
    9:00 am-12:00 p.m.
    Conway, MA

    Join Earthwork Programs for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door.

    Possible focus: cattails…wetland species, field and edge of forest. & late spring edibles–only a small window of time to get them; by next class, some won’t be available to harvest. + proper fiddlehead identification.

    You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. Additionally you will learn how to harvest with intention; keeping in mind the importance of the responsibility we have as foragers and earth stewards.

    A responsible, attentive forager always finds a meal!

    $45/person prepaid (add $10 if pay day of)
    Register online ( or call 413-340-1161.


  37. June 3, 2015 at 10:10 am

    For Families, Adults, Teens
    Saturday, June 13
    1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Hadley, MA

    What do you and your family know about the steps to take when someone is lost? Do you know how to make a shelter in the woods? Learn the skills to have peace of mind in the woods. Be prepared for comfort in the outdoors–without a tent.

    This is an introduction to lostproofing and shelter building, and it will give you the skills to practice on your own.

    In collaboration with Trustee of Reservations, Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs will lead this Workshop.

    Pre-registration is required.

    Trustee Members: $30/adult, $10/child w/adult. Non-members: $40/adult, $20/child w/adult.



  38. June 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Nonotuck Community School Annual Fundraiser and Wine Tasting

    Please join us Saturday, June 13th for our annual wine tasting and silent auction. This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Black Birch Vineyard in Southampton from 7-10pm.

    Tickets are available at the event and are $20 each/$35 for two. Join us for an evening of wine, music, and fun – all while supporting our amazing school!

    Please invite friends and neighbors to attend…the more the merrier! Have fun and support Nonotuck Community School, Inc.


  39. June 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Meet the Doula Day
    Saturday June 20, 2015
    2:00-4:00 pm
    This event is for families who are looking for more information about doula care in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. Moms, Dads, Partners, Grandparents, friends and support people, mamas who are pregnant, or those thinking about conception, please join us for this free event to learn about Doula support.

    Green River Doula Network,;

    Yoga Center Amherst, 17 Kellogg Ave, Amherst

    Free, Drop-in


  40. May 29, 2015 at 11:17 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Call to register 413-298-5252 X100


  41. Jane Kaufman said,

    May 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

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

    May 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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

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

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

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

    Red Fire Farm
    7 Carver Street
    Granby, Ma


  43. May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    5 Steps To Growing A Connected, Peaceful Family

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

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

    Come away with:

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

    Presenter: Nancy Francisco, Certified Professional Coach


  44. May 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

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

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

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

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


  45. May 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

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

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

    Our day-time events are free and open to the public. To purchase tickets for our Feast in the Field dinner, visit our website here:

    Schedule for the Day:

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

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

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

    2:30-5 PM Live music

    4-5:30 PM Fairy House Building

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

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


  46. May 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Berkshire Museum Special Events

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

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

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


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