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  1. 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 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


  2. 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 Snowshoe rentals are available, but quantities are limited. Please call and reserve a pair.


  3. 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
    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.


  4. 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.


  5. rubisuz said,

    February 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

    FREE PERFORMANCE: YSP East’s Dickens Dramatic Reading Society: A Tale of Two Cities
    Performed by teens and a couple of adults
    This Saturday, Feb 28 @ The Five Eyed Fox in Turners Falls
    This Sunday, Mar 1 @ The Rendezvous in Turners Falls
    Time: 1-4pm (Come for a delicious lunch)
    Great entertainment for all ages.
    Contact information:
    Location of Event: Turners Falls, MA
    Cost: FREE! No tickets or reservations necessary.
    This is a dramatic reading of selections from A Tale of Two Cities. Stay for a few chapters or the whole story!


  6. musicspfld said,

    February 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Prelude Preschool and Kindergarten of the Arts is hosting an Open House Saturday February 28 from 11-1pm. Prelude has the only arts-infused early childhood curriculum in Western Mass. Prospective students and families will have the chance to meet teachers, tour our classrooms and take part in free early childhood music class demonstrations. Prelude is accepting children ages 2.9-6 years for the 2015-2016 Fall Semester. Please call 413-732-8428 for more information. Visit is online at


  7. 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: or (413) 628-4485 ext. 4 See our website for more information, and about an adult workshop offered earlier in the day.


  8. 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!


  9. 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
    More info at (go to Calendar of Events)


  10. February 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Daffodil Fun Run

    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 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!

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    Kate Lockhart

    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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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


  13. 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


  14. February 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Free New Salamander Program Hitchcock Ctr Amherst MA

    From: Michelle Kahan []
    Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 8:43 AM
    Subject: New Salamander Program

    Brr….salamander tunnel maintenance, ‘the big night’, and egg mass counts seem so far away on a cold day like this, but here at the Hitchcock Center, we are getting ready for our spring salamander events.
    We have scheduled a new citizen science program for this week. Come and check it out if you can.
    Salamander Citizen Science
    Tim Zimmerman, visiting assistant professor at Hampshire College and
    Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist
    Sunday, February 22, 1:30-3:00 pm
    Held at the Hitchcock Center
    The Hitchcock Center has a long history of learning about and helping spotted salamanders. We are proud to have Ambystoma maculatum as the centerpiece of our logo! In our ongoing partnership with Hampshire College, we are working to gather more information about salamanders locally and integrating that data onto the web. We’re seeking volunteers to help gather data on the animals’ movements and behavior. Come to a training to learn about their life history, behavior and adaptations, and to see how the data can be gathered and shared over the internet using technology. If you have a smart phone or tablet bring it with you, however this is not essential as tablets will be available. FREE • Registration appreciated.
    Call or email if you have any questions or would like to register…
    Shelly Kahan
    Center Coordinator
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    525 South Pleasant Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    P | 413-256-6006
    F | 413-253-2809
    Center Hours:
    Tuesday – Friday 9AM-4PM
    Education for a Healthy Planet
    Website | Facebook | Twitter



  15. Anna Sobel said,

    February 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Fairies of the Seasons
    a brand new interactive puppet show for kids ages 2-5
    Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10am
    at the Holyoke Children’s Museum


  16. February 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Theater Department will present The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde, February 20-22, 2015 in Emerson Hall.

    Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22.

    The play is a free community event and open to the public.

    Cast list:
    Gwendolyn Fairfax – Rose Watson ‘16
    Algernon Moncrief – Georgia Fowler ‘17
    Cecily Cardew – Sunrise Mager ‘20
    Jack Worthing – Nolka Bates ‘16
    Lady Bracknell – Zsofi Nemeth ‘16
    Miss Prism – Charlotte Minsky ‘16
    Canon Chausuble – Jewels Hatchard ‘19
    Merriman – Suki Wang ‘15
    Lane – Jacquelynn Li

    Stage Manager – Natalie DiMario ‘16
    Director – Lucinda Kidder
    Technical Director – John Iverson
    Costumes – Sharon Weyers

    A video featuring the cast and crew, along with an interview with cast member Rose Watson ’16 can be seen here:

    First performed in 1895 at the St. James Theatre in London, the play is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

    SBS theater teacher Lucinda Kidder noted that the play is, according to many academics and cultural historians, the most perfect example of British comedy ever written.

    “Its ever-so-civilized roasting of the absurdities of society as defined in Victorian England requires a certain level of anglophilic immersion in British culture, and as such, presents a real challenge for student actors,” Kidder said. “The comedy of manners makes fun of a culture with which they have no direct experience, and thus we have studied the ways of British Victorian high society.”

    Kidder added that at each rehearsal, the actors go through warm-up and relaxation exercises. Vocal projection and memorization techniques are important. In addition, each student has a crew assignment to assist with the technical aspects of production.

    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. SBS is 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. An open house will be held April 21. For more information, visit


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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.


  21. Layla Hazen said,

    February 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    A possible date night idea…

    Brew Moon Ski
    Saturday, February 28 | 6:30 – 10PM
    Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor

    Enjoy moonlit skiing or snowshoeing starting at 6:30PM followed by a sampling of local beer, wine and light snacks at 8:00PM, hosted by Kelly’s of Dalton. Warm up by a bonfire or in our cozy lodge. Skis and snowshoes available for rent. Trustees members: $15; Nonmembers $25. RSVP strongly recommended. Call 413.684.0148 or email


  22. February 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Looking for a fun afternoon for your kids during school vacation? Treat them to a fun afternoon of painting during February vacation! We’ll be painting this adorable owl at The Daily Grind in Southwick.

    Date/Time: Tue, Feb 17, 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
    Venue: The Daily Grind
    Location: 568 College Highway, Southwick, MA Cost: $20 per person


  23. 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 or contact me (Sandy Soderberg) at for more details.



    February 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Special Storytime at the Goodwin Memorial Library!!!
    Tuesday February 17th at 10:00 AM. Perfect for kids 7 years old and under, right down to babies! We will SING and MOVE and have a wacky puppet show!!! Snacks will be served and we always have a fun art project. This week is POTATO STAMPING with paint! The Goodwin Memorial Library is located at the corner of rt. 47 and rt. 9 in Hadley (across the street from the Donut Man). FREE AND FUN!
    (413) 584-7451.


  25. February 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Spacial Dynamics® Monthly Workshops with Hunter Toran
    February Session: February 28, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

    A group has formed in the Pioneer Valley to work together on the exercises and principles of Spacial Dynamics ® at the beginning level. We will meet one Saturday per month from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (including a lunch break) with Level 1 associate instructor Hunter Toran. No prior experience is necessary. All are welcome. Cost: $35 per session.

    Spacial Dynamics®, developed over 25 years ago by master athlete Jaimen McMillan, gives a person the experience of the healthy, harmonious continuum between the body and surrounding space. Come and learn how to use hands-on techniques and graceful, slow motion movements to recreate dynamics that reconnect, regenerate, and reintegrate, thus replacing dis-ease with ease. For more info about Spacial Dynamics, visit

    February Session:
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10 am to 2:30 pm
    The Hartsbrook School, The Great Room
    193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035
    Cost: $35

    For details about this workshop series and to register, contact Louise at or phone/text (413) 992-8585, or phone/text Hunter at (413) 522-0526.


  26. 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


  27. 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


  28. 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


  29. 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


  30. 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


  31. Emily Ziomek said,

    February 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Amherst Cinema – Looney Tunes Revue during school vacation week!

    $5 general admission.
    Show at 2pm Monday February 16 through Friday February 20. 10am show in the Family Film Series on Saturday, February 21.

    Nine classic Looney Tunes digitally remastered and on the big screen!

    For more information and to purchase tickets:


  32. Su Eaton said,

    February 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Peaceable Village Intergenerational Play Dance
    for all ages Facilitated by Su Eaton
    Wild Life Sanctuary 3rd Floor Studio #349
    Arts and Industry Building 221 Pine St Florence
    $5 -$10 sliding scale per person

    Su will provide a magical fun environment for play with music, scarves, soft balls, hula hoops, books, dress-ups, art supplies, face paints, softies to curl up with, cooperative games, time to sing songs and Moove and Groove, structured and unstructured time.
    Music compilations cover the spectrum of genre
    with family friendly lyrics that are both fun, uplifting, positive and empowering.
    I am holding space for those who want to create a cooperative, peaceful, playful, earth kind, power-with, compassionate, intergenerational space for all.
    As the structured part of the structured part of the Play Dance
    Su Eaton Aka the Valentine Fairy will be offering her Moovin’ and Groovin’ an interactive concert with a theme of Love and Friendship. Su uses stories, books, instruments, songs, games, and props always drawing from the children’s creativity and imagination as well as her own. Children learn reading readiness concepts such as numbers, rhythm, body parts, rhyme, picture identification, following directions, action words; by acting them out, which helps children who are kinesthetic learners embody these concepts, that revolve around love and friendship.
    Valentine Dress-up encouraged
    Come share in the love.


  33. February 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Community Network for Children Program is hosting a couple of FREE, local events during school vacation week:
    -Story Stars with Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures- all about FROGS!
    New Salem Library, South Main St., New Salem, MA
    Thursday, February 19th at 10am.
    Intended for children and their adults 2-8 years of age.

    -Teddy Bear PJ Story Time with Ruthanne Paulson
    Erving Library, 17 Moore Street, Erving, MA
    Friday, February 20th
    Intended for children 8 years of age and younger. Stories, songs, simple teddy bear craft, pretzels and cocoa.

    Contact CNC for more information or updates to scheduling if weather is a concern. 978-544-5157 or, Facebook page, or check out our website for more information


  34. Andrea Bernard said,

    February 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Calling all preschool and kindergarten kids. Join Lui Collins to sing, make music, and move! Lui will be at Tyler Memorial Library, 157 Main Street, Charlemont Towwn Hall on February 28 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Lui is a certified Music Together teacher and the creator of Kids Jam Family Music Workshops and Music At Home early elementary music curriculum. Take home ideas for more fun, learning, and music with your kids! Sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.


  35. Jeremy Clowe said,

    February 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm


    An exhibition exploring the art of the renowned twentieth century American illustrator who inspired Norman Rockwell’s own development as an artist.
    Judy and Laurence Cutler, authors of J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist, will offer insights into Leyendecker’s life and extensive illustration career, including his beautifully conceived posters and advertisements and his 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
    Free with Museum Admission; Members Free. A reception will follow the program. Contact 413-298-4100 or for more information.


  36. 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.


  37. bill butcher said,

    February 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Kids Club at Whole Foods Market in Hadley
    Melted Crayon Art + Smoothie Scavenger Hunt
    Mon., Feb., 16 3-5pm

    Join us on the first day of school vacation for a FREE Kids Club event in our cooking classroom. We’ll be making Melted Crayon Art plus a Smoothie Scavenger Hunt. Then everyone gets a free smoothie! Best suited for kids ages 3-10.


  38. 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)

    • 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

    AWARD CEREMONY: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7 pm, Capen Room, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road


  39. February 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Stoneleigh-Burnham School Advanced Dancers have been invited to perform their original “Madeline” dance at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.

    SBS dancers take the stage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14. The event is free and open to the public.

    The dance was choreographed by Ann Sorvino, dance teacher and chair of the Performing Arts Department.

    In the dance, SBS senior Qianqian Li appears as Miss Clavell, seventh grader Ellie Flynn is Madeline, seventh grader Beatrice Brynda portrays the tiger, and tenth grader Star Stryker depicts the doctor. The rest of the group star as the “twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

    The retrospective exhibition “Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans,” is on view through February 22.

    SBS is the first and only girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, including IB Dance. 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.

    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.

    An open house will be held April 21 at SBS. For more information, visit


  40. Amy Meltzer said,

    February 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Make Masks and Hamentashen for Purim
    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


  41. Chris Wayne said,

    February 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Franklin County Beekeepers Meeting
    A meeting for beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping.
    Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 7pm-9pm
    Frontier Senior Center, 67 North Main Street, Deerfield, MA

    Open to all ages (kids accompanied by an adult)
    Free (membership available)
    If you would like more info, call Chris Wayne, 413-529-0257


  42. 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


  43. February 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Teen Craft Night
    Every other (“odd”) Wednesday starting February 11th
    Ages 10+
    Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley

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  44. February 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Teen Game Night
    Every other (“even”) Wednesday starting February 18th
    Ages 10+
    Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley
    FREE flyer.pdf

    Liked by 1 person

  45. Matt Haley said,

    February 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Community Storytelling at Hampshire College
    Date: February 16th, 2015
    Time: 11:30AM to 1:30PM
    Location: Dakin and Merrill Living Rooms at Hampshire College
    Age Range: Intergenerational. All ages welcome!
    Cost: Free!

    Join Hampshire Youth Connect for an afternoon of storytelling on February 16th from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. Community members, youth and their families, faculty, staff, and students are welcomed to the Dakin and Merrill Living Rooms to attend a participatory storytelling workshop facilitated by storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss. We will come together to celebrate Black History Month, recognize the power of voice, and share stories that are shaped by identity. Food will be provided! This event is intergenerational, open to the public, and free!

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  46. January 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi This is Amy the Coordinator of the South Hadley Family Center. I just noticed while browsing that I hadn’t contacted you to update the center days for this year. We are open Mon-Thursday this year! Here is this information for playgroup.
    Thanks for continuing to support the SHFC!
    Amy Beaulieu

    •9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday – Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)


  47. January 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    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:

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  48. January 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Beneft Concert – Eventide SIngers
    Sunday Februrary 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Throughout the year Eventide Singers, a volunteer group, offers the gift of comforting music for those in need and their care givers. As a full ensamable of 25, Eventide will hold it fifth annual benefit concert at the First Congregational Church Silver Street in Greenfield on February 22nd at 3:00.

    March 1st as designated snow date.

    It promises to again be an exceptional concert of comforting and uplifting music and all are encouraged to attend. For music samples and details see Suggested contribution $12- $15
    Sponsors include New England Center, Sunderland, The Fisher Home Amherst, Franklin County Hospice,

    contact: Walt Cudnohufsky

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  49. Kim Loughlin said,

    January 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

    The Bement School would like to invite prospective parents and caregivers interested in learning more about the kindergarten program at Bement to an open house February 3. Our open house will include a campus tour, observation of a kindergarten class, and a question and answer session with our Head of School, Lower School Head, Director of Admission, and current kindergarten teachers. Parents and caregivers of children entering kindergarten in fall 2015 should contact the admission office at Bement at 413-774-4209 or to RSVP. The open house is open to the public and will take place in the Admission Office in Barton House at The Bement School, 94 Old Main Street, Deerfield on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:30 am.

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  50. January 27, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Come Join us at The WGBY Love for Learning: Valentine’s Day Breakfast & PBS Kids Fan Fair. A PBS Kids Comic-con style event for Kids of all ages! February 14, 2015 at the Log Cabin, 9am -2pm

    Come share your Love for Learning and PBS Kids!

    An event celebrating WGBY, your favorite PBS Kids programs and characters, educational television, local award winning and best selling children’s book authors and illustrators, artists and characters, Illustrated and fan art!

    1) WGBY Love for Learning Valentine’s Day Breakfast

    Come have Breakfast with Curious George!
    Enjoy Banana Pancakes, Green Eggs and Ham, and… Cookies anyone?
    Full breakfast buffet. Gluten free options available.
    Tickets available at includes express admission to the Fan Fair. Breakfast Adults $20./ Children 12 and under $10.,
    Not a member? Become one today and come have breakfast onus!

    Curious George will be making an appearance at all three seatings ! 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, Seating is limited, please reserve online at

    • Visit with your favorite PBS Kids shows! Do fun PBS show themed creative activities, courtesy of our community partners!
    • Come meet PBS Kids Characters! Sid the Science Kid, Cookie Monster, and Curious George
    * Come Celebrate Learning in Literature! With Best Selling Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators
    •Costume contest and more!

    2) WGBY Love for learning PBS Kids Fan Fair – 9am- 2Pm – In Three Rooms!

    * Visit with your favorite PBS Kids shows! Do fun PBS show themed creative activities, courtesy of our community partners!
    * Come meet PBS Kids Characters! Sid the Science Kid, Cookie Monster, and Curious George
    * Come Celebrate Learning in Literature! With Best Selling Children’s Book Authors and Ilustrators:

    Draw your favorite Star Wars character, learn to paint like a famous artist or get a buggy glitter tattoo: just some of things you can do in homage to great picture books before you meet the authors! Book signings scheduled 11am-11:30am and 1pm-1:30pm with The Odyssey Bookshop,, presentations and readings in the theatre.
    Angela DiTerlizzi presents “Some Bugs”
    Kelly Light presents “Louise Loves Art”
    Jeff Mack presents “Who Wants a Hug?
    Diane DeGroat,
    Tony DiTerlizzi presents Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker
    Heidi Stemple presents Not All Princesses Dress In Pink
    Ralph Masiello, brings his Books and Coloring books!

    *Story Boarding Workshop for Kids age 7-10 (capacity 10)
    facilitated by Elizabeth Bedell, 10am -11am, registration limited

    *Costume contest and Parade!- Come as your favorite PBS Kids or Children’s book Character! 10:00 and 1:30 pm

    *View Original artwork by local artists some who have inspired PBS Kids! Includes works by Dr. Seuss, and Marc Brown –Creator of Arthur, Courtesy of R. Michelson Galleries.
    ™/© 2015 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.

    Come Volunteer! We are looking for community organizations and businesses who’d like to come and be part of the event.

    This event will encourage children to interact and share their Love for Learning and PBS Kids shows through art/creative activities, themed for each PBS Kids show or author. We need community partners/volunteer groups to provide activities and staff each activity.

    Each activity station will have an 8 foot table, where a creative art activity themed for the show and/ or homage art activities with each Author /Illustrators can take place.
    Each of these activities stations will feature a different business, non-profit, cultural organization or community group. We can even welcome student clubs or groups.

    For example a bakery and art studio are pairing up to make a “cookie monster” activity where children will color cookies with edible inks.
    We can support you with have possible suggested activities prepared by each PBS Kids production company, should folks like guidance.
    Although we know groups will have creative ideas to suggest as well.

    We hope that the opportunity to interact with the 1200-1500 attendees, Brand your activity Station, and promote your organization will make this opportunity a valuable as well as rewarding one. Not to mention supporting this fun community event and WGBY!

    The event is 5 hours long and you should plan to have at least 2 people there at all times. To Volunteer contact

    Contact: Marie Waechter
    Director of Community Relations and Events
    44 Hampden Street
    Springfield, Ma 01103

    tel:413-781-2801, ext 1547
    direct dial: 617-300-1547
    cell: 413-246-3707
    Fax: 413-731-7163

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  51. January 20, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Parent Support in the Hilltowns: The Gateway Family Center in Huntington, MA, will be hosting a weekly program, “Nurturing Your Child,” starting Friday, January 30, from 10am-12noon. This program will be focusing on the social and emotional development of children and the developmental challenges that parents face. Children’s “playshops” are theme based each week with games and activities that encourage children’s healthy development with parent guide activities. Parent Education includes a workshop with parent educators, including Scott Noyes, Caro Lambert, and Liz Liebowitz. This program is FREE and open to all families with young children. Transportation assistance available. For more information, or to register, please contact Kim Savery at 413-667-2203 or 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)


  52. 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: in Atlanta Georgia, telephone 1-912-236-0651 or 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.


    Carrie Chickering-Sears
    Extension Educator

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  53. January 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    The Spectrum Playhouse Families First series presents “A Winter Princess Party!”
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    11am to 12:30pm
    Suggested donation of $5
    Best for Children ages 3 to 11, must be accompanied by an adult.
    Spectrum Playhouse
    20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA
    413-394-5023 or

    Dress up in your royal finest and join some of your favorite princesses for a day fit for a queen at the “Spectrum Royal Palace”!
    Photo time with a Princess;
    Sing-a-long with your favorite princess songs;
    Story time;
    Crafts and games;
    Even a royal tea party for you and your friends!


  54. January 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Origami in Action: Folding in February w/ Alison Reisel
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    1pm – 3:30pm
    $10 / $5 for CIP students
    Learn about the art of paper folding and try it out yourself!


  55. Mandy said,

    January 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Visiting days for incoming kindergarten families in Northampton Public Schools are January 13-February 12, 2015. Visiting times are 9:30-11:00 a.m. Bridge St. and Jackson St. are Wednesdays and drop-ins OK. Call for appt. at Leeds, Tuesdays, and Ryan Rd, Thursdays.


  56. January 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Hike Petticoat Hill

    Join Hilltown Land Trust for a guided hike at the Trustees of Reservations’ Petticoat Hill property on Wednesday, February 4th. This strenuous 1.5 mile climb will bring us 1,000 feet above South Williamsburg to what was once cleared pasture with views southeast to Mount Tom and the Holyoke Range. Today, this restored forest treats visitors to some of the tallest and most diverse hardwoods in the region including red and black oak, shagbark hickory, sugar and red maple, and yellow and black birch that tower over 110 feet high. Hikers of all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

    Come dressed for the cold with boots and snow shoes, and a bottle of water.

    RSVP with Nicole Rhodes at 413.628.4485 ex 4 or

    Date/Time: Wednesday, February 4, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Location: Petticoat Hill Reservation


    From Pittsfield: Follow Rt. 9 East approx. 28 mi. into Williamsburg Center. Turn right onto Petticoat Hill Rd. and follow for 0.2 mi. to entrance and parking on left.

    From Northampton: Follow Rt. 9 West approx. 4 mi. into Williamsburg Center. Turn left onto Petticoat Hill Rd. and follow for 0.2 mi. to entrance and parking (2 cars) on left.

    GPS: 42.3918, -72.7338


  57. 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 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.


  58. 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 or email


  59. January 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    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

    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


  60. 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.


  61. 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

    * 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, or call 413-587-3770.
    Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton


  62. January 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School presents Strange Love in Outer Space
    February 17 – February 19, 1:00pm and 3:00pm daily

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    $6 (Members $5.50); Museum Admission Extra
    A one-armed, four-eyed alien princes. A four-mile-long, mad-scientist worm. It was love at first fight… until a blue merman and a pirate with the longest name in the universe stole their hearts away! Love just got a whole lot stranger in this sci-fi, musical epic!
    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.


  63. January 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Gallery Talk: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley
    February 15, 2:00pm

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Free with Museum Admission
    Join Guest Curator Jane Curley for a guided tour of the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.


  64. January 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Madeline Weekend Celebration
    February 14 – February 15, All day

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Free with Museum Admission
    Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!


  65. January 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Tea Time with Madeline
    February 14, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
    $10 Youth; $12 Adult (Members $5)

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself!
    Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.


  66. January 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    First Book Friendiversary!
    February 7, 10:00am – 4:00pm

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Museum Admission is FREE today!
    The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. So bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends, plus a FREE Elephant and Piggie book to the first 500 children who attend! Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

    Meet Elephant and Piggie!
    Watch Films!
    Share Storytimes!
    Make Art!
    Enjoy our special exhibitions!
    Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food by Foley’s Franks!

    FREE round-trip buses from Springfield and Holyoke, compliments of Peter Pan Bus Lines! (Bus 1 — Leaves Springfield Station at 10:00 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm; Bus 2 — Leaves Holyoke Mall (Sears parking lot) at 10:30 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm). Seating is limited—call (413) 658-1126 or email to reserve seats. Please arrive for bus at least 15 minutes before departure. In the event of snow, please call (413) 658-1100 for cancellation news.


  67. Joli Lobrose said,

    December 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Ravenwood Freedom Farm and Learning Center Inc. presents
    The Snowy Owl Program, a Homeschooling Enrichment Experience
    Time: Tuesdays from 9-1
    Date: February 3-March 31
    Cost: 9 week program is $2-300 sliding scale
    Location: Hawley Street, Plainfield, MA
    Kids of all ages are welcome, as long as they can wrap up and enjoy the winter weather!
    Outside We Learn (OWL) is a multi-age program that will foster awareness, respect, connection and growth in the outdoors, through hands-on experiences.
    The curriculum will focus on primitive skills, teambuilding, sensory exploration, and care of our environment, and will be directed by the students as much as possible.
    To register, call Joli Lobrose, 413.329.5772


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