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34 Comments

  1. EDWARD KALER said,

    February 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Spring at Laughing Brook
    Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 793 Main St., Hampden, MA

    Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

    Join us to see red-winged blackbirds, turkey vultures, skunk cabbage, lightening bugs, frogs and other early arrivals of animals and plants for spring.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    Arcadia Family Bird Fun
    Sat, Mar 18, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to one or all sessions. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of birding and will include a lesson followed by outdoor practice.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk
    Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 0 – 5 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child free
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

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

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    Animal Extremes
    Sat, Mar 18, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Adult/Child (suitable for children 7 – 12 years)
    Members: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    Learn about Massachusetts’ smallest, biggest, fastest, and tallest animals. We will conduct activities to compare our own size and skills to those of the Massachusetts animal kingdom. Come prepared for an active program.

    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
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    Dance of the American Woodcock at Park Hill Orchard
    Sun, Mar 26, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Location: Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 18 years)
    Members: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $10.00

    Come witness one of the most spectacular dances on earth – the courtship display of the American woodcock. This program will take place at the beautiful Park Hill Orchards in Easthampton.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress to be outdoors. Directions: From Northampton, take Rte 66 from the center of town and jog left on Florence Rd for 50 yards to a right on Park Hill Rd North. Go out Park Hill about a mile and turn left on Park Hill Rd South. We will be at the orchard you’ll see down the hill.

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

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  2. katie Carr said,

    February 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Forgot to post the date/location for the Seed Swap (below).

    March 4th
    Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
    80 Locust
    Northampton

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  3. katie Carr said,

    February 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    SEED SWAP!

    Grow Food Northampton, Northampton Winter Farmers Market, and Nuestras Raices invite you to a Seed Swap! This event is FREE and open to the public. Please come even if you don’t have seeds to share! You can take seeds home and bring ones next year. =)

    LEARN about seed saving and celebrate the beauty of seeds. SHARE seeds you’ve saved from the garden (or seeds you’ve purchased). TAKE home seeds to plant.

    ACTIVITIES:

    9:30am to 10:30am: Drop seeds off (if you have some to share). Even better, drop them off on February 25 at the Winter Market table!

    11:00 to 1:00pm: Take seeds for your 2017 garden!

    10:05am to 10:50am: Beginning Seed Saving Workshop with Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm

    11:00am to 11:45am: Indigenous Seed Keeping with Liz Charlebois, Abenaki basketmaker and agriculturalist

    Noon to 12:45pm: Plant Breeding Workshop with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm

    10am to 1pm (with breaks): Seed Tape Workstation – kids and adults alike can help make “seed tape” with biodegradable toilet paper, wheat paste, and carrot seeds that we can plant in our Giving Garden later in the spring.

    Those wishing to drop off seeds before the event can do so on Saturdays at the Northampton Winter Farmers Market at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School at 80 Locust Street in Northampton, between 9am and 2pm. Please label them with variety names, collection date, and information on whether they are open-pollinated or hybrids.

    The Seed Swap is part of Grow Food Northampton’s Seed Series happening this March and April. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more seed-related events!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/655771424610921/

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  4. Toni Manning said,

    February 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    April 8, 2017, 10:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt, at the lawn at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St. Shelburne Falls. With a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Organized by the Rotary Club of Franklin County and Trinity Church. Three age groups: 0-5, 6-8, 9-13, (Rain date: 4/15).
    For more info contact Toni at toni.m987@gmail.com

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  5. Jen Loebel said,

    February 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

    CHD Amherst Crafts on the Common

    The Amherst Crafts on the Common is one of the best-established and most well-respected craft fairs in New England. 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.

    Date: Saturday June 24, 9:00am–4:00pm

    Where: Amherst Town Common, downtown Amherst
    4 Boltwood Ave
    Amherst, MA
    01002

    Contact: Jen Loebel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
    (413) 259-3345 | bbbshc@chd.org

    More information: http://chd.org/child-adolescent-and-family-services/educational-developmental-support-services/big-brothers-big-sisters/

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  6. February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Westhampton Elementary’s performance of Really Rosie and the Nutshell Kids by Maurice Sendak with music by Carol King.

    March 31st and April 1st @ 6:30 p.m. at Westhampton Elementary

    Tickets: Adults $8 (2 nights for $12), Kids $5, children <2 free

    Call Westhampton Elementary to reserve tickets in advance: 413.527.0561, or buy them at the door!

    Come enjoy the antics of Rosie and her neighborhood friends as they cure their boredom in a fun musical way!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1823680654536800/

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  7. Deb Phillips said,

    February 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hand Painting Yarn with Dotty Taft
    Sponsored by the Friends of the Worthington Library
    Saturday, March 4. 2017 at the Worthington Town Hall
    10AM – 3PM
    $75 – Sign up at the Worthington Library with a $40 deposit
    Bring a brown bag lunch, apron and wear old clothes
    Coffee, tea and snack provided
    For more info call Susan at 413-238-5306 or email svanb73275@aol.com

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  8. Pam Victor said,

    February 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, March 18th at 4-5pm at the Community Room (Suite 160,) Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under, $30/Family Max. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  9. Pam Victor said,

    February 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase (Happier Valley Comedy) – Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring an up-and-coming improv team. Saturday, March 11th at 10pm at at a SPECIAL ONE-TIME LOCATION: Suite 160 of Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Free show (one drink minimum). For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  10. Pam Victor said,

    February 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Happier Valley Comedy Show – Monthly improv comedy show! Saturday, March 11th at 8pm at a SPECIAL ONE-TIME LOCATION: Suite 160 of Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton).(Doors open at 7:30pm.) Tickets: $13 at the door, $10 in advance online. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.

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  11. February 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Saturday Family Movie Matinee: Zootopia!
    KIDS: Wear your PJs! Bring your pillow! Bring your sleeping bag!
    Popcorn and drinks Provided
    Whately Public Library
    202 Chestnut Plain Road
    Whately, MA
    413-665-2170
    Saturday February 18, 11:00 am

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  12. Anne said,

    February 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    FREE
    Second Saturday Science – Hitchcock Center Amherst
    The Science of Snow
    February 11—10:00 am – 11:00 am
    FREE
    Second Saturdays, January through June 2017 Free
    10am-11am
    February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
    **
    Saturday Science themes:
    February 11 – The Science of Snow
    March 11 – Meet the Trees
    April 15 – Energy Is Electrifying!
    May 13 – Backyard Birds
    June 10 – Wonderful Water
    ***
    Details
    Date:
    February 11
    Time:
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Cost:
    FREE
    Organizer
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    Phone:
    413-256-6006
    Website:
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org
    Venue
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Phone:
    413-256-6006

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  13. EDWARD KALER said,

    February 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Homeschool: History of the Valley
    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Instructors: Arcadia Staff; Dorrie Jones – Arcadia Teacher
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: $145.00
    Nonmembers: $175.00

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

    Do you have a homeschooler who loves science and is 5 to 12 years old? If so, the education staff at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary would like to help with your science curriculum through our exciting, engaging, and hands-on nature programs.

    The Connecticut River Valley has a story to tell. Dinosaurs left their tracks, glaciers shaped the land creating kettle holes, till, and erratics and twisted the Holyoke range. A dam break and flood caused a diversion of the Mill River. In this 6 week class we will explore the history via hiking, field trips, and research.

    Class dates and times:

    Wed, Mar 01, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 08, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Wed, Apr 05, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Instructions and Directions:

    Fee includes transportation for field trips.
    All indoor spaces will be nut-free.

    This is designed as a drop-off program, however, well behaved parents and siblings are welcome if necessary for your student’s success.

    Registration is required.
    Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

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  14. February 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    BOOKTOPIA: Stories and Fun with Lola and Lucy
    FREE Storytime for kids ages 1-4 yrs.
    Monday, 3/6/17 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road

    Lola and Lucy­ are sisters – ages 11 and 9 – who LOVE to read to younger kids! They will read aloud 5-7 picture books, then follow with a creative activity. Get ready to hear great stories and have fun!

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  15. Katie Flanders said,

    February 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Bonnie’s Program is happy to sponsor the Tanglewood Marionettes production of Cinderella on March 5th, 2017. The show will start at 2 pm at New Hingham Elementary School in Chesterfield. The event is free and open to the public. Bonnie’s Program would like to thank the Chesterfield and Goshen Cultural Councils for supporting the show.

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  16. olivialeone said,

    February 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Parents’ Night Out!

    Have some time to yourself, or with friends…from 530-8pm on Friday Feb 10 parents can drop off their children* and hit the town. Cost is $20 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child and includes games, movie, pizza, fruit and crafting. This is a fundraiser for the J2A youth group at St. John’s Episcopal Church. All adults will have a CORI check.

    >>Preregistration is required: education@stjohnsnorthamption.org<<

    All welcome.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1794963150769469/

    * We cannot change diapers. Children must be able to use the restroom independently.

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  17. Jessica said,

    February 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Dakin Humane Society offers affordable vaccine and microchip clinics EVERY Saturday beginning at 9am at our Springfield Adoption & Education Center at 171 Union Street in Springfield.

    No appointment is necessary. While the clinic does not open until 9:00 am, the line can form early and is outdoors for most – if not all – of the wait.
    Services are limited to the first 40 animals in line each week. We recommend you arrive before 8:00 am to secure your place in line.
    Even after 9:00 am, depending on your place in line, your wait could be an hour or more.
    Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in carriers.
    We accept cash and credit cards only (no checks).
    If a pet is up to date on his rabies vaccine, please bring records.
    We are located at 171 Union Street, Springfield. Please use the main Adoption Center entrance, NOT the side Spay/Neuter Clinic entrance.

    MORE INFO: https://www.dakinhumane.org/vaccine-clinics-and-services.html

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  18. Tamsin said,

    February 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    WILDLIFE TRACKING & LINKAGES – all ages event
    Saturday, February 11th
    10am-noon
    Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield

    Join us for a fun day of tracking and learning about the importance of corridors and connectivity in wildlife conservation!

    10-10:30 — Laura Marx from the Nature Conservancy will share the Berkshire Wildlife Linkages partnership’s vision and goals of increasing the connectivity of wildlife habitat from Connecticut to Vermont, and will share the results of BWL’s tracking surveys.

    10:30-12 — Join master trackers Jess Applin and John Body for an outdoor tracking walk.

    Registration required: email Tamsin Flanders at hltlandsteward@thetrustees.org or call 413-628-4485, ext 4 and leave a message with your name, phone number, email address, and the number in your party.

    $10 members of Hilltown Land Trust or The Trustees
    $15 non-members
    FREE for children under 13.

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  19. January 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hampshire Regional High School presents Fiddler on the Roof

    Dates/times: March 17th @7pm, March 18th @ 7pm, and March 20th @ 2pm

    Ticket Prices: $10 for ages 18 and under and $15 for adults

    Ticket Reservations: Beginning March 3rd, ticket reservations will be available by calling (413) 437-5597 or emailing hrhstickets@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

    Location: Hampshire Regional High School, 19 Stage Rd., Westhampton, MA 01027

    All ages are welcome!

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  20. Anne said,

    January 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/calendar-of-events.html

    March 4: Boy Scout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg – This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

    April 23: Angler Education Program Display & Casting Program, Springfield – come learn to cast and have fun at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival, 21 Edwards Street in Springfield, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at 413-263-6800 x325

    April 29: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

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  21. EDWARD KALER said,

    January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Nature Preschool Open House
    Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
    127 Combs Rd.

    Feb. 28th, 2017
    12:30 -1:30
    Snow Date: 3/2/17 (if Easthampton schools are closed)

    Please come and learn more about our nature-based program. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Registration not required.
    For more information call: 413-584-3009

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  22. January 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Blood Drive

    Please join us at the Worthington Health Center located at 58 Old North Road on Wednesday, February 8 to support Berkshire Health Systems’ Bloodmobile in their efforts to collect blood. We are hosting a blood drive from 9am-2pm. Call 413-447-2597 ext. 2 to make an appointment or for more information. We hope to see you there!

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  23. EDWARD KALER said,

    January 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    February Vacation Days at Arcadia
    Feb 21st to 24th, 2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    One may register for 1 to 4 days.

    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: $52.00
    Nonmembers: $60.00

    Come to Arcadia to explore the natural world during school vacation. Children ages 5 to 12 can sign up for one or all four days because activities will differ. We will begin each day with games, followed by a morning circle that will introduce the themes. Much of each day will be spent outdoors searching for animal tracks and signs, watching birds, and learning about winter adaptations. We will play plenty of games and have a daily nature mystery and riddle. Refunds provided only if you cancel at least one week prior to the program.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Dress to be outdoors for much of the day. Please bring a lunch, snack and water.

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

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  24. Beit Ahavah said,

    January 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Saturday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tu BiShvat Chocolate Seder & Havdalah!

    Celebrate the new year holiday of the trees with an evening “seder” featuring fair-trade chocolate and a celebration of cacao, and other delicious fruits. For all ages – RSVP’s please to the office, info@beitahavah.org. Please bring a “tree” food to share (such as chocolate, fruit with shell/peel, fruit with pit/seeds, entirely edible fruit, maple syrup, etc.). Sponsored by RUACH school and YOFIE committee.

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  25. Jen Loebel said,

    January 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    CHD Big Brothers Big Sisters’s Daffodil Fun Run

    The 7th Annual Daffodil Fun Run directly benefits youth of Hampshire County who are waiting to be matched with caring adult mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters. This family friendly community event offers participants a 5k walk/run or 10k run option. Participants race past many of the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Festivities include a pre-race warm up, music, bounce house, games, barbecue and more! Join us to help make a difference in the lives of Hampshire County children facing challenges. Celebrate spring with us at the Daffodil Run!

    Date: Sunday April 30, 10:00am–3:00pm

    Where: Kendrick Park, downtown Amherst

    Contact: Jen Loebel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County

    (413) 259-3345 | bbbshc@chd.org

    More information: http://chd.org/event/the-daffodil-run/
    Sign-ups: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7340

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  26. Pam Victor said,

    January 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, February 18 at 4-5pm at the Community Room (Suite 160,) Eastworks (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton). Tickets: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under, $30/Family Max. For more info: http://www.happiervalley.com.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1646014689033179/
    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2816489

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  27. Edward Kaler said,

    January 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Arcadia Family Bird Fun

    Sat, Feb 11, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 8 – 16 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

    It’s never too early or too late to begin learning about birds. Bring the family and come to one or all sessions. Each month we will focus on a different aspect of birding and will include a lesson followed by outdoor practice.
    Registration is required.
    Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

    Ooey Gooey Science

    Sat, Feb 11, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

    Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 12 years)
    Members: $8.00
    Nonmembers: $10.00

    If you like goo, this program is for you! We’ll create gooey stuff and learn why the goo acts the way it does. We’ll also learn the steps of the scientific method, and the difference between recipe science and creating a science experiment.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Parents should accompany children for this program.

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

    Tracking and Animal Signs at Laughing Brook

    Sat, Feb 18, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampden

    Audience: Family (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
    Members: Adult $5.00, Child $5.00
    Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child $7.00

    At one time, being able to read tracks was vital for survival. Tracking is more than simply finding a trail and following it and prints aren’t always necessary to track an animal. The forest is full of signs that tell us about the wildlife within. Learn to read the tracks and signs left by animals that live in our area.

    Instructions and Directions:
    Please dress to be outdoors.

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

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  28. Lisa Ouellet said,

    January 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    FREE. R H Conwell Preschool is hosting a preschool playgroup on Saturday, 2/11/17 from 9:30 – 11:30. Please join us for a taste of preschool. We will have center time, circle time, a read aloud, snack time and a chance to explore outside in our play area and woods. This is open to families of preschool age children and younger. We are located at 147 Huntington Road, Worthington.

    Next group meeting is Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 – 11:30.

    If you have any questions, please call Sam or Lisa at 238-5856 or email swillis@hr-k12.org.

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  29. Alyssa McKenna said,

    January 13, 2017 at 9:17 am

    FREE, DROP-IN, Catholic-based Playgroup for families with infants, toddlers, and pre-k children! ALL WELCOME! The second Wednesday of every month (during the school year) from 930-1130am you and your little one(s) will enjoy Saint discovery through Play! Snack! Toddler-geared Bible Story! Craft! And prayer!

    Next Group: February 8, 2017 from 930-1130am in the church hall of Ste. Rose de Lima Parish, 600 Grattan St., Chicopee, MA 01020

    Please contact Alyssa at lysmckenna@gmail.com to join our email list!

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  30. Bea said,

    January 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Public Hearing
    Monday, February 6th, 2017 6:00 pm
    For the planning of the FY17 CDBG grant. Participating Towns: Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington.
    Where: Town of Chesterfield Selectboard Meeting Room.
    Come share your input on proposed programs:
    -Housing Rehabilitation
    -Hilltown Elder Network
    -Health Outreach Program for Elders
    -Childcare Subsidy Program
    – Hilltown Food Pantry.

    Come share thoughts on other program ideas too!. Your participation and input on these programs is greatly appreciated. If you cannot attend but would like to provide input, please contact Bea by Friday, Feb 3 at 413-296-4536, ext 115 or beavh@hilltowncdc.org

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  31. nutwoodfarm said,

    January 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Please join Sara & Kalyan of Nutwood Farm on Saturday, February 4th at 6:30pm at the Cummington Community House for a FREE community screening of INHABIT: A PERMACULTURE PERSPECTIVE.

    Beautiful and poignant, INHABIT features the voices and visions of social and ecological changemakers in the Northeast and beyond. The film presents a sweeping vision of “a new way of being and relating to the Earth, a reminder that humans are capable of being forces of planetary healing.”

    In these challenging times, we hope this event will inspire more collaborations and projects and that heal and nourish our community, such as the exciting work unfolding at Nutwood Farm. Before the film, we will share our current plans to grow hazelnuts and other perennial staple foods on our farm, along with our own 3-minute video and details about the launch of our crowdfunding campaign. How can we all find ways to inhabit our earth, our community, and our place more fully? What could we accomplish if we all work together?

    Admission is free and open to all. Please help us plan for numbers by attending on Facebook or getting your free tickets at Tugg. Refreshments will be served. The event begins at 6:30pm at the Cummington Community House, 33 Main Sreet, Cummington. Childcare will also be provided during the film screening.

    For more information please call Sara at 413-824-1840 or email nutwoodfarmers@gmail.com.

    Link to facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1009240282515571/

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  32. January 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Empty Arms Bereavement Support is pleased to announce that we will begin to host Infertility Support Groups on Wednesday, February 1. Infertility Support Group will support those who are struggling with conception, whether or not they have a history of loss. We would appreciate it if you could pass the word along to any families who might benefit.
    The link to this group’s information is here:

    https://emptyarms.squarespace.com/infertility-support-group

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  33. Edward Kaler said,

    November 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Homeschool- Weather and Climate

    Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
    Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
    Instructor: Arcadia Staff
    Audience: Children (suitable for children 5 – 10 years)
    Members: $145.00
    Nonmembers: $175.00

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

    Join us for a course on beginning meteorology and climatology. Students will discover the difference between weather and climate, learn about and use tools real scientists use to predict the weather, keep a weather journal, and explore extreme weather events. They will also investigate the science and data behind climate change and find solutions with age appropriate activities.

    Class dates and times:
    • Wed, Jan 04, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 11, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Jan 25, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Feb 01, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wed, Feb 08, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Instructions and Directions:
    All indoor spaces will be nut-free. This is designed as a drop-off program, however, parents may choose to stay.

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

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  34. November 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market
    Amherst Regional Middle School
    170 Chestnut St.
    Dec 3- April 1st (no market 12/24)
    10 am – 2pm
    http://www.amherstwintermarket.com

    Support local farmers and producers at this lively market every Saturday. Enjoy local musicians, children activities, workshops and more.

    To vend, offer programming, or book a gig contact manager@amherstwintermarket.com

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