Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
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With Earth Day on Sunday, there are many ways families can be eco and civic minded this weekend and next, including opportunities to swap, giveaway and recycle clothes and textiles! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
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Saturday, April 21st from 11am-12noon in Berkshire Co. – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about the history of shadow puppetry in cultures all around the world with Nanny’s Puppets! The program, which takes place at the Ramsdell Library, will look as the development of shadow puppets as an art form. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
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Saturday, April 21st from 11am-12:30pm in Hampshire Co. – MUSIC STUDIES: Hear (and learn about!) traditional folk music and how it reflects American history and culture at the Jones Library! Tom Breiding will share stories (through music) of life during the past 50 years across America. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, April 21st from 11am in Franklin Co. – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a pink-themed lunch and a performance of a musical version of the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious! There will, of course, be pink cupcakes – but don’t eat too many and get pinkitis! Show begins at 1pm, lunch includes a meet and greet with the show’s cast and crew! Call to reserve seats: 413-665-1277 ex 1308. 25 Greenfield Road. Deerfield, MA. ($)
Sunday, April 22nd from 11am-4pm in Hampden Co. – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day at the Springfield Museums! There will be live music (featuring environmentally-themed songs), free seedlings, a presentation on a birds of prey rehabilitation program, and displays from many local businesses, nonprofits, and initiatives – all Earth Day-themed! The event is an opportunity to learn about green initiatives happening locally and ways to get involved, as well as a way to celebrate Earth Day! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Entertainment will include live music, workshops, artists & artisans, local food, family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, Maypole, Morris Dancers, and much more!
Saturday, April 28th from 8am-12noon in Hampden Co. – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering with your family to help clean up Springfield’s outdoor spaces! Sponsored by the Springfield Museums, the clean-up day will include gloves and buckets for volunteers, as well as lunches on a first come, first serve basis. Meet at Duggan Middle School. 413-263-6800. 1015 Wilbraham Road. Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
Saturday, April 28th from 10am-4pm in Berkshire Co. – CLOTHES GIVEAWAY: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) is hosting a toy and clothes giveaway! There will be all kinds of gently used kids (and maternity) clothes, as well as great toys, books, etc. for play-hungry kiddos. Handing down kids items is a great environmentally friendly way of getting “new” things for kids – celebrate Earth Day by refreshing your closets and toy box at the giveaway. Begins April 27th at 4pm, and runs April 28-29 from 10am-4pm. 88 Sheffield Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, April 28th from 10:30-11am in Franklin Co. – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Learn about all kinds of creatures at Birds, Beasts, and Bugs, a program for kids at the Leverett Library. Educator Dawn Marvin Ward will help kids learn and guide activities like critter searching, nest making, and more. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, April 28th from 11-11:45am in Hampshire Co. – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Miss Leticia Davies performs at Groff Park! Sponsored by the Amherst Family Center, the performance will get kids dancing and singing to fun spring-y music. Mill Lane. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
CLOTH DIAPERS: The Great Cloth Diaper Change Western Mass serves to promote the joys of cloth diapering, celebrate Earth Day, and break a World Record! Saturday. April 21st 11:30am at the Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street, Florence, MA. Colorful cloth diapers galore! Local Eco-Conscious Vendors! Music! Door Prizes! Raffles! Come capture tons of excitement as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of most number of diapers changed simultaneously. Doors Open at 11:30am. World Record Diaper Change Attempt will be at 12:30 sharp! If you don’t already cloth diaper your baby EVEN BETTER! They will have diapers to borrow for the event and there will be demonstrations of various kinds of cloth diapers that are available.
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Ashfield Community Preschool invites you to join them for their annual open house on Saturday, April 28th 10am-Noon. This event is for families with young children age 2.9 – 5yo who are looking for quality care and small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield, MA. Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing sunflowers, pumpkins and blueberries. The preschool grazes the neighbors’ sheep and llamas in their pastoral setting and offers a six week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists. Join their staff on April 28th and tour their facility and grounds. 103 Baptist Corner Road. Ashfield, MA. Call for more information 413-628-3248.
SUPPORT THE BALLET: Dance, Dine, & Indulge at Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Third Annual Silent Auction, “April in Paris,” on Friday, April 27th. Treat yourself to a fabulous night of great live music, wonderful food, and an exceptional silent auction that promises something for everyone. The theme of this year’s auction is “April in Paris.” The event will be held from 6-9pm at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Music will be provided by the Paul Collins Quintet. Performers include: mime Chris Yerlig, dance instructor Andre Russo, and dancers from Pioneer Valley Ballet. Food will be provided by the Log Cabin. Cash bar available. Tickets $35 at the door and $30 in advance by contacting the Ballet at 413.527.6363 or www.pioneervalleyballet.org.
SUMMER CAMP: Adventure Camp: Four two-week sessions, June 25-August 17, 2012 The Bement School Summer Programs offer a preschool program and adventure day camp for boys and girls ages 15 months to 15 years. Adventure Camp provides a traditional day camp experience. Your child will participate in many activities to make his or her summer a memorable one. At the same time, parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe and caring place. A sibling discount is available for siblings who enroll in multiple sessions. Bement School, Deerfield, 413- 475-3044. www.bement.org/summer. Optional services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day supervision, enrichment programming, and bag lunches.
SUMMER CAMP: Adventures in Chinese: Two two-week sessions, July 16-Aug 10. Campers, ages 5-12 years, participate in activities designed to build vocabulary and confidence in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Campers will gain an understanding of Chinese art, culture and tradition. They will learn daily conversations in Mandarin including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Bement School, Deerfield. 413-475-3044. www.bement.org/summer. Optional services include: round-trip van transportation (Hadley, Northampton, Amherst), extended day supervision, and bag lunches.
SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too!
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JOIN THE FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Community Development Corporation is signing up local artisans, businesses, non-profit organizations and volunteers for the 6th annual Hilltown Spring Festival, to be held Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. This year’s Festival, which is expected to draw 2,000 visitors, will feature performances and workshops by professional musicians and student musicians, specialty food and drink from Hilltown vendors, displays by businesses, artists and craftspeople, children’s activities all day long, and an all-ages contra-dance beginning at 5pm. Registration forms are at www.hilltowncdc.org, or email email@example.com or call 413-296-4536 ext. 112. The deadline for reserving a space is April 29, 2012.
CITIZEN SCIENTIST: Become a Grassland Bird Monitor at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield and nearby communities by helping survey grassland habitat and assist The Trustees of Reservations in evaluating the management of the grassland and agricultural resources on their properties. Conduct three site visits, record survey results on a standardized data sheet, and submit all data to The Trustees ecology staff. For more information please contact the Trustees of Reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.532.1631 x1
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April 21st-27th, 2012
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