Suggested Events 05/17/08-05/23/08

BIKE RIDING

Other than the Cummington Fairgrounds, there aren’t may places for kids to learn to ride their bikes in the hilltowns. Driveways are often gravel or dirt. Country roads can be unforgiving … and forget about sidewalks! So I’ve been packing up my daughter’s bike to ride down at Look Park. It’s a great place to let the kids learn to ride. This weekend as part of the Pioneer Valley Bike Commute Week there will be a coordinated bike ride at Look Park on Sunday at 1pm, followed by a potluck picnic. Maybe we’ll toss the four-wheeler (training wheels) in the back of the car and head on down to the valley to practice some more. And then after a little bike riding maybe we’ll head over to the River Valley Market for a snack (did you know they’ve finally opened?!).

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Saturday – 05/17

7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with Sienna & Persephone on The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

9am-Noon – PLANT SALE – (Shelburne Falls) Bridge of Flowers Benefit Plant Sale. On the green between Main and Water Sts.. [All Ages]

9am – PLANT SALE – (Worthington) At the Historical Society’s building at the corner of Routes 112 & 143. [All Ages]

9:30am – WOMEN OF COLOR MOMS GROUP – (Northampton) Support group meets every 3rd Saturday at the Forbes Library. LINK

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9:30am – BOOK & PLANT SALE – (Westhampton) The Friends of the Westhampton Memorial Library is holding their annual Blossoms, Books & Backrubs. Also check out the “Flock to the Library” pink flamingo event happening across the street. 413.529.9670 [Families] ($)

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORIC COOKING – (Deerfield) Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Historic Deerfield Hall Tavern Kitchen. All are invited to experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Visitors can also see what’s growing when they visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske. Demonstrations are included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

9:30am – ART & CRAFT SUPPLY – (Shelburne Falls) The Children’s Art Museum is having a fundraising event. 413.625.2030 [All Ages] (Fundraiser) LINK

10am – HEALTH AWARENESS – (Northampton) Step Up to Health at Look Park. Games and activities for the fmaily. 413.584.5457 [Families] (Free with park admission)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR PROGRAM – (Ashfield) Path of the Otter Program. [Ages 5-7] ($$) LINK

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

2pm & 3pm – CHORUS – (Amherst) Hampshire Young People’s Chorus at the Eric Carle Museum. [All Ages] (Free with admission) LINK

7PM – COMMUNITY CHORUS – (Hadley) Amandla Community Chorus will be performing at the Wesley United Methodis Church. [All Ages] (Free) LINK

7:30pm – YOUTH THEATRE – (Amherst) Starlight’s Youth Theatre in The Wizard of Oz at the Amherst Middle School. 413.253.9511 [Families] ($)

Sunday – 05/18

TBA – HERBS & KIDS – (Ashfield) Blazing Star Herbal School will be holding a workshop, Raising Health Children. 413.625.6875 [Adults] ($$$) LINK

9am – HORSES – (Goshen) Equine Family Fair. 140 Ball Road. Horse show, petting zoo, food and vendors. [All Ages] ($)

9am-5pm – ECOLOGY – (Turners Falls) Help migrating fish over their dams at the Turners Falls Fishway. Underwater viewing windows at the fishways provide a window on the river. Happen between 05/14-06/15 (Wed-Sun). Across the river is a nesting pair of bald eagles. 413-659-3714. [All Ages] (Free)

11am-1pm – FISHING DERBY – (Worthington) At the Town Ponds on Route 112. [Ages up to 14] (Free)

11am – FAMILY CONCERT – (Northampton) The Nields will be performing a kids’ show at Universal Kids on Hawley Street to help raise money for Safe Passage. For admission, bring a piece of your child’s artwork, along with a donation for Safe Passage. Anyone who comes to the concert can stay and play for free after the concert! [Families] (Donation)

Noon-4pm – HISTORIC FLOWERS – (Deerfield) May Flowers at the Historic Deerfield Museum. In this family friendly history workshop visitors can learn about the many meanings and uses of flowers in the past. A printed “flower expedition” will have guests seeking blossoms hidden in wallpaper designs, clothing, ceramics, and more in our historic houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Children and adults alike can make a nosegay of decorative paper flowers to take home. Workshop is included with general admission. 413.775.7214 [All Ages] (Free with museum pass. Borrow a museum pass from your local library.) LINK

1pm – BIKE RIDE – (Northampton) Get the family and grab your bike and come for a bike ride at Look Park as part of the Bike Commute Week. Potluck picnic @ 2pm [Families] (Free with park admission)

2pm – YOUTH THEATRE – (Amherst) Starlight’s Youth Theatre in The Wizard of Oz at the Amherst Middle School. 413.253.9511 [Families] ($)

2pm & 3:15pm – CONCERT – (Springfield) The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) invites the public to the 19th annual Suzuki String Serenade at the Faith United Church. [All Ages] LINK

2pm-4pm – OUTDOOR ACTIVITY – (Buckland) Young Naturalist Hike at Red Gate Farm. Families are invited to join us for this guided exploration of the fields and forest of the farm. Led by a skilled naturalist, we will hunt for porcupine dens, decipher tracks left by traveling deer, and discover new ways in which to see our surroundings. This is a chance for parents and children to connect with each other and the wilderness as we learn new things. [Ages 5 – 10] ($) LINK

5pm-7:30pm – FAMILY CONTRA DANCE – (Williamsburg) Welcome in Spring with a “Spring Fling” Family Contra Dance at The Grange Hall on Main Street. The event will feature a Community Potluck, a Raffle for gift certificates to local businesses, and lots of dancing! This event is a fundraiser for the Williamsburg Schools to promote student enrichment programs including Arts Adventure Day and Fertile Ground garden and farm programs. [Families] (Fundraiser, $$)

Monday -05/19

FIELD TRIP TO BOSTON – (Boston) Tour of the Boston Globe. LINK

3:30pm-5:30pm – GROCERY SHOPPING – (Hadley) There will be a kids story time and activity at Whole Food Market with Pam Rassmussen. [Kids] (Free)

7pm-9pm – CPR CLASS – (Westhampton) The fire department will be holding a CPR class. 413-527-2404 [Adults] (Free)

Tuesday – 05/20

10am-11:30am – FATHERS GROUP – (Amherst) Please come to talk about fathers’’ issues, meet other dads and have coffee with us at this drop-in fathers’ group. You will be able to find out any common issues you face and just talk with other dads. Held at the Amherst Family Center in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building. Childcare provided. [Free] (Father’s)

10:15am-12:15pm – POSTPARTUM STRESS SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Every Tuesday there is a drop-in support group at 56 Vernon Street. Free child care and snacks. A welcoming group for all mothers to share the adjustment to motherhood, especially those experiencing postpartum stress, anxiety or depression. Find support, connection with other women. 413.253.8990 [Mothers & their children] (Free)

5:30pm – 8:00pm – BBQ – (Buckland) A summer BBQ at Red Gate Farm. A community event open to everyone! Join us for a fun evening of food, friends and music. Children are invited to play games or visit the farm animals. Whether you are a regular visitor of the farm or have been curious to see what it’s all about, the summer barbecue is the place to be. Food will include vegetarian fare as well as yummy dessert, so just bring your appetite and good spirits! RSVP [All ages] ($$) LINK

6pm-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP – (Northampton) For the Children is a supportive parent education program that focuses on the needs of children of never married parents. Through videos, discussions and presentations, topics include: vital role of parents, cooperative parenting, pitfalls to avoid, understanding your child’s needs, supporting children. Parents with children in common are required to attend separate sessions. Pre-reg is required. 413.586.4597 [Parents] ($$)

Wednesday – 05/21

Diversity Day

9:30am – PARENTING GROUP – (Northampton) Pioneer Valley Attachment Parenting at the Forbes Library. [Parents] (Free)

10am – MOVIE DATE – (South Hadley) Tower Theaters hosts a Mommy & Me movie showing for parents and their kids every 3rd Wed. of the month. 413.533.FILM [Families] (>$)

6:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP – (Easthampton) How to Teach Children Self Esteem and Self Control with Sarah Getoff. [Adults] (Free) LINK

Thursday – 05/22

Open till 8pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – (Williamsburg) Did you know the Meekins Library stays open until 8pm every Thursday? Take the kids in their PJ’s and spend time at the library before bed time reading stories or getting help with homework. [Everyone] (Free)

Friday – 05/23

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($) LINK

6:00pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Haydenville) Blue House Cafe. [All Ages] ($)

7pm – FILM – (Northampton) Pete Seeger: The Power of Song at the Media Education Foundation at 60 Masonic Street. LINK

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