Suggested Events 04/10/10-04/16/10

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Spring is a great time to go on wildflower & plant id hikes with local naturalists as they push their way up out of the ground and bloom! (Photo credit: Tony(a) Lemos)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending

FEATURED EVENTS

Saturday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30pm – CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: The CFC will be holding their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Cummington Community House.  Tickets are $10 and include delicious appetizers, wine and beer, baked goods, music and childcare. On the auction block is a diverse mix of local goods and services. It’s a super fun event — a chance to party and catch up with neighbors and friends — while meeting new ones — and supporting local communities. 634-5362 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, April 11th from 3-5pm – TRANSITION WILLIAMSBURG: Come learn more about The Transition Movement at a Community Mapping Project happening at the Williamsburg Grange.  There will be a screening of the film In Transition: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, along with a clothing swap and community potluck.  Child care available.  Come check out what all the buzz is about!  Click here for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Friday, April 9th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Pan Seared Salmon over Mushrooms (portobello, shiitake, white), peas, and asparagus parmesan risotto with dill beuve blanc and white truffle oil. Veggie version: no salmon. BYOB 628-4003

Saturday, April 10th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington:  Pasta Puttanesca: House pickle ~ fresh bread with homemade butter ~ Tuscan vegetable soup, green beans with shaved onion, fried almonds, and parmesan ~ pasta puttanesca ~ orange panna cotta with shaved dark chocolate. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

Saturday, April 10th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Homemade vegetarian fare with local and organic ingredients.  Open Mic! BYOB 268-7441

Saturday, April 10th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

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David Kulp of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Preschool is hosting an open house this Saturday morning, 4/10, at 10am. You and your children are welcome to visit 103 Baptist Corner Rd, just off Main St in the center of Ashfield to meet with teachers, see the facilities, and learn about the preschool program. Full and half-day flexible scheduling is available. -We’ve learned that the vast majority of parents choose Ashfield Preschool because it provides their young children an opportunity to learn about socialization in a warm and nurturing environment. The staff has 10 of years of experience with preschoolers and the program is largely based on observations and celebrations of seasons & the natural world. Call the school at 413-628-3248 for more information.

MEDICINE GIRLS: An herbal program for girls aged 8-12 years old starting out on the Herbal Medicine Path. Classes will be held on Sundays at Blazing Star Herbal School from 2-5pm in Ashfield, MA, on 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 6/6, 6/20, plus one mid summer date 7/18 (for special herb harvesting). Activities will include: Herbal Prepreations, Folk Lore, Ethical Wild Crafting, Wild Foods, Global Studies, Botanical Art, Medicine Wheels, Power Animals & Plants and First Aid. Girls will be introduced to the practical skills essential for every aspiring herbalist. Join this circle of learning and make new friends with other girls who share the same passion for healing. More info tlemos@noho.com 413 625 6875 www.blazingstarherbalschool.typepad.com

MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Mister G have partnered to offer Hilltown Families Facebook Fans a chance to win a free copy of his new CD, “Pizza for Breakfast.”  You saw him at the Music Meltdown in March, and he’ll be on stage at the Iron Horse opening for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo this Sunday.  Now’s your chance to enter to win his newest CD.Find out how you can enter to win HERE.

Deadline to win: 04/07

Congratulations to our ticket winners!

TICKET GIVEWAY: Congratulations to Michelle Sullivan of Florence, MA and Mindy Ramos of Southampton, MA! Both of these families have won a family 4-pack of tickets to see Secret Agent 23 Skidoo with opening act Mister G, at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA this coming Sunday at 2pm! Thank you to everyone for participating in our giveaway. Tickets are still available to see Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the Northampton Box office, online at http://www.IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

TEXTILE DRIVE: CET’s 15th Annual Earth Day Textile Drive. Unwanted clothing and textiles can be packed in strong plastic bags and dropped into the storage bin at the back of the parking lot at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington, from 4/10-4/25. Clothing will also be collected in the red metal barn at Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill between 9AM-5PM. on weekdays from April 12 to April 16 and from April 20 to April 23. These collections are part of CET’s Earth Day Textile Drive, which is slated for Sat., April 24 from 10AM-4PM and Sun., April 25 from 10AM-1PM. and which is held at CET’s office at 112 Elm Street in Pittsfield. For more information: jamiec@cetonline.org or 413-445-4556 ext. 14.

TREE OF LIFE SCHOOL: Tree of Life School starts this week with a 10 week Thursday spring session from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Warner Farm in Cummington, MA.  The theme this session is “The EArth Sings Peace.” The program includes active woods and stream exploration each day, focusing on garden planting and spring growth. Skits, songs, dances and artwork about the animals who live on this land will be created – and the use of native ways of creating song, dance, and story to express our love for farm, forest and stream.     Led by awardwinning educator and songwriter Sarah Pirtle, director of Journey Camp. Cost is $40 per day for 10 weeks (partial scholarships available). For more info, contact Sarah at pirtle22@hotmail.com, (413) 625-2355. www.sarahpirtle.com

FREE CPR CLASS FOR FAMILIES: The Worthington Health Center will be offering a free “CPR for Family and Friends” on Saturday morning, April 17 from 9:00 to 11:30 in Worthington, MA Led by Ed Vivier, Middletown EMT, the class will cover: CPR for infants, children, and adults; how to protect your family from accidents; and how to respond in emergencies. This course is designed by the American Heart Association for people with no CPR experience. It does not include a test or certification, but rather focuses on preparing you to help your family and friends in an emergency. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center (238-5511 X155) to register. Enrollment is limited.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOWHilltown Family Variety Show

Four hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday morning between 6-10am on 103.3FM WXOJ.  Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child airs from 7-10am, followed by the Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am.  Two great shows you won’t want to miss! There are a couple of ways to tune in every Saturday:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – 04/10/10

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    7:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Hoffmann Bird Club is sponsoring “Birding Beyond Your Backyard,” a two-hour bird walk at Canoe Meadows. Pre-registration encouraged. 655-8594 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at Dickenson & Munn Brooks in Southwick.  You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition.  Meet at the Westfield State College, Commuter Parking Lot.  Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Westfield/Southwick, MA (FREE)

    8-10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Family Fishing at Puffer’s Pond. Fishing is a great hobby for families who want to spend time outside and keep their children engaged and excited. Come learn how to use a spinning rod, how to bait a hook, and cast a line. The instructor will share fishing tips, good places for families to fish, and answer to questions you and your family might have about fishing. 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Amherst, MA ($)

    9am-1pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Cobble Spring Clean-Up & Pizza at Bartholomew’s Cobble.  Join Trustees of Reservations staff and volunteers for a great morning helping spruce up Cobble trails for the coming season, getting an early peek at the spring wildflowers that the Cobble is famous for, then enjoy pizza at noon. Please call in advance for information.  298-3239 x3003 www.thetrustees.org Sheffield, MA (FREE)

    9am-12Noon – EARTH DAY EVENT: Recycling event is happening at the Little Red Schoolhouse. More info here. Williamstown, MA

    9am-12Noon – GARDENING: Parents can learn more about growing organic food for their family at the Organic Gardening Workshop at Crabapple Farm 658-5374 Chesterfield, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Bird Banding demo at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Here’s a chance to observe handheld birds. Join us as we demonstrate the proper use of  mist nets and band the birds that are captured. You will learn what valuable information can be obtained by this fieldwork. Participants will help gather data and release the birds unharmed. 637-0320 Lenox, MA (Free, >$)

    10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES:  Spring Ephemeral Wildflower & Plant ID Hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Educational Programs in association with The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee. Registration is required: aimee@gaiaroots.com www.tamarackhollow.com Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Zoobilee! A Live Animal Fair at the Hancock Nature Center, a spring family animal fair to see, maybe handle, and learn about a variety of critters. There will be amphibians, reptiles, insects and more. There will also be hands-on crafts and outdoor activities.   Pre-registration is required; please call 256-6006 www.hitchcockcenter.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    11am-12Noon – STORY HOUR: Stories from Nature’s Garden at the Lee Library.  Trustees of Reservations horticulturalist Anne Gannon invites children ages five and under along with their caregivers and siblings to hear stories about the wonders of gardens and nature.  298-3239 x3003 www.thetrustees.org Lee, MA (FREE)

    10am-12Noon – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Northampton’s Week of the Young Child Children’s festival. Celebrate children, families, providers, teachers, and child care advocates at the Jackson Street School. 587-1471 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Art of Fire: Learn the art of making fire, without matches with Earthwork Programs. 522-0338 www.earthworkprograms.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    11am – LITERARY ADVENTURES: Emily Dickinson for Children at the Jones Library. Stories & selected poems will be read. Children will participate in creating a banner. For ages 4 and up in the Children’s Biography Room. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA


    11am – STORY HOUR: At the Odyssey Bookshop. 534-7307 www.odysseybks.com South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-4pm – ART CELEBRATION: Go, Kids Art, Go: the Big Party at the Leverett Crafts and Arts, Barnes Gallery. Children’s art exhibition and Big Party featuring music, dance, and storytelling performances plus face painting, henna, art workshops, a bake sale and raffle. www.leverettcrafts.org Leverett, MA (Donation)

    1pm – THEATER: PaintBox Theatre Presents Mother Goose in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1126 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    1pm – THEATER: Grab the kids and become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon with Shakespeare & Company. 637-1199 www.shakespeare.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    2pm – THEATER: Pace Theater Presents: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Academy of Music Theater. 800-595-4tix www.jcstix.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    5:30-7:30pm – CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: The CFC will be holding their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Cummington Community House.  Tickets are $10 and include delicious appetizers, wine and beer, baked goods, music and childcare. On the auction block is a diverse mix of local goods and services. It’s a super fun event — a chance to party and catch up with neighbors and friends — while meeting new ones — and supporting local communities. 634-5362 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)


    SUNDAY – 04/11/10

    12:30-6pm – CHICKEN COOP TOUR: Has your family ever thought of keeping chickens? Let me tell you, they’re a lot of fun! Find out how others in the area are keeping their chickens at the 3rd Annual Chicken Coop Tour. Click here for schedule. Pioneer Valley, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – ART ADVENTURES: Special Sundays in the Art Studio at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE with museum admission)

    2pm – MUSIC & KNITTING: Bring your knitting needles and come hang out with the Yarn Spinners, and many others, at a concert by the Eiseman Brothers.  They will be playing ragtime music.  Concert at 2pm.  Knitting at 3pm. Meekins is on Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    2pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Just For Kicks at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The concert features a variety of dance styles and includes student performers from Academy of Ballet Arts, East Street Dance Center, Holmes Studio, New England Dance Quarters, Pineapple Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Terpsichore Ensemble, and The Valley Dance Project. Child-friendly. 584-7327 www.nohoarts.org Northampton, MA ($)

    2pm – HISTORY: For older students, historian Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History and Underground Railroad Studies will conduct a talk titled “The Underground Railroad in Western Massachusetts” at the Museum of Springfield History. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will perform a Sunday Matinee Concert for Families At the Iron Horse with opening act, Mister G. 586-8686 www.iheg.org Northampton, MA ($$)

    2-6pm – SEWING:  The Bagshare Project is hosting a Clothing Repair Clinic at the Village Congregational Church.  634-5591 Cummington, MA (FREE)

    3pm – CONCERT: Grammy-nominee Evelyn Harris and the Ku’umba Women’s (A Cappella) Choir will be performing at the First Congregational Church in Amherst. Evelyn and her group sing from a wonderfully diverse repertoire of African-American Spirituals and branch out from there to blues, folk songs, oldies-but-goodies, African freedom songs and sacred and contemporary material from the African Diaspora. 256-8425 www.firstchurchamherst.org Amherst, MA ($)

    3-5pm – TRANSITION WILLIAMSBURG: Come learn more about The Transition Movement at a Community Mapping Project happening at the Williamsburg Grange.  There will be a screening of the film In Transition: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, along with a clothing swap and community potluck.  Child care available.  Come check out what all the buzz is about!  Click here for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CONCERT: Kristen Ford and band will be performing at IMA’s Big Barn. 268-3074 www.ima.org Goshen, MA ($$)

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    1. April 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      All Week

      Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at the Westfield State College, Commuter Parking Lot. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Meet at 8:00 a.m. and roll at 8:30 a.m.

      • Monday, April 12 – Lower Westfield River, Russell. Meet at: Tekoa Country Club, Westfield
      • Tuesday, April 13 – West Branch Westfield River, Becket. Meet at: Tekoa Country Club, Westfield
      • Wednesday, April 14 – East Branch, Westfield River, Worthington. Meet at: Rail Trail, Northampton
      • Thursday, April 15 – Cold River, Charlemont. Meet at: Home Depot, Greenfield
      • Friday, April 16 – Chickley River, Hawley. Meet at: Home Depot, Greenfield

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      Monday, April 12th in Cummington, MA

      10am-11:30am – ABC Club: Storytelling for Young Children at the Bryant Free Library (Route 9, across from The Old Creamery). Contact Maureen Shea for more info: 413-634-5431

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      Mondays in Conway, MA

      9:15-10:15am – Morning Yoga with Toddlers at the Town Hall with Lisa Schmitt

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      Mondays in Northampton, MA ($)

      10:15 – 11:30am Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Get back in shape through healthy movement that stretch and tone the new mother’s body gently. Connect with other mothers. Relieve aches and pains due to nursing and poor posture. Reduce stress through breathing and awareness. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend
      Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

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      Mondays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      12Noon – 1:30pm – Free Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday from noon-1:30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Baby weight check – Information discussed includes but not limited to: latching, pumping basics, introducing bottles, introducing family foods, allergies, weaning. Medela Symphony pumps available to rent by the day or month. Full line of Medela pumps and products are available, including camisoles and bras. Fittings by appointment. 582-2096

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      Mondays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      4:30-5:30pm – The Forbes Library hosts a Manga/Anime Club. Drop-ins welcomed. In the children’s department. http://www.forbeslibrary.org/

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      Monday, April 12th in Williamstown, MA

      7:30pm – Garbage Docs: No Impact Man at Images Cinema. Author Colin Beavan leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. The Onion A.V. Club writes, “The value of No Impact Man, a compelling and suitably exasperating documentary about one family’s attempt to not harm the environment for a year, is that it forces viewers to reflect on their own casual consumption and waste.” (413) 458-1039 http://www.imagescinema.org

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      Tuesday, April 13th in Buckland, MA

      10:00am – 11:30am – Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. Join us as we spend the second Tuesday of every month exploring the farm together. We will focus on a different theme every month, participate in fun, hands-on activities, and meet the animals! The theme for this class will be Spring! Come see the farm come alive with baby chicks, greenhouse plants, and worms in the garden. Ages 0-4, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies welcome. Please call the Farm Office to register. $10/adult & child, $3/each additional child babies under 6 months free. 4 Norman Road, Buckland. Phone: (413) 625-9503

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      Tuesdays in Amherst, MA

      10:30am – Sing with Your Baby a fun musical program with Happy Dan the Music Man through May 4th in the Large Meeting Room at the Jones Library. http://www.joneslibrary.org/juv/programs.html

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      Tuesdays in Florence, MA

      At the LIlly Library, 587-1500:
      10am – Lapsitting: The Laura Kulp Memorial Storytime (newborn-18 months)
      11am – Toddler Time (19mo-3yo)
      4:30pm – “I Can Read By Myself Book Club” for newly emerging and independent readers

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      Tuesday, April 13th in Amherst, MA

      5-6pm – Big Night for Salamanders: Reading and Book Signing at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment with Sarah Lamstein, Children’s Book Author. Sarah’s book describes the happy intersection between a child and spotted salamanders on a rainy night in early spring. Amherst’s Henry Street salamanders are fortunate, for they have the amphibian tunnels to crawl through on their Big Night journey to the vernal pool where they mate and lay their eggs. But what of salamanders who live at a distance from Henry Street? Sarah will share how she came to write the book and how folks around the country help keep salamanders safe. She will read her book aloud and share her fascination with these special animals. She will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

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      Wednesdays in Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

      10:30am – Preschool Storytime with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong at the Meekins Library (Route 9).

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      Wednesdays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      10:30-11:15 a.m. – Jewish Family Jam
      Wednesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 26
      Jewish Jam is for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Appropriate for ages 0-3. Together we will sing, drum and dance our way through the Jewish cycles and explore musical play and rituals that your family can enjoy together.
      Leader: Felicia Sloin
      Cost: Free
      Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

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      Wednesdays in Amherst, MA ($)

      10:30 – 11:45am – Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Get back in shape through healthy movement that stretch and tone the new mother’s body gently. Connect with other mothers. Relieve aches and pains due to nursing and poor posture. Reduce stress through breathing and awareness. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend
      Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

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      Wednesday, April 14th in South Hadley, MA

      11:30pm – Story Hour at the Odyssey Bookshop.(413) 534-7307

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      Wednesday, April 14th in Northampton, MA

      2pm – Wonderful World of Worms, a preschool science exploration at A2Z Science and Learning Store (57 King St.). Preregistration is required. 586-1611 x 13

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      Wednesday, April 14th in Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

      5:30pm – Jazz Inc. Celebration: High School Poster Contest and Festival Announcement at the Berkshire Museum
      Each year, Pittsfield students submit original designs in a competition to determine the annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival poster. Celebrate the winners of this year’s poster contest and be among the first to hear the line-up for the 2010 festival. After the contest winners and musical acts are unveiled, enjoy live music by the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble and jazzy refreshments in the Crane Room. Free admission. For more information call Berkshire Museum at 413-443-7171.

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      Wednesday, April 14th in Northfield, MA (FREE)

      7pm – 9am – Sky Dance: Woodcocks at Twilight at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, for ages 10 and older. (FREE) As the sun begins to set, the stage is ready for the woodcock to perform his courtship flight. This unusual bird, also known as the Timberdoodle, performs an airborn dance accompanied by a variety of unique sounds. It is a spring ritual not to be missed! This program will begin with an indoor introduction, followed by a twilight walk to watch the flight of the woodcock. Dress warmly, wear boots and dark clothes, bring a blanket to sit on, and bring binoculars if possible. In case of rain, this program will take place on Thursday, April 15. Pre-registration required; call 800-859-2960

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      Wednesday, April 14th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      7pm – A free screening of Food, Inc will be held at the Forbes Library in the Community Room.

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      Thursdays in Florence, MA

      10am – Preschool story time (ages 3-5) at the Lilly Library. 587-1500

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      Thursday, April 15th in Northampton, MA

      10:3am – Wonderful World of Worms, a preschool science exploration at A2Z Science and Learning Store (57 King St.). Preregistration is required. 586-1611 x 13

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      Thursdays in Amherst, MA (FREE)

      10:30am – Preschool story time at the Jones Library in the kids’ room.

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      Thursday, April 15th in Hadley, MA (FREE)

      6pm-8pm – Adoptive Parents Support Group
      Adoption Journeys currently has openings in our monthly support group for adoptive parents. This group is FREE, and facilitate by professional staff from Adoption Journeys. We welcome all adoptive families, with children of any age, looking for connection and support. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm in Hadley. Please contact Adoption Journeys for information on participating: 413-320-4680 or mrcolt@cfservices.org. Free for anyone who qualifies for Adoption Journeys services – that would mean all families formed through adoption or permanent guardianship

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      Fridays in Holyoke, MA

      9:30am – Think and Play Friday at the Childrens Museum (http://www.childrensmuseumholyoke.org). The program begins every Friday at 9:30 am and runs for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This program is designed principally for our curious museum visitors who are preschool age and offers valuable guided learning experiences that will introduce our young guests to our exhibits as well as talented members of our museum staff. Be looking forward to music and movement, fun with food, art projects, and more with Ashley! Arrive for the program promptly because it’s only $6.00 per family (this includes admission to the museum) and is free for members. Anyone arriving after 10:00 am will have to pay regular museum admission prices.

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      Fridays in Florence, MA

      10am – Mother Goose on the Loose: a program of music, movement, & stories for children age 0 – preschool MUST BE REGISTERED (selection based on lottery due to the popularity of the program) at the Lilly Library. 587-1500

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      Friday, April 16th in Easthampton, MA (FREE)

      10am – 12pm – Reading “ROCKs” at the Easthampton Family Center:
      Book swap and story hour. Bring up to 5 Gently used children’s or parenting books and swap them for new to you favorites. FREE donations always welcome. 43 Main St Easthampton in the Old Town Hall Building.

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      Fridays in Pittsfield, MA

      10am & 11am – Aquarium Adventures at the Berkshire Museum. Each week children can get up close and personal with different animals from our aquarium and watch them eat. Story time is included; recommended for ages 2 – 4. Free with Museum admission. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org

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      Friday, April 16th in Hadley, MA

      5pm-7pm “Hook and Ladder Dinner” at North Hadley Sugar Shack, 181 River Dr.
      Bring your child to see one of Hadley’s fire trucks and for a fire safety demonstration. It will be a special evening of food and fun with family and friends. SPECIAL MENU: 2 Burnt pancakes, Fire Fruit, 2 Sausage or 2 Bacon, Choice of Drink, Dalmatian Dessert. $10.00 per child and $12.00 per adult, Call for reservations, 413-585-8820.

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      Friday, April 16th in Greenfield, MA

      7pm – Earth Day Family Concert with Sarah Pirtle and Jim Scott at the All Souls UU Church. This concert will appeal to all ages and will be the first time these award-winning musicians, who have been sharing their ecology messages through music since the ’70s, have performed together. The evening will begin with a light supper in the All Souls Parish Hall at 5:30 PM, with the concert following at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. (413) 773-5018 http://www.uugrenfield.org


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