Suggested Events 04/17/10-04/23/10

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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

This is the time of the year to take the family out to discover vernal pools. This weekend there are several opportunities to join in the adventure of studying the amphibians in these unique habitats and the importance of protecting them. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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 EVENT

Saturday, April 17th in Easthampton, MA: 10am – Flywheel Arts and the Easthampton Family Center (EFC) present a FREE show for kids to celebrate the grand re opening of Flywheel Arts and the new home of the Easthampton Family Center!  On Saturday, April 17th R.O.C.K. (Royal Order of Chords and Keys) will perform at 11am at Easthampton’s old Town Hall.  Fun starts at 10 a.m., and best of all – it’s free!  Donations to help support Flywheel are welcomed.

Friday, April 23rd in Lenox, MA: 7pm – Lenox Town Hall Earth Day Celebration: The Lorax at 7pm and Taking Root at 8:15pm. Bring the family to enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss best environmental film ever: The Lorax. (“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.”) Perfect for kids! Cookie break. Screening of Taking Root. Powerful, inspiring film. Planting trees for fuel, food and timber is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act, Wangari Maathai of Kenya started down the path that helped to reclaim her country’s land from a century of deforestation while providing new sources of livelihood to rural communities. She gave previously impoverished and marginalized women the tools to participate for the first time in the political processes of their communities and the growing movement to end Kenya’s twenty-four-year dictatorship. Donations welcomed.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Saturday, April 17th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Seafood platter with fried haddock, whole belly clams, sea scallops, shrimp. Mediterranean Lasagna with cinnamon dill tomato sauce. BYOB 628-4003

Saturday, April 17th at Remington Lodge in Cummington :: Pickled spring turnips and carrots, beet tzatziki, flatbread with za’atar, chickpea and potato terrine, stuffed with onions, spinach, and tahini, tamarind braised short ribs, palace pilaf, black walnut baklava. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

Saturday, April 17th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

BULLETIN BOARD

MotherWoman in Amherst, MA

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GOOD EXAMPLE: Amherst’s 3rd Annual Trash Free Lunch Day is on Friday (4/16) at various elementary schools. Follow their lead and pack yourself and your kids a trash-free lunch by using reusable drink & food containers instead of disposable ones!

FUNDRAISER: On Friday, April 23rd, Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA will serve a Special Dinner to Support Ashfield Baseball. Have dinner with Elmer’s that night and they will donate 10% of everything they take in to Ashfield Baseball program!

Hilltown Spring Festival

Mark Your Calendars!

SUPPORT: Grow Food Northampton (GFN) is developing a unique and innovative set of strategies to help communities feed themselves in a post-carbon world. Their local model of sustainable agriculture, community partnerships, and education is readily scalable to create resilient local food systems all across America. Read more about this projecting being spearheaded by HF listserv member Lilly Lombard at Changemakers.com and give it your support!

WASHINGTON FAMILY FUN DAY: The Town of Washington is seeking participants for the Washington Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 26th from 9am-3pm.  Anyone can join in.   Have your tag sale; sell your crafts, baked goods or flowers; advertize your business or organization… Food provided by Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs.  Entertainment with the Eagles Band and Ed the Wizard.  Many family activities. Anybody interested in participating, volunteering or with suggestions, call RJ Peltier at 623-5911.

Click on the banner to discover events that celebrate Earth Day and other recycling opportunities.

Charley Rose of WGBY writes: Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding: Recycle your old computers, televisions and other home electronics safely and shred documents securely on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 in Holyoke, MA. All proceeds to benefit WGBY, Public Television for western New England. Computers, televisions, home electronics, small appliances and boxes of documents accepted and recycled responsibly. Shredding will be done on site. Saturday, April 17 from 10am-3pm on the access road to the Holyoke Mall (next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs and across from Barnes & Noble). Fee schedule and information at www.wgby.org/earth.

YOUTH SPRING FAIR: Community Action Youth Programs will have a Spring Fair on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm in Northampton. Come learn about their free programs offered from the youth community. There will be fun games and activities for your ages 9 and older, including: youth group led presentations; youth film showing; tasty food; dance performance by Alpha Squad (Hampshire Heights’ youth dance group). CAYP is located at 2 Conz Street, #34 Maplewood Shops. For more information and to RSVP, call Loren at 475-1571 www.communityaction.us/youth

Click on the banner to find out more about the Great TV Rebellion of 2010!

LGBT Travel: The Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism (MOTT), the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a leisure travel destination, announced this week the launch of its “LGBT Massachusetts iPhone Application,” the first LGBT travel application launched for a U.S. domestic destination by a state tourism organization. More info here.

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 April 10 until April 25. Clothing will also be collected in the red metal barn at Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 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 Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jessica Morris on winning Mister G’s CD, “Pizza for Breakfast” over on the Hilltown Families Facebook page.

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am and on Sundays from 7-8am on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This week’s episode is 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, with music by Ani DiFranco, The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends, Pete Seeger, Jack Johnson – and new music by Forest Sun, Opus Ditty & the Hoedown Gang, and Charity & the JamBand. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • 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

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 04/17/10

    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 Gulf Road. Pre-registration encouraged. 655-8594 Dalton, MA (FREE)

    9-11:30am – CPR: CPR class at the Worthington Health Center. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center (238-5511 X155) to register. Enrollment is limited. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Sheep Shearing Weekend at the Hancock Shaker Village. Spinning, weaving and shearing. Music and crafts. 443-0188 x213 www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA ($, children 12 and under are FREE)

    10am – EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: Celebrate the re-opening of Flywheel Arts & the Easthampton Family Center with a free show for kids with R.O.C.K. at the Old Town Hall. www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Family event, suitable for children ages 4 – 16 yrs. Registration requested. 584-3009 Hampden, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Discover Life in a Vernal Pool at Bartholomew’s Cobble. lease pre-register. 229-8600 Sheffield, MA ($)

    10am-7pm – GREEN FAIR: Home Show & Green Fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Workshops, kids’ activities and fresh local food. Discover crafts & recycled products, locavore living, green thinking, home resources, and much more. (413) 774-2791 www.franklincountyhomeshow.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    11am & 12:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hancock Shaker Village will present David Grover & The Big Bear Band. www.hancockshakervillage.org 800.817.1137 Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    10am-12Noon – RESKILLING: Laughing Dog Farm will offer a workshop, “Backyard Goat Husbandry.” 863-8696 Gill, MA ($)

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

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art welcomes Raspberries, an exuberant and hilarious hour of storytelling by renowned storyteller Jay O’Callahan, and artist Will Moses. 658-1105 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/ADMISSION)

    1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools, Salamanders and Frogs with Dr. Steve Tilley of Smith College at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (North Farms Road entrance). 584-4176 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – HEALTH & WELLNESS: YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the Hampshire Regional YMCA (268 Prospect Street). 584-7086. Northampton, MA

    1-3pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy for Kids at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Join Chris Lyons from the Springfield Science Museum for a fun-filled look at the beauty and grandeur of the night sky. Talk about stars and constellations from a kid’s perspective and look at some of the many stories our ancestors applied to the “dots in the sky.” This is a fun program that will be educational for both kids and parents! 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Geroge Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” at the Berkshire South Community Center. www.waldorfhigh.org 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA ($$)

    8pm – CONCERT: Smith College Music Department Presents Bach on the Wrong Instruments! A Recital by Violist Ron Gorevic and Special Guests. www.smith.edu Northampton, MA (FREE)

    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 – 04/18/10

    Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Sheep Shearing Weekend at the Hancock Shaker Village. Spinning, weaving and shearing. Music and crafts. 443-0188 x213 www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA ($, children 12 and under are FREE)

    10am-12Noon – RESKILLING: Gardening 101 with Molly Merrett at Montview Neighborhood Farm. 825-6795 x306 www.montviewfarm.org Northampton, MA ($$)

    11am-4pm – EARTH DAY EVENT: The Springfield Museums will celebrate Earth Day with the annual Earth Day Festival. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    2pm – GREEK THEATER: The poet Robert Bagg, a Worthington resident and former English Department Chair at the University of Massachusetts, and James Scully, a poet, and former faculty member at the University of Connecticut, will discuss their work as translators of Greek drama for the stage. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

    2-5pm – EARTH DAY CONCERT: Green Amherst Project invites you to the event “Earth Day Concert with Barefoot Truth” on the Keefe Campus Center Lawn on Amherst College. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Geroge Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” at the Berkshire South Community Center. www.waldorfhigh.org 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA ($$)

    3PM – MUSICAL: In The Mood, a big band swing dance musical, will be at The Academy of Music Theatre. 584-9032 www.acamedyofmusictheatre.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    7pm – CONCERT: The Starry Mountain Singers will perform at the West Cummington Church Parish House. www.westcummingtonchurch.org West Cummington, MA (Fundraiser)

    APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK

    This week is April School Vacation week for many. Below are some special events happening just for this week, along with weekly events that happening for families with little ones. If you have a weekly event to share, please feel encouraged to post it here: Suggest An Event.

    CAMPS THIS WEEK:

    MONDAY-FRIDAY

    Monday-Friday, April 19th-23rd in Sturbridge, MA

    9:30am-5pm: April School Vacation Week at Old Sturbridge Village

    Monday-Friday, April 19th-23rd in Springfield, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    10am-1pm: Earth Week: Honor the Earth at the Springfield Museums. Performances, activities and much more all week.

    Monday-Friday, April 19th-23rd in Stockbridge, MA

    1-3pm: April School Vacation Gallery Sleuths at the Norman Rockwell Museum

    Monday-Friday, April 19th-22nd in Northampton, MA ($)

    10am: Puppet Festival at the Academy of Music Theatre.

    Monday-Friday, April 19th-22nd in Amherst, MA

    1pm: Hampshire College Theatre’s Seedling Productions presents The Little Golden Book Storytelling Festival in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum.

    MONDAY

    Monday, April 19th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    Peace Walk

    Mondays in Plainfield, MA (>$)

    3:15,4:15,5:15pm: Creative Dance for Children with Maureen Shea at Earthdance.

    Mondays in Conway, MA

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

    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

    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

    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

    TUESDAY

    Tuesday, April 20th in South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    11am: Story-time at Odyssey Bookshop.

    Tuesday, April 20th in Pittsfield, MA

    1pm:Falconry and the Medieval World: Live Bird of Prey Demonstration at the Berkshire Museum

    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.

    Tuesdays in Florence, MA (FREE)

    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

    TUESDAY-THURSDAY

    Tuesday-Thursday, April 20th-22nd in Greenfield, MA (FREE)

    2-5pm: Paint a Window Mural at the Greenfield Public Library. Join Marcy of Under the Tree Art Company, as we design, draw, and paint an original window mural on the windows at the Greenfield Public Library. Call Kay for more info. 772 1544 x 5

    Tuesday-Thursday, April 20th-22nd in Easthampton, MA

    9-3pm: April Vacation Days at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    WEDNESDAY

    Wednesday, April 21st in Northampton, MA

    7:30 – 9:30pm: Fundraiser for the Mother’s Day Puppet Parade & MotherWoman with MOther Earth JOurney(MOEJO) Bird Puppets & Cellist Stephen Katz at Dance Spirit.

    Wednesday April 21st in South Hadley, MA

    2-4pm: Children’s Poetry Workshop for kids ages 8-13 at the South Hadley Library with local poet Shane Robitaille. Pre-registration required. 5045 jrodio@cwmars.org

    Wednesday, April 21st in Hatfield, MA

    1:30pm: The Hatfield Education Foundation in conjunction with Hatfield Public Schools presents “Seussical: The Musical” at the Hatfield Elementary School Auditorium (33 Main Street)

    Wednesday, April 21st in Whately (FREE)

    12Noon – Bring the kids to the Whately Library to see, “Where the Wild Things Are” (rated PG). 665-2170

    3-4pm – Also at the Whately Library: Live Small Animals with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Children will love to meet “Speedy” the box turtle, “Maizie” the corn snake and various other critters who will be visiting the Whately Library for this special program. Children will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in activities such as drawing and writing about the animals to make their own book about their visit. Ages 4 and up. Funding for this program has been provided from the Friends of the Library.

    Wednesday, April 21st in South Hadley, MA

    11am: Story-time at Odyssey Bookshop.

    Wednesdays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10:30-11:15 a.m.: Jewish Family Jam 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.

    Wednesdays in Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

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

    Wednesdays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10:30-11:15 a.m. – Jewish Family Jam

    Wednesdays, April 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.

    At the Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

    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

    Wednesday-Friday, April 21st-23rd in Lenox, MA

    April Vacation Week at Shakespeare & Company. Become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon.

    THURSDAY

    Thursday, April 22nd in Pittsfield, MA (Kids under 12 FREE)

    10am-4pm: Hancock Shaker Village Spring Festival celebrates Earth Day with family-friendly events.

    Thursday, April 22nd in South Hadley, MA

    11am: Story-time at Odyssey Bookshop.

    Thursday, April 22nd in Montgomery, MA

    1-2:30pm: Pottery Demonstration and workshop with Pied Potter Hamelin’s Magical Potter’s Wheel at the Grace Hall Memorial Library.

    Thursdays in Florence, MA (FREE)

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

    Thursdays in Amherst, MA (FREE)

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

    THURSDAY-FRIDAY

    Thursday-Friday, April 22nd-23rd in Hatfield, MA

    7pm: The Hatfield Education Foundation in conjunction with Hatfield Public Schools presents “Seussical: The Musical” at the Hatfield Elementary School Auditorium (33 Main Street)

    Thursday & Friday, April 22nd & 23rd in Pittsfield, MA

    11 a.m: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Snow White at the Berkshire Museum

    FRIDAY

    Friday, April 23rd in Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm: FREE Puppet Making Project Day. Come Make puppets for The Earth Day Event at Pulaski Park and The Mother’s Day Parade. We are hoping for a very grande event to bring awareness to the growing threats to the lives of animals and our environment! Please help us celebrate our planet and bring awareness to the need for change! Call Beth for directions 268-3588. (FREE)

    Friday, April 23rd in Pittsfield (FREE)

    8-10am: Mass. Audubon Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows

    Friday, April 23rd in Pittsfield, MA

    1pm: Armor- and Chainmail-Making Demonstration at the Berkshire Museum

    Friday, April 23rd in South Hadley, MA

    11am: Magic show with illusionist David Garrity at the South Hadley Library. 538-5045 jrodio@cwmars.org

    Fridays in Holyoke, MA

    9:30am – Think and Play Friday at the Childrens Museum. 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.

    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

    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.

    3 Comments on “Suggested Events 04/17/10-04/23/10

    1. Create a miniature home for mythical creatures using natural, found materials in a week-long Community Installation: Fairy Houses and Gnomes Homes on the Clark Campus. A campus map and site assignments are available at the information desk. The tiny dwellings will be featured on the Clark’s People and Spaces Family Day on April 25. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. , 413 458 2303.

      http://www.clarkart.edu

    2. Natural science activities for kids at the Worthington Library this week from 9am-12. More info call 238-5509

    3. Sunday, April 18th in Cummington, MA

      Exciting Reminder! The Old Creamery is sponsoring the Vinegar Tasting on Sunday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Creamery Cafe‘. We will learn about the history and production of several types of vinegars AND we will sample at least 15 extraordinary vinegars from around the world. The education part of the evening is fascinating; not only do we learn about the centuries-old traditions, but we also learn interesting production facts about many of the featured vinegars. The sampling part of the tasting is mind-blowing! Many past participants arrived thinking that they somewhat liked different vinegars, and they left in the midst of a full-blown love affair! Yes, with vinegar. We will sample everything from artisinally-produced Japanese ume plum vinegar made with wild plums harvested in remote mountain areas to Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, the REAL THING Balsamic Vinegar, that retails for $120/tiny little bottle! The event is free, though donations are accepted. All featured vinegars will be available for purchase at discounted prices immediately following the tasting. A great way to spend an evening with friends and neighbors. Calling ahead (634-5560) to reserve a seat will ensure space will be saved for you, in case the tasting fills up.

      Also, there are still a couple of spaces available in Alice‘s next cooking class, “Soups, Stews & Stocks”. We will learn the techniques for a couple of stocks, and many soups and stews. Amidst the chaotic production of many boiling and simmering pots of soup (yes, we will fill up all 8 burners!), we all learn a lot and a fabulous time is had by all. For more info, call me (Alice) at the store (634-5560) or at home (634-5659) and leave a message if I‘m not available. The class cost is $50 plus $10 for materials. Bring leftover containers, because class participans always leave with goodies! Barter is possible.

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