Suggested Events 12/04/10-12/10/10

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Barn Stars (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.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-4pm –WINTER FAIR:Green Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

And in the afternoon on Saturday, December 4th from 1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

On Sunday, December 5th from 12Noon-4pm – YULETIDE: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, December 11th from 11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Holiday Family Fun Day at the Berkshire Museum.  See the Festival of Trees: Storybook Forest.  At 11am & 3pm, Mr. Punches Christmas Carol will be performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theater. At 1pm the Blafield Children’s Chorus sings . A Gingerbread Cookie Decorating workshop is at 2pm.  Blafield Children’s Chorus and Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop are included with Museum admission. Fee for Mr. Punches Christmas Carol. Discount packages including full Museum admission are available as well as performance-only tickets. Call 443-7171 to RSVP for workshop. www.berkshiremuseum.org 443.7171 Pittsfield, MA (50% Off Museum Admission)

On Sunday, December 12th at 2pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: Welcome Yule: Music, Dance, Songs, and Stories to Drive the Dark Away at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). Years ago, a tradition emerged of celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. Mark your calendars for this festive and joyful celebration, and be with community to sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warm sun of spring. 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

CRAFTY RUMPUS: On Sat. Dec. 4th from 10am-4pm, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages. Musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music. Span of Sunshine and the Carrie Ferguson will also perform. Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. In addition: free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, and a used childrens’ clothing sale. All events free. All are welcome! For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus blog: www.gcsrumpus.blogspot.com. For more info: 413-773-1700

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MOTHERING GRIEF: Special Event to Support Families in Pregnancy/Infant Loss. Empty Arms of Western Mass offers a special event for families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss. Author and artist Angie Yingst will present a reading and discussion of her essay, “Mothering Grief,” from the new book They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Angie’s second daughter was stillborn in 2008; through words and painting she shares powerfully about her grief journey. December can be tremendously difficult when you are grieving a loss. Please join us for time to connect, reflect, and receive support, even if you have not previously attended Empty Arms. Your friends and family are also welcome. Sweets and hot drinks will be served. December 8, 7-9pm, in Northampton at the Center for Midwifery Care, CDH. RSVP: carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

James Lombino writes: To all Berkshire Trails Bill Koch Youth Ski League members and prospective members: Due to extraordinary interest in our program this year, we are nearly at our membership capacity and must bring our registration to a close earlier than originally planned. If you have not already turned in or mailed your registration form, please do so as soon as possible. If you still need a form, email me at berkshiretrails@gmail.com and I will get one right out to you. Also, If you have friends who were planning to register but have not yet done so, please let them know about this upcoming deadline. All registration forms must be received by Friday, December 10! Looking forward to a great season of skiing ahead!

MA TEEN CHOICE BOOK AWARD: Teens across Massachusetts are invited to nominate their favorite book published in 2010 for the first Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award. Deadline is December 31st, 2010 to nominate as many of your favorite books as you want, any genre. In January 2011, the top 5 books with the most nominations will be announced. The program is open to anyone who lives in Massachusetts and is between 12-18 years old. www.readsinma.org

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS we feature some of our favorite albums from 2010, including music by the Okee Dokee Brothers, Keller Williams, Dream Jam Band, Randy Kaplan, Sugar Free Allstars, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, Rani ARbo & daisy mayhem, The Not-Its!, Justin Roberts, The Verve Pipe, Charity and the JAMband, Caspar Babypants, The Sweet Colleens, Elizabeth Mitchell, and several others.

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

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

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes 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!


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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday, December 4th, 2010

    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.

    7am-3pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 2nd Annual Dickens Day stroll in Downtown. Old English breakfast, Fezziwig’s Holiday Faire, Dickens Days Open House, Fireside with Santa at the Amelia Park Ice Arena, screening of “A Christmas Carol” in the Lang Auditorium, concert, theater and more. www.westfieldonweeknds.org 562-2277 Westfield, MA (FREE)

    9-10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Handmade Holiday class at MASS MoCA: Make cards & envelopes. 664-4481 x8131 http://www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA (>$)

    9am, 10:15am & 11:30am – SANTA: Breakfast with Santa Claus at Look Park. RSVP www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    9:30-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday Card-Making Party at the Eric Carle Museum. Space is limited. RSVP 658-1126 wwwcarlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Bule Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Youth Center will host their annual Make-It-Take-It Children’s Craft Fair with at least 12 different craft making opportunities. Santa and Rudolph arrive at 11am. 743-3550 Adams, MA (>$)

    10am-1pm - CHRISTMAS EVENT: Horse drawn wagon rides with Santa through Atkins Orchards. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – WINTER FAIRGreen Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFTY RUMPUS: Greenfield Center School (71 Montague City Rd.) will again host a Crafty Rumpus with a craft fair featuring artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. There will also be free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, a used children’s clothing sale and free music for children. www.centerschool.net 773-1700 Greenfield, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFT SHOW: Ashfield’s 6th Annual Crafted in the Village at The Curtis House (14 South St.) Ashfield, MA (SALE)

    10am-4pm – HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The 5th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 N Pleasant St.). Crafts and live music. 835-5163 snowflakebazaar.googlepages.com Amherst, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main St.). Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). To sign-up or for more information email rborsody@cwmars.org or call the Lee Library at 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    11am – 8:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 21st Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, the holiday celebration offers a full range of activities, with highlights including a holiday house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert. www.stockbridgechamber.org 298-5200 Stockbridge, MA ($$)

    1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Whately Library (202 Chestnut Plain Rd.) is offering the following workshop: Pop-Up Cards for the Holidays. For kids 8yo & older, local artist Jeannie Hunt will instruct families. Materials provided. Call to reg. 665-2170. Supported by the Whately Local Cultural Council. Whately, MA (FREE)

    1pm – MOVIE: Screening of Elf, starring Will Ferrell, at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Free screening; Part of Williamstown Holiday Walk festivities. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1pm - NATURE STUDIES: Winter nature observation with Clare Walker Leslie at the Berkshire Museum. This hands-on observation and drawing workshop for families. RSVP 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: Older students can learn the history of cookies and bake some old classics at Historic Deerfield. Registration is required. 775-7217 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA ($$)

    1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    2-6pm – COOKING: The Little Cooking School will have a Bring a Parent to Cooking Class to make a holiday cookie fest. 625 2800 http://www.thelittlecookingschool.com Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    3pm – BALLET: East Street Dance Center students will be performing Renaissance and Baroque era dances and extracts from classical ballets at the Mead Museum. RSVP 542-2335 Amherst, MA (FREE)

    3:30-5pm – CHESS CLUB: For kids ages 7 & older is Chess Club at the Jones Library with Andy Morris-Friedman. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    4pm - CHANUKKAH EVENT: Puppeteer Anna Sobel presents “The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry” at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire (270 State Rd.). Join Joshua Finkelstein and his best friend Danny as they go on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4:30-6pm – SANTA: Join Mrs. Claus at Pulaski Park for the Northampton Holiday Tree Lighting. Santa will arrive by firetruck around 5pm. Songs, cookies and hot cocoa will be shared. Hamp High Chorus will sing. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – HAYRIDE: Hayrides through Look Park Winter Wonderland light display. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    5:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Caroling on the Green next to the Historical Society building. Horse-drawn hay rides. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    6-10pm – ZYDECO DANCE PARTY: Seeds of Solidarity Youth Programs will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Seeds of Solidarity’s youth garden programs In the Town Hall. with an evening Zydeco Dance Party. Cajun food. Zydeco dance lessons. And much more. 978-544-9023 http://www.seedsofsolidarity.org Orange, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    7pm – KIDS’ DANCE: Kids’ Dance Party at the Cummington Community House. Live music with Radio Free Earth. Dance Scores led by Maureen Shea. Snacks. radiofreeearth.com Cummington, MA (>$)

    7pm – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents one acts of “Anne Frank,” and “The Rememberer” at the Maple Ridge Community Center ( 659 Amherst Rd.). starlightyouththeatre.com 533-7896 Sunderland, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Christmas Sing-Along with Mary Verdi & Friends at the Colonial Theater. Bring the whole family and ring in the Yuletide season with this old-fashioned Christmas sing-along celebration. This joyous performance features local favorite, Mary Verdi, along with some of the best musicians in the Berkshires and the most beloved songs of the season. www.thecolonialtheater.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

    Sunday, December 5th, 2010

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

    7th Annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage

    8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge.   All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk.  There is a late-risers run/walk at 9am too.  West Chesterfield, MA

    9:30am-4:30pm - CRAFT FAIR: Northampton Winter Craft Fair at the Northampton High School. Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire Co. 253-2591 www.chd.org/bbbs Northampton, MA (SALE)

    12Noon-2pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Fireside with Santa at Amelia Park Ice Arena (21 South Broad St.) 562-2277 Westfield, MA ($)

    12Noon-2pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Recreation. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Main Street becomes a magical New England village with over 50 antique cars parked along the street (weather permitting) and a full range of festive activities to delight the child in everyone. Enjoy Holiday Music, Roger the Jester and lunch at the Christmas Food Booth. Children may create holiday fun at Santa’s workshop sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Complete the day with a visit from Santa. www.stockbridgechamber.org 298-5200 Stockbridge, MA (>$)

    12Noon-4pm – YULETIDE: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – AUDITIONS: Starlight’s Youth Theatre will be having auditions for “Beauty and the Beast” for kids ages 7-18yo at the Maple Ridge Church. starlightyouththeatre.com 210-1137 Sunderland, MA ($$)

    1-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Special Sundays in the Art Studio at the Eric Carle Museum. www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    2pm – WEST AFRICAN DANCE/MUSIC: Sunday Come Dance Senegalese Sabar at Community Yoga Center (16 Federal St.). Learn this graceful and energetic style danced to Senegalese music. All ages welcomed. Greenfield, MA ($)

    2pm – MUSICAL: The Colonial Theatre (111 South St.) presents The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters: The Musical. 997-4444 www.thecolonialtheater.org Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    2-4pm – GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING: The Huntington Community Events Committee invites all to come decorate a gingerbread town with candy to be displayed at the Huntington Library and Stanton Hall for the holidays. All supplies provided, along with refreshments. Meet at Stanton hall (Rt. 20 & 112). 667-2104 Huntington, MA (FREE)

    3pm – HANNUKKAH: Borders at the Holyoke Mall welcomes kids (3-8yo) to celebrate Hannukkah with songs, games and stories. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    3-5pm – HOLIDAY STORIES: The Meekins Library will host a holiday reading of classic tales, including: Singer’s Hanukkah tale The Power of Light, O. Henry’s unforgettable short story The Gift of the Magi, and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Everyone is welcome. Come read or listen and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks. 268-7472 www.meekins-library.org Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    3:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: A Merry Nutcracker Tea will be performed by the youth dances of the American Dance Institute Ensemble of Pittsfield at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Guilded Age Museum. Victorian Holiday Refreshements will be served. 637-3206 www.gildedage.org Lenox, MA ($)

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4:45-6:15pm – ICE SKATE: Family skate at lansing Chapman Rink. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    6:30pm – HANUKKAH: Puppeteer Anna Sobel presents “The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry” at Congregation B’nai Israel.  Northampton, MA (FREE)

    7:30pm – FILM: Race to Nowhere is being screened at the Amherst Cinema, followed by a panel discussion with UMass Jounalism Program professor, Nick McBride. Amherst, MA


    Monday, December 6th, 2010

    10am-12Noon in Pittsfield: Taking Care of Yourself Workshop at BerkshireWorks Career Center (160 North St.). Health Screenings, Referrals, Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance, Health Education. 644-0104 x1156 (FREE)

    12:30-2pm & 4:30-6pm in Springfield: The Springfield Jewish Community Center hosts a Family Hanukkah Happening. Cook latkes, play dreidel games, hear stories, sing songs and make Hanukkah crafts. Call to RSVP 739-4715 x311. (FREE)

    4:15-5pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 3-5yo at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

    5:15-6:15pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 6-9yo (a.k.a. The Dolphin Dancers) at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

    7:30pm in AmherstRace to Nowhere is being screened at the Amherst Cinema.

    6:30-7:15pm in West Springfield: Evening Family Storytime at the West Springfield Public Library (200 Park St.). Stories, snack, craft and music for kids 3yo+ and their families. 736-4561 (FREE)

    MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Northampton 9:30-11:30am : Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 11:00am: Tummy Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • South Hadley 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE) (mid Sept-May)
    • Williamstown 10am: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center. www.williamstownyouthcenter.org (FREE)

    MONDAY STORY TIMES

    • Northampton 10:30am: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    MONDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Northampton 12Noon – 1pm: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 (FREE)

    MONDAY OTHER ONGOING ACTIVITIES

    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Montague 6:30pm: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.
    • North Adams 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Springfield 11am-12:50pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

    Last day to enter to win!

    3:30pm in Lee: Tail Waggin’ Tutors program at the Lee Library with Addie. Addie is a “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” certified by Therapy Dogs International as a trained therapy dog. The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to. All ages. 243-0385 (FREE)4-5pm in Northampton: Girls Circle Yoga at Embodiment Studio (94 King St., 2nd floor), an ongoing weekly group for like-hearted, mind, and spirited girls. This class is created for reducing anxiety, digestive stress, emotional stress and overwhelming emotions. 695-6950 ($)

    6pm in Westfield: Dickens Days Holiday Tea for kids 3-5yo at the Boys and Girl’s Library, Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). 562-6158, (FREE)

    TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • South Hadley ♦ 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
    • West Springfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)
    • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

    TUESDAY STORY TIMES

    • Florence 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Florence 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 10-11am: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under. 772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Hatfield 11:00am: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.). Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft. 247-9097 (FREE)
    • Lenox 11am: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street). Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)

    TUESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Grandparent support group at the Unitarian Meeting House (121 North Pleasant St.) Amherst Family Center with Ann Marie Meltzer. (FREE)
    • Leverett ♦ 7:30-9pm: MOCAI’s Women’s Circle at the Quaker Meeting House (Long Plain Rd.) Weekly drop-in circle for women of color. Circles host a range of activities to suport and build community, with monthly guest facilitators. Babies in arms welcomed. No childcare. http://www.mocai.org (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Berkshire Nursing Families at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton 10:15-12:15am: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at the Community Action Building (56 Vernon St.). Confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Free childcare up to four years old. 253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Northampton 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)

    TUESDAY OTHER ONGOING

    • Amherst 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
    • Florence 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Leverett 10-11am:Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Leverett Crafts and Arts building (13 Montague Rd.). 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)
    • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
    • Millers Falls 3:30-4:45pm: Millers Falls Library Club (23 Bridge St.). An afterschool program with drop-in sessions for children of all ages. Activities include arts and crafts, snacks and homework help. 659-3801 www.montaguepubliclibraries.org (FREE)

    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

    9:30am-12Noon in Buckland: Homeschool Half Days at Red Gate Farm. Every Wednesday morning participants will be doing different farm activities. Participants can sign up for as few or as many mornings as desired. Mornings together will revolve around a central theme with time allowed for unstructured play. Ages 6 – 12. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

    10:30-11:45 am in Northampton: Jewish Family Jam for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Sing, drum and dance. Led by Felicia Sloin at Lander Grinspoon Academy (257 Prospect St.). 737-2601 http://www.jfswm.org (>$)

    4:30-6pm in Easthampton: Holiday Party at the Emily Williston Memorial Library (9 Park St.).  Cookie decorating, music with local teens, crafts. 529-1605. (FREE)

    6pm in Westfield: Dickens Days Holiday Tea for kids 3-5yo at the Boys and Girl’s Library, Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). 562-6158, (FREE)

    7-9pm in Northampton: Mothering Grief: Special Event to Support Families in Pregnancy/Infant Loss. Empty Arms of Western Mass offers a special event for families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss. Author and artist Angie Yingst will present a reading and discussion of her essay, “Mothering Grief,” from the new book They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Sweets and hot drinks will be served. Center for Midwifery Care, CDH. RSVP: carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

    WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Huntington 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • Lenox 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • North Adams ♦ 10am: Toddler Play and Learn Group at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • South Hadley 11am-12Noon: Parent with infant group at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
    • Ware 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

    WEDNESDAY STORY TIMES

    • Leverett 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. www.leverettlibrary.org
    • New Marlborough 10am: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)
    • Montague ♦ 10:30am: Children and their families are invited to come and enjoy stories, crafts, music, activities and snacks with Ruth O’Mara at the Carnegie Library. For kids under age 5. 863-3214. (FREE)
    • Northampton 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Northampton 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org(FREE)
    • Northfield 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Stockbridge ♦ 10am: Stores and crafts led by Vicky Cooper at the Stockbridge Library. (FREE)
    • Williamsburg 10:30am: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

    WEDNESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Amherst 9:45-11:15am: MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Expectant mothers welcomed. The are snacks and childcare for kids 4yo & younger. MotherWoman trained facilitator in the basement of the Unitarian Church (Amherst Family Center). Run by a MotherWoman trained facilitator. 253-8990 www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
    • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 534-2700 (FREE)

    WEDNESDAY OTHER ONGOING

    • Amherst 10:30-11:45am: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
    • Greenfield ♦ 12-1:40pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Hadley 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 www.interskate91.com(>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)
    • Northampton 4:15pm: Family Yoga for ages 3yo and up at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)
    • Northampton 4:30pm: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Thursday, December 9th, 2010

    6pm in Northampton: The Northampton Community Music Center is presenting several choral groups from the Pioneer Valley for a Holiday Choral Festival at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at Smith College. Chorus groups include NCMC, Northampton Community Children’s Choir, the women’s vocal ensemble High Definition, Evelyn Harris’ Kuumba Women’s Choir, Hilltown Cooperative Charter School Chorus, Northampton High School Chamber Choir, Valley Jazz Choir, and the Williston-Northampton School Widdigers and Caterwaulers. 585-0001 www.ncmc.net (>$)

    6pm in Westfield: Dickens Days Holiday Tea for kids 3-5yo at the Boys and Girl’s Library, Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). 562-6158, (FREE)

    6pm in Northampton: Single Parent Support Group at Cradle. 341-5282 (FREE)

    7pm in Huntington: The Huntington Historical Society presents The Real History of Christmas in New England with local storyteller, Dennis Picard from Storrowton Village -at Stanton Hall (Rts 20 & 112). Refreshments. (FREE)

    THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Amherst 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Cummington ♦ 10am-12Noon: Babygroup for newborn to walking at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Great Barrington 1-3pm: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
    • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
    • Northampton 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
    • South Hadley 9:30-11am: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Ware9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

    THURSDAY STORY TIMES

    • Amherst 10:30am: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
    • Dalton 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Lee 10:30-11am: Story time at the Lee Library (100 Main St.) for kids 2.5-5yo and their caregivers. 243-0385 (FREE)
    • Lenox ♦ 11-11:45am: Preschool Story-Craft for children ages three to five at the Lenox Library Association featuring stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 (FREE)
    • Millers Falls 10am: Music and Movement series with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library 23 Bridge St.). Young children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. 863-3214 (FREE)

    THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Granparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)

    THURSDAY OTHER ONGOING

    • Great Barrington 9am: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • North Adams 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    Friday, December 10th, 2010

    9-11:30am in Buckland: Seedlings. A morning drop-off program for four and five year olds. Once a month, this age group is invited to join the farm for a few hours to learn together by exploring the farm. Daily routine will include taking care of the animals, unstructured play, snacktime, learning centered around a daily theme. Healthy Snack is provided. (Ages 4 & 5) Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

    10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Storyteller “Big Joe” Paglicua will entertain kids with stories at a special Aquarium Adventures at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    10am-5pm in Springfield: Robots: The Interactive Exhibition at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. http://www.springfieldmuseums.org 800.625.7738 (1ST 400 KIDS FREE)

    4-9pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. www.osv.org ($)

    5-8pm in Florence: Hayrides through Look Park Winter Wonderland light display. www.lookpark.org (>$)

    5-7pm in Westfield: Fireside with Santa at Amelia Park Ice Arena (21 South Broad St.) 562-2277 ($)

    5-8pm in Northampton: Northampton Arts Night Out

    5:30-7pm in Northampton: Family pool night at the YMCA. Free for members. 584.7086 www.hrymca.org (>$)

    5:30-8:30pm in Springfield: Horse-Drawn wagon & carriage rides tour Bright Nights at Forest Park. 733-3800 ($)

    6pm in Great Barrington: The Polar Express (2004) with Tom Hanks will be shown at he Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 528-0100 www.mahaiwe.org (>$)

    6pm in Westfield: Dickens Days Holiday Tea for kids 3-5yo at the Boys and Girl’s Library, Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). 562-6158, (FREE)

    7:30pm in Springfield: The Drama Studio presents a production of Peter Pan at St. Barnabas Church (41 Oakland St.). For kids 5yo & older. Seating is limited. RSVP 739-1983 ($$)

    7:30pm in Turners Falls: Welcome Yule: Music, Dance, Songs, and Stories to Drive the Dark Away at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). Years ago, a tradition emerged of celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. Mark your calendars for this festive and joyful celebration, and be with community to sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warm sun of spring. 863-2281 ($)

    FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

    • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
    • Belchertown 10-11am: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Clapp Memorial Library. 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)
    • Colrain 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 475-1553 (FREE)
    • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
    • Huntington 2pm: Baby-Time Meet & Greet at the Huntington Library. Feel like you haven’t spoken a complete sentence to another adult during the day..then this is the group for you. Parents or caregivers of infants and toddlers are invited to the Library for a short singing/story session with the children, and then a chance to make new friends. 667-3506 www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Huntington 3pm: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
    • North Adams 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
    • Stockbridge 9am : The Berkshire Day School (Route 183) welcomes all to a Music & Me playgroup for kids 2-4yo. This is an hour long circle time with sing-alongs, story and crafts. 637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
    • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)

    FRIDAY STORY TIME

    • Colrain 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 624-3619 (FREE)
    • Florence 10am: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
    • Greenfield 11am: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
    • Sunderland 11am: Story/craft time for kids ages 3-5yo and their families at the Sunderland Public Library (20 School St.). Each storytime is approximately 45 minutes in length for theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts! 665-2642sunderlandpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    FRIDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    • Greenfield ♦ 10-11:30am: Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought. At the Community Action Family Center (90 Federal St.). Drop-in for mothers of infants and babies experiencing postpartum. Expecting mothers welcomed. 774-1000 x2015

    FRIDAY OTHER ONGOING

    • Amherst 9:30am: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)
    • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
    • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)
    • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
    • Pittsfield 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
    • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
    • Springfield 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)

    2 Comments

    1. December 3, 2010 at 6:57 am

      Thanks, Kate!

    2. Kate Bailey said,

      December 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you for being the coolest thing about living in the hilltowns (a place where there is already a ton of coolness).


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