Suggested Events for Dec 3rd-9th, 2011

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

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Many towns host holiday strolls where families can enjoy walking around high-spirited Main Streets illuminated for the holidays while parents shop local and take in the celebratory atmosphere. Several Holiday Strolls are coming up this weekend and next! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest 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.

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Hilltown Families Board Game SwapOn Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30-10:30am: BOARD GAME SWAP: Hilltown Families is hosting a Board Game Swap in the Meekins Library community room in Williamsburg, MA. Bring in board games you would like to swap with other families. Kindly make sure the games have all their pieces before bringing in. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for the children in your life too! Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to all families. RSVP here, or just drop in. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Following the Board Game Swap on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-3pm – MYO CRAFTS & HOLIDAY FAIR: Both kids and adults today can create unique handmade holiday gifts and crafts today at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School’s Eco-craft Fair!  Materials are largely recycled or all-natural items, and activities include wreath making, decorating candles, mixing herbal teas, and creating hats and scarves from fleece.  The event also includes a book fair and local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their wares.  There will be live entertainment all day (including a performance from the school’s chorus!) and delicious homemade food is available.  413-268-3421.  132 Main Street (just down the street from the Meekins Library on Route 9).  Haydenville, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE, >$ CRAFTS)

On Sunday, December 4th  from 12noon-2pm - HOLIDAY STROLL: Main Street at Christmas in the village of Stockbridge with antique cars, entertainment, Santa and holiday tunes. 413-298-5200. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

And later on Sunday, December 4th  at 4pm and 7:30pm – VESPERS: Visit Mt. Holyoke College for their annual vespers service.  The college’s glee club, jass ensemble, choir, and handbell choir will perform, and there will be carols and a candlelight chant.  Abbey Memorial Chapel.  College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Scroll down to see our complete list of Weekly Suggested Events for the entire week, with 70 event listings for this coming weekend alone!

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On Saturday, Dec. 10th from 3-8pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: Take a holiday stroll today in Great Barrington!  There will be all kinds of family activities, including childrens’ crafts, music all over town, a gallery walk, tree lighting, and fireworks!  Downtown Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, Dec. 11th at 11:30am – CAROLING: Go caroling all over the community!  The event begins with a potluck lunch at St. John’s Corner in Ashfield, then heads to Poet’s Seat and finally the Buckley Nursing Home.  413-369-0240 or 413-625-9680.  Ashfield, MA; 259 High Street, Greenfield, MA; 95 Laurel Street, Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

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BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet is proud to present its 33rd annual production of the Nutcracker, an enchanting, classic ballet production at the landmark Academy of Music Theatre on Dec 9, 10, 11. All tickets are reserved seating and available online and in person at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Senior & MTA member discounts available in person only. To purchase tickets, please call the Pioneer Valley Ballet at 413-527-6363, or the Academy of Music box at 413-584-9032 x105, or visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com. All shows have discounted high school & college student RUSH seats available 1/2 hour prior each performance at the box office window. RUSH seats are restricted to upper balcony only.

CRAFTED IN THE VILLAGE: December 3rd and 4th. Crafted in the Village. Open Studios and Craft booths all over Ashfield!  Shop with those who make what they use and use what they make.  Saturday 11am – 4pm  Sunday 11am – 2pm  Saturday night: Swing Caravan in Concert at Elmer’s Store! Dinner begins at 5, the concert starts at 7pm. Come early to shop, stay to eat and swing!  www.Elmersstore.com for information on everything!

Enter to win eco-friendly, locally-made, free-play toys & music from Easy Keepers. Deadline to enter to win: 12/5/11

OPEN HOUSE/CRAFTS: On Sat. Dec. 3rd, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus Open House. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages with free art activities for children 3-12 years. Also musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music, as will Carrie Ferguson. In addition, Crafty Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering lovely wares, and will be serving up savory and sweet foods. All events free and all are welcome! Admissions information will also be available. For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus website: craftyrumpus.com Crafty Rumpus 2011 Sat. Dec 3rd, 10-4

HANDMADE HOLIDAY FAIR: Start your holiday shopping at Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Festival- a juried exhibit of 40 artisans. From pottery and jewelry to chocolates and quilts- this is your one-stop spot to check everyone off your holiday list! Preview Party: Fri., Dec. 2nd, 4-7pm, $20. Gen admission: Fri., 7-9pm and Sat., Dec. 3rd 10-6pm, $4 adults/kids under 5 free. Drop and Shop: Parents, drop your child off at Bisque, Beads, & Beyond for a two-hour art project while you shop. Hands-on for your child, hands-free for you! Special hours on Saturday only. Call BBB to reserve your child’s spot: 413-442-9033. For more info, visit www.AlchemyInitiative.org or call 413-236-9600. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield, MA (next to the CYC and Boys and Girls Club).

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Lee MacKinnon, Director of Family Education and Support at the Hilltown Community Health Centers writes, “A staff representative from the Hilltown Community Health Center’s Families  Together program will be at the Cummington Family Center, 33 Main St. in  Cummington, on Wednesday, December 7 from 10-11am. Hilltown residents  wishing to give comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement to the program  are invited to drop by and complete a survey. Anyone wishing to give input but unable to make the session may obtain a survey at the Worthington Health Center  or call the health center at 413-238-5511 x155 to find out how to complete a survey.  Families Together is funded by the Massachusetts Community Development Block  Grant Program. To remain eligible for these funds, the program must annually  gather this information.”

Enter to win a yearlong family membership to The Trustees for 2012 plus two adult stickers for cross-country skiing at Notchview in Windsor for the 2011-12 season. Deadline: 12/24.

Emma Stamas of the West County Resilience Committee writes,Creating a More Resilient Holiday Season… Have you ever wanted to have a less stressful and more meaningful holiday season? Join in a discussion about how to save time and money and become more sustainable with members of West County Resiliency at our Tues. December 6 meeting at 7 to 8:30pm at the Shelburne Senior Center. Come and learn new gift giving ideas and less wasteful ways to make decorations, gifts, wrappings,holiday meals, and ways to minimize stress and depression. For more information about this free event or what our group is all about, call 413-624-3240.”

Kristen Rhodes of Leeds, MA writes, “Looking to start a playgroup for my 4yo son. If your child is 3-6 & you are looking for a homeschooling playgroup, contact me!  I’m hoping to get together up to 5 mornings a week (9:30-11). My son has a severe peanut allergy so the group would need to be peanut free. I am willing to host, provide activities, & snacks (just let me know of food allergies/special diets) or we could meet at a peanut free facility if the group prefers…  Pretty much I’m looking for an alternative for preschool as he is in much need of play with other children & cannot attend most playgroups due to his severe allergy, I have a background in early childhood & wouldn’t mind facilitating. Anyone is interested in brainstorming some type of playgroup, let me know!”


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Dec 3rd-9th, 2011

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Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2011

6-10am – 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.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Alastair Moock Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week! Alastair will be spinning tunes by Vanessa Trien, Grenadilla, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Kris Delmhorst, Eliza Bilkyson, Mark Ereli, Dizzy Gillespie and songs off of his newest CD, These are My Friends. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

8:30am-12noon – ART OPENING: Andrew Quient Pottery Space at Bread Euphoria will host an art opening for a new exhibit of artwork made by the children of the Nonotuck Community School in Florence and will include pottery and paintings from all four Nonotuck classrooms, accompanied by photos of the children making the art.  206 Main Street, Haydenville, MA (FREE)

9:30-10:30am - BOARD GAME SWAP: Hilltown Families will host a Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library. All are invited. Click on banner for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

9am-2pm – RECYCLING: You can recycle basically anything with an electrical cord attached to it today!  Anything from a toaster to a computer monitor, speakers to hair dryers, air conditioners to ovens can be recycled!  Clean out your house and garage and choose recycling for your old appliances.  Things with motors (lawn mowers, for example) will be accepted with gasoline removed, and gas grills with propane tanks taken off are accepted as well.  Bikes for recycling or reselling can be dropped off, too!  There’s a small fee for each item but it’s worth it!  Takes place at Holy Family Church.  29 Sugarloaf Street.  South Deerfield, MA.  ($)

9am-2pm - SKI AND SKATE SALE: The Northampton Lions Club hosts their annual ski and skate sale today at Smith Vocational!  There will be a wide variety of skis and skates for all ages and most abilities- downhill, nordic, hockey, figure skating, etc!  80 Locust Street.  Northampton, MA.  (SALE)

9am-2pm -MYO CRAFTS & HOLIDAY FAIR: Make your own gingerbread house (and other holiday crafts!) at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s Gingerbread Holiday Fair!. Kids can meet Santa, too!  43 Jarvis Avenue.  Holyoke, MA.

9am-4pm – HOLIDAY WALK: Williamstown Holiday Walk happens with a craft fair, gingerbread house kid party, music, movie, toy collection and the famous Reindog Parade.  There will be an old fashioned penny social, an ugly art swap, Satna, and fun all over town. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

9am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: There will be a holiday craft and greens show featuring all local artisans today at the Alumni House!  There will be live music from Peter Blanchette.  The event benefits Habitat for Humanity!  Churchill Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9:30am and 11am – SANTA: Have breakfast with Santa Claus at Look Park!  Rudolph will be there, too.  Enjoy a sit down breakfast in the park’s Garden House and let Santa know what your Christmas wishes are.  Reservations recommended.  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

9:30am-3pm - KIDS’ WORKSHOPS: Amherst College hosts Splash today!  It’s a day full of workshops on topics ranging from applied history to Harry Potter; from a capella singing to making sushi. Educational opportunities abound.  College  Street.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

HO9:30am-4:30pm – CRAFT FAIR: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is hosting a huge holiday craft fair today!  There will be locally make gifts to peruse and purchase, a silent auction, gently used children’s book sale, and delicious food!  Takes place at Northampton High School.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-12Noon - STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus. Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am-1pm - FARMERS’ MARKET: The grand opening of the new season of the Amherst Winter Market is today!  Celebrate winter with something different this year- delicious, fresh, healthy, local food!  Farm education activities for kids, including butter making. Contra dance music will fill the air. Winter fresh produce will fill the stalls! Takes place at Amherst Middle School.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  (MARKET)

10am-2pm – POTLACH: The Cummington Village Congregational Church hosts their 5th annual Community Potlach today.  A potlach is a Native American tradition of giving- chiefs used to compete over being the most generous!  A modern potlach involves cleaning out your drawers and closets to find any and all gift quality items (new, barely used, etc.) you either never use or don’t want and bring them to share!  You can pick out items to gift during the holidays from others’ offerings and leave with a lighter and more useful load.  413-634-5508.  32 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2:30pm – SCIENCE: Learn how environmental scientists learn about climate from the plants and animals around us today at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.  You’ll also get to take a look at the Arcadia landscape and learn about how it changed over time due to glaciers, erosion, storms, etc.  This program is also an opportunity to earn a Girl Scout badge.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  127 Coombs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  ($)

10am-3pm – MYO CRAFTS & HOLIDAY FAIR: Both kids and adults today can create unique handmade holiday gifts and crafts today at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School’s Eco-craft Fair!  Materials are largely recycled or all-natural items, and activities include wreath making, decorating candles, mixing herbal teas, and creating hats and scarves from fleece.  The event also includes a book fair and local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their wares.  There will be live entertainment all day (including a performance from the school’s chorus!) and delicious homemade food is available.  413-268-3421.  132 Main Street.  Haydenville, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Craigieburn Farm today to meet alpacas!  The farm is having an open house all weekend.  Learn about some new animals and a unique type of farm.  You can also get great products made from alpaca wool!  413-253-4485.  243 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – CRAFTY RUMPUS: Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus Open House. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages with free art activities for children 3-12 years. Also musician Jay Mankita and Carrie Ferguson will perform. 413-773-1700. 71 Montague City Road. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Local artists are offering an opportunity to shop local and handmade- Westhampton’s RED Sale happens this weekend!  Items include paintings, pottery, and delicious treats!  Westhampton, MA.  (SALE)

10am-6pm - CRAFT FAIR: The Handmade Holiday Festival takes place today!  There will be 40 local artisans showcasing their wares- be sure to purchase locally handmade goods this season!  40 Melville Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

10:30am – MYO GINGERBREAD HOUSES: Make your own simple gingerbread house with graham crackers and snowy icing this morning at the Carnegie Library!  It’s an edible and holiday-themed study in architecture and design for kids.  413-863-3214.  201 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – CHILDRENS’ THEATER: Nutshell Playhouse presents Dance With a Clown at the New Stage Performing Arts Center!  Follow Ductionary (duck who knows all words), Encyclopoodle (dog who knows everything), and Taco Caramba (pirate parrot) on an exciting adventure!  413-212-1416.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (DONATION)

11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Holiday stories galore at the Stockbridge Library this morning.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon – MYO CRAFTS & HOLIDAY FAIR: Kids can make their own snowman holiday decorations this morning at the Whately Library’s holiday fair!  413-665-2170.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – HISTORY: Tour the Linwood House, a historic Berkshire home located on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum.  The home is beautifully decorated for the holidays!  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

11am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Visit Ashfield for a day of open studios and craft booths all over town!  Shop local for the holidays and buy great handmade products!  Routes 112 and 116.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-4pm – YULETIDE: Storrowton Village is dressed to the nines this holiday season!  Wreaths, garlands, and more donated by local businesses adorn every nook and cranny.  This weekend, you can visit the beautiful village and enjoy special holiday events.  There will be live music, caroling, a visit from Santa, ice carving, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, a petting zoo filled with farm animals, and more!  Celebrate the holidays and learn some history, too!  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

12noon - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Meet pop-up book artist Yevgeniya Yeretskaya at the Norman Rockwell Museum!  Learn how she creates her artwork and get a book signed.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is at the Springfield Museums today.  He’ll be in the Gingerbread Fantasy exhibit.  After you meet him, you can do crafts- lead by a helpful elf- and vote for your favorite gingerbread house.  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

1pm - DIY CRAFTS: Learn how to “recycle” everyday items and make them into stamps today at Owl and Raven!  BYO stamp-making stuff (old flip flops, sponges, etc.- anything with interesting shape or texture) and make holiday cards!  413-341-6494.  2 Conz Street #42 (Maplewood Shops).  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

1pm - FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT: Berkshire Music School presents a family holiday concert at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  The Sunshine Singers, Wintergreen, and Kids 4 Harmony will perform holiday music.  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – ORCHESTRA/HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra host a Holiday Family Festival with music, chorus and festive fun.  There will be a Musical Petting Zoo, MYO holiday decoration, and a visit from Santa.  There will be a collection for unwrapped toys for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.  Concert begins at 3pm.For kids 5yo and older. 413- 733-2291. Springfield Symphony Hall. 1350 Main St. Springfield, MA  ($$)

2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Watch “The Polar Express” this afternoon at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Read the book at home beforehand and talk about differences between the two after the movie- get your kids thinking about what makes a great movie!  413-572-1260.  48 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

2-4pm – HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG: Sing along to your favorite holiday carols this afternoon at the North Hadley Congregational Church alongside an accompaniment of piano, flute, and Celtic harp.  243 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

2-4pm -SANTA/CHRISTMAS: Visit Barrington Stage Company for an afternoon of holiday fun!  Santa will be paying the mainstage a visit, and Christmas movies will be screened in the theater!  You can also enjoy hot cocoa and cider.  Enjoy!  413-236-8888.  30 Union Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – SOLSTICE THEATER: Solstice, a puppetry piece to be performed at the UMass Fine Arts Center for the whole family. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA ($)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus, along with special guests the Boston City Singers, will perform a concert this afternoon to benefit the Amherst Survival Center.  Both groups are made up entirely of kids!  Takes place at the First Congregational Church.  165 Main Street.  Amherst, MA. 

4pm - FAMILY CONCERT: Williams College’s concert and chamber choirs, as well as the brass ensemble, will perform traditional carols and read the biblical Christmas story this afternoon at the annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols.  Begin your holidays with beautiful music!  Takes place at Thompson Memorial Chapel.  413-597-4277.  Hopkins Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season!  The park is lit up with tons of holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

4:30pm – TREE LIGHTING: Holiday tree lighting at Pulaski Park. Caroling with Mrs. Claus & Elves @ 4:30pm. Santa arrives by firetruck at 5pm. Cookies & hot cocoa. Sing along with the Hamp High Chorus. 413-587-1040. Pulaski Park, Route 9. Northampton, MA (FREE)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays!  There are tons of interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit.  Get in the holiday spirit!  413-733-3800.  Route 83.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

5:30pm – COMMUNITY CAROLING: Enjoy caroling and sleigh rides in the center of Williamsburg!  There will also be crafts, cider and cocoa, and treats.  Takes place on the Grange Hall Lawn.  Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

6-10pm – FAMILY NIGHT OUT: Dance the night away with Slippery Sneakers, a Zydeco dance band!  There will be delicious Cajun-style chili and desserts, and music and a dance lesson will start at 7.  Proceeds benefit Seeds of Solidarity’s youth and community programs.  978-544-9023.  6 Prospect Street.  Orange, MA.  ($)

6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: MN Spear Library’s monthly movie night features The Polar Express this month!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (<$)

7pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: Christmas at the Colonial Theatre is tonight!  The concert features local favorite Mary Verdi who will perform holiday music along with other local musicians and performers.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA ($)

7pm – CHORAL CONCERT: The Hilltown Choral Soceity presents a Christmas concert!  This is the group’s 55th year performing for the community.  Tonight’s concert is at the Hinsdale Congregational Church.  129 Maple Street.  Hinsdale, MA.  ($)

8pm – SOLSTICE THEATER: Solstice, a puppetry piece to be performed at the UMass Fine Arts Center for the whole family. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5pm – DINNER & CONCERT: Enjoy a delicious dinner at Elmer’s Store tonight, followed by a fantastic concert from Swing Caravan!  413-628-4003.  Routs 112 and 116.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

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Sunday, Dec 4th, 2011

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.

9am-4pm - HOLIDAY WALK: Williamstown Holiday Walk happens with a craft fair, pancake breakfast, concert with David Grover, caroling and a tree lighting. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

9:30am – 5K/FAMILY WALK: The annual Hot Chocolate Run takes place this morning!  The event benefits Safe Passage, a nonprofit that provides resources for victims of domestic violence in Hampshire County.  There is a 2 mile walk beginning at 9:30 and a 5k run at 10.  Pre-registration recommended- visit Northampton Running Company (King Street).  Old South Street and Hampton Avenue.  Northampton, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9:30am-4:30pm – CRAFT FAIR: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is hosting a huge holiday craft fair today!  There will be locally make gifts to peruse and purchase, a silent auction, gently used children’s book sale, and delicious food!  Takes place at Northampton High School.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-3pm – MYO CRAFTS: Exercise your creativity today at the Make-and-Take Craft Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Montague Grange.  The event features gifts you can make yourself, as well as handcrafted items to purchase as part of your holiday shopping.  Activities include decorating glass ornaments and rolling colored beeswax candles!  413-367-0042.  31 Main Street.  Montague, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Craigieburn Farm today to meet alpacas!  The farm is having an open house all weekend.  Learn about some new animals and a unique type of farm.  You can also get great products made from alpaca wool!  413-253-4485.  243 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Local artists are offering an opportunity to shop local and handmade- Westhampton’s RED Sale happens this weekend!  Items include paintings, pottery, and delicious treats!  Westhampton, MA.  (SALE)

11am-2pm - CRAFT FAIR: Visit Ashfield for a day of open studios and craft booths all over town!  Shop local for the holidays and buy great handmade products!  Routes 112 and 116.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – HOLIDAYS & HISTORY: Meet Scrooge himself today at the Dewey House!  They’re hosting a Wassail Party and open house- explore the historic building and celebrate the holidays.  87 South Maple Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-3pm – HISTORY: Tour the Linwood House, a historic Berkshire home located on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum.  The home is beautifully decorated for the holidays!  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

11am-4pm – YULETIDE: Storrowton Village is dressed to the nines this holiday season!  Wreaths, garlands, and more donated by local businesses adorn every nook and cranny.  This weekend, you can visit the beautiful village and enjoy special holiday events.  There will be live music, caroling, a visit from Santa, ice carving, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, a petting zoo filled with farm animals, and more!  Celebrate the holidays and learn some history, too!  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

12noon-2pm - HOLIDAY WALK: Main Street at Christmas in the village of Stockbridge with antique cars, entertainment, Santa and holiday tunes. 413-298-5200. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is at the Springfield Museums today!  He’ll be in the Gingerbread Fantasy exhibit.  After you meet him, you can do crafts- lead by a helpful elf- and vote for your favorite gingerbread house!  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

1pm - MEET THE AUTHOR: Children’s author Barney Saltzberg will be at the Eric Carle Museum today!  Hear stories and songs from and about his books, and learn about how he creates stories!  Craft activity for kids afterwards.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

2pm – MUSICAL: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical comes to the Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South St. Pittsfield, MA ($)

2-4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Enjoy some time to do simple holiday crafts, then hear Lui Collins perform childrens’ music at 3!  Proceeds from the concert benefit the Ashfield FilmFest’s Camera Fund.  Takes place at the Ashfield Congregational Church.  413-369-4700.  Route 116  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

3pm – FAMILY THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Company presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the New Stage Performing Arts Center!  Fun for the whole family.  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

3:30pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See a performance of “A Merry Nutcracker Tea” at the Gilded Age Museum!  A Victorian tea will follow.  The show features dancers from Pittsfield’s American Dance Institute Ensemble.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

3:30-5pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Best-selling author Anita Diamant will speak today about navigating the Christmas/Hannukah dilemma for Jewish and interfaith parents.  413-737-4313.  253 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4pm - CHORAL CONCERT: The Hilltown Choral Society presents a Christmas concert for the community this afternoon at the Plainfield Congregational Church!  Church Lane.  Plainfield, MA.  ($)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Williams College’s concert and chamber choirs, as well as the brass ensemble, will perform traditional carols and read the biblical Christmas story this afternoon at the annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols.  Begin your holidays with beautiful music!  Takes place at Thompson Memorial Chapel.  413-597-4277.  Hopkins Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

4pm and 7:30pm – VESPERS: Visit Mt. Holyoke College for their annual vespers service.  The college’s glee club, jass ensemble, choir, and handbell choir will perform, and there will be carols and a candlelight chant.  Abbey Memorial Chapel.  College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season!  The park is lit up with tons of holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

6pm – SANTA: Tree lighting and Santa by fire truck at Veterans Memorial Park. Photos and refreshments. Lenox Dale, MA (FREE)

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Monday, Dec 5th, 2011

10:30am – HANNUKAH CRAFT: Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to do Hannukah-themed crafts and enjoy Hannukah music together!  Takes place at the Church on the Hill Chapel.  413-442-4360.  55 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – ART: The East Longmeadow Library hosts The Great Create, an opportunity for kids in grades 3-6 to learn art techniques and try out new materials!  Registration required.  413-525-5400.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – SING-A-LONG: Community sing-a-long at the Westhampton Library!  Bring a copy of “Rise up Singing” if you’ve got one.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – DOCUMENTARY: The documentary Miss Representation will be shown at Images Cinema tonight, followed by panel discussion with Gail Cariddi and Carrie Saldo. The film addresses how misrepresentation of women within the media has lead to under representation (and skewed representation) of women in positions of power and influence. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA (>$)

EVERY MONDAY

  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and learn this morning at Broad Brook Playground, hosted by the Family Resource Center. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning. Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library! Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more! 978-544-2495. 49 East Main Street. Orange, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE DANCE: Johnny-Jump-Ups creative dance for kids 6-8yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Practicing improvisation, making dances and learning choreography. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 19th. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2011

7-8:30pm – SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAYS: Be part of a community conversation on creating a less stressful and more sustainable holiday season!  Discuss simple gifts, wrappings, decorations, and traditions at the Shelburne Senior Center.  413-625-2502.  7 Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm - AFRICAN MUSIC: The Five College West African Music Ensembles perform Adjogbo, a work combining drumming, dancing, poetry, and singing.  Learn about African cultures!  The performance takes place at Mt. Holyoke College’s Chapin Auditorium.  College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

EVERY TUESDAY

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am - TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm - LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  •  9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm - NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2011

10am – STORYTIME: The Westhampton Library hosts story and craft time for kids, and offers parents a chance to have some coffee and chat while the kids are entertained!  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – MYO CRAFT: Make a Lemon Pomander at the Pine Point Branch Library. Kids 6-12yo and learn about the history of this seasonal craft, and make one to give or keep. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

4:30-6:30pm - TOYS FOR TOTS: State Senator Ben Downing is hosting an open house tonight to collect donations for Toys for Tots!  Celebrate the holidays with the senator and his staff, and bring a new, unwrapped toy for a kid of any age to donate… and allow us to suggest your toy donation be supportive of creative free play! 617-722-1625.  7 North Street, Suite 307.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-6:30pm – ZUMBA: Parents and teens ca get some exercise at a free zumba class!  It’s great fun- you get to dance your heart out, and work off some stress, too!  Takes place in the gym at Hadley Elementary School.  21 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: Willams College’s Susan Engel, a professor of psychology specializing in children, will give a talk at the Milne Library tonight.  Engel will discuss how to tell what traits your child will have for life and what they may turn out like when they are older.  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

7pm - EDIBLE EDUCATION: What is edible education?  Find out tonight at Simon’s Rock College, for the final installment of a series of lecture screenings about the food movement.  Tonight’s screenings is a lecture from Alice Waters, a leader in the movement who developed a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom at a Berkley, CA middle school.  413-528-0041.  85 Alford Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – FATHERS: Join other fathers (with kids of any age!) tonight for the Fatherhood Journey- a mix of structured and unstructured discussion, skill building, and experience sharing at Cup and Top Cafe- refreshments included!. 413-887-9380.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

EVERY WEDNESDAY

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School! There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5. There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library! 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour! Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 3:30-4:15pm: CREATIVE DANCE: Green Leaves creative dance for kids 3-5yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. An introduction to dance concepts, body & spatial awareness, dancing with music and with each other. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4-5pm: CREATIVE/CONTEMPORARY DANCE: The Big Cats creative dance and contemporary technique for kids 9-12yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance, developing improvisation & choreography skills. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies. Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Dec 8th, 2011

Bement School8:30-10:30am – OPEN HOUSE: Bement School Kindergarten Open House. 413-774-7061. 94 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA (FREE)

11am-5pm – HOLIDAYS: Walk through a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Festival of Giving Trees!  The Pioneer Valley Christian School hosts this event, which is a fundraiser for the East Longmeadow food pantry and the school.  413-525-7866.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

5-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Springfield Museums host Culture and Cocktails- a chance for adults to enjoy the museums kid-free.  You can see a planetarium show, tour the special gingerbread house exhibition (and maybe make your own), and take silly pictures with Santa… all while enjoying a tasty drink!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

7-8pm – COLLEGE: A representative from CollegeAccess will be at the Jones Library to provide information to parents and students on the college application process and applying for financial aid.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

EVERY THURSDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9:30-11am - SUPPORT GROUP:The Amherst Family Center hosts a family support group! There is childcare for kids under 6, a well as snacks, and parents can meet and talk with other parents in a supportive, positive environment. There will be occasional guest speakers, as well as field trips, crafts, poetry, and more! There is free transportation available from Northampton. 413-834-3344. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PreK kids welcomed to join Tom Carrol and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library (through 12/29). 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour! 39 Main Street. 413-247-9097. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more! 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

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Friday, Dec 9th, 2011

11am-5pm – HOLIDAYS: Walk through a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Festival of Giving Trees!  The Pioneer Valley Christian School hosts this event, which is a fundraiser for the East Longmeadow food pantry and the school.  413-525-7866.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

1:45pm – GINGERBREAD: Winterland of Gingerbread, an event open to all families, happens at the Greenfield Public Library.  Families can bring their homemade gingerbread houses and add it to the community winter village of gingerbread houses, or they can come and check out all the creative culinary delights other families have made. Must register. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

4pm and 7:30pm – NUTCRACKER: The Pioneer Valley Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music!  This classic ballet is beautiful and enchanting- kids of all ages will love it.  413-584-9032.  Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

4-8pm – SANTA: Take a ride on Santa’s train at Look Park begins tonight and runs through Dec 23rd.  Also running on 12/24 from 12non-4pm! Meet Santa in his workshop and enjoy a ride through a magical winter wonderland. Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there too. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

4-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Smith College Museum of Art is free to all for this month’s Second Friday!  There will be hands-on art making for all ages from 4-6, and at 6 there will be an opportunity for visitors to look at and think about art together.  Great way to expose your kids to art appreciation!  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season! The park is lit up with holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays! There many interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit. Get in the holiday spirit! 413-733-3800. Route 83. Springfield, MA. ($)

6:30-8:30pm – GAME NIGHT: The Old Creamery Co-op will host n intergenerational game night.  Bring your favorite games, or play with what other’s have brought, and chase the dark winter nights away with friends and neighbors. 413-634-5560. 445 Berkshire Trail. Cummington, MA (FREE)

7pm – STORYTELLING: The East Village Cafe hosts a Story Slam tonight!  Everyone will get a chance to share a story, and you’ll get to hear great tales.  The theme for the night is beginnings.  413-527-1721.  39 Union Street.  Easthampton, MA.  ($)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Company presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the New Stage Performing Arts Center!  Fun for the whole family.  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See “Welcome Yule” tonight, a show full of music and dance to drive the dark away!  Fun for the whole family.  Takes place at the Shea Theater.  413-863-2281.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

8pm – SOLSTICE THEATER: Solstice, a puppetry piece to be performed at the UMass Fine Arts Center for the whole family. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA ($)

EVERY FRIDAY

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup! Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities! 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am - SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library! 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5. 413-23-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon!  Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure!  413-625-2782.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am - COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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1 Comment

  1. Janet Street said,

    December 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Hilltown Families!

    This is just a reminder–only four days left to make a pledge and receive one of the first ever Easy Keepers bendable horse toys on Kickstarter. We’re raising funds to start manufacturing these toys locally with eco-friendly materials. Orders on Kickstarter come with a barn and free shipping. Thanks your supporting our community and non-commercial toys. http://kck.st/uL6WK9


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