Suggested Events for May 5th-11th, 2012

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

Youth artisans can participate in the Kids-Made Crafts Bazaar happening at the Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival next  Saturday, May 12th at the Cummington Fairgrounds. The Kids-Made Craft Bazaar allows children to participate directly in the Festival, rewards them for their creativity, and gives them some real-world experience showing and selling their work. Click on image to find out more!

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Saturday, May 5th from 11am-3pm in Berkshire Co. – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the tradition of sheep shearing and fiber arts at the annual Sheep to Shawl festival, hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill.  The event features sheep shearing and herding, and will also include a chance for visitors to learn how wool goes from clippings to clothes.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

Saturday, May 5th at 1pm in Hampshire Co. – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents Elizabeth Mitchell at the Eric Carle Museum!  A beloved children’s musician, Elizabeth Mitchell plays music that is beautiful, uplifting, and entertaining for the whole family.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

Saturday, May 5th from 1-3pm in Hampden Co.  – HISTORY: Enjoy a traditional Victorian tea and learn about etiquette at the Wistariahurst Museum!  Families can learn proper table manners, how to plan table conversation, and enjoy tea and treats.  413-522-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

Saturday, May 5th from 4-7pm in Franklin Co. – ART WALK: Stroll through downtown Shelburne Falls and see work made by dozens of local artists and artisans, all while enjoying the gorgeous bridge of flowers and views of the potholes!  Art Under the Stars is a unique opportunity to explore and see what’s being created locally.  Follow the shoes to guide you through the art walk, or create your own path.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, May 6th from 11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Travel back to medieval times today at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual Renaissance Festival!  There will be fun for the whole family – great food, games, demonstrations, performances, etc.  Learning opportunities abound, too!  Kids can learn about medieval food, dress, traditions, speech, and more.  Takes place at the meadow at UMass.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Hilltown CDC’s 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival will be on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-7pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Entertainment will include live music, workshops, artists & artisans, local food, family contra-dance, kids-made craft bazaar, Maypole, Morris Dancers, and much more!

Saturday, May 12th from 10am-7pm – SPRING FESTIVAL:   Hilltown CDC has a fabulous lineup of local and regional musical favorites to perform again this year at the 6th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival!  There will be a family concert with Mister G at 11:15am and Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at 2pm. Also on the stage will be The Primate Fiasco, Misty Blues, The Boxcar Lilies, AstroBeast, Who’da Funkit, Lui Collins and Tony Vacca! There will also be a Maypole dance, Morris Dancers, Pachamama Puppets on the lawn, kids-made craft bazaar, music workshops, family contra dance, local food vendors, artisans and businesses.  Proceeds benefit the social service and elder support programs of Hilltown CDC. 413-296-4536 x112 Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington, MA (>$)

Saturday, May 12th from 1-5pm – MUSIC WORKSHOPS: In addition to a great line up of live music on two stages, the Hilltown Spring Festival will feature four interactive music workshops for all ages. At 1 PM, Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots will lead an intergenerational, interactive Afro-Caribbean song and drum workshop featuring music from Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico. At 2 PM, percussionist Tony Vacca will lead a hands-on session. Learn to play a “World Music” percussion composition by listening and playing back what you hear.  At 3 PM, singer and teacher Lui Collins will lead a Family Music Jam!  And at 4 PM, in a hands-on workshop, families can make a wooden “harmonica” and a wacky, found-object drum set with percussionist Scott Kessel from the band Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.  413-296-4536 x112 Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington, MA (FREE w/festival entrance)

Saturday, May 12th from 5-7pm - FAMILY CONTRA-DANCE: New this year at the Hilltown Spring Festival is a family contra-dance featuring The Gaslight Tinkers, a new group that includes Peter Siegel and Zoe Darrow. They describe their music as “Afrobeat, Caribbean, breakbeat, funk, and latin grooves meet traditional Northern Fiddle. It’s the future of the music of the past; it’s a live remix; it’ll move your feet and intrigue your mind.” Steve Howland will be the caller. 413-296-4536 x112 Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington, MA (>$, kids 12yo & under FREE)


BULLETIN BOARD

sarahpirtle.com/JourneyCamp.htmSUMMER CAMP: Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The unique camp offers a supportive atmosphere where it’s easy to make friends as campers explore nature, dramatics, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Director Sarah Pirtle, founder of Journey Camp, has won numerous awards for her books & music for children. SESSION ONE, boys & girls ages 7-13, July 2-6, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. HILLTOWN JOURNEY CAMP, boys & girls ages 7-13, July 16-20, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. MOONSEED TEEN LEADERSHIP FOR GIRLS, ages 12-18, July 30-Aug. 2, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. GIRLS WEEKS, ages 7-13, Aug. 6-10 & Aug. 13-17, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com.

CHILD CARE: Jennifer Van Beckum writes, “There is currently an opening in the Waldorf Childcare Program which I offer in my home in Florence on Mon. and Tues., 1/2 or full day.  The program is based on routine and rhythm, which provide the children with a sense of security. During circle time, the children learn songs, rhymes and finger games.  Favorite activities include bread-baking, watercolor painting and gardening. Warm, home-made snack and lunch provided. There is plenty of time for play, indoors and out. I have 20 years of experience working in Waldorf early childhood programs. References available upon request. For more info., contact Jennifer Van Beckum at 413-586-0596 or javanbeckum@iglide.net.”

CELEBRATING MOTHER’S: Arts Night Out: A Mother’s Day Celebration! Music, art & poetry about motherhood at Northampton Arts Night Out in Thornes Marketplace (2nd Level) on Friday, May 11th from 5-8pm. Come join The Nields as they perform songs from their new CD, The Full Catastrophe. Event to include a curated show of local artists (Donna Estabrooks, Robin Freedenfeld, Katy Schneider and others), poets (Amy Dryansky, Liz Friedman and others) and writers (Avi Nathman, Karen Bayne and others) honoring mothers and their contribution to the arts. Food by Paul & Elizabeth’s. Sponsored by Impish and MotherWoman.

FILM FESTIVAL: Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series season Finale, Sat. May 5, 7 pm, presents new comedy “The Perfect Family” (PG) starring Kathleen Turner. Plus inspiration for LGBT youth: “Being Successful AND Being Yourself,” prominent leaders including Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Amherst College Pres. Biddy Martin, will talk about their successful careers and being publicly out as LGBT. Northampton High School, 380 Elm St. After Party follows (21+) at Diva’s, Northampton, catered hors d’oeuvres, dancing. “The Perfect Family“: a devout Catholic mother struggles with homophobia: her daughter is lesbian and about to marry her partner. Very funny, heartfelt story about love and acceptance healing a family. A film everyone can enjoy. Tickets/Trailer: OutForReel.org

“Hilltown Families continues to be my go to place for family events. I really appreciated the organized list of summer camps.” – Dawn Cordeiro (Holyoke, MA)

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too!

RECYCLED RHYTHMS WORKSHOP: A Recycled Rhythms Workshop with percussionist Scott Kessel from the band Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will take place at 4pm as part of the Hilltown Spring Festival next Sat., May 12th. Some supplies are needed for this workshop, and you can help. Supplies include any recycled item that is not sharp or dirty, such as tin cans, plastic jugs, yogurt cups, spring water bottles, small cardboard boxes.  Instead of taking your recycling to the transfer station, save your washed recyclable cans, jugs, bottles and boxes and bring them to Hilltown CDC or to the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 12. In this hands-on workshop kids will recycle rhythms from around the world into beats of our own into a recycled band!  This workshop is ideal for 7-11yo kids. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (FREE w/entrance)

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USED CLOTHING SALE: S. A. Lewis writes, “Gently used clothing sale to benefit the Friends of Westhampton Public Library to be held on Sat., June 23 from 10AM- 3PM. Accepting donations of Women’s, Men’s & children’s clothing. No tears, stains, missing or broken zippers/buttons. Especially looking for Women’s: Dresses, suits, skirts, jackets. Men’s: Suits, shorts, summer shirts, Children’s: All ages dress clothes and everyday clothes. No accessories, shoes, or boots.  Drop off times at Westhampton Public Library: Thursdays May 17 & 31, June 7 & 21 at 3-6pm  Also looking for hangers and paper bags. Volunteers are needed, for sorting and organizing. Great opportunity for teenagers looking to do community service projects. Please call Bev Montague at 413-527-1068 to set up schedules.”


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May 5th-11th, 2012

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012

“Hilltown Families has provided us with a place to find events, read thought provoking articles, and linked us to local resources. I love this website! Thanks so much!” – Melissa Power-Greene (Northampton, MA)

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: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – This week is the Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra from Moona Luna.  Moona Luna is the family music project of New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera.  – 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.

7:30am – 1:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for locally grown and/or produced foods at the Amherst Farmers’ Market!  Takes place on the Town Common.  Amherst, MA.  (MARKET) ♦

7am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Northampton Farmers Market begins today!  Peruse tons of locally grown and produced foods – healthy, delicious, and from a farm very close to you!  Gothic Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

8am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Easthampton Development & Industrial Commission and The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce are organizing a community clean up & recycling day.  Families can work together to help clean up the trash and debris in the downtown area, Rail Trail, Millside Park and banks of the Nashawan Nuck Pond.  Bring rakes, shovels, brush cutters & gloves and share with your kids the opportunity to participate in civic pride as you help your community shine! Meet at the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce Office.  413-527-9414. 33 Union Street. Easthampton, MA (VOLUNTEER)

8-10am – NATURE STUDIES: Learn about the birds and flowers that inhabit the lands around you!  Dress for trail walking, and get ready to learn!  Meet at the 4H parking lot.  Sponsored by the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Western Massachusetts Science and Sustainability Expo takes place today at Greenfield Community College!  The event includes a showcase of local educators’ projects, students’ submissions to the Green Dollhouse and Kid Wind engineering and design competitions, as well as information on local sustainability initiatives, science resources, and more!  413-259-1658.  College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm – MAY DAY: If you missed out on May Day celebrations due to drizzly weather, celebrate today!  The Cushman Scott Children’s Center is hosting a community celebration, complete with Morris dancers, a maypole, pancakes for breakfast, kids’ crafts and activities, and more!  413-549-1167.  71 Henry Street.  Amherst, MA.

9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Families can volunteer their time together to help Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary prepare for the season!  There are many different projects to do, and volunteers of all abilities will be occupied.  Tools and pizza lunch provided!  Registration requested.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-2pm – BOOK & PLANT SALE: Books and plants galore!  Expand your library and your garden.  Pitcher Street and Main Road.  Montgomery, MA.  (SALE)

9:30-11am – FARM ADVENTURE: It’s Family Day at Red Gate Farm!  This month’s theme is chickens- how do they eat?  Where do they sleep? Why do their legs look like dinosaurs?  Learn all this and more this morning at the farm!  Registration required.  413-625-9503.  4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  ($)

9:30am-12:30pm – BOOK & PLANT SALE: The Greenfield Public Library is holding it’s annual plant sale on their front lawn.  Have questions about gardening? Master gardeners will be there to answer your questions.  And while you’re there, pick up a book or two from their annual book sale (which officially begins the day before). 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (SALE)

9:30-4pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s annual walk takes place today, beginning at Look Park!  Families can join as a team, or walk alone to help raise money for MS research, advocacy, and education.  781-890-4990.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

10am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help the Starseed Sanctuary clean up its stream from the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, and learn about and acknowledge the effects of climate change in your local environment.  The event will also include a walk to Blackbrook Road, which has been washed out since the storm.  Participants will be able to help the sanctuary work to restore its grounds, and will learn about respecting the environment.  413-743-0417.  672 Chapel Way.  Savoy, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

10am – MOVIE: See a Sensory Sensitive screening of “Chimpanzee,” a documentary about a baby chimp named Oscar, and his adventures building family bonds and learning to navigate through life.  “Sensory Sensitive” means that the screening will be presented so that those sensitive to dramatic sounds or drastic changes in light will not be affected – sound will be kept low and the lights will be left on.  Takes place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go for a hike to a historic stone chamber!  The exploration is sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Institute at GCC, and will lead families through the woods to a unique historic location.  E-mail pvi@gcc.mass.edu for directions.  Goshen, MA.  (<$)

10-10:45 or 11-11:45am – IRISH DANCE CLASS: Interested in learning Celtic dance?  Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance is offering free trial lessons this morning!  Kids ages 4-6 can try out a lesson from 10-10:45, and kids 7+ can visit between 11 and 11:45.  Learn about traditional dances just for fun, or begin a new hobby!  413-475-3353.  267 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Do a craft and see a magic show with the Amherst Family Center!  Kids can decorate their very own pot, then plant a seedling in it to care for themselves.  Then, at 11am, there will be a fun and exciting magic show with magician Fran Ferry!  (Fran will need kids as assistants, too!)  Takes place at the UMass Student Union.  1 Campus Center Drive.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

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 – LITERACY FAIR: Community Action Family Center Programs’ Children’s Festival and Literacy Fair at Deerfield Elementary School for children 0-8 years and their families. Includes family concert with Roger Tincknell, a teacup auction fundraiser, student athletes from Frontier reading books to children, family book swap (bring a book, take a book), So. Deerfield fire dept. truck, and more! 413-665-8928. 21 Pleasant St. Deerfield, MA (FREE)

10am-2pm – SAFETY: The Roots Learning Center is hosting a safety day for families!  There will be car seat checks, child identification kits, and the Westfield Fire Department will be on hand to teach kids about safety in emergency situations and, of course, to show off their fire engines.  Kids can get their faces painted and do other fun activities.  217 Root Road.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm - GIRL SCOUTS: Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts!  The Big Event – the group’s official birthday celebration – takes place at UMass’ Mullins Center today, and includes tons of fun activities and learning opportunities for the community, scouts or not.  Highlights of the day include a parade of Girl Scout uniforms from the past century, a chance to meet astronaut Cady Coleman, performances of all kinds, and fun learning activities involving engineering (miniature boat building), geography (map reading skills), biology (bone identification), and more!  200 Commonwealth Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Northfield’s History Day is today!  From 10am-12noon, visit the official opening of the Northfield Library’s new local history and genealogy room, then from 10am-3pm visit the Northfield Historical Society to learn about the history of Northfield businesses!  Great way to learn about community resources, and to learn about how the local community was shaped.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: The Goshen Free Library hosts storytime on the first Saturday of each month!  413-268-7033.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

11am – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Moosic happens at the Tilton Library.  John Blunt shares music and song on his guitar while Children’s Librarian, Julie Cavacco, reads to their young audience. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main St., South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

11am – PUPPET SHOW: Janet McKinstry performs a family show for Spectrum Playhouse’s Family First Saturday!  The show takes place at the Congregational Church of Lee.  25 Park Place.  Lee, MA.  (<$)

11am-1pm – PREGNANCY: Meet the Doulas at the Chicopee Library. This is a perfect opportunity for families birthing at Baystate, Mercy, Holyoke, Cooley-Dickinson, and other area hospitals – or planning homebirths – to connect with birth professionals and meet other pregnant families. Bring your partner, family, and pregnant friends. 449 Front St. Chicopee, MA (FREE)

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the tradition of sheep shearing and fiber arts at the annual Sheep to Shawl festival, hosted by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill.  The event features sheep shearing and herding, and will also include a chance for visitors to learn how wool goes from clippings to clothes.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

11am-3pm – YARN BOMBING: Yarn bomb the Storrs Library today! Yarn bombing, a recently growing craze, is when knitters create flat knit pieces and use them to cover things like lamp posts, fences, railings, etc. Today, the Storrs Library invites kids to cover their book carts with their own handmade yarn bombs. Kids can practice their knitting and/or crocheting skills and will get to share their creations with the community! Call to register. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

12noon-7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Twasa Monks from Gaden Jangtse Monastery, located in southern India, will create a sand mandala at Hart Yoga today!  The mandala, traditionally created as a tool for enlightenment, will be created to bring healing to the area after the effects of Hurricane Irene.  After being created, the mandala will be destroyed, and the sand released into the Deerfield River.  Learn about the creation process, and the mandala’s place in Indian culture!  1 Ashfield Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

12:30-6:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Bluegrass Barbecue takes place today at the Pines Theater at Look Park!  The event includes a bluegrass fiddle contest, open to all, and great for entertainment!  There will also be live bluegrass performances from popular groups.  Proceeds benefit Alternative Cancer Therapies in the Pioneer Valley.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($)

1pm – CONCERT: Moonshine Holler will be playing hillbilly blues and dancing music at the Mason Library. Bring the family for some old time traditional live music at the library! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents Elizabeth Mitchell at the Eric Carle Museum!  A beloved children’s musician, Elizabeth Mitchell plays music that is beautiful, uplifting, and entertaining for the whole family.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1pm - PLANT SWAP: Got green thumbs?  Don’t sit around and twiddle them – go to a plant swap!  Bring plants and other garden-related stuff (seeds, pots, tools, etc.) to trade with other growers.  Great way for budding gardeners to learn about and grow new plants!  Takes place at the Meekins Library.  2 Williams Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

1-3pm - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn about food harvesting and foraging for food in Berkshire County!  Where the Wild Things Are is a series of workshops hosted by Berkshire Farm to Table – each weekend, there are events at different locations throughout the area.  Kids 8 and older can attend to learn about foods native to the area, and how and when to find them.  Registration required 48 hours prior to event.  Today’s workshop takes place at the Money Brook Trail..  413-458-0123.  Williamstown, MA.  ($$)

1-3pm – HISTORY: Enjoy a traditional Victorian tea and learn about etiquette at the Wistariahurst Museum!  Families can learn proper table manners, how to plan table conversation, and enjoy tea and treats.  413-522-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

2pm – THEATER:  Nessacus Middle School presents the “Getting to Know” version of “Once Upon a Mattress.”   This fun and whimsical musical based on the story of the Princess and the Pea is appropriate for families of all ages. The “Getting to Know” version of the musical is a Middle School appropriate version of the smash hit that launched Carol Burnett’s career in the 1960’s.  Dalton, MA ($)

3pm – ARCHITECTURE/HISTORY: May is National Preservation Month!  Historic Deerfield is hosting tours focused on the architecture of the buildings that make up the museum, paired with a discussion of the buildings’ locations and important history.  Learn about early New England architecture, and how the style reflected the culture of the time!  413-775-7127. 80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

4-7pm – ART WALK: Stroll through downtown Shelburne Falls and see work made by dozens of local artists and artisans, all while enjoying the gorgeous bridge of flowers and views of the potholes!  Art Under the Stars is a unique opportunity to explore and see what’s being created locally.  Follow the shoes to guide you through the art walk, or create your own path.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon!  Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks.  Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics!  413-586-1611.  57 King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

7pm – FILM SCREENING: Tonight is the last screening in the Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series!  Tonight’s screening is “The Perfect Family,” a comedy about a mother trying to win the Catholic Woman of the Year award – however, her efforts require covering up a lot of family stories  with a lesbian daughter and her own homophobia.  Event includes a special speakers panel for LGBT youth, “Becoming Successful AND Being Yourself”.  Following the movie is an after party to celebrate the end of this year’s screenings.  Takes place at Northampton High School.  380 Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents Fiddler on the Roof!  The musical is about life in a Jewish Russian peasant village during the pogroms (during the early 20th century).  Great supplement to studies of Jewish history.  413-529-3434.  18 Payson Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7:30pm – CONCERT: See Finest Kind, renowned folk music performers from Ottawa, in concert at Ashfield Community Hall!  The group’s harmony singing and vocal arrangements bring a new angle to traditional folk songs.  521 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

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Sunday, May 6th, 2012

“There’s so many nice things to do with my family here that would otherwise go unadvertised. Hilltown Families is such a great resource for keeping my kids entertained so we can have fun together!” – Wendy LaPointe (Gill, MA)

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.

8-9am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: On Sundays in May, the Forbes Library is hosting community bird walks!  Participants can meet at the front door of the library, and adventure through the Smith College Campus and around Paradise Pond.  Kids can spot birds, and get help identifying their markings and songs.  Bring binoculars!  413-587-1017.  50 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm - COMMUNITY SERVICE: It’s trail maintenance day in Leverett!  Help out the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust by clearing debris and helping prep trails for the season’s use.  E-mail info@rattlesnakeguttertrust.org for details.  Leverett, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9:30am – ROAD RACE: The annual May Day Race, hosted by the Dalton CRA, is today – run your heart out!  There are three options – a 10k race, a 5k race, and “Obstacles and Popsicles,” a fun race just for kiddos (those who aren’t runners, that it – any kid who can run a 5k is welcome to register!).  Register before the race or the day of.  Begins at Nessacus Middle School.  35 Fox Drive.  Dalton, MA.  ($$)

9:30am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend the day climbing, jumping, and balancing on the ropes course at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center!  The Spring Ropes Course Fun Day is today – families of all ages and abilities will find activities to participate it, and it’s a great cooperation exercise and bonding experience!  Call to register.  413-541-1445.  65 Wentworth Drive.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

10am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum is a great place for families to visit!  The museum has lengthened hours on the weekend, and it’s full of fun exhibits for kids to explore and learn from!  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  ($)  ♦

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn about food harvesting and foraging for food in Berkshire County!  Where the Wild Things Are is a series of workshops hosted by Berkshire Farm to Table – each weekend, there are events at different locations throughout the area.  Kids 8 and older can attend to learn about foods native to the area, and how and when to find them.  Registration required 48 hours prior to event.  Today’s workshop takes place at Cole Field.  413-458-0123.  Stetson Road. Williamstown, MA.  ($$)

11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Travel back to medieval times today at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual Renaissance Festival!  There will be fun for the whole family – great food, games, demonstrations, performances, etc.  Learning opportunities abound, too!  Kids can learn about medieval food, dress, traditions, speech, and more.  Takes place at the meadow at UMass.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11am-4pm – BOOK SALE: Find great books at the League of Women Voters’ annual book sale on the Amherst Town Common!  Takes place all weekend rain or shine.  North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (SALE)

11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own!  413-664-4481.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦ 

1pm - COMMUNITY CONCERT: Strings players from all over the Greenfield area present a concert at Greenfield High School!  The event is organized by ArtSpace, a community arts and music organization and studio.  Support strings programs and performances in the community!  413-772-6811.  141 David Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION)

1pm – ART: Beads, Bisque, and Beyond hosts a weekly art session for kids!  Kids’ Club gives kids an opportunity to exercise their creativity and to experiment with new mediums, like yarn painting, bubble painting, clay modeling, and more!  413-442-9300.  141 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($) ♦

2pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn all about the fandango, a traditional flamenco dance, at Shutesbury Elementary School!  Local illustrator Micha Archer is launching the book Lola’s Fandango, and the event will include a hands-on art project, a look at the book, and flamenco dance and music from the Ines Arrubla Flamenco Dance Theater!  413-259-1212.  West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

3-5pm – HISTORY: Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an afternoon of civil rights history!  The event begins with a tour of the gallery show, “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” where kids can see art telling the story of the experiences of players in the segregated negro baseball league.  Then, Ray Elliot, a WWII veteran of the segregated Army Air Corps will speak about the “Double Victory” movement, the purpose of which was to support the end of fascism abroad and discrimination in the United States.  Best for slightly older students, the event pairs well with studies of American History and civil and human rights.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

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Monday, May 7th, 2012

12:30-1:30pm – HEALTH: The Palmer-Munson Family Network is offering a health and fitness time for families!  The event starts with a 30-minute Zumbatomic class, a fun dance-themed exercise class that’s totally fun.  Afterward, there’s a hands-on healthy snack making activity.  Kids can learn about healthy eating and get some great exercise!  Registration required.  413-238-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Greenfield Center School is screening Game Over, a movie about the video game industry and violence in video games, as part of its film series titled, “Raising Healthy Kids in a Media Saturated World.”  Discussion will follow the film, and the event is meant to spark dialogue about the topic within the community.  413-773-1700.  71 Montague City Road.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – SING-A-LONG: Take part in a community sing-a-long at the Westhampton Library!  Have an instrument?  Bring it along!  If you’ve got a copy of Rise up Singing, take that, too.  Open to all ages and abilities.  413-527-5286.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:15-11:15am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Berkshire Trail Preschool! Main Street. Cummington, 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)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: The Meekins Library is now offering a facilitate playgroup every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month! The playgroup will include arts & crafts, story time, and other fun activities for kids and their grown-ups! 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

MONDAY STORYTIMES

  • 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)

MONDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

MONDAY ONGOING

  • 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)
  • 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, May 8th, 2012

6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Bring a potluck dinner and learn about how the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 affected towns in the Pioneer Valley.  The strike began in mills in Lowell, and spread across New England.  Workshop begins at 7:30.  Sponsored by the Williamsburg Historical Society, the event takes place at the Williamsburg Church.  4 North Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (<$)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Worried about getting your kids to sleep enough, setting a bedtime routine, or making sure that you, the parent, are sleeping enough?  The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop with Allison Morrissey, LICSW, on all topics related to kids/families and sleep!  Childcare available by request.  Call to register.  Takes place at the United Church of Ware.  413-586-4998 ex. 102.  49 Church Street.  Ware, MA.  (FREE)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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) ♦

TUESDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Little Ones Library Time. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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: Toddler storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For pre-schoolers and toddlers at the Lanesborough Public Library. 413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, 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)

TUESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

TUESDAY ONGOING

  • 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) ♦
  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45-11:15am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Amherst Family Center hosts a breastfeeding group for families. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today! 413-525-7198. 168 Shaker Road. East Longmeadow, MA. (<$)
  • 10am – BREASTFEEDINGSUPPORT: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a breastfeeding group for mothers at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – RHYME TIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time this morning at Matrushka Toys! Designed for kids who are infants, crawlers, or toddlers, the program involves finger play, fun rhymes, circle games, and puppets and is lead by early childhood teachers. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm - NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$) [CLOSED ON MAY 1 & 2]
  • 1:30-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Tuesday Market is today!  It takes place behind Thornes Marketplace, and there are tons of locally grown and produced foods and goods to be had.  Live music, fun for kids, and more!  Armory Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET) ♦
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema has baby-friendly screenings today! Call to confirm as screen times change. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 2:15-4pm – ANIME: The Goodwin Library hosts an afternoon of anime! Kids who are enthusiastic about the Japanese cartoon-style movies and shows can explore all things anime amongst a group of other anime enthusiasts. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – CRAFTS: Craft Club at the Hatfield Library! There’s a new activity every week. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30 – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Liberty Branch Library. 413-263-6849. 773 Liberty Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Read and share stories with Addie, the Lee Library’s visiting therapy dog!  She’s a German Shepherd, and her favorite people are kids – especially ones who read to her.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon! Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks. Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics! 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – GAMES: The 4th Tuesday of every month is Scrabble night at the Monson Library! All ages are welcome. Scrabble can help kids practice spelling an work on their vocabulary. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 7-11pm – CHESS: The Pittsfield Chess Club meets every Tuesday night! Kids of all chess abilities can join for an intergenerational opportunity to learn and practice the game. Meets in the cafeteria at Hillcrest Hospital. 413-448-6165. West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)♦

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

8:30-10am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn about how to teach and encourage your teens to use Facebook safely at a workshop hosted by the Springfield Parent Academy and the North End Center for Literacy and Learning.  Parents will learn about what to watch out for, and how to explain and promote internet safety with their kids.  413-862-9429.  200 Birnie Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am - OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike at Mt. Greylock!  Every Wednesday, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail.  Call to find out meeting place.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

5:30-8pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Join in the Sustainable Community Dialogues taking place tonight!  The event is an idea-gathering and sharing opportunity that is part of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor’s project to encourage healthy, sustainable communities in the region.  Share your input!  Takes place at the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center.  12 Littleville Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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: At the Westhampton Library, every second and fourth Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, 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) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The second Wednesday of every month at the Edwards Library! 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, 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) ♦

WEDNESDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30 and 11:30 – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Tales and Tunes at the Northfield Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Westhampton Library! 413-527-4386. 3 South Road. Westhampton, 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) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (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) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – 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) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring your preK kids to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – STORYTIME: At the Arms Library! Toddlers and pre-school aged children can visit the library with their caregivers for stories, socializing, and a snack! 413-625-6194. Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Amherst Library for storytime and crafts! 413-259-3099. 8 Montague Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! Stories, crafts, snack. 413-413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, 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) ♦

WEDNESDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30am – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 12-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Homeschool Halfdays on most Wednesdays. The event includes farm exploration both in and out of doors. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15 – NEW MOTHERS: New and expecting mothers group with MotherWoman at the Amherst Family Center. Share experiences and get help with adjusting to motherhood. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike at Mt. Greylock!  Every Wednesday, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail.  Call to find out meeting place.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon – FILM: Pleasant Street Theater has a baby-friendly screening today! Call to confirm, as screening times change. 413-584-5848. 27 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 12noon-3pm – BOWLING: Special rates for Homeschool Bowling today! 413-525-7198. 168 Shaker Road. East Longmeadow, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$) [CLOSED ON MAY 1 & 2]
  • 1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2-6pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for local food and goods at the Florence Famers’ Market!  Takes place on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center.  North Maple Street.  Florence, MA.  (MARKET) ♦
  • 2:30pm – CHESS: Play chess at the Pelham Library! Practice your own skills or teach a friend. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the East Springfield Branch Library. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:15-4:30pm – LEGOS: Dickinson Memorial Library offers an afterschool LEGO program on the first Wed. of the month for school-age kids. 413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 6-9pm – VOLUNTEER: On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a community sew for BagShare! Donate your time to help promote the use of reusable bags and to help sustain a community resource. No experience necessary! Takes place at Eastworks. 413-584-2633. Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

7pm - MUSIC HISTORY: Dixieland Stomp presents, “The History, Life, and Times of Louie Armstrong” at the White Church!  The group will perform Armstrong’s Hot 5 and Hot 7 as originally recorded during the late 1920’s, and will weave stories about his life throughout the performance.  Fun, exciting, and educational!  North Street.  Blandford, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5-8pm – CULTURE AND COCKTAILS: Spend a night out Hawaiian style at the Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Springfield Museums!  This month’s Culture and Cocktails event will feature live Hawaiian music from Three Finger Poi, a Hawaiian shirt contest, free leis (of course!), and Hawaiian-inspired snacks and drinks.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every third Thursday for adoptive families with kids 4 and under! RSVP required. 413-320-4680. 28 North Maple Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Goshen Library hosts facilitated playgroup every 1st and 3rd Thursday. 413-230-8552. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY STORYTIME

  • 9:30 and 11am – STORYTIME: Terrific Twos and Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum! 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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) ♦
  • 10:30-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The fourth Thursday of every month at the Edwards Library! 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with Julie Stepanek at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through January 26. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Williston Memorial Library hosts storytime! With each month comes a new seasonal theme. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, 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) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: Special afternoon storytime at the Lee Library! Walk-in is OK but registration is encouraged. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, 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) ♦

THURSDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:45-12:45 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 11am-1pm - ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

THURSDAY ONGOING

  • 9:30-11:15 – GRANDPARENTS: Weekly group at the Amherst Family Center for grandparents through June- connect with other grandparents and talk about issues of parenting grandchildren or helping children parent. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – MUSIC: Montague Center Library hosts a music and movement class for kids! 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: New mothers support group meets at the Greenwood Center today! 413-794-5515. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-3pm – FATHERS’ GROUP: Amherst Family Center hosts a fathers’ group!  413-256-1145.  121 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, 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. (<$)
  • 2:30-4pm – LIBRARY CLUB: Hatfield Library hosts library club! Each week, kids will explore a new topic and do hands-on activities relating to it. Registration required. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Brightwood Branch Library. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS: Learn yo-yo tricks at A2Z this afternoon! Lead by world class pros, Yo-Yo School teaches kids basic yo-yo tricks. Learning to yo-yo is a great supplement to studies of motion and physics! 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5-7pm – KNITTING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge host a beginner’s knitting group every Thursday. All ages and experiences welcomed. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 5:30-7pm – CHESS: The Monson Library’s chess club meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Kids in middle school and older can participate! 413-287-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

3pm – HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE: May is National Preservation Month!  Historic Deerfield is hosting tours focused on the architecture of the buildings that make up the museum, paired with a discussion of the buildings’ locations and important history.  Learn about early New England architecture, and how the style reflected the culture of the time!  413-775-7127. 80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

3:30-5pm – CHESS: BYO chess set to the West Springfield Public Library and play games of chess against other kids!  Ages 7+ can practice to be chess masters in a low-pressure, fun environment.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-5:30pm – HISTORY: Explore the “hidden” portion of the Mill River – it still runs through downtown Northampton, though it’s hard to find!  Go on a walk to explore its path from Paradise Pond, and learn about the history of the town’s growth around its path and the effect that the 19th century flood had on the city’s mills.  Register by e-mailing info@millrivergreenway.org.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

6-6:30pm – HISTORY/BOTANY: Elm trees are returning to Buckland’s Elm Street!  During the mid-20th century, Dutch Elm Disease destroyed many of the elm trees in the area.  Celebrate community efforts to reintroduce the trees!  Families will have the opportunity to buy a tree to plant in their own neighborhood.  Elm Street.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: There will be a community celebration of the blossoming apple trees of Colrain at Pine Hill Orchard.  Families can enjoy wagon rides under the apple blossoms and live music by Coop Jazz.  Specialty ciders will be served along with home made goodies.  You can even take home bread, cheese and home grown and made products from their “farmers’ market.” Benefit for Colrain’s Village Fair. 413-624-3325. 248 Greenfield Rd. Colrain, MA (FUNDRAISER)

7pm – THEATER: The Ja’Duke Center Center for the Performing Arts presents Thoroughly Modern Millie at Greenfield High School!  The cast is made up of local actors and actresses, and the story features a naive young protagonist who sets herself off on a long chain of adventures after becoming determined to marry her rich boss.  413-863-0001.  141 Davis Street.  Greenfield, MA. 

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at Whole Children! 413-587-1471. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, 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: At Lanesborough Elementary School! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, 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) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Bring the kids for a morning playgroup at the Chesterfield Senior Center. Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Route 143. Chesterfield, 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) ♦
  • FRIDAY – 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an indoor obstacle course playgroup for kids 7 and under! Kids can play and move throughout a series of play-obstacles (tunnels, foam blocks, etc.). Takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am- BABY GROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY STORYTIMES

  • 9:30am - SPANISH STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Spanish storytime- great for Spanish speaking families or kids learning the language. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, 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: Baby 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) ♦

FRIDAY ICE SKATING

  • 10:30-12:30 – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Ave. Springfield, MA ($)
  • 2-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)
  • 3-5pm -ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena. Skate rentals available. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple St. Holyoke, MA ($)
  • 8-9:50pm – ICE SKATING: Teens and families will enjoy a DJ ice skating session at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available.413-772-6891. 41 Barr Ave. Greenfield, MA ($)

FRIDAY ONGOING

  • 10-10:30am – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for Materials Play in the Morning, a program where kids can experiment with art making in new and nontraditional mediums that are not only great for creativity but are fun to play with! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am – MOVIE: Pre-school movies at the Berkshire Ahtenaeum! Usually 20-30 minutes. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:15am – ESL: Amherst Family Center hosts an ESL group- families can connect withother ESL families and work on language acquisition and parenting skills together. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-5pm – CRAFTS: Drop-in crafts at the Pine Point Branch Library. 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-4pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The KidSpace at Mass MoCA is open today- explore an exhibit designed just for young people and make some art of your own! 413-664-4481. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden has drop-in art making every afternoon! Kids can experiment with new mediums and materials- it’s an art adventure! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)
  • 3:15-4:45pm – KNITTING: Drop-In Stitches knitting group at the Storrs Library. Grades 4+, all abilities welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-4:45pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm hosts Young Farmers- a chance help out with afternoon chores including egg collection! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: First Fridays Artswalk happens in the Upstreet Cultural District.  First Friday of the month. 413-281-6665. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 6-7pm – BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Sign Loud and Clear presents an info session on the benefits of baby sign language! Babies are sometimes able to begin communicating via sign language before they are able to communicate verbally- learn how to start signing with your baby! Takes place at Baystate Medical Center. Springfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-9pm – COFFEEHOUSE: Hilltown Coffeehouse happens every Friday night at the Village Church. Bring the family to enjoy and participate in music and games. An excellent intergenerational opportunity for families in the Hilltowns to meet their neighbors in a casual and creative environment. BYOB. 413-563-1981. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 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) ♦
  • 7-9pm – YO-YOS: A2Z’s Dogbite Yo-Yo club meets on the second Friday of each month for a night of yo-yo skill sharing and learning. Meets at the College Church. 48 Pomeroy Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Friday nights at the Greenwood Center are just for tweens! Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a supervised night of dancing, games, and DJ music! 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight! The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more! The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am - COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians. Great way to get moving! 25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s). Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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