Suggested Events for November 17th-23rd, 2012

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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Next Thursday, Nov. 22nd is Thanksgiving and there are several opportunities to stock up on local ingredients for your family Thanksgiving Dinner, including in Easthampton on Friday, Nov. 16th, Great Barrington and Amherst on Saturday, Nov. 17th, and Shelburne on Sunday, Nov. 18th.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Saturday, November 17th from 10am-3pm - HOLIDAY FAIR/CRAFT MAKING: Go on a hayride, dip candles, make your own holiday gifts, see a marionette show, enjoy homemade food, and more at the Hartsbrook School’s Holiday Fair!  The Pocket Lady and King Winter might even pay a visit!  413-586-1908.  193 Bay Road.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE, >$)

Saturday, November 17th from 10am-3pm – MYO HOLIDAY GIFTS: Four Rivers Charter School is hosting a homemade holiday craft event, where families can create their own unique and handmade gifts!  Bring your gift list, and your creativity.  413-775-4577.  248 Colrain Road.  Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, November 18th at 5pm – CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The holidays have begun – and the tree at Yankee Candle will be lit tonight!  Visit the company’s flagship store for the tree lighting, which will feature a visit from Santa himself, as well as carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies.  877-636-7707.  25 Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE)

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Night: Join Hilltown Families for an evening of volunteering together with your family during our first ever Family Community Service Night! On Friday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm in Northampton, families can come together for a fun evening visiting five different volunteer stations, each offering a simple, hands-on service project for all ages. Volunteering as a family helps children learn values like kindness, respect and friendliness, and on this evening you can volunteer with five different local non-profits in a single evening! Space is limited so reserve a spot for your family today!

Call for Youth Photographers: Western MA youth photographers ages 8-18 are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibit titled, “Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western Massachusetts Youth Photographers.” Hosted by Hilltown Families with the support of the Cummington Cultural Council, the exhibit will be on display at the Cummington Community House Gallery in the rear of the Cummington Community House, originally schedule for this fall, now scheduled for the month of January 2013. Exhibit gives youth an opportunity to explore their towns and document their findings both in images and a written narrative. Participation is free and open to all youth living in Western MA. Deadline for entry has been extended to Dec 1st, 2012. An application and entry rules can be downloaded here: Places We Live, Play & Learn Application Form (pdf).

Hilltown Families Board Game SwapOn Saturday, December 1st from 9:30-10:30am, Hilltown Families is hosting a Board Game Swap in the Meekins Library community room in Williamsburg, MA. Bring in board games, puzzles & card games you would like to swap with other families. New this year, incomplete games are welcomed and will be donated to the Northampton Creative ReUse Committee. 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. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

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Beginning Nov 17

The ClarkLions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!, on view beginning November 17 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Stone Hill Center in Williamstown, utilizes video, hands-on activities, taxidermy, and innovative displays to create an exciting learning environment for all ages. The exhibition includes a magnificent specimen of an adult African lion as well as a lioness’s pelt, claws, and a skull that will be available to encourage hands-on exploration. Visitors try on a gauntlet as they try to balance a wooden block that approximates the size and weight of a falcon for a first-hand experience of the difficulty and delicate balance needed in falconry. Visit clarkart.edu to learn about the exhibition and other family events and programs.

Nov 18

On Sunday November 18th at 3pm, Jane Yolen, “The Hans Christian Andersen of America,” joins folksinger-songwriter Lui Collins in An Afternoon of Poetry and Song for all ages at the Ashfield Community Hall. This family-friendly concert features Jane’s poems interspersed with Lui’s songs, including several of Jane’s poems she has set to music. All proceeds benefit Upside-Up Music’s Scholarship Fund, making family music classes accessible in the Hilltowns. Refreshments, books and CDs available for sale and autographing at intermission. Suggested donation $12; students, seniors, low income $10; <12 $5; <2 free. Family maximum $29. Reservations requested: lui@luicollins.com.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 17th-23rd, 2012

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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7-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 3-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. –  Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

9am – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Take part in a workshop for Project WILD, a teacher resource that offers curriculum materials and training for educators that focuses on conservation and environmental science.  Free to Northern Berkshire Residents – course fee includes an excellent curriculum guide!  Takes place at the visitor center at Mt. Greylock .  E-mail aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  ($$)

9am-2pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Norris School PTO hosts their annual Holiday Bazaar today!  There will be lots of fun activities, including crafts for kids, games, face painting, etc., as well as items for sale from local artists and artisans!  34 Pomeroy Meadow Road.  Southampton, MA.  (SALE)

9:30-11am – PUPPETS: Visit the Hatfield Library for a morning of creative puppet play!  Kids can practice their puppetry skills, create characters, and use puppets to create a puppet production.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-2pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: Peruse handmade crafts and gifts, locally produced foods, a silent auction, tag sale table, and more at the New Hope United Methodist Church’s Holiday Bazaar!  The event also includes a homemade lunch for hungry festival-goers.  Takes place at the Masonic Temple.  172 Church Street.  North Adams, MA.  (SALE)

9am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Hadley Mothers’ Club is sponsoring a fair to raise money for Hadley Public Schools!  There will be a variety of goods for sale from local vendors, including Polish pottery, kitchen goods, jewelry, natural cleaning products, etc.  Bring a donation for the food bank and receive a free raffle ticket!  Takes place at Hopkins Academy.  Route 9.  Hadley, MA. (SALE)

9am-5pm - CRAFT FAIR: The Deerfield Craft Fairs’ annual Holiday Sampler takes place this weekend at the Better Living Center at the Big E.  The fair will include a wide variety of artist- and artisan-made goods, and combines the reputation of all of the Deerfield craft fairs with the magic of Christmas!  413-774-7476.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

9:30am-3pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Celebrate the last bits of fall with the First Churches!  There will be crafts, treats (including a special chocolate table!), homemade lunch, raffles, and more.  413-584-9392.  129 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

10-11am - CULINARY ARTS: The Berkshire Coop is holding a kids’ cooking class!  Participants will learn how to use sweet potatoes – and not pasta! – to make canneloni shells to stuff.  Kids will get to practice basic kitchen skills, and will learn to use an ingredient that is offered in abundance this time of year.  Registration required.  413-528-9697.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Wild turkeys are easy to spot in Western Massachusetts – they seem to be in nearly everyone’s backyard!  Visit Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about turkey feathers, turkey habitat, turkey habits, and more – then explore the sanctuary’s trails and search for some real live turkeys.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  127 Combs Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Explore the trails at High Ledges and see panoramic views of the Deerfield Valley!  The area is home to a wide variety of trees – practice identifying them while adventuring.  Open to adults and older teens.  Lead by Mass Audubon, the hike is of moderate difficulty and participants should wear sturdy shoes.  413-584-3009.  Shelburne, MA.  ($)

10am-3pm - HOLIDAY FAIR/CRAFT MAKING: Go on a hayride, dip candles, make your own holiday gifts, see a marionette show, enjoy homemade food, and more at the Hartsbrook School’s Holiday Fair!  The Pocket Lady and King Winter might even pay a visit!  413-586-1908.  193 Bay Road.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE, >$)

10am-2pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Kids can learn firsthand about bird banding today at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary!  Visitors can watch as birds are caught in mist nets, then banded in order to be tracked and used for data collection.  Participants will also be able to help record data, and learn what the information collected from banded birds is used for!  572 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  (<$)

10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKETBerkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets featuring locally grown, produced and prepared food from farmers and food producers in the region, including produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies and other baked goods, plus pickles and jams. Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School, 318 Monument Valley Rd., Great Barrington, MA (MARKET)

10am-3pm – MYO HOLIDAY GIFTS: Four Rivers Charter School is hosting a homemade holiday craft event, where families can create their own unique and handmade gifts!  Bring your gift list, and your creativity.  413-775-4577.  248 Colrain Road.  Greenfield, MA. 

10am-4pm – POP-UP HOLIDAY SHOP: Knack, an organization for local upcycling artists and crafters, presents a pop-up holiday shop at Signature Sounds new headquarters!  The shop will feature all sorts of items – everything from wearables like t-shirts and bracelets to homegoods such as coasters and dishes.  The shop only features artists whose work uses 75% (or more!) recycled materials, making it easy for you to shop local, handmade, and sustainable for the holidays.  32 Masonic Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Apples were important in the diet of early Deerfield settlers- many homes even had their own orchards!  Learn about the varieties of apples grown and the dishes created with them today at Historic Deerfield!  There will also be a craft activity (from 12noon-4:30) where visitors can make their own apple pomander ornaments to take home.  413-775-7216.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Berkshire South Community Center’s Marketplace Menagerie and Craft Fair takes place today, and features a variety if gift items from Berkshire artists and artisans, baked goods, crafts, and more!  Get ready for the holidays by getting a jump start on shopping, and keeping your purchases local!  413-528-5260.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – WORKING DOGS: Meet the K9’s and their Officers of the Montague and Erving Police Departments and learn how people and police dogs work together to solve crimes and support safety.  Fun for all ages and chance to learn about different professions. Held at the Greenfield Savings Bank Turners Falls Office. Refreshments served. 282 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

10:30am – STORYTIME: The Jones Library hosts Spanish Storytime for kids ages 3-6!  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – LEGO CLUB: The Sunderland Library has a Lego Club meeting today! Children ages 6yo+ and their adults can come and practice their engineering and architectural skills while getting creative and sharing their inventions.  Limited space. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA (FREE)

10:30am and 1pm – FILM: Images Cinema screens Kids Flix Mix – a showcase of the best short films and animation for children from all around the world!  Includes films from Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, and the United States.  Kids can see unique styles of animation, and will enjoy the creative characters and storylines of each short film.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – SCIENCE: Visit the Berkshire Museum for Kitchen Kaboom! – a hands-on science activity for kids where they will learn to use kitchen materials to do safe but exciting (and simple!) science experiments.  Space is limited!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE with museum admission)

12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Clark is hosting Curiosity Family Day today, an event offering special performances, tours, activities, and more just for families!  The museum is opening its first ever kidspace exhibit, Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!, and is opening Giselle’s Remix, a gallery show curated by 11-year-old Giselle Ciulla today, as well.  Visitors can make animal-themed art projects, listen to stories about large felines, meet a raptor, and more.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

12noon – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: The Pelham Library hosts Ricardo Frota, performing, “Sounds from the Brazilian Rainforest: The Ecology of Sound.”  The performance emulates the sounds, rhythms, and feelings of the rainforest, and also includes music from indigenous cultures around the world.  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-12midnight – DANCE MARATHON: The 7th annual UMass UDance dance marathon takes place today!  The event is a benefit for Baystate Children’s Hospital and, along with marathon dancing, will include face painting, kids’ activities, and lots of fun music to boogie to.  Take place in the ballroom at the UMass Student Union.  413-794-1486.  University Drive.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

1-5pm – COMICS: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts Mini-Comic Con this afternoon!  The event features artist talks, demonstrations, workshops, comic book appraisals, signings, and tours of a comic book art exhibit at the museum.  Comic book enthusiasts young and old will be in heaven!  Dress like your favorite superhero and get $2 off of admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – PUPPETS: Puppeteer Jonathan Keezing presents, “Timeless Tales,” at the Meekins Library.  Keezing uses unique and diverse puppetry styles to tell fables and folktales.  413-268-7473.  2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

1-4:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is hosting a seed exchange this afternoon at the Cummington Community House!  Participants can learn how to save their own seeds from plants they’ve grown (rather than buying them!), share and trade saved seeds with others, and get help and advice on seed saving.  413-358-6919.  33 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

1:30-2:30pm – LITERACY: Kids can practice reading aloud to the least judgmental and most comforting reading partner ever today at the Westfield Athenaeum – Read to Rover will visit with a group of dogs who can’t wait to sit with kids and listen to them read stories!  It’s a great way for kids to practice reading without having to worry about how their audience feels, and without having to worry about making mistakes!  Open to kids in grades K-3.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 3pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theater presents Eric Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Lonely Firefly – puppet style! – at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  See these classic children’s stories come alive with all of the beauty of Carle’s signature collaged illustrations.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

2-9pm – WOMENS GROUP: Women of all ages are invited to attend the Berkshire Red Tent, a space offering women time to celebrate womanhood!  Bring something to share (a potluck item, drums, snacks, tea, etc.), and spend the evening sharing and bonding with other women.  Set-up begins at 2 – opening and sharing circle will begin at 3pm.  Takes place at the Elizabeth House.  48 Elizabeth Street, Suite 1.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – CONCERT: The Worthington Library presents Hungry Town in concert at the Historical Society!  Best for kids with audience skills.  6 Williamsburg Road.  Worthington, MA.

7-9pm – CONCERT: The Children’s Chorus of Springfield presents Songs for the City at City Stage!  Special guest Evelyn Harris (of Sweet Honey and the Rock) and the Central High School Madrigal Singers will accompany. Best for kids with audience skills. 1 Columbus Center.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm – A CAPELLA MUSIC: Enjoy an evening of a capella at Smith College’s John M Greene Hall!  The event is sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center (and is a fundraiser for their Music & Azheimer’s Program), and features local a capella groups – including Mt. Holyoke College’s Victory Eights, Green Street Brew, High Definition, and more.  Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7:30-9pm – BLUES & GOSPEL MUSIC: Enjoy an evening of blues and gospel music at the Village Congregational Church!  Robin O’Herin – a Berkshires-based musician – will play creatively written music accompanied by Appalachian-inspired vocals.  32 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  ($)

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Sunday, November 18th, 2012

“Hilltown Families lets me know what’s going on. Lots of things show up here that I don’t hear any where else. The content is consistently entertaining and thought-provoking! Thanks!” – Dennis Caraher (Northampton, 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. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

9am – FAMILY VOLUNTEERING: Spend the day outside and volunteer with your family to help clean up Burbank Park!  The park is located on 200 acres, including part of the shoreline of Onota Lake – location of the Berkshire BioBlitz, the park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species (including red oaks!).  Help to preserve this important community resource!  Meet at the playground located by the north parking lot.  Volunteering as a family helps children learn values like respect and civic mindfulness. Valentine Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-2pm – CRAFT FAIR: Visit Smith Vocational School for the annual holiday craft fair, featuring crafts and handmade items from local artists and artisans.  80 Locust Street.  Northampton, MA. (SALE)

10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKETBerkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets featuring locally grown, produced and prepared food from farmers and food producers in the region, including produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies and other baked goods, plus pickles and jams. Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School, 318 Monument Valley Rd., Great Barrington, MA (MARKET)

10am-4pm - CRAFT FAIR: The Deerfield Craft Fairs’ annual Holiday Sampler takes place this weekend at the Better Living Center at the Big E.  The fair will include a wide variety of artist- and artisan-made goods, and combines the reputation of all of the Deerfield craft fairs with the magic of Christmas!  413-774-7476.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

11am-4pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on locally grown produce and locally made food items at the second annual Autumn Market, hosted by the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market.  The market will also feature crafts from local artists and artisans, just for the holidays!  Takes place at the Buckland-Shelburne Community Center.  413-628-3285.  Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (MARKET)

1pm – STORYTELLING: The Eric Carle Museum hosts an afternoon of storytelling with Gail Herman and Sally Rogers!  “Songs and Stories of Creative Creatures,” is an interactive performance featuring songs and engaging stories!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

2pm – ART HISTORY: Learn about the “new elite” in colonial American at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Springfield Museums!  Museum Docent Betty Romer will lead a tour of the galleries, during which participants will learn about the history behind the artistic representations of the new Americans who  made fortunes in commerce and banking.  Best for older students, the tour fits well with studies of art history and early American history.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2-4pm – FILM: Take a workshop on shooting, editing, and organizing films with Noah Dirks at the Belding Library!  Community members will learn basic skills for creating original movies of their own.  Registration is required – e-mail katepeacetraveler@gmail.com or visit Ashfield Hardware.  344 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

2:30pm – CRAFTS: Donate your time, creativity, and artistic ability to help Ashfield Needles and Threads create handmade items to sell as a fundraiser for breast cancer prevention and research!  The “crafternoon” will take place at the Ashfield Congregational Church.  There will be some materials provided (including sewing machines), but BYO if you have a specific project in mind or if you’ve got something great to share.  Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm - FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Folk singer-songwriter Lui Collins and children’s author Jane Yolen are taking the stage today in An Afternoon of Poetry and Song!  Yolen will share her original poems and stories, and Collins will share some of Yolen’s poems that she has set to music, as well as some traditional folk songs and some of her own original music, too!  Two beloved artists – not to be missed!  Takes place at Ashfield Community Hall.  413-628-0197.  521 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

3pm – CHORAL CONCERT: The Hampshire Choral Society presents their fall concert!  Taking place at Mt. Holyoke’s Abbey Chapel, the performance will include Vivaldi and Handel, as well as a performance by the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  ($)

3pm – BALINESE MUSIC: Williams College hosts Gamelan Galak Tika, a group performing Balinese gamelan – an innovative cross-cultural form of music.  The style features gongs, mellophones, and hand drums to create a percussion-heavy hammer-like sound.  Takes place in Chapin Hall.  413-597-3131.  62 Chapin Hall Drive.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The holidays have begun – and the tree at Yankee Candle will be lit tonight!  Visit the company’s flagship store for the tree lighting, which will feature a visit from Santa himself, as well as carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies.  877-636-7707.  25 Greenfield Road.  Deerfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

7pm – HISTORY: Learn how to “read” old photographs with the Pelham Historical Society!  Doug and Justin Kimball (of Kimball Auctions and Amherst College’s Art Department, respectively) will help attendees learn about photographs, and participants are encouraged to bring photos of their own to share and learn about!  Takes place in the Ramsdell Room at the Community Center.  413-323-7377.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the MN Spear Memorial Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Williamstown Youth Center! Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires. 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena offers a public skating session this morning – great for families with kids who are still learning to skate, daytime skating sessions offer low-key and less crowded ice time. Open ice times take place at the same time Monday-Friday. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins Library’s Teen/Preteen Time takes place this afternoon! Teens can visit the library to hang out with friends, work on homework, play games, use computers, and check out awesome new books, movies, and music. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30-4:30pm – BREAK DANCE: Learn to break like a b-boy! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly break dance class, taught by Joshua McHugh, accomplished dancer and dance teacher. 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – ANIME: The Springfield Central Library hosts Anime and Manga Club on Monday afternoons! Kids enthusiastic about the popular Japanese style of animation and cartooning can visit the library to read new manga and watch great anime! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7pm – SCRABBLE: Enjoy an evening of friendly Scrabble at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center! Open to anyone ages 8+, the game night offers families an opportunity to practice fair play and basic sportsmanship while allowing kids to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and basic practical math skills. Sponsored by Bobbie Halig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6-7pm – MUSIC: Learn to drum, Afro-Carribbean style! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly drum class, lead by Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots. Drums available to borrow. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. Runs through 11/12. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

4, 5, or 6pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Berkshire South Community Center hosts their annual Community Thanks Dinner tonight!  The meal is a pre-Thanksgiving feast and is a celebration of great food and community togetherness.  Reserve a space at least 24 hours in advance!  413-528-2810.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

5:30-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOPChildcare of the Berkshires is offering a workshop titled, “Helping Your Kids be All That They Can Be,” tonight at the library at Brayton School.  The workshop, hosted by Charlie Appelstein, will teach parents strategies for challenging kids and working to bring out their strengths.  Registration required – transportation and childcare available if necessary.  413-664-4821.  20 Barbour Street.  North Adams, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: At Farmington River Preschool for kids 5 and under, sponsored by the Community Health Coalition. 413-664-0104. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: The Westfield Library hosts storytime for kids 6 months – 3 years today. Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: It’s Baby Day at the South Hadley Family Center! 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Berkshire Athenaeum! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11am - PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a mother’s group for Spanish-speaking moms at Brightwood Health Center. 413-796-8365. 380 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Preschool playgroup learning experiences at the Haskins Center! Takes place on the lower level. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the Greenfield Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: At the Lanesborough Library! Stories, crafts, and music for all ages. 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am-12:15pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a Postpartum Support Group for mothers. The group is a safe space for those adjusting to motherhood and is lead by trained facilitators. Takes place at Berkshire Children and Families. Childcare available. 413-253-8990. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for Kidleidescope, an environment-themed program for kids! Interactive learning opportunities and crafts always included. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library’s preschool storytime takes place this morning. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library offers storytime for kids 18 months-3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-5pm – TEEN: It’s Teen Tuesday at the Chicopee Library – visit for a new activity every week. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a support group for young mothers and expecting women between the ages of 13 and 19. Group meetings are held bi-weekly and are drop-in. Babies welcome! Takes place at Mercy Care Holyoke. 413-886-0410. 306 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the gym at the Abbot School. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BREASTFEEDING: The La Leche League of North/Central Berkshires meets every third Tuesday at The Montessori School of the Berkshires. 21 Patterson Road. Lenox Dale, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-8pm – MUSIC: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a free ukulele group tonight! Beginners and kids without any knowledge of music reading can join in – the class will teach basic chord progressions and styles of playing from around the world. Registration requested but drop-in is OK. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Hike the Vermont-Massachusetts border with the Trustees of Reservations today at Mountain Meadow!  The hike will take visitors to the summit of Mason Hill – bring snacks and lots of water.  Mason Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum’s new LEGO club meets today!  This month’s meeting’s theme is favorite foods – kids can use blocks to make food-inspired creations, work together to develop ideas, and use the blocks to discover and experiment with basic principles of architecture and design.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm – HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS: Hometown Holidays begins with a Christmas Tree Lighting at 5pm, followed by a visit from Santa.  The first 500 children will get a goodie-bag from Santa. Downtown businesses are encouraged to remain open and feature holiday specials and activities. Music by the Drury Band will begin under the Mohawk Marquee at 4:30pm. This event is just the first of many for the North Adams Hometown Holidays series, a month of spirited fun, family activities and shopping bargains leading up to Christmas. 413-664-6180 North Adams, MA (FREE)

5-9pm – BRIGHT NIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the Holidays!  Springfield’s annual Bright Nights display features intricate, sparkly scenes throughout the park – there are elaborate displays, as well as decorative lights everywhere.  Celebrate the holidays with a drive through the park to enjoy the festive displays!  Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer-Monson Family Network hosts infant and toddler play group! 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Bi-weekly in the community room at Becket Town Hall, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 65 Walker Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Lenox Community Center, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am or 1:30pm – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives takes place today at the Westfield Library! Registration is required for storytime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts, “Getting Real about Motherhood,” a support group designed to help mothers share the stress and adjustments of motherhood and work to find ways to feel renewed, valued, and energized. Takes place at the Amherst Family Center, in the basement of the Unitarian Society. Childcare available. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Wendell Free Library hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 978.544.5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Westhampton Library! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am - PARENT GROUP: Enjoy coffee and a chat with other parents at the Westhampton Library – stop in after dropping kids off at school through the end of Sept.! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Sunshine Storytime! 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Erving Elementary School, hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413- 423-3326. 18 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: Hosted by the Mason Library – also includes stories, songs, and crafts. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 1 New Marlborough-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the Leverett Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30: SINGING: Sing with Your Baby with Wendy happens at the Jones Library. For preK kids and younger, and their parents/caretakers. Takes place in the Woodbury Room. Runs through Dec. 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Time with Stephanie at the Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – GYMNASTICS: Whip City Gym hosts homeschool open gymnastics! The event is not a formal class, but offers kids unstructured play time physical activity amongst true gymnastics equipment. Great for kids interested in gymnastics, dance, or cheerleading, and gym playtime can also help kids work on balance and coordination. Takes place through the school year. 413-569-3231. 320 College Highway. Southwick, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens classic films every Wednesday afternoon! The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Ramsdell Library hosts Time for Tots, and special story, craft, etc. time for littlest kiddos. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 4pm – CHESS: Visit the East Longmeadow Library for some afternoon chess! Playing chess can help kids develop analytical skills and logic. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Wednesday Night Knitters meet tonight at the Cushman Library! Knitters with any level of experience are welcome to join – bring a project to work on! No formal instruction is offered, but if help is needed, there will be many experienced knitters on hand. Great intergenerational opportunity for kids learning how to knit. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Sing your heart out with Berkshire Sings!, a community singing group at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Singers of all abilities welcome (adults, too) to sing pop, jazz, folk, showtunes, and more. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by the Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

5-11pm – BRIGHT NIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the Holidays!  Springfield’s annual Bright Nights display features intricate, sparkly scenes throughout the park – there are elaborate displays, as well as decorative lights everywhere.  Celebrate the holidays with a drive through the park to enjoy the festive displays!  Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012

10am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/SANTA: Visit the Amelia Park Children’s Museum to explore the exhibits and play… and meet Santa, too!  He’ll be visiting just for the day, so visit him while you can.  Photos taken for a fee.  413-572-4014.  29 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Apples were important in the diet of early Deerfield settlers- many homes even had their own orchards!  Learn about the varieties of apples grown and the dishes created with them today at Historic Deerfield!  Visitors can also learn about the history and culture of Native Americans who lived in and around the Pioneer Valley – there will even be basket-making demonstrations. There will also be a craft activity (from 12noon-4:30) where visitors can make their own apple pomander ornaments to take home.  413-775-7216.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – GUILDED AGE CHRISTMAS: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will kick off its 5th annual A Home for the Holidays program.  The 1893 mansion will be lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas by a host of volunteers, among them the Ventfort Hall Flower Ladies.   413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($)

10am-5pm – HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for the rest of the holidays!  Celebrate the unofficial kick-off of the winter holidays with the Springfield Museums today, where there will be a special holiday puppet show, holiday art projects, science activities, and a chance to see the museum’s gingerbread house contest exhibit!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am – MOVIE: The Monson Library screens, “Brave” this morning – the animated film is rated PG and features a fiery female protagonist who is out to prove herself to be powerful!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

11am – PARADE: Watch the Cat in the Hat (and many of his friends) parade through downtown Springfield today in the annual Parade of Big Balloons!  it’s like a mini-version of the Thanksgiving parade in New York – without the travel.  Main, Lyman, and Locust Streets.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm and 3pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theater presents Eric Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Lonely Firefly – puppet style! – at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  See these classic children’s stories come alive with all of the beauty of Carle’s signature collaged illustrations.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: Moonlight Magic, the village of Shelburne Fall’s annual holiday stroll, happens tonight. Over 1,000 luminaries lines the street and sidewalks to create a festive atmosphere.  The event includes Lighting of the Village, Parade of Lights, Visits with Santa, Carolers, Street Performers, Vendors, Classic Cartoons, and Trolley Rides! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

5-9pm – BRIGHT NIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the Holidays!  Springfield’s annual Bright Nights display features intricate, sparkly scenes throughout the park – there are elaborate displays, as well as decorative lights everywhere.  Celebrate the holidays with a drive through the park to enjoy the festive displays!  Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Shutesbury Elementary School, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • F9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At Whole Children, for little ones up to age five.  37 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am – MOVIE: The Berkshire Athenaeum shows short kids’ movies every Friday morning. Call to check what’s playing! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am - SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a postpartum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old at the Community Action Family Center. Childcare available. 413-475-1566. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the YMCA of Greenfield hosts Jump Into Fitness playgroup! Lots of fun physical activity. Snack provided. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: The Mason Library hosts Young Children’s Storytime this morning! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Monson Library’s baby group takes place this morning – kiddos ages 0-2 and their caregivers can visit for stories, songs, and playtime. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Heath Library offers bi-weekly storytime throughout the fall. 413-337-4934. 1 East Main Street. Heath, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: The Haskins Center hosts baby group! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the community room at the Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 11-11:40am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Mother Goose on the Loose, a special lap-sit story hour for kids under the age of 3. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-12:50: ICE SKATING: There will be an ice skating session at the Mullins Center for homeschoolers through June ’13. Some skate sessions can be bumped due to UMass ice hockey, so call to confirm before heading out. 413-230-6516. UMass Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA (>$)
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a fun night out with friends at the Greenwood Center! Hosted by Longmeadow Rec Dept, the event features DJ dance music, and will be supervised by adults. Dress code is the same as school, and students must sign in before entering. Takes place on the second and fourth Friday of each month. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Williams College’s Milham Planetarium offers free shows on Friday evenings! Using the planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster, Williams students will teach visitors about all sorts of astronomical phenomena, including phases of the moon, retrograde planetary motion, varying colors/temperatures of stars, constellations and zodiac signs, and more! Reservations recommended but not required. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – DANCE: Dance the night away at Dance Spree, a family-friendly, substance free, barefoot community night of dancing! Kids of all ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by adults. Takes place on the 4th floor of the Fitzwilly’s building. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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