Suggested Events for January 12th-19th, 2013

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

On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12th, participate in a snowshoe ramble, tracking porcupines and exploring stone quarries at Northfield Mountain. Join Naturalist Kim Noyes for a winter tromp exploring animal tracks, porcupine signs, and an abandoned 19th century stone quarry. A cup of hot cocoa around a campfire will round out the afternoon. Best for ages 10yo+.

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Saturday, January 12th from 10am-3pm – WINTER TRAIL DAYS: Try out winter sports at Notchview’s Winter Trails Day!  Families can try out cross country skiing and snow shoeing, and can explore the many trails of Notchview.  There will be cross country skiing lessons at 10:30am and 1:30pm, as well as a ski waxing workshop (covering both wax and no-wax skis) at 11am.  Experienced snowshoers can go on a 1.5-mile snowshoe hike at 11:30am.  Showshoes will be available or rental.  outdoors and enjoy the fresh snow!  413-684-0148.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

Saturday, January 12th from 10am-3pm – WINTER TRAIL DAYS: Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Hilltop Orchards!  The trails are open for the season, and there will be 30-minute workshops on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the day (skiing at 11am and 2pm, snowshoeing at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm).  Learn a new activity that will help your family spend more time outside this winter!  Registration required.  413-281-2028.  508 Canaan Road.  Richmond, MA.  (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

We’re giving away an amazing CD collection of our top 11 family albums released this past year. Deadline to enter is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm (EST).

American History: Families can learn all about the life of John F. Kennedy at the Springfield Museums’ newest exhibit! “The John F. Kennedy Experience,” shown at the Wood History Museum, is filled with information and artifacts that tell the story of JFK’s life, from childhood to assassination. There are many exciting artifacts on display, including an actual PT boat motor, collectibles from his political campaigns, and rare photos of Kennedy with his wife, Jackie. A visit to the exhibit is a great way for families to learn more about Kennedy’s role in American history, and students can also learn about what it’s like to campaign and live life as a public figure. The exhibit is open through April 28th, 2013. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($)

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop on Friday, January 25th, from 4-7pm. Families can create their own unique valentines using simple book-making techniques or countless other ideas with materials provided by The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls. Drop in anytime. Pre-registration required. Sign up here. 14 Depot Street. 413-625-2782. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Hilltown Families 5th Annual Handmade Community Valentine SwapHandmade Community Valentine Swap: It’s that time of the year again for the 5th Annual Hilltown Families Handmade Community Valentine Swap! For the past several years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Push back against the commercialization of Valentine’s Day while getting creative with your kids and connecting with your community… sign up to participate! Swapping happens through the mail with 10 other families! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in Western MA.  Deadline to sign up: Jan. 31. Western MA (FREE)

Parent Workshop on Tuesday, Jan 29 from 6:30-8:30pm: Talking to Your Kids About Sex. Having trouble finding a comfortable, productive way to talk to your kids about sex?  Hilltown Families is sponsoring another workshop for parents on approaching the subject with their children.  The event takes place after hours at Cup and Top Cafe, and will be facilitated by Brooke Norton, a certified sex educator.  The talk will begin with talking with youngest kids, and progress through teens.  Sexuality, puberty, body image, and sexual identity will also be discussed.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jan 16

On Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6-7:30pm, the Montessori School of Northampton (51 Bates St.) will hold an open house for parents of preschool and elementary students who are interested in applying for admission for next fall. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the school’s Children’s House (preK-K), Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), & Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) classrooms, & meet staff.  Demos of materials. Refreshments served. The school will be expanding its offerings next fall, expanding its 3 day-per-week program for 2-year-olds to full-time, & adding a new Children’s House classroom with more half-time openings for children ages 3-4 & a second Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6-9. For more info call 413-586-4538.

Jan 19

Chris Smither is performing in Ashfield on Saturday, January 19th and Hilltown Families has two pairs of tickets to giveaway for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! Deadline: Jan 17th by 11:59pm (EST).

Chris Smither will be in concert at Ashfield Town Hall on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers and will perform songs from his newest album, Hundred Dollar Valentine. “Smither’s momentum as a rockin’-thumbed guitar picker with an insistent and fully-integrated tapping foot has all the hallmarks of a truly formidable one-man band,” hailed The Glasgow Herald. A perfect night out for fans of acoustic roots, Americana, and blues music. General seating tickets are $20adv/$25dos, and are now on sale at MightyAlbert.com  and in-person at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. For more info call 413-628-4003.

Jan 20 – Mar 19

Are you looking for an affordable way to get your family into art? Art Party Studio in Easthampton, MA, is now offering art classes for kids, teens, and adults. Registration for their winter session is now open and features classes for youth including: a child/parent art class (ages 2 to 5), Fiber Arts (ages 6 to 9), Youth Fine Art (ages 10 to 14), and Comics for Teens (ages 12 to 16). Classes for adults are open to ages 17 and up unless otherwise stated and include: Oil Painting, Comics and Visual Storytelling, Crochet, Figure Drawing, and more! Classes run for 8 weeks, from January 20th to March 19th. To register, visit online at www.joinartparty.com or send an email to artpartystudio@gmail.com if you’re looking for a payment plan.

Accepting applications for fall 2013. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning & living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information on how to apply, financial aid, upcoming Kindergarten Open Houses, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-7061 www.bement.org.

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The Trustees of Reservations Seeks Proposals for Farmland: The Trustees, a statewide non-profit land trust, is seeking farmer proposals for up to 8 acres of land in Ashfield, MA.  The land is non-contiguous, a mix of rolling and flat, accessible by public roads, probably most suitable for animals.  There is a large barn available for storage, washing station, CSA pickup, etc. and there is irrigation available.  There is no on-site farmer housing.  The Trustees are seeking a farmer with a business plan who wants to run their own operation in partnership with The Trustees.  There is no fee for the land.  Send proposals or questions to Ellie at elobovits@ttor.org  For more information about the Trustees go to www.thetrustees.org.

Organic Gardening Listserv: Dreaming of your garden?  Starting to leaf through those spring seed catalogs yet? Do you have questions about organic gardening? Share your questions and your knowledge with other organic gardeners across the state by signing up for the NOFA Organic Gardening Listserv. It’s free! Email  nofa-mass-subscribe@lists.riseup.net to join.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 12th-19th 2013

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

“We like to cross country ski at Notchview in Windsor, MA. It is a great family activity and good for working off those unwanted Holiday pounds!” – Tracy Griffith (Cummington, 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.  Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8:30am-5pm – CRAFTS: Stop by the craft table at the Westfield Athenaeum’s children’s department today and craft away any winter blues by getting creative with the kids!  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Bartholomew’s Cobble with the Trustees of Reservations’ yearly Hot Chocolate Saturdays series!  Visitors can hike, snowshoe, and/or ski at the Cobble (weather depending, of course), and end their excursion with a cup of cocoa in the visitor center.  Families can practice looking for signs of birds and mammals, and can explore the changes that have taken place to the landscape since winter set in.  413-229-8600.  Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE with admission)

9:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Laughing Brook Sanctuary this morning!  Families can walk along the Scantic River and search for animal tracks and signs, and learn to identify the evergreen plant life found there.  Bring snowshoes to make it an even more exciting adventure!  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  ($)

9:45am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/SNOWSHOEING: Test your snowshoeing skills in a snowshoe race at Constitution Hill!  Hosted by the Berkshires Natural Resources Council, the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club, and Dion Showshoes, the race will include lots of great views and tons of fun.  Registration begins at 9:45am.  413-499-0596. Lanesboro, MA.  (<$)

10am – CRAFTS: Do warmth-themed crafts at the West Springfield Library!  Drop-in; children’s department.  413-736-4561.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Clark is hosting a special gallery adventure for preschool kids today!  Visit the museum for a tour, art-making, and a talk on using art to tell a story.  Dress for messy art-making!  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

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-3pm – WINTER TRAIL DAYS: Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Hilltop Orchards!  The trails are open for the season, and there will be 30-minute workshops on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the day (skiing at 11am and 2pm, snowshoeing at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm).  Learn a new activity that will help your family spend more time outside this winter!  Registration required.  413-281-2028.  508 Canaan Road.  Richmond, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – WINTER TRAIL DAYS: Try out winter sports at Notchview’s Winter Trails Day!  Families can try out cross country skiing and snow shoeing, and can explore the many trails of Notchview.  There will be cross country skiing lessons at 10:30am and 1:30pm, as well as a ski waxing workshop (covering both wax and no-wax skis) at 11am.  Experienced snowshoers can go on a 1.5-mile snowshoe hike at 11:30am.  Showshoes will be available or rental.  outdoors and enjoy the fresh snow!  413-684-0148.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm - EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Learn about creative ways to connect comics to curriculum at the Norman Rockwell Museum!  Participants will learn a bit about the history of comic book art, as well as many ideas for using comics as learning material alongside common curriculum topics.  This special workshop is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross.”  Registration required.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($$)

10:30-11:30am – WINTER CELEBRATION: Got cabin fever?  Get cured at the Haskins Center’s Cabin Fever Festival!  The event will include indoor versions of fun winter activities – there will be indoor ice fishing, a snowshoe trek, a snowball toss, and circle time with songs and stories.  Registration required.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street. North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – NATURE SCIENCE: Learn about local watersheds at the Great Falls Discovery Center’s, “Watershed Investigators,” a special family program where kids can learn new ways to look at and understand the world around them using games, crafts, exploration, etc. Designed to best fit students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome.  413-863-3676.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12pm – COOKING CLASS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking Class, an opportunity for parents and their children to explore the craft of cooking in a no pressure setting utilizing ingredients and utensils safe and accessible to kids. RSVP 413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

11am – STORYTIME: White Square Books is hosting a special storytime – Nina Skolsky Metz will read one of her favorite books, Drawing Lessons From a Bear by David McPhail.  Kids can bring their favorite bears and will get their own small sketch pads on which to practice being a bear-y good artist.  413-203-1717.  86 Cottage Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

11am – MOVIE: Watch Frankenweenie at the Lee Library!  It’s a cute – yet strange – tale of a boy and his dog, who he brings back to life using some crazy science.  413-243-0358.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

11am and 1pm – MARIONETTES: The Eric Carle Museum hosts the Hartsbrook Marionettes today!  The show will be Mother Holle, a Grimm Brothers’ legend.  In the tale, Mother Holle creates snow by shaking out her great big feather bed – find out what happens when her secret is discovered by two wandering young maidens!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12noon - COMMUNITY SERVICE: Want to make a difference in your community?  Kids ages 8 and up can join the Hatfield Library’s Youth Action Committee – a group that supports kids’ ideas for community improvement and helps them put them into action!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-1:30pm – KNITTING: Knitting for kids at the Monson Library!  Work on a project you’ve started, get help casting on or off, and get some advice on whatever pattern you’d like to tackle.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm – PARENT WORSHOP: Navigating the Vaccine Controversy: A Parent’s Guide. Dr. Laila Tomsovic, ND will be discussing the risks and benefits of early childhood vaccinations, the diseases they prevent, and each vaccine recommended by the CDC in the first 6 years of a child’s life.   Cradle, Thorne’s Marketplace 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA ($)

1-4pm – DOCUMENTARY: The Western Massachusetts Animal Rights Advocates host a screening of the documentary, “Peaceable Kingdom,” at the Forbes Library.  The documentary is about people who grew up in the world of traditional farming and have since come to question their relationship with the animals they must support and depend on for income.  The film will be paired with a presentation on the Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon, MA.  413-587-1011. 20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

1-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/TRACKING: Snowshoe the trails at Northfield Mountain with naturalist Kim Noyes, tracking porcupines!  Families can romp through the woods and learn about ways to find animal tracks and look for clues to the area’s past land use.  Kim will share with families information about using animals signs to identify wildlife, and there will be cocoa around a campfire once the hike is done!  Call to register. Best for children ages 10yo+.  800-859-2960.  Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE, snowshoe rentals extra)

2-3:45pm – MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum is screening Disney movie Brave today!  The film features a female protagonist who is anything but the typical Disney princess.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – ASTRONOMY: Visit Western Gateway Heritage State Park for a space-themed workshop titled, “Empire of the Sun,” – it’s part of the park’s space-themed January programs, and pairs perfectly with a visit to the exhibit, “Journey to the Stars: To the Solar System, and Beyond!”  413-663-6312.  115 State Street, Building 4. North Adams, MA (FREE, fee for parking)

6-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Blackburn Inn hosts Banish Misfortune for their monthly Second Saturdays music event!  Enjoy a night of great Irish music.  413-238-0144.  144 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA. ($)

7-9:30pm – THEATER: Students from Performing Arts Charter Public Schools present Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Academy of Music!  Introduce your family to the classic, exciting story, and be wowed by the talent of local teens.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

7pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: Local residents are raising money with a benefit concert for those affected by Hurricane Sandy at the Village Church. 413-634-5084.  Main Street. Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013

“Snowshoeing anywhere in the Hilltowns! The beauty of the woods in the winter is something everyone should experience!” – Steve Nartowicz

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. commercial-free family radio. 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.

11am – MOVIE: Tower Theaters is celebrating their re-opening all month long by offering children’s shows on Sunday mornings!  Today’s showings are an animated version of Jack and the Beanstalk and and an educational film, Ocean Voyagers in 3D!  (Shown back-to-back)  413-533-3456.  19 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Eric Carle is well-known for his unique, beautiful illustrations and style of artwork.  However, his independent art is much less well-known than his illustrations.  Join curator Nick Clark for a special gallery tour introducing visitors to Carle’s lesser-known works at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts. 413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – CRAFTING MATERIALS SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting a crafting materials swap at the Ashfield Congregational Church. Bring fabrics, yarn, needles, pattern… plus ideas and encouragement! Clear out some of your clutter while enabling another’s creative genius. Leave with ingredients & ideas for some terrific new projects for the New Year. Enjoy connecting with folks who share your interest as well as with folks who can help you learn a new craft. Bring the kids! All are welcome to come pick out materials whether they have some to donate or not. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

2-3pm – FILM: Mass MoCA screens, “Brave New Voices,” a film about young people using spoken word to show that personal experiences are political.  The film is sponsored by Williams College’s Davis Center and is part of the college’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events.  413-662-2111.  87 Marshall Street.  North Adams, MA.

2:15-3:15pm – OPEN GYM: Open Gym at the Greenfield YMCA sponsored by CNC. 978-544-5157. Greenfield, MA (CANCELLED)

3pm – THEATER: Broadway comes to the Berkshires – The Clark is screening Barrymore, featuring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer.  The show, set in 1942, tells the story of legendary Shakesperian actor John Barrymore’s career.  413-458-0524.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($$)

3-8pm – MEDITATION/LABYRINTH WALK: Explore a labyrinth used for walking meditation at the First Congregational Church!  The labyrinth is an ancient technique used by non-sectarian groups to encourage mindfulness.  Sponsored by Williams College.  Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

9am-12noon – HISTORYWilliams College presents a special media presentation all about Martin Luther King, Jr.  There will be a screening of Citizen King, a film focusing on King’s leadership, as well as a slideshow of important scholars and activists heading other movements.  Takes place in Baxter Hall.  413-597-3131.  Main Street.  Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Trying to budget better in the new year?  Take part in a two-part workshop series on budgeting and saving at the Haskins Center!  Parents will learn the basics of financial planning, as well as some tricks and tips to help save money while shopping for a family.  Registration required, childcare available.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon: MUSIC: The Berkshire Music School hosts an open house for families to come tryout music classes, check out an instrument petting zoo.  Refreshments will be served and the faculty will meet & greet. 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – COMMUNITY FEEDBACK: Hilltown CDC is hosting a Community Development Forum at their office.  All Hilltown residents are invited to come discuss housing and senior center program needs, as well as a variety of social service needs including the HEN, HOPE, the Food Pantry, Families Together and Childcare Subsidy programs. Come share your ideas on how these programs can be improved or simply show your support. All ideas are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to Dave at 413-296-4536 x118 or send feedback to davec@hilltowncdc.org.  Check out Hilltown CDC website for other ways to provide input! www.hilltowncdc.org. 387 Main Rd. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

5-6pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Jack Hurley, chef at the Berkshire Co-op, is guest chef tonight at the Berkshire South Community Center’s community dinner!  On the menu is chicken marbella with rice pilaf and veggies!  413-528-2810.  15 Crissey Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTIME: At the warm, cozy Westhampton Library on a cold, dark winter evening.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (With the beginning of the New Year, ongoing events may change their schedules.  While we are confirming and updating over the next couple of weeks, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 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, January 15th, 2013

9:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Embark on a special treasure hunt through the woods at the Hitchcock Center!  Today’s program will teach visitors about using a map and compass to get to a specific location, and kids will learn about the many different types of maps (topographical, political, climate, etc.).  As the trek moves through the woods, kids will also learn to solve some “winter mysteries,” too!  Registration required.  413-256-6006.  525 South Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

6pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs will share strategies for preparing your family for an emergency tonight at Green Fields Market.  Participants will learn what things are best to have on hand, and what strategies to have prepared for a variety of emergencies, including a power outage, extreme weather, being lost in the wilderness, etc.  Registration required, space is limited.  413-340-1161.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTIME: Dress in your pajamas for a special storytime at the West Springfield Library!  The theme of this special evening time storytime is, “The Funny Thing Is…”  Registration required.  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8pm – OPEN HOUSE: Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School hosts an open house and info meeting for prospective parents. Childcare will be provided and tours will be available after the info session. All welcome.  The school admissions lottery drawing is February 5 at 9am.  413-268-3421.  Brassworks building. Rte 9. Haydenville, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (With the beginning of the New Year, ongoing events may change their schedules.  While we are confirming and updating over the next couple of weeks, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 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, January 16th, 2013

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Explore the 300 acre forest at the old Becket quarry with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council!  Bring snowshoes or crampons if you wish, and learn about the history of the quarry and the beautiful forest surrounding it.  Quarry Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – TEEN/TWEEN: The West Springfield Library is offering, “Write, Draw, Create” for kids ages 10+ – exercise some creativity!  413-736-4561.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – LEGOS: Kids can build LEGO creations this afternoon at the Berkshire Athenaeum’s LEGO Club!  This week’s theme is rocket ships and outer space – make something totally out of this world!  Kids can experiment with a variety of blocks, and can collaborate with other LEGO designers, too.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – SPANISH: Learn some basic Spanish at the Ramsdell Library!  The class is designed just for kids, and will teach some basic vocabulary.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (<$)

6-7:30pm – OPEN HOUSE: The  Montessori School of Northampton is offering an open house tonight for parents of elementary and preschool children interested in learning more about the school.  Interested families can submit applications for the school year beginning in September.  The preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary classrooms will be open for visiting, and families can meet staff and learn more about the school’s philosophy, curriculum, and more.  413-586-4538.  51 Bates Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – ENERGY/RESOURCES: The Berkshire Museum hosts author Bob Reiss, who will share a multimedia presentation about his travels and work studying the Shell oil company’s efforts to drill in Alaska.  Older students can learn about the controversy over Alaskan oil drilling from all sides – Reiss has worked with Eskimo groups, the military, scientists, politicians, and hunters in order to gather information, and the viewpoints on each side will be shared.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (With the beginning of the New Year, ongoing events may change their schedules.  While we are confirming and updating over the next couple of weeks, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 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, January 17th, 2013

6pm – SCRABBLE: Practice spelling and vocabulary with a good game of Scrabble at the Westhampton Library!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Why Do They Do That?” at the Palmer/Monson Family Network.  The workshop is designed to teach parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers about the roots of common behaviors, as well as behavior management skills.  Registration required. Childcare provided upon request.  413-570-3061.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (With the beginning of the New Year, ongoing events may change their schedules.  While we are confirming and updating over the next couple of weeks, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 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 or 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Terrific Twos and Threes – storytime for kids ages 2 and 3! Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club hosts playgroup this morning, including snack, stories, playtime, music, and crafts. 413-583-3527. 488 Chapin Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: The Northampton Parents Center is open this morning! Thursday mornings feature music class at 11a with Felicia Sloin or Tom Knight (alternating weeks). Located in the basement of Edwards Church. 413-582-2636. Main and State Streets. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Thursday morning music classes will be from 11 to 11:30 am with Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight alternating weeks. 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)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Music and Movement Group meets at the Millers Falls Library! 413-863-3214. 23 Bridge Street. Montague, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library hosts storytime for kiddos 6 months-3 years. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Longmeadow Rec Dept hosts a New Moms Group at the Greenwood Center! 413-794-5515. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – TALES AND TUNES: At the New Salem Public Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013! 978-544-5157. 23 South Main Street. New Salem, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Williston Memorial Library! Stories, snacks, and more. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lenox Library offers storytime and crafts for kids 3-5 years old. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: At the Hatfield Library, just for preschoolers! 413-547-9237. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon-1pm: PILATES: BYOBaby! A Pilates Mat Class for Moms and Babies – modified to accommodate for fussiness! Drop-in class with Anneliese Mordhorst at The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St. 413-586-3504. Hadley, MA ($15/class)
  • 1-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library! In the children’s room with Judy. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a post-partum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old. Childcare available. Takes place at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, 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) ♦
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: On the first Thursday of every month, the Amherst Art Walk takes place. Families can enjoy arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and dining. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 6-10pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College! It’s home to a large variety of natural wonders, including the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks and lots of exhibits on local natural history. 413-542-2165. 11 Barrett Hill Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some food and drinks while you sing! Takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month. 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, January 18th, 2013

6:15-7:45pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn all about constellations, then take a good look at them through a powerful telescope at the Ramsdell Library during Family Astronomy Night!  Astronomer Rick Costello will teach families the basics of identifying things seen in the night sky, and families can sign up for telescope viewings.  There will be hot chocolate, too!  Registration required.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Loudville – part of Westhampton – was once home to lead and silver mines!  Tonight at the Westhampton Library, families (with older students) can learn about the history of the mines (including when they were built, who owned them, and more) and the methods used to extract materials.  Families can also take a look at some of the many sources used by resident Wayne Perrea to research the mines’ history.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – HISTORY: Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder (as portrayed by a historical reenactor) at Storrowton Village!  The beloved children’s writer’s 1894 self will share stories of her life (both well-known and obscure) with fans and scholars of all ages.  The presentation will teach visitors about the culture and daily life of a late-19th century American!  Reservations suggested.  413-737-2443.  1305 Memorial Drive.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services’ production of Fiddler on the Roof has hit the stage!  The show features local actors and actresses, and it is expected that all nine performances will sell out so buy tickets early!  413-259-3065.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

8-9:30pm – ICE SKATING: Enjoy a night out at the ice rink – Collins-Moylan Arena is hosting a special DJ ice skate tonight!  Best for families with older kids (pre-teens and teens) – it’s a lights out skate, so bring a glowstick!  413-772-6891.  41 Barr Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (<$, skate rental extra)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (With the beginning of the New Year, ongoing events may change their schedules.  While we are confirming and updating over the next couple of weeks, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 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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2 Comments

  1. January 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Terrific, Margaret! I’ll email you directly.

    *VOLUNTEERS WANTED*

    We look forward to hosting another Family Community Service Night this spring, but we can’t do it without your help! Whether you’re interested in*volunteering the night of * or *volunteering on a working committee*, we’d love to hear from you! *Opportunities for teens & tweens too! Sign up to volunteer :*

    *http://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/hf-628/ *

  2. margaret chappuis said,

    January 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Thanks Sienna for all of the time and effort you put into this. I am still interested in working of a kids service project idea with you.
    Margaret


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