Suggested Events for May 4th-10th, 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

Join us this Saturday, May 4th at the Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event! Our goal is to contribute up to 600 hours of volunteer service in a single event!  We’ll be making  bird houses for the Franklin Land Trust, cat toys for the Dakin Humane Society, fleece chews for Kane’s Krusade, making seed bombs with Help Yourself, planting seedlings with Grow Food Northampton, making Giving Bags with Knack, writing letters with the Key Club, collection donations of cat/dog food & blankets for wildlife rehabilitation… It’s gonna awesome! Happens both indoors and outdoors from 10am-1pm at Leeds Elementary School in Northampton where you’ll find something for ALL AGES. Find out more about this free event here and sign up to join us: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event: May 4th!

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WEEKEND BEST BET:
Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event

Volunteer with your family to help local non-profits at seven different hands-on volunteer stations— a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together while educating children about animal welfare, conservation efforts and the value of community service.

On Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm: FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT: Join Hilltown Families for a Saturday morning of volunteering together with your family during our spring Family Community Service Event to be held at Leeds Elementary School. We will be offering seven volunteer stations for families to participate in hands-on service projects for ALL AGES that support animal welfare organizations, conservation efforts and food security. Come any time after 10am, get your Passport, and travel about to one or all stations! Find out more and preregister here: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event: May 4th! Northampton, MA (FREE)

SUMMER CAMP

Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

BULLETIN BOARD

May 4

Yes ComputersYes Computers is co-sponsoring their 2nd annual Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, May 4th, 9am-12noon, adjacent to Yes Computers in the Public Parking Lot in Northampton. In partnership with River Radio, Alternative Waste Recycling & Gold Circuit E-cycling, they will take for FREE, Computers, Monitors (CRT’s), all small electronics & electrical appliances even old TV’s (limit one). Bring old cell phones to donate to Safe Passage & working old iPods to donate to Music & Alzheimer’s Project (sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center). Please limit largest recyclables to 3 items, smaller stuff no limit; Household items only. Participants get a free Yes Computers $10 gift voucher good on anything in the store for participating.

May 5

Bread Euphoria is having a birthday & the community is invited to celebrate 15 years of baked goodness at Wheatstock II, featuring live music & delicious food. The party takes place on Sunday, May 5th from 12noon-6pm at the Williamsburg Grange, on Route 9. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12yo (under 5yo are free), & includes an impressive entertainment lineup of local favorites the Sweetback Sisters, Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan — & birthday cake (including vegan & gluten-free choices). Meat & vegetarian shish kabobs, salads, sides & beverages will be available for purchase, as well. Come for the food and stay for the fun-or come for the fun & stay for the food-either way, come! For more info call Bread Euphoria: 413-268-7757

May 11

Mother’s Day Giveaway! Enter to win more than $700 worth of wellness services for new and expecting mothers in Western MA. This collaboration of five local (women-owned) businesses will grant one lucky mother with gift certificates for a month of free diaper service, 2 appointments for prenatal or postnatal massage, 2 acupuncture treatments, $150 savings on birth doula service & $150 savings on birth photography. Participating business include Simple Diaper & Linen, Window of Heaven Acupuncture & Yoga, Jo Bunny Massage and Yoga, Bellyfull Birth, and Nature & Nurture Photography and Doula Services. Deadline to enter is May 11, 2013. Drawing will take place on Mother’s Day. Check out www.facebook.com/MothersDayGiveaway to enter & for details.

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The Amherst Survival Center has volunteer opportunities for teens ages 15yo+ on weekdays (not Wed). Shifts are typically 2 hours/week between 9am-3pm. They are looking for a two hour/week commitment for a minimum of 8 weeks with organizing and sorting through fresh bread & produce, helping in their Free Store, serving lunch and doing dishes. Their Emergency Food Pantry often needs help too with keeping the shelves stocked and helping folks fill their carts with their monthly food “box.” Strong folks can help pick up furniture from around town in the mornings. And people who like to clean can help clean the place after 2:30pm. Lots and lots of options for summer volunteering. For more info visit www.amherstsurvival.org or email tracey@amherstsurvival.org


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Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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. – Cinco de Mayo Episode with guest DJ Mariana Iranzi, children’s musician from Argentina living in New York. A celebration of Hispanic culture and its friendship with the United States through great family music. Multicultural, bilingual (Spanish & English) and fun!- Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived shows!

9-10am – PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaur Footprints Reservation will host a guided program for families. Walk where dinosaurs once roamed and learn how their footprints were preserved in the rock and what can we learn from studying their tracks. Suitable for age 6yo+. 413-584-6788. Route 5. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

9am-12noon – MAY DAY: Come celebrate May Day at Cushman Scott Children’s Center. There will be a pancake breakfast at 9am, followed by Maypole Dancing, Bake Sale, Children’s Craft tables too! 413-549-1167. 71 Henry Street. North Amherst, MA (DONATION)

9am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Volunteers will explore and identify characteristics of a vernal pool at High Ridge Farm with Scott Jackson, a UMass Professor and chair of the Whately Conservation Commission. A great hands-on experience for students wanting to learn more about their local habitats and vernal pools. RSVP: 413-687-4484. High Ridge Farm. Ice Road. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

9am-12noon – RECYCLING: Want to get rid of that bulky TV or outdated VHS player that no longer works? Teach your family how to dispose of electronics in a responsible way and bring your electronic waste to Yes Computers in downtown Northampton. Every participating family will receive $10 Yes Computers gift certificate! Rules: Three larger items per car (one TV limit). 413-585-0007. 196 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE).

9:30am-1:30pm – BOOK/PLANT SALE: The Friends of the Greenfield Library host a book and plant sale! Score some great finds for your garden and bookshelves. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (SALE)

Volunteer with your family to help local non-profits at seven different hands-on volunteer stations— a one of a kind event for families to volunteer together while educating children about animal welfare, conservation efforts and the value of community service.

On Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm: FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT: Join Hilltown Families for a Saturday morning of volunteering together with your family during our spring Family Community Service Event to be held at Leeds Elementary School. We will be offering seven volunteer stations for families to participate in hands-on service projects for ALL AGES that support animal welfare organizations, conservation efforts and food security. Projects include building birdhouses, making toys for cats & dogs, upcycling tshirts into Giving Bags, making seed bombs, writing letters and planting seedlings. Come any time after 10am, get your Passport, and travel about to one or all stations! Find out more and preregister here: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event: May 4th! Northampton, MA (FREE)

10am-2pm – FOSSILS: Bring your own mystery fossils to Northfield Mountain today – Jurassic Roadshow will be on hand, teaching families all about the fascinating fossils that have been found nearby and the prehistoric history that we live amongst! There will be displays and interpreters to share information, and Roadshow experts will be on hand to take a look at mystery pieces and offer their insight. Great for dino-loving kids of all ages! 800-859-2960. Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Springtime brings new things – new leaves, new flowers, and of course – new babies! Visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the newly born farm animals – families will be able to get up close and personal on a Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour! There will be piglets, chicks, lambs, calves, and more to watch and learn about, and families can tour the village and learn about Shaker history and culture after they’ve met the creatures. Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

10am-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO: Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports’ Spring Outdoor Club Day takes place today at the Berkshire Mall! Families can stop by to learn about local outdoor non-profits, including Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA, and Mass Audubon. Families will be able to learn about outdoors opportunities in their own communities, and families who have membership cards for outdoors organizations can get special deals on new outdoors gear. 413-445-4967. Old State Road (Route 8). Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

10:30am - FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G will perform  a bilingual children’s concert in Peskeompskut Park. Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the internationally famous children’s rock star (and Hilltown Families contributing writer!). Located on Avenue A between 6th & 7th Street.413-863-3214. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follow the class.  Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts!  Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

11am-12noon – PERFORMANCE: Linda Peck’s Zany Acts will perform at Spectrum Playhouse as part of their Saturday children’s series. 20 Franklin St. Lee, MA

11am-1pm – COMPOSTING: Don’t throw away those food scraps! Show your children the magic of composting as apple peels and eggshells transform into rich organic soil ready for use in your backyard garden. Center for EcoTechnology staff will teach families the basic techniques for creating a toxic-free alternative to store-bought fertilizer to use in your family garden. 413-445-4556 x25. Lenox Library. 18 Main St. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s annual Sheep to Shawl and Rural Heritage Weekend takes place this weekend! Families can visit Sheep Hill to learn all about fiber arts, spinning weaving, and raising sheep and other animals for fiber. The event celebrates spring, as well as fiber artists and farmers from the community. There will be food, work from local artists, and local farm goods for sale, too! 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($)

11am-5pm – SPRING FEST: Join the Performing Arts Collaborative at Butterfield Park for their 3rd Annual North Quabbin Arts in Bloom Fest. The festival is a celebration of “Spring” with a traditional May Pole braiding, entertainers, food vendors, artisans, children’s crafts and much more. 513-226-0043. East River Street. Orange, MA


12noon-6pm – LGBTQ COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Northampton’s annual Pride Parade and Celebration takes place today! Celebrate LGBTQ culture and rights – the event is fun-filled, including lots of live music and performances, activities, vendors, food, and, of course, the parade! There is a specially designated youth space at the event just for families! Parade takes place on Main Street, and the celebration takes place at the Three County Fairgrounds. Fair Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm - COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help West Springfield Parks and Recreation clean up Regan Park, an often overlooked community resource. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR), and is a great way to give back to your community as a family – there’s something for volunteers of all ages and sizes to help out with! Bring rakes, work gloves, and old tarps if you have them. 413-736-3878. Overlook Drive. West Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

1-3pm – POETRY: Use the natural world for inspiration at a family-friendly outdoor poetry workshop, lead by Olga Botea and sponsored by the Kestrel Trust. Participants will get to take a nature walk through Amethyst Brook Conservation Area, learn about the basics of poetry, and work on their own spring- and nature-inspired pieces of writing. Suggested for ages 8+. Registration requested. 413-549-1097. Pelham Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteer to help remove garlic mustard from the beloved Dinosaur Footprints Reservation on the banks of the Connecticut River. Garlic mustard is a non-native invasive species that is, unfortunately, found all over western Massachusetts. It is easy to remove, meaning that volunteers of all ages will be able to help out! Volunteers must be 5yo or older, and all should come dressed in pants, a work shirt, and sturdy footwear.  Organized by the Trustees of Reservations, pre-registration preferred. 413-532-1631. Route 5. Holyoke, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

2pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Westfield Athenaeum screens a family-friendly nature film all about the web between bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and flowers. Narrated by Meryl Streep and directed by acclaimed director Louie Schwartzberg, the film presents a great opportunity for kids to learn about a complicated and fascinating natural system. Popcorn provided! 413-562-6258. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm – NATURAL HISTORY: Topics of geology and archaeology often overlap – especially in studies of the Connecticut River Valley! The Western Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society is offering a lecture this afternoon on the geologic history of the area from an archaeological perspective. Older students can attend the lecture to extend their understanding of their surroundings, and can learn about the effects of broad topics in geology upon the local landscape. Takes place at the Memorial Hall Museum. 8 Memorial Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

2:30pm – HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: The many different mountain ranges of New England’s landscape have played an important role in local history – the mountains have helped to define routes of travel, settlement locations, and provide useful natural resources. Learn about the geography of the mountains of the northeast and the role that they’ve played in New England history today at the Jones Library. Nicholas Shaw, Amherst High School environmental science teacher, will share a presentation with families (best for older students) in the library’s Woodbury Room. 413-259-3223. Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

3pm - LOCAL HISTORY: Known as the Long Island Express, the hurricane of 1938 ripped across New England and left western Massachusetts a mess, the landscape littered with uprooted trees. The Pioneer Valley Institute screens, “Out of the Storm: The Galford Lumber Company,” a documentary about the loggers of West Virginia who relocated to Northfield in order to help the community clean up from the storm. Some of the workers spent nearly two years displaced from their homes in order to help the community recover. Learn about this important moment in local history at the Dickinson Memorial Library. 413-624-3090. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

3-5pm – HISTORY: Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Museum hosts, “Staging Fashion: 1880-1920,” a tea-and-talk event all about three pioneers of fashion – Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, and Billie Burke. These women became some of the first fashion icons during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their “look” and lifestyle was desired by many – they were the first to truly turn fashion into not only a way of dressing, but a way of living. Students can pair what they learn about the early days of popularized women’s fashion with knowledge about American history and women’s rights (and their place in society). Reservations suggested, best for older students. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Stargaze at Notchview tonight with Arnuah Hill! Families can learn to identify the many sparkly things above them in the sky, and will learn how to operate a basic telescope properly. Great for kids interested in learning about constellations, planetary motion, and the changes in day length on Earth. Call to register. 413-532-1631. Route 9. Windsor, MA.

7pm – THEATER: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at the Academy of Music! The Tony-award winning script tells the story (in musical form!) of a group of just-barely adolescents battling with puberty and the desire to win the spelling championship of a lifetime, and the just-barely adults charged with overseeing them. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

7pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents “The Laramie Project,” a play which is the result of over 200 interviews conducted by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project with the residents of Laramie, WY in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. The Laramie Project deals with complex and mature subject matter and demands engagement from its audience and the community in which it is being performed. Each performance ends with a talk-back with the cast and crew, with a talk with author Lesléa Newman beginning that evening at 6:15pm. Mature theme and may not be suitable for younger children. Easthampton, MA ($)

8:15pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater. Screening of “Iron Man 3″ (PG-13) followed by a screening of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” (PG-13). 603-239-4054 Northfield, MA ($)

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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 6 years of archived shows.

8:30am-5pm - ULTIMATE FRISBEE: High school ultimate frisbee teams from across the country are competing this weekend at the oldest (and most prestigious!) frisbee tournament in the word, Amherst Regional High School 2013 Ultimate Invitational!  Watch a game or two to see how the sport is played.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – PLANT STUDIES: Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a spring wildflower and botany walk.  Early May is an especially good time to explore the botanical attractions of the Northern Berkshires because during this period, many “spring ephemeral” wildflowers are in bloom. These species, which include trillium, trout, lily, violets, and toothwort, bloom early in order to take advantage of the abundant sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the trees leaf out. The walk will begin outside the Rosenburg Center, near the entrance to Hopkins Forest and continue along forested trails, led by Williams College Professor of Biology Henry Art. 413-597-4277.  Junction of Bulkley St. and Northwest Hill Rd. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Springtime brings new things – new leaves, new flowers, and of course – new babies! Visit Hancock Shaker Village to see the newly born farm animals – families will be able to get up close and personal on a Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour! There will be piglets, chicks, lambs, calves, and more to watch and learn about, and families can tour the village and learn about Shaker history and culture after they’ve met the creatures. Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm runs daily through May 5th. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Annual Community Renaissance Festival at UMass  Renaissance Center Meadow. Featuring performances by: Ayrecraft, Cantabile, Amherst Recorder Consort and the Amherst College Madrigal Singers. Other activities include: Phoenix Swords performance and costumed sword presentation; Falconry; Morris Dancing; Printing press demonstration; Weaving demonstration; works of Shakespeare; and much more! A fun family friendly event. 413-577-3600. Directions. Amherst, MA (FREE) 

12noon-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Bread Euphoria is having a birthday & the community is invited to celebrate 15 years of baked goodness at Wheatstock II, featuring live music & delicious food at the Williamsburg Grange with live performances by Sweetback Sisters, Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan.  Bring the kids, come for the food and stay for the fun! 413-268-7757. Williamsburg Grange. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA ($)

1-3pm – PLANT STUDIES: Naturalist Pam Weatherbee will be leading a spring wildflower walk at Field Farm, home of some unusual habitats.  These habitats produce an interesting and beautiful array of woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals, which have a short time to grow, bloom and set seed before the leaves come out and restrict the sunlight reaching the forest floor. On the two-hour easy walking tour Pam will introduce participants to the fascinating flora of the rich woods, just starting to bloom.  413-684-0148.  554 Sloan Road. South Williamstown, MA (FREE)

1-4pm – ART: Happy Cinco de Mayo!  In celebration, the Eric Carle Museum is offering a special bright and exciting art project in the studio today.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2pm – BALLET: The Berkshire Museum screens a production of Alice in Wonderland – as a ballet!  The Christopher Wheelden Company’s beautiful presentation of the classic story brings the entire company together to portray Lewis Carroll’s quirky characters.  The Mad Hatter tap dances, the caterpillar bumbles about the stage, and Alice and the Knave of Hearts have quite an adventure!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

2pm – CONCERT: Celebrate the music of iconic folk singer Woodie Guthrie!  The Jones Library hosts singer Frankie Fuchs for a family-friendly celebration of Guthrie musical accomplishments and the impact that he had on modern folk music.  413-259-3091.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at the Academy of Music! The Tony-award winning script tells the story (in musical form!) of a group of just-barely adolescents battling with puberty and the desire to win the spelling championship of a lifetime, and the just-barely adults charged with overseeing them. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

3pm – DIY CRAFTS: Make a family picture locket out of upcycled milk caps to give to the mother in your life next Sunday! The Berkshire Co-op will host a DIY project using  Ronnybrook milk caps to make collages complete with a small family picture.  Open to all ages. 413.528.9697 X10.  42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

3-4:15pm - FILM/CARTOONING: The Eric Carle Museum screens, Graphic Novels! Melbourne!, a documentary offering a peek into the lives of four Australian cartoonists.  The film shares information about the artists’ lives, as well as their work and creative processes.  Young aspiring cartoonists will be inspired by the work that they see, and will learn about what it’s like to draw funny (yet sophisticated!) pictures for a living.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

3-5:30pm – CONCERT: Berkshire Lyric presents the annual Young Musicians’ Concert!  Celebrate the hard work of local youth while listening to beautiful music.  Takes place at Trinity Episcopal Church.  88 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: During the industrial days of the Pioneer Valley, South Hadley Falls was engineered in order to suit a canal system.  Learn about how the re-routing of the Connecticut River was designed tonight at the Wistariahurst Museum as part of the lecture series, “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Transportation in the Pioneer Valley.”  Students can learn about learn about the canals and locks as a way of better understanding the history of their community, and can learn to use what they know about American history to put the system’s creation into a greater historical context.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

6pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Older students can learn about the musculature of frogs at an OEB Science Cafe event.  Esselon Cafe hosts a talk focused on the muscles and body structure of frogs, where Mt. Holyoke professor Gary Gillis will explain their fantastic acrobatics.  413-585-1515.  99 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – GARDENING: Bring your blossoming gardener to the showing of “Greenhorns” at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. This 45-minute documentary explores the challenges and wonders of being a young, small scale farmer in America today. Older kids can learn about CSAs and every one can enjoying hearty veggie soup & sweets together! Sponsored by Yard Birds Farm. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

10-11:30am – DANCEMEDITATION: Healing Through Inward Focused Movement. Delight in dance as meditation, celebration, and self- restoration. Drop out of over-active mind into intuitive embodiment, and awaken your Heart to healing! Held at The Wild Life Sanctuary through May 6th. inneropening@gmail.com. 413-822-2405. 221 Pine Street. Florence, MA ($13 Drop-in)

  • 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) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Sunshine Storytime! 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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. (<$)
  • 11am – 12:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: There is a MotherWoman group in the Hilltowns at St. John’s Corner. The support group is for pregnant and postpartum mothers, and childcare is available for kids up to age 4. 413-625-6948. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins Library’s Teen/Preteen Time takes place this afternoon! Teens can visit the library to hang out with friends, work on homework, play games, use computers, and check out awesome new books, movies, and music. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30-4:30pm – BREAK DANCE: Learn to break like a b-boy! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly break dance class, taught by Joshua McHugh, accomplished dancer and dance teacher. 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 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. ($) ♦
  • 6-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) offers a drop in support group for pregnant women and their support team to explore the different aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Hosted at Shima Boutique on the 2nd Monday of the month. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 6-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) offers a drop in support group for pregnant women and their support team to explore the different aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Hosted at TREEHOUSE on the 3rd Monday of the month. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 7pm – MOTHER SUPPORT: MotherWoman bi-monthly meetings at Cradle, 3rd floor of Thornes Marketplace. 413-341-5282. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. Runs through 11/12. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

7pm – BALLET: The Berkshire Museum screens a production of Alice in Wonderland – as a ballet!  The Christopher Wheelden Company’s beautiful presentation of the classic story brings the entire company together to portray Lewis Carroll’s quirky characters.  The Mad Hatter tap dances, the caterpillar bumbles about the stage, and Alice and the Knave of Hearts have quite an adventure!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (As always, 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 – NEW MOMS: Tea time for new moms at the CHP Family Services Building. Chat with other new moms, gain reassurance and resources while making new friends. A facilitated support group. 413-528-0721. 442 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Goodwin Memorial Library hosts a preschool story time. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, 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) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – 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)
  • 4pm – READING: Do you ever wish that you could recommend your favorite books to other library visitors? The Forest Park Branch Library invites Forest Park Reads, a special series where families can read new books (or chapters of books) and then rate them using a star system so that other library visitors can choose great new things to read! Takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avnue. Springfield, 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, May 8th, 2013

3-5pm – DRAWING CLASS: Teen artists, Isabelle Page and Olivia De Lisle, are offering drawing classes at the Meekins Library. A series of 3 classes are open to interested students of any age with little to no experience. The two friends will provide materials for students. Held in the Hawks-Hayden Community Room. Please call the library to sign up and with questions, 413-268-7472. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

4pm – READING: Share reviews of your favorite books with library patrons at the Forest Park Library!  Families can use a star system to rate books they’ve enjoyed – rate some favorites or try out some new books.  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The town of Greenfield was once home to a world famous museum – it drew a stunning 3,000 visitors in just 7 years!  The museum, opened during the mid-19th century by a local jack-of-all-trades named Dexter Marsh, was home to the first ever dinosaur tracks to receive a thorough and official scientific examination.  What happened to the tracks?  And what happened to the museum?  Find out more about this fascinating piece of Pioneer Valley past at Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater.  Presented by the Pioneer Valley Institute.  1 College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:  Do you have a child leaving for college next year? There will be a free workshop, “What About Me!? Preparing Parents for the Empty Nest,” offered to parents of seniors at the Amherst Regional High School.  A time of life filled with anxiety & sadness, pride & joy, the rollercoaster of emotions can be difficult to navigate for some parents.  Learn strategies in an interactive workshop/discussion. Room 13. ARHS. Amherst, MA (FREE) 

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (As always, 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) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – 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. ($) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Erving Elementary School, hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413- 423-3326. 18 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: Hosted by the Mason Library – also includes stories, songs, and crafts. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 1 New Marlborough-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the Leverett Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30: SINGING: Sing with Your Baby with Wendy happens at the Jones Library. For preK kids and younger, and their parents/caretakers. Takes place in the Woodbury Room. Runs through Dec. 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Time with Stephanie at the Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon - STORY/MUSIC TIME: Northfield Library hosts Story and Music Time. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street, Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – GYMNASTICS: Whip City Gym hosts homeschool open gymnastics! The event is not a formal class, but offers kids unstructured play time physical activity amongst true gymnastics equipment. Great for kids interested in gymnastics, dance, or cheerleading, and gym playtime can also help kids work on balance and coordination. Takes place through the school year. 413-569-3231. 320 College Highway. Southwick, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, 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, May 9th, 2013

10am-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help the Trustees of Reservations to open Naumkeag for the season!  Experts in landscape and architecture will represent the organization, and will help families learn about the care needed in order to maintain such a property.  Families’ time and efforts will be much needed in helping to clean up the grounds for visitors!  Registration required.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

2-6pm - SEED SWAP: Burgy Farmer’s Market Seed Swap.  Raising a little green thumb in your family? Bring them to the seed swap and see how plants are started! Exchange your garden seeds with new varieties and get great tips from Hilltown Seed Saving Network members who will be on hand to answer any questions. The event is a great way to celebrate springtime weather outside on the lawn.413-634-5013. Meekins Library Lawn. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (SWAP)

3-4pm – TEEN: Exercise your creative genius at the Westfield Athenaeum’s Teen Loft!  Teen Craft Time means there will be lots of materials available to make all sorts of interesting items.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Berkshire United Way presents, “Outside the Comfort Zone: Everything we Don’t Want to Talk About in Adolescent Sexual Health, but Should,” at Baystate Hospital’s Health Education Center. Parents can attend the workshop in learn about appropriately addressing issues like sexual issues, teen pregnancy, and care of LGBTQ, pregnant, and/or parenting teens.  These are all difficult issues to imagine dealing with, but they are also issues that affect our communities – by learning more about them, parents can be prepared not only to deal with them if they arise with their own children, but will also be prepared to help their children through supporting their peers who may be dealing with pregnancy, coming out, dangerous relationships, etc.  361 Whitney Avenue.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – HISTORY/SCIENCE: History and science come to the Jones Library in a presentation about the science of the Abolitionist movement by Britt Rusert, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass.  Participants will learn about the many connections that black and white Abolitionists made between natural science and anti-slavery struggles throughout the antebellum era (1781–1860). From Frederick Douglass’s enthusiasm for phrenology to Lydia Maria Child’s writings on evolution, Abolitionists challenged racist science through the creation of a vibrant and dynamic science of liberation. Best for older students supplementing their studies of history, science and African American studies. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

12noon – BYOBABY! PILATES: A breast & bottle feeding friendly Pilates Mat Class modified to accommodate for fussiness. Best for babies up to 6mos old, however any age is welcome. 413-586-3504. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

1pm – INFANT MOVEMENT: Learn touch and movement based practices & tactical with Lenore Grubinger, tried & true principles to help support your child’s comfort & development. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Bartholomew’s Cobble is a valuable community resource – it provides a beautiful, scenic, and life-filled space for exploration and education. Help to maintain the preserve’s trails today with the Trustees of Reservations! The Cobble’s Eco-Volunteers meet every Thursday morning through November in order to help maintain the area for visitors’ use. 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road. Sheffield, 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)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, 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, May 10th, 2013

10am – ANIME: BAMCon, the Berkshire Anime Club’s annual weekend-long convention, begins today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The event includes all things anime-related – lovers of the genre can take part in games and contests, learn more about their favorite characters and series, participate in CosPlay (anime-themed costume contests and meet-ups), and more.  The event runs through Sunday at 8pm, and day and weekend passes are available.  Local anime fanatics should not miss this event!  1 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

11am-5pm – PLANT SALE: The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale takes place this weekend!  Visit to get some great new plants to add to your family’s garden.  413-298-3926.  Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (SALE)

7-9pm – PERFORMANCE: Three Northampton High School Theater troupes will perform: Caught off Guard, Funktionlust and The Unusuals. These troupes want to challenge the audience, get people thinking and recognize the importance of theater in our lives. Family friendly, best for kids with audience skills. 413-584-5562. Northampton High School Theater. Northampton, MA (>$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (As always, 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) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – 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) ♦
  • 11am-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. (<$) ♦
  • 11-11:40am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Mother Goose on the Loose, a special lap-sit story hour for kids under the age of 3. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-12:50: ICE SKATING: There will be an ice skating session at the Mullins Center for homeschoolers through June ’13. Some skate sessions can be bumped due to UMass ice hockey, so call to confirm before heading out. 413-230-6516. UMass Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA (>$)
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 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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