Suggested Events for May 11th-17th, 2013

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

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Thank you to all of our volunteers, facilitators & sponsors for making last Saturday’s Family Community Service Event a great success! At this one of a kind event, families came together to volunteer at seven different stations in a single morning, generating 450 hours of community service.  Throughout the morning folks participated in hands-on projects for different non-profit and community organizations in our region that work on behalf of animal welfare, conservation and food security… including the building of nearly 50 bluebird houses we donated to the Franklin Land Trust!  Read more about the event here and how you can get involved in the next one: Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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Hilltown Spring Festival: The Hilltown CDC’s Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds will be a combined music festival, food festival, children’s festival, craft festival, and alternative energy exposition! Music for children of all ages will be performed by Mister G, David Grover and Terry A La Berry.  Other musical performers include percussionist Tony Vacca, acoustic string band Appalachian Still, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney, the Lonesome Brothers, Hot Day at the Zoo, the Walkin’ Blues Band, & Dan Hales and the Frost Heaves. There will be children’s activities all day long, music workshops for families, dancing around the Maypole, children selling hand-made crafts at the Kids-Made Crafts Bazaar, 8 foot tall puppets, Morris dancers, & much more.

Talking to Your Kids About Sex Series Hilltown Families and Cup and Top Café are presenting a series of free talks for parents with Brooke Norton, Certified Sex Educator. Continuing with this series, the third talk, “Puberty for Parents,” will focus on the physical changes, social impacts and emotional aspects of puberty.  Brooke will also touch upon sexual orientation and coming out, and what parents can teach their kids about consent.  “Puberty for Parents” will take place on Tuesday, May 21st after hours at Cup and Top Café from 6:30pm-8:30pm (1 North Main Street) in Florence, MA. For more information, please contact Brooke Norton at 413-684-8697 or email brookenorton712@gmail.com.

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 10

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Hilltown Families presents a free family Friday night event, Mother’s Day Mementos, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, May 10th from 4-7pm.  Come make handmade cards and gifts to give to the mothers in your life. Let them know they are appreciated while getting creative with your family! All materials included and everyone is invited to join in this community building event that honors the mother in your life.  The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot Street, Suite 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA (in the same building as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.).

May 17-19

Starlight’s Youth Theatre proudly presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., the musical, May 17th at 7:00 pm, May 18th at 2:00 & 7:00 pm, May 19th at 2:00 pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Tickets are $12 students/seniors and $16 adults and may be purchased from the Academy of Music box office: in person, or by phone at 413-584-9032, extension 105, or online: www.academyofmusictheatre.tix.com. This year’s production will feature a double cast of over 100 children representing 30+ communities throughout the Pioneer Valley. There’s something for everyone in this Disney favorite: Princess Ariel and Prince Eric, the adorable Flounder, the comical duo of Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the sea gull, and other colorful sea creatures.

June 26

Host Families Needed for Spanish Teens. Expand your family’s horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home through the STEP-to-U.S.A. program. These boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, arrive Wednesday, June 26, for a 3 ½ week home stay. They are eager to be part of your family and to practice their English. You and your children can also practice your Spanish and make a lifelong friend from another country. Host siblings are welcome to join the students in a variety of weekly activities, including day trips to Boston and Six Flags. Apply early to select just the right student for your family. To learn more, contact Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710, exchangevt@gmail.com and visit www.step-to-usa.com.

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Please help the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force by taking a five to ten minute survey on-line at @ www.surveymonkey.com/s/hilltowndvsurvey, and by sending this link to others in the Hilltowns. Survey respondents may be eligible to enter a raffle for $200 cash. The Task Force designed the survey to get a better understanding of how Hilltown residents view and respond to domestic abuse, and to find out if community members know where to get help. The Task Force will use survey results as the foundation for a community education and outreach campaign later this year. For more information about the survey or the Task Force, email southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 11th-17th, 2013

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Saturday, May 11th, 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. – Rebroadcast of Mother’s Day Magic Fish & Pink Whale Episode.- 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!

ALL DAY – ANIME: BAMCon, the Berkshire Anime Club’s annual weekend-long convention, takes place this weekend 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.  ($$)

8-11am – TAG SALE: Find some great new-to-you items at the South Hadley Family Center’s annual Mom-to-Mom Sale!  Families will be selling some of their items for babies and children, and the family center will be selling donated items in order to raise money for family programming.  Takes place at All Saints Episcopal Church.  7 Woodbridge Street (Route 116).  South Hadley, MA.  (SALE)

9-11am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Take a short hike at Petticoat Hill with the Trustees of Reservations, and help to rid the property of garlic mustard, an invasive species unfortunately commonly found in the Pioneer Valley.  Bring gloves for pulling and be prepared to hike a steep slope.  413-532-1631 ex 10.  Petticoat Hill Road.  Williamsburg, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-12noon - PLANT SALE: Pelham Library hosts a plant sale annuals, perennials and more along with a raffle for gift certificates and garden-related gifts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA (SALE)

9am-5pm: NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY:  The Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley will be holding a day – long seminar this month with the Stockbridge Library.  Today speakers will be discussing aspects of the Stockbridge – Munsee Tribe during their time in Stockbridge.   A catered lunch will follow the speakers; and the afternoon will include a walking tour of key town historical sites. It will all cul minate with a gathering and closing ceremony at the First Congregational Church. Best for older students. 715-793-3970. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA

9am-5pm – BASEBALL: Put baseball skills to the test at the Berkshires’ Pitch, Hit and Run competition!  Boys can compete in the three categories to advance to the finals, and will be divided into three age groups.  7/8 year old competition will take place from 9-11am, 9/10 year old will compete from 11am-2pm, and 11/12 year olds will compete from 2-5pm.  Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to verify age.  Parent/guardian signature required in order to participate.  Takes place on the North Little League Field.  413-499-9370.  Springside Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.

9am-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)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway!  The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems.  Open Wed-Sun through June 16th.  800-859-2960.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am-6:30m – SUSTAINABILITY: Co-op Power hosts the 9th Annual Sustainability Summit bringing people together to discuss sustainability, grassroot movements and a greener future. Connect with activists, thinkers and green professionals alike to ensure a cleaner, healthier world for your family and your children. Preregister. 877-266-7543. Hampshire College. 893 West St. Amherst, MA. ($)

10am – MARIONETTES: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School shares a marionette performance!  The school’s marionette troupe – part of the early childhood curriculum – will present The Frog Prince, a classic tale from the Brothers Grimm.  Performed by early childhood teachers, the show will be followed by playtime and is open to kids up to age 7.  Families can learn more about the school’s Waldorf curriculum following the performance.  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10-11am - LOCAL HISTORY: Explore the forests surrounding the shores of the Quabbin Reservoir – the woods are filled with clues to what life was like in the Swift River Valley before the reservoir was built.  Meet at the Quabbin Visitors Center in order to participate in History Detectives, an investigation into local history!  Call to register.  413-323-7221.  485 Ware Road (Route 9).  Belchertown, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – BIG RIG DAY: Bring young truck and equipment enthusiasts to Greenfield Community College for Emergency Services Field Day, which brings local EMS, firefighters, and other emergency personnel to the campus, along with their huge and exciting vehicles.  Kids can get up close and personal with fire trucks, police cars, and more, and will be able to meet and ask questions of the emergency services personnel.  1 College Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – FISHING DERBY: U.S. Fish & Wildlife is hosting a fishing derby for kids ages 14yo and younger along with a live bird demonstration.  BYO rod or borrow one. Prizes award for fish catches. Happens rain or shine.  413-253-8516. 300 Westgate Center Drive. Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-9pm – FESTIVAL: The Easthampton Art Walk will focuse on sustainability and upcycling is this Saturday! Begin the day with the spring cleaning tag sale at 10am and continue with Art Walk events from 5pm-8pm. Join a drum circle with recycled ice cream buckets, make a kite and visit local exhibitions including art work at Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream and Nash Gallery. At 8:30pm, don’t miss the lighting of historic Old Town Hall with colorful LED lights after dark! Downtown Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Visit the Carnegie Library to learn about frogs and other amphibians found in the Connecticut River watershed – it’s the perfect time of year to be ponding, so learn some background information before heading out into the woods!  413-863-3214.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Kids can do some hands-on learning about the watershed in which they live at the Great Falls Discovery Center!  Bird songs and homes are the theme of today’s Watershed Investigators program, an event designed for kids ages 2-5 (though all ages are welcome) including games, stories, explorations, and other fun learning activities.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – BALLOONS: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a balloon sculpting workshop with Ed Popielarczyk for kids ages 6yo+. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

11am – MOVIE: The Lee Library screens, “Mulan,” this morning – a Disney tale about a Chinese woman who defies her culture and the laws of her community in order to join the army and fight the Huns.  413-243-0385.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum to try out an echolocation simulator!  Called Bat Bot, the simulator uses technology similar to that used in new cars’ back-up cameras to help users locate objects around them without using their sense of sight.  It’s as similar to echolocation as humans can get!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am - KIDS’ CONCERT: Beloved children’s musician David Grover plays this morning at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!  The concert is sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, and helps to raise money for the center’s scholarship programs.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – COMPOSTING: Learn how to turn food and yard waste into “black gold” at this informative workshop. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how to build an active and efficient compost pile at home. Come learn how easy it really is and how you can reduce waste costs and negative environmental effects, as well as providing a healthy alternative to fertilizers for you garden, yard, and houseplants. RSVPs required. Pittsfield Farmers Market. First St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

12noon-2pm – MOTHER’S DAY: Prepare for Mother’s Day with Art Party Studio!  Today brings special studio hours just for crafting beautiful masterpieces for mom. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 249.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: Hampshire Regional High School presents Alice in Wonderland!  Meet the caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, some bread-and-butterflies, and all of the other fantastical being and creatures that Alice encounters on her journey.  19 Stage Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (<$)

3:30-5:30pm – TEA: Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ventfort Hall’s special Mother’s Day Pink Tea!  The event includes a performance from the American Dance Institute Ensemble, as well as a traditional Victorian tea – all in beautiful and historic surroundings at the  beautiful Gilded Age mansion!  Registration required.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

5:30-6:45pm - FAMILY NIGHT: The Greenfield YMCA hosts an International Family Fun Night!  Bring a potluck dish to share and after supper enjoy international crafts, games and a Parade of Nations with your family.  451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

6-8:30pm – MOTHER-SON DANCE: Celebrate a special Mother’s Day weekend at the West Springfield Parks and Recreation Mother-Son Dance!  There will be DJ music, snacks, drinks, and photos.  Takes place at the West Springfield Teen Center.  Dress attire requested!  Advance tickets strongly suggested.  413-301-3137.  West Springfield, MA ($$)

7pm – FILM STUDIES: The UCC of Holyoke screens a silent film tonight, accompanied by live organ music!  The film shown is Steamboat Bill, JR., featuring Buster Keaton, and organist Peter Krasinski will play along to the story.  Film enthusiasts can learn about this lost form of film – due to the lack of dialogue, actors’ actions and facial expressions are almost comically exaggerated!  413-532-1483.  Appleton and Maple Streets.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

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Sunday, May 12th, 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.

ALL DAY – ANIME: BAMCon, the Berkshire Anime Club’s annual weekend-long convention, takes place this weekend 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 ends at 8pm, and day and weekend passes are available.  Local anime fanatics should not miss this event!  1 West Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway!  The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems.  Open Wed-Sun through June 16th.  800-859-2960.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4pm – MOTHER’S DAY: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a visit to Old Sturbridge Village, where moms will receive free admission!  (The first 200 will even get a free gift!)  Families can learn about 19th century life in New England through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

9:30am-4:30pm – MOTHER’S DAY: Moms and grandmothers receive free admission to Historic Deerfield today!  Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning life in early New England.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  (<$) 

10am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Look for spring ephemerals with Botanist, Connie Parks, at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area.  Using the Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Connie will help participating families identify plants by flower arrangement. Older students can supplement botanical studies with this guided walk/talk. North Farms Road entrance. Florence, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: What better way to spend Mother’s Day than exploring outside, looking for wildflowers?  Visit Bartholomew’s Cobble for a guided walk through trails filled with wild columbine and other native flowers.  Families will be able to learn about how to support butterflies and other insect life through planting native plants and flowers.  Pre-registration required.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  ($)

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take Mom to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a morning of exploring the grounds and inspecting the changes that spring has brought to the landscape.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

10:30am-12noon – STORY HIKE: There will be a family hike and StoryWalk at Wendell State Forest. Bring the whole family to explore and share the joy of nature. Dawn Marvin Ward will guide families in their search for animal life along the trails and meadows while experiencing the story “Over in the Meadow” by Ezra Jack Keats. Meet in parking lot. Ruggles Pond, Wendell State Forest. 978-544-5157. 392 Montague Rd. Wendell, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – MOTHER’S DAY: Celebrate Mother’s Day at Three Sisters Sanctuary, where special performances and presentations will be held to celebrate mind, body, and spirit.  The event begins with the sounding of crystal bows, and will also include a spiritual circle dance and tribal songs.  Route 112.  Goshen, MA.  (<$)

2pm – FILM STUDIES: The Yiddish Book Center screens Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema, a documentary that examines the portrayla of Jewish women in mothering roles within American Cinema, from the very first silent films and Yiddish cultural films to modern mainstream cinema.  413-256-4900.  1021 West Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($) 

2pm – THEATER: Hampshire Regional High School presents Alice in Wonderland!  Meet the caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, some bread-and-butterflies, and all of the other fantastical being and creatures that Alice encounters on her journey.  19 Stage Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (<$)

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

5:30m – SUSTAINABILITY: Berkshire Bank & the Center for EcoTechnology have teamed up to offer an information session on CET’s No Cost Home Energy Efficiency Initiative. Parents can learn how this environmental nonprofit can help save you money and energy this summer! Berkshire Bank. 244 Main Street. Pittsfield, MA (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 14th, 2013

5:30-8pm – LITERACY: Gateway Regional School DIstrict hosts the annual Night of a Million Books, a community event designed to help promote the importance of reading in school and at home.  This year’s theme is a trip to the Mississippi Delta – there will be dinner, children’s activities, and an adult event all following that theme.  The event kicks off this year’s community read which, for adults and mature students, is Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound.  Children’s entertainment at the event will include a performance by Parent’s Choice Award-winning musician Rick Goldin.  Takes place at Gateway Regional High School.  413-667-2203×3.  Littleville Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FILM STUDIES: Amherst Cinema screens a fully remastered version of Volker Schlondorff’s film, The Tin Drum.  The story focuses on a young German boy, born with intelligence and intellect far beyond his years.  On his third birthday, after realizing the hypocrisy and tension of adulthood, he refuses to grow any older.  The film pairs the boy – constantly beating on his tin drum – against a background of World War II Germany, a place that accurately reflects the boy’s perception of adults.  The film also includes 20 minutes of previously cut footage.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

7pm – PLANT STUDIES/LOCAL FOOD: A major part of living a sustainable lifestyle is eating local (and ideally, home-grown) foods.  However, not all foods have to be internationally grown – there are many wild edibles to be found, if you know how to identify them and where to look!  The Jones Library hosts a talk with local naturalist John Root tonight in the Woodbury Room.  Learn all about foraging for delicious leaves, berries, and seeds and add some new foods to your family’s plates!  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

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 15th, 2013

GARDENING: Plant something – anything! – today to participate in the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association’s “Don’t Just Stand There… Plant Something!” campaign.  Families across the state will be planting flowers, veggies, trees, and more today in acknowledgement of the importance of gardening and cultivating land.  Learn about gardening together as a family – beginning with just one seed!

3:30-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum invites any school aged LEGO enthusiast to share ideas and creative energy during monthly meetings of the new LEGO Club. Meetings will be on the third Wednesday of the month, and each month there will be a theme. This month the theme will be “Robots”.  Enjoy an hour of socializing with other LEGO fanatics, listening to music, using your imagination and sharing your ideas with your peers.  This event is FREE and NO registration is required.  Please note that any child under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.  If your family has a child under the age of 5 feel free to bring them for some free play time with Duplos! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: There are tons of apps, games, and other tech-y programs available for use with (or by) young children.  However, improper use of technology with young children can have an effect upon the child’s development.  The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop titled, “Tech for Tots,” where parents will learn about the intersection of technology and child development.  Registration required.  Takes place at the South Hadley Family Center.  413-586-4998 ex 102.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm - ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary!  Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effect that beaver ponds have upon habitats.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  ($)

7:30-10:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: At the Masonic Lodge in Amherst!  No experience or partner necessary – just bring your body and be ready to learn.  99 Main Street.  Amherst, MA. 

6pm – CONCERT: Talented students from Taconic High School perform tonight with the school chorus at the Berkshire Museum!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, 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 16th, 2013

11am-7pm – PLANT SALE: The Garden Club of Amherst is holding a spring plant sale today on the town’s south common!  Stop by to pick out some beauties for your garden, yard, or porch.  South East and Shay’s Streets.  Amherst, MA.  (SALE)

11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Families with little ones ages 18-36 months are invited to the Haskins Center for Balls, Blocks, Beads, and Books Playtime.  The event features a variety of stations with exciting and interactive materials – families will cycle through the stations, and kids will get a chance to play and learn using a variety of toys and other items.  Registration required.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

3-4pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Visit the Westfield Athenaeum for DIY craft time in the Teen Loft!  413-562-6158.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3:30pm – STORYTIME: The Burgy Farmers Market hosts storytime every week on the lawn at the Meekins Library through October 24th. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

7pm – PECHA KUCHA: The Berkshire Museum hosts their sixth Pecha Kucha event tonight, offering the community a chance to learn a little bit about a wide variety of topics!  Pecha Kucha is a presentation style where twenty slides are shown, each lasting for twenty seconds.  Also known as 20×20, such a presentation offers interesting information and an overview of a topic, and requires that a presenter be well prepared!  Best for families with older kids.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

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 17th, 2013

1-2pm - FAMILY FINANCES: The Haskins Center holds a weekly parent group titled, “Stretching Your Dollar Support Group.”  Parents can share budgeting strategies, work together to devise creative solutions to family needs, and this week’s meeting will include a coupon swap (bring some to share!).  413-664-4821.  210 State Street. North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theater presents, “The Little Mermaid, JR.” at the Academy of Music!  Take the whole family under the sea for a musical oceanic adventure!  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7-11pm – PARENTS NIGHT OUT: Enjoy a date night with Friends of Children at their annual Red Shoe Ball taking place in the Garden House at Look Park. Come dance, dine and participate in an exciting auction to raise funds for this Western MA nonprofit which advocates for the needs of vulnerable children in our region. 413-586-0011. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA

8-10pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Community College Players present, “Spamalot,” a hilarious musical based on the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Takes place in the Boland Theater at the Koussevitzky Arts Center.  1350 West Street.  Pittsfield, 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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