Suggested Events for May 18th-24th, 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

Mark your calendars! The Hilltown CDC’s Hilltown Spring Festival is just two weeks away on Saturday, June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

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 17

ServiceNet and Prospect Meadow Farm invite the local community to a free family friendly community day and open house on the farm located at 103a Prospect St. in Hatfield, MA. The activities will take place on Friday, May 17 from 3:30pm-6:00pm. This event will feature guided farm tours, animal demonstrations, lawn games, 2 professional magic shows at 4pm and 5:30pm, live music, a free dessert bar, and food available from the local food truck the Bistro Bus. Prospect Meadow Farm is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers disabled individuals to find meaningful activity through work in agriculture related fields. For more information visit www.facebook.com/prospectmeadowfarm or call Shawn Robinson at 413-887-9441.

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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Call for Kid Crafters for the Hilltown Spring Festival Kids-Made Craft Bazaar! The Hilltown CDC’s 7th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival is on Saturday, June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds. This will be the 4th year the Kids-Made Craft Bazaar happens at the festival. Children up to the age of 12 are invited to sell and barter their hand-made crafts and arts… and each year it’s a huge success! More information and application form here.


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May 18th-24th, 2013

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Saturday, May 18th, 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. 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!
7am-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 34th annual Longmeaddowe Days take place this weekend!  Today’s events begin with a pancake breakfast and a road race, and continue throughout the day, ending in a community campfire on the town green.  Throughout the day, families can enjoy live music, learn about local history (and visit the historic Storrs House), watch historical reenactments, peruse through used books, celebrate fantasy at the annual Sprite and Fairy Festival (from 1-4pm), enjoy a Fairy Tea Party, see locally crafted items of all kinds, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and do lots of fun kids activities, like games and crafts.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

7-10am – ORNITHOLOGY: Learn to identify bird calls by ear today with naturalist John Green!  The Hitchcock Center sponsors an expedition to Fitzgerald Lake, where participants will learn to listen for common bird calls and will learn ways to remember which call belongs to each bird.  Registration required.  413-256-6006.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

8am-2pm – TAG SALE: The Friends of the Clapp Memorial Library are hosting the library’s annual tag sale today!  Stop by for some great new-to-you finds.  413-323-0417.  19 South Main Street.  Belchertown, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

8:30am – RUN/WALK: St. John the Baptist School hosts their first ever We Are ALL Family 5K Run/Walk this morning!  Registration begins at 8:30am, and the family friendly run and walk begins at 10am.  There will be fun fitness-themed activities for kids beginning at 9:30am, too!  Takes place at Chicopee Memorial State Park.  Johnny Cake Hollow Road.  Chicopee, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am – TAG SALE: Find everything from furniture to textbooks to children’s toys at a block sale!  Multiple households will be participating, meaning even more great new-to-you stuff to score.  West Center Street.  Florence, MA.  (SALE)

9-11am – NATURE WALK: Explore West Springfield’s Mittineague Park and the arrival of spring by observing birds, plants, insects, and wildlife as they transition into springtime!  Join the West Springfield Environmental Committee and the Park and Recreation Department for a Spring Nature Walk with local naturalist Doug Guyett.  All ages are welcome, but please no pets.  Bring comfortable shoes, a snack, and a beverage.  413-263-3284. Fife Lane. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

9am-12noon – PLANT SALE: Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale at Trinity Baptist Church.  17 Severance Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (SALE)

9am-12noon - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate springtime at the Family Fun Festival at North Riverfront Park as part of Bay State Bike Week!  Families can decorate their bikes for participation in a bicycle parade, learn to row and/or paddle, get their faces painted, tour the riverwalk and the park, and more!  121 West Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm - PLANT SALE: At the Wistariahurst Museum!  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA. (SALE)

9am-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Spend time giving back to your community as a family today!  Berkshire Trail Elementary School is holding the annual Community Spruce-Up Day today, an event that brings together students, parents, teachers, and community members to help with maintenance and beautification of the school’s grounds.  Projects at today’s event include installing a nature play area, planting fruit-bearing bushes and trees, and adding a composting station to the school’s garden.  RSVP requested, but not required (rhuntley@antioch.edu).  Volunteers of all ages and abilities welcome!  Stay for as long as you are able to – even fifteen minutes!  Have lunch at the nearby Old Creamery Co-op too! 207-441-7501.  2 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

9am-3pm – PLANT SALE: The Sunderland Library will host a plant sale, coupled with a book & bake sale.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA. (SALE)

9am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Enjoy a day of railroad-themed fun at Chester on Track!  The event begins with a parade through town, featuring representatives from lots of local organizations.  The historic railroad station will be open, and families can visit to learn about the many different type of trains found in Chester and the town’s railway history.  The old jail will also be open to visitors, and Angel Mist Farm will provide carriage rides through town throughout the day.  There will also be live music, and a large craft fair featuring goods from local artists and artisans.  Fun and educational for all ages!  Chester, MA.  (FREE)

9am-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Greylock War Memorial Tower atop Mt. Greylock opens it’s doors for the season today!  Standing 90 feet tall, the tower provides a 360 degree view of the northern Berkshires.  Hike or drive to the mountain’s summit!  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

10am-1pm – EARLY CHILDHOOD FAIR: Are your little ones getting ready for preschool?  Learn about the options available in your community at the Early Education Community and Family Fair, hosted by the Mohawk Trail Regional School District in the cafeteria at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School.  Families can meet representatives from local preschool and daycares, and will be able to learn about the programs that they offer.  Meanwhile, kids can take part in all sorts of fun activities, including a special performance and healthy snack-making!  413-625-6194.  75 Mechanic Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn about the plants found in the boreal forests of western Massachusetts with Tamarack Hollow’s naturalist Aimee Gelinas.  Families will learn to find and identify species such as the pink lady slipper, blue bead lilly, trout lilly, bunchberry, and red trillium!  The 2-3 mile moderate hike will begin at Tamarack Hollow Nature Center.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  1515 Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.

10am-1:30pm – NATURE/HUMAN HISTORY: Ever wonder how old, abandoned towns turn into forests?  Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Nick Anzuoni for a hike in the Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest to learn about the human history and ecology of the land, like the effects of agriculture and the charcoal industry.  Program attendees can either go on a short walk to visit the Forest’s beehive-shaped charcoal kiln, or take a five mile moderate hike along former roads in order to visit other historical sites, such as stone walls, cellar holes, and mill sites!  Dress appropriately for rain or shine, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring lunch or a snack.  All ages are welcome.  413-499-4262.  16 Plainfield Road.  Hawley, MA. (FREE)

10am-2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Enjoy a day of fun family activities and the added bonus of a free dental screening at Healthy Smiles Family Fun Day!  There will be arts anc crafts projects, face painting, a book swap, a tricycle rodeo, and information on summer activities – as well as tooth checks.  978-249-3703.  92 New Athol Road.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – SEED/PLANT SWAP: 1st Annual Spring Seed & Plant Exchange. Find the perfect plant to grow this season and swap seeds for summer crops! Bring the whole family and exchange gardening tips with neighbors and friends. Seeds, seedlings, and perennial divisions are all accepted during this Hilltown Seed Saving Network event. 413-634-5013. Community House. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (SWAP)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Celebrate Museum Day in the northern Berkshire with The Clark!  The museum is offering free admission, and today’s visitors will also get to take a special look at the construction taking place!  Families can view the museum’s permanent collections, as well as special short-term shows.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: In celebration of Art Museum Day, the Norman Rockwell Museum is offering free admission to kids and teens under 18!  Visit the museum as a family to learn about the life and works of Norman Rockwell, whose unique illustrative works capture the essence of American life during the first half of the 20th century.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

10:30am – SPRING FLING: “Spring Fling”  Bringing the sun into the Children’s Library at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  Come for Spring inspired stories, a short video, Spring theme craft, and snacks!  Toddler and Preschool.  NO registration is required.  Sponsored by Wee Read  and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – INTERGENERATIONAL ART: The Art Garden is offering an intergenerational art-making workshop for grandparents and grandchildren. Come have fun making art keepsakes with and/or alongside your grandchildren! This event is offered thanks to a grant from the Xeric Foundation.  All materials included. Instructional support and guidance provided. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – CREATIVE FREE PLAY: Cardboard abounds at the Ramsdell Library!  Stop by to fashion your very own cardboard car.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-3pm – CONCERT: Northampton Community Music Center’s students take to the streets today!  The center’s annual Springfest brings live music to locations throughout downtown – musicians of all ages will play a variety of different types of music all day long.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Every kid loves mud, and spring is the perfect time to play in it!  Celebrate spring in the Berkshires at Muddy Brook Elementary School PTA’s annual Mud Day!  Families can visit the school to participate in muddy tug-of-wars, muddy treasure digging, muddy pile and pie making, and less-muddy face painting, crafting, tie-dying, and more!  Numerous local organizations will be offering information and activities, and there will be lots of exciting things for families to do.  318 Monument Valley Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (<$)

1pm - LANGUAGE ARTS: Enjoy classic poetry outdoors at the Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual poetry walk and open house!  The walk recognizes the anniversary of Emily Dickinson’s death and includes readings at five locations in downtown Amherst.  Participants in the walk will get to read the poems, on a first-come, first-served basis – arrive as early at 12:45 in order to receive an assignment.  The open house will begin at 2:30pm, following the walk.  413-542-8459.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement in Pittsfield! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com. 67 East St. Pittsfield. (FREE)

4pm: LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents.  This month’s theme is, “Changed the World: Buried in Stockbridge.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Visit Naumkeag for a sneak preview of the historic home’s beautiful tree peonies!  Older students and parents can attend a lecture on peony gardening, followed by tea on the terrace.  Great for students interested in learning to acquire their own gardening skills.  RSVP strongly recommended.  413-298-3239 x 3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

2-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Graham Cracker Festival Art Contest at Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. Kids are invited to bring artwork containing at least 1 real graham cracker for juding and prizes. Historian and playwright Mike Ryan will provide a brief history of Sylvester Graham. Games by A2Z Science & Learning Store will be offered on the lawn and music performed by Florence Community Band. More info on contest, email Liz at lizzardear@comcast.net. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

2 and 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.  ($$)

2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Visit Beartown State Forest’s opening day to learn about the history of Swann Lodge and the preservation efforts underway to ensure that the park remains a beautiful place to visit, and a local landmark, too!  413-528-0904.  69 Blue Hill Road.  Monterey, MA.  (FREE)

4 and 7pm – BALLET: Take a trip with Alice to meet the Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and all of Wonderland’s other fantastic characters – Amherst Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium (located in the Fine Arts Center).  Supported by the Amherst and Pelham Cultural Councils.  151 Presidents Drive.  Amherst, MA. 

7:30pm – THEATER: The New Renaissance Players presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shea Theater.  Kids get in for free!  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – FILM: Pothole Pictures presents a screening of “Root Hog or Die,” a 1974 film about the last of the old time horse farmers in western Massachusetts.  The 56-minute film will be shown in its digitally remastered version, and a community conversation about changes in local farming will take place after the film.  Whistlestop will play before the screening, from 7-7:30pm.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

8pm – THEATER: Students at Miss Hall’s School present, “The Diviners,” a play about a community in depression-era Indiana that is struggling to deal with the loss of a neighbor.  Shows take plaec in the Woods Theater, located in the Klein Performing Arts Center.  413-443-6401.  492 Holmes Road.  Pittsfield, 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.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7-7:45pm – DANCING: Berkshire Ballroom Dance presents a free American tango lesson with instructor Dan DeBennedetto!  There will be a dance following from 7:45-11pm, tickets for which can be added at additional cost.  413-684-1510.  116 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Sunday, May 19th, 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.

10am – COMMUNITY WALK: Help to raise awareness of and funding for research to cure Huntington’s Disease at the annual Garbage Trail Walk!  The event begins at the Guthrie Center and takes participants on a tour of Guthrie landmarks – the event begins with a trip on a microbus (groovy!) to Alice’s Restaurant, and walkers will walk from there back to the church (roughly 6.3 miles).  It’s a great way to get exercise, support a great cause, and celebrate folk music icon Arlo Guthrie!  413-528-1955.  2 Van Deusenville Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

12noon-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 34th annual Longmeaddowe Days take place this weekend!  Today’s events include a parade, cemetery tour, history/architecture tours.  Throughout the day, families can enjoy live music, learn about local history (and visit the historic Storrs House), watch historical reenactments, peruse through used books, see locally crafted items of all kinds, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and do lots of fun kids activities, like games and crafts.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – 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.  ($$)

2pm – THEATER: The New Renaissance Players presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shea Theater.  Kids get in for free!  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (<$)

2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/MATERIAL CULTURE: Take a step back in time to the 19th century today at the Westhampton Library!  This special hands-on event will give participants a chance to try out common 1800’s activities like churning butter and using a two-man saw, and will also include a chance to look at images under a stereoscope and lessons on writing a will, cleaning a rifle and more!  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – THEATER: Students at Miss Hall’s School present, “The Diviners,” a play about a community in depression-era Indiana that is struggling to deal with the loss of a neighbor.  Shows take plaec in the Woods Theater, located in the Klein Performing Arts Center.  413-443-6401.  492 Holmes Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

3pm – CONCERT: The Children’s Chorus of Springfield performs this afternoon at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

6pm – CONCERT: Bagpipes, a traditional Scottish instrument, are strange and beautiful, and emit a sound like no other instrument!  Eric Goodchild performs bagpipe music in concert tonight at the Congregational Church of Shelburne, to benefit the church’s music fund.  Kids with audience skills can learn about the instrument of it’s interesting sound!  Common Road.  Shelburne, MA.  (DONATION)

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

3-4pm – TEEN/TWEEN: What sort of scientific phenomenon can turn a bowl of goop into a super bouncy ball?  Find out this afternoon at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Students in grades 6-12 can participate in this fascinating (and bouncy) activity!  413-562-6158 ex 5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, 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 21st, 2013

1pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a special storytime at the East Longmeadow Library!  Redstone Creamery will be sharing ice cream with visitors – enjoy your treat while listening to a great book.  413-525-5432.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – COMPOST: Learn how to make your very own black gold at home with the Center for Ecotechnology!  The Hitchcock Center hosts a workshop on home composting for successful gardening, whether it’s in the ground, in raised beds, or in containers.  Composting is a great way to recycle some of your household waste, and home composting is a great way for kids to learn about decomposition and gardening.  413-256-6006.  525 South Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Community Network for Children hosts, “Managing the Transitions in Every Day Life with Simplicity Parenting,” a workshop on successful daily, weekly, and even monthly routines to help parents and children handle changes big and small.  Held at Erving Elementary School, the workshop includes dinner (beginning at 5:30), and childcare is available with registration.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP:  Hilltown Families and Cup and Top Café are presenting a series of free talks for parents with Brooke Norton, Certified Sex Educator and Jane Fleishman, MS, 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 and Jane will also touch upon sexual orientation and coming out, and what parents can teach their kids about consent. 413-684-8697. 1 North Main St. Florence, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids hosts a workshop titled, “Different Child, Different needs.”  Lead by Jeanine Fitzgerald, the workshop will teach parents about their influence over their child’s development and behavior, as well as the parts of a temperament that are often inherited.  Pre-registration required, childcare available.  413-464-5095.  444 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm-8:00pm – COMPOST: Learn everything you need to know about worm composting! Ben Goldberg will provide information about worm bins, the correct compost and feeding schedules for your crawly friends. Children will love to watch their food scraps disappear week after week. Please register in advance. 413 584-2665. River Valley Market Community Room, 330 N King St. Northampton, 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 22nd, 2013

1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: When is it appropriate to give children access to technology such as smart phones, iPads, and computers?  Learn about developmentally appropriate use of technology tonight at the Palmer-Monson Family Network, where the Collaborative for Educational Services presents, “Tech for Tots,” a workshop on the impact of technology use on young children.  Childcare is available with preregistration.  413-570-3061.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

6-8:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Amherst Regional High School Jazz Workshop happens at Sweetser Park (across from Black Sheep Deli).  BYO picnic dinner and lounge on the lawn with your kids while listening to ARHS Jazz Workshop combos along with Pioneer Valley Performing Arts. Lessey Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6:30-7:45pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Join the Crocker Farm PGO for Science Night!  Parents will learn ways to extend their children’s science learning at home, and will also receive information about the new next generation of Common Core science standards that will be released soon.  RSVP to edonoghue@arps.org.  280 West Street.  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 23rd, 2013

8:45am-1:30pm – ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT: Inspire the future of tomorrow through environmental awareness! The Youth Environmental Summit (YES) brings students from grades 3-12 together to present science and environmental studies projects through presentations and hands-on workshops. Bring your students or participate as a YES workshop presenter, open to both professionals and college student. Past workshop topics included Animals and Adaptations, Healthy Cooking, and Tree ID. Contact Stephanie at sbergman@flyingcloudinstitute.org. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

3-10pm - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Amherst Town Fair takes place this week on the Town Common.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the event includes rides, games, food, and more!  Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

6-7pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Visit Berkshire South Community Center for a spring bird walk!  Explore the trails behind the center to look for common Berkshire birds, and listen for their calls.  413-528-2810.  Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

7pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee is offering a workshop tonight on avoiding the dangers of one of the outdoors’ smallest pests – ticks.  Titled, “Ticks, Lyme Disease, and Your Family’s Health,” the workshop will cover tick identification, diseases carried by ticks, the relationship between ticks and invasive plants, and ways to protect your family and pets from the miniscule creatures.  The event will take place at Goshen Town Hall.  42 Main Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

8:30-10pm – MOVIE: The Shea Theater sponsors a special outdoor screening of “Field of Dreams,” a Kevin Costner classic about baseball and believing in the impossible.  The film will be shown at Peskeomskut Park in the warm evening air!  Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Boston ONE Fund, and the screening will take place at the Shea Theater in case of rain.  Avenue A.  Turners Falls, 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 24th, 2013

10:30-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Trees are covered with brand new leaves now that it’s spring!  Learn all about trees, their growth process, and the important habitat that they help to provide at the Great Falls Discovery Center.  Ages 3-6.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

3-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Amherst Town Fair takes place this week on the Town Common.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the event includes rides, games, food, and more!  Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

7pm – CONCERT: Students, faculty, and alumni from Gateway Regional High School perform tonight for the annual Shipman Concert, a fundraiser for three scholarships given to graduating seniors at the school.  The concert will include everything from bluegrass and folk to jazz and pop, and showcases the talents of many students!  413-685-1003.  Littleville Road.  Huntington, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Ashfield Community Theater presents, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” an eccentric satire set in the midst of our technologically advanced age.  Takes place at Ashfield Town Hall.  412 Main Street.  Ashfield, 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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