Suggested Events for September 7th-13th, 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

Have you checked out Art in the Orchard in Easthampton yet? It’s definitely a must see! Take your family this weekend for a celebration of art & farming!

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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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BULLETIN BOARD

Sep 7

JOURNEY, a wordless picture book by local author/illustrator Aaron Becker, celebrates its debut with a behind the scenes look at the book making process this September at the Hope and Feathers gallery in Amherst. Come help kick things off with the artist on Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm with a wine and cheese affair. The show includes sketches, watercolor tests, book dummies, and final artwork from the New York Times Best Selling picture book. Prints, cards, and signed copies of the book are also for sale. Come see what all the buzz is about! Hope & Feathers is located at 319 Main Street in Amherst. 413-835-0197. A special reading and slide show will precede the event at the Amherst Jones Library at 2pm.

Begins Sep 9

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in our Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to our Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

Sep 10

Amherst Montessori SchoolAmherst Montessori School has September openings for children ages 15 months – 3 years in the Toddler or La Casita Spanish Toddler programs. Featuring music, movement, and outdoor play daily in a nurturing, child-centered environment. Full- and part-time schedules available. Scholarships available. Open House on September 10th from 10-11:30am at 27 Pomeroy Lane in Amherst! For more information please call Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at 413-253-3101 or email lmiller@amherstmontessori.org.

Begins Sep 13

Prenatal Yoga Class in Northampton starts Sept 13th. Courtney Hill Wulsin will be teaching a Prenatal Yoga class on Fridays from 11:30-12:30 at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Free for members and only $10 drop-in for non-members. No yoga experience necessary and all stages of pregnancy welcome. In addition to being a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Courtney is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist specializing in Women’s Health and the birthing year. She is also a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. This class is ongoing and anyone is welcome to drop in without registration at any time. Mats and props are provided. If you have any questions you can call 413-303-1246 or visit www.windowofheavenacupuncture.com.

Sep 13

Volunteers in Northampton Schools (VINS) Back to School Event is Friday, September, 13th! Are you available to give 1-2 hours a week of time to Northampton public schools? Join VINS for a meet and greet gathering – returning and new volunteers welcome! This event will cover some of the basics about VINS and get into detail about volunteer opportunities in the schools. Where: Forbes Library Community Room (downstairs/ Children’s Library). Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Light morning refreshments will be available. To RSVP, email or call vinsvolunteer@gmail.com / 413-587-1332. Find VINS on Facebook, too! Volunteers in Northampton Schools, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1981.

Sep 14

Pioneer Valley Ballet is pleased to announce auditions for The Nutcracker are being held on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Children ages 4.5 – 12 are invited to audition and play a role in PVB’s 35th anniversary production. Unique to the region, PVB’s community productions include dancers from the community, PVB students, and professionals. Roles include Reindeer, Angels, Gingerbread, Party Children, Fleur, and Candy Canes. Auditions are held at Pioneer Valley Ballet, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton on Saturday, September 14 beginning at 10:30am. Registration forms are available online and in PVB’s studio. For more info: pvb@pioneervalleyballet.org or 413-527-6363.

Begins Sep 21

Jacob Fine writes,ALMA is a fresh approach to Jewish education for youth and families. We believe that Jewish tradition has the potential to add profound meaning & richness to our lives and be a force for positive change in our world. We believe that our students must genuinely enjoy themselves in order to learn & develop the love of Jewish life that we aspire to impart. We work hard to create a culture that is joyful, where our students feel respected & not stifled. ALMA provides engaging communal experiences that inspire & support youth & families to cultivate increasingly meaningful and joyous Jewish lives. We bring Torah to life through engaging each student’s mind, body & soul. For information contact rabbijacob@cbinorthampton.org.”

3D Mammograms at Cooley Dickinson. 3D mammograms offer more detail and earlier cancer detection. And 3D mammograms are now offered at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Mammography is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when a cure is most likely, the prognosis is better and the treatment choices are greater. 3D mammography, also known as Breast Tomosynthesis, was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the latest advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years. Is it time for your mammogram? Get a 3D mammogram exam. To schedule an appointment, call 413-582-2101 (Northampton) or 413-253-8062 (Amherst).

Dec 6-8

The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from December 6-8. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. There are five identical sessions available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

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POSTPONED – BENEFIT CONCERT: The Connecticut River Watershed Council presents “Source to Sea with Robin & Linda Williams,” a benefit concert to support the 17th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Featuring Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion playing “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk and acoustic country” music. Pat and Tex LaMountain of Greenfield will open. Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets $15 all seats, for sale at World Eye Books, Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books, online at www.ctriver.org/news-events/concert or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. – POSTPONED


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 7th-13th, 2013

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Saturday, September 7th, 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. This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) Keith and Ezra of Trout Fishing in America join us as our guest DJs sharing a wide mix of musical styles. - 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.

8am-6pm – LOCAL FOOD/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Raw Milk Dairy Days take place 9/7 and 9/8.  Dairies that sell raw milk will open up for tours and other activities.  Cricket Creek Farm is open today for tours at 12:30pm and 4:30pm.  Visitors can observe a milking at 5pm.  This is a great way for families to explore a local dairy, learn about raw milk, and discover the importance of local farms.  413-458-5888.  1255 Oblong Road.  Williamstown, MA.

8am-7pm – LOCAL FOOD/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Raw Milk Dairy Days take place 9/7 and 9/8.  Dairies that sell raw milk will open up for tours and other activities.  Upinngil Farm is open every day for self-guided tours.  Visitors can observe a milking from 5pm-7pm.  This is a great way for families to explore a local dairy, learn about raw milk, and discover the importance of local farms.  413-863-4431.  411 Main Road.  Gill, MA.

9am-1pm – FURNITURE SALE/FUNDRAISER: Today is the 14th annual used furniture sale to benefit the Amherst Survival Center.  All proceeds go to Survival Center’s many programs that help the community.  The event takes place on the Amherst Town Common.  413-549-3968.  Downtown.  Amherst, MA.

9am-1pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Wild and Scenic Westfield River is hosting “Macroinvertebrate Madness: Learn to Love Our Water Bugs.”  This workshop will teach you the basics of finding and identifying macroinvertebrates (invertebrates that are large enough to be seen without a microscope) in the Westfield River and its tributaries.  This workshop would be great for students interested in insects, nature, water, animals, and being outdoors.  Meet at Chester Railroad Station.  413-579-3015.  10 Prospect Street.  Chester, MA.  (FREE)

9am-3pm – CARS/HISTORY: Today is Springfield’s 10th annual History on the Move Car Show, which is meant to pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history.  The car show features pre-1980 automobiles, including some Springfield-built vehicles!  Paul Mennet, the host of NESN’s Cruisin’ New England television show, will be at the event with interesting muscle cars.  There will also be awards for cars in several categories, live music, and food available at the museum’s cafe.  Learn about Springfield’s history and the history of the automobile industry while getting to see some cool old cars!  Free with museum admission.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

9:30am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Franklin County Fair continues today!  This is the Fair’s 165th year, and it features live music, rides, games, racing pigs, frisbee dogs, horses, truck pulls, a demolition derby, a firefighter’s parade and muster, agricultural exhibits and competitions, a midway, and so much more!  There will be activities and entertainment for the whole family.  413-774-4282.  89 Wisdom Way.  Greenfield, MA.  $

9:30am-11am  HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Did you that the first female nature guides East of the Rockies worked at Mt. Tom State Reservation?  Come to Mt. Tom to hear about this fascinating history and to learn more about the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: The Drummers’ Call at Old Sturbridge Village features many of New England’s best fife and drum bands.  Visitors will see a parade, watch each group perform, and learn about the role of musicians in the lives of early New England soldiers.  This is a great way to learn about this unique aspect of the region’s history.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am – STORYTIME/NATURE STUDIES: Kids 0-8 and their families can join the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program for a nature StoryWalk at DAR State Forest.  The story will focus on trees and animals and there will be live creatures to observe, fun activities, and a free book for each family.  Route 112.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

10am – IMMIGRATION STUDIES: The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Berkshire Immigrant Center will be a hosting a naturalization ceremony in the galleries of the Museum.  Berkshire residents who immigrated to the United States will be sworn in as naturalized citizens in front of Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings – “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom of Worship,” “Freedom from Want,” and “Freedom from Fear.”  The paintings are based on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, in which he outlined those four freedoms as essential human rights to be protected.  This is the second annual naturalization ceremony at the museum – last year 23 Berkshire residents became citizens in front of the “Four Freedoms.”  This is a rare opportunity to witness members of the Berkshire community become recognized as U.S. citizens against the historic backdrop of some of Rockwell’s most famous works.  Free with museum admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

10am-11:30am – ART: Kids ages 7-12 can take a painting class with artist Marlene Rye as part of Easthampton’s Art In the Orchard.  Rye has years of experience as an artist and art teacher.  Kids will learn how to paint “en plein air” at the orchard and will even get the chance to enter their work in the Easthampton Plein Air Painting Competition for free!  The Competition takes place from 9/7-9/14 at Nash Gallery.  There are two more sessions of this class, on 9/8 and 9/14.  You can sign up for one or all three – those who sign up for all three will receive a discount on the registration fee.  You must register in advance.  413-297-0991.  82 Park Hill Road.  Easthampton, MA.  $$

10am-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Today is Berkshire County Residents’ Family Day at Chesterwood, meaning all Berkshire residents get free admission!  Come explore the garden, wander the grounds, enjoy views of Monument Mountain, and tour the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibit.  There will also be hands-on activities for kids, including a scavenger hunt.  Feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy a meal with family and friends on the museum grounds.  413-298-3579 x25216.  4 Williamsville Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – GRANDPARENTS DAY: Greenfield Savings Bank in Northampton is offering free portraits for kids and their grandparents!  Commemorate National Grandparents Day with a special photo.  413-584-4441.  325A King Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

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

11am-11:45am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse’s year-round Family First Saturdays program starts today with a performance by Roger the Jester.  Roger will entertain family members of all ages!  413-394-5023.  20 Franklin Street.  Lee, MA.

11am-3pm – FAMILY CELEBRATION: Hillcrest Educational Centers is holding HillcrestFest, a kids fair for the whole family!  There will be performances by David Grover & Grover’s Band, Mason Zink, Bowey the Clown, and Hillcrest Drumming Group.  There will also be pony rides, mini golf, face painting, bounce houses, balloons, food, and more.  413-499-7924 x133.  788 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.

12noon-2:30pm – ART: Kids ages 10-18 can take a painting class with artist Marlene Rye as part of Easthampton’s Art In the Orchard.  Rye has years of experience as an artist and art teacher.  Kids will learn how to paint “en plein air” at the orchard and will even get the chance to enter their work in the Easthampton Plein Air Painting Competition for free!  The Competition takes place from 9/7-9/14 at Nash Gallery.  There are two more sessions of this class, on 9/8 and 9/14.  You can sign up for one or all three – those who sign up for all three will receive a discount on the registration fee.  You must register in advance.  413-297-0991.  82 Park Hill Road.  Easthampton, MA.  $$

12noon-11pm – GREEK FESTIVAL: The Glendi Greek Festival continues today in Springfield!  The celebration features Greek food, dance, music, pastries, theater, Greek lessons, an iconography workshop, and a tour of the St. George Cathedral.  This family-friendly festival celebrates everything about Greek life and culture and it is not to be missed!  Glendi continues on 9/8.  413-737-1496.  22 St. George Road.  Springfield, MA.

1pm-1:30pm – – NATURE STUDIES: Come to the Mt. Tom State Reservation to discover fall species around the park.  Bring clothes that can get muddy and come prepared to learn about the many different plants and animals that you can observe during the fall!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

1pm-3pm – ART RECEPTION: Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center for an artist reception for Diane Nevinsmith’s watercolor paintings.  The paintings feature landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and more.  Refreshments will be served.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.

2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a screening of Super Buddies (2013; rated G), about a team of puppy super heroes!  This film is cute and fun for the whole family.  413-562-6158 x5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm - HISTORY/ARCHAEOLOGY: Learn about the history of human beings at “Becoming Human: A 500 Million Year Fossil Journey” at Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  This is part of a two-part series (second event on 9/14 at 2pm) on the evolution of modern humans, as seen through fossils.  413-663-6312.  115 State Street, Building 4.  North Adams, MA.

2pm-3:30pm – INSECT STUDIES/CITIZEN SCIENCE: It’s September, which means the monarch butterfly is beginning its 2,500-mile migration to central Mexico.  Butterfly enthusiasts of all ages can come out to Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for an afternoon all about monarchs!  The program will start indoors with hands-on activities, and then move outdoors in search of monarchs to tag for the Monarch Watch citizen science program.  Those who attend this program will learn about monarch butterfly life cycles, what their long journey is like, and how tagging helps scientists learn more about them.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

4pm-7pm - ART RECEPTION/CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Join Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery for an opening and book signing for Aaron Becker’s newest book, JOURNEY.  The book is a wordless children’s book featuring many beautiful illustrations and is already on the New York Times Best Sellers List.  It is about a young girl who draws a door on her wall and enters an imaginary world.  Becker will be at Hope and Feathers to sign copies of the book and answer questions.  Artist proofs, original sketches, giclee prints, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.  413-835-0197.  319 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FOLKLORE: The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society’s Song and Story Swap is back after a summer hiatus.  The Swap is centered on a theme, then everyone introduces themselves and shares a song or story relating to the theme (it’s also okay to just listen!).  After this warm-up round, the performer – this week it is Jay Mankita – plays a 30-minute set, which is followed by another song and story share.  The Song and Story Swap is a great opportunity for intergenerational fun and a way to meet new people.  During the performance, a hat will be passed around for donations.  Takes place at the Nacul Center.  Repeats the first Saturday of each month.  413-687-5002.  592 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION

7pm-Dark – INSECT STUDIES: Enjoy an evening with music and moths at Project Native! Using a light trap, participants can see night insects up close. A family event, so bring a chair/blanket and something to grill (BYOB). S’mores and campfire too.  A fun way to learn about what creatures living in our local habitat and a bit about entomology.  413-274-3433.  242 North Plain Road.  Housatonic, MA.

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Sunday, September 8th, 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.

8am-7pm - LOCAL FOOD/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Raw Milk Dairy Days take place 9/7 and 9/8.  Dairies that sell raw milk will open up for tours and other activities.  Upinngil Farm is open every day for self-guided tours.  Visitors can observe a milking from 5pm-7pm.  This is a great way for families to explore a local dairy, learn about raw milk, and discover the importance of local farms.  413-863-4431.  411 Main Road.  Gill, MA.

8:30am-9:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature walk.  Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and cultural or industrial history.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-5pm - GRANDPARENTS DAY/LOCAL HISTORY: In honor of National Grandparents Day, Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission for grandparents when accompanied by a grandchild!  Spend this special day at Sturbridge Village learning all about daily life in New England in the past.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  >$

10am-11:30am – ART: Kids ages 7-12 can take a painting class with artist Marlene Rye as part of Easthampton’s Art In the Orchard.  Rye has years of experience as an artist and art teacher.  Kids will learn how to paint “en plein air” at the orchard and will even get the chance to enter their work in the Easthampton Plein Air Painting Competition for free!  The Competition takes place from 9/7-9/14 at Nash Gallery.  There are two more sessions of this class, on 9/7 and 9/14.  You can sign up for one or all three – those who sign up for all three will receive a discount on the registration fee.  You must register in advance.  413-297-0991.  82 Park Hill Road.  Easthampton, MA.  $$

10am-3pm - COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is holding a Family Volunteer Day for family members of all ages – even toddlers can help out!  Activities include touring the Food Bank warehouse, sorting food (including vegetables gleaned the day before during the Hilltown Families & Whole Foods Kids’ Day of Service), educational opportunities for kids, a screening of the documentary A Place At the Table, and more.  It is important that kids understand the value and importance of volunteering and community service, and this is an excellent opportunity to give them some hands-on experience volunteering for a great local organization.  This all-ages event shows that no one is too young to start making a difference in their community.  Please RSVP to let the Food Bank know how many family members will be attending.  413-247-9738 x114.  97 North Hatfield Road.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – GRANDPARENTS DAY/ZOO: Sunday is Grandparents Day at the Forest Park Zoo!  Grandparents get a free train ride with a paying child.  This is a great way for kids to spend time with their grandparents while enjoying the zoo.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  $

10am-9pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Franklin County Fair continues today!  This is the Fair’s 165th year, and it features live music, rides, games, racing pigs, frisbee dogs, horses, truck pulls, a demolition derby, a firefighter’s parade and muster, agricultural exhibits and competitions, a midway, and so much more!  There will be activities and entertainment for the whole family.  413-774-4282.  89 Wisdom Way.  Greenfield, MA.  $

11am - LOCAL ART/NATURE STUDIES: Join the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a talk with Barbara Bosworth, Artist in Residence for the New England National Scenic Trail.  Bosworth is a renowned photographer and the first Artist in Residence for the trail.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see her work up close!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

12noon-2:30pm – ART: Kids ages 10-18 can take a painting class with artist Marlene Rye as part of Easthampton’s Art In the Orchard.  Rye has years of experience as an artist and art teacher.  Kids will learn how to paint “en plein air” at the orchard and will even get the chance to enter their work in the Easthampton Plein Air Painting Competition for free!  The Competition takes place from 9/7-9/14 at Nash Gallery.  There are two more sessions of this class, on 9/7 and 9/14.  You can sign up for one or all three – those who sign up for all three will receive a discount on the registration fee.  You must register in advance.  413-297-0991.  82 Park Hill Road.  Easthampton, MA.  $$

12noon-5pm – POLISH FESTIVAL: St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church is holding their Polish Harvest Festival today!  Stop by the church for homemade Polish food like pierogies, galupki, and kapusta, a performance by the Leo Murawaski band, Polish dancers and singers, games, and more!  The Festival is open to all.  413-562-4403.  73 Main Street.  Westfield, MA.

12noon-7pm – GREEK FESTIVAL: The Glendi Greek Festival continues today in Springfield!  The celebration features Greek food, dance, music, pastries, theater, an iconography workshop, and a tour of the St. George Cathedral.  This family-friendly festival celebrates everything about Greek life and culture and it is not to be missed!  413-737-1496.  22 St. George Road.  Springfield, MA.

2pm – HISTORY: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents a talk by Rockwell Center curator Dr. Joyce K. Schiller – “Food at Home and at War During WWII.”  The illustrated lecture discusses food, supplies, recipes, and rationing both at home and for the troops during the second World War.  Schiller will use war posters and magazines to illustrate her main points.  There will be tea at this talk, which is best for adults or older students interested in history.  Free with museum admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

4pm – HISTORY/FASHION: North Hall presents “Fashion in Fiction,” an interactive one-woman show about women’s and men’s fashion during the time of Jane Austen novels.  This event is best for older students and adults interested in literature, fashion, and/or history and is a great way to connect these three interests.  Students admission is free.  413-667-5543.  40 Searle Road.  Huntington, MA.  >$

6pm – POETRY: Poets Ellen Doré Watson and Jeffrey Harrison will read from their collections of poetry at Bascom Lodge.  The reading is presented by Orion Magazine and Tupelo Press and will be followed by a signing.  Older students with audience skills and an interest in poetry would enjoy this event.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Heritage School is hosting a drive-in movie night to benefit the 2014 Heritage Academy Israel Study Tour trip.  They will screen Wreck-It Ralph (2012; rated PG) in the school parking lot and popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks will be available for purchase.  The movie begins promptly at 6:30pm.  Cost is $15 per carload.  413-567-1517.  594 Converse Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  $

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

RSVP DEADLINE Today is the last day to RSVP for the Harvest Supper at Ski Butternut, taking place on Monday September 16th from 6pm-8pm.  The meal is a benefit for Berkshire Grown and features food and drinks from loads of local restaurants, farms, breweries, and more.  The event also features a silent auction and would be a great opportunity for an exciting parents’ night out!  Call to RSVP.  413-528-0041.  Route 23.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$+

9:30am-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP OPENING DAY: Today is the Northampton Parents Center’s opening day of the season!  Drop by for playtime – a great way for kids to have fun and for both parents and children to make new friends!  Snack donations (no nuts) are appreciated.  After today, the Center will be open Monday-Thursday 9:30am-11:30am.  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street, lower level.  Northampton, MA.

1pm-2:30pm - ANIMAL STUDIES: Search for hawks at Mt. Tom State Reservation!  Many birds of prey depend on Mt. Tom for their fall migration, and this “raptor hunt” is a great chance to learn to identify them and how to spot them.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

6pm-7pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Join the Wistariahurst Museum as they kick off their fall lecture series, “Historical Culinary Incidents: An Exploration of Food and Culture in the Pioneer Valley.”  This week, Sara Jonsberg will be at the museum presenting her talk, “The Seminary Kitchen,” which is all about food at Mt. Holyoke College during its early days.  Jonsberg will focus on many of the food-related traditions that have been carried over at the school since the 1800s.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: CHP Family Network offers a “gym fun” playgroup at West Stockbridge Town Hall.  413-464-5095.  21 State Line Road.  West Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time.  For pre-K children and their siblings.  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street, lower level.  Northampton, MA.  
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church.  Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more.  413-533-7096.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by Otis Town Hall for playgroup every Monday!  413-464-5095.  1 North Main Road.  Otis, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center for kids walking-age up to age five.  Includes puzzles, play dough, riding toys, balls, books, and more.  413-663-6593.  66 School Street.  Williamstown, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a weekly drop-in group for mothers of young children.  The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children.  Takes place at the St. John’s Corner House Mission.  413-625-6948.  469 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

9:30am-12:30pm - FAMILY CENTER OPENING DAY: The Belchertown Family Center reopens today after summer break.  Stop by for activities.  Now open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:30am-12noon.  413-283-7594.  720 Franklin Street.  Belchertown, MA.

9:30am-5pm – HOMESCHOOL/LOCAL HISTORY: Today is Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village!  There will be hands-on studios and activities throughout the day, all relating to the role of children in the 1800s.  Spend time doing 19th-century childrens’ chores like helping with laundry, churning butter, stacking wood, helping in the garden, assisting farmers, milking cows, and much more!  Visiting Old Sturbridge Village is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn more about what life was like in the past in New England.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event!  Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.”  Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm-7:15pm – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3 and up and their families are invited to a pajama storytime at the West Springfield Public Library.  This storytime features rhymes, crafts, a snack, and the story, Riding the Fire Truck.  Please pre-register.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT:

7pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema kicks off their Stanley Kubrick Film Festival tonight with Dr. Strangelove (1964; rated PG).  The classic film is a satire of the nuclear scare of the Cold War and one of Kubrick’s most famous films.  Ticket information can be found here.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years.  Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday.  413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time.  For pre-K children and their siblings.  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street, lower level.  Northampton, MA.  
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church.  Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more.  413-533-7096.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup.  413-283-7594.  720 Franklin Street.  Belchertown, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for pre-K kids with educational games and hands-on activities.  Takes place at Haskins Center.  413-663-6593.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time, a song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts. All are welcome to this weekly drop-in event. Led by Waldorf parent-child teacher Trice Atchison, Rhyme Time engages babies and young children in seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and simple puppetry. 413-528-6911. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Lego Club is every Tuesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library!  Come to the library and make new friends while creating Lego masterpieces.  413-229-7004.  48 Main Street.  Sheffield, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Lego Club meets at the Adams Library the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  For kids 4-8.  Please call to sign up.  413-664-4821.  92 Park Street.  Adams, MA.  
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Come to Gabriel Abbott Memorial School Gym for a gym group for kids up to age 8.  The group is all about indoor active play, but also includes an art project, circle time, and a snack.  Siblings welcome.  413-663-6593.  56 N Country Road.  Florida, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library!  Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun.  Happens the second Tuesday of each month.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s newest reserve, Perry’s Peak Road Reserve (formerly Shaw Property).  Perry’s Peak is 139 acres of field and forest, adjacent to Sleepy Hollow Brook and with views of Yokun Ridge.  The hike is an easy 3-4 miles on grassy paths and roads and would be appropriate for adventurous kids and adults.  413-499-0596.  Perry’s Peak Road.  Richmond, MA.

4pm-5:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens can stop by the East Forest Park Branch Library to decorate picture frames or notebooks.  These school-related crafts will help get you excited about going back to school!  413-263-6836.  122 Island Pond Road.  Springfield, MA.

5pm-7:30pm – CONCERT: Ventfort Hall’s outdoor concert series goes throughout September and features live music, craft beer, and great views.  This week, folk duo Oakes & Smith will perform.  These concerts are a great way to kick off fall and enjoy lovely views and music with family and friends.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – DANCE STUDIES/TAP DANCE: Tap dance master Tony Waag will be at the Bascom Lodge tonight for a special tap performance!  Waag is a performer, choreographer, teacher, director, and producer, and has been referred to as the “Mayor of Tap City” and the “Pied Piper of Tap Dance.”  This exciting tap performance is not to be missed!  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center.  413-464-5095.  65 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time.  For pre-K children and their siblings.  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street, lower level.  Northampton, MA.  
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church.  Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more.  413-533-7096.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup.  413-283-7594.  720 Franklin Street.  Belchertown, MA.
  • HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages.  Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history.  Call for meeting place info.  Runs until October 16.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the New Marlborough Library.  413-464-5095.  1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.  New Marlborough, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5!  Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come to the Mason Square Branch Library for storytime, songs, and crafts.  For ages 3-8.  413-263-6853.  765 State Street.  Springfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 1pm-4pm – HIKING: Explore Mt. Greylock’s exciting and hidden features and learn all about the mountain in the process.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.
  • 3pm – CHESS: Chess Club is every Wednesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library!  Come to the library and make new friends while improving your chess skills.  413-229-7004.  48 Main Street.  Sheffield, MA.
  • 4pm – CHESS: Kids from kindergarten to 8th grade can drop by the East Longmeadow Public Library for chess!  This weekly program is open to kids of all skill levels, from beginner to chess pro.  Come make new friends and improve your chess skills.  413-525-5400 x4.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

3:45pm – BOOK CLUB: Second and third graders can come to the West Springfield Public Library for “Ready Readers Book Club.”  Come discuss the book of the month and do a related craft activity.  No registration necessary.  413-736-4561 x3.  200 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.

4pm-5:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens can stop by the Forest Park Branch Library to decorate picture frames or notebooks.  These school-related crafts will help get you excited about going back to school!  413-263-6843.  380 Belmont Avenue.  Springfield, MA.

6pm - KIDS YOGA: The Westfield Yoga Center and the Westfield Athenaeum are teaming up to offer an introductory kids yoga class at the library for kids in grades 1-5.  The Yoga Center focuses on Hatha yoga, which uses warm-ups, physical postures, and breathing exercises in order to bring about union of body, mind, and spirit.  This is the first of a three-part class (continues 9/19 and 9/26 at 6pm) and you will be signed up for all three classes when you register.  Please register in advance.  413-562-6158 x5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Tonight is the second annual Celebrate Amherst Block Party, featuring food, music, circus performers, bounce houses, and more.  This is a great way to have fun with friends and family while learning about everything your community has to offer.  413-259-3333.  Downtown.  Amherst, MA.

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years.  Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday.  413-464-5095.  Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time.  For pre-K children and their siblings.  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street, lower level.  Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church.  Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more.  413-533-7096.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup.  413-283-7594.  720 Franklin Street.  Belchertown, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Millers Falls Library through December.  Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program.  413-659-3801.  23 Bridge Street.  Millers Falls, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Stop by the New Salem Library every Thursday for nursery rhymes, tales, and tunes.  978-544-6334.  23 S Main Street.  New Salem, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Community Health Program (CHP), Bushnell-Sage Library is hosting a Sing-A-Song playgroup for kids 0-5 and their caregivers.  Runs every Thursday.  413-229-7004.  48 Main Street.  Sheffield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a monthly drop-in group for mothers of young children.  The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children.  Takes place at the Cummington Family Center on the second Thursday of each month.  413-634-8853.  33 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 2pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: Enjoy a tour of the Mission House’s Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and learn about their historical significance.  The tour is followed by croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm.  Every Thursday until September 26.  413-298-3239 x3013.  19 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm – HISTORY: Kids and their families are invited to tour Naumkeag and explore the Gilded Age Mansion’s many rooms through the eyes of those who lived there.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about this historical site!  Runs every Thursday until October 10.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Explore Naumkeag at night every Thursday until the end of September!  These events feature live music, tours, speakers, a cash bar, and more.  413-298-8138.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $

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Friday, September 13th, 2013

10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Mover and Shakers playgroup, for kids walking-age to five years.  There will be play, learning, singing, movement, and more.  Takes place at Adams Youth Center.  413-663-6593.  East Street.  Adams, MA.

2:30pm – ART HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly for “Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts.”  This program is geared toward adults, but may be appropriate for older students interested in art history or biography.  The talk celebrates Rockwell’s unique style of humor and explores his journey as an illustrator.  Free with museum admission.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  $$

7pm-9pm – CONCERT: The Great Falls Discovery Center’s Coffeehouse concert series presents Pitchfork, a group that combines New England poetry with harmonica, tuba, and trombone.  This exciting concert takes place in the Great Hall, and you can explore the museum and museum store during intermission.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Suggested donation of $6-12.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  >$-$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

10pm – FILM: Late Nights at Amherst Cinema continue tonight with a screening of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet (rated R).  The screening is a special sing along to this rap opera by R. Kelly.  This unique film has been released in chapters since 2005 and follows the songs, which are acted out in each chapter.  Get tickets in advance here.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers can stop by Whole Children for playgroup, featuring snacks and playtime.  37 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky!  Siblings are welcome.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – HIKING: Kids 8 and under and their parents or guardians are invited to Mt. Greylock for a “tyke hike.”  Kids can learn about and experience nature and then hear a story.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Weekly “Skip and Dip” playgroup at Berkshire South RCC.  413-464-5095.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day until October 14 for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home.  The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period.  Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly fitWIC playgroup at CHP Family Services Building.  413-464-5095.  442 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years.  It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer!  Free with museum admission.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall, featuring educational playthings, snack, art project, and circle time.  For kids walking-age to five years.  413-663-6593.  83 N Main Street.  Lanesborough, MA.
  • 1pm-4pm – HIKING: Learn the basics of hiking, reading maps, trail safety, bear etiquette, and more at Mt. Greylock’s “hiking 101” program.  The program is open to all ages and teaches important information for those interested in hiking but who may want to know more before setting out on an adventure.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.

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