Suggested Events for November 2nd-8th, 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

Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, takes place Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2. It’s a time when family and friends gather to  remember friends and family members who have passed away. Traditions connected with the holiday include creating altars called ofrendas to remember ancestors, offering sugar skulls, marigolds, and traditional Mexican foods and drinks. Discover resources to learn more in our archived post, El Diá de los Muertos.

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BULLETIN BOARD

Nov 2

Celebrate creativity through the arts! Everyone is welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s free Afternoon @ My Museum: Creative Kids! event on Saturday, November 2 from 1–4 PM. Kids can explore and create their own Museum masterpieces. Drop-in activities (designed for preschoolers+ with adult) include storytime in the galleries, art making, and a live musical performance (2:30 pm) by Nick Deysher of “In the Nick of Time.” Free admission and snacks; open to all; no registration required. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Questions: museduc@smith.edu. Smith College Museum of Art is located at Elm Street at Bedford Terrace in Northampton, MA. 413-585-2760.

Nov 3

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ‘Inside Story’ Event! 18 children’s books authors and illustrators will be at the Odyssey bookshop on Sunday, November 3rd to share the “Inside Story” about their latest publications. From picture books, middle grade and early readers to young adult this event has something for everyone! Free prizes, a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author and First Book will donate a book to a child in need for every book purchased! Perfect for children, educators and librarians. See website for more details and a list of the authors. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. www.odysseybks.com 413-534-7307

Open Houses: Nov 4 & 11

The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA, will host two open houses in November. Please join them for a Middle School Open House (grades 7 and 8) on Monday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Williston Middle School. The Upper School Open House (grades 9 through 12 and a PG year) is Monday, November 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Reed Campus Center. Meet with their community of faculty, staff, and students, learn about their exceptional academics and afternoon program, and tour their campus and see their classrooms, art spaces, and athletic facilities. For more information and to register, visit www.williston.com/openhouse, call 413-529-3241, or email admission@williston.com.

Begins Nov 4

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their 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 their 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.

Wed.

Art Alive is offering weekly Wine and Painting classes every Wednesday from 6-8:30pm in downtown Amherst! All ages are welcome in our store, which features an ongoing $5 Craft of the Week and DIY kits in the craft center, but Wine and Painting Wednesdays are strictly for adults. Looking for a Parents’ Night Out? Grab a friend or your partner & enjoy a relaxing evening and bring home your very own painting! Cost is $30; art supplies, snacks & instructor are provided while attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverage. Questions about classes, birthday parties & more: artaliveamherst@gmail.com. Stay current with the Craft of the Week & new items at www.facebook.com/artaliveamherst. Art Alive is located at 35 S. Pleasant St. in Amherst.

Nov Special

Prenatal and Postpartum Support: If you are an expecting mother experiencing morning sickness, insomnia, heartburn, back pain or migraines; know that these symptoms don’t have to ruin your blessed nine months. Window of Heaven Acupuncture & Yoga in Northampton specializes in women’s health, especially the Birthing Year. Chinese Medicine during pregnancy is a gentle, safe way to balance your body and allow you to reconnect with your baby. A stronger, happier mother grows a healthier baby. For more info on prenatal/postnatal care or birth preparation call 413-303-1246 or visit www.windowofheavenacupuncture.com. November Special: Expecting mothers who book appointments in November get $25 off the first appointment and $20 off the second.

Begins Dec 1

In 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson started the Transcendental Club to bring people together to talk about nature, politics and theology—but he didn’t start Transcendentalism. It began in Northampton 100 years earlier when Sarah and Jonathan Edwards felt God’s presence in its people and places, a feeling that generated both evangelical Christianity and Transcendentalism. This Club, playfully descended from Emerson’s, discovers how Transcendentalism begins here, where we live. Readings, 4 seminars, group discussions and 3 field environmental philosophy outings will leave you with an advanced understanding of Transcendentalism, and of our Nonotuck biome. By the time the Club disbands, you’ll be living someplace new: a more beautiful & inspiring “here.”

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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TICKET GIVEAWAY

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Mavis Staples, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, comes to the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, on Nov 7th… and Hilltown Families has tickets to giveaway! Enter to win a pair of tickets for a parents’ night out!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 2nd-8th, 2013

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Saturday, November 2nd, 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, Guest DJ  Chris Teskey of The Chris Teskey Show (WAMU, Washington, D.C.) hosts a Bluegrass Episode, bringing bluegrass music for the whole family from the nations’ capitol, the heart of bluegrass music in America! –  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 show.

ALL DAY – FALL FESTIVAL: Franklin County CiderDays takes place 11/2 and 11/3 and includes activities for cider-lovers of all ages!  The Shelburne Buckland Community Center is home base for this event, but tons of activities and demonstrations take place at local orchards.  Activities include orchard walks, tastings, demonstrations, talks, workshops, question and answer sessions, workshops, orchard rides, and much more.  More information and a list of events can be found on the CiderDays website.  413-773-5463.  53 Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.

9am-2pm – CLOTHING SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads are hosting a free clothing exchange at the Ashfield Community Hall.  This event is meant to encourage recycling, reuse, and sharing and is a great way to interact with fellow community members.  521 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.

9am-5pm – FIBER ARTS: The Eastern States Exposition’s Fiber Festival is 10/2 and 10/3.  Come by for vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and more, all relating to fiber arts!  This is a great way for family members of all ages to learn about the many different things one can make with different fibers, and the event may even inspire you to try your hand at some of these crafts!  413-737-2443.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  >$

9:30am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Would you like to learn how to identify trees and other plants during the fall?  Join Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a hike at the Trustees of Reservations’ Petticoat Hill Property.  The hike is moderate to strenuous, 3.5 miles, and will give you the opportunity to learn how to identify trees based on their bark, buds, remaining leaves, and surrounding ecology.  To register, email aimee@gaiaroots.com.  Petticoat Hill Road.  Williamsburg, MA.  >$

10am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Today is Amherst Historical Society’s annual house tour – “An Amherst Harvest.”  Join the Historical Society for tours of six unique historic homes all over Amherst.  This event is great for those interested in local history and historic homes.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  More information available here.  413-256-0678.  Amherst, MA.  $$$

10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show opens today at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.  The show runs every day until 10/17, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory.  This flower show is a fun trip for the whole family and is not to be missed!  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.

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 ($$)

10:30am-4pm – CLOTHING/HISTORY: Learn about clothing in the past at Historic Deerfield’s “The Art of Apparel.”  Linda and Peter Oakley will demonstrate dressmaking and shoemaking throughout the day and teach you about the different types of clothing that existed in the past and how people adapted them for different seasons and occasions.  There will also be tours of period fashion at the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery at 11am and 2pm.  This event would be of interest to older students who would like to learn more about history and textiles.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.

10:30am-4pm – CULINARY ARTS/HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking program focuses on pies this month!  Come learn about the delicious sweet and savory pies that people in the past in New England made.  413-774-5581.  84B Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.

11am-12Noon – PUPPET SHOW: Spectrum Playhouse hosts a monthly Saturday children’s series, this  month featuring Dr. Marmalade’s Shadow Puppet Workshop. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA (>$)

11am-12:30pm – LITERACY/STORYTIME: The Jones Library and MassHumanities present “Family Adventures in Reading,” a six-week storytelling program.  Storyteller Motoko Dworkin read stories and lead discussions on topics such as courage, fairness, and dreams.  For kids 6 and older and their parents.  Please call to sign up.  413-259-3091.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.

1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Preschool-aged and older kids and their families are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art for “Afternoon @ My Museum,” a free family event featuring stories, art activities, and a live performance by Nick Deysher of “In the Nick of Time.”  Museum visitors of all ages can learn about specific art pieces and do corresponding art projects.  This is a fun way to engage with a great local museum!  413-585-2760.  Elm Street at Bedford Terrace.  Northampton, MA.

1pm - LIBRARY ADVENTURES: The Holoyke Library hosts “Bubble Trouble,” a production that takes bubbles to the max with entertainer Jeff Boyer, who has taken bubbles to a new dimension as he mixes comedy, music and interactive bubble- magic to engage and entertain audiences of all ages. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts, and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Arrive by 12:30pm to tour the new building and RSVP recommended. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

2pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Westfield State University Department of Music presents a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”  This opera, sung in English, is great for those interested in music, theater, and other performance arts, and is a great way to introduce students to classical music.  Best for older students with audience skills.  413-572-8323.  Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  $$

4pm – FASHION DESIGN/FUNDRAISER: The Institute for the Musical Arts announces a trunk show for up-and-coming local designer Jean Gobillot of GoBeo Designs.  The show, which features her latest work, includes a preview and runway show.  Proceeds go to the IMA scholarship fund for their summer rock and roll programs for girls and young women.  Event admission is a sliding scale suggested donation, starting at $15.  Older students interested in fashion would enjoy this event.  165 Cape Street.  Goshen, MA.  $$-$$$+

4pm-7pm – HISTORY: Join the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence and the David Ruggles Center for a screening of Over the River… the Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom at the Media Education Foundation Community Room.  Child lived in Northampton from 1838 to 1841, making her story one of local importance.  This documentary discusses Child’s life as an abolitionist and helps teach this important piece of American history.  60 Masonic Street.  Northampton, MA.

5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Explore Shelburne Falls and stroll along the Deerfield River at Shelburne Falls Art Walk!  Dozens of shops, galleries, and restaurants will have exhibits, artist receptions, studio demonstrations, interactive art activities, and more.  Just follow the decorated shoes all over town to guide you to exciting destinations.  Downtown.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6:45pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Are you interested in exploring the forest at night?  Members of the West Springfield Environmental Committee, Todd Steglinski and Tammy Olszewski, will head a night hike at Bear Hole for ages 10 and up.  Night hikes are a great way to step out of your comfort zone and experience the forest in a whole new way.  Bear Hole is very different at night than it is during the day, and this hike will give you the chance to discover the different sights and sounds of the woods at night.  You may even get to see some interesting creatures!  The hike is approximately three miles and is first come, first serve, with a limit of ten participants.  Extremely well-behaved dogs who are familiar with night hikes are welcome.  Meet at Bear Hole parking area.  Bear Hole Road.  West Springfield, MA.

DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand?  Join the Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview!  Please call to pre-register.  413-532-1631 x10.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FOLKLORE/STORYTELLING: The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society’s Song and Story Swap is tonight!  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 Ben Demerath – 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 – MUSIC STUDIES/CHORUS: The Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating 20 years!  PVGMC is a gay-identified group that sings many different musical styles and features a diverse group of singers from all walks of life.  Come to this concert at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence to celebrate PVGMC.  Kids 12 and under get in for free.  220 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $$

7:30pm-10pm – THEATER: The Westfield Theatre Group presents a musical comedy production of Dracula, written and directed by Kathleen Palmer, with music by Marion Dunk.  This play is suitable for all ages.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.  413-572-6838.  28 Court Street.  Westfield, MA.  $$

8pm – CONCERT/FUNDRAISER: The Young@Heart Chorus is performing at the Academy of Music, alongside the Dire Honeys and Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus, in a concert to benefit the Northampton Survival Center.  Young@Heart Chorus is an internationally-acclaimed chorus made up of local senior citizens who are known for their exciting live performances.  This is a fun concert that benefits a great local organization, so it is not to be missed!  Tickets should be purchased in advance.  413-584-9032 x105.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $$

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

ALL DAY – FALL FESTIVAL: Franklin County CiderDays takes place 11/2 and 11/3 and includes activities for cider-lovers of all ages!  The Shelburne Buckland Community Center is home base for this event, but tons of activities and demonstrations take place at local orchards.  Activities include orchard walks, tastings, demonstrations, talks, workshops, question and answer sessions, workshops, orchard rides, and much more.  More information and a list of events can be found on the CiderDays website.  413-773-5463.  53 Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.

9am-3pm – FIBER ARTS: The Eastern States Exposition’s Fiber Festival is 10/2 and 10/3.  Come by for vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and more, all relating to fiber arts!  This is a great way for family members of all ages to learn about the many different things one can make with different fibers, and the event may even inspire you to try your hand at some of these crafts!  413-737-2443.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  >$

9:30am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Today is the 4th annual Sheffield Kiwanis Harvest Brunch!  Community members of all ages are invited to this tasty community meal, featuring quiche, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, and homemade baked goods.  The meal raises funds for Community Enrichment and takes place at the American Legion Hall.  There will also be a raffle and gourmet nut sales.  This is a great way for the whole family to spend time with community members of all ages.  Route 7.  Sheffield, MA.  $

9:45am - RUN/WALK: The Amherst Survival Center’s second annual Cider Donut Run 10K and 2 Mile Walk is today!  This run/walk is a great way to get outside, engage with your community, and support the Amherst Survival Center, an invaluable community resource.  More information can be found here.  Takes place at Mill River Recreation Area.  413-549-3968.  Montague Road.  Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

10am – BIRD STUDIES: Wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will be at the Meekins Library today for his birds of prey show.  This exciting live raptor show will be great for the whole family and will give you the chance to get up close to these incredible birds.  413-268-7472.  Route 9.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – NATURAL HISTORY/HIKING: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a guided natural history hike at Pine Cobble.  This three-hour, moderately strenuous hike traverses the newest section of the Pine Cobble Trail, as well as some of the lesser-known parts of the property.  Those who attend will see rock ledges, Bear Spring, and two ancient shorelines, and will also learn all about the history and geology of the property!  This event would be best for older students and adults interested in hiking and natural history.  Sign-up is suggested.  413-458-2494.  Pine Cobble Road.  Williamstown, MA.

1pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents “Inside Story” at Odyssey Bookshop.  18 children’s book authors and illustrators will be at the bookshop to share about their latest publications, and those who attend can get prizes and enter a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author.  For every book purchased at the event, First Book will donate one to a child in need.  The event features picture books, middle grade, and young adult books, making this event exciting for kids of all ages.  More information about the event and its supporting organizations can be found here.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.

1:30pm – HISTORY/COLLECTING: Learn all about buttons at the Keep Homestead Museum with button experts George and Gretchen Gauthier. They have been collecting for years and know a great deal about many types of buttons from several different eras. This event is great for those interested in buttons, collecting, hobbies, and history. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road. Monson, MA.

2pm – MUSIC STUDIES/OPERA: The Westfield State University Department of Music presents a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”  This opera, sung in English, is great for those interested in music, theater, and other performance arts, and is a great way to introduce students to classical music.  Best for older students with audience skills.  413-572-8323.  Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  $$

2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Skinner Servants’ Tour is happening at the Wistariahurst Museum this November, in collaboration with Enchanted Circle Theater.  The Servants’ Tour is a performance that allows guests to discover the Skinner Family Home as it was in 1927, and to learn about the disparate lives of the rich and the poor.  This is an engaging way to learn about local history.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $$$

4pm-6pm – FILM/AGRICULTURE: Join CISA, WGBY, and local land trusts for a screening of the recently-remastered 1973 film directed by Rawn Fulton, Root, Hog or Die.  The film is about the simple and challenging lives of local farmers, as told in their own voices.  After the screening, there will be a discussion about local agriculture efforts with local farmers from several farms in the area.  Proceeds benefit CISA, WGBY, the Trustees of Reservations, Kestrel Land Trust, and Hilltown Land Trust.  More information can be found here.  413-584-9032 x105.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm -MUSIC/BLUES: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents “World Blues,” a celebration of American blues music and its global influence.  This exciting performance features the Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown.  Music-lovers will enjoy this event, which brings these talented artists to the stage together for the first time.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$

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Monday, November 4th, 2013

Open House at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton on Monday, November 4th from 7-8:30pm in the Williston Middle School. For more information and to register, visit www.williston.com.

10am – SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME: World Eye Bookshop is hosting a Sign Language Story Time with  Kathryn Petruccelli. Kathryn will read Lois Ehlert titles, teaching parents and kids sign language in the process. 156 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) 

10am-11:30am - NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running 10/21-11/18 – no class 11/11.  The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration.  This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends.  A parent or guardian must accompany every two children.  You may sign up for one class, or for all.  More information can be found here.  Pre-registration is recommended.  413-458-2494.  671 Cold Spring Road.  Williamstown, MA.  $

6pm – SCIENCE: The UMass Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department presents OEB Science Cafes at Esselon Cafe each month.  This month’s talk is by Dr. Derek Lovley, who will present “Live Wires: Bacterial Batteries,” which focuses on how to turn microorganisms into living fuel cells.  Science Cafes are oriented towards adults without a science background, but are interesting to those with science backgrounds as well!  Older students interested in science would enjoy the Science Cafes.  99 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.

6pm-7pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Join the Wistariahurst Museum as they continue their fall lecture series, “Historical Culinary Incidents: An Exploration of Food and Culture in the Pioneer Valley.”  This week, Reba Jean Pichette will discuss Herbals and Medicinals in Early America.  Discover the many local and transplanted herbs used by Native Americans and colonists.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $

6:30pm-8:30pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: The Puzzle of Parenting series presents a special presentation by Jeanine Fitzgerald, a behavior specialist, titled “Minimizing Meltdowns: Helping Children Master Strong Emotions.”  This workshop is for parents, grandparents, guardians, and caregivers who are interested in learning more about their child’s behaviors and emotions.  Takes place at Chestnut Hill Community School.  Registration is required.  413-570-3061.  59 State Street.  Belchertown, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – HISTORY/COMICS: Westfield State University presents a lecture by Brad Ricca, who will present and read from his book, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster–the Creators of Superman.  Ricca will discuss the true story of the creation of the Superman character, the real-life inspiration for Lois Lane, and much more!  This event would be great for comic book lovers and those interested in biography.  Takes place in Scanlon Banquet Hall.  577 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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)

  • 9-10am – PLAYGROUP: Collaborative’s Early Childhood Department hosts a drop-in playgroup for children birth-5 with their parents/caregivers through June at First Congregational Church of Hatfield. 413-586-4998 x102. 41 Main St. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more.  413-256-1145.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  North Amherst, MA
  • 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon.  413-527-5496.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for babies 2 and under and their parents at the East Longmeadow Library.  413-525-5400 x1506.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: “Music for Little Ones” at the Pelham Library features a half hour of music and movement for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Meekins Library on the first and third Monday of each month for playgroup.  Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured.  For kids 8 and under.  2 Williams Street.  Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Kids in grade 2 and up are invited to the Storrs Library for their weekly drop-in chess program.  Come play with other kids and improve your chess skills!  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – CHESS: The Sunderland Public Library is holding chess club every Tuesday until the end of November.  Come by and learn the art and science of chess, including sportsmanship, fair play, and how to learn from one another.  This program is intended for children and their parents or caregivers, and will teach the whole family a great way to bond and spend time together.  Ages 7 and up.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

9am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEER: Come work on the trails at Notchview today with the Trustees of Reservations.  You can help out with trail drainage structures, bridges, and trail surfacing work.  This fun volunteer opportunity would be best for adults or older students, as it requires physical labor.  413-684-0148.  Route 9.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

11am – KIDS CONCERT: Kids of all ages can come see Beethoven’s Wig Live at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art!  Presented by the Northampton Community Music Center, this fun performance pairs silly lyrics with classical music and is a great way to get kids to love classical music!  413-585-0001.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  >$

3pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Whately Public Library and make fun shrink art projects to bring home!  413-665-2170.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  Whately, MA.

5:30pm & 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/BEATLES: “Deconstructing the Beatles” comes to Amherst Cinema!  This multimedia lecture, presented by Scott Freiman will take attendees on “A Trip Through Strawberry Fields.”  Freiman will speak about the Beatles’ 1967 single, “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane,” and discuss the creation and evolution of these songs and how they helped shape the future of the Beatles and popular music as a whole.  The presentation also offers an in-depth look at the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.”  This event would be best for older students interested in music, history, and the Beatles.  It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $$

6pm – CHEMISTRY: “Yummy Chemistry” for kids in kindergarten and older at the Wilbraham Library with folks from the Mount Holyoke College chemistry department. They will be conducting science experiment via kitchen chemistry. Register: 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Drive. Wilbraham, MA (FREE)

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)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more.  413-256-1145.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  North Amherst, MA
  • 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.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PARENT/CHILD GROUP: Gateway Family Center offers a parent-child school readiness group every Tuesday from until June.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum.  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under.  Every Tuesday and Friday.  Old Amherst Road.  Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime!  This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under.  413-772-1544 x5.  402 Main Street.  Greenfield, 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon.  413-527-5496.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School announces the return of “Rhyme Time” to Matrushka Toys and Gifts.  Rhyme Time is a weekly, drop-in event for young children and their caregivers, and it features seasonal songs, nursery rhymes, and puppetry.  413-528-6911.  309 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Sing with your baby at the Jones Library!  Preschool-aged children and their parents can come to the library to learn songs and musical games.  This is a great chance to introduce your young children to music.  Runs every Tuesday until November 12.  413-259-3090.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, 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)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Come by the Goodwin Memorial Library for “Lunatunes!” a dynamic storytime with songs, movement, stories, and original art.  For babies through age 5.  413-584-7451.  Route 47 & Route 9.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Every Tuesday is toddler storytime at the Lenox Library!  Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays.  For kids 18 months to 3 years.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, 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, November 6th, 2013

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids and Molly Bea Ferioli present the workshop “Nutrition for Kids (and Families)” at the Community Health Programs, Inc. Campus.  Ferioli will discuss organic food, vitamins, food labels, healthy recipes, family meals, and more.  This workshop is great for parents who are looking for ways to encourage healthy habits for all family members.  Registration is appreciated.  Childcare available with registration (space is limited).  413-464-5095.  444 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/BEATLES: “Deconstructing the Beatles” comes to Amherst Cinema!  Scott Freiman presents a multimedia lecture – “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Deconstructing the Early Beatles.”  This program looks at the birth of the Beatles and some of their early recordings and performances.  This event would be best for older students interested in music, history, and the Beatles.  It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6-8:30pm – ART CLASS: Art Alive is offering weekly Wine and Painting classes every Wednesday in downtown Amherst!  Grab a friend or your partner & enjoy a relaxing evening and bring home your very own painting! 35 S. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA ($$)

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)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more.  413-256-1145.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  North Amherst, MA
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids from birth to age five and their caregivers can come to the First Congregational Church of Hatfield for playgroup, including snacks, stories, and songs.  413-586-4998 x102.  41 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under!  There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime.  Takes place at Community House.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a loosely structured playgroup at the Clapp Memorial Library every Wednesday for kids from birth to age five.  413-323-0417.  19 South Main Street.  Belchertown, MA.
  • 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.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the Holyoke Public Library.  413-322-5640.  335 Maple Street.  Holyoke, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Come by the Westhampton Library for playgroup the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Features games, arts and crafts, and storytime.  For kids 8 and under.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup.  Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured.  For kids 8 and under.  30 East Street.  Southampton, 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Erving Elementary School for kids 5 and under.  Sponsored by Community Network for Children.  978-544-5157.  Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Wendell Free Library for kids 5 and under.  Sponsored by Community Network for Children.  978-544-5157.  7 Wendell Depot Road.  Wendell, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly Tales and Tunes playgroup at the Leverett Library for kids 5 and under.  Sponsored by Community Network for Children.  978-544-5157.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.
  • 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: Weekly story hour at the Tilton Library.  413-665-4683.  75 North Main Street.  South Deerfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for storytime every Wednesday.  There will be movement, stories, music, crafts, and a snack.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, 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-5pm –  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)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library.  413-525-5400 x1506.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 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, November 7th, 2013

9am-12noon – VOLUNTEER: Take part in the Trustees of Reservations’ Eco-Volunteers program today at Bartholomew’s Cobble!  Help monitor and care for the reserve’s trails, plants, and animals by volunteering.  A great way to get older kids involved in community service and volunteering projects.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  (FREE)

4-5:30pm – STEM: Science & Sustainability Expo and KidWind Challenge info session takes place at Greenfield Community College. Teachers, Parents, and Youth Leaders of Grades 3 -12 Youth, and interested students & adults – come learn about the many ways to get involved in this unique, intergenerational, educational event with competitive and non-competitive opportunities for all. Hear from people who have participated in the past. This unique event is organized by Greening Greenfield, and co-sponsored by Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, Greenfield Community College, EnergyTeachers.org and Kidwind. To register for Nov 7 workshop or receive more info about the Expo, please contact Susan Reyes Reyes sreyes7@mac.com. GCC. Greenfield, MA

5:30-8pm – TEEN/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Springfield Library Mason Square Branch is hosting an open mic event, “Creating a Peace-Full City.” Youth are invited to share poems, spoken word, music, digital works, and other artistic creations that imagine how their city can be more peaceful, or reflect how violence has affected them. Featuring a scene from JELUPA Productions play, Rising Waters by Wilma Pruitt. Sign-ups start at 5:30, mic opens at 6pm. For youth 15-25 years old.  Sponsored by the Springfield City Library’s Civic and Community Engagement Team. Mason Square Branch Library. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents The Music Man, a performance about a traveling salesman who cons citizens of an Iowa city into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band.  Just as he’s about to skip town, he falls for the librarian and she helps him change his ways.  This fun performance takes place at South Hadley High School.  413-563-6023.  153 Newton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  $$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The fourth season of Culture and Cocktails continues at the Springfield Museums!  This month’s event is “Martinis, Jazz, and the Roaring ’20s” at the Merrie and Lyman Wood Museum of Springfield History.  Come dressed as flappers and bootleggers and enjoy specialty cocktails, live music performed by Interplay Jazz, and Charleston demonstrations by Small Planet Dancers.  You must be 21 or older to attend this event.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, 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)

11:30am-12:15pm – MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Leticia Davies will offer a Mommy & Me class at Amherst Montessori School for children ages 0-3 with a parent/caregiver, from October 3 – November 21. This eight week class will combine singing and movement with instruments and pretend. Cost for the eight-week session is $100. More information at www.amherstmontessori.org.  413-253-3101. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA ($$$)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more.  413-256-1145.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  North Amherst, MA
  • 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.
  • 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-11am – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: New parents and their infants from birth to one year are invited to a support group at the Greenwood Children’s Center.  Come share stories about the new little one in your life.  413-565-4163.  231 Maple Road.  Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Dalton Free Public Library offers a weekly storytime, which includes stories, short films, and crafts, all designed to help kids with social and literacy skills.  413-684-6112.  462 Main Street.  Dalton, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Thursday includes stories, songs, and games.  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday!  There will be snacks, stories, and crafts.  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft.  Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

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Friday, November 8th, 2013

12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY:  The Amherst Historical Society hosts History Bites, a lunchtime history talk!  This week’s talk, “The Development of Merchants Row,” is presented by Ed Wilfert.  Tea and coffee provided.  Takes place at Simeon Strong House.  Best for older students, self-directed teens, and adults.  413-256-0678.  67 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art!  Featuring hands-on art projects (4pm-6pm) and “Open Eyes,” an informal guided gallery conversation about an art object.  413-585-2760.  Elm Street at Bedford Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-8pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show is happening at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. and tonight there are evening hours that coincide with Northampton Arts Night Out. The show runs every day from 10am-4pm until 10/17, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory.  This flower show is a fun trip for the whole family and is not to be missed, especially the banana plant!  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.

7:30pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents The Music Man, a performance about a traveling salesman who cons citizens of an Iowa city into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band.  Just as he’s about to skip town, he falls for the librarian and she helps him change his ways.  This fun performance takes place at South Hadley High School.  413-563-6023.  153 Newton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  $$

8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show this evening.  You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188.  829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5:30pm-9:30pm – DATE NIGHT: Do you have a fun parents-only night planned but can’t get a sitter?  YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering their “Kids’ Night Out” program – you can go out on the town while your children do crafts, games, swim, and watch a movie at the YMCA.  This is a great way for you and your kids to have fun on your own.  Fore kids ages 5-11.  Sign up at the reception desk.  413-568-8631.  67 Court Street.  Westfield, MA.  $

7:30pm – CONCERT: Maude’s Closet Concerts presents Genticorum at the Ashfield Community Hall.  Genticorum, a musical group from Quebec, performs North American and European folk music and weaves together together fiddle, flute, foot percussion, guitar, bass, and vocal harmonies into beautiful and energetic songs.  This exciting concert is fun for all ages.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  More info available here.  413-230-7109.  531 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  $$

10pm – FILM: Late Nights at Amherst Cinema continue tonight with a screening of Jurassic Park (1993; rated PG-13).  Director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling book was a hit at the box office and this is a great opportunity to catch it once again on the big screen!  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)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more.  413-256-1145.  1200 North Pleasant Street.  North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under!  There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime.  Takes place at Community House.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Shutesbury Elementary School for kids 5 and under.  Sponsored by Community Network for Children.  978-544-5157.  23 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group for young kids at Sunderland Elementary.  1 Swampfield Drive.  Sunderland, MA.
  • 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 – PLAYGROUP: Come watch preschool videos at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Friday!  413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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 – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under.  Every Tuesday and Friday.  Old Amherst Road.  Sunderland, 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: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon.  413-527-5496.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Weekly “Skip and Dip” playgroup at Berkshire South RCC.  413-464-5095.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup.  Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured.  For kids 8 and under.  Chesterfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly fitWIC playgroup at CHP Family Services Building.  413-464-5095.  442 Stockbridge Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Sunderland Public Library.  Features stories, songs, and crafts.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.
  • 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.
  • 2:15pm-4pm – LEGOS: The Dickinson Memorial Library’s LEGO Club meets the second Friday of each month.  Come make friends and build with LEGOs.  Best for kids in grade 3 and up.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.

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