Suggested Events for November 16th-22nd, 2013

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

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BULLETIN BOARD

Nov 16, 23, 29-30

See Eric Carle Books Come to Life in Amherst, MA! Picture Book Theatre presents: Mister Seahorse and A House for Hermit Crab. Featuring a talented cast of young dancers from Amherst Ballet, Picture Book Theatre features costumes, large puppets, and stick puppets, all in the style of Carle’s vibrant illustrations. The 45-minute performances will take place at the following times: November 16th at 2:00 pm, November 23rd at 2:00 pm, and November 29 – 30th at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved in advance by calling The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 413-658-1126. Museum admission is not required to see the performance. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for details.

Nov 17

On Sunday, November 17 at 4pm David Grover and Grover’s Gang will present a FREE concert for the entire community at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. To hear this pied piper is to become a “Grover Groupie.” Grover has been compared to Mr. Rogers, Paul Simon & James Taylor. He has won countless awards – a 2009 winner of Berkshire Eagle’s Best Singer/Songwriter award, plus Emmy and Grammy nods, Parents’ Choice, (NAPPA) and others. Bring the entire family and listen for your self! Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school that welcomes children of families with a wide range of backgrounds, traditions and practices, is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. For more info email GLansky@LGASchechter.org.

Nov 21

Cooley Dickinson/Massachusetts General Hospital Lecture Series: Healing Wars’ Invisible Wounds: How Our Community Can Help. More than 45,000 men and women from Massachusetts have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s estimated that more than 450,000 military family members have been affected by the wars. For the health of our community, everyone has a role in keeping our veterans and their families strong. Healing Wars’ Invisible Wounds: How Our Community Can Help, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-7pm in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Speakers will discuss the challenges and issues facing returning veterans and their families. Free and open to the public, registration required: www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888-554-4234.

Nov 23

Art Supporting Music – The Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to Franklin County Technical School on Saturday, November 23rd, 9am-4pm. Proceeds from the show benefit the FCTS music department and award winning Drumline! This juried craft fair features artists from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, selling unique handcrafted products. Crafts include woodworking, naturals, soaps, creams, salves and lavender, fiber arts and felted creations, jewelry, oil paintings, upholstery, hooked rugs, photography, pet gifts, books, soft toys, quilts & much more! Free admission, plenty of free parking, held indoors, completely ADA accessible. Raffles, refreshments & bake sale courtesy of FCTS student chefs. Find them on Facebook, or at http://www.fcts.org.

Open House Nov 23

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-12noon. Offering independent, progressive education for children age 3-12 in the Pioneer Valley, The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and commitment to the environment. Parents and children are welcome to come to the Open House. Come meet the faculty, play in classrooms, and explore the beautiful campus. Accepting applications now for fall 2014. To schedule a visit call 413-256-8989. Find out more at www.commonschool.org

Nov 24

DIY Menorahs! Spend a fun Sunday morning using unconventional materials to create a unique and beautiful menorah at Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse at Eastworks in Easthampton. This is a one hour project that is perfect for a parent and child to work on together. All the materials & the design will be provided — participants supply the creative inspiration! Sunday, November 24: 9:30-10:30am OR 11am-noon. Appropriate for ages 6+ (with parent or guardian). Workshop taught by Amy Meltzer (support is provided in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation). Cost: $18 per menorah (pairs of 2 may enroll together as this activity is perfect for a parent/caregiver & child to do together). info@knack.org. www.knack.org/blog/menorahs

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.

Academy Hill School, an Independent school in Springfield, serves students (early learners-eighth grade) from 21 communities. The mission is to provide a challenging, safe, caring, respectful and flexible learning community for children who show early signs of exceptional academic ability, creativity, and /or leadership. AHS provides challenging and personalized learning programs where children experience a variety of academic subjects as well as the arts, world languages, and Latin. AHS guides students to develop a lifelong love of learning, strive for excellence, and provides curriculum and instruction that responds to academic, emotional and social interests. For further information contact 413-788-0300, www.academyhill.org.

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

This holiday season, Hilltown Families is hosting a Virtual Holiday Food Drive in support of food security in our region! Every $1 donated through the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive equals $13 worth of food distributed to families in need (the equivalent of nearly 10 meals!). Please take a moment to participate in the Hilltown Families Virtual Holiday Food Drive, and consider organizing a food drive in your community too.

On Saturday, December 7th, from 9:30-11am, Hilltown Families is sponsoring a free Board Game Swap in the community room at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family too. Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to everyone.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 16th-22nd, 2013

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Saturday, November 16th, 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.

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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. – Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated kid rock band Milkshake talks about love and social consciousness in this  musically diverse hour. With a song list that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, the Civil  Wars, Adele, Lucienne Boyer and a sprinkling of Milkshake tunes from  the band’s brand-new 33-song Got a Minute? – 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.

9am-3pm – VOLUNTEER: You and your whole family can volunteer to help maintain the Silvio O. Conte Refuge’s walking trail in Hadley.  Come prepared to do trail work and enjoy volunteering with the whole family (all ages welcome).  Feel free to come for an hour or stay the whole time.  A great way to foster environmental stewardship in people of all ages.  413-548-8002 x119.  69 Moody Bridge Road.  Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10am – GAMES: Today is game day at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Come by for Wii, board games, and card games.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-11am – STORYTIME: Big Ryan’s Tall Tales comes to the Hatfield Public Library today!  Stop by for stories, puppets, music, and fun for kids of all ages!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Want to learn about wild turkeys?  Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a program for families, where you can learn about the history of turkeys in Massachusetts and the United States, and then go out on the trails and search for evidence of turkeys.  This program is suitable for ages 4 and up and is a great way to learn about this fascinating and iconic bird.  Registration is required.  413-584-3009.  Main Street.  Hampden, MA.  >$

10am-11:30am – HYDROLOGY/LOCAL HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Discover the history of the Paradise Pond dam in Northampton and where the “hidden” Mill River used to run downtown with the Mill River Greenway Initiative.  Learn about this interesting piece of local history while exploring Northampton.  This event would be best for older students or adults.  Meet at the Smith College Botanic Garden.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.

10aM-12noon - OPEN HOUSE: The South Hadley Family Center will host an Open House and Fall Walk.  Bring your family and friends and stop in for crafts, light refreshments, and a fall walk scavenger hunt (self-guided) around Mount Holyoke’s Upper Lake. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is leading a hike through Thousand Acre Swamp, which is a New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust property.  The hike is easy and has very little elevation gain, making this a good activity for all ages and abilities.  Participants can see beautiful views and the remnants of an old mill.  413-499-0596.  Hotchkiss Road.  New Marlborough, MA.

10am-12noon – VOLUNTEER: Lend a hand at Naumkeag by helping to clean up leaves and doing general tidying work.  A great volunteer opportunity for the whole family!  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – MYO HOLIDAY GIFTS: Alchemy Initiative is hosting a holiday card printmaking workshop.  MYO holiday cards to send or give as a gift. Giving handmade during the holidays trumps anything made by machine or out of the area/country.  Handmade holiday cards YOU make says you care to take the time for those you care about. Each card is a one-of-a-kind work of art and made on a Vandercook lettterpress.  Come with your teen and have time well spent together while getting creative in the gallery. Call to register (limited space). 49 Main Street. North Adams, MA ($$$)

10am-4pm - CRAFT FAIR: Handmade with Love Craft and Gift Market takes place at the Eastworks Building today.  Shop for local handmade gifts, both creative and traditional, including cards, jewelry, art, accessories, bath and body care, home decor, and much more.  Discover local artists and shop for holiday gifts at this fun craft fair.  116 Pleasant Street.  Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale is happening this weekend – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come to Snow Farm for this early holiday outing, where you can find beautiful works of art at great prices made by over 150 craftspeople.  This a great place to shop for beautiful handmade holiday items.  There will be pottery, glassware, furniture, scarves, bags, jewelry, and much more.  413-268-3101.  5 Clary Road.  Williamsburg, MA.

10am-4pm – MYO GIFT: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.  Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60’s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend where more than 150 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA ($)

10:15am – STORYTIME: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for a special storytime with Nicole Wander.  The storytime focuses on puppets.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.

10:30am & 1pm – ART: Families can come to the Holyoke Public Library to learn all about superheroes with artist Paul Merklein!  Then, at 1pm, teens and tweens can learn to draw their own superheroes!  413-322-5640.  355 Maple Street.  Holyoke, 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 – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventures comes to the Spectrum Playhouse today!  Kids can enjoy masks, music, puppetry, and fun at this exciting performance.  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.

11am-3pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Nolumbecka Project is sponsoring a Beaver Moon Celebration in the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Great Hall.  Native American crafts will be for sale, and visitors can enjoy music, demonstrations, and children’s activities.  Performers include Native American flute player Barry Higgins, Strong Oak and the Visioning B.E.A.R. Drum Singers, Medicine Mammals Singers, and Joe Graveline.  Wolf Tree programs offers stone tool-making and primitive fire-making demonstrations.  There will also be a raffle and other activities.  Those who wish to learn more about Native American culture and music in Western Massachusetts will enjoy this event.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.

1pm – STORYTIME: Authors Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth will read from their book Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books at a special storytime at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  The book tells the inspiring true story of how a love of books and libraries can help unite a country in turmoil.  The authors will discuss how the book was made and demonstrate how the collages were created.  A flag activity and book signing will follow the event.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

1pm-3pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn to cook popular holiday foods with instructor Leanne Yinger at Wild Oats Market.  This Holiday Cooking Class will teach you new skills and prepare you for the upcoming holiday season!  Best for older teens and adults.  Please register in advance.  413-458-8060.  320 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  $

1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9.  Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention.  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – CHILDREN’S THEATER: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents “Mr. Seahorse and a House for Hermit Crab,” a Picture Book Theatre performance based on the book by Eric Carle.  Kids can see their favorite stories come to life at the fun and unique performances.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  413-658-1126.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  >$

2pm-4pm – ART: Katywil Farm Community is holding an afternoon of art-making, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.  Goldsworthy is known for his use of natural materials and the landscape around him in his art.  All ages and abilities can participate in this great outdoor art-making activity!  Please register via email – calendar@katywil.com.  413-624-5599.  43 Stetson Brothers Road.  Colrain, MA.

2pm-5pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: “What About Sleep?” is a workshop for parents/caregivers presented by Beth Grams Haxby.  Haxby will discuss the importance of sleep to infants and young children and the science behind helping kids get better sleep.  Takes place at Little Bear Learn and Care.  Please call to register ASAP.  413-527-6555.  184 Northampton Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

4pm - HISTORY/JOURNALISM: Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the country’s leading presidential historians, will speak at Mt. Holyoke College’s Chapin Auditorium today.  She will speak about her new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  Older students interested in U.S. history, politics, and journalism will find this talk fascinating.  More information available here.  413-538-2000.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.

4pm-7pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Celebrate your community and the upcoming holidays at the Northampton Parents Center with Mister G at their Family Fun Night!  There will be playtime, reading, and crafts (4pm-5:30pm), an optional dinner potluck (4:30pm-5:30pm), and dessert (6pm) in addition to the concert.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this fun event!  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Productions presents Annie at Yankee Candle Theater.  People of all ages will love seeing this classic comic strip-turned-musical come to life at Yankee Candle Village.  Tickets and more information available here.  877-636-7707.  25 Greenfield Road.  South Deerfield, MA.  $$

7:30pm – 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; and engaging way to learn about local history.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $$$

8pm – THEATER: The Bay Path College Performing Art Department presents a production of Into the Woods, a musical about a baker and his wife, who try to change lift a family curse by journeying into the woods.  Here they find Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and other fairytale characters.  This fun musical will entertain family members of all ages.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  413-565-1307.  588 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  $

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

4pm-7:30pm – DINING: Get a “Taste of the Berkshires” at Ventfort Hall this evening!  Enjoy food samples from the Berkshires’ finest restaurants and a glass of wine, on the house.  There will also be a cash bar.  Discover local restaurants and make new friends through this event.  Please buy tickets in advance.  413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  $$$

7pm-11pm – DANCING: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a Thanksgiving themed ballroom dance with a free dance lesson!  Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music.  413-684-1510.  116 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

7:30pm-11pm – MUSIC/DANCING: The Holyoke Public Library, La Familia Hispana, Inc., and MIFA Victory Theatre present “Bomba, Plena, and Rock n’ Roll: A Night of Music and Dancing” at the War Memorial Auditorium.  Music will be performed by DJ Marty Fullwood of Holyoke, Johnny Olivo Jr. con su Herencia de Plena (a 13-piece orchestra!), and Los Pleneros del Quinto Olivo from Puerto Rico.  This event is a great opportunity to hear exciting music, learn about interesting musical styles, and have fun dancing.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  413-540-0200.  310 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $$

8pm – MUSIC: The Klezmatics, a Grammy Award-winning klezmer group, are performing at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight!  The group brought the revival of klezmer into the rock era, and will delight audiences with their exciting live performances.  This performance would also be suitable for older students.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$+

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Sunday, November 17th, 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.

9am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: Come by the Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Artisan Festival for local handmade products like fused glass and gemstone jewelry, woodcrafts, leather, hand-dyed clothing, homemade foods, and more.  This is a great place to find gifts for the holidays!  413-739-4715.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.

9am-3:30pm - SKI SALE: Berkshire East Ski Area is holding a ski sale/swap to raise money for Berkshire East Ski Patrol.  You can find new, past season, and used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, and much more at great prices.  You can drop off items (good condition only) from 10am-3pm on 11/16.  Unsold items must be picked up by 4pm on 11/17.  20% commission taken on all sales.  413-339-6617.  66 Thunder Mountain Road.  Charlemont, MA.

10am-12noon – HIKING/GEOLOGY: Williamsburg Woodland Trails is hosting a geology hike at Big View Trail on Unquomonk Mountain.  Led by Smith College geology professor Robert Newton, this hike will teach about the formation of the mountain and how past periods of glaciation have sculpted the terrain.  This hike would be suitable for older students interested in geology.  413-268-3372.  Unquomonk Road.  Williamsburg, MA.

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale is happening this weekend – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come to Snow Farm for this early holiday outing, where you can find beautiful works of art at great prices made by over 150 craftspeople.  This a great place to shop for beautiful handmade holiday items.  There will be pottery, glassware, furniture, scarves, bags, jewelry, and much more.  413-268-3101.  5 Clary Road.  Williamsburg, MA.

10am-4pm – MYO GIFT: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.  Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60’s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend where more than 150 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA ($)

11am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is holding a Family Snowflake Workshop, during which families can have fun together doing snowflake-themed activities.  Visitors can learn about the science of snow, create snowflake stamps, make a wooden sculpture, and create snowglobes.  This is a great way for the whole family to spend time together while engaging in creative activities.  Registration is required.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $$

11am-12:30pm – VOLUNTEER: Come work on the trails at Notchview today with the Trustees of Reservations and help get them ready for winter skiing.  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)

1pm – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Author and illustrator David Wiesner will present a talk on the creative process behind his new book, Mr. Wuffles! at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  The book is about a cat and a tiny spaceship full of aliens.  This talk gives kids and adults an opportunity to learn what happens during the process of writing and illustrating a children’s book.  Free with museum admission, but tickets are first come first serve since seating is limited.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

2pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Productions presents Annie at Yankee Candle Theater.  People of all ages will love seeing this classic comic strip-turned-musical come to life at Yankee Candle Village.  Tickets and more information available here.  877-636-7707.  25 Greenfield Road.  South Deerfield, 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.  $$$

2pm – CONCERT/LOCAL HISTORY: The Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee and the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History are hosting a benefit concert featuring the Nields and WOFA African Drum and Dance Company of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School at the First Churches in Northampton.  The concert benefits the organizations that are hosting it and will be enjoyable for the whole family.  129 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

2pm – THEATER: The Bay Path College Performing Art Department presents a production of Into the Woods, a musical about a baker and his wife, who try to change lift a family curse by journeying into the woods.  Here they find Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and other fairytale characters.  This fun musical will entertain family members of all ages.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  413-565-1307.  588 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  $

2-8pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainability Sunday: A Day of Creative Community Exchange at Earthdance. In this day and age, so many of us communicate through e-mail, phone and text conversations. Sustainability Sunday works to bring a community together again through social gatherings and conversations about our need for community engagement. Spend time speaking about community with your children: available resources, local activities and active members. The day begins with a sharing & discussion followed by a shared potluck dinner at 5pm and an open mic at 6:30pm. RSVP to contact@earthdance.net with the number in your party. Please let them know what time you’re coming, what Potluck dish you might bring (you can also pay $10), and, if you have a Salon offering, how many minutes your performance might be. 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA (FREE). 

3pm-4:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: The First Congregational Church of Williamstown is hosting a concert by Woodbinde Medieval Band, who will perform “Alas, Departynge is Ground of Woe,” a concert of European music from the High Middle Ages (1200-1500).  This concert offers attendees a chance to learn about music from this interesting time in history and to see many of the historic instruments that were used, including crumhorn, finger cymbals, gemshorn, harp, recorder, rebec, Renaissance flute, and vielle.  413-458-4273.  906 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.

3-4:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Valley Zero Waste 2nd Launch Event. We are a society taught to consume and throwaway: toy packaging, juice boxes, candy wrappers and sippy cups. Why leave our children piles of garbage when there is another way? Attend one of two launch events and join other who want to make a difference by through a Zero Waste culture. Valley Zero Waste (VZW) works to slow down our accelerated consumption in the Pioneer Valley. The goal encourages channeling our discarded items out of landfills through reuse, recycling and composting. “We may never get to zero waste, but we can get closer by planning for zero.” There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format. Refreshments will be provided. The second launch event will be similar to the first but will be held in Springfield for the convenience of people in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley. In the Community Room at the Central Library on State St. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

4pm - FAMILY CONCERT: David Grover is performing at Lander-Grinspoon Academy today!  Come enjoy this fun, kid-friendly music with family members of all ages.  413-584-6622.  257 Prospect Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Today’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “The Glory Days of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Business: An Insider’s Perspective,” presented by Tom Werman.  Werman produced albums in the 1970s and ‘80s and is an expert on the subject.  He will discuss his rise in the record industry, some of the musical groups he worked with, and how he came to run the Stonover Bed and Breakfast in Lenox.  Best for older students interested in music.  413-637-2630.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.

5pm – NATURE/ANIMAL STUDIES: Broad Brook Coalition, Stewards of the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton/Florence, will host a talk with Dr. Robert Askins, Professor of Biology at Connecticut College, “The Prospect for Birds in the Eastern Deciduous Forest.” Migratory forest birds are threatened by fragmentation of their breeding habitats in the north and destruction of their winter habitats in the tropics.  Many species are also threatened by the increased homogeneity of forests.  Most forests in the Northeast are dominated by medium-aged forest, and there is relatively little habitat for species that require open habitats, young forest, or old-growth forest.  The future of deciduous forests and forest birds also will depend on climate change and the introduction of insects and pathogens that decimate particular species of trees.  Understanding the history and ecology of deciduous forests is critical for sustaining their biological diversity, including the large array of birds that are restricted to forests.  This talk is based on a book that Professor Askins is completing on the ecology and conservation of deciduous forests. Florence Community Center. 140 Pine Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

7pm - FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES/MUSIC STUDIES: Amherst Cinema and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding present Sweet Dreams, a film about Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe.  The troupe includes women from both sides of 1994 Rwandan genocide and offers a supportive, healing environment.  The film follows the group’s journey as they partner with Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to open Rwanda’s first ice cream shop.  Karuna board member Joseph Sebarenzi will be present for a question-and-answer session about the film.  Tickets and more information can be found here.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

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.  $

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Academy of Music presents Stone Soup for kids in grades K-5.  This performance, loosely based on the old folk tale of the same name, tells the story of a hungry sailor who has no luck getting food from local villagers.  He instead invites them to enjoy his famous stone soup – he will provide the main ingredient if they provide the rest.  This tale of friendship and sharing is told via music and puppets, and kids will enjoy hearing the story and learning its values.  Tickets can be purchased in advance.  1-800-275-5005.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  $

4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Join The Westfield Athenaeum for a teen book discussion group on Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  Teens in grades 6-12 can come to discuss the book and make new friends.  This is a great chance for teens to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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, Ryan Voiland presents “From Garden to Farm, a Chronicle of Red Fire Farm and the Farming Career of Ryan Voiland.”  This talk is all about the history of Red Fire Farm and how it became what it is today.  This talk would be interesting to older students interested in local agriculture.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you self-employed, or do you work for a small business?  Do you receive health insurance through the MA Health Connector?  Are you unable to afford health insurance?  Would you like to learn about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) on your health insurance, or to talk to an expert about your health care options?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider attending one of the informational sessions that the Hilltown Community Health Centers will be hosting over the next few months!  Trained and certified experts will be present and ready to answer questions at each session.  “The Affordable Care Act and You: Information for Self-Employed Individuals and Small Businesses” takes place at the Hilltown Community Development Corporation.  413-296-0200.  387 Main Road.  Chesterfield, 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)

  • 9-10am – 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 19th, 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)

10am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Westfield Athenaeum’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop.  The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers.  It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities.  This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading!  Registration is required.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.

10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop.  The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Tuesday from 11/19 to 12/17 (five meetings).  The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup.  This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading!  Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session.  413-464-5095.  100 Main Street.  Lee, MA.  (FREE)

4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Join The Westfield Athenaeum for a kids book discussion group on Julie Andrews Edwards’ The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.  Youth in grades 3-5 can come to discuss the book and play relevant games.  This is a great chance for kids to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: “Yuck! Do I Have to Eat That?” is part of the Puzzle of Parenting free workshop series, presented by the Collaborative for Educational Services at the Palmer Monson Family Network.  The workshop deals with picky eaters, how to introduce new foods, and how to help kids maintain healthy diets.  The workshop is free but registration is required.  Child care is available with registration.  413-570-3061.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm - LOCAL HISTORY: The Chicopee Public Library presents “Chicopee’s Rich and Famous,” a lecture by local historian Steve Jendrysik.  He will talk about many of the early leaders of the city and show historical photos of homes, businesses, and families.  Those who are interested in local history will love this educational talk.  413-594-1800.  449 Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Author Robert Tougias presents “The Quest for the Eastern Cougar” at Dickinson Memorial Library.  Tougias will discuss cougars in Western Massachusetts.  This would be interesting to older students interested in animal studies and local ecology.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.

6:30-7:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY/PARENT WORKSHOP: Winter is Coming: Is Your Home Ready? Making your house more energy efficient will mean less cold drafts, lower utility bills, and a warmer, cozier home for the winter. Join The Center for Eco Technology for a discussion about some simple, low cost ways that you can make your house more efficient. Information will be provided on how to access the energy efficiency incentives being offered through the Home MPG program, which is currently being piloted in Monson, Springfield, Belchertown, Hampden, Palmer, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, and Wilbraham. Hampden Town Hall, 625 Main Street, Hampden, 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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children.  Creative play, snack time, and circle time.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, 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-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)
  • 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 storytime for preschoolers and toddlers at the Lenox Library!  Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays.  For kids 18 months to 5 years.  413-637-0197.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – STORYTIME: Weekly story time, snack and get-together for preK kids and their caregivers. Becket-Washington Library. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main Street. Becket, MA (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – TEENS: The Lilly Library hosts a weekly, drop in teen program for ages 12-17yo. Activities include games, crafts, book chat, movies, snacks. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, 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 20th, 2013

9am-11am – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Discover Ice Glen with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.  This property features outstanding views, an old growth forest, and more.  There will be three hikes – one easy, one moderated, and one strenuous.  You are welcome to join the BNRC for one or all of these hikes.  413-499-0596.  Park Street.  Stockbridge, MA.

7pm – SUSTAINABILITY/FILM: Greening Greenfield will kick off its 5th annual sustainable living film series with SWITCH, a documentary about energy, and how we can choose our energy future and switch from fossil fuels to more Earth-friendly options and prosper! Through a fascinating voyage around the world with our hosts, we will meet with people working in the energy industry – from coal and nuclear to solar, wind and more – and explore the pros and cons of how we power our lives. For inspiration, we also travel to countries that are fossil fuel free. Refreshments served. Discussion will follow the film. St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE/DONATION)

7pm-8:30pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Highlights of MA Archaeology presents Dr. Eric Johnson at Northfield Mountain.  Dr. Johnson teaches archaeology at UMass Amherst and will speak about his archaeological finds throughout the state.  He will illustrate his lecture with photos from these digs, giving attendees a better idea of how archaeological digs work.  For ages 10 and up.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.

8pm - MUSIC STUDIES: The UMass Amherst Music and Dance Department presents the Low Brass Fest – Music from the Horn, Trombone, and Tuba/Euphonium Studios, Plus: University Brass Choir.  Musicians will perform pieces by Brahms, Handel, Kawai, and more, along with original compositions.  Takes place in Bowker Auditorium.  100 Holdsworth Way.  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-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s infant/toddler group runs every Wednesday.  Kids age 2 and under can explore age-appropriate toys and the playroom, and enjoy a snack and circle time.  Please no children or siblings over age 2.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, 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
  • 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 21st, 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)

9:30am – PLAYGROUP: Learn and Play Group at the Holyoke Children’s Museum features play, reading, and crafts for young children.  This week’s book is Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown.  Kids can hear the story, do a counting exercise, and make turkeys.  This is a fun way for young children to make friends, be creative, and learn.  413-536-5437.  444 Dwight Street.  Holyoke, MA.  >$

12noon-4pm – VOLUNTEER: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is offering a volunteer orientation for those who are interested in volunteering regularly in the future.  Those who attend will receive a tour of the warehouse and will learn all about the organization (12noon-1pm).  Then from 1pm-4pm, volunteers will work in the warehouse sorting donated items.  This opportunity is a great way for older teens (16+ only) to gain experience volunteering and doing important work for their community.  Sign-up is required.  More information available here.  413-247-9738 x128.  97 North Hatfield Road.  Hatfield, MA.

6pm – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Harry Bliss, author/illustrator of Bailey, will be at the Westfield Athenaeum to speak about his book and meet young readers.  Registration is required.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm - THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: The 25th Annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare takes place from 11/21-11/24 at Shakespeare and Company.  This Festival features performances of many Shakespeare classics by local high schools in Western Massachusetts and nearby New York State.  The teens in these plays prepare and train for months in order to put on full-scale productions of plays like Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet.  More information, tickets, and a full schedule of performances can be found here.  413-637-3353.  70 Kemble Street.  Lenox, MA.  $$

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you a parent or caregiver?  Are you single?  Do you receive health insurance through the MA Health Connector?  Are you unable to afford health insurance? Would you like to learn about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) on your health insurance, or to talk to an expert about your health care options?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider attending one of the informational sessions hosted by Hilltown Community Health Centers.  Trained and certified experts will be present and ready to answer questions at each session.  “The Affordable Care Act and You: Information for Individuals and Families” takes place at Stanton Hall.  413-296-0200.  Huntington, MA.

7pm – HISTORY: November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Recall the legacy of JFK with friends and neighbors at the Meekins Library’s “Remembering JFK” event.  Listen to recordings and watch videos of JFK and share stories in order to remember his presidential years.  This event is great for all ages – adults can remember and share their memories, will younger attendees can learn about JFK and his legacy.  413-268-7472.  2 Williams Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Belchertown Historical Association’s Stone House Speaker Series presents the last talk of the series, “Tyringham Shakers and the Belchertown Connection,” by Stephen Paterwic.  The talk centers on this small, relatively unknown Shaker community, and the Belchertown families that helped found it.  This event is open to all and would be interesting to older students interested in local history.  413-323-6573.  20 Maple Street.  Belchertown, MA.

7pm – CONCERT: “Warm Up the Winter: A Benefit for Local Fuel Assistance” takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight.  Several Berkshire musicians will perform at this concert, which benefits community members who seek help with fuel assistance during the cold winter months.  This is the 6th annual concert and it’s a great way to engage with your community, support community members in need, and spend time with the whole family for a good cause.  More information is available here.  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $

7pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Author Alan Weisman traveled to over 20 countries asking big questions about the planet’s sustainability and the future of humanity. Does humanity have a future on earth? How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? In his newest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, Weisman discusses our crowded planet and the way he believes we must arrive at a stable, optimum population. Before his latest travels, Weisman has written other books including The World Without Us, an international bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Clapp Laboratory’s Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. (FREE) 

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.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children.  Creative play, snack time, and circle time.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm - FAMILY FUN: The Salasin Center will be open for family time every Thursday.  Come by for activities to do with the whole family.  413-774-4307 x4.  474 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale is happening this weekend – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Come to Snow Farm for this early holiday outing, where you can find beautiful works of art at great prices made by over 150 craftspeople.  This a great place to shop for beautiful handmade holiday items.  There will be pottery, glassware, furniture, scarves, bags, jewelry, and much more.  413-268-3101.  5 Clary Road.  Williamsburg, MA.

10am-4pm – MYO GIFT: Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.  Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60’s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. Learn about the art of glass blowing and walk away with your very own holiday keepsake… a great tradition to do with your family year after year! This is part of Snow Farm’s Seconds Sale weekend where more than 150 craftspeople from across the country sell their seconds. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA ($)

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Want to learn about turkeys?  Kids ages 3-6 and their parents can join the Great Falls Discovery Center to learn about turkeys, do crafts, and explore nature.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.

12noon – EUROPEAN HISTORY/THEATRE:  The Women’s Action Movement (WAM) Theatre invites students ages 13 and up to its matinee showing of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson.  The play explores the accomplishments and reputation of Emilie Du Chatelet (1706-1749), who was one of Europe’s leading interpreters of modern physics and a master of mathematics and linguistics, as well as the wife of a Marquis who both embodied and challenged the expectations placed upon French noblewomen during the Age of Enlightenment.  In Emilie, the title character must defend her life by tallying her achievements in Love and Philosophy… and attempting to identify a formula that will convince the world of her worth.  A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Rite of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls.  The WAM Theatre has developed an extensive set of educational resources relating to the play; these resources and more information are available on their website.  518-243-9627.  36 Linden St.  Pittsfield, MA.  $-$$

12noon-1:50pm – ICE SKATING: The UMass Mullins Center offers a Home School Skate for homeschooled students in the area.  Come enjoy this fun activity while hanging out with other homeschooled kids.  Skates included with cost.  413-545-3001.  200 Commonwealth Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  >$

12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY:  The Amherst Historical Society hosts History Bites, a lunchtime history talk!  This week’s talk, “Letters Home from Mt. Holyoke’s Young Women,” is presented by Elizabeth Sharpe.  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)

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)

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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children.  Creative play, snack time, and circle time.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, 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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