Suggested Events for January 11th-17th, 2014

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

“Hilltown Families is my first stop for an interesting and fun weekend with my two 7-year olds. It is our saving grace to have a kid-friendly destination on a Saturday morning, and Hilltown Families comes through for us in spades! We especially love it being new to the Valley (from Boston) and don’t know up from down out here! Concerts are our favorites in the winter.” – The Greenwoods (Florence MA)

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

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BULLETIN BOARD

Jan 12

Adi Bemak will lead a half-day retreat for parents, grandparents and guardians on Practicing Meditation. The retreat, hosted by the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, will include guided sitting and walking meditation, one-on-one conversations, and group discussions to facilitate sharing on the ups and downs of parenting and how meditation can act as a support. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Sunday, January 12, 1-4pm at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton. Suggested contribution: $15-$25 plus teacher donation. Please pre-register at insightpv.org/retreats or call 413-527-0388.

Open House: Jan 15

Open House, Wednesday, January 15, at the Montessori School of Northampton. On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, the Montessori School of Northampton, located at 51 Bates Street, will hold an open house. All parents of toddler, preschool and elementary students who are interested in applying for admission for September 2014 are encouraged to attend. Parents will have the opportunity to visit the school’s Toddler, Children’s House (preschool/kindergarten), Lower Elementary (grades 1 through 3), and Upper Elementary (grades 4 through 6) classrooms, meet staff, and explore the advantages of Montessori education. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 413-586-4538 or visit northamptonmontessori.org

Open House: Jan 23, Feb 6

Accepting applications for fall 2014. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information on how to apply, financial aid, upcoming Kindergarten Open Houses, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-7061 www.bement.org.

Goodchild Music Studio in Shelburne offers music classes for all ages! Simply Music Piano® (7yo-adult), a remarkable, Australian-developed piano program that has students, playing pop, classical, blues and accompaniment pieces, from their very first lessons; Play-a-Story Piano® (5-7yo w/guardian), a comprehensive improvisational piano foundation that provides a springboard into the Simply Music Piano program; Simply Music Rhapsody® (3mo-5yo w/guardian), an exciting and experiential musical immersion program, based on the Orff Schulwerk philosophy (classes by age); Bagpipe Lessons (9yo-adult). Also, Beginning Violin-Fiddle and Clawhammer Banjo lessons. More info, contact Barbara & Eric Goodchild, 413-625-8203, ebgoodchild@hughes.net.

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES’ EVENTS

Saturday Morning Music PartyFamily Music Party: On Saturday, January 11, at 10am, Hilltown Families and Flywheel Arts Collective present the second year of our “Saturday Morning Music Party” series! This Saturday kicks off this winter’s series, and features a free pancake breakfast, a screening of an ’80s-era kids’ TV show, and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix. All ages are invited to this super fun event! 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Handmade Community Valentine Swap: It’s that time of the year again for the 6th Annual Hilltown Families Handmade Community Valentine Swap! For the past several years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Push back against the commercialization of Valentine’s Day while getting creative with your kids and connecting with your community… sign up to participate! Swapping happens through the mail with 10 other families! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in Western MA.  Deadline to sign up: Jan. 31. Western MA (FREE)

Family Community Service NightFamily Community Service Night: On Friday, January 17th from 4-7pm, Hilltown Families will be hosting a Free Family Community Service Night with The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls.  We are inviting families to join us for an evening of DIY Mittens & Scarves for Families in Transition. Come with an outgrown felted wool sweater, and/or fleece outerwear to be repurposed into easy-to-sew mittens and scarves to donate to New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT).  No previous experience is needed and there will be tasks for all ages Sign up to join us. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)


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Saturday, January 11th, 2013

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived show.

Saturday, January 11, 8:30am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a free arts and crafts table open to children of all ages. A special craft will be available for kids to make at the library or take home to complete. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 9:45am – SNOWSHOEING: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is holding their Constitution Hill Snowshoe Race today! Registration begins at 9:45am, the race begins at 10:30am, and the Fun Run starts at 10:35am. This is a good way for families to spend time together outdoors during the winter. Registration is required. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. Lanesboro, MA. $

Saturday Morning Music PartySaturday, January 11, 10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Hilltown Families and Flywheel Arts Collective present the second year of our “Saturday Morning Music Party” series! Today kicks off this winter’s series, and features a free pancake breakfast, a screening of an ’80s-era kids’ TV show, and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix. All ages are invited to this super fun event! 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Does your child struggle with reading or spelling? Leslie Chalmers Gravel, a licensed and certified speech and language therapist, will be at the Forbes Library today to present “Help for Struggling Readers and Spellers of All Ages: Teaching for Understanding.” This workshop is designed to help parents and educators learn how to help struggling readers by learning about the purpose of English spelling, sounding out words, and analyzing the structure and meaning of words. More information is available on the Forbes Library website. Reservations are required. 413-330-4118. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-1:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is West Springfield’s First Annual Winter Carnival, organized by Ed Sullivan, who is the town’s third mayor. The day’s festivities consist of a road race (10am), family-friendly winter activities (12noon-3pm), and a cookout (12noon-1:30pm). This is a fun chance to celebrate the town, spend time with other community members, and welcome the new mayor. Takes place in Mittineague Park. 413-746-0251. 1695 Westfield Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10:30am-11:30am – LEGOS: Kids ages 6 and up can come to the Sunderland Public Library for Lego Club! Get creative and practice your architectural skills with friends at the library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle of MeadEagle Photos will be at the Berkshire Museum today to share some of their photos and talk about their exciting travels all over the world. “Untamed: Wild and Endangered Animals” will feature stunning animal photos and stories from all over the globe. Reservations are requested. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Do you ever wonder what certain animals do in the winter? Mass Audubon is holding a Winter Wildlife Program for children 5 and up at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Today. Play a game to learn about hibernation, migration, and sleepers, learn which animals stick around for the winter and how they survive the cold, and make a jello animal and see how it fares in the cold weather! This program is both indoors and outdoors. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School is holding an All School Open House today. Interested students and their families can tour classrooms, meet with faculty, view student work, learn about curriculum, and more. Each grade will offer activities and opportunities to speak with students about their Hartsbrook experience. This open house is a great way to determine if the Hartsbrook School would be a good fit for your child. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Nature-lovers of all ages are invited to explore nature in winter with the Trustees of Reservations and naturalist Kevin Kopchynski at Peaked Mountain. Look for tracks in the snow and discover the world in winter. 413-532-1631. 43 Butler Road. Monson, MA. >$

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Observe birds and learn about bird banding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteers will demonstrate how to use mist nets and what information can be gathered through bird banding. Visitors can come and go from the program as they wish. Free with Sanctuary admission. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$

Saturday, January 11, 11am – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art have come together to present a special concert by Danny Lion! Danny Lion is the newest music project by award-winning composer Dan Flannery. The performance features great rhythms, dancing, storytelling, and more. Kids of all ages will enjoy this fun interactive concert. Tickets are first come, first served the day of the performance. Takes place at the Eric Carle Museum. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, January 11, 11am-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Barter and swap unwanted gifts and goods at the Post Holiday Barter Market at the Mason Library. Bartering and trading are great ways to get rid unwanted things without tossing them in a landfill. Bring unwanted things to trade, and go home with something you want. Some barter ideas are canned goods, seed, plants, herbal tinctures, books, arts and crafts supplies, clothes, jewelery, and more. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 11am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Today is Free Day at MASS MoCA! There will be art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, gallery tours, and more. There will be something for all ages to enjoy! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 12noon-1pm – AGRICULTURE/SUSTAINABILITY: Are you interested in learning about beekeeping? The Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market is offering “Bee Prepared – A Primer on Backyard Beekeeping,” a workshop led by Emma Golden. Here you can learn the basics of backyard beekeeping and what it takes to become a backyard beekeeper yourself! 413-259-3149. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 1pm – MUSIC: Jeff Olmstead will be at Forbes Library today to discuss Simply Music, a method for teaching the piano that was developed in Australia. By learning this method, you can discover how to play the piano before learning how to read notes. This program is good for anyone who is interested in learning how to play the piano, or those who already know how. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 1pm-2pm – NATURE SCIENCE: Take a closer look at one of our local watersheds at the Great Falls Discovery Center’s, “Watershed Investigators,” a special family program where kids can learn new ways to look at and understand the world around them using games, crafts, exploration, etc. Designed to best fit students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 1pm-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! Adults and kids 8 and up are invited to try to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and participate in beginner clinics. For more info on Winter Trails Day and to find out clinic times, see the Northfield Mountain website. Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE) [CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW]

Saturday, January 11, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: Families are invited to the Norman Rockwell Museum for “ Dance! A Family Day.” This special family day celebrates the museum’s current featured exhibit, “Dancing Princesses: The Fairy Tale Art of Ruth Sanderson,” and features dancers from the Berkshire Ballroom, an illustrated look at dance as it relates to the exhibition (by dancer/archivist Eugenia Kim), tours, reading, art-making, and more. This is a great way for families to engage with the museum and its current featured exhibit. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, January 11, 1-5pm: CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: Canterbury Farm Cross Country Ski Center is participating in Winter Trail Days with free ski rental and trail passes for new skiers. Classes Run at 1:15pm, 2:30pm, & 3:45pm (come 15 min early) and they may put in a child’s class. Registration required. 413-623-0100. 1986 Fred Snow Road. Becket, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 11, 2pm-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield have teamed up to offer a free public skate and free skate rentals at the Boys and Girls Club rink! This offer only applies to the first 100 people to arrive, so get there early! 413-448-8258. 16 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 2pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Charlemont 250 Committee is holding their 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire today at Hawlemont School! Drop off your Christmas tree 1/9 or 1/10 after 4pm, or anytime today 1/11. The bonfire begins at 4pm. 413-339-4305. 10 School Street. Charlemont, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 7pm-9pm – SKIING: Tonight is the Trustees of Reservations’ annual Moonlight Skiing event at Notchview. Come meet other skiers, enjoy the outdoors, and have cider and popcorn after the event. Best for older students and adults. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. $

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Sledding Hills in Western MAHilltown 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.

Sunday, January 12, 9:30am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village will have free admission for kids under 17 (with a paying adult) every weekend until March 30! Winter is a great time to visit Sturbridge Village and this is a good way to save money and enjoy this great local resource. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, January 12, 1-4pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Adi Bemak will lead a half-day retreat for parents, grandparents and guardians on Practicing Meditation. The retreat, hosted by the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, will include guided sitting and walking meditation, one-on-one conversations, and group discussions to facilitate sharing on the ups and downs of parenting and how meditation can act as a support. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Please pre-register at insightpv.org/retreats or call  413-527-0388. Eastworks. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242. Easthampton, MA ($)

Sunday, January 12, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Explore Savoy State Forest and the Hoosac Range with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center on a winter hike (with snowshoes if snowy). Learn about winter ecology, animal tracking, evergreen trees, and more. Best for older students or adults. Registration is required. Directions will be given upon registration. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register. Location TBA. (FREE)

Ice Skating in Western MASunday, January 12, 11am-1pm – ICE SKATING: Fitzpatrick Skating Rink and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are hosting an adaptive skating event for people of all ages and abilities. You can use your wheelchair, an ice sled, or conventional skates and have fun playing games on ice with others. This is a great way to get out on the rink and make new friends! Please sign up in advance. 413-545-5758. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 1pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORATION: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” on bicycles, motorcycles, and airplanes, led by Jim Boone. He will discuss the role of racing in developing new technologies. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, January 12 , 2-4pm: HISTORY/ANIMAL ADVOCACY: Do you consider yourself an advocate for animal welfare? Do your kids bring home every stray cat or dog (or fledgling) with whom they cross paths? Having an understanding of the history of the movement to prevent cruelty towards animals can help animal lovers young and old feel more rooted in their understanding and support of animal welfare. Berkshire Humane Society will host Diane Beers, Ph.D., author of “For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States” (Ohio University Press, 2006.), as part of their “Coffee Hour Speaking Series.” Dr. Beers will trace the history of the animal welfare movement in the United States from its earliest beginnings until the 1970’s. 413-447-7878, ext. 28. Berkshire Humane Society. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, January 12, 4pm – PSYCHOLOGY: The Stockbridge Library presents a talk by Dr. Jonathan Aronoff, entitled “The Lost Generation of Boys,” as part of their Sunday Speaker Series. Aronoff is a licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and personal coach who focuses on adolescent and young adult males. His talk is about the current trend of immaturity, impatience, passivity, and/or abusive, violent, and aggressive behaviors displayed by many young men and boys who gravitate towards technologically-driven activities as a way to withdraw from the real world. Aronoff will discuss factors that have contributed to this trend and possible ways that adults can socialize and mentor boys to help steer them from this path. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Monday, January 13, 3pm – ENGINEERING: Have fun with marshmallows today at the Westfield Athenaeum! Build a marshmallow catapult and enjoy tasty snacks with friends. Designing and building a catapult is a great way to practice your engineering skills. Please register in advance. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 13, 6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-4. Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. 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: 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)

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 9:30am or 11:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 6 months to 35 months can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for Little Ones Library Time, which includes crafts, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Come to the Storrs Library to learn about the many apps for smartphones and tablets that you can use to learn about anatomy and physiology, look up disease and treatment information, and track your health. This is a great way to learn about many of the useful resources that exist to promote healthy living. Please pre-register. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 12noon-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you interested in becoming involved in your local government? The Amherst League of Women Voters is offering a brown bag talk today – How to Run for Office or Join a Town Committee in Amherst – with Sandra Burgess, Town Clerk, and Diana Stein, Select Board Member. Those who attend can learn what it takes to run for office and/or join committees. Takes place at the Bangs Community Center, Room 101. 70 Boltwood Walk. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 3:45pm – ART/WRITING: Kids ages 10 and up can come to the West Springfield Public Library for Art Club. Here you can do some creative writing and drawing! 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 6pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Earthworks Programs’ Frank Grindrod will present a free emergency preparedness talk today at River Valley Market. This introduction to emergency preparedness will teach you what to do in emergency situations like extreme weather, power outages, being stranded in a car, lost in the wilderness, etc. Pre-registration is required. 413-340-1161. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. FREE.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

10am-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Simply Music Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 7yrs-adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min. lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 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 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-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.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY TIME: Kids of all ages can come to the Millers Falls Library for Library Club! This includes games, activities, crafts, and snacks. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, 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.
  • 7pm-8:15pm – BOOK CLUB: The Jones Library’s diversity book club meets the second Tuesday of each month, and focuses on fiction and non-fiction books that explore various aspects of human diversity, including race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, appearance, educational and social background, and other topics. This group is meant for adults, but mature, self-directed teens would benefit from the book club. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Open House, Wednesday, January 15, at the Montessori School of Northampton, MA, from 5:30-7pm.

Wednesday, January 15, 6:30pm-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Come to Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a full moon snowshoe/hike! This event is fitness-oriented and will teach you all about snowshoeing. Snowshoe rentals are available ($). Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)/Snowshoes $)

Wednesday, January 15, 7pm-8:30pm – BIRD STUDIES: Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center presents an exciting talk on the Barton Cove Eagles, by photographer and nature enthusiast William Dean. The nest was built 25 years ago, and for the first time, during the 2013 breeding season, three eaglets successfully fledged from the nest. Dean will share photos, videos, observations, and stories of the eagles. This exciting talk gives you a chance to learn more about these fascinating and iconic birds. Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

2-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Play-a-Story Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 5-7 yrs w/ adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min.lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 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.
  • 10:15am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the Carnegie Public Library for a weekly storytime, complete with crafts, stories, activities, and snacks. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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.
  • 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, January 16th, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 10am-11am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP/ART: You and your children are invited to “Parents and Kids: Making Messy Art Together,” a workshop offered by the Collaborative for Educational Services, as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. Come be creative and explore artistic possibilities with paints, doughs, crayons, chalk, and collage. Registration is required. Takes place at the Ware Family Center. 413-570-3061. 49 Church Street. Ware, MA.

Thursday, January 16, 12:15pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “One Hundred Years of Jewish Life in the Valley: From Shtetl to Suburb,” presented by Dr. Stuart A. Anfang of Temple Beth El. Dr. Anfang will discuss the struggles and triumphs of Jewish immigrants and their descendants in the Valley during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Those interested in Jewish culture and local history will enjoy this talk. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, January 16, 3:45pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2 and 3 are invited to the West Springfield Public Library for Ready Readers book club! Read George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy E. Krulik, then come to the library to do a related craft and discuss the book with your peers. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Thursday, January 16, 6pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Westfield Athenaeum is offering a workshop for parents on sleep development in young children. Alice Barber from the Behavioral Health Network will be at the library to discuss the science of sleep, how much sleep is enough, and what happens when kids get too little sleep. Registration is required. Please register by 1/10. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 16, 6pm-7pm – MINI GOLF: Kids in grades 5-12 can come to the Sunderland Public Library after hours for a round of miniature golf! There will be prizes, pizza, and a full 8-hole mini golf course! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 16, 6pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Earthworks Programs’ Frank Grindrod will present a free emergency preparedness talk today at the Shutesbury Athletic Club. This introduction to emergency preparedness will teach you what to do in emergency situations like extreme weather, power outages, being stranded in a car, lost in the wilderness, etc. Pre-registration is required. 413-340-1161. 282 Wendell Road. Shutesbury, MA. FREE.

Thursday, January 16, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, and interested in learning about some common birth options? Two doulas will be at Grow (third floor of Thornes Marketplace) today to present information on finding credible information on prenatal care, birthing options, and parenting choices. 413-341-5282. 150 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 16, 7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents their 5th Annual Shorts Festival! Classes and clubs from the school will present brief theater performances. This annual performance is entertaining, creative, and fun for the whole family! 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, January 16, 7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Jones Library presents a parenting talk by Dr. Connie Hebert titled, “Catching Teachable Minutes with Kids.” The talk is for parents, grandparents, guardians, and anyone else who takes care of or spends time with children. Dr. Hebert will discuss “the teachable minute,” which is the golden opportunity to teach kids something on the spot. The teachable minute is based on a child’s natural curiosity, and gives adults an opportunity to teach kids valuable lessons anytime and anywhere. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, 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)

9am-7pm – BAGPIPE LESSONS: Eric Goodchild offers Bagpipe, Violin/Fiddle and beginning Clawhammer Banjo. Mon-Fri, ages 9 & up. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($30/lesson)

  • 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 – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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-11:30am – ROLLERSKATING: Kids age 6 and under can come to Interskate 91 North for skating, roller racers, games, music, and more! Admission for kids includes snack and skate rental. More info here. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street. Hadley, 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-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-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 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, January 17th, 2014

Friday, January 17, 10:30am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: Parents and babies aged 2-12 months are invited to an “Ages and Stages Playtime” at the Haskin Center’s Family Resource Center Playroom. This playtime, run by Child Care of the Berkshires, gives parents and babies an opportunity to interact with each other at various play stations while learning about their baby’s individual growth and development. Parents will also fill out a questionnaire in order to find out fun learning activities that would be beneficial for their child. This event is great for parents who want to learn about their baby’s developmental progress! Registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Friday, January 17, 11am – STORYTIME/CRAFTS: Come to the Forbes Library for a Mitten Party! Read Jan Brett’s The Mitten and do a mitten-related craft! Please call to register. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 7pm – HISTORY: This year’s Storrowtown Village‘s First Person Presentation is “A Fireman of 1899 – His Life and Job,” presented by retired firefighter, teacher, and historian William Moss. Moss will be at Storrowtown, dressed in period costume, to discuss the lives and challenges of 19th century firefighters and take you through a typical day in the life of a fireman during that time. Reservations are encouraged. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. <$

Family Community Service NightFamily Community Service Night: On Friday, January 17th from 4-7pm, Hilltown Families will be hosting a Free Family Community Service Night with The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls.  We are inviting families to join us for an evening of DIY Mittens & Scarves for Families in Transition. Come with an outgrown felted wool sweater, and/or fleece outerwear to be repurposed into easy-to-sew mittens and scarves to donate to New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT).  No previous experience is needed and there will be tasks for all ages Sign up to join us. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Friday, January 17, 7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents their 5th Annual Shorts Festival! Classes and clubs from the school will present brief theater performances. This annual performance is entertaining, creative, and fun for the whole family! 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 7pm-9pm – BOOK RELEASE PARTY: Celebrate the release of the new book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, edited by Avital Norman Nathman, tonight at Hinge! There will be a performance by The Nields, a raffle, and several local contributors will be present at the release party. 48 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 7:30pm-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Peaked Mountain under the full moon with the Trustees of Reservations tonight! Night hiking is very different from hiking during the day, and this is a great way to experience nature in the evening. This hike is 2-3 miles, 1.5 hours and would be best for older students and adults. 413-532-1631. 43 Butler Road. Monson, MA. >$

Friday, January 17, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Dress up like a T-Bird or a Pink Lady and come sing along to a screening of Grease (1978; rated PG-13) at CityStage! This is a fun chance to dress up and have a good time singing along with a classic movie! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-788-7033. One Columbus Center. Springfield, MA. $$

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

9:30am-12noon – MUSIC MOVEMENT: Simply Music Rhapsody: 3 mos.-5 yrs w/ adult. Fri & Sat. Classes by age. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($12/lesson)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 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-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.
  • 12:30pm-2pm – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: The Storrs Library‘s Pathway for Parents is a program for families with their first baby (0-15 months). Learn about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play, and how these can benefit your new baby. Please call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, 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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