Suggested Events for January 18th-24th, 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

“I can’t believe I didn’t know about Hilltown Families before. I thought it was just for families who lived in the Hilltowns, not for Valley families like us in Hatfield. After looking through the site (which is also great looking), I see that there are tons of events that my family would like to know about and attend, from Northampton, to Amherst to Pittsfield. Thanks!” – Kathie Gow (Hatfield, 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 19, 26 & Feb 2

Littlest Dancers Parent and Child Movement Class. This is a lively movement class for both parents and children where each song inspires a new way of dancing or a game for everyone to enjoy. The kiddos love the music and dance, and the adults get a moderate workout. For ages 3 months to 5 years. Sunday, January 19th, 26th & February 2nd, from 10:30 to 11:30am. Classes held at the new Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. Classes are $12 for drop-in or $30 for the 3 class series. For more info and pre-registration, please email littlestdancers@gmail.com or call 413-230-7953.

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.

Open House Jan 25

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, January 25th 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

Open House Jan 25

The Campus School at Smith College, a coeducational day school, will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 25th from 9:30-11am. All prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are welcome! Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit online at www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA.

Jan 25

Kids and families, get ready for a Rainforest Adventure, the new traveling exhibit at the Springfield Science Museum. Learn about the amazing diversity of life in rainforests and the many challenges they face today. Explore a gorilla nest, climb a kapok tree, and identify endangered species. The Museum provides the vests, flashlights, and binoculars – you provide your imagination! A special Opening Day Celebration on Saturday, January 25th at 10am will feature hands-on activities, Family Science Adventures and “The Wild About Rainforest Balloon Magic Show” by Jungle Jim. The Springfield Science Museum is located at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield, MA. 413-263-6800. For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Open House Jan 26

Cloverdale Cooperative Preschool invites new parents to an Open House on Sunday, January 26th, from 2:30-4pm. Cloverdale is located in back of the First Congregational Church (130 Pine Street) in Florence since 1954, and is a half-day preschool with the option of extended days. See their new layout and learning centers during their open house while spending time playing with your children in their engaging learning environment. Meet the teachers and some parents who will answer your questions about their program. For more information visit www.cloverdalepreschool.com or call 413-586-1106 after 12:30pm.

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School has three openings for Toddlers, ages 18 months-3 years, for immediate enrollment. Full- or part-time schedule.  Maria Montessori said, “Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.” Join us in a joyful, beautiful classroom that is prepared for the child’s emerging independence. The Toddler program includes music, art, practical life, grace and courtesy, language, outdoor play, and more in a child-centered and respectful setting. To learn more, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admission, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org, or go to www.amherstmontessori.org. Also enrolling now for Fall 2014. Open House on Saturday, February 1, 10 AM-noon.

Enrolling Now

Spring Street Preschool in Amherst is enrolling new students for September 2014! Spring Street Preschool is a small school with both mixed aged and separate small group programming, individualized instruction, large art studio space, experienced and caring teachers, music program and outdoor play. Enrolling children from 2 yrs, 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule, affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is independent and non-denominational, welcoming new families to their school community.. Best kept secret in Amherst! To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or info@springstreetpreschool.org. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.org.

Researchers at UMass-Amherst seek volunteers to participate in a language study. They are looking for English-speaking children ages 9-12 who have a diagnosis of high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, or who are typically developing. Parental consent will be obtained and the single-session study should take about 90 minutes. You will be compensated $50 for your time. They have openings after school, on weekends, and during holidays. Please call Kristina Curro at 413-695-8429 or email her at kcurro@comdis.umass.edu for more information.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsMARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Hilltown Families will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about our marketing package and early bird discounts HERE.

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES’ EVENTS

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)

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop: Friday, February 7th, from 4-7pm.  Handmade valentines are wonderful expressions of thoughtfulness that can be shared with neighbors and friends, or with people you might not know. Join us to make many! Think about making a valentine for your librarian, postal worker, or teacher. Make several and deliver them to a nearby homeless shelter, nursing home, or an elderly neighbor in your community. Send them in the mail to long lost friends or relatives you have never met! Sign up to join us at the free family workshop!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 18th-24th, 2014

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Saturday, January 18th, 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. This week our guest DJ is Suzi Shelton with Smile in My Heart Episode. 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 18, 9am-2pm – BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION: The Children’s Study Home is offering a free American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course for kids ages 11-15. Here kids can get the information they need to babysit safely and confidently, including how to handle emergencies, important childcare skills, and kid-friendly games. In order to become certified, you must attend both parts of this two-part class (1/18 and 1/25 9am-2pm). Please register in advance. 413-302-0369. 30 Sherma Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 18, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3 and up and their families can come to the West Springfield Public Library for a special Saturday storytime. The theme is “Teddy Bear Tea Party” and it features stories, music, crafts, and a snack. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 10am-11:30am – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION/CULTURAL STUDIES: Join Child Care of the Berkshires for “Our Big World Culture Festival,” a festival for families that celebrates different cultures all over the world. There will be children’s games, activities, music, and food from cultures around the world. Please call to register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Cross the border into Vermont today and join the Trustees of Reservations for a Snowshoe Trek at Mountain Meadow! This is the Trustees’ most northwest property and it includes many gentle trails that are perfect for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Bring snowshoes or skis and come prepared to have fun in the snow and see some great views of the Greylock Range! 413-532-1631 x10. Benedict Road. Pownal, VT.

Saturday, January 18, 10am-1pm – BIRD STUDIES: Are you interested in learning more about Bald Eagles in Western Massachusetts? Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is offering a program on eagles at the Quabbin Reservoir. You can learn where they go in winter, why, and what challenges they face when it comes time to return to their nests. Visitors will have a chance to look for eagles and other wildlife at the Enfield Lookout, search for animal tracks and sign, and learn about the Quabbin’s eagle restoration program. Takes place at the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center. Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 485 Ware Road. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 18, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Explore the high-elevation forests of Tamarack Hollow with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Forests at high elevations are unique in their plant and animal life, and you can learn how to identify some of these plants, like balsam fir, and look for tracks of animals, like snowshoe hare and ruffled grouse. This snowshoe hike is approximately two miles round trip and is best for older teens and adults. More information about the event and snowshoe rentals can be found on the Mass Audubon website. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 1516 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. $$

Saturday, January 18, 9am-11:30am; 12noon-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Naturalist Dan Yacobellis will be at Sheep Hill to lead two Winter Snow Animal Tracking programs today. The first, from 9am-11:30am, is for beginners and young children, and features a family-friendly walk. From 12noon-4pm, adults and kids 8 and older can venture into the forest to search for fisher tracks, bobcat tracks, and more. These workshops are a great way to get kids interested in tracking and nature studies. Registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, January 18, 9am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Clam River. The hike is three miles, on moderate terrain, and features a river, old stone walls, cellar holes, and more. Bring snowshoes if you have them. 413-499-0596. Route 57. Sandisfield, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING: Join the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a Snowshoe Trek! Explore the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river, as well as wildlife tracks and signs, on this easy-to-moderate trek. Snowshoes available in kid and adult sizes. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

Saturday, January 18, 10:30am-12noon – ASTRONOMY: Young children and their families can come learn about the moon and stars with Dawn Marvin Ward at the Carnegie Public Library today! 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 18, 10:30am-12noon – STORYTIME: Celebrate winter at the Berkshire Athenaeum! Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the library for a special winter-themed storytime featuring stories, crafts, snacks, and a short video. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 18, 10:30am-12noon – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids 7 and up can join local clay artist and sculptor Leslie Klein for a two-week Clay Mask Workshop at Ramsdell Library. Kids can design, create, and paint their own masks to take home. Registration is required and you must attend both sessions. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 12noon – KNITTING: Kids can come to the Monson Free Library to learn how to knit or improve their knitting skills! Library staff will be there to teach the basics, including casting-on, knitting, purling, and binding off. This is a great way to learn how to knit! If possible, please bring US size #8 straight needles. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 1:30pm – 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)

Saturday, January 18, 3pm-5pm – HISTORY/LITERATURE: What do Edith Wharton and Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, have in common? Join Vanity Fair writed David Kamp for, “From the House of Mirth to the House of Crawley,” at The Mount. He will discuss his conversations and experiences with Fellowes, and how Fellowes’ work is informed by Wharton’s The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, and Old New York. Recommended for older students who are interested in history and/or literature. Reservations are encouraged. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $

Saturday, January 18, 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Sunderland Public Library is holding a duct tape crafternoon for teens and tweens! Have fun making things with duct tape. Call to register. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 5pm-7pm – STORYTIME/NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 5-10 are invited to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for a special shadow puppet presentation of Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon. Kids will learn about the seven native owl species in Massachusetts and will get a chance to explore the winter woods in search of owls. This is an exciting opportunity to hear a classic, award-winning children’s book by a local author read aloud, and a chance to explore the outdoors! Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, January 18, 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.

Saturday, January 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a performance of Les Misérables at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium. The play tells the story of a peasant in 19th-century France who is released from prison and then gets swept up in a period of revolution in France. This musical is enjoyable for all ages. Ticket information can be found on the ALSCT website. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, January 18, 8pm – SING-ALONG: 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. $$

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Sunday, January 19th, 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 19, 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 19, 10am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Upcycle your old t-shirts and make them into no-sew bags at Lander-Grinspoon Academy with PJ Preschool Pals. There will also be storytime, singing, and tumble time. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a winter ecology snowshoe/hike at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Look for wildlife tracks and sign, learn how to identify trees in winter, and learn about the unique ecology of Fitzgerald Lake. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register. Meet at former Moose Lodge 614. 196 Cooke Avenue. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 10:30-11:30am – MOVEMENT CLASS: Littlest Dancers Parent and Child Movement Class takes place at the new Northampton Center for the Arts. For ages 3mo-5yo and their guardians. Drop-ins welcomed.  33 Hawley Street. Northampton, MA ($)

Sunday, January 19, 1pm – HISTORY: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led mini-tour titled, “The Springfield Armory and the Garand M-1 Rifle,” with Arch Battista. Battista will discuss the invention, perfection, and manufacture of the gun that General George S. Patton called “the greatest implement of battle ever devised.” Those who are interested in history and local industry will enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, January 19, 1pm-2:30pm – DANCE: Girls ages 7-12 can join the Morning Glory Girls Garland dance group. Garland dance is a form of Morris dance, which is an English folk dance from the British Isles. Performers use ribbons, bells, and flower garlands while dancing in rhythmic steps to music and song. This type of dance is great for kids to get involved in, as it teaches teamwork, coordination, and movement. Takes place at Whately Elementary School. 413-626-0163. 273 Long Plain Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 1:30pm-2:30pm – HISTORY: Cliff McCarty, archivist and president of the Pioneer Valley History Network, will be at the Westhampton Public Library to talk about the connections that exist between the Pioneer Valley and the California Gold Rush. The Gold Rush had a significant impact on migration, land development, slavery, and the economy in America. Many pioneers from Western Massachusetts played important roles in the development of California, and returned to New England and used their western adventures to help them attain positions of stature in their communities. Those interested in local and U.S. history will enjoy this talk. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 2pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a performance of Les Misérables at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium. The play tells the story of a peasant in 19th-century France who is released from prison and then gets swept up in a period of revolution in France. This musical is enjoyable for all ages. Ticket information can be found on the ALSCT website. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. $$

Sunday, January 19, 3pm – COMMUNITY SING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: The Cantilena Chamber Choir presents a Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Psalms and Spirituals Open Sing. Dr. King will be remembered through poems and speeches, and there will also be a spiritual sing-along. In addition to the Chamber Choir, the MCLA Allegrettos and the Taconic High School Choir will perform. Takes place at Trinity Church. 88 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. SUGGESTED DONATION $$

Sunday, January 19, 4pm – POETRY:Today’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “The State of Contemporary Poetry,” with author, columnist, and poet Michelle Gillett. This program would be best for older students interested in poetry. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 7:30am-5pm – DAY CAMP: The Dalton CRA is holding a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Camp for kids, featuring fun games, activities, time outside, swimming, a movie, and pizza. Sign up at the CRA. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA. $$

Monday, January 20, 9am-4pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: The American Friends Service Committee is holding their 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration today! At 9am, you can tour the African-American Heritage Trail (Corner of Park & Pine Streets in Florence), then at 11:30am you can enjoy lunch with community members at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street, Northampton), and then participate in a family-friendly convocation at Edwards Church (297 Main Street, Northampton). There will be a special performance by the Nields, as well as storytime and a sing-along. Honor and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. at this community-oriented day-long celebration. 413-584-8975. Florence & Northampton, MA.

Monday, January 20, 9:30am-2pm – VOLUNTEER: Mass Audubon is holding a Day of Service at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The day will begin with a reading of Dr. King’s words on service and environmental justice, and then there will be indoor and outdoor projects, such as trail clearing, invasive species removal, and cleaning/organizing sanctuary buildings. This event is for ages 14 and up. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 20, 9:30am-4pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Old Sturbridge Village will be open today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Explore the Village as an early New England town in winter and pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by seeing characterizations of important 19th-century individuals who played significant roles in the movement to abolish slavery. Storyteller Tammy Denease will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a young slave woman living in Sheffield, Massachusetts who won her freedom in a landmark 1781 court case. There will also be portrayals of Abby Kelley, a 19th-century abolitionist, and William Lloyd Garrison, a founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Kids 17 and under get in FREE today with a paying adult! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Monday, January 20, 11am-1pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: MLK Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, and D.R.E.A.M. Studios are hosting the annual Dr. King Day Celebration at the MassMutual Center today. There will be music, dance, and spoken word by Freedom Choir, Women of Faith Gospel Singers, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra with the Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Orchestra, dancers and singers from D.R.E.A.M. Studios, MLK Family Services Drumming and Choral Group, poet Magdalena Gomez, Bravo Waterbury, and more. This celebration helps to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and aims to create positive change in the community as people come together. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 20, 1pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Are you interested in learning about animal tracking? Join Earthwork Programs for an animal tracking workshop. You can learn to identify tracks and sign, discover local wildlife, learn about animal behavior and local ecology, and explore your understanding and appreciation for the natural world. This workshop is good for the whole family. More information can be found here and registration is required. 413-340-1161. Conway, MA. $$$

Monday, January 20, 5pm – ACTIVISM/FILM: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Images Cinema is screening #ReGENERATION, a documentary about the influences of education, parenting, and media on today’s youth and how it affects their social activism. Directed by Phillip Montgomery, the film features the wisdom and personal reflections of scholars, social activists, and media personalities like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and others. The film would be best for teens interested in politics, social justice, or activism. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 9:30am – HIKING: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a hike/snowshoe at Bullitt Reservation. This hike is open to the public and is a great way for families to get outdoors during the winter months. The hike will be roughly two hours and happens the third Tuesday of each month. 413-628-4485. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Little Crawler storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6 months and up who can’t walk yet are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Tuesday until March 4. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 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 21, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: Join The Westfield Athenaeum for a kids book discussion group on Mary Mapes Dodge’s Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates, written in 1865. 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)

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)
  • 2pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY: Kids ages 10 and up are invited to the Hatfield Public Library for Teen Tuesdays. Each meeting features a fun activity. Takes place the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 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 22nd, 2014

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – ARTS & CRAFTS: Art Always is offering a workshop for parents and children (ages 4-9) on the Magic of Prints on January 25 from 1pm-2:30pm! Kids and their parents can come to the studio to learn all about printmaking and try several different techniques, including calligraphy, relief, and monotype. This workshop is a great way for kids and parents to spend some quality time together while learning a new skill and having fun creating art. Registration is required by 1/22. 413-584-3050. 221 Pine Street, Studio #314. Florence, MA. $$

Wednesday, January 22, 9:30am-10:15am; 10:45am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Little Walker storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6-24 months who can walk are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Wednesday until March 5. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 10am-2pm – HIKING: Hike the Loop Trail and Beartown State Forest with Berkshire Natural Resources Council today! The trail features beautiful rock formations, beaver dams, and briefly connects with the Appalachian Trail. This is a fun, moderate, two-mile hike that older students and adults will enjoy. 413-499-0596. Benedict Pond Road. Monterey, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 3pm-4:30pm – ACTING: Teens in grades 7-12 can come to the Jones Library for an acting class with Becca Greene Van Horn! Learn the basics of acting and improv with games and more. Sign-up is required. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The East Longmeadow Public Library offers a kindergarten book club! This month’s book is The Jacket I Wear in the Snow. Read the book and come enjoy activities related to it at this fun book club. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA

Wednesday, January 22, 6pm-8:30pm – ENGINEERING: Discover the world of robotics at a Robotics Introduction class at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. Teens can build their own robots using Lego Mindstorm NXT kits and learn about the many things robots can do. Registration is required. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY: are about the meals your children are eating? Have questions about GMOs in the media and on food labels? Come to a free showing of “Genetic Roulette” to learn more about genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the regulations, or lack thereof, governing this food supply in the United States. This documentary delves into the deteriorating health of Americans and ways our current food system aids in this negative trend. The film was created by Jeffrey M. Smith and narrated by Lisa Oz; the showing is co-sponsored by Greening Greenfield and St. James Church. For more information call: 41-3773-5165. Enter via parking lot side door Saint James Church Parish Hall Corner of Church & Federal St., Greenfield. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Representatives from the Greylock Federal Credit Union will present a workshop for parents on Family Finance. You will learn about avoiding security scams, online banking, credit scores, family budgeting, and how to teach your kids about money. Childcare (space limited) is available. Pre-registration is required. Takes place on CHP Campus in Administrative Offices Building. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

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 23rd, 2014

Open House: Jan 23

Thursday, January 23, 9:30am-10:15am; 10:45am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Toddling Twos storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Two year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Thursday until March 6. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Thursday, January 23, 12:15pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Wolf Talk,” with Michael LeBlanc. LeBlanc will discuss wolf behavior through furs, skulls, and a live Ambassador Wolf! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, January 23, 3:45pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 4 and 5 can come to the West Springfield Public Library to talk about Gary Urey’s Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell at the Bookworms Book Club. There will also be a craft activity. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Thursday, January 23, 4pm-4:45pm – BOOK GROUP: The East Longmeadow Public Library is hosting a book club for kids in grade 5-8. Read the great new book Flora and Ulysses and then come to the library to discuss it with your peers. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA

Thursday, January 23, 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 23, 6pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free workshop on the topic of, “Anxiety: Why Worry.” The workshop focuses on the purpose of anxiety, its signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and the different ways in which it affects children and adults. This workshop would be useful for parents who think they or their children might have an anxiety disorder, or those who would just like to learn more. Takes place at Gateway Family Center. Childcare is available and there will be a potluck supper prior to the talk, from 5pm-6pm. Please call to register. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 23, 6pm-7:30pm – LITERATURE: Today, the eve of Edith Wharton’s 152nd birthday, author Francesca Segal will read aloud from New Year’s Day (the ‘Seventies) by Edith Wharton, at The Mount. This novella was written to capture the essence of the 1870s and can provide a peek into life in the past. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $

Thursday, January 23, 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a performance of Les Misérables at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium. The play tells the story of a peasant in 19th-century France who is released from prison and then gets swept up in a period of revolution in France. This musical is enjoyable for all ages. Ticket information can be found on the ALSCT website. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. $$

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

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: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 4:30pm – BOOK GROUP: The Monson Free Library holds Fishing for Meatballs Book Club the fourth Thursday of each month, for kids in grades 4-6. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Friday, January 24, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Super Storytime storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. 3-5 year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Monday until March 3. This week meets on Friday 1/24 due to the holiday on 1/20. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Friday, January 24, 3:30pm-4:30pm – CHESS: Kids ages 7 and up can come to theWest Springfield Public Library to improve their chess skills by playing against other kids. This is a great way to make new friends while working your way up to becoming a chess master! 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA.

Friday, January 24, 5pm-7:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Enjoy breakfast for dinner at Red Gate Farm tonight! There will be pancakes, eggs, fruit, and homefries, all prepared in the Farm’s new kitchen. All proceeds go to their Farm Scholarship Fund for students who cannot afford to come to the farm. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. $

Friday, January 24, 7pm-8:30pm – BIRD STUDIES/STORYTIME: Join the Trustees of Reservations and Hilltown Land Trust for an Owl Prowl! Author Jane Yolen will read her award-winning book Owl Prowl aloud, author and owl enthusiast Heidi E.Y. Stemple will teach all about owls, and then Hilltown Land Trust AmeriCorps Steward Hannah Chamberlain will lead a short hike to search for owls. Hear a great story read aloud and then have fun looking for owls! Meet at the Meekins Library. 413-628-4485 x4. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. >$

Friday, January 24, 7pm-9pm – BASKETBALL: Tonight is Community Resources for People With Autism’s Springfield Armor Family Night! The whole family will enjoy seeing Springfield Armor play, and this is a great chance to catch one of their home games at the MassMutual Center. Tickets can be purchased at the link above. 413-529-2428 x116. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. $

Friday, January 24, 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a performance of Les Misérables at UMass’ Bowker Auditorium. The play tells the story of a peasant in 19th-century France who is released from prison and then gets swept up in a period of revolution in France. This musical is enjoyable for all ages. Ticket information can be found on the ALSCT website. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. $$

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

9:30am-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.
  • 5:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2-4 can come to the Hatfield Public Library for book club! Book clubs are a great way for kids to read for fun and then discuss books with their peers. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Cummington, Deerfield Goshen, Plainfield and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

1 Comment

  1. opowergreene@clarku.edu said,

    January 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Please join us for our 4th annual MLK Kid’s Celebration 11:00 am – 1:00 on Monday January 20, 2014 at Florence Community Center 140 Pine Street, Northampton, MA 01062. We will have music, songs, and activities especially geared toward young children ages 4 – 9. (Free)


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