Suggested Events for January 25th-31st, 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

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BULLETIN BOARD

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.

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

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.

Jan 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.

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 will be holding an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12noon. They are now accepting applications for the 2014- 2015 year. Early education from 15 months – 6 years, Elementary education for grades 1-6. Join them in their beautiful new school in South Amherst for Montessori education that supports each child’s individual development. Music, art, Spanish language lessons and immersion, outdoor play, and a rich offering of afterschool programming enrich each student’s learning. They are a diverse and welcoming community. To learn more, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admission, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org, or go to www.amherstmontessori.org. Limited openings now in Toddler for immediate enrollment.

Open House Feb 2

Birds of Prey Open House, Sun. Feb. 2nd, 1-4pm. The Center School will host a Birds of Prey Open House from 1-4pm. Come from 1-2 to hear Tom Ricardi, Raptor Rehabilitator, talk about his work. See several majestic live birds of prey. From 2-4 enjoy light snacks and bird-related activities and projects lead by Center School teachers. Dissect an owl pellet, make masks, nests and more. Pre-K through 8th activities are free. www.centerschool.net

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!

Kicking off the Easthampton Fire & Ice Festival, Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective will host a ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ with performances by Shiprock and Anchordog and the Eddie Forman Orchestra on Saturday, February 8th at 10am in Easthampton, MA! Following a free breakfast of pancakes, juice, and fruit, the party will feature performances by the storytelling band Shiprock and Anchordog and the legendary western Mass polka band the Eddie Forman Orchestra. Tickets are $12/family; $6/individual.  Flywheel Arts Collective located at 43 Main Street in the old town hall in Easthmapton.


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January 25th-31st, 2014

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

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 we will be rebroadcasting our Underground Railroad 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 25, 9am-4pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Teachers are invited to the Norman Rockwell Museum for “ True Stories: Non-Fiction Children’s Books in the Classroom,” a workshop in which you can explore the world of non-fiction picture books and Common Core-ready resources. Illustrators and authors, including David Macaulay, Wendell Minor, and Florence Minor, will be present to offer curriculum connections. There will also be tours of the Wendell Minor’s America exhibit, snacks, and a book signing. Pre-registration is required. 413-931-2252. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

Open House: 9:30-11am

Saturday, January 25, 9am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railway Society’s Annual Railroad Hobby Show is 1/25 and 1/26. This show attracts thousands each year and features real life and model railroads, historical societies, importers, modelers, and more. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors, as well as plenty of other educational opportunities and chances to learn about railroads. The goal of the show is to promote interest in railroads and teach people about their history and importance. Takes place at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds. 413-267-4555. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am – SUSTAINABILITY/CLOTH DIAPERS: Are you looking to get rid of old cloth diapers, or are you looking to find some new ones? Simple Diaper and Linen is holding a Cloth Diaper Swap and Shop! Here you can sell your used cloth diapers (table reservations required), trade with others, or buy new/used diapers. In addition to the Swap and Shop, there will be a cloth diaper workshop at 11:30am. Cloth diapers are a sustainable alternative to disposable diapers, and this is a great place to learn more about them, buy your baby’s very first cloth diaper, or swap and trade with others to update or reduce your collection. 413-749-6232. 418 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA.

Open House: 10am-12noon

Saturday, January 25, 10am – HISTORY/FURNITURE: Explore Old Sturbridge Village‘s exhibit, “Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard,” on a curator’s tour. The exhibit features Lombard’s furniture and family artifacts, and the tour will allow you to experience these while learning more about Lombard and his family. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Sleep and parenting consultant Beth Grams Haxby is offering a workshop for parents entitled “Sleep in the First Year” at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Center for Midwifery Care. The workshop will focus on the importance of sleep during the first year of an infant’s life. Please contact Beth for more information or to sign up. 413-348-6273. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Ice Skating in Western MASaturday, January 25, 10am-1pm – PRESCHOOL FAIR/CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: The UMass Office of Family Resources is holding their Preschool Resource Fair and Children’s Festival! Local preschools and programs will be at the Fair to offer resources and teach about their programs and services. There will also be tons of fun activities for kids, including storytimes, face painting, arts and crafts, performances by Roger Tincknell, Miss Leticia, Pineapple Dance Studio, Valley Dance Project, and more, as well as Forest Park’s Zoo On the Go and demonstrations by David Alamnzar Yo-Yo Master and Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy. Have fun at the Festival with the whole family and learn about great local preschools and resources at the Pre-K Resource Fair! Takes place in the Student Union Ballroom. 413-545-0865. 41 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-2pm – LOCAL FOOD: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) will be at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market for a special Winter Fare! There will be workshops, children’s activities, a barter market, and more, in addition to all the regular market activities. Takes place at Amherst Regional Middle School. 413-665-7100. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Rainforest Adventure exhibit opens this weekend! The exhibit features a variety of interactive experiences and hands-on displays to explore and learn about the amazing rainforests of the world. Climb trees, identify endangered species, explore a gorilla nest, and discover the science behind rainforests at this exciting exhibit. The exhibition will be up until May 11th. There is a special exhibition fee in addition to the cost of regular museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, January 25, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for “Who’s Been Here?,” a special program in their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and an animal tracking activity to discover who has been in the snow outside the Center. Kids will love learning about local wildlife and discovering how to interpret their tracks and sign. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 11am – DANCE/CULTURE: Local dance troupe That Long Tall Sword will perform a Mummers Play and Sword Dance at the Sunderland Public Library. A Mummers play is a short play that tells of death and rebirth throughout the seasons. This program would be best for students interested in dance or performance. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 1pm-4:30pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kids and adults ages 12 and up can learn how to bake bread with Micah Roberts of Green Fields Market Bakery at the Northfield Trinitarian Church. Participants will learn about the flour, which is grown along the banks of the Connecticut River in Northfield and then ground on a local family farm. This hands-on workshop is a great way to learn the history and basics of baking whole wheat bread. You will get to make and take home two loaves for baking. More information is available on the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center website. Please call to register. 800-859-2960. 147 Main Street. Northfield, MA. $$$

Saturday, January 25, 1:30pm-2:30pm – HISTORY: Come to the Mason Library for Swords Through the Ages with Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord from the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship. Goodhind and Lord will demonstrate the art of Western European swordsmanship and how it has changed over the centuries. For ages 9 and up. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 2pm – GAMES: Kids in grades 6-12 can have fun playing Wii, board games, and card games at the Westfield Athenaeum! You can bring your own game or play the ones at the library. Make new friends while enjoying a variety of games. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: On this day in 1787, Daniel Shays and 1,000 men stormed the Springfield Arsenal, as part of Shays’ Rebellion. Author Gary Shattuck will be at the Springfield Armory to discuss this significant event. This talk will be interesting to those who want to learn more about local history. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 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 25, 3pm-5:30pm – HISTORY/ART/LITERATURE: Dr. Emily Orlando will present “Fifty Shades of Lily: Wharton, Art, and Popular Culture” at the Mount in honor of Edith Wharton’s 152nd birthday. The lecture focuses on Wharton’s career-long engagement with the visual arts and the ways in which Wharton’s critique of the representation of women in 19th-century visual culture is relevant to the 12st-century. Those interested in history, art, literature, and women’s studies will enjoy this talk. Reservations are encouraged. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $

Saturday, January 25, 4pm-7pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Come to Amherst Regional Middle School this evening for “Together We Dance / Bailamos Juntos: A Community Fundraiser for Mi Tierra’s Workers.” The fundraiser is to raise money for the workers of Mi Tierra Restaurant in Hadley, which was destroyed in a fire on Route 9 in Hadley this past October. The event features tons of performances by many different groups, including Iroko Nuevo Afro-Cuban Performance Group, Groupo Folklorico Tradiciones, ARHS Dance Theater Ensemble, Cayena, and others, as well as a dance party with DJ Ahmed Gonzalez. This fun event is a great opportunity to get involved with your community and help out Mi Tierra. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. (FUNDERAISER)

Saturday, January 25, 5pm-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Explore the Berkshire Museum’s newest exhibit, “Berkshire Collects,” at its opening reception this evening! The exhibition features Berkshire County residents’ collectible items, from motorcycles to antique toasters, and much more. More than forty collectors share their items in this exhibit, which allows visitors to see a variety of different collections. At the reception, you can see the exhibit, meet some of the collectors, and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. >$

Saturday, January 25, 5:30-7pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Ooma Tesoro & Bread Euphoria will be cooking up a storm for a community dinner to benefit Berkshire Trail Elementary School.  Forget cooking this evening and bring your family for a community meal with delicious locally made pasta sauce and artisan bread with your neighbors.  Intergenerational community meals give children the opportunity to connect with their community while giving you a break from cooking (plus it’s a great way to support the school!). Berkshire Trail Elementary School. Route 9. Cummington, MA ($)

Saturday, January 25, 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. $$

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Sunday, January 26th, 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.

ALL DAY – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TUBING: Tubing is a great activity for the winter months – it is fun for all ages and it gives you a chance to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors. In addition to the many sledding hills in Western Massachusetts, there are three ski resorts that offer tubing on their slopes: Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Berkshire East in Charlemont, and Bousquet in Pittsfield. Rates and hours for each resort can be found at the links above.

Sunday, January 26, 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 26, 10am-5pm – TRAINS: The Amherst Railway Society’s Annual Railroad Hobby Show is 1/25 and 1/26. This show attracts thousands each year and features real life and model railroads, historical societies, importers, modelers, and more. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors, as well as plenty of other educational opportunities and chances to learn about railroads. The goal of the show is to promote interest in railroads and teach people about their history and importance. Takes place at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds. 413-267-4555. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA.

10:30-11:30am – MOVEMENT CLASS: 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.  For ages 3 months to 5 years.  Northampton Center for the Arts. 413-230-7953. 33 Hawley Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 26, 11am-4pm – WINTER CELEBRATION/FUNDRAISER: Sunday is Conway Winter Carnival, to raise money for the Conway Grammar School 5th grade Nature’s Classroom trip. The Carnival takes place at the Conway Town Field and features sledding, a cardboard sled race, a hockey tournament, ice skating, face painting, food, and much more. Conway, MA.

Sunday, January 26, 1pm – HISTORY/ART: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led mini-tour titled, “Shaping America in Bronze: French and Remington,” with Peg Berthold. She will discuss some of the important events in America’s history that have been “captured in bronze” by Daniel Chester French and Frederic Remington. Those who are interested in art history and U.S. history would enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, January 26, 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 26, 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. On Sunday, the Cinema is screening Castle in the Sky (1986; rated PG), a beautifully animated and imaginative film about a young girl in search of a floating island in the sky. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, January 26, 2pm – PUPPETRY/CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will perform Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center . The performances, appropriate for kids of all ages, incorporate puppets, imaginative lighting techniques, and an original musical score. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $$

Open House:2:30-4pm

Sunday, January 26, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY/FURNITURE: Historic Deerfield presents, “Brilliance Revealed: Original Palettes of Early New England Furniture,” a lecture by Susan L. Buck, Ph.D. This is part of their free winter lecture series, “Furniture Masterworks: Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture.” Buck will show how 17th- and 18th-century interiors were far more colorful than one might imagine – many had brightly painted furniture, high-contrast patterned textiles, and intensely pigmented woodwork paints. Buck is a conservator and paint analyst who will discuss these aspects of early New England homes and make connections with the furniture collections at Historic Deerfield. Those who are interested in New England history and furniture will enjoy this talk. Takes place at Deerfield Academy’s Garonzik Auditorium, in the Koch Science Center. 413-774-5581. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Monday, January 27, 3pm & 5:30pm – FILM: Come see Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013; rated PG-13) at the Whately Library. The film is about an African-American butler in the White House who witnesses many notable events during his 34-year tenure. He served eight presidents, and the film examines many of the different events and changes the country went through during that time, such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Monday, January 27, 3pm-5pm – CHINESE NEW YEAR/ARTS & CRAFTS: Make a dragon puppet to celebrate the Chinese New Year at three Springfield Libraries – Brightwood (359 Plainfield Street), Indian Orchard (44 Oak Street), and Sixteen Acres (1187 Parker Street). Kids ages 7 and up will enjoy this fun craft activity and will get a chance to learn about the Chinese New Year. Springfield, MA.

Monday, January 27, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a teen book discussion group on Celia Rees’ Witch Child. Students in grades 6-12 can come to discuss the book and make new friends. This is a great chance for teens to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 27, 4:30pm-5:15pm – BOOK GROUP: First and second graders who like to read can come to the East Longmeadow Public Library for Book Buddies. Read Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter, then come to the library and discuss it with other kids and do fun activities. Please register. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, January 27, 5:30pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Childcare of the Berkshires is offering a workshop for parents, “Active Parenting of Children 1-4 Years.” The workshop is a three-part series (1/27, 2/3, 2/10) on developmental stages, positive discipline methods, preventing tantrums, good routines, and how to take care of yourself so you can better take care of your family. This is also a great way to meet other parents. Pre-registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, January 27, 6pm – STEM: Why do some surfaces stick together? Why are drops of water round? Come watch Dr. Eric Dufresne, Dr. Larry Wilen and Dr. Rob Style of Yale University demonstrate the wonders of surface tension with live action science demos  at the SciTech Cafe, hosted at the Amherst Brewing Company.  413-253-4400. 10 University Drive. Amherst, 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 28th, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 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 28, 10am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Westfield Athenaeum’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 28, 6:30pm – HISTORY: Dennis Picard will be at the Chicopee Public Library to discuss ice harvesting in 19th-century New England. Picard will speak about the history and importance of this trade to local economies and will demonstrate how to use many of the traditional tools used for harvesting ice. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, 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 and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 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 29th, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 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 29, 5pm – MUSIC/DRUMMING: Drum away the winter blues at the Holyoke Public Library with drum expert, Craig Harris.  Craig will lead a celebration of world music in an afternoon intergenerational class, “Drum Away the Blues.”  He will share African and African-American stories and songs as everyone drums and explore additional percussion instruments. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30pm-8pm – HISTORY/FASHION: Performance artist Kandie Carle will be at the Storrs Library to perform her woman show, “Victorian Lady.” Carle will use authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing to take audience members on a journey into the past. Carle will discuss the history and significance of each item of clothing in order to give audience members an idea of what fashion, etiquette, and lifestyles were like in the past. Those interested in fashion and/or history will enjoy this event. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. [Rescheduled: Monday, March 24th]

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm – WELLNESS: Chaya Leia Aronson of Purple Rose Healing Arts will give a free talk on Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy at Meekins Library. Discover how Arvigo techniques can help symptoms of PMS, bladder conditions, digestive ailments, lower back pain, and more. This technique of non-invasive manipulations repositions internal organs that have shifted out of alignment. Those interested in wellness or who suffer any abdominal ailments would benefit from this talk. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. On Wednesday, the Cinema is screening Castle in the Sky (1986; rated PG), a beautifully animated and imaginative film about a young girl in search of a floating island in the sky. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, 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 30th, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 12:15pm – WRITING: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Museum Writers Read: Memoir, Fiction, and More,” presented by Janet Sadler, a writing coach, editor, and publications specialist. Members of Sadler’s Museum writers’ workshop will present their work, which includes fiction, memoir, and more. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, January 30, 4pm-4:45pm – BOOK GROUP: Third and fourth graders can read Andrew Clements’ We the Children and then come discuss it with their peers at the East Longmeadow Public Librar. There will also be fun games. This is a great way for kids to do some outside-of-school reading! Please register. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Every stage of a woman’s life—starting in her mother’s women, through puberty and continuing after menopause—involves an intricate dance between her hormones and her health. When this relationship is in balance, it builds the foundation for good health, strong energy and a robust libido. But when it is out of balance, women can experience health problems ranging from annoying to devastating. Dr. Laila Tomsovic will explore this relationship, the health effects of individual hormones, as well as strategies for bringing them back into balance. Join Dr. Tomsovic at River Valley Market Co-Op. Northampton, 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 and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 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.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Friday, January 31, ALL DAY – WINTER CELEBRATION: The 92nd Annual Greenfield Winter Carnival kicks off! There will be artists carving ice sculpture all day downtown, an art exhibit, a cribbage tournament, a public skate, a bonfire, fire dancers, fireworks, and more! This annual celebration is a great way to celebrate both winter and your community. The festival continues Saturday 2/1 and Sunday 2/2. More information can be found on the Town of Greenfield website. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA.

Friday, January 31, 8:30am-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Amherst students have the day off on Friday, so the Hitchcock Center for the Environment is holding a special Curriculum Day for kids ages 6-9! Meet and learn about the Center’s live animals, go on a scavenger hunt through the woods, and do fun nature-related crafts. This is a great way for kids to make the most out of a day off from school! Space is limited, so register ASAP. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $$$

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

9:30am-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, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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