Suggested Events for February 1st-7th, 2014

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

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BULLETIN BOARD

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

Feb 8

Meet Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator of Stuck, and see the United Kingdom’s Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company bring it to life on stage at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11am & 2pm. It all begins when Floyd gets his kite stuck in a tree. He throws up his shoe to move it, but his shoe also gets stuck. One by one Floyd throws other things up in the tree to get his kite unstuck. Jeffers, author/illustrator of Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit will sign books at 12:30pm. Limited seating. Pre-purchase tickets in advance at museum or call 413-658-1126. Tickets: $12/$10 members. Museum admission included.

Open House Feb 13

Sunnyside Child Care Center in Northampton is hosting an open house on Thursday, February 13 Thursday, February 20 from 6-8pm. Interested parents and other community members are invited to join the school for a tour through their toddler and preschool classrooms. The Director, teaching staff, and Center parents will be available to answer questions about the program. Sunnyside Child Care Center is located at 557 Easthampton Rd. Serving children 18 months to five years old their mission is to provide an early care and education program of the highest quality. For more info call 413-727-3665. www.sunnysidekids.org. [RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER: FEB 20]

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES’ EVENTS

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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)

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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!

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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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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  This week Andy Furgeson, AKA Red Yarn, is our guest DJ with an Animals in America Folk Music Episode!  On the show, Andy explores the theme of Animals in American Folk Music, mixing old folksongs with newer adaptations and original songs in the folk tradition. A few critters from these folksongs even show up in the studio! 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.

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Saturday, February 1, ALL DAY – WINTER CELEBRATION: The 92nd Annual Greenfield Winter Carnival continues today, with a four mile road race, snowshoeing trek, ice skating, ice hockey, a LEGO competition, an “EnviroGanza” performance by Jack Golden, art exhibits, face painting, games, refreshments, and more. This annual celebration is a great way to celebrate both winter and your community. The festival continues Sunday 2/2. More information can be found on the Town of Greenfield website. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 8:30am-3pm – SPORTS: The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Athletics Department is holding a celebration for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day consists of a variety of sports activities for women and girls, such as basketball, swimming, zumba, lacrosse, volleyball, and more. There will also be lunch, an MCLA women’s basketball game, and a chance to meet the team afterwards. This is a great way to discover new sports and activities, make new friends, and stand up against discrimination within athletics. Takes place in Amsler Campus Center Gym on the MCLA campus. Registration is required. 413-662-5357. 375 Church Street. North Adams, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 9am-12noon – STORYWALK: Kids are invited to Agawam High School to see Jan Brett’s picture book The Mitten come alive as a StoryWalk! Pages will be displayed throughout the school for parents and children to enjoy. 413-821-0597. 1305 Springfield Street. Feeding Hills, MA. (FREE)


Saturday, February 1, 9am-12:30pm – HIKING: Join Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a Lenox Mountain Snowshoe Hike! This hike follows the Overbrook Trail and takes you on a moderately strenuous trek to the summit of Mt. Lenox on snowshoes. Explore the trail’s hardwood forests, track wildlife, identify trees, and take in the mountain’s beautiful views. Due to the nature of the hike, this program is best for adults or older teens. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $


Saturday, February 1, 9am-4pm – LIBRARY: Today is Take Your Child to the Library Day at the Chicopee Public Library. Explore the library, make bookmarks in the Children’s Room, and take home a library bag. This is a great way to introduce kids to the library and all the wonderful things it has to offer! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Today is the annual Antique Sleigh Rally at Old Sturbridge Village! Over twenty horse-drawn sleighs will be at the Village for sleigh rides, sleigh rally competitions, a sleigh procession, and more. Visitors can also learn about sleighing parties, sleigh horses, traditional dances, and more. Discover what winter life was like in 19th-century New England.w Kids 17 and under get free admission with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $ [CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW]


Saturday, February 1, 10am – ARTS & CRAFTS/VALENTINES: Get excited for Valentine’s Day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art‘s Valentine-Making Party! Kids ages 3 and up (and an adult) can have fun making Valentines for friends and family at this hands-on craft-making event. Please pre-register. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $


Saturday, February 1, 10am – NATURE STUDIES: The West Springfield Environmental Committee is offering a winter nature walk in the Bear Hole Watershed. Learn about and search for animal tracks and sign to discover who lives in the watershed and why. This is a slow-paced walk and is appropriate for all ages. Meet at the “Four Corners” near the Mass Pike. Registration is required. 413-788-4125. Prospect Avenue & Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 10am – ARTS & CRAFTS/VALENTINES: Learn the art of paper cutting, specifically Polish “wycinanki” paper cutting, at Knack’s Valentine’s Paper Cutting Workshop today! All ages are invited to come learn about paper cutting and make some fun valentines. Registration is required. 413-529-0126. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 126. Easthampton, MA. $$$


Saturday, February 1, 10am-12noon – WRITING WORKSHOP: Local author and freelance writer Christian McEwen is offering a four-part writing and discussion workshop at the Jones Library. The workshop focuses on slowing down in order to nourish creativity, and is related to McEwen’s book, World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. She will help participants understand how the “hurry sickness” interferes with the creative process. This event is recommended for older teens (14+) and adults who are writers, poets, musicians, artists, etc. If you sign up you must attend all four sessions (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22). Registration is required. 413-259-3096. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)


Saturday, February 1, 10am-12:30pm & 1pm-3:30pm – SEWING: Learn to sew and help out your local library at the Storrs Library today! The library is holding a sew-in to make reusable tote bags for library books to encourage sustainability among library patrons. This is a great opportunity to learn how to sew, to improve your sewing skills, and to support the library and those who use it. If you have old fabric at least one yard long, please bring it. Register in advance. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 10am-1pm – LOCAL FOOD: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) will be at the Greenfield 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 Greenfield High School. 413-665-7100. 1 Lenox Avenue. Greenfield, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 10am-4pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS/CELEBRATION: Celebrate friendship and reading at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art‘s Friendiversary Celebration! The Carle and First Book have teamed up to offer this fun-filled, free day at the Museum. The day consists of Frog and Toad films, storytime, Knuffle Bunny films, an appearance by Elephant and Piggie, a chance to learn about the Lunar New Year with Grace Lin, Max and Ruby films, and more. Peter Pan will provide free buses (limited space) from Springfield and Holyoke – call 413-658-1126 ASAP to reserve your spot. This fun, family-friendly event is a great chance to explore the Eric Carle Museum and have fun celebrating books and making new friends. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)


Saturday, February 1, 10:30am & 11:30am – PUPPETRY: Teachers from the Rudolf Steiner School will present two puppet performances of “Snowmaiden” today at Matrushka Toys and Gifts. “Snowmaiden” is a Russian tale about a snowmaiden’s winter adventures. The story will be told using handmade needle-felted puppets. This is for children ages 1-7 but older students and adults will certainly enjoy hearing this story acted out with unique puppets. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)


Saturday, February 1, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 10:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Get outdoors and explore the winter world with Great Barrington Trails and Greenways at Project Native! This snowshoe exploration will give you a chance to learn about animal tracking and the different winter survival strategies employed by animals in the wintertime. Pre-registration is required; snowshoes available to rent with 24 hour advance registration. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA.


 Saturday, February 1, 10:30am-1:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: As part of the “Winter Feels Good” campaign, Notchview is holding a Winter Trails Day for families. Get outdoors and enjoy winter with cross-country ski lessons, a waxing and ski care clinic, a snowshoe hike, a ski fit testing station, half price trail fees, and more. There will be a limited number of skis available for use. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 12noon-12:30pm; 12:30pm-1:15pm – DANCE: Celtic Heels Irish Dancers are offering a day of free lessons for kids ages 3-6 (12noon-12:30pm) and ages 7 and up (12:30pm-1:15pm). This is a great way for kids to learn about traditional Irish dancing and to try out this style of dance. 413-475-3353. 267 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 12noon-3pm – HISTORY: The Noble and Cooley Center for Historic Preservation is holding their 6th Annual Ice Harvest today! Dennis Picard will organize the harvest and teach about the history of ice harvesting in New England – visitors will even get to try using an ice saw! The NCCHP museum will be open for tours, a video on ice harvesting, and information about drum-making. There will also be rescue horses from Blue Star Farm on site in order to help teach about the many roles of horses in New England’s history, live music, and refreshments. 413-357-6321. 42 Water Street. Granville, MA. (FREE)


Saturday, February 1, 1pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Author/illustrator Grace Lin will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art today to teach about the customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year. Families are welcome to bring a book from home for Lin to sign after the presentation. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come to the Westfield Athenaeum for a family movie, drinks, and snacks. Please call the library for the movie title. All ages. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 4pm-7pm – FAMILY CELEBRATION: The Northampton Parents Center and GoBerry are coming together to present a Family Fun Night at the Center! The event consists of playtime, an optional potluck dinner, GoBerry dessert, and a sing-along performance by Felicia Sloin! The event is meant for kids from birth to kindergarten age, but older siblings are welcome. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)/DONATIONS WELCOME


Saturday, February 1, 6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families are invited to the Shutesbury Town Hall for a screening of Academy Award-nominated Despicable Me 2 (2013; rated PG). Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy this fun animated film. Baked goods, popcorn, and soft drinks will be available for purchase, for the benefit of the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. >$


Saturday, February 1, 7pm – THEATER: Come to Easthampton High School for a performance of Little Shop of Horrors! The play is based on the 1960 low-budget black comedy film of the same name. It is a musical about a florist who grows a plant that eats humans. The performance would be best for older students. 413-433-6234. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $


Saturday, February 1, 7pm-9pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater presents a production of The Secret Garden, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel (1911) of the same name. It tells the story of Mary, a spoiled young girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her wealthy uncle at Misselthwaite Manor. She discovers a hidden garden where she begins planting seeds. This stage adaptation of this classic story will entertain audience members of all ages. Please call for tickets. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. $

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Sunday, February 2nd, 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.

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Sunday, February 2, ALL DAY – WINTER CELEBRATION: The 92nd Annual Greenfield Winter Carnival continues today, with ice skating, snowmen, snow sculptures, a bonfire, hockey, hay rides, and tons more winter fun! This annual celebration is a great way to celebrate both winter and your community. More information can be found on the Town of Greenfield website. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA.


Sunday, February 2, 8am-12noon – COMMUNITY MEAL: Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with friends and family at the Hampden Lions Club’s Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast! There will be all sorts of breakfast foods, as well as a raffle. A great opportunity to spend time with community members of all ages while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Takes place at Hampden Senior Center. Allen Street. Hampden, MA. >$


Sunday, February 2, 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, February 2, 10am – MUSIC: Lander Grinspoon Academy is offering a music and movement class with local musician and LGA teacher Felicia Sloin. Kids ages 3-5 can come sing, dance, try out musical instruments, and learn the names of the colors in Hebrew. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)


Sunday, February 2, 10am – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater presents a production of The Secret Garden, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel (1911) of the same name. It tells the story of Mary, a spoiled young girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her wealthy uncle at Misselthwaite Manor. She discovers a hidden garden where she begins planting seeds. This stage adaptation of this classic story will entertain audience members of all ages. Please call for tickets. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. $


Sunday, February 2, 12noon-4pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Youth Center’s Snowfest fundraising event is today! The day will be filled with fun family activities like bounce houses, rock climbing, arts and crafts, ice skating, Olympic-themed activities, and more. The festivities take place at Williams College’s Towne Field House and Lansing Chapman Rink. 413-458-5925. Latham Street. Williamstown, MA. $$


Sunday, February 2, 1pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES/HIKING: Join the Trustees of Reservations and naturalists Pam Weatherbee and Leslie Reed-Evans for a guided trek at Field Farm. Explore Field Farm’s winter habitats and enjoy toasted marshmallows. This is a great chance to get outdoors and explore during the cold winter months. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)/DONATIONS ACCEPTED


Sunday, February 2, 1pm-4pm – BIRD STUDIES: The Center School is hosting a Birds of Prey Open House with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. Ricardi will be at the school to talk about his work and show you some interesting birds (1pm-2pm), then you can enjoy snacks and bird-related activities like dissecting owl pellets, making masks, nests, and more. These activities will be facilitated by Center School teachers. 413-773-1700. 71 Montague City Road. Greenfield, MA.


Sunday, February 2, 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Today, the Cinema is screening Princess Mononoke (1997; rated PG-13), a beautifully animated film about the conflicts between humans, gods, and nature. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. This film contains some violent scenes and would be best for older teens. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $


Sunday, February 2, 2pm – THEATER: Come to Easthampton High School for a performance of Little Shop of Horrors! The play is based on the 1960 low-budget black comedy film of the same name. It is a musical about a florist who grows a plant that eats humans. The performance would be best for older students. 413-433-6234. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $


Sunday, February 2, 2pm – MUSIC: The Northampton Arts Council presents the annual Silver Chord Bowl, a gathering of some of the best college a cappella groups. Come hear what these talented groups have to offer and learn a few things about a cappella. The event takes place at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall and proceeds benefit the ArtsEZ Grant Round. 413-587-1269. 70 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. $$


Sunday, February 2, 2pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Quabbin Reservoir, the largest inland body of water in all of Massachusetts! The Reservoir has a fascinating history that includes the destruction and flooding of the Swift River Valley, which included four towns prior to the flooding of the Valley. Come to the Quabbin Visitor Center today to learn about this interesting history through photographs of the region taken shortly before the Reservoir was made, and compare those with photos from today. This is an exciting opportunity to see these rare photographs and learn about the Quabbin. Please call for reservations. 413-323-7221. 485 Ware Road. Belchertown, MA.


Sunday, February 2, 4pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: The Mount Holyoke College Music Department is holding a benefit concert for the South Hadley Food Pantry today. Pianists Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt will perform pieces by Josef Rheinberger, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and Maurice Ravel. Please bring a canned good or monetary donation for the Food Pantry. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA.

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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Monday, February 3, 2pm-3pm – SPORTS: Members of the Longmeadow High School Ski Team will be at the Storrs Library today to hang out with younger kids and read stories, conduct team exercises, make snowpeople, and create an Olympic-style race course. This is a fun way for kids of different ages to spend time together having fun and being creative. Please call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.


Monday, February 3, 7pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater presents a production of The Secret Garden, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel (1911) of the same name. It tells the story of Mary, a spoiled young girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her wealthy uncle at Misselthwaite Manor. She discovers a hidden garden where she begins planting seeds. This stage adaptation of this classic story will entertain audience members of all ages. Please call for tickets. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. $


Monday, February 3, 7pm – FILM/SCIENCE: Amherst Cinema presents Science on Screen, a film series featuring current, cult, and documentary films accompanied by introductions by experts in science, medicine, and technology. The first film in the series is Groundhog Day (1993; rated PG), a comedy about a self-centered TV weatherman who is assigned to cover Groundhog Day festivities who gets stuck in time on that day and is forced to relive it. Dr. Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics at Amherst College, will speak about time travel and the film’s violations of physical laws. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $


 Monday, February 3, 7pm – MUSIC: Music-lovers are invited to the Westhampton Public Library for music night! Bring your instruments and songs you would like the group to hear or play. Open to all. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

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, February 4th, 2014

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Tuesday, February 4, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge Library’s Museum and Archives is offering a local history program on the first Tuesday of each month, entitled “Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge.” Each program focuses on the town’s historic homes, their history, and the people who lived in them. Current Stockbridge homeowners will present this information about their homes and the previous residents. This month’s program is entitled, “Two Homey Estates.” Those interested in local history will enjoy these programs. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.


Tuesday, February 4, 7pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater presents a production of The Secret Garden, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel (1911) of the same name. It tells the story of Mary, a spoiled young girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her wealthy uncle at Misselthwaite Manor. She discovers a hidden garden where she begins planting seeds. This stage adaptation of this classic story will entertain audience members of all ages. Please call for tickets. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. $

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 – PARENT/CHILD GROUP: Gateway Family Center offers a parent-child school readiness group every Tuesday from until June. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: 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.
  • 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-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Community Health Programs is offering “Kids’ Kitchen,” a cooking class for kids ages 2.5-5 that focuses on healthy food choices. This class teaches kids the importance of healthy eating at an early age and gets them interested in cooking. 413-528-0457 x1154. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 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-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.
  • 7:30pm – MUSIC: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is holding a Ukulele Sing Along the first Tuesday of each month. Come to the library with your ukulele (or other instruments) and have fun playing music with community members of all ages. Ukuleles available at the library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Bob’s Way. The hike is easy/intermediate and features great views and a beaver swamp. Best for older students and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 23. Monterey, MA.


Wednesday, February 5, 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about Holyoke’s family farms with Jim Sheehan at the Holyoke History Room today! This is the first of the History Room’s Winter/Spring lecture series. This event would be best for older students interested in local history. 250 Chestnut Street, Level 3. Holyoke, MA.


Wednesday, February 5, 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, February 5, 6:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Bushnell-Sage Library by learning how to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. There will be another session on 2/12 and it is recommended that you attend both sessions. Please sign up in advance. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.


Wednesday, February 5, 7pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Today, the Cinema is screening Princess Mononoke (1997; rated PG-13), a beautifully animated film about the conflicts between humans, gods, and nature. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. This film contains some violent scenes and would be best for older teens. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $


 Wednesday, February 5, 7pm-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Julie B. Rosenshein, author of Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child, will be at the Meekins Library tonight to present an introductory lecture on the four kinds of sensitive children and to offer parenting advice. A book signing will follow. Donations to the Whole Child Foundation will be accepted. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, 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, February 6th, 2014

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Thursday, February 6, TBA – THEATER: Enjoy a performance of Crimes of the Heart, a play about family, that is a tragedy and comedy, by the Northampton High School Theater. Takes place in the Black Box Theater. Best for older students. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

12:15pm – WRITING: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Painting as Objects: Looking Beyond the Surface,” presented by Ulrich Birkmaier, Chief Conservator at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, February 6, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Amherst Art Walk is tonight! Come downtown to tour art galleries and stores, explore the local art scene, and discover great local artists. Art Walks are a great way for people of all ages to experience art in their community. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 6, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. To kick off the reading program, Shepard will be at the library tonight to read from and discuss her book. Shepard’s lecture is a great introduction to the community reads program and the book itself, which is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Thursday, February 6, 5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The fourth season of Culture and Cocktails continues at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Indulgence: An Evening of Wine and Chocolate” at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The evening includes wine tastings, chocolate samples, and live music by the Ross Novgard Jazz Trio. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $

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

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, February 7th, 2014

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Friday, February 7, TBA – THEATER: Enjoy a performance of Crimes of the Heart, a play about family, that is a tragedy and comedy, by the Northampton High School Theater. Takes place in the Black Box Theater. Best for older students. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.


Friday, February 7, 9:30am-4pm – HOMESCHOOL/LOCAL HISTORY: Today is Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village! The theme is “Winter Pleasures: Chocolate and Valentines,” and visitors will learn about the winter activities that were enjoyed by people in the early 19th Century, like ice skating, sledding, enjoying music, and more. There will be hands-on studios and activities throughout the day. Visiting Old Sturbridge Village is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn more about what life was like in the past in New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $

 Friday, February 7, 4-7pm - Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop. 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! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Friday, February 7, 6-8pm: CHINESE NEW YEAR: The Amherst Regional High School Chinese Club and the International Students Club will host a Lunar New Year Celebration for the Year of the Wood Horse in the high school cafeteria. All are welcome to come celebrate with a Lion Parade, Cambodian-American dance, Korean rap, Chinese traditional games and delicious food! Amherst High School.  21 Mattoon Street. Amherst, MA (>$)


Friday, February 7, 6pm-9pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/CELEBRATION: Tonight is the 2nd Annual Otis Chili Cookoff at the Knox Trail Inn! The Farmington River Elementary PTA is hosting this event which includes chili tastings and live music by the Highland Band. This event encourages people of all ages to be active parts of their community by participating in this town-wide event and celebration. Proceeds benefit the PTA. 413-269-0100. 1898 East Otis Road. Otis, MA. >$


Friday, February 7, 6:30pm-8pm – VALENTINE’S DAY: The Northampton Recreation Department is holding a special Valentine’s Day dance for parents and children (ages 10 and under). The will be crafts, games, treats, and a DJ to dance to. This is a wonderful opportunity for parent-child fun and a great way to spend time with one another while meeting other community members and making new friends. Takes place at Northampton Elks Club. Please pre-register. 413-587-1249. 17 Spring Street. Florence, MA. >$


Friday, February 7, 7pm-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Easthampton’s Winterfest kicks off tonight at Easthampton High School with a premier screening of “The Screening of Nashawannuck Pond.” The film, produced by Easthampton Community Access Television, tells the story of this Easthampton landmark. After the movie, you can enjoy tango, fire dance, Indian dance, and more, all around Easthampton. More information can be found on the Winterfest website. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA.


Friday, February 7, 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Join the Springfield Museums for “Stars Over Springfield,” an introductory astronomy talk and star viewing at the Science Museum’s observatory. This week, Springfield Stars Club President Alan Rifkin will present a talk titled, “A Beginner’s Guide to the Telescope” The event is recommended for kids 8 and up, but younger children are welcome. If it is cloudy or rainy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of the live star viewing. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$


Friday, February 7, 8pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Mount Holyoke College Music Department presents Jennifer Kyker with Tendai Maparutsa performing Shona music for the African thumb piano (mbira dzavadzimu – “voice of the ancestors”), which is the national instrument of Zimbabwe. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, 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.
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium every Friday evening (except 3/24 and 4/4). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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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.

1 Comment

  1. January 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I just really want to thank you for continuing to create this weekly list. It warms my soul to know that if our plans change or we have a day when we are seeking an activity, I can just go to this one site and find all the options I could ever want for my kids.


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