Suggested Events for April 12th-18th, 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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SUMMER CAMPS IN WESTERN MA

Summer Camps in  Massachusetts

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50 Summer Camps to choose from! Now is the time to start signing up for summer camp! Check out our featured post, 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of 50 summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

BULLETIN BOARD

Apr 13

Take your family on a tour through pre-historic Australia with Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO Live™ where an eye-popping array of ancient creatures come to life on stage. Meet a menagerie of insects, mammals & dinosaurs in their ancient environment, in this highly imaginative, entertaining & educational live show. Brought to life by skilled performers & puppeteers, you’ll experience the sweetly curious baby Dryosaur, the peaceful hulk Titanosaur, and the teeth-gnashing T-rex. It all happens at the FAC Concert Hall on Sunday, April 13 at 4pm. Free pre-show family fest at 3pm in lobby. Tickets are only $20/adults & $10/kids 17 & under. Family 4-packs are $50. For tickets call 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS or online: www.fineartcenter.com. Amherst, MA.

Apr 13, 18, 21-25

Spring into spring at the Springfield Museums! There’s a variety of family-friendly events and activities happening all month long, starting with the annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 13 from 11am-4pm, with music, environmental displays, and live animal demonstrations. There’s more fun on Friday April 18, with appearances by the Easter Bunny and a performance of Spring into Easter by The Wayne Martin’s Puppets at 1pm. Then enjoy a week of hands-on activities and shows by the region’s finest puppet ensembles during their amazing Puppet Festival, April 21-25, featuring tales like Robin Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Beauty and the Beast. For more information, visit www.SpringfieldMuseums.org.

Apr 14-18; 21-25

For some educational, interactive family fun, bring your kids to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, a ninety minute drive from Boston and only twenty minutes from Hartford. Mon., Apr. 14th- Aero Modeling Workshop; Tues., Apr. 15th- Glider Engineering Design Challenge; Wed., Apr. 16th- Parachute Drop; Thurs., Apr. 17th- Open Cockpit; Fri., Apr. 18th- LEGO Contest & Easter Bunny Visit; Mon., Apr. 21st-Wed., Apr. 23rd- Open Cockpit & Museum Tours; Thurs., Apr. 24th- Zip Line Challenge; Fri., Apr. 25th- Blimp Maze. Also enjoy over 80 aircraft on display, interactive exhibits, guided tours and not to be missed-our newest exhibit “Flight Sim Spot” open daily.

Apr 17-19; 24-26

In a city reminiscent of Batman’s Gotham, water is worth its weight in gold due to a 20-year shortage. The citizens must use toilets run by a corrupt corporation willing to do anything to make a buck. In this desolate world, one young man has decided enough is enough and begins a rebellion to save the oppressed poor. Urinetown: The Musical is an irreverent musical satire- a tale of greed, corruption, revolution, and love. April 17-19 and 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 students/seniors. Tickets are available at: wnsboxoffice.tixato.com/buy/urinetown. The Williston Theatre is located in Scott Hall at 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton. Parking is available, free of charge, behind the building.

Apr 19

Skip down to the Odyssey Bookshop for a morning of fun with author, Paul Reynolds! Paul and his brother Peter have teamed up to bring us a fantastic new picture book. Going Places is about working together and letting your imagination soar. In celebration of this new book Odyssey is hosting the author and inviting you to use your imagination to make a creation of your own for a storytime and crafting fun on Saturday, April 19th at 11am. This event if free but RSVP encouraged at www.odysseybks.com. Great for ages 3 and up! Odyssey Bookshop, 9 college street, South Hadley, MA, 01075.

Apr 21

The Academy of Music Theatre presents National Marionette Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast on Monday, April 21st at 10am. The classic story of a prince who is changed into a hideous beast by an evil enchantment that can only be broken by true love. When Beauty looks beyond the Beast’s external appearance, she learns to love him for who he truly is on the inside. Using meticulously crafted marionettes and beautifully painted scenery, National Marionette Theatre’s production is classical marionette theater at its finest. Appropriate for family audiences aged 4+. Tickets $7, plus box office fees. For more information and tickets, visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com or call the Box Office at 413-584-9032 ext. 105 Tuesdays-Fridays 3-6pm. Northampton, MA.

Apr 21, 23 & 25

April 21, 23 and 25 from 9am to 11am spring-inspired art projects help kids enliven their creativity at Spring Break Art Detox at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Discover how exhibiting artists preserve, re-purpose, and recycle materials. On Monday, preserve natural materials in resin; On Wednesday, re-purpose objects into a mobile planter; On Friday, recycle found items into sculpture. Parents can drop off their kids or join in the action. Pre-registration is recommended. Reservations are $7 per day for members and $10 for not-yet members, and can be made at the MASS MoCA box office. Sign up for one, two, or all three days. Registration is also open for summer art camps. Find out more online at kidspace.massmoca.org/art-camps.

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Easter is around the corner: April 20th. During Easter many towns host egg hunts for their residents. Find an egg hunt nearest you, along with spring time craft opportunities, brunch and Easter Bunny appearances and make your family plans to get out into your community and celebrate. Check our list of Easter Events in Western MA.  With nearly 40 opportunities already posted, this growing list is your go-to resource for Easter and spring time celebrations in the region!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 12th-18th, 2014

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Saturday, April 12th, 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 Chris & Jessie Apple of the Little Rockers Bank guest DJ this week, taking listeners on a journey into the imagination with a collection of songs, stories and musical games to get your brain bubbling. They’ve assembled a playlist of songs, old and new, to provide the soundtrack for their magical musical tour. Come along, but dress warm, you might get wet!  —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, April 12, TBA – EGG HUNT: The Easthampton Community Center‘s annual Egg Hunt takes place today. Come have fun searching for Easter eggs – there are 18,000 this year! 413-527-5240. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 7:30am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: The Hitchcock Center is offering a birding program for kids ages 8-13. “Birding the Valley for Youth” gives young people to witness Spring migration and learn about birding. Discover local bird species as they return to the area. What habitats are they drawn to? What do they look like? This program will get kids interested in birding and teach them about many of our local birds. This is a six-week program that runs from 4/12 to 5/17. Space is limited; pre-registration required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $$$

Saturday, April 12, 7:30am-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department is holding their 28th Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 12. Kids age 15 and under who enjoy fishing or who would like to give it a try are welcome to participate in this fun event! Come to the Upper Reservoir with your fishing rod and bait and have fun catching fish to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the Park and Rec Department. 413-263-3284. Amostown Road & Smyrna Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 8am-11am – EASTER/COMMUNITY MEAL: Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Easthampton High School. Bring your camera and take your kids picture with the Easter Bunny. There will be fun for the whole family. 70 Williston Ave. Easthampton. (>$)

Saturday, April 12, 8am-2pm – TAG SALE: The Conway Grammar School is holding a tag sale to raise money for the 4th grade trip to Nature’s Classroom. The sale will have sporting goods, toys, tools, clothes, linens, and more. Come support the school and find some great new clothes or things for your home. 413-369-4239. 24 Fournier Road. Conway, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, April 12, 8am-4pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: The All-4-Kids Spring Consignment Sale is April 12 and April 13 at Williston Northampton School’s Lossone Hockey Rink. This sale features children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, blankets, maternity wear, and much more. Find used clothing and other goods for you or your children at great prices and practice sustainability by buying used. More information and a list of what’s for sale can be found on the All-4-Kids website. 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, April 12, 9am-12noon – VERNAL POOLS: Discover local vernal pools with wetland scientist and ecologist Bill Lattrell, during part two of the Meekins Library’s vernal pools workshop (part one on April 10). Lattrell will take participants to a vernal pool in the area to search for creatures and egg masses, and then learn all about them! There will be a moderately strenuous hike uphill to reach the site. Best for older students and adults. Please register in advance; space is limited. Location disclosed upon registration. 978-840-4446 x1965. Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 9am-2pm – BOOK SALE: The Westfield Athenaeum’s annual Book Sale takes place April 10-April 12. Come browse used books of varying prices and discover some great new reads! Donations accepted April 7 and April 9 from 9am-8pm. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: Kids can have fun looking for hidden eggs at the Holyoke Canoe Club‘s Easter Egg Hunt! 413-532-2830. Old Ferry Road. Holyoke, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-11:30am – EASTER EGG HUNT: Come to Diemand Farm for their annual Easter Egg Hunt! This fun event features egg coloring, crafts, an egg hunt, and a chance to meet some adorable baby animals, including rabbits, goats, lambs, and emus. 978-544-3806. 126 Mormon Hollow Road. Wendell, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-12:30pm – VERNAL POOLS: Local naturalist Charley Eiseman will lead a Vernal Pool Exploration at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Learn about the natural history of these temporary ponds and the frogs, salamanders, and fairy shrimp that rely on them for survival. Participants will also learn about other animals and insects that live in vernal pools. This program is meant for adults, but may be appropriate for older teens interested in ecology or vernal pools. Pre-registration is required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help Mass Audubon get Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary ready for spring! Volunteers can help out with a variety of projects, including invasive species removal, trail clearing, landscaping, and more. Participants can also go on a nature walk with a local naturalist. This is a great volunteer opportunity for nature-loving older teens and adults. Please call for more information or to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 9:30am-3:30pm - SCIENCE/TEENS: High school students can attend the fourth annual ScienceQUEST at UMass Amherst. This event gives teens the chance to do hands-on science activities in a college setting while experiencing science-based demonstrations and guided lab tours. This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn more about the study of science and fields of interests while discovering the many facilities and programs available at UMass that would support their STEM based studies. Integrated Science Building (ISB) 661 North Pleasant St. Amherst, MA

Saturday, April 12, 10am-11:30am – EGG HUNT: Kids ages 6 and under can participate in an egg hunt at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There will be three hunts for each different age group – age 2 and under (10am), ages 3 and 4 (10:30am), and ages 5 and 6 (11am). Arrive early to register or register in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 10am-12noon – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Northampton’s Children’s Festival takes place April 12 at Jackson Street School as part of Week of the Young Child. Kids and their families can take part in brain building games and activities; visit a fire truck, police cruiser, school bus, and dump truck; play on the playground; make art; and much more! Parents can get information on children’s activities as well. 413-587-1471. 120 Jackson Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 10am-12noon – VERNAL POOLS: Come get muddy and learn about vernal pools with the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble! April is when vernal pools come alive, and they are home to many unique plants and animals. Discover some of the amphibians that live here, and search for wood frog and salamander egg masses, fairy shrimp, and fingernail clams. This program is for kids and adults. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 10am-12noon & 1pm-3pm – EASTER/ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn the traditional Eastern European craft of Slavic Easter Egg Decorating at Ventfort Hall. This annual demonstration and workshop teaches you the history and basics of this time-honored craft. For ages 12 and up. Please pre-register. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$$

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am – PUPPETRY: Community members are invited to a free puppet play, “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” at the Rudolf Steiner School. This play is based on a folktale from Ghana and would be best for kids 7 and under. There will also be playtime and an opportunity for adults to learn more about the school’s early childhood programs. 413-528-4015 x106. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am – SCULPTURE: Local artist James Kitchen, whose work is featured in the Springfield Museums‘ “Steampunk Springfield” show, will lead a walking tour and discussion of his giant public art sculptures, all made from recycled materials. Kitchen’s sculptures are inspired by the city of Springfield and feature recycled materials from the area. He aims to connect the city’s history to his work and examine the connections between science, art, and technology. Students interested in sculpture, history, art, and technology will enjoy this walking tour. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am-12noon – EASTER PARTY: The Hadley Park and Recreation Department is holding their Annual Easter Party at Hadley Elementary School. There will be a chance to get pictures with the Easter Bunny, do crafts, and participate in other fun activities, like an Easter egg hunt. Please bring your own basket. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 413-586-6375. 21 River Drive. Hadley, MA. >$

Saturday, April 12, 10:45am-12:30pm – STORYTIME/ANIMAL STUDIES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids in Pre-K through grade 3 can come to the Mason Library to make paper llamas and then hear llama stories in English and Spanish. There will be a real llama at the library for kids to meet and pet! Please register in advance. 413-528-2403. 241 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 11am-12noon – EGG HUNT: The Wilbraham Children’s Museum’s annual Egg Hunt is April 12 at the Museum. Children 5 and under can come search the Museum’s backyard for 1,400 eggs! Kids will be split into two age groups – 3 and under, and 4 and 5 year olds. 413-209-0973. 678 Main Street. Wilbraham, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, April 12, 11am-1pm – EARTH DAY: Join the Zoo in Forest Park for their Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet! Come celebrate mother Earth and all she has given us, and learn how you can make things better for her by reducing, reusing, recycling, and replenishing. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 11am-2pm – SCHOOL FAIR: Berkshire County’s 2nd Annual School Readiness Fair takes place April 12 at the Berkshire Mall. Families can learn how to sign their children up for school, meet early childhood professionals, learn how to ride the school bus, do crafts and activities, and more. This fair is a great resource for families with 3-6 year olds who are getting ready to start school! Old State Road. Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 12noon – STORYTIME: The Chicopee Public Library presents a six-week (March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 & 12) story and discussion series with Tom McCabe for kids 6 and up and their families. There will be picture books and stories on many topics, including fairness, courage, and dreams. Please sign up in advance in the Children’s Room. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 12noon-1:30pm – KNITTING: Kids can come to the Monson Free Library to learn how to knit or improve their knitting skills! Library staff will be there to teach the basics, including casting-on, knitting, purling, and binding off. This is a great way to learn how to knit! If possible, please bring US size #8 straight needles. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 12noon-2pm – EASTER/ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn about “pysanky,” or Ukrainian Easter eggs, and the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library with local art teacher Marion Abrams. Abrams will teach kids and families ages 7 and up about pysanky and teach how to paint these beautifully decorated eggs. Please register in advance. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 1pm – PARADE: The 4th Annual Franklin County Spring Parade is here! Come to Turners Falls to celebrate spring with your community. The parade begins and ends at Sheffield School. More info can be found on the Parade’s Facebook page. Crocker Avenue. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 1pm-2:30pm – ENGINEERING/PHYSICS: Mad Science of Western Massachusetts presents a Rocket Building Workshop for kids in grades K-6 at the Bushnell-Sage Library. Come learn the basics of rockets and build your own to test out! This is a great way to get kids interested in physic and engineering. Space is limited; please register. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 12, 1pm-3pm – VERNAL POOLS: The Kestrel Land Trust is holding an afternoon of Exploring Vernal Pools. Explore vernal pools at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area on this short, easy walk. Learn about and observe frogs, salamanders, and other organisms that live in these temporary pools. This is a great program for families to do together! Please RSVP. 413-549-1097. Florence, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$

Saturday, April 12, 1:30pm & 4pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Service Community Theater and Missoula Children’s Theatre present a performance of their musical, Robinson Crusoe, on April 12 in the Amherst Middle School Cafeteria. Two professional actors and directors will cast and stage this full-scale musical production in just one week! The play stars 50-60 local students and is a fun chance to see the performance and all that can be accomplished in a single week! 413-461-6722. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, April 12, 2pm – DANCE: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School presents “Dance for Kids” at the Academy of Music. This is an interactive experience for all ages, especially children! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 2pm – STORYTIME: Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to read from his book, The First Drawing. Kids will love this book, which tells of the discovery of drawing by a child 30,000 years ago. In addition to the storytime, there will be a drawing demonstration and book signing. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the grounds of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site with Mass Audubon, searching for plants, animals, and signs of spring. Learn about these different creatures and their roles in the local environment. All ages welcome. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: New Renaissance Players present a production of WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf at the Shea Theater. This unscripted show places the audience in the middle of the Big Bad Wolf’s trial – he has been charged with destroying the homes of the two little pigs, stealing Little Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket, and terrorizing her grandmother. The audience will act as the jury, who must decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf. All ages will enjoy this entertaining and interactive show centered around a classic children’s fairy tale. Tickets available in advance. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Enjoy a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at Westfield State University’s Dever Stage. The performance features 60 students as cast, orchestra, and crew, and a set built by students at Westfield Vocational Technical High School. 413-572-8323. Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens and tweens can participate in a fun crafternoon at the Sunderland Public Library! Make collages our try black-out poetry at this fun event. Please register in advance. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 2:30pm-3:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: All ages are invited to the Storrs Library for an interactive presentation on Native American culture, presented by the Connecticut River Inter-Tribal Counsel and Cultural Society. This fun presentation is a great way for kids and adults to learn about the different Native American tribes in the Connecticut River Valley. Please sign up in advance. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 3pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 6-10 can come to the Jones Library for LEGO Club! Get creative and work on your architecture skills with friends. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Celebrate Spring and all things green at Easthampton’s Waste Not Want Not Art Walk. Explore Easthampton’s art scene and do fun activities, like make seed bombs with Easthampton Community Garden at Nash Gallery (40 Cottage Street), learn about raised bed building at Old Town Hall, make your own notecards and envelopes at Knack (116 Pleasant Street), decorate rocks at Simply Art Studio, and more! This is a fun evening out that lets you experience some of the great art- and environment-related opportunities Easthampton has to offer! More information can be found on the Art Walk Easthampton website. 413-527-8278. Downtown. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 6:30pm – ACTIVISM: Political activist and scholar Angela Davis will present a lecture titled “Leadership in the 21st Century” at Williams College’s Chapin Hall. Her talk will focus on activism and developing a social consciousness. Davis’ activism traces back to her youth, although she is known for her work relating to prison abolition and against racism in the criminal justice system. Older students who are interested in activism and learning how they can be more socially conscious would benefit from this lecture. This event is free and open to the public. 413-597-4277. 62 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 12, 7pm – SPORTS: Holyoke families are invited to attend Family Night at the Springfield Falcons! Represent your city and have fun with family and friends while watching an exciting ice hockey game. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-276-4342. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, April 12, 8pm – THEATER: Mt. Holyoke College presents a performance of Rent, the hit Broadway musical based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme. This contemporary rock musical chronicles the lives of young artists and musicians struggling to create and survive in New York City’s East Village, and focuses on friendship, love, and life. Rent is best for teens and adults. Takes place in the Rooke Theatre on the Mt. Holyoke College campus. Tickets for the performance can be reserved in advance. 413-538-2406. Morgan Street. South Hadley, MA. $

Saturday, April 12, 8pm-10pm – CONCERT: The Smith College Spring Serenade takes place April 12 in Sweeney Concert Hall. This annual concert features performances by the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers, as well as Groove A Cappella. Students interested in music, particularly singing, will enjoy this event. Green Street. Northampton, MA.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, April 12, 6pm-8pm – LIVE MUSIC/DINNER: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series continues tonight with a performance by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, April 12, 6pm-1am – GALA: The Vermilion Cotillion is IS183 Art School of Berkshires’ annual gala. The event consists of private dinners (6pm), followed by a dance party, auctions, and more at TallyHo at the Eastover Resort (8pm-1am). Tickets should be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit IS183. 413-298-5252 x100. 430 East Street. Lenox, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

Sunday, April 13, 10am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: The All-4-Kids Spring Consignment Sale is April 12 and April 13 at Williston Northampton School’s Lossone Hockey Rink. This sale features children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, blankets, maternity wear, and much more. Find used clothing and other goods for you or your children at great prices and practice sustainability by buying used. More information and a list of what’s for sale can be found on the All-4-Kids website. 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, April 13, 11am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Thomas F. Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College, will lead a walk in Williams College’s Hopkins Forest. Tyning will take participants on a walk through forests, ponds, and streams in search of frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, and turtles. Participants will learn about the habitats, lives, and histories of some of the 20 species that inhabit Hopkins Forest. This event is free and open to the public and would be best for teens who are interested in nature and animals. 413-597-4277. Bulkley Street & Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 11am-4pm – EARTH DAY: Celebrate Earth Day at the Springfield Museums! Bluegrass trio Boys of the Landfill will perform environmental songs (11:30am & 1pm), Tom Ricardi will present a birds of prey demonstration (12noon), and there will be exhibitors, displays, and activities for all ages. This event is a great chance to learn about the importance of Earth Day and taking care of our planet while having fun at a local museum. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 1pm-4pm – VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Community members interested in land stewardship can attend a Volunteer Stewardship Training Workshop with Hilltown Land Trust. The workshop will introduce techniques for monitoring protected properties, review the basics of conducting site visits, and give you practice in the field. This opportunity would be appropriate for older teens interested in nature, conservation, and the work being done by the Hilltown Land Trust. Takes place at Hilltown Community Development Corporation building. Space is limited; please register ASAP. 413-628-4485. 387 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 1:30pm-4:30pm – ART: Families are invited to the Jones Library for an afternoon of art-making with Multi-Arts. Kids ages 4-13 and their families can work on collaborative projects using illustration, storytelling, and moviemaking. This free program is a fun way for families to spend time together being creative. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 2pm – THEATER: Mt. Holyoke College presents a performance of Rent, the hit Broadway musical based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme. This contemporary rock musical chronicles the lives of young artists and musicians struggling to create and survive in New York City’s East Village, and focuses on friendship, love, and life. Rent is best for teens and adults. Takes place in the Rooke Theatre on the Mt. Holyoke College campus. Tickets for the performance can be reserved in advance. 413-538-2406. Morgan Street. South Hadley, MA. $

Sunday, April 13, 2pm – THEATER: New Renaissance Players present a production of WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf at the Shea Theater. This unscripted show places the audience in the middle of the Big Bad Wolf’s trial – he has been charged with destroying the homes of the two little pigs, stealing Little Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket, and terrorizing her grandmother. The audience will act as the jury, who must decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf. All ages will enjoy this entertaining and interactive show centered around a classic children’s fairy tale. Tickets available in advance. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Sunday, April 13, 2pm – THEATER: Enjoy a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at Westfield State University’s Dever Stage. The performance features 60 students as cast, orchestra, and crew, and a set built by students at Westfield Vocational Technical High School. 413-572-8323. Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. $

Sunday, April 13, 2:15pm-3:15pm – PLAYGROUP: Join the Community Network for Children for “Let’s Get Moving” playgroup at the Greenfield YMCA. Children in grade 3 and younger can come play in the gymnastics gym’s foam pit, on climbing structures, balance beams, and more. Kids can improve their balance skills while having fun! 978-544-5157. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 3pm-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Westhampton Public Library in celebrating the Friends of the Library at their annual celebration! This event is meant to thank the Friends for all the wonderful work they do. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, April 13, 4pm – HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: WGBY-57 presents the premiere of “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” at the Academy of Music. This hour-long documentary chronicles the career and lasting influence of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s premiere landscape architect, who designed New York’s Central Park as well as the Smith College campus, right up the street from the Academy of Music! Older students interested in history and landscape architecture will enjoy this talk, which is free and open to the public. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 13, 4pm – THEATER/DINOSAURS: Experience Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO Live at the UMass Fine Arts Center! This performance take you on a tour of prehistoric Australia with dinosaurs and other ancient creatures brought to life right on stage. Observe and interact with these insects, mammals, and dinosaurs in their own environment. The performance features life-like, large-scale puppets that stimulate the imagination and make audience members feel like they are seeing real dinosaurs close-up! Kids (ages 6 and up) and adults alike will enjoy this fun and educational performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. Presidents’ Drive. Amherst, MA. $$

Sunday, April 13, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING & DINNER: Earthdance is holding a community sing (5:30pm) and potluck (7pm) tonight! Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder, brings community members together through song. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

PASSOVER BEGINS AT SUNDOWN

Monday, April 14, 6pm-7pm – ARTISAN TRADE: Daphne Board presents, “Made in the Happy Valley – Custom Shoemaking” at the Wistariahurst Museum. Board makes custom, handmade footwear for individuals, movies, theatrical productions, art exhibits, and more. Her work stands out among mass-produced footwear made in factories – her shoes are meant to be beautiful, worn, and maintained. Older students interested in handmade goods or fashion would enjoy this lecture. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, April 14, 7pm – MOVIE/SING-ALONG: Amherst Cinema presents a West Side Story (1961; rated PG) sing-a-long! Come watch and have fun singing along to this classic play-turned-movie musical about two rival street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – and a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between Tony and Maria. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Monday, April 14, 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts presents their first Puppet Fest, with a performance of “The Pigeoning.” This original and hilarious puppet piece is about obsessive compulsion, pigeons, and the end of the world. There is no dialogue in this performance, but there is music and wonderful puppetry. 413-664-8718. 107 Main Street. North Adams, 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, 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, April 15th, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free three-week workshop for parents on Positive Discipline. Learn how to effectively discipline your child while remaining kind and showing love. Transportation and childcare are available. Please call to register. Takes place 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29 at the Family Resource Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 15, 6pm-8:30pm – NATURE STUDIES/YOGA: Join Dickinson Memorial Library for a Moonlit Yoga Walk as part of their Northfield’s Woodlands series of programs. This event features yoga on the nature trail. Please register in advance. 413-498-2455. Northfield, MA.

Tuesday, April 15, 6:30pm – WORKSHOP: Hampshire Regional High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions have organized a talk by educational speaker Josh Gunderson, who will discuss the topic of internet safety with HRHS students and community members of all ages. Gunderson uses humor and sincerity to teach kids about internet safety. He will address real-life situations and their repercussions, relating to irresponsible internet behavior. This talk teaches teens and tweens the importance of internet safety and anti-bullying, which are especially important in this digital age. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

Tuesday, April 15, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Ramapogue Historical Society presents a lecture by J.R. Greene on the history of the Quabbin Reservoir. Greene will show slides and discuss the history of the Boston Water System and the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott, which were destroyed in order to make room for the reservoir. This lecture is free and open to the public and would be best for older students interested in local history. Takes place at Mittineague Congregational Church. 413-732-6187. 1840 Westfield Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 15, 7pm-8pm – HISTORY: Christopher Daley will present a lecture on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at the Holyoke Public Library on April 15. He will begin with the Civil War and a little-known conspiracy to capture and kill Lincoln, which evolved into the plan to murder the President. Daley will engage audiences with photo and video footage relating to President Lincoln, the assassination, and John Wilkes Booth. This lecture could be paired with a screening of Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2001; not rated), a documentary about the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Students in middle and high school who are learning about the Civil War would enjoy learning more about President Lincoln at this lecture, and/or through the documentary. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, 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 – MUSIC: Every Tuesday until May 6, the Jones Library will hold “Sing With Your Baby,” an program for preschool-aged children and their parents. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 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.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 7-12 can join the Indian Orchard Branch Library‘s Lego Questers group! Come have fun with Legos each week at the library. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, 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, April 16th, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from 4/16 to 5/14 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 16, 7pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Join the Westhampton Public Library for “Bees: The Most Important Pollinators.” Researchers Joan Milam and Fred Morrison will present this talk on the importance, diversity, beauty, and conservation of bees in Western Massachusetts. There will be specimens on display as well. This talk is best for older students interested in insects or nature. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

Wednesday, April 16, 7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Clinical psychologist Sharon Saline will present a workshop for parents, “The ABC’s of ADHD/ADD,” at the Amherst Regional High School Library. Dr. Saline will define ADHD/ADD, explain causes and diagnoses, discuss the relationship between ADHD and ADD, and talk about how to effectively address these challenges. Parents of children with ADHD or ADD would benefit from this workshop. 413-362-1875. 21 Mattoon Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 16, 7pm – FILM/SCIENCE: Amherst Cinema’s Science on Screen series presents a screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978; rated PG). The film is a remake of the 1956 horror classic of the same name and is about spores from outer space that come to Earth. The film is accompanied by a talk on extraterrestrials by Hampshire College Professor Salman Hameed. This sci-fi movie would be best for older teens and adults. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Wednesday, April 16, 7pm-9pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Join Julia Butterfly Hill, Mark Morey, and Vermont Wilderness School for “Transforming Hope Into Action,” an event focused on cultivating hope in our communities to bring about social and ecological change. Come prepared to discuss how you can make a difference in your bioregion or community. This event would be best for older teens with a strong interest in sustainability and building resilient communities. Takes place at Greenfield Community College. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. $$

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s infant/toddler group runs every Wednesday. Kids age 2 and under can explore age-appropriate toys and the playroom, and enjoy a snack and circle time. Please no children or siblings over age 2. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, 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.
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday, the Salasin Center is holding a “Parents Supporting Parents” support group. Parents and grandparents can come connect and discuss parenting in this safe environment. Free childcare is available. Please call for more info or to sign up for childcare. 413-774-4307. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, 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.
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: Have fun with LEGOs the second Wednesday of each month at the Lanesborough Public Library! 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, 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)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 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, April 17th, 2014

Thursday, April 17, TBA – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents a production of The House of Blue Leaves. This play, written by John Guare, is a quirky comedy-drama. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, April 17, 12:15pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “The Great Blasket to America: The Last Memoir by an Islander,” with Michael J. Carney and Gerald W. Hayes. The Great Blasket Island is an uninhabited island off the western coast of Ireland. Carney is the oldest living native Islander and his book tells of his upbringing on the island, his emigration from it, and the island’s subsequent evacuation. Carney’s brother passed away in 1947 because there was no doctor or priest on the small island, and Carney led efforts to relocate the remaining Islanders, who were living in increasingly poor conditions. Although the Island is now uninhabited, Carney seeks to keep its culture alive and preserve the memory of the Island. Older students interested in history and Irish culture will enjoy this talk. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, April 17, 4:30pm – LEGOS: Kids can come to the Monson Free Library for an afternoon of fun with LEGOS and Duplos! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Thursday, April 17, 5pm – HISTORY/ARCHAEOLOGY: Professor Andrew Wilson of Oxford University will give the 24th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture in Archaeology at Smith College on April 17. Professor Wilson will present “Water, Nymphs and Palm Grove: The So-Called ‘South Angora’ at Aphrodisiacs” in Smith College’s Graham Hall in Hillyer. This talk would be best for older students interested in ancient history and archaeology. Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 17, 5pm-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the completion of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge at Troll Fest, which is part of RiverCulture’s Third Thursday event. There will be art events, activities, performances, and exhibitions for all ages. More information and a Troll Fest schedule can be found on the RiverCulture website. Turners Falls, MA.

Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a workshop for parents entitled, “Keeping Your Child Healthy is a Big Job!” with Drs. Siobhan McNally and Lara Setti. Learn about immunization, antibiotics, toxins in the home, and more at this informative workshop. There will also be a question and answer period during which you can ask questions about children’s health and how to help your kids be as healthy as they can be. Takes place at Community Health Programs, Inc. campus. Please pre-register; childcare is available. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 17, 7pm-8:30pm – POETRY: The Berkshire Humane Society is hosting “Celebrating Animals in Poetry” as part of National Poetry Month. Three Berkshire poets – Peter Filkins, Hannah Fries, and Barry Sternlieb – will read their own and others’ poetry about the animals in their lives. This event would be great for anyone who loves animals and poetry. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a production of Urinetown: The Musical. This play is about a city with a severe water shortage, that must rely on toilets run by a corrupt corporation. One man starts a rebellion to help the people of the city, in turn starting a revolution. The tale is one of greed, corruption, revolution, and love. Tickets are available in advance. 413-529-3000. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, 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 (Inside of Hampshire Mall). Hadley, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Dalton Free Public Library offers a weekly storytime, which includes stories, short films, and crafts, all designed to help kids with social and literacy skills. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Thursday includes stories, songs, and games. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Stop by the New Salem Library every Thursday for nursery rhymes, tales, and tunes. 978-544-6334. 23 S Main Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Community Health Program (CHP), Bushnell-Sage Library is hosting a Sing-A-Song playgroup for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a monthly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the Cummington Family Center on the second Thursday of each month. 413-634-8853. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm - FAMILY FUN: The Salasin Center will be open for family time every Thursday. Come by for activities to do with the whole family. 413-774-4307 x4. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Friday, April 18, TBA – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents a production of The House of Blue Leaves. This play, written by John Guare, is a quirky comedy-drama. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, April 18, 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Heath Free Public Library for a very special storytime – Egg Hunt! with guests Jessica Van Steensburg and her farm birds. She will share her original story, Dorris Byrd. This fun storytime will teach preschoolers about birds! 413-337-4934 x7. 1 East Main Street. Heath, MA.

Friday, April 18, 2:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can come to the Dickinson Memorial Library to learn about toads and make flower pots to bring home. This is a fun chance to learn about these interesting amphibians and get your hands dirty with a fun craft project! Please register in advance. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Friday, April 18, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Celebrate Earth Day at the Forbes Library with an afternoon of recycled crafts! Come make crafts out of recycled materials and learn what kinds of materials can be used for projects instead of being thrown out. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, April 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton School presents a production of Urinetown: The Musical. This play is about a city with a severe water shortage, that must rely on toilets run by a corrupt corporation. One man starts a rebellion to help the people of the city, in turn starting a revolution. The tale is one of greed, corruption, revolution, and love. Tickets are available in advance. 413-529-3000. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. $

Friday, April 18, 7:30pm – THEATER: New Renaissance Players present a production of WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf at the Shea Theater. This unscripted show places the audience in the middle of the Big Bad Wolf’s trial – he has been charged with destroying the homes of the two little pigs, stealing Little Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket, and terrorizing her grandmother. The audience will act as the jury, who must decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf. All ages will enjoy this entertaining and interactive show centered around a classic children’s fairy tale. Tickets available in advance. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Friday, April 18, 8pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Mt. Holyoke College Art History department presents, “Classical Vocal Music of India,” a performance by Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra, with Pandit Ashis Sengupta on the tabla and Shri Vyasamurti Katti on the harmonium. Hear these talented musicians perform and learn about classical Indian music through their songs. This event takes place in Abbey Chapel on the Mt. Holyoke campus and is free and open to the public. 413-538-2200. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

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-12oon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroups Monday-Friday, 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 – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a weekly workshop for parents and infants 0-12 months titled “Nurturing Your Baby.” Learn infant massage, learn about infant development, meet other parents and babies, and more. This is a great workshop for parents and their young children to do together. Childcare for older children is available. Please register. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, 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.

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