Suggested Events 10/16/10-10/22/10

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Slices of Apple Pie & Cheddar Cheese, a New England tradition, sold to raise funds for the South Ashfield Library during the Ashfield Fall Festival this past weekend. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BETS

This Saturday, October 16th from 10am-3pm – DISCOVERY DAY: Arcadia Discovery Day invites you to come explore the sanctuary and its many habitats, take a net and investigate the small invertebrates in the pond and field, build a bluebird or American kestrel box, and see live birds up close with local wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

This Sunday, October 17th at 12:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Westhampton’s 5th Annual Fall Festival with the famous Great Pumpkin Roll (4:15pm). Demos, crafts, 5k, cookout, campfire sing-along. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Next Saturday, October 23rd from 3-6pm – OPENING CELEBRATION: Opening Celebration of the Bullitt Reservation (322 Bullitt Rd.). Come see the ongoing green transformation of an old farmhouse into an energy efficient office and meeting space, hike our new scenic trail, stroll through the meadow, and enjoy the view while sharing a potluck dinner with friends and neighbors. Kid’s activities will be available too! 268.8219 http://www.highlandcommunities.org Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA

Also next Saturday, from 6-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm. A festive Halloween Celebration complete with a “not-so-scary” haunted barn, games, food, treats, and a haunted hay ride! Put on your costume and come on over! The only scary part is how much our farm animals are looking forward to Halloween! Ages 3 – 12. No registration necessary. Please call the Farm Office for more information. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)

And next Sunday, October 24th from 10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: 1st Annual Williamsburg Arts & Crafts Fall Festival at the Willambsurg Grange. Great opportunity to find holiday gifts made by local artisians. There will be many activities happening in the town of Williamsburg on this day, including a fundraiser for the Meekins Library and Hot Air Balloon tethering rides from 3-4:30pm. 268-0074 Williamsburg, MA (SALE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Show Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA

Warm welcome to Hilltown Families newest sponsor, Show Circus Studio of Easthampton, MA - offering after-school classes, camps and workshops in the circus arts.

Bobbie Knox of Williamsburg, MA writes: Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries is having a Move it for Meekins (Library) and Chili Fest on October 24th from 12noon-3pm during the Williamsburg Fall Festival. The Move it for Meekins has a Trick or Treat Walk (in costume) with cookies and cider served at the turn around point, among funny tomb stones, spooky music for families, and a Woodland Trails 2 hour walk for the more hardy walker. Right after the walks starts the chili fest with great chili and corn bread, drinks and desert. Dining is on straw bales on the library lawn. Register before walks at Meekins Library. www.meekins-library.org

FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS: With funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Hilltown Community Health Center in Huntington, MA will offer a free childbirth education class on Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 to 3:00. This day-long format will prepare families for the childbirth experience in one session. Ann Buscemi, certified childbirth educator, will talk about what to expect in labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Call Lee at 238-5511 x155 for more information on location and to register. www.hchcweb.org

Deadline to enter to win: 10/20

KIDS COOKING: Future chefs, ages 9 to 14, are invited to join Katie Wilton, author of You’re the Cook!, for a hands-on cooking class at the Lenox Library Association on Saturday, October 23rd from 3-4:30pm. Students will make recipes from her cookbook, including Deviled Eggs, Pizza Wontons, Parmesan Pita Triangles, Yogurt Fruit Shakes and Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries. Participants will sample all of the food. This workshop is free. Copies of Katie’s cookbook will be for sale. Registration is required; participation is limited. To register, call 637-0197 ext. 105.

NEW EXHIBIT: Special exhibit at D’Amour Musium of Fine Arts in Springfield: Season of Joy: Celebrating Childhood in Currier & Ives Prints. Great opportunity for older students and homeschoolers. Now until January 23rd. Currier & Ives is known for its idealized images of life in 19th century America. The images in this exhibit presented an optimistic, romanticized vision of childhood. However, these renditions fell short of reality for many youngsters who worked in American factories and farms from dawn to dusk. These images illustrate the charming side of childhood and can be appreciated both historically and aesthetically as romantic and sentimental depictions of growing up in 19th-century America. For information, call 413-263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Learn how to make Mexican Sugar Skulls

Learn how to make Mexican Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead. Click on banner for a studio visit with ArtStar Lounge in Williamsburg, MA.

NEW EXHIBIT: Oct 15 – Jan 23, Eric Carle Museum and Yiddish Book Center, Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books. The exhibit shows the contributions that Jewish art and storytelling have made to children’s literature, tracing the development of the Jewish picture book from its early cultural roots to its contemporary innovations. The works represent an array of artistic media, including paintings, drawings, computer-generated images, paper cuts, collages, as well as lavishly illustrated Hebrew manuscripts. Texts are mainly in English, but there are also works in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Portuguese. See both the Carle website (www.carlemuseum.org) and the Yiddish Book Center website (www.yiddishbookcenter.org) for more info.

HOMEWORK HELP: Big Y’s Homework Helpline is a free service, available Monday through Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. by calling 1-800-866-BIGY or on-line by logging on to www.Bigy.com/homework

READING MENTOR PROGRAM: The Forbes Library Teen Department in Northampton, MA is looking for tween/teen volunteers to read to younger children once a week or about an hour for their Reading and Mentoring Program. Younger children who may not have older brothers/sisters who would like to spend time with an older friend are wanted too. Call to sign up: 587-1010.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS we’re featuring local music by The Gypsy Wranglers, The Primate Fiasco, and Swing Caravan, and new music by Elizabeth Mitchell, Music for Little People, The Real Tuesday Weld, The Leisure Society, Forest Sun and a couple of cuts off of the Many Hands CD.

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

Saturday – 10/16

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is scheduled through October 21st. www.berkshiresjazz.org Pittsfield, MA

WOOL HARVEST: Shearing & What to do with Wool, fall wool harvest celebration will be at Winterberry Farm (21 Teawaddle Hill Road). Shearing, spinning, weaving and felting demos. Try your hand at spinning on a hook. 548-3940 www.winterberryfarm.org Leverett, MA

ART ADVENTURES: Open Studios. www.northadamsopenstudios.com North Adams, MA (FREE)

8am – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Leverett Harvest Festival happens at the Leverett Elementary School (Montague Rd.) with a pancake breakfast, crafts, games and the Leverett Family Museum will be open to the public. Leverett, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

8am-3pm – TAG SALE: The Children’s Museum will host a tag sale in the upper level of the museum’s building (444 Dwight St.) 536-KIDS Holyoke, MA (FUNDRAISER)

8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

9am-1pm – FAMILY CLOTHING SALE: Trinitarian Congregational Church (147 Main St.) will have a huge clothing sale with a large variety for the entire family. Northfield, MA (SALE)

9am-2pm – TAG SALE: Tag sale fundraiser for the Russell Conwell Community Education Center. Worthington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

9:30am-4:30pm – FOOD HISTORY: What’s cooking? Open hearth cooking at the Historic Deerfield. Open hearth cooks will prepare select dishes that are on display as part of the exhibition Dinner is Served!: Dining and the Decorative Arts. Come see “what’s cooking” and learn how these dishes were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The history workshop: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen, will be offered too starting at 12Noon. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

9:30am-5pm – HARVEST DAYS: Talk with costumed interpreters about the harvest and learn about methods of food preservation. at the Old Sturbridge Village Harvest Days. Dig potatoes in the field, pull carrots in the garden, shell corn in the barn and thresh rye on the threshing floor! 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

9:45am – RAILWAY ADVENTURES: Take a field trip with the Gateway Family Center on the Berkshire Scenic Railway, located in Lenoxdale (a village in Lenox, 10 Willow Creek Rd.). The train goes from there to Stockbridge and back. For those that would like to spend more time in Stockbridge, it is possible to take a later train back (don’t lose your ticket!). Please dress for the weather. You may bring snacks for the Stockbridge station (there is often an ice cream truck there) and there is usually a hot dog vendor at the Lenoxdale station. Lenox, MA (>$)

10am – FAMILY FILM: A Town Called Panic will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series, Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowby, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families parenting children of color, supporting parents by addressing the cultural imbalances on their children’s community, encouraging self-acceptance and identity awareness. Providing parents with the opportunity to have open dialogue around the many concerns of parenting children of color, it will include a story hour, healthy snack and seasonal craft; as well as, fun interactive parent-child connecting in a diverse setting. Northampton, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – CORN MAZE: Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm (25 South Main St.). 665-8331 www.mikesmaze.com Sunderland, MA ($)

10am-12Noon – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Breastfeeding Workshop with Melanie Serman. Basics of breastfeeding w a certified lactation consultant. CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbrige Rd.). 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

10am-12Noon – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Breastfeeding Workshop with Melanie Serman. Basics of breastfeeding w a certified lactation consultant. CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbrige Rd.). 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

10am-12:30pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: At Historic Deerfield, Bob Paynter, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts will lead an Archaeological Walking Tour that families with older students might enjoy. A guided tour of the Old Burying Ground with a guide from Historic Deerfield will be at 11:30 a.m. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (FREE)

10am-3pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Halloween Tricks and Treats at Look Park with arts, crafts, pony rides, entertainment, pumpkin painting, costumes, games, cider, hayrides. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

10am-3pm – DISCOVERY DAY: Arcadia Discovery Day invites you to come explore the sanctuary and its many habitats, take a net and investigate the small invertebrates in the pond and field, build a bluebird or American kestrel box, and see live birds up close with local wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

10am-3pm – ARCHITECTURE: Harvest Home tour. Explore the architecture and interior design of six of Westhampton’s loveliest homes. 529-2373 Westhampton, MA ($)

10am-4pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: 6th Annual Littleville Harvest Festival at the Littleville Fairgrounds (15 Kinne Brook Rd.). Kids Games & Craft Activities, Pumpkin Painting, Farmers Market, Huge Indoor Tag Sale, Bounce House, Pie Eating Contests, Kids Haunted House… 667-3987 Chester, MA (FREE ADMISSION)

10am-4pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Radical Robots at the Springfield Science Museum with robotics demonstrations. Teams from Agawam, Springfield, and West Springfield will show off their award-winning machines, and meet The Aexeous Robot, an intelligent, heavy-duty robot that walks, talks and interacts with the audience. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

10am-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Annual Sunderland Fall Festival with the Taste of Sunderland Food Court, music, demos, crafts, kid activities, Cow Chip Bingo… Town Ball Fields. Sunderland, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

10am-6pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Huntington Fall Festival on the town green with food, crafts, family entertainment. 667-5269 Huntington, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Made-by-Hand-Trades of the Past: English Factory-Made Ceramics & Broom making at Historic Deerfield. See historic trades demonstrations of English factory-made ceramics with Don Carpentier, and broom making with Bob Aborn. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (INCLUDED W/ADMISSION)

11am – FRENCH ADVENTURES: Pétanque Day at The Mount (2 Plunkett St.).  Played in pairs or small groups, Pétanque is a popular, fun, easy-to-learn French game and is cousin to both horseshoes and bocce.  Other French-themed activities including readings of popular French children’s stories, art creation, and scavenger hunts.  Light bistro fare will be available for purchase.   5511-5111 www.edithwharton.org Lenox, MA ($)

11am – LITERARY ADVENTURES: With Norton Juster at the Odyssey Bookshop (9 College St.). Norton will read The Odious Orge, his first collaobration with Jules Feiffer since The Phantom Tollbooth. 534-7307 South Hadley, MA (FREE)

11am, 1:15 & 3pm – FOLIAGE CRUISE: Quinnetukut II Riverboat cruises. Join Captain Steve Larivee and first mate Sarah Doyle for this 12 mile cruise along the scenic Connecticut River. Cruises depart from Barton Cove. Make a reservations: (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA ($)

12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

1pm – ASTRONOMY : Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer. Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. 256-6234 amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

1pm – PERFORMANCE: FoodPlay in the Auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. National award-winning theater show with juggling, colorful characters, music, and magic makes good eating great fun! 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino leading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, MA (FREE)

1-2:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with Falconer, Chris Davis at the Discovery Center (2 Avenue A). www.greatfallsma.org 863.3221 Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

1:30-3:20pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

♦ 2-3:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

2-4pm – CHESS: At the Forbes Library. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

2-4:30PM – RESKILLING: Herbal remedies for beginners at the Cummington Community House kitchen (33 Main St.) with Sarah Stockwell. Make herbal remedies from your own backyard to nourish yourself and support your health. music@sarahstockwell.com 634-8062 Cummington, MA ($$)

3pm – ASTRONOMY: Observe the sun with Northampton Solar at A2Z Science and Learning Center. See Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. Northampton, MA (FREE)

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Northampton Parents Center is having a 25th Anniversary Fundraising Concert with Putumayo recording artist, Jay Mankita in the upstairs of Edwards Church. Everyone is welcome – the whole community is invited! Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

4-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The town of Otis will have a Potluck Harvest Festival at the Farmington River Elementary School with storytelling, music performance, local history, and more. Bring a potluck dish. 269-0220 Otis, MA (FREE)

5-6:45pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Munchkin Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s Farm (55 Alvord St.). Gentle, exciting ride for families with children 7yo and younger. 533-0775 www.mccrays-farm.com South Hadley, MA ($)

6-9:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. www.skeletoncrewtheater.com Greenfield, MA ($)

6:30pm – MOVIE NIGHT: Ratatouille will be screened at Whole Children ( 41 Russell St.). 585-8010 Hadley, MA (DONATION)

7pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Family Friendly Haunted Hayrides at Echo Hill Orchards. 267-3303 Monson, MA

7pm – FAMILY FILM: Pothole Pictures Fil Series will present, Ghostbusters at Memorial Hall Theater (51 Bridge St.) 625-2896 Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

7:30pm – THEATER: The Case of the Missing Mummy by Castle Hill Theatre Company at the Berkshire Museum. A funny and frightening old-fashioned murder mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie and the old Universal horror movies. Recommended for patrons 12 years and up. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

8pm – FAMILY THEATER: Arena Civic Theater presents Annie at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). 863-2281 www.theshea.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

9pm – ASTRONOMY: View the Moon, Planets, Satellites, Multiple Stars, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulas and more through the 6 ton, 25 foot long, 18 inch F/17, World Class Clark Refractor at the Wilder Observatory at the Amherst College. Set up a telescope on the lawn, view through public use telescopes. www.amherstastronomy.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

Sunday – 10/17

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. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge. All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk. There is a late-risers run/walk at 9am too. West Chesterfield, MA

ART ADVENTURES: Open Studios. www.northadamsopenstudios.com North Adams, MA (FREE)

9:30am-5pm – HARVEST DAYS: Talk with costumed interpreters about the harvest and learn about methods of food preservation. at the Old Sturbridge Village Harvest Days. Dig potatoes in the field, pull carrots in the garden, shell corn in the barn and thresh rye on the threshing floor! 800-733-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Hike from Bardwell’s Ferry in Conway across the South River on the fiberglass bridge and down to Hoosac Road in Deerfield. Round trip is 5 miles. Read more about the hike HERE. Pre-reg. 625-6628 Conway, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – CORN MAZE: Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm (25 South Main St.). 665-8331 www.mikesmaze.com Sunderland, MA ($)

10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Made-by-Hand-Trades of the Past: Tailoring, 18th-Century Dressmaking & Shoemaking demo at Historic Deerfield. See historic trades demonstrations of tailoring with Henry Cooke, 18th-century dressmaking with Linda Oakley, and shoemaking with Peter Oakley. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

11am, 1:15 & 3pm – FOLIAGE CRUISE: Quinnetukut II Riverboat cruises. Join Captain Steve Larivee and first mate Sarah Doyle for this 12 mile cruise along the scenic Connecticut River. Cruises depart from Barton Cove. Make a reservations: (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA ($)

12Noon-4:30pm – HISTORIC FOOD: Pots, Pans and Porridge: Children in the Colonial Kitchen will be offered at the Historic Deerfield. Families are invited to come to the History Workshop where they can learn about making a colonial dinner through role playing. Using props and dress-up clothing, children can pretend to cook, shell peas, and measure and mix ingredients for a pot of “pease porridge.” Cooks of all ages can gather some 18th-century recipes and put them together to make a small cookbook to take home along with the ingredients to make a pea soup. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

12:15pm – CHAMBER CONCERT: Violinist Ana Toth and her mother cellist Elizabeth Brunton play Bach and Gliere perfom a mini-concert at the Plainfield Church. Plainfield, MA (FREE)

12:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Westhampton’s 5th Annual Fall Festival with the famous Great Pumpkin Roll (4:15pm). Demos, crafts, 5k, cookout, campfire sing-along. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Recreating the Golem: A History of Golem Imagery at the Eric Carle Museum. Join artist and author Mark Podwal as he discusses one of the most fascinating Jewish legends – that of the golem, a man-like creature created by use of mystical powers. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

1-4pm – HARVEST SALE: Buy local! Red Gate Farm is having its first Harvest Sale! Stop by and stock up… There will be a wide variety of farm products including: maple syrup, honey, eggs, garlic, onions, freezer lamb, some used farm equipment, compost for your gardens, seeds, chickens (egg layers) and much, much more. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (SALE)

1-4pm – ART ADVENTURES: Special Sundays in the Art Studio at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 Springfield, MA ($)

3pm – STORY TELLING: Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre will be at the Cummington Family Center (Main St.) performing from her collection of folk tales and interactive stories.  Pizza potluck.  Cummington, MA (FREE)

3-4pm – FALCONRY: Experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. Pre-registration required. (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA (DONATION)

4-6pm – OUTDOOR GAME: Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee at the Ashfield Ballfield. Ages 10 & older. More info call William at 628-3336. Ashfield, MA

5-6:45pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Munchkin Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s Farm (55 Alvord St.). Gentle, exciting ride for families with children 7yo and younger. 533-0775 www.mccrays-farm.com South Hadley, MA ($)

6-9:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. www.skeletoncrewtheater.com Greenfield, MA ($)

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  1. hudson said,

    October 20, 2010 at 5:24 am

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  2. October 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Monday – 10/18

    2pm in Pittsfield: Hancock Shaker Village Farm and Forest Trail Hike. Focus on natural & cultural history of HSV’s outlying farmlands, wetlands, fields & forests, and see how the Shakers considered themselves stewards of the land. 443-0188 http://www.hancockshakervillage.org (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    4-5pm in Hadley: Kids Club Halloween Fest at Whole Foods. (FREE)


    MONDAY ON GOING

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    9:30-11am in South Hadley: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 http://www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    10:30am in Northampton: Storytime with Ellie at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    11:00am in Northampton: Tummy Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    11am-12:50pm in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 (FREE)

    2-3:50pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

    ♦ 3-4:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

    4:15-5pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 3-5yo at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

    4:30pm in Northampton: Family Karate for kids ages 6-12 with an adult at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)

    5:15-6:15pm in Plainfield: Creative Dance for Children ages 6-9yo (a.k.a. The Dolphin Dancers) at Earthdance with Maureen Shea. Drop-ins welcomed. 634-5431 ($)

    6:30pm in Montague: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.

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  3. October 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Tuesday – 10/19

    6:30pm in Greenfield: Richard Little will be guest speaker at the Deerfield River Watershed Association’s annual meeting at the Four Rivers Public Charter School with a talk: ”Geologic History of the Deerfield River Valley; 22.5 Strange Facts and Mysteries that You Probably Don’t Know,” a 45 minute program followed by an open period for your questions and comments. 774-7025 (FREE)


    TUESDAY ON-GOING

    9am-1pm in Amherst: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)

    9:30-11am in South Hadley: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 http://www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    9:30-11am in Amherst: Parents Together Support Group at the Amherst Family Center. An alternative support group for parents who learn best in non-traditional ways and have kids 5yo or under. Come play games, learn parenting skills, create art, go on field trips/picnics and discuss ways to keep your family happy and healthy. Transportation, childcare, games, prizes, food and coffee will be provided. To learn more about this program and register, call Kris Larson at 834-3344 or email krislarson@unitedarc.org (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Huntington: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Sandisfield: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in West Stockbridge: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm in Belchertown: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 http://www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    10am in Florence: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for yougest ones 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

    10-11am in Leverett: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Leverett Crafts and Arts building (13 Montague Rd.). 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)

    10-11am in Greenfield: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under. 772-1544 http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    10-11:30am in Buckland: Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. Participate in fun, hands-on activities and meet the farm animals. For ages 0-4yo. Backpack babies welcomed. Call to register 625-9503 http://www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

    10:15-12:15am in Northampton: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at the Community Action Building (56 Vernon St.). Confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Free childcare up to four years old. 253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)

    10:30am in Springfield: Preschool Storytime at the Springfield Central Library. Stories, songs, and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-5 years, with siblings welcome. Pre-registration required if you’ll be bringing more than 4 children . 263-6828, x201. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org (FREE)

    10:30am in Amherst: Sing with your Baby at the Jones Library in the large room. http://www.joneslibrary.org (FREE )

    10am-12Noon in West Springfield: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)

    10:45am-12:35pm in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    11:00am in Hatfield: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.). Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft. 247-9097 (FREE)

    11am in Florence: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

    11am in Lenox: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street). Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)

    ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 3-4:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

    12:30pm in Pittsfield: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

    1:30-6:30pm in Northampton: Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown Northampton, behind Thornes Marketplace! Food, plants, baby animals, live music, family-friendly. 586-7586 (FREE)

    2-3:50pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

    2:15pm in Amherst: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)

    3:30-4:45pm in Millers Falls: Millers Falls Library Club (23 Bridge St.). An afterschool program with drop-in sessions for children of all ages. Activities include arts and crafts, snacks and homework help. 659-3801 http://www.montaguepubliclibraries.org (FREE)

    4-5pm in Northampton: Girls Circle Yoga at Embodiment Studio (94 King St., 2nd floor), an ongoing weekly group for like-hearted, mind, and spirited girls. This class is created for reducing anxiety, digestive stress, emotional stress and overwhelming emotions. 695-6950 ($)

    4:30pm in Florence: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

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  4. October 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Wednesday – 10/20

    Fresh Wednesdays Kick-Off Lunch

    1:15-2:30pm in Montague: Montague Public Libraries’ Homeschool Program, “Harvest Bounty,” at the Carnegie Library with Ruth O’Mara and Linda Hickman. Books, crafts, traditional lore and agricultural information. 863-3214 (FREE)

    6pm in Chesterfield: The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC) is looking for community feedback regarding the design and implementation of current and future housing programs in the Hilltowns. Free pizza.

    6pm in Adams: At Bacom Lodge (Mt. Greylock State Reservation), UMass Dartmouth Kekeli African Music and Dance club, an ensemble of American musicians, will present a demonstration/performance of traditional African music. The ensemble is led by Professor Royal Hartigan, and performs the traditional music and dance of West Africa, including processional, warrior, court, social, harvest, and recreational styles. They travel to Ghana, West African each year to live with the people in villages, and learn traditional songs, dances, and instrumental music. http://www.bascomlodge.net (FREE)


    WEDNESDAY ON-GOING

    9am-12Noon in Amherst: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Ware: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Cummington: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. http://www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    9:30am-12Noon in Buckland: Homeschool Half Days at Red Gate Farm. Every Wednesday morning participants will be doing different farm activities. Participants can sign up for as few or as many mornings as desired. Mornings together will revolve around a central theme with time allowed for unstructured play. Ages 6 – 12. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 http://www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

    9:30-11:30am in Lenox: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm in Belchertown: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 http://www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    10am in New Marlborough: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)

    10am in Greenfield: Sunshine Story Time, an all-ages story hour – During the school year, this story time will take place, weather permitting, on the library’s back lawn. 772-1544 http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    10am in Northfield: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 http://www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    10-11:30am in Hadley: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 http://www.interskate91.com (>$)

    10am-12Noon in Huntington: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)

    10:30am-12:20pm in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    ♦ 10:30am in Montague: Children and their families are invited to come and enjoy stories, crafts, music, activities and snacks with Ruth O’Mara at the Carnegie Library. For kids under age 5. 863-3214. (FREE)

    10:30am in Leverett: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. http://www.leverettlibrary.org

    10:30am in Williamsburg: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

    10:30-11:45 am in Northampton: Jewish Family Jam for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Sing, drum and dance. Led by Felicia Sloin at Lander Grinspoon Academy (257 Prospect St.). 737-2601 http://www.jfswm.org (>$)

    10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

    11am in Northampton: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    11am-12Noon in South Hadley: Parent with infant group at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 http://www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    ♦ 12-1:40pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

    1pm in Northampton: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)

    2pm in Florence: Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center (Route 9) from 2-6pm

    2-6pm in Turners Falls: Great Falls Farmers Market. Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

    ♦ 3-4:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

    3-6pm in Greenfield: Guiding Star Grange Farmer’s Market (401 Chapman Street)

    4-6pm in Conway: Conway Farmers Market. Main Street (Rte. 116) in front of the Filed Memorial Library.

    4pm in Northampton:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    4:15pm in Northampton: Family Yoga for ages 3yo and up at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)

    4:30pm in Northampton: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

    7pm in Northampton: Knitting Clinic at the Forbes Library. Knitters of all experience levels are welcome to attend. (FREE)

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  5. October 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thursday – 10/21

    3:30-5pm in Easthampton: Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and The Treehouse Foundation for an arts and literacy project for kids 4-7yo, held at the Treehouse Community. Will run for 8 sessions total, final date TBA. Register with Kerry Homestead at 527-7966. (FREE)

    3:30pm in Williamstown: A Town Called Panic will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series, Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowby, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. http://www.imagescinema.org (>$)

    3:30-5pm in Amherst: WII Challenge Game Day at the Jones Library. For Kids 8-12 http://www.joneslibrary.org

    4-6pm in Pittsfield: Trick or Treating for the kids in downtown. Look for paper pumpkins for where to stop. Costume contests too. (FREE)

    5:30-7:30pm in Greenfield: Mom’s night Out – Soup & Sass at Artspace Community Arts Center (15 Mill St.) Comedienne Ellen Villani will dish out the laughter. Soup – glorious soup – is the light dinner. Call for a reservation since there is limited seating. 772-6811 Proceeds from Soup and Sass will benefit Artspace’s Strings for Kids program in the Greenfield Public Schools. Strings for Kids, free, weekly, group lessons on violin or cello, will serve 110 students this year in grades 3, 4 and 5. (FUNDRAISER)

    6pm in Great Barrington: Parenting Styles by Danielle Shumway Finding common ground & understanding. Parents learn to work together taking steps toward more harmonious family life. Thursday evenings October 7th, 14th, 21st at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbrige Rd.). 644-0104 http://www.communityhealthprograms.org


    ON-GOING

    9am in Great Barrington: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. http://www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)

    9am-1pm in Amherst: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Ware: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

    9:30-11am in South Hadley: Drop-in playgroups at the South Hadley Family Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Route 116, across from the Post Office in South Hadley Center (7 Woodbridge St.). 533-7096 http://www.shfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm in Belchertown: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 http://www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)

    10am in Millers Falls: Music and Movement series with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library 23 Bridge St.). Young children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. 863-3214 (FREE)

    10am in Florence: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

    ♦ 10am-12Noon in Cummington: Babygroup for newborn to walking at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. http://www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    ♦ 10:30am in Easthampton: Story hour at the Emily Williston Memorial Library (9 Park St.). http://www.ewmlibrary.org 527-1031

    10:30am in Springfield: Preschool Storytime at the Springfield Central Library. Stories, songs, and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-5 years, with siblings welcome. Pre-registration required if you’ll be bringing more than 4 children . 263-6828, x201. http://www.springfieldlibrary.org (FREE)

    10:30am in Amherst: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. http://www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)

    10:45am-12:35pm in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    ♦ 11-11:45am in Lenox: Preschool Story-Craft for children ages three to five at the Lenox Library Association featuring stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 (FREE)

    1pm in Northampton: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    1-3pm in Great Barrington: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 http://www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)

    2-3:50pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

    ♦ 3-4:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

    5-8pm in Pittsfield: 3rd Thursdays in downtown Pittsfield. The streets come alive with musicians, artists, activities, sidewalk dining, after hours shopping and much more. 499.9348

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  6. October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Friday – 10/22

    10-11:30am in Williamstown: Story Land at the St. Patrick’s Church Community Center (Southworth St.) for preschoolers. Come discover the world of picture books and enjoy interactive play to satisfy ALL the senses. There are multiple stations each featuring a different book and activity. Come for part of the time or stay for it all. (FREE)

    1-3pm in Southampton: Pumpkin Picking with Pioneer Valley Liberated Learners at the Fletcher Family Farm (22 Gunn Rd.). Pick pumpkins, hayride, farm animals, play, dairy farming, storytime, bring picnic. (>$)

    5-6:45pm in South Hadley: Munchkin Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s (55 Alvord St.) for kids 7yo and younger. A gentle, exciting ride for the whole family. 533-0775 ($)

    5:30-8:30pm in Florence: Haunted Train and Lights Display at Look Park. Train ride for 5yo+. 584-5457 http://www.lookpark.org (FREE ENTRANCE, >$)

    6-9:30pm in Greenfield: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. http://www.skeletoncrewtheater.com ($)

    6:30pm in New Marlborough: Bubble Trouble at the New Marlborough Town Library with bubble master Jeff Boyer. See how bubbles make our life easier, softer and taste better. Watch Jeff make a bubble walk a tightrope! Wear Your Costumes. 229-6668 http://www.newmarlboroughlibrary.org (FREE)

    6:45pm in West Springfield: The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department will hold its annual Halloween Party for Town children featuring a Sing-A-Long by local performer Roger Tincknell and will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Mittineague Park. This program will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather this event will be moved indoors to the West Springfield Middle School, please call the current event phone 781-3020. (FREE)

    7pm in West Springfield: Ghosts, Goblins and Giggles at Historic Storrowton Village. Storytelling. 205-5051 (>$)

    7pm in Monson: Family Friendly Haunted Hayrides at Echo Hill Orchards. 267-3303

    7:30pm in Pittsfield: A family performance of The Case of the Missing Mummy by Castle Hill Theatre Company at the Berkshire Museum. A funny and frightening old-fashioned murder mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie and the old Universal horror movies. Recommended for patrons 12 years and up. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    8pm in Turners Falls: Arena Civic Theater presents Annie at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). 863-2281 http://www.theshea.org ($)


    9am-12Noon in Amherst: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)

    9:30am in Amherst: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)

    ♦ 9:30-10:30am in Holyoke: Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)

    ♦ 9:30-11:30am in Cummington: Drop-in playgroup at the Cummington Family Center, located in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main St. http://www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org (FREE)

    10-11am in Belchertown: Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Clapp Memorial Library. 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)

    10am in Florence: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)

    10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.

    10am-12Noon in Huntington: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)

    10:30am-12:20pm in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    11am in Sunderland: Story/craft time for kids ages 3-5yo and their families at the Sunderland Pulic Library (20 School St.). Each storytime is approximately 45 minutes in length for theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts! 665-2642 sunderlandpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    11am in Greenfield: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

    2pm in Springfield: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (>$)

    2-3:50pm in Greenfield: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)

    ♦ 3-4:50pm in Holyoke: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)

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