Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
SUGGEST AN EVENT
If 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.
On Saturday, November 20th from 10am-3pm – WINTER FAIR: Holiday Fair at the Hartsbrook School (193 Bay Rd.). King Winter, Gingerbread houses, craft activities, pony rides, Marionette Show, and the Pocket Person. Jump Rope Making, Candle Dipping, Games, Fabulous Gifts, and Marionette Shows. 584-3198 Hadley, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)
Also on Saturday, November 20th at 10am – FAMILY FILM: Kids Flix Mix will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Kids Flix Mix is a collection of international animated shorts assembled by the New York International Children’s Film Festival, targeted at ages 3-8, but fun for all ages. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)
Then on Sunday, November 21st from 3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Friday, November 26th at 11am – THANKSGIVING PARADE: Springfield’s Big Balloon Parade is a Pioneer Valley tradition for the day after Thanksgiving. Bring the family to see larger than life balloons parade down Main Street. After the parade, enjoy refreshments and a marionette show at Tower Square. 733-3800 (FREE)
In the evening on Friday, November 26th from 4:30-10pm – MOONLIGHT MAGIC: An annual village tradition to kick-off the holiday season. Stores, galleries and restaurants are open. Luminaries line the streets. Parade at 5pm. This year look for Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns and a Snow Princess. Music inside and out. Trolley rides with the SF Trolley Museum. And more! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)
On Saturday, November 27th at 1pm & 4pm – MOVIE SCREENING: The Wizard of Oz (1946) starring Judy Garland will be shown at he Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 528-0100 www.mahaiwe.org Great Barrington, MA (>$)
On Sunday, November 28th from 9am & 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: 7th Annual Gorge aprés Gorge at the Chesterfield Gorge. 5K ($10) at 9am. Free family/community walk/run at 10am. A lovely community post-Thanksgiving outing. Read more here. West Chesterfield, MA ($, FREE)
CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE: For income eligible families with children ages 0-5 residing in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Adult(s) must be working, or in a vocational or educational program during childcare hours to qualify for assistance. If your gross household annual income is below the limits listed, you may be eligible: Household of 2 ($50,050), Household of 3 ($56,300), Household of 4 ($62,550), Household of 5 ($67,600), Household of 6 ($72,600). Contact Jennifer Reagan for application: 230-8552 email@example.com. This Program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Towns of Chesterfield & Cummington.
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HILLTOWN CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Ashfield Needles & Threads is working in collaboration with Share the Warmth to host a Free Clothing Exchange – a community hand-me-around to facilitate Recycling, Reusing, Sharing and Happiness! It starts with collecting: please drop off clean clothes and shoes in excellent condition – all seasons and sizes – in the foyer of St. John’s Church (corner of Main & South Streets in Ashfield) anytime between the afternoon of Sunday, 11/14 & Friday, 11/19. Then, come see what we have for you on Saturday, November 20th from 9am–2pm in the Ashfield Community Hall (Grange) on Main Street. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends and their own reusable shopping bags. Leftover items will be distributed through Share the Warmth. 628-4527
SURVEY FOR FAMILY SERVICES IN THE HILLTOWNS: A staff representative from the Hilltown Community Health Center’s Families Together program will be at the Cummington Family Center, 33 Main St. in Cummington, on Wednesday, December 1st from 10-11am. Hilltown residents wishing to give comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement to the program are invited to drop by and complete a survey. Anyone wishing to give input but unable to make the session may obtain a survey at the Worthington Health Center or call the health center at 238-5511 x155 to find out how to complete a survey. Families Together is funded by the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program. To remain eligible for these funds, the program must annually gather this information.
LETTER TO SANTA: The Huntington Library will have materials available from now until 12/18 to write and send a letter to Santa. The earlier these are sent, the better the chance to receive a reply from Santa before the holiday. 667-3506
TEEN SUPPORT: Donate to “Gifts for Teens.” This program provides area gift certificates and gifts to teens ages 13 to 18 who do not traditionally qualify for local programs providing gifts for low-income families. Names of youths who qualify are acquired from several local non-profit agencies, schools, and churches. This year a much larger number of names is anticipated due to the weak economy. Please donate money or local gift certificates, so that no one has to be turned away. Checks can be made out to CHP-SBCC, with “Gifts for Teens” in the memo line. Checks and gift certificates can be mailed to 343 Main Street, P.O. Box 30 Great Barrington, MA 01230. Contact Shelley Brooks for more info or to volunteer 528-1919 x14
NEW EXHIBIT: Nov 20 – Feb 13, Robots: The Interactive Exhibition, Springfield Museums. The wit, excitement and imagination of 20th Century Fox’s animated film Robots combine for a fun, educational experience that the whole family will enjoy. The exhibition features more than 15 interactive areas on the world of robotics. In Robot Explorers, visitors can use a robotic probe to explore underwater, deep space or the surface of Mars. Families can take a spin on the Crosstown Express, exploring robotic vehicles both real and fictional. Industrial Robots allows visitors to program an actual Ford robotic arm, and Robot Round Up explores robots in daily life. Visit www.springfieldmuseums.org for more info.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: THANKSGIVING EPISODE
This week on the HFVS is our Thanksgiving Episode, featuring music by Keller Williams, Cab Calloway, Caspar Babypants, The Missoula Coyote Choir, Fats Waller, Patty Griffin, The Verve Pipe, Forest Sun, Sweet Honey in the Rock and many many others.
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.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
♦ On-going Events
Saturday – 11/20
6-10am – 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.
9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Berkshire Grown will host a holiday farmers’ market at the Searles School Gymnasium on Bridge Street. 528-0041 www.berkshiregrown.org Great Barrington, MA (MARKET)
9am-2pm – HOLIDAY HOUSE FAIR: Holiday House Fair, Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ. Opportunity to purchase dry goods and spices, homemade crafts, gifts, decorations and ornaments, plants, seasonal displays and floral arrangements, baked goods and foods. Westhampton, MA (SALE)
9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes through April 30th. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)
9am-2pm – CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Ashfield Needles & Threads is working in collaboration with Share the Warmth to host a Free Clothing Exchange – a community hand-me-around. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends and their own reusable shopping bags. Leftover items will be distributed through Share the Warmth. 628-4527 Ashfield, MA (FREE)
10am – FAMILY FILM: Kids Flix Mix will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Kids Flix Mix is a collection of international animated shorts assembled by the New York International Children’s Film Festival, targeted at ages 3-8, but fun for all ages. 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-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Introduction to Wilderness Survival with Earthwork Programs. 522-0338 Conway, MA ($$)
10am-12Noon – BREASTFEEDING WORKSHOP: There will be a breastfeeding workshop at CHP (442 Stockbridge Rd.) with a certified lactation counselor. Call to RSVP 528-0457 www.communityhealthprograms.org Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)
10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Berkshire Grown will host a holiday farmers’ market at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street. 528-0041 www.berkshiregrown.org Williamstown, MA (MARKET)
10am-3pm – WINTER FAIR: Holiday Fair at the Hartsbrook School (193 Bay Rd.). 584-3198 Amherst, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)
10am-4pm – CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW: The Botanic Garden Lyman Conservatory of Smith College (15 College Lane) will host a Fall Chrysanthemum Show. A sweet event to take the family to. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (FREE, DONATION)
10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Animal ABC’s: Curious Cunning Cats. Kids 6yo and younger can learn about the curiosity that cats possess and hear about one cat adventure and his “9 Lives.” Bring a stuffed “pet” for their petting zoo. At the M.M. Spear Memorial Library. (978) 544-5157 www.mnspear.org Shutesbury, MA (FREE)
10:30am – PUPPET SHOW: Otter & Moo Puppet Theatre at the Jones Library. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)
11am – STORY HOUR: “Cornucopia of Fun” Story Hour at the Huntington Library. Teen Volunteers have some fun stories and crafts to share. Snacks are always served at the end of the program.The books for this month’s story hour are all by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, who use only food creatively for the illustrations. The art project will involve making creatures and vehicles using various foods, and snack will be tasting lots of fruits and vegetables. 667-3506 www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
11am-1pm – SONGWRITING FOR TEENS: Singer-songwriter Bernice Lewis will lead a songwriting workshop for teens to discuss songs they have written and share their music. Register by calling 458-5366. At the Milne Public Library. 458-5369 www.milnelibrary.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)
11am – FAMILY THEATER: Lenox Library Association will present a family theatrical performance by Nutshell Playhouse: Dance with a Clown. There will be clowns, puppets, music and more. 637-0197 www.lenoxlib.org Lenox, MA (FREE)
♦ 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)
12Noon – 4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday gift making at Historic Deerfield. With thread and a needle museum educators will help visitors embroider a small design or initials on a cloth napkin. Make a unique napkin ring to go along with the napkin, and tie it up with a ribbon. Then decorate a card, and put it a gift bag. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.orgDeerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)
♦ 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 – WELLNESS WORKSHOP: A nutrition and pregnancy workshop will be held at the CHP WIC office (442 Stockbridge Rd.) with a registered dietitian. Learn about the nutritional needs during the different stages of pregnancy and postpartum. 528-0457 www.communityhealthprograms.orgGreat Barrington, MA (FREE)
1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: CandyCraft. The Berkshire Museum invites families to build a candy craft with Sharon Bowers (author of Candy Construction). Must RSVP 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, 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 lerading 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.orgSpringfield, MA (FREE)
1:30pm – READING: Read to Rover at the Westfield Athenaeum for kids 5-8yo. Reg. 562-6158 x5 Westfield, MA (FREE)
♦ 1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)
♦ 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)
♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 Holyoke, MA ($)
2pm & 3pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)
4-5:30pm – BASEBALL EXHIBIT: Opening reception for Play Ball! at Artspace. A fundraiser for Artspace and the Greenfield Minor League Baseball. More info here. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
7pm – STORYTELLING: Tellabration. A storytelling program for teens and adults. Dickinson Memorial Library (115 Main St.). -498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org Northfield, MA (FREE)
7pm – CONCERT: May Erlewine and Seth Bernard at Elmer’s. Dinner at 5pm. 628-4003 www.elmersstore.com Ashfield, 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 – 11/21
7-8am – 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
10am-4pm – CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW: The Botanic Garden Lyman Conservatory of Smith College (15 College Lane) will host a Fall Chrysanthemum Show. A sweet event to take the family to. Last day! 585-2740 Northampton, MA (FREE, DONATION)
12Noon – 4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday gift making at Historic Deerfield. With thread and a needle museum educators will help visitors embroider a small design or initials on a cloth napkin. Make a unique napkin ring to go along with the napkin, and tie it up with a ribbon. Then decorate a card, and put it a gift bag. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)
12:45-3:30pm – MOVIE & POTTER: Bisque, Beads & Beyond and the Beacon Theatre will host a Harry Potter & Pottery Event for kids 7yo and older. See movie, make pottery. 442-9300 Pittsfield, MA ($$)
1-3pm – THANKSGIVING POTLUCK: Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition will host its annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at St. Stephen’s Parish (67 East St.). Come together in a celebration of community family and friends. Turkey provided. Guests bring sides, beverages & dessert. Call Karla to sign up your dish: (518) 392-4905 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 Springfield, MA ($)
3-4:30pm – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Emergency preparedness talk with Frank Grindrod of Earthwork programs at Elmer’s Store. Reg. in advance 522-0338 Ashfield, MA (FREE)
3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)
Dusk – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Hot chocolate and caroling with the Mrs. & Santa Claus at Yankee Candle as they kick off their holiday season with a tree lighting. 877-803-6890 South Deerfield, MA (FREE)