Suggested Events 11/27/10-12/03/10

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

Gingerbread houses on display last weekend at the Hartsbrook Winter Fair in Amherst, MA (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

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.  Read more here! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

On Saturday, November 27th from 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)

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)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-4pm – WINTER FAIR: Green Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

And in the evening on Saturday, December 4th at 7pm – KIDS’ DANCE: Kids’ Dance Party at the Cummington Community House. Live music with Radio Free Earth.  Dance Scores led by Maureen Shea. Snacks. http://www.radiofreeearth.com Cummington, MA (>$)

On Sunday, December 5th from 3-5pm – HOLIDAY STORIES: The Meekins Library will host a holiday reading of classic tales, including: Singer’s Hanukkah tale The Power of Light, O. Henry’s unforgettable short story The Gift of the Magi, and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Everyone is welcome.  Come read or listen and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks. 268-7472 www.meekins-library.org Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

CRAFTY RUMPUS: On Sat. Dec. 4th from 10am-4pm, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages. Musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music. Span of Sunshine and the Carrie Ferguson will also perform.  Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. In addition: free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, and a used childrens’ clothing sale.  All events free. All are welcome! For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus blog: www.gcsrumpus.blogspot.com. For more info: 413-773-1700

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 conreag@comcast.net. 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.

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!

CYBER MONDAY: On Cyber-Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving), Hilltown Families will feature five fabulous gifts for kids made by five equally fabulous Hilltown Mompreneurs … and you will be able to enter to win all five!  So when surfing online on Monday, make sure to stop by to enter to win!

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Give to the Forbes Library Annual Giving Tree to benefit children and families in Western MA. Gifts donated to the library will be distributed for the holiday season to family with financial difficulty for children 0-16yo. Bring in a brand new (or like new) unwrapped gift (or gift card) to donate to the Giving Tree. Used clothes not accepted. Drive runs from Thanksgiving through Jan. 4th. Drop off gift at the Forbes Library Children’s Department during open hours in Northampton, MA. Contact Jude McGowan for more info at 587-1010.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: CASPER BABYPANTS GUEST DJ EPISODE

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

This week on the HFVS is hosted by Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants.  Featured on his playlist Elizabeth Mitchell, Van Halen, Enzo Garcia, Elvis Costello, Ella Jenkins, Mike Seeger, and many other wonderful musicians – even and interview with The Beatles!

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 – 11/27

    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.

    9-10:30am – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA (67 Court St.) 562-2277 Westfield, MA ($)

    9am/10am – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Elf Show at Yankee Candle followed by Santa arriving by helicopter. Full day of fun. 877-803-6890 South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

    9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET:Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes through April 30th. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

    10am – HOLIDAY PARADE: From Trinity Row Park the annual holiday parade will preceed towards the Civic Center, with Santa and Mrs. Claus and many others. Florence, MA (FREE)

    10am-2pm – HOLIDAY POTLATCH: The 4th Annual Community Holiday Potlatch happening at the Village Congregational Church. All are welcomed. Bring a gift quality item to share. Find a gift to give. Food welcomed to share during the potlatch too. Cummington, MA (FREE)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET:Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Bule Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Family Create-A-Book at the Huntington Library in honor of National Family Literacy Month. Materials will be available throughout the day for your family to write and illustrate their own keepsake book. 667-3506 http://www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org Huntington, 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.org Deerfield, 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)

    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 ($)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    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 (>$)

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

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

    4pm – BALLET: East Street Ballet is presenting a rendition of Prokovief’s Peter and the Wolf and selections from Swan Lake. 584-5535 www.eaststreetballet.com Hadley, MA ($)

    Sunday – 11/28

    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.

    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)

    9:30am – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Santa Parade at Yankee Candle. Live music and giveaways. 877-803-6890 South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-2pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Fireside with Santa at Amelia Park Ice Arena (21 South Broad St.) 562-2277 Westfield, MA ($)

    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)

    2pm – WEST AFRICAN DANCE/MUSIC: Sunday Come Dance Senegalese Sabar at Community Yoga Center (16 Federal St.). Learn this graceful and energetic style danced to Senegalese music. All ages welcomed. Greenfield, MA ($)

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

    2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Queer Non-Gestational Parent Group at Cradle. For new parents (w/kids 2yo & younger). Children welcome. 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com Northampton, MA (FREE)

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    1. November 25, 2010 at 7:41 am

      Monday – 11/29

      4pm & 6pm in Whately: Pride & Prejudice will be screened at the Whatley Library. 665-2170 (FREE)

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

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

      6pm in Westfield: Lanternlight Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting. WHS Concert Choir at 6:15pm. Parade at 6:30pm. Ceremony outside of the Westfield Athenaeum (6 Elm St.) (FREE)

      6:30pm in Northampton: Emergency preparedness talk with Frank Grindrod of Earthwork programs at River Valley Market. Reg. in advance 522-0338 Ashfield, MA (FREE)


      Monday – On-Going

      PLAYGROUPS

      STORY TIMES

      PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

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

      OTHER ONGOING

      • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
      • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
      • Montague 6:30pm: 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.
      • North Adams 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Springfield 11am-12:50pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

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    2. November 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

      Tuesday – 11/30

      Last day to enter to win this 17 DVD set of 100 Storybook Classics

      10am in Leverett: Music Together teacher, Heleen Cardinaux (Music Together for Valley Families) will lead Music and Movement at the Leverett Elementary School Music Room every Tuesda in November. Register by calling (978) 544-5157

      3:30pm & 4:15pm in Northampton: Hootnanny Holiday Concerts with Katryna and Nerissa Nields. At Cradle in Thornes. 341-5282 (FREE)

      4pm in Florence: Puppet Show-Sing along Time with Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre at Cup & Top Cafe (1 N Main St.). 585-9565 http://www.cupandtop.com (FREE)


      Tuesday On-Going

      PLAYGROUPS

      • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
      • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: 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)
      • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). http://www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
      • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
      • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
      • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)
      • South Hadley ♦ 9:30-11am: 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)
      • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
      • West Springfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)
      • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

      STORY TIMES

      • Florence 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
      • Florence 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
      • Greenfield 10-11am: 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)
      • Hatfield 11:00am: 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)
      • Lenox 11am: 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)

      PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

      • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Grandparent support group at the Unitarian Meeting House (121 North Pleasant St.) Amherst Family Center with Ann Marie Meltzer. (FREE)
      • Leverett ♦ 7:30-9pm: MOCAI’s Women’s Circle at the Quaker Meeting House (Long Plain Rd.) Weekly drop-in circle for women of color. Circles host a range of activities to suport and build community, with monthly guest facilitators. Babies in arms welcomed. No childcare. http://www.mocai.org (FREE)
      • North Adams ♦ 10am: Berkshire Nursing Families at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Northampton 10:15-12:15am: 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)
      • Northampton 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 341-5282 http://www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)

      OTHER ONGOING

      • Amherst 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
      • Florence 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
      • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
      • Holyoke ♦ 11am-12:50pm & 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
      • Huntington 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
      • Lee 3:30pm: Tail Waggin’ Tutors program at the Lee Library with Addie. Addie is a “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” certified by Therapy Dogs International as a trained therapy dog. The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to. All ages. 243-0385 (FREE)
      • Leverett 10-11am:Happy Dan the Music Man: Sing With Your Baby Music, Movement, Instruments, and Fun for 0-2 year olds at the Leverett Crafts and Arts building (13 Montague Rd.). 259-1808 (>$ DONATION)
      • Northampton 4:45: 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 ($)
      • Pittsfield 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)
      • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

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    3. November 25, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Wednesday – 12/1

      Last day to enter to win two CDs by Caspar Babypants

      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 (>$)

      10am in Cummington: A staff representative from the Hilltown Community Health Center’s Families Together program will be at the Cummington Family Center (33 Main St.). 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.

      10:30-11:45am 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 (>$)

      7pm in Pittsfield: Holiday concert with the Pittsfield High School chamber orchestra at the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium (FREE)


      Wednesday – On-Going

      PLAYGROUPS

      • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
      • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: 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)
      • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: 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)
      • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
      • Huntington 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
      • Lenox 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)
      • North Adams ♦ 10am: Toddler Play and Learn Group at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
      • South Hadley 11am-12Noon: 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)
      • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
      • Ware 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

      STORYTIME

      • Leverett 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. http://www.leverettlibrary.org
      • New Marlborough 10am: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)
      • Montague♦ 10:30am: 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)
      • Northampton 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
      • Northampton 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org(FREE)
      • Northfield 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 http://www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
      • Stockbridge ♦ 10am: Stores and crafts led by Vicky Cooper at the Stockbridge Library. (FREE)
      • Williamsburg 10:30am: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

      PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

      • Amherst 9:45-11:15am: MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Expectant mothers welcomed. The are snacks and childcare for kids 4yo & younger. MotherWoman trained facilitator in the basement of the Unitarian Church (Amherst Family Center). Run by a MotherWoman trained facilitator. 253-8990 http://www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
      • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 534-2700 (FREE)

      OTHER ONGOING

      • Amherst 10:30-11:45am: 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
      • Greenfield ♦ 12-1:40pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
      • Hadley 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 http://www.interskate91.com(>$)
      • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
      • Northampton 1pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)
      • Northampton 4:15pm: Family Yoga for ages 3yo and up at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. 584-7086 (MEMBERS)
      • Northampton 4:30pm: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)
      • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

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    4. November 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

      Thursday – 12/2

      Millers Falls 10am: 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)


      Thursday On-Going

      PLAYGROUPS

      • Amherst 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
      • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: 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)
      • Cummington ♦ 10am-12Noon: 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)
      • Great Barrington 1-3pm: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 http://www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
      • Northampton ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Music class at the Northampton Parent Center. 582-2636 http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
      • Northampton 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
      • South Hadley 9:30-11am: 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)
      • Sunderland 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
      • Ware9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

      STORY TIME

      • Amherst 10:30am: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. http://www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
      • Dalton 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
      • Florence 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
      • Lee 10:30-11am: Story time at the Lee Library (100 Main St.) for kids 2.5-5yo and their caregivers. 243-0385 (FREE)
      • Lenox ♦ 11-11:45am: 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)

      PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

      • Greenfield 10am-12Noon: Grandparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
      • Northampton 6pm: Single Parent Support Group at Cradle. 341-5282 (FREE)

      OTHER ONGOING

      • Great Barrington 9am: 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)
      • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
      • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
      • North Adams 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Springfield 10:45am-12:35pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

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    5. November 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

      Friday – 12/3

      9:30-11am in Hadley: Felting Fridays at the Hartsbrook School (94 Bay Rd.). 584-3198 (FREE)

      10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Storyteller “Big Joe” Paglicua will entertain kids with stories at a special Aquarium Adventures at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

      4-9pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. http://www.osv.org ($)

      4-7pm in Amherst: Merry Maple Celebration with Hayrides, chorus performance, tree lighting, marching band, Santa, cider & donuts. Bring a new and unwrapped toy, clothing, book, games for 0-18yo for kids in need. On the Amherst Town Common. (FREE)

      5-7pm in Westfield: Fireside with Santa at Amelia Park Ice Arena (21 South Broad St.) 562-2277 ($)

      5-8pm in Florence: Hayrides through Look Park Winter Wonderland light display. www.lookpark.org (>$)

      6:30pm in Florence: The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry, an intergenerational Hanukkah celebration at Beit Ahavah (130 Pine St.) with a puppet show by Anna Sobel. 587-3770.

      6-8pm in Greenfield: There will be an informational meeting for the Greenfield “It Takes a Village” group in Franklin County at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). Kids are welcomed. 634-5431 http://www.itavillage.info (FREE)

      7pm in Pittsfield: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) will be screened at the Colonial Theater. http://www.thecolonialtheater.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/non-perishable food donation)

      7pm in Sunderland: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents one acts of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Little Women,” and “The Rememberer” at the Maple Ridge Community Center ( 659 Amherst Rd). starlightyouththeatre.com 533-7896 (FREE)

      7:30pm in Springfield: The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. The program features an introductory slide show on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or an explanation of events such as an eclipse or the appearance of a comet. After the presentation, participants can use the museum telescope to view sights in the night sky, which may include objects such as the moon, a planet, star clusters, a nebula or a galaxy, depending on their visibility. Springfield Stars Club members also set up telescopes outside the museum, weather permitting. The programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and older, however younger children are also welcome. 263-6800, ext. 318 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (>$)

      8pm in Westfield: A Christmas Carol will be performed by Gerald Charles Dickens (great, great grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens) at the Central Baptist Church (115 Elm St.). 572-2277 ($$)


      On-Going

      PLAYGROUPS

      • Amherst 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
      • Belchertown 10-11am: 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)
      • Colrain 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 475-1553 (FREE)
      • Cummington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: 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)
      • Easthampton ♦ 10-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Easthampton Family Center (43 Main St.). http://www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org (FREE)
      • Huntington 2pm: Baby-Time Meet & Greet at the Huntington Library. Feel like you haven’t spoken a complete sentence to another adult during the day..then this is the group for you. Parents or caregivers of infants and toddlers are invited to the Library for a short singing/story session with the children, and then a chance to make new friends. 667-3506 http://www.thehuntingtonpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
      • Huntington 3pm: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 http://www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
      • North Adams 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
      • Stockbridge 9am : The Berkshire Day School (Route 183) welcomes all to a Music & Me playgroup for kids 2-4yo. This is an hour long circle time with sing-alongs, story and crafts. 637-0755 http://www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
      • Turners Falls 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)

      STORY TIME

      • Colrain 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 624-3619 (FREE)
      • Florence 10am: Mother Goose: Music, Stories and Movement – at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 http://www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
      • Greenfield 11am: 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)
      • Sunderland 11am: Story/craft time for kids ages 3-5yo and their families at the Sunderland Public 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)
      • Williamstown 10:30am: Storytime at the Williams College Museum of Art. This month “Use Your Third Eye!” 597.2429 http://www.wcma.org

      PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

      • Greenfield ♦ 10-11:30am: Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought. At the Community Action Family Center (90 Federal St.). Drop-in for mothers of infants and babies experiencing postpartum. Expecting mothers welcomed. 774-1000 x2015
      • Northampton 9:30-11am: La Leche League of Northampton meets at Cradle (3rd Floor in Thornes). 586-5627 (FREE)

      OTHER ONGOING

      • Amherst 9:30am: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)
      • Greenfield 2-3:50pm: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 ($)
      • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)
      • Holyoke ♦ 3-4:50pm: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 ($)
      • Pittsfield 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
      • Springfield 10:30am-12:20pm: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.). Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)
      • Springfield 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)

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