Suggested Events for Nov 12th-18th, 2011

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

Take the challenge this year by shopping local and non-commercial during the holiday season. The abundance of craft fairs and open studios happening in the area featuring handmade products by local artists and artisans make it easy to find that special something when looking for a gift of any kind. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest 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.

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES PRESENTS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th from 7-9pm: HILLTOWN FAMILIES PRESENTS: “The Importance of Creative Play in a Commercialized World” with Dr. Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe and Consuming Kids on Tues., Nov 15th from 7-9pm at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg (FREE). In the critically acclaimed Consuming Kids, Dr. Linn, the nation’s leading advocate for protecting children from corporate marketers, provided an unsparing look at modern childhood molded by commercialism. In her book, The Case for Make Believe, Dr. Linn argues that while play is crucial to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, the convergence of ubiquitous technology and unfettered commercialism actually prevents them from playing. Dr. Linn will speak about these issues and help generate ideas for preserving non-commercialized creative play, especially around the holidays. A Q&A session will follow.

BEST BETS

Holiday fairs can be fun opportunities for the entire family, many of them offering non-commerical crafts and activities for the kids, and local handmade items to purchase for gift giving, any time of the year. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

On Saturday, Nov 12th from 10am-4pm in Berkshire Co. – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s 39th annual Holiday Fair !  There will be, of course, locally handmade goods for sale, as well as hayrides, puppet shows, a silent auction, pocket lady, candle dipping, delicious food, and more!  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE)

Later in the day on Saturday, Nov 12th from 1-4pm in Hampden Co.- LITERACY: November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts, and the Children’s Museum at Holyoke is hosting a Family Literacy Day!  There will be a StoryWalk, opportunities for parents to learn how to support literacy at home, free carousel rides, and tons of reading-themed activities.  413-536-5437.  444 Dwight Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

On Sunday, Nov 13th from 10am-5pm in Hampshire Co. – OPEN STUDIOS: There are over 50 artists, artisans, and craftspeople whose studios are in the Arts and Industry building in Florence!  This weekend, they’re offering an open studio event where families can tour the building, check out what’s being produced, and even buy some local artwork!  Great opportunity for kids to get a behind the scenes look at working artist studios. 413-348-7503.  221 Pine Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) 

Scroll down to see our complete list of Weekly Suggested Events for the entire week!

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Another excellent opportunity to shop local and handmade is the "Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit." Not only can you meet the challenge of shopping local, but the sale of every images benefits Hilltown Families! They make an excellent gift too!

Thursday, November 17th from 7pm – OPENING RECEPTION: Mocha Maya’s hosts “Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit” through the end of the year and invite art patrons and families in Franklin County to stop in for the opening reception. The show is a fundraiser for Hilltown Families (so bring your check books) and the exhibit will highlight seasonal images from Franklin Co. and surrounding areas in Western MA. All are welcomed to join us!  413-625-6292. Mocha Maya’s, 47 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FUNDRAISER)

BULLETIN BOARD

 CRAFT FAIR: The Little Drummer Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov 19th, 9am-4pm, at Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls. Proceeds from the show benefit the Franklin County Technical School music department and award winning drumline! This juried craft fair features craftspeople from throughout the Pioneer Valley selling unique handcrafted products, including knits, woodworking, pioneer chairs, oil paintings, hook rugs, lotions, salves & lavender, soaps, candles, dried floral, fudge, jams & condiments, handbags, jewelry, cards, soft toys, and quilts!  Fair held indoors, plenty of free parking. Free admission. Raffles, refreshments and bake sale items! Find them on Facebook!

Kurt Heidinger of Biocitizen writes, “Biocitizen is offering a course that reveals how the natural philosophy of Transcendentalism got its start here in the Northampton area. Participants in this class (limit of 6, w/4 seats still open) read key works of local Transcendentalists; keep a journal; & practice environmental philosophy at places that inspired them: in our area, Walden Pond, & NYC’s Central Park & the Met. Our goal is this: we need to change our way of life if we’re to live in harmony with the designs of nature, but this change will not be brought to us by the government or corps—it happens 1st on the personal level. To fuel & encourage this transformation, our course empowers you with a deep historical and ecological understanding of our “native” natural philosophy.”  www.biocitizen.org

 OPEN HOUSE: Amherst Montessori School will hold an Admissions Open House for Parents, Saturday, November 19, 10 AM-noon. Learn what a Montessori education is all about, and if it is the right choice for your child.  By following true Montessori principles, Amherst Montessori School nurtures each child’s spirit by demonstrating respect for others and a celebration of diversity, while offering a competitive academic curriculum. Children become self-confident, socially responsible leaders who think outside the box. To register for the Open House, please call 413-253-3101. Amherst Montessori School, 27 Pomeroy Lane, Amherst. www.amherstmontessori.org.

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RECYCLING HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Home Depot is up to good this holiday season with their 4th Annual Eco Holiday Light Recycling Event.  They are offering a program for families to recycle their non-working strings of holiday lights at their stores through Nov. 13th.  This weekend take a moment to dig out the decorations and find those non-working strings of lights you’ve been hanging onto that you didn’t know how to recycle. – Watch this quick video highlighting the process of recycling strings of lights.

AGRICULTURE: The documentary “Farmageddon” is about the challenges that federal laws and regulations put on dairy farming and how it affects small dairy famers’ ability to produce a product that they are actually able to sell.  The movie will be screened at the Academy of Music on Nov 13th at 7pm as a fundraiser for Grow Food Northampton, the group that recently created the Northampton Community Farm.  Proceeds from the screening will benefit the group’s future organic community garden.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about dairy farming, as well as a way to teach your kids about food and farming!  Click here to see the trailer.


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Saturday, Nov 12th, 2011

“Taking a walk in Northfield, in the crunchy leaves in the fall, along the Connecticut River.” - Jenna Shearer Demir (Dummerston VT)

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.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Steve Weeks Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week! Steve will be spinning tunes by Kris Delmhorst, ScribbleMonster, Sugarbears, Bernard Uedre, Jeff Warren, Monty Harper and songs off of his newest CD, Dandelion. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

8:30am-8:30pm – WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: Today is the 13th Women’s Belly and Womb Conference, which offers women a chance to celebrate the journey of womanhood.  The day is full of workshops, talks, and activities!  Takes place at the Sirius Conference Center.  72 Baker Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  ($$)

9am-4pm – HISTORY: Look Park hosts Civil War Living History Day, which provides families with a chance to see what daily life was like for soldiers during the Civil War!  There will be an army camp set up that visitors can tour, as well as drill demonstrations, readings of letters written by soldiers to their families, and more!  413-584-5457.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA. (>$)

10am-12Noon – STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus.  Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

 10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go for a day trek at Windsor Jambs State Forest!  You’ll hike through the forest to the Jambs, a stream full of fantastic rock and ice formations.  Wear waterproof boots and dress weather-appropriately.  Hike is of moderate difficulty, registration is required.  413-584-3009.  Windsor, MA.  ($) 

10am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Lime Kiln Farm includes a large trail system and many geologic and historic landmarks.  You can explore the farm today with Berkshire WIldlife Sanctuaries.  Bring water and a snack.  Registration required.  413-637-0320.  Sheffield, MA.  ($) 

10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s 39th annual Holiday Fair is today!  There will be, of course, locally handmade goods for sale, as well as hayrides, puppet shows, a silent auction, pocket lady, candle dipping, delicious food, and more!  413-528-4015.  35 West Plain Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE)

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10am-4pm – ART SALE: Snow Farm hosts an artists’ seconds sale throughout the month!  This is a great opportunity to get deals on locally handmade goods!  Shop local and handmade for the holidays.  413-268-3101.  5 Clary Road.  Williamsburg, MA.  (<$) 

 10am-4pm – ART SHOW: The Hilltown Artisans Guild show and sale is today at the Worthington Town Hall!  The event features locally made pottery, quilts, cards, soap, stained glass, and more by Hilltown artists!  Support local and handmade… and perhaps get a head start on holiday shopping!  413-238-5330.  160 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.  (SALE) 

 10am-5pm – CRAFT TOUR: The annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour takes place this weekend!  There are eighteen different studios to visit, and local restaurants are participating as well to offer delicious local fare to fuel your adventure.  Take the kids on a tour to meet local artists and artisans.  Colrain, MA.  (FREE) 

11:15am – FUN RUN: The Greater Holyoke YMCA’s Autumn Fun Run is today!  There’s a Kids Dash at 11:15, and a 5K that begins at 11:30.  Following the race is a family celebration including food, live music (featuring R.O.C.K.) and a bounce house!  Begins at the Lodge of Elks.  413- 534-5631.  250 Whitney Avenue.  Holyoke, MA.  ($) 

12noon-2pm – NATURE ART: The Great  Falls Discovery Center’s Second Saturday children’s event is nature printing!  Kids can learn the Renaissance technique of imprinting natural objects (leaves, feathers, etc.) onto paper.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE) 

1pm – ARCHITECTURE: Meet Moxie, the Dachsund of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water!  In a picture book all about her, she’ll guide you through the interesting and unique architecture of this legendary and historic home.  Hosted by the Milne Library.  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – LITERACY: November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts, and the Children’s Museum at Holyoke is hosting a Family Literacy Day!  There will be a StoryWalk, opportunities for parents to learn how to support literacy at home, free carousel rides, and tons of reading-themed activities.  413-536-5437.  444 Dwight Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Magret and H.A. Rey”, as well as “Pop-UP! The Magical World of Movable Books” both open with a community celebration today at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA. 

2-4pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. 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. Northampton, MA (FREE)

2pm & 3pm – PUPPET SHOW: Picture Book Theater performs Eric Carle titles in the auditorium. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA (>$) 

3pm & 7:30pm – THEATER PERFORMANCE: Green Room Productions presents, “James & the Giant Peach” at the Academy of Music. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA ($$) 

6-9pm – HISTORY: Take a tour of Old Sturbridge Village this evening and see how early New Englanders stayed warm and continued to be productive during the coldest and darkest months of the year!  Tours begin every 20 minutes and are limited to 15 people- tickets should be purchased in advance.  1-800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$) 

5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

 7:30-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronaut Cady Coleman will do a presentation on space travel and life in space at Memorial Hall!  Coleman will share photos and videos taken while aboard the International Space Station- this is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand what it’s like to be an astronaut!  413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  

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Sunday, Nov 13th, 2011

“We enjoy visiting Smith College’s botanical garden. It’s interesting to see the variety of plants around the greenhouses and outdoor gardens. Another place we like to go is Amherst College’s Museum of Natural History. The fossil exhibits are really neat. Plus, both places are open year round and are close to the downtown/town center areas for getting a snack afterwards. ” - Michelle Lee (Northampton, MA)

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.

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

 10am-4pm – ART SALESnow Farm hosts an artists’ seconds sale throughout the month!  This is a great opportunity to get deals on locally handmade goods!  Shop local and handmade for the holidays.  413-268-3101.  5 Clary Road.  Williamsburg, MA.  (<$) 

 10am-5pm – CRAFT TOUR: The annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour takes place this weekend!  There are eighteen different studios to visit, and local restaurants are participating as well to offer delicious local fare to fuel your adventure.  Take the kids on a tour to meet local artists and artisans.  Colrain, MA.  (FREE) 

10am-5pm – OPEN STUDIOS: There are over 50 artists, artisans, and craftspeople whose studios are in the Arts and Industry building in Florence!  This weekend, they’re offering an open studio event where the community can tour the building, check out what’s being produced, and even buy some artwork!  Artists include photographer Ben Jenkins, printmaker Leni Fried, and “Rhymes with Orange” cartoonist Hilary Price!  413-348-7503.  221 Pine Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) 

10:30am-12Noon – ADOPTION FAMILY PLAYGROUP – And International Adoption Family Playgroup is schedule today for families with children who were adopted internationally.  Meeting location to be disclosed upon reg. This is a monthly group that meets in indoor playspaces. soon-to-be parents welcomed too. Northampton, MA (FREE)

2pm – PUPPET SHOW: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present Hansel and Gretel at the Marketplace Cafe!  413-358-4777.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) 

 3-5pm – FOOD: Biologist Ed Stockman will give a presentation on the health risks presented by genetically modified foods at the Cummington Community house tonight.  Conversation and Q+A will follow the presentation.  Free childcare is available.  33 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE) 

4pm – RELAXATION: The holidays can be a very stressful time for many reasons and this year, considering the current economic climate, will be no different.  With the holiday season approaching, families are invited to come together to discuss strategies for de-stressing the holidays and finding ways to make family traditions more enjoyable.  There will also be free ear accupuncture available as well as guided meditation.  Hosted by Whole Families and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield.  410-868-5178.  175 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

4-5pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Meet some live animals during a special storytime with Teaching Creatures at the Erving Library!  413-423-3348.  17 Moore Street.  Erving, MA.  (FREE)

7pm –  FILM SCREENINGFarmageddon” is about the challenges that federal laws and regulations put on dairy farming and how it affects small dairy famers’ ability to produce a product that they are actually able to sell.  The movie will be screened at the Academy of Music as a fundraiser for Grow Food Northampton, the group that recently created the Northampton Community Farm.  Proceeds from the screening will benefit the group’s future organic community garden.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about dairy farming, as well as a way to teach your kids about food and farming!  Click here to see the trailer. Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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Monday, Nov 14th, 2011

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)10:30-11:30am – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Do some fun seasonal craft projects at the Family Resource Center!  There will be circle time and a snack, too.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE DANCE: Try it for free this week.. Johnny-Jump-Ups creative dance for kids 6-8yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Practicing improvisation, making dances and learning choreography. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 19th. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE) ♦

 5-7pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Elmer’s Store hosts Scrabble night!  Scrabble players from beginner to pro are welcome, and the store’s dinner, drink, and desert items will be available for purchase.  413-628-4003.  396 Main Street.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Tonight is the first of a four-week series of workshops on effective parenting of children under the age of 6.  Parents will learn about teaching cooperation, building self esteem, appropriate expectations, and more!  Registration required.  Transportation available.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

 6pm – STORYTIME: Westhampton Library hosts an evening storytime!  There will be picture books read aloud as well as a craft for kids.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Erving School Union #28 hosts a free parent workshop called “Positive Solutions: Parenting Just Became Easier.”  The workshop features Sarah Patton, LICSW, who will offer strategies for helping your child with effective communication, following directions, and more.  Takes place at Erving Elementary School.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE)

EVERY MONDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and learn this morning at Broad Brook Playground, hosted by the Family Resource Center. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning. Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library!  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library!  Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more!  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE DANCE: Johnny-Jump-Ups creative dance for kids 6-8yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Practicing improvisation, making dances and learning choreography. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 19th. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight!  Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece.  413-263-6828.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Nov 15th, 2011

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

10:30am – STORYTIME: Local children’s author, David Hyde Costello, will be at the Northampton Parents Center with interactive storytelling. 413-582-2636. 297 Main St. Northampton, MA

4pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Local hero Sarah Pirtle will perform this afternoon at Cup and Top Cafe!  Enjoy a delicious warm drink and a treat, as well as wonderful children’s music (that grown-ups can appreciate, too!).  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street Suite 2.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

4pm – STORYTIME: Kayisa Phiri presents a special stortyime today at the Milne Library!  She’ll read a story from “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales.”  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) 

EVERY TUESDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library!  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm – LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Nov 16th, 2011

“I’m relatively new to the Berkshires so I’m mostly familiar with the southern Berkshires. I love finding out about all these lovely little towns north of me, and knowing about all the various events going on ALL THE TIME, from concerts to theater, to apple picking. I moved here to live in the country and Hilltown Families keeps me informed of all the wonderful things country life has to offer.” - Valerie Sheehan (Lenox, MA)

Deadline to sign up for the Lenox Library’s 7th Annual Gingerbread House Competition.

Northampton Parent Center is closed today due to a funeral happening at the church.

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

9:30-10:30am – STORYTELLING: The first of three annual Tellebration events is this morning!  A Tellebration is an event where people of all come together to share stories as a community.  Takes place at the South Hadley Senior Center.  413-538-5042.  45 Dayton Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE) 

11am – STORYTIME: Odyssey Bookshop hosts a special Thanksgiving-themed storytime- kids can listen to the book, “Balloons over Broadway,” which is about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE) 

1:30-2:30pm – LEGOS: Homeschoolers are invited to a special LEGO event at the Storrs Library!  413-565-4181.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE) 

 3:30-4:15pm: CREATIVE DANCE: Try it for free this week… Green Leaves creative dance for kids 3-5yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. An introduction to dance concepts, body & spatial awareness, dancing with music and with each other. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE) ♦

 4-5pm: CREATIVE/CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Try it for free this week… The Big Cats creative dance and contemporary technique for kids 9-12yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance, developing improvisation & choreography skills. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE) ♦

6-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “That’s It, You’re Grounded!”  The workshop features Bill Corbett, author of “Love, Limits, and Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids” and is intended to help teach parents strategies for dealing with situations where punishment tends to be ineffective.  Takes place at Kiley Middle School.  413-750-2831.  180 Cooley Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Forbes Library hosts Empty Arms Bereavement, a support group for people who are parenting after miscarriage, stillbirth, or the loss of an infant.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA. (FREE)

 6:30pm – SPELLING BEE: The May Lyon Foundation’s 6th annual Community Spelling Bee takes place tonight!  Thirty 3-person teams of local adults will spell ‘til they drop!  Takes place at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.  Free refreshments!  413-625-2555.  Route 2.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE) 

7-9pm – GEOGRAPHY: Westfield State University hosts an informal workshop for high school students teachings on how to use Google Earth to create 3D maps with embedded videos and photographs. Bates Hall 022, Westfield State University. Westfield, MA (FREE) 

EVERY WEDNESDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School!  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5.  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  7 Wendell Depot Road.  Wendell, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library!  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour!  Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects!  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: Visit the Pine Point Library for Martha Speaks storytime for kids ages 5-8! 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1:15pm – HOMESCHOOL: The Carnegie Library offers a weekly homeschool program series called Powerful Earth (through 11/16). All ages welcomed. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-4:15pm: CREATIVE DANCE: Green Leaves creative dance for kids 3-5yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. An introduction to dance concepts, body & spatial awareness, dancing with music and with each other. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4-5pm: CREATIVE/CONTEMPORARY DANCE: The Big Cats creative dance and contemporary technique for kids 9-12yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance, developing improvisation & choreography skills. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies.  Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Nov 17th, 2011

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

3-7pm – GEOGRAPHY: WSU hosts a GPS Treasure Hunt from 12-5pm and an informal workshop teachings on how to use Google Earth to create 3D maps with embedded videos and photographs from 5-7pm for high school students. GIST Center Open House from 3-5pm. Westfield State University. Westfield, MA (FREE)

 5:30-7:30pm – BASKETBALL: Pick-up basketball for families at Berkshire Trail Elementary School. Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)

7-8:30pm – GEOLOGY: What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral?  Learn tonight at the Great Falls Discovery Center with Fred Wilda of the Connecticut Valley Rock and Mineral Club!  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE) 

 7pm – OPENING RECEPTIONMocha Maya’s hosts “Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit” through the end of the year and invite art patrons and families in Franklin County to stop in for the opening reception. The show is a fundraiser for Hilltown Families (so bring your check books) and the exhibit will highlight seasonal images from Franklin Co. and surrounding areas in Western MA. All are welcomed to join us!  413-625-6292. Mocha Maya’s, 47 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FUNDRAISER)

EVERY THURSDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9:30-11am – SUPPORT GROUP:The Amherst Family Center hosts a family support group!  There is childcare for kids under 6, a well as snacks, and parents can meet and talk with other parents in a supportive, positive environment.  There will be occasional guest speakers, as well as field trips, crafts, poetry, and more!  There is free transportation available from Northampton.  413-834-3344.  121 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PreK kids welcomed to join Tom Carrol and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library (through 12/29). 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library!  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour!  39 Main Street.  413-247-9097.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more!  413-263-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Friday, Nov 18th , 2011

10am-4pm – FLOWER SHOW: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Bulb Show runs through November 20th!  Stop by to see a huge variety of gorgeous mums, along with the many other exotic plants that call the gardens home.  413-585-2740.  College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (<$)

11am-12noon – MEET AND GREET: The Family Resource Center hosts Baby and Met, a meet and greet time for new parents!  You can also take a tour of the resource library and check out the new clothing exchange, as well as meet the play and learn group facilitator.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-7pm – ART SHOW: Kids who’ve stayed at Baystate Children’s Hospital have created lots of artwork, and some of it will be shown tonight!  Art making is often a very useful tool in the process of healing, especially for children.  Chestnut Building.  759 Chestnut Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Tonight is the opening night of Under the Big Top: A Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum!  The exhibit features over a hundred decorated trees throughout the museum, as well as displays of circus memorabilia.  To celebrate the exhbit’s opening, there will be performances by aerialists, a contortionist, and stilt walkers!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$$) 

6:30-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Green River Yoga hosts a birth circle for expecting mothers where they can share their own personal journeys to motherhood.  158 Main Street, Suite 6.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION)

7pm – HISTORY/GAME NIGHT: Supplement your Renaissance history studies while having a family night out at the Renaissance Family Games in the reading room at the UMass Renaissance Center. Games from the Renaissance era will be played and authentic Renaissance food and drinks will be served. Games include cribbage, nyot, chess, backgammon, and Fox and Geese. All are welcomed! 413-577-3600. 650 E. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

7pm – YOUTH ACTION: People ages 8-25 are invited to speak out for the environment using poetry, prose, music, video, hip-hop, dance, etc. at the Northampton Center for the Arts!  Share your feelings about environmental issues and your ideas for the future.  Dance featuring two local bands follows the event.  Registration required.  413-625-6374.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($) 

7:30pm – THEATER: Students at the MacDuffie School present, “Our Town,” a show about life in New Hampshire at the beginning of the 1900’s.  413-467-1601.  66 School Street.  Granby, MA.  ($)

EVERY FRIDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup!  Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities!  413-259-1212.  23 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am – SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library!  413-263-6836.  122 Island Pond Road.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5.  413-23-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight!  The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more!  The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity.  413-597-2188.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians.  Great way to get moving!  25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s).  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦

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