Suggested Events for Nov 26th-Dec 2nd, 2011

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

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Happy Thanksgiving Day! (Heritage breed turkeys at Earthfire Farm in Buckland, MA. Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Friday, November 25th: BLACK FRIDAY – The day after Thanksgiving is filled with family friendly activities. Families can discover the roots of Thanksgiving in Sturbridge, check out Springfield’s Big Balloon Parade; enjoy merry-go-round rides in Holyoke; track animals in Conway; watch a puppet show in Amherst; be dazzled by holiday light display in Florence & Springfield; shop local at Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls; and much more!

On Saturday, November 26th at 11am – FAMILY MUSIC: The Nields, a local sister songwriter duo, will be at Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday morning to teach families about the importance of music, especially creating music together! Their book, All Together Singing in the Kitchen  is about family music making and includes tools for getting started. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

On Sunday, November 27th 9am and 11am – FAMILY FUN RUN: Get outside post Thanksgiving for some fresh air, exercise and delicious food (and delicious landscape) with your community! The annual Gorge apres Gorge takes place today at the Chesterfield Gorge. The event begins with a 5k race on the Westfield River at 9am, followed by a free family fun walk at 11am. Following the event will be free tea, cocoa, and coffee from Bread Euphoria, as well as delicious potluck food (bring something to share!). Make the most of the last of the fall weather and foliage. 413-296-4793. Chesterfield, MA. ($)

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Hilltown Families Board Game SwapOn Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30-10:30am: BOARD GAME SWAP: Hilltown Families is hosting a Board Game Swap in the Meekins Library community room in Williamsburg, MA. Bring in board games you would like to swap with other families. Kindly make sure the games have all their pieces before bringing in. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for the children in your life too! Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to all families. RSVP here, or just drop in. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

On Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30pm – CAROLING: Enjoy caroling and sleigh rides in the center of Williamsburg! There will also be crafts, cider and cocoa, and treats. Takes place on the Grange Hall Lawn. Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

On Sunday, December 4th from 11am-4pm – YULETIDE: Storrowton Village is dressed to the nines this holiday season! Wreaths, garlands, and more donated by local businesses adorn every nook and cranny. This weekend, you can visit the beautiful village and enjoy special holiday events. There will be live music, caroling, a visit from Santa, ice carving, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, a petting zoo filled with farm animals, and more! Celebrate the holidays and learn some history, too! 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

BULLETIN BOARD

Enter to win eco-friendly, locally-made, free-play toys & music from Easy Keepers. Deadline to enter to win: 12/5/11

OPEN HOUSE/CRAFTS: On Sat. Dec. 3rd, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus Open House. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages with free art activities for children 3-12 years. Also musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music, as will Carrie Ferguson. In addition, Crafty Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering lovely wares, and will be serving up savory and sweet foods. All events free and all are welcome! Admissions information will also be available. For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus website: craftyrumpus.com Crafty Rumpus 2011 Sat. Dec 3rd, 10-4

Win tix for a parents' night out in Northampton, MA. Deadline to enter to win: 12/1/11

HANDMADE HOLIDAY FAIR: Start your holiday shopping at Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Festival– a juried exhibit of 40 artisans. From pottery and jewelry to chocolates and quilts- this is your one-stop spot to check everyone off your holiday list! Preview Party: Fri., Dec. 2nd, 4-7pm, $20. Gen admission: Fri., 7-9pm and Sat., Dec. 3rd 10-6pm, $4 adults/kids under 5 free. Drop and Shop: Parents, drop your child off at Bisque, Beads, & Beyond for a two-hour art project while you shop. Hands-on for your child, hands-free for you! Special hours on Saturday only. Call BBB to reserve your child’s spot: 413-442-9033. For more info, visit www.AlchemyInitiative.org or call 413-236-9600. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield, MA (next to the CYC and Boys and Girls Club).

Lego KidsFest

Legos are great for creative free play! Visit the Hilltown Families Facebook page to find out how you can win tixs to KidsFest!

LEGO MANIA: The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center December 2nd-4th. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Universe and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation and the Mystery Mural, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. Five identical 4.5 hours sessions are available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.LEGOKidsFest.com

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer opportunity in Northampton. The Manna Meal Program serves three meals each week to Northampton residents out of two local churches. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the meals, serve food, and clean up afterwards. Mondays and Saturdays at lunchtime, and Wednesdays at dinnertime. To sign up, contact Robert Saalfrank at 413-587-2674.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Nov 26th-Dec 2nd, 2011

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Saturday, Nov 26th, 2011

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: The Hilltown Families Variety Show celebrates Thanksgiving! 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.

9am-4pm – HISTORY: Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and giving thanks, and during the 19th century it was often a time to celebrate things like marriage, too! Today at Old Sturbridge Village you can learn what a traditional 1800’s wedding was like, as well as what Thanksgiving was like for New Englanders nearly 200 years ago. 800-SEE-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

9:30am – SANTA: With Thanksgiving behind us, Santa will be at Yankee Candle! There will be an elf show at 9:30am, and Santa himself will arrive at 10:30am via helicopter! 877-636-7707. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-4:30pm – COOKING HISTORY: See demonstrations of open hearth cooking and learn about early methods of food preservation at Historic Deerfield! Featuring foods from a traditional New England harvest. 413-775-7179. Old Main Street. Deerfield, 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-10:45am – HOLIDAY PARADE: Visit downtown Florence for the annual holiday parade! The event will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as live music, a storywalk, and representatives from local community organizations. Florence, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – SECONDS SALE: Snow Farms Seconds Sale final weekend  A great place to let the kids run around outside while parents perusing inside.  Kids can make their own glass ornament too! 5 Clary Rd. Williamsburg, MA (SALE)

10:30am – STORY/CRAFTS: Local author, Tyrone Jackson, will be reading from his book, “Whe I Close My Eyes” at Bisque, Beads & Beyond, followed by a participants will paint a gingerbread boy, inspired by the story. 141 North Street. Pittsfield, MA ($)

11am – FAMILY MUSIC: The Nields, a local sister songwriter duo, will be at Odyssey Bookshop this morning to teach families about the importance of music, especially creating music together! Their book, “All Together Singing in the Kitchen” is about family music making and includes tools for getting started. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is paying visits to the Springfield Museum during the weekends this holiday season! Meet him today, and then do some holiday crafts! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

1pm and 4pm – MOVIE: Following tradition, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center screens, “The Wizard of Oz” this afternoon! 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($)

1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Learn about the art of paper pop-up books today at the Norman Rockwell Museum! There will be workshops, tours, and talks- all to teach visitors about pop-up books. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

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

3pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: Puppeteer Carl Sprague will perform Little Red Riding Hood with his marionettes today at Ventfort Hall! Following the show will be a holiday tea. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

4pm – FAMILY THEATER: As part of Pittsfield 250th birthday yearlong celebration, the Colonial Theater hosts a performance of “The Happy Day or The Wizard of the Elm,” a play originally performed in Pittsfield in 1904. The show is historic, funny, and musical! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays! There will be interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit. Get in the holiday spirit! 413-733-3800. Route 83. Springfield, MA. ($)

7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Owls are mysterious night creatures, not often spotted without effort. Tonight at Bartholomew’s Cobble, you can learn about how owls hunt silently during the darkest hours! Afterward, go on a hike to call (and possibly see!) owls. 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

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Sunday, Nov 27th, 2011

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 and 11am – 5K/FUN RUN: Get outside, stretch your legs, and enjoy delicious food (and delicious landscape) with your community! The annual Gorge apres Gorge takes place today at the Chesterfield Gorge. The event begins with a 5k race on the Westfield River at 9, followed by a free family fun walk at 11. Following the event will be free tea, cocoa, and coffee from Bread Euphoria, as well as delicious potluck food (bring something to share!). Make the most of the last of the fall weather and foliage. 413-296-4793. Chesterfield, MA. ($)

9:30am – SANTA: Yankee Candle’s Santa Parade takes place today at the flagship store! Holiday fun to be had for the whole family, including live musical performances! 877-636-7707. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

9:30am-4:30pm – COOKING HISTORY: See demonstrations of open hearth cooking and learn about early methods of food preservation at Historic Deerfield! Featuring foods from a traditional New England harvest. 413-775-7179. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

10am-4pm – SECONDS SALE: Snow Farms Seconds Sale final weekend  A great place to let the kids run around outside while parents perusing inside.  Ongoing glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day. 5 Clary Rd. Williamsburg, MA (SALE)

12noon-3pm – SANTA: Santa Claus is paying visits to the Springfield Museum during the weekends this holiday season! Meet him today, and then do some holiday crafts! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

2pm – HORSES: Dancing with the Horses, a drill team performance with EquusTherapeutic equestrian team. 413-458-8427. 651 Henderson Road. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

3pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: Puppeteer Carl Sprague will perform Little Red Riding Hood with his marionettes today at Ventfort Hall! Following the show will be a holiday tea. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays! There will be interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit. Get in the holiday spirit! 413-733-3800. Route 83. Springfield, MA. ($)

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Monday, Nov 28th, 2011

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tomorrow is the Children’s Museum in Hartford’s Homeschool Day! There will be several workshop-style programs happening throughout the day, as well as planetarium shows. Learning opportunities abound! There are activities for kids ages 5-12 (or so). 860-231-2830. 950 Trout Brook Drive. West Hartford, CT. ($)

3-5pm – MEET A STATE SENATOR: Senator Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield) hosts Coffee & Conversation this afternoon at the Goshen town hall! The event is an open public forum where you can meet the senator face-to-face and discuss issues. 413-442-4008. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA. (FREE)

6pm – TREE LIGHTING: Visit the Westfield Atheanaeum for the annual tree lighting and lantern light parade! The Westfield High School concert choir will perform beforehand, and the tree will be lit at 6:30. 413-572-1260. 48 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

EVERY MONDAY

  • 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 29th, 2011

4-5pm – STORYTIME: Are your kids just learning to read? The East Longmeadow Library hosts Once Upon a Book today, a program designed specifically for young kids who are just learning to appreciate reading. There will be lots of themed stories and activities! Registration required. 413-525-5400. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

5:30-9:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Community Network for Children is hosting a pediatric first aid course tonight. Lead by Amherst firefighter Chirs Goodhind, the workshop will teach participants as outlined in the American Heart Association Heartsaved Pediatric First Aid course. Registration required. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. ($$)

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School presents, “Parent Education: The Four Temperaments,” a workshop intended to teach parents about Rudolf Steiner’s theory of the same name and its place in Waldorf education. Open to non-Waldorf families, too. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

EVERY TUESDAY

  • 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 30th, 2011

10:30am – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Tour the galleries at the Norman Rockwell Museum and get an exciting interactive look at art, designed just for kids! 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

4:30-6:30 – HOLIDAY SINGING: Kids and adults of all ages and abilities are invited to learn to sing holiday music together with Song Sailor Music! 413-664-6109. 215 Richview Avenue. North Adams, MA. (<$)

6pm – SCIENCE: Learn more about the Williston Memorial Library’s Chemistry Passport program for kids tonight! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas, grab teddy (or bunny, or blankie) and head to the Wendell Library! Local author Jennifer Swander will read to kids, and there will be an activity afterwards. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celtic fiddler Natalie Macmaster performs at the Colonial Theater tonight! Enjoy her unique style of Celtic music blended with bluegrass, pop, and world music. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

EVERY WEDNESDAY

  • 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, Dec 1st, 2011

11am – GINGERBREAD: Winterland of Gingerbread, an event open to all families, happens at the Springfield Central Library. Families can bring their homemade gingerbread houses and add it to the community winter village of gingerbread homes and businesses, or they can just come and check out all the creative culinary delights other families have made. Must register. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – DOCUMENTARY: The documentary Miss Representation will be shown at Mt. Holyoke College tonight. The film addresses how misrepresentation of women within the media has lead to under representation (and skewed representation) of women in positions of power and influence. The film will be shown in the Gamble Auditorium. 413-256-8316. College Street. South Hadley, MA. (DONATION)

7pm – PARENTS OF TEEN BOYS: The will be a parent workshop, “The Emotional Life of Teen Boys”  at the Amherst Regional High School for parents and guardians.  Led by Amanda Jenkins Harrison LMHC, director of ServiceNet’s Child and Adolescent DMH programs. Will take place in the ARHS library. Amherst, MA (FREE)

7pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: Pittsfield Prevention Partnership (PPP) community meeting on Current Youth Substance Use Rates and How Parents Can Influence the Trends at the Herberg Middle School Library. 501 Pomeroy Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

7:30pm – PARENT SEMINAR: The Crocker Farm School PGO hosts Katherine Mersith, director of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, tonight at the Jones Library. Mersith’s presentation, entitled “Issues of Excellence and Equity in K-12 Education in the United States,” is about issues related to access to high quality education such as charter schools, No Child Left Behind, and the Common Core Curriculum. 413-253-0633. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Join the Mead Art Museum in recognizing World Aids Day. The college’s Madrigal Singers will perform and special guest Nathan Rubinfeld will give a presentation. 413-542-2000. Amherst College. College Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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, Dec 2nd , 2011

4-8pm – SANTA: Take a ride on Santa’s train at Look Park! Meet Santa in his workshop and enjoy a ride through a magical winter wonderland. Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there too. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

4-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Look Park’s holiday light display is open for the holiday season! The park is lit up with holiday displays, and there will be hayrides through the lights and the park’s zoo! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

4:30-7:30pm – HOLIDAYS: Merry Maple Celebration happens in downtown Amherst with hayrides, chorus music, MYO crafts, tree lighting, marching band and Santa. Amherst, MA (FREE)

5-9pm – HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Forest Park is lit up for the holidays! There many interesting, intricate, and intriguing light displays to be seen inside of Bright Lights, the park’s holiday exhibit. Get in the holiday spirit! 413-733-3800. Route 83. Springfield, MA. ($)

5:30-8:30pm – FUNDRAISER: Bid on a Christmas Tree, fully decorated, and help the Hadley Fire Department meet their fundraising goal to purchase “Turnout Gear” for their volunteer firefighters. Held at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. Route 9. Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)

6pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem perform tonight at Mohawk Trail Regional High School! Along with the live music, there will be dance performances from MTRHS students past and present, as well as community members. Dance your heart out! Proceeds benefit MTRHS arts programs. Mohawk Trail. Shelburne Falls, MA. (DONATION)

6pm – TREE LIGHTING: Meet Santa tonight at Pittsfield’s annual tree lighting! The Taconic High School chorus will perform carols, and non-perishables will be collected for the local food pantry. 413-499-9370. Park Square. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm – HOLIDAY PARTY: Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club is hosting a holiday party just for kids tonight! Santa will stop by for a visit, and there will be pizza and snacks. Bring a $10 holiday gift with your child’s name on it. RSVP requested. 413-559-7920. Laurel Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

6pm – HOLIDAYS: Pittsfield holiday celebration begins with a comunity tree lighting on Park Square, along with chorus singing carols and Santa joining in. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate.  At Alchemy Initiative on Melville Street their Handmade Hoiday Festival begins with a preview party. Festival of Trees on view at Berkshire Museum, and create an heirloom Christmas ornament t Bisque, Beads & Beyond. Holiday fun all over town! Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

7pm – HOLIDAY STROLL: The town of Easthampton will have a holiday stroll with lighting of Pulaski Park, Santa, singing, and refreshments for the kids. Start at Maple Street School and stroll down to Pulaski Park. 41-527-9414. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Company presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the New Stage Performing Arts Center! Fun for the whole family. 413-418-0999. 55 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

EVERY FRIDAY

  • 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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