Suggested Events for September 8th-14th, 2012

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

The annual Chalk Art Festival happens in downtown Northampton on Friday, Sept. 14th. A fun event for kids to watch creations come alive out of the sidewalks around town during Northampton’s monthly Friday Arts Night Out! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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BEST BETS

Parents’ Night Out: Enter to win tickets to see Darius Rucker at Mountain Park on Sept. 14th in Holyoke.

Thursday, Sept 6th – Sunday, Sept 9th in Franklin Cty. – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 34th annual Franklin County Fair will be held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Thursday-Sunday. The theme this year is “Memories, Music and Magic.” Kids can ride the midway and take in Robinson’s Racing Pigs and the Fiesta Show. There will even be a science tent for families to make slime, break open geodes, and search for pearls in oysters, and, of course, tons of animals and farm-related events, as well as chances to learn about local agriculture. 413-772-4282. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, Sept. 8th in Hampden Cty. – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Springfield’s history and culture at the annual Mattoon Street Arts Festival from 10am-5pm! his year marks the 40th year of the festival, making it the longest running arts festival in the valley. There will be local food, artisan vendors, art showcases, and tours of the many historic homes and gardens surrounding the historic Quadrangle neighborhood. The event also features a special children’s carnival from 10am-4pm. 413-736-0629. Mattoon Street. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, Sept. 8th & Sunday, Sept 9th in Hampden Cty. – CULTURAL STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Celebrate Greek culture at St. George Cathedral’s annual Greek Glendi all weekend starting at 10am ending at 11pm on Sat., 7pm on Sun. The event features incredible traditional Greek food, performances of Greek music and dances, an exhibit of Greek art and culture, tours of the historic cathedral and chapel, and more. Families can celebrate Greek culture, and learn about its presence in the local community. 413-737-1496. 22 St. George Road. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Find out what’s happening in Berkshire County through Sept. 21st.

Saturday, Sept. 8th & Sunday, Sept 9th in Berkshire Cty. – THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents the musical “Oliver!” at the Colonial Theatre at both 2 & 7:30pm on Sat., and 2pm on Sun. The musical is a classic, and tells the tale of an orphan, a band of thieves, and the search for a home. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

All are invited to join Hilltown Families on an organized field trip to the Food Bank of Western MA on Sat., Sept. 15th at 1:30pm in Hatfield, MA. Sign up!

Next Saturday, Sept. 15th in Franklin Cty.- 2-5pm – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is celebrating 50 years! The event features tons of fun learning opportunities for families, including their first ever Naturalist Roadshow (similar to antiques roadshow, visitors can bring questions and/or specimens to have a naturalist tell them what’s up!), the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Watershed on Wheels exhibit, and a chance to hear and share stories of life in the valley. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Enter to win a family 4-pack to see Story Pirates at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Next Saturday, Sept. 15th in Berkshire Cty.- HISTORY/PARADE: The Tub Parade, an annual event that began in the late 1800’s, continues in the heart of Berkshire County at 1:30pm. The Tub Parade originated as a societal affair where residents of the “Berkshire Cottages” would proudly parade in their horse drawn carriages (tubs) adorned with harvest time flowers and bounty. The reenactment of this tradition will loop twice around the center of Lenox and all carriages will be on display on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company following the parade. Bring the family to enjoy a local ritual that is enriched in history and seasonal traditions. The event is put on by the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society. 413-637-3646. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA (Free)

BULLETIN BOARD

MUSIC & MOVEMENT CLASSES: Miss Leticia Music presents Music and Movement Classes this fall in Amherst for young children. There are several weekly 45 min. classes being offered starting Sept 18th and running for 10 weeks @ $125. On Tuesdays at Pineapple Dance (83 Sunderland Rd.) there are 3 classes being offered: Sing and Dance with Your Tot happens at 9am; Children Sing/Adult Dance at 9:45am(Separate Rooms/Two Instructors). On Thursdays at Second Chances (7 Pomeroy Ln.), Music and Movement with Tots happens at 9am. On Saturdays at The Red Barn (409 Main St.), Music and Movement for Children PreK-1st Grade happens at 9am. $125. For more info. visit www.missleticia.com. To register call 413-256-1778 or email leticiadavies@comcast.net.

MUSIC CLASS: HooteNanny Singers is a music class, created and taught by Nerissa Nields for children aged 4-10. The mission of the class is to teach young children basic musical skills (singing, movement, rhythm, harmony, songwriting) through play and community building. The class will have a performance at the end of the session to show off their greatness. Meeting at Cradle on the Third floor of Thornes Market in Northampton on Wednesdays 4-4:45pm $165 for 10 weeks (includes CD and songbook) Sept 19-Dec.5 2012. Email Nerissand@gmail.com to sign up.

THEATER IMPROV FOR CHILDREN/TEENS: Sign up for Theater Improvisation with Heidi Haas! Improv increases spontaneity, creativity and self-confidence. Classes focus on tuning into one’s scene partners, creating bold characters and developing skits with each other. Classes are offered for 6th-8th graders on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 and for 1st-5th graders on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 in Florence. The first 10 week session begins in Sept. Heidi has been teaching theater to children since 1996 and is also a clinical social worker with a specialty in child/family concerns. Check out her website at www.heidihaasimprov.com. To register call: Heidi Haas 584-5562 or email Heidi_Haas@comcast.net.

T(w)EEN WRITING GROUP: Teen/Tween Creative Writing Group with Nerissa Nields in Northampton on Mondays from 3:45-4:45. 10 Weeks starting Sept. 17 and going to Nov. 26 (skipping Columbus Day). This is a creative writing workshop for young people. Participants will spend part of the workshop time writing fresh material, and then the remainder sharing work with each other. All kinds of writers are welcome: fiction, poets, songwriters, short story writers, journalists of all kinds, novelists, playwrights. Structured exercises and prompts will be given, but participants may write about whatever they choose. Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 15 to participate. Cost is $200 for 10 weeks. Email Nerissa Nields at Nerissand@gmail.com for more information.

SLEEP WORKSHOP: Concerned about your own or your baby’s sleep? Join other parents for a sleep workshop, “Sleep in the First Year of Life,” on Saturday, Sept. 8th from 10am-12noon in Hampshire County, offering a look into the world of sleep science and its clear implications for families. Share common struggles and learn concrete strategies to help children and families get better sleep. Recommended by area pediatricians and obstetricians. Led by Beth Grams Haxby Ed.M. (www.sleepandparenting.com) and held at The Center for Midwifery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA. Cost: $20.00 payable by cash or check. Call or email to register: 413-348-6273 or beth@sleepandparenting.com.

SELLERS WANTED FOR KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE: The Sharing Tree Children’s Consignment Sale is now registering sellers and volunteers for their fall/ winter sale coming September 29 – 30 in Westfield, MA. Save money by selling and buying high quality, gently used children’s items at their weekend-long sale. Sellers earn a percentage on the items they sell and shop early – before the sale opens to the public. Volunteers shop first – even before sellers! Thousands of items expected, including baby and kids’ clothes, shoes, toys, books, nursery and children’s furniture, baby equipment and maternity wear. To find out more and to register, visit www.sharingtreekids.com. For questions, email Karen at info@sharingtreekids.com or call 413-324-8733.

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Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair!

CALL FOR CRAFTERS: Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Cummington Family Center’s 3rd annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair. The fair is the center’s annual fundraiser and an excellent opportunity for community members to find commercial-free handmade items, many supporting creative free play. This year’s fair will be held on November 3rd at Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington, MA. Registration is now open for crafters who make handmade, commercial-free items for kids of all ages. Spaces are also open for anyone interested in leading hour long gift-making workshops for children and/or adults. This is a great family-friendly event. If you are interested in learning more, email Stacey at cummingtonfamilycenter@yahoo.com.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
September 8th-14th, 2012

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Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“Get a lunch to go from Tail Gate in South Hadley and bring with you to eat after a hike at MT. Tom Reservation; or go to Skinner Mountain & take a look at the scenery and eat your lunch on the rocks on top of the mountain and take in the view.  Absolutely amazing! End your day by going to Atkins (Amherst) for cider doughnuts and cider.” – Megan Brunelle (Holyoke, MA)

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: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week Ben Rudnick is our guest DJ, pulling together a show all on the theme of love! Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

7:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Search for migratory songbirds and raptors with the Hoffman Bird Club at the old Brodie Ski Touring Center! Best for older students with an interest in ornithology and/or wildlife biology, the event includes a good amount of hiking (not to mention an early weekend wake up!). 413-458-3664. 770 Route 7. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

8:30am-4:30pm – T(w)EEN: The city of Pittsfield is hosting a Youth Summit today, to help empower youth in the community. Participating youth will be able to participate in multiple workshops of their choice – topics include rights and responsibilities, race and identity, art and music as personal expression, money management, healthy living, and getting a job. There will also be special guest speakers, group activities, and more. The event is centered around youth empowerment, and teaching young community members to use their energy positively and in ways that are productive to them. The summit will take place at Berkshire Community College. Bus transportation is available from Palace Park on North Street. West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

9am-4pm – TAG SALE: Leverett’s community-wide tag sale takes place today! Items can be donated to the event on the 5th and 6th. Proceeds from the sale benefit tax relief for senior and disabled community members. 172 Long Plain Road. Leverett, MA. (SALE)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Drummer’s Call, a celebration of 19th century military music. There will be a parade featuring numerous groups in costume, uniform “fashion shows,” and more. Along with the learning opportunities available during a visit to the village, the event offers families a chance to learn about music history, and the role that music played in the military (especially during the Civil War). 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

10-11am – IMMIGRATION: Kids studying immigration this year? Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the United States from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held at the Norman Rockwell Museum this morning. A unique opportunity for exposure to the final process of immigration to the country. The event at the Museum marks the first naturalization ceremony held in Berkshire County since 2002. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA

10am or 11am – BOOK SIGNING: Local author Natasha Lowe will be signing books and doing readings from her newly-released book, The Power of Poppy Pendle, at World Eye Book Shop! 413-772-2186. 156 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE/MUSIC: Berkshire Music School hosts a open house for prospective students and parents. There will be an instrument petting zoo and opportunity to check out youth music classes. 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

10am & 11:15am – YOUTH CHORUS: The Blafield Children’s Chorus rehearsals begin today at the Berkshire Athenaeum and will take place in the auditorium on most Saturday mornings. Ages 6-13 practice from 10-11:15am, and ages 13-19 practice 11:15am-12:15pm. To become a new member, just simply come to a rehearsal. 413-298-5365. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (DONATION)

10am-1pm – ART & MUSIC: The Amherst Family Center presents a Saturday Morning Series at the Mill River Playground. “Art Cycles: Fun with the Wind” happens at 10am for kids ages 2-6yo. And at 11am there will be a family concert with Roger Tincknell for all ages. In the case of rain the program will move indoors. Call to see if location has been changed. 413-545-0865. Amherst, MA (FREE)

10am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate 25 years of the Housatonic River Walk! A new outdoor exhibition on WEB DuBois will be on view, and there will be food, music, and family activities – all centered around garnering continued community support and appreciation for the trail, which offers access to a beautiful and fascinating local resource. Church and River Streets. Great Barrington, MA. (DONATION)

10am-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Springfield’s history and culture at the annual Mattoon Street Arts Festival! This year marks the 40th year of the festival, making it the longest running arts festival in the valley. There will be local food, artisan vendors, art showcases, and tours of the many historic homes and gardens surrounding the historic Quadrangle neighborhood. The event also features a special children’s carnival from 10am-4pm. 413-736-0629. Mattoon Street. Springfield, MA.

11am – FAMILY MOVIE: Lee Library screens The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Rated PG. 413-243-0385. 100 Main St. Lee, MA (FREE)

11am – TEA PARTY: Chandler’s Restaurant is hosting a Teddy Bear Tea! Kids and their teddies (and their grownups) can visit the restaurant for tea, treats, and bear-themed storytime! 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. ($)

11am-1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Zoo in Forest Park is home not only to exotic creatures, but to animals native to New England as well! Visit the zoo for Backyard Friends, a program on animals you’ll find locally and how to help them survive and thrive. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE with admission)

11am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Discover Tyler Street, a family street fair, celebrates with food, live music, services and children’s activities. Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

11am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Franklin County Fair takes place this weekend! There will be games, rides, fun activities, displays, and, of course, tons of animals and farm-related events, as well as chances to learn about local agriculture. 413-772-4282. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA. ($)

12noon-11pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Celebrate Greek culture at St. George Cathedral’s annual Greek Glendi! The event features incredible traditional Greek food, performances of Greek music and dances, an exhibit of Greek art and culture, tours of the historic cathedral and chapel, and more. Families can celebrate Greek culture, and learn about its presence in the local community. 413-737-1496. 22 St. George Road. Springfield, MA. (>$)

1 or 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a guided tour of the grounds at Field Farm’s Folly, a TOR site that is home to two stunning modernist homes, nestled amongst over 300 acres of beautiful Berkshire scenery. Families can learn about the history and design principles behind the homes, and explore the paths and foothills of the property. 413-298-3239. Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

1-3pm – T(w)EENS: Older students interested in photography can visit Natural Bridge State Park for a workshop on nature photography! Lead by local photographer Michael Marlow, the workshop will teach kids basic (and useful!) shooting tips that will help them improve their photography skills and behind-the-lens creativity. The workshop includes a photo-walk through the grounds. 413-663-6392. McAuley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

1-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE: Learn about Springfield’s unique historic district at Mattoon Street with the Springfield Preservation Trust Home Tour! The area is home to one of Western Massachusetts’ only distinctly urban rows of conjoined brick townhouses, and tours are being offered today of the historic homes! Visitors will learn about the history of the area and its significance within the development of the community, as well as interesting facts about the homes’ unique architecture and why the design is specific to urban environments. 413-747-0656. Mattoon Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

2pm & 7:30pm- THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents the musical “Oliver!” at the Colonial Theatre. The musical is a classic, and tells the tale of an orphan, a band of thieves, and the search for a home. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

2pm – THEATER: VOICES Theater Company presents, “Acting Up with Melville’s Characters,” at the Berkshire Athenaeum! The presentation will feature dramatic readings of children’s versions of some of Melville’s classic stories by company members in full costume, as well as theater games and a Moby Dick treasure hunt for kids! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn about language development in young children at the Jones Library! Representatives from the UMass Department of Communication Disorders will share information with parents on normal development of speech and language skills in young children, as well as ways to spot potential patterns of concern. 413-259-322. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

4-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Take a special back-to-school themed tour of the Stockbridge Cemetery, now the final resting place of numerous former town residents of special interest. This evening’s tour will feature visits from ghosts of former schoolteachers and town residents who want to share their stories of learning in Stockbridge. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Watch the sunset from Hurlburt’s Hill at Bartholomew’s Cobble, while listening to beautiful bagpipe music! It’s a short 20-minute hike to the top of the hill, and there will be transportation of your picnic baskets and chairs so your family can enjoy a stroll up the hill. 413-228-8600. Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

5:30-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Easthampton’s Bearfest is coming to an end! Celebrate the bears, who have provided vibrant decoration to the city’s downtown district throughout the summer, with one last stroll through town. The Expendable Brass Band will lead the Parade of Bears, beginning at the old town hall. Celebrate the work of local artists and the end of summer (and the bears’ preparation for hibernation). 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

6-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the Grand Trunk Hotel, once an important part of Turners Falls’ life and culture! Join the Great Falls Discovery Center to visit the hotel’s former site, and use your imagination (along with artifacts, photos, and recorded testimony) to piece together an idea of what a stay at the hotel may have been like. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – MOVIE: Memorial Hall screens, “The Producers,” as their last classic film of the summer!  Directed by Mel Brooks, the classic comedy about corruption on Broadway features Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. For teen and older. 413-625-2896.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

PARENTS’ DAY/NIGHT OUT

12noon-5pm – HILLTOWN BREWFEST: Enjoy local brews of all sorts at the annual Hilltown Brewfest! The event, which takes place under a tent in a beautiful field, will feature over 100 types of beer, cider, wine, and meade, most made by local brewers. There will be live music by local acts, as well as food provided by local businesses. Delicious and local all around! 978-544-8177. 837 Daniel Shays Highway. New Salem, MA. ($$)

12noon-10pm – BREWFEST: The Holyoke Canoe Club is holding a brewfest today! There will be 22 breweries in attendance, featuring local beers, New England beers, and delicious nationally distributed classics. 413-532-2830. Old Ferry Road. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

4:30-8:30pm – HARVEST DINNER: Celebrate a summer of great food and successful farming at Red Gate Farm’s annual Harvest Dinner. The event features a wine and cheese reception, delicious healthy dinner featuring the farm’s produce, and a concert with Kris Delmhorst! 413-625-8381. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, September 9th, 2012

“The Summit House (Skinner State Park in Hadley) is always a great spot for a hike and picnic during the summer. The views are spectacular.” — Chris Curtis (South Hadley, 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. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden! Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

7:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Search for migratory birds and visit the hawk watch with the Hoffman Bird Club! Best for older students with an interested in ornithology and/or wildlife biology, the event is a great way to learn about birds found locally and the intricacies of local ecosystems. Meet at Lanesborough Post Office. 413-281-1017. Route 7. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Natural Bridge State Park hosts Marvelous Marble Walks on both Saturday and Sundays, where visitors can learn about the marble quarry that once operated nearby. Kids can learn about important local and natural history! 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE, >$ FOR PARKING) ♦

10am and 2pm – BOTANY/HIKE: Go on a medicinal plant walk at Mt. Greylock! The walk will be easy, and will focus on teaching visitors to identify plants with medicinal properties. Meet at the visitors center. 413-499-4262. Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦

10am-5pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Southwick Zoo is celebrating Massachusetts Day today! Present a state residency card (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to receive buy-one-get-one admission. 800-258-9182. 2 Southwick Street. Southwick, MA. (<$)

10am-5pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Get lost in the corn maze at Warner Farm! Mike’s Corn Maze offers a fun and challenging outdoor adventure (of the best kind!) for families of all ages. The maze is open every weekend. Pair a visit to the farm with studies of local agriculture. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA. ($) ♦

10am-5pm – GRANDPARENTS DAY: It’s Grandparents Day at the Zoo in Forest Park! Visit to learn about all sorts of animal species, from animals native to New England to those from far away corners of other continents. Grandparents get a free train ride with a child ticket. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)

11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Happy Grandparents’ Day! Celebrate with a visit to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, where grandparents get a free day pass when they visit with their grandkids. 413-625-9443. Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)

11am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The Franklin County Fair takes place this weekend! There will be games, rides, fun activities, displays, and, of course, tons of animals and farm-related events, as well as chances to learn about local agriculture. 413-772-4282. 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA. ($)

11:30am-12:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Monarch butterflies take on an epic annual migration – from the northern United States, all the way to Mexico! Learn about the life cycle and migratory flights of this beautiful butterfly. There will be hands-on science activities, and maybe even a chance to see some live butterflies. Takes place at the Bernardston Unitarian Church. 413-648-9574. 49 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

12noon-7pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/CELEBRATION: Celebrate Greek culture at St. George Cathedral’s annual Greek Glendi! The event features incredible traditional Greek food, performances of Greek music and dances, an exhibit of Greek art and culture, tours of the historic cathedral and chapel, and more. Families can celebrate Greek culture, and learn about its presence in the local community. 413-737-1496. 22 St. George Road. Springfield, MA. (>$)

1pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Participate as citizen scientists helping the staff at the Hitchcock Center tag Monarch butterflies. Registration required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

1-4pm – OPEN HOUSE/ART: The Museum School at the Springfield Museums’ D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering an open house this afternoon, featuring demonstrations of many of the different skills that students can learn, a chance to meet faculty, and, of course, ample opportunity to learn about the school’s programs for children and parents. 413-263-6800 ex 382. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

1-4pm – OPEN HOUSE/MUSIC: Amherst Red Barn Music School hosts an open house today.  There will be free concerts & demos, musical instrument petting zoo, teacher meet & greet and refreshments. 413-256-8899. 409 Main Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

2pm – STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museum is hosting a special storytime with Mary Newell DePalma – she’ll be sharing her new book, Bow-Wow, Wiggle Waggle, and shares about her creative process.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission) 

2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Theater Group presents the musical “Oliver!” at the Colonial Theatre. The musical is a classic, and tells the tale of an orphan, a band of thieves, and the search for a home. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

2pm – HISTORY/LITERATURE: The Rowe Historical Society presents Robert Frost- for kids! The event will include a reading of some of Frost’s most kid-friendly work, as well as a talk on his life and poetry. John Dennis Anderson will dress as Frost, and questions will be answered first as Frost may have, then from a historian’s perspective. Prepare for the presentation by reading some of Frost’s poetry at home! 282 Zoar Road. Rowe, MA. (FREE)

2-4pm – OPEN HOUSE/MUSIC: Visit the Northampton Community Music Center to learn about the many different programs offered to the community (and to learners of all ages!). Families can take a demo class, visit an instrument petting zoo, explore the center, and get information about fall programs, classes, performances, and more. Visiting the open house is a great first step for families interested in bringing music education into their family, or for kids with a keen interest in learning to read music, sing, or play an instrument. 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

2-4pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Ventfort Hall hosts an old-fashioned ice cream social on their veranda.  A tradition dating back to the 18th century, modern socials are fashioned after a Victorian Era community gathering called “Ice Cream Gardens.” At the Ventfort Hall, participants can enjoy scoops of ice cream and view miniature horses. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. (>$)

3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ANCIENT CHINA: The Clark presents a lecture by Dr. Lillian Lan-ying Tseng who will introduce a group of precious objects excavated from the tomb of King Nanyue in the second century BCE, when China established the so-called Silk Road. She will elaborate a Chinese pursuit of eternity that was comparable to the Egyptian mummification and will articulate how ancient Chinese aristocrats consumed the luxurious goods that could have been imported from as far as ancient Iran. In conjunction with the exhibition Unearthed at the Clark, this lecture will position ancient Chinese objects more broadly in a global context. Best for older students. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

4pm – CONCERT: North Hall hosts Laura Wetzler, a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music combines traditional folk music with world rhythms! Best for youth with audience skills and their grown-ups. 413-667-5543. 40 Searle Road. Huntington, MA. ($)

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: The canal in Turners Falls is drained once a year to allow for maintenance to the power station and the canal’s walls. This morning, Northfield Mountain is offering a unique opportunity to explore the canal bed while it’s dry! Participants, clad in boots and bearing buckets of all sorts, will be able to see species not normally found due to their aquatic habitats (including dragonfly nymphs, lamprey eels, and more). Kids can learn to identify new species! All collected critters will be released afterwards. Call to register, space is limited. 800-859-2960. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTELLING: Enjoy an evening of potluck dinner and group storytelling, featuring storyteller Andy Davis! Called the best “tall-tale teller in New England,” Davis’ stories combine silly creatures, magical settings, and, perhaps, even politicians. Dinner begins at 6:30 and storytelling begins at 7:30. Event takes place at a private home. 222 Loudville Road. Easthampton, MA. (DONATION)

7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Tonight’s meeting of the Pelham Historical Society will include a special presentation on the area’s rich agricultural history. Authors Ruth Owen Jones and Sheila Rainford will share slides and material from their book Harvesting History, which covers over 300 years of local agrarian history. The event is great for older students interested in agriculture and/or the development of their community, and can help to supplement studies of American history and culture. Takes place in the Ramsdell Room of the Pelham Community Center. 413-453-2929. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS

Our ongoing list is starting over for the fall. If you have an ongoing event to add, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the MN Spear Memorial Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Williamstown Youth Center! Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires. 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena offers a public skating session this morning – great for families with kids who are still learning to skate, daytime skating sessions offer low-key and less crowded ice time. Open ice times take place at the same time Monday-Friday. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)
  • 3pm – STORYTIME: Mountain View Farm hosts storytime! Farm-themed stories galore. Runs until their shares end. 413-329-0211. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

10am – MOVIE: The Westhampton Library is screening, “The Hunger Games!”  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

3-4:30pm – TEEN WORKSHOP: Teen students of any school choice who feel unmotivated and/or anxious about educational assignments who want to feel more engaged in their own learning will benefit from the workshop at the Forbes Library, “Being a Conscious Learner.”  Youth learners will discover their academic strengths, improve comprehension, generate enthusiam resulting in quality work, and how to communicate with their instructors. Taught by Mark Vecchio, director of the Tutoring and Writing Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Held in the Bak Study Room today and next Tuesday, 9/25. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

3:30-4:30pm – YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Youth ages 10yo and up are invited to volunteer at Storrs Library.  Help the Library and learn some valuable skills at the same time!  Training event happens today. Call or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. You may also schedule a volunteer time that works for your schedule. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – FAMILY COMPOSTING: Learn about home composting tonight at the Lee Library! Offered by the Center for EcoTechonology, the workshop will teach skills for families to build an active and useful compost pile. Home composted materials can be used to grow perfect patio tomatoes, healthy indoor plants like aloe and jade, and a gigantic garden bursting with veggies! Registration required. 413-445-4556 ex. 30. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS

Our ongoing list is starting over for the fall. If you have an ongoing event to add, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Preschool playgroup learning experiences at the Haskins Center! Takes place on the lower level. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: At the Lanesborough Library! Stories, crafts, and music for all ages. 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 0:15am-12:15pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a Postpartum Support Group for mothers. The group is a safe space for those adjusting to motherhood and is lead by trained facilitators. Takes place at Berkshire Children and Families. Childcare available. 413-253-8990. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for Kidleidescope, an environment-themed program for kids! Interactive learning opportunities and crafts always included. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-5pm – TEEN: It’s Teen Tuesday at the Chicopee Library – visit for a new activity every week. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the gym at the Abbot School. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

7:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Join the Hoffman Bird club for an early morning search for migrating songbirds and sparrows at Springside Park!  Older homeschooled students with an interest in wildlife biology and/or ornithology will learn to identify species commonly found locally.  413-443-6327.  Route 7.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village is hosting a special homeschool day today, featuring events and activities centered around the War of 1812. The War of 1812 is perhaps one of the most misunderstood conflicts in American history – immerse yourself in 1830’s life to learn the truth about the war! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

1-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Ashintully’s beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and water features, Trustees of Reservations property. Families can hike to the ruins of the mansion once located on the site, as well. Open Wed. and Sat. afternoons until early October. 413-298-3239. Sodom Road. Monterey, MA. (DONATION)

6:30-8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Spend the evening watching a classic movie at the Ramsdell Library! Tonight’s film is, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” a classic amongst adventure film lovers ages 13yo and older. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

7:30-9:30pm – CONCERT: Watermelon Wednesdays presents The Boxcar Lillies! The concert, which takes place at the West Whately Chapel, features the innovative guitar, banjo, ukelele, and washboard sounds of this Americana trio. 413-665-3741. Conway and Williamsburg Roads. Whately, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS

Our ongoing list is starting over for the fall. If you have an ongoing event to add, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Red Gate Farm for a Homeschool Half Day! Students ages 6-12 will all explore the farm and do activities centered around a common theme. Each meeting includes free play time! Call to register. (No program November 21st.) 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (<$)
  • 10am – PARENT GROUP: Enjoy coffee and a chat with other parents at the Westhampton Library – stop in after dropping kids off at school through the end of Sept.!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 
  • 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike at Mt. Greylock! Every Wednesday through Oct 24th, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail. Call to find out meeting place. 413-499-4262. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Erving Elementary School, hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413- 423-3326. 18 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the Leverett Library, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
    11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Time with Stephanie at the Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – GYMNASTICS: Whip City Gym hosts homeschool open gymnastics! The event is not a formal class, but offers kids unstructured play time physical activity amongst true gymnastics equipment. Great for kids interested in gymnastics, dance, or cheerleading, and gym playtime can also help kids work on balance and coordination. Takes place through the school year. 413-569-3231. 320 College Highway. Southwick, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 1pm – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Ashintully’s beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and water features! Families can hike to the ruins of the mansion once located on the site, as well. Runs weekly through Oct. 10th. 413-298-3239. Sodom Road. Monterey, MA. (DONATION) ♦
  • 3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Mountain View Farm for a farm activity for pre-school kids though the harvest! 413-329-0211. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012

12noon-7pm – FAMILY SERVICES: Grand opening of  The Salasin Center, home to the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center and Family United Network FUN Center. Drop in anytime! 413-774-4307 x2. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

6-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The town of Amherst is hosting a community block party! Join neighbors for live music, juggling performances, face painting, food, and more. North and East Pleasant Streets. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS

Our ongoing list is starting over for the fall. If you have an ongoing event to add, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

  • 9am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteer to help maintain the healthy landscape and walking trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble through November 2012. Named a National Natural Landmark because of its unique biodiversity and abundance of rare species, the Cobble is a valuable local resource. By volunteering time to help preserve the area, families help to ensure that the area will be available to them for years to come. Great project for homeschool groups. 413-229-8600. Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Thursday morning music classes will be from 11 to 11:30 am with Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight alternating weeks. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: At the Hatfield Library, just for preschoolers! 413-547-9237. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-3:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The High Street Market is open today! Stop by for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and more! High Street. Holyoke, MA. (MARKET) ♦
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library! In the children’s room with Judy. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Visit the Burgy Thursday Market for local produce, locally made goods, and delicious treats! Takes place on the lawn at Meekins Library. Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (MARKET)
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: On the first Thursday of every month, the Amherst Art Walk takes place. Families can enjoy arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and dining. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 6-10pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College! It’s home to a large variety of natural wonders, including the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks and lots of exhibits on local natural history. 413-542-2165. 11 Barrett Hill Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern– and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing! Takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month. 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, September 14th, 2012

4pm – CRAFTS: The Berkshire Co-op is hosting a recycled crafts workshop for kids!  The activity will be creating one-of-a-kind t-shirt scarves.  Kids will get to make their own to bring home, and will learn the basic skills necessary to create more at home.  Put old clothes to good use!  Registration required.  413-528-9697.  42 Bridge Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm – ART: Arts Night Out in Northampton tonight features a special public art event! The annual Chalk Art Festival takes place today, and community members can view the finished pieces (created in public spaces all across town by artists with varied styles and specialties) while visiting the many other galleries, restaurants, and businesses hosting art shows. Artists will be drawing from 8am-4pm, and families can explore Northampton to view the creation process before seeing the finished product! Check out these photos from the past two years. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

6-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Wistariahurst Museum is hosting a special exhibit of magical memorabilia, featuring exciting pieces that once belonged to the famous magician Harry Houdini! Tonight’s opening celebration will feature roving magicians sharing illusions, and a chance to see certain pieces up close. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS

Our ongoing list is starting over for the fall. If you have an ongoing event to add, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: In the gym at Shutesbury Elementary School, sponsored by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Naumkeag, a historic home in the Berkshires, to tour the house and grounds. Visitors can learn about the home’s interesting history and tour the many beautiful gardens! 413-298-3239. Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the YMCA of Greenfield hosts Jump Into Fitness playgroup! Lots of fun physical activity. Snack provided. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: The Haskins Center hosts baby group! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the community room at the Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 5:45 and 7pm – HISTORY/MYSTERY TOUR: Take a spooky mystery tour of The Mount every Friday night through Oct. 26th… beware – you never know what you might encounter! Visitors will not only be thoroughly creeped out, but will learn some of the building’s interesting history. 413-997-4444. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – DANCE: Dance the night away at Dance Spree, a family-friendly, substance free, barefoot community night of dancing! Kids of all ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by adults. Takes place on the 4th floor of the Fitzwilly’s building. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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