Suggested Events for October 13th – 19th, 2012

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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The stalls at the farmers’ markets are filled with pumpkins, winter squash, brussel sprouts, apples and other harvest crops. A great time of the year to stock up with local produce! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield – Ashfield Farmers’ Market)

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Saturday, October 20th from 12noon-7pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The Franklin Land Trust invites the community to a Fall Festival at Guyette Farm! Highlights of the event include a scarecrow making workshop with artist Michael Melle (takes place from 12noon-4pm), hayrides, an evening bonfire, and lots of fun fall-themed activities for the whole family. BYO instrument for a jam around the fire! Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families. 413-625-9151. Gloyd Street. Plainfield, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to enter: 10/17

Saturday, October 20th from 3-9pm – PUMPKINFEST: Pumpkins galore! The annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest fills Turners Falls’ Avenue A with more pumpkins than you’ve ever seen before! Costumes are encouraged, and families can bring their own painted or carved pumpkins to add to the display beginning at 10am. Along with the pumpkin display will be lots of fun family activities, beer for big people, and games and crafts for little people. Pair a visit to the event with a study of local agriculture – where do the pumpkins come from? How do they grow? When were they planted? It’s a great way to learn about the full season of farming that it takes to produce a pumpkin. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to enter: 10/23

Saturday, October 20th from 5-8:30pm – ENCHANTED FOREST: The forest at the Hitchcock Center is lighting up and coming alive with creatures who would love to share their stories with you! Visit the Enchanted Forest to navigate along the pumpkin-lit paths and learn about various animals and their unique characteristics as you journey! The theme this year is “50-Something” (in celebration of the center’s 50th anniversary) – forest animals include a salamander with 50+ spots and a 50-year-old turtle. Advance tickets not required, but are strongly suggested. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Deadline to enter: 10/25

Saturday, October 20th at 11am – HALLOWEEN GALLERY QUEST: Dress in costume and visit Mass MoCA for a Halloween gallery tour and some hands-on artmaking! Kids will learn about the work being shown in the museum’s KidSpace, and then will get to try out interesting materials for themselves. 413-662-2111. 87 Marshall Street. North Adams, MA. ($)

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Oct 12-13, 19-20

Westfield Theatre Group presents The Odd Couple – Female Version on Oct. 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8pm, & Oct. 20 at 2pm in Westfield for a fun parents’ night out. Recently divorced Olive Madison and friends play a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit. Then arrives Florence Unger, whose husband just left her. Thinking she is on the verge of suicide, she is barely able to go to the bathroom alone. Olive the slob and Florence the neat freak decide to live together with hilarious results. Directed by Theresa Allie. Produced by Linda Buzzee. Come see Linda Slozak, Nancy Colby, Winnie Legere, Kathy Leary, Kate Hebert, Larry Chiz, Paul Rothenberg & Sue Davis in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary classic. Tix: $10-$12. 413-572-6838. westfieldtheatregroup.com.

Oct 13-14

The 10th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale happens on Saturday, October 13th from 8am-4pm and Sunday, October 14th from 10am to 3pm (1/2 price sale). New extended shopping hours! This year the sale is in a NEW LOCATION at the former Fedor Auto Dealership at 228 Northampton Street in Easthampton, MA. Stop in and find new and gently-used clothing for infants through children’s size 20, baby gear, shoes and boots, Halloween costumes, snowsuits, toys, books, DVD’s, games, children’s furniture, and sports equipment. More info at www.sites.google.com/site/all4kidseasthampton.

Oct 14

The Farm Education CollaborativeOn Sunday, Oct 14 from 11:30am-4:30pm is the Grow Food Northampton FARM FEST 2012 at Crimson & Clover Farm (part of Northampton Community Farm)! Join The Farm Education Collaborative in celebrating the harvest at Farm Fest! Meet and learn about some of their farm animals and spend some time working with fibers, seeds, and more. Fun on the Farm in the Fall with Family! Meadow and Spring Streets in Florence, MA. For more info visit www.thefarmeducationcollaborative.org.

Oct 18, 20 & 25

Stitch Lounge in Greenfield offers both youth & adult classes this fall, including: Alabama Chanin Skirt class using upcycled tee’s, stenciling & hand-stitching, Oct 18 & 25; and a beginners 3-part Wonky Squares Quilt class starting Oct 20. Never sewn before or have rusty skills? Check out their Beginner Sewing Class. Kids Classes begin in Nov.! Visit stitchlounge.net for more classes. Stop-in to find inspiration, modern fabrics, sewing notions & lots more, including social sewing! A devoted sewing space with all the supplies you need. Bring your own machine or use one of theirs. Stitch Lounge is located at 30 Mohawk Trail. Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, & Sat 10am-3pm. stitchlounge@comcast.net. 413-475-3246.

Oct 20

Paint & Pixel Festival showcases Western New England’s amazing comic artists, book illustrators, and cartoonists! This year features 60+ artists, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Peter Laird, Vertigo Comics Fables artist Shawn McManus, DC Comics Batman inker Jack Purcell, Conan the Barbarian and Goosebumps artist Greg Ruth, and underground cartoonist Gary Hallgren. Saturday, October 20, at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 10AM to 6PM. Paint & Pixel offers a free Children’s Comics Workshop every Thursday in October, 4-5PM at Modern Myths, and is looking for a few schools who would like a comic book artist to visit their students. For details on the festival, comics workshop, and school outreach, visit www.paintandpixelfestival.com.

Oct 26

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Eric Carle Museum, the Academy of Music in Northampton is presenting Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s much anticipated new production of Eric Carle stories on October 26, 2012 at 6:30pm. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, innovative puppetry, the triple bill shares Eric Carle’s most beloved stories: A Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me. Immediately following the performance will be a question & answer period focused on how special effects were accomplished. Running time is sixty minutes. For ticket information please visit the AOM website, www.academyofmusictheatre.com, or phone the Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Kane’s Krusade is seeking volunteers to assist with a doghouse-building event on Sat, Nov. 3 from 10am-5pm to help launch the distribution of Kane’s Canine Assistance Resources and Education kits for Springfield families who struggle financially to care for their dogs. Doghouses built by volunteers will be donated to provide insulated shelter for dogs whose owners cannot afford one. Kane’s staff will pair volunteers at assembly stations that meets their experience & interest level. No carpentry experience is required and tools provided. Volunteers can choose to build for the whole day or can work 2-3 hour shifts. Children welcomed if supervised by an adult. For more information, contact George at 413-363-2101 or visit www.kaneskrusade.org


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
October 13th – 19th , 2012

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012

“I’d like to hike the many trails I’ve never hiked that I didn’t hike this summer because it was just too hot!” – Valerie A. Sheehan (Lenox, MA)

7-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 3-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. – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8am-4pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: The 10th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale takes place this weekend. Stop in and find new and gently-used clothing for infants through children’s size 20, baby gear, shoes and boots, Halloween costumes, snowsuits, toys, books, DVD’s, games, children’s furniture, and sports equipment. Held at the Fedor Auto Dealership. 228 Northampton St. Easthampton, MA (SALE)

Halloween Costume Swap8:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/CANOEING: Canoe the Housatonic with Mass Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries! Participants will paddle through the Darey Wildlife Management Area, a spot with calm waters and lots of wildlife! Search for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and beavers while you enjoy what might be the last paddle of the year. Kids must be 10+, able to swim, and accompanied by adults. Meet at the Decker Boat Launch. 413-637-0320. New Lenox Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

9am-2pm – REUSE RALLY: Northampton ReUse Rally for the Arts takes place at JFK Middle School, featuring an art show, demonstrations, and workshops for all ages centered around the theme of re-using, re-cycling, and “upcycling” materials for creative purposes! A great event for families! 100 Bridge Road. Florence, MA (FREE)

9am-4pm – LOCAL/HANDMADE CRAFTS: Pittsfield’s annual Bizarre Bazaar takes place today! It’s a locally beloved event, where handcrafted wares of all sorts can be found. Great opportunity to shop local & handmade before the mad rush of the holiday season! Takes place at the Brigham Center. 413-442-5174. 165 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SALE)

9am-5pm – BOTANY/ORCHIDS: Berkshire Community College presents the Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show! The show features numerous varieties of orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai, and other tropical plants – as well as workshops on everything from dish gardens to helping orchids re-bloom! Along with exhibits will be vendor tables featuring all things plant-related, as well as exhibits of judged plant entries. Families can supplement plant studies of all kinds by visiting the show – young students can learn about basic biodiversity, plant cells, and photosynthesis; older students can take a more in-depth look at the biology and evolution behind each species. In conjunction with the event, the Berkshire Museum is presenting a special exhibition showcasing images of the elegant, elusive orchid through Dec 9. The orchid show takes place in the Berkshire Community College Field House. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

9am-6:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The town of Leverett celebrates fall today at their Harvest Festival – which begins and ends with community meals! Start out your day with a delicious pancake breakfast, then spend the day enjoying crisp fall air, harvest-related fun and games, and learning about local fall traditions – then end the day with a heaping plate of spaghetti at a dinner to benefit the town’s elementary school. Takes place at Leverett Elementary School. 85 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.

Kids' Winter Wear Swap9:30am – COSTUME & WINTER WEAR SWAP: Hilltown Families has organized two informal community swaps to happen on one day! Families with kids of all ages can bring their outgrown winter wear and Halloween costumes (& props) to swap with other families in the area in the Community Room of the Meekins Library! No need to buy new when we can reuse and swap with your friends & neighbors! Free and open to families with children of all ages. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – BOTANY: Learn about native plants and native seeds with the Trustees of Reservations! Held at the Land of Providence, this workshop will teach participants the importance of native plants and how to identify various species, as well as how to collect seeds and cuttings and care for plants grown in containers. Call to register. 413-532-1631 x 19. 25 Jones Ferry Road. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

10am-12pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School will host an All School Open House. Tour the school and meet their staff while learning about Waldorf Education. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Highland Boreal Forest Ghost Town Housatonic Heritage Hike in the highland backcountry at Tamarack Hollow and Notchview Reservation with naturalist Aimee Gelinas. Look for cellar holes and other signs of the abandoned homesteads throughout the reservation and learn about the boreal forest fauna and flora that make this area ecologically unique. Walk is 4 miles, 3 hours over moderate terrain. Best for older kids. Pre-registration required. 413-445-4967. Directions provided upon registration. Windsor, MA (DONATION)

10am-3pm – HISTORY/DISABILITIES: UMass hosts a conference on disabilities in history – the event will focus on the cultural history of people with disabilities in the United States. There will be guest speakers from all over the country, speaking on a wide range of disabilities and historical eras. Older teen students interested in the history of the human rights movement can benefit from attending – people with disabilities are an oft-forgotten group in history. Takes place in 601 Herter Hall. University Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Colrain Central School and the Mary Lyon Foundation host the Hilltowns History Conference and Fair! The event features lots of fun activities and learning opportunities for families, on top of the history workshops taking place throughout the day. There will be representatives from Hilltown historical societies, genealogy, blacksmithing, archeology, lots of local memorabilia and artifacts, and a chance to meet Mary Lyon (Hilltown native and founder of Mt. Holyoke College) herself! 22 Jacksonville Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s fall Open Hearth Cooking series will focus on foods harvested by early New Englanders and the ways in which they were preserved in order to be enjoyed through the winter. Visitors will learn about traditional recipes and unique methods of preservation! 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

10am-12midnight – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Explore the city of Holyoke with Passport Holyoke! Discover Holyoke takes place today, and features a host of performances, demonstrations, and opportunities to visit many of the city’s museums and performance spaces. Daytime events include performances from the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet and Enchanted Theater, art shows and a farmers market at Open Square, and special admission to the Children’s Museum, Merry-Go-Round, Volleyball Hall of Fame, and more! The event ends with the Latin Jazz Festival in the evening, celebrating a unique style of music. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/WORMS: Learn about worms – hands-on! Handle some squiggly, wiggly earthworms at the Great Falls Discovery Center, and learn all about how worms live, what they eat, the structure of their bodies, and all that they contribute to the local ecosystem! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

11am-4:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Family Fiesta Day at the Springfield Museum- a day to enjoy Latin American culture! There will be live music with Bomba y Plena, food samples of traditional Latin American foods, Guiro demonstration (a Latin-American instrument), Salsa Class, parade of Hispanic Heritage, and much more! Come celebrate and learn about Latin American culture! 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (FREE w/ museum admission)

11-11:30am – HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: Ramsdell Library will host a Halloween craft, making skeletons! 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA (FREE)

11am-3pm – HAUNTED MUSEUM: Amherst College’s Mead Museum of Art becomes a haunted museum for the day. This family fun day will have Halloween-themed activities for all ages, a “candlelit” tour, creepy scavenger hut, mask making, refreshments and more. The museum is located on the campus of Amherst College. Intersection of Routes 9 & 116. Amherst, MA (FREE)

11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES/HABITAT: Learn all about animal homes with educator Rachel Roberts! The Arms Library hosts this special program, which will teach kids (using hands-on art and science activities) about the many different types of homes that animals live in – and why! 413-625-0306. Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

11am-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Celebrate Clarketoberfest today with the Clarke School! It’s an old-fashioned fall community day – families can build scarecrows, paint pumpkins (or faces), visit a farmers’ market full of delicious local and seasonal produce, and, best of all, enjoy a live concert with kids’ musician Mister G! Round Hill Road. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

1-4pm – FALL FUN: The Amherst Family Center hosts pumpkin decorating and family hay rides. From 1-2pm just outside of the Student Union on the UMass campus, families can paint pumpkins with provided materials. Then from 2-4pm hay rides around campus depart from the Dubois Library. Families with young children welcomed. 413-545-0865. UMass Campus. Amherst, MA (FREE)

2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: There are numerous opportunities to explore the out-of-doors Berkshires this fall! This morning, families with older kids can hike the Basin Pond Trail – a trek that will explore a quiet beaver pond and wetland that humans attempted to dam twice (1886 and 1968). Enjoy the beautiful landscape and learn about the location’s significance in local history! Registration requested. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA. (FREE)

2-3:30pm – BOTANY: Help the Great Falls Discovery Center and the New England Wild Flower Society put together a new “Go Botany” website that will help families identify local plants! Visitors can collect leaves and snap cell phone pictures of trees and leaves to contribute to the site, then use the leaves collected to make a unique t-shirt! Bring a rubber mallet (for pounding leaves!) if you have one. U. 800-859-2960. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

3pm – HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: Learn about the Maya-predicted apocalypse at Western Gateway Heritage State Park! There is a lot of interesting history and scientific speculation surrounding the event (slated to take place later this year). The park is also hosting an Ichabod Crane exhibit – just for Halloween! 413-663-6312. 115 State Street, Building 4. North Adams, MA. (FREE, fee for parking)

5-6:45pm or 7pm – HALLOWEEN/HAYRIDES: McCray’s Farm hayrides have begun! Munchkin Rides (for kids) take place earlier in the evening – best for kids 7 and under (and their grown-ups), the ride is slow but exciting! Rides for big kids begin at 7pm and run until the line is gone. Runs Friday-Sunday through Halloween. The farm also features homemade ice cream, animals, and mini golf. 413-533-0775. 33 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5-8pm – SPOOKY SAFARI The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center will have a Spooky Safari Oct 13/14 & Oct 20/21. Come in costume for a fund and safe night of trick or treat. Meet the animals of the zoo and participate in games and costume contests. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

6:30-10:30pm – HALLOWEEN/FRIGHT: Visit Jiminy Peak for a scary tour called 13 Nights at Jiminy – that’s based a little bit on legend, and mostly in some spooky local history. There are special tours of the location (which depart every 15 minutes), as well as a haunted mountain roller coaster and a scary tree-top zipline. Open to families with older kids (minimum age is 10, but it’s pretty creepy!), the tour explores the former hillside Plantation of Jericho – settled by sheep farmers to avoid a sickness believed to exist in the valley – and explores the 13 Nights legend, in which sheep at the plantation disappear overnight for thirteen nights out of the year. Open Friday and Saturday evenings through Halloween. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$)

DUSK – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Enjoy an outdoor movie double-feature (probably the last of the season!) at Monument Mountain High School! BYO comfy seating – and a blanket, and a warm drink – and watch Grease and American Graffiti under the stars. 600 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

8pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – THEATER: Westfield Theatre Group presents The Odd Couple – Female Version. Recently divorced Olive Madison and friends play a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit. Then arrives Florence Unger, whose husband just left her. Thinking she is on the verge of suicide, she is barely able to go to the bathroom alone. Olive the slob and Florence the neat freak decide to live together with hilarious results. Directed by Theresa Allie. Produced by Linda Buzzee. Come see Linda Slozak, Nancy Colby, Winnie Legere, Kathy Leary, Kate Hebert, Larry Chiz, Paul Rothenberg & Sue Davis in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary classic. 413-572-6838. Westfield, MA ($) More info: westfieldtheatregroup.com.

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Quonquont Farm in Whately for apple-picking. A beautiful location and a wide variety of apples.” – Diane Zamer (Florence, 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 – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Hike the Barrett Preserve, part of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s preserved land! During the course of the roughly 2 mile walk, visitors will learn about the location’s history – both natural and managed. The hike is being offered in order to allow the community to learn about local history and to visit new outdoor areas. Registration requested. 413-499-0596. Locust Hill Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Highland Meadow Homestead hike at the Eugene Moran Wildlife Mgt. Area. Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas on a hike through upland meadows to the ruins of a former dairy farm, with great views of Mt. Greylock. Windsor Brook, part of the Housatonic River watershed, flows through the property and provides habitat for beaver, herons and birds. Open wet meadows give way to unique boreal forests. Walk is 3 miles. Terrain – gentle hills & tall meadow grass. Pre-registration required. 413-445-4967. Directions provided upon registration. Windsor, MA (DONATION)

9am-5pm – BOTANY/ORCHIDS: Berkshire Community College presents the Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show! The show features numerous varieties of orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai, and other tropical plants – as well as workshops on everything from dish gardens to helping orchids re-bloom! Along with exhibits will be vendor tables featuring all things plant-related, as well as exhibits of judged plant entries. Families can supplement plant studies of all kinds by visiting the show – young students can learn about basic biodiversity, plant cells, and photosynthesis; older students can take a more in-depth look at the biology and evolution behind each species. In conjunction with the event, the Berkshire Museum is presenting a special exhibition showcasing images of the elegant, elusive orchid through Dec 9. The orchid show takes place in the Berkshire Community College Field House. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

10am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: 8am-4pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: The 10th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale takes place this weekend. Half-price on Sunday. Stop in and find new and gently-used clothing for infants through children’s size 20, baby gear, shoes and boots, Halloween costumes, snowsuits, toys, books, DVD’s, games, children’s furniture, and sports equipment. Held at the Fedor Auto Dealership. 228 Northampton St. Easthampton, MA (SALE)

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

11:30am-4:30pm – FARM FEST: Grow Food Northampton FARM FEST 2012 happens at Crimson & Clover Farm (part of Northampton Community Farm)! Join The Farm Education Collaborative in celebrating the harvest at Farm Fest! Meet and learn about some of their farm animals and spend some time working with fibers, seeds, and more. Fun on the Farm in the Fall with Family! 215 Spring Street. Florence, MA.

12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: It’s Wally’s birthday, the famous dinosaur on South Street! Join the Berkshire Museum to celebrate his 15th year on the front lawn. There will be cake and free admission to the museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

12:30-7pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Westhampton celebrates fall today with the annual Fall Festival, including annual favorites cow chip bingo and the Great Pumpkin Roll! The event begins with the Race for the Hills 5K road race, and continues with fun activities all afternoon. Families can make scarecrows, meet farm animals, hurl pumpkins on a trebuchet, roll pumpkins down Stage Road hill as a race, and more! There will also be educational and historical events and demonstrations, including cider pressing, blacksmithing, pottery making, wool spinning, and lumber jack skills. Kids can learn about the history of their town, and the skills that were once necessary to survive there! The event takes place in the town center, and concludes with a community bonfire. 413-527-1731. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

11am-5pm – CORN MAZE: Visit the Austin Brothers Farm’s corn maze! The farm also offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, and tons of fall fun. 413-668-6843. 270 West Street. Belchertown, MA. ($)

11am, 1:15 or 3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Take a ride on the Quinnetukut II, an open-air riverboat, along the Connecticut River! The boat makes a 12-mile loop through French King Gorge to Barton’s Cove, home to nesting bald eagles and a dinosaur track quarry. The boat docks at the Riverview Picnic Area, and sails every Friday-Sunday. Call ahead for reservations. 800-859-2960. Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. ($)

12noon-4pm – ARTISAN HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield to learn about the history of stencil artists who, during New England’s early days, travelled from town to town painting building interiors on commission! There is a special exhibit of stenciled furniture, and families can create their own stenciled masterpieces to take home. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through October 28th. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/HIKE: Explore the Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s Bob’s Way Reserve! Part of this fall’s Housatonic Heritage Walks, the adventure will take visitors through about 2.5 miles of easy terrain. Registration requested. 413-499-0596. Route 23. Monterey, MA. (FREE)

2-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/CANOE: Wild Rice & Fall Foliage Canoe on the Mill River at MASS Audubon at Arcadia. Join Audubon naturalist educator Aimee Gelinas in learning about native wetland plants and trees with a focus on Wild Rice, a native grain collected as food by native people for centuries. Experience peak foliage by canoe and learn which trees turn specific colors. Pre-register. 413-584-3009. Easthampton, MA ($)

3pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

3-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/DINNER: Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Children’s Carnival and Old Fashion Pig Roast. Carnival and hay rides from 3-5pm. Community dinner buffet from 5-6pm. 413-247-9294. Hadley, MA ($)

5-6:45pm or 7pm – HALLOWEEN/HAYRIDES: McCray’s Farm hayrides have begun! Munchkin Rides (for kids) take place earlier in the evening – best for kids 7 and under (and their grown-ups), the ride is slow but exciting! Rides for big kids begin at 7pm and run until the line is gone. Runs Friday-Sunday through Halloween. The farm also features homemade ice cream, animals, and mini golf. 413-533-0775. 33 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5-8pm – SPOOKY SAFARI The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center will have a Spooky Safari Oct 13/14 & Oct 20/21. Come in costume for a fund and safe night of trick or treat. Meet the animals of the zoo and participate in games and costume contests. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

12:30-2pm – NATURE CLASS: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering weekly drop-in autumn nature classes for preschoolers at its Sheep Hill property Monday afternoons beginning Oct 15. The weekly classes will include stories, crafts, and outdoor play and nature exploration focusing on how nature prepares for winter. Naturalist and WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans will lead the class. Come to all or just a single class. Runs weekly through Nov. 5. Adult must accompany preschooler. 413-458-2494. Route 7. Williamstown, MA ($)

4-5:30pm – STEM/TEENS: Baystate Medical Center hosts a lab fair this afternoon, featuring lots of interesting information and activities relating to histology, cytology, chemistry, and more! Learn about what goes on in the hospital’s lab, and learn about how diseases are identified and treated. Visitors can learn to match up chromosomes and identify some bacteria, too! Students interested in entering a health profession will benefit from the information and resources shared. Takes place in the Chestnut Building. LezlieDen@gmail.com 759 Chestnut Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

6pm – STORYTIME: Dress the kids for bed, arm them with blankets and stuffies, and visit the Westfield Athenaeum for pajama storytime! You’re off the hook – someone else is reading bedtime stories tonight. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

6-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: William Skinner, prominent in local history, lost everything in the Mill River flood of 1874 – yet somehow managed to rise to the pinnacle of the business world! Learn about his interesting life story tonight at the Wistariahurst Mseum, where Sarah Skinner Kilbourne will give a talk about her new book chronicling Skinner’s life. Best for older teen students. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

7pm – HALLOWEEN/FILM STUDIES: Images Cinema and Williams College screen, “Rinne (Reincarnation),” a 2005 film by Takashi Shimizu. It’s a horror film (for teens 18yo+ and adults!) about a movie director making a movie about a college professor who creates a massacre while studying reincarnation. The film addresses Japanese Buddhist ideas about the fate of the departed – and is part of a Halloween-themed film series designed to put the holiday into an academic light. 413-597-4277. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS

  • 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)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, 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)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, 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. (<$)
  • 12noon-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Shelburne Falls Historical Society has open hours today! Visit the museum, located in a former school building, to peruse numerous displays of artifacts, memorabilia, and other important items, books, and documents pertaining to local history. Learning about local history and the evolution of the community can help kids put studies of American history into context! 413-625-6150. Church and Maple Streets. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins Library’s Teen/Preteen Time takes place this afternoon! Teens can visit the library to hang out with friends, work on homework, play games, use computers, and check out awesome new books, movies, and music. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm – STORYTIME: Mountain View Farm hosts storytime! Farm-themed stories galore. Runs until their shares end. 413-329-0211. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – BREAK DANCE: Learn to break like a b-boy! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly break dance class, taught by Joshua McHugh, accomplished dancer and dance teacher. 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – ANIME: The Springfield Central Library hosts Anime and Manga Club on Monday afternoons! Kids enthusiastic about the popular Japanese style of animation and cartooning can visit the library to read new manga and watch great anime! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7pm – SCRABBLE: Enjoy an evening of friendly Scrabble at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center! Open to anyone ages 8+, the game night offers families an opportunity to practice fair play and basic sportsmanship while allowing kids to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and basic practical math skills. Sponsored by Bobbie Halig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, 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) ♦
  • 6-7pm – MUSIC: Learn to drum, Afro-Carribbean style! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly drum class, lead by Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots. Drums available to borrow. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. Runs through 11/12. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

10am – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

3:30pm – HALLOWEEN/ZOMBIES: The West Springfield Library hosts “Zombification Workshop” for t(w)eens (grades 6 and up). Pre-register. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

7pm – HALLOWEEN/STORYTIME: West Springfield Library hosts “Wild, Weird and Creepy Tales” for a night of spooky tales for youth ages 11yo and older (open to adults too!). 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: At Farmington River Preschool for kids 5 and under, sponsored by the Community Health Coalition. 413-664-0104. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: The Westfield Library hosts storytime for kids 6 months – 3 years today. Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: It’s Baby Day at the South Hadley Family Center! 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Berkshire Athenaeum! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a mother’s group for Spanish-speaking moms at Brightwood Health Center. 413-796-8365. 380 Plainfield Street. Springfield, 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) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the Greenfield Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
    10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, 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) ♦
  • 10:15am-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) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library’s preschool storytime takes place this morning. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library offers storytime for kids 18 months-3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, 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) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a support group for young mothers and expecting women between the ages of 13 and 19. Group meetings are held bi-weekly and are drop-in. Babies welcome! Takes place at Mercy Care Holyoke. 413-886-0410. 306 Race Street. Holyoke, 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) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BREASTFEEDING: The La Leche League of North/Central Berkshires meets every third Tuesday at The Montessori School of the Berkshires. 21 Patterson Road. Lenox Dale, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-8pm – MUSIC: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a free ukulele group tonight! Beginners and kids without any knowledge of music reading can join in – the class will teach basic chord progressions and styles of playing from around the world. Registration requested but drop-in is OK. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

3:30-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum’s children’s department hosts LEGO time this afternoon! Kids can play together with multiple sets of the plastic bricks and experiment with basic principles of design, architecture, and physics (and they thought they were just building fortresses!). This month’s theme: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles. Great for helping kids develop fine motor skills and matching abilities, too! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

5:30-7:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a support group for parents of children with special needs. The event begins with a potluck dinner, and discussion starts at 6. The group will be facilitated by a trained professional, and parents can discuss anything they’d like – anything from day to day routines with a child to diagnoses. Takes place at Erving Elementary School. Registration required. 978-544-5157. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – COMMUNITY POTLUCK/NATIVE STUDIES: Join the Shelburne Grange for a community potluck and an evening of Native American songs and storytelling. Marge Bruchac, and Abenaki storyteller and historian, will share Algonkian songs, stories, and more! Families are asked to bring a dish to share – local and in-season is best! 413-625-2997. 17 Little Mohawk Road. Shelburne, MA. (FREE)

7pm – LANGUAGE: Language has evolved considerably in the past few centuries – and so has the dictionary! The Westhampton Library hosts Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam Webster – he will discuss early development of dictionaries and how we’ve moved to the much more modern computer-based dictionary system. Best for older teen students. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer-Monson Family Network hosts infant and toddler play group! 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Bi-weekly in the community room at Becket Town Hall, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 65 Walker Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Lenox Community Center, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, 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 or 1:30pm – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives takes place today at the Westfield Library! Registration is required for storytime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, 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. (<$)
  • 9:45-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts, “Getting Real about Motherhood,” a support group designed to help mothers share the stress and adjustments of motherhood and work to find ways to feel renewed, valued, and energized. Takes place at the Amherst Family Center, in the basement of the Unitarian Society. Childcare available. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Wendell Free Library hosted by the Community Network for Children through June 2013. 978.544.5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Westhampton Library! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PARENT GROUP: Enjoy coffee and a chat with other parents at the Westhampton Library – stop in after dropping kids off at school through the end of Sept.! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Sunshine Storytime! 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike at Mt. Greylock! Every Wednesday through Oct 24th, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail. Call to find out meeting place. 413-499-4262. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: Hosted by the Mason Library – also includes stories, songs, and crafts. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 1 New Marlborough-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, 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. (<$) ♦
  • 1pm – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Ashintully’s beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and water features! Families can hike to the ruins of the mansion once located on the site, as well. Runs weekly through Oct. 10th. 413-298-3239. Sodom Road. Monterey, MA. (DONATION) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Mountain View Farm for a farm activity for pre-school kids though the harvest! 413-329-0211. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens classic films every Wednesday afternoon! The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Ramsdell Library hosts Time for Tots, and special story, craft, etc. time for littlest kiddos. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 4pm – CHESS: Visit the East Longmeadow Library for some afternoon chess! Playing chess can help kids develop analytical skills and logic. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Wednesday Night Knitters meet tonight at the Cushman Library! Knitters with any level of experience are welcome to join – bring a project to work on! No formal instruction is offered, but if help is needed, there will be many experienced knitters on hand. Great intergenerational opportunity for kids learning how to knit. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Sing your heart out with Berkshire Sings!, a community singing group at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Singers of all abilities welcome (adults, too) to sing pop, jazz, folk, showtunes, and more. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by the Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

1:30-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Springfield City Library in celebrating Winchester Square – new and old! Local storyteller David Bradway will share memories of growing up in the neighborhood, providing a foundation upon which to begin a discussion of community memories. Older homeschool students can use the event not only to learn about community history, but to learn about the role of oral history in community preservation and cultural appreciation. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

4pm – HALLOWEEN/COSTUME SWAP: Still not sure what to be for Halloween? Is the penguin costume that you’ve worn twice too small now? Visit the Holyoke Public Library and participate in a costume swap – it’s the perfect place to find a complete costume, or to collect pieces and get inspired! 413-238-9838. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

4-5pm – COMICS: Modern Myths comic book store is hosting a series of comic-making parties for kids – every Thursday afternoon in October. The workshops, offered to accompany the Paint and Pixel Festival (which takes place on Saturday, October 20th), present an opportunity for kids to learn about the language of comics and to learn how to express themselves through comic drawings and storylines. 34 Bridge Street #4. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

5-8pm – HALLOWEEN HEROES: Pittsfield’s final 3rd. Thursday of the year takes place tonight! The event celebrates hometown heroes and superheroes – and attendees are encouraged to dress as heroes of all sorts (like a comic book superhero, or a local hero like a fireman, doctor, or veteran). Explore galleries, shops, and restaurants to see artwork of all types in a variety of media, created by local artists! Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

5:30-7pm – HALLOWEEN: Carve a pumpkin masterpiece at the Hitchcock Center! Each pumpkin carved will help to light the forest path at the center’s Enchanted Forest. There will be tools, patterns, and other materials provided. Families can take their pumpkins home after the forest event is finished (on Sunday, 10/21). No age limits, but kids any age who can be safe and productive while work is taking place are welcome. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – MUSIC HISTORY: Beatles scholar Scott Freiman (hosted by Amherst Cinema) hosts, “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper,” a night of Beatles history! The presentation, which includes music and video, will look at the influence that the album had (and continues to have) on modern music. The talk will deconstruct everything from the album’s cover art to the chords used in the now-classic songs. Advance tickets suggested. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7:30pm – CONCERT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents Keb’ Mo’! A 3-time Grammy award winner, Keb’ Mo’ is well known for his outstanding contemporary blues music. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS

  • 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) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Terrific Twos and Threes – storytime for kids ages 2 and 3! Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club hosts playgroup this morning, including snack, stories, playtime, music, and crafts. 413-583-3527. 488 Chapin Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: The Northampton Parents Center is open this morning! Thursday mornings feature music class at 11a with Felicia Sloin or Tom Knight (alternating weeks). Located in the basement of Edwards Church. 413-582-2636. Main and State Streets. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Music and Movement Group meets at the Millers Falls Library! 413-863-3214. 23 Bridge Street. Montague, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library hosts storytime for kiddos 6 months-3 years. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Longmeadow Rec Dept hosts a New Moms Group at the Greenwood Center! 413-794-5515. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Williston Memorial Library! Stories, snacks, and more. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lenox Library offers storytime and crafts for kids 3-5 years old. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, 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) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a post-partum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old. Childcare available. Takes place at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, 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, October 19th, 2012

DEADLINE TODAYHigh school students wanting to find out how to use their voice or instrument as a young performing professional artists are invited to attend Berkshire Community College’s Young Artist Series with Lisa Williamson on Tuesday, Oct 23 at 3:30pm. Lisa will lead a master class for youth ages 14yo and older, followed by a recital and Q&A session at 7pm. The recital will feature arias, art songs, music from musical theatre, and songs from the Great American Songbook. Register no later than Oct 19th. To register, email Ellen Shanahan at eshanahan@berkshirecc.edu and indicate which music you will be performing

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s fall Open Hearth Cooking series will focus on foods harvested by early New Englanders and the ways in which they were preserved in order to be enjoyed through the winter. Visitors will learn about traditional recipes and unique methods of preservation! 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

10am & 8pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a theatrical version of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies.” The classic young adult novel, adapted for the stage, tells the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on an island and the struggles for power and control that ensue. Best for older students with audience skills, the show addresses topics of basic sociology and psychology, and can help kids begin thinking about the role that power and influence play in society. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

11am-9pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/GREEK: Fest upon traditional (and delicious!) Greek food at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke’s Taste of Greece! The event includes performances of traditional dance and a Greek market, as well. Families can celebrate Mediterannean heritage, or just learn more about Greek culture and traditions. 413-525-4551. 400 Prospect Street. East Longmeadow, MA. ($)

5-6:45pm or 7pm – HALLOWEEN/HAYRIDES: McCray’s Farm hayrides have begun! Munchkin Rides (for kids) take place earlier in the evening – best for kids 7 and under (and their grown-ups), the ride is slow but exciting! Rides for big kids begin at 7pm and run until the line is gone. Runs Friday-Sunday through Halloween. The farm also features homemade ice cream, animals, and mini golf. 413-533-0775. 33 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN: The forest at the Hitchcock Center is lighting up and coming alive with creatures who would love to share their stories with you! Visit the Enchanted Forest to navigate along the pumpkin-lit paths and learn about various animals and their unique characteristics as you journey! The theme this year is “50-Something” (in celebration of the center’s 50th anniversary) – forest animals include a salamander with 50+ spots and a 50-year-old turtle. Advance tickets not required, but are strongly suggested. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN: Ride the haunted train at Look Park! Recommended for kids ages 4+, the train ride includes monsters and surprises, but is not terrifying for elementary-aged kids. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

6, 7, and 8pm – HALLOWEEN/HISTORY: Get in touch with ancient spirits at a Victorian era seance! The eerie events take place at the Old Mill on the Falls Inn, and feature fortune telling, a real life crystal ball and medium, and a spirit cabinet, used by mediums in order to get in touch with spirits. Visitors can also have their picture taken with a spooky invisible apparition (which will appear in the photo after it’s taken). Recommended for kids 13+. 87 School Street. Hatfield, MA. ($$)

6:30-8pm – STAR WARS: Kids crazy about Star Wars? The library invites kids to come in character for a costume contest, show & tell, trivia game, and an opportunity to learn about the history of Star Wars at the Lenox Library. Star Wars enthusiast Peter Struzzlero will host this event that is getting rave reviews from libraries across the state! Best for kids ages 6yo+. — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

6:30-10:30pm – HALLOWEEN/FRIGHT: Visit Jiminy Peak for a scary tour called 13 Nights at Jiminy – that’s based a little bit on legend, and mostly in some spooky local history. There are special tours of the location (which depart every 15 minutes), as well as a haunted mountain roller coaster and a scary tree-top zipline. Open to families with older kids (minimum age is 10, but it’s pretty creepy!), the tour explores the former hillside Plantation of Jericho – settled by sheep farmers to avoid a sickness believed to exist in the valley – and explores the 13 Nights legend, in which sheep at the plantation disappear overnight for thirteen nights out of the year. Open Friday and Saturday evenings through Halloween. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$)

7-10pm – FILM/SUSTAINABILITY: Visit Greenfield Community College for the Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival! The event features ten short films made by community members on the theme of, “building resilience in an uncertain future.” The films touch on topics from health to housing, food to transportation. Families can use the event as a way to start a family discussion of sustainable living! Takes place in the Sloan Theater in the main building. College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7:30pm – CONCERT: Berkshire Theatre Group‘s Colonial Theater presents, “Play it Forward,” a concert to benefit the Rock On! Scholarship Fund, part of Rock On! youth mentoring programs. The concert will feature local youth musicians, as well as former members of the band BOSTON, local singer-songwriter Tony Lee Thomas, and the Art Decade String Quartet. 413-997-4444. South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS

  • 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 – MOVIE: The Berkshire Athenaeum shows short kids’ movies every Friday morning. Call to check what’s playing! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
    10-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a postpartum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old at the Community Action Family Center. Childcare available. 413-475-1566. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, 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. ($) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the YMCA of Greenfield hosts Jump Into Fitness playgroup! Lots of fun physical activity. Snack provided. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: The Mason Library hosts Young Children’s Storytime this morning! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Monson Library’s baby group takes place this morning – kiddos ages 0-2 and their caregivers can visit for stories, songs, and playtime. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Heath Library offers bi-weekly storytime throughout the fall. 413-337-4934. 1 East Main Street. Heath, MA. (FREE) ♦
    11am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: The Haskins Center hosts baby group! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the community room at the Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 11-11:40am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Mother Goose on the Loose, a special lap-sit story hour for kids under the age of 3. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-12:50: ICE SKATING: There will be an ice skating session at the Mullins Center for homeschoolers through June ’13. Some skate sessions can be bumped due to UMass ice hockey, so call to confirm before heading out. 413-230-6516. UMass Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, 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. ($$)
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a fun night out with friends at the Greenwood Center! Hosted by Longmeadow Rec Dept, the event features DJ dance music, and will be supervised by adults. Dress code is the same as school, and students must sign in before entering. Takes place on the second and fourth Friday of each month. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Williams College’s Milham Planetarium offers free shows on Friday evenings! Using the planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster, Williams students will teach visitors about all sorts of astronomical phenomena, including phases of the moon, retrograde planetary motion, varying colors/temperatures of stars, constellations and zodiac signs, and more! Reservations recommended but not required. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 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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