Suggested Events for November 3rd – 9th, 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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Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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In it’s third year, the Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair is the Cummington Family Center’s annual fundraiser and an excellent opportunity for community members to find commercial-free handmade items, many supporting creative free play.

Saturday, November 3rd 10am-3pm – HANDMADE FOR KIDS CRAFT FAIR: The 3rd annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair takes place today at Berkshire Trail Elementary School! The fair will feature a wide variety of locally handmade items for kids – including clothes, toys, and many other treasures and necessities, especially items that promote creative non-commercial free play! Get a jump-start on holiday shopping and support local artists, artisans, crafters, and creators of all sorts. Workshops offered too. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families. Fundraiser for the Cummington Family Center. Route 9. Cummington, MA. (SALE)

Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th from 8am-7pm in Franklin County. – CIDER DAYS: Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 18th annual Cider Days! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings (of ciders for big kids and little kids), and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! Franklin County, MA.

Saturday, November 3rd 10am-5pm – FAMILY VOLUNTEERING: Help build doghouses for Kane’s Krusade, an organization that helps dogs in need in the Springfield area. The organization is putting together CARE Kits (Canine Assistance Resources and Education) for families who struggle financially to care for their dogs – providing assistance in the form of insulated dog houses, leashes, collars, treats, etc. helps to keep dogs with their loving families, rather than in shelters. Families can volunteer for the entire day, or sign up for either a 10am-12noon or a 1-5pm shift. Lunch is served for volunteers between 12noon and 1pm! Best for older kids, the event is an opportunity to practice (or learn) simple carpentry skills! Takes place at ServPro. 413-363-2102. 264 Moody Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, November 10th from 9:30am-5pm – FAMILY VOLUNTEERING: Bring the family and head to Springside Park, Pittsfield’s largest public park, and work together with your community to clean up the park before the snow falls. Bring gloves and park at the upper playground (near the old zoo). Rain date: 11/11. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, November 10th 1pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Museum hosts the Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History this weekend, an event that features unique and exciting performances from Native American singers, musicians, songwriters, and more! This afternoon’s performance features Jerry Thundercloud Macdonald, performing Mohawk stories, songs, and dance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

BULLETIN BOARD

Nov 3

The Cushman Scott Children’s Center is holding their annual Mini-Mall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-2pm at 71 Henry Street, North Amherst. There will be craft vendors, a petting farm, pony rides, face painting, a bake sale and raffle. Handmade items by the Cushman Kids will be for sale too! For more information call 413-549-1167 or visit online at www.cushmanscott.org. Cushman Scott Children’s Center is an independent, non-profit educational center serving children ages 15 months to 6 years old and their families. The center is raising funds for their new playground. Come check it out and support the school. Cushman is community!

The Valley Advocate has spoken and moms throughout the Valley have placed their votes, and trust in Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center…again! The Women’s Health and Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital was voted the #1 Birthing Center in the Advocate reader’s poll for 2012. Cooley Dickinson delivers tons of choices from OB/GYNs to certified nurse midwives, to water births and more! Show your support for the Valley’s Best Birthing Center, simply “LIKE” Cooley Dickinson on Facebook and receive a free pair of socks for your baby! Facebook.com/cooleydickinson. For information about the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital visit www.cooley-dickinson.org. And remember, “LIKE” Cooley Dickinson on Facebook for FREE baby socks!

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TEEN VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITY: Moments House is looking for teens interested in being on their Jr. Board of Directors. If you know a teen who would be interested in becoming involved in any way with their mission to ensure no one faces a cancer diagnosis alone, call 413-443-6800. Moments House is a non-profit organization based out of South Lee, working to open a homelike gathering place where all Berkshire County families impacted by a cancer diagnosis can come together to gather information, and comfort and support one another. www.momentshouse.org

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
November 3rd – 9th, 2012

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

We love keeping up with family events all around Western Mass. We have found so many interesting places to go and met great people along the way!! No other place like it.” – Eileen Hamel (Southampton, 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. – Local musician Dennis Caraher is our guest DJ this week! The last time Dennis was on our show was nearly six years ago when HFVS debuted! – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8am-7pm – CIDER DAYS: Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 18th annual Cider Days! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings (of ciders for big kids and little kids), and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! Franklin County, MA.

9am-5pm – FIBER ARTS: The Fiber Festival of New England takes place this weekend, featuring fiber arts and crafts, demonstrations and workshops, and a sale of all things fiber! Families can learn about (and meet!) the many types of animals whose hair is used for fiber arts, watch demonstrations of fiber tools, learn to make basic fiber crafts, and more! There will also be a handmade wearable fiber-art fashion show, and a market featuring everything from quilts and rugs to looms and spinning wheels! Takes place at the Big E. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

10am – CULTURAL STUDIES: Native American artist Teri Greeves will be at the Berkshire Museum to lead a hands-on beaded medallion workshop for kids to accompany the museum’s Rethink! Native American Art exhibition. Kids will learn basic beadworking skills, and will also learn about the role of beadwork in traditional Native American art. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

10am – CRAFT/BOOK MAKING: The Tilton Library is hosting a Creative Bookmaking Workshop with Candance Bradbury Carlin. Bring your teen (ages 12yo+) and come learn how to make books together in this workshop. Then go home and make your own books as holiday gifts! Space is limited so sign up! 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

10-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP/DIVORCE: Parents dealing with divorce can find support at a psycho-educational parenting group facilitated by Meg Kelly, LICSW. Parents can learn strategies and get support with learning to co-parent, dealing with transitions and visitation, and re-structuring family around economic, legal, and emotional issues. Group meets monthly on the first Saturday, and first session is free. 413-695-7084. 8 Trumbull Road, #105. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

10am-12noon – BABY SHOWER: Visit the Berkshire Mall for a Community Baby Shower! There will be prizes and giveaways for parents-to-be and parents of young children. Representatives from community organizations will be on hand, too, to provide information on everything from lead poisoning to breastfeeding techniques! Takes place at center court. 8 Old State Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

10am-2pm – CRAFT FAIR: Peruse lots of interesting arts and crafts at the Cushman Children’s Center’s “mini-mall craft fair.” There will also be a bake sale and raffle! 413-549-1167. 71 Henry Street. Amherst, MA. (SALE)

10am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Explore the galleries at the Smith College Museum of Art – it’s Free Family Day! Family events will focus on line drawings, but a variety of hands-on materials will be available for art-making inspired by work shown in the galleries. Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

10am-3pm – HANDMADE FOR KIDS CRAFT FAIR: The 3rd annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair takes place today at Berkshire Trail Elementary School! The fair will feature a wide variety of locally hand-made items for kids – including clothes, toys, and many other treasures and necessities, especially items that promote creative non-commercial free play! Get a jump-start on holiday shopping and support local artists, artisans, crafters, and creators of all sorts. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families. Fundraiser for the Cummington Family Center. Route 9. Cummington, MA. (MARKET)

10am-3pm – GAMES: Celebrate International Game Day at the Mason or Ramsdell Library! Families can play favorite games together or learn some new ones – there will be games of all different types to play. Practice logic, critical thinking, strategy, etc. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. OR 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s open hearth cooking program continues today, with a focus on apples! Families often had their own small orchards, from which to harvest crops for cider, baking, storage, cooking, etc. Learn about traditional apple dishes and preservation of apples for the winter! There will also be workshops on making apple pomanders from 12:30-4pm. 413-775-7127. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (<$)

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

10am-4:30pm – HALLOWEEN: Trick-or-treating at City Hall. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm – FAMILY VOLUNTEERING: Help build doghouses for Kane’s Krusade, an organization that helps dogs in need in the Springfield area. The organization is putting together CARE Kits (Canine Assistance Resources and Education) for families who struggle financially to care for their dogs – providing assistance in the form of insulated dog houses, leashes, collars, treats, etc. helps to keep dogs with their loving families, rather than in shelters. Families can volunteer for the entire day, or sign up for either a 10am-12noon or a 1-5pm shift. Lunch is served for volunteers between 12noon and 1pm! Best for older kids, the event is an opportunity to practice (or learn) simple carpentry skills! Takes place at ServPro. 413-363-2102. 264 Moody Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

10:30am – LEGO CLUB: The Sunderland Library has a Lego Club today! Children ages 6yo+ and their adults can come and practice their engineering and architectural skills while getting creative and sharing their inventions. Limited space. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. (FREE)

10:30am-1pm – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant hosts a kids cooking class. Parents can explore the world of culinary arts with their kids in a structured and relaxed environment. Youth participants are familiarized with raw ingredients, how to prepare them, and their nutritional value. This month homemade pasta is being made. A brief tour of Chandler’s commercial kitchen follows. Space is limited, reservations are required. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. ($$)

11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Deedle Deedle Dees play the Carle Museum this morning! The group’s music is fun and educational at the same time, featuring characters like a vegetarian t-rex! Dress as a character from one of their songs and get a special prize. Part of the Northampton Community Music Center Concert Series. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($) [ CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY]

11am – ELECTION STUDIES: Pre-election program for youth will be offered at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. This program is in conjunction with the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and will include a tour of the museum, information about suffrage, what voting gave women and why it is important today to vote; and the chance to make a snack that Susan B. Anthony enjoyed. 413-588-2071. East Road. Adams, MA (>$)

11am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Roger the Jester, a children’s favorite, performs at the Spectrum Playhouse today. Roger’s interactive shows are full of fun and laughter! 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (<$)

11am-12pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURE: The Jones Library will host author Joan Robb who will read from her new book, “There’s a Princess in My Living Room.” For kids ages 3-8yo. Craft activity and refreshments included, in the Woodbury Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

11-11:40am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Country Quilt Llama Farm is paying a fur-filled visit to the Lenox Library this morning! Kids can learn about llama farming and the uses for llama fiber through storytime, large pictures detailing important parts of llama life and llama-raising, and many llama-products to touch and inspect. There will be a llama visiting, too for kids to meet and learn about. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

11am-12noon – ECO-FAIR: Center for EcoTechnology(CET) will share ideas for more environmentally-focused holiday gift and wrapping techniques for families looking to have a more eco-friendly holiday season. Learn how you can reduce waste and increase fun this holiday season with creative alternatives. Refreshments. Pre-registration required. 413.445.4556 x 10. Lee Library. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA (FREE)

1-3pm – CRAFTS: Creative bookbinding and book-crafting is beautiful, and not as tricky as it looks! Visit the Lilly Library this afternoon to learn how to make some interesting books – designed to be travel journals. Share stories of places you’ve been and make a take-home project, to! Registration required, kids ages 6+. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

1-4pm – TREE STUDIES: Youth ages 12yo+ and their adults can join forester Helen Johnson at Northfield Mountain for a late fall tree ID walk. Characteristics like bark, branching patterns, buds, overall tree shape, and habitat will be used to aid in identification. There will also be discussion about impacts on the forest from insects, diseases, and invasive plants. No previous tree identification skills are required for this field walk. Pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA (FREE)

2pm – STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museums hosts a special storytime with author/illustrator Leeza Hernandez. Leeza will share how she creates her art and offer a book signing after. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE w/museum admission)

2pm – STORYTIME: Storyteller Eshu Bumpus tells stories from around the world at the Robyn Newhouse Hall. Eshu captures his audience by telling a variety of African, African-American and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery. 413-732-8428. 127 State Street. Springfield, MA (>$)

3pm – HISTORY: Visit Western Gateway Heritage State Park for a program on the history of Indian Summer! 413-663-6312. 115 State Street, Building 4. North Adams, MA. (FREE, fee for parking)

3:30-5pm – CHESS CLUB: The Jones Library hosts a Chess Club for youth ages 7yo and older with Andy Morris-Friedman in the Amherst Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

4-8pm – ART WALK: Enjoy an evening stroll through the Village of Shelburne Falls and visit the many galleries and studios that the tiny town is home to! There are artists and artisans of all kinds who create and/or show their work in town, and the Art Walk offers the community a chance to view their work! Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Dusk: TRICK-OR-TREAT: Don costumes and head out to a belated evening of trick-or-treating in Holyoke! Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

5-7pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: The Palmer Monson Family Network is hosting their annual Spaghetti Summer at Old Mill Pond Elementary School. Join friends and neighbors, and meet new families, at this annual fundraiser for the network. 413-267-0351. Palmer, MA (FUNDRAISER)

6:3opm – MOVIE NIGHT: The MN Spear Library hosts their monthly movie night in the Town Hall basement. Bring comfy kids and come see what they are screening this month! 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: What adaptations do nocturnal animals have that allow them to navigate the dark landscape so well? Learn all about nighttime living on a family night hike with Mass Audubon! Families can explore Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary by dark, and learn to make sparks with rocks, listen for night sounds, and learn to see without a flashlight! There will be an inside game, and a sparkle party to finish up the evening. Suggested for kids ages 5-12, registration required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

7:30pm – CONCERT: The Monument Mountain Music in Common Youth Program presents a new original song and music video at the FODFest Community Concert at the Guthrie Center! The event also features numerous other local musicians, bringing together a diverse program of musical styles. 413-229-9939. 2 Van Deusenville Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: What lies behind the hedges? Find out at the Monson Arts Council’s production of, “The Secret Garden.” Enjoy the classic story, paired with a beautiful score – presented at Memorial Hall. Main Street. Monson, MA. ($$)

8pm – THEATER: Bay Path College presents, “The Pirates of Penzance!” The musical is a comedy, and tells the story of a young apprentice – to PIRATES! – and a woman named Mabel, with whom he is quite smitten. Takes place in the Mills Theater in the school’s Carr Hall. 413-535-1307. Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. ($)

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

“Thanks Hilltown Families for the tip about Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum. We’re studying ancient civilizations in homeschool. We planned a trip for Western Mass. Homeschoolers and about 20 kids will be going, not counting adults. We can’t wait to see their exhibit.” -Christa Figueroa, (Holyoke, MA)

2am – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIMES TIME ENDS: Turn your clock back!

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-3pm – FIBER ARTS: The Fiber Festival of New England takes place this weekend, featuring fiber arts and crafts, demonstrations and workshops, and a sale of all things fiber! Families can learn about (and meet!) the many types of animals whose hair is used for fiber arts, watch demonstrations of fiber tools, learn to make basic fiber crafts, and more! There will also be a handmade wearable fiber-art fashion show, and a market featuring everything from quilts and rugs to looms and spinning wheels! Takes place at the Big E. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

10am – FAMILY VOLUNTEER: Take part in the very first Cider Donut Run to benefit the Amherst Survival Center! Families can choose to run a 10k, or to participate in the much less strenuous 2.4 mile run/walk, both of which begin at the Mill River Recreation Area. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and the crisp, clear autumn morning air while getting great exercise and helping to support a vital community resource. Registration available online. Race-day registration and number pick-up begins at 8:30am. Montague Road. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

10am-5pm – CIDER DAYS: Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 18th annual Cider Days! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings (of ciders for big kids and little kids), and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! Franklin County, MA.

11am – ELECTION STUDIES: Pre-election program for youth will be offered at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. This program is in conjunction with the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and will include a tour of the museum, information about suffrage, what voting gave women and why it is important today to vote; and the chance to make a snack that Susan B. Anthony enjoyed. 413-588-2071. East Road. Adams, MA (>$)

1-3pm – CHESS: An informal Chess Club is beginning at the Lilly Library. Participants are encouraged to supplement existing chess boards by bringing their own too. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) ♦

2pm – STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museum will hosts award-winning illustrator, Janice Hechter in their reading library who will read from her newest picture book, “The Great Elephant Escape.” She will share her illustration process, fun elephant facts, and a model for her new book will make a guest appearance. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE w/museum admission)

3-5pm – HALLOWEEN: Monson’s postponed trick-or-treating will take place this afternoon! Costume parade begins at 5pm. Monson, MA. (FREE)

4-6pm – HALLOWEEN: The town of Northfield postponed trick-or-treating to this afternoon – rag shag parade takes place at 4pm, with trick-or-treating following! Northfield, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – THEATER: What lies behind the hedges? Find out at the Monson Arts Council’s production of, “The Secret Garden.” Enjoy the classic story, paired with a beautiful score – presented at Memorial Hall. Main Street. Monson, MA. ($$)

8pm – THEATER: Bay Path College presents, “The Pirates of Penzance!” The musical is a comedy, and tells the story of a young apprentice – to PIRATES! – and a woman named Mabel, with whom he is quite smitten. Takes place in the Mills Theater in the school’s Carr Hall. 413-535-1307. Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. ($)

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

7pm – SING-A-LONG: The Westhampton Library hosts a community sing-along tonight – BYO instruments, and enough sheet music to pass around if you care to share a specific song. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

7pm – FILM/MUSIC STUDIES: Amherst Cinema screens, “The Girls in the Band,” a film that tells the story of women in big band jazz. Female vocalists are fairly common in the jazz world, but female musicians are not – an issue examined by looking at the lives and accomplishments of notable female jazz musicians. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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, November 6th, 2012

8:30am-2:30pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: The Berkshire Environmental Education Network hosts the annual BEEN Conference for Environmental Educators today at Berkshire Community College! The event offers workshops for educators of all types, all of which will be centered around the theme of hands-on, place-based environmental education. Attendees will get to choose from over 20 different workshops – the learning possibilities are endless! Registration requested. 413-229-3321. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

8:30am-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Humans and other animals have very different ways of preparing for the winter. While we turn on the heat, pull out sweaters and wool socks, and freeze our favorite seasonal foods, animals have very different adaptations. Children ages 6-9 (grades 1-4) can visit the Hitchcock Center today for a full day program on how the local landscape and the animals that call the valley home prepare for winter! Bring snacks and lunch, and dress for outside time. Space is limited, registration required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

10am-1pm – SCIENCE PROGRAM: The Hatfield Library will host a science program for 8-10yo students. Get involved in a science experiment and add an artistic twist. Bring your lunch for a hang out break. 413-547-9237. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

6pm – GOVERNMENT/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Families with kids of all ages can celebrate election night at a non-partisan election party at the Williamsburg Grange tonight! Witness an important moment in the country’s history unfold and watch live coverage as results pour in throughout the night. There will be politically-themed music, potluck dinner and desserts (make something historical or politically-themed to share!), and activities for kids. 10 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (<$)

6-7pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Rescheduled from Monday, 10/29, the Junior Advisory Club at the East Longmeadow Library hosts a JAC Haunted Halloween Party. Spooky haunted house, terrifying treats, a costume contest….and more fang-tastic fun for kids in 3rd-8th grade! Pre-reg. 413-525-5400. East Longmeadow, MA (>$)

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) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, 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, November 7th, 2012

Montessori School of the Berkshires — Montessori education helps children become responsible, caring learners and community members who are self-motivated, confident, independent, and creative. The school will host an Open House on Wed., Nov 7th. For more info and to register visit BerkshireMontessori.org.— 413-637-3662. 21 Patterson Rd. Lenox Dale.

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

11:30am – GUEST SPEAKER/CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT: Writer Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes (which shares the story of the Harlem Children’s Zone) and the newly-released How Children Succeed (which explores student success and the roots of character), speaks this morning in the auditorium at Amherst Regional High School. Tough’s writing focuses on education and child development, as well as the elements of education that lead to success. 21 Matoon Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library to create and decorate unique ornaments for the library’s holiday tree, which will be part of the Berkshire Museum’s annual display! Registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

7pm – FOOD SECURITY: Bard College at Simon’s Rock is hosting an event series focusing on the politics, economics, and social movements surrounding food and food security. Tonight’s event features Mike Callicrate (cattle rancher and consultant for food-related books and movies such as, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and, “Food, Inc.”) and Bob Martin (senior advisor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health). 413-528-9697 ex. 39. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, 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) ♦
  • 10:30: SINGING: Sing with Your Baby with Wendy happens at the Jones Library. For preK kids and younger, and their parents/caretakers. Takes place in the Woodbury Room. Runs through Dec. 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, 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. (<$) ♦
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Ashintully’s beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens, and water features! Families can hike to the ruins of the mansion once located on the site, as well. Runs weekly through Oct. 10th. 413-298-3239. Sodom Road. Monterey, MA. (DONATION) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Mountain View Farm for a farm activity for pre-school kids though the harvest! 413-329-0211. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens classic films every Wednesday afternoon! The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Ramsdell Library hosts Time for Tots, and special story, craft, etc. time for littlest kiddos. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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, November 8th, 2012

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

3:30-5pm – CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library to create and decorate unique ornaments for the library’s holiday tree, which will be part of the Berkshire Museum’s annual display! Registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

6-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Gateway Middle School hosts, “Guiding Good Choices,,” a workshop series for parents on helping teens to develop strategies for keeping drugs and alcohol out of their lives, encouraging family involvement, and helping youth recognize and utilize their own strengths. Sponsored by Berkshire Children and Families, the event is part of a 5-part series on the topic. Parents can share experiences with others, and use to event to piece together a plan for guiding preteens and teens to make healthy, informed choices. 413-584-5960 ex 102. Littleville Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

6-9:30pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Have dinner at the Rapids Restaurant tonight and help support Hilltown Safety at Home! 200 Worthington Road. Huntington, 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) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, 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, November 9th, 2012

10am-4pm – BOTANY: Chrysanthemums are in bloom at the Smith College Botanic Gardens! Visit to see a wide array of colors and blooms of all sizes. Kids can learn about the growing and blooming process that the plants go through, and can learn about greenhouse gardening, too! 413-585-2742. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (<$)

11:30am – OPERA FOR KIDS: The Westfield State University department of music presents an opera for young audiences. This year they present “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck. It tells the Brothers Grimm fairy tale story in song, of the two children lost in the woods, tempted by a house made of candy, who fall into the clutches of a child eating witch. They eventually defeat her plans to eat them and are reunited with their parents. This work is being presented in a piano/voice version on Dever Stage and runs about a half hour. Open to the public. 413-572-8323. 577 Western Ave. Westfield, MA (FREE)

4pm – SONGWRITING: Matt Cusson, a locally-grown and nationally known singer/songwriter and pianist, is offering a songwriting workshop at The Garage this afternoon! A self-taught musician, Cusson is a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has performed with acts such as James Taylor, Cee Lo Green, and Brian McKnight. Concert follows at 8pm. 413-997-4444. South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

4pm and 5pm – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: Celebrate the grand opening of World Eye Bookshop’s second store in Florence! The celebration will include readings with Natashe Lowe, author of The Power of Poppy Pendle. Hear passages from this exciting story (for slightly older kids), and check out all that the store has to offer – there’s a wide variety of selections for adults and kiddos alike. 1 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

4-5pm – CRAFTS: BYO container and learn how to make homemade candles at the Berkshire Co-op! Candles make great holiday gifts, and are handy all around the house (especially in the darkest months of the year!). Ages 8+. Space is limited, registration required. 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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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