Suggested Events for February 22nd-28th, 2014

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

“Hilltown Families was hugely helpful to us when my sister and her four kids came to visit from out of town for their school vacation week… Sisters and cousins alike had a blast. Going to a sugarhouse was a big highlight for my niece and nephews! I love being able to easily access the best of what our region has to offer.” – Jennifer Hartley (Florence, MA)

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SUMMER CAMP

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BULLETIN BOARD

Feb 22

Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “February Fiesta!” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own Grammy-Nominated Mister G! “Kid-friendly, bilingual rockstar…Mister G and his guitar will surely make you feel like bailando!” – The Washington Post. Come dance, decorate a maraca, and eat pizza with your friends! Join Sunnyside on Saturday February 22nd from 10:30am-12noon at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine Street, Florence, MA). Tickets just $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Scholarship Fund. www.sunnysidekids.org

Feb 23

Sunday February 23, 9:30 am – CPR & First Aid Training at Hartsbrook School. This certificate CPR & First Aid class is designed for anyone caring for children. It will include basic life-saving techniques for critical situations as well as first-aid treatments for illnesses and injuries such as cuts, abrasions, impaled objects, shock, head trauma, sprains, fractures, burns, allergic reactions, stings, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, and infections. Conventional treatment protocols as well as natural modalities including homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations will be taught. You may attend CPR and/or First Aid. Contact instructor, Nicole Thurrell to register or for more information as school office is closed for the week.

Mar 4

In Gluten-Related Disorders: Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone, Alessio Fasano, MD, will review current knowledge about the three main forms of gluten reactions: allergic (wheat allergy), autoimmune (celiac disease), and possibly immune-mediated (gluten sensitivity). The lecture will be introduced by gastroenterologist and Cooley Dickinson Medical Staff member Jaya Agrawal, MD. This community lecture, free and open to the public, will be Tuesday, March 4, at 6 pm. Registration is required at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes; capacity is limited. The lecture will held in the Dakin Conference Room, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton.

Mar 5

Get ready for Shannon Hale as you’ve never seen her before! A new genre for the Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy, but featuring the same brilliant storytelling and well-rounded characters for which she is known, Dangerous breaks the barriers between science fiction and superhero adventure. Stop by Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley for a reading and signing on Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm as Shannon Hale breaks into young adult literature with her new novel Dangerous, called “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.” by James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy. The Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street in South Hadley, MA.

Mar 5

“Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy” (New York Times), Spirit of Uganda presents riveting programs of music and dance for audiences of all ages. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, a vibrant cast of 22 performers, ages 10-20, bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.7 million orphans, these children personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation when they are provided with the resources to succeed. They come to the FAC Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS or go online to www.fineartcenter.com. Amherst, MA.

Amherst Montessori School is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 year. Early education from 15 months – 6 years, Elementary education for grades 1-6. Join them in their beautiful new school in South Amherst for Montessori education that supports each child’s individual development. Music, art, Spanish language lessons and immersion, outdoor play, and a rich offering of afterschool programming enrich each student’s learning. AMS is a diverse and welcoming community. To learn more, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admission, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org, or go to www.amherstmontessori.org. Limited openings now in Toddler for immediate enrollment.

Accepting applications for fall 2014. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For info on how to apply, financial aid, their upcoming Kindergarten Screenings, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 22nd-28th, 2014

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Berkshire Family Fun

Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.orgAll feelings are welcomed and celebrated in this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Guest D.J. children’s artist Heidi Siegell shares songs about joy, sorrow, confusion, boredom, grumpiness and more, featuring artists from a wide variety of musical genres. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived show.

Saturday, February 22, ALL MORNING – LOCAL FOOD: Sugar shacks are opening their doors, including  Red Bucket Sugar Shack in Worthington (413-238-7710. 584 Kinne Brook Road) & South Face Farm Sugarhouse in Ashfield (413-628-3268. 755 Watson-Spruce Corner Rd.). Both sugar shacks have their opening day of the season today! Celebrate the maple syrup season and enjoy delicious maple-y breakfast and brunch foods at the Sugar Shack.  Worthington & Ashfield, MA

Saturday, February 22, 9am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Stop by the Hatfield Public Library for a DIY craft activity amongst the stacks!  Let creativity lead the way towards literacy by getting your kids excited to visit the library!  413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 9am-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Explore the Springfield Armory National Historic Site! There will be an assortment of activities happening this last weekend of school vacation week, including the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger! The role of a Junior Ranger for the National Park Service is to help protect and preserve our parks by learning about the history of the park. Discover this national landmark and learn all about its historical significance. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 22, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY: Today is the (rescheduled) annual Antique Sleigh Rally at Old Sturbridge Village! Over twenty horse-drawn sleighs will be at the Village for sleigh rides, sleigh rally competitions, a sleigh procession, and more. Visitors can also learn about sleighing parties, sleigh horses, traditional dances, and more. Discover what winter life was like in 19th-century New England. Kids 17 and under get free admission with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 10am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn to cook at the Berkshire Co-Op Market! Learn to make healthy, yummy beet brownies. Please sign up in advance by phone or at the front desk. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about raptors and observe some for yourself at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Dan Russell, a professor at Springfield College, will lead this program. Learn how to best spot raptors in winter, when they are more easily seen flying over fields searching for prey. This program is best for adults or older teens interested in birds. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $$

Saturday, February 22, 10am-4pm – MINI GOLF: The Berkshire Athenaeum will be transformed into a multi-story mini golf course! Spend the day putting around the bookshelves as part of Berkshire Gas’ Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Kids ages 4-10 and their families are invited to a children’s concert at the Jones Library. “Kindie” band Rolie Polie Guacamole will perform a mix of funk, rock, and folk music about topics like healthy eating and staying active. Kids will love this fun performance! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 2:30pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs today. The Cinema will screen the documentary nominees (10:30am), more documentary nominees (12:30pm), and animation nominees (2:30pm). Don’t miss your chance to see these great short films before the Oscars! Best for older students and adults interested in film. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 10:30am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Sunnyside Childcare Center at Smith College presents a February Fiesta winter concert at the Florence Community Center. Mister G will perform at this family-friendly concert, and there will be pizza, crafts, and activities for kids. All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Financial Aid Program. 140 Pine Street. Florence, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 11am – LUNCH DATE: The Westfield Athenaeum is holding a “Parents’ Time Out” at the library. Bring your child to the library and then enjoy a lunch date with your spouse or a friend. Kids up to 10 years will be entertained at the library songs, stories, crafts, and lunch, while you enjoy a fun lunch of your own. Pre-registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 11am – FAMILY MEAL: Enjoy tropical foods and atmosphere at Chandler’s Restaurant‘s Luau Luncheon! Dress in your Hawaiian best and escape the winter cold with delicious food and summery drinks. Reservations are requested. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. $$-$$$

Saturday, February 22, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see Balto (1995; rated G) at the library today with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 11am-12noon – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents a performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Berkshire Museum. The play is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a vain emperor who is obsessed with clothing. This comedy will delight museum visitors of all ages, making it a great family activity during school vacation week! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, February 22, 11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is creating a kid’s playspace in their Crane Room. The room will be full of cardboard, fabric, tape, and more to get kids using their imaginations and being creative with a variety of different materials. “WeeMuse: 10 Days of Play” aims to give kids an opportunity to experience creative free play and have fun making, building, and playing with other museum visitors. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 1pm-3pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: Stop by the Agawam Public Library for their Winter Fun Festival for kids 3 and up. The Library’s Teen Council offers games, crafts, food, and face painting at this fun event. Registration is required. 413-789-1550 x3. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 1:30pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Families are invited to Mt. Tom State Reservation for a guided family program – “Signs of the Season.” This program includes indoor activities as well as outdoor exploration, and kids will learn all about the different seasons. Please call for more information. 413-584-6788. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 22, 2pm – FILM: Get ready for the Academy Awards at the Jones Library today! The library will be screening the best picture from 1973. Call the library for the movie title and more information. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY: Hancock Shaker Village presents “10 Shaker Inventions: Fact or Fiction” at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Learn about what Shakers did and didn’t invent, like the circular saw, seed packets, and more. Those interested in history or Shakers would enjoy this talk. 413-443-0188. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield have teamed up to offer a free public skate and free skate rentals at the Boys and Girls Club rink! This offer only applies to the first 100 people to arrive, so get there early! 413-448-8258. 16 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 2pm-4pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is holding a Winter Open House today at Sheep Hill! The whole family is invited to come explore the property and enjoy an animal tracking and winter ecology hike, sledding, snowshoeing, maple treats, and more. This open house is an opportunity for community members to learn more about the WRLF, its conservation efforts, and its nature and cultural education programs. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, February 22, 3:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton Children’s Theatre presents a production of Ruth Newton’s adaptation of Cinderella, featuring an all-female cast and music by Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. It will be performed in the British pantomime style, which encourages audience participation. Kids and adults will enjoy this unique take on a classic fairytale! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-529-3000. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 5pm-7pm – ART: Today is the reception for the Good Purpose Art Gallery’s exhibit, “The Art of Autism.” The exhibition showcases the works and talents of artists and performers of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. The show also helps connect the artists with opportunities and venues in which they can further share their talents. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 5pm-8pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: Come to Red Gate Farm for the 5th Annual Fire and Ice celebration! There will be sledding, a bonfire, grilled food, marshmallows, and more. Have some winter fun with family and community members at this exciting annual event! Please RSVP. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 5:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Rick Costello will be at the Lenox Library today to present an astronomy program for all ages – “Telescopes Are Time Machines.” Costello will discuss recent astronomical events and how long it takes them to reach our eyes here on Earth. There will also be a chance to view the night sky. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, February 22, 7pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Brian Richardson stars in, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This one-man show, written by Alexa Kelly, tells about the life of Du Bois, who was a civil rights leader and a visionary of equality and democracy. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 22, 7pm-9pm – FILM: See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films at the Berkshire Museum. The Museum will be screening five nominees – Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; and Room on the Broom. Kids and adults will enjoy this entertaining short films, and this is a great chance to see them before the Oscars! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm – CARTOONS: The Bugs Bunny Daffy Duck Porky Pig Road Runner Elmer Fudd Shelburne Falls Film Festival is back with Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1930s to 1950s! Come enjoy these classic cartoons at Pothole Pictures. Good for all ages. 413-625-2896. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. >$

Saturday, February 22, 8pm – THEATER: Miss Hall’s School presents a production of Oliver! on the Woods Theater stage. The beloved British musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist follows Oliver, an orphan boy, after his escape from a workhouse. All ages will enjoy this classic musical! Reservations are strongly encouraged. 413-395-7108. 492 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. $

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm-10pm – CONCERT: Come hear internationally-known folk musicians Debra Cowan and John Roberts perform at Ashfield Community Hall, presented by Maude’s Closet Concerts! This two talented musicians will perform a variety of songs, both traditional and contemporary, and audience members are invited to join in and sing along! Tickets can be purchased in advance here. 413-628-4441. 521 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. $$

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Sledding Hills in Western MAHilltown 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. commercial-free family radio. 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 6 years of archived shows.

Sunday, February 23, 7:30-10:30am – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Northfield Fire Department hosts their annual Pancake Breakfast at Northfield Elementary School Cafeteria. Serving maple syrup harvested in Northfield, an intergenerational meal of pancakes and sausage will be served. Catch-up with neighbors and friends while raising money for the Fire Dept. Northfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday February 23, 9:30am – CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING:  Hartsbrook School will host a certificate CPR & First Aid Class designed for anyone caring for children. Instructor, Nicole Thurrell, will teach life-saving techniques using conventional and alternative treatment protocols. Hadley, MA ($)

Sunday, February 23, 9:30am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Old Sturbridge Village will have free admission for kids under 17 (with a paying adult) every weekend until March 30! Winter is a great time to visit Sturbridge Village and this is a good way to save money and enjoy this great local resource. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, February 23, 12noon-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Berkshire Museum is creating a kid’s playspace in their Crane Room. The room will be full of cardboard, fabric, tape, and more to get kids using their imaginations and being creative with a variety of different materials. “WeeMuse: 10 Days of Play” aims to give kids an opportunity to experience creative free play and have fun making, building, and playing with other museum visitors. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 1pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Deena Maniscalchi titled, “Sentinels and Nomads: Imaginative Sculpture.” Tour the Community Gallery exhibition of Don Porcaro’s whimsical sculptures. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, February 23, 1pm-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Families are invited to Lake Wyola State Park for a guided family walk. Explore the Park in winter and learn about all it has to offer. The hike is easy, less than one mile. Call for more information. 413-584-6788. 94 Lakeview Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Sunday, February 23, 1pm-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The Trustees of Reservations and the Hilltown Land Trust are teaming up to offer a day full of Snowshoe Shenanigans at Bullitt Reservation! There will be a 1K snowshoe race, a snowshoe relay race, an obstacle course for kids, sledding, snow sculptures, a snowshoe hike, a bonfire, and other winter fun. The day will wrap up with a guided snowshoe hike around the Pebble Trail. Please register in advance. 413-628-4485 x4. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 1pm-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has teamed up with Knack to offer a Special Sunday craft activity! The activity will be an upcycled craft for all ages. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 2pm – MUSIC: Come to the Academy of Music for the final show of the Four Sundays in February series! “The Really Big Show” features tons of local faces, including Mike Flood, Councilman at Large Bill Dwight, DJ Monte Belmonte, And the Kids, and more. This exciting event would be best for older students and adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 2pm – BIRD STUDIES: Join Kestrel Land Trust at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for, “Birds of Prey: Their Lives and Challenges,” presented by Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters. Learn about hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls and how they are affected by our rapidly changing world. Collier will bring some of these fascinating birds with her to the presentation. Those who are interested in birds or nature will enjoy this exciting program. Please RSVP. 413-549-1097. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Today, the Cinema is screening My Neighbor Totoro (1988; rated G), a lighthearted movie for kids with themes about humans and their relationship with the earth. The film is enjoyable for all ages. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY/FURNITURE: Historic Deerfield presents, “Making a Masterpiece: The Turret-Top Tea Table at Historic Deerfield,” a lecture by Brock Jobe. This is part of their free winter lecture series, “Furniture Masterworks: Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture.” Jobe will discuss this unique table and its historical significance. Older students interested in New England history and furniture will benefit from this talk. Takes place at Deerfield Academy’s Garonzik Auditorium, in the Koch Science Center. 413-774-5581. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 23, 2pm-3pm – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about Bald Eagles and the Quabbin Reservoir with Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist with Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, at the Quabbin Visitor Center today. Vitz will discuss the vital role played the Reservoir in the reintroduction of the Bald Eagle to Massachusetts. This talk is open to all ages. Please make reservations in advance. 413-323-7221. 485 Ware Road. Belchertown, MA.

Sunday, February 23, 3pm – THEATER: Miss Hall’s School presents a production of Oliver! on the Woods Theater stage. The beloved British musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist follows Oliver, an orphan boy, after his escape from a workhouse. All ages will enjoy this classic musical! Reservations are strongly encouraged. 413-395-7108. 492 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. $

Sunday, February 23, 3pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: The 4th Annual Tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois takes place today at St. John’s Congregational Church. The tribute focuses on service, unity, and joy, as demonstrated by Du Bois, Nelson Mandela, and others. The event includes music, dance, and more. 413-734-2283. 45 Hancock Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 23, 7pm-9pm – FILM: See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films at the Berkshire Museum. The Museum will be screening five nominees – Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; and Room on the Broom. Kids and adults will enjoy this entertaining short films, and this is a great chance to see them before the Oscars! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

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Monday, February 24th, 2014

Monday, February 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm & 7pm-9pm – FILM: See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films at the Berkshire Museum. The Museum will be screening five nominees – Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; and Room on the Broom. Kids and adults will enjoy this entertaining short films, and this is a great chance to see them before the Oscars! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Monday, February 24, 6pm – TECHNOLOGY: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Bits and Bytes: The future of data storage.” Learn how your hard drive works, how and why data is stored in binary, if there are better ways to store information, and more. Those interested in computers and technology will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, February 24, 6pm-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: “Made in the Happy Valley – Life of a Mill Hand” takes place today at the Wistariahurst Museum. Discover what life was like for an Irish immigrant family living in Civil War-era Holyoke. Genealogist Sara Campbell will present the lecture and “introduce” museum visitors to Richard and Mary Wall, the immigrant couple that the talk focuses on. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, February 24, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival continues tonight at Images Cinema with a screening of Rust and Bone (2012; rated R). The film is a romantic drama and is best for adults. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Monday, February 24, 7:30pm-9pm – PERFORMANCE: Westfield State University’s Black History Month celebration comes to an end tonight with a performance of “Big George,” a one-woman show about Georgetta Holmes Stevens, performed by her granddaughter Kelli Stevens Kane. The performance is about connections to family, community, and ourselves that span generations. Kane incorporates poetry, movement, oral history, and sound to tell this story. The performance would be best for older students with audience skills. Takes place at Dever Stage. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA.

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: CHP Family Network offers a “gym fun” playgroup at West Stockbridge Town Hall. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by Otis Town Hall for playgroup every Monday! 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center for kids walking-age up to age five. Includes puzzles, play dough, riding toys, balls, books, and more. 413-663-6593. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for babies 2 and under and their parents at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: “Music for Little Ones” at the Pelham Library features a half hour of music and movement for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Meekins Library on the first and third Monday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a weekly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the St. John’s Corner House Mission. 413-625-6948. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Kids in grade 2 and up are invited to the Storrs Library for their weekly drop-in chess program. Come play with other kids and improve your chess skills! 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 9:30am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Today is Home School Day at the Springfield Science Museum. Explore their “Rainforest Adventure” exhibit and learn all about the rainforests of the world. Students will get to climb a kapok tree, explore a gorilla’s nest, meet virtual rainforest scientists, learn how to protect endangered species, and much more. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $

Tuesday, February 25, 10am – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Brian Richardson stars in, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” at St. John’s Congregational Church. This one-man show, written by Alexa Kelly, tells about the life of Du Bois, who was a civil rights leader and a visionary of equality and democracy. 413-734-2283. 45 Hancock Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 25, 10am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Westfield Athenaeum’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Tuesday, February 25, 4pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Brian Richardson stars in, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium. This one-man show, written by Alexa Kelly, tells about the life of Du Bois, who was a civil rights leader and a visionary of equality and democracy. 413-545-0150. 1 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a book discussion, held at The Bookstore. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 11 Housatonic Street. Lenox, MA.

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm – MOM’S NIGHT OUT: The East Longmeadow Public Library is holding a “Mom’s Night Out” tonight! The evening will consist of a discussion with the authors of Just Ordinary Moms, and there will be an opportunity to get your copy of the book signed. Please register in advance. 413-525-5400 x1511. 60 Center Square East Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm – ACADEMICS: Come to the Jones Library for “speed dating” with independent scholars. Local scholars who are not affiliated with any of the Five Colleges will be at the library to talk about their work. Topics include biology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, and religious studies. This is a rare opportunity to hear these scholars discuss their work and why it is important. It is a good way to learn about a variety of different fields. Best for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

10am-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Simply Music Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 7yrs-adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min. lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PARENT/CHILD GROUP: Gateway Family Center offers a parent-child school readiness group every Tuesday from until June. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come by the Goodwin Memorial Library for “Lunatunes!” a dynamic storytime with songs, movement, stories, and original art. For babies through age 5. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for pre-K kids with educational games and hands-on activities. Takes place at Haskins Center. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time, a song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts. All are welcome to this weekly drop-in event. Led by Waldorf parent-child teacher Trice Atchison, Rhyme Time engages babies and young children in seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and simple puppetry. 413-528-6911. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Community Health Programs is offering “Kids’ Kitchen,” a cooking class for kids ages 2.5-5 that focuses on healthy food choices. This class teaches kids the importance of healthy eating at an early age and gets them interested in cooking. 413-528-0457 x1154. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Every Tuesday is toddler storytime at the Lenox Library! Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. For kids 18 months to 3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – STORYTIME: Weekly story time, snack and get-together for preK kids and their caregivers. Becket-Washington Library. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main Street. Becket, MA (FREE)
  • 2pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY: Kids ages 10 and up are invited to the Hatfield Public Library for Teen Tuesdays. Each meeting features a fun activity. Takes place the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 3-5pm – TEENS: The Lilly Library hosts a weekly, drop in teen program for ages 12-17yo. Activities include games, crafts, book chat, movies, snacks. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE)
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Lego Club is every Tuesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while creating Lego masterpieces. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Lego Club meets at the Adams Library the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For kids 4-8. Please call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY TIME: Kids of all ages can come to the Millers Falls Library for Library Club! This includes games, activities, crafts, and snacks. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 7-12 can join the Indian Orchard Branch Library‘s Lego Questers group! Come have fun with Legos each week at the library. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA.
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Come to Gabriel Abbott Memorial School Gym for a gym group for kids up to age 8. The group is all about indoor active play, but also includes an art project, circle time, and a snack. Siblings welcome. 413-663-6593. 56 N Country Road. Florida, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the second Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 7:30pm – MUSIC: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is holding a Ukulele Sing Along the first Tuesday of each month. Come to the library with your ukulele (or other instruments) and have fun playing music with community members of all ages. Ukuleles available at the library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Come to Smith Splash! Students in grades 6 through 12 (ages 11 through 18) are invited to come to Splash, a day of workshops for middle and high school students taught by college students. Taking place from 9am to 3pm on March 1, 2014 in Seelye Hall on the Smith campus in Northampton, this event costs only $10, with an optional $5 lunch pass. Financial aid is available! Write a parody song, learn about energy and mathematical proofs, create a zine, and learn American Sign Language. Find our full list of classes and register at smithsplash.learningu.org. Registration closes on February 26. Please direct any questions to spring@smith.edu.

Wednesday, February 26, 10:30am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts is offering a free Legal and Financial Planning Workshop for older adults and caregivers. Learn about the ways you can protect your assets, the importance of wills, the durable power of attorney, health care proxy, and more. Todd C. Ratner of Bacon Wilson P.C. will present this workshop, which takes place in Jewish Family Service’s Community Room. Pre-registration is requested. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 26, 3:45pm-4:45pm – CHESS: The Pelham Library will have chess club for kids ages 7 and up. The club runs for five weeks and gives kids a chance to play chess with their peers at similar skill levels. Ask the library for more information. Sign-up is required. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA.

Wednesday, February 26, 5pm-5:45pm – ARCHITECTURE: Learn about the architecture of the Academy of Music on one of their building tours! Architect Tom Douglas and Academy Technical Director Hugh Hall will teach about the building’s architectural features, its Renaissance style, the use of gas and electric lamps, full-fly hemp system, and more. This tour would be great for older students and adults interested in architecture or in learning about the history behind one of Northampton’s most well-known buildings. Call for more information. 413-584-9032 x104. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 26, 6pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Have you ever heard someone say “What part of no don’t you understand?” or “Because I said so, that’s why!” Or maybe you have thought there has to be a better way to get children to listen and respond to our parenting requests. Jeanine Fitgerald is offering a workshop, “Beyond Bossing, Begging and Bribing” at the Gateway Family Center. Jeanine will help parents/guardians sort through these challenges while exploring the choices we have to parent, teach and discipline our children. When you leave this session, you will have a deeper understanding of the strategies that balance structure and support in a child’s life. This session is the first in a three part series. Free childcare available. Open to all. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, February 26, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Who’s In Charge Here?” as part of their Puzzle of Parenting lecture series. The workshop will review different parenting styles and the challenges that can arise when a child’s caregivers have different approaches to discipline. Participants will learn how to implement consistent routines and limit-setting as a way to reduce difficult behaviors. Childcare is available. Registration is required. Takes place at South Hadley Family Center. 413-570-3061. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Do your children know where their sweet sticky honey comes from? Honey bees around the world are in trouble due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”, a film by Taggart Siege,l explores this devastating problem in the beehive, interviewing beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk, and Vandana. Find out what might be causing CCD and why bees are so important to our sustainable way of life. A discussion after the film will be led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary (South Deerfield), a full-time beekeeper dedicated to preserving genetic lines of Russian honeybees. Shiva Saint James Church, Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Refreshments served. Contact: 413-773-5165. Greenfield, MA (FREE/DONATION)

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema’s Miyazaki Festival celebrates film director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Today, the Cinema is screening My Neighbor Totoro (1988; rated G), a lighthearted movie for kids with themes about humans and their relationship with the earth. The film is enjoyable for all ages. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944. It is a comedy that tells the story of a man with an unseen/imaginary friend in the form of an anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. Tickets available at the door. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

2-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Play-a-Story Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 5-7 yrs w/ adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min.lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s infant/toddler group runs every Wednesday. Kids age 2 and under can explore age-appropriate toys and the playroom, and enjoy a snack and circle time. Please no children or siblings over age 2. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids from birth to age five and their caregivers can come to the First Congregational Church of Hatfield for playgroup, including snacks, stories, and songs. 413-586-4998 x102. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a loosely structured playgroup at the Clapp Memorial Library every Wednesday for kids from birth to age five. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-322-5640. 335 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Come by the Westhampton Library for playgroup the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Features games, arts and crafts, and storytime. For kids 8 and under. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10:15am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the Carnegie Public Library for a weekly storytime, complete with crafts, stories, activities, and snacks. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA
  • 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the New Marlborough Library. 413-464-5095. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Erving Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. Northfield Road. Erving, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Wendell Free Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly Tales and Tunes playgroup at the Leverett Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come to the Mason Square Branch Library for storytime, songs, and crafts. For ages 3-8. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly story hour at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for storytime every Wednesday. There will be movement, stories, music, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday, the Salasin Center is holding a “Parents Supporting Parents” support group. Parents and grandparents can come connect and discuss parenting in this safe environment. Free childcare is available. Please call for more info or to sign up for childcare. 413-774-4307. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 3pm – CHESS: Chess Club is every Wednesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while improving your chess skills. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – 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)
  • 4pm – CHESS: Kids from kindergarten to 8th grade can drop by the East Longmeadow Public Library for chess! This weekly program is open to kids of all skill levels, from beginner to chess pro. Come make new friends and improve your chess skills. 413-525-5400 x4. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 12:15pm – NATURE STUDIES: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Introduction to the Tropical Rainforest,” presented by Frances Ryan. Come learn all about the rainforests of the world and why they are such interesting and diverse ecosystems. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, February 27, 4:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in grades 4-6 are invite to the Monson Free Library for Fishing for Meatballs Book Group. Read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and then come discuss it with your peers. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm – MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Students from Mt. Everett Regional School will be performing music tonight at the Gypsy Joynt to raise money for Beyond the Berks’ international travel opportunities. Come hear great live music and support the efforts of Beyond the Berks at this Music Night Fundraiser. 293 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, February 27, 7pm – LITERACY: The Lenox Library is holding a community-wide reading event during the month of February, which includes relevant programs at the library each week. The book being read is The Celestials by Berkshire author Karen Shepard. The book is about the hiring of Chinese immigrants in North Adams in the 1870s. Tonight’s event is a screening of The Visitor (2008; rated PG-13) and discussion. This book and the discussions held at the library will help teach about immigration, assimilation, and acceptance in America. Community reading events help encourage reading and discussion among all community members. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

9am-7pm – BAGPIPE LESSONS: Eric Goodchild offers Bagpipe, Violin/Fiddle and beginning Clawhammer Banjo. Mon-Fri, ages 9 & up. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($30/lesson)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10am-11am – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: New parents and their infants from birth to one year are invited to a support group at the Greenwood Children’s Center. Come share stories about the new little one in your life. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – ROLLERSKATING: Kids age 6 and under can come to Interskate 91 North for skating, roller racers, games, music, and more! Admission for kids includes snack and skate rental. More info here. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street (Inside of Hampshire Mall). Hadley, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Dalton Free Public Library offers a weekly storytime, which includes stories, short films, and crafts, all designed to help kids with social and literacy skills. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Thursday includes stories, songs, and games. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Stop by the New Salem Library every Thursday for nursery rhymes, tales, and tunes. 978-544-6334. 23 S Main Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Community Health Program (CHP), Bushnell-Sage Library is hosting a Sing-A-Song playgroup for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a monthly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the Cummington Family Center on the second Thursday of each month. 413-634-8853. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm – FAMILY FUN: The Salasin Center will be open for family time every Thursday. Come by for activities to do with the whole family. 413-774-4307 x4. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Friday, February 28, 11:30am-1pm – FOOD STUDIES: “Louder Than Moms: A Parent-Friendly Ideas Exchange” is a monthly program at Grow that allows stay-at-home parents and caregivers to share their intellectual and professional experiences in a baby/toddler-friendly setting. This month’s topic is “Coffee Culture: The Art and Politics of the Coffee Bean,” with Jenna Gotthelf of Northampton Coffee and Professor Nola Reinhardt of Smith College. Bring your baby/toddler and come enjoy this coffee talk and a discussion to go along with it. 413-341-5282. 150 Main Street, Third Floor. Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 28, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Harry Potter fans in third grade and up can come to the Dickinson Memorial Library for Harry Potter trivia, activities, and a snack. Come to the library on 3/1 at 1pm for a screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002; rated PG). 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Friday, February 28, 5pm – FOOD STUDIES/FILM: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” kicks off today with a screening of A Place at the Table (2013; rated PG), a documentary that investigates hunger in the United States. 50 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The film follows three Americans of those 50 million and also discusses how the country’s issues of food insecurity can be fixed. The film is recommended for ages 8 and up. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

Friday, February 28, 6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Turkish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts is holding a Turkish Coffee Night at the Agawam Public Library. Come learn about Turkish culture while enjoying Turkish dance, music, and food. This event is open to the public and would be best for older students and adults. 413-789-1550 x8855. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Friday, February 28, 6pm-8:30pm – MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: The Agawam Family and Community Program is sponsoring a special evening for moms – a night with the authors of Just Ordinary Moms, who will read excerpts, share stories, and offer encouragement to local moms. This event takes place in the Agawam Senior Center’s Dining Room. Registration is appreciated. 413-821-0597. 954 Main Street. Agawam, MA.

Friday, February 28, 7pm-9pm – PERFORMANCE: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School is doing a special Black History Month performance tonight. Come celebrate Black History Month at PVPA’s educational performance. Call for more information. 413-552-1580. 15 Mulligan Drive. South Hadley, MA.

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

9:30am-12noon – MUSIC MOVEMENT: Simply Music Rhapsody: 3 mos.-5 yrs w/ adult. Fri & Sat. Classes by age. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($12/lesson)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Shutesbury Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group for young kids at Sunderland Elementary. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers can stop by Whole Children for playgroup, featuring snacks and playtime. 37 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Come watch preschool videos at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Friday! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a weekly workshop for parents and infants 0-12 months titled “Nurturing Your Baby.” Learn infant massage, learn about infant development, meet other parents and babies, and more. This is a great workshop for parents and their young children to do together. Childcare for older children is available. Please register. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Weekly “Skip and Dip” playgroup at Berkshire South RCC. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly fitWIC playgroup at CHP Family Services Building. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Sunderland Public Library. Features stories, songs, and crafts. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall, featuring educational playthings, snack, art project, and circle time. For kids walking-age to five years. 413-663-6593. 83 N Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.
  • 12:30pm-2pm – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: The Storrs Library‘s Pathway for Parents is a program for families with their first baby (0-15 months). Learn about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play, and how these can benefit your new baby. Please call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 2:15pm-4pm – LEGOS: The Dickinson Memorial Library’s LEGO Club meets the second Friday of each month. Come make friends and build with LEGOs. Best for kids in grade 3 and up. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 5:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2-4 can come to the Hatfield Public Library for book club! Book clubs are a great way for kids to read for fun and then discuss books with their peers. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium every Friday evening (except 3/24 and 4/4). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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