Berkshire Family Fun: January 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
January 2015

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of January. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

“I like the ability to see what is happening in the area. We have experienced many different and delightful events that I would not known of if I did not know about the [Hilltown Families] eNewsletter.” – Kathy Couch (East Otis, MA)


Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Monterey, Northern Berkshire, Pittsfield and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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ADAMS

Fridays, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

 

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. 413-743-7121. 67 East Road. Adams, MA.

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

Sunday, January 11, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Explore Savoy State Forest and the Hoosac Range on a winter ecology hike with Mass Audubon and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Learn about ecology, evergreen trees, and animal tracks on this hike. Snowshoe rentals available. If no snow, it will be a regular hike. Older teens and adults only. Register in advance. 413-584-3009. Central Shaft Road. Florida, MA. ($$)

Abbot School — 56 North Country Road.

HANCOCK

Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 W Housatonic St. 413-443-0188

LANESBOROUGH

  • Fridays, 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 1, 1pm – FIRST DAY HIKE: Celebrate the first day of 2015 with a hike at Mt. Greylock with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Explore abandoned farmland, forest succession, and look for winter wildlife. After the hike, come to the fireplace and enjoy hot chocolate. First Day Hikes are a great way to start off the new year with healthy habits, like exercising and spending time outdoors. The hike is easy, 1.8 miles and would be appropriate for ages 7 and up. Leashed dogs are welcome. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

 

Bascom Lodge 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road.

Lanesborough Library — 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street.

Mt. Greylock — 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum – 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

Ashintully — 413-298-3239. Sodom Road

NORTH ADAMS

  • Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 8yr every Monday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Wednesdays 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for toddlers at the Haskins Center. For ages 1-2.5. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 1, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Looking for something fun to do with the family on the first day of the new year? MASS MoCA will be open! Come check out their awesome exhibits and have fun exploring the galleries and doing hands-on activities at the Art Bar. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

 

Thursday, January 8, 5:30-7:30pm – PARENT CAFE: A Parent Cafe is a game of conversation where parents talk with other parents about the joys and challenges of parenting and learn from one another. Enjoy a FREE catered meal, transportation and childcare! Please RSVP by January 5th at 413-664-4821. Haskins Community Center. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 3pm – GEOGRAPHY: Learn all about maps at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “The Monsters of Maps” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a playgroup for dads and their kids at the Haskins Center! Kids walking-age to age 8 can come for indoor active play, including snowmen bowling, ice fishing, and snowball toss, as well as stories, songs, and parachute play. A great chance for dads and their young kids to have some fun together! 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA

Saturday, January 17, 3pm – GEOGRAPHY: Learn all about maps at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Maps of the Unmappable” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, January 18, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, January 19, 9am-2pm – SERVICE LEARNING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be a Day of Service in Northern Berkshire County, at the MCLA Church Street Center. All ages can come work on a variety of community service projects, including sewing mittens, making military care packages, putting together meal kits for food pantries, decorating placemats for senior programs, as well as activities that take place off-site, at the YMCA, the Adams Youth Center, and other places around town. This service day is a great chance to get the whole family engaged in community service projects to benefit a variety of causes. Call for more information. 413-664-4006. Church Street. North Adams, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Monday, January 19, 1pm-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Thursday, January 22, 7:30pm – FILM/ART: MASS MoCA is screening Art and Craft (2014), a documentary about Mark Landis, a prolific art forger in the United States who has been donating works to museums for years. He has forged the works of many different artists, including Picasso and many others. Because he poses as a philanthropic donor and gets no money from his forgeries, he has not committed a crime. The documentary follows curator Matthew Leininger, who tries to catch and expose Landis to the art world. Those who are interested in art will love this screening, which also features a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker after the screening. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 24, 3pm – HISTORY: Learn about history and geography at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Witness to the Ancient World” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 24, 3pm-6pm – THEATER: Learn about Mill City Productions‘ programs and plans for 2015 at their open house on January 24! Community members can stop by to learn more about how they can become involved with Mill City Productions. This year, Mill City is especially interested in multicultural casting, and actors of any age, race, and ethnicity are encouraged to come visit Mill City, learn about their plans for the year, and check out their materials and scripts. Older students interested in theater can learn about Mill City’s programs at this open house event. Located in Heritage State Park, Building 4N. Route 8. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, January 25, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Sonday, January 26, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering an 8-week workshop for parents on “Parenting with Positive Discipline” at the Haskins Center. The workshop teaches parents how to focus on discipline solutions while being both kind and firm in order to teach children creative cooperation and self-discipline. Free childcare and transportation are available. Call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 6pm-9pm – FAMILY FUN: Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a Family Fun Night at Mingos Sports Bar and Grill. Families can come for a delicious appetizer buffet, a cash bar, bowling, pool, golf, ping pong, darts, tabletop games, a 50/50 raffle, and more. This is a fun night to support a great local organization! Call for tickets. 413-664-9382. 41 Roberts Drive. North Adams, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 11am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: MASS MoCA will hold its annual Free Day on January 31! Come check out the museum’s exhibitions and activities, and get a look at some of the behind the scenes work that goes on at MASS MoCA. Art fabricators will show the process of taking a project from concept to completion, and you can watch the tech crew build a concert light show. There is something for all ages to enjoy at the museum, and this opportunity to do it all for free will be a blast on a cold winter Saturday! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

North Adams Farmers’ Market 413-664-6180. St. Anthony Drive & Route 8.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park 413-663-6312. 115 State Street.

North Adams Public Library 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street.

MASS MoCA 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way.

Haskins Community Center 413-664-4821. 210 State Street.

Natural Bridge State Park — 413-663-6392. McCauley Road..

WILLIAMSTOWN

  • Mondays, 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • First Friday of the Month, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 2, 10:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 2 , 11am – YOGA: The Clark Art Institute is offering an intergenerational beginning-level yoga class open to ages 10 and up. This is a great opportunity for tweens and teens to learn some basic yoga and discover its benefits. Please bring your own mat or towel. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 2, 2:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Clark Art Institute is holding a school vacation week film festival for families on December 30, 31, and January 2. On the 2nd, come see Hugo (2011; rated PG). 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 7, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Friday, January 9, 7pm – STORYTELLING/CULTURAL STUDIES: Father and son Joseph and Jesse Bruchac will present a program of Abenaki stories at Williams College’s Goodrich Hall. Joseph Bruchac is known for his integration of science and folklore, and for his book, Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Jesse Bruchac works to preserve music, language, and traditional culture. Their storytelling event focuses on the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands. Older students (ages 10 and up) and adults can attend this event and learn about Native American traditions. 413-597-4277. 863 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 14, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, January 18, 1–4 pm: ART: In celebration of the Monet | Kelly exhibition at the Clark Art Institute, “Monet | Kelly Drawing Day” will be held for all ages. Sketching kits are available in the Clark Center. Participants are encouraged to visit the Monet | Kelly exhibition and think about how Ellsworth Kelly’s drawings are related to the paintings of Claude Monet—then head to the permanent collection galleries to make a contour drawing inspired by another work of art. Art instructors will be in the galleries to encourage participants to explore new ideas, make suggestions, and help beginning artists learn drawing techniques. This event is fun for all ages and a great intergenerational activity. No matter what your skill level, it’s a fun way to engage with art and think in an entirely new way. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, January 21, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Thursday, January 22, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williamstown Historical Museum at Sheep Hill to learn about a project to restore an antique horse-drawn work sled donated by Henry Flynt. The documentary Ben’s Mill will be shown to kick off the evening – the film is about a water-powered mill in 1970s Vermont and the making of a work sled. Art Evans will discuss the restoration project and what tasks must be done in the winter and spring. Older students interested in local history can learn about local industry and tools from the past at this event. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 28, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA.

Friday, January 30, 6pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Adults can enjoy an evening of fine art and fine dining at the Clark Art Institute on January 30. At “Dinner and the Show,” guests can attend a private gallery tour of Monet | Kelly, led by curator Richard Rand, and enjoy a delicious prix-fixe meal by Stephen Starr Events. Space is limited; reservations are required. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, January 31, 3pm – HISTORY: Learn about history at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Witness to Discovery, Revolution, and the Modern Era” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Milne Public Library 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road.

Clark Art Institute 413-458-2303. 225 South Street.

Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street.

Sweet Brook Farm — 413-884-4246. 580 Oblong Road.

Williams College Museum of Art — 413-597-2376. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive.

Williamstown Youth Center — 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue.

WINDSOR

Saturday, January 3, 7pm-9pm – SKIING: Join The Trustees of Reservations at Notchview for moonlight skiing! This is a great chance to get outdoors during the winter and to meet other skiers. Popcorn and cider after. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 10, 10am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Notchview is holding a Winter Trails Day for families this January. Get outdoors and enjoy winter with cross-country ski lessons, snowshoeing, free rentals (with purchase of trail pass), and more. There will be a limited number of skis available for use. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 7pm-9pm – CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: The Trustees of Reservations host their moonlight ski event at Notchview on January 31. Come explore the trails by moonlight and meet other skiers. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

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Central Berkshire

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BECKET

DALTON

Dalton Free Public Library 0 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street.

Crane Museum of Papermaking — Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. The museum is open weekdays from 1-5pm. — 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. (FREE)

HINSDALE

LEE

Friday, January 2, 3pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Join Berkshire Carousel at the Good Purpose Gallery to paint your own miniature pony. There will also be a carousel pony to take photos with. Call for more info and to RSVP. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (>$)

Spectrum Playhouse – 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street.

Lee Library – 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street.

LENOX

Saturday, January 17, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING/HIKING: Families can explore Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon on a Family Snowshoe Hike! This is a great outdoor winter activity for families – the trails are gentle and great for young or beginner snowshoers. Explore the Sanctuary and see what it’s like in winter at this program. Please pre-register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 17, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place January 17 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music by Julie Vallimont, David Langford, and Rachel Bell, and the caller will be Jon Greene. Families can come dance together at this fun series – there will be an introduction for beginners and all dances will be taught. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 8 and up and their families can learn about animal tracks and sign with Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on January 31. Learn about animals that remain active in the winter and search the sanctuary for their tracks, scat, and other signs. Please pre-register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($)

Lenox Library — 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street.

Lenox Historical Society — Main Street.

The Mount – 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – 472 West Mountain Road.

Shakespeare and Company – 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street.

Ventfort Hall – 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street.

PERU

PITTSFIELD

  • Saturdays, 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: It’s chow time at the Berkshire Museum! Come watch museum staff some of the aquarium’s most exciting residents. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • Fridays, 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. $
  • Wednesdays, 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • Mondays, 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, January 4, 12noon-5pm – FESTIVAL OF TREES: Join the Berkshire Museum on a wildlife expedition through the galleries with this year’s “Festival of Trees 2014 On Safari.” This annual holiday event will feature more than 100 twinkling, tantalizing holiday trees decorated to evoke an exotic safari adventure. Visitors can expect to see lots of wonderful trees with animals incorporated into the designs – from cuddly stuffed animals to themes focused on the out-of-doors and wildlife. The Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s educational programs, and it is open every day through Sunday, January 4. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7). Pittsfield, MA ($)

Saturday, January 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm – VOLUNTEER/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Humane Society’s “Humane Hero” program gives kids ages 10-14 the opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society, learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, learn how to be an advocate and educator, and learn how to effectively fundraise in order to create change in their community. The Humane Society is offering a Humane Hero workshop – “Canine Good Citizen.” More information on becoming a Humane Hero can be found on the Berkshire Humane Society website. You can sign up anytime! 413-447-7878 x29. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Friday, January 16, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a Computer Basics class, which teaches how to use laptops, keyboards, mice/touchpads, and how to browse the internet. This class would be great for someone who with no computer skills who is hoping to learn! Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 19, 8:30am – SERVICE LEARNING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: The Berkshire Community College Service-Learning and Diversity Committee is holding their second annual MLK Day of Service on January 19. BCC students and employees will participate in the day of service, and there are spots open to those outside the BCC community as well. This year, there will be three service sites: The Harvest Table, where a free community lunch will be served; Habitat for Humanity, where volunteers will work to revitalize a local home; and Dower Square, where volunteers will work with young children to spread Dr. King’s message. Call for more information and to register. 413-236-2177. 55 Fenn Street. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, January 22, 2pm-3:30pm – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on creating and using an email account. This class would be great for someone who has basic computer skills and would like to learn how to setup and use web-based email. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate childhood, rule-breaking, and creativity at the Berkshire Museum‘s newest exhibition, If/Then. Kids can climb, jump, and explore the large-scale sculptural structures in the galleries, and adults and older students can re-engage with their own childhoods. This interactive exhibition will be a blast for all ages. If/Then is on display through May 3, and there will be an opening reception on January 30 at 5:30pm (>$). Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24, 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, January 24, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 25, 2pm-4pm – THERAPY ANIMALS: The Berkshire Humane Society presents a talk on Therapy Animals with Terry Cormier and Sullivan the Newfoundland as part of their Coffee Hour Speaking Series. Older students and adults can learn all about therapy animals at this program. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 25, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, January 26, 1:30pm-3pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, January 26, 7pm-8:30pm – ART STUDIES: Explore the museums of the Vatican at the Berkshire Museum this January! The museum will screen Vatican Museums, which takes viewers to museums in the Vatican and shows the works of art that have been collected by the Popes over the last five centuries. You can see works by Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalí, and others. Older students interested in art history will love seeing these works on display on the big screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, January 29, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on what smartphones are and how to use them. This class would be great for someone who is looking to upgrade to a smartphone but wants to learn the basics first. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-2pm – HEALTH FAIR: The Berkshire Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Club is holding its 3rd Annual Wellness Day on January 31 at the Paterson Field House. All are welcome to attend this event, which will feature educational booths, exercise classes (>$), and chair massages (>$). Come learn how to live a healthier life, and try out exercise classes like Zumba, pilates, snowshoeing, yoga, and dance, among others. Proceeds benefit Empower SCI, a non-profit that helps individuals with spinal cord injuries. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Saturday, January 31, 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. (FREE)

The Berkshire Athenaeum 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue.

Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road.

Berkshire Lyric Theatre – 413-499-0258

Berkshire Museum – 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street.

Berkshire Music School — 413-442-1411. 30 Wendell Ave.

Colonial Theatre — 413-298-5576. 111 South Street.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street.

First Friday Artswalk — Downtown.

Hancock Shaker Village – 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road.

RICHMOND

Saturday, January 31, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy a night under the stars at Hilltop Orchards! The orchard and winery will take guests on a 1-1.5 hour hike/snowshoe trek under the full moon. A bonfire, wine tasting, and live entertainment will follow the hike – making for a fun and exciting evening outdoors! Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. ($)

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Friday, January 2, 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Have fun and learn about art at the Norman Rockwell Museum during school vacation week! The museum is offering a series of programs for the whole family during their “Rockwell and Dickens: A Victorian Holiday Celebration” event. There will be art making activities, tours, readings, and music performed by the Berkshire Community Music School. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Friday, January 9, 2:30pm-3:30pm – ART: Learn the stories behind some of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Curator of Education Tom Daly. Best for older students interested in art. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Thursday, January 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of war and issues surrounding the topic at the Norman Rockwell Museum with William H. Cohn, Ph.D. and others. Older students and adults who are interested in history and politics can learn a lot from this lecture, which focuses on the reasons why war is seen as an accepted response to conflict. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY/ART: Smith College Professor John Davis will present, “Race and Battlefield: Seeing and Not Seeing Civil War” at the Norman Rockwell Museum on January 17. The Civil War was precipitated by the issue of slavery and it was America’s bloodiest war, yet very few paintings from the time period depict race, slavery, or the battlefield. Learn about why this is and discover this interesting part of America’s history. Best for older students interested in art history adults. Free with museum admission ($$) or $ for program only. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 1pm-4pm – ILLUSTRATION: The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting “50 Markets of Illustration with John Roman” on January 31. Self-directed teens interested in pursuing a career in illustration can attend this event, where illustrator John Roman will discuss opportunities in the field of illustration and insights into finding a market for your art. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about being a professional illustrator from someone with tons of experience in the field. Call to pre-register. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Berkshire Botanical Garden 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Chesterwood — 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road

Norman Rockwell Museum – 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183.

The Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives – 413-298-5501. 18 Main Street.

TYRINGHAM

Ashintully Gardens. 413-298-3239. Sodem Road.

WASHINGTON

Wednesday, January 28, 10am-1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a wildlife tracking hike at a BNRC property in Washington. Search for tracks and sign and learn how to identify them on this three mile hike. 413-499-0596. Middlefield Road. Washington, MA. (FREE)

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

Friday, January 2, 12noon-2pm – BOARD GAMES: School-aged readers can come to the West Stockbridge Public Library with friends and family to play board games together during winter vacation. 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 3, 12noon-2pm – BOARD GAMES: School-aged readers can come to the West Stockbridge Public Library with friends and family to play board games together during winter vacation. 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

West Stockbridge Public Library – 413-232-0300 x308. 21 State Line Road.

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ALFORD

Wednesday, January 7, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a moderate hike at Alford Springs. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA. (FREE)

GREAT BARRINGTON

Fridays, 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Mason Library is holding a playgroup for fathers and their children. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The Mason Library will have a MCBA Book Club on January 15. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 1pm-4pm – SNOWSHOEING: Ages 12 and up can learn to snowshoe with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on a hike at Threemile Hill! The hike is 1.5 miles and is a great chance for tweens and teens to learn how to snowshoe. If there’s no snow, it will be a regular hike. Bring your own snowshoes or try out a pair (register at least 24 hours in advance). Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center for the shuttle. 413-528-2810 x31. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food and goods at the Great Barrington Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School! Here you can find local veggies, apples, bread, cheese, meat, yarn, and more. There will also be music, food, and activities for kids. Come support local farmers and artisans at this special holiday market! 413-528-0041. Monument Valley Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET)

Monday, January 19, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can make some yummy winter treats for birds at Berkshire Co-Op Market on January 19! Use ingredients from the Co-op’s bulk foods section and make some healthy and delicious treats for local birds. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, January 23, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Looking for a something exciting to do this Friday night? Head to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a performance of Noche Flamenco’s Antigona, which is inspired by the Living Theatre’s Antigone. Read about the story behind the performance and find ticketing information on the Mahaiwe website. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, January 24, 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART: Kids can read and paint at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Read Jan Brett’s The Mitten and The Three Snow Bears and then create a work of art inspired by these classic stories. This is a fun opportunity for kids ages 3-6 to enjoy wintry stories and do a related art project. Sign up at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810 x31. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 24, 10:30am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can learn how to make a delicious winter meal at Berkshire Co-Op Market! Learn how to make grilled cheese and tomato soup using both traditional and nontraditional ingredients at this hands-on cooking workshop. Call for more information and to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Sunday, January 25, 3pm-4:30pm – DANCE: Berkshire South Regional Community Center has a family square dance on January 25 with Cliff Brodeur. Ages 7 and up can come learn to square dance at this event. Call to sign up. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)

riday, January 30, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library will have a Frozen sing-along for families on January 30! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 30, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mason Library will have a Frozen sing-along for families on January 30! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 2pm-5pm – SCRABBLE: Do you love Scrabble? Berkshire South Regional Community Center is hosting a Scrabble Party on January 31. Ages 16 and up can come compete in this classic word game, complete with a referee! There will be prizes for the top scores. Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Berkshire South Regional Community Center — 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.

Great Barrington Historical Society — South Main Street.

The Guthrie Center — 413-644-9288. 2 Van Deusenville Road.

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Church and River Streets.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.

Mason Library — 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street.

South Berkshire Kids – 413-464-5095. 444 Old Stockbridge Road.

HOUSATONIC

Project Native – 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road.

Ramsdell Library – 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street.

MONTEREY

Bidwell House Museum — 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road.

NEW MARLBOROUGH

Cookson State Forest — Hotchkiss Road.

New Marlborough Library — 413-664-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road.

OTIS

Otis Library and Museum – 413-269-0109. 48 North Main Road.

SANDISFIELD

Saturday, January 24, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at their new Clam River Loop Trail. The 2-mile trail will take you through a beautiful evergreen forests with nice views of Clam River. If snowy, bring snowshoes. Hike is easy, two miles. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA. (FREE)

SHEFFIELD

Saturday, January 17, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Families can explore Bartholomew’s Cobble on a guided trek with The Trustees of Reservations on January 17. Learn about the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river as you search for tracks and sign of wildlife like bald eagles and others. Snowshoes will be available. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 24-Sunday, January 25, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Bushnell-Sage Library – 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street.

Bartholomew’s Cobble – 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road.

Sheffield Historical Society. 413-229-2694. 91 Main St.

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