Berkshire Family Fun: February 2015

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
February 2015

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of February. 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.

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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)

Sunday, February 15, 3pm – HISTORY: Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s 195th birthday with the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum at the Adams Free Library on February 15. Susan B. Anthony “herself” will tell stories of her life, work, and adventures. Author Jeanne Gehret will portray Anthony at this educational and lively event. Birthday cake and drinks will be provided for guests. 413-743-7121. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

CHESHIRE

FLORIDA

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)

Wednesday, February 18, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Constitution Hill. This easy hike, 1.8-mile hike will take you to the home site of Josh Billings and the historic Constitution Oak. 413-499-0596. Bridge Street. 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)

Saturday, February 7, 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.

Sunday, February 8, 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.

Tuesday, February 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Families with children ages 4-8 can stop by the North Adams Public Library for some LEGO fun with Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Child Care of the Berkshires is holding a Parent Café at the Haskins Community Center! Come enjoy a free catered meal and talk with other parents. There is free childcare and transportation. Please call to RSVP by 2/9. 413-663-7588. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 14, 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.

Sunday, February 15, 10am-4pm: WINTER CELEBRATION: Berkshire County can kick cabin fever at North Adams’ Winter Fest! Winter Fest brings everything from ice sculptures to bracelet making (and most things in between) to the northern Berkshire community. There will be live music throughout town, special promotions at downtown businesses, information and vendor booths on Main Street, as well as pony rides, face painting, and a bonfire – events galore! Active families can even participate in a fun run/walk on North Adams’ Walking Loops, a new creation thanks to Mass in Motion.

Sunday, February 15, 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, February 16, 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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2:30pm – BABYSITTING COURSE: Kids ages 12 and up can attend a free 4-H babysitting course at the North Adams Public Library February 17-20. Call ASAP to sign up! 413-662-3133 x14. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 17, 6pm – STEM/FAMILY SHOW: Mad Science presents “Sounds Like Science” at the North Adams Public Library for ages 5 and up. This super fun, interactive show tackles the topic of the science of sound, and features tons of cool sounds and a chance to try making your own sounds of science. 413-662-3133 x14. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 21, 10am-3pm – HIKING: Experienced hikers can join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at the Hoosac Range Beaver Pond. This difficult hike will take you to the beaver pond, where you can search for animal tracks. Best for older teens and adults with experience hiking on challenging terrain. 413-499-0596. Route 2. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 21, 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.

Sunday, February 22, 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.

Friday, February 27, 1:30pm-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents/caregivers can attend a free workshop at the Haskins Center on February 27. Come learn about finances and stretching your dollar at this budgeting workshop, “Dollar Cents.” Learn the basics of banking and more at this highly informative workshop. Transportation and childcare available – please register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street.

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)

Sunday, February 1, 1pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the winter habitats of The Trustees of Reservations’ Field Farm property with naturalists Pam Weatherbee and Leslie Reed-Evans. Search for animal tracks, winter weeds, and birds at this nature program, which is suitable for all ages. Bring snowshoes if needed. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Friday, February 6, 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)

Saturday, February 7, 2pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs. The Cinema will screen half of the documentary nominees. 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. ($)

Sunday, February 8, 12:30pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs. The Cinema will screen half of the documentary nominees. 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. ($)

Monday, February 9, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES: Williams College presents the South Asian Film Series: Highlights of Indian Cinema 1955-2013. Film fans can come see key films from the past six decades at this series. On February 9, see Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which is a Bollywood love story. Older students will enjoy this film series, and can learn about both the history of film and Indian culture through the screenings. Takes place in Paresky Center Auditorium. 413-597-3131. 39 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 14, 9:30am-12:30pm – HISTORY/RESTORATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williamstown Historical Museum are working together to restore an antique horse-drawn worksled. Older students can assist with the restoration and can learn about the sled and what it was used for in the past. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, February 14, 10am-3pm – ANIMAL TRACKING: Hopkins Memorial Forest will host an animal tracking adventure. Naturalist and tracker Dan Yacobellis of Tamakoce Wilderness Adventures, trained in the ancient art of tracking by the Lakota people of in South Dakota, will lead participants in the field to look for tracks of native Berkshire wildlife. The program will be focused on following tracks in the outdoors, however there will be opportunities to go indoors to warm up and review some of the fundamentals of tracking and animal behavior.  Space is limited and interested participants are asked to make a reservation by contacting the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College. It is appropriate for people of all ages. dlewis@williams.edu. 413-597-2346. Hopkins Memorial Forest. 271 Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 14, 1:30pm & 3:30pm – VALENTINE’S DAY: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Clark this year! Visit the museum for a Valentine’s Day tea, gallery talks, a cappella performances by Williams College students, a photo booth, and more. Visit the museum and have fun at this special event! Reservations are required. 413-458-0524. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 14, 2pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs. The Cinema will screen the animation nominees. Don’t miss your chance to see these great short films before the Oscars! Best for older students and adults interested in film and animation. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Sunday, February 15, 12noon-4pm – WINTER FUN: Have some winter fun at the Clark Art museum on February 15! Bring a sled or cross-country skis, or borrow snowshoes from the museum, and have a blast exploring the campus and all its beauty. There will be fun family-friendly activities, like capture the flag and touch football, led by the Williams College men’s lacrosse team. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, February 15, 12:30pm – FILM: Images Cinema is screening Oscar-nominated shorts programs. The Cinema will screen the animation nominees. Don’t miss your chance to see these great short films before the Oscars! Best for older students and adults interested in film and animation. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Monday, February 16, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival kicks off tonight at Images Cinema with a screening of Diplomacy (Diplomatie) (2014; not rated). The film is a drama about World War II. Older teens interested in film studies can attend this series to learn about conflict and violence in new French film. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

Tuesday, February 17, 1pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is hosting a school vacation program at Sheep Hill for kids in grades K-4. Kids can explore different habitats, conduct winter science experiments, hike, sled, do craft projects, bake, cook, and more. Runs February 17-20, 1pm-4pm. Register in advance. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 21, 12noon-10pm – WINTER CARNIVAL: Williams College’s Winter Carnival is this weekend on the school’s campus. There will be a snow sculpture contest, food, a snow bike race, a step competition, rock climbing, and more. Check out the full schedule to see all the fun stuff that’s going on. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, February 22, 12noon-4pm – WINTER FUN: Have some winter fun at the Clark Art museum on February 22! Bring a sled or cross-country skis, or borrow snowshoes from the museum, and have a blast exploring the campus and all its beauty. There will be fun family-friendly activities, like capture the flag and touch football, led by the Williams College men’s lacrosse team. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, February 22, 1pm-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the fields and woodlands of Field Farm with The Trustees of Reservations! Families can bring cross country skis and snowshoes and enjoy hiking Field Farm’s gentle terrain. Enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows after. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Friday, February 27, 5pm – FILM/FOOD STUDIES: Fresh Fest is a film festival taking place at Images Cinema, featuring films focused on food and sustainability. Come see Mussels in Love (2012) and learn all about this interesting shellfish. Witness the life cycle of the mussel and hear incredible stories about its uses and roles in a variety of fields. Best for older students interested in documentary film, food, and sustainability. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

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, February 14, 10am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The Trustees of Reservations and the Hilltown Land Trust are teaming up to offer a day full of Snowshoe Shenanigans at Notchview! 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. Cost includes a day pass to Notchview. Please register in advance. 413-628-4485 x4. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($$)

Sunday, February 15, 10am-1pm – SNOWSHOEING: Explore Windsor on snowshoes with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Learn about the fascinating ecology of spruce-fir boreal forests and learn about animal tracking on this 2-3 mile snowshoe trek. Snowshoe rentals available (>$). Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register. Windsor, MA. ($$)

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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

Saturday, February 7, 1pm-3:30pm – ORIGAMI: Learn about the art of paper folding and try it out for yourself at the Good Purpose Gallery. This is a fun chance to learn origami! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 21, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE: The Lee Library is screening a FamiLEE Movie! Come see 101 Dalmatians (1961; rated G) at the library today with friends and family! 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 25, 10am-1:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Basin Pond. Explore a mature hardwood forest on this 3-mile hike. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA. (FREE)

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, February 7, 3:30pm-5:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Join Ventfort Hall for an elaborate Japanese tea ceremony in celebration of Tamanokoshi Day. There will be a short documentary about the Day, which is celebrated in Kyoto, Japan on January 20, followed by a Victorian tea. The day pertains to the geisha community of Kyoto and Yuki Kato, the geisha who married George Dennison Morgan, the son of Ventfort Hall’s owners. Best for older students interested in Japanese culture and local history. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 21, 3:30pm-5:30pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Food historian Francine Segan will be at Ventfort Hall to present “The Art of Dining at Downton Abbey.” Fans of the show or the time period can attend this talk to learn about the etiquette, entertainment, and dishes from the show. Following the talk, there will be a high tea. Best for older teens and adults. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 21, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place February 21 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music and a caller. 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. ($)

Sunday, February 22, 3:30pm-5:30pm – MAGIC: Ventfort Hall presents a magic show by Ed the Wizard on February 22. Come see this Mystical Magical Mayhem show and see tons of cool magic tricks! 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. 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.

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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, February 1, 1pm – SPORTS: The Berkshire Community College basketball team is hosting their second home game in nearly 20 years. As part of their participation in the new Southern New England Club Basketball League, the BCC Falcons will play against Goodwin College in Paterson Field House on the BCC campus. Kids who like basketball will have fun seeing this live game! 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, February 5, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: Learn about film special effects at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema series, “FX in the Berkshires – Middle Earth to the Matrix.” On February 5, come see The Matrix (1999; rated R) and learn about the special effects in the film from Berkshire resident Diane Pearlman, who is a special effects supervisor who helped develop the effects for the film and many others. Older teens (movie is rated R) interested in film studies will love getting to learn about the technology and effects behind this epic film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 7, 10am-11am – CULINARY ARTS: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, visitors to the Berkshire Museum can learn to make their own hand-dipped chocolates at the Learner’s Lab! Kathy Sinico of Catherine’s Chocolates will teach you how to make several types of chocolate. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 7, 10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 2-5 and an adult can participate in an Art Lab at the Berkshire Museum. Come build fine motor skills and improve language by using paintbrushes, learning colors and techniques, and more. Space is limited; call to register. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 7, 10am-11:30am – 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 on February 7. 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)

Saturday, February 7, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 8 and up can learn about animal tracking with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Search for scat, tracks, and other signs of animals that remain active during the winter. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 7, 7pm-9:30pm – FILM/ANIMATION: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, February 8, 11:30am-3pm – ANIMALS: The 15th Annual “Not Your Average Dog Show” takes place February 8 at Berkshire Community College’s Paterson Field House. The show is open to all dogs, not just purebreds, and dogs can be awarded in categories like best trick, best dressed, mystery mutt, best smile, and others. The event is co-sponsored by BCC and the Berkshire Humane Society. If you would like to register your dog to be in the show, please call by 2/4 ($). Humans and dogs are welcome to come and watch the dog show. Show benefits the BCC Foundation. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Sunday, February 8, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM/ANIMATION: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sonday, February 9, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM/ANIMATION: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, February 15, 2pm-4pm – PSYCHOLOGY/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Humane Society presents a talk on The Psychology of Animal Hoarding as part of their Coffee Hour Speaking Series. Older students and adults can learn about psychology and animals at this talk. 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 18, 2pm – PERFORMANCE: Going to the Farm with Spot at the Colonial Theatre. Join Spot the Dog, his dad Sam, and his friend Helen on a new adventure! Great fun for young theatre-goers and their parents, Going to the Farm With Spot takes the audience on an interactive journey to Sam’s farm where all the animals are lost. Spot and Helen need the audience’s help to find his lost animal friends by identifying the sounds of the animals to bring them back safely to the farm. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA ($$) [Subscribe to Hilltown Families eNewsletter and find out how you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets!]

 Thursday, February 19, 2pm – PERFORMANCEBill Blagg’s 10 Illusions  at The Colonial Theatre. Bill Blagg’s 10 Illusions is the most entertaining magic and illusion show on tour today! Bill’s latest show is filled with NEW never-before-seen, mind-blowing illusions such as Walking Through Steel and the world’s only Hoverboard! Bill combines his original illusions along with audience participation, comedy and of his trademark off-the-cuff personality which creates a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA ($$) [Subscribe to Hilltown Families eNewsletter and find out how you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets!]

Thursday, February 19, 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)

Saturday, February 21, 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)

Saturday, February 14, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Music School presents a performance of Grandmother Spider at the Berkshire Museum. The performance is an original composition by the school’s composer-in-residence Alice Spatz, and is based on a Cherokee creation story about the origin of light. Family members of all ages will enjoy this performance. 413-443-7171 x360. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 14, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, February 15, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, February 16, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, February 16, 1:30pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Music School presents a performance of Grandmother Spider at the Berkshire Museum. The performance is an original composition by the school’s composer-in-residence Alice Spatz, and is based on a Cherokee creation story about the origin of light. Family members of all ages will enjoy this performance. 413-443-7171 x360. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Monday, February 16, 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film. Older students interested in film can come see these short films and make predictions for the Oscar ceremony! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Tuesday, February 17, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, February 18, 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Discover the amazing lives of wolves and the many roles they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems at the Berkshire Museum on February 17! Atka, an 11-year-old Arctic Gray Wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center, will be at the Museum to help teach about wolves. This is a rare opportunity to see this misunderstood predator up close. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, February 18, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, February 18, 2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents a performance of Going to the Farm with Spot. Join Spot the Dog, his dad Sam, and his friend Helen on their interactive adventure to Sam’s farm, where all the animals are lost. Audience members can help Spot and Helen locate all the animals and bring them back to the farm. Kids will love this super fun performance, which takes place at the Colonial Theatre. Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, February 18, 7pm-8:30pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening the Oscar-nominated film Song of the Sea (2014; rated PG), which is nominated for Best Animated Film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, February 19, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, February 19, 2pm – MAGIC SHOW: Bill Blagg’s 10 Illusions is coming to the Colonial Theatre! This magic show features amazing illusions, comedy, and audience participation, making it a great show for the whole family! Tickets available in advance. 413-997-4444. 111 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 20, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Matt Heaton will perform “Toddlerbilly Troubadour” at the Berkshire Museum. His kid-friendly sing-alongs will entertain young kids of all ages! 413-443-7171 x360. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 21, 10am-4pm – FUNDRAISER/MINI GOLF: Help raise money for Literacy Volunteers by playing a round of mini golf at the Berkshire Athenaeum! An 18-hole golf course will be set up inside the library, so come on down and enjoy this fun indoor activity and help raise money for a good cause. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, February 21, 11am – THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends from the Strange Waves at the Berkshire Museum during school vacation week. The production consists of a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this performance of modern mythology. Cost includes museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 21, 11am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: School vacation week is coming to a close, but there’s still time to have some fun at the Berkshire Museum! Check out the museum’s If/Then exhibition and have fun doing hands-on activities around the museum as part of 10 Days of Play. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 21, 4pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come to downtown Pittsfield for a bonfire and fireworks! Warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores at this fun community event. 413-499-9348. First Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 24, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on cloud computing. Learn about how computer data is stored, what cloud computing is, and what its limits are. Best for older students and adults interested in learning more about computers. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. 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, February 7, 10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Visit the Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s Hollow Fields property for some sledding fun! The whole family is welcome to come sled at the property’s big hills. Bring a sled and have some fun! If there is no snow, you can go for a winter hike instead. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 17, 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The whole family is invited to Hilltop Orchards for a Paintball Biathlon! Strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and do the orchard’s loop while shooting paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is necessary. More information is available on the Hilltop Orchards website. All proceeds benefit the CRNA’s work with disabled veterans. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. ($$)

Thursday, February 19, 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The whole family is invited to Hilltop Orchards for a Paintball Biathlon! Strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and do the orchard’s loop while shooting paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is necessary. More information is available on the Hilltop Orchards website. All proceeds benefit the CRNA’s work with disabled veterans. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 20, 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The whole family is invited to Hilltop Orchards for a Paintball Biathlon! Strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and do the orchard’s loop while shooting paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is necessary. More information is available on the Hilltop Orchards website. All proceeds benefit the CRNA’s work with disabled veterans. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. ($$)

Sunday, February 22, 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: School vacation week is coming to a close, but there’s still time to have some fun at the Berkshire Museum! Check out the museum’s If/Then exhibition and have fun doing hands-on activities around the museum as part of 10 Days of Play. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Hilltop Orchard — Route 295.

STOCKBRIDGE

Saturday, February 7, 2pm-4pm – ART SHOW: The 29th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show opens today at the Norman Rockwell Museum! Come see the art created by local high schoolers, meet the artists, and hear illustrator Marc Rosenthal offer insight and encouragement to future art professionals (2:30pm). This is a great way to get kids interested in art! 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 12, 10am-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Discover the art of cut paper at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Hearts and Flowers workshop with artists Pamela Dalton. Learn the art of Scherenschnitte (cut paper) and create your own cut paper creations in the Pennsylvania German style. Older students and adults can learn about cut paper art at this hands-on workshop! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 14, 7:30pm & Sunday, February 15, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Waldorf High School, in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, presents a production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Unicorn Theatre. Come see this famous Shakespeare play performed by talented local students. Tickets available in advance. 413-298-3800. 6 East Street. 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

WEST STOCKBRIDGE

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

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  • 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)

Friday, February 6, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo on February 6. Come see this legendary South African a cappella group perform their joyous and uplifting music at this concert. Purchase tickets in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 7, 1pm-2:30pm – VALENTINE’S DAY/ARTS & CRAFTS: Come do a special craft for Valentine’s Day at the Mason Library! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 11, 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 2 months to 5 years can attend a playgroup at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There will be a bounce castle, obstacles, toys, mats, hula hoops, balls, an outdoor play structure, and more. Kids can have fun playing while parents socialize. Drop-in. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Thursday, February 12, 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)

Thursday, February 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm – FRENCH LANGUAGE: Adults (18+) can improve their conversational French skills at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Those with basic French skills can attend this six-week session to expand their vocabulary, improve their speaking and listening skills, and learn more about French-speaking countries and cultures. Register in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Friday, February 13, 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day early and drop the kids (ages 3-12) off at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Parents can go out and celebrate while their kids enjoy pizza, decorate cupcakes, go for a swim, and create valentine crafts. Register at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 14, 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)

Saturday, February 14, 1pm-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about animal tracking with naturalist Jim Pelletier at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Discover what animals live around the Center and learn how to identify their tracks and signs – scat, markings, feeding, beds, etc. Kids ages 10-14 who want to learn more about animals would like this program. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 20, 8:30am-2:30pm – BABYSITTING COURSE: Ages 11-15 can attend a babysitting course at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Learn how to care for children and infants, learn about leadership skills, age-appropriate activities, decision making, diaper changing, meal time, and all other aspects of babysitting. Students can also stay from 2:45pm-5pm for a CPR and First Aid course for babysitters. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Friday, February 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Explore the night sky with astronomer Rick Costello at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. This program consists of a slideshow and telescope viewing to teach participants about stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and more. For ages 10 and up. If cloudy, program will take place 2/27. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Saturday, February 21, 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Young kids and their dad can come to the Mason Library for a fun Dad & Me Playgroup! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 21, 1pm-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about animal tracking with naturalist Jim Pelletier at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Discover what animals live around the Center and learn how to identify their tracks and signs – scat, markings, feeding, beds, etc. Kids ages 10-14 who want to learn more about animals would like this program. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Thursday, February 26, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The Mason Library will have a MCBA Book Club on February 26. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, February 27, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see The Book of Life (2014; PG) at the Mason Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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

SHEFFIELD

Weekends through February 22, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s current exhibit is open weekends through 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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