Suggested Events for May 2nd-8th, 2015

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Over 55 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from!!!

Check out our featured post, 2015 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Hilltown Families Event

May 9

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, May 9th, 9-11:30am with a community potluck and volunteer day. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER) (Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden)

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May 2-3

The Alchemy Artisan Fair is proud to present it’s second annual show at Gateway City Arts at 92 Race Street in Holyoke from 10am-6pm on Saturday, May 2nd, and 11am-4pm on Sunday, May 3rd. Shop the work of over 30 local artisans, participate in a hula hoop jam with Kimqui Hoops, master your yo-yo skills with the A-Z Science and Learning Yo-Yo School, learn how to make your own mini-comic book with My Monster Hat, paint your own one of a kind stoneware bowl with The Celadon Studio or just chill in the beer garden and enjoy the day. Tickets are $5 at the door, free for children under 12. More information at www.alchemyfair.com

May 3

Sunday May 3, 2015 from 11am- 4pm: The Massachusetts Renaissance Center invites you to a day of music, theater, juggling, falconry, dancing and more at the 13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival in Amherst! Fun for all ages! Free admission and Free parking! Phoenix Swords returns with their popular swordsmanship demonstrations that are fun for the whole family! Robie Bones is back to lead music making! Play Renaissance games with Mutton and Mead! See demonstrations by local artisans and try your hand at one of these Renaissance crafts! There will be a Renaissance Poetry Performance Contest with cash prizes to win! For a complete schedule and parking info visit www.umass.edu/renaissance and click the festival link, or call 413-577-3600.

May 3

It’s a… Book! Book Launch with Angela DiTerlizzi at Odyssey Bookshop, Sunday, May 3rd at 3pm. FREE Join book lovers for the ultimate “book shower” with local author, Angela Diterlizzi. The author who brought you, Say What and Some Bugs, has returned to celebrate the joys of a new baby in her latest picture book, Baby Love. From bubble baths & baby kisses to chubby thighs & lullabies this book will delight babies young & old! A wonderful event for new parents, new babies and children of all ages, celebrate the arrival of this new creation. With sweet treats, book shower games and a toddler bubble dance party, this event will be fun for the whole family. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. RSVP required. Email RSVP@odysseybks.com

May 8

Platypus Police Pizza Party with Jarrett Krosoczka at Odyssey Bookshop, Friday, May 8th at 6pm. FREE. Join the Odyssey Bookshop in the celebration of the release of Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett’s own Lunch Lady series. Hear from Jarrett and two South Hadley Police officers, decorate your own police academy badges and have all you can eat pizza (no synthetic fish guarantee)! Perfect for ages 7+. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. RSVP required. Email RSVP@odysseybks.com

Open House: May 9

Ashfield Community Preschool invites families to their annual open house on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30am-Noon. This event is for families with young children ages 15mo-5yo who are looking for quality care & small class sizes in the rural Hilltown of Ashfield (103 Baptist Corner Rd). Children who attend the preschool participate in a hands-on gardening program, growing a sunflower house & pumpkin patch. Their developmentally appropriate curriculum is inspired by the natural world. In this pastoral setting the preschool offers a 6 week summer program with walking trips to visit local Ashfield artists. Open House on May 9. Tour their facility & grounds and register for summer & fall sessions. 413-628-3248. New Toddler Program Opening Fall 2015!

Jun 26-Jul 27

Share the local Hilltown summer experience with a student from Spain and receive a camp discount/voucher & stipend (Total $1,000). Students personally screened and placed in host families with children of same ages & interests to create a strong connection. Local organizers Joe Bock & Paula Garcia are always close-by & in touch to ensure a successful experience. Attending a camp during the stay? Better! Get a discount/rebate in addition to $700 stipend. Paperwork for student done/paid by organizers. Hosts also invited to Six Flags & New York City trip. Many references available. Great way to make a friend from Spain, have fun & represent the Hilltown community. Jun 26-Jul 27 joe.homestaysusa@gmail.com 413-203-1371 homestaysusa.org

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is happy to announce that it will provide $4000 per year to qualifying younger students and $5000 to high school students who attend one of the region’s Jewish day schools. Ensuring small classes, excellent teachers and a nurturing environment, Jewish day schools can provide your child with a superb secular and Jewish education. Participating schools include: Heritage Academy, Longmeadow; Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Longmeadow; Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Northampton; and Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford. For more information, visit www.hgf.org/TIP

Preschool Openings

Preschool Openings at the Common School in Amherst. What is the best way to insure a quality education for your child? Invest in it early. The Common School provides the foundation for life-long learning by emphasizing how to learn. Experiential activities, a strong social curriculum, environmental awareness and imagination are hallmarks of our pre-school program- paving the way for strong academic success. Openings for 3 – 5 year olds for fall 2015. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit their website www.commonschool.org

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Earthworm Ensemble joins us as our guest DJs. The Earthworm Ensemble radio broadcast is a bit of an experiment, as the band recorded their voices while setting up for a live performance for school children. The broadcast captures a bit of pre show high energy and giddiness. The song choices reflect the group’s wildly eclectic taste–including African women using a flowing River as a percussion instrument, Nina Simone singing The Beatles, the anarchy of Spike Jones, country fried Everly Brothers, and a Muppets classic! 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 over 7 years!

Saturday, May 2, 7am-8:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Older students and adults can join Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for Early-Morning Birding. Birders of all levels will look for migrating species and learn how to identify them. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 2, 8am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Spend time with community members cleaning up Easthampton at the city’s Annual Clean Up Day. Meet at the Chamber of Commerce office and bring gloves, rakes, shovels, and brush cutters, if possible. This is a great chance for older students to gain valuable community service experience by making a visible difference in their community. 413-527-9414. 33 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 2, 9am-12pm – MAY DAY: Families with small children can join the Cushman Scott Children’s Center for a May Day celebration. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, Morris Dancers, Maypole dancing, and more – all at the early education center. 413-549-1167. 71 Henry Street. North Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 9am-6pm – BOOK SALE: The Amherst League of Women Voters is holding their Annual Book Sale on the Amherst Common. Come by to find great books for all ages! Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, May 2, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Ponyo (2009; rated G). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this animated film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 2, 10am – HIKING: Join the Naturalists’ Club for a field trip to Chapel Brook Falls. Explore the property’s forest and streams and hike to the top of Pony Mountain, where there are amazing views of the forest and Berkshire foothills. Best for self-directed teens and adults. Call to RSVP. Meet at Table and Vine parking lot. 413-525-4697. Route 5. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, May 2, 10am-11:30am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child workshop at Our Lady’s Child Care Center on May 2. “Young Scientists” is a program for parents/caregivers and their children (birth-kindergarten) that focuses on encouraging and building on your child’s natural inquisitiveness and includes fun science activities for caregivers and children to do together. Pre-registration required. 413-586-4900 x5568. 35 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 10am-12noon – ECONOMICS/LOCAL CULTURE: Berkshares, Inc. is holding a walking tour of Great Barrington on May 2. “Walk the Talk” takes participants around Great Barrington on “Jane’s Walk,” an international series of walking tours named after community organizer and economist Jane Jacobs. This walk highlights the economic, historic, and cultural significance of downtown Great Barrington and facilitates conversation about future sustainable economic development. All are welcome to attend this free, educational, and engaging walk. Email info@berkshares.org to RSVP. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 10am-2pm – BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library are holding their annual book sale May 1-6. Come to the book sale to find great books and support the library! 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, May 2, 10am-3pm – SPRING CELEBRATION: Celebrate spring and May Day at the Meekins Library‘s May Faire! Come in costume and enjoy magic tricks by Ed the Wizard, build a fairy house, make a May basket, and more. A fun way to celebrate May Day with community members of all ages! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 10am-6pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Alchemy Artisan Fair takes place May 2 and 3 at Gateway City Arts! All ages will enjoy this fun craft fair, where you can shop from over 30 local artisans, learn how to yo-yo and hula hoop, make comics, paint your own pottery, and more. There will be kids’ craft activities and a beer garden for adults. Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 2, 10am-9pm – COMIC BOOKS: It’s Free Comic Book Day at Comics N’ More! Stop by the shop and pick up some free comics. 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 10:30am – STORYTIME: The S. White Dickinson Memorial Library is holding a Garden Party Tales and Tunes program! There will be songs, stories, music, crafts, and more. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 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, May 2, 10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follows the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, May 2, 11am – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: As part of their Baby Animals celebration, Hancock Shaker Village presents a children’s story hour with Susan Merrill. Free with admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 2, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse’s Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventures comes to the Spectrum Playhouse on May 2! Kids can enjoy masks, music, puppetry, and fun at this exciting performance. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, May 2, 11am-3pm – TEXTILES: Celebrate New England’s fiber industry at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation’s Sheep to Shawl Festival on May 2. See herding, shearing, and weaving demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be animals and produce from local farms, children’s activities, local artisans, and food. This is a great way to celebrate New England history and culture! 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 2, 12noon-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LGBT: Northampton’s 34th Annual LGBT Parade and Pride Event takes place May 2 downtown and at the Three County Fairgrounds. See the Parade march down Main Street and follow behind to the Fairgrounds, where the Pride event takes place. The Pride event features live music, drag performances, speakers, vendors, and more. Celebrate Northampton’s diverse LGBT community at this fun event! 413-455-9151. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, May 2, 1pm-3pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Heart and Soul Center for the Healing Arts is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Beyond ‘Because I Said So’: How to Engage Cooperation from Children.” Sarah Getoff will teach participants about the drawbacks of praise, time-out, and other punishments, and will talk about transforming parenting using the Emotional Freedom Technique. 413-268-3181. 18 North Farms Road. Haydenville, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, May 2, 3pm – CELEBRATION/BOOKS: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day the Odyssey Bookshop! Families can attend the “Bookshop Under the Big Top” for games and an all-ages literary costume contest. There will also be tons of cool giveaways and prizes, as well as pieces donated by famous authors. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 4pm-8pm – ART WALK: May 2 is Shelburne Falls’ first Art Walk of the year! There will be live music, food, art shows, demonstrations, and much more. The Art Walk is a great chance to explore Shelburne Falls and all it has to offer! 413-625-2526. Downtown. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 2, 7pm – THEATER: The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School will perform The Pirates of Penzance at the Academy of Music this April and May. This comic opera tells the tale of an orphan who mistakenly becomes an apprentice to a group of pirates. Students with audience skills who are interested in theater and musicals will enjoy this performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 2, 7pm – FILM: Older students and adults interested in film can attend a screening of Timbuktu (2014; rated PG-13) at the Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema! The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in 2015. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 2, TBA – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate the Buckland Public Library’s 125th anniversary at the 3rd Annual Historic Upper Buckland Progressive Dinner! Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal at different historically significant locations around Upper Buckland. Call for reservations and for more information. 413-489-3114. Buckland, MA. ($$$)

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. 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 7 years of archived shows.

Sunday, May 3, 7:30am-11:30am – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a bird walk at Steepletop. Older students interested in birding can attend this fun walk, which goes through wetlands, mature forest, field-edge, fields, and woodland clearings in search of different bird species. The hike is easy and 2+ miles. Meet at church to carpool. 413-499-0596. New Marlborough-Monterey Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 8am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Join the Springfield Museums for an Earth Day Clean-Up event at Duggan Middle School. All ages can come help with this community service project. Call to register. 413-263-6800 x404. 1015 Wilbraham Road. Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, May 3, 9am-3pm – BOOK SALE: The Amherst League of Women Voters is holding their Annual Book Sale on the Amherst Common. Come by to find great books for all ages! Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, May 3, 11am – HIKING/LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Swift River Valley Historical Society for a hike to the Macedonia section of New Salem. Learn about local history on this hike. Meet at New Salem Common. Call to RSVP. 978-544-6882. New Salem, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Sunday, May 3, 11am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Trustees of Reservations need volunteers to help improve the trails at Mount Warner. Come help with bridge building, trail work, invasive species control, picking up trash, and more. Please pre-register. 413-532-1631 x21. Mount Warner Road. North Hadley, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, May 3, 11am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Alchemy Artisan Fair takes place May 2 and 3 at Gateway City Arts! All ages will enjoy this fun craft fair, where you can shop from over 30 local artisans, learn how to yo-yo and hula hoop, make comics, paint your own pottery, and more. There will be kids’ craft activities and a beer garden for adults. Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

Sunday, May 3, 11am-4pm – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies is holding their 13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival on May 3. The Festival features live music, falconry, a theater performance, Renaissance board games, weaving demonstrations, blacksmithing, dancing, and more. All ages will enjoy this Festival, which gives you an idea of what life was like in Renaissance times! 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 1pm-3pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about spring wildflowers with naturalist Pam Weatherbee and The Trustees of Reservations at Field Farm. Discover these amazing flowers, their life cycles, and their habitat on this guided walk. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free Machine Age Family Day on May 3! This is a great chance to explore the museum and enjoy tons of fun activities, like an interactive jazz concert by the Williams College Jazz Ensemble, a talk on the Machine Age Modernism exhibition, a printmaking workshop, a 3D printing demo, fingerprinting, flipbooks, a robot demo, and so much more. Family members of all ages can have a blast at this fun event! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 1pm-5pm – BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library are holding their annual book sale May 1-6. Come to the book sale to find great books and support the library! 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, May 3, 1:30pm-3pm – HIKING: Hike It Baby is holding a family hike at the Robinson Park Yellow Trail on May 3. Families can attend this 3-mile hike, which features views of the Westfield River. Hiking is a great way for families to spend time together in the outdoors, and these family-friendly group hikes give you the opportunity to meet other families who enjoy the outdoors! 978-833-3938. 462 North Street. Feeding Hills, MA.

Sunday, May 3, 1:45pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY/HIKING: Discover the history of a long-abandoned road that connected Boston to Albany on a hike with the Worthington Historical Society. The road went through Worthington and is now abandoned and features many old farm sites. Older students interested in local history would enjoy this hike, which will be physically demanding at some points. Space is limited; email evanspring@gmail.com to RSVP. Meet in parking lot of Chesterfield Four Seasons (next to Chesterfield Gorge). 413-238-0491. River Road. West Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 2pm – THEATER: The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School will perform The Pirates of Penzance at the Academy of Music this April and May. This comic opera tells the tale of an orphan who mistakenly becomes an apprentice to a group of pirates. Students with audience skills who are interested in theater and musicals will enjoy this performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 3, 2pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Music on Main presents a performance of Requiem in D Minor by Gabriel Fauré, performed by the combined choirs of the First Congregational Church and South Congregational Church and the Hampshire Young Peoples Chorus Chamber Singers. Students who are interested in music will enjoy this uplifting performance and seeing talented local singers. 413-253-3456. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Sunday, May 3, 3pm – HISTORY/CYCLING: Lorenz Finison will present, “The Cycling Craze of the 1890s: A Story of Race, Gender, Sport, and Society” at Historic Northampton on May 3. Finison will discuss the history and evolution of cycling in Massachusetts, and significant cyclists of the past at this talk, which would appeal to older students and adults interested in cycling and history. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 3pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for the launch of Angela Diterlizzi’s new book, Baby Love, on May 3. There will be treats and “book shower” games at this fun book launch event for all ages! Call to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Wet Ink Ensemble will perform in the Sage Hall Green Room in Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus on May 3. They will perform “Ipsa Dixit” by Kate Soper on flute, violin, percussion, and voice. Best for older students with audience skills. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 3, 5pm – GAMES/FUNDRAISER: The 3rd Annual Riley’s Uno Tournament takes place at the Holyoke Elks Lodge on May 3. All ages and skill levels can come compete to raise money for accessible gaming systems and play resources for Massachusetts children’s hospitals. Ticket includes entry, pizza, snacks, and beverages. See the event page for more information. This is a great opportunity to have fun playing Uno with all ages while raising money for a good cause! 250 Whitney Avenue. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 3, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The 24th Annual Future Begins Here Gala takes place May 3 at the Holyoke Mall. The evening includes delicious food and auctions to benefit the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Rows, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Get your tickets ASAP! 50 Holyoke Street. Holyoke, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, May 3, 7pm – FILM: Older students and adults interested in film can attend a screening of Timbuktu (2014; rated PG-13) at the Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema! The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in 2015. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Monday, May 4, 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: CFCE will host a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first Monday of each month, through June 2015. For pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 4, 10am-8pm – BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library are holding their annual book sale May 1-6. Come to the book sale to find great books and support the library! 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Monday, May 4, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM: Older students and adults interested in film can attend a screening of Timbuktu (2014; rated PG-13) at the Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema! The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in 2015. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, May 4, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on May 4 with a presentation by Elizabeth Wood, who will present, “Meet Miss Anne Harding, French-Canadian Boarding House Operator.” This talk would be great for students who are interested in learning more about local immigrant communities, those who are descended from immigrants to the area, or those want to learn about the immigrant experience in the Pioneer Valley. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, May 4, 6:30pm – THEATER: The National Players will perform their stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird at Holyoke High School on May 4. Fans of the book will enjoy seeing the story performed live by this renowned theater company. Tickets available in advance. 413-540-0200. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, May 4, 7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Nerd Nite Noho presents Nerd Nite 17 at Eastworks! Hear talks on the neuroanatomy behind the senses and how illusions can be used to trick the brain. Ph.D. candidate Kristina Curro will present a talk on neuroanatomy, reality, and perception, and Joshua Yearsley will present a talk on games and how some are redefining the medium and helping us connect with others, foster new perspectives, and become better people. This event is ages 21+. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under can attend a weekly playgroup every Monday at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Come play, read, learn, and have a snack. 413-625-6194. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a gym fun group at West Stockbridge Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. This playgroup focuses on social and physical play and meets every Monday through July 2015. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 8 and under can attend a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first and third Monday of each month. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more at this fun playgroup. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on Mondays. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime for all ages. Features interactive songs and stories. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ROCK CLIMBING: Central Rock Gym offers a Homeschool Climbing Group every Monday. Students can come to the gym and learn how to rock climb, learn how to belay, play games, do team-building activities, learn about climbing technique, and more. Call the gym to confirm. If it’s your first time, email karaocon@yahoo.com. Cost includes gear rental. 413-584-7625. 165 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. ($)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – MOTHERS GROUP: The Nursing Mothers’ Council is hosting a monthly gathering on the second Monday of each month at the Amherst Family Center. Women and children can come to the meetings to meet one another, support each other, and discuss breastfeeding. 413-336-1616. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT GROUP: Mothers of infants and young children, as well as expectant moms, can come to the Hilltown Village Mothers’ Group every Monday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood and share your experiences in this supportive group environment. Childcare is available for kids up to age 4; infants in arms are welcome. The group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-522-9732. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-5pm – CHESS: Kids ages 7 and up can stop by the Forest Park Branch Library every Monday to practice chess or learn to play. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Students in grades 2 and up can come to an afterschool chess club every Monday at the Storrs Library. All levels are welcome to come learn new strategies and have fun playing with peers. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – TEEN TIME: Teens can hang out at the Springfield Central Library‘s Teen Time, which gives teens a chance to talk about their interests with their peers and do activities. Every Monday. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-7pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday evening for a drop-in craft activity! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – POETRY: The Good Purpose Gallery hosts an evening of spoken word poetry the first Monday of each month. Come hear poetry, spoken word, and storytelling, or sign up to share your work! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 9:30am-11:30am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Maggie Shar is offering a series of Music and Movement programs at the South Hadley Family Center during their regular playgroup hours on May 5, 11, and 19. This fun music and movement program would be best for ages 5 and under and their families. Call or email shfckids@yahoo.com to pre-register. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 5, 10am-2pm – STEM: Homeschool students ages 6-12 can attend a Homeschool Discovery Day at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Learn about spring and pond habitats at this fun program. Sign up in advance; space is limited. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, May 5, 10am-8pm – BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library are holding their annual book sale May 1-6. Come to the book sale to find great books and support the library! Today is bargain day! 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Tuesday, May 5, 10:30am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: The Housatonic Valley Association and the Becket Athenaeum are offering a preschool program, “River Wise,” at the library. Preschool-aged kids can come learn about animals that live in the watershed. 413-394-9796. 3367 Main Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 5, 3:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about the animals of spring with Teaching Creatures at the Millers Falls Library. All ages will love this live animal program, which features rabbits, box turtles, and frogs. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 5, 4:15pm – FAMILY FUN: Families can join Hike It Baby in Childs Park for the Bubbles and Wheels Walk. Come with bikes, trikes, strollers, or scooters to explore the park’s pathways, and bring bubbles for bubble-blowing fun! This is a fun event for families to spend time together outdoors and get to know other community members. Meet at Woodlawn Avenue entrance. 301-906-4700. Woodlawn Avenue. Northampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Swift River School every Tuesday. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a weekly playgroup every Tuesday through June 2015 at Otis Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm – LIBRARY GROUP: Teens can come to the Lilly Library‘s Teen Scene every Tuesday for games, projects, crafts, movies, and more. Stop by for fun activities and friends! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGO: Kids ages 7-12 can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Tuesday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 10am-8pm – BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wilbraham Public Library are holding their annual book sale May 1-6. Come to the book sale to find great books and support the library! Today is bargain day! 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Wednesday, May 6, 10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Join Multi-Arts at the Belchertown Family Center for a fun morning of art activities! Come make toys, masks, sculptures, creatures, 3D art pieces, and more! This is a fun opportunity for families to work on art projects together. 413-584-7951. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (DONATIONS WELCOME)

Wednesday, May 6, 11:30am-12:15pm – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Families can attend a Music and Movement class at the Belchertown Family Center this April and May. Come for music, movement, and fun! Drop-in. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: As part of Walk for MA Children, Cutchins Programs for Children and Families is hosting a celebration of local children’s agencies at the Haydenville Congregational Church. Hear Spirit of the Hills Chorus perform, participate in a raffle, and network with some great local children’s agencies. 143 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child playgroup every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Come play and learn together at this fun playgroup! 413-586-4998. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. Come for play, crafts, activities, stories, and more. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Wendell Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Erving Public Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:15pm – STEM: Homeschool students of all ages can learn about science at the Carnegie Public Library every Wednesday. Kids will enjoy learning about science at this hands-on program. Runs through May 13. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm – MANGA/COMICS: Teens who love anime, manga, and comics can come to the Forest Park Branch Library for discussions, activities, games, and more. Repeats the third Wednesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: All ages can enjoy stories and a craft at the Cushman Library‘s weekly story hour. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, 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. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Cushman Library‘s knitting group runs every Wednesday night. Come hang out with knitters of all ages and share knitting advice. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “odd” Wednesday for craft night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – GAMES: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “even” Wednesday for game night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, 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 teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 9am-10:30am – PARENT CAFE: The Hampshire Regional CFCE is offering a Parent Cafe on April 30, May 7, and May 14 at Westhampton Elementary School. Parents can attend this free cafe to meet and talk with other parents. Childcare provided. Call to register. 413-570-3061. 37 Kings Highway. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 7, 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Be an Eco-Volunteer at The Trustees of Reservations‘ Bartholomew’s Cobble! Help The Trustees monitor and care for the trails and plant communities at the Cobble. Call for more information. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, May 7, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Meet John Adams: A Lively and Revolutionary Conversation with America’s Second President,” with George Baker. “John Adams” will discuss his life and times in the lively performance. Best for students interested in U.S. history. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 7, 3:15pm-4:15pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn about animals at the Leverett Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! Call to register. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 7, 4:30pm-7:30pm – JEWISH CELEBRATION: Join Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy for a Lag B’Omer Celebration on May 7! There will be inflatable rides (>$), a barbecue, and other fun activities. The event commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who asked that the anniversary of his death be commemorated with fun outdoor celebrations. Call LYA to register. 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, May 7, 5pm-7:45pm – TAROT/LANGUAGE ARTS: As part of Art Walk Amherst, the Emily Dickinson Museum will be offering Emily Dickinson-themed tarot card readings at The Evergreens (5pm-6:30pm & 7pm-7:45pm). At 6:30pm, poet Dara Wier, who created this deck, and illustrator Halie Theoharides, who illustrated a section of the deck, will speak about the inspiration for the deck and the illustrations. Students interested in learning more about tarot, or those who are fans of Dickinson’s work, will enjoy the tarot reading and talk. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 7, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fifth season of Culture and Cocktails continues on May 7 at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Margaritas in May.” There will be live music, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, May 7, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Amherst Art Walk is the first Thursday of every month! Come downtown to tour art galleries and stores, explore the local art scene, and discover great local artists. Art Walks are a great way for people of all ages to experience art in their community. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join The Trustees of Reservations for mountain biking at Mount Warner! Mountain bikers of all abilities can attend this fun event, which gives riders a chance to explore this new reservation by bike. 413-532-1631 x10. Mount Warner Road. North Hadley, MA. (>$)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and kids ages 18 months to 3 years can attend a Toddler Steps program at the CHP Family Services Building, held by South Berkshire Kids. The program features circle time, stories, songs, crafts, and play, and runs every Thursday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC: The Goodwin Memorial Library will have a Lunatunes program every Thursday for babies and toddlers. Young kids and their parents/caregivers can come to the library for music, songs, and fingerplays. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a drop-in “Baby Steps” program for infants 0-1 years, as well as their siblings and caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-667-2203 x3. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, 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. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, 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. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be 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. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Friday, May 8, ALL DAY – NATURE STUDIES/FUNDRAISER: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s 16th Annual Biothon takes place May 1-3! Gather in teams and work for 24 hours to identify and count species. The goal of the Biothon is to document biodiversity, learn new species, and raise money for the Hitchcock Center. Call for more information and to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Friday, May 8, 7am-9am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday May 8th, 10am-12pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community welcome families, care givers, and community members to join us for a workshop entitled “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse.” The workshop will discuss how to evaluate and address children’s behaviors and how to communicate prevention messages and teach boundaries to children in order to keep them safe. Childcare & refreshments provided. Takes place at the Gateway Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA (FREE)

Friday, May 8, 11am-5pm – PLANT SALE: The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 38th Annual Plant Sale takes place May 8 and 9. Come find amazing plants for your home or garden and learn about different plant families at this fun event. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (SALE)

Friday, May 8, 4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: As part of Northampton’s Art Walk, the Smith College Museum of Art is holding a Free Second Friday event! Come to the museum for hands-on art making, a gallery talk, dance, and more. 413-585-2760. Elm Street & Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 8, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Check out Northampton’s local art scene at this month’s Arts Night Out. Visit galleries, do activities, see exhibitions, and more at this monthly event. Downtown. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 8, 6pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Kids can attend the Platypus Police Squad Pizza Party at Odyssey Bookshop on May 8! Author Jarrett Krosoczka will present the third installment in his hilarious middle grade book series, Platypus Police Squad. Krosoczka will read from and talk about his books, and there will also be police badge crafts, pizza, and an appearance by South Hadley police officers! Call to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 8, 6pm-1am – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Valley Lux Festival takes place May 8 and 9 at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. Valley Lux is a festival of lighting, art, projection, soundscape, sculpture, and music, and all are welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities. A full schedule can be found on the Valley Lux Facebook page. 210 Turners Falls Road. Montague, MA. ($$)

Friday, May 8, 7pm – THEATER: Amherst LSSE presents the Youth on Broadway Musical Theater Revue at Amherst Regional Middle School on May 8, 9, and 10. Come see local students perform parts from famous Broadway plays like Into the Woods, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, and many more! All ages will enjoy seeing these well-known plays come to life on a local stage. Tickets available in advance. 413-259-3065. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Friday, May 8, 7:30pm – MAGIC: The Spectrum Playhouse presents “Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger” on May 8 and 9. Seiger’s new show features amazing sleight-of-hand magic and other tricks. Best for ages 16 and up. Tickets available in advance. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)
9:30am-3:30pm – GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT: Full Moon Girls, nature mentoring takes place on Fridays, Feb 6-May 29, for girls ages 9-15. A spot is open for you! 413-367-6191. Brook’s Bend Farm. Montague, MA (Sliding scale $50-78/day)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center is holding a weekly playgroup in Hadley every Friday at Whole Children. 413-582-2636. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45am-11:15am – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the UMass Amherst Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 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. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 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. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for young children to help them learn the letters of the alphabet using stories, flash cards, and fun activities. Please register for each week individually. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – COMPUTER TECH: Learn about computers and get help with basic programs at the Carnegie Library on Fridays. Call the library to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. 413-863-3214. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend Skip and Dip at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, held by South Berkshire Kids. This group consists of splash pool and gym time and runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend an art and nature playgroup at the CHP Campus, held by South Berkshire Kids. Runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Kids in kindergarten and younger can attend a free playgroup every Friday through May 2015 at the Granby Free Public Library. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend storytime every Friday at Griswold Memorial Library. Come for stories, crafts, and a snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a program for ages 3 and under that features hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. ($)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Springfield Science Museum and the Stars Club host a public observing program in the Tolman Auditorium at the Museum on the first Friday of each month (not held Jun-Aug.). See a slide show, view the night sky in their large rooftop observatory, ask questions, and learn about the night sky. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Friday through May 1 (except 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). 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 Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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