Suggested Events for May 16th-22nd, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

My family recently relocated to Western Mass and I am LOVING Hilltown Families – so many great ideas for weekend activities, I just wish the weekends were longer! Katie D. (South Hadley, MA)

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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.

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May 15 & 16

CATS, let the “Memory” live again! The magical legendary Broadway hit by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, will come alive on stage at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton by the talented Starlight’s Youth Theatre on May 15 & 16! This song and dance masterpiece of second chances and unconditional love, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, tells of Jellicle cats and the quest to be the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” Come support over 60 teens from across the Pioneer Valley! This show is the purrfect opportunity for the entire family to create a “memory” that will live forever. Tix: www.academyofmusictheatre.com. Questions: starlights.yt@gmail.com

May 16

Pioneer Valley Ballet is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 16, 10am-12noon. Tour PVB’s studio in Easthampton, meet the trainers, and sample a class. At 11:30am, children ages 4-6 can participate in a FREE 30-minute Creative Ballet Class—an excellent introduction to PVB’s training programs that create exceptional young dancers. For more information, call 413-527-6363 or visit PVB online at www.pioneervalleyballet.org.

May 16

The OnTrend Spring Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in lovely Hadley, MA. The fair will showcase talented indie crafters and makers of all kinds from throughout New England and New York. Shoppers will find high-quality handmade jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, home goods, ceramics, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans — shop local, shop small! Free to attend. Free gift for the first 100 shoppers! For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

May 20

Open School Day at the Montessori School of Northampton: On Wednesday, May 20 at 9am, the Montessori School of Northampton at 51 Bates Street will host a morning Open School Day. This is an opportunity for parents to spend time in classrooms and observe Montessori in action. The visit will also include a tour of the school, which includes programs for students age 2 through 12, and a group parent meeting with the Head of School and Director of Admissions. The morning will end at 11am. Parents must register in advance with the Director of Admissions at laura@northamptonmontessori.org or at 413-586-4538 x103. More information on the school can be found at northamptonmontessori.org.

May 10-25

Mother’s Day to Memorial Day Discount! Oak Meadow is offering 10% off enrollment and 15% off materials in their Bookstore from May 10 to 25. Their student-centered, nature-based homeschooling curriculum for students in K-12 allows families to set their own natural rhythm of learning and encourages creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. Use their curriculum independently or enroll in their fully accredited distance learning school.

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

Jun 27

Join us this Saturday, June 27 from 10am-12noon for a meaningful morning volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!

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, June 27th, 10am-12noon, Farming with Friends at Mountain View Farm. 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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Saturday, May 16, 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. Join Guest DJs The Dream Jam Band as they travel through the ages from Shape Note Singing to Scat to Doo Wop, Country, Rock and Roll, Folk and even Throat singing. Discover how silly words can make serious music! 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 16, ALL DAY – ANTIQUES: New England’s most exciting antique show returns this May! Brimfield Antique Show features tons of great vendors and opportunities to learn about history through antiques. The show runs May 12-17. See their website for more information. Brimfield, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 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 16, 7am-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 36th Annual Long Meddowe Days celebration takes place May 16 and 17 on the Town Green! The event celebrates Longmeadow’s long and fascinating history and is the main fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society. The day kicks off with a free pancake breakfast and 5K race/walk, then continues with food vendors, craft vendors, kids activities, Civil War reenactors, a community campfire, and more. There is something for all ages to enjoy at Long Meddowe Days! Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 8am-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL: Celebrate Springfield’s May 13, 1636 founding at the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, held in the Eastfield Mall parking lot. This event features delicious pancakes and fun entertainment, and allows families to meet and spend time with community members of all ages. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 16, 8:30am-3pm – PLANT SALE: The Amherst Garden Club is holding their annual plant sale on May 16 on the Town Common. Come find unique plants for your home and garden! Amherst, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am – TAG SALE: The first annual Easthampton City Wide Tag Sale is on May 16! Meet neighbors and go to nearly 100 tag sales all over Easthampton at this awesome event. With so many sales, there will be something for everyone! Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Community Network for Children is offering a workshop for parents/caregivers at Leverett Elementary School on May 16. “Beyond Bossing, Begging, and Bribing,” with Jeanine Fitzgerald, focuses on different teaching and parenting styles and how they affect children. Childcare available. Call to pre-register. 978-544-5157. 85 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 9am-12noon – BICYCLES/STEM: Learn about converting your bicycle to an electric bicycle at a workshop with Peter Talmage and the Gill Energy Commission at Gill Elementary School on May 16. The workshop will focus on the different types of electric bikes, how they work, the cost, and more. Participants can help with actual bike conversion in this workshop, which would be great for those interested in cycling and STEM. Call to register. 413-863-8694. 48 Boyle Road. Gill, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-12noon – PLANT SALE: The Bridge of Flowers’ annual plant sale will be held May 16 at the Trinity Church Baptist Corner Lot. Come support the Bridge of Flowers and find great plants for your garden at this plant sale. Shelburne Falls, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-1pm – PLANT SALE: Find new plants for your home and garden in a lovely setting at the Wistariahurst Museum‘s plant sale! There will be tons of unique plants to choose from. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-1pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Join the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and the Housatonic Valley Association for a West Branch River Cleanup on the Housatonic River. Volunteers can meet in Wahconah Park and help clean up the river. A great way for older students to get involved in community service! Call to RSVP. 413-394-9796. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-2pm – BOOK SALE: The Emily Williston Memorial Library‘s book sale takes place on May 16. Come find great books for the whole family! 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-3pm – BOOK SALE/PLANT SALE: The Sunderland Public Library is holding a book, plant, and bake sale on May 16! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Enjoy a day of railroad-themed fun at Chester on Track! The event begins with a parade through town, followed by a train show, tractor dulls, Civil War reenactments, and so much more! The historic railroad station will be open, and families can visit to learn about the many different type of trains found in Chester and the town’s railway history. The old jail will also be open to visitors, and there will be live music and a large craft fair featuring goods from local artists and artisans. Fun and educational for all ages! Chester, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 9am-7:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Deerfield Recreation Department’s Old Home Day is on May 16 at various locations around Deerfield. There will be activities like a 5K road race, a kids’ race, a tag sale, a book sale, a fun fair, bike rodeo, softball and baseball, a dog show and parade, and more. This great community event is fun for the whole family! More information available on the Deerfield Recreation website. 413-665-1400 x107. Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening ofPorco Rosso (1992; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this animated film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, May 16, 10am – AIRPLANES: The Great New England Air Show is May 16 and 17 at Westover Air Reserve Base. Come see tons of cool planes, vintage and modern, flying through the sky at this fun, day-long event. 413-557-2020. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-11am – BICYCLES: Learn how to do basic bike repair at the Berkshire Museum‘s Learner’s Lab on May 16. An expert from Plaine’s Bike, Ski, and Snowboard will walk you through the tools and techniques needed to get your bike ready for summer riding. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

10am-12noon – BALLET CLASS: Pioneer Valley Ballet is hosting an open house. Tour PVB’s studio in Easthampton, meet the trainers, and sample a class. At 11:30am, children ages 4-6 can participate in a free 30-minute Creative Ballet Class—an excellent introduction to PVB’s training programs that create exceptional young dancers. 413-527-6363. Eastworks Building. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-12noon – GENEALOGY: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for Family Tree Day. Come to the library to learn about local cemeteries, local families, how to write a family story, and more. Great for older students who want to learn more about their family’s history! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-1pm – PLANT EXCHANGE/SEED SWAP: The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is holding its third annual Spring Seed and Plant Exchange on May 16 at the Community House. Bring plants and seeds to swap with others, and find the perfect plants to grow this season and swap seeds for summer crops! Bring the whole family and exchange gardening tips with neighbors and friends. 413-634-5013. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-1pm – COMMUNITY FAIR: Families can attend the Early Education Community and Family Literacy Fair at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School Cafeteria on May 16. There will be books, interactive activities, snacks, trucks and buses, and representatives from community organizations, businesses, and resources. 413-625-6194. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-1:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Deerfield Elementary School PTA is holding Fun Fair 2015 on May 16! There will be tons of activities for the entire family, like music, balloon sculptures, magic, hula hoops, a bounce house, games, a raffle, and more. Don’t miss this fun community event! 21 Pleasant Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 10am-2pm – TRUCKS/PUBLIC SAFETY: There will be a Touch a Truck Public Safety Field Day event on May 16 at Greenfield Community College. Kids can come see all sorts of trucks and vehicles, see demonstrations, and more. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Shop local & handmade! The OnTrend Spring Craft Fair will be held at the Hadley Farms Meeting House showcasing talented indie craters and makers of all kinds from throughout New England and New York. Hadley, MA (FREE to attend)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/FOOD STUDIES: Discover the history of cooking in America at Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking series. Museum visitors can learn about cooking from scratch and explore old cookbooks. Drop in anytime. Takes place in the Visitor Center in Hall Tavern Kitchen. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 16, 10am-5pm – BOOK SALE: The Clark Art Institute is having a book sale from May 7-17 with books for sale at great prices. Come find art books, books about illustration, children’s books, and books by local authors. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, May 16, 10:30am-1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Holyoke History Room will have a Holyoke Remembered Oral History Showcase on May 16. Stop by the History Room to hear excerpts from interviews with long-time Holyoke residents. Recording these stories ensures that they will be available for a long time for community members to enjoy and learn from. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 10:30am-2pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents can attend a Northampton Prevention Coalition workshop at the Collaborative for Educational Services on May 16. “How to Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices: A Taste of Motivational Interviewing” with John Brelsford will focus on training parents in Motivational Interviewing. Lunch will be provided. 413-587-1344 x3021. 97 Hawley Street. Northampton, MA.

10:30am-3pm – CONCERT: Northampton Community Music Center’s students take to the streets today!  The center’s annual Springfest brings live music to locations throughout downtown – musicians of all ages will play a variety of different types of music all day long.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Saturday, May 16, 11am – STORYTIME: Young kids can come to the Field Memorial Library Library to hear Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and do a butterfly craft. 413-369-4646. 16 Elm Street. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 11am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can attend a collage workshop as part of the “Piecework” exhibit at Mill Arts Project. Kids can learn about collage and hear from artist Cathe Janke at this hands-on workshop. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 11am-4pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: As part of Bay State Bike Week, there will be a Family Fun Festival at North Riverfront Park. Activities include, face painting, rowing and paddling instructions, a bike maintenance workshop, food, and rides along the river. The whole family will enjoy this special Bike Week celebration! 121 West Street. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 11am-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The River’s Song is a community-wide celebration of the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. There will be an opening ceremony and drumming by the Nolumbeka Project, art activities with the Art Garden, a river parade, a chance to learn about fish at the Great Falls Discovery Center, live music, an art reception, a dance performance, and more. The whole community can come together to celebrate the river at this fun all-day event. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 11:30am – STORYTELLING/WRITING: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a storytelling/writing group with Gail Herman. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 1pm – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about raising chickens with Meg Taylor of the Pioneer Valley Chicken Association at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. Both beginners and those who are experienced can learn from this informative talk. Great for students interested in raising backyard chickens! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 1pm – POETRY/LOCAL HISTORY: The Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk takes place on May 16 at the Museum. The walk marks the anniversary of Dickinson’s death (May 15, 1886) with readings of her work at several historic sites in Amherst. Older students who are fans of Dickinson’s work will enjoy this walk. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 1pm-3pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help The Trustees of Reservations maintain trails and property at Little Tom Mountain as part of the David Sigelman Memorial Workday. Volunteers will work to upgrade the trail, install signs, and remove/control invasive species. More information on this event and volunteer registration can be found on the Trustees website. 413-532-1631 x21. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 16, 1pm-4pm – BICYCLES/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: As part of Bay State Bike Week, there will be a Bike Safety Rodeo at Buttery Brook Park. The whole family can come learn about bikes and bike safety while enjoying the park on its opening day. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 2pm – HISTORY: Discover the history of handwriting at Historic Northampton on May 16. Smith College professor Rosetta Cohen will present “Not Your Grandmother’s Cursive: Teaching Handwriting in America from Colonial Times to the Computer Era,” which focuses on how handwriting and perceptions about it have changed over time. Older students interested in history and in learning more about the evolution of handwriting would enjoy this talk. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 2pm – THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents a performance of the Broadway classic Cats at the Academy of Music this May. Families will enjoy seeing this classic play performed live by talented young actors! Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 16, 2pm-5pm – SKILLSHARE: Valley Time Trade is celebrating their 5th anniversary on May 16. Come to the Florence Civic Center to celebrate and to learn about Valley Time Trade and the value of timebanks in creating strong communities. Valley Time Trade members can share skills, knowledge, and services with other members in the community. All are welcome to learn more at this celebration! 90 Park Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 3-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate spring with your community at Lake Warner during North Hadley Pond Day. Live music, games, free canoe rentals, tethered hot air balloon rides, food… a festival of fun for the entire family! Discover the conservation work of Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River and how you can get involved with their conservation work too. 413-320-3386. 239 River Dr. Hadley, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 3:30pm – PLANT STUDIES/HISTORY: Learn about edible and medicinal plants at a one-man show about Dr. Crispus Rumex, a Civil War-era herbalist, at Ventfort Hall. Actor Douglas Weeks will portray Dr. Rumex and talk about the healing qualities of plants. Older students interested in history and medicinal plants will enjoy this educational performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 16, 4pm-8pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Belchertown VFW Horseshoe Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on May 16 to raise money. There will be supper and dessert. This is a great chance to sit down and enjoy a meal with community members of all ages! Tickets available at the Belchertown VFW. Belchertown, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 16, 7pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS/CELEBRATION: The Greenfield Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter Party on May 16! There will be an interactive play with Harry Potter characters, “Muggle” magic from Ed the Wizard, a costume contest, and more. Fans of the books will love this fun event! Sign up in advance. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 16, 7pm – THEATER: Mount Everett Middle School presents a performance of Shrek the Musical this weekend! Come see this classic story and beloved animated movie come to life onstage. Performances take place at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center. 413-229-8778 x127. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Saturday, May 16, 7pm – THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents a performance of the Broadway classic Cats at the Academy of Music this May. Families will enjoy seeing this classic play performed live by talented young actors! Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 16, 8pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Community College Players present a performance of The Addams Family this May. Tickets available in advance. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 16, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place May 16 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. ($)

Saturday, May 16, 8pm-12midnight – ALTERNATIVE PROM: North Star is hosting Pride Prom for teens on May 16! Teens of all identities and all school choices can come dance, have fun, and make new friends at this fun, inclusive prom alternative. No formal dress code. Drug and alcohol free. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 135 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (>$)

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Sunday, May 17th, 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 17, TBA – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about propagating medicinal plants with Milk and Honey Herbs at their Open Farm and Plant Sale Day. Best for self-directed students interested in plants. 413-253-8076. 163 Leverett Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Sunday, May 17, ALL DAY – ANTIQUES: New England’s most exciting antique show returns this May! Brimfield Antique Show features tons of great vendors and opportunities to learn about history through antiques. The show runs May 12-17. See their website for more information. Brimfield, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 8:30am – TRUCKS: It’s Big Rig Day on May 17! Kids can see big trucks and machinery up close and personal – they’ll get to check out the intricacies of the equipment and learn about what each part does. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 10am – AVIATION: The Great New England Air Show is May 16 and 17 at Westover Air Reserve Base. Come see tons of cool planes, vintage and modern, flying through the sky at this fun, day-long event. 413-557-2020. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 17, 10am-1pm – RUN/WALK/CARNIVAL: Whole Children’s Wild Goose Chase 5K and Family Fun Run is May 17 at Look Park. There will be a variety of runs for all, including a 5K, 1-mile run/walk, and various “dashes.” There will also be carnival activities like an egg hunt, face painting, games, a costumed goose, performances, and more. This is a fun activity for the whole family that raises money for a great local organization. Please register in advance. 413-585-8010. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, May 17, 10am-2pm – PLANT SALE: Kick off spring at the Greenfield Community Farm’s Spring Plant Sale and Seed Swap! Come find vegetable plants and seeds, attend an intro to beekeeping workshop, do activities, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn about the community garden and what they do. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Apt 1B. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is celebrating their 60th anniversary on May 17 with free admission, cake, an a cappella performance, and more. This is a great chance to explore this wonderful local museum! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 17, 10am-5pm – BOOK SALE: The Clark Art Institute is having a book sale from May 7-17 with books for sale at great prices. Come find art books, books about illustration, children’s books, and books by local authors. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (SALE)

Sunday, May 17, 11am – LOCAL HISTORY/WALK: Older students and adults interested in local history can join the Swift River Valley Historical Society for a walk to and over Greenwich Village. Learn about the history of the town of Greenwich and the Quabbin Reservoir on this walk. Call to register ASAP. Meet at Gate 43. 978-544-6882. Greenwich Road. Hardwick, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, May 17, 12noon-4pm – FARM FESTIVAL: Atlas Farm is holding a Spring Festival on May 17! Come to the farm for kids’ activities, face painting, and tons of delicious local food to taste. The festival is a great opportunity for families to learn about food and farming. 413-397-3587. 218 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 12noon-5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 36th Annual Long Meddowe Days celebration takes place May 16 and 17 on the Town Green! The event celebrates Longmeadow’s long and fascinating history and is the main fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society. The event continues on May 17 with food vendors, craft vendors, walking tours, kids activities, Civil War reenactments, and more. There is something for all ages to enjoy at Long Meddowe Days! Longmeadow, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 1pm – BICYCLES: Celebrate Bay State Bike Week with a family ride starting at McCray’s Farm. The ride will be six miles to the Falls and back. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 2pm – POETRY: Older students interested in poetry can attend a poetry discussion group at the Wilbraham Public Library. Come read and discuss the works of Emily Dickinson at this event. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 17, 2pm – PERFORMANCE: The Deerfield Academy dance, music, and theater programs present a performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” in the Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall. This performance is family-friendly. Email chynds@deerfield.edu for more information. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 17, 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Community College Players present a performance of The Addams Family this May. Tickets available in advance. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 17, 2pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Cushman Library is hosting a concert by Skylarkz on May 17. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic lunch and enjoy this spring lawn concert! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 17, 3pm – THEATER: Mount Everett Middle School presents a performance of Shrek the Musical this weekend! Come see this classic story and beloved animated movie come to life onstage. Performances take place at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center. 413-229-8778 x127. 491 Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA.

Sunday, May 17, 4pm-6pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join naturalist Laurie Sanders for a natural history field walk in Conway on May 17. Learn about the different habitats along the South River and learn how to identify different plants and animals. Best for older students interested in ecology and natural history. Meet at the town-owned field near the beginning of Shelburne Falls Road. Call for more information. 413-369-4697. Conway, MA.

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Monday, May 18th, 2015

Monday, May 18, 7-8pm – WILD EDIBLES: Garlic Mustard! It’s a invasive species that makes a tasty pesto! At the Kestrel Land Trust Office there will be a demo to learn how to identify the Garlic Mustard Plant so you can forage for this wild (invasive) edible and make your own pesto dishes. Learn why invasive species are a problem and how you can eat your way through a solution to it’s eradication. RSVP Jennifer@kestreltrust.org. 284 N. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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. Last parent group for the season meets June 15. 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 19th, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 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 19, 10am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Glenmeadow Retirement is offering a cooking presentation by James Beard Award-winning chef Sanford D’Amato at the Storrowton Carriage House. D’Amato will present, “From Garden to Table: A Celebrated Chef Creates with Summer Herbs,” in which he will discuss his background, read from his memoir, and discuss summer cooking. Self-directed teens interested in the culinary arts would enjoy this talk by a talented chef! Call to pre-register. 413-567-7800. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 19, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a book discussion group for kids in grades 3-5. This is a great chance for kids to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 19, 6pm-7pm – HISTORY: Join Storrowton Village for an interactive tour, Storrowton and the Civil War, that gives you a look into the past at what life was like for New Englanders during the Civil War. You can sit in on a recruitment meeting, speak with a blacksmith about the increase of manufacturing during the war, hear from women about sewing and making clothes, learn about how the war affected families, and what the impact on local industries was. This event is appropriate for older teens and adults only. Registration is required. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30pm – CARVING: Award-winning Maine wood carver Erwin Flewelling will be at the Dickinson Memorial Library on May 19 to discuss wooden bird carving. There will also be an exhibition of Flewelling’s work on display. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30pm – HISTORY: As part of their Living History series, the Noble and Cooley Center for Historic Preservation presents the Southwick Gold Dome Bell Ringers. Best for older students and adults interested in history. 413-357-6321. 42 Water Street. Granville, 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 20th, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 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 20, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in first and second grade can attend a Book Worms Reading Group at the Westfield Athenaeum. Come read a book together and then do related activities. Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Support Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity at Feast for Habitat on May 20. This meal features delicious food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries, a silent auction, music, and more. Takes place at Eastworks building. 413-586-5430. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Wednesday, May 20, 6pm-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Academy of Music on one of their building tours! The Academy’s former manager, Duane Robinson, will talk about the history of the theater. This tour would be great for older students and adults interested in local history or in learning about the history behind one of Northampton’s most well-known buildings. Space is limited; registration is required. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 20, 7pm-8:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Explore the Beaver Ponds at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary! Sanctuary volunteer Butch Ptak will lead the expedition, and visitors will learn not only about the habits of beavers, but about the various types of wildlife who congregate at beaver ponds and the long-lasting effects that beaver ponds have upon habitats. This event is appropriate for all ages. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, 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 21st, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 9:30am – HIKING: Join the Naturalists’ Club for a Walk at Robinson State Park. Older students and lifelong learners can explore this lovely park and search for birds and other wildlife. Call to register and to find out meeting place. 413-786-1805. Agawam, MA.

Thursday, May 21, 10am – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Supermarket Party for parents on May 21. This guided grocery store tour will teach you how to buy healthy food on a budget and save money at the store. Meet in the bakery section of the North Adams Big Y. Call to register; space is limited. 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 21, 12:15pm – HISTORY/NARRATIVE: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Sidonia’s Thread: A Study in Resilience,” with Hanna Perlstein Marcus. She will discuss her mother’s life, from her time in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp during WWII to her life in Springfield. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 21, 3pm-4pm – BOOK GROUP: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a teen book discussion group on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Students in grades 6-12 can come to discuss the book and make new friends. This is a great chance for teens to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 21, 4pm-5pm – STEM: Kids ages 6 and older are invited to come to the Greenfield Public Library for “Fun with Science,” an activity using science in a craft or experiment, with educator Corissa Tripp. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. This community-based STEM program happens on the third Thursday of each month through June 2015. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 21, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd Thursdays, happens every third Thursday through October! Come celebrate and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm – CRIMINAL JUSTICE/FORENSICS: Teens can learn about forensics and crime scene investigation at the Lilly Library on May 21. Northampton High School forensic science teacher Kate Dollard will lead this program, which will teach teens the basics of forensic science. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 21, 7pm-9pm – BEEKEEPING: The Franklin County Beekeepers Association‘s April meeting is on May 21 at Frontier Senior Center. Anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping can attend the meeting to learn and meet local beekeepers. 67 North Main Street. Deerfield, 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 22nd, 2015

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 22, 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: The Mullins Center is offering Home School Skating Fridays in May and June! Home school students of all ages (accompanied by an adult) can come ice skate and meet other home school students. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (>$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (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)
  • 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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