Suggested Events for June 6th-12th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

60 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.

Bulletin Board

Through Sep 6

This summer, experience Curious George – Let’s Get Curious!, the new blockbuster exhibit at the Springfield Museums! Follow George on his mischievous adventures through his neighborhood, a fully interactive construction site, a farmhouse, and even a rocket ship to the stars! Along the way, kids ages 3 through 7 will learn important math and science lessons to keep the learning going this summer. May 23- September 6 at the Springfield Science Museum. Parking is free. For more information, visit: www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Jun 6

On Saturday June 6, from 10am-4pm, catch the buzz at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst when they host their 10th annual Children’s Book Festival: Bees, Butterflies and Other Bugs. Meet artists and authors from The Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild, and enjoy a full day of art activities, book signings, story times, face painting and bug-making! Activities include creating fabric bugs and bug collages to joining a bug dance workshop and learning about live butterflies. Enjoy a picnic in The Carle’s orchard with food from Foley’s Franks. Special guests include Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi. All activities are free with museum admission. Creative bug costumes are welcome! Visit www.carlemuseum.org for complete schedule.

Jun 6

Sprout Street Neighbors Launch Party with Anna Alter at Odyssey Bookshop, Saturday, June 6th at 3pm. FREE Take a stroll down Sprout Street and meet the neighbors as author/illustrator Anna Alter teaches you how a book is made with drawing demos and activities for kids. Bring your stuffed animal ‘neighbors’ and play as the Odyssey is transformed into a world inside the book. Acorn treats and silly activities for everyone! Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. RSVP required. Email RSVP@odysseybks.com

Jun 7

Join the fun on Sunday, June 7th for Valley Creates: Hadley. Four local artists are offering art and craft classes for the community at Stone Soup Farm in Hadley. Participants will choose classes and then work to create their own projects in papermaking, glass bead making, plastic bag fusing, and hammered metal jewelry. Youth Session (Ages 8-12) begins at 11am and is only $10 thanks to a generous Hadley Cultural Council grant, Adult Sessions (Ages 12+) begin at 1pm and 2:30pm. Take two classes for only $25. Preregistration is required at valleycreates.com. Sponsored by Hadley Parks and Rec and Artisans of WMASS.

Jun 15- Jul 10

A special invitation to homeschoolers and young campers: Learn and have fun at Farm Camp at The Hartsbrook School! Hands-on activities include: feeding the goats, gathering eggs, wool carding and dying, finger knitting, butter and bread making. Support homeschool lessons in agriculture, crafts and sustainable living. Spaces are still open for “Young Farmers” (ages 5 ½ to 12) Jun 22-26. Spaces are also open for “Sprouts” (ages 4 to 5 ½) for all four weeks of camp, Jun 15-Jul 10. This younger group enjoys similar farm chores and crafts with their own early childhood teacher. Camp meets at The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. $390/week. To register www.hartsbrook.org or call 413-586-1908 x116.

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

Fall Openings

Amherst Montessori School has Fall 2015 openings for pre-school and Kindergarten. Financial aid available! Amherst Montessori School nurtures the child’s spirit, curiosity, confidence, and leadership, building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish and more. Young Toddler through Sixth Grade. For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 413-253-3101 or email Shelley Poreda, Director, at sporeda@amherstmontessori.org. www.amherstmontessori.org

Jun 27

Join us on 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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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 6th-12th, 2015

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Saturday, June 6th, 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. Kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginnings – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal…. and shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! She plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musicians friends. 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, June 6, ALL DAY – FISHING: It’s Free Fishing Weekend throughout all of Massachusetts this weekend, June 6 and 7! No fishing license will be required to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river, or stream. This is a great time to try out fishing! Massachusetts. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 4:15am-9am – BIRD STUDIES: Mass Audubon and bird song expert Dawn Kroodsma will be at Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary for a Dawn Chorus event. Arrive early and listen as the bird world awakes – hear the early morning songs of many different bird species and listen to how songs change as the sun rises. Email dekroodsma@yahoo.com to RSVP and to find out if the meeting place changes. Adams Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 8:30am-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: Come to the 24th Annual Puffer’s Pond Pancake Breakfast! There will be delicious pancakes made from local ingredients and real maple syrup, along with raffles, clothing available for purchase, and live music by the Juggler Meadow String Band. Proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving Puffer’s Pond. This community meal is a fun opportunity to raise money for the Pond, spend time with family and friends, and meet new people – all while enjoying delicious homemade pancakes! 95 Montague Road. North Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6, 8:30am-2pm – FLEA MARKET: Easthampton’s 4th Annual City-Wide Flea Market takes place June 6 in Nonotuck Park. Come find new-to-you treasures at this fun local flea market! 1 Daley Field Road. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, June 6, 8:30am-8pm – COMMUNITY/STEM: Hack for Western Mass is a civic hackathon where community members and technology experts connect to solve local challenges using technology. This hackathon consists of an event for adults as well as a youth hackathon. The event runs June 6 from 8:30am-8pm and June 7 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the UMass Center in Springfield. Kids can work together and participate in workshops that teach about nature, sustainability, art, and more. Kids who are interested in community engagement and in working with their peers to improve their community would benefit from Hack for Western Mass. Please register in advance. 1500 Main Street. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 6, 9am-1pm – CLOTHING SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting a free clothing exchange at the Congregational Church. Come by the Church and find great used items, like clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, and more. Clothing swaps are a sustainable way to find new-to-you items. Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 9:30am-2:30pm – GEOLOGY: The Pioneer Valley Institute will lead a geology walk on Catamount Hill on June 6. Ed Gregory and Muriel Russell will lead the walk, which takes participants to unique geologic sites, like rock bridges, foundations, cliff ledges, the Devil’s Oven Cave, and others. Older students interested in local history and geology would enjoy this walk. 413-775-1671. Colrain, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Willow (1988; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this classic film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, June 6, 10am – KNITTING: Knitters of all ages and experience levels can attend a drop-in knitting group at the Wilbraham Public Library. Share knitting tips and tricks at this easygoing knitting group. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: The annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is here! The world-famous parade starts at 10am. Follow the parade to the Slow Living Expo, where you can eat local food, see/hear live entertainment, watch demonstrations, and much more! The goal of this annual event is to sustain family farms by connecting people with local food. Visitors will celebrate local food by participating in these events and learning about the importance of local food systems. 802-258-7070. Downtown Brattleboro. Brattleboro, VT. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: Greenfield’s 5th Annual Bee Fest takes place at the Second Congregational Church on June 6 as part of Bee Week Greenfield. There will be a honey bee tea party, a beekeeping workshop, a bee parade, facepainting, bee-related crafts, talks by UMass researchers, and more. Bee Fest is a fun opportunity for the whole family to learn about bees! 16 Court Square. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Renowned ecologist Tom Wessels will lead a workshop on upland and wetland successional patterns at Bug Hill Farm as part of their on-farm workshop series. Older, self-directed students interested in ecology and nature studies will enjoy this workshop. Please register in advance. 413-628-3980. 502 Bug Hill Road. Ashfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-2pm – FISHING: Families are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center for the 10th Annual Family Fish Day! There will be fly-fishing demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, fish printing, aquatic insect studies, raffles, and more. This event is a great way to get outdoors with the whole family! Fishing equipment will be provided. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, June 6, 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 seasonally. Drop in anytime. Takes place in the Visitor Center in Hall Tavern Kitchen. 413-774-5581. Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mass Audubon is hosting their Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on June 6. This is an opportunity for families to come together at a Mass Audubon sanctuary to learn about animals and nature. There will be live animal demonstrations, music, talks, guided walks, crafts, displays, food, and more. A fun nature-oriented day for the whole family! 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-4pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kids can join Whole Foods Market in the Valley Cooks Tent at the Asparagus Festival for a Kids Pickling School. Learn how to pickle and make a delicious asparagus dish on the Hadley Town Common. 413-586-9932. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, June 6. 10am – 4pm — COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Don’t miss RiverFest, a community celebration of our Deerfield River. You’ll be treated to the famous “Frog and Flower Parade,” live music, children’s theater, dancing, and local fauna, all with the gorgeous backdrop of the flora and geology of Shelburne Falls. 413-625-2526. Downtown Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 10am-4pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: The annual Children’s Book Festival is on June 6 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This year’s theme is Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, inspired by the museum’s new exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs. The day features fun activities like dance and bugs workshops, book signings, storytimes, art projects, a presentation by Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, face painting, films, and more. Visit the Carle and enjoy this fun-filled day! Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6. 10 am – 5 pm — LOCAL FOOD CULTURE: Celebrate a crop that is a big part of the Valley’s identity: asparagus! WGBY‘s annual Asparagus Festival invites everyone to the Hadley town common for live music, food and drink, a market of local produce and crafts, and an assortment of activities including games and cooking contests. There will also be a ticketed farm-to-table luncheon featuring unique asparagus dishes. 800-781-9429. Route 9/Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 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, June 6, 10:30am-11:30am – CONSERVATION/CULTURAL STUDIES: Professor Chris Coggins will present, “God Mountains and Fengshui Forests: Folk Conservation Systems and Ecological Sustainability in China,” at the Berkshire Museum. He will discuss his research on village sacred landscapes in China at this talk. Self-directed older students interested in conservation, sustainability, and cultural studies would enjoy this talk. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6, 10:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Families with teens can join the Housatonic Valley Association for a paddle trip along the Housatonic River. All equipment provided; some paddling experience helpful. Call to pre-register. 413-394-9796. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 11am-3pm – FAMILY HIKE: Families can attend a fun hike at Dufresne Park for National Trails Day! Hike around the park and then enjoy a picnic and playtime at the playground. Kendall Street. Granby, MA.

Saturday, June 6, 11:30am-1pm – ART STUDIES: Chesterwood is offering a family-friendly art program on June 6. Explore outdoor sculptures with artists featured in the Boston Sculptors Gallery exhibition. Free with admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6, 12noon-5pm – DOG SHOW: Ventfort Hall and Great Barrington Kennel Club present Puttin’ On the Dog, a dog show held on the grounds of Ventfort Hall. This fun dog show features dogs competing for titles like best trick, dog/owner lookalike, best dressed, and others, as well as a K9 police demonstration, Canine Good Citizen test, a vet talk, a microchip clinic, dog product vendors, a raffle, a book signing by author Gloria McClay (Dog Sense), and more. Students interested in dogs and veterinary studies wold enjoy this dog show. Cost is per car. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)

Saturday, June 6, 2pm – PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Michael Zide will present “Not Just Another Pretty Picture” at the Jones Library on June 6. This visual presentation would be great for self-directed students and lifelong learners interested in photography – it focuses on teaching photographers of all levels to interpret what is in front of the camera’s lens. There will also be a question and answer session. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 2pm-3:45pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a screening of The Aristocats (1970; rated G). 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Local historian Paul W. Marino will lead a short tour of Hill Side Cemetery on June 6. Learn about the history of North Adams’ oldest municipal cemetery on this engaging tour. Children are encouraged to attend the tour to learn about local history. 413-207-1344. Brown Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, June 6, 3pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Children’s book author/illustrator Anna Alter will be at the Odyssey Bookshop to teach how books are made! There will be drawing demos and kids’ activities, and kids can bring their stuffed animals to celebrate Alter’s new book, Sprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories. Kids will love learning about books at this fun event! Email rsvp@odysseybks.com to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 6, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can make recycled newspaper kites at the Berkshire Co-Op Market on June 6. A fun summer DIY activity that kids will love! Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 6, 4pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some fascinating bits of local history at the Stockbridge Library’s first Cemetery Tour of the season – “Courageous Crusaders: Women’s Rights, Freedom from Slavery, and Modernizing the Law.” Come to Stockbridge Cemetery to learn important Stockbridge “crusaders” of the past. These cemetery tours are a fun way to learn about Stockbridge and some of its interesting history! 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Saturday, June 6, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 6, 7pm – THEATER: Celebrate New Century Theatre’s 25th anniversary and life in western Massachusetts at a performance of “Life in the 413.” The evening includes several original tales by local authors presented in old-time radio play format. Best for older students interested in theater. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Theatre 14 in Smith College’s Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. 413-587-3933. Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, June 6, 7pm – FILM/FASHION: The Berkshire Museum is screening Iris (2014; rated PG-13) on this weekend. The film is about New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and older students interested in fashion will enjoy the film and seeing Iris’ quirky fashion on screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

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Sunday, June 7th, 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, June 7, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Leeds and Haydenville. Walk from River Road in Leeds to South Main Street in Haydenville and discover the history of Leeds, Haydenville, and the Mill River. This walk would be best for older students interested in local history. Pre-registration required – email info@millrivergreenway.org to register; space is limited. Leeds, MA.

Sunday, June 7, ALL DAY – FISHING: It’s Free Fishing Weekend throughout all of Massachusetts this weekend, June 6 and 7! No fishing license will be required to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river, or stream. This is a great time to try out fishing! Massachusetts. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7, 7am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Join The Trustees of Reservations and naturalist John Greene for a morning of birding at Bear Swamp. Search this unique habitat for interesting bird species. Best for self-directed students interested in birds. 413-532-1631 x10. Hawley Road. Ashfield, MA. (>$)

Sunday, June 7, 8:30am-3:30pm – COMMUNITY/STEM: Hack for Western Mass is a civic hackathon where community members and technology experts connect to solve local challenges using technology. This hackathon consists of an event for adults as well as a youth hackathon. The event runs June 6 from 8:30am-8pm and June 7 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the UMass Center in Springfield. Kids can work together and participate in workshops that teach about nature, sustainability, art, and more. Kids who are interested in community engagement and in working with their peers to improve their community would benefit from Hack for Western Mass. Please register in advance. 1500 Main Street. Springfield, MA.

Sunday, June 7, 9am-1pm – FISHING DERBY: Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s 21st Annual Community Fishing Derby takes place June 7 at Lake Mansfield. Kids ages 16 and under can bring their own fishing gear and participate in the derby. Prizes will be awarded for different age groups and categories. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7, 9:30am-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Northampton residents are invited to Community Day at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum on June 7. Come explore the Museum, go on free tours, and relax with lemonade and cookies on the back veranda. This is a great chance for those who live in Northampton to experience this unique local historical site for free. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature and history walk. Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and mill history. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7. 10am – 3pm — HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Take a step back in time and revisit cultural eras and craftsmanship as you observe and explore antique cars from the 1930s through the ’70s at the New England Air Museum‘s annual antique auto show. The museum will have its flight simulator available for visitors to experience as well. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. (<$)

Sunday, June 7, 11am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover Westfield’s history at a spring open house at the Dewey House! Tour the 280-year-old home, see colonial crafters demonstrate their skills, learn about the use of herbs in the 1700s, see a Civil War encampment, and more. 87 South Maple Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7, 11am-3:45pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Valley Creates: Hadley features four local artists leading workshops in glass bead making, metal jewelry, papermaking, and upcycled fused plastic. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill from talented local artists and artisans. Ages 8-12 can attend workshops from 11am-12:15pm, and ages 12 and up from 1pm-2:15pm or 2:30pm-3:45pm. Pre-registration is required. Takes place at Stone Soup Farm. 81 Rocky Hill Road. Hadley, MA. (>$-$$)

Sunday, June 7, 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Plainfield Historical Society is holding a series of talks and walks, “Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills: Exploring the Plainfield Landscape,” on June 7, July 12, August 16, and October 10. Join the Historical Society on June 7 for a talk about and tour of Old Country Road to Allis Cemetery. The talk is at 1pm and the tour begins at 2pm. Great for older students interested in local history! Meet behind Shaw Memorial Library. 413-634-2250. 312 Main Street. Plainfield, MA.

Sunday, June 7, 1pm-5pm – HIKING: Attend a hike at Keystone Arch Bridges with Hike It Baby. The hike has some steep drops, so it is for adults and babies in carriers only. Hebert Cross Road. Chester, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 7, 1:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/COLLECTIONS: Anne Sroka will present, “A Window Into the Past: A Button Collector’s Scrapbook,” at the Keep Homestead Museum. Sroka will talk about the Museum’s button collection and button memorabilia scrapbook. She will discuss the history of button collecting and what it can teach about history, people, places, and activities. Best for students interested in history and collections. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road. Monson, MA.

Sunday, June 7, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover the “Ins and Outs of the Carriage Era” with the Stockbridge Library on a tour of the Carriage Museum at Orleton Farm. Visitors can learn about the carriage era and etiquette of the time period, view photographs of coaches in action, and see many historic carriages. Call for reservations – space is limited. 413-298-5501. 31 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Sunday, June 7, 2pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Music on Main presents a performance by High Definition, a vocal ensemble of the Northampton Community Music Center. 413-253-3456. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Sunday, June 7, 7pm – FILM/FASHION: The Berkshire Museum is screening Iris (2014; rated PG-13) on this weekend. The film is about New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and older students interested in fashion will enjoy the film and seeing Iris’ quirky fashion on screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, June 7, 7:30pm – CONCERT: Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble will perform a concert at the West Cummington Congregational Church on June 7. Young adult Village Harmony alumni will perform songs from South Africa, Bulgaria, Corsica, American Shape-Note songs, and Renaissance pieces. There will be a potluck supper in the Parish House at 5:30pm. 413-268-3828. 27 West Main Street. Cummington, MA. ($)

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

Monday, June 8, 10am – STORYTIME: Four and five year olds are invited to the Westfield Athenaeum for Fantastic Fours & Fives, a storytime that includes crafts, songs, fingerplays, and stories. Register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 8, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM/FASHION: The Berkshire Museum is screening Iris (2014; rated PG-13) on this weekend. The film is about New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and older students interested in fashion will enjoy the film and seeing Iris’ quirky fashion on screen. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, June 8, 2:15pm – SUMMER READING: Get ready for summer reading at the Summer Reading Club Kick-Off at Springfield City Hall! Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick are challenging all city kids and teens to do the summer reading challenge, which begins on June 22 and runs through August 29. Get excited for summer reading at this fun event! 36 Court Street. Springfield, MA.

Monday, June 8, 6pm – SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Building the First Certified Passive Solar House in the Pioneer Valley.” Professor Alexi Arango will talk about his attempt to build an affordable home that uses no fossil fuels. Those interested in sustainability and green building will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, June 8, 6:30pm – HISTORY/FASHION: Kandie Carle will present “Fashion in Fiction: Jane Austen” at the Storrs Library on June 8. Carle will be in costume and will discuss early 1800s fashions for men and women, like those in Pride and Prejudice. She will also share excerpts from Jane Austen’s letters and passages from her novels that highlight the use of clothing to define character and class and develop plot points. Older students interested in history, literature, or fashion would enjoy this talk. Please register in advance. 413-565-4181 x1620. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (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)
  • 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)
  • 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, June 9th, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 6 months to 35 months can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for Little Ones Library Time, which includes crafts, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 9, 10:30am – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Tuesday, June 9, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 9, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Families with children ages 4-8 can stop by the North Adams Public Library for some LEGO fun with Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 9, 4pm-6pm – HISTORY/FASHION: Kandie Carle will present “Fashion in Fiction: Dressing Jane Austen” at Ventfort Hall‘s Tea and Talk. Carle will be in costume and will discuss early 1800s fashions for men and women, like those in Pride and Prejudice. Older students interested in history, literature, or fashion would enjoy this talk. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, June 9, 6pm – CONCERT: Gaia Roots World Music and Drum Ensemble will perform at Farmington River Regional Elementary School. The group blends drumming, vocals, dance, harmonies, and stories to create an exciting performance inspired by the music of West African and the Caribbean. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA.

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, continues with a performance by the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers. This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 9, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Palmer Historical and Cultural Center is hosting a talk on Union Station and Olmsted Park in Palmer, presented by Blake and Robin Lamothe. They will talk about Union Station architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and their work in Palmer. They will also discuss what the station was like in its heyday and what’s in store for the future. Older students interested in local history would enjoy this talk. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Palmer, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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 hosts playgroups every Tuesday in June at Nonotuck Park. 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the summer and fall. Tuesday Market features delicious local fruits, vegetables, bread, syrup, fish, honey, and much more! Come each Tuesday for food, community, and entertainment. Takes place between Thornes Market and the parking garage. Downtown. Northampton, MA.
  • 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. >$
  • 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)
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 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, June 10th, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, TBA – MUSIC STUDIES: The Easthampton Family Center is offering a Mini Music Series with Maggie Shar on June 10, 17, and 24. Call for more info. 336-407-9074. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 10, 10am – STORYTIME: Two and three year olds are invited to the Westfield Athenaeum for Terrific Twos & Threes, a storytime that includes crafts, songs, and stories. Register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 10, 5:30pm – COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: Northampton community members can join neighbors and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for a walk audit for the Pleasant Street Health Impact Assessment. Meet at the Department of Public Health office to walk along Pleasant Street and share how it affects your health. Share what you would like to see change about Pleasant Street – your input counts towards future improvements! Participate in this walk and make a change in your community. All are welcome. 23 Service Center Road. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, June 10. 6:30pm — MUSIC: Enjoy an evening of folk music at one of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum‘s Wednesday Folk Traditions concerts. This week features string quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, whose music reflects a range of American folk music influences and inspiration. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 10, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 – HIKING: Join Hike It Baby every Wednesday through June 24 at 10:30am for an easy hike along the trails of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. The whole family will enjoy this weekly kid-led hike! 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm – 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.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – 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 – CHESS: The East Longmeadow Public Library holds a chess club for kids ages 6-14 every Wednesday afternoon. Come improve your chess skills by playing with peers of all levels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (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, June 11th, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Everett Barney: A Tale of Steel and Ice” with Robert M. Girard. Learn about this prominent Springfield inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist at this talk. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, June 11, 1:15pm – FILM: The Westhampton Public Library is screening Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) on June 11. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 11, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Russell Kaback, Charlie Conant, and Roland LaPierre. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 11, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, June 11, 7pm – SOCIAL JUSTICE/HISTORY: As part of a series of films focusing on issues of race, the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project present a screening of Can, a documentary film by Pearl J. Park. The film is about a war refugee who fled Vietnam in the 1970s. There will be a discussion after the film. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 11, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Colrain Historical Society presents a program on William Apess, a Native American activist born in Colrain in 1798. Older students interested in local history can learn about Apess’ life – he fought in the War of 1812, became a preacher, and wrote the first book-length autobiography by a Native American. 413-624-3453. 8 Main Road. Colrain, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 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)
  • 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 – 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)
  • 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-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, June 12th, 2015

Friday, June 12, 11am – MUSIC: Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and ukuleles at this program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 12, 4pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the opening of Greenfield’s new splash pad in Hillside Park at the Hillside Block Party! There will be DJ music, games, a bounce house, facepainting, kickball, a plant swap, and more. This is a fun chance to spend time with neighbors and community members. 413-772-1553. Grove Street. Greenfield, MA.

Friday, June 12, 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. There will also be hands-on art-making activities at the Smith College Museum of Art (Elm Street & Bedford Terrace) from 4pm-6pm, as well as a guided gallery talk at 6pm. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 12, 5:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Support Family Outreach of Amherst at their annual fundraiser, Light Up the Night, on June 12 in a lovely private garden setting. There will be cocktails, food, dancing, auctions, and more. Attend this fun night to raise money for FOA, which supports struggling families in the community. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-549-5548. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Friday, June 12, 5:30pm-7pm – FAMILY HIKE: Families can attend an early evening hike at Mt. Sugarloaf! The trail is steep (best for strong walkers) and there are amazing views of the Valley from the top. 300 Sugarloaf Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Friday, June 12, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, June 12, 7pm-9pm – CONCERT: The Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Coffeehouse concert series presents Devine and Nix, performing June 12 in the Great Hall. They will perform songs on violin, guitar, mandolin, and the Banjar. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

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)
  • 9:45am-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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup focused on motor skills with a song and story at the Anne T. Dunphy School gym every Friday through June 19. All ages welcome. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. ($)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 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. (>$)

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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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