Suggested Events for September 26th – October 2nd, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Sep 26 & 27

The 17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 26 & 27, 10am-5pm in Orange, MA.There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers and fabulous food. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word, and dance; chef demos & renewable energy education. Great for families! There are performances on a special family stage and throughout the fields, a pottery tent, climbing wall, hulahooping, horsedrawn hayrides, a farm animal area with great demos, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5 adults. Kids 12 & under free! www.garlicandarts.org for travel/parking info & program. Follow the festival on Facebook. The 17th most popular festival in the universe!

Sept 29

Tuesday, September 29th from 6-8 pmSouth Hadley High School will host the 47th annual Hampshire County College Fair in the gymnasium. Over 140 colleges will be represented! Please contact the SHHS Guidance Department for more information. Parking will be at Michael E. Smith Middle School and Mosier School with a shuttle bus running every 15 minutes. South Hadley High School is located at 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA 01075.

Sept 30

The Odyssey Bookshop hosts a Creature Crawl on Wednesday, September 30th at 6pm with fabulous author Holly Goldberg Sloan! Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and writer and director of Angels in the Outfield and Made in America—will present her new middle grade novel, Appleblossom the Possum! In addition to hearing the author talk about the book, attendees can make a mask based on animal characters from the story, scavenge for some dried fruit and nuts, and, like the possum babies in Sloan’s book, try their hand at acting out a short scene inspired by the novel, alone or with a friend! Check out odysseybks.com for more info about the event and how to buy the book!

Oct 3

Mirage: A Circus Life. Saturday, October 3, 7:30pm, Academy of Music Theatre. A stunning display of circus arts turns the stage into a world of gravity-defying feats in Nimble Arts’ latest production. Eight artists use their diverse training and abilities to tell the story of a troupe of performers putting together a new show. Based around a unique, free-standing aerial rig that transforms between acts, the group’s aesthetic takes a poetic approach to more traditional vaudevillian circus arts. Mirage is perfect for the whole family or a date night out. $18 adults, $12 ages 16 and under, plus service fees. www.aomtheatre.com. Box office hours Tuesday-Friday, 3-6pm. 413-584-9032 x105.

Oct 4

The 54th Annual Conway Festival of the Hills, Sunday, October 4, 10am-4pm rain or shine. Enjoy live music, a skillet toss, craft fair, log splitting contest, art, local products, and of course, lots of yummy food, freshly pressed cider and fried dough and maple cream. Free activities for the kids, including a hay maze, hill slide, face painting, Mammal Rehab/Paw Prints, and a book signing by local children’s book authors. Sign up for the Covered Bridge Classic 10K Road Race and kids’ Fun-Run! Local exhibitors and demonstrations include Rising Sun Forge, Wilder Hill Gardens, Northwest Junior Racing Pigeon Club, and Natural Roots. Admission, parking, and almost all activities are free. Held at Conway Grammar School. www.festivalofthehills.com

Oct 4

Join Valley CDC for their 5th annual Pedal Poker Run on October 4th at Look Park in Florence, MA. There will be 3 levels of rides – a 10-mile family ride on the bike path, plus a 30- or a 52-mile Connecticut River Valley ride. Collect cards along the ride. The best poker hand will win a Berkshire Weekend package worth $500. Food provided by Bistro Bus. Beer provided by Berkshire Brewing Company. Registration starts at 9am. Prizes awarded at 2:30pm. For more information, go to pedalpokerrun.com or contact Julia at 413-586-5855 x170 or jz@valleycdc.com.

Oct 4

Harvesting Hope Farm Festival happens on Sunday, October 4th from 1-5pm at Abundance Farm (253 Prospect St) in Northampton. All are welcome to participate in this family friendly festival for celebration, rejuvenation and action. Come enjoy creative and fun activities including the Topsy Turvy Bus (a mobile, vegetable powered eco-classroom), live music and square dancing, a meditation sukkah (tent), great local food, bicycle power, alpacas and more! Join Pioneer Valley faith, environmental and social justice communities as they gather to protect our pollinators, grow community orchards, and advocate for just wages. Suggested Donation of $1-$20 per family. For more information visit www.abundancefarm.org or email nilisimhai@gmail.com.

Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100% grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. Hettie Belle Farm raises all of their own animals on their family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork, chicken, turkey, goose & ducks fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in Greenfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 26th-October 2nd, 2015

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Saturday, September 26

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. Don Jordan and the western MA based Nutshell Playhouse Band guest DJ! 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 8 years!

Saturday, September 26. (TBA) — LOCAL HISTORY
Walk through Florence with naturalist Laurie Sanders and author Elizabeth Sharpe. This Florence II Riverwalk is sponsored by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. Registration is required. 413-268-2170. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26. (TBA) — ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Healthy waterways are an essential part of a healthy community. You might be surprised to learn the wide variety of trash polluting our local Connecticut River system – in past years volunteers have used human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. The Connecticut River Watershed Council invites you to help with this year’s annual trash cleanup, when thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA., CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. You can join an existing group or start one of your own. Also on Friday, September 25. Learn more about the Source to Sea cleanup from this Hilltown Families post. Call 860-704-0057 to learn how to participate. Locations vary, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, ALL DAY – SUSTAINABILITY: September 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Keep kids and the environment safe by bringing your expired, unused, or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications to a local collection center – find a collection event near you. Great opportunity to talk about why chemicals need to be properly disposed of with our kids, looking at how watersheds function and the various flora and fauna that depend on a vibrant ecosystem. Western Massachusetts. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26. 8am-10pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Saturday, September 26. 8:00am — SPORTS
A regatta is a series of boat races, typically of rowed or sailed water craft.
Holyoke Rows presents the Paper City Regatta, a fully accessible regatta with 5,000 meter inclusive head race and 500m and 1000m adaptive only races. Separate race classes for youth, masters and open. Weather permitting. Register at www.regattacentral.com. 413) 320-3134. Holyoke Rows boathouse, 12 Jones Ferry Rd., Holyoke, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 26. 9am-2pm — HIKING
When you explore the outdoors with knowledgeable guides, you can learn a great deal about local ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Guided group hikes also provide great opportunities to meet other families who share your interest in the outdoors, and with whom you might be able to arrange family hiking outings in the future. This weekend, Wild & Scenic Westfield River representatives will share some of their favorite hikes along the river valley. Registration required. 413-623-2070. Gobble Mountain, Middlefield Road, Chester, MA. (< $)

Saturday, September 26, 9am-2pm – CLOTHING SALE: The Annual ABC (A Better Community) Clothing Sale takes place September 26 at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown. Come support five local charities while shopping for new-to-you clothing. Great way to find new threads while engaging in sustainable practices through community engagement. 906 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, September 26. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 9am-5pm – BOOK SALE: Partners in Paper are holding an Antiquarian Book and Paper Sale in Eastworks September 25-27. Shop for antiquarian and used books on topics like Americana, biography, literature, and more. 413-527-1900. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, September 26, 9am-4:30pm – WILDERNESS SKILLS
Earthwork Programs is holding their 3rd Annual Wilderness Extravaganza on September 26 and 27. There will be a series of workshops, including the Skill of the Knife, for adults, teens, or kids ages 8 and up with an adult. These workshops are a great chance to learn wilderness and survival skills. Register in advance. 413-340-1161. Conway, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, September 26, 10am – SHOP LOCAL & HANDMADE: LOOP is a pop-up art market featuring upcycled and vintage goods. Their next event takes place at Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on September 26 and 27. Come see works by over 30 vendors, support independent artists and artisans, and do some sustainable shopping! 413-230-1812. 232 Northampton Street. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, September 26, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of How To Train Your Dragon (2010; 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, September 26, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn about traditional fall harvest foods like pumpkins, apples, and corn. These cooking demonstrations allow visitors of all ages to see what life was like in the past and the types of chores and activities they would do had they lived several hundred years ago! Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 26. 10am-5pm — COUNTRY FAIR
The Shakers are known for their long-established gender equality, as well as for their simplicity of lifestyle, architecture, and utilitarian objects. Learn more about life in a Shaker village at Hancock Shaker Village‘s Country Fair, September 26-27, where visitors will enjoy demonstrations of traditional Shaker crafting techniques, view a juried quilt show, see antique tractors and farm equipment, and participate in children’s games. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)

Saturday, September 26. 10:00am-5pm — LITERACY
Exposure to books in fun and interactive ways for young children can lead to a life-long enjoyment of reading. The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host the annual “LittleFest” event to promote a love of reading in young children. There will be performances including musical literary adventure and a reading-themed magic show, appearances by Daniel Tiger, free books (while supplies last), magic and art. September 26 is also Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! The Springfield Museums are offering free admission for up to two people. This is a great chance to explore the museums for free! Advance registration required. 413-263-6800 x488. Activities are free with the price of museum admission. 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 26. 10:00am-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region at the 17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked. Enjoy amazing music, performances, spoken word, dance, a pottery tent, climbing wall, hulahooping, horsedrawn hayrides, a farm animal area with great demos, and garlic games all weekend. Over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, community organizations and fabulous food. Rain or shine. Kids 12 and under are free. Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd., Orange, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 26, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The Amherst Family Center’s 29th Annual Apple Harvest Crafts Fair and Children’s Festival takes place September 26 on the Amherst Town Common! There will be artisan booths, hay rides, pony rides, games, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, a bouncy castle, cider making, live entertainment, and more throughout the day. Families will love this fun, free fall festival that supports the work done by the Amherst Family Center. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 36th Annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival takes place September 26 and 27! Celebrate fall in the Berkshires with food, rides, live music, shopping, and more at this lively street fair. 413-637-3646. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 11am – GAMING/INTERNET CULTURE: TopatoCon 2015 is a celebration of comics, podcasts, games, and music, and takes place in the Eastworks building. This two-day event features exhibits, workshops, and talks by some big names in indie gaming and podcasts. Check out the full schedule to see who’s coming! Tickets can be purchased in advance. Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 26, 11am – PARENT-CHILD PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Dad and Me Gym Time program on September 26 in the Haskins Center gym. Dads (or other male caregivers) and kids can come for some fun gym games and activities, as well as a pizza lunch. Call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by Steve Elci & Friends at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. This fun concert blends American roots music, country blues, and comedic storytelling. Tickets must be purchased the day of the event. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 26, 11:00am – 1:30pm — HIKING
The Alford Springs Reserve is a mountainous ridgeline property, and by this time in the fall, you may be able to do a bit of early leaf-peeping. As part of the Housatonic Heritage Hike series, you will hike these new trails with guides from Berkshire Natural Resources Council and eat lunch in an old apple orchard. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink & lunch. 2.5 hours – 2 miles. Register at 413-499-0596 and for directions to meeting spot. Alford, MA (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 12:00pm-4:00pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION & AGRICULTURE
Grassroots urban agriculture can strengthen and build healthy communities. Celebrate the work of Nuestres Raices during their annual Harvest Festival. This event features live music, traditional roast pork and chicken (Lechonera) among other foods, activities for children, information on sustainable energy, and more. 413-535-1789. 24 Jones Ferry Rd., Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 12noon-6pm – POETRY/MUSIC: Celebrate 100,000 Poets, Artists, and Musicians for Change at the Sculpture Garden at Park Hill Orchard. This is part of a worldwide event promoting peace and sustainability. There will be poetry readings and live music for all to enjoy. 413-303-0335. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26. 1:00pm- 3:00pm NATURAL HISTORY & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
Hiking can be about more than just experiencing the beauty of your environment. It can also be an opportunity to examine geological and cultural history. Trustees of Reservations invites you to explore Monument Mountain and David Dudley Field’s Carriage Road, looking at the geological, American Indian, industrial and cultural history of Monument Mountain with a particular focus on the instigator of the 1850 picnic with Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Meet at Monument Mountain Reservation Parking Lot. The hike is about 2 miles over varied terrain -please wear sensible shoes, bring water and snacks. Parking: Trustees members Free, Nonmembers $5/car. Registration requested. 413-532-1631 x10. 545 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, MA. (FREE; < $ for parking)

Saturday, September 26, 1pm-4pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteer to help clean up Greenfield Energy Park in time for fall and the last event of the season. The whole family can help out by cleaning up, preparing the gardens for winter, and celebrating a successful summer at the park. Email nhazard@worldsustain.net to RSVP. Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, September 26. 2:00pm —STORYTIME
The Eric Carle Museum hosts Elisha Cooper, award winning author/illustrator of Beach, the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner, for a Special Storytime as he reads from his new book, 8: An Animal Alphabet. 413-658-1132. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA. ($; FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, September 26, 2pm-4pm – QUIDDITCH: Harry Potter fans ages 6-13 can play some real-life Quidditch on the Great Lawn of the Greenfield Public Library! Come play the muggle version of this Hogwarts sport and take classes with Professor McGonagall. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 3pm – ART STUDIES: The Williams College Museum of Art presents the Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art with artist Jon Rubin. Rubin is “an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group, and institutional behavior.” Older students who are interested in contemporary art or those who are aspiring artists would enjoy this talk, which takes place in Lawrence Auditorium on the Williams College campus. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, September 26, 3:30pm-5:30pm – HISTORY/MUSIC: Discover the music of World War I at Ventfort Hall with Berkshire guitarist and singer Doug Schmolze. He will provide insights into the era and life during wartime with patriotic songs and other music from the time period, including ragtime, waltzes, and romantic songs. All ages are welcome to come learn about this significant time period and the music that defined it. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 26, 7pm-9pm – FILM STUDIES: The Manhattan Short Film Festival will screen some of the world’s best short films at the Berkshire Museum the weekend of September 25-28. The festival receives over 600 entries from more than 45 countries, which are then screened around the world so audiences can view and vote, with the winner announced on October 5. This is a unique opportunity for students interested in film to see these short films and to participate in the voting process. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 26. 7:30pm — CONCERT
The Otis Cultural Council presents an evening of honky tonk, boogie, blues, and bop music performed by Miss Paula & the Twangbusters. Those wishing to enjoy the inn’s food beforehand may arrive at 6pm for a buffet dinner (cash/check only). 413-269-0100. Knox Trail Inn, 1898 Otis Road, East Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 26, 7:30pm – THEATER: Shakespeare and Company presents a reading of Hamish Linklater’s The Vandal on September 26. The play is a bittersweet comedy and theater students and fans will enjoy the reading. Tickets available in advance. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 26, 7:30pm – THEATER: Real Live Theatre presents a performance of their original play, Queen Margaret, at Gateway City Arts. The play is about Margaret of Anjou who was featured in four separate Shakespeare plays and contains material from Shakespeare’s plays to tell the story of Margaret. This is a staged reading and preview to the full performance. Shakespeare fans will love this reading of what could be considered a brand new Shakespeare play! Tickets available in advance. 413-387-9780. 92 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, September 26, 7:30pm-10:30pm – CONCERT: The Palmer Historical and Cultural Center presents a performance by guitarist Pierre Bensusan on September 26. This world-renowned acoustic guitarist will play his distinct and beautiful music for audience members, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets available in advance. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 26, 8pm – CONCERT: The Hot Sardines are performing at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on September 26. The group is known for their lively concerts, which feature a brass band, piano virtuoso, rhythm section, and tap dancers to play hot jazz standards of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Arrive early at 6:30pm for a Speakeasy with a cash bar. Come dressed for the time period and win a prize. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, September 26. 8:00pm-10pm — CONCERT
What does the concept of “global citizenship” mean to you? What does it mean to be connected to others around the world? The Academy of Music presents The Senegal-America Project Benefit Concert, in which Senegalese and American performers use their music, dance, and performance poetry to illustrate the guiding principle of their Senegal-America Project: “we are all connected.” Their educational programs have reached half a million students in Senegal and America; their partnerships have delivered 3500 mosquito nets and essential medicines to at-risk neighborhoods. Tickets required. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

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Sunday, September 27

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 over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, September 27, ALL DAY – FUNDRAISER/CYCLING: The 5th Annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts takes place on September 27th. There are multiple rides to choose from – 3.5, 10, 25, 50, or 100 miles, and you must register by September 25th if you’d like to ride. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get outdoors to support a good cause. More info on the Will Bike 4 Food website. Hatfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, September 27. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Sunday, September 27. 9:00am-4:30pm —OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Participating in an interpretive walk allows you to feel more connected to the cultural, industrial and environmental history of the land and become involved in your surroundings. Housatonic Heritage Walks feature short walks, longer trail hikes, birding walks, tours of historical buildings and industrial sites, and a river canoe/kayak. Choose from a variety of walks in the upper Housatonic River Valley, all starting at different times throughout the day, and led by expert historians, naturalists and environmentalists. Registration required. 413-394-9773. Berkshire County, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 9am-5pm – BOOK SALE: Partners in Paper are holding an Antiquarian Book and Paper Sale in Eastworks September 25-27. Shop for antiquarian and used books on topics like Americana, biography, literature, and more. 413-527-1900. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Sunday, September 27, 9:30am-4:30pm – WILDERNESS SKILLS
Earthwork Programs is holding their 3rd Annual Wilderness Extravaganza on September 26 and 27. There will be a series of workshops, including The Art of Fire, for adults, teens, and families. These workshops are a great chance to learn wilderness and survival skills. Register in advance. 413-340-1161. Conway, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, September 26, 10am – SHOP LOCAL & HANDMADE: LOOP is a pop-up art market featuring upcycled and vintage goods. Their next event takes place at Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on September 26 and 27. Come see works by over 30 vendors, support independent artists and artisans, and do some sustainable shopping! 413-230-1812. 232 Northampton Street. Easthampton, MA. (SALE)

Sunday, September 27. 10am-11:30am — ENTOMOLOGY/ECOSYSTEM: Animals pollinate about 75 percent of all the plants that provide us with food, fiber, beverages, and medicine. Just who are these unsung heroes of the natural world? Gail will provide you with a PowerPoint presentation introducing the many insects that function as pollinators, what we can do to provide habitat for them, and some of the threats facing them. Best for older students and life-long learners. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. Easthampton, MA (< $)

Sunday, September 27. 10am-12pm — LOCAL & NATURAL HISTORY
The Canal-side Rail Trail winds past countless sights of local interest. Walk along the wide, paved trail (great for strollers!) with a DCR Park Interpreter from the Great Falls Discovery Center to learn about the area’s industrial, cultural, and natural history through interesting anecdotes, facts, and your own observations. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 10am-2pm – BOOK SALE: The S. White Dickinson Memorial Library‘s Annual Book Sale takes place September 27. Come support the library and find great books, DVDs, and audiobooks for all ages. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (SALE)

Sunday, September 27, 10am-2:30pm – HIKING/YOGA: Spend your Sunday morning hiking the Appalachian Trail and doing yoga with Tracy Remelius Yoga and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Hike to Jug End Vista and then relax with some yoga while enjoying gorgeous views. The hike is 4 miles and moderate-difficult, and would therefore be best for experienced hikers. Registration is required. 413-528-8002. 62 Undermountain Road. South Egremont, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, September 27, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 36th Annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Harvest Festival takes place September 26 and 27! Celebrate fall in the Berkshires with food, rides, live music, shopping, and more at this lively street fair. 413-637-3646. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27. 10am-5pm – LOCAL CULTURE/CORN MAZE
Get lost in a corn maze, a classic New England tradition! There are a few in Western MA you can check out with your family, including Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm (23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA), Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze ( 1299 Route 2. Charlemont, MA), Austin Brothers Valley Farm Corn Maze (270 West Street. Belchertown, MA), Meadow View Farm Corn Maze (120 College Highway. Southwick, MA), and Rolling Acres Farm Corn Maze (53 Pleasant Street. Southampton, MA ). Many of these mazes offer a fun and challenging outdoor adventure (of the best kind!) for families of all ages, along with other activities and farm fresh produce and perennials.

Sunday, September 27. 10am-5pm — COUNTRY FAIR
The Shakers are known for their long-established gender equality, as well as for their simplicity of lifestyle, architecture, and utilitarian objects. Learn more about life in a Shaker village at Hancock Shaker Village‘s Country Fair, September 26-27, where visitors will enjoy demonstrations of traditional Shaker crafting techniques, view a juried quilt show, see antique tractors and farm equipment, and participate in children’s games. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)

Sunday, September 27. 10:00am-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region at the 17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked. Enjoy amazing music, performances, spoken word, dance, a pottery tent, climbing wall, hulahooping, horsedrawn hayrides, a farm animal area with great demos, and garlic games all weekend. Over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, community organizations and fabulous food. Rain or shine. Kids 12 and under are free. Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd., Orange, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 27. 10:30am-12:00pm —FAMILY HIKE
The Community Network for Children invites you to a family ramble and nature story walk. Listen for birds, look for signs of creatures and spend a couple of hours relaxing on this gentle hike through the trails. Apply and/or bring sun screen and bug repellant. No restrooms available. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, CNC will provide a simple snack. 978-544-5157. Lake Wyola State Park, 94 Lakeview Rd., Shutesbury, MA

Sunday, September 27, 11am – GAMING/INTERNET CULTURE: TopatoCon 2015 is a celebration of comics, podcasts, games, and music, and takes place in the Eastworks building. This two-day event features exhibits, workshops, and talks by some big names in indie gaming and podcasts. Check out the full schedule to see who’s coming! Tickets can be purchased in advance. Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, September 27, 11am-6pm – FAMILY FUN: Miles for Moments is an annual celebration and fundraiser for Moments House, a local cancer support community. The day consists of a 5k walk, live music, food and drink vendors, face painting, balloon animals, decorating the new Moments House Kart, and more. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family, and a chance to support a wonderful community resource! Takes place at Berkshire Common. Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Sunday, September 27. 12:30-3pm – ENTOMOLOGY/GUIDE WALK: Take a walk with Gail Howe Trenton to learn about our local pollinators in the field. We should be able to see and observe many pollinating late-summer plants as we learn of their adaptations and natural history. Gail’s enthusiasm, love of insects, and amazing tidbits of information will help even the greatest skeptic learn to appreciate and enjoy these beneficial invertebrates. Best for older students and life-long learners. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. Easthampton, MA ($$)

Sunday, September 27. 1pm-2pm — LOCAL HISTORY
In 1872, the Grand Trunk Hotel was erected right next to where the Great Falls Discovery Center now stands. It was taken down in 1968, so many locals never had the opportunity to see it nor learn about its history. Participants in this presentation will join the session’s leaders to piece together the story of this special hotel with the use of photographs and testimonials. Learn more about this vibrant period in Turners Falls, when an electric trolley transported residents and tourists from town to town, a direct train to New York City brought many visitors, and a vaudeville theatre provided a venue for entertainment! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 1pm-3:30pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn the art of baking bread at “From 100% Rye to 100% White: Making Sourdough Breads at Home Hands-On” with Julia Copoulos of Small Oven Bakery at Different Drummer’s Kitchen. This hands-on workshop takes participants through the steps of making bread, from weighing the dough to forming and baking. Time will be spent discussing different kneading techniques, starters, proper dough temperature, and more. This is a great introduction for those who are interested in learning how to bake their own bread! 413-586-7978. 34 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, September 27. 1:00pm – 4:00pm — ART & NATURE STUDIES
Painting in the outdoors requires keen observation skills and a deep appreciation for the natural world. Local artist Pat Hogan will accompany you at the top of Hurlburt’s hill, where you will enjoy the panoramic views of the Housatonic River Valley, create watercolor paitings, and learn about leaves changing color in the fall. Sponsored by Trustees of Reservations. Participants should bring their own art supplies. Rain or shine. Ages 14 and up. Registration required. 413.532.1631. Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$; <$ for parking)

Sunday, September 27, 1pm-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: September 27th is the Hopkins Forest Fall Festival at Williams College. Celebrate fall with woodworking demonstrations, apple butter and cider production, the canopy walkway, shake splitting, a crosscut saw competition, live music, kids activities, and more. The Festival is a fun and educational way to welcome fall to the Berkshires. 413-597-2346. Northwest Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27. 1:30pm-3:30pm — NATURE STUDIES
Have you ever wished you knew how to identify trees? Which trees are native? Which are evergreen and which are deciduous? How can we tell the history of a particular tree? The Hitchcock Center and arborist Todd Beals invite you to a Waugh Arboretum Tour on the UMass Campus. Todd has also worked to develop a user-friendly online map and guide to the wonderful variety of trees on the UMASS Amherst campus, which you can continue to explore on your own. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Registration required. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27. 2pm — LOCAL LANDSCAPES & HISTORY
The earth beneath your feet has countless stories to tell. The composition of the soil, minerals in the hillsides, and oxbowed rivers each can teach us about the land where we make our homes if we know how to interpret their tales. Local naturalist Laurie Sanders knows how to translate these stories, and she shares her expertise to help us better understand the ways in which the interactions between people and nature have shaped present-day Northampton in Rediscovering Northampton: Local History Viewed through an Ecological Lens. This six-part lecture series takes place for six Sundays (through November 22) through Historic Northampton and features a different topic each week. This title of this week’s talk is Agriculture, Art, Tourism, and the Natural History of the Northampton Meadows. Registration required. 413-584-6011. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (< $ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, September 27. 2:00pm LOCAL HISTORY
Travel back in time with Barbara Allen, Curator of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, as she leads a walk down Stockbridge’s historic Main Street. Live through 275 years of Stockbridge history, starting with the first residents, Chief Konkapot and the Mohican tribe and moving through time to Cyrus Field and his trans-Atlantic cable, and Arlo Guthrie and Alice’s Restaurant. Registration required. 413-298-5501. Meet in front of the Stockbridge Library on the corner of Main and Elm Streets, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 2pm-3pm – STORYTIME/THEATER: The Activated Story Theatre will present two Eastern European folktales at the Jones Library on September 27. Children ages 4-10 and their families can hear “The Dragon of Krakow,” which is a Polish tale, and “Something from Nothing,” which is from the Jewish tradition. Families will enjoy hearing these lovely folktales. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
The Charles Gillet Cigar Factory, built in 1892, is the last surviving building of its kind in the valley. It is one of two museums operated by the Southwick Historical Society, and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about a manufacturing process that was important in our region in another era. The Southwick Historical Society also runs the Joseph Moore House, a structure that was built in 1751 by Joseph Moore, who lost his life in the Revolutionary War. Visit both of these museums at an open house this summer or fall, and savor the interesting artifacts and ephemera they hold while touring with a docent! Open house dates: 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25. 413-569-0275. 86 College Highway, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 2:30pm – THEATER: Real Live Theatre presents a performance of their original play, Queen Margaret, at Gateway City Arts. The play is about Margaret of Anjou who was featured in four separate Shakespeare plays and contains material from Shakespeare’s plays to tell the story of Margaret. This is a staged reading and preview to the full performance. Shakespeare fans will love this reading of what could be considered a brand new Shakespeare play! Tickets available in advance. 413-387-9780. 92 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Sunday, September 27, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Sage Chamber Music Society presents a chamber music performance at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall. “Early Autumn Trios” will feature violin, cello, and piano playing Haydn, Harbison, and Brahms. Students interested in classical music will enjoy this performance. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a performance by Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt, who will perform Piano Four-Hands Favorites. This performance would be of interest to students of all ages who are interested in music. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27. 5:00pm-7:30pm. — HIKING
September’s full moon is known in many northern cultures as the Harvest Moon. The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center invites you to a two-mile walk along the scenic Barton Cove peninsula, where you’ll explore the rich history, geology and natural history of this unique place along the Connecticut River. It is also the perfect setting for a sunset walk and viewing the full moon rising across the river. Dress in layers, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and a trail snack to enjoy while the moon rises. Sturdy footwear works best on Barton Cove’s rocky trails. For ages 12 and older. Registration required. Call for directions. 800-859-2960. Gill, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 27, 5pm-8pm – JEWISH TRADITIONS/SUSTAINABILITY: Join the Jewish Community of Amherst for “Inviting Hope Into the Harvest Hut,” a vegetarian potluck dinner and discussion on the future of clean energy in the Sukkah, hosted by the Tikkun Olam Committee and Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley. The event focuses on Jewish ritual and traditions. 413-256-0160. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, September 27, 6:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy fans can come to the Springfield Science Museum to view the total lunar eclipse on September 27. Arrive at 6:30pm for planetarium shows, observatory tours, and presentations about eclipses, and then head out to the North Lawn viewing area to see the eclipse at 9pm. Members of the Springfield Stars Club will bring telescopes for you to look through, and you can ask them and Science Museum staff about what you’re seeing. This is the last total lunar eclipse visible in Massachusetts until 2019! 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, September 27, 7pm-9pm – FILM STUDIES: The Manhattan Short Film Festival will screen some of the world’s best short films at the Berkshire Museum the weekend of September 25-28. The festival receives over 600 entries from more than 45 countries, which are then screened around the world so audiences can view and vote, with the winner announced on October 5. This is a unique opportunity for students interested in film to see these short films and to participate in the voting process. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, September 27, 7pm-10pm – ART: Celebrate fall at Park Hill Orchard on a full moon walk through their sculpture garden. Walk the orchard by torchlight and hear a poetry reading. 413-527-6186. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

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Monday, September 28

Monday, September 28. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Monday, September 28, 1:30pm-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Resource Center is hosting a workshop for parents titled, “Dollar Cents: Stretching Your Dollar” at the Haskins Center. Learn about budgeting, saving, and more at this free, informative workshop. Please call ahead if you need childcare or transportation. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 28, 2pm-4pm – CAREGIVING/ART STUDIES: People with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are welcome to attend a special gallery talk at the Clark Art Museum. “Meet Me at the Clark” takes place when the museum is closed to the public in order to create a private, calm atmosphere, and consists of a viewing and discussion about the art. This gallery talk is great for both the person with dementia and the caregiver – both can enjoy seeing and experiencing art and spending time together in a meaningful way. Call to register in pairs. 413-458-0410. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 28, 6pm – ASTRONOMY: Come to The Hangar Pub and Grill for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Missions to Space: Visiting a Comet, Pluto, and (hopefully) Asteroids?” Tim Spahr, CEO of NEO Sciences, Inc., will talk about comets, asteroids, dwarf planets, and more. Those interested in astronomy will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, September 28, 7pm – SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY: Are you a Northampton resident who’s concerned or curious about the city’s plans for the future as the effects of climate change become clearer? Community members can attend a public workshop at the Senior Center on September 28 to learn about the city’s plans for the future, which include street trees, energy systems, land use changes, and more, and to discuss what you would like to see done. This workshop is important for Northampton community members who are interested in urban planning and the future of climate change here in the Valley. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 28, 7pm-9pm – FILM STUDIES: The Manhattan Short Film Festival will screen some of the world’s best short films at the Berkshire Museum the weekend of September 25-28. The festival receives over 600 entries from more than 45 countries, which are then screened around the world so audiences can view and vote, with the winner announced on October 5. This is a unique opportunity for students interested in film to see these short films and to participate in the voting process. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

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

  • 9:30am-11am – STORYTIME & MUSIC: Families with young children are invited to the Spear Memorial Library every Monday for a “Tales & Tunes” program with Katie Tolles, sponsored by the Community Network for Children. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join the Play N Learn playgroup each Monday morning, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Monday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on most Mondays year-round. 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-11am – LITERACY: Young children can have fun with books and reading at Wee Read at the Worthington Library every Monday. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Young children and their caregivers are invited to Gym Fun, a playgroup that incorporates lots of movement. This group meets on Mondays and is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Town Hall, 21 State Line Rd., West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 – 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, ongoing. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30 am – STORYTIME: The Indian Orchard Library invites 3-5 year olds for stories, songs, movement, a craft, and playtime. Runs through Oct. 26, Adult must accompany children, siblings welcome. Registration required if you bring more than three children. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street, Indian Orchard, 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)
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. Check with your local library for museum passes to borrow. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:00pm-5pm – ART: Do you know a teen who loves to draw? The Hubbard Library offers “Sketchy Ato,” a drop-in session in which all genres are welcome – manga, comics, western, or anything else. Artists can share their work (if they want) with fellow art maniacs! For middle & high schoolers. Every two weeks. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St., Ludlow, MA.. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – LITERACY: You’re never too old for a good picture book! Join Sprinfield’s Central Library and enjoy a terrific picture book together, followed by a creative activity inspired by the story. ages 8-10, siblings welcome. Runs through November 16. Registration recommended/limited space. 413-263-6828 x201. Children’s Room, Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA.. (FREE)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at the Haskins Center for ages walking to 8 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Gathering around a table and sharing a meal is a foundation of community building. Greet your neighbors and make new friends over a delicious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Donations are gratefully accepted, as are non-perishable food items for local food banks. Please contribute if you can. Runs through December 21. (No Suppers on 11/23 or 12/28) No reservations required. 15 Crissey Rd., Great Barrington, 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)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s ongoing 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-7:30pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Monday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – MUSIC: The ukulele is a small stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, that originated in 19th Century Hawaii. The ukulele has enjoyed a revival in recent years that can be attributed to its accessibility, affordability and popularity. Julieann Stepanek wants to inspire budding ukulele players by teaching four monthly classes at Storrs Library. Once a month, through December 28th. Come to one session or all four! Registration required. 413-565-4181. Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm — BOOK CLUB: The Emily Williston Memorial Library invites you to Monday Night Book Club, which meets the fourth Monday of each month (except in May). For adults and/or young adults who are mature readers. 413-527-1031. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, MA (FREE)
  • 7pm – POETRY: Forbes Library holds a poetry discussion group every Monday in the Coolidge Museum. Come discuss the works of famous poets with community members of all backgrounds – lifelong poets and those who are new to reading poetry. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, September 29

Tuesday, September 22. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Tuesday, September 29, 9:30am & 11am – 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, September 29. 10:30am – 11:30am — NATIVE FAUNA
Children who come to understand and value nature often carry that perspective into adulthood. Give the children in your life a strong, early connection to the world around them through activities like Kidleidoscope Tuesdays at the Great Falls Discovery Center! Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to visit for a story, game, and craft related to the natural world. Today’s topic will be squirrels. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 12noon – ART STUDIES/HISTORY: Go on a guided tour of the Williams College Museum of Art‘s exhibition, “Imagining the Trojan War,” with Ben Rubin, Assistant Professor of Classics. Learn about the works and the time period during which they were created on this tour. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA.

Tuesday, September 29, 2:30pm – ANIME/MANGA: Anime fans in grades 7-12 can attend the first meeting of the Southwick Public Library‘s Anime Club on September 29th. Come talk about anime with peers, draw, enjoy snacks, and more. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 4:30pm – FILM STUDIES: In celebration of Banned Book Week, the Jones Library is holding a First Amendment Film Festival featuring movies based on books that have been challenged or banned in the United States. At 4:30pm a family classic will screen, followed by another film at 6:30pm. Call the library for movie titles and ratings. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 5pm-6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Family Place is offering an introductory discipline workshop on September 29 – “Effective Discipline 101: Introduction to 1-2-3 Magic for Parents.” Parents of children ages 2-12 can come learn about this discipline strategy at the workshop, where dinner is provided. Childcare and transportation available. Registration required. 413-663-7588. 61 Main Street. North Adams, MA.

Tuesday, September 29, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: The Berkshire Humane Society‘s 10th Annual Pasta Dinner Benefit takes place September 29 at Zucco’s Family Restaurant. There will be delicious food, a 50/50 raffle, and a chance to get to know other community members, all while raising money for the Humane Society. 413-447-7878 x131. 451 Dalton Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Tuesday, September 29, 6pm – PUBLIC MEETING: Residents of Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and other surrounding towns are invited to attend a Route 9 Corridor Improvement Project meeting at Hopkins Academy on September 29. Learn about the project’s goals and timeline, meet the project team, ask questions, and provide feedback. This is an opportunity for community members to become involved in this project. 131 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29. 6-7:30pm — BIKE MECHANICS: Are you ever worried heading out on a bike ride on your own that you’ll get a flat tire or some other mechanical problem and be stuck in the middle of nowhere? Here’s your chance to learn some valuable (and surprisingly easy) skills that might just save you the walk of shame home one day! During this class we’ll go over fixing flat tires (probably one of the most common issues that plague cyclists, newbies as well as veterans), broken chains, and general preventive maintenance of your drivetrain. Your instructors for the evening will be Sean and Liz, of Speed and Sprocket Cycle Works, who have a combined 25 years of repair experience and countless miles of road and trail pedaled behind them! Best for self-directed teens and life-long learners. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. Easthampton, MA ($$)

Tuesday, September 29, 6pm-8pm – COLLEGE FAIR: The 47th Annual Hampshire County College Fair takes place in the South Hadley High School gymnasium on September 29. Representatives from over 140 colleges will be present to talk about their school to interested students. This is a great chance to find out about different colleges and which would be a good fit. Park at Michael E. Smith Middle School and Mosier School and take the shuttle – runs every 15 minutes. Mosier Street. South Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm – AUTHOR TALK: Just in time for the Halloween season, local author Tina DiMeo will read from her book Zombie: A Love Story at the Storrs Library. Call to register. 413-565-4181 x1620. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm-7:30pm – CULINARY ARTS/PLANT STUDIES: Learn about storing and preserving herbs at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library with experts from Stockbridge Farm. There will be a cooking demonstrations and recipes for dried herbs, vinegars, oils, syrups, butters, pastes, and more. Older students and lifelong learners interested in growing their own food, cooking, and preserving would enjoy this program. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 7pm – ART STUDIES: Older students interested in art and cultural studies can attend a gallery talk for UMass’ Augusta Savage Gallery’s new exhibition, “A Mayan Tapestry: Ancient Wisdom, Traditional Life and the Contemporary World,” on September 29 at 7pm. The exhibit features works by artists from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, and includes paintings, photographs, video, and youth art, all of which depict life in Lake Atitlan, cosmology, the impact of colonization, and the modern world. 413-545-5177. 180 Infirmary Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 29, 7pm – ART STUDIES: Students and lifelong learners interested in contemporary art can attend a talk by Forrest Nash at the Williams College Museum of Art. Nash, the founder of Contemporary Art Daily, will present, “Envisioning Curatorial Practice.” His talk will focus on his website, which features art exhibitions from around the world, and how he chooses artists and curates the site. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA.

Tuesday, September 29, 7pm-8:30pm – LOCAL FOOD: Are you interested in local food and sustainability? The Westhampton Public Library‘s Grown in Westhampton group is brainstorming ideas for upcoming programs and would like your input! If you’re interested in local food this is a great chance to get involved with other like-minded community members. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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 hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Swift River School every Tuesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road, New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help improve the Trustees of Reservations trails at Notchview with the property’s Trail Team. A variety of opportunities are available, from light work to heavy maintenance and construction. Runs second and fourth Tuesdays through October 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday, Community Health Programs of Berkshire County hosts Toddler Steps, a playgroup for children ages 18 months- 3 years with their caregivers. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 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: 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – SCHOOL READINESS: There will be a school readiness program every Tuesday at the Hilltown Family Center (previously the Gateway Family Center).  413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Young children and their caregivers are invited to participate in the Explore & Play playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County, which meets Tuesday mornings. 413-644-0104. 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PARENT GROUP: Nursing Families group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STEAM: Preschool-age children can learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the Dalton Free Public Library every Tuesday! There will be a story, a lesson, and a STEAM project. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime year-round! 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-11:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a baby and toddler play time every Tuesday at 11am. They also offer a playgroup for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month which begins at 10am. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup, year-round. 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 – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: It Takes a Village Mother’s Circle runs every Tuesday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood with others in a supportive and caring environment. Expectant mothers welcome, and infants can attend, and there is childcare for older children. Follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-650-3640. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – WOODWORKING:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple handcrafted utilitarian objects. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Tuesday to watch master woodworkers create oval boxes using traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – CRAFTING: What better way to prepare for a cozy New England winter than to complete those knitting projects? Knitting alongside others also builds community and increases skills. The Storrs Library in Longmeadow offers a Novel Knitters drop-in program for adults where you can bring your own projects and supplies or participate in ongoing community projects. All levels of expertise are welcome. 413- 565-4182. Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, 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 – STORYTIME: Storytime and music for ages 1-3 every Tuesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, 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 – 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. Runs every Tuesday through October 6. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STEM & LITERACY PLAYGROUP: The Mason Library invites children ages 0-5 with their caregivers to its Brain Builders Play & Learn Playgroup every Tuesday. Activities will include reading, singing, playing, circle time, and engaging table-time activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themes! 413-528-1720. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddlers aged 12-36 months and their caregivers are welcome at the bilingual toddler storytime at the Forest Park Library. stories, songs, fingerplays, and playtime. Registration required if you bring more than three children. Runs through December 8. Registration required/limited space. Adult must be present. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Tuesday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. 20 East Street Adams, 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)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a playgroup at Adams Youth Center for infants to 5 year olds. 413-664-4821. 20 East St., Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Facilitator MaryBeth leads Baby Steps, a playgroup that meets Tuesdays. This playgroup is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every second and fourth Tuesday in Turners Falls. Come to the Grandfamilies Group Suppport to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 294 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: The Storrs Library’s Tech Tuesday ongoing, drop-in sessions allow folks to receive coaching in various skills with which they’ve been needing support. Learn how to use your new computer, send email, operate an e-reader, and more. Bring your phone, e-reader, or other relevant device. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2pm – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Are you or your partner facing breastfeeding challenges? Is nursing not what you thought it would be? Stop in to MaryBeth’s breastfeeding support group, which meets Tuesday afternoons, for advice, techniques, and emotional support. Babies and children welcome, of course! This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the 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 every Tuesday, 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-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-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Meekins Library has a new LEGO club which meets in the Hawks Hayden Room every Tuesday. Designed with kids ages 5-11 in mind, but everyone is welcome! 413-268-7488. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – AFTERSCHOOL & YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millenia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:15pm-6:45pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every first Tuesday (5:15pm-6:45pm) and third Wednesday (12:30pm-2pm) in Greenfield. Come to the Grandfamilies Group Suppport to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – FILM STUDIES: The Red Gate Farm Film Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to watch and discuss films in the farm’s program building. A homemade dinner is served, with an optional small donation to cover food costs. All ages welcome, but parents should know that PG and PG-13 movies are shown. Anyone in 3rd grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and participants under 17 must have a signed parental/guardian consent form in order to attend. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Library each Tuesday for a game of Scrabble! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Is the health of our Earth on your mind? Gather with others who are contemplating the same topic at the Environmental Awareness Discussion Group, which meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Members of the group use both non-fiction and fiction books and films as launching off points for meaningful conversations about the environment. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street, Northfield, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, September 30

Wednesday, September 30. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Wednesday, September 30, 12:30pm-1pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 3pm-4pm – CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library is holding a special Banned Books Week crafternoon on September 30. Kids can come make a fun craft at this event. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 3pm-4:30pm – GAMES: Teens and tweens in grades 6-12 can enjoy some old fashioned gaming at the Westfield Athenaeum on September 30. Come play board games and others that don’t require a console. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 3:30pm-4:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents can attend a Brain Building workshop at the Haskins Center on September 30. Learn interesting facts about brain development and brain-building activities to do at home with kids. Childcare and transportation available. Call to register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30. 5:00pm — CINEMA & COMMUNITY BUILDING
The Springfield Central Cultural District, MassDevelopment, and City Mosaic have partnered to present “Springfield Under the Stars” with “Office Space” as the featured movie of this event. Placemaking, which inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community, is a focal point of this series, and for this night will involve watching two artists work live to bring unconventional murals into the park – then vision what you want to see in the neighborhood moving forward. Come be a part of this revitalization effort! Bring your own blankets. Movie begins at 6:30. Refreshments available. 413-781-1591. Stearns Square Park, Worthington and Bridge Streets, Springfield, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30. 6pm —POLITICAL SCIENCE
It is easy to listen to news of international conflict and crisis without being able to analyze how to address these incredibly complicated situations. Springfield Public Forum presents Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who will give the talk “War and Revolution in the Middle East” at Springfield Symphony Hall. Burns served for nearly three decades under both Democratic and Republican Presidents. Now a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, Ambassador Burns will offer an experienced view of how the U.S. should respond to violence and instability. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 6pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Appleblossom the Possum, will be at Odyssey Bookshop on September 30 to present her book, which tells the tale of a young possum who gets trapped in a human family’s chimney. Kids will love this sweet animal story. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Wednesday, September 30. 6:00pm -7:30pm — YOUTH READING GROUP
Mass Humanities invites families with children 10-13 to a Family Adventures in Reading group at Erving Elementary School Library. Children and their parents or caregivers will read chapters from age-appropriate novels and convene four times. Skilled facilitators will lead provocative conversations. 413-423-3326. Erving Elementary School Library, 28 Northfield Rd., Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30. 7pm — ART STUDIES/ARTIST TALK
The Smith College Museum of Art presents Martha Wilson, pioneering feminist artist and founder of Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of ephemeral and avant-garde art. In an artist’s talk, Wilson will trace the trajectory of her career as well as discuss her current work. Several of Wilson’s artworks can be seen in the current exhibition: Women’s Work: Feminist Art from the SCMA Collection, on view through January 3, 2016. Open to all .No reservations required. Carroll Room, 2nd Floor. Smith College Campus Center. Limited seating (early arrival encouraged). First-come, first-served. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 7pm – SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY: Are you a Northampton resident who’s concerned or curious about the city’s plans for the future as the effects of climate change become clearer? The American Institute of Architects’ Sustainable Design Assessment Team will be at the Northampton Senior Center on September 30 to discuss the future of climate change in Northampton, how to prepare, and their recommendations. This presentation is important for Northampton community members who are interested in urban planning and the future of climate change here in the Valley. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 30, 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY: Learn about the French in New England at Forbes Library on September 30. Jeanne Douillard will present “Silent Presence – The French in New England,” which focuses on pre-Revolution France, immigration, politics, and more. Students interested in history and genealogy will enjoy this talk. 413-587-1017. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Wednesday at Kittredge Elementary School. 413-655-0146. Maple Street. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday from October through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: You and your young children are welcome to join other kids and caregivers each Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center’s weekly playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers can join Kim each Wednesday for Play N Learn, a playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 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 – 11:30am – MUSIC AND LITERACY: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through June 30, 2016 for Tunes and Tales with Sylvia Wetherby, organized by the Community Network for Children. This group may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Erving Elementary school every Wednesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:00am-11:00am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.is offering a toddler playgroup at Haskins Center for ages 1 to 2.5 years. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center (previously the Gateway Family Center). 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a morning of stories at the New Marlborough Library’s weekly storytime, held each Wednesday. This storytime series is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough, 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 – STORYTIME: There is a storytime for preschool-age kids every Wednesday at the Monson Free Library! Come for stories and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime and crafts for ages 3-6 every Wednesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, 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-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. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12pm – 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. Runs through June 30, 2016. May not run on holidays or in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – FIBER ARTS:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple fiber crafts. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Wednesday to watch flax-processing and felted bead-making demonstrations by talented artisans who use traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – STORYTIME Toddlers and their caregivers can come to the Forbes Library for Toddler Time, which includes stories, bubbles and songs with friends every Wednesday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – 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)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-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)
  • 12pm – GARDENING: Visit the River Valley Market on Wednesdays through September 30, 2015 for “Picnic Presentations”, an outdoor talk series focusing on home and yard improvement. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every first Tuesday (5:15pm-6:45pm) and third Wednesday (12:30pm-2pm) in Greenfield. Come to the Grandfamilies Group Suppport to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, 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-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-5pm – Story/Craft Hour: Join the Cushman Library during the school year for thematic picture book/craft activities, snacks and opportunity to meet other parents while the kids get crafty together. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Wednesday through Dec 23 at the Cushman LIbrary. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Wednesday knitting circle. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30 pm – LITERACY: How might books be like video games? Head to Sprinfield’s Central Library for Book and Build. Hear a book (or a chapter) then work together to three-dimensionally recreate the scene. Ages 8-12. Runs through November 18. Children’s Program Room. 413-263-6828 x201. Children’s Room, Central Library, 220 State Street Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-6:30pm – STORYTIME: Stories, songs, and movement for children ages 3 to 10 at the East Springfield Library. Runs September 9 – November 18. No registration required. Adult must accompany children, siblings welcome. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace Springfield, 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)
  • 6pm-8pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Wednesday night. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – FILM STUDIES: New Asia Cinema and Arab Cinema Panorama screen a film as part of their “Fantastic Animals” series every Wednesday at the Flavin Theater School of Management at UMass. Each film deals with the connections between humans and animals around the world. See the Fine Arts Center website for a full schedule and list of films. Runs through December 9, 2015. 413-577-2486. Amherst, 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 experienced 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.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Creacion Latin Big Band has open practice sessions every first and third Wednesdays. Enjoy salsa, cha cha, mambo, and more, and enjoy food and drink from the beer garden, too. Audience members are invited to dance to their hearts’ content! 413-650-2670. Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, October 1

Thursday, October 1. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Thursday, October 1, 12:20pm-12:50pm – ART STUDIES: There will be a gallery talk at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum on October 1 – Assistant Curator of Education Kendra Weisbin and Assistant Curator of Visual and Material Culture Aaron Miller will present, “Innovation and Interaction: Ceramics from China and the Islamic World.” 413-538-2000. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 1, 12:30pm-2:30pm – COSMETOLOGY: Cosmetic industry leader Jane Iredale will be at Ventfort Hall for a special luncheon on October 1. She owns a mineral makeup line, which provides skin benefits. Makeup artists will be present for makeovers and attendees can learn Iredale’s story and about her cosmetics business. This is a unique opportunity for older students interested in cosmetology to meet a successful professional in the field! Please RSVP ASAP. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, October 1, 5pm – ENTREPRENEURSHIP/SUSTAINABILITY: The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is holding the Slow Money Pioneer Valley Entrepreneur Showcase on October 1 at the Smith College Conference Center. 4-6 local entrepreneurs focused on the Valley’s local food system will present about their business, their financing needs, and current capital-raising endeavors. Community members can ask questions and learn about each business at the presentation. Those who are interested in sustainability, food systems, business, or entrepreneurship would enjoy these presentations. 413-774-7204. 49 College Lane. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, October 1, 5pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy an evening at Naumkeag this fall at their Cider Press event. Come enjoy cocktails, hard cider samples, apple-themed games and food, live music by the Easy Ridin’ Papas, and gorgeous views of the Berkshires. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, October 1, 5pm-8pm – POETRY: The Amherst Poetry Festival is October 1-4 throughout Amherst. There will be many poetry-related events, including readings, an Emily Dickinson poetry marathon, discussions, performances, children’s activities, and more. A full schedule and list of locations can be found on the Emily Dickinson Museum’s website. 413-542-8161. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, October 1. 5:30pm-7:30pm —NATURE STUDIES
You may be familiar with searching under logs and stones for salamanders, but did you know that at night these fascinating creatures venture out from their hiding places into the cool of the evening? Head to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and search the woodlands of Pleasant Valley in this Sunset Salamander Search, and learn about the lives of these amphibians. Children must be accompanied by an adult; open to families with children 3 and older. Registration required. 413-637-0320. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA ($)

Thursday, October 1, 6pm-9pm – VAMPIRES: Author, folklorist, and vampire expert Michael Bell will present, “In the Vampire’s Grasp: Narrating America’s Restless Dead,” at Old Sturbridge Village on October 1. Older students who are interested in vampires can learn about New England’s vampires from before the time of Dracula. Bell will share old and new stories in this historically-rich illustrated talk. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, October 1, 7pm – HORSES/PERFORMANCE: The world-renowned Gala of the Royal Horses is coming to the Mullins Center on October 1. This exciting event features horses and a performer showing their skills. Horse-lovers of all ages will enjoy this show. Tickets available in advance. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. ($$-$$$)

Thursday, October 1, 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of Veils, which tells the story of an African-American Muslim student who goes to Cairo for a year abroad, hoping to feel understood. The Arab Spring begins while she is abroad, and the play deals with the impacts of the revolution on her life and new friendships in Cairo. Tickets available in advance. Performances take place at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage every Wednesday & Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm through October 18. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, October 1, 7pm-8:30pm – CONCERT: The Wistariahurst Museum presents a performance by gypsy swing group The Michael Sheridan Trio. They will play tangoes from South America, as well as the music of Django Reinhardt. Students with audience skills who are interested in music would enjoy the performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

Thursday, October 1, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Bassist and band leader William Parker will perform “A Different Planet” with David Budbill at UMass’ Bezanson Recital Hall on October 1. Older students interested in music studies and performance would enjoy this event. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($)

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

  • 9am-12pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help monitor and care for the trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Runs Thursdays through November 26, 2015. Contact conservation ranger Rene Wendell for more details. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 18 months through 3 years and their caregivers may participate in the Toddler Steps playgroup which meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – STORYTIME: On Thursdays, young children and their caregivers can enjoy building early literacy skills at Richmond Reads, a weekly group sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Richmond Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Thursday at Goshen Town Hall. Main Street. Goshen, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Storytime every Thursday at the Dalton Free Public Library. There will be stories, snacks, and a craft. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a support group for parents with infants every Thursday Hilltown Family Center. (previously the Gateway Family Center). 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, 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.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP Add some playtime, socializing, and song to your morning at Sing N Play each Thursday. Open to young children and their caregivers, and sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street, Sheffield, 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-12:30pm – PLAY GROUP: Children birth – 5 years old are welcome to attend a neighborhood playgroup at Sixteen Acres Library. Enjoy stories, fingerplays, a craft and playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children, siblings welcome. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street, Springfield MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-11:45am – PARENTING SKILLS/SUPPORT: Would you like to meet other parents in the area and share your parenting triumphs and challenges? Would you enjoy learning sound parenting advice from a trusted source? Check out Sips & Tips, a parenting group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12pm – NUTRITION & CULINARY ARTS: Children ages 2.5-5 years and their caregivers are invited to Kids’ Kitchen, a fun cooking group that meets on Thursdays. Children who participate in meal preparation often show greater tolerance for a variety of foods and healthier eating habits than children who do not. The focus will be on learning basic food prep techniques and making healthy choices for everyday meals. Sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and all others providing care for a child age 0-9 months are invited to Welcome Baby, a support group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Learn how to address the needs of infants and yourself, and address feeding concerns and other topics. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm & 5pm – INTERGENERATIONAL SKILL SHARING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge hosts two knitting groups most Thursdays. The 3pm group is open to all levels, and is led by Kay, who spins her own wool. The 5pm group, led by Caitlin, focuses on teaching and practicing the fundamentals of knitting, but all levels and projects are welcome. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – JOB SKILLS: Do you need help finding a job? Do you need assistance in creating or revising a resume and/or with interview skills? The Amherst Survival Center provides support during weekly sessions. And you can also join for lunch between 12pm and 1pm! You can ride the #33 bus right to the door. The Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:15pm – FINE ARTS: Visit the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts for their popular Thursday Museums a la Carte lectures, featuring presentations on a variety of fine art-related topics! Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch; coffee and cookies will be provided. Intended for older students and adults. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, 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)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm – PLAYGROUP: Too old for tummy time? Too young for toddler time? Drop into this fun social time for babies at Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. Community Room, Forbes Library, 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 – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Thursday. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Thursday knitting circle, hosted at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, 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)
  • 4:30pm – AFTERSCHOOL & YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millenia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, 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)
  • 5pm-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Stunning scenery, sunsets, and great music await you at the Naumkeag at Night concert series which runs Thursdays through September 17, 2015. Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket! 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 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 – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 6:00pm-7pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-12 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. North Adams Library, 4th Floor. 74 Church Street. North Adams, 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)
  • 6:30pm – GAMES: There will be a family game night the third Thursday of each month at Montague Common Hall. Spend quality time playing games with family and friends. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (FREE/DONATION)
  • 6:30pm – TRIVIA: Is your mind brimming with all sorts of facts and figures? On the first Thursday of every month, the Jones Library will host a trivia night where you can put this knowledge to a fun use! Individuals may form teams ahead of time or meet up with others at the event and create teams on the spot (no more than 5 members per team). Prizes and refreshments will be shared. Intended for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $; SUGGESTED DONATION)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – TRIVIA: Display your trivia knowledge the first Thursday of each month at the Jones Library‘s trivia night! There will be two rounds of 15 questions and you can either come with a team or form one at the library (teams must be smaller than 5). There will also be prizes and refreshments. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION $)
  • 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, October 2

Friday, October 2. 8:00am-10:00pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916 and represents all New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. The Big E runs September 18-October 4. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. 413-737-2443. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA ($)

Friday, October 2, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn about traditional fall harvest foods like pumpkins, apples, and corn. These cooking demonstrations allow visitors of all ages to see what life was like in the past and the types of chores and activities they would do had they lived several hundred years ago! Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Friday, October 2, 10am-5pm – ART: The Williams College Museum of Art‘s new exhibition, “Your smarter than me. i don’t care.” opens on October 2 and runs through January 3, 2016. It features works by various contemporary artists. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 2, 11am – LOCAL HISTORY: Explore Historic Deerfield‘s Old Burying Ground at their Focus Friday program on October 2. Learn about the history of the burial ground, who is buried there, and why. Focus Fridays are a great chance to learn about the Valley’s rich history. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. ($)

Friday, October 2, 1:30pm-10pm – POETRY: The Amherst Poetry Festival is October 1-4 throughout Amherst. There will be many poetry-related events, including readings, an Emily Dickinson poetry marathon, discussions, performances, children’s activities, and more. A full schedule and list of locations can be found on the Emily Dickinson Museum’s website. 413-542-8161. Amherst, MA.

Friday, October 2, 5pm – PARADE: The 60th annual North Adams Fall Foliage Parade takes place downtown on October 2. The theme for this year is the history of the parade. The 2015 parade will celebrate the amazing community that makes the parade possible each year. This exciting fall tradition is not to be missed! 413-499-4000 x126. Downtown. North Adams, MA.

Friday, October 2. 5pm-8pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
If you are planning on spending money on dinner, a gift, or a necessity, it’s great to keep your dollars local and support the health of your community! Towards this end, the Greenfield Business Association hosts “First Friday” celebrations every month from May through December. Meet up with friends and neighbors downtown to enjoy food, live music, special sales, and give-aways. This month’s theme is “Mystery on Main.” 413-774-2791. downtown Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 2, 6pm — THEATRE
Walk the Keep Homestead Museum‘s woodland trails at dusk as you participate in an outdoor theatrical experience like no other! In The Forest of Mystery, audience members watch a scene from the performance at one location, and then move on to another station to watch the next part of the story unfold. Runs October 2-3. Advance ticket purchase required. 413-668-7284. 35 Ely Road, Monson, MA. ($)

Friday, October 2, 7pm – CONCERT/AMERICAN HISTORY: The Clapp Memorial Library presents “Music of the Dust Bowl Era – An Evening of Americana with a Dust Bowl Theme” on October 2. Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform music that fans of folk, Americana, old country, and harmony will enjoy. Enjoy this concert and learn about music in the 1930s in America. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (< $ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, October 2, 7pm – SCIENCE: Are you interested in learning what it’s like to be an astronaut? The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a talk by NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and has traveled into space three times. She has served as a flight engineer as well as the operator of a robotic arm, and made history as the second African-American woman in space. Kids can learn what it takes to become an astronaut and how good grades, determination, and dedication can get you there. Reservations are encouraged. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 2, 7pm-8:30pm – PHYSICS: The Jones Library presents a lecture by scientist and innovator Marc Newkirk on October 2. Newkirk will talk about the convergence in thought between physics and metaphysics in simple terms that non-physicists can understand. Older students interested in physics, metaphysics, or philosophy would enjoy Newkirk’s talk. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 2, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Theatre Guild of Hampden presents a production of Doubt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s. The play was also made into a an Academy Award-nominated film. Theater fans can see this intense drama performed at the Greenhouse Theater this October. Tickets available in advance. 2 Somers Road. Hampden, MA. ($$)

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

9:30am-3:30pm – GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT: Full Moon Girls: Nature mentoring. Fridays, October 2, 2015 – May 27, 2016. Ages 9-15. A spot is open for you! FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com. 413-367-6191. Greenhill Center for Outdoor Activities. Conway, MA ($$)

  • Mornings – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday from October through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. 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 – 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 – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 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 – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center (previously the Gateway Family Center). 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, 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 – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Incorporate much-needed physical activity into your child’s day by participating in Skip & Dip, a high-energy playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. This group, which meets on Fridays, starts with an hour of playtime in the gym with assorted toys and equipment, followed by an hour of swimming in the pool. 413-644-0104. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Wednesday at Edwards Library. 30 East Street. Southampton, 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 – 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)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – MUSIC & PLAYGROUP: Children ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Mason Library‘s Sing N Play group every Friday. Please register in advance for one 4-week session. New sessions begin each month. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART/MUSIC Toddlers ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Ramsdell Library every Friday for the “Time for Tots” group. This hour of fun will include stories, songs, art, and movement. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The East Forest Park Library offers infants (birth) – 3 year olds for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. Runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 20. Adult must accompany children, siblings welcome. No registration required. 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool Story Time on the first Friday of every month through the end of June at the Cushman Library. Stories, coloring, crafts, songs, activities, snacks, and more. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – STORYTIME: The Sunderland Public Library’s Head of Youth Services, Kelly Daniels Baker, invites children ages 3-5 and their families to a preschool storytime. Includes stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program every Friday that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11:00-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 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)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield, MA offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Friday afternoon. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The first Friday of each month, First Friday Greenfield takes place downtown. Stores and restaurants will be open late, and there will be music, activities, art shows, and more. Support local businesses and explore everything Greenfield has to offer at this fun monthly event. Downtown. Greenfield, MA.
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night every Friday! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Have you ever learned about an eclipse, comet, meteor shower, or other celestial event after it happened? Don’t miss out on another one! The “Stars over Springfield” observatory series invites the public to learn about and enjoy the night sky with the help of the Springfield Science Museum‘s large rooftop telescope on the first Friday of every month. There will be a short talk on an astronomy-related topic, followed by opportunities to view celestial objects of interest. These programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and up, although younger children are also welcome. In case of clouds or rain, a planetarium show will replace the outdoor viewing. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-263-6800 x 318. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)
  • 8pm – TALENT SHOW: The first Friday of every month, the Valley Talent Showcase takes place at Gateway City Arts. Come watch local bands, musicians, dancers, and more perform on stage, or sign up to participate and gain experience performing onstage for an audience. This is a great chance to see some talented local groups perform or to get your name out there. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (< $)
  • 8pm-9pm – ASTRONOMY: Autumn nights offer wonderful skywatching, and with the help of Williams College students and their Zeiss Skymaster planetarium projector, folks can really be treated to a wonderfully informative and awe-inspiring tour of the night sky and astronomical phenomena. This planetarium program will be held most Friday evenings through December 4, 2015. Reservations are recommended. 413-597-2188. Hopkins Observatory, 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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