Suggested Events for October 24th-30th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

What we enjoy most about Hilltown Families is… “the incredible number of events that are included in the weekly suggestions – most importantly free or low cost events!  With the weekly suggestions in my inbox, there is never an excuse to stay home on a weekend day – except, of course, for the sheer exhaustion of parenting!” – Mairin Brady (Whately, MA)

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Open House: Oct 24

Amherst Montessori School will host an Open House for parents on Saturday, October 24 from 10am-12pm. Meet teachers and administrators, tour their beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish, and more. Register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 24 & 31

Amherst Cinema’s Family Film series continues this October with a spooky collection of fun films for the whole family. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume to receive a free child sized popcorn! Tickets are just $5 for everyone. Saturday, October 24 at 10am – Roald Dahl’s The Witches and Saturday, October 31 at 10am – Ghostbusters. For tickets and more information visit www.amherstcinema.org.

Oct 29

At River Valley Co-op on October 29th, 6:30-8pm: Creative Cooking with Land & Sea Vegetables. Join Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet, for a fun cooking demo and learn how to pair our local vegetables, herbs and spices with nutritious, wild and organic certified sea vegetables: nori, arame, dulse, and kelp. Leslie will demonstrate and offer cooking tips for how to make delicious marinated salads, vegetarian sushi, quick soups, condiments, and more.Tasty samples offered. All workshops are free and everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 413-584-2665 to reserve your spot today. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. www.rivervalleymarket.coop.

Begins Nov 2

Arcadia Nature Art Programs for Adults and Kids starting November 2 in Easthampton. Visit www.massaudubon.org
/arcadia
for more info and to register. Drawing and Painting: Learn the rudiments of drawing, design, and composition from art educator Prof. Jan Ruby-Crystal. Cost includes all supplies and instruction. This six-part series takes place on Mondays, 9am-12pm beginning November 2. Autumn Art and Nature: Every season provides new and exciting things to see in nature and incorporate into art projects. As late fall settles in, come see what is happening in the natural world and have fun making creative art projects. This program is designed for children and is a three-part series beginning on Monday, November 2, 3:30-5pm. 413-584-3009.

Open House: Nov 5

Lander-Grinspoon Academy, located at 247 Prospect Street in Northampton, is hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 5 from 9:00 -10:30 am. LGA is committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, ethical, and spiritual development of its students. Its emphasis on community, culture, and social justice encourages children of all ages to become independent thinkers, as well as caring and responsible citizens of the world. LGA’s talented, dedicated faculty makes sure that students are seen — and celebrated — as the individual young people they are. LGA welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds, including interfaith families. Generous financial aid is available. For more info: glansky@landergrinspoon.org.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, October 31 from 9-11am for Halloween fun in Hatfield while supporting food security in the region! Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER) – Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden

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Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. 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, October 24, 9am-12:30pm — PLAYGROUP
Fall Fun at the Greenfield Family Center! Open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult), there will be crafts with colorful fallen leaves: leaf decorating, collages, butterfly and other animal puppets! All great activities for supporting creative-free play and conversation about science and biology… not to mention making new friends! Snacks will be provided. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 9am-12:30pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Enjoy a crisp morning at Notchview as a part of the largest group ever to clear the trails and help prepare the property for the upcoming Nordic ski season! On this Trustees of the Reservations “Make a Difference Day,” everyone will be able to enjoy autumnal views, wildlife watching, fresh air, and the intrinsic reward of making a positive difference in our region. Please bring a snack and water bottle, as well as gloves and small clippers if you have them. Participants should dress in layers to best accommodate a variety of types of work. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE/VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 24, 9:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS
Stop by the Emily Williston Memorial Library Youth Department to make pom-pom monsters! 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 9:30am-3:40pm — STEM
How are nanoscale devices made? Why should we celebrate bacteria? How do science and food intersect in molecular gastronomy? What is it like to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen or turn peanut butter into a powder? Find out at Science Quest, a UMass event in which students in grades 10-12 are invited to visit campus and participate in science activities, demonstrations, and guided lab tours. Students get to create their own schedules of mini-classes to suit their interests and curiosities! In addition, UMass undergraduate science majors will be available to talk about their experiences and a UMass admissions representative will be on hand to talk about preparing for and applying to college. Registration required. 413-577-0570. Integrated Science Building, 661 North Pleasant Street, UMass Campus, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24. 9:30am-4:30pm – ANIME/COSPLAY
Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture. Teens are invited to dress up for a cosplay contest. Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, plus special guest surprises! Sunday will include our famous art and costume contests, and many other surprises and special events! Snacks will be provided both days. 413-263-6840. The Central Library. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 10am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Bernardston’s annual Scarecrow in the Park celebration takes place October 24th and 25th in Cushman Park. Local artists and crafters will be present and there will be tons of fun activities for all ages, including pumpkin decorating, food, kids’ games, an antique tractor parade, hayrides, live music, a parade, and more. Route 5. Bernardston, MA.

Saturday, October 24, 10am – HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Learn how to do Halloween makeup at the Berkshire Museum‘s Learner’s Lab on October 24th. Director Kara Demler and makeup artist Rachel Fedderley will share tips and tricks for awesome Halloween makeup. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE
Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Witches (1990; rated PG). Enjoy seeing this Roald Dahl story come to life on the big screen! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 24, 10am-11:30am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP
The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child workshop at the Westhampton Public Library on October 24th. “Young Scientists” is a program for parents/caregivers and their children (birth-age 5) that focuses on encouraging and building on your child’s natural inquisitiveness and includes fun science activities for caregivers and children to do together. Pre-registration required. 413-586-4900 x5568. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24. 10am-12pm – OPEN HOUSE
Amherst Montessori School will host an Open House for parents. Meet teachers and administrators, tour their beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish, and more. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24. 10am-12pm – NATURE STUDIES
Leaves are falling, birds are migrating, squirrels and chipmunks are gathering food, and plants and other animals are preparing for winter. Join naturalists from Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided After the Frost Walk as they explore Canoe Meadows, observe Sackett Brook, and search for signs that cold weather is coming to the Berkshires. Dress for the weather, and wear footwear that can get wet. 413-637-0320. Lenox, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 24, 10am-12:30pm – CHEMISTRY/CULINARY ARTS
Discover the chemistry behind candy at the Springfield Science Museum! Kids (and a parent/caregiver) can make fudge, chocolates, and other all natural treats while learning about their physical and chemical properties. This workshop will also help kids improve their math skills through measuring, counting, and modifying ingredients. Purchase tickets in advance. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 24, 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, October 24, 10:30am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
The S. White Dickinson Memorial Library is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular on October 24! Come in costume and celebrate with Wendy the Wacky Witch, stories, puppets, songs, crafts, a parade, games, prizes, and more. Call to RSVP. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 10:30am-12noon – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Have some Halloween fun at the Carnegie Library! Come in costume for crafts, spooky games, refreshments, and more. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24. 11am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE
Nutshell Playhouse will presents a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation. A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. 413-212-1416. Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School (BART). 1 Commercial Street. Adams, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 11am-1:30pm – STEAM/HALLOWEEN
School-age kids can visit the Meekins Library for a Halloween-themed STEAM craft activity! Design and decorate ghosts, bats, witches, and pumpkins, then watch them dance with static electricity! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 11am-3pm – FOOD STUDIES
The Greenfield YMCA and the Franklin County Community Development Corporation are holding a National Food Day event at the Y on October 24th. “Toward a Greener Diet” focuses on healthy eating, food policies, and food-related problems. There will be farmers, doctors, chefs, teachers, and parents present to talk about greener diets and food-related health and environmental issues. There will be opportunities to try and buy local foods and to learn cooking tips from chefs. Students interested in local food, culinary arts, food policy, or healthy eating can learn a lot by attending this event. 413-773-3646 x448. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, October 24, 12noon-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL
The Hampshire College Farm’s Fall Festival is October 24th. All are welcome to attend this fun event, which features wagon rides, live music, local artists and artisans, delicious fall foods, pumpkin painting, farm games, farm tours, pig petting, and more. West Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, October 24, 11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Norman Rockwell Museum presents “Back in Time,” a family cruise-in festival. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the film “Back To The Future,” the event will feature a classic car show (including a DeLorean, and original car used in the movies); music from the 1950s to 1980s; talks on the movie series, locally-produced Ride Film, automobiles, and the art of both Norman Rockwell and Drew Struzan (who designed the movie series’ iconic posters); seasonal art activities; vintage costumes; and a screening of “Back in Time,” a new documentary that examines the cultural phenomenon of the time-travel trilogy. Support for the event has been made possible by the Pittsfield Piston Poppers; and R.W.’s Inc., offering full service towing, repairs, and car rentals in the Berkshires. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (FREE w/Museum Admission)

Saturday, October 24; 1-3pm — NATURE STUDIES
Spend time together outdoors, discovering and learning about the forest during a beautiful time of year. Life Underground and Overhead; Families Outdoors is happening at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. Come explore life in and around a tree, life in the leaf litter and bizarre invertebrates living underground. The afternoon will include time for hiking, drawing, hands-on activities, observation and exploration.Join Northfield Mountain Naturalist Kim Noyes for some family fun in the woods, exploring life underground and overhead. Bring a sense of adventure and wear clothes that can get dirty. For ages 6 and older. 800-859-2960. Northfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 1:30pm-2:30pm – HALLOWEEN HISTORY
Hear some spooky tales at the Mason Library this October! Mrs. Gordon will share scary stories, talk about Harry Houdini, and discuss Halloween traditions from the 19th and early 20th Century! This is a great chance to learn about the history of Halloween. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 2pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Children’s book author Marcus Ewert and illustrator Lisa Brown will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to share their new book, Mummy Cat, on October 24th. This fun storytime is all about mummification, pyramids, hieroglyphs, queens, and cats, and there will be a relevant art project as well. Book signing to follow. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY TOUR
“Walk with Southwick Spirits” to learn about local history and Southwick’s residents of the past. Head to Southwick Cemetery to learn about Southwick’s history with the Southwick Historical Society on a tour of the cemetery. Best for older students interested in local history. College Highway. Southwick, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, October 24, 2pm-5pm – PUMPKIN CARVING
Community members can join the Makers’ Mill for a pumpkin carving event on October 24th. Carving tools and supplies for painting will be available. Bring your own pumpkin. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 24, 2pm-9pm – PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
October 24th is Franklin County Pumpkinfest! This annual Halloween celebration features many food and craft vendors, games, live music and entertainment, pumpkin carving, fire dancers, and more. 413-522-0712. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 3pm-4pm – GHOST STORIES
Storyteller David Mello will be at the Westfield Athenaeum to tell ghost stories, poems, and lore from around the world. Best for children in first grade and up. Call or stop by the library to register. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 3pm-5pm – CEMETERY TOUR
The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a “Spiritwalk” through Center Cemetery for kids and adults. Learn about local history through this walk, which features costumed actors playing the roles of Sheffield residents of the past. Rain date is 10/25. 413-229-2694. Berkshire School Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 24, 4pm-5:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Celebrate Halloween Hogwarts-style at the Greenfield Public Library on October 24th. Head to the library for quidditch and other Halloween-themed Harry Potter fun! Sign up in advance. 413-772-1544 x5104. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 24, 5pm – RAG SHAG PARADE
The annual Chesterfield Rag Shag Parade takes place on October 24th, beginning at the Davenport School and ending at Town Hall. Kids can come in costume for fun and prizes. After the parade, enjoy Halloween games and the Chesterfield haunted house. 422 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA.

Saturday, October 24, 5pm & 6:30pm – COMMUNITY MEAL
The Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ is holding their Harvest Supper on October 24th. Enjoy a delicious fall meal with community members of all ages – there will be chicken pie, mashed potatoes, boiled onions, squash, cranberry sauce, pies, and other delightful fall foods. Email mikjnevins@yahoo.com or call for reservations ASAP. 413-527-5414. 1 Tob Hill Road. Westhampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24. 5:00pm-6:30pm — OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE
Experience landscape-based art and performance with both humor and drama while you traipse around fields and farmland when The Royal Frog Ballet presents the 8th Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk. The performance takes audience members traveling through a gorgeous farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking appropriate footwear and layers for a chilly fall evening in farm country. May be a bit spooky for the youngest in the crowd. Reservations required. Specific directions sent after making reservations. Hampshire College Farm, Amherst, MA.($$)

Saturday, October 24. 5:00pm-8pm — NATURE WALK & SEASONAL
Walk along pumpkin lit forest trails at The Hitchcock Center’s Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event, where you will meet local critters who will share stories about themselves. Learn to separate fact from fiction about these creatures through engaging skits along the way. All ages. Registration required, and you must sign up for a walk time. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm-8pm – NATURE STUDIES/HALLOWEEN STORIES
Families can explore Naumkeag’s Pumpkin Trail this October. Come in costume and meet nocturnal woodland creatures and learn about their lives through storytelling. This is a fun non-scary Halloween activity for families, as well as a great chance to explore the grounds of Naumkeag and learn about local critters. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Celebrate Halloween at Red Gate Farm’s Haunted Farm! There will be a not-so-scary haunted animal tour, hayrides, forest elves, pumpkin carving, cider pressing and tasting, games, activities, treats, and more. Come in costume and have a blast at this Halloween party! All are invited, but children ages 2-12 will have a particularly fun time! 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 5:30pm-8:30pm – HAUNTED TRAIN RIDE
Look Park’s train becomes haunted this Halloween season! Kids 5 and up can enjoy this fun and spooky haunted train ride around the park. Cancelled in case of rain. Runs 10/16-10/18, 10/23-10/25, and 10/30. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 24, 5:45pm-7:15pm & 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY
You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 24, 6pm-8pm – SPOOKY SAFARI
The Zoo in Forest Park hosts an evening of trick or treating for families in a fun and safe environment. Come in costume and stop around the zoo for sweet treats, games, raffles, prizes, and more. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

Saturday, October 24, 6pm-9pm – HAUNTED HOUSE
There will be a haunted house at Chesterfield Town Hall on October 23rd and 24th! Come have some spooky fun! Proceeds benefit Chesterfield Recreation. 403 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, October 24, 6:30pm-10:30pm – HAUNTED TOUR
13 Nights at Jiminy is a haunted tour of Jiminy Peak. Haunts begin at dark and run every few minutes with the last tour departing at 10:30 pm. 6-8 people in a group. These tours are scary and are recommended for kids age 10 and up. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, October 24, 7pm-9pm – HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Hicks Family Farm presents “Haunted Nights” on weekends in October! Visit their corn maze at night for a fun and spooky time. Best for ages 12 and up. 413-625-2623. 1255 Route 2. Charlemont, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 24, 7pm-10pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Looking for some scary fun this Halloween? The Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride features scary clowns and more. Not recommended for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Teen Suicide Prevention Programming. Tickets available in advance at the Dalton CRA. 190 Cleveland Road. Dalton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 24, 7pm-11pm – HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Mike’s Maze has a ton of fun and spooky events lined up for Mike’s at Night this Halloween season. There’s a low-scare flashlight maze ($$), a scarier zombie paintball maze ($$$), and a very scary haunted maze ($$$). Experience the maze at night and have a blast getting lost amongst the corn and trying to find your way out. More info and age guidelines are available on the Mike’s Maze website. Mike’s at Night runs every Friday and Saturday night from September 25-October 31. 413-665-8331. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm-9pm – GHOST TOUR
Learn some spooky local history on a Valley Ghost Tour, which run every Wednesday-Sunday night through November 1 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and in Sweetser Park in Amherst. Explore the town and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Amherst & Northampton, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, October 25, TBA – HALLOWEEN PARTY/RAG SHAG PARADE
Hadley’s Annual Halloween Party & Rag Shag Parade for families with elementary aged children happens on October 25. The Parade leaves from the Hopkins Academy parking lot and ends at the American Legion, where there will be fun Halloween activities! Parade cancelled if it rains. 413-586-6375. 31 Russell Street. Hadley, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 10am – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Bernardston’s annual Scarecrow in the Park celebration takes in Cushman Park. Local artists and crafters will be present and there will be tons of fun activities for all ages, including pumpkin decorating, food, kids’ games, an antique tractor parade, hayrides, live music, a parade, and more. Route 5. Bernardston, MA.

Sunday, October 25, 10am-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS
Lander-Grinspoon Academy’s PJ Preschool Pals will host a special arts and crafts activity at the Yiddish Book Center on October 25th. Kids ages 3-5 can hear a reading of The Butterflies Flew Two by Two and do an art activity. 413-584-6622. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 10am-3pm – GEOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Join the Pioneer Valley Institute, geologist Richard Little, and naturalist Nancy Goodman for a hike and discussion on the geology and biology of the Chesterfield Gorge. Older students interested in geology and ecology can learn about the history of the Gorge, how it was formed, what animals and plants call it home, and other things about the site. Email wildeyes@rcn.com to register. 413-775-1671. River Road. Chesterfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 25, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Discover all the Yiddish Book Center has to offer at their free Community Open House on October 25. The Open House features a gallery talk, art demonstration, guided tours, a concert, and more. The Yiddish Book Center is a great place for all ages to learn about Yiddish language and culture. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 11am – HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Mister G’s Halloween Fiesta is coming to the Academy of Music! Come in costume and rock out to Mister G’s catchy bilingual music. This concert is fun for kids of all ages, so come and enjoy the show and get ready for Halloween! Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 25, 11am – MUSIC STUDIES
The Sage Chamber Music Society will perform a concert for Smith College’s family weekend on October 25th. Community members are welcome to attend this free concert, which features pieces by Handel/Halvorsen, Piazzolla, Debussy, and Mozart. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to classical music. Takes place in Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith campus. 413-585-3222. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 12noon-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL
Grow Food Northampton’s FarmFest 2015 takes place at Crimson and Clover Farm on October 25th. The festival is in celebration of the end of the farm’s fifth harvest season, and there will be food trucks, local beer and hard cider, cider slushies, live music, goats and pigs, pumpkin decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides, walking tours, educational activities, and more. This festival is a great chance to celebrate fall and the harvest season with community members and to learn about Northampton’s community farm! Park at Florence Fields Recreation Area on Meadow Street. Event is free, but there is a cost for some activities and food – proceeds benefit Grow Food Northampton. 413-320-4799. Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm – ANIME/COSPLAY
Springfield City Library’s celebration of Anime and Comics culture. Teens are invited to dress up for a cosplay contest. Saturday will feature some of your favorites in animation in our film festival, plus special guest surprises! Sunday will include our famous art and costume contests, and many other surprises and special events! Snacks will be provided both days. 413-263-6840. The Central Library. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 1pm & 3pm – PUPPETS/FAIRY TALES
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents a performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by The PuppeTree. This shadow puppet production of the classic tale will you get excited for Halloween! Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 25, 2pm – GRAVESTONE STUDIES
The First Church of Christ and the Longmeadow Historical Society are offering a program led by Besty and Al McKee, “Longmeadow Cemetery – The Early Period,” at the First Church of Christ on October 25th. Learn about gravestone carvings in the cemetery, stone cutting, the McKee’s historic home, and more. This program would be excellent for older students who want to learn more about local history and the fascinating past of Longmeadow’s cemetery. 413-567-3600. 763 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Sunday, October 25. 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 Northampton’s History of Conservation in Context with the Nation. Registration required. 413-584-6011. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (< $ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, October 25. 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, October 25, 3pm – PUMPKIN DECORATING
Join the Bushnell-Sage Library for pumpkin painting this Halloween season! Sign up in advance and head to the library to paint pumpkins with family and friends. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25, 3pm – ART STUDIES
Lifelong learners and self-directed teens who are interested in art history can attend a lecture entitled, “American Impressionism through the Lens of the Artists’ Colonies,” at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on October 25th. Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art and Civilization at the Reading Public Museum, will present this talk, which offers an in-depth look at the effects of the artist colonies on resident artists, including collaborating, teaching, and experimenting. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, October 25, 3pm — CONCERT
Williamstown composer Stephen Danker will present a concert of his String Quartets Nos. 13, 15, and 18 at The Clark. The renowned Borealis String Quartet from Vancouver, British Columbia will perform the quartets. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 25. 5:00pm-6:30pm — OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE
Experience landscape-based art and performance with both humor and drama while you traipse around fields and farmland when The Royal Frog Ballet presents the 8th Annual Surrealist Cabaret and Pumpkin Walk. The performance takes audience members traveling through a gorgeous farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking appropriate footwear and layers for a chilly fall evening in farm country. May be a bit spooky for the youngest in the crowd. Reservations required. Specific directions sent after making reservations. Hampshire College Farm, Amherst, MA.($$)

Sunday, October 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm – HAUNTED TRAIN RIDE
Look Park’s train becomes haunted this Halloween season! Kids 5 and up can enjoy this fun and spooky haunted train ride around the park. Cancelled in case of rain. Runs 10/16-10/18, 10/23-10/25, and 10/30. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (>$)

Sunday, October 25, 7:30pm-9pm – GHOST TOUR
Learn some spooky local history on a Valley Ghost Tour, which run every Wednesday-Sunday night through November 1 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and in Sweetser Park in Amherst. Explore the town and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Amherst & Northampton, MA. ($$)

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Monday, October 26th, 2015

Monday, October 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm — PERSONAL FINANCE
Learning how to manage money is an essential life skill. Whether you are looking to improve your own budgeting skills or have a young adult in the family who is ready for an introduction to money management, the Berkshire Family Center‘s Dollar Cents: Learning to Stretch Your Dollar workshop is a great place to start! Topics will include banking basics, managing accounts, and how credit works. Transportation and child care available upon request. 413-664-4821. Haskins Center, 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 26, 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, October 26, 4:30pm — ANTHROPOLOGY/POP CULTURE
Calling all fans of anime, manga, sushi, and cosplay! Roland Kelts, bestselling author of Japanamerica, will give a public lecture on Japanese popular culture and its reception in the U.S., sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies. 413-584-2700. Neilson Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 26, 6pm – HEALTH/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Come to The High Horse for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “How to Navigate Environments with Toxins.” Sasha Suvorov, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UMass Amherst, will talk about chemicals, toxins, how to know what is safe, the impacts of flame-retardant chemicals, and more. Those interested in health and environmental science will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 24 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.

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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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for ages walking to 5 years every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-458-5925. 66 School Street. Williamstown, 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. 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, October 27th, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 4pm – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Head to the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library for spooky stories, games, and Halloween treats. For ages 7 and up. Call to RSVP. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30pm – PARANORMAL
Learn the basics of paranormal investigations and ghost hunting at the Storrs Library on October 27th. “Ghostology 101” will teach you about ghosts and how ghost hunting works. Please register in advance. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30pm – RAG SHAG PARADE
Easthampton Rag Shag Parade is on October 27th. Come in costume and march through town celebrating Halloween with community members of all ages! Rain date 10/28. Begins at Maple Street School and ends at Easthampton Savings Bank. 7 Chapel Street. Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm – HIKING
Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a full moon hike at Threemile Hill. Hikers ages 8 and up are welcome to attend this fun and exciting hike and will love seeing the forest lit up by the moon! Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Please pre-register. 413-528-2810 x10. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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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)
  • 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. 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 – 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 group 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 – TECHOLOGY 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 group 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, October 28th, 2015

Wednesday, October 28. 1:00pm-2pm — STORYTELLING & MUSIC
Storyteller and songwriter Davis Bates will use both story and song to inspire you to think about your environment with his Halloween Harvest performance. South Hadley Senior Center. 413-538-5042. 45 Dayton Street, South Hadley, MA. <FREE

Wednesday, October 28, 2pm-3pm – STORYTIME
The Community Network for Children is hosting a special storytime at the Erving Library on October 28th. Author/illustrator David Hyde Costello will read his book “Here They Come” and will draw characters from the book and talk about the story. There will also be a craft, a snack, and a free book for each child. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 28, 3:30pm-4:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
It’s a Halloween Spooktacular at the Chicopee Public Library! Kids can stop by for Halloween-themed crafts, games, and snacks. Don’t forget to wear your costume! 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30pm & 8pm – HALLOWEEN/STORYTELLING
The Emily Dickinson Museum and the TheatreTruck have come together to present The Aspect of the Place: A Halloween Happening at the Evergreens this Halloween weekend. Tour The Evergreens, the home of Emily’s brother Austin, which acts as a time capsule of 19th-century life and contains the Dickinson family’s furniture. While walking through the house, you can hear Victorian ghost stories and learn about the history of the home. Older students interested in storytelling and local history would enjoy this exciting and unique Halloween event. Tickets available in advance. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, October 28, 7pm – HALLOWEEN MOVIE
The Academy of Music Theater is screening The Witches (1990; rated PG) on October 28. The film, which is based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, is a great family Halloween flick! 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30pm-9pm – GHOST TOUR
Learn some spooky local history on a Valley Ghost Tour, which run every Wednesday-Sunday night through November 1 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and in Sweetser Park in Amherst. Explore the town and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Amherst & Northampton, MA. ($$)

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

  • 9am-12pm – STEM & FARMING SKILLS: Red Gate Farm‘s homeschool day program meets each Wednesday through November 18, 2015. This fall’s program will incorporate many farming skills with a particular emphasis on construction and building, all with an authentic purpose. Please contact the farm before your first session. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA. ($)
  • 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 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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Wednesday at the Lanesborough Town Hall’s Community Room. For ages walking to 5 years. Run by The Family Center. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, 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. 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)
  • 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 group 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.
  • 3:15pm – 4:15pm – AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
    When you see a piece of art, how deeply do you explore the artist behind the work, and the context in which is was created? Young people can practice asking these questions when they explore pieces of art & the artist that made it during a four-week “After School Art” program at the Bushnell Sage Library. Four sessions on Wednesdays: October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18. Artists explored will be Edward Hopper, Picasso and others. All participants are encouraged to sign up for all four classes. 413-229-7004. Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 through 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 29th, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP/PERFORMANCE
Preschool aged children and their families/ caregivers are invited to The Bement School in historic Deerfield to enjoy a story hour, make crafts, have a snack, and then enjoy a play performance by the school’s first grade class. Bement School Library. Deerfield, MA (FREE)

Thursday, October 29, 10:45am-1:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
CHP is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular! There will be a special spooky kids’ kitchen, pumpkin painting, and a reading of Room on the Broom. 413-528-9311. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, October 29. 5-6pm – HISTORY/CEMETERY
Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery. Join Norman Rockwell Museum Curator of Education, Tom Daly for a walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery, which boasts the burial sites of such luminaries as Norman Rockwell and Elizabeth Freeman. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (>$)

Thursday, October 29, 5:30pm-8:30pm – PUMPKIN WALK
The 1st Annual Pumpkin Walk will be held Halloween weekend at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Community members can visit the park and stroll the walkways looking at carved and decorated pumpkins made by people of all ages! If you’re interested in donating a pumpkin, email contactmillcity@gmail.com. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm & 8pm – HALLOWEEN/STORYTELLING
The Emily Dickinson Museum and the TheatreTruck have come together to present The Aspect of the Place: A Halloween Happening at the Evergreens this Halloween weekend. Tour The Evergreens, the home of Emily’s brother Austin, which acts as a time capsule of 19th-century life and contains the Dickinson family’s furniture. While walking through the house, you can hear Victorian ghost stories and learn about the history of the home. Older students interested in storytelling and local history would enjoy this exciting and unique Halloween event. Tickets available in advance. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm-8pm – CULINARY ARTS
Join River Valley Market and Leslie Cerier of The Organic Gourmet for a free workshop entitled, “Creative Cooking with Land and Sea Vegetables,” on October 29th. Older teens and lifelong learners with an interest in cooking can discover the many uses of sea vegetables like nori, arame, dulse, and kelp. Learn through demonstrations and enjoy tasty samples. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm-10:30pm – HAUNTED TOUR
13 Nights at Jiminy is a haunted tour of Jiminy Peak. Haunts begin at dark and run every few minutes with the last tour departing at 10:30 pm. 6-8 people in a group. These tours are scary and are recommended for kids age 10 and up. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, October 29. 7:30pm – PERFORMANCE
The Grand Parade will be performed at CityStage by Double Edge Theatre. The Grand Parade depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by Marc Chagall’s kaleidoscopic vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. Trapeze, circus, dance, projections, and popular culture fill the height and breadth of the stage. CityStage. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA ($$)

Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm-9pm – GHOST TOUR
Learn some spooky local history on a Valley Ghost Tour, which run every Wednesday-Sunday night through November 1 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and in Sweetser Park in Amherst. Explore the town and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Amherst & Northampton, MA. ($$)

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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. 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)
  • 3pm-5pm – STEAM: Kids can attend a STEAM program at the Greenfield Public Library on the third Thursday of each month. A guest presenter will cover either science, technology, engineering, art, or math using a book. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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-7:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Stunning scenery, sunsets, and great music await you at the Naumkeag at Night concert series which runs Thursdays through October 29, 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)
  • Time TBD — COMMUNITY BUILDING
    Are you a Montague resident who would like to connect with your neighbors to discuss creative ideas? Are you a thinker, feeler, maker or do-er? The Montague Common Hall is accepting proposals for a future monthly program, called Think Tank Thursdays, during which 1 or 2 local experts talk about their passion. If you are an expert, or an amateur expert in some fascinating, strange, or esoteric field, and want to tell people all about it and answer questions in a friendly, informal setting, get in touch! Contact: hannahMCH@doktorwise.com. 34 Main St., Montague, MA (FREE)

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Friday, October 30th, 2015

Friday, October 30, TBA – HALLOWEEN PARADE
Join the Easthampton Family Center for a Halloween parade at Easthampton High School. Come in costume and enjoy fun Halloween activities and trick-or-treating. 413-527-5496. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, October 30, 10am-11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE
CHP is holding a Pumpkin Walk on the CHP Walking Trail. There will be jack-o-lanterns decorated by children to see. 413-528-9311. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, October 30, 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 30, 10:30am – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME
Join the Gaylord Memorial Library for a special Halloween storytime – read Pete the Cat by James Dean, decorate mini pumpkins, and sing songs. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a preschool and toddler Halloween Parade, stopping at the various departments in the library for treats. Come in costume and tour the library! 413-499-9480. One Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 3:30pm-4:30pm – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME/PARADE
Children ages 3-6 can attend a special, non-scary Halloween storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum. Come in costume and go on a trick-or-treat parade around the library! Call to register. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 3:30pm-4:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Families can come to Forbes Library for a Halloween celebration on October 30! There will be dancing, crafts, candy, and spooky fun. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 4pm – HALLOWEEN CONCERT
The Smith College Orchestra is performing a special Halloween Family Concert on October 30th at Sweeney Concert Hall. Come in costume and enjoy a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” by the orchestra and faculty pianists, with guest narrator John Nowacki of New England Public Radio. This lively Halloween-themed concert is a great opportunity to introduce kids to orchestra music. Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 4pm-6:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Celebrate Halloween with the Emily Williston Memorial Library. There will be Halloween-themed activities, a costume contest, and more. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm – PUMPKIN WALK
The 1st Annual Pumpkin Walk will be held Halloween weekend at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Community members can visit the park and stroll the walkways looking at carved and decorated pumpkins made by people of all ages! If you’re interested in donating a pumpkin, email contactmillcity@gmail.com. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 5:30pm-8:30pm – HAUNTED TRAIN RIDE
Look Park’s train becomes haunted this Halloween season! Kids 5 and up can enjoy this fun and spooky haunted train ride around the park. Cancelled in case of rain. Runs 10/16-10/18, 10/23-10/25, and 10/30. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (>$)

Friday, October 30, 5:30pm-9:30pm – HAUNTED HOUSE
Celebrate Halloween at Turners Falls High School’s Skeleton Crew Theater event this Halloween weekend. Tour a haunted Turners Falls High School at this event, which is part interactive play and part scavenger hunt, with friendly monsters, riddles, challenges, and more. This is a family-friendly, not-so-scary event. Proceeds benefit the high school. 413-834-0386. 222 Turnpike Road. Montague, MA. ($)

Friday, October 30, 6pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
The Stockbridge Library’s 5th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About, as well as the Stockbridge Halloween Parade and Party, takes place October 30 at 6pm. Carve a jack-o-lantern and drop it off in front of the town offices between 5pm and 6pm, enjoy the parade (6pm), listen to spooky stories at the senior center, and then come back and look at all the jack-o-lanterns, including your own! This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween while engaging with your community. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 6pm – HALLOWEEN MOVIE
Teens and tweens can come to the Sunderland Public Library for a fun Halloween movie the last three Fridays in October. On 10/16, see Hocus Pocus (1993; rated PG); on 10/23 see Casper (1995; rated PG); and on 10/30 see Gremlins (1984; rated PG). Celebrate Halloween with these classic flicks! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 6pm-8pm – SPOOKY SAFARI
The Zoo in Forest Park hosts an evening of trick or treating for families in a fun and safe environment. Come in costume and stop around the zoo for sweet treats, games, raffles, prizes, and more. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA ($)

Friday, October 30, 6:15pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN MOVIE
Kids can attend a screening of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005; rated G) at the Mason Library on October 30. A fun Halloween screening the whole family can enjoy! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Washington’s annual John F.X. Keator Memorial Pumpkin Walk takes place October 30 in Washington Town Park. There will be trick-or-treating, hay rides, refreshments, and a bonfire. Celebrate Halloween at this annual town tradition! Route 8. Washington, MA.

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm & 8pm – HALLOWEEN/STORYTELLING
The Emily Dickinson Museum and the TheatreTruck have come together to present The Aspect of the Place: A Halloween Happening at the Evergreens this Halloween weekend. Tour The Evergreens, the home of Emily’s brother Austin, which acts as a time capsule of 19th-century life and contains the Dickinson family’s furniture. While walking through the house, you can hear Victorian ghost stories and learn about the history of the home. Older students interested in storytelling and local history would enjoy this exciting and unique Halloween event. Tickets available in advance. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Kids in grades 5-8 can have some Halloween fun at Berkshire South Regional Community Center‘s Halloween Costume Dance. Come in costume, hang out with friends, and enjoy snacks and drinks. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Friday, October 30, 6:30pm-10:30pm – HAUNTED TOUR
13 Nights at Jiminy is a haunted tour of Jiminy Peak. Haunts begin at dark and run every few minutes with the last tour departing at 10:30 pm. 6-8 people in a group. These tours are scary and are recommended for kids age 10 and up. 413-738-5500. 37 Corey Road. Hancock, MA. ($$$)

Friday, October 30, 7pm – HALLOWEEN PARADE
Pittsfield will come alive tonight with all sorts of Halloween excitement! The super fun, annual Halloween Parade features spooky, scary, and exciting floats. 413-499-9370. Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 30, 7pm-8:30pm & 10:30pm-12midnight – HISTORY
You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s rumored to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 30, 7pm-9pm – HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Hicks Family Farm presents “Haunted Nights” on weekends in October! Visit their corn maze at night for a fun and spooky time. Best for ages 12 and up. 413-625-2623. 1255 Route 2. Charlemont, MA. ($)

Friday, October 30, 7pm-11pm – HAUNTED CORN MAZE
Mike’s Maze has a ton of fun and spooky events lined up for Mike’s at Night this Halloween season. There’s a low-scare flashlight maze ($$), a scarier zombie paintball maze ($$$), and a very scary haunted maze ($$$). Experience the maze at night and have a blast getting lost amongst the corn and trying to find your way out. More info and age guidelines are available on the Mike’s Maze website. Mike’s at Night runs every Friday and Saturday night from September 25-October 31. 413-665-8331. 23 South Main Street. Sunderland, MA. ($$-$$$)

Friday, October 30. 7:30pm – PERFORMANCE
The Grand Parade will be performed at CityStage by Double Edge Theatre. The Grand Parade depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by Marc Chagall’s kaleidoscopic vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. Trapeze, circus, dance, projections, and popular culture fill the height and breadth of the stage. CityStage. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA ($$)

Friday, October 30, 7:30pm-9pm – GHOST TOUR
Learn some spooky local history on a Valley Ghost Tour, which run every Wednesday-Sunday night through November 1 at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and in Sweetser Park in Amherst. Explore the town and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Amherst & Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, October 30, 7:30pm-1am – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Florence VFW is hosting a Halloween party on October 30th. There will be food, prizes, entertainment, and music by DJ Greg Reil. 18 Meadow Street. Florence, MA.

Friday, October 30, 8pm-12midnight – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/HALLOWEEN PARTY
Attend a super fun Halloween Ball at the Cowell Gymnasium and spend time with community members getting excited for the holiday. There will be dancing, beer, wine, a costume contest, and more. Proceeds benefit the Art Garden and the Cowell Gym. 413-625-2782. 51 Maple Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. ($)

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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 ($$)

  • TBA – 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 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-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under each Friday. Explore and connect with others, and learn from guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in time at the Haskins Center every Friday. Come play and make friends every week. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown 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)
  • 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about a number of unique facets of local history at the Amherst Historical Society & Museum‘s History Bites lunchtime lecture series. On selected Fridays through December 2015, all are invited to bring a lunch and listen to a program on a different topic. October 9 focuses on the New England pie tradition, October 23’s topic is Amherst’s Garden Club, November 6 highlights local landscapes and related art collections, November 20’s talk is about the economy of rural New England, and December 4’s topic is “A Story of the Street.” Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, 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.

3 Comments

  1. Katy Maher said,

    October 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you could help us spread the word about a trick or treating event at UMass Amherst on Wednesday, October 28th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Northeast Residential Area. Families are welcome to trick or treat in the residence halls during this time for a fun, safe, and warm place to celebrate Halloween!

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  2. October 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    It’s there and was also featured in our eNewsletter! :)

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  3. hms18152012 said,

    October 22, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Can you add the Haunted Barn event this Saturday, October 24th at Red Gate Farm, Buckland, MA from 5.30-8pm. More info on our website at redgatefarm.org

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