Suggested Events for October 31st-November 6th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Oct 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 31 at 10am – Ghostbusters. For tickets and more information visit www.amherstcinema.org.

Oct 31

The Center Dance Studio cordially invites kids to showcase their spookiest moves at the 1st Annual Halloween Morning Masquerade! Creep over to 321 Main Street in Amherst on Saturday, October 31st for some Halloween fun: stories, games, cookie decorating and LOTS of dancing. Costumes encouraged! 10am-12pm. Admission is $3 per child. Caregivers, please plan to attend. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

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.

Open House: Nov 7

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House for prospective kindergarten and first grade students and their parents on Saturday, November 7, from 9:30-11am. Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit online at www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA.

Nov 7

Calling all creatures, beasts, and things that go bump in the night to the Odyssey Bookshop’s Monster Mash! Debut picturebook author Karin Lefranc visits the store for some post-Halloween fun on Saturday, November 7th at 11am! Lefranc’s book, I Want to Eat Your Books!, is about a zombie who devours books instead of brains, and attendees will enjoy all manner of monster snacks, crafts, and even some Halloween-themed yoga, taught by the author herself, a certified kids yoga teacher. If you haven’t had enough of Halloween, come on down and get your fill—and there just might be some leftover Halloween candy, too! Check out odysseybks.com for more info about the event and how to buy the book!

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.

Nov 10

At River Valley Co-op on November 10th, 6:30-8pm: Herbal Approaches to Autoimmune Disorders. Autoimmune disorders are known for their variety of symptoms, ranging from joint and body pain to digestive issues. Learn how herbal medicine can provide natural support for you as you explore ways to manage your health and well-being. 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.

Nov 11, 23 & 24

Kids have no school on Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving? Send them to the CyclePottery studio in Florence where they can create beautiful handmade functional or decorative pottery just in time for the holidays too! For ages 9+. Veteren’s Day Workshop on Nov. 11 from 9am-3pm: F​ee $120. Thanksgiving Vacation Week, Nov. 23rd & 24th, 10am-3pm: F​ee $240. In addition to day-of instruction, the workshop fee includes the cost of post-workshop tasks, such as trimming, bisque-firing, glazing, and the final firing of student pieces. Private workshops and lessons available too! For more info or to register contact: kathryn@cyclepottery.com; 413-219-9594; CyclePottery, 225 Nonotuck St. Unit A, Florence, MA 01062

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 31st, 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. Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg  Attonito from Play Date!  This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown  Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get  your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping.  Tune in, turn it  up and get silly with the Monster Dance Party we know you’re dying to  have this weekend! 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 31, 8am-1:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET/HALLOWEEN
Celebrate Halloween at the Amherst Farmers’ Market! Farmers will be dressed up and there will be fun Halloween tricks and treats. Come in costume and celebrate Halloween (and local food) at this week’s farmers’ market. Spring Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, October 31. 9am-11:30am —VOLUNTEERING & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Volunteering together as a family encourages quality time, increases communication, and provides opportunities for family members to be role models. In partnership with Hilltown Families, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts invites families to attend a series of monthly volunteer sessions where they will help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take action to help fight hunger. This month’s theme is “Halloween.” Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more about these monthly service-based events at The Food Bank in this Hilltown Family posting. 413-247-9738 x135. 97 N Hatfield Rd, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 9am-1pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT
Stop by the Hubbard Memorial Library in costume to trick-or-treat in the Children’s Department. 413-583-3408. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE
Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Ghostbusters (1984; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this classic film on the big screen for Halloween! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 31, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES/ARACHNOLOGY
Kids (ages 4-12) can learn all about creepy crawly spiders on Halloween at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover the amazing lives of spiders and their habits and habitats, search for spiders outside, and make a spider craft for Halloween. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 31, 10am-12noon – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Come to the East Longmeadow Public Library for the Mom’s Club of East Longmeadow’s annual Halloween party! There will be games, prizes, face painting, treats, and more. Ages 1-10 can come in costume and drop in for a fun time. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (>$)

Saturday, October 31, 10am-12noon – HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Center Dance Studio cordially invites kids to showcase their spookiest moves at the 1st Annual Halloween Morning Masquerade! Creep over for some Halloween fun: stories, games, cookie decorating and LOTS of dancing. Costumes encouraged! 321 Main Street. Amherst, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 31. 10am-2pm — NATURE STUDIES
Did you know you can identify trees from examining their bark? For nearly half the year bark actually provides the best clues to tree ID. The Hitchcock Center and Naturalists Nancy Goodman and Ted Watt invite you to Poet’s Seat Reservation in Greenfield as they key the trees using bark characters. Poet’s Seat is a dry ridge top with a variety of habitats. You’ll hike up the paved access road, with a mostly gentle uphill grade, heading to the tower and the top of the cliffs. For adult learners or mature youth. Bring binoculars, water, lunch and the book Bark by Michael Wojtech if you have a copy. There are no facilities at this spot. Registration required. 413-256-6006. Directions to meeting location will be provided upon registration. Greenfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 31, 10am-3pm — HALLOWEEN
Looking for a fun, non-scary Halloween event to enjoy with your children? The Mason Library is hosting a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt bingo activity throughout the day! All ages welcome. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 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 31, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/HALLOWEEN
Spend Halloween at The Clark! The museum is holding a special Halloween event with gallery talks focused on ghosts and gore (11am, 12noon, 2pm, & 3pm), a performance by one of Williams College’s a’cappella groups (1pm), Halloween treats, and more. Kids are welcome to come in costume for this fun day, which is all about art and Halloween! 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 31, 11am-1pm – HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
The Monson Free Library is hosting their annual Boo Bash, a family Halloween celebration! Come by the library for games, crafts, snacks, and other Halloween fun. This non-scary event is great for the whole family, so come in costume and prepare to have a great time! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 11am-3pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Stop by the Huntington Public Library for a super fun Halloween party! All are welcome to come in costume for games, tricks, and treats. The party is a fun way to kick off Halloween before trick-or-treating time! 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 11am-11pm – COMICS/HALLOWEEN
Trick-or-treat for comic books at Modern Myths this Halloween! Kids who stop by the store in costume will receive a free comic book while supplies last. This is a fun way to get introduced to comics! 413-582-6973. 34 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31. 12:00pm – 2pm — CLOTHING SWAP
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Instead of purchasing new clothes this season, why not swap your unwanted items with someone else’s at The Haberdashery’s clothing swap. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Please bring no more than 15 pieces of gently used Fall/Winter clothing and/or accessories. Registration required. 413-527-1638. 52 Union St., Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 31, 12noon-8pm – HALLOWEEN/COMICS
Comics N’ More is holding a Halloween ComicsFest! Come in costume for candy, free comics, prizes, a costume contest, and more. Kids who love comics will have a blast at this event! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 12:30pm-2pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Renaissance Arts and Wellness Center is hosting a community Halloween party! Come in costume for arts and crafts, refreshments, and games. All are welcome! 413-528-9600. 420 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 1:30pm-3pm – HALLOWEEN MOVIE
Families can visit the Storrs Library for a fun Halloween movie screening! Come see Hotel Transylvania (2012; rated PG) and get excited for trick-or-treating! Call to register. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 3pm – SYMPHONY/BALL
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will host a Monster’s Ball Kids’ Edition! Takes place at the Abbey Memorial Chapel. Come costumed, dance to Strauss waltzes, polkas, and the cha-cha, and hear music from Star Trek, Dracula, and The Phantom of the Opera. Kids can also learn about orchestra instruments, and have fun while being exposed to the symphony! 50 College St. South Hadley, MA (>$)

Saturday, October 31, 4pm – HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Easthampton City Arts+ is hosting a Halloween Costume Contest at Eastworks. Kids can come in costume to be entered to win a prize package from A2Z Science and Learning Store! 413-529-1425. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, October 31, 4-5:30pm – RAG SHAG PARADE
Kids in grades 6 and under can participate in the Turners Falls Rag Shag Parade on October 31! Come in costume and meet in the Food City parking lot to march down Avenue A with friends and family. Kids will love getting a chance to participate in this long-standing tradition! 413-863-3216. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, October 31, 4pm & 5:30pm – HALLOWEEN DINNER
Chandler’s Restaurant is hosting a Witches Ball Halloween dinner! There will be a kids’ buffet ($ per child) and adults will be offered the dinner menu (>$-$$$). In addition to delicious food, there will be kids karaoke, pumpkin decorating, a visit from Teaching Creatures, and trick-or-treating around Yankee Candle Village! Reservations are required. 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. ($$-$$$)

Saturday, October 31, 5pm-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREAT
The Sheffield Historical Society is holding a trick-or-treating event for kids at the Historical Society Grounds next to Town Hall. Go door-to-door at the historic building collecting candy and having some Halloween fun! 413-229-2694. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 5pm-8pm – RAG SHAG PARADE
The annual Florence Rag Shag Parade begins at Trinity Row Park and ends at the Florence Civic and Business Center, where kids can pick up a Halloween goody bag. There will also be a costume contest. This is a fun Florence tradition that kids will love being a part of! Main Street & South Main Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 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)

Saturday, October 31, 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. ($)

Saturday, October 31, 6pm – RAG SHAG PARADE
The Ashfield Rag Shag Parade takes place on Halloween night! Come in costume and march in the parade with friends and neighbors. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, October 31, 6pm-8pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
Celebrate Halloween at the Blandford Town Halloween Party! There will be trick-or-treating, food, games, entertainment, and a performance by Ed the Wizard. Takes place at Town Hall. 413-848-4279. 1 Russell Stage Road. Blandford, MA.

Saturday, October 31, 6:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY
You are invited to attend Whole Children‘s Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Halloween Dance Party on October 31st! There will be treats, dancing, games, music, and a quieter space for socializing. Call for more information. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, October 31, 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. ($$)

Saturday, October 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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, November 1st, 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, November 1, 10am – HIKING
Join Williamsburg Woodland Trails for a fall hike and picnic at Big View on November 1st. Enjoy a 2.5-mile hike, see an old stone town marker, a beaver dam, and eat lunch overlooking the Pioneer Valley. This is a great chance to get out and enjoy fall! Call with questions. 413-268-3372. Unquomonk Road. Williamsburg, MA.

Sunday, November 1. 10am-5pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Every first Sunday of the month, The Clark Art Institute offers free admission! The Clark Art Institute, located in north Berkshire County, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, November 1, 1pm – HISTORY/COLLECTING
The Keep Homestead Museum is holding a Button Appraisal Day with Gretchen and George Gauthier on November 1st. Bring buttons from home that you think are valuable, or ones you just want to know more about, and learn their history and value. This is a great opportunity for collectors and those interested in history to learn about buttons and their fascinating histories! The Museum also has a button collection which can be viewed. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road. Monson, MA. (FREE/DONATION)

Sunday, November 1, 2pm — LITERATURE/CULTURAL STUDIES
The stories of Sholem Aleichem, best known for forming the basis of Fiddler on the Roof, are full of vibrant characters and rich descriptions of shtetl life. Two of the world’s most engaging Yiddish scholars–Ruth Wisse and David Roskies–will retell, discuss, and debate their favorite Aleichem stories on stage at the Yiddish Book Center. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 1, 3pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES
Simon’s Rock trumpet teacher Allan Dean will perform light classics for trumpet and cornetto with Ron Barron on trombone, Ron Gorevic on violin, and Larry Wallach on piano. Older students interested in music will enjoy this performance, which takes place in the Kellogg Music Center. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 1, 4:45pm-6pm — SEASONAL CELEBRATION
Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends at 2am on November 1, 2015. Before bedtime on Saturday or first thing on Sunday, we all must set our clocks back one hour, thus getting back in sync with Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, and several other territories of the US who do not observe DST. Supporters of DST argue that the practice promotes energy savings and allows people to make better use of natural daylight. Opponents claim that DST can have negative health effects for some people. No matter what your opinion on the matter, the fact remains that you will have one “extra” hour in your weekend! How will you and your family use it? Perhaps a song-filled lantern walk led by Tinkergarten would be just the thing to welcome the early darkness that accompanies the end of DST! Participants should bring their own lanterns (learn how to make one with simple supplies) or a flashlight/headlamp. Tealights and lighters provided. All ages welcome! Pre-registration required. 805-751-8465. Groff Park, Mill Lane, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 1, 6pm – DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
In honor of the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, community members can meet at Brookside Cemetery. Dancers and musicians will lead a vigil through Easthampton and perform a reimagined folk dance. Learn about the Mexican holiday at this community event. Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, November 1, 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. ($$)

Sunday, November 1, 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, November 2nd, 2015

Monday, November 2, 8am-5pm — SCULPTURE WALK
The wonderful Art in the Orchard sculpture exhibit at Park Hill Orchard has been extended until Thanksgiving! Enjoy a crisp autumn outing, strolling the orchard’s grounds and spending time with the 28 works of art that are on display. The self-guided trail is about a half mile long, and visitors can also walk through the meditative labyrinth to deepen their experience. Please note that the Farmstand and Pick-Your-Own options are not open on Mondays. 413-303-0335. 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA. (< $ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Monday, November 2, 6pm-7pm — LOCAL HISTORY
What does it mean to call a place home? Artist and storyteller Jacqueline Cooper will present a multimedia look at two farm families, neighbors for eight generations, who played together and shared chores, equipment, and best practices, at “Soul of the Hilltowns/Where the Heart Is,” a lecture at the Wistariahurst Museum. Their stories will come to life in this exploration of how people connect to a place, to each other, and come to call a place “home.” 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. (< $)

Monday, November 2. 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)

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Arcadia Nature Art Programs for Adults and Kids starting November 2 in Easthampton.

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: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: 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 – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group that runs every Monday. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. 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 – 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, November 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 8:30am-4:30pm — CHILDCARE SUPPORT/ARTS, CRAFTS, SPORTS
Children in grades 1-5 in the Northampton Public Schools can spend teacher professional days with their peers doing fun, supervised activities including swimming, open gym, outdoor games, and craft projects. Pre-registration is required. 413-587-1040. Aquatic and Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, November 3, 4pm-5pm – LIBRARY FUN
Students in grades 4 and up can come to the East Longmeadow Public Library for fun activities and snacks. A great way to meet friends and have fun at the library. 413-525-5400 x1511. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 3rd. 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)

Tuesday, November 3, 7pm-8pm – PLANT STUDIES/GARDENING
Are you interested in learning about seed saving? Join Grow Food Amherst at Amherst Town Hall for a Seed Saving Forum on November 3rd. Learn the basics of saving seeds, discuss seed swaps and projects, plan for future events, share your favorite seed saving books, and more. All are welcome! 413-259-3149. 4 Boltwood Avenue. Amherst, MA.

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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: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: 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 – KNITTING: On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, the Stockbridge Library hosts a Sit & Knit group. All levels of knitters and crocheters can come spend time knitting with others. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 5:30pm-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)
  • 6pm-7pm – WRITING: The Sunderland Public Library hosts a Teen and Tween Writing Club the last Tuesday of each month. Students can come practice writing from prompts and doing activities and exercises – this is a great way to make friends and improve writing skills! Please sign up in advance. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (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, November 4th, 2015

Wednesday, November 4. 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.

Wednesday, November 4, 12:30pm-1pm – MUSIC STUDIES
Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4. 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)

Wednesday, November 4, 3:30pm-5pm – WRITING/BOOKS
In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, the Jones Library is hosting a writing workshop series for ages 12 and up. On November 4th, YA author Gina Damico will be at the library to talk with young writers. This series is great for teens who are aspiring writers – come spend time with other writers your age and learn tips and tricks to improve your writing. Sign up in advance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30pm-7pm – CULINARY ARTS
Learn how to preserve foods at the Mason Library on November 4th. Make apple butter and sauerkraut and discover other things to can. Bring a pint jar and lid, a knife, and a cutting board. Best for self-directed teens with knife skills/cooking experience. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES
River Valley Co-Op will host a free workshop on Animal Communication with Susan Bartfay. Learn how animals express themselves and how we as humans can better understand their desires and needs. Participants will practice telepathy to learn how to better communicate with animals. Participants should bring a pen, paper, and a photo of an animal in their life. Self-directed teens interested in learning more about animals and communication would benefit from this workshop. Preregistration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm — PARENTING SUPPORT
Do you wish you had a way to keep track of your child’s IEPs, 504s, evaluations, progress reports, doctor reports, test results, and more? The Amherst Regional Public Schools SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is offering a workshop focused on effective ways for parents to manage their children’s paperwork. Each participant will build a customized binder for his/her child and learn tips for developing community connections and coping with the sometimes stressful aspects of parenting. Reservations required. 413-687-4255. Amherst High School, Room 13, 21 Matoon Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4. 7pm – WRITING/STORYTELLING
Adults and older students are invited to the Forbes Library‘s reading series, “The Modern Real and Surreal: Writers and Artists on Our Age,” which meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This series invites the community to examine the relationships among story, art, empathy, and insight in our modern age. 413-587-1014. Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 7pm-8pm — MUSIC CLASS
Do the lilting notes of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s ukulele rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” bring a smile to your face? You, too can strum this lovely song, and many more, with a bit of practice! Teens and adults are invited to participate in a series of beginner ukulele classes at the Goodwin Memorial Library, led by local uke superstar, Julie Calamine (formerly Stepanek!). Classes will be held November 4th, November 11th, and December 2nd. You need not attend all classes to participate, and ukuleles will be provided if you do not have your own. Advance sign-up requested. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4, 7pm-8:30pm – WRITING
Writing about Health, Medicine, and the Body” is this month’s installment of Forbes Library’s monthly literary series. Three authors –Norman Johnson, Nell Lake, and Suzanne Koven–will explore the human body, from the minuscule to large scale, including the genome, diseases, and caregiving. Self-directed teens interested in science writing can learn from the authors at this event. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 4. 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)

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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: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: 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 – COMMUNITY: The Westhampton Public Library‘s weekly Coffee and Chat runs every Wednesday at 10am. Come together with community members to share stories, news, and to stay connected. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: 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 – 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)
  • 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: 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.
  • 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, November 5th, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 9am-10:30am – SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Lander-Grinspoon Academy is hosting an open house for prospective students and families on November 5th. Families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds, as well as interfaith families, are welcome to attend and learn about the school’s structure and values, and whether it would be a good fit. The school emphasizes community, culture, social justice, and independent thinking, giving students a well-rounded education. Email glansky@landergrinspoon.org for more information on the open house or on LGA in general. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, November 5, 10am-12noon – HIKING
Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at the Clam River Loop Trail. The easy, 1.5-mile hike will take you through beautiful evergreen forests with nice views of Clam River. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 5, 12:15pm – ART STUDIES
This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Springfield Art Museums in Perspective: New Museums and Galleries of Islamic Art,” with Walter Denny, Professor of Art History at UMass Amherst. In this illustrated lecture, self-directed students and lifelong learners interested in art can learn about new ways of looking at the visual culture of the Islamic world. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, November 5, 12:20pm-12:50pm — ART
Energies and Elegies, a contemporary art exhibition currently on view at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, invites viewers to examine themes of absence, abundance, entropy, and energy. Learn about the pieces in this collection and how they inform this theme in a gallery talk with assistant curator Hannah Blunt. 413-538-2245. Lower Lake Road, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 5, 4pm-5pm – COMICS
Kids in grades 3-5 can attend Comic Book Club at the Jones Library. Come discuss Little Robot by Ben Hatke and Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack. This is a great chance for kids to get together and discuss comic books, and even create one of their own. Register and pick up books in the Kids’ Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 5, 5pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP
The Northampton Parent Cafe Series continues at the Bridge Street School. The theme of the series is, “Being a Great Parent is Part Natural & Part Learned.” Come share information and ideas to care for yourself as a parent while building strong relationships with your kids to raise children who thrive. Talk with other parents about the challenges of parenting and build the resilience needed to be a good parent. Childcare and dinner provided. Open to all parents with young children. RSVP. 413-587-1471. 2 Parsons Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Thursday, November 5, 5pm-8pm — ART WALK
This month’s Amherst Art Walk will feature poetry readings by local writers who have been published in the literary magazine upstreet! The poetry reading begins at 6:45pm at the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Homestead parlor. Downtown Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 5, 6pm-7:30pm — PARENTING SUPPORT
Many children experience anxiety, yet it may not show itself in obvious ways. An anxious child may act out, show aggression, or retreat into an inner world. Learn how to recognize the signs of anxiety, how to address anxiety, and how to teach your child anxiety-management skills at “The Worry Monster,” a workshop for parents/guardians/caregivers, presented by the Collaborative for Educational Services. 413-586-4900. Amherst Family Center, 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 5. 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). 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). Prizes and refreshments will be shared. Intended for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $; SUGGESTED DONATION)

Thursday, November 5, 7pm — MUSICAL THEATRE
Black Cat Theater, an organization which showcases the talent of local community members, presents Hello, Dolly!, a lively and entertaining musical about a meddling matchmaker in New York. Support local artists and performers while enjoying a fun theatre experience! The show runs November 5th-8th at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($)

Thursday, November 5. 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)

Thursday, November 5, 7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES
The Munich Symphony Orchestra will perform at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The Orchestra will perform with renowned guitarist Pepe Romero of the Romero Quartet, and they will play pieces by Bizet, Rodrigo, and Massanet, as well as other French and Spanish music. Students with audience skills who are interested in orchestra and classical music would enjoy this performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: 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 – STORYTIME: No child is too young to benefit from having a story read to him or her! Listening to a read-aloud story allows children to encounter new sounds and vocabulary, teaches them how to use a book, and introduces ideas about how stories are created. Share the joy of reading with your child at the Lenox Library‘s storytime every Thursday morning. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street, Lenox, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, November 6th, 2015

Friday, November 6, 10am-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP
Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under. Explore and connect with others. Guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 10:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6. 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)

Friday, November 6. 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)

Friday, November 6, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY
The Amherst Historical Society hosts History Bites, a lunchtime history talk at the Simeon Strong House. This week’s talk, “A Collector is Born: Local Landscapes, Local Collections, and Joseph Allen Skinner’s Imagination,” will be presented by Cheryl Harned, a PhD candidate in history at UMass Amherst. Tea and coffee provided. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. 413-256-0678. 67 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 12:30pm-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY/ARCHITECTURE
Are you interested in sustainability and building design? Tour the Hitchcock Center for the Environment‘s new living building. Meet at the construction site and tour the building, learning about its unique features, what makes it “living,” what materials are used, and more. These tours are open to anyone, but would be especially interesting to those who want to learn more about living buildings. 413-256-6006. West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 3pm & 6pm — STEAM
Maker labs, tinker spaces, and STEAM labs are cropping up all over! These are spaces that allow people to explore their ideas in an open-ended, creative manner using a variety of materials and tools. The Mini Maker Faire hosted by Barnes & Noble invites folks to watch demonstrations of 3D printing, robotics, coding, and programming, and to try these technologies out for themselves. If your child ends up having his or her interest piqued by this fun activity, you can seek out some of the other great maker space offerings happening in our local libraries. 413-584-2558. Mountain Farms, 335 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6. 5pm-8pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
If you are planning on spending money on dinner, a gift, or a necessity, it’s great to keep your dollars local and support the health of your community! Towards this end, the Greenfield Business Association hosts “First Friday” celebrations every month from May through December. Meet up with friends and neighbors downtown to enjoy food, live music, special sales, and give-aways. This month’s theme is “Out After Dark.” 413-774-2791. downtown Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6. 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.

Friday, November 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME/CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Join the Berkshire Museum for Pajama Night! In celebration of Family Literacy Month, the Museum will gather authors, artists, and community members for a night of stories, books, and imagery. Children and adults will read to one another, there will be a StoryWalk, books to take home, and a super-fun PJ party. Wear your favorite pajamas and have a blast reading with family and friends at the Museum! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 6:30pm – ART
The ArtSalon is an event in which established and emerging local artists present on their work and ideas in the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides that are 20 seconds each). Come see the presentations, meet the artists, and talk about art at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst. Artists include Andrea Dezsö, Benjamin S. Jones, Jenny Vogel, Olivia Bernard, and Wendy Ewald. Older teens with a serious interest in art could learn a lot at these fascinating and unique presentations. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, November 6, 7pm — MUSICAL THEATRE
Black Cat Theater, an organization which showcases the talent of local community members, presents Hello, Dolly!, a lively and entertaining musical about a meddling matchmaker in New York. Support local artists and performers while enjoying a fun theatre experience! The show runs November 5th-8th at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($)

Friday, November 6, 7pm – SUSTAINABILITY/FILM STUDIES
Learn about living sustainably at the annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. See some great local films on the topic of “How Communities are Working toward Sustainable Living.” The films focus on food and farming, health and medicine, education, the economy, transportation, energy, and housing, and would appeal to self-directed students and adults interested in sustainable living and the transition town movement. Takes place in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. 413-775-1671. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 6, 7pm – TALENT SHOW
The 3rd Annual Palmer Historical and Cultural Center Talent Show takes place November 6th. Come see community members of all ages perform their different talents – this event is a great showcase of local talent! All proceeds benefit the Palmer HCC. Tickets available in advance. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. ($)

Friday, November 6. 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. (< $)

Friday, November 6, 7:30pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES
The Clark Art Institute presents a performance by cellist Edward Arron, pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Jesse Mills, and violist Ara Gregorian on November 6th. This chamber music concert will feature pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn, Bohuslav Martinů, Joaquin Turina, and Antonín Dvořák. Older students with audience skills and an interested in music would enjoy this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Friday, November 6, 8pm — PERFORMING ARTS/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Enjoy a night out watching the Arena Civic Theatre‘s performance of Steel Magnolias, a show that celebrates friendships and community connections. Six stellar local actresses have feature roles in this moving comedy-drama. This show will run on November 6th-8th and 13th-15th. 413-233-4368. Katherine Sloan Theater, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA. ($)

Friday, November 6. 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. (< $)

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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 ($$)

  • 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: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, 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 – 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)
  • 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 4, 2015, all are invited to bring a lunch and listen to a program on a different topic. 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)
  • 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. ($)
  • 8pm-9pm – ASTRONOMY: Autumn nights offer wonderful skywatching, and with the help of Williams College students and their Zeiss Skymaster planetarium projector, folks can really be treated to a wonderfully informative and awe-inspiring tour of the night sky and astronomical phenomena. This planetarium program will be held most Friday evenings through December 4, 2015. Reservations are recommended. 413-597-2188. Hopkins Observatory, 829 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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