Suggested Events for November 7th-13th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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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!

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, November 14 from 9-11am for Thanksgiving 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, November 7, 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. Adam and Kristin Marshall from The Bazillions enjoyed guest hosting the Hilltown Family Variety Show by challenging each other to a song off. Each of them chose their favorites from categories like best educational song, best remake, best bedtime song and many more. They both shared little musical information tidbits about some categories along the way with a lot of laughs! Tune in to see who wins. 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, November 7, Various times — LOCAL FOOD
Enjoy apples, fresh cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards, or just being in New England in the fall during the 21st annual CiderDays sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Workshops and talks about cider making and managing home orchards. 413-773-5463. Various times and locations, Franklin County, MA. (FREE to $$)

Saturday, November 7, 8am — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURE STUDIES
Fall is a great time to look for migrating waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and grebes, and Fitzgerald Lake is a prime stopover for many species. Join Bob Zimmerman and David Pritchard on a waterfowl walk sponsored by the Broad Brook Coalition. Some spotting scopes and binoculars available for use. Species likely to be seen include Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, and ring-necked ducks. Other possibilities are pied-billed grebes, hooded and common mergansers, ruddy ducks, northern pintails, and even snow geese. 413-268-3668. Meet at the North Farms Road parking lot. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-12pm — SUSTAINABILITY/COMPOSTING
Bring your tired Jack-o’-lanterns to the special collection area at Smith Vocational High School. The Northampton ReUse Committee will make sure it’s given a sensible burial in a local agricultural field. 413-587-1059. 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-1pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURE STUDIES
Hike a portion of the New England National Scenic Trail with Hitchcock Center for the Environment Naturalist Ted Watt. Varied terrain with a side trek to Hermit’s Cave and views of the Miller’s River Valley and Wendell State Forest. Dress for the weather, and bring snacks, water, and binoculars. Sturdy boots recommended. Space is limited, so call to register and get directions. 413-256-6006. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-3pm — LOCAL FOOD/CULINARY ARTS
Come see how the folks at Cricket Creek Farm make their award-winning cheese, Maggie’s Round. Experience the science and art of cheesemaking demonstrated in the farmstead creamery. This “Artisan Cheesemaking in the Berkshires” workshop is perfect for home cheesemakers, avid cooks, cheese lovers, food enthusiasts, or anyone looking to witness a fascinating day in the life of a cheesemaker. Each participant will leave with a Maggie’s Round cheese to enjoy at home. Registration required. 774-678-9644. 1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-3:30pm — PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/NATURAL HISTORY
Educators of young children (ages 3-7) can take part in Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Educators: Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn to build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore the natural world through interactive, hands-on activities. These new curriculums provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Participants receive both multi-award-winning curriculum guides, featuring over 150 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Appropriate for teachers, camp counselors, child care providers, home school parents, and other educators. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 9am-5pm — FARM ADVENTURES, CULTURAL STUDIES
Learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through workshops and live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits as the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association and the Eastern States Exposition present the sixth annual Fiber Festival of New England. Workshops in felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, and rug hooking. Also, a Fiber Fashion Show, Make It With Wool Competition, Fleece Sale, and Sheep Shearing Demonstrations. 413-205-5011. Mallary Complex, Eastern States Exposition, 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 7, 9:30-11am — OPEN HOUSE
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. Come explore classrooms, see what students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators, and current parents. 413-585-3270. 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 9:30am-5pm — US HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES
Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving at Bounty: Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American food traditions and customs with special guests from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village’s historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal, and learn about wedding preparations of the 1830s, as marriages often took place on the Thanksgiving holiday. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 10am — FAMILY MOVIE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Experience the 1980s and 1950s as the Amherst Cinema presents Back to the Future (PG, 1985) as part of its Family Film Series. The movie features Michael J. Fox in his iconic performance as Marty McFly, who is accidentally sent 30 years back in time in a souped-up Delorean car. There, he struggles to preserve his own existence while navigating the white bread 50s with a hip 80s mindset. Will he be able to get his parents together and return to life as he knew it? Tickets at the box office. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 7, 10am-11:30am – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP
The Collaborative for Educational Services offers “Young Scientists,” a program for parents/caregivers and their children (birth-age 5) that focuses on encouraging and building on a child’s natural inquisitiveness and includes fun science activities for caregivers and children to do together. Pre-registration required. 413-586-4900 x5568. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 10am-1pm — NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
When is cutting down trees good for the forest and wildlife? Learn about forest management as you enjoy a 3.6-mile, moderately strenuous hike at the Alford Springs Reserve, where the Berkshire Natural Resources Council just removed 25 acres of mature forest. Views of Mt. Greylock included! Call for directions. 413-499-0596. Alford, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 10am-1pm — ART/GEOMETRY/HOLIDAYS
Learn new zentangle patterns and create fun and unique ornaments for the holidays at the Zentangle: 3-D Ornaments workshop. Hang them in windows or on a tree, or anyplace that deserves celebration! Beginning and experienced tanglers welcome. Suggested for adults and possibly older teens. All materials provided. 800-625-7738. George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES
The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 22 and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. This year features Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). Great opportunity to integrate the mum into learning about history, math, culture, and culinary arts. Extended hours (4pm-8pm) on November 13 and 20. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, November 7, 10:30am-12pm — COMMERCIAL-FREE PLAY/LITERACY
Come play at the Story Walk & Kaboom! Imagination Playground at the Nonotuck Community School. StoryWalk is a chance to read, walk, and talk with your child! It is a fun, educational activity created in Montpelier, VT, that places the pages from a children’s picture book along a popular walking route. Ours will be placed outdoors, weather permitting, or indoors along a hallway if rainy. The Kaboom! Imagination Playground is giant foam blocks with interlocking pieces that promotes physical activity to stretch children’s imaginations. For families with children aged 7 and under. A Play Facilitator will be onsite to support safe, cooperative play, and parents are required to be in attendance. 413-587-1471. 221 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 11am — LITERACY/YOGA
Calling all creatures, beasts, and things that go bump in the night to the Odyssey Bookshop’s Monster Mash! Debut picture book author Karin Lefranc visits the store for some post-Halloween fun. Lefranc’s book, I Want to Eat Your Books!, is about a zombie who devours books instead of brains. 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! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, November 7, 11am — MUSIC/PUPPET THEATER
Nutshell Playhouse presents “Nutshellapalooza!” a scrumptious mix of original music, puppets, and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language), and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!). Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Featuring Alexia Trainor, Stefanie Lynx Weber, and Paul McNeil, with live music by Don Jordan. 413-212-1416. Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 1 Commercial Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 11am/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. The 11am event will also include a special storytime featuring Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, two wonderful picture books about creativity and tenacity. 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)

Saturday, November 7, 11am-1pm — SPORTS
Your son or daughter can hit the ice at “Try Hockey for Free Day” at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink. For girls and boys ages 4 and up. No skating experience required. Experienced coaches on hand to help. Free skate rentals, and some hockey helmets will be provided (bring your own if you have one). 413-883-9258. 200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 12pm or 2pm — SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/PHYSICS
Dust off your bowling shoes and join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County at the Masquerade Bowl fundraiser. Experiment with rolling the ball fast, slow, to the left, to the right — which knocks down more pins? Enjoy a costume contest and lots of spooky fun. All proceeds from the event will go to matching local children facing adversity with caring, consistent adult mentors who will make an incredible difference in their lives. Register online. 413-259-3345. Spare Time Bowling Northampton, 525 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, November 7, 12pm-6pm — LOCAL FOOD, CULTURAL STUDIES
Celebrate re-skilling and the modern maker as the The Haberdashery presents Skillfair 2015. Activities include a rubber chicken toss (for kids and adults), speed knitting contest, live music, food swap, and tastings of fermented foods, preserved foods, and baked goods. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, November 7, 12:30-3:30pm — ART/ART STUDIES
Explore themes of identity in contemporary art and discover all that’s new on every floor of the Smith College Museum of Art at Free Family Day. Enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, button-making, face-painting, a photo booth, collage figures, and more. Refreshments provided. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 1pm — LOCAL HISTORY
You may know that Millers Falls was once called Grout’s Corner. It was first a stage stop and then a railroad depot. How and when did it change its name and grow into a thriving village? Delve into its history, as you learn “More about the Moores,” the family who brought manufacturing to town in the 1860s. Shari Strahan and Sara Campbell researched the clan extensively, using resources found locally and as far away as Sturbridge and New Haven. They will share their findings, including the family’s triumphs and tragedies, at the Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-4:30pm — CREATIVE-FREE PLAY
Share a memorable afternoon with your child and a favorite doll at a tea party at The Yellow House Community Center. While the dolls are at the hair salon getting a new “do,” the children will be making bracelets, decorating cupcakes, and enjoying dainty tea party snacks. 413-289-6091. 1479 North Main Street, Palmer, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 7, 1:30pm-3pm — HISTORY/FASHION
What was it like to live in the Victorian era? Come to the Jones Library and learn from a “Victorian Lady” herself, as Kandie Carle presents her one-woman show, “The Victorian Lady: Dressing from Corsets to Gloves.” Attired in vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing, and accessories, she’ll discuss the fashion, life, and etiquette of the mid-to-late 1800s and address the similarities and differences between that era and ours. Refreshments served. Woodbury Room. 413-259-3182. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 2 pm — LOCAL HISTORY/ART
Historic Northampton presents “Every Delicate Shade Imaginable: The Adventurous Lathrop Artist-Sisters (and their Black Sheep Brother),” as part of the Hestia Mural 35th Anniversary Lecture Series. Eve M. Kahn, antiques columnist for The New York Times, will discuss what’s known and what’s still mysterious about the artists Clara Lathrop, Bessie Lathrop, and Susanne Lathrop. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 2-3pm — HISTORY
Honor our veterans at the Springfield Armory Historic Site. Watch the new documentary produced by the Armory, Over Here, Over There, Letters from the Great War. A panel of veterans representing service during World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Pakistan will answer questions. 413-734-8551. On the STCC campus, corner of State & Federal Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 7, 5pm-9pm — AUCTION & SEASONAL CELEBRATION
The Academy at Charlemont‘s 12th annual Cornucopia Auction and Celebration invites you to enjoy an evening of socializing, enjoying great food, and doing some holiday shopping in an auction of locally-sourced gifts. The silent auction will begin at 5pm; live auction at 7:30pm. BIdding by proxy is welcome, too! Admission includes food and refreshments. All are welcome, and childcare is available (with advance notice). 413-339-4912 x 113. 1359 Route 2, Charlemont, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 7, 7pm — CULINARY ARTS/FILM STUDIES
Food historian Francine Segan will go beyond popcorn when she presents “Take One!: Movie Menu Moments.” Segan will amplify the fun with movie food (including a popcorn tasting), film clips (the more hilarious the better), and a movie trivia contest with prizes – a multi-sensory experience for movie buffs and food lovers! She’ll share famous foodie movie moments from such classics as Chocolat, Ratatouille, Babette’s Feast, and Big Night and discuss the role food plays in film. Reservations highly recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 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. ($)

Saturday, November 7, 7-10pm — TWEEN/TEEN
Saturday Night Live for Tweens at the Springfield Jewish Community Center is a safe place for parents to drop off kids in grades 6-8 to socialize in the game room or play basketball in the gym. Refreshments available for purchase, including soda, candy and healthy snacks. 413-739-4715 x322. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm — THEATER
What is it that makes human beings so interesting? This is the question that award-winning humorist Seth Lepore will explore in this unique interactive solo theater experience. Through the help of pre-show audience input and using a stream-of-consciousness approach, characters will be brought to life right before your eyes in a performance that is sure to delight. This show will provide audience members an opportunity to experience and participate in the complex process of character development in way that’s both humorous and insightful.The performance is presented by the Pioneer Valley Muse Group and will be held at The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online. For more information, contact the Pioneer Valley Muse Group at pvmusegroup@gmail.com or by calling 413-992-8585. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 8pm — THEATER
“This is what happened, the strange thing that happened, to two weary hunters who lost their way……” When Tommy and Jeff stumble into a quaint Scottish village that doesn’t seem to be marked on their map, they are invited to be guests at a wedding, and perhaps much more. In their first foray into the classics of American musical theatre, Valley Light Opera presents Brigadoon. With sumptuous costumes and scenery, a full orchestra, and a talented cast, this will be a production you won’t want to miss. 413-584-9032 ext.105. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 7, 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. ($)

Saturday, November 7, 8:30pm — DANCE/CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES
Enjoy a night of Latin dancing! Creacion Latin Big Bandis a 22-piece band that plays son, salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, mambo, merengue, cumbia, and bolero styles. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, November 8, 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 8, Various times — LOCAL FOOD
Enjoy apples, fresh cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards, or just being in New England in the fall during the 21st annual CiderDays sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Workshops and talks about cider making and managing home orchards. 413-773-5463. Various times and locations, Franklin County, MA. (FREE to $$)

Sunday, November 8, 9am-3pm — FARM ADVENTURES, CULTURAL STUDIES
Learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through workshops and live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits as the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association and the Eastern States Exposition present the sixth annual Fiber Festival of New England.. Workshops in felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, and rug hooking. Also, a Fiber Fashion Show, Make It With Wool Competition, Fleece Sale, and Sheep Shearing Demonstrations. 413-205-5011. Mallary Complex, Eastern States Exposition, 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, November 8, 9am-4pm — NATURAL HISTORY
Learn about native insects, rattlesnakes, butterflies, and fishes at the inaugural Berkshire Natural History Conference. Presenters include local and regional naturalists, as well as acclaimed authors and international nature guides Peter Alden and Brian Cassie. There will be exhibits, a book sale, and a raffle. Pre-registration strongly suggested. 413-236-4502. Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center, Berkshire School, 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 8, 9:30am-5pm — US HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES
Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving at Bounty: Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American food traditions and customs with special guests from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village’s historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal, and learn about wedding preparations of the 1830s, as marriages often took place on the Thanksgiving holiday. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 8, 10am-5pm — WORLD HISTORY/AVIATION
Meet veterans of World War II and the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan during “A Tribute to Our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen,” the
New England Air Musuem‘s annual Veterans Day event. Sit in the cockpits of combat aircraft including the F-100 Super Sabre, the WWII Thunderbolt, the Huey Helicopter, and more. The Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available most of the day, and there will be hands-on activities for younger visitors. Representatives of organizations that support active-duty military, veterans, and their families will also be on hand. Refreshments for sale. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. ($-$$)

Sunday, November 8, 11am/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)

Sunday, November 8, 12pm — CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES
Gateway City Arts presents Belle Epoch Chamber Music, a concert of French music for voice. Alice Jones (flute), Derin Öge (piano), and Mary Hubbell (soprano) bring the sparkling sounds of Paris in the early twentieth century to life with performances of works by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, as well as lesser-known contemporaries Philippe Gaubert and Cecile Chaminade. These pieces demonstrate the French fascination with poetry and melody, intermingling the sounds of voice with flute and piano. Of special note is the rarely performed Debussy work Bilitis for flute, piano, and narrator, featuring actor Susanna Apgar. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 8, 12pm or 2pm — SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/PHYSICS
Dust off your bowling shoes and join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County at the Masquerade Bowl fundraiser. Experiment with rolling the ball fast, slow, to the left, to the right — which knocks down more pins? Enjoy a costume contest and lots of spooky fun. All proceeds from the event will go to matching local children facing adversity with caring, consistent adult mentors who will make an incredible difference in their lives. Register online. 413-259-3345. Spare Time Bowling Northampton, 525 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA. FUNDRAISER

Sunday, November 8, 1-4pm — STORYTELLING
Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction. Author Aaron Mahnke will present a live performance of LORE, his popular bi-weekly podcast about the frightening history behind common folklore. Each episode of LORE looks into a unique paranormal tale and uncovers the truth behind it. Regional storytellers to follow. May not be appropriate for young children. Suite 160, Eastworks. 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 8th, 1:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE/SOCIAL JUSTICE
Join your neighbors and thousands around the world who are committed to spreading kindness and compassion for the 4th Annual Dance for World Kindness Flash Mob 2015 on World Kindness Day. Sign up to learn a simple, choreographed, five-minute dance; attend a rehearsal; and then join other participants in a spontaneous freeze mob and flash mob in downtown Northampton! All kids, teens, adults, and seniors invited. 413-527-6858. Downtown Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 8, 2pm — DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Explore The Spirit of India through gypsy tribal music and dance presented by the Masala Orchestra, led by Rahis Bahrti. Journey from the deserts of Rajasthan to the urban city of Mumbai as musicians and dancers transform the UMass Fine Arts Concert Hall stage into a lavish royal court. Mystical, bardic, devotional, and Bollywood songs highlighting unique percussive instruments accompany dancers in stunning, colorful costumes performing the snake dance, the bell dance, and more. Chamber Seating. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 8, 2pm — THEATER
“This is what happened, the strange thing that happened, to two weary hunters who lost their way……” When Tommy and Jeff stumble into a quaint Scottish village that doesn’t seem to be marked on their map, they are invited to be guests at a wedding, and perhaps much more. In their first foray into the classics of American musical theatre, Valley Light Opera presents Brigadoon. With sumptuous costumes and scenery, a full orchestra, and a talented cast, this will be a production you won’t want to miss. 413-584-9032 ext.105. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 8. 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY
Descendants of one of Goshen’s founding families, “The Packard Bros.” ran a successful saw mill through both World Wars and the Great Depression. Learn about these creative, adventurous, larger-than-life figures, who were passionate about steam-powered cars, from family members Lawrence and Mary Packard. The Goshen Historical Society presents “The Legacy of Joshua Packard in Goshen: A Story of Innovation, Family, & Steam Technology.” Refreshments served. 413-268-7120. John James Memorial Town Hall. 42 Main Street (Rte. 9), Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 8. 2pm — LOCAL LANDSCAPES & HISTORY
The earth beneath your feet has countless stories to tell. The composition of the soil, minerals in the hillsides, and oxbowed rivers each can teach us about the land where we make our homes if we know how to interpret their tales. Local naturalist Laurie Sanders knows how to translate these stories, and she shares her expertise to help us better understand the ways in which the interactions between people and nature have shaped present-day Northampton in Rediscovering Northampton: Local History Viewed through an Ecological Lens. This six-part lecture series takes place for six Sundays (through November 22) through Historic Northampton and features a different topic each week. This title of this week’s talk is Burt’s Pit, Peat Fever, Abolitionists, and Avarice. Registration required. 413-584-6011. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (< $ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, November 8, 2pm — 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! Don’t miss this last show in the run at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 8, 2pm — 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. ($)

Sunday, November 8, 2-4pm — HEALTH/PLANT STUDIES
Join Clare Pearson, herbalist and owner of Wilder Brook Botanicals, at the Tyler Memorial Library for “Get Healthy and Stay Healthy,” tips to keep you and your family well during the sneezy, slippery fall and winter. Clare will focus on which herbs work well for cold and flu symptoms and which are best for first aid and sprains and offer nutritional and common sense ideas to support rapid healing. 413-339-4335. 157 Main Street, Charlemont, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 8, 3pm — LECTURE/WORLD HISTORY
During the Great Famine in Ireland in the mid-Nineteenth Century, more than one million people died and another million left the country. Professor Maureen O’Rourke Murphy, of Hofstra University, will explore the life of Asenath Nicholson, an American teacher, reformer, and relief-worker, who studied the condition of the poor in Ireland and sought to relieve suffering where it was greatest, in her talk “Compassionate Stranger.” 413-263-6800. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Sunday, November 8, 4pm-5:30pm — PARENTING SKILLS
How do vaccines work? What vaccination decisions are right for your children and family? How does individual vaccination relate to community health? Join pediatrician Jonathan Schwab and clinical psychologist Sharon Saline at “Let’s Talk about Vaccines: Helping Parents Make the Right Decisions for their Children,” a short presentation followed by a Q and A, for in-depth information on this topic. This event is hosted by Northampton Area Pediatrics. Reservations requested. 413-517-2226. 193 Locust Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 8, 5:30-7pm — MUSIC/INTERGENERATIONAL SING-ALONG
Join Earthdance to celebrate the fall by singing songs that will make you feel like getting outside and soaking in this wild and glorious transition time. Also sing just regular great songs- for instance a new South African song. The intergenerational SING will be followed by a potluck supper, and probably dance jams for those interested in making it a total night of creativity. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA (<$)

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday, November 9, 3pm-5pm — CULTURAL STUDIES/SOCIOLOGY
How are cultural identities formed? As part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Event Series, the Berkshire Community College is screening Empire of Dreams, part of a PBS documentary on Latino history and the Latino experience in the United States. After the screening, Dr. Rouhi of Williams College will lead a presentation and discussion focusing on themes of memory, heritage, and cultural identity. 413-236-2116. 1350 West Street, Room K-111, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 9, 5:30-7:30pm — ART/CULTURAL STUDIES/LITERACY
The Tilton Library presents Henna Art – Connecting Reading, Culture & Art. Henna artist Sara Root Simone will paint a design for you in four sessions in this open house-style event for kids, teens, and adults. We’ll talk about Henna House by Nomi Eve (adults); Secrets of a Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed (teens); and Hanna the Henna Helper by Klaire Pearson (kids). Sign up at either circulation desk. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 9, 6pm — PARENTING/LITERACY
The Odyssey Bookshop is thrilled to host two icons of LGBTQ literature for children — Alex Gino and Leslea Newman — in conversation. Alex Gino’s George tells the story of a transgender fourth grader, a groundbreaking book about trans identity for a children’s book audience never before reached — middle grade. Similarly, Leslea Newman’s picture book Heather Has Two Mommies was instrumental in presenting lesbian relationships and non-heteronormative families to young readers. Please join Alex and Leslea for a reading and discussion of these important texts for young readers that help reflect our wonderfully diverse world. Appropriate for caregivers. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 9, 7:30pm — CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES
Enjoy “A Concert of Indian Classical Music” by Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee, one of India’s premier vocalists, with Pandit Ashis Sengupta, tabla, Shri Sumit Mishra, harmonium. Complimentary chai served at 7 pm. Mt. Holyoke College Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary. 413-538-2306. 47 Morgan Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9:30am-11am – STORYTIME & MUSIC: Families with young children are invited to the Spear Memorial Library every Monday for a “Tales & Tunes” program with Katie Tolles, sponsored by the Community Network for Children. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: 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-7:30pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Monday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – MUSIC: The ukulele is a small stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, that originated in 19th Century Hawaii. The ukulele has enjoyed a revival in recent years that can be attributed to its accessibility, affordability and popularity. Julieann Stepanek wants to inspire budding ukulele players by teaching four monthly classes at Storrs Library. Once a month, through December 28th. Come to one session or all four! Registration required. 413-565-4181. Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm — BOOK CLUB: The Emily Williston Memorial Library invites you to Monday Night Book Club, which meets the fourth Monday of each month (except in May). For adults and/or young adults who are mature readers. 413-527-1031. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, MA (FREE)
  • 7pm – POETRY: Forbes Library holds a poetry discussion group every Monday in the Coolidge Museum. Come discuss the works of famous poets with community members of all backgrounds – lifelong poets and those who are new to reading poetry. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – COMMUNITY SING: Join friends and neighbors at the Westhampton Public Library for a monthly get together of people who love to play music and sing! Bring your instrument(s) and copies of songs you would like to share with the group. Meets the first Monday of the month. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2:30pm — ART/TWEEN/TEEN
Come to the Southwick Public Library for Anime Afternoon. Hang out, talk about comics/Manga, watch episodes, and anything else you want to do. Drawing supplies provided. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 10, 6-7pm — TWEEN/TEEN/CRAFTS
Ever wonder what happens to library books when they can no longer be borrowed? We turn them into crafts! Have you jumped on the mason jar craze yet? Maybe now is the time and the Sunderland Public Library is the place! We’ll be making a variety of crafts from books and mason jars. There will be several sample projects to choose from, including book-page flowers and Minion mason jars, but feel free to use your imagination to create the craft of your dreams. Please sign up in advance. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm-8pm — HEALTH/PLANT STUDIES
As a caregiver, it’s important to manage your health and wellbeing. 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 at “Herbal Approaches to Autoimmune Disorders,” presented by River Valley Co-op. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30pm – THEATER
The Smith College Department of Theatre presents the New Play Readings series this fall, which brings audiences new and developing scripts that have been honored by the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, as well as others, and those written by Smith MFA graduate playwrights. On November 10, hear a reading of Photograph 51, by Anna Ziegler and Kitty Lin ’16. Older students interested in theater will enjoy these readings, which are a unique way to experience theater. Takes place in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Swift River School every Tuesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road, New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday, Community Health Programs of Berkshire County hosts Toddler Steps, a playgroup for children ages 18 months- 3 years with their caregivers. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: 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)
  • 5:15pm-6:45pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every first Tuesday (5:15pm-6:45pm) and third Wednesday (12:30pm-2pm) in Greenfield. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – FILM STUDIES: The Red Gate Farm Film Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to watch and discuss films in the farm’s program building. A homemade dinner is served, with an optional small donation to cover food costs. All ages welcome, but parents should know that PG and PG-13 movies are shown. Anyone in 3rd grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and participants under 17 must have a signed parental/guardian consent form in order to attend. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Library each Tuesday for a game of Scrabble! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 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 11, 2015

Kids have no school on Veterans Day? 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!

Wednesday, November 11, 9:30am-5pm — US HISTORY
To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation’s military history. See how lead musket balls were cast in the Small House. Learn how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years, and see demonstrations of the weapons. Meet the U.S.S. Constitution’s surgeon from the War of 1812. Children can drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia. All active, veteran, and retired members of the military and their families (up to 6 people) receive free admission on Veterans Day. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, November 11, 3pm-4:30pm — CULTURAL STUDIES
Celebrate royally at Amherst Cinema‘s 10th anniversary kickoff. There will be jugglers, music, photo opps with Buckingham Palace guards, and free passes to Family Films. Enjoy cake and tea with Her Majesty Elizabeth II (or her double). Outside, rain or shine. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 11, 4:30pm and 7pm — FILM STUDIES/WORLD HISTORY
In November 2006, the Amherst Cinema opened its doors with The Queen (PG-13, 2006), starring Helen Mirren in an oscar-winning performance. The Cinema kicks off a year-long celebration of its first 10 years with two complimentary screenings of the film, an historical drama that depicts the British royal family’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana in 1997. Tickets at the box office. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 11, 5:30pm-7:00 pm — CULINARY ARTS
Get ready for winter by making and eating a butternut squash soup and a vegetarian chili with Lia Douillet at the Ramsdell Library. Bring a knife and a cutting board. Best for self-directed teens with knife skills/cooking experience. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 11, 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!). Remaining classes in the series will be held 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)

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

  • 8am-10am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Whether you are seeking a nutritious meal to start your day, hoping to make new connections in the community–or both!–everyone is welcome to attend a community breakfast each Wednesday, hosted by Craig’s Doors, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-437-0776. Willie Eaton Social Hall, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12pm – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. Runs through June 30, 2016. May not run on holidays or in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – FIBER ARTS:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple fiber crafts. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Wednesday to watch flax-processing and felted bead-making demonstrations by talented artisans who use traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – STORYTIME Toddlers and their caregivers can come to the Forbes Library for Toddler Time, which includes stories, bubbles and songs with friends every Wednesday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every first Tuesday (5:15pm-6:45pm) and third Wednesday (12:30pm-2pm) in Greenfield. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 3:15pm – 4:15pm – AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
    When you see a piece of art, how deeply do you explore the artist behind the work, and the context in which is was created? Young people can practice asking these questions when they explore pieces of art & the artist that made it during a four-week “After School Art” program at the Bushnell Sage Library. Four sessions on Wednesdays: October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18. Artists explored will be Edward Hopper, Picasso and others. All participants are encouraged to sign up for all four classes. 413-229-7004. Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORY/CRAFT: 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)
  • 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)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Wednesday through Dec 23 at the Cushman LIbrary. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Wednesday knitting circle. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30 pm – LITERACY: How might books be like video games? Head to Sprinfield’s Central Library for Book and Build. Hear a book (or a chapter) then work together to three-dimensionally recreate the scene. Ages 8-12. Runs through November 18. Children’s Program Room. 413-263-6828 x201. Children’s Room, Central Library, 220 State Street Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-6:30pm – STORYTIME: Stories, songs, and movement for children ages 3 to 10 at the East Springfield Library. Runs through November 18. No registration required. Adult must accompany children, siblings welcome. 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Wednesday night. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – FILM STUDIES: New Asia Cinema and Arab Cinema Panorama screen a film as part of their “Fantastic Animals” series every Wednesday at the Flavin Theater School of Management at UMass. Each film deals with the connections between humans and animals around the world. See the Fine Arts Center website for a full schedule and list of films. Runs through December 9, 2015. 413-577-2486. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Creacion Latin Big Band has open practice sessions every first and third Wednesdays. Enjoy salsa, cha cha, mambo, and more, and enjoy food and drink from the beer garden, too. Audience members are invited to dance to their hearts’ content! 413-650-2670. Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 9am-7:30pm — ANIMAL STUDIES
Are you or someone you know a horse-lover? Experience North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering at the 52nd Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition. Tour the Breed Pavilion showcasing dozens of horse breeds from North and South America, Europe, and beyond. Take part in clinics, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations on horse management and training. 740-845-0085. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, November 12, 12:15pm – ART STUDIES
This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is “Music, Poetry, Artists and Fun (A Journey from Petula Clark to Beethoven, with a Stop at an Art Museum).” Richard Mühlberger, former director of the Springfield Art Museums and distinguished author and educator, gives a wide-ranging talk on the critical role of art museums in contemporary society. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, November 12, 12:30-1:30pm — ART/WATERWAYS
Do you care about your rivers? See how art and your words will make positive change as the Connecticut River Watershed Council presents “The Power of Water, The Power of Words.” You can influence how 200 miles of the Connecticut River and its tributaries from Montague, MA, to north of Hanover, NH, will be managed, restored, and improved for us and all the critters who call it home. Add your voice to the growing stream of what will be 1,000 stories built into a massive, inspiring, and influential art exhibition – a river of words! 413-863-3214. Carnegie Public Library, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 4-5pm — LITERACY
Kids in grades 3-5 can join the Jones Library After School Writing Club. Writing materials and snack will be provided. 413-259-3091. Children’s Room. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 4:30pm — ART/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
What will you learn with your own personal guide at the Williams College Museum of Art? Walk through the galleries with a Williams student and discuss highlights of the collection during “Student Guides in the Galleries.” 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 5-6pm and 6-7pm — SPORTS
Test your skill and reflexes with a game of Laser Tag at the Sunderland Public Library. There will be two sessions: from 5-6pm for grades 2-4 and from 6-7pm for grades 5-8. Please sign up in advance. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 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 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm — ENTREPRENEURSHIP/TEEN
Are you a teen who wants to start a business? Do you have a big idea you want to make reality? Learn how when the Springfield City Library presents “Entrepreneurial Dreams: First Steps.” New entrepreneurs will “pitch” their ideas to members of Valley Venture Mentors and receive noncritical feedback. This is “Shark Tank” — with a heart! Pizza and refreshments will be served. Registration recommended. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8pm — CULTURAL STUDIES
Join Bill Pfeiffer, author of Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture, for a lively and informative talk, and learn about Earth-honoring cultures. Through tapping into ancestral memories, taking what’s best from the human potential movement, and collaborating with present-day indigenous peoples, we can find our way home. Practicing the key ingredients of a lasting culture is an ecstatic way to live. Pre-registration required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 7pm — THEATER/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Simon’s Rock Theatre Program Presents The Skin of Our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical play by Thornton Wilder that takes the audience on a wild and raucous tour of humanity through the ages. From wooly mammoths to an Atlantic City beauty contest to the aftermath of global war, extinction and survival race to the finish in a joyous, inspiring, and spectacular celebration of people’s resilience. 413-644-4400. Daniel Arts Center. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 7pm — MEDITATION
Matthew Raider, MD presents the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve our physical, mental, and spiritual health at the Jones Library. This evening will offer the opportunity to learn and practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, and promote inner growth. Suitable for life-long learners and self-directed teens interested in mindfulness & psychology. Woodbury Room. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm — THEATER/HISTORY
Experience Little Women, the classic tale of 19th-century family life in Civil War America, like never before! Based on the timeless novel by Louisa May Alcott, this glorious musical for all ages follows the adventures of aspiring author Jo March and her sisters on a journey of personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. Presented by Bay Path University. Bring non-perishable food items to Rachel’s Table (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield) at least one hour before the performance and mention Little Women to receive a voucher for one complimentary ticket per household. 413-565-1307. 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. ($)

Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: As part of their Thursday Night Jazz Series, CityStage presents a performance by June Bisantz. Hear her unique style of vocal jazz at this fun concert. Tickets available in advance. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street, Springfield, 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)
  • 6pm – GAME CLUB: Get together to play an assortment of games including board games, standard card games, trading card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games at the Westhampton Public Library each Thursday. Open to all but focused on ages 13 and up. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-12 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. North Adams Library, 4th Floor. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – GAMES: There will be a family game night the third Thursday of each month at Montague Common Hall. Spend quality time playing games with family and friends. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (FREE/DONATION)
  • 6:30pm – TRIVIA: Is your mind brimming with all sorts of facts and figures? On the first Thursday of every month, the Jones Library will host a trivia night where you can put this knowledge to a fun use! Individuals may form teams ahead of time or meet up with others at the event and create teams on the spot (no more than 5 members per team). Prizes and refreshments will be shared. Intended for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $; SUGGESTED DONATION)
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Thursday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – TRIVIA: Display your trivia knowledge the first Thursday of each month at the Jones Library‘s trivia night! There will be two rounds of 15 questions and you can either come with a team or form one at the library (teams must be smaller than 5). There will also be prizes and refreshments. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION $)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • Time TBD — COMMUNITY BUILDING: Are you a Montague resident who would like to connect with your neighbors to discuss creative ideas? Are you a thinker, feeler, maker or do-er? The Montague Common Hall is accepting proposals for a future monthly program, called Think Tank Thursdays, during which 1 or 2 local experts talk about their passion. If you are an expert, or an amateur expert in some fascinating, strange, or esoteric field, and want to tell people all about it and answer questions in a friendly, informal setting, get in touch! Contact: hannahMCH@doktorwise.com. 34 Main St., Montague, MA (FREE)

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday, November 13, 9-5pm — REGIONAL HISTORY/ART
Historic Deerfield presents “Yankee Ingenuity and New England Decorative Arts, 1790-1840,” an in-depth examination of the decorative arts of New England’s inventors, merchants, and peddlers during the late-18th and early-19th centuries. 413-775-7179. 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Friday, November 13, 9am-7:30pm — ANIMAL STUDIES
Are you or someone you know a horse-lover? Experience North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering at the 52nd Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition. Tour the Breed Pavilion showcasing dozens of horse breeds from North and South America, Europe, and beyond. Take part in clinics, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations on horse management and training. 740-845-0085. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, November 13, 10am-3pm — ART/GEOMETRY/HOLIDAYS
Create dazzling handmade ornaments using origami paper-folding techniques at the Origami Holiday Ornaments workshop. Make at least four unique pieces based on geometric origami models to use as festive ornaments, for gifts, or for just plain fun. Geared for novice folders but suggested for adults and older teens. Expect to work at a steady but relaxed pace. Bring a brown bag lunch. All materials provided. 800-625-7738. George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($$-$$$)

Friday, November 13, 5:30-6:30pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Come for the Trustees of Reservations‘ season-finale evening trail ride at Mount Warner. The rolling terrain makes Mount Warner an interesting and fun destination for riders of varied abilities. 413-532-1631 x10. Mount Warner Road, Hadley, MA. (<$)

Friday, November 13, 7pm — THEATER/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Simon’s Rock Theatre Program Presents The Skin of Our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical play by Thornton Wilder that takes the audience on a wild and raucous tour of humanity through the ages. From wooly mammoths to an Atlantic City beauty contest to the aftermath of global war, extinction and survival race to the finish in a joyous, inspiring, and spectacular celebration of people’s resilience. 413-644-4400. Daniel Arts Center. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 13, 7pm-9pm — FAMILY CONCERT/NATURAL HISTORY
Each month, the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center hosts an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. This month, Sarah Pirtle and friends present “Outbreak of Peace,” songs and stories for peace. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, November 13, 7pm-9 pm — WORLD HISTORY/GAMES
What board games did people play during the Renaissance? Come find out, while you enjoy light snacks and maybe win a door prize, at this family-friendly event sponsored by the UMass Renaissance Center Reading Group. Appropriate for all ages. 413-577-3603. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 13, 7:30pm — THEATER/HISTORY
Experience Little Women, the classic tale of 19th-century family life in Civil War America, like never before! Based on the timeless novel by Louisa May Alcott, this glorious musical for all ages follows the adventures of aspiring author Jo March and her sisters on a journey of personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. Presented by Bay Path University. Bring non-perishable food items to Rachel’s Table (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield) at least one hour before the performance and mention Little Women to receive a voucher for one complimentary ticket per household.
413-565-1307. 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. ($)

Friday, November 13, 8pm — THEATER
“This is what happened, the strange thing that happened, to two weary hunters who lost their way……” When Tommy and Jeff stumble into a quaint Scottish village that doesn’t seem to be marked on their map, they are invited to be guests at a wedding, and perhaps much more. In their first foray into the classics of American musical theatre, Valley Light Opera presents Brigadoon. With sumptuous costumes and scenery, a full orchestra, and a talented cast, this will be a production you won’t want to miss. 413-584-9032 ext.105. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, November 13, 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’s final run is November 13th-15th. 413-233-4368. Katherine Sloan Theater, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA. ($)

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

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

TBA – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under each Friday. Explore and connect with others, and learn from guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in time at the Haskins Center every Friday. Come play and make friends every week. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Incorporate much-needed physical activity into your child’s day by participating in Skip & Dip, a high-energy playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. This group, which meets on Fridays, starts with an hour of playtime in the gym with assorted toys and equipment, followed by an hour of swimming in the pool. 413-644-0104. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Wednesday at Edwards Library. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – MUSIC & PLAYGROUP: Children ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Mason Library‘s Sing N Play group every Friday. Please register in advance for one 4-week session. New sessions begin each month. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART/MUSIC Toddlers ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Ramsdell Library every Friday for the “Time for Tots” group. This hour of fun will include stories, songs, art, and movement. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The East Forest Park Library offers infants (birth) – 3 year olds for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. Runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 20. Adult must accompany children, siblings welcome. No registration required. 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool Story Time on the first Friday of every month through the end of June at the Cushman Library. Stories, coloring, crafts, songs, activities, snacks, and more. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – STORYTIME: The Sunderland Public Library’s Head of Youth Services, Kelly Daniels Baker, invites children ages 3-5 and their families to a preschool storytime. Includes stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program every Friday that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11:00-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about a number of unique facets of local history at the Amherst Historical Society & Museum‘s History Bites lunchtime lecture series. On selected Fridays through December 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)
  • 4-8pm — ART/ART STUDIES: Experience hands-on art-making for all ages as part of Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art. Come with Open Eyes and join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Light refreshments. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The first Friday of each month, First Friday Greenfield takes place downtown. Stores and restaurants will be open late, and there will be music, activities, art shows, and more. Support local businesses and explore everything Greenfield has to offer at this fun monthly event. Downtown. Greenfield, MA.
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night every Friday! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Have you ever learned about an eclipse, comet, meteor shower, or other celestial event after it happened? Don’t miss out on another one! The “Stars over Springfield” observatory series invites the public to learn about and enjoy the night sky with the help of the Springfield Science Museum‘s large rooftop telescope on the first Friday of every month. There will be a short talk on an astronomy-related topic, followed by opportunities to view celestial objects of interest. These programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and up, although younger children are also welcome. In case of clouds or rain, a planetarium show will replace the outdoor viewing. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-263-6800 x 318. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)+
  • 8pm – TALENT SHOW: The first Friday of every month, the Valley Talent Showcase takes place at Gateway City Arts. Come watch local bands, musicians, dancers, and more perform on stage, or sign up to participate and gain experience performing onstage for an audience. This is a great chance to see some talented local groups perform or to get your name out there. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (< $)
  • 8pm-9pm – ASTRONOMY: Autumn nights offer wonderful skywatching, and with the help of Williams College students and their Zeiss Skymaster planetarium projector, folks can really be treated to a wonderfully informative and awe-inspiring tour of the night sky and astronomical phenomena. This planetarium program will be held most Friday evenings through December 4, 2015. Reservations are recommended. 413-597-2188. Hopkins Observatory, 829 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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

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