Suggested Events for November 14th-20th, 2015

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Nov 14

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

Nov 21

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 21st in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the marionette performance by their Early Childhood teachers. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 21st. 10:00am – 4:00pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Nov 21 – Mar 12

Get your kids skating & playing: Amherst Hockey Association‘s popular on-ice Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs run Nov 21-March 12 for ages 4-8, with a new All-Girls Learn to Play team option. Learn to Skate is Saturdays from 1-2:20; Learn to Play is Saturdays 2:30-3:50 with mini-games on Sundays beginning in December. Girls’ House Team for ages 9-15 begins Nov 19 through mid-March with two practices per week plus additional, optional on- and off-ice events with their Girls’ Division. The focus is fun! Parents can watch their kids skate with confidence in the Mullins Community Rink at UMass, the warmest rink in Western Massachusetts. Amherst Hockey Association www.amhersthockey.org or Dan Feldman at mbedan@comcast.net for more info.

Dec 12

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 12th at 4pm at Bowker Auditorium, UMass, in Amherst. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $8-$18. Information can be found at http://www.ACelticNutcracker.com

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 8 years!

Saturday, November 14, 9-11am — VOLUNTEERING/SOCIAL JUSTICE
Volunteering together as a family encourages quality time, increases communication, and provides opportunities for family members to be role models. In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts invites families to attend a series of monthly volunteer sessions where they will help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take action to help fight hunger. This month’s theme is “Giving at Thanksgiving.” Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. 413-247-9738 x135. 97 N Hatfield Rd, Hatfield, MA. (FREE) – Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden

Saturday, November 14, 9am-12pm — GARDENING/TWEENS/TEENS
Plant a windowsill herb garden to have fresh herbs at your fingertips through the winter at the “Herb Garden Workshop” at Wistariahurst Museum. Then, spend the cold months trying out new recipes with your harvest. Each participant will leave with a planted herb garden. Materials provided. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, November 14, 9am-12:30pm — VOLUNTEERISM/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Join the Trustees of Reservations for Notchview Fall Work Day. Head for the fresh mountain air and help care for this New England winter recreation destination. Clearing the trails creates the essential base for great Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Bring gloves, water, and snacks. 413-532-1631 x19. Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 9am-3pm — TWEENS/TEENS
Amherst Splash! is a one-day program in which college students lead fun classes for middle and high school students. If you want to learn anything from mask-making to a cappella or zumba, Splash! is for you! Converse Hall, Amherst College, 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 14, 9:30am-4pm — GEOLOGY/PALEONTOLOGY/COLLECTING
What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral? Find out at the 19th Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show & Sale, sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Institute. See rocks and minerals, gemstones and fossils, jewelry and fine art! View (and possibly purchase) specimens from around the world. Featured speakers, demonstrations, activities for kids, and videos, posters and books for sale. Also featuring the Jurassic Roadshow, where you can talk to professional paleontologists and knowledgeable amateurs and see and touch a range of local trace fossils, from dinosaur tracks to insect trails, mud cracks to raindrop impressions. 413-775-1671. Core Dining Commons, Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 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. ($$$)

Saturday, November 14, 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. ($$)

Saturday, November 14, 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 14, 10am — FAMILY MOVIE
Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, as the Amherst Cinema presents The Secret of Kells (Not Rated, 2009), a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 14, 10-11am — GEOLOGY
Animal, vegetable, or mineral? Learn all about minerals at the Westfield Athenaeum. Boys and Girls Library Activity Room. 413 568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-12pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/WATERWAYS
The Mill River Greenway Initiative offers a walk to the 1874 Williamsburg Dam Disaster Site led by Eric Weber, Williamsburg historian. Limited to 20 participants. Pre-registered participants will receive information on the meeting place and other important details. 413-268-2170. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-12:30pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/MEDICINE
Be a “Doctor for a Day” at the Springfield Museums. Wear a lab coat, and use a stethoscope; learn about the heart, how to take a pulse, and how to read x-rays! Go through the “hospital” and help diagnose and cure “patients,” and even perform “surgery!” Discuss common illnesses and the amazing body’s natural defenses. Appropriate for ages 7-10. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-4pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
Fall Chrysanthemum Show at Smith Offers Community-Based Learning: 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’s display highlights 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 20. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-4pm — ART STUDIES/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Make your own glass ornament at the Snow Farm. No advance sign up necessary. Check in at the Hot Shop when you arrive to be placed on the list, do a little shopping or have lunch, then come back to the shop when it’s your turn. No experience necessary; ages 8 and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road, Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-5pm — ART/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Talk with distinguished artists about their work, and find local, hand-crafted treasures for yourself and those you love at the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale. Over 50 fine crafters and artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers, open their studios to show off their best work. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse, and repurpose found objects, there is something for everyone. Live entertainment and catered cuisine available. 413-348-7503. 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 14, 10am-5pm — ART/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop local and handmade, tour studios, and learn about the work of artisans from the craftspeople themselves on the Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour. The tour showcases 18 artists and craftspeople who live and work in Colrain. They welcome you into their workplaces to learn about their work and see what inspires them. See website for brochure and map. 413-624-3204. Various locations, Colrain, MA. (MARKET/SALE).

Saturday, November 14, 10:30-11:30am — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/ENGINEERING
Come to the Sunderland Public Library for LEGO Club! The program allows children to explore the wonderful world of LEGOs with other interested children. A different theme is picked each session, and kids can build on that theme or build a creation of their own. After each club meeting, kids can put their LEGO creations on display at the Library for all to see until the next club. This program is geared for elementary school children (with an adult) but is open to kids of all ages. The LEGO Club will continue to meet every other Saturday. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 11am-12pm — SCIENCE STUDIES
Explore the world of bubbles with a story and a project at “Bubble Mania” at the Gaylord Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 11am-12:30pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/ENGINEERING
M.N. Spear Memorial Library LEGO Lady Jean Daley will bring thousands of LEGOs to the Town Hall; you bring your imagination. 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 1pm — ANIMAL STUDIES
Come to the Sunderland Public Library for some Wolf Talk! This program clarifies many misconceptions about one of the most valued endangered species. You’ll learn all about these surprisingly friendly creatures, including their eating habits, pack structure, history, and the different wolf populations around the world. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14. 1pm — NATURE STUDIES/SONG & HIKE
Singing to the Land, a family event at Arcadia Nature Center with Sarah Pirtle! Sarah will share songs about trees, seasons and fun in the Nature Center building first, and then hike with the group to repeat the songs in special spots along the trails. (One song involves scuffling in leaves!) Hke length will depend upon the weather, going out even briefly rain or shine. Dress accordingly. Call to register: 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 1-3pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART
Explore the Mead Art Museum in an exciting new way during the family workshop, “Local Colors.” Organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries,” the workshop will include interactive, close-looking activities, sketching, crafts, and more. Early registration encouraged. Appropriate for ages 8–12. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 1-4pm — STEM/ART
Artbotics is a program that has been designed to introduce students to art, computer science, and robotics, by creating interactive, kinetic sculptures. Join Holyoke Codes to learn how to build and program interactive robots using LEGO EV3 and WeDo robotics kits. You will learn how to build mechanisms with motors and gears to bring your creations to life and how to program your artbot to respond to interactions with people using sensors. For ages 7 and up. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 1:30pm — MEDICINE/WORLD HISTORY
Dr. Andrew Lam, a retinal surgeon at Baystate Medical Center and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, will discuss his recently published books, Saving Sight and Two Sons of China, at the Sixteen Acres Branch of the Springfield City Library. In Saving Sight, he takes readers into the operating room, revealing the stress and joy of a job that enables him to turn darkness into light, and in which failure can mean blindness. Two Sons of China is an historical novel from a forgotten theater of World War II. The book centers on an unlikely friendship between an American soldier and a Chinese Communist guerilla fighter, who, despite their deeply held, clashing convictions, form a bond of brotherhood in battle. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 2pm — THEATER/LITERACY
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present Picture Book Theatre featuring Eric Carle’s “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth and Rooster’s Off To See The World. Directed by founder Therese Brady Donohue, Picture Book Theatre is now in its 10th season and is known for adapting picture books into puppets and dance productions suitable for all ages, especially the very young. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 14, 2pm — PHYSICS/PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Hallock, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts, will present “Light: Capturing the Elusive,” a talk about the nature of light–what it is and where it comes from–and how the eye sees it at the Historic Northampton Museum. Hallock, who is also a photographer, will trace our desire to capture the images we fleetingly see, from drawings unaided or aided by simple tools to today’s more modern methods. Some of these are analogous to the eye, while others are quite different. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 14, 4pm and 7:30pm — THEATER
Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity, Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England’s throne. Richard III is Shakespeare’s chronicle of Richard’s machinations to be king, a tale of murder upon murder. Richard engages in formidable confrontations with a large cast of characters, almost all of them caught up in the terrible struggle for power that dominates the play, presented by The Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. Trinity Church Chapel, 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 14, 4:30pm — LITERACY/PARENTING
Do you love picture books? Do you read them with the wonderful young people in your life, professionally or personally? Do you wish you had a better idea of how to make the reading experience more engaging for you and your listener? If so, then please join the Odyssey Bookshop in welcoming Megan Dowd Lambert to discuss her new book, Reading Picture Books with Children and her Whole Book Approach to storytime. Megan, who has years of experience teaching at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and as a senior lecturer at Simmons College, will demonstrate how we, as adults, can make the story time experience more inclusive and interactive for the child we’re reading with. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 14, 7pm – TALENT SHOW
Come see the finalists at the 3rd Annual Palmer Historical and Cultural Center Talent Show. Community members of all ages will perform their different talents – this event is a great showcase of local talent! All proceeds benefit the Palmer HCC. Tickets available in advance. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 14, 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)

Saturday, November 14, 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, the touching message at the center of this story comes alive through joyful melodies and memorable characters stepping back in time and experience family life as it was in 19th century Civil War America. 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. ($)

Saturday, November 14, 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 14, 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. ($)

Saturday, November 14, 8pm — THEATRE
When scheming producer Max Bialystock and his timid accountant Leo Bloom aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway, they certainly didn’t expect it to become a smash hit! The antics of these two memorable characters takes center stage in The Producers, a hilarious musical that’s been deemed “gloriously offensive.” See for yourself how the power of satire can transform sensitive subject matter into side-splitting laughter! This production is presented by J-Art at the Springfield Jewish Community Center. 413-739-4715 x 332. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

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Sunday, November 15, 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 15, 9am-12pm — NATURE STUDIES
One of the first features we notice about trees are their leaves, which are great tools for identifying different species. What happens, then, when the leaves drop and we’re left with bark, bare crowns and canopies, and, perhaps, some buds? Learn how to identify local trees using these features on a hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas at Notchview, a Trustees of Reservations property. In addition to learning how to identify trees, participants will learn about factors that affect tree health, such as available space, light, soil quality, and insect pests. 413-532-1631 x 10. Notchview Visitor Center, Route 9, Windsor, MA. (FREE for children; < $ for adults)

Sunday, November 15, 9am-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. ($$$)

Sunday, November 15, 9am-5pm — 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. ($$)

Sunday, November 15, 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 15, 10am-4pm — ART STUDIES/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Make your own glass ornament at the Snow Farm. No advance sign up necessary. Check in at the Hot Shop when you arrive to be placed on the list, do a little shopping or have lunch, then come back to the shop when it’s your turn. No experience necessary; ages 8 and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road, Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 15, 10am-4pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LOCAL HISTORY/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 15, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
Fall Chrysanthemum Show at Smith Offers Community-Based Learning: 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’s display highlights 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 20. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Sunday, November 15, 10am-5pm — ART/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Talk with distinguished artists about their work, and find local, hand-crafted treasures for yourself and those you love at the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale. Over 50 fine crafters and artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers, open their studios to show off their best work. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse, and repurpose found objects, there is something for everyone. Live entertainment and catered cuisine available. 413-348-7503. 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, November 15, 12:55pm — DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Bolshoi Ballet in HD continues at Amherst Cinema with Jewels, an opulent triptych celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York, and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. Music by Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds), with choreography by George Balanchine. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 15, 1-3pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Join John Body and Kestrel Land Trust for “The Secrets of the Sawmill Hills,” and explore this fascinating place in Northampton named for the extensive logging that was done in centuries past. Now the forest has come back and this rich and rocky landscape is prime wildlife habitat. Some steep climbs. RSVP to learn the meeting location. Maximum of 20 participants. Heavy rain or snow cancels. 413-549-1097. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 15, 2pm — 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, the touching message at the center of this story comes alive through joyful melodies and memorable characters stepping back in time and experience family life as it was in 19th century Civil War America. 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. ($)

Sunday, November 15, 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 15, 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. Don’t miss this final performance in the run! 413-233-4368. Katherine Sloan Theater, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 15, 2-4pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GEOLOGY/PHOTOGRAPHY
Hike the boulder-strewn trails of Monument Mountain with a geologist and a photographer as part of the workshop “Art & Science of Nature: Mountain Magic, You and Your Camera,” sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Learn about the geologic history of this remarkable spot and how to capture the beauty of the glowing rocks and bare trees in the afternoon light of autumn. Appropriate for ages 14 and up; advance registration required. 413-298-3239 x3013. Monument Mountain, Route 7, Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, November 15, 2-5:30pm — PARENTING/TEENS
The Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition presents, “Motivational Interviewing for Parents of Teens,” a workshop with John Brelsford, PhD, a local therapist with years of experience in using Motivational Interviewing as a technique. This interactive, hands-on, skill-building workshop will teach parents the basics of a different way to talk with your teens about difficult subjects (or anything else!). It is non-adversarial and non-confrontational. 413-207-5725. 1 Treehouse Circle (off Park Street), Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 15, 3pm — THEATRE
When scheming producer Max Bialystock and his timid accountant Leo Bloom aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway, they certainly didn’t expect it to become a smash hit! The antics of these two memorable characters takes center stage in The Producers, a hilarious musical that’s been deemed “gloriously offensive.” See for yourself how the power of satire can transform sensitive subject matter into side-splitting laughter! This production is presented by J-Art at the Springfield Jewish Community Center. 413-739-4715 x 332. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 15, 4pm — MUSIC
The Mt. Holyoke College Department of Music presents Mount Holyoke College Faculty Baroque, directed by Robert Eisenstein, with special guest Indira Peterson. Bach, Handel, and Karnatic and Western Music at the court of King Serfoji II. 413-538-2306. McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 15, 6:30pm — THEATER
Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity, Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England’s throne. Richard III is Shakespeare’s chronicle of Richard’s machinations to be king, a tale of murder upon murder. Richard engages in formidable confrontations with a large cast of characters, almost all of them caught up in the terrible struggle for power that dominates the play, presented by The Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. Trinity Church Chapel, 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. ($$)

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, November 16, 6-7:30pm — PARENTING
Join other parents in informal conversation to share experiences, support each other through the challenges we all face, and talk (and laugh?) about the ups and downs of parenting, while you enjoy a free meal, at the “Parent Cafe,” sponsored by the Collaborative for Educational Services and held at the Belchertown Family Center. For parents of children ages birth-8. Pre-register for free childcare. 413-570-3061. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 16, 6-7:30 pm — PARENTING
Could you use some strategies for introducing new foods, maintaining a healthy diet, and avoiding mealtime battles? If so, join the Collaborative for Educational Services at the South Hadley Public Library for “Small Victories! Getting Kids to Like Vegetables.” We’ll look at portion size and talk about how much to push your child to eat foods s/he doesn’t want. Come have fun (really!) while learning to avoid tears at mealtime. Pre-register for free childcare. 413.570.3061. 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 16, 6-7:30pm — WRITING/FAMILY DYNAMICS
“Where the Heart Is: What It Means to Be Home” will be the final installment of the fall historical lecture series at Wistariahurst Museum. This interactive workshop invites participants to share, write, and develop their own reflections on what it means to be home and what it means to be a family. Renee Denenfeld will facilitate by sharing readings, providing prompts, and creating an atmosphere for participants to build community that can last beyond the evening. All experience and ability levels welcome. Appropriate for self-directed teens. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, November 16, 6:30pm — WORLD HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES
T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and National Book Award Winner Carlos Eire will present “Still Waiting for Snow in Havana: A Brief History of Cuba” at the Storrs Library. Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and fled to the United States at age 11, as one of 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children airlifted by Operation Peter Pan. He will share an overview of Cuba’s distinguishing features, interspersed with personal recollections and observations. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, 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 17, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2:30pm — WRITING/TEENS
What is Nanowrimo? National Novel Writing Month, in which participants challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Think you’ve got it in you? Give it a try! Whether you’re Nanowrimo-ing it up or just love to write, stop by the Southwick Public Library! We will have an hour of writing activities and prompts to get the creativity going or you can spend the time working on something you already have in progress. You are welcome to share your work. Snacks will be provided. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 3:15pm — ART/COMMERCIAL-FREE PLAY
Come make a fun bead project at the Westhampton Public Library! Projects will include fuse beads, bead bracelets, and animal clips. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 3:30-4:30pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/STEM
Plan, create, and build Lego masterpieces with a friend, in a group, or independently at LEGO Club at the Meekins Library. Second and fourth Thursday of the month. 413-268-7472. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 4-5pm — COMPUTERS
Come to the Jones Library to assemble color-coded circuit boards and create sophisticated electronics in the littleBits™ Building Club. Ages 8 and up. 413-259-3090. Crafts Room, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 4:30-7pm — COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Caregivers and older teens can learn about the work of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 5:30-7:30pm — STEM/ART
Learn to draw in 3D as Holyoke Codes presents a workshop on Sketchup. There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: it doesn’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate, and paint to make anything you like. For ages 10 and up. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30-8pm — ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP/CULTURAL STUDIES
What is “green burial”? Get the answer to this question and more at a presentation by Green Burial Massachusetts at the Dickinson Memorial Library. This talk, the finale of the Fall Death Series, covers the topics of natural burial, conservation cemeteries, the more general home funeral movement, and the possibility of Massachusetts’ first green cemetery. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street, Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 17, 7pm — ART HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES
Local author Jeannine Atkins presents “Paintings Hung in Parlors,” an illustrated talk at the Jones Library about American women artists who worked in Paris in the nineteenth century. One of these was May Alcott, the main character in Atkins’ recent novel, Little Woman in Blue. Alcott was one of many women who took art classes in Boston after the Civil War, then painted in Paris. This illustrated talk will feature May and other women whose work never found its way to museum walls, as well as one who did: Mary Cassatt, May’s American friend in Paris. It will also address the relationship between May and her famous sister, Louisa, who wrote Little Women. 413-259-3223. Woodbury Room, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, 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 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
Fall Chrysanthemum Show at Smith Offers Community-Based Learning: 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’s display highlights 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 20. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, November 18, 11am-12pm — STORYTIME
“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, READ to grow.” (Lawrence Clark Powell) Come grow with us at the Tilton Library! For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 12:30pm-1pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 5:30pm-7pm — CULINARY ARTS
Do you or someone you know have food allergies? Are you interested in creating foods that are safe and accessible for a wider range of people? Learn substitutions for dairy, eggs, and gluten, and make a delicious tofu ricotta at “Vegetarian Cooking with Lia Douillet: Food Allergies & Substitutions,” hosted by the Mason Library. Participants are asked to bring a cutting board and knife. Pre-registration requested. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm — FILM/EDUCATION/VALUES
Bay Path University presents Beyond Measure,the sequel to the acclaimed Race to Nowhere, by director/producer Vicki Abeles. The film lays bare the striking evidence that America’s obsessive achievement culture is making our children sicker, not smarter. Front and center are promising solutions — the stories of courageous communities around the country who are working together to break free from achieve-at-all-costs expectations. With in-depth research, personal anecdotes, and a dose of common sense, the film shows communities how to realize their collective power to change the system to better reflect our true values: health, happiness, and genuine learning for our children. 800-782-7284. Mills Theatre, Carr Hall, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm — PARENTING/MEDICINE
With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? The Mama Sherpas,
Midwives Across America
, at the Academy of Music, examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice, where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the nurse-midwives featured in the film. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm — LOCAL FAUNA/STEM
Did you know there are more than 1,000 moose in Massachusetts? Come to the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center to find out about them at “Moose: Life History, Ecology and Current Research.” Dr. Stephen DeStefano, one of the foremost experts on moose in the Northeast, will share current research focusing on habitat use, movements, and the status of moose in southern New England. He will also discuss how he and his graduate students tag moose and use high-tech equipment to monitor their movements. For ages 12 and older. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm-8:30pm — FILM STUDIES & DANCE
Ballet Boys (NR, 2014) takes viewers through the disappointments, victories, forging of friendships, first loves, doubt, and faith in a timeless story of finding one’s own way in the world of ballet. This Norwegian documentary, a part of the Ramsdell Library‘s Creative Film Series, highlights the personal stories of three male ballet dancers over the course of the first four years of their careers. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 18, 7:30pm — WORLD MUSIC/DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Experience the mesmerizing “Fan Dance” and “Drums of Ecstasy” as Sounds of Korea: Percussion and Dance appears at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Under the direction of Sue Yeon Park, noted master artist and recent recipient of the NEA National Fellowship Heritage Award, this traditional performance group presents a range of styles and settings, from classical court music and dance traditions, to theatrical masked dances and solo instrumental folk genres. Using a wide variety of percussion and wind instruments, including the prominent kayagum, their beautifully crafted instruments and colorful costumes play an integral role in their stunning productions. 413-545-2511. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA ($$)

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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 19, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 9:301m-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY & SEASONAL STUDIES
The autumn harvest has begun! Homeschoolers are invited to immerse themselves in autumn traditions, crafts, and other activities at Old Sturbridge Village for a special day of learning. Participants may walk the trails, attend performances and demonstrations, and visit with costumed interpreters among the Village’s 40 original New England buildings. There will be many opportunities for hands-on learning experiences, such as stenciling, cider pressing, woodworking, and more. Pre-registration recommended. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($; additional fees for studio activities)

Thursday, November 19, 10am-2pm — PARENTING/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Join other community members for the annual Northampton Prevention Coalition Retreat. There will be a morning review and state-of-the-coalition and three afternoon break-out sessions focusing on strategies to prevent youth alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse. 413-587-1366. Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 12:15pm — TRAVEL/CULTURAL STUDIES
This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is “Norway: More than Vikings and Fjords.” Amy S. Dane, global traveler, lecturer, and photographer, explores the art, history, music, and natural beauty of Norway. Visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). 413-263-6800, ext. 488. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, November 19, 12:20pm-12:50pm — ART
betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985/92, an art exhibition currently on view at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, invites viewers to explore Pfaff’s signature installations, which are known for their explosive array of forms and colors. Learn more about the pieces in this collection, and explore the notion of what it means to be an object at rest, in a gallery talk with museum director John Stomberg. 413-538-2245. Lower Lake Road, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 2pm — LOCAL HISTORY/THEOLOGY
Jonathan Edwards was a preacher, philosopher, and theologian who lived in 18th-century Northampton. Learn more about the man and his mark on religion and history from Local History & Genealogy Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley as part of the “Cookies with a Curator” series at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum in Forbes Library. 413-587-1014. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 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 19, 6pm — THEATRE
When scheming producer Max Bialystock and his timid accountant Leo Bloom aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway, they certainly didn’t expect it to become a smash hit! The antics of these two memorable characters takes center stage in The Producers, a hilarious musical that’s been deemed “gloriously offensive.” See for yourself how the power of satire can transform sensitive subject matter into side-splitting laughter! This production is presented by J-Art at the Springfield Jewish Community Center. 413-739-4715 x 332. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, November 19, 6-7pm — PARENTING/NEUROLOGY
YOU are your child’s first brain architect! ​ ​Did you know that brain building happens every time and every place your child is nurtured and engaged? Join the Collaborative for Educational Services as we look at ideas for brain building that are EASY to do and will help lay the foundation for your child’s lifetime of success. We’ll also look at: how, exactly, the brain develops; how to help your child make positive brain connections; events that can interfere with healthy development; and activities to promote your child’s healthy growth​​. For parents of children birth-5. 413-586-4900 x5568. Palmer/Monson Family Network, 4 Springfield Street, Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 6-7:30pm — PARENTING/NEUROLOGY
Ever wonder why your child (or spouse!) behaves the way he or she does? It’s all about how the brain and environment interact. Learn how sensory processing, play, and parenting help grow your child’s developing brain in “Taking It All In: Sensory Processing and the Young Child,” presented by the Collaborative for Educational Services at the Granby Free Public Library. Discover ways to help when things aren’t going smoothly. For parents of children birth-5. 413-586-4900 x5568. 297 East State Street, Granby, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 19, 7pm — MUSIC/HISTORY/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Dan Gabel and The Abletones Combo, featuring vocalist Elise Roth, perform authentic Music of the 1930s and 40s at the Palmer Historical & Cultural Center. Dan Gabel, considered an expert on jazz, big bands, and the Great American Songbook, will present an evening of history, music, and dancing. Come learn about the composers in this original American art form, and listen and dance to the music performed by some of the best musicians in New England. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, 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 20, 2015

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

Friday, November 20, 10:30am — STORYTIME
Learn about Thanksgiving at “Family Frolic Storytime” at the Gaylord Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 20, 1-2pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LITERACY
Join us for “Let’s Talk Turkey! A Story Hour for Young Children,” at the Great Falls Discovery Center. We’ll go on a special turkey scavenger hunt on the center grounds and in the museum, where we will hunt and peck for clues—with stories and crafts—all about our favorite fall bird. For ages 3–6 years old. Siblings and friends welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 20, 6-7pm — CULINARY ARTS/TEENS/TWEENS
Maybe Sushi isn’t your thing, but have you tried Candy Sushi? The Sunderland Public Library is hosting a free Candy Sushi-making class for teens and tweens. We will show you how to make a variety of candy sushi using all of your favorite candies and will also offer banana sushi for a healthier option. Please sign up in advance. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 20, 7-9pm — PHYSICS/TWEEN
A2Z is bringing back our Dog Bite Yo-Yo Club Skill Toy Night and hosting it at the Eastworks building! Whether you throw yo-yos, juggle, spin diabolos, or speed cube, this is a great place to come and share the joy of skilled activity with other people in our area. 413-586-1611. 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 20, 8pm — WORLD MUSIC/DANCE
The Mt. Holyoke College Department of Music presents the Five-College West African Music Ensemble. Directed by Faith Conant, the Ensemble will perform selections of traditional music from southern Togo, Ghana, and Benin. Famed Ghanaian dancer Nani Agbeli, drummer Saeed Abbas, and other guests will join us for a Kpanlogo dance demonstration and lesson– don’t miss it! Children always welcome. 413-538-2306. McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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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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