Suggested Events for November 21st-27th, 2015

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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

Art Supporting Music — The annual Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to the Franklin County Technical School (82 Industrial Blvd) in Turners Falls on Saturday, November 21 from 9am-3:30pm. This juried craft fair features over 65 artists & craftspeople from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, presenting their unique handcrafted products. All proceeds from this event benefit FCTS Music and award-winning FCTS Renegades Drumline. Support the annual FCTS food drive – bring 2 canned goods to donate to the food drive and receive a ticket to a raffle drawing. Help make this the biggest food drive ever! Admission is free, plenty of free parking, and completely ADA accessible. Lunch and baked goods available, prepared by FCTS culinary students.

Nov 21, 27 & 28

See Eric Carle books come to life in Amherst at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Picture Book Theatre presents: Rooster’s Off to See The World and “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said The Sloth. Featuring a talented cast of young dancers from Amherst Ballet, Picture Book Theatre features costumes, large puppets, and stick puppets, all in the style of Carle’s vibrant illustrations. The 45-minute performances will take place at the following times: November 21 at 2pm, November 27 & 28 at 2pm & 3pm. Tickets are $6 and can be reserved in advance by calling The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 413-658-1126. Museum admission is not required to see the performance. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for details.

Nov 22

The Shelburne Falls Autumn Market will take place on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School on Mechanic Street in Shelburne Falls from 11am-4pm. Local farms, artisans, crafters, and bakers will be selling their wares just in time for Thanksgiving. A Tea Cup Auction of local goods will be held, local musicians will be playing, and ready-to-eat luncheon offerings will be available throughout the day. The event is free with free parking. For more information visit: www.shelburnefallsfarmersmarket.org.

Nov 27

Springfield Museums Holiday Happenings, and Opening of Gingerbread Exhibit Friday: November 27 from 10am-5pm. Start the holiday season off right with the Springfield Museums’ “Holiday Happenings” event! There will be loads of family activities, a performance of A Christmas Carol by the Puppet People, and the opening of this year’s Seussian Holiday Gingerbread exhibit, plus music by the Springfield Sci-Tech Band, TEN31’s living Red Poinsettia sculpture, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, all free with museum admission. For more information, visit springfieldmuseums.org or call 413-263-6800 ext. 488.

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 2

At River Valley Co-op on December 2nd, 6:30-8pm: Finding the Money for Home Solar & Weatherization. In this workshop participants will discuss solar incentives, including the Mass Solarize Program and the low-cost Solar Loan Program. Participants will also learn about rebates and 0% loans to help pay for insulation, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, solar hot water heating, and much more. Learn how to create a more comfortable, healthier, and energy efficient home for all seasons! All workshops are free and everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 413-584-2665 to reserve your spot today. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. www.rivervalleymarket.coop.

Open House: Dec 5

Rumpus! — Saturday, Dec. 5th, 10am-2pm: The Center School’s Admissions Open House and Enchanted Indoor Forest. All are welcome to the Center School campus for the annual Rumpus Open House and Yggdrasil Enchanted Indoor Forest. All classrooms will be open and teachers will be leading creative, nature-based, arts activities. Come explore Yggdrasil–the mighty oak tree from Norse mythology which houses 9 magical realms: spirit animal cave, transfiguration, archery, forest photoscape, dragon academy and more. Sweet, warm and savory foods will be available for purchase. Meet teachers, parents and students and learn about what makes the Center School special. All activities are free and open to the public. For more info visit centerschool.net.

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November 21st-27th, 2015

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Saturday, November 21, 9am-2pm — SHOP LOCAL/FUNDRAISER
Do some gift-shopping while supporting a good cause. The Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum‘s second annual Fall Children’s Toy & Book Sale is on! Similar to the Spring Book Sale, this event will feature children’s toys and books exclusively. All proceeds from the sale will support programs and services of the Athenaeum. 413 568-7833. Lang Auditorium, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 21, 9am-3:30pm — ART/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop local and handmade while supporting education at the annual Little Drummer Craft Fair at Franklin County Technical School. This juried craft fair features more than 65 artists and craftspeople from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, presenting their unique handcrafted products. All proceeds benefit the school’s Music Department and award-winning Renegades Drumline. Support the annual school food drive – bring two canned goods to donate and receive a ticket to a raffle drawing. Help make this the biggest food drive ever! Lunch and baked goods available, prepared by the school’s culinary students. 413-863-9561. 82 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE/FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, November 21, 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 21, 10am — FAMILY MOVIE
Amherst Cinema presents An American Tail (G, 1986) as part of its Family Film Series. While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Former Disney animator Don Bluth co-produced and directed this heartwarming yarn, the first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 21, 10am — LOCAL HISTORY/RESEARCH
Are you currently researching local history related to Northampton? Would you like to collaborate with and learn from others doing the same? Attend the inaugural meeting of the Meadow City Historians at Historic Northampton Museum, and be part of this new group for people researching any aspect of Northampton’s history. 413-584-6011. Damon Education Center, Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-11:30am — EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/SCIENCE
Children are natural scientists – full of questions and excited to learn. They love to explore, investigate, try things out, and “experiment” with what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. During “Young Scientists,” sponsored by the Collaborative for Education Services, you’ll learn how to foster and engage your child’s natural curiosity and get to explore together. For kids ages 1-5 and their caregivers. 413-570-3061. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-11:30am — MEDITATION/GRATITUDE
The parent meditation group at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley invites you to a “Family Gratitude Gathering” at Eastworks. Families will have a chance to share activities together, facilitated by members of the group, with the theme of celebrating gratitude. A snack and social time will follow. All ages welcome. 413-527-0388. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, November 21, 10am-12pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum‘s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/BOTANY
Contrary to popular opinion, you can actually see the trees AND the forest
on the same walk! Join Bob Leverett, co-founder of the Native Tree
Society, for “Trees and Forest Ecology” at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, to learn about our eastern woodlands. The leaves may have fallen, but trees can still be identified by their bark, their buds, their shape, and their habitat. And once identified, each species tells us something more about the history and ecology of the forest it grows in. Suitable for all ages. Dress warmly! Meet at the North Farms Road entrance, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm — BOARD GAMES/TWEEN/TEEN
Come to the Westhampton Public Library to celebrate International Games Day! The Game Club will offer tabletop games suitable for families, tweens, and teens. Help celebrate our community’s connection with libraries all over the earth. Last year, this international event was very successful, with over 1,200 libraries around the world participating. Refreshments provided. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURAL HISTORY
Explore the Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest on a late fall hike offered by Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. What animals live here that don’t live in the hardwood forest found at lower elevations? What adaptations do they have for living here? Bring those questions, and some of your own. Preregister: aimee@gaiaroots.com. 1515 and 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-2pm — FARMERS’ MARKET/SHOP LOCAL/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 21, 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 21, 10am-4pm — ART STUDIES/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. 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 21, 10am-4pm — COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY/SHOP LOCAL/ART
Choose from a wide array of gift items from Berkshire artisans, bakers, crafters and more, at the Marketplace Menagerie & Craft Fair at theBerkshire South Regional Community Center. Meet and chat with local people who make beautiful, one-of-a-kind crafts, gifts, and food — just in time for the holidays! 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm — COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY/MYO GIFTS
The Hartsbrook School’s Holiday Fair is November 21! Come by for live music, demonstrations, a puppet show, activities, a marketplace full of handmade Waldorf crafts, and hands-on opportunities to make your own holiday gifts. Get unique, handmade holidays gifts at this event while spending time with family and friends. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, November 21, 11am — CONCERT/MUSIC STUDIES
Come to the Pelham Library for a “Library Tea,” with tea and treats served at 11 and music starting at noon. Dick Moulding will be on the piano, playing ragtime and other American music of similar vintage, including works by Scott Joplin, John William “Blind” Boone, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Ernesto Nazareth, Eubie Blake, James Scott, L. V. Beethoven, Harry T. Burleigh, and others. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 11am-1pm — ART STUDIES
Adults and children ages five and up are welcome to participate in “Cookies and Canvas” and paint a cute panda in a box that says, “From China XOXO.” The registration fee includes everything your little Picasso needs: canvas, easel, paint, brushes, apron, step-by-step instruction, encouragement, and cookies!!! 413-667-0141. Stanton Hall, Intersection of Routes 20 and 112, Huntington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 11am-1:30pm — STEAM
Join us for the STEAMcraft Engineering Challenge at the Meekins Library. Build a structure at least 10 inches high using index cards. No more than 10 inches of tape can be used. Cards can be folded, stacked, etc. Can you support a stuffed animal on top of your structure? For ages 5 and up (younger children should be accompanied by an adult). 413-268-7472. Hawks-Hayden Room, 2 Williams Street (Route 9), Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 12pm-2pm — MARKET/SHOP LOCAL/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Bring home-grown/home-made food stuffs, arts and crafts, books, clothes, jewelry, eggs, plants, herbal tinctures, mushrooms, ferments, services, music, and anything else you can GIVE, SHARE or BARTER to the Berkshire Barter’s Barter Market at the Mason Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 12pm-3pm — CULTURAL STUDIES/US HISTORY
The Annual Beaver Moon Gathering, co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will be held at the Great Falls Discovery Center. A brief opening focused on “Giving Thanks” will begin at noon, followed by the keynote presentation by Billy “Iahteho:tas” Myers of the Kanien’ ke’ha (Mohawk) Bear Clan. He will talk about the challenges faced by American Indians in the 21st century while remaining connected to their nation, history, ceremony, and commitment to the environment. He will also share his experiences in activism, education, and tolerance while touring the country and issues facing many Native nations, including managing resources, alcoholism, and death rates on various reservations. Light refreshments served. 413-773-9818. The Great Hall, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Saturday, November 21, 12pm-3pm — GARDENING/LOCAL FOOD/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Deepen your relationship with your garden and your community by saving seeds and exchanging them with your neighbors. Beginners and experienced seed savers are invited to the Hilltown Seed Exchange, sponsored by the Hilltown Seed Saving Network, at the Cummington Community House. Learn how to save seed through hands-on activities and from Solstice Seed founder Sylvia Davatz. Then, browse and help yourself to the seeds of dozens of homegrown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers, and many other crops. You don’t have to bring seed to come to this event. 413-475-2692. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)

Saturday, November 21, 1pm — CULINARY ARTS
Do you know your Ghirardelli from your Godiva? The Pelham Library will host chef Dede Wilson for a decadent afternoon of chocolate tasting. Dede takes chocolate fans on a virtual tour of cacao, from bean to bar, and then shows us how to assess chocolate with a tasting of different varieties. Ages 14 and up, please. For the best experience, eat only a light lunch before attending. Space is limited and preregistration is required. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 1pm-2pm — CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Well Tempered Ukes, a trio that plays and sings mainly early music and parlor and art songs, will present an hour-long public session at the Forbes Library. They will perform selected new and old songs from their repertory, share historical and cultural information about the songs and their ukuleles, and offer tips and insights into ukulele playing and performance. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 1pm-2pm — ART/NATURAL HISTORY
Teaching artisan Leonore Alaniz will discuss the history and traditions of nature printing, a low-tech method to capture anatomical detail in nature, at Forbes Library. Throughout human history, and particularly since the Renaissance, nature printing has contributed to art and science. Alaniz inks foliage and imprints it onto paper and cloth. Each imprint, be it minuscule or majestic in size, is executed with sensitive dexterity. She is exhibiting in the Hosmer Gallery on the library’s second floor this month. Participants are invited to attend the gallery reception from 2:30-4:30. 413-587-1011. Community Room (Downstairs), 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 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 21, 2pm-3:30pm — STEAM
Do you have (or know) a child who loves to tinker and create? Check out the ARPS-Jones Library Makerspace, where kids can try out robotics kits, 3D printing, littleBits circuitry components, die-cut shape makers, LEGOs, and an assortment of craft supplies. An adult facilitator will be present to help participants explore new materials, but the session is, by design, very open-ended, and everyone is welcome to pursue her/his own interests and ideas! Intended for ages 8-13. Pre-registration requested. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm — FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES/ACTIVISM
Images Cinema presents He Named Me Malala (PG-13, 2015), a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl-education activist shot by the Taliban when she was 15. “Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, He Named Me Malala is the rare documentary that plays as a family film…. That Malala is a real-life teenage girl, a bookish Pakistani sister to Katniss Everdeen, is yet another welcome gift.”– LA Times. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm — FILM/RACE ISSUES
Join the Jones Library for The Story We Tell, an eye-opening tale of how deep social inequalities came to be rationalized as natural — deflecting attention from the social practices and public policies that benefited whites at the expense of others. A facilitated discussion about how this story continues to affect individuals and society today will follow the screening. This is the second event in a film and discussion series on race, based on Race: The Power of an Illusion from PBS, produced by California Newsreel. Appropriate for adults and teens. 413/259-3223. Woodbury Room, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 3pm — ART HISTORY/WORLD HISTORY
In celebration of the publication of The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk (Minnesota University Press), the Clark Art Institute will hold a panel discussion on the political and aesthetic history of Surrealism and its continuing relevance today. Panelists include Berlin-based philosophers Rita Bischof and Elizabeth Lenk, translator and editor Sarah H. Gillespie, and Samantha Rose Hill, the Hannah Arendt Center Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Bard College. Christian Thorne, associate professor of English at Williams College, moderates. A display from the Clark’s rare books collection of materials on Dada and Surrealism will accompany the presentation. In 1962, a politically active Elisabeth Lenk moved to Paris, joined André Breton’s Surrealist group, and persuaded Theodor W. Adorno to supervise her sociology dissertation on the Surrealists. Adorno, though critical of Surrealism, agreed. The Challenge of Surrealism presents their correspondence, written between 1962 and Adorno’s death in 1969, as well as essays authored by Lenk. The letters offer a fresh look into Adorno’s view of Surrealism and the student movements in 1960s France and Germany, while Lenk’s essays and Bischof’s introduction argue that there is a legitimate connection between Surrealism and political resistance that still holds true today. Appropriate for life-long learners and self-directed learners. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 3pm — MINDFULNESS/BOOK LAUNCH
Happiness is already here in this moment, just waiting to be discovered! Join Forbes Library and mindfulness expert Tzivia Gover to launch her new book: Joy in Every Moment, Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life. Gover offers an inspiring treasury of small, creative ways to shift your perspective and uncover surprising bits of joy over the course of your day. Whether you’re making dinner, commuting, exercising, working at the computer, or brushing your teeth, every moment of your life offers an opportunity to uncover happiness. Short essays are accompanied by practical exercises to try and exquisite illustrations by artist Olaf Hajek. This is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to increase their daily experience of joy, including yourself. Books will be available for sale. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 21, 7pm — MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL GUITAR
Audiences and critics alike praise Berit Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine described her as “an intense and original musical personality.” Experience her powerful performance during the ¡GUITARRA! Classical Guitar Series, sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center and held at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-545-2511. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 7pm — MUSICAL THEATER
St. Michael’s Players presents Mary Poppins. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Adults and children alike will be singing along to the show’s catchy and familiar songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” performed by an all-local cast. 413-525-0371. St. Michael’s Community Center, 53 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 7pm — CONCERT/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
As an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success, The Motown Record Company, founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., played an important role in the racial integration of popular music. Take a trip back to when the great songs of Motown ruled the charts when Motor City Fever appears at City Stage. This amazing concert features dozens of legendary Motown hits and more performed by an incredibly talented cast who have performed with the legends themselves. The show includes hits by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and more! Smooth vocals, tight harmonies and some great choreography straight from Detroit are what Motor City Fever is all about. 413-788-7033. One Columbus Center, 150 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 7pm-10pm — TWEEN/TEEN
Saturday Night Live for Tweens at the Springfield Jewish Community Center is a safe place for parents to drop off kids in grades 6-8 to socialize in the game room or play basketball in the gym. Refreshments available for purchase, including soda, candy and healthy snacks. 413-739-4715 x322. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 21, 7-10pm — DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
The Chesterfield Council on Aging sponsors a Square Dance for all ages on the third Saturday of the month at the Chesterfield Community Center. Beginners are welcome. Live music by the Falltown String Band and singing calls by Bob Livingston. Refreshments available. Bring something for the Raffle Table. 413-296-4743. 400 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA.

Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm — STORYTELLING/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
The Moth Mainstage, at the Academy of Music Theatre, is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth Mainstage traditionally includes three “best-of” tellers (whom you might recognize from The Moth Podcast or The Moth Radio Hour), and two brand-new regionally specific stories. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm — FILM/NATIVE STUDIES
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Smith College Student Event Committee presents the comedy-drama Smoke Signals (PG-13, 1998). When released, the groundbreaking significance of the movie almost outshone its considerable strengths as a film. The contemporary road movie about two Native Americans on both a literal and figurative journey was the first feature film to be written, directed, and co-produced by American Indians. In addition, the majority of roles were portrayed by Indian actors, including the two protagonists played by Adam Beach and Evan Adams. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, November 21, 8pm — THEATER
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. ($)

Saturday, November 21, 8pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
One of America’s greatest living songwriters, Magnetic Fields mastermind Stephin Merritt is a lyrical genius known for a melancholy yet witty repertoire of seriously good indie-pop that recalls influences from David Bowie to Belle and Sebastian. Catch Merritt in a rare live performance in MASS MoCA‘s Hunter Center. He is accompanied solely by collaborator and cellist Sam Davol. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 21, 8pm-10pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURE STUDIES
Have you ever prowled for owls? Here’s your chance! Owls are setting up their winter and spring breeding territories and now is a great time to set out at night to find them by their hoots and night calls. Dan Ziomek, local birder and naturalist, will lead this program sponsored by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Dan will guide participants to learn about the different calls of native owls species and set out to locate them in the autumn night in a variety of habitats.  Come prepared for standing quietly in the evening air (dress warmly, bring flashlight, etc.). Ages 8 and older welcome with an adult. Space is limited, please call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Saturday, November 21, 8pm-11:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE/INTERGENERATIONAL
Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Les Z Boys. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

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Sunday, November 22, 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 22, 9:30-11:30am — MUSIC INSTRUCTION/CLASSICAL GUITAR
Do you play the guitar? Then come to the “Classical Guitar Workshop with Berit Strong,” sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center and held at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Audiences and critics alike praise Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical guitar music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine described her as “an intense and original musical personality.” 413-545-4161. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 22, 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 22, 10am-11:30am — CULTURAL STUDIES/HOLIDAY
Put the thanks in Thanksgiving with Lander-Grinspoon Academy PJ Pals. Explore Jewish rituals for expressing thanks, and create a gratitude jar for your holiday table. All PJ Pals events include stories, songs, and a tumble and playtime in the sunny auditorium. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 10am-1pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/BOTANY
Get to know the “Trees of the Connecticut River Floodplain” with Ted Watt and Nancy Goodman, naturalists and tree enthusiasts, as you take a leisurely hike along a dirt road in the flood plain near Mitch’s Marina. Identify species by their bark, shape, and habitat. Leafless trees are a different journey but not very difficult when you learn what to look for. See a wide variety of species that are adapted to this unique habitat and explore a wonderful hiking area that may be new to you. Bring binoculars (useful for high elevation “tree-ing”), snacks, and water, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Level terrain. Sponsored by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Space is limited. Directions to meeting point will be provided upon registration. 413-256-6006. Hadley, MA. ($$ Members, $$$ Non-members)

Sunday, November 22, 10am-2pm — FARMERS’ MARKET/LOCAL FOOD/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Williams College Towne Field House. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 82 Latham Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 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, ext. 3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 22, 10am-4pm — ART STUDIES/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. 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 22, 11am-4pm — LOCAL FOOD/ART
Shop local at the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Local farms, artisans, crafters, and bakers will be selling their wares just in time for Thanksgiving. A Tea Cup Auction of local goods will be held, local musicians will be playing, and ready-to-eat luncheon offerings will be available throughout the day. 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, November 22, 1pm — FILM/CULTURAL STUDIES/ACTIVISM
Images Cinema presents He Named Me Malala (PG-13, 2015), a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl-education activist shot by the Taliban when she was 15. “Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, He Named Me Malala is the rare documentary that plays as a family film…. That Malala is a real-life teenage girl, a bookish Pakistani sister to Katniss Everdeen, is yet another welcome gift.”– LA Times. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 22, 1pm-4pm — ART/LITERACY
Find yourself in Wonderland during “All About Alice Day” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Enjoy programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “A Look at Alice”: Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter (1pm-1:30pm); “Queen for a Day”: Create your own version of Alice in Wonderland’s Queen (or King) of Hearts with red paints, papers and found materials. (1-4pm); “Mad Hatter Family Tea Party”: Don’t be late for this very important date! Wear your favorite hat and follow the white rabbit to The Carle Café for an afternoon of tea, cookies, and a special art project! (1-2pm, Reservations required); “Adventures with Alice”: A conversation with children’s book scholar Leonard Marcus and artists Barry Moser and Charles Santore, who have both illustrated editions of Carroll’s famous story. (2pm) 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 22, 2pm — MUSICAL THEATER
St. Michael’s Players presents Mary Poppins. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Adults and children alike will be singing along to the show’s catchy and familiar songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” performed by an all-local cast. 413-525-0371. St. Michael’s Community Center, 53 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 22. 2pm — LOCAL LANDSCAPES & HISTORY
The earth beneath your feet has countless stories to tell. The composition of the soil, minerals in the hillsides, and oxbowed rivers each can teach us about the land where we make our homes if we know how to interpret their tales. Local naturalist Laurie Sanders knows how to translate these stories, and she shares her expertise to help us better understand the ways in which the interactions between people and nature have shaped present-day Northampton in Rediscovering Northampton: Local History Viewed through an Ecological Lens. This six-part lecture series ends with this final lecture, sponsored by Historic Northampton. This title of this week’s talk is Northampton’s Poor Farm and the City’s Most Accessible Conservation Area: Barrett Street Marsh. Registration required. 413-584-6011. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (<$ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, November 22, 2pm — CONCERT/CULTURAL STUDIES
The Adaskin String Trio, with clarinetist Pascal Archer and violinist Annie Trepanier, will perform two pieces, including an epic work that outlines the history of the Jewish people, at the Yiddish Book Center. The program will feature “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,” for string quartet and klezmer clarinet, by Oswaldo Golijov. The performance will be preceded by an informative talk on the piece by Zeke Hecker, much-loved writer of the program notes for the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer concert series. Also on the program is Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. 413-256-4900, ext. 113. 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA ($$)

Sunday, November 22, 3pm — THEATER
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 22, 3pm — CONCERT
SmithArts presents Sage Chamber Music Society: Faculty and Friends, with Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano. Special guests Marcus Thompson, violist and Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Basil Reeve, former Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra. The program features the exuberant Mendelssohn Viola Quintet and the lush Bliss Oboe Quintet. 413-585-3222. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 3pm — CONCERT/ENVIRONMENTALISM
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team is gathering an amazing group of musicians to perform Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia Earth Mass at the First Church on Park Square. This environmental liturgy of contemporary music, first performed in 1982, entwines whale song, wolf howls, and more with instruments and voices in a celebration of our interconnection with the earth. Light refreshments served after the concert. 413-230-7321. 27 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)

Sunday, November 22, 3pm — THEATER/RELATIONSHIPS
The Drama Studio presents two simple plays. Memory House, by Kathleen Tolan, is a moving and familiar portrait of a contemporary parent/child relationship. This two-woman show gives us a slice of the lives of a mother and daughter who, amidst their struggle to communicate, discuss life, politics, ethics, philosophy, art, and baking. The second play, The Frog Prince, by David Mamet, offers a beautiful and surprising spin on a classic story from one of the great masters of American playwriting. Due to slightly strong language and some mature themes, parental guidance is recommended for audience members under 13. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 22, 3:30pm-7pm — DANCE/PHYSICS
Every fourth Sunday of the month, the dance floor at Earthdance becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation, a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads easefully into a jam. All dance levels and styles are welcome! 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. ($$, SLIDING SCALE)

Sunday, November 22, 4pm — US HISTORY
As presented by author Hugh Howard, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some, it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison — our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of First Lady for all to follow, and would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally. Howard will discuss his book Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War, at The Lenox Library. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 4pm — PALEONTOLOGY/ART/TEENS
What’s it like to be a dinosaur hunter? Find out from Paul Sereno, discoverer of dinosaurs on five continents and leader of dozens of expeditions, at the Springfield Public Forum. Blending his background as an artist with his love for science and history, Sereno’s passion carries him to the harshest and most remote corners of the world to discover new species. He’ll discuss his work in the Andes, the Sahara, India, China, and Tibet. Best for adults and older teens with an interest in paleontology. 413-732-2020. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 22, 5pm — DANCE
Pineapple Dance Studio presents its fall concert, C O L O R S, at The Academy of Music Theatre. The first of three annual school performances, this is a casual showing of what students have learned in classes so far, a collection of works in progress. Students have an opportunity to get a feel for the material they are studying, learn to work as a team with their classmates, and realize the joy of sharing a performance with others. 413-584-9032 ext.105. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 22, 7pm — FILM/DANCE
The Berkshire Museum presents Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Unrated, 2014) in the Little Cinema. Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement, and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time, he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. This film is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance. Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 23, 8:15-9:15am — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Start the week with a quick stroll around the Belchertown common with Hike It Baby Pioneer Valley, and possibly see fire trucks, chickens, and goats! Perfect for strollers and carriers alike. Little legs will have to be careful as we cross the street, so good listening ears will be super important. Total distance approximately one mile. Meet near the cannon by the war memorials. You can park behind the BUCC church or in the town parking lot at the end of the common. 301-906-4700. Belchertown Town Common, Park Street, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 23, 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm — VOLUNTEERING
For the past five years, WRSI – The River morning host Monte Belmonte has helped provide approximately 729,000 meals to our neighbors facing food insecurity thanks to the generous support of his listeners during “Monte’s March.” This year, motivated by the lack of access to healthy food in many Hampden County communities, Monte has added a second day of marching to raise awareness and funds for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Volunteers help make Monte’s March a reality by answering the calls of those who wish to donate during the radiothon. This is a great opportunity to make a difference during the week of Thanksgiving! Responsibilities include answering calls from donors and taking their information at The Food Bank’s office. Volunteers should enjoy speaking on the phone and be prepared for both heavy call volume and sometimes light call volume — which is a great chance to meet their fellow volunteers. Appropriate for adults and mature teens. 413-247-9738. 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 23, 1pm and 7pm — FILM/DANCE
The Berkshire Museum presents Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Unrated, 2014) in the Little Cinema. Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement, and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time, he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. This film is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance. Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Monday, November 23, 2pm-4pm – CAREGIVING/ART STUDIES: People with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are welcome to attend a special gallery talk at the Clark Art Museum. “Meet Me at the Clark” takes place when the museum is closed to the public in order to create a private, calm atmosphere, and consists of a viewing and discussion about the art. This gallery talk is great for both the person with dementia and the caregiver – both can enjoy seeing and experiencing art and spending time together in a meaningful way. Call to register in pairs. 413-458-0410. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 23, 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)

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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: 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 24, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 6am-6pm (two-to-three-hour shifts) — VOLUNTEERING
For the past five years, WRSI – The River morning host Monte Belmonte has helped provide approximately 729,000 meals to our neighbors facing food insecurity thanks to the generous support of his listeners during “Monte’s March.” This year, motivated by the lack of access to healthy food in many Hampden County communities, Monte has added a second day of marching to raise awareness and funds for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Volunteers help make Monte’s March a reality by answering the calls of those who wish to donate during the radiothon. This is a great opportunity to make a difference during the week of Thanksgiving! Responsibilities include answering calls from donors and taking their information at The Food Bank’s office. Volunteers should enjoy speaking on the phone and be prepared for heavy call volume and sometimes light call volume — which is a great chance to meet their fellow volunteers. Appropriate for adults and mature teens. 413-247-9738. 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 24, 2:30pm — ANIME/TWEEN/TEEN
Come to the Southwick Public Library for Anime Afternoon. Hang out, talk about comics/Manga, watch episodes, and anything else you want to do. Drawing supplies provided. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 24, 3:15pm — ART
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 24, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm — COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/INTERGENERATIONAL/VOLUNTEERING
Join community friends, both old and new, for the annual Thanksgiving feast at theBerkshire South Regional Community Center. Share delicious food and warm fellowship and swap family stories of Thanksgivings past. Volunteer opportunities available. For reservations, call at least 24 hours in advance. 413.528.2810 ext. 10. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 24, 5pm-7pm — ART STUDIES
The earliest known drawings date from 30,000 to 10,000 BCE and were found on cave walls in France and Spain, demonstrating that humans were drawing pictures long before they learned how to write. Like other art forms, drawing has evolved over time and closely paralleled the development of painting. This evolution was aided by the discovery of an enormous graphite deposit in Cumbria, England, during the 16th century. First used as a marking tool for sheep, this particular deposit of graphite was extremely pure and soft and could easily be broken into sticks, which made it a natural material for sketching. The versatility of this ancient medium will be explored in Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil, on display from November 24, 2015 through March 27, 2016 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. View the special exhibit, see a demonstration by sculptor Jennifer Maestre and enjoy cookies and coffee from Palazzo Cafe during this opening reception for members only. RSVP by Friday, November 20. 413-263-6800, ext. 488. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE for Members)

Tuesday, November 24, 6pm-7pm — BOARD GAMES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Free All-Ages Chess Club at the Sunderland Public Library starts from square one, so beginners and more advanced players are all welcome. Club leader Andy Morris-Friedman will guide you as you learn how to play the game, use different techniques and strategies, and use all of your pieces to your best advantage. The club will study famous games and will help you discover new ways to improve your play. Chess is one of the great classic games of the world. It teaches sportsmanship and cooperation, builds confidence, and exercises your brain. Children in third grade or below must be accompanied by an adult. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, 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 – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime every Tuesday at the Granby Free Public Library. Nurture your child’s love of books by engaging in stories and crafts. Ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Drop in! 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street, Granby, 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 – TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: The Storrs Library’s Tech Tuesday ongoing, drop-in sessions allow folks to receive coaching in various skills with which they’ve been needing support. Learn how to use your new computer, send email, operate an e-reader, and more. Bring your phone, e-reader, or other relevant device. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2pm – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Are you or your partner facing breastfeeding challenges? Is nursing not what you thought it would be? Stop in to MaryBeth’s breastfeeding support group, which meets Tuesday afternoons, for advice, techniques, and emotional support. Babies and children welcome, of course! This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the fall. Tuesday Market features delicious local fruits, vegetables, bread, syrup, fish, honey, and much more! Come each Tuesday for food, community, and entertainment. Takes place between Thornes Market and the parking garage. Downtown. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees every Tuesday, especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 3pm – 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 25, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 9:30am-11am — PLAYGROUP/NATURE-BASED PLAY
Children learn things in nature that they just can’t learn indoors. Get into the forest with the Trustees of Reservations in this nature-based play group. Participants will use all of their senses to explore the woods and trails of the Monument Mountain Reservation. 413-298-3239 x3013. Route 7, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 25, 1pm-2:30pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/VOLUNTEERING
Join your neighbors and the Amherst Survival Center for a Community Thanksgiving Meal at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Help prepare and serve the meal, bring a dish, or just enjoy socializing and making new friends, perhaps swapping family stories of Thanksgivings past. Call to volunteer. 413-549-3968. 867 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 25, 7pm — FILM/MUSIC STUDIES/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Join the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a special screening of Alice’s Restaurant (R, 1969), with an on-stage interview with Arlo Guthrie moderated by WAMC’s Alan Chartock before the film. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that fateful Thanksgiving Day in 1965 when Arlo Guthrie, then age 18, drove to the Berkshires to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends Alice and Ray Brock at their Great Barrington home in The Trinity Church on Division Street. The Trinity Church is where the song “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” began and where the movie “Alice’s Restaurant” was filmed, and continues to service the local and international community as home to The Guthrie Center and The Guthrie Foundation. *Please note that Arlo Guthrie will not be performing and that this is not a live concert. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington , MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 25, 7pm — FILM
Cinema Northampton presents the classic comedy The Pink Panther (Not rated, 1963), in which bumbling and conceited French police inspector Clouseau (played by Peter Sellers) tries to catch The Phantom, a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown – and is acting right under his nose. 413-587-3550. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8am-10am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Whether you are seeking a nutritious meal to start your day, hoping to make new connections in the community–or both!–everyone is welcome to attend a community breakfast each Wednesday, hosted by Craig’s Doors, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-437-0776. Willie Eaton Social Hall, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – STEM & FARMING SKILLS: Red Gate Farm‘s homeschool day program meets each Wednesday through November 18, 2015. This fall’s program will incorporate many farming skills with a particular emphasis on construction and building, all with an authentic purpose. Please contact the farm before your first session. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA. ($)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Wednesday at Kittredge Elementary School. 413-655-0146. Maple Street. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: You and your young children are welcome to join other kids and caregivers each Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center’s weekly playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers can join Kim each Wednesday for Play N Learn, a playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am – COMMUNITY: The Westhampton Public Library‘s weekly Coffee and Chat runs every Wednesday at 10am. Come together with community members to share stories, news, and to stay connected. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Wednesday at the Lanesborough Town Hall’s Community Room. For ages walking to 5 years. Run by The Family Center. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – MUSIC AND LITERACY: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through June 30, 2016 for Tunes and Tales with Sylvia Wetherby, organized by the Community Network for Children. This group may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Erving Elementary school every Wednesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:00am-11:00am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.is offering a toddler playgroup at Haskins Center for ages 1 to 2.5 years. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a morning of stories at the New Marlborough Library’s weekly storytime, held each Wednesday. This storytime series is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road, New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: There is a storytime for preschool-age kids every Wednesday at the Monson Free Library! Come for stories and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime and crafts for ages 3-6 every Wednesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12pm – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. Runs through June 30, 2016. May not run on holidays or in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – FIBER ARTS:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple fiber crafts. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Wednesday to watch flax-processing and felted bead-making demonstrations by talented artisans who use traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – STORYTIME Toddlers and their caregivers can come to the Forbes Library for Toddler Time, which includes stories, bubbles and songs with friends every Wednesday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents and great-grandparents who are raising their grandchildren – “grandfamilies” – can attend a support group every first Tuesday (5:15pm-6:45pm) and third Wednesday (12:30pm-2pm) in Greenfield. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet other grandfamilies, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm CHESS : Come to the Chess Club at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Instruction and free play with our amazing instructor, Michael Gray. For Kindergarten-8th grade. Best for those with some chess knowledge. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, 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)
  • 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 26, 2015

Hilltown Family Variety Show Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn — Playlist/VideoPodcast

Thursday, November 26, 9am-10:15am — YOGA/FUNDRAISER
On Thanksgiving day, before you belly up to the table, start by giving. Give to yourself a clear mind and strong body through yoga. Give to your community — access to fresh, healthy, local food. Join instructor Gillian Gorman at Radiance Yoga for “ThanksLiving,” a pay-what-you-like community yoga class to benefit the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. 413-822-0508. 401 North Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE-WILL DONATION)

Thursday, November 26, 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. ($$)

Thursday, November 26, 12pm-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/FUNDRAISER
The People’s Pint will be holding their third annual “Thanksgiving for the People” on Thanksgiving day this year. They will serve a traditional meal and anyone can come and pay what they can. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and other local charities. Whether you are in need of a good meal, want to help the cause, or just plain don’t want to cook, this is the place to be on Thanksgiving day! 413-773-0333. 24 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday, November 27, 9:30am-4:30pm — COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY/ART/SERVICE LEARNING

Opt-out of Black Friday chaos, and instead let Historic Deerfield be your destination for handmade, heartfelt giving in preparation for the holiday season. On the Day of Giving, every museum visitor will have the opportunity to handcraft a special gift using simple or natural materials. Historic trade demonstrations of paper marbling and redware pottery-making will provide inspiration for handcrafted gifts. Works by paper marblers Regina and Dan St. John and redware potter Stephen Earp will be available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore.The Day of Giving kicks off the museum’s support of the Community Action Holiday Gift Program. Visitors can bring unwrapped gifts for children up to 18 years old until December 13. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

Friday, November 27, 9:30am-5pm — COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY/ART
Just in time for your holiday shopping, Old Sturbridge Village‘s Winter Market offers unique items from more than 30 juried craft vendors offering the finest hand-made treasures for the special people on your list. Marvel at diverse creations including pottery, paper goods, arts and crafts, treats for your pets, ornaments, gourmet foods, artisan jewelry, and gorgeous home accessories. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. (FREE Members, <$ Non-members, MARKET/SALE)

Friday, November 27, 10am-4pm — ART STUDIES/COMMERCIAL-FREE HOLIDAY
Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. 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. ($$)

Friday, November 27, 10am-4pm — FILM
May the force be with you at the Star Wars Marathon at the Lee Library. Bring your comfy soccer chair; bring lunch. At 10am: A New Hope (PG, 1977). At 12:15: The Empire Strikes Back (PG, 1980). At 2:30: Return of the Jedi (PG, 1983). Children under 12 must be supervised. Brown bag snacks and lunches welcome. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

November 27, 10am-5pm — CULINARY ARTS/HOLIDAY/LITERACY
Celebrate the season and Dr. Seuss at the opening of “Seussian Holiday,” the Springfield Science Museum‘s sixth annual gingerbread exhibition and competition! See incredible creations by bakery shops, restaurants, schools, and area residents. The gingerbread creations will be displayed until January 3. There will also be festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals representing popular Seussian characters and stories in anticipation of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in fall 2016. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, November 27, 11am — ANIMAL STUDIES
The Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program will give a special presentation at the Sunderland Public Library. Educators will bring a variety of zoo animals so children can see them up close and learn all about their behaviors, diets, adaptations, conservation statuses, and natural habitats. Children will be able to ask questions and, in some cases, touch the animals. Perfect for children in pre-school through elementary school. Space is limited, so please pre-register. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 27, 11am — HOLIDAY/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has helped welcome Santa Claus to town withThe Parade of the Big Balloons. Springfield’s own 75-foot inflatable “Cat in the Hat,” a few of his inflatable friends, bands, and colorful contingents will promenade down Main Street, entertaining young and old alike. 413-733-3800. Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 27, 11am – MUSIC
Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and ukuleles at this program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 27, 2pm and 3pm — THEATER
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. ($)

Friday, November 27, 4pm-9pm – HOLIDAY STROLL
The annual Moonlight Magic will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls! See the Lighting of the Village, meet Santa, hear local vocalists and instrumental groups, purchase from street vendors, go on trolley rides, and more. A great post Thanksgiving holiday tradition! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 27, 6:15pm-8:30pm — FAMILY MOVIE
Children may be little, but their feelings are often anything but! Explore the inner emotional world of a child in Inside Out (PG, 2015). This film, screened as part of the Mason Library‘s Family Films program, tells the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is uprooted from her Midwest life to move to San Francisco. Her emotions –joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness– are featured characters in the film, sharing with the audience Riley’s experience with navigating a new city, house, school, and relationships. This movie shares important messages about our healthy, human need to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and provides countless opportunities to exercise empathy. Pre-registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 27, 7:30pm — CONCERT/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky appear at the Academy of Music Theatre. As solo artists, Kaplansky and Shindell have been making critically acclaimed albums since the early 1990s, and each have contributed harmonies to every one of those albums. But with the exception of 1998’s one-off Cry Cry Cry album with Dar Williams, the two songwriters have never made an album together, until now. As The Pine Hill Project, Lucy and Richard have released Tomorrow You’re Going, an Americana masterwork produced by multi-instrumentalist and two-time Grammy Award winner Larry Campbell. Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem also appear. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($)


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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