Suggested Events for January 16th-22nd, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

Join us for our 8th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! Here’s what one of our participants had to say last year about the swap: “I participated in this swap last year for the first time. I LOVED making the Valentine’s for my list of folks. I am not usually very excited about the mail but this event made me excited for the mail to come. This is such an uplifting way to celebrate a day that can be lonely sometimes. Thank you for this activity. Count me in again!” – Carla D. (Chicopee)

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Hilltown Families 8th Annual
Handmade Valentine Swap

Deadline to Sign-Up: Jan 30, 2016

It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past eight years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Last year our community generated over 1,550 handmade valentines! Let’s do it again!

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Open House: Jan 14

Lander-Grinspoon Academy, (LGA) 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, is hosting an Open House on Thursday, January 14 from 9:00am -10:30am. LGA is committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, ethical, and spiritual development of its students. Its emphasis on community, culture, and social justice encourages children of all ages to become independent thinkers, as well as caring and responsible citizens of the world. LGA’s talented, dedicated faculty makes sure that students are seen — and celebrated — as the individual young people they are. LGA welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds, including interfaith families. Generous financial aid and tuition incentives available. More info: glansky@landergrinspoon.org.

Open House: Jan 20

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30pm at the Smith College Campus Center Room 204. Corey Hadden, middle school teacher, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. The Montessori School of Northampton’s middle school program will open in September 2016. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

Starting Jan 21

Piti Theatre Co. to create Youth Troupe in Shelburne Falls! Learn new skills, make new friends and get ready to be in a play about how children lived around here 100 years ago, “Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History” at Piti’s SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, March 20th at Memorial Hall. Youth Troupe is for ages 7-12, starting January 21st at Shelburne Falls Yoga. Adults, teens, and younger children who would like to participate as actors or in other ways should also get in touch. No experience required. Other Piti classes include “Sing and Dance in French” and “Soapstone Carving.” More at www.ptco.org/classes, call 413-625-6569, or jonathan@ptco.org.

Open House: Jan 23

Looking for a thoughtful approach to school? The Hartsbrook School offers a well-rounded academic program infused with plenty of outside time, a rich, hands-on curriculum, music and art in everyday learning, and a culture of compassion. These components are woven throughout the early childhood, elementary and high school programs, nurturing the creative spirit of each child. Learn more at their winter open house, 10 am to 12noon on Saturday, January 23rd. Speak with current teachers, parents, visit classrooms and see student work. All ages are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-584-3198. www.hartsbrook.org

Open House: Jan 23

Smith College Campus School Open House: Prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, January 23, from 9:30-11am at the school (33 Prospect Street) in Northampton, MA. Explore classrooms and meet teachers, staff and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or www.smith.edu/sccs.

Open House: Jan 24

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Open House for interested families on Sunday, January 24, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents and get a feel for their their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, competitive athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Open House: Jan 30

Amherst Montessori School will host an Open House for parents on Saturday, January 30 from 10am-12noon. Meet teachers and administrators, tour their beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish, and more. January’s Open House will also offer an elementary level parent panel for interested families. Register online at amherstmontessori.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 16th-22nd, 2016

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Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

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

Saturday, January 16, 7am-5pm — MULTICULTURAL/HOLIDAY/REUSE
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat marks the start of a new year for trees. According to the Torah, trees must be three years old before their fruit can be eaten. On the 15th day of the month of Shvat, all trees turn a year older, no matter when in the year they were planted. To mark the occasion, people plant trees and eat fruits from Israel. The Springfield Jewish Community Center is collecting junk mail for a hands-on community project that will be displayed in the lobby for Tu B’Shevat (1/24). Please bring your junk mail to the front desk by 1/18. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 9-11am — SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA. Volunteering together teaches children positive values, like kindness, empathy and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. Sign up. Hatfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 9am-2pm — COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LOCAL FOOD
Leave your wallet at home and bring your favorite canning creations, baked goods, seeds, plants, or other edibles to trade with fellow preservers, bakers, gardeners, and DIYers at the Valley Food Swap, part of Winter Fare at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market at Smith Vocational School. Kids love to swap, so be sure to bring them along and get them excited about new foods, skillsharing, and collaborative consumption. There will also be workshops and music. 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10am — KINDNESS/WORLD HISTORY/FILM STUDIES
Belle and Sebastian (Not Rated, 2013) is the story of a six-year-old boy living in the French Alps during World War II who befriends a giant feral sheepdog, despite the warnings of adults. When the Nazis arrive in their village, the two work together to protect their neighbors. Although heartwarming and bearing positive messages, the film, based on the acclaimed children’s novel by Cécile Aubry, is best suited for kids ages 10 and up, due to intense scenes and serious subject matter. Families can discuss World War II, the French Resistance, and the importance of standing up for others. Showing at Amherst Cinema as part of the Family Films Series. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, January 16, 10am — STORYTIME
“Chill Out” at the West Springfield Public Library with stories, music, a craft, and a snack. For ages 3 and up and their families. Pre-registration requested. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10am-12pm — ARTISAN SKILLS/BOOK MAKING/REUSE
Make your own sketchbook or journal at a Stab Stitch Bookbinding Workshop at Knack. Peter Cangialosi will show you how to use this easy-to-learn style of binding that can be customized for various materials, from scrap papers to finer artisan papers. All materials will be provided, but if you have a favorite six-pack box, lightweight decorative cardboard, or other materials you’d like to use for your cover, feel free to bring them along. All skill levels welcome. 413-529-0126. Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 126, Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 16, 10am-12noon — NATURE-BASED/ANIMAL STUDIES/MOOSE
Moose, the largest member of the deer family, survive winter by browsing on twigs. It’s a hard existence, and wading through deep snow makes it even more challenging. How do they do it? Dr. John E. McDonald, assistant professor of environmental science at Westfield State University, will discuss the ecology of these unusual-looking animals on a hike at the Hilltown Land Trust‘s Stevens Property, sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Wear warm clothes and appropriate footwear for walking in the snow. Alternative date in case of bad weather: 1/26. RSVP required. 413-628-4485, ext.4. Pisgah Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10am-12:30pm — COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/SEWING
Learn to sew and make a book bag for the BagShare Project at Storrs Library‘s Sew-In Saturday. If you know how to sew, feel free to bring your own project as well. For adults and kids in grade 4 and above. Pre-registration requested. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10am-2pm — FARMERS’ MARKET/LOCAL FOOD
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown MLK, Jr. Day Weekend 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. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am — EMOTIONS/FILM STUDIES
In Pixar’s animated film Inside Out (PG, 2015), eleven-year-old Riley’s family is moving from Minnesota to California, and she’s not happy about it. Watch her inner turmoil as Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust struggle for control inside her head. Younger kids will enjoy the colorful, active animation, while older kids may find some self-understanding through Riley’s emotional ups and downs. At the Monson Free Library. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am-11:30am — NATURE STUDIES/TRACKING
Do you know who’s been in the snow? Come to “Who’s Been Here?” at the Great Falls Discovery Center for stories, crafts, and a tracking adventure. Use your sleuthing skills to learn about an animal without even seeing it. For ages 3-6 with a caregiver. 413-863-3221. In the Great Hall, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am-11:30am — STORYTIME/DADS
Dads and kids can enjoy donuts, stories, and crafts during Dads and Donuts at the Storrs Library. A great way for dads to bond with their little ones. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am-12pm — STORYTIME/MUSIC/CRAFTS
Come to the Jones Library for Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 11am — STORYTIME/ANIMAL STUDIES
Where do animals go in winter? Find out as you listen to Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming, during Hibernation Hints at the Young Scientist Club at the Gaylord Library. For ages 4 and up. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 11am-1pm — COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/OPEN HOUSE
It Takes a Village will celebrate the official opening of The Village Closet, a storage area FULL of donated baby clothes, furniture, and gear, including strollers, car seats, diapers, and more, that are all free to the public. There will be refreshments for adults and kids, and childcare. Take this opportunity to look around and learn about the organization’s other programs. 413-650-3640. The former Berkshire Trail Elementary School, 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 11am-3pm — INCLUSION/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
People of all abilities can enjoy outdoor winter activities at Wendell State Forest. All Out Adventures will provide instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance for accessible snowshoeing, kicksledding, sit cross-country skiing, sled skating, and snowmobile rides. Discover the thrill of playing in the snow! Pre-registration required. Dependent on snow/ice conditions. 413-584-2052. 392 Montague Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 16, 12:30pm-4pm — NATURE-BASED/SNOWSHOEING/TEENS
Snowshoeing is an easy-to-learn way to get outdoors during the winter. With a relatively minimal investment in equipment and some simple tips, you can get exercise and socialize with friends as you explore the many trails in our area. The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is offering an Introduction to Snowshoeing for Women workshop, taught by women. Following an indoor overview of equipment, join other active women exploring the center’s trails and learning some winter natural history. Return to the center for warm drinks around the wood stove. Participants should dress in layers, and bring lunch, snacks, and water. All levels of experience are welcome for this moderately strenuous outdoor adventure. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 16, 1pm — MUSICAL THEATER
Everyone’s favorite nanny comes to Amherst, when the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Mary Poppins at the Bowker Auditorium. Tag along as Mary takes her charges on fantastical adventures and teaches them life lessons through song. The children, in turn, struggle to share Mary’s lifeview with their distracted parents. Does this household resemble yours at all? The play could open up a family discussion about parents’ responsibilities, children’s desires, and how the two can be reconciled. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 16, 5:30pm — ART HISTORY/LIVING HISTORY
Spend “An Evening in the Classroom with Illustrator Harvey Dunn,” as painter/interpreter Dan Howe brings him to life at the Norman Rockwell Museum. As an artist and teacher, Dunn had a big personality and enjoyed sharing his philosophy and the virtues of a life in art. Offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students. Refreshments will follow. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 16, 7pm — INCLUSION/TECHNOLOGY/FILM STUDIES
Although jobs in the technology industry are growing faster than colleges can produce computer science graduates, the number of tech positions held by women has declined, from roughly one-third to one-quarter, over the last 25 years. African-Americans and Hispanics are also underrepresented in the field. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Not rated, 2015), showing at the Berkshire Museum, examines how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, and other factors brought about this imbalance and endeavors to inspire change. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (<$ Members, $ Non-members)

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Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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, January 17, 7am-5pm — MULTICULTURAL/HOLIDAY/REUSE
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat marks the start of a new year for trees. According to the Torah, trees must be three years old before their fruit can be eaten. On the 15th day of the month of Shvat, all trees turn a year older, no matter when in the year they were planted. To mark the occasion, people plant trees and eat fruits from Israel. The Springfield Jewish Community Center is collecting junk mail for a hands-on community project that will be displayed in the lobby for Tu B’Shevat (1/24). Please bring your junk mail to the front desk by 1/18. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, January 17, 10am — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Add some excitement to your fitness routine by testing your abilities against other skiers. The Berkshire Trails Nordic Ski Club hosts a low-key 15K skate race at Notchview Reservation. 413-684-0148. Route 9, Windsor, MA. (<$ Members, $ Non-members)

Sunday, January 17, 12noon-1:15pm — SWIMMING
Trade your snowsuit for a swimsuit and stretch those muscles at the new Sady Pool at West Springfield High School. Swimming provides a near-total body workout, and it’s fun for the whole family! Sponsored by West Springfield Parks and Recreation. 413-263-3284. 425 Piper Road, West Springfield, MA. (FREE Residents, <$ Non-residents)

Sunday, January 17, 12noon-4pm — WALKING/JOGGING/TEENS
Don’t the let the weather keep you from exercising. Walk, run, or jog on the indoor track above the West Springfield High School gymnasium. Grab a friend and cruise around the ⅛-mile long oval. Before you know it, you’ll have gone a mile and strengthened your heart and your relationship! Sponsored by West Springfield Parks and Recreation. Ages 14 and up. West Springfield residents only, with valid ID. 413-263-3284. 425 Piper Road, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 17, 12noon-5pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/STEM
Inventing is not just for grownups. When he was 11, Benjamin Franklin created a pair of paddles for his hands to help him swim faster. Put on your thinking cap and create something new during Kid Inventors’ Day, celebrated on Franklin’s birthday, at the Berkshire Museum. Work to solve local and global problems with the materials and ideas provided in Spark!Lab. Do hands-on activities, and participate in the Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (FREE Members, $ Non-members)

Sunday, January 17, 1pm — MUSICAL THEATER
Everyone’s favorite nanny comes to Amherst, when the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Mary Poppins at the Bowker Auditorium. Tag along as Mary takes her charges on fantastical adventures and teaches them life lessons through song. The children, in turn, struggle to share Mary’s lifeview with their distracted parents. Does this household resemble yours at all? The play could open up a family discussion about parents’ responsibilities, children’s desires, and how the two can be reconciled. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, January 17, 1pm-3pm — STEM/COMPUTERS
Calling all experienced Scratch game developers! Help Holyoke Codes create a game engine that will allow others to build better Scratch projects more easily. During “Advanced Scratch: Build a Game Engine,” you can contribute your best practices in developing custom block functions for jumping, side-motion, wall-jumping, wall sensors, velocity, gravity, shooting projectiles, displaying messages, scorekeeping, and more. The end-product will be a template for creating awesome Scratch games. This is the first of a two-part workshop. The second session meets Wednesday, 1/27, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You do not have to attend both sessions. For ages 10 and up. Registration requested. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 17, 3pm — CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT/INDIA/FILM STUDIES
Like Martin Luther King, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi employed nonviolent civil disobedience to bring about social change by inspiring a movement for civil rights and freedom across the world for India.Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will screen Gandhi (1982) over Martin Luther King weekend as an opportunity to consider how each of us can create change, locally or globally. Directed by Richard Attenborough, this film is the eighth-highest Oscar winning film of all time—claiming eight awards from 11 nominations, including best film. It stars Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, John Gielgud, and Martin Sheen. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA ($)

Sunday, January 17, 5:30pm-7pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/SINGING/COMMUNITY MEAL
Join Earthdance co-founder Penny Schultz for an a cappella SING in the Dance Barn. Songs from around the world will be taught by rote, so you don’t need to be able to read music to participate. A SING is an emotionally, physically, and musically connected celebration of the earth, love, and community. All ages/levels welcome. Potluck supper to follow. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. (<$ DONATION)

Sunday, January 17, 7pm — INCLUSION/TECHNOLOGY/FILM STUDIES
Although jobs in the technology industry are growing faster than colleges can produce computer science graduates, the number of tech positions held by women has declined, from roughly one-third to one-quarter, over the last 25 years. African-Americans and Hispanics are also underrepresented in the field. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Not rated, 2015), showing at the Berkshire Museum, examines how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, and other factors brought about this imbalance and endeavors to inspire change. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (<$ Members, $ Non-members)

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Monday, January 18th, 2016

Monday, January 18, 9am-2pm — SERVICE LEARNING/COMMUNITY MEAL/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Step forward to better your community during the MLK Day of Service sponsored by The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Participate in one of 17 projects throughout the community then enjoy a free lunch and celebration that includes inspirational remarks, music, and presentation of the 2016 Peacemaker Award. The first 200 registrants receive free passes to the North Adams Skating Rink. Read a brief biography of the civil rights leader here. 413-663-7588. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Church Street Center, 375 Church Street, North Adams MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 18, 9am-2:30pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Make this day of remembrance count for those in your community! As part of Berkshire Community College‘s Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, volunteers can choose from three service projects: Cooking and serving a free community lunch at First United Methodist Church; helping Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity with an indoor renovation; or leading activities for children and teens at Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. Breakfast and lunch provided for volunteers. Read about the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in the words of Coretta Scott King. 413-236-2177. 55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 18, 9am-3pm — CULINARY ARTS/STEM
Kids can learn cooking skills and enjoy a craft project during “Bread Baking and Soup” at Stone House Farm. Cooking shows kids how math and science apply to real life and lets them practice following directions. For kids in grades 1-8. Registration required. 413-549-4455. 649 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Monday, January 18, 10am-1pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Commemorate the birthday and peaceful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Greenfield Community College. There will be activities and programs for children and families followed by lunch and presentations. Pre-registration requested. Read more about the man behind the holiday. 413-775-1819. Dining Commons, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 18, 10am-1pm — LOCAL HISTORY/COOKING
Learn about 19th-century cooking, customs, and manners during Cooking a 19th-Century Meal at Old Sturbridge Village. Staff will help read recipes (called “receipts” at the time) and share hearth-cooking techniques, while participants prepare the meal then eat together family-style. For ages 8 and up (including adults). Registration required. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$$)

Monday, January 18, 11am-1pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at “Reclaiming the Dream of Our Beloved Community,” presented by MLK Jr. Family Services, D.R.E.A.M. Studios, Community Music School of Springfield, and Springfield College, at the MassMutual Center. There will be song, dance, theater, and more to commemorate King’s life, work, and dream of an inclusive society. Read the full text of King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”. 413-732-8428. 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 18, 1:30pm and 7pm — INCLUSION/TECHNOLOGY/FILM STUDIES
Although jobs in the technology industry are growing faster than colleges can produce computer science graduates, the number of tech positions held by women has declined, from roughly one-third to one-quarter, over the last 25 years. African-Americans and Hispanics are also underrepresented in the field. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Not rated, 2015), showing at the Berkshire Museum, examines how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, and other factors brought about this imbalance and endeavors to inspire change. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (<$ Members, $ Non-members)

Monday, January 18, 2pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/CIVIL RIGHTS/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Learn about civil rights issues from the 1960s to the present as the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts holds its 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Edwards Church. Students from Smith College will present their anti-racist work, and activists from Black Lives Matter and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee of the 1960s will hold an intergenerational conversation. Also, inspirational music by Maria Gomes. “Black Lives Matter” yard signs will be available. 413-584-8975. 297 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 18, 2pm — CIVIL RIGHTS/FILM STUDIES/MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
The Clark Art Institute presents Selma (PG-13, 2014) in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. The movie chronicles the activities of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his supporters in the months leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, which led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. King consistently guided his followers in nonviolent resistance and thus achieved one of the most important successes of the civil rights movement. What parallels can be drawn between the events portrayed in the movie and those of the Black Lives Matter movement that is active today? Best suited for mature tweens and teens. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 10am-11am — STORYTIME
Come to the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose, with Kay Lyons. This lap-sit storytime is for ages 0-3, with a caregiver. In addition to reading a book, Kay teaches animal sounds using puppets, leads the group In hand rhymes, and introduces other concepts to the very young. Rhymes start children on the path to reading and strengthen bonds between children and caregivers. Rhymes with movement also promote coordination. The program is about 30 minutes long and followed by visiting time. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm — STORYTIME
Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day at the Jones Library with Pooh stories, a craft, and snacks. While you’re there, look for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, the picture book that won the 2016 Caldecott Medal for illustration. For ages 4 and up. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 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, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm — SKILLSHARING/LOCAL FOOD/CANNING
By canning your own produce (whether purchased or grown), you can save money and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your food is free of chemicals, such as BPA. Learn how to make and can jam with Sara Cooper of Chumutka Farms at the Whately Library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm-8pm — SUSTAINABILITY/RENEWABLE ENERGY
Have you considered solar power for your home? In “Understanding Solar Incentives for Home & Business Owners,” Steve Tofel, from First Sun Solar, will tell you how to take advantage of the Low-Interest Solar Loan Program and how to receive up to $40,000 for residential solar. At the River Valley Co-op. Pre-registration required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm — PERSEVERANCE/FILM STUDIES
The Theory of Everything (PG-13, 2014) tells the story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, on whose memoir the film is based. Despite being diagnosed with ALS at age 21, Hawking pursues his life work of the study of time, with Jane’s dedicated assistance. The film can open up conversations with teens about the challenges and triumphs of real-life relationships. Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Hawking. Shown at the Jones Library as part of the Oscars Movie Series. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 19, 8pm — CONCERT
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mary Lyon Concert that it took on tour to alumnae in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia in Abbey Memorial Chapel. The concert highlights pieces by female composers, including Paufnik’s ‘Abraham’ (featuring Mt. Holyoke professor Linda Laderach on violin), a new commission by Tawnie Olsen, and excerpts from Mary D. Watkin’s opera Dark River: the Fannie Lou Hamer Story. All ages welcome. 50 College Street, South Hadley, 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)
  • 9am-10am — PLAYGROUP : Weekly playgroup at Egremont Elementary School sponsored by Pittsfield CFCE. 413-441-0974. 84 Egremont Avenue, Pittsfield, 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)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, 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: Books and Babies, for children from birth to age 2, meets at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, 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 — MUSIC: Wendy Plummer leads “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library every Tuesday. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can sing along and play with musical instruments. 413-259-3090. Woodbury Room, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, 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 – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives who are raising their young relatives can attend a support group every second and fourth Tuesday in Turners Falls. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, 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)
  • 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. >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm — STORYTIME/MUSIC/CRAFTS:
    Afternoon Preschool Storytime at the Jones Library is open to all kids from birth to age 5 but especially designed for kids who attend morning programs or school sessions. Listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and do a simple craft every Tuesday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-4pm — LEGO CLUB Come build remote control devices and other cool stuff with LEGOs at the Bushnell-Sage Library. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street, Sheffield, 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.
  • 3pm-5pm — TEENS: Afterschool Cafe every Tuesday at the Goodwin Memorial Library. Teens can be teens in their own space — a great place to work on homework, read, play games, hang with friends and chill out. Refreshments provided. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street (Corner of Routes 47 and 9), Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm — LEGOS: Kids ages 6-8 can make their “LEGO Creations” every Tuesday at the West Springfield Public Library
    413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm — BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 4-6 are invited to join the MCBA Book Club that meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month through March at Mason Library. Participants will discuss the nominee books for the 2015-16 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award and do related fun activities. Students may take the bus directly to the library after school. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — READING: Toby the reading dog loves to listen to stories. Come read to him every Tuesday in the Children’s Room at the Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, 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 millennia. 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)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-8pm — MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE: Kids and adults ages 13 and up can join the Berkshire Ukulele Band (BUB) and learn to play the ukulele with multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and performer Rob Sanzone at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Ukulele technique, chord progressions, and songs from various musical genres will be taught. Limited number of ukuleles available for use. Beginners encouraged; reading music not required. Opportunities to perform at community events. Registration requested. Drop-ins encouraged, but call ahead, as the group sometimes performs off-site during class time. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE for members and guests)

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 10am-11am — STORYTIME/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
During Little Ones Library Time at the Westfield Athenaeum, kids ages 6-35 months and their caregivers can enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes, followed by 30 minutes of free play and socializing. 413-562-6158, ext. 5. Boys and Girls Activity Room, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 20, 12pm-1pm — PARENTING SKILLS
Dr. Miriam Defant will discuss Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at The Bridge Family Resource Center as part of the Lunch and Learn Series. Lunch and childcare provided. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 20, 4pm-5pm — STEM/COMPUTERS
Engineer Tom Patton will lead a 10-week Programming Camp every Wednesday at the Berkshire Museum. Participants will learn programming basics and design and build their own “Etch-a-Sketches” to take home on the last day. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (FREE Members, $ Non-members)

Wednesday, January 20, 3:30pm – MONTESSORI EDUCATION
What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions. Corey Hadden, middle school teacher, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. 413-586-4538. Smith College Campus Center Room 204. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30pm-7:30pm — STEM/COMPUTERS
Build and program a robotic wrestler at the “SumoBots” workshop at Holyoke Codes. Based on the Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling, SumoBots are small robots that attempt to push each other out of a raised ring. This is the first of a two-part workshop. The second session meets Saturday, 1/23, from 2pm-4pm. You do not have to attend both sessions. For ages 9 and up. Registration requested. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 20, 6pm-8pm — INDIVIDUALISM/FILM STUDIES
In Dreamworks’ animated film Rise of the Guardians (PG, 2012), children’s icons Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, and Sandman battle villain Pitch Black, who turns kids’ dreams into nightmares with his scary stallions. The film is based loosely on The Guardians of Childhood, by William Joyce. Families can discuss what it means to “find one’s center,” as Jack Frost does, and why it’s important to honor our individual strengths and passions. At the Huntington Public Library. Snacks served. 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street, Huntington, 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)
  • 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)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, 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-11am – 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 – 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)
  • 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)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising their young relatives can attend a support group every fourth Wednesday in Huntington. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Street (Route 9), Huntington, 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 — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/HIKING: Come on a weekly, kid-led hike at the Hitchcock Center’s Larch Hill Conservation Area. “Toddle & Waddle It Baby!” is for caregivers and kids in carriers or with “walking legs.” Meet at the picnic tables near the boardwalk. 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Wednesday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — CHESS CLUB: Come to the Bushnell-Sage Library to play chess with your friends and neighbors, and our chessmaster,Stephen Greenspan. Any level of experience, all ages, and beginners are welcome. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — CHESS/TEENS: Come play chess with your friends (and maybe make some new ones) at Teen Chess Wednesdays at the Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 3:30pm-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)
  • 3:30pm-7:30pm — ARTISAN SKILLS/WEAVING: Help weave a blanket for the Youth Department at Emily Williston Memorial Library every Wednesday. The loom is set up, and kids can add to it anytime. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORY/CRAFT: Join the Cushman Library during the school year for thematic picture book/craft activities, snacks and opportunity to meet other parents while the kids get crafty together. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm — PARENTING SKILLS: Fatherhood…the toughest job you’ll ever love! Come to Nurturing Fathers, a weekly group for all male caregivers sponsored by The Bridge Family Resource Center. Dinner and childcare provided. Registration required. 413-549-0297, ext. 6512. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm — KNITTING: Come to the Bushnell-Sage Library to Sit and Knit! All levels welcome. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7:15pm — STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can listen to stories in their PJs at East Longmeadow Public Library‘s play-filled Pajama Storytime every Wednesday. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, 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)
  • 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)
  • 6:45pm-8:15pm — MUSIC STUDIES/SINGING: Kids and adults ages 13 and up can join Berkshire Sings! and learn to sing under the instruction of musician and teacher Robert Kelly at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Exercises in breathing, relaxation, and listening will be practiced. Songs include pop, folk, jazz standards, and show tunes. Opportunities to perform at community events. No auditions; everyone welcome. Registration requested. Drop-ins encouraged, but call ahead, as the group sometimes performs off-site during class time. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE for members and guests)
  • 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, January 21st, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 8:30am-10:30am — SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Parents can learn about opportunities for kindergarteners at the Bement School. Go on a campus tour, observe a kindergarten class, and attend a question-and-answer session with the Lower School Head, Director of Admission, and current kindergarten teacher. RSVP. 413-774-4209. 94 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 10am-11am — STORYTIME/STEM/MUSIC
During Little Explorers Storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum, kids ages 4-6 can enjoy a story, music, STEM activities, and a craft. Registration required. 413-562-6158, ext. 5. Boys and Girls Activity Room, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 11am-12pm — ICE SKATING
Ice skating builds fitness, strength, and coordination. It also offers social interaction. The Amelia Park Arena is open to homeschooling families every Thursday morning in January. Walkers available for new skaters. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street, Westfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, January 21, 4:30pm-5:30pm — BOOK CLUB
Are you a Magic Tree House fan? Join the new book club for grades 1-4 at the Monson Free Library to make new friends and read your favorite books. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 5pm — SOCIAL JUSTICE/RACE RELATIONS
Attend the “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice” Conference at Trinity Church in New York City via live-streaming at Charlemont Federated Church. Enjoy dinner with local keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, then watch the conference starting at 8pm to hear speaker Michele Norris. The film I’m Not Racist, Am I?, which follows 12 teens exploring racism over the course of a year, will also be shown. The live-streamed conference continues on 1/22 and 1/23. Suggested donation covers all three days. 413-337-5525. 175 Main Street, Charlemont, MA. ($$ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Thursday, January 21, 6:30pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER
Kalliope Jones, a “teenage post-rock girl group,” will perform at TreeCat Cafe, a monthly cafe and performance venue run by high school- and college-aged youth of the Treehouse Community. The intergenerational Treehouse Community is designed to support families fostering and adopting children from the foster care system. Donations fund youth programs at the community, including the TreeCat Cafe. Food will be served. Reservations required. Purchase tickets here. 857-919-4045. 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA. ($$ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Thursday, January 21, 7pm-9pm — INTERGENERATIONAL/ANCESTRY
We all have ancestors — those who have gone before us and contributed to who we are today, whether we realize it or not. In “Ancestors in Our Lives: a conversation and exploration with David Sprague” at Meekins Library, you can share what you know about your ancestors and learn to connect more deeply with them. Sprague is a founding member of the Ancestral Wisdom Bridge Foundation, a group that has been learning from Malidoma Some, West African healer and elder of the Dagara tribe from Burkina Faso for over 15 years. For self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Please bring one or two pictures of a deceased relative (with no living person in the picture) and/or an object that once belonged to them along with any known stories and information about them you are willing to share. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street (Route 9), Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 7:30pm — MUSICAL THEATER
Everyone’s favorite nanny comes to Amherst, when the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Mary Poppins at the Bowker Auditorium. Tag along as Mary takes her charges on fantastical adventures and teaches them life lessons through song. The children, in turn, struggle to share Mary’s lifeview with their distracted parents. Does this household resemble yours at all? The play could open up a family discussion about parents’ responsibilities, children’s desires, and how the two can be reconciled. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA. ($$)

Thursday, January 21, 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP:
There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 3pm-5pm – STEAM:
Kids can attend a STEAM program at the Greenfield Public Library on the third Thursday of each month. A guest presenter will cover either science, technology, engineering, art, or math using a book. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 21, 6:30pm – GAMES:
There will be a family game night the third Thursday of each month at Montague Common Hall. Spend quality time playing games with family and friends. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (FREE/DONATION)

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

  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 18 months through 3 years and their caregivers may participate in the Toddler Steps playgroup which meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – STORYTIME: On Thursdays, young children and their caregivers can enjoy building early literacy skills at Richmond Reads, a weekly group sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Richmond Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Storytime every Thursday at the Dalton Free Public Library. There will be stories, snacks, and a craft. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a support group for parents with infants every Thursday Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP Add some playtime, socializing, and song to your morning at Sing N Play each Thursday. Open to young children and their caregivers, and sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: No child is too young to benefit from having a story read to him or her! Listening to a read-aloud story allows children to encounter new sounds and vocabulary, teaches them how to use a book, and introduces ideas about how stories are created. Share the joy of reading with your child at the Lenox Library‘s storytime every Thursday morning. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am — STORYTIME: The Lee Library offers a parent/child program for children ages 2 ½ -5 every Thursday. 413-243-0385. Children’s Room, 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am — STEM: South Berkshire Kids
    celebrates Science! Technology! Engineering! and Math! through stories, demonstrations, songs, and tabletop activities at the Lee Library the first Thursday of each month. For ages 2-5. 413-464-5095. Children’s Room, 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAY GROUP: Children birth – 5 years old are welcome to attend a neighborhood playgroup at Sixteen Acres Library. Enjoy stories, fingerplays, a craft and playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children, siblings welcome. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street, Springfield MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-11:45am – PARENTING SKILLS/SUPPORT: Would you like to meet other parents in the area and share your parenting triumphs and challenges? Would you enjoy learning sound parenting advice from a trusted source? Check out Sips & Tips, a parenting group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12pm – NUTRITION & CULINARY ARTS: Children ages 2.5-5 years and their caregivers are invited to Kids’ Kitchen, a fun cooking group that meets on Thursdays. Children who participate in meal preparation often show greater tolerance for a variety of foods and healthier eating habits than children who do not. The focus will be on learning basic food prep techniques and making healthy choices for everyday meals. Sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and all others providing care for a child age 0-9 months are invited to Welcome Baby, a support group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Learn how to address the needs of infants and yourself, and address feeding concerns and other topics. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at the Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm & 5pm – INTERGENERATIONAL SKILL SHARING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge hosts two knitting groups most Thursdays. The 3pm group is open to all levels, and is led by Kay, who spins her own wool. The 5pm group, led by Caitlin, focuses on teaching and practicing the fundamentals of knitting, but all levels and projects are welcome. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – JOB SKILLS: Do you need help finding a job? Do you need assistance in creating or revising a resume and/or with interview skills? The Amherst Survival Center provides support during weekly sessions. And you can also join for lunch between 12pm and 1pm! You can ride the #33 bus right to the door. The Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:15pm – FINE ARTS: Visit the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts for their popular Thursday Museums a la Carte lectures, featuring presentations on a variety of fine art-related topics! Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch; coffee and cookies will be provided. Intended for older students and adults. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm – PLAYGROUP: Too old for tummy time? Too young for toddler time? Drop into this fun social time for babies at Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. Community Room, Forbes Library, 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Thursday. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Thursday knitting circle, hosted at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – STEAM: Kids can attend a STEAM program at the Greenfield Public Library on the third Thursday of each month. A guest presenter will cover either science, technology, engineering, art, or math using a book. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm — LEGOS: Kids ages 9-15 can use their creativity and engineering skills during LEGO Club every Thursday at the West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — SERVICE LEARNING/SOCIAL JUSTICE//TEENS: At PeaceJam, teens can join their peers to study the work of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates then develop service learning projects that address the issues they care about. The group meets every Thursday at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For ages 14 and up. 413-549-0297, ext. 6512. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – AFTERSCHOOL & YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millenia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: The Williams College Museum of Art
    is open late every Thursday. Bring the family for some after-work adventures! 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)
  • 6pm – GAME CLUB: Get together to play an assortment of games including board games, standard card games, trading card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games at the Westhampton Public Library each Thursday. Open to all but focused on ages 13 and up. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-12 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. North Adams Library, 4th Floor. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – GAMES: There will be a family game night the third Thursday of each month at Montague Common Hall. Spend quality time playing games with family and friends. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (FREE/DONATION)
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children, teenagers, or adults are invited to participate in TransParents, a support group that meets on the first Thursday of every month (except Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – TRIVIA: Display your trivia knowledge the first Thursday of each month at the Jones Library‘s trivia night! There will be two rounds of 15 questions and you can either come with a team or form one at the library (teams must be smaller than 5). There will also be prizes and refreshments. Intended for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION $)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Friday, January 22, 9am-5pm — SOCIAL JUSTICE/RACE RELATIONS
Attend the “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice” Conference at Trinity Church in New York City via live-streaming at Charlemont Federated Church. Listen to speakers, including Nicholas Kristof, Anna Deavere Smith, Emilie Townes, Gary Dorrien, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, as well as participate in onsite facilitated discussion groups. The live-streamed conference starts on 1/21 and continues on 1/23. Suggested donation covers all three days. 413-337-5525. 175 Main Street, Charlemont, MA. ($$ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, January 22, 9:30am and 11am — STORYTIME
Toddlers can listen to a story and do fingerplays and other activities during Terrific Twos & Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum. Being read to promotes language development and socialization, and fingerplays help with fine motor coordination. 413-562-6158, ext. 5. Boys and Girls Activity Room, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 9:30am-11:30am — LOCAL HISTORY/HOMESCHOOLING
Take advantage of the quiet season at Old Sturbridge Village with Home School Winter Mornings – workshops just for home school students. Choose from one- or two-hour sessions covering topics such as blacksmithing, photography, farm chores, sketching, straw braiding, and school in the 19th century. A wonderful chance for a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. For ages 7 and up. Pre-registration required. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($-$$)

Friday, January 22, 10am — CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Children can explore with a variety of age-appropriate tools, including magnets, magnifying glasses, scissors, markers, and crayons, at Tool Time, sponsored by the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County at Adams Free Library. Registration requested. 413-664-4821. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 10am — STORYTIME
Come to the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose, with Kay Lyons. This lap-sit storytime is for ages 0-3, with a caregiver. In addition to reading a book, Kay teaches animal sounds using puppets, leads the group In hand rhymes, and introduces other concepts to the very young. Rhymes start children on the path to reading and strengthen bonds between children and caregivers. Rhymes with movement also promote coordination. The program is about 45 minutes long and followed by visiting time. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP:
Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center the first and third Friday of each month with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 10:30am-11:30am — NATURE-BASED/ANIMAL STUDIES
Meet some of the wildlife that share the Connecticut River watershed with us during the Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Kidleidoscope programs on Four Fridays in January. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft. This week’s animal is the bear. What are bears doing this time of year? What’s it like to hibernate? Meet in the Great Hall. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a caregiver. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 11am-12:50pm — ICE SKATING
Get some exercise, and maybe meet some new friends, at the Homeschool Skate at the Mullins Center. For children school age and younger. Caregivers skate for free when accompanying children. Free skate rentals. 413-545-2791. 200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, January 22, 3pm-4pm — STEM/LEGOS/TEENS
LEGOs aren’t just for kids — they can be used to create sophisticated projects using robotics. Challenge your creative and collaborative skills by building and programming a robot with your friends at Teen LEGO Robotics at the Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 22, 5pm-8pm — COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER
Red or white, beans or no beans — what’s your preference? Shake off winter’s chill while supporting local students at the Farmington River Elementary PTA‘s Chili Cookoff at the Knox Trail Inn. Sample various chili entries submitted by your neighbors then vote for your favorite. After warming your insides, generate some heat on the dance floor with David Reed & Trio Traumatica. Route 23, Downtown, East Otis, MA. (<$ DONATION)

Friday, January 22, 7:30pm — MUSICAL THEATER
Everyone’s favorite nanny comes to Amherst, when the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Mary Poppins at the Bowker Auditorium. Tag along as Mary takes her charges on fantastical adventures and teaches them life lessons through song. The children, in turn, struggle to share Mary’s lifeview with their distracted parents. Does this household resemble yours at all? The play could open up a family discussion about parents’ responsibilities, children’s desires, and how the two can be reconciled. 413-259-3065. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through May 2016 for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under each Friday. Explore and connect with others, and learn from guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in time at the Haskins Center every Friday. Come play and make friends every week. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center the first and third Friday of each month with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Incorporate much-needed physical activity into your child’s day by participating in Skip & Dip, a high-energy playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. This group, which meets on Fridays, starts with an hour of playtime in the gym with assorted toys and equipment, followed by an hour of swimming in the pool. 413-644-0104. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – MUSIC & PLAYGROUP: Children ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Mason Library‘s Sing N Play group every Friday. Please register in advance for one 4-week session. New sessions begin each month. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART/MUSIC Toddlers ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Ramsdell Library every Friday for the “Time for Tots” group. This hour of fun will include stories, songs, art, and movement. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon — PLAYGROUP: Socialize with other parents while your child plays at the Infant & Toddler Playgroup at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. Light breakfast served. For kids ages 0-3 and their caregivers. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool Story Time on the first Friday of every month through the end of June 2016 at the Cushman Library. Stories, coloring, crafts, songs, activities, snacks, and more. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – STORYTIME: The Sunderland Public Library’s Head of Youth Services, Kelly Daniels Baker, invites children ages 3-5 and their families to a preschool storytime. Includes stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program every Friday that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield, MA offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Friday afternoon. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm — TEENS: Get together with other teens at the Teen Lounge at Jones Library every Friday.
    413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Celebrate the end of the week with a movie that the whole family can enjoy at Family Movie NIght at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. For all ages. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4-8pm — ART/ART STUDIES: Experience hands-on art-making for all ages as part of Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art. Come with Open Eyes and join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Light refreshments. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The first Friday of each month, First Friday Greenfield takes place downtown. Stores and restaurants will be open late, and there will be music, activities, art shows, and more. Support local businesses and explore everything Greenfield has to offer at this fun monthly event. Downtown. Greenfield, MA.
  • 5pm-8pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TUBING: No sledding hill nearby? Enjoy tubing at Ski Butternut‘s eight-lane tubing park every Friday night. Ticket covers use of a tube and the tubing lift for two hours. One person per tube. 413-528-2000. 380 State Road, Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night every Friday! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 7pm-9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/DRUM CIRCLE: Join your neighbors for a musical celebration of life, love, and community at the One Love Community Drum Circle at Berkcirque the second Friday of each month. Bring your hand drums, percussion instruments, hula hoops, coin skirts, and dance shoes, if you have them. There will be an hour of drumming and dancing, followed by a short prayer and sharing, then more drumming. A drug- and alcohol-free event. 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Have you ever learned about an eclipse, comet, meteor shower, or other celestial event after it happened? Don’t miss out on another one! The “Stars over Springfield” observatory series invites the public to learn about and enjoy the night sky with the help of the Springfield Science Museum‘s large rooftop telescope on the first Friday of every month. There will be a short talk on an astronomy-related topic, followed by opportunities to view celestial objects of interest. These programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and up, although younger children are also welcome. In case of clouds or rain, a planetarium show will replace the outdoor viewing. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-263-6800 x 318. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (< $)
  • 8pm – TALENT SHOW: The first Friday of every month, the Valley Talent Showcase takes place at Gateway City Arts. Come watch local bands, musicians, dancers, and more perform on stage, or sign up to participate and gain experience performing onstage for an audience. This is a great chance to see some talented local groups perform or to get your name out there. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (< $)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Chicopee, Cummington, Deerfield, Hadley, New Salem, Shelburne Falls, Sunderland Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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