Suggested Events for March 19th-25th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Over 50 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from with new camps added every week!

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Mar 20

Celebrate spring with The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Sunday, March 20 from 12noon-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Guests can dance a Wiggle Jiggle down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar, make butterfly wings in the Art Studio, taste Very Yummy Smoothies from Whole Foods, enjoy special storytimes, and search for the Caterpillar’s favorite foods in a museum-wide scavenger hunt. For more information and a schedule of activities, please visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-559-6300. All activities free with Museum Admission!

Mar 20

Piti Theatre Co. presents their 7th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls on Sun., March 20, featuring Puppetkabob’s The Snowflake Man at 4pm. Winner of puppetry’s highest award, Sarah Frechette tells the story of farmer-scientist “Snowflake” Bentley, the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in the 1920’s. Plus Piti Theatre’s all ages world premiere Olde Coleraine: a Musical Hilltown History at 2pm, horse and cart rides, syrup-tasting, free Real Pickles, maple treats, Pop-up Puppet Workshop (pre-registration recommended), and more! Tix $12/$5 children under 12 at Boswell’s Books, S.F., World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and online at www.ptco.org/syrup. info@ptco.org, 413-625-6569

Mar 22

Boogie with your baby! Stop by The Center Dance Studio on Tuesday, March 22nd for a free trial class of “Rhythm & Rhyme,” a creative movement class for babies and the grown-ups who love them. Drop-in for the first class, enroll for the whole session! 9:15am: pre-walkers; 10am: walkers – 24 months. Visit The Center’s Program of Classes for a full description. For more information, email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com or call 413-230-1944. The Center Dance Studio is located at 321 Main Street in Amherst, MA.

Mar 23

Pop Star Purim Palooza on Wednesday night, March 23rd from 5:30-8:30pm at Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton. CBI warmly welcomes everyone to attend a joyful, musical and wacky Purim celebration. The program will start with a kids’ carnival from 5:30-6:30. A light, healthy dinner will be served for kids at 6:00. There will be a costume parade at 6:30. From 6:45-8:00 there will be a public recitation of the Megillah (Book of Esther) in both English and Hebrew.The Megillah reading will include live music and parodies of Adele, Katy Perry and others.Suggested donation of $5 per person with proceeds to local charities. Local beer, hamantashen and tasty snacks. Kids AND adults encouraged to come in costume! Check out the event on Facebook.

Apr 24 – May 22

Biocitizen’s Drawing on Nature is an environmental art class that nurtures biophilia & the skills of transporting nature into the sketchbook with pencils & paints & into sculpture with clay—& features hikes & plein aire activities. Introductory concepts of composition, line, form, value, texture, color and pattern are used to inspire students’ imaginations & expressions. The rigor of botanical illustration is balanced with the fun of loose gesture drawings & experiments in clay. Students get a notebook & a travel watercolor set that they take home. Tuition is $230.00 for 20 hours instruction & all materials. Classes are Sundays, 10am–2pm, from Apr 24-May 22, 2016. Ages: 9-12 Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgwww.biocitizen.org

Summer Weekly Art & Swim Workshops at Meadowedge for ages 5-11 . Sign up now for sessions June 20-August 8: Stone Carving, Paper Mache Sea Creatures, Treasure Pouches/Hunt and more! Some space still available for Spring Art Classes, ages 4-11. Adult Carve and Print Workshop on Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm. Text or call Cynthia: 413-219-7807; cfulton@meadowedgeart.com. Visit www.meadowedgeart.org for more information.

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Saturday, March 19, 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. Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. 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, March 19
MAPLE WEEKEND
Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. The production of maple syrup is historically important in part because it is one of few North American agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import. The sugar season is weather dependent since the sap needs to thaw in order to be harvested. Sugaring, therefore, is not only a historic tradition and a thriving industry; sugar harvesting signals that Spring is near! Come to Old Sturbridge Village on a Maple Day in March (Saturday, March 19 9:30pm-4pm and Sunday, March 20 9:30am-4pm) to witness maple harvesting techniques, including Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. You can also check out the hours of operation and location of local sugar shacks at the CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) website. You can learn even more about Massachusetts Maple production at the Mass Maple site. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 19, any time
MYCOLOGY/MUSHROOM CULTIVATION
Only 30 slots are available, so register now for a mushroom cultivation workshop at the Sunderland Public Library on April 2nd. This hands-on workshop will take place at 2pm and participants will learn how to create a mushroom log (which they will be able to take home!) This event is a great introduction into studying mycology. You will learn about the mushroom life cycle and the ecological role mushrooms play in their environment. Then you can watch the life cycle for yourself as you cultivate mushrooms in your own backyard! Call 413-665-2642 to register. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, all day
RESTAURANT WEEK
Is there an Amherst restaurant you’ve been meaning to try? Stop in to participating businesses March 12 through March 19th for special menu items and deals. Participants include Johnny’s Tavern, Bistro 63, Moti, Chez Albert, 30 Boltwood and Osperia Vespa. Check out the Amherst Business Improvement District website for more information and updates. Support local businesses and reconnect with friends and family over a plate of delicious food perfect for sharing. Amherst, MA. ($ – $$)

Saturday, March 19, 9am
SPRING CELEBRATION
Children between the ages of 3 and 6 are invited to decorate eggs and engage in other Spring themed crafts at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Then, at 10am children ages 6 and under can participate in an Egg Hunt. There will be three hunts for different age groups – age 2 and under (10am), ages 3 and 4 (10:30am), and ages 5 and 6 (11am). Arrive early to register or register in advance by calling 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)

Saturday, March 19, 10am
CULTURE STUDIES/IMMIGRATION
The Irish-American experience remains an important part of the history of the Pioneer Valley. Join Holyoke’s 2016 Ambassador Award Winner, Dr. Mary C. Kelly to learn more about the history of the Irish experience in America at the Holyoke Public Library. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 10am
EGG HUNT
Join families at Daley Field as the bunny announces the start of the egg hunt! There are 18,000 eggs to be collected and hundreds of prize eggs. Grand prizes include two bicycles and gift certificates to local businesses. Children under ten are welcome to participate in this community event and have the chance to feel like Charlie looking for the golden ticket! There will also be a section designed for children under four. Daley Field on Williston Ave, near Easthampton High School. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 10am-11am
NATURE-BASED EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD
Introduce your child to nature at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with an hour long guided hike designed specifically for caregivers and their young children (ages five and under). Time in nature, especially unstructured time outdoors, has amazing health benefits for children. In addition to exercise and vitamin D, time outside helps children focus, decreases their anxiety and may even decrease the likelihood of nearsightedness. At this guided hike you will learn skills and tricks to guide your own nature walks with your children, ensuring that you and your child get plenty of time outside! Feel free to stay after the event for a picnic or to continue exploring. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 19, 10am-11:30am
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Besides warmer weather and longer days, what are some natural signs of Spring? At Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary a nature expert will point out some of these signs including the return of turkey vultures, and spring insects such as lighting bugs and frogs. Keep an eye out for skunk cabbage. After the walk, you can continue to look for signs of Spring in your own neighborhoods. All ages are welcome. 413-584-3009. Main St. Hampden, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 19, 10am-12pm
DENDROLOGY/TREE IDENTIFICATION
How do you typically identify trees? You may first decide to look at their leaves. But what about in the winter months? Bark can provide some clues, but buds are the most definitive way to know. Come to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and learn how to use a pocket key to identify trees based on their bark and branches. Registration is required. Call 413-637-0320 to register. Fee includes Winter Tree Finder field guide for participants. Learning to identify trees can change the way you look at nature, as suddenly you have a language for what you see and a greater understanding of the habitat around you. 472 West Mountain Rd. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 19, 10:30am
EASTER EGG HUNT
Organized by The Franklin County Rotary Club and hosted by Trinity Church is an epic Easter Egg Hunt with 3000 egg! There will be three separate fields filled with prize eggs and a few special prizes, too!  Fun for the whole family! 17 Severance Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 10:30am-12:30pm
PARENTING WORKSHOP: LIMIT SETTING
Parents are constantly striking a balance between giving their children necessary and healthy independence, and setting limits to keep them safe. Betsy Evans , Educational Consultant, Conflict Resolution Specialist, and author of You Are Not My Friend Anymore will give parents tips on when and how to set necessary limits for your children. There will be free childcare available in the children’s room of the library.Please contact: amy.battisti@frsu38.org with any questions. 20 School Street. Sunderland MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 10:30am
EASTER CELEBRATION
At the Belchertown Recreation Center, each child will receive a basket of goodies and a balloon. You will be able to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. This event is very popular. Please register by calling 413-323-0419. 66 State St # 1. Belchertown, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 19, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Explore the sometimes surprising bounty of the winter harvest, and explore other wonderful, local delights such as honey, breads, pastries, cheeses, jewelry, and more at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market, which runs most Saturdays through April 2, 2016. SNAP accepted throughout the market. Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 10am-4pm
UPCYCLING FAIR
Every time you spend money you are supporting some type of business or individual entrepreneur. Come to Frontier Community Enrichment Partnership’s Upcycling Fair and support local artists and entrepenuers who make products out of recycled materials. Learn about local organizations at their tables. There will be food for sale, pet products, drawings for baskets to support fundraisers. Enjoy live music from local musicians. The Up Up Fair will take place at the Jones Library to listen yourself and find out what makes his music so appealing to both children and adults. Bring the whole family! Woodbury Room. 413- 259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 11am
EGG HUNT
The egg hunt at the Hadley Elementary School will be followed by a carnival and local entertainment. Celebrate Spring with food, crafts, games, and a picture with the Easter Bunny. 413-584-5011. 21 River Drive. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 11am-12pm
GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR/ART/ZOOLOGY
In the Berkshire Museum’s ArtZoo exhibit, visitors can see familiar and exotic animals depicted in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramic, video, and more. The works of art are organized by species, like a zoo. In the exhibit, you and your kids can learn about animals as well as art (without any of the moral concerns associated with captive animals.) Families can also participate in “animal yoga,” practicing positions such as downward dog and butterfly pose. This Saturday is the ideal time to see the ArtZoo exhibit. The exhibition’s manager will be present, with two of the artists, to give a guided tour. Photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle will discuss their wildlife photography and Eagle will tell you the background story behind her award-winning video, Ambush in the Pantanal. With so many instances of the same animal depicted in different forms, this is a great opportunity for your children to learn about and identify artistic mediums through the act of comparison. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $. Child >$)

Saturday, March 19, 11am
STEM/MAPLE SYRUP
Science enthusiasts between the ages of four and eight are invited to join the Young Scientist Club at Gaylord Memorial Library. Today the young scientists will learn how maple syrup is made and what some signs of Spring are, besides warm weather. What species of birds just arrived for the start of the season? What do they look and sound like? Arrive curious and leave curious. 413-538-5047. 47 College St. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 11:15am
FAIRY TALES/PUPPET SHOW
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will be bringing together two enduring forms of childhood entertainment: puppet shows and fairy tales. Puppet shows appeal to children’s desire to bring inanimate objects to life and in some cases, see animals talk. Fairy tales have classic themes which have allowed these stories to remain popular over centuries. Bring your children ages 2 through 9 to see a puppet show performance of “Snow White and Rose Red” at the Mason Public Library 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington. MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 12pm-3pm
EGG HUNT
Atkins Farms’ Annual Easter Egg and Candy Hunt will include a free photo with the Easter bunny for those who bring two cans of food to donate to the local food bank. This event is first come first served and you will need to bring a basket. 413-253-9528. 1150 West St. South Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 19, 12:30-1:30pm
ARTISAN SKILLS/POTTERY
Community members of all ages are welcome to come to the Huntington Public Library to learn about pottery. There will be brief opportunities to actively participate, between demonstrations and explanation of this art form’s historical background. This event is a great way to spark interest in a hands-on, practical art form which teaches patience and dexterity. 413-667-3506. 7 E Main St. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 1pm
FOLKLORE/IRISH CULTURE
The figure of “fairy godmother” has its roots in fairy tales of varied cultural origins. Today’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will blend the allure of fairy tale figures with a modern magic show. The performance will highlight Irish culture and history. Our fairy godmother’s performance will also involve audience participation. The Irish Fairy Godmother Magic Show at the Holyoke Public Library is designed for audiences aged roughly three to eight, and their caregivers. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 1:30-2:30pm
LITERACY/ANIMALS
Do you know a book lover who also loves dogs? How about a dog lover who struggles with reading? Children between the ages of three and nine can come to the Westfield Athenaeum and meet their next reading buddy, a friendly dog! Learning to read aloud can be nerve racking. Before reading to classmates or teachers your child can practice reading to a furry, non-judgmental, non-threatening friend. Reading is a fundamental skill necessary for learning across myriad subjects and professions. A love for reading will also bring a great deal of joy to your child’s life. The “Read to Rover” program aims to help children associate reading with fun! Registration is required. Boys and Girls Activity Room. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 1:30pm-2pm
CARPENTRY/ORNITHOLOGY
Last year’s effort to create bluebird nest boxes in Berkshire county helped to assist birds in 78 nesting attempts totaling 338 eggs, leading to 257 fledged birds. Come to this family-friendly nature workshop at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and assemble a bluebird nesting box to take home. These boxes might also attract other birds such as the Tree Swallow, House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, or White-breasted Nuthatch. This workshop will include information on where to place the nest boxes. At this event you will learn about wildlife, habitat, and reproductive patterns of local birds and have a positive impact on your environment with the placement of your nest box. Please call 413-637-0320 to register. Best suited for children ages five through twelve. 472 W Mountain Rd. Lenox, MA. (Adult $$. Children free)

Saturday, March 19, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/BIBLIOPHILE
Are you interested in books? How about local history? Join Barbara Blumenthal, the rare book specialist in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, as she discusses Marion Dodd and the bookstore Dodd piloted for nearly 55 years. The Bookshop opened 100 years ago this year and was the center of literary life in Northampton and the Pioneer Valley. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 2pm
THEATER/MUSICAL
Have you ever read a book or watched a movie set in a town you know well? It can be interesting to bring your own knowledge of a place to a work of art, and enlightening to see a familiar town from a new perspective. West Side of The Bridge is an original play based partly on Grease and West Side Story but set in Amherst and Northampton. This ultimately uplifting story of a rivalry between “The Hurricanes” and “The Devils” will provide a new take on your community and on traditional musicals. Students of Whole Children, an inclusive community center, will perform this musical for the public at Smith College. Purchase your tickets at the Whole Children website before they sell out! Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 19, 3:30pm
ARTISAN SKILL/POTTERY
The whole family can learn about ceramics through this wheel throwing demonstration at the Montgomery Library. This interactive presentation will focus on creatures and animals such as chickens, penguins, pigs and parrots. What is your child’s favorite animal? Nick, the ceramics expert, can probably make it with clay. Learn about the endless possibilities of pottery. 413-862-3894. 160 Main Rd. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 19, 4pm
INTERACTIVE FAMILY COMEDY SHOW
Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turns as the center of attention, or simply relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show.” The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs, and games. If you or your child end up doing a great job making people laugh, don’t just write yourselves off as silly. Humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity (and requires a degree of fearlessness!) Ages 5-12 and their caregivers. 121 Club. 116 Pleasant Street of Easthampton, MA (<$ Kids. $ Adults)

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Sunday, March 20, 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, March 20
MAPLE WEEKEND
Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. The production of maple syrup is historically important in part because it is one of few North American agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import. The sugar season is weather dependent since the sap needs to thaw in order to be harvested. Sugaring, therefore, is not only a historic tradition and a thriving industry; sugar harvesting signals that Spring is near! Come to Old Sturbridge Village on a Maple Day in March (Saturday, March 19 9:30pm-4pm and Sunday, March 20 9:30am-4pm) to witness maple harvesting techniques, including Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. You can also check out the hours of operation and location of local sugar shacks at the CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) website. You can learn even more about Massachusetts Maple production at the Mass Maple site. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, March 20, 10am-11:30am
PURIM/PASTRY ARTS
Hamantaschen is a Jewish desert, made in the shape of a triangle to represent the tri-corned hat of Haman, enemy of the Jewish people. This holiday pastry symbolizes Haman’s defeat. You can learn how to make Hamantaschen (with regular and gluten free recipes) and socialize with local families at Lander-Grinspoon Academy. This event is best suited for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. There will be upcycled noisemakers for the kids to play with. Please direct questions to offfice@LanderGrinspoon .org​. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 10am-12pm
ORNITHOLOGY/INTERGENERATIONAL
Learn about local bird migration at Bartholomew’s Cobble, as experts point out species of birds which have recently arrived due to the warmer weather. Participants will learn how to identify these species not only by appearance but also by their calls. Bring binoculars if you have them. For information call 413-298-3239 x3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 117 Cooper Hill Rd. Sheffield, MA. (>$. Children FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 10am-8pm
BOTANY/FLOWER SHOW
Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, they present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. From Saturday March 5 to Sunday, March 20, the Smith botanical gardens will be open, displaying Spring flowers. Start off your Spring celebration at the Smith College botanical gardens. Flower show hours:10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays extended hours: 4:00 to 8:00 pm. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, March 20, 10am-4pm
BOTANY/FLOWER SHOW
Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, they present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. From Saturday March 5 to Sunday, March 20, the Mount Holyoke College botanical gardens will be open, displaying Spring flowers. Start off your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant plants, including hyacinths, narcissus, pansies, freesia, primroses, canary broom, as well as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, crocus, scilla, muscari, cineraria and calceolaria or pocketbook plant. 413-538-2116. Open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 12pm-3pm
PURIM/JEWISH COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Purim is a holiday celebrating the defeat of Haman, a man who planned to kill all the Jews. During Purim, those celebrating often recount the story of Esther, the Persian-Jewish queen, and her role in the defeat of Haman. At the Jewish Community Center families will be celebrating Purim with activities including a bounce house, an indoor campfire, games, a candy room, kosher BBQ, an indoor rock wall, and more. Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Sunday, March 20, 12pm-4pm
CHILDREN’S BOOKS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
On “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art visitors celebrate the book by making art, playing games, and taking pictures with costumed characters. There will be storytimes, films, and an opportunity for kids to make their own butterfly wings! This day is also celebrated far beyond the Carle museum at schools, libraries, and bookstores. This celebration allows children to be active participants in this story rather than passive listeners. 413- 559-6315. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA (>$)

Sunday, March 20, 1pm-3pm
STEM/CYBER-SECURITY
Cyber-securityis important to anyone who uses the internet. Not only do you need to take measures to protect your files, but your very identity and thus your finances can be at risk. People who create anti-virus software need to have the same level of hacking knowledge as the people who create the viruses. More and more colleges are beginning to teach these important, if slightly taboo, skills. Join Holyoke Codes where participants will learn about cryptography, crack passwords and join forces for a Capture the Flag hacking contest! Ages ten and up. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center 100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 1pm-7pm
PERFORMANCE ART/HILLTOWN HISTORY
People all over New England have been celebrating the Spring season by tapping trees and cultivating Maple Syrup. You can go a few steps further than just buying maple syrup to celebrate the season. Come to Piti Theatre Company’s Syrup Festival! In addition to syrup tasting there will be horse and carriage rides, puppet shows, and at 2pm, Piti Theater’s performance of “Olde Coleraine: a Musical Hilltown History.” This play features a cast of both adults and children. Learn about the history of your area while supporting local actors, young and old. The festival will take place at Memorial Hall. 51 Bridge St. Shelburne Falls, MA. (Adults $. Children >$)

Sunday, March 20, 2pm
FAIRY TALES/MARIONETTES
All community members are invited to the New Hingham Elementary School to see Tanglewood Marionettes bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life. Watch skilled marionettes manipulate hand crafted puppets. This could be a great introduction to the classical fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. For those who already know the story, Tanglewood Marionettes are sure to provide an interesting new representation of the characters. 30 Smith Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 2pm
HISTORY/FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
Early United States history is rife with captive taking by both Europeans and Native Americans. Treatments of captives varied greatly by various groups, tribes, and circumstances. Many European captives kept accounts of their experiences, such that these events can be explored with primary source materials. Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College will be giving a talk, “Colonization and Captivity in Native Space,” at Historic Deerfield. Her talk is part of the 2016 Winter Lecture Series, “In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity before the French and Indian War.” This talk can be an entry point for adults and self-directed teens interested in expanding their historical knowledge by analyzing various perspectives and motivations for a given event. Captive taking is also one way in which Native and European cultures influenced each other. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
Cooking is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to survive. Teaching kids at a young age how to cook can make them feel empowered and encourage their natural need to become increasingly independent. This cooking class at the Bushnell Sage Library will teach kids how to make veggie burgers, breakfast, and dessert. This is part of a five week cooking class led by Lia P. Douillet on Sunday afternoons (March 6, 13, 20 & April 3 & 17). Bring your children between the ages of 10 to 13 and watch them grow into confident chefs! Please call 413-229-7004 to register. 48 S Main St, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 3pm-5pm
FOLK DANCE
Get some exercise and have fun with other families at The Common School in Amherst. Marguerite Durant will teach you some basic English Country Dancing, accompanied by live fiddle and piano music. Families with children twelve and older, with or without experience, are invited to participate in the dance. Younger children are also welcome if they have some experience with country dancing. Please direct any questions to Linda Henry via email at lindapiano@gmail.com. 521 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, March 20, 4pm-5:30pm
PARENTING WORKSHOP
Many parents struggle with broaching topics of sex and gender with their children. Influences of media and peers are unavoidable, however, so it is wise for parents to put their values across to their children before or in conjunction with these other influences. Come to Northampton Area Pediatrics for advice on how to talk about these subjects from certified Sexuality Educator Jane Fleischman. Jane has over 35 years of educational experience and is a seasoned presenter and workshop coordinator. Come with questions. Space is limited. RSVP to alok@napeds.com or call 413-517-2226. 193 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 20, 4pm-6pm
GENEALOGY
The genealogy workshop continues at the Holyoke Public Library. Today will be an open session for participants to continue the work they have started. But if you missed the first two sessions, don’t fret! Research expert Dave Robinson (creator of Old Bones Genealogy of New England will help you get started with the basics. Please bring your library card. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday, March 21, 10am-11am
COMMUNITY SUPPORT/PARENTING
Do you have a child around age eight or younger with developmental delays? Come to the Haskins Center to meet other parents to share resources and discuss your experiences.
Transportation and child care are available. Please call 413-664-4821 to register for child care or transportation. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 21, 4pm-8pm
COMMUNITY SERVICE/COMMUNITY MEAL
Would you like to get a handcrafted, artisan bowl for your kitchen while supporting the Amherst Survival Center? Buy an advance ticket and come to The Pub where you will dine on delicious food donated by local restaurants. The Amherst Survival Center has been providing food, clothing, and a sense of community to those in need for forty years. Support the Center and support your neighbors. 413- 549-1200. 15 East Pleasant St. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Monday, March 21 5:30pm-7pm
PARENT WORKSHOP: EARLY LITERACY
There are tons of ways to get your young children comfortable with reading and ultimately help them grow to love books. Creating safe, encouraging spaces where they can learn to read and providing them with books to choose from are two good steps. This four part (March 14, 21, 28, April 4) parent-child reading workshop at Pelham Elementary will give you many more tips and activities, as well as a book to take home each week! Please bring your child with you for this night of talking, playing, singing and sharing books. This workshop is for parents of children from birth to age five. This Collaborative For Educational Services event is part of a larger series, “The Puzzle of Parenting.” Look out for similar events in the future. 413-586-4900-Option 3. 45 Amherst Rd. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 21, 5:30pm -7:30pm
LOCAL FOOD/SUSTAINABILTY
Thinking about joining a farm share? Participating in a farm share has many benefits. You support local farmers while also boosting your own health with fresh foods. Obtaining food directly from a farm can also help expand your eating and cooking palate, as you incorporate new ingredients into your meals. Community Supported Agriculture can take many forms. Some CSAs welcome you to participate by picking crops on the farm, while others provide you with already picked fruits and/or vegetables. In Western Massachusetts there are a lot of CSAs to choose from. Come to “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food” at the North Adams Farmers’ MArket to meet with local farmers and learn about their CSA programs. Enjoy samplings from local farm and food producers. 85 Main Street. 85 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 21, 7pm-9pm
SKILLSHARING/WOOLCRAFT
After the 2008 recession, craft stores felt a boom in sales while many other retailers watched their numbers drop. The increased interest in DIY activities seems to have stuck around. You can join the ranks of crafters and local agriculturists by participating in a free class on crafting with wool. Bring your own fiber tools and learn about the skills of knitting, felting, spinning and weaving. Whether you’re building on a pre-existing ability, or want to learn a brand new skill, you can bring the knowledge you gain from this class with you to the upcoming Sheep and Woolcraft fair taking place in the Spring. This class is sponsored by the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center.Classes will take place at the Middlefield Senior Center 169 Skyline Trail, Middlefield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9:30am-10:30am — PLAYGROUP : Weekly playgroup at Crosby Elementary School sponsored by Pittsfield CFCE. 413-441-0974. 517 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – STORYTIME & MUSIC: Families with young children are invited to the Spear Memorial Library every Monday for a “Tales & Tunes” program with Katie Tolles, sponsored by the Community Network for Children. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC: Parent-child playgroup at the Pelham Library offers a story, snack, music, and fingerplays. “Music for Little Ones,” with Wendy Plummer, follows at 10:30am. Ages birth-5 years. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join the Play N Learn playgroup each Monday morning, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group that runs every Monday. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – LITERACY: Young children can have fun with books and reading at Wee Read at the Worthington Library every Monday. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for ages walking to 5 years every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-458-5925. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Young children and their caregivers are invited to Gym Fun, a playgroup that incorporates lots of movement. This group meets on Mondays and is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Town Hall, 21 State Line Rd., West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning, ongoing. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am —KNITTING INSTRUCTION/SKILLSHARE
    Don’t know how to knit? Learn! Already know how to knit? Teach! Every second Tuesday of the month, you can trade knitting techniques at theWhately Library. This is a relaxing and engaging activity that allows you to be creative and end up with a useful product. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Rd. Whately, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon — PARENTING SUPPORT: Get out of the house and socialize with other moms and dads at the Baby and Me Group at Family Center of Northern Berkshire County every second Monday of the month. Share experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Each child receives a new board book on the first visit. For parents with children from infant to walking. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – 4pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/TEENS:
    Hang out with your friends and color some cool designs at Mandala Mondays at the Lee Library. Coloring lets you put your worries aside and focus on creating something beautiful. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – ART: Do you know a teen who loves to draw? The Hubbard Library offers “Sketchy Ato,” a drop-in session in which all genres are welcome – manga, comics, western, or anything else. Artists can share their work (if they want) with fellow art maniacs! For middle & high schoolers. Every two weeks. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St., Ludlow, MA.. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm — CHESS: Drop in to Storrs Library to learn and play chess every Monday. Taught and led by Longmeadow High School students. All ages; beginners welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — STORYTIME/SINGING/PUPPETRY: Kids of all ages are invited to the Greenfield Public Library every Monday for Afterschool Read-Aloud. Enjoy picture books, folk tales, or passages from favorite chapter books, along with sing-along songs and puppetry. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — PARENTING SUPPORT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group meets Monday evenings at The Bridge Family Resource Center. Meet with others in a safe place to talk and be heard. Dinner served. No registration required. Childcare provided. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30pm-6pm — POETRY/TEENS: Bring your stories, share your truth, and discover your voice in a weekly Teen Poetry Workshop facilitated by local writer and artist Jorrell Watkins at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For ages 13-18. No registration required. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6pm — COMMUNITY MEAL: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a community supper prepared by some of the best chefs in the Berkshires every Monday. Join your neighbors and make new friends. Donations accepted and contributions of non-perishable food items for local food banks encouraged. No reservations required. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at the Haskins Center for ages walking to 8 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm — WOMEN’S STUDIES/BOOK CLUB: Book club focusing on media literacy and gender-based violence meets the last Monday of every month at the Sunderland Public Library
    to discuss how popular media, such as books, portray sexual/domestic violence and how those portrayals impact our culture. Best suited for mature teens and adults. Learn more here. Pre-registration requested. 413-665 2642. Lane Reading Room, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s ongoing weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm — BOOK CLUB: The Emily Williston Memorial Library invites you to Monday Night Book Club, which meets the fourth Monday of each month (except in May). For adults and/or young adults who are mature readers. 413-527-1031. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, MA (FREE)
  • 6:45pm-7:45pm — PERFORMING: Come offer your creative ideas and talents to support your library at Storrs Library‘s Spirit Squad, meeting every Monday through 5/16. Help plan and perform a dance or skit for the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on 4/14, and promote the library at Long Meddowe Days in May. For students in grades 6 and up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – POETRY: Forbes Library holds a poetry discussion group every Monday in the Coolidge Museum. Come discuss the works of famous poets with community members of all backgrounds – lifelong poets and those who are new to reading poetry. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – COMMUNITY SING: Join friends and neighbors at the Westhampton Public Library for a monthly get together of people who love to play music and sing! Bring your instrument(s) and copies of songs you would like to share with the group. Meets the first Monday of the month. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm — SKETCHING: A Figure Drawing Collective meets every Monday night at Makers’ Mill. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street, North Adams, MA.(<$)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TRACKING CLUB
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team invites you to join their monthly tracking club, running from March to August every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month. You will learn tracking skills and general naturalist skills, and use this ability to gather data on local wildlife. Check the website BEAT for details and locations. 413-429-6416. Various locations. ($)

Tuesday, March 22, 9:15am & 10am
DANCE CLASS
Boogie with your baby! Stop by The Center Dance Studio for a free trial class of “Rhythm & Rhyme,” a creative movement class for babies and the grown-ups who love them. 9:15am: pre-walkers; 10am: walkers – 24 months.Drop-in for the first class, enroll for the whole session! 413-230-1944. 321 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 10am-12pm
GRANDFAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP
The term “grandfamilies” refers to families that are created when a relative or friend raises other relatives children. There are many reasons for grandfamilies to emerge, and each grandfamily experiences its own joys as well as difficulties. This support group for grandfamilies meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 10:30-11:30
EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY
There are tons of ways to get your young children comfortable with reading and ultimately help them grow to love books. Reading picture books to your children and providing them with books to choose from are two good steps. With books available through the library, this does not have to cost you any money. Learn best early literacy practices for your Pre-Kindergarten kids at the Westfield Athenaeum. Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 12:30-2pm
CLIMATE CHANGE/STORY SHARING
With so many important political issues, how do you decide which movement to get involved with? How do you impact change? One way to make a difference is to follow the issue about which you feel most passionate, and that distinction can often be made on a personal level. At “Crafting Personal Stories,” participants will discuss ways in which climate change has impacted us personally as individuals. The goal is to use narratives to inspire action. The group will meet on Floor 26 of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 154 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30pm-8pm
FILM CLUB/INTERGENERATIONAL
Would you like to join an all ages Film Club of movie fans and filmmakers? Meet at the Program Building at Red Gate Farm for this month’s screening of the 1958 film, Vertigo (PG). No commitment or membership fee is required to join. Please note that this group shows PG and PG-13 movies. If you are in third-grade or younger, you must be accompanied by a parent. All participants under 17 must have parental consent to attend programs. Pizza will be provided and discussion will follow the film. Find out why Vertigo is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, and whether you agree with this praise. Please RSVP by calling 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Ashfield, MA. (DONATION)

Tuesday, March 22, 3:30pm-4:30pm
ENGINEERING/LEGOS
LEGOs are a fantastic learning tool. Without realizing it, kids playing with LEGOs learn about physical and geometric concepts. At the same time they’re having fun, engaging their imaginations and feeling the satisfaction of a hands-on, creative outlet. Children ages six through eight are invited to the West Springfield Public Library to play with LEGOs and make a LEGO creature. Please register by calling 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 4pm
LINGUISTICS/STORYTIME
Languages are not stagnant. They evolve over time, with new slang emerging, the meaning of words changing, and some words falling out of fashion completely. William Shakespeare introduced hundreds of words and phrases into the English language which are still used on a daily basis. Jane Sutcliffe, author of Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk, will discuss the power of words in this storytime for children ages two and up. Come to the Odyssey Bookshop for this talk involving word games. There will be opportunities for kids to use some of Shakespeare’s phrases themselves. 413-534-7307. 9 College St. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 6pm-7:30pm
PARENTING SUPPORT/EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Managing emotions and communicating effectively are lifelong skills we use every day. All young children struggle with regulating their emotions. Children feel frustrated with their lack of freedom and their limited (yet constantly growing!) abilities. In this workshop series, Certified Holistic Health Counselor Sarah Patton will provide strategies to help parents help their children cope effectively with these challenges. This is the first of six workshops taking place at Erving Elementary School in March and April: on March, 15, 22, 29, and April 5,12, 26. This class promises to instill greater competence and confidence in your children and help them follow directions more effectively. These are complex issues and there is no magic solution. Unlike one-time parenting events, in this workshop you can test new strategies, provide feedback, and ask questions over the course of several weeks. 28 Northfield Rd. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 6pm-7:30pm
PARENTING: CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
Young children are figuring out how to regulate their emotions, and in doing so they experiment and push boundaries. In this week’s “Puzzle of Parenting” event, participants will discuss problematic behaviors and their origins. The workshop coordinator will present solutions to these behaviors by addressing the emotions and struggles which lead children to break rules and lash out. This event will take place at the Ware Family Center.413-967-8127. United Church of Ware, 49 Church St. Ware, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-9pm
MUSIC STUDIES/SONGWRITING
Where do songwriters begin when they sit down to write? Do they decide on a chord structure and then write words? Do they improvise? In all likelihood, each musician is a little different. In this workshop at the Spectrum Playhouse, songwriter Sandy McKnight will educate participants about song structure, recording, publishing, and licensing. Get tips on how to begin or how to improve the songs you’ve already written. You will need to register by emailing KDemler@cipberkshire.org. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin St. Lee, MA ($)

Tuesday, March 22, 7pm
ASTRONOMY/FILM
Screen the 2013 documentary Sepideh at Amherst Cinema and you can also participate in a post-film discussion, followed by stargazing! This film is the story of an Iranian teenage girl, named Sepideh Hooshyar, who explores her love of astronomy and chases her dream of becoming an astronaut. This is not only an inspiring film about where our intellectual interests can take us, it is a modern perspective on Iranian society, gender expectations, and our shared passion for understanding the universe. Rather than thinking about Iran from a political perspective, this film gives viewers a chance to conceptualize about the country and the culture on a personal level. Dr. Salman Hameed, Hampshire College professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies, will lead the post show discussion and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St. Amherst, MA. ($)

Tuesday, March 22, 7:15pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Pelham Historical Society has been providing historical information on the town of Pelham, including Pelham family genealogies, for fifty years now. The Society also showcases local artists in the Ruth Sherburne Sturrus Art Gallery . Come to the Pelham Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this educational community resource, with cake and trivia! You will also learn about the reopening and upgrading of the Pelham Museum, with chances to become involved in this process yourself. For more information contact Blair Bigelow, 413-259-1117. Ramsdell Room of the Pelham Library, 2 S. Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 22, 7:15pm, 4pm-5pm
YOUNG WRITERS
Tweens and young teens who have stories to tell can practice and get tips from author and teacher Nell Wright on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year at the Greenfield Public Library. Come sharpen your writing skills and get feedback on your work. Limited to eight participants; pre-registration required. For ages 10-14. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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; $)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – CRAFTING: What better way to prepare for a cozy New England winter than to complete those knitting projects? Knitting alongside others also builds community and increases skills. The Storrs Library in Longmeadow offers a Novel Knitters drop-in program for adults where you can bring your own projects and supplies or participate in ongoing community projects. All levels of expertise are welcome. 413- 565-4182. Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME/SINGING: children ages 6 through 18 months are invited to the Berkshire Museum every Tuesday for storytime, singing, language learning and play. Caregivers are encouraged to use this time to socialize and discuss parenting experiences. There will be physical activities for the children as well. Cost is included with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($ Adults. >$ Children)
  • 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)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – SUPPORT GROUP Grandparents of all backgrounds and parenting styles are invited to the Amherst Family Center to discuss their experiences related to raising grandchildren, or supporting their own children in their parenting. Childcare provided up to age 4. This group will not meet when public schools are closed or delayed. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, 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)
  • 1pm-3pm — KNITTING: Bring your needles and yarn to the Knitting Club at Lilly Library every Tuesday. All levels of experience welcome and lessons available. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street, Florence, 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)
  • 5:15pm-6:45pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising young relatives can attend a support group every first Tuesday Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – FILM STUDIES: The Red Gate Farm Film Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to watch and discuss films in the farm’s program building. A homemade dinner is served, with an optional small donation to cover food costs. All ages welcome, but parents should know that PG and PG-13 movies are shown. Anyone in 3rd grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and participants under 17 must have a signed parental/guardian consent form in order to attend. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Buckland, 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, March 23, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-8:30pm
PURIM/JEWISH COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Pop Star Purim Palooza at Congregation B’nai Israel welcomes everyone to attend a joyful, musical and wacky Purim celebration. The program will start with a kids’ carnival. Alight, healthy dinner will be served for kids at 6pm followed by a costume parade and a public recitation of the Megillah (Book of Esther) in both English and Hebrew .The Megillah reading will include live music and parodies of Adele, Katy Perry and others. Local beer, hamantashen and tasty snacks. Kids AND adults encouraged to come in costume! Check out the event on Facebook. Congregation B’nai Israel. Northampton, MA (>$)

Wednesday, March 23, 10am-11:30am
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Start your morning off with fresh air and exercise at this guided hike around Stevens Glen. Bring a camera to capture photographs of the waterfall in early Spring. If you’ve never visited, this will be a great chance to become familiar with a resource for hiking, dog walking, nature photography, foraging, and even swimming in some areas. Email mleavitt@bnrc.net with any questions. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 11am-12:30pm
PARENT WORKSHOP
Amherst Family Center is hosting “Keeping Your Child Safe,” workshop on child sexual abuse and prevention. Please call to pre-register for child care 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 11am-12:30pm
GRANDPARENTS’ GROUP
Grandparents face their own challenges, separate from the challenges of parenting. The purpose of this group is to provide grandparents with a space to connect and share their experiences. A lunch will be provided for participants as well as children in childcare during the event. Whether you are a new grandparent or have several grandchildren, this is a great way to make new friends, and become familiar with the resources available through the Palmer Monson Family Network 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street.Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 12:30pm-1pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL
Frédéric Chopin achieved far-reaching recognition as a composer and pianist, in spite of the fact that he suffered from poor health most of his life. The majority of his compositions are for solo piano, but today at Smith College, Volcy Pelletier and Judith Gordon will perform “Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65” for cello and piano, Chopin’s last published work. This event is the perfect reflective, relaxing music for the lunch hour. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm
CODING/SKILLSHARE
Come to a Holyoke Codes lab night and work on any project you wanr while meeting people and getting inspired by their projects. You’re welcome to play with a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 or WeDo robotics kit, work in Scratch, get help learning HTML, Javascript, or another programming language, learn how to create your own Minecraft mods, or write mobile apps for Android with App Inventor. The possibilities are nearly endless. Many of the Holyoke coders have been working with Raspberry Pi and are interested in getting started with gemma wearable computing projects. All ages welcome. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center 100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 6:30pm
WOMEN’S HISTORY/LIVE MUSIC
Skylarz, a female musical duo, will be showcasing their vocal skills at the Whately Public Library. Utilizing flute and piano, Skylarz play jazz and classic American songs. Today, in addition to entertaining visitors of all ages, they will educate with a presentation on the history of women singers, songwriters and performers. Who are some of your favorites? What kind of impact do you think those women had on the course of music? 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Rd. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
Come learn to play this convenient, portable string instrument, in a supportive environment with other beginners. More experienced ukulele players are also welcome, however, to come join in on the fun at the Storrs Library. Please bring a ukulele if you own one. Loaner ukuleles will be available on a first-come first-served basis. With only four strings, the ukulele is easier to learn than the guitar and can be a great introduction to learning chord progressions. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 7pm-8:30pm
COLOR THEORY/FIBER ARTS
Do you knit, weave, quilt, or engage in some other fiber art? Meet other fiber artists in the community at Field Memorial Library for a presentation on color theory. How do you decide what colors to use when you knit or weave? Come with questions, theories, and a creative attitude. Materials will be provided. Participants should bring a glue stick and scissors for paper. For more information call 413-522-4944 or email mcfarlandshandwork@comcast.net. 1 Elm Street. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 23, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHORAL CONCERT
Do your children love music? Take them to see the Children’s Chorus of Springfield showcase their hard work. Participation in a choir or other musical group teaches social skills such as teamwork, discipline and self-control. Reading music engages the parts of the brain responsible for determining patterns. Reading and playing music is a visual, kinesthetic, and auditory act, in addition to being tons of fun! There are many opportunities for children and adults to sing in the valley. Witnessing a talented group of children perform could inspire such an interest in audience members. Please register online. The concert will take place at Mills Theater, Carr Hall, Bay Path University. 588 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8am-10am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Whether you are seeking a nutritious meal to start your day, hoping to make new connections in the community–or both!–everyone is welcome to attend a community breakfast each Wednesday, hosted by Craig’s Doors, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-437-0776. Willie Eaton Social Hall, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – TRACKING CLUB The Berkshire Environmental Action Team invites you to join their monthly tracking club, running from March to August every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month. You will learn tracking skills and general naturalist skills, and use this ability to gather data on local wildlife. Check the website BEAT for details and locations. 413-429-6416. Various locations. ($)
  • 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)
  • 10am-12pm – GRANDFAMILIES SUPPORT GROUPThe term “grandfamilies” refers to families that are created when a relative or friend raises other relatives children. There are many reasons for grandfamilies to emerge, and each grandfamily experiences its own joys as well as difficulties. This support group for grandfamilies meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, 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)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising young relatives can attend a support group every third Wednesday Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 4pm-5pm — STEM: Wednesday Wizards meets the third Thursday of every month at the Greenfield Public Library. A guest presenter introduces a science concept with a book and activity to inspire creativity. 413-772-1544. LeVanway Room, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — YOUNG WRITERS: Tweens and young teens who have stories to tell can practice and get tips from author and teacher Nell Wright on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year at the Greenfield Public Library. Come sharpen your writing skills and get feedback on your work. Limited to eight participants; pre-registration required. For ages 10-14. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — COOKING: Learn to make simple, healthy, delicious recipes every Wednesday at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For all ages. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, 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)
  • 5:30pm-7:45pm — CHESS Chess requires complex planning skills, visual reasoning and memory. The social aspect of the game adds another level of fun. Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for chess club every Wednesday. The last Wednesday of each month will feature a speed chess tournament. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-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)
  • 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 – 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)
  • 7pm — MUSIC/OPEN MIC:
    Come to the Palmer Historical & Cultural Center the first and second Wednesday of the month for Triple Creek Coffeehouse Open-Mic Night. All ages and levels of talent welcome in a friendly, supportive environment. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)
  • 7pm-8:30pm — MUSIC:
    Every second Thursday of the month, you’re invited to join other local community members in a drum circle. With a myriad of instruments we will draw on the rhythms of Brazilian, West African, and Latin American music. No experience necessary. Instruments provided but guests are welcome to bring any instruments they enjoy playing. Workshop 13. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA. ($)
  • 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, March 24, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 3pm-5pm
DIY/STAMP MAKING
Does your child like to make art for friends and family? Lots of kids like to make cards. As part of “Youth Art Month” at The Clark your child can make a personalized stamp to use to give her artwork a personalized mark. Recommended for 4th–8th graders; all children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (Cost of admission: Adults $. Under 18 FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 3:30pm-4:30pm
ENGINEERING/LEGOS
LEGOs are a fantastic learning tool. Without realizing it, kids playing with LEGOs learn about physical and geometric concepts. At the same time they’re having fun, engaging their imaginations and feeling the satisfaction of a hands-on, creative outlet. Children ages nine and up are invited to the West Springfield Public Library to play with LEGOs and make a lego creature. Please register by calling 413-736-4561. 200 Park St. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 5:30pm
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION
Did you know that engaging in wildlife rehabilitation requires a license or permit? One way to get actively involved in rehabilitation is to volunteer for a licensed rehabilitator. As part of the Green Living Seminar Series at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science will be giving a presentation on wildlife rehabilitation. The VINS works to rehabilitate more than 400 injured and orphaned birds from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire each year. Find out what rehabilitation entails and why it is so important for various species and habitats. Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation (Room 121). 375 Church St. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 5:30-6:30pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Williamstown Youth Center, has the perfect event for children ages two through eight who like to get messy! There will be Goop and Flubber to play with, along with lots of hands-on art activities. Your child will be able to play and create freely with lots of sensory stimulation. 413-458-5925. 66 School St Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 6:30pm
SUSTAINABILTY/TINY HOUSE
Tiny houses are growing in popularity across the country. Tiny houses have many advantages including their relative low price compared to large homes, the fact that individuals can be involved in the process of building their own homes, and tiny house communities have the potential to foster strong ties with neighbors and reshape our neighborhoods. But where do you even begin? How do you provide heat and running water for your tiny home? And where can you put it once it’s built? Isa Bauer, Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast, will answer those and other questions at the Agawam Public Library. Please call 413-789-1550 x4 or register online. 750 Cooper St, Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 7pm
NEUROSCIENCE/PUBLIC HEALTH/PARENTING
The entire community is invited to a meeting of the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition, with a presentation by local physician Dr. Ruth Potee. She earned her medical degree from Yale University and has served as a co-chair for the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin. In her presentation, “The Teenage Brain: Under Construction,” she will discuss the impact of drugs on the adolescent brain. There are striking neurological changes which emerge in the period of adolescence. These changes have a profound effect on emotions and decision making. Although individual development varies, the brain is typically not fully finished developing until around age twenty-five. During this period when connections between brain regions are forming, it is crucial to encourage healthy behaviors to aid, rather than hinder, growth. Parents, teens, business leaders, community members, faith leaders, and anyone invested in teenage development is encouraged to attend. Northampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm
STORYTELLING/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Relax and listen to true tales told live without notes at Valley Voices Story Slam, sponsored by the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio. Storytelling is a part of every culture and creates a unique shared experience that is uncommon in other forms of communication. The audience picks the winner. This evening’s theme is “Nerds & Geeks.” 413-584-9032. The Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton, MA. (<$)

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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)
  • 5:30pm-7pm — PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP: Get together with other parents for the “Parent Self Care Club,” and discuss ways to take care of yourself in the midst of stressful responsibilities. Every Thursday at the Bridge Family Resource Center. Dinner will be served and childcare is available. Please call ahead to reserve child care. 413-549-0297 x 6512. 100 University Drive Suite A3. Amherst, 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 – 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 TransformingParents, 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)
  • 7pm-9pm — KNITTING: Knitting Night happens at Makers’ Mill every Thursday. Free needles and hooks available for check out and discounted yarn. Bring a work in progress or start something new while making new friends. Open to all. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street, North Adams, MA.(FREE)

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, March 25, 10am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/GUIDED HIKE
Spring is here! There are a lot more signs of Spring than warm weather and thawed ground. Education Coordinator Gayle Tardif-Raser will take visitors on a walk around Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary pointing out signs of amphibians, mammals, birds and insects which signal the changing of the seasons. Call 413-637-0320 to register. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA

Friday, March 25, 11am-1pm
EGG HUNT
Families will be celebrating Easter at the New England Air Museum. Your kids can meet the Easter Bunny, participate in an egg hunt and engage in hands-on build and fly challenges! The Easter egg hunt is intended for children under ten. One adult is permitted to assist with children ages six and younger. This Easter celebration is included in the regular price of museum admission. Where else can your child take pictures with the Easter Bunny and see the inside of a cockpit? 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd.. Windsor Locks, CT. (Adults $. Children <$)

Friday, March 25, 4pm, 7pm
FILM SCREENING/HISTORY
Space exploration, including exploration of the moon, are among some of the greatest human accomplishments. But what does landing on the moon feel like? What kind of effect does the job of astronaut have on a person, and on his family? The 2014 documentary, The Last Man on the Moon (not rated) tells the story of Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan from a deeply personal perspective. Going to outer space, especially in the early years of space exploration, is akin to going to war. You and your family cannot be certain you will return. Come to The Little Cinema inside The Berkshire Museum to witness this personal and historical account. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, March 25, 5pm
RELIGION/HISTORY
According to the most recent Pew Research Center report, about 0.7% of the United States population identifies as practicing Buddhist. That is about the same number of United States Hindus and slightly lower than the U.S. Muslims population. Although the number of people who claim Buddhism as their primary religious practice is small, Buddhist concepts of compassion and mindfulness have made their way increasingly into American psychological literature in the last several decades. In this Smith College Lecture, Oberlin professor James C. Dobbins will discuss the life and work of D. T. Suzuki (1870-1966), who is credited with popularizing Buddhism in the West in the mid-20th century. Seelye Hall 201. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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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. ($)
  • 11am-12pm – STEM STORYTIME The third Friday of every month the Cushman Library will be running a STEM themed storytime for preschoolers. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come see how we relate these topics to everyday concepts which preschools understand and find entertaining. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 12am-2pm – WRITING Do you want writing prompts? Support and feedback from other writers? Every Friday at the Greenfield Public Library writers get together for discussion, exercises and to share their work. Every other weekday at the library you are also welcome to drop into the writer’s lunch for self-directed writing time with other writers. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm — PLAYGROUP/PARENTING SUPPORT: First-time parents with children ages 0-15 months are invited to the Welcome Baby drop-in group every Friday at Storrs Library. Enjoy reading, music, and interactive play provided by Pathways for Parents. 413-565-4181. 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)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm — MINECRAFT
    Kids in grades 2 and up can play Minecraft at the Storrs Library every Firday. Light snack served. Pre-registration requested. 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)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — INCLUSION/GLBTTQQIA:
    The Bridge Family Resource Center offers a safe space for young people to be who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity, every Friday at its GLBTTQQIA Youth Drop-In Time. 413-549-0297, ext. 6510. 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, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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