Suggested Events for May 7th-13th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

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May 6

Visit CyclePottery during Florence Night Out this Friday, May 6th, from 3-8pm — Rain or Shine! Free Pottery Demonstration. Free Bike Maintenance Clinic (6-7pm). Gallery & Pottery Sale, featuring Andrew Quient (5-6pm). Make a pot on the wheel with Kathryn (3-5pm). Learn about May classes for all ages, summer camp info, and sign-up for a promo deal! For more information on FNO schedule, class & camp info., visit www.CyclePottery.com and CyclePottery on Facebook. Contact Kathryn at kathryn@cyclepottery.com or call 413-219-9594.

May 10

Smith College Campus School Spring Open House. Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their parents are invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 10, from 3:30pm-5:30pm, at the school (33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA). Join them for an interactive afternoon and explore what Campus School students love about school! For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit their website, www.smith.edu/SCCS

May 16

Join the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Monday, May 16th, at 5:00 PM for a discussion of Springtime Adventures in fiction for middle grade readers (ages 8-12) with National Book Award-winning author Jeanne Birdsall and Bank Street Best Book Award-winning Susan Hill Long. They’ll have spring themed treats and activities, and the two authors will talk about their latest books, The Magic Mirror and The Penderwicks in Spring. Both books show their protagonists dealing with surprises, welcome and unwelcome, secrets, and all sorts of shenanigans, and both books are a riot of good fun, just in time for the spring season! This event is FREE and family-friendly!


Child care available for Two year olds and Under-Twos! Nonotuck Community School is accepting applications for children who will be 15 months – 2+ years by September. Open from 7:30am-5:30pm and located in Northampton, Nonotuck has well-appointed classrooms, daily access to indoor and outdoor play spaces, an art studio, yoga instruction, gardening & more. Curriculum is play-based and inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Nonotuck emphasizes community, emotional intelligence and resilience, and provides ample opportunities for cognitive, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development throughout the school day. A parent cooperative. Contact: Leslie@nonotuck.org or 413-586-5996 or visit www.nonotuck.org.

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Saturday, May 7, 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. Gimme 5: The Elements of Hip Hop Episode with Guest DJ, Alphabet Rockers tells a story of the beginning of hip hop music, and features songs from pioneers and kid-hop artists alike. Hip Hop reflects the creativity of individuals who come together to make change in the world. Join in – celebrate who you are, write new rhymes, beatbox and dance with us. Alphabet Rockers makes learning come alive through the beats, rhymes and moves of hip hop for ages 3-9. 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, May 7, 5am-12pm
HORTICULTURE/PLANT SALE
Gardening is a fun, hands-on hobby which can brighten up your yard while teaching you about plant and soil science. Gardening requires planning in order for the plants to be properly positioned. Involving children in the process can empower them with responsibility while offering opportunities for multidisciplinary learning. Plant sales provide the chance for community members to share their knowledge and interest in plants as they shop, a form of collaborative consumption… of knowledge! Plant sales often support local organizations. This plant sale at the Sunderland Corner Store is brought to you by the Sunderland Volunteer Fireman’s Association. 101 North Main Street, Sunderland, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 7, 6:30am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Ornithology, the study of birds, encompasses many subtopics. People interested in studying birds may want to learn to identify them by sight or sound, analyze their communication through bird songs and behavior, protect endangered species, or become falconers.You can celebrate the spectrum of bird-related topics at Valley Bird Festival! The festival begins with a bird walk at 6:30am, followed by family-friendly activities including a falconry demonstration at 8am. The first half of the festival will take place at Fort River Refuge. For more ornithological activities, head over to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary where the fun continues at 10:30. For more information, visit the Hitchcock Center for the Environment website. 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Ornithology, the study of birds, is a fun way to learn about biology and environmental science. People interested in studying birds might want to learn how to identify the birds they see and hear, analyze their communication, observe their behavior, or learn about how they interact with their habitats. The most fun way to learn about birds is with a knowledgeable and passionate teacher. Pete McLean, education director at Book and Plow Farm, is running a four week, beginner bird watch workshop on May 7, 14, 21 and 28. No knowledge or skills are necessary. Participants can sign up for all four sessions, or sign up for individual sessions. For more information, visit The Hitchcock Center for the Environment website. Call 413-256-6006 to register. Workshops will take place at Book and Plow farm. 425 South East Street, Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, May 7, 7am-6pm
SERVICE BASED LEARNING/JUNIOR FIREFIGHTING
Firefighters are widely regarded as heroes in their communities. Beyond bravery, firefighting requires physical strength, endurance, consistency, and the ability to follow instructions. The Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department invites Junior Firefighters and Fire Explorers to a full day of learning about fire, rescue, and emergency services. This event will provide a safe, controlled environment for local youth to learn about volunteer firefighting. Call 413-684-4405 for more information. Lanesboro, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 7, 8:45am- 12pm
STEM/CODING
Does computer coding strike you as intimidating, difficult, or something best left to professionals? You should try Scratch! Coding utilizes programming “languages” with their own logic. Anyone who enjoys thinking logically and creatively might enjoy programming. Scratch is a programming language and online community which allows you to create your own games and share them with the world. Scratch is relatively simple and intuitive, but allows users room to grow and learn the basic rules of programming. This workshop will show educators (including formal and informal teachers and homeschooling parents) how to use Scratch to spark an interest in programming in young learners. Anyone interested in learning Scratch is welcome to attend this workshop at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 9am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/HORTICULTURE
Want to meet local gardeners and help out a local library at the same time? The Westhampton Public Library needs volunteers to help with basic gardening chores. Please bring gardening tools. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 9am-10:30am or 10:15-11:30
FOLKLORE/NATURE STUDIES
The word “fairy,” comes from the old French word “faerie,” meaning “enchantment.” Fairies, similar in some ways to Germanic elves, appear frequently in English folklore. These tiny, magical creatures continue to capture the imagination of children and adults. Come to the Meekins and Haydenville Libraries’ May Faire celebration where you can build fairy houses out of natural materials at Bradley Sanctuary. Participants will leave their fairy houses along the trail for others to find. Meanwhile, look for salamanders and wildflowers! If you’d prefer to take your fairy house home with you, you can instead attend a fairy house building workshop in the Hawks Hayden room at the Meekins Library (2 Williams Street). For more information call 413-268-7472. For the 9am event, meet at Bradley Sanctuary, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 9am-11:30am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/WALK
The Walk for Massachusetts Children is a fundraising event which supports the overarching goal of getting adults and families to volunteer their time in order to support a child in their community. The ten day walk covers 136 miles and 26 towns. The walks raise money for family centers, child bereavement centers, and support systems for homeless children. On Saturday, May 7, the walk will begin in Dalton and end in Pittsfield. For more information, visit the Walk for MA Children website. You are invited to participate for all or some of the day. Please register by emailing scranewalks@gmail.com. 413-265-8217. Dalton Community Center. Main Street, Dalton, MA. (VOLUNTEER/DONATION)

Saturday, May 7, 9am-12pm
VOLUNTEER/SUSTAINABILITY
Do you want to help clean up your community and encourage recycling? Participate in Lee’s first annual Greener Gateway Cleanup day! Participants will pick up trash, and have a celebration at the gazebo. To volunteer or for more information, contact Valerie at valerie4748@gmail.com. Lee, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 7, 9am-1pm
PLANT SALE
Support local education by picking up your next set of houseplants, herbs, perennials, trees, birdhouses, compost, and other garden products at the Northampton Education Foundation’s plant sale! There will also be nature books, photographs, cards and clothing for sale. Great place to come curious and to ask other plant and garden enthusiast about their best practices, what grows well in this area, and tips they can lend towards grow a beautiful and delicious garden! To volunteer, donate plants, or for general information call 413-537-4437. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 7, 9am-1pm
HORTICULTURE/SKILLSHARING
There is a lot more than just plants to be found at the Gardening the Community’s Plant Sale. This gathering of gardeners is a great place to meet people and exchange information on growing your own food, and other homesteading skills. Free workshops will be provided by Springfield Food Policy Council from 10am-12pm. Topics include growing greens, making your own fertilizer, soap, and hand cream, and bicycle repair. Register for workshops on the Springfield Food Policy website. 256 Hancock Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE workshops. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 7, 9:30am-5pm
SPORTS/YOUTH FRISBEE
Since 1992, Amherst has hosted a prestigious high school Ultimate Frisbee tournament. This year, you can witness teams from across the region compete at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School. A detailed schedule of the games, held on May 7 and May 8, can be found on the Amherst Invitational 2016 website. Please email jim@jpcr.com with any questions. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 9:30am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Are wildflowers popping up in your yard or neighborhood? Do you know what kind of plants they are? You can discover signs of spring on a leisurely walk at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Walk leaders will teach you about the natural history of the land and explain how to identify several plants. Then, participants will gather for tea and do some light research on any plants the group could not identify. Bring a hand lens if you have one. All ages are welcome; this event is best suited for children five and up. 413- 637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (<$. Children FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 10am
TEXTILE ARTS/SKILLSHARING
While hand-sewn clothes have largely been replaced by factory-made ones, the ability to sew remains a useful skill. Learning to sew can present opportunities not only to learn something new, but also to exercise creativity. Sewing can lead to community-based learning about local culture and history. Come to the Buckland Public Library for an informal meetup of sewists. Bring a project and supplies. An ironing board will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn techniques from each other and inspire new projects. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 10am-1pm
ECOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Do you enjoy the puzzle of identifying species of trees and plants, including wild edible plants? Come to this moderate, three mile hike to learn about the species which thrive in the high elevation Spruce-Fir forests of the Berkshires. Expand your knowledge of plant life as you discover the defining characteristics of blue bead lilly, painted and red trillium, trout lily, wild leeks and more. Directions will be sent upon registration. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more information and to register. Berkshire county, (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 10am-1:30pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
Looking for a good book to read, or give to someone as a gift? Come to the Greenfield Public Library Spring Book Sale! Your purchases provide money to support programs, events, museum passes, landscaping and more. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 10am-4pm
ZOOLOGY
Humans give names to the beings and things they care about- their children, their pets, sometimes even important, inanimate objects like boats. You can participate in a naming contest as you meet the baby animals in Zoo in Forest Park! Come to their Baby Days celebration to hear keeper talks and help name the new animals. 413-733-2251. 293 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA (<$)

Saturday, May 7, 10:30am
LOCAL HISTORY/ABOLITIONISM
Ben Z. Rose, the author of the book Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolitionism will be the first speaker in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College’s annual Distinguished Speakers Series. Mr. Rose will discuss the life of the Berkshires’ Mum Bett, who later changed her name to Elizabeth Freeman, the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Her case, tried by two attorneys eighty years before the Civil War, set in motion a sequence of events that would bring an end to slavery in New England. 413-236-2190. K-111 lecture hall, Koussevitsky Arts Center on Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

Saturday, May 7, 10:30am-12pm
STEM/YOUNG SCIENTIST
Toddlers like to ask questions. Why is the sky blue? Why did the glass break? Why does the dog bark? Kids want to know why things are the way they are. This is actually a rather scientific outlook. Embedded in children’s questions and adults’ answers are scientific concepts: physics, biology, environmental science, and more. This workshop at the Granby Library will teach you techniques for encouraging your child’s natural inquisitiveness, and experimenting with the world in a scientific way. This workshop is for parents of children ages 0-5. Please register at the Collaborative For Educational Services website, or call the library at 413-467-3220. Please indicate the number of children attending and their ages, and whether or not you need child care. 297 East State Street , Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 10:30am-1pm
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Ornithology, the study of birds, encompasses many subtopics. People interested in studying birds may want to learn to identify them by sight or sound, analyze their communication through bird songs and behavior, protect endangered species, or become falconers.You can celebrate the spectrum of bird-related topics at the Valley Bird Festival! The festival begins with family friendly activities from 6:30am-10am starting at 69 Moody Bridge Road in Hadley. Then bird walks begin at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Play games, visit information tables, and witness live owl demonstrations at 11am and 1pm. For more information, visit the Hitchcock Center for the Environment website. 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 11am-12pm
FAMILY THEATER
Kids are natural explorers, having new experiences every day. It is no surprise that many children would be enchanted by stories of pirates, exploring unknown lands and miles of sea. Pirates! is an adventure tale full of mysteries and riddles for children and adults to solve. With puppets, music, masks and more, actors will perform this tale for audience members of all ages at The Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, May 7, 11am-3pm
FIBER ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE
The Sheep to Shawl festival provides opportunities for learning about sheep shearing, sheep herding, and fiber art techniques. Viewing sheep shearing demonstrations done with traditional tools gives attendees the chance to learn about New England history. The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate techniques such as carding, spinning, weaving, and rug-hooking. Children and adults will have the chance to learn some of these techniques through fiber crafts. Local art and food will be available for purchase. The festival will take place at Sheep Hill on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road. 413-458-2494.Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 7, 11am-11pm
FOOD CULTURE/PLACEMAKING
In the April 2016 issue of Time magazine, Chef Roy Choi was named one of the top 100 most influential people, in part because he helped bring food trucks into the mainstream and made high quality food available on his trucks. The mobility of food trucks make it possible to easily provide many different options for attendees of food fairs. Pittsfield’s 3rd annual Food Truck Rodeo will feature Lebanese, Latin American, classic American food, and more. There will be children’s activities and proceeds will support The Giving Garden. Come to Shire City Sanctuary to take part in the cultural movement of food truck dining. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 7, 11am-11pm
SUSTAINABILITY/PLACEMAKING
Climate change is a global problem, but climate action can be achieved successfully on a local level. Berkshire County boasts a growing climate action network including 350Mass Berkshires and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). “Living the Change,” Climate Action and Sustainability Fair at The Shire City Sanctuary, gives community members a chance to learn more about these efforts and become actively involved. Presentations will cover topics such as community-building, sustainable economy, local activism, solar energy, and more. Child care will be available during presentations. There will be movies, dancing, and plenty of activities for children throughout the day. A full schedule can be found on the 350Mass Berkshires and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) websites. For more information call 413-329- 3514. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 12pm-3pm
MAGIC SHOW/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate Spring with all things magical and fantastical at the Meekins Library’s May Faire. At noon the Mill River Madrigal Singers will perform. Ed the Wizard will be around all day performing magic tricks. At 1:30, Pied Potter Hamelin will provide a family-friendly pot throwing demonstration where he will make a dragon! For even more magic, you can attend a fairy house making workshop at 10:15am. See the Meekins Library’s website for a detailed list of events. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 12pm-5pm
LGBTQ CELEBRATION/PARADE
Northampton held its first liberation pride parade in 1981, a time when there were no legal protections for non-heterosexual employees. Community members marched with paper bags on their heads to draw attention to the fact that they could be fired because of their sexual orientation. Northampton Pride 2016 will kick off at noon with a parade, then convene at the Tri County Fairgrounds at 1:30 for all kinds of entertainment. Food and drink will be available to buy, but admission and parking will be free! Performances will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing by a crew of qualified ASL interpreters. There will be a youth tent featuring hands-on activities for children and adults. For more information, visit the Noho Pride website. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 1pm-4pm
DIVERSITY/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
A study published in the March issue of Pediatrics found that transgender children whose parents support their identities end up no more or less likely to suffer from depression than cis-gender adults. This is strikingly different from average statistics on transgender adults, who report far higher levels of anxiety and depression than cis-gendered people. Parental support makes a big difference! Want to encourage your children to respect and appreciate diversity? The Montessori School of Northampton will be hosting a family-friendly celebration after the Northampton Pride Parade. Bring your kids of all ages to enjoy games, crafts, and access to a playground. 413-586-4538. 51 Bates Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 2pm
LITERACY/ART STUDIES
Come to the Odyssey Bookshop for a showcase of youth artwork. Young artists have submitted work which they think exemplifies something important about their community. You can see your community through the eyes of these talented young artists as their work is revealed. Author and illustrator Anna Alter will also read from her work and draw with participating kids. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 2pm
CULINARY ARTS/MOTHER’S DAY
Chocolate takes a long journey before you buy it wrapped up at a store. Cocoa beans come from tropical areas of the Americas where they are cut from trees with a machete. The beans are removed from their pods and fermented for several days. Further processing, cooking, and added ingredients turn these beans into chocolate as we know it. You and your mother or child can celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about, and tasting, chocolate! Cookbook author Dede Wilson will teach you how chocolate is made and provide samples. Please register for this event by calling the Sunderland Public Library at 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 2pm
WOMEN IN STEM/LOCAL HISTORY
The “protein wars” of the 1930s were a race to create an accurate model of a protein molecule. Dorothy Wrinch drew upon her advanced knowledge of mathematics and biology to participate in this battle for truth, in spite of rampant sexism. Wrinch came to the Pioneer Valley in 1941 to teach molecular biology at Smith College, Amherst College, and Mt. Holyoke College. Smith College professor Marjorie Senechal will give this talk at on the life and work of Dorothy Winch, at Historic Northampton Damon Education Center. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 2pm-6pm
ART STUDIES
Come meet local artists as you view their work at the first Art Walk of the season in Shelburne Falls. You will be able to see and possibly purchase, folk art, fiber art, ornaments, quilts, watercolor works, photography and paintings in galleries and shops all over town. You can also hear a musical performance by harpist Rosemary Caine from 4-6pm in Salmon Falls Gallery, at 1 Ashfield Street. During the entirety of the Art Walk, you can meet watercolor artist Ardath Garfield and experiment with watercolor painting in The Art Garden, 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 2:30pm
HORTICULTURE/LANDSCAPING
Perennial plants are perfect for getting the most out of your gardening efforts. You can create a beautiful, landscaped garden in your yard and with luck and maintenance, the plants will return seasonally. Edible perennials are particularly useful. Naturalist and landscaper John Root will be teaching gardeners how to maintain perennials in this workshop at the West Springfield Public Library. He will teach you about trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous plants that yield food. Perennials will be offered for sale to get you started. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 3pm-5pm
LOCAL HISTORY/ART/LITERACY
This is local history at its finest. Zenon is an essayist, poet, photographer, common-sense philosopher, father, jack-of-all-trades, and friend. Join the Huntington Historic Committee for an oral review of his life and a reading of a number of excerpts from his book, When the Gypsies Come at Twilight. There will also be slides of period advertisements, his own photos and town photographs relating to his life in town. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information contact the Huntington Historical Society at 413-667-3039. Stanton Hall. 24 Russell Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 3pm-6pm
CIRCUS ARTS
Circus acts require the ability to engage a crowd through performance, while executing physical strength, balance, and teamwork. Berkcirque provides people of all ages with the opportunity to practice these skills. Come to their Jubilee! Showcase of student work to support them and find out what they’re all about. There will be food, and a raffle with amazing prizes including free classes and workshops. 413-429-4215. 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 7, 3pm-7pm
SUSTAINABILITY/SPIRITUALITY
Want to learn about local climate change initiatives and organizations? The Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair in Leverett will feature climate change organizers from various groups and discuss topics such as stopping the pipeline, maintaining forests, and carbon tax initiatives. This event is rare among sustainability fairs in that it will also explore the intersection of spiritual or religious faith and climate action. Participants are welcome, but not required, to bring potluck items. 413-522-7505. Mt. Toby Friend Meetinghouse. 194 Long Plain Road Leverett, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, May 7, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
This screening of family-friendly, short animated films at the Berkshire Museum allows children and adults to learn about art, film, biology, and natural history. Filmmakers and journalists capture science and natural history with paper-puppet animation techniques. The screening is free with regular museum admission. Be sure to check out the ArtZoo exhibit for further learning about animals and art! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($. Under 18 <$. Under 3 FREE)

Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm
YOUTH THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL
With its musical roots in hip-hop and salsa, In The Heights took audiences by storm when it hit Broadway in 2008. This play tells the story of residents in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, as they struggle to make lives for themselves despite poverty, oppression, and gentrification. To help the student cast better understand the origin of this production, Williston theater director Emily Ditkovski took her students to New York City in January to learn about the play’s development, while having lunch with members of the original Broadway cast! The students then toured Washington Heights. Preparing for this play has been a journey of discovery for these students. The performances are the result of extensive study and cultural immersion, giving this show a unique and vibrant authenticity. In The Heights is said to be a beautiful celebration of family, love, and the resilience of the human spirit. Performances will be held at The Williston Northampton Theater. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 7, 8pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Seven Devils and a French Nun is a historical piece based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, a 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime. Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown, a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character, Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a one-woman bravura performance. Seven Devils and a French Nun is the culmination of a two-year process of improvisation and research, resulting in a brilliantly intricate and humorous story of historical proportions! Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling 413-542-2277. Performances will be held in Studio 3, Webster Hall (Room G19) at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, May 8, 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, May 8, 8:30am-5pm
SPORTS/YOUTH FRISBEE
Since 1992, Amherst has hosted a prestigious high school Ultimate Frisbee tournament. This year, you can witness teams from across the region compete at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School. A detailed schedule of the games, held on May 7 and May 8, can be found on the Amherst Invitational 2016 website. Please email jim@jpcr.com with any questions. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Bird watching is a fun way to learn about animal behavior, migration patterns, and local habitat. Anyone interested in observing and identifying local birds such as warblers, finches, and swallows, is invited to this beginner bird walk at the Bear Hole Watershed. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, water, and a snack. This event will cancel in the event of heavy rain. All ages welcome. Please no pets. For more information, call 413-788-4125. Meet at the Four Corners, at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 9am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/GUIDED HIKE
Nature lovers of all ages are invited to Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Through the Seasons, Spring edition. Participants will look for newly budding Spring flowers and other plant growth. You will have the chance to explore a variety of natural spaces including farm fields, forests, swamps, and abandoned lime quarries. 413-637-0320. 568 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 9am-11am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY
Celebrate National Volunteer Month at this Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA. Volunteering together teaches children positive values, like kindness, empathy and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. There will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers at this event. Register online. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, May 8, 10am
POETRY/LOCAL HISTORY
In conjunction with the national celebration, 400 years of Shakespeare, The Emily Dickinson Museum is offering a new tour highlighting the influence Shakespeare had on Dickinson’s life and work. This tour will be offered free on Sundays in May (May 8, May 15, May 22 and May 29). Participants will explore the Dickinson homestead and the grounds as they learn about these two famous poets in a context of local history. Please call 413-542-2947 or e-mail info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org with questions. Reservations are recommended. 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 10am
CURRENT AFFAIRS/INTERFAITH SERVICE
Do you want to participate in a movement towards inclusion and the fight against islamophobia in your community? The First Church of Deerfield is holding an Interfaith Peace Service in order to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in solidarity with the Syrian refugees’ struggle. Dr. M. Saleem Bajwa from the Western Massachusetts Islamic Center, and Winston Baldwin, The First Church’s Interim Minister, will run this ceremony. The service will include sacred readings, hymns, and reflections on the theme of The Golden Rule. A cookbook will be sold to benefit the Syrian American Medical Society. All are welcome to attend this service. 413- 773-5323. 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 10am-4pm
ZOOLOGY
Humans give names to the beings and things they care about- their children, their pets, sometimes even important, inanimate objects like boats. You can participate in a naming contest as you meet the baby animals in Zoo in Forest Park! Come to their Baby Days celebration to hear keeper talks and help name the new animals. 413-733-2251. 293 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA (<$)

Sunday, May 8, 10am-5pm
MOTHER’S DAY/ART STUDIES
Take your mom to the Norman Rockwell Museum for Mother’s Day! There will be gallery talks, a scavenger hunt, and tours of Rockwell’s studio. You can explore the exhibition, “Mac Conner: A New York Life,” as well as the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell’s work. Mac Conner grew up in the 1920s and 1930s, admiring the art of Norman Rockwell which appeared on magazine covers at the time. Conner went on to create his own hand-painted illustrations for women’s magazines in the years following World War II. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($. Ages 6-18 <$. Children 5 and under FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 1pm-3pm
MOTHER’S DAY/LOCAL HISTORY
Relive the elegance and charm of the past with Mom on Mother’s Day, at The William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Enjoy a proper afternoon tea with all of the refinery and delight of Bryant’s era. Pastries, scones, sandwiches and tea will be served on beautiful china accompanied by interludes of Bryant’s poetry read aloud. This is an unforgettable way to spend Mother’s Day with mom & family! Pre-registration is required. For pricing details and pre-registration call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x.3 or email hltoutreach@thetrustees.org. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 8, 2pm
HISTORY/THEATER:
Seven Devils and a French Nun is a historical piece based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, a 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime. Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown, a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character, Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a one-woman bravura performance. Seven Devils and a French Nun is the culmination of a two-year process of improvisation and research, resulting in a brilliantly intricate and humorous story of historical proportions! Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling 413-542-2277. Performances will be held in Studio 3, Webster Hall (Room G19) at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 8, 2pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/JEWISH FOOD
Want to pass on an appreciation of your Jewish heritage to your children via delicious food? Attend this Mother’s Day cooking demonstration and talk at the Yiddish Book Center. Food, Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances will discuss her immigration story and share family recipes. Call 413-256-4900 or visit the Yiddish Book Center. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, May 8, 2pm-4pm
MOTHER’S DAY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Don’t just buy flowers for mom on mother’s day, learn to identify them! On this special Mother’s Day guided walk around Bartholomew’s Cobble, attendees will get to see and learn about a variety of wildflowers. A naturalist will educate participants about the rare species which thrive at the cobble, and why. 413-298-3239×3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield, MA. (Member <$ Non member $)

Sunday, May 8, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
This screening of family-friendly, short animated films at the Berkshire Museum allows children and adults to learn about art, film, biology, and natural history. Filmmakers and journalists capture science and natural history with paper-puppet animation techniques. This screening is free with regular museum admission. Be sure to check out the ArtZoo exhibit for further learning about animals and art! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($. Under 18 <$. Under 3 FREE)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 10am
STEM/COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computers have become ubiquitous and computer skills are essential to many jobs. Want to boost your technological skills? The Westhampton Public Library will be offering computer help in the community room. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 9, 10am-1pm
ASTRONOMY
The transit of Mercury is an astronomical phenomenon in which Mercury comes between Earth and the Sun, and can be seen as a tiny black dot moving across the sun. How do astronomers predict events like the transit of Mercury with such accuracy? In short, advanced mathematics. Astronomers draw from concepts of Physics, and use Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus to make measurements of distances between objects in the sky, as well as predictions of when they will appear in various ways from Earth. You can witness the transit of Mercury with your own eyes at the Springfield Museums. Check the Museums’ Facebook page to make sure the event is happening, as it is weather dependent. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800, ext. 318. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Under 3 and museum members FREE)

Monday, May 9, 1:30pm and 7pm
FILM STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
This screening of family-friendly, short animated films at the Berkshire Museum allows children and adults to learn about art, film, biology, and natural history. Filmmakers and journalists capture science and natural history with paper-puppet animation techniques. This screening is free with regular museum admission. Be sure to check out the ArtZoo exhibit for further learning about animals and art! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($. Under 18 <$. Under 3 FREE)

Monday, May 9, 2pm-5pm
WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 9, 6:30pm
PERMACULTURE/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Three core tenets of permaculture are: “Care for the Earth, Care for the people, and Return of Surplus.” Return of surplus reflects the first two tenets, advising that people not take more than they need and that they grow plants in a sustainable way. While permaculture is a complex practice and a far-reaching philosophy, you can engage in it close to home and independently. Ashley from Broadfork Permaculture will be teaching attendees at this workshop how to use permaculture concepts to build a resilient, backyard garden. Gardening in this way can help you reduce your energy usage and bolster ecological health. Learn more at this workshop at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, 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-11am – QIGONG: Qigong is a form of mindful, light exercise. People of all levels of experience and ability are welcome to attend free classes every monday at the Sunderland Public Library 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, 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)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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, May 10, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 9:30am-4pm
LIVING HISTORY
The hands-on nature of living history museums can engage kids who are otherwise not interested in learning about history. Through active participation, kids can learn that history is a broad topic which includes the day-to-day lives of historical figures. You and your homeschooled children (between the ages of five and seventeen) can learn about open hearth cooking, gardening, carpentry and paper marbling at Old Sturbridge Village’s May Home School Day. Join other homeschooling parents and children for hands-on historical learning. 508-347-0274. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($ for admission)

Tuesday, May 10, 1:30pm-6:30pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Come check out a brand new farmers’ market in downtown Greenfield! Every Tuesday you will be able to shop for free-range meats, vegetables, and more. The market will set up on Sears Avenue next to Green Fields Market. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Tuesday, May 10, 3:30-5:30pm
EDUCATIONAL OPEN HOUSE
Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their parents are invited to an open house! In this interactive afternoon you can explore what Campus School students love about their school. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit the Smith College Campus School website. 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
People who work with art, including art historians, art librarians, gallery owners and collectors, have a wide range of knowledge beyond appreciation of beauty. An unidentified, anonymous work of art is a puzzle to solve, requiring research techniques to determine the medium, time period, fiscal value, and possibly the creator of the work. Conservation and restoration are other facets of art history. Julia Silverman, Williams College Student (class of 2016) has worked to research and conserve three eighteenth-century engraved horns. These works are part of the Historic Deerfield collection. She will be discussing her work at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark Art Institute’s campus. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm
FILM STUDIES/LITERACY/HISTORY
Self-doubt is a common emotion for writers, even successful, professional writers. Sion Dayson overcame her insecurity as a writer in an usual way, living for three months in the former home of Jack Kerouac. At this screening of the documentary short, Haunting the Kerouac House, you will learn about literary history and the creative process. Sion Dayson, as well as the film’s director Frederic Monpierre, will be present during the screening and will discuss their collaborative work. Come to the Stockbridge Library to meet them and learn about their work. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm
HORTICULTURE/FORAGING
Learning about wild edible plants opens up new possibilities for learning and lifestyle, filling your nature walks with new discoveries and your dinner with fresh ingredients! Plant identification books can get you started, but it’s more fun to learn with friends. Russ Cohen will be taking community members on a foraging walk on the trails around the Northfield Public Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street, Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm
ANIMAL WELFARE/VETERINARY SCIENCE
Scientists have theorized that cats essentially domesticated themselves, thousands of years ago after humans domesticated livestock. Cats begun to spend their time hunting the rodents that lived near humans, and became less aggressive. Today, pet owners actively take care of their cats by feeding and grooming and providing them with good medical care. You can learn about new research into the feline family and how to be a better pet owner during this workshop at River Valley Co-op. Registration is required by calling 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 7pm-8pm
LOCAL HISTORY/PLACEMAKING
Screening locally made films can connect you with local artists while teaching you about history and current events in your community. Harvey Allen: A Man for all Seasons, is a 35 minute documentary film about the life of a Pioneer Valley resident who spent his days among the the farmland, fields, and forests in this area. This film focuses on the importance of a strong sense of place. This screening at The Parlor Room is sponsored by Focus Locus as part of a series of local film screenings and open mics. If you’re interested in showing your own work through Focus Locus, please contact Dave Newland at dnewland@northamptontv.org. 413-923-2800. 32 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 10, 7-9pm
CULTURE STUDIES/RELIGION
In today’s climate of division and Islamophobia, it is easy to imagine that we are going through a uniquely troubling moment in our history that is out of sync with our national ethos of religious tolerance. In his book, American Heretics, Dr. Peter Gottschalk provides a historical perspective on the treatment of various religious groups. Gottschalk and Muslim activist, Tahira Wadud, will examine religious intolerance and ways to combat it in the current climate in this presentation. For more information, see the Mass Humanities website. (978) 660 2844. 734 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, 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: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 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)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm — FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Tuesday you will be able to shop for free-range meats, vegetables, and more. At the Greenfield farmers’ market, on Sears Avenue next to Green Fields Market. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)
  • 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)
  • 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, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, all day
VOLUNTEERING
Oral histories serve as an important resource for cultural preservation and historical research. Oral histories are first person accounts, capturing time periods and events through individual perspectives. You can help preserve Jewish history by volunteering for The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project. This experience can help you build your resume and teach you valuable skills related to history, anthropology, and research. Please address all inquiries to Natalie King, the oral history administrative assistant, at tellyourstory@yiddishbookcenter.org or by calling 413-256-4900, ext. 148. Apply for this online position at the Yiddish Book Center website by May 11th 2016.

Wednesday, May 11, 8:30am-4pm
AROMACHOLOGY/BOTANY
What are perfumes made of? It depends on the scent the perfume creators want. Flowers and other plants will create an Earthy, floral fragrance. Other natural ingredients could include spices, fruits, wood, roots, or resins. Alcohol often serves as a base. You can learn about the use of plant scents in this Smith College exhibit in the Lyman Conservatory. You will be able to sample a French fragrance, Datura Noir.. This exhibit will be open daily from 8:30am-4pm until May 31st. College Lane, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 11, 10am-11:30am
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Every Wednesday, parents can take their children between the ages of birth to five years to a playgroup at the Erving Elementary School gym. This week there will be a Spring/Summer clothing swap during the play group. Please bring any hand-me-down baby clothes! For more information visit the Community Network for Children website of call 978-544-5157. Erving Elementary School, 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 11, 3pm-4pm
VOLUNTEERING/SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
Come make your voice heard and share what sort of programs and events you would like to find at the Westfield Athenaeum. Library patrons between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board and help brainstorm programming, and suggestions for the collection. This is a great way to establish events and resources which speak to your personal interests. If you would like to join, please contact Heather. Joining a Teen Advisory Board is a fun way to make friends while boosting your resume and experience for jobs or college applications. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 11, 6pm
ART STUDIES/SKILLSHARING
Why do so many famous artists, from O’Keefe to Van Gogh to Monet, choose to create still life paintings? There are practical as well as artistic reasons. It is easier to obtain inanimate objects to paint than to pay a professional or a friend to sit for you. Still lifes allow artists to arrange their scene three dimensional before reflecting it on canvas. In this workshop at the West Springfield Public Library, Greg Maichack will demonstrate the techniques used in creating still life works. In this workshop you can participate in a long-standing, artistic tradition. Call 413-736-4561 x3 to register. 200 Park Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 11, 7pm
FILM SCREENING/EDUCATION/PARENTING
The documentary series The Raising of America is meant to increase awareness of the struggles of modern parenting in this country, and to inspire changes in our education system, employment benefits, and culture. The film discusses political issues such as paid parental leave, sick leave, and affordable housing. Screening the film with other parents, educators, and people who care about children, is particularly productive. You can screen this film with community members at the Shutesbury Town Hall. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 11, 7pm-9pm
FILM STUDIES
Images Cinema is a non-profit movie theater which showcases works which have had a significant impact on the art of filmmaking. Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing (rated R) had a strong impact on film as well as the national dialogue surrounding race. The film received universal acclaim and won many awards for directing, acting, and best picture. Watching this film can get viewers thinking about how race relations have and have not changed in this country, and how modern films depict these issues. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (<$)

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

  • 7am-9am – ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
    Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. Jonathan Pierce, caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, runs this weekly bird walk for beginning and advanced birders. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 through 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)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 10am-11am
JUNIOR SCIENTIST/STORYTIME
Buoyancy is a basic scientific concept which anyone who has gone for a swim or taken a bath has experienced firsthand. Buoyancy refers to the upward thrust of liquid in response to an immersed object. Children love exploring this concept of physics when they play in bathtubs. Your children can play with buoyancy by building boats at the Erving Public Library. This event is best suited for families with children ages one through four, but all are welcome. This fun lesson will be paired with music, movement, reading and crafts. Call 978-544-5157 to register. 17 Moore Street, Erving, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 12, 1pm
BIOLOGY/GENOMICS
It has been more than thirty years since planning began on The Human Genome Project, the largest collaborative biological research effort in history, which aimed to determine all of the genes of the human genome. This project has provided a foundation for the scientific community to make huge strides in genetic and genomic research. Dr. Stephen Cole studies the relationship between genes and social behavior. You can hear him identify which genes are subject to social regulation at a presentation at UMass Amherst in the Campus Center, Room 917. 413-545-4631. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 12, 4pm-4:45pm
LITERACY/HISTORY
Do you know an avid reader in 3rd through 5th grade? He or she can join other young bookworms as they discuss I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg at the Westfield Athenaeum. Children will learn about the Civil War through an engaging first-person narrative of historical fiction. The first ten people to register will receive free copies of the book! Call 413-568-7833 to sign up. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 12, 6pm-8pm
PARENTING
Parents take a good deal of pride, and shame, in the actions of their children. This can make it difficult to openly discuss parental challenges and difficult decisions. But second opinions, commiseration, and laughs are a huge help to anyone trying to raise a happy, healthy child. Parents of children ages birth to eight years are invited to meet, chat, and share experiences at this parenting workshop. Registration is required through the Collaborative for Educational Services website. 413-586-4900 x5568. 70 Williston Avenue, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 12, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/LITERACY
Venues across the Pioneer Valley are hosting Shakespeare themed events, in order to support the current Amherst College exhibition, “‘While Thy Booke Doth Live’: Shakespeare and His World.” Amherst Cinema is putting on this one time, free screening of the 1965 film, Chimes at Midnight, directed by and starring Orson Welles. This unique Shakespeare adaptation draws from parts 0f multiple plays: Henry IV, Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 12, 7pm
YOUTH THEATER
Starlight’s Youth Theater presents the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical version of Disney’s Into The Woods right here in our own backyard! This musical brings favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk to life. These characters set off to make their wishes come true but soon learn to be careful what they wish for as witches, giants and wolves loom. Come watch a talented cast of 70 youths, ages 10-18, from all over the Pioneer Valley. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to the development of the child, using theater as a tool to build self-esteem, communication skills, and confidence. Performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Thursday, May 12, 7pm
CURRENT AFFAIRS/CULTURAL STUDIES
Want to get involved in fighting Islamophobia in our local community? If you find you have a limited understanding, you can educate yourself about some of the challenges Muslim women face, including the harmful stereotypes our society perpetuates about them, at this film screening to take place at the Jones library. Attendees will watch the documentary Just a Piece of Cloth, a film about the hijab as it relates to issues faced by Muslim women. After the screening you can participate in a facilitated discussion to further enhance your understanding of these issues. This event is free and open to all. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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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)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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, May 13, 2016

Friday, May 13, all day
Imagine going outside and counting all the species of birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and insects- all the living things you could find. Alone, this would be a draining exercise. But with lots of help you could identify a lot of local species and learn a great deal about the biodiversity of your region. That’s exactly what will take place at The Hitchcock Center’s 17th Annual 2016 Biothon, an event which will also serve as a fundraiser for the Center’s environmental education programs. Teams will compete to identify the most species at specific sites sites for any time period (up to 24-hours) on Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15 or on Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5. Teams will choose their day, time, location, and what species to count. Visit the Hitchcock Center for the Environment website for more information.

Friday, May 13, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Identifying birds by their calls is a great introduction to both nature studies and music theory. Do you know what a “major third” sounds like? This is an interval of two whole steps on a major scale, and it is used by the white-throated sparrow in one of their two main bird songs. You don’t have to know anything about music to identify birds by their calls, however. You just have to learn what sounds to listen for. Noreen Mole and Jonathan Pierce will teach you about the appearance and sounds of wood warblers and other birds in this hike around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Spring is a great time to learn about migrating birds. Beginners are welcome. This program is best suited for adults. Bring binoculars. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 10am-11am
FOLKLORE/LITERACY
The word “fairy,” comes from the old French “faerie,” meaning “enchantment.” Fairies appear frequently in English folklore. These tiny, magical creatures continue to enchant children in stories today. Families are invited to the Adams Free Library for a Fairy Storytime with fairy-themed art activities. Call The Family Center at 413-664-4821 for more information. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 12:30pm-5pm
PSYCHOLOGY/HEALTH
Parents, educators, and others who regularly interact with teens, need to know how to identify a mental health crisis and act accordingly. This Youth Mental Health First Aid training will identify common mental health challenges for young people and outline steps to take in a crisis, or non crisis situation. This course will covers topics such as anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders and eating disorders. 413-582-0471 Ext. 5559. 8 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 2pm and 7pm
YOUTH THEATER
Starlight’s Youth Theater presents the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical version of Disney’s Into The Woods right here in our own backyard! This musical brings favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk to life. These characters set off to make their wishes come true but soon learn to be careful what they wish for as witches, giants and wolves loom. Come watch a talented cast of 70 youths, ages 10-18, from all over the Pioneer Valley. Starlight’s Youth Theatre is dedicated to the development of the child, using theater as a tool to build self-esteem, communication skills, and confidence. Performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, May 13, 2pm-3:30pm
BIOLOGY/ZOOLOGY
It is well known that bears hibernate in winter. Did you know that in cold regions, some species of frogs do too? This kids’ Friday event at the Northfield Public Library will feature crafts, computer games, coloring, jokes, and stories all about frogs! Come by to learn more about these fascinating amphibians. 413-498-2455. 115 Main St, Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 3pm-4pm
PSYCHOLOGY/GAMES
Fear of the number thirteen is well-known enough to warrant its own name: “triskaidekaphobia.” Superstition surrounding Friday the 13th has been around since the Middle Ages. Teens at the Westfield Athenaeum will be observing this bizarre day with games and challenges. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 3pm-4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER CONCERT
Decades of research have revealed many neurological, educational, and social benefits to playing a musical instrument. Playing music can help your capacity for memory, improve time management and teamwork skills, and increase mathematical ability. Come celebrate the effort which Smith College students have made over several years of practicing music. This solo and chamber music recital will feature musicians from the graduating class. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 3:30pm-4:30pm
CRAFT
For this afternoon craft at the Forbes Library, kids and their caregivers will make suncatchers to keep! Teach your kids about the weather as you watch for sun or clouds through your windows at home. 413- 587-1010. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 4pm-8pm
ART STUDIES
Do you like to make abstract art? Activities at the Smith College Museum of Art will encourage abstract art making through experimentation with unusual tools. Participants of all ages will unleash their creativity without paintbrushes. If you prefer making realistic drawings or paintings, this is a great opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new. Hands-on art activities will take place from 4-6pm, followed by a guided gallery talk. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 5pm-8pm
CONTEMPORARY ART/NATURAL HISTORY
Want to learn about local, agricultural history through contemporary art? Come to the opening reception of the exhibit, “The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows,” at Historic Northampton. The meadows in Northampton are an unusual space, used as farmland, a nature preserve, a recreational space, a place where suspicious packages are detonated, and more. You can view this space through the eyes of local artists. Nick Baker, Claudette Lambert-Peterson, and Anthony W. Lee capture the land through photographs and illustrations. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 7pm-9pm
STEM/CHEMISTRY
Why does popcorn pop? Corn contains water, which turns to steam, creating pressure inside the hard outer shell and eventually exploding. This is an example of a commonplace chemical reaction. Another common chemical reaction is oxidation. Tarnished silver, rust on a bicycle, and discoloration in spoiled meats are all results of oxidation. Taking a closer and more analytical look at everyday chemical reactions can be interesting, but not nearly as interesting as the more elaborate and engaging demonstrations which are going to be put on by the UMass Amherst Department of Chemistry. Young scientists, roughly between the ages of five and seventeen, are invited to watch fascinating chemical reactions and engage in hands-on learning projects. For more information or to register, contact Raina Kittilstved at rkittilstved@chem.umass.edu. Please register by May 11th. This event will take place in the Umass Integrated Sciences Building, Room 135. 661 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 13, 8:30pm-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA
Decades of research have revealed many neurological, educational, and social benefits to playing a musical instrument. Playing music can help your capacity for memory, improve time management and teamwork skills, and increase mathematical ability. Come celebrate the effort which Smith College students have made over several years of practicing music The Commencement Orchestra Concert in Sweeney Concert Hall will feature soloists from the graduating class. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

10am-11am – STORYTIME: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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 – STORYTIME: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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. ($)
  • 11am-12pm – STEM STORYTIME The third Friday of every month the Cushman Library will be running a STEM themed storytime for preschoolers. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come see how we relate these topics to everyday concepts which preschools understand and find entertaining. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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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