Suggested Events for May 21st-27th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

OVER 65 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from with new camps added every week!

Check out our featured post, 2016 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, arts & crafts, wilderness adventures, dance, performance art, farming, rock climbing, STEM, pre-college, sports, theater… to good old traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Home School

Learn Organically with Oak Meadow and Save Mother’s Day to Memorial Day! From May 8–30, take 15% off their flexible, creative homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12, and 5% off new enrollments in their teacher-supported, distance learning school. The nature-based curriculum fosters critical thinking and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. High school students can take charge of their own learning thanks to options such as life experience credit, independent study, and dual enrollment. Visit their website to save in their bookstore or to apply for enrollment. It’s not too early to plan ahead. Ready for a change now? You can start any time.

The Bement School’s summer programs offer the fun of traditional day camp with the flexibility of a range of unique activities. The Adventure Day Camp offers engaging games, crafts, & swimming with activity choices that include cooking, rocketry, sports, nature, art, & swimming. Outdoor Challenge Weeks are an exciting collaboration between Bement & Adventure In Adventure Out. The CIT program gives teens experience working with children & developing valuable job skills while still enjoying camp. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers, who enjoy thematic activities, including games, arts & crafts, & outdoor play, as well as field trips & daily swim lessons. Contact summer@bement.org with questions!

May 22

Fast, Slow, Young, Old… Whole Children wants to take you on a Wild Goose Chase! The Wild Goose Chase to benefit Whole Children will be held at Look Park, on Sunday, May 22, from 10am-1:30pm, and is an inclusive family event for all ages. There will be race events, including chip-timed 5K and 1.2 mile races, as well as a slew of kids’ races. There will also be a carnival, featuring a free photo booth, balloon sculptures, horse-drawn wagon rides, music and live performances, food and drink, face painting, games, and prizes. The first 600 registered goose chasers will receive a free water bottle and Bueno Y Sano coupon. All kids’ race participants will receive medals. Head over to www.runreg.com/wildgoose to register now!

May 28

Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley welcomes local author Megan Lambert & illustrator Nicole Tadgell for a special story time and drawing demo on Saturday, May 28 at 11am for their new picture book, Real Sisters Pretend. This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters” even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike. Event attendees will enjoy cookies & coloring sheets inspired by the book, and are encouraged to add drawings of their own families on a mural to be displayed at the Odyssey. FREE and open to all families, whether or not they have experience with adoption.

Do you like to cook? Want to know how wool gets from a sheep to your mittens? How about how a cow’s milk becomes ice cream or cheese? Ever wonder how cars get all of the cool paint designs? Are you interested in finding out how things are made? How would you like to cruise down the bike path on a skateboard that you built? Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton is offering two weeks of summer programs for students entering grades 6, 7, & 8. Week 1: July 25-28; Week 2: August 1-4. Half day and full day available. For more information, visit smithtec.org or call 587-1414 ext. 3414.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 21st-27th, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

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

Saturday May 21, 9am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY/LOCOMOTIVES
Be a part of local history by attending the 25th annual Chester on Track, brought to you by the Chester Railway Station. There will be civil war re-enactors, and the Chester Historical Society will be open for tours. The musical lineup will include jazz, bluegrass, and a musical comedy performance, “Hear That Whistle Blow.” There will be plenty to keep kids entertained including a bounce house and food. Purchase books, plants, and baked goods to support the Hamilton Library. This is a great chance to learn about, and develop a newfound appreciation for, your town! 413-354-7878. Chester, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 7am-12pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FITNESS
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an opportunity to celebrate survivors, remembers those who are no longer with us, and fight for a cure. You are invited to contribute to the 11th annual Relay For Life of Northern Berkshire by running, donating, or cheering on the runners at the Noel Field Athletics Complex. 290 State Street. North Adams, MA. (DONATION/VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, May 21, 8am
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
The Friends of the Clapp Memorial Library annual community tag sale helps Belchertown area residents make money off of their Spring cleaning! Any books that are not sold can be donated to the library. Come see your friends and neighbors, and buy some inexpensive clothes, home goods, books, and more. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 8:30am-2:30pm
HORTICULTURE/PLANT SALE
Gardening is a fun, hands-on hobby which can brighten up your yard while teaching you about plant and soil science. Involving children in the process can empower them with responsibility while offering opportunities for multidisciplinary learning. At plant sales, community members can share their knowledge and interest in plants as they shop. The Garden Club of Amherst will hold its annual plant sale under the tent on the Amherst Common, rain or shine. The plant sale supports beautification projects and local conservation. For information about The Garden Club of Amherst, email mmichael@smith.edu. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 9am-pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Want to shop for new furniture, household items, clothes, and more while benefiting the Northampton Parents’ Center? Come to their annual tag and bake sale! You can get exactly what you need without spending too much money. Tag sales reduce waste and help you make purchases in a sustainable and collaborative way. 220 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-3pm
AGRICULTURE/RENEWABLE ENERGY
Take a tour of Seeds of Solidarity Farm (10:00-11:30am) and Little White Goat Dairy Farm (1:00-2:30pm). At Seeds of Solidarity you will learn about low maintenance gardens, solar greenhouses, and energy efficient buildings. At Little White Goat you will walk the pastures, see the products and learn about the microbiome of the soil. Come for one or both tours, with an optional potluck meal in between. Orange, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 9am-1pm
SKILLSHARING/GARDENING
Buy your next set of perennials, annuals, and gardening books at this plant sale and benefit the Granby Library! At 9am, naturalist and landscaper John Root will be giving a talk on organic gardening, teaching visitors how to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. This event has everything you need to get started! 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 9am-2pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
Looking for a good book to read, or to give as a gift? Come to the Emily Williston Memorial Library Spring Book Sale! Your purchases provide money to support programs, events, materials, and more. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 9am-3pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
The Forbes Library book sale is your chance to support a local library while shopping for like-new books, CDs, DVDs as well as deaqcuisitioned library items, including vinyl, all at reasonable prices. There will also be music and activities to keep families entertained. The A E I O Ukes will play from 11-1, followed by Tai Chi for Children with Linda Peck 1:15-2:15. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am
ENTOMOLOGY/BEEKEEPING
Beekeeping is an educational hobby which teaches beekeepers about entomology. Beekeeping can also be a vital part of a sustainable living lifestyle. As a parent-child activity, keeping bees is one way of instilling sustainable values and an appreciation of nature in your children. Come to the Berkshire Museum to attend a Learner’s Lab on beekeeping which is included with regular museum admission. Visitors will learn how to maintain a healthy bee colony, and study bee behavior first-hand. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adults $. Children under 18 <$. Members and children under 3 FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/YOGA
Gardening is a healthy, productive hobby which can keep you focused on the moment. However, bending and digging can also cause muscle strain. This yoga session at the Gaylord Memorial Library is specifically designed to address back and shoulder pain caused by gardening and other outdoor activities. It will help you heal so you can continue engaging in these healthy hobbies. Bring your yoga mat if you have one. Depending on weather, this program may be held outdoors. You will be asked to sign a yoga waiver and release form. Open to adults age 16 and over. Space is limited, please register. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am
FILM STUDIES/STEM
Do you know a young girl or boy who loves Batman? Or science? Your family can watch the 1966 film, Batman: The Movie, (Not Rated) and learn the science behind the film’s depictions of flight, invisibility, walking through walls, and more. Prior to the film, Mad Science of Western New England will give a fun and informative talk. Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-12pm
PAPER ART
The oldest known work of art made by paper-cutting is from the 6th century, found in Xinjiang China. Many different cultures, however, have a tradition of paper-cutting. You can learn this ancient art, and create a literary-inspired design, at the Jones Library. Adults and young adults, ages fifteen and up, are invited. No experience necessary, and materials will be provided. Please register by calling 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-1pm
ZOOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years, evolving before birds, crocodiles, snakes, and even lizards. Come to Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to hear a talk about turtles, and listen to music by Earthtunes. This musical duo plays educational music for kids and their families, incorporating puppets and a lot of audience involvement. Music will be followed by a nature walk. Kids and adults will learn about nature through spoken word, song, and direct experience. 413- 584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY
The annual Long Meddowe Days celebration, to benefit The Longmeadow Historical Society, is an all ages celebration of Longmeadow past and present. The event will feature food, music, entertainment, activities for children, historical tours, a 5K road race/walk and a parade along with artists, crafters and photographers. On walking tours through the town green and cemetery, attendees will learn about the history of their town. For more local history learning, stop by the Storrs House Museum during the event. You are also invited to meet at the St. Mary’s Church parking lot at 9:15 a.m if you would like to march in the parade alongside employees and friends of the Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am- 5pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The mission of The Trustees of Reservations is to protect nature sites and local historical properties for educational use by the public. The Trustees are celebrating their 125th anniversary by inviting you to visit nine of their historic sites for free! In Western Massachusetts, you can see the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, the Ashley House in Sheffield, Naumkeag and The Mission House in Stockbridge, and Field Farm in Williamstown. See the Trustees website for more information. 413-532-1651 x 3110. Massachusetts. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-6pm
LOCAL HISTORY/NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
Nolumbeka is an Abenaki word which means “a stretch of quiet water between two rapids.” The Nolumbeka Project seeks to educate people about the Great Falls (Peskeompskut) Massacre and honor Native culture. This ceremony at Great Falls Discovery Center will commemorate the 240th anniversary of this historic event with elder teachings by Native American grandmothers, as well as talks by guest speakers, and music. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10:30am
PARENTING/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Playing allows children to imitate what they learn from adults and experiment with the world in a way that feels safe and enjoyable. This is how children learn everything from social skills to physics. This workshop at the Granby Library will teach parents of children from birth to five years about the benefits of frequent play. This workshop will include information, activities, and a free book! Please register by calling 413-467-3320. Indicate if you will need child care. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10:30am
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Springfest 2016 is an opportunity to explore downtown Northampton and listen to a myriad of musical groups, from elementary-school aged cello and violin students, to professional women’s choirs. Students and faculty from the Northampton Community Music Center will showcase their talent and hard work at various locations across downtown. The full schedule can be found on the Northampton Community Music Center website. 413-585-0001. In case of rain, performances will be moved to the Northampton Community Music Center at 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10:30am-1:30pm
COLLABORATIVE ART/STORYTELLING
Storytelling is a highly empathetic process. When you combine the creative empathy involved in storytelling with the therapeutic effects of expressing yourself through pictures, the activity has a profound impact. Comic books and graphic novels do just this- they force artists and writers to think about people’s emotions, and the social impact of character’s actions on each other. The Lee Library is hosting a Comic Jam, a collaborative storytelling adventure for cartoonists of all ages and abilities. This event will encourage participants to think critically, empathetically, and creatively. Each artist will contribute to other artists’ comics, resulting in a highly original work which could not be created by a single individual. No prior experience or ability is required. Participants can drop in any time. 413- 243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 10am-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/COLONIAL HISTORY
Nine Men’s Morris is a strategic board game from the era of the Roman Empire. It is mentioned as early as 8 CE in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria. The game is also mentioned in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learning historic games is a way to participate in history. Without needing extensive historical knowledge or the skills of a living history actor, you can experience a part of everyday life of another time period. The Great Colonial Encampment at the Farmington River Regional School District will feature games of Nine Men’s Morris as well as a 1770s version of baseball, called Rounders. Attending the festival, you can also see colonial style cooking, weaving, carpentry, and tin work, while discussing these skills with living historical actors. 413-269-4466. 555 N Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 11am
ENTOMOLOGY/BEEKEEPING
Beekeeping is an educational hobby which can also be a vital part of a sustainable living lifestyle. Just Roots is holding a summer-long beekeeping workshop with Daniel Berry. You can drop by one session, or go attend them all on May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17. This workshop has a pay-what-you-can policy, with the goal of achieving a $10 donation on average, per person, at each workshop. Bee suits will be provided. Register at the Just Roots website. 413-325-8969. Just Roots Farm. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 21, 11am
NATURAL HISTORY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Learn about New England’s natural history on this moderate, 1.8 mile hike at Mount Greylock. The hike leader will also show you the thumbprint of a lightening strike, and explain how the Department of Conservation and Recreation gauges the health of our forests. Meet at the Visitors’ Center, 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 11am
ECOLOGY/ICHTHYOLOGY
Learn about fish migration by taking a tour of the Robert E Barrett Fishway. You will learn about organisms which use the fish lift to get past the dam, and the work that has been done to protect the endangered shortnose sturgeon. Learn about the status and trends of migratory fish at this event, brought to you by the Connecticut River Watershed Council. To register, or to get directions email eryba@ctriver.org or call 413-772-2020. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 11am-3pm
STEM/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The inventions covered in this exciting event at the Berkshire Museum required both creative and critical thinking to make. Inventors utilize scientific knowledge like engineering and math, while seeking to meet a human need or technological opportunity. This “Meet The Inventors” program will give people of all ages an opportunity to meet the innovative thinkers behind The Chamberlain Group’s medical models, the Brød & Taylor knife sharpener, and a writers-in-residence program, The Mastheads. Educators from Hancock Shaker Village will provide a historical perspective, discussing Shaker inventions such as the flat broom, seed packets, and a version of the circular saw. Come get inspired to invent, and take a closer look at inventions in the world around you. This event is free with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($. Under 18 <$. Children three and younger, and museum members FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 11am-4pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
Looking for a good book to read, or give as a gift? Come to the Storrs Library Spring Book Sale! Your purchases provide money to support programs, events, museum passes, landscaping and more. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 11:30pm-1pm
CARPENTRY/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Birdhouses of all shapes make nice decorations, but if you want to attract specific birds, you need to consider what they are looking for in a home! Bluebird houses are relatively simple and easy to make. They are rectangular with a large roof, and involve protective measures for keeping snakes and other creatures out. A new 4-H club in Granby, for boys and girls between the ages of five and eighteen, will be meeting at the Granby Library twice a month. At this meeting they will build bluebird houses. In the future, the group will go on field trips plan community service activities, attend conferences, exhibit at fairs, and much more. Joining 4-H is a great opportunity for service-based and interest-based learning with a focus on agriculture. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 1pm
YOUTH THEATER
In Shakespeare’s play, the characters Romeo and Juliet are both young, making their story of feuding families and misfortune even more tragic. It seems fitting to see the play performed by a talented troupe of young actors, The Young Shakespeare Players East. Acting helps improve communication skills and confidence. Come lend your support for these rising stars. This performance will take place at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 1:30pm
FOOD HISTORY/CANDY
Marshmallows are made from the plant Althaea, which also has medicinal uses. How did this plant go from being used medicinally to becoming the central ingredient in S’mores? Susan Benjamin is the author of Sweet As Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure, and the owner of a research-based, historic candy company. She will be giving a talk at Historic Deerfield on the history of sweets such as marshmallows, chewing gum, and candy bars. Samples will be offered and copies of Benjamin’s book will be available for sale. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (Members <$. Non Members $)

Saturday, May 21, 1:30pm-3:30pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
This educational walk will teach participants how to identify wild plants and respectfully harvest them in a sustainable way. Holistic health coach and herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals,, Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, will teach attendees about the medicinal qualities of local herbs, and the uses of local plants. She will identify local plants and herbs which you can use to make salads, soups, and skin care products. This event will take place at the Greenfield Recreation and Swim Area. Register at the Northeast Organic Farming Association website. 20 Sanderson Street. Greenfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 21, 2pm
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES/MUSIC STUDIES
In his new book, Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music, author and musician Craig Harris draws on interviews with musicians, producers, and ethnographers to relay the cultural story of Native American musical traditions. He will be discussing his research and book in an interactive, participatory, multi-media presentation at the Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 2pm-4pm
YOUTH SUPPORT/LOSS
The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens will be having a workshop, “Feeling Grief in Our Bodies,” for anyone between the ages of five and eighteen who has experienced the death of someone close at any point in their lives. The workshop will focus on how grief affects the body. Information about acupressure points and deep breathing exercises will also be shared. RSVP to Shelly Bathe Lenn, Coordinator at The Garden. 413-582-5312. The event will take place at Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice. 168 Industrial Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 2pm
HISTORICAL SWORDS
This program at the Jones Library will combine literary learning, history, and a sword demonstration! Fencing coach Jeff Lord will explain the history of sword use in Western Europe, with a special focus on Shakespeare’s time. After the demonstration you will more easily be able to imagine the sword fights in Shakespeare’s plays. There will also be an opportunity to discuss and ask questions. This is one of many events designed to support the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio at Amherst College. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 21, 3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Join novelist Roberta Harold for her talk on Annie Haggerty. Harold’s presentation will be based on material she has discovered about this heroine who once lived at Ventfort, an 1850s Lenox estate that stood on the site of the present mansion. The talk is presented in conjunction with a new Ventfort Hall exhibit that portrays the lives of famous Civil War hero Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his bride Annie Haggerty, whose family owned Ventfort. The couple spent their brief honeymoon here. Days later he was called to battle as leader of the famed Massachusetts Black regiment, the 54th – never to return. Who was Annie? Harold has been researching Annie’s life for a forthcoming novel and will give us the full story. A Victorian tea will follow the presentation. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 21, 4pm
INTERACTIVE FAMILY COMEDY SHOW
Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turns in the spotlight, or relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show”. The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs, and games. If your child does a great job making people laugh, you can take a great deal of pride in this. Humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity. Laughter releases endorphins, relaxes the body, and even boosts the immune system! The target audience for this show is ages five through twelve, and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! 413-527-1000. 121 Club. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (<$ Kids. $ Adults)

Saturday, May 21, 6pm-10pm
ART/NATURE STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
The Spring Wildflower Full Moon Arts and Music Fest is an all ages, fundraising celebration of local music and art. Bring your own instruments to participate in a campfire jam, and your hiking clothes for the full moon hike! There will be wildflower craft activities, and opportunities to try edible wildflowers. Event proceeds go to support the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Purchase tickets on their website. The event will take place at the Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors’ Center. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesboro, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, May 21, 7pm
MAGIC/PSYCHOLOGY/POETRY
Great magicians manage to perform seemingly impossible feats not through any mysterious form of magic, but through the magic of psychology – the magic of which lies in the ability to subtly influence decisions and attention. This performance, “It’s A Magical Life” featuring Jonas Cain, will involve magic, music, and poetry. Kids can become fully enthralled by the illusions while parents puzzle over how they’re achieved. Palmer Historical Society. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. ($. PHS members <$)

Saturday, May 21, 8pm
THEATER STUDIES/BROADWAY MUSICAL
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical comedy which tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college graduate named Princeton who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He moves into a shabby apartment on Avenue Q where he meets a colorful cast of characters. Avenue Q is a puppet-filled show that follows a group of young adults seeking their purpose in big-city life. Come experience this Tony Award-winning play that explores the deeper meaning of life in a manner that’s both insightful and wildly entertaining. Don’t be fooled by the puppets; this show may not be suitable for children, parents use discretion. Performances will be held in the Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, May 21, 8pm
THEATER STUDIES/MUSICAL
It’s Labor Day Weekend in 1960. Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — but the groom has left her at the altar. Lois does her best to console Marge and comes up with a plan to set her up with Del Delmonaco, the resort’s handsome but self-obsessed singer who mistakenly assumes that Marge’s father can get him on American Bandstand and make him the next teen heartthrob. Then there’s Gabe, the geekish handyman and aspiring songwriter, always looking forlornly on — and of course Harvey, the Borscht Belt comic who for years has secretly carried a torch for the widowed Esther. Breaking Up is Hard to Do engages audiences with the tunes of Neil Sedaka while bringing to life a heartwarming throwback to a simpler time. Performances will be held at the Majestic Theater. Last performances will be held on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22nd. Don’t miss it! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, May 21, 8pm-9:30pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
This performance of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra will cover centuries of musical compositions and genres, from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, to the more modern classical composer Philip Glass, and even the mid-west rock group Wilco. Come to the Shea Theater to hear a wide range of what can be accomplished on the guitar. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. ($)

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Sunday, May 22, 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 22, 10am-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/COLONIAL HISTORY
Nine Men’s Morris is a strategic board game from the era of the Roman Empire. It is mentioned as early as 8 CE in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria. The game is also mentioned in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learning historic games is a way to participate in history. Without needing extensive historical knowledge or the skills of a living history actor, you can experience a slice of everyday life from the past. The Great Colonial Encampment at the Farmington River Regional School District will feature games of Nine Men’s Morris as well as a 1770s version of baseball, called Rounders. Attending the festival, you can also see colonial style cooking, weaving, carpentry, and tin work, while discussing these skills with living historical actors. 413-269-4466. 555 N Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 10am-1:30pm
INTERGENERATIONAL RACE/CARNIVAL
The second annual Wild Goose Chase and Kids’ Carnival gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in 5K runs, fun runs, and walks. Entire families can run together, encouraging each other right up to the finish line. This is a great way for parents to lead by example, exercising with their children and showing them how fun running can be. The kids’ carnival at Look Park will include games, food, wagon rides, live music, a photo booth, and prizes. This event benefits Whole Children.The first 600 registered goose chasers will receive a free water bottle and Bueno Y Sano coupon. All kids’ race participants will receive medals. Register online to participate in the chase! 300 N Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$ – $$)

Sunday, May 22, 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 22, 10am-3pm
GEOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Gorges and canyons form when rock is eroded by rivers. Nature lovers can explore gorges to learn about biological life in the river, as well as the geology of the rock. Professor Emeritus Richard Little and naturalist Nancy Goodman will lead participants on this nature hike around the Chesterfield gorge, featuring 70-foot-high walls carved by the Westfield River. You will witness stunning views of the river as well as the surrounding forest, which contains hemlock, ash, and oak, and is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys. Please register on the Greenfield Community College website. Bring water and lunch. 413-775-1661. Chesterfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, May 22, 10am-4pm
INTEGRATIVE HEALTH
This health festival will provide lectures on many topics, including reiki, tai chi, chiropractic care, herbicides, GMOs, medicinal wild foods, and more. These issues are both personal and, in some cases, tied up with local and national laws (GMO labeling, for example). There will also be crafts, vendors, free samples, nature walks, and a scavenger hunt. The event will take place in the back parking lot of Better Life Whole Foods. 1500 Allen Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 11am
FITNESS/FORAGING
This session of outdoor games at Mount Greylock will have participants foraging for food while eluding capture from a predator! “Robin Versus Hawk” is the perfect game for energetic people who want to learn by doing. This game requires at least three players. Meet at the Visitors’ Center, 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 12pm-4pm
PLACEMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY
The annual Long Meddowe Days celebration, to benefit The Longmeadow Historical Society, is an all ages celebration of Longmeadow past and present. The event will feature food, music, entertainment, activities for children, historical tours, a 5K road race/walk and a parade along with artists, crafters and photographers. On walking tours through the town green and cemetery, attendees will learn about the history of their town. For more local history learning, stop by the Storrs House Museum during the event. You are also invited to meet at the St. Mary’s Church parking lot at 9:15 a.m if you would like to march in the parade alongside employees and friends of the Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 12pm-6pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Palmer celebrity Noah Lis will be performing along with Donna Lee Honeywell at Pulaski Park. Proceeds will benefit the Tri-Centennial Parade. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Northampton, MA. (<$. Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 1pm
YOUTH THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
In Shakespeare’s play, the characters Romeo and Juliet are both young, making their story of feuding families and misfortune even more tragic. It seems fitting to see the play performed by a talented troupe of young actors, The Young Shakespeare Players East. Acting helps improve communication skills and confidence. Come lend your support for these rising stars. This performance will take place at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 413-577-3600. 650 E Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 1pm
LIVE MUSIC/FUNDRAISING
The pioneer valley is the proud home of many talented musicians. As self-employed individuals, musicians thrive when they are supported by their communities. This Musician’s Emergency Fund Spring Concert at The O’s will feature performances by several area musicians across genres and ages, as a fundraising event for local musicians who are facing fiscal challenges due to health issues. Come enjoy their music and support a great cause. 413- 665-8788. 330 Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, May 22, 1pm-2:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/ANTHROPOLOGY/LAW
Local history is inextricably tied to Native American history. This nature talk, to take place at the top of the Mount Holyoke Range, will teach participants about how the Valley’s early peoples interacted with the land and used its resources. This talk will give attendees some idea of what the landscapes used to look like, and offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of land ownership from a cultural standpoint. Meet at Skinner State Park. Register by emailing andrea@kestreltrust.org. 10 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (<$)

Sunday, May 22, 2pm
THEATER STUDIES/BROADWAY MUSICAL
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical comedy which tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college graduate named Princeton who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He moves into a shabby apartment on Avenue Q where he meets a colorful cast of characters. Avenue Q is a puppet-filled show that follows a group of young adults seeking their purpose in big-city life. Come experience this Tony Award-winning play that explores the deeper meaning of life in a manner that’s both insightful and wildly entertaining! Don’t be fooled by the puppets, this show may not be suitable for children, parents use discretion. Performances will be held in the Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, May 22, 2pm-4pm
NATURE BASED EDUCATION/BIRDS OF PREY
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary will be celebrating forty years of environmental education at this free, all ages event. Educators at Arcadia Nature Preschool understand the importance of nature-based education and time spent outdoors. You can meet past teachers and graduates while enjoying a slice of birthday cake! Raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will give a birds of prey demonstration and there will be nature games and birdwatching. Preschoolers in attendance can learn about seed starting. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 2pm-5pm
PARENTING/PSYCHOLOGY
This workshop at the Northampton Survival Center will teach parents motivational interview techniques, a strategy for helping teens make healthy decisions. The goal of motivational interviewing is to clarify goals and resolve ambivalence. Some elements the group will discuss include how to establish rapport with your child and listen reflectively, forming open-ended questions for motivational change, and developing an action plan. Space is limited to fifteen people. Register through Eventbrite. 413-586-6564. 265 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 3pm
LITERACY/WRITING
Writing, in general, is a worthwhile hobby and a valuable skill since communication is essential in many areas of life. Writing fiction, in particular, can help you learn not only about yourself but about other people. Fictional stories are highly focused characters, describing their feelings, desires, and actions. Sion Dayson is a novelist who will be reading from and discussing her forthcoming book, When Things Were Green, at The Mount. Learn about writing, reading, and hear excerpts from a new book. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 4pm
DANCE/WIND ENSEMBLE
Adult wind ensemble, The Valley Winds, will be performing selections from Bizet’s Carmen at The Academy of Music Theatre in collaboration with ballet and dance by the Ines Arrubla Flamenco Dance Theatre.The Valley Winds’ mission is to create an artistically driven ensemble with an emphasis on community relevance. All are invited to witness this professional dance and music performance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (Adult $$. Student and senior <$. Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 4pm-5:30pm
PARENTING
Early childhood is a time of frequent transitions, from home to day care and day care to preschool. Kids meet new teachers, new friends, and have to become familiar with a completely unfamiliar environment. This parenting workshop, “Parenting Preschoolers with Confidence and Clarity,” will outline common behavioral problems for preschoolers, including aggression, noncooperation, tantrums, shyness, feeding issues and peer relationships. Parents will discuss effective strategies for tackling these issues at Northampton Area Pediatrics. Register by calling 413-517-2226. 193 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 22, 3pm-5pm
INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE
You and your family members of all ages can learn dance techniques as you move to live music on piano and fiddle. This intergenerational dance party at The Common School will also feature a potluck supper. Please bring something to share. This event is co-sponsored by Country Dance and Song Society. Contact Linda Henry by email at lindapiano@gmail.com with any questions. 521 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, May 22, 8pm
THEATER STUDIES/MUSICAL
It’s Labor Day Weekend in 1960. Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — but the groom has left her at the altar. Lois does her best to console Marge and comes up with a plan to set her up with Del Delmonaco, the resort’s handsome but self-obsessed singer who mistakenly assumes that Marge’s father can get him on American Bandstand and make him the next teen heartthrob. Then there’s Gabe, the geekish handyman and aspiring songwriter, always looking forlornly on — and of course Harvey, the Borscht Belt comic who for years has secretly carried a torch for the widowed Esther. Breaking Up is Hard to Do engages audiences with the tunes of Neil Sedaka while bringing to life a heartwarming throwback to a simpler time. Performances will be held at the Majestic Theater. Last performances will be held on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22nd. Don’t miss it! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. ($$$)

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 10am-11am
PARENTING/NEUROSCIENCES
One of the struggles of special needs children is that they can be misunderstood by uninformed peers. Parents of special needs children may have a similar feeling, that people around them don’t quite know what they’re going through. The Family Center in North Adams is providing a chance for parents of children with special needs or delays to share their experiences with an understanding audience. Meet local parents with children ages birth to eight years in a casual environment. Snacks will be provided. Transportation and child care are available. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 23, 10:30am
MUSIC
Playing music has many positive mental and social benefits. Even just listening to music can calm you down, and singing along releases endorphins! Bring your preschool aged children to the Pelham Library’s final “Music for Little Ones” program to enjoy some good family-friendly music and encourage a lifelong love of music in your kids. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 23, 6:30pm
STEM/COMPUTER BASICS
Pinterest is a tool for aggregating images and information. As a user, you can utilize Pinterest in order to keep websites together for future reference. For example, you might want to pin movies you want to watch someday, or books you’d like to read. Pinterest is also used to spread skillsharing information, such as D.I.Y. instructions and recipes. If you want to get started using Pinterest, come to the Storrs Library for this basic workshop. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 23, 6:30pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
The ukulele is one of the simplest instruments to play, with only three chords needed to play most songs. Join Julie Stepanek for a Ukulele Strum at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Bring your uke, or other instrument, or just come to sing along. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, 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)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — ART/INTERGENERATIONAL : The Community Action Family Center is offering a weekly art space for anyone ages eight and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All abilities are welcome. Snacks and materials will be provided. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, 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)
  • 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 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 10:30am-1pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/NATURE-BASED RESOURCES
Invasive plants spread to the point where they threaten the biodiversity of a region, and become a danger to other plants and animals. Learn more about invasive plants as you help pull garlic mustard from the East branch trail. This event is sponsored by the Westfield River Watershed.To register or for more information contact Julie Richburg at 413-532-1631. Chesterfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, May 24, 9:30am-11am
INTERGENERATIONAL HORTICULTURE
Children under five and their caregivers are invited to participate in a garden playgroup sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Your kids can learn about locally grown vegetables. By interacting with healthy foods in fun ways they can form positive associations with these foods. Children and their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills to start their own gardens at home. Babies are also welcome. Groups will take place at Monument Mountain every Tuesday until June 28 2016. Registration is recommended. 413-298-3239. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, May 24, 3:15pm-4:30pm
NATURE STUDIES/SCAVENGER HUNT
Spending time in nature is a safe way to engage children’s instinctual curiosity and desire to explore. Youth ages five and up are invited, with their caregivers, to a nature scavenger hunt at the Meekins Library. Help your kids find items outside on the library grounds and use them to make a craft! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 5pm
WORKPLACE READINESS
Summer jobs offer teenagers the opportunity to hone their social and practical workplace skills, build their resumes, and meet new people. This job seeking workshop at the Sunderland Public Library will teach participants how to hunt for jobs, how to decide if a job post requires a resume, how to format their resumes, and what kinds of skills employers expect. Teens will also get tips for interviewing. Give your kids a head start at practicing these lifelong skills! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm
PHOTOGRAPHY/NATURE STUDIES
When you capture a moment or scene in a photograph, you are able to take a closer and longer look, possibly noticing details which you otherwise would not. Everyday life may seem mundane, but looking back at your life through photographs you can see how much has changed. Even natural landscapes evolve over seasons and years. Outdoor writer, photographer, and historian John Burk can teach you about nature photography through his own examples at this exhibit and talk at the Northfield Public Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm
SLEEP SCIENCE/HEALTH
When humans and other organisms sleep there is a decrease in body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and energy use. REM sleep is the sleep stage in which most vivid dreaming occurs, and the length of REM sleep increases over the course of a night’s sleep. This means that if you do not sleep for very long, you will not spend much time in REM, and you will lose the opportunity for dreaming and the release of serotonin. Getting a good night of sleep boosts memory and problem solving the following day. Dr. Wendy Chabot, MD, FAAP, will be discussing the benefits of healthy sleep for kids and teens. Poor sleep in teens can contribute to anxiety, depression, learning challenges, and other issues. Find out more by attending this talk at the Smith Academy Library. 33 School Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm
CITIZEN SCIENCE/HABITAT
Want to learn about the natural wildlife of Western Massachusetts? Join naturalist Sue Morse as she gives a visual presentation on the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles which share our habitat. Sue Morse is the founder of Keeping Track, an organization which trains biologists and citizen scientists in wildlife monitoring skills. Come to this presentation at Mohawk High School to learn how you can become more involved in sustaining local wildlife. For more information contact the Franklin Land Trust at 413-625-9151. 24 Ashfield Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm
LITERACY/NEUROSCIENCES
Author, engineer, and autism advocate John Elder Robison will be at the Pelham Library discussing his latest book, Switched On, a memoir about his experience as a research subject in brain studies. These studies used transcranial magnetic stimulation, which enhanced his ability to read emotions. This talk will educate attendees about neuroscience, the autism spectrum, and possibilities for neurologically based methods of assistance- all from a first-person perspective! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm
FOOD PRODUCTION/PERMACULTURE
Permaculture is much more than the study of horticulture or gardening. It is a science of sustainable design which applies the structures found in nature to human agriculture, architecture, inventions, and other designed systems or structures. While permaculture is a complex practice and a far-reaching philosophy, you can engage in it close to home and independently. Ashley Schenk from Broadfork Permaculture will be teaching attendees at this workshop how to use permaculture concepts to face climate change. She will educate participants on growing food, reducing energy, and bolstering ecological health. Dickinson Memorial Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm-8pm
HEALTH/WELLNESS
Energy, memory, and sleep are all interconnected, and this workshop at River Valley Co Op aims to address strategies for improving all three. It is easier to sleep once you’ve had plenty of exercise, and easier to exercise once you’ve had a good night sleep. Both exercise and sleep improve memory. Thus, focusing on improving just one aspect of your health can positively affect many habits. To sign up, please call 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 7pm-9pm
SCREENWRITING
Films are almost always collaborative, drawing on the artistic influences of writers, directors, and actors. Come to this Screenwriting 101 workshop at Northampton Community Television if you want to learn how to write for the screen. Instructor Melissa McClung will help you learn how to think and write visually, how to structure plot, and how to use script-writing software Celtx. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 24, 7:30pm
WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL
The exciting new musical Presto Change-O features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

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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 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 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 25, 9am
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/GENTLE YOGA
Want to try some beginners yoga without investing in an expensive yoga class? The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is offering this gentle yoga session at the Shutesbury Town Hall. Please bring a yoga mat and a small pillow. 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 2pm-3pm
STEM/ COMPUTER BASICS
The final May technology workshop at the Westfield Athenaeum will cover Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word is a useful personal computer tool for creating documents to save, print, or email. This workshop will help participants learn how to navigate the editing tools and format their documents. Registration is required. Please call 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30pm-6:30pm
STEM/CODING
Scratch is a programming language and online community which allows you to create your own games and share them with the world. Scratch Junior is a simpler version, made specifically to help children learn the fundamental logic of computer programming. Junior programmers between the ages of five and seven are invited, with their caregivers, to this Scratch Junior workshop hosted by Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm
PARENTING
Parenting is a unique and life-changing experience. Parents can benefit in many ways from having a support system of people who understand the ups and downs, the joys and difficulties, of this experience. Mothers are invited to get together for this meeting of MOPS, “Moms Offering Parenting Support,” at the Belchertown Family Center 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm
SPIRITUALITY/MEDITATION
The image of the labyrinth combines the symbolic meanings of both the circle and the spiral, standing for a complex but meaningful path. Labyrinths can be used in walking meditation. Cathy Rigali and Lorraine Villemaire will be discussing their new book, Labyrinth Reflections, at the Gaylord Memorial Library. They will explain the process of making a labyrinth and incorporating it into spiritual practice. 413- 538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm-8pm
FOOD PRODUCTION/PERMACULTURE
Permaculture, a form of agriculture which focuses on reflecting natural ecosystems, can be executed on a small scale in the form of backyard gardens. Lisa DePiano will be giving this workshop on permaculture basics at River Valley Co Op. Call 413-584-2665 or sign up at Customer Service. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
Come learn to play this convenient, portable string instrument, in a supportive environment with other beginners. More experienced ukulele players are also welcome, however, to come join in on the fun at the Storrs Library. Please bring a ukulele if you own one. Loaner ukuleles will be available on a first-come first-served basis. With only four strings, the ukulele is easier to learn than the guitar and can be a great introduction to learning chord progressions. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, May 25, 7:30pm
WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL
The exciting new musical Presto Change-O features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Wednesday, May 25, 8pm
FILM SCREENING/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor movies take a normally indoor activity outside, allowing people to enjoy the warm weather and possibly bring a picnic. Outdoor movies bring people together more than watching them at home. You, your family and friends, can watch Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, the story of a man on a quest to find his stolen bicycle, on the Smith College Chapin Lawn. Enjoy some laughs at this 1985 comedy (rated PG). Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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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)
  • 2pm-6pm — FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for fresh produce, flowers, and handmade items every Wednesday afternoon at the Great Falls Farmers’ Market. The corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street. Turners Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE(
  • 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 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 10:30am-11:30am
PARENTING/DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
This event at the Williamstown Youth Center allows children to play freely with a variety of toys, while parents learn about their child’s development and schedule follow up meetings with qualified staff. Parents will be asked to fill out an “Ages and Stages” questionnaire. Learn more about the growing and learning your child does every day. This program is for families with children ages 3 months to 5 years. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Thursday, May 26, 2:30pm
DRAWING
The teenage years are an overwhelming and difficult time for many. This time when not only bodies, but brains are developing, can be very artistically potent. Teens are invited to the Southwick Public Library to relax with coloring and cookies! You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this social gathering 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 26, 3pm and 7:30pm
WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL
The exciting new musical Presto Change-O features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Thursday, May 26, 3pm-4pm
CRAFTS/SCRAPBOOKING
In an increasingly digital world, people do not always print physical copies of their photographs. Printing them allows you to make scrapbooks, a fun crafting activity which adds a further element of creativity to photography. Bring photographs of your choice to the Westfield Athenaeum to scrapbook with your friends. This event is for patrons between the ages of 12 and 18. Registration is required. Please call 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thuesday, May 26, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family at the season’s first Co
Op Concert in Greenfield. You can also explore the gardens, and children will be able to play on the brand new train structure in the children’s area. This first concert will feature The Frost Heaves and Hales, Joe Graveline, and Russ Thomas. Energy Park, 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 26, 6pm-8pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Attorney General Maura Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau will be at the Ralph Froio Senior Center relaying information and answering questions about local, environmental issues. Come to this session to gain knowledge about the issues which concern you, whether that be drinking water quality, childhood asthma in your community, lead paint, water pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals in the environment, pollinator health, or something else. 330 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, May 26, 7pm
VOCAL MUSIC/JAZZ
According to lifelong musician Ellen Cogen, “The art of improvisation is irresistable, and the purest essence of musical expression.” That is why she was drawn to jazz singing, which she currently teaches at Holyoke Community College. You can hear Ellen perform with her quartet. Experience the creative, musical, and intellectual feat of improvisation at Eastworks in the 121 Club. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (<$)

Thursday, May 26, 7pm
LOCAL HISTORY/POETRY
People typically learn how to write and hone their personal style by reading the works of other writers. One way to study shifts in literary trends is to follow this trail of artistic influence. Emily Dickinson was highly influenced by the writing of William Shakespeare, as evidenced by the many allusions to him she made in her writing. Páraic Finnerty has conducted extensive research on Dickinson, and will be discussing Shakespeare’s influence on her life and work at
Amherst College. This talk will take place in Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8am-9am – MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION
    All are invited to participate in a secular meditation practice, every week on Thursday mornings at Tsegyalgar. Participating with a group in a guided practice can help you get started incorporating meditation into your routine.
    Cushions are provided. 413-369-4153. 18 Schoolhouse Road. Conway, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 18 months through 3 years and their caregivers may participate in the Toddler Steps playgroup which meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – STORYTIME: On Thursdays, young children and their caregivers can enjoy building early literacy skills at Richmond Reads, a weekly group sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Richmond Library, 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 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 27, 2016

Friday, May 7, 2pm-2pm
FILM/LITERACY
The 1984 movie The Neverending Story (PG) is a film (based on a novel of the same name) which encourages reading as an emotionally healthy escape for difficult times. This is a great example of a frame narrative, that is, a narrative which involves a story within a story. Many other films and books use this structure. You can screen this film with your children at the Dickinson Memorial Library. If your kids like the movie, they may be interested in reading fantasy novels which you can look for while you’re there! 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 27, 3:30pm
SPATIAL SKILLS
Minecraft, a game of increasing popularity among children, is like a digital version of LEGOs. In the game, players have to build any number of objects and architectural pieces out of blocks. When played in moderation, this game can have surprisingly positive effects on kids’ learning and motivation. Teachers have begun using this game to explain physical and mathematical concepts. The game requires complex planning, technological knowledge, and even creativity. This kids’ Minecraft Club meeting at the Forbes Library will feature a special challenge! Meetings take place in the Community Room. Registration is required. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 27, 4:30pm
LIFELONG LEARNING/POLITICAL SCIENCE
The more politically engaged you are, the better positioned you will be to make a difference. Beyond voting, you can write and sign petitions, attend important local or national hearings, or raise money for a political cause. This lecture, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, can help you become more informed about the state of U.S. politics today. Bestselling author and Time magazine columnist Joe Klein will discuss the 2016 presidential election and more in his lecture, “How on Earth Did We Get Here? The Chaotic Politics of 2016,” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, May 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Media trends come and go, but there are some topics which fascinate children across generations. One of those topics is dinosaurs. The Berkshire Museum’s exhibit, Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies will be on view until Sunday, August 28, 2016. This exhibit offers a new way of looking at dinosaurs, by studying their eggs and nests, and learning about how dinosaurs cared for their young. Using dinosaurs as an entry-point, you can make science fun and offer your children opportunities for learning about evolutionary biology, ancient history, geology, and archaeology. Another new and exciting exhibit at the Berkshire Museum is Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast, featuring the art of Native peoples. You can come to the opening reception for both exhibits on May 27th. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adults $. Children <$)

Friday, May 27, 7:30pm
WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL
The exciting new musical Presto Change-O features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through May 2016 for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – 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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