Suggested Events for May 28th – June 3rd, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Nearly 70 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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Jun 5

Join Lander-Grinspoon Academy for a day of carnival fun! When? Sunday, June 5th. Where? LGA, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. There will be Games, Prizes, Face painting, Dunk tank, Bounce obstacle course and more! Food & drink from Holyoke Hummus Company, Chanterelle-To-Go, LGA Bake shop, Herrell’s Ice Cream & Fort Hill Brewery. Tons of fun for the entire family. Event takes place rain or shine. Entrance is free but activities will require tickets. Email office@landergrinspoon.org if you have any questions.

Jun 5

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley presents “Raising Spiritually Intelligent Children,” a Sunday, June 5 workshop at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA with author, psychologist, and teacher Dr. Christopher Willard. Participants will learn how to cultivate virtues like Effort, Patience, Determination, Truthfulness, Loving Kindness, and Equanimity. Dr. Willard is the author of Child’s Mind, Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, and Growing Up Mindful. This workshop is appropriate for parents, caregivers, educators, therapists, social workers, and all who work with and care about the next generation. Suggested contribution: $25-$40 plus a voluntary donation to Dr. Willard. Please pre-register. Questions: general@insightpv.org.

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 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 picturebook, 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 28th – June 3rd, 2016

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Saturday, May 28, 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. Moona Luna’s Sandra Velasquez takes you on a Latin American bus adventure. Based on her own travels by bus through Latin America, she provides you with a soundtrack for a journey that is as rich and diverse as the changing landscape. 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 28
CRAFTS/SUSTAINABILITY
Learn how to create puppets while supporting a community effort towards sustainability! The First Annual Northampton Interdependence Day Festival will be held on July 2nd 2016 and feature children’s theater and street performances around the theme, “We Love This World.” Prior to the event, on May 28th, June 18th and June 25th, workshops will be held for those interested in making puppets to be used in the performances. Get involved early and watch this new sustainability themed event unfold in your community. For more information, contact Beth Fairservice at bethbirth@crocker.com.

Saturday, May 28, 7am-9am
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Ornithology, the study of birds, is a fun way to learn about biology and environmental science. People interested in studying birds might want to learn how to identify the birds they see and hear, analyze their communication, observe their behavior, or learn about how they interact with their habitats. The most fun way to learn about birds is with a knowledgeable and passionate teacher. This is the last of a four week workshop run by Pete McLean, education director at Book and Plow Farm. No knowledge or skills necessary. Even if you have not attended the previous three sessions, you can sign up for this one. For more information, visit the Hitchcock Center for the Environment website. Call 413-256-6006 to register. Workshops will take place at Book and Plow farm. 425 South East Street. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, May 28, 7am-6pm
FIBER ARTS/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
The 42nd annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft fair is an all ages celebration with opportunities for learning about animal husbandry, sheep shearing, fiber arts, photography, and even cooking! Kids can attend workshops on felting, spinning, and dyeing. Adult workshops include Amish oval rugs, needle felting, photographing your textiles, and more. There will be food available for purchase and a cooking demonstration. At 6pm, attendees are welcome to attend a potluck supper and discuss what they have learned with their friends and community. Come take part in a decades’ old local tradition! Check out the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair website for a full schedule and contact information. Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 28, 8:30am-5pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/BOOK SALE
The boys’ and girls’ room of the Westfield Athenaeum has an ongoing sale. On Saturday, May 28th, there will be a special deal- fill a bag full of books for only three dollars! Stock up before they’re gone and support a local library. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 28, 9am-3pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/TAG SALE
Want to shop for new furniture, clothes, local crafts and more while supporting your neighbors? Participate in the Otis Cultural Council’s tag sale! Spring is a great time to sell or donate unwanted items in a cycle of collaborative consumption. For more information call 413-269-4008. Otis Ridge parking center. 159 Monterey Road. Otis, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 28, 9:30am-11:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL/JUNIOR SCIENTIST
You and your children of all ages are invited to a free breakfast at Community Action Family Center. Your kids can learn about the science behind a time-honored favorite toy: bubbles! Kids can make giant bubbles and engage in other hands-on activities. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am
LITERACY/ART
Beloved children’s book author Eric Carle studied art in his youth and began his career as a graphic designer before going on to illustrate picture books. His books have been read and loved all over the world for generations, and have been translated into 62 different languages. His latest book, The Nonsense Show, was published in October 2015. Now is your chance to meet him and get your favorite books signed, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! No tickets will be available in advance and a limited number of visitors will be admitted in for the book signing. There is a limit of three books to be signed. Museum members will receive priority line placement and may enter early at 9:30 am. The book signing is free with museum admission. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. These markets provide locally grown items, teaching buyers about their habitat through seasonal variation in what is available. Now, a new farmers’ and makers’ market in Easthampton will bring these benefits to a new area. This market will also offer locally made items, bringing artists and crafters into the mix. See what you can find every Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 24th. For more information, visit the Easthampton Farmers’ and Makers’ Market website. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-2pm
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
From young kids who like to play with fire trucks, to teens and adults interested in crime investigation, “Police Day” will both entertain and educate. Come to the Northampton Police Department to get an up-close look at police gear, meet police officers and firefighters, see a fire engine, and vote for the best police cruiser design. Come curious and ask questions of these local heros & heroines! All ages welcome. 29 Center Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-3pm
LITERACY/FITNESS
Story walks combine two very healthy activities for families: reading and exercise. This year the Lenox Library has chosen The Ugly Vegetables for its annual story walk. Grab a map from the library and find the pages of this beloved picture book enlarged and posted around town. The first page of the book will begin your journey at the Roche Reading park and the final page can be found in the Children’s Room of the library. There will also be live readings of the book at 11am and 12pm at the library. For those who are interested in utilizing story walks as a resource (for example, teachers, child care providers, and homeschool parents) the Pittsfield Public Library has story walk books you can borrow! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/CULINARY ARTS/HORTICULTURE
You may think of rhubarb as a simple side vegetable, but at the Lenox Rhubarb Festival you’ll see this ingredient used in pies, chili, and even beverages! Learn by example by purchasing a rhubarb recipe booklet and fresh local rhubarb. There will also be rhubarb plants available, and advice from local experts, for those who want to learn how to grow the plant on their own. Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-4pm
TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/INFRASTRUCTURE
Starting on May 28th, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum will be offering train rides on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00. See the Berkshires and experience a vintage 1955 Rail Diesel Car. An interest in trains can be a launching point for learning about engineering as well as history. Trains will also operate on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. 413-637-2210. 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams MA. ($. Under 12 <$. Under four FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 10am-5pm
HISTORY/SCULPTURE
Chesterwood, a National Historic Landmark and museum of Daniel Chester’s work, opens for the season on May 28th. Daniel Chester is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments and best known for the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. Come explore Chester’s summer home and the grounds, and learn about local and national history through the life of a man who sought to preserve historical figures in his art. 413- 298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. NTHP members, military, and children 17 and under <$. Grounds-only admission <$)

Saturday, May 28, 10:30am-11:30am
ORNITHOLOGY/ECOLOGY
This program at the Great Falls Discovery Center will teach children about the creatures which share our habitat in the Connecticut River watershed. Through games and crafts, this program will teach attendees about birds, and the variation in different species’ diets. This is a great event to instill a new area of interest, as you and your children can continue learning about birds by observing them in your backyard, day to day. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6 and their caregivers. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 11am
LITERACY/DRAWING
Local author Megan Lambert and illustrator Nicole Tadgell will be at the The Odyssey Bookshop for a reading and drawing demonstration. Lambert and Tadgell will read from their new book, Real Sisters Pretend, a heartwarming story about two adopted sisters. Attendees can enjoy cookies and coloring sheets, and draw pictures of their own families on a mural. This event is open to all families, whether or not they have experience with adoption. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 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 show you the thumbprint of a lightening strike, and explain how the Department of Conservation and Recreation gauges the health of forests. Meet at the Visitors’ Center. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 12pm
ZOOLOGY
Meet some of your favorite animals…at the library! Zoo On the Go at the Hatfield Public Library will introduce kids and parents to live animals. No registration is required, but visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 12pm-4pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Pop-up playground adventures encourage not only creative free play but collaborating among young people. Provided with huge cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, string, bales of hay, and other items, children will design their own playground and direct their play within it. This event encourages children to get outside and shows them that their creativity can be implemented to turn an ordinary stretch of grass into a playground! For more information, visit The Play Workshop website. 413-588-2208. Community Field Road. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 28, 1:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/THEATER
Emily Dickinson was highly influenced by the writing of William Shakespeare, as evidenced by the many allusions to him she made in her writing. You’re invited to the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum for a performance of some of Emily Dickinson’s favorite Shakespeare plays, and readings of Dickinson’s poetry. See if you can trace his influence on her writing style. Please call 413-542-2947 or e-mail info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org with questions. Reservations are not required. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, May 29, 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 29, 6:30am-4pm
FIBER ARTS/ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
The 42nd annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft fair is an all ages celebration with opportunities for learning about animal husbandry, sheep shearing, fiber arts, photography, and even cooking! Kids can attend workshops on weaving and dyeing. Adult workshops include beginner Tunisian Crochet, spinning, tatting, and more. There will be food available for purchase and a cooking demonstration. Come take part in a decades’ old local tradition! Check out the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair website for a full schedule and contact information. Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. ($)

Sunday, May 29, 9:30am
MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial day is a deeply personal holiday, a day for remembering those who have lost their lives serving this country. It is also a chance to honor living veterans, and learn more about the history of war from a local perspective. You are invited to march behind the Pelham Historical Society banner at this service honoring individuals who were removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir. For more information and to sign up contact Cynthia Weigel at 413-256-4606. Meet at the Pelham Museum (376 Amherst Road Pelham) at 9:30am to carpool or go directly to the Quabbin Park Cemetery at 11:00am. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 29, 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. Held on four Sundays in May, this is the last chance to attend! 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 29, 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 29, 2pm
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE/PLACEMAKING
Hadley Park and Rec will host a Memorial Day Parade with floats. Starting at Senior Center Field and head down towards the town common. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy time together with your family before the parade begins! Ride your bikes in via the bike trail and follow along on two wheels! 413-586-6375. Hadley, MA (FREE)

Sunday, May 29, 4pm
STEM/HISTORY OF SCIENCE
In Steven Weinberg’s lecture, “To Explain The World,” he will relay ancient and medieval models of the world and explain the limitations of these theories. Out of attempts to explain observable phenomenon such as the movement of planets and tides, science eventually emerged. Learn about history and science at the same time, at the Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, May 29 5pm
CHORAL CONCERT/WORLD MUSIC
Want to learn about musical genres from the Balkans, South Africa, Georgia, and Syria? This Spring concert at the Wesley Methodist Church will feature international choral music, as well as Southern and gospel music by West Virginia musicians Emmy Miller and Jesse Milnes. Listening to music is one of the most effective and healthiest forms of stress relief. Live music combines this positive emotional impact with a sense of community and appreciation for talent. This concert will benefit the CONTACT Peacebuilding Program at SIT. 98 North Maple Street. Hadley, MA. ($. Seniors and students <$)

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Monday, May 30th, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 30, 9am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Housatonic Memorial Day parade begins at the fire station and end at the cemetery on VanDeusenville Road . Housatonic, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 9am
PARADE & CEREMONY
Hosted by the Berkshire Veterans Coalition, Pittsfield Memorial Day Parade will consist of a parade departing from City Hall and ending at the Pittsfield Cemetery. The day’s event also includes high school marching bands, scout troupes, color & honor guards, city officials and an intergenerational audience! 413-443-5133. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 9:30am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Amherst Memorial Day parade begins at the North Common. Parade, speaker, gun salute and raising of colors. School band and chorus too! Amherst, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 9:30am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Greenfield Memorial Day parade
begins at the Greenfield Middle School stepping off at 10am, heading towards Greenfield Veterans Plaza. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE/WALKING TOUR
Stepping off in Florence at Trinity Row, this parade has live music, youth sport teams, and of course, honored veterans! Wonderful intergenerational celebration that supports community and placemaking! Heads down towards the cemetery on Park Street. Great day to check out a self-guided walking tour of Florence while discovering local history! Florence, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Chicopee Memorial Day parade steps-off at the American Legion Post 452 and heads down Front Street to Veterans Plaza. Chicopee, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
The Westfield Memorial Day Parade begins at Stanley Park Drive and ends at Elizabeth Parker Memorial Park, where ceremonies will take place. Community members around Westfield are encouraged to attend and honor the sacrifices veterans have made. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10am-4pm
TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/INFRASTRUCTURE
The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum will now be offering train rides on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00. See the Berkshires and experience a vintage 1955 Rail Diesel Car. An interest in trains can be a launching point for learning about engineering as well as history. Trains will also operate on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. 413-637-2210. 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams MA. ($. Under 12 <$. Under four FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10:30am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Stepping off at the Easthampton Community Center (Clark Street) the parade marches down towards the library. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 10:30am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
This community rallies to make their Memorial Day Parade “Bigger & Better!” Join neighbors for the Athol Memorial Day parade and delight the Veterans with your participation and acts of kindness! Athol, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 11am
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Great Barrington Memorial Day parade begins at the corner of Cottage & Main Streets and end at the Town Hall. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 11am-2pm
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE/COMMUNITY PICNIC
Stockbridge Memorial Day parade host a cemetery ceremonies, parade, memorial program, and a community potluck picnic. Day begins at 11am at the Town Hall and ends on the Town Green with a town picnic around 1pm. 413-644-3590. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 12pm
COMMUNITY DINNER/PIE AUCTION/PARADE
A town rich in history, join the Plainfield Historical Society for their annual Memorial Day Ham and Bean Dinner and famous Pie Auction at noon at the Plainfield Town Hall, followed by our Memorial Day Parade at 1pm. Plainfield, MA

Monday, May 30, 12noon-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Memorial Day Parade in the morning, then the Agawam Historical & Fire House Museum in the afternoon, supporting your interest in local history! 251 North West Street in Feeding Hills. Agawam, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30 12pm-4pm
MEMORIAL DAY
The Holyoke Merry Go Round will be open on Memorial Day, offering free rides for veterans. Take a ride with your family and teach your children about the sacrifice which soldiers past and present have made for their country. 413-538-9838. Holyoke Heritage State Park. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$. Veterans ride FREE)

Monday, May 30, 1pm
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
The Williamsburg Memorial Day parade begins at the Williamsburg Fire Station and marches to the Veteran’s Memorial Park. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 30, 8pm
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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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, all day
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/LITERACY
Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds, and increases self-esteem. A sense of community is important to a complete picture of holistic health, and volunteering is a great way to build a sense of community. Volunteers are needed for the East Longmeadow Public Library’s2016 summer reading program. They are looking for students going into grade 5 during the 2016 to 2017 school year who can commit to a weekly 2 hour shift between June 20 and July 29. Volunteers will assist with activities and promote reading! For more information, call 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, May 31, all day
LITERACY
Pick up a form at the Forbes Library or sign up online for your children to participate in a summer reading challenge! There are bronze, silver, and gold level challenges. Tasks include reading a book, drawing a picture inspired by the book you read, attending a library event, and other literacy-building activities. Complete the entire challenge to win a prize! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 31, 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. Interacting with healthy foods in fun ways with help them 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 31, 10am-2pm
HORTICULTURE/PERMACULTURE
This plant sale at the Westhampton Public Library will feature permaculture plants, perennials, edibles, herbs, and compost. This fundraiser will benefit Grown In Westhampton. For more information call 413-529-0257. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/LOCAL HISTORY
You can meet and engage in important dialogues with local members of the Mohican nation by attending the Stockbridge Library Association’s Annual Meeting. This meeting will feature representatives from the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Nation. These representatives will relay the story of Stockbridge, which was founded as “Indian town” in the 1730s. For more information call 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm-8pm
HEALTH/SLEEP SCIENCE
A good night of sleep is vital for emotional regulation, problem solving, energy, and memory. Sleep deprivation has even been correlated with susceptibility to false memories. No one understands the importance of sleep better than those who aren’t getting any. Insomnia sufferers, sleep deprived parents, and anyone interested in understanding how lifestyle affects sleep are invited to this workshop at River Valley Co Op. Courtney Hill Wulsin will discuss Chinese medicine theory, diet, bedtimes and the pros and cons of Western sleep medications. To register, call 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, May 31, 7pm-8pm
HORTICULTURE
This Grown In Westhampton meeting will educate participants on how to start a pollinator garden. The meeting will be held at the Westhampton Public Library. Come exchange gardening knowledge and ask questions. 413-527-5386. 1 N Road. Westhampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

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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, June 1st, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm
ART HISTORY
Fra Angelico (1452-1498) was an Italian Renaissance painter who depicted religious scenes for the Bible. He was also a civic leader in Florence. Francis Oakley, interim director of the Clark Art Institute will discuss Angelico as well as the difficulties historians have had making sense of this artist’s life. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 1, 6pm
ARCHITECTURE
Tiny houses are growing in popularity across the country. Tiny houses have many advantages including their relative low price compared to large homes and the fact that individuals can be involved in the process of building their own homes. Tiny house communities have the potential to foster strong ties with neighbors and reshape our neighborhoods. But where do you even begin? How do you provide heat and running water for your tiny home? And where can you put it once it’s built? Isa Bauer, Project Manager and lead designer for Tiny House Northeast will answer those and other questions at the Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday June 1, 6:30pm
MUSIC LESSONS
Are you a beginner mandolin player? Bring your mandolin to the Storrs Library for a mandolin lesson! For those who don’t know, the mandolin is a string instrument in the lute family. This instrument originated in Italy. In the United States it is often utilized to play folk, celtic, or bluegrass music. This is the last of three sessions run by Seth Roberts of The Blueberry Hill Boys. If you have been attending all along, show off what you’ve learned! Email questions to asethroberts@gmail.com. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 1, 6:45pm-7:30pm
LINGUISTICS/LANGUAGE LEARNING
All cultures share stories! This bilingual storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum will feature the same story read in both English and Russian. This is a wonderful opportunity for bilingual kids and families to hear a story in their native languages, or for parents to introduce a new language to their kids. Language learning is a fun educational challenge to take on as a family. A bilingual book will be provided for free to take home. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 1, 7pm
WRITING
Get inspired! Local writers of all genres, including novelists, poets, memoir writers, essayists, journalists and more, will be reading their work at the Forbes Library. The Writing Room has been open at the Forbes for six years, providing writers with a space to work and share their voices, every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9:30am-12:30pm. Help them celebrate by helping to provide a captive and encouraging audience. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 1, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/HISTORY
The 2013 Polish drama, Ida, the story of a young woman in 1962 studying to be a nun and wrestling with the loss of her parents in World War II, received widespread acclaim. Screening this film can teach you about history through a lens of spirituality, and offer an example of modern Polish filmmaking. Attend this one-time screening at Amherst Cinema to see if you agree with critics. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

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

  • 7am-9am – ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
    Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. Jonathan Pierce, caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, runs this weekly bird walk for beginning and advanced birders. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 8am-10am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Whether you are seeking a nutritious meal to start your day, hoping to make new connections in the community–or both!–everyone is welcome to attend a community breakfast each Wednesday, hosted by Craig’s Doors, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-437-0776. Willie Eaton Social Hall, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – TRACKING CLUB The Berkshire Environmental Action Team invites you to join their monthly tracking club, running from through August every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month. You will learn tracking skills and general naturalist skills, and use this ability to gather data on local wildlife. Check the website BEAT for details and locations. 413-429-6416. Various locations. ($)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Wednesday at Kittredge Elementary School. 413-655-0146. Maple Street. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: You and your young children are welcome to join other kids and caregivers each Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center’s weekly playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers can join Kim each Wednesday for Play N Learn, a playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am – COMMUNITY: The Westhampton Public Library‘s weekly Coffee and Chat runs every Wednesday at 10am. Come together with community members to share stories, news, and to stay connected. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Wednesday at the Lanesborough Town Hall’s Community Room. For ages walking to 5 years. Run by The Family Center. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.is offering a toddler playgroup at Haskins Center for ages 1 to 2.5 years. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – MUSIC AND LITERACY: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through June 30, 2016 for Tunes and Tales with Sylvia Wetherby, organized by the Community Network for Children. This group may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Erving Elementary school every Wednesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a morning of stories at the New Marlborough Library’s weekly storytime, held each Wednesday. This storytime series is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – GRANDFAMILIES SUPPORT GROUPThe term “grandfamilies” refers to families that are created when a relative or friend raises other relatives children. There are many reasons for grandfamilies to emerge, and each grandfamily experiences its own joys as well as difficulties. This support group for grandfamilies meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising their young relatives can attend a support group every fourth Wednesday in Huntington. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Street (Route 9), Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: There is a storytime for preschool-age kids every Wednesday at the Monson Free Library! Come for stories and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/HIKING: Come on a weekly, kid-led hike at the Hitchcock Center’s Larch Hill Conservation Area. “Toddle & Waddle It Baby!” is for caregivers and kids in carriers or with “walking legs.” Meet at the picnic tables near the boardwalk. 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime and crafts for ages 3-6 every Wednesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12pm – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. Runs through June 30, 2016. May not run on holidays or in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – FIBER ARTS:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple fiber crafts. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Wednesday to watch flax-processing and felted bead-making demonstrations by talented artisans who use traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – STORYTIME Toddlers and their caregivers can come to the Forbes Library for Toddler Time, which includes stories, bubbles and songs with friends every Wednesday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising young relatives can attend a support group every third Wednesday Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Wednesday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, June 2nd, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 12pm-1pm
LIVE MUSIC/FOLK
This first Thursday concert at the Westfield Athenaeum will feature folk duo Hungrytown. Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, who make up Hungrytown, have released three albums and toured all over the world. Come hear what years of practice sounds like! Lang Auditorium. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 2, 2:30pm-4:30pm
THEATER
The Roommate, written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, is the story of a single, empty-nested woman forming an unexpected friendship with her new roommate in spite of their differences in personality. This brand new play, brought to you by The Williamstown Theatre Festival, will be performed at The Clark Art Institute with a discussion to follow. Anyone involved in theater or interested in becoming involved could learn from this modern, local performance. Reservations are required. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion at The Clark. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 2, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family at this 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 concert will feature Boys of the Landfill with Mike Pattavina, Roland Lapierre, and finally Pat and Tex LaMountain Band. Come hear folk, rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, swing music and country in Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
POETRY
Walt Whitman once said, “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” You can support poetry as an audience member for the Meekins Library poetry open mic, every first Thursday of the month. Of course, you are also welcome to share your own work! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 2, 6:45pm-7:30pm
LINGUISTICS/LANGUAGE LEARNING
All cultures share stories! This bilingual storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum will feature the same story read in both English and Spanish. This is a wonderful opportunity for bilingual kids and families to hear a story in their native languages, or for parents to introduce a new language to their kids. Language learning is a fun educational challenge to take on as a family. A bilingual book will be provided for free to take home. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, 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 $)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – POETRY: The Meekins Library holds a poetry open mic every first Thursday of the month. Come by to hear local poets and possibly share your own work. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, June 3rd, 2016

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

Friday, June 3, 9am-10:30am
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/LITERACY
This play group at the Shutesbury Elementary School will have a special guest: children’s book author and educator Ellen Mayer. Ellen will demonstrate activities, offer free books for children, and lead a short discussion about language and talking with very young children. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 3, 10am-12pm
PARENTING
This parenting workshop at the Hilltown Community Health Center will focus on toddler themes. Parents and workshop coordinators will share tips for toilet training and provide support. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 3, 3pm-6pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
The grounds around the Dickinson homestead were an integral part of Emily Dickinson’s contemplative life and nature themed writing. You can experience the garden for yourself while supporting the Emily Dickinson Museum by volunteering your time to help tend it. Register online. Please call 413-542-2947 or e-mail info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org with questions. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 3, 5pm-11pm
MUSIC STUDIES
The People’s Music Network Summer Gathering kicks off Friday, June 3rd with dinner (at 6pm), a Shabbat ceremony, a performance by the Paul Robeson Theatre, and a community campfire song. You will have the opportunity to register for workshops to take place on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th including vocal sessions and songwriting discussions. Meet music lovers in your community and get inspired! This festival explores the theme of songwriting as a political movement and/or an expression of faith. See the People’s Music Network for a full schedule and pricing details. Lodging is available. Camp Kinderland. 413-258-4463. 1543 Colebrook River Road. Tolland, MA. (Sliding scale)

Friday, June 3, 5:15pm-6:30pm
INCLUSION/MUSIC/COMMUNITY MEAL
Join other families with kids ages six and younger to welcome the Sabbath at Tot Shabbat, offered by Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue. Kids will enjoy music and activities led by Marlene Rachelle and Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, then share a veggie potluck dinner. Adults are welcome to socialize and relax. Interfaith and GLBTQ families, nursing moms, babies and siblings of all ages, grandparents and special people, new members, first-timers, and friends all welcome! 413-587-3770. 130 Pine Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 3, 6pm-8pm
DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Circle Dance at the West Cummington Parish House draws upon the traditional dances of many different cultures. Sacred Circle Dance was founded by the members of Findhorn Community in Scotland. The dances have a range of pace and style, but no experience is necessary. Every dance will be explained and demonstrated, so this is a great opportunity to learn something new while getting exercise and meeting new people. Call 413 634-0132 for more information. 27 West Main Street. West Cummington, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, June 3, 6:30pm
DANCE/MUSIC
This Gala Recital at Buckland Shelburne Elementary will demonstrate some of what the pioneer valley has to offer for dance classes. Ballet Renverse encourages dance as a lifelong hobby, teaching classes for students as young as five as well as adult classes. Sarah Jane Duax, one of the original dancers from Ballet Renverse, will perform. Performer and director Cynthia James, soprano singer Shelley Roberts, and the Marlboro Morris Men (folk dance troupe) will all showcase their talent and hard work. 413-625-2521. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through May 2016 for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Cummington Family Center is holding a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday through May 2016. Young kids can come play and make friends. Takes place in old Berkshire Trail Elementary School. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Frontier Regional CFCE is offering a playgroup for kids ages 5 and under every Tuesday and Friday at Sunderland Elementary School through June 10, 2016. Follows Sunderland school schedule. 413-665-8928. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under each Friday. Explore and connect with others, and learn from guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in time at the Haskins Center every Friday. Come play and make friends every week. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center the first and third Friday of each month with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Incorporate much-needed physical activity into your child’s day by participating in Skip & Dip, a high-energy playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. This group, which meets on Fridays, starts with an hour of playtime in the gym with assorted toys and equipment, followed by an hour of swimming in the pool. 413-644-0104. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – MUSIC & PLAYGROUP: Children ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Mason Library‘s Sing N Play group every Friday. Please register in advance for one 4-week session. New sessions begin each month. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART/MUSIC Toddlers ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Ramsdell Library every Friday for the “Time for Tots” group. This hour of fun will include stories, songs, art, and movement. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon — PLAYGROUP: Socialize with other parents while your child plays at the Infant & Toddler Playgroup at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. Light breakfast served. For kids ages 0-3 and their caregivers. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool Story Time on the first Friday of every month through the end of June 2016 at the Cushman Library. Stories, coloring, crafts, songs, activities, snacks, and more. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – STORYTIME: The Sunderland Public Library’s Head of Youth Services, Kelly Daniels Baker, invites children ages 3-5 and their families to a preschool storytime. Includes stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program every Friday that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11am-12pm – STEM STORYTIME The third Friday of every month the Cushman Library will be running a STEM themed storytime for preschoolers. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come see how we relate these topics to everyday concepts which preschools understand and find entertaining. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12am-2pm – WRITING Do you want writing prompts? Support and feedback from other writers? Every Friday at the Greenfield Public Library writers get together for discussion, exercises and to share their work. Every other weekday at the library you are also welcome to drop into the writer’s lunch for self-directed writing time with other writers. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm — PLAYGROUP/PARENTING SUPPORT: First-time parents with children ages 0-15 months are invited to the Welcome Baby drop-in group every Friday at Storrs Library. Enjoy reading, music, and interactive play provided by Pathways for Parents. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield, MA offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Friday afternoon. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm — TEENS: Get together with other teens at the Teen Lounge at Jones Library every Friday. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm — MINECRAFT
    Kids in grades 2 and up can play Minecraft at the Storrs Library every Firday. Light snack served. Pre-registration requested. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Celebrate the end of the week with a movie that the whole family can enjoy at Family Movie NIght at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. For all ages. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — INCLUSION/GLBTTQQIA:
    The Bridge Family Resource Center offers a safe space for young people to be who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity, every Friday at its GLBTTQQIA Youth Drop-In Time. 413-549-0297, ext. 6510. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4-8pm — ART/ART STUDIES: Experience hands-on art-making for all ages as part of Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art. Come with Open Eyes and join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Light refreshments. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The first Friday of each month, First Friday Greenfield takes place downtown. Stores and restaurants will be open late, and there will be music, activities, art shows, and more. Support local businesses and explore everything Greenfield has to offer at this fun monthly event. Downtown. Greenfield, MA.
  • 5pm-8pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TUBING: No sledding hill nearby? Enjoy tubing at Ski Butternut‘s eight-lane tubing park every Friday night. Ticket covers use of a tube and the tubing lift for two hours. One person per tube. 413-528-2000. 380 State Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/DRUM CIRCLE: Join your neighbors for a musical celebration of life, love, and community at the One Love Community Drum Circle at Berkcirque the second Friday of each month. Bring your hand drums, percussion instruments, hula hoops, coin skirts, and dance shoes, if you have them. There will be an hour of drumming and dancing, followed by a short prayer and sharing, then more drumming. A drug- and alcohol-free event. 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)
  • 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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