Suggested Events 12/18/10-12/24/10

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Ashfield Winter Solstice Celebration on the town common begins at 7pm on Tuesday, 12/21/10. Bring your stories, songs, poems and share at the community-led event around a bonfire on the longest night of the year. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

FEATURED EVENT

Hilltown Families Board Game Swap

On Saturday, Dec. 18th from 9-10am – BOARD GAME SWAP: Hilltown Families is hosting a Board Game Swap in the Meekins Library community room in Williamsburg, MA. Bring in board games you would like to swap with other families. Kindly make sure the games have all their pieces before bringing in. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for the children in your life too! Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to all families. RSVP here, or just drop in. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

BEST BETS

On Saturday, Dec. 18th from 1-3pm – VICTORIAN CRAFTS: Victorian Crafts for the Holidays at the Wistariahurst Museum. Make orange pomanders, embellished gift boxes, paper lanters. (238 Cabot St.) 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA (>$)

Later on Saturday, Dec. 18th at 6:30pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: 29th Annual Winter Solstice Storytelling and Songfest Celebration at the Roundhouse. Bring canned goods. Stories, songs, juggling and mime artistry. 624-5140 www.roundhouseculture.com Colrain, MA (DONATION)

On Sunday, Dec. 19th from 12Noon-2pm – SANTA: Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Springfield Science Musuem. Check out the special exhibit, “Sugar and Spice: The Land of Gingerbread” while visiting the old guy! 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Later in the afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 19th from 3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

BULLETIN BOARD

We are continuing our 5 year celebration with the Berkshire Museum, The Eric Carle Museum, Historic Deerfield, MASS MoCA and Springfield Museums! These 5 Western Massachusetts Museums have joined our party and are offering our readers an annual family membership! One very, very lucky family will win a family membership to all five of these local cultural gems! How wicked awesome is that!? It’s our birthday, but you get the presents! Deadline to enter to win: January 3rd, 2011.

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: Is everyone done with their holiday shopping yet? (Ha!) There are a couple of great places to get toys for the kids in the Pioneer Valley. One of them is Hilltown Families sponsor, The Toy Stop. Been yet? It’s on Pleasant St. down by the Oxbow Gallery. Owners Susan and Mary have all kinds of sledding toys in stock right now, including sleds, saucers and baby pull sleighs. They also have trucks, trains, dolls, kitchens, play food, magic sets, art projects, easels, games, stuffed life sized plush animals, 6 month and up toys … you name it! Stop in, check out what they have, tell them your a Hilltown Families family, and support this new toy store (just opened 4 months ago) with your holiday season. — Speaking of gifts this holiday season, gift certificates from Hilltown Families sponsors Bread Euphoria, Cup & Top Café, Birdie Bunny Photography, Blazing Star Herbal School and Show Circus Studio would make lovely gifts too!

WINTER CAMP: SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA will be holding a winter circus camp for ages 5-7 on December 29 and 8-12 on December 30. This day camp will run from 9am – 3pm and it will cover all aspects of circus including trapeze, fabric, juggling, balancing, acrobatics, partnering, human pyramids, stretching, strength, and circus games. Our 10% discount for more than one child signing up from the same family applies to our camps as well as our classes. Sign up today before the camps fill up! Each camp is limited to 15 students. Register online at www.showcircusstudio.com or call us at 203-4282.

TAKE ACTION: MomsRising.org is up to GOOD again! They are inviting you to take action by telling the IRS to allow breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies to be eligible for their tax-sheltered health spending accounts. Find out more at www.momsrising.org. And stay tuned in to breastfeeding issues with MomsRising Pioneer Valley and Motherwear’s Breastfeeding Blog.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Northampton Senior Center is seeking volunteers to shovel snow (great for teens!) for seniors and people with disabilities. All public sidewalks that are along the side of a property are the responsibility of the owner for keeping clear of snow, and many seniors and community members with disabilities need help clearing snow within 24 hours of a snowstorm. Call the Noho Senior Center to connect with a senior in the community to assist: 587-1231.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This holiday season we will have several Holiday Podcasts available to download, including Charity Kahn’s archived holiday show.  Click on the banner to see which ones are available, and check back on Christmas Day.

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

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    Suggested Events 12/11/10-12/17/10

    Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Happy holiday madness! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    BEST BETS

    On Saturday, December 11th at 1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: No Nap Happy Hour continues with Uncle Rock, performing a family concert at Flywheel (43 Main St.). www.flywheelarts.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    Also on Saturday, December 11th from 1:30-4pm – ECO-GIFT MAKING: Re-Wrap Afternoon at Sheep Hill (671 Cold Spring Rd.). A family-friendly event to make gifts from repurposed materials. Join other families to reuse a portion of the 25 million tons of trash generated in the USA every year to make origami boxes, decorated bags, scented sachets and decorated gift boxes for the holidays. 458-2494 http://www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

    And in the evening on Saturday, December 11th at 7:30pm – COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARTY: The Old Creamery (Route 9) is hosting a holiday party. Story telling, holiday songs with Laura Wetzler, refreshments. Cummington, MA (FREE)

    On Sunday, December 19th at 2pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: Welcome Yule: Music, Dance, Songs, and Stories to Drive the Dark Away at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). Years ago, a tradition emerged of celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. Mark your calendars for this festive and joyful celebration, and be with community to sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warm sun of spring. 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    On Saturday, December 18th from 9-10am, Hilltown Families is hosting a Board Game Swap in the Meekins Library community room in Williamsburg, MA. Bring in board games you would like to swap with other families. Kindly make sure the games have all their pieces before bringing in. A fun way to recycle old board games and to discover new ones. Board games make excellent holiday gifts for the children in your life too! Surprise them with a new recycled game. This community swap is free and open to all families. RSVP here, or just drop in. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: Notchview Christmas Tree Sale happens this Saturday, December 11th from 12Noon – 3pm at the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA. There is a good selection of trees this year; mostly the popular balsam and Fraser fir—all at $25. Contact Notchview at 684-0148. Benefits the Trustees of Reservations.

    Tom Adams of Williamsburg, MA writes: The Williamsburg Berkshire East Tuesday Night Ski Program has opened the program to students of ALL AGES (middle school & high school included). We still have room for a bunch of people to join, so please help spread the word: Deadline: Tuesday, December 14th. Please visit www.WilliamsburgSki.info to find out more information and to download a registration form. If you have any questions, please email TomAdams@gmail.com or call 413.575.9707. It’s going to be a great year for skiing!

    LIBRARY MITTEN TREE: The Springfield Library (220 State St.) welcomes donations of new mittens, scarves, gloves and hats for their annual Library Mitten Tree Project. Your donations can be dropped off at any branch library through Friday, January 7th. For more information about the Mitten Tree Project call the Central Library Children’s Room, 263-6828 x201

    The Food Bank of Western MA writes: Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, December 14, 6-8 pm at The Food Bank (97 N. Hatfield Rd., Hatfield). Do you want to offer your time to The Food Bank and those facing hunger in the community? Nearly every aspect of The Food Bank’s work, including our office, warehouse, and public events, is dependent on volunteers. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do. To learn more about how you can get involved, please join us at the first of regular Volunteer Orientation sessions for the community. Please RSVP to Erin Sullivan at sullivane@foodbankwma.org or 413-247-9738. Space is limited. Click here for directions to The Food Bank.

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: GUEST DJ CHARITY KAHN

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

    This week on the HFVS is hosted by our guest DJ, Charity Kahn of Charity and the JAMBand. It’s a holiday show about light, love, community and music!

    Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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    Suggested Events 12/04/10-12/10/10

    Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Barn Stars (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    BEST BETS

    On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-4pm –WINTER FAIR:Green Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    And in the afternoon on Saturday, December 4th from 1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    On Sunday, December 5th from 12Noon-4pm – YULETIDE: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    On Saturday, December 11th from 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Holiday Family Fun Day at the Berkshire Museum.  See the Festival of Trees: Storybook Forest.  At 11am & 3pm, Mr. Punches Christmas Carol will be performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theater. At 1pm the Blafield Children’s Chorus sings . A Gingerbread Cookie Decorating workshop is at 2pm.  Blafield Children’s Chorus and Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop are included with Museum admission. Fee for Mr. Punches Christmas Carol. Discount packages including full Museum admission are available as well as performance-only tickets. Call 443-7171 to RSVP for workshop. www.berkshiremuseum.org 443.7171 Pittsfield, MA (50% Off Museum Admission)

    On Sunday, December 12th at 2pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: Welcome Yule: Music, Dance, Songs, and Stories to Drive the Dark Away at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). Years ago, a tradition emerged of celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. Mark your calendars for this festive and joyful celebration, and be with community to sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warm sun of spring. 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    CRAFTY RUMPUS: On Sat. Dec. 4th from 10am-4pm, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages. Musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music. Span of Sunshine and the Carrie Ferguson will also perform. Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. In addition: free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, and a used childrens’ clothing sale. All events free. All are welcome! For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus blog: www.gcsrumpus.blogspot.com. For more info: 413-773-1700

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

    MOTHERING GRIEF: Special Event to Support Families in Pregnancy/Infant Loss. Empty Arms of Western Mass offers a special event for families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss. Author and artist Angie Yingst will present a reading and discussion of her essay, “Mothering Grief,” from the new book They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Angie’s second daughter was stillborn in 2008; through words and painting she shares powerfully about her grief journey. December can be tremendously difficult when you are grieving a loss. Please join us for time to connect, reflect, and receive support, even if you have not previously attended Empty Arms. Your friends and family are also welcome. Sweets and hot drinks will be served. December 8, 7-9pm, in Northampton at the Center for Midwifery Care, CDH. RSVP: carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

    James Lombino writes: To all Berkshire Trails Bill Koch Youth Ski League members and prospective members: Due to extraordinary interest in our program this year, we are nearly at our membership capacity and must bring our registration to a close earlier than originally planned. If you have not already turned in or mailed your registration form, please do so as soon as possible. If you still need a form, email me at berkshiretrails@gmail.com and I will get one right out to you. Also, If you have friends who were planning to register but have not yet done so, please let them know about this upcoming deadline. All registration forms must be received by Friday, December 10! Looking forward to a great season of skiing ahead!

    MA TEEN CHOICE BOOK AWARD: Teens across Massachusetts are invited to nominate their favorite book published in 2010 for the first Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award. Deadline is December 31st, 2010 to nominate as many of your favorite books as you want, any genre. In January 2011, the top 5 books with the most nominations will be announced. The program is open to anyone who lives in Massachusetts and is between 12-18 years old. www.readsinma.org

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: A YEAR IN REVIEW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

    This week on the HFVS we feature some of our favorite albums from 2010, including music by the Okee Dokee Brothers, Keller Williams, Dream Jam Band, Randy Kaplan, Sugar Free Allstars, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, Rani ARbo & daisy mayhem, The Not-Its!, Justin Roberts, The Verve Pipe, Charity and the JAMband, Caspar Babypants, The Sweet Colleens, Elizabeth Mitchell, and several others.

    Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Playgroups & Family Centers | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday, December 4th, 2010

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    7am-3pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 2nd Annual Dickens Day stroll in Downtown. Old English breakfast, Fezziwig’s Holiday Faire, Dickens Days Open House, Fireside with Santa at the Amelia Park Ice Arena, screening of “A Christmas Carol” in the Lang Auditorium, concert, theater and more. www.westfieldonweeknds.org 562-2277 Westfield, MA (FREE)

    9-10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Handmade Holiday class at MASS MoCA: Make cards & envelopes. 664-4481 x8131 http://www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA (>$)

    9am, 10:15am & 11:30am – SANTA: Breakfast with Santa Claus at Look Park. RSVP www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    9:30-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday Card-Making Party at the Eric Carle Museum. Space is limited. RSVP 658-1126 wwwcarlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Bule Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Youth Center will host their annual Make-It-Take-It Children’s Craft Fair with at least 12 different craft making opportunities. Santa and Rudolph arrive at 11am. 743-3550 Adams, MA (>$)

    10am-1pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Horse drawn wagon rides with Santa through Atkins Orchards. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – WINTER FAIRGreen Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFTY RUMPUS: Greenfield Center School (71 Montague City Rd.) will again host a Crafty Rumpus with a craft fair featuring artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. There will also be free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, a used children’s clothing sale and free music for children. www.centerschool.net 773-1700 Greenfield, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFT SHOW: Ashfield’s 6th Annual Crafted in the Village at The Curtis House (14 South St.) Ashfield, MA (SALE)

    10am-4pm – HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The 5th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 N Pleasant St.). Crafts and live music. 835-5163 snowflakebazaar.googlepages.com Amherst, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main St.). Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). To sign-up or for more information email rborsody@cwmars.org or call the Lee Library at 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    11am – 8:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 21st Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, the holiday celebration offers a full range of activities, with highlights including a holiday house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert. www.stockbridgechamber.org 298-5200 Stockbridge, MA ($$)

    1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Whately Library (202 Chestnut Plain Rd.) is offering the following workshop: Pop-Up Cards for the Holidays. For kids 8yo & older, local artist Jeannie Hunt will instruct families. Materials provided. Call to reg. 665-2170. Supported by the Whately Local Cultural Council. Whately, MA (FREE)

    1pm – MOVIE: Screening of Elf, starring Will Ferrell, at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Free screening; Part of Williamstown Holiday Walk festivities. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Winter nature observation with Clare Walker Leslie at the Berkshire Museum. This hands-on observation and drawing workshop for families. RSVP 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: Older students can learn the history of cookies and bake some old classics at Historic Deerfield. Registration is required. 775-7217 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA ($$)

    1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    2-6pm – COOKING: The Little Cooking School will have a Bring a Parent to Cooking Class to make a holiday cookie fest. 625 2800 http://www.thelittlecookingschool.com Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    3pm – BALLET: East Street Dance Center students will be performing Renaissance and Baroque era dances and extracts from classical ballets at the Mead Museum. RSVP 542-2335 Amherst, MA (FREE)

    3:30-5pm – CHESS CLUB: For kids ages 7 & older is Chess Club at the Jones Library with Andy Morris-Friedman. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    4pm – CHANUKKAH EVENT: Puppeteer Anna Sobel presents “The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry” at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire (270 State Rd.). Join Joshua Finkelstein and his best friend Danny as they go on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4:30-6pm – SANTA: Join Mrs. Claus at Pulaski Park for the Northampton Holiday Tree Lighting. Santa will arrive by firetruck around 5pm. Songs, cookies and hot cocoa will be shared. Hamp High Chorus will sing. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – HAYRIDE: Hayrides through Look Park Winter Wonderland light display. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    5:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Caroling on the Green next to the Historical Society building. Horse-drawn hay rides. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    6-10pm – ZYDECO DANCE PARTY: Seeds of Solidarity Youth Programs will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Seeds of Solidarity’s youth garden programs In the Town Hall. with an evening Zydeco Dance Party. Cajun food. Zydeco dance lessons. And much more. 978-544-9023 http://www.seedsofsolidarity.org Orange, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    7pm – KIDS’ DANCE: Kids’ Dance Party at the Cummington Community House. Live music with Radio Free Earth. Dance Scores led by Maureen Shea. Snacks. radiofreeearth.com Cummington, MA (>$)

    7pm – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents one acts of “Anne Frank,” and “The Rememberer” at the Maple Ridge Community Center ( 659 Amherst Rd.). starlightyouththeatre.com 533-7896 Sunderland, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Christmas Sing-Along with Mary Verdi & Friends at the Colonial Theater. Bring the whole family and ring in the Yuletide season with this old-fashioned Christmas sing-along celebration. This joyous performance features local favorite, Mary Verdi, along with some of the best musicians in the Berkshires and the most beloved songs of the season. www.thecolonialtheater.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

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