Suggested Events 12/15/06 – 12/22/06

Tis’ the season for multi-cultural celebrations. On Friday you can either head over to Pittsfield for a Christmas adventure, or stay here in the hills for a Hanukkah social. There are also a couple Winter Solstice activities to participate in this week as well, and Santa will be all over the place! Much of this merrymaking is free and open to all families. Check them out! Post your comments and submit your ideas.

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Friday – 12/15

4pm – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – Come for The Polar Express Adventure, including baking cookies, making crafts, listening to holiday stories, and a holiday sing-a long from 4-6 p.m. at the UCP in Pittsfield, MA. Registration required. Call 442-1562, ext.18, or ext. 14. [Ages 5-12] (Free)

5:30pm – HANUKKAH SOCIAL – In West Chesterfield, MA, come share with latkes, challah, grape juice, candle lighting, dreidle, chocolate gelt, Israeli dancing and storytelling. All invited to discover the traditions of Hanukkah. Bring a healthy dessert to share. For more information call Marla at 296-0187. [Families] (Free)

Saturday – 12/16

11am & 2pm – PLAY FOR KIDS – 1000 Cranes: A children’s cry for Peace, a play performed by the Sidewalk Theater Co., will be performed by area children at the A.P.E. Performance Space (located on the top level in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, MA. [Families] ($)

1pm – SANTA IN ASHFIELD – Santa Claus will be at Elmer’s until 4pm, receiving company and ready to negotiate orders with any little kids who happen along! Bring your camera. [All Ages] (Free)

7pm – WINTER SOLSTICE STORYTELLING CELEBRATION – The 25th annual celebration at the Roundhouse in Colrain, MA. Reservations recommended. 624-5140. [Families] ($)

Sunday – 12/17

2pm – PERFORMANCE FOR KIDS – Charlottes Web will be performed by students at the Northampton Center for the Arts. For more information and tickets, please contact the NCFA office at (413)584-7327. [Families]

4pm – HOLIDAY SING-ALONG – Meet in front of Williamsburg Grange Hall on Main Street (Route 9). Bring an instrument if you like. 268-7263. [All] (Free)

Monday – 12/18

4pm – HAYRIDES – Look Park in Florence, MA, will have hayrides that start at their visitor center and continue through the park allowing riders to see the park adorned with their holiday lights. [Families] ($)

4pm – SANTA’S WORKSHOP – From 4pm-8pm, Santa will be at Look Park in Florence, MA. Greeted at the door by Mrs. Claus, children can enter Santa’s Workshop to see elves making toys and meeting Santa. Bring a camera. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 12/20

4pm – COOKIES WITH SANTA – At Look Park in Florence, MA, at the Garden House. Included in this event will be a free viewing of the Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Displays, Santa’s Workshop, Hot Chocolate, cookies, and milk. [Families] (Free)

Thursday – 12/21

9am – PARENT’S BREAKFAST AT ELMER’S -After dropping your children off at school, head on over to Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, for coffee, tea and crumpets. [Adults]

1:30pm – HOME SCHOOL THURSDAYS – Meet at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, to explore the museum while connecting with other home school families; visit the galleries, explore art making in the Studio, books in the Reading library, and view a short film at 2:30pm. [Ages 5-18]($)

4pm – YOUNG FARMERS – Help farmer feed animals, check for eggs and take care of other chores at Red Gate Farm on 4 Norman Rd. in Buckland. Parents and younger siblings also welcome. [Ages 5-18] (Free)

Friday – 12/22

6:30pm – WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION -In Ashfield, MA, on the town green, There will be Morris Dancing, storytelling, dancing and singing around a bonfire. Hot cider, cocoa and snacks will be available for sale at Elmer’s next to the event. [All ages] ( Free)

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