Suggested Events for Oct 22nd-28th, 2011

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

Check out the jack-o-lanterns this weekend at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest in Turners Falls on Saturday, and the smaller pumpkin festival at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Sunday.(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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In the morning of Saturday, Oct 22nd from 10-11am in Franklin Co. – NATURE STUDIES: Educator Rachel Roberts presents, “Last Leaves” at the Arms Library.  This program is intended for young children, and gives them an opportunity to learn about why leaves change color through discussion and activities- kids will be asked to contribute their own experiences with leaf-changing in order to help with their learning.  413-625-0306.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

On Saturday, Oct 22nd from 6-8pm also in Franklin Co. – HALLOWEEN HAUNTED FARM: Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm. A festive Halloween Celebration complete with a “not-so-scary” haunted barn, games, food, treats, and a haunted hay ride! Put on your costume and come on over! The only scary part is how much our farm animals are looking forward to Halloween! Ages 2 – 12. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA (>$)

All day on Saturday, Oct 22nd from 11am-9pm and Sunday, Oct 23rd from 11am-4pm in Hampden Co. – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Saint Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church presents the annual Taste of Greece!  The event will include delicious traditional Greek foods, as well as performances by the St. Luke’s Youth Dancers and the Agora Gift Shop- full of Greek goods!  Celebrate your Geek heritage or learn more about another culture.  413-525-4551.  400 Prospect Street.  East Longmeadow, MA.

On Sunday, Oct 23rd from 2-6:30pm in Hampshire Co. – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FEST: Pumpkin Festival and carving contest at Nonotuck Park. Come with your family and carve pumpkins with others.  You can even enter your creation into their contest.  A lighted pumpkin walk happens from 5-6pm. Enjoy seasonal refreshments too. 1 Daley Field Road. Easthampton, MA

Also on Sunday, Oct 23rd from 1-5pm in Berkshire Co.- ENCHANTED HALLOWEEN FOREST: The New Stage Performing Arts Center is now home to an Enchanted Halloween Forest! Made up of sets from Castle Hill Theater’s family shows and full of witches, wolves, and other characters, the forest is an interactive Halloween adventure! 413-418-0999. 55 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, Oct 29th at 1pm in Hampshire Co. – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents the educational rock band, The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Eric Carle Museum!  The group’s music is catchy, educational and fun for the whole family.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

Also on Saturday, Oct 29th from 2-5pm in Franklin Co. – HAWLEYWEEN: Hawleyween, a family-friendly, eco-educational event happens at the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest on Hallockville Pond with the Student Conservation Assoc. of MA. There will be games, treats and forest adventures – help the animals of Hawley rescue their treasure. Open to all ages. 413-339-6631. West Hawley Road. Hawley, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

FUNDRAISER: Amherst-based group MotherWoman, which works to support and empower mothers, is holding their annual fundraising breakfast on Friday, October 28th at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.  MotherWoman supports mothers in breaking unrealistic mothering stereotypes/expectations and provides support and inspiration for mothers working to combat the isolation and lack of support for mothers that is often found within communities.  There is no charge to attend the breakfast- it is an event to inspire mothers as much as it is a fundraiser.  Attendees can donate any amount they are comfortable with.  The event takes place from 8:30-9:30am.  For more information, visit www.motherwoman.org.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Help support The Food Bank of Western MA. Food and fund drives organized by community groups, schools, and local businesses help fill The Food Bank’s warehouse and enable them to dedicate more resources towards their mission. Organizing a food drive or other fundraising event for The Food Bank can make a major impact in your community. Most-needed items: peanut butter and jelly, rice and canned soup or stew, spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce, canned pasta meals, tuna, low-sugar cereals, canned beans. For more information about how your group can support The Food Bank, or to arrange a drop-off time of food or funds, please call The Food Bank at 413-247-9738 or email our Development & Marketing Department: development@foodbankwma.org.

METEOR SHOWER: Orionid Meteor Shower early Saturday morning! The Earth is passing through the stream of Halley’s comet and it’s reported that 15 meteors per hour on average can be spotted in the early hours of Saturday morning. Set your alarm and check out the night sky!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Oct 22nd-28th, 2011

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Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2011

"Hiking (especially Mt Greylock), if its raining: Mass Moca or Berkshire Museum. Visiting historic burial grounds... there are all sorts of wonderful options! " Karin Perlman

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. From 9-10am, Mike Park is the Hilltown Family Variety Show’s Guest DJ this week! Mike will be spinning tunes by Yo Dazzlers, Frances England, The Ramones, David Dryne, They Might Be Giants, Dolly Parton, Jason Falkner, and of a few cuts off of his new album, Smilie. Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you want. Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast too.

8am-12pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The 2nd Annual Greenfield Farmers’ market Great Crepe Fundraiser happens this weekend to raise money for the market’s food stamp program (SNAP). Greenfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

9am – TAG SALE: RH Conwell Community Education Center is holding a tag sale today as a fundraiser for the school!  This is a great opportunity to score some awesome new-to-you goods while supporting an alternative community school.  To donate, call Joanne Morrison at 413-238-5500.  147 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-4pm – HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP: Exchange your costume with others at the Dalton CRA. Drop off anytime in their lobby and then come by today to find a new costume. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA (FREE)

9:30am – LOCAL HISTORY: During the French and Indian War during the 1750’s, the town of Colrain built four forts in order to protect themselves from the threat of attack.  As part of the celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary, you can learn all about the forts, as well as palisaded block houses and fortified farmhouses, that were built and how they were manned and maintained.  The wars were an important part of the town’s earliest history! Meet at the Chandler Cemetery.  In case of rain, the event will take place on the 29th.  413-624-3311.  West Leyden Road.  Colrain, MA.  (FREE)

10am – FAMILY FILM: The Williamstown Film Festival introduces, for the first time ever, a family film as part of the series!  This morning, Images Cinema will screen, “A Cat in Paris,” an animated story about a little girl and her cat (though there is MUCH more to it than that!).  413-458-9900.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

10-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Educator Rachel Roberts presents, “Last Leaves” at the Arms Library.  This program is intended for young children, and gives them an opportunity to learn about why leaves change color through discussion and activities- kids will be asked to contribute their own experiences with leaf-changing in order to help with their learning.  Sponsored by the Buckland and Shelburne Cultural Councils, as well as the Friends of the Arms Library.  413-625-0306.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12Noon – STEM PLAYGROUP: Join The Greenfield Family Center for a playgroup with a STEM focus. Kids 6yo and younger and participate in interactive activities around science, technology, engineering and math. 413-475-1553. 90 Federal St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School will have an open house. A Waldorf Education school serving children from preK-high school. RSVP. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA (FREE)

10am & 2pm – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE:  Take the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Express on the Berkshire Scenic Railroad. Come in costume and take the train to the Great Pumpkin Patch to enjoy seasonal refreshments, play games and enjoy a live family performance with David Grover. Train leaves from the Lenox Station. 413-637-2210. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA ($)

10am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Passport to Holyoke provides an opportunity to take a guided bus tour of the city of Holyoke- participants can learn all about the city’s industrial history, including the historical significance of many landmark buildings and notable local figures.  Tours begin at 10:30 and leave from Wistariahurst every hour.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

10am-6pm – CLOTHES: FREE used kids toy and clothing giveaway today!  There will be tons of stuff to chose from for kids of all ages and sizes.  Reduce spending, reuse goods, and recycle your old stuff!  413-822-5697.  88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Carnegie Library will host a Children’s Halloween Party for kids of all ages and their families. Enjoy refreshments, games and face painting. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

10:30am – HALLOWEEN FUN RUN: 2nd Annual Toasted Owl “Gives a Hoot” Halloween Fun Run and Walk to benefit the Cutchins Programs for Children and Families. Registration is at 9am. All levels welcomed; families & kids too! Fun festivities, including Forest Park Zoo on the Go. Toasted Owl Tavern. Main Street (Route 9). Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

10:30am-12:30pm – SCHOOL FAIR: Pioneer Valley Independent School Informational Fair happens in the Kittredge Building at The Bement School. 413-774-7061. Deerfield, MA (FREE)

11am – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME: Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for a special Halloween storytime!  Presented by author Corinne Demas, there will be two different Halloween and costume-themed stories.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am-12:30pm – ANTHROPOLOGY: Learn about the art of flintknapping- a skill that ancient Native Americans used to create stone tools- with archaeologist Mark Horvath at the Hinsdale Library!  Fits into studies of local history, archaeology, and material culture, too.  413-655-2303.  58 Maple Street.  Hinsdale, MA.  (FREE)

11am-9pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Saint Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church presents the annual Taste of Greece!  The event will include tons of delicious traditional Greek foods, as well as performances by the St. Luke’s Youth Dancers and the Agora Gift Shop- full of Greek goods!  Celebrate your Geek heritage or learn more about another culture.  413-525-4551.  400 Prospect Street.  East Longmeadow, MA. 

12-12:45pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Youth Action Coalition is starting a new action group at the Hatfield Library!  The group plans and executes community service projects (on any scale!) that are youth-led.  To start things off, there will be a meeting to gauge participation and to discuss potential projects.  Kids of any age are welcome, but kids under the age of 7 must participate with a parent.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the shores of the Quabbin Reservoir on the Briggs Road trail as part of Shutesbury’s 250th birthday celebrations.  You’ll be brought back in time!  Great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience local history.  Meet at Town Hall.  1 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – ANIMATION: Kids interested in animation can learn about the many careers available that involve animation this afternoon at the Norman Rockwell Museum!  The museum is currently hosting an exhibit on the animation of Blue Sky Studios, and this event goes along with the exhibit.  For older students, representatives from the Hartford Art School, UMass Amherst, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Springfield College will be on hand to discuss animation in higher education.  413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA. 

1:30pm – SPORTS: Take the little kids to watch the big kids play football!  Easthampton High School takes on Franklin County Tech on their home turf.  Kids can learn about sportsmanship and the dedication it takes to play sports.  413-529-1585.  70 Williston Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: See the Secret Garden come to life like never before!  As a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the Arena Civic Theatre is hosting performances of the musical version of the story at the Shea Theater!  413-863-2281 ex. 3.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

3-9pm – PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: Over a thousand Jack O’Lanterns will be on display in downtown Turners Falls fro the 2nd Annual Franklin County Pumpkin Fest. There will be live music, great food and vendors too. 413-522-0712. Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – ENCHANTED HALLOWEEN FOREST: The New Stage Performing Arts Center is now home to an Enchanted Forest!  Made up of sets from Castle Hill Theater’s family shows and full of witches, wolves, and other characters, the forest is an interactive Halloween adventure!  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

5-6:45pm – HAUNTED HAY RIDES: Visit McCray’s Farm for a haunted hay ride! Evening hayrides are appropriate for all ages. Enjoy ice cream and visit the animals afterward! 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5-8pm – HALLOWEEN ZOO:  Put on your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat around the Forest Park Zoo!  Kids will learn all about the animals they encounter while celebrating Halloween.  413-733-2251.  302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: Take a ride on the haunted train at Look Park!  The ride is full of spooky visitors and good witches who bring candy!  413-584-5487.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

6-8pm – HALLOWEEN HAUNTED FARM: Haunted Farm at Red Gate Farm. A festive Halloween Celebration complete with a “not-so-scary” haunted barn, games, food, treats, and a haunted hay ride! Put on your costume and come on over! The only scary part is how much our farm animals are looking forward to Halloween! Ages 2 – 12. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA (>$)

7:15-9pm – HALLOWEEN FILM: The Lenox Library will screen Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie from 6-7:15pm. Come in costume. Best for younger kids. Older kids will enjoy Roald Dahl’s The Witches from 7:15-9pm. Seasonal refreshments served. 413-637-0197. Lenox. MA (FREE)

7:30pm – SILENT FILM: Take the kids to see a classic Charlie Chaplin film on the big screen at the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall in his 1925 silent film, “The Gold Rush.” Music by Dan Lederer at 7pm. 413-625-3052. 51 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA 

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Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011

”Hiking to the top of Mt. Holyoke at Skinner State Park is great way to spend the day.” - Helen Stauder (Florence, MA)

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. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are invited to a weekly trial run along the Westfield River. Walkers welcomed too. 413-296-4753 West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

9am-4pm – HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP: Exchange your costume with others at the Dalton CRA. Drop off anytime in their lobby and then come by today to find a new costume. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA (FREE)

10am & 2pm – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE:  Take the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Express on the Berkshire Scenic Railroad. Come in costume and take the train to the Great Pumpkin Patch to enjoy seasonal refreshments, play games and enjoy a live family performance with David Grover. Train leaves from the Lenox Station. 413-637-2210. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA ($)

10am-6pm – CLOTHES: FREE used kids toy and clothing giveaway today!  There will be tons of stuff to chose from for kids of all ages and sizes.  Reduce spending, reuse goods, and recycle your old stuff!  413-822-5697.  88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – FUNDRAISER: The Kestrel land Trust is hosting their annual fundraiser: 5K for Farmland. There’s a 5K & 2K, live music, Watershed on Wheels educational exhibit and farmers’ market festival. All ages! West Street Common. Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)

11am – FILM SCREENING: The Triplex Theater is showing the award-winning documentary, “Miss Representation” this morning!  The movie discusses how misrepresentation of women has lead to under-representation of influential women in positions of power.  Following the screening will be a community panel discussion featuring Serene Mastrianni of Radio2Women and other notable women!  Tickets are being sold by BIFF and not at the Triplex.  413-528-8030.  70 Railroad Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

11am-4pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Saint Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church presents the annual Taste of Greece!  The event will include tons of delicious traditional Greek foods, as well as performances by the St. Luke’s Youth Dancers and the Agora Gift Shop- full of Greek goods!  Celebrate your Greek heritage or learn more about another culture.  413-525-4551.  400 Prospect Street.  East Longmeadow, MA.

1pm and 3pm – HALLOWEEN PUPPETS: Get in the Halloween spirit- PuppeTree presents an all-puppet production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Eric Carle Museum!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Walk through the Leverett Road Cemetery and learn about the history of generations of Shutesbury past.  158 Leverett Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Marketplace Cafe will host the Robbins-Zust Marionettes who will present their family-friendly puppet show, “Rumpelstiltskin.” 413-358-4777. 53 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The first industry to come to the hilltowns was the production of potash- a dirty, dangerous, and altogether unpleasant operation that provided a steady flow of income for early settlers.  Though records of the production don’t really exist, its effect on the land remains.  Learn about the industry today at the Cummington Community House.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: See the Secret Garden come to life like never before!  As a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the Arena Civic Theatre is hosting performances of the musical version of the story at the Shea Theater!  413-863-2281 ex. 3.  71 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($)

2-6:30pm – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FEST: Pumpkin Festival and carving contest at Nonotuck Park. Come with your family and carve pumpkins with others.  You can even enter your creation into their contest.  A lighted pumpkin walk happens from 5-6pm. Enjoy seasonal refreshments too. 1 Daley Field Road. Easthampton, MA

1-5pm – ENCHANTED HALLOWEEN FOREST: The New Stage Performing Arts Center is now home to an Enchanted Forest!  Made up of sets from Castle Hill Theater’s family shows and full of witches, wolves, and other characters, the forest is an interactive Halloween adventure!  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

5-6:45pm – HAUNTED HAY RIDES: Visit McCray’s Farm for a haunted hay ride! Evening hayrides are appropriate for all ages. Enjoy ice cream and visit the animals afterward! 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: Take a ride on the haunted train at Look Park!  The ride is full of spooky visitors and good witches who bring candy!  413-584-5487.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

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Monday, Oct 24th, 2011

“Hilltown Families is the 1st place I look for something to do on the weekends with my family!” - Alisa Blanchard (Pittsfield, MA)

10am-4pm – CLOTHES: FREE used kids toy and clothing giveaway today!  There will be tons of stuff to chose from for kids of all ages and sizes.  Reduce spending, reuse goods, and recycle your old stuff!  413-822-5697.  88 Sheffield Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm –PARENTING WORKSHOP: “Basic Rights in special Education” workshop will be presented at the Amherst Regional Middle School Professional Development Center by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. All are welcomed. Amherst, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – SUPPORT GROUP: “What About Me?” support group for non-birthing partners meets tonight at the Cooley Dickinson Center for Midwifery Care.  The group is designed to help partners discuss and explore topics related to birth, pregnancy, and parenting and meets on the 4th Monday of every month.  413-584-8953.  30 Locust Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

EVERY MONDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and learn this morning at Broad Brook Playground, hosted by the Family Resource Center. Williamstown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning. Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children hosts story hour at the MN Spear Memorial Library- kids 0-5 (with caregivers) can enjoy stories, songs, and craft activities!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Bring babies ages 12-14 months to Wee Ones Storytime at the Indian Orchard Branch Library!  413-263-6846.  44 Oak Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Orange Library!  Rhymes, songs, finger play, stories, and more!  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Forbes Library hosts Storytime with Ellie this morning. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins’ Teen/Tween Scene is this afternoon. Hang out at the library and check out some new books, music, or DVD’s. You can also play a game on the Wii, get help with your homework, or do some arts and crafts. Snacks provided. 413-268-7472. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Does your kid love LEGOS? Try out LEGO BrikWars, a wargaming system that takes ordinary building blocks and turns them into a game of strategy and destruction. Takes place at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE DANCE: Johnny-Jump-Ups creative dance for kids 6-8yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Practicing improvisation, making dances and learning choreography. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 19th. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – LEGOS: The Central Library hosts LEGO Club tonight!  Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to experiment with architecture and create a masterpiece.  413-263-6828.  220 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – SING-A-LONG: Families are invited to the Montague Center Library for a community sing-a-long with librarian/musician Linda Hickman. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

“Hilltown Families is such a valuable resource for parents up and down the Pioneer Valley. Thanks for providing us with things to do every day of the week, if we wanted!! Hilltown Families is my go-to site when I’m looking for music and theater for the kids.” - Jara Malikin (Florence, MA)

10:30am – HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE: Join other families at the Springfield Central Library Community Room for a costume party storytime. Halloween stories will be shared then a parade around the library. Treats handed out. No candy offered. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – CREATIVE DANCE: Little Bodies, Big Bodies creative dance and play for preK kids and their adults with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. From 10/3-10/24. Drop in welcomed. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($) ♦

5:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Halloween Party in the Youth Dept. at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Come in costume and have your fortune told. Bring a cardboard base to contribute to the construction of a spook house. There will even be a play inspired by Frankenstein. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Take a guided walk through Forestdale Cemetery and learn about the notable locals buried there!  Presented by Wistariahurst- call to reserve a spot.  413-322-5660.  304 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

6-7pm – CULINARY ARTS: Holistic health couch Bi-sek Hsiao hosts a workshop called, “Probiotics and Cultured Foods for Digestive Health” at the Plainfield Library!  This is a great way to discover delicious foods and drinks that can make your diet healthier.  You’ll even get to try some!  312 Main Street.  Plainfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy presents, “Helping With Homework, “ a seminar for parents on the different between student success and appropriate effort when it comes to homework completion.  Doing it all and getting it right isn’t always what matters-if your student is putting in considerable effort, that may be the best outcome.  Takes place at the Gerena School.  200 Birnie Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “At Your Wit’s End: Responding to Challenging Behavior” is being offered at the South Hadley Family Center as a 3-part series (10/18. 10/25, 11/1). Geared towards parents and grandparents of preK kids. Participants are encouraged to attend at least 2 of the workshops in the series. Free child care.  This is a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program, funded by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services, led by Claire Kurtz. 413-570-3061. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

EVERY TUESDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Interactive Literacy and playtime at the Sunderland Elementary School for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a pre-school play-and-learn group in the after school room at the Haskins Center for kids ages 2.5-5! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires hosts a gym group at Florida Elementary School! There will be free play, circle time, and a snack. 413-664-4821. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library hosts Kulp Memorial Storytime- it’s a lap sitting hour for kids newborn-18 months old. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour. There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library!  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 are invited to storytime at the Central Library! There will be stories, songs, and a craft. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler storytime takes place at the North Adams Library this morning! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – SINGING: Wendy will lead “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library (large meeting room). 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – TODDLER TIME: Lilly Library hosts Toddler Time in the Kids’ Room. Little ones can hear stories, do crafts, sing, and play games. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:45pm – LIBRARY CLUB: The Millers Falls Library offers a weekly drop-in club for kids of all ages with stories, art and crafts. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:15-10:30am – YOGA: Drop off the kids at school then come enjoy a yoga class at the library. Yoga teacher Kellie Finn teaches yoga this morning at the Meekins Library. This is a fun class for those at any level. Call beforehand to check on available space. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – NEW MOTHERS CIRCLE: Cradle hosts a gathering of moms and babies in a comfortable and supportive environment. Share your experiences with other moms and bond over the transformations that come with motherhood. 413-341-5282. Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BINGO: The Hinsdale Lions Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday evening. Though it’s generally an adult game, your kids can come too for a fun intergenerational evening. If they’re learning to count, they can get some great practice matching numbers on your card. Doors open at 5, and dinner is available inexpensively beforehand. 413-655-2973. Maple Street (Route 143). Hinsdale, MA. (<$) ♦

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Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2011

“Hilltown Families keeps our family up to date on all the best events, any weekend we don’t have plans I know I can just log on and find something fun to do with our day.” - Marianne Bullock (Greenfield, MA)

10:30-11:30am – HOMESCHOOL SINGING GROUP: Joan Cornachio is leading a homeschool signing broup at North Star for all ages and abilities. Joan is teaching a capella music from a range of cultures every Wed. through Dec. 7th Call for more info. 914-924-8641. Hadley, MA ($)

1-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit the Crane Museum of Papermaking to learn about the history of papermaking at Crane since the early 1800’s. Located on the banks of the Housatonic River, the building itself is a museum! This is a great opportunity to learn about local history. If you can’t make it today, the museum is open all weekdays during the same hours. 413-684-2600. 30 South Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

5pm – HALLOWEEN/CEMETERY WALK: Take a walk through Stockbridge Cemetery and learn about some of the local heroes buried there (including Norman Rockwell and Elizabeth Freeman!).  Celebrate Halloween while learning about local history!  Perhaps a person or two will rise from their grave to provide a firsthand account of their life… 413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

6-7pm – CIVIL WAR HISTORY: Learn all about life during the Civil War tonight at Storrowton Village!  Folks from the town will tell their tales of wartime living- each from their unique perspective as a shopkeeper, blacksmith, parent, child, etc.  Brings history to life and makes it fun and entertaining!  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

6-8pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “The Parent as Advocate,” a one-session workshop to help parents discover tools they need to help others understand their childs needs. Held at the Palmer Monson Family Network. RSVP 413-570-3061. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Starts at Maple St. School. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Amherst Regional High School hosts, “What’s Typical: Understanding Teen Behavior” tonight at the school’s library.  413-362-1700.  21 Matoon Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Mountain lions are a fearsome yet infrequently observed creature- and you can learn about how biologists track and study them today at the Hitchcock Center!  413-256-6006.  Route 116. Amherst, MA.  ($) 

7:30-9:30 – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Go contra dancing at the Montague Grange!  34 Main Street.  Montague, MA. ($)

EVERY WEDNESDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am: PLAYGROUP – Drop-in playgroups for preK kids at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Snack time at 10:15am. Circle time at 11:20am. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center playgroup in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 33 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children holds playgroup for kids ages 0-5 at Erving Elementary School!  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  28 Northfield Road.  Erving, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5.  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  7 Wendell Depot Road.  Wendell, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12Noon: PLAYGROUP – Baby Hour at the South Hadley Family Center, located in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge St. South Hadley, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Sunshine Story Time for preK kids at the Greenfield Public Library. Reading, singing and play intertwine as Kay Lyons leds a fun half hour of story time followed by play time. Lover Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Mason Square Library hosts pre-school storytime! 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Stories, activities, crafts and music at Carnegie Library. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am: STORYTIME: The Chesterfield Public Library has a children’s story hour. 413-296-4735 Route 143. Chesterfield(FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: The Meekins Library hosts pre-school storytime this morning. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Milne Library!  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is this morning at the North Adams Library! 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2-5 can attend storytime at the Monson Library this morning!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour!  Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects!  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: Visit the Pine Point Library for Martha Speaks storytime for kids ages 5-8! 413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road. Spingfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Hop into your pajamas and visit the East Longmeadow Library for Pajama Night Storytime before bed. For kids ages 3-6. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1:15pm – HOMESCHOOL: The Carnegie Library offers a weekly homeschool program series called Powerful Earth (through 11/16). All ages welcomed. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A” Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 3:30-4:15pm: CREATIVE DANCE: Green Leaves creative dance for kids 3-5yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. An introduction to dance concepts, body & spatial awareness, dancing with music and with each other. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4-5pm: CREATIVE/CONTEMPORARY DANCE: The Big Cats creative dance and contemporary technique for kids 9-12yo with Grasshoppa Dance at the Cummington Community House Auditorium. Exploring the fundamentals of contemporary dance, developing improvisation & choreography skills. Drop-in welcomed through Dec 21st. 413-634-5431. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA ($)
  • 4:45-6pm – KNITTING: Is your yarn all knotted? Do your needles refuse to behave? Get some help (or, if you’re a skilled knitter, offer support) at Forbes Library’s Knitting Clinic. Knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome- no pattern problem is too big or small. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Treehouse hosts a New Moms Group where new mothers can connect with other moms and babies can spend time with other babies.  Intended for moms with babies 6mos and under.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Thursday, Oct 27th, 2011

“I love this resource. I am grateful for it every day. Thank you for working so hard to let us know the goings on in our wonderful community!” - Katryna Nields (Conway, MA)

10am – CULTURAL STUDIES: The FAC at UMass presents, “Stories from India in Dane and Music,” a Kuchipudi performance by dancer Shantala.  Learn about this form of Indian dance!  413-545-2511.  Massachusetts Avenue.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

12noon-2:30pm – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: Visit the Westfield Athenaeum for 4-H Science Club!  This is a great way for homeschoolers to learn about science topics!  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

2-4pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Shivalingappa is holding a workshop on Indian Kuchipudi at Amherst College!  Kuchipudi is a classical style of dance, and this is a great opportunity to learn about the cultural significance of it as well as how to perform some of its elements!  Takes place in Dance Studio 1.  220 South Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm: TRICK-OR-TREATING: Eastfield Mall hosts indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages. Costume Contest at Center Court too. 413-543-8000. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA (FREE)

6pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: From Senior Center on Field Street to CRA on Main Street. Dalton, MA (FREE)

6-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts a workshop for parents on having healthy discussions with children about their observations of their bodies and questions about intimacy.  Designed for parents of kids in pre-school through 4th grade.  Takes place at the Gerena School.  200 Birnie Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – TRIVIA BEE: The Amherst Education Foundation hosts their annual Triva Bee in the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Come in costume and have a lot of laughs! Amherst, MA (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Deborah Zecher and her band present the cabaret show, “I Want it All” – which celebrates the wide range of emotions and experiences seen and felt by parents.  Show is at the Triplex Theater.  413-528-8885.  70 Railroad Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($$)

EVERY THURSDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9:30-11am – SUPPORT GROUP:The Amherst Family Center hosts a family support group!  There is childcare for kids under 6, a well as snacks, and parents can meet and talk with other parents in a supportive, positive environment.  There will be occasional guest speakers, as well as field trips, crafts, poetry, and more!  There is free transportation available from Northampton.  413-834-3344.  121 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse. Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parents Center. Basement of Edwards Church. Music class starts at 11am most Thursdays. 413-582-2636 297 Main St. Northampton, MA (Donation)
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup for pre-walking children with the Cummington Family Center. Located in the rear of the Cummington Community House. 3 Main Street. Cummington, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PreK kids welcomed to join Tom Carrol and Laurie Davidson at the Millers Falls Library (through 12/29). 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 9:45am – STORYTIME: The Central Library hosts toddler storytime this morning! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sixteen Acres Library for pre-school storytime! 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Public Library hosts Pre-School Story Hour! There will be stories, songs, and fingerplay for little ones and they caregivers. 413-587-1011. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library with Rochelle. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Lilly Library with Lisa. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Take kids to storytime this morning at the Emily Williston Memorial Library!  413-529-1605.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime is today at the Lilly Library! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Visit the Hatfield Library for story hour!  39 Main Street.  413-247-9097.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Martha Speaks storytime takes place today at the Brightwood Branch Library- kids can learn about the power of words through stories about dogs, crafts, and more!  413-263-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Friday, Oct 28th , 2011

“I can’t believe I didn’t know about Hilltown Families before. I thought it was just for families who lived in the Hilltowns, not for Valley families like us in Hatfield. After looking through the site (which is also great looking), I see that there are tons of events that my family would like to know about and attend, from Northampton, to Amherst to Pittsfield. Thanks!” - Kathie Gow (Hatfield, MA)

8:30-9:30am – PARENTING WORKSHOP: A one-time free morning workshop for parents of preK kids titled “Responding to Behavior Challenges” will be held in the library at the Hatfield Elementary School. Call for more information and to register: 413-570-3061. Hatfield, MA (FREE)

10am – FILM SCREENING: The Berkshire Athenaeum screens movies just for pre-schoolers this morning!  Enjoy an age-appropriate and fun set of 2-3 very short films.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – HALLOWEEN STORYHOUR: Great Falls Discover Center will have a preK story hour feartuing animals of the night for Halloween.  Kids are invited to come in costume. Crafts & prizes.413-863-3676. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

11am – HALLOWEEN PARADE: Bring your preK kids in costume to the Berkshire Athenaeum for their Halloween Parade. Treats will be given out in the different library departments. Groups are welcomed. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

11am-1pm: HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS & PUPPETS: There will be a community pumpkin carving and Halloween Puppet Show at the Shutesbury Town Hall. Halloween snacks too! 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

4-6pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING: Hampshire Mall will offer indoor trick-or-treating, along with a costume contest for kids 12 & under at 5:30pm in the food court. 413-586-5700. 367 Russell Street. Hadley, MA (FREE)

4-6:30pm – HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN: The Greenfield Rec Department host their Annual Downtown Halloween celebration.  Halloween performance at the Town Hall (4:45pm). Trick-or-treating (4-5:30pm) & Rag Shag Parade (5:30pm). Following the parade there will be a costume contest, live music and pumpkin carving on the Town Common. 413-772-1553. Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

4-8pm – ENCHANTED HALLOWEEN FOREST: The New Stage Performing Arts Center is now home to an Enchanted Forest!  Made up of sets from Castle Hill Theater’s family shows and full of witches, wolves, and other characters, the forest is an interactive Halloween adventure!  413-418-0999.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (<$)

5-6:45pm – HAUNTED HAY RIDES: Visit McCray’s Farm for a haunted hay ride! Evening hayrides are appropriate for all ages. Enjoy ice cream and visit the animals afterward! 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

5:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN TRAIN RIDE: Take a ride on the haunted train at Look Park!  The ride is full of spooky visitors and good witches who bring candy!  413-584-5487.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION)

6pm & 7pm – HALLOWEEN GHOST TOUR: Friday Night Fright tours of The Mount every Friday in October. 800-838-3006. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA ($)

6pm – HALLOWEEN GYMNASTICS: The Hampshire Regional YMCA Gymnastic Team host a spooky Halloween Show. 413-584-7086. 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA (>$)

6:30pm – HALLOWEEN CEMETERY: Bring your flashlight or lantern and wonder around the graveyard, bummping into “ghosts” stationed throughout, ready to tell you about their lives. Family-friendly an not scary. Refreshments provide.Williams St. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – HALLOWEEN MOVIE: The Greenfield Garden Cinema will screen “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” 413-773-9260. 361 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYTIME: The Milne Library hosts a special Pajama/Costume storytime tonight in preparation for Halloween!  Get your little one ready for either bed or trick-or-treating (a bit early) and then head to the library.  413-458-5369.  1095 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN WALK: Bring a carved pumpkin to the Stockbridge Library’s Pumpkin Walk-About. Drop your Jack O’Lantern off between 4-6pm, join in the parade and party at 6:30pm, and then take your pumpkin home with you at the end of the festivities. Spooky stories and treats too! 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

6:30-10pm – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN WALK: 12th Annual Pumpkin Walk happens at the Washington Town Park. Carved pumpkins, seasonal snacks, hay ride and bonfire. 413-623-0088. Washingtown, MA (FREE)

7pm – HALLOWEEN PARADE: Pittsfield hosts their 67th Annual Halloween Parade this year, beginning on Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: SHOW Circus Studio presents a Halloween-themed circus/burlesque cabaret at the Northampton Center for the Arts!  Enjoy the stunning acrobatics of beautiful performers such as Bettysioux Taylor, Captain Elastico, and Vinci McSquirrely.  413-584-7327.  17 New South Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

EVERY FRIDAY (Click HERE to suggest a free weekly playgroup, storytime or support group)

  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Shutesbury Elementary School for the Community Network for Children’s playgroup!  Kids ages 0-5 can take part in stories, motor skills play, and art activities!  413-259-1212.  23 West Pelham Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center- downstairs in the Unitarian Meeting house. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Gross motor activities at the Sunderland Elementary School gym for preK kids. All welcomed. 413-475-1553. 28 Old Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Infants, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to Crawl Talk at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square #2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12Noon – PLAYGROUP: Easthampton Family Center, located at Flywheel Arts in the Old Town Hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Lanesborough Elementary School for gym group! 413-443-0027. Summer Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORY/CRAFT: Stories, songs and crafts for preK kids and their guardians. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)
  • 10-10:45am – SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum hosts sign language storytime this morning. Kids can sign, sign, and read along to stories- there will be lots of movement, music, and of course, American Sign Language. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: Kids 2-3.5 years old can go to storytime at the East Forest Park Branch Library!  413-263-6836.  122 Island Pond Road.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Brightwood Branch Library hosts storytime for kids ages 2-3.5.  413-23-6805.  359 Plainfield Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME: Bring littlest ones to the Monson Library for stories, songs, and fun!  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY/CRAFT: Preschoolers can take part in story/craft time this morning at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: PreK story hour with snack and crafts at the Griswold Memorial Library. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lap-sit story hour for kids 3yo and younger at the Greenfield Public Library for Mother Goose on the Loose. Kay Lyons leads a half hour of structured story time, followed by 15 mins of visiting time. Kids will enjoy movement games, rhythm and song as Kay reads and leads the group with puppets and hand rhymes. Lower Level in the LeVanway Meeting Room. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: GROW and MotherWoman host a postpartum support group for mothers in need of a supportive space to share, receive help, and grow. The group takes place at the Community Room. 413-822-6043. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Milham Planetarium at Williams College hosts an observatory show tonight!  The planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster can show phases of the moon, retrograde motions of planets, temperatures of planets and stars, the location of nearby galaxies, and more!  The show is entertaining and also a great learning opportunity.  413-597-2188.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – COMMUNITY DANCE: Dance Spree is a community family-friendly (and barefoot!) dance event – kids of all ages are welcome to attend with guardians.  Great way to get moving!  25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Fitzwilly’s).  Northampton, MA.  (<$) ♦

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