Suggested Events for Oct 29th-Nov 4th, 2011

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

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Happy Halloween, All Souls' Day and Day of the Dead! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, Oct 29th from 11am-3pm in Hampshire Co. – HAUNTED MUSEUM: Amherst College’s Mead Museum of Art becomes a haunted museum today!  You can view the spookiest of pieces within the museum’s collection on a candle-lit tour and  participate in fun seasonal activities afterward!  413-542-5123.  12 Quadrangle Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

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)

On Sunday, Oct 30th at 10am & 2pm in Berkshire Co. – 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 ($)

Also on Sunday, Oct 30th at 4pm in Hampden Co. – HALLOWEEN PARADE/HAUNTED HOUSE: The Westfield Children’s Museum invites families to their Halloween Spooktacular!  Come in costume, join the parade, visit the Haunted House, play games, and grab some treats to rot your teeth! Westfield, MA ($)

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November 5th & 6th in Franklin Co: The first weekend of crisp November brings us Franklin County’s Cider Days. Celebrating the traditional drink of New England, Cider Days is for everyone who loves fresh apples, sweet and hard cider, cooking with apples, and enjoying autumn in New England. This is the 17th year of this festival, and there will be orchard tours, cider making workshops, cider tastings, talks by orchardists, and more. Highlights include Saturday’s Apple Pancake Breakfast at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, and the Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, with local artisans and producers, food vendors, and of course, apples!

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CONSIGNMENT SALE: The 9th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale happens on Saturday, October 29th from 8am-3pm and Sunday, October 30th from 12noon to 3pm (1/2 price sale). This year the sale is in a NEW LOCATION at the former Cahillane Dodge Building at 375 South Street in Northampton, MA. Stop in and find new and gently-used clothing for infants through children’s size 20, baby gear, shoes and boots, Halloween costumes, snowsuits, toys, books, DVD’s, games, children’s furniture, and sports equipment. More info at www.sites.google.com/site/all4kidseasthampton

HILLTOWN FAMILIES PRESENTS: “The Importance of Creative Play in a Commercialized World” with Dr. Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe and Consuming Kids on Tues., Nov 15th from 7-9pm at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg (FREE). In the critically acclaimed Consuming Kids, Dr. Linn, the nation’s leading advocate for protecting children from corporate marketers, provided an unsparing look at modern childhood molded by commercialism. In her book, The Case for Make Believe, Dr. Linn argues that while play is crucial to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, the convergence of ubiquitous technology and unfettered commercialism actually prevents them from playing. Dr. Linn will speak about these issues and help generate ideas for preserving non-commercialized creative play, especially around the holidays. A Q&A session will follow.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSES: The Springfield Museums are currently accepting submissions of designs for gingerbread houses for their annual gingerbread house exhibit in December. Designs can be inspired by (or recreations of) homes, historic places, local architecture, and more- design a gingerbread house that looks just like Northampton’s city hall or one that represents your dream house. Designs must be for structurally sound houses, so this is a great opportunity for kids to learn about and practice basic architectural concepts. If they choose to design a house based on a historic building, they can learn about the history behind that place, too. Entry form deadline: Nov. 11th. The entry form is available HERE and guidelines for entries can be found HERE.

DRUG TAKE-BACK: Do you have leftover prescription drugs?  Get them out of your house and have them recycled.  Drop-off locations are all over Western MA from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 29th.  (FREE)

JOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including DIY posts, seasonal cooking, and community-based educational opportunities. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Oct 29th-Nov 4th, 2011

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Saturday, Oct 29th, 2011

"Apple picking at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond is the best. They have a hay ride up through the orchard, hiking trails, awesome cider donuts for the kiddies, plus they sell their Johnny Mash hard cider on the premises. Stick one in your back pocket before heading up to pick!" - Jennifer Sahn

6-10am – 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.

8am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: 9th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale. Cahillane Dodge Building. 375 South Street. Northampton, MA. (SALE)

8:30am – ROAD RACE: Run your heart out in your Halloween costume this morning at the Halloween Hustle 5k!  There is a kids’ race at 10am, and there will be prizes for many different categories- lots of winners!  Registration begins at 7:30.  Benefits the Longmeadow Center School!  413-567-9489.  837 Longmeadow Street.  Londmeadow, MA.  ($)

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas Guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week! Dean will be spinning tunes by Sun Ra, Carmen McRae, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gustafer Yellowgold, Toots and the Maytals, Fuzzy Lollipop, The Deedle Deedle Dees and a world premier of new music by Dog of Fleas! Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.  – 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.

9am – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Help clean up Hillside Park before winter comes!  BYO work gloves.  Conway Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – DAY OF THE DEAD/COOKING CLASS: Annie’s Garden Center hosts a Day of the Dead themed cooking demonstration this morning!  Celebration the holiday, part of Mexican culture, by learning about the holiday’s traditions as well as the unique flavors of Mexican food!  Best for teens and adults.  Call to reserve a space.  413-549-6359.  Sunderland Road.  Amherst, MA.  (DONATION)

10am-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a Ghost Hike today at Lily Pond!  The pond is part of a large bog, and there is much local history to learn about the area!  Perhaps you’ll encounter a ghost.  Hike is about 2 miles.  Dress for cool weather!  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  Loomis Road.  Goshen, MA.  ($)

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-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-4pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Visit Litlleville today for a fun family harvest festival!  There will be a kid-friendly haunted house, games and crafts, a farmers’ market, pumpkin painting, delicious baked goods, and more!  Kids get a wristband upon entry and can visit as many activities as they want.  Benefits the Littleville Fair.  15 Kinne Brook Road.  Chester, MA.  (<$)

10:30am & 11:30am – PUPPET PLAY: Meet “Winnifred the Witch” with puppeteer Waldorf Education teacher Jo Valens at Matrushka Toys and Gifts for a seasonal puppet show. Expose your kids to some holiday-themed imagination stimulating fun. 413-528-4015 x106 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – COSTUME PARTY: Deck yourself out in a fabulous costume and attend the Family Resource Center’s Costume Party!  There will be pumpkin painting, pumpkin playdough, leaf rubbings, and tons of fun!  413-662-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – COSTUME PARTY: Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop invites families to drop in for an hour for a Halloween Costume Party. 413-259-9393. 7 Pomeroy Unit #4. Amherst, MA (FREE)

11am – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: The Stockbridge Land Trust is hosting a learning opportunity about birds of prey this morning!  Prey-sented by raptor demonstrator Tom Ricardi, the event will offer attendees to meet and learn about hawks, falcons, owls, and a bald eagle!  Takes place at the Chestnut Preserve.  South Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (DONATION)

11am – MAGIC SHOW: Visit the Westhampton Library for a magic show!  Ed the Wizard will be performing.  413-527-5386.  3 South Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

11am – STORYTIME: Dress in costume and head to Odyssey Bookshop for a special storytime filled with fun (but not scary) Halloween tales for kids ages 4-8.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – HALLOWEEN STORYTIME: Come in costume to the Odyssey Bookshop for Halloween stories and treats. Ages 4-8. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

11am – MONSTER DASH 5K: Monster Dash happens at the Ashley Reservior. Kids Dash and a 5K. Many other activities happening too at the reservoir and the Holyoke Elks Lodge, including a costume party and rag shag parade, music, games, seasonal food. Holyoke, MA

11am-1pm – BOO BASH: Boo Bash at the Monson Library. Family fun that’s not too scary with games, crafts and season snacks. Come in costume, but not a scary one. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA (FREE)

11am-3pm – HAUNTED MUSEUM: Amherst College’s Mead Museum of Art becomes a haunted museum today!  You can view the spookiest of pieces within the museum’s collection on a candle-lit tour and  participate in fun seasonal activities afterward!  413-542-5123.  12 Quadrangle Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-2pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Put on your costume and go to the Huntington Public Library for a Halloween Party!  Celebrate the holiday with games, art projects, snacks, and fun!  413-667-3506.  7 East Main Street.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-4:30pm – PET ADOPTION: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society is hosting Meow-O-Ween, a kitten/cat adoption event!  Kittens/cats are half-price this weekend.  They are a great way to teach kids about responsibility and compassion.  Bring home a cuddly furry friend to love!  413-781-4000 (Springfield) or 413-548-9898 (Leverett).  171 Union Street.  Springfield, MA.  OR 163 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA. 

1pm – HALLOWEEN & HORSES: Blue Star Equiculture presents their annual Halloween Festival today!  There are activities for families to enjoy, including horse-drawn hayrides, an egg hunt at 3pm, a bonfire in the evening, and more!  You can also enter the scarecrow contest, but you have to make your scarecrow at home beforehand.  This is also a great opportunity to introduce your kids to horses!  If they’re interested in learning to ride or just have never met a horse, bring them!  3090 Palmer Street.  Palmer, MA.  (<$) 

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Eric Carle Museum!  The group’s music is catchy and fun for the whole family.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

1-4pm – HALLOWEEN MERRY-GO-ROUND: Holyoke’s Halloween Spooktacular is this afternoon!  There will be a costume contest, scavenger hunt, face painting, games, and more- all at Heritage State Park!  The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round will also be open, and kids with costumes can ride for half price!  413-522-5620.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, 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.  (<$)

2pm – MEET THE AUTHOR: Odyssey Bookshop hosts a reading with Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine books!  She will read from “Clementine and the Family Meeting.”  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

2-5pm: 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

2-3:30pm – MEET THE AUTHOR: Local author Jarrett Krosoczka has a new book – “Ollie the Purple Elephant”!  Celebrate the book, as well as Halloween, this afternoon at the Eric Carle Museum.  Jarrett will read from his book and demonstrate some of his illustrating techniques.  Come in costume- there will also be a dance party and treats!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

2-4pm – STORYTIME: Dress up in costume and head to Owl and Raven for an afternoon of spooky (but kid-friendly) Halloween songs and stories!  413-341-6494.  2 Conz Street #42 (Maplewood Shops).  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

3pm – CEMETERY WALK: Go on a cemetery walk in Holyoke!  This is a great way to learn about local history, as well as a way to spook yourself before Halloween!  Hosted by the Wistariahurst Museum.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

3-5pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: First Congregational Church hosts a Halloween Party with Gargamel’s Castle, crafts, snacks, haunted house (scary one for older kids too!). 413-734-7667.  20 Lathrop Street. West Springfield, MA (BRING CAN/BOX OF FOOD)

5pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Celebrate Halloween early (and not on a school night!) with the Cummington Family Center!  The Rag Shag parade will begin at 5 with trick-or-treating to follow.  413-634-5362.  33 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – SPORTS: Watch the Easthampton Women’s Varsity Volleyball team take on Ludlow High School!  Introduce your kids to a competitive sport they’ve likely never seen before.  413-529-1585.  70 Williston Avenue.  Easthampton, MA (FREE)

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 – HAUNTED 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)

6-9pm – HAUNTED TRAIL: The Haunted Trail of Scalpers. For older kids. 35 Lake Pleasant Rd. Lake Pleasant, MA (CANNED FOOD DONATION)

6:30-7:30pm – HALLOWEEN CAMPFIRE: Join singer/songwriter Roger Tincknell around the campfire at      Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a Halloween celebration in song, stories and dancing! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. BYO seating too. Wholesome snacks offered. For all ages. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – HALLOWEEN PARTY: Whole Children hosts a totally fun Halloween Party!  There will be DJ music, karaoke for kids, and delicious goodies!  Guests are asked to dress in costume, and there will be tons of other activities.  Registration required.  Kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent.  413-585-8010.  41 Russell Street.  Hadley, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – SPORTS: Bring the kids to watch Easthampton High School’s football team play against Pioneer Valley Regional School!  Great opportunity for kids to learn about sportsmanship.  413-529-1585.  70 Williston Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Begins at St. Vincent dePaul Church and proceeds to the Fire Station with a party and prizes. Lenox Dale, MA (FREE)

7-10pm – HAUNTED WOODS: Morse Hill Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center Haunted Woods Walk. 380 Locks Pond Road. Shutesbury, MA (FUNDRAISER)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm & 12Noon – ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Screening of the cult classis, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadowcasting by The Come Again Players at Academy of Music Theatre. Audience participation. Benefit for Cystic Fiborsis Foundation. 413-584-9032 x104.  274 Main Street. Northampton, MA ($)

8pm – HALLOWEEN CIRCUS BURLESQUE: SHOW Circus Studio presents a Halloween-themed circus/burlesque cabaret at the Northampton Center for the Arts: SHOW Us More Tricks! A Halloween Circus Burlesque Spectacle!  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.  ($$)

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Sunday, Oct 30th, 2011

"I appreciate the Hilltown Families email messages that I receive. Helps me to find out local events (that I otherwise would be unaware of), that I can bring my family to. I'm currently especially grateful for the information (grouped together) for the rag shag locations and dates!" - D.F.

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)

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 ($)

10:30am – BOOK LAUNCH: Hilltown Families contributing writer, Amy Metzler, is launching her book, “Shabbat Princess” today!  Celebrate at the Springfield Jewish Community Center- there will be a book fair, crafts for kids ages 2-7, and storytime.  All are welcome!  413-739-4715.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11:30am-4pm – HALLOWEEN FEST: Celebrate Halloween in downtown Amherst with a rag shag parade, trick-or-treating, haunted house and carnival, games, prizes and seasonal food. Meet at Sweetzer Park for parade to beging the day! Activities at the Bangs Community Center. Amherst, MA (FREE, >$)

8am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: 9th Annual All- 4- Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale. 1/2 price sale. Cahillane Dodge Building. 375 South Street. Northampton, MA. (SALE)

12noon-4pm – HALLOWEEN MERRY-GO-ROUND: Wear your costume to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and get half price admission!  413-522-5260.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$) 

12noon-4:30pm – PET ADOPTION: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society is hosting Meow-O-Ween, a kitten/cat adoption event!  Kittens/cats are half-price this weekend.  They are a great way to teach kids about responsibility and compassion.  Bring home a cuddly furry friend to love!  413-781-4000 (Springfield) or 413-548-9898 (Leverett).  171 Union Street.  Springfield, MA.  OR 163 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.

1pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Children’s Halloween parade begins on East Maple Street and travels to the parking lot at the Greylock Federal Credit Union, just in time for their annual Pumpkin Patch Hunt (see next listing). Adams, MA (FREE)

1-3pm: HALLOWEEN BUTTERFLIES: Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens hosts a Halloween Spooktacular!  There will be games and butterflies! 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

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.  (<$)

1:30-2pm – PUMPKIN PATCH HUNT: Fifth annual Greylock Federal Credit Union Pumpkin Patch Hunt (immediately following the Adams Halloween Parade). An annual event held at the Adams Town Hall where children ages 2 to 10 can hunt for magic pumpkins packed with treats. Route 8. Adams, MA (FREE)

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

3pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents, “A Sunday Kind of Jazz,” a concert featuring tons of great jazz musicians!  Families are invited to enjoy the live music- this is a great way to expose kids to new types of music.  Takes place at the Easthampton Congregational Church.  413-585-0001.  112 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  ($)

3-5pm – MONSTER MASH BASH: Monster Mash Bash at the Northampton Elks Club with the Northampton Rec Department. Live DJ, snacks, crafts and lots-o-fun! For kids 5-12yo. Come in costume and bring your parents/guardian with you! 413-587-1040. Spring Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

3:30pm – SPORTS: Watch the Smith College Pioneers ice hockey team take on their rival, the Mount Holyoke Lions!  This is always the most adrenaline-packed, intense game of the season!  Fitzpatrick Arena.  575 Maple Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

3:30-5:30pm – FAMILY CONTRA DANCE: Family contra dancing this afternoon at the Montague Grange!  Great intergenerational fun, and excellent exercise!  36 Main Street.  Montague, MA.

4pm – HALLOWEEN PARADE/HAUNTED HOUSE: The Westfield Children’s Museum invites families to their Halloween Spooktacular!  Come in costume, join the parade, visit the Haunted House, play games, and grab some treats to rot your teeth! Westfield, MA ($)

4-7pm – TRUNK OR TREAT: Halloween fun at the Bellamy Middle School. 314 Pendleton Ave. Chicopee, MA (FREE)

4-5:30pm – HALLOWEEN FUN HOUSE: The Dalton CRA will host a Little Goblin Fun House for kids 3-10yo. 413-684-0260. 400 Main Street. Dalton, MA (FREE)

4:45pm – RAG SHAG PARADE & PERFORMANCE: Meet at the Hopkins Academy parking lot. Parade followed by a family fun Halloween Concert with Annie and The Natural Wonder Band. Sponsored by the American Legion and Hadley P&R. Hadley, MA (FREE)

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)

5:45pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: Rag shag parade from 4 South Main Street to the American Legion Post Number 236 on Bridge St. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

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Monday, Oct 31st, 2011

"Hilltown Families does such a great job of listing EVERYTHING that’s going on in the area, and the fact it’s automatically emailed to me (rather than me having to visit the site) once a week assures that I read that list of “everything.” Thanks!" - Jessica Day (Greenfield, MA)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

9am – TRICK-OR-TREATING – Ludlow Senior Center. Followed by a costume parade at 11:30am. 37 Chestnut Street. 413-583-3564. Ludlow MA

9:30-11:30am – HALLOWEEN PARTY: It’s Halloween today!  Celebrate with the Northampton Parents Center- arrive dressed in costume or make one up using the center’s dress-up costumes.  Parade around the block and enjoy Halloween treats!  413-582-2636.  297 Main Street (Lower Level).  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4-5:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: – The Witches Ball for Kids at Chandler’s Restaurant. Enjoy kid’s karaoke, pumpkin decorating, and up close creepy crawlers! Ghoulish buffet served. 413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

4-6pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING: Indoor trick-or-treating at the Holyoke Mall for kids 12yo and younger. Costume contest at 5:30pm. 413-536-1441. 50 Holyoke Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

5-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING: Town of Pittsfield.

5:30pm: RAG SHAG PARADE –  Route 9 & South Main Street. Florence, MA (FREE)

5:30pm: RAG SHAG PARADE –  Meet at Neighbors on Route 116. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

5:30-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING – 413-637-5530. Town of Lenox.

5:30pm-7pm – TRICK-OR-TREATING: Town of Lenox Dale.

6pm – RAG SHAG PARADE: From Mill Street to the Williamsburg Fire Statio, followed by town wide trick-or-treating. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

DAY OF THE DEAD: Stop by the Meekins Library and enjoy treats and Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread).  Bring your Day of the Dead mementos to add to the community altar too. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

7pm: HALLOWEEN MUSIC: Smith College Wind and Jazz Ensembles presents Halloween Pops! This short concert will feature “spooky” music. Come in costume to Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, at Smith College. Kids with audience skills welcomed. 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, Nov 1st, 2011

"I am constantly kept up to speed on things happening all over the area..." - Marissa Potter (Shelburne Falls, MA)

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, 11E1). 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)

7-9pm – LOCAL FOODS: The West County Resilience Committee invites you to come tot he Shelburne Senior Center to share your favorite ways of putting up the fall and winter harvest. Bring recipes to share and ideas to spread!  Samples too if you have them! 413-624-3240. Shelburne Falls, 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, Nov 2nd, 2011

"I am still pretty new to the area and this website is always giving me cool ideas to do and concerts to see." - Christina Coursey (Northampton, 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 ($)

6-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Parent Academy hosts a workshop on insurance of all kinds and how much you actually need.  You’ll learn how to assess your needs at various times in life, as well as receive useful advice.  Takes place in the Breck Suite, Wright Hall, Baypath College.  588 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “At Your Wit’s End: Responding to Challenging Behavior” is being offered at the Our Lady’s Child Care Center as a 3-part series (10/20, 11/2, 11/9). 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 Alison Morrisey. 413-570-3061. 35 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA (FREE)– UPDATE: WORKSHOP CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

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. Springfield, 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, Nov 3rd, 2011

"Hilltown Families makes me aware of local museums and events I might have missed otherwise." - Jessica Larkin (Bernardston, MA)

7-8:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “At Your Wit’s End: Responding to Challenging Behavior” is being offered at the Clapp Memorial Library as a 3-part series (11/3, 11/10, 11/17). 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 Deborah Roth-Howe. 413-570-3061. 19 South Main St. Belchertown, MA (FREE)– UPDATE: WORKSHOP CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

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) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come and enjoy stories and songs with facilitator, Julie Stepanek, at the New Salem Library on Thurs. through Dec. 15th. 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., 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, Nov 4th , 2011

"Hilltown Families connects me ahead of time and on the fly- especially when during the week I don't have time to plan for the weekend ahead! Last week I saw on Sat. afternoon that the Secret Garden was playing at the Shea- it turned our lazy day into a memorable experience for my 5 year old (she had never been to a musical!)." Marianne Bullock (Greenfield, MA)

9:30am – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT – La Leche League of Northampton meets first Friday of every month. Topics cover breastfeeding benefits, nutrition and weaning, home care of your infant, and support. 413-570-0684 150 Main St. 3rd Floor. Northampton, MA (FREE)

6-9pm – BOWLING: Enjoy a fun night of bowling, and help raise money for the South Berkshire Community Coalition and the BHRSD High School Bowling Club!  For one price, you can get shoes and two games at Cove Lanes!  Register early, space is limited!  413-528-1919 ex 14.  109 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.  (FUNDRAISING)

7:30-9:30pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: Percussionist Tony Vacca performs tonight at Smith College’s Helen Hills Hills Chapel as a benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church!  Vacca’s music has roots in both American jazz and world music, and he incorporates spoken word into his pieces.  Totally family-friendly, and kids under 12 are free.  123 Elm Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: View Jupiter at the Springfield Science Museum planetarium through their large rooftop telescope.  There will also be a talk about Jupiter with Stars Clum member Mike Kozicki. For families with kids 8yo+. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA (>$)

7-10pm – ASTRONOMY: Stargazing at Notchview with the Trustees of Reservations. Dress for the weather. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA (FREE)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: Attend a benefit concert for the West County Relief Fund at Memorial Hall!  Chris Pierce, Shane Alexander, and Sean Ashby will each perform- they are all successful musicians with varying styles.  Presented by Mocha Maya’s.  413-625-3052.  51 Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, 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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