Suggested Events for March 1st-7th, 2014

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

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SUMMER CAMP

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BULLETIN BOARD

Open House: Mar 1

Please join the Hartsbrook School at their Open House, this Saturday, March 1, 10AM – 12PM in Hadley, MA. Parents and their children are invited to explore, learn and experience their classrooms and unique Waldorf curriculum. They will have activities for children in their brand new Early Childhood Center, Elementary School and High School. Visit their farm animals, make a craft, watch a play rehearsal! Come and learn more about their brand new “Forest Classroom” meet their teachers and take a tour. This event is open to all ages and free. Contact admissions@hartsbrook.org for more information, or call 413-584 -3198.

Mar 1

Join the Springfield Museums on Saturday, March 1 for their annual Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration! The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and features the annual Seuss Cake Contest plus two great shows by The Deedle Deedles Dees, “America’s ultimate teaching band.” And be on the lookout for the Cat in the Hat himself, who will be prowling the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden! All this plus great hands-on art and science activities throughout the day, all included with Museum admission. For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Mar 4

In Gluten-Related Disorders: Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone, Alessio Fasano, MD, will review current knowledge about the three main forms of gluten reactions: allergic (wheat allergy), autoimmune (celiac disease), and possibly immune-mediated (gluten sensitivity). The lecture will be introduced by gastroenterologist and Cooley Dickinson Medical Staff member Jaya Agrawal, MD. This community lecture, free and open to the public, will be Tuesday, March 4, at 6 pm. Registration is required at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes; capacity is limited. The lecture will held in the Dakin Conference Room, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton.

Mar 5

Get ready for Shannon Hale as you’ve never seen her before! A new genre for the Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy, but featuring the same brilliant storytelling and well-rounded characters for which she is known, Dangerous breaks the barriers between science fiction and superhero adventure. Stop by Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley for a reading and signing on Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm as Shannon Hale breaks into young adult literature with her new novel Dangerous, called “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.” by James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy. The Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street in South Hadley, MA.

Mar 5

“Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy” (New York Times), Spirit of Uganda presents riveting programs of music and dance for audiences of all ages. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, a vibrant cast of 22 performers, ages 10-20, bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.7 million orphans, these children personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation when they are provided with the resources to succeed. They come to the FAC Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS or go online to www.fineartcenter.com. Amherst, MA.

Mar 6

On March 6thThe Hartsbrook School will be hosting a lecture with Angela Hanscom, a revolutionary pediatric occupational therapist and founder of the unique and unconventional TimberNook camps, who will will talk about how lack of movement and play outdoors is affecting child development and academic success. Lecture takes place from 6:30 -8:30pm at The Hartsbrook School, located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA. 413-584-3198. All are welcomed to this informative evening lecture.

Mar 8

Dance the morning away at Nonotuck Community School‘s 3rd Annual Family Dance Party! DJ Joan Holliday from 93.9FM will be playing kid friendly tunes on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 10am to 12pm. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA. Use the building’s West Entrance and find the concert in Room 160 across from Riff’s on the first floor. $5 per person, kids under one are free, all proceeds benefit Nonotuck Community School. Nonotuck Community School provides high quality education and care for children 15 months to 5 years in an environment that promotes self-esteem, creative thinking and individuality.

Mar 8

Bugtastic Book Bash! Buzz on over to The Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday, March 8th at 2pm for a Bug Book Party! Dig for worms, decorate your own bug, snack on gummy bugs and join them for a bugtastic reading by author, Angela Diterlizzi and illustrator Brendan Wenzel’s newest picture book, SOME BUGS. BYOB: Bring Your Own Bug(toy.) Extra prizes for those who come in bug themed costumes! This event is free of charge but please RSVP by emailing kids@odysseybks.com or call us at 413-534-7307. For more information visit www.odysseybks.com. The Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street in South Hadley, MA.

Weds in Mar

Calling all school volunteers! Are you a parent or community member available to help students in reading? Do you have as little as one hour a week to give to Northampton classrooms? Volunteers in Northampton Schools (VINS) will be holding workshops in March to train prospective volunteers in guiding K-5 students in early literacy. Schedule & Information: Every Wednesday morning in March from 9-12 pm. These FREE training workshops will take place at RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School. RSVP’s required by March 3rd. Find more information online: vins.northampton-k12.us/vins-volunteer-training or call Anne Schlereth, 413-587-1332.


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March 1st-7th, 2014

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Guest DJ Michael Napolitano of Preschool of Rock plays hits of bands composed of family members. Lets honor all of the brothers, sisters, cousins, moms and dads who have made a huge footprint in music history. Expect a very wide variety of music from The Carter Family to Arcade Fire and tons in between. Laugh and listen with us, and learn a little too! Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived show.

Saturday, March 1, 9am-3:30pm – STEM/SUSTAINABILITY: The Pioneer Valley Science and Sustainability Expo takes place today in the Greenfield Community College dining common. Over 100 local students in grades 3-12 will be at the Expo presenting their projects and displays in the fields of science and sustainability. There will also be a demonstration by the UMass Chemistry Club and a chance to meet kids who are participating in the KidWind Challenge, for which students made model wind turbines. Kids (and adults!) can learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as it relates to the environment at this event. 413-259-1658. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA.

9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Papas playgroup meets at the Community Action Family Center the first Saturday of each month. The playgroup is for kids birth-age to six and their fathers. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 9:30am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate the start of Spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Maple Days! Visitors to the Village will see how maple sugaring was done in early 19th-century rural New England. You can see the entire process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and you can learn about how each step of the process has changed over time. There will also be cooking demonstrations using maple syrup. This is a fun way to learn about the interesting history of this delicious New England tradition. Kids get in free with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, March 1, 10am-12noon – SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The Hartsbrook School is holding an All School Open House today. Interested students and their families can tour classrooms, meet with faculty, view student work, learn about curriculum, and more. Each grade will offer activities and opportunities to speak with students about their Hartsbrook experience. This open house is a great way to determine if the Hartsbrook School would be a good fit for your child. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING: Join the Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble for a Snowshoe Trek! Explore the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river, as well as wildlife tracks and signs, on this easy-to-moderate trek. Snowshoes available in kid and adult sizes. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. $

Saturday, March 1, 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Observe birds and learn about bird banding at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Sanctuary volunteers will demonstrate how to use mist nets and what information can be gathered through bird banding. Visitors can come and go from the program as they wish. Free with Sanctuary admission. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. >$

Saturday, March 1, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Explore the high-elevation forests of Tamarack Hollow with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Forests at high elevations are unique in their plant and animal life, and you can learn how to identify some of these plants, like balsam fir, and look for tracks of animals, like snowshoe hare and ruffled grouse. This snowshoe hike is approximately two miles round trip and is best for older teens and adults. More information about the event and snowshoe rentals can be found on the Mass Audubon website. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 1516 Savoy Hollow Road. Windsor, MA. $$

Saturday, March 1, 10am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market is today! Come to Greenfield High School for local veggies, meat, and prepared foods, as well as crafts made by local artisans. Takes place the first Saturday of each month. 1 Lenox Avenue. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 10am-2pm – PLANT STUDIES: Are you interested in learning how to identify trees in winter? The Pioneer Valley Institute is offering a winter walk focused on identifying trees based on bark and habitat clues, led by Nancy Goodman. The workshop will help you become familiar with the characteristic bark of different tree species in different habitats and at different stages of growth. Older students and adults interested in learning about the different ways you can identify trees will enjoy this program. Please pre-register by emailing wildeyes@rcn.com. Meet at the base of the Sunderland Bridge just west of the river on Route 116. 413-775-1671. Route 116. South Deerfield, MA. >$

Saturday, March 1, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Mount Holyoke College “Prelude to Spring” bulb show kicks off today and runs until March 16! Come see hyacinths, narcissus, pansies, primroses, and more in the Talcott Greenhouse at this “Birds in the Backyard” themed flower show. Come see these beautiful plants and get an early taste of Spring! 413-538-2116. 50 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 1, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about plants and enjoy an early glimpse of Spring at the the Smith College Botanic Garden’s Annual Spring Bulb Show at the Lyman Plant House. The greenhouse will be full of beautiful bulbs for you to enjoy. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday today at the Springfield Museums! You can see whimsical cakes inspired by Dr. Seuss (11am-2:30pm), see a live performance by The Deedle Deedle Dees (12noon & 2pm), meet the Cat in the Hat, do hands-on art activities (11am-3pm), learn about science (11am-2pm), do art projects (10am-4pm), and more. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Saturday, March 1, 10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Kids ages 4-10 and their families are invited to a children’s concert at the Jones Library. Nerissa and Katryna Nields will perform songs from their albums “Rock All Day, Rock All Night” and “Singing in the Kitchen.” Kids and adults will enjoy this performance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 10:30am-11:30am – KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: The Northampton Public Schools are holding a special “Countdown to Kindergarten” celebration at JFK Middle School today for Kindergarten Registration Day, open to kids entering kindergarten in September 2014. There will be hands-on activities, school buses to practice on, and a performance about kindergarten titled, “DW Counts Down to Kindergarten.” 413-587-1471. 100 Bridge Road. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 1, 10:30am-6:15pm – FOOD STUDIES: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” continues today with a live stream of “TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat” at Williams College’s Wege Auditorium. Speakers will discuss topics related to food, food security, food justice, and sustainability. Older students interested in food studies will enjoy these TED talks. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a family concert at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with Alastair Moock! This award-winning and Grammy-nominated musician has been called “a Tom Waits for your tots,” and will play fun kids’ folk tunes. Ticket sales begin at 10:30am on the morning of the concert and seating is limited. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, March 1, 11am-12noon – PUPPET SHOW: The Animal Crackers Puppetry Troupe presents “Captain Dan the Fried Egg Man,” a puppet show for all ages! Come enjoy this fun show at Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 1pm – FILM: Get ready for the Academy Awards at the Jones Library today! The library will be screening the best picture from 2003. Call the library for the movie title and more information. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 1pm – MOVIE: Harry Potter fans in third grade and up can come to the Dickinson Memorial Library for a screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002; rated PG). 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 1pm-4pm – HUMAN LIBRARY: The Human Library Project was founded in Denmark in 2001 as a way to promote human rights and create understanding between people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. People can check out human “books” in order to learn about different topics at the Williams College Paresky Student Center today. One can check out “books” on topics like “Growing Up in the Jim Crow South,” “Interracial Marriage,” “Olympic Athlete,” “Gay College Student,” and many more. People of all ages can come to the Human Library and learn about each person’s backgrounds, stories, lives, and what sorts of challenges they have faced. This is an excellent way to forge connections with people of all ages. 413-597-3131. 39 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the The Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 1, 3pm – FOOD STUDIES/AGRICULTURE: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” continues today with a screening of After Winter, Spring, a documentary about farmers in the Périgord region of southwest France. The film explores the challenges faced by these farmers and what it means for the futures of their farms. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Smith College students perform an informal student recital of Russian music. Works by by Borodin, Grechaninov, Kabalevsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Silvestrov, Tchaikovsky, and Tcherepnin. Earle Recital hall. Smith College. Best for students with audience skills. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 1, 3pm-5pm – ICE SKATING/FUNDRAISER: There will be a fundraising public skate to raise money for Baystate Medical Center’s Sadowsky Center for Children and the Jimmy Fund today at the Lossone Hockey Rock at Williston Northampton School. The open skate is from 3pm-5pm, followed by a hockey game between Shields of Hope and Rockland Heat (6pm; >$). Skate rentals are not available. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. >$

Saturday, March 1, 5pm – FOOD STUDIES: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” continues today with a screening of Soul Food Junkies, a documentary about the upsides and downsides of soul food. The film, directed by Byron Hurt, explores the history and social significance of soul food and its (positive and negative) effects on African American health. This film would be best for older students interested in food studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 6pm-8pm – CONCERT: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series begins tonight with a performance by Ray Mason. Mason will perform solo rock and roll music that all will enjoy. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, March 1, 7pm – FOLKLORE/STORYTELLING: The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society’s Song and Story Swap is tonight! The Swap is centered on a theme, then everyone introduces themselves and shares a song or story relating to the theme (it’s also okay to just listen!). After this warm-up round, the performer – this month it is Doug Schmolze – plays a 30-minute set, which is followed by another song and story share. The Song and Story Swap is a great opportunity for intergenerational fun and a way to meet new people. During the performance, a hat will be passed around for donations. Takes place at the Nacul Center. Repeats the first Saturday of each month. 413-687-5002. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA. FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION

Saturday, March 1, 8pm – THEATER: The MacDuffie School presents a performance of Once Upon a Mattress at the Little Theater. Over 30 students star in this reproduction of the 1959 Broadway play. It is a musical comedy based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone in advance. 413-255-0000. 66 School Street. Granby, MA. $$

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Sledding Hills in Western MAHilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

ALL DAY – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Tubing is a great activity for the winter months – it is fun for all ages and it gives you a chance to spend time with family and friends in the outdoors. In addition to the many sledding hills in Western Massachusetts, there are three ski resorts that offer tubing on their slopes: Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Berkshire East in Charlemont, and Bousquet in Pittsfield. Rates and hours for each resort can be found at the links above.

Sunday, March 2, 9:30am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate the start of Spring at Old Sturbridge Village’s Maple Days! Visitors to the Village will see how maple sugaring was done in early 19th-century rural New England. You can see the entire process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and you can learn about how each step of the process has changed over time. There will also be cooking demonstrations using maple syrup. This is a fun way to learn about the interesting history of this delicious New England tradition. Kids get in free with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, March 2, 10am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS/STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-5 can come to Lander-Grinspoon Academy for a PJ Preschool Pals Purim event! Come make one-of-a-kind noisemakers, enjoy Purim-themed storytime, songs, and art activities. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 2, 1pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Bobby Girard titled, “Mr. Barney: The Man Who Put America on Ice-Skates.” Girard will discuss the ingenuity of Everett Barney. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, March 2, 1pm – READING: Celebrate reading with the M.N. Spear Memorial Library today at the Shutesbury Town Hall for Read Across America Day! Local storyteller John Porcino will read stories and sing songs by Pete Seeger, Dr. Seuss, and more. This is a good way to celebrate the joy of reading with community members of all ages. 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Sunday, March 2, 2pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Celebrate female heroines, villains, and authors today at the Odyssey Bookshop. Several authors will be present, including Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Burleigh Muten, and Jeannine Atkins. Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy this fun book-centered event! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, March 2, 2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Award-winning musician Alastair Moock is performing at the Wilbraham Public Library today! Toddlers through age 9 will enjoy his fun folk music, written for families. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA.

Sunday, March 2, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come to the Springfield JCC for a free family movie double feature! The JCC will screen Despicable Me (2010; rated PG) and Despicable Me 2 (2013; rated PG). Kids and teens will enjoy this fun movie double feature event! 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 2, 2pm-4pm – THEATER: The Jones Library is holding a theater workshop for kids 7 and up, led by Debbi Friedlander. The workshop is based on Tough Boris, a children’s book about pirates, written by Mem Fox. Kids can explore their “inner pirate” through music and theater improvisation. The workshop runs again on March 9. Please sign up in advance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 2, 3pm – BASKETBALL: Support Baystate Children’s Hospital at the Springfield Armor game today! The game is against Canton Charge and is themed “Superheroes and Fairy Tales.” Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-746-3263. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. $$-$$$

Sunday, March 2, 3pm – THEATER: The MacDuffie School presents a performance of Once Upon a Mattress at the Little Theater. Over 30 students star in this reproduction of the 1959 Broadway play. It is a musical comedy based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone in advance. 413-255-0000. 66 School Street. Granby, MA. $$

Sunday, March 2, 3pm – FOOD STUDIES/AGRICULTURE: Images Cinema’s “Fresh Fest” continues today with a screening of Leviathan, a documentary about the dangerous world of commercial fishing. The film will be introduced by Alison Carter, Senior Program Officer of Fisheries of the World Wildlife Fund. This documentary would be best for older students interested in food studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, March 2, 4-6pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Sage Chamber Music Society Sounds of Russia presents Liza Stepanova at Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College. Stepanova performs a solo piano recital with a program that refelcts her Russian heritage. he kaleidoscopic assortment of works will traverse two centuries of Russian music and culminate in Stravinsky’s brilliant “Three Movements from Petrushka,” transcribed by the composer for Arthur Rubinstein. Best for older students interested in music studies and culture. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, March 2, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Attend an Oscars Party tonight at Images Cinema! Red Carpet Night features the Academy Awards shown on the big screen, as well as movie-themed cocktails, a silent auction, prizes for best dressed, and more. This is a fun way to watch the Academy Awards! 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Monday, March 3, 10am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Berkshire Athenaeum’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. It focuses on the five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing along with activities. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, March 3, 10:15am-11am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Mason Library‘s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Monday for five weeks. The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup, and each family will receive five picture books, a book bag, and helpful information and resources. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, March 3, 6pm – SCIENCE: The UMass Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department presents OEB Science Cafes at Esselon Cafe each month. This month’s talk is by Dr. Daniel Wang, who will present “Dietary Habits of Black Holes,” which focuses on the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Science Cafes are oriented towards adults without a science background, but are interesting to those with science backgrounds as well! Older students interested in science would enjoy the Science Cafes. 99 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

Monday, March 3, 6pm-7pm – ARTISAN TRADE: “Made in the Happy Valley – Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Making” takes place today at the Wistariahurst Museum. Bevlynn Gallant will demonstrate the jewelry making process using precious metal clay and compare this with traditional silversmithing techniques. Students interested in jewelry, crafts, or history will enjoy this lecture. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, March 3, 6:30-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Why is anxiety on the rise among our children? How can you tell if this is just a passing phase or a serious concern? Whether it is school, social or separation anxiety more and more children are exhibiting signs of anxiety at home and school. Come hear Behavioral Health Network’s Alice Barber discuss the factors contributing to anxiety in child and identify tools that can help you support your child at the Agawam Public Library. Registration is NOT required. 413-789-1550 x3. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Monday, March 3, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival continues tonight at Images Cinema with a screening of Amour (2012; rated PG-13). It is a drama about an elderly couple whose love is tested following an attack. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. $

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: CHP Family Network offers a “gym fun” playgroup at West Stockbridge Town Hall. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by Otis Town Hall for playgroup every Monday! 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at the Williamstown Youth Center for kids walking-age up to age five. Includes puzzles, play dough, riding toys, balls, books, and more. 413-663-6593. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for babies 2 and under and their parents at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: “Music for Little Ones” at the Pelham Library features a half hour of music and movement for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Meekins Library on the first and third Monday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a weekly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the St. John’s Corner House Mission. 413-625-6948. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Kids in grade 2 and up are invited to the Storrs Library for their weekly drop-in chess program. Come play with other kids and improve your chess skills! 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 12:30-1:3pm – LOCAL HISTORY/THEATER: Enchanted Circle Theater presents, “Between the Canals: The Evolution of a Mill Town” at Holyoke Community College. Holyoke comes alive in this production as the audience is transported back in time from the present day to the mid-1800’s. Witness the building of the 1,000 foot dam across the Connecticut River, French-Canadian children leaving their family farm to work in the mills, Irish and Canadian children working 14 hours a day in a textile mill, a Labor Union meeting where they draft a resolution to improve working conditions, and Susan B. Anthony speaking from the steps of the new Holyoke City Hall. Students interested in immigration, the Industrial Revolution, unions and child labor and the Suffragist Movement will enjoy this production as it as as a catalyst for discussion in the areas of interest. Holyoke Community College. Leslie Phillips Theater/Forum, FPA Building. 303 Homestead Ave. (The closest visitor parking lot is E. Additional visitor parking by the Frost Building.) Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, March 4, 6pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: The Florence Civic and Business Association’s annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner is tonight at the Civic Center. This tasty meal is a great chance to spend time with family, friends, and community members. Tickets available in advance. Park Street & Meadow Street. Florence, MA. $

Tuesday, March 4, 6pm-7:30pm – DANCE: Come learn East African dances at the UMass Fine Arts Centers’ Concert Hall stage. Dancers from “The Spirit of Uganda” will lead this workshop, which is appropriate for all ages and experience levels. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about and try this unique style of dance. Students and youth free (2 kids per adult); cost is >$ for adults. Pre-registration is required. 413-545-4160. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. >$

Tuesday, March 4, 6pm – WELLNESS: In Gluten-Related Disorders: Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone, Alessio Fasano, MD, will review current knowledge about the three main forms of gluten reactions: allergic (wheat allergy), autoimmune (celiac disease), and possibly immune-mediated (gluten sensitivity). The lecture will be introduced by gastroenterologist and Cooley Dickinson Medical Staff member Jaya Agrawal, MD. This community lecture, free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes; capacity is limited. The lecture will held in the Dakin Conference Room, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, March 4, 7pm – HISTORY: Katherine Anderson, author of Hidden Histories: Behind the Walls, Vol. 2, will visit the Agawam Library to introduce her book which is a follow-up to Behind the Walls: Shadows of New England’s Asylums. This second volume includes updated information on the redevelopment, preservation and demolition of a number of landmark institutions, including both Northampton State Hospital and Belchertown State School. Interviews with former residents, staff and professionals has created a very personal aspect to this photographic and textual history. Anderson is an Agawam native and graduate of Elms College. She is a Special Education teacher and mental health historian, specializing in the history of institutions for the insane and developmentally disabled. 413-789-1550 x4 Agawam, MA

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

10am-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Simply Music Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 7yrs-adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min. lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PARENT/CHILD GROUP: Gateway Family Center offers a parent-child school readiness group every Tuesday from until June. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come by the Goodwin Memorial Library for “Lunatunes!” a dynamic storytime with songs, movement, stories, and original art. For babies through age 5. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for pre-K kids with educational games and hands-on activities. Takes place at Haskins Center. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Every Tuesday until May 6, the Jones Library will hold “Sing With Your Baby,” an program for preschool-aged children and their parents. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts Rhyme Time, a song and story circle for young children with a parent or caregiver, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts. All are welcome to this weekly drop-in event. Led by Waldorf parent-child teacher Trice Atchison, Rhyme Time engages babies and young children in seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and simple puppetry. 413-528-6911. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Community Health Programs is offering “Kids’ Kitchen,” a cooking class for kids ages 2.5-5 that focuses on healthy food choices. This class teaches kids the importance of healthy eating at an early age and gets them interested in cooking. 413-528-0457 x1154. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Every Tuesday is toddler storytime at the Lenox Library! Come by for interactive board books, stories, songs, and fingerplays. For kids 18 months to 3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – STORYTIME: Weekly story time, snack and get-together for preK kids and their caregivers. Becket-Washington Library. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main Street. Becket, MA (FREE)
  • 2pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY: Kids ages 10 and up are invited to the Hatfield Public Library for Teen Tuesdays. Each meeting features a fun activity. Takes place the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 3-5pm – TEENS: The Lilly Library hosts a weekly, drop in teen program for ages 12-17yo. Activities include games, crafts, book chat, movies, snacks. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE)
  • 3pm – LEGOS: Lego Club is every Tuesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while creating Lego masterpieces. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Lego Club meets at the Adams Library the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For kids 4-8. Please call to sign up. 413-664-4821. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LIBRARY TIME: Kids of all ages can come to the Millers Falls Library for Library Club! This includes games, activities, crafts, and snacks. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: Kids ages 7-12 can join the Indian Orchard Branch Library‘s Lego Questers group! Come have fun with Legos each week at the library. Space is limited; call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA.
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Come to Gabriel Abbott Memorial School Gym for a gym group for kids up to age 8. The group is all about indoor active play, but also includes an art project, circle time, and a snack. Siblings welcome. 413-663-6593. 56 N Country Road. Florida, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the second Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 7:30pm – MUSIC: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is holding a Ukulele Sing Along the first Tuesday of each month. Come to the library with your ukulele (or other instruments) and have fun playing music with community members of all ages. Ukuleles available at the library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Historic Deerfield is holding a special homeschool family program for kids 8 and up. “A Winter Day in Deerfield” gives kids an opportunity to work together to prepare a simple lunch, learn about natural fibers and textiles, create a handmade project to take home, and tour one of Deerfield’s historic buildings. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 413-775-7217. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $$$

Wednesday, March 5, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Wednesday from 3/5 to 4/2 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 5, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering “Positive Solutions for Families,” a workshop for parents of children 3-5 years old. The workshop aims to help parents explore their child’s social and emotional development and how best to nurture that development by connecting with their child through play, communication, relationship building, and healthy limit setting. This workshop is four parts (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, and 3/26, 6pm-8pm) and it is recommended that you attend all four sessions. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Childcare is provided. Takes place at Easthampton High School. 413-570-3061. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/TECHNOLOGY: Discover an interesting bit of local history at a Holyoke History Room guest lecture by Charlie Lotspeich, entitled “John B. McCormick and the Hercules Turbine Water Wheel.” Lotspeich will discuss McCormick’s two late 19th-century inventions, the Hercules Turbine and the Holyoke Turbine, both of which were developed at the Holyoke Machine Company and at J&W Jolly, and how they ushered in a “new era in hydrodynamics.” This talk would be interesting to students interested in technology, engineering, or local history. Takes place in the Library’s Community Room. 413-420-8107. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30pm – LITERATURE: Get ready for Shannon Hale as you’ve never seen her before! A new genre for the Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy, but featuring the same brilliant storytelling and well-rounded characters for which she is known, Dangerous breaks the barriers between science fiction and superhero adventure. Stop by Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley for a reading and signing on Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm as Shannon Hale breaks into young adult literature with her new novel Dangerous, called “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.” by James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 5, 7:30pm – MUSIC/DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: “The Spirit of Uganda” is a riveting music and dance performance for all ages, featuring the tones of standing drums, paired with choreography and call-and-response vocals. The performers range in age from 10-20. These talented youth performers bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa at this exciting performance. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. $-$$$

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (Always double check events before heading out. To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

2-7pm – PIANO LESSONS: Play-a-Story Piano with Barbara Goodchild, 5-7 yrs w/ adult. Mon-Thurs., 25-55 min.lessons. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($20/lesson)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s infant/toddler group runs every Wednesday. Kids age 2 and under can explore age-appropriate toys and the playroom, and enjoy a snack and circle time. Please no children or siblings over age 2. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids from birth to age five and their caregivers can come to the First Congregational Church of Hatfield for playgroup, including snacks, stories, and songs. 413-586-4998 x102. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a loosely structured playgroup at the Clapp Memorial Library every Wednesday for kids from birth to age five. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-322-5640. 335 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Come by the Westhampton Library for playgroup the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Features games, arts and crafts, and storytime. For kids 8 and under. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10:15am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the Carnegie Public Library for a weekly storytime, complete with crafts, stories, activities, and snacks. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA
  • 10am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime at the New Marlborough Library. 413-464-5095. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Erving Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. Northfield Road. Erving, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Wendell Free Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly Tales and Tunes playgroup at the Leverett Library for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Come to the Mason Square Branch Library for storytime, songs, and crafts. For ages 3-8. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly story hour at the Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Join the Dickinson Memorial Library for storytime every Wednesday. There will be movement, stories, music, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday, the Salasin Center is holding a “Parents Supporting Parents” support group. Parents and grandparents can come connect and discuss parenting in this safe environment. Free childcare is available. Please call for more info or to sign up for childcare. 413-774-4307. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.
  • 3pm – CHESS: Chess Club is every Wednesday at the Bushnell-Sage Library! Come to the library and make new friends while improving your chess skills. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: Kids from kindergarten to 8th grade can drop by the East Longmeadow Public Library for chess! This weekly program is open to kids of all skill levels, from beginner to chess pro. Come make new friends and improve your chess skills. 413-525-5400 x4. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – WRITING: Forbes Library holds a writing group for children and young adults the third Wednesday of each month. Come do some free writing, story workshopping, and do exercises to beat writer’s block. All ages welcome. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 12:15pm – POETRY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Unlaunch’d Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman,” performed by Stephen Collins. Collins will read Whitman’s poetry and letters in order to enable audience members to learn about Whitman’s life and growth as a mature artist at peace with “himself, God, and death.” Best for older students interested in poetry. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, March 6, 4-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY/THEATER: Enchanted Circle Theater presents, “Between the Canals: The Evolution of a Mill Town” at the Holyoke Council on Aging. Holyoke comes alive in this production as the audience is transported back in time from the present day to the mid-1800’s. Witness the building of the 1,000 foot dam across the Connecticut River, French-Canadian children leaving their family farm to work in the mills, Irish and Canadian children working 14 hours a day in a textile mill, a Labor Union meeting where they draft a resolution to improve working conditions, and Susan B. Anthony speaking from the steps of the new Holyoke City Hall. Students interested in immigration, the Industrial Revolution, unions and child labor and the Suffragist Movement will enjoy this production as it as as a catalyst for discussion in the areas of interest. Holyoke Council on Aging. 291 Pine Street. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Thursday, March 6, 4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: The Mason Library‘s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominees book group meets today. Come discuss and do fun activities related to the books. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Thursday, March 6, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fourth season of Culture and Cocktails continues at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Intent to Deceive” at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The evening includes forensic science challenges, food, entertainment, a cash bar, and an informal lecture on art crime by FBI Special Agent Ian Smythe. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $

Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm – MUSIC/DANCE: Come to the North Adams Public Library for “Tap and Blues: An Interactive Presentation,” with Delta blues artist Robin O’Herin and rhythm tap dancer Stefanie Weber. This is a fun chance to get out of the house during the cold winter months and learn about blues and tap! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm-7:15pm – STORYTIME: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a storytime for parents and kids as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. “Sleepy Story Time” features bedtime stories, lullabies, and book suggestions. Kids can come in PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Takes place at All About Learning. Registration is required. 413-570-3061. 400 Riverglade Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm – EDUCATION: Angela Hanscom, a revolutionary pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TinderNook camps, will be at the Hartsbrook School tonight to discuss the ways that lack of movement and play outdoors impacts child development and academic success. Adults, and even older students, who want to learn more about child development, education, and the importance of getting outside will benefit from this talk. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: William Hosley will be hosted by the Hatfield Historical Society to present his lecture, “The Great River: Art and Society of the Connecticut Valley.” He will discuss many fascinating aspects of regional history, as told through gravestones, architecture, household furnishings, industry, and more. Older students interested in local history will enjoy this talk. Takes place at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

9am-7pm – BAGPIPE LESSONS: Eric Goodchild offers Bagpipe, Violin/Fiddle and beginning Clawhammer Banjo. Mon-Fri, ages 9 & up. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($30/lesson)

  • 9am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The CHP Family Center is holding a “Toddler Steps” playgroup for kids 18 months to three years. Takes place at CHP Family Services Building every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-464-5095. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, stories, snacks, and circle time. For pre-K children and their siblings. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, lower level. Northampton, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The South Hadley Family Center offers playgroups every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am at All Saints Episcopal Church. Stop by for open play, crafts, stories, music, and more. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am-12noon for drop-in playgroup. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA.
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.
  • 10am-11am – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: New parents and their infants from birth to one year are invited to a support group at the Greenwood Children’s Center. Come share stories about the new little one in your life. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – ROLLERSKATING: Kids age 6 and under can come to Interskate 91 North for skating, roller racers, games, music, and more! Admission for kids includes snack and skate rental. More info here. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street (Inside of Hampshire Mall). Hadley, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME: The Dalton Free Public Library offers a weekly storytime, which includes stories, short films, and crafts, all designed to help kids with social and literacy skills. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Thursday includes stories, songs, and games. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Stop by the New Salem Library every Thursday for nursery rhymes, tales, and tunes. 978-544-6334. 23 S Main Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Community Health Program (CHP), Bushnell-Sage Library is hosting a Sing-A-Song playgroup for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: MotherWoman is returning to the Hilltowns for a monthly drop-in group for mothers of young children. The group offers a supportive environment for mothers to discuss motherhood and all aspects of raising young children. Takes place at the Cummington Family Center on the second Thursday of each month. 413-634-8853. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Story hour: stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and more for preschool-age children; siblings welcome. Hatfield Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Come by the Lenox Library for preschool storycraft. Kids ages 3-5 can hear stories, sing songs, and do a related craft activity. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 3:30pm-6:30pm – FAMILY FUN: The Salasin Center will be open for family time every Thursday. Come by for activities to do with the whole family. 413-774-4307 x4. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

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Friday, March 7th, 2014

Friday, March 7, 7pm – THEATER: Enjoy a performance of The Wizard of Oz at Mohawk Trail Regional High School! All ages will enjoy seeing this classic play. Call for ticket reservations. 413-625-9811 x1364. 26 Ashfield Road. Shelburne Falls, MA. $

Friday, March 7, 7pm – THEATER: The Academy of Music presents a production of Fame Jr. by Academy Youth Productions, starring a cast of kids ages 9-14. The play tells the inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of artistic and academic work at New York City’s School for the Performing Arts. All ages will enjoy this funny and inspirational performance. Tickets must be purchased at the door. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. >$

Friday, March 7, 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Join the Springfield Museums for “Stars Over Springfield,” an introductory astronomy talk and star viewing at the Science Museum’s observatory. This week, Paul Cardone will present a talk titled, “Hubble: A Quarter Century of Discovery” The event is recommended for kids 8 and up, but younger children are welcome. If it is cloudy or rainy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of the live star viewing. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

9:30am-12noon – MUSIC MOVEMENT: Simply Music Rhapsody: 3 mos.-5 yrs w/ adult. Fri & Sat. Classes by age. Free introductory session. 413-625-8203. Cooper Lane. Shelburne, MA ($12/lesson)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 9am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center has drop-in playgroup every Monday, including snacks, circle time, activities, and more. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. North Amherst, MA
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Cummington Family Center for playgroup for kids 5 and under! There will be stories, arts and crafts, songs, and playtime. Takes place at Community House. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Shutesbury Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Sponsored by Community Network for Children. 978-544-5157. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn group for young kids at Sunderland Elementary. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers can stop by Whole Children for playgroup, featuring snacks and playtime. 37 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Come watch preschool videos at the Berkshire Athenaeum every Friday! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer Monson Family Network’s drop-in playgroup runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and is open to families with young children. Creative play, snack time, and circle time. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School for kids 5 and under. Every Tuesday and Friday. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center every Wednesday and Friday. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10am-12noon. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a weekly workshop for parents and infants 0-12 months titled “Nurturing Your Baby.” Learn infant massage, learn about infant development, meet other parents and babies, and more. This is a great workshop for parents and their young children to do together. Childcare for older children is available. Please register. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Weekly “Skip and Dip” playgroup at Berkshire South RCC. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Weekly fitWIC playgroup at CHP Family Services Building. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Sunderland Public Library. Features stories, songs, and crafts. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Play and Learn Group at Lanesborough Town Hall, featuring educational playthings, snack, art project, and circle time. For kids walking-age to five years. 413-663-6593. 83 N Main Street. Lanesborough, MA.
  • 12:30pm-2pm – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: The Storrs Library‘s Pathway for Parents is a program for families with their first baby (0-15 months). Learn about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play, and how these can benefit your new baby. Please call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.
  • 2:15pm-4pm – LEGOS: The Dickinson Memorial Library’s LEGO Club meets the second Friday of each month. Come make friends and build with LEGOs. Best for kids in grade 3 and up. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 5:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2-4 can come to the Hatfield Public Library for book club! Book clubs are a great way for kids to read for fun and then discuss books with their peers. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium every Friday evening (except 3/24 and 4/4). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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