Suggested Events for March 8th-14th, 2014

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

“Local Hero Hilltown Families founder Sienna Wildfield did a TEDx Talk about sense of place and how many opportunities there are for us as parents right here in Western MA to enrich our children’s sense of place through community involvement. View it here, it’s worth the 10 minute break from your norm today. We all need that reminder right now as we eek through these last weeks of winter wondering why we settled in New England. Love our happy valley.” – Angie Gregory (Northampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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SUMMER CAMP

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsMARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Hilltown Families will be featuring camps in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about our marketing package and early bird discounts HERE.

BULLETIN BOARD

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.

Mar 8 & 9

This weekend: March 8th & 9th! Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the ‘Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company’ and musical guests ‘Four Sisters & the Farmhands.’ This innovative local dance troupe puts on a show you don’t want to miss with a modern take on traditional Irish dance and music. Due to their exciting shows being sold out in the past, they are now offering two shows including a family friendly and affordable matinee on Sunday. Tickets can be reserved by email at celticheels@gmail.com, purchased at the World Eye Bookstore, or if available at the door. $12/adults $10/seniors+students $3/children under 5. Showtimes: Saturday@7:00 + Sunday@2:00 at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. A wholesome and fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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.

Mar 22-23

March 21-23, IMA & Blazing Star Herbal School (BSHS) present Rock the Moon a spring “coming of age” gathering for girls 9-12 in Goshen, MA. Program includes musical activities & use of herbs to support well-being; activities focus on self-care & nourishment, creative self expression, and building healthy social networks & community. Tonya Lemos & Lisa Ganci of BSHS offer short hands-on workshops on making herbal self-care products & teas. Musicians Rebecca Lasaponaro, Megan Miller & Hannah Mohan of the band And the Kids will work with the girls on music-making & song writing that engenders a “rock & roll” attitude toward coming of age. Tuition: $250. Includes food, housing, & access to IMA’s instruments. More info: 413- 268-3074 www.ima.org

Mar-Apr

Farm Hands Preschool, located at Town Farm in Northampton, is hosting visiting days on Wednesdays throughout March and April. Please contact teacher/director Alya Stoffer Koloszyc at alya@thefarmeducationcollaborative.org to schedule a visit. Farm Hands is currently enrolling students ages 2-6yo to join a farm school family which consists of two classrooms, many chickens, two goats, two angora rabbits, and an infinite number of plants both cultivated and wild! Spend the days growing and preparing food, feeding and watering the animals, sledding, building, acting out original stories, and creating a democratic culture of care that keeps all community members feeling safe and heard. Learn more at www.thefarmeducationcollaborative.org.

Amherst Montessori School is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 year. Early education from 15 months – 6 years, Elementary education for grades 1-6. Join them in their beautiful new school in South Amherst for Montessori education that supports each child’s individual development. Music, art, Spanish language lessons and immersion, outdoor play, and a rich offering of afterschool programming enrich each student’s learning. AMS is a diverse and welcoming community. To learn more, contact Laura Miller, Director of Admission, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org, or go to www.amherstmontessori.org. Limited openings now in Toddler for immediate enrollment.

Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-13,June 30-July 4, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. Hilltown Journey Camp, boys & girls, 7-13, July 14-18, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, 11-18, July 28-July 31, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. Girls Week, 7-13, Aug. 4-8 & Aug. 11-15, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

 The final Hilltown Families & Flywheel Saturday Morning Music Party takes place  on Saturday, March 15th at 10am! Come shake off your cabin fever with a pancake breakfast, screening of Pancake Mountain and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix! Oh, and did we mention… it’s FREE!!! Come to Flywheel for free pancakes, an episode of Pancake Mountain, and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix! The Saturday Morning Music Party events get families and kids of all ages engaged in their community through music and food. This event is free and open to all ages, making it a great opportunity to meet your fellow community members and make some new friends! Flywheel is located at 43 Main Street in Easthampton.


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March 8th-14th, 2014

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Saturday, March 8th, 2014

“My 3 and 5 yr old daughters and I LOVE to warm up inside the Smith College greenhouses! The bulb show in March is refreshing and vibrant. It’s fun to be in the humid greenhouses while its a winter wonderland outside.” – Heather Johnson

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.orgGet ready to travel around the Americas with Andrés Salguero from ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!. On today’s episode we will hear Latin music coming from different countries in Latin America and even the USA. We will learn the instruments on a Mariachi band, an important rhythm known as “Clave,” what are the three cultures present in Latin music and much more!—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 8, 8:30am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a craft table at the library today, open to kids of all ages. Come make a craft at the library or to take home and complete. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 9am-12noon & 2pm-5pm – ENGINEERING: Smith College is holding “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” to help get girls in grades 6-8 interested in the historically male-dominated fields of science and engineering. Participants will work with Smith College engineering students to gain hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This program is free, but registration is required. Please register ASAP, as this program has been very popular in the past. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 8, 9am-2pm – SKILL SHARING/FOOD PRESERVATION: Cheese caves and cider cellars exist in the small town of Heath. Take a tour and learn food preservation skills from other families in the region.  “The Cellars & Caves Tour of Heath” will allow families to see a variety of cellars, first-hand, while asking questions and learning what has (and what hasn’t ) worked from local residents.  The Heath Agricultural Society will host a potluck lunch following the tour, allowing participants to ask questions of the individual tour hosts while sharing ideas.  Meet at the Community Hall. RSVP 413-339-4904. Heath, MA (>$)

Saturday, March 8, 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 8, 10am-12:30pm – FAMILY DANCE PARTY: 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. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA. (>$) 

Saturday, March 8, 10am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a Hot Cocoa Snowshoe Hike at Little Tom Mountain! This beautiful winter hike is great for beginners and families. Enjoy outdoor fun and tasty hot cocoa at this event. 413-532-1631 x19. 125 Reservation Road. Holyoke, MA. >$

Saturday, March 8, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Enjoy the beautiful Berkshires in winter with Berkshire Natural Resources Council on a hike at North Yokun Ridge! This easy, 3-4 mile hike will take you from Olivia’s Overlook to Monks Pond and the Brothers Trail, allowing you to see many lovely natural areas. 413-499-0596. Lenox Road. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 10am-2pm – POTTERY: Artspace Community Arts Center is sponsoring a “Pottery and More Seconds Sale” in the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. Pottery, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, prints, and woodwork by local artists and artisans will be for sale at this event. This is a great place to find locally made gifts! 413-772-6811. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Saturday, March 8, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, March 8, 10:30am – PUPPETS: Kids ages 4-10 and their families are invited to a family puppet show at the Jones Library. Sparky’s Puppets will perform Aesop’s Fables using puppets, humor, and audience participation. Kids will love this fun performance of Aesop’s classic tales. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follows the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, March 8, 10:30am-12:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY: Dan Mead and Sally Eagle of MeadEagle Photos will be at the Berkshire Museum to present and discuss their wildlife and cultural photography from India, Myanmar, and Bhutan. Kids and adults can learn about nature and society in other parts of the world through the photographs and discussion. Seating is limited so reservations are requested. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171 x10. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, March 8, 11am & 1pm – PUPPETS: Jim Napolitano of Nappy’s Puppets will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a “Sing-A-Long and Father Goose’s Tales!” This playful and interactive show features shadow puppet renditions of beloved nursery rhymes and children’s songs. The sing-along is at 11am, and the storytime is at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Saturday, March 8, 12noon – STORYTIME: The Chicopee Public Library presents a six-week (March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 & 12) story and discussion series with Tom McCabe for kids 6 and up and their families. There will be picture books and stories on many topics, including fairness, courage, and dreams. Please sign up in advance in the Children’s Room. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 12noon-8pm – WOMEN’S STUDIES: Celebrate International Women’s Day at the First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, March 8, at the second annual Celebration of Speech program. This program is jam-packed with speeches and performances by local women, including many historic speeches from throughout time. This event is a great way to celebrate influential women throughout history and some of the amazing women that live right here in Western Massachusetts today. A full program can be found on the Women’s Voice Worldwide, Inc. website. 413-727-3596. 129 Main Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 1pm-3pm – ENVIRONMENT: Bruce Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team is presenting a talk on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion Pipeline, which would go through much of northern Massachusetts and the Berkshires. Winn will discuss the basics of fracking, the proposed pipeline route, the nature of the pipeline and its contents, environmental and health issues, economic issues, and what can be done to stop the project. Takes place at the Village Congregational Church. 32 Main Street. Cummington, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 2pm – THEATER: Amherst Regional High School presents Shrek: The Musical! The show features a Tony-nominated book and score (from its Broadway run) and will be enjoyable for both kids and adults. Tickets can be reserved via email – arhsmusicals@gmail.com. 21 Matoon Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 2pm – HISTORY: Alice Plouchard Stelzer, author of Female Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut will be at the Agawam Library to celebrate Women’s History Month! Her book profiles a dozen unsung heroes who represent all of the courageous women who left comfort behind and migrated into the wilderness of New England in the 1630’s. Learn about the commitments they made and the challenges they encountered while building a civilized foundation for future generations. 413-789-1550 x4 Agawam, MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 8, 2pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Come by the Odyssey Bookshop for a Bug Book Party! Author Angela Diterlizzi and illustrator Brendan Wenzel will read from their picture book, Some Bugs, and you can dig for worms, decorate your own bugs, and enjoy other bug-related activities. Come in costume for this bug-tastic celebration! Call to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 8, 2pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 4 and up can come to Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for “Tracking Fairies (and Other Things).” Meet in the Yurt to read Ammi-Joan Paquette’s The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, and then venture out to the woods to discover places fairies might enjoy! Participants will also learn about animal tracking, build fairy houses, and enjoy a tasty cup of hot cocoa. This event is free, but snowshoe rentals are available ($ per family) if it is snowy. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)/$

Saturday, March 8, 5-8pm – ART WALK: They say March is the cruelest month but for Art Walk Easthampton, performers embrace spoken word, monologues, and poetry to take away the winter blues. Bundle up your families and join venues throughout the city for spoken word, art exhibitions, and music. An After Walk Party at the Art Bar Café for adults. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 8, 7pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Shea Theatre with a performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company! This annual performance features incredible dancing, with a “fresh take on the traditional style of Irish Dance.” Special guest musicians Four Sisters and the Farmhands will also perform. All ages will enjoy this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $-$$

Saturday, March 8, 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. $

Saturday, March 8, 7pm – THEATER: Turners Falls and Great Falls Middle School are performing Legally Blonde as their Spring musical! Come see this movie and subsequent Broadway play performed by local students in the Turners Falls High School auditorium. Tickets available at the door. 222 Turnpike Road. Montague, MA. $

Saturday, March 8, 8pm – MUSIC: The Smith College Glee Club’s Spring Oratorio takes place on March 8 at 8pm. They, along with the Cornell University Men’s Glee Club and several soloists, will perform Mozart’s Requiem, his final composition. Students with audience skills and an interest in classical music will enjoy this concert, which features many talented vocalists. Takes place in John M. Greene Hall. 413-585-3150. 70 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 8, 6pm-8pm – LIVE MUSIC/DINNER: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series continues tonight with a performance by Kiss Me Florence. The group will perform covers of songs by Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, Simon and Garfunkel, and more. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

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Sunday, March 9th, 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.

“Cross-country ski at Notchview in Windsor, go sledding at JFK Middle School (Northampton, MA), and in late winter, have breakfast at a maple sugar shack in the hilltowns.” – Mimi Kaplan

Sunday, March 9, 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 9, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Sunday, March 9, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, March 9, 10am-5pm – SEWING: The BagShare Project is holding a Sewing Machine and Clothing Repair Clinic! Bring your sewing machine in for repair, learn how to fix and oil it yourself, and learn basic clothing repair, like sewing on buttons, shortening pants, and patching jeans. Bring a project you need help with so you can learn how to fix it on your own in the future. Takes place in Community House Basement. Please RSVP. 413-634-5591. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA.

Sunday, March 9, 11am-1pm – ICE SKATING: Fitzpatrick Skating Rink and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are hosting an adaptive skating event for people of all ages and abilities. You can use your wheelchair, an ice sled, or conventional skates and have fun playing games on ice with others. This is a great way to get out on the rink and make new friends! Please sign up in advance. 413-545-5758. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, March 9, 1pm – ART HISTORY: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Kate Belhumeur titled, “How the Hudson River School Landscape Artists Captured the American Soul During the 19th Century.” Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, March 9, 1pm-4pm – TEEN GROUP: Jewish teens are invited to “Teen Life DIY: Then and Now” at Temple Israel of Greenfield. What kinds of work would you like to do? How much would you expect to earn in this job? What is a living wage? Ask and answer questions like this and compare your responses with those of Jewish Americans 100 years ago to learn about history and how economics and working conditions have changed over time. The second part of this program features a workshop on a DIY skill like cooking or sewing. Please RSVP. 413-624-3204. 27 Pierce Street. Greenfield, MA. >$

Sunday, March 9, 2pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Shea Theatre with a performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company! This annual performance features incredible dancing, with a “fresh take on the traditional style of Irish Dance.” Special guest musicians Four Sisters and the Farmhands will also perform. All ages will enjoy this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 413-863-2281. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $-$$

Sunday, March 9, 2pm – THEATERTurners Falls and Great Falls Middle School are performing Legally Blonde as their Spring musical! Come see this movie and subsequent Broadway play performed by local students in the Turners Falls High School auditorium. Tickets available at the door. 222 Turnpike Road. Montague, MA. $

Sunday, March 9, 2pm – MUSIC: The Wistariahurst Museum presents a performance by Michael Sheridan and Back Bay Guitar Trio. Sheridan will play classical and Spanish guitar, as well as tango, bossa nova, and South American-style pieces. The Back Bay Guitar Trio will perform works by Piazolla, Bellanati, Brahms, and Mason. Kids with audience skills and who enjoy classical music will like this concert. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$

Sunday, March 9, 2pm – 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. $

Sunday, March 9, 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. Please sign up in advance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 9, 3pm – HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES: In honor of Women’s History Month, Historic Northampton presents “The Light of the Senses,” a talk by Anne Ciecko of UMass Amherst. The talk focuses on Mary Hallock-Greenewalt, a pioneer in experimental audiovisual art/visual music, and her mother, who was her inspiration for all her inventions. This fascinating talk also explores the history of women in technology. Older students interested in history, women’s studies, music, or technology will enjoy this talk. Seating is limited. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Monday, March 10, 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 10, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Monday, March 10, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Monday, March 10, 4pm-8pm – FUNDRAISER: The 6th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit the Amherst Survival Center takes place on March 10 at The Pub. Come enjoy a delicious meal and take home a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl at this fundraiser for the Survival Center. Tickets can be found online on the Survival Center’s website. 4130-549-3968. 15 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. $$$

Monday, March 10, 5pm & 7:30pm – BASEBALL/FILM STUDIES: Amherst Cinema is screening Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame, including a highlight reel of the 1958 Red Sox, vintage newsreels and commercials, and more. David Filipi of the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH assembled the film and will give a live introduction at Amherst Cinema. The film is great for baseball fans, movie-lovers, and those who want to learn more about the history of baseball. It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $$

Monday, March 10, 6pm-7pm – ARTISAN TRADE: J. Guy Gaulin presents, “Made in the Happy Valley – Hitchcock Press and Letterpress Printing” at the Wistariahurst Museum. Gaulin owns Hitchcock Press, and will talk about the company’s fine letterpress printing, the history of letterpress, its decline in the 1950s, and its present day popularity as a craft. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, 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 11th, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Tuesday, March 11, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, March 11, 3:15pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a LEGO Club for kids in grades 2-6 every Tuesday in March! Come to the library and have being creative with LEGOs and making new friends. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 11, 6pm – SPORTS: Have fun at the East Longmeadow Public Library with Springfield Armor basketball players and their mascot Steel! The library has fun activities planned, including a round of Wii basketball. Please register in advance – every person who registers will get a free ticket to an Armor game! For ages 6-12. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, March 11, 6-7pm: PARENT WORKSHOP: New parents hear all sorts of opinions about how to introduce their babies to solid foods. Starting solid food is a big step for a baby. Find out when and how to make the transition with Dr. Laila Tomsovic, who will review different approaches from traditional to mainstream as well as recent evidence that may change your approach. Join Dr. Tomsovic at Green Fields Market. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, March 11, 7pm – HISTORY/BOOKS: Author Denise Kiernan will be at the Odyssey Bookshop tonight to discuss her book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. The book tells of the women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who secretly worked on the Manhattan Project and built the world’s first atomic bomb. Older students and adults interested in history, science, and women’s studies will enjoy this author talk. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, 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 12th, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Wednesday, March 12, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesday, March 12, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Explore the great outdoors on an easy 2.5 mile loop hike with Berkshire Natural Resources Council at Basin Pond. Please carpool if possible. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Becket, MA.

Wednesday, March 12, 2pm – HISTORY: Author Alice Plouchard Stelzer will present and discuss her book, Female Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut, at the Holyoke Public Library. Stelzer hopes to educate people about the country’s “foremothers” and the important roles they played and challenges they encountered. Older students interested in history and women’s studies will enjoy this program. Reservations are accepted. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, March 12, 5pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Come to the Holyoke Public Library and “Drum Away the Blues” with Craig Harris at a multicultural, participatory, all-ages celebration of songs, stories, and percussion from the Celtic Isles. Kids will enjoy this interactive music program and can learn about Celtic cultures. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, 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.
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: Have fun with LEGOs the second Wednesday of each month at the Lanesborough Public Library! 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, 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 13th, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Thursday, March 13, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Thursday, March 13, 12:15pm – MUSIC: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Stories of a Fiddler,” with Sarah Michel, aka Sarah the Fiddler. She will perform various fiddle styles, from Irish to bluegrass, and will tell of her own experiences in New England Fiddle Contests. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, March 13, 5pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gill-Montague Community School Partnership presents a workshop for parents on “The Dangers of Cyberbullying: Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Digital World.” Massachusetts State Trooper Christopher Ware, member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will present this workshop at the Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School Theater. The workshop includes free dinner, a raffle, and childcare (ages 2+). Pre-registration is required. 413-863-7320. 222 Turnpike Road. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 13, 6pm – KINDERGARTEN: Parents whose children are entering kindergarten this coming September can come to an information night held by the Agawam Public Schools. Here you can ask questions and learn more about kindergarten programs in Agawam. Takes place at the Benjamin J. Phelps School. 413-821-0552. 689 Main Street. Agawam, MA.

Thursday, March 13, 7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents a production of The Music Man! Over 50 students from both Northampton High and JFK Middle School will perform in this classic musical, which features singing, dancing, acting, and amazing music. All ages will enjoy this fun performance! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. $

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 14th, 2014

Friday, March 14, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Smith College Botanic Garden’s annual spring bulb is a wonderful place to warm up and take in spring blossoms!  Visit the garden to see & spell these springtime flowers and to learn about the growing process of bulbs.  Pair a visit to the show with a family study of how plants grow and compare seed growth to bulb growth.  413-585-2740.  16 College Lane.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

Friday, March 14, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Visit Mt. Holyoke’s Talcott Greenhouse for the botanic garden’s 2014 spring flower show!  The show features a wide variety of spring-blooming bulbs, as well as other beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.  Families can learn about unique types of plants, and a visit to the show can be used to supplement studies of biodiversity and plant anatomy.  413-538-2116.  50 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Friday, March 14, 4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARTS & CRAFTS: Tonight is Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art! Stop by for hands-on art-making and an informal guided gallery presentation. A great way to help kids experience a local museum! 413-585-2760. Elm Street & Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 14, 7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School Theater presents a production of The Music Man! Over 50 students from both Northampton High and JFK Middle School will perform in this classic musical, which features singing, dancing, acting, and amazing music. All ages will enjoy this fun performance! Tickets can be purchased in advance. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. $

Friday, March 14, 7pm – THEATER: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice will be performed at the Academy of Music on March 14, 15, and 16. Their production of this Shakespeare classic focuses on bullying and its impacts. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Friday, March 14, 7pm-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Tonight is the Trustees of Reservations’ Full Moon Skiing and Snowshoeing event at Notchview. Come meet other skiers, enjoy the outdoors, and have cider and popcorn after the event. Best for older students and adults. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. $

Friday, March 14, 7pm-9pm – CONCERT: The Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Coffeehouse concert series presents David Fersh, performing March 14 in the Great Hall. Fersh’s repertoire includes folk, blues, country, oldies, jazz, Broadway show tunes, and much more. He will play songs from his album “Welcome to Western Massachusetts” and his upcoming album, “Songs of Peace, Protest, and Spirit.” All will enjoy this lovely concert. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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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