Suggested Events for March 15th-21st, 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

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SUMMER CAMP

Summer Camps in Western Massachusetts

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MARKET 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 16 & 30; Apr 3-May 29

Kathryn Roszko, a functional stoneware potter of CyclePottery in Hatfield, is offering an Adult Beginner Wheel Throwing class: 8 classes on Thurs. from 9-11am, Apr 3-May 29 (skipping Apr 24), w/open studio time on Sat. 2-4pm. Drop the kids off at school and enjoy some quiet, creative time for yourself making pottery! Interested in a Tues. class, same time? Contact Kathryn. Cost: $260. Includes 25 lb bag of clay, tools, glazes, firings & studio time. Also Parent/Child Workshops: Limited openings on Sun., Mar 16 & 30, 2-3:30pm. $25/pair for lesson + $10 for Kathryn to trim, glaze & fire work. See www.cyclepottery.com for more info, call 413-219-9594 or email kathryn@cyclepottery.com. 4 students max/class, allows for individualized attention!

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.

One’s never too old, and rarely too young to study violin! Vicki Citron, experienced teacher of over 30 years, offers Suzuki violin lessons for ages 4 and up. Learn violin the way we learn language – through listening, imitation, and practice. Vicki understands different learning styles, has a passion for music and a love of children. She creates a positive environment where play and discipline are equally valued. Watch your child’s confidence and mastery grow through carefully prepared steps which guarantee success. Weekly private lessons and group classes in Shelburne. For more information: citronmusic.com, 413-625-6269 or citronmusic@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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Saturday, March 15th, 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. Two-Time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts plays some of his favorite tunes, ranging from creativity to playtime, family love and individuality. Some of the best songwriters in family  music are included in today’s show! —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 15, TBA – ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Bousquet Mountain at their 14th annual Irish Olympics! There will be activities for all ages, including fireworks and a slush run. 413-442-8316. 101 Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 9am-3pm – LOCAL FOOD/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the start of maple season at the Chester Hill Association’s 29th Annual Maple Fest, on the Skyline Trail in old Chester Center. Enjoy a traditional country breakfast at the First Congregational Church, then visit with local artists and artisans at the old schoolhouse, hear a live performance by the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, meet farm animals, explore a working fire truck, and take a wagon to High Meadow Sugar House to see how maple syrup is made. Kids and adults will love learning all about how maple syrup is made at this fun community-oriented celebration. Chester, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 9:30am-11am – LEGOS: The Lenox Library is holding a LEGO Build-a-Thon for kids ages 5-14. Come to the library and have fun being a LEGO architect by building your own mini dream home. Construction goes from 9:30 to 10:15, followed by a demonstration. Kids can be creative and get involved in architecture at this event. Registration is required. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 9am-12noon – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: Help raise money for Berkshire Trail Elementary School at their 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy spending time with community members of all ages while eating delicious pancakes and french toast from Bread Euphoria, as well as local milk, coffee, sausage, and maple syrup. There will also be a raffle. All are welcome. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. $

Saturday, March 15, 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. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Village will also have Irish-themed activities for all ages as part of their Celtic Celebration. Live Irish music, talks on Irish immigration, and demonstrations that show what life was like for Irish immigrants in America are just some of the activities offered. Kids get in free with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, March 15, 10am – HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT: March 15 is the final Saturday Morning Music Party, held by Hilltown Families and Flywheel Arts Collective. Come to Flywheel for a pancake breakfast, a screening of Pancake Mountain, and a dance party with DJ Youthelectronix! 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! 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 15, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids of all ages can search for signs of spring at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Red-wing blackbirds, turkey vultures, and skunk cabbage are some of the things you can look for on this fun nature walk. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. >$

Saturday, March 15, 10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Sleep and parenting consultant Beth Grams Haxby is offering a workshop for parents entitled “Sleep in the First Year” at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Center for Midwifery Care. The workshop will focus on the importance of sleep during the first year of an infant’s life. Northampton, MA

Saturday, March 15, 10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Kids ages 4-10 and their families are invited to a family concert at the Jones Library. Karen K and the Jitterbugs will perform retro-rock. This high-energy concert will be fun for the whole family! 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 10:30am-11:30am – ST. PATRICK’S DAY: The Longmeadow High School Community Service in Learning class will host a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Storrs Library for kids ages 3 and up. There will be stories, crafts, games, and a special green snack. Please sign up in advance. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 11am – PUPPETS: The Hollyhock Dream is a story written by early-childhood teachers at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, about a girl and her brother who search for a flower in the forest to make their mother well. The fairy tale will be performed as a puppet play at the Mason Library today. Kids will enjoy seeing this delightful story acted out with puppets. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Spectrum Playhouse presents “Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventures,” a performance by Nutshell Playhouse. This fun performance features live music, puppetry, masks, movement, and more. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 11am-1pm – THEATER: Kids in grade 6 and up can attend an improv workshop at the David and Joyce Milne Public Library, taught by Barb Cardillo of Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT). The workshop will consist of warm ups, theater games, and improv techniques. Sign up in the children’s room. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 11am-2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: March 15 is Family Fun Day at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum! The theme for this event is “Portraits and Costume,” and there will be drop-in craft activities, a gallery talk (1pm) that includes a picture book related to the museum’s collection, and much more. Discover this great local museum and learn all about portrait art and costumes at this fun family-oriented event. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 15, 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 15, 1pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock will be signing copies of their book collaboration Leave Your Sleep on March 15 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The Carle currently has an exhibition of works from the book, including preliminary sketches. Come on down to the Carle to check out this great exhibition and meet the talented people behind it! Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, March 15, 1pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Earthworks Programs and the Trustees of Reservations are collaborating on an event held at Bear Swamp. “Seeing through the Eyes of Animals” is all about the art and science of animal tracking. Participants will learn how to identify animal tracks and sign using modern and ancient methods. All ages would benefit from this tracking event. Please register in advance. 413-340-1161. Hawley Road. Ashfield, MA. $$$

Saturday, March 15, 1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 15, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Williamstown Community Chest presents a free screening of National Velvet (1944; rated G) at Images Cinema. The movie is about a jaded former jockey who helps a young girl prepare a wild horse for England’s Grand National Sweepstakes. The film will delight kids and adults of all ages. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 15, 2pm & 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. $

Saturday, March 15, 2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Hartsbrook High School presents a production of Macbeth, the first Shakespeare production the High School has done. It features original music, “supernatural” dance troupes, and the division of the main parts between two actors. Older students and adults will enjoy this performance and seeing Hartsbrook’s unique take on it. Tickets can be reserved in advance. 413-587-0590. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA. $$

Saturday, March 15, 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids in grades 5-12 can come get crafty and have some fun making marble magnets at the Sunderland Public Library! This fun arts and crafts activity will teach you how to make cool magnets for your locker or fridge. Make some magnets for yourself or to gift to friends and family. Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 2pm-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Enjoy some end-of-winter outdoor fun with the whole family at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! This family hike will take you through wooded wetlands, rocky outcrops, and streams as you search for animal tracks. Enjoy other winter fun like building a fire, making hot cocoa, building snow creatures, and more. This event is for ages 6 and up, and registration is required. Participants find out meeting place upon registration. Snowshoe rentals available ($). 800-859-2960. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 3pm – CULINARY ARTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Dog- and cat-loving kids can learn how to make pet treats from scratch at the Berkshire Co-Op Market. This event can help kids become more interested in cooking.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to participate in community service by taking this newly learned skill home and making a big batch of pet treats to donate to your local animal shelter!  Please call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-528-9697. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 3:15pm – TOGA CONTEST: March 15 is Bread Euphoria’s Annual Ides of March Toga Contest! Show up at 3:15pm in your best, most creative toga to compete for prizes – pizza, bread, and ribbons! In Ancient Rome, men wore togas and women wore stolas and there were many variations of both. The contest will be judged by a high school Latin teacher, so  do some background research on the history and importance of togas, so you can dress in a historically accurate and creative garment.  This fun event to inspire learning of ancient cultures and to get community members of all ages to come together. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 5pm-6pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/HISTORY: Learn about the cultural traditions of the Shakers with historian and author of Shaker Style, Sharon Koomler, at the Norman Rockwell Museum. She will discuss Shaker form and function from the 1700s to the present day. Those interested in learning more about the Shakers and their minimalist style will enjoy this talk. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $

Saturday, March 15, 5:30pm – PURIM: Families are invited to Congregation B’nai Israel for a Purim Celebration. There will be refreshments, a family jam with Felicia Sloin, Rabbi Jacob, and friends, a circus performance and workshop by Circus Folk Unite, a Havdallah, and a Megillah reading. Come in costume and celebrate Purim with your community. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 6pm – CONCERT: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village with a special performance by Full Gael. The group will play traditional Irish music that kids and adults will both enjoy. Tickets can be purchased in advance. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, March 15, 6pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Bread Euphoria‘s “Saturday Night Rise” concert series continues tonight with a performance by John Bye and Peg Cohen. The group will perform roots and originals. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, March 15, 6:30pm – PURIM: Hear the Megillah, walk in a Purim parade, and enjoy refreshments and kids’ activities at Temple Beth El on March 15. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and enjoy these fun activities, which are followed by the evening service (7:30pm), Havdalah, and Megillah reading. This event is free and open to all ages. 413-733-4149. 979 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 15, 6:30pm-12midnight – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER: The 10th Annual Monte Carlo Night to raise money for the Amherst Regional High School Athletics Program will be held at Amherst College’s Valentine Hall on March 15. Come dressed in your best suit or dress and enjoy an evening of casino games like roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, and more. This event makes for a unique date night activity and is an exciting way to support local high school athletics. Tickets available in advance or at the door. College Street. Amherst, MA. $$$

Saturday, March 15, 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. $$

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Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. 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.

Sunday, March 16, 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. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Village will also have Irish-themed activities for all ages as part of their Celtic Celebration. Live Irish music, talks on Irish immigration, and demonstrations that show what life was like for Irish immigrants in America are just some of the activities offered. Kids get in free with a paying adult. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, March 16, 10am-4pm – AIRPLANES: Take a trip down to the New England Air Museum for a special Open Cockpit Day and a presentation on the Museum’s WWII Goodyear blimp car. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of up to nine vintage aircraft, including the P-47 Thunderbolt of WWII, two supersonic jet fighters, and more. The blimp car presentation (11:30am & 1:30pm) will be presented by the team in charge of restoring the blimp, which was donated to the museum by Goodyear. Kids and adults will have a great time getting to see these vintage aircraft up close and learning all about the fascinating blimp car. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Sunday, March 16, 10:30am-12noon – PURIM: Temple Israel of Greenfield is holding a Megillah reading and party for Purim. All ages are welcome. 413-773-5884. 27 Pierce Street. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 11am-1pm – PURIM: Families can have fun at the Jewish Community of Amherst‘s Purim Carnival! Enjoy Purim activities as well as classic carnival fun. All ages welcome. 413-256-0160. 742 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 11am-3pm – HISTORY: Celebrate the syrup season Storrowtown Village’s 9th Annual Maple Harvest Day! Learn about the history and lore of maple sugaring with tree tapping, sumac spile making, and sap boiling over an open fire. You can also learn about other traditional New England activities, like open hearth cooking, quilting, and spinning wool. In addition to these free fun and educational activities, there will also be a West Springfield Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (10am-12noon; >$) in the Village’s Red Barn and a Sunday brunch (10:30am-2pm; $$; reservations requested) in the Storrowtown Tavern. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 12:30pm-3pm – PURIM: Celebrate Purim at the Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Purim Carnival! The Carnival is summer camp-themed and features games, food, bounce houses, a magician/clown, a chance to get your photo taken with King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther, and more. JCC summer camp registration also begins at the carnival and families have a chance to pop a balloon for a camp discount. More information about the carnival can be found on the Springfield JCC website. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 1pm – ART HISTORY: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” with Betty Romer titled, “Man & War.” Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, March 16, 1pm – FILM/NATURE/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment will screen The Fox and the Child (2007) at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for kids and families. The film is about a young girl who befriends a fox. This program is part of the Hitchcock Center’s Environmental Film and Speaker Series, and will feature an introduction and discussion session. The Center’s box turtle Speedy and corn snake Maizie will also be at the Carle for families to meet! 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Sunday, March 16, 2pm – 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. $$

Sunday, March 16, 2pm-4pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Mary A. Koncel of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will present a talk titled “Controversy and Consensus: Managing Our Wild Horses” today at the Berkshire Humane Society. Those who would like to learn about some of the issues surrounding wild horses and their management would enjoy this talk. Weather permitting, there will even be a chance to meet a locally adopted mustang! 413-447-7878. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 16, 2:15pm-3:15pm – PLAYGROUP: Join the Community Network for Children for “Let’s Get Moving” playgroup at the Greenfield YMCA. Children in grade 3 and younger can come play in the gymnastics gym’s foam pit, on climbing structures, balance beams, and more. Kids can improve their balance skills while having fun! 978-544-5157. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 16, 3pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The South Hadley Chorale Annual Concert is March 16 Abbey Memorial Chapel on the Mt. Holyoke College Campus. The concert’s theme is “Music of Love,” and it features Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, two English Renaissance madrigals, and more. The Children’s Chorus will also perform. Community members of all ages can learn about classical music by hearing it sung by these two talented choirs. Tickets are available in advance. College Street. South Hadley, MA. $

Sunday, March 16, 3pm-5pm – PURIM: Families can celebrate Purim at Temple Anshe Amunim’s Purim Carnival! The carnival features a performance, activities, and games. This is a fun family activity and an opportunity to celebrate Purim with Temple community members. 413-442-5910. 26 Broad Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 3:30pm-5:30pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ventfort Hall’s “Irish Music and Shamrock Tea” event! Ted Soulos and Paul Crook will play Irish tunes, primarily on the whistle and flute. There will also be Irish-themed foods like a special shamrock tea, Irish soda bread, cookies, and more. Older students and adults will enjoy this lively and educational musical event. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Sunday, March 16, 4pm – AUTHOR TALK: Local author Catherine Reid will be at the Stockbridge Library to discuss her new book, Falling into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home. The book is about Reid’s upbringing in New England and the importance of her connections to the natural environment. Older teens and adults who want to learn more about Reid or her book will enjoy this talk. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.

Sunday, March 16, 4pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is screening Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968; rated G), the classic children’s fantasy musical. This is a rare chance to see it on the big screen, and kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing this classic film. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. $

Sunday, March 16, 5:30pm – PURIM: Join Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy for Purim a la Peking, a Chinese-style Purim feast, complete with dancing, music, and fun. Come in costume and bring the whole family to this event! Please RSVP. 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA. $

Sunday, March 16, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING & DINNER: Earthdance is holding a community sing (5:30pm) and potluck (7pm) tonight! Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder, brings community members together through song. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. >$/SUGGESTED DONATION

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Sunday, March 16, 7pm – PURIM: Celebrate Purim at the Yiddish Book Center with a live performance of “Purim Shmurim” by Shane Baker, Yelena Shmulenson, and Allen Lewis Rickman. Baker has been called the “king of contemporary Yiddish vaudeville,” and he, along with Shmulenson and Rickman, will present a modern day tale of Esther that mixes music, magic, and mummery. This entertaining performance would make for a great date night! Tickets available in advance. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. $$

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Saint Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 21, 5-7pm – FAMILY NIGHT: South Hadley Family Center’s Annual Family Fun Night. There will be a pasta dinner, children’s entertainment by Trevor the Games Man, raffles, silent auction, quilt raffle, and cake walk! Family Fun Night is perfect for families with young children, older siblings, as well as grandparents.  Mosier Elementary School, South Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Monday, March 17, 6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-4. Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 17, 6pm-7pm – ARTISAN TRADE: Steven Earp presents, “Made in the Happy Valley – Early American Master Potters” at the Wistariahurst Museum. Earp is an experienced redware potter who will discuss the early days of pottery as an American craft. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, March 17, 7pm – IMMIGRATION STUDIES: Learn about Irish immigration to America at the Holyoke Public Library with Christopher Daley. Daley will discuss Irish immigration to the country through time, from the 1600s, when they were brought here as indentured servants, up until the 1800s, when large groups emigrated from Ireland because of the Great Potato Famine. Older students and adults interested in the history of the Irish in America will enjoy this talk. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut 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 18th, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 6:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Come to the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library to learn all about cougars in New England with Robert Tougias, author of The Quest for the Eastern Cougar. Tougias will lead a lively discussion on the topic and present a slideshow about the cougar’s presence in the area. Kids and adults who want to learn more about this fascinating predator will enjoy this talk. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, 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 19th, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 10am-11:30am – HIKING: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy 1.5 mile hike at Stevens Glen. This hike features a beautiful waterfall. Best for older students or adults because of moderate elevation changes and ice on the trail. Please bring snowshoes or spikes. 413-499-0596. Lenox Branch Road. Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, March 19, 4pm-7pm – NATURE STUDIES: Discover the great work being done by the Connecticut River Watershed Council at their open house event. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities, World Water Day, and about the CRWC’s water lab. Families can find out what kind of work the CRWC does to protect the River and how you can help. 413-772-2020. 15 Bank Row. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn how to keep your children safe online at an internet safety and sexting forum held at the Agawam Junior High School Auditorium. Representatives from Agawam Police Department, Agawam Schools, Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police will be discussing the dangers of the internet, social media, and sexting and how you can educate and protect your children. This event is free and open to the public. 1305 Springfield Street. Feeding Hills, 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 20th, 2014

Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 20, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – HEALTH: Girls in grades 8-12 are invited to “#FAB2bU,” a teen health summit hosted by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, held at the Eastfield Mall on Saturday, April 12, from 6pm-12midnight (with optional overnight – $$). The event features interactive workshops and demonstrations to help girls feel empowered and understand how to promote their own well-being. More information can be found on the event webpage. 413-584-2602. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. $

Thursday, March 20, 6:45am & 6pm – ASTRONOMY: Witness the passing of the seasons on the Vernal Equinox at the UMass Sunwheel. You can also learn about solstices and equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the moon, the story of how the Sunwheel was built, and more. Rocky Hill Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Thursday, March 20, 12:15pm – ART HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Introduction to Arts of the Islamic World,” with Kendra Weisbin, guest curator of the Islamic Gallery at the Springfield Museums. Weisbin will present an introduction to the broad and interesting world of Islamic art using pieces from the Museums’ collection. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, March 20, 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 20, 5:30pm-7pm – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop series for children from birth to age five and their parents/guardians, titled “First Steps to Reading.” The workshops focus on five simple practices to help kids not only start reading, but enjoy it as well; the practices are sharing books, playing, exploring, singing, and writing. The workshop runs for five weeks (3/20-4/17) and it recommended that you and your child attend all five sessions. Takes place at the Palmer Monson Family Network. Pre-registration is required. 413-570-3061. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 20, 3:30-5pm – CRAFTS/GARDENING: Join Lori Gordon at the Greenfield Public Library on the first day of Spring to make accordion books, which make great garden journals! This monthly craft activity is suggested for ages 7 and up, although younger children with adult help can do the cutting, folding, taping, and decorating of the cloth and paper for these little books. They can be made with pockets to hold seed packets that will be given to the crafters, to help remember which seeds they planted and write down when they start to show above the soil. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 20, 6:30pm – TEACHER WORKSHOP: Odyssey Bookshop is holding a special event for educators, librarians, and administrators, featuring book presentations from authors and publishers, partnership opportunities, discounts, refreshments, and freebies! This annual event allows teachers to learn about the best new books for kids in K-12 and how their schools can partner with Odyssey or other groups for book fairs, author visits, and more. Please RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, 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 21st, 2014

Friday, March 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids 8 and up can enjoy a fun “Friday Crafternoon” at Forbes Library! This is a great chance to be creative by making your own bookmarks. Please register in advance. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 21, 5pm-6pm – TEEN MOVIE: Get excited for the big-screen release of Divergent (2014; rated PG-13), based on the book by Veronica Roth, at the Sunderland Public Library! The library will have tons of activities related to the movie’s release, including Divergent-themed snacks, a faction quiz, games, and more. Fans of the book will love this fun event, which is great way to prepare for the movie. Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Friday, March 21, 7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Help the Dickinson Memorial Library kick off their “Learn and Explore Indoors and Out” series at a big bonfire in the library’s parking lot! The bonfire is open to all and there will be live music and s’mores. The series will feature programs focused on Northfield’s forests, meadows, and wildlife, so stay tuned for info on those activities. More information about the bonfire and the series is available on the Dickinson Memorial Library website. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Friday, March 21, 7pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts presents a production of Tarzan at the Turners Falls High School auditorium. The play is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes and the 1999 Disney animated film. The play tells of a young boy who is taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas. All ages will enjoy this fun musical performance. Tickets available online. 413-863-0001. 222 Turnpike Road. Turners Falls, MA. $$

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Friday, March 21, 6:30pm-10pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate the opening of the Springfield Museums’ new exhibit, Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City at their “Opening Soiree” event! The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dinner, dessert, live performances, and a ribbon-cutting with guest curator Bruce Rosenbaum. You can also see Humachines, Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding, and 50 Firsts: Springfield Inventions Reinvented. More information can be found on the Springfield Museums website. Reservations are required. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$$

Friday, March 21, 7pm-10pm – SOIREE: March 21 is the First Annual Otter Soiree at Four Rivers Charter Public School. There will be food, music, dancing, entertainment, raffles, and more. For ages 21 and up. 413-775-4577. 248 Colrain Road. Greenfield, 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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