Suggested Events for October 4th-10th, 2014

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Oct 4-5

Festival of the Hills (FOH) will move to Conway Grammar this year only. Sat, Oct 4; bake sale on town common 9-2. Art exhibit at the Library Sat & Sun, used book sale at Town Hall. Sun, Oct 5; bands 10-4; Michael Nix/Chris Devine-Zach Danziger-Art Steele-T.J/Peepers-Janet Ryan/ Straight Up. Children’s authors; David Costello/Holly Hobbie/Heidi Stemple/Amy Gordon/ Aimee Anderson signing books. Crafts/food/games/hand-made candy/raffle/fun demo’s/fried dough/maple cream/pressed cider. S.Conte WOW Express van. Hist Society will open Boyden School House 12-4. Parking at 116/Roaring Brook Rd. 10K adult, kids 1.2m on Roaring Brook Rd. Police will help all cross Rt116 to events. www.festivalofthehills.com, email mdzialo114@yahoo.com with questions.

Oct 5

Whole Children is kicking off their 10th anniversary with a Fall Festival & Open House at 41 Russell St. in Hadley, Oct 5 from 1-4pm. They welcome the community to help them celebrate a decade of groundbreaking and innovative afterschool programs with a free day of music, games, food, tours, & exciting classes for kids. The Festival will feature performances by the Friendship Band and Joyful Chorus, two of their inclusive performing arts groups. Local musician Jamie Kent will also be singing. There will be pumpkin decorating, candy corn bingo, henna tattoos, and lots more fun for kids. They will also be running demo classes for Kung Fu, Dance & Recess Games. This is a free event, open to all. Call 413-585-8010 or visit www.wholechildren.org

Oct 11

Enjoy the magic of live theatre and the power of imagination with Bonnie Duncan’s Squirrel Stole My Underpants: A Poignantly Silly Adventure Tale for Families on Saturday, Oct 11 at 11am & 1pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. A lonely girl is sent outside to hang up the laundry and keep herself busy. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel appears, steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When she gives chase, she finds herself lost in strange lands and an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-658-1126.

Oct 11

Oak Meadow Open House is Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 am to 1 pm, at 132 Main St. Brattleboro, VT. Join Oak Meadow for this fun, annual event! Learn about their progressive, creative, experiential homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12. Speak with teachers and college and educational counselors, browse curriculum materials, network with other homeschooling families. Enjoy crafts, music, and refreshments for kids of all ages. FREE and open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about homeschooling. Open House will be held in their new, though incomplete, offices in the renovated historic Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro. Help them imagine the possibilities their new space holds! For more info, visit www.oakmeadow.com

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Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Ongoing Saturday Events

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. Dave Kinnoin is our guest DJ with songs, stories, jokes, and quotes to delight the youngest of your brood, Dave takes us on a journey to discover what it means to have good character. Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship are highlighted without being the least bit preachy. 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 7 years!

Saturday, October 4, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Leeds and Haydenville. Walk from River Road in Leeds to South Main Street in Haydenville and discover the history of Leeds, Haydenville, and the Mill River. This walk would be best for older students interested in local history. Pre-registration required – email info@millrivergreenway.org to register; space is limited. Leeds, MA.

Saturday, October 4, ALL DAY – NATURE/CULTURE/HISTORY: The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area presents Heritage Walks, which celebrate the communities, natural areas, history, and different cultures of the many places recognized as part of this National Heritage Area. Heritage Walks take place on Saturday 10/4 and Sunday 10/5 at many different sites throughout the region. For example, you can tour the historic Colonial Theatre, learn about sustainable land management and agriculture, tour Chesterwood, hike to a 19th-century water-powered mill site, hike a part of the Appalachian Trail, and more. Because the Heritage Area designation is about the intersections between nature, culture, and history, each walk offers something different and it is likely you will find one that fits your interests! A full list of Heritage Walks can be found here. 860-435-9505. Berkshire County.

Saturday, October 4, 9am-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Celebrate fall in Ware at the Ware Fall Festival, run by the Business and Civic Association. Come to downtown Ware for a pancake breakfast (9am-11am), vendors, shopping, a puppet show by Tom Knight, live music, a chili contest, and more. More information available on the Ware BCA website. Ware, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Celebrate fall the weekend of October 4 and 5 at Old Sturbridge Village’s Apple Days! Come by for usual Village activities, plus orchard tours, apple picking, cider-making, and more. Learn about history and the many uses for apples in colonial times through these fun and educational activities. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, October 4, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Belchertown Historical Association‘s Living History Day is on October 4. “Bring the Stone House to Life” at this event and learn about fall activities from the past. Live reenactors will be in costume to demonstrate fall and harvest activities that would have been carried out in 19th-century New England. There will be demonstrations or lectures on topics like herb gardening, outdoor cooking, spinning, weaving, corn cob dolls, knitting, broom making, quilting, and other seasonal activities. The Stone House will also be open to display 19th-century farm equipment and a replica 19th-century garden, as well as house tours. There will also be archaeology activities for children. 413-323-6573. 20 Maple Street. Belchertown, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, October 4, 10am-5pm – SCARECROWS: Families can spend time being creative together at the Atkins Farms scarecrow workshop, every Saturday and Sunday through October 19. All ages can work together to make goofy or spooky scarecrows at this fun workshop! Materials included in cost. 413-253-9528. Route 116 & Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, October 4, 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The 16th Annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held on October 4 behind the Town Office Building. The day includes an amateur dog show, crafters, vendors, a food and beer court, kids’ games and activities, live music, a StoryWalk at the library, a pie baking contest, and more. The Festival is full of fun for all ages! 413-665-8004. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 10am-6pm – CRAFT FAIR: LOOP is a pop-up art market featuring upcycled and vintage goods. Their next event takes place at Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on October 4 and 5. Come see works by over 30 vendors, support independent artists and artisans, and do some sustainable shopping! 413-230-1812. 232 Northampton Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 10:30am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY: David Brule of the Nolumbeka Project and local historian Ed Gregory will present an early Turners Falls history talk at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Brule will discuss the early history of Montague and Turners Falls, including early Native American history in what is now Turners Falls and Gill, and Gregory will present a historical slideshow of Montague in the 19th and 20th centuries. Best for older students interested in local history. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Learn about the historic trade of coopering with Neil Muckenhoupt at Historic Deerfield. Muckenhoupt will demonstrate coopering techniques from colonial times. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, October 4, 11am – CULINARY ARTS: Do you want to learn how to cook with herbs and spices from your garden? Master Gardener Chris Brown will present a lecture at the Wistariahurst Museum all about herbs and spices – how to cook them, their health benefits, what they taste like, and more. Older students interested in cooking and gardening will enjoy this talk! 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$

Saturday, October 4, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by The Whirlygigs at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. This one-man band will perform several different instruments to get you dancing and laughing! Tickets must be purchased the day of the event. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, October 4, 11am – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn about “Magnifying Magic” at the Wendell Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 2 and up can come to the Odyssey Bookshop for a special storytime with author/illustrator Ben Clanton and his new book, Rex Wrecks It! Clanton will read from his book and join kids in building and wrecking a tower. This is a fun, hands-on storytime that kids will love! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 11am-5pm – FESTIVAL/FUNDRAISER: Support the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter at Festival of the Dogs on October 4! There will be a raffle, a fun dog show, food, and more. Takes place at the Shuetzen Verien at Barton Cove. Call for more information. 413-676-9182. 55 Barton Cove Road. Gill, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 11am-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 12noon-2pm – FOOD STUDIES/HISPANIC HERITAGE: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Forest Park Branch Library‘s Latin Food Festival! Enjoy delicious foods from local Hispanic restaurants, like foods from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. Come by to taste delicious traditional foods from many different Hispanic cultures. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 1pm – ARCHAEOLOGY/LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the construction going on at the Emily Dickinson Museum during a special presentation as part of Archaeology Month. Staff from the Museum will present on recent excavations at the Homestead and the Evergreens and how they are preparing for future construction. Students can learn about the excavation process – how does one excavate carefully without destroying important materials? 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 2pm – JEWELRY: The Sunderland Public Library is offering a bracelet making workshop for grades 5-12. Come get creative and make some cool bracelets! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 2pm – FILM: The Clark Art Institute is offering a free film series held in conjunction with “Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution,” an exhibition featuring the Magna Carta and other significant historic documents. Each film in the series relates to one of the documents in the exhibition. On October 4, come see 1776 (1972; rated PG), a musical comedy about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Older students interested in film and history will enjoy this free screening. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 2pm-3pm – WRITING/NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center is offering a workshop on nature journaling for adults and youth interested in writing and drawing. Explore and observe the natural world, see it in a new way, and experiment with recording your observations in a journal. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 4, 3pm – ARCHAEOLOGY: Learn about Mesoamerica at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Archaeology: The (Mesoamerican) World Series” lecture. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 4:30pm – CONCERT/FUNDRAISER: The Easthampton High School Students Against Destructive Decisions Club presents the Easthampton Concert for a Cause at Millside Park. Country stars Adam Fears and Adam Craig will perform at this event, which raises funds for youth education programs in the community and aims to raise awareness about the dangers of both texting and drinking while driving. In addition to the concert, there will be guest speakers, a raffle, family activities, and more. Tickets available in advance. 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA. $

Saturday, October 4, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY: Dr. Homer Meade will present “Remembering the Harlem Renaissance” at the Norman Rockwell Museum on October 4. Dr. Meade will discuss how the Harlem Renaissance influenced every aspect of culture in the 1920s and ’30s, from the art of Edward Hopper to the music of Cole Porter, and how the art forms explored during the time period influenced and inspired each other. He will also discuss how Berkshire native W.E.B. DuBois reached out to many that were involved in the movement. Older students interested in history, art, and music can learn about this important cultural movement at this program. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 6:30pm – HISTORY/LITERATURE: Older students and adults interested in history and literature can learn about Washington Irving (1783-1859) at the Rowe Historical Society. John Dennis Anderson will perform, “A Literary Conversation with Washington Irving,” which tells of Irving’s life and experiences. Learn about his famous short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at this performance and presentation. 413-339-4238. 282 Zoar Road. Rowe, MA.

Saturday, October 4, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a two-part collaborative concert, “Music Surrounding the Great War.” In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, Music Department faculty will perform music from the time period that exemplifies the war’s influence on musicians and musical styles. The concert begins at 8pm and there will be a pre-concert talk on the topic at 7pm. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA.

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Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Ongoing Sunday Events

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 7 years of archived shows.

Sunday, October 5, TBA – SKILLSHARE: Grow Food Amherst is hosting a workshop with Peg Thibbitts on how to make your own corn relish. This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market and space is limited, so please register ASAP. Best for older students and adults. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, October 5, ALL DAY – NATURE/CULTURE/HISTORY: The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area presents Heritage Walks, which celebrate the communities, natural areas, history, and different cultures of the many places recognized as part of this National Heritage Area. Heritage Walks take place on Saturday 10/4 and Sunday 10/5 at many different sites throughout the region. For example, you can tour the historic Colonial Theatre, learn about sustainable land management and agriculture, tour Chesterwood, hike to a 19th-century water-powered mill site, hike a part of the Appalachian Trail, and more. Because the Heritage Area designation is about the intersections between nature, culture, and history, each walk offers something different and it is likely you will find one that fits your interests! A full list of Heritage Walks can be found here. 860-435-9505. Berkshire County.

Sunday, October 5, 9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Celebrate fall the weekend of October 4 and 5 at Old Sturbridge Village’s Apple Days! Come by for usual Village activities, plus orchard tours, apple picking, cider-making, and more. Learn about history and the many uses for apples in colonial times through these fun and educational activities. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, October 5, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Hawley Bog is a unique bog that resembles those in Canada. Located at an elevation of 1,800 feet, it contains all three of the state’s carnivorous plants – sundews, pitcher plants, and bladderworts, as well as other interesting plant species. Older teens and adults who are interested in nature and plants will enjoy walking around this beautiful and unique site as they explore and learn about bogs with Mass Aubudon. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. East Hawley Road. Hawley, MA. $$

Sunday, October 5, 10am-3pm – HISTORY/LOCAL FOOD: Exhibit, “Drinking, Distilleries & Prohibition,” opens at Sheffield Historical Society (Old Stone Store). Antique distilling and brewing equipment, bottles and photos will be on display in this exhibit that explores how alcohol production played a part in shaping Sheffield’s economy, politics, and culture. A section on the Temperance movement and Prohibition will trace how alcohol consumption went in-and-out of public favor over the centuries in Western Massachusetts. On display every weekend through October 12. 413-229-2694. Old Stone Store. 137 Main St. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 5, 10am-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Conway’s Festival of the Hills is October 5! Come for the Covered Bridge Classic 10K Road Race (registration begins at 9am), a bounce house, face painting, delicious food, live music, a craft fair, a book signing, Boyden One-Room Schoolhouse tours, a log splitting contest, a skillet toss, a raffle, and so much more. This is one of western Massachusetts’ most exciting small town fall festivals, so don’t miss out! 413-522-7374. Main Street. Conway, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 10am-5pm – SCARECROWS: Families can spend time being creative together at the Atkins Farms scarecrow workshop, every Saturday and Sunday through October 19. All ages can work together to make goofy or spooky scarecrows at this fun workshop! Materials included in cost. 413-253-9528. Route 116 & Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, October 5, 10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Artisans of WMass will present their largest craft fair ever at the Yankee Candle Village Healthworks Building on October 5. There will be 50 artisans from Massachusetts present, as well demonstrations on gourd sculpture, flamework, wood carving, weaving, papermaking, and embroidery. The craft fair is a great place to meet and support local artists and artisans, and is also a good spot to get a headstart on holiday shopping! 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-12noon – STORYWALK: Explore nature this fall on a StoryWalk at Ruggles Pond with the Community Network for Children. Read Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins and listen for birds, look for animal tracks, and enjoy a casual hike through Wendell State Forest. 978-544-5157. 392 Montague Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Learn about the historic trade of creating stoneware pottery with Mark Shapiro at Historic Deerfield. Shapiro will demonstrate stoneware pottery techniques from the past. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Sunday, October 5, 11am-3pm – FALL FESTIVAL: The Hatfield Fall Festival, hosted by the Hatfield Historical Society, is on October 5. There will be an antique car, truck, and tractor show, a parade, Historical Museum open house, Cutter Farm Museum open house, a farmers’ market, cider pressing, kids’ activities, crafts, demonstrations, food, a book sale, and more. 413-315-9793. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 5, 11am-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 1pm – PARADE: The 59th annual North Adams Fall Foliage Parade takes place downtown on October 5. The theme for this year is “100th Anniversary of the Mohawk Trail.” The 2014 parade will celebrate the adventure and culture that the Mohawk Trail helps residents and visitors to experience. This exciting fall tradition is not to be missed! 413-499-4000 x126. Downtown. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 1pm-3pm – GEOLOGY: Join the Pioneer Valley Institute and geologist Richard Little for a boat trip along the Connecticut River in the Quinnetukut II riverboat. Little will discuss the geologic history and mysteries of the River, like 100-foot-deep holes in the riverbed, floodplains, abandoned waterfalls, and other evidence of Glacial Lake Hitchcock. The tour leaves from Northfield Mountain’s Riverview Dock. Call ASAP to register. 413-527-8536. Route 63. Erving, MA. $$

Sunday, October 5, 1pm-4pm – PARENT PROGRAM/VOLUNTEER: There will be a Hilltown Village volunteer training session at the Westhampton Public Library on October 5. If you are interested in helping mothers with a variety of essential tasks, such as caring for babies and older children, preparing light meals, washing dishes, doing laundry, and providing companionship, you may be interested in volunteering with Hilltown Village. They provide free help to mothers in the Hilltowns regardless of income or other factors. Call for more information. 413-522-3608. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, October 5, 1pm-4pm – SCARECROWS: Get creative at the Art Garden and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mohawk Trail by making your own scarecrow to go on display along Route 2 between Athol and Williamstown from October 17-19. Individuals, families, and small groups are welcome to come build their own scarecrows using materials provided by the Art Garden. This is a fun opportunity for families to work together on a creative project. Call to RSVP. 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 5, 1pm-4pm – FALL FESTIVAL/OPEN HOUSE: Whole Children celebrates their tenth anniversary this year! Celebrate with them at their Fall Festival and Open House. Enjoy live music, candy corn bingo, pumpkin decorating, games, dance, kung fu, and more. You can also go on tours of Whole Children and learn about their programs for children of all abilities. All ages are welcome at this super fun fall festival! 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 5, 2pm – STORYTELLING: Park Hill Orchard presents a storytelling event with John Porcino. He will perform songs and stories. Come enjoy this fun program in a beautiful outdoor setting. Rain date 10/12. 413-527-6186. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema is screening The Lady Eve (1941) as part of their Strong Women Comedy Film Series. The film is a great early romantic comedy! This is a great chance to see a classic comedy on the big screen. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, October 5, 2:30pm-4pm – LITERATURE: Join The Trustees of Reservations at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for an author talk with Frank Gado, who will discuss his new book, William Cullen Bryant: The Complete Stories. Gado will talk about Bryant’s importance to American literature and will sign copies of his book after the talk. 413-532-1631 x10. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Sunday, October 5, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a two-part collaborative concert, “Music Surrounding the Great War.” In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, Music Department faculty will perform music from the time period that exemplifies the war’s influence on musicians and musical styles. The concert begins at 4pm and there will be a pre-concert talk on the topic at 3pm. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, October 5, 5pm-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Enjoy the fall sunset with Mass Audubon as you paddle the Mill River. Watch the sun go down, look for birds, listen to insects, and search for beaver activity on this peaceful canoe trip. This program is for older teens and adults with basic canoeing skills. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. $$

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

Monday, October 6, 4pm-5pm – LITERACY: Kids who are just learning to read or who need some more practice can come to the East Longmeadow Public Library to read to Cassie the therapy dog. Call or stop by to sign up for a ten-minute reading time. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 6, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/IMMIGRATION: Learn about the textile industry and local history at the Wistariahurst Museum’s “Threads that Bind” lecture series. This week, Elizabeth Wood will present “Stuttgart to Springfield: A Visit with a 1911 German Immigrant.” Wood will portray Gertrude Failing Groff, a German woman who arrived at Ellis Island alone and then settled in Springfield. Older students can learn about immigration and the experiences of immigrants in the early 20th Century. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Monday, October 6, 6pm-7pm – SCIENCE: The UMass Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department presents OEB Science Cafes at Esselon Cafe each month. This month’s talk is by Scott Schneider, who will present “Builders, farmers, and relationship cultivators: How ants are more like us than you think.” Science Cafes are oriented towards adults without a science background, but are interesting to those with science backgrounds as well! Older students interested in science would enjoy the Science Cafes. 99 Russell Street. Hadley, MA.

Monday, October 6, 6pm-8pm – WRITING: The Goodwin Memorial Library is offering a six-week creative writing series open to young adults and adults with Lynn Bowmaster. The Woven Word Workshop focuses on on developing each writer’s creative voice. The series runs from October 6 through November 17 and registration is required. Older students who are interested in creative writing can develop their writing style and learn through this intergenerational workshop. 413-584-3373. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 6, 7pm – AUTHOR TALK: The Agawam Public Library presents an author talk with Katherine Howe, author of Conversion and The Penguin Book of Witches. These books are both about witches and would appeal to both adults and young adults. Register in advance and come hear Howe read from her spooky new books! 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Monday, October 6, 7pm – MUSIC: Join community members of all ages at the Westhampton Public Library for a community sing along. Bring an instrument, songs, or music to share with others, or just come and listen. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on Mondays. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-664-4821. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – AGRICULTURE: Kids ages 4 and under can explore farm life at Red Gate Farm every Monday through November 17. Come learn about and meet the farm’s plants and animals and participate in hands-on activities. Call to sign up no later than noon on the Sunday prior. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. >$
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: Every Monday at 11am, Moo-Licious Farm will offer an educational show for kids. Call for more info. 413-569-1700. 258 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA.
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT GROUP: Mothers of infants and young children, as well as expectant moms, can come to the Hilltown Village Mothers’ Group every Monday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood and share your experiences in this supportive group environment. Childcare is available for kids up to age 4; infants in arms are welcome. The group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-522-9732. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA.
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm – CHESS: Students in grades 2 and up can come to an afterschool chess club every Monday at the Storrs Library. All levels are welcome to come learn new strategies and have fun playing with peers. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-7pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday evening for a drop-in craft activity! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – SPORTS: Kids and adults 12 and up can come play pickup soccer at Pettingill Park in Cummington. All experience levels welcome. Runs until the snow falls. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 (except 9/29-10/2) at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 12noon – THEATER: The UMass Fine Arts Center presents a performance of The Lightning Thief, based on Rick Riordan’s popular book series. Kids will love this live performance that tells the story of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Reservations are required. Takes place in Bowker Auditorium. Bowker Auditorium. 413-545-2116. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. $

Tuesday, October 7, 4pm-5pm – LEGO: The Edwards Public Library‘s LEGO Club meets on October 7! Come by to get creative and learn about architecture by creating marble mazes. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30pm – LITERACY: Kids ages 5-10 can improve their reading aloud skills by reading to Hachi the Listening Dog at the Jones Library. Dogs are great audiences for young readers because they are a nonjudgmental audience. Call or stop by the children’s desk to sign up for a 20-minute time slot. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Agawam Public Schools are offering a workshop for parents entitled, “Food For Thought: The Influence of Nutrition on Behavior,” at the Agawam Public Library. Jeanine Fitzgerald will present this workshop, which focuses on the ways nutrition can impact a child’s energy, learning, and susceptibility to diagnoses of ADHD and others. She will also offer some solutions for parents who are concerned about their child’s nutrition. 413-821-0597. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn about the fascinating ginkgo tree at UMass Amherst’s Bowker Auditorium. Sir Peter Crane, former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, will present an illustrated talk based on his book, Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot. Crane will discuss the history of the ginkgo as well as its ecological, cultural, and social significance. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. $$

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema is screening The Lady Eve (1941) as part of their Strong Women Comedy Film Series. The film is a great early romantic comedy! This is a great chance to see a classic comedy on the big screen. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12:30pm – TRAIL WORK: Do trail work at Notchview with The Trustees of Reservations the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, July through October. They need help repairing several trails on the property. Best for teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Parents and babies can come to the Jones Library for “Sing with Your Baby,” every Tuesday through November 18. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Kidleidoscope runs every Tuesday through October 7. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Tuesday evening at the Greylock Apartments’ Community Room for children walking age to age 5. 413-664-4821. Angeli Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 (except 9/29-10/2) at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 1pm-2:30pm – WRITING: The Storrs Library is hosting a Writers Circle every other Wednesday beginning October 8. All experience levels and writing styles are welcome, making this a great place to bounce ideas off one another, read other people’s work, share your writing, and more. Homeschool students who want to gain writing experience would benefit from this group! Call to register. 413-565-4181 x1620. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, October 8, 1:30pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged kids can learn all about seeds at Shutesbury Town Hall! This is part of a series of programs on science, technology, engineering, art, and math and is a great opportunity to introduce young kids to the arts and sciences. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 8, 6pm-7pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Amherst Cinema is offering a free demonstration of their See-Hear-Feel-Film program on October 8. The program uses film to inspire creative writing and critical thinking in over 50 third grade classes in the Pioneer Valley. Students attend screenings of short films and clips from around the world in order to help them see the world from different perspectives. Students then discuss the films and work collaboratively to create, write, and present their own stories. If you are an educator and this program interests you, come to Amherst Cinema to learn more about it and the benefits it provides to children who participate, as well as scholarship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and to learn whether or not this program would work for your students. No registration necessary. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30pm – BOOK RELEASE: Odyssey Bookshop is hosting a launch party for Tony DiTerlizzi’s new book, Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, complete with space drinks, jedi cake, and more. DiTerlizzi’s book features vintage illustrations by Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and will appeal to both young and old fans of the films! Registration is required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Scott Noyes will present a two-part workshop on “Helping Children Develop Healthy Sleep Habits” at the Community Health Programs, Inc. campus on October 1 and 8. Noyes will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation on children’s mental and physical health and how inadequate rest impairs our thinking, our ability to handle stress, our immune systems, and our ability to moderate our emotions. Noyes will also give advice on how to help children establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. You may attend one or both sessions. Call for childcare information and to RSVP. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – FARMING/HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool students ages 8 and up can come to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Days most Wednesdays through November 19. Students can learn about farming at these hands-on programs, which revolve around farm activities and explorations. Students ages 12 and up will work separately on more advanced farm projects. Sign up for some or all meetings. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. $
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – NATURE STUDIES: Young kids and their parents/guardians can go on a Tyke Hike every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. These easy hikes will get young kids interested in nature and exploring the outdoors. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Toddlers can have fun at the Forbes Library every Wednesday at their toddler time program through November 5. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:15pm – STEM: The Carnegie Library is offering a science program for homeschoolers every Wednesday through November 19. Homeschool students of all ages can come learn about science and participate in hands-on activities. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – STORYTIME: All ages can enjoy stories and a craft at the Cushman Library‘s weekly story hour. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – CHESS: The East Longmeadow Public Library holds a chess club for kids ages 6-14 every Wednesday afternoon. Come improve your chess skills by playing with peers of all levels. 413-525-5400 x1506. 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. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The North Amherst Library is offering a story and craft time for kids every Wednesday afternoon. Come by for stories, crafts, and fun. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Cushman Library‘s knitting group runs every Wednesday night. Come hang out with knitters of all ages and share knitting advice. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 (except 9/29-10/2) at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 6pm-7pm – STEM: Learn all about the science of sound at the Edwards Public Library‘s “Seeing Sound: Stethoscope Workshop.” You can see how sound travels, learn about Kundt’s tubes, build a telephone, and try out a professional stethoscope. Students interested in science and in learning more about how sound works will enjoy this workshop! Space is limited; pre-register ASAP. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 9, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Moby Dick (1956). Some say Herman Melville’s classic novel was inspired by the shape of Mt. Greylock. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Millers Falls Library is offering a music and movement group for young children and their caregivers every Thursday through December 18. 413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street. Millers Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a drop-in “Baby Steps” program for infants 0-1 years, as well as their siblings and caregivers. Runs every Thursday. 413-667-2203 x3. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA.
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, 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.
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 (except 9/29-10/2) at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2pm-5:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Are you getting excited for Halloween? Whitney’s Farm Market will be holding Pumpkin Fest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th! Stop by for u-pick pumpkins, hay rides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, and much more. Pumpkin Fest is fun for the whole family and will you get into the Halloween spirit. 413-442-4749. 1775 S State Road. Cheshire, MA.

Friday, October 10, 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, October 10, 5:45pm & 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Friday, October 10, 7pm-9pm – CONCERT: The Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Coffeehouse concert series presents Lenny Zarcone and Tin Pan Valley Trio. All ages will enjoy this family variety show. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (We are building up our ongoing list for the school year! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center is holding a weekly playgroup in Hadley every Friday at Whole Children. 413-582-2636. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group every Friday at Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend storytime every Friday at Griswold Memorial Library. Come for stories, crafts, and a snack. 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home through Oct 15. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and kids can participate in a garden adventure quest! 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. $
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Learn some spooky local history at the first-ever Valley Ghost Tours, which run every night through October 31 (except 9/29-10/2) at 7:30pm and start behind Thornes Marketplace. Explore the city and learn fascinating ghost stories from the past. The tour is family friendly, but keep in mind the stories can be spooky! Dogs are welcome. Please book tickets in advance. Downtown. Northampton, MA. $$
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Friday through December 5. 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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