Suggested Events for November 1st-7th, 2014

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Oct 31

Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield (25 Greenfield Road) is hosting their annual Witches Ball on Halloween Night! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enjoy a buffet including oozing zombie zits, lumberjack fingers, shredded mummy guts, vampire eyeballs and more. The fun doesn’t end with the food- Cloud 9 Productions will be at the Witches Ball for kid’s karaoke, there will be pumpkin decorating, and Teaching Creatures will be bringing some creepy crawly creatures to learn about, some of them you can even touch! Seatings for this event are at 4pm and 5:30pm, be sure to make your reservations soon! 413-665-1277. ($)

Nov 1

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun – Joshua Glenn and Catherine Newman. Saturday, November 1st at 11am. Joshua Glenn with the help of local blogger, Catherine Newman, will show you indoor games to play that test your skills and stretch your imaginations. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. FREE and Ages 8+. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley. 413-534-7307. www.odysseybks.com.

Nov 1

November 1. Free Family Fun @ SCMA 1-4pm. Celebrate creativity through the arts! Everyone is welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s free Family Fun @ My Museum: Once Upon a Painting event on Saturday, November 1 from 1-4pm. Kids can create their own fairy tale book with story elements drawn from works on view. Listen to fairy tales—familiar and fractured—read aloud by 4th and 5th grade students from the Smith College Campus School, in the galleries: 1pm; 1:30pm; 2pm; 2:30pm; and 3pm. Pick up something bound for your library, at their Pop-Up Book Fair. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Free admission and snacks; open to all; no registration required. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Questions: museduc@smith.edu.

Nov 2

Picture Book Launch: The Mitten String– Jennifer Rosner. Sunday, November 2nd at 2pm. The Odyssey Bookshop is proud to be launching local author, Jennifer Rosner’s debut picture book, The Mitten String which is a story of “of kindness, love, and overcoming difficult circumstances, be it a disability or the frequent loss of mittens.” Come for a storytime, read by the author herself, and a finger knitting demonstration with sweet treats! An American Sign Language translator will be translating the event. Discover an original folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a piece of blue yarn. FREE and All Ages. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, 413-534-7307. www.odysseybks.com.

Open House Nov 3

The Williston Northampton Middle School in Easthampton, MA, is a close community of 80 seventh- and eighth-graders that offers an educational experience characterized by active engagement. Students develop their individual interests and talents with the guidance of our exceptional faculty. The Williston Northampton Middle School will hold its open house on Monday, November 3 from 6:30-8pm in the Whitaker-Bement building on the Williston Northampton campus. Interested families and students are welcome. Find more information online at www.williston.com/admission, call 413-529-3241, or email admission@williston.com.

Nov 10

Open House at Amherst Montessori School, November 10 at 9am. For mid-year and Fall 2015 enrollment. Following the pioneering approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, Amherst Montessori School nurtures the child’s spirit, curiosity, confidence, and leadership, building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish and more. Young Toddler (12 months) through Sixth Grade. To register for the Open House, call 413-253-3101 or email Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org. www.amherstmontessori.org

Hettie Belle Farm Local Meat and Poultry CSA! Thanksgiving Turkeys! 100% grass-fed beef & lamb. Pastured pork, chicken, turkey, goose & ducks fed only certified organic grain. Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and hormone free. It really does matter! Monthly distribution in Greenfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options to make this sort of direct farmer/consumer relationship possible. Questions? Email Jennifer@hettiebellefarm.com. Do consider becoming a member family!

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Saturday, November 1st, 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. Eric Herman is our Guest DJ this week, serving up a delicious set of tunes. Eric digs back into the formative years of family music and highlights some of the songs that inspired him, including early offerings by Trout Fishing, Justin Roberts and Ralph’s World. Eric also features some tracks from his comedy sketch album and other fun family favorites. 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, November 1, TBA – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Mill River Greenway Initiative for a “Riverwalk” in Williamsburg. Walk from the Meekins Library in Leeds to the old dam site and discover the history of Williamsburg 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, November 1, 8am-6:45pm – LOCAL FOOD: Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 20th Annual Franklin County CiderDays! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings and demonstrations, and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! A full schedule can be found on the CiderDays website. Franklin County, MA.

Saturday, November 1, 9am-5pm – FIBER FESTIVAL: The Eastern States Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association present the 5th Annual Fiber Festival of New England at the Mallary Complex. Come learn about fiber art by watching demonstrations and seeing work by local crafters. There will also be a fleece sale, a “make it with wool” competition, vendors, a fashion show, and more. Those who like fiber and textiles will have fun at this festival! 413-205-5011. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 1, 10am-2pm – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Older teens and adults can learn about bogs and local history with Mass Audubon on a Lily Pond Ghost Hike in Goshen. Explore this fascinating sphagnum bog on an easy-to-moderate two-mile hike along the Old Post Road and learn about colonial-era ghosts that may still inhabit this interesting natural area. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Loomis Road. Goshen, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: The Richmond Craft and Country Fair is on November 1 at the Richmond Consolidated School. Come for auctions, local crafters, food, a Scholastic Book Sale, and more. This is a fun late-fall event for the whole family! 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA.

Saturday, November 1, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Fall Chrysanthemum Show opens on November 1 at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. This flower show is a fun trip for the whole family and is not to be missed! 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, November 1, 10:30am-12noon – READING/STORYTELLING: Storyteller John Procino presents “Family Adventures in Reading” for ages 6-10 and their parents/caregivers at the Huntington Public Library every Saturday through November 8. Come to the library to hear stories, discuss books, and enjoy healthy treats. Stop by the library to register. 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA.

Saturday, November 1, 10:30am-4pm – HISTORIC TRADE: Learn about early-19th Century medical practice and the the historic trade of tinsmithing with Jack Richman and Bill McMillen at Historic Deerfield. Free with museum admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, November 1, 11am – KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: Author Joshua Glenn and blogger Catherine Newman will be at the Odyssey Bookshop to discuss fun activities for inside, outside, online, and offline. Glenn’s Unbored books offer ideas for hands-on fun for kids, from DIY projects to Google Earth challenges, and much more. Kids ages 8 and up who are looking for ways to learn and keep busy during the cold winter months will enjoy this super fun program! Space is limited; call to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 1, 11am – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn all about magnets at the Wendell Free 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, November 1, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by Dog on Fleas at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. Dog on Fleas will perform entertaining, intelligent music for all ages. This concert will be a ton of fun for both kids and adults! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 1, 1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Explore the Smith College Museum of Art at their Free Family Fun @ My Museum event on November 1! The theme is “Once Upon a Painting,” and visitors will have an opportunity to create their own fairy tale book inspired by the works on display, listen to fairy tales read aloud by Smith College Campus School students, and pick up some great books at the Campus School Book Fair. Families can explore this great local museum through this fun-filled day of art-making, art-looking, and storytelling. 413-585-2760. Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 1, 2pm – THEATER/MUSIC: Hear new and old Broadway songs performed by Westfield State University students at Carpe Diem! at the Dever Stage. Students will perform song from a variety of popular Broadway shows. Students interested in musical theater will enjoying hearing these songs performed live onstage. 413-572-8323. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. ($)

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

Saturday, November 1, 3:30pm – LIVING HISTORY: Performer and scholar Rob Velella will portray the great 19th century New England author in “Hawthorne: Shrouded in Darkness” in celebration of Halloween at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. An appropriate Victorian tea for the holiday will be offered after the in-character dramatic reading. Velella’s portrayal (in costume) brings Nathaniel Hawthorne back from the dead – so to speak. Audience will be in for some surprises. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($$)

Saturday, November 1, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Follow the “decorated shoes” throughout the Village of Shelburne Falls to find a multitude of shops, galleries and restaurants participating in Shelburne Falls’ November Art Walk. Many of these establishments will be hosting new exhibits, artist receptions, studio demonstrations, and/or interactive art projects, and offering delicious treats. Gaze out over Salmon Falls and the glacial potholes, walk the Bridge of Flowers, and ride a historic trolley under the stars. 413-625-2526. Downtown. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 1, 5:30pm – HAUNTED HAYRIDE: There are spooky hay rides for all ages at McCray’s Farm this Halloween season! Kids 2 and up can go on a Munchkin Mash Kiddie Hayride from 5:30pm-6:45pm every weekend through Halloween. The Monster Mash Adult Haunted Hayride runs every weekend from 7pm on. See the Fear on the Farm website for more information and prices. 413-533-0775. 55 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. $$

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

Saturday, November 1, 7-9pm – ORNITHOLOGY: . Owls are amazing creatures—come learn about their ways and try calling them using tapes on a half-mile walk after dark during an Owl Prowl at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Please RSVP and get cost information by calling 413-229-8600 or e-mailing bcobble@ttor.org. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA

Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm – THEATER: Celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at Smith College’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by visiting guest director Portia Krieger. The play, unlike the first performance of Shakespeare’s classic in 1590, features an all-female cast, but the story remains the same. Come see this performance, which has been adapted to appeal to college students. Older students interested in theater will enjoy seeing this new take on a classic! Takes place at the Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, November 1, 8pm – THEATER: The Exit 7 Players present a production of Young Frankenstein, based on the hilarious movie by Mel Brooks, in honor of Halloween. The movie the play is based on is rated PG-13, so this performance may not be appropriate for kids 13 and under. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Ongoing Sunday Events

Daylight Savings Time!  Set your clocks back one hour!

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, November 2, 9am-3pm – FIBER FESTIVAL: The Eastern States Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association present the 5th Annual Fiber Festival of New England at the Mallary Complex. Come learn about fiber art by watching demonstrations and seeing work by local crafters. There will also be a fleece sale, a “make it with wool” competition, vendors, a fashion show, and more. Those who like fiber and textiles will have fun at this festival! 413-205-5011. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 2, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: PJ Pals at LGA is offering an Autumn leaf walk for 3-5 year olds. Hunt for autumn leaves, play nature games, and do an art project at this fun event. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, November 2, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Graves Farm with Mass Audubon on November 2. Walk the Loop Trail and search for salamanders, insects, birds, and evidence of larger mammals like deer and moose. Play games along the way and learn how animals prepare for winter. This program is for all ages. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Adams Road. Williamsburg, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 2, 10am-4pm – AVIATION/WOMEN’S STUDIES: The New England Air Museum’s 10th Annual Women Take Flight event is on November 2. The program focuses on women in aviation and aerospace engineering and features visits from women who are corporate pilots, military flight officers, aerial photographers, Air Force service pilots, NASA engineers, inspection pilots, hurricane hunters, naval aviators, and more. There will also be reenactors impersonating important women in aviation from the past. Come learn about the history of women in aviation and about the positions held by women today. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Sunday, November 2, 10am-4pm – LOCAL FOOD: Franklin County celebrates its plentiful apple harvest and the delicious batches of cider that follow at the 20th Annual Franklin County CiderDays! The event includes fun events and activities county-wide – including an apple pancake breakfast, wagon rides and orchard explorations, cider pressing, lots of tastings and demonstrations, and chances to learn about apple varieties, heirloom apples, organic orchards, and more! It’s a chance for families to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the apple industry – and to drink endless cider! A full schedule can be found on the CiderDays website. Franklin County, MA.

Sunday, November 2, 12:15pm – 5K WALK/RUN: The 2nd Annual Apple-a-Day 5K takes place November 2 at Easthampton High School. There will be a 5K run, a 5K relay, a 2-mile walk, and a ¼-mile kids’ fun run to raise money for technology upgrades in Easthampton elementary schools. This is a great opportunity for community members to come together to raise money for a good cause while engaging in an exercise activity in the beautiful fall weather. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 2, 1pm-4pm – CRAFTS/DIY: Learn how to make a cozy pair of fleece slippers with Alchemy Initiative and Jan Charbonneau of Berkshire Fabrications at the Whitney Center for the Arts on November 2. Pattern, materials, and sewing machines are provided, so come with your creativity and a desire to learn. Best for teens and adults who have basic sewing experience. Please register in advance. 42 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, November 2, 1pm-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is offering a Freedom Family Day on November 1! This is a great chance to explore the newly-renovated museum and grounds for free with the whole family. There will be special events, including a family-friendly gallery talk, art-making projects, a calligraphy workshop, a graffiti wall, a sing-along with David Grover and Friends, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 2, 2pm – THEATER/MUSIC: Hear new and old Broadway songs performed by Westfield State University students at Carpe Diem! at the Dever Stage. Students will perform song from a variety of popular Broadway shows. Students interested in musical theater will enjoying hearing these songs performed live onstage. 413-572-8323. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 2, 2pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Join the Odyssey Bookshop for a special book launch party and storytime with local author Jennifer Rosner, who wrote The Mitten String. Rosner’s book is a modern folktale about a young girl who loves to knit mittens, and who meets a deaf woman and her baby. There will be a storytime with American Sign Language translation and a finger knitting demonstration. Seating is limited; call to RSVP. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 2, 2pm – HISTORY: The Worthington Historical Society presents “Remembering World War I,” a commemoration of World War I, 100 years later. This program features WWI-era music, poetry, and artwork, as well as excerpts from journals and memoirs by soldiers. Older students interested in history will enjoy learning about World War I and becoming immersed in the arts and music of the time. 413-238-0491. 6 Williamsburg Road. Worthington, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 2, 2pm – THEATER: The Exit 7 Players present a production of Young Frankenstein, based on the hilarious movie by Mel Brooks, in honor of Halloween. The movie the play is based on is rated PG-13, so this performance may not be appropriate for kids 13 and under. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, MA. $$

Sunday, November 2, 2pm-4pm – SKILLSHARE: Grow Food Amherst is hosting a fairy house workshop with Jennifer Seredejko. Bring some natural materials (sticks, pine cones, leaves, etc.) if you are able to, and have fun making magical, creative fairy houses! This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 2, 5pm – COMMUNITY DANCE: Attend a family dance at the Montague Common Hall on November 2! Family members of all ages can attend this fun dance and spend quality time with one another. The dance will be followed by a potluck, social hour, and contra dance. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, November 2, 6pm-7pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Amherst Cinema is offering a free demonstration of their See-Hear-Feel-Film program on November 2. 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)

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Monday, November 3, 4:30pm-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The South Hadley Lions Club is holding a Spaghetti Supper at The Egg & I/Roost Restaurant to benefit the South Hadley Historical Society. This intergenerational community meal is a great chance to support a community resource while enjoying delicious food. Cost includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, a roll, a beverage, and ice cream. $1 from each meal will be donated to the Historical Society. 26 Main Street. South Hadley, MA. ($)

Monday, November 3, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/TEXTILES: Learn about the textile industry and local history at the Wistariahurst Museum’s “Threads that Bind” lecture series. This week, Dennis Picard will present “Twilly, Willy, Jenny, and Jack and the Northeast’s Earliest Water Powered Textile Machine.” He will discuss the machines that were operated by immigrants to the area in the past. Best for older students interested in local history and textiles. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, November 3, 6:30-8pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Williston Northampton Middle School is a community of 80 seventh- and eighth-graders. The Williston Northampton Middle School will hold its open house in the Whitaker-Bement building on the Williston Northampton campus. Interested families and students are welcome. 413-529-3241. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Monday, November 3, 7pm – DANCE STUDIES: See the world-renowned Russian ballet company Bolshoi Ballet perform The Legend of Love on the big screen at Amherst Cinema. The performance was filmed live and will be screened at the Cinema for dance lovers of all ages. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (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.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, 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 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, November 4th, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 3pm – STORYTIME: Come to the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library for a special storytime with Holyoke author Jason Lefebvre, who will read his children’s book, Too Much Glue, which is about a boy who uses too much glue. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 4, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Dr. Patricia Martin will present a workshop for parents/caretakers on Healthy Tech Habits for Kids at the Agawam Public Library. Learn how technology can help children with early literacy and education, and learn about the negative impacts technology can have on a child’s development. 413-821-0552. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

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-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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at theDickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, 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: 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 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, November 5th, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 9:30am-5pm – HOMESCHOOL/HISTORY: November 5 is Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village! The theme is “Preparing for Winter,” and students can learn about the ways New Englanders of the past got ready for the colder months. Learn about preserving foods, woolen items, threshing grain, smoking and salting meat, filling the woodshed, and more. There will be hands-on studios and activities throughout the day. Visiting Old Sturbridge Village is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn more about what life was like in the past in New England. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 5, 6-7:30pm – TRANSGENDER: Trans Youth Meet Up & TransParents Drop In Meeting at the Quaker Meeting House. There will be games and socializing for trans youth in one space and another space for parents of trans youth to talk and connect.  Parents can come with their children, youth can come with their parents, or feel free to come without a family member!  Snacks and Pizza for all! atoschwartz@communityaction.us 413-774 7028 x799.  43 Center St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, November 5, 6pm-8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: The Greenfield Public Library presents “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties” with Aaron Krerowicz as part of their First Wednesdays Speaker Series. The talk focuses on the history and music of The Beatles. Best for older students interested in music and history. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 5, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Why do they DO That?!“, as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. At this workshop, parents/caregivers can learn about the potential roots of their child’s challenging behaviors and learn how to better handle them. Childcare is available and a light supper is provided for parents and children. This two-part workshop runs on November 5 and 12 at Easthampton High School. Registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 5, 6:30pm – CLIMATE STUDIES: UMass Climatologist Raymond Bradley will present on climate change at theSunderland Public Library. Best for older students interested in climate science. 413-665-2642. 20 School St. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 5, 7pm – SCIENCE/FILM: Amherst Cinema’s “Science on Screen” events pair science or science-fiction films with talks by actual scientists. Learn about the birds of New York City and those who watch them at a screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect. The film follows several birders as they search for and document the wild birds of Central Park. Jeff LeBaron, the Christmas Bird Count Director at the National Audubon Society, will speak about the importance of Central Park to ornithologists and citizen science. Older students interested in birds and birding will enjoy this film. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Wednesday, November 5, 7pm-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Dr. Sharon Saline will present on managing preschool behaviors from a developmental perspective at Gan Keshet Preschool at Congregation B’nai Israel. Learn about the importance of understanding cognitive, social, and psychological aspects of child development. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

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)
  • 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 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, November 6th, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, running from October 23 through November 13. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration focused on how nature prepares for winter. This is good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. You may sign up for one class, or for all. More information can be found on the WRLF website. Pre-registration is required. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$ for full session)

Thursday, November 6, 3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Visit the Westfield Athenaeum for DIY craft time in the Teen Loft! 413-562-6158. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 6, 3:15pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn all about magnets at the Leverett 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! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.

Thursday, November 6, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fifth season of Culture and Cocktails continues on November 6 at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Artistic and Culinary Expressions.” There will be live music, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, November 6, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: Come experience the earliest feature-length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), at the Berkshire Museum‘s Little Cinema. The film features live accompaniment by Ben Model, who will play the film’s score live for audience members. Older students interested in film and the history of film will enjoy this screening. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, November 6, 7pm – SOCIAL JUSTICE: Join the Jones Library for a screening of White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America, which explores race and racism in the United States through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. Best for older students who want to learn more about social justice and racial inequality in the United States. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm – CIRCUS: The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is a world-renowned circus troupe that performs daring acrobatics to traditional and modern music. They will put on an exciting performance at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on November 6. All ages will have a blast seeing these amazing feats performed live! 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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.
  • 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-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. (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 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, November 7th, 2014

Friday, November 7, 10:15am-11:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME/CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Join the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Pajama Night! Come to the museum in your favorite pajamas and listen to stories read by special guest readers, including Mary Pope Osborne, author of The Magic Tree House series! You can also read stories aloud, make picture book art, enjoy DJ music, and more. This fun story-filled event is in celebration of Family Literacy Month. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 7, 7pm-8:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about Massachusetts’ largest land animal, the moose, with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Moose, which were once considered rare, can now be found all over the region. Ralph Taylor, of Mass Wildlife, will teach about moose and discuss their natural history. Best for adults and teens interested in animals. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, November 7, 7pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover the history of the Loudville Lead Mine with the Pioneer Valley Institute and Wayne Perrea. Perrea will present on the history of the mines, which were first worked over 300 years ago. He will display artifacts and minerals from the sites, historical maps, writings and tools from the era, and more. This is a great chance for older students and adults to learn about local history and industry in the Pioneer Valley. 413-775-1671. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA.

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

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (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 hosts 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)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, 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.
  • 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 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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