Suggested Events for November 8th-14th, 2014

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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!

Coupon Code: HilltownOG

Red Fire Farm offers Bulk Organic Produce for Thanksgiving! Great deals on sweet potatoes, butternut squash,onions, carrots, garlic, and lots more while they last! Order on the farm website and use the Coupon Code HilltownOG for $3 off any bulk order. Coupon expires after 11/28. One use per customer – great for Thanksgiving and storing into the winter! Pick up orders at Red Fire Farm markets and CSA locations in Northampton, Montague, Granby, Springfield and more. Order by Tuesday, Nov 18, for Thanksgiving. Contact Red Fire Farm with any questions: thefarmers@redfirefarm.com or 413-467-7645. Place your order for Bulk Organic Produce online at www.redfirefarm.com/farmers_markets/bulkorders.html with $3 OFF Coupon Code HilltownOG

Nov 8

Coming Home Launch with Author, Illustrator Greg Ruth. Saturday, November 8th at 12pm. In celebration of the release of a new picture book from Greg Ruth and in observance of Veterans Day The Odyssey Book Shop will launch Coming Home. A stunning picture book that tells the story of a boy watching for his military parent to come home. A boy waits. A dog waits. Is today the day their loved ones will come home? Readers everywhere – not just those with loved ones in the military – will treasure these powerful reunions of families and their heroes. FREE and Ages 3+. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley. 413-534-7307 www.odysseybks.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

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On Wednesday, December 10th, Hilltown Families will be will be participating in Valley Gives! As we enter our 10th year, this will be our 1st Annual Appeal Campaign, asking you to support us with a financial donation so that we may continue to support education through community engagement through this communication network you have grown to love and depend upon. We are inviting folks to be a part of our virtual STREET TEAM, helping us spread the word about our participation in Valley Gives and rallying support on our behalf. Join us in this exciting campaign! Email Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org for information on how to get involved. Want to learn more about the vision and mission of Hilltown Families? Check out this TEDx Talk: Supporting Education Through Community Engagement. — And mark your calendars, DEC 10, for an exciting day of giving through Valley Gives!

Hilltown Families’ Family Community Service Event takes place on Saturday, November 22nd from 10am-1pm in Northampton—a one of a kind FREE event for families to volunteer together while educating children about important social issues and the value of community service.  Through service-based learning, together we can generate 600 hours of community service in a single morning that support human services, education and children’s welfare support organizations in our region. With a Community Passport in hand, families can travel to five different stations with hands-on activities for kids of all ages, ranging from creating art for elders to tools that support literacy.  Space is limited, so reserve a spot for your family today!

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Saturday, November 8th, 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. Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants returns as our Guest DJ, playing some of his favorite song from his childhood and talks about people he met and or was influenced by during his long career in music. 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 8, 8:30am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a free arts and crafts table open to children of all ages. A special craft will be available for kids to make at the library or take home to complete. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 9am-1pm – CLOTHING SWAP/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION: Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting a clothing exchange at the First Congregational Church. Drop off clean clothes, bedding, shoes, and towels at St. John’s Church before November 7, then come to the exchange to stock up on new-to-you clothes! Even if you don’t donate items, you are welcome to attend the swap. Clothing swaps promote sustainability and collaborative consumption amongst community members. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 9:30am-4pm – GEOLOGY/FOSSILS: Discover amazing rocks, gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and fine art at the 18th Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale at the Greenfield Community College dining commons. There will be speakers, kids’ activities, and more.. This is a great chance to learn about these and do some holiday shopping. 413-775-1671. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 10am – STEM FOR GIRLS: Girl Scouts of Central and Westen MA is hosting Superhero STEM Day at Holyoke Community College. Girls in grades 4-8 are invited to join in to explore STEM activities and even hear from a student panel. 413-224-4028. Holyoke, MA ($)

Saturday, November 8, 10am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids and adults ages 12 and up can learn traditional felting techniques at the Wistariahurst Museum. Local fiber artist Sue McFarland will lead a felt-making workshop in which participants can learn basic traditional felt making techniques to make flat felt, beads, and rope, all out of wool and water. Students interested in traditional crafts will love this fun, hands-on workshop! Reservations are required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-11:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn how to encourage and build on your child’s natural curiosity at a “Young Scientists” workshop for parents offered by the Collaborative for Educational Services. Childcare is provided for the first part of the workshop, then there will be fun parent-child activities. Takes place at Belchertown Town Hall. Pre-registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. 2 Jabish Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-11:30am – MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE/URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT: Discover where your wastewater goes on a tour of the Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Tour the facility and learn what goes on there and how it all works. Older students interested in learning more about how this municipal infrastructure works and how we rely on microorganisms to manage water that comes from our washing machines, showers and toilets, will benefit from this tour, which is aimed at adults. Space is limited; call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-11:30am –COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT: Learn about and celebrate water at The Art of Clean Water at the Holyoke Public Library. Enchanted Circle Theater, along with several other community organizations, will unveil new artwork on several storm drains downtown at this event. In addition to the unveiling, there will be performances, remarks by local officials, and activities like creating trash art, investigating microscopic critters, exploring the Holyoke water system model, visiting the Watershed on Wheels, learning about rain gardens, and researching the watershed. All ages can learn about the watershed at this community-wide celebration. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-12noon – BABY SHOWER: The 19th Annual Community Baby Shower takes place November 8 at the Berkshire Mall Center Court. This is a fun and educational event for parents, grandparents, and pregnant women and their partners. There will be information on labor and delivery, infant care, breastfeeding techniques, nutrition during pregnancy, lead poisoning prevention, car seat safety, selecting childcare, and more. There will also be fun activities like a StoryWalk and crafts. 413-664-6104 x40. Old State Road & Route 8. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-12noon: PLAY: Peaceable Village Intergenerational Play Dance for all ages, facilitated by Su Eaton. Su will provide a magical fun environment for play with music, props, books, dress-ups, art supplies, face paints, softies to curl up with, time to sing songs and Moove and Groove, structured and unstructured time. 617-623-3521. Wild Life Sanctuary, 3rd Floor Studio #349, Arts and Industry Building, 221 Pine St. Florence , MA (>$)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm – CRAFT MARKET: The Sheffield Historical Society’s annual Festival of Holidays craft market kicks off November 8 in the Old Stone Store! Come find handcrafted items made by local artisans and get started on your holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society. The sale runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 21. 413-229-2694. 137 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (SALE/FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, November 8, 10am-5pm – STUDIO TOUR: Discover the many wonderful artists of Colrain at the Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour, taking place November 8 and 9. Many different studios will open their doors for visitors to explore and learn about their art and how it is made. Featured studios do woodworking, fiber art, baskets, jewelry, pottery, illustration, metalsmithing, and more. Discover local artists and learn about many different art forms. Find local handmade gifts for the holidays! More information can be found on the Crafts of Colrain website. Colrain, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 10:30am – BOOK GROUP: Kindergarteners and first graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Little Kid Book Club on October 18, November 8, and December 6. Parents/caregivers and their child can attend the book club and enjoy books together. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 10:30am – CARTOONS: What better way to spend your Saturday morning than watching cartoons? Come to the Monson Free Library for some cool vintage cartoons. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 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 8, 11am – FAMILY MOVIE/SING-ALONG: The Westhampton Public Library is having a Frozen (2013; rated PG) sing-along with Emily, who looks just like Princess Anna. Sing songs from the movie, enjoy fun activities, and get your photo taken with Princess Emily! Feel free to come in costume. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 12noon – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: In honor of Veteran’s Day, Odyssey Bookshop is holding an event with author/illustrator Greg Ruth, who will discuss his new book, Coming Home. Ruth’s book is about a young boy waiting for his mother to return home from her military deployment. Hear Ruth read the book and learn about his inspiration for the story and illustrations. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 12:30pm – CIRCUS: The Big Apple Circus is coming to Amherst Cinema! On November 8, come see “Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis” live on the big screen. The performance features classic circus artistry like juggling, clowning, acrobatics, and more. All ages will love getting to see this exciting circus on the big screen. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 8, 1pm-4pm – SPORTS/ICE HOCKEY: Have you ever wanted to try ice hockey? The Amherst Hockey Association is holding a Try Hockey for Free event at the Mullins Community Rink. Kids can spend time on the ice and learn about hockey with the UMass Minutemen hockey team, and parents can meet with coaches and hockey parents. There will also be a used great and equipment sale from 3pm-5pm. This is a great chance for kids to try out this sport! Please register on the AHA website. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Join MASS MoCA for a live concert by Elska, who performs indie pop music for the whole family. All ages will enjoy this fun concert! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 8, 2pm – PUPPETRY: See Leo Lionni’s stories come to life at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Picture Book Theatre will perform Tico and the Golden Wings and Geraldine the Music Mouse with puppets and dancers. Fans Lionni’s work will love these unique performances! Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, November 8, 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Make cool permanent marker tie dye shirts at the Sunderland Public Library! Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can call the library to sign up for this fun project. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 3pm-4:30pm – FOOD SWAP/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION: Trade your homemade, home-preserved, and homegrown foods at this fall’s Valley Food Swap at the Lilly Library! Meet like-minded community members and swap food items with them. This event encourages making and growing your own food and sharing amongst community members. Please RSVP. More information can be found here. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA.

Saturday, November 8, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK/DAY OF THE DEAD: Explore Easthampton’s local art scene at this month’s Art Walk. This is a fun evening out that lets you see work by talented local artists and experience some of the great art-related opportunities Easthampton has to offer! The theme of this month’s Art Walk is “Day of the Dead,” and there will be a procession, live music, and traditional dance, in addition to regular Art Walk activities. More information can be found on the Art Walk Easthampton website. 413-527-8278. Downtown. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 8, 6:30pm-9:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/JAPANESE: Learn about and celebrate Japanese culture at the Third Annual Japan Culture Night at Longmeadow High School. This event is a fundraiser for the Takikawa Exchange Program – Takikawa (Hokkaido, Japan) and Longmeadow are “friendship cities” and Takikawa and Springfield are “sister cities.” Each year, Takikawa sends students and a government official to visit, and next summer, a group from Longmeadow and Springfield hopes to visit Takikawa. The Japan Culture Night features student presentations on life and school in Takikawa, a Sakura recital, a karate demonstration, and yosakoi folk dance. This is a great opportunity for all ages to learn about Japanese culture while supporting this exchange program. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 8, 5pm-7pm – DINNER/SILENT AUCTION: The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are hosting their annual fall event at the Terrazza Ristorante at the Country Club of Greenfield. There will be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the library. 413-772-1544. 130 Swamp Road. Greenfield, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, November 9th, 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, November 9, ALL DAY – MUSIC STUDIES/VIOLIN & VIOLA: Do you want to learn how to play violin or viola? Slapin-Solomon Studios is offering a Free Lesson Day on November 9! Kids and adults ages 6 and up are welcome to attend a free half-hour lesson to try their hand at violin or viola. The lessons are open to anyone who is interested and has not taken a class at Slapin-Solomon Studios before. Sign up for your free lesson ASAP on the Slapin-Solomon Studios website. 413-345-5062. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 9, 9am-4pm – BABYSITTER WORKSHOP/TEENS: Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital are holding a Babysitters Academy for teens and tweens ages 11 ½ to 16. This class will help prepare future babysitters, and focuses on topics such as baby care, first aid, fire safety, home security, accident prevention, child behavior, and CPR. Those who attend will receive a certificate, handbook, and safety booklet. Call to register. 413-794-2229. 361 Whitney Avenue. Holyoke, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 9, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Sunday, November 9, 10am-5pm – STUDIO TOUR: Discover the many wonderful artists of Colrain at the Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour, taking place November 8 and 9. Many different studios will open their doors for visitors to explore and learn about their art and how it is made. Featured studios do woodworking, fiber art, baskets, jewelry, pottery, illustration, metalsmithing, and more. Discover local artists and learn about many different art forms. Find local handmade gifts for the holidays! More information can be found on the Crafts of Colrain website. Colrain, MA.

Sunday, November 9, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/VETERANS DAY: Honor veterans at the New England Air Museum‘s Veterans Day program on November 9. Meet veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and ask them questions about their service. Museum visitors can also sit in the cockpits of several different combat planes and helicopters, participate in flight simulations, and do other activities. This event gives the public an opportunity to meet and thank veterans for their service and to learn about the aircraft that were used in past wars. Veterans and active service personnel get free admission to the museum all November. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Sunday, November 9, 11am-3pm – CRAFT MARKET: The Sheffield Historical Society’s annual Festival of Holidays craft market kicks off this weekend in the Old Stone Store! Come find handcrafted items made by local artisans and get started on your holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society. The sale runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 21. 413-229-2694. 137 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (SALE/FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, November 9, 2pm – STORYTIME: Author Jennifer Rosner and illustrator Kristina Swarner will present their book, The Mitten String, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 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 presentation about the illustration process. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 9, 2pm – FILM STUDIES/FILM NOIR: As part of their Hard Boiled Film Noir Classics Series, Amherst Cinema is screening Out of the Past (1947) on November 9. The film is about a former private eye who is forced back into business. Older students interested in film studies and film noir will enjoy this screening. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 9, 2pm-5:30pm – LITERACY/SPELLING: The Lenox Library is holding their 5th Annual Scrabble FUNdraiser – ScrabbleRouser on November 9. This event is open to ages 12 and up, who will compete on teams in a three-round Scrabble competition to raise money for the library. Not interested in participating? Come to watch this exciting competition! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, November 9, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SYMPHONY: String and wind instrument players from the Holyoke Civic Symphony will perform a variety of classic favorites at the Wistariahurst Museum. This free concert is a great way to introduce kids to classical music! 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Monday, November 10, 9am – OPEN HOUSE: Amherst Montessori School hosts an open house for mid-year and Fall 2015 enrollment. 413-253-3101. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Monday, November 10, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Monday, November 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm – KNITTING: Kids and young adults can come to Forbes Library for a knitting program. Needles and yarn will be provided. Learn to knit – just in time for the cold winter months! Space is limited; sign up ASAP. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Monday, November 10, 5pm-6pm – AUTHOR TALK: Author Cammie McGovern, who has written books for both adults and young adults, will be at the Sunderland Public Library to discuss how she writes and lead writing exercises. Best for teens and tweens in grades 5-12. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Monday, November 10, 5:30-7:30pm: PARENT WORKSHOP: “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” a free three week Parent Education Series takes place on Mondays, November 10, 17 and 24.  This practical series for parents will be based on the book of the same title.  Learn simple effective communication techniques that really work: Cope with your child’s negative feelings; Express your anger without being hurtful; Gain your child’s cooperation; Set limits and maintain goodwill; Use alternatives to punishment; Resolve family conflicts peacefully.  On-site child care and transportation available. Sponsored by Family Resource Center. Call to register at 413-664-4821. Haskins Community Center. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 10, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/TEXTILES: Learn about the textile industry and local history at the Wistariahurst Museum’s “Threads that Bind” lecture series. This week, Jane Crutchfield will present “Quilt History – Why Does it Matter?” She will discuss the study and preservation of quilts and what they can teach us about the lives of women in Massachusetts from the colonial times to the present. Crutchfield will bring antique quilts that presented mysteries, and attendees are welcome to do the same. Best for older students interested in local history and textiles. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, 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)

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

 

Tuesday, November 11, 8:30-10:30am – OPEN HOUSE: Interested in learning more about The Bement School? Attend the November 11 Open House. Prospective parents of applicants interested in applying to grade 1-9 are welcome to come and learn more about Bement through a campus tour, classroom observation, and panel discussion with current teachers and administrators. 413-774-4209.  94 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA (OPEN HOUSE)

Tuesday, November 11, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Tuesday, November 11, 3:30pm – CREATIVE ARTS: All ages can express their creativity at Hampshire Youth Connect‘s ART Reach event in Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall. Participate in theatre, dance, and visual art workshops facilitated by Hampshire College students and explore the connections between artistic expression and community. This creativity-focused event engages all ages in hands-on learning and art-making. 893 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 11, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FILM NOIR: As part of their Hard Boiled Film Noir Classics Series, Amherst Cinema is screening Out of the Past (1947) on November 9. The film is about a former private eye who is forced back into business. Older students interested in film studies and film noir will enjoy this screening. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30pm: SUSTAINABILITY/AGRICULTURE: “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” will be screened at the Regal Berkshire Mall 10. This groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today (animal agriculture) – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. 413-684-3463. 123 Old State Road, Route 8, Lanesboro, 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-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)

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn all about “Sensing Our World” at Shutesbury Town Hall 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! 413-259-1213. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 12, 5pm-7:15pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Northampton Public Schools, Northampton/Hadley CFCE, Sunnyside Child Care, Northampton Parents Center, and Northampton Area Pediatrics have come together to offer a series of free Parent Cafés for parents and guardians of young children in the Northampton area. Families will eat dinner together, then children are cared for while parents meet for the Café. Here parents can discuss all aspects of parenting and gather support from one another as they face the challenges of raising children. Parent Cafés are great for parents because they provide a supportive and welcoming environment in which to discuss and learn about parenting. Childcare and dinner are provided. Call or email bblack@northampton-k12.us to register or for more info. 413-587-1471. 2 Parsons Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/VIOLA: Viola player Scott Slapin will perform viola music at the Gaylord Memorial Library. He will perform original music as well as music from the last 300 years by Bach, Paganini, and John Duke. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, 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-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.
  • 6pm-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Knack‘s Work-on-it Wednesdays are back for November and December. There will be open studio every Wednesday and you can come work on some handmade holiday gifts. 413-529-0126. 116 Pleasant Street #126. Easthampton, 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. $

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 9am-8pm – BOOK & TOY SALE: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Children’s Toy and Book Sale the weekend of November 14. Proceeds from the sale support the library’s programs and services. Come find new-to-you kids’ toys and books at great prices at this event. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Thursday, November 13, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES/PRESCHOOL: 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 13, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, November 13, 4:30pm-5:30pm – STEM/LEGOS: Get creative with LEGOs at the Monson Free Library! All ages welcome. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.

Thursday, November 13, 6pm-7pm – YOUNG ADULT BOOKS: The Sunderland Public Library is hosting a Hunger Games party to celebrate the release of the newest movie! Ages 10-18 can stop by the library for snacks and games. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Thursday, November 13, 6:30pm – SPELLING BEE: The Mary Lyon Foundation’s annual Community Spelling Bee is November 13 at Mohawk Trail Regional High School! Adults can form teams of three people per term and compete for trophies, sponsors, and raffle prizes. Proceeds from the Bee go toward education programming in the area. Show off your spelling skills with friends for a good cause! 413-625-2555. 26 Ashfield Road. Shelburne Falls, 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)

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Friday, November 14, 9am-5pm – BOOK & TOY SALE: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Children’s Toy and Book Sale the weekend of November 14. Proceeds from the sale support the library’s programs and services. Come find new-to-you kids’ toys and books at great prices at this event. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Friday, November 14, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show is on at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. The show runs every day until November 16, and features many beautiful flowers throughout Lyman Conservatory. Great opportunity to use the mum to integrated learning in history, math, culture and culinary arts. 413-585-2740. College Lane. Northampton, MA. (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Friday, November 14, 1:30-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Family Resource Centers Dollar “Cents”: Learning to Stretch your Dollar. Learn ways to save money for your family. Presented as collaboration with The Family Resource Center, Berkshire Community Action Council.  Transportation and child care available. 413-664‐4821. Haskins Center. North Adams, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 14, 4:30pm-5:30pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Educators can explore the connections between art, history, and the American experience at “Imagining History: An Evening for Educators with Mort Künstler” at the Norman Rockwell Museum. This workshop takes place in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibition, “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure.” Call to RSVP. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (>$)

Friday, November 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kick off the holiday season with Berkshire Museum at their Festival of Trees on Safari Festive Preview Party on November 14. Get a sneak peek of this year’s safari-themed Festival of Trees decorations, eat tasty treats, and enjoy an animal program with Creature Teachers. This a fun way to get excited for the holidays and enjoy some of what the Berkshire Museum has to offer! Please RSVP as soon as possible. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

Friday, November 14, 7pm-9pm – GAMES/HISTORY: Step back in time and have some Renaissance-era fun at Family Renaissance Games Night at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. Here you can play Renaissance-era board games and enjoy door prizes, refreshments, and more. Kids and adults alike will love getting a chance to play these historically accurate games. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 14, 7pm-10pm – SUSTAINABILITY/FILM STUDIES: Join the Pioneer Valley Institute for the Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. See some great local films on the topic of “How Communities are Working toward Sustainable Living.” The films focus on food and farming, health and medicine, education, the economy, transportation, energy, and housing, and would appeal to older students and adults interested in sustainable living and the transition town movement. Takes place in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. 413-775-1671. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Friday, November 14, 7:30pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: Bay Path University’s fall musical is Once On This Island, based on Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl. The play, which also incorporates elements of Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid, tells the story of a peasant girl who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. Tickets available in advance. 413-565-1307. 588 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. ($)

Friday, November 14, 7-9pm: MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: The Looking Back Project will be presenting “100 Years Ago,” an evening of song, music and readings. Best for older students interested in history through music, WWI songs of Afro-American soldiers, songs that John McCormack sang, Sephardic and Yiddish music, and accordion will be presented. Takes place at The Village Church. 32 Main. Street. Cummington, MA (DONATION)

Friday, November 14, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a concert by the Mount Holyoke Orchestra. They will perform Flights of Fancy. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, 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 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 – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, 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)
  • 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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