Suggested Events for November 15th-21st, 2014

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Hilltown Families’ Event

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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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 14

Come to the Renaissance Center on Friday, November 14th evening of Renaissance board games! Cozy up next to the fire and play some cribbage, chess, backgammon, fox and geese, nyot and more! There will be Renaissance music, door prizes and refreshments courtesy of the Renaissance Center’s Reading Group. This event is free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. Families with children are encouraged to participate in this merry evening of games! For more information, please visit the Renaissance Center website at www.umass.edu/renaissance or call Sonia at 413-577-3600. The Renaissance Center is located at 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Parking is free. See you there! from 7-9pm for a family-friendly.

Nov 18

Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Their mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. Come to their Open House, Tuesday, November 18 from 8:30am – 10:00am to meet faculty, parents, students, visit classrooms, and their neighbor, Abundance Farm. LGA’s seasoned educators emphasize the social and ethical components that teach children compassion, respect, and the importance of diversity and equality. For more information, contact Gail Lansky, Admissions Director at glansky@lgaschechter.org, 413-584-6622 x105, or visit www.landergrinspoon.org.

Nov 22

The Common School: Community, collaboration, social justice, intrinsic motivation, deep understanding, diversity, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their fall Open House, Saturday, November 22, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Nov 22

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 22nd in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the performance, The Mouse Bride: A Marionette Show, performed by the Early Childhood staff. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 22nd. 10:00am – 4:00pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

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!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, November 15th, 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. 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 15, APPLICATION DEADLINE – STEM: The UMass Polymer Science and Engineering Department is seeking applications for their ASPIRE program, which gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with polymer science. This free program runs for five Saturdays in January and February, and students can gain laboratory experience and study the synthesis, characterization, and engineering of polymers. Interested students should submit an application by November 15. 413-545-0082. 120 Governors Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30am-10:30am – COMMUNITY MEAL: New Hingham Elementary School’s 6th grade class is hosting a pancake breakfast at Chesterfield Congregational Church to benefit their class trip. Come for delicious pancakes, sausage, and syrup, and enjoy time spent with community members of all ages. 43 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, November 15, 9am-2pm – BOOK 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. (SALE)

Saturday, November 15, 9:30am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Warner Hill. On this moderate hike, you will hike north on the Appalachian Trail to Warner Hill, which has wonderful views of Mt. Greylock and other surrounding ranges. Older students and adults will enjoy this opportunity to explore the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires. Meet at Williams Street Plaza in Pittsfield to carpool. 413-499-0596. Williams Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 9:30am-4:30pm – ANIME: The Springfield City Library presents Chibiconn, their annual celebration of Anime culture. On November 15, come for a day full of anime cartoon episodes. Then, on November 16, enjoy hearing speaker Aaron Wood, see a cosplay presentation, participate in and judge an art contest, and participate in a cosplay contest. Kids and teens who are Anime fans will love this super fun event! 413-263-6840. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am – PLANT STUDIES: Join the Sunderland Public Library in learning how to identify trees in winter with Michael Wojtech. Learn about trees and how to identify them based on their bark, which is present in every season. Best for older students interested in plants and nature. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and discover the changes it goes through each fall on an all ages hike with Mass Audubon. Search for animal homes and signs of wildlife preparing for winter, and have fun playing games and learning about animals. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-12noon – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about ducks and ducklings at Tyler Memorial Library. Dennis Bruffee of Buckboard Eggs will bring his ducks and ducklings to the library for kids to meet. Pam Snow will also present a special duck-themed storytime, and kids can get a free copy of the book Make Way for Ducklings. 413-339-4335. 157 Main Street. Charlemont, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-1pm – GAMES: Celebrate International Games Day at the Westhampton Public Library. Come play tons of fun games, new and old, for all ages. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: Shop local and handmade for the holidays at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s Holiday Handcraft Fair! There will be a market of beautiful children’s games, toys, and other wares, as well as a gently-used-corner, jump rope making for kids, a performance from Roger the Jester, silent auction and raffles, food, a petting zoo, and more. 413-528-4015. 35 West Plain Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm – ART SALE: Snow Farm’s annual seconds sale takes place on weekends throughout November – there’s new art every weekend! Stop by to see what’s there and get a jump start on holiday shopping. Shop local and handmade for the holidays! There will even be an opportunity to MYO glass ornaments ($$). 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, November 15, 10am-4pm – HOLIDAY FAIR: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s 9th Annual Marketplace Menagerie and Craft Fair takes place today, and features a variety of gift items from Berkshire artists and artisans, baked goods, crafts, and more! Get ready for the holidays by getting a jump start on shopping, and keeping your purchases local! 413-528-5260. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, November 15, 10:30am – PARENT WORKSHOP: Is your child a picky eater? Come to the Sunderland Public Library for “How to Please Picky Eaters,” with Joan Eckert, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market. She will share ideas and tips for getting picky eaters to eat healthier. There will be a playtime/storytime for children whose parents are participating in the workshop. Pre-registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Take a closer look at one of our local watersheds at the Great Falls Discovery Center’s, “Watershed Investigators,” a special family program where kids can learn new ways to look at and understand the world around them using games, crafts, exploration, etc. Designed to best fit students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10:30am-12noon – GAMES: Celebrate the fun of board games this International Game Day at the Carnegie Library. All ages can come to the library for new and old board games. Feel free to bring your favorite game from home to play with others. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follows the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, November 15, 11am – CULTURAL STUDIES/STORIES: Hear legends and tales from Poland at the South Hadley Public Library on November 15. Historian and storyteller Stas Radosz will tell traditional Polish stories, including “The Wawel Dragon,” “Wojtek and His Unusual Pet,” and others. Anyone who is interested in hearing these stories is welcome! 413-538-5045. 2 Canal Street. South Hadley Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 11am-12noon – PUPPETRY: All ages can enjoy a performance of “Sir George and the Dragon,” by Pumpernickel Puppets, at the Hatfield Public Library. This exciting tale will be performed with giant marionettes! 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 11am-2pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: The Belchertown Family Center‘s first-ever Harvest Festival takes place November 15. There will be fun activities like pumpkin bowling and a turkey baster relay race, fall-themed snacks, and more. Come to this fun festival and support the Family Center! 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 15, 11am-3pm – CELEBRATION: Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory celebrates 14 years this November! Come celebrate with fun, games, treats, Flutters the Clown, face painting, and more. Experience all Magic Wings has to offer while celebrating this important milestone. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, November 15, 11am-5pm – OPEN STUDIOS: Eastworks will have open studios on November 15 and 16. Come see artists, designers, shops, performance spaces, non-profit spaces, and more. There will be yoga and dance demonstrations, info sessions, performances, and talks as well. This is a great chance to see what goes on inside some of Eastworks’ many studios and spaces! 413-527-1000. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, November 15, 11am-5pm – ART: Meet and tour local artists’ studios on Stage Road in Cummington. Visit Leni Fried Printmaking, Where Earth Meets Sky Designs, and Steven Jones wheel thrown stoneware on this walkabout. See work by these local artists and get some holiday shopping done early. Stage Road. Cummington, MA.

Saturday, November 15, 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 15, 2:30pm – DIY: Kids can make their own pumpkin spice lip balm at Berkshire Co-Op Market. This fun DIY workshop is great for fall and would make a great gift for the holidays. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, November 15, 4pm-7pm – FAMILY FUN: Families can join the Northampton Parents Center for Family Fun Night! There will be a performance by Tom Knight Puppets, dessert from GoBerry, an optional potluck dinner, and playtime. This is a great chance to hang out with other local families! 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 5pm-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Williamsburg Lions Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner at the Williamsburg Congregational Church to benefit the Christmas Stocking Fund for the kids of families who use the Goshen Food Pantry and other Lions charities. Come to this fun community meal and support a great cause. Kids under 6 get in free. 413-563-2909. Williamsburg, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm – HIKING: Explore the forest at night on a Family Night Hike with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Ages 5 and up can listen for nights, acclimate to being outdoors at night, play games, make sparks with rocks, and learn about the survival strategies of nocturnal animals. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30pm – CONCERT: Join the Palmer Historical Society for a concert by Old Country Road at Harmony Hall. Come hear the band play vintage country music. Advance reservations available. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. ($)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30pm – THEATER: 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. ($)

Saturday, November 15, 8pm-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for an evening of learning about the night sky. Learn about the late fall and early winter constellations, where to see them, and when. This program is a great introduction to astronomy for all ages! 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 15, 8pm-10pm – MUSIC: The Smith College Choirs present their annual fall celebrate of choral music, the Autumn Serenade. This concert showcases the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work for women’s voices, “Leave My Heart Its Songs,” by Dominick DiOrio. There will be performance by the Glee Club, Chorus, Groove, and the Children’s Chorus of Springfield. Takes place in Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3150. Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, November 16th, 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 16, 10am-2pm – SUSTAINABILITY/ARCHITECTURE: Tour some local green buildings with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Wright Builders. See Village Hill in Northampton, then visit the new early childhood building at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, and then end the tour in Amherst at the newly remodeled Unitarian Universalist Society building. Older students interested in green building will get a chance to learn about building materials and construction methods associated with these projects. Call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 10am-4pm – ART SALE: Snow Farm’s annual seconds sale takes place on weekends throughout November – there’s new art every weekend! Stop by to see what’s there and get a jump start on holiday shopping. Shop local and handmade for the holidays! There will even be an opportunity to MYO glass ornaments ($$). 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. (SALE)

Sunday, November 16, 11am-5pm – OPEN STUDIOS: Eastworks will have open studios on November 15 and 16. Come see artists, designers, shops, performance spaces, non-profit spaces, and more. There will be yoga and dance demonstrations, info sessions, performances, and talks as well. This is a great chance to see what goes on inside some of Eastworks’ many studios and spaces! 413-527-1000. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, November 16, 12noon – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: The Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network is holding a walk along the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline project in Dalton to raise awareness about the pipeline and the communities and natural areas it would affect. The hike in Dalton is two miles and follows electric transmission lines in a wildlife corridor. This hike would be best for older students and adults interested in learning more about the pipeline project and the areas it would affect. 413-655-2020. Grange Hall Road. Dalton, MA.

Sunday, November 16, 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is holding a special Family Day to celebrate their new exhibition, “Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.” See the exhibition of Bemelmans’ work, learn about the author/illustrator, do watercolors in the art studio, hear Madeline stories read aloud, and get your picture taken with Madeline. Fans of the books will enjoy this fun event all about Madeline! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 16, 12:30pm-4:30pm – ANIME: The Springfield City Library presents Chibiconn, their annual celebration of Anime culture. On November 15, come for a day full of anime cartoon episodes. Then, on November 16, enjoy hearing speaker Aaron Wood, see a cosplay presentation, participate in and judge an art contest, and participate in a cosplay contest. Kids and teens who are Anime fans will love this super fun event! 413-263-6840. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 1pm – ACTIVISM: Hear local activist Frances Crowe speak about her 60 years of activism for peace and justice at Historic Northampton on November 16. Crowe recently wrote a book titled, Finding My Radical Soul, which follows her journey as an activist, which began in the 1940s during World War II. Older students interested in activism, history, and peace will enjoy hearing this Pioneer Valley icon speak. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 2pm – HISTORY: Adults and older students interested in history can join the Swift River Valley Historical Society for “Meet Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,” a one-person show researched, written, and performed by Katie Green. She will perform as Mary Rowlandson, a colonial woman who was captured by Native Americans during King Philip’s War. Come hear the story of the capture from “Mary’s” perspective and learn about this significant bit of local history. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street. New Salem, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 2pm – THEATER: 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. ($)

Sunday, November 16, 2pm-3:30pm – BIRD STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a talk on listening to birdsong with Professor Bruce Byers of the University of Massachusetts. Learn about the complexity of songbird singing and how scientists are working to study these sounds, as well as the natural history of songbirds. Older students interested in birds will enjoy this informative talk. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Sunday, November 16, 2pm-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL HISTORY: The Arms Library celebrates 100 years in the Pratt Memorial Library Building this November! Come celebrate on November 16 and learn about the history of the library building. 413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 3pm – FILM STUDIES: As part of their Fast Forward Film Series, Historic Northampton presents, “Our Northampton, Their Northampton,” featuring clips of films that explore how Northampton has been portrayed in movies. See clips of Northampton from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975), Malice (1992), In Dreams (1997), The Cider House Rules (1998), and Edge of Darkness (2010). See how the city has been portrayed in films and learn about local history and how Northampton has changed over time. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 4pm – ARCHITECTURE: This month’s installment of the Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “Palladian Architecture and the Beauty of Geometry,” presented by Rachel Fletcher. She will discuss how mathematics factors into the human perception of beauty. This talk would appeal to older students who are interested in architecture. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 16, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents a performance by the Mount Holyoke Flute Choirs. Come hear ragtime, Latin, and classical music at this performance, which would be of interest to students of all ages who are interested in music. Takes place in McCulloch Auditorium. 413-538-2306. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA.

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

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

 

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 – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 8 and under can attend a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first and third Monday of each month. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more at this fun playgroup. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 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 18th, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Tuesday from 11/18 to 12/16 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 18, 1pm-2pm – PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP: The East Longmeadow Public Library and Pathways for Parents are offering a workshop for parents/caregivers and kids ages 4-8 – Beyond Phonics. This interactive program features read aloud activities to strengthen comprehension, support writing, and embed common core standards. This program meets for five weeks, on November 18 and 25, and December 2, 9, and 16. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 18, 3:45pm-5pm – CRAFTS: Kids can craft their own toys at the Jones Library! Come get creative and build your own toy at this hands-on activity. Registration is required. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm – HISTORY: Learn about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at Harmony Hall on November 18. The Palmer Historical Society presents a talk by Representative Todd Smola, who will discuss JFK’s lasting influence and share artifacts and memorabilia to teach about and commemorate him. Older students interested in American history would enjoy this talk, which would nicely supplement US history curriculum. There will also be a discussion on theories surrounding JFK’s assassination. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm-8:30pm – CONSERVATION/ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about wildlife conservation in Kenya with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and photographer Steve Upton. Upton will share photographs he took on a recent trip to Kenya and will discuss conservation efforts to protect them. Call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Tuesday, November 18, 7:30pm – DANCE STUDIES: Martha Graham Dance Company will perform at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on November 18. Come see this contemporary dance company, which is one of the oldest and most celebrated, perform stunning dances. Best for older students interested in dance. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$-$$$)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-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 19th, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids of all ages can make their own harvest decorations at the Lenox Library on November 19. This is a fun chance for kids to make something that can decorate their home! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 19, 6pm – STUFFED ANIMALS: Kids ages 3 and up and their favorite stuffed animal can attend a stuffed animal pet show and sock hop, as well as a toy sleepover for the stuffed animals, at the Chicopee Public Library. Call or stop by the Children’s Room to register. 413-594-1800 x4. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Author Charles Mann will speak about fossil fuels and renewable energy at the Sunderland Public Library. Older students interested in environmental studies and alternative energy sources will enjoy this informative talk. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Are you interested in learning how to keep your kids healthy this winter? River Valley Market is offering a free workshop for parents with Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk and Honey Herbs – Winter Herbal Medicine Cabinet for Kids. Learn how to safely use herbal medicine to strengthen the immune system and ease the symptoms of colds and flus. Participants will make medicine together in the class and take samples home. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm – CREATIVITY/ACTIVISM: Art for a Change is a workshop series at the Art Garden focused on developing creative ideas and addressing issues that we as community members care about. This month’s theme is Climate Justice and Environmental Issues. This workshop would be best for older teens and adults who are interested in art and environmental activism. 413-625-2782. 4 Union Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – FARMING/HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool students ages 8 and up can come to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Days most Wednesdays through November 19. Students can learn about farming at these hands-on programs, which revolve around farm activities and explorations. Students ages 12 and up will work separately on more advanced farm projects. Sign up for some or all meetings. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. $
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for playgroups and more. The Center follows the South Hadley Schools’ calendar. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-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 20th, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 12:15pm – HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Native American Fantasy: An Exploration of Art and Music,” by Professor Jack P. Brin. The program is about the expulsion of eastern tribes to west of the Mississippi River and the artists and composers who studied these tribes. Best for older students interested in history, art, and music. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. >$

Thursday, November 20, 7pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents a production of Bye Bye Birdie at South Hadley High School. The play is about a famous singer who is about to join the Army, and one final publicity stunt before he goes. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Thursday, November 20, 7pm-8:30pm – CLIMATE SCIENCE/ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about climate change and what it means for animals with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and naturalist Sue Morse at the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley. Morse will discuss how northern wildlife species like canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, and others are being affected by climate change. Students of all ages can attend this program, which hopes to inspire people to work against climate change for the sake of these animals and our planet as a whole. 413-256-6006. 300 Westgate Center Drive. Hadley, MA. (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

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 21st, 2014

Friday, November 21, 10am-4pm – ART SALE: Snow Farm’s annual seconds sale takes place on weekends throughout November – there’s new art every weekend! Stop by to see what’s there and get a jump start on holiday shopping. Shop local and handmade for the holidays! There will even be an opportunity to MYO glass ornaments ($$). 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. (SALE)

Friday, November 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Make your own mini book at the Forbes Library! All materials are provided, so just bring your sense of creativity and have fun making a miniature accordion book to take home or gift to someone for the holidays. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, November 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Adults can attend a special preview of the Hartsbrook School’s Holiday Fair – the Holiday Artisans Bazaar. This is a fun night out for parents and a chance to check out the fair before the crowds. 413-584-3198. 193 Bay Road. Hadley, MA.

Friday, November 21, 7pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents a production of Bye Bye Birdie at South Hadley High School. The play is about a famous singer who is about to join the Army, and one final publicity stunt before he goes. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Friday, November 21, 7:30pm – THEATER: 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 21, 7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The Mt. Holyoke College Music Department presents Hot Jazz on a Cold Night, the annual winter concert performed by the Mount Holyoke Jazz Ensembles. 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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