Suggested Events for January 10th-16th, 2015

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Open House: Jan 8, 12 & Feb 3

Accepting applications for fall 2015. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information on how to apply, financial aid, our upcoming Kindergarten Screenings, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org

Auditions Jan 10

Pioneer Valley Ballet is holding auditions for an original ballet, Aladdin and his Magic Lamp on January 10, 2015. The story of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp comes to life this spring at The Academy of Music on March 28 & 29, 2015. Presented by Pioneer Valley Ballet, the colorful characters and spell-bounding choreography takes audience members on a magical ride through a land brimming with genies, dreams, love, and adventure. Roles include Bluebirds, Flowers, Canaries, Bats, Spiders, and Children of the Palace. Children 4.5 – 12 years are invited to audition. No dance experience needed. Children must be at least 4.5 by January 10. Registration and information at www.pioneervalleyballet.org.

Info Sessions: Jan 10 & 21, 31 & Feb 11

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 10 (10:00 am), Wednesday, January 21 (7:00 pm), Saturday, January 31 (10:00 am), and Wednesday, February 11 (7:00 pm). Meet faculty, administrators, current students and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2015 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 or go to www.fourriverscharter.org.

Fridays & Saturdays

Full Moon Girls–Wild Natured Girls: She feels comfortable in herself, inhabits a sense of place, and she makes choices with boundaries clear. She goes for higher dreams, has her voice, and takes risks. She is embracing her uniqueness. She’s got smarts & emotional savvy needed to balance all the cultural influences she swims in everyday. She wants it all, she is aliveness, laughing at her imperfections. Capable-Confident-Evolving. Full Moon Girls will help her get there. Fridays weekly, Feb 6-May 29, 9:30-3:30. Girls 9-15. Sliding scale $50-78/day. Saturdays monthly, Jan 17-Jun 14, 9:30-2:30. Girls 7-15. Sliding scale $45-75/day located at Brook’s Bend Farm in Montague. For more info call Full Moon Girls at 413-367-6191.

Open House: Jan 17

Open House at Nonotuck Community School on Saturday, Jan. 17, 10:30am–1pm. Come learn about Nonotuck’s early childhood program for children 15 months–5 years. There will be tours for the grown-ups and activities for children. Applications are being accepted for summer/September. Nonotuck has well-appointed classrooms, daily access to indoor and outdoor play spaces, an art studio, yoga instruction, gardening & more. Curriculum is play-based and inspired by progressive early childhood education theory. Find out why Nonotuck has been serving the Northampton community for over 30 years! Conveniently located at 221 Riverside Dr., Florence in Northampton. For more info visit www.nonotuck.org or contact the school: 413-586-5996, info@nonotuck.org.

Open House: Jan 25

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Open House for interested families on Sunday, January 25, with presentations beginning at 1 pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents and get a feel for The Academy’s creative and rigorous academic program and warm, ethical community. The Academy offers vibrant arts and athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

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January 10th-16th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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. Listen to a reboardcast of our New Year Peace Episode. 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 over 7 years!

Saturday, January 10, TBA – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Attend a free sample class by Music Together for Valley Families on January 10 at the Sunderland Public Library. They will offer a sample of their parent/child music and movement program. Call to sign up and to find out time. 413-259-9400. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 8:30pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a craft table at the library today, open to kids of all ages. Come make a craft at the library or to take home and complete. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 9am-12noon ANIMAL STUDIES/TRACKING: Are you interested in learning about animal tracking? Join Earthwork Programs for an animal tracking workshop. You can learn to identify tracks and sign, discover local wildlife, learn about animal behavior and local ecology, and explore your understanding and appreciation for the natural world. This workshop is appropriate for families. Registration is required; call to find out location. 413-340-1161. LOCATION TBA ($$$)

Saturday, January 10, 9am-2pm – SKI SALE/FUNDRAISER: The Amherst Lions Club is holding a Ski and Snowboard Sale at Crocker Farm Elementary School to benefit the Club. There will be alpine skis, snowboards, boots, cross country equipment, snowshoes, twin tip skis, skates, jackets, helmets, pants, goggles, and more for sale. You can drop off items to consign on January 9 from 4pm-6pm. 280 West Street. Amherst, MA. (SALE)

Saturday, January 10, 9am-3pm – BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION: The Children’s Study Home is offering a free American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course for kids ages 11-15. Here kids can get the information they need to babysit safely and confidently, including how to handle emergencies, important childcare skills, and kid-friendly games. In order to become certified, you must attend both parts of this two-part class (1/10 and 1/17, 9am-3pm). Please register in advance. 413-739-5626 x202. 44 Sherman Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Westfield Athenaeum presents a performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Have fun at this energetic performance, which uses music and puppets to entertain audience members of all ages. Register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Princess Bride (1987; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love this hilarious, modern take on a fairy tale. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 10, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3 and up and their families can come to the West Springfield Public Library for a Saturday storytime. Celebrate “Flying Machines” with stories, music, a craft, and a snack. Please pre-register. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 10am-12noon – NATURE/ANIMAL STUDIES: Do you ever wonder what certain animals do in the winter? Mass Audubon is holding a Winter Wildlife Program for children 5 and up at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Play a game to learn about hibernation, migration, and sleepers, learn which animals stick around for the winter and how they survive the cold, and make a jello animal and see how it fares in the cold weather! This program is both indoors and outdoors. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 10, 10am-12:30pm or 1pm-3:30pm – SEWING/COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Storrs Library needs helping sewing bags for their bagshare program! The Library’s bagshare program has been around for four years, and in that time they have kept over 6,000 disposable plastic bags out of the environment. Come learn to sew and get creative making fun new bags for the bagshare program. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, January 10, 10am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Notchview is holding a Winter Trails Day for families this January. Get outdoors and enjoy winter with cross-country ski lessons, snowshoeing, free rentals (with purchase of trail pass), and more. There will be a limited number of skis available for use. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 10, 10:30am – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/PIRATES: Kids of all ages can attend a pirate party at the Carnegie Public Library! Come play like pirates, do pirate crafts, and eat pirate snacks. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents an album release party for In the Nick of Time’s new album, Fun O’Clock! The duo, which consists of Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag, will perform catchy kids tunes that blend rock, pop, reggae, jazz, and funk. Kids will love this high-energy performance! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, January 10, 11am-2:30pm – AUDITIONS/BALLET: The Pioneer Valley Ballet is holding auditions for their production of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp. Kids ages 4.5-12 can audition and get cast in the performance. No dance experience is necessary for the audition. Ages 4.5-7 can audition from 11am-12noon, and ages 8-12 can come from 1pm-2:30pm. Advanced dancers (age 12+ and en pointe) should call for audition information. 413-527-6363. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 155. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 10, 11:30am-12:30pm – FATHERS/PLAYGROUP: The Mason Library is holding a playgroup for fathers and their children. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 12noon-2pm – DIY/CRAFTS: Tweens and teens can make their own upcycled journals at the Indian Orchard Branch Library. Make your own one-of-a-kind journal using old book jackets, magazine, cereal boxes, and other materials. Participants will also learn about different types of journals. Registration is suggested. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 1pm – FILM: Families can join the East Longmeadow Public Library for a screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014; rated PG). This comedy/drama is about a family from India who move to France and open a restaurant directly across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred restaurant. All ages welcome. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 1pm-3pm – SNOWSHOE HIKE/NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy a winter snowshoe hike for ages 5 and up with Mass Audubon at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn about the history and different styles of snowshoes and their importance to early American winters. Then explore the trails and search for animal tracks and signs. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 10, 1pm-4pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Earthwork Programs’ Frank Grindrod will present an emergency survival and self-sufficiency skills workshop on January 10. Learn how to handle your next emergency by learning strategies for warm shelter both in and outside, how to stay healthy through safe hygiene, how to make fire without matches or lighter fluid, how to use your car as a shelter, what foods to have on hand, and more. Pre-registration is required; call to find out location. 413-340-1161. LOCATION TBA. ($$$)

Saturday, January 10, 1pm-4pm – SNOWSHOEING: Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! Adults and kids 8 and up are invited to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and participate in beginner clinics – ski clinics are at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, and snowshoe clinics are at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Please pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 2pm – MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum is screening a movie for teens today at the library. Come enjoy snacks and an entertaining movie (rated PG-13). Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 2pm-4pm – AUTHOR TALK/DOCUMENTARY: Forbes Library presents an event with author Christian McEwen, who will read from her book World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. Following the reading, there will be a screening of To Spring from the Hand, a documentary film about artist, dancer, and potter Paulus Berensohn. This event would best for older students and adults interested in “slowing down” and using time in a more meaningful way. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 10, 3pm – GEOGRAPHY: Learn all about maps at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “The Monsters of Maps” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 10, 3pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Charlemont 250 Committee is holding their annual Christmas Tree Bonfire on January 10 at Charlemont Fairgrounds in honor of the town’s 250th anniversary! Drop off your Christmas tree before January 10 and then come watch it burn in a giant bonfire. There will also be ice sculptures, costumed characters, music, kids’ activities, food, and more. Rain date is January 11. 413-339-4305. Charlemont, MA.

Saturday, January 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm – VOLUNTEER/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Berkshire Humane Society’s “Humane Hero” program gives kids ages 10-14 the opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society, learn about the responsibilities of pet ownership, learn how to be an advocate and educator, and learn how to effectively fundraise in order to create change in their community. The Humane Society is offering a Humane Hero workshop – “Canine Good Citizen.” More information on becoming a Humane Hero can be found on the Berkshire Humane Society website. You can sign up anytime! 413-447-7878 x29. 214 Barker Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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, January 11, 10-11:30am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: PJ Pals at LGA will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with songs of peace and freedom, in English & Hebrew, for families with children ages 3-5. At this morning class, “Songs of Freedom: Music and Movement with Felicia Sloin,” families can make homemade musical instruments and enjoy music and movement. All are welcomed. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, January 11, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Explore Savoy State Forest and the Hoosac Range on a winter ecology hike with Mass Audubon and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Learn about ecology, evergreen trees, and animal tracks on this hike. Snowshoe rentals available. If no snow, it will be a regular hike. Older teens and adults only. Register in advance. 413-584-3009. Central Shaft Road. Florida, MA. ($$)

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Monday, January 12th, 2015

Accepting applications for fall 2015. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9.

Monday, January 12, REGISTRATION DEADLINE – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Educators of kids in pre-k through 8th grade can attend a Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center on January 19 from 11am-3pm. Learn about PLT and how it can be applied to your teaching. Pre-registration is required for this workshop. 413-584-6788. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, January 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm – CRAFTS/SCIENCE: Learn about astronomy and aliens at theForbes Library‘s space-themed crafternoon on January 12. Explore interesting space-related questions and do fun space crafts. Please sign up. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 12, 4pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can stop by Whole Foods Market in Hadley to make their own pine cone bird feeders and enjoy a healthy snack. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 12, 6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-6. Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

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: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a gym fun group at West Stockbridge Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. This playgroup focuses on social and physical play and meets every Monday through July 2015. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, 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. (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. (DONATION)
  • 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-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime for all ages. Features interactive songs and stories. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – AGRICULTURE: Kids ages 4 and under can explore farm life at Red Gate Farm every Monday through March 9. 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-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-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. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am-12noon – MOTHERS GROUP: The Nursing Mothers’ Council is hosting a monthly gathering on the second Monday of each month at the Amherst Family Center. Women and children can come to the meetings to meet one another, support each other, and discuss breastfeeding. 413-336-1616. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PARENT GROUP: Mothers of infants and young children, as well as expectant moms, can come to the Hilltown Village Mothers’ Group every Monday at St. John’s Corner House. Come talk about motherhood and share your experiences in this supportive group environment. Childcare is available for kids up to age 4; infants in arms are welcome. The group follows the Mohawk Trail school schedule. 413-522-9732. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-5pm – CHESS: Kids ages 7 and up can stop by the Forest Park Branch Library every Monday to practice chess or learn to play. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-5pm – TEEN TIME: Teens can hang out at the Springfield Central Library‘s Teen Time, which gives teens a chance to talk about their interests with their peers and do activities. Every Monday. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, 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)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 8yr every Monday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – LEGO: Get creative with LEGOs at the Springfield Central Library every Monday and Wednesday through March 18. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, 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, January 13th, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 9:30am-11am – PARENT GROUP: The Agawam Family and Community Program is offering a Mom2Mom group on December 9. Come meet and discuss parenting with other moms. Childcare is available. 413-821-0597. 108 Perry Lane. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 13, 3:30pm-4:30pm – CULINARY ARTS: Tweens and teens can learn how to make a tasty afterschool snack at the Forest Park Branch Library. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 13, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders can attend a middle school book group at the West Springfield Public Library on January 13. Read Pseudonymous Bosch’s Bad Magic and come discuss it with peers and do a related craft. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE every Tuesday for a playgroup at Egremont Elementary School. 413-499-4809. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson 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. (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. (DONATION)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-9 ½ can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a weekly playgroup every Tuesday through June 2015 at Otis Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, 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. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm – LIBRARY GROUP: Teens can come to the Lilly Library‘s Teen Scene every Tuesday for games, projects, crafts, movies, and more. Stop by for fun activities and friends! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGO: Kids ages 7-12 can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Tuesday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, 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)
  • 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)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Buckland Public Library is hosting a Soup Night the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of January, February, and March. Come to the library and enjoy delicious soup and bread with community members of all ages. Contact the library if you are interested in cooking. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, January 14th, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 1:45pm-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a nature program for kids in grades 1-4 every Wednesday in January. The program, which is led by WRLF Director Leslie Reed-Evans and students assistants from Williams College, features unstructured nature activities like sledding, exploration, stories, games, and crafts. Come every week ($$) or to individual sessions ($). Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($-$$)

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30pm – STORYTIME/PAJAMA DONATION: Kids can attend a pajama storytime at the East Longmeadow Public Library and enjoy activities at the library. Bring a new set of children’s pajamas to donate to the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and make cards to be sent with the pajamas. A fun storytime for kids and a chance to help others in the community! 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE/DONATION)

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30pm-8pm – CULINARY ARTS: Older teens and adults who are interested in cooking can learn how to cook Turkish food at Whole Foods Market in Hadley. Local chef Ipek, from Turkish Kitchen, will instruct you on how to prepare an entire Turkish meal in under an hour. This is a great chance to learn how to cook Turkish food! Stop by store to RSVP. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. 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-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child playgroup every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Come play and learn together at this fun playgroup! 413-586-4998. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 or 9am-3pm – FARMING/HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool students ages 9 and up can come to Red Gate Farm for Homeschool Half Days most Wednesdays through March 11. Students can learn about farming at these hands-on programs, which revolve around farm activities and explorations. 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. (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. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for toddlers at the Haskins Center. For ages 1-2.5. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a playgroup every Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center. Come for play, crafts, activities, stories, and more. 413-464-5095. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, 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: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, 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)
  • 12noon-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, 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)
  • 5:30pm-7pm – LEGO: Get creative with LEGOs at the Springfield Central Library every Monday and Wednesday through March 18. 413-263-6828 x471. 220 State Street. Springfield, 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. (FREE)
  • 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, January 15th, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 9:30am-11am – PRESCHOOL FAIR: The Northampton Parents Center‘s annual Preschool Fair takes place January 15. Representatives from Northampton and Hadley area preschools will be at the fair to answer questions and give information on their schools and programs. There will be toys for kids to play with and snacks available. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, January 15, 12:15pm – ART HISTORY: Discover the religious and historical significance behind one of the Springfield Museums’ most famous pieces – Bartolomeo Manfredi’s Christ Crowned with Thorns – at a Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, January 15 at 12:15pm. Mount Holyoke College Professor John L. Varriano will present, “A Caravaggesque Painting in Springfield by Bartolomeo Manfredi,” which focuses on this piece and its similarities to works by Caravaggio at the turn of the 17th Century. Older students and adults who are interested in art history can learn about this fascinating period in European history, as well as how Caravaggio’s work influenced other artists, and how these artists spread his painting style throughout Europe. Call the Museums at 800-625-7738 for more information. The Museums are located at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, January 15, 3:30pm – LEGOS: Come have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Chicopee Public Library. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: The Mason Library will have a MCBA Book Club on January 15. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 4pm – STEM: Kids ages 6 and older are invited to come to the Greenfield Public Library for the first monthly session of “Fun with Science,” an activity using science in a craft or experiment, with educator Corissa Tripp. Learn about how snow forms through library books in a read-aloud time, then make snow and take it home in a plastic bag! This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. This community-based STEM program happens on the third Thursday of each month through June, 2015. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY:  Learn about the history and legacy of war at the Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Four Freedoms Forum: The Cultural Legacy of War.” This free discussion with William H. Cohn, Ph.D. and others will engage older students and adults in the topic of war, including its history, legacy, uses, and more. Why is war seen as an acceptable response to conflict? What led to this acceptance? What are some nonviolent alternatives? Older students with an interest in history and politics can learn from this lecture and discussion, and can come with questions of their own to examine during the program. Call 413-298-4100 for more information. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located at 9 Route 183 in Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 6pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids in kindergarten-4th grade can attend a super fun pajama storytime at the Monson Free Library in honor of National Hat Day! Come in your favorite hat and some cozy pajamas for this fun storytime. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 15, 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a production of Anne of Green Gables this January. Enjoy seeing this 20th-century novel come to life onstage. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. 413-259-3065. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12noon for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Amherst Family Center is open every Monday through Friday, 9am-12noon. Drop in for playgroups and activities for young children (ages 0-5) and caregivers. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a weekly playgroup at the Richmond Consolidated School. 413-464-5095. 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and kids ages 18 months to 3 years can attend a Toddler Steps program at the CHP Family Services Building, held by South Berkshire Kids. The program features circle time, stories, songs, crafts, and play, and runs every Thursday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, 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. (FREE)
  • 10am – MOVEMENT: The Music and Movement program with Laurie and Tom will be at the Carnegie Library every Thursday through February 26. Young children and their caregivers are invited to this fun, free program. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners 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. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-9 ½ can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday and Thursday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, 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-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, 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. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, 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, January 16th, 2015

Friday, January 16, TBA – MUSIC: The Red Barn Music School is hosting an open house for their pre-k and kindergarten Music and Movement program (for ages 3-5). Come to the open house to learn about the program, instructors, and signup information. Call for more info. 413-256-8899. 409 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Friday, January 16, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a Computer Basics class, which teaches how to use laptops, keyboards, mice/touchpads, and how to browse the internet. This class would be great for someone who with no computer skills who is hoping to learn! Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 16, 12noon – GAMES: Teens in grades 6-12 can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for pizza and games – Wii, board games, and card games. Feel free to bring a game from home to share with others. Pizza will be served. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 16, 3:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Kids in grades 4 and 5 can participate in the Bookworms Book Club at the West Springfield Public Library. Read Penelope Crumb is Mad at the Moon by Shawn K. Stout and come discuss it and do a fun craft. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 16, 3:30pm-4:30pm – CRAFTS: Older kids, tweens, and teens can make cool duct tape creations at the Forbes Library. Use duct tape to make things like a phone case, bow tie, flowers, and more. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 16, 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents a production of Anne of Green Gables this January. Enjoy seeing this 20th-century novel come to life onstage. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus. 413-259-3065. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, 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)

9:30am-3:30pm – GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT: Full Moon Girls, nature mentoring takes place on Fridays, Feb 6-May 29, for girls ages 9-15. A spot is open for you! 413-367-6191. Brook’s Bend Farm. Montague, MA (Sliding scale $50-78/day)

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children offers a playgroup every Friday at Shutesbury Elementary School. Children ages 5 and under and a caregiver can come make friends, explore, and discover. 978-544-5157. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, 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)
  • 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: There will be playgroup at the Cummington Family Center every Wednesday and Friday through May. The playgroups are parent-run, which means that the first parent to arrive can set up toys and make coffee/tea. 33 Main Street. Cummington, 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 – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, 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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – COMPUTER TECH: Learn about computers and get help with basic programs at the Carnegie Library on Fridays. Call the library to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. 413-863-3214. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend Skip and Dip at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, held by South Berkshire Kids. This group consists of splash pool and gym time and runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, 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. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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 – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend an art and nature playgroup at the CHP Campus, held by South Berkshire Kids. Runs every Friday through June 2015. 413-464-5095. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, 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)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Kids in kindergarten and younger can attend a free playgroup every Friday through May 2015 at the Granby Free Public Library. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, 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)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a program for ages 3 and under that features hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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. (FREE)
  • 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. (FREE)
  • 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. ($)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Holyoke, Leyden, and Pelham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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