Suggested Events for January 17th-23rd, 2015

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Hilltown Families 7th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past seven years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts!

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Jan 17

Drum, Stomp, & Dance! On Saturday, January 17, from 10am-5pm, get out and enjoy the holiday weekend at the Springfield Museums (21 Edwards St.) with a full day of art and science activities plus live animal demonstrations, special planetarium shows, and more! Highlighting the day’s activities is a performance of Trinidad 2 Timbuktu by Crocodile River Music (11am, Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum), free with museum admission. They’ll be taking visitors on a musical trip around the world, exploring calypso, reggae, flamenco, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music and dance styles. For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

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 Drive in Florence. For more info visit www.nonotuck.org or contact the school: 413-586-5996, info@nonotuck.org.

Jan 17 & 18

German puppeteer, Mattias Kuchta, performs a magical production of the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White on Saturday, January 17 & Sunday, January 18 at 1pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 West Bay Rd) in Amherst. Kuchta, who is on an international tour, transports his audience to a new world with his Fellini-like textile puppets. Kuchta, doesn’t stand silently in the background while his puppets do all the performing. Instead, he moves and maneuvers his puppets like an onstage choreographer, giving them their unique personalities and voices, and fully involving the audience in the fun! Tickets are $8.50 (Members $7.50). Museum admission extra. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or call 413-658-1126

Jan 19 & 25

Consider Parenting in Cohousing. Families living in cohousing agree there are many benefits: Childcare support, community meal option, shared play areas, multigenerational connections, and more. Cohousing combines the best of privacy and community. Village Hill Cohousing (VHC) of Northampton has a few openings. Applications due in February. If you share VHC’s values of compassionate living, ecological sustainability, community, and welcoming diversity, check out these events: Parenting in Cohousing: Jan. 19, 3:30-5:30pm. VHC Intro: Jan. 25, 10:30a-1pm RSVP: info@villagehillcohousing.org. Let them know if you need childcare. Location: Rocky Hill Cohousing, 100 Black Birch Trail, Florence, MA. More about VHC: www.villagehillcohousing.org

Jan 21, 31 & Feb 11

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on 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.

Open House: Jan 24

Smith College Campus School at 33 Prospect Street, Northampton will host an Open House on Saturday, January 24, 9:30-11am. All prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are welcome. Come explore classrooms and see what students are learning. Located on the beautiful Smith College campus, children experience a nurturing environment and an idea-centered curriculum that integrates art, music, physical activity, and computer programming. SCCS offers a newly expanded after school program and financial aid is available. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit online at www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270.

Open House: Jan 25

Does your child love to learn? Is your child respected, nurtured and inspired? Come warm up at The Hartsbrook School’s winter open house and see how they’re different. Their multi-disciplinary curriculum blends academics, art, music and craftsmanship for a lifetime of creative and critical thinking. Sip hot chocolate, speak with current families, participate in a hands-on activity, see student work and meet early childhood, grades and high school teachers. Join The Hartsbrook School on Saturday, January 24, from 10 am to noon at 193 Bay Rd. in Hadley. All ages welcome! www.hartsbrook.org

Jan 25

Mister G, whose concert last year at Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) sold out, will return to LGA’s stage on Sunday, January 25 at 3pm with a concert for the entire community at 257 Prospect St. in Northampton. Mister G, an award-winning musician, nominated for a Latin Grammy has recently been selected as a PJ Library musical artist for 2015. People Magazine, Parents Magazine, & The Washington Post have selected his CD’s as best children’s albums of the year. This concert has been funded in part by the PJ Library of Western Mass, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. Tickets are available in person at Lander- Grinspoon Academy, the Jewish Federation of Western Mass, and online at www.landergrinspoon.org.

Open House: Jan 25

Academy at CharlemontThe 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.

Open House: 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

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January 17th-23rd, 2015

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Saturday, January 17th, 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. Join Nutshell Playhouse for an hour of songs about pirates, sailors, ships, whales and even a mermaid. Learn the latest pirate lingo, hear tales of adventure and hidden treasure, and meet special guest Taco Caramba, the most ferocious pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas. 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 17, 9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) will be at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market for a special Winter Fare! There will be workshops, children’s activities, a food swap, and more, in addition to all the regular market activities. Takes place at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 413-665-7100. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, January 17, 9am-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Northeastern Poultry Congress takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex. Families can visit the exhibition to learn about keeping chickens and other birds. Kids can learn about showing chickens by attending the Junior Show, where those who are under age 18 will show their chickens. This is a great place to learn about the basics of keeping chickens and other poultry and what work is required. It’s also a good place to ask questions! 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapSaturday, January 17, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971; rated G). Kids and adults alike will love this classic film, which is adapted from Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Families can learn about animal tracking with naturalist Kevin Kopchynski and Mass Audubon at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. In this program, ages 5 and up will learn how to search for and interpret animal tracks and signs. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-12noon – SNOWSHOEING/HIKING: Families can explore Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary with Mass Audubon on a Family Snowshoe Hike! This is a great outdoor winter activity for families – the trails are gentle and great for young or beginner snowshoers. Explore the Sanctuary and see what it’s like in winter at this program. Please pre-register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Families can explore Bartholomew’s Cobble on a guided trek with The Trustees of Reservations on January 17. Learn about the reservation’s forests, fields, hills, and river as you search for tracks and sign of wildlife like bald eagles and others. Snowshoes will be available. Please RSVP. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-1pm – LEGO/DUPLO: Community members of all ages can get creative with LEGOs and Duplos at the Westhampton Public Library! Come to the Community Room and work with others. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Stock up on some delicious local food and goods at the Great Barrington Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School! Here you can find local veggies, apples, bread, cheese, meat, yarn, and more. There will also be music, food, and activities for kids. Come support local farmers and artisans at this special holiday market! 413-528-0041. Monument Valley Road. Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET)

Saturday, January 17, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: “Drum, Stomp, and Dance” at the Springfield Museums this Saturday, January 17! Check out a live animal demonstration, planetarium shows (additional fee), do art projects, and enjoy a performance by Crocodile River Music at 11am. They will perform Trinidad 2 Timbuktu, an interactive musical geography lesson for all ages. They will play many different musical styles from all around the world at this event. Most activities are free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am – STORY TIME: The Belding Memorial Library turned 100 years old recently! Bring your kids to this delightful Hilltown library for a morning story hour every Saturday in January. Following story hour and perusing the stacks, walk across the street for pizza lunch at Country Pie, or a few doors down to Elmer’s for a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Pack your ice skates and head to DAR or Ashfield Lake after lunch. A delightful Saturday morning in the Hilltowns. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – BOOK CLUB: The Sunderland Public Library is holding a book club for tweens and their parents. Read Lois Lowry’s The Giver and discuss it with the group. This is the first meeting of the book club, which is an excellent opportunity for parents and their tweens to connect and engage in discussion with one another. At the meeting, future plans for the club will also be discussed. For tweens in grades 6-8. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a playgroup for dads and their kids at the Haskins Center! Kids walking-age to age 8 can come for indoor active play, including snowmen bowling, ice fishing, and snowball toss, as well as stories, songs, and parachute play. A great chance for dads and their young kids to have some fun together! 413-663-6593. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program will offer a playgroup for children ages 5 and under at the Sunderland Public Library. Kids can engage in informal play and do interactive literacy activities while parents learn about Brain Building. 413-665-8928. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Ages 5 and up can learn about fascinating animal adaptations at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Learn how bobcats survive New England weather, how the long tailed weasel changes fur color, and more. Kids and adults who love animals and want to learn more about some of their amazing adaptations will enjoy this program! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-11:30am – PARENT-CHILD PROGRAM: The Storrs Library is holding a Dads and Donuts event for kids and their dads. Spend quality time together enjoying coffee, donuts, stories, and crafts. Call to register. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am-1pm – OPEN HOUSE: Nonotuck Community School is hosting an open house with tours for adults and activities for children. 413-586-5996. 221 Riverside Drive. Florence, MA (OPEN HOUSE)

Saturday, January 17, 11am – STEM/NATURE STUDIES: The Gaylord Memorial Library is offering a new science, nature, math, and technology series for kids ages 2-5 – “Float Your Boat.” Come learn about building with blocks, as well as shape and math skills, on January 17. Registration is required. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 11am-12noon – AUTHOR EVENT: Author Natasha Lowe will be at the Greenfield Public Library to present her new book, The Courage of Cat Campbell, on January 17! Come hear Lowe read from her book, get your copy signed, and enjoy spells and treats. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 11:30am – STORYTELLING/WRITING: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a storytelling/writing group with Gail Herman. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 12noon-1:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids in grades K-4 can stop by the Monson Free Library for a fun craft activity! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 1pm – PUPPETRY: Master puppeteer Matthias Kuchta presents a production of Snow White at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on January 17 and 18. All ages will love seeing this classic tale come to life with marvelous textile puppets. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 17, 1pm-4pm – SNOWSHOEING: Ages 12 and up can learn to snowshoe with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on a hike at Threemile Hill! The hike is 1.5 miles and is a great chance for tweens and teens to learn how to snowshoe. If there’s no snow, it will be a regular hike. Bring your own snowshoes or try out a pair (register at least 24 hours in advance). Meet at Berkshire South Regional Community Center for the shuttle. 413-528-2810 x31. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 2pm-3:30pm – READING: Young readers can improve their reading skills with Ralph the Reading Dog at the Storrs Library on January 17. Kids can gain confidence in reading aloud by reading Ralph a book of their choice – he is an excellent and nonjudgmental listener! Call to register. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 17, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 17, 3pm – GEOGRAPHY: Learn all about maps at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Maps of the Unmappable” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm – HISTORY/ART: Smith College Professor John Davis will present, “Race and Battlefield: Seeing and Not Seeing Civil War” at the Norman Rockwell Museum on January 17. The Civil War was precipitated by the issue of slavery and it was America’s bloodiest war, yet very few paintings from the time period depict race, slavery, or the battlefield. Learn about why this is and discover this interesting part of America’s history. Best for older students interested in art history adults. Free with museum admission ($$) or $ for program only. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, January 17, 7pm-10pm – LIVE SHOW: Amherst Live is an event all about the Town of Amherst – there will be stories, lectures, live music, poetry, local politics, and so much more, all shared by Amherst residents. The goal of Amherst Live is to showcase the talent and diversity of the town’s residents, and to give community members a chance to learn from one another and to discover the many different sides of Amherst. Takes place at Amherst College’s Kirby Theater. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 17, 7:30pmTHEATER: 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. ($$)

Saturday, January 17, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place January 17 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music by Julie Vallimont, David Langford, and Rachel Bell, and the caller will be Jon Greene. Families can come dance together at this fun series – there will be an introduction for beginners and all dances will be taught. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

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Sunday, January 18th, 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 18, 8am-10am – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Northeastern Poultry Congress takes place this weekend at the Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex. Families can visit the exhibition to learn about keeping chickens and other birds. Kids can learn about showing chickens by attending the Junior Show, where those who are under age 18 will show their chickens. This is a great place to learn about the basics of keeping chickens and other poultry and what work is required. It’s also a good place to ask questions! 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 18, 9:30am-4pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day early, on January 18. Explore the Village as an early New England town in winter and pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by seeing characterizations of important 19th-century individuals who played significant roles in the movement to abolish slavery. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a young slave woman living in Sheffield, Massachusetts who won her freedom in a landmark 1781 court case. There will also be portrayals of Abby Kelley, a 19th-century abolitionist, and William Lloyd Garrison, a founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Sunday, January 18, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/HISTORY: The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day on January 18. Come learn about historic aircraft and climb inside the Vietnam-era “Huey” helicopter, North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter, the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter, and others. The Wings and Wheels Modelers Club will present a plastic scale model show featuring hundreds of model airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ships, and cars. All ages can come to NEAM for a super educational and fun-filled day! There will also be a performance of Red Headed Flying Daredevil, a play about aviation pioneer Charles Hamilton, by Alison Moncrief Bromage, at 11:30am and 1:30pm. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapSunday, January 18, 12noon-2pm – BOOKBINDING: Older students and adults who love books and are interested in bookbinding and bookmaking can attend a Bookbinding 101 workshop at The Haberdashery. At this workshop, participants will make two pamphlet books and will learn about bookbinding supplies, assembly, cutting, and folding. Sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton,MA. ($$$)

Sunday, January 18, 1pm – PUPPETRY: Master puppeteer Matthias Kuchta presents a production of Snow White at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on January 17 and 18. All ages will love seeing this classic tale come to life with marvelous textile puppets. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 18, 1–4 pm: ART: In celebration of the Monet | Kelly exhibition at the Clark Art Institute, “Monet | Kelly Drawing Day” will be held for all ages. Sketching kits are available in the Clark Center. Participants are encouraged to visit the Monet | Kelly exhibition and think about how Ellsworth Kelly’s drawings are related to the paintings of Claude Monet—then head to the permanent collection galleries to make a contour drawing inspired by another work of art. Art instructors will be in the galleries to encourage participants to explore new ideas, make suggestions, and help beginning artists learn drawing techniques. This event is fun for all ages and a great intergenerational activity. No matter what your skill level, it’s a fun way to engage with art and think in an entirely new way. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, January 18, 2pm – FILM: The Yiddish Book Center presents a screening of Jewish Luck (1925) with live musical accompaniment. This silent film from the USSR is about a daydreaming entrepreneur and his doomed strike-it-rich schemes. Pianist Robert Humphreville will provide the musical accompaniment. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, January 18, 2pm – 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. ($$)

Sunday, January 18, 2pm – DUPLO: The Community Network for Children is offering a LEGO Duplo program for ages 3-6 at the Wendell Library. There will be puppets, a story, a discussion, and time to build with Duplos! 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 18, 2pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Discover the fascinating history of gravestone art in New England at the Westhampton Public Library‘s program, “Art in the Face of Mortality: A Sampling of Gravestone Art in the CT River Valley,” with Alfred and Betsy McKee. The McKees will discuss the work of some prolific 18th and 19th-century Valley gravestone carvers. This program would be great for older students and adults who are interested in this unique aspect of Pioneer Valley history. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, January 18, 2pm-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Sunday, January 18, 5:30pm-7pm – COMMUNITY SING: Earthdance is holding a community sing 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, January 19th, 2015

Monday, January 19, 8:30am – SERVICE LEARNING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: The Berkshire Community College Service-Learning and Diversity Committee is holding their second annual MLK Day of Service on January 19. BCC students and employees will participate in the day of service, and there are spots open to those outside the BCC community as well. This year, there will be three service sites: The Harvest Table, where a free community lunch will be served; Habitat for Humanity, where volunteers will work to revitalize a local home; and Dower Square, where volunteers will work with young children to spread Dr. King’s message. Call for more information and to register. 413-236-2177. 55 Fenn Street. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Monday, January 19, 9am-2pm – SERVICE LEARNING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be a Day of Service in Northern Berkshire County, at the MCLA Church Street Center. All ages can come work on a variety of community service projects, including sewing mittens, making military care packages, putting together meal kits for food pantries, decorating placemats for senior programs, as well as activities that take place off-site, at the YMCA, the Adams Youth Center, and other places around town. This service day is a great chance to get the whole family engaged in community service projects to benefit a variety of causes. Call for more information. 413-664-4006. Church Street. North Adams, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapMonday, January 19, 9am-4pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY: American Friend Service Committee’s Annual Celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of non-violent work. Events include a guide talking tour of Florence, children’s program at the Florence Community Center, a panel discussion at Edwards Church, concluding with a reception and vigil at the Unitarian Universalist Church. If you are interested in participating or volunteering this MLK Day, or just have any questions, call 413-584-8975. Florence/Northampton, MA (FREE)

Monday, January 19 from 10am-1pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. CELEBRATION: Greenfield Community College will host their Annual Celebration of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities and programs for children and families will be available from 10am-noon and the day will conclude with lunch and presentations in the Dining Commons. 413-775-1819. One College Drive. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Monday, January 19, 11am-1pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, and D.R.E.A.M. Studios are hosting the annual Dr. King Day Celebration at the MassMutual Center on January 19. There will be music, dance, and spoken word by Freedom Choir, Springfield Mass Choir, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra, Dream Studio, MLK Charter School of Excellence Choir, Springfield Public Schools students, MLK Family Services/Community Music School choral workshop students, and others. This celebration helps to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and aims to create positive change in the community as people come together. 413-732-8428. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, January 19, 1pm-2:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. 413-664-8185. 1267 South Church Street. North Adams, MA.

Monday, January 19, 3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can make some yummy winter treats for birds at Berkshire Co-Op Market on January 19! Use ingredients from the Co-op’s bulk foods section and make some healthy and delicious treats for local birds. Call to sign up. 413-528-9697 x10. 42 Bridge Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Monday, January 19, 3:30pm-5:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Learn about what it’s like to parent in cohousing at Village Hill Cohousing‘s “Parenting in Cohousing” gathering and information session. Parents at Village Hill will share their thoughts on what its like to parent in a cohousing environment, and what its benefits are for families and other community members. Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents have a direct say in the operation of the neighborhood. This workshop would be best for families who are considering a move to a cohousing community – Village Hill has some openings! Childcare is available. RSVP to info@villagehillcohousing.org with the names/ages of any children who are attending. Takes place at Rocky Hill Cohousing. 100 Black Birch Trail. Florence, MA.

Monday, January 19, 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Amherst College is hosting their annual Supper, Story, and Song event to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. Dinner will be provided by the Valentine Dining Hall, the story will be told by Billy McBride, and there will be music by Evelyn Harris, the Zumbyes, the Bluestockings, and others. The event aims to reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and takes place in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. Tickets available in advance. 413-542-8149. 59 College Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: January 20 is the first Little Crawler storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6 months and up who can’t walk yet are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Tuesday through March 3. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 20, 3pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: Teens are invited to the Chicopee Public Library to take part in a LEGO stop motion project. Come learn about stop motion animation and how to use the Stop Motion Studio app. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 20, 3:30pm-4:30pm – SCIENCE: Ages 9 and up can have fun learning about science at the West Springfield Public Library. Come make your own lava lamp at this hands-on science program! Registration is required. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, January 20, 3:30pm-5pm – CULINARY ARTS: Teens and tweens can learn how to make a tasty snack at the Brightwood Library on January 20. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapTuesday, January 20, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents whose children will be entering kindergarten in September can attend Keys to Kindergarten at the Agawam Public Library. This is an informational night for parents to attend in order to better prepare their children for kindergarten. 413-821-0597. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about animal tracking at a presentation and slideshow by Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs at River Valley Market on January 20. He will teach to see, read, and identify animal tracks, and will teach the six arts of tracking. Older students and adults interested in animal tracking can attend this workshop and then put their new knowledge to the test searching for tracks and sign in the neighborhood or in some favorite natural areas. Registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, 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)

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Swift River School every Tuesday. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, 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-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 21st, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: January 21 is the first Little Walker storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6-24 months who can walk are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Wednesday through March 4. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 21, 12noon-1:50pm – ICE SKATING: Hits 94.3 presents a public skate at the UMass Mullins Center rink. Come have fun on the rink with friends and family! Skate rentals available (additional >$) 413-545-3001. 200 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (>$)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapWednesday, January 21, 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 21, 5-7:15pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parent Cafe Series continues at the Bridge Street School Library. This month the topic is “Being a Great Parent is Part Natural & Part Learned.” Come share information and ideas to care for yourself as a parent while building strong relationships with your kids to raise children who thrive. Talk with other parents about the challenges of parenting and build the resilience needed to be a good parent. Child care and dinner provided. Open to all parents with young children. RSVP. 413-587-1471. 2 Parsons Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-7pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Montessori School of Northampton will host an open house. 51 Bates Street. Northampton, MA (OPEN HOUSE)

Wednesday, January 21, 6pm – BOOK CLUB: The Chicopee Public Library will hold an American Girl Book Night! Read any American Girl book and come participate in discussion. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 21, 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Are you interested in knitting, crochet, and other needlecrafts? Attend a Needlecraft Circle at the Chicopee Public Library and connect with other knitters, share tips and tricks, and improve your skills.. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, January 21, 7:30pm-9pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Jewish Learning Institute is offering a workshop for parents titled “The Art of Parenting” at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy this January and February. The workshop runs for six weeks, January 21 through February 25. “The Art of Parenting” focuses on the challenges parents face and how Jewish wisdom can help foster independence, instill values, and ensure childrens’ long-term success and emotional well-being. 413-348-4978. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA. ($$$)

Wednesday, January 21, 7pm – OPEN HOUSE: Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families. 413-775-4577. Greenfield, MA (OPEN HOUSE)

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-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, 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)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Wendell Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Erving Public Library every Wednesday. 978-544-5157. 17 Moore Street. Erving, 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: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, 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. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:15pm – STEM: Homeschool students of all ages can learn about science at the Carnegie Public Library every Wednesday. Kids will enjoy learning about science at this hands-on program. Runs through May 13. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, 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)
  • 3pm-4pm – MANGA/COMICS: Teens who love anime, manga, and comics can come to the Forest Park Branch Library for discussions, activities, games, and more. Repeats the third Wednesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. 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)
  • 6pm – STORYTIME: All ages can attend a pajama storytime at the East Springfield Branch Library every Wednesday through March 25, except February 11 and March 11. Come in pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this fun storytime! 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, 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)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 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 22nd, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: January 22 is the first Toddling Twos storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Two year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Thursday through March 5. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 12:15pm – ORIGAMI: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “The Origami Renaissance: How Paper-folding and Math Influence Each Other” with Professor Thomas Hull. Professor Hull will discuss the connections between origami and math and how the origami renaissance has inspired new applications in physics, engineering, and technology. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapThursday, January 22, 2pm-3:30pm – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on creating and using an email account. This class would be great for someone who has basic computer skills and would like to learn how to setup and use web-based email. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 3pm-4:30pm – ANIME: Teens in grades 7-12 can watch anime, read manga, draw, and discuss with peers at the Chicopee Public Library‘s Anime Club. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 3:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 2 and 3 are invited to the West Springfield Public Library for Ready Readers book club! Read Tarantula Power! by Ann Whitehead Nagda, then come to the library to do a related craft and discuss the book with your peers. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 3:30pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens and tweens can attend a workshop at the Brightwood Library where they can learn how to make their own potpourri sachets to gift or place around the house. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 4:30pm-5:30pm – LEGOS: All ages can attend the Monson Free Library‘s LEGO Club and spend time together making awesome LEGO creations. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 6pm – LEGOS: The Hubbard Library is holding a LEGO workshop for kids – come do some freeform LEGO building and take home what you create. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents/caregivers on “Managing Little Ones’ Screen Time.” Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of exposing young children to technology and screens. Childcare is available and registration is required to attend this free workshop. Takes place at Easthampton High School. 413-586-4998 x102. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 6pm-8pm – ART: The Deerfield Arts Bank‘s newest exhibit, “Papercut Art: Then and Now,” features the Polish papercut work by several different artists. The show’s opening reception is on January 22, and it features a demonstration by artist Carolyn Guest. Students who are interested in learning about this traditional Polish art form will enjoy the exhibition and demonstration. 413-665-0123. 3 Sugarloaf Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Thursday, January 22, 6:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Chicopee Public Library will have a pajama storytime for little ones on January 22. Come in your PJs and enjoy this fun storytime! 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williamstown Historical Museum at Sheep Hill to learn about a project to restore an antique horse-drawn work sled donated by Henry Flynt. The documentary Ben’s Mill will be shown to kick off the evening – the film is about a water-powered mill in 1970s Vermont and the making of a work sled. Art Evans will discuss the restoration project and what tasks must be done in the winter and spring. Older students interested in local history can learn about local industry and tools from the past at this event. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, January 22, 7:30pm – FILM/ART: MASS MoCA is screening Art and Craft (2014), a documentary about Mark Landis, a prolific art forger in the United States who has been donating works to museums for years. He has forged the works of many different artists, including Picasso and many others. Because he poses as a philanthropic donor and gets no money from his forgeries, he has not committed a crime. The documentary follows curator Matthew Leininger, who tries to catch and expose Landis to the art world. Those who are interested in art will love this screening, which also features a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker after the screening. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($)

Thursday, January 22, 7:30pmTHEATER: 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-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, 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-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 – STORYTIME: Ages 3-5 can attend a fun storytime at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library every Thursday through March 12. Come for stories, songs, and rhymes. Call to register. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA.
  • 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. (>$)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME/ARTS & CRAFTS: The Lenox Library is offering Story Craft for kids ages 3-5, with stories and crafts. This program follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. 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. (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)
  • 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. (>$)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, 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 23rd, 2015

Friday, January 23, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: January 23 is the first Super Storytime storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. 3-5 year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Friday through March 6. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 23, 3:30pm – MINECRAFT: Elementary school-aged children can come to the Hubbard Library for Minecraft. Bring a laptop or use one of the library’s computers. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

7th Annual Handmade Valentine SwapFriday, January 23, 3:30pm – MINECRAFT: Minecraft fans can come play together at the Forbes Library‘s Minecraft Club! Bring your login and a laptop if possible, and have fun playing Minecraft with others. Registration is required. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 23, 6pm-8pm – GAMES: Teens who love games can attend a super fun game night at the Indian Orchard Branch Library! Come for a variety of awesome games, a chance to meet new friends, and eat some delicious pizza. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)

Friday, January 23, 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. ($$)

Friday, January 23, 7:30pm – CONCERT: The People’s Music Network’s 35th Annual Winter Concert takes place January 23 at Greenfield Middle School. All ages can attend this concert, which features many artists whose music promotes a better world through music. Tickets available in advance. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, January 23, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Looking for a something exciting to do this Friday night? Head to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for a performance of Noche Flamenco’s Antigona, which is inspired by the Living Theatre’s Antigone. Read about the story behind the performance and find ticketing information on the Mahaiwe website. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, 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)
  • 9am-4:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Get outside this winter at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center! The trails are open most Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA.
  • 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)
  • 9:45am-11:15am – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the UMass Amherst Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, 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 – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for young children to help them learn the letters of the alphabet using stories, flash cards, and fun activities. Please register for each week individually. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, 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 – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, 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. (>$)
  • 1:30pm-5:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market will be in the Eastworks Building every Friday all winter. Come by for local veggies, meat, apples, yarn, baked goods, syrup, skin care products, and more. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET)
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley and Williamsburg Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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