Suggested Events for January 31st – February 6th 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“The winter is a perfect time to explore culture and the outdoors in our community. We love to head out for a snowshoe hike (leisurely, so the kids can keep up) and then treat everyone to hot chocolate at a local diner, followed by a visit to the local library, Mass Moca’s Kidspace & the Clark Museum. Now there’s a winter day (10am to 3pm!).” – Cecilia Hirsch

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Open House: Jan 31

Smith College Campus School at 33 Prospect Street, Northampton will host an Open House on Saturday, January 31, 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 31

The Common School: Community, collaboration, social justice, intrinsic motivation, deep understanding, diversity, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 31, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Jan 31

What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? Children ages 3 through 8 and their parents can find out at Animal Secrets, the new exhibit at the Springfield Science Museum. Opening celebration, this Saturday, January 31 from 10am-5pm, with fun activities and live animal programs, including birds of prey presentations at 11am and 1pm. A $5 special exhibit fee allows you to see both Animal Secrets and Above the Fold, the breathtaking new origami exhibit at the D’Amour Museum (fee is in addition to museum admission). For information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Jan 31

Saturday, January 31, 4pm, at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley: Meet George O’Connor author & illustrator of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel series, The Olympians. The Olympians is a series of graphic novels about Greek mythology. Each volume of the Olympians tells the story of one of the gods in the Olympic pantheon–accompanied by extensive back matter that tells the history behind each myth. Extensively researched & written & illustrated in a bold, dynamic style, these are action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, & huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to life in a fusion of super-hero aesthetics & ancient Greek mythology. Perfect for ages 9+. RSVP@odysseybks.com

Open House: Feb 3 & 9

Sunnyside Child Care Center in Northampton is hosting two evening open houses on Tuesday, February 3 and Monday, February 9, from 6-7:30pm. Interested parents and other community members are invited to join the school for a tour through their toddler and preschool classrooms. The Director, teaching staff, and Center parents will be available to answer questions about the program. Sunnyside Child Care Center is located at 557 Easthampton Rd. Serving children 18 months to five years old their mission is to provide an early care and education program of the highest quality. For more info call 413-727-3665. www.sunnysidekids.org.

Open House: Feb 5

Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Their mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. Come to their Open House, Thursday, February 5 from 9am-10:30am to meet faculty, parents and students and take a school tour. Their seasoned educators emphasize critical thinking and the social and ethical components that teach children compassion and respect LGA offers generous tuition subsidies. For more information, contact Gail Lansky, Admissions Director or visit www.landergrinspoon.org.

Now Enrolling

Spring Street Preschool in Amherst is enrolling new students for September 2015! Spring Street Preschool is a small school with both mixed aged and separate small group programming, individualized instruction, large art studio space, experienced and caring teachers, music program and outdoor play. Enrolling children from 2 yrs, 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule, affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is independent and non-denominational, welcoming new families to their school community. Best kept secret in Amherst! To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or info@springstreetpreschool.org. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.org.

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January 31st – February 6th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Deadline to vote: Wed., Feb 4th!

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. Jay Sand is our guest DJ, taking listeners on a journey around the magnificently musical continent of Africa. Join Jay to explore African music that originates from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and Madagascar. Bring whole family along to meet Africa through music! Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 7 years!

Saturday, January 31, 8:30am-1pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend a Science and Engineering Saturday Seminar at UMass Amherst. “Data Driven Learning,” with Mariah Hamel, focuses on ways to use data in science and math classes that fosters interdisciplinary thinking. A tool called Plot.ly will be used – this free program helps students graph and analyze data. Examples from physics, biology, and statistics will be used to demonstrate how data and technology can enhance learning. Bring a laptop if possible. Advanced registration is required. Takes place in Lederle Grad Towers 1033. 413-545-1908. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, January 31, 9am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the outdoors in winter with John Green and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at the Quabbin Reservoir. Older students and adults can come on this walk and search for birds and animal tracks. Call to sign up. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 9:30am-11am – OPEN HOUSE: Smith College Campus School will host an Open House. All prospective kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are welcome. 413-585-3270. 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA (OPEN HOUSE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am – OPEN HOUSE: The R.H. Conwell public school will hold an open house/information session in the school’s cafeteria.  This is a great opportunity for prospective school families to visit the school, have their questions answered, and pre-register their children for both R.H. Conwell Elementary and Hampshire Regional Middle & High Schools. 147 Huntington Rd. Worthington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love this film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-11:30am – VALENTINE’S DAY/ART: Kids ages 3 and up and parents/caregivers (come in pair or trio) can come make some special valentines for family, friends, and classmates at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Materials will be provided, so just bring your creativity and have fun creating valentines to gift to others. Space is limited; registration recommended. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 8 and up and their families can learn about animal tracks and sign with Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on January 31. Learn about animals that remain active in the winter and search the sanctuary for their tracks, scat, and other signs. Please pre-register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Families can learn about animal tracking and animals in winter with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Participants can make track books and learn the walking patterns of different animals before heading out to the trails to search for tracks. Families can spend time together learning about animal tracking at this fun program. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12noon – LEGO: Kids and adults (ages 5 and up) can stop by the Hatfield Public Library for fun with LEGOs! Come get creative building LEGO masterpieces with other library visitors. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12pm – OPEN HOUSE: The Common School: Community, collaboration, social justice, intrinsic motivation, deep understanding, diversity, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY/SEWING: The Bagshare Project is hosting a bag sewing event at the Cummington Community House. All are welcome to come sew reusable bags to be used at stores and markets around western Massachusetts. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-1pm – PRESCHOOL FAIR/CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: The UMass Office of Family Resources is holding their Preschool Resource Fair and Children’s Festival! Local preschools and programs will be at the Fair to offer resources and teach about their programs and services. There will also be tons of fun activities for kids, including storytimes, face painting, arts and crafts, performances by Roger Tincknell, Miss Leticia, Pineapple Dance, Valley Dance Project, Amherst Red Barn Music School, and more, as well as Forest Park’s Zoo On the Go and a demonstration by Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy. Have fun at the Festival with the whole family and learn about great local preschools and resources at the Pre-K Resource Fair! Takes place in the Student Union Ballroom. 413-545-0865. 41 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-2pm – HEALTH FAIR: The Berkshire Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Club is holding its 3rd Annual Wellness Day on January 31 at the Paterson Field House. All are welcome to attend this event, which will feature educational booths, exercise classes (>$), and chair massages (>$). Come learn how to live a healthier life, and try out exercise classes like Zumba, pilates, snowshoeing, yoga, and dance, among others. Proceeds benefit Empower SCI, a non-profit that helps individuals with spinal cord injuries. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Springfield Science Museum’s newest exhibition, Animal Secrets, opens on January 31 and will be up through May 3. The exhibit features hands-on and role-play activities for kids, who can explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Kids who love animals will have a blast at this new exhibition! 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 31, 10:30am-11:30am – CELEBRATION: Escape the cold this winter and enter a tropical island paradise at the Storrs Library! The library will have tropical drinks and sand for sand castles, so come in your bathing suit or shorts, bring a beach towel, and enjoy a fun morning at the beach! All ages welcome. Please sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 11am – STORYTIME: Escape the cold and go on a super fun picnic at the Westfield Athenaeum! Ages 3-6 can come to the library for songs, stories, and a craft. Bring a lunch and enjoy this fun indoor picnic! Registration is required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 11am – CULINARY ARTS: Families can learn to cook delicious, healthy meals together with Chef Gail at Shutesbury Elementary School! Learn how to make roasted squash soup, parmesan crusted chicken nuggets, oven fries, and broccoli slaw. Families will learn to cook these meals and then enjoy them for lunch! Registration is required. 413-259-1213. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by Shiprock and Anchordog at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. Shiprock and Anchordog will perform songs that make up a story about two dogs who are best friends and who travel through magical lands together. This concert will be a ton of fun for both kids and adults! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 11am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: MASS MoCA will hold its annual Free Day on January 31! Come check out the museum’s exhibitions and activities, and get a look at some of the behind the scenes work that goes on at MASS MoCA. Art fabricators will show the process of taking a project from concept to completion, and you can watch the tech crew build a concert light show. There is something for all ages to enjoy at the museum, and this opportunity to do it all for free will be a blast on a cold winter Saturday! 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 12noon-1pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens and teens can attend a fiction book club at the East Forest Park Branch Library. Come discuss your favorite books with your peers at this fun event. 413-263-6836. 122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 12noon-2pm – DIY: Older students and adults can learn how to make their own balms and salves at The Haberdashery! Learn how to make lip balm, lipstick, and hand salve and take home recipes, as well as the balms you make in class. Registration is required. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, January 31, 12noon-4pm – HEALTH FAIR: Looking to get info on local health care and early childhood education? There will be a health fair at Our Lady’s Child Care Center on January 31. Representatives from WIC, Safe Kids, Community Action, REACH, Berkshire Children and Families, and others will be present, as well as local pediatricians. There will be CPR demonstrations, hearing and vision screenings, raffles, kids’ entertainment, and more. 413-262-9234. 35 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 1pm-4pm – ILLUSTRATION: The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting “50 Markets of Illustration with John Roman” on January 31. Self-directed teens interested in pursuing a career in illustration can attend this event, where illustrator John Roman will discuss opportunities in the field of illustration and insights into finding a market for your art. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about being a professional illustrator from someone with tons of experience in the field. Call to pre-register. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 2pm-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield have teamed up to offer a free public skate and free skate rentals at the Boys and Girls Club rink! This offer only applies to the first 100 people to arrive, so get there early! 413-448-8258. 16 Melville Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 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 31, 2pm-5pm – SCRABBLE: Do you love Scrabble? Berkshire South Regional Community Center is hosting a Scrabble Party on January 31. Ages 16 and up can come compete in this classic word game, complete with a referee! There will be prizes for the top scores. Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 3pm – HISTORY: Learn about history at Western Gateway Heritage State Park‘s “Witness to Discovery, Revolution, and the Modern Era” program. 413-663-6312. 115 State Street. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 3:30pm-6pm – HIKING: Families (kids ages 6 and up) can join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a Winter Family Sunset-Moonrise Hike/Snowshoe. Search for tracks and sign of wildlife like porcupines, snowshoe hare, and coyote as you explore wooded wetlands, rocky outcrops, and frozen streams. There will be tons of fun activities – participants will build a fire, boil water for cocoa, build snow creatures, play games, and have some winter fun! Practical skills like bushwhacking, estimating sunset time, and leave-no-trace fire building will be taught. If no snow, it will be a regular hike. Call to register and find out location. 800-859-2960. Western MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 4pm – GRAPHIC NOVELS: Odyssey Bookshop welcomes graphic novelist George O’Connor, author of the Olympians series, to the bookstore to discuss the seventh book in the series. Fans of the series, or those who are looking for a new graphic novel series to get into, will love getting to meet O’Connor and hear him discuss the books. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 4pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents their Winter Shorts Festival this weekend. Students will perform Prudence, Kings and Thieves, and Pas de Doom. A fun selection of short theater pieces! Call to reserve tickets. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, January 31, 4pm-5:30pm – THEATER: The Smith College Department of Music and the Smith College Campus School present a production of The Araboolies of Liberty Street, a one-act children’s opera based on the book by Sam Swope. In the play, Liberty Street has a lot of rules and everything must be a certain way. One day, en exotic family moves in and the street is changed forever. All ages will love this performance, which features Smith College student actors and music by the Campus School Chorus. Takes place in Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 6pm-8pm – SNOWSHOEING: Join Franklin Land Trust for a full moon snowshoe hike at the Kenneth Dubuque Forest on January 31. All experience levels are welcome on this hike, which offers a great chance to explore the woods under the light of the almost-full moon. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair. Register ASAP. 413-625-9151. Western MA. (FREE)

Saturday, January 31, 6:30pm – HIKING: Explore Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary on a moonlight hike with the Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee. The hike will take you along a field and through a forest of pine, oak, and beech trees. All are welcome on this hike, which is just over one mile. Bring snowshoes, a flashlight or headlamp, and a water bottle. 413-268-7523. Adams Road. Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, January 31, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy a night under the stars at Hilltop Orchards! The orchard and winery will take guests on a 1-1.5 hour hike/snowshoe trek under the full moon. A bonfire, wine tasting, and live entertainment will follow the hike – making for a fun and exciting evening outdoors! Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register. 800-833-6274. 508 Canaan Road. Richmond, MA. ($)

Saturday, January 31, 7pm-9pm – CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: The Trustees of Reservations host their moonlight ski event at Notchview on January 31. Come explore the trails by moonlight and meet other skiers. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($)

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Deadline to vote: Wed., Feb 4th!

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, February 1, 10am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS/JEWISH CULTURE: Children ages 3-5 can celebrate Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish New Year of the Trees – with PJ Preschool Pals at Lander Grinspoon Academy. Tu B’shevat is best known as the New Year of the Trees, or the Birthday of the Trees. Why, you might ask, do trees need their own New Year, and why would all trees celebrate one birthday no matter when they were planted? Come with your questions, make a terrarium and hear stories and songs about Tu ‘Bshevat. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 1, 10am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society‘s new exhibit is open weekends from January 24-February 22. “The Winter Harvest: Ice Cutting on Sheffield Lakes and Rivers,” is about Sheffield residents of the past who braved the cold and headed out onto the ice each winter to cut ice blocks. The exhibit features ice cutting tools, photos of the harvest, accounts of those who participated, and information on how the ice was cut, stored, and used. 413-229-2694. 159 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 1, 10:30am-2pm – SNOWSHOEING: Women ages 16 and up can learn how to snowshoe with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on February 1. Explore the trails and learn about natural history while trying out snowshoeing and making new friends. All experience levels are welcome, but this is a two-mile, somewhat strenuous hike. Snowshoe rentals available ($). Call to pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 1, 12noon-2pm – DIY: Older students and adults can learn how to make their cosmetics at The Haberdashery! Learn how to select ingredients for safer, healthier makeup. Students will learn how to make natural cosmetics and will take home foundation, blush or bronzer, and lipstick. This is a great chance for teens interested in makeup to learn how to make their own – a good decision both cost- and health-wise. Registration is required. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, February 1, 12:30pm-2pm – GAMES: Families with children ages 5 and up can come to the Shutesbury Elementary School gym for active indoor games. This is a great way to get some exercise and chase away the winter blues! Sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. 413-259-1213. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 1, 1pm – SPORTS: The Berkshire Community College basketball team is hosting their second home game in nearly 20 years. As part of their participation in the new Southern New England Club Basketball League, the BCC Falcons will play against Goodwin College in Paterson Field House on the BCC campus. Kids who like basketball will have fun seeing this live game! 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, February 1, 1pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the winter habitats of The Trustees of Reservations’ Field Farm property with naturalists Pam Weatherbee and Leslie Reed-Evans. Search for animal tracks, winter weeds, and birds at this nature program, which is suitable for all ages. Bring snowshoes if needed. 413-532-1631 x10. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Sunday, February 1, 2pm – MUSIC: The Northampton Arts Council presents the annual Silver Chord Bowl, a gathering of some of the best college a cappella groups in the country. Come hear what these talented groups have to offer and learn a few things about a cappella. The event takes place at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall. 413-587-1269. 70 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, February 1, 2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: A Notion to Quilt presents a “Remembrance of our Past” program on February 1. Go back in time with Cousin Mary Leavitt and Elizabeth Field as they reminisce about their families’ abolitionist activities in Charlemont in the 1800s. Learn about the Basil Dorsey family, freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad, and more. Older students interested in local history will enjoy this presentation. 413-625-9644. 623 Mohawk Trail. Shelburne, MA. (FREE) [Cancelled due to illness]

Sunday, February 1, 2pm – SINGALONG: Singalong tribute to Pete Seeger at the Ashfield First Congregational Church for families. Local folksingers who knew Pete will be leading songs including Peter Blood, Annie Patterson, Lorre Wyatt, Sarah Pirtle and Ben Tousley. Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, February 1, 2:30pm & 3:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will perform two free concerts at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on February 1. This award-winning community children’s choir includes nearly 60 singers ages 7-16. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, February 1, 3pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents their Winter Shorts Festival this weekend. Students will perform Prudence, Kings and Thieves, and Pas de Doom. A fun selection of short theater pieces! Call to reserve tickets. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, February 1, 4pm-5:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Women (ages 18 and up) who have Asperger syndrome or who are on the autism spectrum (whether formally diagnosed or not) can attend a support group at the Wendell Free Library. Come meet other women with Asperger’s or ASD and make friends, engage in discussions, and discuss future plans for the group. This group is open to all who identify as women. Email aspergirlsg@gmail.com for more information. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Monday, February 2, 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: CFCE will host a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first Monday of each month, through June 2015. For pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Deadline to Vote: Wednesday, Feb. 4th by 12noon!

Monday, February 2, 7pm – STEM/GAMES: Nerd Nite Noho presents Nerd Nite 15 at Eastworks! Hear talks on the neuroanatomy behind the senses and how illusions can be used to trick the brain. Ph.D. candidate Kristina Curro will present a talk on neuroanatomy, reality, and perception, and Joshua Yearsley will present a talk on games and how some are redefining the medium and helping us connect with others, foster new perspectives, and become better people. Older students interested in these topics will enjoy Nerd Nite. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (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-11am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under can attend a weekly playgroup every Monday at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Come play, read, learn, and have a snack. 413-625-6194. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, 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)
  • 10am-12noon – ROCK CLIMBING: Central Rock Gym offers a Homeschool Climbing Group every Monday. Students can come to the gym and learn how to rock climb, learn how to belay, play games, do team-building activities, learn about climbing technique, and more. Call the gym to confirm. If it’s your first time, email karaocon@yahoo.com. Cost includes gear rental. 413-584-7625. 165 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. ($)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – MOTHERS GROUP: The Nursing Mothers’ Council is hosting a monthly gathering on the second Monday of each month at the Amherst Family Center. Women and children can come to the meetings to meet one another, support each other, and discuss breastfeeding. 413-336-1616. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – POETRY: The Good Purpose Gallery hosts an evening of spoken word poetry the first Monday of each month. Come hear poetry, spoken word, and storytelling, or sign up to share your work! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

 

Deadline to vote is TOMORROW, Wed., Feb 4th, by 12noon! Vote today!

Tuesday, February 3, 12:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. This week, Monica Jakuc Leverett will perform fortepiano. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 3, 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, how to use the Stop Motion Studio app, and film your project. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 3, 6-7:30pm – OPEN HOUSE: Sunnyside Child Care Center is hosting two evening open houses on Tuesday, February 3 and Monday, February 9, from 6-7:30pm. 557 Easthampton Rd. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, February 3, 6:30pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Clinical herbalist Thomas Schieffer is offering a free workshop for parents at River Valley Market on February 3. The workshop, titled “Self-Cafe for Healthy Parenting,” will help parents take time for themselves, decrease stress, and increase stamina through the use of herbs, lifestyle changes, and Chinese medicine. There will also be tea samples and recipe handouts. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, February 3, 7pm – ART/AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY: Artist/author Robin Joyce Miller will present “Rhythms of a Faithful Journey: Verses from Slavery to Presidency” at Elms College on February 3. This program features a lecture and gallery exhibit of 14 mixed-media collage quilts, which illustrate events in African-American history or poetry from Miller’s book, Rhythms of a Faithful Journey. Miller’s presentation is a personal narrative of the journey to restoration and healing through faith, art, poetry, and photography. Older students interested in art and African-American history may enjoy this program. 291 Springfield Street. Chicopee, MA.

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

  • 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: Music and movement storytime at the Forest Park Branch Library for ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers. Come for rhymes, songs, and stories. Runs every Tuesday from February 3-April 28. Call to pre-register. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, 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, February 4th, 2015

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Wednesday, February 4, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Hilltown Land Trust will lead a guided hike at The Trustees of Reservations’ Petticoat Hill property. This strenuous 1.5-mile hike will take you far above Williamsburg to what was once cleared pasture with views of the Holyoke Range. The area is now home to diverse hardwoods, including red and black oak, shagbark hickory, maples, and others. All ages are welcome. Bring snowshoes if snowy. Call to RSVP. 413-628-4485 x4. Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 4, 4pm-5pm – READING: “Read to Rover” at the Chicopee Public Library! Kids can improve their reading skills by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs, who are excellent, nonjudgmental listeners. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, February 4, 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, February 4, 7:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Join the UMass Amherst History Department for a screening of, “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?”: A Cape Verdean American Story, on February 4. The documentary is about a community of immigrants from the Cape Verde Islands living in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island and how they are dealing with urban renewal and gentrification. This documentary may appeal to older students interested in immigration. Takes place UMass Isenberg School of Management, room 137. 121 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9am-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 – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 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-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 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, February 5th, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 9am-10:30am – OPEN HOUSE: Lander~Grinspoon Academy in welcomes families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Their mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment. Come to their Open House. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Thursday, February 5, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Freedom Stories of the Pioneer Valley,” with Cliff McCarthy. He will tell four freedom stories of African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley – Jupiter Richards, Jenny (Cumfry) Williams, the Rescue of Angeline Palmer, and the League of Gileadites. While these stories are local, they can teach about the history of racial policy in America. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, February 5, 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, February 5, 3:15pm-4:15pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn all about “Science in the Kitchen” at the Leverett Library as part of a series of programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is a great chance to introduce young kids to STEAM topics! 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

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

Thursday, February 5, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Amherst Art Walk is the first Thursday of every month! Come downtown to tour art galleries and stores, explore the local art scene, and discover great local artists. Art Walks are a great way for people of all ages to experience art in their community. Downtown. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 5, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a “Learn to Play, Play to Learn” workshop at Palmer/Monson Family Network. Parents/caregivers of children birth to kindergarten age can learn fun ways to interact with children while building a foundation for success in friendships and school at this workshop. Learn about the connections between play and healthy relationships, language development, social/emotional skills, motor development, and how well we learn. Childcare is available. Registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 5, 6:30pm – THEATER: Easthampton High School presents a production of Kiss Me Kate this February. Come enjoy the drama club’s performance of this classic musical. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, February 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Chicopee Public Library will have an art event for kids ages 5 and up. Come get creative at the library! 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, February 5, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: Learn about film special effects at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema series, “FX in the Berkshires – Middle Earth to the Matrix.” On February 5, come see The Matrix (1999; rated R) and learn about the special effects in the film from Berkshire resident Diane Pearlman, who is a special effects supervisor who helped develop the effects for the film and many others. Older teens (movie is rated R) interested in film studies will love getting to learn about the technology and effects behind this epic film. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, February 5, 8pm-10pm – DANCE STUDIES: Second-year graduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance will perform at a MFA Thesis Dance Concert. Older students interested in dance can see these talented MFA candidates perform modern and postmodern dance, improvisation, percussive dance, hip hop, performance art, and more. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Theatre 14 at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, 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 – MUSIC: The Goodwin Memorial Library will have a Lunatunes program every Thursday for babies and toddlers. Young kids and their parents/caregivers can come to the library for music, songs, and fingerplays. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, 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)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, February 6th, 2015

Friday, February 6, 9:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can learn about animal tracking at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment! Kids will make track field guides then hit the trails in search of animal tracks and sign. There will also be a snack and winter story. Adults must accompany children. Please pre-register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 6, 9:30am-10:20pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: Greenfield’s 93rd Annual Winter Carnival takes place February 6, 7, and 8 all over town. This year’s theme is Frozen Over, and there will be loads of fun activities for community members of all ages. Head into town for ice carving, a bonfire, a parade of lights, fireworks, public skating, a LEGO contest, face painting, art exhibits, a road race, a cribbage tournament, the 23rd annual Memorial Hockey Game, snowshoeing, live music, contests at Beacon Field, and so much more. See the Winter Carnival website for a full schedule of these great events. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA.

Friday, February 6, 10am-12noon – FAMILY SUPPORT: The Gateway Family Center will be hosting a weekly program, Nurturing Your Child, through March 20. This program will be focusing on the social and emotional development of children and the developmental challenges that parents face. Children’s “playshops” are theme based each week with games and activities that encourage children’s healthy development with parent guide activities. Parent Education includes a workshop with parent educators, including Scott Noyes, Caro Lambert, and Liz Liebowitz. This program is FREE and open to all families with young children. Transportation assistance available. For more information, or to register, please contact Kim Savery at 413-667-2203 or ksavery@hchcweb.org. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)

Friday, February 6, 10:15am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a New Parents Gallery Talk. New parents and their infants are welcome to visit the museum for an informal guided talk. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, February 6, 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)

Friday, February 6, 5:15pm-5:45pm – SHABBAT: Beit Ahavah is hosting a “Tot Shabbat” event for ages 0-6. Families can come for this fun, musical event and enjoy a potluck Shabbat dinner. 413-587-3770. 130 Pine Street. Florence, MA.

Friday, February 6, 6pm – THEATER: Ja’Duke Productions presents a production of The Wizard of Oz this February at the Shea Theater. Come see this classic show performed by talented local actors. Tickets available in advance. 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. ($$)

Friday, February 6, 6:30pm-9pm – CITIZEN SCIENCE: Join the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Mass Audubon for a FrogWatch USA citizen science training session. At this program, adults and older students can learn about our native frog and toad species and how to identify them. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that helps conserve amphibians. Volunteers report the calls of frogs and toads in their area to learn more about their populations. This program is for adults, but all ages can participate in FrogWatch USA. Registration is required. 413-256-6006. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Friday, February 6, 7pm – THEATER: Easthampton High School presents a production of Kiss Me Kate this February. Come enjoy the drama club’s performance of this classic musical. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Friday, February 6, 7pm-9pm – MUSIC/POETRY/HISTORY: The Plainfield Congregational Church is holding a benefit concert to raise money for the historical Shaw-Hudson House. The concert, which is an exploration of early-20th Century music and poetry, features the spirituals of African-American soldiers, songs of lost youth and lost love, work songs, Appalachian folk songs, British folk songs, and more. Musicians Laurie Israel, David Perkins, William Sheppard, and June Persing will perform. Alice Schertle and Susan Pearson will read poetry from the time period as well as contemporary accounts. Older students interested in history will enjoy this event. 356 West Main Street. Plainfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, February 6, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo on February 6. Come see this legendary South African a cappella group perform their joyous and uplifting music at this concert. Purchase tickets in advance. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

Friday, February 6, 8pm-10pm – DANCE STUDIES: Second-year graduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance will perform at a MFA Thesis Dance Concert. Older students interested in dance can see these talented MFA candidates perform modern and postmodern dance, improvisation, percussive dance, hip hop, performance art, and more. Tickets available in advance. Takes place in Theatre 14 at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, 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: Stop by the Chesterfield Community Center on the first and third Friday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA.
  • 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)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Friday through May 1 (except 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3). You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the 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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