Suggested Events for February 28th-March 6th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Feb 28

Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “February Fiesta!” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own Grammy-Nominated Mister G! “Kid-friendly, bilingual rockstar…Mister G and his guitar will surely make you feel like bailando!” – The Washington Post. Come dance, decorate a maraca, and eat pizza with your friends! Join Sunnyside on Saturday February 28th from 10:30am-12noon at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St. Florence MA). Tickets just $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Scholarship Fund. www.sunnysidekids.org

Mar 7

Shake off the cold at Nonotuck Community School’s 4th annual Winter Family Dance Party! Bring the whole family for a morning of dancing, face painting, and arts & crafts! Come build your own tambourines and shakers and try your luck in the 50-50 raffle. Enjoy delicious pizza by Hillside Pizza! Tickets are just $5 per person and $15 per family! Happening on Saturday, March 7th from 10am-12pm at the Jackson Street School Gym (120 Jackson Street) in Northampton. All proceeds will benefit the Nonotuck Community School. Sponsored by Florence Bank.

Mar 14 & Apr 18

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for kids: March 14 & April 18 from 10am-12noon. Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! Takes place at Flywheel in the old town in Easthampton, MA. Who needs night clubs when you have Saturday Morning Dance Parties with Hilltown Families and Flywheel?! Save on the babysitter and dance the morning away! 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Begins Mar 20

The Center in Amherst is offering a new class for toddlers! Enroll now for an 8 week spring session, starting Friday, March 20th. In this 45 minute class for kids aged 2-5, students will leap, twirl and spin their way into the world of children’s literature. Using picture books, nursery rhymes and songs as inspiration, children will be introduced to the fundamentals of creative movement in a fun, nurturing environment. Whether they’re soaring like the red bird that brown bear saw, leaping and pouncing at the Wild Rumpus, or dancing the alphabet, kids will love this interactive class that honors the reader, and storyteller, in all of us. For more information visit www.thecenterdance.com or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

Mar 21

March Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, March 21 from 9-11:30am.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, March 21st, 9-11:30am. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (FREE)

Jun 8 – Aug 17

Our Place Summercamp gets kids off the screen and into the green. For 5 days campers hike, climb, wade and swim “our place”: the 5 ecoregions of the Nonotuck biome. These activities aren’t just “fun”—they’re designed to increase camper’s perceptual abilities, stimulate their critical thinking skills, inspire their creative imaginations, and counteract “nature deficit disorder.” Campers go from site to site—mountains, forests, brooks, industrial brownfields, you name it—on an adventurous, inquiry-based investigation into our living land. Through active physical and mental engagement with “our place,” they gain a deep and lasting appreciation of it—and themselves. Jun 8-Aug 17; Age/Grade Range: 1st-8th grades. 774-526-6507. info@biocitizen.org

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February 28th-March 6th, 2015

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Saturday, February 28th, 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. 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, February 28, 8:30am-10:30am – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Easthampton PTO is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Easthampton High School on February 28. Proceeds from this fun intergenerational community meal go directly to PTO programming in the Easthampton schools. In addition to pancakes, juice, coffee, and sausage, there will be special guests and a raffle. 70 Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, February 28, 8:30am-1pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend a Science and Engineering Saturday Seminar at UMass Amherst. “Introduction to Scratch Programming,” with John Heffernan, teaches about the free Scratch programming language, which can be used to teach students in grades 3 the fundamentals of computer programming in a fun an easy way. Bring a laptop if possible. Advanced registration is required. Takes place in Integrated Science Building 321. 413-545-1908. 661 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 28, 8:30am-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: The Holyoke Public Library will have the 2013-2014 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association student design competition posters on display through March 21. The posters show sustainable development plans, including Net Zero Energy designs, Zero Carbon Emissions designs, energy models, and projected costs for four properties in Holyoke – Carlos Vega Park, Parsons Paper, The Alpine, and Riverside Paper. Students interested in sustainable design and planning can come check out these in-depth posters and learn about sustainable design in the city of Holyoke. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 9:30am-12:30pm – STEM: Holyoke Codes is holding a Robotics Workshop for anyone age 7 and up at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Learn to build and control robots using LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits. This workshop gets kids engaged in robotics and technology through fun, hands-on activities. Please register in advance. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 9:30am-12:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Make your own paper bag crown at the Emily Williston Memorial Library! All ages can stop by to get crafty with this fun project. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 10am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department is holding a winter walk in the Bear Hole Watershed on February 28. Come explore the watershed on snowshoe and search for animal tracks and sign with naturalist Dietrich Schlobohm. All ages are welcome. Registration is required. 413-788-4125. Prospect Avenue and Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 28, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of My Neighbor Totoro (1988; rated G). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this beloved animated classic on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, February 28, 10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Families can explore Bartholomew’s Cobble on a guided trek with The Trustees of Reservations on February 28. 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, February 28, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 8 and up can learn about animal tracking with Mass Audubon at Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Search for scat, tracks, and other signs of animals that remain active during the winter. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 28, 10am-12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about animals at the Springfield Museums’ Museum School on February 28. Kids can do fun, hands-on activities like look through insect eyes, dissect owl pellets, touch porcupine quills and animal bones, do water experiments, and more. Visit the Museums’ Animal Secrets exhibit to learn even more. Purchase tickets in advance. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 28, 10am-12:30pm – ORIGAMI: Learn about origami at the Springfield Museums’ Museum School on February 28. Kids can do fun, hands-on paper engineering and origami projects to supplement a trip to the Museums’ exhibitions, Origami Interpretations and Above the Fold. Purchase tickets in advance. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 28, 10am-1pm – SEED SWAP: There will be a seed swap at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market on February 28. Come to learn about seed saving, share seeds that you’ve saved with others, and take home seeds to plant. All are welcome, even if you don’t have seeds to share. This is a great chance to learn about seed saving from community members! See the Tuesday Market website for more information and the registration page. 413-320-5964. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 10am-3pm – BASKET MAKING: The Friends of the Worthington Library are offering a basket making workshop at the RH Conwell Community Education Center. Come make a beautiful gathering basket to take home! Best for older students and adults. 413-238-5565. 147 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: The Jones Library presents a performance by The Nields on February 28. Kids ages 4-10 and their families can come enjoy this musical performance at the library. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am – MUSIC STUDIES: The Community Music School of Springfield will offer an introductory “Little Roots” class at the Storrs Library on February 28. Children will explore song, movement, and various percussive and tonal instruments to experience cognitive development and the development of motor skills, and they will also do hand movements, finger counting, and ball-rolling to music to improve coordination and dexterity. Call the Discovery Room to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids ages 3-6 and their families are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center for their Winter Preschool Series. Enjoy stories, crafts, and nature-related activities. Kids will learn about different types of animals each meeting. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am-11:30am – MUSIC: Kids in preschool and kindergarten can join Lui Collins at the Tyler Memorial Library for a music program. Kids can sing, make music, and move at this fun, engaging program. 413-339-4335. Charlemont, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am-11:30am – PUPPETRY: Community members are invited to a free puppet play, “The White Bird,” at Matrushka Toys and Gifts as part of the Rudolf Steiner School’s free puppet play series. This play, which is best for ages 2-6, is about an old couple who are visited by a mysterious white bird one cold winter night. The story will be told using handmade, needle-felted puppets. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 10:30am-12noon – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own Grammy-nominated Mister G at Sunnyside Child Care‘s February Fiesta! Come dance, decorate a maraca, enjoy fun crafts and activities, and eat pizza with your friends. Takes place at the Florence Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Sunnyside Financial Aid Fund. 413-727-3665. 140 Pine Street. Florence, MA. (>$)

Saturday, February 28, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 28, 11am-1pm – BIRD STUDIES: Interested in learning how to keep chickens? Attend a class a class on backyard chickens at The Haberdashery! Learn the benefits and basics of raising chickens, including what to expect, the basics of care and health, how to be prepared, and tips and tricks for increasing egg production and correcting bad behavior. This workshop would be great for older students and adults looking to get the first flock of backyard chickens! Please sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, February 28, 11am-2pm – STEAM: Kids ages 5-11 can visit the Meekins Library for a STEAM craft activity – the science of a snowflake! Come learn about snowflakes, make paper snowflakes, see a snowflake experiment, and enjoy hot chocolate. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 12noon-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Join Grow Food Amherst for a workshop on reducing your carbon footprint at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market. David Ahlfeld will present this workshop. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 1pm – THEATER/LITERATURE: The Young Shakespeare Players East present a selection of readings from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities at the Five Eyed Fox. 37 Third Street. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 1pm – FILM/FOOD STUDIES: Fresh Fest is a film festival taking place at Images Cinema, featuring films focused on food and sustainability. Come see Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields (2013), a documentary about veterans returning home from war and becoming farmers. Best for older students interested in documentary film, food, and sustainability. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, February 28, 1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Forbes Library is hosting a workshop on “Flower Essences for Women’s Health” with Carla Savetsky. Learn how flower essences relate to women’s health and how they can be used, especially to help with reproductive issues. Please register in advance. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 1pm-3pm – UPCYCLING/DIY: Upcycle old plastic bags at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. Ages 8 and up can come learn how to use heat and pressure to create cool wallets from non-recyclable plastic bags. Bags will be provided, but feel free to bring some from home. Call to pre-register. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 1pm-4pm – HUMAN LIBRARY: The Human Library Project was founded in Denmark in 2001 as a way to promote human rights and create understanding between people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. People can check out human “books” in order to learn about different topics at the Williams College Paresky Student Center today. One can check out “books” on topics like “Growing Up in the Jim Crow South,” “Interracial Family,” “Adoptee,” “My Experience With Homelessness,” and many more. People of all ages can come to the Human Library and learn about each person’s backgrounds, stories, lives, and what sorts of challenges they have faced. This is an excellent way to forge connections with people of all ages and from many different backgrounds. 413-597-3131. 39 Chapin Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 1pm-4pm – WRITING: Self-directed teens who are interested in writing can attend a fiction writing workshop with D.M. Gordon at the Forbes Library. Learn how writers come up characters, plots, and settings, and how you can do it yourself. Come create characters and a story using your imagination. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 1:30pm – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION: Fans of Frozen can meet Princess Anna at the Storrs Library! There will be a Frozen-themed show, stories, a sing-along, crafts, and a snack. Call or stop by the Discovery Room to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 1:30pm-3:30pm – MUSIC/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Join Peace Net for “Singing Songs of Freedom – The Spirituals: Healing Racism Through Music” with Gloria De,Layne Matlock at McCusker’s Market. All are welcome to come work together to use music to bring about healing and social change. 3 State Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 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, February 28, 2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the historic homes of the Northfield Farms area at the Field Library on February 28. Learn about these historic homes and chat with longtime residents about the houses and the area. 413-225-3038. 243 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, February 28, 2:30pm – FILM/FOOD STUDIES: Fresh Fest is a film festival taking place at Images Cinema, featuring films focused on food and sustainability. Come see The Last Season (2014), a documentary about two former soldiers, one who fought for the US in Vietnam and one who fought for Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters, as they work to heal themselves from war and search for a rare mushroom. Best for older students interested in documentary film, food, and sustainability. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, February 28, 4pm-7pm – FAMILY FUN: Families can join the Northampton Parents Center for Family Fun Night! There will be a performance by In the Nick of Time, dessert from Herrell’s, an optional potluck dinner, and playtime. This is a great chance to to get to know other local families! Snow date 3/1. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Saturday, February 28, 6:30pm-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Adults (21+) can attend an extra special moonlight ski at Notchview on February 28. The Trustees of Reservations are hosting a “Brew Moon Ski,” featuring a guided moonlight ski, followed by a sampling of local beer, wine, and snacks. Please RSVP. 413-684-0148. Route 9. Windsor, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 28, 7pm – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION: The Greenfield Public Library is hosting a Hobbit-themed party for kids. Fans of The Hobbit can attend this fun party! Call to sign up. 413-772-1544 x104. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, February 28, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The UMass Fine Arts Center presents a performance by the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra. Come see this ten-time Grammy Award-winner perform salsa and Latin jazz music. Come to the concert hall at 4:30pm for a moderated conversation with Palmieri. Best for older students interested in music studies. Takes place in Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets available in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, February 28, 8pm – DANCE: MASS MoCA presents a dance performance by Storyboard P and the Warriorz. The street dancing group from Brooklyn will perform their amazing dance moves at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on February 28. Older students and adults interested in dance will have a blast seeing this talented group perform. Tickets available in advance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, March 1, 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, March 1, 10am-11:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS/PURIM: Get ready for the Jewish holiday of Purim at Lander Grinspoon Academy! Kids ages 3-5 (and a grown up) can bake, decorate masks, hear stories, listen to songs, and play at this fun program. All are welcome. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 1, 10:30am-1pm- COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come join the fun at the Erving Community Center! Support the 6th grade for brunch, then stay for a free Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss that includes a Magic Show with Ed the Wizard. Supported by the Erving Cultural Council, PTO and Erving Elementary School. Erving, MA (DONATIONS WELCOMED)

Sunday, March 1, 12noon-2pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn how to make your own soda at The Haberdashery‘s soda making class! All ages can learn how to make sodas using herb and fruit infusions and live-cultured bubbles. This is a great chance to get kids of all ages interested in a fun at-home project that teaches them about healthy food and science, all at once! Free admission for one child under age 12 with an adult enrollment. Please sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 1, 12:30pm-3pm – PURIM: Celebrate Purim at the Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Purim Carnival! The Carnival is royalty-themed and features games, food, bounce houses ($), a magician, a woodworking project, a chance to get your photo taken with King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther, a Megillah reading, and more. JCC summer camp registration also begins at the carnival. More information about the carnival can be found on the Springfield JCC website. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 1, 12:55pm – DANCE STUDIES: See the world-renowned Russian ballet company Bolshoi Ballet perform Swan Lake on the big screen at Amherst Cinema. The performance was filmed live and will be screened at the Cinema for dance lovers of all ages. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 1, 1pm – THEATER/LITERATURE: The Young Shakespeare Players East present a selection of readings from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities at The Rendezvous. 78 Third Street. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 1, 1:30pm – FILM/FOOD STUDIES: Fresh Fest is a film festival taking place at Images Cinema, featuring films focused on food and sustainability. Come see Food for Change (2012), a documentary focused on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. Best for older students interested in documentary film, food, and sustainability. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Sunday, March 1, 2pm – PUPPETRY: The UMass Fine Arts Center presents a performance of A Sea of Puppets by Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. The group will perform this traditional Taiwanese hand and glove puppet show on a hand-carved wooden stage. The story tells of a young man who saves a young woman from a villain, and features amazing puppetry through delicate gestures, acrobatics, and fighting scenes. Don’t miss the chance to see this beautiful theater performance live right here in Amherst! Takes place in the Bowker Auditorium. 413-545-2511. 100 Holdsworth Way. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 1, 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, March 1, 2pm-4pm – SKILLSHARE: Learn how to live a more sustainable life at Grow Food Amherst‘s Sustainability Sunday workshop. Ellie Figueroa will present, “The Sustainable Self: Sustainability Inside,” which focuses on examining your personal beliefs and values to live more sustainably and create change on the inside. This interactive workshop would be best for older students and adults. This workshop takes place at All Things Local Cooperative Market. Registration is required. 413-259-3149. 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 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, March 2nd, 2015

Monday, March 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)

Monday, March 2, 10am-3pm – PLANT STUDIES: The Berkshire Botanic Garden‘s second annual Bulb Show runs from March 2 through March 20. Visit the Fitzpatrick Greenhouse to escape the cold weather and see some lovely colorful flowers. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Monday, March 2, 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, March 2, 4:15pm – THEATER/AUDITIONS: Kids in grades K-12 can audition for Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater’s production of Aladdin. ALSCT and Missoula Children’s Theatre will work with two professional actors/directors to put on the production in just one week! Come audition on March 2 for roles of all sizes (50-60 roles available). Rehearsals take place March 2-6 and the performance is on March 7. See the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater website for more information. Takes place in Amherst Middle School cafeteria. 413-461-6722. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Monday, March 2, 7pm – FILM: The Williams College French Film Festival continues at Images Cinema with a screening of Hold Back (Rengaine) (2012; not rated). The film is a drama about a couple that wants to get married but faces resistance from their families due to their different ethnic backgrounds. Older teens interested in film studies can attend this series to learn about conflict and violence in new French film. Please note, this film is not rated and may not be appropriate for viewers under a certain age. Check online or call the theater to find out more about it. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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, March 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 9:30am-11am – COMPUTERS: The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a class on cloud computing. Learn about cloud computing services like Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. Best for older students and adults interested in learning more about computers. Pre-registration is required. 413-499-9480 x202. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 3, 10am- THEATER: High school students are invited to a attend a special matinee performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at UMass Amherst’s Rand Theater. This performance of Tennessee Williams’ classic play would act as a great curriculum supplement for older students in high school. The performance is followed by a question and answer session and study guides will be available. Call or email agoossen@theater.umass.edu to reserve tickets. There is a cost for each student and parents/chaperones can attend for free. 413-545-6808. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Tuesday, March 3, 10am-2pm – STEM: Homeschool students ages 6-12 can attend a Homeschool Discovery Day at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Learn how electricity works and is made, and learn how conventional electricity and sustainable energy production compare. Sign up in advance; space is limited. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am-11:15am – LITERACY: You and your child can work together to develop pre-reading skills at the Lee Library’s “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop. The workshop is for kids birth-age through five years and runs every Tuesdays from March 3 through 31 (five meetings). The workshop includes a literacy workshop, storytime, and playgroup. This is a great chance to introduce your young child to the world of reading! Registration is required and you must register for the full five-week session. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 3, 6pm – FILM/LAW: The Berkshire Athenaeum presents their film series, “Cinema of Law,” this March. The series consists of films on legal topics with commentary by local law professionals. The series kicks off on March 3 with a screening of Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008; not rated) and a talk by attorney Lou Oggiani. The documentary is about the history of the Hays Code and what it meant for Hollywood. Best for older students interested in law. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm – TELEVISION/MEDIA: Join Bay Path University for Telling TV Stories with Mary Jo Cranmore. Learn about Cranmore’s work as a television producer and how she got to where she is today. This talk would be good for older students interested in pursuing a career in television, media, or communications. Takes place in the Breck Suite in Wright Hall. 413-565-1066. 588 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm – FILM: As part of a series of films focusing on issues of race, the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project present a screening of Smoke Signals (1998; rated PG-13) at the library. The film, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, was the first feature film to be written, directed, and produced by Native American filmmakers. Come see this entertaining film about family and friendship that works to debunk stereotypes about native people. There will be a discussion after the film. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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 through 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, March 4th, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30pm-9pm – EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Mature teens ages 14 and up can attend a training session for Amherst Community Emergency Response Team. Amherst CERT works to assist neighbors and community members in the event of an emergency or disaster. Those who are interested in doing this type of work can learn more and attend a training session to become certified. You must apply online to join the CERT team and begin training. 413-687-7021. 68 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30pm – POETRY: The 13th Annual Five College PoetryFest takes place on March 4 at Mt. Holyoke College’s Gamble Auditorium. The event showcases the talent of local student poets from Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire, and Amherst Colleges, and UMass Amherst. Students interested in poetry can hear from talented college students and learn more about the genre. Lower Lake Road. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (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-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 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 March 11. Come in pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this fun storytime! 413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “odd” Wednesday for craft night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – GAMES: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “even” Wednesday for game night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, March 5th, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a performance of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by the Omaha Theater Company. Kids in grades K-3 will enjoy this performance, which is based on the children’s books by Kevin Henkes. Call for more information on this and other school-time field trip performances at Mahaiwe. 413-644-9040 x105. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (>$)

Thursday, March 5, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a preschool nature program, beginning March 5 and running for four weeks. The classes include stories, crafts, and outdoor play/exploration. This is a good way to help your preschooler explore the outdoors and make new friends. A parent or guardian must accompany every two children. Call to pre-register. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

Thursday, March 5, 3:15pm-4:15pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn about machines and mechanisms 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! Call to register. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 5, 4:30pm – PURIM: Chabad Northampton is hosting Purim costume party at the Iron Horse. There will be a live performance by the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors, a Megillah reading (5pm), kosher wine and drinks, a cash bar, prizes, sushi, dessert, and a costume party. All ages are welcome! Tickets available in advance. 908-447-6953. 20 Center Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, March 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, March 5, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fifth season of Culture and Cocktails continues on March 5 at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Above the Fold.” 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, March 5, 5:30pm – THEATER: The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s J-Art young adult theater presents a production of Seussical the Musical. Dr. Seuss fans of all ages can come see this fun performance! Call for tickets. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, March 5, 6pm-7:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mass Audubon is holding a program for families at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary – “Wildlife, Pollutants, and Watersheds – A Sackett Brook Restoration Family Program.” At this program, families can learn how pollutants enter rivers, the role of dams, and how to restore rivers. Participants will build model habitats, test the models with different scenarios, and learn what makes a resilient ecosystem. Call to register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 5, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Amherst Regional High School Performing Arts department presents a performance of Hairspray! this weekend at the school. Enjoy this fun musical based on the John Waters movie of the same name. Email arhsmusicals@gmail.com for tickets. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, March 5, 7:30pm-9pm – SNOWSHOEING: Explore Ashintully Gardens on snowshoe with The Trustees of Reservations. Walk the fields, carriage roads, gardens, and mansion ruins by moonlight on this fun hike. 413-243-3582. Sodem Road. Tyringham, MA. (>$)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (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: Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can come to the South Hadley Family Center every Monday-Thursday for playgroup, music, crafts, circle 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. (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-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, March 6th, 2015

Friday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 6, 6pm-8:30pm – SNOWSHOEING: Explore Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at a Moonlight Snowshoe Hike with Mass Audubon. Ages 7 and up can explore the Sanctuary’s trails by moonlight and then enjoy snacks afterwards. Children can attend for free. Call to register. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Friday, March 6, 7pm – THEATER: Students at the Anne T. Dunphy School present a production of Seussical Jr. this weekend. All ages will love this musical celebration of all things Dr. Seuss! Call for tickets. 413-268-8421. Williamsburg, MA. ($)

Friday, March 6, 7pm – GENDER STUDIES: Join Amherst Cinema for a screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014; not rated), a documentary about the beginnings of the modern women’s rights movement. Using dramatizations, performance imagery, and archival footage, the film tells the stories of the women who started the movement and fought for their equality. The March 6 screening will also feature appearances by two of the women features in the film – Muriel Fox, co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Marlene Sanders, a broadcasting pioneer. Older students interested in gender studies and history would enjoy this screening. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Friday, March 6, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Amherst Regional High School Performing Arts department presents a performance of Hairspray! this weekend at the school. Enjoy this fun musical based on the John Waters movie of the same name. Email arhsmusicals@gmail.com for tickets. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Friday, March 6, 7:30pm-9:30pm – SNOWSHOEING: Have some winter fun at Peaked Mountain with The Trustees of Reservations at their Moonlight Syrup-on-Snow Snowshoe Hike. Explore the property in the moonlight on this 2-3 mile snowshoe hike, and enjoy syrup-on-snow afterwards! Snowshoe rentals available. Registration is required. 413-532-1631 x10. 43 Butler Road. Monson, MA. ($)

Friday, March 6, 8pm – DANCE STUDIES: MASS MoCA presents a performance of “Available Light” this March. Choreographer Lucinda Childs, who is currently an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA, will perform a reimagined version of her famous 1983 performance with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. There will be a Q&A after the show. Best for older students and adults interested in dance. Tickets available in advance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (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 – 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 – 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)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Springfield Science Museum and the Stars Club host a public observing program in the Tolman Auditorium at the Museum on the first Friday of each month (not held Jun-Aug.). See a slide show, view the night sky in their large rooftop observatory, ask questions, and learn about the night sky. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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