Suggested Events for March 14th-20th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Holyoke, MA)

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Hilltown Families’ Events

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)

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 (VOLUNTEER) (Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden)

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Mar 13

Odyssey Bookshop hosts a RED launch: Friday, March 13, 7pm. Bring your tweens & teens and embrace the RED! Hailed from our very own East Longmeadow comes debut author Victoria Aveyard with the most anticipated young adult novel of 2015. A little bit, Hunger Games and a little bit Divergent, Red Queen will not disappoint. Discover the world of revolutionaries, powers and more, this March as you dress your best in RED, gorge on RED velvet cupcakes and drink RED sparkling juice for this epic event. Join the Odyssey Bookshop for an author reading, signing and RED costume competition! Ages 12+ Please RSVP by emailing RSVP@odysseybks.com, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley. 413-534-7307

Mar 14

Chirping Storytime with Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple: Saturday, March 14, 3pm. A launch party for the little bird in your life! Soar down to the Odyssey Bookshop for a fun-filled celebration! Storytelling greats, Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple will join for the launch of their much-anticipated picture book You Nest Here With Me. Combining their poetic writing and their love of birding, mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple have written what is sure to become a bedtime classic. Learn how this lovely story came to be with a bird call demonstration, peck at cupcakes, and make a nest of your own at our craft table! Perfect for ages 2+. Please RSVP by emailing RSVP@odysseybks.com, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, 413-534-7307

Mar 14

The Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company is excited to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with a performance at the Academy of Music Theatre in downtown Northampton on Saturday, March 14th at 7pm! Their vibrant modern take on the traditional style of step dancing has entertained sold out crowds in the Pioneer Valley and beyond for many years. Joined by local Celtic musical group ‘Four Sisters & the Farmhands’ this is sure to be a show that has something for everyone. Come join in the fun of the jigs and reels this season with your family! Tickets can be purchased via the web at www.AcademyOfMusicTheatre.com or by phone at 413-584-9032 x105. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students and children.

Mar 21

Piti Theatre Co. presents their 6th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA, on Saturday, March 21, featuring the high-flying cirque show RUCKUS! by Nimble Arts, an award-winning troupe with Cirque de Soleil veterans at 5pm. Blending live music and magic, Piti Theatre presents the world premiere of “Innocenzo” a play for all ages about a clown who gets sick from electrosmog and then starts to heal at 3pm. SYRUP celebrates spring with syrup tasting, free pickles, a raffle, maple treats around the village and door prizes in a historic venue. Circus workshops for ages 7+ on Sunday, March 22 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary (2pm: aerial silks, 3pm: juggling). Info and tickets: www.ptco.org/syrup

Farm Hands Preschool at Town Farm in downtown Northampton has several openings in their toddler room (18 to 33 months) for the coming school year (summer start dates are possible too)! Farm Hands Preschool is a small, loving, real-work-and-play-based community that trusts children to know themselves best. Teachers work as researchers and guides, providing support, materials, time, and space to meet individual and group needs. What are they up to these days? Tapping trees, planning their gardens, and still sledding every day down the dike! Find more information at www.thefarmeducationcollaborative.org or by emailing alya@thefarmeducationcollaborative.org or calling 413-695-4645.

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

Jul 6-10

Journey Camp returns to Cummington for Hilltown families this summer. The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-12,June 29-July 3, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. Hilltown Journey Camp, boys & girls, 7-12, July 6-10, 8:45-4, Taproot Common Farm, Cummington. Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, 11-18, July 27-July 30, two overnights & campfires, Woolman Hill. Girls Week, 7-13, Aug. 3-7 & Aug. 10-14, 8:45-4, Woolman Hill. www.sarahpirtle.com. Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

Now available

Crimson & Clover Farm is happy to announce that 2015 CSA Shares are now available! Located at the Northampton Community Farm, near downtown Florence, Crimson & Clover Farm raises a wide variety of delicious, beautiful, and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables for our 20 week CSA program. As a community based farm, they offer a welcoming environment where their members and their families can come and enjoy this amazing community resource as well as receive nutritious locally grown food. In addition to vegetables, they also offer a variety of locally produced products for sale through their farm store, as well as a bountiful PYO garden. For more info about the CSA and how to become a member of the farm, visit crimsonandcloverfarm.com.

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March 14th-20th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, March 14th, 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, March 14, TBA – ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Bousquet Mountain at their 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Slush Run and Fireworks Spectacular. There will be activities for all ages, including an obstacle course, Irish Olympics, a cookie race, a torch light parade (8:30pm), fireworks (9pm), and a slush run. Sign up the morning of the event. 413-442-8316. 101 Dan Fox Drive. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 8am-12noon – COMMUNITY MEAL: The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies‘ annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast takes place March 14. Come to the Center’s Reading Room to enjoy homemade pancakes, bacon, and sausage with maple syrup tapped from the Center’s trees. This intergenerational community meal is a great chance to support the Center. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Saturday, March 14, 8:30am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: Frontier Regional CFCE presents a workshop for parents of children age 12 and under, “What Every Parent Should Know About Technology and Your Child,” at Deerfield Elementary School. Jeanine Fitzgerald will present this talk, which focuses on the impact of technology on children. Participants will learn how design a healthier approach to technology for their children. There will be a continental breakfast (8:30am) and the workshop begins at 9am. Call or email KGreen@frsu38.org ASAP to register. 413-665-1151 x46. 21 Pleasant Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 8:30am-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a craft table at the library today, open to kids of all ages. Come make a craft at the library or to take home and complete. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 9:30am-12:30pm – HISTORY/RESTORATION: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and the Williamstown Historical Museum are working together to restore an antique horse-drawn worksled. Older students can assist with the restoration and can learn about the sled and what it was used for in the past. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, March 14, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Iron Giant (1999; rated PG). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this beloved animated film on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 14, 10am – ART STUDIES: Start With Art is The Clark’s series of programs for preschool students. There will be themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities related to theme of flowers and plants. Best for children ages 3-6 and their parents/caregivers. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12noon – VOLUNTEER: The Easthampton Community Center has a great volunteer opportunity – stuffing eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt! There are 18,000 eggs to stuff with about 800 pounds of candy in time for the March 28th egg hunt. Come to the Center to help out. 413-527-5240. 12 Clark Street. Easthampton, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12noon – DANCE PARTY: 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. Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! 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! Takes place at Flywheel in the old town hall. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, March 14, 10am-12:30pm – CULINARY ARTS: Discover the chemistry behind cupcakes at the Springfield Museums’ Museum School on March 14. Learn basic cupcake decorating techniques at this fun hands-on program. Purchase tickets in advance. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 14, 10am-5pm – ART STUDIES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art‘s new exhibition, Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, opens on March 14 and will be up through June 14. The exhibition is a retrospective of Shulevitz’s career as a picture book artist, and features over 90 works from picture books and independent art. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this Caldecott-winning artist’s work on display. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 14, 10:30am-11:30am – BOOK GROUP: Kindergarteners and first graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Little Kid Book Club on March 14. Parents/caregivers and their child can attend the book club and enjoy books together. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Young kids and their dad can come to the Mason Library for a fun Dad & Me Playgroup! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 11am-1pm – DIY/UPCYCLING: Lou Leelyn of Lou’s Upcycles will lead a workshop on plastic bag upcycling at the Pelham Library on March 14. Learn how to turn plastic bags into usable textiles using a household iron. Participants will make their own wallets to take home at this fun, hands-on workshop. Call the library to pre-register. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 11am-2pm – MAPLE SYRUP: Learn all about modern-day and historical methods for gathering maple syrup at Williams College’s Maplefest at the Hopkins Memorial Forest. This annual event lets community members of all ages get involved in the syrup-making process. Come to Maplefest and visit a working sugar house, observe the finishing and bottling of syrup, tap a tree, gather sap, taste syrup, and more. There will also be kids’ activities, videos, and other fun things to do. 413-597-4277. 271 NW Hill Road. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 12noon-1pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Join Grow Food Amherst for a workshop on replacing fossil fuels at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market. Claire Chang of The Solar Store will present this workshop. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 12noon-2pm – DIY: Learn how to make your own creams and lotions at The Haberdashery on March 14. This class will walk you through the steps of making your own body products, whether you are looking for a cheaper/DIY alternative to store-bought creams, or if you are hoping to switch to an all-natural product. Sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 14, 1pm-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Learn how to identify trees in late winter with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and forester Helen Johnson. Use characteristics like bark, buds, tree shape, and branching patterns to identify leafless trees. Participants will also learn about the ways insects, diseases, and invasive plants impact forest habitats. No previous tree identification experience necessary. Call to pre-register. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Northampton High School theater will perform a production of the musical Godspell this March. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 14, 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, March 14, 3pm – STEM: Ages 3-5 can attend the Westfield Athenaeum‘s monthly STEM series. Come learn about technology, read a technology-related book, and do a fun craft. Call to sign up. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 3pm – STORYTIME/BOOK LAUNCH: Join Odyssey Bookshop for a special storytime and book launch party with Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple as they share their new book, You Nest Here With Me. Hear this lovely bedtime story read aloud, learn how it came to be, make your own nest craft, and enjoy cupcakes. Best for ages 4 and up. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 3:30pm-5:30pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ventfort Hall! Chris Scott and Woody Printz will play Irish tunes on the dobro, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and harmonica. There will also be Irish-themed foods like tea and leprechaun lemonade. Older students and adults will enjoy this lively and educational musical event. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 14, 5pm-8pm – 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Explore Easthampton’s local art scene at this month’s Art Walk. This is a fun evening out that lets you see work by talented local artists and experience some of the great art-related opportunities Easthampton has to offer! There will also be tons of great activities around town, like a DIY paper flower garland workshop at Knack (in the Eastworks building). More information can be found on the Art Walk Easthampton website. 413-527-8278. Downtown. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 14, 6pm – THEATER: Hampshire Regional High School presents a production of Little Shop of Horrors this March! Come see this fun musical featuring awesome rock music. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, March 14, 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening the Oscar-nominated film Song of the Sea (2014; rated PG), which was nominated for Best Animated Film and is based on the Irish legend of the Selkies. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 14, 7pm-9pm – DANCE: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year at a performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company at the Academy of Music. Come see their modern take on traditional step dancing and hear music by local group Four Sisters and the Farmhands. The whole family can come enjoy this lively Irish dance performance! Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 14, 8:30pm – 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. ($$)

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Sunday, March 15th, 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 15, 9am-3pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/BIKE SWAP: There will be a Bike Swap at Eastworks on March 15. There will be new and used parts available from bike shops, individuals, and manufacturer’s closeouts. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Sunday, March 15, 10am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Lander-Grinspoon Academy’s PJ Preschool Pals will host a special arts and crafts activity at the Yiddish Book Center on March 15. Kids ages 3-5 can come make a hand puppet at this fun, hands-on workshop. 413-584-6622. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 15, 10am-6pm – ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/FILM: Project Native’s 5th Annual Environmental Film Festival kicks off on March 15 at the Tower Theaters in South Hadley. Award-winning documentaries about a variety of current environmental issues will be screened all day at the theater, and older students and adults interested in these topics will enjoy learning about the issues and seeing these fascinating films. Films featured include DamNation, Plastic Paradise, The Starfish Throwers, Resistance, and Groundswell Rising. A full list of films and more information can be found on Project Native’s website, which is linked to above. Seating is limited. 413-274-3433. 19 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 11am – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts are offering a workshop for parents at the JCC on March 15 – “Today’s Teens: Substance Abuse in the Suburbs.” Come learn about teen drug use, how substance abuse culture has changed, and what social media has to do with it. Time will also be spent discussing the warning signs that your teen might be in trouble. This workshop is for parents/caregivers, but interested teens are welcome. Please pre-register. 413-455-1936. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 15, 11am-3pm – MAPLE SYRUP: Discover the history of maple sugaring at Storrowton Village’s annual Maple Harvest Day on March 15. See demonstrations of tree tapping, sumac spile making, sap boiling, hearth cooking, and early American crafts, and learn about the history and folklore of maple sugaring in New England. Come at 10am for a special pancake breakfast (>$). This is a great chance for the whole family to learn about sugaring! 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 15, 12noon-2pm – SEWING: Learn how to mend your own clothes at The Haberdashery on March 15. This class will teach you how to do simple fixes like patching, replacing buttons, replacing zippers, fixing broken seams, and more. Sign up in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 15, 12:30pm – THEATER: Hampshire Regional High School presents a production of Little Shop of Horrors this March! Come see this fun musical featuring awesome rock music. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, March 15, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening the Oscar-nominated film Song of the Sea (2014; rated PG), which was nominated for Best Animated Film and is based on the Irish legend of the Selkies. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, March 15, 2pm-4pm – MAPLE SYRUP: The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is hosting a family fun and Good Deeds Day celebration at Ioka Valley Farm on March 15. Federation and PJ Library families can come learn all about maple sugaring at this fun event. Learn how sap becomes syrup, tour the sugar shack, do a Jewish tree-themed scavenger hunt, hear stories, feed chickens and goats, and enjoy delicious maple snacks. This is a great way to learn about maple sugaring, have fun, and do a good deed – donate supplies to the Berkshire Humane Society. A list of much-needed supplies and more information on the event can be found here. 413-442-4360. 3475 Route 43. Hancock, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 15, 3pm – CONCERT: South Hadley Chorale will perform at Mt. Holyoke College’s Abbey Memorial Chapel with the South Hadley Children’s Chorus on March 15. They will perform Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation, Parts I and II” and Alice Parker’s “Children, Saints, and Charming Sounds.” This concert would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce students with audience skills to choral music. Tickets available in advance. 50 College Street. South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 15, 3pm – 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. ($$)

Sunday, March 15, 5:30pm-8pm – COMMUNITY SING & DINNER: Earthdance is holding a community sing (5:30pm) and potluck (7pm) tonight! Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder, brings community members together through song. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music and singing in an intergenerational environment. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (>$/SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, March 15, 7pm – ACROBATICS PERFORMANCE: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents “Cirque Ziva,” a performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats. This fast-paced performance incorporates Chinese acrobatics, dance, costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and modern theatrical techniques to create one amazing show. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. ($$$)

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Monday, March 16, 10am – ACROBATICS PERFORMANCE: The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents “Cirque Ziva,” a performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats. This fast-paced performance incorporates Chinese acrobatics, dance, costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and modern theatrical techniques to create one amazing show. 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. (>$)

Monday, March 16, 10am-11am – HEALTH/WELLNESS: Learn the ancient Chinese art of Quigong at the Sunderland Public Library. Calm your mind and improve your health and balance. Open to all. 413-665-2642. 20 School St. Sunderland MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 16, 1:30pm & 7pm – FILM: The Berkshire Museum is screening the Oscar-nominated film Song of the Sea (2014; rated PG), which was nominated for Best Animated Film and is based on the Irish legend of the Selkies. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Monday, March 16, 4pm-5pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kids Club at Whole Foods Market is offering a make your own applesauce program with Vermont Village Applesauce. Learn how to make delicious, healthy applesauce at this fun program. Best for ages 4-10. Call or stop by to sign up. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell St. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 16, 6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-4. Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 16, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on March 16 with a talk by Dennis Picard. He will present, “Paddy on the Railway: Irish Laborers and the Building of the Great Western Railroad.” This talk would be great for students who are interested in learning more about local immigrant communities, those who are descended from immigrants to the area, or those want to learn about the immigrant experience in the Pioneer Valley. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Monday, March 16, 7pm – STEAMPUNK: Join the Agawam Public Library for Steampunk 101 with Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe. “The Intersection of Technology and Romance: Steampunk 101” focuses on the history and development of steampunk and its influence. Anyone who loves steampunk or who wants to learn more about it would enjoy this talk. Call to register. 413-789-1550 x4. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

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 17th, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike/snowshoe at Clam River Reserve. This 1.5-mile hike offers great views and a chance to explore this somewhat new property. 413-499-0596. 66 Sandisfield Road. Sandisfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 17, 3pm – TEEN TIME: Kick back at the Westfield Athenaeum with friends. This is a great way to kick off the weekend and relax with friends. For tweens and teens in grades 6-12. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Springfield Public Schools’ Parent and Community Engagement Center is offering a workshop for parents on homework help. Learn how to make homework time more productive at this engaging workshop. 413-787-6747. 91 School Street. Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 17, 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 continues on March 17 with a screening of Rashomon (1950; not rated) and a talk by the Honorable Joan McMenemy. The film, directed by Akira Kurosawa, is a complex story revolving around a violent crime and the accounts of different witnesses. Best for older teens interested in law. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm – CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY/MYSTERY: As part of All Hamptons Read, the Edwards Public Library is offering a fun event for kids related to the book The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Kids can come to the library and use their powers of deduction to find clues and solve mysteries with Sgt. Ian Illingsworth. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm-9pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn all about snakes with Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on March 17. Tom French of Mass Fish and Wildlife will present this talk, which will teach you about Massachusetts’ native snake species, their natural history, their features, and their population status. Best for older students interested in snakes and conservation. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, 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 18th, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 3pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can learn about light and dark at Shutesbury Town Hall 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. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 18, 3:30pm – LEGOS: Come have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Chicopee Public Library. Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 18, 7pm – THEATER: Amherst Cinema presents a screening of National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel of the same name. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets available in advance. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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 19th, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Lightwire Theater will perform an exciting show at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on March 19. Come see The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare live onstage, acted out with amazing lights. Reserve tickets in advance. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($)

Thursday, March 19, 12noon – ART STUDIES: Tour the Williams College Museum of Art‘s exhibition, Three Centuries of American Art, with curator Kevin Murphy. Learn about American art by touring this chronological installation. Best for older students and adults interested in art. 413- 15 Lawrence Hall Drive. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 19, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: Join the Westfield Athenaeum for a teen book discussion group on Veronica Roth’s Insurgent. Students in grades 6-12 can come to discuss the book and make new friends. This is a great chance for teens to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 19, 4pm-5pm – STEM: Kids ages 6 and older are invited to come to the Greenfield Public Library for this month’s session of “Fun with Science,” an activity using science in a craft or experiment, with educator Corissa Tripp. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. This community-based STEM program happens on the third Thursday of each month through June 2015. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 19, 6pm – ASTRONOMY: Learn about and explore the night sky at the Lenox Library with amateur astronomer Rick Costello. He will present a lecture titled, “How the Stars Created the Elements,” and participants will then have the opportunity to view the night sky through a 16″ reflecting telescope, which will be used to spot Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, and several galaxies. Anyone interested in astronomy will love this program! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

Thursday, March 19, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: “Laughing Through Our Tears” is a Charlie Chaplin film series at Eastworks to raise money for the Cancer Connection. Tito Gambarini will present and discuss each film – a great opportunity to introduce students to Chaplin’s films. On March 19, see Modern Times. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 160. Easthampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, March 19, 7pm-8pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stone House Museum presents a lecture as part of the Stone House Lecture Series titled, “Talking with the Dead in Massachusetts,” with Rob Cox, head of Special Collections at UMass Amherst. He will discuss Modern Spiritualism in the 1850s, which became the fastest-growing religious movement in the United States. Cox will talk about the history of the religion, its people, and their beliefs at this engaging lecture. 413-323-6573. 20 Maple Street. Belchertown, 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 20th, 2015

Friday, March 20, 6:45am – ASTRONOMY/SPRING EQUINOX: Witness the passing of the seasons on the Vernal Equinox at the UMass Sunwheel. You can also learn about solstices and equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the moon, the story of how the Sunwheel was built, and more. Rocky Hill Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Friday, March 20, 9am-11am – SHEEP SHEARING: Are you interested in watching sheep shearing? Stop by Red Gate Farm to see Kevin Ford shear Red Gate’s flock with a blade. This is not an instructional demonstration, but is simply a chance to see a skilled blade sheepshearer at work! Students who want to see how this type of shearing is done can stop by the farm to watch Ford at work. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA.

Friday, March 20, 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 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents/caregivers can attend a free workshop at the Haskins Center on March 20. Come learn about finances and stretching your dollar at this budgeting workshop, “Dollar Cents.” Learn the basics of banking and more at this highly informative workshop. Transportation and childcare available – please register. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 20, 3pm-4:30pm – WRITING: The Berkshire Museum presents, “Think Like an Editor: How to Make a Good Manuscript Great,” a writing workshop that’s part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Writer/editor Robin Catalano will discuss the basics of editing, what professional editors do, and more. Older students interested in writing and editing can learn from this engaging workshop. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 20, 3:30pm – LEGOS: Ages 6 and up can attend the Westfield Athenaeum‘s new Building Blocks Club. Have fun and get creative building LEGO masterpieces. Call or stop by the library to register. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 20, 6pm – ASTRONOMY/SPRING EQUINOX: Witness the passing of the seasons on the Vernal Equinox at the UMass Sunwheel. You can also learn about solstices and equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the moon, the story of how the Sunwheel was built, and more. Rocky Hill Road. Amherst, MA. >$

Friday, March 20, 7pm – THEATER: Acting students from Whole Children and Milestones will perform Once Upon a Bog at Smith College’s Hallie Flanagan Theater on March 20 and 21. This original play is a tale of adventure, fantasy, fun, and friendship, and explores themes of acceptance and teamwork through upbeat song and dance. Don’t miss this fun performance! Tickets available in advance. 413-585-8010. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Friday, March 20, 7pm – THEATER/PUPPETRY: The Bay Path University Performing Arts Department presents a production of Winnie the Pooh this March in the Mills Theatre in Carr Hall. Come see these timeless stories of friendship told using hand-and-rod puppets. Adults and children alike will love seeing these heartwarming tales brought to life onstage. There will also be arts and crafts activities. Tickets available in advance. 413-565-1307. Longmeadow, MA. ($)

Friday, March 20, 7pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Pioneer Valley Institute presents a talk with Richard Colton of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Jim Terapane of the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage titled, “North from the Springfield Armory: The Industrial Corridor from Springfield to Vermont.” The lecture focuses on the role of the Armory in the establishment of a manufacturing region and on the genealogy of regional and Connecticut Valley companies, their connections to the Armory, and the industrial lineage of Franklin County. Takes place in Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater. 413-775-1671. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 20, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Drama Studio presents a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this March. Come see Shakespeare’s classic comedy performed by talent young actors ages 9-14 at this enchanting performance. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, 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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