Suggested Events for March 21st-27th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

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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

Mar 22

Celebrate spring with The Very Hungry Caterpillar on Sunday, March 22 from 12noon to 4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Guests can dance a Wiggle Jiggle down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar, make found object caterpillars in the Art Studio, taste Very Yummy Smoothies from Whole Foods, enjoy special storytimes, and search for the Caterpillar’s favorite foods in a museum-wide scavenger hunt. Help welcome The Carle’s new custom Volkswagon Bug and have your picture taken in it. Plus, free apples and Caterpillar Cookies! For more information and a schedule of activities, please visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1126. All activities free with Museum Admission!

Mar 28

Valley Vegfest, Saturday, March 28, 10-4, at JFK Middle School, Bridge Road in Northampton. Featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and the environment. Learn about and sample delicious healthy foods. Join in discussions and demonstrations. Enjoy entertainment and activities for kids. Speakers include Kathy Stevens, founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary; Reed Mangels, nutritionist and author, Pattrice Jones, co-founder of VINE Sanctuary; Tim Van Orden, vegan athlete and raw food proponent; and Mary Lawrence, author and vegan chef. Admission is free– donations welcomed. Details at www.valleyveg.org

Mar 28

Independent Middle School Fair. An opportunity for families to learn about seven local schools with middle-school programs. Meet representatives from The Academy at Charlemont, Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, Four Winds School, The Hartsbrook School, and Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School. Saturday, March 28, 2-4pm, at Four Winds School, 54 French King Highway (Route 2), in Gill, MA. More information at www.fourwindsschool.info or call 413-863-8055.

Mar 29

New England Air Museum will hold its annual Space Expo on Sunday, March 29th from 10am-4pm. This is your opportunity to experience aerospace science and technology as well as meet pioneers from the aerospace industry. More than 15 exhibitors from across New England will participate in the event including demonstrations and hands-on activities. Visitors can meet an astronaut, try on a space suit, pilot a space craft simulator, touch a meteorite, learn about the atmosphere of Mars, build a rocket, and much more. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT. For more info call 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

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.

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)

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 with the second in our series happening on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12noon. Mark your calendars and make plans to ome 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. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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March 21st-27th, 2015

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, March 21st, 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. This week is a Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo. 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 21, 10am – SHEEP SHEARING: Winterberry Farm in Colrain invites families to come to their spring sheep shearing celebration at their new farm location in the Hilltowns. Gwen Hinman from NH will be shearing 27 sheep, starting about 11am. There’ll be gorgeous fiber everywhere- natural and hand-dyed, in fleece and in yarn. Music, food and fiber demonstrations. Watch and learn about spinning, weaving and needle felting. Nubian and colored mohair goats, angora rabbits and poultry to enjoy….a festival of spring, melting snow and farm life. 413-624-3940. 340 Wilson Hill Road. Colrain, MA (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 9am-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Chester Hill Association‘s 30th Annual Maple Festival and Craft Fair takes place March 21 at the First Congregational Church. The day starts off with a delicious country breakfast ($), and then continues across the street at the old schoolhouse, where you can meet local artists and artisans and see their work. There will also be a performance by the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, a chance to meet farm animals, see unique furniture made from tree branches, check out a fire truck, visit High Meadows Sugar House, go on snowmobile rides, and much more. This community fair is fun for all ages! 413-354-9696. Chester, MA.

Saturday, March 21, 10am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the West Springfield Environmental Committee is holding a winter walk in the Bear Hole Watershed on March 21. Come explore the watershed on snowshoe (call a few days ahead to find out if snowshoes are needed) 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, March 21, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926; not rated). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this silent animated film on the big screen with musical accompaniment. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, March 21, 10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: It’s never too early to get your child interested in nature and the outdoors – parents/caregivers of children toddler-aged and younger can join Mass Audubon for their “First Child in the Woods” infant/toddler walk at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Come prepared to have fun outdoors, learn about nature, and meet other kids and caregivers. This is a great way to get your young child introduced to nature! Call to register. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 21, 10am-11am – CULINARY ARTS: Are you experienced in the kitchen and looking to learn or improve your knife skills? Visitors to the Berkshire Museum can learn knife skills at the Learner’s Lab on March 21. A butcher from Red Apple Butchers will teach you about safe/proper use of knives, sharpening methods, uses of different knives, cutting techniques, and more. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 21, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate the start of spring by learning about spring plants and animals with Mass Audubon at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a great chance for families to spend time together learning about nature! Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. ($)

Saturday, March 21, 10:30am & 11:30am – PUPPETRY: Community members are invited to a free puppet play, “The Straw Broom,” at Matrushka Toys and Gifts as part of the Rudolf Steiner School’s free puppet play series. 413-528-4015. 309 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program will offer a playgroup for children ages 5 and under at the Sunderland Public Library. Kids can engage in informal play and do interactive literacy activities while parents learn about Brain Building. 413-665-8928. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-12noon – BOARD GAMES: Play a life-size game of Candyland at the Carnegie Library on March 21! There will also be sweet treats and fun craft activities. Don’t miss this opportunity to play Candyland on a giant board! 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 11am – STEM/NATURE STUDIES: The Gaylord Memorial Library is offering a new science, nature, math, and technology series for kids ages 2-5 – “Float Your Boat.” Come learn about engineeringbuilding with LEGOs, on January 17. Registration is required. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 11am – MAGIC SHOW: The Holyoke Public Library presents a program of Irish magic with Debbie O’Carroll. The show combines stage magic with physical comedy, and O’Carroll will share Irish folk and fairy tales. This show would be best for kids ages 4-12, who will love the magic, comedy, and fascinating stories. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 12noon-1pm – AGRICULTURE: Join Grow Food Amherst for a workshop on growing tomatoes at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market. Ryan Voiland of Red Fire Farm will present this workshop. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 21, 12noon-2pm – DIY/CHEMISTRY: Learn how to make homemade, natural cleaners at The Haberdashery! Review the essential ingredients and basic chemistry behind some of the most effective natural cleaning products. Participants will learn how to make laundry detergent, dish soap, and an all-purpose cleaner. Please bring a container to take home the products you make. Register in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, March 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Structural Therapist and Restorative Exercise Specialist Derek Gardner will present “Growing Upright” at the Forbes Library. This workshop will give parents/caregivers tools and ideas for promoting healthy muscle and bone development in children. This workshop would also appeal to older students interested in pediatric health and wellness. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 1pm & 6pm – 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. ($)

Saturday, March 21, 1pm-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The East Longmeadow Public Library will have a Paint and Create Party for kids in grades 2 and up on March 21. Get creative and have fun painting at this hands-on art program. Sign-up in advance. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 1pm-3:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Celebrate the start of spring with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center at Barton Cove. Join naturalist Kim Noyes for a leisurely two-mile hike and search for early spring wildflowers and nesting eagles, and learn about Barton Cove’s rich geological history. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-9. Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 1:30pm-2:30pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS : The Mason Library is holding a special book signing and activity on March 21. Kids ages 2 and up can enjoy a reading of Bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s and get their copies signed! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 2pm – 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. ($)

Saturday, March 21, 2pm-3pm – ZUMBA: The Sunderland Public Library is offering a Zumba workshop for teens and tweens. Students in grades 5-12 can come learn the basics of Zumba and have fun dancing and exercising to catchy music. Please sign up in advance. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, March 21, 3pm – PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Piti Theatre Co. presents their 6th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, 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. Info and tickets: www.ptco.org/syrup. Memorial Hall. Shelburne Falls, MA

Saturday, March 21, 3:30pm-5:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the historic hardware of the Berkshires at Ventfort Hall on March 21, at a presentation by New York preservation architect Michael F. Lynch – “Unlocking History: Ornamental Hardware in the Berkshires.” The talk focuses on the historic door knobs and sash window fasts of the Berkshires, and is followed by tea. Bring photos or samples of your home’s hardware for Lunch to identify. This talk would be great for older students interested in architecture and local history. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 21, 4pm – HISTORY/ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum presents the opening of their newest exhibition, J.C. Leyendecker and the Saturday Evening Post on March 21. The exhibit will display the work of J.C. Leyendecker, who is known for his Saturday Evening Post illustrations – all 322 of which will be on display at the museum. The opening takes place at 4pm on March 21 and features a talk by authors Judy and Laurence Cutler. The exhibit will be on display from March 21 through June 14. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, March 21, 4pm & 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. ($$)

Saturday, March 21, 8pm-11:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Lenox’s monthly contra dance takes place February 21 at the Lenox Community Center. There will be music and a caller. Families can come dance together at this fun series – there will be an introduction for beginners and all dances will be taught. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

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Sunday, March 22nd, 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 22, 9am-11am – EASTER/PHOTO SESSION: Children with special needs are invited to an Easter bunny photo session at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. Families can come to this private photo session, where extra care is taken to support each child’s sensory, physical, and developmental needs. Takes place in the Lower Level JCPenney Court. Reservations are required. 50 Holyoke Street. Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, March 22, 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 22. Kids ages 3-5 can come design and make their own bird feeders at this fun, hands-on workshop. 413-584-6622. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 22, 11am-1:30pm – DIY/CHEMISTRY: Learn how to make your own soap at The Haberdashery! Participants will make cold-pressed soap using ingredients like a soap base, commercial lye, and essential oils. Learn how to make your own soap base and lye. Participants can take home the soap they make once it has hardened. Register in advance. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, March 22, 12noon – ST. PATRICK’S DAY: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a Holyoke tradition for over 60 years! This exciting annual parade features live music, floats, dancers, and other performers, and travels all over the city of Holyoke. Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, March 22, 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate spring with The Very Hungry Caterpillar at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Guests can dance a Wiggle Jiggle down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar, make found object caterpillars in the Art Studio, taste Very Yummy Smoothies from Whole Foods, enjoy special storytimes, and search for the Caterpillar’s favorite foods in a museum-wide scavenger hunt. Help welcome The Carle’s new custom Volkswagon Bug and have your picture taken in it. Plus, free apples and Caterpillar Cookies! For more information and a schedule of activities, please visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-658-1126. All activities free with Museum Admission! Amherst, MA

Sunday, March 22, 1pm & 6pm – 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. ($)

Sunday, March 22, 1:30pm-3pm – CITIZEN SCIENCE: The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is offering a salamander citizen science program on March 22. Older students who are interested in science and animal studies can come to the Center and join naturalist Ted Watt and Hampshire College Professor Tim Zimmerman to learn how to help gather data on spotted salamanders. Volunteers will learn about salamander life history, behavior, and adaptations and how data can be collected and shared via the internet. Call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE/VOLUNTEER)

Sunday, March 22, 2pm – STEAM: Preschool-aged children can have fun with LEGOs and Duplos while learning ABCs and 123s at the Wendell Free Public 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. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 22, 2pm-3pm – HISTORY/TEXTILES: Linda Eaton, the John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, present the final lecture of Historic Deerfield’s free winter lecture series focused on textiles and fashion in early America. Her talk, titled “Patterns of Their Time: Design in Printed Textiles,” will focus on the history of patterned textiles. Older students with an interest in history and fashion will enjoy this informative talk. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 22, 2pm-4pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Writer/poet Larry Spotted Crow Mann will present a talk titled, “Native American Cultural Persistence,” at Plainfield Town Hall on March 22. The talk focuses on Nipmuc cultural presence in southern New England and would be of interest to older students interested in Native American culture. Route 116 & Main Street. Plainfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, March 22, 3pm – 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. ($$)

Sunday, March 22, 3pm – ORIGAMI: The Springfield Museums will screen the documentary Between the Folds and director/producer Vanessa Gould will be present to answer questions and share insights into the film. Learn about origami and paper artists around the world at this exciting screening. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Sunday, March 22, 4pm-6pm – CHESS: The Shelburne Falls Chess Club meets at the Arms Library. Come play chess with others and improve your chess skills! Email judahhughes@verizon.net for more info. 413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Monday, March 23, 4:30pm – BUDDHISM: Smith College presents a lecture by Professor Jamie Hubbard, who was just appointed to the Jill Ker Conway Chair in Religion and East Asian Studies. Professor Hubbard will present, “Buddhism and the Happiness Industry, or What I Learned from Dr. Phil.” Takes place in Seelye Hall 106 on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Why do they DO That?!“ as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. At this workshop, parents/caregivers can learn about the potential roots of their child’s challenging behaviors and learn how to better handle them. Childcare is available and a light supper is provided for parents and children. This two-part workshop runs on March 23 and 30 at the UMass Student Union. Registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 23, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on March 23 with a talk by Reba-Jean Shaw Pichette, who will present, “Poles in the Land of the Puritans.” 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 23, 6pm – STEM/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Why Aren’t More Women in Science?” Professor Katherine Aidala will talk about the challenges faced by women in science, what unconscious bias is, and how to get more women in the STEM fields. Those interested in STEM topics will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Monday, March 23, 6pm-7:30pm – YOGA: Teens in grades 6 and up are invited to the Chicopee Public Library for Yoga for Teens. This is a great chance to introduce teens to yoga! Call to sign up. 413-594-1800 x120. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 23, 7pm – FILM: As part of their Classic Series, Images Cinema will screen Chinatown (1974; rated R). The film is a film noir classic, directed by Roman Polanski. The film series is a rare chance to catch these classic movies on the big screen. Best for older teens interested in film studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, 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 – 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)
  • 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 24th, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Little Crawler storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6 months and up who can’t walk yet are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Tuesday through May 5. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 24, 12:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. This week, Judith Gordon will perform on piano. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 24, 4pm – BOOK GROUP: The Meekins Library will have a new book group for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 starting on March 24. Come to the library and choose the first book for the club. This book club is a great chance for kids to read outside of school and discuss books with peers. Those who attend the first meeting will take a home a free book! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, March 24, 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 24, 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 The Rape of Europa (2006; not rated) and a talk by Attorney Paul Rapp. The documentary tells the story of the destruction and survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. Best for older teens interested in law and history. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, 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 25th, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, TBA – SPELLING BEE/FUNDRAISER: You are invited to the 15th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee – you can participate, sponsor, or just come watch the bee. All proceeds benefit the Northampton Public Schools. More information can be found on the Northampton Education Foundation website. Takes place at JFK Middle School. Bridge Road. Florence, MA.

Wednesday, March 25, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: Today is the first Little Walker storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Kids 6-24 months who can walk are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Wednesday through May 6. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 25, 10am-10:45am – MUSIC STUDIES: There will be Little Roots Early Childhood Music Classes with Maggie Shar at the Easthampton Family Center Wednesdays from March 25-May 6. Children ages 0-5 can come sing together, play instruments, and do movement activities. Space is limited; registration is required. 336-407-9074. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30pm – STORYTIME: Elementary school-aged children can enjoy a fairy tale storytime at the Forbes Library! Come discuss magical objects, fairy tales from different cultures, and hear some enchanting stories. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 25, 6pm-8pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents on Parenting Young Children, as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. This workshop, which discusses different approaches to raising children, parenting challenges, and child development, will be in Chinese, and takes place at the Amherst Family Center. Childcare is available. Register in advance. 413-586-4900 x5568. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30pm – AUTHOR TALK: The Sunderland Public Library presents a talk by author Charles Mark on March 25. Mark will discuss his books and his life before, during, and after World War II. Older students interested in writing and history would enjoy hearing Mark’s views on writing, his books, and his life. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, 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-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-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 26th, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: March 26 is the first Toddling Twos storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. Two year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Thursday through 7. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 26, 10am – PERFORMANCE: Davenport Child Care and the Chesterfield Council on Aging will host a performance of Motion Man by Jody Scalise at the Chesterfield Community Center. The performance combines physical comedy, mime, magic, circus, and illusion to create one incredibly show that all ages will enjoy. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 26, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB : The Mason Library will have a MCBA Book Club on March 26. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 26, 6pm – THEATER: The Pioneer Valley Regional School presents a performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown this March. Come enjoy this fun musical, performed by PVRS students of all ages. 413-498-2931. 97 F. Sumner Turner Road. Northfield, MA.

Thursday, March 26, 6pm-7pm – STEAM: The Family Resource Center is offering a super fun evening of hands-on science and art activities at the Adams Youth Center on March 26. Kids ages 2-8 can come play with flubber and other concoctions at this fun event. 413-664-4821. 20 East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 26, 6pm-8pm – STEM: The Longmeadow Public School District’s Technology in Education Showcase takes place on March 26 at the high school. The Showcase highlights technology in learning as students and teachers exhibit over 30 interactive projects. Showcase attendees will learn from the participants and projects the many ways technology enriches learning. 413-565-4220. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate Robert Frost’s 141st birthday at 30 Boltwood restaurant on March 26. The evening includes cocktails and cheese and a four course meal. Tickets must be purchased by March 23. 413-835-2011. 30 Boltwood Avenue. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, March 26, 7pm – THEATER: Sinai Temple presents a production of The Fiddler on the Roof this March. Come see this classic musical, which tells the story of a Jewish father and his efforts to maintain religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on his life. Tickets available in advance. 413-736-3619. 1100 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, March 26, 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 26, see The Great Dictator. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 160. Easthampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, March 26, 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY: Discover the history of taxidermy at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment with Jennifer Pyke. Pyke will discuss the history of taxidermy and its popularity in Victorian England, as well as its resurgence in popularity today. Older students who want to learn more about this unique art form will enjoy Pyke’s talk, titled “Still Life: Victorian and Contemporary Taxidermy.” Please call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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-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 27th, 2015

Friday, March 27, 9:30am-10:15am – STORYTIME: March 27 is the first Super Storytime storytime at the West Springfield Public Library. 3-5 year olds are invited to the library for a storytime. Runs every Friday through May 1. Sign up ASAP. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 27, 3pm – SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Submissions for Ventfort Hall‘s 2015 Lenox Peeps Show are due on March 27 by 3pm. Individuals and groups of all ages can make a diorama based on a historical theme out of Peeps, and there will be extra credit for puns. Dioramas will be judged, and there will be three age groups: 12 and under (with parent/guardian), 13-18, and 19+. This is a great chance for students to work collaboratively and make creative dioramas using interesting materials. Contest entry forms and rules are available at Ventfort Hall, Second Home, Purple Plume, Laurie Donovan Designs, Colorful Stitches, Casablanca, Shooz, The Gifted Child, Lenox Print & Mercantile, MacKimmie Co., Willowbrook Home, Jewelz, B Mango and Bird, and Concepts of Art – Lenox Judaica. The dioramas will be unveiled at a public event on March 28 from 10am-6pm. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.

Friday, March 27, 3:30pm – GAMES: Minecraft fans can come play together at the Forbes Library‘s Minecraft Club! Bring your login and a laptop if possible, and have fun playing Minecraft with others. Registration is required. 413-587-1010. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 27, 6:15pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE : The Mason Library is screening Penguins of Madagascar (2014; rated PG) on March 27. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, March 27, 7pm – THEATER: The Pioneer Valley Regional School presents a performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown this March. Come enjoy this fun musical, performed by PVRS students of all ages. 413-498-2931. 97 F. Sumner Turner Road. Northfield, MA.

Friday, March 27, 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. ($$)

Friday, March 27, 7:30pm – THEATER: Sinai Temple presents a production of The Fiddler on the Roof this March. Come see this classic musical, which tells the story of a Jewish father and his efforts to maintain religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on his life. Tickets available in advance. 413-736-3619. 1100 Dickinson 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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