Suggested Events for April 4th-10th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Check out our featured post, 2015 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Apr 4

Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “Here Comes The Sun!” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own local heroes The Nields! The Nields are celebrating the release of their seventeenth album with a benefit for Sunnyside. Come Sing and Dance with us! Join Sunnyside on Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am–12noon at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St. Florence MA). Tickets just $5 per person ($20 maximum per family). All proceeds fund the Sunnyside Scholarship Fund. www.sunnysidekids.org

Apr 11 & 12

Do you sleep under a quilt every night? Have you ever thought about who made that quilt? The Hands All Around Quilt Show, April 11 & 12, at the UMass Amherst Campus Center, will surprise and amaze you – modern quilts, pictorial quilts, and yes, great traditional quilts too. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of homemade quilts! Many quilters will be on hand to discuss and explain their wonderful craft. Something for everyone – 300+ quilts, quilting demonstrations, kids activities, a modern quilt exhibit, a mini-quilt sale, and much more. April 11 & 12, UMass Amherst Campus Center, don’t miss this quilt show. www.handsacrossthevalley.org

Apr 15

Amherst Montessori School has openings for children ages 15 months through 5 years for Fall 2015! Open House on Wednesday, April 15, 9-10:30 AM. Amherst Montessori School nurtures the child’s spirit, curiosity, confidence, and leadership, building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish and more. Young Toddler through Sixth Grade. To register for the Open House, call 413-253-3101 or email Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at lmiller@amherstmontessori.org. www.amherstmontessori.org

May 3-Jun 7

Biocitizen School presents Drawing on Nature: Art in the Woods: a class devoted to nurturing biophilia (love of life) and the skills of transporting nature’s beauty to the sketchbook with pencils, paints & clay—that includes hikes and plein aire activities, tracking and capturing nature’s emergencies through high Spring. Introductory concepts of composition, line, form, value, texture, color and pattern are used to inspire students’ imagination and expression. Students are provided with a notebook and a travel watercolor set that they get to take home. Tuition: $250 for 24 hours instruction & all materials. Dates: Classes are Sundays, 10am–2pm, from May 3-Jun 7. Age range: 9-12. Contact: 413-695-7994. info@biocitizen.org. www.biocitizen.org

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is happy to announce that it will provide $4000 per year to qualifying younger students and $5000 to high school students who attend one of the region’s Jewish day schools. Ensuring small classes, excellent teachers and a nurturing environment, Jewish day schools can provide your child with a superb secular and Jewish education. Participating schools include: Heritage Academy, Longmeadow; Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Longmeadow; Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Northampton; and Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford. For more information, visit www.hgf.org/TIP

Apr 18

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for kids 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)

Apr 23

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, April 18th, 9-11:30am, celebrating National Volunteer Month. 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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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday, April 4th, 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. Mike Whitla, of Rock ‘n’ Rainbow is our guest DJ with an episode that explores Funk Music! Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from over 7 years!

Saturday, April 4, TBA – EASTER EGG HUNT: There will an Easter Egg Hunt at Ski Butternut on April! Come to the mountain and search for 30 plastic eggs – if you find one, bring it to the office and claim a prize! 413-528-2000. 380 State Road. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 9am-11am – EASTER BREAKFAST: The Erving Recreation Commission is hosting a Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Come to the Erving Community and Senior Center for delicious breakfast foods and Easter fun! Donations will be accepted for Badge and the Erving K-9 Unit. 413-422-2800 x105. 1 Care Drive. Erving, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 9am-5:30pm – ART: The Jones Library will display “Anatomy Portrayed” in the Burnett Gallery this April. The exhibit, which is up from April 1-30, features works by Darcy Tozier and Leonore Alaniz. Tozier sculpts bones out of felt and wool, and Alaniz makes prints from plants and bird parts. Students interested in art will enjoy this exhibition, which integrates both plant and human anatomy. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 9:30am & 11am – EASTER BREAKFAST: Families can head to Look Park for their annual Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 4, with food by Seth Mias Catering. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny and have a nice meal with family. Reservations are suggested. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. ($)

Saturday, April 4, 9:45am – EASTER EGG HUNT: West Springfield kids ages 7 and under are invited to Mittineague Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Meet the Easter Bunny and get a special treat (9:45am-10:30am) and then hunt for Easter eggs (10:30am). This year, there will be over 7,000 eggs! Children will be split into color-coded age groups. The Park is very wet, so dress appropriately. 413-781-3020. 1695 Westfield Street. West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 10am – EGG HUNT: The Easthampton Community Center‘s annual Egg Hunt takes place today (rescheduled from last week) in the City Hall parking lot. Come have fun searching for Easter eggs – there are 18,000 this year! 413-527-5240. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 10am – EASTER EGG HUNT: WHAI/Bear Country Easter Egg Hunt at Greenfield Community College happens for the second year in a row! Kids 5 and under get their own field and step off at 10am sharp. Kids 6-12 head into their field at 10:15. Young adults older than 12 can sign up for great raffle prizes. A wide variety of prizes (plus candy) from participating sponsors will be in thousands of eggs. 413-774-4301. 1 College Dr. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can spend a Saturday morning at the movies at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of The Land Before Time (1988; rated G). Kids and adults alike will love seeing this beloved animated classic on the big screen. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 10am-12noon – EASTER EGG HUNT: Families can come to Heritage State Park for a fun Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department! There will be crafts, pony rides, face painting, prizes, gift bags, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Children will be split up into age groups for the egg hunt – toddlers at 10am, ages 6 and under at 10:30am, ages 7-9 at 11am, and ages 10-12 at 11:30am. 413-322-5620. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 10am-1pm – EASTER/ANIMAL STUDIES: The Zoo in Forest Park is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza to celebrate Easter and the Zoo’s opening day! Meet live animals and collect Easter candy. 413-733-2251. 302 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am – EASTER/STORYTIME: The S. White Dickinson Memorial Library is holding a special Tales and Tunes for Easter! Come to this “Eggstravaganza” for stories, puppets, music, crafts, and an egg hunt. Call to RSVP. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: The Emily Williston Memorial Library‘s Chemistry Adventure Day is on April 4! Science students from Mt. Holyoke College will lead this event, which focuses on forensic science and would be fun for kids interested in science and mystery. Call or stop by to sign up. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Sunnyside Child Care Presents: “Here Comes The Sun!” Spend the morning singing and dancing with the Valley’s own local heroes The Nields! The Nields are celebrating the release of their seventeenth album with a benefit for Sunnyside. Florence Community Center. 140 Pine St. Florence MA (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-12noon – EASTER PARTY: The Hadley Park and Recreation Department is holding their Annual Easter Party at Hadley Elementary School. There will be a chance to get pictures with the Easter Bunny, do crafts, and participate in other fun activities, like an Easter egg hunt. Please bring your own basket. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 413-586-6375. 21 River Drive. Hadley, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-12noon – EASTER EGG HUNT: Celebrate Easter at Pittsfield’s Easter Egg Scramble! Pittsfield kids ages 2-9 can bring their own baskets and have fun hunting for eggs, hanging out with friends and family, and meeting the Easter Bunny! Takes place at Morningside Community School. 100 Burbank Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follows the class. Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts! Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Hilltown Easter Egg Hunt will take place at R.H. Conwell Elementary School. BYO baskets and join other Hilltown kids, rain or shine! All are welcomed. 413-238-5500. 147 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: Come to Buttery Brook Park for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hat Parade. Get creative and make your own funky Easter hat, then wear it to the parade (11am) and maybe even win a prize! The Easter egg hunt follows the parade (11:30am). Please bring your own basket. 413-538-5039. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Lenox Community Center will host an Easter Egg Scramble in Lilac Park. Arrive early to line up, and bring your own Easter basket. The Easter Bunny will be there too, so bring your cameras! If it is raining, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held in Lenox Community Center. 413-637-5530. Lilac Park. Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT/STORYTIME: Join the Stockbridge Library for a special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT: The Belchertown Recreation Department is holding an Easter Egg Hunt at the Rec Center on April 4! This event is for ages 10 and under, and space is limited, so please register in advance. 413-323-0419. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – EGG HUNT: Kids of all ages are invited to the Hubbard Memorial Library’s 16th Annual Egg Hunt! Kids will search the grounds for eggs and prizes. Please bring your own basket. 413-583-3408 x3. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 11am – MUSIC: Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and ukuleles at this program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Postponed to next Sat, Apr 18 due to wind

Saturday, April 4, 1pm-2pm – EGG HUNT: Head to Look Memorial Park for the EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt, which features over 10,000 eggs that contain either candy or a small toy. There will be two special eggs that contain “golden tickets,” which can be redeemed for prizes. The event is split up for different age groups – 2 and under (1pm), ages 3 and 4 (1:15pm), ages 5 and 6 (1:30pm), ages 7 and 8 (1:45pm), and ages 9 and 10 (2pm). Bring a basket and arrive early to have some egg-hunting fun! 413-587-4900. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 1pm-3pm – PLAY: There will be an Intergenerational Playshop at the Lenox Community Center on April 4. Ages 6 and up (grown-ups too!) can come have fun with creative movement, non-competitive games, music, relaxation strategies, and imagination. 413-528-5732. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the the Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 4, 2pm – THEATER: The UMass Department of Theater’s New Play Lab presents a reading of The Sabine Play by Michael Yates Crowley. New Play Lab is a playwriting festival that showcases new works in staged readings, and would be great for older students interested in theater and playwriting. See the New Play Lab website for information on the plays. Takes place in the Curtain Theater. 413-545-3590. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 6pm-9pm – PENNY SOCIAL: The Littleville Fair’s Penny Social takes place April 4 at Stanton Hall. Come support the fair by participating in this fun auction. Donations are welcome – call Muriel Boisseau for more information. 413-568-7133. Huntington, MA.

Saturday, April 4, 6:30pm-8pm – BIRD STUDIES: Woodcocks return north to forest and farmland in the early spring, where males perform their mating displays at dusk. You can listen and watch for this distinctive and fascinating display at Guyette Farm with Franklin Land Trust on April 4. Catching sight of these interesting breeding displays can teach you a lot about woodcocks – how the males attract mates, what their ideal habitat is, which mating displays seem most effective, and how females react to the displays. This program allows people to have the opportunity to enter ideal woodcock habitat in search of these birds, while learning about their behavior and habitat from a Franklin Land Trust expert. Call or email jmorse@franklinlandtrust.org ASAP register. 413-625-9151. Guyette Farm. Plainfield, MA. (FREE) [Postponed until April 11, due to weather]

Saturday, April 4, 8pm – DANCE: Students interested in dance can attend the Smith College Senior Dance Concert – “Where We Agree.” Nine graduating seniors from the school’s dance department will perform in this concert, which features different types of dance and is a chance for aspiring dancers to see these talented dance students perform. Takes place in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. Tickets available in advance. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

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Sunday, April 5th, 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, April 5, 10am-4pm – EASTER MEAL: Celebrate Easter at Chandler’s Restaurant at a fun and delicious Easter brunch buffet. The buffet includes traditional breakfast foods, carving stations, sweets, and a smoothie bar. Make reservations in advance and enjoy this fun Easter meal with your family! 413-665-1277. 25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. ($$-$$$)

Sunday, April 5, 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Norman Rockwell Museum is open on Easter Day. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 5, 11am-2pm – EASTER/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Holyoke’s annual Easter Drag, a longstanding Easter tradition, brings families and friends together to celebrate Easter and welcome in the spring season. This Easter tradition gathers families on Northampton Street to “walk the drag” on both sides of the street from the Yankee Pedlar to Nick’s Nest and Fire Station #3. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round will be open from 12noon-3pm, and the Easter Bunny will give out candy, pose for pictures and take rides with children. Northampton St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 5, 1pm-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Keep Homestead Museum will have a Spring Open House on April 5. Come explore the museum and its collections, which include furniture, silver and cut glass, rocks and minerals, shells, quilts, and more. Students who want to learn more about local history can learn about the Keep family and Monson’s history at this event. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 5, 2pm-4:30pm – AGRICULTURE/ANIMAL STUDIES: Celebrate the coming of spring at Winterberry Farm‘s annual Open Farm. Come meet animals, including lambs, chicks, and ducklings. A great way for families to spend this early-spring Sunday! Donations accepted for Right Sharing of World Resources. 413-624-3940. 340 Wilson Hill Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

Monday, April 6, 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: CFCE will host a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first Monday of each month, through June 2015. For pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 6, 4pm – STEM/WOMEN’S STUDIES: As part of the Women in Science Initiative, Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University will present “Gender Matters” in the UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium on April 6. Dr. Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist, and she will discuss gender inequality in STEM fields and how to promote gender equity, inclusion, and diversity in science and technology at Yale and in general. This talk would be great for older students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. 1 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 6, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on April 6 with a talk by Joe Carvallo III, who will present, “The Earliest Origins of African-American Families of Western Massachusetts: 1650-1865.” 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, April 6, 7pm – MUSIC: Join community members of all ages at the Westhampton Public Library for a community sing along. Bring an instrument, songs, or music to share with others, or just come and listen. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, April 6, 7pm – FILM: As part of their Classic Series, Images Cinema will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975; rated R). The film is a cult classic musical. 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, April 7th, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 7:45am-3:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP/CONFERENCE: Community Resources for People With Autism is holding their 25th Annual Conference at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on April 7. Author Paula Kluth will present “You’re Going to Love This Kid,” a talk about teaching students with autism in inclusive classrooms. Liane Holliday Willey will also present a talk entitled, “Pretending to be Normal,” about her experiences living with Asperger’s syndrome. This conference is open to educators, professionals, and families, and is the largest autism conference. 413-529-2428. 500 Easthampton Road. Holyoke, MA. ($$$)

Tuesday, April 7, 10am-2pm – STEM: Homeschool students ages 6-12 can attend a Homeschool Discovery Day at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Learn about spring and have fun with treasure maps at this fun program. Sign up in advance; space is limited. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 7, 10am-4pm – ART: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art‘s new exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, opens on April 7 and will be on display through August 30. Fans of Carle’s work will enjoy this exhibition, which features works about insects. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Tuesday, April 7, 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The West Springfield Public Library is hosting LEGO Creations for ages 6-8. Come make a cool LEGO creation in honor of Earth Day. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 7, 4pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: STEM educators can attend the UMass STEM Ed Institute’s Tuesday Seminar on April 7. Debbie Carlisle will present, “Developing Students Spatial Skills in General Chemistry,” which focuses on preparing students for advance studies in chemistry. Takes place in Hasbrouck 138. 666 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 7, 6pm-8pm – 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 April 7 and 14 at the Cold Spring School. Registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. 57 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30pm-8pm – PERMACULTURE: Lisa Depiano will present a free permaculture workshop at River Valley Market on April 7. Attend this workshop and learn the basics of permaculture, including definitions, history, and principles. Older students interested in sustainability and in growing their own food would enjoy this talk. Pre-registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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 – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 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. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a weekly playgroup every Tuesday through June 2015 at Otis Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. 413-464-5095. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Music and movement storytime at the Forest Park Branch Library for ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers. Come for rhymes, songs, and stories. Runs every Tuesday from February 3-April 28. Call to pre-register. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: South Berkshire Kids is offering a Brain Builder Play and Learn Group at the Mason Library every Tuesday. Kids ages birth to age 5 can come read, sing, play, and talk, with a focus on STEM concepts and early literacy. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-2:30pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Fitzpatrick Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)
  • 10:45am-12:45pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Smead Skating Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library is offering a storytime for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years every Tuesday. This storytime follows the school district schedule. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm – LIBRARY GROUP: Teens can come to the Lilly Library‘s Teen Scene every Tuesday for games, projects, crafts, movies, and more. Stop by for fun activities and friends! 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – LEGO: Kids ages 7-12 can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Tuesday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. 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)
  • 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, April 8th, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 7am-8am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn how to identify common birds with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council on a walk at Housatonic Flats. The walk is on flat, level terrain along the Housatonic River and would be great for students interested in learning more about birds. 413-499-0596. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA.

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm-9pm – BIRD STUDIES: Older students and adults interested in learning how to identify bird songs and calls can attend a program at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on April 8. The presentation will teach you tricks for learning bird songs and how to tell the difference between the calls of different species, as well as how to spot soundalikes. Please register in advance. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, 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-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. (>$)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-2pm – ICE SKATING: Public skate at the Collins/Moylan Arena. Come improve your ice skating skills! Rentals available – first come, first served. 413-772-6891. 41 Barr Avenue. Greenfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, 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-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-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, April 9th, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 9am-8pm – BOOK SALE: The Westfield Athenaeum’s annual Book Sale takes place April 9-11. Come browse used books of varying prices and discover some great new reads! Donations accepted April 4 through 8. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Thursday, April 9, 12:15pm – HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Great Gardens of the Northeast,” presented by landscape designer Adriana O’Sullivan. Learn about some of the region’s most beautiful gardens at this talk. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, April 9, 4:30pm-5:30pm – LEGOS: Have fun with LEGOs and Duplos at the Monson Free Library! All ages welcome. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The fifth season of Culture and Cocktails continues on April 9 at the Springfield Museums! This month’s event is “Festival of Flowers.” There will be live music, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 9, 5:15pm-6:30pm – HEALTH/WELLNESS: Wild Oats Market is offering a workshop with Emily Celeste Watts entitled, “Eating with the Season: Ayurvedic Recipes, Herbs and Spices to Support the Transition into Spring.” All are welcome to attend this workshop and learn about Ayurvedic techniques and recipes. Call or stop by the front desk to sign up. 413-458-8060. 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm – ART/GOVERNMENT: Learn about free speech at the Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Four Freedoms Forum: The Pen and the Sword: Visual Imagery and Freedom of Expression.” This discussion will engage older students and adults in the topic of free speech and the role of artist as social commentator. Older students with an interest in government and art can learn from this lecture and discussion, and can come with questions of their own to examine during the program. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 7pm – CULINARY ARTS: Chef and cookbook author John Verlinden will be at the Odyssey Bookshop with his new book, To Cook Is to Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes. Verlinden will serve delicious, healthy Latin food at this event, which would be great for older students interested in cooking. Call the Odyssey for more information and to reserve a seat. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, April 9, 7pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents a performance of High School Musical at South Hadley High School. Come see this modern Disney musical performed live onstage. Call for ticket reservations. Active and retired military personnel will get free admission, and Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform can also attend for free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for local students going to college for the arts. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Thursday, April 9, 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 April 9, see The Artist. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 160. Easthampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, April 9, 7pm – AUTHOR TALK: As part of their Kaleidoscope Series, Bay Path University presents a talk by author Sam Kean on April 9. Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, will talk about how and why he writes about science. He will talk about his book and the stories hidden in our genes and DNA. This talk would be great for older students interested in science and writing. Pre-registration is recommended. Takes place in Breck Suite in Wright Hall on the Bay Path University campus. 413-565-1066. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 7pm-8:30pm – RACISM/FILM STUDIES: The Jones Library and the Coming Together Project present a screening of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People at the library on April 9. The film explores the way Arabs are portrayed in film, the history of these stereotypes, and why criticism of this portrayal is important today. Learn how the persistence of these images has led to prejudiced attitudes towards Arabs and Arab culture, both socially and politically. A discussion will follow the screening. This event would be best for older students interested in film studies and those interested in examining the way marginalized groups are portrayed in mainstream American films. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 7pm-9pm – GEOLOGY: The Pioneer Valley Institute presents a talk on “The Great Wall of Erving” – the roadcut on Route 2. Learn about the roadcut and its fascinating geologic history at this exciting talk with local geology enthusiasts Harry Sharbaugh and Ed Gregory, and Holyoke Community College Earth Science Professor Steve Winters. Geology fans will enjoy this virtual tour of the roadcut, which goes back in time several hundred million years. Takes place in Main Building on the Greenfield Community College campus. 413-775-1671. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm – PSYCHOLOGY/MAGIC: When a magician performs a trick, they rely on how an audience thinks and engages with their act. This enables them to control the attention of the audience, manipulate their memories and even influence the choices they make. Why they are able to do this is buried deep within the depths of psychology. At MASS MoCA, the screening of “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic. Followed by a Q&A with the documentary film maker. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way.North Adams, 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)
  • 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)
  • 6pm-7pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School for all ages. 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, April 10th, 2015

Friday, April 10, 8am-10am – BIRD STUDIES: Learn about birds and search the skies for different migrant species with Mass Audubon at Canoe Meadows. Come every week to see how the species change as spring progresses! 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, April 10, 9am-5pm – BOOK SALE: The Westfield Athenaeum’s annual Book Sale takes place April 9-11. Come browse used books of varying prices and discover some great new reads! Donations accepted April 4 through 8. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Friday, April 10, 10am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/PHOTOGRAPHY: Historic Northampton presents an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Stan Sherer this April and May. Fair People: Continuing a Tradition will be on display April 10 through May 3, and features photographs taken at the Three County Fair. Learn about the history and future of agricultural fairs in our region at this exhibition. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Friday, April 10, 2:30pm-3:30pm – ART HISTORY: Learn the stories behind some of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Curator of Education Tom Daly. Best for older students interested in art. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 10, 4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARTS & CRAFTS: April 10 is Free Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art! Stop by for hands-on art-making and an informal guided gallery presentation. A great way to help kids experience a local museum! 413-585-2760. Elm Street & Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 10, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Check out Northampton’s local art scene at this month’s Arts Night Out. Visit galleries, do activities, see exhibitions, and more at this monthly event. Downtown. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 10, 7pm – THEATER: Black Cat Theater presents a performance of High School Musical at South Hadley High School. Come see this modern Disney musical performed live onstage. Call for ticket reservations. Active and retired military personnel will get free admission, and Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform can also attend for free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for local students going to college for the arts. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 10, 7pm – THEATER: The Gateway Regional High School Drama Club presents a performance of And Then There Were None this April at the Gateway Performing Arts Center. The play is based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. 413-685-1000. 12 Littleville Road. Huntington, MA. ($)

Friday, April 10, 7pm – MUSIC HISTORY: Did you know that one of the first American songwriters of popular music came from Sheffield? George F. Root had over 35 “hits” in the middle of the 19th century, most of which were written during and were about the Civil War. This includes the iconic “The Battle Cry of Freedom.” Root’s descendant Ann Elizabeth Barnes will be giving a presentation about him, “Music In The Air: the Life and Music of George Frederick Root,” taking you on a multi-media journey through the Civil War in narrative, song and slide presentation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war’s end. The presentation will include a live musical performance by Larry Wallach and Graham and Barbara Dean. 413-229-2694. Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. Sheffield, MA (FREE)

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-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)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Springfield Science Museum and the Stars Club host a public observing program in the Tolman Auditorium at the Museum on the first Friday of each month (not held Jun-Aug.). See a slide show, view the night sky in their large rooftop observatory, ask questions, and learn about the night sky. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)
  • 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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