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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Hillside Agricultural Tractor & Engine Club had a great float in the Town of Chesterfield 63rd Annual Independence Day Parade this past Sunday. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Thursday & Friday, July 8th & 9th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: On Thursday: Middle Eastern Platter w/Lamb meatballs on couscous with vegetables. Hummus, Tabouleh, Green Salad, pita. – On Friday: Steak Tips.  Mushroom Stromboli with goat cheese mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Mixed greens salad. – BYOB. Children aged 6 and under eat free from 5:00 to 6:30! 628-4003

Friday & Saturday, July 9th & 10th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Menu TBD. Also available: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

Friday & Saturday, July 9th & 10th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Thai Peanut Noodles: Rice noodles with our homemade peanut coconut sauce, served cold with fresh vegetables (Gluten-free and vegan). Carrot Ginger Soup (served hot or cold, all organic.) Open mic on Saturday this week. BYOB. 268-7441

BULLETIN BOARD

ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

CHP-South Berkshire Community Coalition writes: We are looking for 10 eager players that would like to join our SBCC Kickball Team. This fun (one-time) event will take place Saturday, July 31 at the Little League Field in Great Barrington. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 6 p.m. All ages (and abilities) are encouraged to join!  This is a family event – there will be food (for purchase), kid’s activities, fun for all. This is a Community Health Programs fundraiser – join us for a great cause! To join us, call 413-528-1919 x 14  Or email: sbcc@chpberkshires.org

Deadline to enter to win: July 14th.

LEARN TO CAMP: If your family  has always wanted to learn how to camp, a fun-filled Becoming an Outdoors Family Camping Weekend is planned for novice campers at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, MA on August 7-8, 2010.  Organized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program, families new to camping will have the option of learning some basic camping skills and as well as other outdoor recreational skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing and hiking. Registration materials and more details about the weekend will be posted soon at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman Calendar.

FARM TO SCHOOL: Grant money for Farm to School available through Community Facilities Program. Funds must be awarded by August 2010. Since time is short, the proposals most likely to be accepted are very simple applications for the purchase of equipment (for example, kitchen equipment or salad bars). Funds can also be used for other innovative regional food system projects like slaughter facilities, community kitchens, and regional food hub buildings. Please note that the project must not be a commercial endeavor and must serve the community as a whole. For more information about this program, or to apply, first contact the local Rural Development office in your area. For detailed questions about the program, please contact Chad Parker, 202-720-1500 or Beth Jones, 202-720-149. If you have recommendations for programs that should be funded, please contact Debra Eschmeyer.

DONATIONS WANTED: July 24th, 11 – 3 PM. Children’s Tag Sale, Chester Parent Center, Town Center Playgrounds (across from Town Hall). (Rain date July 31) to benefit Chester Elementary School PTO. Gently used childrens items (toys, clothing, winter gear, baby items, etc.) are now being collected for the tag sale. Drop locations for items in good condition at the following locations: at the home of Nikki Barsalou, 3 Birch Hill Rd. in Blandford; at the home of Kara Engwer, 14 Olin Avenue in Chester; and at the home of Aimee Gagliardi, 195 Town Hill Rd. in Middlefield. For more information, please contact Aimee Gagliardi @ 623-0111 or Kate Forgue @ 667-3176.

Deadline to enter to win: July 11th

ADVOCATING FOR YOUR CHILD(REN) IN SCHOOL: Georgia Douillet, Associate Editor for The Women’s Times, has posted a request for feedback from parents of Hilltown Families who have found themselves in a position of advocacy for their child(ren) in a school setting – whether the advocacy involved getting a learning disability acknowledged, getting enrichment for a bored or gifted student, tackling a bullying issue the school wasn’t recognizing, etc.  They’re interested in feedback about how to go about it, when to recognize the need for it, and why it is important.  Read her post HERE for more info and contact.

MUSIC DOWNLOAD: The singers and musicians of the children’s group Treehouse 10 invites you to a free download of their song “The Man with 29 Cats” on www.wigglenation.com (left side link). A family of 29 cats are waiting for you to join them as they have the run of the house, the roof and the piano!

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This week on the HFVS we will be playing an encore of last years Summer Essential episode. Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 7/10/10

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    FESTIVAL: Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival all weekend long.  The festival is free to all and offers a stellar line up of entertainment, including many Grammy Award winners on stage along with Springfield’s own Greg Caputo’s Big Band. This year’s performers include: Terence Blanchard, Average White Band, Elan Trotman, Zoe with Cindy Bradley, Kashif, Ken Navarro, Greg Caputo’s Big Band, Ed Fast & Conga Bop, Soul Source, Modern Riffs, and the Springfield Youth Chorus.  Springfield, MA (FREE)

    4H FAIR: Hampshire County 4-H Fair, Cummington Fairgrounds Cummington, MA

    9am-2pm – TAG SALE: Northampton Council on Aging’s annual Ceil Goral Tag Sale at the Northampton Senior Center (67 Conz St.) Northampton, MA (SALE)

    9am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Join botanist Connie Parks at the Marion Sherman Lynes sanctuary for a summer wildflower walk.  Call to reg. 584-3009 Westhampton, MA (>$)

    9am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR:  Big Brothers Big Sisters 30th Annual Amherst Crafts on the Common Fair.  439-2107 Amherst, MA (Sale)

    9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Open Hearth Cooking Demo at Historic Deerfield.  During the hot summer months, come learn how people in early New England kept cool, and preserved summer produce.  Open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages including lemonade and switchel (a drink made with molasses, ginger, sugar and water).  See how people preserved summer vegetables like cucumbers or beets.  Drop in anytime. 775-7175 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: A Wheelie Good Time on the Manhan Rail Trail – Bring Strollers, wagon, bikes, trikes or just your feet for a child friendly stroll along the Manhan Rail Trail with the Easthampton Family Center.  Meet on Payson Ave at the Easthampton Safety Complex. Picnic Snack provided after the stroll. 563-7672 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-3:30pm – COUNTRY FAIR: Otis Library Country Fair on the green (Route 8).  269-0109 Otis, MA

    10am – BOOK SALE: Stock up on summer reading at the Stockbridge Library Book Sale. Stockbridge, MA (Sale)

    10am-5pm – ARTISAN SHOW: The Hilltown Artisans Guild is having their Summer Show at the Town Hall. www.hilltownarts.com Worthington, MA

    10am-6pm – MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL: Third Annual Peskeomskut Park Music & Arts Festival, feature a full schedule of live bands, the Peske Park Craft Fair (with 30 + artisans from all over New England), the “Re-Cycle” bike sale, a book and plant sale, performances by The New England Center for Circus Arts, performances by the Shea Theater Resident Companies & Valley Idol Winners, interactive art installations as part of the Shea Theater’s “Art In The Park”, a beverage garden from Berkshire Brewing Company, food from area restaurants as well as Texas BBQ and vegetarian offerings. www.peskeparkfest.com Turners Falls, MA ($)

    10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: PaintBox Theater presents: Peter Rabbit.  At Theater 14 on the Smith College Campus. 587-3220 Northampton, MA ($)

    10:30-11:15am – PUPPET SHOW: Caravan Puppets and Timeless Tales perform as part of the Village Commons’ Summer Children’s Entertainment Series in fron of the Odyssey Bookshop. Outdoors. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    10:30 & 11:30am – FAMILY SHOW:  Goowin’s Balloowins in the Center Court at the Eastfield Mall.  www.eastfieldmall.com 543-8000 Springfield, MA (FREE)

    11am – PARADE: Celebebrate local agriculture with the Szawlowski Potato Farms Centennial Tractor Parade will be on Main Street.  703-298-4374 Hatfield, MA (FREE)

    11am – THEATER: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

    11am-3pm – HORSE RIDES: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Scenic downtown Lee.  243-0852 Lee, MA ($)

    12Noon-1:30pm – FATHER’S GROUP: Father’s support group at Cradle. Facilitated by David Ettleman.  Babies welcomed. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm, and the Battle-Ready! Discovery Program (last day) at 1pm.  At the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Gallery hunt at MASS MoCA.  Kids and their families will explore the wide variety of materials artists use through projects and activities. www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($)

    1pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer.  Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more.  256-6234  amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    1 & 3pm – THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre presents Bremen Town Musicians in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 658-1126 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    1-4pm – CHILDREN’S CIRCUS: “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery”:  A Nineteenth-century Children’s Circus at the Emily Dickinson Museum.  Entertainment by Henry the Juggler and by folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond.  (Rain date: July 11th) 542-816 www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    6:15pm – DANCE: At Jacob’s Pillow, “First Lady of Tap” Dianne Walker, with the legendary Harold Cromer, director/choreographer Ray Hesselink, and music director Paul Arslanian, showcases dancers of The School in a range of tap styles to conclude their two weeks of intensive study at the Pillow. 243-0745 www.jacobspillow.org Becket, MA (FREE)

    7:30pm – MOVIES: Pothole Pictures Film Series presents: National Velvet. A young girl (Elizabeth Taylor) with a passion for horses enlists drifter trainer Mickey Rooney to teach her to ride steeplechase. The connection between them and their wild horse becomes a life-affirming bond that leads to England’s most prestigious riding event, the Grand National. A sweet tender film about coming of age and breaking of barriers. Directed by Clarence Brown. 1945. Color. G. 123 min. (51 Bridge Street) 625-2896 Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

    8:50pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) as their first show, and The A-Team (PG-13) as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

    9pm – ASTRONOMY ADVENTURES: Mt. Greylock Star Parties  The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomy Association are co-sponsoring star parties on the summit of Mt. Greylock. 499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)

    9pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks at Tolland State Beach at dusk. (Rain Date: July 11th) Otis, MA (FREE)

    9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks at Pelham Lake Park at 9:30pm. (Rain date: July 11th) Rowe, MA (FREE)

    Sunday – 7/11/10

    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. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge.   All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk.  West Chesterfield, MA

    9am-2pm – AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL: Cherry Festival at Outlook Farm.  Music, tag sale, family fun, BBQ, and of course, cherries! 529-9388 www.outlookfarm.com Westhampton, MA (FREE)

    FESTIVAL: Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival all weekend long.  The festival is free to all and offers a stellar line up of entertainment, including many Grammy Award winners on stage along with Springfield’s own Greg Caputo’s Big Band. This year’s performers include: Terence Blanchard, Average White Band, Elan Trotman, Zoe with Cindy Bradley, Kashif, Ken Navarro, Greg Caputo’s Big Band, Ed Fast & Conga Bop, Soul Source, Modern Riffs, and the Springfield Youth Chorus.  Springfield, MA (FREE)

    9:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Bill Benner of the MA Butterfly Club is leading a walk at Graves Farm.  Williamsburg, MA

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: At an elevation of 1,800 feet, Hawley Bog resembles the cold bogs of Canada. Come visit this pristine peatland.  See orchids and native insectivorous plants.  Call to reg. 584-3009. Hawley, MA ($)

    10am-5pm – ARTISAN SHOW: The Hilltown Artisans Guild is having their Summer Show at the Town Hall. www.hilltownarts.com Worthington, MA

    11am – THEATER: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

    1pm & 6pm – YOUTH CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus performs at Mount Greylock Regional High School. 802-533-7443 www.smirkus.org Williamstown, MA ($)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

    3-5pm – SEWING: Ashfield Needles and Threads meets at Elmer’s. Get together and sew, knit, crochet, chat, hook rugs… ibranson@crocker.com Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    3-5pm – PLAYGROUP: Join parents from the Northampton Parent Center at the Easthampton Community Gardens with Kate. 582.2636  Easthampton, MA (FREE) 3-5pm – PLAYGROUP: Join parents from the Northampton Parent Center at the Easthampton Community Gardens with Kate. 582.2636  Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    4pm – CONCERT: Misty Blues Featuring Gina Coleman at the Ashfield Community Hall.  Blues music of bold and brassy women.  Ashfield, MA ($)

    7-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Walk the Galaxy at Arcadia Wildlife Sancturay.  Galaxies are the star-cities of the universe, and they are amazing places to explore. We’ll take a look at galaxies, what they are, how they form, and how they impact the stars within them. We’ll also take a special look at our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and some of the theories about how the galaxy functions.  Call to reg. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA (>$)

    Sundown – OUTDOOR FILM: Family Flicks Under the Stars with Images Cinema on the Chapin Lawn.  See Babe under the stars with your family. 458-5612 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    8:50pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) as their first show, and The A-Team (PG-13) as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)


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    1. July 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

      Monday – 7/12/10

      THEATER CAMP: Look no further than Ashfield Community Theater Full Day Summer Arts Program at Sanderson Academy for affordable children’s Arts programs! NOW SAVE $15 each when you sign up with a friend or sibling! There are 4 great Visual & Theater Arts sessions this year, but this discount applies only to Session #1 (TAKE STAGE: WRITING COMES ALIVEJuly 12-16) or #2 (ART OUTDOORS/BATIK & UKRANIAN EGGSJuly 19-23). Both feature talented teaching artists, small groups, and lots of fun– from T-shirt design, to nature sculptures and photos, Word Collages, improv games, stage craft, and performances—this is a chance to learn through doing in creative and inspiring ways. M-F, 9am-3:30pm. Regular Tuition: $180. Call 413-626-1976. Scholarships available!

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton – NPC Playgroups: Northampton Skate Board Park with Carrie (FREE)

      10am in Easthampton: Playgroup with families from the Easthampton Family Center at Nonotuck Park Upper Playground. Snacks will be available, parents are encouraged to bring their own drinks. Parents who attend will rotate bringing fruit or veggies to share. (FREE)

      10am & 1pm in West Springfield: James and the Giant Peach at the Majestic Theater. 747-7797 http://www.majestictheater.com ($)

      11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

      12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 [FREE]

      1-5pm in Shelburne Falls: Trolley Museum is open for a fun day of trolley car rides, pump car rides and more for the entire family. http://www.sftm.org

      1pm & 7pm in Williamstown: Circus Smirkus performs at Mount Greylock Regional High School. 802-533-7443 http://www.smirkus.org ($)

      2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

      4:30-5:30pm in Northampton: The Forbes Library hosts a Manga/Anime Club. Drop-ins welcomed. In the children’s department. [FREE]

      5:30pm in Amherst: Cruise Nights at Atkins Farms. Weather permitting.

      6pm in Whately: Screening of the movie, Up at the Whately Library. (S. White Dickinson Memorial Library 202 Chestnut Plain Rd.) 665-2170 (FREE)

      6pm in Williamsburg: Hilltowns Tweens and Teens (11-19) have Monday Movie Madness at the Meekins Library with a screening of Avatar. 268-7472 (FREE)

      6:30pm in Montague: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.

    2. July 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Tuesday – 7/13/10

      9:30-11:30am in Easthampton: Parent-child gardening days with the Easthampton Family Center at the Easthampton Community Garden. (FREE)

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Parent-child gardening days with the NPC at the Northampton Community Garden. (FREE)

      10-11:30am in Easthampton: Youth Bagshare Sewing Circle (Ages 9 & up). Sewing tags onto reusable bags donated by Big E’s. Bring your sewing machine if you can. At the Emily Williston Memorial Library (9 Park St.) Please sign up for this event at the library, or by calling 529-1605. (FREE)

      10-11:30am in Buckland: Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. Discover the wonderful world of water! *Bring a change of clothes! Ages 0-4, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies welcome. Space is limited, Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 http://www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

      10am in Stockbridge: Summer Sketch Club at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy on-location drawing and painting classes which encourage self-expression and experimentation. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Summer Sketch Club is held outdoors- weather permitting; bring bottled water, insect repellent, hats, and sunscreen. For ages seven and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

      10am in Greenfield: Sunshine Story Time for kids 5yo and under at the Greenfield Public Library. A weekly hour of stories, songs, puppets,and movement games with Kay Lyons. 772-1544 ext.5 [FREE]

      10am & 1pm in West Springfield: James and the Giant Peach at the Majestic Theater. 747-7797 http://www.majestictheater.com ($)

      11am in Pittsfield: Homeschool kickball game at Clapp Park. [FREE]

      11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

      12:30pm in Pittsfield: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

      1pm in Springfield: Exotic Animals from around the World, a live animal presentation that features fun facts about unusual creatures at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org

      1:30pm in Northampton: Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown Northampton, behind Thornes Marketplace! Food, plants, baby animals, live music, family-friendly from 1:30-6:30pm. 586-7586

      2pm in Northampton: Keepin’ It Green! A Musical Celebration of Our Planet at the Forbes Library. Join Scott Kepnes in celebrating our beautiful Earth. Groove to the beat at an “eco-friendly Sing-Along, Clap-Along, Planet Boogie and Dance-Along. [FREE]

      2:15pm in Amherst: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)

      6pm in Sunderland: Screening of Mr. Troop Mom (G) at the Sunderland Public Library. (20 School St.) 665-2642 sunderlandpubliclibrary.org [FREE]

      6:30pm in Westfield: Amelia Park Ice Arena is proud to present “Musical Moments In Amelia’s Garden” every Tuesday this summer. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful flowers, sunset, and music!

    3. July 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Wednesday – 7/14/10

      Deadline to enter to win Laurie Berkner’s new CD.

      All Day in Florence: Half-price at Look Park.

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library.

      10-11am in South Hadley: Kids concert with Aric Bieganek performs at the Butter Brook Park Summer Children’s Concert Series. Presented by the Friends of Buttery Brook Park and the South Hadley Family Center. http://www.butterybrookpark.org (FREE)

      10am in Huntington: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

      10am in Stockbridge: A story and craft program will begin at the Stockbridge Library. 298-5501 (FREE)

      10am in Florence: “Jack and the Beanstalk and the Two-Headed Orge” at Look Park. 584-5457 http://www.lookpark.org (>$)

      10am & 1pm in West Springfield: James and the Giant Peach at the Majestic Theater. 747-7797 http://www.majestictheater.com ($)

      10:30am in Williamsburg: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

      10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

      11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

      1pm in Northampton: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)

      1pm in Springfield: Penguins! Fascinating Facts and Tantalizing Trivia by Dyan de Napoli, “The Penguin Lady” at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org

      1pm in Lenox: Terry a la Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library. Beloved local musical performers, Terry a la Berry and Friends, perform interactive popular children’s songs in our Roche Reading Park. Bring a blanket, picnic and get ready for some fun! 637-0197 ext 105

      12:30pm in Pittsfield: Berkshire Museum Discovery Program: What’s the Buzz? In Berkshire Backyard. Why do bees buzz, dance and wiggle? Find out in this gallery drop-in. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

      2pm in Florence: Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center (Route 9) from 2-6pm

      2-6pm in Turners Falls: Great Falls Farmers Market. Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

      2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

      2:30pm in Stockbridge: Berkshire Choral Festival. Enjoy spirited performances of American music with these Berkshire-based singers at the Norman Rockwell Museum. http://www.nrm.org

      3-6pm in Greenfield: Guiding Star Grange Farmer’s Market (401 Chapman Street)

      4-6pm in Conway: Conway Farmers Market. Main Street (Rte. 116) in front of the Filed Memorial Library.

      4:30pm in Northampton: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

      6:15pm in Becket: At Jacob’s Pillow, Artistic Directors Samuel Pott, a member of Martha Graham Dance Company, and Taiwanese choreographer Xiao-Xiong Zhang bring their companies together in a new work centered around the ideas of self-invention and recreation, drawing on the diverse backgrounds of the dancers. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

      6:30pm in Hadley: Edible Books at the Goodwin Library. Create your own edible structure inspired by your favorite book of fictional character. Bring your contribution for the showcase or come see others. See inspirations at http://www.library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks (50 Middle St.) 584-7451 (FREE)

      6:30pm in Williamsburg: Angel Park Summer Music Series with Damon Reeves. Pack a picnic, or grab a pizza from Bread Euphoria, and bring the family. (FREE)

      6:30 – 9:30pm in Northampton: The Emily Williston Memoral Library will host a Teen Rock Wall night at the Northanpton Athletic Club (306 King Street). Sign up in advance. ($)

    4. July 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      Thursday – 7/15/10

      9:30-11:30am in Northampton: NPC Playgroup at Bridge Street School playground with Rania.

      10:30am-12:30pm in Greenfield : Meme and Pepe supports grandparents (55+ primary caregivers of children). 475-1553 (FREE)

      10am in Stockbridge: Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience. Children and their parents are invited to explore Norman Rockwell Museum’s galleries together during this series of interactive art experiences. Get inspired by the works on view to create your own personal artwork with a variety of materials and techniques. For parents and children ages four and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

      11am-1pm in South Hadley: Big Rig Day at Buttery Brook Park. Come see Big Rigs of all types (fire trucks, police cars, utility trucks, ambulances, and more)… climb into the cabs, ride the aerial ladder, and meet the people who operate these fascinating vehicles. http://www.butterybrookpark.org (FREE)

      11am in Greenfield: Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book Club. This summer weekly story hour sponsored by WGBY and introduces children ages 4 to 7 to an engaging collection of dog-themed books and activities and helps develop an appreciation of the positive roles dogs play in our lives. 772 1544 ext.5 (FREE)

      11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

      11am in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) until 1pm. Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

      12Noon in Easthampton: Pathways Discussion Club. Attendees will be discussing the latest issue of Pathways at Motion Chiropractic Center. 527-0207

      1:30pm in Pittsfield: Gallery Cart Program at the Berkshire Museum: Animal Mummification. Pharaohs and priests of ancient Egypt weren’t the only mummies. Learn how and why animals were mummified alongside their human counterparts. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

      5-6pm in Becket: Families Dance Together at Jacob’s Pillow. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

      5-8pm in Pittsfield: 3rd.Thursdays in downtown Pittsfield.

      6-9pm in South Deerfield: Chandler’s Summer Concert Series & BBQ On the Chandler’s Patio (25 Greenfield Road). 665-1277 ($$)

      6:15pm in Becket: At Jacob’s Pillow, An alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Lara Wilson’s inspirations are historic and contemporary stories of women. Dancers perform Early Morning Comes, an upbeat work set to swinging, soulful music, and Figment, in which movement interacts with whispered dialogue. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

      6:30pm in Amherst: Summer Spanish Speaking Story Hour at the Jones Library. 259-3223 (FREE)

      7pm in East Longmeadow: Summer Concert Series at East Longmeadow High School Athletic Field with Premier Brass Quintet. 525-3188

      7pm in Lenox: Animal World Experience at the Lenox Library. Children get to experience mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates up close & discover how they can help animals keep our planet green. The program includes plenty of petting time as well! The presenters’ knowledge and understanding of the animals, plus their creativity, allow the audience to truly experience the animal world. Library doors open at 6:45 p.m. 637-0197 (FREE)

      9:15pm in Lanesborough: Firefly Watch at Mount Greylock. Citizen scientist project with Berkshire Museum and DCR. More info here. (FREE)

    5. July 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      Friday – 7/16/10

      10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.

      10am in Huntingtonn\: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

      10am in Westfield: Music with Rick Goldin at Stanley Park. Kids like to have fun, and that is what Rick Goldin’s music is all about. His songs feature lots of movement and child participation, and surprises and unexpected twists that keep even his youngest listeners paying close attention. Rick’s live performances feature appearances by his singing animal puppets, including Henry The Horse, Quackleberry Duck, Frieda The Frog, Al The Alligator, and Caroline The Cow. http://www.stanleypark.org

      11am in Greenfield: Mother Goose on the Loose for Toddlers at the Greenfield Public Library. 772-1544 ext.5 (FREE)

      11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

      1pm in Springfield: Premium Live Animal Show by Animal Adventures – Adventure guides will introduce a South American Coati, a Kinkajou, a Ring-Tailed Lemur, an African Desert Fox, a Wallaby, a Common Marmoset, and a Eurasian Eagle Owl, the largest type of owl in the world at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org

      2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

      5:30pm in Holyoke: Pavillion Summer Concert Series at the Summit View House. http://www.summitviewbanquethouse.com 538-7431 (FREE)

      5:30pm in Sunderland: Hooping Demo and Hands-on Interactive Event at the Sunderland Library. Try your hand at hula-hooping! For ages 5 and older. (20 School St.) 665-2642 sunderlandpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

      5:30pm in South Haldey: Cruise Nights at Butter Brook Park. Plan to join friends for supper—proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements, such as the new playground area now under development. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars, DJ music, refreshments, the company of neighbors and friends, and just being outdoors on a nice summer evening. Cruise nights are free and open to the public. friendsofbutterybrook@yahoo.com (FREE)

      6:15pm in Becket: At Jacob’s Pillow, Choreographer Stefanie Nelson’s Pray/Prey is both funny and unnerving, as two women fight for the attentions of their male counterpart. Venn Duet, an emotional push and pull featuring “earthquake-like moves” (Martha’s Vineyard Times), is both playful and serious. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)


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