Suggested Events 06/11/11-06/17/11

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

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Strawberries made their debut last week at the Burgy Thursday Market in Williamsburg, MA. Find places to PYO strawberries this season. Click on the picture and read recommendations made by other families in Western MA. (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.

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All day in the Hilltowns on Saturday, June 11th from 10am-4pmRIVERFEST: There are tons of fun and educational family activities happening at Riverfest, including face painting, gardening for kids, fly-casting demos, live music, a theater performance, insect studies and a parade!  Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

In the the Pioneer Valley on Saturday morning, June 11th at 10:30amFAMILY CONCERT: Join The Nields in the celebration of 20 years of making music together by attending their anniversary show at the Northampton Center for the Arts! 17 New South Street. 413-584-7327. Northampton, MA. ($)

And in the Berkshires on Saturday afternoon, June 11th at 2pm  – FAMILY CONCERT: See Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell live at Mass MoCA! Zanes and Mitchell are on the cutting edge of current children’s music, and the show is enjoyable for both kids and adults. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. 413-MoCA-111. North Adams, MA. ($$)

On Sunday, June 12th at 1pm in the Pioneer ValleyENTOMOLOGY STUDIES: Families with older students can discover the numerous (up to 116) species of dragonflies and damselflies that live in western Massachusetts!  Join naturalist Josh Rose for adventures at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area and learn all about these insects.  North Farms Road.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Friday, June 17th from 5-10pm – BROOKLYN TO BURGY: Get tickets now for the Balkan Bash Up in Williamsburg!  See local musicians Radio Free Earth play along with Brooklyn’s Raya Brass Band, a group whose sound combines modern American dance music with traditional eastern European music.  There will be food and drinks for sale from Bread Euphoria.  The event is great for families, especially those with younger kids- Radio Free Earth’s 5pm set is a kids’ dance party!  The show will take place at the Grange Hall in Williamsburg, and tickets are available general admission at the door- $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and kids under 5 get in for free!

Sunday, June 19th FATHER’S DAY: On Father’s Day, dads get free admittance to several museums, including the Historic Deerfield Museum , Old Sturbridge Village and the Shelburne Fall’s Trolley Museum. Make a date to take a dad to one of our area museums and enjoy a day celebrating Father’s!

BULLETIN BOARD

GET AT THE ROOTS: Craig Fear writes, “I will be teaching a new 12 week weight group loss program rooted in local and traditional foods. It works by reducing sugar and processed foods in the diet and by addressing the underlying issues of poor health. Weekly modules include Digestive Disorders, Food Sensitivities, Yeast Overgrowth, Blood Sugar Imbalance and more. For more info please visit www.pvnutritionaltherapy.com. The class will be held on Thurs. nights from 6:30-7:30pm starting on June 16th. Class location: Motion Chiropractic Center. 54R Northampton St. Easthampton Cost: $299. Please contact me at craig@pvnutritionaltherapy.com or 413-559-7770 with any questions.”

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: Saturday, June 18, 10 AM to 6 PM, Millers Falls R&G 210 Turners Falls Rd. Turners Falls, MA, Adults: $15, Kids and Seniors: $10. Information and discount advanced tix at www.MuttonAndMead.com  The first annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is coming on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The festival, traditionally known as a Renaissance Faire, will bring together fun, food, and entertainment with a medieval flair. It will be a day for everyone: kids, teens, and adults alike. Many characters from the Robin Hood legend will be making appearances along with jousting, juggling, eagles and falcons, knife throwing, archery, and vendors selling period foods, and artisan crafts and merchandise.

Philip Korman of CISA writes, “Take local food to the next level! Released this week, CISA’s 2011 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide provides a wealth of information and inspiration to Valley residents eager to buy local farm products, eat local food and support local farms. The Guide is full of resources to help anyone begin a local food journey or continue to expand their enjoyment of locally grown goods. By increasing our use of locally grown food and farm protects, we contribute to a strong and resilient local economy, protect rural landscapes, and ensure that fresh, healthy food is available in our region. It will be distributed through local newspapers, available at local hero food retailers and on-line at www.buylocalfood.org.”

Ticket Giveaway: We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the Green River Festival on July 16 & 17th! Deadline to enter to win: Thursday, July 7th by 7pm (EST).

FIREFLIES: Join the Department of Conservation and staff from the Berkshire Museum in counting fireflies at Mt. Greylock State Reservation every Friday this summer, through August 15th!  This activity is a part of Firefly Watch, an initiative developed by the Museum of Science in Boston in order to determine whether firefly populations are dwindling.  Counting takes roughly 15 minutes- bring your own flashlight, paper, stopwatch, and writing utensil, and dress for evening weather.  Participants can meet at the Mount Geylock Visitors Center, located at 30 Rockwell Road in Lanesborough.  For more information, visit www.mos.org/fireflywatch.

SUPPORT GROUP: On Wednesday, June 15th, Forbes Library in Northampton, MA will host a support group for parents dealing with miscarriage, still birth, or the loss of an infant.  The group is intended for parents who either had a child at the time of loss or who have since had children.  The group will be run by Empty Arms Bereavement Support, and will take place at 6pm in the library’s Watson Room.  For more information, call 413-587-1017.

FATHERS: In celebration of Father’s Day, Cup and Top Cafe in Florence, MA will host a special event for fathers!  On Thursday, June 16th, fathers of all ages are invited to the cafe to discuss the journey of fatherhood and work to deepen their appreciation of what they contribute to their family and community.  The group will be lead by John Engel of LifeMigrations Coaching and Counseling.  There will be music and light refreshments.  For more information, visit www.cupandtopcafe.com or call 413-887-9380..

Ticket Giveaway: Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Brooklyn to Burgy Balkan Bash Up! Deadline: Thursday, June 16th by 12Non (EST).

THIRD THURSDAYS: Pittsfield’s Third Thursdays season has already begun!  Every Thursday evenings from 5-8pm, downtown Pittsfield comes alive with live music, street performances, art, outdoor dining, and more!  The event takes place from 5-8 and is in its fifth season!  New this year is a stage featuring youth performers of all types, and youth art will be featured at the Lichenstein Center for the Arts.  Also, the YMCA is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and there will be celebratory (and free!) zumba and and hip hop classes for families during Third Thursdays.  Every Third Thursday has something new to offer- there are tons of things to see and do!  For more information, visit www.culturalpittsfield.com.

MUSEUM ADVENTURE: This summer, the Springfield Museum will host a special exhibit called, “Be the Dinosaur” through which children can experience what life as a dinosaur was like through computer simulation!  There are “pods” in which visual and aural simulation is broadcast, giving the participant a dinosaur-like experience!  The exhibit also includes artificially intelligent dinosaurs that move across artificial terrian, and simulated muscle and digestive systems.  An accompanying exhibit invites kids to be paleontologists and dig for fossila!  The exhibit opens on June 11th and closes on September 11th.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

In response to last week’s tornadoes, The Food Bank of Western MA writes, “We are asking people to conduct food drives to collect ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that we can distribute to the community and to shelters and other emergency feeding agencies in the hardest hit areas of Hampden County.”

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Guest DJ, Lucky Diaz

Hilltown Family Variety ShowLucky Diaz will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend.  Lucky will be playing tunes by the Death Cab for Cutie, Chuck Berry, BB Kind, The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, The Temptations, Angus and Julia Stone, and of course new music from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band!

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. 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.
  • 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!

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Saturday, June 11th, 2011

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.

8am-11pm – CHARTER DAYS: Head to Granby Charter Days, a farm- and country-themed fair!  There are carnival rides and games, as well as live music and performances.  Today’s special events include a fishing derby and an oxen draw.  East State Street.  Granby, MA.  ($)

9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike the Hickey Trail at Monument Mountain and learn how to do an assessment of a trail’s health.  Learn about what the look for when assessing a trail and what safety issues to check for. Great activity to do with teens. Route 7.  413-298-3239.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm CAR WASH: Get your car washed and help the 6th grade at Crocker Farm School raise money for their class gift.  The car wash will take place in the pre-school parking lot.  280 West Street.  413-362-1600.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30am -12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a GeoWalk with professor of Earth Science Steve Winters.  Look at rock formations carved by water, and learn about the geology of the pioneer valley.  Walk begins at Great Falls Discovery Center. A great opportunity for kids 10 and older to learn about local geology. All ages welcomed.  2 Avenue A.  413-863-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-5pm – HISTORY: Honor military members and their families at Old Sturbridge Village’s Muster Day!  The day will consist of demonstrations of the military training that 19th-century soldiers went though as well as special live music and appearances from the 1812 Marine Detachment and the Oxford Light Infantry.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-SEE-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$)

10-11am – ANIMALS: Learn all about animal babies with educator Rachel Roberts!  There will be storytime as well as multiple hands-on art and science activities.  The events will take place at the Millers Falls Environmental Center- e-mail robertsrml@verizon.net to register.  100 Main Street.  Athol, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – FAMILY CENTER PICNIC: Help the Easthampton Family Center celebrate the end of their programming year with a picnic at Nonotuck Park!  Local author David Hyde Costello will be on hand with copies of his new book, “I Can Help!” to hand out to famlies.  The event will take place at Nonotuck Park, and there will also be a bake sale!  30 Lownds Avenue.  413-527-5496.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – TRUCKS: Big Rig happens again in beautiful downtown Chesterfield, MA (FREE) Postponed until 6/26.

10am-4pm – RIVERFEST: There are tons of fun family activities happening today at Riverfest, including face painting, gardening for kids, fly-casting demos, live music, a theater performance, and a parade!  Main Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum to see the exhibition, “‘Ice Age’ to the Digital Age: Animation from Blue Sky Studios.”  The exhibit is about the creative work the studio produces, and there will be special happenings to mark the opening of the exhibit.  9 Route 183.  413-298-4100.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($)

10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Help The Nields celebrate 20 years of making music together by attending their anniversary show at the Northampton Center for the Arts!  17 New South Street.  413-584-7327.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10:30-12noon – BOTANY STUDIES: Older students interested in learning about local trees can participate in a walking tour of the Quadrangle neighborhood of Springfield!. Lead by Burt Freeman of the Environmental Center for Our Schools, the tour will point out many different types of trees, including some unusual and unexpected ones.  The tour begins at the Springfield Museums, and tickets can be purchased before the tour or the day of.  21 Edwards Street.  413-747-1830.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11am-5pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Visit the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum and get an ice cream cone from Snow’s Ice Cream for a dime!  Part of Shelburne Falls’ annual RiverFest celebration.  14 Depot Street.  413-625-9443.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – BOTANY ADVENTRUES: Older students will enjoy learn about wild edible foods on an Edible Plant Walk at the North Amherst Community Farm. There are fun activities for children planned, too!  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer some time at Red Gate Farm!  Help the farm get started on (or finish) some larger projects by donating your time and energy to keeping the farm alive and thriving.  Refreshments will be provided.  4 Norman Road.  413-625-9503.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – LOCAL AUTHOR: Mo Willems will be at Booklinks in Thorne’s Market for an ice cream social and book signing, celebrating Mo’s newest release, “Should I Share My Ice Cream?”Free ice cream w/purchase of book. 150 Main St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

2pm – THEATER: The North Star Players Present:  Persephone, an original re-telling of the Greek myth.  he North Star Players are a teen theatre ensemble of homeschooling actors from the Pioneer Valley at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. 135 Russell St. 413-426-6083 Hadley, MA ($)

2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: See Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell live at Mass MoCA!  Zanes and Mitchell are on the cutting edge of current children’s music, and the show is enjoyable for both kids and adults.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  413-MoCA-111.  North Adams, MA.  ($$)

2pm – HISTORY: Older students and their parents might enjoy “Inspired by Nature”- a program about human ‘inventions’ that actually are rooted in nature at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Fun way to learn about history!  115 State Street.  413-663-6312.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

2pm & 7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Colonial Theater!  The show features award winning costumes, choreography, theatrical techniques, and a mix of ancient and modern music.  111 South Street.  413-997-4444.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

2-2:45pm – SCIENCE: Let your kids experiment with color and science at the Westfield Athenaeum!  Registration required, and space is limited.  6 Elm Street.  413-562-6158.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

3-5pm – PARADE: Join the town of Shutesbury in celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary with a big parade!  There will be floats, performers, and marching participants of all kinds.  Leverett Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

3:30 & 6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Images Cinema screens Despicable Me, an funny animated family film!  50 Spring Street.  413-458-1039.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)

5-8pm – ART WALK: Visit downtown Easthampton for an art walk!  There is art from local artists in numerous downtown locations- explore and see some great pieces!  Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm – COMMUNITY BARBECUE: Celebrate the town of Shutesbury’s 250th anniversary with a barbecue and live music (following the town’s parade).  Briefcase Full of Blues, a 9-piece blues band, will be performing!  Food is free but beverages (adult and non-adult) can be purchased.  282 Wendell Road.  413-259-1474.  Shutebury, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – STORYWALK: The Pittsfield Wee Reads committee will host a baseball-themed StoryWalk at Wahconah Park before the Colonials game. Participants are invited onto the field before the game to sing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Game begins at 7pm. Pittsfield, MA

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See the Princess Bride at Images Cinema!  Just over an hour and a half long, the film is funny and full of adventure.  50 Spring Street.  413-458-1039.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)


Sunday, June 12th, 2011

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 invited to a weekly trial run along the Westfield River. This no-pressure run is a great way to start running or easy back into running, or to pair up with other long distance runners. Walkers welcomed too. Organized by Leslie Charles of Chesterfield, MA. 413-296-4753 West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

9am-5pm – FISH: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am-6pm – CHARTER DAYS: Head to Granby Charter Days, a farm- and country-themed fair!  There are carnival rides and games, as well as live music and performances.  Today’s special events include knitting and pie baking contests.  East State Street.  Granby, MA. ($)

11am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Visit the Springfield Museum and experience the day-to-day world of dinosaurs with interactive pods and a Dinosaur Dig Lab. Springfield, MA ($)

11am – MARIONETTE SHOW: Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes at Marketplace Cafe perform “Sleeping Beauty.” 53 North St. 413-358-4777 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

12noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Geckos: Tails to Toepads at Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield, MA ($)

1pm & 1:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a hike of the Deerfield River watershed as part of Shelburne Falls’ Riverfest celebration!  Call ahead to reserve a spot.  413-625-6628.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – ENTOMOLOGY STUDIES: Families with older students can discover the numerous (up to 116) species of dragonflies and damselflies that live in western Massachusetts!  Join naturalist Josh Rose for adventures at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area and learn all about these insects.  North Farms Road.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

1:30pm – BIKE FUN: Kids Bike Treasure Hunt starting at Dohoney Courthouse on Gilmore Ave. A fun bike ride for kids and their parents with a treasure hunt, safety check, free helmets, prizes and snacks. Rain or shine. 413-854-9609 Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

2pm – BASEBALL: See the Pittsfield Colonials take on the New York Federals at Waconah Park in the third game in the team’s first series against New York this season.  105 Waconah Street.  413-236-2961.  Pittsfield, MA.  (>$)

2-4pm – COMMUNITY JAM: See the Blue House Old Time String Band perform live at the Blue House Cafe!  (And have some delicious food while you’re at it.)  147 Main Street.  413-268-7441.  Haydenville, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Support group for parents of teens tonight, facilitated by Abriete Ladore.  To register contact abriete@hearts-journey.com.  413-687-9951.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)


Monday, June 13th, 2011

10-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Margaret Lindley Park with staff from Child Care of the Berkshires!  Every child in attendance gets a free bug box kit.  Registration requested.  Route 7.  413-664-4821.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6-10pm – GAME NIGHT: It’s Monday Game Night at Owl and Raven in Northampton!  Make friends, socialize, and play some great games.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

MONDAY PLAYGROUPS

MONDAY STORY TIMES

MONDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

MONDAY OTHER ONGOING

  • Montague ♦ 6:30pm: 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.
  • North Adams ♦ 5:30pm: Haskins Gym Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 6-11pm: Owl and Raven host an intergenerational game night every Monday. Bring a game or come learn a new one. Tea and snacks. 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 (FREE)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

1:30-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET – Tuesday Market in Northampton today. Live music at 4pm and sungarsnap peas, garlic scapes, strawberries and the season’s first carrots in the stalls. Tuesday Market is now part of the FoodStampsX2 program too!  Located next to the parking garage. Northamtpon, MA (MARKET)

6:30pm – BOTANY STUDIES: Blanche Cybele Derby will lead the forum: Wild Edible Plants. If you have students interested in this topic, Blanche will lead an informative plant “show and tell” and share the culinary possibilities of what are known as “common weeds.” Fun topic for students! 413-498-2455 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)
(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

TUESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: The Easthampton Family Center will be holding its June playgroups at the lower playground at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  In case of rain, playgroups will take place at the center’s usual Main Street location (at Flywheel).  During July and August, parents can meet for playgroup at 10am every Tuesday at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, there will be no indoor location- playgroups will be rescheduled for Friday at the same time and place.  For more information about the center, visit www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org.
  • NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER: The NPC will have informal playdates this summer at area parks from 9:30-11:30am.  Families from the center will be meeting at Bridge Street School playground on Tuesdays and Look Park‘s playgroupnd (next to Dow Pavillion) on Thursdays. All are welcomed. No official snack time or circle time, just casual play with other families from the NPC.
  • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 413-256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Preschool Play and Learn Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Sandisfield ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Sandisfield Old Town Hall. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
  • West Springfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the First Congregational Church (20 Lathrop St.) for all parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 734-7667 (FREE)
  • West Stockbridge ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at W. Stockbridge Town Hall. Gym Fun. 644-0104 (FREE)

TUESDAY STORY TIMES

  • Florence ♦ 10am: Kulp Memorial Lap Sitting at the Lilly Library for youngest ones 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Florence ♦ 11am: Toddler Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Goshen ♦ 10:30-11:30am: Mommy & Me yoga storytelling class at Prakasa Yoga Studio. 152 Ball Rd. 413-268-7151
  • Greenfield ♦ 10-11am: Pre-School Storyhour at the Greenfield Public Library (402 Main Street). Mrs. Sally Ahearn leads this story time for children ages 5 and under. 772-1544 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 11am: Toddler Story Time at the Lenox Library (18 Main Street). Story Time is for children age 18 months to 3 years. Children & their caregivers sing songs, learn finger plays & listen to a story. Following the structured program, participants are invited to stay so that the children can play together & their caregivers can visit. (FREE)

TUESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Grandparent support group at the Unitarian Meeting House (121 North Pleasant St.) Amherst Family Center with Ann Marie Meltzer. (FREE)
  • Chicopee ♦ 5-7:15pm: Grandparents as Parents at the Chicopee Senior Center (7 Valley View Ct.). Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 534-3698 (FREE)
  • Leverett ♦ 7:30-9pm: MOCAI’s Women’s Circle at the Quaker Meeting House (Long Plain Rd.) Weekly drop-in circle for women of color. Circles host a range of activities to suport and build community, with monthly guest facilitators. Babies in arms welcomed. No childcare. http://www.mocai.org (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Berkshire Nursing Families at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 10:15-12:15am: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at the Community Action Building (56 Vernon St.). Confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Free childcare up to four years old. 253-8990 wwwmotherwoman.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 1-3pm: New Mothers Circle at Cradle. 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com (FREE)

OTHER TUESDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
  • Florence ♦ 4:30pm: I Can Read Book Club at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Huntington ♦ 9:30-11:30am: School Readiness Program at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • Pittsfield ♦ 12:30pm: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

5-8pm – ICE CREAM: Join the Shelburne Falls Historical Society for an ice cream social!  33 Severance Street.  413-625-6150.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Forbes Library hosts a support group for people who are parenting after miscarriage, stillbirth, or the loss of an infant.  20 West Street.  413-587-1017.  Northampton, MA. (FREE)

7-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT: Owl and Raven is offering a talk, “Games that Teach.” Join others for a discussion about computer games. Learn which computer games inspire creativity and education and which ones are not. 2 Conz St. #42 413-341-3581 Northampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: See the Primate Fiasco live at Forbes Library!  BYO chairs or blankets and a picnic!  20 West Street.  413-587-1013.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

WEDNESDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroups at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Huntington ♦ 10am-12Noon: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Playgroup at Lenox Community Center. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Toddler Play and Learn Group at the Haskin Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Turners Falls ♦ 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)
  • Ware ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

WEDNESDAY STORY TIME

  • Chesterfield ♦ 10:15am: : Children’s story hour at the Chesterfield Public Library. 296-4735 (FREE)
  • Leverett ♦ 10:30am: Children’s story hour at the Leverett Library. www.leverettlibrary.org
  • New Marlborough ♦ 10am: Library Story hour. 644-0104 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 11am: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 4pm:Parenting/Baby Group at the Forbes Library. Call to pre-register. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Northfield ♦ 10am: Story time at the Northfield Public Library. with stories, crafts and snacks. 498-2455 www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)
  • Stockbridge ♦ 10am: Stores and crafts led by Vicky Cooper at the Stockbridge Library. (FREE)
  • Williamsburg ♦ 10:30am: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

WEDNESDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9:45-11:15am: MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Expectant mothers welcomed. The are snacks and childcare for kids 4yo & younger. MotherWoman trained facilitator in the basement of the Unitarian Church (Amherst Family Center). Run by a MotherWoman trained facilitator. 253-8990 www.motherwoman.org (FREE)
  • Holyoke ♦ 1pm: MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group at Midwifery Care of Holyoke (230 Maple St.). 534-2700 (FREE)

OTHER WEDNESDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 10:30-11:45am: 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
  • Hadley ♦ 10-11:30am: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 586-2737 www.interskate91.com(>$)
  • Northampton ♦ 1pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)
  • Northampton ♦ 4:30pm: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm & 6pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Circus Smirkus will perform at Mount Greylock High School. 413-664-5073 Williamstown, MA ($)

5-9pm – FOOD: Head to the Amherst Common for the 20th Annual Taste of Amherst!  You can get food from more than 20 restaurants, and there will be live music, too!  North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE)

6-7pm – ICE CREAM: Is your child entering kindergarten in the fall?  Come enjoy some ice cream and let them meet some of their future peers at the Kindergarten Kick Off Ice Cream Social, hosted by Child Care of the Berkshires!  RSVP requested.  210 State Street.  413-664-4821.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit the Greenfield Energy Park for a free concert from Green River String Band, Barry Higgins, Daniel Hales, and the Frost Heaves!  Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Florence Community Band plays at the Florence Civic Center (next to Lilly Library) as part of the Florence Music on the Porch Series. Pack a picnic, blanket and chairs and bring the family. Florence, MA (FREE)

7-9pm – FATHER SUPPORT: Attend “The Fatherhood Journey” at Cup and Top Cafe.  The event is an evening of celebration of fatherhood, lead by Joh Engel of LifeMigrations.  The event includes small and large group discussions, music, and light refreshments.  1 North Main Street.  413-887-9380.  Florence, MA.  ($)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing!  4 Main Street.  413-268-7741.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER: The NPC will have informal playdates this summer at area parks from 9:30-11:30am.  Families from the center will be meeting at Bridge Street School playground on Tuesdays and Look Park‘s playgroupnd (next to Dow Pavillion) on Thursdays. All are welcomed. No official snack time or circle time, just casual play with other families from the NPC.

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • Amherst ♦ 9am-1pm: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Belchertown ♦ 9:30am-12:30pm: The Belchertown Family Center (720 Franklin St.) is open for drop-in playgroups for families with children 0-5yo. 283-7594 www.belchertownfamilycenter.org (FREE, DONATION)
  • Great Barrington ♦ 1-3pm: Infant/Toddler Playgroup Group at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.) 644-0104 www.communityhealthprograms.org (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 1pm: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library. 587-1011 www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Sunderland ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Sunderland Elementary School (27 Old Amherst Rd.) 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Ware ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroups at the Ware Family Center in the United Church of Ware building (49 Church St.). 967-8127 (FREE)

THURSDAY STORY TIME

  • 9:30-10:30am – STORY TIME: It’s storytime for two and three year olds at the  Westfield Athenaeum!  There will be stories, songs, crafts, and more!  6 Elm Street.  413-568-7833.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORY TIME: It’s Eric Carle Story Hour at the Huntington Public Library!  Celebrate Eric Carle’s birthday by hearing some of his books read aloud, enjoying themed snacks, making him birthday cards, and making your own Very Hungry Caterpillar!  7 East Main Street.  413-667-3506.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)
  • Amherst ♦ 10:30am: Preschool Story Time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. www.joneslibrary.org (FREE)
  • Dalton ♦ 10am: Story time at the Dalton Free Public Library (462 Main St.) for preschool kids. 684-6112 (FREE)
  • Florence ♦ 10am: Pre-school Story Time at the Lilly Library. 587-1500 www.lillylibrary.org (FREE)
  • Hatfield ♦ 11:00am: Preschool story hour lead by Carolyn Mazel at the Hatfield Library (39 Main St.). Geared to ages 3-5, each story hour includes books, songs, finger plays, a play along with musical instruments, and a simple craft. 247-9097 (FREE)
  • Lee ♦ 10:30-11am: Story time at the Lee Library (100 Main St.) for kids 2.5-5yo and their caregivers. 243-0385 (FREE)
  • Lenox ♦ 11-11:45am: Preschool Story-Craft for children ages three to five at the Lenox Library Association featuring stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 (FREE)

THURSDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Greenfield ♦ 10am-12Noon: Grandparent Support Group at the Greenfield Family Center (90 Federal St.). 475-1553 (FREE)

OTHER THURSDAY ONGOING

  • Great Barrington ♦ 9am: Kids’ Kitchen with Melanie Seserman at the CHP Family Services Building (442 Stockbridge Rd.). A cooking class for kids 2.5-5yo to learn about healthy food choices. www.communityhealthprograms.org 644-0104 (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 11:30am: Teen to 23 Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Northampton ♦ 3:45-4:30pm: Karma hosts a children’s yoga class for kids ages 6-10yo. Stretches, poses and yoga/theater games. Pre-register. 727-8143 http://www.bekarma.com Northampton, MA ($)
  • Northampton ♦ 6pm: Community potluck dinner at Owl and Raven. Bring entree or dessert to share (include list of ingredients). Casual gathering. 2 Conz Street, Unit #42 413-341-3581 (POTLUCK)

Friday, June 17th, 2011

9am-5pm – FISH STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway to observe migratory fish during their upstream journey for spawning through underwater viewing windows!  Located behind Town Hall. 1 Avenue A.  413-659-3714.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am – TYKE HIKE: Family hike for families with kids ages 8yo and under at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Hike and story time. Wear appropriate footwear and clother.  Bring snack and water.  Meet at visitor center. 30 Rockwell Rd. 413-499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)

1pm & 6pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Circus Smirkus will perform at Mount Greylock High School. 413-664-5073 Williamstown, MA ($)

4-8pm – OPEN STUDIO: Open studio art-making at The Art Garden!  Help to create an installation with artists Phyllis Labanowski and Jane Wegscheider.  14 Depot Street.  413-625-2728.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

5-10pm – COMMUNITY PARTY: See Brooklyn’s Raya Brass Band and local heroes Radio Free Earth live in concert at the Williamsburg Grange!  Radio Free Earth’s first set will be a kids’ dance party, and Raya’s music is a combination of traditional Eastern European music and modern American music.  10 Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  ($)

5-10pm – FOOD: Head to the Amherst Common for the 20th Annual Taste of Amherst!  You can get food from more than 20 restaurants, and there will be live music, too!  North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE ENTRANCE)

5:30pm – CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Cruise Night at Buttery Brook Park!  See some great antique cars, hear live DJ music, get some dinner, and meet some animals and do craft projects in the kids area!  Route 33.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: See the Pittsfield Colonials take on the New York Federals at Waconah Park!  Game to be followed by fireworks.  105 Waconah Street.  413-236-2961.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

FIREFLIES: Join the Department of Conservation and staff from the Berkshire Museum in counting fireflies at Mt. Greylock State Reservation every Friday this summer, through August 15th!  This activity is a part of Firefly Watch, an initiative developed by the Museum of Science in Boston in order to determine whether firefly populations are dwindling.  Counting takes roughly 15 minutes- bring your own flashlight, paper, stopwatch, and writing utensil, and dress for evening weather.  Participants can meet at the Mount Geylock Visitors Center, located at 30 Rockwell Road in Lanesborough.  For more information, visit www.mos.org/fireflywatch.

(Now that the summer months are approaching, call to confirm ongoing activities before heading out. Have new summer hours/location you want to share? Click HERE to email updates.)

FRIDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: The Easthampton Family Center will be holding its June playgroups at the lower playground at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  In case of rain, playgroups will take place at the center’s usual Main Street location (at Flywheel).  During July and August, parents can meet for playgroup at 10am every Tuesday at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, there will be no indoor location- playgroups will be rescheduled for Friday at the same time and place.  For more information about the center, visit www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org.
  • 2-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Homeschoolers are invited to a playgroup at the Worthington Town Hall!  Bring an activity to share and get ready for fun!  Route 112.  413-238-4424.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)
  • Amherst ♦ 9am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center, downtown at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 North Pleasant St.). Use rear entrance. 256-1145 (FREE)
  • Colrain ♦ 9:30-11:30am: Drop-in playgroup at the Colrain Community Church (306 Main Rd.). 475-1553 (FREE)
  • Huntington ♦ 3pm: Drop in playgroup at the Gateway Family Center. 667.2203 www.hchcweb.org (FREE)
  • North Adams ♦ 10am: Baby Group at the Haskins Community Center (210 State St.). 663-6593 (FREE)
  • Stockbridge ♦ 9am : The Berkshire Day School (Route 183) welcomes all to a Music & Me playgroup for kids 2-4yo. This is an hour long circle time with sing-alongs, story and crafts. 637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org (FREE)
  • Turners Falls ♦ 9:30am-12Noon: Drop-in playgroup at the Gill-Montague Family Center (78 Avenue A). 863-4805 (FREE)

FRIDAY STORY TIME

  • Colrain ♦ 11am: Preschool story hour at the Griswold Memorial Library. 624-3619 (FREE)
  • Greenfield ♦ 11am: Mother Goose on the Loose makes early learning lots of hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities geared for the 3 and under audience. www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)

FRIDAY PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Greenfield ♦ 10-11:30am: Franklin County Postpartum Support Group: This is Harder Than I Thought. At the Community Action Family Center (90 Federal St.). Drop-in for mothers of infants and babies experiencing postpartum. Expecting mothers welcomed. 774-1000 x2015

OTHER FRIDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 9:30am: Pre-school Spanish immersion program for kids under 6yo at the First Baptist Church. (954) 829-5233 (FREE)
  • Holyoke ♦ 9:30-10:30am:Read to Grow preschool program at the Children’s Museum (444 Dwight St.). 536-5437 (>$)
  • Pittsfield ♦ 10am & 11am: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.
  • Springfield ♦ 2pm: Planetarium show at the Springfield Museum. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org(>$)

One Comment on “Suggested Events 06/11/11-06/17/11

  1. FYI: The Florence Mother Goose has taken a summer break.

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