Suggested Events 06/18/11-06/24/11

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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Summer Solstice is on Tuesday, and most schools end next week. Along with the end of school and the beginning of summer are endless opportunities to play in Western MA, including Look Park in Florence, MA with their splash park, playgrounds, train rides, paddle boats and more. (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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Friday night, June 17th from 5-10pm in the Hilltowns: BROOKLYN TO BURGY: Make tracks to 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. Route 9 Williamsburg, MA ($) 

Saturday, June 18th from 10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: 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.  Millers Falls R&G, 210 Turners Falls Rd. Montague, MA, Adults: $15, Kids and Seniors: $10. Information and discount advanced tix at www.MuttonAndMead.com

Sunday, June 19thFATHER’S DAY: There are a number of fabulous activities you can do with the dad(s) in your life: Free admission for all dads at Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, and trolley rides at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum all day on Sunday for dads;  or take dad for at Taste of Amherst on the common; or to Open Cockpit Day at the New England Air Museum. All details are below… If none of those ideas tickle his fancy, try the myriad of local parks, reservations and bike paths found through out Western MA.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, June 25th from 10am-4pm in the Hilltowns – LAVENDER FESTIVAL: Visit Johnson Hill Farm for the annual Lavender Festival!  The farm is home to the Lavender Labyrinth, and there will be lots of local vendors, a dove release, and a chance to sign up for the farm’s upcoming workshops!  51 Hog Hollow Road.  413-625-6439.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, June 26th from 1am-2pm in the Berkshires – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate the Clark Art Institute’s Pisarro Family Day!  There will be barnyard animals, art projects, live entertainment, and more!  225 South Street.  413-458-2303.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

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Find out about the Springfield Tornado Recovery efforts organizations and individuals offering in Western MA, and how you can get involved.

PROJECT BACKPACK: Did you know that there are families in your area who have a hard time affording school supplies for their kids? You can help by contributing to Project Backpack 2011. The goal is to help income-eligible families in the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools get the supplies kids need for the next year. Suggested donations: new/unused backpacks, assignment books, colored pencils, construction paper, crayons, drawing paper, English dictionary, erasers, folders, glue sticks, markers, #2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, rulers, 3-ring binders, calculators, graph paper, highlighters, 3×5 index cards, combination locks, and loose leaf paper. You can drop off your donations Jun 1-Aug 12 at the ARPS Central Offices, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst.

PORTRAIT FUNDRAISER: Have an individual or family portrait taken by photographer Tracey Eller.  The cost of a sitting is $50, which includes a 5×7 photo, and proceeds benefit the rebuilding of the West Cummington Congregational Church.  Photos will be taken at the parish house, located at 27 West Main Street.  To schedule a time slot, contact Tracey at 917-439-6111 or tracey@ellerimages.com.

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).

Springfield City Library writes: “The “Teen Team” recently launched a Facebook  page with information on the latest books, movies, library events and all kinds of news of interest to Springfield teens. Search for Springfield City Library Teens on Facebook and “Like” us to keep up with all the latest news, and add your comments and recommendations. If you have any questions or want to get involved with the teen group do stop into the Central Library or call Martha at (413) 263-6828, ext. 425. Teens at the Mason Square Branch can speak to Christin; Forest Park and East Forest Park please talk to Meg; at East Springfield and Liberty call or stop in and see Sarah; or at Pine Point and Sixteen Acres please talk to Doris. The Library is a cool place for teens to enjoy year round!” www.springfieldlibrary.org

TEEN HEALTH: June 21, Hancock, Berkshire County Youth At Risk for Suicide:  Identification,  Prevention,  Intervention,  Postvention. This training program will address the problem of youth suicide in Berkshire County. Participants will gain an overview of the mental disorders that create risk for teenagers, a working knowledge of suicide prevention and intervention strategies, and a review of postvention best practices. Who Should Attend:  Clinicians and agency personnel who provide services to youth, medical and school personnel, clergy and faith leaders, anyone interested in preventing youth self-harm and suicide.  For more information: www.berkshireahec.org

FREE FUN FRIDAYS: Looking for FUN activities this summer? Would it be even better if they were FREE? You’re in luck! FREE FUN FRIDAYS is back this year, with free admission to a designated cultural attraction every Friday. No tickets or registration needed. Begins July 1.  Venues include the MFA in Boston, the Boston Children’s Museum, Springfield Museums, Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Old Sturbridge Village, and more! Check out www.highlandstreet.org for more details.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Guest DJ, Brady Rymer

Hilltown Family Variety ShowBrady Rymer will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend.  Brady will be playing tunes by The Okee Dokee Brothers, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, UB40, The Ventures, Spanky Wilson, The Verve Pipe, Bruce Degen, and many others, including tunes off of Brady’s new CD, Love Me For Who I Am.

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 18th, 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.

9am – TAG SALE: Town wide tag sale to benefit the Worthington Library’s children’s summer programs. Maps available at library. 413-238-0047 Worthington, MA (SALE)

9:30am-12:30pm – BOOK SALE: Help support the Greenfield Public Library by stopping by their annual book sale!  Proceeds help fund special programming (especially for kids!) at the library.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (SALE)

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)

9:30am-5pm – ART & MUSIC HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Music and Art Weekend!  There will be demonstrations of 19th century art and music from more than 50 guests.  Enjoy live music and art making.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-733-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Check out work from tons of artists and craftspeople at the Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair!  Main Street.  413-772-0229.  Deerfield, MA.  (>$)

10-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn all about birds at Northfield Mountain Recreation Center!  There will be a variety of art and science activities related to birds and nesting habits, and, weather permitting, there will be time to explore the woods and search for nests!  Pre-registration required.  Route 63.  800-859-2960.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – COLOR PLAY: Forbes Library hosts Color Play, a social and craft time for families raising children of color.  Bring a healthy brunch item to share!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – FAMILY FISHING: Family Fishing Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center. All ages learn about fish, fishing and fishing techniques on the Connecticut River. Fishing equipment supplies. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: Head to Heritage State Park for Family FunFest!  There will be bounce houses, merry-go-round rides, face painting, food, music, games for kids, and much more!  Admission price includes admission to the Holyoke Children’s Museum and the Volleyball Hall of Fame.  221 Appleton Street.  413-538-9838. Holyoke, MA.  (>$)

10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival at Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. Entertainment with a medieval flair the whole family will love.  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. Rain or shine. 413-863-3748  210 Turners Falls Rd. Montague, MA ($)

11am – STORYTIME: 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)

11am-3pm – HISTORY: Enjoy free admission to Storrowton Village to celebrate the village’s opening day for the summer season!  There will be guided walking tours of the village, as well as opportunities to observe and take part in early American activities.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  413-205-5051.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-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)

12:30-2pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: Visit the Indian Orchard Branch Library to learn about customs and culture surrounding hats with artist Numa Navarro!  Kids ages 7-11 are invited to attend, and an RSVP is required.  44 Oak Street.  413-263-6846.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

1-3pm – WILD EDIBLES: Go on an edible weed walk with artist/author Blanche Cybele Derby at Goldthread Herb Farm!  Learn about uses for easy-to-find plants, and sample some foods prepared with edible weeds afterward.  264 South Shirkshire Road.  413-587-8620.  Conway, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – POTLUCK: Bring a dish to share (no soups, please) for a Full Moon Community Potluck at Crimson and Clover Farm!  BYO dishes and utensils so as to keep the event trash-free.  Bring some outdoor activities, too!  215 Spring Street.  413-570-0337.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

5-9pm – SOLSTICE PARTY: Join the Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns in celebrating the summer solstice as well as their opening for the season!  There will be a potluck dinner (BYO favorite dish for sharing!), live music, drumming, mask making, and more!  7 Brooker Hill Road.  413-623-6635.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – CONCERT: See Chris Scanlon and the Other Guys live at the Blue House Cafe!  147 Main Street.  413-268-7441.  Haydenville, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See Amherst’s Nataraj Dance Company perform at the Williston Northampton School in support of Japanese artists affected by the earthquake.  19 Payson Avenue.  413-529-3000.  Easthampton, MA.  ($$)

7pm – FAMILY THEATER: See Mount Greylock Regional Middle School and Minerva Stage’s production of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  1781 Cold Spring Road.  413-441-6120.  Williamstown, MA.  ($)


Sunday, June 19th, 2011 – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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)

8:30am-Midafternoon – OUTDOOR MARKET: Every weekend through October, there is an open-air market in Easthampton. It takes place at the former Fedor Pontiac dealership- there are amazing views of Mt. Tom!  This new market will offer tag sale tables to food from local farms, and more. Easthampton, MA  ♦

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)

9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORY: Free admission to Historic Deerfield for fathers and grandfathers to celebrate Father’s Day!  Old Main Street.  413-774-5581.  Northampton, MA.  (>$)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Music and Art Weekend!  There will be demonstrations of 19th century art and music from more than 50 guests!  Enjoy live music and art making.  Dads get free admission today for Father’s Day!  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-733-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am and 2pm – WILD EDIBLES: Go on an Edible Plant Walk at Mount Greylock State Reservation!  The walk is easy and all ages are welcome.  Meet at the Visitors Center.  30 Rockwell Road.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – AIRPLANE MUSEUM: It’s Open Cockpit Day at the New England Air Museum, just over the CT border at Bradley International Airport.  Grab the dad(s) in your life for Father’s Day and come climb into 12 vintage aircrafts, flight simulator and learn about the history of aviation. 3860-623-3305 36 Perimeter Road Windsor Locks, CT

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

11am-5pm – TROLLEY RIDES: Dads get free trolley rides today at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum!  Learn about local history and ride the trolley!  14 Depot Street.  413-625-9443.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (>$)

12noon-4pm – 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)

10am-4pm – CRAFT FAIR: Check out work from tons of artists and craftspeople at the Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair!  Main Street.  413-772-0229.  Deerfield, MA.  (>$)

2pm – CONCERT: Enjoy an afternoon of jazz favorites with performers Bob Sparkman and Jerry Noble at the North Hall Arts Festival!  40 Searle Road.  413-667-5543.  Huntington, MA.  ($)

4pm – HISTORY: Tour the Wistariahurst Mansion with the last living descendant of the Skinner family to have lived in the historic home.  Hear stories of life at Wistariahurst, and learn about local history.  238 Cabot Street.  413-322-5660.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

5pm – THEATER: See Guys and Dolls at the Barrington Stage Company- kids under 13 get free tickets today!  30 Union Street.  413-236-8888.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: Enjoy a night of great theater and pizza at New Century Theater!  The show is the season’s first- Painting Churches.  Take dad for Father’s Day!  1 Green Street.  413-587-3933.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)


Monday, June 20th, 2011

10am – SUMMER READING: Sign up for the Milne Public Library’s summer reading program!  Learn about the program and get the materials you’ll need to successfully travel the world through the pages of books.  1095 Main Street.  413-458-5369.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – MAGIC: Visit the Sunderland Public Library to see magician Scott Jameson perform!  The event kicks off the library’s summer reading program.  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, 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)

6:30pm – SUMMER READING: Help the Westhampton Library kick off its summer reading program with a community drum circle!  Participants will be able to sign up for the program and collect their materials after drumming.  3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See Grasshoppa artists perform five 10-minute shorts outdoors at the Whately Elementary School- rain or shine!  273 Long Plain Road.  413-665-7826.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FUNDRAISING CONCERT: The Majestic Theater hosts a benefit concert for the victims of the recent tornado in Springfield.  Performers include many of the theater’s most popular stars from recent years.  Admission is free so that none are excluded, but attendees are encouraged to donate as much as they are able to the cause.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 – HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

10am – KNITTING: Kids learning to knit? Have a project you’re working on? Join other knitters at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Bring any portable craft, knitting, crochet or embroidery project and share tips and techniques with other knitters. An intergenerational opportunity for kids who are interested in these projects who need guidance on a project they’ve started or need to finish.  413-498-2455 115 Main St. Northfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – HOMESCHOOL PLAYGROUP: Meet up with other local homeschool families at Look Park for playtime!  Meet in the sprinkler area.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Leverett Public Library for storytime accompanied by a visit from a llama from Winterberry Farm!  The story is Star Livingstone’s “Harley.”  75 Montague Road.  413-548-9220.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – SUMMER SOLSTICE: Summer Solstice gathering at the UMass Sunwheel. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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.

TUESDAY STORY TIMES

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Take pre-k kids to preschool story hour at the Greenfield Public Library!  There will be stories, songs, and craft time.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA  (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Story Time for kids 2-3yo at the Lenox Library. Sing songs, finger plyas and listen to stories. Play time follows the story half hour. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE)♦

OTHER TUESDAY ONGOING

  • Amherst ♦ 2:15pm: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)
  • 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 22nd, 2011

4:30pm – ART: Make art and poetry from old discarded books, or learn how to make a journal from an old book!  Registration is encouraged- this event takes place at the Sunderland Public Library.  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-6:30pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Kids age 12-17 are invited to the Indian Orchard Branch Library to experiment with drawing cartoons.  Classes will be lead by Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books.  RSVP required.  44 Oak Street.  413-263-6846.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Have a tasty dinner and hear Sonya Kitchell perform live at Elmer’s Store. Reservations required.  Concert begins at 7.  396 Main Street.  413-628-4003.  Ashfield, MA.  ($)

5:45pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Celebrate the re-opening of Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow with a ballet performance from Vanaver Caravan!  385 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: See the opening night of, “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Williamstown Theater Festival!  1000 Main Street.  413-507-3400.  Williamstown, MA.  ($$)

WEDNESDAY STORY TIMES

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Featured books, crafts and visitors for preK kids at the Leverett Library, lead by Georgie Schmid. 413-548-9220 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Head to the Greenfield Public Library for Sunshine Storytime, which includes stories, songs, and playtime!  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (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 23rd, 2011

11am – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the kick off of the Lenox Library’s summer reading program with magician Peter Boie in the library’s reading park!  Kids can sign up for the summer reading program after the event.  18 Main Street.  413-637-0197.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

4-6pm – SUPPORT GROUP: A community forum will be at the Media Education Foundation on Body Awareness and Eating Disorders. Families, young people and parents with children struggling with these issues are invited to explore this topic. Discussion will include recovery stories, issues people are facing, learn about support systems, and discuss possible development of other support systems in our community. 413-539-5941 x316 info@westermassric.org 60 Masonic St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

6:15pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: See James Hansen Dance perform “Lovely,” a ballet combining the music of Frank Sinatra and Cher, and “Switching Yards,” in which dancers explore a shifting landscape.  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919. Becket, MA (FREE)

6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear some fun live music on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center as part of the Thursday Night Music on the Porch series!  Meadow and North Main Streets.  413-584-7891.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear Acoustic Brew perform live at the Westhampton Library!  3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (DONATION)

7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: See Scaramouche Jones performed by the Pauline Productions Theater Company at the Majestic Theater!  The play tells the story of a gypsy clown who breaks a 50 year vow of silence in order to tell stories about his life- everything from wartime Poland to the slums of Trinidad.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, 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)

THURSDAY PLAYGROUPS

  • 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.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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 clotheS.  Bring snack and water.  Meet at visitor center. 30 Rockwell Rd. 413-499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)♦

10am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: The Little Red Wagon presents Strega Nona through puppetry and storytelling at the Beveridge Pavilion. 413-568-9312 400 Western Ave. Westfield, MA (FREE)

10-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join Owl and Raven for Talon Team, an hour-long adventure during which attendees will learn about ancient living that are still useful today and help us be more connected to the Earth.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

10:3oam – MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Chicopee Library invites preK kids to their Music & Movement program with singing and dancing. 413-594-1800 449 Front St. Chicopee, MA (FREE)

1-2pm – YOGA: Baby friendly yoga class at Forbes Library!  RSVP to reserve a space- only 8 parents-and-babies can participate.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3-6pm – BLOCK PARTY: Greenfield Rec Department will host a bock party at Hillside Park with music, games, plant swap, kick ball and more! Conway St. & Grove St. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

4pm – MAGNETIC POETRY: Make your own magnetic poetry set at the Sunderland Public Library!  Registration is encouraged.  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

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)

6:15pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Hilary Easton and Company performan at Jacob’s Pillow. 385 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: See Scaramouche Jones performed by the Pauline Productions Theater Company at the Majestic Theater!  The play tells the story of a gypsy clown who breaks a 50 year vow of silence in order to tell stories about his life- everything from wartime Poland to the slums of Trinidad.  131 Elm Street.  413-747-7797.  West Springfield, MA.  ($$)

Dusk – CITIZEN SCIENCE: Help the Museum of Science, the Department of Conservation, and the Berkshire Museum determine whether fireflies are disappearing by counting fireflies at Mt. Greylock State Reservation.  Counting takes roughly 15 minutes- BYO stopwatch and flashlight.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  ♦

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)

FRIDAY STORY TIMES

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Take little ones to pre-school storycraft time at the Stockbridge Library!  46 Main Street.  413-298-5501.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORY TIME: The Milne Public Library hosts story time for twos!  The program lasts between 20 and 30 minutes (just right for little ones) and consists of stories, fingerplay, and music!  1095 Main Street.  413-458-5369.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose lap-sit storyhour is this morning at the Greenfield Public Library! Kids under 3 and their parent(s) are invited to an interactive storytime that includes fun rhymes and songs to learn.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

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