Suggested Events 06/25/11-07/01/11

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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Saturday, June 25th, is the 7th annual Great American Backyard Campout. Pop up the tent, break out the makings for s'mores, and enjoy the great outdoors with your kids this weekend! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, June 25th from 11am-5pm – TROLLEYFEST: For train lovers of all ages, Trolleyfest 2011 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Car No. 10, the 115 year-old trolley which once ran across the historic Bridge of Flowers. Kids’ activities include crafts, a book reading of “The Little Yellow Trolley Car” (a true story), a watermelon-seed-spitting contest, and hands-on cider pressing. For kids of all ages, live music all day, special displays, motorcar rides, a Roast Beef Lunch, and more!14 Depot Street.  413-625-9443.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

Sunday, June 26th 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)

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Exhibit moves to the Northampton Center for the Arts and opens with a reception for the public on Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm.

On Saturday, July 2nd in the Berkshires from 12noon-2pm – BASEBALL: It’s Baseball Day at the Norman Rockwell Museum!  Explore the museum and see baseball-themed art, meet former major league baseball players, see a painting demonstration, play baseball on the lawn, and learn all about the sport’s history.  9 Route 183.  413-298-4100.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE with museum admission) 

On Friday, July 8th in the Pioneer Valley from 5-8pm – ART RECEPTIONHilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibitopens at the Northampton Center for the Arts in their East Gallery, taking part in Northampton’s Arts Night Out.  All images have appeared on HilltownFamilies.org over the years and the exhibit is a fundraiser for Hilltown Families, a community communication network that has been helping to connect people in western Massachusetts for over five years. All net proceeds from the sale of images will benefit the organization. 413-584-7327 3rd Floor, 17 New South Street Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

BULLETIN BOARD

Preview of events & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July in Western MA.

Robin Huntley writes: “I am an experienced babysitter currently looking for new families to sit for!  I am 22 and have years of experience caring for kids ages 2+.  I am majoring in education, and I believe that some of the best learning in our lives happens outside of school.  As a sitter, I enjoy making children’s experiences with me about more than just being cared for- I enjoy creating opportunities for kids to discover new things and explore ideas through creative art activities, outdoor adventures, visits to new places, etc.  I live in Northampton and have my own transportation- I have a safe car and a clean driving record and would be comfortable transporting children.  Rates depend on number of children and distance traveled, but generally would be between $10-$12/hour.  Availability varies throughout the summer.  I can be reached at 207-441-7501 or rmh08@hampshire.edu.”

SUMMER READING IN THE HILLTOWNS: Do you have kids who don’t like to read? Or, do you have kids who devour books? Both groups (and everyone in between) will love seeing and hearing Tim Van Egmond at the kick off party for the Meekins Library Summer Reading Program “One World, Many Stories.” Tim Van Egmond blends together folktales, tunes, and songs. Music flows in and around his stories though his singing and playing on a wide variety of traditional instruments. including hammered dulcimer, guitar, conga drum, and more. His dynamic style of voice and movement brings stories to life, and his knack for encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs for all ages. Saturday, June 25 at 1:00 PM Meekins Library, Williamsburg.

In support of families affected by the June 1st tornadoes and the work of The Food Bank of Western MA’s tornado relief efforts, Hilltown Families is holding a VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE, an online fund-raising campaign with the feel and excitement of a hands-on food drive.

Fran Goebel from the Williamsburg Council on Aging writes: “Are you a caregiver spouse?  Are you sandwiched between caring for your children and parents?  Is it getting to be too much to manage?  Marge Pietras R.N. will be offering a series of workshops at the Williamsburg Council on Aging (141 Main St.) in Haydenville, on Tuesdays at 6pm and Wednesdays at 12:15pm.  Please call to register: 413-268-8407.

BOWLING: Bowling alleys in Massachusetts, including Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton, are taking part in the Kids Bowl Free program this summer!  Participating locations allow children to enjoy bowling completely for free, all summer long!  Each location determines their own schedule of when free bowling is available (depending on other events taking place), and each location determines what age bracket qualifies.  Parents are limited to six free bowlers per visit, and there are Family Passes available as well that give parents a deal on their games too!  For more information, including a list of participating locations in Massachusetts, visit www.kidsbowlfree.com.

HISTORY THROUGH SILK: July 1 – August 14, Historic Deerfield, “Silk: Moth to Cloth” hands-on learning program. Adults and youth will be able to see and touch live silk worms, learn about the history and processing of silk both in China and right here in Deerfield, a self-guided “Silk Road” walking tour throughout the village, and a craft activity to make a painted silk bookmark to take home.  All activities are included with general admission. Visitors will make a painted silk bookmark to take home. For more information, please call 413-775-7214, or log on to www.historic-deerfield.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).

FIELD TRIPS: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering a series of free educational field trips this summer!  Each program takes place at a state park, and offers participants a hands-on, thought-provoking learning experience in which everyone actively takes part.  Topics explored include forest ecology, dinosaurs, animal habitats, local history, human industrialization, geology, and more! Each program is designed for a different age group, and there are field trips for kids in grades K-8.  For more information or to learn how to sign up for a field trip, visit the DCR’s website at www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/interp/educationalprograms.htm

BACKYARD CAMPOUT: Go camping in your own backyard! Take part in the 7th annual Great American Backyard Campout on June 25. In the last two decades, childhood has literally moved indoors with kids spending more than seven hours per day in front of electronic media. The average American child now spends just four to seven minutes outside in unstructured play each day. Simply put, the nature of childhood has changed, and there isn’t much nature in it. Studies show that outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. A night under the stars will help kids understand why it’s called the GREAT outdoors. Learn more at www.backyardcampout.org

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Summer Solstice

Hilltown Family Variety ShowCharity Kahn from Charity and the JAMBand will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend with a special Summer Solstice episode.  Charity will be playing tunes by The Hipwaders, Gustafer Yellowgold, Taj Mahal, Rhythm Child, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Octopretzel, and many others, including tunes off of Charity’s many CDs. Kinds can even learn how to make the proper S’more!

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 25th, 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.

“For your next adventure, come up to Turner's where another great bike path awaits. Start at Unity Park, visit the Great Falls Discovery Center, ride the path along the canal, then after a quick jaunt along a couple city streets (we walk across the main one, but the others are small and void of traffic), you can cross the Connecticut River and end up at the Rail Yard. On your way back, you can grab a bite at one of the great restaurants in town!” - Beth Caissie

TBA – FAMILY CONCERT: Kids’ musician DidiPop will be playing at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA!  DidiPop’s songs are fun, educational, and catchy- Wilco band members’ kids are fans!  Show time TBA.  87 Marshall Street.  North Adams, MA.  ($$)

9am-3pm – FAMILY FUN DAY: Head to Washington Town Park for a day of family fun!  There will be a petting zoo, sand art, a bounce house, beading, snow cones, a bake sale, water fun (bring your swimsuit!), pony rids, vendors, and more!  Washington, MA.  (FREE)

9am-3pm – LEADERSHIP: Girls entering 2nd-5th grades are invited to a Girl Scouts USA Leadership Adventure, titled, “It’s Your Story, Tell It!” The event is for girls who are nut currently involved with GSUSA and is designed to give participants an idea of what kinds of leadership activities go on within the Girl Scouts.  It will take place at the First Congregational Church.  43 Silver Street.  413-727-7129.  Greenfield, MA.  ($)

10am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Stop by the Greenfield Public Library to see a performance of “Time Flood,” presented by the Piti Theater Company along with participants from workshops held at the library.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-2pm – BIG RIG DAY: Visit Chesterfield for Big Rig Day- a chance for kids to see and learn about over 50 big rigs of all kinds!  There will be state police demonstrating the use of K9 units, and the Chesterfield fire department will do a demonstration of how the Jaws of Life rescue tool works.  The sherriff’s department will also be on hand to child ID kits.  Chesterfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – FUNDRAISER: Join the Jitterbugs, a local group for kids with cancer, in raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation- an organization that helps families affected by cancer.  There will be a whole day of fun events at the Belchertown common including live music and performances, games, face painting, story time, visits from friends such as Wally the Green Monster, and more!  Belchertown, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

10am-3pm – FAIR: Check out the Franklin County 4-H Fair!  There will be displays and demonstrations from 4-H members from all over the county- it is an opportunity to learn not only about 4-H, but about local culture as well!  87 Wisdom Way.  413-774-4282.  Greenfield, MA. 

10am-4pm – 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)

11am-5pm – TROLLEYFEST: For train lovers of all ages, Trolleyfest 2011 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Car No. 10, the 115 year-old trolley which once ran across the historic Bridge of Flowers. Kids’ activities include crafts, a book reading of “The Little Yellow Trolley Car” (a true story), a watermelon-seed-spitting contest, and hands-on cider pressing. For kids of all ages, live music all day, special displays, motorcar rides, a Roast Beef Lunch, and more!14 Depot Street.  413-625-9443.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

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)

1pm – STORYTELLING: Help kick off the Meekins Library’s summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories” with storyteller Tim Van Egmond, whose storytelling combines creative tales and music.  2 Main Street.  413-268-7473.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

1-2:15pm – NATURAL HISTORY: Stop in to the Great Falls Discovery center for a brief (5-10 minute) annual meeting, followed by a discussion of the area’s natural history with Michael Clough of the Vermont Museum of Natural History.  There will be live animals included in the presentation, including an owl, a turtle, and assorted amphibians.  2 Avenue A.  413-862-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – BEAVERS: Learn all about beavers at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park Visitors Center!  The program, called, “Beavers: Dammed if You Do, Dammed if You Don’t” will discuss the role beavers play within our ecosystem.  115 State Street.  413-663-6312.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

4-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Spend the evening at Heritage State park for Noche de San Juan, a night celebrating Puerto Rican arts and culture in Holyoke, as well as the start of summer!  221 Appleton Street.  413-534-1723.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Northampton Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park with carnival games, petting zoo, tethered balloon rides, live music, food, a StoryWalk and fireworks at dusk. Florence, MA (FREE) Postponed until tomorrow.

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Attend Easthampton’s Spirit celebration at Daley Field!  There will be fun live music all evening, as well as a BMX bike stunt show.  Fireworks will take place at 9:30pm.  Daley Field Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) Postponed until tomorrow.

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See a ballet performance, presented by dancers at the School at Jacob’s Pillow two-week intensive study program!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7:30-10pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Spend your evening at Sheep Hill for the annual Firefly Hike and Campfire!  There will be stories, s’mores, crafts for kids (before dark), and a walk through a glittering meadow of fireflies.  671 Cold Spring Road.  413-458-2494.  Williamstown, MA.  (DONATION)

9pm-12am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Enjoy the evening at Mt. Greylock for the annual Mt. Greylock Star Party!  Attendees can view the stars from the summit of the mountain using a variety of different telescopes.  Meet at the summit near the base of the war memorial tower and dress for a cool evening.  Notch Road.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: See fireworks in Chicopee as part of the town’s Fest-of-All celebration at Szot Park!  In case of rain the fireworks will take place at the same time on the 26th.  Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Attend the town of Ware’s annual fireworks display at Grenville Park!  73 Church Street.  Ware, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate local arts, history, and culture at Under Construction: Turners Falls RiverCulture Hard Hat Auction at Shea Theater!  There will be a fashion show, both silent and live auctions, food and drink, and live music by Michael Nix.  Proceeds benefit the community and local arts!  71 Avenue A.  413-230-9910.  Turners Falls, MA.  ($$) 

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.  ($$)

8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: World premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève at Jacob’s Pillow. Rediscover this classic Shakespeare story through expressive, contemporary choreography by French choreographer Joëlle Bouvier. Ted Shawn Theatre. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Rd. Becket, MA ($$$)


Sunday, June 26th, 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.

"We like to spend our summer days as we did on Father’s Day at the River, swimming, playing w/our dog, & having a picnic. Since our weeks are so busy w/the farm we try to do this every Sunday. We always end the day w/ice cream either from Mo’s Fudge Factor (Shelburne Falls) or the Ashfield Hardware Store. This past Sunday, because it was Father’s Day, we started off the day w/breakfast at Elmer’s (Ashfield, MA)." - Maribeth Ritchie (Ashfield, MA)

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  ♦

10am and 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: 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 – 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)

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

11am-2pm – 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)

1-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS : Head to the Eric Carle Museum for a Special Sunday!  There will be an extra craft project in the back of the museum- and it might be messy, so bring a smock!  125 West Bay Road.  413-658-1100.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Cradle hosts a support group for queer, non-gestational parents who have children 2 years old and younger.  Main Street (Thornes Marketplace).  413-341-5282.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3-4:30pm – FLY FISHING: Visit Bascom Lodge to learn the basics of fly fishing and casting!  Bring your own equipment if you have it, and wear a hat and sunscreen since you’ll be outdoors.  Notch Road.  413-281-2028.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Northampton Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park with carnival games, petting zoo, tethered balloon rides, live music, food, a StoryWalk and fireworks at dusk. Florence, MA (FREE) Rescheduled from yesterday

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Attend Easthampton’s Spirit celebration at Daley Field!  There will be fun live music all evening, as well as a BMX bike stunt show.  Fireworks will take place at 9:30pm.  Daley Field Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) Rescheduled from yesterday

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music outdoors at the Greenfield Energy Park!  BYO seating.  20 Sanderson Street.  413-774-9946.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)


Monday, June 27th, 2011

10am-6pm – ADVENTURE PARK: Get a great deal on passes to Bosquet Mountain’s summer park today- only $10 for kids on Mondays!  The park includes exciting activities such as a zip line, waterslides, disc golf, a climbing wall, go-karts, a bounce house, a bungy trampoline, and more!  Dan Fox Drive.  413-442-8316.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

10:30-11:30am – READING & CRAFTS: Visit the Williston Memorial Library to make your own (pretend) passport as part of the library’s summer reading program!  Kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration suggested.  9 Park Street.  413-527-1031.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MOVIE: Berkshire Athenaeum will screen films for school-aged kids every Monday this summer (20-30mins). 413-449-9480 1 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

3-5pm – HENNA: Visit the Orange Library for an afternoon of henna tattooing, a temporary tattoo made of a paste deriving from the henna plant, which is native to areas of India and the Middle East.  49 East Main Street.  978-544-2495.  Orange, MA.  (FREE)

 6:30pm – DRUMMING: The Westhampton Library hosts drummer Otha Day for an intergenerational interactive program. Come learn about drums from different culture and join the drum circle.  3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – LAUGHTER: Need to blow off some steam?  Want to learn about a great way to relax?  Go to a laughter workshop at Forbes Library!  It’s lead by certified laughter leaders, and will help strengthen your immune system and lower blood pressure!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

MONDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Hear some great stories with Ellie in the Forbes Library Children’s Department!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

MONDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 3-5pm – LEGOS: Kids can participate in Lego BrickWars, the game that combines Lego building with a fantasy land of chaos and destruction.  Open to kids ages 7-10.  Materials provided.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 5-6pm – HULA HOOPING: Learn to hula hoop at the Greenfield Energy Park with Shenandoah of Alotta Hooplah!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 6-10pm – GAME NIGHT: Head to Owl and Raven for a night of games of all kinds!  Pick from the space’s selection or bring a game to share.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Explore The Mount… in the creepiest way possible!  The tour takes visitors through the most haunted parts of the mansion- you’re sure to be scared.  Reservations suggested, as tours frequently sell out in advance.  2 Plunkett Street.  413-551-5111.  Lenox, MA.  ($)  ♦

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

9am-3pm – LEADERSHIP: Girls entering 2nd-5th grades are invited to a Girl Scouts USA Leadership Adventure, titled, “It’s Your Story, Tell It!” The event is for girls who are nut currently involved with GSUSA and is designed to give participants an idea of what kinds of leadership activities go on within the Girl Scouts.  It will take place at the First Congregational Church.  43 Silver Street.  413-727-7129.  Greenfield, MA.  ($)

10:30am – LEGOS: Make Lego creations at the Westhampton Library, inspired by Egyptian ruins. 3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6-7:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See Gnomeo and Juliet for free at the Sunderland Public Library!  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

TUESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center’s playgroup will take place at the playground at Bridge Street School!  2 Parsons Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel.  30 Lownds Avenue.  413-529-1440.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

TUESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 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 SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10:30-11:30am – SCIENCE: Hands-on learning time about natural science at Kidleidescope, the Great Falls Discover Center’s weekly children’s learning program!  There is a new theme each week.  2 Avenue A.  413-863-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 2:15pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA ($) ♦

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

10:30am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about river mammals with naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward at the Great Falls Discover Center!  This hands-on nature program begins inside but includes outdoors time for exploring the banks of the Connecticut River.  2 Avenue A.  413-862-3221.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

12Noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Stanley Park and Forest Park presents Zoo on the Go when Forest Park brings their mobile zoo to Stanley Park. Kids can pet animals and ask questions in the Beveridge Pavilion. 413-568-9312 400 Western Ave. Westfield, 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)

6pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit Dickinson Memorial Library for Canto for Kids, a multilingual musical performance by Laurie Davidson and Tom Carroll.  The event is a kick-off for the library’s summer reading program, and is best for kids under the age of 10.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  413-665-2170.  Whately, MA.  (FREE) 

6pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Meet and learn all about eight (or more!) rain forest creatures at the Sunderland Public Library!  Great for all ages.  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music outdoors at the Greenfield Energy Park!  BYO seating.  20 Sanderson Street.  413-774-9946.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See One/4, choreographed by Joanna Kotze, at Jacob’s Pillow as part of the summer dance festival!  385 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – KIDS CONCERT: R.O.C.K. kicks off the Williston Library summer reading proram with a family concert at Pepin Auditorium. 413-527-1030. 9 Park St. Easthampton, MA (FREEE)

6:30pm – CONCERT: See La Charanga Libre live at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House!  The group plays a mix of Cuban and Puerto Rican music, and the performance is part of the Wednesday Fold Traditions summer concert series.  130 River Drive.  413-584-4699.  Hadley, MA.  ($)

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: See the Afro-Semitic Experience live on the lawn at Forbes Library!  BYO seating.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7:15pm – FILM: See the film, “In Transition” at Forbes Library!  The movie is about the transition movement and how communities around the world are responding to (and adapting around) humanity’s oil consumption and oil prices reaching peak levels.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Informal playgroup at the Cummington Family Center at the Community House (rear) on Main St. Playgroups move to Pentigill Park in July (behind firehouse). Cummington, MA (FREE)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 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)  ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Head to the North Amherst Library for preschool storytime!  8 Montague Road.  413-259-3099.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

OTHER WEDNESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10-11:30am- ROLLERSKATING: 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. 413-586-2737 Hadley, MA (>$) ♦
  • 1pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($) ♦
  • 4-6pm – KIDS’ MARKET: Kids’ Market happens every Wednesday in the Summer in the parking lot outside of the Ashfield Hardware Store. Stop in and support these young entrepreneurs. Main St. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – YO-YO:  Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. Northampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 7-9pm – SKILLSHARE: Visit Owl and Raven for a night of community skillsharing!  There’s a new skill every week- check their website or call to find out!  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 7:30pm – CONCERT: It’s Watermelon Wednesday at the West Whately Chapel!  See performers from different genres every week.  Conway and Williamsburg Roads.  Whately, MA.  ($$)  ♦

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

11am – PUPPET THEATER: See Sir George and the Dragon performed by puppets at the West Springfield Public Library!  200 Park Street.  413-736-4561.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – PUPPET THEATER: The Gerwick Puppets present Aesop’s Fables at the Berkshire Athenaeum as part of their Summer Reading Club. 413-449-9480 1 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

3-5pm –YOUTH THEATER: Visit the Greenfield Public Library for the Youth Theater Project, lead by Kay Lyons.  Kids from age 7-14 can come to learn about theater and expression- there will be all sorts of games, monologues, puppetry, etc.  402 Main Street.  413-772-1544.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm –  OUTDOOR DANCE: See Adam Barruch Dance- highly physical dance theater works- perform at Jacob’s Pillow!  385 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – NOODLE FENCING: Kids ages 10yo+ can join the Pioneer Fencing Academy for fencing games at the Westhampton Library.  Using foam weapons, Hannah Tracy will lead the group in engaging fencing games. 3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – DRUM CORPS: Drum Corps concert at Wahconah Park. A festive, non-marching concert, featuring Red Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders and the Crossmen. 105 Wahconah St. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

7pm – CONCERT: See local all-girl teen band Who’da Funk It open for The Feel at Iron Horse Music Hall!  The band, made up of four students from Amherst Regional High School, writes all of their own music and lyrics and were this past year’s Battle of the Bands winners at the Tri-County Fair.  Center Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($$)

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: See musician Carolin Herring perform live outdoors at Dickinson Memorial Library!  BYO blanket or lawn chair- in case of rain, the show will take place indoors.  202 Chestnut Plain Road.  413-665-2170.  Whately, MA.  (FREE)

7-8pm – READING: Help the Leverett Public Library kick off its summer reading series!  The program, titled, “One World, Many Stories” gives kids a chance to help earthquake victims in Japan just by reading stories.  There will be origami folding and flag making at the kick-off event!  75 Montague Road.  413-548-9220.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

THURSDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Look Park for the Northampton Parents’ Center’s informal playgroup!  Meet at the playground for casual playtime.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Head to the Jones Library for preschool storytime!  43 Amity Street.  413-259-3090.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:45am – PREK STORY/CRAFT: Kids ages three to five  can come to the Lenox Library Association for stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 1pm – LEGOS: Join the Lilly Library’s Lego Building Club!  Spend time with other Lego enthusiasts and build some great structures.  19 Meadow Street.  413-587-1500.  Florence, 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) ♦
  • 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)♦

Friday, July 1st, 2011

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the installation of a renewable energy wind turbine at Berkshire East with a barbecue, tours of the turbine site, and ziplining!  The event is on Saturday, July 9th from 11:30am-4pm, but RSVP’s are requested by Friday, July 1st.  Without ziplining, the event is free!  To zipline, attendees must purchase a $65 ticket.  66 Thunder Mountain Road.  413-339-6617.  Charlemont, MA.

Free Fun Friday! Make a day trip to enjoy free admission to the following Massachusetts museums:

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
465 Huntington Ave – Boston
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO
425 Hawthorn Street – New Bedford
EDWARD GOREY HOUSE
8 Strawberry Lane – Yarmouth Port
HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
67 Grove Street – Sandwich

10am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Annie and The Natural Wonder Band presents Whale and Tales, an interactive show with music and dancing at the Beveridge Pavilion. 413-568-9312 400 Western Ave. Westfield, MA (FREE)

6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the Fourth of July early at Holyoke Community College!  There will be live music, family activities, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk.  303 Homestead Avenue.  413-552-2485. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

6-8pm – DRUMMING: Visit Mt. Greylock State Reservation for a night of drumming and world music with Gaia Roots!  BYO seating, and perhaps a picnic!  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See Terra Firma Dance Theater perform Stuart Loungway’s Chamber at Jacob’s Pillow!  385 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

FRIDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park!  In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel.  30 Lownds Avenue.  413-529-1440.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 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.  Call to confirm: 413-238-4424.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

FRIDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 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 – STORYTIME: 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)
  • 10:30am-12noon – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Lilly Library!  Children 2 ½ and up (and their parents) and invited!  19 Meadow Street.  413-587-1500.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sunderland Public Library for preschool storytime!  Ages 3-5 are invited to attend.  Stories will be accompanied by crafts!  20 School Street.  413-665-2642.  Sunderland, 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)  ♦

FRIDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 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)♦
  • 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)  ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 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.  ♦

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