Suggested Events for July 9th-15th, 2011

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Jacob's Pillow Community Dance Day happens this Sunday, July 10th, in the Berkshire Hilltown of Becket, MA. Always a fun and educational day for families. Click on the photo to see images from years past and scroll down to read more about this event. (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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"Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography 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 Friday, July 8th in the Pioneer Valley from 5-8pm – ART RECEPTION: Hilltown 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)

On Saturday, July 9th in the Hilltowns from 10am-5pm – HILLTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL: Head to Worthington for the first annual Hilltown Arts Festival! The event includes an old fashioned country fair at the Worthington Congregational church with kids activities, games, tag sale, raffle, cake walk, and more; and art show and sale hosted by the Hilltown Artisans Guild at the Town Hall; a farm exhibit and farmer’s market at the historical society; a flower box contest sponsored by the Worthington Gardeners’ Club; and open houses at the Blackburn Inn, Worthington Fire Department, and the Horning Homestead; and much, much more! Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Also on Saturday, July 9th (happens next weekend, July 16th!) in the Hilltowns from 7am-4pm & 9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The 4th annual Bryant Day Celebration at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will celebrate local history with poetry readings, nature walks, live music, yoga, and viewing of the moon in the evening sky at 9pm. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a lazy day at this Trustees of Reservation. Hand-cranked ice cream and popcorn provided. 207 Bryant Rd. Cummington, MA (>$)

On Sunday, July 10th in the Berkshire Hilltowns from 10am-1pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Visit Jacob’s Pillow for Community Day Dance, a program designed to get people in the Berkshires to be more involved in dance! There will be classes in zumba, Arab-American fusion, pilates, yoga, and swing, as well as performances, games, and tours of Jacob’s Pillow. Family class for parents and younger kids too. 358 George Carter Road. 413-243-9919. Becket, MA. (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Pothole Pictures presents a Mary Poppins Singalong at Memorial Hall!  Bart Bales will perform show tunes before the show (at 7).  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

On Sunday, July 24th at 9am – HORSE SHOW: Hampshire County Riding Club host Old Time Gymkhana, old fashioned fun on horseback.  Food, vendors and horse shows in their outdoor arena. 413-268-3372. 140 Ball Rd. Goshen, MA (>$)

BULLETIN BOARD

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.

HILLTOWN FARM & GARDEN TOUR: During a farm and garden tour in Williamsburg on Saturday, July 16th from 10am-4pm, residents will showcase their farms and gardens, and share their years of experience, techniques, and stories of trial and error. See how the farmers and gardeners use creative problem-solving techniques such as curbing wildlife damage to crops, using cold frames to extend the growing season, creative trellising, and maximizing the use of small spaces. Talks on pest control, sheet composting, small-garden design, basic introduction to alpacas, beekeeping, and pasture restoration. Demonstrations of beekeeping, maple sugaring, and blacksmithing. Purchase tickets at Meekins Library, or at the Burgy Thursday Market. For more information: www.meekins-library.org

ZOOLOGY FUN: Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA is hosting a special exhibit called, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” from now until Sept. 18th!  The exhibit teaches visitors all about geckos, a species that has managed to adapt to many climates and habitats all around the world. Within the exhibit are 14 different types of geckos all living within their natural (museum-created) habitats!  Visitors to the exhibit can learn about biology and ecology- it’s a great learning opportunity for kids (and adults!) of all ages and it fits nicely into PBS’s All About Lizards lesson plan, available at PBS.org. Admission to the museum is $13 for adults and $6 for children and includes admission to the exhibit.  www.berkshiremuseum.org

FESTIVAL OF FINANCES: Have fun, and serve the common good at the Common Good Festival. Sunday, July 10, 11am – 7 pm on the Amherst town common. Features live music from Emma’s Revolution, Kim and Reggie Harris, Grammy-award winning Native American flute player Joseph Firecrow, local reggae band Rebel Alliance, and award-winning activist songwriter Tom Neilson. The festival will also feature local sustainability and social-justice activist groups and businesses, craft vendors, cooperative games, children’s activities, a magician and more. The event will raise awareness of Common Good Finance, a nonprofit organization working to bring real democracy to communities in Western Massachusetts and throughout the country. For more information: www.CommonGoodFestival.com.

VOLUNTEER FOR HISTORY: Is your teen (or you) a bit of a history buff?  Would they be interested in learning more about local history?  Storrowton Village in West Springfield is currently seeking volunteers for the 2011 Big E- it’s an opportunity to provide a service to the community, as well as to gain and share knowledge of 19th century Pioneer Valley history.  Volunteers dress in 19th century clothing and either act as hosts or guide tours through the village.  This is a great activity for friendly, outgoing teens and has the potential to be pretty fun!  Volunteer training begins on August 24th, and the Big E takes place from September 16th through October 2nd.  For more information, contact Catherine Pappas at 413-205-5039.

VICTORIAN GAMES: Kids love to play outside during the summer, whether it’s 2011, 1980, or the Victorian era!  The only things that changes are their activities.  On Saturday, July 16th, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke will host a day of outdoor Victorian games and activities!  Participants will learn about the history of and get to try their hand at summer activities like croquet, graces, and kite flying.  The program is free, but donations will be accepted.  In case of rain, the activities will be changed but the event will still be held.  The museum is located at 238 Cabot St.- for more info, call 413-322-5660, or visit wistariahurst.org.

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BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Are you looking for breastfeeding support? Do you have questions about latch? Are you worried that your nursling isn’t getting enough milk? Stop by the free breastfeeding clinic at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Childbirth Center in Northampton, every Monday from 12 to 1. Many new moms have found this to be great resource. One mom said “Just being in a roomful of breastfeeding babies and moms was a wonderful experience. It was great to hear other people’s stories and learn from their experiences.” For more information www.cooley-dickinson.org/services/childbirth/breastfeeding-clinic

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowRecess Monkey will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend show playing tunes by The Not-Its!, The Verve Pipe, Harry Nillson, They Might Be Giants, Lucky Diaz and Family Jam Band, Billy Kelly, and several others, including tunes off of their new CD, Flying!.

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!

WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS:
JULY 9th-15th, 2011

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011

"Any time of year, our family enjoys trips to Ashfield. Breakfast at Elmer’s, check out the Farmer’s Market on Summer Saturdays and visit the Ashfield Hardware Store… Florence is also a favorite destination for us now and in the past. Safety Village is so fun for new bike riders, Cup and Top is fun for the little ones and Look Park is always a hit. It’s so hard to choose any one thing, I feel like the whole Valley is our playground!" - Niki Lankowski of Whately, MA

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.

(Happens next Saturday!) 7am-4pm & 9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The 4th annual Bryant Day Celebration at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will celebrate local history with poetry readings, nature walks, live music, yoga, and viewing of the moon in the evening sky at 9pm. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a lazy day at this Trustees of Reservation. Hand-cranked ice cream and popcorn provided. 207 Bryant Rd. Cummington, MA (>$)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Visit the Chesterfield Gorge for Wild & Scenic Saturday!  This week, participants will go on a geology walk through the gorge and learn about the geologic history of the area with geologist Richard Little.  Registration required: 413-623-2070.  Chesterfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – FESTIVAL: Head to Worthington for the first annual Hilltown Arts Festival!  The event includes an old fashioned country fair at the Worthington Congregational church with kids activities, games, tag sale, raffle, cake walk, and more; and art show and sale hosted by the Hilltown Artisans Guild at the Town Hall; a farm exhibit and farmer’s market at the historical society; a flower box contest sponsored by the Worthington Gardeners’ Club; and open houses at the Blackburn Inn, Worthington Fire Department, and the Horning Homestead; and much, much more!  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-6pm – FLEA MARKET: Stop by the first ever Tag & Tonic, a pop-up flea market including local food, art, clothes, and… just plain stuff!  Bartering and skill/time sharing encouraged.  12 Union Street.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Check out Paintbox Theater’s performance of Rapunzel at the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts!  Follow the story through some added twists and turns to learn the fate of Rapunzel’s unique hairdo.  Green Street.  413-585-3220.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10:30am – PUPPET SHOW: Caravan Puppets perform Aesop’s Fables at Odyssey Bookshop!  Great family fun.  9 College Street.  413-534-7307.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – PUPPET SHOW: Tanglewood Marionettes perform “The Dragon King” at the Eastfield Mall as part of their summer children’s theater series!  There will also be a free raffle and $2 kids meals.  1655 Boston Road.  413-543-8000.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – KIDS’ CONCERT:  Mister G performs live at the North Adams Public Library!  The concert is called “Vamos a la Playa” and consists of bilingual songs that both kids and adults can enjoy!  74 Church Street.  413-662-3133.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

11am – FAMILY THEATER: Berkshire Theater Festival presents Hansel and Gretel at the Berkshire Museum!  39 South Street.  413-443-7171.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

11am-1pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Explore Batholomew’s Cobble and the Ashley House as part of the Trustees of Reservations’ Discovery Day!  Learn all about Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman’s life at the house!  There will be guided tours and activities- bring a lunch!  Cooper Hill Road.  413-298-3239.  Sheffield, MA.  (<$)

11am-2pm – KITEFEST: Visit IS183 (Art School of the Berkshires) for Kitefest Family Day!  There will be a free kite-making workshop, as well as a chance to silkscreen your own t-shirt!  13 Willard Hill Road.  413-298-5252.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-3pm – ANIMALS: Adopt a kitten from Dakin Animal Shelter today at the Holyoke Mall!  There will be representatives from the shelter on hand to answer questions, and most kitten will be able to be taken home the same day.  50 Holyoke Street.  413-548-9898.  Holyoke, MA. 

12:30-2pm – ARTS & 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 – KIDS’ CONCERT: Mister G performs live at the Milne Public Library today too!  Enjoy internationally themed songs that tie into the library’s “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program.  1095 Main Street.  413-458-5369.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Berkshire Museum for a special tour of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.”  The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about geckos- and it fits nicely into PBS’s All About Lizards lesson plan, available at PBS.org.  39 South Street.  413-443-7171.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)   ♦

1-5pm – BBQ: Join Community Action Youth for their Stand Together Against Racism BBQ at Green River Park. Free food, field games and live music with Evelyn Harris, Thaddeus Hands and The Feel.  All are welcome to come celebrate diversity in our communities. 413-774-7028 Greenfield, MA (FREE)

2pm – ECOLOGY: Animals build all sorts of different homes- learn about how they’re created and why at Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  115 State Street.  413-663-6312.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) 

2-4pm – PARENTS’ AFTERNOON OUT: The Ventfort Hall Museum hosts a wine tasting this afternoon, followed by a performance of the play “Open Marriage.”  The wine tasting will include both French and local wines, and tickets are available for one or both of the events.  104 Walker Street.  413-637-3206.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

3-4pm – NATURE ADVENTURE: Explore life in the woods of the D.A.R. State Forest!  Dress for walking in the forest- other equipment will be provided.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – LAWN CONCERT: North Hall hosts Charles Neville and Friends- live jazz music to enjoy while basking in the sun.  40 Searle Road.  413-667-5543.  Huntington, MA.  ($)

4-5pm – NATURE ADVENTURE: Learn about aquatic life in the lake at the D.A.R. State Forest!  Dress for getting wet- other tools will be provided.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate summer and Independence Day with a chicken barbecue, live music, and fireworks at dusk at Pelham Lake Park!  Pond Road.  413-339-5520.  Rowe, MA.  ($)

5-8pm – ART WALK: Easthampton Art Walk. Look for yellow Art Walk banners all around town. There will be Mexican Folkloric Dancing at Casita Azteca, OffBeat Womyn’s Drumming Ensemble at Nashawannuck Pond, and lots of great art!  Easthampton, MA (FREE)

5:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Create works of art with recycled materials at the D.A.R. State Forest.  The program will take place at the Nature Center Pavillion and is great for younger children and toddlers, accompanied by parents.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – TEEN/TWEEN: The Meekins Library will screen “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I” tonight as part of their summer teen/tween movie series!  There will be treats on the patio beginning at 6.  2 Williams Street.  413-268-7472.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Listen to and share campfire stories at the D.A.R. State Forest!  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – CONCERT IN THE HILLS: Greenwood Music Camp hosts a live performance of chamber music in the New Barn tonight!  32 Harlow Road.  413-634-5689.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE) ♦

7:30pm – CONCERT IN THE HILLS: Hear live classical music as part of the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer music series at the Federated Church of Charlemont!  New performers each week.  Mohawk Trail.  413-625-9511.  Charlemont, MA.  ($$)  ♦

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks display at Berkshire Hills Country Club!  500 Benedict Road.  413-447-9429.  Pittsfield, MA.(FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks display on the Otis Reservior 10th Anniversary. Rain date: 7/16. Otis, MA (FREE)


Sunday, July 10th, 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 the morning hiking along the river in Shelburne Falls, getting a warm snack and delicious cup of joe at Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters and then hitting the antique stores along the Mohawk Trail. Lunch at Mesa Verde in Greenfield is always pleasing and then spending the afternoon window shopping in downtown Greenfield. There are some wonderful surprises to be had in some of these shops. Franklin County is stunning in its summer glory." - Tracy Boucher of Greenfield, 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 11am – GEOLOGY ADVENTURES: Kids and parents interested in geology can tour a 19th-century quarry at Natural Bridge State Park!  To go on the tour, meet at the Visitor Center- there will be a short walk to the quarry.  Tours also take place at the same times on Saturdays.  McCauley Road.  413-663-6392.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10am-1pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Visit Jacob’s Pillow for Community Day Dance, a program designed to get people in the Berkshires to be more involved in dance!  There will be classes in zumba, Arab-American fusion, pilates, yoga, and swing, as well as performances, games, and tours of Jacob’s Pillow.  Family class for parents and younger kids too.  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Outlook Farm will have their annual Cherry Festival with PYO cherries, BBQ, tag sale, and live music with Bruce Kornoa and Friends. 413-529-9388 Route 66. Westhampton, MA ($)

11am-7pm – SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL: Help encourage the growth of the Common Good Economy at the Common Good Bank’s festival on the Amherst Common!  There will be tons of live music, crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more!  North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Wilder Homestead, a fully-preserved late 18th centure home, is open for exploration today!  Families can learn about local history and life in America during the 1790’s.  Upper Street and East Charlemont Road.  413-625-9763.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – LAWN CONCERT: North Hall Arts Festival presents local musician Charles Neville & Friends for a jazz concert in the field adjacent to the historic North Hall. BYO chairs, blankets, picnics. Indoors if rain. 413-667-5543 40 Searle Rd. Huntington, MA ($, Kids under 12 are free)

6:30-8:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of teens are invited to a support group facilitated by Abriete Medore, M.Ed.  For more information, contact abriete@hearts-journey.com.  413-687-9951.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Springside Park. This family-friendly performance will be Old Boat Coddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. Rain moves to Lichtenstein Center. 518-854-9357 847 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

8:30pm – OUTDOOR SCREENING: Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars features “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” Ride your bike and receive abike helmet. There will also be a bike parade before the film up Spring St., led by the Expandable Brass Band. Film will be viewed at the top of Spring St. Rain location inside at 50 Spring St. 413-458-1039 Williamstown, MA (FREE)


Monday, July 11th, 2011

“Hilltown Families is a model resource for the community. When we want to know what’s happening in the hilltowns, we turn to Hilltown Families first.” (Seth Isman, Economic Developer, Hilltown CDC)

9am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Paddle your heart out- it’s Family Kayak Day at Wilderness Experiences Unlimited! There will be time to learn how to kayak, as well as games and swimming. 526 College Highway. 413-569-1287. Southwick, MA. ($$)

10am, 1pm & 6:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Stuart Little comes to life onstage at the Majestic Theater! 131 Elm Street. 413-747-7797. Springfield, MA. ($)

10-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURE: Red Gate Farm offers an opportunity to explore farm life, meet animals, and do farm-themed hands-on activities this morning! 4 Norman Road. 413-625-9503. Buckland, MA. ($)

6:30pm – SCIENCE: See an amazing bubble art performance and then learn all about the science behind it at the Westhampton Library! 1 North Road. 413-527-2404. Westhampton, 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

  • 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See a movie at the Berkshire Athenaeum! There’s a new movie every week, but they all are related to the library’s summer reading program. “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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, July 12th, 2011

"We enjoy going to the Tuesday Farmer’s Market in Northampton. We enjoy getting our produce and flowers there, as well as listening to live music - and our daughter especially enjoys the art tent. Then we usually eat out in downtown Northampton as well before heading back!" - Christine G. of Northampton, MA

t10am – FAMILY MOVIE: The 10am showing of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is free today at Rave Motion Pictures!  Call to confirm.  864 Riverdale Street.  413-732-5936.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am & 1pm – FAMILY THEATER: Stuart Little comes to life onstage at the Majestic Theater! 131 Elm Street. 413-747-7797. Springfield, MA. ($)

1pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear live jazz this afternoon at the Springfield Museums- Made in the Shade will perform!  21 Edwards Street.  413-263-6800.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1:30-6:30 – LIVE MUSIC: There’s live music at the Tuesday Market in Northampton!  This week’s performers are Lux Deluxe, Sun Parade, and School for the Dead!  Behind Thornes Marketplace.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

2-3pm – KIDS CONCERT: Jay Mankita will perform live this afternoon at Forbes Library as part of the library’s Super Tuesday summer program!  His music is fun and educational for kids, and enjoyable for adults.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

2:30-4:30pm – TEEN: Enjoy an afternoon of anime-themed activities at the Central Branch Library!  220 State Street.  413-263-6828.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Younger children and their parents are invited to Natural Bridge State Park for a tyke hike and storytime!  McCauleyRoad.  413-663-6392.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn to identity plants on a Wid Edibles walk at the North Amherst Community Farm.  1089 North Pleasant Street.   Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LOCAVORE POTLUCK: Join the West County Resilience Committee for a locavore picnic potluck at the Baptist Lot in Shelburne Falls!  Severance Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – SILENT FILM: Hampshire College’s Yiddish Book Center hosts composer Paul Shapiro, performing his original score for the silent film, “His People.” Families can have an authentic silent film experience! 1021 West Street.  413-265-4900.  Amherst, MA.  ($$) 

TUESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Take your kids to Look Park for a performance as part of the Franklin King III Children’s Entertainment Series at the Pines Theater! New performers every week. 300 North Main Street. 413-584-5457. Florence, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for Sketch Club, a time when kids ages 7+ can experiment drawing, painting, and more! Class is outdoors, so please dress appropriately. 9 Route 183. 413-298-4100. Stockbridge, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 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 ($) ♦
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit The Clark for a free lawn concert!  There will be different live music every week, and there will be barbecue available for purchase!  225 South Street.  413-458-2303.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Greenfield Energy Band performs broadway hits live at the Greenfield Energy Park tonight!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, 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) ♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires’ Tuesday Preschool Group is a playground safari during the summer months! Children ages 2 ½ -5 are welcome to join in the fun, and the group will meet at a different local playground each week. Call the Family Resource Center to find out where this week’s meeting is. 413-664-4821. North Adama, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: It’s Toddler Time at the North Adams Public Library! Bring your little ones for stories and playtime. 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, 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)♦

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

“Hilltown Families is the most amazing resource! I use it constantly to check for local events and activities. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with the rest of our unique corner of Massachusetts . I love the way Hilltown Families promotes local writers and artists, all while fostering a sense of community.” - Ellen Doyle (Williamsburg, MA)

10am & 1pm – FAMILY THEATER: Stuart Little comes to life onstage at the Majestic Theater! 131 Elm Street. 413-747-7797. Springfield, MA. ($)

10am – FAMILY MOVIE: The 10am showing of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is free today at Rave Motion Pictures!  Call to confirm.  864 Riverdale Street.  413-732-5936.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

10-11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Jay Mankita performs live at Buttery Brook Park!  Best for kids 10 and under, but entertaining for all.  10 Industrial Drive.  413-538-5038.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – COMEDY: Wacky Chad: Stunt Comedian performs this afternoon at the Springfield Museums!  Fun for all.  21 Edwards Street.  413-263-6800.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2-4pm – RESKILLING: Practice canning fresh food for the winter!  Part of a four part series, the workshop is hosted by the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Call ahead to reserve space.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  413-298-3926.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($$)

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)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See Oyu Oro perform at the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Every Wednesday during the summer, Memorial Hall plays a performance from a past season of the Metropolitan Opera.  Tonight’s show is Don Pasquale, performed in November of last year.  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  ($$)

7pm – LETTER WRITING: Our country’s postal system is more underused than ever these days!  Practice the dying art of letter writing tonight at Owl and Raven.  2 Conz Street. #42.  413-341-6494.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – CONCERT: Hampshire College’s Yiddish Book Center hosts the Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the most well known bands of the klezmer revival. Great opportunity for older kids to experience klezmer music. 1021 West Street.  413-256-4900.  Amherst, MA.  ($$)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: It’s Half-Price Wednesday at Look Park!  Save on all of the park’s fun family attractions, like the bumper boats, train, and mini golf!  300 North Main Street.  413-584-5487.  Florence, MA.  (<$) 
  • 10-11:30am- ROLLERSKATING: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 413-586-2737 Hadley, MA (>$) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 1pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. Northampton, MA ($) ♦
  • 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)♦
  • 6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Live music tonight at Burband Park on Lake Onota!  Lakeway Drive.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦  http://www.onotalake.com/index.php?nav_id=29
  • 6:30-8:30 – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Heritage State Park for an evening of live music! BYO seating. 221 Appleton Street. 413-322-5260. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Lilac Park for live outdoor music! Bring your own seating, and maybe even a picnic! Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-9pm – SKILL SHARE: 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) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: See live music on the shore of Windsor Lake! George Fairs Way. North Adams, 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. ($$)

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

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool Storytime at the North Adams Public Library! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for storytime! Picture books new and old will be read, and the stories will be followed by an activity. 9 College Street. 413-534-7307. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Head to the North Amherst Library for preschool storytime! 8 Montague Road. 413-259-3099. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

“Hilltown Families is such a valuable resource for parents up and down the Pioneer Valley. Thanks for providing us with things to do every day of the week, if we wanted!! Hilltown Families is my go-to site when I’m looking for music and theater for the kids.” - Jara Malikin (Florence, MA)

10am-12noon – INSECTS: Go on an insect safari at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary!  The sanctuary’s fields, wetlands, and forests hold a plethora of insect life- there’s plenty to be discovered.  472 West Mountain Road.  413-637-0320.  Lenox, MA.  (<$)

11am-2pm – SCIENCE: Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for a workshop on Pop Bottle Science!  Call ahead to reserve a space.  9 College Street.  413-534-7307.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – STORYTELLING: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts storyteller Davis Bates as part of the library’s summer reading program!  1 Wendell Avenue.  413-499-9480.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – HISTORY: Greenhouses have been used to grow tropical plants in all kinds of climates since the 18th century!  Older students can learn history through the history of greenhouses and the development of indoor growing at the Berkshire Botanical Garden!  Call ahead to reserve a space.  5 West Stockbridge Road.  413-298-3926.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($$)

5-6pm – INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE: Families can dance together at an intergenerational dance and movement class at Jacob’s Pillow!  Meet in the Tea Garden and wear loose clothing.  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (<$)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Tom Carroll, Pat and Tex LaMountain, and Michael Pattavina perform live at the Greenfield Energy Park tonight!  Bring a chair or blanket.  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: See Helen Hatch Dance perform live on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow.  348 George Carter road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – THEATER GAMES: Kids ages 6-9 are invited to play theater games at the Westhampton Library!  Great exercise for the imagination.  1 North Road.  413-527-2404.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-9:30pm – HARRY POTTER: Tour Hogwarts, watch a quidditch demonstration, practice drawing owls, buy some candy from Honeydukes, and more at the Lenox Library tonight!  Proceeds from the event benefit youth programming at the library.  18 Main Street.  413-637-0197.  Lenox, MA (FUNDRAISER) 

7:45pm – FAMILY MOVIE: It’s Harry Potter night at the Westhampton Library!  Prepare for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II by watching Part I!  1 North Road.  413-527-2040.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

THURSDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 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) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music on the South Hadley town common! New and different music each week. Routes 47 and 116. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for some calm, relaxing live music! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear live music on the patio at the Leverett Public Library! 75 Montague Road. 413-548-9220. Leverett, 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)♦

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

  • 10-11am – 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) ♦
  • 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. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Adams Public Library for evening youth storytime and crafts! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. ♦

Friday, July 15th, 2011

“I have been a member of Hilltown Families for about a year now. I have learned about so many goings-on through the e-mails! There are events I would have missed and artists I would not have learned about without this! Thanks to Hilltown Families!” - Christine Hebert (Chicopee, MA)

Free Fun Friday! Enjoy free Admission to the following Massachusetts museums:

9am-7pm – GRAIN FESTIVAL: The Heritage Grain Conservancy will host a Community Grain Festival at the Colrain Seed Farm.  Families can learn about growing and harvesting grains during a tour of the farm, and threshing & scything demo. The history and construction of wood-fire ovens will be reviewed. Everyone is invited to bring bread and their family baking recipes to share. Potluck lunch and dinner.  Learn how to make artisan sourdough bread. 400 Adamsvile Rd. Colrain, MA ($)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Learn how to live like a beaver at Berry Pond!  There will be a short walk on an easy trail during which participants can observe beaver habitat and learn about beaver life.  1041 Cascade Street.  413-442-8992.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Union #28 Community Network for Children program has set up some summer playdates at our local playgrounds/libraries.  This week at Leverett Elementary School (Visit from Safe Kids). 978-544-5157 Leverett, MA (FREE)

1pm – CALYPSO MUSIC: The Springfield Museums host a Calypso Jam-O-Rama with performer Taino!  There will be rhythms and songs from South and Central America.  21 Edwards Street.  413-263-6800.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

4-6pm – SCIENCE/ART: Attend the opening reception of “SMArt: Science Meets Art” at the Flying Cloud Institute- there will be a student performance entitled “Rock Opera,” followed by a reception and a chance to view the artwork.  Proceeds from artwork sales benefit the institute’s sholarship program.  731 South Sandisfield Road.  413-229-3321.  New Marlborough, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Go on a Critter Search at the D.A.R. State Forest!  Participants will get to hear a story, learn forest etiquette for creature searching, and meet Pudgy the woodchuck and learn what lives in his home!  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

5-7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Plants are in full bloom- enjoy the lush summer greenery of a private garden while sipping a delicious cocktail!  Location TBA- the event is hosted by the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Call to reserve a space.  413-298-3097.  Stockbridge, MA.  ($$)

6:15pm OUTDOOR DANCE: The Northern California Dance Conservatory performs live on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow!  358 George Carter Road.  413-243-9919.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT & BBQ: Local music with the Lonesome Brothers at the Westhampton Library! Preceded by Chicken Barbecue at Westhampton Blacksmith Shop Historical Museum.  3 South Road.  413-527-5386.  Westhampton, MA.  (DONATION)

6:30-8pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Pregnant women are invited to a birth circle where they can share their stories of motherhood and pregnancy with other moms-to-be.  The workshop is lead by Jessie Groneman and takes place at Green River Yoga.  158 Main Street #6.  617-529-7621.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a hike to look for creatures of the night at the D.A.R. State Forest!  78 Cape Street.  413-260-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The DCR hosts a beaver-themed evening at Berry Pond!  There will be a short presentation and a movie.  1041 Cascade Street.  413-442-8992.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE/SINGALONG: Pothole Pictures presents a Mary Poppins Singalong at Memorial Hall!  Denise Gendron will perform folk music for kids before the show (at 7).  51 Bridge Street.  413-625-3052.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

8-10pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Visit Notchview for a Full Moon Hike!  Call ahead to register with the Trustees of Reservations.  Route 9.  413-531-1381.  Windsor, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Buckland Shelburne School Lawn. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Coddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

FRIDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 9am – MUSIC EDUCATION: Hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Friday morning rehearsal at Tanglewood! Reserved seating is available for families, teachers, homeschoolers, youth groups, parents, musicians, etc.. Along with the rehearsal, there will be a music presentation and demonstration, as well as tours of Tanglewood. Pre-reg by emailing Darlene White at dwhite@bso.org. West Hawthorne Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Bring pre-schoolers to the Berkshire Athenaeum to see a movie related to the library’s summer reading program theme, “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, 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 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) ♦
  • 10-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Head to Stanley Park for a performance just for kids! New performers and themes each week. 400 Western Avenue. 413-568-9312. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 5:30pm – CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Cruise Night at Buttery Brook Park! See some great antique cars, hear live DJ music, get some dinner, and meet some animals and do craft projects in the kids area! Route 33. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum for a special tour of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.” The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about geckos- and it fits nicely into PBS’s All About Lizards lesson plan. (Keep your kids learning all summer!). 39 South Street. 413-443-7171. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 6-8pm – POTLUCK: Bring your favorite dish to the community potluck at Owl and Raven! Bring your own dishes, too, if possible, in order to cut back on waste! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – CONCERT: Hear live classical music as part of the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer music series at the Federated Church of Charlemont! New performers each week. Mohawk Trail. 413-625-9511. Charlemont, MA. ($$) ♦
  • 8-10pm – FAMILY MOVIE: It’s movie night at Owl and Raven! See a family-friendly movie and enjoy tasty refreshments! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, 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. ♦

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 SUPPORT GROUPS

  • 6:30-8:30pm – POSTPARTUM: GROW (Gathered Resources of Women) holds a postpartum support group for mothers looking for a safe a confidential space in which to discuss their experiences. Held at the Readfield House Community Room. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION) ♦

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