Suggested Events for June 21st-27th, 2014

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

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“I discovered Hilltown Families about 3 years ago, shortly after the birth of my first child.  I grew up here, and felt like I had a pretty good grasp on community events and going-ons.  I read the local newspaper, worked in a public school, attended town meetings…but I still felt like I wasn’t ‘in the loop’ when it came to family-oriented life in the area.  Hilltown Families has definitely opened us up to new adventures, even things that have been going on for years that we just hadn’t ever checked out…” Lillian W. (Shelburne Falls, MA)

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BULLETIN BOARD

Jun 26

Acupuncture and Cancer Care. There are increasingly complex and successful interventions for the treatment and management of cancer. While supportive care for symptom management has improved, there are many side effects of treatment and consequences of cancer that affect quality of life in cancer survivors. The Role of Acupuncture in Cancer Care, a Cooley Dickinson/Mass General Hospital lecture, will examine the role of acupuncture in the alleviation of symptoms of pain, bowel disorders, neuropathy, anxiety, and depression. The importance of a holistic approach to cancer care and survivorship issues will be reviewed. Thursday, June 26, 6pm. Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Registration required: www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888-554-4234.

Jun 28

Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield (25 Greenfield Road) is hosting a Doll’s Day Out Luncheon on Saturday, June 28th at 11am. Whether it’s an American Girl doll or a beloved baby, every doll deserves a fabulous day out! The award winning kids menu will be available with a special sweet treat included. Adults will be offered the brand new lunch menu! Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance with her own favorite doll and beautiful handmade doll clothes will be for sale. Call 413-665-1277 to make reservations for this great event! Chandlers.yankeecandle.com ($)

Springfield MuseumsSpringfield Science Museum. See stomping, roaring, robotic dinosaurs and life-like Ice Age mammals come to life! Experience the thrill of meeting enormous pre-historic creatures up close, including Maiasaura, Apatosaurus, and T-rex, along with a Woolly Mammoth and a family of Smilodon saber-toothed cats. The exhibit also includes dino-dig and fossil rubbing stations, plus a host of educational displays. The Springfield Museums are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm (also open Mondays from June 30-August 30). There is a special exhibition fee of $5 in addition to museum admission for all visitors ages 3 and up to view Life Through Time. For more information, visit www.SpringfieldMuseums.org.

Worthington Swim Club. Enjoy family fun this summer at an outdoor pool in Worthington. The W S C is located at 35 Huntington Road (Rte 112) in a sunny, tree-screened setting. Membership is open to everyone and includes: Certified Lifeguard on duty Monday – Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Children over age 10 can swim without their parent during lifeguard hours, 24-hour key access for adult members (and children with an adult family member), a 25-yard-long pool w/ a low diving board, swimming lessons available. 2014 membership is: Family Plan $365, Individual Plan $160. Payment schedules available. Call Lynn at 238-8038 or Alain at 238-5954 or visit us on FB www.facebook.com/worthington.swimclub

The Amherst Survival Center has volunteer opportunities for teens ages 15yo+ on weekdays (not Wed). Shifts are typically 2 hours/week between 9am-3pm. There are several places for teens & adults to volunteer. In an inquire about volunteer opportunities for teens they responded, “We look for a minimum of a two hour/week commitment for a minimum of 8 weeks…If they are able to get here in the morning, we need help organizing and sorting through fresh bread and produce from area markets and farms which we then distribute to about 100 people/day. If they have a super organized closet, they may be a good fit for helping in our Free Store. Certain days we also need help serving lunch and doing dishes. And our Emergency Food Pantry often needs help keeping the shelves stocked and helping folks fill their carts with their monthly food “box.” Strong folks can help pick up furniture from around town in the mornings. And people who like to clean can help clean the place after 2:30PM. Lots and lots of options.” For more information visit their website at www.amherstsurvival.org or email tracey@amherstsurvival.org

Ticket Giveaway: 2014 Green River Festival! The 28th annual Green River Festival happens again this year on July 12th & 13th, 2014… and Hilltown Families has two pairs of tickets to giveaway, one pair for each day! With a free pair of tickets, and free admittance for children ten and under, two adults can take a gaggle of kids and plan on spending the day at this great western Massachusetts music festival! Find out how you can enter for a chance to win!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 21st-27th, 2014

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice!

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week is a rebroadcast of Bluegrass & American Roots Episode with Guest DJ, Jordan Shapiro. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 7 years!

Saturday, June 21, 8:30am – TRAIL WORK: The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee and the Hilltown Land Trust are partnering to offer a trail workday at the Breckenridge property. The project consists of removing an old culvert and fallen trees and building two bridges. Due to the physical nature of this workday, it is best for older teens and adults. Contact John Hoogstraten to RSVP – jhoog@comcast.net or call. 413-268-7523. Old Goshen Road. Williamsburg, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 21, 9am-1pm – HIKING: Join Mass Aububon and Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for a Summer Solstice Hike in the Highlands. On this three-mile, moderate hike you can explore the drowned lands – part of the Berkshire Plateau that serves as headwaters to the Hoosac, Westfield, and Housatonic Rivers. You can see natural springs, 19th-century wells, hear folklore, and more. Best for older teens and adults. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Windsor, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 9am-2pm – CULINARY ARTS: Join Grow Food Amherst for a strawberry jam making workshop! Come pick your own strawberries and then learn how to cook and preserve it so you can enjoy the fruit all year long. This workshop would be best for teens and adults interested in food preservation. The workshop is free but you must pay for the strawberries you pick. Call to register and to find out location. 413-259-3149. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 9am-2pm – CLOTHING SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting a free clothing exchange at the First Congregational Church. Clothing swaps are a sustainable and economic way to update your wardrobe – you aren’t spending money or tossing clothes in the trash. Clean clothing can be dropped off in the entryway to St. John’s Church (Main Street) between 6/15 and 6/20. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 9:30am – PLANT STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Discover some of Holyoke’s notable trees on a walking tour with the Wistariahurst Museum and forester Tom Kass. Older students and adults can learn about interesting tree species present in Holyoke and their importance relating to natural resources as well as landscaping. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, June 21, 9:30am-5pm – AMERICAN HISTORY/JUNETEENTH: On June 21 and 22, Old Sturbridge Village observes Juneteenth with their Black History Weekend. Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. OSV visitors can learn about the abolition movement through activities, demonstrations, talks, and reenactments. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 10am – PARENT-CHILD EVENT: Hampshire Regional CFCE is holding a Dads and Donuts event at the Edwards Public Library on June 21. Kids ages 0-8 can come to the library and spend time with dad (or grandpas, uncles, male role models, etc.) learning about flight and making flying objects. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 10am – HIKING: Explore Dry Hill and hike to its newly-reopened summit on this morning hike with The Trustees of Reservations. Search for mountain laurel blooms and learn about other plants. 413-298-3239 x3020. North Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Families can explore Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary with naturalist Kevin Kopchynski on June 21. Come find out what lives in the waters of the sanctuary using pond nets, bug boxes, hand lenses, and field guides, then examine them up close to learn about their unique adaptations to life in the water! Kids will love getting to explore this interesting natural area and learning about the creatures that live there. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Main Street. Hampden, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 10am-12noon – FIBER ARTS: Fiber art aficionados can come to World Eye Bookshop for a Fiber Arts Event and Author Signing with Gail Callahan and Barbara Parry. The authors will sign their books, answer any questions, do a hand-dyeing demonstration, and introduce you to a live lamb! 413-772-2186. 156 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 10am-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about Joseph A. Skinner’s collecting hobby and his cabinet of curiosities on the J.A. Skinner History Tour with the Wistariahurst Museum. This tour will take you by bus from Wistariahurst to the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum in at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley. You can see landmarks that were part of Skinner’s philanthropic legacy, in addition to his unique collection of items from the region and the community. Older students interested in local history would enjoy this interesting tour! Reservations are required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $$$

Saturday, June 21, 10am-1pm – RIVER STUDIES: Riversmart Communities (a UMass Department of Geosciences and UMass Extension program) and the Deerfield River Watershed Association are offering a river walk titled, “Understanding the Active Deerfield River.” The walk focuses on the different processes at work along a flowing river, including the roles humans play in those processes. The walk is easy to moderate and takes place at Mohawk State Forest and will take you along the Deerfield River and one of its main tributaries, the Cold River. Please call or email jschoen@cns.umass.edu to sign up. 413-545-5532. Cold River Road. Charlemont, MA. >$

Saturday, June 21, 10am-2pm – HIKING: Explore the Hoosac Range with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. This moderate hike features beautiful views and great natural areas, including a beaver pond. Best for older teens and adults. 413-499-0596. Route 2. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 10am-2pm – SAFETY: The Harmony Lodge Child Safety Day is on June 21! Families can come learn about bicycle safety, fire safety, CPR, and identification programs like MYCHIP. Kids who participate in the bike safety course will be entered in a drawing to win a free bike! 20 Masonic Avenue. Montague City, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn about the role of herbs in traditional New England cooking. These cooking demonstrations allow visitors of all ages to see what life was like in the past and the types of chores and activities they would do had they lived several hundred years ago! Free with admission. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 10am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Northampton residents are invited to Community Day at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum on June 21. Come explore the Museum, go on free tours, and relax with lemonade and cookies on the back veranda. This is a great chance for those who live in Northampton to experience this unique local historical site in Hadley for free. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: The fourth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is returning for a weekend of medieval-inspired fun. There will be games, vendors, jousting matches, music, food, the chance to explore the enchanted Sherwood Forest, and more. You can even meet Maid Marion and Robin Hood and his Merry Men! Mutton and Mead is not just an exciting event – it is also a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, so come in costume (or not!) to support the Food Bank and have a great time. 210 Turners Falls Road. Montague, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 10:30am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Contribute to Project Native’s Butterfly House by attending a Summer Butterfly and Bug Safari! Walk the grounds looking for butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs to relocate to the Butterfly House. Learn about this order of insects, Lepidoptera, and gain skills in finding and even identifying butterflies and caterpillars and by learning about their host plants. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 10:30am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Join Milk and Honey Herbs for a Summer Solstice Plant Walk at Amethyst Brook Conservation Area. Explore the Conservation Area and learn about wild edible and medicinal plants. This walk focuses on harvesting tips and guidelines, edibility, identification tips, and medicinal preparations. 413-253-8076. Pelham Road. Amherst, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Saturday, June 21, 10:45am – CULINARY ARTS: Kids and adults can learn to cook traditional Shaker meals at Hancock Shaker Village! Learn about whole grains, eating in season, food preservation, fermentation, and more. This is a terrific intergenerational opportunity for  kids to learn about cooking and Shaker culture. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Children’s Summer Theater, presented by 22 News, takes place every Saturday at the Eastfield Mall. This week, come see a live animal demonstration and show about rainforest reptiles. Those who attend will receive food court coupons and will be entered to win a gift card to the mall. 1655 Boston Road. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center presents a performance by the Bari Koral Family Rock Band at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as part of their Family Concert Series. Bari Koral will perform songs from her new album The Apple Tree and the Honey Bee. This concert will be a ton of fun for both kids and adults! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 11am-1pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer reading at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s Summer Reading Kick-Off event! Come to the library for nature crafts, a treasure hunt, and a StoryWalk. There will also be light food provided by Northfield BBQ and a chance to sign up for summer reading. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 11am-2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: June 21 is Family Fun Day at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum! This event is all about the statewide summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and is hosted by the Jones Library. It focuses on light and there will be tours and activities relating to stained glass and the wonders of light in art and science. There will also be family drop-in craft and gallery activities. Discover this great local museum and learn all about science and summer reading at this fun family-oriented event. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 11:45am & 12:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Mason Library presents a very special visit from the Zoo in Forest Park! All ages can come to the library to meet and learn about fascinating zoo animals. You must sign up for either the 11:45am or 12:30pm show. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 12noon-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: Celebrate strawberries and help support the Hatfield Elementary PTA at the 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival, held at Hatfield Elementary School. Enjoy entertainment, games, raffles, and strawberries at this fun community celebration! 413-0247-5010. 33 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 12noon-10pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 19-June 22 on the Amherst Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and the “Chowdown Challenge.” Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 1pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Springfield Armory‘s historic weapons at a Blank Firing Demonstration. Visitors can see the weapons, hear the rifles blasting, and smell the burning gunpowder at this demonstration. Seeing the firing demonstration can teach students of all ages about historic weapons and what the Springfield Armory was used for in the past. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 1pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Longmeadow Historical Society is holding an open house at the Storrs House Museum on June 21. Come explore the house and learn about Longmeadow’s history. 413-567-3600. 607 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 1pm-5pm – REPAIR CAFE: Do you want to learn more about fixing things? Or do you have a broken item that you would like someone else to fix? Then come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe, which takes place in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church. Repair Cafes encourage people to repair what they already own, instead of tossing it in the trash and buying a new one, therefore supporting sustainability. They also encourage collaborative consumption, in which people share their skills and services with one another to teach, help, etc. 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 1:30pm-4:30pm – FUNDRAISER/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Wild Oats Market is hosting an ice cream social to benefit Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Mass in Motion, a statewide health and fitness program. The ice cream social will feature all local and/or fair trade ingredients! 413-458-8060. 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, June 21, 2pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a special storytime by Dedie King and Judith Inglese at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on June 21! King and Inglese will read from their new book, I See the Sun in India, in English and Hindi, and then discuss it. Inglese will also present her new book, I Have a Friend. Book signing to follow. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Saturday, June 21, 2pm-5pm – CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: Head to Red Fire Farm for their Strawberry Soiree! There will be live music, strawberry tasting, a walking tour of the farm, a fairy house building workshop, and PYO berries! All ages will enjoy this fun celebration of local food and seasonal fruit! 413-467-7645. 184 Meadow Road. Montague, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 3pm-9pm – CELEBRATION/CULTURAL STUDIES: La Noche de San Juan is an annual celebration of Puerto Rican arts, culture, dance, and food that takes place each year in Holyoke Heritage State Park. Celebrate with live music and dance by Marcamusic, Jesus Pagan Conjunto Barrio, the Jose Gonzalez Trio, Star Dancers Unity, Norma Rodriquez Coquils, Paper City Fitness, and others. End the evening with the lantern parade, which features many beautiful handmade lanterns. This is a great chance to learn about and celebrate Puerto Rican culture right here in Western Mass. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, June 21, 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Otis Cultural Council and the Community Day Committee present a free Sup’ and Swing Concert with Ed Wirt and the Skeletones at Isaac Walton Field. Bring a picnic dinner and eat with friends and family (6pm) and then enjoy great live music and dance along (7:30pm)! 413-269-4251. Tannery Road & Route 8. Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 21, 6pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Have a fun date night at Black Birch Vineyard’s Summer Solstice Celebration! Enjoy food by The Laughing Tomato Mobile Wood Fired Pizza and Log Rolling Catering, wine by the Vineyard, and live music by Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy spending time together at this fun event! 413-527-0164. 155 Glendale Road. Southampton, MA. $

Saturday, June 21, 6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come to the M.N. Spear Memorial Library‘s monthly movie night for a screening of The LEGO Movie (2014; rated PG). Takes place at Town Hall. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

Saturday, June 21, 6:30pm-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kids age 16 and up are invited to Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center’s Barton Cove for a Summer Solstice Sunset Kayak. Beginning and experienced paddlers can come to the Cove for an evening of kayaking on the longest day of the year to celebrate the arrival of summer. This event is free if you bring your own kayak. 800-859-2960. Route 2. Gill, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 7pm – THEATER: Amherst Cinema presents a screening of National Theatre Live’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the bestselling book by Mark Haddon. The play is about a teenage boy who is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, who then does detective work to find the true killer. Older teens and adults will enjoy this fascinating mystery story. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $$

Saturday, June 21, 7:30pm – MUSIC: Django in June is a yearly event that takes place at the Academy of Music and celebrates the musical genre associated with French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Also known as “gypsy jazz,” “hot jazz,” or “jazz manouche,” this unique genre features percussive rhythm and other distinguishing characteristics. Les Doigts De L’Homme will perform their own take on the genre at the Academy of Music on June 21. Older students interested in music and jazz will love this unique concert. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. $$$

Saturday, June 21, 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Come to the Bing Arts Center for the “Spring Into Summer Solstice Celebration!” Enjoy live music by the Rick Murnane Trio, a Mobile Murals art exhibit, food, wine, and more. Tickets available in advance. 413-731-9730. 716 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. $$$

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 7 years of archived shows.

Sunday, June 22, 9:30am-5pm – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: On June 21 and 22, Old Sturbridge Village observes Juneteenth with their Black History Weekend. Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. OSV visitors can learn about the abolition movement through activities, demonstrations, talks, and reenactments. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. $$

Sunday, June 22, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Celebrate the Summer Solstice on a hike with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center at The Trustees of Reservations‘ Chapel Brook property. Explore Chapel Brook’s waterfalls and big trees on this hike. 413-532-1631. Williamsburg Road. Ashfield, MA. $

Sunday, June 22, 10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: The fourth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is returning for a weekend of medieval-inspired fun. There will be games, vendors, jousting matches, music, food, the chance to explore the enchanted Sherwood Forest, and more. You can even meet Maid Marion and Robin Hood and his Merry Men! Mutton and Mead is not just an exciting event – it is also a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, so come in costume (or not!) to support the Food Bank and have a great time. 210 Turners Falls Road. Montague, MA. $$

Sunday, June 22, 12noon-4pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 19-June 22 on the Amherst Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and the “Chowdown Challenge.” Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 22, 1pm – CHILDREN’S BOOKS/FILM: Join the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a special screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations. This documentary explores Norton Juster’s classic children’s book and traces the friendship between him and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer. In addition to the film screening, Juster will be present for a question and answer session and a book signing. Fans of The Phantom Tollbooth will enjoy this special event. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, June 22, 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History is offering a docent-led “mini-tour” by Jerre Hoffman titled, “1899 Knox and its Importance in Automotive History.” Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Sunday, June 22, 2pm – THEATER: Mill City Productions presents a production of “Cinderella Goes Disco,” an interactive performance blending three classic fairy tales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Kids will love this fun and exciting performance! Takes place in Building 4N in Western Gateway Heritage State Park. State Street. North Adams, MA. >$

Sunday, June 22, 2pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Great Hall as a unique history, and you can learn all about it at their Watershed History event on June 22. Those who are interested in local history will enjoy learning about the building’s history and hearing tales of machinery, fly fishing rods, historic preservation, and more. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 22, 2pm-5pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Huntington Historical Society presents “The Forgotten Valley, Forgotten No More,” a presentation on the early history of the town of Norwich, which was a former name for Huntington and the valley areas of Knightville and Indian Hollow. These areas were affected by the construction of the Knightville Flood Control Dam, which was built on the east branch of the Westfield River from 1939-1941. This talk will cover the period of 1773-1941 using photographs, audiovisual equipment, and spoken word from guests Winnie Bates Smith of Huntington and Albert Edward Strong of Westfield, both of whom grew up in the valley in the 1920s and ’30s, before the construction of the dam. This presentation offers a peek into the lives of those who lived in the area nearly 100 years ago and would be fascinating to anyone interested in local history. 413-667-3500. Route 20 & Route 112. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 22, 4pm – MUSIC STUDIES/HISTORY: Boston University Professor of Music Dr. Jeremy Yudkin presents “The Beatles, the Sixties, and Popular Culture” at the Lenox Library. Dr. Yudkin’s talk about the Beatles, how American and English culture in the 1960s was reflected in their music, and what this meant for popular music. Beatles fans and older students interested in music would enjoy this lecture, which will teach audience members all about the group and their music. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $/FUNDRAISER)

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Monday, June 23, TBA – LAWN CONCERT: The Tilton Library presents their Monday Night Music series of concerts on the library lawn. On June 23, Lance Smith will perform folk music. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy time spent with family and friends enjoying great live music! 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Monday, June 23, 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding several Summer Park Play Dates at Safety Village this summer. Every Monday June 2-June 23 and August 11-25. 413-582-2636. North Maple Street. Florence, MA.

Monday, June 23, 12noon – SUMMER READING: Kick off the Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program at the East Longmeadow Public Library with a pizza party. There will be pizza and live entertainment by Jon O’Neill at this fun event. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, June 23, 5:30pm – FAMILY CELEBRATION: Kick off summer with a family picnic at Windsor Lake, hosted by the Family Resource Center! Pack a picnic, eat with friends and family, enjoy live music, swim, and have fun! Rain date 6/30. 413-664-4821. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 23, 5:30pm-6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian at Baystate Medical Center, will be at the Forbes Library to present about summer health information online. She will tell you about the best online information sources for sun exposure, tick-borne diseases, water safety, and more. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.

Monday, June 23, 6pm-7pm – BOOK CLUB: Teens in grades 9-12 can participate in a summer book club at the Sunderland Public Library. Choose books to read and then come together to discuss them. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 6pm-7:30pm – SPORTS: Kids and adults 12 and up can come play pickup soccer at Pettingill Park in Cummington. All experience levels welcome. Runs all summer. Cummington, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-9:30pm – MUSIC: Every second and fourth Monday, the Montague Retreat Center holds a Community Singing Night. Come express yourself and your music at these intergenerational, community-oriented singing events. 413-824-0855. 177 Ripley Road. Montague, MA.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 11am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Kids can come to the Hatfield Public Library for “Amazing Adaptations,” a live animal program focusing on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Kids can meet and learn about these interesting creatures that can climb, withstand sub-zero temperatures, use their tongues for fishing, and much more. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Tuesday, June 24, 2pm-3pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the start of summer reading at the Lee Library‘s kick-off party on June 24! Kids can come see “Fire and Ice” with the Mad Scientists and sign up for summer reading. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA.

Tuesday, June 24, 5pm-6pm – WRITING: Kids in grades 5-12 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for a writing workshop with authors and illustrators. Practice your writing skills and do creative writing exercises. Runs every Tuesday from June 24-July 29. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 24, 5:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Academy of Music on one of their building tours! Academy Director Debra J’Anthony will teach about the Academy’s early days under the stewardship of the Lyman family, the creation of the United States’ first municipal theater company, and the first woman to manage the Academy. This tour would be great for older students and adults interested in local history or in learning about the history behind one of Northampton’s most well-known buildings. Space is limited; registration is required. 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 24, 6pm-8pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Advanced Placement United States History students from Easthampton High School will present their research on local history topics at “A Local Lens: Histories of the Pioneer Valley.” The students researched topics relating to local history, including the Easthampton mills, Williston seminary, history of Easthampton railroads, Holyoke’s women reformers of the 1920s, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power at UMass, and more. These brief presentations on a wide variety of topics would be a good way to get middle and high school students interested in local history! 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA.

Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents ’50s-modern music by Duane Carlson Music. This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Kidleidoscope runs every Tuesday through October 7. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the second Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 until August 14. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 10am-1pm – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Alford Springs. This moderate hike offers great views of Alford Valley. Best for older teens. 413-499-0596. Mountain Road. Alford, MA.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:15am – LEGOS: Kids ages 5 and up can head to the Wilbraham Public Library for fun with LEGOs! Come be an engineer and build some creative LEGO structures! Please register. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA.

Wednesday, June 25, 3:30pm-4:30pm – BOOK CLUB: Kids in grades 5-8 can participate in a tween summer book club at the Sunderland Public Library. Choose books to read and then come together to discuss them. Runs every Wednesday until July 30. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 25, 4pm-5pm – MUSIC: Grow Food Amherst will have a special event for kids each week at the Amherst Wednesday Market in Kendrick Park. This week, kids can learn to write their own songs with songwriter Evan Curran of Shiprock and Anchordog. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 25, 5pm-6pm – DANCE: Kids in grades 5-12 can come to the Sunderland Public Library‘s dance club on Wednesday evenings. Learn jazz, hip hop, swing, ballet, salsa, bellydance, and more. No dance experience is required, so this is a great chance to try something new! Registration is required. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA.

Wednesday, June 25, 6pm – HISTORY: Join Storrowton Village for an interactive tour, Storrowton and the Civil War, that gives you a look into the past at what life was like for New Englanders during the Civil War. You can sit in on a recruitment meeting, speak with a blacksmith about the increase of manufacturing during the war, hear from women about sewing and making clothes, learn about how the war affected families, and what the impact on local industries was. This event is appropriate for older teens and adults only. Registration is required. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. $

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum’s summer concert series, Wednesday Folk Traditions, takes place every Wednesday this summer. June 25′s concert is by Achéray Ensemble, who will perform Latin American jazz music. Bring a picnic blanket and chairs and enjoy this exciting performance. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy summer, live music, family, and friends at North Adams‘ summer concerts at Windsor Lake. 413-662-3000. North Adams, MA.

Wednesday, June 25, 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Lissa Schneckenburger Band will perform a free outdoor concert at Forbes Library! Pack a picnic and lawn chairs and enjoy this performance of traditional New England music. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 25, 7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Hampshire Regional CFCE presents The Whole Book Approach at the Westhampton Public Library with Emily Prabhaker of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Prabhaker will discuss this method for evaluating the picture book as an art form and encouraging the critical engagement of children during picture book reading. This program would be best for parents of children ages 0-8. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Looking for a way to cool down or get out of the rain this summer? Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse screens a kids movie (rated G or PG) every Wednesday at 10am at their three Western Mass locations – Hadley (367 Russell Street), Springfield (1655 Boston Road), and West Springfield (864 Riverdale Street). Come see great movies at a great price! Western Massachusetts. >$
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! Come by for stories, snacks, crafts, and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA.
  • 11am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Toddlers can have fun at the Forbes Library every Wednesday at their toddler time program. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Tour the outside of Emily Dickinson’s Homestead and The Evergreens every Wednesday this summer with the Emily Dickinson Museum. These tours teach not only about the poet, but also about historic New England architecture. Some of Dickinson’s house-related poems will also be read on the tours. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $
  • 5pm-6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/HISTORY: Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount‘s terrace and hear Edith Wharton’s short stories read aloud by professional actors. Runs through August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (>$)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 10:30am – MAGIC/HEALTH: All ages can come to the Hatfield Public Library for a performance by ToBe Fit, a juggling nutrition magician show. The show teaches about health and eating well and features juggling, circus arts, magic, music, eating, and more. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.

Thursday, June 26, 3:30pm-6pm – DANCE: The Salasin Center is holding a fun family dance party today at RPX! Bring the whole family and come have fun dancing the afternoon away! 413-774-4307. 1 Osgood Street. Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, June 26, 4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the roles, relationships, living conditions, and working expectations of the 20 servants who staffed The Mount and its property each summer on a Backstairs Tour. Those who are interested in history and want to know more about class dynamics in the late 1800s and early 1900s will enjoy this tour. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Thursday, June 26, 5pm-9pm – VOLUNTEER: Help the Art Garden get ready for the Green River Festival (7/12 & 7/13) by prepping supplies and activities for their tent! They need help cutting cardboard, exchanging ideas, making examples, and more. Families with older students can come help out! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Thursday, June 26, 6pm – WELLNESS: Acupuncture and Cancer Care. There are increasingly complex and successful interventions for the treatment and management of cancer. While supportive care for symptom management has improved, there are many side effects of treatment and consequences of cancer that affect quality of life in cancer survivors. The Role of Acupuncture in Cancer Care, a Cooley Dickinson/Mass General Hospital lecture, will examine the role of acupuncture in the alleviation of symptoms of pain, bowel disorders, neuropathy, anxiety, and depression. The importance of a holistic approach to cancer care and survivorship issues will be reviewed. Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Registration required: www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888-554-4234. ($)

Thursday, June 26, 6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the start of summer at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library‘s Summer Kick-Off Party! Stop by for summer reading registration, snacks, fun, and a performance of Walters Wizards. Takes place on the Town Common. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 26, 6pm-8pm – HULA HOOPING: Join Hoop Joy Amherst for a Hoop Jam in Kendrick Park! Get outdoors and enjoy hula hooping with community members in the park. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, June 26, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Austin & Elliott, Boys of the Landfill, and the Pat and Tex LaMountain Band. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 26, 6:30pm – SUMMER READING: Kick off summer reading at the Westhampton Public Library with a small wild cat show. Kids who like animals and are excited for summer reading will enjoy this event. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30pm – CHILDREN’S CELEBRATION: Kick off the Fizz, Boom, Read! summer reading program at the Gaylord Memorial Library on June 26 with a song and story celebration with Davis Bates! He will perform traditional and contemporary folk songs and stories from New England and around the world. There will also be a musical spoons lesson for kids! 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, June 26, 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Music on the Porch is back this summer at the Florence Civic Center! Pack a picnic and enjoy music by Dr. T and the Versatiles. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding a Summer Park Play Date at Look Park’s little playground every Thursday until August 28. 413-582-2636. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday atGaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm & 6:30pm – KARATE: Free shotokan karate classes are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Elementary School. There are two classes – one for 7-10 year olds (5:30pm-6:15pm) and one for teens and adults (6:30pm-7:30pm). More info available here. 802-451-0303. 104 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7pm – PLAYGROUP: Kindergarteners can attend a playgroup at the Haskins Center’s playground from June 19 until August 28! Kids can come enjoy playing, hearing stories, having fun, and making friends. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 until August 14. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Friday, June 27, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children run every Friday until August 8. On June 27, see Linda Peck as Mary Poppins in “Something About Mary.” Young kids will love this fun performance! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 27, 2pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 6-8 can discover the wonders of the Connecticut River watershed with the Great Falls Discovery Center. The topic for this event is migration – come learn about migrating birds, fish, and butterflies! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 27, 5pm – BOOKS: Shutesbury teens and tweens between the ages of 10 and 14 (as of 9/6/14) can participate in a regional Battle of the Books! Teams of 2-5 readers can participate in the event, which will take place at the Hatfield Public Library on September 6. Team members must read ten assigned books and then do trivia based on the books. The M.N. Spear Memorial Library is holding an interest meeting at Town Hall on June 27 for kids who might want to participate in the event. 413-259-1213. Shutesbury, MA.

Friday, June 27, 5pm-9pm – VOLUNTEER: Help the Art Garden get ready for the Green River Festival (7/12 & 7/13) by prepping supplies and activities for their tent! They need help cutting cardboard, exchanging ideas, making examples, and more. Families with older students can come help out! 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Friday, June 27, 6pm- FIREWORKS: The City of Holyoke’s annual Fourth of July fireworks will take place at Holyoke Community College. There will also be food, music, and activities for the whole family. Rain date 6/28. Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 27, 6:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see The LEGO Movie (2014; rated PG) at the Mason Library. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Friday, June 27, 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Easthampton’s summer concert series, Arts in the Park, takes place in Millside Park every Friday night. This week, hear Soul Sensations play soul, funk, and R&B music. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, June 27, 7pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Explore the Skinner mansion at the Wistariahurst Museum on a Mysteries of the Mansion Scavenger Hunt. Decipher clues, answer riddles, and solve puzzles while learning about the Skinner family and Wistariahurst. Reservations are required. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (We are building up our summer ongoing list! To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

11:30am-12:30pm – PRENATAL YOGA: Open to all trimesters and all levels of yoga experience. No registration necessary. For info visit HRYMCA website or call Courtney at 413-303-1246. Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA ($10 for non-members, free for HRYMCA members)

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday this summer at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is hosting a science, technology, engineering, and math program every Friday at the Mason Library for kids ages 3-5. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm – DANCE: Join Jacob’s Pillow Dance for a free PillowTalk every Friday and Saturday until August 23. Hear choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts give behind-the-scenes insight into the Festival and the world of professional dance. Free and open to the public. 413-243-9919. 258 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE: Come to Jacob’s Pillow for their Inside/Out Performances – free, outdoor performances by different dancers, showcasing the talent of the Festival’s many dancers and choreographers. Students of all ages who enjoy dance would love these performances, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until August 23. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Plainfield, Shelburne and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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