Suggested Events for July 26th-August 1st, 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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Jul 26

Gustfer Yellowgold at The Carle this Saturday, July 26th in Amherst! Enjoy a unique blend of live music, animated illustrations, and storytelling by award-winning performer Morgan Taylor. Come to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst on Saturday, July 26 and meet Gustafer Yellowgold! Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow who came from the Sun and landed in Minnesota. The show will include a brand new hand-drawn animated music video and Top-10 hit “Cakenstein,” along with plenty of other fan favorites! Performance begins at 11 am and tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-658-1126.

Jul 30-Aug 2

PaintBox Theatre, Northampton’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages, presents the world stage premiere of Cornelia Funke’s picture book, Pirate Girl, adapted and directed by Tom McCabe. Pirates, singing and carrying on, audience participation, bad jokes from Captain Firebeard, art from local children, a band of silvery pirates from the Northampton Senior Center—all without any scurvy or seasickness! Performances are Wed., July 30 – Sat., Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-320-0517. Stay tuned for Tarzan, August 13-16 at the Three County Fairgrounds! www.paintboxtheatre.com.

Aug 1,6 & 13

The fun continues this summer at the Springfield Museums! There’s the Life Through Time exhibit of roaring, stomping mechanical dinosaurs and Ice-age mammals (extra fee), plus enjoy art and science activities, live reptile demos and more every weekday at the Summer Spectacular Family Series. There are also great family shows every Wednesday – Friday, including the Tanglewood Marionettes on Thursdays, Bubblemania with Casey Carle (August 1), Grammy-nominated The Pop Ups (August 6), Mister G (August 13), and many others, plus the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, all free with museum admission! Check www.springfieldmuseums.org for a full schedule.

Aug 12, 14, 19 & 21

Graphic design classes for kids and tweens in Easthampton! Introduce your art loving kid to graphic design in these two-hours courses taught by Leslie Tane at Eastworks. Intro to Graphic Design for 8-12 year olds will be held from 1-3pm on Tues., August 12; the class for 12-15 year olds is from 1-3pm on Thurs., August 14. What is Graphic Design? is from 1-3pm on Tues., August 19; the class for 12-15 year olds is from 1-3pm on Thurs., August 21. Your kids will learn about graphic design: what it is, where to find it, and the beginnings of how to make it. Supplies are provided. $25/student per class. www.tadashow.com/workshops

Through Aug 22

The New England Air Museum will hold family fun programs through the end of the summer. Visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with the Museum’s 80 display aircraft. A variety of activities will be offered each day such as build and fly challenge activities, flight science demonstrations and the chance to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft. The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11am-4pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT and can be reached at 860-623-3305. Click here for more details on New England Air Museum’s summer programs.

Sep 28

On Sunday, Sept. 28th, join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts at their 4th annual Will Bike 4 Food (WB4F) charity cycling event. Ride as an individual or form a team. Starting a team (4 or more) with your friends and family is an easy way to help them feed our neighbors in need! With multiple courses to choose from—a 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile loop—riders of any level can become involved. WB4F provides a chance for families to participate in an activity together, while raising awareness of the issue of hunger. Now is a great time to get started. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at www.foodbankwma.org/events/bike.

Aug 4-8

The 24th annual Children’s Literature Festival sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation will be held this summer at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls from 8:30am-Noon, Aug 4-8. This unique program combines children’s literature with arts and crafts, music, field trips and special guests. Children will have an opportunity to visit the Mary Lyon House in Upper Buckland where Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke, first taught school in 1823. The theme this year is A Sense of Place and introduces children grades K-6 to local history. Cost for $50/child. Includes all materials and snacks. Scholarships available. For more info Toni Wilcox at 413-863-9418. Call the Mary Lyon Foundation office at 413-625-2555 for application.

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Ongoing Saturday Events

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. 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, July 26, 8:30am-5pm – 4-H FAIR: The Hampden County 4-H and Youth Fair is back for its 61st year! Come by the Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex for steer, sheep, poultry, dog, goat, rabbit, and beef shows, as well as raffles, a fun run, and more! 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 9am-3pm – FESTIVAL: The 7th Annual Otis Arts Festival takes place July 26 at Farmington River Elementary School. Over 50 artisans and craftspeople will be displaying pottery, leather, fiber, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, quilts, jewelry, wood crafts, and more. Moonshine Holler will perform traditional American music from 12noon-2pm and the Heldeberg Marionettes will be at the Festival with their puppets from 10am-2pm. 413-269-4251. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA.

Saturday, July 26, 9:30am-11:30am – ART/HISTORY: Middle schoolers can explore the intersection of art and history at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead with the Berkshire Historical Society. Kids can use objects from the Historical Society’s collection to curate an exhibit with the theme of “Art and Industry” that will be on display for one week. Students who are interested in history and art would enjoy this event, which helps forge connections between the two. 413-442-1793. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Buckland Public Library for a science-themed storytime! Engage in the summer reading theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with stories, activities, and a snack. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA.

Saturday, July 26, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Families can learn about and search for reptiles and amphibians with The Trustees of Reservations at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Learn about the habits and habitats of these creatures and have fun exploring. Please pre-register. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road. Sheffield, MA. >$

Saturday, July 26, 10am-1pm – HIKING/NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike at Hollow Fields. Enjoy the beautiful fields and views of Yokun Ridge and discover how vegetation and other factors affect soil health. Older students interesting in the outdoors and ecology will enjoy this moderate hike. 413-499-0596. Perry’s Peak Road. Richmond, MA.

Saturday, July 26, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Experience life in an early New England kitchen at Historic Deerfield‘s Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations! Learn how people in early New England kept cool during the summer and how they preserved fresh produce for the winter months. 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, July 26, 10:30am – THEATER: New Century Theatre Kids! presents a production of Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé, based on the books by Judith Byron Schachner. Performance takes place in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. Call for reservations or more info. 413-585-3220. Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 10:30am – THEATER: The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Saturday Morning Live family workshops are back for a third season! Kids ages 8-14 and their families can attend free, hands-on workshops that explore the artistic and technical aspects of the Festival. Please call for reservations. Takes place at Main Stage Lobby. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Join Odyssey Bookshop for their Summer Family Entertainment Series every Saturday this summer at 10:30am. This week, We Tell Tales will perform “Oops! Fractured Fairy Tales.” This series is a fun way for the whole family to get outside and have some fun together on a Saturday morning! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for Bike Path Bingo, a canal-side nature walk for kids! Kids will learn about the natural world using binoculars, field guides, and a fun game to test their observation skills. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 11am – CHEMISTRY: Be a mad scientist at the Berkshire Museum! Along with the help of the museum’s very own crazy chemist, kids can learn how to do exciting and surprising (and safe!) experiments with regular household materials. Kitchen Kaboom! is totally kid-safe, but adults must accompany participating scientists. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents a performance of Gustafer Yellowgold by Morgan Taylor. The performance is a musical storytelling experience for kids, featuring songs and cartoons. Kids will enjoy this fun and creative performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Children’s Summer Theater, presented by 22 News, takes place every Saturday at the Eastfield Mall. This week, come enjoy a comedy show by Lucky Bob. 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, July 26, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ja’Duke presents a production of “Pirate and Princess Parade” at the Shea Theater. Younger kids will love this performance! 413-863-0001. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can enjoy a singalong with Old Mac-John-ald at the Lee Library, performed by John McKinstry. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 11am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the Chesterfield Gorge and learn about the animals and insects that live in and out of the water with The Trustees of Reservations. All ages are welcome and nets will be provided. 413-532-1631. River Road. Chesterfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 11am-10pm – FESTIVAL: FallsFest takes place on July 26 at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley Falls. This arts and music festival features live music, artisan craft vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, activities for families, and more. This free festival is fun for all ages! 116 Main Street. South Hadley Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 12noon-2pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/SUMMER READING: The Fourth Annual Northfield Community Picnic takes place at Kiwanis Park on July 26. This community meal coincides with the Dickinson Memorial Library’s summer reading finale and there will be a performance by Davis Bates at 1pm. Come enjoy delicious grilled food and time spent with family, friends, and community members at this fun summer picnic. Tickets available in advance or at the park. School Street. Northfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 12noon-4pm – CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: The Play Workshop is offering a free Pop Up Adventure Playground at the Old County Courthouse in Northampton. Here kids can engage in creative free play with different materials and have a ton of fun with their peers. 413-588-2208. 99 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 12:30pm & 3:30pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Saturday, July 26, 1:30pm-2:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about reptiles at Mason Library with a program by Rhonda’s Reptiles. Ask questions about these interesting animals and meet some at the library. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 2:30pm & 3:30pm – CONCERT: Join the Porter-Phelps Huntington House Museum for A Perfect Spot of Tea, their summer tea and music series based on the colonial tradition. Sit on the museum’s back veranda and enjoy tea, pastries, and live music. This week, West and Jackson will perform instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive. Hadley, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 3pm – HISTORY: The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum presents a reenactment by historian Dennis Farley – “James White: Temperance Reformer” at the Adams Visitors Center. White was a very vocal reformer of the 1800s. Older students interested in history will enjoy seeing this reenactment and learning about the temperance movement. 413-743-7121. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, 6:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Mass Audubon is holding their 6th Annual Crickets Gala, “Butterflies, Beavers, and Bonfire,” at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The event features a live jazz quartet, food trucks, wine and craft beer, a silent auction and more. Please purchase tickets in advance. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. $$$

Saturday, July 26, 7pm – CONCERT: Join the Wistariahurst Museum for the Legacy of Holyoke’s Music, People, and Place Concert on July 26 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of research by Jacqueline Cooper, who has collected stories and music anecdotes from Holyoke residents. The results of her research will be told in song and stories featuring music from the 1800s to the 1950s. Older students interested in music and local history will enjoy this concert. Tickets available in advance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. $

Saturday, July 26, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park finishes up this weekend. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 26, DUSK – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join The Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Ongoing Sunday Events

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, July 27, 9am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will lead a natural and cultural history hike at the Boulders. Come explore this local natural area and learn about its history. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 10am – 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. $$

Sunday, July 27, 10am-12noon – INSECT STUDIES: Learn about butterflies and dragonflies with Kestrel Land Trust and Bill Benner at a special spot in Whately. All ages can learn about these fascinating insects on this fun outing. Email office@kestreltrust.org or call to RSVP and get meeting location. 413-549-1097. Whately, MA.

Sunday, July 27, 10am-3pm – HISTORY: The Sheffield Historical Society has the Milt Barnum All American Tool Exhibit on display through August 17 at the Old Stone Store. Come see and learn about historic tools used for a variety of trades at this fascinating exhibit. 413-229-2694. Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 1pm-2:30pm – LOCAL FOOD/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Join Food For All Amherst, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Amherst Survival Center, and CHD’s Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen for the Community Food Systems and Social Justice Mini Series. Kick off the series at the Food For All Garden on the UMass Amherst campus, where you can get a tour of the garden, meet organizers, and learn about local food systems and security. Older students interested in food justice would benefit from attending this event. Call to register. 413-256-6006. 911 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 1pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Huntington Historical Society is holding an open house at the Norwich Bridge Schoolhouse Museum. Come learn about what life was like for children 200 years ago and how schools have changed during that time. This is also a great chance to see some cool local artifacts on display at the Museum. Students interested in local history will like touring the Museum and learning about life in the past. Route 112 & Littleville Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 2pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Sunday, July 27, 2pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Vertigo (1958; rated PG), by Alfred Hitchcock. This is a great way for families to experience classic films on the big screen! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

Sunday, July 27, 2pm & 6:30pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Pinocchio this July. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Sunday, July 27, 2pm-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Join The Trustees of Reservations for a plant propagation workshop as part of their gardening series at Bullitt Reservation. Learn how to save your own seeds, graft a fruit tree, divide a blueberry bush, and more at this informative workshop. Please bring a pocket knife. This program is appropriate for older teens and adults. 413-532-1631 x10. Bullitt Road. Ashfield, MA. $

Sunday, July 27, 2pm-4pm – CRAFTS/NATURE STUDIES: Join RavenWood Freedom Farm and Learning Center, Inc. for a paper and cordage making program in front of the Village Church in Cummington. Kids and adults can learn how to make paper and cordage from natural and recycled materials and can also learn about their Homeschooling Enrichment Program. 32 Main Street. Cummington, MA.

Sunday, July 27, 2pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Buckland Historical Society for an open house at Buckland Historical Society Museum (20 Upper Street) and the Wilder Homestead (129 Route 112). Here you can see many interesting artifacts and town records, a furnished 1775 saltbox, a 1779 English barn, and a shoemaker shop. Those who are interested in local history will enjoy having the opportunity to explore these great local sites. 413-625-9763. Buckland, MA.

Sunday, July 27, 2:30pm-4:30pm – CLOTH DIAPERS: Simple Diaper and Linen is offering a Cloth Diaper 101 workshop at Life Works Studio. Come learn the ins and outs of cloth diapering and get information on Simple Diaper and Linen’s new diaper service in Southern Berkshire County. Please RSVP. 413-749-6232. 50 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA.

Sunday, July 27, 4pm – STORYTIME: Odyssey Bookshop presents a special storytime with David Kirk, author of Oh So Brave Dragon. Kirk will read from his children’s book about a dragon who needs some help being brave. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, July 27, 4pm-6pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/NATURE STUDIES: Join Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center for an evergreen craft workshop on the summit of Mt. Greylock. Come make your own Balsam Fir tree balm and evergreen sachet. Go for a short walk and learn how to identify these trees. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. $$

Sunday, July 27, 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come to Williamstown’s Summer Sundays for hands-on art activities, live music, pony rides, food, yoga, and more. Stick around for Images Cinema’s Family Flicks Under the Stars outdoor movie program. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 8pm – OUTDOOR MOVIE: Join Images Cinema on Morgan Lawn for Family Flicks Under the Stars. This week, come see Jurassic Park (1993; rated PG-13), about an island full of cloned dinosaurs, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Michael Crichton 413-458-5612. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 27, 8pm – THEATER: Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park has its final day today. This year, you can come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free at Springside Park. The show features a cast of local actors and kids and is a great chance for the whole family to experience this classic Shakespeare romantic comedy in a lovely outdoor setting. There will be free, interactive workshops at 6pm before the Saturday and Sunday shows. 874 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Monday, July 28, 10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Pinocchio this July. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Monday, July 28, 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Kids ages 8-11 are invited to participate in the Great Falls Discovery Center‘s Junior Ranger program on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Learn about the plants and animals living in the Connecticut River watershed and explore your surroundings at this fun program. Space is limited; registration is required. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 28-July 30, museum visitors can build rotochutes. Build your own and then compete with others to see whose chute takes the longest to reach the ground after being dropped. This is a great way to get involved in a fun and creative engineering project. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Monday, July 28, 10:30am-11:30am – STEM: South Berkshire Kids is offering a STEM program for kids ages 3-7 at the Lee Library on July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Come by for fun STEM learning activities. 413-464-5095. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 11am-11:45am – PUPPETRY/RECYCLING: Kids ages 5 and up can enjoy a puppet show about recycling at the East Longmeadow Public Library, presented by Nicol Wanders. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 1pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Monday, July 28, 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Families can come see The Little Mermaid (1989; rated G) at the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA.

Monday, July 28, 4pm-5:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids ages 9 and up can make upcycled journals at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. This is a fun chance to get creative and make a one-of-a-kind notebook. Please register. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 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)

Monday, July 28, 7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of The Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Not recommended for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

Monday, July 28, 7pm – TEEN MOVIE: Teens can come to the Westhampton Public Library for a PG-13 science fiction movie. Call the library for the title. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 28, 7:30pm – FILM/HISTORY: Amherst Cinema is screening part of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The documentary examines the lives of these individuals and how they impacted the country, from the creation of National Parks to the New Deal and more. Best for older students interested in film and history. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. $

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)

  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center is holding a Summer Park Play Date at Jackson Street School’s playground every Monday from June 30 until August 4. 413-582-2636. 120 Jackson Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Young children can attend Tales and Tunes storytime at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library every Monday in July and August. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 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.
  • 1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens can do a fun arts and crafts project/experiment at theEmily Williston Memorial Library every Monday as part of the teen summer reading program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – LITERACY: Every Monday in July and August, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art offers a Summer Reading Buddies program with dogs from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs. Kids ages 4-11 can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to one of these trained therapy dogs, who offer nonjudgmental support and make a great audience. Free with museum admission. Call to sign up for a time slot. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. $
  • 2pm-3pm – INSECT STUDIES: Every Monday in July and August, study the caterpillars in the Berkshire Museum‘s “Butterflies” exhibition and learn about their life stages at a “Caterpillar Chat.” Discover some of their amazing adaptations at this program. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 2pm-3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library is offering a guided arts and crafts program for ages 9-15 every Monday from June 30-August 4. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, July 29th, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 9:30am-10:30am & 6:30pm-7:30pm – YOGA: All ages can attend free outdoor yoga together from 9:30am-10:30am at Pulaski Park (Main Street) and from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Childs Park (Woodlawn Avenue) with instructor Beth Tascione. This is a great chance for kids to participate in an intergenerational activity and to try out yoga to see if they like it! Every Tuesday in July. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids 6 and under and a parent/caregiver are invited to attend a drop-in playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School, held by Frontier Regional CFCE. The group focuses on early literacy and there will be indoor and outdoor time, snacks, and info on childcare and community resources. Takes place Tuesday July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12, as well as Friday July 11 and August 1. 413-369-4353. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 10am – STEM: Kids can learn about physics and how sailors in the past sent cannonballs through the air at the Westfield Athenaeum. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Look Park’s Children’s Series is back this summer with tons of great performances! This week, Chris Yerlig will pantomime comedy and magic tricks. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. $

Tuesday, July 29, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Pinocchio this July. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Tuesday, July 29, 10am-11am – STEM/ARTS: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for a weekly program focused on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. There will be storytime, arts and crafts, and a snack. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 11am-12noon – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Ed the Wizard presents his “Alchemy Laboratory” at the Hatfield Public Library on July 29! Come learn, watch, and participate in this fun show about magic with everyday items found in the kitchen. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 1pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Hilltown Families is a proud premier sponsor of Circus Smirkus, coming to town for four performances this week at the Three County Fairgrounds. Presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus will perform an adventure on the high seas with “Anchors Away for Atlantis.” Bring the family and come join their intrepid crew as they climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. Get your tickets at A2Z in Northampton or AJ Hastings in Amherst. 413-530-7080. 41 Fair Street. Northampton, MA ($$$)

Tuesday, July 29, 1pm-1:45pm – ASTRONOMY: Kids ages 6 and up can learn all about astronomy at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Astronomy enthusiast Paul Cardone will teach about stars, constellations, and more. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 2pm-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Forest Park Zoo on the Go will be at Forbes Library with interesting animals for kids to meet and learn about. Registration is required. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 29, 3pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS/LANGUAGE ARTS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for Camp Odyssey! This once-a-week camp features a weekly book and activities to go along with it. Recommended for kids age 7 and up, this week’s book/activity is “Make Your Own Lava Lamp.” Registration is required by July 27. 514-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. >$

Tuesday, July 29, 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, July 29, 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents country and oldies by Fran Liptak and Friends. 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)

Tuesday, July 29, 7pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Hilltown Families is a proud premier sponsor of Circus Smirkus, coming to town for four performances this week at the Three County Fairgrounds. Presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus will perform an adventure on the high seas with “Anchors Away for Atlantis.” Bring the family and come join their intrepid crew as they climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. Get your tickets at A2Z in Northampton or AJ Hastings in Amherst. 413-530-7080. 41 Fair Street. Northampton, MA ($$$)

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 – PLAYGROUP: Join the South Hadley Family Center for playgroup every Tuesday morning in July and August. In July, come to Beachgrounds Park (Main Street) and in August, come to Buttery Brook Park (Willimansett Street). Rain cancels. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do a fun arts and crafts project/experiment at theEmily Williston Memorial Library every Tuesday as part of the youth summer reading program. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Kids ages 7 and up can draw and paint at the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club every Tuesday this summer. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. >$
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 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)
  • 11am – CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Every Tuesday at 11am, Terry A La Berry and Friends will perform in the Roche Reading Park at the Lenox Library. Kids will love these fun interactive concerts! 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 1:30pm-3pm – KNITTING: Spend time knitting with others and improving your knitting skills at the Emily Williston Memorial Library‘s knitting group. Runs every Tuesday. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, 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, July 30th, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 10am – STEM: Kids can do science experiments and enjoy stories, songs, and a craft at the Westfield Athenaeum on July 30. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 10am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Learn about native and exotic animals at the Westhampton Public Library with Creature Teachers. This program focuses on animals that dig and is great for kids who like learning about animals! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 10am & 1pm – THEATER: Majestic Children’s Theater presents a production of Pinocchio this July. Kids and adults will enjoy seeing this classic fairy tale come to life onstage! 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

Wednesday, July 30, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The South Hadley Family Center presents their 6th Annual Summer Children’s Concert Series in Buttery Brook Park. This week, come hear Roger Tincknell perform original and traditional music on a variety of instruments. Bring a blanket and enjoy this fun outdoor concert for all ages! 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Wednesday, July 30, 10am-12noon – HIKING: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an easy hike at Stevens Glen. 413-499-0596. Lenox Branch Road. Lenox, MA.

Wednesday, July 30, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Pirate Girl at the Northampton Senior Center on July 30, July 31, August 1, and August 2. All ages will enjoy seeing this production based on Cornelia Funke’s picture book. Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 10:30am-11:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Davis Bates will entertain all ages with a song and story celebration at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Come hear songs and stories from around the world. Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can see a performance by Ed the Wizard at the Chesterfield Library on July 30! 413-296-4735. 408 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Lee Library for a dinosaur storytime and craft. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: The Springfield Museums present a comic mime show by Robert Rivest at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. All ages will enjoy this hilarious interactive show. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 1pm-2pm – WRITING: Kids ages 7-10 can attend a writer’s workshop at the Dalton Free Public Library every Wednesday from July 16 through August 20. Here kids can explore the joy of fiction writing, narratives, poetry, and more. This is a great environment for kids to practice and discuss writing – the workshop is led by Sarah DiFazio, a 2nd-grade teacher and speech and language pathologist. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 1pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Hilltown Families is a proud premier sponsor of Circus Smirkus, coming to town for four performances this week at the Three County Fairgrounds. Presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus will perform an adventure on the high seas with “Anchors Away for Atlantis.” Bring the family and come join their intrepid crew as they climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. Get your tickets at A2Z in Northampton or AJ Hastings in Amherst. 413-530-7080. 41 Fair Street. Northampton, MA ($$$)

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE/STEM: Ed the Wizard will be at the Westfield Athenaeum to demonstrate how math can be used in magic tricks. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3pm – STEM: Kids ages 5 and up can attend Experimentology at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Come see cool experiments and learn about gravity! Registration is required. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 3pm-4pm – STEM: Join Ramsdell Library for an afternoon of fun science experiments. See the cool reactions that can occur when you combine milk, food coloring, and dish soap. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 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, July 30, 4pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Join Earthdance and the Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community for a community barbecue! This is a great chance to meet the youth and organizers that are involved with JF/HTHLC, which is an organization that works to provide young people of color with tools and space for empowerment. The barbecue also features live music by Tem Blessed and the Blest Energy Band. Come to Earthdance for this fun barbecue and meet some of the great people involved with both Earthdance and JF/HTHLC! 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Wednesday, July 30, 4pm-5pm – STEM: Grow Food Amherst will have a special event for kids each week at the Amherst Wednesday Market in Kendrick Park. This week, kids learn about perennial gardening with John Root. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 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, July 30, 5:30pm-7pm – LOCAL FOOD/SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY MEAL: Join Food For All Amherst, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Amherst Survival Center, and CHD’s Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen for the Community Food Systems and Social Justice Mini Series. Local farmers, educators, town staff, organizers, and community members will present a panel, “Perspectives on Food Security in Pioneer Valley Food Systems,” followed by a discussion and potluck (7pm) at the Hitchcock Center. Older students interested in food justice would benefit from attending this event. Call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm – MUSIC/DANCE: “Blues and Tap: A Cultural Intersection” takes place at Bascom Lodge and features blues music and tap dance, performed by Robin O’Herin and Stefanie Weber. Enjoy the performance while learning about the intersections of these two art forms. 413-743-1591. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Kids can come to the Milne Public Library for a performance by Ed the Wizard. 413-458-5369. 1095 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm – STEM: Learn all about volcanoes at M.N. Spear Memorial Library! Kids can come make volcanoes erupt in the last meeting of this three-part volcano series. Please call to register. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm-7pm – STEM: Join the Heath Free Public Library at the Heath Fairgrounds’ Blue Exhibit Hall for some fun summer reading-related science experiments! These fun programs will get kids engaged in both summer reading and STEM learning. 413-337-4934 x7. 9 Hosmer Road. Heath, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Have fun with family and friends at the Positively Holyoke summer concert series at Heritage State Park every Wednesday from July 9 through August 6. This week, Blue Devil Bluez will perform blues and rock music. There will also be a beer and wine garden. In case of rain, concert takes place on Thursday of the same week. Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30pm – TRIVIA: All ages can come to a concert by Wendy and Anna Plummer of Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library on July 30. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

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

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30pm-7:25pm – STEM: Teens and adults ages 12 and up can attend “Super Cold Science,” presented by a museum educator from the Boston Science Museum at the South Hadley Public Library. See demonstrations and learn what happens when matter changes temperature. 413-538-5045. 27 Bardwell Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 30, 7pm – CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Hilltown Families is a proud premier sponsor of Circus Smirkus, coming to town for four performances this week at the Three County Fairgrounds. Presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus will perform an adventure on the high seas with “Anchors Away for Atlantis.” Bring the family and come join their intrepid crew as they climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. Get your tickets at A2Z in Northampton or AJ Hastings in Amherst. 413-530-7080. 41 Fair Street. Northampton, MA ($$$)

Wednesday, July 30, 7:30pm – FILM: Join Amherst Cinema for Big Screen Classics, where they screen a classic film each Sunday and following Wednesday. This week, see Vertigo (1958; rated PG), by Alfred Hitchcock. This is a great way for families to experience classic films on the big screen! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, 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-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 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. >$
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: The West Springfield Public Library is offering a summer storytime for preschoolers every Wednesday from July 2 until August 6. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – STORYTIME/STEM: Elementary school-aged kids can come to the Arms Library for fun STEM programming every Wednesday morning this summer, from July 2 until August 6. Come enjoy storytime and learn about things like gardens, space, the ocean, robots, how to make ice cream, and much more! These hands-on activities can get kids engaged in STEM learning. 413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can attend a fun storytime at the Leverett Library every Wednesday in July and August. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Children (ages 5+) and their parents can come to the Mead Art Museum for storytime every Wednesday at 10:30am. Come hear stories and explore connections between the stories and the art on display at the Mead. Runs to August 13. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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 – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Every Wednesday at 11am, head to the Dickinson Memorial Library for story hour. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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.
  • 12noon-4pm – GAMES: All ages can come to the Dalton Free Public Library for games every Wednesday from July 9 until August 27. Board games, puzzles, card games, and more. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about some fascinating local history at the Swift River Valley Historical Society every Wednesday and Sunday from 1:30pm-4:30pm through September 28. Tour the building, see interesting exhibits, and learn about the Quabbin Reservoir and the towns that were flooded for its creation. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street. New Salem, MA.
  • 3pm – ARTS & CRAFTS/NATURE STUDIES: Every Wednesday at 3pm, head to the Dickinson Memorial Library for a nature craft. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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. $
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm – AGRICULTURE/STEM: Kids ages 8 and up can attend the Mason Library‘s 4-H Club every Wednesday from July 2 until August 13. The club focuses on topics like animals, motion, science, engineering, chemical reactions, and more. Registration is required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA.t
  • 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, July 31st, 2014

Thursday, July 31, TICKET DEADLINE – BREASTFEEDING: The Pioneer Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is hoping to screen The Milky Way, a documentary about breastfeeding, at the Cinemark at Hampshire Mall, but a certain number of tickets must be purchased in advance. If you are interested, read more about the event here and get your tickets ASAP! 367 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. $

Thursday, July 31, 10am – STORYTIME: Four and five year olds can come to the Westfield Athenaeum for stories, activities, and a craft. Please register in advance. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy storytime at the Dalton Free Public Library every Thursday from July 10 until August 7. Come by for stories, snacks, and crafts. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 10am-5pm – AVIATION/STEM: The New England Air Museum is offering fun, educational activities for kids every day this summer! From July 31-August 3, museum visitors can participate in an egg drop contest. Design and build something that will protect an egg and keep it from breaking during a 20-foot drop. This is a great way to get involved in a fun and creative engineering project. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. $

Thursday, July 31, 10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Mad Science will be at the Worthington Library to present Fire and Ice. Registration is required. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/PUPPETRY: Young children can come to the Emily Williston Memorial Library for a puppet storytime. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Pirate Girl at the Northampton Senior Center on July 30, July 31, August 1, and August 2. All ages will enjoy seeing this production based on Cornelia Funke’s picture book. Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Thursday, July 31, 11am – STEM: Come to the Lenox Library for a performance by Sciencetellers! They will perform a fun interactive program that combines storytelling, comedy, and science experiments. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 1pm – PUPPETRY/PERFORMANCE: The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform An Arabian Adventure at the Springfield Museums’ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts’ Davis Auditorium. Come see these beautifully crafted marionette puppets act out the play. Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 31, 1pm-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill for an ice cream social and open house! Activities include crafts, an interpretive hike, and more! Explore Sheep Hill and learn more about WRLF and what they do. 413-458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road. Williamstown, MA. >$

Thursday, July 31, 2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Thursday, July 31, 3pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Come to the Lanesborough Public Library for Sciencetellers, a show that combines storytelling, comedy, and science experiments. Please pre-register. 413-442-0222. 83 Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 3:30pm-4:15pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join the Leverett Library for a presentation by Teaching Creatures. Come learn about animals and biomimicry at this educational program. Registration is required. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA.

Thursday, July 31, 6pm – IMPROV: Teens can learn improv at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Call for more information. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 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, July 31, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Russ Thomas and the Falltown String 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, July 31, 6:15pm-7pm – STEM: Enjoy an interactive show by Sciencetellers at the Mason Library! See experiments using dry ice, flash paper, exploding bottles, and more as Sciencetellers bring stories to life. Best for kids in K-5. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 31, 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 Mieka Pauley. 90 Park Street. Florence, MA.

Thursday, July 31, 7pm – FILM/LOCAL HISTORY: Ventfort Hall presents “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection,” a series focusing on films that are in some way connected to the Berkshires. This week, come see Alice’s Restaurant (1969; rated R), a film about Arlo Guthrie, part of which is set in Stockbridge. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $)

Thursday, July 31, 7pm – SPORTS: Enjoy America’s pastime this summer at one of the Pittsfield Suns’ home games at Wahconah Park! Come watch the game and eat classic ballpark food. A full schedule of the team’s home and away games can be found on the Pittsfield Suns website. 413-445-7867. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, 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.
  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, 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.
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Kids can do an art project inspired by the Berkshire Museum‘s Butterflies exhibition every Thursday in July and August. Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $
  • 2pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn about art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum‘s “It’s Cool at the Mead” series of free gallery talks, every Thursday at 2pm and Friday at 11am from June 19-August 22. The gallery talks cover a different topic each time, so take a break from the summer heat and come learn about the Museum’s wonderful collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for Historic Property Walks every Thursday this summer. Explore the Museum’s 36-acre site and many historic buildings. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. $$
  • 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 – KNITTING: Every Thursday at 6pm, the Dickinson Memorial Library will hold a knitting and crocheting group for experts, beginners, all skill levels. Come improve your skills, share tips, and learn from others. 413-498-2455. 115 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, August 1st, 2014

Friday, August 1, 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Kids 6 and under and a parent/caregiver are invited to attend a drop-in playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School, held by Frontier Regional CFCE. The group focuses on early literacy and there will be indoor and outdoor time, snacks, and info on childcare and community resources. Takes place Tuesday July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12, as well as Friday July 11 and August 1. 413-369-4353. Old Amherst Road. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 10am-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children run every Friday until August 8. On August 1, see Terry A La Berry and Friends perform “Braver to Be Kind.” Young kids will love this fun performance! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 10:30am & 1pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents a performance of Pirate Girl at the Northampton Senior Center on July 30, July 31, August 1, and August 2. All ages will enjoy seeing this production based on Cornelia Funke’s picture book. Tickets available in advance. 413-210-1898. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. $$

Friday, August 1, 11am-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockbridge Library presents “Stroll Back in Time: Life Along Main Street 150 Years Ago,” an event that transforms Stockbridge’s Main Street into a mid-1800s New England village with historically accurate activities. You can discover chores of the time period, play croquet, speak with reenactors, see a blacksmith forge horseshoes, hear music of the time period, and enjoy historic games. There will also be free ice cream for those who attend. This is a unique opportunity to see Stockbridge as it once was and learn about how people lived during the time of the Civil War. 413-298-5501. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Casey Carle will perform “BubbleMania: Comedy With a Drip!” at the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The performance features comedy, music, and tons of amazing bubbles! Free with museum admission. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 1, 2pm-3pm – STEM: Kids can come to the Forbes Library to learn about the science behind certain types of candy. Come see Lifesavers glow and candy hearts dance and learn about chemistry at this fun science program. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 4:30pm-6:30pm – TEEN MOVIE: The Mason Library is screening a movie for teens – Ender’s Game (2013; rated PG-13). Come enjoy the movie and eat some pizza. 413-464-5095. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 5pm-8pm – ART WALK: Explore Pittsfield’s local art scene at this month’s First Fridays Artswalk. Stroll through the Upstreet Cultural District and check out galleries, receptions, and events. 413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, August 1, 5:30pm-6:30pm – SUMMER READING: Say goodbye to the statewide summer reading challenge at an end of summer party at the Hatfield Public Library. All ages can come enjoy pizza, prizes, and games. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 1, 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 Donna Lee perform the music of Patsy Cline. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and enjoy the show! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, August 1, 7pm – THEATER: Come see a performance of Hairspray JR. by the Barrington Stage Company at the Berkshire Museum. This performance is based on the film and Tony Award-winning musical and is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. Children under age 5 are not permitted at the performance. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

Friday, August 1, 8pm – THEATER: Exit 7 Players present a production of The Wizard of Oz starring young actors from the area. All ages will like seeing this classic play. Tickets available in advance. 413-583-4301. 37 Chestnut Street. Ludlow, 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)

  • 10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations every day for tours of Naumkeag’s Mansion House, a 44-room Gilded Age summer home. The Mansion has all the original artwork and furniture from the time period. Visitors can also tour the Fletcher Steele-designed gardens. 413-298-3239 x3013. 5 Prospect Hill Road. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 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)
  • 11am – HISTORY: Kids can experience a day in the life of a Shaker child on one of Hancock Shaker Village’s Young Shaker’s Tour, which take place every day at 11am this summer. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can learn about school for Shaker children, meet the barn animals, and do a hands-on activity. Check with your local library to see if you can get a museum pass to HSV! Young Shaker’s Tour is not included in cost of admission. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. $-$$
  • 11am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Learn about art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum‘s “It’s Cool at the Mead” series of free gallery talks, every Thursday at 2pm and Friday at 11am from June 19-August 22. The gallery talks cover a different topic each time, so take a break from the summer heat and come learn about the Museum’s wonderful collection. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STEM: The West Springfield Public Library is offering “Science Rocks,” a science program for ages 9-15. Takes place every Friday from July 11 until August 8. First session meets Thursday, July 3 instead of Friday. Please register. 413-736-4561 x3. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy a free outdoor concert after hours at The Mount every Friday this summer. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, 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)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Chesterfest Americana Music Series runs every Friday until August 29. Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live bluegrass, folk, and country music on the West Porch of Chesterwood. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Kids get in free. 413-298-3579 x25210. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. $

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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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