Weekly Suggested Events for July 10-16, 2021

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Plan your weekend and next week with our list of events, including library programs, live music, outdoor activies, and museum adventures!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

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FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
Greenfield, MA

At the Center School, they are redefining the middle school experience. Their 6th-8th grade Uppers program fosters a balance of social consciousness and self-awareness in an environment where children are encouraged to be independent and resourceful. Rigorous academic projects, deep critical thinking, rugged outdoor pursuits, a commitment to creativity and curiosity, and an expectation of openness to new ideas are the mainstays of a Center School education. They are currently offering generous, though limited in number, scholarships for newly-admitted middle school students. Learn more about their school, program, and brand new campus opening in Fall 2021 by visiting www.centerschool.net or emailing admissions@centerschool.net.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield, MA invites your family to participate in FREE preschool fun this summer! Join them for one of their interactive virtual storytimes in July, or come on down to their outdoor events featuring instrument-making and music-playing fun for the whole family. Prelude Preschool is now enrolling children ages 2.9 – 5 years for full-day programming, featuring specialized classes taught by expert musicians and artists in early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Playful exploration, flexible before and after care, and arts-centered family nights are hallmarks of the Prelude program. Learn more or register for a free summer event at communitymusicschool.com/prelude.

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is currently accepting applications for the fall from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. More info: fourwindsschool.info

“Four Winds isn’t a school for exceptional children. It is an exceptional school for children. [We] couldn’t be happier with our experience at Four Winds.” -Lili Dwight, parent

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDU
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton, MA

Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454. wildgardenofchildhood.com. wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com.

Wild Garden of Childhood (formerly Little Schoolhouse) is enrolling infants and toddlers for fall 2021. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Hybrid, virtual and on-site

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021
Age Range: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074
♦ info@ima.org 
♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18), and the Teen Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. While participants can do the program entirely virtually, there will be on-site opportunities for local students. 

FEATURED ART CLASSES
Caitlin Hurd
Easthampton, MA

Summer Art Classes For Adults and Teens July 19-23, July 26-30 or August 2-6th – 10am-1pm. These intensive workshops are specifically designed for adults and teens who are looking to gain some new and improve technical skills in oil painting and drawing. These classes are taught by professional artist, Caitlin Hurd, a classically trained artist with over 20 years of experience. Folks looking for a serious intensive week of skill-building invited to inquire. Class is located in-person in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. 3 hr. classes/day for 5 days $300- Materials included. Caitlin is fully vaccinated and will follow all COVID safety rules. Contact Caitlin if you have any questions.
www.caitlinhurd.com/painting-and-drawing-classes

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021

HIKING. 8-10am. Vigorous small-group hike to the peak of Mount Toby, led by a Kestrel Land Trust. Mount Toby. Sunderland, MA. 

FAMILY RADIO. 9am. HFVS Music Makes the World We Want Episode with Guest DJ, Carrie Ferguson. WXOJ 103.3FM. Northampton, MA. (Radio) 

SENSORY-FRIENDLY. 9-11am. The Springfield Museums offers Sensory Friendly Saturdays, the second Saturday of each month. Sensory Friendly Saturdays provide less noise, less bright light, and cool-down spaces for those who have sensory sensitivity. Sensory-friendly crafts for all ages will be available too. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

FARMERS’ MARKET. 9am-1pm. There are so many lessons to be learned and information to share at a farmers’ market. Every Saturday is the Pittsfield market, the first teen-run market in the region. Get curious (and hungry) and bring the kids! Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street Common. Pittsfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES. 9:30am. “Art in the Field” is an outdoor creativity workshop for kids ages 2-6. Takes place outside of the Smith College Art Museum. Northampton, MA. 

BIKE MAINTENANCE. 10am. “Treat Your Bike Right.” – Learn how to clean a bike and make sure it fits you correctly. If your brakes squeak, your chain is grimy, or if you can sit on your bike seat with your feet flat on the ground, learn what you can do to make things right. For kids 8+, teens, and adults. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. 

FAMILY PERFORMANCE. 10am. For 43 years, Roger Reed has performed as Roger the Jester. Better described as a performance artist, he will juggle, spin, throw and play with all sorts of objects, entertaining the entire family. Dewey Memorial Hall. 413-229-2357. 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 10:30am. Saturday Morning Rehearsal with Simon, Sibelius, and Dvořák at Tanglewood. 413-637-5180. 297 West St. Lenox, MA. 

THEATER STUDIES/CASTING. 10:30am. Pelham Players is staging a new production this summer, “It’s a Jungle Out There! A Musical Play for Young Voices.” Come to this informational meeting when they will cast the show and hand out scripts. The show involves group songs and dances, group lines, and individual lines. Rehearsals will be weekend mornings and early evenings for the period between July 10 and July 23. Cast members will have a rehearsal schedule outlining when their particular characters will be rehearsing and only need to come at those times. The performances will be held on July 23 and 24. Parental help with simple costumes and scenery and cast supervision is welcome. Pelham Library. 413-253-0657. 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY/SENSE OF PLACE. 10:30am-12pm. Walking Tour: 19th Century Chestnut Street. Join local historians and neighborhood experts for enlightening strolls through the downtown area of Springfield. Explore the days when Chestnut Street was lined with grand 19th-century mansions. With the help of historical maps and photographs, hear the stories of these long-lost houses and the famous artists, publishers, military leaders, and business tycoons who once lived in them. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ORNITHOLOGY/RAPTORS. 11am. Join others on the library yard to learn about different birds of prey with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and wildlife biologist, Tom Ricardi. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

STORYTIME. 11am. Join author/illustrator Steve Light as he shares his new picture book, Road Trip! A Whiskers Hollow Adventure at The Carle. When Bear’s old truck needs a new headlight, there’s just one thing to do: organize a road trip to Elephant’s Old Junk Tree to find a new one. Steve Light’s signature intricate illustrations and lively original story will delight readers again and again. Book signing to follow the program. Takes place at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA. 

ANIMAL STUDIES. 11am. Forest Park Zoo with Live Animals at the library! Their zookeeper will provide information about the animals, including their special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets, and status in the wild. The program will be in the Children’s Garden. Mason Public Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main St, Great Barrington, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 11am. Summer events at the Odyssey Bookshop. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY/SHAKER. 11am-4pm. A living history museum in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Share your love of history, agriculture, and design with your children or grandchildren as our costumed interpreters engage them in various activities. Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Through agricultural experimentation and wise use of technology, the Shakers made their farms into models of efficiency and innovation. Hancock Shaker Village is still a working farm today, with vegetables, herbs, and a barn full of livestock. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURE. 12:30-4:30pm. Family Fun Day: Farm Animal Frolic. Meet friendly farm animals, go on a Story Walk, make a craft, build with hay bales, and take a unique self-guided family-friendly Scavenger Hunt! To add to the joy of the day, John Porcino, a locally known and well-loved performer, will be telling stories and singing songs. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

LAWN CONCERT. 12-6pm. Whip City Music Celebration. Live music on the green with non-stop performances by local musicians! Bring a blanket or some chairs, maybe a picnic basket, and settle in for a great day of local entertainment. 413-572-6200. Park Square, Westfield, MA. 

BOTANY/FERNS. 12:30pm. What makes ferns unique among plants? Walk the trails at Arcadia, searching for and identifying different types of ferns and observing key features used to tell one species from another as part of their summer ecology series. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA. 

ACROBATICS. 1pm. Hands-On Circus Aerial Acrobatics Workshop. Aerialist duo Leah and Molly will stage a 15-minute performance followed by hands-on instruction to kids on an aerial apparatus and teaching stilt walking, plate spinning, juggling, and other ground tricks. This will be a hands-on program at the Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. 

STORYTELLING/ORIGAMI. 1pm. Tales from Japan: The Star Festival (Storytelling by Motoko). Parents’ Choice Award-winning storyteller Motoko will entertain families with fun animal folktales, songs, and art activities. Participants will learn how to make an origami star! Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA. 

LANGUAGE ARTS. 1pm. Write-Up Springfield! Creative writers of all types are invited to join Write-Up Springfield at their monthly networking, writing exercise, and sharing meetings. Writers share their creative work for feedback and constructive comments from other group members in this interactive, adult-only workshop. Newcomers welcomed, though please preregister at 413-263-6828, x221. For ages 18 and up. Springfield Central Library. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA.

ART EXHIBIT. 2pm. Explore the magical grounds and discover original sculptures by regional contemporary artists inspired by the special exhibition Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. Meet the sculptors; find the fairies in the Yellowwood tree, and make a dragon egg. Norman Rockwell Museum. Glendale Rd, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. 

HILLTOWN HISTORY. 2-5pm. Kingman Tavern Museum. 413-563-1981. 41 Main Street. Cummington, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/BEETHOVEN. 2:30pm. Tanglewood Pre-Concert Talks with Jeremy Yudkin, “Beethoven’s Best, with The Great Romantics” (Sibelius and Dvořák). Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

Self-Directed Learning:
CULTURE

Learning Through the Lens of Picnics

Self-Directed Learning:
METEOROLOGY

Learning Through the Lens of Thunder Storms

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021

HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. Chapel Brook, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, showcases the region’s rugged beauty, blending steep and deep forests, sensational summit views, and streams that surge and trickle with the seasons. At the heart of the reservation lies 1,420-foot Pony Mountain, whose nearly vertical 100-foot rock face enthralls skilled rock climbers. Down below, Chapel Brook—a tributary of the South River— meanders through a dense hardwood forest before cascading over three bedrock ledges. In times of high water, Chapel Falls are in full roar. Come summer; however, the pools offer a cool, welcome dip. Williamsburg Road, Ashfield, MA. 

ECOLOGY/BOG. 9am. Visit the Hawley Bog with Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. With an elevation of 1,800 feet, Hawley Bog resembles the cold bogs of Canada. During summer, see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the Heath Family that make the bog their home. 413-584-3009. East Hawley Road, Hawley, MA. 

GARDENING. 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the Native American practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together at the Native American Three Sisters Garden at Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

GARDENING/COMPOSTING. 10am. Composting for Gardeners at the library. Discover how household and garden debris can become a rich supplement to your garden, add to the health of your plants, and create a living system that delivers nutrients to the root systems. Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD. 10am–2pm. Easthampton Farmers’ Market. 2350 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA. 

LOCAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY. 10am-4:30pm. “And to Think that Lucy saw it on Memorial Street…” a Day in Old Deerfield with America’s First African American Poet. July 11 is “Lucy Terry Prince Day,” marking the bicentennial of the first known African American poet’s death. Lucy Terry Prince’s (c.1730-1821) life from birth and captivity in Africa c.1730 to enslavement in Deerfield, MA, to her death as a free woman in Vermont in 1821, encompasses signal events in the lives of enslaved people. Join the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and Historic Deerfield for tours and on-going activities throughout the day. Memorial Hall Museum at 8 Memorial St., Deerfield, MA. 

LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION. 11am. Drag Hatter’s Tea Party: Family Edition. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with local drag legend Boxxa Vine for an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party and performance in the Chinese Garden at Naumkeag. This family-friendly event includes a traditional tea, a craft, and a performance featuring Boxxa Vine and friends as they interpret Wonderland through story, song, and, of course, a lip-synch! Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-5pm. Summer Spectacular at the Springfield Museums. Stop in to read some of Ted Geisel’s original stories along with lots of other picture books. Participate in facilitated activities that merge art and literacy, allowing children to build and utilize diverse vocabulary and reading comprehension skills while creating original artwork. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES. 1pm. D&D Super Dungeon! In a typical D&D game, a single group of players completes quests based on a written scenario. In a Super Dungeon, multiple groups of players complete adventures along a central theme and work towards a carefully orchestrated climactic resolution on the final day of play. All the games operate in the same fantasy world, and each adventure’s outcome influences the final result. Meekins Library is joining a Massachusetts-wide Super Dungeon on a fantastic adventure created to coincide with our summer reading program. Email kmit@cwmars.org for more information or to register. Registration is required. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY. 1-4pm. The Shelburne Historical Society museum, library, and archives are housed in the architectural gem that was the Arms Academy in the historic district of Shelburne Falls. The Museum houses collections and exhibits pertinent to Shelburne, the Mohawk Trail, the industrial history of the Falls, and more. Support learning about local history with this seasonal resource located at 33 Severance Street. Shelburne Falls, MA.

AGRICULTURE. 2pm. Learn the basis and importance of grapes and grape growing that make great wine! Tour a working vineyard and learn how grapes hold a sense of place. Black Birch Vineyard. 413-247-3300. 108 Straits Rd, North Hatfield, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 2pm. Sunday Crafternoons with Agawam Family and Community Program at Perry Lane Pre-School Park. 413-789-1616. 108 Perry Ln, Agawam, MA. 

HISTORY/ANTIQUES. 2pm. Treasures from the Attic. Historian Dennis Picard will explain rare and unusual objects from the Worthington Historical Society collection, including buttons, shoes, tools, and some mysterious objects. Participants are welcomed to bring unknown objects from their attics for examination. Held outside on the lawn with cider and donuts. 6 Williamsburg Road, Worthington, MA.

BOTANY/FERNS. 2-4pm. Fern Walk at 4H Forest with the Pioneer Valley Fern Society. Enjoy a pleasant walk along woods trail and boardwalks, learning or refreshing how to identify some 20 common and less common ferns of our area. Free & open to the public. Directions: From Leverett Town Hall turn left/south and then bear left on Shutesbury Rd. The 4H Forest sign and parking lot are about 0.5 miles from the Town Hall. Leverett, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES. 4pm. Sevenars Music Festival features live outdoor music held at the historic Academy concert hall alongside Jackson Brook. Sevenars Academy. 413-238-5854. 15 Ireland Street, South Worthington, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/AMERICAN MUSIC. 5-7:30pm. Live music. BYO picnic. Stump Sprouts. 413-339-4265. 64 W Hill Rd, Hawley, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 5:30pm. Jazz and Classics for Change Concert in the Dell. Saxophonist George Brooks and pianist Utsav Lal create dynamic new music drawing on the traditions of Indian classical music, American jazz, western classical, and contemporary improvisation. The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES. 6pm. High on a Mountain: Moonshine Holler at Bascom Lodge. 413-743-1591. N Adams Rd, Adams, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA.

Self-Directed Learning:
THEATER STUDIES

 “There’s a play so powerful that an old superstition says [we] should never utter its name in a theater. A play that begins with witchcraft and ends with a bloody, severed head. A play filled with riddles, prophecies, nightmare visions, and lots of brutal murder. But is it really all that good? Brendan Pelsue explains why you should read (or revisit) ‘Macbeth.'” – Why should you read “Macbeth”? – Brendan Pelsue (TED-Ed)

Self-Directed Learning:
FOLKLORE

In folklore, what is a trickster? According to CrashCourse, “tricksters are, well, tricky. They’re wise and foolish, they’re promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they’re good guys.” Here is video series of trickster stories in mythology, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider, then sharing the story of tricky Hercules and Atlas, and more recent tricksters like B’rer Rabbit.

MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Sunrise-Sunset. Donated to the Commonwealth in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), this state forest has two lakes, camping opportunities, swimming, a beach, and 15 miles of hiking trails available for all to enjoy. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest. 413-268-7098. 78 Cape St., Goshen, MA. 

GEOGRAPHY/POLAR REGIONS. 9am-3:30pm. Brrr’rr… Chillin’ Out at the Icy Ends of the World. Explore the frigid Arctic and Antarctic in this five-day program! Learn how fascinating animals in the Arctic survive their harsh worlds. How do they stay warm, raise young, and deal with climate change? Why are icebergs often blue, and why do so many giant creatures live on the bottom of the Antarctic seafloor? Learn about the prehistoric animals preserved for millennia in the frozen north. Experiment with “blubber,” saltwater, and density; light and darkness; camouflage, and more. Create your own arctic field guide. Learn how global warming is affecting humans and animal habitats at the ends of the world. Ages 7-10. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

MAGIC/PSYCHOLOGY. 10am. Ed Popielarczyk’s Magic Show at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Summer Whately Elementary School Playground Series at Whately Elementary. 273 Long Plain Rd., Whately, MA.  

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Pick-up playgroup at Stanley Park’s sandbox area. Make not only sandcastles but also new friends at this weekly self-directed playgroup. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA.  

ART STUDIES/SCULPTURE. 1pm. Docent Tour: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer-Minuteman at the Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA.  

MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE. 7pm. Ukulele Strum Along with the Leverett Library. Virtual.

FILM STUDIES/SILENT FILM. 8pm. Far Out Film Discussion will discuss the 1927 silent film Metropolis from German director Fritz Lang as part of their Far Out Film Discussion Series. VIRTUAL.

Self-Directed Learning:
WOMEN’S STUDIES

“Forget about Disney princesses like Ariel or Jasmine. Here are some badass princesses around the world that either fought in wars or saved their country.” – Beyond Science 2

Self-Directed Learning:
CHAIN REATIONS

Dominoes, popsicle sticks, and Rube Goldberg Machines are three easy ways kids can learn about the concepts of chain reactions! Read more: Science & Fun of Chain Reactions.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021

ORNITHOLOGY. 8-10am. Bird Walks with Mass Audubon at The Mount. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound, and tips for exploring different habitats in search of swallows, woodpeckers, thrushes, and warblers. Mass Audubon naturalists lead the walks and love sharing their passion for birds with others. Walks last two hours and depart from the main parking lot near The Mount’s ticket booth. Bring binoculars. The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. 

HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION. 9am-2pm. Travel back in time by exploring the historic cars and motorcycles built in Springfield at the Wood Museum of Springfield History. Design your own unique car, truck, bus, or cycle using all types of fun, recyclable materials. Ages 5-7. Two classes: July 13 & 15. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

STORYTIME. 10:30am. Join the Chicopee Public Library for outside musical storytime with singing, dancing, and stories! For families with little ones up through school-age kids, every Tuesday morning through August 10. Call the Children’s Room at 413-594-1800×4 or email chicopeelibrarykids@gmail.com to sign up. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA. 

FOLKTALES. 11am. African & African American Folktales outside at the library. Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience by telling various African, African American, and World folktales leavened with music, humor, and mystery.Hatfield Public Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY. 12-4pm. The Great Falls Discovery Center features exhibits illustrating the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed and Turners Falls. Engaging wildlife habitat dioramas are fully accessible and child-friendly. The center is a preserved historic paper mill building; admission is free and open year-round. Ongoing public programs, cultural events, and community gallery are offered. Four acres of open lawns surround the center with picnic tables and colorful flower gardens. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

STE(A)M/HISTORY. 1-2:30pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum provides an opportunity to explore local history through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The mid-19th century was rich with change, innovation, and the start of industrialization. This tour seeks to bridge the early days of American industrialization and the fast-paced, tech-heavy world we are in today. Hands-on activities. STEAM tours are targeted at kids ages 6-12. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

FARMERS’ MARKET. 1:30-6:30pm. Northampton Tuesday Market is a vibrant downtown market with the best in local fruits and vegetables, local prepared foods, and the occasional local craft. Entertainment most weeks. Northampton Tuesday Farmers’ Market. 413-320-4799. 1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA. 

WILDCRAFTING/BOTANY. 2pm. Tony(a) Lemos, director of Blazing Star Herbal School, leads a workshop on the practice of wildcrafting. In this class, students will learn the seasonal Art of Ethical Wildcrafting, what to harvest and when and how to process results into nourishing and vital medicines. Takes place under tent behind the Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA. 

SUMMER FUN. 2-4pm. The City of Pittsfield hosts “Make Your Own Summer Fun” at different locations throughout the summer. Drop-in, say hello, pick up supplies for fun summer activity and/or participate when a special activity is scheduled. Pittsfield, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 3pm. Ed the Wizard Balloon Twisting Dragons at the Grace Hall Memorial Library. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA. 

ZOOLOGY. 4pm. The Joys of Nature Presents Creepy Crawlies! How do you move if you don’t have legs? Hiss without using your mouth? Eat by using a built-in straw? Learn about some of the strange and creepy critters from our wild and wacky world of animals. Hosted by the Forbes Library. VIRTUAL. 

ART HISTORY. 6:30pm. Polish Art History. Join the Chicopee Public Library to explore Polish Art throughout history with Polish Craft and Culture Susan Urban. Susan will cover a variety of art forms, including architecture, painting, sculpture, and graphics. VIRTUAL. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

BROADCASTING/LITERACY. 6:30pm. Radio Fox Hunt, a scavenger hunt at the library with radio waves and antennas, with Ham Radio expert Roy Thompson. Ages 8+. Edwards Public Library. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD STUDIES

“People who live near the equator use more spices per recipe than people who live far from the equator. But that isn’t for the reason you think. Spices and other plant ingredients have special powers that make them a truly magical superfood!” – It’s Okay To Be Smart

Self-Directed Learning:
MUSIC STUDIES

“Many modern musical instruments are complicated pieces of machinery with many moving parts. But the cajon is simply a drum and a stand and a seat all in one box. Paul Jennings explains the history behind the cajon …” – Rhythm in a box: The story of the cajon drum

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021

HIKING. 9am-Sunset. The summit of Mt. Sugarloaf offers amazing views of the Connecticut River Valley. The park is great for picnics, hiking, and mountain biking. 413-665-2928. 300 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA.

GEOMETRY/ORIGAMI. 9am. Paper Zoo: Make origami animals! For ages 11+ at the Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 9-10:30am. Northampton Parent Center hosts an indoor/outdoor playgroup at Bridge Street School. Northampton, MA.  

STE(A)M. 9am-12noon. Kids ages 7-12 can become an innovator this summer using STEM concepts to make art! This week’s activity: Wet Felted Geodes. Use wool + soap & water + agitation to make a colorful layered Geode! Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA. 

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 10am. Concert with Roger Ticknell at Buttery Brook Park. 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett St, South Hadley, MA. 

MARIONETTE PERFORMANCE. 10:30am. “An Arabian Adventure” by the Tanglewood Marionettes under the tent at the town hall, hosted by Chesterfield Library. 413-296-4735. 408 Main Rd, Chesterfield, MA. 

STE(A)M/HISTORY. 1-2:30pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum provides an opportunity to explore local history through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The mid-19th century was rich with change, innovation, and the start of industrialization. This tour seeks to bridge the early days of American industrialization and the fast-paced, tech-heavy world we are in today. Hands-on activities. STEAM tours are targeted at kids ages 6-12. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

TEXTILE ARTS. 1:45pm. Teen Animal Print Tie-Dye with the Southwick Public Library. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA. 

ART JOURNALING. 2pm. Art Journaling for Teens at the Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 2-4pm. Pick-up playgroup at Peskeumskut Park. Grab a treat from the farmers’ market happening simultaneously and share with new friends at the playground. Peskeomskut Park. Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

ECOLOGY. 5:30pm. Off to the Great Outdoors: Exploring Poor Brook in East Springfield with Regreen Springfield. Explore plants, animals, & water features that are within the Poor Brook Watershed, and learn about their importance to Springfield! During the event, take a short walk through the Poor Brook Conservation Area to examine the landscape’s natural features. 36 Stanley Street, Springfield, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA.  

ZOOLOGY/BEAVERS. 7pm. Beavers – The North American Ecosystem Engineers VIRTUAL.

Self-Directed Learning:
INTEGRATED LEARNING

An age-old skill, knitting provides us with some of our most treasured warm clothes. Learning the art of knitting can not only help to provide warmth but can lead to explorations of local history, local agriculture, and complex math – and families can even engage in service-based learning by donating hand-knitted goods to help support people in need! Read more in our post, Knitting Supports Explorations of History, Agriculture & Mathematics.

Self-Directed Learning:
QUANTUM PHYSICS

“Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland. Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.” — Exploring other dimensions – Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021

HIKING/BIRDWATCHING. Sunrise-Sunset. Mount Tom features wonderful views of the Pioneer Valley in west-central Massachusetts. The area is also a great place to bird-watch, especially for hawks and self-guided hikes. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA. 

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am.  Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

ART STUDIES/BOTANY. 10am. Botanical Illustrations at Naumkeag. Get the foundation you need to produce your own botanical drawings and paintings! This class will teach participants the basics of contour drawing, gesture, color, and shading, and more, focused on Naumkeag’s famous tree peonies. Naumkeag. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum. 413-572-4014. 29 S Broad St, Westfield, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY/SHAKER. 11am-4pm. A living history museum in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Share your love of history, agriculture, and design with your children or grandchildren as our costumed interpreters engage them in various activities. Farming was at the heart of all Shaker communities. Through agricultural experimentation and wise use of technology, the Shakers made their farms into models of efficiency and innovation. Hancock Shaker Village is still a working farm today, with vegetables, herbs, and a barn full of livestock. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA. 

STE(A)M/HISTORY. 1-2:30pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum provides an opportunity to explore local history through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The mid-19th century was rich with change, innovation, and the start of industrialization. This tour seeks to bridge the early days of American industrialization and the fast-paced, tech-heavy world we are in today. Hands-on activities. STEAM tours are targeted at kids ages 6-12. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

ART STUDIES. 2-4pm. “Painting Animals” with Bob Markey for ages 8+. Bob will guide each artist through pencil studies of their favorite animal before creating a painting. Held outside under a tent behind the Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA. 

SUMMER FUN. 2-4pm. The City of Pittsfield hosts “Make Your Own Summer Fun” at different locations throughout the summer. Drop-in, say hello, pick up supplies for fun summer activity and/or participate when a special activity is scheduled. Pittsfield, MA. 

LANGUAGE ARTS/ORNITHOLOGY. 4pm. Poetry For The Birds! with authors Peter Filkins and Sidney Wade at The Mount. Enjoy the song of poetry and the song of birds in unison at the Terrace Cafe. Poets will read from their many poems about birds, and read some classic poems about birds by well-known and beloved poets. The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. 

PLACEMAKING/STREET FAIR. 5pm. Third Thursday Summer Street Fair in Orange, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE. 5:30pm. Beginner’s Ukulele Class for kids & teens at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 6pm. Jay Makita outdoor Musical Concert “The Day the library went Wild” at Grace Hall Memorial Library. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA. 

LAWN CONCERT. 6-8pm. The Franklin County Musicians’ Cooperative hosts weekly outdoor concerts. Pack a picnic and bring the kids! Energy Park. 50 Miles St, Greenfield, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 6:30pm. Tails & Tales: Ed the Wizard presents Reading is Magic at the Pelham Library. 413-253-0657. 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA. 

LAWN CONCERT. 7pm. West Springfield Summer Concert Series. Bring blankets or folding chairs to relax or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. Morgan Road Pavilion. 413-781-3020. Storrowton Village Green Gazebo. Eastern State Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

PARENTS GROUP. 8:30pm. Post-Bedtime Parents Group with It Takes a Village. VIRTUAL.

Self-Directed Learning:
SINGULARITY

Technology is changing faster and faster. Some futurists believe we are rapidly approaching the “singularity,” the moment when technological advancement will have accelerated exponentially to the point that technology becomes something more significant and more profound than we could ever currently imagine. We may not yet be at that point, but it can still be challenging to keep up with all the latest gizmos and gadgets. In this Cosmology Today video, Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Ray Kurzweil on this phenomenon who predicts the exact year of 2029 when singularity will occur.

Self-Directed Learning:
ANTHROPOCENE

Anthropocene is an unofficial geological era that covers the last century or so, in which humanity has made massive progress. Crash Course writes, “We’ve discovered the Higgs-Boson particle, and awesome electric cars, and amazing smartphones. We’ve come a long way, but there’s a long way to go. So all this collective learning and progress has been good for everyone, right? Maybe not. [In this video], we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of all this “progress,” including environmental impact, the way people live and work, and political changes and wars…”

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021

HIKING. Sunrise-Dusk. The Wahconah Falls Brook flows over several smaller falls before ending in the 40-foot Wahconah Falls. The cascade is scenic any time of year but is especially impressive during the spring runoff. Visitors can also relax, picnic, or fish in the shade of the northern hardwood forest. Hike their half-mile loop along the upper falls. Dogs welcomed. 413-442-8992. North Street, Dalton, MA. 

ART STUDIES/HISTORY. 9:30am-5:30pm. May Day: An International Labor Poster Exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. This exhibit is part, graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters. On view through Aug 26 in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at the Dow Pavillion playground. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

STEM. 10:30am. Science Beyond Superheros. A Mad Science show! (Registration required.) Discover the real science behind some of the most popular superhero powers! Children will explore the science of flight, how science can make things invisible, and how Spiderman might walk up walls using fun, high-energy experiments! Best for ages 4-12. Held outside. Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. 

PICNIC PLAYGROUP. 11am-1pm. Pick-up picnic playgroup at Childs Park (Prospect Street side). Pack a basket lunch and picnic blankets, and head to the park to round off the week with outdoor time with family and new friends. Childs Park. 413-584-1991. 71 N Elm St, Northampton, MA. 

GARDENING. 12pm. Gardening Workshop with the Springfield City Library. Springfield, MA.

VIRTUAL. STE(A)M/HISTORY. 1-2:30pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum provides an opportunity to explore local history through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The mid-19th century was rich with change, innovation, and the start of industrialization. This tour seeks to bridge the early days of American industrialization and the fast-paced, tech-heavy world we are in today. Hands-on activities. STEAM tours are targeted at kids ages 6-12. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. 

DANCE STUDIES. 3pm. Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home with Jacob’s Pillow in this intergenerational 45-minute movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, you are invited to get your whole household moving!  Virtual.

FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING. 6:30pm. West Springfield Drive-In. This outdoor movie experience, under the stars, harkens back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s when the drive-in movie experience created life-long memories for people of all ages. Located in the Eastern States Exposition’s Gate 9 parking area. West Springfield, MA. 

ASTRONOMY. 7pm. Stars Over Springfield with Springfield Museums (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7pm. Breeding Birds with Mass Audubon. Summer is the perfect time to watch our common birds pair up, build nests, and fledge their young. This course will explore the elaborate displays and songs male birds use to attract a mate and defend territory, the intricacies of nest building, incubation, parental care, and fledging. Learn how to find breeding birds near you, how to observe without disturbing them, and how to understand the fascinating behaviors you see. VIRTUAL. 

WATER SKI SHOW. 7pm. Water Ski Show with the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team. Old Springfield Rd at Curtis Nook Rd Northampton, MA. 

PLACEMAKING/OUTDOOR FILM. 9pm. Outdoor screening of The Karate Kid (1984) at Beacon Field. 413-772-155361 Beacon St, Greenfield, MA.

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD HISTORY

What do Chiffon, Tunnel of Fudge, Sock-it-to-me, Watergate, Jell-O Poke, Hummingbird, Funfetti, Chocolate Lava, Viennetta, Red Velvet, Bacon, and Pops have in common? They are all popular cakes! Featured on Mashed: “Chances are, you have your favorite, go-to birthday cake — but how about enjoying the one everyone was eating on the day you were born?”

Self-Directed Learning:
CHEMISTRY

“In fantasy stories, charlatans in fancy robes promise to turn lead into gold. But real alchemists weren’t just mystical misers. They were skilled experimentalists, backed by theories of matter. And they played a huge role in the development of knowledge about one of our fundamental questions: ‘what is stuff?’” – CrashCourse

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