Weekly Suggested Events for July 16-22, 2022

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Mid-July is full of outdoor adventures, picnic dinners with the family, fresh produce from the farmers' markets, and library 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!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LOCAL HISTORYWistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA. 

LITERACY. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

ART STUDIESRapoza Center for the Arts. 508-287-5465. 98 Summer St. Adams, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURESSpringfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

OUTDOOR SPACES. Buttery Brook Park. 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett St, South Hadley, MA.

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families looking for summer camps, programs, and opportunities in western Massachusetts and neighboring areas!
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The KO FESTIVAL hosts its 31st & final season July 22-31, now on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst. WEEK 1: FLUSHING (Make Room for Somone Else),” a collaboration between 2 artistic leaders, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT) & Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN), who are passing leadership to the next generation. It’s about family, legacies + what it means to retire, bestow & inherit. 7/24 at 8pm, the ever-popular KoFest STORY SLAM returns with an appearance by Sara Felder. WEEK 2 features Clear Creek Creative from Rural KY with “EZELL: Ballad of a Land Man,” an outdoor, daylight, all-ages parable also about family legacy & environmental extraction (fracking). Dates/times/info/sliding scale tix at kofest.com

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

FEATURED CONFERENCE
2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference
Amherst, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
July 14-17, 2022

Meet your people at the 2022 Northeast Unschooling Conference, July 14-17, 2022 in Amherst, MA! Located on the sprawling grounds of Hampshire College, Northeast Unschooling Conference is excited to welcome unschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, lifelong learners, and autodidacts from all walks of life! Join them for a weekend filled with workshops for all ages, ranging from tie-dyeing and frog dissections to navigating homeschool reporting, college admissions, and much more. A keynote from Indigenous Filipino researcher Noah Romero on unschooling as radical liberation, panels, discussion groups, hands-on workshops, oh my! On-campus housing and meal plans are provided for all interested!

For more information:
northeastunschoolingconference.com or email neucinfo@gmail.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Community Music School of Springfield 
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling: Music lessons for all ages!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. 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. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION & CARE
Community Action’s Head Start
& Early Learning Programs

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families. Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 6wks-5yrs. For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2022

FEATURED EVENT
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Florence, MA

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Saturday, July 16 from 9am-5pm at Look Memorial Park.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an annual family-friendly celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Look Park in Florence, MA. Events include children’s games, sheep herding, Scottish animals, and a water spray park. The festival also features Celtic music, piping & drumming competitions, Highland & Irish dance demos, Scottish gift & food vendors, 30+ clans, genealogy, and a Celtic Pub. Also, Scottish heavy athletics, where some world record-holders will compete. Appearing on the Main Stage are Albannach, Enter the Haggis, Sarah the Fiddler, and Charlie Zahm. Join the fun from 9am-5pm, w/music in the Celtic Pub until 9:30pm (rain or shine). Admission: Adult $25 (Advance $22); Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 free. More info at www.glasgowlands.org.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 7:30am-1:30pm. Amherst Farmers’ Market – Town Common. Amherst, MA.

FAMILY RADIO: 9-10am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-12:30pm. Greenfield Farmers’ Market – Since 1975, the Greenfield Farmers’ Market has provided fresh, locally grown produce, animal products, artisanal goods, and handcrafted items. Court Square. Greenfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 8am-1pm. Northampton Farmers’ Market – Gothic Street. Northampton, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm.Ashfield Farmers’ Market – Fresh produce, meat, bread, and plants on the Town Common. Ashfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm.The Pittsfield Farmers Market – The first teen-run market in the region! Shoppers will find fresh, local, and seasonal foods & products, along with live music, chef demos, workshops, and children’s activities. Town Common. Pittsfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm. Great Barrington Farmers’ Market – Lots of vendors. Freshly grown and produced foods, ready to eat or take home, flowers, plants, and more! 18 Church Street. Great Barrington, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 9am-1pm. Williamstown Farmers’ Market – A setting for community gathering and interaction with local growers, artisans, producers, bakers, and food-makers sharing a wealth of knowledge and skills about local agriculture and production. Spring St. Williamstown, MA.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION. 9am-4pm. Festival in Williamsburg Center – Join your friends and neighbors for a day of celebration and connection throughout downtown Williamsburg. From food trucks to live music and craft fair to hula hooping, there will be opportunities for everyone to enjoy Williamsburg! Route 9. Williamsburg, MA. 

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION. 9:45am-9:30pm. Town of Peru’s 250th Celebration – A daylong celebration featuring crafts, food, enactments, tours, music & stories, and fireworks! Peru Fire House. 11 East Main Rd. Peru, MA. 

LOCAL HISTORY. 10am-12pm. The Ashfield Historical Society Museum – Visit a general store, pottery, photography, and products. Learn about the history of education in Ashfield and citizens who served in local conflicts and wars. And much more! 413-628-0001.457 Main St. Ashfield, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 10am-5pm. Crafty Kids: Camping Edition – Join the Children’s Library for a different craft every Saturday throughout the summer! All materials are provided while supplies last. Best for ages 3 and up. Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES. 10:30am. Saturday Morning Rehearsals – See the creative process behind a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert and learn how a performance transforms from a work in progress to a work of art. Tanglewood. 413-637-5180. 297 West St. Lenox, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 10:30am-3pm. Holyoke Farmers’ Market. 164 Race St, Holyoke, MA.

LIBRARY ADVENTURES. 10am. Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals Author & Illustrator Visit – Do animals get earaches? Sore throats? Stomachaches? Who can help if they can’t talk? Dr. Rosie can! Meet the local author, Jennifer Welborn, and the illustrator, Rozilla MH. Learn How Dr. Rosie helps animals and practice helping stuffed animals yourself! Bring a stuffed animal if you can. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

AGRICULTURE HISTORY. 10am-3pm. Family Fun Day: Farm Animal Frolic – Meet and learn about gentle animals and their role on the farm. Try out some of the farm chores of children from long ago, then explore the Channing Blake Foot Path with a Scavenger Hunt. The day includes art activities, stories, and songs from the legendary John Porcino. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA. 

ACROBATICS. 10:30am. Chinese Acrobat Li Liu – Witness astounding feats of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, manipulation of Chinese yo-yos, and other traditional acrobatics at the Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA. 

TEXTILE ARTS/ TIE-DYE. 11am-1pm. Tie-Dye Camp Bandanas – What’s summer camp without tie-dye?! In this workshop, participants will be tie-dying their own camp bandanas and scrunchies! This event is best for ages 8+ and will be limited to 10 participants. One cotton bandana and one cotton scrunchie will be provided to each participant. Additionally, participants may each bring ONE extra cotton item to dye. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURES. 11am-4pm. The Clark’s Community Day—celebrating their extraordinary summer exhibitions—is back in full force! On this opening day for José Guadalupe Posada: Symbols, Skeletons, and Satire and Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, take advantage of free admission to all of their special exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries! Enjoy free art-making, entertainment, and more. Make a miniature figure sculpture, design a personalized Calavera, watch amazing physical feats by acrobats from Nimble Arts, enjoy live music by Veronica Robles Mariachi, take a thoughtful meander to the Lunder Center, and as always . . . expect unexpected delights! Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA. 

ACROBATICS. 1pm. Chinese Acrobat Li Liu – Witness astounding feats of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, manipulation of Chinese yo-yos, and other traditional acrobatics at the Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. 

LARP/ TEENS. 1-4pm. Boffer Making Workshop – Learn how to make your boffers and spar safely. Learn how to make boffers using cheap, easy-to-find materials, and then go outside and learn how to use the boffers. Boffers are used for Live Action Role Playing Games (LARPing) and are a great way to exercise and be social at the same time. Ages 11-18. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES. 3pm. What Birds Sing: Music From Nature with David Rothenberg – David Rothenberg has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in seventeen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise. In this concert and talk, he presents a musical trajectory through the world of birds, moving from species that live in the Berkshires like the hermit thrush and the catbird, onwards to more exotic characters like the nightingale, the shama of India, and the superb lyrebird. TurnPark Art Space. 2 Moscow Road, West Stockbridge, MA. 

DANCE STUDIES/ SQUARE DANCE. 6:30pm. Square Dance – Lessons will be provided at 6:30 before the dance officially begins at 7:30. Falltown String Band to provide music with Bob Livingston as caller for the evening. Williamsburg Grange. 413-340-1313. 10 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Childhood Games

Summertime games can bring us right back to our own childhood while imparting a sense of place through play during the warmer months. There is a wide variety in the types of games kids play, including tag games, hiding games, jumping games, memory games, parlor games, and hand games. Let these styles of games inspire your learning of new cooperative activities with friends and family, strengthening friendships and family bonds. Also, let your self-directed learning lead you to discover the history of games and cultural variations through research and learning about marbles, jump rope, jacks, hopscotch, clapping games, and string games.

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2022

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

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. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. Sunrise-Sunset. With trails for all experience levels, Chester-Blandford State Forest is perfect for hiking or walking. Take in the Sanderson Falls, go mountain biking, enjoy a picnic or go fishing. Chester-Blandford State Forest. 413-354-6347. 800 US-20, Chester, MA 

NATURE EXPLORATIONS. Dawn-Dusk. This Kestrel Land Trust map features Broad Brook-Fitzgerald Lake Greenway. Visitors will find one of the most ecologically rich areas of Northampton, consisting of nearly 850 acres of rocky woodlands, extensive wetlands, and abandoned fields. Drawing people and wildlife alike to its prominent feature —the lake—this public space includes an accessible paved path, wooden bridge, and boardwalk that leads through a marsh to a canoe launch. 95 North Farms Rd., Northampton, MA.  

FAMILY RADIO: 7-8am. Hilltown Family Variety Show. WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA. (Radio)

PARADE/BBQBurgy250th Parade & BBQ – The parade will step off in Haydenville mid-morning and make its way to Williamsburg Center. Followed by a 1pm chicken BBQ with music by Patrick Callinan. Williamsburg, MA. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 9am-7pm. Come swim, fish, or picnic by the pond at Chicopee Memorial State Park in the summer, or enjoy hiking and biking on the trails year-round. Chicopee Memorial State Park. 413-594-9416. 570 Burnett Rd., Chicopee, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ LOCAL CRAFTS. 10am-2pm. Belchertown Farmers and Artisans Market – Small New England town with local-based farmers supplying freshly harvested produce, animal products, and artisan crafts. Town Common. Belchertown, MA.

ROLLER SKATING. 10am-2pm. Outdoor Roller Skating – Learn to roller skate at 11am, or come at 10am and learn roller dance routines. Open skate is from 12-2pm. Outside at Amelia Park Arena. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad St. Westfield, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

FISHING/KAYAKING. 10am-5pm. Enjoy a relaxing day by the water exploring the rolling Berkshire foothills. Walk or picnic along the Westfield River East Branch, go fishing, or launch your canoe or kayak. C.M. Gardner State Park. 413-354-6347. Rte. 112 North, Huntington, MA. 

HILLTOWN HISTORY/ MUSEUM. 2-4pm. Kemp-McCarthy Museum in Rowe, MA – Families can learn all about the history of life in the Hilltowns at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, the town of Rowe’s fantastic resource for learning about local history! Its permanent exhibits include an antique store filled with goods that were really for sale. It also consists of an early 1900’s schoolroom, a collection of clothing worn by both children and adults, a music room filled with antique instruments, and an exhibit that focuses on the material culture and pastimes of early 20th-century Hilltowners. Kemp-McCarthy Museum. 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Meteorology/Thunderstorms

The feeling of a summer thunderstorm is familiar to us all – the temperature drops, the breeze cools, bright leaves rustle endlessly louder, and a distant echo of thunder rolls across the darkening sky. Though they can be scary for youngsters (and anxious pets), thunderstorms are an important part of summer weather, bringing much-needed rain to the landscape and cooling the oppressive heat that hangs in July’s muggy air. But how are thunder and lightning formed? How do flashes of light appear, and where does the sound come from? Learn more about meteorology and the science behind lightning storms.

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022

GEOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY. Sunrise-Sunset. Dinosaur tracks are Massachusetts’ state fossil. Paleontologists believe the prints were left by some of the earliest known dinosaurs, from small plant-eaters to large meat-eaters up to 20 feet long. The entire Connecticut River Valley region once existed as a mix of subtropical wetlands and shallow lakes about 200 million years ago. Since its discovery in 1802, this region has been recognized for its wealth of prehistoric footprints. Catch glimpses of the trace fossils visible at Dinosaur Footprints, including four distinct dinosaurs, stromatolites, fish and alligator ancestors, plants, and other ancient beings. The larger “Eubrontes” prints were likely made by ancestors of the great Tyrannosaurus rex, standing 15 feet tall and 20 feet long. Look for the 20-plus trackways, which formed the basis for the novel theory that dinosaurs traveled in packs or groups. Dinosaur Footprints. 413-213-4751. Route 5, Holyoke, MA. 

NATURAL HISTORY/HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. Bear Swamp was truly rough terrain for early settlers: steep, wooded hillsides and exposed bedrock descending to boggy wetlands and swamp. Nonetheless, early settlers cleared all of the land for forest products, pasture, and even hay fields. But contemporary explorers will find a landscape of rugged beauty, with fields reclaimed by the forest and the dark lowlands illuminated by colorful wildflowers in bloom. Follow three miles of trails—some steep in places—to different parts of the reservation. The aptly named Fern Glade Trail passes through carpets of ferns and wildflowers. Take the Beaver Brook Trail to where an aging stone dam supports a beaver dam. The trail to Apple Valley Overlook ends with a grand vista of apple orchards in the near distance and, on the northern horizon, the Green Mountains of Vermont. Bear Swamp. Hawley Road, Ashfield, MA. 

ECOLOGY/HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. Petticoat Hill is one in a grouping of three hills that rise more than 1,000 feet above South Williamsburg. According to legend, the reservation got its name because the daughters of a family who farmed the hill generations ago hung their washed petticoats to dry outside—the garments could be seen for miles. Today, a 100-year-old forest crisscrossed by old stone walls covers a hillside dotted with cellar holes and foundations of early farmsteads. Where the valley meets the highlands, the reservation has a beautiful transition forest with specimen trees from both northern and southern climates. Some trees are more than 110 feet high, among the tallest in the region. Along a mile and a half of occasionally strenuous trails, you’ll be captivated by the sheer diversity of specimen trees, including hemlock and white pine, red and black oak, yellow and black birch, shagbark hickory, and sugar and red maple. The Williamsburg Water District owns Petticoat Hill Summit; The Trustees owns Scott Hill Summit on its slope. Locke’s Loop, a trail constructed by the Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee, begins at the Scott Hill Summit. Petticoat Hill. Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center.

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley   

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County   

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County   

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at the Meekins Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, 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.

PreK/ STEM. 10am. Come tinker and explore at the library! Children ages 2-5 and the caregivers engage in weekly STEAM and sensory activities to encourage discovery and play. Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. 

PARENT SUPPORT. 10-11:30am. Parent Chat in the Hilltowns – Refreshments and snacks will be available & childcare is provided, so parents and guardians can sit down and enjoy time with other adults. Held at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Ashfield, MA.

NATIONAL PARKS/ LITERACY. 10am. Summer National Park Adventure Set – Our national parks are some of the best places for family vacations. Get a National Park Adventure Set to enjoy them at home. The set includes National Park Activity Book, camping jokes, Bigfoot stickers, & a national park quarter beginner’s collector set. Best for ages 6 & up. Pick up starting Jul 18 and ending Jul 23. Mason Public Library. 413-528-2403. 231 Main St, Great Barrington, MA.

ANIMAL STUDIES/ MARINE SCIENCE. 10:30am & 11:45am. Estuary on Wheels – The Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies will bring its exciting, hands-on marine science program to Sunderland Public Library. Children will learn the adaptations of various marine organisms by handling and observing live specimens and artifacts. Registration required Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

ASTRONOMY/ PLANETARIUM. 10:30am & 11am. StarLab Planetarium Experience. Join Berkshire Museum educators in the StarLab planetarium for an immersive experience into the night sky. On loan from MCLA, this domed, portable planetarium features illuminated projections of constellations from multiple mythologies. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

T(W)EEN/ STEM. 2:30pm. Hands-on STEM activities for ages 11-15. Summer activities include DIY Solar Ovens, Clay Impression Crafts, Water Bead Science, and Hammered Flower Prints. Find out what’s happening this week at the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

LIBRARY ADVENTURES/ T(W)EENS. 8:30pm. After Hours Black Light Ocean Creature Hunt – Hunt for sea creatures in the darkened library, find them by their eerie glow under blacklights. Ages 11-18. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

MORE EVENTS: Discover more events on Hilltown Families’ Facebook page.

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Self-Directed Learning: Blueberry Season

It’s blueberry season, a time of year when those dusty blue globes with their star pattern bottoms become abundantly available in pint-sized containers at farmers’ markets and co-op flash sales. You can also pick your own at blueberry farms during peak season! PYO berries allow us to engage our senses while gathering fruit, connecting us to the weather patterns, the summer soundscape, and the taste of a ripe berry freshly picked. These native blue gems have much to teach too. Today we are looking through the lens of food, focusing on the blueberry, learning about horticulture, ethnobotany, nutrition, pastry arts, and geometry.

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022

NATURAL HISTORY/HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. Once a poor farm and then later part of the country retreat of first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, William C. Bullitt, and his daughter Ann, the Bullitt Reservation forms a crucial link in almost 3,000 acres of protected land that shelters state-protected species. Deer and bear emerge from the forest to feed and frolic, while the fields nurture orchids and butterflies. Poland Brook and its feeder streams provide habitat for a variety of fish and freshwater insects and plants. Take an amble along the Pebble Trail for an introduction to the features of the property. The Two Bridges Trail connects to Chapel Brook Reservation, then into a larger network of footpaths in Ashfield and into the broader Pioneer Valley. Bullitt Reservation. 413-628-4485. 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield, MA. 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Centers & Playgroups in Hilltowns & Pioneer Valley

PLAYGROUP. Northampton Parents Center 

PLAYGROUPS. Family Center & Playgroups in Franklin County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in south Berkshire County 

PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

LITERACY. 10am. Literacy in the Park – Join the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield CFCE, and Central Berkshire ParentChild+ at city parks all summer long! Enjoy stories, crafts, and activities each week, and take home a free book to build your at-home library while supplies last. Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. 10am. Franklin King Children’s Series at Look Memorial Park, featuring a children’s performer at the Pines Theater. Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA.

PERFORMANCE/ PUPPETS. 10amCaravan Puppets – Since 1991, Caravan Puppets has performed at thousands of schools, museums, libraries and major festivals throughout the USA, Canada, and Japan. Their performance features world tales and original pieces. Audiences are treated to a wide diversity of puppets and puppetry styles with beautiful staging and original music. Some stories are interactive, some hilarious, and all have positive messages! Outdoors at the Pines Theater at Look Memorial Park. 413-584-5457. 300 N Main St, Florence, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10:30-11:30am. For ages 0-5 at the Edwards Public Library. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES/ LIBRARY ADVENTURES. 11am. Kids’ Concert on the Lawn with Mr. Liam – Mr. Liam plays ukulele and drums while putting an energetic new twist on children’s classic songs. Join families for this fun musical concert for children ages 1.5-6 and their parents and caregivers. Come prepared to dance, sing, and laugh! Held on the Library Lawn at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 

STE(A)M/ PreK. 1pm. Pre-School STEAM Program. Learn how to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore, and build at home. Becket Athenaeum. 413-623-5483. 3367 Main St, Becket, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 1:30-6:30pm. Grow Food Northampton Tuesday Market – Held behind Thorne’s Marketplace, next to the parking garage. 99 Armory Street. Northampton, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 4pm. Rock Photo Holders – Decorate a rock and strike a pose. We will help kids make their own colorful custom photo holder- instant photo included! This drop-in program is recommended for ages 5-12. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. 

SPORTS/ KICKBALL. 4:30pm. Kick for children in ages 6-12. Offered by the Lee Youth Commission at the Lee Athletic Field. 413-446-9967. Lee, MA.

GEOGRAPHY. 6:30pm. Where America’s Day Begins: Life on the Pacific Island of Saipan – Learn about the island of Saipan. Saipan is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), an American Commonwealth in the Pacific, near Guam. After spending two years working with FEMA in Saipan, Sara Campbell brings her experiences to us in Chicopee to help us understand what it means to be American in a part of America so far from home. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Summer Science

One of the best ways to engage in hands-on science learning is by simply messing about. When children’s play leads them to make observations about the things around them and how they interact with each other, they learn powerful lessons that they’ll remember for years to come. Luckily this time of year, children can do messy science learning outdoors! Today’s self-directed learning module includes four hands-on science activities families can do together with safe science materials to learn about chemistryphysicstextile artsoil science, and more!

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2022

LOCAL HISTORY/HIKING. Sunrise-Sunset. From its iconic red barn to an elegant allée of maples, the historic home of William Cullen Bryant is a testament to the celebrated poet’s ideal of living mindfully on the land. When visiting, Wander the Rivulet Trail, where an old-growth forest of hemlock and a magnificent cherry tree hugs the Rivulet, a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant’s 1923 poem of the same name. Or walk the Pine Loop, which features enormous pines that reach heights of 150 feet, among the tallest in the Northeast. The house’s interior will not be open for tours this summer; however, the property is open for outdoor activities. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA. 

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BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, 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. 

FAMILY CONCERT. 10am. Family Concert with Tom Knight – What a great way to spend your summer morning. Join the South Hadley Family Center for a concert in the park. Tom has been entertaining children for years with his songs, puppets and a whole lot of fun! Buttery Brook Park. Willimansett St, South Hadley, MA. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly. New babies birth-6mos are at 1pm and older babies 6mos-1 yr are at 10:30am. Amherst, MA.

STEM/ STORYTELLING. 10:30am. Talewise: A Storytelling and Science Show – Chesterfield Library. 413-296-4735. 408 Main Rd, Chesterfield, MA. 

TEXTILE ARTS. 2pm. Friendship Bracelets – A summer camp classic! In this workshop, participants ages 6+ will learn to make their own friendship bracelets. There will be different options for a variety of skill levels. Preregister. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6pm. Florence Wednesday Farmers Market – Florence Business and Civic Center Parking Lot. Florence, MA. 

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6pm. The Great Falls Farmers Market – Held in historic downtown Turners Falls. Vendors may change weekly and include local produce, products, crafts, and activities. Peskeomskut Park. Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 2:30pm. Butterfly Adventures – Come view butterflies up close! An indoor tunnel stocked with adult butterflies native to New England hosts nectar plants with caterpillars, eggs, and chrysalis to explore! Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. 

PLAYGROUP. 3:30-4:30pm. For ages 0-5 at Goshen Town Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 42 Main St., Goshen, MA.

LAWN CONCERT. 6pm. Angel Park Concert Series. Pack a picnic and BYO seating for an evening of live music in the park with family and friends. Angel Park. Williamsburg Center. Williamsburg, MA.

MARINE BIOLOGY/ WHALES. 6-8pm. WhaleMobile – Meet Nile, the life-sized humpback whale. Participants will get to learn all about whales and even climb inside! Registration required. Ages 5+ with an adult. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES/ GOSPEL CHOIR. 6:30pm. Wednesday Folk Traditions continues with The Amherst Area Gospel Choir in the 10th Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Concert. The Choir continues Dr. Boyers’ tradition of bringing gospel music to all with a compilation of songs from the African diaspora, enslaved people’s spirituals, Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band hits, Boyer’s original music, and contemporary pieces. Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley MA. 

LAWN CONCERT/ FAMILY DINNER. 6:30-8pm. Concert Series at Windsor Lake – Pack a picnic and bring the kids for a family dinner on the lawn with live music at Windsor Lake. BYO picnic/chairs/blanket. 200 George Fairs Way. North Adams, MA. 

FILM STUDIES/ BOTANY. 7pm. The Secret Life of Plants (Sound & Vision) – Part pop symphony, part psychedelic nature documentary, this marvel of scientific-spiritual wonderment toggles between ravishing time-lapse photography taken all over the globe and scenes of biologists in the lab and field, with an original, synth-heavy score courtesy of Stevie Wonder, whose vocals act as a sort of second narration. Concerned with the ability of plants to experience pleasure and pain and the interconnectedness of all things on Earth, this documentary is a stirring secular sermon and a testimony to the grandeur of the planet we call home. Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Mythology

Learning about myths has many benefits. They allow us to compare and contrast various world cultures, teaching us about archetypes found throughout ancient times. From world mythology to the hero’s journey, myths can help us think deeply about modern and ancient cultures. Exploring mythology can support lessons in history, sociology, psychology, literature, art, and the study of language. For today’s self-directed learning module, mythology leads the way.

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022

NATURAL HISTORY/WATERFALLS. Sunrise-Sunset. Glendale Falls: Fed by more than five square miles of watershed, Glendale Falls is one of Massachusetts’s longest and most powerful waterfall runs. The surrounding forest comprises hemlock, birch, and beech with an understory of maple, hornbeam, witch hazel, shadbush, and mountain laurel, an intriguing range of species to track during your journey. The reservation was once part of the historic 18th-century Glendale Farm, which operated a gristmill whose foundation you can explore in the woods just north of the falls. Across Clark Wright Road, a logging road traces a natural wet meadow along Glendale Brook. Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of half an hour. Glendale Falls. Clark Wright Road, Middlefield, MA. 

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PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10-11am. For ages 0-5 at St. Philip’s Church Parish Hall. Call to register: 413-345-6015. 126 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

PLAYGROUP. 10am Pick-up playgroup at Kendrick Park. Great for kids ages 2-5 to meet up with other families and to make new friends. Kendrick Park. E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. 

GARDENING/ COMMUNITY SERVICE. 10am. Garden Club – Youth ages 5-9 and their caregivers are invited to help plant and maintain the library’s garden. Garden tools and weekly crafts are provided. Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA. 

NEW PARENT GROUP. 10:30am & 1pm. Beyond Birth groups meet weekly in both Northampton (Thurs) and Amherst (Wed)! New babies birth-6 mos are at 1pm and older babies 6 mos to 1 year are at 10:30am. Northampton & Amherst, MA.  

ANIMAL STUDIES/ ANIMAL WELFARE. 11am. Animal Adventures, a nonnative animal rescue program, will be at the WSPL. Hear exciting stories, learn about, and meet some of their nonnative animal friends. West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561. 200 Park St, West Springfield, MA. 

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

HERPETOLOGY. 2pm. The Reptile Nook – The Reptile Nook is dedicated to teaching people of all ages about reptiles and amphibians. They hope to help people face their fears of these misunderstood creatures and help them to love and appreciate animals of all shapes and sizes. Amphitheater at the Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA. 

NATURE-BASED ART. 3pm. Nature Art: Multi Media – Pick up a Nature Journal kit when you register for Teen Summer Reading, then join artist Sally Tiska Rice for a tutorial on creating nature-themed art using multi-media collage! The library will provide all supplies. Open to ages 11-15. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA. 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 4pm. Faux-Stained Glass Workshop – Teens are invited to learn how to make a framed faux stained glass creation. Ages 11-18. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

TEXTILE ARTS/ SKILL SHARE. 4pm. Tying Knots – Learn useful and decorative knots, and go home with your own small knotted bag or bracelet. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA. 

ORNITHOLOGY/ RAPTORS. 5:30pm. Tom Ricardi: Birds of Prey – Learn about different birds of prey with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and wildlife biologist, Tom Ricardi. All ages are welcome, and feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair! Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA. 

MARINE BIOLOGY/ CREATIVE FREE-PLAY. 6:30pm. Sea Life Balloon Twisting Workshop – Ed the Wizard will teach kids how to create magical sea life sculptures out of balloons! No experience is necessary. Ages 6 and up. Grace Hall Memorial Library. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA. 

LAWN CONCERT. 6:30pm. Summer Concert Series with Union Jack on the Village Commons, hosted by South Hadley Recreation Department. 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

ROLLER SKATING. 7-9:30pm. Interskate 91. 413-586-8344. 367 Russell Street, Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: National Moth Week

Did you know that there are over 11,000 moth species in the United States alone? More than just an evening version of butterflies, moths provide necessary biodiversity to ecosystems worldwide! National Moth Week is this week, and we’re using this observation week as a catalyst for learning about entomologycitizen scienceanimal husbandrytextiles, and American folklore.

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2022

The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

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. 

BIKE RIDING. Dawn-Dusk. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is an old railroad track converted into a 10-foot wide paved trail. The trail runs 12.7 miles through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough, and Adams. Cheshire Reservoir and the Hoosic River offer outstanding views of the scenery and wildlife. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. 413-499-7003. Cheshire, MA 

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PLAYGROUPSFamily Center & Playgroups in north Berkshire County

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. There is much to see at the Smith College Botanic Garden. You can spend many hours exploring the Lyman Plant House exhibitions, the Lyman Conservatory plant collections, the Campus Arboretum, and Campus Gardens. The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton MA.

INTERGENERATIONAL/ GAMES. 10am. Family Game Time – Come to the library to enjoy board game play on Friday mornings! There will be a rotating collection of games to try and a chance to make your own game. Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, 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. 

ENTOMOLOGY/ BUTTERFLIES. 10am-4:30pm. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory – An 8000 square-foot tropical conservatory with nearly 4000 free-flying tropical and native butterflies from all over the world. Learn about butterflies along with exotic reptiles, frogs, fish, birds, and insects! Ask about their guided tours. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA.

MARINE BIOLOGY/ STORY & SONG. 10:30am. Something Fishy: Songs & Stories for Children – Mary Jo Maichack offers an ocean of fun with stories and songs of the sea! Sing along to lively sea chanteys, enjoy amazing puppets, dance, laugh, and clap – there’s nothing like a whale of a tale! Lenox Library. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

TEENS/ ROLE PLAYING. 12-2pm. Dungeons and Dragons Club – Teens ages 14-17 are invited to play Dungeons and Dragons with Pittsfield High School’s DnD club this summer! Club members will teach new players the basics, and all supplies will be provided! Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

LOCAL FOOD/ AGRICULTURE. 2-6:30pm. Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market – Drop by for fresh, local vegetables from local growers. Purchase fresh, homemade treats. Pick up local, pasture-raised eggs and meat, and find hand-spun wools and other hand-made gifts. Every week, they will have musicians playing on the green. Families are invited to dance, play, eat or relax and enjoy a Friday evening together. Main and Water Streets. Shelburne Falls, MA.

STEM. 3:30pm. Science Rocks! – Hands-on-science program for ages 9-12 at the West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561. 200 Park St, West Springfield, MA. 

MUSIC STUDIES/ DRUMMING. 6:45pm. The Hilltown Intergenerational Drum Circle – All ages and beginners are welcome to this biweekly drum circle, led by Rosie Fanale. Call to confirm before heading over. Shelburne Senior Center. 413-625-8470. Shelburne Falls, MA.

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Self-Directed Learning: Grasshoppers

During the summer months, grasshoppers are iconic insects that fill our memories of warm moments in the sun. In Massachusetts, over 20 species of grasshoppers and crickets have been identified. Learning about these insects and scouting for them outdoors brings us into nature to discover the necessary habitat for native species. Take your observations and curiosity to learn more. If you have questions, do a quick internet search to find the answers. And follow our self-directed learning module for today, which supports interests in entomologypsychologystorytelling, and nutritional anthropology through the lens of the grasshopper.

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