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Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Friday, July 16th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Sausage Lasagna; or Veggie Lasagna. Both with Garlic bread. – BYOB. Children aged 6 and under eat free from 5:00 to 6:30! 628-4003

Friday & Saturday, July 16th & 17th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Lamb chili with heirloom beans. Cornbread. Succotash salad. House made sangria. Also available: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

Friday & Saturday, July 16th & 17th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Spinach Lasagna. Summer Borscht with Local BeetsBYOB. 268-7441

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Dan Zanes will be at the Pine Theater at Look Memorial Park in Florence, MA on September 26th as part of the lineup for the Many Hands CD release concert, and locally produced CD by our friends from Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child!

BULLETIN BOARD

ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

Tom Adams of Williamsburg, MA writes: This Wednesday (7/21) Angel Park Music Concert in Williamsburg at 6:30pm: Special KIDS SHOW: Featuring Dennis Caraher and Greenfield, MA’s 11 year old, singing sensation Emma Marie Henderson. It’s gonna be a great show for kids of all ages… in one of the nicest-little-outdoor-performance spaces in the Happy Valley. … See you there! www.angelparkmusic.info

Deadline to enter to win: August 4th

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, August 24 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Chicopee Public Library, Workshop “Making Sense of Behavior: Teaching Young Children How to Develop Self-Control and Self-Regulation Using Behavioral and Sensory Techniques.” Designed to assist teachers, parents, and caregivers of children with challenging behaviors – the children who hit, bite, scream, etc. We will explore the reasons behind their behaviors and concentrate on a variety of techniques to help them develop more appropriate ways to deal with stress and channel their frustration, energy level, or sensory need. For more information contact Karen Cassidy at 413-783-5500 ext 16 or at kcassidy@thomchild.org.

Deadline to enter to win: July 22nd

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Part-time volunteer opportunities. The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is offering three part-time one-year stipended volunteer positions starting in September to talented adults (must be over 18) who are interested in serving as Commonwealth Corps members and learning about the community development field. Hours are flexible; each volunteer will serve approximately 17 hours per week as an assistant on community outreach projects relating to Hilltown CDC’s work on affordable housing, small business development and planning projects. For more information, contact Seth Isman at sethi@hilltowncdc.org.

NEW WEB SITE FOR CFC: The Cummington Family Center has a new web site!  Check it out at www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org.


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 7/17/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

9am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: East Branch Trail, Chesterfield Gorge.  Identifying invasive plant species workshop, followed by safe removal and prevention of invasive plants. West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

9am-5pm – CULTURAL EVENT: Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival.  Festival activities include Highland Dance competition, Highland Athletic competition, Pipe and Drum Band competitions, individual pipe and drum competitions, Scottish food and mercant vendors, two entertainment stages, and lots more. At Look Park. 848-2816 www.glasgowlands.org Florence, MA ($)

9:30am-5pm - HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Fire & Ice at the Old Sturbridge Village.  Old-fashioned fireman’s muster, grand procession of antique fire engines.  Old Sturbridge Village food historians will demonstrate 18th- and 19th century ice cream making methods using popular “receipts” or recipes of those periods.  www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

10am-Noon – NATURE STUDIES:  Biozone Walk with Gopi Krishna. Kid friendly.  Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of the Earthdance Bio-zone. Local tour of wonderous places to explore around Earthdance: Waterfalls, Edible Plants, Crystal stones, and Cavernous sound chambers are but a few of the places to commune with nature at Earthdance (252 Prospect St.).  634-5678 www.earthdance.net Plainfield, MA ($)

10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: A Wheelie Good Time on the Manhan Rail Trail – Bring Strollers, wagon, bikes, trikes or just your feet for a child friendly stroll along the Manhan Rail Trail with the Easthampton Family Center. Meet on Payson Ave at the Easthampton Safety Complex. Picnic Snack provided after the stroll. 563-7672 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

10am-2pm – BIG RIGS: Big Rigs will be on display in the town center. Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

10am-6pm – CULTURAL EVENT: Cultural Survival Bazaar.  Indigenous artisan bazaar featuring fine art, jewelry, native crafts, food and entertainment. Rain or Shine. Kripalu Yoga Center Field. www.culturalsurvival.org Lenox, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:15am - KIDS CONCERT: Roger Tincknell will perform children’s songs and singing games at the Village Commons’ Summer children’s Entertainment Series, outside in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

11am – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Green River Festival, presented by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, this celebration combines music on two stages, food, crafts, dancing, a wide array of kids activities and hot air balloon launches (weather permitting) for the Pioneer Valley’s biggest outdoor event of the summer. This is the only music festival in Massachusetts that features hot air balloons and rides. Greenfield, MA (Kids under 12 are free, $$)

11am-12Noon – FAMILY THEATER: Nutshell Playhouse Performs “Pirates!” New Stage Performing Arts Center (Beacon Theater Complex) www.nutshellplayhouse.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Montague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

12Noon-4:30pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Bryant Day at the Bryant Homestead.  Join in this Hilltown tradition of celebrating the Bryant legacy with poetry, speeches, music, and home made ice cream, featuring poet Barry Sternlieb and historian Bernard Drew.  www.thetrustees.org 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

1-3pm - SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP: Composting at Home.  Composting is a simple way to put your food scraps to good use.  Cut down on the trash you are hauling to the dump each day and increase the health and vibrancy of your gardens.  This is an introductory session for first-time composters.  At the Land of Providence Reservation (Main St.). www.thretrustees.org 532-1631 x13 Holyoke, MA (>$)

1pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer. Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more. 256-6234 amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

1pm - PUPPET SHOW: Gerwick Puppets presents Aesop’s Fables.  Join the award-winning Gerwick Puppets for fables rich in fun and foibles in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

2-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Edible plant walk at NACF/Simple Gifts Farm (1089 N. Pleasant St.).  Guided walk exploring wild edibles with John Root.  North Amherst, MA (FREE)

3-4:30pm – COMMUNITY SING:  Songs for the Earth with Penny Schultz. All ages welcome. Come celebrate the earth, peace, and well being in a Community SING. Traditional songs in 2 to 4 part harmony, from a wide variety of cultures will be taught by rote.  At Earthdance (252 Prospect St.).  634-5678 www.earthdance.net Plainfield, MA ($)

6:15pm – DANCE: At Jacob’s Pillow, Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob’s Pillow – Contemporary. 243-0745 www.jacobspillow.org Becket, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – ASTRONOMY STUDIES: Space-tacular: Starry Night with Rachel Roberts at Northfield Mountain.  Participate in a variety of hands-on science and art activities connected to the viewing, science, and mythology of stars.  Ages 7 and older. Pre-registration required – call 800-859-2960  Northfield, MA (FREE)

8pm – ACROBATS: Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at The Colonial Theater.  www.thecolonialtheatre.org 997-4444 Pittsfield, MA ($$)

8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as their first show, and The Karate Kid as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Hinsdale, MA

Sunday – 7/18/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are welcomed to a casual weekly trail run at the Chesterfield Gorge. All distances/All levels welcome. Organized by Leslie Charles and Tanya Rapinchuk. West Chesterfield, MA

9am-4pm – MOTORCYCLES: Indian Day at the Springfield Museums, a celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA ($)

10-5pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Transition Massachusetts Regional Gathering at the Taproot Commons Farm at the Old Warner Homestead.  634-5452 Cummington, MA

10am-6pm – CULTURAL EVENT: Cultural Survival Bazaar.  Indigenous artisan bazaar featuring fine art, jewelry, native crafts, food and entertainment. Rain or Shine. Kripalu Yoga Center Field. www.culturalsurvival.org Lenox, MA (FREE)

12Noon – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Green River Festival, presented by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, this celebration combines music on two stages, food, crafts, dancing, a wide array of kids activities and hot air balloon launches (weather permitting) for the Pioneer Valley’s biggest outdoor event of the summer. This is the only music festival in Massachusetts that features hot air balloons and rides. Greenfield, MA (Kids under 12 are free, $$)

1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Special Sundays in the Art Studio at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

3pm – COMMUNITY SING: Community Open Sing, led by Eveline MacDougall, upstairs in the meeting room of the Green Field Market (144 Main St.).  773-8655 Greenfield, MA (Donation)

3-5pm – SEWING: Ashfield Needles and Threads meets at Elmer’s. Get together and sew, knit, crochet, chat, hook rugs… ibranson@crocker.com Ashfield, MA (FREE)

3-5pm – PLAYGROUP: Join parents from the Northampton Parent Center at the Easthampton Community Gardens with Kate. 582.2636 Easthampton, MA (FREE) 3-5pm – PLAYGROUP: Join parents from the Northampton Parent Center at the Easthampton Community Gardens with Kate. 582.2636 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

4pm – FAMILY THEATER: Nutshell Playhouse Performs “Pirates!” New Stage Performing Arts Center (Beacon Theater Complex) www.nutshellplayhouse.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

4-6pm – OUTDOOR GAME: Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee at the Ashfield Ballfield. Ages 10 & older. More info call William at 628-3336. Ashfield, MA

8pm – PUPPET SHOW: The Mettawee River Theatre Company will perform The Woman Who Fell From the Sky at the Ko Festival of Performance at Amherst College.  http://www.kofest.com Amherst, MA

8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as their first show, and The Karate Kid as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

Sundown – OUTDOOR FILM: Family Flicks Under the Stars with Images Cinema on the Chapin Lawn.  See Galaxy Quest under the stars with your family. 458-5612 Williamstown, MA (FREE)

6 Comments

  1. Karen said,

    July 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

    2:45 pm on Thursday: Meet at Pulaski Park in Northampton for a Parade with Primate Fiasco. Bring your noise makers!

  2. July 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Monday – 7/19

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton – NPC Playgroups: Northampton Skate Board Park with Carrie (FREE)

    10am in Easthampton: Playgroup with families from the Easthampton Family Center at Nonotuck Park Upper Playground. Snacks will be available, parents are encouraged to bring their own drinks. Parents who attend will rotate bringing fruit or veggies to share. (FREE)

    10am & 1pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: Clorinda. This musical celebrates Clorinda, a cow who is happy with her bovine life on the farm until she realizes her true dream and decides to become a dancer. 747-7797

    11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 582-2096 [FREE]

    1-5pm in Shelburne Falls: Trolley Museum is open for a fun day of trolley car rides, pump car rides and more for the entire family. http://www.sftm.org

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    4:30-5:30pm in Northampton: The Forbes Library hosts a Manga/Anime Club. Drop-ins welcomed. In the children’s department. [FREE]

    5:30pm in Amherst: Cruise Nights at Atkins Farms. Weather permitting.

    6pm in Williamsburg: Monday Movie Madness for Hilltowns Tweens and Teens (11-19) at the Meekins Library. Screening Howls Moving Castle (PG) this week. 268-7472

    7pm in Leverett: Parent lecture/workshop at Mt. Toby Meetinghouse: “Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods.” Raw food potluck at 6pm. 548-9841 ($)

    6:30pm in Montague: Evening Sing-Along at the Montague Center Library. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join Children’s Librarian Linda Hickman for a fun informal live music. Linda plays a variety of children’s music on the guitar and banjo, and there are bells and shakers for the children to play. For more information, call the Carnegie Library- 863-3214.

    7:30pm in Ashfield: A Cappella concert at the Congregational Church. Two very exciting groups, one from France (Cantoria), one from Vermont (House Blend). Potluck meal at the cheese queen’s house at 5:30pm. For more info contact Ricki Carroll. 628-4568

  3. July 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Tuesday – 7/20

    9:30-11:30am in Easthampton: Parent-child gardening days with the Easthampton Family Center at the Easthampton Community Garden. (FREE)

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Parent-child gardening days with the NPC at the Northampton Community Garden. (FREE)

    10am in Stockbridge: Summer Sketch Club at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy on-location drawing and painting classes which encourage self-expression and experimentation. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Summer Sketch Club is held outdoors- weather permitting; bring bottled water, insect repellent, hats, and sunscreen. For ages seven and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

    10am in Greenfield: Sunshine Story Time for kids 5yo and under at the Greenfield Public Library. A weekly hour of stories, songs, puppets,and movement games with Kay Lyons. 772-1544 ext.5 [FREE]

    10am & 1pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: Clorinda. This musical celebrates Clorinda, a cow who is happy with her bovine life on the farm until she realizes her true dream and decides to become a dancer. 747-7797

    11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    12:30pm in Pittsfield: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm, and the Battle-Ready! Discovery Program (last day) at 1pm. At the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 http://www.berkshiremuseum.org (FREE w/museum admission)

    1:30pm in Northampton: Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown Northampton, behind Thornes Marketplace! Food, plants, baby animals, live music, family-friendly from 1:30-6:30pm. 586-7586

    2pm in Northampton: Attainable, Sustainable, Energy Show featuring Jeff Boyer. Join Jeff Boyer for this fun-filled educational journey! Kids learn about sound, light, solar power, electric and kinetic energies, with materials ranging from everyday objects like baseballs and breakfast cereal to radiometers and even a Van de Graaf generator. 587-1010 http://www.forbeslibrary.org (FREE)

    2:15pm in Amherst: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. ($)

    6:30pm in Westfield: Amelia Park Ice Arena is proud to present “Musical Moments In Amelia’s Garden” every Tuesday this summer. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful flowers, sunset, and music!

  4. July 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Wednesday – 7/21

    All Day in Florence: Half-price at Look Park.

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: Toddler Time at the Forbes Library.

    10am in Florence: Gerwick Puppets will perform as part of The Look Park Children’s Entertainment Series. The shows have proven to be a great place to take children for fun summer activities. Be sure to hold on to your ticket for a discounted TRAIN RIDE after the show. http://www.lookpark.org ($)

    10am in Huntington: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

    10am in Sought Hadley: Family concert with Jay Mankita at Buttery Brook. Part of the Buttery Brook Summer Concert series, co-hosted by the South Hadley Family Center. (FREE)

    10am & 1pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: Clorinda. This musical celebrates Clorinda, a cow who is happy with her bovine life on the farm until she realizes her true dream and decides to become a dancer. 747-7797

    10:30am in Northampton: PaintBox Theater presents: The Three Billy Goats Gruff at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus, running from July 21-24. 587-3220 ($)

    10:30am in Williamsburg: Preschool Storytime at the Meekins Library with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong. (FREE)

    10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga

    11am-5pm in Florence: Pioneer Valley Liberated Learners will be gathering with families at Look Park.

    11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    1pm in Northampton: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. ($)

    1pm in Lenox: Terry a la Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library. Beloved local musical performers, Terry a la Berry and Friends, perform interactive popular children’s songs in our Roche Reading Park. Bring a blanket, picnic and get ready for some fun! 637-0197 ext 105

    12:30pm in Pittsfield: Berkshire Museum Discovery Program: What’s the Buzz? In Berkshire Backyard. Why do bees buzz, dance and wiggle? Find out in this gallery drop-in. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

    2pm in Florence: Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center (Route 9) from 2-6pm

    2-6pm in Turners Falls: Great Falls Farmers Market. Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    3-6pm in Greenfield: Guiding Star Grange Farmer’s Market (401 Chapman Street)

    4-6pm in Conway: Conway Farmers Market. Main Street (Rte. 116) in front of the Filed Memorial Library.

    4:30pm in Northampton: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. (FREE)

    6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance: Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    6:30-8pm in Hadley: Wholesale Klezmer Band Concert at Wednesday Folk Traditions at the Porter Phelps Huntington House Museum (130 River Drive). 584-4699 ($)

    6:30-8pm in Northampton: Parenting workshop: “Put the Oxygen Mask on You First!” at the Forbes Library. Pre-reg. 341-3158 (FREE)

    6:30pm in Williamsburg: Dennis Caraher and Emma Marie Henderson (11yo) perform a family show at the Angel Park Summer Concert Series (behind the Grange on Rt. 9). In Grange if rains. (FREE)

  5. July 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Thursday – 7/22

    9:30-11:30am in Northampton: NPC Playgroup at Bridge Street School playground with Rania.

    10:30am in Northampton: PaintBox Theater presents: The Three Billy Goats Gruff at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus, running from July 21-24. 587-3220 ($)

    10:30am-12:30pm in Greenfield : Meme and Pepe supports grandparents (55+ primary caregivers of children). 475-1553 (FREE)

    10am in Stockbridge: Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience. Children and their parents are invited to explore Norman Rockwell Museum’s galleries together during this series of interactive art experiences. Get inspired by the works on view to create your own personal artwork with a variety of materials and techniques. For parents and children ages four and up. Take one class or take them all. http://www.nrm.org (>$)

    11am in Greenfield: Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book Club. This summer weekly story hour sponsored by WGBY and introduces children ages 4 to 7 to an engaging collection of dog-themed books and activities and helps develop an appreciation of the positive roles dogs play in our lives. 772 1544 ext.5 (FREE)

    11am in Springfield: Public ice skating at Smead Arena (1780 Roosevelt Ave.) until 1pm. Skate rentals available. 781-2599 ($)

    11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    1:30pm in Pittsfield: Gallery Cart Program at the Berkshire Museum: Animal Mummification. Pharaohs and priests of ancient Egypt weren’t the only mummies. Learn how and why animals were mummified alongside their human counterparts. 443-7171 (FREE w/museum admission)

    2:45pm in Northampton: Join the guys from The Primate Fiasco at Pulaski Park. Bring your noise makes. Your hoops. And your sassiest outfit. [FREE]

    5-6pm in Becket: Families Dance Together at Jacob’s Pillow. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    6pm in Ashfield: Community potluck at St. John’s. Bring a dish to share. Open to community.

    6-9pm in South Deerfield: Chandler’s Summer Concert Series & BBQ On the Chandler’s Patio (25 Greenfield Road). 665-1277 ($$)

    6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance: RHAW. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    7pm in Goshen: Scaramouche Jones – a one-man show, at the Three Sisters Sanctuary. This is the first performance in the new outdoor stone amphiteater. “On the eve of the millennium, Scaramocuhe Jones, a 100-year old pale faced Gypsy clown, breaks a fifty year silence to tell his life story. We are taken on a journey from the slums of Trinidad to England, via Africa, Italy and wartime Poland: an odyssey spanning the entire 20th Century.” Performances are July 22 – 31. http://www.threesistsersanctuary.com 268-3850 ($)

    7pm in East Longmeadow: Summer Concert Series at East Longmeadow High School Athletic Field with Premier Brass Quintet. 525-3188

    7pm in Pittsfield: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. http://www.pittsfieldcolonials.com ($)

    9:15pm in Lanesborough: Firefly Watch at Mount Greylock. Citizen scientist project with Berkshire Museum and DCR. More info here. (FREE)

  6. July 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Friday – 7/23

    8:30am-11am in Lenox: Friday Mornings at Tanglewood. A closed rehearsal of upcoming performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra is open to students in 3rd grade and older. This Education Program will be held in the shed. Call Darlene White at 637-5274 to reserve a seat. Younger kids and their families can sit on the lawn. [FREE]

    10am in Westfield: Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments at Stanley Park.

    10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.

    10am in Huntington: Playgroup at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Rd.) (FREE)

    10am in Westfield: Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments at Stanley Park. http://www.stanleypark.org

    10:30am in Northampton: PaintBox Theater presents: The Three Billy Goats Gruff at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus, running from July 21-24. 587-3220 ($)

    11am in Greenfield: Mother Goose on the Loose for Toddlers at the Greenfield Public Library. 772-1544 ext.5 (FREE)

    11am in Pittsfield: “The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond” at the Berkshire Museum. This family-friendly journey explores the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures. http://www.berkshiremuseum.org ($)

    1pm in Springfield:
    Leopard Learns a Lesson by the Magpie Puppets – In this African tale, a jungle bully has the tables turned on her by a clever rabbit. At the Springfield Museums. 263-6800

    2:15-3:15pm in Dalton: The Dalton Community Recreation Department is bringing back the PLUNGE for the summer. The PLUNGE will be offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:15-3:15p.m. Children 8 and under must bring an adult with them. Children 9 and up may come with their friends (no adult necessary). Cost: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)


    4-10am in Charlemont:
    Yankee Doodle Days at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Fireworks in the evening. http://www.charlemontfairgrounds.org (>$)

    5:30pm in Holyoke: Pavillion Summer Concert Series at the Summit View House. http://www.summitviewbanquethouse.com 538-7431 (FREE)

    5:30pm in South Haldey: Cruise Nights at Butter Brook Park. Plan to join friends for supper—proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements, such as the new playground area now under development. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars, DJ music, refreshments, the company of neighbors and friends, and just being outdoors on a nice summer evening. Cruise nights are free and open to the public. friendsofbutterybrook@yahoo.com (FREE)

    6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance: Avi Scher & Dancers. 243-0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    7pm in Goshen: Scaramouche Jones – a one-man show, at the Three Sisters Sanctuary. This is the first performance in the new outdoor stone amphiteater. “On the eve of the millennium, Scaramocuhe Jones, a 100-year old pale faced Gypsy clown, breaks a fifty year silence to tell his life story. We are taken on a journey from the slums of Trinidad to England, via Africa, Italy and wartime Poland: an odyssey spanning the entire 20th Century.” Performances are July 22 – 31. http://www.threesistsersanctuary.com 268-3850 ($)

    7pm in Pittsfield: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. http://www.pittsfieldcolonials.com ($)

    8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as their first show, and The Karate Kid as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 http://www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

    8:30pmish in Pittsfield: Outdoor familiy movie screening on the Pittsfield Common downtown, part of their annual Summer Oudoor Movie Series (On 1st St., between Fern & Eagle Sts.). Kung Fu Panda plays this Friday. 499-9370 [FREE]


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