Suggested Events 07/24/10-07/30/10

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Hot Air Balloon Display at the Green River Festival last Saturday in Greenfield, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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 & Saturday, July 23rd & 24th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Thai style fish cakes with cucumber relish and coconut rice.  Special drinks: Asian style Pimm’s Cup and Lime Shandy. Also available: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

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Saturday, July 24th at 10:30am: Paintbox Theater presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff at  Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus. Director Tom McCabe is going to place a very special spin on this classic. His take – a tale about bullying. The twist? The troll is the one who is bullied, teased and, at the beginning of the story, alone. With the help of the audience and lots of suggestions from fairy tale characters crossing the bridge overhead, the troll will make friends and work things out. – Making friends is tough, especially if you feel different. – Every kid in the audience can bring their own special talents to participate & shine! 587-3220 Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, July 24th from 12Noon-5pm & 8-10pm: Pittsfield City Hoopla at Springside Park (874 North Street), in the public gardens behind Springside House. Hula Hooping, Fire Poi Spinning, Drumming by Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots (8-10pm) and more.  Great event for all ages! Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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August 14th at 9pm: Mt. Greylock Star Parties. Join families on the summit of Massachusetts’ highest peak for a wonderful evening of night sky observing!  Astronomy Association members are eager to share their knowledge about the night sky. Families will be able to observe the ringed majesty Saturn, galaxies, open star clusters, whispy nebula, double stars, colored stars, Neptune, Uranus, and much more through telescopes on display. The programs are FREE, appropriate for all ages and canceled only if there is heavy cloud cover or rain. Please contact the Mt. Greylock Visitors Center at (413)-499-4262 or Kevin Collins from the Astronomy Association at (413)-320-2509 if you have questions regarding the program or status of the program. Lanesbourgh, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large 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.

Shelley Brooks of the South Berkshire Community Coalition writes: Kickball Tournament – we need players! Deadline to sign up – Friday, July 23… We are looking for 10 eager players that would like to join our SBCC Kickball Team. This fun (one-time) event will take place *Saturday, July 31* at the Little League Field in Great Barrington. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up arou…nd 6 p.m. All ages (and abilities) are encouraged to join!  Call us at 413-528-1919 x 14 or email at sbcc@chpberkshires.org.

Deadline to enter to win: Tonight, 7/22, at 7pm!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Help support The Food Bank of Western MA. Food and fund drives organized by community groups, schools, and local businesses help fill The Food Bank’s warehouse and enable them to dedicate more resources towards their mission. Organizing a food drive or other fundraising event for The Food Bank can make a major impact in your community. Most-needed items: peanut butter and jelly, rice and canned soup or stew, spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce, canned pasta meals, tuna, low-sugar cereals, canned beans. For more information about how your group can support The Food Bank, or to arrange a drop-off time of food or funds, please call The Food Bank at 413-247-9738 or email our Development & Marketing Department: development@foodbankwma.org.

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.

Deadline to enter to win: August 4th

WORKSHOP: Thursday August 12, 2-5 PM. Grow Food at Schools workshop. This popular workshop features school garden and greenhouse techniques, curriculum connections, and service learning. Geared toward educators; all are welcome. PDPs (professional development points) available to teachers. Pre-registration required, contact solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org.

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.

LOCAL MUSICIANS WANTED: Local musicians wanted to perform as part of the Greenfield Savings Banks Morning Melodies summer series of musical entertainment featuring local artists.  If you have musical ability and would like the opportunity to schedule a date when you could perform for your Hilltown neighbors, please call Sarah Mancinelli (775-8291) at the bank.

PARENT NIGHT OUT: Saturday July 24, 4 PM, 10th Annual Chili & Chowder Fest, Camp Russell in Richmond, ages 21+. Sponsored by Boys and Girls Clubs of Pittsfield. Now in its tenth year, the Chili & Chowder Fest showcases the talents of chefs from more than 20 eateries across Berkshire County. The event will also feature pontoon boat rides on Richmond Pond, music, raffles, door prizes, beer and wine, and other snacks and refreshments. Tickets may be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield and will be sold at the door if any remain; tickets are limited to 500. For more information, call (413) 448-8258.


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 7/24

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. Local contradance superstars Rhubarb Pie have reformed as Calamity Physics! Fun, danceable tunes loved by kids and adults alike! Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

9am-10pm – YANKEE DOODLE DAYS: At the Charlemont Fairgrounds.  Civil War Re-Enactment, Ox Draw, Music, Kid Activities, Rides, Demolition Derby, Crafts, Animals, much more. www.charlemontfairgrounds.org Charlemont, MA (>$)

9am-3pm – ARTS FESTIVAL: The Third Annual Otis Arts Festival at the Farmington River Elementary School, 555 Main Road (Rte. 8).  This year over 50 artists and artisans will be featured. Entertainment will feature Moonshine Holler, Appalachian fiddlers and singers  (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Henry the Juggler (11 a.m.), Leland Martin, fiddler and Joe Dziok accompanist (1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.). 269-0220 Otis, MA (FREE, SALE)

9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The kids can learn about colonial cooking at the Historic Deerfield Museum’s Open Hearth Cooking Classes. 775-7214 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA

10am - HIKE: The Deerfield River Watershed Association’s July Hike will be a chance to explore Colrain’s Archeology and Geography.   Join Muriel Russell, local expert in Catamount history, for an exploration of cellar holes and caves in the Catamount State Forest.  This is always a popular hike because of its variety and it is not too strenuous. Bring  flashlight to explore caves, unscented  bug repellant and lunch to enjoy at McLeod Pond.  Directions to start: From Rte. 112 in Griswoldville, Colrain, take Adamsville Rd. to Lively Rd., then quick left onto East Catamount Rd. (steep and dirt) to end where there is parking.  Please register with Muriel 624-3311. Colrain, MA (FREE)

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 – MUSIC: Come to the  Greenfield Savings Bank Conway office for family music, featuring Joanie Schwartz, Conway resident, local realtor and singer/songwriter. Joanie is very lively and tries to involve others to sing along. 775-8291 Conway, MA [FREE]

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff at  Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus. 587-3220 Northampton, MA ($)

10:30-11:15am - NATURE STUDIES: Tom Ricardi will have his birds of prey at the Village Commons’ Summer Children’s Entertainment Series, outside in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Zucchini Brothers at Eastfield Mall Center Court. 543-8000 Holyoke, MA (FREE)

11am – THEATER: “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. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

11am-3pm - TAG SALE: Children’s Tag Sale, Chester Parent Center, Town Center Playgrounds (across from Town Hall). (Rain date July 31) to benefit Chester Elementary School PTO. 623-0111 Chester, MA (SALE)

11am-4pm - ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Snow’s Ice Cream is celebrating their 100th anniversary with $1 ice cream cones for all. Snow’s will be serving cones at the River Valley Market (North King St.). Students of the Northampton Community Music Center will be playing music for the event throughout the earlier part of this event – from 11am till 2pm (approx.) All proceeds of the event will benefit the Music Center. Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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-5pm & 8-10pm – HOOP-FEST: Pittsfield Cioty Hoopla happens at Springside Park (874 North Street), in the public gardens behind Springside House. Hula Hooping, Fire Poi Spinning, drumming by Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots (8-10pm) and more. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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

1pm - ICE CREAM SOCIAL: All ages welcome to cool off with some ice cream at the Whately Library (202 Chestnut Plain Rd.). 210-4346 Whately, MA (FREE)

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)

1-4pm – MUSEUMS ADVENTURES:  Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the art of acclaimed “New Yorker” and children’s book illustrator William Steig and his wife/creative collaborator Jeanne Steig, during SuperSteig Day, a family event.  298-4100 www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA (FREE FOR KIDS)

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 (>$)

2pm-12Midnight – BLOCK DANCE: The Hinsdale muster team will be hold its 12th annual Block Dance.  Music, dancing, fireworks, kids’ muster, water polo, bonfire and more.  Hinsdale Fire Department. 655-8084  www.hinsdalefire.org Hinsdale, MA (FREE)

3-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Hilltown Sustainability Celebration at the Cummington Community House (33 Main St.).  Contra dance and potluck/picnic.  Live music with Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, Josh Wachtel and Benny Schults & Choral Group.  Activities for all ages, including dance movement workshop, seed ball making, bag sew, ride an electric bike and more.325 3988 Cummington, MA (FREE)

6pm – MOVIE SCREENING: Ramona and Beezus at Greenfield Garden Cinemas – a red carpet fundraiser!  Moviegoers are encouraged to dress for the red carpet or as their favorite character from the Ramona books. The evening will also feature a silent auction with signed books, movie posters, etc, and a special pre-screening video specific to Franklin County.  774-3167 x 101 Greenfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

6pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

6-9pm – HIKE: Blueberry Moon Hike.  Seach for berries on a 3-mile hike at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Ages 8 & older. (800) 859-2960 Northfield, MA (>$)

7pm – YOUTH THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre’s production of Les Miserables at the Belchertown High School. 533-7896 Belchertown, MA ($)

7pm – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: 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. www.threesistsersanctuary.com 268-3850 Goshen, MA ($)

8pm – THEATER: Double Edge Theatre presents The Firebird 2010 Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Summer Spectacle. The Firebird is based on the classic Russian folk tale as well as a multiplicity of other Firebird and Phoenix myths and legends. 866-811-4111 www.doubleedgetheatre.org Ashfield, MA ($)

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


Sunday – 7/25

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 (FREE)

9am-10pm – YANKEE DOODLE DAYS: At the Charlemont Fairgrounds.  Civil War Re-Enactment, Ox Draw, Music, Kid Activities, Rides, Demolition Derby, Crafts, Animals, much more. www.charlemontfairgrounds.org Charlemont, MA (>$)

9am-4pm – BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: At the Austerlitz Historical Society.  he event will feature early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, many different vendors and a variety of foods to feed the masses.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast. (518) 392-0062 Austerlitz, NY (>$, Kids Under 12 FREE)

11am – FAMILY THEATER: “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. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

11am – BLOCK DANCE: The Hinsdale muster team will be hold its 12th annual Block Dance.  Parade, music, dancing, fireworks, kids’ muster, water polo, bonfire and more.  Hinsdale Fire Department. 655-8084  www.hinsdalefire.org Hinsdale, MA (FREE)

1-1:45pm – CIRCUS:  The Circus is Coming to Town at Greenfield Energy Park.  Trapeze, tumbling, juggling and balancing performed by advanced students from the New England Center for Circus Arts! Bring lunch and the family.  www.ma-greenfield.gov Greenfield, MA (DONATION)

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 (>$)

2pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

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)

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

6:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents: The Legend of Paul Bunyan. his musical follows Paul Bunyan from his home as a child with Babe the Blue Ox to his grown-up life as a lumberjack.  Cheer on Paul and his friends like Sourdough Sam and Johnny Inkslinger as they try to get out of jam after jam and try to find a happy ending! 747-7797 West Springfield, MA ($)

7pm – OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE: 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. www.threesistsersanctuary.com 268-3850 Goshen, MA ($)

8pm – THEATER: Double Edge Theatre presents The Firebird 2010 Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Summer Spectacle. The Firebird is based on the classic Russian folk tale as well as a multiplicity of other Firebird and Phoenix myths and legends. 866-811-4111 www.doubleedgetheatre.org Ashfield, MA ($)

8-10pm – OUTDOOR FAMILY THEATER: Mettawee River Theatre Presents: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, an outdoor theater/puppet production at Springside Park.  In the case of rain, the First Congregational Church on Park Square. – The production will incorporate many puppets representing the spirits and creatures of this young world, including masks, giant figures, puppets and other visual elements with live music, movement and text, drawing on myths, legends and folklore of the world’s many cultures for its material.  www.mettawee.org Pittsfield, MA

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

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  1. July 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Monday – 7/26/10

    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 & 6:30pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: The Legend of Paul Bunyan. his musical follows Paul Bunyan from his home as a child with Babe the Blue Ox to his grown-up life as a lumberjack. Cheer on Paul and his friends like Sourdough Sam and Johnny Inkslinger as they try to get out of jam after jam and try to find a happy ending! 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 ($)

    11am & 1pm in Stockbridge: Robbins-Zust Marionettes perform Sleeping Beauty at Saint Paul’s Church (29 Main St.). 298-4913

    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.

    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.

    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 ($)

  2. July 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Tuesday – 7/27/10

    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 & 1pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: The Legend of Paul Bunyan. his musical follows Paul Bunyan from his home as a child with Babe the Blue Ox to his grown-up life as a lumberjack. Cheer on Paul and his friends like Sourdough Sam and Johnny Inkslinger as they try to get out of jam after jam and try to find a happy ending! 747-7797

    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]

    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 ($)

    11am & 1pm in Great Barrington: Robbins-Zust Marionettes perform Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at the Triplex Cinema (at the Screening Room Theater, 70 Railroad St.) (>$)

    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)

    1pm in Springfield: Fairy, Beasts and Lore by Angela C. Klinger, “The Storyteller” – Enter the realm of mythical creatures with traditional folk and fairy tales. At the Springfield Museum. 263-6800.

    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

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

    2pm in Northampton: Forest Park Zoo On The Go at the Forbes Library. 587-1010 [FREE]

    6:15pm in Greenfield: Learn to Hula Hoop with Alotta Hoopla at Greenfield Energy Park. [FREE]

    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!

    6:30pm on air: “Farm to Fork: The Pioneer Valley’s Local Food and Agriculture Show” on WXOJ-LP, Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM, will be airing the interviews from the Hampshire County 4-H Fair. You can also listen via live audiostream: http://www.valleyfreeradio.org

    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 ($)

  3. July 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Wednesday – 7/28/10

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

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

    9:30-11:30am in Cummington: Parent-run playgroup at Pettingill Park Playground.

    10am & 1pm in West Springfield: The Majestic Theater presents: The Legend of Paul Bunyan. his musical follows Paul Bunyan from his home as a child with Babe the Blue Ox to his grown-up life as a lumberjack. Cheer on Paul and his friends like Sourdough Sam and Johnny Inkslinger as they try to get out of jam after jam and try to find a happy ending! 747-7797

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

    10am in South Hadley: Buttery Brook Summer Concert Series presents Leticia Davies brings us a high energy, multilingual music and movement performance at the Buttery Brook Park. (FREE)

    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 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 ($)

    11am & 1pm in Great Barrington: Robbins-Zust Marionettes perform Rumplestilskin at the Triplex Cinema (at the Screening Room Theater, 70 Railroad St.) (>$)

    1pm in West Springfield: Toe Jam Puppet Band will be performing at the West Springfield Middle School Auditorium. Toe Jam Puppet Band offers a special brand of hands-on children’s entertainment that grown-ups can actually enjoy. The performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun. 263-3284 [FREE]

    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

    Performance of Jabberwocky by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

    1pm in Springfield: Performance of Jabberwocky by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre – A delightful romp through Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass. Springfield Museums. 263-6800

    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)

    2-5pm in Whately: Make an upcycled wallet to hold your stuff from un-recyclable plastic wrappers at the Whately Public Library with Lou’s Upcycles. he plastic bags are transformed into fabric using heat and pressure. For ages 8 and up. Please call to register. 665-2170

    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)

    5:30-8pm in Buckland: Summer Community BBQ at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to play games or visit the farm animals. Whether you are a regular visitor of the farm or have been curious to see what it’s all about, the summer barbecue is the place to be. Food will include vegetarian fare as well as yummy dessert, so just bring your appetite and good spirits. 625-9503 ($)

    6:15-7:30pm in Easthampton: Avatar Party at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Kids ages 9 & older can enjoy games, costume contest, trivia quiz, refreshments and surprises that celebrate the movie. Sign-up are required.

    6:30pm in Williamsburg: Josh Wachtel of Radio Free Earth performs at Angel Park. [FREE]

    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 ($)

    8pm in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents The Firebird 2010 Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Summer Spectacle. The Firebird is based on the classic Russian folk tale as well as a multiplicity of other Firebird and Phoenix myths and legends. 866-811-4111 http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org ($)

  4. July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thursday – 7/29/10

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

    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 Lenox: Fairy House & Toad Abode Crafts w/ Storytelling at the Lenox Library. Celebrate nature with crafts and stories for ages 3 to 6. 637-0197 ext 105

    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 ($)

    11am & 1pm in Stockbridge: Robbins-Zust Marionettes perform Jack and the Beanstalk at Saint Paul’s Church (29 Main St.). 298-4913

    1-3pm in Lenox: tnk grEn with Teen Crafts at the Lenox Library. Teens can drop in to make cool bottle cap bracelets and cereal box journals using material once headed for the garbage bin. 637-0197 ext 105

    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)

    2pm in Lenox: BUTI Students on Parade Family Concert. Families will be able to listen to various instrumental ensembles performed by Boston University Tanglewood Institute students, talk to the performers and get a closer look at how each instrument works. This program last summer garnered rave reviews for its appeal to children and adults. The performance is most appropriate for ages 4 and up. 637-0197 ext 105

    2-4pm in Easthampton: Making fairy houses at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. For ages 9 & older. Sign-ups are required.

    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)

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

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

    8pm in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents The Firebird 2010 Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Summer Spectacle. The Firebird is based on the classic Russian folk tale as well as a multiplicity of other Firebird and Phoenix myths and legends. 866-811-4111 http://www.doubleedgetheatre.or ($)

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

  5. July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Friday – 7/30/10

    10am in Westfield: Fran Friedman concert. Fran is known for her uplifting, fun-filled performances that touch children with the concepts of acceptance, understanding differences, love, and respect, all of which are embedded in her songs. 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)

    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: Fairy Circus by the Tanglewood Marionettes – The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, transform themselves, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the music of favorite composers! 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: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

    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)

    7:35pm & 9:25pm in Northampton: Screening of Babies at the Academy of Music Theatre.

    8pm in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents The Firebird 2010 Indoor/Outdoor Traveling Summer Spectacle. The Firebird is based on the classic Russian folk tale as well as a multiplicity of other Firebird and Phoenix myths and legends. 866-811-4111 http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org ($)


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