Suggested Events 08/07/10-08/13/10

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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

Signs of August: Sunflowers and Golden Finches. (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.

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NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE: Northeast Organic Farming Association 36th Annual Summer Conference happens at UMass in Amherst from August 13th-15th. Over 200 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading.  Special workshops designed for kids and teens. An educational, fun opportunity for your children to bond with others from the Northeast while you attend workshops and events.  Entertainment for the whole family: Music and dance, an old-fashioned Country Fair, farmer’s market, games and fun. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals. For more information visit www.nofasummerconference.org or call (978) 355-2853.

BEST BET

FAMILY THEATER: Saturday, August 7th at 10:30am, Paintbox Theater presents The Three Musketeers at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, on the Smith College Campus. The title tells it all. There’s enough adventure for even the heartiest swashbuckler. You don’t have to bring your sword; your imaginations will provide all that you need. Capes will be flying as performers deal with the bad guys and save the day. – A show is about action and intrigue, but also about friendship. More info at www.newcenturytheatre.org or call 587-3220 Northampton, MA ($)

HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Sunday, August 8th, Old Sturbridge Village presents Redcoats & Rebels Revolutionary War Reenactment. Redcoats & Rebels is one of the largest such reenactments in the country. More than 40 units will conduct mock battles with lots of musket, cannon and artillery fire, demonstrate marching and drilling, and entertain visitors with fife and drum music. Free with museum admission. Extended hours to 8 pm for “Twilight Encampment,” where guests can mingle with the troops around the campfires. More info at www.osv.org or call 1-800-733-1830. Sturbridge, MA ($)

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. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Outreach Coordinator for the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington, MA. The Outreach Coordinator will work with the Old Creamery Co-op Steering Committee to develop and implement an outreach plan that will educate the community about the values and principles of a co-op, recruit households and businesses to become owners and supporters of the Old Creamery Co-op, and coordinate volunteers to help with an array of activities designed to help the Co-op achieve its mission. Click here for complete job announcement.

Stacey Mackowiak of Cummington, MA writes: The Cummington Family Center is having a craft show around the holiday season! We are looking for folks who make quality, handmade goods for babies & kids of all ages. This should be a great event that supports both the family center and our local, talented crafters! If you are interested in having a table at the fair contact me by phone or email. The craft show/ holiday family concert will be Nov. 13th from 10-3. There is a $20 table fee for anyone interested. (413) 634-8853 smackowiak@yahoo.com

Deadline to enter to win: Friday, August 6th at 10am (EST).

SPANISH TOURS: Daily Spanish language tours at Old Sturbridge Village. The 45-minute tours are free with museum admission, and are led by a Spanish-speaking OSV historian in costume. The tours are particularly helpful for Spanish-speaking tourists, immigrants, relatives and visitors, and for students studying Spanish in school. The tours run daily through August 8th, and then are offered weekly year round. OSV portrays early New England life from 1790-1840. The Village has a large staff of historians in costume, 59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts. Details: 1-800-733-1830; www.osv.org

FUNDRAISER:  Ride Like an Animal benefit motorcycle ride, Thomas J. O’Conner Center Animal Control & Adoption Center, happens on August 14th in Springfield. Riders will take a scenic route around the Quabbin Reservoir before arriving at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks at for an afternoon of music, fun, and delicious food. Local Indie-Folk Rock band, Infinitie August will be performing at the event, and a variety of contests and raffle prizes will be given away to attendees. Registration opens at 8:30 AM, ride begins at 10 AM, afternoon activities begin at 1:30pm.  Click here for more info.

Deadline to enter to win: Friday, August 18th at 7pm (EST)

DISCOVERING COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND: Family activities continue at Historic Deerfield with “Colonial Colors: Fun with Paint and Dye,” an exploration of the rich and vibrant colors and hues found in everyday colonial New England life through August 15th. This program will look at how fabric dyes were made from local plants, as well as imported dye stuffs. Learn how people colored their houses with paint ground from natural pigments and mixed it with natural materials such as linseed oil or even milk! Historic houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open for visitors to see ways in which people made their interiors stand out with color. Visitors can also create their own colors using natural materials and methods, and make a project to take home.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR TEENS: Volunteers needed for Storrowton Village at the Big E (West Springfield, MA), September 17th – October 3rd.  Adults and teens needed to conduct guided tours of the Village’s historic buildings and work in the Village Gift Shop. Training sessions begin August 25th. Dressed in Early American-inspired apparel, volunteers will give fairgoers a glimpse of New England’s past while interpreting the roles of 19th century New Englanders. Volunteers will gain a wealth of knowledge about crafts, food and daily life of the era. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Storrowton Village Museum before August 13th at 413-205-5051, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS Randy and Donnie from The Verve Pipe guest DJ spinning tunes off of their new CD, “A Family Album,” along with music by Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants, Peter Himmelman, and Justin Roberts – and super fun tunes from their childhood!  Check out their playlist and listen to the podcast HERE.

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 8/7/10

    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.

    8am-1pm – ADULT ROWING CLASS: Introduction to Rowing with Northampton Youth & Community Rowing. One-day learn to row class. Lunch included. Call for appropriate age range. 585-0277 www.hampcrew.com Northampton, MA (FREE)

    8am-7pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: 89th Annual Littleville Fair. Kids day! www.littlevillefair.com Chester, MA (>$, Kids uner 10 are FREE)

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

    9am-12Noon – NATURE DISCOVERIES: Freshwater Snails of Arcadia. Along the banks of the Mill River there are about 15 different species of freshwater snails. Come ready to dig and learn more about snails. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA (>$)

    9:30am-5pm - HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Old Sturbridge Village, Redcoats & Rebels Revolutionary War Reenactment. Named a “Best in New England” event by Yankee magazine, Redcoats & Rebels is one of the largest such reenactments in the country. More than 40 units will conduct mock battles with lots of musket, cannon and artillery fire, demonstrate marching and drilling, and entertain visitors with fife and drum music. Free with museum admission. www.osv.org or call 1-800-733-1830. Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon- SCIENCE: Kids K-8th grade can participate in science projects at the Meekins Library with Anne Bussler to find “green” solutions to planet problems.  Experiments with water and landfills. 268-7472 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    10am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR36th  Annual Adams Agricultural Fair. Adams, MA (>$)

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

    10:30-11:15am – MAGIC SHOW: David Garrity’s Magic and Beyond at Eastfield Mall Center Court. www.eastfieldmall.com Springfield, MA (FREE)

    10am-2pm – RESKILLING: Unlock the Mysteries of Canning. Learn basic techniques by canning tomatoes and peaches with mother-daughter team Pat Shearer and Alison Wahlstrom of Northfield, MA. Other food preserving methods, like drying, will also be discussed and samples of dried and canned foods will be shared. Ages 12 & older. Pre-registration required – call 800-859-2960 Northfield, 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)

    10:30-11:15am – FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: The Village Commons’ Summer Children’s Entertainment Series will host Bill Ross … Book ‘Em, outside in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    11am - REGGAE FESTIVAL: The Charlemont Reggae Festival on the Mohawk Tral happens at the Charlemont Fairgrounds, www.charlemontreggaefest.com 367-9309 Charlemont, MA ($$)

    11am & 2pm – FAMILY THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents The Wizard of Oz at the Berkshire Museum. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($, Children under 3: Free)

    11am-12:30pm – GEOLOGY: Geologist Richard Little on the Riverboat. Geology comes alive through the clear and often humorous stories of Professor Richard Little. This relaxing cruise on the Connecticut River will be filled with tales of drifting continents, earthquakes, dinosaurs, glaciers and Lake Hitchcock, that are part of the creation of our idyllic Valley. Ages 10 & older. 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA ($)

    11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Uncle Rock performs at MASS MoCA. www.massmoca.org North Adams, 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)

    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 – FAMILY CONCERT: Princess Katie & Racer Steve perform a live show in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 585-0001. Amherst, 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)

    1-5pm – HERBAL WORKSHOP: Blazing Star Herbal School presents: “Nourishing Condiments: Kitchen Rituals for becoming whole- healing remedies found in your kitchen”. For adults. Call to inquire about appropriate age for students. 628-1655 Ashfield, MA ($$)

    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 (>$)

    2-8pm – BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL:   Ninth Annual Wild Blueberry Jubilee at The Benson Place.  Expect good music, food, art activities for kids.  PYO in small quantities.  Cooking demo.  More.  337-5340 www.bensonplace.org Heath, MA (FREE)

    6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE PERFORMANCE: Jacob’s PIllow Outdoor Inside/Out performance.  243.0745  www.jacobspillow.org Becket, MA (FREE)

    8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater call or visit online for Films. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

    9pm – ASTRONOMY ADVENTURES: Enjoy the dark skies of the Highlands searching for nebulae, constellations, and planets.  Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will have their telescopes set up to view the heavens.  Dress for a cool evening. 532-1631 x 13 www.arunah.org Windsor, MA (FREE)

    Sunday – 8/8/10

    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

    9:30am-8pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Old Sturbridge Village, Redcoats & Rebels Revolutionary War Reenactment, one of the largest such reenactments in the country. More than 40 units will conduct mock battles with lots of musket, cannon and artillery fire, demonstrate marching and drilling, and entertain visitors with fife and drum music.  “Twilight Encampment,” where guests can mingle with the troops around the campfires. www.osv.org or call 1-800-733-1830. Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: 89th Annual Littleville Fair. www.littlevillefair.com Chester, MA (>$, Kids uner 10 are FREE)

    10am-5pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR36th  Annual Adams Agricultural Fair. Adams, MA (>$)

    12Noon-4pm – BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: Kelso Homestead Blueberries will have their annual Blueberry Days of Summer festival with blueberry picking, food, music, birds of prey, and much fun. (207 Bromley Rd.) Chester, MA

    12Noon-6pm – ETHNIC FAIR: Pittsfield Ethnic Fair happens on North Street (Route 7N).  An exciting blend of people, music and food. 499-9348  Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    1-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Canterbury Farm will have music, puppets, food and more. Bring blankets. Fundraiser for Becket library. 623-5483 Becket, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    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 in Lee: Family concert with Jay Mankita at the Lee Library. 243-0385 www.jaymankita.com (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 – SEWING: Ashfield Needles and Threads meets at Elmer’s. Get together and sew, knit, crochet, chat, hook rugs… ibranson@crocker.com Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    4pm – HISTORIC FASHION SHOW: A cultural history fashion show and exhibit, “Follow the Thread: America’s Jewish Immigrants and The Birth of the Garment Industry,” will be at the Ashfield Community Hall. See exhibit every Saturday from 10am-12Noon at the Ashfield Historical Society. 628-3900 Ashfield, 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

    6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem at Greenfield Energy Park. www.ma-greenfield.gov Greenfield, MA (DONATION)

    6:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: Clorinda at the Majestic Theater. www.majestictheater.com 747-7797 West Springfield, MA( $)

    7-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Walk the Universe: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteor Showers at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn about these objects, how our ancestors viewed and interpreted them. 584-3009 ($) Easthampton, MA ($)

    8:45pm - DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater call or visit online for Films. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

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    1. August 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Monday – 8/9/10

      10am in Stockbridge: How did Mohicans and settlers tell time? Join a Trustees of Reservations educator for a hands-on chance to make your own pocket sundial with their program: The Sun, Moon & Stars. For ages 5-12 and up. FREE with one adult admission. Pre-register to 298.3239 x3003. At the Mission House.

      10am & 1pm in West Springfield: Clorinda at the Majestic Theater. http://www.majestictheater.com 747-7797 ($)

      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)

      11am-2pm in Springfield: Picnic at Forest Park for homeschoolers. Organized via Pioneer Valley Liberated Learners.

      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 Northampton: Talk for adults at the Forbes Library title: “Nourishing Our Children: Timeless Principles for Learning, Behavior and Health through Optimal Nutrition.” 559-7770

    2. August 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Tuesday – 8/10/10

      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: Clorinda at the Majestic Theater. http://www.majestictheater.com 747-7797 ($)

      10-11:30am in Buckland: Mornings on the Farm at Red Gate Farm. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org (>$)

      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]

      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 Amherst: CactusHead Puppets Presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin in the auditorium at The Eric Carle Museum. http://www.carlemuseum.org 658.1126 (>$)

      1pm in Springfield: At the Springfield Museum: The Physical Science Show by the Jeff Danger, Science Ranger – See amazing demonstrations of natural forces. 263-6800 or visit http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE w/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 http://www.nohotownfarm.com (MARKET)

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

      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!

      7pm in Plainfield: Plainfield Concerts at 7 at the Plainfield Congregational Church. Reception follows at the town hall. 634-8099 http://www.plainfieldconcertsat7.com( FREE)

      7pm in Pittsfield: Big Band music at Springside Park (874 North St.). The Eagles Big Band performs favorite tunes from the Swing Era. Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic and enjoy great music outdoors in a beautiful setting. 358-2202 (FREE)

    3. August 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Wednesday – 8/11/10

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

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

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

      10am & 1pm in West Springfield: Clorinda at the Majestic Theater. http://www.majestictheater.com 747-7797 ($)

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

      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 http://www.berkshiremuseu .org (FREE w/museum admission)

      1pm in Springfield: At the Springfield Museum: The Magic of Science by the Marvelous Marvin – Learn about the scientific process from experimentation to invention. 263-6800 or visit http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE w/admission)

      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

      1pm in Amherst: CactusHead Puppets Presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin in the auditorium at The Eric Carle Museum. http://www.carlemuseum.org 658.1126 (>$)

      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: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

      3-4pm in Becket: 8th Annual Young People’s Arts Festival at the Becket Arts Center. Enjoy art work created in the Young People’s workshops: Talking with Images & Exploration and Learning Through Art and see a presentation by Marmalade Production’s Big Puppet Day puppeteers. http://www.becketartscenter.org

      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)

      5:30pm in Whately: Earth Celebrations – Campfire with Storyteller, Rona Leventhal at the Whately Library. Magical evening around a real campfire – with stories, songs and marshmallows, of course! Recommended for ages 5+. 665-2170 (FREE)

      7pm in Adams: The Bascom Lodge at Mt. Greylock State Reservation will be hosting Bill Minardi who will discuss Galileo’s conflict with the church, his trial and condemnation and the impact it had as an example of the “conflict” between science and religion. The talk is an hour long and good for older students. Call to confirm 413-743-1591 (FREE)

      6-8pm in Springfield: Outdoor Concert at the Quadrangle green. (FREE)

      6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out performance. 243.0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

      6:30pm in Williamsburg: Outdoor concert at the Angel Park Summer Concert Series (behind the Grange on Rt. 9). In Grange if rains. (FREE)

    4. August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      Thursday – 8/12/10

      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) [Through Sept]

      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: The Boston Museum of Science will present its live animal show, Animal Invaders, at the Lenox Library Association. Families will learn ways to co-exist with animals that share our planet. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. For more information, call 637-0197 ext. 105. (FREE)

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

      1pm in Amherst: CactusHead Puppets Presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin in the auditorium at The Eric Carle Museum. http://www.carlemuseum.org 658.1126 (>$)

      1pm in Springfield: At the Springfield Museum: Science Laser Spectacular by Prismatic Magic – A dazzling crash course in laser science. 263-6800 or visit http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE w/admission)

      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)

      5-8pm in Pittsfield: 3rd Thursdays in downtown Pittsfield. The streets come alive with musicians, artists, activities, sidewalk dining, after hours shopping and much more. 499.9348

      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 ($$)

      6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out performance. 243.0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

    5. August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      Friday – 8/13/10

      All day in Sturbridge: Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village today! http://www.osv.org (FREE)

      7:30am in Lanesboro: Guided hikes on Mount Greylock, followed by an optional breakfast at historic Bascom Lodge. Meet at the Visitors Center (30 Rockwell Rd.) Steve Linscott will lead a moderate to strenuous hike. 499-4262 (FREE HIKE; $ FOOD)

      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 & 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: Puppet show with Marmalade Productions, presenting Maggie’s Garden. http://www.marmaladeproductions.com

      10am-7pm in West Springfield: East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show. Great opportunity for young geologists to see a large variety of specimens related to earth science. At the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition (1305 Memorial Ave.) (>$; Kids under 12yo are FREE)

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

      1pm in Amherst: CactusHead Puppets Presents The Pied Piper of Hamelin in the auditorium at The Eric Carle Museum. http://www.carlemuseum.org 658.1126 (>$)

      1pm in Springfield: At the Springfield Museum: Science Flying and Fun by Carbone Shows – Watch humorous, interactive science demonstrations. 263-6800 or visit http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE w/admission)

      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: $2 per person. Call 684-0260 for more information. (>$)

      4-6pm in Goshen: Jr. Ranger Program at DAR State Forest: Compass Orienteering. Map and exploration enthusiast H. A. Hamdan will demonstrate basic methods for using charts, compasses, bearings, and landmarks to find your way from one point to another. 268-7098 (FREE)

      4pm in Pittsfield: Is your kid crazy about cars? There will be an antique and classic car show happening this evening you could take them to.

      4pm in Middlefield: Middlefield Fair: August 13-15, 2010. 7 Bell Road (Kids under 12 Free)

      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)

      5-8pm in Northampton: Northampton Arts Night Out (FREE)

      6:15pm in Becket: Jacob’s Pillow Outdoor Inside/Out performance. 243.0745 http://www.jacobspillow.org (FREE)

      7-8:30pm in Goshen: Birds of Prey Program with Tom Riccardi at DAR State Forest. 268-7098 (FREE)

      7pm in Greenfield: Screening of The Incredibles at the Greenfield Public Library. 772-1544 http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (FREE)


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