Suggested Events for June 1st-7th, 2013

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

SUGGEST AN EVENT

7th annual Hilltown Spring Festival happens this Saturday, June 1st from 10am-5pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Get a taste of the Hilltowns at this family-friendly festival with live music on two stages, musical workshops, dancing around the Maypole, Morris Dancers, music petting zoo, kids-made craft bazaar, vendors, food and much more! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Saturday, June 1st – Hilltown Spring Festival: The Hilltown CDC’s Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds will be a combined music festival, food festival, children’s festival, craft festival, and alternative energy exposition! Music for children of all ages will be performed by Mister G, David Grover and Terry A La Berry. Other musical performers include percussionist Tony Vacca, acoustic string band Appalachian Still, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney, the Lonesome Brothers, Hot Day at the Zoo, the Walkin’ Blues Band, & Dan Hales and the Frost Heaves. There will be children’s activities all day long, music workshops for families, dancing around the Maypole, children selling hand-made crafts at the Kids-Made Crafts Bazaar, 8 foot tall puppets, Morris dancers, & much more. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (>$)

BULLETIN BOARD

May 31 – Jun 2

FREE Event: Experience the World of Art, Music, and Culture on the Amherst Common, May 31st (12-6), June 1st and 2nd (10-6) at the Cultural Survival Bazaar. A FREE Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from around the world. Shop handmade, fairly traded art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs & more. Featuring guest artisans from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, music of Ecuador and Mali. Enjoy FREE music performances, craft-making demos and Tibetan cuisine. Proceeds support Native artisans, fair trade & Cultural Survival’s nonprofit work worldwide. For special features, artisan profiles, performance schedule, and other dates & locations visit their website at http://www.bazaar.cs.org Amherst Common on Boltwood Ave. Click Here for Preview

Jun 8

(Image © Ruth Sanderson)

Children’s Book Festival: A Fairy Garden Celebration. On Saturday, June 8th, grab your wings and come celebrate the magical world of fairies and gnomes at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA from 10am-5pm! Join local authors and illustrators for a fun day of building fairy houses, creating apple head elfin puppets and learning how to draw a dragon. Plus storytimes and book signings! See the Galapagos Puppets perform, Badger Meets the Fairies. Be inspired by the world of fantasy, the magic of fairy tales, and the natural world during their annual Children’s Book Festival. Fairy and gnome inspired costumes are welcome! Visit www.carlemuseum.org for the day’s schedule or call 413-658-1126.

Jun 8 & Jun 15

Hilltown IdolsComing soon: Hilltown Idols! An adult & child karaoke competition/fundraiser for the Williamsburg Elementary School. Auditions are Sat., 6/8, with the Final Performance on Sat., 6/15 at 7pm at the Williamsburg Grange in Williamsburg. The competition is open to children & adults from near and far! There are four competition groups: Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, & Adults. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Entry fee for contestants in Grades 3-12 is $5.00 & $25.00 for adults. Register by 6/1! Tickets for audience members on 6/8 are $2/individual or $5/family for the day. Tickets for the Final Performance on 6/15 are $5(Ages 3-18), $10(Adults), or $20 per family. See https://sites.google.com/site/hilltownidols for details.

Jun 12

Medical Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Wednesday, June 12, 6 pm. Free. Dakin Conference Room with Ann Neumeyer, MD, Child Neurologist, Medical Director of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Peter Kenny, MD, Pediatrician, Northampton Area Pediatrics. In her lecture about autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Ann Neumeyer will discuss what autism is. She will explain that there are medical conditions that can affect children with autism, such as sleep disorders, seizures and gastrointestinal disease, and discuss some methods for detecting and understanding these conditions.

Jun 12

On Wednesday, June 12th, from 7:00-8:30 pm, Dr. Robert Davis, psychologist and director of the Brain Analysis & NeuroDevelopment (BAND) Centers in Florence and Amherst will be offering a free presentation at the Cup & Top in Florence on the use of Neurotherapy, a neuroscience-based approach to reducing or eliminating symptoms associated with attention, learning, behavior and mood disorders. Neurotherapy is a safe, effective, non-invasive and medication-free form of treatment and was recently ranked by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a ‘Level 1’ treatment for ADHD, (i.e., equal or greater in effectiveness to medication, behavior therapy and parent training). For more information, visit the BAND Center website at: www.bandcenterllc.com.

Jun 24 – Aug 16

The Bement School offers a wide variety of summer programs for students from 15 months to 15 years. Located on a beautiful campus in historic Deerfield, Bement’s programs combine the summer fun of a traditional day camp with field trips and enrichment programs. The Preschool Program provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for the youngest campers. Adventures in Chinese is a full-day Chinese language and culture program. The Adventure Camp offers games, crafts, swimming, and field trips. The Junior Counselor Program gives teens experience working with children, developing valuable job skills, and enjoying summer fun. Summer programs run from June 24 to August 16. Call 413-774-7061 or visit bement.org/summer for more information.

Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center: Voted “Best” Again in the Valley Advocate’s Readers Poll. For Granby residents Alyssa and Philip LaFlamme, Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center was the comfortable choice. “From the moment I called to say I was on my way, I felt reassured and well taken care of,” said Alyssa, who praises labor and delivery nurse Terri Jay who “helped keep me calm when I had a few moments of panic.” Alyssa consistently received personalized care. “My friends have gone other places and they say they feel like a number at other hospitals.” The LaFlammes are not alone in their choice. For the third consecutive year, families have voted the Childbirth Center the Best Birthing Center in the Valley Advocate’s Readers’ Poll.

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Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!


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June 1st-7th, 2013

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Saturday, June 1st, 2013

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6-10am – 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.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Suzi Shelton is our guest DJ this week with a Country Travelin’ Show – a musical journey across this beautiful country and beyond, and the interesting adventures, animals and friends we will meet along the way. Join Suzi as she leads listeners through a fun-filled road trip – complete with cars, trains, banjos, frogs, pigs and even just a little blowin’ in the wind… – Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived shows!

8am-10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Natural Resources Conservation Service is holding an informational birding and land management walk.  Attendees will walk through shrub, old field, thicket, and mature forest habitat while learning about the ways in which they can create and maintain these habitats.  Best for older students or adults.  413-443-1776 x3.  Bliss Road.  Florida, MA.  (FREE)

8am-11:30am – SPORTS: It’s National Learn to Row Day and Northampton Community Rowing is offering beginner rowing lessons for older students and adults.  Participants will learn the basics of rowing and will get a chance to experience the sport first-hand.  413-230-9254.  Old Springfield Road.  Northampton MA.  (FREE)

8am-11am – SPORTS: The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club is hosting a free Learn to Row Day workshop for students 12 and over.  Participants will spend time with instructors learning the basics of rowing and will be able to get out on the water.  Participants must be able to swim.  413-695-0498.  121 West Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

8am-4pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Come to the Williston Northampton School’s Lossone Hockey Rink for the All-4-Kids Easthampton Consignment Sale!  This is a great place to find new-to-you children’s toys, footwear, clothing, games, DVDs, sports equipment, and more.  22 Greenwood Court.  Easthampton, MA.  (SALE)

8:30am-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER: Come to the 22nd annual Puffer’s Pond Pancake Breakfast!  There will be pancakes made from donated local ingredients and real maple syrup, along with raffles and live music.  Proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving Puffer’s Pond.  This community meal is a fun opportunity to raise money for the Pond, spend time with family and friends, and meet new people – all while enjoying delicious homemade pancakes!  413-549-1097.  Mill River Recreation Area.  North Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

8:30am-2:30pm – STEM: CET’s Junior Solar Sprint takes place at Reid Middle School. The JSS is part of a national program in which middle school students design, build and race model cars powered by the sun. They are encouraged to integrate math, science and technology principles with their creativity in a fun hands-on educational program that stimulates enthusiasm for science at a crucial stage in their education.Teams are recognized for excellence in craftsmanship, technical merit, innovation and performance, as well as best use of recycled materials. 950 North Street. Pittsfield, MA

9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES:  Today is National Trails Day!  Join the Kestrel Land Trust and the Leverett Trails Committee to walk and explore the newly-completed East Leverett Trail System while observing forest, wetland, pond, and meadow habitats.  This is fun for all ages and participants can learn about these local nature spots while enjoying what could be a new favorite trail!  Please RSVP to learn the meeting location.  413-549-1097.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE)

9am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore West Springfield’s Mittineague Park and the arrival of spring by observing birds, plants, insects, and wildlife as they transition into springtime!  Join the West Springfield Environmental Committee and the Park and Recreation Department for a Spring Nature Walk with local naturalist Doug Guyett.  All ages are welcome, but please no pets.  Bring comfortable shoes, a snack, and a beverage.  413-263-3284. Fife Lane. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

9am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Do you want to learn about what makes a river healthy?  Join the Wild and Scenic Westfield River for “Walkin’ in the Watershed” — a training workshop for those interested in what it takes to adopt a segment of the Westfield River and how to keep it healthy.  Please call to register.  Meet at Chester Railroad Station.  413-623-2070.  10 Prospect Street.  Chester, MA.  (FREE)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway!  The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems.  Open Wed-Sun through June 16th.  800-859-2960.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Interested in raising sheep?  Winterberry Farm offers a day-long workshop on the basics of handling, housing, fencing, feeding, breeding, lambing, wool, and meat.  This is a chance for teens and adults to learn about and interact with sheep.  The program is limited to four participants, so pre-register as soon as you can!  Lunch is included in the cost.  413-548-3940.  21 Teawaddle Hill Road.  Leverett, MA.  ($$$)

10am - NATURE STUDIES: The Hilltown Land Trust is hosting a hike on Warner Farm.  This walk is appropriate for all ages and you will get to explore a newly-protected area and working farm.  413-628-4485 x2.  Porter Hill Road.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate bees & honey at the Second Congregational Church.  Dress up as a flower or pollinator and join in a Honey Bee Tea Party. See a performance of Springy-Bee by youth dancers. Join in a parade to the Greenfield Farmers’ Market. There will be a honey demo and bee experts, along with sweet treats. On the Common. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

10am-5pm - HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The Hilltown CDC’s Hilltown Spring Festival on June 1st at the Cummington Fairgrounds will be a combined music festival, food festival, children’s festival, craft festival, and alternative energy exposition! Music for children of all ages will be performed by Mister G, David Grover and Terry A La Berry. Other musical performers include percussionist Tony Vacca, acoustic string band Appalachian Still, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney, the Lonesome Brothers, Hot Day at the Zoo, the Walkin’ Blues Band, & Dan Hales and the Frost Heaves. There will be children’s activities all day long, music workshops for families, dancing around the Maypole, children selling hand-made crafts at the Kids-Made Crafts Bazaar, 8 foot tall puppets, Morris dancers, & much more. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (>$)

10am-5pm – OPEN STUDIOS: Join Cottage Street Studios for their annual open studio day!  One Cottage Street is home to the studios of many local artists.  This is a yearly opportunity to peek into the artists’ studios and even buy work directly from them!  413-658-8406.  1 Cottage Street.  Easthampton, MA.

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Join naturalist Kevin Kopchynski for a day of pond exploration and education at Peaked Mountain!  All ages are welcome to come learn about aquatic insects, beavers, frogs, and more.  413-532-1631 x21.  43 Butler Road.  Monson, MA.  (>$)

10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: National Trails Day Hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation.  Join a DCR Park Interpreter for an easy- paced, two-hour, three-mile hike between Jones Nose and Rounds Rock. May include tree and plant identification, birding and local history, depending on the interests of the hikers. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, sturdy walking shoes and hiking poles are recommended, but not required. Bring water and a snack. Rain or shine, but in the event of sev ere weather the hike is cancelled. 413-99-4262. Visitor Center. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA

10am-2pm – NATURE STUDIES:  Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for Family Fish Day!  Here kids of all ages can learn about the Connecticut River watershed and the fish that live there.  Activities include learning the basics of fly fishing, doing fish-related craft projects, learning about aquatic insects, participating in raffles, playing fishing games, and seeing a live sturgeon exhibit.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – HISTORY/CULINARY ARTS: Interested in learning how the colonists ate?  Come to Historic Deerfield for an open hearth cooking demonstration.  This month’s theme is “Spring Brings Fresh Food.”  Visitors will witness open hearth cooking using traditional seasonal foods that the colonists ate, such as milk, eggs, berries, and asparagus.  This exciting experience teaches visitors about settler history as well as culinary arts.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  $

10:30am - LOCAL HISTORY: Interested in learning about the history of Pelham’s many graveyards and burial grounds?  Older students are welcome to join the Pelham Historical Society for a tour of the town’s 18th and 19th Century burial grounds, including Pelham’s oldest cemetery, set aside in 1739.  The tour will last roughly three hours.  Please call to pre-register.  413-253-1601.  376 Amherst Road.  Pelham, MA.  

10:30am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Chandler’s Restaurant offers a Kids Cooking class for families to explore the art of cooking, proper use of kitchen tools, and raw ingredients that go into delicious dishes! A brief tour of their professional kitchen follow the class.  Great way to introduce children to the world of culinary arts!  Space is limited, reservations are required 413-665-1277.  25 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($$)

11am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Leverett Library is turning 10 and is celebrating all afternoon with a special day for kids! Puppets, picnic and party on the lawn at the library. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)

11am-12noon – FAMILY THEATER:  Join the Spectrum Playhouse for the Family First Saturday Series.  This month’s performance is by Jonathan Kruk, a master storyteller and performer.  413-394-5023 x12.  20 Franklin Street.  Lee, MA.

11am-12:30pm - LOCAL HISTORY: Older students and adults are invited to join the Wistariahurst Museum and local historian Craig Della Penna for a bicycle tour of Holyoke’s mills and canals.  This is a fun opportunity to explore Holyoke by bike while learning local history.  Please make reservations and bring a bike and helmet.  Meet at Holyoke Heritage State Park.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $$

11am-4pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Come to Old Sturbridge Village to see an antique car show as part of their Historic Transportation Weekend!  Over 50 pre-1946 automobiles will be on display and there will be a procession of these cars at 3:30pm.  Learning about history through the lens of transportation is interesting and can supplement history curriculum.  508-347-0323.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

11:15am & 1:45pm – FILM/SUSTAINABILITY: : Come to the Berkshire International Film Festival for the showing of “GMO OMG,” a film about genetically modified foods and the loss of seed diversity in our food system. Director Jeremy Siefert explored the way food laboratory modifications affected his children and sustained future of our planet. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How are your own family’s choices affecting the environment and the dinner table? 90 minutes. 413-528-8885, 413-358-4780. Various theatre locations, Great Barrington, MA. ($)

12noon-4pm – CONCERT: Join the Community Music School of Springfield for their third annual Musical Roots and Traditions Youth Music Festival.  The Festival includes performances by local youth music groups, face painting, craft vendors, and local food.  This event takes place under a tent in the Music School parking lot.  413-732-8428.  127 State Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come to the Westfield Athenaeum for a screening of My Neighbor Totoro (rated G), a Japanese animated film from 1988.  All ages are welcome and there will be popcorn available.  413-562-6158 x5.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)  

2:30pm-5:30pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: The 25th annual RiverFest is coming up and in order to prepare, you are invited to a costume-making playshop at Living Earth Arts Production Studio.  Engage in creative free play by making frog, flower, or fish costumes, as well as puppets.  978-339-3101.  172 Highland Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)/DONATIONS

4pm – CONCERT: The Northampton Community Music Center is hosting a concert in honor of director Jason Trotta’s ten years with the NCMC at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall.  Mayor David Narkewicz is emceeing the event, which will consist of classical and jazz performances.  This is a great concert for adults and kids with audience skills, and provides an opportunity for children to experience live classical and jazz performances.  Sweeney Concert Hall.  413-585-0001.  Green Street.  Northampton, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

4pm-6pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Join the Trustees of Reservations at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for an afternoon of poetry, held in conjunction with the Florence Poetry Society.  There will be a workshop on haiku poetry, as well as an open mic session during which anyone can read a favorite poem aloud.  413-684-0148.  207 Bryant Road.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Town of Amherst Leisure Services and Supplemental Education presents the Youth on Broadway Musical Theater Revue.  Local students will perform an assortment of songs from popular Broadway musicals in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.  413-259-3065.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – CONCERT: The Berkshire Theatre Group is holding a benefit concert at the Colonial Theatre for Community Resources for People with Autism, featuring Sherri James Buxton, the Bob Shepherd Trio, Charles Neville, and Paul Green.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to see live jazz music and to support a local organization dedicated to providing resources for individuals with autism.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

8:30am-9:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature walk.  Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and cultural or industrial history.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: Celebrate National Trails Day and go for a ghost town hike through Tamarack Hollow and Windsor State Forest.  Learn about local history by exploring 19th Century cellar holes, stone walls, an old dairy farm, and what’s left of the Babbitt Axe factory.  Best for adults and children 8 and over.  Registration required.  413-584-3009.  1515 Savoy Hollow Road.  Windsor, MA.  $

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway!  The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems.  Open Wed-Sun through June 16th.  800-859-2960.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am – FILMMahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents BIFF 2013 Kid Flix Mix.  Enjoy a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Ages 4-8. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

10am-3pm – CONSIGNMENT SALE: Come to the Williston Northampton School’s Lossone Hockey Rink for the All-4-Kids Easthampton Consignment Sale!  This is a great place to find children’s toys, footwear, clothing, games, DVDs, sports equipment, and more.  22 Greenwood Court.  Easthampton, MA.  (SALE)

10am-7:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: WGBY celebrates all All Things Local at Seven Sisters Market Bistro and Long Hollow Bison Farm at their Asparagus Festival.  The kids can meet baby bison, enjoy asparagus-themed activities, and entertainment from Paintbox Theater.  There will be live music and an old fashioned outdoor luncheon too.  Local brews for the adults in the late afternoon. Hadley, MA (FREE) ($-$$ FOR LUNCHEON)

11am-4pm – HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION: Come to Old Sturbridge Village to see an antique carriage show as part of their Historic Transportation Weekend!  Dozens of horse-drawn carriages and their horses will be on display and there will be a procession at 2pm.  This is a fun way to learn about the history of transportation, back in the days before the automobile.  Admission is free if you attend and pay admission for the antique car show on Saturday June 1st.  508-347-0323.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

12noon-4:30pm – HISTORY: Visit Historic Deerfield for Three Bags Full: All About Wool, a special museum presentation on sheep shearing and processing wool for use at home.  Families can drop in anytime to see the wool being processed, and to learn about the many uses for wool in early New England life.  Families can even try their hand at a few of the processing steps!  There will also be open hearth cooking demonstrations, where families can learn about the traditional one-pot cooking style of early New Englanders.  413-775-7214.  Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

12am-5pm - OPEN STUDIOS: Join Cottage Street Studios for their annual open studio day!  One Cottage Street is home to the studios of many local artists.  This is a rare opportunity to peek into the artists’ studios and even buy work directly from them!  413-658-8406.  1 Cottage Street.  Easthampton, MA.

1:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about summer sky gazing?  Join the Keep Homestead Museum and astronomer Jack Megas to learn about the summer sky and how to best observe it.  413-267-4137.  35 Ely Road.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – ENTOMOLOGY/PUPPET THEATER: Join Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre for the Bugaboo Review at Shutesbury Town Hall.  This puppet show is all about bugs and the many special jobs that each one has to help keep our gardens growing and keep the soil healthy.  Best for kids age 2-8, this show teaches the importance of insects, organic gardening, and why we should keep bugs alive.  413-259-1213.  1 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.

2pm-4pm – ETIQUETTE: Join the Wistariahurst Museum for an afternoon of tea with your favorite doll!  Guests are encouraged to wear hats and white gloves and to come prepared to learn etiquette and manners, make dress up place cards like those from the 1920s, and learn to write thank you notes.  This is a chance to learn about the history of the Skinner House and how the families there lived in the past.  Best for ages 5-15.  413-322-5660 x5168.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $$

6pm – FAMILY THEATER: The Town of Amherst Leisure Services and Supplemental Education presents the Youth on Broadway Musical Theater Revue.  Local students will perform an assortment of songs from popular Broadway musicals in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.  413-259-3065.  170 Chestnut Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

6pm – CONCERT: The Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series at Stanley Park’s Beveridge Pavilion Annex presents The Diamond Collection, a Neil Diamond tribute band fronted by Kenny LaBelle.  Pack a picnic dinner and come to the Park to enjoy live music, community, and time with your family!  Chairs available.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

6pm – THEATER: Come see Annie Jr., performed by The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater!  The musical features tunes from the classic Broadway play performed by students of all ages from around Western Massachusetts.  413-739-4715 x322.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$/$

7pm – COMMUNITY MUSIC: The Westhampton Public Library invites you to their community singalong.  This event is open to everyone, especially those who love singing or want to give it a try!  You are welcome to bring an instrument and music to share so everyone can sing or play along.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (The season is changing! As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

10-11:30am – DANCEMEDITATION: Healing Through Inward Focused Movement. Delight in dance as meditation, celebration, and self- restoration. Drop out of over-active mind into intuitive embodiment, and awaken your Heart to healing! Held at The Wild Life Sanctuary through May 6th. inneropening@gmail.com. 413-822-2405. 221 Pine Street. Florence, MA ($13 Drop-in)

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Sunshine Storytime! 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Williamstown Youth Center! Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires. 413-458-5925. 270 Cole Avenue. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am-12:20pm – ICE SKATING: Smead Arena offers a public skating session this morning – great for families with kids who are still learning to skate, daytime skating sessions offer low-key and less crowded ice time. Open ice times take place at the same time Monday-Friday. 413-781-2599. 1780 Roosevelt Avenue. Springfield, MA. (<$)
  • 11am – 12:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: There is a MotherWoman group in the Hilltowns at St. John’s Corner. The support group is for pregnant and postpartum mothers, and childcare is available for kids up to age 4. 413-625-6948. 469 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 2:30-5pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Meekins Library’s Teen/Preteen Time takes place this afternoon! Teens can visit the library to hang out with friends, work on homework, play games, use computers, and check out awesome new books, movies, and music. 413-268-7473. 2 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30-4:30pm – BREAK DANCE: Learn to break like a b-boy! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly break dance class, taught by Joshua McHugh, accomplished dancer and dance teacher. 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – ANIME: The Springfield Central Library hosts Anime and Manga Club on Monday afternoons! Kids enthusiastic about the popular Japanese style of animation and cartooning can visit the library to read new manga and watch great anime! 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7pm – SCRABBLE: Enjoy an evening of friendly Scrabble at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center! Open to anyone ages 8+, the game night offers families an opportunity to practice fair play and basic sportsmanship while allowing kids to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and basic practical math skills. Sponsored by Bobbie Halig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6-7pm – MUSIC: Learn to drum, Afro-Carribbean style! The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts offers a weekly drum class, lead by Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots. Drums available to borrow. 28 Renne Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 6-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) offers a drop in support group for pregnant women and their support team to explore the different aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Hosted at Shima Boutique on the 2nd Monday of the month. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 6-8pm – BIRTH CIRCLE: Gathered Resources of Women (GROW) offers a drop in support group for pregnant women and their support team to explore the different aspects of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Hosted at TREEHOUSE on the 3rd Monday of the month. 413-344-4435. 305 North Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 7pm – MOTHER SUPPORT: MotherWoman bi-monthly meetings at Cradle, 3rd floor of Thornes Marketplace. 413-341-5282. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event!  Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.”  Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-6:30pm – LITERACY: Berkshire Athenaeum offers literacy program for parents and children. hese sessions will help parents help their children develop early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Fun with Science & Math happens on Tuesday, June 4th and Parent Workshop with a separate programming for kids happens on Tuesday, June 25th. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Avoid Summer Brain Drain with Meagan Lendendecker from the Montessori School of the Berkshires at the CHP campus. With the summer months approaching, we could all use a little inspiration for how to keep our kids entertained and engaged. Explore ways to cultivate your child’s social-emotional skills, intellectual clarity, and intrinsic motivation, all through the process of play!  Free childcare available. 413-464-5095. 444 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents the Westfield High School Jazz Band, who will be playing jazz favorites.  This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music.  413-568-2503.  21 South Broad Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Goshen Women’s Club presents Tom Ricardi and his birds of prey at the Goshen Town Hall!  Visit to meet the birds and to learn about their role in the local ecosystem. Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing! As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: At Farmington River Preschool for kids 5 and under, sponsored by the Community Health Coalition. 413-664-0104. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: The Westfield Library hosts storytime for kids 6 months – 3 years today. Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: It’s Baby Day at the South Hadley Family Center! 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Berkshire Athenaeum. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the Dickinson Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11am - PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a mother’s group for Spanish-speaking moms at Brightwood Health Center. 413-796-8365. 380 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Preschool playgroup learning experiences at the Haskins Center! Takes place on the lower level. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: At the Greenfield Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: At the Lanesborough Library! Stories, crafts, and music for all ages. 413-499-5981. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15am-12:15pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a Postpartum Support Group for mothers. The group is a safe space for those adjusting to motherhood and is lead by trained facilitators. Takes place at Berkshire Children and Families. Childcare available. 413-253-8990. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for Kidleidescope, an environment-themed program for kids! Interactive learning opportunities and crafts always included. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library’s preschool storytime takes place this morning. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – NEW MOMS: Tea time for new moms at the CHP Family Services Building. Chat with other new moms, gain reassurance and resources while making new friends. A facilitated support group. 413-528-0721. 442 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Goodwin Memorial Library hosts a preschool story time. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: The Lenox Library offers storytime for kids 18 months-3 years. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-5pm – PARENT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a support group for young mothers and expecting women between the ages of 13 and 19. Group meetings are held bi-weekly and are drop-in. Babies welcome! Takes place at Mercy Care Holyoke. 413-886-0410. 306 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm – READING: Do you ever wish that you could recommend your favorite books to other library visitors? The Forest Park Branch Library invites Forest Park Reads, a special series where families can read new books (or chapters of books) and then rate them using a star system so that other library visitors can choose great new things to read! Takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avnue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the gym at the Abbot School. 56 North Country Road. Florida, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – BREASTFEEDING: The La Leche League of North/Central Berkshires meets every third Tuesday at The Montessori School of the Berkshires. 21 Patterson Road. Lenox Dale, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30-8pm – MUSIC: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a free ukulele group tonight! Beginners and kids without any knowledge of music reading can join in – the class will teach basic chord progressions and styles of playing from around the world. Registration requested but drop-in is OK. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway!  The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems.  Open Wed-Sun through June 16th.  800-859-2960.  1 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am – STORYTIME: Pre-schoolers and their parents are invited to the Westhampton Public Library for story hour and coffee.  Kids will hear a story and do an activity while parents have coffee and chat.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

10am-8pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE:  The Storrs Library is holding a knitting marathon to benefit Rays of Hope Pink Scarf Project, which supports breast cancer survivors in the community.  Participants will be knitting scarves to be distributed to cancer survivors who take part in the Springfield Rays of Hope Walk and Run.  This is an opportunity for young knitters to improve their skills while participating in intergenerational service-based learning.  413-565-4182.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

11am – STORYTIME: Odyssey Bookshop invites children 5 and under to their weekly storytime!  This week’s stories are John Rocco’s Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom and Blackout.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm - PARENT WORKSHOP: Early literacy workshop designed for guardians and volunteers in literacy programs will be held at Berkshire County Head Start.   Join authors, Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok of “The Practical Guide for Reading Aloud to Children During Their First Five Years”  to will how to raise reading-ready children who love books and learning by demonstrating how to use parenting & reading strategies to read aloud effectively to young children.  Childcare available. RSVP. 413-499-4809. 1 Meadow Lane. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

6pm-9pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more!  This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community.  413-684-0260.  258 North Street.  Dalton, MA.   

6:30pm – GAMES: Odyssey Bookshop invites you to Game Night 2013!  Kids ages 10 and older can come spend time with family and friends while playing games that enhance logic and creative thinking skills.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season’s changing! As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Palmer-Monson Family Network hosts infant and toddler play group! 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Bi-weekly in the community room at Becket Town Hall, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-664-0104. 65 Walker Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Lenox Community Center, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30am or 1:30pm – STORYTIME: Fantastic Fours and Fives takes place today at the Westfield Library! Registration is required for storytime. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At the South Hadley Family Center. 413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:45-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts, “Getting Real about Motherhood,” a support group designed to help mothers share the stress and adjustments of motherhood and work to find ways to feel renewed, valued, and energized. Takes place at the Amherst Family Center, in the basement of the Unitarian Society. Childcare available. 413-256-1145. 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Westhampton Library! 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum hosts, “Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience,” an art workshop featuring a gallery tour and hands-on art making. Each week brings a new theme and art style to explore. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA. ($) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: Hosted by the Mason Library – also includes stories, songs, and crafts. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the New Marlborough Library, sponsored by Community Health Programs. 413-644-0104. 1 New Marlborough-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Time with Stephanie at the Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon - STORY/MUSIC TIME: Northfield Library hosts Story and Music Time. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street, Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in chess games in the mezzanine at Forbes Library. All ages, BYO chess set or borrow one. Playing chess can help kids develop logic and analytical skills. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30pm – LEGOS: The Berkshire Athenaeum hosts LEGO Club on the third Wednesday of each month. Kids can use LEGOs to experiment with basic principles of architecture, physics, and design. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. ♦ (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – MOVIE: The Mason Library screens classic films every Wednesday afternoon! The “Mason Matinee” is best for tweens/teens and adults – call to find out what’s playing. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:30-4:30pm – STORYTIME: The Ramsdell Library hosts Time for Tots, and special story, craft, etc. time for littlest kiddos. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3:50-4:30pm – ICE SKATING: Visit Fitzpatrick Arena for an afternoon of skating! The rink offers daily public skating sessions at the same time, Monday-Friday. 413-532-2929. 575 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 4pm – CHESS: Visit the East Longmeadow Library for some afternoon chess! Playing chess can help kids develop analytical skills and logic. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: At the Cushman Library! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-7:30pm – KNITTING: The Wednesday Night Knitters meet tonight at the Cushman Library! Knitters with any level of experience are welcome to join – bring a project to work on! No formal instruction is offered, but if help is needed, there will be many experienced knitters on hand. Great intergenerational opportunity for kids learning how to knit. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Sing your heart out with Berkshire Sings!, a community singing group at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Singers of all abilities welcome (adults, too) to sing pop, jazz, folk, showtunes, and more. Sponsored by Bobbie Hallig and Jenny and Adam Hersch. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – TEEN: Visit Longmeadow High School for open gym time! Basketball equipment will be provided by the Longmeadow Rec Dept, and the event is open to anyone ages 13-20. 413-565-4163. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA. ($) ♦

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: The Hadley Falls Fish Lift, a specially designed way to help fish move over a dam, is open for visitors!  Families can visit the lift to learn about how it works, and to learn about the species of fish that make their way upstream in order to spawn in the place where they were born.  Older students can use the visit as a way to examine the affects of humans on natural populations.  The lift is open Wednesday-Sunday.  413-548-9628.  Main Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

9:30-11:30am - PARENT WORKSHOP: Early literacy workshop designed for guardians and volunteers in literacy programs will be held at Berkshire County Head Start.   Join authors, Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok of “The Practical Guide for Reading Aloud to Children During Their First Five Years”  to will how to raise reading-ready children who love books and learning by demonstrating how to use parenting & reading strategies to read aloud effectively to young children.  Childcare available. RSVP. 413-499-4809. 1 Meadow Lane. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

9:30am & 12:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES/MUSIC: Join MassMOCA for the final installment of their Art Assemblies interactive concert series!  Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho will perform and teach students the steps and movements of traditional fandango dances, as well as demonstrate “rasgueado” guitar picking techniques and percussion rhythms.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about music and this form of lively Spanish dance.  Performance for pre-K to 3rd grade students begins at 9:30.  Performance for 4th-8th grade students begins at 12:30.  School and homeschool groups, as well as individuals, are welcome to attend.  Reservations are encouraged.  413-664-4481 x8109.  87 Marshall Street.  North Adams, MA.  >$

12:15pm – HISTORY: The Springfield Museums present “Shays’ Rebellion: Reclaiming the Revolution,” a lecture by local historian Tom Goldschneider.  The talk focuses on how the Revolution has shaped the United States over time.  The event takes place in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.  413-263-6800 x488.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$

4pm-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Rotary Club of West Springfield presents West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013, Thursday-Sunday. This event includes food from area restaurants, live music, rides and games for kids and teens, animal rides, and a petting zoo.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun for all.  413-883-5900.  Park Street Town Common.  West Springfield, MA.

6pm – GAMES:  Join the Westhampton Public Library for a game of Scrabble!  Offers families an opportunity to practice fair play and basic sportsmanship while allowing kids to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and basic practical math skills. 413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-9pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the offers families an opportunity to practice fair play and basic sportsmanship while allowing kids to expand their spelling, vocabulary, and basic practical math skills., features games, rides, food, and more!  This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community.  413-684-0260.  258 North Street.  Dalton, MA.

6:30pm-9:30pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: The 25th annual RiverFest is coming up and in order to prepare, you are invited to a costume-making playshop at Living Earth Arts Production Studio.  Engage in creative free play by making frog, flower, or fish costumes, as well as puppets.  978-339-3101.  172 Highland Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)/DONATIONS

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

5pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Join the Springfield Museums for their final Culture & Cocktails event of the season.  Attendees can walk around, view Patrick Dougherty’s “Stickwork” exhibit, watch a planetarium show, go to the Museum Gift Shop, and even see the Science Museum’s new butterfly exhibit.  413-263-6800.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season’s changing! As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.) 12noon – BYOBABY! PILATES: A breast & bottle feeding friendly Pilates Mat Class modified to accommodate for fussiness. Best for babies up to 6mos old, however any age is welcome. 413-586-3504.

The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

1pm – INFANT MOVEMENT: Learn touch and movement based practices & tactical with Lenore Grubinger, tried & true principles to help support your child’s comfort & development. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Health Coalition hosts Toddler Steps Playgroup at the CHP building. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30 or 11am – STORYTIME: Westfield Athenaeum hosts Terrific Twos and Threes – storytime for kids ages 2 and 3! Registration required. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club hosts playgroup this morning, including snack, stories, playtime, music, and crafts. 413-583-3527. 488 Chapin Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Belchertown Family Center! 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: The Northampton Parents Center is open this morning! Thursday mornings feature music class at 11a with Felicia Sloin or Tom Knight (alternating weeks). Located in the basement of Edwards Church. 413-582-2636. Main and State Streets. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC CLASS: Northampton Parent Center is a drop-in Center for children (birth-K) and their caregivers. Thursday morning music classes will be from 11 to 11:30 am with Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight alternating weeks. Everyone is welcome. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Music and Movement Group meets at the Millers Falls Library! 413-863-3214. 23 Bridge Street. Montague, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Springfield Central Library hosts storytime for kiddos 6 months-3 years. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Longmeadow Rec Dept hosts a New Moms Group at the Greenwood Center! 413-794-5515. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by the Palmer-Monson Family Network. 413-283-6246. 4 Springfield Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Williston Memorial Library! Stories, snacks, and more. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story time at the Jones Library in the Children’s Room. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity St. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Lenox Library offers storytime and crafts for kids 3-5 years old. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: At the Hatfield Library, just for preschoolers! 413-547-9237. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires holds gym group at the Haskins Center! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 12noon-1pm: PILATES: BYOBaby! A Pilates Mat Class for Moms and Babies – modified to accommodate for fussiness! Drop-in class with Anneliese Mordhorst at The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St. 413-586-3504. Hadley, MA ($15/class)
  • 1-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Baby playgroup at the Forbes Library! In the children’s room with Judy. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1-2:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a post-partum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old. Childcare available. Takes place at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-6pm – TEEN: The Belchertown Teen Center is open this afternoon, offering a safe, drug-free, semi-supervised environment where kids can play games, socialize, watch movies, etc. 413-323-8728. 66 State Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 5-8pm – ART WALK: On the first Thursday of every month, the Amherst Art Walk takes place. Families can enjoy arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and dining. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 6-10pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College! It’s home to a large variety of natural wonders, including the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks and lots of exhibits on local natural history. 413-542-2165. 11 Barrett Hill Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some food and drinks while you sing! Takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month. 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

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Friday, June 7th, 2013

10:30am-11:30am – STORY TIME: Kids ages 0-5, older siblings, and caregivers are invited to Preschool Story Hour at the Heath Free Public Library.  Come share stories, songs, and sign language while enjoying crafts and snacks.  This is a great way to spend time with your kids while meeting other parents and community members.  413-337-4934 x7.  1 East Main Street.  Heath, MA.  (FREE)

2:30pm-6:30pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS: The 25th annual RiverFest is coming up and in order to prepare, you are invited to a costume-making playshop at Living Earth Arts Production Studio.  Engage in creative free play by making frog, flower, or fish costumes, as well as puppets.  978-339-3101.  172 Highland Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)/DONATIONS

4pm-11pm - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Rotary Club of West Springfield presents West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013.  This event includes food from area restaurants, live music, rides and games for kids and teens, animal rides, and a petting zoo.  BMX competition at 5pm today!  Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun for all.  413-883-5900.  Park Street Town Common.  West Springfield, MA.

6pm-9pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more!  This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community.  Fireworks held tonight.  413-684-0260.  258 North Street.  Dalton, MA.

6:30-8pm - LAWN CONCERT: Arts in the Park Summer Concert Series happens at Millside Park. Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family, and enjoy an evening of live music outdoors on a Friday evening! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)  

7pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The United Congregational Church of Holyoke is holding their monthly Free Family Film Nite.  Doors open at 6:30pm, movie begins promptly at 7pm.  413-532-1483.  300 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season’s changing! As always, please confirm before heading out to these suggestions.)

  • 9am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in playgroup at the Amherst Family Center. 413-545-0865. 428 Student Union Building (Campus Center Way). Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At Whole Children, for little ones up to age five. 37 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MOVIE: The Berkshire Athenaeum shows short kids’ movies every Friday morning. Call to check what’s playing! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Easthampton Family Center at the Flywheel space in the Old Town Hall building. 413-527-5496. Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am - SUPPORT GROUP: MotherWoman hosts a postpartum support group for mothers with babies up to a year old at the Community Action Family Center. Childcare available. 413-475-1566. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: On the first and third Fridays of each month, the YMCA of Greenfield hosts Jump Into Fitness playgroup! Lots of fun physical activity. Snack provided. 413-475-1543. 451 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:15-11am – STORYTIME: The Mason Library hosts Young Children’s Storytime this morning! 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: For little ones at the Pelham Library! 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Monson Library’s baby group takes place this morning – kiddos ages 0-2 and their caregivers can visit for stories, songs, and playtime. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Griswold Memorial Library! 413-624-3619. 12 Main Road. Colrain, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: The Haskins Center hosts baby group! 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires in the community room at the Lanesborough Town Hall. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – AQUARIUM ADVENTURE: Meet an animal at the Berkshire Museum! Friends from the aquarium will be shared, and kids can learn all about them through stories and activities. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 11-11:40am – STORYTIME: The Greenfield Library hosts Mother Goose on the Loose, a special lap-sit story hour for kids under the age of 3. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:30-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Toddler group (siblings welcomed) at Shima Boutique. 413-346-1055. 65 Main St. North Adams, MA (FREE)
  • 7-10pm – TWEEN: Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a fun night out with friends at the Greenwood Center! Hosted by Longmeadow Rec Dept, the event features DJ dance music, and will be supervised by adults. Dress code is the same as school, and students must sign in before entering. Takes place on the second and fourth Friday of each month. 413-565-4163. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Williams College’s Milham Planetarium offers free shows on Friday evenings! Using the planetarium’s Zeiss Skymaster, Williams students will teach visitors about all sorts of astronomical phenomena, including phases of the moon, retrograde planetary motion, varying colors/temperatures of stars, constellations and zodiac signs, and more! Reservations recommended but not required. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm-12:30am – DANCE: Dance the night away at Dance Spree, a family-friendly, substance free, barefoot community night of dancing! Kids of all ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by adults. Takes place on the 4th floor of the Fitzwilly’s building. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$) ♦

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