Suggested Events for June 15th-21st, 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

On Father’s Day this Sunday, dads and grandfathers with younger kids can enjoy a free train ride at Look Park in Florence, or Forest Park Zoo in Springfield. Or take an even bigger free train ride at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Other locations honoring dads and granddads on Father’s Day include Historic Deerfield and Old Sturbridge Village which offer free admission, or a free ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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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BEST BETS FOR FATHER’S DAY: Sunday, June 16th

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! On Friday, June 21st at Mountain Park in Holyoke is Chicago, winner of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award… and we’re giving away a 4-pack of lawn tickets for a group of friends to enjoy an evening out! Win the tickets and take your spouse, partner and gang of BFF’s for a fun evening away from the kids! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/18/13 @ 7pm (EST). Details here.

In Berkshire County from 8:30am-11:30am – NATURAL HISTORY & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE:  Canoe the Housatonic River through Bartholomew’s Cobble on a Father’s Day canoe trip.  Participants will learn about the river’s habitats and history while experiencing the many sights and sounds offered by this beautiful part of New England.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  $$

In Hampshire County at 1pm – COMMUNITY EVENT: All are invited to attend One Billion Fathers Rising, an event hosted by Umoja Now, that works to end violence and abuse in all communities across the globe.  There will be live poetry, music, and theatrical performances, as well as speakers.  Please bring a chair and come prepared to learn and make a difference in the world.  129 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.

In Franklin County at 2pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Come celebrate Father’s Day and the upcoming Summer Solstice with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and Gaia Roots World Music at Unity Park in Turners Falls.  There will be demonstrations of Caribbean and West African rhythms, instruments, and songs.  People of all ages can then try their hand at drumming in a community music jam.  Please bring your own chair.  800-859-2960.  First Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

In Hampden County at 6pm - LAWN CONCERT: The Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series at Stanley Park’s Beveridge Pavilion Annex is a great place to relax on the lawn with the family.  Pack a picnic dinner and come to the Park to enjoy live music, community, and time with the dad in your life!  Chairs available.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jun 17

Little Bear Learn & Care is having a Preschool Open House on Monday, June 17th from 6-7:30pm. LBLC is located at 184 Northampton Street in Easthampton and all are welcome. Come visit their center and meet the teachers. Little Bear’s philosophy stresses that the preschool years are vital in developing skills needed to be successful later in life. The curriculum provides meaningful experiences which encourage development in social/emotional, physical and cognitive areas. The children’s interests lead the teachers in designing activities which actively involve them in the learning process. Limited slots are available for our summer and fall programs. Contact info: www.littlebearlearn.com/ maurybear@gmail.com You can also find them on Facebook!

Jun 22 & 23

Our Shire’s beloved Mutton & Mead Tavern & Inne will be hosting its annual festival for your merriment. Enjoy the realm’s finest Entertainers as the legend of Robin Hood unfolds around you! Witness the daring spectacle of Knights Jousting, and hear the dulcet tones of minstrels songs. Stroll the enchanted paths of Sherwood Forest, encountering faeries, pixies and wood sprites. Adorn yourself with Merchants’ wares. Feast on the kingdom’s best Victuals, Meads and Ales. A Fundraiser for the Montague Common Hall & The Foodbank of Western Mass. Bring canned goods for a discount at the gate! June 22-23, 10am-6pm, 210 Turners Falls Road, Montague, MA. $15 Adults, $10 Kids and Seniors. Visit www.MuttonAndMead.com for details. Huzzah!

Reg deadline: Jun 23

Music Together® for Valley Families offers music and movement classes for 0 – 5 year olds and the grownups who love them.Their summer session begins July 1, 2013 in Amherst, Belchertown and South Hadley. Beloved by millions of families and early childhood educators, the program is now taught in 48 states and 40 other countries and is celebrating their 25 anniversary! Pioneering the idea of research based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music education, it emphasizes and facilitates caregiver involvement in a child’s musical growth. Registration deadline: June 23. Limited financial aid available. Contact: 413-259-9400, www.valleymusicgroup.com and on Facebook.

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 Hospital: After a career coaching and playing ice hockey, Don “Toot” Cahoon couldn’t even tie his shoes without agonizing pain. A few months after getting a new hip from the Joint Replacement Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, he was walking, jogging, biking and skating pain free. The Joint Replacement at Cooley is second to none. It has a spectacular record in terms of safety and infections. Those are two very serious considerations when you are having a procedure like this. To hear the rest of Toot’s success story and hear from other patients, visit www.TheTalkIsGood.com.

Sponsor: Cooley DickinsonCooley 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!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 15th-21st, 2013

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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. 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!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The Department of Conservation and Recreation is holding a Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop to teach educators how best to integrate environmental education into existing curriculum.  The workshop is on Tuesday, June 25th from 9am-1pm.  Pre-registration is required by today.  413-584-6788.  740 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $

7am-9am – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for an Old Colonial Road bird walk on the Yokun Ridge Reserve.  This easygoing hike will take you through wetlands, mature hardwood forests, and a spruce/pine plantation.  Meet at Stockbridge Bowl boat launch.  413-499-0596.  Route 183.  Stockbridge, MA.

9am-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join Mass Audubon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for “Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles – Birding by Ear.”  This bird walk is for beginner or intermediate birders looking to improve their auditory identification skills.  The walk is for older students and adults.  Bring binoculars and a field guide if possible.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  >$

9am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Family Fun Day at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market.  The Berkshire Athenaeum will lead a StoryWalk and a planting activity using the book Making Vegetable Soup.  There will also be storytime at 11am.  Kids can come to the market and enjoy fresh food while participating in fun activities!  413-443-6501.  First Street parking lot.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)/MARKET

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)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Stop by Old Sturbridge Village’s Music & Art Weekend to learn from – and listen to – more than 50 musicians and artists perform 19th-century music, and demonstrate art-making techniques from the period.  A traveling artist will host a historically accurate Art Salon, open for audience participation, and there will be an additional hands-on art project, as well as the chance to learn how to play a tin whistle.  Regular tours of the village will be held in the afternoon.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am – PLANT STUDIES: Kids age 6 and up are invited on a tree identification walk around Fountain Pond State Park with Department of Conservation and Recreation staff.  Learn the basics of identifying trees and other native plants.  Meet at the gazebo located behind Berkshire South Regional Community Center.  Registration is required.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

10am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the Mt. Tom State Reservation and the Beau Bridges Trail on this moderate hike.  Participants will learn about the ecology of the trail’s stream while hearing a fascinating story about women’s history along the way.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

10-12noon – STORYTIME: The East Longmeadow Public Library is hosting a Father’s Day StoryWalk along the E.L. Rail Trail!  Read Don Wood’s The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear as you walk the Rail Trail.  StoryWalks are a fun way to get outside and learn while enjoying a great story.  Fathers who participate will get a coupon for a free quart of strawberries at Meadowbrook Farm!  413-525-5400 x1506.  60 Center Square.  East Longmeadow, MA.

10am-1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONTurners Falls Community Garden Celebration and Fairy House tour happens this coming Saturday morning! Arrive at Unity Park at 10am to build fairy houses followed by a fairy house tour at 11:30am.  Pack a blanket and BYO picnic lunch to compete for the prettiest picnic too!  This is a great chance to enjoy time with family and friends while celebrating community gardens on a lovely June day!  First Street.  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-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for Bike Path Bingo, a canal-side nature walk for kids!  Kids will learn about the natural world using binoculars, field guides, and a fun game to test their observation skills.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – PLANT STUDIES: Join naturalist John Root and Transition Amherst for an edible wild plants walk on Amherst’s Brookfield Farm.  Participants will learn about many of the edible plants in the region, including how to identify them, which is important when foraging.  413-961-9059.  24 Hulst Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-12noon – ENTOMOLOGY: Learn to identify the differences (and similarities) between dragonflies & damselflies with educator Rachel Roberts and naturalist David Small at the Mills River Environmental Center.  Learn about their lifecycle through stories and hands-on art/science activities.  Weather permitting trek to a nearby waterway and finds these insects in their natural habitat.  For all ages. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Athol Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Pair this event with the later 1pm event (see below). 978-248-9491. 100 Main Street. Athol, MA (FREE)

11am-3pm – HISTORY: Come to Storrowtown Village for their opening day celebration!  There will be guided tours, costumed interpreters, an open hearth cooking demonstration, blacksmithing, learning in the one room schoolhouse, a chair-making demonstration, a broom-making demonstration, and much more!  This is an exciting chance to explore Storrowtown Village and learn about life in 19th Century New England.  413-205-5051.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am-4pm – HISTORY: Celebrate “Ending Slavery: A Juneteenth Celebration” at The Du Bois Center.  There will be performances by Magpie, who will perform folk songs from their newest album, and the Pittsfield Youth Alive Step Team.  Ulysses S. Grant scholar and performer Steve Trimm will also be there, along with authors such as David Levinson and Scott Christianson.  Join the Center for reflection, commemoration, and celebration.  413-644-9595.  684 South Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

11am – ARTS AND CRAFTS/STORYTIME: Come to Odyssey Bookshop for Father’s Day card-making and storytime.  Storytime will focus on tales about fathers, grandfathers, and father figures, and will hopefully inspire some thoughtful and creative Father’s Day cards!  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am-1pm - MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Celebrate FREEDOM, the newest exhibition in Kidspace at MASS MoCA. There will be snacks, art-making, activities, and an opportunity to interact with the exhibiting artists.   FREEDOM: Just Another Word For… is Kidspace @ MASS MoCA’s contribution to this year’s three-museum project, Words & Images. The exhibition is a visual exploration of how words and art can have multiple meanings. It includes work by Xu Bing, Long-Bin Chen, Gonkar Gyatso, Ran Hwang, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Roger Shimomura, and features opportunities for children to develop their own interpretations and words to describe the work on view. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way. North Adams. MA ($)

12noon-10pm – LOCAL FOOD/FAMILY CONCERT: Taste of Amherst returns for another four-day, family-friendly food spectacular!  Enjoy affordably-priced best-sellers from over twenty local restaurants, an assortment of kid-friendly activities, and cooking demonstrations, all while enjoying live music.  Bonus for grown-ups: there’s a beer and wine tent on Friday and Saturday evenings.  413-253-0700.  Boltwood Avenue Town Common.  Amherst, MA.  MARKET/SALE

12:45pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Pelham Historical Society is leading a tour of the Joel Grout house, an 18th-century homestead that was recently restored.  Older students and adults are invited to visit the house and learn about both its historical significance and the restoration process.  Please sign up in advance.  413-323-7377.  376 Amherst Road.  Pelham, MA.

1pm – THEATRE AUDITIONS: Arena Civic Theatre is hosting open auditions for Seussical: The Musical.  Show dates are October 18, 20, 25, 26, and 27.  Auditions will be held at Artspace in Greenfield.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and come prepared to sing (without accompaniment) a song from any Broadway musical.  413-773-3133.  15 Mill St.  Greenfield, MA.

1pm – ENTOMOLOGY: Join naturalists David Small and Lula Field at the Millers River Environmental Center for an afternoon of dragonfly searching!  Kids are welcome with adults and participants should bring an insect net and a sense of adventure.  They should also be prepared to get wet in the river!  Pair this event with the earlier 10:30am event. 978-413-1772.  100 Main Street.  Athol, MA.

1pm-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Come to the Mt. Tom State Reservation to learn about spring species around the park.  Bring clothes that can get muddy and come prepared to learn about the many different plants and animals that you can observe during the springtime!  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

1:30pm – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids in grades K-3.  Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention.  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: After the Kidspace opening of FREEDOM: Just Another Word For at MASS MoCA, come together for a fun and lively family concert with Bubble Do Beatles.   A show of shockingly accurate Beatles covers, performed by the soulful pop-rock outfit, Bubble will inspire moms, dads, and kids to twist and shout. Singing along is encouraged. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass Moca Way. North Adams. MA ($)

2:30pm-4:30pm – SUPPORT GROUP: Come to the Forbes Library Community Room for a support group for parents of children with Asperger’s, NVLD, PPD-NOS, or other “high functioning” autism spectrum disorders.  The structure of these meetings will loosely follow the 12-step program and will be peer-led.  This is also a place to get feedback, share resources, brainstorm, or even just chat with others.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7pm - MUSIC COMPETITION/FUNDRAISER: Come see the Hilltown Idols final performance!  Adults and children will compete in a karaoke competition to benefit the Williamsburg Elementary School PTO.  10 Main Street.  Williamsburg, MA.  $/FUNDRAISER

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm-11pm – DANCING: Berkshire Ballroom is holding a ballroom dance with a free swing lesson!  Try something new on date night and dance the night away with live DJ music.  413-684-1510.  116 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

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Sunday, June 16th, 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 – COMMUNITY RUN: The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s 35th Annual Father’s Day Road Race and 2nd annual Kids’ Fun Run/Walk will take place this Father’s Day.  The adult race is 10k or a 5k relay, and the kids’ race is one mile.  T-shirts are available and prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.  Please see website for registration information.  413-739-4715.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  $$

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)

8:30am-11:30am – NATURAL HISTORY & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE:  Canoe the Housatonic River through Bartholomew’s Cobble on a Father’s Day canoe trip.  Participants will learn about the river’s habitats and history while experiencing the many sights and sounds offered by this beautiful part of New England.  413-229-8600.  105 Weatogue Road.  Sheffield, MA.  $$

9am-5pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in the ocean by spawn in freshwater) make their way to their 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)

9:30am-11am - ANIMAL STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Stop by Old Sturbridge Village’s Music & Art Weekend to learn from – and listen to – more than 50 musicians and artists perform 19th-century music, and demonstrate art-making techniques from the period.  There will be a hands-on art project, as well as the chance to learn how to play a tin whistle.  Regular tours of the village will be held in the afternoon.  Admission is free for dads on Father’s Day!  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am-6pm – FATHER’S DAY: Free round of mini golf and train ride for dads today at Look Park!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

10am-6pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Visit the Forest Park Zoo for Father’s Day!  All dads get a free train ride with a paying child.  413-773-2251. 302 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

11am-5pm – FATHER’S DAY: Dads and grandpas can ride the trolley for free today at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum!  Make it a family adventure and learn about transportation history and the local trolley line.  413-625-9443.  14 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (<$)

12noon-4pm – LOCAL FOOD: Taste of Amherst returns for another four-day, family-friendly food spectacular!  Enjoy affordable-priced best-sellers from over twenty local restaurants, an assortment of kid-friendly activities, and cooking demonstrations, all while enjoying live music.  413-253-0700.  Boltwood Avenue Town Common.  Amherst, MA.  MARKET/SALE

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.  ($)

1pm - THEATRE AUDITIONS: Arena Civic Theatre is hosting open auditions for Seussical: The Musical.  Show dates are October 18, 20, 25, 26, and 27.  Auditions will be held at The Jones Library in Amherst.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and come prepared to sing (without accompaniment) a song from any Broadway musical.  413-773-3133.  43 Amity St.  Amherst, MA.

1pm – COMMUNITY EVENT: All are invited to attend One Billion Fathers Rising, an event hosted by Umoja Now, that works to end violence and abuse in all communities across the globe.  There will be live poetry, music, and theatrical performances, as well as speakers.  Please bring a chair and come prepared to learn and make a difference in the world.  129 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.

1pm-1:30pm – ART/CULTURAL STUDIES: There will be a mini-tour led by a museum docent at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.  This tour focuses on the Japanases tea ceremony, “chanoyu” and will discuss this tradition, as well as the art of calligraphy and bronze art.  413-263-6800 x459.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  FREE W/ MUSEUM ADMISSION/$

1pm-2:30pm - NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE) / >$ FOR PARKING

2pm-3pm – MUSIC/CULTURAL STUDIES: Come celebrate Father’s Day and the upcoming Summer Solstice with Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and Gaia Roots World Music at Unity Park in Turners Falls.  There will be demonstrations of Caribbean and West African rhythms, instruments, and songs.  People of all ages can then try their hand at drumming in a community music jam.  Please bring your own chair.  800-859-2960.  First Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6pm - LAWN CONCERT: The Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series at Stanley Park’s Beveridge Pavilion Annex presents Gunsmoke, who will perform country classics as well as the genre’s modern hits.  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 17th, 2013

9:30am-11am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join staff at the Mt. Tom State Reservation for a birding hike around the lake for beginning and intermediate birders.  Practice your birding skills and learn about new species while hiking around the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

10am-5pm – HISTORY: Join the Trustees of Reservations for Naumkeag House and Gardens Community Day!  Tour the house and explore the grounds, including the Blue Steps, Moon Gate, and Afternoon Garden.  There will be a Garden Adventure for kids at 2pm and croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm.  Come experience this historical landmark and take in the beauty of the grounds.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-2pm – HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES: Did you that the first female nature guides East of the Rockies worked at Mt. Tom State Reservation?  Come to Mt. Tom to hear about this fascinating history and to learn more about the Reservation.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – STORYTIME: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a pajama storytime for kids ages 2-4.  Kids should come dressed in pajamas and can even bring along a favorite stuffed animal.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-7pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Join Mike Bent at the Sunderland Public Library for “Readers of the Lost Book,” a performance about a missing overdue library book.  Bent will incorporate magic, comedy, storytelling, puppets, and music into his performance as he searches the ruins of an ancient temple and travels the world for this overdue book.  The performance is fun for kids of all ages, who will enjoy the variety of different performance styles offered.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

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)

  • 6pm – SPORTS: Every Monday in June you can learn to waterski at Oxbow Waterski Show Team’s ski site.  All you need is a bathing suit and experienced Show Team members will teach you to waterski.  413-636-2094.  Old Springfield Road.  Northampton, MA.  $$-$$$
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library has an open knitting group every Monday evening.  Come and learn to knit or if you already know how, come knit with others!  All are welcome.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 18th, 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)

2pm – ARTS AND CRAFTS/LANGUAGE ARTS: Join Odyssey Bookshop for Camp Odyssey!  This once-a-week camp features a weekly book and activities to go along with it.  Recommended for kids age 5 and up, this week’s book/activity is Butterfly Puppets.  Come learn about butterflies and create fun puppets!  Registration is required by June 16th.  514-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  >$

4pm-5pm – BOOK GROUP: Join The Westfield Athenaeum for a kids book discussion group on Eleanor Estes’ The Hundred Dresses, a great book to encourage discussion about the nature of friendship. Youth in grades 3-5 can come to discuss the book and play relevant games.  This is a great chance for kids to do some outside-of-school reading while interacting with their peers in a discussion group.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

5:30pm-7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Parents of young children, join Child Care of the Berkshires for ABC Read With Me, a workshop focused on promoting literacy and teaching young children to love reading.  The workshop is based on the book Help Me Get Ready to Read.  Come to the workshop and share a meal, learn different techniques for promoting literacy, and explore children’s books.  Parents will create felt boards and even receive books to take home!  Please call to register.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA. (FREE)

6pm-8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the Sunderland Public Library for a screening of Oz the Great and Powerful (rated PG).  The film is based on the Oz novels and the classic film The Wizard of Oz.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents the Pitoniak Brothers, who will be playing easy listening tunes.  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)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday beginning July 9th until August 13th.  You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more!  Reservations recommended.  413-597-2188.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

9:30am-12noon – FIELD TRIP/PICNIC: Meet at the South Hadley Family Center before heading across the street for a tour of the District 2 Fire Station, including a fun Fire Engine Wash.  Following the field trip there will be a picnic, so make sure to bring a blanket and a bag lunch.  413-533-7096.  7 Woodbridge Street.  South Hadley, 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-12:30pm - NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike through their Alford Springs property.  This reserve is primarily logging roads, so the hike will be at a slower pace.  There will be opportunities for bushwhacking if people are interested.  413-499-0596.  Mountain Road.  Alford, MA.

11am – STORYTIME: Odyssey Bookshop invites children 5 and under to their weekly storytime!  This week’s storytime will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leo Lionni’s Swimmy.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

3pm-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The Sunderland Public Library is holding a Hunger Games training day for kids 11 and up!  Participants will learn to survive on their own in the wilderness, just like Katniss in the Hunger Games.  Skilled mentors will teach archery, fire-starting, knot tying, and shelter craft.  Kids will have a chance to step into a favorite character’s shoes while learning useful survival skills.  Registration is required.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

4:30pm – HISTORY/CULTURAL STUDIES:  Kick off the official opening day of the 2013 Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival with a free guided tour of Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark and a historic stop on the Underground Railroad.  This tour highlights African-American history at the Pillow, and will be led by Norton Owen, Director of Preservation.  Meet him at the bell outside the Ted Shawn Theatre.  For more information about the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and a full schedule of events, see their website.  413-841-0519.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

5pm-7pm – WORKSHOP: Healthy North Berkshire is an event for people living in the Northern Berkshires to come learn about how food is accessed within the community.  There will be panelists from Women, Infants, and Children, the school lunch program, local farms, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and local free meal sites.  This workshop is a place to learn about food in the community and how best to access healthy food.  Please register.  413-663-7588.  107 Main Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE:  Kick off the official opening day of the 2013 Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival with a free Inside/Out performance by Jamal Jackson Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow.  Jamal Jackson Dance Company combines traditional African dance with contemporary movement and challenges audiences to investigate the balance between individuality and group acceptance.  For more information about the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and a full schedule of events, see their website.  413-841-0519.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – HISTORY/CONCERT:  At this week’s Wednesday Folk Traditions event, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum celebrates Juneteenth with a performance by Afro-Semitic Experience, a band whose lyrically powerful, eclectic music and performances have been described as “redefining the jazz concert.”  Their music celebrates the united musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora.  Visitors are welcome to picnic on the museum grounds beginning at 5pm.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  $

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Join Forbes Library for a lawn concert featuring Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils!  Evans and her band will perform jazz and blues songs for the audience.  Bring a picnic blanket and chair.  The Sugar Bakers Cake Truck will be at the Library selling treats all night!  413-587-1013.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – FILM STUDIES/MUSIC STUDIES: Join Amherst Cinema for their Django in June event and a screening of Whose Is This Song?, a film about the disputed origins of a particular song.  A live performance will precede the film.  This event is best for adults or older students with audience skills.  413-253-2547.  28 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  $

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages.  Great opportunity for grandparents to take their grandkids on a morning adventure!  Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history.  Call for meeting place info.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Guy McLain, director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, is giving a talk on the Irish immigration experience in the Valley as part of a lecture series for the Springfield Museums.  In his talk, McLain will highlight the experiences of the early Irish settlers, including their struggles to integrate into New England society while dealing with unfair labor conditions and anti-Irish prejudice, and celebrate several outstanding citizens of Irish descent.  413-263-6800 x459.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$

5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY: Upstreet Pittsfield’s family friendly street festival, 3rd.Thursdays, returns for its 7th year!  This Thursday’s theme is “Play Ball!”  Come celebrate America’s pastime and explore Pittsfield while participating in fun activities, watching performances, and eating great food.  413-499-9348. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

5pm-8pm – LOCAL FOOD/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: All are welcome at River Valley Market’s annual Strawberry Ice Cream Social!  Come for the sundaes made with local Bart’s Homemade ice cream; stay for the music, dancing, kids’ activities, and delicious food from the market’s Quarry Cafe.  Take the free parking shuttle, running every 15 minutes from the Wal-Mart plaza (near Sleepy’s).  413-584-2665.  330 North King St.  Northampton, MA.  MARKET/SALE

6pm – GAMES:  Join the Westhampton Public Library for a game of Scrabble!  This is a great chance to work on your Scrabble skills while meeting new people.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Charlie Conant, Desmond Burke, and Bruce Colegrove.  Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music.  50 Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE:  Spend an evening at the 2013 Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival watching a free Inside/Out performance by Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble at Jacob’s Pillow.  The Ensemble is committed to preserving and paying tribute to Afro-Cuban culture through dance, song, and music.  For more information about the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and a full schedule of events, see their website.  413-841-0519.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PERFORMANCE: Come to the Jones Library to see Bill Campbell’s one-man show, A Parenting Story.  Bill takes the audience on a journey through his life as a parent and the many experiences he has had.  Parents will be able to relate to Bill’s story and kids can learn some new things about what it’s like being a parent.    413-259-3223.  43 Amity Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

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)

  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday & Thursday until August 13th.  You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more!  Reservations recommended.  413-597-2188.  829 Main Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

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Friday, June 21st, 2013

9:30am-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Mt. Tom State Reservation’s Bray Lake is a great place to observe wildlife!  Come to Life Around the Lake to learn about the different wildlife in and around the lake and to see what creatures you’re able to spot.  413-534-1186.  125 Reservation Road.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – ENTOMOLOGY: Join Mass Audubon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for an Insect Safari!  Kids 8 and up are welcome to come explore the sanctuary while looking for insects like butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and damselflies.  This is a fun way for kids to get up close to insects while learning new things about them.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  >$

10am – STORYTIME/MUSIC: Stanley Park’s Friday Mornings for Children presents Tim Van Egmond and “A Sack of Summer Start-Up Stories” in the Beveridge Pavilion Annex.  Kids can choose objects from the “story sack” that represent different tales about summertime.  Van Egmond will perform these stories through folk songs using a variety of instruments.  Children will enjoy this musical storytime while learning about summer weather, bugs, and animals.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – STORYTIME: Come to The Stockbridge Library for Stories in the Grass on the library’s front lawn!  Pre-school aged kids can come and enjoy songs, stories, and fun summer activities.  413-298-5501.  46 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.

11am – STORYTIME/ARTS AND CRAFTS: The Sunderland Public Library is offering a story and craft time for kids ages 3-6.  Kids can come hear a story while doing an arts and crafts project.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.

6pm-7pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for a talk on the Grand Trunk Hotel, which stood right next to where the Center is today.  Built in 1872 and demolished in 1968, we must rely on old photographs and testimonials to learn about the Hotel, which played an important role in the Turners Falls of the past.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE:  Drawing inspiration from both traditional and contemporary South Asian and Western performance, the work of Toronto-based ensemble inDANCE challenges common ideas about global culture.  Tonight they will perform two iconoclastic works adapted for the Inside/Out performance series at Jacob’s Pillow.  413-841-0519.  358 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm-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)

6:30pm-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kids age 16 and up are invited to Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center’s Barton Cove for a Summer Solstice Sunset-Moonrise Kayak.  Beginning and experienced paddlers can come to the Cove for an evening of kayaking on the longest day of the year to celebrate the arrival of summer.  This event is free if you bring your own kayak.  800-859-2960.  Route 2.  Gill, MA.  $$-$$$

7pm-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Becket Arts Center!  There will be flag-painting, dancing, a potluck, a lemonade and iced tea stand, and a silent auction.  413-623-6635.  7 Brooker Hill Road.  Becket, MA.

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 10am-8pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center has extended their summer hours until 8pm.  The Center is a great place to learn about the history and ecology of the Connecticut River watershed.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

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