Suggested Events for July 23rd-29th, 2011

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

Kids' Market in Ashfield

There will be an ice cream social this Wed. (7/27) at the Ashfield Kids Market. Joan Holiday from The River will be there and Barts Ice Cream will be scooping out local ice cream! Happens in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store starting at 6:30pm.(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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On Saturday, July 23rd from 8am-4pm – PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaurs take over Greenfield today during the Jurassic Roadshow! The event is part of Franklin County’s bicentennial celebration, and will include a display of dinosaur footprints, fossils, fish, raindrop impressions, etc.; an opportunity to take a geology tour (beginning at GCC); a chance to meet the author of Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, which is about the first female paleontologist; nature drawing lessons; and more! Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

On Sunday, July 24th at 8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Pettingill Field. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)

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On Saturday, July 30th at 12noon – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Laurel Park celebrates this weekend with the annual Chataqua Revival!  There will be live music (including local heroes the Lonesome Brothers), food, hula hooping, a chance to meet Pedal People and try out their equipment, and a talk on local soil science.  The event ends with a community cookout in the evening.  2 Laurel Park.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

Also on Saturday, July 30th from 9am-5pm – 4H FAIR: Learn about all of the hard work that 4H participants do at the Hampden County 4H Fair!  There will be exhibits from 4H participants, as well as livestock showing and other 4H activities.  Non-members are welcome to participate in some events as well- there is a kids’ tractor pull at 11, veggie races at noon, a talent show at 1, and a bottle rocket launch at 2pm, as well as make-and-take crafts all day long.  The fair is held at the Eastern States Exposition.  413-562-3001.  1305 Memorial Avenue.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

HILLTOWN POTTERY TOUR: The Hilltown 6 will host its annual pottery tour and sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 10am-5pm. This is a great chance to see firsthand the tools and techniques behind eight nationally recognized clay artists who live and work in our very own hilltowns. Check out the studios, kilns and settings of these talented potters and step inside their worlds to see how their surroundings inspire their individual voices. This year three studios will feature guest artists. The studios and guests are: Robbie Heidinger with guest David Leith, Michael McCarthy, Constance Talbot, Christy Knox with guest Karin Noyes, Hiroshi Nakayama, Sam Taylor, Eric Smith, and Mark Shapiro with guest Jeffrey Lipton. For a detailed map go to www.hilltown6.com.

Redcoats & Rebels

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tix to "Redcoats & Rebels" at Old Sturbridge Village for the weekend of August 6th & 7th. Deadline to enter: 8/3.

INSTRUMENT DONATIONS WANTED: Have an old piano, violin, flute, or other instrument taking up space in your home? Donate it to the Artspace’s Used Instrument Sale. Donations or consignment both accepted. All proceeds will benefit Strings for Kids, free weekly group lessons for grades 3 – 6 at Greenfield Public Schools. Artspace’s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the arts. Artspace serves 350 students annually with weekly lessons and classes. For more information, call  413-772-6811 , email info@franklyarts.com or visit www.franklyarts.com.

Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of Mister G's CD release party happening on July 26th at the Tuesday Market in Northampton, MA!

LOCAL KIDS MUSIC: Local kids’ hero Mister G will be releasing his irresistible new CD, BUGS, on July 26th at the Northampton Tuesday Farmer’s Market. Mister G will perform two sets (3:30 & 5PM), and kids are encouraged to arrive in homemade BUG costumes. Children will also be able to create bug-related art projects at the Tuesday Market on the 26th. BUGS has garnered rave reviews from critics around the USA with a collection of original songs which include rock, folk, bluegrass, bossa nova, ska and soul influences. The album features a number of bilingual songs inspired by Mister G’s performances for kids in Latin America. The CD also includes fan favorites such as “Shark in my Bathtub,” “Grilled Cheese,” and “Pam the Pug.” Come ready to dance! www.mistergsongs.com

FREE AND REDUCED SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: Free meals for children and youth available in Greenfield through the Greenfield Summer Meals Program.  Breakfast and lunch served through Aug. 19th at Greenfield High School, YMCA of Greenfield, Greenfield Gardens, Leyden Woods And Oak Courts. Lunch at Greenfield Swimming Pool through Aug. 12th, and Newtown School offers both breakfast and lunch through Aug. 12th. Available to all Greenfield students who are eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch. Call Greenfield Public Schools for eligibility and more information: 413-772-1334, or visit www.gpsk12.org.

The Decemberists

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Decemberists at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA on Sunday, July 31st! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, July 27th.

MINDFUL PARENTING COMMUNITY: Margaret Garrett writes, “I am a 40 y/o single mother with a 5 y/o son relocating to the area. We are looking to rent a studio apt or spacious room in a cooperative, cat-free house for under $650. If possible this space could also be where the practice community gathers for regular meetings, meditation sittings and activities that foster deep listening. Child-care could be arranged through pooling resources or rotating members. If necessary, a separate space could be found for gathering in a church or community building. The intention is to come together and work with the challenges of parenting as an opportunity to become wiser and more loving. We pass this on to our children directly and through example. If anyone has a place to offer or would like to join me in practice, I would love to hear from you! Email: Margaret_garrett@hotmail.com

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HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowThe Sugar Free AllStars will Guest DJ the HFVS this weekend show playing tunes by The Hipwaders, Led Zeppelin, Justin Roberts, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Brady Rymer, and several others, including tunes off their CDs, Dos Ninos and Funky Fresh and Sugar Free.

Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS:
JULY 23rd-29th, 2011

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

"My 8 year son loves going to the park and playing baseball, having a picnic, or going for some ice cream at the creamy in Montague. We love the farmers’ market in Greenfield and picking strawberries in Hadley. - I moved to Greenfield in 06′ and I am so pleased to live here..." - Dawn Slocik-McLaughlin (Greenfield, MA)

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

7am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is Otis Celebration Day!  The excitement begins with a pancake breakfast, and there will be live music throughout the day (beginning at 9am and 4pm), an arts festival, children’s activities, and the Taste of Otis!  The event takes place at Izaak Walton Field.  Otis, MA.  (FREE)

8am-4pm – PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaurs take over Greenfield today during the Jurassic Roadshow!  The event is part of Franklin County’s bicentennial celebration, and will include a display of dinosaur footprints, fossils, fish, raindrop impressions, etc.; an opportunity to take a geology tour (beginning at GCC); a chance to meet the author of Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon, which is about the first female paleontologist; nature drawing lessons; and more!  Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

8am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Greenfield’s 200th birthday today!  There will be a pancake breakfast from 8-11, a classic car show, a bike tour, farmer’s market, local vendors, a sidewalk sale, trolley tours from 10-1, live music, family activities, and much more!  Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9-11am – STORYWALK: Hike a family-friendly trail at Poet’s Seat and read the story Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs as you go!  Sponsored by the Greenfield Public Library, the event is part of the Jurassic Roadshow, which takes place in downtown Greenfield today.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Yankee Doodle Days this weekend in Charlemont!  Today’s special events include cow plop bingo, a kids tractor pull, auction, and live music!  There will also be vendors, rides, animals, exhibits, and more!  Heath Road and Main Street.  Charlemont, MA  (<$)

10:30am – FAMILY THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center at Smith College.  Green Street.  413-585-3220.  Northampton, MA. ($)

10:30am – FAMILY FUN: Trevor the Games Man will be at the Odyssey Bookshop this morning!  Fun for the whole family.  9 College Street.  413-534-7307.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

11am – KIDS’ CONCERT: The Zucchini Brothers will perform kids’ music this morning at the Eastfield Mall!  Free family fun- beat the heat!  1655 Boston Road.  413-543-8000.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

11:15am-12:30pm – STORYTIME: They pant, they shed, they drool. they chew on bones… and they’re in all the stories today at the Forest Park Branch Library!  380 Belmont Avenue.  413-263-6843.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

12Noon-2pm – STORYWALK: Join Wee Read! for a StoryWalk. Meet at Pitt Park and read “The Colors of Us” through the park. A free copy of the book will be handed out to the first one hundred families. Columbus Ave. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

12noon-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires at the annual Gather-In at Pitt Park, the conclusion to the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival!  There will be tons of live music (incuding Gaia Roots, Ras Moon, and the Truth Tabernacle), food vendors, pony rides, and activities for kids such as a bounce house and face painting!  413-445-6477.  314 Columbus Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm and 3pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Take a guided tour of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead and learn about the life of this 19th-century poet!  207 Bryant Road.  413-634-2244.  Cummington, MA.  (<$)  ♦

1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Tour the fire tower at the D.A.R. State Forest and learn about how the tower is used to protect the forest.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – MEET THE AUTHOR: Holly Hobbie, author and illustrator of Toot and Puddle, will be at the Eric Carle Museum this afternoon!  Join her for storytime and learn about how Toot and Puddle were created.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Attend a program on the Battle of Bull Run and Civil War history at Western Gateway Heritage State Park!  115 State Street.  413-663-6312.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

2-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Summer State of Mind Concert. Celebrate summer and help raise money to combat childhood cancer at the Holyoke Elks Lodge with a day of live music and family activities such as face painting, a bounce house, a dog show, magic, and Forest Park Zoo’s traveling zoo!  250 Whitney Avenue.  413-478-1888.  Holyoke, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

2pm-12midnight – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Hinsdale Fire Department for a day of fun!  The events begins with a kids’ muster and also includes water polo, live music, and a bonfire at 10!  Route 143.  Hinsdale, MA.  (FREE)

6-7pm – NATURE STUDIES: Get an up-close look at the day’s catch from the woods and lake at the D.A.R. State Forest before the creatures are released back into the wild.  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Looking for something to do on a Saturday night?  The Meekins Library is showing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End tonight!  There will be treats on the library patio beginning at 6.  2 Main Street.  413-268-7472.  Williamsburg, MA.  (FREE)

7-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Listen to and share campfire stories at the D.A.R. State Forest!  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Bring a blanket and cuddle up as a family to watch, “How to Train your Dragon” outdoors at the Greenfield Energy Park!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: 7:30-11:30pm – BALKAN BASH: Put on your dancing shoes and head to Holyoke for a night of Balkan music and dancing!  Experience a party the way one might in Serbia, Macedonia, or Bulgaria with an accomplished popular Balkan brass band, Zlatne Uste, playing live music all night!  The party takes place at the War Memorial Building.  310 Appleton Street.  413-532-4306.  Holyoke, MA.  ($$)


Sunday, July 24th, 2011

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

"We spend many Spring/Summer Sundays at the Hadley Flea market (checking out antiques and feeding the horses) followed by brunch at Esselon Cafe (Hadley). They have a great outdoor space for kids and delicious food and drinks. Later you can check out Look Park (Florence) to ride the train, splash in the spray park or just play on the playgrounds!" - Sarah Schatz

8am – WOMEN’S TRAIL RUN: Women of all levels are invited to a weekly trial run along the Westfield River. This no-pressure run is a great way to start running or easy back into running, or to pair up with other long distance runners. Walkers welcomed too. Organized by Leslie Charles of Chesterfield, MA. 413-296-4753 West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

9am-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: It’s Yankee Doodle Days this weekend in Charlemont!  Today’s special events include cow plop bingo, a kids tractor pull, auction, and live music!  There will also be vendors, rides, animals, exhibits, and more!  Heath Road and Main Street.  Charlemont, MA>  (<$)

10am and 11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Kids and parents interested in geology can tour a 19th-century quarry at Natural Bridge State Park!  To go on the tour, meet at the Visitor Center- there will be a short walk to the quarry.  Tours also take place at the same times on Saturdays.  McCauley Road.  413-663-6392.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦

11am-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Greenfield’s 200th birthday with family-friendly events and adventures today!  The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage will be open, there is free admission to the Green River Swimming and Recreation are, there’s a amily picnic from 4-6, and more!  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon – COMMUNITY BBQ: Visit the Old Creamery for some delicious, fresh-made barbecue!  (Prepared by an actual Texan!)  Discounts given for those who wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and sing a Willie Nelson song!  413-634-5560.  445 Berkshire Trail.  Cummington, MA.  ($)

12noon – WATER SKI SHOW: Have you ever seen 18 people stacked in a pyramid and zipping across a river on skis?  Now is your chance!  Today the Oxbow Water Ski Show Team will perform a family and friends show at their home, the Oxbow Marina.  There will be barefoot skiing, wakeboarding, pyramids, and more!  Old Springfield Road.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

1pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join the Hinsdale Fire Department for the 13th annual Fireman’s Muster!  There will be muster teams from all over New England participating.  Route 143.  Hinsdale, MA.  (FREE)

1-4pm – ART: Visit the Eric Carle Museum for a surprise art activity!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm and 3pm – PUPPET SHOW: PuppeTree presents Caps for Sale at the Eric Carle Museum!  The story tells the tale of a sleepy hat salesman whose hats are stolen by mischevious monkeys while he naps.  PuppeTree’s version incorporates multiple cultures and and celebrates diversity!  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

2pm – LAWN CONCERT: Members of the string and wind ensembles from the Holyoke Symphony will play this afternoon on the lawn at the Wistariahurst Museum!  Bask in the sun and hear some lovely live music.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (<$)

2pm – INTERGENERATIONAL CONCERT: Appalachian Still performs live at the Northampton Senior Center this afternoon!  Kids of all ages (including those who are kids at heart) and adults will enjoy the band’s progressive bluegrass sound- it’s an intergenerational opportunity to hear some great music!  413-587-1228.  67 Conz Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – FAMILY THEATER: North Hall presents Ozville, a musical featuring pop hits from the 60’s and 70’s.  The show is being performed by the Floralia Children’s Company and the Huntington Dance Centre, and there will be a dance demonstration after the show.  The North Hall gallery will be open as well, and features art made by students at Gateway Regional Hgh School.  40 Searle Road.  413-667-5543.  Huntington, MA.  (DONATION)

2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about local history at the Buckland Historical Society Museum, located at the Wilder Homestead in Buckland Village!  The museum contains antiques, photos, and other memorabilia.  Upper Street and East Charlemont Road.  413-625-9763.  Charlemont, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy the warm weather and some live music outdoors at the Greenfield Energy Park!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

8pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Family theatre performance with the Mettawee River Theatre Co. at Pettingill Field. This family-friendly performance of Old Boat Goddess, traditional tales from northern Japan, will be brought to life through masks, giant puppets, music and movement. BYO chairs/blankets. 518-854-9357 Main St. Cummington, MA (FREE)


Monday, July 25th, 2011

"Hilltown Families keeps my little family connected to local museums with it’s frequently updated Facebook page!" - Dawn Klein (Adams, MA)

4:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Visit Mass MoCA to hear a concert of music composed by the museum’s composing fellows during the Bang on a Can Festival!  413-662-2111.  1040 Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  ($)

6-9pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is Adams’ annual Susan B. Anthony Celebration!  The event is a street fair including over 70 vendors, entertainment, games, and more!  Park Street.  Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – YOUTH CYCLING: Sign your kids (ages 5-12) up for a bike race at Look Park!  There are different age groupings, and the race takes place on a grass field- very safe in case of falls!  If it rains, the race is rescheduled for August 1st.  This is a great way to get kids involved in cycling!  Sponsored by Northampton Area Pediatrics and the Northampton Cycling Club.  800-267-2245.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – SKILLSHARE/PICKLING: Can you make pickles?  How about kimchi?  Yogurt?  Kombucha?  Learn how tonight at the Westhampton Library!  413-527-2404.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

MONDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Hear some great stories with Ellie in the Forbes Library Children’s Department!  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

MONDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 2pm – FAMILY MOVIE: See a movie at the Berkshire Athenaeum! There’s a new movie every week, but they all are related to the library’s summer reading program. “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 3-5pm – LEGOS: Kids can participate in Lego BrickWars, the game that combines Lego building with a fantasy land of chaos and destruction.  Open to kids ages 7-10.  Materials provided.  20 West Street.  413-587-1011.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE) 
  • 5-6pm – HULA HOOPING: Learn to hula hoop at the Greenfield Energy Park with Shenandoah of Alotta Hooplah!  20 Sanderson Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 6-10pm – GAME NIGHT: Head to Owl and Raven for a night of games of all kinds!  Pick from the space’s selection or bring a game to share.  2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops).  413-341-3581.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Explore The Mount… in the creepiest way possible!  The tour takes visitors through the most haunted parts of the mansion- you’re sure to be scared.  Reservations suggested, as tours frequently sell out in advance.  2 Plunkett Street.  413-551-5111.  Lenox, MA.  ($)  ♦

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

"My niece is here now, visiting from California, for one month! We have a lot planned in this short month! Thursday, we will go to the Orange Farmers Market; Sunday to the Flea Market (Hadley) and will also visit the Butterfly Museum (South Deerfield); lots of rivers and lakes; the Northfield Drive-In; one of several ice cream shops; the Bridge of Flowers and the potholes (Shelburne Falls); and so much more. We anticipate doing something new three or four times per week for the entire time she is here. We got a local map and trail guide and she is so excited!” - Amber Ortiz Houghton (Orange, MA)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Odaiko New England performs “Taiko Thunder” today at the Springfield Museums!  The group does Japanese drumming combined with movement and rhythms of other cultures.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

3:30 & 5pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Tuesday Market happens today in Northampton behind Thornes Marketplace.  Today’s concert is a CD release show from local children’s favorite Mister G!  Celebrate his new album at the market and pick up some delicious local food for dinner.  Northampton, MA.  (MARKET)

2 and 2:30pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Forest Park’s Zoo on the Go will be at Forbes Library today!  Meet some new animal friends, a reunite with previous visitors to Forbes including TinkerBelle the goat!  Registration required.  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – SIGN LANGUAGE: Can your children communicate with deaf people?  They can learn some American Sign Language today at Cup and Top Cafe!  Sign Loud and Clear hosts a storytime this afternoon that includes songs and an art activity, through all of which participants will be learning signs.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (DONATION) [POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL]

5:30-7:30pm – SIGN LANGUAGE: Teach your baby to sign!  Hearing babies can benefit from the use of sign language, and it will help you communicate with them before they’re really talking.  The workshop takes place at Baystate Medical Center.  Call to register.  800-377-4325.  Springfield, MA.  ($$)

6pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Visit the Sunderland Public Library to see “Open Season 3”!  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

TUESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Take your kids to Look Park for a performance as part of the Franklin King III Children’s Entertainment Series at the Pines Theater! New performers every week. 300 North Main Street. 413-584-5457. Florence, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for Sketch Club, a time when kids ages 7+ can experiment drawing, painting, and more! Class is outdoors, so please dress appropriately. 9 Route 183. 413-298-4100. Stockbridge, MA. (<$) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – SCIENCE: Hands-on learning time about natural science at Kidleidescope, the Great Falls Discover Center’s weekly children’s learning program! There is a new theme each week. 2 Avenue A. 413-863-3221. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2:15pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA ($) ♦
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit The Clark for a free lawn concert! There will be different live music every week, and there will be barbecue available for purchase! 225 South Street. 413-458-2303. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Greenfield Energy Band performs broadway hits live at the Greenfield Energy Park tonight! 20 Sanderson Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents’ Center’s playgroup will take place at the playground at Bridge Street School! 2 Parsons Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park! In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel. 30 Lownds Avenue. 413-529-1440. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires’ Tuesday Preschool Group is a playground safari during the summer months! Children ages 2 ½ -5 are welcome to join in the fun, and the group will meet at a different local playground each week. Call the Family Resource Center to find out where this week’s meeting is. 413-664-4821. North Adama, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: It’s Toddler Time at the North Adams Public Library! Bring your little ones for stories and playtime. 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦

TUESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Take pre-k kids to preschool story hour at the Greenfield Public Library! There will be stories, songs, and craft time. 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:30am – STORYTIME: Toddler Story Time for kids 2-3yo at the Lenox Library. Sing songs, finger plays and listen to stories. Play time follows the story half hour. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE)♦

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

"My family and I check with Hilltown Families every week. We have done numerous activities thanks to Hilltown Families over the years…big thanks!" - Rebecca Lauterbach (Springfield, MA)

12Noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURES: Stanley Park and Forest Park presents Zoo on the Go when Forest Park brings their mobile zoo to Stanley Park. Kids can pet animals and ask questions in the Beveridge Pavilion. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Ave. Westfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Prop Comic Lucky Bob is going to be at the Springfield Museums this afternoon!  Watch his perform a fun and entertaining combination of magic, juggling, and comedy!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Visit the Berkshire Athenaeum this afternoon to see the Nutshell Playhouse perform an audience-participation-required show!  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2:30-4pm – TEEN/TWEEN: Have you ever collected trading cards?  Each one is unique and interesting, and can be swapped for other cards.  Now is your chance to make you own at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library! You can make cards for trading or simply just for display. 413-685-6858. 1887 Parker Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

4pm – HISTORY: During the Edwardian era (1901-1911), women’s clothing was made up of layers upon layers of garments.  This afternoon at Ventfort Hall, older students can learn about what women wore and why with actress Kandie Carle.  Beginning the presentation in undergarments, Kandie will explain the history behind each piece as she puts it on.  A Victorian tea will follow.   413-637-3206.  104 Walker Street.  Lenox, MA.  ($$)

4:30-6pm – PHOTOGRAPHY: Kids 10+ are invited to a digital photography workshop at the Williston Memorial Library this afternoon!  If you have a camera, please bring it- if not, please let the library know when registering.  413-527-1031.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm – ICE CREAM SOCIAL: There will be an ice cream social this week at the Ashfield Kids Market from 6:30-7:30pm. Joan Holiday from The River will be there and Barts Ice Cream will be scooping out local ice cream! Happens in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store. Main St. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

7pm – SKILLSHARE: Tonight’s community skillshare event at Owl and Raven is learning the game Go!  Popular in eastern Asia, the game involves logic, aesthetics, and ituition- and it’s great!  413-341-6494.  2 Conz Street #42.  Northampton, MA.  (DONATION)

7pm – FAMILY IMPROV: The Majestic Theater’s weekly improv night is tonight!  The show is family-friendly and fun for all- it’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?”-style, and audience participation is important!  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (<$)

7:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Forbes Library hosts, “The Secret Life of Stress,” a workshop on stress- where it comes from, how it manefests, it’s physiological effects, and how to manage it.  413-587-1011.  20 West Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

WEDNESDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: It’s Half-Price Wednesday at Look Park! Save on all of the park’s fun family attractions, like the bumper boats, train, and mini golf! 300 North Main Street. 413-584-5487. Florence, MA. (<$)
  • 10-11:30am- ROLLERSKATING: Rollerskate with Tiny Tot Romp, Stop, ‘n’ Roll Skate and Play at Interskate 91 North (Hampshire Mall). Strollers welcome. Parent’s don’t have to wear skates. For Ages 6 & under. 413-586-2737 Hadley, MA (>$) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 1pm – MOVIE: Baby-friendly movie screening at the Pleasant Street Theater. Northampton, MA ($) ♦
  • 4-6pm – KIDS’ MARKET: Kids’ Market happens every Wednesday in the Summer in the parking lot outside of the Ashfield Hardware Store. Stop in and support these young entrepreneurs. Main St. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – YO-YO: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Come visit yo-yo school and learn to yo-yo for free with A2Z. Northampton, MA (FREE)♦
  • 6-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Live music tonight at Burband Park on Lake Onota! Lakeway Drive. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8:30 – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Heritage State Park for an evening of live music! BYO seating. 221 Appleton Street. 413-322-5260. Holyoke, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Visit Lilac Park for live outdoor music! Bring your own seating, and maybe even a picnic! Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-9pm – SKILL SHARE: Visit Owl and Raven for a night of community skillsharing! There’s a new skill every week- check their website or call to find out! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8:30pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: See live music on the shore of Windsor Lake! George Fairs Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – CONCERT: It’s Watermelon Wednesday at the West Whately Chapel! See performers from different genres every week. Conway and Williamsburg Roads. Whately, MA. ($$)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Informal playgroup at the Cummington Family Center at the Community House (rear) on Main St. Playgroups move to Pentigill Park in July (behind firehouse). Cummington, MA (FREE)

WEDNESDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool Storytime at the North Adams Public Library! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Featured books, crafts and visitors for preK kids at the Leverett Library, lead by Georgie Schmid. 413-548-9220 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Head to the Greenfield Public Library for Sunshine Storytime, which includes stories, songs, and playtime! 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for storytime! Picture books new and old will be read, and the stories will be followed by an activity. 9 College Street. 413-534-7307. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 4-5pm – STORYTIME: Head to the North Amherst Library for preschool storytime! 8 Montague Road. 413-259-3099. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

"Hilltown Families lets me know of great family friendly activities at the museums so that I can still enjoy museums every now and again." - Dave Cahn (Williamsburg, MA)

11am – PUPPET SHOW: PuppeTree’s “Caps for Sale” will be at the Lenox Library.  In this show, set in 7 different cultures, the classic folktale by Esphyr Slobodkina is played out before families. 413-637-0197 Lenox, MA (FREE)

2-4pm – JEWELRY MAKING: Learn how to make your own jewelry this afternoon at the Williston Memorial Library!  For kids ages 9+, registration required.  413-527-1031.  9 Park Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

8:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Watch the movie Duma, which is about an orphaned boy in Kenya and his cheetah, at the Westhampton Library under the stars!  413-527-2404.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

THURSDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 1pm – LEGOS: Join the Lilly Library’s Lego Building Club! Spend time with other Lego enthusiasts and build some great structures. 19 Meadow Street. 413-587-1500. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear some fun live music on the lawn at the Florence Civic Center as part of the Thursday Night Music on the Porch series! Meadow and North Main Streets. 413-584-7891. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music on the South Hadley town common! New and different music each week. Routes 47 and 116. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for some calm, relaxing live music! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Hear live music on the patio at the Leverett Public Library! 75 Montague Road. 413-548-9220. Leverett, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Sing some chanteys and bar songs at the Brewmaster’s Tavern- and order some delicious food and drinks while you sing! 4 Main Street. 413-268-7741. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)♦

THURSDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Visit Look Park for the Northampton Parents’ Center’s informal playgroup! Meet at the playground for casual playtime. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦

THURSDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: Head to the Greenfield Public Library for Sunshine Storytime, which includes stories, songs, and playtime! 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Head to the Jones Library for preschool storytime! 43 Amity Street. 413-259-3090. Amherst, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11-11:45am – PREK STORY/CRAFT: Kids ages three to five can come to the Lenox Library Association for stories, songs and follow-along activities followed by a craft related to the story. 413-637-0197 x105 Lenox, MA (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Visit the North Adams Public Library for evening youth storytime and crafts! 74 Church Street. 413-662-3133. North Adams, MA. ♦

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Free Fun Friday! Enjoy free Admission to the following Massachusetts museums:

  • BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
    308 Congress St – Boston
  • AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
    491 Dutton Street – Lowell
  • NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM
    18 Johnny Cake Hill – New Bedford

10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Union #28 Community Network for Children program has set up some summer playdates at our local playgrounds/libraries. This week at Leverett Elementary School (Chalk Walk on the Trike Track). 978-544-5157 Leverett, MA (FREE)

1pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: See Ooch World perform Positive Spin at the Springfield Museums!  The show talks about the challenges of growing up, and features yo-yos and creative dance!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

3:30-6:30pm – BEACH PARTY: (Rescheduled from last week) Get sandy at Eagle Street Beach Party!  The street will be filled with tons of sand, and there will be live music, food, and more!  Eagle Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

5-6pm – NATURE STUDIES: Lean how to identify animal remains at the Nature Center at the D.A.R. State Forest!  78 Cape Street.  413-268-7098.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – COMMUNITY THEATER: Laurel Park hosts a performance of the play “Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn,” a show that sold out two shows in Northampton in March.  The performance is part of Laurel Park’s Chataqua revival which takes place all weekend.  2 Laurel Park.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

7-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Listen to and share campfire stories at the D.A.R. State Forest!  413-268-7098. 78 Cape Street.  Goshen, MA.  (FREE)

7:30pm – OUTDOOR THEATER: Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at The Mount, a classic Brothers Grimm story adapted by Eric Hill. 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA ($$)

FRIDAY ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES

  • 9am – MUSIC EDUCATION: Hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Friday morning rehearsal at Tanglewood! Reserved seating is available for families, teachers, homeschoolers, youth groups, parents, musicians, etc.. Along with the rehearsal, there will be a music presentation and demonstration, as well as tours of Tanglewood. Pre-reg by emailing Darlene White at dwhite@bso.org. West Hawthorne Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Bring pre-schoolers to the Berkshire Athenaeum to see a movie related to the library’s summer reading program theme, “One World, Many Stories.” 1 Wendell Avenue. 413-449-9480. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – TYKE HIKE: Family hike for families with kids ages 8yo and under at Mount Greylock State Reservation. Hike and story time. Wear appropriate footwear and clotheS. Bring snack and water. Meet at visitor center. 30 Rockwell Rd. 413-499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)♦
  • 10-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Join Owl and Raven for Talon Team, an hour-long adventure during which attendees will learn about ancient living that are still useful today and help us be more connected to the Earth. 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Head to Stanley Park for a performance just for kids! New performers and themes each week. 400 Western Avenue. 413-568-9312. Westfield, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – HISTORY: Go on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village and learn what life was like for a young shaker! Young visitors can dress as a shaker child would have and can learn everything from what their responsibilities were at home to where they went to school! 1843 West Housatonic Street. 413-443-0188. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 5:30pm – CRUISE NIGHT: It’s Cruise Night at Buttery Brook Park! See some great antique cars, hear live DJ music, get some dinner, and meet some animals and do craft projects in the kids area! Route 33. South Hadley, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 1pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Visit the Berkshire Museum for a special tour of the exhibit, “Geckos: Tails to Toepads.” The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about geckos- and it fits nicely into PBS’s All About Lizards lesson plan. (Keep your kids learning all summer!). 39 South Street. 413-443-7171. Pittsfield, MA. ($) ♦
  • 6-8pm – POTLUCK: Bring your favorite dish to the community potluck at Owl and Raven! Bring your own dishes, too, if possible, in order to cut back on waste! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – CONCERT: Hear live classical music as part of the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer music series at the Federated Church of Charlemont! New performers each week. Mohawk Trail. 413-625-9511. Charlemont, MA. ($$) ♦
  • 8-10pm – FAMILY MOVIE: It’s movie night at Owl and Raven! See a family-friendly movie and enjoy tasty refreshments! 2 Conz Street (Maplewood Shops). 413-341-3581. Northampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • Dusk – CITIZEN SCIENCE: Help the Museum of Science, the Department of Conservation, and the Berkshire Museum determine whether fireflies are disappearing by counting fireflies at Mt. Greylock State Reservation. Counting takes roughly 15 minutes- BYO stopwatch and flashlight. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. ♦

FRIDAY SUMMER PLAYGROUPS

  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center’s summer playgroup will take place today at Nonotuck Park! In case of rain, playgroup will be moved inside to the Flywheel. 30 Lownds Avenue. 413-529-1440. Easthampton, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 2-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Homeschoolers are invited to a playgroup at the Worthington Town Hall! Bring an activity to share and get ready for fun! Route 112. Call to confirm: 413-238-4424. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

FRIDAY SUMMER STORYHOURS

  • 10am – STORYTIME: Take little ones to pre-school storycraft time at the Stockbridge Library! 46 Main Street. 413-298-5501. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Great Falls Discover Center hosts a story hour for kids 3-6yo. Held the 4th Friday of every month. 413-863-3221 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Milne Public Library hosts story time for twos! The program lasts between 20 and 30 minutes (just right for little ones) and consists of stories, fingerplay, and music! 1095 Main Street. 413-458-5369. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon – STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime at the Lilly Library! Children 2 ½ and up (and their parents) and invited! 19 Meadow Street. 413-587-1500. Florence, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Visit the Sunderland Public Library for preschool storytime! Ages 3-5 are invited to attend. Stories will be accompanied by crafts! 20 School Street. 413-665-2642. Sunderland, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Mother Goose on the Loose lap-sit storyhour is this morning at the Greenfield Public Library! Kids under 3 and their parent(s) are invited to an interactive storytime that includes fun rhymes and songs to learn. 402 Main Street. 413-772-1544. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

FRIDAY SUPPORT GROUPS

  • 6:30-8:30pm – POSTPARTUM: GROW (Gathered Resources of Women) holds a postpartum support group for mothers looking for a safe a confidential space in which to discuss their experiences. Held at the Readfield House Community Room. 48 Elizabeth Street. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION) ♦

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