Suggested Events for July 14th-20th, 2012

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

Green River Festival

Green River Festival happens this weekend July 14th & 15th in Greenfield, MA. Congrats to all of our ticket winners! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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Saturday, July 14th from 10am-5pm – ART FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Arts Alive Festival takes place today! There will be several different shows, sales, activities, and concerts for families to see and hear throughout Worthington. Highlights include live music with local artists (including jazz with Charles Neville), an art show featuring locally made pieces at town hall, children’s activities at RH Conwell School, open houses at local businesses, and more. Celebrate arts in the community and see what local artists and artisans have been creating. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 14th from 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mass MoCA hosts the annual Bang on a Can Festival’s Kids Can Too.  The faculty and fellows behind the festival present a concert where kids can learn all about new instruments and musical sounds – plus it’s totally fun! Advance tickets suggested. 413-662-2111. Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (<$)

Sunday, July 15th from 8pm – THEATER: Amherst College hosts the annual KO Festival of Performance. The event features the Mettawee River Theater Company, performing “Communications from a Cockroach” on the lawn at the college’s observatory. The show features live music, movement, and puppets, and tells the story of a cockroach whose soul is that of a reincarnated poet- he writes by jumping onto typewriter keys! In case of rain, the show will take place at the Holden Theater. Snell Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Have you ever wanted to learn about herbalism but can’t find the time for classes?  This summer Hilltown Families is partnering with Blazing Star Herbal School, offering our readers the opportunity to enter to win a correspondence course from their Do-it-Yourself Herbalism Series (valued at $150). Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, July 25th.

Saturday, July 21st from 9am-5pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Dig out your kilt and your claymore, have a breakfast of haggis, and head to Look Park for the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival.  There will be pipe bands and highland dancers (of all ages and abilities.) competing and performing throughout the day, men’s and women’s highland games (a traditional Scottish strength competition, involving telephone pole-throwing and stone slinging), Scottish food (both modern and traditional), informational booths, and vendors selling everything from UK treats like Cadbury and Irn Bru to hats and scarves made of clan tartans.  Families can celebrate their Scottish heritage or learn about Scottish history and culture!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  ($$)

Sunday, July 22nd from 2-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Buckland Historical Society is hosting an open house today.  Located in a former schoolhouse, the Historical Society is home to artifacts of local importance – families can learn about the history of their community, and kids can help place their knowledge of American History in the context of their surroundings by learning about the history of their town.  413-625-9763.  20 Upper Street.  Buckland, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

FAMILY THEATER: PaintBox Theatre is a theatre of improvisation and imagination for the whole family. Start with a children’s classic. Add three actors. Add a theatre, the Paintbox stage & a screen. Add artwork (by kids). Add lots of audience participation & improvisation. Stir well. There you go: Paintbox! This season: The Ugly Duckling, July 4-7; The Princess Knight, July 18-21; and Zorro!, August 1-4. All shows are presented in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus in Northampton, MA. More information at -413-585-3220 Or online www.newcenturytheatre.org/paintbox.html

19th-CENTURY CHILDREN’S CIRCUS: It’s Circus Time at the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, July 14, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-Century Children’s Circus,” from noon to 4 pm. Especially appropriate for children ages 3 to 10, this annual event is free and open to the public. Activities include folksongs and stories with Tim Van Egmond; a performance by Henry the Juggler; a reading of Emily and Carlo by author Marty Rhodes Figley; and the annual Circus Parade. Other activities include “tightrope” walking, ring-toss, and kid friendly crafts. For details and a complete schedule, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/circus. With questions, contact Valerie Gramling, program coordinator, at 413-542-2034.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: RH Conwell CEC is seeking to employ a certified individual to teach ELA to students in grades K-6. RHC is a small privately funded school, whose staff teaches students to their specific abilities within multi-age settings versus to their age or grade level. RHC staff relies heavily on differentiated instruction and creative hands-on learning, and the staff holds students to high expectations within their individualized learning plans. If you feel you may be a good fit to the team, please apply today. This position is part-time with the possibility of additional hours contingent on enrollment. Flexibility is a must. RHCCEC is an EOE.  Send resume packet to: RHC Attn: J. Dupont 147 Huntington Rd. Worthington, MA 01098 or JDupont@rhccec.org

CALL FOR CRAFTERS: Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Cummington Family Center’s 3rd annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair. The fair is the center’s annual fundraiser and an excellent opportunity for community members to find commercial-free handmade items, many supporting creative free play. This year’s fair will be held on November 3rd at Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington, MA. Registration is now open for crafters who make handmade, commercial-free items for kids of all ages.  Spaces are also open for anyone interested in leading hour long gift-making workshops for children and/or adults. This is a great family-friendly event. If you are interested in learning more, email Stacey at cummingtonfamilycenter@yahoo.com.

SUMMER CAMP: Are you looking for a great summer experience for your kids? Check out our post Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA which highlights opportunities happening throughout the region. With a great variety of themes, there are many summer camp/programs your family can choose, including: farm & gardening, music, art, technology, nature, personal development, science, theater, sports, ballet, preK, college… as well as a good old fashion summer camp! Discover what’s being offered near you, and find out how you can add a camp to this growing list too.

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Irene Branson writes, “Ashfield Needles and Threads is hosting another Free Clothing Exchange–a community hand-me-around to facilitate Recycling, Reusing, Sharing and Happiness! It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 4th from 9am–1pm in the Congregational Church on Main Street.  People are invited to drop off clean clothes and shoes in excellent condition—all seasons and sizes– in the foyer of St. John’s Church on the corner of Main and South Streets between the afternoon of Sunday July 29th and the night of Friday August 3rd.    Remember, folks can come pick out some clothes on Saturday whether they brought any to share or not. Stock up! Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends and their own reusable shopping bags.  Leftover items will be redistributed through Share the Warmth and the Salvation Army.”

PARENT AIDES: The Parent Aide Volunteer Program at Berkshire Children and Families has a few openings for moms and dads in Hampshire County who may be interested in having a Parent Aide. Parent Aides are nonjudgmental, supportive, trained volunteers who provide home visiting support to parents who are not involved with the Department of Children and Families. Parents can refer themselves or you can refer families with their permission. Please contact Gail Fries at 584-5690, ext. 114 to make a referral.

Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force writes, “A remembrance event in honor of Jessica Dana who was allegedly murdered by her partner Jeb Daly on June 22 will be held on Monday July 16 at 7pm at Knightville Dam in Huntington.  There will be three speakers at the event: Marianne Winters, Executive Director of Safe Passage; Phil Barry, brother-in-law of the late Karen Hart Trudeau from Blandford who was murdered by her estranged husband in 2002, and a family member or friend of the family. Attendees will have the opportunity to write cards to Jessica’s children, or write in a memory book for the family. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the family.  For more information contact the Task Force at southernhillsdvtaskforce@gmail.com or visit the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force on Facebook.”


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July 14th-20th, 2012

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Farmers’ Markets

“I love knowing what is going on that is fun and kid friendly… I don’t pick up papers, so getting Hilltown Families eNewsletters in my inbox is great!” – Jaimee Roncone (Westhampton, MA)

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. –  Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas is our Guest DJ, playing music from  “inside his head.” Check out his show today, then head to the Green River Festival on Sunday to see him and his band playing live on the River Family Meltdown Stage! – Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

8:30am-6:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: This weekend the Summer Festival takes place at St. Ann’s Catholic Church – there are fun events to watch and to participate in.  Today’s highlights include a dog pageant, hat parade, antique appraisals (get your items looked at, or just watch and listen to learn about historic items), and, in the evening, the Taste of the Berkshires dinner event (tickets are extra). 413-637-0157.  Main Street. Lenox, MA.  (<$)

9am-5pm – CRAFTS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County hosts the 2012 Amherst Crafts on the Common fair today. The event features work from local artists and artisans, as well as family activities and a children’s book sale featuring used books for kids – everything from board books to young adult novels.  Main and North Pleasant Streets.  Amherst, MA.  (SALE)

9:30-11:30am – ART: Learn to use natural materials to create unique fabric patterns at Wistariahurst Museum.  The museum is hosting a workshop on making hand-printed fabrics using tools like apples, celery, leaves, and more.  Best for older students and adults.  Each attendee will receive a t-shirt to print on.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  ($)

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: It’s Fire and Ice day at Old Sturbridge Village.  The event features a chance to learn about the history of fire fighting, and homemade old fashioned ice cream!  Along with the village’s regular historical demonstrations and activities will be special exhibits of antique firefighting equipment, ice cream-making demonstrations, a fire engine parade, and more.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

10am – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Explore the Bullitt Reservation on a Snake Search and Frog Find.  Kids will learn how to hunt for snakes, salamanders, frogs, and other small creatures.  Kids will also learn how to properly handle these critters, so as to ensure that they are properly treated in the future.  Registration required.  413-628-4485 ex 1.  332 Bullitt Road.  Ashfield, MA.  (<$)

10am-1pm – MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIR: Parents of middle school students (or soon-to-be middle school students) can learn about the benefits of small (in fact, teeny-tiny) middle school communities and local schools offering such environments at the Lilly Library today.  There will be representatives from seven different local schools, and parents can get information on the unique programs offered by each.  19 Meadow Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

10am-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Hike Catamount Hill today with your active teens!  The expedition takes a full five hours, and has little elevation change.  The hike will be about 4.5 miles, and hikers should plan to be able to stay with the group for the whole hike.  Bring a lunch. There will be picnicking at McLeod Pond.  Call to register.  413-624-3311.  East Catamount Road.  Colrain, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum’s exhibit on American Indian Art (titled, “Rethink!”) opens today. Visit the museum to view the exhibit, and to participate in special family programs, including demonstrations of basketry and wigwam building, performances of traditional and modern Native American music and dance, delicious traditional foods, a storywalk, and more.  The event provides families with a unique opportunity to experience Native American culture for themselves – it can supplement older students’ studies of American history or help younger students gain interest and background knowledge of the subject matter.  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

10am-4pm – HISTORY: Historic Deerfield’s open hearth cooking program is celebrating its 25th anniversary!  Throughout the month of June, cooks will be preparing traditional food and drink enjoyed during celebrations in early New England.  Visitors can learn about the history of food and cooking, and think about how food preparation has changed over time.  413-775-7127.  80 Old Main Street.  Deerfield, MA.  ($)

10am-5pm – ART FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Arts Alive Festival takes place today!  There will be several different shows, sales, activities, and concerts for families to see and hear throughout Worthington.  Highlights include live music with local artists (including jazz with Charles Neville), an art show featuring locally made pieces at town hall, children’s activities at RH Conwell School, open houses at local businesses, and more. Celebrate arts in the community and see what local artists and artisans have been creating.  Worthington, MA.  (FREE)

10:30-11:30am – BOTANY: Learn about plants native to the Connecticut River Watershed at the Great Falls Discovery Center.  As part of the Second Saturday Family Series, the center is offering a workshop on trees, flowers, and other plants found locally.  Kids can even create their own greenhouses out of natural materials and plant native plants to grow at home.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am-12noon – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: Lions, and tigers, and bears – OH MY!  The Forest Park Zoo on the Go will be at the Mason Library today!  No lions, tigers, or bears included, but kids can meet many of the smaller members of the zoo’s critter population.  Zoo on the Go begins at 11, and kids can make their own night animal card game to take home beginning at 10:30 (registration required).  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

11am – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present Peter and the Wolf at the Marketplace Cafe.  55 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mass MoCA hosts the annual Bang on a Can Festival’s Kids Can Too event this morning.  The faculty and fellows behind the festival present a concert where kids can learn all about new instruments and musical sounds – plus it’s totally fun!  Advance tickets suggested.  413-662-2111.  Mass MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  (<$)

11am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Kids ages 8+ can join the Hatfield Library’s branch of the Youth Action Committee, a kid-lead community action group.  Kids plan and create goals for community change and involvement, and work to implement their ideas.  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street.  Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-3pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Today is the second day of the Summer Festival at St. Ann’s Church.  The celebration begins with a community potluck picnic – meats will be supplied, just bring your favorite side. Following the picnic will be fun, friendly games including a sack race, tug of war, and more.  413-637-0157.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (<$)

12noon-4pm – 19th CENTURY CIRCUS: The Emily Dickinson Museum presents “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th-century Children’s Circus,” an exciting afternoon full of juggling, parading, storytime, and other fun activities!  The event features a reading of Marty Rhodes Figley’s new book, Emily and Carlo, as well as a chance for kids to create their own hats, flags, masks, etc. to wear during the parade around the grounds.  413-542-2034.  280 Main Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-9pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Green River Festival happens all weekend on the campus of Greenfield Community College.  Kids get in free and there’s terrific music for the whole family all day long. Balloon launch in the evening. Greenfield, MA ($$, Kids Free)

1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore the waterfalls of Mt. Greylock.  Each weekly hike will take visitors on a hike to explore a waterfall – great on a hot summer day!  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

6pm – PUPPETS: Celebrate Bearfest puppet-style with a reading of Kevin Maloney’s newest book, Zenya, followed by a puppet presentation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears!  The event takes place at the Easthampton Congregational Church and is part of ArtsWalk.  413-527-8278.  Route 10.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

6:15pm – DANCE: Students from the School at Jacob’s Pillow present original contemporary dances on the Inside/Out stage as part of the school’s summer performance series!  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – FILM: The Berkshires are alive… with the Sound of Music!  The Mahaiwe Center for Performing Arts is hosting a movie sing-a-long night – sing your heart out with the Von Trapps while watching this timeless classic.  413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA ($)

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Sunday, July 15th, 2012

“I love checking out what’s going on in MA through Hilltown Families when we’re visiting. Thanks for all you do!” – Dena Baldauf

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. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see over 5 years of archived shows.

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden! Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE) ♦

9am-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The Springfield Museums host Indian Day – a celebration of the history of Indian motorcycles! Manufactured in Springfield until 1953, the motorcycles represent an important part of the city’s history.  Families can also learn about transportation history by observing the changes in the motorcycles over time, and comparing them to modern ones.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  ($)

10am – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Enjoy a serenaded outdoor breakfast at the Roce Reading Park.  Students from Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute will perform classical music, and light breakfast will be provided from local restaurants.  What a great way to start off a Sunday!  413-637-2630.  18 Main Street.  Lenox, MA. (FREE)

10am and 2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Go on a medicinal plant walk at Mt. Greylock.  The walk will be easy, and will focus on teaching visitors to identify plants with medicinal properties.  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10am-12noon or 1-2pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Natural Bridge State Park hosts nature walks, where visitors can learn about the marble quarry that once operated nearby.  Kids can learn about important local and natural history. 413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦

12noon-2pm – ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Zoo in Forest Park is celebrating Rainforest Day today.  Kids can meet rainforest animal friends up close, and play fun educational games to learn about the animals and their habitat.  293 Sumner Avenue.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

12noon-6pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL: Green River Festival happens all day on the campus of Greenfield Community College.  Kids get in free and there’s terrific music for the whole family all day long. Balloon launch in the evening. Greenfield, MA ($$, Kids Free)

1-3pm – CHESS: An informal Chess Club happens at the Lilly Library. Participants are encouraged to supplement existing chess boards by bringing their own too. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) ♦

1-4:30pm – KNITTING: Join Metaphor Yarns in knitting for charity!  Knitters can work to create a variety of different things, depending on skill and chosen charity.  Metaphor Yarns will have information on various charities collecting knitted goods, and knitters can donate items completed after the event as well.  413-625-9191.  623 Mohawk Trail.  Shelburne, MA.  (FREE)

5:30-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Red Gate Farm’s community programming at their annual summer barbecue!  There will be food for all, and games and activities for kids.  There will also be live music, and families can visit the farm’s many animals.  413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road.  Buckland, MA.  (DONATION)

6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Stanley Park’s summer concert series features family-friendly performers.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦

8pm – FILM: Images Cinema screens films under the stars on Sundays!  This week’s film is ET, the classic 80’s alien movie featuring young Drew Barrymore.  In case of rain, the screening will take place at the theater.  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (<$)

8pm – THEATER: Amherst College hosts the annual KO Festival of Performance tonight.  The event features the Mettawee River Theater Company, performing “Communications from a Cockroach” on the lawn at the college’s observatory.  The show features live music, movement, and puppets, and tells the story of a cockroach whose soul is that of a reincarnated poet- he writes by jumping onto typewriter keys!  In case of rain, the show will take place at the Holden Theater.  Snell Street.  Amherst, MA.  ($)

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

10am, 1pm and 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Rumplestiltskin as part of their summer children’s theater series.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

11am-12noon – LEGOS: LEGO Club at the Sunderland Library!  Kids can experiment and learn, through trial and error, about basic principles of design, architecture, engineering, and physics.  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: See a special marionette production of Sleeping Beauty, presented by the Robbins-Zust Marionettes at Saint Paul’s Church.  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills.  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦

5:30-6:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Beat the heat by running through the sprinkler at the Haskins Center playground tonight!  Bring kiddos in swimsuits for splishy-splashy playtime, including snack and circle time.  413-664-4821. 210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – COMMUNITY RESOURCES: The Trustees of Reservations present, “50 Things to Do Outdoors in Holyoke,” at the Wistariahurst Museum.  The talk will provide information on local resources and the many different fun, educational (and perhaps unexpected!) outdoor adventures to be had locally.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Sharks tonight at Wahconah Park.  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR MONDAYS

  • 10am- STORYTIME: The Shutesbury Library’s story hour is this morning.  Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, games and crafts.  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 10am-4pm – HIKE: Go for a hike at Mt. Greylock.  The trek is somewhat strenuous – wear sturdy footwear!  Bring your own lunch, too.  Meet at the Visitors Center to carpool to location.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills.  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – STORYTIME: At the Eric Carle Museum!  Kids can enjoy a story, then learn about how illustration helps to tell stories, too.  Storytimes take place daily at the museum – check for time changes.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA.  (<$)
  • 3pm – STORYTIME: Mountain View Farm hosts storytime.  Farm-themed stories galore.  413-329-0211.  393 East Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 5:30-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Gym Group at the Haskins Center has moved outside for the summer!  Enjoy group playground time on the center’s playscape.  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library hosts a knitting group for knitters of all abilities.  This intergenerational skillshare is great for knitters who enjoy the company of other needle-clacking scarf-makers, or for those in need of some help with dropped stitches.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

10am – KIDS’ CONCERT: Beloved local children’s musician Mister G performs this morning at Look Park!  Kids will love his catchy rhythms and sing-a-long style songs.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (<$)

10-11am – PLAYGROUP: Outdoors at the Adams Youth Center!  Sponsored by Childcare of the Berkshires.  413-664-4821.  20 East Street. Adams, MA.  (FREE)

10am and 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Rumplestiltskin as part of their summer children’s theater series.  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

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) ♦

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present The Three Little Pigs at St. Paul’s Church.  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

1-1:45pm – STORYTELLING: Storyteller Tom Lee visits the Berkshire Athenaeum this afternoon to share stories from all over the world.  A professional storyteller, Lee will share myths, fables, and legends collected from both international travels and storytelling research. Great for all ages!  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

1pm and 3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Natural Bridge State Park on a Tyke Hike!  The short, kid-friendly expedition is lead by a park interpreter, who will share information on the natural wonders at the park.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦

2-3pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Wingmasters will be at the Forbes Library with a live presentation featuring owls.  Learn the facts and folklore of these birds of prey. 413-587-1010. Northampton, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – FOOD SKILL SHARE: Learn to do home fermentation (and make your own crock-pickles!) at a Share the Warmth workshop tonight.  The event is part of a series of workshops designed to share skills for community resiliency and self-sufficiency.  The event takes place at the First Congregational Church.  Call to register.  413-628-0289.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

6-8pm – SPORTS: The Dalton CRA hosts a wild, wacky fun Olympics for kids tonight!  Celebrate the summer Olympics by participating in relay races, tug of war, and other fun outdoor games.  Takes place in Pinegrove Park.  400 Main Street.  Dalton, MA.  (FREE)

6:30-7:30pm – GEOLOGY: Northfield is one of the most interesting local places to learn about natural history – visit the Northfield Library tonight for a program on the stories behind the town’s unique landscape, the creation of the Connecticut River, and the natural history of the Pioneer Valley.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

6:45-9pm – FILM: Western MA Jobs for Justice host a screening of, “Salt of the Earth,” tonight at Holyoke Heritage State Park.  The film tells the story of a small town of zinc mining Mexican immigrants in the American southwest – older students can learn about labor issues and human rights from the film.  413-534-1723.  221 Appleton Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Mavericks tonight at Wahconah Park.  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Northampton Parents Center at the Jackson Street School playground.  413-582-2636.  Jackson Street.  Northampton, MA. ♦
  • 10-11am – STORYTIME: For kids ages 3-6 at the Greenfield Library.  There will be a new craft every week along with the exciting stories.  413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.  ♦
  • 10-10:40am – PLAYGROUP: At Treehouse!  Lead by a parent volunteer – new activities each week!  For kids ages 2-4, siblings welcome.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: At the Palmer-Monson Family Network.  413-283-6246.  4 Springfield Street.  Three Rivers, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Sing-a-long time for pre-schoolers at the Hubbard Library! 413-583-3408.  24 Center Street.  Ludlow, 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) ♦
  • 10:15am-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) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills.  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 1pm and 3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Explore Natural Bridge State Park on a Tyke Hike!  The short, kid-friendly expedition is lead by a park interpreter, who will share information on the natural wonders at the park.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road.  North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 3-4pm – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in crawl time for infants at Treehouse!  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA. ♦
  • 3-6pm – TEEN: The Hubbard Library hosts Teen Anime Club.  Anime enthusiasts can watch movies or episodes of anime shows, and share information (and enthusiasm!) for anime.  413-548-3408 ex 3.  24 Center Street.  Ludlow, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 4pm – BIKING ADVENTURE: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a community bike ride, and explore Holyoke!  Meet at the Holyoke YMCA.  Bikes available to borrow if necessary, all abilities welcome.  413-532-1631 x19.  160 Beech Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Clark hosts live outdoor concerts throughout July!  Each week brings a new musical style to enjoy.  Dinner available for purchase.  In case of rain, concerts will take place in the museum’s auditorium.  413-458-2303.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)  ♦

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

10am and 1pm – THEATER: The Majestic Theater presents Rumplestiltskin as part of their summer children’s theater series!  413-747-7797.  131 Elm Street.  West Springfield, MA.  ($)

10-11am – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Buttery Brook Park hosts children’s performer John Porcino as part of their summer performance series!  Porcino combines stories and songs with humor and audience participation to create a fun and captivating experience.  123 Willimansett Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10am – STORYTIME: At the MN Spear Library!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦

10:30am – THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Princess Knight – a tale about a fierce female fighting knight!  Shows take place at Smith College’s Mendenhall Center.  413-585-3220.  1 Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Monson Free Library!  267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE) ♦

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: See a marionette production of Cinderella, presented by the Robbins-Zust Marionettes at St. Paul’s Church.  29 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Circus on a String is coming to the Springfield Museums.  Robert Rogers presents his circus marionettes, who perform vignettes carefully choreographed to music.  Fun for all ages!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

1pm – CRAFT: Make your own owl puppet at the Berkshire Athenaeum!  Kids under 10 will need a grown-up to supervise their bird-making.  Registration required.  413-499-9480.  1 Wendell Avenue.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2 and 7pm – YOUTH CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus, a youth circus, is performing their Big Top Tour this summer!  Today’s stop is at the Vermont Agriculture and Business Center.  Check out all of the exciting and entertaining circus tricks the performers have to share!. 8 University Way.  Brattleboro, VT.  ($$)

2-3:30pm – LEGOS: Kiddos can visit the Monson Library to experiment with LEGOS – the blocks provide a fun and mess-free way for kids to learn about basic principles of architecture, design, and physics.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

3-4pm – ENGINEERING: The Northfield Library hosts World of Bridges, a program lead by representatives from the Boston Museum of Science.  The program begins with storytime featuring a book about two friends trying to build a bridge across a stream.  The story ends with a challenge – and kids in attendance will get to do a hands-on activity to solve the problem!  The bridge-building activity will help kids learn about basic principles of architecture and design, and is a great introduction to engineering.  Call to register.  413-498-2455.  115 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

4:30-5:30pm – TENNIS: Are your kids interested in trying out a new sport?  Try a tennis clinic!  The sport combines quick movements with accurate swings and fast reflexes.  E-mail backyardtennispro@gmail.com to reserve a space.  Ages 5-11.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Look Park’s Pines Theater hosts the 29th annual Roger Salloom 8-piece band concert tonight.  Pack a picnic dinner (no drinks) to enjoy during the show.  413-584-6324.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music at Lilac Park!  Each week features great local performers. In case of rain, the show will take place at the town hall.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦

8pm – THEATER: Double Edge Theater presents The Odyssey!  The show brings the classic epic to life on the theater’s grounds, and runs Wednesday-Sunday through August 20th.  Good for kids with audience skills.  413-628-0277.  948 Conway Road.  Ashfield, MA.  ($$)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

7pm – Share the Bounty is sponsoring a screening of, “Fixing the Future: Building Local Jobs, Income, and Sustainability.”  Following the film will be an onscreen discussion panel.  The screening will take place at the Triplex Cinema.  70 Railroad Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  ($)

8pm – The Chester Theater Company’s production of The Swan opens tonight.  Shows will run Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through 7/29.  Following the theater’s love stories summer theme, the show is about a love triangle between a nurse, a milkman, and a swan.  413-354-7771.  15 Middlefield Road.  Chester, MA.  ($$)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS

  •  9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP: At Pettengill Park!  Sponsored by the Cummington Family Center.  Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – HIKE: Hike at Mt. Greylock!  Every Wednesday, there’s a “Nice and Easy” family-friendly hike – it’s about two hours long and will cover 1-2 miles of trail.  Call to find out meeting place.  413-499-4262.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – STORYTIME: At the MN Spear Library!  413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Wendell Free Library hosts the Community Network for Children’s playgroup for kids ages 0-5.  There will be activities for gross motor skills, stories, and art activities.  978-544-5157.  7 Wendell Depot Road.  Wendell, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At the Gateway Family Center.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: At the Monson Free Library!  267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: Visit the Leverett Public Library for the Community Network for Children’s story hour.  Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy stories, hands-on science activities, and art projects.  413-548-9220.  75 Montague Road.  Leverett, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – SUPPORT GROUP: New Moms Group takes place at Treehouse!  Intended for moms with babies under 9 months – drop in and get support from others experiencing similar things.  413-344-4435.  305 North Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – SCRABBLE: At the Westhampton Library on every second and fourth Wednesday.  Kids can practice spelling, vocabulary, and basic math skills by playing.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 3pm – FARM ADVENTURE: Visit Mountain View Farm for a farm activity for pre-school kids.  413-329-0211.  393 East Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 4-7pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help out at the Just Roots Food for All Garden.  Vegetables grown will be donated to local hunger relief organizations.  Glenbrook Drive.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series.  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum hosts outdoor music in their sunken garden!  Open to picnickers at 5pm.  413-584-4699.  130 River Drive.  Hadley, MA.  ($)
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music at Lilac Park!  Each week features great local performers. In case of rain, the show will take place at the town hall.  Main Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Every other Wednesday at Conant Park.  Rain or shine.  Southampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7:30pm – CONCERT: Watermelon Wednesdays at the West Whately Chapel feature a variety of great bands, musicians, and singer-songwriters. Check the schedule for a list of performers.  Advance tickets suggested.  Conway and Williamsburg Roads.  Whately, MA.  ($$) ♦

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012

9am-3pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom presents a workshop on exploring fibers and integrating fiber art into learning at the Jensen Farm.  The workshop is part of the group’s summer workshop series for educators.  Registration required.  Worthington, MA.  ($$)

9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Community Action’s Tumblin’ Tots Playgroup takes place at Unity Park this week. Along with playtime, there will be storytime and other activities for kids.  413-475-1443.  Unity Street. Turners Falls, MA  (FREE)

10:30am – THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Princess Knight – a tale about a fierce female fighting knight!  Shows take place at Smith College’s Mendenhall Center.  413-585-3220.  1 Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

11am  – THEATER: The Lenox Library will host an outdoor theatrical production of Pinocchio presents by Hampstead Stage Company in the reading park next to the library. 413-637-2630. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

11am and 2pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Robbins-Zust Marionettes present Firebird at St. Paul’s Church.  29 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Learn about the history and evolution of American Roots Music at Made in the Shade – an interactive educational concert designed to teach kids about music history, at the Springfield Museum.  Kids will learn about music as a tool for expression, as well as blending musical styles.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

1:30-2:30pm – CRAFTS: Try out ink blot art at the Ramsdell Library and make your very own Rorschach creations!  Call to register.  413-274-3738.  1087 Main Street.  Housatonic, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity by doing nature crafts at Natural Bridge State Park.  Cancelled in case of rain.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road. North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦

4pm – BOTANY: Most plants need sun, water, and healthy soil to survive. But what about carnivorous plants?  And air plants, whose roots don’t need soil?  Visit the Monson Library this afternoon for a program on all of the different types of weird, unusual plants found all around the world!  Best for kids ages 6+.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

2 and 7pm – YOUTH CIRCUS: Circus Smirkus, a youth circus, is performing their Big Top Tour this summer!  Today’s stop is at the Vermont Agriculture and Business Center.  Check out all of the exciting and entertaining circus tricks the performers have to share.  8 University Way.  Brattleboro, VT.  ($$)

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for live music. Grab dinner at the Burgy Farmers’ Market across the street, or one of the many restaurants in Williamsburg, and head to the park with your friends and family to enjoy a blissful summer evening! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦

SUMMER ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS

  • 9:30-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Northampton Parents’ Center at the Little Playground at Look Park.  413-582-2636.  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10:30-11:30am – STORYTIME: At the New Salem Library! 978-544-5157. 21 South Main St. New Salem., MA (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime at the Hatfield Library!  413-247-9097.  39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Outside at the Haskins Center’s playground!  413-664-4821.  210 State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 2pm – CRAFTS: Kids can exercise their creativity by doing nature crafts at Natural Bridge State Park.  Cancelled in case of rain.  413-663-6392.  107 McAuley Road. North Adams, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 3-5pm – HISTORY/GAMES: Enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn at Naumkeag!  Every other Thursday this summer, the historic Gilded-Age estate hosts an afternoon of play for families.  Kids can learn about cultural history by visiting.  413-298-3239.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (<$) ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: At the gazebo in Huntington!  Bake sale available for purchase of desserts.  Lots of great local acts.  Routes 20 and 112.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6pm – SCRABBLE: First and third Thursdays at the Westhampton Library.  Kids can practice spelling and vocabulary skills, as well as basic math while keeping score!  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)  ♦
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: At the gazebo in Huntington.  Bake sale available for purchase of desserts.  Lots of great local acts!  Routes 20 and 112.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Live music tonight at the Greenfield Energy Park!  New acts each week.  Bring your own seating, and maybe a picnic dinner. Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series!  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Music on the porch at the Florence Civic Center!  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Visit Angel Park for live music. Grab dinner at the Burgy Farmers’ Market across the street, or one of the many restaurants in Williamsburg, and head to the park with your friends and family to enjoy a blissful summer evening! Williamsburg, MA. (FREE) ♦
  • 7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Russell VFW hosts fun, family-friendly outdoor concerts throughout July!  413-732-4137.  Route 20.  Russell, MA.  (FREE) ♦

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Friday, July 20th, 2012

FREE FUN FRIDAY: Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays summer series, Hancock Shaker Village is offering free admission today!  Visit the village to learn about Shaker life and culture.  413-443-0188.  1843 West Housatonic Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – ENTOMOLOGY: Families interested in discovering the diversity of insects in the region are invited to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a morning of exploration. Rene Laubach, Director of Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, will lead kids ages 8-16yo through wetlands, forests and fields on a hunt for all manner of insects.  413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA (>$)

10:30am – THEATER: Paintbox Theater presents The Princess Knight – a tale about a fierce female fighting knight!  Shows take place at Smith College’s Mendenhall Center.  413-585-3220.  1 Green Street.  Northampton, MA.  ($)

1pm – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Magician Steve Wronker performs at the Springfield Museums this afternoon.  His comedic performances include mesmerizing illusions – kids will even learn one of their own!  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  (<$)

4pm – THEATER: Explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of professional theater productions!  Williamstown Theater Festival is offering a workshop tonight during which kids can explore and learn about the theater’s backstage area, and learn about all of the work that goes on – unseen! – during each show.  Reservations required – free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket for Friday night performances.  413-597-3400.  84 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

6pm or 7pm – PHYSICS: Explore the science behind rocketry at the MN Spear Library tonight!  The event is presented by representative from the Museum of Science, and will include hands-on activities where kids will learn about how rockets work.  Latex balloons will be used. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration required. 413-259-1213.  10 Cooleyville Road.  Shutesbury, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – BASEBALL: The Pittsfield Suns take on the Dirt Dawgs tonight at Wahconah Park.  413-445-7867.  105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

8pm – Berkshire Theater Group’s Unicorn Company presents, “A Class Act!”  Nominated for five Tony awards, the show is written by Edward Kleban, lyricist of “A Chorus Line.” 413-298-5576.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

SUMMER ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS

  • 9-11am – MUSIC EDUCATION: Attend an educational program and a Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at Tanglewood!  There will be a presentation for families, a tour, and, of course, music.  Shed seating is available for groups with kids ages 8+, while younger kiddos are asked to watch with their grown-ups from the lawn.  Happens all summer (No rehearsal on August 17th).  413-637-5274.  297 West Street.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – HIKE: Take little adventurers on a tyke hike at Mt. Greylock!  The hike is short, and ends with storytime.  Meet at the Visitors Center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am – KIDS’ PERFORMANCE: Stanley Park hosts children’s performances at the Beverage Pavillion Annex!  Each week brings a new performer.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  •  10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At the Gateway Family Center.  413-667-2203.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: At Northfield Mountain!  Hosted by the Community Network for Children, each playgroup will have a different theme and will include hands-on educational activities for kids.  978-544-5157.  Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 11am-1pm – PLAYGROUP: Hosted by the Palmer-Monson Family Network at Eager Park (by Converse Middle School).  Bring a picnic lunch.  413-283-6246.  Walnut Street.  Palmer, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-4pm – HIKE: Learn about safe hiking at Mt. Greylock.  Hiking 101 will teach visitors about trail safety, map reading, proper equipment, bear etiquette, etc.  Great for families interested in doing serious hiking, as well as slightly older kids interested in hiking on their own.  Meet at the visitors center.  413-499-4262.  Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 1-5pm – ART: The Art Garden hosts open studio hours every Monday-Saturday afternoon.  Families can visit to experiment with art materials and try out new forms of expression – or just to work on perfecting skills!  413-625-2782.  4 Depot Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (DONATION) ♦
  • 6:15pm – OUTDOOR DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow hosts free outdoor dance performance as part of the summer Inside/Out series.  Kids can learn about professional dance, and dance and movement as artistic expression.  Best for kids with audience skills.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE) ♦
  • 6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Easthampton’s Arts in the Park summer concert series features great live music at Millside Park.  Check the schedule for a list of performers.  2 Ferry Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE) ♦ 

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