Suggested Events for June 8th-14th, 2013

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

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7th annual Hilltown Spring Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Hilltown CDC’s 7th annual Hilltown Spring Festival last weekend in Cummington! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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WEEKEND BEST BET

Saturday, June 8th in Franklin County from 10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 25th annual RiverFest is here!  Come celebrate the Deerfield River by participating in arts and crafts workshops, the Frog and Flower Parade,  birds of prey demonstration,  live music, observing aquatic insects, and much more.  This annual event is great fun for the entire family and gives you the chance to be involved in the community while celebrating, and learning about, this amazing watershed!  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, June 8th in Hampden County from 1pm-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Rotary Club of West Springfield presents West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013.  This event includes food from area restaurants, live music, rides and games for kids and teens, animal rides, and a petting zoo.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun for all.  413-883-5900.  Park Street Town Common.  West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, June 8th in Hampshire County from 3pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/ARTS: Arthampton and Art Walk Easthampton will feature puppet shows, live music, theatrical performances, and a sidewalk parade.  There will also be exhibitions, a fundraiser for the Pascommuck Land Trust, and more!  413-527-8278.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, June 9th in Berkshire County from 11am-3pm: COMMUNITY DAY: Bring the family and spend the day at The Mount! Tour this historic home, explore their magnificent gardens and trails, and take in the surroundings. Scavenger hunts, story times, and other activities throughout the day. A great way to discover this Berkshire County treasure with the kids! 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jun 8

(Image © Ruth Sanderson)

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

Jun 12

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

Jun 12

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

Jun 17

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

Jun 24 – Aug 16

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

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

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

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: The 5th Annual Wheel Walk at Stanley Park aims to bring awareness to “accessibility for ALL,” a Stanley Park initiative to make the park accessible for everyone.  The walk begins and ends at the Beveridge Pavilion Annex.  There is also food, entertainment, and other activities.  All Wheel Walk proceeds go toward “accessibility for ALL.”  413-568-9312 x100.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  FUNDRAISER

9am – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Go for a run while supporting your community at Berkshire Trail Elementary School’s annual Rhubarb Run 5K and 1 mile runs!  This family-friendly community service activity provides a venue to exercise with the whole family while raising money for a local Hilltown elementary school.  The winner of each run is awarded a strawberry rhubarb pie from Bread Euphoria, among other prizes.  Registration begins at 8:15am.  413-634-0176.  2 Main Street.  Cummington, MA.  $$/FUNDRAISER

9am-11am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Northfield Mountain is holding a “Kayak With Your Kiddo” event at Barton Cove.  Kids 7 and up can come with a parent and learn to use a tandem kayak.  This is a great opportunity to try something new while exploring Barton Cove and spending quality time together outside in nature.  Please pre-register.  800-859-2960.  82 French King Highway.  Gill, MA.  $

9am-12noon – TAG SALE: Come to the Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s Tag and Bake Sale!  Find new-to-you clothes, second-hand toys, and used household items.  Feel good finding treasures and being eco-savvy while supporting Berkshire South’s programming.  413-528-2810 x32.  15 Crissey Road.  Great Barrington, MA. (FUNDRAISING)

9am-12noon – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Kids ages 2-14 are welcome to participate in the first annual Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride!  PMC Kids Rides give children the opportunity to be involved in volunteering, community service, and charitable giving.  100% of the ride’s proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Please see the website for further information regarding registration and fundraising.  100 Bridge Road.  Florence, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

9am-1pm – COMMUNITY EVENT/AWARENESS: Save Historic Cushman, an organization focused on preserving Cushman Village and protecting it from being developed for UMass student housing, is holding a fundraising celebration.  There will be a local arts and crafts sale, bake sale, and tag sale, as well as live music.  Stop by, learn about the concerns of the communities, and find out how you can help in the preservation of local resources. Cushman Common.  Amherst, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

[moved to Sunday] 9am-1pm – TAG SALE: The Northampton Parents Center annual tag and bake sale has arrived!  The sale will have second-hand clothing, household items, and more.  Proceeds go to the Northampton Parents Center and leftover items will be donated to local non-profits like Grace House and the Survival Center.  Please see the link above for donation and volunteering info.  413-582-2636.  220 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  FUNDRAISER/SALE

9am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/LOCAL FOOD: The annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is here!  The world-famous parade starts at 10am.  Follow the parade to the Slow Living Expo, where you can eat local food, hear live music, watch demonstrations, see a circus performance, and much more!  The goal of this annual event is to sustain family farms by connecting people with local food.  Visitors will celebrate local food by participating in these events and learning about the importance of local food systems.  802-258-7070.  Downtown Brattleboro.  Brattleboro, VT.  (FREE)

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

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: It’s Muster Day at Old Sturbridge Village!  Come throughout the day to learn about 18th- and 19th-century militias, which were called for a training or “muster” day each spring.  Visitors can learn about what a typical muster day was like, see a militia protest parade, watch drilling demonstrations, hear military martial music, and watch mock battles.  Some young visitors may even get to participate in a mock battle of their own!  Supplement studies in American History with a fun day of reenactments and demonstrations. 508-347-3362.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am-12noon – ARTS AND CRAFTS: The 25th annual RiverFest is coming up and in order to prepare, you are invited to a costume-making playshop at Living Earth Arts Production Studio.  Engage in creative free play by making frog, flower, or fish costumes, as well as puppets.  978-339-3101.  172 Highland Avenue.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)/DONATIONS

10am-1:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Deerfield Elementary School PTA is holding their 24th annual fun fair!  There will be a bounce house, a dunking booth, baby animals, food, a DJ, a raffle, and more.  21 Pleasant Street.  Deerfield, MA.

10am-4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The 25th annual RiverFest is here!  Come celebrate the Deerfield River by participating in arts and crafts workshops, getting your face painted, join in the Frog and Flower Parade, watching a birds of prey demonstration, listening to live music, observing aquatic insects, and much more.  This annual event is great fun for the entire family and gives you the chance to be involved in the community while celebrating, and learning about, this amazing watershed!  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  (FREE)

10am-4pm – NATURE STUDIES: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a Family Fun Day!  Activities include nature crafts, a puppet show by the Gerwick Puppeteers, music by George Wilson, a live raptor program, nature walks, and beekeeping information sessions.  This event provides fun, educational activities to help families connect with local resources and explore this Mass Audubon sanctuary.  413-637-0320.  142 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE)

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

10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is holding A Fairy Garden Celebration.  Families can build a fairy house and participate in storytime, art workshops, movie screenings, puppet-making, puppet shows, book signings, face painting, and much more!  This is a great opportunity for families to explore all the museum has to offer and even meet some favorite authors and illustrators.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

10am-11:30am – PLANT STUDIES: Join naturalist John Root and Transition Amherst for an edible wild plants walk on Amherst’s Simple Gifts Farm.  Participants will learn about many of the edible plants in the region, including how to identify them, an important skill for foraging.  413-961-9059.  1089 North Pleasant Street.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10am-7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Get Outdoors @ Springside Park on National Get Outdoors Day. Family fun, live music and educational opportunities. The Springside House will be open to the public for a one day only exhibit of city artifacts & archival material: “Open Spaces: A century in Pittsfields parks & recreational life.” Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

11am-12:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Older students and adults are invited to join the Wistariahurst Museum for a bicycle tour of the Holyoke Highlands and Fairfield Avenue Historic District.  Participants will learn about the area’s Victorian mansions, as well as the architects, builders, and families connected to them.  Registration is required.  Tour begins at Kennedy Park and ends at Jones Park.  Corner of Lincoln & Nonotuck Streets.  Holyoke, MA.  $

11am-2pm – ICE CREAM/LOCAL HISTORY: In honor of their 103rd anniversary, Snow’s Nice Cream is selling ice cream cones for the price they were in 1910 – five cents!  The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum’s RiverFest booth will be giving out the tokens to celebrate the local railroads that were also open in 1910.  Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  >$

11am – PHYSICS/YO-YO: The Massachusetts State Yo-Yo Contest is a great place to learn the art of yo-yo-ing and watch some of the best in the sport compete.  Spectators are welcome to come watch the competition and learn about the sport.  413-584-9032.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Come by Dala Bird and learn how to make a Father’s Day card inspired by those made by Barb King, an artist represented by Dala Bird.  Anyone 5 and up (even adults!) are welcome to make cards, and snacks will be provided for kids.  This is a great chance to make a card for Dad while learning some new arts and crafts skills!  413-498-4442.  105 Main Street.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-2pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Visit Williamstown’s Field Farm for an open house at the Folly House, an example of post-modernist architecture surrounded by fields, woods, and wetlands, as well as both the Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges.  This is a chance to see interesting natural areas as well as a unique historic home.  413-684-0148.  554 Sloan Road.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

12noon-10pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more!  This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community.  Wristband day runs today from 12noon-5pm and fireworks are tonight.  413-684-0260.  258 North Street.  Dalton, MA.

12noon-4pm – MUSIC: The Community Music School of Springfield will host their annual Musical Roots and Traditions festival.  A fun event for the family with music and food. 413-732-8428. 127 State Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – DANCE: Students from The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet Educational Training Association will perform in the Spring Ballet.  MABETA is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire dancers of all ages and teaches community engagement through their programs and performances.  All proceeds benefit MABETA.  413-536-6200.  500 Beech Street.  Holyoke, MA.  $

1pm –  COMMUNITY EVENT: Test out your engineering skills or come to enjoy the skills of others at the third annual Holyoke Brick Race!  Anyone is welcome to participate in the race by creating a brick racecar to compete side-by-side with other bricks.  Being the only one of its kind, the brick race draws people from all over Western Massachusetts and provides intergenerational and creative fun for all participants and spectators.  80 Race Street.  Holyoke, MA.

1pm-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Rotary Club of West Springfield presents West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013.  This event includes food from area restaurants, live music, rides and games for kids and teens, animal rides, and a petting zoo.  Classic and special interest car show from 1pm-5pm today!  Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun for all.  413-883-5900.  Park Street Town Common.  West Springfield, MA.

2pm – STORYTIME: Join Odyssey Books for the South Hadley Reads Aloud Storytime Series. These events bring in community members to read stories related to their field. This monthly series bring in community members to read stories related to their field. This month’s storytime features firefighter Michael O’Neil reading Mark Teague’s “Firehouse!” O’Neil will read aloud and share valuable information about fire safety. Each month will feature a different community member, police officers, letter carries, veterinarians and more! 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Western Gateway Heritage State Park for “All for One and One for All… Biodiversity.”  This illustrated lecture focuses on biodiversity and its importance, especially when it comes to our fate as a species.  413-663-6312.  115 State Street – #4.  North Adams, MA.

3pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/ARTS: Arthampton and Art Walk Easthampton will feature puppet shows, live music, theatrical performances, and a sidewalk parade.  There will also be exhibitions, a fundraiser for the Pascommuck Land Trust, and more!  413-527-8278.  43 Main Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, June 8th at 4pm: LOCAL HISTORY: Stockbridge History Museum hosts a cemetery walk to tour and learn about local history through past residents.  This month’s theme is, “Where Do I Get That? Stockbridge Work and Business, 1875.” Meet in the Proctor Hall Parking Lot. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

5pm-7pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Come to White Square Books during Art Walk Easthampton to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.  Janet Stupak from the Springfield City Library will come dressed as the Cat in the Hat and will help start a volunteer project to knit 500 hats for charity.  413-203-1717.  86 Cottage Street.  Easthampton, MA.  (VOLUNTEER)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

6:30pm: CLAM BAKE: The Clark Art Institute is holding a summer clambake in order to celebrate the opening of their new exhibitions featuring art by Winslow Homer and George Inness.  There will be lobster, clams, mussels, cocktails, live music, and a fire pit.  This is a fun event for date night and a great opportunity to see these exhibitions before they open to the public.  413-458-0524.  225 South Street.  Williamstown, MA.  $$$

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

7am-9:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a birding trip at Bear Swamp to learn about local birds.  Naturalist John Greene will lead visitors through several different habitats while looking and listening for breeding birds.  Best for older students and adults. Please pre-register.  413-684-0148.  Hawley Road.  Ashfield, MA.  (FREE)

8am-10am – ORNITHOLOGY: Enjoy a morning breeding bird walk at the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary.  This walk is focused on looking for birds, asking questions, and learning about breeding birds.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

9am-1pm – TAG SALE: The Northampton Parents Center annual tag and bake sale has arrived!  The sale will have second-hand clothing, household items, and more.  Proceeds go to the Northampton Parents Center and leftover items will be donated to local non-profits like Grace House and the Survival Center.  Please see the link above for donation and volunteering info.  413-582-2636.  220 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  FUNDRAISER/SALE

10am-12:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Explore the banks of the Clam River with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council to explore potential routes for the new trail.  Participants can learn about the River while adventuring in the forests surrounding it.  This is also a neat way to learn about making trails and selecting sites for them.  413-499-0596.  Hammertown Road.  Sandisfield, MA.

11am-3pm: COMMUNITY DAY: Bring the family and spend the day at The Mount! Tour the house, explore the gardens and trails, and enjoy the surroundings. Scavenger hunts, story times, and other activities throughout the day. A great day to discover this Berkshire County treasure with the kids! 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA (FREE)

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

12noon-2pm – OCCUPATIONS/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Jewish Culture Connect is holding a Touch a Truck event for kids of all ages.  Families are invited to sit in the trucks, help firefighters use hoses, turn on police sirens, and play in a bounce house.  Kids can learn about civic occupations while exploring different vehicles. There will also be food, a DJ, and a train ride.  Proceeds go toward the JCC Kids Count Campaign, which helps support kids in the Greater Springfield area.  413-739-4715 x332.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  $/FUNDRAISER

1pm-3:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a walk through the 1200-acre Steepletop Reserve.  Explore Steepletop’s woods and wetlands while walking its old carriage roads.  413-499-0596.  New Marlborough Monterey Road.  New Marlborough, MA.

2pm-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Join composer and conductor Alice Parker at the historic Hawley Meeting House for a sing focusing on 19th Century shape-note tunes, as well as hymns and folk songs.  Proceeds go toward the Sons and Daughters of Hawley and donations for the Meeting House restoration project will be accepted.  Because this is such a rare and exciting opportunity, reservations are required.  413-339-4747.  East Hawley Road, Plainfield Road, & Buckland Road.  Hawley, MA.  FUNDRAISER

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

10:30am-3pm – THEATER: Come see Annie Jr., performed by The Springfield Jewish Community Center Youth Theater!  The musical features tunes from the classic Broadway play performed by students of all ages from around Western Massachusetts.  413-739-4715 x322.  1160 Dickinson Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$/$

10am – COMMUNITY SERVICE/5K: The West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013 will hold their fourth annual 5K road race.  The route is a 3.1 mile loop around West Springfield, beginning at the Senior Center on Park Avenue.  To register in person, please arrive at 8am.  All proceeds from this year’s run will be donated to The One Fund Boston! 413-883-5900.  128 Park Street.  West Springfield, MA.  (FUNDRAISER)

11am-6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The Rotary Club of West Springfield presents West Side’s Taste of the Valley 2013.  This event includes food from area restaurants, live music, rides and games for kids and teens, animal rides, and a petting zoo.  West Side Taste’s 5K road race begins at 10am.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun for all.  413-883-5900.  Park Street Town Common.  West Springfield, MA.

12noon-10pm – CARNIVAL: The annual Dalton Carnival, organized by the Dalton Community Recreation Association, features games, rides, food, and more!  This is fun for the whole family and is an opportunity to get out and socialize with others in the community.  Today is the Firemen’s Muster.  413-684-0260.  258 North Street.  Dalton, MA.

1-4pm – ART/FILM STUDIES:  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Creation of a Classic opens at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Enjoy a magical afternoon with special guest Lella Smith, Creative Director, Walt Disney Company Animation Research library. Ms. Smith will explain the story of this hallmark film’s development, through the original drawings and paintings, animation cels, props, costumes, and clips on view in the exhibition. The afternoon will include a book-signing, performances and readings, art activities, costumed characters, and festive refreshments.  413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA (FREE w/Museum Admission)

2pm-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center is holding a Habitat Highlights Museum Tour to teach visitors about the many different habitats along the Connecticut River.  In order to do so, museum staff will lead a guided tour of the Center’s many dioramas of bogs, estuaries, floodplains, and more.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

3pm-4:30pm – ADVOCACY/MUSIC: Celebrate The Day the Music Thrived – a music and arts celebration to benefit Yes! Northampton’s campaign to vote “yes” on the June 25 override to keep arts, music, theater, and more alive in the Northampton Public Schools.  Local music groups from the public schools will perform to showcase the talent and creativity in the schools.  129 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  FUNDRAISER/SUGGESTED DONATION – $

4pm – MUSIC STUDIES: The North Hall Association presents an a cappella choral concert as part of its 2013 arts festival.  Schola Nova and Strike a Chord will be performing sacred choral music from several different time periods and contemporary hits, respectively.  Guests can hear the many different genres that can be sung in this unique style while experiencing some of the many ways music has changed throughout history.  413-667-5543.  40 Searle Road.  Huntington, MA.  DONATION

6pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series at Stanley Park’s Beveridge Pavilion Annex presents Shakin’ All Over, one of New England’s premier dance bands.  They will perform rock ‘n roll dance hits from the 1950s and ‘60s.  Pack a picnic dinner and come to the Park to enjoy live music, community, and time with your family!  Chairs available.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

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Monday, June 10th, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Home School Day at the Springfield Museums is on June 18th from 9:30am-5pm.  Children age 8 and up can meet other homeschooled kids, participate in art history-related games and activities, explore the Japanese Arms and Armor exhibit, do an art project based on a museum exhibit, and tour the new Amazing Butterflies exhibit.  Kids can learn all about different types of art while supplementing curriculum.  413-263-6800 x322.  21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  $

10:30am – SPORTS: Berkshire Homeschoolers has organized “school day” at Wahconah Park to see the Pittsfield Suns play the Nashua Silver Knights.  This is a great opportunity to get kids interested in sports by seeing a collegiate league baseball game.  143 Wahconah Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  >$

4:45pm-6:45pm – THEATER: Join the Mason Library for the Mason Family Cirkus!  Families can explore their theatrical side by coming with creative ideas in mind so they can write and star in your own play.  413-623-0216.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

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

6pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about local history by attending a lecture on Shays’ Rebellion at the Wistariahurst Museum.  The lecture follows the experiences of three prisoners of debt in Williamsburg, MA and traces each stage of the Rebellion up until the uprising in 1786.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  SUGGESTED DONATION >$

6:30pm – STORY WALK: Tonight’s evening Storytime at the Westhampton Public Library will be a StoryWalk adventure.  Families will read and follow a storybook as well as do some arts and crafts.  StoryWalks get you outside to explore the outdoors while enjoying a story.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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

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

6:30pm-8pm – HISTORY: Andrew Carnegie comes to life at the Storrs Library!  In order to kick off their adult summer reading program, actor Richard Clark will portray Andrew Carnegie, who was responsible for building over 2500 libraries throughout the world.  This event is for adults and kids with audience skills.  413-565-4181.  693 Longmeadow Street.  Longmeadow, MA.

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

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

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

8am-10am – NATURE STUDIES: Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a hike on their newest reserve – the former Shaw property.  The property is 139 acres of field and forest with views of surrounding mountains.  413-499-0596.  Perrys Peak Road.  Richmond, MA.

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

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

11am – STORYTIME: Odyssey Bookshop invites children 5 and under to their weekly storytime!  This week’s stories are Mo Willems’ That is NOT a Good Idea and A Big Guy Took My Ball, as well as new stories in the Elephant and Piggie series.  413-534-7307.  9 College Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-7pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Dr. Ann Neumeyer is giving a lecture entitled “Medical Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders” in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.  She will discuss medical conditions that can affect children with autism, as well as ways to detect and understand these conditions.  Please register.  413-582-2000.  30 Locust Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

7-8:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Dr. Robert Davis, psychologist and director of the Brain Analysis & NeuroDevelopment (BAND) Centers in Florence and Amherst will be offering a free presentation on the use of Neurotherapy, a neuroscience-based approach to reducing or eliminating symptoms associated with attention, learning, behavior and mood disorders. Held at Cup & Top Cafe. Florence, MA (FREE)

7:30pm-9pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Join Mass Audobon at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening tour of the beaver ponds.  Visitors can look for beavers and other animals while learning about their natural history and how they have shaped the landscape over time.  This is an exciting opportunity for nature lovers or anyone who wishes to learn more about local wildlife.  413-637-0320.  472 West Mountain Road.  Lenox, MA.  $

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

  • 10am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages.  Great opportunity for grandparents to take their grandkids on a morning adventure!  Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history.  Call for meeting place info.  413-499-4262.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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

12:15pm – METEOROLOGY: Join meteorologist Art Horn and the Michele and the Springfield Museums for “Tornado: The Twisted Wind.”  The lecture focuses on the science behind tornadoes, why they occur mostly in the spring, and why they occur where there do.  Tornadoes are an amazing force of nature and this lecture offers an opportunity for people to learn more about them. Best for older students. 21 Edwards Street.  Springfield, MA.  >$

4-5pm – HISTORY: At The Mount, historian Gordon Campbell tells the engagingly and sometimes eccentric tale of the 18th century hermit-in-the-garden craze and how hermits and hermitages live on in the art, literature, and drama of our own day. Best for older students. Book signing to follow. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA

4:30pm-5:30pm – STEM: Stop by the Monson Free Library for LEGO Club.  Kids of all ages are welcome to come play with LEGOs.  There will also be board games for those not interested in LEGOs.  This is a great way for kids to make new friends, explore the creative possibilities, and practice their STEM based skills with LEGOs.  413-267-3866.  2 High Street.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park.  This week’s show features Devlin Miles, Orlen & Gabriel, and Pat & Tex LaMountain Band.  Each group will perform a range of music, including love songs, folk tunes, jazz, blues, ragtime, and country music.  Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music.  50 Miles Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

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

12noon – BYOBABY! PILATES: A breast & bottle feeding friendly Pilates Mat Class modified to accommodate for fussiness. Best for babies up to 6mos old, however any age is welcome. 413-586-3504. The Pilates Studio. 104 Russell St (Route 9). Hadley, MA ($15 Drop-in)

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

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

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Friday, June 14th, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sticks for Kids is a week-long golf program that takes place from 9am-11am on June 24th-28th.  Local golf professionals will teach kids golf basics, including components, rules, and etiquette.  This is a great way to get kids interested in a new sport.  413-499-9370.  300 East Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – PARENT WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is holding a workshop for parents titled “Keeping Your Child Safe: Child Abuse and Prevention.”  The workshop will be led by representatives from The Center for Women and Community.  413-667-2203 x3.  9 Russell Road.  Huntington, MA.  (FREE)

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

4pm-8pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES:  The Smith College Museum of Art’s Second Friday event provides family-friendly activities during Northampton’s Arts Night Out each month.  There are hands-on art activities for children as well as guided gallery tours for visitors of all ages.  This event provides a space for kids to become more engaged with art museums by creating art projects similar to those currently on display at the Museum.  413-585-2760.  Elm Street at Bedford Terrace.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION:  Come to the Greenfield YMCA’s annual Parking Lot Party for community-oriented family fun!  There will be music, games, a dance-off, a bounce house, a petting zoo, a dunk tank, and more.  Proceeds go toward the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.  413-773-3646 x448.  451 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.  FUNDRAISER

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

7pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Gaia Roots will perform drum music from all over the world for people of all ages at the Spectrum Playhouse.  Using a variety of percussion instruments, Gaia Roots drums, dances, and sings while immersing the audience in world music.  413-394-5023.  20 Franklin Street.  Lee, MA.  >$

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

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

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