Suggested Events for June 20th-26th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

60 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from!!!

Check out our featured post, 2015 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Jun 20

Relaunch of Heather Has Two Mommies with author Leslea Newman at Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday, June 20 at 11am. FREE. Published originally 25 years ago this beloved story has been found on the shelves of many different families. Once known as the most challenged book in America, Heather Has Two Mommies has been given new life with new updated text, colorful, sweet illustrations but the same heartfelt message that it is love, and love alone, that makes a family. Odyssey Bookshop welcomes Leslea Newman to celebrate the relaunch of this beautiful picture book. Kids encouraged to celebrate their families in drawings at kids craft table! Perfect for all ages. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. RSVP required. Email RSVP@odysseybks.com

Jun 27

Join us for Franklin Land Trust’s 24th Annual Farm & Garden Tour on Saturday, June 27th from 10am-4pm. This is one day self-guided tour of the secret gardens, working farms and special places in Ashfield & Conway. Some highlights include: an off-the-grid home, bee yard, beautiful rock walls, wattle fence of alder whips, espaliered star magnolia, collection of heirloom roses (dating to the Roman Empire) an edible landscape, permaculture, herbs, habitats for native pollinators; one-of-a-kind barn artistically decorated with glass beads and jewelry, organic fruit farm and a country casual garden with easy care plants. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. $15 for a reserved luncheon. www.franklinlandtrust.org or 413-625-9151

Begins Jul 9

Dance this summer at The Center in Amherst! Enroll now for a 6 week session, starting Thursday, July 9th. In this 45 minute class for kids aged 2-6, students will leap, twirl and spin their way into the world of children’s literature. Using picture books, nursery rhymes and songs as inspiration, children will be introduced to the fundamentals of creative movement in a fun, nurturing environment. Whether they’re soaring like the red bird that brown bear saw, leaping and pouncing at the Wild Rumpus, or dancing the alphabet, kids will love this interactive class that honors the reader, and storyteller, in all of us. For more information visit www.thecenterdance.com or email thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com.

Fall Openings

Amherst Montessori School has Fall 2015 openings for pre-school and Kindergarten. Financial aid available! Amherst Montessori School nurtures the child’s spirit, curiosity, confidence, and leadership, building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. AMS programs feature thoughtfully-prepared classrooms to support the child’s development, and a curriculum that integrates music, art, practical life, outdoor time, PE, Spanish and more. Young Toddler through Sixth Grade. For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 413-253-3101 or email Shelley Poreda, Director, at sporeda@amherstmontessori.org. www.amherstmontessori.org

Jun 27

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 10am-12noon for a meaningful morning volunteering with your family and your community! Free and open to everyone!

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts & Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days! Each month, families are invited to attend a monthly volunteer session to help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger. This is an opportunity for Hilltown Families participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Family Volunteer Days are held once a month and are open to everyone. Our next Family Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, June 27th, 10am-12noon, Farming with Friends at Mountain View Farm. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER) (Sponsored by Hilltown Tree & Garden)

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June 20th-26th, 2015

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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Ongoing Saturday Events

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. Grammy nominee Alastair Moock is guest DJ this week of the Hilltown Family Variety Show with an All Kinds of Families Episode. 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 over 8 years!

Saturday, June 20. 8am – 9:30am & 10am – 12:30pm — HIKE
Succession is the process by which species fill in the niches within an ecosystem over time. It is an especially interesting process to track after environmental upheaval, such as the dramatic logging that took place last year at the Clam River Reserve in Sandisfield. During this period of the habitat’s evolution we can expect to see an especially diverse array of birds. You might even catch a glimpse of the stunning indigo bunting! Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff will lead two hikes at the Clam River Reserve today. At 8am, learn about forestry and do some bird watching, and at 10am, explore the new Clam River Trail. Sturdy shoes, long pants, snack, and water are recommended. 413-499-0596. Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 20, 8am-12noon – 12noon-10pm – CITIZEN SCIENCE
The 6th Annual Berkshire BioBlitz takes place June 19 at 12noon to June 20 at 12noon, a full 24 hours, at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. All are welcome to stop by Canoe Meadows to search for and catalog all the different living species in the sanctuary, and participate in interactive activities, nature walks, talks, and more. There will also be experts on hand to help identify and educate. Berkshire BioBlitz is a great opportunity for the whole family to participate in a fun citizen science project and learn about the importance of conserving local natural areas. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 9am – 2pm — HOME SCHOOL SALE
Why buy brand new books for learning and supplies each year when gently used items abound in your local community? Reduce your costs and practice sustainable reuse when you buy, sell, barter, or trade the books and supporting materials you have used in your home schooling at the Secular Home School Used Book and Materials Sale. This multi-family sale is open to everyone! Those wishing to sell items should arrive between 8-9am and bring a table or be prepared to display items in the trunk of their car. 138 Abbott Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 9:30am – 5pm — NATIVE FAUNA
We often see lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) flitting around outside, but how many of the several dozen species native to the Northeast can you identify? Project Native‘s native butterfly house opens for the season today! This butterfly house experience will help you learn to identify and understand butterflies and their habitats. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (>$)

Saturday, June 20. 9:30am – 8:30pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/HISTORY
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of Charlemont at this daylong event filled with fascinating local stories, songs, food, games, a scavenger hunt and entertainment. 413-339-0117. Downtown Charlemont, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10am — FILM
A shared family film viewing gives adults and children new ways to understand and relate to each other. How old were you when you first saw this movie? What did you like about it? What is your child’s experience of watching the movie? Enjoy a fun film and inspire interesting conversations with your family members at this week’s family film at Amherst Cinema: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)! 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, June 20. 10am — LOCAL HISTORY
Florence’s rich history was shaped, in part, by its resident abolitionists in the 19th century. What inspired this progressive group of African-Americans to settle here, and what important work did they undertake? The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee and the David Ruggles Center invite you to come along for a walk through Florence to learn all about this stirring chapter of local and national history! Interested in other local walking tours? Visit our post highlighting some of the best walking tour opportunities in the area. Sojourner Truth statue, corner of Park Street & Pine Street, Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10am — PARADE/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Ashfield is celebrating its 250th birthday this weekend! A fun-filled parade will traverse the streets with unicycles, antique vehicles, costumes, and many, many community organizations taking part. Starts at the intersection of Emmett Rd & 116 in South Ashfield, goes through the center of town, and ends at Belding Park. Make a day of it by visiting the farmer’s market, enjoying food and music on the Common, and participating in a community and history scavenger hunt at 12:30. Folks can dance or clap along at a 2pm contra dance or visit the Ashfield Historical Society’s textile window displays. And don’t miss the continued celebration tonight at Party Under the Stars. 413-628-4441. Downtown Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20, 10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: The fifth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is returning for a weekend of medieval-inspired fun. There will be games, vendors, jousting matches, music, food, the chance to explore the enchanted Sherwood Forest, and more. You can even meet Maid Marion and Robin Hood and his Merry Men! 210 Turners Falls Road. Montague, MA. $$

Saturday, June 20. 10am – 1pm — LOCAL FOOD
There’s eating local, and then there’s eating wild and local! Chances are you’ve never tasted milkweed bud soup, cattail relish, or linden rose custard, but today you can taste these dishes and more at Acorn Kitchen‘s Wild Food Feast and Plant Walk. Traverse beautiful terrain and forage with experts, learn how to prepare the wild plants you identify/collect, and please your palate with bites of specially-prepared wild food dishes. RSVP requested. 413-685-5425. 494 Stage Road, Cummington, MA. ($$/Children under 12 = FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10am – 2pm — LITERACY/CRAFTING
Reading with and to your child is rich with opportunities for learning! Share ideas, questions, connections, explore other places and ways of life, and build a love of reading and lifetime learning.The Wilbraham Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program (for all ages!) with the theme “Every Hero has a Story.” Stop in, sign up, borrow some books, and enjoy a free ice cream cone, too! Rising 6th – 12th graders are also invited to join peers in the teen loft to create beaded anklets, bracelets, and necklaces from 10 am – 1pm. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10am – 4pm — CULINARY ARTS/HISTORY
What was it like in a colonial New England kitchen? What sorts of foods would you expect to find a your breakfast, lunch, and dinner table? Visit Historic Deerfield today to experience open hearth cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce and herbs as they would have been used long ago. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20. 10am – 4pm — AVIATION
Turners Falls Airport hosts its annual Aviation Weekend! Last year’s celebration featured airplane rides, parachuters, an aeronautical simulator, extreme flight demos, and more! Come out this year to explore aviation in an exciting, immersive environment. 413-863-0044. 10 Aviation Way, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10am – 4:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Interested in learning more about the Springfield Armory‘s connections to wars throughout our country’s history and in gaining a sense of what some aspects of life were like during different war periods? Armory Day promises to be a multisensory, immersive experience, in which attendees can experience blank firings of cannons and rifles, watch dances performed by dancers in World War I period costumes, listen to the songs of a Civil War era-inspired gospel choir, and converse with historic reenactors playing the parts of infantry members. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10:30am — LOCAL FAUNA
River otters, muskrats, and beavers live in the habitat along the Connecticut River, and today’s program at the Sunderland Public Library invites children up to 8 years old and their caregivers to explore this habitat in depth. Participants will look for evidence of these animals and perhaps see the creatures themselves! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 10:30am – 2pm — STEM
Preschool and early elementary-aged children are the perfect age to dive into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning! Try out the “WEE Build It” STEM for Tots program today at the Monson Library. Ages 3-6. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 11am — LITERACY/CELEBRATING FAMILIES
Twenty five years ago, a wonderful addition to children’s literature was published. Heather Has Two Mommies is a sweet tale with a simple and important message: love makes a family. Celebrate the relaunch of this special book with all types of families at the Odyssey Bookshop. Children will be invited to create artwork about their families to share, too! RSVP required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 11am – 12pm — LITERACY/CRAFTING
Reading with and to your child is rich with opportunities for learning! Share ideas, questions, connections, explore other places and ways of life, and build a love of reading and lifetime learning.The Hatfield Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program (for all ages!) with the theme “Every Hero has a Story.” Children are invited to dress up as a superhero, and they will be able to meet real superheroes, too! Games, crafts, and refreshments will be provided. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 11am – 1pm — ART EXPLORATION
Art offers us unique ways to engage children’s empathy and compassion. Help the children in your life continue to develop these essential awarenesses by visiting Kidspace at MASS MoCA from now through May 2016, when the experiential exhibition Walk in My Shoes will be featured. This exhibition, which opens today, has been specifically designed to activate empathic responses and amplify awareness of one’s compassion towards others. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20. 11am – 1:30pm — ARTS & CRAFTS/STEAM
In the summertime we often associate marshmallows with campfires and s’mores, but when you pair them with a pile of toothpicks, these tasty puffs morph into incredible geometric sculptures! Kids age 6-11 can visit the Meekins Library today to try their hand at marshmallow architecture. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 11:30am – 1pm — SCULPTURE/ANIMAL STUDIES
Discover the wide variety of pollinators that play an essential role in the life cycle of flowering plants during a guided walk at Chesterwood. A team of a scientist, a naturalist, and a sculptor will lead participants on a stroll through the sculpture garden grounds, highlighting interesting natural science facts and artistic techniques/inspirations. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with admission, $)

Saturday, June 20. 12pm — FILM STUDIES
Explore Hollywood’s transition from silent film to the modern era of sound-enriched film at Nina Kleinberg’s Film School in 60 Minutes at Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20. 12pm – 5pm — MUSIC & ART EXHIBIT
The Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend presents jazz music and an art show on the Lee Town Commons. Stroll the outdoor exhibit, take in some fabulous tunes, and enjoy local food vendors, too! 413-243-0852. Downtown Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 12pm – 5pm — FESTIVAL
Do you keep driving by local farm stands and gazing at the quarts of ripe strawberries? Dive into the sweetest part of the strawberry season at Warner Farm‘s 3rd Annual Strawberry Fest. The fields will be open for PYO berries, and there will be hay rides, live music, games, and delicious food–including strawberry shortcake, of course! 413-665-8331. Old Amherst Road, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20, 12noon-10pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 18-21 on the Amherst Town Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and food demonstrations. Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Downtown. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, June 20. 12pm – 4pm — LOCAL HISTORY/NATIVE LANDSCAPES
William Cullen Bryant was a 19th century poet and conservationist. His Cummington homestead, now preserved by the Trustees of Reservations, gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy expansive wilderness areas (including one of the tallest stands of pine trees in the Northeast!) and observe artifacts from Bryant and his family, sights one might never have encountered before! This family day event includes guided tours of the homestead. 413-532-1163 x 10. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA. (< $)

Saturday, June 20. 1pm – 5pm — COMMUNITY RESOURCE
Have you been holding on to a few items that are perfectly good except for that one little repair each needs? You’re in luck! Bring 1 or 2 damaged items (in reparable condition) to today’s Repair Fair in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church so that these wonderfully talented volunteers can help restore them to their useful state. What sorts of items do people bring? Clothes, cushions, small furniture, vacuums, toys…you name it! 67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 2pm — SCULPTURE
A modern take on Shaker themes is intriguing, indeed! Hancock Shaker Village is currently exhibiting Modern Wings & Shaker Roots, a show of contemporary sculpture informed by the Shaker aesthetic. Artist Dennis Miller will give a talk relating to Shakers, the natural world, and art. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20. 2pm – 4pm — PREGNANCY SUPPORT
Are you interested in learning more about the roles doulas play in a client’s pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period? The Green River Doula Network is sponsoring a “Meet the Doulas” day, and invites interested individuals, couples, and families to stop in for snacks and conversation. 413-624-6262. Yoga Center Amherst, 17 Kellogg Avenue, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 2pm – 5pm — STRAWBERRIES/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Red Fire Farm grows at least nine varieties of organic strawberries, and you can taste them all at their annual Strawberry Soiree! Head up to their strawberry fields to pick organic strawberries, shop their farmer’s market booth, participate in a strawberry tasting, and enjoy some tasty strawberry shortcake. There will also be a walking tour of the farm’s new interpretive trail, and the evening features a ticketed Strawberry Feast out in the fields. 413-467-7645. 184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA (FREE/Soiree = $$)

Saturday, June 20. 2:30pm — FILM/MUSICALS
Get a glimpse into old Hollywood as it transitioned from silent films to those with sound at Amherst Cinema‘s screening of Singin’ in the Rain (G). Audience members will also be treated to two of the most famous and entertaining dance sequences of all time, Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain and Donald O’Connor’s Make ’em Laugh. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, June 20. 3pm – 8pm — COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Celebrate the vibrant community of Florence at this year’s Florence Night Out, an afternoon and evening of music, dance, and art for the whole family. This year’s festival, “Summer Shindy”, is hosted by Valley Free Radio, and will include a wonderful lineup of over 16 local performance groups. Local eateries will have special offerings, too! 413-584-1160. Downtown Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 4pm – 9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
The summer solstice (June 21, 2015) marks the start of summer, the day on which the sun looks highest in the sky and the longest stretch of daylight of the year. Mark this special day at the Becket Arts Center‘s Summer Solstice Community Celebration, where visitors will enjoy an opening reception for a new art exhibit, children’s activities, a silent auction, food, and live music from Becket native, Bobby Sweet. 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, MA. (< $)

Saturday, June 20. 5:30pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/BALLET GALA
Jacob’s Pillow opens its 2015 season with a gala and a world premiere performance by BalletX cofounder and co-artistic director Matthew Neenan. This fundraiser will also include a live auction and dancing. 413-243-9919 x 123. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. ($$)

Saturday, June 20. 6pm — COMMUNITY DANCE
Listening and dancing to music can transport us to another era, and gives us opportunities to meet interesting folks we might not have otherwise met! Come out for the Otis Cultural Council‘s Sup’ & Swing, a community picnic dinner and evening of dancing, with music performed by the New England LiveSwing Orchestra. 516-697-0549. Izaak Walton Field (Tannery Road & Route 8), Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 20. 6pm – 9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate Ashfield‘s 250th birthday at Party Under the Stars, a great and festive community event where you can mingle with your friends and neighbors! There will be live music, food, and beverages. Advance ticket purchase recommended. 413-628-4441. Curtis House, 14 South Street, Ashfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 20, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Shakespeare Company will perform Romeo and Juliet at the UMass Center for Renaissance Studies. Theater fans can enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy outdoors this summer. Performances June 17-21 and 24-28. Tickets available in advance. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, June 20, 7:30pm – MUSIC: Django in June is a yearly event that takes place at the Academy of Music and celebrates the musical genre associated with French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Also known as “gypsy jazz,” “hot jazz,” or “jazz manouche,” this unique genre features percussive rhythm and other distinguishing characteristics. Tcha Limberger and Friends and Wawau Adler with Sandro Roy will perform their own take on the genre at the Academy of Music on June 19. Older students interested in music and jazz will love this unique concert. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, June 20, 8pm – CONCERT: As part of Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, Bobby Sanabria and Ascencíon will perform at the Lee Congregational Church. Students interested in jazz music will enjoy the performance. Tickets available in advance. 25 Park Place. Lee, MA. ($$)

Saturday, June 20. 8pm – 11:30pm — COMMUNITY DANCE
Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Anadama. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Saturday, June 20. 8:45pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
Teenagers and adults who enjoy scaring themselves silly won’t want to miss the Big Little Outdoor Theatre’s showing of Poltergeist tonight at Millside Park. 2 Ferry Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Happy Father’s Day & Summer Solstice! Today dads and grandfathers with younger kids can enjoy a free train ride and round of mini golf at Look Park in Florence or take a free trolley ride at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Other locations honoring dads and granddads on Father’s Day include Historic Deerfield which offers free admission, or a free ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.

Ongoing Sunday Events

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 over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, June 21. 5am  — ASTRONOMY/SUMMER SOLSTICE :
The UMass Sunwheel in Amherst will hold two events on the solstice, honoring the coming and going of daylight. Early risers can attend the sunrise event (arrive at 5am) at the Sunwheel, and those who prefer to enjoy sunset can attend a similar event held at 7:30pm. Each event will include descriptions of the scientific reasons for the solstice, as well as stories about the creation of the UMass sunwheel and other sun-honoring landmarks around the world (including Stonehenge in the United Kingdom and Chichen Itza in Mexico). The events differ only in that the morning event will be much more ceremonial and reflective, and will include meditation, poetry, and song in addition to the educational elements. The Sunwheel is located on Rocky Hill Road, near McGuirk Stadium.  Amherst, MA. >$

Sunday, June 21. 8am – 10am — COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
Celebrate the fathers you know as well as the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of Charlemont at a community pancake breakfast sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds. 413-625-2623. Town Fairgrounds, Charlemont, MA. ($)

Sunday, June 21. 9am — SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Throughout history, societies have noted astronomical events and integrated them into traditions and rituals. Come out to the Ashfield Common today to participate in a summer solstice celebration that includes song and dance. This is an opportunity for making memories, as participants will be invited to bring pets (or their pictures) and seeds and walk with them in between flaming bales of hay to bless them and hope for a good fall harvest! 413-625-6378. Town Common, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 21. 9:30am – 4:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Fathers and grandfathers receive free admission to Historic Deerfield today! What a wonderful opportunity to explore 18th century life in New England. Immaculately restored houses, unique artifacts, and colonial-era trade demonstrations draw visitors in, inviting them to suspend reality and imagine that they are experiencing another era. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 21. 10am — INTERFAITH SERVICE
Hebrew song, Apache prayer, meditations, community singing, and readings from many faiths make up the heart of today’s interfaith service, part of Ashfield’s 250th birthday celebration. Experience a diverse array of traditions which highlight the community’s diversity, and also its’ common values and priorities. A perfect way to enrich your child’s openness to human differences and to tap into a powerful community spirit. Those looking for more song can participate in the community sing at 4pm at the Congregational Church as well. 413-628-4441. Town Common, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 21, 10am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature and history walk. Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and mill history. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 21. 10am – 5pm — HISTORY/AVIATION
Imagine sitting in the cockpit of a Coast Guard Falcon (a retired search and rescue plane) or a Lockheed Starfighter (a supersonic interceptor plane). The New England Air Museum invites visitors to join them at this special Open Cockpit day where they can examine aircraft cockpits and control panels, experience a flight simulator, and see an original aviation-inspired play. This is a unique opportunity for adults and children to learn about all of the intricacies and mechanics of flight! 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Sunday, June 21, 10am-6pm – MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL: The fifth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is returning for a weekend of medieval-inspired fun. There will be games, vendors, jousting matches, music, food, the chance to explore the enchanted Sherwood Forest, and more. You can even meet Maid Marion and Robin Hood and his Merry Men! 210 Turners Falls Road. Montague, MA. $$

Sunday, June 21. 10:30am — BASEBALL
Few events have the old time, hometown feel of a community baseball game! Don’t miss the 2nd annual “Ashfield Baseball and Softball Jamboree and old timers game today, which honor the long tradition of playing these sports in Ashfield. Folks can join in the games or enjoy spectating. Games will play throughout the day into the evening. 413-628-4441. The Field, Ashfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, June 21. 11am — LOCAL HISTORY/NATIVE LANDSCAPES
The Quabbin watershed holds an important place in local history. In 1938, four towns and several villages were emptied of people and property, then flooded to create a reservoir to supply water to the burgeoning Boston metro area. Enjoy the Swift River Valley Historical Society‘s bus tour of New Salem and Dana while learning about what made these towns and their residents unique. 978-544-6882. 40 Elm Street, New Salem, MA. ($$)

Sunday, June 21, 12noon-4pm – FESTIVAL: The Annual Taste of Amherst festival runs from June 18-21 on the Amherst Town Common. Come try some of the Valley’s best food from restaurants, stores, stands, and more, and enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, games, and food demonstrations. Taste of Amherst is a fun chance to explore the many delicious foods available in town while supporting local businesses and spending time with community members. Downtown. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, June 21. 2pm – 6pm — CONCERT
Enjoy a concert featuring local jazz musicians the Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra and the Broken Cello Orchestra, hosted by the First Congregational Church of Montague on the Montague Center Common. An additional delight will be provided in the form of strawberry shortcake, a dessert that highlights the juicy berry crops that abound in our area in the month of June. In case of rain, concert will be held inside the church. 413-367-9467. Main Street & Center Street, Montague, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 21, 4pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, June 21, 4:30pm – BASEBALL: See the North Adams Steeple Cats play at Joe Wolfe Field for a close-to-home summer baseball game. See their schedule for a full list of games. 310 State Street. North Adams, MA. (>$)

Sunday, June 21, 5:05pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Sunday, June 21. 7pm — ASTRONOMY/SUMMER SOLSTICE :
The UMass Sunwheel in Amherst will hold two events on the solstice, honoring the coming and going of daylight. Early risers can attend the sunrise event (arrive at 5am) at the Sunwheel, and those who prefer to enjoy sunset can attend a similar event held at 7:30pm. Each event will include descriptions of the scientific reasons for the solstice, as well as stories about the creation of the UMass sunwheel and other sun-honoring landmarks around the world (including Stonehenge in the United Kingdom and Chichen Itza in Mexico). The events differ only in that the morning event will be much more ceremonial and reflective, and will include meditation, poetry, and song in addition to the educational elements. The Sunwheel is located on Rocky Hill Road, near McGuirk Stadium. Amherst, MA. >$

Sunday, June 21, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Shakespeare Company will perform Romeo and Juliet at the UMass Center for Renaissance Studies. Theater fans can enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy outdoors this summer. Performances June 17-21 and 24-28. Tickets available in advance. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Monday, June 22. 12pm — LITERACY
The Springfield City Library is hosting many hero-themed events this summer as a part of its summer reading program. Try out the Superhero Box Car Challenge (East Forest Park branch) which invites families to turn an ordinary cardboard box into an imaginative car. What a great way to practice brainstorming and engineering together! You might try out the Traveling Heroes Paper Dolls program (East Springfield branch) in which you make a paper doll, mail it to someone, and the recipient takes photos of the paper doll tagging along with them for a week. All library locations will also have a rhyming scavenger hunt for children aged 5 and up to complete. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street (central branch), Springfield, MA (FREE)

Monday, June 22. 12pm — LITERACY
Get ready for a summer full of reading adventures! The East Longmeadow Library’s Children’s Room kicks off its summer reading program today with pizza, drinks, and music from Jon O’Neill. While at the celebration, children of all ages can register to participate in the summer reading program and pick up all necessary materials to track their summer reading. 413-525-5400×1506. 60 Center Square, Suite 2, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 22. 5:30pm — FAMILY PICNIC
Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket, and bring your family to Windsor Lake’s pavillion for a fun evening of food, swimming, and a magic show, hosted by Child Care of the Berkshires. Invite another family to join you, or meet new friends once you’re there! 413-664-4821. Kemp & Bradley Streets, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 22. 6:30pm – 8pm — ANIMALS
Encourage kids’ excitement about the natural world and animal diversity by bringing them to an animal “meet and greet” at the Erving Public Library. Participants will be able to meet, pet, and perhaps even hold some very interesting creatures! 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street, Erving, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 22. 7pm — MUSIC
Grab a blanket and head out to Pettingill Park for the annual Grasshoppas in the Park before Dark performance! This type of “dusk dance” has cultural ties to Toronto, Canada, and gives everyone an opportunity to welcome nighttime through music and dancing. Why not invite another family along to share the experience with you? Five short performances will entertain you, and you can bring along a picnic or bedtime snack, too. 413-695-1150. Main Street & Route 9, Cummington, MA. (DONATIONS)

Monday, June 22. 7pm – 7:45pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The Tilton Library presents outdoor Monday Night Music performances throughout the summer months, featuring local musicians! This week, young rockers Kalliope Jones will wow you with their energetic riffs and interesting, intelligent lyrics. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (As we transition into summer, please be sure to double check ongoing events before attending, as always. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Kids ages 5 and under can attend a weekly playgroup every Monday at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Come play, read, learn, and have a snack. 413-625-6194. 75 Mechanic Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and young children can attend a gym fun group at West Stockbridge Town Hall, held by South Berkshire Kids. This playgroup focuses on social and physical play and meets every Monday through July 2015. 413-464-5095. 21 State Line Road. West Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will have a playgroup every Monday this summer at Safety Village in Florence. 413-582-2636. Bridge Road. Florence, MA.
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 8 and under can attend a playgroup at the Meekins Library the first and third Monday of each month. Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more at this fun playgroup. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Monday and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group on Mondays. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. Runs most Mondays. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime for all ages. Features interactive songs and stories. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center‘s Monday Play and Learn Group will meet at Linear Park through the summer months. 413-664-4821. Off of Rt 43/Water Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Come to Books and Babies at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. Kids ages 2 and under can hear stories, see fingerplays, and have fun together. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA.
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can attend Music for Little Ones at the Pelham Library every Monday. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Forbes Library for a fun storytime every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Storrs Library offers a drop-in playgroup for kids ages 3 and under every Monday morning. Come hear a story, sing songs, and enjoy free play. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – LEGOS: Children ages 6 and up are invited to the Sunderland Public Library with a caregiver to build Lego creations through July. Each week features a different theme. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm — LITERACY: The Springfield City Library is hosting many hero-themed events this summer as a part of its summer reading program. Try out the Superhero Box Car Challenge (East Forest Park branch) which invites families to turn an ordinary cardboard box into an imaginative car. What a great way to practice brainstorming and engineering together! You might try out the Traveling Heroes Paper Dolls program (East Springfield branch) in which you make a paper doll, mail it to someone, and the recipient takes photos of the paper doll tagging along with them for a week. All library locations will also have a rhyming scavenger hunt for children aged 5 and up to complete. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street (central branch), Springfield, MA (FREE)
  • 4pm — LITERATURE:The Mount hosts its popular literature-related lecture series each Monday through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 5pm-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Community supper every Monday at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Donations accepted, as well as food item donations for local food banks. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – POETRY: The Good Purpose Gallery hosts an evening of spoken word poetry the first Monday of each month. Come hear poetry, spoken word, and storytelling, or sign up to share your work! 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION >$)

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 23. 10:30am – 11:30am — NATIVE FAUNA
Children who come to understand and value nature often carry that perspective into adulthood. Give the children in your life a strong, early connection to the world around them through activities like Kidleidoscope Tuesdays at the Great Falls Discovery Center! Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to visit for a story, game, and craft related to the natural world. Today’s topic will be river otters! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 23. 3:3opm – 4:30pm — STEM
Children aged 4 – 8 years are invited to the North Adams Library to build with Legos! Build with your children or watch them as they create interesting structures, all the while developing spacial and fine motor skills, as well as an understanding of basic engineering concepts…all through play! 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 23. 4pm — HISTORY
Between 1918 and 1975, many New England resort estates ceased to exist. In his lecture at Ventfort Hall, “Here Yesterday, Gone Today: Lost Newport”, author Paul Miller will compare the history and current status of Lenox estates with Newport estates, highlighting the challenging realities that face existing structures. A Victorian tea will follow the presentation. Reservations recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA ($$)

Tuesday, June 23. 4pm – 6pm — CANOEING
Have you always wanted to learn to canoe but never had the opportunity? Maybe you canoes back in your camp days but haven’t been back out on the water since? Paddling on a flatwater stretch of a smaller river can be a great way to (re)gain comfort with canoeing, and the Housatonic Valley Association‘s Introduction to Canoeing lesson offers just that! Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be provided. Children who attend must be age 10+ and parents/guardians must participate with them. Preregister at 413-394-9796. South Lee, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, June 23. 6:30pm — LITERACY
Visit the Spear Memorial LIbrary to sign up for the “Every Hero has a Story” summer reading program, make a superhero costume, and play games. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAY (As we transition into summer, please be sure to double check ongoing events before attending, as always. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will hold a playgroup at the Swift River School every Tuesday. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for young kids ages birth-preK at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Deb Wood features fun toys and more! Every Tuesday. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Tuesday for storytime! Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime! This event includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids age five and under. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for preschoolers every Tuesday. During the summer months this group will meet at the Kemp Park playground off of East Main Street in North Adams. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers every Tuesday. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – LITERACY: Kids ages 2-5 can attend a literacy group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Come with a parent or caregiver and practice reading skills! Runs every Tuesday. 413-568-5242. 28 West Silver Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Through the summer months, Easthampton Family Center families can meet up at the outdoor playgroup Tuesdays at Nonotuck Park Playground (1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton). 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers can attend a fun storytime at the Chicopee Public Library the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Come for songs, finger plays, movement, stories, activities, and crafts. 413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – MUSIC: The Hubbard Library is offering a music program for preschoolers every Tuesday. Come for singing, clapping, and dancing. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event! Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.” Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts. Runs every Tuesday through October 6. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library is holding a baby and toddler playtime every Tuesday. Come to the library and meet other kids and parents. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Northampton’s Tuesday Market runs through the summer and fall. Tuesday Market features delicious local fruits, vegetables, bread, syrup, fish, honey, and much more! Come each Tuesday for food, community, and entertainment. Takes place between Thornes Market and the parking garage. Downtown. Northampton, MA.
  • 2pm – FILM: Amherst Cinema offers weekly matinees on Tuesdays especially for people with babies! This is a great chance to get out and see a movie without having to worry about finding a sitter. Check their website to see what’s playing each week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. >$
  • 3pm-4:30pm – VIDEO GAMES: Teens and tweens can drop into the Brightwood Library‘s video games event. Come play Wii games with friends and enjoy snacks. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-8 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – MOVIE: Families are invited to watch a G- or PG-rated movie at the Sunderland Public Library through July. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LITERACY/GAMES: Meet up with other community members at the Monson Library each Tuesday for a game of Scrabble! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: It’s Pajama Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Wear your pajamas and enjoy stories and fun. Happens the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Tuesday evening for storytime with Jason. This program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and more. 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday through August 11. 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 24th, 2015

Wednesday, June 24. 9:30am – 4pm — AGRICULTURE/FARMING
In 1862, the Land Grant Act made way for the creation of Land Grant institutions like UMass, MIT, and many others, for the express purpose of teaching practical agricultural, engineering, and science skills. Come see what your local Land Grant institution is doing these days at UMass Amherst‘s Agricultural Field Day. Older students and adults will enjoy guided tours through the farm and learning from professors and graduate students about the research efforts that are currently underway. Lunch will be provided. Closed toed shoes mandatory; hats and sunscreen, and pre-registration strongly encouraged! 413-545-5221. 89-91 North River Road, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 10am — HISTORY/AVIATION
Several historic WWII aircraft will be visiting the New England Air Museum from today through Sunday, June 28th. History and aircraft buffs will appreciate this unique opportunity to view aircraft such as the B-29 “Fifi” (which will also be flown on the weekend for visitors to witness!). 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. ($)

Wednesday, June 24. 10:15am — STEM
Building with Legos is not only fun, it helps children develop spatial skills, fine motor coordination, and affords plenty of opportunities to experiment with trial and error and engage one’s imagination. In keeping with its summer reading theme of “Every Hero has a Story”, the Wilbraham Public Library is hosting two Lego-themed programs. Children aged 5 and up are invited to build something heroic using the library’s extensive Lego collection at 10:15am (registration begins June 17), and rising 6th-12th graders are invited to do so at 1:30pm (registration begins June 10). 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 11am — STEM
Children can explore and develop systems of measurement at the Community Network for Children‘s “Measuring Dinosaurs” program. Participants will compare familiar objects (including their own bodies!) with “dinosaur measurements” to gain a sense of how different systems of measurement compare. Ages 3-6 with a caregiver. 978-544-3559. Wendell Free Library, 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 4pm – 5pm — LITERACY
Teens are invited to the Lee Library for a discussion of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. A movie based on the book will be shown at 11am on Saturday, 6/27, for those who would like to compare and contrast the presentation of the story via different media. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 4:30pm – 5:30pm — LITERACY
Dogs are great listeners and can help children overcome insecurities about learning to read. Today, young readers (grades K-3) may read aloud to a special audience–Ben the registered therapy dog– at the Monson Library. Registration required. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 6:30pm — ASTRONOMY/PHYSICS
Did you know that a black hole is not a hole at all, but a superdense sphere of matter? What is spaghettification and where can we find an event horizon? Of all of the mysteries of deep space, black holes continue capture our imagination and curiosity like nothing else. Naturalist and educator Kevin Kopchynski will help older students and adults gain an understanding of quantum physics, black holes, and the origins of the universe at this special event at the Wilbraham Public Library. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24. 6:30pm — CONCERT
Why not invite a new neighbor or an old friend out to enjoy an evening of folk music at this week’s Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum‘s Wednesday Folk Traditions concert? This week features Josée Vachon et ses amis playing lively Franco-American music (with some clogging for good measure!). 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 24. 6:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Did you know that there are 13 intact dams along the Connecticut River? They range in height from 10 feet to 178 feet tall, and some produce hydroelectricity! Older students and adults will enjoy learning about when and why these dams were built from the South Hadley Historical Society’s Leo Lebonte. This event is part of the South Hadley Cultural Council‘s SH20 celebration highlighting South Hadley’s connection to the Connecticut River and its surrounding landforms, flora, fauna, and history. 413-538-5045. South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 24, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 24, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Shakespeare Company will perform Romeo and Juliet at the UMass Center for Renaissance Studies. Theater fans can enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy outdoors this summer. Performances June 17-21 and 24-28. Tickets available in advance. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAY (As we transition into summer, please be sure to double check ongoing events before attending, as always. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • ALL DAY – GAMES/RIDES: Every Wednesday at Look Park all attractions are half price! Bring the family and have some outdoor summer fun. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. ($)
  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a parent-child playgroup every Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Come play and learn together at this fun playgroup! 413-586-4998. 41 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for toddlers at the Haskins Center. For ages 1-2.5. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Meekins Library librarian, Rochelle Wildfong, will host a story time in the children’s department every Wednesday, all year round. Fingerplays, songs, picture books, and circle games for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. After story hour, take the kids sledding behind the school, then head down to Bread Euphoria for a warm something to eat & drink! A delightful way to spend a Wednesday morning in the Hilltowns with your preK kids! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
  • 10:30am – HIKING: Join Hike It Baby every Wednesday through June 24 at 10:30am for an easy hike along the trails of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. The whole family will enjoy this weekly kid-led hike! 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 10:30am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Edwards Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA.
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime for ages 3-8 at the Mason Square Branch Library. Come every Wednesday for stories, songs, and crafts. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: It’s storytime at the Monson Free Library for kids ages 2-5! During the summer, the group will meet at various locations throughout the community to learn about and celebrate our local heroes. Please check the library schedule in advance for location information! 413-267-3866. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11am – STEM: The Berkshire Museum is offering a Parent/Child STEM Session the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through books, hands-on activities, and play. Registration is required. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Community Network for Children offers a story hour every Wednesday at the Leverett Library. Children ages 5 and under can come for music, movement, books, and hands-on activities. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon – STORYTIME: Preschool storyhour every Wednesday at the Dickinson Memorial Library with Ruthanne Paulson includes stories, music, movement, crafts, and a snack. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-1:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday there will be a support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers of children ages 0-5 at Square One’s Family Square, facilitated by MotherWoman. This group is a great place to talk about motherhood in a safe and confidential space. Childcare provided. 413-858-3122. 1095 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Wednesday at Midwifery Care of Holyoke. Expectant mothers and moms of babies under age 1 can come discuss all aspects of motherhood. 413-534-2700. 230 Maple Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to attend a Parents Supporting Parents Support Group every Wednesday at the Salasin Center. 413-775-0010. 474 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Preschool-aged kids can attend Kidleidoscope every Wednesday at Natural Bridge State Park. This weekly program features forest-themed educational activities. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 4:15pm-5:15pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Visit the Mason Library for afternoon crafting sessions designed for children ages 8 and up during the month of July. Younger children may participate if an adult accompanies them. Preregistration encouraged. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6pm – SHORT STORIES: Edith Wharton’s stories will be read aloud at The Mount by professional actors, highlighting her gift for social satire. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (< $) (JULY & AUGUST)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – KNITTING: Come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every Wednesday evening for knitting group. All levels are welcome, making this is a great chance to share knitting tips and tricks with other knitters of all ages. Runs all year. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “odd” Wednesday for craft night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-7:30pm – GAMES: Teens ages 12-18 can come to the Goodwin Memorial Library every other “even” Wednesday for game night. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – STORYTIME: Pajama storytime for kids ages 3-6 at the East Longmeadow Library. Runs every Wednesday evening. 413-525-5400 x1506. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the fourth Wednesday of each month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. This is a bereavement group for infant and pregnancy loss. Please contact emptyarmsbereavement@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 30 Locust Street. Northampton, MA.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group the second Wednesday of each month in the Owl and Raven Community Space. The group is for mothers and partners who have experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Please email lexi.walters@gmail.com for more information. 413-387-0703. 2 Conz Street, Unit 42. Northampton, MA.
  • 7:30pm – GHOST TOUR: Tour the most haunted parts of Edith Wharton’s estate at The Mount. Content is scary/spooky and not suitable for children under 12 through end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Thursday, June 25. 10am — MOVIE
Cinemark will be showing a G or PG movie each week this summer for only $1 per ticket! Recharge with your kids in the air conditioned theatre while enjoying a fun film. This week’s selection is Mr. Peabody & Sherman(PG), an animated movie about the adventures of a boy and his dog. 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA (< $)

Thursday, June 25. 12:15pm — ART HISTORY
Bring a lunch and your interest in Victorian era artists and collectors to the final Springfield Museums “Museums a la Carte” series before the program’s summer hiatus. Today, Guy McLain, director of the Wood Museum of Springfield will discuss art from the likes of John Singer Sargent and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. 413-263-6800 x 488. Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA (< $)

Thursday, June 25. 2pm — NATIVE WILDLIFE
What happens when an injured hawk is found alongside the road? Can a bird of prey be returned to the wild after its injuries have been treated? How do human activities impact these animals? Learn the answers to these questions and “meet” a number of birds of prey at wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi’s presentation at the Stockbridge Library. If you’ve never been up close to a raptor, you won’t want to miss this! 413-298-5501. Stockbridge Station, 2 Depot Street, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 2pm – 4pm — ART
Watching an artist in process lends a lot to one’s appreciation and understanding of a work of art. Visit the Berkshire Museum today to view a Korean brush painting demonstration by Sungsook Setton, an accomplished Korean-American artist and calligrapher. Those inspired by the experience can try their hands at brush painting back at home! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with admission; $)

Thursday, June 25. 6pm — STORYTIME
Kids are invited to wear their pajamas and/or a superhero costume to tonight’s story and craft time at the Monson Library. Ages 4-7 welcome with a caregiver. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 6pm — NATIVE FAUNA
Meet some of the beautiful, powerful birds of prey who have been rehabilitated by Wingmasters, a Massachusetts duo who save raptors and incorporate them into educational programs. Participants will learn about predator/prey relationships, food webs, adaptations, and humans’ impact on raptor life and habitat. Hosted by the Adams Free Library. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 6pm — PUPPET SHOW
Pumpernickel Puppets will perform Sir George and the Dragon, a sweet puppet show appropriate for children ages 3 and up, to celebrate the start of the Edwards Public Library‘s summer reading program. Preregistration recommended. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 6pm – 7:30pm — COOKING
Cooking is a multifaceted learning experience, as cooks need to follow recipes (literacy) and measure ingredients (math & science). Food also brings us together and gives us opportunities to share our stories. The Hunger Games Cooking event with Chef Delaney at the Wilbraham Public Library will engage rising 6th – 12th graders in collaborating and creating foods from the popular Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook which everyone will be able to sample. Registration begins June 11. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25, 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Dance along, sing along, or simply sit back and relax as you listen to Johnny and the Flashbacks perform their repertoire of classic rock and Motown songs on the lawn of the Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25. 6:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Every Thursday night through the summer, South Hadley’s Recreation Department will host a concert in the gazebo on the town common! Tonight’s show features the South Hadley Community Band. Bring your family and friends out to support these talented local musicians and make some nice summer memories together. Rain date 6/28. South Hadley Town Common, Route 47 & 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 25, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Thursday, June 25, 7pm – BASEBALL: Head to the Wahconah Park this summer for a Pittsfield Suns home game! See the schedule for more info. 413-445-7867. Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Shakespeare Company will perform Romeo and Juliet at the UMass Center for Renaissance Studies. Theater fans can enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy outdoors this summer. Performances June 17-21 and 24-28. Tickets available in advance. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (As we transition into summer, please be sure to double check ongoing events before attending, as always. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 9:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center is open during the summer months on Mondays and Thursdays for drop-in activities for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – MUSIC: The Goodwin Memorial Library will have a Lunatunes program every Thursday for babies and toddlers. Young kids and their parents/caregivers can come to the library for music, songs, and fingerplays. 413-584-7451. Route 47 & Route 9. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE at the Berkshire Athenaeum for a weekly Play and Learn group. 413-499-4809. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 10:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 2-3 ½ every Wednesday OR Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:15am – STORYTIME: Storytime for toddlers (ages 2-5) every Thursday at the Ramsdell Library. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library for storytime every Thursday! There will be snacks, stories, and crafts. 413-529-1605. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MUSIC: The Jones Library will offer a preschool storytime every Thursday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: The Hatfield Public Library holds a storytime for kids 5 and under every Thursday! Come to the library for stories and fun. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORY & CRAFT TIME: Children ages 3-6 are invited to the Sunderland Public Library with a caregiver to listen to stories and do a fun craft. Through July. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:15am – STORYTIME: The Wilbraham Public Library holds a weekly storytime for ages 3 ½-5 every Thursday. There will be fun stories and crafts. 413-596-6141. 25 Crane Park Drive. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Gym Group for ages walking to 5 every Thursday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every third Thursday at Scantic Valley YMCA. Mothers of babies 12 months and under can come talk about motherhood at this monthly program. 413-583-3527. 45 Post Office Park. Wilbraham, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm – PLAYGROUP: Babies can have fun and make friends at the Forbes Library‘s weekly baby playgroup. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Hatfield Public Library holds a weekly Crafting Club for ages 5 and up every Thursday! Come to the library and get creative at this fun program. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm – MINECRAFT: Tweens and teens can attend Minecraft Club at the Indian Orchard Branch Library every Thursday. Come make new friends and trade Minecraft tips and tricks! 413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street. Indian Orchard, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-5pm – CHESS: Every second and fourth Thursday, kids are invited to the Mason Library for chess. There will be no instruction provided, so this event is best for kids who already have an understanding of the game. This is a great place to come play with peers, make new friends, and improve your chess skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for students ages 5-8. Every Thursday. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-8pm – GAMES/LEGOS: Families can have fun every Thursday at Gaylord Memorial Library‘s game and LEGO night! Stop by for board games, puzzles, LEGOs, and more. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL/MOVIE: The Amherst Survival Center serves a free community meal every Thursday and screens a film for the community to enjoy together. Bring your family and come enjoy an evening with your community while learning about the work of the ASC! 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6:30pm – LEGO: Kids ages 6 and up can have fun and get creative with LEGOs at the Mason Square Branch Library‘s LEGO Club every Thursday. Call to sign up. 413-263-6853. 765 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm – SKILLSHARE/CRAFT GROUP: The Haberdashery holds a Chat ‘n Do every Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring a project you are working on and chat with others, hash out ideas, ask advice, offer tips, and more. This is a good opportunity for intergenerational skill sharing! 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library will have a “Tuck Me In” storytime for ages 3-7 the first Thursday of each month. Kids can come to the library in pajamas and enjoy this bedtime-themed storytime. Registration is required. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium viewing every Tuesday and Thursday from June 16 through August 11. 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 26th, 2015

Friday, June 26. (varies) — MUSIC/ART/HISTORY
The Highland Street Foundation hosts Free Fun Fridays throughout the summer, inviting people to visit Massachusetts cultural institutions free of charge! This week’s Western MA sites are Tanglewood (Lenox), the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge), and The Mount (Lenox). 617-969-8900. Berkshire County. (FREE)

Friday, June 26. 2pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Local artist Titus Neijens will guide children in an expressive, imaginative artwork activity at a workshop at Heritage State Park sponsored by Multi Arts. Children of all ages with a caregiver welcome. 413-584-7951. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 26, 6:35pm – BASEBALL: Spend the evening at the ballpark at a Valley Blue Sox home game! See the schedule for more info. The Blue Sox are a great option for close-to-home baseball games. 500 Beech Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Friday, June 26. 7pm — WATERSKIING SHOW
The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team puts on an hour long show at the Oxbow Marina on Friday nights through the summer. See trick skiing, pyramids, and acrobatics on the Connecticut River from a great vantage point along the river banks. 413-626-1913. 180 Island Road, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 26, 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Shakespeare Company will perform Romeo and Juliet at the UMass Center for Renaissance Studies. Theater fans can enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy outdoors this summer. Performances June 17-21 and 24-28. Tickets available in advance. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Friday, June 26. 7:30pm — OPERA/BALLET PERFORMANCE
The Valley Light Opera and Amherst Ballet are excited to present their first-ever collaborative pieces, Pineapple Poll, a comic ballet with music from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, and The Zoo, a one-act comic opera. Audiences of all ages will enjoy these lively performances by talented local artists. 413-584-9032. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, June 26. 8pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
Head over to the Green River Swim Area for an outdoor movie on the big screen tonight, sponsored by the Greenfield Recreation Department! The movie, McFarland USA (PG) tells the story of a high school track team working towards a state championship. Bring a blanket to sit on, and arrive early, as seats fill up fast! 413-772-1553. Nash Mill Road, Greenfield, MA. (< $)

Friday, June 26, 6pm- FIREWORKS: The City of Holyoke’s annual Fourth of July fireworks will take place at Holyoke Community College. There will also be food, music, and activities for the whole family. Rain date 6/27. Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (As we transition into summer, please be sure to double check ongoing events before attending, as always. To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • (varies) – MUSEUMS: The Highland Street Foundation will once again sponsor Free Fun Fridays, a program which offers free admission to museums and cultural venues throughout our area. Seventy institutions are participating over the course of the summer! How many will you visit? From art to science to history to music, there’s something for everyone in the family on their calendar through August. 617-969-8900. Locations vary. (FREE)
  • 8am – FRENCH: Parlez-vous français? If so, join others to share pastries and conversation on The Mount‘s terrace. RSVP en français á petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (<$) (JULY & AUGUST)
  • 9:30am – WRITING: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12:30pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Belchertown Family Center will host summer meet-ups at the town beach each Friday for infants, preschoolers, and their caregivers. 413-283-7594. Town Beach Road (Route 9 & Federal Street) Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged kids can come to the Stockbridge Library for StoryCraft, a storytime and craft time with Miss Vicky! Siblings are welcome. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: The Hubbard Library is offering a storytime for young children to help them learn the letters of the alphabet using stories, flash cards, and fun activities. Please register for each week individually. 413-583-5646. 24 Center Street. Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a free baby group for babies and caretakers at the Williamstown Youth Center the first Friday of every month. 413-663-6593. School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: The Family Resource Center is offering a Play and Learn Group for ages walking to 5 every Friday. During the summer months, this group meets at Russell Field in Adams (500 Harmony Street). 413-664-4821. East Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the Community Action Family Center. Expectant mothers and moms of infants can attend this group to discuss adjustment to motherhood. Childcare provided; babies in arms welcome. 413-387-0703. 220 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – COMPUTER TECH: Learn about computers and get help with basic programs at the Carnegie Library on Fridays. Call the library to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. 413-863-3214. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Every Friday is Bounce and Rhyme Storytime at the Monson Free Library! Kids 2 ½ and younger can come enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – MOVEMENT: The Chicopee Public Library holds a weekly Music and Movement program for kids ages 5 and under every Friday. Come have fun moving, singing, and dancing. 413-594-1800. 449 Front Street. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME: Young kids can attend a weekly storyhour at the Pelham Library every Friday. Come enjoy stories and crafts. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – MUSEUM-BASED PLAY: Visit the Berkshire Museum for WeeMuse Adventures, a weekly program that will feature songs, stories, scavenger hunts, playtime, and more. Intended audience is children 18 months – 3 years with a caregiver; siblings welcome. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11am-11:45am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a program for ages 3 and under that features hands-on fun with songs, rhymes, and activities. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Families can attend the “Family Frolic Storytime” every Friday at Gaylord Memorial Library! Enjoy stories, musical plays, and crafts. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can come to the Sunderland Public Library for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts every Friday morning. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:30am – STORYTIME: The Berkshire Museum’s weekly Museum Adventures program features stories, songs, dancing, play time, scavenger hunts, and more, and is open to kids 18 months to 3 years. It’s a great way for young kids to explore some of what the museum has to offer! Free with museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 6pm-9pm – MUSIC/ARTS & CRAFTS: ArtALIVE will host Concerts, Crafts, and Conversation every Friday night. Local musicians will perform and there will be open crafts. 413-222-5366. 35 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)
  • 8:30pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is open every Friday and Saturday night this summer! Come see summer blockbusters in a classic setting at the Drive-In, which is one of New England’s few remaining drive-in theaters. See their website for the summer movie schedule. 603-239-4054. 981 Northfield Road. Hinsdale, NH. ($)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Goshen, Heath, Holyoke, Leyden, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Warwick, Williamsburg and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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