Suggested Events for July 4th-10th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls has full week summer art programs available for children & teens. Space is still available! All programs involve collaborations with local artists, bringing a range of media & technical expertise to an already inspiring and nurturing studio art experience. Two separate weeks in August feature guest artist morning workshops in mosaic, printmaking, felting, henna, shadow puppetry, musical instrument making, painting & collage. Every day at The Art Garden includes time for self-directed projects using the extensive collection of traditional & non-traditional art materials available. Fees vary. Financial aid available. Registration required. Details: www.theartgarden.org, csartgarden@gmail.com or 413-625-2782.

Jul 6 – Aug 14

Great family entertainment, live animal demos, and fun art and science activities every weekday. It’s the Summer Spectacular Family Series at the Springfield Museums, July 6th through August 14th. Performers this summer include the Akwaaba Drum & Dance Ensemble, Mister G, and The Nields. Plus, don’t miss Curious George: Let’s Get Curious at the Springfield Science Museum through September 6. For more information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Jul 8-12 & Jul 22-25

Hooray! Hooray! NCTKids is bringing everybody’s favorite first grader to the stage in this lively musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved Junie B. Jones book series. Junie B. (the B. stands for Beatrice only she does not like Beatrice, just B.) sings and dances her way through First Grade with the help of her teacher Mr. Scary, the Cafeteria Lady and friends like Sheldon and Herb and even that tattle-tale, May. Grab your top-secret personal beeswax journal and join us for all the fun. Directed by Cate Damon with musical direction by Mitch Chakour. July 8-12 & July 22-25 at 10:30am in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus in Northampton. All seats: $10. Box Office: 413-585-3220

Jul 8-11

PaintBox Theatre—Northampton’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—opens its season with a very silly show, featuring Porky, Oink and Bacon Bits—the Three Little Piggies. However, they need your help. They have three actors and they all want to be pigs. Who plays the wolf? Guess what: the entire audience will play the wolf in this wild adaptation of a favorite tale. You can even come dressed as a wolf. Start practicing your huffing and puffing! Performances are Wed., July 8 – Sat., July 11, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. Stay tuned for Puss in Boots, July 22 – 25. PaintBoxTheatre.com

Jul 10-Aug 9

The 24th Annual Ko Festival of Performance, July 10-August 9, has 5 weeks of original & compelling theatre for teens – adults curated on the theme of “NEW | HOME | LAND: Strangers, Newcomers & Neighbors in a New America.” Also, the Mettawee River Theater Company in their last year of touring, with “Out of the Past,” performed for all ages, out under the stars with giant puppets, masks, live music and a spirit of celebration. Plus 3 intensive workshops for adults: “FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance,” ZEN & THE ART OF PERFORMANCE,” & “IMAGE-OBJECT-PUPPET: Creating a Poetic Theater.” All on the Amherst College campus. KoFest tickets $7-$20, online and at the Box Office: 413-542-3750. Visit kofest.com or email info@kofest.com

Jul 15

Join us on Wednesday, July 15 from 1-3pm 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 Wednesday, July 15th, 1pm-3pm, 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)

All Summer

Rent a summer cottage on the Lower Highland Lake in the heart of the Hilltowns for a relaxing family get-away! Located in Goshen, MA, 3 unique summer cottages are for rent by the week. Ideal for families, artists & reunions, there are many weeks still available this summer. Fondly called the ”Goshen Ocean,” the lake offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, & fishing. A favorite with the kids is the trampoline raft! The lake abuts the 1500 acre DAR State Forest that has miles of marked hiking & mountain bike trails. No need to drive to Maine to get away; Goshen Summer Rentals are only 25 mins from downtown Northampton & across the lake from Camp Howe! Last minute inquiries welcome. www.goshensummerrentals.com 413-695-3874

July

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children & Teens—a program of Cooley-Dickinson VNA & Hospice provides support to grieving young people & their families, announces Summer in The Garden. This FREE program takes place July 2015. Summer in The Garden is open to grieving youth (ages 5-18) & an adult caregiver. Participants will make projects in small groups, for example an “intention stick” where participants will write messages of intention or inspiration on a stick before embellishing with meaningful colors, ribbons, shells. Summer in The Garden will be on 7/21, 7/23, 7/28 & 7/30 at 168 Industrial Dr. Northampton For more information AND to RSVP call Shelly Bathe Lenn at 413 582 5312. Shelly_Lenn@cooley-dickinson.org

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July 4th-10th, 2015

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Saturday, July 4th, 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. 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, July 4, 7am – 3pm COMMUNITY CELEBRATION and PARADE: The theme of the 68th annual Chesterfield Parade this year is “A Little Slice of Heaven.” A quintessential New England small town 4th of July daylong celebration featuring a pancake breakfast at the firehouse, community artwork, food, music, magic, a parade, and so much more! 413-296-4422. Downtown Chesterfield (Route 143 & Main Street). Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, July 4. 9am-12pm — KAYAKING & NATIVE FAUNA
Few symbols evoke a sense of patriotism as strongly as the bald eagle! Take a morning paddle on Independence Day along the Connecticut River in search of these incredible birds. Bald eagles were first seen building a nest on Barton Cove Island in 1989 and continue to nest there today. Perhaps an eaglet will be ready to fledge and you’ll get to witness it! Hosted by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environment Center. Appropriate for ages 12 and older; registration required. 800-859-2960. Barton Cove, Gill, MA. (< $ if bringing your own boat; $$ to rent one)

Saturday, July 4, 10am PARADE/CELEBRATION: The Williamstown Theatre Festival holds their annual Fourth of July celebration. At 10am, hear WTF actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at the Williams College Museum of Art, then enjoy the parade, which begins at 11am. Take in a performance of June Moon at 4pm before heading over to The Clark for fireworks! 413-597-3400. Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
Saturday, July 4, 10am – PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day at the Monson Summerfest Parade. Watch the floats go by while spending the holiday with family and friends. Main Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 4, 10am PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Pittsfield at their annual parade. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Independence.” Rain or shine. Downtown. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 4, 10am PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day at the East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade! Bring the whole family to see the parade go by and hear the marching band. Parade starts at high school. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 4. 10:30am-11:30am — NATURE WALK
Explore the Canal-side Rail Trail by foot with a DCR Park Interpreter in this engaging program by the Great Falls Discovery Center. Participants will try to find all of the natural objects on their bingo cards after learning to use a field guide and binoculars to examine the fantastic world that exists along the canals. Children of all ages are welcome, but each should be accompanied by an adult. Sunscreen and insect repellent recommended. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 4. 11am-2pm — LOCAL HISTORY & CULTURE
The Nipmuc are one of North America’s First Nations, and for thirty thousand years, they lived in a region that included parts of southern NH, central MA, northeastern CT, and northern RI. Today the Otis Cultural Council presents a Native American Culture Exhibition which will be enriched by the participation of members of the Historical Nipmuc Tribe. 413-269-0100. Mountain View Campground, 1858 North Main Road, Otis, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 4, 5pm FIREWORKS: The Amherst LSSE is hosting a Fourth of July celebration at UMass with fireworks, food, hot air balloon rides, entertainment, and more! Fireworks start at 9:30pm. 413-259-3065. Stadium Drive. Amherst, MA. (> < $ FOR PARKING)

Saturday, July 4, 6:30pm – 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. (>$)

Saturday, July 4, 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. ($)

Saturday, July 4, 7pm – FIREWORKS: Star Spangled Springfield, the city of Springfield’s annual fireworks show, happens at Riverfront Park. Enjoy music beginning at 7pm from the steps of City Hall; fireworks scheduled for 9:30pm. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, July 4. 8pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
The SIlverthorne Theatre Company presents The Skin of our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Thornton Wilder about a not-so-average family facing huge disasters. 413-768-7514. Sloan Theatre at Greenfield Community College. College Drive, Greenfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, July 4, 9:30pm – FIREWORKS: : Annual fireworks celebration following the 4th of July SteepleCats game. North Adams, MA (FREE for viewers outside of stadium; <$ for ballgame entry and stadium seating for fireworks)

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

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, July 5. 1pm —MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Tanglewood‘s Watch and Play program gives children ages 3-10 the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of orchestral instruments and musical arrangements. The setting is casual and welcoming, and children are encouraged to converse with musicians to explore their music-related curiosities. Pre-registration required. 413-637-5180. The Shed at Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 5. 1pm-3:30pm — ICE CREAM SOCIAL
We usually think of buttons as functional items (if we think of them at all!) but like so many everyday objects, there exist specimens that are true works of art, and which carry unique stories. The Keep Homestead Museum has one of the largest displayed collections of antique and vintage buttons in the Northeast! Spend a lovely summer afternoon touring the museum and its local history riches, and fix yourself an ice cream sundae while you’re there, too! In case of rain the event will be held in the barn. 413-267-4137. 35 Ely Road, Monson, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 5. 2pm — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
The SIlverthorne Theatre Company presents The Skin of our Teeth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Thornton Wilder about a not-so-average family facing huge disasters. 413-768-7514. Sloan Theatre at Greenfield Community College. College Drive, Greenfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, July 5, 4pm-10:30pm FIREWORKS: The Greenfield Independence Day Celebration features live music, dance, food, and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:35pm. Rain date 7/6. Beacon Field, 120 Beacon Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 5, 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, July 5. DUSK — OUTDOOR MOVIE
You bring the blankets and chairs, Images Cinema provides the movie and concession stand! Now in its ninth year, the Family Flicks Under the Stars film series will run on Sunday evenings throughout July. This week’s film is Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 2012). Those wishing to participate in a yoga class beforehand are invited to arrive at 7pm and bring a mat. In case of rain, film will be shown at 8pm at Images Cinema and yoga will be cancelled. 413-458-1039. Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Monday, July 6. 2pm-3pm — JUNIOR RANGERS
Young naturalists (ages 8-11) can become Junior National Rangers this summer through a four-part workshop at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Over the course of the month, participants will become experts on the Connecticut River watershed. Sessions meet Mondays through July (6, 13, 20, 27). All children should be accompanied by an adult; friends and siblings welcome, too! Registration requested. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 6. 4:30pm-5:30pm — HIKE/BIKE
Get outside, meet other parents, caregivers and kids, get some exercise, and enjoy a local trail on this Hike it Baby hike along the Norwottuck Rail Trail! Participants may ride bikes, trikes, wagons, strollers, or scooters, and everyone is invited to bring bubbles to blow. Bring your helmet, too! 413-262-1146. Norwottuck Rail Trail parking area, Damon Road, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 6. 6pm-8:30pm — MOVIE
Head over to the Chicopee Public Library tonight for a showing of The Theory of Everything (PG-13, 2014), a biopic focusing on the personal life of esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking. 413-594-1800 x 3. 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 6. 6:30pm — CIRCUS WORKSHOP
Can you juggle? Walk on stilts? Stun crowds with your plate spinning? If not, have no fear! Just make your way to the Erving Public Library for Marvelous Marvin’s Circus Arts workshop. You’ll be wowing yourself and others in no time! 413-423-3348. Erving Senior Center, 1 Care Drive, Erving, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 6. 7pm – 7:45pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The Tilton Library presents outdoor Monday Night Music performances throughout the summer months, featuring local musicians! This week, John Blunt will play his unique folk music. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (To add your free ongoing event/activity here, email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org)

  • 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 most Mondays year-round. 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 through the end of June! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Join the Pittsfield CFCE for “Fun on the Farm” every Monday through August 31st at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. 413-499-4809. 780 Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA.
  • 10am-11am – STORIES & MUSIC: Visit the M.N. Spear Memorial Library for Tales and Tunes, a fun year-round gathering of young children and their caregivers featuring stories and music. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE) (JULY & AUGUST)
  • 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 year-round. 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, ongoing. 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)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-3pm — ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a “maker” group for kids ages 6-9. Runs through July 27. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-4pm – MOVIE: Each Monday through August 3, the Westfield Athenaeum will be showing a different family movie (rated G or PG). 413-562-6158 x 5. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, 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. Ongoing (no suppers on 9/1, 11/24 or 12/29). 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires is sponsoring a summer playgroup for children walking through age 6 at Monument Square Playground (Haskins Center). In case of rain, meet in the gym. 413-663-6593. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7pm – STORYTIME: Kids can unwind at the end of the day at the Montague Center Library‘s ongoing weekly evening storytime. Kids are welcome to come to the storytime in their pajamas. 413-367-2852. 17 Center Street. Montague, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Tuesday, July 7. TBA — ANIMALS
The Zoo in Forest Park’s Zoo on the Go program will be at the Adams Public Library for an engaging hour of animal fun. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 10am — CONCERT
Every Tuesday morning through the summer, Look Park features children’s shows in the beautiful Pines Theater (or the Garden House Tent in case of rain). Today, Grammy-nominated musician Mister G will get kids singing and dancing along to his fun, energetic music, at this CD release concert for his new album, Los Animales! 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 7. 10am-12pm — ART
You and your children can practice self-expression and enjoy being outdoors when you participate in the Norman Rockwell Museum‘s Summer Sketch Club together. Participants should bring a sketchbook or drawing pad; other art supplies will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle recommended. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 7. 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 bobcats! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 11am-12pm — FIRE SAFETY
As a part of its summer reading program, the East Longmeadow Public Library invites children (with their caregivers) to a fire safety presentation with firefighter Chris Beecher and his fire truck. 413-525-5400 x 1506. 60 Center Square, Suite 2, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 3pm – 4pm — CULINARY ARTS
Sometimes it is nice to shake things up over the summer by trying out a new activity while spending time with new people. If you’re looking to add some pizazz to your child’s days, try the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp. This is a unique once-a-week, hour-long camp that features a book and related activity. This week, participants will decorate cupcakes to look like faces or abstract art. Older children may attend on their own; children as young as 5 are welcome if a caretaker accompanies them. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, July 7. 4pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
Examine historic houses of the Civil War era at this week’s Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall. Historian Hugh Howard will lead guests through stories of specific houses and their inhabitants, and a Victorian tea will be served. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$$)

Tuesday, July 7. 4pm — ACROBATICS
The Traveling Rhubarb Circus Show will be at the Whately Library to perform their amazing acrobatic show with a fun storyline. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whether you bring your own picnic dinner or plan to partake of the tasty BBQ offerings on site, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend an evening on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute, dining and being entertained by some fine live music! This week features five-piece honky tonk band, Girl Howdy, with its blend of legendary covers and inspired original songs. 413-458-0471. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 7. 7:30pm-9pm — LECTURE & CONCERT
How did Shakespeare, a man of modest means and little formal education, become the most widely read and performed author in history? Find out at the Becket Arts Center‘s presentation “Shakespeare: Life, Times, and the Music of his Plays”, featuring songs performed by David Neill and his Brass Quintet. 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, 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)

  • 9am-12pm – DROP-IN PLAYTIME: The Amherst Family Center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of July for visitors to enjoy a drop-in playspace. Appropriate for young children with a caregiver. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, 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)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – OUTDOOR PLAYTIME: The Ware Family Center organizes a Tuesday outdoor playgroup for children and their caregivers through the summer months at Beauregard Park (the “pool park”). 413-967-8127. Ware, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45 — STORYTIME: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a preschool storytime for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Runs through July 28. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Join the Greenfield Public Library for a weekly storytime year-round! 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-11:30pm – PLAYGROUP: The Westhampton Public Library will have a baby and toddler play time every Tuesday at 11am. They also offer a playgroup for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month which begins at 10am. Kids can come play with toys, do a craft, read a book, and make new friends at this fun playgroup, year-round. 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 this summer 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, July 8th, 2015

Wednesday, July 8. 9am — YOGA
Teens and adults are invited to the Spear Memorial Library for a yoga class taught by Jeannette Stockton, a certified yoga teacher who summers in Shutesbury. Please bring a yoga mat. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8. 10am-11:30am — ART
Exploring and creating art with your child provides great opportunities for interesting conversations, and also provides him or her with the valuable experience of watching you learn and try new things. The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program includes an inspiring exploration of the galleries and opportunities to make art together. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 8. 10:30am — THEATRE
NCTKids is bringing everybody’s favorite first grader to the stage in this lively musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved Junie B. Jones book series. July 8-12 & July 22-25 in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus, Northampton., MA (<$)

Wednesday, July 8. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Many children are familiar with the tale of the three little pigs, but chances are they’ve never imagined themselves in the role of the wolf before! The Paintbox Theatre‘s rendition of The Three Little Pigs invites the audience to be the wolf, and children may come dressed as wolves if they like. Practice your huffing and puffing! 413-210-1898. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 8. 11am — CONCERT
As a part of their annual Summer Spectacular Family Series, the Springfield Museums will be presenting featured performers every Wednesday through Friday in the Davis Auditorium. On Wednesday, July 8, Made in the Shade performs Jazz America’s Music: From New Orleans to New York! This band specializes in traditional jazz music that is fun, spirited, and connects with the audience. 413-263-6800 x 459. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 8. 1pm — ART
Families with children ages 8-12 are invited to the Mead Art Museum to experience the museum through engaging art adventures in their “Around the World” program. Registration required. 413-542-2295. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8. 2pm-3pm — CARTOONING
As a part of its summer reading program, the East Longmeadow Public Library invites children ages 8-14 to a special introduction to cartooning workshop. Registration required. 413-525-5400 x 1506. 60 Center Square, Suite 2, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8. 2:30pm-4pm — STEAM
The Hatfield Library‘s STEAM table has a different surprise waiting for kids each week. Stop in to participate in this week’s engaging activity! Appropriate for ages 2-10. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8. 5:30pm-6:30pm — PLAYTIME
As a part of its summer reading program, the East Longmeadow Public Library invites children (with their caregivers) to a special Super Hero themed playtime. There will be activity stations at which participants can make super hero gear, test their super powers, and more! Registration required. 413-525-5400 x 1506. 60 Center Square, Suite 2, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30pm – 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. (>$)

Wednesday, July 8. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum‘s Wednesday Folk Traditions performances give concertgoers the opportunity to experience a wide range of folk music from around the world. Tonight’s concert features The Kevin Sharpe Group, a high-energy, modern gospel ensemble. Those interested in picnicking on the grounds beforehand or securing a prime spot may arrive as early as 5pm to do so. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. ($)

Wednesday, July 8, 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. ($)

Wednesday, July 8. 7pm-8:30pm — NATIVE FAUNA
From afar, a beaver dam looks like a big pile of sticks, but a closer examination reveals careful construction and cool inner architecture! Through the creation of dams, beavers have had profound effects on plant, animal, and microbial communities across the country. Learn more about our country’s largest rodent at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, a Mass Audubon property. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat, and bring binoculars if you have them. Suitable for children 3-12 years old. 413-637-0320. 472 W Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (< $)

Wednesday, July 8. 7:30pm — THEATRE
The outdoor grounds at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies provides an ideal backdrop for Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor! Please arrive early to purchase your ticket and be in your seat by 7:30. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors. 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. ($)
  • 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)
  • 10am – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Leverett Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Julie Stepanek. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – STORYTIME: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through the summer for storytime with Sylvia Wetherby. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library‘s “Make It/Take It” drop-in summer program gives kids an opportunity to craft to their hearts’ content! While there, stop by the “Wild Guess Jar” which is actually not for wild, out-of-the-blue, guesses, but which invokes children’s higher thinking skills in challenging them to come up with thoughtful estimations of the number of items within the container! 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, 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-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)
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm — ARTS & CRAFTS: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a “maker” program for kids ages 10 and up. Runs through July 29. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4pm — LOCAL HEROES: Meet Ashfield’s own heroes Wednesdays through August 12 at the Belding Memorial Library. Open to children of any age. 413-628-4414. 344 Main Street, Ashfield, 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 through the end of August. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)
  • 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)
  • 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, July 9th, 2015

Thursday, July 9. 10am — MOVIE
A $1 movie in an air-conditioned theatre on a hot summer day? Yes, please! Cinemark‘s Summer Movie Clubhouse shows G- and PG-rated movies on Thursdays throughout the summer. Today’s movie is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG, 2014). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 9. 10:30am — THEATRE
NCTKids is bringing everybody’s favorite first grader to the stage in this lively musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved Junie B. Jones book series. July 8-12 & July 22-25 in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus, Northampton., MA (<$)

Thursday, July 9. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Many children are familiar with the tale of the three little pigs, but chances are they’ve never imagined themselves in the role of the wolf before! The Paintbox Theatre‘s rendition of The Three Little Pigs invites the audience to be the wolf, and children may come dressed as wolves if they like. Practice your huffing and puffing! 413-210-1898. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Thursday, July 9. 11am — CONCERT
As a part of their annual Summer Spectacular Family Series, the Springfield Museums will be presenting featured performers every Wednesday through Friday in the Davis Auditorium. On Thursday, July 9, the Puppet People perform The Wizard of Oz. 413-263-6800 x 459. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 9. 1pm — STORYTELLING
Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy visiting the West Springfield Public Library for Jungle Jim’s fun performance of stories, magic, improv, and incredible balloon sculptures! 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9. 1pm-2pm — LEGOS
Visit the East Longmeadow Public Library for a gigantic LEGO build! The Library LEGO Lady has thousands of LEGOs to share. Stop by and see what amazing creations you can make! Ages 5 and up. Registration required. 413-525-5400 x 1506. 60 Center Square, Suite 2, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9. 2:30pm — HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s 36 acres are dotted with many interesting historical buildings. Tour the property and explore the structures and their stories with a knowledgeable guide from the museum. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

Thursday, July 9. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Every Thursday through the summer, the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden will host concerts for all to enjoy on its peaceful grounds. A wide array of talented local musicians will be featured. 413-575-9707. 23 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9. 6pm-7pm — BOOK TALK
Children encounter all sorts of heroes –from ones with magical powers to those who might sneak by, unnoticed–in their adventures with reading. This summer, the Tilton Library is hosting several book talks (with pizza!) in their children’s room. These are open to everyone but will be of most interest and value to participants who have read the book in question. Tonight’s talk focuses on Wonder (Palacio). Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend and would like pizza. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9, 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, July 9. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Thursday evenings through the summer, the Westhampton Public LIbrary hosts its “Field of Dreams” concert series. Tonight’s concert features Al Fuller (a Westhampton native!) & Friends with a mix of rock and roll and blues. Rain location is Westhampton Town Hall. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9. 6:30pm – 8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Take your family, a friend, or a neighbor to a concert at the gazebo on South Hadley‘s town common this summer and enjoy a variety of music from local artists. Tonight’s performance features the Lonesome Brothers. Rain date 7/12. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 9, 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, July 9. 7:30pm — THEATRE
The outdoor grounds at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies provides an ideal backdrop for Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor! Please arrive early to purchase your ticket and be in your seat by 7:30. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors. 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)

  • 9am-12pm – DROP-IN PLAYTIME: The Amherst Family Center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of July for visitors to enjoy a drop-in playspace. Appropriate for young children with a caregiver. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 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-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)
  • 2pm-3pm — STEM: The West Springfield Public Library hosts a hands-on science program for kids ages 9-15. Runs through July 30. Please register by calling 413-736-4561 x 3. 511 Main Street, West 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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, July 10th, 2015

Friday, July 10. TBA — ARTS & CRAFTS
Fairies and trolls need new summer abodes, and the Goodwin Memorial Library is setting out to create some with the help of crafty kids. Bring any nature materials you might have (or find) such as pinecones, seed pods, shells, and small pebbles, and get ready to create some fabulous homes for the fairies and trolls in your town! 413-584-7451. Corner of Route 47 & Route 9, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 9:30am – 12:30pm — ART/CRAFT
Teachers interested in book cover art and design won’t want to miss “Creative Book Covers”, a workshop hosted by the Eric Carle Museum. Participants will explore artwork from the covers of picture books, discuss how covers inform the experience of reading a book, and learn engaging ways to share this information with their students. Registration required. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA ($$)

Friday, July 10. 10am-12pm — GARDENING
Have you been interested in propagating native plants but unsure where to start? Learn how to propagate garden plants from cuttings, layering, division, and seeds in the Introduction to Propagation workshop offered by Project Native through Berkshire Community College. Attention will be paid to proper soil and container preparation and seedling care as well. Bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes. Rain or shine! Registration requested. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. ($$)

Friday, July 10. 10:30am — THEATRE
NCTKids is bringing everybody’s favorite first grader to the stage in this lively musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s beloved Junie B. Jones book series. July 8-12 & July 22-25 in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, on the Smith College Campus, Northampton., MA (<$)

Friday, July 10. 10:30am & 1pm — THEATRE
Many children are familiar with the tale of the three little pigs, but chances are they’ve never imagined themselves in the role of the wolf before! The Paintbox Theatre‘s rendition of The Three Little Pigs invites the audience to be the wolf, and children may come dressed as wolves if they like. Practice your huffing and puffing! 413-210-1898. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (< $)

Friday, July 10. 11am — CONCERT
As a part of their annual Summer Spectacular Family Series, the Springfield Museums will be presenting featured performers every Wednesday through Friday in the Davis Auditorium. On Friday, July 10, Animal Adventures brings its premium live animal show to the stage! 413-263-6800 x 459. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Friday, July 10. 2pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Kids ages 5 and up and fans of Despicable Me will enjoy visiting the West Springfield Public Library for a Minion-themed arts & crafts session! Registration required. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 3pm — STORYTELLING
Elementary aged kids will enjoy visiting the Spear Memorial Library for Jungle Jim’s fun performance of stories, magic, improv, and incredible balloon sculptures! 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 3pm — STORYTELLING
You never know where a story might take you, how it might make you feel, or what it might show you about the world! Join master storyteller David Bates as he shares his unique style of participatory stories and songs designed to teach, entertain, and help everyone develop a stronger sense of community. Presented by the Erving Public Library at the Erving Elementary School. 413-423-3348. 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 4pm-8pm — ART
Try something new this Friday night! Visit the Smith College Museum of Art for its Free Second Friday program. Folks of all ages will be invited to make art inspired by those currently on display. This month’s theme is Color and Light, and materials will be supplied to create a sun catcher. Light refreshments included. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street/Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 5:30pm — STEM
Giant bubbles! Glow-in-the-dark-slime! Science offers so much to explore and so many ways to learn using engaging materials. At the Berkshire Museum‘s WeeMuse Science Night, children of all ages are invited to participate in science activities throughout the Museum. This night of wonder, discovery, and fun is not to be missed! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 6:30pm – 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. (>$)

Friday, July 10. 6:30pm — ASTRONOMY
What planets are visible in our night sky right now? Are there other interesting celestial bodies to be seen? Find out at the annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction! Kick off the program with a dinner at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant followed by a unique field trip to a local, private observatory featuring a 12.5-inch telescope. There will also be observing sessions at the “Fuller’s Pasture” dark sky viewing site near the Environmental Center. Saturday, July 11 will offer more Conjunction activities! Ages 12 and up. Campsites available; registration required. 413-863-8210. 39 French King Highway, Gill, MA. ($)

Friday, July 10. 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. ($)

Friday, July 10. 7pm-9pm — CONCERT
Stop by the Great Falls DIscovery Center‘s evening coffeehouse, featuring music by the Falltown String Band. Refreshments available. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 7:30pm — CONCERT
The Otis Cultural Council presents an evening of traditional and original folk songs performed by Oakes and Smith. Those wishing to enjoy the inn’s food beforehand may arrive at 6pm for a buffet dinner (cash/check only). 413-269-0100. Knox Trail Inn, 1898 Otis Road, East Otis, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 10. 7:30pm — THEATRE
The outdoor grounds at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies provides an ideal backdrop for Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s performance of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor! Please arrive early to purchase your ticket and be in your seat by 7:30. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

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 this summer through August. RSVP en français á petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. (<$)
  • 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 – 11am – PLAYGROUP: Drop in to play at the Bridge Street School to enjoy their toys, playspace, new friends, and air conditioning this summer, sponsored in part by the Northampton Parents Center! No group on 7/3 nor 8/28. 413-587-1471. Preschool classroom, 2 Parsons Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:30 – PLAYGROUP
    Folks who enjoyed the Tuesday playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School during the school year can enjoy the same program this summer on Friday mornings instead. This group is hosted by the Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program. 413-665-1151 x 46. 1 Swampfield Drive, Sunderland, 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)
  • 10am-12pm – OUTDOOR PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children will host nature-based outdoor playgroups this summer, each week featuring a different STEAM-related activity and free book! Appropriate for children 8 and younger. Meets rain or shine at the Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center. 978-544-5157. 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield, 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 – 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. ($)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – MINECRAFT: The Storrs Library has a Minecraft Club for kids in grades 3 and up every Friday. Call to sign up. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: 2nd and 3rd graders who love reading can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s Kid Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – BOOK GROUP: Tweens in grades 4-6 can attend the Hatfield Public Library‘s B-Tween the Lines Book Club every Friday. Kids can hang out together, recommend books to one another, do book-related activities, write reviews, interview authors, and enjoy a pizza dinner. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Parents/caregivers can drop off kids ages 3-12 at Berkshire South Regional Community Center while you enjoy date night! Kids will enjoy swimming, activities, pizza, and stories. Cost includes pizza dinner. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 6:15pm — DANCE PERFORMANCE: People of all ages will enjoy the amazing variety of dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series this summer. These outdoor performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday nights through August 29, and feature a great diversity of dance styles and companies. 413-243-0745. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 8:30pm – MOVIE: The Northfield Drive-In is open every Friday and Saturday night this summer! Come see summer blockbusters in a classic setting at the Drive-In, which is one of New England’s few remaining drive-in theaters. See their website for the summer movie schedule. 603-239-4054. 981 Northfield Road. Hinsdale, NH. ($)

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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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