Suggested Events for Month August 15th-21st, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Aug 15

Vortex Dance Fitness Studio in Easthampton is holding an Open House on Aug 15 from 11am-1pm for all to come see the studio and talk about kid classes. Vortex teaches cabaret style dance which is a mix of jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Classes are designed to teach some technique and get students moving, connecting their physical, mental, and emotional selves for optimum well-being. They use a cooperative not competitive approach and hope to foster new friendships while having a wonderful time getting a great workout! Vortex is located on the 2nd floor of the Eastworks Building in Suite 251 right above Riff’s Restaurant in Easthampton, MA. www.vortexdancestudio.com

Aug 24

On Monday, Aug 24 from 7:30-8:30pm at the Forbes Library (20 West St., Northampton), Writing & Executive Function Coach, Kim Starkman, will offer a free class, “How to Help Your Child Become a Successful, Confident and Independent Learner: Strategies for School, Work, & Life.” Executive Function (EF) is an umbrella term for how we use our brain to organize, prioritize, plan, self-modulate, sustain attention and complete tasks. These are all skills needed to do well in school, on a job, and in life. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of what EF is and how to help their own children overcome challenges and become more successful, confident & independent learners. For more info call 413-587-1011 or email kimstarkman@gmail.com

Aug 22

Pioneer Valley Ballet is hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 22, 10am-noon. Tour PVB’s studio in Easthampton, meet the trainers, and sample a class. At 11:30, children ages 4-6 can participate in a free 30-minute Creative Ballet Class—an excellent introduction to PVB’s training programs that create exceptional young dancers. For more information, call 413-527-6363 or visit us online at www.pioneervalleyballet.org

Sept 12

Join us on Saturday, Sept 12, all day, for a meaningful time 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, Sept 12 , al day, Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action Month). Families may stay for all or some of the event. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Click here to sign up! Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Sep 27

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will once again be holding their 5th Annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event on Sunday, September 27th. You have the opportunity to support their community by riding as an individual or forming a team. Starting a team (4 or more) with your friends and family is an easy way to help feed our neighbors in need! With multiple courses to choose from—a 3.5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile loop—riders of all ages and levels can get involved. This year’s event will include a new location (Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion), new routes, and the biggest after-party yet with food, beverages, games and live music. To register, or to learn more about Will Bike 4 Food, visit their website at www.willbike4food.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 15-21,2015

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Saturday, August 15

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, August 15. (TBA) — LOCAL HISTORY
Walk through Florence and discover the land’s and community’s connections with the industries that contributed to the town’s prosperity, and hear all about the underground railroad as well. This Florence I Riverwalk is sponsored by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. Registration is required. 413-268-2170. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 8am-8pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Aggie Fair season is upon us! Don’t let these weekend events pass you by without exploring one with your family! The Middlefield Fair, which runs August 14-16, features a 4-H club petting zoo, 4×4 truck pulls, a fiddle contest, a roast pork lunch, and horse pulls on the second day. Learn more about agricultural fairs at Hilltown Families’ posts about youth aggie fair participation and the fairs’ multidisciplinary learning opportunities. 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road, Middlefield, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 9am-5pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
The four H’s in 4-H stand for head (managing & thinking), heart (relating & caring), hands (giving & working), and health (being & living). 4-H members strive to develop these values and skills, with the mission of making a positive impact in their local communities and the world at large. The 75th annual Berkshire 4-H Youth Fair will feature traditional agricultural fair fun for the whole family, including livestock, hall exhibits, games, entertainment, and food. The hall exhibits include many projects created by local youth, from fine art, to baking, to sewing, to science! Be sure to take time to appreciate these impressive creations during your visit. 413-448-8285. Berkshire County 4-H Fairgrounds, Utility Drive, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 9am-12pm — PAINTING
Artist Sylvia Foster will lead participants in a watercolor painting class that focuses on different techniques for representing trees and mountains. Sponsored by the Otis Cultural Council. Registration required.772-785-6547. Otis Town Hall, Otis, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 10am — FILM STUDIES
Amherst Cinema‘s Family Films Series has an animal theme for the month of August! This week’s film is Chicken Run (G, 2000), an animated movie about chickens who attempt to escape from the farm where they are being raised for meat. 413-253-2547 x 6. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 10am-12pm —HIKE & CLIMATOLOGY
Climate change often makes people think of melting ice caps and suffering polar bears, but the effects of climate change reach all parts of our Earth, including the lovely Berkshires. Find out more about how our rapidly changing climate is affecting the land near Trustees of the Reservations property, Bartholomew’s Cobble, on a walk led by ecologist Julie Richburg. Registration requested. 413-532-1631 x 10. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 15. 10am-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
What does it mean to live mindfully on the land? Mindfulness is popping up everywhere these days, but William Cullen Bryant, a celebrated 19 century poet and conservationist, integrated mindful practices and themes at his homestead long before the movement became popularized. The Trustees of Reservations will lead a guided tour of the beautiful Rivulet Trail on the Bryant property (10am), and guided tours of the house will run from noon through 4pm. Self-guided tours of the barn can be done throughout the day. 413-532-1163 x 10. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA. ($; FREE for children 12 and under)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — PUPPETRY
Tom Knight brings his popular handmade puppets to Huntington’s North Hall for a fun performance of songs and skits. Refreshments will be served after the show. Suggested for children pre-K through 4th grade. 413-667-5543. North Hall, 40 Searle Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — LITERACY
Have your children encountered a book this summer that really stuck with them? Everyone is invited to the Whately Library to share their favorite book of the summer at the Best Book Brunch. This is a great opportunity for kids to practice their communication and presentation skills (although the “presentations” will be very friendly and informal)! Kids should bring their completed reading logs to be entered for a grand prize drawing. A light brunch will be served following the book share. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — PUPPET SHOW & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Insects can get a bad rap for their biting, stinging, and garden-eating behaviors. However, we absolutely depend on insects for our health and wellbeing, and it is important to help children understand this side of the insect story! Talking Hands Theatre presents Bugaboo Revue, an interactive puppet show created to teach audiences about why we should value insects. This performance is recommended for children ages 2-8. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — PAINTING
Plein air painting is the process of painting outdoors in natural settings. Two experienced plein air painters will share their creative process with visitors at the Clark Art Institute, as they paint and narrate their thought processes alongside Schow Pond. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($; FREE for children 18 and under)

Saturday, August 15. 11am — EARTH SCIENCE
Many children are inclined to collect stones and shells based on their texture, color, beauty, or interesting features. What makes up these rocks, minerals, and shells, and what can we learn about our planet through these natural objects? Attend the Gaylord Memorial Library‘s “Mother Earth” program to learn all about earth science! Geared for children ages 2-5. Registration required. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 11am-1pm — OPEN HOUSE/DANCE STUDIO
Vortex Dance Fitness Studio is holding an Open House all to come see the studio and talk about kid classes. Vortex teaches cabaret style dance which is a mix of jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop, in a fun, friendly atmosphere. They use a cooperative not competitive approach and hope to foster new friendships while having a wonderful time getting a great workout!  2nd floor of the Eastworks Building, Suite 251. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 11am-7pm — LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Food trucks are everywhere, and some have been so successful that brick-and-mortar restaurants are studying their methods. One fantastic feature of food trucks is that they allow you access to a variety of food in a wide range of locations. Dive into the culinary delights of New England’s finest food trucks at the Massachusetts Food Truck Festival, August 15 &16. In addition to tasty eats, you’ll be treated to live music from great local bands and have access to a kids’ area with face painting, games, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Northampton Survival Center. Three County Fairgrounds, 41 Fair Street, Northampton, MA. (< $; FREE for children 17 and under)

Saturday, August 15. 1pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Water chestnut is an invasive plant that is choking up local waterways and wreaking havoc on native plants and animals. Join folks from the Connecticut River Watershed Council to get out and remove these plants! There are many plants to pull out, but they come out easily. Many hands make light work! Anyone interested in this type of work is invited to contact the Council for additional dates and locations throughout the summer. Registration requested. 413-584-4176. Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 1pm-3pm — ART RECEPTION
Local artist Charles Shaw is showing his paintings in an exhibit titled Great Gods and Little Fishes at the Great Falls Discovery Center. These unique works are made exclusively from plaster and recycled materials. Visit the reception to learn more about the artist, his subject matter, and his process! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 1:30pm — PIZZA PARTY
Teens who participated in the summer reading program are invited to a pizza party to celebrate their reading accomplishments. The Emily Williston Memorial Library will provide pizza and games for all. Reservations requested. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 15. 2pm & 7pm– THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Saturday, August 15. 5pm-8:30pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Look Park invites everyone to join them for a rousing performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Arrive at 5pm with a blanket to find a seat and mingle with the comedy’s characters. The performance starts at 6pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $ per car for parking)

Saturday, August 15. 7pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s talented young company (comprised of local youth ages 13-18) performs Romeo and Juliet at the Renaissance Center’s lovely outdoor performance space August 14-16. The box office will open at 6pm, and audience members are asked to arrive early to purchase tickets and find seats before 7pm. Chairs are provided and folks are welcome to bring blankets to sit on if they prefer. In the event of rain, performance will be moved indoors. 413-534-3789. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 15. 7:30pm — CONCERT
The Otis Cultural Council presents an evening of delta blues and tap, featuring musician Robin O’Herin and rhythm tap artist Stephanie Webber. 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)

Saturday, August 15. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 15. 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 Spare Parts. 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. (< $)

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Sunday, August 16

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, August 16. 8am-6pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Aggie Fair season is upon us! Don’t let these weekend events pass you by without exploring one with your family! The Middlefield Fair, which runs August 14-16, features a pancake breakfast, cattle show, ox pulls, garden tractor family fun pulls, a turkey dinner, and musical performances on its final day. Learn more about agricultural fairs at Hilltown Families’ posts about youth aggie fair participation and the fairs’ multidisciplinary learning opportunities. 413-623-6027. 7 Bell Road, Middlefield, MA. (< $)

Sunday, August 16. 10:30am-11:45am — STEM
The outdoors provides a wonderful classroom in which to explore, experiment, create, and discover! Bring your family to a free Tinkergarten class and learn new ways to enhance STEM learning through engaging, hands-on activities and projects. This event is geared for families with children ages 18 months to 8 years. Registration required. Groff Park, Mill Lane, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 16. 11am-7pm — LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Food trucks are everywhere, and some have been so successful that brick-and-mortar restaurants are studying their methods. One fantastic feature of food trucks is that they allow you access to a variety of food in a wide range of locations. Dive into the culinary delights of New England’s finest food trucks at the Massachusetts Food Truck Festival, August 15 &16. In addition to tasty eats, you’ll be treated to live music from great local bands and have access to a kids’ area with face painting, games, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Northampton Survival Center. Three County Fairgrounds, 41 Fair Street, Northampton, MA. (< $; FREE for children 17 and under)

Sunday, August 16. 12pm-1:30pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
Look Park invites everyone to join them for a rousing performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Arrive at 5pm with a blanket to find a seat and mingle with the comedy’s characters. The performance starts at 6pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. (< $ per car for parking)

Sunday, August 16, 1pm-3pm — HISTORY & SURVEYING
Local landscapes tell stories, but we often need a bit of training to know how to read them! Join one of the Plainfield Historical Society‘s “Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills” field trips to gain skills needed to accurately interpret different landscapes, and to hear the stories our local landscapes are sharing. This week’s adventure focuses on the mills of Mill River. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 413-634-2250. Meet behind the Shaw Memorial Library, 304/312 Main Street, Plainfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 16. 2pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Sunday, August 16. 5:30pm. COMMUNITY DINNER
Celebrate the connections between Buckland and Shelburne, and make some enlightening connections of your own, with fellow diners at the 15th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner. A one-of-a-kind feast, prepared by local restaurants and caterers, will provide you with opportunities to enjoy a leisurely supper and conversation with folks in your community. The setting will be as fabulous as the company–dining on the Iron Bridge at sunset! Rain or shine. Advance ticket purchase required. Funds raised will support the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and the Mohawk Athletic Association. 413-625-2526. Iron Bridge, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 16. 5:30pm-7:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Chesterwood presents Chesterfest, a series of concerts celebrating Americana music, on Sunday evenings through August 30. Grounds open at 5pm; beverages and barbeque food will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (concerts and seating are under a giant tent). 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 17 FREE)

Sunday, August 16. 7pm — OUTDOOR THEATRE
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company‘s talented young company (comprised of local youth ages 13-18) performs Romeo and Juliet at the Renaissance Center’s lovely outdoor performance space August 14-16. The box office will open at 6pm, and audience members are asked to arrive early to purchase tickets and find seats before 7pm. Chairs are provided and folks are welcome to bring blankets to sit on if they prefer. In the event of rain, performance will be moved indoors. 413-534-3789. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 16. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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Monday, August 17

Monday, August 17. 8:15am-9:15am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome to walk along with the adults, too. Come out for some mood-lifting exercise and social support! This walk around downtown Belchertown will be about 1 mile long. Parking is available behind the BUUC church or in the town lot at the end of the common. 301-906-4700. Canon by the War Memorials, Belchertown Common, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 17. 10am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Have a baby? Whether your day is off to a fabulous start or you’re encountering some challenges, some fresh air and exercise will do you both a world of good! Meet other parents of babies, walk with your stroller along a level track, and refuel with water and snacks at this morning walking program sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires. Attendees will receive a free pedometer to track their daily steps, too! 413-664-4821 x 10. Walking track near Noel Field, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 17. 6pm-8pm. GARDENING
Is your garden overrun by hostas or lilies? Did you harvest seeds from your garden but end up with far more than you could ever sow? How did you end up with four gardening spades, anyway? Head to the Valley Time Trade plant swap to exchange your plants and other garden-related items for others that will round out your collection. Participants are asked to arrive on time so that each trader can introduce her/himself and the items s/he has brought to trade. 413-587-1011. Forbes Library, 210 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 17. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

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

  • 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.
  • 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-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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children are invited to participate in a new support group that meets on the first Monday of every month (excepting Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, August 18

Tuesday, August 18. 9:30am-11am — EXERCISE & PARENTING SUPPORT
Hike It Baby hikes are designed to allow parents and caregivers opportunities to exercise together in stroller- and other child carrier-friendly ways. Older children are welcome, too. This event is an organized playgroup at the new School Street splash park. Wear water shoes, bring a towel, and have swim diapers for tiny tots. Parking is available on Corey Street or in the School Street lot. 455 Corey Street, Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 18. 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 snakes. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 18. 1pm — STORYTELLING & MUSIC
One of the most powerful ways to learn about another person, place, or time, is through carefully crafted stories. The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, share stories from around the world with their audiences, honoring different cultures through words, traditional instruments, and dances. This program, hosted by the Berkshire Athenaeum, is suggested for children ages 5 and up with an adult. 413-499-9480 x 5. 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 18. 3pm – 4pm — ARTS & CRAFTS
Children need coaching on how to cope with challenging or confusing emotions. Glitter calm down jars are a great item to have in your parenting toolbox for times when your child needs to settle, refocus, or simply take a break from a situation. This week at the Odyssey Bookshop‘s Camp Odyssey Craft Camp, kids will make their own mesmerizing calm down jars. They’re sure to get a lot of use, even during non-challenging times, because they are so beautiful to observe! Ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (< $)

Tuesday, August 18. 4:30pm-6:30pm — COMMUNITY DINNER & CONCERT
Break bread with your friends and neighbors at the Amherst South Congregational Church‘s 4th Annual Chicken Barbeque, followed by great music by the Amherst Community Band! Meals may be ordered in advance and picked up at the church, and everyone is invited to bring their food over to the South Amherst Common for a picnic and concert. 413-253-2977. 1066 South East Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

Tuesday, August 18. 6pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Bring a picnic dinner and blanket or chairs and head over to the Whately Library for a fun concert by T.J. and the Peepers. Music will include something for everyone, including jazz, country, folk, and more! 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA. (FREE)

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

  • TBA – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Grow and share your gardening skills in the gardens of Naumkeag and the Mission House, properties of the Trustees of Reservations. Volunteers will be thanked with free admission to special lectures and workshops. Runs Tuesdays through August 25, 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help improve the Trustees of Reservations trails at Notchview with the property’s Trail Team. A variety of opportunities are available, from light work to heavy maintenance and construction. Runs second and fourth Tuesdays through October 2015. 413-532-1631 x 19. Route 9, Windsor, 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-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-12pm – 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)
  • 10am-12pm – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s summer sketch club is held Tuesdays through August 25. This ongoing painting and drawing class encourages self-expression and creativity, and is held outdoors, weather permitting. Intended for children ages 7 and up. Bring a sketchbook or drawing pad and sunscreen. 413-931-2290. 9 MA Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)
  • 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)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – TECHOLOGY SUPPORT: The Storrs Library’s Tech Tuesday ongoing, drop-in sessions allow folks to receive coaching in various skills with which they’ve been needing support. Learn how to use your new computer, send email, operate an e-reader, and more. Bring your phone, e-reader, or other relevant device. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, 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 every Tuesday, 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-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)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – LEGOS: The Meekins Library has a new LEGO club which meets in the Hawks Hayden Room every Tuesday. Designed with kids ages 5-11 in mind, but everyone is welcome! 413-268-7488. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, 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)
  • 6pm – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 19

Wednesday, August 19. 4:30pm-6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Visit Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property, for Watermelon Wednesdays! Visitors will enjoy juicy watermelon, as well as an entertaining performance by the Nutshell Playhouse. Reservations encouraged. 413-298-8138. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children)

Wednesday, August 19. 6pm – 7pm — SCHOOL READINESS
Get your almost-kindergartner excited about the school year ahead with a fun ice cream social at the Haskins Center playground sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires. Rising kindergartners and their caregivers are invited to attend to make ice cream sundaes and meet new friends. A head count helps estimate supplies, so please call if you plan to attend. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 19. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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

  • ALL DAY – GAMES/RIDES: Every Wednesday this summer 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-11:30am – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Creating Together” program invites families to visit the galleries and then create art inspired by what they’ve seen. Intended for children ages 4 and up with a caregiver. This program runs through August 26. 413-931-2290. 9 MA Route 183, Stockbridge, 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 – 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)
  • 10:30am – 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 – LOCAL HISTORY & MUSIC: Visitors to Tanglewood may participate in a free, guided walking tour of the campus most Tuesdays (1:30pm), Wednesdays (10:30am), Saturdays (1:30pm), and Sundays (12:30pm; for concert ticket holders only) through the summer. Tours begin at the Visitors Center/Tanglewood Manor House. Rain or shine. 413-637-5393. 297 West Street, Lenox, 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm – STORYTIME: Wednesdays through August 19 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” bedtime story and snack time for children and their families. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-8:30pm – CONCERT: The Shelburne Falls Military Band hosts a series of Wednesday evening concerts through August 23. Concerts are family-friendly and allow kids to be up close to the musicians where they can see how different instruments are played. Location changes each week but will be within western Franklin County, 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.
  • 7pm-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Creacion Latin Big Band has open practice sessions every first and third Wednesdays. Enjoy salsa, cha cha, mambo, and more, and enjoy food and drink from the beer garden, too. Audience members are invited to dance to their hearts’ content! 413-650-2670. Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 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, August 20

Thursday, August 20. 9am-3pm — CAR SEAT SAFETY
Should you be using LATCH or the shoulder belt to install car seats in your particular make and model of car? Are you a new parent who wants to ensure your car seat is ready to go for when you bring your new baby home? When properly installed, child safety seats drastically reduce the risk of death or serious injury in car accidents. As a part of the Safe Seats for Kids program, Amherst police officers will install infant and toddler car seats for you! What an excellent service for both safety and peace of mind! 413-362-1875. ARPS Family Center, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 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 Turbo (PG, 2013). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, August 20. 2pm-8pm — COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Celebrate Springfield with your neighbors at the Springfield City Library‘s Mason Square Branch community picnic and festival! There will be a book sale, chalk drawing, stories, games, face painting, and a bike rodeo, followed by a picnic (with veggies from the library’s own garden!) and live music. 413-263-6828. 765 State Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 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, August 20, 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, August 20. 6:30pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Thursday evenings through the summer, the Westhampton Public LIbrary hosts its “Field of Dreams” concert series. Tonight’s concert features the Lonesome Brothers. Rain location is Westhampton Town Hall. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 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 Union Jack. Rain date 8/23. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 6:30pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Old-time Appalachian roots band Moonshine Holler performs the Huntington Summer Music Series concert this week. Bring a lawn chair and partake of the local bake sale goods, too! In case of rain, performance will be held inside Stanton Hall. 413-667-5563. Huntington Gazebo (Routes 20 & 112), Huntington, MA

Thursday, August 20. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Thursday, August 20. 7pm —POETRY SLAM
Young Berkshire residents will perform spoken word and poetry pieces at the WordxWord: Youth Speak 413 poetry slam at the Berkshire Museum. Come witness the talent of these local word artists and writers! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 20. 7pm — THEATRE
The lives of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield from 1840-1940 are showcased in rich detail in I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century, a play being performed at Melville’s Arrowhead Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through August 29th. This realistic interpretation, based on written and oral histories, contains themes of ethnic hostility, poverty, and prejudice, and as such is appropriate for mature teens and adults. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-442-1973. The Red Barn Theater, Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Thursday, August 20. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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

  • 9am-12pm – VOLUNTEERING: Help monitor and care for the trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Runs Thursdays through November 26, 2015. Contact conservation ranger Rene Wendell for more details. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, 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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Thursday in Goshen Town Hall. There will be storytime, crafts, projects, and more. 42 Main Street. Goshen, MA.
  • 10am-12pm – CRAFT & STORYTIME: Thursdays through August 20 the Arms Library hosts an “Every Hero Has a Story” craft and storytime for children and their families. 413-625-0306. 60 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, 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)
  • 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)
  • 1:30pm — PUPPETRY: The Berkshire Museum invites children and their families to the Immortal Present: Art and East Asia galleries for a shadow puppet program every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July and August. Participants will watch a shadow puppet show and make their own puppets, too! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Thursday for a bilingual story club (English and Spanish). Come sing, dance, play, hear stories in English and Spanish, and meet new friends. 413-263-6805. 359 Plainfield Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm – HISTORY: Children and their families are invited to explore the rooms of Naumkeag house, a Trustees of Reservations property, through the eyes of those who lived there. Fun, outdoor lawn games will be available from 11am-4pm, too! Program runs Thursdays through August 27, 2015. 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 2pm-4pm – KNITTING: Knitting provides an excellent base for intergenerational skill sharing every Thursday. Bring your current project or one you’ve been meaning to start! All levels of knitters are welcome at this Thursday knitting circle, hosted at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street, Pittsfield, 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)
  • 5pm-8pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT: Stunning scenery, sunsets, and great music await you at the Naumkeag at Night concert series which runs Thursdays through September 17, 2015. Sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket! 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)
  • 5pm-8pm – ART: The galleries at Williams College Museum of Art are open late on Thursdays in July and August. The patio, with its beautiful views of the Berkshires, will be open late, too, for those who wish to relax and enjoy the scenery. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive #2, Williamstown, 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 – PARENTING & CLIMATE CHANGE: Mothers Out Front is a group of “mothers and others” who are concerned about climate change and passionate about creating a cleaner energy future for future generations. Learn more about the group’s work and meet other parents with whom to share your stories, hopes, and fears at their monthly climate support gatherings, held every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP via the MOF site. Sunderland, MA (Tuesdays) and Florence, MA (Thursdays). (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)

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Friday, August 21

Friday, August 21. 9am-3pm — CAR SEAT SAFETY
Should you be using LATCH or the shoulder belt to install car seats in your particular make and model of car? Are you a new parent who wants to ensure your car seat is ready to go for when you bring your new baby home? When properly installed, child safety seats drastically reduce the risk of death or serious injury in car accidents. As a part of the Safe Seats for Kids program, Amherst police officers will install infant and toddler car seats for you! What an excellent service for both safety and peace of mind! 413-362-1875. ARPS Family Center, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 10am – 11am — SCHOOL READINESS
Some children are excited to ride the school bus for the first time, while others face this milestone with trepidation. No matter what your young child’s feelings about riding the bus, s/he will gain important information and experience on today’s “I Rode the Bus” event. Sponsored by Child Care of the Berkshires, this program invites rising preschoolers and kindergartners to take a short, fun bus ride with their caregivers. There will also be a circle time, a read-aloud story, and an art project for everyone to enjoy. Each child who participates will receive a free book. Registration encouraged. 413-664-4821. Haskins Community Center, 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 11am – MUSIC
Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and ukuleles at this program. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 11am — LOCAL FAUNA
Have you encountered snakes in your yard or on your hikes? Were you able to determine which species they were? The rattlesnakes may be among the easiest to identify! Get to know the snakes that inhabit Western Massachusetts at this Berkshire Botanical Garden presentation by Professor Tom Tyning. A few live snakes will be on hand, too! 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($; FREE for children under 12)

Friday, August 21. 11am & 2pm — THEATRE
Talking flowers, a riddling doormouse, the comic duo of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and a rabbit who is running out of time accompany Alice in the Berkshire Children’s Theater’s performance of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, August 21. 11am-6pm — BOOK SALE
Have you ever passed along a favorite book to a friend? Are some of the books in your home ones which were important to others before they came into your life? Books are wonderful items to use and then pass along! To this end, the Lenox Library is hosting its 20th annual Giant “Bargains in Books” Sale August 21-23, comprised almost entirely of books donated by the community. This sort of community sale provides an excellent opportunity for children to practice basic financial skills like budgeting and prioritizing. With book prices starting at fifty cents, a child could learn a great deal navigating the sale with $1 of his or her own to spend! The sale will also include music and artwork, and a special selection of first editions, rare volumes, and the like. All proceeds benefit the library’s educational programs. 413-445-5679. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA. (DONATION until 2pm; FREE after 2pm)

Friday, August 21. 2:30pm-7pm — DANCE
Jacob’s Pillow is hosting a number of dance-related activities for children and their families as a part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program. At 2:30, kids can try out an open hip-hop class, at 4pm there will be a swing dance class, and the evening’s finale is a swing dance performance on the outdoor stage. What an amazing opportunity to both watch and learn dance techniques from some of the world’s finest dancers! 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 4pm-11pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Celebrate Holyoke’s vibrant community through music, art, food, and socializing at a weekend-long festival, Celebrate Holyoke 2015! Learn about the talents of area artisans as you stroll through the arts bazaar, and enjoy a variety of live music all day long. Be sure to bring your appetite for favorite foods and new culinary adventures, too. Dwight Street & Front Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 5pm-11pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Have you visited one of our local agricultural fairs yet this year? The Heath Fair is a lovely small town fair that runs August 21-23, and includes all of the components of a classic aggie fair! Friday’s schedule includes an antique tractor parade, a ham and bean supper, a tractor pull, bingo, music by talented local bands Kalliope Jones and Bright Lines, a square dance, and fireworks! Rain or shine (shelter provided). Heath Fairgrounds, Colrain Stage Road, Heath, MA. ($; FREE for children 9 and under)

Friday, August 21. 5pm-10pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Agricultural fairs have a strong history in Western Massachusetts. Don’t let aggie fair season pass you by without attending one! The Westfield Fair, in which many generations of Westfield residents have participated over the years, runs August 21-23. Friday’s events include truck pulls, live music, rides, and games. Learn more from these Hilltown Families posts about youth participation at agricultural fairs and their multidisciplinary learning opportunities! 413-222-4067. 137 Russellville Road, Westfield, MA. (< $; FREE for children under 12)

Friday, August 21. 6:30pm — POETRY SLAM
The WordxWord StorySlam finalists will perform their stories at the Berkshire Museum. This is live storytelling at its finest! Stay for the second event at 8pm, when five featured performers will share their work. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 21. 7pm — THEATRE
Mary Poppins is full of magical moments you will remember from when you first saw the story on screen or stage. Share the story and songs of everyone’s favorite nanny with the children in your life at the Berkshire Theatre Group‘s production of Mary Poppins. This tenth annual production of the show will include over 100 talented Berkshire County natives in fabulously choreographed song and dance numbers! Runs August 13 – August 23. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Friday, August 21. 7pm — THEATRE
The lives of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield from 1840-1940 are showcased in rich detail in I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century, a play being performed at Melville’s Arrowhead Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through August 29th. This realistic interpretation, based on written and oral histories, contains themes of ethnic hostility, poverty, and prejudice, and as such is appropriate for mature teens and adults. Reservations strongly recommended. 413-442-1973. The Red Barn Theater, Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Friday, August 21. 8pm — THEATRE
Double Edge Theatre presents Once a Blue Moon, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle in which audience members will traverse hills, pastures, riverbanks, and gardens as they follow performers through a magical realism tale. Performances run Wednesdays-Sundays, July 29-August 23. Rain or shine. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAY (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 – VOLUNTEERING/LITERACY: The Gaylord Memorial Library is looking for pre-teen and teen volunteers to help set up crafts, read stories to younger children, and shelve books on Friday mornings during the summer months. Those interested should stop by the library to fill out a volunteer application. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (VOLUNTEER)
  • 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 – 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-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 every Friday 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. ($)
  • 10am-12pm – ART: The Norman Rockwell Museum‘s “Kids Create” program offers drop-in art projects for children ages 3-6 with a caregiver. This program runs through August 28. 413-931-2290. 9 MA Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4pm – MUSIC APPRECIATION: The Lenox Library hosts Tanglewood pre-concert lectures every Friday and Saturday during Tanglewood’s summer season. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA ($)
  • 3pm – THEATRE: Every Friday through August 21, the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents readings of bold new works from leading playwrights. Appropriate for older students and adults. Nikos Stage, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)
  • 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-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 every Friday! 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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