Suggested Events for August 22nd-28th, 2015

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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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

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 30

Meet Mo Willems and Elephant and Piggie! Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA (125 West Bay Road), for a fun day with author and artist Mo Willems on Sunday, August 30th beginning at 10am. Meet Mo and get books signed. See new Elephant and Piggie films by Weston Woods! Make art inspired by Mo’s work and get a pigeon tattoo! As a special treat, Herrell’s ice cream will be serving ice cream flavors in honor of Elephant and Piggie! Note: Scheduled films followed by a Mo Willems Q&A are sold out, but films will be repeated throughout the day. See www.carlemuseum.org for more information. 413-658-1105.

Begins Sept 8

Kathryn Kothe Roszko of CyclePottery in Florence will begin new sessions of after-school kids’ (ages 8+) beginner-intermediate wheel throwing classes beginning Sept 8: Tues. from 4-5:30 & Wed. 1:30-3 for 6 weeks. Starting the same week, Bonnie Cooper of bcooperclay will join CyclePottery studio to teach handbuilding classes to teens & adults on Tues. & Wed. nights from 5:30-8. She has 20 years of experience teaching and exhibiting ceramics nationwide. Also, open studios for former students and non-beginners will begin soon on Sundays from 12-3. Both classes are small with 4-6 students max. Visit www.CyclePottery.com for more info and visit CyclePottery on Facebook. Contact Kathryn at 413-219-9594 or kathryn@cyclepottery.com

Begins in Sept

Founded by two Pioneer Valley parents when they lived in Brooklyn, NY, Tinkergarten® has come to Western MA! Tinkergarten provides educational classes for kids ages 18 mos to 8 yrs in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. The program aims to revive the most influential part of childhood — time to tinker in nature. The curriculum is designed to help kids become well-balanced people who can problem-solve, lead, and create. Angela Russo, talented Tinkergarten leader and local mom, is offering Fall classes and free trials in Amherst and Northampton. Learn more about the program and Angela’s classes at http://tkgtn.com/g0ce1. Want to give it a try? Use code hilltownfam15 to save 15% before 9/1. Have questions? Call 805-751-8465.

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)

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August 22nd-28th, 2015

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Saturday, August 22nd

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 22. (TBA) — 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. 413-772-2020. Lake Warner, North Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 8am-5pm — TOMATO FESTIVAL & CULINARY ARTS
Can’t get enough of ripe, summertime tomatoes? Visit Red Fire Farm‘s Tomato Festival, where you can sample over 100 tomato varieties. Kids enjoy tasting the tomatoes and comparing the fruits’ different colors, textures, seeds, and flavors. Folks who grow their own tomatoes can benefit from trying out varieties they’ve never included in their own gardens, in order to choose something new for next year’s crop. In addition to the popular tomato tasting, there will be a 5K race through the farm’s fields, food preparation workshops, a stage with music from local musicians, and a designated area for kids’ activities. 413-467-7645. 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA. (< $; FREE for children age 10 and under)

Saturday, August 22. 8am-10pm — 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! Saturday’s schedule includes animal shows, a horse draw, a kids’ tractor pull, wagon rides, games, live music and a chicken barbeque! There will also be interesting workshops and demos at which you can learn about herd dogs, smoking meats, sheep shearing, and CPR/first aid from local experts. Rain or shine (shelter provided). Heath Fairgrounds, Colrain Stage Road, Heath, MA. ($; FREE for children 9 and under)

Saturday, August 22. 8am-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. Saturday’s events include a demolition derby, 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)

Saturday, August 22. 10am-5pm — 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. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 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. ($)

Saturday, August 22. 11am-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. A highlight of the event is the 1000 foot long “Slide the City” slip and slide! Wear your bathing suit and cool off before or after enjoy everything else the festival has to offer. Dwight Street & Front Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE; $ for a trip down the slip and slide)

Saturday, August 22. 6:30pm — POETRY SLAM
The WordxWord Poetry Slam finalists will compete for the title of ” 2015 WXW Poetry Slam Champion” at the Berkshire Museum. Stay for the WXW 2015 finale event at 8pm, which will feature some of the Berkshires’ most talented storytellers and performance poets. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 8:30am-11:30am — CANOEING & NATURAL HISTORY
The Housatonic River and its banks are home to many plant and animal species, but many of these areas are in need of protection and restoration. Learn about the river’s past, present, and future as you explore the meandering Housatonic via canoe with a knowledgeable guide. Bald eagles may soar overhead, and a variety of landscapes will be visible, too. Paddles, PFDs, and boats will be provided. Meets at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property. Registration required. 413-229-8600. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 22. 9am-12pm — BOTANY & CULINARY ARTS
Have you ever tasted a milkweed pod or snacked on milkweed cheese? Perhaps wild carrot spice cake with sumac frosting is more to your taste? A wonderful opportunity to learn to identify local edible plants and then to taste a wide variety of dishes highlighting those ingredients awaits you at Acorn Kitchen‘s Fresh & Feral Wild Food Plant Walk & Feast! Registration required. 413-588-6881. Tripple Brook Nursery, 37 Middle Road, Southampton, MA. ($$; FREE for children under 12)

Saturday, August 22. 10am — FILM STUDIES
Amherst Cinema‘s Family Films Series presents a Looney Tunes revue (NR, 1944-1957) featuring nine animated shorts with classic Looney Tunes characters. 413-253-2547 x 6. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (< $)

Saturday, August 22. 10am-12pm — BIKE TOUR
You’ve crossed many of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague, but do you know when and how they got there? This bike tour along the Canal-side Rail Trail will take participants past bridges where they will learn about each structure, as well as the challenges of spanning the Connecticut River, from a Great Falls Discovery Center guide. Bring your bike, water, insect repellant, sunscreen, and helmet. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 10am-12pm — PERFORMING ARTS
Expressing ourselves through performing arts is valuable on many levels. Ballet can help people develop better focus, increase their confidence, improve their physical fitness, and learn about other cultures. If your child is interested in dancing, he or she may enjoy the Pioneer Valley Ballet‘s open house! Tour the studio, meet the trainers, and try out a class. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. 413-527-6363. 116 Pleasant Street, #155, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 10am-5pm — PALEONTOLOGY
Anyone interested in dinosaurs will enjoy the fossils and interactive exhibits of the Jurassic Road Show, featured at the Springfield Museum‘s Dinosaur Hall. Two films will show throughout the day, and there will be special stations set up for children to participate in their own “fossil” digs. In addition, Dr. Patrick Getty, a knowledgeable paleontologist, will be present to answer any dinosaur-related questions that visitors have! Each family will receive a set of dinosaur footprint trading cards, too. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 22. 11am — COMMUNITY HEROES
Celebrate local heroes at the Stockbridge Library‘s Community Hero Day. Stockbridge Police Chief Bob Eaton and Fire Chief Chuck Cardillo will drive their official vehicles to the library where children can view them up close. Both chiefs will stay on site to visit with participants. 413-298-5501. 2 Depot Street, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 11am — PUPPET SHOW
Beautiful handmade puppets and scenery await the audience members of the Gerwick Puppets‘ “A Woodland Cinderella.” This performance highlights the importance of being good and the problems with being overly focused on material possessions. Intended for ages 3-11. 413-369-4646. Field Memorial Library, 1 Elm Street, Conway, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 12pm-4pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
People move around a lot these days, and it can sometimes leave us feeling disconnected from our neighborhoods and larger communities. One way to dig your roots deeper into your current location is by participating in a block party! This year, the Saint James Episcopal Church is hosting their second annual Federal Street Neighborhood Block Party with music, food, games, circus arts, and a raffle to support community nonprofits. Transportation will be provided for anyone who cannot walk, bike, or drive to the event. 413-773-3925. 8 Church Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 22. 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 22. 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. ($)

Saturday, August 22. 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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Sunday, August 23rd

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 23. 8am-5pm — 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! Sunday starts off with a blueberry pancake breakfast and will also feature an ox draw, classic cars, youth sheep and cattle shows, wagon rides, live music, and games. A highlight of the day will be the “Farm & Forest, Then & Now” parade, which will highlight changes in our local landscapes and traditions over the course of time. Rain or shine (shelter provided). Heath Fairgrounds, Colrain Stage Road, Heath, MA. ($; FREE for children 9 and under)

Sunday, August 23. 8am-5pm — 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. Sunday’s events include a mud bog! Have you ever seen one of those? If you and/or your kids like vehicles and mud, you’re sure to enjoy this part of the day. 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)

Sunday, August 23. 10am-2pm — BOTANY/GARDENING
Seed saving allows gardeners to plant favorite crops again and again at a fraction of the cost of buying new seeds each year. Of equal importance, it is essential in our preservation of biodiversity. Learn how to harvest, process, and store the seeds from your flowers, veggies, and other plants at the Introduction to Seed-Saving workshop offered by the New England Wild Flower Society. Dress in gardening clothes, as there will be hands-on elements of the presentation. Registration required. 508-877-7630. Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street, South Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, August 23. 10am-5pm — 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. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 11am-7pm — 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)

Sunday, August 23. 1pm-5pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION & LOCAL AGRICULTURE
How many different kinds of corn are there? Which varieties are grown in Western Massachusetts? Explore the different textures and flavors of butter & sugar corn, white corn, and candy corn, among others, at Whitney’s Farm Market‘s 6th annual Corn Fest! There will be a corn shucking contest, a corn eating contest, races, a petting zoo, and some delicious corn chowder. Visitors are also invited to bring a jar of homemade pickles (with name and phone number on the jar) to enter in the Pickle Patch competition for a chance to be crowned “best pickle in Berkshire County.” 413-442-4749. 1775 South State Road, Cheshire, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 2pm — HISTORY & EDUCATION
Reading and writing and ‘rithmetic, right? What was the school experience like for students and teachers in the era of one room school houses? Explore this interesting chapter of educational history with Dennis Picard at the Huntington Historical Society‘s program, “All to the Tune of a Hickory Stick: A Look at Education in the One Room Schoolhouse.” Light refreshments will be served. 413-667-3453. Stanton Hall, 26 Russell Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
The Charles Gillet Cigar Factory, built in 1892, is the last surviving building of its kind in the valley. It is one of two museums operated by the Southwick Historical Society, and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about a manufacturing process that was important in our region in another era. The Southwick Historical Society also runs the Joseph Moore House, a structure that was built in 1751 by Joseph Moore, who lost his life in the Revolutionary War. Visit both of these museums at an open house this summer or fall, and savor the interesting artifacts and ephemera they hold while touring with a docent! Open house dates: 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25. 413-569-0275. 86 College Highway, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 2pm-4pm — LOCAL HISTORY
Artifacts hold rich stories about the people who interacted with them and the eras in which they were used. You can view three floors of local artifacts as well as a furnished saltbox home, an English barn, and a shoemaker’s shop from the late 1700s at the Buckland Historical Society‘s open house. You and your child might bring a sketchbook to record some of your observations or to draft a piece of writing inspired by the items you encounter! 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street, Buckland Center, MA and 129 Route 112, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 4:30pm-6:30pm — COMMUNITY MEAL
What could be more delightful than an evening of al fresco dining with your friends and neighbors, where the food is sourced from dozens of local farms and prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs? Don’t miss this opportunity to savor the best of summer produce while supporting the Center for Self-Reliance, a food pantry based in Greenfield during the annual Free Harvest Supper. In addition to the dinner, there will be live music and children’s activities. The unique “Really, Really Free Market” will be full of donated produce from community gardens (bring any surplus you like!), and everyone is welcome to “shop” and take home the items they’d like. This is a great chance to invite your children to choose a new vegetable or two and to prepare it for a meal later in the week! Be sure to bring your own place setting(s). 413-773-5029. Greenfield Town Common (Court Square), Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, August 23. 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 23. 5:30pm-7:30pm — COMMUNITY SING
Do you and your children love to sing? Singing in a group with many harmonizing voices can be a transcendent experience, and when the songs are selected from traditional pieces, there is so much culture and history one can learn! Earthdance invites your family to a community a cappella sing in its Dance Barn. Songs will be taught by rote, so there is no need to read music. All ages welcome! A potluck dinner will follow the sing. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 23. 6pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
The Alternate Routes will be performing their original rock music tonight at the Greenfield Energy Park, hosted by the Greenfield Recreation Department. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

Sunday, August 23. 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! If you’ve been meaning to see this, don’t wait any longer! This will be the closing performance of this year’s Mary Poppins production. 413-997-4444. Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($-$$)

Sunday, August 23. 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 24th

Monday, August 24. 9am-10am — PHILOSOPHY
What does it mean to be inspired? Where does inspiration come from, and how can we inspire others? Dive into deep conversation with cultural and artistic luminaries from the Berkshires and explore the nature of inspiration at the Trustees of Reservations‘ Monday Morning Breakfast Chat. An informal breakfast will be provided on the veranda. Appropriate for older students and adults. 413-298-3239 x 3016. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. (< $)

Monday, August 24. 9am-3pm — CREATIVE WRITING
Is your child brimming with imaginative tales? Flywheel Arts Collaborative‘s Zine Camp provides the space, guidance, encouragement, and peer community in which any child can develop a zine. If you’ve never heard of one, a zine (abbreviated from magazine) is a booklet or small magazine that someone (or a team of folks) creates and then distributes to or trades with others. Zines give writers a way to share their craft with a wider audience without needing approval from a professional publisher; they are, as Flywheel puts it, “a space for everybody’s voice to be heard.” Program runs daily from 9am-3pm, August 24-August 28. Registration required. 910-227-9279. 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. ($$$; partial scholarships available)

Monday, August 24. 7:30pm-8:30pm — PARENTING
Are you looking for ways to help your child become a more confident learner? Have you wondered how to identify and support your child’s development of essential life and academic skills? Writing and executive function coach, Kim Starkman, will be at the Forbes Library to offer a class for parents who would like to gain a better understanding of executive function skills and learn strategies for helping their children overcome learning challenges. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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)
  • 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 25th

Tuesday, August 25. (VARIES) LOCAL AGRICULTURE & CULINARY ARTS
With farmers’ markets throughout the week and produce stands at countless street corners, front yards, and farmhouses, it can be easy to take our access to local produce for granted. Each year, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) organizes Local Hero Restaurant Days to highlight all of the spectacular produce grown in the Pioneer Valley as well as the restaurants that are committed to incorporating local produce into their menus. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the role of agriculture in our region, and to celebrate the delicious tastes of summer! Sixty-eight restaurants will participate in this event, which runs August 25-26. 413-665-7100. Locations vary, Pioneer Valley, MA. (<$-$$$)

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Tuesday, August 25. 10am-11am — STEM/NATURE-BASED PLAY
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 3 years. Registration required. Child’s Park, Woodlawn Avenue, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 25. 10am-12pm — COMMUNITY SERVICE
Gardening allows you to connect with the Earth, and gardening with others allows you to build connections with folks in your community, too. Then there’s the satisfaction of helping grow food, and the improved understanding of the origins of our foods! Food for All Amherst offers several fabulous volunteer opportunities throughout the summer in which you and your children can help with planting, seeding, and weeding. Light refreshments provided. Mass Agricultural Learning Center, 911 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 25. 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 coyotes. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 25. 10:30am-12pm — NATIVE FAUNA & NATURALIST SKILLS
Basic naturalist skills are fun to develop and will serve a person for a lifetime! Learning to use a hand lens helps develop fine motor skills and increases one’s ability to observe, and subsequently, describe objects. Discovering how a field guide is organized and how it is used helps one establish a stronger understanding of systems of classification and allows for lots of practice with comparing and contrasting. Project Native‘s Bug & Butterfly Safaris invite children to develop and practice these skills as they traverse fields in search of eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages welcome; all children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 413-274-3433. 342 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 25. 11am — LEGOS/MOVIE/CREATIVE PLAY
Chances are, there is someone in your family who loves LEGOs. These iconic bricks have come to be used for major art exhibits, modeling molecules in the classroom, and therapy, among many other interesting applications! Learn more about the history of LEGOs and LEGO culture at the Berkshire Museum‘s screening of A LEGO Brickumentary (G, 2015). After the movie, explore the museum and do some creating of your own in the hands-on Spark!Lab, where engaging Imagination Playground components await you! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($; FREE for members and children under 3)

Tuesday, August 25. 4pm — ART HISTORY
During the Victorian Era, it was popular to display natural objects under glass domes. Commonly displayed items included seashells, taxidermy specimens, human hair sculptures, and seeds! What influences were at play in inspiring this phenomenon? Learn all about this art/collection period from art educator John Whitenight at Ventfort Hall‘s Tea & Talk event. A traditional Victorian tea will be served after the presentation. Appropriate for older students and adults. Reservations recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, August 25. 5:45pm-6:45pm — PARENTING & PHILOSOPHY
Is there a point in human development when people become people? How does language shape our shared reality? What does parenting look like when we acknowledge and embrace the full humanity of every child? Local author Hannah Markos, founder of Four Quarters Press, delves into these topics in her book, Raising Whole People, which she will discuss at the Mason Library. 413-528-1720. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 25, 7pm — EDUCATION/FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Join North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens for a screening of the film, Class Dismissed: A film about learning outside of the classroom. Here’s how the filmmakers describe it:  “All across America, parents are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of public education. The current state of our educational system & economy shines a spotlight on problems with traditional schools. Class Dismissed showcases a growing trend in alternative education strategies that are working for many families across America.” Discussion and tour of North Star’s new building follows screening. 413-582-0193. 45 Amherst Rd., Sunderland, 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)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – FILM STUDIES: The Red Gate Farm Film Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to watch and discuss films in the farm’s program building. A homemade dinner is served, with an optional small donation to cover food costs. All ages welcome, but parents should know that PG and PG-13 movies are shown. Anyone in 3rd grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and participants under 17 must have a signed parental/guardian consent form in order to attend. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, 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 26th

Wednesday, August 26. (VARIES) LOCAL AGRICULTURE & CULINARY ARTS
With farmers’ markets throughout the week and produce stands at countless street corners, front yards, and farmhouses, it can be easy to take our access to local produce for granted. Each year, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) organizes Local Hero Restaurant Days to highlight all of the spectacular produce grown in the Pioneer Valley as well as the restaurants that are committed to incorporating local produce into their menus. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the role of agriculture in our region, and to celebrate the delicious tastes of summer! Sixty-eight restaurants will participate in this event, which runs August 25-26. 413-665-7100. Locations vary, Pioneer Valley, MA. (<$ – $$$)

Wednesday, August 26. 4pm-9pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT (rescheduled from Tuesday, August 25 due to weather)
What fun to see your favorite local bands dressed up as other performers and to hear them play covers of great songs! At the Northampton Arts Council‘s Transperformance, you can enjoy an outdoor music festival to support arts enrichment programs in the Northampton, Leeds, and Florence public schools. Last year the 24 bands included The Sun Parade as Buffalo Springfield, The Snaz as One Direction, and The Nields as the Dixie Chicks! This year’s theme is “Look at the Movies,” and bands will play songs from movie soundtracks. 413-587-1269. Look Park, 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 26. 7pm-9pm — NATURE STUDIES & ENTOMOLOGY
On any given summer night, the sounds of countless insects fill the air. What insects are making these sounds, and what roles do they play in our local ecosystems? Learn about summer’s night insects through a talk and outdoor exploration with naturalist David McLain at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. This program is intended for older teens and adults. Wear long pants, as the outdoor trek passes through fields. Registration required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 26. 8pm-9:30pm — LOCAL HISTORY
One way to learn more about a community–even one you think you know a lot about–is to experience it through a guided tour. The “Ghosts & Legends of Upstreet Pittsfield” walking tour, hosted by local folklorist and historian Joe Durwin, will allow you a unique opportunity to stroll through the streets of Pittsfield while listening to tales of the odd, ghostly, and strange-but-true sort that accompany locations throughout the downtown area. Wear light-colored clothing for visibility. Due to mature themes, it is advised that participants be 12 or older; the event is best suited for an adult audience. Rain cancels. 413-347-9877. Pittsfield Common, Pittsfield, MA. (< $; SUGGESTED DONATION)

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)
  • 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-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)
  • 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 27th

Thursday, August 27. 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 The Croods (PG, 2013). 413-587-4237. Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA. (< $)

Thursday, August 27. 4pm-9:30pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Aggie Fair season marches on with the Cummington Fair, which runs August 27-30. This fair began back in 1883, when the Hillside Agricultural Society began to place strong focus on “the attainment and diffusion of scientific and practical knowledge in the cultivation of the soil.” The modern day fair offers many connections to those first events, and also includes components relevant to current times. Thursday is the “Night for Trucks,” featuring a show of antique tractors and engines and a 4×4 truck pull, as well as a classic midway, rides, crafts, and pig races. Learn more from these Hilltown Families posts about youth participation at agricultural fairs and their multidisciplinary learning opportunities! 413-634-5091. Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA. ($; FREE for children under 10)

Thursday, August 27. 5pm-8pm — OUTDOOR CONCERT
Don’t let summer pass you by without enjoying an outdoor concert! The Trustees of Reservations‘ Naumkeag at Night concert series invites your family to enjoy contemporary instrumental piano music by Dan Kennedy while you take in the property’s gorgeous sunset views. Bring a blanket or chairs, and pack a picnic, too! 413-339-3239. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE for members, $ for nonmembers)

Thursday, August 27. 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 27. 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 Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe. Rain date 8/30. 413-538-5017. Route 47 & Route 116, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 27. 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. ($)

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.
  • 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 28th

Friday, August 28. 11am – MUSIC
Join the Sunderland Public Library for ukulele fun with Julie Stepanek. There will be music, movement, and–of course– ukuleles to share! 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 28. 4pm-9:30pm — AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Aggie Fair season marches on with the Cummington Fair, which runs August 27-30. This fair began back in 1883, when the Hillside Agricultural Society began to place strong focus on “the attainment and diffusion of scientific and practical knowledge in the cultivation of the soil.” The modern day fair offers many connections to those first events, and also includes components relevant to current times. Friday is “Children’s Night” and “Cruise Night,” featuring a sheep show, youth dairy contest, kids’ fun corner, spaghetti dinner, classic car show, and live performances. Learn more from these Hilltown Families posts about youth participation at agricultural fairs and their multidisciplinary learning opportunities! 413-634-5091. Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA. ($; FREE for children under 10)

Friday, August 28. 6:15pm — MOVIE
Why not change up your Friday routine and stop in to the Mason Library for a fun family movie? They will be showing Home (PG, 2015), and sharing popcorn and drinks, too! This suspenseful, adventure-based animated movie is based on Adam Rex’s children’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 28. 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 28. 7pm-10pm — VISUAL ARTS
The sun’s light, reflected off of the full moon, casts an impressive glow across nighttime landscapes. What a perfect opportunity to spend more time outside, enjoying the warmth and sounds of summer? The Clark Art Institute offers a special opportunity on this full moon’s eve, when it hosts a moonlight drawing session. The evening starts with a half hour drawing lesson followed by time for participants to work on their creations. Individual assistance will be offered to participants as they create these nighttime drawings. All art supplies will be provided, and light refreshments will be served. Registration requested. Rain cancels. 413-458-0410. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Friday, August 28. 8pm — OUTDOOR MOVIE
Arrive early to get a good seat for the Greenfield Recreation Department‘s outdoor, big-screen showing of Cinderella (2015, PG). Green River Swimming Area, Nash Mill Road, Greenfield, 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. (< $)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Parents/caregivers and their babies, ages 0-15 months, can come to “Welcome Baby” every Friday at the Storrs Library. This program, run by Pathways for Parents, is all about the importance of reading, music, and interactive play. Call to sign up. 413-565-4182. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 2:30pm-4pm – MUSIC APPRECIATION: The Lenox Library hosts Tanglewood pre-concert lectures every Friday and Saturday during Tanglewood’s summer season. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA ($)
  • 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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