Suggested Events for June 11th-17th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Summer Camps in Western MA

Nearly 70 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from with new camps added every week!

Check out our featured post, 2016 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, arts & crafts, wilderness adventures, dance, performance art, farming, rock climbing, STEM, pre-college, sports, theater… to good old traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Jun 16, Jul 15 & Aug 19

The Amherst Business District is happy to announce the Amherst Community Band, led by Timothy Anderson (Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band) will be performing in its Downtown Beats Summer Concert series. The Free Concerts will be held in Sweetser Park (with the historic fountain) on June 16, July 15, and August 19 from 6:30-8pm. Rain location is the First Congregational Church. Enjoy the stirring sounds of a mini orchestra, complete with brass and string playing popular and classic tunes. Picnic in Sweetser with some famous downtown take out. Simple. Easy. Enjoy!

Flexible Toddler Schedules at the Montessori School of Northampton: For summer and the school year, the Montessori School of Northampton provides flexible toddler programs for children ages 2 to 2 years 11 months. Small class size, a Montessori-trained toddler teacher and a beautifully prepared child-centered environment make MSN the perfect setting for a toddler to experience independence while engaging in enriching activities including self-care, singing, creative movement, cooking, and outdoor play. Flexible full and half day school year schedules are available, as well as four two-week summer sessions running from June 27-August 19. For more information, call 413-586-4538 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

The Bement School’s summer programs offer the fun of traditional day camp with the flexibility of a range of unique activities. The Adventure Day Camp offers engaging games, crafts, & swimming with activity choices that include cooking, rocketry, sports, nature, art, & swimming. Outdoor Challenge Weeks are an exciting collaboration between Bement & Adventure In Adventure Out. The CIT program gives teens experience working with children & developing valuable job skills while still enjoying camp. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers, who enjoy thematic activities, including games, arts & crafts, & outdoor play, as well as field trips & daily swim lessons. Contact summer@bement.org with questions!

A pre-school experience that savors childhood. Nature walks by woods and stream, days of music and song, toys made of natural materials, nourishing, shared meals: these are parts of the young child’s daily rhythm at The Hartsbrook School. Led by experienced, nurturing teachers, the early childhood program supports imagination and joyful play. Give your child the foundation for future learning and enjoy a vibrant parent community. The Hartsbrook School has limited openings for children 2.9 to 5 years old. Applications accepted through the end of June. Please call for more information and a tour of the school. 413-586-1908 x115, 193 Bay Road, Hadley.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Food Episode with Eric Herman! Family music artist Eric Herman serves up a smorgasbord of fun food songs. From chocolate-covered brussels sprouts to a thousand tiny doughnuts, Eric will musically explore the idea that you are what you eat. 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, June 11, 9am-1pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/VOLUNTEER
Do you like to paddle along the Housatonic River? Now is your chance to give back to this recreational and ecological resource, at a river clean up day! Be prepared to be in the river for part of the clean up. Bring a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, water, and sunglasses. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Let the organizers know if you would like to bring your own canoe or kayak to be part of the crew who will be paddling on the water. Meet at Wahconah Park. 105 Wahconah Street. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 11, 10am
LOCAL HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
LIFE Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Washington D.C.’s Governing Magazine have all published articles about the Town Hall of Pelham Massachusetts. What makes this town hall unique and important? Find out at this guided tour of the town hall, and church/museum of Pelham. Special attention will be paid to features of these buildings which can be traced back as far as 1743. For more information please call 413-256-8256. Meet at the town hall complex. 1 Cooleyville Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am
AGRICULTURE/HISTORY
Local history, for people who live in many parts of Western Massachusetts, is agricultural history. The history of agriculture can be preserved and explored in many ways. You can learn this history through storytelling, as well as through the land itself. Lisa DePiano, certified permaculture designer, and Marie Rohan and Wendy Farley, will be discussing these methods of education and preservation at the Gaylord Memorial Library.. Rohan and Farley run the Seeds and Stories program at the library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am-12pm
SUSTAINABILITY/SOLAR ENERGY
Want to learn more about solar energy, including benefits to individuals, the planet, and cost? The Williamsburg Energy Committee will be conducting this information session on community solar. Anyone interested in learning about how to initiate more solar energy in their communities is welcome to attend. Residents of Williamsburg, Haydenville, and surrounding towns will learn specifically about potential plans for group solar energy programs. Representatives from several program providers will be able to answer questions. This meeting will take place at the Williamsburg Town Offices auditorium. 413-348-4053. 141 Main Street. Haydenville, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. These markets provide locally grown items which teach buyers about their habitat through seasonal variation in availability. This Easthampton farmers’ and makers’ market will also offer locally made items, bringing artists and crafters into the mix. See what you can find, every Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 24th. For more information, visit the Easthampton Farmers’ and Makers’ Market website. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am-2pm
HYDROPOWER/HISTORY
Hydroelectricity is a form of electricity powered by the gravitational force of flowing water. At the time of its inception and for many years after, the Turners Falls hydroelectric concrete dam known as Cabot Station was the largest hydroelectric facility east of Niagara Falls. Visitors ages ten and up are invited to tour this working power station! Tours begin at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12, and 12:30. Please register online. Close-toed shoes (no sandals) and long pants are required. The tour includes several flights of stairs. 15 Cabot Street. Turners Falls. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am-2:45pm
HISTORY
The Battle of Kadesh, which took place around 1274 BC, is the earliest battle in recorded history about which we known specific battle tactics and formations. The fact that we know detailed history of the battle makes reenactments possible. The Mason Library will be hosting this historical reenactment, in miniature! Come witness the battle between the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli and the Egyptian Empire under Ramses II played out with miniature figures. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10:30am
MAKERS’ CLUB
Maker spaces and clubs fill the need for a place in which people can combine art and science. These spaces encourage collaboration as people who use them discover how to think, make, do, learn, and share with others. The Westhampton Public Library’s Maker Club does just that! Sign up or stop by to learn more and create something. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am
STORYTIME
This special storytime at the Monson Free Library will feature stories which celebrate the important male figures in our lives. Bring your dad or uncle to enjoy stories and donuts! 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am
HISTORY/STAMPS AND COINS
Stamps and coins are historical artifacts. Stamps reveal cultural trends and values through the images they depict. People who like to collect stamps and coins are invited to the Granby Library for a discussion with Jack Marcy, an avid stamp and coin collector. All ages are welcome. If there is enough interest, this could become an ongoing program. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10:30am-12pm
SKILLSHARING/CARPENTRY
Do you like to canoe or kayak? Owning these tools can be a great recreational investment. Making your own canoe or kayak takes a physical hobby and turns it into an opportunity for learning about carpentry. This workshop at the Bushnell-Sage Library will cover the very basics of skills involved in making ultra lightweight canoes and kayaks. 413-229-7004. 48 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10:30-12:30
JUNIOR STEM/TRANSPORTATION
Lots of little boys and girls are fascinated by cars, trucks, trains, and even the wheels on their bicycles. Parents should feel good about encouraging this early interest in engineering. This “Touch A Truck” event at the Sunderland Public Library will give kids a chance to see a fire truck, police car, and an ambulance from Sunderland’s emergency departments. There will also be police and firemen there to discuss their jobs and answer questions. Introduce your kids to engineering principles, career paths, and the heroic sacrifices some people make for their communities. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 10am-3pm
HORTICULTURE/FUNDRAISING
If you love to garden, you may feel inspired by other gardeners’ landscape styles, flower arrangements, or even garden paintings. You can take a tour of all of those inspiring sights on the 23rd annual Northampton Garden tour. This fundraiser supports programming at the Forbes Library. This year’s eight gardens, along a scenic eighteen mile route, are accessible by car and also by bike for those comfortable with varied terrain. Tickets come with driving directions to this self-guided tour. Volunteer garden guides will be on hand at each location to answer questions. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 11, 11am
FAMILY THEATER
Children’s love of stories and jokes is a testament to the fundamental importance of these forms of expression. Taking your children to theatrical performances can open up their minds to the possibilities of storytelling and other art forms. This Nutshell Playhouse performance combines comedy and storytelling with the use of music and puppets. Catch some laughs with your family members and make a lasting memory together as you enjoy this performance at the Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School. 413-212-1416. 1 Commercial Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 11am-3pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Learning to play a musical instrument helps with many other subject areas unrelated to music itself. These include language development and spatial reasoning skills. Music of all genres consists of patterns and rules which challenge the brain. Come cheer on young musicians of Springfield by attending Community Music School’s All Youth Music Festival at the . Performing groups include Bucket Drumming students from the Springfield Public Library’s Rock the Stacks program, Sonido Musica Middle School Partnerships, Springfield Strings programs in elementary schools, and CMSS’ Prelude Preschool of the Arts! One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 12pm
DANCE STUDIES
Have you ever wanted to take a dance class? Dance is a physical and mental workout involving spatial relationship skills, coordination, and memory. Plus, it’s a fun way to exercise! At Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival you can try modern dance, zumba, and hip hop. You can also watch performances by EarthDance, Berkshire Pulse, Olga Dunn Dance Company, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. This all ages community festival will also involve historic tours, storytimes, scavenger hunts and more. Visit the Jacob’s Pillow website for more information and a schedule of events. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 12pm-7pm
PLACEMAKING
Street festivals encourage people to check out new towns, or new areas of their own towns that they haven’t seen before. This year, Easthampton’s Cultural Chaos street festival is “carnival” themed. Try new food, hear a new local band, and get to know your neighbors! You will be able to meet community organizations which serve Easthampton. Street performers will dazzle you as you walk around town. Makers will be selling their homemade items. At 1pm, Natasha Lowe will sign copies of The Power of Poppy Pendle and The Courage of Cat Campbell at White Square Books. Check the Cultural Chaos website for a full schedule of performances and activities. Easthampton, MA. (FREE ADMISSION/MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 11, 1pm-2pm
BICYCLING
Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for a child, and often it is a memory of working together with a parent or loved one. After achieving balance on the bike, there is still much more to learn about cycling. You may want to take long bike rides with your family, on or off of bike paths. This Bike Rodeo will teach participants how to safely navigate the streets on a bike. This is your child’s chance to practice these skills on a safe, interactive course. This event will also include a helmet safety check and other precautions. A limited number of free bike helmets will be available. This program is best suited for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
At 1:00-2:00pm there will be a course for those in grades K-4 and less experienced riders, followed by a course for those in grades 4-8 and more experienced riders from 2-3pm. Greenfield Middle School. 413-772-1553. 141 Davis Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 1pm-4pm
DENDROLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
What is your favorite New England tree? It’s a tough question to answer if you aren’t familiar with different tree species and how to identify them. This workshop hosted by the Berkshire South Regional Community Center will teach participants about tree identifcation while they enjoy a three mile hike. For registration, questions, and directions, call 413-528-2810 ext. 10. Meet at the gazebo/trail head at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 1:30-3:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
Most people don’t have time to make every single meal, including sauces, dips, and dressings, from scratch. It is a worthwhile project to try, one recipe at a time. Taking a product you normally buy ready-made at the grocery store and making it yourself can teach you about the ingredients involved and usually will yield a healthier and tastier product. In this workshop at the Bushnell-Sage Library you can learn how to make your own strawberry jam! 413-229-7004. 48 South Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 4pm
ART STUDIES/ART HISTORY
As long as visual art has existed, creators have used the human form as inspiration for their work. This talk will discuss the story behind “Splendor, Myth and Vision Paintings: Nudes from the Prado,” exhibition of nude paintings to be temporarily held at the Clark Art Institute. This exhibit includes twenty-eight Old Master paintings of the nude, twenty-four of which have never been on view in the United States. This is your chance to see this collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings and attend a free lecture which will educate you about the role of nude paintings in European art. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 11, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LEGAL STUDIES/CIVIL RIGHTS
The history of civil rights movements is inextricably tied to a history of law. Legal changes take many forms, with many participants. This cemetery walk hosted by the Stockbridge Library will tell the stories of lawyers, judges, and slaves who fought an unfair legal system. Learn about the civil rights movement, law, and local history. For more information call 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102). Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, June 11, 4pm-7pm
THEATER/PLACEMAKING
One of the exciting things about improvised theater is that it opens up the possibility for greater audience involvement. TheatreTruck’s Commedia Grab Bag act lets audiences pick scenes to be performed in a choose-your-own-adventure format. This troupe will be bringing their pop up performance to Easthampton’s Cultural Chaos street festival. You can locate the performance near Cottage and Pine Streets, midway between The Circus Performers and the Center Stage. Shows will take place at 4, 5, and 6pm. Easthampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, June 11, 7pm
MUSICAL THEATER
Musical theater requires a highly impressive range of skills, from memorizing lines, to hitting the right notes. The Broadway Cabaret series at the Spectrum Playhouse showcases some of the best of Berkshire County’s musical theater performers. This show will feature Joe Sicotte and Rachel Fedderly. Snacks and drinks will be available. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. ($)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ongoing Sunday Events

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

Sunday, June 12, 10am-8pm
PLACEMAKING
Celebrate small town life at the Hilltown Hoedown! There will be amusement rides and games for all ages, a truck parade, tractor pull, crafters, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Children and adults can learn about animals and farming while having a great time listening to live, local country music. The Cummington Fairgrounds. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. (<$)

Sunday, June 12, 11am
FAMILY THEATER/JEWISH CULTURE
Actors who utilize puppets engage children’s minds, imaginations, and humor through the creative use of their fabric-based characters. Puppets open up a world of possibility through talking animals or completely imagined creatures. Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks, is a Jewish holiday marking the time of wheat harvest and the day God gave the Torah to the people of Israel. Customary observances include Torah study, reading of liturgical poems, and decorating the home. You can celebrate this holiday by attending a puppet performance by Talking Hands Theater at Sugarloaf Mountain. Mountain Road. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 1:30-4:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Pelham Historical Society formed in 1966 with the immediate goal of blocking a proposed sale of the Pelham Hill Congregational Church bell. Today, this group continues to foster an appreciation and understanding of Pelham history through tours, collections, meetings, and the Pelham Historical Society Museum. The museum opens for the season on June 12th and will remain open on Sundays from 1:30pm-4:30pm through September 25, 2016. This museum holds a permanent collection of local artifacts and also houses temporary exhibits. 413-253-7313. 376 Amherst Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 2pm
ART STUDIES/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Each generation of children in the United States experiences a new set of popular toys. Do today’s toys develop creative and social skills in our children as well as toys of the past? This panel discussion on creative free play will explore this question at Historic Northampton. This talk connects with the “Toys: Yesterday and Today” exhibit on view from June 11 – July 2, 2016. In these works, painter Jan Ruby-Crystal draws upon her own childhood memories of play, as well as her experience as a parent and grandparent, as inspiration for her artwork depicting children and their toys. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 2pm-4pm
ART STUDIES
The Tiny Book Show, a traveling library of handmade miniature books by amateur and professional artists from around the world, will be at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls for a tiny book making workshop! Learn how to make and design these books, which stand at three inches or less. Tiny books are beautiful decorations and gifts. Fill them with any kind of drawing and words. 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 3:30pm
ART STUDIES/SCULPTURE
In addition to showcasing professional works of art, SculptureNow offers workshops to students in the public schools of the Berkshires, encouraging them to learn from what they see and create their own sculpted works. The Mount will be showcasing this year’s SculptureNow exhibition. All are welcome. A 5pm reception will follow. For more information, please call 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Adults $. 18 and under FREE)

Sunday, June 12, 4pm-5:30pm
PARENTING/HEALTH
Anyone who has had a poor night of sleep knows how important rest is for brain function. Sleep helps us regulate emotions, make decisions, solve problems and make memories. Sleep is particularly important for children, whose brains are developing rapidly. In this Northampton Area Pediatrics workshop, Beth Grams Haxby, Ed.M, will relay strategies for overcoming various sleep issues which are common among families. Learn how you and your family can improve your days, by addressing your nighttime routine. Please register by calling 413-517-2226. 193 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, all day
LITERACY
The West Springfield Public Library has planned a summer full of kids’ programs to encourage learning about STEM subjects, developing a love of reading, and trying new arts and crafts activities. But you must register today! Visit the West Springfield Public Library website for a full list of summer reading, arts and crafts, and scientific learning programs. These include a dreamcatcher making workshop for ages six and up, preschool storytimes, playwriting for ages nine and up, and more to take place in June and July. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 13, 9:30am-3:30pm
PHILOSOPHY
TEDx Talks is an organization dedicated to spreading ideas, changing minds, and sparking change as a result. This TEDx Berkshires program, “The Good Life,” will explore aspects of our daily lives including career, family, hobbies, and spirituality. In addition to these inspiring and thought provoking talks, tickets include a lunch and optional yoga, dance, or meditation. The event will take place at the Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. 57 Interlaken Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Monday, June 13, 9:30am-5pm
JUNETEENTH/HISTORY
“Freedom Week” at Old Sturbridge Village offers historical programs to celebrate Juneteenth. This holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United states and the day on which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. Daily performances will highlight the experience of American slaves, particularly local figures. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a woman who lived in the Berkshires and became the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Denease will also play Belinda Royall, a woman who was sold into slavery to the Royall Family and later taken to Medford, Massachusetts. Belinda petitioned the government for reparations. Andre Keitt will perform Keys to the Keepers, a presentation about the ways in which slaves preserved their African culture through storytelling and other means. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$. 17 and under $. 2 and under FREE)

Monday, June 13, 1pm-5pm
ART STUDIES
The Tiny Book Show, a traveling library of handmade miniature books by amateur and professional artists from around the world, will be at the Greenfield Public Library on June 13th. Take a look at their books, which stand at three inches or smaller. Tiny books are beautiful decorations and gifts. Seeing them may inspire you to one day make your own, filling them with any kind of drawing and words. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 13, 4:30pm-6pm
GENEALOGY
Studying your family’s genealogy can teach you about history while providing insight into where you personally come from. It situates you in history in a way which makes history personally interesting. This genealogy workshop at the Holyoke Public Librarywill teach participants how to use the program RootsMagic to build and save family trees. The first class on June 6th explained the basics of installing and navigating RootsMagic. Those who attended the first workshop and those who are already familiar with RootsMagic are welcome to attend this second class, which will focus on sources and citations. Learn how to document where you found each fact about your family tree. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 13, 4:30pm-7:30pm
FENCING
Fencing is a fun and challenging sport which can also spark interest in historical learning about swords and swordsmanship. This West Springfield Parks and Recreation Fencing Open House will feature a youth fencing demonstration at 4:30pm, followed by a teen and adult fencing demonstration at 6pm. Come to either or both demonstrations to learn about this ancient sport. Fencing is one of five sports which have been featured in every single instance of the Olympics (along with running, cycling, swimming, and gymnastics). Wear athletic shoes if you want to participate in a brief lesson! This event takes place in the UNICO building. 413-263-3284. 1 Unico Way. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 13, 5:30pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
This year, the Family Center’s annual picnic will feature live music performed by Bernice Lewis, Friends and Ukuleles. Bring a picnic to enjoy with your family and others. Cups, napkins, plates, drinks, watermelon and cookies will be provided. No registration is required. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 9:30am-10:30am — PLAYGROUP : Weekly playgroup at Crosby Elementary School sponsored by Pittsfield CFCE. 413-441-0974. 517 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11am – STORYTIME & MUSIC: Families with young children are invited to the Spear Memorial Library every Monday for a “Tales & Tunes” program with Katie Tolles, sponsored by the Community Network for Children. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP/MUSIC: Parent-child playgroup at the Pelham Library offers a story, snack, music, and fingerplays. “Music for Little Ones,” with Wendy Plummer, follows at 10:30am. Ages birth-5 years. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can join the Play N Learn playgroup each Monday morning, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – KNITTING: The Sunderland Public Library has a knitting group that runs every Monday. The group is open to knitters of all levels and ages. Great intergenerational activity to do with young homeschoolers. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – LITERACY: Young children can have fun with books and reading at Wee Read at the Worthington Library every Monday. 413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – QIGONG: Qigong is a form of mindful, light exercise. People of all levels of experience and ability are welcome to attend free classes every monday at the Sunderland Public Library 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for ages walking to 5 years every Monday at the Williamstown Youth Center. 413-458-5925. 66 School Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Young children and their caregivers are invited to Gym Fun, a playgroup that incorporates lots of movement. This group meets on Mondays and is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Town Hall, 21 State Line Rd., West Stockbridge, 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 —KNITTING INSTRUCTION/SKILLSHARE
    Don’t know how to knit? Learn! Already know how to knit? Teach! Every second Tuesday of the month, you can trade knitting techniques at theWhately Library. This is a relaxing and engaging activity that allows you to be creative and end up with a useful product. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Rd. Whately, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12noon — PARENTING SUPPORT: Get out of the house and socialize with other moms and dads at the Baby and Me Group at Family Center of Northern Berkshire County every second Monday of the month. Share experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Each child receives a new board book on the first visit. For parents with children from infant to walking. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:30pm – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can come to tummy time at the Forbes Library every Monday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – 4pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-2:30pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT: Are you helping raise your grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or other family members? Join others who are doing so at a parenting support group every third Monday of the month at the Williamsburg Senior Center. Childcare available if you call in advance. 413-563-1981. 141 Main Street. Haydenville, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — CREATIVE FREE PLAY/TEENS:
    Hang out with your friends and color some cool designs at Mandala Mondays at the Lee Library. Coloring lets you put your worries aside and focus on creating something beautiful. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – ART: Do you know a teen who loves to draw? The Hubbard Library offers “Sketchy Ato,” a drop-in session in which all genres are welcome – manga, comics, western, or anything else. Artists can share their work (if they want) with fellow art maniacs! For middle & high schoolers. Every two weeks. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St., Ludlow, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm — CHESS: Drop in to Storrs Library to learn and play chess every Monday. Taught and led by Longmeadow High School students. All ages; beginners welcome. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — STORYTIME/SINGING/PUPPETRY: Kids of all ages are invited to the Greenfield Public Library every Monday for Afterschool Read-Aloud. Enjoy picture books, folk tales, or passages from favorite chapter books, along with sing-along songs and puppetry. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — PARENTING SUPPORT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group meets Monday evenings at The Bridge Family Resource Center. Meet with others in a safe place to talk and be heard. Dinner served. No registration required. Childcare provided. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — ART/INTERGENERATIONAL : The Community Action Family Center is offering a weekly art space for anyone ages eight and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All abilities are welcome. Snacks and materials will be provided. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30pm-6pm — POETRY/TEENS: Bring your stories, share your truth, and discover your voice in a weekly Teen Poetry Workshop facilitated by local writer and artist Jorrell Watkins at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For ages 13-18. No registration required. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-6pm — COMMUNITY MEAL: The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a community supper prepared by some of the best chefs in the Berkshires every Monday. Join your neighbors and make new friends. Donations accepted and contributions of non-perishable food items for local food banks encouraged. No reservations required. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at the Haskins Center for ages walking to 8 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – KNITTING: All skill levels can attend a knitting group at the Westhampton Public Library every Monday evening. Come learn and share tips and tricks with knitters of all ages and levels. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, 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-8pm — BOOK CLUB: The Emily Williston Memorial Library invites you to Monday Night Book Club, which meets the fourth Monday of each month. For adults and/or young adults who are mature readers. 413-527-1031. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, MA (FREE)
  • 7pm – POETRY: Forbes Library holds a poetry discussion group every Monday in the Coolidge Museum. Come discuss the works of famous poets with community members of all backgrounds – lifelong poets and those who are new to reading poetry. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm – COMMUNITY SING: Join friends and neighbors at the Westhampton Public Library for a monthly get together of people who love to play music and sing! Bring your instrument(s) and copies of songs you would like to share with the group. Meets the first Monday of the month. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm — SKETCHING: A Figure Drawing Collective meets every Monday night at Makers’ Mill. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street. North Adams, MA.(<$)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 9:30am-11am
INTERGENERATIONAL HORTICULTURE
Children under five and their caregivers are invited to participate in a garden playgroup, sponsored by the Trustees of Reservations. Your kids can learn about locally grown vegetables, interacting with healthy foods in fun ways and forming positive associations with these foods. Children and their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills to start their own gardens at home. Babies in arms are also welcome. Groups will take place at Monument Mountain every Tuesday until June 28 2016. Registration is recommended. 413-298-3239. Great Barrington, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, June 14, 9:30am-5pm
JUNETEENTH/HISTORY
“Freedom Week” at Old Sturbridge Village offers historical programs to celebrate Juneteenth. This holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United states and the day on which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. Daily performances will highlight the experience of American slaves, particularly local figures. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a woman who lived in the Berkshires and became the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Denease will also play Belinda Royall, a woman who was sold into slavery to the Royall Family and later taken to Medford, Massachusetts.Belinda petitioned the government for reparations. Andre Keitt will present Keys to the Keepers, a presentation about the ways in which slaves preserved their African culture through storytelling and folklore. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$. 17 and under $. 2 and under FREE)

Tuesday, June 14, 2pm-4pm
LITERACY/ANIMALS
Do you know a book lover who also loves dogs? How about a dog lover who struggles with reading? Children are invited to come to the Lee Library to meet their next reading buddy, a friendly dog! Learning to read aloud can be nerve racking. Before reading to classmates or teachers your child can practice reading to a furry, non-judgmental, non-threatening friend. Reading is a fundamental skill necessary for learning across myriad subjects and professions. A love for reading will also bring a great deal of joy to your child’s life.Rhino the boxer and Samantha a black lab will be patient listeners for one-on-one reading sessions. Registration is highly recommended. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 14, 3pm-7pm
ART STUDIES
The Tiny Book Show, a traveling library of handmade miniature books by amateur and professional artists from around the world, will be at Greenfield Community College on June 14th. Take a look at these books, which stand at three inches or less. The Tiny Book Show will be shown in combination with Greenfield Community College’s Exhibition of Mail Art. 413-775-1801. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 8:45am-10:15am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Swift River School every Tuesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 201 Wendell Road. New Salem, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-10am — PLAYGROUP : Weekly playgroup at Egremont Elementary School sponsored by Pittsfield CFCE. 413-441-0974. 84 Egremont Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday, Community Health Programs of Berkshire County hosts Toddler Steps, a playgroup for children ages 18 months- 3 years with their caregivers. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, 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 – PLAYGROUP: The Easthampton Family Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for drop-in playgroup and activities for kids ages 5 and under. The Family Center follows the Easthampton Public Schools schedule. 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – SCHOOL READINESS: There will be a school readiness program every Tuesday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Young children and their caregivers are invited to participate in the Explore & Play playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County, which meets Tuesday mornings. 413-644-0104. 1 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PARENT GROUP: Nursing Families group every Tuesday at the Haskins Center. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STEAM: Preschool-age children can learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the Dalton Free Public Library every Tuesday! There will be a story, a lesson, and a STEAM project. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, 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-5pm – WOODWORKING:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple handcrafted utilitarian objects. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Tuesday to watch master woodworkers create oval boxes using traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – CRAFTING: What better way to prepare for a cozy New England winter than to complete those knitting projects? Knitting alongside others also builds community and increases skills. The Storrs Library in Longmeadow offers a Novel Knitters drop-in program for adults where you can bring your own projects and supplies or participate in ongoing community projects. All levels of expertise are welcome. 413- 565-4182. Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30 – STORYTIME/SINGING: children ages 6 through 18 months are invited to the Berkshire Museum every Tuesday for storytime, singing, language learning and play. Caregivers are encouraged to use this time to socialize and discuss parenting experiences. There will be physical activities for the children as well. Cost is included with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($ Adults. >$ Children)
  • 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 – STORYTIME: Storytime and music for ages 1-3 every Tuesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am — STORYTIME: Books and Babies, for children from birth to age 2, meets at the East Longmeadow Public Library every Monday. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool storytime every Tuesday at the Granby Free Public Library. Nurture your child’s love of books by engaging in stories and crafts. Ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Drop in! 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, 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 – STEM & LITERACY PLAYGROUP: The Mason Library invites children ages 0-5 with their caregivers to its Brain Builders Play & Learn Playgroup every Tuesday. Activities will include reading, singing, playing, circle time, and engaging table-time activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) themes! 413-528-1720. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am — MUSIC: Wendy Plummer leads “Sing with Your Baby” at the Jones Library every Tuesday. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can sing along and play with musical instruments. 413-259-3090. Woodbury Room, 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Tuesday at the Adams Youth Center. 413-664-4821. 20 East Street Adams, 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)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a playgroup at Adams Youth Center for infants to 5 year olds. 413-664-4821. 20 East St., Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – SUPPORT GROUP Grandparents of all backgrounds and parenting styles are invited to the Amherst Family Center to discuss their experiences related to raising grandchildren, or supporting their own children in their parenting. Childcare provided up to age 4. This group will not meet when public schools are closed or delayed. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Facilitator MaryBeth leads Baby Steps, a playgroup that meets Tuesdays. This playgroup is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives who are raising their young relatives can attend a support group every second and fourth Tuesday in Turners Falls. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 294 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – TECHNOLOGY 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)
  • 1pm-2pm – BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: Are you or your partner facing breastfeeding challenges? Is nursing not what you thought it would be? Stop in to MaryBeth’s breastfeeding support group, which meets Tuesday afternoons, for advice, techniques, and emotional support. Babies and children welcome, of course! This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm — KNITTING: Bring your needles and yarn to the Knitting Club at Lilly Library every Tuesday. All levels of experience welcome and lessons available. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)
  • 1:30pm-6:30pm — FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Tuesday you will be able to shop for free-range meats, vegetables, and more. At the Greenfield farmers’ market, on Sears Avenue next to Green Fields Market. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)
  • 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. >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm — STORYTIME/MUSIC/CRAFTS:
    Afternoon Preschool Storytime at the Jones Library is open to all kids from birth to age 5 but especially designed for kids who attend morning programs or school sessions. Listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and do a simple craft every Tuesday. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm – KNITTING: On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, the Stockbridge Library hosts a Sit & Knit group. All levels of knitters and crocheters can come spend time knitting with others. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — LEGO CLUB Come build remote control devices and other cool stuff with LEGOs at the Bushnell-Sage Library. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm – GAMES: Kids can play Magic the Gathering every Tuesday at Comics N’ More. A great chance for kids to make new friends with similar interests and learn how to play this fun card game! 413-529-0800. 31 Union Street. Easthampton, MA.
  • 3pm-5pm — TEENS: Afterschool Cafe every Tuesday at the Goodwin Memorial Library. Teens can be teens in their own space — a great place to work on homework, read, play games, hang with friends and chill out. Refreshments provided. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street (Corner of Routes 47 and 9), Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm — LEGOS: Kids ages 6-8 can make their “LEGO Creations” every Tuesday at the West Springfield Public Library
    413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 4pm-5pm — READING: Toby the reading dog loves to listen to stories. Come read to him every Tuesday in the Children’s Room at the Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 4:30pm – AFTERSCHOOL & YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millennia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:15pm-6:45pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising young relatives can attend a support group every first Tuesday Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, 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. Buckland, 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)
  • 6pm-7pm – WRITING: The Sunderland Public Library hosts a Teen and Tween Writing Club the last Tuesday of each month. Students can come practice writing from prompts and doing activities and exercises – this is a great way to make friends and improve writing skills! Please sign up in advance. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Is the health of our Earth on your mind? Gather with others who are contemplating the same topic at the Environmental Awareness Discussion Group, which meets on the last Tuesday of the month at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Members of the group use both non-fiction and fiction books and films as launching off points for meaningful conversations about the environment. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm — MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE: Kids and adults ages 13 and up can join the Berkshire Ukulele Band (BUB) and learn to play the ukulele with multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and performer Rob Sanzone at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Ukulele technique, chord progressions, and songs from various musical genres will be taught. Limited number of ukuleles available for use. Beginners encouraged; reading music not required. Opportunities to perform at community events. Registration requested. Drop-ins encouraged, but call ahead, as the group sometimes performs off-site during class time. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE for members and guests)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 9:30am-11am
PARENTING/PSYCHOLOGY
What makes parenting so challenging? For one thing, people are complicated! Understanding the emotions of children, whether those children are babies or teenagers, requires empathy and emotional intelligence. Every human being is unique, and a parenting strategy which works on one child could backfire on another. That’s why it’s a good thing to have the support and understanding of other parents, as well as tons of behavioral strategies to try. This four part “Positive Solutions” workshop at the Northampton Parents Center will explore techniques for helping children handle their emotions, follow directions, and communicate effectively. Sessions will take place on June 8, 15, 22 ,and 29. Childcare will be available during the workshop. To register or ask questions, please call 413-587-1471 or email bblack@northampton-k12.us. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 9:30am-5pm
JUNETEENTH/HISTORY
“Freedom Week” at Old Sturbridge Village offers historical programs to celebrate Juneteenth. This holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United states and the day on which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. Daily performances will highlight the experience of American slaves, particularly local figures. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a woman who lived in the Berkshires and became the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Denease will also play Belinda Royall, a woman who was sold into slavery to the Royall Family and later taken to Medford, Massachusetts.Belinda petitioned the government for reparations. Andre Keitt will present Keys to the Keepers, a presentation about the ways in which slaves preserved their African culture through storytelling and folklore. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$. 17 and under $. 2 and under FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 2pm-3pm
COMPUTER BASICS
People sometimes say you can find anything on Google. But it helps to know good strategies for searching the internet and evaluating sources. Perhaps even more importantly, computer users need to have the basic knowledge and terminology to be able to articulate their needs and ask for help when necessary. This web basics session at Westfield Athenaeum will provide new computer users an introduction into web browsers, terminology, and use of the Internet. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm
ENGINEERING/LEGOS
LEGOs are a fantastic learning tool. Without realizing it, kids playing with LEGOs learn about physical and geometric concepts. At the same time they’re having fun, engaging their imaginations and feeling the satisfaction of a hands-on, creative outlet. Children ages two and up, and their caregivers, are invited to build something creative out of LEGO and Duplo blocks at the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30pm
POETRY/MUSIC
Though his poetry was first published in England, Robert Frost is a quintessential American poet, exploring themes of nature and rural life, and writing in American vernacular. Adults and self-directed teens are invited to this presentation, “Robert Frost in Story and Song,” at the Noble and Cooley Center for Historic Preservation. 860-830-1244. 42 Water Street. Granville, MA. (FREE for museum members. DONATION requested from non members)

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30pm-8pm
IMMIGRATION/IRISH
Kevin O’Hara of Pittsfield grew up as one of eight children of Irish immigrants. Like many immigrants, he eventually took a trip to explore his homeland. Unlike most modern immigrants, he chose to do so on the back of a donkey. In 1979, O’Hara traveled to Ireland where he decided to travel all around the edge of the country with a donkey and a cart. He will be discussing his book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims at the Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/LOCAL POLITICS
Want to get informed about the politics of Hampshire county? Hampshire is currently represented by three democrats. Ellen Story of Amherst will be leaving her post in January and you can listen to potential candidates engage in a debate at the Amherst Survival Center. Find out how these candidates plan to address the local issues which you care about, and find out about other potential changes which could take place in Hampshire county. 413-549-3968. 138 Sunderland Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 15, 7pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Lawn concerts provide musical entertainment for all ages in an environment that is welcoming to children. Bring a picnic or chairs to the Forbes Library lawn to hear music from motown and swing band, The O Tones. Sing, dance, or just listen to this popular New England band. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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

  • 7am-9am – ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE: Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. Jonathan Pierce, caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, runs this weekly bird walk for beginning and advanced birders. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 8am-10am – COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Whether you are seeking a nutritious meal to start your day, hoping to make new connections in the community–or both!–everyone is welcome to attend a community breakfast each Wednesday, hosted by Craig’s Doors, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-437-0776. Willie Eaton Social Hall, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-12pm – TRACKING CLUB The Berkshire Environmental Action Team invites you to join their monthly tracking club, running from through August every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month. You will learn tracking skills and general naturalist skills, and use this ability to gather data on local wildlife. Check the website BEAT for details and locations. 413-429-6416. Various locations. ($)
  • 9:30am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Wednesday at Kittredge Elementary School. 413-655-0146. Maple Street. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: You and your young children are welcome to join other kids and caregivers each Wednesday at the Lenox Community Center’s weekly playgroup, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers can join Kim each Wednesday for Play N Learn, a playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Advance registration required. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Parents and their preschoolers can come to the Westhampton Public Library for coffee and storytime every Wednesday. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Stop by the Westhampton Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for playgroup. Storytime, games, and arts and crafts are featured. For kids 8 and under. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA.
  • 10am – COMMUNITY: The Westhampton Public Library‘s weekly Coffee and Chat runs every Wednesday at 10am. Come together with community members to share stories, news, and to stay connected. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-10:45am – STORYTIME: Kids can come to the Holyoke Public Library every Monday and Wednesday at 10am for stories with Nathan! 413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup every Wednesday at the Lanesborough Town Hall’s Community Room. For ages walking to 5 years. Run by The Family Center. 413-664-4821. 83 North Main Street. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.is offering a toddler playgroup at Haskins Center for ages 1 to 2.5 years. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – 11:30am – MUSIC AND LITERACY: Young children and their caregivers can visit the Wendell Free Library on Wednesdays through June 30, 2016 for Tunes and Tales with Sylvia Wetherby, organized by the Community Network for Children. This group may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road. Wendell, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Erving Elementary school every Wednesday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road. Erving, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Wednesday and Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – STORYTIME: Enjoy a morning of stories at the New Marlborough Library’s weekly storytime, held each Wednesday. This storytime series is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 1 Mill River-Great Barrington Road. New Marlborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – GRANDFAMILIES SUPPORT GROUPThe term “grandfamilies” refers to families that are created when a relative or friend raises other relatives children. There are many reasons for grandfamilies to emerge, and each grandfamily experiences its own joys as well as difficulties. This support group for grandfamilies meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd. Huntington, MA (FREE)
  • 10:15am-11:45am – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising their young relatives can attend a support group every fourth Wednesday in Huntington. Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Street (Route 9), Huntington, 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-11:30am – STORYTIME The Arms Library holds a storytime for preschoolers every Wednesday in the children’s room. 413-625-0306. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: There is a storytime for preschool-age kids every Wednesday at the Monson Free Library! Come for stories and fun. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/HIKING: Come on a weekly, kid-led hike at the Hitchcock Center’s Larch Hill Conservation Area. “Toddle & Waddle It Baby!” is for caregivers and kids in carriers or with “walking legs.” Meet at the picnic tables near the boardwalk. 301-906-4700. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Storytime and crafts for ages 3-6 every Wednesday at the North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, 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. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171 x21. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12pm – 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. Runs through June 30, 2016. May not run on holidays or in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 978-544-5157. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – FIBER ARTS:The Shakers are known for their beautiful and simple fiber crafts. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village any Wednesday to watch flax-processing and felted bead-making demonstrations by talented artisans who use traditional tools and techniques. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE for members and children 12 and under; $)
  • 11:00am-11:30am – STORYTIME Toddlers and their caregivers can come to the Forbes Library for Toddler Time, which includes stories, bubbles and songs with friends every Wednesday. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – 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)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-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)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm – KINSHIP SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who are raising young relatives can attend a support group every third Wednesday Come to the group to learn about resources, meet others, share experiences, and seek support. Run by United Arc. 413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, 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-2:30pm – STORYTIME/BILINGUAL: Little ones can come to the Brightwood Library every Wednesday 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-6pm — FARMERS’ MARKET: Shop for fresh produce, flowers, and handmade items every Wednesday afternoon at the Great Falls Farmers’ Market. The corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street. Turners Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE(
  • 3pm-4pm — CHESS CLUB: Come to the Bushnell-Sage Library to play chess with your friends and neighbors, and our chessmaster,Stephen Greenspan. Any level of experience, all ages, and beginners are welcome. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-4pm — CHESS/TEENS: Come play chess with your friends (and maybe make some new ones) at Teen Chess Wednesdays at the Lee Library. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 3:30pm-5pm CHESS : Come to the Chess Club at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Instruction and free play with our amazing instructor, Michael Gray. For Kindergarten-8th grade. Best for those with some chess knowledge. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm-7:30pm — ARTISAN SKILLS/WEAVING: Help weave a blanket for the Youth Department at Emily Williston Memorial Library every Wednesday. The loom is set up, and kids can add to it anytime. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm – STORY/CRAFT: Join the Cushman Library during the school year for thematic picture book/craft activities, snacks and opportunity to meet other parents while the kids get crafty together. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — STEM: Wednesday Wizards meets the third Thursday of every month at the Greenfield Public Library. A guest presenter introduces a science concept with a book and activity to inspire creativity. 413-772-1544. LeVanway Room, 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5pm — YOUNG WRITERS: Tweens and young teens who have stories to tell can practice and get tips from author and teacher Nell Wright on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the school year at the Greenfield Public Library. Come sharpen your writing skills and get feedback on your work. Limited to eight participants; pre-registration required. For ages 10-14. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — COOKING: Learn to make simple, healthy, delicious recipes every Wednesday at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For all ages. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm — PARENTING SKILLS: Fatherhood…the toughest job you’ll ever love! Come to Nurturing Fathers, a weekly group for all male caregivers sponsored by The Bridge Family Resource Center. Dinner and childcare provided. Registration required. 413-549-0297, ext. 6512. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7:45pm — CHESS Chess requires complex planning skills, visual reasoning and memory. The social aspect of the game adds another level of fun. Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for chess club every Wednesday. The last Wednesday of each month will feature a speed chess tournament. 413-772-1544 x5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm — KNITTING: Come to the Bushnell-Sage Library to Sit and Knit! All levels welcome. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Wednesday night. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-7:15pm — STORYTIME: Kids ages 3-6 can listen to stories in their PJs at East Longmeadow Public Library‘s play-filled Pajama Storytime every Wednesday. 413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:45pm-8:15pm — MUSIC STUDIES/SINGING: Kids and adults ages 13 and up can join Berkshire Sings! and learn to sing under the instruction of musician and teacher Robert Kelly at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Exercises in breathing, relaxation, and listening will be practiced. Songs include pop, folk, jazz standards, and show tunes. Opportunities to perform at community events. No auditions; everyone welcome. Registration requested. Drop-ins encouraged, but call ahead, as the group sometimes performs off-site during class time. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE for members and guests)
  • 7pm – WRITING/STORYTELLING: Adults and older students are invited to the Forbes Library‘s reading series, “The Modern Real and Surreal: Writers and Artists on Our Age,” which meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This series invites the community to examine the relationships among story, art, empathy, and insight in our modern age. 413-587-1014. Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm — MUSIC/OPEN MIC:
    Come to the Palmer Historical & Cultural Center the first and second Wednesday of the month for Triple Creek Coffeehouse Open-Mic Night. All ages and levels of talent welcome in a friendly, supportive environment. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)
  • 7pm-8:30pm — MUSIC:
    Every second Thursday of the month, you’re invited to join other local community members in a drum circle. With a myriad of instruments we will draw on the rhythms of Brazilian, West African, and Latin American music. No experience necessary. Instruments provided but guests are welcome to bring any instruments they enjoy playing. Workshop 13. 13 Church Street. Ware, MA. ($)
  • 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 experienced 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-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 9:30am-5pm
JUNETEENTH/HISTORY
“Freedom Week” at Old Sturbridge Village offers historical programs to celebrate Juneteenth. This holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United states and the day on which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. Daily performances will highlight the experience of American slaves, particularly local figures. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a woman who lived in the Berkshires and became the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Denease will also play Belinda Royall, a woman who was sold into slavery to the Royall Family and later taken to Medford, Massachusetts.Belinda petitioned the government for reparations. Andre Keitt will present Keys to the Keepers, a presentation about the ways in which slaves preserved their African culture through storytelling and folklore. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$. 17 and under $. 2 and under FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 12pm-2pm
LITERACY
The Monson Free Library’s summer reading kickoff party will celebrate much more than just books. Held at Veteran’s Field, this event will feature games, water balloon races, and snacks. Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading program and keep reading year-round. All ages are welcome. 413-267-3866. State Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 12:15pm-1pm
PHOTOGRAPHY
Landscapes are frequently featured for many different mediums of artwork including painting and photography. Even though landscapes are natural and external, landscape art can be deeply personal. Two people can each take a photograph of the same landscape and produce very different works of art. Award winning landscape photographer Michael Zide will deliver this presentation at the Springfield Museums, in which he will discuss ways to tell a story through a static piece of art. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, June 16, 3pm4-pm
GAMES/ENGINEERING
Minecraft is sort of like a digital form of LEGOs, and in that sense it can encourage creativity and junior engineering skills. The Forbes Library Minecraft Club invites children and young adults of all ages to engage mostly in free play, with some group activities or challenges. Registration is required and limited to 10 PC participants and 10 tablets participants. If you have the pocket edition, please bring your device to play on. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 4pm
INTERACTIVE FAMILY COMEDY SHOW
Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turns in the spotlight, or relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show”. The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs, and games. If your child does a great job making people laugh, you can take a great deal of pride in this. Humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity. Laughter releases endorphins, relaxes the body, and even boosts the immune system! The target audience for this show is ages five through twelve, and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! 413-527-1000. 121 Club. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (<$ Kids. $ Adults)

Thursday, June 16, 4pm-5pm
STEM/COMPUTER SCIENCE
Want to become a confident computer user? This workshop series at the Sunderland Public Library will walk you through basic computer skills. Sessions will take place on June 9, June 16, and June 30th. Meet others who want to improve their technological knowledge, and learn new skills in a supportive environment. Basic computer skills can open the door to endless learning and sharing of information. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family at this Co Op Concert in Greenfield. You can also explore the gardens, and children will be able to play on the train structure in the children’s area. This concert will feature Charlie Conant, The Frost Heaves and Hales, and Small Change. Open concerts like this one are a great place to meet local musicians and form new community connections. Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm-8pm
GAMES
Family game nights are a good alternative to passive activities because they get everyone involved and can even encourage collaboration as well as friendly competition. Spice up your family game night by joining other families at the Tilton Library. This event is best suited for ages eight and up. Bubba Sadowsky from Greenfield Games will share some of his favorite games and there will be refreshments. 413-665-4683. 75 N Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Do you enjoy orchestral music? This mini orchestra of brass and string instruments will play both popular songs and classic songs at Sweetser Park on June 16, July 15, and August 19th. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and settle in to hear the Amherst Community Band, led by Timothy Anderson (Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band). This concert has been organized by the Amherst Business District. Rain location is the First Congregational Church. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 16, 7:30pm
CONTEMPORARY DRAMA/MILITARY
This timely and humorous new drama, Ugly Lies the Bone, follows the story of Jess, a combat veteran who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. Bearing deep physical and emotional scars, Jess embarks on a journey of healing through innovative, experimental video game therapy that offers an escape from her excruciating pain. But can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? Winner of the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, this play boldly explores the concepts of reality with a perspective that’s both humorous and profoundly moving. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

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

  • 8am-9am – MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION: All are invited to participate in a secular meditation practice, every week on Thursday mornings at Tsegyalgar. Participating with a group in a guided practice can help you get started incorporating meditation into your routine.
    Cushions are provided. 413-369-4153. 18 Schoolhouse Road. Conway, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: Children ages 18 months through 3 years and their caregivers may participate in the Toddler Steps playgroup which meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-10:30am – STORYTIME: On Thursdays, young children and their caregivers can enjoy building early literacy skills at Richmond Reads, a weekly group sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Richmond Library, 1831 State Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Northampton Parents Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am for playgroup, toys, books, activities, and more. Kids ages 5 and under and their caregivers can drop in to meet and play with others. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street. Lower Level. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Storytime every Thursday at the Dalton Free Public Library. There will be stories, snacks, and a craft. 413-684-6112. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a support group for parents with infants every Thursday Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, 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-11:30am – PLAYGROUP Add some playtime, socializing, and song to your morning at Sing N Play each Thursday. Open to young children and their caregivers, and sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104. Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street. Sheffield, 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: No child is too young to benefit from having a story read to him or her! Listening to a read-aloud story allows children to encounter new sounds and vocabulary, teaches them how to use a book, and introduces ideas about how stories are created. Share the joy of reading with your child at the Lenox Library‘s storytime every Thursday morning. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, 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-11am — STORYTIME: The Lee Library offers a parent/child program for children ages 2 ½ -5 every Thursday. 413-243-0385. Children’s Room, 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am — STEM: South Berkshire Kids
    celebrates Science! Technology! Engineering! and Math! through stories, demonstrations, songs, and tabletop activities at the Lee Library the first Thursday of each month. For ages 2-5. 413-464-5095. Children’s Room, 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – PLAY GROUP: Children birth – 5 years old are welcome to attend a neighborhood playgroup at Sixteen Acres Library. Enjoy stories, fingerplays, a craft and playtime. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children, siblings welcome. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-11:45am – PARENTING SKILLS/SUPPORT: Would you like to meet other parents in the area and share your parenting triumphs and challenges? Would you enjoy learning sound parenting advice from a trusted source? Check out Sips & Tips, a parenting group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:45am-12pm – NUTRITION & CULINARY ARTS: Children ages 2.5-5 years and their caregivers are invited to Kids’ Kitchen, a fun cooking group that meets on Thursdays. Children who participate in meal preparation often show greater tolerance for a variety of foods and healthier eating habits than children who do not. The focus will be on learning basic food prep techniques and making healthy choices for everyday meals. Sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – PARENTING SUPPORT: Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and all others providing care for a child age 0-9 months are invited to Welcome Baby, a support group that meets on Thursdays, sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Learn how to address the needs of infants and yourself, and address feeding concerns and other topics. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – GYM GROUP: Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is offering a Gym Group at the Haskins Center for ages walking to 5 years old. 413-664-4821. 210 State St., North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm & 5pm – INTERGENERATIONAL SKILL SHARING: Dottie’s Coffee Lounge hosts two knitting groups most Thursdays. The 3pm group is open to all levels, and is led by Kay, who spins her own wool. The 5pm group, led by Caitlin, focuses on teaching and practicing the fundamentals of knitting, but all levels and projects are welcome. 413-443-1792. 444 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – JOB SKILLS: Do you need help finding a job? Do you need assistance in creating or revising a resume and/or with interview skills? The Amherst Survival Center provides support during weekly sessions. And you can also join for lunch between 12pm and 1pm! You can ride the #33 bus right to the door. The Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:15pm – FINE ARTS: Visit the Springfield Museums‘ Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts for their popular Thursday Museums a la Carte lectures, featuring presentations on a variety of fine art-related topics! Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch; coffee and cookies will be provided. Intended for older students and adults. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (< $)
  • 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)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm – PLAYGROUP: Too old for tummy time? Too young for toddler time? Drop into this fun social time for babies at Forbes Library! 413-587-1011. Community Room, Forbes Library, 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 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)
  • 3pm-5pm – STEAM: Kids can attend a STEAM program at the Greenfield Public Library on the third Thursday of each month. A guest presenter will cover either science, technology, engineering, art, or math using a book. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:30pm — LEGOS: Kids ages 9-15 can use their creativity and engineering skills during LEGO Club every Thursday at the West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561. 511 Main Street. West Springfield, 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-5:30pm — SERVICE LEARNING/SOCIAL JUSTICE//TEENS: At PeaceJam, teens can join their peers to study the work of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates then develop service learning projects that address the issues they care about. The group meets every Thursday at The Bridge Family Resource Center. For ages 14 and up. 413-549-0297, ext. 6512. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, 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)
  • 4:30pm – AFTERSCHOOL & YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millenia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, 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 — MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: The Williams College Museum of Art
    is open late every Thursday. Bring the family for some after-work adventures! 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 5:30pm-7pm — PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP: Get together with other parents for the “Parent Self Care Club,” and discuss ways to take care of yourself in the midst of stressful responsibilities. Every Thursday at the Bridge Family Resource Center. Dinner will be served and childcare is available. Please call ahead to reserve child care. 413-549-0297 x 6512. 100 University Drive Suite A3. Amherst, 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-7pm – LEGOS: The Family Resource Center is offering a LEGO group for ages 4-12 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 413-664-4821. North Adams Library, 4th Floor. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – KNITTING: Spruce up your knitting skills and spend time with community members of all ages at the Dickinson Memorial Library‘s knitting group every Thursday evening. All skill levels are welcome. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – GAMES: There will be a family game night the third Thursday of each month at Montague Common Hall. Spend quality time playing games with family and friends. 34 Main Street. Montague, MA. (FREE/DONATION)
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm – PARENTING: Parents of transgender, gender nonconforming, or questioning children, teenagers, or adults are invited to participate in TransformingParents, a support group that meets on the first Thursday of every month (except Labor Day). 413-695-7686. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – TRIVIA: Display your trivia knowledge the first Thursday of each month at the Jones Library‘s trivia night! There will be two rounds of 15 questions and you can either come with a team or form one at the library (teams must be smaller than 5). There will also be prizes and refreshments. Intended for older students and adults. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION $)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – POETRY: The Meekins Library holds a poetry open mic every first Thursday of the month. Come by to hear local poets and possibly share your own work. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, 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)
  • 7pm-9pm — KNITTING: Knitting Night happens at Makers’ Mill every Thursday. Free needles and hooks available for check out and discounted yarn. Bring a work in progress or start something new while making new friends. Open to all. 413-749-2073. 73 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday, June 17, 9:30am-5pm
JUNETEENTH/HISTORY
“Freedom Week” at Old Sturbridge Village offers historical programs to celebrate Juneteenth. This holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United states and the day on which Texas slaves learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. Daily performances will highlight the experience of American slaves, particularly local figures. Storyteller Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, a woman who lived in the Berkshires and became the first black enslaved person to gain her freedom in a court of law based on the principle of general equality. Denease will also play Belinda Royall, a woman who was sold into slavery to the Royall Family and later taken to Medford, Massachusetts.Belinda petitioned the government for reparations. Andre Keitt will present Keys to the Keepers, a presentation about the ways in which slaves preserved their African culture through storytelling and folklore. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$. 17 and under $. 2 and under FREE)

Friday, June 17, 11am-12pm
STEM/STORYTIME
Storytelling can introduce kids to STEM topics in a way which is comfortable and enjoyable. All four facets of STEM- science, technology, engineering, and math- will be incorporated into this story time at Cushman Park. Participants will explore with magnifying glasses, find plants, build with stones, and count species. This Cushman Library event will combines storytelling, STEM-based learning, and time spent in nature! 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 17, 11am-12pm
MUSIC/STORY HOUR
On June 10th and June 16th, story hour at the Sunderland Public Library will feature music on the ukulele! Your kids will be able to dance and clap along as they hear an entertaining story. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 17, 4pm and 7pm
FILM STUDIES/NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Don’t judge a restaurant by its appearance. In this 2015 documentary, City of Gold (rated R), Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold looks for little known eateries in Los Angeles, from food trucks to strip malls, aiming to draw attention to them through his writing. Gold explains to audiences how an exploration of local food reveals the diversity of people and cultures in a given city.This documentary delves into the question of how food criticism can tell stories and help communities thrive. You can screen this film on June 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (>$)

Friday, June 17, 5pm-7pm
PLACEMAKING
Events taking place in public parks encourage a sense of community and connection to place. Help instill these values in your children by taking them to Greenfield Recreation’s Hillside Block Party. Families will gather in Hillside Park for music, games, and food. 413-772-1553. 42 Grove Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 17, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
The genre of bluegrass draws upon Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English music and has also been influenced by jazz. Like jazz, bluegrass can incorporate improvised elements. You can hear live bluegrass music at this outdoor concert, at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 17, 7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/GYPSY JAZZ
Django Reinhardt is famous for being the forefather of gypsy jazz, and is regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. “Django in June” brings together students of this genre from all over North America and beyond, to perform at the Academy of Music Theatre. Anyone who likes jazz style guitar, or wants to branch out in their knowledge of musical genres, should attend this performance on June 17th or 18th. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, June 17, 7:30pm
SHAKESPEAREAN THEATER /POLITICAL COMEDY
Come join Shakespeare & Company as they kick off their summer season with a new spin on a Shakespearean classic! This heightened and cheerful rendition of The Taming of the Shrew spanks America’s sound-bite politics, wrestles with a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes, and proves the point that true debate is hot. In a hilarious red-state versus blue-state comedy, America’s overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses. This show is sure to entertain audiences as it weaves the inspiration of classic Shakespeare into the modern political and social landscape. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Friday, June 17, 8pm
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY THEATER
Winner of the prestigious 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Best Play, American Son examines our nation’s racial divide as seen through the eyes of an estranged biracial couple. Over the course of a tense night, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving the police and their missing 18-year-old son. This new work is a timely and important play on race in present-day America. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street. Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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

  • 9am-10:30am – PLAYGROUP: The Community Network for Children hosts a playgroup for newborns through preschool-aged children with their caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School every Friday through June 30, 2016. It may not run on school holidays and in inclement weather; please call ahead to check. 413-259-1212. 23 West Pelham Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)
  • 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: Young kids can play, learn, and discover at a weekly program every Friday at the Becket Washington School. 413-655-0146. 12 Maple Street. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: There will be a weekly playgroup every Friday at Whole Children for children ages 5 and under. 413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-12pm — PLAYGROUP: Children ages 0-5 and their parents are invited to a playgroup at the Belchertown Family Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. 413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup/storytime every Friday at Anne T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am – PLAYGROUP: Childcare of the Berkshires, Inc. holds a playgroup every Friday at the playground on Narragansett Avenue. 413-664-4821. Narragansett Avenue. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am & 2pm – GEOLOGY: Learn about the fascinating geology of Natural Bridge State Park at their Marvelous Marble Tour every Friday at 10am & 2pm. Join a park interpreter for an easy walk around the park exploring its geologic history and the remains of the 19th- and 20th-century marble quarry that once operated on the grounds. All ages will enjoy exploring the park and learning some interesting local geology. 413-663-6392. McCauley Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – 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 – PRENATAL SUPPORT: Exercise and emotional support are both important components of a healthy pregnancy. Get some of both at a walk and talk group that allows pregnant women to gather, support each other, and learn together. Each session begins with a walk and ends with a sit-down talk about topics such as nutrition, health, and infant care. This group is sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. Childcare is provided. 413-644-0104 x 1159. 442 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Parents with children ages three and under are invited to a lap-sit story hour every Tuesday and Friday at the Greenfield Public Library These fort-five minute story sessions involve half an hour of structured activity and fifteen minutes of visiting time. No registration required. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am — BABY & ME/PLAYGROUP Pittsfield CFCE hosts an interactive Baby & Me Playgroup for parents with babies ages 1 and under each Friday. Explore and connect with others, and learn from guest speakers. Pre-registration required. 413-441-0974. 480 West Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Drop-in time at the Haskins Center every Friday. Come play and make friends every week. 413-664-4821. 210 State Street. North 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 – PLAYGROUP: There will be a playgroup every Friday at the Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a MotherWoman support group every Friday at the MotherWoman Office. Expectant mothers and moms of infants through preschoolers can attend this group to discuss all aspects of motherhood. Childcare provided for ages 4 and under. 413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Playgroup for preschool-age Hilltown children at the Chesterfield Community Center the first and third Friday of each month with free play, toys, songs, stories, crafts, and a free book. 413-296-9201. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12pm – PLAYGROUP: Incorporate much-needed physical activity into your child’s day by participating in Skip & Dip, a high-energy playgroup sponsored by Community Health Programs of Berkshire County. This group, which meets on Fridays, starts with an hour of playtime in the gym with assorted toys and equipment, followed by an hour of swimming in the pool. 413-644-0104. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, 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 – MUSIC & PLAYGROUP: Children ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Mason Library‘s Sing N Play group every Friday. Please register in advance for one 4-week session. New sessions begin each month. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-11:30am – STORYTIME/ART/MUSIC Toddlers ages 2-5 with their caregivers are invited to the Ramsdell Library every Friday for the “Time for Tots” group. This hour of fun will include stories, songs, art, and movement. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)
  • 10:30am-12noon — PLAYGROUP: Socialize with other parents while your child plays at the Infant & Toddler Playgroup at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. Light breakfast served. For kids ages 0-3 and their caregivers. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12pm – STORYTIME: Preschool Story Time on the first Friday of every month through the end of June 2016 at the Cushman Library. Stories, coloring, crafts, songs, activities, snacks, and more. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11:00am – STORYTIME: The Sunderland Public Library’s Head of Youth Services, Kelly Daniels Baker, invites children ages 3-5 and their families to a preschool storytime. Includes stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, 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. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. ($)
  • 11am-12pm – STEM STORYTIME The third Friday of every month the Cushman Library will be running a STEM themed storytime for preschoolers. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come see how we relate these topics to everyday concepts which preschools understand and find entertaining. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-12:50pm – ICE SKATING: Want to teach a child how to ice skate but find it difficult to navigate the ice when it is so crowded? The Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst Campus offers a “just for families” skate (no college students) every Friday throughout the school year. You can borrow ice skates or bring your own. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Parents and caregivers skate free when accompanying children. Call to confirm: 413-545-2791, Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, MA (<$)
  • 12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12am-2pm – WRITING Do you want writing prompts? Support and feedback from other writers? Every Friday at the Greenfield Public Library writers get together for discussion, exercises and to share their work. Every other weekday at the library you are also welcome to drop into the writer’s lunch for self-directed writing time with other writers. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 12:30pm-2pm — PLAYGROUP/PARENTING SUPPORT: First-time parents with children ages 0-15 months are invited to the Welcome Baby drop-in group every Friday at Storrs Library. Enjoy reading, music, and interactive play provided by Pathways for Parents. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 1pm-3pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield, MA offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Friday afternoon. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 2pm-5pm – WRITING/WORK SPACE: Any local business person or telecommuter is welcome to use the Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Mondays and Fridays, as a quiet workspace. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm-5pm — TEENS: Get together with other teens at the Teen Lounge at Jones Library every Friday. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm — MINECRAFT
    Kids in grades 2 and up can play Minecraft at the Storrs Library every Firday. Light snack served. Pre-registration requested. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Celebrate the end of the week with a movie that the whole family can enjoy at Family Movie NIght at The Bridge Family Resource Center every Friday. For all ages. 413-549-0297. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4pm-5:30pm — INCLUSION/GLBTTQQIA:
    The Bridge Family Resource Center offers a safe space for young people to be who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity, every Friday at its GLBTTQQIA Youth Drop-In Time. 413-549-0297, ext. 6510. 101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 4-8pm — ART/ART STUDIES: Experience hands-on art-making for all ages as part of Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art. Come with Open Eyes and join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Light refreshments. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 5pm-8pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: The first Friday of each month, First Friday Greenfield takes place downtown. Stores and restaurants will be open late, and there will be music, activities, art shows, and more. Support local businesses and explore everything Greenfield has to offer at this fun monthly event. Downtown. Greenfield, MA.
  • 5pm-8pm — OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TUBING: No sledding hill nearby? Enjoy tubing at Ski Butternut‘s eight-lane tubing park every Friday night. Ticket covers use of a tube and the tubing lift for two hours. One person per tube. 413-528-2000. 380 State Road. Great Barrington, MA. ($)
  • 5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7pm-9pm — COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/DRUM CIRCLE: Join your neighbors for a musical celebration of life, love, and community at the One Love Community Drum Circle at Berkcirque the second Friday of each month. Bring your hand drums, percussion instruments, hula hoops, coin skirts, and dance shoes, if you have them. There will be an hour of drumming and dancing, followed by a short prayer and sharing, then more drumming. A drug- and alcohol-free event. 115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)
  • 7:30pm – ASTRONOMY: Have you ever learned about an eclipse, comet, meteor shower, or other celestial event after it happened? Don’t miss out on another one! The “Stars over Springfield” observatory series invites the public to learn about and enjoy the night sky with the help of the Springfield Science Museum‘s large rooftop telescope on the first Friday of every month. There will be a short talk on an astronomy-related topic, followed by opportunities to view celestial objects of interest. These programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and up, although younger children are also welcome. In case of clouds or rain, a planetarium show will replace the outdoor viewing. Borrow a free museum pass from the library. 413-263-6800 x 318. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (< $)
  • 8pm – TALENT SHOW: The first Friday of every month, the Valley Talent Showcase takes place at Gateway City Arts. Come watch local bands, musicians, dancers, and more perform on stage, or sign up to participate and gain experience performing onstage for an audience. This is a great chance to see some talented local groups perform or to get your name out there. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (< $)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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