Suggested Events for June 25th- July 1st, 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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Preschool Openings at The Common School in Amherst. What is the best way to insure a quality education for your child? Invest in it early. The Common School provides the foundation for life-long learning by emphasizing how to learn. Experiential activities, a strong social curriculum, environmental awareness and imagination are hallmarks of our pre-school program- paving the way for strong academic success. Openings for 3-5 year olds for Fall 2016. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit their website www.commonschool.org.

Jun 28

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday, June 28th at 3pm: Make Your Own Night Light. For campers young and old. Decorate a jar to make a beautiful night light or candle holder! A nonrefundable $5 supply fee per child or the purchase of the book (for up to 2 children) is required, as well as pre-registration at least 2 days prior to event. Events last for approximately (but not always) one hour. Minimum age is 5 years old. Younger children accepted if parents stay to assist. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA. Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to sign up!

Smith College faculty member Alexandra Burgess, Ph.D., is recruiting families with children ages 8-12 to participate in a paid psychology study about children’s emotions, thinking styles, and problem solving abilities. Study activities are fun and interactive, including tasks such as solving a variety of puzzles, playing memory games, and writing about a favorite game. All caregiver-child pairs are encouraged to participate, and will earn $40 for their time. The study takes place on the Smith College campus, with free parking provided. Participation is also a great way to teach kids about the process of science! Please contact Dr. Burgess at childperfectionism@gmail.com or in her office at 413-585-3386 to find out more and schedule a time to come into the lab!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 25-July 1, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Summer Family Fun Episode with Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam. 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 9 years!

Saturday, June 25, 8am-11am
ORNITHOLOGY
There is more to bird watching than one might think. In addition to watching for birds, ornithology enthusiasts also listen, and wait. Bird watching is a relaxing educational activity which encourages patience and stillness as well as curiosity. You are invited to a casual bird watching walk at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm. Register on the Just Roots website and bring binoculars if you have them. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, June 25, 9am
FITNESS/PLACEMAKING
The practice of racing dragon boats, which are traditionally wooden boats powered by rowing, originated in China more than 2500 years ago. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club will be hosting a dragon boat racing festival which will also include music, food, and activities for kids. Come witness an old tradition of boat racing and learn about the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. North Riverfront Park. 413-736-1322. 121 West Street. Springfield MA. (FREE admission. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 25, 9am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/ECOLOGY
Want to learn about how the Connecticut River has shaped local settlement patterns, economy, culture, and ecology? The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s River Celebration will teach attendees all this and more. This day on the river will involve river activities, food, and a presentation from naturalist speaker Laurie Sanders. Take a tour of the river, listen to live music, and celebrate nature with friends. Registration is required through the Watershed Council’s website. Brunelle’s Marina. 1 Alvord Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE).

Saturday, June 25, 9am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/CRAFTS
Amherst’s “Crafts on the Common” event will support community artists and musicians, while encouraging literacy and placemaking. Come for the live music, the children’s book sale, handmade crafts and a silent auction. This event will help support the work of the Center for Human Development Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 25, 9am-5pm
MARITIME HISTORY
The Pioneer Valley may be some distance from the Atlantic, but the Ocean has had an enormous influence on the history of Massachusetts and New England. Join Historic Deerfield for a three-day conference of nineteen lectures on the maritime history of New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. The seminar is designed for educators, historians, collectors, independent scholars, librarians, preservationists, and museum curators, as well as students and the general public. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, June 25. Coffee and doughnuts will be served each morning. Housing is available at group rates at local hotels. Deerfield Community Center. 16 Memorial Street. Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, June 25, 9am-5:30pm
LITERACY
Sign up for the Jones Library’s adult, young adult, or children’s summer reading programs any time during their hours of operation. The sooner you sign up, the closer you’ll be to potentially earning prizes! Participants will receive a reading log and those who read or listen to enough books, and write reviews, will win a prize. This program will provide suggestions of books to assist you in choosing what to read. You will also have the opportunity to make recommendations for others and continue the cycle of learning and reading in your community. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am
NATURE WALK/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Get outdoors with friends and family! Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, a human service agency which provides services to people with disabilities, invites you to participate in this fundraising walk. Participants will meet at the Adams Visitor’s Center for a lunch before walking a scenic route to Cheshire and back. This is a casual stroll and participants can walk the entire route, or a shorter path. Call 413-664-9382 ext 40 to register. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (Fundraiser. 4yo and under FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am
LOCAL HISTORY
The Stockbridge Library Museum and Archives holds over five hundred artifacts and many pieces of fine and graphic art. The Library, Museum and Archives recently underwent renovations and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for this grand reopening. Come celebrate this local resource and learn about Stockbridge history as you peruse the semi-permanent museum display. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
For many people, playing music is a social activity. Finding a group to practice with can make it much easier to commit to this healthy and educational hobby. The community ukulele club AEIOUkes has been meeting for several years and always welcomes new participants. The group has just expanded their practice schedule to include Saturday mornings. All are welcome to come listen in, or join and play! Practices take place at the Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am-12pm
MAKERSPACE/STEM
3D printing is one of the most exciting technological, scientific, and creative innovations of recent years. 3D printers are a type of industrial robot which can synthesize three dimensional objects for a variety of purposes. The possibilities are endless! This makerspace workshop at the Greenfield Public Library will feature demonstrations on how to use a 3D Printer and a CNC Router. Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 8-12. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 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, teaching buyers about their habit through seasonal variation in what is available. 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 25, 10am-2:30pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Want to kick off your summer with a challenging hike? Participants will hike a six mile trail along the ridgeline to Spruce Hill and witness a great view of Mount Greylock. Hiking is a fun outdoor activity for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Bring a friend or two and meet people who want to hike this summer. Meet at the Berkshire Natural Resource Council parking lot. For more information, email mleavitt@bnrc.org. 20 Bank Row. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm
NATURE RUN/FUNDRAISER
You can help support nature programs throughout the Berkshires while getting exercise at the Wild Thing Run. This wooded trail run will go through Kennedy Park, starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. There will be 10K and 5K races. Registration is required. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/AGRICULTURE
Labyrinths are patterned walking paths, often taking the overall form of a circle, which can be used to facilitate meditation, spiritual practice, or simply a relaxing walk. Labyrinths are sometimes made out of natural materials outdoors, like the one at Johnson Hill Farm. You can walk the labyrinth at their annual Lavender Festival, in addition to buying goods from local crafters, visiting the antique cemetery, and much more. 51 Hog Hollow Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 25, 10am-5pm
LOCOMOTIVES/TRANSPORTATION
The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first ever mountain-climbing cog railway, with its train Old Peppersass. The 150th anniversary of Old Peppersass is coming up this year, in 2016. Come to Western Gateway Heritage State Park to view a 48 minute video about Old Peppersass and enter a drawing for a family pack of four tickets to ride the actual Mt. Washington Cog Railway. While at the park you can also visit the North Adams Museum of History and Science to view its railroad exhibits. 413-663-6312. Western Gateway Heritage State Park. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10:30am
GUIDED NATURE WALK/WILD EDIBLES
Learning about wild edible plants teaches people about local habitat, enriches their time spent in nature and can even spice up their cooking! John Root will lead participants on this edible wild plants walk at Crabapple Farm. All ages are welcome. Perennials will also be offered for sale, for participants who want to grow their own edible plants to keep up the learning in their own backyards and garden spaces. 100 Bryant Street. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 10:30am-11:30am
ENTOMOLOGY/HORTICULTURE
For young kids, learning about their habitat, including species of bees and flowers, opens up a world of backyard education through exploration. After learning about the relationship between pollinators and flowers, kids will look at nature differently. This storytelling program at the Great Falls Discovery Center will educate kids about pollinators through storytelling, interactive games, and crafts. This program is for ages three to six and their caregivers. Siblings and friends are welcome. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 11am
FAMILY THEATER/ENTOMOLOGY
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 possibilities through talking animals or completely imagined creatures. This performance, “Bugaboo Revue” by Talking Hands Theater, will introduce kids to the fascinating world of entomology through songs about bugs, and how they help gardens thrive. Wheeler Memorial Library. 413-367-9134. 49 East Main Street. Orange, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 11am-1pm
BICYCLE MECHANICS
Have a bicycle issue you don’t know how to repair? Bring your bike to this Pop Up Bike Shop at The Odyssey Bookshop. Bike repair experts from Speed and Sprocket will have tools and work stands to make adjustments and perform minor repairs on bicycles. They will also give demonstrations for attendees to learn how to fix flat tires. Cycling journals and publications will be available for perusal and purchase. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 25, 12pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERIES
Filled with stone markers that chronicle a community’s history, local cemeteries can provide visitors with a look deep into the past. Everything from the names of buried people to the style of the stone can tell visitors something about the time period to which that a headstone dates back. Naturalist Laurie Sanders will lead participants on this walking tour of the Bridge Street cemetery and discuss the natural history of the site. Meet at Historic Northampton. Registration is required. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, June 25, 1pm
HORTICULTURE
Gardening can be an educational experience as well as a healthy hobby which gets people outside, interacting with nature. Growing edible plants can also influence the meals we cook, giving gardeners a reason to branch out and try new recipes. This workshop at the Porter Memorial Library will give participants the introductory knowledge they need to establish and maintain perennial plants including trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and edible herbaceous plants which yield crops with minimal maintenance. All ages are welcome. 413-848-2853. 87 Main Street. Blandford, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 1pm-4pm
SUMMER READING
Lots of people like to read in the summer time, searching for the perfect “beach read” to compliment relaxing days outdoors. The Forbes Library kicks off their summer reading program with lots of physical, outdoor activities. Intergenerational programs include “Poetry in Motion” at 1:30pm, and Bike Lab with Pedal People from 2-4pm. Check the Forbes Library website for a full list of family-friendly activities to get people excited about reading and using the library this summer. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 2pm
ENTOMOLOGY/HORTICULTURE
You can enrich your local habitat by encouraging the natural, symbiotic relationship between pollinators and plants. This Backyard Pollinators program at Springfield Armory National Historic Site will teach participants about types of perennial plants which attract different kinds of pollinators through color and scent. Through intentional gardening you can help make a difference in declining honeybee populations. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 2pm-5pm
ENTOMOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
You’ve heard of dragonflies, but can you distinguish them from damselflies? These ancient insects are larger than dragonflies and have elaborate mating rituals. You’re invited to observe and learn about both dragonflies and damselflies on this canoe adventure at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. There will be an indoor presentation followed by canoeing. Wear water shoes. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 25, 4pm-6pm
ART STUDIES/CIRCUS
During Circus Sketch Lab’s community events, Show Circus students performed their act as artists gathered inspiration from their movements, recreating the performance in sketches on the page. The fruits of this artistic collaboration will be on display at this Circus Sketch Lab Exhibit and Adult Student Recital. Doors open at 4pm. Come see the performers who inspired the artwork, and the artwork itself. 413-230-0771. SHOW Circus Studio. Paragon Arts and Industry Building. 150 Pleasant Street, Suite 313. Easthampton MA. (DONATION for recital. Exhibit is FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 5pm-9pm
FIREWORKS & CARNIVAL
Some holidays, for example religious ones, are typically celebrated inside homes and churches among family and close friends. National, historic holidays like Independence Day, in contrast, are often celebrated outside in public spaces. The fourth of July is an educational holiday, a chance to reflect on this country’s history, and a time to get outside in your community. This Northampton Family Fourth celebration will include food, music, and family games. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Look Park Field. 300 North Main Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, June 25, 5pm-9pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Pop-up playground adventures encourage not only creative free play but collaborating among young people. Provided with huge cardboard boxes, tubes, fabric, string, bales of hay, and other items, children will design their own playground and direct their play within it. This event encourages children to get outside and shows them that their creativity can be implemented to turn an ordinary stretch of grass into a playground! This pop up playground will take place during the Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park. For more information, visit The Play Workshop website. 413-588-2208. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 25, 7pm
ART STUDIES
Artwork, whether it take the form of a film, a mural, or a performance, is often collaborative. Art can be woven into the fabric of communities and used in collaboration with other organizations. The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association’s new program H.A.T.C.H. (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings), was designed with the goal of inspiring, supporting, and helping to fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County. This gathering at the Buckland Town Hall will bring together community members and H.A.T.C.H. members to discuss proposals for creative projects and events. Come to get inspired and meet local artists. There will also be food and drink. 413-625-2526. Buckland Town Hall. 17 State Street. Buckland, MA. (<$)

Saturday, June 25, 7:30pm
SHAKESPEARE/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 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. ($$)

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of 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 9 years of archived shows.

Sunday, June 26, 9am-5pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
The Pioneer Valley may be some distance from the Atlantic, but the Ocean has had an enormous influence on the history of Massachusetts and New England. Join Historic Deerfield for a three-day conference of nineteen lectures on the maritime history of New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. The seminar is designed for educators, historians, collectors, independent scholars, librarians, preservationists, and museum curators, as well as students and the general public. Coffee and doughnuts will be served each morning. Housing is available at group rates at local hotels. Deerfield Community Center. 16 Memorial Street. Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, June 26, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/AGRICULTURE
Labyrinths are patterned walking paths, often taking the overall form of a circle, which can be used to facilitate meditation, spiritual practice, or simply a relaxing walk. Labyrinths are sometimes made out of natural materials outdoors, like the one at Johnson Hill Farm. You can walk the labyrinth at their annual Lavender Festival, in addition to buying goods from local crafters visiting the antique cemetery, and much more. 413-522-9068. 51 Hog Hollow Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, June 26, 10am-4:30pm
LOCOMOTIVES/TRANSPORTATION
The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first ever mountain-climbing cog railway, with its train Old Peppersass. The 150th anniversary of Old Peppersass is coming up this year, in 2016. Come to Western Gateway Heritage State Park to view a 48 minute video about Old Peppersass and enter a drawing for a family pack of four tickets to ride the actual Mt. Washington Cog Railway. While at the park you can also visit the North Adams Museum of History and Science to view its railroad exhibits. 413-663-6312. Western Gateway Heritage State Park. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 26, 1pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/WILD EDIBLES
The lure of free food is often enough to get people interested in learning about wild edible plants. It’s important to be warned, however, about possible mis-identification of species. This edible plant walk will cover possible mis-identification and also point out a wide assortment of free fruits and vegetables. Find the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Group group on Meetup.com to learn more. Meet at the baseball Field on Stanley Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 26, 1pm-4pm
MEDICINAL HERBS
Long before medical scientists invented capsules for delivering medicine, people used plants to treat many symptoms and ailments. This NOFA/Mass medicinal herb production workshop will teach participants all about commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. The workshop will cover production of products such as teas and oils. For more information and to register, visit the NOFA/Mass website. 978 355-2853. 111 North Silver Lane. Sunderland, MA. ($$)

Sunday, June 26, 3pm
SHAKESPEARE/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 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. ($$)

Sunday, June 26, 3pm-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S STUDIES
Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman made history for both women and people of color as the first American woman of color to hold a pilot’s license. As a young girl she excelled in mathematics, went on to attend the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University (now called Langston University), and eventually become a stunt flier. Bessie Coleman will be brought to life through a performance by Tammy Denease at Wistariahurst Museum. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 26, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
Your favorite famous bands that you hear on the radio or see in large, sold-out venues- all were once local musicians. Come to Energy Park to hear 17-year-old rising star Hayley Reardon. Support a local musician in the early stages of her career, and hear some great folk music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, June 26, 6pm
ENTOMOLOGY/BEEKEEPING
Want to learn how to start your own beehive collection and find out some of the uses and nutritional properties of raw honey? Come to this beekeeping talk and demonstration with Beekeepers from the Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association and Honey Pot Apiary. The talk will take place in the lobby of Bascom Lodge. All are welcome. 413-743-1591. Summit Avenue. Lanesboro, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, June 27, 10am
MAGIC SHOW/LITERACY
Stephen King has been quoted as saying: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Ed the Wizard’s performance, “Reading Is Magic,” combines comedy, magic, and suspense, all centered around the theme of encouraging reading for people of all ages. This participatory show will discuss the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. Call 413- 684-6112 to register for this performance at the Dalton Free Library. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 27, 10am-8pm
LITERACY/FITNESS
Summer is a time for leisure, quality time with family, and exercise. In states like Massachusetts which have strong seasonal changes, certain outdoor activities are more enjoyable or feasible in the summer months. This year, many libraries are hosting summer reading programs with the overarching theme of fitness, wellness, and exercise. The Emily Williston Memorial Library kicks off their summer reading program with sign-ups beginning on Monday, June 27. Kids, teens, and adults can stop by the library to sign up for summer reading and check out the calendar of fitness-themed events. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 27, 6pm-8pm
FITNESS
Quidditch is a game which was invented by author J.K. Rowling, in the Harry Potter series. In the books, players use magic to ride broomsticks while trying to score or block goals. The game has been adapted for non-magical players as well! Quidditch is a great game for drawing together an interest in both reading and sports. Players ages seven and up are invited to the Greenfield Public Library to play Quidditch on Monday nights, rain or shine. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 27, 1:30pm
PHYSICS/GRAVITATIONAL WAVES
The detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in September 2015 is one of the most exciting recent discoveries of science. Gravitational waves were first posited in 1916 as part of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but were not detected until the LIGO picked up on this phenomenon occurring nearly 1.3 billion light years away. In this lecture, Berkshire Community College Professor Matthew Strassler will discuss both Einstein’s indirect discovery of gravitational waves, and the LIGO’s direct detection of them, as well as the implications of this discovery for further scientific inquiry. Room K-111 of the Koussevitsky Arts Center. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 27, 6:30pm
LITERACY/WRITING
Lynda Cohen Loigman’s novel, The Two-Family House is a family-focused, historical fiction book with plenty of mystery to keep readers interested. The story follows two girls, sisters by marriage, born in Brooklyn in 1947. This book could be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about city life in the 1940s, or those who enjoy family dramas. The author, a Longmeadow native, will be at the Storrs Library to discuss this novel, published this March, 2016. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, June 28, 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 could help them form 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 28, 9:30-12:30am
LIFELONG LEARNING/CYCLING
Two important factors for lifelong health include exercise and a strong sense of community. You can nurture both at this Senior Cycling session! Riders of all abilities can be accommodated for this ride. Feel free to bring your own bike or rent own. Registration is required by calling All Out Adventures at 413-584-2052. Ages sixty and up. Participants will Meet on the Norwottuck Rail Trail at 8 Railroad Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE. Call for bike rental costs)

Tuesday, June 28, 11am
FAMILY MUSIC/PLACEMAKING
Family musical group Terry A La Berry is back at the Lenox Library this summer! Every Tuesday from June 28 through August 23 he will be entertaining kids and adults with original songs and classics in the Roche Reading Park (weather permitting). On June 28th you can also sign up for the summer reading program and check out the calendar of events to support literacy and learning this summer. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 28, 2:30pm
KIDS’ YOGA
The relaxing and pain relieving potential of yoga practice attracts many busy adults, including parents. Kids, however, can also benefit immensely from yoga. Yoga can help kids focus, a skill which is useful both at home and at school. Kat and Ellen will run this Yoga for Kids session in the Community Room of the Forbes Library. This event is recommended for ages four to ten. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 28, 3pm
ANIMAL STUDIES
Providing kids the opportunity to observe live animals is a way to instill in them an interest in biology, ecology, habitat, and other scientific topics. Trying to figure out what animals are thinking or feeling based on their actions can also help people of all ages be more empathetic and observant. This live animal program at the Whately Library will involve a hedgehog, word turtle, rabbits, and a hog-moved snake and focus on the topic of animal defenses in the wild. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 28, 3pm
MYO CRAFT
Camp Odyssey at Odyssey Bookshop: Make Your Own Night Light. For campers young and old. Decorate a jar to make a beautiful night light or candle holder. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Tuesday, June 28, 4pm
HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
Visiting a historic home can feel a little strange. Museums like this allow you to peer into someone else’s home and private life. This feeling can be amplified when visiting the home means passing through large, private gateposts originally designed to keep strangers out. In this talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will discuss the practical and architectural role of gateposts and gatehouses in the Gilded Age. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, June, 28, 4pm-6pm
PUBLIC HEALTH
For teens, CPR certification can be a necessary component for getting a summer job such as babysitting or working in a camp. CPR certification classes help ensure everyone’s safety. This two day course at the Sunderland Public Library offers teens the chance to become certified. Participants must be able to attend both sessions, on June 28th and June 29th from 4pm-6pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 28, 6pm
STEM/CODING
Most skills are less intimidating with practice, especially in a supportive environment. Coding is a highly useful skill for numerous careers. It can also be a pathway towards creative innovation, even when only used as a hobby. This is the first of an ongoing coding class on Tuesdays at the East Longmeadow Public Library. Recent East Longmeadow High School graduate Alex Atwater will be teaching teens and tweens how to code. Come to this first meeting. Registration is required. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30pm
SHAKESPEARE/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 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. ($$)

Tuesday, June 28, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Observing the stars can be an act of scientific or spiritual curiosity, or both. Once again, the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College is opening for the summer and offering free shows for the public. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.: June 28, 30; July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; and August 2 and 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, June 29, 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 29, 12pm-2pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/PLACEMAKING
Since 1976, the Amherst Survival Center has provided food and other necessities to families in Amherst and beyond. The Survival center will be gathering people together for a community picnic at the Mill River Recreation Area. Food will be served from 12pm-1pm. Bring friends and family, meet your neighbors, and celebrate the important work of the survival center. 413-549-3968. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 29, 2:45
GAMES/COMMUNITY
It’s important for teens to have spaces where they feel comfortable to just be themselves. “Teen Takoevers” at the Forbes Library Community Room provide a safe place for teens to gather and direct their own community time. Bring a friend or come alone to hang out, play games, and talk among peers. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 29, 4pm-6pm
PUBLIC HEALTH
For teens, CPR certification can be a necessary component for getting a summer job such as babysitting or working in a camp. CPR certification classes help ensure everyone’s safety. This two day course at the Sunderland Public Library offers teens the chance to become certified. Participants must be able to attend both sessions, on June 28th and June 29th from 4pm-6pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 29, 5pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into the tightly controlled society of Old New York at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures, writing over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. Wharton was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to books she also wrote poetry and short stories. This program, “Wharton on Wednesdays” at The Mount, will focus on Wharton’s short stories. Professional actors will read from some of the author’s best satirical short works. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE. Nonmembers <$)

Wednesday, June 29, 6pm-8:30pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Invasive species grow and spread across habitats at an extremely fast rate and pose a threat to other species. Help save the biodiversity of the Connecticut River by volunteering to hand pull water chestnut with staff from Northfield Mountain and the Connecticut River Watershed Council. This educational volunteer opportunity will also involve paddling on the river. Meet at the Barton Cove Canoe and Kayak Rental Area. Register by calling 1-800-859-2960. Gill, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES: FOLK
Folk music, with its emphasis on lyrical tradition, can tell stories about everyday life. Dave Mallett’s “Garden Song” did just that by reflecting changes in American contemporary life. As part of Wednesday Folk Traditions at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, you can hear Dave Mallet perform American folk classics. Come to the museum every Wednesday through July 20th to hear a range of folk music. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds at 5:00 pm. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($. 16 and under <$)

Wednesday, June 29, 8pm
WORLD PREMIER/CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre is given a contemporary twist in this sweeping drama that tells the story of Jane’s journey from Victorian hardship to independence and happiness. Weaving a tale of survival, romance, and dark secrets, My Jane gives audiences a moving look at how deeply a book can affect readers two centuries later. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall. 413-354-7771.15 Middlefield Road. Chester, MA. ($$)

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Thursday, Date

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, June 30, 9:30am
FAMILY THEATER/ENTOMOLOGY
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. This performance, “Bugaboo Revue” by Talking Hands Theater, will introduce kids to the fascinating world of entomology through songs about bugs, and how they help gardens thrive. Sunderland Elementary School. 413-367-9134. 1 Swampfield Drive. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 12:15pm-1pm
NATURAL HISTORY
Museums are often spaces to learn about history. This program at the Springfield Museums will provide insight into the history of history museums themselves. Artist, educator and author John N. Whitenight will explain that in the 19th century, an obsession with the natural world developed. Naturalists and collectors began to preserve pieces of nature under glass, and some personal collections eventually evolved into natural history museums as we know them today. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, June 30, 2pm
CIRCUS
What do you think of when you picture a circus? You might picture tents with lots of performers inside, acrobats, and animals. Circus Minimus at the West Springfield Public Library is a one-man “circus in a suitcase” show. Come see how many whimsical things this performer can fit in a suitcase, and be ready to laugh at this all ages show. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (SHOW)

Thursday, June 30, 2pm and 8pm
WORLD PREMIER/CONTEMPORARY DRAMA:
Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre is given a contemporary twist in this sweeping drama that tells the story of Jane’s journey from Victorian hardship to independence and happiness. Weaving a tale of survival, romance, and dark secrets, My Jane gives audiences a moving look at how deeply a book can affect readers two centuries later. Audience Talkbacks will follow the Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow the Friday 2pm shows, and Panel Discussion follows our Sunday (7/3) 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall. 413-354-7771. 15 Middlefield Road. Chester, MA. ($$)

Thursday, June 30, 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 30, 6pm
LITERACY/FITNESS
The Olympics themed summer reading programs taking place at public libraries throughout Massachusetts will bring together two healthy activities- exercise and reading- in the thriving community context of the library. The Adams Library is one of many libraries participating. Come to their summer reading kickoff party to witness a magic show complete with balloon artistry, comedy, storytelling and improvisation. Sign up for the summer reading program and check out the athletic events which will take place all summer long at the library. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
Music provides insight into local and global cultures and can be a launching off point for anthropological learning. In addition to supporting placemaking, this Co Op concert will feature a range of musical genres including Irish tunes, as well as folk, rock, and blues covers. Get to know local musicians Jennie McAvoy & Ellen Redman, and Strawberry Afternoon, as they connect you to various musical genres. For more information visit the Coop Concert website or Contact Coop Concerts at info@coopconcerts.org. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 6pm-9pm
ART WALK/PLACEMAKING
Art walks are a great way to meet local artists and see trends unfold in contemporary art. DownStreet Art in North Adams works to facilitate dialog between the local community and the arts, with the goal of creating social and economic capital as a result. These art walks include monthly gallery openings, street performances, and public art works, the last Thursday of each month starting on June 30th. Main Street and downtown North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
The Westhampton Public Library’s Field of Dreams summer concert series will cover a myriad of genres, giving community members the chance to sing, dance, or enjoy a picnic meal on the library lawn. Starting off the series will be Johnny and the Flashbacks, an upbeat band playing recognizable cover songs. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 6:30pm
MAGIC SHOW/LITERACY
Stephen King has been quoted as saying: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Ed the Wizard’s performance, “Reading Is Magic,” combines comedy, magic, and suspense, all centered around the theme of encouraging reading for people of all ages. This participatory show will discuss the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. Call 413- 684-6112 to register for this performance at the Dalton Free Library. 462 Main Street. Dalton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 7pm
TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE
Converting old, unused rail trails into bike paths is a great way to provide alternative modes of transportation to a community while supporting sustainability. Local innkeeper, realtor and author Craig Della Penna has written a series of books on these conversions. Come to her presentation at the Agawam Public Library to learn of local examples of these conversions and the effect they have on communities. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 30, 7:30pm
SHAKESPEARE/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 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. ($$)

Thursday, June 30, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Observing the stars can be an act of scientific or spiritual curiosity, or both. Once again, the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College is opening for the summer and offering free shows for the public. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.: June 28, 30; July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; and August 2 and 4. Reservations are recommended. Call 597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, July 1, 2pm
WORLD PREMIER/CONTEMPORARY DRAMA:
Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre is given a contemporary twist in this sweeping drama that tells the story of Jane’s journey from Victorian hardship to independence and happiness. Weaving a tale of survival, romance, and dark secrets, My Jane gives audiences a moving look at how deeply a book can affect readers two centuries later. Audience Talkbacks will follow the Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow the Friday 2pm shows, and Panel Discussion follows our Sunday (7/3) 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall. 413-354-7771. 15 Middlefield Road. Chester, MA. ($$)

Friday, July 1, 6pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
This coming fall, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastern States Exposition, the site of The Big E. The Eastern States Exposition has hosted presentations of livestock as well as commercial, industrial and artistic products, throughout the past century. The Storrowton Village Museum on the site of ESE has been an integral part of that history since its origins in 1926. The “Imagination and Determination” tour will tell the history of Storrowton Village Museum through the perspectives of living history actors. It all began will Helen Osborne Storrow, who was charged with creating the “Home Department” exhibition on the grounds. Attend this program to learn how the rest of the story unfolded! 13-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 1, 6pm-8pm
DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES
Circle Dance at the West Cummington Parish House draws upon the traditional dances of many different cultures. Sacred Circle Dance was founded by the members of Findhorn Community in Scotland. The dances have a range of pace and style, but no experience is necessary. Every dance will be explained and demonstrated, so this is a great opportunity to learn something new while getting exercise and meeting new people. Call 413 634-0132 for more information. 27 West Main Street. West Cummington, MA. (DONATION)

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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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