Suggested Events for July 9th-15th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Jul 4 – Aug 7

The 25th Annual Ko Festival of Performance, July 4-August 7. KoFest is celebrating 25 Years of Summer Theater in Amherst with five weeks of original & compelling theatre for teens and adults, including a Gala Cabaret and a KoFest Story Slam & Party. Plus a one-time family event, The Little Farm Show, a musical extravaganza about farming, food, and the environment, on the Amherst College Observatory Lawn. Also 3 intensive workshop weeks for adults: “Dynamic Space/Poetic Object: Scenic Design, “First Person: Crafting Your Story for Performance” and “Solo Performance.” All on the Amherst College campus. Tickets $8-$20, online and at the Box Office: 413-542-3750. For info, visit kofest.com The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

Jul 5 – Aug 12

Great family entertainment, live animal demos, and fun art and science activities every weekday. It’s the Summer Spectacular Family Series at the Springfield Museums, July 5th through August 12th. Enjoy puppet shows every Friday by the Tanglewood Marionettes, performances by The Yo-Yo People and Mr. Vinny the Bubbly Guy, plus planetarium shows and special exhibits like The Scoop on Poop. Fight Summer Slide at the Springfield Museums! For more information, visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 28 Aug 4

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) presents 4 Free Concerts in beautiful Kendrick Park for four consecutive Thursdays. July 14 starts the series with World Music by The Pangeans & The Alchemystics, July 21 is Lord Russ & Grammy-winning Children’s Performer Mister G, July 28 is Sprit Ghost & Carinae and August 4 is Salvation Alley String Band & Llama Lasagne. Concerts run from 5:30-8pm. Order take-out from our diverse and delicious downtown cafes and restaurants and enjoy the show in the park. Bertucci’s offers Free Delivery to the Park. For more info: www.amherstdowntown.com

Jul 8-10 & 15-16

PaintBox Theatre kicks off the summer with Linda Tardif as Raggedy Ann, the living doll. Eight stories folded into one big production? Why not? But if Linda is Ann, who will play the dozens of additional characters? No problem: Myka Plunkett and Connor Paradis can do it all! With costume changes galore, we are certainly in for a wild time. They may even draft members of the audience to help. Performances are Fri. July 8, 7pm, Sat.-Sun. July 9 and 10, 10:30am & 1pm at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton, and Fri. July 15, 7:00 pm, Sat. July 16, 10:30am & 1pm at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Season Tickets: $24. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

Jul 9 – Aug 13

Summer Entertainment Series at the South Hadley Village Commons: Saturdays at 10:30am, July 9th-August 13th. For a lively Saturday morning full of music, magic, and lots of fun, visit the Village Commons in South Hadley! Performances run throughout the summer, beginning July 9th, and include Tom Ricardi and his birds of prey, Trevor the Games Man, music from Roger Tincknell and Dorothy Cresswell, and magic by Ed the Wizard and Ed Popielarczyk! These hour-long events are free and held outdoors in the courtyard in front of the Odyssey Bookshop. In case of rain, entertainment will be held inside the bookstore. For a detailed schedule, call the Odyssey at 413-534-7307, or visit their website, odysseybks.com!

Jul 12

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday July 12th at 3pm: Animal Collages with author/illustrator Micha Archer. Campers will create collages of an animal they love in its habitat with Micha Archer, awesome local author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem. 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 4 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!

Jul 16

On Saturday, July 16, the Emily Dickinson Museum will present its annual 19th Century Children’s Circus from 1 to 4 pm on the Museum lawn. Especially perfect for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults), the cost is $5 per family, with free admission for Museum members. The Circus will feature performances and storytelling by TheatreTruck, a visit from The Goat Girls, a juggling workshop, a reading with author Burleigh Muten and her students, face-painting, 19th-century playthings such as stilts and balance beams, “mini” tours of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom ($1/ticket), gingerbread treats from “Miss Emily” herself and lowered from her bedroom window, crafts, and more. For all the details, visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/circus2016.

Jul 16 – 17

July 16-17, 2016. Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders – Fun for the entire family at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield! Build a spirit or fairy house along the Village’s winding Farm and Forest Trail. Create a spirit drawing inspired by Hancock’s premier collection of Shaker gift drawings. Explore the house-like sculptures of artist Robert Hite. Join their “Parade of the Spirits,” with HSV farm animals and dancers from Cantarella School of Dance. Enjoy special activities in the Discovery Barn. Included in regular admission (children 12 and under on family visits are always free). Hancock Shaker Village is located at 1843 West Housatonic Street. For a complete schedule, visit www.hancockshakervillage.org or call 413-443-0188.

Jul 20-23 Aug 3-6

New Century Theatre Kids presents A Year with Frog and Toad book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale. Join NCTKids this summer for a tuneful re-telling of Arthur Lobel’s beloved classic children’s books Frog and Toad. Follow best friends–worrywart Toad and confident Frog–as they sing and dance their way through a year in the swamp with all their hopping, crawling, flying friends. All the gentle joy and fun of Lobel’s books come to life in this charming musical for kids of all ages! Directed by Cate Damon with Musical Direction by Mitch Chakour. July 20-23 & August 3-6 at 10:30am in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Northampton. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220. www.newcenturytheatre.org

Jul 30

Celebrate the eighth Harry Potter book with a Hogwarts Reunion and Midnight Book Release Party at Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA! On Saturday, July 30th, at 10pm, The Odyssey Bookshop, seller of fine wizarding books and wares, is delighted to welcome all wizard- and muggle-folk for a special reunion and Midnight celebration of the latest book about the life of one of Hogwarts’s most famous alumnus, Harry Potter class of ’98! Enjoy participating in a costume contest, browse wands at Ollivander’s, pose at the photobooth, sample some of Harry’s birthday cake (he’s turning 36), and much more! RSVPs are required! Visit http://bit.ly/1sJ8fDb to register, preorder the book, and view an activity list!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
July 9-15, 2016

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

 

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. This week Family Funk and Half Pint Hip Hop specialist SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO takes listeners on a journey through the weird and lovely sonic landscape of family music at its best! This show features the story “Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out”, fringe science explanations on the fantastic from bio physicist Jeff “Firewalker Schmitt, and some very strange sponsors. Appropriate for ages 1 through 1 billion.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, July 9, 9am-12pm
ECOLOGY/PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Learning about plant and soil science practically necessitates outdoor, hands-on learning. Wild plant walks allow you to see where plants grow in relation to each other in local habitats. This guided plant walk at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm will teach participants the names of several local species while providing tips for distinguishing similar plants. Please register on the Just Roots website. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 9, 9am-5pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Many library lovers read more books than they could reasonably afford to buy. The ability to borrow books and spread knowledge through libraries is a benefit for people of all ages. Sometimes, though, owning a book has its advantages. You may want to make notes in it, read it over and over again, or lend it out to your friends and family. You can buy books, as well as CDs and DVDs, while still supporting a local library at this book sale! The sale will take place on the front lawn of the Stockbridge Library on July 8th, 9th and 10th. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, July 9, 9:30am-4:30pm
CULINARY ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Learn about New England history in a participatory way, and learn practical skills for your own life, through open hearth cooking demonstrations at Historic Deerfield. Saturdays in July experts will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages and foods, such as pickles, jam, and lemonade, through techniques used in early New England. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 6-17 <$. 6 and under, Deerfield residents, and museum members FREE)

Saturday, July 9, 10am-2pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Though quite unwanted and dangerous to our fragile ecosystems, the numerous invasive species that have become part of the local landscape can serve as a community-based resource for learning. Read more in our recent post, Invasive Species an Unlikely Catalyst for Community-Based Learning. The organization, Wild Scenic Westfield River, is providing a chance to learn how to identify and remove aquatic and wetland invasive plants on a guided paddle trip at Center Pond. For all the event details, register with Meredyth Babcock, 413-623-2070, volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org. Becket, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, July 9, 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 habitat 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, July 9, 10:30am
FAMILY THEATER
Improvisational, all ages performance group, PaintBox Theater will be taking on the cartoon-turned-children’s-toy character of Raggedy Ann in this new production. Raggedy Ann will be joined by dozens of other characters and woven into many familiar and unfamiliar stories. Audience participation is likely! This performance will take place at the PaintBox Theater’s new home, the Williston Theater. 413-923-7159. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 9, 10:30am-11:45am
YOGA
The potential benefits of yoga, including pain relief, relaxation, strength, and flexibility, attract people from many walks of life. This yoga class, running on Saturdays through August 20th, will have the added benefit of supporting placemaking and local history learning- as it will take place in the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Visit the museum website for more information including a full price breakdown. In the event of inclement weather, class will be cancelled. Cancellations will be posted on the EDM Facebook page by 9AM on the day of class. 413-542-2947. 280 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (Drop in class $)

Saturday, July 9, 10:30am-12:30pm
GEOLOGY/JUNIOR SCIENTIST
Rock collectors between the ages of eight and twelve are invited to the Granby Library to learn more about rocks and minerals! Jack Marcy, president of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, will teach kids how to identify rocks. You’re welcome to bring your collection and receive help identifying specific pieces. You may attend one, two, or all three sessions. Registration is required and space is limited. 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 9, 1pm-4pm
PLACEMAKING/ART STUDIES
En Plein Air (outdoor) painting draws together two interests- nature and art. Many artists whose work appears in the Clark Art Institute’s collection, painted outdoors. The Clark is offering you the chance to do the same! Participants will hike up Stone Hill and pick up a complimentary drawing kit at the outdoor installation, “Thomas Schütte: Crystal.” Enjoy acoustic music as you paint what you see. This ongoing program will take place Saturday afternoons, July 9 through August 27. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under and museum members FREE)

Saturday, July 9, 2pm
LITERACY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Local authors Jeanne Birdsall and Harry Bliss have teamed up on a picture book all about sheep! My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class is a unique book, relaying one child’s school essay about his seventeen “pet” sheep. Come here the authors read at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This program is free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, July 9, 2:30 and 3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
The taking of tea was a common and important social ritual for Americans in the 18th century. You can celebrate local customs and culture of the past and present at one of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum’s “Perfect Spot of Tea” programs. On July 9th, live music by “Honest Harmony” will feature a repertoire of songs and styles from the 12th-20th centuries, providing another venue for historical learning through a lens of music studies. Seatings take place at 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the museum’s back veranda.Tours will be given for an additional fee. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($)

Saturday, July 9, 1-8:30pm
DANCE STUDIES/JAZZ MUSIC
Have you ever wanted to try swing dancing? The Springfield Armory National Historic Site’s 2016 reunion of armory workers will bring people together to share stories and celebrate local history. In addition to historical learning, attendees will also be able to engage in kinesthetic learning, at 5:30pm, with free swing dance lessons! The event will culminate with a performance by Dan Gabel and the Abletones, an 18 piece Big Band. You and your family will be able to try out your new swing dancing moves! Inclement weather moves the concert indoors. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE).

Saturday, July 9, 7:30pm
OUTDOOR THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents a summer show under the stars with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production will transform the natural environment of our outdoor theater into an urban wonderland through gesture, dance and music. The audience will be guided on a tour from the Gated Community of Athens, where the rich, privileged lovers lead their sheltered lives, all the way to Forest, a broken down city with a punk rock energy and leather-clad fairies. The repression of the rich will be overthrown, the fairies will fight relentlessly for anarchy, and the touring performance artist collective The Mechanicals will dazzle with their conceptual, experimental production of “Pyramus and Thisbe.” Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic. Tickets are available online and also at Broadside Books in Northampton and at Amherst Books in Amherst. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July , 8pm
THEATER
Theater is a broad and collaborative art form which can incorporate acting, improvisation, choreography, music, comedy, and more. The 25th Annual Ko Festival of Performance will bring together many of these elements in innovative performances and workshops. July 8th, 9th, and 10th, performers from far and wide will come together for the Ko Kabaret. Come to one night or all three! Visit the Ko Fest website to purchase tickets and view the full schedule of workshops and performances for 2016. 413-542-3750. Holden Theater. Amherst College. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, July 9, 8pm
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY THEATER
American Son. 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. Catch this very last performance on July 9th! 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, July 9, 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. ($$)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

 

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, July 10, 9am-5pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Many library lovers read more books than they could reasonably afford to buy. The ability to borrow books and spread knowledge through libraries is a benefit for people of all ages. Sometimes, though, owning a book has its advantages. You may want to make notes in it, read it over and over again, or lend it out to your friends and family. You can buy books, as well as CDs and DVDs, while still supporting a local library at this book sale! The sale will take place on the front lawn of the Stockbridge Library on July 8th, 9th and 10th. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, July 10, 11am-4pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE/INVASIVE SPECIES
Invasive plant species thrive and spread to a degree that they begin to do harm to the biodiversity of their habitat. These species can be harmful to human health, or dominate an ecosystem in a dangerous way. Hardy Kiwi is a locally invasive species which kills all other vegetation as it spreads. You can help remove Hardy Kiwi from the area around Burbank Park with Berkshire Environmental Action Team. Volunteers will meet at the boat launch. Two orientation sessions to train volunteers, one at 11:00 am and one at 1:00 pm. 413-429-6416. Lakeway Drive. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

FAMILY THEATER
Improvisational, all ages performance group, PaintBox Theater will be taking on the cartoon-turned-children’s-toy character of Raggedy Ann in this new production. Raggedy Ann will be joined by dozens of other characters and woven into many familiar and unfamiliar stories. Audience participation is likely! This performance will take place at the PaintBox Theater’s new home, the Williston Theater. 413-923-7159. 19 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Sunday, July 10, 1pm and 3pm
GEOLOGY/QUINNETUCKET
Boat tours allow participants to observe and learn about geology up close from a rare perspective. You can take a narrated tour the Connecticut River from the Quinnetucket II with geologist Richard Little. The tour will begin in Northfield and head to Barton Cove before returning. Call 800-859-2960 for reservations. For more information, go to the GDFSuezna website. Northfield, MA. ($. 14 and under <$)

Sunday, July 10, 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. Catch this very last showing on Sunday, July 10th! 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. ($$)

Sunday, July 10, 2pm-3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/ORAL HISTORY
Oral histories are primary sources for research and learning. First-person accounts of history are invaluable because of their individual perspective; they provide information on the emotional aspects of historical places and events. Naumkeag, the former home of the Choate family built at the height of the Gilded Age, is a resource for learning about local history from a personal perspective. In this presentation, “The Choates Return to Naumkeag,” Mabel Choate’s grand-nephew Geoffrey Platt, will share his own memories of summer at Naumkeag. Platt has conducted years of research on his family history, with which he will paint a detailed picture of how the original Choate family lived. For information call the Trustees at 413.298.3239 x3008. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Members <$. Non members $)

Sunday, July 10, 2pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Historical societies draw people together who have an interest in preservation of the past. The Buckland Historical Society open house will offer tours of the Museum and the Wilder Homestead. The Museum is a former school house which now houses three floors of artifacts and town records. The Wilder Homestead is a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces, a 1779 English barn with an antique barn loom, and a shoemaker shop. 413-625-9763. 20 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, July 10, 3pm
ART STUDIES
Have you ever wanted to know what went into the creation of an art exhibit? This presentation at the Clark Art Institute will illuminate some of the intended themes and concepts of their new exhibit, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, on view July 4–October 10, 2016. This exhibit explores the importance of a strong sense of place through the natural and cultural history of Stone Hill. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. Under 18 and museum members FREE)

Sunday, July 10, 4pm
THEATER
Theater is a broad and collaborative art form which can incorporate acting, improvisation, choreography, music, comedy, and more. The 25th Annual Ko Festival of Performance will bring together many of these elements in innovative performances and workshops. Come to one night or a few! On Sunday, July 10th, Ko Fest will present, “The Little Farm Show,” an all ages, musical show about farming, food, and sustainability. Visit the Ko Fest website to purchase tickets and view the full schedule of workshops and performances for 2016. 413-542-3750. Holden Theater. Amherst College. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Sunday, July 10, 5:30pm-7pm
SINGING/COMMUNITY MEAL
Singing releases both endorphins and oxytocin, leaving the singer more relaxed. Oxytocin also causes a feeling of bonding with others. Combine singing with a sense of community and you are bound to experience a strong sense of belonging. Come to this community singing event at EarthDance, followed by a potluck supper, to experience the benefits of music and community involvement. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (DONATION. Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, July 10, 7:30pm
OUTDOOR THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents a summer show under the stars with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production will transform the natural environment of our outdoor theater into an urban wonderland through gesture, dance and music. The audience will be guided on a tour from the Gated Community of Athens, where the rich, privileged lovers lead their sheltered lives, all the way to Forest, a broken down city with a punk rock energy and leather-clad fairies. The repression of the rich will be overthrown, the fairies will fight relentlessly for anarchy, and the touring performance artist collective The Mechanicals will dazzle with their conceptual, experimental production of “Pyramus and Thisbe.” Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic. Tickets are available online and also at Broadside Books in Northampton and at Amherst Books in Amherst. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. Come to this final performance on Sunday, July 10th! 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, July 11, 8:15pm
FILM STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Since the American film industry began churning out feature films in the 1920s, movies have undergone immense changes. Historical films reflect changes in culture, as well as innovations in the technology used to create films. Images Cinema’s Outdoor Summer Films series will present a range of old and new movies, beginning with the 1959 romantic comedy, Pillow Talk. This classic film tells the story of two New Yorkers who feud over the use of a party phone line they share. Throughout this film series, screenings will take place on the Morgan Lawn at the top of Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, July 11, 11am-12pm
NATURE STUDIES/ECOLOGY
Children are naturally scientific, questioning the world around them and gaining knowledge through experimentation. You can support this curiosity by bringing your children to the Cushman Library for an exploration of P.I. Pond. Dawn, Environmental Educator at Northfield Mountain Environmental Center, will teach participants how to carefully collect samples from the pond, study and learn from them, and return them safely. The event will be rescheduled in the event of rain. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 11, 1:30pm
LITERACY
All across the country in libraries, schools, museums and other spaces, educators have been bringing in therapy dogs to help children with literacy skills. Children are invited to read to the dogs, providing a stress free reading experience so that reading is purely fun! Children ages 4-11 are invited to do so at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Call 413-559-6307 to register. Space is limited. This program is free with museum admission. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Monday, July 11, 6:30pm
ANIMAL STUDIES/INVERTEBRATES
Snails are characterized by their slow movement, which makes them easy to observe. Once you learn a little bit about these creatures’ biology and habitat, your own backyard nature explorations can be a site for scientific learning. Children ages three and up, and their families, are invited to the Erving Public Library to learn all about these slow moving creatures in a presentation by Helen Ann Sephton of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Monday, July 11, 6:30pm
GEOCACHING
Have your kids ever fantasized about finding buried treasures? Adventure-loving kids’ fantasies can become realized by participating in geocaching! Geocaching is an activity which challenges people to use a GPS, maps, and/or landmark clues to find a specific location, where a hidden box contains a log and sometimes a small treasure. In addition to supporting directional and space-relational skills, geocaching is an outdoor activity encouraging people to spend time in nature and look closely at the world around them. The Westhampton Public Library will be running this Intro to Geocaching workshop for all ages. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, July 12, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
Do you and your children like to make art? Come to the Norman Rockwell Museum for a Summer Sketch day session. Feel free to experiment and express yourself. Please bring a sketchbook or drawing pad. Other supplies will be provided. This program is free with museum admission, and may take place outdoors, weather permitting. Ages 7 and up. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Tuesday, July 12, 11am
MAGIC/PSYCHOLOGY
Great magicians manage to perform seemingly impossible feats not through any mysterious form of magic, but through the magic of psychology – the magic of which lies in the ability to subtly influence decisions and attention. For older children and adults, magic can be an interesting entry point for studies of psychology and, in addition to gaining a better understanding of the human brain. Younger children may prefer to be mesmerized by the tricks! All ages are invited to this magic show performed by Scott Jameson at the Hatfield Public Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 12, 11am
FITNESS/BIKING
Enjoy some casual family-oriented exercise on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail! Meet at the Adams Visitor Center and join other families with bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers to traverse the path to Russell Field Playground. A snack and drink will be provided. Please dress prepared for walking and weather. For more information, contact The Family Center at 413-664-4821. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 12, 3pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/COLLAGE
Collages are a modern art form which may appeal to kids and adults who do not necessarily like to paint or draw. Collages can be made out of magazine clippings, photographs, colored paper, and much more. Come to the Odyssey Bookshop to make animal collages with local author/illustrator Micha Archer, illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem. Ages four and up. Young children must be accompanied by a parent. Register at least two days prior to the event. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, July 12, 3pm-6pm
JUNIOR ENGINEERING/LEGOS
LEGOs are a highly popular, classic toy. These simple toys allow children to infuse their creativity with their engineering ability, all the while practicing fine motor skills. This program at the Erving Public Library will encourage parents to participate in the building! This program is best suited for ages five and up. Participants ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 12, 6pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Intergenerational, outdoor concerts are one of the best things about summer! Bring a blanket and picnic or chairs to the Clark Art Institute and relax as you listen to Beatles tribute band, Across the Pond. The Beatles are an undeniably influential group, shaping popular music in England, America, and beyond. Come see how their legendary compositions are played with a new spin by Across the Pond. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, July 12, 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, July 13, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, July 13, 10am
ANIMAL STUDIES/INVERTEBRATES
Snails are a familiar creature which exist in a wide variety of habitats across the globe including land, saltwater, and freshwater environments. Snails are characterized by their slow movement, consisting of gliding along via muscular contractions. Their slow movements make them easy to observe. You and your children can observe snails- and the brave are invited to hold them- during this presentation at the Westhampton Public Library. You can keep the learning going after you leave by keeping an eye out for various species of snails in your own backyard. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 10am-12pm
ANIMAL STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Animal presentations provide children with a direct way of learning about biology, habitat, ecology, and other scientific disciplines. Reading or hearing about animals is useful, but actually seeing them is invaluable. Programs such as this “Animal Friends” event at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art help kids develop a connection to nature and science. At this program, children will have the chance to see a variety of animal species while learning about these species’ natural habitats, special skills or unusual habits. All ages are welcome. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, July 13, 11am
HEALTH/INTERGENERATIONAL
Research conducted by Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal suggests that our attitudes towards stress may be more important to long term health than the amount of stress we experience. Stress is a part of life for everyone, and even accompanies positive and exciting life changes such as getting married or beginning a new career. Wellness expert Robert Rivest will help community members manage stress at this interactive stress relief show: “Learn, Laugh and Let Go.” Come to the Chesterfield Public Library to tackle your stress with laughter and relaxation. 413-296-4735. 408 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 12pm-1pm
ZOOLOGY
Most kids are fascinated by animals- their appearance, their behavior, the way they interact. Animals are interesting partly because you don’t know what they are thinking, and need to deduct the meaning behind their actions through observation. This is a worthwhile, scientific process and a lot of fun. This Zoo On The Go program at Stanley Park will give children the chance to touch and observe animals, and ask questions about their environments, eating habits, and whatever else might interest participants. All ages welcome. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 1pm-3pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY
Kick off this summer with your family by giving back to your community. You are invited to participate in this Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA. Volunteering together teaches children positive values like kindness, empathy, and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. There will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers at this event. Register online. This volunteer day will take place at Mountain View Farm. 393 East Street. Easthampton, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Wednesday, July 13, 2:30pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING
Figure drawing is a fundamental skill for artists. This style of drawing can be intimidating for beginners, and it is easier to practice with a model to replicate on the page. The Clark Art Institute will be offering the rare opportunity of casual, drop in, figure drawing sessions, to take place on Wednesday afternoons, July 13–August 31. All skill levels are invited to try it out and gather inspiration from the work on view: “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado.” 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. Under 18 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 3pm-4pm
MAKERSPACE
Makerspaces foster all kinds of creativity, from computer programming to fiber arts and everything in between. This themed makerspace workshop at the Hatfield Public Library will teach participants how to make bath bombs. Bath bombs are great for relaxing. Once you’ve learned how to make them, you can give them to friends as gifts! All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. This program is intended for teens and tweens. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 3pm-6pm
ART STUDIES
Picture books and graphic novels are multi-faceted art forms which draw together storytelling, the written word, and visual art. You’re invited to the Goodwin Memorial Library to make your own picture book! Crayons, markers, pencils, pens and other supplies will be provided. Gather inspiration from picture books and graphic novels available through the library. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 5pm-7pm
PLACEMAKING
If you often spend time in the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, you have probably noticed construction occurring at Pulaski Park. The park, which hasn’t been significantly altered since the 1970s, has undergone a transformation. All are welcome to the grand re-opening ceremony. Events in public parks support placemaking by strengthening community connections to shared spaces. Checking out this new space could be an opportunity to think about city planning and the ways in which physical space impacts human behavior. For more information about the event, call 413-587-1249. Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/ROBOTICS
Robotics is a fascinating branch of engineering and computer science. Robots can be made purely for fun, for some practical purpose, and even for artistic purposes. Wednesdays in July, Holyoke Codes will be running a Robotics Lab, offering participants the opportunity to create Artbots. Artbots are robots that involve artistic design or sculptures that include interactive parts. Participants are welcome to come to one or all of the workshops on July 13, 20, and 27 to take place at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Learn about cause and effect, computer science, and engineering while practicing your creativity. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Music is something which people of all ages can enjoy together, whether they simply like to listen, or want to sing, dance, and participate. The group Miss B Haven performs songs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, providing an interactive lesson in music history. See them perform in Lilac Park. In case of rain, concerts will be moved indoors to the Town Hall. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30pm-7:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY/HERPETOLOGY
Stories can pique our interest in new topics. This storytime at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library will be bug and frog themed. Children will have the chance to see live animals as well as hearing stories about them. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Concerts at Windsor Lake give residents of North Adams and beyond the rare opportunity to hear live music while swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, or simply sitting by the lake. On July 13th, Western Mass natives Rev Tor will play their original, funky songs with bass oriented rhythms and will possibly encorporate cover songs of other bands. Check the Explore North Adams website for more details. Intersection of Kemp Street and Bradley Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, July 13, 7pm
WORLD MUSIC/PLACEMAKING
As players of world music, The Pangeans play genres ranging from Samba and Calypso to Jazz and Funk. Check them out at this concert on the Forbes Library lawn. There will be refreshments for sale, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, July 14, 11am-12pm
PHYSICS/YO-YOS
Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent popularity in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millennia. The Yo-Yo People’s performance at the Springfield Museums will combine humor and music with tons of Yo-Yo tricks.. In addition to the physical benefits of learning how to use a yo-yo, yo-yo tricks are a great entry point for learning about principles of physics. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA.($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE).

Thursday, July 14, 1pm
CULTURE STUDIES/MUSIC STUDIES
Music festivals bring together several different bands and musicians, sometimes within a single genre or cultural theme. “Yidstock,” at the Yiddish Book Center, will celebrate traditional and modern Yiddish music through performances and talks. At 1pm, Seth Rogovo will deliver his talk on the history of klezmer, a genre of traditional Jewish music which has evolved considerably since its origins in Eastern Europe. At 3pm, vocalist and choral teacher Polina Shepherd will relay her choral teaching methods which draw from East European sound and modal experimentation. Prices vary per talk. Purchase tickets on the Yiddish Book Center website. Space is limited and tickets may sell out. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$ – $)

Thursday, July 14, 5pm-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Motown is an American musical genre which emerged around the 1960s with infectious melodies, tambourines, horns, and lots of back and forth between a lead singer and his or her band of backup vocalists. On July 14th, the CityBlock Summer Concert Series will feature several hours of Motown music. Stearns Square. Downtown. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 14, 5:30pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
As players of world music, The Pangeans play genres ranging from Samba and Calypso to Jazz and Funk. Come to this concert in Kendrick Park for a crash course in music studies! The Alchemystics will be there playing reggae, politically charged hip-hop, rock and Trinidadian rhythms. Rain location: Pacific Lodge. For more information, call the Amherst Business Improvement District at 413-345-2945. Kendrick Park. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 14, 6pm-8pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Seeing live music outdoors can strengthen your sense of community as you connect with other people through listening, talking, dancing, and singing. Lawn concerts are a great way to meet musicians, and fans of local music. This Co Op Concert will begin with Roland Lapiere playing country, rock and roll, and roots music. Singer-songwriter Jim Eagan will play acoustic folk, blues, and country. Russ Thomas will close out the show with his politically charged original songs. Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 14, 7pm
LOCAL HISTORY/FISHING
What do fishing and football have in common? An intersecting local history! Presenter Rex Eads can tell you more about how an American football player had a major role in the development of The Pelham Fish Rod Factory. Attendees of this Pelham Library program are invited to bring any Pelham Rod Shop or Montague artifact to share with the group and to bring fishing rods for identification and appraisal. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 14, 7pm
ART STUDIES
As long as visual art has existed, creators have used the human form as inspiration for their work. The Clark Art Institute in Williamsburg currently holds an exhibition of nude paintings: “Splendor, Myth and Vision Paintings: Nudes from the Prado.” This exhibit includes twenty-eight Old Master paintings of the nude, twenty-four of which have never been on view in the United States. Come to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to hear Lara Yeager-Crasselt, interim curator of paintings and sculpture, discuss this exhibit. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, July 14, 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 15, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, July 15, 10am-11am
FAMILY MUSIC/PLACEMAKING
Family musical group Terry A La Berry is back this summer! He will be entertaining kids and adults with original songs and classics as part of Friday Mornings for Children at Stanley Park. Be prepared to dance and sing along! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 15, 10am-4pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
While book sales do involve purchases and ultimate ownership of materials, these sales are a form of collaborative consumption. Books at the sales are typically used and/or donated, and the money made from these sales supports the library, which is a lending-based institution. The Berkshire Athenaeum’s summer book sale will provide copies of books for all ages, as well as audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, puzzles & games. See what you can find at this collaborative treasure hunt! 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, July 15, 11am
FAIRY TALES/MARIONETTE
Tanglewood Marionettes at the Springfield Museums plus planetarium shows and special exhibits like The Scoop on Poop. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA.($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE).

Friday, July 15, 11am
MUSIC STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
Music festivals bring together several different bands and musicians, sometimes within a single genre of cultural theme. “Yidstock,” at the Yiddish Book Center, will celebrate traditional and modern Yiddish music through performances and talks. Friday’s schedule includes a book talk from, Hankus Netsky, author of Klezmer: Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Jewish Philadelphia, as well as a discussion of historical and modern Yiddish figures. Concerts will feature The Eleanor Reissa Trio and Sklamberg & the Shepherds. Prices vary and space is limited. Purchase tickets through the Yiddish Book Center website. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$ – $$

Friday, July 15, 11am-5pm
YO-YO/PHYSICS
Yo-Yos are an old and highly popular toy which can be used to learn about principles of physics. In order to understand how a yo-yo works in the first place, it’s essential to understand potential and kinetic energy. Even young kids can learn what these terms mean just by holding and dropping a yo-yo, or witnessing someone doing so. You can witness the best of the best Yo-Yo tricks at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Regional Yo-Yo Contest at the Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 15, 11:30am-5:30pm
FARMERS’ MARKET/SKILLSHARING
Farmers markets draw farmers together in direct contact with their customers, providing a chance to share not only goods but knowledge and skills! At the Downtown Springfield Farmers’ Market you will find local produce, specialty food items and hand-crafted merchandise. Purchasing these items at the market is also a great way to support local workers, business people, artists, crafters, and makers. Visit the Springfield Business Improvement District’s website for more information. Tower Square Park at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, July 15, 3:30pm-10pm
STREET PARTY/PLACEMAKING
Beaches are a great location for creative free play. A community street party in North Adams will feature an artificial beach made from tons of real sand trucked from the ocean! Kids and their parents will be able to make sandcastles and any other creation they want as they play in the sand, Later in the night there will be an adult fiesta, with volleyball and other beach activities. 413-664-6180. Eagle Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 15, 4:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/AFRICAN DRUMMING
African drumming performances are highly physical, involving not only the movement required to play the drums but also dance and chanting. These high energy performances get people moving and feeling the beat. As part of the 15th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, you listen to African drumming in the courtyard of the museum, performed by festival fellows and African Drumming Master, Nani Agbeli. 413-662-2111. 1040 Mass MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. ($ Non members. <$. members)

Friday, July 15, 6pm-9pm
PASTRY ARTS
When it comes to birthday and other celebratory cakes, presentation can be just as important as taste. Learn how to decorate cakes in creative, whimsical ways at the Erving Public Library. Mackensey Bailey’s Cake Decorating tips will occur in conjunction with a community pot luck supper. Share your favorite recipes with your neighbors. Call 413-423-3348 for more information. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Friday, July 15, 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 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)

Friday, July 15, 7pm
FAMILY THEATER
Improvisational, all ages performance group, PaintBox Theater will be taking on the cartoon-turned-children’s-toy character of Raggedy Ann in this new production. Raggedy Ann will be joined by dozens of other characters and woven into many familiar and unfamiliar stories. Audience participation is likely! This performance will take place at the Shea Theater 413-923-7159. 72 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (<$)

Friday, July 15, 7pm-8pm
FAMILY THEATER
The Wizard of Oz is an important story in our culture. Every little boy and girl knows about Dorothy and her adventure, even though the original story was published in a 1900 novel, and the original film adaptation was made over 7 decades ago! Come see what makes this story so enchanting, at this theater production at the Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (Adults $. Students and Seniors <$.)

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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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