Suggested Events for August 6th-12th, 2016

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Mon, Tues, & Thurs in Aug

Learn in Motion believes that physical activity plays the most important role in a child’s academic success, offering a variety of fun and educational sports classes for children ages 3-5! They provide an innovative, comfortable and engaging environment where kids can explore movement and be stimulated intellectually and socially. Register For Classes: Thursday’s (8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1) from 4:30-5:30pm & 5:30-6:30pm at Look Park in Florence; Monday’s (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29) or Tuesday’s (8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30) from 5:30-6:30pm at Wilbraham Middle School. They also offer birthday parties, school and after-school programming and more! Visit www.learninmotionma.com to sign up and to find out more! Contact chrisgibaldi@gmail.com

Weds in Aug

Enjoy an hour of free kid-friendly fun with your lunch this August at River Valley Co-Op in Northampton on their deck from 11am-12noon from different local organizations and performers, including: Bugs, Birds & Beasts with musician and storyteller Tim Van Egmond on Aug 3; Cats & Dogs: Sing-Along Songs & Stories with puppeteer Anna Sobel from Talking Hands Theatre on Aug 10; Live animals on Aug 17 with Kelly More from North King Animal Clinic, Aug 24 with Lori Swanson from Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, and Aug 31 with Northampton Animal Control Officer, Shayla Howe. Stop by, grab your favorite lunch from the deli and come out to their deck for a delightful hour of music, art, literature, history or nature. 330 North King Street.

Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There’ll be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Starting at 18 months at the Montessori School of Northampton: The Montessori School of Northampton is pleased to announce that it is now enrolling toddlers beginning at 18 months of age for fall 2016. The school offers full or half day programs with schedules available for as little as two or as many as five days per week. Small class size, a Montessori-trained toddler teacher, and a beautifully prepared child-centered environment make MSN the perfect place for your toddler to experience independence while engaging in enriching activities including self-care, singing, creative movement, cooking, and outdoor play. For more information, call 413-586-4538 or visit northamptonmontessori.org

Aug 5-7

Peter Pan! How, you may ask, how is everyone going to fly? Have no fear! This is PaintBox Theatre, where imaginations thrive. In fact, in our version the entire audience gets to fly. PaintBox favorite Troy Mercier (Zorro, Tarzan, and Roscoe, the dog) IS Peter Pan and Connor Paradis (last season’s Jim Hawkins) has reluctantly agreed to play Tiger Lily. This is going to be a rollicking good time. Performances are Fri. August 5, 7pm, Sat.-Sun. August 6 and 7, 10:30am & 1pm at the Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton. Tickets: $10 at the door or at BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts: call 413-923-7159. PaintBoxTheatre.com.

Aug 6

Come celebrate summer with Starlight’s Youth Theater and children’s book author Aaron Becker on Saturday, August 6 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Watch a live performance of Seussical, Jr., The Musical performed by Starlight’s Youth Theater at 11am and 1pm! After the performance, hear Aaron Becker’s storytime reading at 2pm of his latest book, Return, which is the final book in his Journey series! The storytime will be followed by a book signing. Plus, see The Carle’s new Robert McCloskey exhibition! For more information, please visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-559-6300. Seussical is $7 (Members $6.50), and Aaron Becker: Special Storytime is free with Museum admission.

Aug 9

Camp Odyssey on Tuesday, August 9th at 3pm: Grass Hair Funny Face Jars. For a project that never ends, campers will decorate their jars (filled with grass seeds) with mustaches, bows, and googly eyes to make a funny face that just gets funnier and funnier once its hair starts to grow! A nonrefundable $5 supply fee per child or the purchase of related 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!

Aug 12-14

The Middlefield Fair. The 161st Middlefield Fair will run August 12-14 this year. Friday: Gates open 4pm-Diesel Truck Pull, Bingo. Saturday: Gates open 8am-4×4 Truck Pull, Youth Sheep Show, Horse Pulls, Old Time Fiddle Contest. Sunday: Gates open 8am-Pancake Breakfast, Spooner Well Band, Cattle Show, Garden Tractor Pull, Oxen Pulls. Home-style meals Sat & Sun by the Hinsdale Lions Club. Free entertainment and children’s activities throughout the fair: Exhibit Hall, Farm Museum, Petting Zoo, Balloon Animals, Magician, Smokey the Bear. FREE Children’s Bike Giveaway each evening. 7 Bell Road, Middlefield, MA 01243. Parking: $2, Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children under 12 FREE. www.MiddlefieldFair.org

Smith College faculty member Alexandra Burgess, Ph.D., is recruiting families with children ages 8-12 years 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 like 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 campus, with free parking. Participation is a great way to teach kids about the process of science! Please contact Dr. Burgess at childperfectionism@gmail.com or in her office 413-585-3386 to find out more and schedule a time to come to the lab!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 6-12, 2016

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Saturday, August 6, 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, World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste. A children’s singer and songwriter in the rare and eclectic dialect of Spanish called Ladino, Sarah will take listeners around the globe to explore some contemporary kids music in lesser-known dialects. From Quechua to Yup’ik to Amharic and more, Aroeste hopes listeners will agree that good music is good music, no matter the language! 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, August 6, 9am-12pm
WILD PLANT WALK
Wild plant walks take place all summer long through various organizations, teaching people how to identify local, wild plants. This plant walk at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm will encourage questioning and creative thinking. Ted Watts will guide this all ages walk. Register online. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 6, 9:30am
LOCAL HISTORY/AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Did you know that Sojourner Truth lived in Florence? She came to the town to join the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian community. You can learn more about Sojourner Truth and the utopian community she was part of in this walking historic tour. The walk will last about an hour and a half. For a list of self-guided walking tour opportunities, check out our post, Over 25 Walking Tours Support Community-Based Education in Western MA. The walk is cancelled in case of rain. The walk starts at the Sojourner Truth statue, Park Street and Pine Street. Florence, MA. ()

Saturday, August 6, 10am
FAMILY FILM
What if the people in your artwork came alive? What if they came alive before you finished creating them? The 2011 French animated film, The Painting (not rated) tells the story of a kingdom within a painting, where the people are divided into three castes. This parable about the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies opens up moral questions of judgment and prejudice. You and your family can see the film at a one time screening, at Amherst Cinema. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 6, 10am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FRETTED STRING INSTRUMENTS
Guitars, banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles are also stringed, fretted instruments which can play a variety of musical styles. You are invited to the Northampton Community Music Center for an introductory workshop on fretted instruments. Bring your instrument, whether electric or acoustic, and learn the basics for playing a variety of musical styles including time/bluegrass, blues, punk/metal, and all manner of noise and honky-tonk. 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 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, August 6, 10am-3pm
ART STUDIES/DRAWING
Panoramic drawings are wide-angle images that span 180 degrees, close to the full range of human sight. In this one day workshop at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Artist and educator John Roman will teach you how to create your own panoramic drawings and discuss the history of panoramic images. This workshop is for teens and adults. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

Saturday, August 6, 10am-5pm
WOODWORKING/ARCHITECTURE
The Woodworking and Age of Iron weekend at Hancock Shaker Village provides opportunities to learn about woodworking, sculpture, and history through demonstrations and talks. Demonstrations are included in museum admission and no registration is required. This event is occuring in conjunction with the exhibition, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, on view at the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum through October 20th. During Woodworking Weekend you can meet Robert Hite and watch him create his whimsical architectural sculptures. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($. Ages 13-17 <$. 12 and under and members FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 10:30am
FAMILY THEATER
Frog and Toad is a classic story of friendship which has remained relatively popular for children since its publication in 1970. The tales from the Frog and Toad books have been adapted for screen and stage, and soon the production, A Year With Frog and Toad, will be coming to New Century Theater. This musical adaptation will feature a score by Robert Reale. Call the box office for tickets: 413-585-3220.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (call for pricing)

Saturday, August 6, 10:30am
MUSIC/SINGING
Singing releases endorphins, a hormone which causes feelings of pleasure, as well as oxytocin, which relieves anxiety. That’s something to sing about! Dorothy Cresswell, director of the “Happy Valley Children’s Chorus,” will be performing at the Odyssey Bookshop as part of their Summer Entertainment Series. Sing and dance along. All ages welcome. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 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, August 6, 10:30am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Peter Pan is a story which appeals to the children in all of us, no matter our age. In PaintBox Theater’s performance of the classic story, the entire audience will be invited to fly along with the cast. Bring your whole family and your imagination. Performances will be held at The Williston Theater of The Williston School on August 6th and 7th. For more information or to purchase tickets call PaintBox Theater at 413-923-7159. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 6, 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, August 6, 11am-2pm
TEXTILES/HISTORY
Flax is the plant that linen is made from, and the collection at the Amherst Historical Society at the Simeon Strong House includes some antique flax processing tools. Join Michelle Parrish who  will demonstrate the steps involved in preparing flax for spinning into yarn or thread, using some of the tools traditionally used to process flax, including a brake, scutching board, and hetchels. Visitors will have the opportunity to try these tools, and to see flax at different stages of the process. 413-256-0678. Amherst History Museum. 67 Amity St. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 11am-7pm
CULTURAL STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
Learn about New England history and local Native American culture at the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival! This all ages event will include live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, and native crafts. Spiritual teachings by Native American elders will offer further insight into a fascinating culture. This event is part of the Nolumbeka Project. Unity Park Waterfront. First Street. Turners Falls. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 11am-10pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
The jazz genre spans over one hundred years and remains popular today. Jazz is an important part of music history, African American history, and the history of this country. The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival celebrates the long, enduring saga of jazz music with a day of performances by artists such as the Terri Lynne Carrington Group, Eric Krasno Band, and Taj Mahal. For a full schedule of performances, visit the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival website. Springfield’s Court Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 11am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER/LITERACY
Starlight Theater’s Seussical Jr., The Musical connects young audiences with the work of Dr. Seuss, through theater. See familiar characters in a new light, brought to life through Starlight’s talented young actors. This performance will take place at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 6, 1pm-2pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ
Playing music has immense benefits for your brain, in addition to being a calming and enjoyable activity. You can find out about the benefits of playing music and ways to build a practice habit in our post, How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain! If you are interested in becoming involved in music, you can attend a series of workshops as part of the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. On Saturday, August 6, the day of the festival, Terri Lyne Carrington with discuss the music business and important skills for a career in music. This workshop will offer a constructive learning environment, advice and perspectives from professional musicians, and access to contacts in the music profession. For more information, visit the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival website. Springfield’s Court Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 1pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Did you know that paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s through the Civil War? If you want to find out more about the history of paupers in New England, you can take an informal tour of cellar hole remains of Shutesbury’s poor farm. Pauper farms were an alternative to auctioning paupers off at town meetings. To learn more about the value of exploring historic structures, read our post, Exploring Ruins Reveals Local History and Culture. For more information contact, 413-323-7377 or visit the PHS website . Meet at the Pelham Town Hall Complex for carpooling to the site. Amherst Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 2pm
LITERACY
Aaron Becker’s wordless picture book series appeals to visual learners and thinkers. He will be presenting his latest work, Return, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Return is the final chapter in the Journey trilogy. Journey was the recipient of a 2014 Caldecott Honor. This program is free with museum admission. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, August 6, 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. These events, featuring live music and locally sourced pastries, will be held each Saturday through August 27 with seatings at 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the museum’s back veranda. On August 6th, musical group West & Jackson will perform instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. Tours will be given for an additional fee. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($)

Saturday, August 6, 3:30pm and 8:30pm
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL DRAMA
Poster Boy follows a community of gay men in an online chat room as they come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. The play is inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying. Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. Directed by Olivier Award-nominee Stafford Arima with movement by Danny Mefford, this provocative and moving show lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era. Performances will be held on the Nikos Stage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, August 6, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY
The Red Lion Inn is a historic fixture of Stockbridge. Over the course of it’s history it was owned and operated by women three different times. The Inn was almost closed twice and risked destruction due to fire once. This cemetery walk, presented by the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives, will offer new insight into the history of the Red Lion Inn which remains an important business in Stockbridge. 413-298-5501. The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, August 6, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/EDUCATION
Mary Lyon, the founder of Mount Holyoke Seminary, was born in 1797 in Buckland, Massachusetts. Her life’s work has profoundly impacted local education. You’re invited to celebrate her legacy at the historic site where she taught a winter school for girls. The program will feature a talk, “A Fire In Her Bones: Finding Your Calling,” presented by Mount Holyoke College alumna Susan Daniels. Your attendance will support the Mary Lyon Foundation, an organization committed to continuing Lyon’s legacy of education. Tickets are limited. For tickets call 413-625-2555. 8 Old Upper Street. Buckland, MA. ($$ – $$$)

Saturday, August 6, 5pm-7pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
Intergenerational opportunities to gather around the table for a community meal with friends and neighbors can strengthen relationships and connect you to your community. Sit with your neighbors and start up conversations. Let your children learn about local history through stories your elderly neighbors might share, make new friends, and walk away with new community connections (and a full belly!). The 20th annual Hatfield lobster fest at the First Congregational Church of Hatfield offers a menu of boiled lobster with drawn butter, baked potato, corn on the cob, coleslaw, rolls with butter and fudge brownie dessert. Group orders are welcome. Call Jeannie Belden at 413-247-5905 or Joan Start at 413-247-5731 for reservations. Hatfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, August 6, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. Students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow will be impressing audience members of all ages with their repertory works set to live music. Come see them perform on August 6, 13, or 20th at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, August 6, 8pm
THEATER/POLITICAL AWARENESS
Tenderness, a multi-lingual performance project, offers audiences the opportunity to explore the difficult topics of violence, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison-pipeline through talented acting. This show incorporates music, text, and seven languages: Arabic, Mandingo, Kirundi, Creole, French, Spanish and English. This performance is put on by FIRST GENERATION, an ensemble of artists based in Springfield, whose members range in age from 16 to 25 years old and originate from Haiti, Burundi/Rwanda, Puerto Rico, Guinea, and South Sudan. For more information, visit the Ko Festival of Performance website. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, August 7, 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, August 7, 9am-11am
ENTOMOLOGY
Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including fields, forests, swamps, and abandoned lime quarries. These habitats make Lime Kiln a great place to learn about varieties of local plant and animal species. This event will focus on butterflies and dragonflies and is open to all ages. Bring your favorite field guide and binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent. Call 413-637-0320 to register. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 7, 10:30am and 1pm
FAMILY THEATER
Peter Pan is a story which appeals to the children in all of us, no matter our age. In PaintBox Theater’s performance of the classic story, the entire audience will be invited to fly along with the cast. Bring your whole family and your imagination. For more information or to purchase tickets call PaintBox Theater at 413-923-7159. The Williston School. 18 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, August 7, 10am-5pm
WOODWORKING/ARCHITECTURE
The Woodworking and Age of Iron weekend at Hancock Shaker Village provides opportunities to learn about woodworking, sculpture, and history through demonstrations and talks. Demonstrations are included in museum admission and no registration is required. This event is occurring in conjunction with the exhibition, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, on view at the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum through October 20th. During Woodworking Weekend you can meet Robert Hite and watch him create his whimsical architectural sculptures. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($. Ages 13-17 <$. 12 and under and members FREE)

Sunday, August 7, 1pm-4pm
BODY ARTS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Body painting, body modification, dance, massage- all are ancient forms of expression and culture. Come to the Clark Art Institute for a celebration of body, art, and soul. Therapeutic massage and face painting will be available, along with a performance by Grammy-nominated Spanish guitarist Jose Lezcano. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($. 18 and under, students with valid ID, and members, FREE)

Sunday, August 7, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Do you ever wonder what daily life was like 100 or 200 years ago? Historic house museums offer visitors the chance to walk through a historic, architectural structure and see it furnished with vintage items. These tours offer a highly personal approach to historical learning. The Edwards Museum house was built in 1820, and was donated as an educational resource in 1950. Come to an ice cream social at the museum and see the antique furniture, vintage gowns, old organ and more! 3 North Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, August 7, 2pm
WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL DRAMA
Poster Boy follows a community of gay men in an online chat room as they come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. The play is inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying. Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. Directed by Olivier Award-nominee Stafford Arima with movement by Danny Mefford, this provocative and moving show lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era. Performances will be held on the Nikos Stage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

Sunday, August 7, 4pm
THEATER/POLITICAL AWARENESS
Tenderness, a multi-lingual performance project, offers audiences the opportunity to explore the difficult topics of violence, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison-pipeline through talented acting. This show incorporates music, text, and seven languages: Arabic, Mandingo, Kirundi, Creole, French, Spanish and English. This performance is put on by FIRST GENERATION, an ensemble of artists based in Springfield, whose members range in age from 16 to 25 years old and originate from Haiti, Burundi/Rwanda, Puerto Rico, Guinea, and South Sudan. For more information, visit the Ko Festival of Performance website. Holden Theater. Amherst College. 220 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Sunday, August 7, 6pm-8pm
LIFELONG LEARNING/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Psychologists unanimously agree that play is essential to child development. Creative free play, in which children direct their own imaginative games without the direction of adults, helps children build important skills such as empathy. But what about adults? The social and imaginative work involved in play keeps people engaged in the present moment, providing enormous psychological benefit. Adults deserve to unwind and let go with play, too! This unusual LEGO event at the Erving Public Library invites adults to get their creative and mechanical juices flowing by engineering their own structures with LEGOs. Teens are also welcome to join. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, August 8, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Do your kids love exploring the backyard? You can help them explore beyond their close surroundings and encourage an interest in nature studies. Young naturalists ages 8-11 are invited to become Junior Rangers at the Great Falls Discovery Center. This four-part nature education workshop, running through August 15th, will teach children about their local habitat. Kids will become experts on the Connecticut River Watershed, and have the chance to earn a Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 8, 4pm
CRAFTS/KNITTING
Knitting is a relaxing, tactile activity which can lead to all kinds of fiber arts learning and creating. You can learn the basics of knitting and apply those basics to any project you wish, with this Learn To Knit program at the Greenfield Public Library. Experienced knitters are also welcome to lend their expertise and join in the fun. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
The Turing Test was created by Alan Turing as an experimental technique for distinguishing humans from machines, through conversational language. His test is a key concept within the philosophy of artificial intelligence. Participants ages seven and up can experiment with artificial intelligence, through Scratch, at Holyoke Codes. Learn how to get input from the character you create, store their answers to use later, and respond in ways that make your artificial intelligence seem alive. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 8, 6:30pm
LITERACY/WRITING
Local authors can provide young and aspiring writers with advice and inspiration. Local author Dan Hayden will be at the Storrs Library, reading from his 2015 book, The Game Wardens. Hayden is also a Fish and Wildlife Officer and Marine Patrol Boat Captain. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, August 8, 7pm-10pm
STEM/POLITICAL ACTIVISM
“Nerd Nite” in Northampton encourages informal education and discussion of many different topics. This Nerd Nite will consist of two presentations. Psychotherapist Swan Keyes will present “UNtraining White Liberal Racism,” giving advice on how to address racism and how white people can be effective allies against oppression. Then, Nathan Chung will present “Bigger, Faster, and Buggier,” a discussion of software bugs, testing of software, and the consequences of increasing complexity. World War 2 Club. Guests under 21 are welcome in the banquet area. 50 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, August 9, 11:30am-1pm
STORYTELLING
Do you or your kids enjoy captivating a room through storytelling? Whether you like hearing stories or telling them, you’re invited to a storytelling workshop at the Springfield Museums. Workshop leader Dr. Gail Herman will give tips for telling an effective story, and you may have the chance to tell a story of your own. Storytelling preference will be given to those who attend the workshop. This program is free with museum admission. All ages welcome. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Tuesday, August 9, 2pm-3pm
LITERACY
The Lee Library summer reading finale party is the perfect time to discuss what you’ve read during the last few months. Discussing your favorite authors and genres can introduce friends to new books and help you work through what you’ve read and how you feel about it. This celebration will include reading certificates, prizes, ice cream sundaes, and a performance by Bowie The Clown. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, August 9, 3pm
CRAFTS
Giving children a plant to take care of and watch grow can be a great exercise in responsibility, with low risk involved. This craft event at the Odyssey Bookshop invites children to decorate jars with mustaches, googly eyes, and other supplies to make a funny face. The jars will be filled with grass seeds, making the face even funnier as the grass begins to grow! Please register at least two days prior to the event. This program is for children ages five and up. Younger children are allowed if parents stay to assist them. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, August 9, 4pm
HISTORY
The gilded age in America took place from the 1870s to about 1900. During this period, an influx of European immigrants were flooding into the United States. This tea and talk presentation at Ventfort Hall will discuss the lives of two prominent figures, Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Renowned architectural historian and writer Francis Morrone will discuss the lasting impact of these two innovators. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, August 10, 9am-3pm
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs capture not only moments in time, but the perspective of the photographer. Your children can unleash their creativity and self-expression through photography at this day long photography workshop. Nationally recognized nature photographer and digital artist Sandee Harraden will provide tips for capturing scenes, no matter what camera your child is using. Participants should bring a camera or cell phone, and a lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. This program is open to youth ages 9 to 13. Call 413-998-3018 to register. Check the Southwick Historical Society website for more information. 86 College Highway. Southwick, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 10, 11am-12pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/PUPPETRY
Puppetry performances appeal to children’s love of stories, and their desire to animate objects, bringing the world around them to life. You and your family can enjoy a performance by Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theater with your lunch at River Valley Co Op. Her performance, Cats & Dogs: Sing-Along Songs & Stories will also appeal to animal lovers. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 12pm-1pm
ZOOLOGY
Animals are fascinating in part because of the similarities and differences they share with humans. All animals (including humans) interact with the world around them in an attempt to survive, but because of the vast biological differences among species, this interaction can look very different. You and your family are invited to Stanley Park for a demonstration of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and invertebrates and an animal craft! 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 2pm-3:20pm
ZOOLOGY/FILM STUDIES
Alaska is home to brown bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears. In part because of their tendency to feed in large groups, brown bears engage in complex social behaviors. You can follow the behaviors of an Alaskan bear family by viewing the 2014 Disneynature film, Bears (rated G) at Springfield Museums. This program is free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 2:30pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING
Figure drawing is a fundamental skill for artists. This type of drawing can be intimidating for beginners, and it is easier to execute with a real model for reference. The Clark Art Institute will be offering the rare opportunity of casual, drop in, figure drawing sessions, to take place on Wednesday afternoons, through 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, August 10, 3:45pm-5pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ART
Messy art isn’t just for kids! You can help your kids imagine, build, and create at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with your children while meeting other kids and parents. Attend one, or all three remaining sessions on Wednesday afternoons: August 10, 17 and 24. There will be an optional free play area for siblings under four years old. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

Wednesday, August 10, 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. Non members <$)

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30pm-9pm
PLACEMAKING
Street festivals offer citizens the chance to celebrate the unique culture of their town, through an exploration of the food, businesses, and entertainment their downtown has to offer. This year’s Downtown Celebration in North Adams will feature local merchants, vendors, restaurants, and shopping. There will also be plenty to keep children entertained including face painting, balloon animals, hula hoops, and a special family music performance by Terry A La Berry and Friends. This placemaking event is a chance to connect your family with your neighborhood culture and make memories together. 413-664-6180. Main Street. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. San Francisco-based RAWdance present excerpts from Double Exposure. This unique show reverses the typical dance process, utilizing just two dancers and sixteen choreographers! Come see this innovative, contemporary work performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Outdoor concerts are a fixture of the summer months, and a chance to appreciate the green spaces in your town with picnics and lawn chairs. This concert in Lilac Park will feature local Berkshire group, Lady Di and the Dukes, as they play a mix of acoustic rock, blues, and country. In case of rain the concert will be moved to the town hall auditorium. Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm
LITERACY
Local author talks give audiences the chance to ask specific questions about the writing process. Melissa Volker will be at the Storrs Library discussing her novel, Delilah of Sunhats and Swans. This is the story of a mysterious, eighteen-year-old girl who arrives in a small New England town and transforms the lives of everyone she meets. Find out more at the book talk! 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm-8pm
ZOOLOGY/ECOLOGY
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations.This event is suitable for children three to twelve years old and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, August 11, 11am-12pm
STORYTELLING/MUSIC
Camping and outdoor adventures are a time to make memories, learn through the natural world, and swap stories. Storyteller and games leader Todd Goodwin will tell stories and sing songs about his camping experiences, at the Springfield Museums. All ages are welcome to attend this participatory performance. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Thursday, August 11, 1:10-2:30pm
ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY
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. Helen Ann Sephton from the Hitchcock Center will be bringing snails, turtles, and other animals to the Dickinson Memorial Library for a live local animal presentation. Meet some critters and learn about local characteristics of local species. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 11, 5pm-8pm
LITERARY CRITICISM/FILM CRITICISM
What makes a work of art good, worthwhile, timeless? Some people make a career of exploring that question. Journalist Kate Bolick and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will be at The Mount discussing these matters, as well as Scott’s new book, Better Living Through Criticism. Learn about the ups and downs of a life of criticism. This event is part of an ongoing lecture series: Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Thursday, August 11, 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 acoustic bluegrass by Charlie Conant, followed by Lexi Weege’s jazz vocals, and finally Bruce Colegrove’s acoustic guitar and vocals. Energy Park. 413-772-1553. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, August 11, 6:15pm
CULINARY ARTS
Cooking workshops such as these connect participants with their environment by focusing on ingredients which are seasonally available. Different Drummer’s Kitchen Company offers this workshop on cooking with peaces. Instructor Barbara Morse will teach participants how to grill and roast peaches to create such recipes as grilled chicken with peach glaze, peach soup, peach bread pudding, and much more. 413-586-7978. 34 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Thursday, August 11, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. You can witness the African American tradition of stepping, a dance form which utilizes the body as a percussive instrument, in this performance by New York City-based group, Soul Steps. This show will take place at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, August 12, all day
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Museums are often an entertaining and educational place for both children and adults, and can provide learning opportunities across many subjects including STEM topics, history, and art. As part of the philanthropic organization Highland Street Foundation’s efforts to encourage education to families, many museum and performance locations will be open to the public free of charge on Friday, August, a “Free Fun Friday!” This is your chance to visit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Naumkeag, and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Check their websites for more information. Western MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 7am-7pm
AGRICULTURE
The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference will connect attendees with place and community by connecting local farmers. Workshops, taking place August 12-August 14th, will cover topics ranging from horse care, beekeeping, fermentation, the relationship between plants and soil, farming as a business venture, urban agriculture, hoop houses, and much more. NOFA also offers a teen conference, for learners between the ages of 13 and 17. Hands-on activities will teach kids farming, horticulture, culinary arts, and sustainability practices. Visit the NOFA website for more information and to register. University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA.($$ – $$$)

Friday, August 12, 10am
PLACEMAKING/CULTURE STUDIES
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! Fridays until late August, at Abundance Farm, families will gather for music. Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer lead a musical performance especially for young children, encouraging participation and movement. Families are invited to tour the farm, sample what is in season, and take home flowers. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, August 12, 10am-11am
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Scavenger hunts appeal to kids who like puzzles and mysteries. This scavenger hunt at Stanley Park will get you and your children exploring outdoors together. Meet park staff at the Beveridge Pavilion Annex to get your scavenger hunt booklet, then travel through the park completing activities. Return your completed booklet to win a prize. This program is especially appropriate for children ages three through seven, and their caregivers. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 11am-11:40am
PUPPETS/FAMILY THEATER
The performing group Tanglewood Marionettes tour nationally with their hand-crafted marionettes and colorful sets. They will be performing their show, An Arabian Adventure, for audiences at the Springfield Museums. Older children in particular will enjoy this tale of adventure about a Persian prince who must escape his wrongful imprisonment. This program is free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, August 12, 11am-12:30am
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Raptor rehabilitation is a veterinary field focused on nursing sick birds of prey with the hope of returning them to the wild. Tom Ricardi is a licensed raptor rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. His presentations teach people of all ages about the natural history of raptors, their unique behaviors, and interactions between rehabilitator and bird. You can witness his presentation at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. Children under 12 and members FREE)

Friday, August 12, 2pm-3:30pm
AROMACHOLOGY/D.I.Y.
Essential oils and natural botanicals have an ancient history and continue to be used today. You can learn about the history of aromatherapy and explore the healing properties of essential oils and plants in this program at the West Springfield Public Library. Participants will create their own soap recipe, a beneficial scrub, and a fragrant dream pillow. You will be able to work with lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, orange, lemon peel, chamomile, rose and more. Registration is required. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 4pm
LOCAL CULTURE/AGRICULTURE
Old time county fairs are a part of history, often dating back centuries. These fairs are a celebration of local businesses, community, and agriculture. The The Middlefield Fair will kick off on August 12th. Explore the exhibits, the 4-H Club Petting Zoo, and the museum. Events include Bingo, a truck pull, and a children’s bike giveaway. Check the fair website for a full schedule and more information. 7 Bell Road. Middlefield, MA. (<$. Children under 12 FREE)

Friday, August 12, 4pm-8pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ART/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Art making, whether it take the form of drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, or some other medium, can be a great hobby for parents and children to share. Teach your children your artistic techniques and let them teach your with their uniquely creative minds! The Smith College Museum of Art invites people of all ages to the museum to explore the Ancient World gallery and create a custom olympic medal. At 6pm, enjoy a guided tour of the museum. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES
“Dog Days” are the hottest days of Northern summer, taking place from about July 3rd to August 11th. The Oxbow Gallery’s exhibition, “Dog Days,” ties in this timely concept with the theme of actual dogs, animals who for generations have inspired artists. You are invited to the opening reception of this group show at the Oxbow Gallery, featuring the work of local artists. Five percent of sale proceeds with benefit the Dakin Humane Society. 413-586-6300. 273 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 5pm-8pm
HISTORY/ARCHITECTURE
The Norwood Engineering building on North Maple Street in Florence is a cultural and historic landmark which played an important economic role for the community since it was built in 1870. This Historic Northampton exhibition, “A Visual History in Florence,” will feature photographs from Paul Griffin and Peter Norman, as well as reprints of historic images and documents from Historic Northampton, Forbes Library and private collections. The exhibition will run from the opening reception on August 12, through September 4, 2016. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
Andrew Novis is a mostly self-taught artist, dedicated to the pursuit of art for art’s sake. Andrew has said, “I was diagnosed with ASD/Aspergers Syndrome in the fall of 2012. Being an ‘Aspie’ artist, I tend to create and conceive my imagery through the left brain, focusing on detail, order, separation and purity of color (very little mixing), and clearly defined lines. This reflects my general need for simplicity, clarity and structure in real life.” You can view his canvas and furniture paintings at the Good Purpose Gallery, August 12 through September 21. 413-394-5045. 40 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
Chesterwood is a National Historic Landmark and museum of Daniel Chester’s work. Daniel Chester is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments and best known for the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. You can make a full day trip to Chesterwood to see the museum, and hear live music! If you wish to come for the music only, the grounds open at 5pm and performances start at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to folk music by Alex Smith. Rain or shine. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (<$ for concert)

Friday, August 12, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/OUTDOOR CONCERT
Hear live music in the heart of downtown Northampton as you eat, shop and explore! Cocek! Brass Band will entertain with all original compositions. The Fawns, local to Northampton, will play upbeat pop/rock tunes. The A2Z Science & Learning store’s Yo Yo team will be present entertaining kids! Hampshire County Courthouse. 99 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dancing is a natural human activity which occurs formally and informally across cultures. Even babies, listening to music, will move their bodies along to the beat. Contemporary dance performances can explore and communicate themes through choreographed movement and collaboration among dancers. New York City-based FJK ballet and ballroom, Middle Eastern and jazz dance into a unique and eclectic dance experience. This show will take place at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

Friday, August 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Railways provide insight into the history of American industry and infrastructure. Friday Night Cabaret train rides provide a scenic view of the Berkshires, with live music and dancing. Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay will play popular Broadway hits, classic standards and contemporary/ popular tunes. Tickets can be purchased on the Hoosac Valley Train Ride website. Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Hoosac Valley Service departs from the North Adams platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. These are round-trip rides which return to the platform at 98 Crowley Avenue. North Adams, MA. ($$)

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

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