Suggested Events for June 17-23, 2017

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Hilltown Families and The Trustees at the Bryant Homestead host a community picnic on Friday, June 23 from 5-7pm at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a meal with friends and family! We’ll set the table in the farm, barn, or on the front lawn weather permiting! 19th-century lawn games will be available for kids to play.  FREE to Hilltown residents or suggested donation of $5. Come gather together in the spirit of community,  kindness, and friendship! Contact Information: 413-532-1631 x3110; acaluori@thetrustees.org. Location: William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.

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Jun 9-18

Come to the Town of Conway’s 250 Anniversary Celebration over 2 weekends 6/9-6/18! Six superb short plays 6/9 @ 7:30pm & 6/10 @ 2 and 7:30pm; call 413-369-4301 to reserve free seats. Starting 6/16: Fireworks; Family 5k run; Live music-national and local acts; children’s activities (magic show, movie night, birds of prey and more); Historic walking tour; Teamster’s Challenge; plus great exhibits and presentations: Lester Stevens paintings; Living History of Conway; Conway School of Landscape Design; Agriculture; Antique cars, tractors and engines; outstanding regional Artists show, and all events/exhibits are free, as is ample parking and shuttle transportation. Food and beverages available. For details go to townofconway.com.

Jun 18

The New England Air Museum will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Father’s Day, Sunday June 18, from 10am to 4pm. Special activities include climbing aboard in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” Time Machine Hobby of Manchester, CT will be here to demonstrate their R/C helicopters and drones. Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. www.neam.org.

Jun 23 & Jul 20

Come to Downtown Amherst this summer for free music in local beautiful parks. Order a take-out meal from one of the tasty restaurants and cafes, spread a blanket, bring some chairs, and enjoy the performances! June 23 at 6pm in Sweetser Park (across from the Black Sheep Deli) is the first of the three Amherst Community Band concerts. The band features members of all ages who play popular and classical tunes, including marches and famous Broadway scores. Tim gives a wonderful background story to each composer and song, so there is learning and listening. July 20 is the start of the concerts in Kendrick Park with Latin-Grammy-award winning performer Mister G with some special guests. Check amherstdowntown.com for more information.

Jun – Aug

Summer Archery in Florence. Find your center at Amherst Archery Academy. AAA offers Summer Day Programs that are truly an immersion experience in archery: games, crafts, ARTchery, physics, anatomy, and more. New this year: the Athlete Development Day Program is for archers (new and experienced) who have an inner ignition and are looking for deep practice and athletic challenges. This runs in parallel with our general Archery Day Program. For families who want to play together, AAA is offering both standard and immersion evening archery classes in a multi-level, multi-generational program. Archery is a life-long sport that is enjoyed by families across the valley. Exceptional coaching. Ages 7 and up. www.amherstarchery.com.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 17-23, 2017

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

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. Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole. 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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Saturday, June 17, 7am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Do you enjoy strenuous hiking? On your next hike, you can meet other naturalists and learn how to identify birds at different levels of elevation and across different ecological areas. Target species for identification will include the blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush. Participants on this guided hike will explore the boreal and mixed forest along Jones Nose ridge near the summit of Mt. Greylock. Bring binoculars and trail snacks. Directions to the meeting places will be provided upon registration. Registration is required via the Mass Audubon website. Mount Greylock. North Adams, MA. (Members <$; Non members $)

Saturday, June 17, 7:30am-11am
PLACEMAKING
The 250th Anniversary Celebration continues in Conway, with activities for all ages, all day! The festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Conway Fire Department. At 9am, automotive enthusiasts can see a car show in Conway Grammar School. Adults and youth can connect to their town by learning about it through a living history performance. Other events include a 5K fun run, magic show, tractor and engine show, and more! Visit the Conway town website for more information. Various locations. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 7:30am-11am
FITNESS/INTERGENERATIONAL
Youth are invited to run, walk, dance, or skip across a 5K fun run at the Springfield Museums. Proceeds from the “Mad Dash on Mulberry Street” will benefit the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. This is a great run for beginners, families, or seasoned athletes. Races will start and finish adjacent to the Springfield Museums and run a loop through downtown, wrapping up with a character breakfast featuring the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Ages three and up. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, June 17, 8am-3pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/PLACEMAKING
Town-wide tag sales are a great way to meet your neighbors and support a sharing, local economy rather than corporate consumption. You can pick up maps at the Worthington Library for the Worthington town-wide tag sale. Meander around town, talk to other families, and find treasure in someone else’s unwanted goods! Call 413-238-0032 for more information. Worthington, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 17, 9am-12pm
SERVICE BASED-LEARNING
Learn about ecology and the basics of invasive plant management by volunteering for a spring trail cleanup day at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Participants will pull the invasive plant garlic mustard, helping the other species on the trails thrive. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event. Basic tools will be provided. Bring gloves and hand tools if you have them. Bring water, snacks, layers and tick protection. Be prepared to go off trail. For more information call 413-532-631 ex 3119. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, June 17, 9am-5pm
ANIMAL STUDIES/ICHTHYOLOGY
During the spring, anadromous fish (those who live in rivers but spawn in the ocean) make their way to their Atlantic breeding grounds – watch them make their way down the Connecticut River at the Turners Falls Fishway! The fishway offers kids a chance to see directly into the river through a special viewing window, an experience that can serve as the foundation for building an understanding of the life cycle of fish and/or river ecosystems. The fishway will be open Wednesday through Sundays, through June 18, 2017. For more information, contact the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center. 413-659-3714. 1 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 10am-12pm
DENDROLOGY/ECOLOGY
Populations of the American Chestnut tree, a large, deciduous, beech tree, have been devastated by a fungal disease. Restorations efforts are currently taking place to reintegrate populations of this American icon into the local ecology. Join Paul Wetzel, Smith College environmental researcher and member of American Chestnut Foundation will be providing a tour of the American chestnut seed production orchard and research plots at Smith College’s MacLeish Field Station. The event will begin with a short talk about the history of the American chestnut and restoration efforts. For more information please call 413-628-4485 x4. MacLeish Field Station. West Whately, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Saturday, June 17, 10am-12pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum’s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and rebuilt by their imagination. Included with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. ($; children under 18 <$; members, ages three and under FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 10am-4pm
HISTORY
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’s entry into World War I. The Springfield Armory played a vital role in America’s involvement in the war, producing the famed Springfield Rifle, the Model 1903, for front-line soldiers during World War I. This was also the first time women were hired to work on the manufacturing line, making up 14% of the workforce. In conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, “Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I,” this year’s Armory Day will focus on the many elements of World War I. There will be many activities for visitors to participate in throughout the day including Ranger presentations, conversing with and experiencing World War I reenactors program Life of a WWI Soldier; a walking tour of the historic Hill Shops; and a book sale and more at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 10am-4pm
CULINARY ARTS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Open hearth cooking demonstrations allow you to experience first-hand the sights, sounds, and aromas of traditional, colonial cooking techniques. You will also learn about colonial foods and diet in this demonstration, “Cooking with Herbs,” at Historic Deerfield. Learn about the herbs which added flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes, visit the Cooks’ and see what’s growing. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 10am-5pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Creative Encounters Family Day at the Clark Art Institute will encourage artistic explorations through a wide variety of intergenerational activities. Programs are based on the current exhibitions Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, and Picasso: Encounters. You can catch a dramatization of the ancient Greek tale, “The Myth of Persephone,” at 11:30am or 1:30pm. There will also be a performance by family musician Mister G, face painting, artist demonstrations, creative play, painting, and a musical petting zoo and much more! Visit the Clark website for a full schedule of activities. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 10:30am-12pm
SUSTAINABILITY/COMPOSTING
Composting is great for the environment, and if you garden, you can recycle compost into a beneficial soil. Kathleen Casey, HRMC Administrator, will be on site at the Westhampton Public Library to provide composting information and take orders of compost bins. Residents of Chesterfield, Westhampton, and Williamsburg may acquire the bins for $25.00 through subsidized pricing incentives provided by these Towns. For more information, contact the HRMC at hrmc@hrmc-ma.org and provide your name, residential address and phone number (or call 685-54987 with the same information). 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 11am
ART STUDIES/SCULPTURE
Chesterwood celebrates and commemorates the work of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor best known for his statue of Abraham Lincoln (1920) created for the Lincoln Memorial. But what does contemporary sculpture look like? You can view the work of fifteen contemporary artists in a new exhibition, Contemporary Sculpture, at Chesterwood. Guest curator Sharon Bates will lead a walking tour of the sculpture show, free with museum admission. Meet at Barn Gallery. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($$; Ages 17 and under <$)

Saturday, June 17, 11am-3pm
LIVING HISTORY
A visit to Storrowton Village Museum offers families a hands-on, participatory crash course in 19th century American history. Learn about early American activities such as open hearth cooking and blacksmithing through demonstrations. Attend a lesson in the one-room schoolhouse. Visiting the historic buildings, you can also learn history through seeing the artifacts such as an authentic straw mattress with a rope foundation, cooking utensils, blacksmith and tradesman tools and quill pens. Storrowton Village Museum opens for the summer with free tours and family festivities on June 17. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (Admission: <$; children under six FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 2pm-8pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/AGRICULTURE
Opportunities to pick your own fruits at a local farm make healthy eating a fun experience for kids. Parents can extend this bonding and learning experience to the kitchen by utilizing farm-fresh ingredients in their cooking. Families are invited to pick their own strawberries at the Red Fire Farm Strawberry Soiree! There are ten varieties of strawberries to try. There will also be live music, a walking tour, and other activities for kids. All are welcome. Rain or shine. 413-467-7645. 7 Carver Street. Granby, MA. ($$; Ages five and under FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 3pm-5pm
SPATIAL SKILLS/PROGRAMMING
Minecraft, a game of increasing popularity among children, is a little like a digital version of LEGOs. In the game, players have to build any number of objects and architectural pieces out of blocks. When played in moderation, this game can have surprisingly positive effects on kids’ learning and motivation. Teachers have begun using this game to explain physical and mathematical concepts. The game requires complex planning, technological knowledge and even creativity. A Minecraft event at Holyoke Codes will teach players how to create custom mods and create characters such as Wizards, Goblins, Witches, and more. There will be plenty of tablets and laptops available, but if you have Minecraft PE you can bring your own device. Ages seven and up. 413-552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 4pm
LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY
Have you ever heard of the term “chatelaine?” It is the feminine version of a castellan. Chatelaine refers to the head of a large household, a woman of many domestic duties. Mrs. George Morgan, known as Sarah to her friends and family, was chatelaine to one of Lenox’s greatest cottages, and she invites you and your family to a summer tea! Actress Anne Undeland will be playing Mrs. Morgan at Ventfort Hall for this gathering, set in 1895. Reservations are required. Call 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, June 17, 4pm
OCEANOGRAPHY/CLIMATE CHANGE
Oceans are a key component of our Earth’s climate. The oceans have absorbed about one third of the carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuel burning and deforestation. The resulting acidification and warming of the oceans could have drastic impacts on human life. Dr. Mea S. Cook, Associate Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, will be giving a lecture at the Stockbridge Library teaching attendees about the ocean’s role in the natural climate. Cook will draw upon information from past climate changes to anticipate the future of climate changes. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 17, 4pm-5pm
PERFORMING ARTS/INTERGENERATIONAL
Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turn in the spotlight, or relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show.” The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs and games. If you or your child do a great job making people laugh, don’t just write yourselves off as silly. Humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity (and requires a degree of fearlessness to try!) The show is best suited for five to twelve-year-olds, and their caregivers. Community Room (1st Floor, Suite 160). Eastworks Building. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (<$ Kids. $ Adults)

Saturday, June 17, 7pm and 9pm
THEATER
It’s that time of the year again! The 24-Hour Theater Project is a beloved annual theatrical high-wire act that presents six short plays grown and nurtured literally overnight! Founded in 2002, this experimental theater project has blossomed to become one of the most anticipated theatre events each year. Within 24 hours, six ten-minute plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged. The culmination of this day-long burst of creativity are two public performances. This show is often standing-room-only and showcases local writers, actors, and directors. Come witness a show that quickly merges the beginning, middle, and final stages of the theatrical process into one exciting theatrical experiment! Performances will be held in Theatre 14 at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Smith College, 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA ($)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Sunday, June 18, 9am-4pm
PLACEMAKING
The 250th Anniversary Celebration continues in Conway, with activities for all ages, all day! Adults and youth can connect to their town by learning about it through a living history performance. Other events include a 5K fun run, magic show, tractor and engine show, and more! A parade at 1pm kicks off at the Covered Bridge and travels to Pumpkin Hollow. Visit the Conway town website for more information. Various locations. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 9:30am-12:30am
HISTORY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Infrastructure, architecture, landscape, and cemeteries are all keys to understanding local history. As part of Conway’s 250th celebration, people of all ages are invited to join Conway historians for a 2-mile woods walk through the old Cricket Hill settlement and along the 1766 town highway to Ashfield. Those who are unable to walk the distance are invited to ride along in a horse-drawn wagon, though wagon seats are limited and first-come-first-serve. The walk will be along a dirt road with easy to moderate inclines. Car parking will be directed; arrive early to park and walk to the starting point. For more information, visit the Hilltown Land Trust website. Cricket Hill Road. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 10am-3:30pm
FATHER’S DAY/MODEL AIRCRAFT
The Franklin County Radio Control Club are a community group who gather together to fly airplanes, helicopters, FPV aircraft, combat wings- anything that will fly under Radio Control. They are getting together for a special Father’s Day free fly with food, RC demos, and open flying. This event is open to the public. Industrial Boulevard. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 10am-4pm
FATHER’S DAY/AEROSPACE
A visit to the New England Air Museum can teach children and parents about tons of different topics including military history, engineering, technology, transportation and more. Those with a strong interest in these topics may even consider a potential career in these fields as a pilot, an astronaut, or an engineer. The museum will be holding an Open Cockpit Day on Father’s Day, with opportunities to climb aboard in historic aircraft; engage in flight simulators and hands-on Build & Fly Challenges. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D “Thunderbolt,” the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well, as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 “Super Sabre” and the Lockheed F-104C “Starfighter.” Time Machine Hobby of Manchester, CT will be here to demonstrate their R/C helicopters and drones. Food and beverage will be available, and all activities are included with museum admission. Rubber-soled shoes recommended. 860-623-330. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. (Adult $; Ages 4-11 <$; Members and ages 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 12pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Wistariahurst, former home of prominent silk manufacturer William Skinner, now serves as a cultural and educational center. Wistariahurst helps to preserve Holyoke history through educational programs, exhibits and special events. This 1874 estate is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are invited to engage in self-directed tours, Sundays through Tuesdays, including tours of the art gallery. Group tours (5+ people) are available additional hours by appointment. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, June 18, 1pm
LITERACY/SUMMER READING
Library summer reading programs encourage kids to keep learning all summer long. But how do they work? The Summer Reading Program is a national program to encourage everyone to read during the summer. Students retain what they have learned if they continue to read during vacation months. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” The Erving Public Library reading program runs from June 18 through August 21 and provides readers with reading logs, incentives, and free books to keep them motivated. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 1:30pm-2:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
A carillon is a musical instrument involving at least twenty-three bells, typically played by striking a keyboard. Automated music can also be played on certain carillons, similar to a player piano. You can hear these bells played by carilloneur in Stanley Park. For more information, call 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 18, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICS
Come to a free musical performance in Stanley Park to hear classic hits of the 50s and 60s. “The Dave Colucci Show” will feature songs of Sinatra, Dino, Bobby Darin, Tom Jones and more, and some classic country favorites. The songs will be performed by the fabulous Dave Colucci, featuring renowned keyboard artist Richie Mitnick, and vocalist Judy Brinn. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, June 19, 5pm
PARENTING/TECHNOLOGY
Parents have been debating the merits and detrimental effects of television since its inception. Parents today, though, have to make many more decisions about technology in their households. According to a 2015 study from Common Sense Media, teenagers spend an average of almost nine hours per day looking at a screen. Screens in the form of phones, tablets, and computers, are now both portable and often individualized as opposed to a shared television which is easier to monitor. The personalized nature of social media also opens vulnerable teens up to bullying and other interpersonal problems even after they get home from school. The documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age provides parents with useful information on teen technology use, as well as resources and tips for navigating this parenting issue. You can attend a free screening of this film, followed by a panel discussion. For more info, contact Tim Shiebler at 413-663-7588. Drury High School Auditorium. 1130 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 19, 5pm-6:30pm
LEGOs/ARCHITECTURE
You can get involved with the planning of improvements for the Erving Public Library, and construct your ideas on activity tables with LEGOs! Adults and children are encouraged to come provide ideas for what they would like to see in a new library. Jean Daley, Library Lego Lady, will offer assistance. The “living” model of the library will continue to morph and change all summer long as Erving residents consider the possibilities of a new library.413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 19, 6pm
CULINARY ARTS
We all scream for ice cream, but Elizabeth Roman from the Republican also writes a column about it. In her column, Inside Scoop, she reviews local ice cream shops as well as store-bought products, including both novelties and staple favorites. You can learn from her experience and sample various ice cream flavors in a program at the Monson Free Library. Registration is required. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 19, 6pm-7pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Want to take a yoga class with your child? Children ages ten and up are welcome to yoga classes in Stanley Park! A certified instructor will lead participants of all levels through foundational yoga poses and breathing exercises. Yoga In The Park will take place weekly through July third. Bring your own mat and any props as needed, wear comfortable and stretchy clothes. You may sign up by emailing gdelmastro@stanleypark.org or call 413-568-9312 ext. 112 or register at the park at your first class where registration forms will be available. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware & West Springfield.

Tuesday, June 20, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
The average American child spends about thirty minutes of their day in unstructured, outdoor play, and more than seven hours in front of a screen (see this report for more information). Most people intuitively understand the connection between time spent in nature and positive well-being. Fresh air and exercise keep our bodies in shape and our minds focused. But did you know that time spent outdoors in childhood is also correlated with better distance vision? For young, developing children, the benefits are endless. You and your child can increase your time spent ourdoors by participating in a nature playgroup at Naumkeag. The playgroup is best-suited for three to six year olds. It is not stroller friendly, though babies in arms are welcome. Participants, both children and caregivers, can expect to get very dirty and explore some of the most remote corners of the property. Registration is required. Call 413-298-3239 ex 3013. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 20, 6pm-7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/HARMONICA
The harmonica is one of the most portable instruments out there! You can fit it in your pocket to bring to a campfire with friends, or practice just about anywhere. Rob Fletcher will be at the Erving Public Library teaching workshop participants how to play the harmonica. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants. Call 413-423-3348 or email library@erving-ma.org to register. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 20, 6pm-7pm
FITNESS/INTERGENERATIONAL
ZUMBA® Fitness classes are a great cardio workout. ZUMBA sessions in Stanley Park will be low-impact, high-energy, fun-in-the-sun; perfect for beginners and seasoned participants alike! Children 10 and up are welcome with an adult. Wear comfortable workout clothes and sneakers, and bring lots of water (you might also want a small towel). Call 413-568-9312 ex. 108 to register. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (DONATION)

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
What exactly is a superfood? How can they be incorporated into your meals? Kim Larkin will be running an educational workshop at the Storrs Library to answer these questions. Participants will make, and take home, meals that utilize these nutritional ingredients. Larkin will provide tips, techniques, recipes, and unique superfood samples. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm
LINGUISTICS/LITERACY
Are you a logophile (a lover of words and word games)? Come to the Stockbridge Library’s next meeting, which is open to the public, for a presentation by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large. The brief business portion of the meeting will welcome new board members.Then Sokolowski will explore the “dictionary as data” with his presentation. Studying current and can teach about history, culture, and linguistics. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm
HEALTH/WELLNESS
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can seriously inhibit everyday functioning, and is the most common cause of long-term disability. Dave Halley, MSW, will discuss strategies for managing chronic pain at home, in a presentation at the Lee Library. His practice Healing Hands Bodywork is located in Stockbridge. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.

Wednesday, June 21, 4pm-5:30pm
STEAM/CRAFT
How is origami a STEM activity? This beautiful craft can be combined with geometry and mathematical learning for a well-rounded, fun learning experience. Mercedes Bailey will be running a hands-on origami workshop for children and adults at the Erving Public Library. Paper and design ideas provided. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 21, 5pm-7pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. Volunteering together with your children, you can model this behavior for them and have a fun, educational bonding experience as a family. At Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with Food Bank of Western Massachusetts there will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers such as sorting and packaging food donations, decorating bags for the Brown Bag program, learning about nutrition, touring the warehouse, and more. Kids of all ages are welcome. Registration is required and fills up fast! Register on the < fb>Food Bank of Western Massachusetts website. 413-247-9738 ext. 135. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Wednesday, June 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/GAME DESIGN
Game design is an exciting and growing industry with occupational opportunities for artists, computer programmers, graphic designers, and writers! Participants ages thirteen and up are invited to a workshop at Holyoke Codes where they will learn how to create 3D games using Unity Game Engine. This workshop will build upon the 2D classes, but all are welcome to attend. The workshop will cover topics and skills such as 3D physic, character controllers, shaders and lights, applying animations to 3D models, creating levels in Blender, and more.This workshop repeats on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30. The weekly meetup is a collaborative work time, a place to ask questions from experienced developers, and a chance to get to know other teen game developers. Participants are encouraged to come every week, but are welcome to come less regularly.413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 21, 6pm
LOCAL FOOD
Depending on the climate and local flora, the taste of honey changes based on which flowers in a region the honeybees have pollinated. Honey produced in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts could have a slightly different taste than the honey produced in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fascinating how the flavor profile of the honey changes based on environmental differences; it truly reflects a sense of place, topography, and geography. Eating locally sourced honey can connect you to the art and science of beekeeping. Bonita and Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary will be teaching visitors to the Greenfield Public Library about how bees produce honey, providing information about various floral sources and a honey tasting of Some of Warms Colors seven varieties. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 21, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and even to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world wherever music is played; even babies like to dance! Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage is the perfect place to see contemporary dance this summer. To kick off the 2017 season’s free Inside/Out Performance Series, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will perform a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow’s stage. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE).

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/WORLD MUSIC
Outdoors concerts in the Sunken Garden at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum are a family-friendly, local musical tradition! On June 21, you can hear Zikina perform Ugandan folk music! Gideon Ampeire, native to Uganda, uses traditional East African instruments including enanga, adungu, and kalimba. He also makes these instruments himself. Explore a new set of instruments and musical genres while enjoying the outdoors. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. 413-584-4699 . 130 River Drive, Hadley MA. ($; children 16 and under <$)

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30pm
OUTDOOR CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Concerts at Windsor Lake feature all the family fun of an outdoor musical event, with the beautiful natural landscape of the lake! In addition to picnicking and enjoying music, families can take this opportunity to swim, fish, kayak or canoe around the lake! The series runs every Wednesday at 6:30pm through August 30th (excluding August 16th for the Downtown Celebration). On June 21, JP Murphy will entertain visitors with traditional Irish music. Windsor Lake. 200 Windsor Lake Road at the intersection of Bradley Street and Kemp Ave. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.

Thursday, June 22, 9:30am-10:30am
NATURE WALK
If you enjoy light exercise, you can team up with neighbors, friends, and family for a Walk Around the Park. The walking sessions are part of Stanley Park’s Health Initiative. The park provides a beautiful backdrop for exercise. You can meet park staff and learn about the history of various park sites. All abilities are welcome. Group ability level will determine walk route. Possible routes will be within the main areas of the park and/or the Wildlife Sanctuary. Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 22, 10:30am-12pm
LITERACY/SUMMER READING
Summer learning loss is a serious problem in this country. Many students experience a demonstrated loss of mathematical knowledge, as well as reading and writing skills. Parents play a key role in preventing summer learning loss. There are lots of enjoyable ways you can encourage your kids to continue reading and learning in the warm months outside of school. The Monson Free Library will be doing their part by kicking off their summer reading program with games, snacks, information, and sign-ups for the program. The kick off event takes place in Veterans Field. 413-267-3866. 110 Main Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 22, 12:15pm
LOCAL HISTORY
At the turn of the twentieth century, Springfield was home to the newly opened U.S. Armory. Other popular workplaces included factories serving railroads, Merriam Webster, and Indian Motorcycles. At this time, Forest Park grew into an up upscale residential neighborhood of Victorian mansions. Local historian Derek Strahan will be relying more Springfield facts in his lunchtime lecture, “City of Firsts,” at the Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, June 22, 5pm-8pm
COMMUNITY MEAL
Do you like to go out for ice cream with your family? River Valley Co Op’s Strawberry Ice Cream social will feature not just ice cream, but face painting for kids, live music by The Pangeans, and an a la carte menu. Strawberry Sundaes are locally sourced with Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream. Proceeds to benefit Grow Food Northampton. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, June 22, 6pm-7:30pm
LITERACY/SUMMER READING
Due to the scheduling of our school systems, many students suffer from learning loss in the summer months. Unfortunately, students of lower income are disproportionately impacted by this phenomenon. Public libraries do their part by offering free learning opportunities all year round, and encouraging young people to read over the summer. Take advantage of these resources by attending the East Longmeadow Public Library summer reading kickoff party, and signing your children up to participate. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square # 2. East Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 22, 6pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Warm weather and longer stretches of daylight allow us new opportunities to meet and connect with our neighbors and other community members, many of whom we may not have seen during the cold, winter months. Bring a lawn chair, or set up a picnic with friends and family at this Co Op Concert in Greenfield. Sharing a meal, meeting someone new, appreciating the built and natural landscapes, and enjoying live music all play a part in placemaking. You can also explore the gardens, and children will be able to play on the brand new train structure in the children’s area. This concert will feature Joe Graveline, Helen Arbour, and Ursula Elmes. Come hear three distinct singer-songwriters play Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 22, 6:15pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and even to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world wherever music is played; even babies like to dance! Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s iconic outdoor Inside/Out stage is the perfect place to see contemporary dance this summer. To kick off the 2017 season’s free Inside/Out Performance Series, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will perform a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow’s stage. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE).

Thursday, June 22, 7pm-9pm
LGBTQ/HISTORY
There is a historical record of same-sex relationships occurring in almost all ancient civilizations and cultures across the globe. Transgender and third gender people similarly have existed for all of human history. (The term “third gender” has different connotations for different cultures but typically refers to someone who does not identify as male or female; you may know this concept as “nonbinary” or “gender nonconforming.”) Local author Sarah Prager will be discussing her new young adult book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World at the Windsor Public Library, in a celebration of Pride Month. She will educate visitors on this interesting history that you never learned in school! 860-285-1910. 323 Broad Street. Windsor, CT. (FREE)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.

Friday, June 23, 10am-3pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LITERATURE
Once home to American author, Edith Wharton (1862-1937), The Mount now serves both as a monument to Wharton’s career and as a year-round cultural center, home to beautiful hills and winding rivers. The Mount has been a favorite locale for artists and authors alike for centuries, offering opportunities to learn about Wharton’s remarkable literary achievements (more than 40 books in 40 years and a Pulitzer Prize), experience art and cultural events, and learn about life in the early 1900s. The Mount will be opening its doors as part of the 9th annual Free Fun Friday program, inviting visitors from far and wide to visit free of charge! Explore the home, the gardens, and the trails, and take part in special activities throughout the day. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 23, 10am-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART STUDIES
The Clark Art Institute in the Berkshires is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. The permanent exhibit is home to European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Families can pay a visit to the museum for no charge as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s ninth annual Free Fun Fridays series. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 23, 10:30am-11:30am
ZOOLOGY
Many kids are fascinated by animals, wondering what they eat and how they live. Animals are more interesting than toys because they move, and their movements cannot be predicted or controlled. One study demonstrated that even an animal which does not move very much is more captivating to a child than a toy (read more on companionanimalpsychology.com. Children ages three to six are invited to learn about wildlife through a story, interactive games, and a craft at the Great Falls Discovery Center. On June 23, this “Kidleidoscope” program will focus on turtles! Siblings and friends are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 23, 5-7pm
PLACEMAKING/COMMUNITY PICNIC
Hilltown Families and The Trustees at the Bryant Homestead host a community picnic on Friday, June 23 from 5-7pm at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a meal with friends and family! We’ll set the table in the farm, barn, or on the front lawn weather permiting! 19th-century lawn games will be available for kids to play. FREE to Hilltown residents or suggested donation of $5. Come gather together in the spirit of community, kindness, and friendship! Contact Information: 413-532-1631 x3110; acaluori@thetrustees.org . Location: William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA. (FREE/>$)

Friday, June 23, 5pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is both a sport and an art, utilizing the power and flexibility of the human body to evoke emotion and even to tell stories. Dance is a cross-cultural phenomenon occurring all over the world wherever music is played; even babies like to dance! Come to Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s to hear Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner and trailblazing choreographer Liz Lerman speak about dance at 5pm. Then, at 6:15pm, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will perform a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow’s iconic, outdoor stage. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE).

Friday, June 23, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC
Come to Downtown Amherst this summer for free music in local beautiful parks. Order a take-out meal from one of the tasty restaurants and cafes, spread a blanket, bring some chairs, and enjoy the performances! June 23 at 6pm in Sweetser Park (across from the Black Sheep Deli) is the first of the three Amherst Community Band concerts. The band features members of all ages who play popular and classical tunes, including marches and famous Broadway scores. Tim gives a wonderful background story to each composer and song, so there is learning and listening. July 20 is the start of the concerts in Kendrick Park with Latin-Grammy-award winning performer Mister G with some special guests. Check amherstdowntown.com for more information.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Heath, Holyoke, Ludlow, Montague, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, Russell, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, and Warwick Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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