Suggested Events for June 24-30, 2017

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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 their 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.

Jun – Aug

Soar into Summer Fun at New England Air Museum 6/25-8/20. Daily activities include: Open Cockpit, Climb inside real aircraft cockpits and experience the view from the pilot’s seat! Build & Fly Challenges at 10:30am-2:30pm. From kites to parachutes, straw rockets to gliders, test skills with a new challenge each week. Flight Science Demonstrations at 11:30am & 1:30pm. Discover the principles of flight through interactive demonstrations for aviators of all ages. Soaring Story Time at 10:15am. Visitors ages 6 and under are invited to a story and hands-on activity with a different aerospace theme each week. Flight Simulators, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and Kidsport: The Kids Only exhibit, and three exhibit hangars filled with over eighty historic aircraft. Hands-on, family fun all summer long! www.neam.org.

Jul 3 – Aug 8

The 26th Annual Ko Festival of Performance, July 3 – August 8, has 5 weeks of original & compelling theatre for teens – adults curated, at this special moment in our country’s history, on the theme of “Tactics for Trying Times.” Also, the Mettawee River Theater Company “Before the Sun & Moon,” based on a Korean folk tale. Performed for all ages, out under the stars with giant puppets, masks, live music and a spirit of celebration. Plus 3 intensive workshops for adults: “Telling Tales with Crankies” with Ines Zeler Bass of Sandglass Theater, “Compassionate Creativity” and “First Person: Crafting Your Story for Performance.” All on the Amherst College campus. Tickets $7-$22, online and at the Box Office: 413-542-3750. For more visit www.kofest.com.

Shabbat Shabloom! Fridays at 10am on Abundance Farm in Northampton, beginning June 30th. End the week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer – especially for ages 0-5. Enjoy homemade challah, join a service project on the farm, and take flowers home for Shabbat. Every Friday morning at 10am until the end of August (except Aug 4). First visit free, suggested donation of $5/family thereafter. All are welcome. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, across the street from the YMCA. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! Facebook group.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 24-30, 2017

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Saturday, June 24, 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. Guest DJ, Ellis Paul and his musical friend Flynn spin some of their favorite tunes Known for his deeply felt and socially conscious songwriting, often about heroes, Ellis Paul was inspired by his own two growing daughters and four years of performing for families to write about people who contributed something to the world through their work and art. His first family music CD was Dragonfly Races. Read Hilltown Families’ interview with Ellis when Dragonfly Races was first released: The Dragonfly Races: An Interview with Ellis Paul. 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 24, 8am-4pm
HISTORY/PLAY
Learning about history through the lens of childhood is a fascinating way to educate yourself about cultural trends, including the evolution of familial values, religion, education, industry, and much more. If you are interested in discovering what childhood was like in New England over the past two hundred years, you can attend a day-long conference from Historic Deerfield.The conference features talks on the material culture of toys by fashion specialists, archaeologists, and historians who will discuss the making of high-style dolls, the distribution of toys in girls’ industrial schools, and toy-making during and after the Civil War. It continues with an examination of English emblematic books for children, printed board games designed for young minds, and the evolution of children’s libraries in the larger eighteenth century. The conference concludes with a look at the growth of the outdoor games of baseball and football in the face of “blue laws” and the military occupiers of Revolutionary Boston. Participants are invited to bring items from their collections for display and discussion.
For more information and to register, please go to the conference webpage. Deerfield Community Center. 16 Memorial Street. Deerfield, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, June 24, 10am-1:30pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Library book sales can support placemaking by getting community members to interact with each other and connect with their local library. Your purchases at the Greenfield Public Library book sale keep the learning going by supporting the programs and operations of the library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 10am-2pm
LITERACY/SUMMER READING
The Westfield Athenaeum Summer Reading program is for everyone! Adults, teens, and children are invited to the kick off party out on the green. There will be magic, music, story time, karaoke and a truck petting zoo. Meet local authors and think about what you’d like to read this summer. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 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. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm
BOTANY/AGRICULTURE FESTIVAL
Lavender is a plant which can teach us about local culture, farming, aromatherapy, and culinary arts. The 14th annual Lavender Festival at Johnson Hill Farm will provide lots of ways for people of all ages to learn about lavender farming and production. Local Artisans and Crafters will be here with their handmade work, the doves will be released, guests will wander the Labyrinth, visit the antique cemetery, the apple orchard, shop the vendor tents and watch or participate in demonstrations. Labyrinths are patterned walking paths, often taking the overall form of a circle, which can be used to facilitate meditation, spiritual practice, or simply a relaxing walk. The labyrinth at Johnson Hill Farm is outdoors and made out of natural materials. 51 Hog Hollow Road. Shelburne Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, June 24, 10am-6pm
HISTORY/FOLKLORE
Renaissance faires and medieval festivals bring together history and folklore, through theatrical performances featuring a wide range of skills. The Mutton and Mead festival focuses on the medieval period and brings people of all ages together for a gathering of fun, food, and entertainment. Many characters from the Robin Hood legend will be making appearances this year, along with jousters, jugglers, sword fighters, belly dancers, and vendors selling period foods, artisan crafts, and merchandise. Stroll the enchanted paths of Sherwood Forest and listen to beautiful minstrel music filling the air. 210 Turners Falls Road. Turners Falls, MA. (Admission $; Parking <$)

Saturday, June 24, 11am-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 effort to encourage everyone to read during the summer. Students better retain what they have learned in school if they continue to read during vacation months. The Springfield Library kicks off their Summer Reading Club with an event featuring music, crafts, and food. Participants in this yearly program will earn prizes just by reading! The Summer Reading Club is open to all ages, infant through adult. Prizes include new books, passes to Interskate 91, toys, STEM kits, gift cards, gift baskets, and more. The Kickoff event will take place at the Mason Square Branch Library. 413-263-6828 ex. 422. 756 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 11am-3pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/LITERACY
Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, drew inspiration for his stories from the neighborhoods of Springfield. This is an immense source of pride for many of us who call western Massachusetts our home. Geisel also strove to write books that were appealing to very young children just learning to read. He limited his vocabulary down to a small number of distinct words and used simple words that a young person would know. The all-new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is a great local resource for learning about children’s literature and local history. On June 24, people of all ages are invited to visit the museum for free, meet live characters from Seuss’ books, and engage in other free activities throughout the day. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 1pm
ART STUDIES/MURALS
Frank Gregory is an artist who created all of the murals you may have seen at the Great Falls Discovery Center. He will be offering a free tour of the museum. There will also be information on how you can support this local, educational resource by becoming a Friend of the Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 24, 1pm-3pm
ART STUDIES/HISTORY
Community Day at the Mead Art Museum will bring you back in time to the 17th century, when the Rotherwas Room of the museum was built. Participants will practice their manners with an English iced tea party with themed talks, activities, and art to enjoy. Families are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy the greenery outside. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in art-making, storytelling, short film screenings, and other activities inspired by the collection at this intergenerational celebration. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 24, 4pm
PLACEMAKING/FIREWORKS
Kick off your Independence Day celebration early with a fireworks show in Greenfield. The celebration will also include live music. Visit the Greenfield Recreation website fore more information. Beacon Field. 101 Sanderson Street. Greenfield MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 24, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/FIREWORKS
The 7th annual Northampton Family Fourth event takes place in Look Park with a bounce castle and slides, face painting, bean bag toss and more games for kids. Fireworks begin at dusk. The Rain date is Sunday, July 25. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, July 24, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/FIREWORKS
Fireworks will begin at dusk at Quarry Hill School as part of Monson Summerfest, also featuring music and Thomas the Train rides. The rain date is June 26. 43 Margaret Street. Monson, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, July 24, 5:30pm-8pm
HISTORY/COMMUNITY MEAL
Plainfield’s Shaw Hudson House is the record of a family spanning from 1833 until the 1950’s, including the office Dr. Shaw, unchanged since he left in 1870! Peak into this preserved, local history by enjoying gourmet food, good conversation, and music at the 2nd Annual Plainfield Historical Society Dinner at the house. To purchase tickets or for more information contact info@plainfieldmahistory.org. 286 Main Street. Plainfield, MA. ($$)

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Sunday, June 25, 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 25, 9am-11am
FITNESS/RUNNING
Running on the road is a different experience than running through a wooded trail. The “Wild Thing” 5/10k is a wooded trail run which starts and ends at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. This run serves as a fundraiser for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County. You may also participate by walking. All racers can join in a post-race celebration in the big red barn. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways for participants. Register online via the Berkshire Running Center website. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Sunday, June 25
AVIATION
Soar into Summer Fun at New England Air Museum 6/25-8/20. Daily activities include: Open Cockpit, Climb inside real aircraft cockpits and experience the view from the pilot’s seat! Build & Fly Challenges at 10:30am-2:30pm. From kites to parachutes, straw rockets to gliders, test skills with a new challenge each week. Flight Science Demonstrations at 11:30am & 1:30pm. Discover the principles of flight through interactive demonstrations for aviators of all ages. Soaring Story Time at 10:15am. Visitors ages 6 and under are invited to a story and hands-on activity with a different aerospace theme each week. Flight Simulators, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and Kidsport: The Kids Only exhibit, and three exhibit hangars filled with over eighty historic aircraft. Hands-on, family fun all summer long! www.neam.org. Windsor Lock, CT

Sunday, June 25, 10am-1pm
ORNITHOLOGY/INTERGENERATIONAL
Studying local birds connects you to ecology, and to the changing seasons of migration. You can learn about birds, and specifically their breaks, at the Great Falls Discovery Center Bird Beak Buffet Investigation Station. All ages are welcome to learn about the birds of the Connecticut River Watershed through demonstrations, replicas, and crafts. Participants will learn how different birds eat different kinds of food. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet in the Great Hall. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 25, 10am-4pm
BOTANY/AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Lavender is a plant which can teach us about local culture, farming, aromatherapy, and culinary arts. The 14th annual Lavender Festival at Johnson Hill Farm will provide lots of ways for people of all ages to learn about lavender farming and production. Local Artisans and Crafters will be here with their handmade work, the doves will be released, guests will wander the Labyrinth, visit the antique cemetery, the apple orchard, shop the vendor tents and watch or participate in demonstrations. Labyrinths are patterned walking paths, often taking the overall form of a circle, which can be used to facilitate meditation, spiritual practice, or simply a relaxing walk. The labyrinth at Johnson Hill Farm is outdoors and made out of natural materials. 51 Hog Hollow Road. Shelburne Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, June 25, 10am-4pm
LITERACY/PICTURE BOOK ART
Supporting your child’s reading skills opens them up to a lifetime of dreaming, imagining and learning in self-directed ways. Picture books also inspire young artists, while story times encourage children’s listening comprehension. The 12th Annual Children’s Book Festival at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be a celebration of all things book, with story times, book signings, a comedy performance, and cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Sunday, June 25, 10am-6pm
HISTORY/FOLKLORE
Renaissance faires and medieval festivals bring together history and folklore, through theatrical performances featuring a wide range of skills. The Mutton and Mead festival focuses on the medieval period and brings people of all ages together for a gathering of fun, food, and entertainment. Many characters from the Robin Hood legend will be making appearances this year, along with jousters, jugglers, sword fighters, belly dancers, and vendors selling period foods, artisan crafts, and merchandise. Stroll the enchanted paths of Sherwood Forest and listen to beautiful minstrel music filling the air. 210 Turners Falls Road. Turners Falls, MA. (Admission $; Parking <$)

Sunday, June 25, 12pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES
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 25, 3pm-5pm
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. The exhibition was guest curated by Sharon Bates. Come to the opening reception on June 25 to learn more. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 25, 4pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Polka is a beloved genre of music and dance in many European countries. Western Massachusetts polka band, The Eddie Forman Orchestra(also known as “E.F.O.”) has been performing since 1968. The band embraces a range of styles in their lively performances. People of all ages are invited to hear them perform in Stanley Park. 413-568-9312. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, June 25, 5pm-6pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/FITNESS
Learn In Motion nights at Rohan Park offer youth the chance to run, dance, and play outdoors with others. There will be organized activities and games, as well as opportunities for creative free play. There will be opportunities for caregivers to learn about local organizations while children have fun and exercise. Contact: Hope Ross at 413-244-2073 or Christopher Gibaldi at 201-575-0671 with questions! 298 Sargent Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Sunday, June 25, 5:30pm-7pm
COMMUNITY SING/INTERGENERATIONAL
It’s no secret that music is good for your brain. In addition to the learning-based benefits of playing or reading music, singing has the added benefit of warding off chemicals that can cause depression and loneliness. The act of singing increases the natural production of endorphins and oxytocin (a chemical that decreases stress and anxiety). Parents may be interested in these findings. A singing child is likely to be calm and happy more often than not thanks to the chemicals that choral singing helps to release in their bodies. You and your family can participating in a casual, community sing at Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, June 25, 7pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed at the Globe Theater in London, a partly open, outdoor theater. Outdoor Shakespeare performances in the warm months keep this history alive. For Shakespeare lovers, the 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead offers an absurdist, comedic take on Shakespeare’s most famous work, Hamlet. This play reworks the story from the perspective of two minor characters. You can see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead performed by Hampshire Shakespeare Company under the direction of Calvin Atkinson, at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. In the event of rain, the performance will be held indoors. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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Monday, June 27, 2017

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, June 26, 10am-11:30am
HORTICULTURE/GARDENING
Gardening can connect children to nature and create fun, positive associations with healthy foods. Youth ages seven and up can learn all about gardening in a 6-week long summer program at the North Adams Public Library. The program will focus on the theme, “Preserving the Harvest.” Participants will grow and dehydrate vegetables and herbs, and make butter. Registration is required. Attendance for all six weeks is encouraged. 413-662-3133 ex 14. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 26, 1pm-4pm
ENTOMOLOGY/CATERPILLARS
Caterpillars are often used as metaphors for positive change, as caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies. Many species of bugs and other animals go through life cycles, but the five distinct stages of caterpillars are particularly striking and fascinating to study. Your children can learn about the private world of these creatures by attending a hands-on Caterpillar Lab at the Athol Public Library. This lab is meant to introduce young scientists to the concept of learning about the natural world through exploration and observation. 978-249-9515. 568 Main Street. Athol, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 26, 6pm
HORTICULTURE/ENTOMOLOGY
The term “pollinator” refers to any animal that assists fertilization of flowers by moving pollen between males and females. Pollinators are a vitally important part of the food chain. Ashley Schenk of Broadfork Permaculture will be running a workshop at Greenfield Public Library teaching participants how to choose pollinator plants and shrubs for your yard. She will share tried-and-true plants for the home garden, planting techniques, and tips for creating wildflower meadows. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, June 26, 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. (<$)

Monday, June 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm
SUMMER READING/LITERATURE
Summer reading programs often focus on combating summer learning loss for children. But these programs are not just for kids! Parents and teachers can demonstrate positive literacy habits by participating in summer reading. And for any adult, library programs offer the added benefit of community involvement to the already brain-stimulating habit of reading. The Agawam Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program kicks off with a meet and greet, featuring twelve local authors. Discover new works to read this summer, and sign up! 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, June 27, 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 27, 11am
FITNESS/HULA HOOPS
Lots of kids play with hula hoops…but did you know that “hooping” can be great exercise, and hula hoopers can learn highly advanced moves and even professionally perform their talents? Wild Kat Hoops will be at the Hatfield Public Library for a hula hooping program suitable for kids of all ages. No registration needed. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 27, 4pm
HISTORY/INDUSTRY
Do you know when the “golden age of carousels” occurred? Between 1880 and 1930, over 3,000 wooden carousels were made in the United States. The figures for these carousels reflect the artistic styles of master craftsmen, and tell a story of immigrant trade and American industry. Jim Shulman will give a talk at Ventfort Hall illuminating this history and explaining how the carousel figures were made, as well as how the carousels operated. Along with his wife, Shulman directed and backed the Berkshire Carousel which opened in 2016. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, June 27, 5pm-8pm
CREATIVE-FREE PLAY
Pop Up Adventure Playgrounds are joyful sessions of child-directed play with scores of loose parts, such as cardboard boxes, tubes, rope, and fabric. Kids are free to make a beautiful mess and discover, or remember, the simple joys of creative, old-school play with other children and on their own. The Play Workshop will be providing one such adventurous session of play at the Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 27, 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 27, 6:30pm-8pm
NUTRITION/CULINARY ARTS
Bone broth is a traditional food containing key nutrients which support bone, joint, and gut health. But what’s in it? How do you make it? Join nutritional therapist Craig Fear at River Valley Co Opfor a discussion on how and why to make bone broth at home. This workshop will include handouts for recipes and a sample of Craig’s Tom Yum soup. Registration is required. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
WORLD MUSIC/HARMONIC SINGING
Village Harmony are a unique, youth music group performing traditional harmonic singing from South Africa, Bosnia, Macedonia, Caucasus Georgia, and America. Support youth musicians and learn about world music by listening to them perform at the West Cummington Community Church. They will also be performing on July 8 at the Wesley Methodist Church in Hadley. 413-268-3828. 148 West Cummington Road. Cummington, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, June 27, 7:30pm
STEM/ASTRONOMY
Who doesn’t love gazing up at the stars? If you appreciate the beauty of the night sky, you could turn that appreciation into scientific inquiry, learning about mathematics through the study of astronomy. Astronomical learning also connects you to the seasons as what is visible in your night sky changes over time. Members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society will be visiting the Clapp Memorial Library to teach attendees about an observation technique called star-hopping. Clapp Memorial Library cardholders over 18 years of age can also borrow the library’s 4.5 inch Orion Starblast Telescope! 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, June 28, 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 28, 5:30pm-7pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/ART STUDIES
Beginning June 28, the Greenfield Public Library is opening up their Children’s Room on Wednesdays for “Family Night!” Children and their caregivers are invited to make art, build creations, play games, do puzzles, and more. This is a chance to meet other families and spends some quality time with yours, away from screens. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 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 28, 5:30pm-8pm
FILM/LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
The Meekins Library Teen and Tween summer reading program offers the first prize just for signing up! Come to the kick off party at the library and sing along with the newly released film, Beauty and the Beast (PG). Pizza and snacks will be served too! Sign up for summer reading to receive a reading log and a prize. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 6pm
SOCIOLOGY/IMMIGRATION STUDIES
Immigration to the United States is often a long, unpredictable, emotional path. What’s more, immigration stories often go untold. For Immigrant Heritage Month, Wistariahurst will host the talk, “Lived Realities of Immigration: Mexican and Undocumented in the United States.” Leah Schmalzbauer, Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies at Amherst College, and Alelí Andrés, Amherst College Senior, will present this information with both a theoretical and personal perspective. They will explore the emotional impact of living in mixed legal status families. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 6pm
FAMILY MUSIC/PLACEMAKING
Families are invited to sing along as Miss Julie performs on the electric ukulele, outside at the Whately Library. Children can dance and play with bubbles. Watermelon and lemonade will be served. Bring a picnic or simply enjoy the outdoors. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 6pm-7pm
FIBER ARTS/KNITTING
Want to learn to knit? Expert Sara Campbell will be at the Erving Public Library teaching beginners how to knit a potholder. An age-old skill, knitting provides us with some of our most treasured clothes. Learning the art of knitting can lead to explorations of local history, local agriculture, and complex math – and families can even engage in service-based learning by donating hand-knitted goods to help support people in need! To learn more about the benefits of this pastime and art form, read our post Knitting Supports Explorations of History, Agriculture & Mathematics. Registration is required. Register early so that enough materials can be available. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 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 27, you can hear Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville perform. Sidibe is a Grammy winning saxophone player; Neville plays the kora. Their performance will be a mix of New Orleans influenced Reggae and ancient African harp. Explore new 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 28, 6:30pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Do you like to picnic with your family over the summer? Have your next picnic dinner at Windsor Lake and enjoy family-friendly music, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. You can connect with local musicians and music fans while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake. On June 28, Satellite Shine will perform. 200 Windsor Lake Road. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30pm
HISTORY/PARANORMAL
Teens and adults who enjoy spooky stories and exploring unfamiliar places will enjoy taking a “ghost tour” at The Mount. Syfy’s Ghost Hunters found The Mount to be full of eerie experiences. Whether or not you believe in anything supernatural, these tours are a fun and unique way of learning about history, as you tour the grounds of a place that was once a home to writers such as Edith Wharton, as well as actors, wealthy families, and hardworking servants. This program is not recommended for children under twelve. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Wednesday, June 28, 8pm-9:30pm
ZOOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
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 beavers’ 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. The program leader will help attendees look for beavers as well as other wildlife who live in the ponds. This event is suitable for children ages three and up, and their caregivers. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

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Thursday, June 29, 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 29, 8:30am
LANGUAGE STUDIES/FRENCH
“Parlez-vous français?” There’s no better way to strengthen and support your knowledge of a language than by using it. Meet other Francophones for casual conversation at The Mount. If you are interested in additional resources for foreign language learning, read our post, Language Learning Resources in Western MA. Registration is required. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (<$)

Thursday, June 29, 9:30am-10:30am
NATURE WALK/INTERGENERATIONAL
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 29, 5pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/MUSIC STUDIES
Naumkeag is the former estate of the Choate family, including noted lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate. The home was built at the height of the Gilded Age. Families can visit Naumkeag for an evening of live, local music in the gardens! For more information call 413-298-8138 or email mmoulton@thetrustees.org. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (<$)

Thursday, June 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/ENGINEERING
Minecraft is not just a fun computer game. Playing can teach young people the basics of many different STEM concepts. A minecraft workshop at the Erving Public Library will combine game play with “real world” activities. Participants will learn about electrical circuits by designing a light up craft. Participants will be able to make items such as a flashing greeting card, a wearable item like a bracelet, and more. They will also be encouraged to come up with their own, unique creations. The workshop is limited to 16 children, ages 8 and up. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 29, 6pm
SUMMER READING/MUSIC STUDIES
Keep the learning going all summer long by participating in the North Adams Public Library summer reading program. A fun way to get involved is to attend their kick-off concert with musician Jay Mankita. You can learn about and sign up for the program, and hear educational songs about topics such as baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Call 413-662-3133 ex 14 for more information. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 29, 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 Charlie Conant and She Said. Come hear blues, rock, jazz, and cajun-infused music in Energy Park. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 29, 6:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES
Museums help to preserve history. The museums themselves can also hold a rich history of their creation and evolution. A presentation at the Westhampton Public Library will teach attendees about Helen Osborne Storrow, creator of one of the Unites States first Early American Villages, Storrowton Village Museum. This presentation, “Imagination and Determination: The Creation and Enduring Legacy of Helen Storrow and her Early New England Village,” will discuss Storrow’s vision and how the museum lives on into the 21st century. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, June 29, 7pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed at the Globe Theater in London, a partly open, outdoor theater. Outdoor Shakespeare performances in the warm months keep this history alive. For Shakespeare lovers, the 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead offers an absurdist, comedic take on Shakespeare’s most famous work, Hamlet. This play reworks the story from the perspective of two minor characters. You can see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead performed by Hampshire Shakespeare Company under the direction of Calvin Atkinson, at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. In the event of rain, the performance will be held indoors. 413-577-3600. 650 East Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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Friday, June 30, 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 30, 10am
JEWISH CULTURE
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! You can end your week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer. These events are especially suited for children under five, and their caregivers. Families can enjoy homemade challah, join a service project on the farm, and take flowers home for Shabbat. Celebrations take place every Friday morning (except August 4) at Abundance Farm, until the end of August. All are welcome. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! facebook group. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street, across the street from the YMCA. Northampton, MA. (<$)

Friday, June 30, 10:30am-11:30am
ORNITHOLOGY/EAGLES
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 30, this “Kidleidoscope” program will focus on eagles! Siblings and friends are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, June 30, 8pm-9:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY/FIREFLIES
Fireflies, or lightning bugs, use bioluminescence to attract prey or mates. Their twinkling against the night sky is one of summer’s beautiful, natural scenes. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary invites you to a firefly frolic in the community garden pavilion. Visitors will learn fun facts about fireflies, play a game, and take a walk in the meadows searching for fireflies. In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. Appropriate for all ages, and especially fun for families with children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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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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